Three Rivers News, 2002-04-23


     The Three Rivers Kiwanis is taking orders for Community Birthday/Anniversary Calendars. To order your copy, contact a Kiwanis member (you can call me at 943-2324). The cost of each calendar is $5.00 and up, depending on the number of listings.

     On Monday, April 15, 2002, Chris Almy ran in the Boston Marathon. Chris is a member of the Three Rivers Kiwanis and is the only person I have ever known personally that has participated in the 26-mile race. The following is his account of the race and his experience.
     The Boston Marathon was a great experience. The entire race is 26.2 miles long. It starts in Hopkington, Ma. and ends in Downtown Boston. There were over 17,000 runners and when the race started, it was 6 minutes after the gun went off that I crossed the starting line! Many runners waited longer than that. As we ran through all the towns along the route, fans lined the streets cheering us on, gave us high fives, and offered water or orange slices. About one million people watched the race along the route. The most enthusiastic crowds were the coeds at Wellesley college at mile 17 and then later the students at Boston College at mile 22. In between those two spots is Heartbreak Hill, which I managed fairly well because I had done a lot of hill training.
     After mile 22, the race became a little blurry for me, as I was getting pretty tired. I remember passing a lot of runners in the last 2 miles because they were worse off than I was. By the time I finished I was really beat. I have run lots of races before but the last 5 to 6 miles of this one were the most difficult miles I had ever raced. I remember getting dizzy and faint as I pushed through the last 2 miles. My heart rate reached 167 beats per minute, which is my biological maximum.
     Overall the race was exciting and fun. I was somewhat disappointed in my time, as I would have liked to have finished 15 minutes faster than I did. My time was 3 hours, 33 minutes.
     After the race it took me quite a bit of time to recover. I had to drink a lot of water and Gatorade. I walked around very slowly in a semi-daze. Fortunately, my family came to root me on and after the race helped
guide me to the subway. I almost got sick on the metro! My wife and children took very good care of me.
     I was very sore during the next three days, especially in my quadriceps.
     Many people congratulated me for which I was grateful. The compliments and happy dollars from Kiwanis members were especially encouraging.
     I will run it again; I'm formulating a strategy already!

Editors Note: Finishing the race in 3 hours 33 minutes is an amazing feat! Imagine running to Dover and back and you can get a feel for the distance. Congratulations Chris!

     The recently installed computer system at the C.D. Center on Sargent Hill Drive in Milo will serve Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties. Weather data will be collected, then transmitted by radio signal.
     The project was initiated in early 1999 and funds were sought. The first request was denied due to lack of funding.
     In late 1999, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins became involved in our request and supported the identified need for a weather station in Piscataquis County.
     In mid 2001, another application was submitted with Senators Snowe and Collins supporting the project. Once again the project began the approval process. This time federal funding was found and the State of Maine was funded for five sites, with the C.D. Center in Milo being one of these sites.
     In late 2001, site work began at the bunker in Milo and resulted in a National Weather Service radio transmitter being installed and tested, starting in March 2002. Our hopes are for the actual weather reporting to begin in the May-June time frame.
     The frequency for weather reporting is 162.450 MHK.
     We have just been notified that an additional transmitter will be placed at the Greenville Airport early in the fourth quarter of this year.
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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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     Brownville Elementary School had many visitors last Friday during Brownville History Day. Here, the 4th grade winners of the history contest pose with contest chairperson and Kiwanian, William Sawtell.


     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.

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2002
5 TO 6:30 PM



ADULTS : $5.00

Penquis Men’s League standings through Sunday, April 21, 2002

Team #7 (yellow) 11 1
Team #4 (white) 11 1
Team #6 (green) 7 4
Team #3 (gray) 6 6
Team #1 (blue) 6 6
Team #8 (orange) 4 8
Team #5 (black) 2 9
Team #2 (red) 1 11

Teams 5 and 6 will play a makeup game as soon as a date is available to use the gym. The schedule for next week:

The schedule for next weeks is:

TUES., APR. 23
6:30-8PM 3 VS 7
8-9:30PM 1 VS 2
6:30-8PM 4 VS 6
8-9:30PM 5 VS 8
SUN., APR. 28
3:30-5PM 1 VS 3
5-6:30PM 2 VS 8
6:30-8PM 4 VS 7
8-9:30PM 5 VS 6

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

     If you haven’t visited the Three Rivers Community website lately, you may be surprised at the number of entries in the guest book. More than 100 folks have signed the guest book, and many of the comments mention hearing from old friends and classmates.
To view the guest book, CLICK HERE. Be sure to make an entry in the guest book while you are there. The site is a great way to make contact with old friends.

