Three Rivers News, 2002-03-19


     Lindsay Hamlin, daughter of Peter and Chris Hamlin of Milo, and a senior at Penquis Valley High School, has been selected to receive the 2002 Principal’s Award. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.
     “Throughout her years at Penquis Valley, Lindsay has distinguished herself in the classroom, on the playing field, and as a leader in the school and community,” Principal John Robinson noted in announcing the award. “She very much deserves this award.”
     Lindsay and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Bangor Civic Center on Saturday, April 6, 2002 at 1:00 p.m.
     The Honors Luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1000.00 scholarships in the names of Horace McGowan and Richard w. Tyler. Mr. McGowan and Mr. Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association.
     The Principal’s Award is presented in more than 141 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine’s school administrators.

     The Park St. Methodist and United Baptist Choirs will present this cantata on Sunday the 24th at 6:30P.M. at the United Baptist Church in MIlo. Please come and celebrate the Easter Season with us.

     Penquis Valley High School was very fortunate to have Sean Wasson join the teaching staff at the start of the current school year. He has shown himself to be an excellent teacher and a personable human being.
Sean was born on April 3, 1967, in Bangor, Maine. Besides his mom Carole, his dad Larry, and stepmother Joyce, he has a younger brother Brian. He ran track for four years while attending Orono High School before graduating in the class of 1985. Sean and his wife Sandra

have a daughter Joy Caron who was born on December 15, 2000.
     He continued his education at the University of Maine where he earned his BA in political science, graduating in 1989. Sean was a public relations intern for the Boston Celtics during the ‘92-’93 season. For the next eight years he worked at Goldsmith's Sporting Goods before deciding to return to college to obtain his teaching certificate. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2000 with his M.Ed. in instructional technology. For the two years before coming to PVHS, Sean worked at Hermon High School as a technology teacher. Not only is he an educator but also was recently named as head coach for the spring track team!
     When asked about his views on the role of a high school teacher, he replied, “High school should be a time when teenagers are taking their first steps into adulthood. It is my job to teach them the skills to be successful. That means teaching them how to be a whole person, not just teaching them how to use a particular piece of software, but how to handle situations. The material I teach is designed to prepare them to be successful in high school and college. The pearls of wisdom I give them are designed to prepare them for everyday life. I understand that my role as a teacher is to sometimes be a friend, someone who cares and is willing to listen. And when need be, to hand out some advice.”
     Sean has definite ideas of what he would like to implement in his classroom. He taught a video production course at Hermon High that he said was very popular and useful to the community and would like to do the same at PVHS. He would also like to teach a web design course and an online course as electives for the social studies department. Since Sean has certification in this field, as well as technology, he would like to combine the two areas to form a new class.
     It is not surprising that Sean’s favorite hobby is basketball, having watched the Celtics since he was “kid.” He stated, “The season I spent with the Celtics as an intern was one of the greatest experiences of my life.” He also loves skiing at Sugarloaf or Saddleback; biking and hiking at Acadia National Park; camping at the Katahdin Iron Works; and watching pro wrestling!
     As if he isn’t busy enough, Sean is also a member of the Orono Town Council. Through his Desktop Publications course, he and his students are involved in producing various materials for the school and local community.
     Sean has an honest and down to earth view of the world and his fellowman: “We could all start by accepting each person’s differences and celebrate the rich diversity that we all bring instead of seeking to sometimes hurt other just because they may be different. Race, religion, sexuality, and gender should not be a reason to hurt someone. I think that if we looked upon ourselves as the HUMAN RACE instead of an exclusive part of something else, we would be better off. We are all part of the same world and we need to understand that this is the only world we have. We need to take care of each other and the planet itself.”
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Tom Witham | Seth Barden | Virgil Valente

     The rosters are set, and games have been played; the new Penquis Basketball League has officially begun. I will publish the results of the games when they become available. I attended a couple of games, and was well entertained. The skill levels varied, and the action was non-stop.
     There have been a few roster changes, so I will reprint the team members next week. I encourage anyone who enjoys watching basketball to come up to the gym and hang out for a game or two; you won’t be disappointed.

