Three Rivers News, 2002-01-29


To the Bangor Hydro Crews:
     We at Three Rivers News would like to thank you for all the work you do to maintain or restore our power lines. We realize the work you do is often dangerous and many times under-appreciated. Thank you!

Weight Watchers at Work
     There will be a new 12-week session of Weight Watchers at Work starting at Penquis Valley High School on Thursday, February 7. New and continuing members are invited to attend the sign-up session on January 31 at 3:00 p.m. in the library. First weigh-in for new
members will be on February 7, followed by the Getting Started session with information about the Winning Points plan and how it works.
     The At Work program consists of twelve weekly meetings that allow time for confidential weigh-ins and group support, along with information that will encourage a healthier lifestyle and eating habits. WW materials are handed out at the first meeting for the entire 12-week program.
     The cost of the program is $139.00 which may be paid one of three ways: Cash or check for the full amount; three checks with two being post dated; payroll deduction for MSAD # 41 employees; Mastercard/Visa.
     Members may join the group at any time by paying the cost of remaining weeks. The program is open to community members as well as MSAD # 41 employees.
     Come join us and experience weight loss in a healthy and safe way. For information, you may call Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208.

     Jason Boucher, the son of Carol and Don Brown of Milo, and Clarence Boucher, graduated from the New Hampshire Police Academy in Concord, New Hampshire. He has successfully completed twelve weeks of training in many programs.
     Officer Boucher is originally from Milo and served with the United States Air Force Law Enforcement Division from 1993 until March of 2001. While in the USAF Law Enforcement branch, Jason obtained the rank of staff sergeant; he was assigned to the Base Patrol Division and the NCOIC of Wildlife and Animal Control Unit.
     The Moultonboro, NH Police Department now employs Jason and Chief Scott Kinmond says Officer Boucher is a great addition to the department.

     Jason lives in Moultonboro with his wife, the former Sherry Harmon of Derby, and their daughter Faith. Congratulations, Jason, and good luck !

     On Monday, Jan. 21, I noticed a sign at the Milo Exxon stating a beagle had been lost on the previous Sunday. My heart went out to the owner, because the weather had been cold and I feared the dog might not have survived the cold night. On Wednesday, I received a call form Sue Lyford, the dog’s owner, asking me to put an ad in the paper asking folks to help with the search for the dog. My heart went out to her again, and I assured her we would do what we could. I spent a lot of time Wednesday night worrying about the little dog, and I knew how upset Sue was.
     I am happy to report that Sue gave me a call Thursday to tell me the dog had been found. Sue had spent a lot of time at the spot where Magnum had disappeared, calling for the beagle, and Thursday, during Sue’s morning search, Magnum came out of the woods. What a great ending!

     On Sunday, February 17, at 6:30 pm, the website will give up to the second updates of the 40th annual Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby winners. All of the ticket drawing prizewinners will be posted, along with the prizewinners for biggest fish caught.
     There are many prizes, with the grand prize being the winner’s choice of a 2002 Z-370 Arctic Cat snowsled, worth $4,100.00, or a 2002 250 2x4 ATV, valued at $3,950.00.
     The Milo Fire Department puts a lot of time into making the Fishing Derby a great event. The money raised is donated to many area programs and charities. Help show your support for this worthwhile project by purchasing a book or two of tickets for the drawing. The tickets are available at many area businesses and from Fire Department members.
     The drawing will also be aired live on WDME, FM 103, on the radio. Show your support by entering the derby or by purchasing tickets.

Donations appreciated!
     This week the paper received some very generous donations from readers. One of these donations came from Lanny and Doreen Ellison of Florida with the following note:
To the Three Rivers News,
Please see the attached donation check for Three Rivers News. Mom (Kitty Ellison) sent me the link to the paper, and we have enjoyed reading it online weekly. This effort involves many hours of hard work…congrats to all.
Thanks For the vote of confidence, Lanny and Doreen, and for your donation.

Another generous donation was given by Dennis Dorsey, whom we thank very much.

