Three Rivers News, 2002-04-02


Welcome Natalie Grace!
     Amy (Green) and Scott Bickerstaff are the parents of Natalie Grace, who was born March 20, 2002 at the Goodall Hospital in Sanford, Maine. Natalie was 21 inches long and weighed 7lbs. 13 oz.
     Natalie’s grandparents are Joyce and Joel Green of Derby, and Jan and Charlie Bickerstaff of Southbridge, Massachusetts. Her great-grandparents are Rachel and Gerald Smith of Milo, Inez Green of Sebec, and Arthur and Roberta Bradstreet of Sandwich Massachusetts.
     We would like to congratulate the Bickerstaffs and wish the new family the best.

     The Annual Choir Festival will be
held at the United Baptist Church on Sunday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
     Several area choirs will present their anthems and the combined choir will complete the program of praise and song. The public is cordially invited to attend. We hope to see you, Sara Richards, choir director of the United Baptist Church and Merna Dunham, choir director of the Park Street United Methodist Church.

     The annual Brownville Elementary/Historical Society's Brownville History Day will be celebrated on April 12 at the school. All of the student projects will be on display in the library for parents and interested citizens to view at any time during the day. Ceremonies and award presentations will be held following lunch. If you'd like to come for lunch that day please contact Mrs. Witham at 965-8184 by 8:30 am. We hope you can come.

     The date has been set for the annual Kiwanis Auction. Bargains galore will be up for auction on June 27th and 28th. The proceeds from our auction go toward all of the projects that Kiwanis contributes to over the year. We are looking for items for the auction. If you have items, please call Eben Dewitt ( 943-2486) or Herb Dunham (943-2353 ) for pickup.

     Milo Rite Aid is accepting donations of new or used items to be sold at their annual rummage sale on April 6, 2002.
     Proceeds from this event will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. So, box up your extra clothing, books, tools, knick-knacks or appliances, and drop them off at Milo Rite Aid before April 6. Call Lori at 943-7780 for more information.
     Plan to attend and buy some great stuff!!

A Sign of Spring!
     A sure sign of spring is bicycles everywhere. This is a piece of equipment that should be checked over before taking that first ride in the spring. Making sure to check the chain and gears for any defects can save you some frustration and could keep you from having an injury.
     Did you know that most bicycle accidents happen close to home, like in your driveway or on the sidewalk? Riding a bicycle is the same as driving a car and the same rules apply. When riding a bicycle you should always ride in the same direction as vehicles. Riding against traffic confuses and surprises drivers. Almost 25% of all bike-car accident result from bicyclists riding against the flow of traffic. So, follow the rules and wear your helmet whether riding for enjoyment or for the exercise and have a safe spring!

Books for Kids

     Another RIF’s distribution recently took place at Brownville Elementary. Thank you to the Brownville PTO for helping fund this and to Mrs. Lumbra for organizing it.
     RIF is the Reading Is Fundamental program and it provides books to students.

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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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     Please drop suggestions and comments into the donation box or contact one of us. We welcome your ideas. 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
Tom Witham | Seth Barden | Virgil Valente

Letters to the Editor:
Dear Val,
     As a former resident of Milo & Medford, I am always interested in reading about our local news. How pleasantly surprised I was while "surfing" the net and discovering this website! It certainly brought some favorable memories of my life in Milo. On the most part, I enjoyed living there, especially the friendliness and caring of the people who live there.
     My family and I lived in Medford for the first seven years or so. My youngest, Michelle, started school in the Milo school system. It was such a pleasure to be treated with such compassion, as both my husband and myself had been hurt in separate accidents. The women from the Catholic Church in Milo were wonderful to us. Each day, one of the women would bring meals to us. Father James Martel became a wonderful friend to our family. The Milo Elementary School made sure that our children had a Christmas to remember that year, along with the Sheriff's Department and also the VFW members. We moved to CT. during the summer of '85 for health reasons, but it wasn't long before we both yearned to be back in Milo. As the Town's Slogan reads: "Milo, A Friendly Town." Truer words have never been written.
     When we moved back to Milo, in February of 1986, we thought that we were most fortunate. We were back in touch with old friends and neighbors. Shortly after we moved back, my husband passed away on Father's Day of 1987. There we were, four children and myself, alone and totally confused. The wonderful families of Derby & Milo were right there by our sides. To all of you, and there are too many to name, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
     It has been six years since I've lived in Milo. My youngest daughter, Michelle, graduated with the class of '93, and continued her education at "UMPI". Finally, I moved to Presque Isle to be near her and my first grandchild, Jordan, in 1996.
     At the present time, I am living in upper NY State. I've met a wonderful man, and we are engaged to be married. I have never forgotten your town or any of its citizens who have touched our lives. To you all, my deepest appreciation, and my most heart-felt thanks.
                              Yours truly,
                              Sharon Gagnon
     People will forget what you said...people would forget what you did.... BUT, people will never forget how you made them feel!!