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How Much Do You Know About Domestic Violence?
The answer to last week’s question…Domestic violence is abusive behavior used by one person in an intimate relationship to control the other.

What percentages of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year?
A. 5%
B. 10%
C. 20%
D. 30%

If you would like to take a stand against domestic violence in our community please join us at our next meeting. The Milo-Brownville Neighbors Against Domestic Violence is a group of concerned citizens who work to promote a zero tolerance of domestic violence in the community. We are not a service provider. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at Pleasant Park Community Center at 5:30 PM. Refreshments are served.
The answer is D – 30%.

As reported by: C.K. Ellison, Librarian
Milo Library News:
     1. Maine Regional Library System Presents Public Library Trustee Forums: The Role of the Library Trustee... The pace of development in Maine’s public libraries continues to be phenomenal, even in the recent environment of economic recession. New buildings are being constructed, older buildings are being renovated and expanded, new programs are being launched, and everything is being hurried along by burgeoning technologies. What a great time to be involved in the work of the public library!
     While you can expect to get plenty of good information from the speakers, we hope you will feel free to challenge their assertions, ask questions, and offer your own ideas about how public libraries should (or should not) be run. An attorney and experienced Maine library trustee will address these issues at the upcoming Public Library Trustee Forum to be held at Bangor on Monday, May 13, 2002 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
     Although we call these gatherings "trustee forums" our goal is to enhance the performance and accomplishments of the whole library team. We hope you will join us and plunge right in at our forum and find out how great the water is and what a pleasure it can be to swim with your colleagues. Registration deadline is May 1, 2002. Note: Copies of registration form may be obtained at the Milo Free Public Library.
     2. From our Maine State Library Network discussion list: Central Maine Library District Library Consultant, Bonnie Dwyer quoting from current edition of Library Hotline writes: "Gateway Computers is donating the 4500 Gateway computers used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to eligible organizations recognized by the IRS as nonprofit entities. Priority will be given to schools and community centers whose programs help enhance access to technology for traditionally under-served communities. Applications will be accepted from April 2 through July 31. For more information, visit
Information quoted directly from the visited site:
"Gateway Olympic Sponsorship PC Donation Program
In support of our commitment to socially responsible corporate citizenship, following the completion of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Gateway will donate up to 4,500 computers.
     Grant consideration is limited to eligible organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit entity, with priority given to schools and community centers whose programs help enhance access to technology for traditionally under-served communities.
     These systems were supplied to the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for use during 2002 Olympic Winter Games to track official event results, statistics and standings for athletes, coaches, spectators, officials and the media. Any organization interested in being considered must complete an online application; faxed or written applications will not be accepted." (Form included on website)

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     3. Laptop Initiative for the School Systems:
Therefore, Welcome to The #1 Information Center for the Laptop Initiative in the State of Maine The sidebar links on this page include: State of Maine; School Websites; Pilot Sites; Resources; Seed/Training; FAQ; Downloads; Cabinet Plans; Apple; Association of Computer Technology Education of Maine; Gates Foundation; Maine Association for Middle level Education; Maine Learns; Marco Polo; State Contacts; and website contacts.

PRESS RELEASE FROM Senator Paul T. Davis, Sr.
(207) 287-1505 or (207) 876-4047 April 18, 2002
(AUGUSTA, ME) - The Legislature has given its approval to allow the residents of Atkinson to decide whether or not the community should deorganize. Senator Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) introduced the needed legislation this past year that permits the town to present a referendum question to the citizens of Atkinson on whether or not the town should deorganize.
     "It is not my decision has to whether or not Atkinson should become an unorganized territory, but it is my duty to make sure the people who live in that community have to option to vote on the issue. That is why I sponsored legislation so Atkinson is able to present the issue of deorganization to its residents and to let them have the opportunity to choose what they think is best for their community," Senator Davis stated.
     Private and Special Law 59 states that Atkinson voters will be presented the following question on Election Day, November 5, 2002. "Do you favor the deorganization of the Town of Atkinson?" This Act must be approved by at least 2/3 of the legal voters voting at the special election, and the total number of votes cast for and against the acceptance of this Act at the election must equal or exceed 50% of the total number of votes cast in the town for Governor at the last gubernatorial election in order to become effective.
     If approved by the voters, the deorganization would take effect July 1,2003. Atkinson would become one of approximately 400 unorganized territories in Maine.
     First settled in 1804 by Bylie Lyford, Atkinson was incorporated as Maine's 230th town in 1819. The town was named in honor of Judge Atkinson of New Hampshire, who furnished the town with a library of 100 volumes.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I had an occasion to stand outside of my car on the top of Sargent Hill the other evening. My husband and I were changing the letters on the Kiwanis marquee. The wind was blowing slightly, which hadn’t been the