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     Three River News is published weekly by Three Rivers Kiwanis. It is available Tuesdays at the Milo Farmer’s Union, BJ’s Market, Graves Service Station, Robinson’s Fuel Mart, D & M, All-In-One Stop, Milo Exxon, and Milo True Value. The paper can also be viewed online at Donations can be mailed to Valerie Robertson, PO Box 81, Milo, Maine 04463
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     All opinions are those of the editors unless otherwise stated. We will publish no negative or controversial comments. The paper is written, printed, and distributed by unpaid volunteers. Donations are used to cover expenses of printing, paper and materials.

Valerie Robertson
Nancy Grant
Sheri Conley
Tom Witham
Seth Barden

     It’s a New Year; is it time for a New YOU? Carol Witham of Brownville Jct. will be offering a beginner’s exercise program at the Milo Town Hall. The cost is $2.50 per session, and the times are as varied as the exercises. So make a resolution to start a program of health fitness. For details, call Murrel Harris at 943- 7326 or Carol Witham at 965-8146.

Practical Self-defense, Rank advancement classes, Women’s self-defense. Contact Murrell Harris at 943-7326 or Sensei David Edgerly at 949-5017.


     The Milo Recreation Department will offer a course in Driver’s Education as soon as fifteen students enroll. There are presently less than that signed up. If you are 15 years old and would like to learn to drive, call Murrel Harris at 943-7326

     These are some Maine laws that are rarely used or are not commonly known by the general public. The titles and section numbers are listed along with a brief explanation of the law. You can access these laws on the Internet at , then go the Maine Law.

Motor Vehicle Laws

1. 29-A s.s. 2963-4 Attaching to a moving vehicle while riding on a bike/skates/sled/toy vehicle. This law was designed to keep kids from hanging onto vehicles for fun. The scheduled fine amount for this violation is $16.00 (this is the correct amount).

2. 29-A s.s. 2063-3 Carrying excessive passengers on a bicycle. This law was designed for people not to exceed the passenger limit a bike was designed for. The scheduled fine amount for this violation is $16.00

3. 29-A s.s. 2063-5 Failing to stop at a stop sign on a bicycle. This law is made for the safety of the biker who uses the roadway. A bicyclist must follow the same rules as a motor vehicle. The scheduled fine amount for this violation is $16.00

4. 29-A s.s. 2396 Unsecured load on a vehicle. This law is for people who use their vehicle to haul items. The most common violation of this section would be people overloading garbage above the body of a truck or trailer to go to the dump. A load must be confined, fastened, secured or loaded to prevent a portion from falling off the vehicle. The scheduled fine amount for this violation is $176.00.

5. 29-A s.s. 2396-4 Placing snow / slush on public way. This law was designed for the person who is either plowing snow or using a snow blower not to put snow in the roadway or sidewalk. Public work crews don’t mind plowing snow out of the road due to snowstorms, but do not want to return because people are putting snow back into the road. The scheduled fine amount for this violation is $92.00.
     As I continue to thumb through the laws, I will note others that are of interest. The scheduled fine amount is set by the state. The Town of Milo does not receive any direct funds from these fines.

     The Even Start Family Literacy Program is part of the Adult Education Programs of MSAD #41 and MSAD#68. The program serves low literacy and low-income families with children, from birth to age 8, in their homes and in the Even Start center. The program helps families who want to improve their reading skills or work toward receiving their GED diploma. Even Start works with the whole family, and includes adult education, early childhood education, parenting education, and PACT (parent and child together time). The staff works out a flexible schedule with each family and meets every week. Family goals are set including homework, which is an important component of the program. For more information, contact Diane Curran at 943-2246.

Reading is FUNdamental!!