     The Penquis Men’s League is a group of guys who love to play basketball. The teams are made up of men from age 16 to 50-something. Tony Heal, who does a great job, runs the program.

Men’s League standings through Friday, March 31, 2002

YELLOW TEAM (#7) 6 0
WHITE TEAM (#4) 5 1
GRAY TEAM (#3) 4 2
ORANGE TEAM (#8) 3 3
GREEN TEAM (#6) 3 3
BLUE TEAM (#1) 2 4
BLACK TEAM (#5) 1 5
RED TEAM (#2) 0 6

The schedule for the next two weeks is:

6:30-8PM 2 VS 8
8-9:30PM 1 VS 3
6:30-8PM 5 VS 6
8-9:30PM 4 VS 7
SUN., APR. 7
3:30-5PM 1 VS 8
5-6:30PM 2 VS 7
6:30-8PM 3 VS 6
8-9:30PM 4 VS 5
6:30- 8PM 1 VS 7
8- 9:30PM 2 VS 6
6:30-8PM 3 VS 5
8-9:30PM 4 VS 8

SUN., APR. 14
3:30-5PM 1 VS 6
5-6:30PM 2 VS 5
6:30-8PM 7 VS 8
8-9:30PM 3 VS 4

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!!!

March 25 – 29

Monday – Bacon/cheeseburger, potato smiles, corn, fruit, and milk.
Tuesday – Juice, turkey deluxe sandwich, sliced cukes, confetti birthday cake, and milk.
Wednesday – Spaghetti/meat sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread, sliced pears, and milk.
Thursday – B.L.T. sandwich, macaroni salad, carrot sticks, apple, and milk.
Friday – Juice, pizza, green beans, chocolate pudding/topping, and milk.

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03/15/2002 05:18 05:35 EMS ASSIST
03/21/2002 14:28 14:52 EMS ASSIST
03/22/2002 20:13 21:03 CHIMNEY FIRE

     The members of the Milo Fire Department would like to thank Maine author Bill Sawtell for his generous gifts. Bill gave each member an autographed copy of his book, Brownville’s Slate Quarries. Bill donated the books to the men to show his appreciation for the work the fire department does.


COLE'S 4 2
GRAY'S 3 3

     Brownville and Milo Recreation Departments held their annual boys and girls basketball awards ceremony on March 21. Each player received a trophy. Cake and punch were served to approximately 250 participants and their parents. Murrel and Dean would like to thank the sponsors, the volunteer coaches, refs, scorekeepers, and timekeepers for making the season a success.

     The library board of trustees met at the library on the evening of March 25th. Present were Helen Carey, Joanne DeWitt, Neil Hamlin, Karen Jay, Ralph Jones, and Shirlene Ladd. Also present were staff members Catherine Ellison and Judith Macdougall.
     Judy, Pam, and I are working on a backlog of gift books plus ordering books and supplies for the summer reading program. The program's theme, books, and supplies are chosen and ordered by Assistant/Children's Librarian Judith Macdougall. A description of the program will be offered at a later date. Catherine Ellison is preparing an order for new adult books.
     The library has received a gift book donated to the library by Andy Libby of the Milo Chip Plant entitled: The Maverick Spirit, Georgia-Pacific at 75, by Doug Monroe, produced and published by Greenwich Publishing Group, 2001. The timeline included in the back of the book dates from the year 1927, and notes that the company celebrates its 75th year of business, year 2002.
     In answer to several inquiries regarding "State aid for municipalities maintaining free public libraries" (LD 27:105 AKA State Stipend). Quoting directly: "The officers of any municipality may certify to the State Librarian annually, before the first day of May, the amount of money appropriated and expended by said municipality during the preceding year for the benefit of a free public library established therein, or for the free use of a library in an adjoining town. Upon such certification the State Librarian, if satisfied with the quality of service performed by such library, shall approve for payment to such municipality an amount based on the following schedule: On appropriations from $200 to $475, 10%.
     On appropriations from $476 to 1,900, 7%.
     On appropriations from $1,901 to $5,000 4%.
     No municipality shall receive annually less than $20 or more than $200, except as otherwise provided. The state aid money must be spent for the purchase of books to be placed in said library.
     If the appropriations of two or more towns for use of the same library in an adjoining town amount to the sum of $200 or more, the State Librarian may make payment of state aid on the same basis and for the same purpose prescribed above. Such payment shall be made to the municipality where the library is situated." Signing the State Aid Certificate: "The Signatures of the Manager/Mayor or at least two selectmen or Councilors are necessary."
     The following data is included in each report:
Population of Legal Service Area; Paid Staff Full Time Equivalent; Total Librarians; Estimated Space of Existing Building in Square Feet; Library Visits; Reference Transactions; Audio; Number of Library Materials in Electronic Format; Operating Expenditures for Library Materials in Electronic Format; Access to Electronic Services; Operating Expenditures for Electronic Access; Access to Internet; Number of Internet Terminals Used by Staff Only; Number of Internet Terminals Used by General Public; Number of Users of Electronic Resources Per Typical Week; Operating income (i.e.: 2001, deadline for

