Three Rivers News, 2002-05-28
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2002


     Sunday, May 19th turned into a very muddy experience for the boys who went to Skowhegan Motorcross races. Kyle Foss raced his YZ85 for the first time and placed 8th overall out of a total of 16 bikes. Trevor Lyford raced his Quad Sport 80 and came home with a 3rd place trophy out of ten other 4-wheelers.
     You can check out the muddy pictures at GREAT JOB BOYS!

     The Brownville and Brownville Jct. Fire Departments are having a yard sale in the Junction on Main Street, June 8 from 9-3, to raise money for a thermo-imaging camera. Anyone having items to donate can call Sue Coburn at 965-8340 and she will pick them up. If no answer, please leave a message.

     Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue and for Phil Gerow and for his excellent organizational skills. The Memorial Day parade that was held in Milo this year was grand!
     The weather was perfect and the floats and groups of marchers were decked out in beautiful patriotic colors. Over twenty units marched in the parade including in-line skaters, brownies, veterans, and the PVHS Band.
     Bobby Ellison’s float boat was decorated with red, white and blue bunting and carried veterans from many different branches of the service. The Kiwanis/Key Club/ float was beautiful with its flags and apple blossoms. Walter Lougee’s Flag truck was appropriate and spectacular.
     The crowd of hundreds of area folks was enthusiastic and friendly. As always, our Memorial Day parade was a fine symbol of the patriotic and loving community we live in.
     For more information and pictures of the parade, CLICK HERE!
     Thank you Phil for all your work. The Penquis area appreciates your effort.


     The date is getting closer 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 (INCLUDING THIS NICE LITTLE NEWSPAPER!). We are looking for items for the auction, and will come to your house to take them away for you!! If you have items please call Eben Dewitt (943-2486) or Herb Dunham (943-2353) for pickup.

     The Class of 1975 has news of two of its members. Reta (Smith) Haley has graduated from college and Richard (Rick) Cook has retired from the United States Air Force.
     On May 18, 2002, Reta Haley graduated from Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor, Maine, where she earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science in the Early Childhood Education program. While at EMTC, she was on the President’s List with a GPA of 4.0 for all four semesters. Early Childhood Education prepares individuals for a rewarding career as skilled early childhood professionals. The Associate in Applied Science offers the theoretical foundation and practical learning experiences for success in a wide variety of occupations dealing with young children from birth through age eight, including those children with special developmental and learning needs.
     Reta graduated from Penquis Valley High School in Milo in 1975. She is married to Thomas Haley and they live in Milo. The couple has two daughters, Andrea and Amanda. Andrea is married to Jason Mills, and they live in Lagrange, Maine, with their three-year old daughter, Jordyn. Andrea and Jason are both employed by MSAD # 41. Tom and Reta’s daughter Amanda lives in Brunswick, Maine, and is employed at a childcare center in Topsham. Reta is the daughter of Gerald and Rachel Smith.
     After graduating from high school, Reta worked for eleven years at the C.F. Hathaway Shirt Company in Dover-Foxcroft until the factory closed in 1986. She then went to work for Dexter Shoe in Milo, where she remained until it closed in June of 2000. Reta then decided to take advantage of the retraining program that was offered her, and she started classes at EMTC (formally EMVTI) in the fall of 2000.
     “Enrolling in college after being out of school for twenty-five years was both exciting and scary”. Reta reflected, “But with a lot of determination, hard work and tons of support from my family, the two years went by very quickly and the experience has been a good one that will not be soon forgotten”!

Editors note: With so many jobs being cut in the area, Reta shows us a great example of taking a bad situation and turning it around. Congratulation Reta, you are an inspiration and fine asset to our community.