case when we were changing the letters on the marquee on Elm Street. I got to thinking about the early families who settled the Town of Milo. The top of Sargent Hill was the center of town in those days. I’m fascinated by the history of our little town and often times get caught up in daydreaming about those early settlers; the hardships that they surely must have endured and the absolutely backbreaking work that they had to have undertaken every day of their lives. Cutting a community out of wilderness was an awesome responsibility. They had to mark and cut paths and roads, build rough bridges to cross brooks and streams and all with the most basic of tools. Wouldn’t you have thought it would have been easier to stay right in Methuen? I wonder what they did for a living there? Benjamin Sargent was a married man with children. He must have had a job and a home. Evidently he had a little bit of money as he had enough to purchase some land.
     Imagine, if you will, canoeing up the Piscataquis River and making a decision to pull your boat ashore and start from scratch to clear a piece of land. Not another living soul around (at least that you know of) and just you and your son to get the place ready in a very short time for a family to live in. I have read the book Come Spring by Ben Ames Williams a number of times. It’s by far my favorite book of all time. Come Spring is about the settling of the town of Union, Maine, and I presume that the settlers of Milo must have built and lived in conditions much like the settlers of the town of Union. The book gives in-depth details of that pioneer life over a period of several seasons and several years. When I daydream about the beginnings of Milo, my reference is the book Come Spring.
     The Sargents are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery so they must have lived to see development in what is now the center of our town. I wonder what path they walked down and how long it was before they discovered the Sebec River flowing along to meet the Piscataquis. Probably they discovered all of that area by way of canoe. They must have found the fast water around the island and daydreamed themselves of how the water could be harnessed to power mills
     What do you want to bet the pioneers never ever envisioned a huge log truck trying to maneuver the corner onto Elm Street? Amazing to think of it, isn’t it. Look how far we’ve come. You can’t help but wonder what those people envisioned for this community. There have been articles and books written and even a movie made depicting some of Milo’s history. Several of the teachers in our local schools have made Milo History a part of their curriculum. We have a beautiful museum run by the Milo Historical Society that is filled with facts and artifacts worth seeing. If you’re interested in knowing what probably was running through the minds of Milo’s early settlers, please make arrangements to visit the Historical Society’s museum on High Street. Meetings are the third Thursday of most months and the Society would welcome your interest. The museum keeps regular summer hours, and the members enjoy showing folks around. If your child has an assignment that the Society could help them accomplish, don’t be afraid to call on me or one of the other members for assistance. I personally have never given a tour of the museum to any individual or group who didn’t come away excited about what they had just learned about where they are from.

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Milo has a fascinating history. Some wonderfully colorful characters have lived and loved and died in this little town and the threads that bind us all together form a rich tapestry worth studying.
     Whenever I get to thinking about the old days of Milo…. that was before I came along, anyway….I think of my great-great grandmother, Clara Crockett Hoyt Hobbs, who was walking to the Grange Hall one warm day in June of 1910. She took ill and died on the way there. She was carrying a covered dish for a potluck supper. I’ve often wondered about her, and how she came to be living in Milo in the first place, and what did she carry in the covered dish? One of those little mysteries that I’m not meant to know the answer to, evidently.
     A family recipe that has been passed down for many years and through lots of generations of my family, and may very well have been hers, is the following:

Mammie Horne’s Ripe Banana Cake

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 2, but I sometimes use 3 if they are small)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2-cup hot water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved and added the last thing.

Do not concern yourself with the fact that there is no egg in this recipe. There is no egg in this recipe!!!

     Cream the sugar and shortening and then add the mashed bananas. Add the flour and spices, etc. Lastly add the soda that’s been dissolved in the hot water. Put in a greased bread pan and sprinkle the top generously with white sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. I don’t try to turn this cake out….we cut it and eat it right out of the pan. It’s wonderful! Nobody ever accused my grandmother of being a poor cook.

