||Three Rivers News, 2002-05-21
TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2002
VOLUME 1 NUMBER 28
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
REMEMBER, FOR ALL EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911!
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.
BY BRENDA ROBERTS
On May 11, the weather was chilly and the wind was blowing, but the annual Spring Fling, sponsored by the Brownville PTO, went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. We had a wonderful turnout. The kitchen sold out of all its hot dogs and other goodies. The auction, with auctioneer Supt. David Walker, sold out. Face painting, done by Philip Roberts and Theresa Lovejoy, had a line of children (and a few adults) for the entire three hours the event was held. Some of the children had a great time blowing the siren on the Brownville Fire Truck and seeing what the inside of a Police Cruiser looked like.
The members of the PTO would like to thank the Brownville Fire Department; all the teachers, Ed techs., parents, and grandparents who helped make the Spring Fling such a success. A special thanks goes out to Adam Coover who went beyond the call of duty to help us out. Without him we would have been unable to hold our Bike Rodeo this year.
A special thank you also goes out to Trish Hayes and the members of the Key Club who helped us with all the children’s games. Thank you Heidi for all your help before, during, and after the event. If I have left anyone out, it is not intentional and I sincerely apologize.
I personally would like to acknowledge Trish Stanhope, president of the Brownville PTO, for all her hard work this year. She has done a great job. Also, a big thank-you to Rose Clement, Lynn Kearns and Theresa Lovejoy for their dedication and help with all the PTO activities. I look forward to working with them again next year.
Move & Improve
BY SUE CHAFFEE
After this week, there are only two weeks left in the Move & Improve Program. I hope that all of you who signed up have developed some good habits that you
will continue to practice even after the logs are
Remember, even if you did not fulfill the 30 min. 4 times a week for ten of the twelve weeks, whatever you
did is an improvement! Keep up the good work!
All logs need to be returned either to me or directly to the Move & Improve Office in Bangor by June 7th in order to be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be notified prior to the closing celebration. I will remind you again before the deadline. Logs may be returned to me at any of the schools or sent by mail to:
Penquis Valley Schools
48 Penquis Loop
Milo, Maine 04463
MEETING OF THE CLASS OF 1948
The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold it’s next bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at Freda and Everett Cook’s Bed and Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am, with one of Freda’s delicious breakfasts and continue with the usual socializing and then some planning for our 54th reunion on July 6th.
In addition to attending the annual alumni banquet in the evening of July 6th, we are planning to meet for lunch at the American Legion Hall with the classes of 1949, 1950, 1951, and 1952.
Immunization Requirement Notification
This is to notify parents of school age children that the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine will be required for school age children in the following increments
beginning fall of 2003:
*Start of school year 2003 - Kindergarten & 1st grade,
*Start of school year 2004 - K-2 and grade 9,
*Start of school year 2005 - K-3 and 6, 9 and 10,
*Start of school year 2006 - K-4 and 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11,
*Start of school year 2007 - K-12.
Proof of immunity may be demonstrated by one of a couple different mechanisms outlined as follows:
1. The child presents the school with a valid
certificate of immunization against varicella. The
certificate shall specify the immunizing agent, the
dosage administered and the date(s) on which it was
2. The child presents the school with laboratory
evidence demonstrating immunity or reliable documented
history provided by a physician or other primary care provider.
This is early notification so that you will have an opportunity to talk with your health care provider regarding your child's needs are prior to start of school 2003. You will also be notified by letter prior to the time that immunization is required for your child's grade level. If you have questions please call Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208 or you can reach me at your child's school.
Weight Watchers at Work
There will be a new WW at Work Session starting at MSAD #41. If you are interested in finding out more about the At Work Program come to an Open House at Penquis Valley High School library on May 23rd at 3:00p.m.