The schedule for the next two weeks is:

TUES., MAR. 19
6:30-8PM 2 VS 5
8-9:30PM 1 VS 6
6:30-8PM 3 VS 4
8-9:30PM 7 VS 8
SUN., MAR. 24
3:30-5PM 1 VS 5
5-6:30PM 2 VS 4
6:30-8PM 3 VS 8
8-9:30PM 6 VS 7
TUES., MAR. 26
6:30-8PM 2 VS 3
8-9:30 1 VS 4
6:30-8PM 5 VS 7
8-9:30PM 6 VS 8
SUN., MAR. 31
3:30-5PM 1 VS 2
5-6:30PM 3 VS 7
6:30-8PM 4 VS 6
8-9:30PM 5 VS 8

Playoffs will start on May 2, and go through May 12.
Championship game will be Sunday, May 12. Single elimination playoff, with position determined by league records.
Good luck to all participants, and have fun!!!

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Milo Rite Aid
Saturday, March 23rd
12 until 2 PM
Photos Available
To Benefit The Children's Miracle Network

Library News:
What's going on at the library:
     Recently, we received a collection to books about theater arts, from Jeanne Treworgy Hamlin. We are processing them at this time, and when they are finished will be shelved in our reference room. Added to the collection will be our One-Act Plays collection from the late Mrs. Munson. This should complement the in-progress Town Hall Project. Each book will have a small sticker in the front of each book, to help identify this special collection.
What's going on at Other Libraries:
     Judy & I recently attended our Tri-County Librarians' meeting, which was held at the Penquis Valley High School Library. There was a most interesting demonstration of the ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) or Two-Way TV equipment.
     Upon the viewing screen, we were connected with the Dexter school library, with Susan Abel, librarian; and the Searsport school library, with Ann Gallahger, librarian. What an extraordinary thing, to be able to converse and see each other from such a distance.
     What a great learning tool. The Tri-County Librarians have been together for about 15 years, and includes libraries as far away as Jackman, and MCI, at Pittsfield, in case anyone wondered. We also learned a bit more about Laptop computers. Nancy B. Grant, media-specialist, is more qualified to answer questions on that subject, which is also very interesting.
What's going on with history questions:

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     Many reference questions arrive via email. "No, I can't magically pull an ancestor's early 1800's birth record out of a hat." Occasionally, there are other questions, such as the email received last Friday evening. This is how the story went...Quote: “Do we have information on the B&A's electric cars, which were built around 1911, and any pictures of them?” This request came from DoodlebugDon.
     From now on, I'll refer to us as "Don" or "Cke". Cke: Looked into the book Bangor & Aroostook, the Maine Railroad, by Jerry Angier & Herb Cleaves, c1986. Sure enough, on
page 266 of Apendix A, there was reference to both of the trains mentioned by Don. (I didn't know the B&A had electric trains!) #5 GE built 8/19/11 was 66' long with 6' baggage compartment, and room for 97 passengers. #6 GE built 3/19/12 was 66' long with 10'6' baggage compartment with 91 passenger capacity. Both of these electric/gas engine trains were sold 1920. A third diesel/electric car was built 1930, acquired Great Northern, 1930, scrapped 8/28/56. Cke sent the information, noting that Don was using new terms. Cke: What is the meaning of "Telegraphic exchange, and 73?" Don: "Telegraphic exchange has to do with the distance between the eastern railroads and those across the Mississippi, and 73 means Best Regards." Cke: Mentioned the Nothern Telegraph Company, and later described it for Don, mentioning that my favorite steam engine was a 10-wheeler named 95, which had a flat place on one wheel causing a thumping sound when the wheel turned. Don: He is involved with a Railroad Historical Society in Florida, and naturally, their newsletter happened to be named The Flat Wheel. Cke: Finally found a picture of a Doodlebug, as Don expressed regrets that his printer didn't do a good job printing the photo for his newsletter. Cke: Found the same photo, reduced its width from 800 to 600 and lightened the contrast a bit... sent .jpg to Don. Don: "The ink is dry on the last "This any better?" transmission, and email-capitol-letter shouted, Whoopee! You did it!" And this is how history is born, recorded, and kept for others to read. The Doodlebug photo is beautiful. All I could think of when I saw the oval windows was some of the decorative windows in the Titanic: it's the same time frame. There is a picture of the Bangor & Aroostook Doodlebug at this website address...
     For those who do not have computer access, a print of the photo is at the library.
Regarding the Three Rivers News:
     It has been mentioned repeatedly how little news about our locality is found elsewhere. Apparently, it has been determined that "allegedly" the BDN does have articles about Milo in their archives, which were rarely, or, not posted on their website... also, there is a fee for downloading the archived articles. How lucky we are to have our new Three Rivers News, not only in paper form, but online at the Three Rivers Community website. Frankly, I don't mind a bit, saving extra coins and dumping them all into the little Three Rivers News coin box when I pick up my weekly paper. "Three Rivers News" what a great way to call attention to our Three Rivers Communities! Keep up the good work, everyone!
CK Ellison, Librarian

