Three Rivers News, 2002-01-01

     Freda and Everett Cook were the hosts of their 3rd annual Christmas Dinner and they were pleasantly surprised with the turnout and with the help they received. Volunteers from as far away as Australia helped serve the meal and donations from as far as Alabama made the meal possible.
     Over 70 folks showed up at the Milo Town Hall dining room to enjoy the great food and fellowship, with ages ranging from 1 to 90. In addition to the meals served at the dining room, Trelba Rollins, Todd Lyford and Steve Dugay delivered 14 dinners. I’m sure the recipients were pleased to have such fine company as well as the delicious food.
     Assisting Freda and Everett in the preparation, serving, and cleaning was a fine crew. The PVHS Key Club sent 8 members, along with advisors Trish Hayes and Dennis Dorsey. Walter and Nancy Cook of Brownville, Joan and Howard Dippre of Sebec, and Helen Fowler of Milo were among the fine citizens who volunteered their day to aid this great cause. Freda and Everett’s daughter Kim, along with her son Greg, his friend Chris Powell, and Kim’s friend from Australia, Alex , also lent a hand.
     An incredible outpouring of donations made the meal possible. The Cooks would like to thank the following and apologize to any who may have been overlooked:
     St John’s Episcopal Church, Aldworth Chapter 39 of The Eastern Star, Harmon’s Texaco, Janet Richards, Mary Lutterell, Joan and Howard Dippre, and Charlotte Genthner.
     Also contributing money were Mutt and Cliff Winters, Ski and Suzy Winters, Blaine and Kyse Kirby, and Dianne and Glen Piper. These folks from Alabama are people Freda met through the late Frannie Decker and they have remained friends. What a great gesture for them to help out!
     Dr. Rosen and his family from Bangor were scheduled to help out, but were unable to. In their place, the crew of his office sent a turkey and a ham, not to help, but to be served.
     This Christmas was a difficult one for many after the horror of September 11. I am so pleased that Freda and Everett provided a place for people to meet, mingle and eat. Nothing says Merry Christmas like good food and good company. I have heard numerous comments about how wonderful the food was and what a pleasant setting the meal provided. Thank you, Freda and Everett!

Penquis Girls 59, Stearns 46
Milo, December 27—
     Greg Friel's undefeated Lady Minutemen came to town and left with a loss on their record, as Penquis's fine trio of guards came within a point of equaling the Stearns output.
Keys to the Penquis win:
1. the scoring of the three guards: Megan Russell (20), April Allen (14), and Lindsay Hamlin (11)

2. Penquis's ability to stop the Stearns comebacks at every juncture
3. the play of Wally Russell's bench players, especially Becca Madden and Farrar Cobb

     The game was fast paced and physical, but clean, with both teams featuring considerable quickness.
Stearns's foul shooting in the second half (9-13) helped keep them in the game.
     Penquis center Jean Hamlin was playing without a mask for the first time this year, as she broke her nose on the second day of tryouts.
Quarter Scores
Stearns 9 27 38 46
Penquis 19 33 46 59
Officials: Lucas and Randall

     The week before Christmas was a busy one for the children and staff of the Milo Headstart program. More than 35 packages of breads and cookies were prepared for the volunteers of Meals for Me. to deliver to area shut-ins. In addition, the children delivered 4 bundles themselves. Each package was beautifully wrapped with a note to each recipient attached.
     Many thanks to Karen Smith, Judy London, Heidi Finson and all of the kids. I personally delivered some of the gifts and can attest to the smiles and gratitude of our clients. This was a great effort on the part of Milo Headstart and you can be sure it was appreciated. Thank you all.



Residents of Milo and Brownville may drop off their Christmas trees to be chipped at the JSI parking lot (formerly Dexter Shoe). There will be an area roped off on the Maine Savings (formerly Barco) side of the parking lot. Trees may be dropped off on Friday, January 4th, or Saturday January 5th. To make it easier for the guys chipping the trees, it is asked that you drop the trees on the pile with the trunk end out. The staff members of both the Milo Town Office and the Brownville Town Office wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season.
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Valerie Robertson
Nancy Grant
Sheri Conley
Ed Treworgy

