Three Rivers News, 2002-08-27

Thank you…..
     I would like to express my sincere thanks to my family, coaches, players and friends for all the wonderful cards, gifts, and for your presence at the surprise party held in my honor on July 15.
     A special thanks to Lynn Weston and my daughter, Jill, for all their hard work in setting the party up.
     Thank you to everyone who spoke. Your kind words, unforgettable stories, etc….will be remembered forever. I was very fortunate, while I was coaching, to have had GREAT young men and ladies to work with. Thanks to all who made the party very special.
     Yours truly, with a jump shot,
     Wally Russell

     Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to photograph several of the seniors from Penquis. I have to tell you that it has been a pleasure to meet these young adults! I am writing for 2 reasons:
     First I would like to thank the seniors and their parents for keeping their business local - It is much appreciated and welcomed.
     Secondly...I want the community and the senior’s parents to know that their children are respectful, pleasant, and friendly individuals. We should all be proud of them; they will be an asset to our town.
     I wish the class of 2003 the very best!
     Joi Stevens
     (Joyful Photos)
For all your photographic needs!

MHS Class of 1948 to Meet
     The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, September 12 at Freda & Everett Cook's Bread & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one of Freda's delicious breakfasts and the usual socializing and updates on communications from classmates. We will also make some initial plans for our 55th reunion on July 5, 2003 and consider holding a luncheon meeting at the American Legion Hall in October 2002.


From left to right - Dustin Bishop, Justin Artus, Jordon Frost, Kyle Foss, Luke Knapp, Trevor Lyford, Mike Bishop, Justin Morrill and in ront, Charles Artus

     It was a tremendously successful day of racing at the Sebois Extreme Motocross races. Every local racer came home with a trophy and 1 racer even won the money race of $25.00.
     Out of the 8 racers that I was keeping track of, they managed to come away with 11 trophies. JODY PEARL was also racing over there, but I didn't get a chance to see where or how he finished. At the top I'm sure!
     MIKE BISHOP got a 2nd place trophy in the 125-youth/amateur division. JUSTIN MORRILL did a great job for only his second time racing and came home with a 3rd place trophy in the 125 youth/novice class.
     DUSTIN BISHOP came home with 2 trophies a 1st place in the youth/amateur and a 3rd place in the 125 novice. JORDON FROST got a 1st place trophy (not sure which class).
     KYLE FOSS got his first trophies of the season with a 2nd place in the 85cc ll & under and fought his way to an "almost" photo finish to snag away 1st place trophy in the 12 & over division. What a race that was to watch, I might add!
     JUSTIN ARTUS did a fantastic job and came home with a 1st place trophy in the 65cc division. LUKE KNAPP withstood the heat and came home with a 3rd place trophy in the 12 & under division. And finally, TREVOR LYFORD managed to maneuver his Yamaha pw50 around the soft track and capture a 1st place in the 50cc 4-6 yr. olds and 2nd place trophy in the 50cc 7-9 yr. olds.

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     Trevor also won his share of the money class, taking home $25.00 and his dad was a lucky ticket holder and won a Pepsi T-shirt.
     It was a very hot day of racing, but everyone managed to get some relief thanks to the wonderful canopy provided by Scott Artus.
     Next race will be in Skowhegan on Sunday, August 25th. You can also check out more of the great race pictures of the Sebois races on Just look for where it says SSX or Sebois pictures. Congratulations to all the racers!



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Mike O’Connor
By Nancy Grant

     Mike O’Connor grew up in Milo and graduated from Husson College with a B.S. in Public Accounting. He joins the MFLM Board as treasurer, and brings a wealth of financial experience to this position. He has worked as Certified Public Accountant for Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Controller for H.E. Sargent and is currently the CFO and Treasurer of Prentiss & Carlisle. Mike enjoys fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. He lives in Glenburn with his wife Jody, and daughter, Emma.
(Reprint from the Leonard’s Mills Gazette – Summer-2002)

     The summer reading program is over, however we still have items that belong to Safa-Read Summer Reading Program members. Any SRP members who did posters may come in and pick them up. They are bright and innovative and would look great on display at your home. We also have the reading certificates for any child who was not able to attend the party. Every child receives a special reading certificate so come in for yours.
     My husband Walter took quite a few snapshots at the final party. They are on display in the library hall. Come in and see them. Maybe you were on camera.! If you are featured, you may have the picture for yourself. We also have food coupons for:
     Cody Dunham-C&J Variety
     Jenny Goodine- MFU
     Hannah Guthrie- MFU
     Nicole Padilla- C&J Variety
Please pick the above items up by Sept. 30. Thank you.