     Have you had the Yoga Experience? Let this class stretch and tone your muscles and ligaments by practicing gentle yoga poses and feel-good stretches. You will also increase your mind and body awareness and control, reduce tension, and improve your posture. This non-competitive class is great for EVERYONE!
     So come and join Cindy Herbest on Wednesday evenings from 6-7, starting March 20, at the Milo Elementary School.

Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life - B.K.S. Iyengar




MSAD #41 School Lunch Menu
March 18 - 22

Monday - Macaroni/cheese, baked ham, winter mix veg., cinnamon bun, fruit, and milk.
Tuesday - Combo sandwiches, french fries, pickle wedge, icy juice, and milk.
Wednesday - Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potato, peas, assorted desserts, and milk.
Thursday - NO SCHOOL
Friday - NO SCHOOL

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
     The other night we watched Cary Grant and Doris Day in That Touch of Mink, on one of the Dish Network's® old movie channels that we get. It was a great movie! I told my husband that I was sure that I'd seen that movie at the Milo Drive-In Theater. We went to the movies all summer long when I was a kid. Weren't we lucky in those days to have that wonderful summer activity to look forward to? I guess that watching that old movie caused me to pause and think about the place.
     Remember the long driveway into the place...ticket booth at the end. Then you'd drive around trying to find the best spot. You had to take into consideration the size of the car in front of you, and also the reception that you were going to be getting on your speaker. When you think of it, that whole speaker system was probably pretty sophisticated for the times. There was a little set of swings out in front of the "shack," if I remember correctly. I don't think my mother would let us out of the car to play on it, though. She was like that. We never parked up that close to the "shack" and she wouldn't have been able to see us. We really were pretty sheltered children. In hindsight I'm thinking thatshe probably didn't want to deal with the fly bites that we'd have suffered if we'd been outdoors at that time of night. YIKES!! Mom used to light one of those coiled up Pics®, attach it to the little metal stand, and wedge it in the side vent window opposite the speaker window. That, supposedly, kept the mosquitos at bay.
     My parents never learned their lesson. They always believed that Charlie and I would fall asleep during the movie. I don't think so! We'd have our baths, get into our pajamas, load pillows and blankets and snacks into the back seat of the car and away we'd all go. I, for one, didn't have any intentions of going to sleep during the movie. Charlie didn't either. I don't know what they could have been thinking. Of course, it was summer vacation. What difference did it make if we went to sleep or not. We could sleep in the morning. If we had gone to sleep, they would have had to have struggled us up the stairs to bed when we got home. This way we had to walk under our own power, but we were all ready for bed...with the possible exception of having to stop to brush our teeth.
     I remember taking treats with us in the car, and I remember sometimes going in and buying our snacks at the "shack" during intermission. In thinking about it now, I suppose that whether we got to go into the "shack" for our snacks probably depended on how close to payday it was. Didn't they used to have onion rings there? What else did they have there that you can remember? I don't remember how long intermission was, but I remember that if they lingered too long on starting the movie, everyone started tooting their car horns. That always made me a little nervous. I mean, there must have been a reason why they were delaying. Maybe they thought a few more people were going to show up; or maybe the technician was having trouble with the reels. Who knows, but to me tooting at him was very rude and made me feel uncomfortable. Movies were so good back in those days. You didn't have to scrutinize every single movie before making the decision as to whether or not you

