Three Rivers News, 2002-09-03


     On Sunday, September 15, 2002, Thomas Obey and Linda Dodge will be speaking at the United Baptist Church in Milo at 7:00 p.m. They will be presenting information regarding The Shepherd Godparent Home located in a quiet neighborhood in Bangor.
     The home will be open to pregnant girls ages 13 to 17 and will give each girl the opportunity to make her own choice as to parenting her baby or giving her baby up for adoption.
     The home provides counseling, educational opportunities, and preparation for parenting. Folks at the home can help with the adoption process if desired. Room, meals, counseling, and education are provided, at no cost, through the generosity of donors and churches that support this ministry on a regular basis.
     This informational meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. For more information call 947-8725.
     The Shepherds Godparents organization is in the process of furnishing the home. If you are able to help, call 947-9220.
     For more information about this venture, tune into WHCF FM radio at 88.5 on Thursdays at 11:00am.

     The 2002-03 school year is underway. School started on Wednesday for our 433 elementary students. All of the schools were bright and shiny thanks to our hard working custodial staff. Students were welcomed by the staff to another year of learning. Parents are encouraged to continue to be a part of their child's education by partnering with the school to support their children in their work this year. There will be opportunities at all four school sites for parents to contribute and participate in the school's work.

Please contact the principal of the school if you have questions about how you can help. Brownville Elementary (965-8184), Marion C. Cook School (943-2196). Milo Elementary (943-2122) and Sixth Grade Junction (943-7348). All schools are hoping to be supported by active parent groups

Milo Elementary News
     Parents and families are invited to Open House at Milo Elementary School on Thursday, September 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to show off their new classrooms and introduce the family to their teachers. Milo PTO will be on hand to serve refreshments and to explain the projects that the group sponsors. The PTO will be looking for parents who can help with the many projects the group sponsors for the school. There are lots of jobs for everyone, even if you are not able to commit to an evening meeting.
     One project the group is planning is the Annual Fall Fair. A big part of this is the Made in MSAD #41 auction that is always lots of fun and raises lots of money for the school projects. Every family is asked to contribute something they have "made". This might be a craft, garden produce, cooked food, preserves, etc. You will be hearing more about this as the date gets closer.

School pictures
Joyful Photos will be taking individual school pictures at Milo Elementary on October 2. More information will be coming on this but parents may want to plan ahead. Pictures will be back in time for Christmas giving.

General Mills Boxtops
     Last year, Milo Elementary received nearly $300 from the collection of Boxtops for Education. We will continue to collect boxtops again this year. They can be sent to school with students. Some children came in the first day with the boxtops they had collected over the summer.

     What a nice surprise the Brownville 5th grade students had this week. Ginger Weston, grandmother of John Weston, stopped by with a whole box load of school supplies for the class. Notebooks, pencils, glue, markers, and MUCH more. We really appreciate her generosity. It's so nice to have that kind of support from parents and grandparents. Thank you Ginger!
     There will be a meeting on September 12 at 6:30 for all parents (or grandparents) of 5th graders attending Brownville Elementary to discuss the possibility of taking the class to Boston in the spring. It's very important that parents or grandparents attend the meeting with their child.

     Last week I was reading your paper and noticed my name. Kathy Witham wrote that I moved my business off of Main Street. My new location is at 14 Charles Street. I do cuts for the entire family, perms, colors, and highlights! I do waxing, and I also do manicures, pedicures and scalp treatments (a 20 minute scalp massage that is heavenly!)
     My hours are Tues, Thurs, Fri 9-5, Wed noon-8 pm, and Sat. 9-1. I do walk-ins when I can, but no guarantees. I have gift certificates as well.
          Robin Demers, Korner Kreations

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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 Bed & 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.

