Three Rivers News, 2002-02-19


     The 40th Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby was a huge success, with over 1,000 fish caught, great weather, thousands of participants and a very surprised Grand Prize winner. I met Donna on her way into the Town Hall to claim her snowsled or ATV and she was very excited and a little shocked. She hadn’t decided which vehicle to take, but was very happy!
The drawing prizewinners are :
> Grand Prize, A 2002 Z-370 Arctic Cat snowmobile, or a 2002 ATV-Donna Nason, Milo
> Black Diamond and Premium Pack-J. Damon, Brownville
> Cabin for One Week at Beech Ridge Camps-Caleb Stanley, LaGrange
> Dog Kennel-Benny Lumbra, Sebec
> Limited Edition Sled- Gary Wilson, Levant
> $200.00 worth of gas at C &J’s-Kenny Lovejoy, Milo
> Ice Fishing Equipment- Pat Ruge, Hudson
> Bound Area Rug-Terry Crocker, Milo
> $100.00 Gift Certificate at Bailey Lumber-Dan Mayo, Wells
> Two 6foot Party Subs at Subway-Dickie Pellitier, Milo
> RCA Stereo System- Ernie Murphy, Millinocket
> $100.00 Gift Certificate from S&L Auto-Lin Davis, Millinocket
> $100.00 Gift Certificate at Grave’s-Rick Noke, Brownville
> $100.00 Gift Certificate at M.F.U.-Nat Harris, Milo
> $100.00 Gift Certificate at C.C. Polaris-Donna Leeman, Brownville
> $100.00 worth of gas at Harmon’s-Kim Hussey, Milo
Registered fish drawing prizewinners:
> Marlin MLS 50 Cal. Muzzleloader-Steve Jay, Brownville
> Weekend package-Maurice Witham, Sebec
> Pack basket w/traps- Jerry Merrill, Dover
> Back pack w/harness-Zach Jay, Milo
> Hoppes shooter’s box-Jon Beckett, Knox
> Snowmobile tag-a-long-Zach Jay, Milo
> One night lodging for 2-Anthony Murano, LaGrange
> Robinson’s Fuel Gift Certificate-Glen Jay, Milo
> B.J.’s gift certificate-Claude Williams, Brownville
> Gossimer Press gift certificate-Dick Martin, Sebec
Registered fish cash prizes:
     1st Bob Pellitier, Hermon- 8lbs. 8 oz., 28"
     2nd Scott Graves, Brownville- 8lbs. 2 oz., 27"
     3rd Carl Foss, Orneville-7lbs. 11oz., 28"
     1st Gary Durant, Milo-6lbs. 11oz., 29"
     2nd Abe Willinski, Milo- 5lbs. 0 oz., 24"
     3rd Doug Worbin, Brownville- 2lbs. 12 oz., 22"
     1st (Tie) Rocky Tilley, Corinna and Rick Klog, Milford-2 lbs. 1 oz., 18"
     3rd Kevin Black, Milo-1 lb. 15 oz
     1st Scott Trask, Garland-5 lbs. 1 oz., 30"
     2nd Bob Boulier, Bangor- 4 lbs. 14 oz., 26"
     1st Mike Mountain, Dexter-1 lb. 11oz., 14"
     2nd Larry Cuoco, Auburn- 1 lb. 10 oz., 14"
     1st Steve Heath, Brownville-3 lbs 3oz., 23"
     2nd Mike Mountain, Dexter-3lbs. 2 oz., 24"
     1st Alan Randall, Sebec-4lbs. 2 oz., 20"
     2nd (tie) Alex Janelle, Biddeford and Dave Libby, East Winthrop- 4 lbs. 1 oz., 20"
ODD FISH –Mike Bates
     The Milo Fire Department would like to thank everyone who helped make this Derby the best yet!

     Congratulations go to Trevor Lyford, age 6, of LaGrange, for coming in 1st place in the stock class and 2nd place in the modified “120” class at the Lincoln Snowmobile Festival on Sunday, February 10th.
     There were a total of 5 "mini" snowmobiles he raced against and Trevor did a great job for his first time racing. A special thanks to Lyle Turtlott for his tips and for helping Trevor prepare for the race.......Trevor got the hole shot 3 out of 4 times, after a few pointers from the "Cat Master!" "Hey, Mike Harris.....Trevor's got something to show you!"

Class of 1948 to Meet

     The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 5th at Freda & Everett Cook's Bread & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one of Freda's delicious breakfasts and continue with the usual socializing, and more planning for the 54th reunion on July 6th. In addition to attending the annual alumni banquet in the evening, they are also planning to meet for lunch at the American Legion Hall with the classes of 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952. The next bi-monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday May 7th, also at the Cooks'.