     As the State Senator of District 8, it is my responsibility to support projects that assist my constituents. As a Senate leader, it is also my job to support sensible projects that benefit the State. Securing a buyer for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad and making sure that the CDAC line continues to operate in Maine fall under both of these guidelines and will be top priorities for me as the Legislature reconvenes in January.
     I am not a railroad man nor do I claim to be but I know that the continuation of the entire CDAC rail is essential for the residents in this area. In talking with customers who currently use the rail, they know that a viable, reliable rail system is critical to the future of their businesses. The efficient operation of the rail benefits companies that use the rail and people that they employ. The BAR provides good-paying jobs for people in an area that is primarily driven by the tourist dollar and lower paying jobs.
     In meeting with potential buyers of the BAR over the past two weeks, it has been indicated that the rail must be improved in order to meet the needs of all interested parties - buyers, users and employees. Currently, legislation is being considered at the federal level that will play a pivotal role in keeping the CDAC line in operation. HR 1020 and SR 1220 would appropriate $350 million in grants for the improvement and preservation of railroads throughout the nation. It is vital that Maine have access to federal funds under this program.
     I urge you to contact members of our Congressional Delegation this week and ask them to support both of these bills. The future of the BAR depends on it!

  Senator Paul T. Davis, Sr.
  Senate District 8

Daffy Definition:
Bleakstreak: The long, cold, dark span between New Year's Day and Good Friday. Also: Coldrums, winterminable
Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Years ago it occurred to my friend Louise Rhoda and me that the holidays were getting so hectic that we weren't getting to spend any time with each other to do our celebrating. I'd run frantically to her house with our gifts for them, and vice versa. We decided to do something about it, and a lovely new tradition was born. We designated Christmas Eve morning as our time to celebrate with our best friends. We have held that tradition sacred for many years. So, on Christmas Eve morning, the Rhodas and the Withams all go out to breakfast and then to one house or the other to open and enjoy our gifts. The operative words you'll notice are "go out." Louise and I are traditionalists, but we're not foolish.
     We've tried a few different venues, but the one we have loved the most is the Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast, where we've gone the past three years. Freda and Everett Cook are the most incredible hosts! The food is out of this world, and their warm and welcoming home is something that we start looking forward to visiting again immediately after the meal is over.
     This year Freda even thought to turn on the cartoons in her living room so that the little ones could retreat there after they'd finished their breakfasts. That idea was a wonderful one, as it gave the adults a little more time to linger over coffee and Freda's delicious cheese danish - that she knows I love!
     Our families have grown by leaps and bounds over the years (plus this year we invited our Dads and our good friends the Hamlins to join us), and this year Freda and Everett served twenty-three of us. She had two or three breakfast bakes, ham, fried potatoes, juice and coffee. She had an assortment of muffins and danish, as well. The little kids (of which there are an increasing number of each year) can have what the adults are having; or, they can have regular toast or cereal or whatever kind of eggs they'll eat. I'm not sure about Freda's recipes.... maybe she'll share them sometime for a future column.
     I've found, from many years of entertaining, that breakfast (or brunch if you want to serve it a little later in the morning) is a wonderful time to gather friends or family together for a holiday meal or anytime during the year just for the fun of it. Of course, it helps to have a husband who's a whiz at cooking – especially breakfast. So pick a weekend (preferably when you aren't too stressed) and invite a gang over
for breakfast. Here's a great recipe that we've used many times. My husband's family loves this recipe and we've served it many times to crowds at breakfast time:

Farmer's Strata

1 lb. sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
1 small onion, chopped
10 slices white bread, cubed
1 cup cubed cooked potatoes
3 cups (12 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
8 eggs
3 cups milk
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch of salt and pepper.

     In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; add ham and onion. Cook and stir until onion is tender; drain. In a greased 13 in. X 9 in. X 2-in. baking dish, layer half the bread cubes, potatoes and cheese. Top with all of the bacon mixture. Repeat layers of bread, potatoes and cheese. In a bowl, beat the eggs; add milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over all. Cover and chill overnight. Remove from refrig. 30 minutes before baking. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 65-70 minutes
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or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yields 12-16 servings.
     A 325-degree oven is slow, so if you're planning on making muffins too, you'll need to get up pretty early to get the muffins baked off before you put the strata in the oven. I usually cut the stress by buying some muffins (they are huge and yummy and you can zap them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving, if you want). A big bowl of cut up fresh fruit served in little side dishes is a wonderful compliment for this meal. It goes without saying that you'll want to brew a fresh pot of coffee. Remember that not everyone can drink coffee with caffeine in it. Do those people a favor by brewing a pot of each-a little hot water for tea is also a nice touch. We have a couple of insulated carafes just for this purpose.
     Keep this in mind.... It’s great fun to do the entertaining, but it's even more fun to be entertained. In 2002 my wish for you is that you'll be able to do a little of both.