could take your child to a show. They were all pretty well fit to watch. After all, what was the worst that could happen...your kid would get bored and go to sleep? I'll never forget my parents taking us to Imitation of Life with Natalie Wood. I cried all the way through it. As a matter of fact, I've never watched that whole movie all the way through ever again. Ben Hur was another one of those tearjerkers. I sobbed practically from the first scene. My father used to say that my bladder was right behind my eyeballs. Thankfully, there were more happy movies than sad ones.
     I think my first taste of french fries with vinegar was at the drive-in. Mom would sometimes pop corn and we'd each have our own brown bag with a few M& M's® sprinkled over the corn. That's still one of my favorite treats. Once in a blue moon she'd make fudge to go with it. A trip to the 5 & 10 for chocolate teddies that we could mix with fresh roasted peanuts was also a wonderful little treat that we'd get to take in a little paper bag. I don't remember having soda willy nilly when I was a kid. Mom bought a 6 pack of Coke® to serve at my birthday party once, and I remember it being a big deal. I think we drank Kool Aid® and juice. Imagine yourself packing up treats to go to the drive-in theater these days. The choices could include pudding packs, Nutri-grain bars, microwave popcorn, a myriad of candy bars, sodas galore stashed in plastic insulated coolers, unlimited brands and flavors of chips, nachos, etc. The list could go on and on. I can see now why the modern theaters limit your snacks to the ones you can buy in their establishment...which has always seemed a bit unfair to me. I've always tried to finagle away to get a bag of my own popcorn into the theater. I've also wondered if that's illegal, or just unethical. Which ever it is, I'll admit to being guilty.
     Sad to say, those times are behind us now. The theater is completely gone, and when you tell them about it, more and more people say, "Where was that theater?" When you try to describe it, they jus look at you in disbelief. Some just can't imagine that we had a drive-in theater in Milo, nor what it could have been like. But those of us who experienced it will always hold the memory dear to our hearts. It was wonderful and affordable entertainment on warm summer nights. It was family entertainment (or at least you went with your family until you got a boyfriend who could drive and had access to a car, and parents foolish enough to think you were really going to watch the movie! That sure didn't happen on my parent's watch.)
     Here's a little snack that would have been great to take to the drive-in.
Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers
12-16 oz. plain oyster crackers
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch® Original Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
1/4 tsp. lemon pepper
1/2 to 1 tsp. dill weed
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 to 1 cup salad oil
Combine Hidden Valley Ranch mix and oil, add dill weed, garlic powder and lemon pepper.
Pour over crackers, stir to coat. Place in a warm oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Here's a variation of Party Mix that's real good, too:

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Crispix Mix

3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
6 cups Kellogg's Crispix® cereal
1 cup salted mixed nuts
1 cup pretzels
     Melt margarine in 13X9-inch pan in the oven at 250 degrees. Stir in garlic salt, onion salt, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.2. Add Crispix® cereal, nuts and pretzels. Mix until coated. 3. Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Spread on absorbent paper to cool. Yield: 8 cups.

Science Corner
Matching quiz
Match word with field of science:

1. fauna a. organic chemistry
2. Deneb b. mechanics
3. E. coli c. meteorology
4. isomer d. zoology
5. cordillera e. physical chemistry
6. flora f. astronomy
7. forces g. palentology
8. isobar h. microbiology
9. isotope i. botany
10. fossils j. geology

(Answers are on page 6 of this edition)
What are soaps and detergents and how do they work?
     Soaps have been made for many centuries. Earliest cleansing agents mentioned in the Bible (Jer. 2:22 and Mal. 3:2) were not true soaps, but close relatives. The first mention of what we now call soaps occurred in the literature of Italy from the 1st century. Basic soap (Grandma’s lye soap) is made from the fat of animals and lye made from wood ashes. Fat consists of a molecule of glycerol, the syrupy substance found in some medicines, and three molecules called fatty acids. These are all bonded together in a molecule called a triglyceride. In soap making the mixture of fat and lye is heated and a chemical reaction takes place separating the fatty acids from the glycerol. The process is called saponification and results in free glycerol (glycerin) and the salt of the fatty acids. These are separated and the salts of the fatty acids are the soap. The French experimented with olive oil instead of animal fat and the process spread throughout Europe. Today many vegetable oils are used. Perfumes and other ingredients are used in soaps of today to make them less harsh on the skin and to smell nice. Here is how soaps work. Oil and grease are not soluble in water, so soaking clothes or hands will not remove them. The soap molecule is soluble in water on one end and soluble in grease and oil on the other. The oil soluble end sticks in the grease, and when enough of them dissolve in this manner, the water can pull on the water soluble end and emulsify the fat or grease and they are washed away with the water. There is a major problem with soaps. Water containing iron, calcium or magnesium is called hard