     The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 5th at Freda & Everett Cook's Bread & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one of Freda's delicious breakfasts and continue with the usual socializing, and more planning for the 54th reunion on July 6th. In addition to attending the annual alumni banquet in the evening, they are also planning to meet for lunch at the American Legion Hall with the classes of 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952. The next bi-monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday May 7th, also at the Cooks'.

Driver Uninjured in Accident
     On February 13, Dustin Perkins, 16, of Brownville was a lucky young man; the pickup he was driving rolled onto its side, but he escaped serious injury. Dustin was driving north on Route #11 (the Brownville side of Swett Hill), when he lost control on the ice. The 1994 Ford pick-up slid into the snow bank causing it to roll on its side. The pickup was uprighted and driven home. The vehicle had approx. $1500.00 damage. Milo P.D. responded along with the assistance of Brownville P.D.

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To the Editor:
     I'm writing on behalf of the line crews and other employees of Bangor Hydro to thank you for your kind words published in your January 29, 2002 issue. All of us take pride in the work we do in serving our region. It is
encouraging to us when that work is noticed and appreciated.
Thanks again.
Carroll Lee, President and COO.
p.s. Please see our February customer newsletter that is dedicated to power outage restoration. letter_022002.pdf

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

     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.


     The members of the Park Street United Methodist Church of Milo have published the annual report for the year 2001. It was made available to the congregation at a service held recently. Copies were presented to congregation members attending the service and extras are available for interested individuals.
     Each year there is a special dedication of the report. This year, rather than being dedicated to a specific individual, the report is dedicated to individuals and groups within the church. As the dedication states, “God is good all the time---all the time God is good.”
     Many people and groups have been faithful, as God has called them in serving Him and our Church during 2001. We would like to highlight a few:
     Our Ecumenical Food Cupboard has seen quite a physical change. Lew Dyer installed shelving donated by J.S.I. He and his wife Hope and Carolyn Sinclair organized the goods on the shelves for easy identification. Many hours were spent and continue to be spent in this area.
     The Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, with Theresa Mudgett as Chair, had a challenging year and busy year. They carried out their duty well and with great dedication. Proof of this is the arrival of our new pastor, the Rev.Michele St. Cyr.
     The Newsletter staff, Merna Dunham, Theresa Mudgett, Sheri Conley, and Avis Stanchfield, were right in there with dedication and excellent news coverage.
     The choir and organists are a continuing blessing to all of us.
We need to thank our Trustees, who are working so diligently in many areas of the church building and grounds plus leading fundraisers.
     Our thanks and blessings!
     The Annual Report has messages from various personnel and organizations within the church. The first is a message from the Rev. St. Cyr, who was assigned to the new parish in July, but because of surgery, arrived in August. She replaced the Rev. Betty Higgins and the interim pastor, the Rev. Shirley Mattson.
     Next is an extensive report from the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, written by Theresa Mudgett, chair. The Administrative Council, chaired by W. Herbert Dunham, is the next report, explaining what the committee has done over the year. In his report is a very special thank you to the recording secretary, Sheri Conley. “We all are looking forward to the day

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when Sheri’s health improves and she feels up to joining us again as secretary of the Administration Council.
     Merna Dunham gives a very upbeat report from the choir, titling it, “Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord.” She explains the various activities throughout the year in which the choir has been involved, from services held in the church. To presentations in various other churches in Alton, Brownville Junction, and the Outdoor service. As always, the choir is greatly appreciated. As Merna says in the conclusion of her report, “We again thank all of our church family for the continued support of our efforts. We wish for you and yours all the love and Grace that our Lord sends to us so abundantly. Our love to each of you.”
     Shirlene Ladd, chair of the Memorial Fund, has an extensive report of moneys received in memorials and funds expended from the account. She also has a report of the various funds under the Memorial headings.
     Mary Lutterall has a two-page report on the receipts and expenditures for the church from various incomes and all the various disbursements. She has the final balance of the church as well as the reserve fund. She also has a special addendum to the report that pertains to the Conference Report.
     The financial secretary, Melinda Sherburne, has her report of where the various funds for the church come from including pledges, loose plate, church school, special offerings, etc. She breaks the report down to a monthly basis for the different items.
     John Clement, chair of the Worship Committee, gives a report of the varied programs for the church, including special services. He reports on different seasonal daily readings and bible studies.
     Next comes the Budget for the year 2002. It lists a comparison of the receipts and expenditures for both 2001 and 2002. The budget was prepared by the Finance Committee and approved by the Administrative Council.
     The Health and Caring Council has a report prepared by Barbara Doble, Chair. She gave an account of the Rena Cunningham Medical Loan Closet as well as other programs of the Council.
     Avis Stanchfield, chair of the Membership Committee, presented statistics about new members, deaths, transfers, and baptisms.
     Carolyn Sinclair gave a report on the Ecumenical Food Cupboard, listing various programs that were supported by the Cupboard. She closes her report with “A big thank you to all those who have made the food cupboard possible.”
     Hope Dyer, chairperson of Christian Education, has her report on the Sunday school and the Vacation Bible School. She reports that the F W Friends have been very successful and that several of the Sunday school students attended. The Sunday night adult class and the Wednesday night class are still going strong.
     Lew Dyer presented a report of FEMA, the funds that enable the church to assist families through emergency situations in the towns of Milo, Brownville, and Brownville Junction. He says that working with the town managers, FEMA is able to provide food, heat, and a roof over the heads and power to individuals if needed.
     The final report is the 2001 Annual Trustees Report, prepared by John Sherburne, chairman. In the report, he has a special thank you to John Clement for “his many years as a trustee, several of which were served as chairman.” John Clement retired from the board effective January 2002 but John Sherburne expects that he will be helping out in many ways on a regular basis. John also lists the highlights of the year and different projects that were sponsored by the Trustees during the year. He concluded by thanking the Trustees for all their cooperation and time devoted to meetings and projects throughout the year.
     Following John’s report is a Trustee Treasurer’s Report prepared by Harold Hanson, treasurer. It lists all the various funds available to the church from the checking account, Share
Certificates, Money Market Funds, Dedicated Funds, and other investments.
     The final two pages list the officers of the church. They include Bishop Susan Hassinger, New England Conference, and the Rev. Dr. Sylvanus Jackson, District Superintendent, and the Rev. Michele St. Cyr, Pastor.
     Other officers listed include Education, Worship, Age Level Coordination, Outreach, Beyond Local Church, Administrative Council, Administrative Work Areas that include Trustees, Finance Committee, Parsonage Committee, Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Committee on Lay Leadership, and Appendix and Auditor.
     Individuals connected with the church are able to pick up a report in the lobby of the church.