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     Another example of the fine folks who graduated from PVHS’s Class of 1975 is Rick Cook. TSgt. Cook has retired, with honor, from the United States Air Force. At a ceremony held in his honor at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Rick was presented a Certificate of Appreciation, and his Retirement Certificate.
     Rick enlisted in the Air Force in December of 1981 and attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base. He attended AirCraft Electrician Training at Chanute AFB, Illinois directly after Basic Training.
     His first duty assignment, in June of 1982, was at Pease AFB New Hampshire, working on FB-111 and KC-135A aircraft, and on nuclear loaded bombers, as a Personnel Reliability Program team member.
     In June of 1984, he was assigned to Kirkland AFB, where he worked on HC-130, H-53, H-3, and H-1 aircraft. It was there he met Margaret and the couple married on October 5, 1985. This made him an “instant dad” to her two children, Kelly and Carrie. He decided to cross train to Flight Engineering at the end of 1985, and went to Basic Flight Engineering School at Altus AFB in February of 1986.
     His first flying assignment, from June of 1986 to July of 1990, was the 61 TAS at Little Rock AFB in Arkansas, where the Cook’s daughters Jennifer and Aimee were born. Rick flew many rotations to Europe, Northern Canada and South America.
     He left Little Rock in July of 1990 and went to Sembach, Germany, just as Saddam Hussein was invading Kuwait. He flew various sorties in support of the war. When it ended, he and his family moved to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson Arizona. After three years in Tucson, he applied for and was selected to be part of the Instructor Cadre at Kirkland AFB, where he finished his career.
     The Three Rivers News would like to congratulate Rick on a stellar career and to thank him for serving our country for so many years. We are proud!


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     Three local runners participated in the Cabot Trail Relay race in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia during Memorial Weekend. Dale Dickie of Brownville, Gary Wakeland of Bowerbank and Christopher Almy of Charleston ran for the team known as the "Maine Running Fossils".(You must be over 50 to be on this team). The Fossils team had 17 runners each of whom ran one leg of a 17 stage race.

     The course is 185 miles long and winds through the Cape Breton Highlands where you can see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The race started on Saturday morning and continued through all of Saturday (day and night) into Sunday morning. Over a thousand runners participated on sixty-five teams from Canada, USA, Ireland and the Cayman Islands. Other Maine teams included two from Bangor; the all women team known as "Maine Road Hags" and our fastest team, "The Maniacs". The Maniacs ended placing 4th in the overall competition.
     Dale Dickie ran leg fourteen starting at 3:37 am on Sunday morning going for 12.31 miles through the Margaree River Valley. Gary Wakeland ran leg 11 starting at 11:03 pm Saturday and went for 8.70 miles from Mackenzie Mountain in the Highlands winding down along the mountain to the western seacoast. Chris Almy ran leg 13 starting at 2:02 am and went for 9.87 miles from the fishing village of Cheticamp through Acadian farms and along the Seacoast to the start of leg 14.
     Since some of the running occurs during the dead of night all runners must carry glow sticks for safety. The race is competitive, fun and great for team spirit.
     Dale Dickie has been one Brownville's steadiest runners for many years. He has run some very fast competitive races in Maine and is always strong on the course.





MAY 27-31
Tuesday-Fish sticks, french fries, salad, slice of bread, strawberries, and milk every day.
Wednesday-Italian sandwich, potato salad, celery sticks, and mixed fruit.
Thursday-Pigs in a blanket, 3-bean salad, and apple crisp.
Friday-Chop suey, stir fry veg., dinner roll, and assorted deserts.

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Move & Improve Program Enters Final Week!
Dear Participants,
     Next week is the 12th and final week of Move & Improve. Please remember to have your completed Log Sheets back to me by June 5th so that I can turn them in by June 7th. This will make you eligible for the prizes--Kayak, bicycle, and more. And...don't forget the local prize drawing from Moosehead Adventures! A wonderful Kayak adventure for some lucky M &I participants. So, get those log sheets to me.
     I have found this to be a valuable program and the incentive of keeping the Log Sheet has helped keep me on track. It helps to make a commitment with a group of people. I'm hoping that we will do this again next year and maybe come up with some new ideas for keeping folks interested. The Wellness Team will make this a part of their Action Plan for next year. Share your ideas if you wish.
     If you were not able to participate for whatever reason, just remember it is never too late to begin a regular exercise program. Maintaining a level of physical activity (regardless of what that activity is) makes us healthier!
     Have a great summer and thanks for your willingness to make the commitment to a great program!
          Sue Chaffee, Site Coordinator
          Move & Improve
          MSAD # 41

     This week, the Three Rivers News learned some sad news. Catherine (Kitty) Ellison is retiring as Library Director of the Milo Free Public Library. We received this letter from her:

     On the 20th of May, year 2002, I submitted my resignation to the Milo Free Public Library board of trustees, town manager, and selectmen of the Town of Milo, Maine - effective June 8, 2002.           Catherine K. Ellison, Library Director

     When I e-mailed her to ask what she will be doing, she replied:

     I will be doing more for my family and myself. Hope to continue to contribute historical sketches and photos for the Three Rivers Community Alliance, though, as history is my thing. There will be plenty of things to do to keep me busy around the home, inside and outside, that I have put off doing all these years. Finish some crafts for my family, organize our family history and photos... and much more. Kitty

     As a frequent user of the library, I will miss her advice and great jokes. Have a fun retirement, Kitty!