The cost of a twelve week session is $139.00 payable at sign up. This may be done by check (you can do 3 checks with 2 post dated), cash, credit card, or payroll deduction for district staff. 15 members will be needed in order to start the program the following
week. If you have questions call Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
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MSAD #41 SCHOOL LUNCH MENU
Monday-Super sandwich, lettuce/tomato, sliced cukes, orange _’s, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Batter dipped chicken, mashed potato, peas, dinner roll, sliced pears.
Wednesday-Vegetable soup, chicken salad sandwich, carrot sticks, pudding/topping.
Thursday-Spaghetti, meat sauce, salad, dinner roll, and fruit.
Friday-Bread sticks, cheese /sauce, broccoli, and apple.
FROM THE MARION C. COOK SCHOOL IN LAGRANGE
Ms. Ivy’s Stars
BY ERICA LYFORD AND BRADLEY CIMPHER
This week’s Artists of the Week are Lindsay Turner, Jacob Crocker, and Codie Donlon.
The Terrific Kid is Joshua Gray. He was chosen because he is trying hard to be a good listener, is always following the rules, and is trying to be a good friend.
Michelle Baker was chosen Bus Student of the week for always following the bus rules. The class is studying rainbows. They are learning color words. The students continue to enjoy working on their flower books.
Mrs. Carter’s Class
BY KELSEY OTTMANN AND RICHIE RUSSELL
The second and third graders are learning a song called; B is for Banana. The students are writing their own versions of If You Give a Pig a Pancake. They are following the steps of the writing process from rough draft to published piece.
What’s happening in Egypt? The second and third graders are making Egyptian pyramids! Working in groups, they have made pyramids out of clay, blocks, cubes, and Popsicle sticks. The finished pieces are awesome!
William Vandorn is the Terrific Kid. William is new to our school. He has settled in very well, is getting his work done, and making a lot of new friends.
Morgan Drake was chosen Super Kid, and Alyssa Gray is Bus Student of the Week.
Miss K’s Kids
Kelsey Ottmann was our Terrific Kid. Kelsey works very hard everyday. She is focused on her assignment and always strives to do her best. She has a kind word for all of her classmates. Kelsey is a Terrific Kid and a wonderful role model.
The students are studying nutrition and healthy lifestyles. They are learning about serving sizes. After completing activities designed to help them learn to measure, they EAT! This week they feasted on applesauce, pineapple, rice, and macaroni. The students have completed Healthy Lifestyle posters that are on display in the hallway.
In Social Studies, the students have been learning about, The Battle of the Little Bighorn. They illustrated the battle and shared the pictures with classmates.
FROM BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY
Friday, May 10th was a very busy day at the Brownville Elementary School. The assembly found several Terrific Kids to be honored. Harley Gilman, our little trooper in Kindergarten, was given her award in absentia as she was just getting out of the hospital with a burst appendix operation.
First grade Terrific Kids was Coltin Durant, Chelsea Cobb in Second Grade, Jerell Arefein in Third Grade, Jake Lyford in Fourth Grade and the whole Fifth Grade class were honored for their exemplary behavior on their Class Trip to Boston a week ago. Tom Witham was our Kiwanian Friend on Friday and Tami Andrews gave the Opal Award to Mrs. Bradbury. Mrs. Weston's Fifth Graders did a wonderful video production of their trip and gifts of Boston tee shirts were presented to Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Witham.
Brownville's Spring Fling was a wonderful success. Staff members, Key Club Members, parents, and volunteer emergency personnel helped to make things run smoothly and safely. This is an annual fundraiser for the Brownville P.T.O. Thanks to all who helped make it happen.