Dear Dean & Murrel,
     I just want to thank you for your time and dedication for making the basketball program so successful. It's great to have an unbiased program for all children to be able to participate in, regardless of their names.
     Countless hours were dedicated to this program, and it's very much appreciated, not only by myself and other parents and coaches, but by the children that were given the opportunity to participate. Some may not be given the opportunity to play beyond the Rec League, and will always be thankful for your program.
     I also would like to extend a special thanks to: the school janitors, Cindy & Heidi, for their kindness during practices and games, to the sponsors of the teams, to the volunteer refs, Matt Grindle, Brandon McKenzie, Shane Herbest and Eli Zwicker and to the many people that volunteered to keep the books and the clock.
     There were 20 coaches who volunteered their time to make this such a successful program as well....thank you for your time, dedication and excellent sportsmanship, Coaches!!!
     Also, thanks to the parents who transported the children, came to the games for support, and showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the whole season, thank you very much!!
     My most sincere thanks go out to the children that participated in this program. What a great bunch of kids to work with, and what an improvement in each and every one of them. Thank you kids, you've all shown such great sportsmanship and you've shown what an asset you are to the program.
     Again, thanks for such another successful year!!

     For most people, the season of Christmas is over on December 25, after the gifts have been opened, the dinner consumed, and the home quiets down. For others, it is finished when the tree has been undecorated and either taken out doors to be chipped up by the town or the artificial tree has been packed away until the next Christmas season.
     It’s not quite like that for the Gerow family. Christmas season extends into February. That’s because of January and February birthdays. For instance, January 5 was Phil’s brother’s birthday, January 9 was Phil’s birthday, January 13, Phil’s middle daughter, Meg’s birthday, January 18, Phil’s brother-in-law’s birthday, January 19, Phil’s wife, Ina Jane’s birthday, and January 25, Phil’s youngest granddaughter, Sophia Loose, Amy’s daughter, birthday. Finally, in February the 19th to be exact, is Phil’s