Dear Parents/Guardian:
     This first week of school your young person should have brought home a packet with many forms. Please take the time to read each of the forms and return those that are needed in order for Health Information to be reviewed and added to your child's record.
     Health Record Update: please fill out and return so that we are aware of any health issues that may be new or continuing.
     Medication Permission Form: needs to be sent in if your child is going to receive medication at school.
     Be reminded that without written permission no medication will be given at school. Medication must be sent to school in an original container. Any medication that is brought in an envelope or baggie will not be given. The school only provides Regular Strength Tylenol tablets. If you request anything other than that, you must bring the medication to school (e.g. Liquid Tylenol, Chewable Tylenol or Ibuprofen).
Health Information Letter: read carefully as this may help avoid confusion about health care and screenings in the school.
Kindergarten Students: if you were notified at
registration time that your child needed his/her five year old boosters, please send in documentation that this has taken place or will soon. If your physicia cannot supply the vaccine we need a note.
     Please contact me if you have any questions or
concerns about your child's health care at school.
Sue Chaffee School Nurse

Lake View Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1 The boardinghouse was partly burned in, (a) 1927, (b) 1937, (c) 1947, (d) 1957.
2. George Lord was a(n), (a) pitcher, (b) catcher, (c), first baseman, (d) outfielder on the Lake View nine.
3. Dr. Charles E. Adams visited, (a) Germany, (b) Poland, (d) Russia, (d) Italy and learned of foresting there.
4. Charlie Chessa was a minister, (b) teacher, (c) carpenter, (d) blacksmith.
5. The Lake View hospital had, (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four beds.
6.The first white girl born in Lake View was, (a) Della Clark, (b) Etta Hamlin, (c) Minnie Newman, (d) Arlene Villani.
7. (a) Dr. Bundy, (b) Dr. Carde, (c) Dr. Larrabee, (c) Dr. Johnson came out to Milo in 1919.

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8. In the name E.M. Hamlin, the initials stand for, (a) Edward Merrill, (b) Emery Miles, (c) Endicott Murray, (d) Edwin Merton.
9. Big spools were called, (a) bull spools, (b) bear spools, (c) elephant heads, (d) Russian spools.
10. The Highland Quarry was known as the, (a) Lake View Quarry, (b) Schoodic Pit, (c) East Brownville Quarry, (d) Morrill Slate Company.

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

Life on the CP Extra Gang
     1964. A few days after graduation, a group of Milo and Brownville boys headed west on the train, These were guys like the late Butch Heal, Donnie Hogan, Jim Bragg, Art Stanhope, Gerald Kirby, Walt Rendzia, Tom Lockhart, and yours truly.
     We all had bunks and personal sections and got up at 2:30 for breakfast, which featured delicious baked beans, flapjacks, and eggs. After this hearty meal, we were ready for a day of hard physical work that put us in shape for basketball in the ensuing months. Many of Carroll Conley's greatest had worked on the extra gang.
     We were all transported to the work site by railroad vehicles of which I do not remember the names.
     Ties were sawed in three. Spikes were taken out. Rails were lifted. And new ties put in with a cable. Plates and new spikes were put in while the ties were lifted again.
To be continued…

     TREVOR LYFORD returned to Skowhegan with a new axle and his eye on ANY trophy and also a chance to regain some points for the end of the yearly standings. He raced a terrific race coming away with a second place trophy by finishing second in Moto 1 and Moto 2. In his second race.... it was close right up until he crossed the finish line with two other 4-wheelers right on his back for the 3 final laps. Good job Trevor!
     DUSTIN BISHOP raced in the 125 youth class finishing in 4th place and raced in the Novice class finishing 12th out of 25. In his second moto, Dustin had another bike run into him on the first turn.... taking him out of the race with a swollen lower leg; he looked like he would be okay and back racing again on September 8th.
     LUKE KNAPP was racing for the first time over to Skowhegan in the 85B class and did a great job.
     KYLE FOSS raced in the 85B division and finished 6th overall out of 18.Great job Kyle! JUSTIN ARTUS jumped up a class and raced in the 85B class and finished 8th overall out of 18. Justin also raced in the 65cc class finishing a very impressive 7th out of 28 bikes.
     KOLE STEVENS was back racing this week and looked much more aggressive and did a super job in the 125 youth amateur class finishing in 5th place.
     JUSTIN MORRILL raced in the same class 125 youth amateur and did a fantastic job finishing in 6th place. There is also a great picture of Justin on the dirtbike website taken by one of the Motocross employees.

     JORDON FROST was back again this week and did a great job in the 85cc division finishing an impressive 11th out of 27 bikes. Great job Jordon. JODY PEARL was also racing this week.... but I don't have his finishes.