MEALS FOR ME. MENU
|WED., MAY 22
||CORN CHOWDER, EGG SALAD SANDWICH, TOSSED SALAD, GELATIN JEWELS
|THURS., MAY 23
||HOMEMADE MACARONI AND CHEESE, PEAS, SLICED TOMATOES, APPLE CRISP W/TOPPING
|FRI., MAY 24
||FISH CHOWDER, CRACKERS, 3-BEAN SALAD, FRUIT COCKTAIL DESSERT
|MON., MAY 27
||ALL SITES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY
|TUES., MAY 28
||BAKED HAM, SWEET POTATO, GREEN BEANS, BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING
|WED., MAY 29
HOMEMADE VEGETABLE SOUP, CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH ON WHEAT BREAD, SLICED CUCUMBERS, BROWNIE
ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND! FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488. A $2.50 DONATION IS SUGGESTED AND APPRECIATED.
MEALS FOR ME VOLUNTEERS HONORED
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
On Wednesday, May 15, the area Meals for Me program held a volunteer appreciation party at the Milo Town Hall. Over 50 folks attended the celebration.
The party is an annual event to honor the time and effort the volunteers put into making Meals for Me.
work. The program feeds up to 100 seniors a day, and it is the work of the volunteers that makes this possible.
Those attending were volunteers from Guilford, Brownville, Dover, and Milo.
I would like to take this opportunity to again thank all the wonderful men and women who make the program possible. Because of their hard work, over 19,000 meals were served to area Senior Citizens last year. What a difference a few hours of donated time can make in the lives of others!
If you would like to volunteer to help in the dining rooms or to deliver meals to shut-ins, call Valerie Robertson at 943-2248. Some tasks require as little as one hour a day, once a week!
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
It's spring. The little light green buds are on the trees and that's my favorite time of year. Fling open the windows and let the warm breeze blow all of the winter staleness away. That's right, fling that window wide and let the wind blow through. Wait a minute!! Brrrrrrr! Where's the warm spring breeze? We've had precious few of those kinds of days this spring. I just can't get in the mood for spring-cleaning with all of this drizzle and chill. I want to wear sandals and shorts. I want to plan picnics and meals on the grill. I want my lilacs to blossom and my rhubarb to come up. I want to get into camp and get the water in and the dock out. None of those things are going to happen if we don't hurry up and get some warm weather. I noticed earlier today that the bugs have just said, "To heck with warm, we're gonna hatch regardless." Yes, that's right, bugs, and it's not even warm enough for them yet. The bugs had to come out, though. You know why don't you? It's because many of us have to go up to the cemetery and take care of family lots. It wouldn't be normal if we could do that job in a bug free environment.
May is always a busy month for me. My husband and I like to plan a few get-aways in May. We've usually been cooped up during the cold winter months and look forward to doing some visiting and maybe getting a little shopping done. It seems as though we always have a few things that we want to get new this time of year. This year I decided that we needed new dining room chairs for camp. What a process! A semi-local department store had three of the chairs of my choice, and three had to be ordered from some store afar. Of course I didn't want to buy the three in-stock chairs at the semi-local store until I could find out for sure that I could get the three from afar. I repeat, what a process! I have heard just today that the semi-local department store does have all six of my chairs under one roof as we speak. Wonderful news! Tomorrow I'll go and get them and then my husband can start the tedious task of putting them all together. Oh yes, did I mention they’d come in boxes with "some assembly required." Remember that these chairs are for camp.
May also brings my birthday. This year's celebration was very special. I had so many gifts and cards and special visits from friends. My husband made a cake and had the kids over for a spaghetti dinner with cake and ice cream for dessert. I have always been glad that my birthday was in May. When I was a kid I always got a new spring and summer wardrobe for my birthday. I never had to worry about my party being cancelled because the weather was bad, and Mom always had either Maypoles or May baskets for a theme.
Whatever happened to hanging May baskets? I used to love that wonderful old tradition. Mom would make May baskets for a week or so before the 1st of May. She'd pin them up on the curtains after they were finished. I'd get it all scoped out as to who would be getting which May basket. Little cupcake papers were stapled in the bottom of each basket and a few candies would go inside. The giver would knock on the door of the recipient, and then the recipient would chase the giver - catch them and (thrill of all thrills) - kiss them. I repeat, whatever happened to that wonderful old tradition????