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youngest daughter, Beth, birthday. So that’s why the Christmas season and the season of presents, lasts up through February school vacation.
     I feel sorry for my oldest daughter, Amy, and my middle daughter, Meg, as far as the giving of presents is concerned. Especially when they were small and didn’t really understand. Amy’s birthday is September 6, right at the beginning of school. So my wife and I would take her “school shopping.” When we got home, we began to think about her birthday. So we would set aside some of the items we had purchased for school and wrap them, giving them to her on her birthday. Of course, she had other presents, too, but as far as her birthday, she was “short changed” but she would have gotten the items for back to school anyway.
     Then Meg would go with Ina Jane and me Christmas shopping (as far as my wife is concerned, she shops all year long for Christmas) and purchase items for Meg. When we began wrapping the presents, we’d look at an item and say, “We can hold that for her birthday.” Poor Meg, she too, would be short changed on her birthday. But she, too, had plenty of gifts to open when it came time for her birthday.
     As a side note, while Meg was a little girl, she’d always wanted to “go to school”. We’d say to her, “When you are five, you can go.” So, guess what, on her fifth birthday, Meg came down stairs early in the morning, dressed in her “go to Sunday school clothes.” When we asked what she was planning to do, her remark was “You told me when I was five, I could go to school, so today, I can go to school.” Poor child, we had to tell her that she’d have to wait until September—this was still the middle of January. She got over the disappointment, and now is a well-adjusted Mom of a two-year-old son.
     To show Ina Jane just how much I appreciate her, on the occasion of her 39th plus birthday, a couple of weeks ago, I told her I had to go downstairs and let the cats out. We only have two now, down form a total of seven a while back, along with “Max”, our 121 pound Saymoed (a lovable dog), two rabbits, both of which were to be of the same sex, yet somehow managed to have little ones, and a gold fish. Folks can’t say the Gerow kids didn’t grow up not having pets. Now the two older daughters have a cat for their households while Beth lives in a “no pets allowed” apartment building and hasn’t figured out yet how she can have one.
     Anyway, when I came back upstairs, I presented my wife with a breakfast tray I had prepared. It had scrambled eggs, bacon, English muffins, jam, juice, and milk. In the upper left-hand corner of the tray were pink roses. Needless to say, she was quite surprised and very pleased. I had previously taken her the newspaper and had turned on the television for her. So she was set “until she felt like getting out of bed.” Later that day, at suppertime, she was served steak and tossed salad, as well as a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, which she had requested.
     Earlier in the month of January, I had been presented with spaghetti and meatballs for my birthday dinner, topped off with a red velvet cake. Yes, I’m on weight watchers and attend Heartwise rehabilitation, but once in a while, we have to break the routine of our days and “enjoy life.”
     Ina Jane and I went to Portland on January 26 to help Sophia Loose celebrate her sixth birthday. When asked what she wanted for a birthday cake, she said, “Scooby Doo”. That is what her Grampy made for her party with her friends. Grampy also had another cake decorated with “Scooby Doo” sugar candies that was used at the family party. For her birthday, along with other gifts,

Ga, the grandchildren refer to Ina Jane as Ga, and Grampy gave her a remote-controlled dinosaur. After getting it assembled, she had a ball playing with it. For Christmas her Aunt Meg and Uncle Greg and cousin Garrett got her a three-foot long, remote controlled snake. The controls are in a cobra head. Sophia is into these types of things at this stage of her life while her sister; Giavanna is into 18 inch American Girl Dolls and Barbie Dolls. Sophia also got an artificial aquarium—she didn’t want to have real fish to tempt her cat, Hershel.
Next week, over February school vacation, Ina Jane and Phil plan to help Beth, their youngest daughter, observe her birthday. She wants a red velvet cake and that’s what she’ll have. As for her gifts, she hasn’t asked for anything special. She just got back from taking the AMTRAK train to Boston from Portland, where she saw Elton John and Billy Joel at the Fleet Center. She said the train ride was just great and it came right into the Center, so she didn’t have to go outside at all.
Hopefully, most of the Gerows will be able to either take the train or drive to Boston and visit the John F. Kennedy Museum while the exhibit of Jackie’s clothing is there.
I guess I’ve rambled on sufficiently about the extension of Christmas with the Gerow family. From all of us to all of you, Happy Holiday Season. There are just ten months left before next Christmas that translates into about 302 days to shop!

Marion C. Cook School News
Ms Ivy's Stars
     Taylor Severance is the Terrific Kid in K/1. Her favorite color is yellow. Her favorite subject is lunch. She is 6 years old. Trevor Lyford was this week's Bus Student of the Week.
News in Mrs. Carter's Class
     To get into the spirit of Valentine's Day, these second and third graders went gliding on February 14. All had a great time.
     Mrs. Carter's students are finishing the book, James and the Giant Peach. "It was an awesome book," says Justin Ottmann, grade 3.
     The third graders are starting to learn the times tables. Good luck!
     The Bus Student of the Week is Lauren Crocker. Good job, Lauren!
     Ethan Smith is the Terrific Kid.
Miss K's Kids
     Randy Adams was the Terrific Kid. Randy has a good attitude, works hard and has a wonderful smile.
     We have been learning to cross country ski. Mrs. Russell provided the original instructions. We continue to ski at other times when we have had an outstanding day. Our class sang, "Seasons of Love" as a Valentine to all the students at our assembly.

Other News
     Also falling on Valentine's Day, was the 100th day of school. Many students in the school brought in a collection of 100 items.
     On February 15, the entire school gathered in the gym to have their annual Winter Carnival. The PTO organized this event. The students loved the bounce house, the games and prizes.