water. These elements attack the soap molecule and make it so that it is not soluble in water. This leads to the so-called bathtub ring. The soap rises to the surface as a scum. Around 1940 scientists started developing detergents. Detergents are very similar to soaps, except the molecule has been modified with sulfuric acid to make it stay soluble even if hard water comes in contact with it. The sulfuric acid attaches itself to the fatty acid and then is neutralized to make the salt. The advantages of detergents are that they work in hard water and also in cold water where soaps don’t do well. The problem with detergents was that the molecules were not biodegradable. That means that the molecules could not be decomposed by bacteria and caused septic systems to foam. Detergents also started to get into ground water people were using for drinking water. The molecules were modified and now all detergents are biodegradable and are changed into harmless substances when released into the environment.

Marion C. Cook School News
     On March 11, our students gathered together to recite "The Pledge of Allegiance," and sing "God Bless The USA" to commemorate the sixth month anniversary of September 11th.
     We are excited to announce that our Reading Is Fundamental program is receiving a RIF/Coca-Cola classroom collection of books. This gift results from a generous donation from the Coca-Cola Company. The thematic collection will include 11-120 books for classroom use and are valued at $1,700.
     Last year, Coca-Cola expressed their desire to develop a program with Reading Is Fundamental to promote children's literacy across the country. Our site was chosen because of our successful book distributions, moti- vational activities and our responsible reporting.
     The books will arrive in August. A wooden bookshelf to permanently house the books is also a part of the gift. As always, we thank our PTO for funding our RIF program.

Ms. Ivy's Class
     Shalene Cody is the Terrific Kid. Shalene was chosen because she returns her traveling book bag, tries hard to complete her Journal and to follow the class rules. Joshua Watson is the Bus Student of the week. He was recognized because of his good behavior on the bus. Miss Ivy's class made sashes, flags, hats and musical instruments. They paraded through the classrooms to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Mrs. Carter's Class
     The class completed a unit on Japan. They were very excited to take a big test and show how much they learned. The Terrific Kid was Rachel Wood. She is working hard to remember the class rules and is putting lots of effort into her classwork. The Super Kid was Rose Theriault. We are very proud of Rose's attitude. Kristen Morse was the Bus Student of the Week. Thank you for helping to keep our bus safe.
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Miss K's Class
     The students traveled to the Brownville 6th Grade to participate in Transition Day. They rotated between many activities with their future classmates from throughout the district. Activities included: a snowflake project, board games, math and computer games, rubber stamping, crafting, the climbing wall, knock out, line dancing, a school tour and foul shooting. This special day was planned to allow the 5th grade to meet their teachers for next year and to spend time with the fifth and the sixth grade students from across the district. The students ate lunch in the cafeteria before returning to LaGrange. The Student of the Week was Mike Drake. Mike missed several days ofschool last week due to illness. He made sure to complete all of his assignments at home. He was honored for being a responsible citizen.
     Editors note: I can’t tell the schools how much we appreciate the news that is sent to us. My favorite part of putting the paper together is reading about the area school children. I can tell the teachers take great pride in their work and this attitude is transferred to the kids. We have a lot of intelligent, happy young people because of the efforts of their teachers. Thank you all!

From the classroom of:
Mrs.Barden- Mrs. Barden's Terrific Kid is Margaret Bubar. She has been a good friend and works very hard in reading. She is always smiling. We love having you in our class.

Mrs. Chessa- My Terrific Kid is my whole class for trying so hard on their MEA tests this past week. It is a long, hard week and everyone tried his or her
best. We are glad they are over. A special thanks to all the people whose schedules were disrupted to help administer the test.

Mrs. Dell'olio- Michelle Bucci is a nice and helpful friend. She's always there for you and she's funny.