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submission of state aid certificate was March 1, 2002); Local Government Income; State Government Income; Federal Government Income; Other Income; Total Income; Operating Expenditures; Salaries; Employee Benefits; Total Collection Expenditures; Other Operating Expenditures; Total Expenditures; and Capital Outlay.
     In some of our previous town reports you may have noticed the state aid included as expected revenue (book budget). Each year our library receives an annual report form to fill in and send to the State Library. Without this report we would be giving up the following benefits: MSLN free internet connection; free access to the EBSCO databases; State Stipends to purchase books; eligibility for E-Rate and New Century Grants; free consulting services; and SCOOP discounts. (SCOOP is a group-purchasing discount on books.) Our reporting statistics help Maine libraries acquire all of those things. "Even though annual reports aren't mandatory we really need them. We truly need them for all the reasons Felicia Kennedy has shared (in her letters to all of Maine's public libraries)", states Linda H. Lord, Director of Library Services, Maine State Library, 64 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333.

     Last week Mr. Ed Blodgett from Brownville spoke to the Brownville Elementary 5th grade about the history of logging in this area, with particular emphasis on river drives. Mr. Blodgett had a slide show and answered questions from the students. He also spoke to the class about the Comprehensive Study that the town is involved in and asked students for input. Mr. Blodgett will be back later in the spring with a lesson on using the compass in the woods. The class really appreciated his visit.

Brownville Fourth Graders Learn Marbles
     As part of the Brownville History Contest curriculum, contest originator Bill Sawtell, recently taught Mrs. Wallace's fourth grade class about marble games he played in his youth. "Dropsies, Spansies, and Potsies" were three of the games for "Keepsies" or "Funsies." Mrs. Wallace showed variations of "Potsies."
     Many of the children brought marbles and all participated in the games. “The concept of "draining" an opponent is not in use today,” Sawtell remarked. "I may have reintroduced this term," he says.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. John Lewis's son Jack was a(n), (a) lawyer, (b) professor, (c) artist, (d) realtor.
2. The YMCA was once used as a(n), (a) school, (b) hospital, (c) church, (d) town office.
3. Carlene Perry was a, (a) spelling champion, (b) scientist, (c) town clerk, (d) radio announcer.
4. (a) George Hale, (b) Tim Throckmorton, (c) Dale Duff, (d) Gary Thorne, covered his first basketball game in Brownville Junction.
5. (a) Town meetings, (b) Dances, (c) Minstrel shows, (d) Chautauquas, were sometimes held in the covered bridge.