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     On March 1st, from 9:00-10:15, our school will be participating in the "Read Across America Celebration." Many celebrity readers will be sharing a book with our students. Bring your slippers and/or favorite stuffed animal if you would like to join us.
From Mrs.Barden - Our terrific kid is also our new student, Jessica Crommett. Jessica is working hard to get used to a new school. She has already made
many new friends. We are glad you came, Jessica.
Mrs.Chessa says - Dylan Flagg is my TK this week plus he is also our birthday boy. Dylan conscientious work habits and his consideration and kindness for
others make him a terrific kid. What a better place this world would be with this type of attitude and effort Dylan uses on a daily basis.
In Mrs. Dunham’s room - Katie Brown is our Terrific Kid. Katie always has a bright smile
on her face. She works hard to complete daily assignments. She is kind to her classmates. Katie is always a willing helper in the room. Today is
Katie's birthday!
From Mrs. Hayes - Our Terrific Kid has made good progress doing his jobs at school. His work is neater and he is writing words in his journal. He is working
hard in all of our literacy activities. He listens well at story and calendar time. He is kind to his friends and plays well with Cody Larrabee and others. He is polite to his teachers and always has a nice smile for
everyone. We love our Terrific Kid - Shawn Emery.
Mrs. Hudak says - our terrific kid this week is Alexis Larson. Alexis has a pleasant personality and enjoys her friends. she is a very sharing and giving person. Alexis is a super helper in the room and works very hard
on her work. We love having Alexis in our room!!
From Mrs.Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - Our Terrific Kids are Derrick Violette and Camille Cramer. Camille is a great second grader! She's an excellent reader, hard worker, and always uses her best handwriting on written tasks. Camille is a willing helper to classmates and teachers and always follows the I Care Rules. We are lucky to have her in our class. Derrick has done really well with his spelling. He is always ready and willing and is very polite. We love Derrick!
Mrs. Walker and Carey say - Jessica is always happy and helpful, bubbly and bright, delightful and dear, and sweet, sweet, sweet!!! She is a wonderful example of a true Terrific Kid.James is new to our school but he has fit right in and has made lots of new friends. He is kind and caring, patriotic and polite, and truly Terrific!! We love both of our redheaded, "J" named Terrific Kids.
From Mrs. Whitney - The Terrific Kid for 2/15 is Nick Richards. He finally remembered to bring his progress report back! He always has a smile on
his face and tells a real good joke to make you laugh when you are not having a good day!
And from Mrs. Meyer - Fawn is moving and I've had her for several years. She has learned many things since she's been here. She loves to read & write, and help others. She is one super, terrific student. We'll miss you!
     A very excited group of students, staff and families gathered at Milo Elementary on Thursday, February 14, to celebrate the completion of the first Reading Recovery Program in MSAD # 41. Reading Recovery is an early intervention program in reading. Children meet individually with a specially trained teacher for 30 minutes each day for an average of 12-20 weeks. The goal of the program is for children to develop effective reading and writing strategies in order to work within the average range of classroom performance.
     MSAD # 41 is a new Reading Recovery site this year. Generous financial support from the Cole Family Foundation made the program possible. Currently three teachers are receiving training: Linda Lumbra at the Brownville Elementary School, Julie Royal and Debra Walker at the Milo Elementary School. Twelve students have completed the program and twelve more students will be starting the program over the next two weeks. The regular classroom teachers have worked with the Reading Recovery teachers and the students and have been important to the success of the students. These teachers are Mrs. Tammy Murano, Mrs. Carol Hudak, Mrs. Marie Hayes and Mrs. Nancy Barden. The other members of the hard-working reading teams who were recognized at the celebration were the parents and families of the children. They have read and practiced reading and writing activities throughout the program.
     The students had an opportunity to read for all the supporters of the program. All students and their families attended along with the classroom teachers. Marcia Nye Boody, the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for Central Maine, attended and spoke about the hard work of all the team members and the wonderful progress the students had made. Mr. Gary Cole and Mr. Bill Rinn represented the Cole foundation at the celebration. Mrs. Beres, Elementary Principal for the district, introduced all the participants in the program and thanked everyone for their part in supporting the implementation of Reading Recovery in the district. David Walker, Superintendent for MSAD # 41, thanked the Cole Foundation for making the program possible for MSAD # 41, and expressed appreciation for all the support the program had received. Mrs. Beres read a letter written by a grandparent of one of the students to Mr. Cole expressing her appreciation for giving her grandson the opportunity to learn to read. All of the celebrants had refreshments to end the evening.

     It's February, so that means it's "Brownville History" time at Brownville Elementary. Students in Grades 3-5 are working on projects. Bill Sawtell is helping students learn more about their town. Mr. Sawtell has been involved with this great project for students for sixteen years. Thanks so much, Bill!