Library Summer Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri : 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We will be closed Monday, SEPT. 8- LABOR DAY

Library Winter Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri : 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat : 2:00 - 4:00 pm

We will be on winter hours after Labor Day
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TUES., AUG. 27



Senator Paul Davis Announces Availability of 2002 Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund Program Applications
     (AUGUSTA, ME) - Senator Paul T. Davis, Sr. (R-Sangerville) announced today that 2002 Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund Program applications are now available. Residents receiving refunds in 2001 should already have received their application booklets.
     "This is one of the best programs available to help homeowners recoup some of their money that is paid for rent or property taxes," Senator Davis said. "I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for the rebate to apply."
     To be eligible for the general program, homeowners and renters must have been a resident of Maine for all of 2001, maintained a homestead in Maine for all of 2001 and lived in that homestead at least six months during 2001.
     Qualified applicants must also have a 2001 property tax bill that was more than 4% of total household income or paid rent in 2001 that was more than22% of total household income.
     Elderly residents do not need to meet this financial requirement if their income is below $14,400 when living with a spouse or dependent or $11,600 for those living alone. Individuals looking to qualify under the elder portion must have been 62 or older in 2001, or 55 or older if disabled. Otherwise, the new income guidelines are $29,100 for a non-elderly single person living alone and $45,100 for a person living with a spouse or a dependent.
     The maximum amount of refund an individual could expect is $1000. Applications are due no later than December 31, 2002.
     Applications can be obtained by calling Maine Revenue Services at 207-624-7894 or by contacting Senator Davis in Augusta at 207-287-1505. Applications are also available at your local town or city office, Area Agency on Aging, or the Community Action Project Office.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     What a wonderful weekend we had last weekend. We had tickets to go to the Clint Black concert at the Maine Center for the Arts on Saturday evening, and so I thought we could stay overnight in Bangor just for the fun of it. We shopped in Bangor Saturday morning and then checked in at the hotel around 2:30 p.m. We stayed at the Country Inn just off of the Hogan Road and Stillwater Avenue crossroads. Let's just say that I don't understand why smoking is ever permitted in hotel rooms....period!
     After checking in at the hotel, we traveled down route one to Belfast where we stopped at Young's Lobster Pound for a wonderful lobster and clam feed. What a set-up they have there! The place is a huge warehouse type building right down on the water's a matter of fact, it's right out on its own little rocky point of land that is surrounded on three sides by water. Inside the barn, taking up one whole side, there are intricate layers of tanks where the lobsters and clams are kept. On the other side downstairs, there is the huge wooden counter where you place your orders. There is a huge vat that is full of boiling water where they cook the crustaceans. (I half expected Mary Tyler Moore to show up. I would have had to stick my tongue out at her.) And, there are big coolers full of beverages and the containers of potato salad and cole slaw that are also part of their menu. There were many people who came in to get lobsters both cooked and uncooked that they took doubt to have a wonderful dinner at home. We took our meals to one of the many picnic tables that are provided both upstairs on the inside of the building, and outside the building. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, but another time I would take a picnic basket with my own tablecloth, napkins, nut crackers and picks. I might even take extra Wetnaps and possibly my own potato salad and maybe a loaf of bread, too. Let's just say I'd be better prepared another time. We moaned and groaned (we do that when we're eating something good) our way through that delectable meal, and headed back up route one towards Bangor.
     My husband is no hand to make little stops for anything. We could easily boast a bumper sticker that said, "This car never stops at yard sales." Mostly you could see me looking longingly out my car window at an Antique Shop or a Flea Market or any interesting shop along the'd never see the car stopping. If the car did stop, you know that it would be because I pitched a total fit. In Hampden I managed to get him to stop at a little ice cream shop for some Giffords. Mission accomplished....slightly.
     The Clint Black concert was awesome. He is absolutely adorable. Of course I love a guy with dimples. His dimples were incredible! What a sweet face. I've always thought that he looked like Roy Rogers. I'm not alone with that feeling because if you remember correctly, early on in his career he did a duet with Roy Rogers, the video of which was wonderful. Roy was my idol when I was a kid. I was right in love with him. When Lorraine and I played house as little girls, Roy was my husband and Lorraine got to have Gene Autry for her husband. I never would give her Roy...oh no no no. Anyway, at my first glimpse of Clint Black, back in the late 80's, I was in love all over again. His band was incredible, too. We were royally entertained.
     During the performance Clint Black told about he and his band having a lobster feed somewhere. Poor guys, they probably never get to go anywhere really fun when they are on tour like that. They probably don't really enjoy themselves, because they are always recognized and bothered by fans. I thought about the good time that Carroll and I had had at Young's Lobster Pound,