Three Rivers Ambulance Crew Delivers A Baby!
     On November 28th Three Rivers Ambulance received a call from a 23-year-old female in labor, who said she would meet them on the way to the hospital. The members on duty were Wendy Coburn WEMT-I and Bob Howell EMT. The baby was born without any complications in the back of the ambulance as they pulled into Mayo Regional Hospital. They delivered a healthy baby girl weighing 8 lbs. 14 oz and 21" long.

Editor’s Note: What a great feeling it must be for the crew to do something so fulfilling! I know the members of our ambulance service must put in endless hours training and then responding to calls, many of which have sad endings. To be involved with a life’s beginning must help make their dedication all worth while.

     Approximately twenty-seven years ago, my sisters and I thought it would be fun to spend Christmas Eve with our parents. We didn’t tell Mum and Dad but thought we’d surprise them. I remember hiding by the old Derby post office building with eggnog and dessert in anticipation of the appointed hour of surprise! To make it even more special, there were big fluffy snowflakes floating down. My sisters and their families rode by slowly and one by one we sneaked up Church Street. After the initial moment of amazement of having a dozen people troop into their house, we and our parents all settled down to a very enjoyable evening.
     This tradition of desserts and eggnog has evolved into a full turkey dinner. Somewhere along the line Mum and Dad decided it would be more fun to open their gifts while everyone was there instead of Christmas morning. We take turns playing Santa but usually it is one of the grandchildren. This year, 14- month-old Emma, the youngest of the great-grandchildren, was encouraged to pass out presents, but she was too interested in the shiny silver wrapping paper!
     The grandchildren have grown up, married, and most are living too far away to spend Christmas Eve at their grandparent’s house. They do call every year and it’s a guessing

game when the phone rings of which one is on the phone. This year we had the pleasure of talking to Todd Mountain in Alaska, Eric Mountain in England, and Ryan and Casey O’Connor in Okinawa! We missed a call from Jason Robertson in Texas.
     Attending the festivities at the Derby home of John and Eileen Willinski this year were: daughter Rita and husband Lewis Mountain from Dover-Foxcroft, daughter Patricia and husband Tracy Lord from Greenville, daughter Nancy Grant from Milo, and grandson Michael O?Connor with his wife Jody and their daughter, Miss Emma Susan from Glenburn.


     The day before Christmas, Fred & Lois visited with Lois's sister, Shirley George, and her family in Bangor; then they enjoyed a wonderful Christmas morning opening presents with their son Brian and Gail, and grandchildren, Travis and Tyler.
     After all of the excitement of Santa's visit, they all traveled to Sebec for a delectable Christmas dinner prepared and served by Fred's mother, Dorothy Trask. Also present were Gayle Trask Kiernan, husband John from Winslow, and their children, John Kiernan, Jr., from West Longbranch, N.J., and Janelle and Jack Michaud from Falmouth. Before the day was over, they visited Lois's brother, Paul Grindle, and his family in Brownville also.


     On Monday, December 24, Tanya and Bobby Ellison hosted their annual Christmas get together at their home in Medford. Over 30 friends and relatives attended the event to enjoy great food and great company.

Editor’s note: This is the first item of news from Medford and I hope there will be many more to come. I know there is a lot going on out there, and the rest of us would love to hear about all happenings.

     On Christmas Day, the Laurel and Murrel Harris house was the scene of a grand get-together! After a pleasant gift exchange, 18 people attended dinner. Home for the Holidays after a 5-year absence, were their daughter Tina and her husband Ed Vanedistine, who traveled here from Mississippi. Ed recently earned his Pilot’s Wings. Ed’s parents were also guests at dinner.
     The Harris house has 2 new additions for a few months, as Tina and Ed’s 2 cocker spaniels will be spending the winter with “Grammie and Grandpa” while Tina and Ed return to Oklahoma. In April the couple will return to Maine where Ed will work in the Maine Air Guard, flying KC 135 tankers out of Bangor. The 2 dogs, Jagger and Zoe, will reside on Cove Street and have made themselves right at home, but Kitty Harris has decided to reside at Grammie Nat’s where there is a little more peace and quiet.