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MSAD # 41 Outing Club
     All fifth graders in the district have the opportunity to belong to an extra-curricular activity. The purpose of the activity is for the students from all district towns to come together and build positive peer relationships. The goals of the club are to have fun and develop healthy outlets using and respecting the natural and community resources available to students in rural Maine. The hope is that the relationships developed during this experience will help students in the transition from their local community schools to the 6th Grade Junction Program when they come together to begin middle school. Dawn Russell, Elementary Physical Education Teacher, and Sue Eliason, Elementary Guidance Counselor, have created this program. This year the group numbered over 50. Additional volunteer staff members are Linda O'Connor, Jeannine LaVigne, Tom Witham and Trish Stanhope.
     Educationally, the club integrates units on water safety, bike safety, outdoor education, orienteering, forestry, conservation and canoeing into our Health and Physical Education classes as well as Outing Club meetings.
     The Outing Club is based on the Adventure Model, which provides students with learning opportunities focusing on personal challenge, constructive risk taking, and responsible teamwork as ways to build a healthy self-concept. It has also been proven that the Adventure model develops resiliency in children. The Adventure Model structure involves participants in a variety of group and individual activities aimed at developing group trust, building a team, developing problem solving skills, and learning to manage the challenge/risk related stress experience while attaining a personal goal.
     The Adventure Program endorses a concept of "Challenge by Choice" as an integral part of a prevention model. Students are encouraged and accepted for making choices that feel right for them. The use of refusal skills in an activity serves as a model for "saying no" and empowers students to make decisions that are correct for them. Students are also required to value others during all activities, and to give and receive both positive and negative feedback.
     The first activity for the club each fall is an overnight trip to Camp Kieve, located in Nobleboro, Maine. Students and chaperones spend time doing adventure activities. Students work on team building skills and leadership skills. The year's activities are planned at the beginning of the year and include community service projects, sliding, cross country skiing, swimming at the Y, The Climbing Wall, planting project at the district elementary schools, reforestation project, conservation project, camping and hiking.
     Students apply for membership in the club and to date we have accepted all students who applied. We just keep adding volunteer adult advisors. The program has been funded through Safe and Drug Free Schools Funds, minimal dues from students, fund raising activities of the group and private donations. Parents are very supportive of the program and assist with transportation to activities as well as providing refreshments and chaperoning. Students and families are asked to contribute to the various activities. Recently Dawn and Sue spoke to our Three Rivers Kiwanis Club about the club. Following the meeting several private donations were made to the club as well as a donation from the Penquis Valley
Key Club. Any group that might be interested in serving as one of the sponsors for this program is encouraged to contact Dawn Russell or Sue Eliason at Milo Elementary School (943-2122).
     We welcome community support in other areas as well. If you have either snowshoes or cross country skis you no longer have a use for, the club could use them. If you think that spending time with the group is something you could do on a monthly basis, we are always looking for additional chaperones or transportation to some of the activities.
     Please give us a call; we want to include the community in this exciting activity for our fifth graders.

     What plans have you made for the 27th of May 2002? If you are planning to be in the town of Milo, then make plans to participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade. This year, in the spirit of the events of September 11, organizers of the parade are hoping for a “grand slam” event.
     You know already those members of the Joseph P. Chaisson Post American Legion and the Auxiliary will be participating. And as usual, the Auxiliary will undoubtedly prepare a fine lunch for the participants following the parade.
     Already merchants have been contacted to ask if they would be willing to have an item in the parade to show support and respect for our many veterans, past and present. Organizers are being contacted to have a unit in the parade. Church choirs are also being contacted with the hope that perhaps with the use of a pickup truck or some other vehicle, they might be able to join the parade and sing some patriotic songs.
     The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department has been asked for a color guard as well as the Air National Guard, for either a color guard or a unit to give a gun salute. The Penquis Valley Band has indicated it will be playing.
     Girl scouts and boy scouts, of all ages and groups, have either been contacted or will be. And as always, boys and girls are invited to march.
     The Three Rivers Ambulance Service and the Milo Fire Department have readily agreed to be part of the festivities.
     So, guess what is missing? Veterans! Many veterans! In previous years, there have been parades and watching on the sidelines would be veterans. This year, we’d love to have you part of the parade rather than just on the sidelines. If you feel you can’t march the entire length, contact any one of the parade organizers and we’ll see that you have a vehicle in which to ride.
     Let’s make this a parade to remember!
     Whom can you contact? Alfred Shaw, Jim Lockhart, Donald Banker, Legion Commander or Phil Gerow or members of the Joseph P. Chaisson Post American Legion. Let’s make this a parade that will go down in the annals of Milo history.
     A meeting will be held Tuesday, at 7 pm, on February 26 at the American Legion Hall. All interested individuals are urged to attend.