     Last week the 5th grade in Brownville spent most of the day fulfilling their service learning obligations. In the morning we walked part of the Pleasant River Walk with Roger Merchant from the U. Maine Extension. Mr. Merchant helped students identify and label some of the trees on the trail. Some vegetation was also identified. Town residents Ed Blodgett, Terry Knowles and Jim Bryant also accompanied students. We appreciate all their help.

     In the afternoon we traveled to the Field of Dreams nursery to fill four large planters with various annuals. These planters will be placed in different locations around Brownville in an attempt to help beautify their community. Townspeople have been contacted to help keep them watered and flowering all summer. Funding for this came from our Service Learning Grant.
     Students have been working with the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager to accomplish their goals. We thank them for their help. Before the end of the school year the 4th and 5th grades plan to walk the complete trail. A donation from the 175th Celebration Committee will fund the bussing. Thank you for that as well!
     Tuesday was Grandparent's Day for 5th graders in Brownville. Mrs. Weston and Mrs. Chapman invited grandparents to Art Class for the purpose of helping students create a scrapbook of pictures from their recent trip to Boston. An arts grant, ("Picture Us") provided funds disposable cameras and developing for each student. It also enabled them to purchase scrapbook paper, stickers, glue sticks, markers, templates, and scissors for the project. The guests also got a chance to see their grandchild’s Hyperstudio project about the Revolutionary War before joining the class for lunch. It was an enjoyable day for everyone involved.
The 4th and 5th grades in Brownville recently held and evening performance entitled "The History of Rock and Roll". There was a lot of singing and dancing with special appearances by Elvis, The Beatles, James Brown, John Travolta, and Annette and Frankie, just to name a few! It was a lot of fun and we especially thank Mrs. Witham for helping the children learn to jitter bug!

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. The Brownville Museum building came from
(a) Skunk Hollow, (b) the Crocker Quarry area, (c) Pleasant Street, (d) Windy Hill
2. The first president of the Brownville Historical Society was
(a) Scott Kirby, (b) Bill Sawtell, (c) Reuben Lancaster, (d) Greta Connors
3. After the 1951 fire, Earl Gerrish had his store in
(a) Lewis's Mill office, (b) his garage, (c) his home, (d) the Grange Hall
4. The Stymiests came from
(a) the Bangor area, (b) Millinocket, (c) the Guilford area, (d) Greenville
5. The Town Charter, the new bridge, and Quarry Pines were all associated with (a) Dave Cota, (b) Lyle Towne, (c) Dave Barett, (d) Gerald Wagg
6. Dennis Larson played basketball for
(a) UMPI, (b) UMFK, (c) Husson, (d) Unity
7. Moses Greenleaf discovered (a) spruce and pine, (b) slate and iron deposits, (c) gold and silver, (d) mercury and copper.
8. Silent movies were shown in (a) the Grange Hall, (b) Dillon's Hall, (c) the YMCA, (d) both (a) and (b)
9. Celestia Vale Tukey worked at (a) Cohen's (b) the Gerry Company, (c) the Pleasant River Hotel, (d) Perry's Market
The last time BJHS played Milo was in (a) 1960, (b) 1962, (c) 1963, and (d) 1964

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

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Miss Ivy’s Stars
     On May 21, nine future kindergarten friends came to the Marion C. Cook School for an hour-long orientation. They read some big books, learned about sunflowers and planted seeds. K/1 students have just finished a unit on rainbows are now studying frogs and ponds. They will be making a fact book about ponds and frogs, doing an art project with frogs, and making a frog windsock.
Mrs. Carter’s Class
     One traditional event at the end of the year in Mrs. Carter’s class is to make yearbooks. The students write about their year and the things that they have improved on. They make colorful pictures and borders. Another tradition is that every day after school Mrs. Carter takes one thing off the wall and the next morning the students have to guess what object she took down. Mrs. Cater hangs writing tips and other ideas and posters on the wall. They students all agree it is a lot of fun.
     On May 22, the students took a test on Egypt to end the unit. The test had various questions about Egypt. “It was easy,” says Justin Ottmann. “There were only 14 questions.”
     On Friday, May 31, the second and third graders will be presenting a song call, “B is for Banana” at the weekly assembly. They will have posters and maps to go along with the nutrition theme.
Miss K.’s Kids
     Students in grades 4 and 5 have been reading about the cattle drives that took place in the 1860’s. We worked on map skills while following the Chisholm Trail. The Homestead Act has also been a focus of study.
     In math class, we have been working our measuring skills. We have measured in inches, feet, yards and miles as well as millimeters, centimeters, decimeters, meters and kilometers.
     We attended the art show at PVHS with the other 5th grade classes. Thank you Mrs. Shapleigh for inviting us. The kitchen staff served us a fantastic lunch.
School News
     The Marion C. Cook school students and staff received a Certificate of Participation from the State of Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for participating in the ACES program, All Children Exercising Simultaneously, conducted on May 1, 2002. Our students and staff walked outside our school for 30 minutes to earn the recognition. The certificate was signed by Governor King and presented to the students at Friday’s Terrific Kids assembly.
     Bill Wood, sponsored by the Maine’s Nutrition Network’s Maine-ly Nutrition Program presented The Good Food Fun Show to our students last week. Mr. Wood’s energetic performance was enjoyed by all. We learned all about healthy eating. Our goal is to eat a good breakfast every morning.