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
     You may not be aware of it, but I believe that Louise Rhoda and I invented the Super Bowl Party. We had come to hate football, especially the Super Bowl. We then hit upon the idea of us having a party.... start early in the day, have lots of great food, and when the guys have their noses planted in the T.V., we would be playing Scrabble or some other game that we enjoyed! We couldn't imagine why someone hadn't thought of it before! Why not make a party out of the most boring day of the year? Then, lo and behold, the next year we started seeing ads for Super Bowl Party recipes. The grocery store flyers were advertising specials people would want to buy to make for party fun. HEY, they stole our idea!!! Well, our Super Bowl parties have continued...year after year. There are now three or four couples who get together every year. We take turns hosting the party...but everyone brings their fair share of the treats. The only difference now is that the ladies are always eager to see the elaborate advertisements shown during the game, and we also want to see the half time show. To heck with Scrabble! We usually end up watching the whole game!
     Buffalo wings are always on the menu. I'll never forget the year my husband was in charge of the wings. He concocted a mixture to coat the wings, put it in a large plastic bowl, added the wings, put the cover on and shook like you wouldn't believe, trying to coat each one. The top popped off the container.... the wings scattered across the floor....we all stopped dead in our could hear the collective intake of breath. Stunned, our eyes met one another... and then the laughter began. We relive that incident and laugh about it every year.
     I'm no hand to eat "hot" buffalo wings (even when they are dipped in ranch dressing to cool them off), but I do love the wings marinated in teriyaki sauce or honey mustard barbecue sauce. It's nice to have a mixture of tastes rather than doing the whole package of wings in just one flavor. You can buy fresh or frozen chicken wings at the Farmer's Union.
     A frozen item that really cuts your cooking preparation time down is meatballs. You can buy bags of them (they aren't all that big, so buy two bags) and put them in the crockpot with a small bottle of ketchup and a small jar of grape jelly for sauce. It’s absolutely yummy, and really easy. I usually get the crockpot fired up on high - add the ketchup and jelly and let the jelly melt (stir every once in a while to help that process out a bit). Add your meatballs and let them come to a boil, turn the heat down on low and let them simmer. The frozen meatballs are pre-cooked, so it's a matter of thawing and heating.
     Another nice and easy appetizer party food that we love is the mini franks done in wet mustard and apricot jelly. Blend a big squirt of mustard and a huge spoonful of jelly in a large frying pan. When that concoction is melted, add your package of mini franks and let them simmer. Leave them on the stove, in the pan set on low heat, and place a container of toothpicks beside them...people can just come along and stab and eat right out of the pan. This is an appetizer that needs to be kept warm...why not serve them right off the stove? I mean, after all, we're talking about a Super Bowl party
here. Your guests probably aren't expecting you to have out your finest china serving dishes. As a matter of fact.... I’d be really careful who I invited to my Super Bowl party. If I thought they were expecting the china.... they’d be off the list from the get-go.
     We usually do a cheese ball or two, crackers, and dips with chips. Another easy appetizer is corn tortilla chips on a plate with shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled on them....45 seconds in the microwave to melt the cheese, and served with a side dish of salsa. These go in a hurry, so if you're the hostess you need to be on the alert that the plate is getting low so you can quickly fix another plate of them.
     All these appetizing ideas I've given you are fairly easy to prepare. There is one item I usually prepare that takes a little longer. Believe me when I tell you that you'll be the hit of the party if you serve it.... or if you bring it to a gathering! Some of my friends insist that I bring this particular spread to parties we're invited to. The original recipe called for a can of shrimp and a can of crabmeat. It was called Seafood Round. I don't use crabmeat on it at all....I only use canned I call it Shrimp Round! The recipe follows:

2 - 8oz. packages of cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
dash of garlic powder
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 tablespoon of snipped chives, scallions or onions (I use about 1 1/2 tsp. of dried chives - don't leave this out as I believe it's the makings of the spread.)
3/4 cup chili sauce
2 tablespoons sweet relish
1 small can of shrimp drained (and I spread on paper towels and pat dry.)
1 can of crabmeat (Now remember, I told you I don't use the crabmeat. I did once, and the crabmeat dried out before the spread was gone. I now use two cans of shrimp).
     Combine the first 5 ingredients and beat until smooth. Stir in the celery and chives. Spread onto a plate. A regular dinner plate will give you a thicker spread.
If you want to spread it on a larger serving plate, you'll just have a thinner layer. It's all according to your preference. I use a dinner plate...but I've also used a larger serving plate. (I've also spread this in a square 9" Tupperware cake taker and transported it on a snowmobile up the river to more than one party! You don't know anyone who has a better time partying than my friends and I (isn't that right, Kirby)! Combine the chili and relish and spread on top of the cheese, leaving a little ridge of the cheese spread as a small outside rim. Arrange the seafood and sprinkle a little dried parsley over all. Serve with crackers. YUMMY!!

Let’s get ready to rumble!!….(coming soon to the PVHS Gym.)