Daffy Definition:
Undercarment: Coat hem or belt that hangs out the door of the vehicle. Also: doornamental, dragstrip
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     Members of the Robertson family enjoyed an old- fashioned family Christmas. Joining Kirby and Valerie for the holidays were their son Ben and his girlfriend Jenney and their daughter Katie with her dog Haley. Christmas morning was spent opening gifts and watching the antics of the various pets. Kirby and Valerie have 6 pets consisting of 3 cats and 3 dogs. At times the gifts were up-staged by the animals’ performances. The canines in the group all received gifts, most of which were devoured in a matter of minutes. Chunky and Ziggy, Val and Kirby’s Shih-Tzu’s, looked very cute in their new jackets and Heikki and Haley enjoyed their doggie treats.
     At noon the family went to the home of Kirby’s parents,Paul and Denice Robertson, to enjoy a delicious dinner (the animals stayed home!). After dinner a fun time was had looking at old pictures and reminiscing. Valerie, Katie, Ben and Jenney rode to Tammy and Joel Vail’s to look at gifts and visit. Also there were Jody Vail and her boyfriend Scott Graves, Jenny Vail, Mike Smith, and Charles Stevens. It was a wonderful day and we are all truly blessed to belong to such a loving and happy family.

     Members of the bands at Penquis Valley High School held their annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 12th at the high school gymnasium. They played to a packed house of parents, relatives, friends, and area residents.
     The first musical group to perform was the Penquis Valley sixth grade band. They played a medley of short pieces including, “Rolling Along”, “Hot Cross Buns”, “Lightly Row”, and “London Bridges”. Then they played two familiar pieces titled “Au Claire De La Lune” and “Frere Jacques”. Their next numbers were “A Mozart Melody” and “Ode to Joy” from “Beethoven’s Symphony No.9”.
     The sixth grade band concluded its section of the program with “Jingle Bells”.
     Members of the sixth grade band include Kristen Bell, Stuart Brown, Jose Carrillo, Tyler Case, Lynn Corson, Haley Flanders, Jessica Gillespie, Kayla Goodine, Lucas Knapp, Sarah Miller, Holley Moore, Erik Morrill, Rebecca Perry, Cheryl Roesing, and Natashia West from Mr. Gillis’ home room.
     Members from Mr. Grindle’s homeroom were Karen Bell, Chris Bessler, Noah Bissell, Chris Grey, Kelli Heath, Tiffany Herbest, David Olmstead, Katie Patten, Robert Pilon, and Travis Willette.
     Participating from Mrs. Thompson’s home room were Aleesa Bryne, Geneva Chambers, Chelsea Clark, Shannon Eastman, Kyle Gero, Jenny Goodine, Sarah Harris, Suzanne Johnston, Jessica Kahl, Dylon Lyford, Luke Noke, Sara Philbrick, Ryan Robbins, and Brian Zwicker.
     The second group to perform was members of the Penquis Valley Middle School Band. They played “Clarinet Jive” by Mike Story; “Silver Scepter” by John Kinyon; “Up on the House Top” by J. Norwalk, and “Jingle Bell Rock” by Beal and Booth.

     Band members included Christine Gerrish, Kristi Simpson, and Jenny Ekholm on flutes; Dawn Patten, Megan Knowles, Brooke Gardiner, Rene Harvey, Jennifer Hartmann, Brian Twitchell, Reanne Thompson, Brittany Tweedie, Celeste Grant, Sara Hoffman, Sara Nemic, Katie LaMunyon, Kristen Buch, and Shayna Trevorrow on clarinets; Matt Ludden, Joe Russell, Benji Ogden, Chris Bessey, and Megan McGinness on saxophones; Robert Vino, Brandon Carter, and Kendall Noke on trombones; Alex Zwicker and Nick Smith on bass; Ian Carey, Shawn Murphy, Brent Smith, Alysa Thompson, Elden Chase, Travis Chase, Travis Hanson, Anthony Aferin, and Aaron Kenney on trumpets with Austin Bell, Andrew Murray, Doug Lyford, Tristen Simonian, and Jessica Metros on percussion.
     The final performers of the evening were the members of the Penquis Valley High School Band. During their performance they played “America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by J. Cacavas, “Galop Burlesk” by W. Rhoads, “ A European Christmas” by A. McGinty that included “Basque Caro”, “O Tannenbaum”, and “Neapolitan Carol”.
     They played “The Glory of Christmas”, an arrangement by S. Feldstein and Christmas favorites, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”, and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. This piece was by J. Swearingen.
     Senior band members included Jennifer Marquis, Sara Jay, and Erin Beasley on flutes; Vanna Robbins, Jennifer Hussey, Belina Crider,
Casey McKusick, Stephanie Johnston, Sam Ellis, Elyse Kahl, and Jessie LaMunyon on clarinets; Andrew Walker, Todd Roesing, and David Bessey on trombones; Bill Keolsh, Brett Gerrish, and Peter Bissell on bass; Colby Chase, Dustin Bishop, Ashley Case, and Anders Hamlin on trumpets; Eli Ladd on saxophone with Robbie Coburn, Chris Madden, Drew Hamlin, Brandon Hoxie, and Kendra Mullens on percussion.
     During the performance, Mr. Eastman, director, introduced and honored the high school band seniors, Chris Madden, Brandon Hoxie, Eli Ladd, Anders Hamlin, and Peter Bissell. To quote Mr. Eastman, “No words can express how grateful I am that you shared your talent and personalities with me and the community for so many years and how much you will be missed. Thank you.”
     The concert was enjoyed by all that attended. Many thanks, Mr. Eastman, for helping to brighten the holiday season. And to all the band members, our sincere thanks. Here’s hoping your holidays this year and in years to come will be as bright and happy as was your music!