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and wondered if his group could have gone to a place like that and not been bombarded by fans. I fantasized about taking Clint (and his whole band with us) to a place like that, and having him be unrecognized. I think I could have done it! I could have dressed him in a pair of bermuda shorts and a golf shirt, put a baseball cap on his head that said "Milo Maine" and I'll bet not a soul would have given him a second look. My fantasy included pairing up a bunch of my girlfriends (who were also at the concert) with the band members, and I'm betting any amount of money I could have taken them anywhere in the State of Maine totally unrecognized...incognito.... (with the possible exception of downtown Milo....I'm daring to bet they would have been recognized there!) Hey girls, wouldn't that have been fun!!
     Sunday morning we went to the Lucerne Inn for their fantastic brunch. I'd heard about it, but had never gotten the chance to go there. What a beautiful spot! When we arrived I was a bit taken aback when the hostess said, "Do you have reservations?" My heart sank. "No, I didn't know I needed them," was my reply. She was a sweet girl (even though her skirt looked a bit like a slip) and she said, "Let me see what I can do." She returned a few seconds later and said, "Come right this way, I've got a nice little table for you." We really lucked out! What a beautiful little spot we had out on the side porch. A beautiful view of Mosquito Mountain awaited us. A little breeze was blowing in an open window right in front of us. The table was for two, and it was just perfect. I can't imagine that any reserved table would have been quite as perfect as that little table was. But another time I'd reserve.
     The waiter arrived and we ordered juice and coffee and then went to the dining room for the buffet. It was exquisitely presented and the choices were delicious. At the first table they had muffins, then bacon and sausage. A choice of Eggs Benedict or a scrambled egg, cooked with a slight hint of some red and green peppers was next. A big portion of smoked salmon was presented next. I don't think they intended for you to take a very big portion of that, as it was served with the tiniest of serving forks. There were some little shavings of lemon zest lying atop the salmon. There were some small Danish pastries in pretty plates arranged around the hot dishes, and another plate with some tiny French toasts and some another deep fried concoction. On to the next table you found a sweet little girl who was in charge of the omelet bar. She also was in charge of making the Belgian waffles. These were served with two sauces. I recognized the strawberry and so chose that. There were some luncheon type entrees and my husband took a taste or two of those, but I opted for just the breakfast foods. At the end of the line was a huge bowl of fresh fruit. Back to our table, and the ambiance of that beautiful view, we enjoyed our choices and were so happy that we had finally gotten to the Lucerne Inn. We certainly will try it again....and take friends with us, next time, to enjoy the same treat. What a perfect weekend!.
     If I've already given you this recipe, forgive me. It's good and easy and very festive. I'm giving it to you again.

Easy Eggs Benedict.

3/4 cup of real mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
4 English muffins, split and toasted
cooked ham slices
8 poached eggs

     Mix the mayonnaise and salt in a saucepan. Cook over very low heat about 3 minutes. Stir in the whipped cream, lemon rind and juice. Spread the muffins with margarine, arrange the ham, then the egg over the muffin halves. Spoon on sauce. Serves 4 or 8.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Brownville and the Junction have had (a) four, (b) five, (c) six, (d) seven churches.
2. Walker Bridge spanned the (a) east branch, (b) middle branch, (c) west branch, (d) north branch of the Pleasant River.
3. Brownville is short on the (a) east side, ((b) west side , (c) south side, (d) north side.
4. The Lewis mill made (a) wooden utensils, (b) tongue depressors, (c) pallets, (d) all of these.
5. Hank Strout was a(n) (a) choir leader, (b) band leader, (c) Boy Scout leader, (d) extra gang boss.
6. (a) Dennis Harshaw, (b) Buffy Butterfield, (c) Sid Brown, (d) Dave Chase led the Penquis League in scoring for two seasons.
7. (a) Marilyn Roberts, (b) Lorraine Smith, (c) Carlene Perry, (c) Don Gilson was state spelling champion and went to Washington.
8. Black Guards guarded (a) the YMCA, (b) post office, (c) Kineo Trust Company, (d) the railroad bridge during WWII.
9. The Bangor and Aroostook first came here to haul (a) iron, (b) horses, (c) slate, (d) both and c.
10. In 1819 Brownville became (a(n) (a) plantation, (b) town, (d) suburb, (d) manufacturing center.