Psychology Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Type of schizophrenia.
(a) normal, (b) abnormal, (c) paranoid, (d) regressive
2. Freud is associated with
(a) love (b) hate, (c) psychoanalysis, (d) manias
3. Reinforcement is an example of
(a) punishment, (b) repetition, (c) persistence, (d) reward
4. Talking therapy is a form of
(a) occupational therapy, (b) physical therapy, (c) psychotherapy, (d) bibliotherapy
5. Average IQ.
(a) 85, (b) 95, (c) 100, (d) 120
6. Handwriting analysis is also known as
(a) graphology, (b) projection, 9c) manual arts, (d) palmistry
7. Defense is a form of
(a) karate, (b) kick boxing, (c) rejection, (d) rationalization
8. Cones differentiate
(a) black and white, (b) color), (c) geometric shapes, (d) head shapes
9. Hallucinations can be.
(a) visual, (b) auditory, (c) physical, (d) both (a) and (b)
10. Rogers is best known for (as) an (a)
(a) cowboy, (b) physiologist, (c) ESP, (d) nondirective
Answers: 1-c 2-c 3-d 4-c 5-c 6-a 7-d 8-b 9-d 10-d

Science Corner
Quiz: Match the symptom with the possible nutrient insufficiency:
1. Scurvy a. Iron
2. Goiter b. Vitamin D
3. Beriberi c. Magnesium
4. Pellagra d. Vitamin C
5. Anemia e. Vitamin K
6. Osteoporosis f. Vitamin A
7. Rickets g. Iodine
8. Bleeding h. Niacin
9. Leg cramps i. Thiamin
10. Night blindness j. Calcium

What are liquid crystals and how do we use them?
     We are all familiar with three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Some of you might remember from science class days that there is A fourth state called plasma, which occurs in stars where there is extreme heat and pressure. How do liquid crystals fit in? As the name implies, these are substances that are somewhere between solids and liquids. I remember a number of years ago when a parent called me and wanted to know whether toothpaste was a solid or liquid. It was a question asked of their child. If one goes by the description that solids have definite shape and volume and liquids have a definite volume only, then one would have to call toothpaste a liquid. This is somewhat deceiving since toothpaste actually has solids suspended in a liquid.
     Liquid crystals exist in nature. Have you ever noticed certain beetles have a shiny coat that appears as different colors when observed at different angles? The substance involved is a liquid crystal. Liquid crystals also are found in butterfly wings and some flowers.
     Solids have a specific structure or order in three dimensions. Liquids have no specific order. Liquid crystals have a specific structure in either one or two dimensions. If it has order in one dimension it has the name of Nematic liquid and two dimensions it is called Smectic. Some liquid crystals can be forced to change from Nematic to Smectic or vice versa by heat or electricity. When the change occurs, a color change also occurs. This allows us to use liquid crystals for thermometers and digital displays. You may have a strip thermometer used on the forehead or on the side of a fish tank. Many watches use liquid crystals to show the time

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and date. Small amounts of electricity change the structure of the liquid crystal causing a color change from gray to black.
If you would like to see photos of liquid crystals a good web site is:
Answers to quiz: 1.d, 2.g, 3.i, 4.h, 5.a, 6.j, 7.b, 8.e, 9.c, and 10.f
Score 5 Good, 6-8 Excellent, 9-10 Superb

     The Penquis Valley High School class of 2002 is pleased to announce that this year's senior play, "Follow that Rabbit", will be performed on April 26 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Milo Town Hall.
     This production will be the first event held at the newly renovated stage at the town hall. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, and a family ticket, for four or more, can be purchased for $15.00. This musical rendition of the Alice in Wonderland story is sure to warm hearts and put smiles on many faces. Please plan on attending to support our talented and enthusiast young people.

APRIL 22-26
Monday-Chicken nugget, potato wedge, carrots, dinner roll, fruit, and milk.
Tuesday-Italian sand., scalloped potato, 3-bean salad, jello/topping, and milk.
Wednesday-Taco, Spanish rice, lettuce/tomato, pineapple, and milk.
Thursday-Oven fried chicken, mashed potato, creamed corn, oatmeal roll, frosted brownie, and milk.
Friday-Bread sticks, cheese/sauce, garden salad, banana, and milk.