Mrs. Dunham- Our TK is Erika Worthing. Erika works very hard. She has become quite an author during writer's workshop. Erika can always be depended
upon to complete any task asked of her. She sets a very good example for all her classmates. Congratualtions, Erika!
Mrs.Hayes- The terrific kids in our room were the best writers this week. These people have worked hard in writing neat and interesting journals. They are following our rules for creating a good piece of writing. We are proud of their good use of punctuation, capitalization, spelling known words and most of all their detailed subject matter. We are proud of the first grade girls in our class. They are Courtney Badger, Kendra Hall, Alexa Gerrish and Hannah Guthrie.

Mrs. Hudak- Our Terrific Kid is Peter Morse. Peter is a very cooperative and helpful student. His manners are excellent and he is kind and cheerful. Peter works hard on all of his daily work. You are awesome!!!!!
Mrs.Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- Nathan Porter- Nate has adjusted well to a new classroom. He is making great progress in his reading. We are proud of Nate.
Britney Emerson-Britney has also adjusted well to her new classroom. She is working hard and making new friends.

Mrs.Walkerand Mrs.Carey-Summer Wettengel is our Terrific Kid who has become a super duper writer.
She is excited to write stories each day. Her journals are exciting and full of details. Keep on writing Summer. She may the next Joy Cowley!!!!! Congratulations Summer! We love you. Kelly Patten. Kelly is a kind, courteous, caring, kid. She loves to color, count, and use the computer. Congratulations, Kelly we love you!

Answers to Science Corner questions: 1.d, 2.f, 3.h, 4.a, 5.j., 6.i, 7.b, 8.c, 9.e, 10.g Score 5 Good, 7 very good, 8 or more go the head of the class!!!

MARCH – 1988
     The Close-Up Program is holding a raffle for a Boston rocker, a color TV, a canopy bed frame, and a pair of snowshoes. They will also be holding a flea market at the high school on March 19 from 9 am to 3 pm. The Close-Up Program will take their trip to Washington, DC in May with their advisor, Mr. Russell Carey.
     Jeremy Logan, a junior, came in second at the Eastern Regional Math League competition. Eighteen high schools took part in the competition held at Bangor High School on Wednesday, March 9.
     The chorus participated in the District 5 Solo & Ensemble on Friday, March 11 in Orono. Those who participated were Carol Banker, Tess Emery, Angie Bragg, Mary-Lynn Gerrish, and Lisa Dwelley. Their advisor is Mrs. Nancy Shaw.
     The Drama Club took part in play competition at Bangor High School last Saturday evening. Nine other schools took part in the competition. The Drama Club advisor is Mr. Daniel Doucette.

MARCH – 1974
     Bonny McLaughlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McLaughlin of Brownville, has been chosen as the March Citizen of the Month by the National Honor Society at Penquis Valley High.
     Bonny, a senior, has been involved with many activities at PVHS. She has enjoyed being a Patriots’ Press feature writer, basketball team manager, softball player, Junior and Senior Play cast member, and is presently active in the band and French club and is the Patriot News writer for the Town Crier. She also works part time at P.C.I. in Brownville.
     Her future plans feature postponing college for a year to give her time to explore interests and just to take a year off from twelve very busy ones. Career-inclined fields
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she does plan to look into are business management and computer science.
     Bonny is a good student and conscientious worker and deserves to be the recipient of awards such as the Citizen of the Month.
Mr. Jerry Brown and children, Matthew and Gary, of Massachusetts spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Melburn Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cunningham.
Mrs. Bertha Landers, Hartford, Conn. and nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coy, Mass. spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bushway.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Dr. Hayes, (b) Dr. Hardon, (c) Dr. McDonough, (d) Dr. Stanhope was killed in a train accident.
2. The "sugar wreck" took place near (a) Onawa, (b) Harvey, (c) Schoodic, (d) Barnard.
3, Father Cyr came from (a) Van Buren, (b) Bangor, (c) Pittsfield, (d) Old Town.
4. Grants' barn was used for (a) boat storage, (b) basketball, (c) furniture manufacture, (d) dances.
5, Clint Stickney had a(n) (a) clothing store, (b) hotel, (c) museum, (d) Arabian stallion.
6. Josephine Stubbs wrote (a) poetry, (b) novels, (c) short stories, (d) mysteries
7. Groups of horses came to Ernest Ladd via (a) Boston, (b) Montreal, (c) Chicago, (d) Portland
8. (a) Lyle Towne, (b) Dave Barrett, (c) Ernest Seavey, (d) Everett Gerrish was Brownville's first town manager.
9. Albion Farnham pitched for (a) UMaine, (b) Colby, (c) Husson, (d) Thomas..
10. The Brownville Village school was built in (a) 1850, (b) 1865, (c) 1872, (d) 1901(original school)