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

M.S.A.D. # 41
AUGUST 26 – 30
WEDNESDAY – Teriyaki chicken, mashed potato, peas, dinner roll, peaches, and milk every day.
THURSDAY – Bacon/cheeseburger, potato puffs, salad, and mixed fruit.
FRIDAY – Breadsticks, cheese/sauce, cucumbers, and apple.
Menus are subject to change without notice
K – 5 Lunch - $1.25, Breakfast - $.75
6 – 12 Lunch - $1.50, Breakfast - $.75
Adult Lunch - $2.75
Reduced Lunch - $.40, Reduced breakfast - $.30
All returned checks will be charged a $10.00 fee

ONAWA - No Ordinary Town - Part 1
by Richard N. Shaw, publication date N/A
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2002)
     Despite its obscurity, both physical and in the minds of many Mainers, the minute hamlet of Onawa, Maine, while presently in the throes of extensive change, retains it century-old status as one of the state's most charming and fascinating locales.

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     Onawa is no ordinary town. Until 1966, when it was finally linked to the outside world by a 3.3-mile public road, Onawa owed its very existence to a winding railroad track that runs through it as any road runs through a village. "Main Street" to many summer and far fewer winter residents, was and is the rails. If some of the summer folks, living down by beautiful Lake Onawa, wish to travel the walkable distance to the old general store and post office, they simply connect with "Main Street" and follow it into town. The Hamlet's side streets are dirt and gravel paths, forming a network leading to the 40 camps and cottages scattered around the lake, in which Mount Borestone, "the Matterhorn of the East" is mirrored in picturebook fashion.
     The blasts of half a dozen Canadian Pacific Railroad trains still keeps the Onawa people content and comfortable nearly every day, but unlike the proverbial good old days, no train stops now. Neither is the village visited much any more by water or air, both in their own ways largely impractical.
     No, nine of every ten persons now visit Onawa via the smooth and well-kept gravel road that branches off from a larger highway leading from route 15 to Monson. Few Maine roads possess the history of this road and its private "twin" that lies a couple of miles south and roughly parallel.
     On a dark and freezing evening in 1961, the first steps toward this largest move in the community's history were begun at the ramshackle schoolhouse in Bodfish, an isolated town itself, but more accessible than Onawa, to decide on the road's fate. Ironically, many of the citizens who walked the treacherous three-mile track from Onawa into Bodfish were also the ones most opposed to the road. The cost was paramount in their minds.
     But there were also those present at the town meeting (who split the balloting down in the middle), feeling, and justifiably so, that Onawa suffered from being Maine's only roadless hamlet and that the emergency issue was indeed a prime factor.
     Babies were born before doctors could reach the town, and old folks died from lack of rapid aid. Said one man, "Our family has paid taxes here for three generations and we need a road for emergency use. Not only that, but five of us couldn't attend the town meeting Saturday because of the walk." Who could argue with such a humbling argument?
     If the first road increased the convenience of the Onawa people and increased the numbers of tourists who previously appreciated Onawa only from stories and pictures, the second road, built five years later, increased them even more. The public road is a genuine treat. Surrounded on either side by dense thickets of firs and birches, the road makes an especially brilliant thoroughfare in autumn. the abundant wildlife of the region stands out photogenically amidst the orange and scarlet leaves. Deer, in particular, are frequently seen as are partridge. Just before the pleasingly flat road curves sharply and traverses the CPR track, a number of cottage signposts, lined up one beneath the other in a manner seemingly peculiar to Maine, signals the nearness of Little Greenwood Pond on the right. With good fortune, and after the leaves have left the trees, the traveler in treated with occasional views of the body of water.
     Also, with patience and a light foot on the accelerator, one may catch a glimpse to his left of awesome Borestone Mountain, rising 1947 feet to a double ledgy peak known as the camel's hump. The base of Borestone is surprisingly near to the new Onawa road, and a few travelers have even detected a hiker or two on the summit, waving to let those know that they have survived the hike.
     The road crossing the railroad tracks just ahead is the site of a rural tragedy, often the most terrifying variety due to its isolation.
     The older residents will tell you that two passenger trains collided head-on here at 7:15 on a cold morning in December of