     Lyme disease is one of the top three most common chronic infections in dogs. Your pet can get the disease in almost any outdoor location, even your backyard. It is caused from the bite of a tick carrying the Lyme bacteria.
     It’s important to inspect your dog’s coat daily for ticks. If you find one and are unsure how to remove it properly, call your veterinarian. If the tick is removed the same day it bites your dog; the chances are excellent that they will avoid infection because it takes about 36 to 48 hours for the infected tick to pass along the Lyme disease.
     The symptoms for the disease are generally divided into three phases: ACUTE (7-21 days): fever, joint swelling, arthritis, lameness, and lethargy. These may be hidden at this stage, or may appear as symptoms of many other ailments. SUBCLINICAL (1-3 years): No signs, During this phase, the disease is progressing, but your dog will appear healthy and will seem to have “gotten over” the early symptoms. CHRONIC (4+ years?):
Chronic arthritis, lameness, kidney failure, irregular heartbeats and other heart problems. This phase can cause the most pain and suffering and is much more difficult to treat.
     It takes just eight minutes for your veterinarian to test a sample of your dog’s blood and provide an accurate result. If the disease is found in the acute phase, a simple antibiotic treatment, for up to four weeks, can do the trick. If a later phase is found, your veterinarian can discuss treatment options with you.
     Lyme disease cannot be transmitted directly to you from your pet but a loose tick may brush off your pet’s coat and seek you for a host. That makes it important for you to inspect not only your dog, but also, yourself and others in your family.
     (Editor’s note: I have chosen Sentinel flavor-tabs as a springtime preventative for the past three years for my seven-year old dog, Simba, because it also controls flea populations, adult hookworm infections, removes and controls adult roundworm and whipworm infections. He has stayed healthy for a long time and hasn’t had a flea on him for over two years.)
     Feline heartworm infection is a deadly disease. A mosquito bites an infected dog and draws in a small amount of blood in which tiny immature heartworm larvae are circulating. The same mosquito then bites a cat, depositing the larvae on the skin. Within six months, heartworms reach the heart and lungs, causing heartworm disease. The signs of the disease are coughing, vomiting, breathing difficulty, sluggishness, or sudden death. In fact, sudden death may be the first and only sign of the infection in some cats!
     Some people think that indoor cats are safe from the disease since mosquitoes transmit the infection. This is a false assumption because cats and mosquitoes can, and do, get inside and outside.
Heartworm can be difficult to detect and diagnose, and there is no approved treatment for the infection in cats---prevention is the key to keeping your cat healthy and happy.

     The construction of the Town Hall, after many years of planning, began in June of 1923 when the first shovel full of dirt was removed. It was completed in very early January 1924, one month ahead of the contract time. A grand celebration was held with speakers, music, singing, supper, and dancing until the wee hours. The following excerpts are from the March 4, 1924 edition of the Bangor Daily News:
     ‘An audience of at 1200 people which taxed Milo’s new town hall to the limit, had assembled at 8 o’clock Monday night March 3, when the building was opened. An elaborate program with dance and supper were features of the occasion.’
     The finish is hard pine and is most neat and attractive. On entering the building the rooms of the selectmen are at the left and back of them in the same tier lay the courtroom and the firemen’s room. On the right are the two well equipped dental offices of Dr. McLeod, facing one is the double entrance to the dining hall which will seat 200 people at one serving. Back of
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the dining room is the well-equipped kitchen holding cupboards galore for dishes and a sort of butler’s arrangement for serving. One can go up stairs to the stage from this room and down stairs to the room where the fire apparatus is housed. Here too is the jail with accommodations for two, so Milo does not expect a large patronage for this lodging house. The basement also contains one of the best heating plants in the state.’
     'Those occupying positions on the platform were the three selectmen, Carroll B. Ramsdell, J. Freeman Davis, and Lawrence Noble; Rev. S. E. Frohock, pastor of the UB Church, Hon. and Mrs. ML Durgin of Portland, former Milo residents, E.M. Hamlin, Hon. Leon G.C. Brown, Mrs. Lulie Monroe, Mrs. Edna Daggett, and Contractor and Mrs. Roland S. Murphy of Bangor.’
‘Prayer was offered by Rev. Smith and music was rendered by the Venetian Melody Boys.’
     Mr. Ramsdell; “Tonight I feel it my duty, as chairman of this board of selectmen, to tell the people of Milo what the contract price was. First, the contract for the basement was awarded to Daggett & Kittredge for $2025, that was for just the foundation after the dirt was moved. The next contract was for the building. We had several bids on that and the contract was awarded to Roland S. Murphy of Bangor for the sum of $39,837. This was for the building complete, without heat or plumbing. The contract for the heat and plumbing was awarded to the Walton Hardware Co. of Milo for $5,100. The next contract was for the wiring, which was awarded to the Milo Electric Co. for $476, making of total of $47,418.
     But that is not the entire cost of the building, for there were some extras such as digging out for the basement, which cost $426.50, and besides this, we did a lot of grading. In Mr. Murphy’s contract we had some extra work done, for instance, we had steel girders put in the roof in place of wood which the original contract called for, and to my mind, that alone makes the worth of the building more than all the extra cost.”
     ‘Mr. Murphy did not take all the money given him and spend it to hire men from out of town. So far as possible Milo men were employed. At one time 26 out of 28 employees were Milo residents.’