Mrs. Barden
- Lena Stevens is our terrific kid. She has worked very hard respecting other people's space and finishing her work. Great job, Lena!
Mrs. Chessa - This week our Terrific Kid is actually more than one. All of the girls in the class have been very patient and willing to do what was asked of them. They have worked very hard on the project of the regions and are very attentive to details. They also have been remembering the golden rule. Thanks.
Mrs. Dell'olio -Our Terrific Kid is a math whiz! She finishes her work in a flash, and is always willing to help a friend who doesn't understand the concept. She knows the difference between right and wrong, and isn't shy about helping to straighten out a problem. Good choices, Dawn.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid for is Becky Carpenter. She is always smiling and cheerful. She works hard to complete her morning assignments. She is very kind and caring to all her classmates. She is always willing to help with chores in the classroom. We love having Becky in our class.
Mrs.Hayes - Our Terrific Kid is a new and improved gal. She is kind to her friends and polite to her teachers. She makes a wonderful effort on her jobs each day. We are excited to read her writings in her response journal. She is reading chapter books and she is happy and proud to be reading independently every day. Thank you Alexa Gerrish for being so special.
Mrs. Hudak - Mrs. Hudak's Terrific Kid is Kendra Herbest. Kendra has done a super job as a role model for following the golden rule. Others have noticed her lead and are trying to follow her example. Kendra has an awesome sense of humor that keeps us all smiling. Congratulations Kendra!!!
Mrs. Tardiff & Mrs. Hussey - Caitlin Garland- She is a hard worker, cooperative and friendly to her classmates. She always follows the "I CARE" rules. We are very proud of her. Sammi Miller- Sammi has worked hard to improve her reading and writing skills. She is friendly and helpful in the classroom. Way to go, Sammi!!
Mrs. Walker & Mrs. Carey - Rebecca has become a wonderful reader to our students. Her confidence is skyrocketing daily. She enjoys being a guest reader any day she is called upon. She is a role model to others in Early Childhood. Rebecca likes to write in her morning journal as well. She illustrates colorfully with many details in all her pictures. Congratulations!!!
     Devon is a great storyteller. WE have just loved all his stories about Florida. He is kind and caring. He is working on following the Golden Rule and being a role Model to all. Devon is a beginning writer and is writing
daily stories in his journal. He is happy go lucky and will keep on writing all summer. Congratulations!!!
Mrs.Whitney -She has always been able to step into my classroom and take over at a moment's notice if the need be. If I am out, she always makes sure
my morning work is on the board for the next day. Thanks for making my days easier Mrs. Gray!!