     The Milo Rec. Dept. is offering a Drivers Ed. class. For more details or to sign up call Murrel at 943-7326. There must be 15 to a class.


1. COLES    
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     On Wednesday, December 19, the folks who receive home delivered meals from the Milo Meals for Me. program were pleasantly surprised by gifts. The Milo Headstart children and staff prepared individual food packages for each patron!!! Thank-you so much, kids and staff.
     Please join us to eat and enjoy great company at one of our meal sites! We meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:45 at the Milo Town Hall, Wednesdays at 11:45 at the LaGrange Town Hall Apts., and Fridays at 11:45 at Quarry Pines in Brownville.

Tues.,Jan.1, 2002 All Sites Closed
Wed., Jan. 2 Salisbury Steak, Gravy, Baked Potato,
Broccoli, Ginger Cookie
Thurs., Jan. 3 Orange Juice, Cheese Omelet with Spanish Sauce, Muffin , Fruit Cup
Fri., Jan. 4 Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Tossed Salad, Pineapple Crisp
Mon., Jan. 7 Chicken Tetrazzini, Harvard Beets,
Cook’s Best Dessert (?)
Tues.,Jan. 8 Fish sticks, Mashed Potato, Spinach, Strawberry Whip

CALL 943-2324

Sawtell Speaks

     Lately Bill Sawtell has spoken to three groups of seventh graders in Wally Russell's social studies classes, speaking on immigrants coming into the Brownville area, mostly in the 19th Century. Sawtell talked of the English, exemplified by the Stickney family; the blacks, exemplified by the quarry workers, who stayed in Brownville for a short time; and the Swedes, who came down from northern Maine to work in the quarries and stayed.
     A test was given based upon 25 true or false questions. Prizewinners were Amber Benoit, Doug Lyford, Benji Ogden, Katie Lamonyon, Sunny Brown, K. Noke, and Chris Bessey.
     "The classes were all well behaved and attentive," says Sawtell, who encouraged the pupils to listen to their parents and grandparents and spend quality time with them, telling of the time he spent with his Welsh grandfather when he was younger and the things he learned from him.

“Those who would be wise listen to the past.”

Penquis Cruizers....
     The Penquis Cruizers recently held their Annual Meeting and Christmas Banquet at the Lone Pine Restaurant in Brownville. Members attended from the local area and from as far away as Mars Hill. Officers for 2002 are: Fred Worcester, president; Walter Cook, vice president; Sheri Conley, treasurer; Susan Worcester, secretary.
     The group voted to send a donation to the American Cancer Society. They will look in to the possibility of offering a scholarship to a graduating senior. Members also indicated that they would be interested in participating in one of the area telethons in 2002.
     The Cruizer of the Year award was presented to David Worcester of Scarborough. David is the son of president Fred Worcester and has always made the trip home to help with the annual Cruize-In.
     The 2002 Cruize-In is scheduled for June 30.
     New members continue to join the organization, which is open to anyone with an interest in automobiles. The group meets several times a year and provides members with a newsletter which includes a calendar of car shows, cruise-ins, and cruise nights throughout the state of Maine. Anyone interested in more information should contact Fred or Susan Worcester at 965-8070.


Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.