1919, in what was one of New England's worst railway
     The sound of crumbling steel was heard even in Onawa, and the death toll rose to 20. But why -- did it happen? How could two trains possibly be mistaken enough to travel in opposite directions on the same track at the same time? -- is a typical query raised by curious Onawa frequenters. The answer is painfully simple: The engineer of the south bound train from Greenville misread an order that was passed to him, believing that the other train was delayed an additional three hours. The tales that abound in the region today regarding the wreck are remarkable. Some are true, like the one concerning the lady who was seven months pregnant and whose legs were both fractured, and who went into a full-term delivery. But false tales also abound, such as the one concerning the recovery of over 100 bodies from the mishap. Twenty was the figure and that, needless to say, was too many.(To be continued next week)

     Occasionally, we will print the dates and times of courses offered by Penquis Cap. Thanks to Isabel Warren for passing these on to us.
     Parenting with Dignity. This 9-week course provides resources to promote effective parenting. The workbook provides many exercises and practical applications for parents to try with their families. Minimum of 6 participants required.
No fee
Thursdays, Sept. 5 to Oct. 31
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Penquis CAP, 50 North St., Dover
Call Penquis CAP at 564-7116

Science Corner
Match vitamin and name.

1. Vitamin B1 a. Cobalmin
2. Vitamin B2 b. Pantothenic Acid
3. Vitamin B3 c. Biotin
4. Vitamin B5 d. Ascorbic Acid
5. Vitamin B6 e. Thiamin
6. Vitamin B12 f. Calciferol
7. Vitamin C g. Tocopherol
8. Vitamin D h. Riboflavin
9. Vitamin E i. Pyridoxine
10. Vitamin H

j. Niacin

     Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It has a diameter of 88,846 miles. It is the fourth brightest object in the sky after the Sun, Moon and Venus. It is a giant gas ball. There is some controversy about the core of Jupiter. Some say it is gas compressed until it has the consistency of soup, others say it has a liquid hydrogen core.
     The most well know feature on the surface of Jupiter is the Great Red Spot. It is huge with a diameter equal to three of earth's. No one knows what caused it, but it has been around for hundreds of years. The temperature of the spot is cooler than the surrounding surface.
     The atmosphere is composed of 89.8% hydrogen and 10.2% helium. There are traces of methane and ammonia as well. The pressure of the atmosphere is about 100 times that on

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earth. Winds at the surface are around 4000 mi./hr at the equator but much less near the poles. The average temperature at the surface is –166 degrees Fahrenheit. The axis is tilted from the plane of the solar system by 3.1 degrees, much less than earth’s 23.5 degrees. Gravity is about 2.5 times that on earth.
     Jupiter is 484 million miles from the sun and it takes 4331 earth days (almost 12 years) to make one revolution. It rotates in 9.9 hours. Its magnetosphere extends away from the sun a distance of 100 times the diameter of the planet. In fact it intersects the orbit of Saturn. The magnetosphere is similar to the area around the earth that causes the Northern Lights.
     To date 28 moons have been discovered around Jupiter. Most of them don’t have names yet. The four major or Galilean moons are the only large ones. The others are small like the moons of Mars. Ganymede is the largest at 3161 miles in diameter. It is the second largest moon in the solar system. Next comes Callisto at 2884 miles in diameter, Io at 2186 miles and Europa at 1878. Galileo observed these four moons through a telescope.
     Recently it was discovered that Jupiter has rings like Saturn but much fainter. It is thought that the four small rings are caused by meteorites hitting the moons and spraying solid material into the atmosphere where it eventually falls to the planet.
     While it is not possible for a spaceship to land on Jupiter with no solid place to land, it is possible to land on one of the moons. Io would not be a good choice because it may be the most active volcanic object in the solar system. Ganymede would be a better choice, as it appears to be good solid rock.
Answers: 1)e, 2)h, 3)j, 4)b, 5)i, 6)a, 7)d, 8)f, 9)g, 10)c