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I've been blessed in my lifetime with wonderful role models. My mother, my aunts, my grandmothers, and all of my childhood neighborhood moms, epitomized the 50's era post-war moms. They kept lovely homes, fed us three squares a day, insisting on fruits and vegetables (UGH!!), and instilled in us a thorough sense of fair play. They guided us, sensitively, through those wonderful childhood years. We truly lived the idyllic life here in Milo...and specifically on Clinton Street. I've had people tell me that they were jealous of those of us who were lucky enough to grow up on Clinton Street. Imagine it!
     Alas, all good things (and times) come to an end. I hit puberty and discovered that my mother, her sisters, and all her neighborhood friends weren't a bit "cool." My days of listening to a thing they had to say were over...and you wanna believe it! The years when I should have been paying the most attention were being lost to school dances, long phone conversations with friends, basketball games, hanging around at Daggett's Drug Store sipping Coke®, and all of the other things teenagers do to ignore their parents.
     Fortunately for me, I had another preoccupation that took up many of my teenaged hours. I had an older cousin who lived a few houses up the street from me, a married cousin named Marilyn, who had little children that needed babysitting. I became an integral part of that family (as babysitters often do) and learned many things about being a loving and caring family-oriented woman from her. As generations go, she was not of my parents generation.... but there were enough years between us so she wasn't really of my era, either. In my estimation,she was the best wife and mother a little family of boys could ask for. She loved all of us unconditionally....and in those years when I was the most impressionable, and listening as little as I could get away with to my own parents, wasn't I lucky to have someone leading me in the right direction?!
     My brother and I grew up together - just 20 months apart. We didn't have any little babies in my immediate family for me to practice on. I loved dolls and played with them all the time as a child. But, the real person who showed me how to bring up babies was Marilyn. She was a stickler for clean hands and faces, blown noses, white, white, laundry, ironed outfits, clean white shoe laces in polished Stride Rite® shoes and lots and lots of other stuff. She and her husband had a huge crowd of good friends who loved to have a good time. I believe all of the afore mentioned child rearing impressions I was left with, were never any more important than the social impressions I have enjoyed in my adulthood: love your kids, take excellent care of them, but take care of yourself and your own needs, too. Find good babysitters so that you can feel comfortable going out and having a nice evening. Get together with friends at their homes, and don't forget to take your turn by inviting friends to your home. If you don't think your house looks good enough to entertain something about it. Spruce it up with a good cleaning. If your furniture isn't comfortable...go over to Chesley's Auction on a Saturday night and pick up some new stuff - or look in Uncle Henry's. There is no excuse for living in a home you aren’t comfortable in or that you're ashamed of. HGTV has tons of shows that will show you how to decorate on a budget...and believe me I know because I've been doing it for years. Find some good "entertaining" recipes, learn how to play a few good card games (or board games) and then bring on the friends and fun!
     Yes indeed, I learned lots from my cousin Marilyn. She talked me through her recipe for apple pie and she also talked me through her recipe for bread pudding, over the phone. That was years ago, and I still don't look at any recipe card when I make either of those things. Two of her recipes that I will forever be indebted to her for sharing with me follow:

Chocolate Sheet Cake (Or you can call it Fudge Cake)
1 cup margarine
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (sometimes I just sour 1/2 cup of milk with a little vinegar)
     Put the margarine in a large saucepan with the cocoa and 1 cup of water. Bring this to a boil, stirring. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Add the next 3 ingredients and beat until smooth. Beat in the eggs and the sour cream. Spread in a greased jelly roll pan. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 20 minutes. Let it cool a little, but you can frost it when it's still warm. Be sure to wash out the large saucepan, because you're going to need it for
the frosting.
     Frosting: Bring to a boil in a large pan 1/2 cup margarine, 1/4 cup cocoa, and 6 tablespoons of milk. After it comes to a boil, remove from the heat and beat in 1 box of confectionery sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Frost the cake with this. After I get this cake frosted I like to chill it for a few minutes before trying to cut it. The fudge frosting will set up firm in the refrigerator really quickly. This is absolutely pure chocolate fudge and it's so incredibly wonderful that you'll want to lick every implement that you've used to beat and stir this frosting with.