1. BJHS was torn down in
a. 1968
b. 1970
c. 1974
d. 1976

2. Rodney Ross was a(n)
a. Republican
b. Democrat
c. Independant
d. Green

3. The grist mill was
a. north
b. east
c. west
d. south
of the original saw mill.

4. Jake Larson was the
a. meat man
b. ice man
d. Methodist minister
d. YMCA secretary

5. Ezra Bemis was the
a. meat man
b. ice man
c. fullback
d. BHS principal

6. a. Greta Connors
b. Eleanor Rosebush
c. Phil Adams
d. Malcolm Buchanan
taught at both BHS and BJHS

7. The town farm and pest house were located in
a. Knights Landing
b. Williamsburg
c. North Brownville
d. Brownville Village

8. Mesach Jones was a(n)
a. quarry foreman
b. merchant
c. country singer
d. town manager

9. Brownville was once a(n)
a. province
b. plantation
c. metropolitan area
d. small city

10. BJHS won the Eastern Maine championship
a. once
b. twice
c. three times
d. five times

ANSWERS: 1. d, 2. a, 3. d, 4. b, 5. a, 6. a, 7. c, 8. a, 9. b, 10. b

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More Brownville Trivia

Choose the best answer.
1. A (a) pool hall (b) church (c) library (d) bridge was scheduled to be built in 1929.

2, Charlie Foulkes and Walter McClain were (a) teachers (b) constables (c) ministers (d) surveyors

3. Babe McCaron was a good (a) singer (b) boxer (c) cook (d) mechanic

4. The Tannery District School was by (a) Whetstone Brook (the East Branch (c) Jenks Brook (d) Schoodic Lake

5. Albion Farnham was a(n) (a) pitcher (b) catcher (c) shortstop (d) leftfielder

6. Which was not a flood year? (a) 1936 (b) 1941 (c) 1966 (d) 1987

7. (a) Dave Cota (b) Dave Barrett (c) Gerald Wagg (d) Lyle Towne was twice town manager.

8. (a) Stymiest's (b) Richardson's (c) Gerrish's (d) the Gerry Company sent supplies out on the Scoot.

9. Onawa is (a) north (b) east (c) west (d) south of Brownville.

10. (a) Rock concerts (b) Chautauquas (c) Bake Sales (d) Craft Fairs were held on the playground in the village during the 1920s

ANSWERS: 1.c, 2.b, 3.b, 4.a, 5.a, 6.b, 7.d, 8.d, 9.c, 10.b.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I want to thank Bill for all the work he does to make the paper informative and fun. I have heard from many people who enjoy the trivia. The questions are fun, and a great history lesson. Thanks, Bill


1. Never argue with your plowman.
2. Expect wild turkeys and deer on your front lawn.
3. There is no potato salad like church supper potato salad.
4. Beans on Saturday night.
5. Spring is official when you get a quiet night to burn your field.
6. For some reason, February was created for high school basketball.
7. Any person who owns their backhoe is a friend indeed.
8. A stable, a summerhouse, a tool shed, or a barn can easily be fashioned from an old Bangor & Aroostook reefer car.
9. Fresh pressed cider clears the colon better’n anything.
10. Everyone knows what you speak of when you mention “the County”.
11. We all pass through Perry’s Nut House at least once in our lives.
12. Calais is pronounced “KAL-LAS”, not some effeminate (and foreign) “KA-LAY”!
13. There is something both satisfying and sad about seeing a gutted moose in the back of a pickup on I-95, heading south.
14. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, we love to point out that we elected the first Independent Governors!

15. Maine voted for Perot the first time out.
16. It’s fun to watch the national television news just to see how they handle a quarter inch of snowfall elsewhere in the country.
17. Sidewalks? Streetlights? Why?
18. “Down south” means Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “Deep south” is Boston.
19. You can recollect all the participants on “Stacy’s Country Jamboree” and the songs they sang.
20. Bar Harbor in the summer, “Yeah, right!”
21. Live lobsters USUALLY aren’t red.
22. Freeport just before Christmas, “Yeah, right!”
23. Canadian tea is better’n what they sell in the states.
24. Deep dish blueberry pie and coffee (or Canadian tea) in August=HEAVEN.
25. You can get as good an education at the University of Maine as ANYWHERE.
26. The local transfer station can be as good as L.L.Bean’s, if you know what to look for.
27. A week of –10 degrees is “a cold snap”.
28. Fiddleheads in butter are a rite of spring.
29. It never gets any better than “wicked good”.
30. “A-yuh” is pronounced only during a sharp inhalation.
31. Moxie’s not half bad.
32. Fudge is one of the main food groups.
33.“The way life should be” should be the national motto!