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     On January 12 and 13 members of the Milo Fire Department began the hands-on work to prepare the Town Hall stage for cleaning and painting. Murrel Harris, Dave Preble, John Sherburne, Ken Demers, Matt Demers, Kevin Black, and Joel Morrill took down the front basketball backboard, both old roll-up curtains, the old scoreboard track, and all the wooden framework above the stage. Sterling Brown had lent Kiwanis his metal staging, and with that and the sixteen-foot Town Hall ladder, the work was done. Let it be said that this work was both difficult and dangerous, and much appreciated by the Town Hall Project Steering Committee. It seems as though whenever there is a tough job that needs to be done, Fire Department members are always ready to help.
     Add to that their quick response to fires and other emergencies, and we all know that we have the finest fire department in the State of Maine. Thanks, Firemen!!
     The following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Kiwanians and others cleaned and painted most of the stage area to prepare for the installation of support pipes and the new theater lighting system. Aline Blanchard, Sylvia and Gary Black, Marlene Cole, Eben DeWitt, Todd Lyford, Janet Richards, Valerie Robertson, Lorraine Schinck, Fred and Lois Trask, Ed and Ethelyn Treworgy, David Walker, Carroll Witham, Joe Zamboni, all worked on the project one or more days. In addition, Zach Beals worked very hard as a cleaner and gopher. Frank Cochrane had worked cleaning the stage before Christmas.
     The names written on the walls, now recorded in photos, have been painted over and the stage area looks clean and ready for a new life.
     After the work session on Saturday, Valerie Robertson prepared a gourmet meal for everyone who had worked on the project. She was assisted by Kathy Witham, Marlene Heal, and Ethelyn Treworgy in the kitchen. Val had baked two kinds of lasagna, prepared a salad, and created an apple crisp to die for. Nancy Grant, Lois Trask, Kathy Witham, and Ethelyn Treworgy also provided food.
     Some of the workers weren’t able to come, but twenty people enjoyed Val’s thank-you supper.
     On January 28 and 29 Dick DeWitt and his son Kurt will be installing seven thirty-foot-long steel pipes, four of which will hold the new theater lights, with the other three to hold the three curtains and horizontal borders which will conceal the lights above the stage. A small booth will be built in the balcony, centered at the rear of the auditorium, from which the lights will be operated with the computerized controls. Dick already has done the electrical work needed to power the new theater lighting and sound systems, and the work he did putting up conduits and receptacles on the ceiling is amazing. If you get a chance, you should look at it. We thank him for his contribution to the project.
     On January 30 and 31 Jeff Richards, Technical Director for the Maine Center for the Arts and Scott Stitham, Assistant Technical Director, will be hanging the lights and showing us how to operate them. There will be

three banks of lights above the stage used as down-wash lights, and one bank outside the stage. We also have our old spotlight, donated to Milo High School by Stearns High School in 1967. Carl Wilson, JMG teacher at Penquis Valley High School, who is skilled at operating theater lighting systems, will continue the education process, so that we will have several people skilled in operating both the lighting and sound systems.
     After the light and sound systems have been installed, the stage floor will be painted black and new curtains installed to match the present front stage curtain. There will be a permanent white curtain, called a scrim, thirty inches from the rear wall of the stage. This curtain will be used as a lighting background. Immediately in front of it will be a light-weight black curtain, which will serve to close off the scrim until the lights are turned on. There will be another curtain one-third of the way from the rear of the stage, which will reduce the stage size for scenes requiring a smaller, more intimate space. There will be wing curtains to conceal entrances and exits.
     We have been fortunate to have Richard Poole offer to help us get the stage piano back in shape at reasonable expense, and he came to Milo from Boston January 27 to see what has to be done.
     We have received donations of over $38,000 to use in the renovation project, $700 of which has been specified to be used to replace the auditorium chairs. Frank Cochrane, President of the Milo High School Alumni Association, sent a letter to all MHS alumni a few weeks ago suggesting that anyone who wished to donate $17.50 could have a chair purchesed and a name inscribed on it. So far quite a number of people, alumni and others, have purchased one or more chairs either for themselves or as a memorial for a loved one, and we hope that soon we will have enough funds to replace all the chairs in the Town Hall and have names on all of them. We welcome chair donations from anyone who wants to have a name inscribed on the chair.
     The senior class musical is scheduled for early April, and the annual Kiwanis variety show will be held in late April. We are hopeful that coffee house entertainments can be scheduled when the Center is up and running.
     We want to thank Milo Town Manager Jane Jones for her help with the project, Brownville Town Manager Sophie Wilson for her writing of the Maine Community Foundation $7500 grant, and Janet Richards, Milo Town Treasurer for her time-consuming work keeping track of the donations to the project. In addition, members of Three Rivers Kiwanis have donated time and money to the project, for which we give them thanks. Many people, especially Milo High School and Penquis Valley High School alumni, have contributed money, and we are most grateful to them. Hopefully, donations will continue to come in, as we still have a lot more to do.
     Considering that this project was adopted by Kiwanis only ten months ago, we have come a long way in bringing it to reality. Because people other than Kiwanians have also worked to support the Arts Center Project, we have been able to make good gains. It shows that people working together for the benefit of others can get a lot done in a relatively short time. What a great theater we are going to have!