6. Alice Graves and Doris Chase were, (a) Red Cross supervisors, (b) Sunday school teachers, (c) town clerks, (d) telephone operators.
7. Carolyn Thomas and Allan Butterfield have doctorates in, (a) math, (b) chemistry, (c) geology, (d) history
8. (a) Vicki Lord, (b) Greta Connors, (c) R. Palmer Wilson, (d) Mac Buchanan, was their chemistry teacher at BJHS.
9. The St. Louis store sold, a) hardware, (b) canned goods and sundries, (c) clothing, (d) farm feeds
10. Rev. Loudon was, (a) Scotch, (b) Irish, (c) French, (d) English

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

Ms. Ivy's Class
     The K/1 friends are having fun with jellybeans. They are making graphs and starting a jelly bean book. The class is also studying rabbits. This week's Terrific Kid was Jacob Watson. He was honored by Ms. Ivy because he has been returning his traveling book bag, he's worked hard on his Journal, and he is stretching out words when he is writing.
Mrs. Carter's Class
     The second and third graders are kicking off a new unit on the solar system. They will be taking an exciting field trip to the planetarium at the University of Maine. The class is using the internet and library resources to research the solar system. Lauren Crocker was the Terrific Kid. Rose Theriault was the SuperKid. Ronald and Ethan were the bus students of the week. Congratulations to all.
Miss K's Class
     Grades 4 and 5 have been back on the ski trails. The students are learning about healthy eating and exercise. The students have been researching famous people who lived during the Civil War. The computers and library have been terrific resources. The class sang "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Don't Look Back" at the Terrific Kids assembly. Thanks to Tyler Elsenhiemer for leading us in song and dance.

Actual Letters Written By Children To God!! Enjoy!!

*Dear God, Please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. Ginny
*Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Joyce
* Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. Janet
*Dear - God if we come back as something, please don't let me be Jennifer Horton - because I hate her. Denise
* Dear God, I read the bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Alison

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*Dear God, How did you know you were God? Charlene
*Dear God, Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? Anita
*Dear God: Did you really mean Do Unto Others As They Do Unto You, because if you did then I'm going to fix my brother. Darla
* Dear God, I like the story about Chanukah the best of all of them. You really made up some good ones. Glenn
*Dear God, who draws the lines around the countries? Nan
* Dear God, Did you mean for a giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? Norma
*Dear God, My brother told me about being born but it doesn't sound right. Marsha
*Dear God, It is great the way you always get the Stars in the right places. Jeff
*Dear God, I am doing the best I can. Frank
*Dear God, I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was Cool. Eugene

     The following story was first printed by the Bangor Daily Commercial on November 18, 1905, and was reprinted by Joanne Brigham in the Town Crier in 1972. This is the second installment.

Top: Derby Hotel
Bottom: Early B & A

     The B&A (Bangor & Aroostook Railroad) employed as many as 300 to 400 people at times. During the winter of 1951-52 the “Shops” was running 24 hours a day to upgrade refrigerator cars. A vivid memory is a parking lot so full that some had to park their vehicles on the sides of the road almost to the top of the hill. This didn’t take into account the many residents of Derby who walked to work! If you were waiting to cross the road, maybe on your way to fill up your empty Ricker’s glass, gallon milk jugs at the “wellhouse” or going to the playground, it seemed to take a LONG time for all the cars to go by. (At the present time there are 63 employed.)
     The following is the second installation of:

     The car shops themselves are being built in the very best possible manner. They are said to correspond with the enormous plant of a similar nature owned and operated by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad at Readville, Mass. The latter shops are by far the largest in New England while the Bangor & Aroostook’s new shops will be a close second in size while in apparatus and general fittings they will be fully equal to the Massachusetts shops. They will furnish steady year-round employment to about 400 people. The great change that will be made by launching 400 people into the Town of Milo and the benefit to be gained there is not a hard matter to imagine. That the benefit will be great and will be lasting there is no doubt.
     The hustling village of Milo, one mile and a half up the main line of the Bangor & Aroostook from the Junction, is one of the most enterprising towns in eastern Maine. It has come up in a most wonderful manner in the last few years. Several new manufacturers have been located there and they are there to stay. There has been a real estate boom and likewise a great building boom. Just how many fine dwelling houses and other buildings built in Milo village proper, the past few years, would be a hard matter to state. The number would go well up toward the three-figure mark.
     The chief business in Milo is the manufacturing industries and the town is quite a lumbering center. Up north is one of the best lumbering sections in the Pine Tree State and lumbering is done on a large scale at Lakeview Plantation, several miles distant. In consequence of its location, Milo draws a good amount of business from the yearly lumbering operations. When the Bangor & Aroostook Company gets through with its building and changes its army of workmen from Hartwell to Milo Junction, one can readily see that it will add greatly to the business interests of Milo village. As has been before stated, the Junction is but one mile and a half from the village and the intervening land is fast being covered by houses built by the landowners who are quick to realize that it is but a question of a short time when the Junction and the village will be practically one and the same place if present indications amount to anything.
     Milo Junction has always been an important junction point on the road’s system. Now that it is to become the scene of the company’s building and repairs, it will be in the truest sense of the word the central point of the Bangor & Aroostook system. It will be the meeting point of all the different portions of the great system which is fast opening up eastern Maine.
     At no other place on the road, could connections with all branches be as easily made as at Milo Junction. This the company realized and therefore selected the Junction in preference to Houlton, which, had it been chosen as the seat of operations, would have taken everything to one end of the system so to speak. It is due to this central location that the formerly desolate and practically unheard-of place was selected as the site of the big new plant and the general storehouse of the company.
     In addition to all these reasons, the place is also remarkably well fitted topographically for the purpose which it is to serve. The Junction is the point on the old Bangor & Aroostook system, where the Moosehead Lake branch left the main line which goes to Brownville where the Katahdin Iron works branch begins. As is commonly
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known, the main line continues through to Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou, and to the road’s most northern point at Van Buren.
A few miles south of the Junction is the South LaGrange Junction where the Northern Seaport road leaves the main line and leads through the center of Penobscot county and through to the recently developed seaport of Stockton Springs. All this serves to place Milo Junction at a center point in the system.
Editor’s note: My dad John Willinski, employed at the ?Shops? for more than 42 years, has shared many stories and interesting facts with my family and me. If YOU grew up in Derby, worked at the ?Shops?, and have memories you would like to share, please write, call, or e-mail me!