Penquis Boys 50, FA 45
Milo, December 29-Tony Hamlin's young Patriots edged a taller FA team coached by David Carey in an interclass game here before a festive crowd, coming away with a 50-45 win in overtime.
Keys to the win:
1. The scoring of Justin Allen (15), Steve Kissell (11), and Chet Gillis (10)
2. The boardwork of the Patriots against a taller opponent
3. The ball movement of the Patriots against much FA pressure
4. 6-8 foul shooting in the last two minutes of the overtime by the host
5. The fine Patriot defense, generally keeping FA outside
Josh Withee had 15 and Danny White 12 for FA.
Quarter Scores
FA 6 20 29 42 45
Penquis 11 18 33 42 50
Officials: Morin and Nutter

Penquis Girls 61, FA 27
Milo, December 29--Penquis guard April Allen scored on a lay-in before two Megan Russell transition hoops, an Allen breakaway, and two Russell free throws to put Penquis up 10 to 0. And the hostesses of Wally Russell raced to an 18-4 first quarter lead en route to a 61-27 win over the young Lady Ponies of Charlie Wing, as all players saw action here.
Russell had 12 and Allen 10 to pace Penquis. Ashley Hall had 11 for FA.
Quarter Scores
FA 4 11 20 27
Penquis 18 34 50 61
Officials: Conley and Davis

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     The Key Club held its first blood drive of the year on December 19, 2001. The goal for the drive was 50 units. 67 potential donors passed through the doors and we collected 54 units. There were 13 first time donors – mostly PVHS students! According to the Red Cross, the 54 units of blood that were collected will help as many as 216 people. This was the most successful winter drive that the Key Club has had in several years. Thank you for your support! We have been scheduled for another blood drive on March 12, 2002. We look forward to seeing you there.
     Several members gathered at Quarry Pines on December 21st to sing Christmas carols to the residents. We enjoyed home-baked cookies provided by Megan Russell and Amanda Martin during a break in the one-hour songfest. The residents and members enjoyed the interaction and we look forward to visiting again in the New Year!
     On Christmas Day ten members, Trish Hayes, and Dennis Dorsey helped Everett and Freda Cook serve Christmas dinner to approximately 60 residents. We helped set up, deliver meals to shut-ins, serve meals, wash dishes and clean up. Everyone enjoyed the experience and felt good about being able to give back to our community on this special day. We look forward to coming back next year.
     We’ve had a busy few months, but are looking for more community service projects. We would like to stay busy throughout the year, so if your organization would like our assistance, please contact Trish Hayes at 943-7317.
     Best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy New Year!



     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angie’s Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Janet Richards or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.


     The meeting included twenty-two members with guests Merna Dunham and Key Club member Eli Ladd.
     We welcomed Tom Witham, who was inducted by Eben DeWitt. Val Robertson and Lorraine Schinck sponsored Tom.

     An interclub attended the Key Club meeting. THANK YOU FOR RETURNING OUR BELL!! The Key Club was busy with a blood drive today, caroling on the 22nd at Quarry Pines, and helping on Christmas Day with the dinner hosted by Everett and Freda Cook at the Milo Town Hall.
     The Secret Santa was a great success! Forty-four families benefited, which meant that Mr. Claus treated over one hundred area children.
     The THREE RIVERS NEWS staff reports that donations are coming close to the costs of publication, with the cumulative balance about $90 in the red.
     The Town Hall steering committee will meet on January 7th.
     Eighteen happy and sad dollars were collected this week.
     Reverend Michelle St. Cyr, the Methodist minister, spoke to us today about the birth of Jesus. She reminded us of God’s love and how it is real and working in today’s world. She brought many different nativity scenes for everyone to see. Rev. St. Cyr’s closing words were to remember to look for God’s love in all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Thank you, Reverend Michelle!


     The meeting was composed of nine members and guest Katie Robertson. She will be working on rehabilitating seals in the very near future. There is a facility in Westbrook that cares for injured or abandoned seals. According to Katie, there is a great deal of need for this occupation. She will be volunteering her time as part of furthering her education.
     In addition to setting up and assisting with the blood drive and helping the Cooks with their Christmas dinner, the Key Club is busy selling refreshments at the basketball games.
     The Kiwanis Newspaper was on “vacation” this week but will be out in full force next week.
     January 7, 2002 will be the date for the next Town Hall steering committee meeting.
     Joe and Chris Beres celebrate their anniversary on December 30th.
     Nine happy and sad dollars were collected.
     Our mystery speaker was so secret that we didn’t discover his/her identity! Katie Robertson was voted in as the stand-in speaker. She gave an informal, but informative, presentation on seal rescuing. Thank you, Katie.
     Trish Hayes did an excellent job of filling in for President Todd Lyford. Chief of Police Lyford had been called out because of a car accident.
     The members of the Milo-Brownville Kiwanis Club wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