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From Mrs. Barden
- Shelby Jay and Gabby Pouges are my terrific kids. They were very helpful to the substitutes last week and showed great pride in their classroom behavior. Everyone should have children like these 2 girls.

From Mrs. Chessa - Zach Lyford is our TK. He is a hard worker in the classroom. He is is kind to others and he is careful not to hurt others feelings. He is
an active participant in reading group. He volunteers often. Zach particularly enjoys mystery books, trying to solve the clues!


From Mrs. Dunham - Jamie Perry is our TK. She works very hard to complete her morning work. Jamie makes sure to tell an adult where she is going, which helps all of us stay on track! She is always kind and polite. We love having her in our class!

From Mrs.Gillis -
A nurse or singer she may be,
Her work is done very carefully,
At dismissal she helps consistently,
Our Terrific Kid is Kayla Dee. (Kayla Webb)

From Mrs.Whitney - My terrific kid is Aaron Richard.He is a very dedicated computer helper in Mrs. Chessa's room in the mornings. He never has to be
reminded to go to his job and always remembers to return on time. Great job at learning real life skills, Aaron!

From Mrs. Hayes - We have a group of terrific kids this week. It is our first grade students. These students are creating interesting writing in their journals every day. They are using a rubric to check and correct their writing to improve their writing skills. We are very proud of the progress they are making in their reading. They are using many strategies that are helping them become good readers. Many of the students are reading both independently and to their classmates. We are happy that these students follow the school rules and set a good example to their kindergarten friends. They take their work seriously and make their best effort every
day. We love Courtney Badger, Chad Perkins, David Cianci, Kendra Hall, Dylan Rhoda, Alexa Gerrish, Cody Larrabee and Hannah Guthrie.
From Mrs.Tardiff/Mrs.Hussey - Chris Glidden- has worked hard to finish work on time and
be neat, and is doing a much better job following "I Care Rules".
Dakota Howe- is a good reader, she enjoys our stories, and she is a good friend and helper.

From Mrs.Walker/Mrs.Carey - Logan is a dear little guy who tries very hard in all that
he does. He always follows the Golden Rule and is a very polite student in the room and outdoors towards his classmates. Logan enjoys listening to our stories. Congratulations!!!!
Colton is a great little helper in the room and always finishes his morning work and helps others. Colton enjoys listening to all stories and singing songs with his classmates. Congratulations!

Grade 5
Brownville Elementary
     At Brownville Elementary we have a lot of computers, access to the Internet and many other programs. We have to be responsible when we're on the Internet because we're trying to be safe. We have educational programs like Zip Zap Map, Math Munchers, Storybook Weaver, Road Adventures, and many more.

Grade 5
Brownville Elementary
     Hi, May name is Rachelle. I'm going to talk to you about Art and our Art teacher, Mrs. Chapman. We just made clay houses and they came out great. We gave them for Christmas presents to our parents. We made some weavings to put over our paper bags to cover the names of the stores where we got the bags. Then we wrapped them in the bags for Christmas.
     Last spring we made tie dye shirts and it was so much fun. We made them outdoors. Mrs. Chapman hung them on a clothesline on the trees to dry. If we work quietly, we get smile faces and then we get to choose a prize out of the prize box. We get stickers if we are the only group that is quiet. Art is fun!