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News Release:
     The Maine Libraries Conference was held at the Augusta Civic Center, May 5-May 7, 2002. Over 520 public librarians, school librarians, academic librarians, special collection librarians, archivists and the general public attended. Workshops ranging from Librarian/Teacher collaboration to Intellectual Freedom of Children were offered during the three days.
     The following awards were handed out. The Maine School Association of School Libraries (MASL) awarded the "2002 Walter J. Taranko School Library Media Specialist of the Year" to Boothbay Region High School Library Francie Aley who has been a school librarian for 30 years.
     The "Maine Library Association Outstanding Librarian of the Year" award went to Barbara McDade, Director of the Bangor Public Library for her outstanding record of service to her library and the library profession. The "Maine Intellectual Freedom" award was given to Jay Scherma, Past President of MLA and Director of Thomas Memorial Library at Cape Elizabeth for aiding the ACLU in its challenge to CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act). The Youth Services section of the Maine Library Association presented the annual Lupine and Katahdin Awards. The Lupine Award is given to recognize an outstanding contribution to Children's Literature in Maine. It is designed to honor a living author or illustrator who is a resident of Maine, or who has created a work whose focus is Maine. The winner was Barbara Ware Holmes for "Following Fake Man" (Alfred A. Knopf). The three Lupine Honor Awards were presented to Sis Deans for "Racing the Past", Cathryn Falwell for "Turtle Splash" and Ethan Howland for "The Lobster War."
     The "Katahdin Award" is a lifetime achievement award given to recognize an outstanding body of work of Children's Literature in Maine by an author or Illustrator. This year's recipient is Dahlov Ipcar who has been creating children's books since 1945 when she illustrated "The Little Fisherman" by Margaret Wise Brown. The recipient of the "2002 Maine Library Journalism Award" was given to Patricia Kemp for her article, "A 'Library in the Park' Versus Preserving Historic Value" that appeared in the "Rumford Falls Times" (Rumford, ME) January 30, 2002. The Honorable Mention winner for this award went to Sheila McMillan for her article, "Celebrating 100 Years: The Wilton Free Public Library" that appeared in the "Franklin Journal."
     The following scholarships were awarded. The Scholarship and Loan Committee of the Maine Library Association presented the "Phyllis E. Ainsworth Scholarship" OF $2000 TO Jan Hamilton, Youth Services Librarian at Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland. Jan is enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at the University of South Carolina. Sharon Beever, Library Assistant at Gorham High School Library, is the recipient of the MASL School Library Ed. Tech. Scholarship, which covers the cost of one course in the UMA Library Technology program.
     The Maine Library Association's (MLA) new President is Anne Davis, Director of the Gardiner Public Library. The new Vice President of MLA is Steve Norman; Director of the Belfast Free Library and the new Member at Large is Margaret Mills, Director of the Kennebunk Free Library. The current President of Maine School Association of School Libraries (MASL) is Nancy B. Grant, Librarian at Penquis Valley High School and the First Vice President IS Pam Goucher, Librarian at Freeport Middle School.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Memorial Day is upon us, as a matter of fact, when this column runs, Memorial Day will be over with. I've always felt that it was important to visit the cemetery and do baskets of flowers. Hopefully, my children have learned how important caring for my family's gravesite is to me. I suspect that they will pass this along to their children and our sites will be kept lovely for many years after we are gone. To me the saddest thing in the world is a lonely gravesite on Memorial Day. I know there are many people who have many sites to keep up. I always admire them, even though I know that for some it's a financial burden.
     When I do arrangements for our family's gravesite I always weigh whether or not my mother would like it. I do a winter arrangement and I do one for Memorial Day. This year I broke with an age-old tradition and had my arrangement made from silk flowers. They are gorgeous pansies and silk greenery on a headstone saddle. My good friend Cheryl Hamlin helped me with this project. What a talent that woman has! I know that Mom would be thrilled with both my choice of flowers and my choice in arranger.
     The next thing that I've given lots of thought to is the parade. I realize that our little Memorial Day parade is usually not very long. The number of participants is dwindling and that is sad. However, I hope that the bigger more elaborate parade that is being planned will not be short on reverence and will remain a parade in good taste. After all, we are not only remembering our military dead, but the day has evolved into remembering all of our dearly departed. I've always had a problem with calling it a celebration. "As we celebrate Memorial Day,” the ads say, buy your picnic supplies here. Yes, indeed, have a wonderful day with your family. Do something fun with them, but try to spend at least a small part of the day reflecting on the meaning of Memorial Day. Do your family a favor by explaining how important it is for us to remember the loved ones who have left us and the values that they taught us. Life, liberty, trust, faith, truth, patience and perseverance are among the virtues that we should be espousing. If we don't teach our children and grandchildren the virtues in life, we'll have nobody to blame but ourselves if these virtues disappear. I believe some of them are in danger of extinction