May brings some wonderful rhubarb recipes. What a versatile fruit, or is it a vegetable? Whatever, it's great! Here are a couple of my favorites. This first recipe came from my mother. The recipe card is old and dog-eared and I took down the directions in shorthand, which I still can read, even after all these years. I haven't had to write or read shorthand in over 30 years.
You will need crust for a two-crust pie. My personal favorite is Pillsbury's already made crusts, but you can use anything you are comfortable with. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Filling: 2 to 3 rounded cups of chopped rhubarb (I peel off the tough strings and slice it fairly thin). After you get it all chopped and measured into a bowl, pour boiling water over the rhubarb while you are fixing your crust. This starts the process of cooking the rhubarb, softening it up really well. When you have your bottom crust in your greased 9-inch pie plate set it aside. Drain the softening rhubarb and in a mixing bowl put the rhubarb and add 1 1/2 cup of sugar, a rounded tablespoon of flour (I stress the word rounded), a couple of shakes of salt and one beaten egg. Stir this all together and pour into the pie shell. Dot the top of your filling with a few little pats of butter (no more than a tablespoon altogether). Top with your second crust. Make some slits in the top of the pie and bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Reduce to 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting. Your family is going to rave about this pie! Try it!!
The second recipe is:
Rhubarb Relish. Believe it when I tell you that this is scrumptious. It doesn't make a huge batch, but it is divine. A really wonderful condiment with every meat, including the good ol' hotdog.
2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
2 cups finely chopped onion
2-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. I let it come to a boil before I start timing it. Cool and store in the refrigerator. I usually wash and sterilize a couple of jars and pour the relish into these when it is done. I do keep it stored in the refrigerator, however, even though the tops will probably seal.
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Place body parts in order from head down:
|5. Adrenal Gland
How does a Laser work? (Part I)
In order to understand lasers, one first needs to know a little about light. Light is part of what we call the electromagnetic spectrum. Other waves of this type are radio, television, microwaves, infra red, ultraviolet, x-rays, cosmic rays and gamma radiation. All of these travel at the same rate of about 186,000 miles in 1 second. They differ in what is known as wavelength and frequency. These waves can be compared to waves on a lake or ocean. The wavelength is the distance from one crest to the next. The frequency is like counting the number of waves that hit the shore during a particular period of time. If you multiply the frequency times the wavelength you get the velocity of the wave, so the smaller the wavelength the higher the frequency for waves in the electromagnetic spectrum because they all have the same velocity. Radio waves have wavelengths measured in feet if not miles while cosmic and gamma rays have wavelengths in millionths of an inch.
Visible light is somewhere in the middle, but still has very small wavelengths. Green light has a wavelength of approximately .00002 inches. What makes visible light so special is that our eyes have been constructed to receive this light for our sight. Not all animals see in the same range as our visible light. For instance, bees see more in what we call the ultraviolet region.
Another concept necessary to understanding lasers is how light is produced. Many of you will remember that matter is composed of atoms. These atoms have a nucleus and around that nucleus are electrons. These electrons exist at specific distances from the nucleus. The larger the atoms the more electrons and the more ‘shells’ or levels the electrons exist in. This is somewhat like the distances of the planets from the sun. Since electrons are only allowed to be at specific levels, there is always some distance between the electrons.
Electrons like to be as close to the nucleus as they can be. Once the inner spaces are filled the next electron goes to the next higher level from the nucleus. When the atom is filled from the nucleus out we say it is in ground state. Sometimes electrons are given energy and are pushed away from the nucleus. Since they prefer to be in ground state, they eventually give up this extra energy and fall back toward the nucleus. If the electron falls back to the second level of the atom visible light is released. The color of the light depends on how far the electron falls toward the nucleus.