Answers: 1 a 2 c 3 d 4 b 5 c 6 a 7 c 8 d 9 b 10 c

Around and About in Piscataquis County
     Well, I’ve been around and about this week and am very excited about some things I heard. The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council’s (PCEDC) quarterly board meeting was held at the middle school in Guilford. We had a chance to talk to students in that school who are involved in a pilot program which involves carrying and using cordless laptops in every class. They were able to demonstrate how the integration of computers helps them learn by doing as opposed to simply reading it in a textbook. This demonstration was very appropriate since our whole 3- hour meeting dealt with various aspects of education. Superintendents from 5 school districts and Foxcroft Academy presented their challenges and possible solutions for more efficiently managed education. Merlene Sanborn from Brownville did a wonderful powerpoint program about our new college. Did you know that we have a new college in Piscataquis County? We were the only county without a center for higher learning, but the Penquis Training & Education Center (PTEC) is pulling in enrollments and is anticipating moving into its newly renovated building this summer!
     After all this excitement, Pete Myrick from Guilford presented the results of a survey sent out to seniors in the four Piscataquis County high schools. The

percentage of responders was very good. 72.8% of the 232 students replied. The responders were equally divided among male and female and 91% of them said they intend to go to college; 59% said they have been involved in volunteer service and 31% said they would like to start their own business; 61% were planning to attend college in-state and 27% would like to return to this area after college or the military; In that 27%, 46% want to return to find employment and 54% figure they can’t return until retirement.
     During the survey presentation, minds must have been working overtime, because we all started suggesting ways we could help the students who want to live and work in this area. Of course, this was one of the, if not THE motivating force behind the forming of the PCEDC. When a bunch of forward-thinking people who have knowledge of various resources and have been trying to think of solutions individually get together, anything can happen. Roger Merchant from Dover-Foxcroft told about a business class offered by the University of Maine Extension Service. Fast Trac and Incubator Without Walls programs were mentioned. With some adaptation, these three programs could be adapted to high school curriculum. Dennis Lyford of Dover-Foxcroft mentioned the National Junior Achievement program. The next couple of days, our listserve, which is a network email, was buzzing with more ideas. The Maine Council of Economic Education was suggested and the newly formed marketing guild was brought up as an outlet for the artist and artisan, young and old.
     The final agenda item to do with education was a presentation by Matt Earnest, Guilford, about an exciting new program titled Penquis Leadership Institute. PTEC and PCEDC and the SPCCC (Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce) sponsor this program. To quote a portion of their brochure: “…local problems are best solved by local leaders. The PLI’s goal is to promote long-term community and economic development by broadening the local leadership base.” Classes are set to begin Sept., 2002 and are aimed at new and emerging leaders who are interested in Piscataquis County.
     There is a huge pool of resources and opportunities available to those of us with the imagination and gumption to seek it out. Along with that, there is a wealth of energetic, knowledgeable and imaginative people available to guide us through the steps necessary to achieve our goals. Let’s continue to encourage our young people to be involved in finding new and innovative ways to improve the economy of our area.

     The celebration of the Fourth of July has changed through the years. When I was a kid, fireworks were for sale about anywhere. We could buy two-inch flash salutes. They were pretty rugged. one time one went off in my hand and burned it badly. Cherry bombs were thrown on a hard surface to explode them. They would blow loose rocks, sand, and gravel all around and were pretty dangerous. I never had any of these as they were quite expensive.