The next wonderful recipe is: Peanut Butter Brownies.
1 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 small package of chocolate bits
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (if desired)
     Cream the sugar, peanut butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the creamed mixture. Stir in the chocolate bits and nuts. Bake in a greased and floured 9 X 13 pan for 25-30 minutes at 350 -degrees. Sometimes I put these in a little bit smaller pan and make them a little thicker; you may have to adjust your cooking time.
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Did you know it was against the law?
Part 3
     These are some Maine laws that are rarely used or are not commonly known by the general public. The title and section number are listed along with a brief explanation of the law. You can access these laws on the Internet at then go to the Maine Law. Motor vehicle laws are the ones I use most because there are so many.
Motor Vehicle Laws
1. 29-A s.s. 2112-An operator of a motor vehicle possessing an open alcoholic container on a public way. Here is a law you can technically violate without really doing anything wrong. An example of a technical violation would be if you were going to a camp to stay and you bring a bottle of your favorite spirits. If you had opened it several days earlier and it was in the back seat of your vehicle with your other groceries you are taking to camp, then you are in violation of the law. The scheduled fine amount on this violation is $123.00
2. 29-A s.s. 2063-6 Operating a motorized bicycle over 20 mph. Make sure the motor you mount on your bicycle does not make it go over 20 mph. The posted speed limit does not matter. The scheduled fine amount of this violation is $16.00
3. 29-A s.s. 2113 Operating a motor vehicle with visible emissions. The cars that once emitted a cloud of smoke are now in violation of this law. This law is designed to get those types of vehicles off the road. The scheduled fine amount of this violation is $107.00
4. 29-A s.s. 2064 Coasting on down grade with gears in neutral. The exact wording is "An operator, when travelling on a downgrade, may not coast with the gears of the vehicle in neutral." The scheduled fine amount of this violation is $67.00.
5. 29-A s.s. 2065 Driving over unprotected fire hose. This law is designed to make sure no one drives over a fire hose causing damage to the hose while the fire department is fighting a fire. You would hate to have damage done to the fire department’s water supply while they are trying to put out a fire at your house. The scheduled fine amount of this violation is $67.00
     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 the fines.

     Congratulations to Past-President Bud Webb for completing U.S. Marine Corp basic training in September. Bud, the son of Rex and Suzy Webb, then went on to complete a thirteen-week Military Police training school in Missouri and will be stationed at Camp Lejune, N.C. for the next three years. It’s always nice to hear how past Key Clubbers are doing! If you have any info on a past Key Clubber, please contact me and I will include it in future columns.
     Thanks to Mrs. Stephanie Salley, Mr. Roy Bither, Mr. Tom Witham and Mr. Dennis Dorsey for attending our meeting on February 15th. We always enjoy your company!!
     Important Upcoming Events:
     February 25th is the deadline for paying the registration fee to attend the Key Club convention in Springfield, MA on April 5-7, 2002. I will be in the library at 11:19 that day to collect payments.      Election of club officers will be held at 6:00 PM on February 28th, in the Penquis Valley Library. Each candidate will give a short speech outlining why he/she is the best candidate for the office, followed by voting by the general membership. Kiwanians will be present to lend support and count the votes. Everyone is welcome to come show your support! Best of luck to everyone who is running!!
     March 12th is the date for the spring blood drive. The drive will be held in the Penquis Valley cafetorium. If you have donated at one of our past drives, Key Clubbers will be phoning you to set up an appointment for March 12. The turnout at our December drive was the best we’ve had in recent years but some people had to wait awhile to donate. Please help us out and schedule an appointment. That should cut your wait time down to a minimum. Thank you for your continued support!



     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 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 this week included twenty members, prospective new member Virgil Valente, and Key Club members Amanda Smith and Amanda Martin.
     Correspondence from Kathy Witham was presented about the Move and Improve Exercise Program.
     Seven from this club went to Corinth on the 12th, for their charter night. Chris Beres said they had a very nice night. A District Interclub is planned in Greenville on March 5.
     The Key Club will be busy this weekend painting the bathrooms at the High School. They have a lock-in planned for March 22nd. Chaperones and food will be needed. The group has also expressed an interest in helping in some of the Kiwanis summer activities.
     The newspaper sold out last week and is operating in the black. The Internet site is receiving approximately thirty hits a day.
     The RIF program was rescheduled for February 26 due to a scheduling program at the Milo Elementary on the 12th.
     The Town Hall Steering Committee met on the 13th at the Down Home Bed and Breakfast to discuss curtain bids.
     Ten happy and sad dollars were collected with one being an asking dollar for pictures to make a Kiwanis scrap book.
     On the 20th, Harry Anderson will be speaking to us about dog sledding. The following week is a mystery as to who our guest speaker will be.
     Today was our business meeting and we went over the board meeting held on the 7th. A discussion was held about the duty of the Kiwanians supporting the Key Club, which is a duty of our organization. The Builders Club will be put on hold for now so we can concentrate on the Key Club. A Milo-Brownville Kiwanis Club Directory is in the process of being printed. We have been approached about providing a meal for the National Dog Trials in October. We will be gathering more information.
     A variety show will be held April 26 and 27 at the Milo Town Hall with an “Old Town Hall “ theme.
     The date for the Kiwanis Auction has been set for June 27 and 28.
     We made a donation to the newly formed Corinth Club for their administration account.
     A donation was made to Joey Deitz so he can go to Florida on spring break to help at a camp for children with respiratory problems.
     Another donation was made to the TRC web page for all the efforts they have made on the Kiwanis newspaper.
     And last but not least, a donation was made to the Daffodil program to buy four bouquets that will be delivered to cancer patients.

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