Anything that gives off light has this phenomenon occurring in its atoms. An example you might be familiar with is the fluorescent light. Each end of the light tube has a metal post. Electricity causes electrons to shoot from one end to the other. These electrons strike atoms of gas in the tube, which in turn excites the electrons, and cause them to move to higher levels. When they return to their ground state, they give off light. The difference in the light given off by these tubes depends on the white powder on the inside surface of the glass. As the light is emitted by the gas molecules, the white powder absorbs it in a similar way that black light causes objects to glow. The atoms in the white powder absorb the light and then give it off in distinctive colors. By changing the powder, you can get slightly different colors. That is why you can buy fluorescent lights that give off light that mimics the sun for growing plants, or slightly yellowish or bluish light.
Well, I guess I have run out of space for this week, so I’ll finish the story next time.
Answers: 1.d, 2.j, 3.h, 4.g, 5.b, 6.i, 7.e, 8.a, 9.f, 10.c
Score 5 Good, 6-7 Excellent, 8-10 Superb
By Nancy Grant
Co-operating in celebration of
NATIONAL AIR MAIL WEEK
May 15 21
SPECIAL FLIGHT FROM MILO
MAY 19 9:20 A.M.
By: Kermit Hatt
CONNECTING WITH PLANE FOR
POINTS WEST AT BANGOR
Every family should mail letters
For 19th using special stamps and
GET FULL PARTICULARS AT POST OFFICE MILO
OR FROM POSTMAN
THESE FLIERS DONATED BY
MILO, May 15Milo will observe National Air Mail Week, May 15-21 and the special flight, the first real local air mail service out of Milo will be Thursday morning. Kermit Hatt, with his bright red Waco-F plane will handle the Piscataquis county assignment. The use of Kermit Hatt and his plane is sponsored locally by the Milo Lions Club.
The plane will leave Greenville May 19 at 8:15 a.m. (EST), picking up mail at Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft and arriving at Milo at 9:20 a.m. (EST) and will connect with the plane out of Bangor at 10:55 a.m. The pick-up location of Milo’s mail will be at Katahdin Country club. Special air mail stamps and envelopes may be obtained from the local post office for special use this week and for this historic flight out of Milo Thursday and Kermit Hatt and George McKusick have a special cachet, purchased by them to be used during National Air Mail Week only. It has been suggested by the local publicity committee and others in charge of the campaign that it would be a splendid thing for every family in Milo to have at least one letter, bearing the special stamps and the special cachet, go out on this plane trip.
Any letters for this special flight may be mailed as usual at Milo post office, but with the request or notation for the flight May 19, and they will be held for that date. Full information is available at the local post office.
MILO HAPPENINGS JUNE 13, 1914
One day last week, E.J. Mutty of Bangor appeared on Main Street, blew out a tire, landed against a tree in Mr.F.E.Monroe’s yard while one wheel hung helplessly over the banking. Later he was pinched by Constable Livermore, and deposited with the court a fine for fast driving. By the score or more who saw the auto shoot into town, it was claimed he was going at a terrifically high speed.
Mr. C.F. Ellis has recently sold Ford cars to Messrs. Hazen Clapp and Frank Delano of Medford, and W.A. Mills and Dr.A.E. Shriver of Milo. The doctor took a runabout while the others all had touring cars.
Mr. H.H. Hovey, the horse dealer, sold a fine pair of horses a few days ago to Mr. Heal of Lagrange.
Messrs. P.P. Peakes and P.M. Hamlin are in Atlantic City, N.J., to attend a convention of railroad men and demonstrate their new E Z car, car door run and door lock. During Mr. Peake’s absence. Mr. M.C. Horne is attending to his duties in the Chick theatre.
Your grocer has a lot of foodstuffs that will help out this warm weather. He will be glad to tell you about them.
The street on the island is being graded up from the new bridge to the hotel crossing. Gravel is being put to the depth of several inches. This has always been a muddy strip, and it is hoped this will remedy the trouble.