     A new 8-week session of yoga will start on Wednesday, September 4th. Classes will be held at the Milo Elementary School from 6:00-7:00.
     This class will emphasize on stretching and toning your muscles, ligaments, and joints. Working through a full-range-of-motion increases flexibility and makes everyday chores easier. Pilates moves, (fast becoming well known and popular) will increase strength throughout the body, but concentrating on the core muscles. Relaxation offers the body and mind a chance to let go of the days worries and frustrations leaving you feeling not only relaxed, but also renewed.
     Please bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. If you have any questions call Cindy @ 943-2630.

By Judith Macdougall
     For the last few weeks you have heard a lot about the summer reading program (SRP). It is a busy eight weeks but now it is over, and I can tell you about other happenings at the library.
     We had visitors on August 9th. They were Nancy Cotter and her husband Lin Pickle. Nancy's grandmother Florence Cotter, was the first librarian of the Milo Free Public Library. She was the librarian until 1947. Nancy had not been in the library for 20 years so we toured it all with Lin videotaping everything on his camera. They were making the tape for Eugene Cotter, Nancy's father and Florence's only son. Although Nancy never lived in Milo, Eugene had grown up here and she knew he would be interested. Eugene is 97 now but still interested in Milo and the library. Nancy showed me a picture of her grandparents and father and I expressed an interest in having a portrait of Florence Cotter for the library.
     On Wednesday I received an 8 x 10 portrait. It will be a welcome addition to our library. I received an interesting request the other day. Cory in California is collecting library cards from around the world. He already has 400 and asked me to send him one from our library.
     Another inquiry was from Teri who is a graduate student at Kent State University in the School of Library and Information Science. She is conducting a survey on how many public libraries in the state of Maine have pets such as: cats, fish, gerbils, snakes or whatever that live in the library. There were several questions to answer even if the first answer was " No ". I told her we did not have pets and added the further information that we did not have room and we were not open every day. One of her questions was, "Did I feel a pet in the library would be a good connection to the community?" What do you think? If you think the library should have a pet send your letter to the editor of the Kiwanis News.
     A few weeks ago Dr. Ralph Monroe brought us a large number of books from the estate of his mother Hazel Monroe. The books are Time-Life or Newsweek books with lovely pictures and informative text. There are several different sets included such as The Great Cities, Great Museums of the World, Wonders of Man, and The American Wilderness.

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Pam and I have been busily processing them, and they will be ready soon.
     Below is a partial list of titles. I will complete the list next week. If any of the titles interest you, come in and look over our new acquisition. These unexpected gifts and library requests and inquiries make our job surprising and interesting.

Amsterdam - Athens - Bangkok - Berlin - Bombay-Cairo - Dublin - Istanbul - Jerusalem - London -Mexico City - Moscow - Munich - New York - Paris – Peking - Prague - Rio de Janeiro - Rome - San Francisco - Sydney - Tokyo - Venice - Vienna

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

     Pertaining to the article Kitty wrote about the Water District: Alasco Carey is the oldest of five children of Arthur Sr. and Elsie Carey, Arthur B. Carey Jr. is the middle child.

ONAWA - No Ordinary Town - Part 2
by Richard N. Shaw, publication date N/A
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2002)
     Safety had reigned supreme at the site ever since and a recent wooden auto crossing is conspicuously marked with a crossing post that has so far prevented any recurrence of bloodshed on the patch of ground known simply as the site of the Onawa wreck. A series of a half-dozen or more camp markers, with names of every sound, plus a sizable parking lot at end of the road, signal that Onawa has been reached. A narrow flowery path leading to the right is all that separates the new pedestrian from the tiny hamlet.
     Vestiges of the present and past surround the hiker as he gazes about him. Overlooking him to the right, in a clump of evergreens, are two tidy little structures that were once, and are again, the focal points of the village. The Catholic church with its tiny steeple and colored windows, and the village hall, both have decades of history stored in their clapboards, the latter in particular which was 50 or more years ago the locale of many a weekly festivity.
     The area oldsters still relish memories of lavish and frequent weddings held here in busier days, as well as large dances enjoyed by the summer folks, where the regular Onawa band played. The music is gone now and the weddings are few and far between. While not gone, the old school situated nearby has also seen better days. It was shut down several years ago when the last community child graduated to the secondary school at Monson. Now all of the few remaining students are boarded out in Monson, 10 miles distant, during the week.
     The site of the old hotel also greets the visitors as they pass the church and the hall, and make their way out onto "Main Street," with the center of the town just down the rails. The old hotel some 60 years ago was a busy place, and went on to see many more years of usefulness after being moved down to the shores of Onawa Lake where it was converted into a sporting camp. Yes, this is the center of town. Guess there aren't any attractions except maybe the store and the railway trestle. And, oh yes -- there's a place where Governor Driscoll from New Jersey used to spend some time, and also Herbert Hoover's granddaughter's place. The store and trestle are your best bets though. It is not unusual to meet a friendly resident on