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I remember asking my dad what the boys did before the firecracker era. I can see him now. His eyes twinkled and he laughed. The stories he told me I have never forgotten.
     Back in the 20’s the boys had a town cannon. It was about two feet long and made a really big “boom!” when touched off. This particular year the boys made their usual trip to the Walton Hardware store to get the black powder they needed to shoot it. Mr. Walton’s store was in the building where Attorney Hamlin now has his office. Mr. Walton wouldn’t sell them any powder, so they went home and unloaded all the shotgun shells they could find. They loaded the cannon with a good charge of powder and then filled up the rest of the barrel with small rocks. They carried it up to the Walton house sometime after midnight, put a ladder up, and laid the cannon in the V of the dormer window and the main roof.
     They lighted a long fuse, took the ladder down and hid behind the trees across the street. When the cannon went off, it cleaned the shingles off the roof two feet wide all the way to the ridge. The force of the explosion threw the cannon onto the ground. Mr. Walton came out dressed only in pants and shoes, threw the cannon into a wheelbarrow, wheeled it down to the bridge and threw it into the river. End of cannon.
     The Walton house still stands on the corner of Elm Street and what was then Church Street, just beside the Exxon station.
     Another prank took place in the Odd Fellows building, which stood three stories tall where the bank is now at the corner of Main and Elm Streets. One of the boys got a key to the door; some others “borrowed” a cow from someone and they walked her up the stairs to the top floor. She walked up all right, but she couldn’t walk back down. They had to plank over the stairs and slide her down.
     The last one, which is still an unsolved mystery, happened the night of July Third. When folks got up on the Fourth, they saw a four-wheeled wagon sitting astride the ridgepole of the same building. Dad said nobody knew how they got it up there or remembered how they got it down.
     Perhaps some of the things kids do nowadays aren’t so bad after all. As a matter of fact, I think we have a great bunch of kids today.
                          The Old Whittler

     Thanks to the support of students and community members the March 12th blood drive was a huge success! 62 people came in to donate. From those 62 possible donors, 51 units of blood were collected and we had 10 first time donors! Our goal for this drive was 50 units. Thank you for helping us reach our goal. Thank you also to the school administrators for allowing us to use the gym, the teachers who released volunteers from class to help out and to the cafeteria workers and helpers who hurried through their daily chores so we could set up immediately following the final lunch wave. Thanks also to Nancy L. Grant for helping me out during the drive. And a big thanks to the Key Club volunteers!! I had many compliments from the Red Cross staff on how attentive the volunteers were and how seriously they took their “jobs”. I’m proud of the great job they did!! We look forward to seeing you all again in the fall of 2002.



     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.

     Today’s meeting began with nineteen members present.
     Our newest member Virgil Valente was inducted. Eben DeWitt, back from vacation, did the honors. WELCOME VIRGIL!
Did you know what Kiwanis means? Make Ourselves Known.
     The Key Club had a very successful blood drive on March12. Sixty-two donors, ten being first timers, with 51 units of blood being collected. The Key Club did a great job and had lots of participation.
     It was another great week for the newspaper with two hundred editions being published again this week. Some of the articles came from "from away". The web site continues to receive many hits.
     A closet has been designed by Tony Kindamo to be built in the upstairs men’s bathroom at the Town Hall for storage. Once the closet is complete, the dressing rooms on stage can be emptied and usable. Money for two hundred chairs has been collected and the next step will be curtain installation.
     An upcoming yearly project is the Kiwanis Auction. This will be held June 27 and 28. Clean out your attics, garages and whatever and donate to the Auction. A planning meeting has been held with many stepping forward to organize. There will be much more to come.
     Ethelyn Treworgy and others are in the process of bringing together our variety show. This will be held May 3rd and 4th. The Theme is The Old Town Hall Tonight.
     The happy and sad dollars were split evenly.
     This week was our business meeting and we went over the decisions made at the Board Meeting.
     1.Our newest member, Virgil Valente, was voted on and accepted.2.A resignation was tabled.3.Trish Hayes has decided to stay as Key Club advisor. Edwin Treworgy will serve as president starting in October.4. The Senior Musical, Alice in Wonderland, is scheduled for April 26 and 27.
     5. The use of Variety Show proceeds has yet to be determined. 6. We had a great visit from our Lt. Gov. Howard Kessili.
     The upcoming speaker for the March 20 meeting will be Tom Peaco for the Make-A-Wish foundation and for the March 27 meeting, Mike Michaud, who is a candidate for Congress.

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