Local History Bonus
Reprints from MHS Breeze And other sources
Submitted by Myrna Ricker
     Many years ago there came to the shores of Schoodic Lake, settled, a quaint character known as Osgood. He seemed to wish to be alone, for when later on, one “Curly” Robinson came there to settle, Osgood drove him away at the point of a gun. “Curly” (so called because he had red, curly hair) settled on the brow of a hill on the opposite side of the lake where he could watch Osgood, whom as it was reported, was figuring out perpetual motion. The fish swam in the lake as now; sportsmen often went there to catch the speckled beauties, and at such times would stop with the man of perpetual motion fame, providing of course, he did not have one of his “off days,” when he would drive everybody away from his door.
     Since the changes have come, Osgood and “Curly” have gone to the “Happy Hunting Ground,” and the cleared patches of ground where they once dug with a crooked stick and planted their corn, are now the only remaining evidence of their former greatness. But situated at the foot of the hill where “Curly” hunted, and facing the spot where Osgood swung his pendulum, there has sprung up a pretty little hamlet. Lakeview is appropriately named; in the shape of a crescent, and on the slope of the hill, it commands a view that is unsurpassed in Piscataquis
County for beauty. The whole length of the lake to Five Islands spreads out before the inhabitants, and each day, of calm or storm, new beauties are seen by those who have an eye for the beautiful in nature. Standing at the door of the mill and looking up the lake, we can almost fancy that we can see the form of that good natured guide, N. McNaughton, as he stands in the door of the Five Island House and angles for fish.
     But we digress. Lakeview, until 1889, was not of much importance; there were a few houses, but as soon as the Merrick Thread Co. put in its plant, it began to grow, and now (1898) it contains twenty-five good houses, a good school house large enough to accommodate the thirty-five scholars in the district, one good store, and a hotel. From seventy-five to one hundred men find employment here the year round at good wages.
     The people who live here are wide-awake, and eager to grasp every opportunity that presents itself; for of the thirty-five scholars, four of them come to Milo High School, eager to get an education, viz.: Arthur Lewis, Lancy Barchard, Bertha and Arthur Clark. Another year others will come.
     The lake is full of fish. The woods around the lake abound in game, and we who live here, believe that Lakeview is not only a good place to be born in, but not “too bad” to live in.
(From: Lakeview – Author unknown – Breeze November 1898)