Main Street, her arms full of groceries, her face aglow with a smile, and her advice well taken. Visitors soon find themselves standing on the well-oiled floors of the village store and post office, which changed little in 50 years. Although closed in 1970 by the amiable folks who had owned it since 1937, the inconvenience for the Onawa residents was not long ago terminated when a young gentleman took it over and again revived its ancient charm -- 50 years behind the time. And the people wouldn't have it any other way. An old-styled counter and display case and a cash register, the rectangular variety with resounding crank, greet the travelers as the enter the surprisingly well-stocked establishment.
     Since the passenger trains no longer stop at the store; the 100-200 daily quarts of milk, the complete array of outdoor clothing, and the large supply of canned goods are no longer in demand, but practically everything for a complete Saturday evening meal may be obtained, including, of course, Boston baked beans. Just outside of the store lies the foundation of the old train station that once accommodated many trains and passengers each day. Some Onawa people recall having to elbow their way through crowds of people on the platform to meet a visiting relative.
     Gone is the classic old octagonal water tower that was a point of much interest to visitors before its removal last year. The railway men said that the structure had served its usefulness and was fit for demolition, but with it went an Onawa landmark that told many a northbound train, in a typically New England manner, that the hamlet was close at hand. As the visitors continue down Main Street, striving to toe the rail in pro fashion, they soon see the top of the ancient trestle. No one in Onawa would contest this engineering feat -- measuring 1071 feet across and 138 feet down to Ship Pond Stream -- is the highlight of a sojourn to the hamlet.
     Until recently, signposts have wisely urged visitors not to venture across the trestle since the danger of disaster, if a train should round either bend behind or before them, is ever present. But the thought of such a walk is admittedly tempting. The view to the north, up the tracks that appear to end at Borestone, and to the east, across Lake Onawa to 2700-foot high Barren Mountain, is a gem. The local people recall with suppressed humor the comical but potentially dangerous occurrence of a few years ago when a cluster of tourists chose an inopportune moment to cross the structure, looking head-on into the headlight of a train as it swiftly applied its brakes. And there was told the tale of one Axel Carlson, a gritty gent who thumbed his nose at the strong gusts of wind on a cold December morning in 1912, and rode his three-wheeled motorized bike across. The wind threw both man and machine into the valley 75 feet below and amazingly, the man lived to tell about it, and to a ripe old age at that.
     Evenings come early to visitors in Onawa. As the sun goes down below Borestone Mountain and the stars are reflected in the clear water of lake Onawa, as yet unpolluted, one by one the new electric lights in the cottages snap on and the miniscule hamlet seems more than ever a storybook town. It is true, as some residents complain that too much value is being destroyed in Onawa and not enough put in its place. But these lines, written for a Maine nature magazine in 1935, still contain value regarding the offering of the small lakeside hamlet: "It is difficult to believe that anyone can be confronted with what Onawa is, and has, without being permanently charmed and emotionally stunned. There, peace and quiet reign."
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Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Eight or nine years ago my husband and our good friend David Walker decided that they were going to build a beanhole in our front yard at camp. The engineering strategies that went into the planning and construction of this bean hole rivaled all of the building projects that had ever taken place on our Little Birch Point. Over the years we've built huge lobster pots, wooden bridges to span the giant gully between camps, decks, outbuildings, and a multitude of other projects. None, though, could compare to this project.
     The depth and circumference were skillfully calculated. The base and side walls were procured. Huge rocks to surround the cooking pit, thereby holding the heat for the necessary hours it takes to bake a pot of beans, were gathered and put in place. A quick trip to the landfill garnered them a lid. They finally finished the project and were ready to cook. Somewhere along the way we came upon a cast iron bean pot and John Sherburne's recipe for Bean Hole Beans and we were ready to let the good times roll.
     Now, mind you, I'm no expert in the building of the hole or the burning of the wood, but I'm pretty sure you need a bed of hard wood coals. AND, you need to spend several hours the afternoon and evening before burning this wood in order to get the coals needed to cook these beans. . And oh yes, I think you need at least a 6-pack of beer per adult male to drink while you're burning this wood down to coals. This is the way it's done on Sundapple Lane at Schoodic Heights on Little Birch Point in Lakeview, Maine.
     The comfy lawn chairs circle the emanates from the open windows of the camp...popcorn with M & M's by the bowlful get passed around the circle of beanhole buddies. We usually gather as many lakeside friends and relatives as we can find to let the laughing and the storytelling commence. If a little rainstorm should come up during the "burning of the wood into coals," we make a little tent of some sort to keep the rain off the fire. The fellas are very ingenious when it comes to tent making. Believe me when I tell you that they've devised countless makeshift tents to protect things...because invariably the weekend that we plan the beanhole is the weekend that it rains. If you thought that Labor Day weekend was going to be fair...blame us if it rains because we've planned a beanhole.
     After a number of successful pots of beans had been enjoyed, we decided to spread our wings, so to speak, and cook a turkey. Freedy Carey had told my mother this unbelievable story about how to cook a turkey in a hole in the ground. I could hardly believe what Mum was telling me, so I called Freedy to get the story first hand from her. She told me the same story she'd told my mother. My husband was convinced that it was some sort of beanhole initiation, and that when we woke up in the morning there were going to be boats lined up out front of our camp with people laughing hysterically at we actually thought that we could cook a turkey in a hole in the ground on red hot coals and have it come out edible. By golly, there were no boats with laughing occupants and when we got the turkey out of the ground, not only was it done to a turn - it was delicious! Another beanhole success!!
     We have since moved on to cooking two pots of beans at once...a pot of beans and a turkey, too...and once we even did a pot of beans and a delicious ham. To these festive entrees we add salads, rolls, corn on the cob, cukes and tomatoes sliced up, desserts...a veritable smorgasbord. We have so much fun! Our friends don't know which is better...the evening preparation invitation or the meal invitation. If you're lucky you get invited to both!