Editor’s Note: I want to thank the area schools for the information they provide to the newspaper. The area’s young people are our greatest asset and we love reading about their accomplishments and reading their articles. Keep up the good work!
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     The first round of the Recreation Basketball Double Elimination tournament was held Sat., Jan. 19 at the PVHS gymnasium. In game 1, a girl’s game, the number 3-ranked Grants squad played the number 2 team, Graves. Graves team won, 26 to 21. For Graves team, Grace Merchant scored 9 points, and Morgan Royal added 5. Kayla Goodine, of Grants team, was the game high scorer with 13 points.
     Game two of the day was a boy’s game between number 3 Graves and number 5 Grants. Graves won 38 to 24. Mike Lawson and J.D. Weston each had 9 points for Graves, while Chad Badger had 6 points for Grants, and Josh Hathorne had 4.

Women’s Volleyball Playoff Results

GRAYS (eliminated)

     Playoffs resume Monday at 6:00PM, with Cole’s playing Leland’s team. At 6:300PM that night, Banker’s will play Demers’. Good luck girls!!!

     Boy Scout Troop #115 will be collecting cans and bottles at the Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby on February 16 and 17. There will be marked receptacles at both weigh stations to deposit your cans or bottles. The Scouts will use the money received from the containers to go camping. Take a moment to deposit your empties in the proper place, while helping out the Boy Scouts!!!


Call received by the Milo Fire Department

Chimney fire
Compressor motor fire
Assist ambulance in Brownville Jct.
Mutual Aid to Sebec garage fire
Assist ambulance
Monday - Chicken nuggets, mashed potato, carrots, dinner roll, orange halves, and milk.
Tuesday - Corn chowder, grilled sandwich, celery sticks, frosted brownie, and milk.
Wednesday - Egg muffin, hash brown, veggie sticks, applesauce, and milk.
Thursday - Fajita, Spanish rice, lettuce/tomato, croutons, pineapple, and milk.
Friday - Bread sticks, cheese and sauce, 3 bean salad, chocolate chip cookie, and milk.

Editors Note: Nancy has been busy going through issues of The Town Crier, and will give us a look back in time. Thanks to Nancy and to the Milo Historical Society.

On this date:

January 28, 1967: The National Honor Society at Milo High School will hold its second seminar at the high school. The moderator will be Mr. Harry Diehl who will lead the discussion with panel members Georgia Hamlin, Mona Soucie, Shelby Cockey, Susan Rhoda, Louise Cunningham, and Roger Shepardson.

January 29, 1987: The shore prizes for the 25th annual Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby are; a chance at $630.00 in cash fish prizes, 6 chances on a 1987 Ski-Doo 377 Safari, 6 chances on a 19” GE color TV or a GE Remote VCR.

Editor’s Note: The 2002 Fishing Derby poster advertises the prizes for this year-- total $12,000.00!
The increase is due in part to the efforts of the Fire Department, and a little to inflation!