At the Chic
Wednesday night a special performance was given at the Chic theatre, the feature film being a four-reel picture entitled War is Hell. Saturday night the thrilling Adventures of Kathlyn will be continued. These vivid pictures have created a good deal of interest and large crowds turn out to see them.
PVHS KEY CLUB NEWS
BY TRISH HAYES
The Key Club held its Second Annual Lock-In on May 11, 2002. Seven members from the Greenville club and nine members from the Dexter club joined our club. A total of $370 was raised for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mr. Dennis Dorsey gave a $50 donation bringing the total raised to $420. Thanks to Kiwanians Mr. David Walker and Mrs. Stephanie Salley for spending time with us. Thanks, too, to friends Mrs. Debbie Walker, Ms. Amanda Walker, Mrs. Jen Leonard, and Mr. Don Hayes for stopping by to visit us. During the evening Terry Joyce was surprised by a birthday celebration provided by his parents and sister. Cake and confetti poppers were provided for everyone in attendance. Thanks to Terry and his family for sharing his 18th birthday celebration with us!!
During the day of May 11th eleven members helped out at the Brownville Elementary School’s Spring Fling. The members helped set-up and run games for the children. Each member volunteered between 2.5 and 4.5 hours that day.
Thanks to Kiwanians Mrs. Stephanie Salley, Mr. Joe Beres, Mr. Roy Bither and Mr. Frank Cochrane for attending our meeting on May 16th. We were glad to have you join us! Amanda Smith officially took over as President today and we appreciate your being there to lend support.
On May 16th we held an officer’s training. We reviewed the responsibilities and duties of each of the four offices and discussed goals for the coming year. The new officers each signed an agreement that outlines the duties they will perform over the next year. The club is still in need of a bulletin editor and appointing one will be a top priority. I am anxious to work with the new officers! They have already begun to settle into their roles and I’m confident they will do a great job!
The Key Club Installation is to be held on May 28, 2002 at the PVHS cafeteria at 5:30. Please note the date and time, more details at Wednesday’s Kiwanis meeting.
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE
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.
MAY 15 MEETING NOTES
BY JANET RICHARDS, SECRETARY
This week’s meeting began with twenty-five members present. Visiting with us were Key Club President Amanda Smith, Vice-president Chris Merritt, and member Chris Gray.
We are trying to get together an interclub to Guilford on the 23rd. Any takers?
The Key Club had a very fun and successful "Lock-in" this past Saturday. Thirty-seven Key Clubbers attended with members coming from Greenville and Dexter too! Key Club meets Thursdays at 11:20 a.m. in the Penquis Valley library. They are also participating in the Brownville Spring Fling.
Other updates: The newspaper printed great this week, but a printer is still needed, the Town Hall project still has some ‘puttering’ work to do, Edwin has been very busy and could use some manpower, the raffle tickets for the Kiwanis Auction are being printed and publicity is out and about.
Birthday wishes go to CeCe Harmon on the 16th, David Walker on the 17th, and Trish and Don Hayes Anniversary is on the 20th.
Eleven Happy and Sad Dollars were collected for the administration account this week. Vacations, RIF Books, and a successful "Lock-in" were some of the Dollars.
Upcoming Speakers: Walter Macdougal on May 22 and the supper meeting on the 29th the speaker is pending.
Today's speaker was Superintendent of Schools, David Walker.
As everybody knows this is budget time for MSAD #41. This enormous thankless task falls mainly on the shoulders of the superintendent. David is presenting a very bare bones budget, but still has unavoidable increases. Mandated programs that are not funded adequately by the State and Federal Governments stress the local tax dollars, insurance costs skyrocketing, and building maintenance are several of the challenges in this years budget preparation.
Positive items that are saving taxpayers money include locking in on transportation and heating fuel prices and a self-supporting food service. With a very sketchy State budget and very large threat of an over all shortfall, the challenge is on for this year's budget. The school budget hearing will be May 29 and the Annual school budget meeting June 12. Everyone is encouraged to attend.