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     My grandchildren do play outdoors, as did their parents. It seems as if these days it's a very complicated proposition to have your children play outside. Cars travel faster down the streets of town and there are more of them. Back when I was a kid there were few strangers about town as you knew just about everyone. There were still people that your parents cautioned you to stay away from...but you knew who they were, even if your parents didn't tell you why it was necessary to stay clear of them.
     Game playing seemed to be more spontaneous and less contrived. When we were really small we didn't have a television set, so our days were spent entertaining ourselves with toys and "make believe." We created whole classrooms to play school in; apartments where we brought up all of our little make believe families; and army camps in the Hamlin's and Poole's side-by-side garages. We drove for miles to far away cities in parked cars. The back seat was always filled with our doll babies and all their dunnage.
     In the winter we had lots of hills to slide on and tunnels to dig in the snow. On Clinton Street we used to create whole neighborhoods of snow houses in the snow- banks on the sides of the street. We were still building snowmen on our college breaks, for heaven's sake! Of course, back in the 50's, hand held hair dryers hadn't been invented yet. I don't know of anyone who actually had a hair dryer in their home. Now I don't know anyone who doesn't have one. I can remember having to stay inside on Saturday morning because I'd have had a shampoo and couldn't go outside with a wet head. I'd carry on for quite awhile about having to stay in on a beautiful winter morning and then finally come to the realization that if I laid down on the floor with my head over the heat hair would dry faster. Oh, the inconvenience of it all!! We had to get outside as quickly as we could though, because that was absolutely where

all the action was. Playing indoors was reserved for frigid or rainy weather only.
     We had lots of interactive games that we played like Red Rover, Mother May I, Simon Says, and dodge ball. Amazingly, most of these were played right in the street. We rode bikes all over town without worry, twirled hula-hoops, and played marbles by the hour. We played hide and seek by the hour...after dark was when it was the most fun. Has anyone ever figured out what "Ollie, Ollie in come free" really means?
     My best friend Lorraine and I used to make cardboard box houses. They were pretty elaborate. We'd go down the street to Pullen's Clothing Store and Ken and his staff would give us a couple of the big boxes their freight had arrived in. Lorraine and I would drag those boxes home...up Park Street and then down Clinton Street and over the path to Albert Street. We always made our cardboard houses at her house, because her brother was older and could use a knife to cut us out windows and doors. We'd lash those boxes together and have virtual houses before we were done. I don't know how many times we made them, or how many trips down street that we made to get the boxes, but in hindsight, the sight of us trudging up Park Street dragging boxes that were two or three times our size must have been a pretty funny looking. I wonder how many people were watching us and wondering what in heaven's name we were up to. Ken Pullen always took our box needs seriously. I know now that he probably had his tongue in his cheek, but he always took the time to let us look all the boxes over and pick just the right ones. He had such patience! And he'd always say, "If you ladies need any more...just come back anytime." One of the things we discovered through our back room relationship with the people who worked at Pullens was that they had a nice bathroom downstairs in the store. For Lorraine, that was important knowledge. She could barely get from point A to point B without a pit stop. Knowledge of a bathroom on Main Street that we'd be welcomed to use was very helpful when we were on our missions.
     How many of you can remember the smell of the roasting nuts in the 5 & 10? As long as I live I will be in love with that smell. My friend Cheryl Hamlin brought that wonderfully nostalgic aroma back to me the other day when she showed me that you can put a few Spanish peanuts in a small brown paper bag and put them in your microwave for 30 or 40 seconds. You cannot imagine how wonderful that taste sensation and smell sensation is!
     Another fun recipe that Cheryl and Steve Hamlin shared with me years ago is the following:

Stephen Hamlin's Pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg well-beaten
1 1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
     Sift flour and the next 3 ingredients, combine the egg, milk and oil in a separate bowl, and add to the flour mixture all at once. Stir just until blended. Drop onto a hot seasoned griddle. Turn the pancakes when most of the bubbles burst. Cook for about 30 seconds on the flip side.
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Science Corner
How Many:

1. Teaspoons in 1 tablespoon a. 2
2. Tablespoons in 1 cup b. 40
3. Cups in 1 pint c. 640
4. Gills in 1 pint d. 100
5. Quarts in 1 peck e. 27
6. Acres in 1 square mile f. 3
7. Rods in 1 furlong g. 4
8. Feet in 1 mile h. 16
9. Centimeters in 1 meter i. 5280
10. cubic feet in 1 cubic yard j. 8

(answers on page 8)
What keeps the moon from falling to earth?
     We all know that gravity makes things fall, so why doesn’t the moon crash into the earth? If you throw a ball horizontally, it eventually curves downward because of gravity, and lands on the earth. If you throw a ball harder, horizontally, it travels farther, but eventually it still returns to earth. Gravity does that. Gravity is the force of attraction between two objects. In actuality the earth is also attracted to the ball and moves ever so slightly toward it. Because of the size of the earth this movement is essentially zero. The answer to the question lies in the ball experiment mentioned above. Let’s say you were able to keep throwing the ball faster and faster. It would land farther and farther away from you. If the ball had enough energy it might eventually travel all the way around the earth before landing. Then if you could throw it a little harder than that, it might stay in the air more than one orbit around the earth. If you threw it VERY hard it would probably escape the gravitational attraction of the earth like our space probes do.
     Physics teaches us that objects travel in straight lines unless some force acts on them. So if you threw the ball horizontally and gravity didn’t affect it, it would gain altitude because of the earth’s spherical shape and would fly off into space. So we have two actions fighting for control of the ball: the tendency to travel in a straight line and the pull of gravity. When these are equally balanced, the ball would stay in orbit above the earth. If it is traveling too slowly, it falls to earth. If it is traveling too fast, it escapes into space. Objects in orbit are in perpetual fall because of gravity, which makes one feel weightless when in space. They don’t hit the earth, because they are going so fast that the tendency to travel in a straight line keeps them in an oval orbit.
     Nothing can stay in orbit close to the earth because forces of friction in the atmosphere would also slow it down. Most satellites are at least 100 miles up where there is little friction. The further away you get from earth, the less atmosphere there is. The moon is much further in outer space so there is essentially no friction. That is why man-made satellites eventually fall to earth where the moon doesn’t.
     So the moon is not going to fall into the earth; in fact, the moon has a little too much speed to stay in its orbit and is slowly but surely getting further and further

from the earth. Eventually sometime in the far distant future it will break away and leave its orbit around the earth. Don’t worry, it will be there for you and your great,----------great grandchildren to look at.