Basketball news

PCHS Boys 59, Penquis 39
     Milo, January 19--Three Keith Dawson treys and a lay-in helped break the game wide open here for Jamie Russell's Pirates and kept the Eastern Maine champions undefeated thus far, awaiting a showdown at Bingham a few nights away. The PCHS long bombing was very effective against the Penquis 2-3 zone in the second quarter when the victors outscored the hosts 26 to 13.
Keys to the win:
1. Kyle Pulkkinen's 20 points
2. Keith Dawson's 14 and all around play, 14 coming in the first half
3. the PCHS defense, causing turnovers and well contesting shots
Quarter Scores:
PCHS 9 35 44 59
Penquis 6 19 28 39
Officials: Shoppee and Harmon
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PART 2 (where I solve the mystery, I think).
     As I sit here writing this story on Saturday morning, January 26, 2002, I still have no birds at my feeders. Many people have offered up suggestions as to why my feathered friends disappeared. Ethelyn Treworgy’s daughter Susan determined from my last article that my feeders were free hanging and wondered if the motion of them was scaring the birds away. I suppose that could be a solution, but I paid attention to my feeders and noticed they don’t move--I think because the ropes holding them in place are iced up.
     Some folks have wondered if my lack of birds is due to the fact I have three cats and three dogs. They suggest that perhaps my pets are scaring off the skittish birds. I will now explain why I don’t think this is the case.
     Of my six pets, three are cats. Normally cats would be an enemy of birds, but I have cats that are very well fed, and each one is either physically handicapped or really lazy.
     Puppy-Cat is the youngest of the felines, and therefore should be the biggest threat to the birds, but he is NOT a hunter. I acquired Puppy-Cat two years ago from my daughter Katie. She found him lying in the road as she was heading to work in Lewiston one morning. Puppy had been hit by a truck. Katie gathered up his limp body to take to the veterinarian she worked for, and have him humanely put to sleep. To Katie’s surprise, the Vet. said Puppy was fixable. Dr. Kinney wired up the cat’s jaw, stitched up a mangled eye, neutered him and sent him home with Katie to recuperate. Katie decided Puppy-Cat needed more care then she was able to provide at the time, so she brought him home to Mama.
     Kirby and I took to Puppy immediately and he thrived. He is now perfectly normal, except for the fact he has one eye that doesn’t work properly. He will lie in a stalking pose waiting for a dog’s tail to get in what he thinks is just the right position to attack, leap, and miss his “prey” by a foot to one side or the other. He is a very smart kitty, and realizes he could never catch a bird. He ignores them completely, and the birds used to ignore him also, back when I actually HAD birds.
     Sleep Floyd is my second cat. We found him living in the attic at Val’s Pizza ten years ago. He has no ambitions other

than eating and sleeping. I think that if he could find a way to quit eating, and still be able to sleep, he would. He is no threat to birds; I don’t even know if the birds have ever actually seen him.
     That brings us to my third cat, Lump. Lump survived a “fall” off the Medford Trestle, and we adopted her nine years ago. She is deranged, and fights with the other two cats. I have a bell on her collar, and the birds never seem to be bothered by her.
     My three dogs spend most of the time in the house. Ziggy and Chunky (bordering on Fatty!), spend all day sleeping and waiting for Kirby to come home so they can sit in his lap. They don’t even know birds exist, and I know they pose no threat in the bird’s minds. Heikki, my big, black Husky /Lab mix, has a bad AC ligament in his leg, and is having it repaired Wednesday, January 30. He doesn’t do much bird chasing, so he isn’t the problem, I’m sure.
     So, after I ruled out my pets being the reason for my absence of birds, it was my sister-in-law Tammy who offered up the solution to the mystery. One day two weeks ago, Tammy had been visiting her brother Donnie Richards and his wife, Janet. Tammy remarked that Donnie and Janet were feeding birds and were over-run with them!! As Tammy named off the various types of birds, it began to dawn on me. Janet and Donnie had somehow lured my birds _ a mile northeast, as the crow flies. Their home on the D’Este Road had become the winter home of MY birds.
     The first chance I had, I asked Janet what magical mixture of food she was using to steal my birds. She told me she uses black-oil sunflower seed. Coincidentally, an editorial in The Bangor Daily News that week, mentioned that many people throughout the state were noticing their feeders being ignored by the bird population. The reason mentioned was the birds had decided to winter a little farther south this year. The article also suggested using black-oil sunflower seed in feeders, because their hulls were the easiest for birds to remove.
     So all of you who are missing your birds, drive to Donnie’s and Janet’s house and see if they are there.
     Even though I hold no grudge towards the Richards, I think Janet is gloating a bit about her good fortune. I received this e-mail from her on Friday, Jan. 25.

     Have the day off today, so setting here enjoying a cup of tea watching the birds. Just wanted you to know that I'm enjoying a red breasted nuthatch, a hairy woodpecker, pine siskins, common red polls, stupid morning doves, blue jays, juncos, gold finches, (and these have just appeared lately), some sparrows (who knows all of them!?) and last, but not least, my favorite, Chickadees. They always bring a smile to my face, even when I go out to fill the empty feeders. They talk to me and to their buddies. I swear they have a telegraph line up in the trees to let the others know it’s time to chow down. I will go get busy for now, but if I have anything unusual show up I will update you.
Janet the bird thief.

I rest my case.