Frank E. Monroe as “Dick Deadeye” – Mildred Chapman as “Little Buttercup” – Charles W. Mills as “Capt. Cocoran” – H. Allen Monroe as “Ralph Rackstraw” – Ethel M. Lee as “Hebe” – WM. H. Sturtevant as “Sir Joseph Porter”
     Since the latter part of January when the Pinafore Opera Association of Milo was organized the participants in the opera have been rehearsing and both cast and chorus have worked persistently and faithfully to perfect their parts and with the stage scenery in place and the setting of the stage well planned the production will be given May 20 and 21. The promoters of the production were influenced to undertake the work primarily to interest the young people of Milo in high class music, demonstrating that excellent musical talent may be found outside of the larger centers which if developed, is capable of producing the lighter operas with large degree

of success; secondly for the purpose of aiding the Milo Free Public Library in the way of needed funds and to which the net proceeds of the production will be applied.
     Appreciation is extended to the individual members of the cast and chorus who by diligent study and attendance at rehearsals have worked for several months in perfecting their respective parts: to the many guarantors who assumed personal responsibility for any deficit which might be incurred; to the ladies who have furnished costumes; to the members of the several committees who have given work and care to duties assigned them; to Miss Anne F. Treworgy, pianist; George E. Mansur of Bangor, dramatic leader and Dr. Maurice P. King, general director under whose personal supervision the opera is presented. The following are the officers and committee: Ralph W. Johnson, president; Frank G. Thompson, vice president; Jerome B. Clark, secretary; Rev. Sylvanus E. Frohock, treasurer. Committees—Cast: Dr. Maurice P. King, Mrs. Ethel Martin Peterson; properties: William B. Hill; publicity; George P. Aiken; costumes; Marion A Crosby, Lillie S. Monroe, Sara C. Mills, Ethel M Peterson, Grace L. Craig; program, Jerome B. Clark; tickets; Rev. S.E. Frohock; stage carpenter; Morton W. Hamlin; guarantors; S.E. Frohock, P. King, G.P. Aiken, G.E. Rowe, R.E. Decker, A.P.Mills, F.G. Thompson, M. Leonard, F.E. Monroe, A.F. Lewis, F. June Freeze, Anne S. Mills, Marjorie M. Mills, E.M. Hamlin, W.E. Dillon, W.S. Owen, J.B. Clark, B.W. Pineo, R.I. Ingalls, C.H. Peakes, C.C. Gould, Helen E. Shaw, R.W. Johnson, V.H. Stoddard, Mary L. Ingalls, Thelma W. Mills, C.W. Mills, W.B. Hill, L.G.C. Brown, and C.D. Towne.

APRIL 17, 1924

     The Junior class gave a most successful performance of Sunshine before a large crowd at the Town Hall, Monday night. In every respect it lived up to what had been said about it before, and the Juniors are to be congratulated on their first production. The bashful Baddy Brady was played to perfection by Woodrow Decker, while Velma Salley won applause, as the well loved Sunshine. Few outside of Elmer Stanchfield could have made he hit that he did as the big-nosed Butternip. Dorothy Bickford was just made for the nervous Mrs. Whipple, and no one could have been the high-toned society Mrs. McCann as was Gladys Thompkins. The fine acting of Rachel Prescott as Miss Gregory, the nurse, and the impish Mandelia as played by Isabel Walton brought much favorable comment. Alice West made a delightful Sylvia while Lawrence Strout did very well as Jim, the pal of Buddy. Kenneth Pullen had a difficult part to play as the villain, Major Kellicott, but he came off with flying colors, and no one will forget in a hurry Annie Waterhouse who acted the crazy Tessie in such a real way.
     Too much credit cannot be given Miss Anne Treworgy who put in many hours coaching and making the play the success it was. Credit should also be given to Roy Monroe, business manager, Ages Kealiher