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right now. Put to the test, children are hard pressed to accept responsibility for their actions. It's definitely "not my fault."
     Judge F. Davis Pop Clark gave the speech at the service at the cemetery for many years. I don't know who does it now that Pop has left us, but I hope whoever it is will be as well respected. I recently found out where Judge Clark's desk is. Ron Hamlin, a former classmate of mine who now lives in North Yarmouth, Maine has it in his library/home office. It's a marvelous desk and believe me when I tell you, it's now in a beautiful setting. We recently were invited to spend the weekend with Ronnie and Darla in their gorgeous new home and I must say Ronnie's office is first class. Floor to ceiling shelves are built in to display his many collections. Lovely leather furniture not only adds to the rich décor, but it smells wonderful, too. He and Darla have the most wonderful displays of collectibles all around the house. But back to Judge Clark's desk, I believe Ronnie either got it at an auction or it was being sold at an antique shop, somewhere where he least expected to see it. Someone mentioned to him who the desk belonged to, and he had to have it. I'm not sure what the style is called, but I do know that partners could sit at the desk at the same time. It is double width with knee openings on both sides. Ronnie is very proud of it and the way it looks in his beautiful home, he should be. He's made a fine success of his life, and he lives well to prove it. For any of our classmates who are reading this right now, you need to know that he has invited us to a reunion at his home probably to be scheduled sometime this fall. Call me if you are interested in participating. Believe me when I tell you the trip will be worth the effort. Carroll and I had a wonderful time visiting them. We had a nice tour of North Yarmouth and they took us out to a wonderful little hometown restaurant for dinner on Saturday evening. Sunday morning Ronnie fixed us all a great breakfast (which was a wonderful treat for Mother's Day) before we headed back to Milo. It's so much fun to get together with old and dear friends. We have so many shared memories, we never run out of things to talk about. Let me tell you, I've never known a grandparent yet who ever ran out of things to talk about.
     As I said before, we will no doubt get together with family to share at least one meal over the long weekend. I think it's time to share my potato salad recipe. Bear with me now, because I don't have this written down anywhere, I just know how to do it.
     How big do you want your salad? Are lots of people or just a few people going to eat it? I peel and cook enough potatoes to make either a big salad or a little salad. You're the best judge of how big you want this salad to be. Hard boil 4 or 5 eggs (that means to boil them with their shell on for at least 12 minutes, but preferably 15). When the potatoes are done, drain them and cool them. Sometimes they are still warm when I cut them up, but that's okay. When the eggs are hard cooked, drain them, rinse them and peel them; let them cool.
     I then cut the potatoes in chunks and the eggs in chunks and add a cucumber that I've peeled, quartered, and sliced. I add about a half of an onion that I've chopped, and a big piece of green pepper chopped up. I also cut up a sweet pickle or two into this mixture. I

shake salt and pepper to taste over these vegetables. The hard part to tell you about is making the dressing. I don't measure anything. If I'm making an average sized potato salad I probably use about 3/4 cup of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip®. I put a big rounded teaspoon of wet mustard into this and about a tablespoon of sweet pickle juice. I sprinkle about a half-teaspoon of celery seed and mix this all up with a whisk. If I think the dressing is too thick I thin it out with just a tad of milk, by a tad I mean a teaspoonful at a time. If you feel you need a little more dressing, you can just use straight Miracle Whip®, a tablespoon at a time. You'll learn to adjust dressing measurements according to the size of the salad. This salad is best eaten right away. I have a hard time getting it from the counter to the table without eating it right out of the bowl. The true test of its greatness was when my son-in-law said he loved it! Score!!!!

Science Corner
Match the inventor with invention:

1. Smokeless Powder a. Whitney
2. Battery b. Otis
3. Cotton Gin c. Sikorsky
4. Light Bulb d. Nobel
5. Elevator e. Watt
6. Machine Gun f. Volta
7. Gyroscope g. Hudson Maxim
8. Dynamite h. Edison
9. Helicopter i. Hiram Maxim
10. Steam Engine

j. Foucault

Hudson Maxim was born in Orneville and was a brother to Hiram Maxim born in Sangerville

How does a Laser work? (Part II)
     The laser was invented by Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes in 1958 at Bell Labs in New Jersey. It was theorized by Einstein in 1917. The first laser was actually a Maser because it was made with microwaves and not visible light. Maser stands for Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser just substitutes Light for Microwave. Townes and a graduate student built a Maser in 1954. In 1956 Townes was offered a consulting job with Bell labs where his future brother-in-law Schawlow was already working. Together they developed plans for the laser. In 1958 they published their research, but it was another scientist, Theodore Maiman at Hughes Aircraft, who actually made the first laser from their plans in 1960. Fortunately they had applied for a patent which was granted in 1960. In 1964 Townes received a Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on Masers, and Schawlow received one in 1981.
     The first laser was made with a ruby rod. The basic principle is that electrons have to be pushed to a higher than normal level. In some substances there are semi stable states where electrons can stay even though it is not the ground state. The trick is to get as many as possible in this higher semi stable position and get them