     Some years ago I asked my son-in-law Richard Moore, if he had ever seen a crooked knife. He said that he had never heard of one and thought I was joking. I realized that probably his generation didn’t know or had never seen one to know what it was. I began to inquire around and over a period of time I found a few. Some were given to me; some I bought. I found one at the Lakeview dump. Someone had thrown it away not knowing what it was or what it was worth. They are quite scarce, in fact, I have seen only one or two in antique shops. They were poor specimens—worn out and beat up. No one that I have ever talked with knew when or how or who made the first one. They were never made commercially, but were made by a person to fit his hand. Apparently they were used by woodsmen, farmers, carriage builders, and some carpenters.
     Most of us have seen a two-handled drawshave and perhaps have one. A crooked knife is a one-handled drawshave. The blade was usually made by a blacksmith with just the right bend to fit the handle. It is difficult to describe one, but I will try to. A right-handed person made one for his right hand, and a left-handed person one for his left hand. To hold one you turned your hand over to the right if you were right-handed and grasped the handle, which was parallel to your body. You then braced your thumb on the back part of the angled handle. The cutting edge of the blade was now pointed toward you. It, too, was set in the handle at an angle to suit the owner. The blades were kept sharp, as any cutting edge should be. Woodsmen used them to make axe handles, hammer handles, etc.; canoe makers used them to shape the parts of a canoe; farmers used them to make spokes for a wheel, handles for tools, and furniture.
     Woodsmen spent hours making beautifully carved curved handles. They were a tool made to fill a need and as times changed and tools became more sophisticated, the crooked knife was put away.
     I just thought you might like to know.
                                        The Old Whittler

     Thanks to Frank Cochran and Dennis Dorsey for coming to the Key Club meeting on March 28th. The club began planning for the Lock-In to be held on May 12 from 7:00 PM Saturday through 8:00 AM Sunday. The members signed up to work on the various committees needed to

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plan the Lock-In and have taken nominations for a worthy cause to donate the proceeds to. A final vote will be taken on April 4. The members have a lot of enthusiasm for this project! It’s a great opportunity to socialize with their fellow Key Clubbers while raising money for a local charity. Plans are underway for some special Kiwanis involvement in this project. Stay tuned to next week’s edition for more details…
On April 5, members Chris Merritt, Brett Gerrish, Andrew Walker and Shawn Burke, will travel to Springfield, MA with Dennis Dorsey and me for the Annual New England District Key Club convention. We’re looking forward to a great convention! We’ll all be attending training sessions and hope to come back rejuvenated and filled with lots of new ideas for the coming year!



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

     This week’s meeting began with twenty members present plus visitor Theresa Mudgett. Could we have a prospective new member?
     A great group is headed for Dexter on Friday the 29th for an interclub.
     The latest progress with the paper is the need for a copier. Some discussion will be held at the board meeting on the 4th of April.
     Edwin and Ethelyn Treworgy have been very busy working on a grant through the King Foundation for the Town Hall project. Ethelyn has also been hard at work doing preperation work on some of the stage curtains.
     A sign up sheet for auction workers will be forth coming. Get ready, and get cleaning for the Kiwanis Auction coming in June.
     Heidi Finson reported on RIF. There is a decision to be made about another book distribution this year, or do three next year. Also, it will be possible to include the first graders. Super!
     Debbie Walker's birthday is March 27, Ed Treworgy's is March 29, and Chris Almy's is April 1st.
     Twelve Happy and Sad dollars were contributed this week. Eben DeWitt put in a plug for the new NOAA

radio station that you should be able to add to your scanner. It is a weather channel.
     Our speaker for this week was Mike Michaud, from East Millinocket, who works for Great Northern, is a Senator, and is running for Congress. Mike spoke about the trials and tribulations facing our States budget. He also touched on the unique situation of shared powers in the House and how the Democrats and Republicans worked together to build trust with one another. Some hard decisions are approaching, Education funding, Worker Compensation overhauls, Economic Development, Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, and Maine State Retirement. With the Federal Government only funding 40% of some of the education costs, it is a definite concern and a large problem. The budget committee is working very hard to get the States budget back on track. After a few questions Mike told us his goals, if he were elected to Congress, would be Fair Health funding, Education, especially in the Special Ed field, and Economic Development. We wish you a successful campaign.

Through a Child’s Eyes
     A little girl walked daily to and from school. Though the weather one morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school. As the day progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning.
     The mother of the little girl was worried that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school, and she feared that the electrical storm might harm her child. Following the roar of the thunder, lightning would cut through the sky like a flaming sword. Being concerned, the mother got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school. Soon she saw her daughter walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look and smile. One flash followed another, each with the little girl stopping, looking at the streak of light and smiling. Finally, the mother called her over to the car and asked, "What are you doing?"

The child answered, "God keeps taking pictures of me!"

Answers to Science Corner questions:

1.f, 2.h., 3.a, 4.b, 5.j, 6.c, 7.b, 8.i, 9.d, 10.e
Score: number right: 5 Good, 6-8 Excellent, 9-10 Expert

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