     As we pursue the customary annual appraisal of ourselves, our accomplishments, and our goals for the new year, we find it necessary to take into account that the picture of the United States as the ideal country in which to live has been modified by acts of terror within our borders. We see the changed picture with eyes opened not only to the new threats, but also to the new opportunities for making changes in national, state, and especially in local policies. Certainly, we must envision not only possible long-range threats, but far more importantly, we must nurture our ideals and work to reach them.
     The first priority of any society wishing to perpetuate itself is to teach children that they must assume active roles in improving the society. What must we do to inspire them? What improvements are needed in the way we

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educate them? What character traits will they need to govern wisely? To follow their leaders, not blindly, but intelligently? To create change that promotes goodness and avoids evil?
     We have a history of reacting, rather than of being visionary and proactive. Our apathy led us to Pearl Harbor and to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Our country, however, has a great many people with far-sighted vision. They live everywhere, and their ideas are vital to our survival. We tend to think in national terms about these matters, but our society exists in local increments, every one of which needs visionary leadership; every one of which needs improvement; every one of which has children who need to be taught goodness and the means to achieve it in their own small world.
     Certainly proactive attitudes are needed nationally; but in the national arena the attitudes of leaders are tainted with greed, thirst for power, and by the corrupt means customarily used to achieve wealth and power. That is why the survival of our society will be in the localities that rise above such venality. All of you reading this live in an area that needs the best of your thinking and your active participation in improvement. For our area YOU are the key to survival and improvement. Please think about this and act according to the vision you have of your children’s future.

     If you were brought up in Milo, you probably own a copy of Frank Keniston’s Biographies of Milo, Maine, published in 1945. As you have grown older, you have more and more frequently referred to it to keep a perspective toward your own age by refreshing your memory as to the ages of others who live here. I am sure Frank knew how useful his book would be, but I doubt if he realized how threadbare with constant use each volume would become over the years.
     Frank prefaced the book with two brief histories: one of the Milo Free Public Library; the other of a social event without parallel before or after, at least around here. I am sure Frank would not mind our using his account, which was also published in newspapers as far south as New York City. His account follows:

     “One of the most interesting events ever to take place in Milo and probably the one event bringing the most publicity to the Town of anything that had occurred since the town was incorporated over one hundred years before, was the pilgrimage to Boston of eight Milo couples who had been married over 50 years. They were: Mr. and Mrs. John Dillon, he a retired farmer, 63 years; Mr. and Mrs. James Shaw, he a retired blacksmith, 57 years; Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Leonard, he a retired grocery clerk, 56 years; Rev. and Mrs. S.E. Frohock, he pastor of the United Baptist Church, 54
years; Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Martin, he a retired undertaker and barber, 54 years; Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Carey, he a farmer, 52 years; Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Brackett, he a retired grocer, 52 years; and Mr. and Mrs. I.F. Deane, he a retired lumberman, 50 years. Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Ramsdell, he a retired farmer, married 61 years, had been present on several local ocassions with the group, but were prevented from making this trip.
     The trip was planned and personally conducted by Walter E. Dillon, son of the first-named couple and proprietor of the Dillon Hotel in Milo. The trip was made in five automobiles with a motorcycle police escort for the round trip.
     “The party left Milo Friday, September 28, 1928, and were entertained at lunch at the Blaine Mansion in Augusta by Governor and Mrs. Ralph O. Brewster. From there they proceeded to Portland and were overnight guests of Mr. Harry Bridges at the Falmouth Hotel. Saturday morning fourteen of the sixteen elderly people left by automobile and were provided with lunch by the Rockingham Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H. Two of the party, Rev. S.E. Frohock and Mrs. M.G. Brackett, left Portland by airplane and the entire party joined at Boston Saturday afternoon. At Boston they were royally entertained by the Statler Hotel in their Georgian Room Saturday evening with a banquet and reception. The Statler also provided lodging, breakfast, a sight-seeing trip over the city, and in addition paid a substantial amount to provide for gasoline and other incidentals of the trip. The entire party left Boston on the return on Sunday and on Sunday night were again entertained by the Falmouth Hotel management, leaving there Monday and arriving back to Milo Monday afternoon. Boston and New York papers sent reporters to write up the trip and take pictures of the group; also, pictrures were shown on picture screens across the nation.
     “The party had urgent invitations to visit other large cities, but declined.”

Editor’s note: What an important event in the lives of those eight couples and also in the community! Those were days when an automobile trip from Milo to Boston by even one couple was a newsworthy event. What a lot of excitement there must have been in town when the motorcade left and again when they returned. I can see the couples waving and Ed Wingler riding on the open-air fire truck with the siren screaming.
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