Note: As I was writing this, my mother-in-law, Denise Robertson, called to tell me a red-necked pheasant had been at her feeder for two days, and he was there then. She and Paul have been enjoying the bird, but I’ve got a feeling Murrel Harris, who lives a few houses away, will soon be filing a missing bird report. I guess bird thievery is more common than I thought; my own family is involved!
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     The Key Club Motto is “Caring – Our Way of Life.” Through Key Club’s work in the home, school and community, Key Club members learn that their organization is built around the concept of caring. With caring as the foundation of the organization, Key Club will continue to be an effective and contributing organization in schools and communities.
     The Key Club lived up to its motto “Caring – Our Way of Life” at their meeting on Thursday, January 24. At that meeting Lacey Russell proposed that the club donate $100 to MSAD #41’s 5th Grade Outing Club. The Outing Club is run by Mrs. Dawn Russell and Mrs. Sue Eliason and provides 5th grade students from all three elementary schools the opportunity to experience new adventures that help build self-esteem and self-confidence while learning teamwork. Lacey also proposed that the club make a donation of $250 to the Town of Lincoln Disaster Relief Fund. The donation will help the town in its recovery efforts from the recent devastating fires. Both proposals passed by unanimous vote of the membership. Thank you Key Club members for your generous donations! Thank you, too, Kiwanis President Todd Lyford, Kiwanis Past President Christine Beres, Mr. Roy Bither, Mr. Frank Cochran, Ms. Nancy Grant and Mr. Dennis Dorsey for attending this meeting.

Editor’s note: I had a chance to work with some of the Key Club members last Monday night, and I was so impressed with their spirit and good hearts. All of the Key Club members make us very proud and I am honored to be associated with them.



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-six members, Key Club President Liz Laverty, board member Lacy Russell, guest Cecelia Harmon, Sheri Conley’s son, Dillon, and Josh Dillon, grandson of Kathy Witham.

Liz Laverty spoke about the Key Club. Last Sunday, January 29, seven members traveled to Greenville for officers training. They discussed their upcoming convention and themes. Lacy Russell made a request that more Kiwanians attend their meetings as they earn more points. The Key Club received an Early Bird award because their dues were paid early.
     The Newspaper received a very nice donation from Lanny Ellison and his wife, Doreen, who live in Florida and read the paper on the TRC website. The paper is still a little in the red, but this generous donation helped a lot. The web site is receiving about 17 hits a day.
     This past weekend Kiwanians and members of the Milo Fire Department participated in painting, cleaning and a supper at the Milo Town Hall. Many thanks to the twenty- one people who turned out. A great deal was accomplished. Thanks to the Milo Fire Department for their help and also to Val for her super efforts on the supper.
     Birthdays and Anniversaries this week: Joe Zamboni on the 24th, Travis Cole on the 27th, and John and Maggie Robinson celebrate an anniversary on the 24th.
     Seventeen happy and sad dollars were collected with many happy dollars for Sheri Conley’s attendance at the meeting.
     Marsha Nye Boody will speak on the 30th, which is an evening meeting. She will talk about the Reading Recovery Program.
     Dawn Russell, who teaches elementary physical education, and Sue Eliason, the elementary guidance counselor, spoke to us today about the Outing Club. The Outing Club was formed to provide 5th graders from different schools a chance to get to know each other before venturing to the 6th grade where they are all joined together.
     To join the Outing Club, you must fill out an application and pay dues. The goal of the club is to have fun and get to know one another, thus helping them ease the transition from the 5th to the 6th grade. The club meets once a month at various spots in the district. They usually participate in outdoor activities such as camping, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. At the end of the year the 5th graders are treated to a camping trip to Hadley Point Campground in Bar Harbor. Those who wish may also attend Camp Kieve, an adventure- based camp. It costs $99.00 per child to go to the camp and until now has been funded by a grant from Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Otherwise, this program, which is all volunteers, has no funding. Dawn and Sue aren’t sure if they will receive any more funding from Safe and Drug Free Schools for this worthwhile program. They would like the public to know more about this program and hopefully raise awareness and possibly some donations, which would be greatly appreciated. They can be sent to the Milo Elementary school, with a note stating the donation is for the Outing Club.

Drop the rock of caring into the pond of a child’s life, and the ripples will wash the feet of all those who stand on the shore with the water of love.

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