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prompter, and Elizabeth Bailey and Edwin Sylvester, stage directors.
     Between acts Mrs. Carrie Newman of Bangor, accompanied by Miss Leita French, sang two or three numbers. Milo audiences are always glad to welcome Mrs. Newman. A pretty mock wedding was also given between acts with Roy Monroe, minister; Alice West, bride; Lawrence Strout, bridegroom; Velma Salley, maid-of-honor; Woodrow Decker, best man; Rachel Prescott, Annie Waterhouse, Eileen Smith, Isabel Walton, bridesmaids, Roger Marden, Kenneth Pullen, ushers, George Morrill, ringbearer and Priscilla Tuck and Georgina Walton, flower girls. The girls in their light dresses and boys in white flannels made a charming picture. At the conclusion of the second act, Elmer Stanchfield thanked everyone who had assisted in making the play possible. Music was furnished by the high school orchestra with Miss Leita French, leader.

     The Key club is on vacation this week. I would like to thank Mr. Dennis Dorsey for covering for me at the April 11th meeting so I could leave for CT to attend my nephew’s wedding. Mr. Dorsey reports that Kiwanians inter-clubbed with the Key Club and regained custody of their bell. Thanks to those folks who came out for the meeting! We’ll be meeting again at 11:20 on April 25, 2002 in the library. Please remember to enter through the double doors in the front of the school and to stop at the office to pick up your guest pass. We hope to see you there!



     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 started with twenty members and an interclub from Orono/Old Town.

     Four members from our club visited the Dover-Foxcroft club on Tuesday the 16th. An interclub is planned for Tuesday, the 23rd, to Orono/Old Town.
     The weekly circulation for the newspaper is up from 170 papers in February to 195 papers at the present time.
     The Town Hall project is still progressing. The storage closet is coming along, the foot lights have been covered, the new chairs and sound system will arrive soon, and the stage floor will be painted soon.
     The RIF committee, which met at the Milo Elementary at 9:30 on the 17th, is planning a summer book distribution. The books will be ordered soon.
     Watch the Kiwanis Newspaper for Kiwanis Auction updates.
A Variety Show meeting is planned for the coming week. Things are progressing nicely.
     Stephanie Salley's birthday is the 17th and Carroll and Kathy Witham have an anniversary on the 18th.
     Eighteen Happy and Sad dollars were collected this week. Many of them were for Chris Almy, who competed in the Boston Marathon and Joe Zamboni for receiving Trooper of the Year. Congratulations to both members.
     The speaker for this meeting was Rollin Thurlow. He owns and operates Northwood Canoe Co. located in Atkinson. Rollin explained the evolution of his business from working on larger boats in Lubec, where he went to trade school, to the present day shop. This love of wooden boats has come a long way from the 1970's when he started out and the interest was low, to now. He and his partner at the time, Jerry, went through many highs and lows with meager dollars coming in. Mr. Charles Fitzgerald, just about their one and only customer, convinced them to come to Atkinson around 1979. They still tried, but the business still wasn't a go, so the partnership dissolved. Rollin still built canoes part-time, but took on another job. With the help of the market, interest in wooden boats sparking, and a book that he and Jerry wrote together, he started up his own shop again in the early 80's. He now employs three, plus a part-time shipping clerk. She is kept busy shipping restoration parts all over the country. If you would like a canoe built with the labor of love and a human touch, you can't be in a hurry. Rollin says it’s about an 18-month wait for your wooden treasure. His market for canoes is mainly out of state but has a lot of in state restoration projects, as people are beginning to realize that the old wooden floating devices are real treasures. One thing is for certain; canoe building is an art and one that is not easily learned. Rollin chuckled as he commented on trying to get secrets from old timers as they are quite closed lipped about their tricks of the trade. Keep building, Rollin, and learning to preserve this almost lost art.
     Rollin is also part of a very extensive restoration project going on in Dover-Foxcroft, the Center Theater on Main Street. A committee was formed to try and preserve the theater for nostalgia and history purposes. He praised us on our Town Hall Arts Center project and hoped that if our center drew some acts, maybe they could draw from them also.
     Thank you Rollin for your caring attitude.

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