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to drop to ground state as a group. The light emitted is usually of only one wavelength. They are allowed to bounce off mirrors at ends of the ruby. This causes a standing wave, which amplifies the light similar to having a group of people rocking a car out of a rut by synchronizing their push. Another example is making waves in a bathtub by pushing water to one end at the right rhythm so that water sloshes over the end of the tub. I remember getting into trouble more than once for doing that when I was a child.
     When this light is bouncing from one end of the ruby to the other it hits atoms which absorb energy and emit it at exactly the same wavelength and in phase causing its intensity to grow. The fact that electrons are held in the semi stable position before jumping to ground state allows the light to intensify until it is strong enough to overcome the loss due to scattering by the mirror. When it is intense enough it goes through one of the mirrors that is not silvered as much as the other and produces a beam of coherent light. Coherent means it is of the same wavelength and it is also in phase the same as the waves in the bathtub.
     Today lasers are made from many different materials, but all operate on the same principle. There are gas, liquid and solid lasers.
     Coherent light does not spread out like a regular flashlight beam. That is why a laser beam is so small. Unless there are solid particles in the air such as dust, you can’t see the beam until you look where it hits an object.
     When the laser was first developed it was a scientific curiosity and people said there was no practical use for it. How wrong could one be? It is difficult to think of technology areas where lasers haven’t been used. They are used in medicine to destroy tumors and reattach retinas, and in dentistry to drill teeth. There are many industrial applications from drilling holes to guiding equipment. They are used in Meteorology, Earth Sciences and for the military. They are used in CD players, telephone lines, laser shows, surveying and I’ve even seen an ad for one as a tape measure.

Answers: 1.g, 2.f, 3.a, 4.h, 5.b, 6.i, 7.j, 8.d, 9.c, 10.e
5 Good, 6-7 Excellent,8-10 Superb

"A Writer's World"
By Paul Kinne

Words in my head like recurring vapors
Slowly they ink their way onto the paper

From mind to hand to written verse
In these stories I do dare immerse

A blessing this gift that I have been given
Writing these lines I have been driven

To search inside and find lawless tales
And scratch them out to the finest detail

Through pieces of my heart I can express
My thoughts, my sorrow and happiness

But I am certainly not alone in these written quests
Joined by artists, poets, authors and guests

Mind boggling futures back into history
Adventurous stories and heart stopping mysteries

We offer so much that most do not know
So now open your minds, bodies, and souls
And come to the bizarre world that we bestow

Now lose yourself in a place
That you have never really ever been
And hold on tight,
Because you’re in for a whirlwind spin.

Editor’s note: Paul has been creating humorous and thought provoking works for many years. It is an honor to present one of them as a first time publication. Mr. Kinne graduated from PVHS in the class of 2001 and resides in Brownville Jct.

MILO – 1918
     Mrs. R.J. Folsom went Friday to South Lagrange, called there by the critical condition of her nephew, Mr. Lester Abbott, who was kicked in the face by a horse. He was much worse yesterday and not expected to recover.
     Word from some of the Wellesley College girls shows that they are surely doing their bit. Fifteen of them worked in the college field for two days putting land lime on the plowed ground. The girls were attired in blue overalls and wore bathing caps to protect their hair but they were covered with lime from head to foot.
     Alfred Gray has made an enviable record in Sunday school for the past year and a half, which cannot be beaten, if indeed, it is equaled. During this time he has not missed one session of Sunday school, not even during the coldest winter weather. We would be glad to hear of any who have done as well.
Editor’s note: If this was the same Lester Abbot who was a blacksmith helper at the Derby Shops, he did recover.
Man with family wanted to live on and operate a farm on shares. Use of farm, including buildings free, also wood, seed and fertilizer furnished. Man must furnish team, stock, necessary tools and machinery. Good place for tight party. Personal interview for particulars.
Stacy C. Lampher, Att’y-at-law,
Milo, Maine
Telephone 31-22.
57 Apr. 13, tf
MILO – 1909
     The members of the Bachelorette Club gave a kitchen shower Thursday evening in honor of Miss Edith Cookson at the home of Miss Abbie Gould on Elm Street. The house was tastily decorated with goldenrod and roses; the members of the club were most becomingly gowned for the occasion and the evening was one of the

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most enjoyable of the season. After all of the members had arrived the president, Miss Lovina A. Ingalls, presented Miss Cookson, the bride-to-be, with a tin bride made of kitchen utensils with the best wishes of the club for her future happiness.
     Each member then produced a yard of crash from their workbags and made the same into towels. When all were finished the guest of honor was again showered with towels, more good wishes, and plenty of advice as to how to keep her tin bride bright and dry. Dainty refreshments were served, after which a few flashlight pictures were taken as a remembrance of this event, and the evening was passed very pleasantly.