By Nancy Grant
     The first day of school is almost upon us once again. It’s an exciting new beginning for the youngest and a ‘nearing of the end’ for those who have done their time. It is also a time that many people reflect on their own days in the classroom; remembering and sharing stories of varied experiences. One’s imagination may not be able to fathom a school without computers, central heat, cafeteria, water fountain, carpeting, RSVP inkpens, or even indoor plumbing!
     Mr. Lloyd Treworgy gives a vivid picture of classroom life, in the days of our parents and grandparents, in the following passage from his “History of Milo Schools.”
     “So, in those long-past times, neither teacher or pupil was critical of the meager facilities afforded by the schools. So far as they knew, schoolhouses and conditions had always been like that; probably always would be.
     There were hooks to hang up coats and caps, or hats (few hats), in the entry, and space to leave rubbers (if any), lunch boxes and pails, by the wall. Inside was a rather large, rectangular stove, cavernous and unadorned, standing on legs. It was spoken of as “ramdown” – the name possibly coming from the way the wood was put into it. The stovepipe rose straight up from the stove to within a foot or two of the high ceiling, then ran back, the length of the room, to join with the chimney.
     From time to time, in cold weather, teacher, or some strong-armed scholar, lifted the cover by its wire handle, and thrust a couple of two-foot chunks of wood into the stove’s juggernaut maw.
     Beside teacher’s desk, on a stool or on a shelf, stood the water-pail, with a long-handled, common dipper swaying gently
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inside - its swaying sensitized by the constant scuffing of pupil feet on the way to sharpen a pencil, get a drink, or “leave the room” - a euphemism for going to the outdoor toilet.
     Thirsty lips of generations of pupils had kissed the edge of the dipper, round and round, in a fruitless effort to avoid residue from the mouth of previous quaffers.
     The floor was usually of unpainted spruce planks – the knots, harder than the clear wood, projecting smoothly, after years of scuffing feet had thinned the wood around them.
     Desks carried a small, round ink-well, near the edge of the back of the desk, farthest from the pupil sitting at it. From this ink-well, penny steel pens, thrust into the cork end of wooden penstocks, dipped a word or two of ink at a time, to be written, with painful, blotted effort, into the writing book. A groove next to the ink-well ran across the desk top, to hold pencils and penstocks from rolling.
     The once smooth surface of the desks bore, indelibly carved, the doodlings of generations of daydreaming scholars – doodlings idly inked over for permanence.
     Outside, and usually attached to the woodshed, were the privies – “his” and “hers”, separated only by a partition, with a tiny aperture, as likely as not knifed through it. They weren’t marked “his” and “hers”, of course, for those were times long before such courteous niceties. Pupils knew, however, from the very first day, which one to head toward, when the call came and they had cleared with the teacher their need “to leave the room.”
     The privies had no modern toilet to flush, nor any washbowl to swing toward for a cleansing of the hands afterward. There was no sink at the schoolhouse either, nor any water except what was drunk from, perhaps emptied back, and re-drunk from the water-pail. Any further contamination of that, for washing purposes, would have been one straw too many!
     It might be noted here that toilets, like desks, were carved with more fervor than art. Some imperfectly imagined sex carvings were essayed, as might be expected. There was, as I recall at my school (quite a distance from Milo), few graffiti of an obscene nature. Not that pupil minds weren’t a fertile seed-bed for vulgarity. What kept the school grounds relatively free of four-letter words was a recollection of the leather strap that lay, coiled up, in a drawer of teacher’s desk. Teacher was in variably a realist. She knew, almost from the first day school opened, in which pupil minds dirty words lay nearest the surface, struggling to get out. And in the district school, there was no reading of rights to the accused, nor any trial by jury.
     Schoolroom lighting, rarely resorted to, was symbolically represented by three oil lamps on each side wall. They were set into brackets high enough to be out of reach of mischievous pupil hands, as casual breakable. For an occasional evening program, they might be lighted. The six lamps together gave probably no more light than a 40-watt bulb would give today.


Please Come to the
Milo Area Blood Drive

Monday, September 9, 2002
2:00 – 7:00 P.M.
At the
Milo Town Hall

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus &
Piscataquis Lodge #44 of the Free Masons

Random drawings of prizes for donors!



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

     This week’s meeting began with twenty members attending.
     Updates: Kiwanis Newspaper is showing a profit using the new printer; carpeting is proceeding in the Town Hall balcony; and the next Senior citizens barbecue will be August 29 at Quarry Pines in Brownville.
     Happy Birthday to Toby Richards who turned 21 on the 21st and Val Robertson whose birthday is the 27th.
     Ten Happy and Sad dollars were collected this week. The strangest dollar was for a sighting of ICE in Sebec Lake?
     Superintendent David Walker will be speaking August 28 on the possibility of regionalizing Penquis Valley High School.
     Sophie Wilson, Brownville’s Town Manager, spoke to us this week about regionalization and consolidation of Municipal Government Services. To clarify: some services that are shared between towns are cooperative, collaborative, and some are consolidated. Definition - Cooperative: informal, one hand helps the other. For instance, Brownville plows the Brownville Elementary School and in return, the Brownville Elementary allows the Town to use the school free of charge. Collaborative: a more formal agreement sharing services, but both entities retain control. Example - Police Departments share shift coverage when short staffed. Consolidation: Town's give up control. Example - Penquis Solid Waste Corp (landfill). Consolidation in this neck of the woods is a tough act to follow. Mainer's are known for strong local governments and the attitude that ‘we'll take care of our own and stay out of our business.’ Unfortunately, tight budgets and pressure from the State Government to consolidate will probably force us to lose some of our individuality. The theory is regionalization; the bigger you are the lower the cost. Mandates and regulations are getting so stringent from the State that it is forcing the little guy out. Because of rising mil rates, Sophie mentioned that we would be forced to look at all aspects of saving dollars. Our best weapon is to keep an open mind, educate ourselves, attend public hearings and voice our opinions. Towns should first work together to avoid being forced into this in the end.

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