     Ed Youngblood has gone to work in the spool mill at Milo.
     Maurice W. Gould is laying the floor in his father’s new stable.
Mrs. Bert Hodgman, who has been keeping house for her mother-in-law, Mrs. Inez Hodgman, has returned to her home in Brownville.
     George Gould returned from the E. M. G. Hospital Tuesday. Dr. Harden brought him from Brownville in his auto and he is doing finely.

     Approximately 35 years ago, a group of women, all living on Riverside Street in Milo, decided it would be a great idea to get together on each other’s birthdays. All had children and/or busy lives so to keep up with all the neighborhood news and have a chance to get away, even if it was on their own street, they began their informal parties at each other’s houses. Occasionally the gathering has been held at the Milo boat landing. A couple of times the entire party was treated to a ride “up the river” on the ‘barge’ with Bobby Ellison as the “host with the most.”
     The person whose birthday was the most recently celebrated is responsible for making the desert and bringing the card for the next “birthday girl.” At the most recent birthday party Mary made date squares from scratch and received applause from all! Everyone signs the card and puts five dollars in it. (It used to be a couple of dollars but with inflation……) The hostess provides the hot and/or cold beverages and everyone catches up on the latest news concerning their families and friends plus what projects and crafts are in the works. This is especially important since now only two of the present six in the club still actually live on Riverside Street.
     There have been many ladies in the club but at present includes Mary Marks, Doris Washburn, Jean McKusick, Linda O’Connor, Sheila Ellis, and Nancy Grant.



     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-one members present and guest Dillon Conley dropping in for breakfast.
     The Key Club has an installation of officers May 28th and at this time the graduation sashes will be passed out. The Key Club will be planting flowers in the High School yard in time for graduation.
     Maybe the Kiwanis Newspaper printer problem has been solved; one has been offered for a reasonable price from the school. Val thought it was great. Also the newspaper staff is looking for a correspondent to gather social news.
     Some cleaning is going on under the Town Hall stage and with some organization, some tossing and cleaning, room might be found for all.
     Please keep collecting items for the Kiwanis Auction coming up the end of June.
     Birthday wishes this week go to Herb Dunham on the 25th and Eben DeWitt and Nancy Grant on the 28th.
     Twelve Happy and Sad Dollars were contributed today with several for the lost sunshine as we had to shut the blinds during the meeting.
     The Meeting for May 29th is a supper meeting at Pleasant Park at which time the speaker for the evening will be announced.
     Our upcoming speaker is Joe Zamboni, telling about his European trip and his experience on the Evidence Response Team.
     Does anyone remember Dud Dean? Walter Macdougall, the featured speaker this week, does. To set the record straight, Dud Dean is a fictional character whom Walter's father, Arthur, created. Arthur Macdougall was an author and wrote many short stories over the years. He had a great love of nature, a firm belief in morals, and a writing style with many colorful and descriptive expressions. Mr. Macdougall served in the Army, worked his way through college, and served as a Pastor. He started writing children's stories, wrote some poems and short stories, and also wrote for Field and Stream and Outdoor Life magazines. He liked to write about life’s lessons, to stop, look and listen, take time to notice the small things, and have respect for others. Walter has written a book titled "Remembering Dud Dean". This book is a compilation of short stories written by his father. These stories were retrieved from his writings over the years. As Walter spoke of his father’s writings, his style and ethics, it was very obvious of the pride he holds in his heart for his father. It was a fine tribute to a wonderful man who loved Maine; a man who wrote stories about real Mainers in a Maine dialect with lessons we could all relate to. I hope everyone enjoyed Walter’s talk as much as I did. I can't wait to read the book.

By Nancy Grant
     Heidi Willinski Finson received her degree in early elementary education at the University of Maine at Orono. She graduated summa cum laude with the class of 2002 on May 18th.
     The following Sunday Heidi’s family and friends gathered at the Countryside Restaurant in East Corinth to celebrate her well-earned achievement. A cake, appropriately decorated with a bright red teacher’s apple, was served after dinner!
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