     The turkey is prepared this way. We wash the turkey really good inside and out. We stuff it with a couple of nice onions and rub oil on the outside and shake some salt and pepper on the bird. The bird gets slipped into a brown paper bag and the top of the bag is rolled down to enclose the bird completely. Then you take 12 full sheets of newspaper...not 11 or must be 12 sheets. (The brown paper bag and newspaper instructions gave us the clue that this wasn't an old Indian tradition). Soak the sheets of newspaper in water and peel those apart and wrap the turkey in these sheets. This is not an especially easy task...but it can be done. Lay a hammock of green sticks, criss-crossed on top of your coals in the beanhole and lay the prepared turkey on the green sticks. You must be careful with this job because the coals are so incredibly hot. Every time we do this (I say we...I've actually never done this job), we wish we had those special gloves that you can use around high heat. Put the cover on your beanhole and you are good to go!! In the morning the turkey will be done. Believe it or not! I know...I sounds incredible, but it works and it's wonderful. We have stuffed the bird before cooking it, but you can't get that much stuffing in the bird and so we've just decided that it's easier to make a package or two of Stove Top stuffing just before it's time to eat the next day.

John Sherburne's Recipe for Beanhole Beans:
Soak 2-lbs. of beans
     Parboil and keep hot until ready to put into the ground (we skip this part and just soak our beans for many overnight and all the next day)
Add: _-cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
Salt pork/onion in the bottom of the pot
2 teaspoons of dry mustard
     Water to cover all the beans (as far to the top of the pot without spilling) Cover with aluminum foil (I put two layers on for good measure) and put the cover on the pot.. Keep in mind that you must have a cast iron kettle with handle.
     When we are doing both a pot of beans and a turkey, we get the coals all hot and then scoop some of them out of the hole leaving a nice bed of coals on bottom...then the pot of beans...then a nice bed of coals on top of the pot...then the cradle of green sticks...then the turkey wrapped in the wet newspapers...then the beanhole lid. We then shovel some gravel over the top of the lid and we say goodnight to our friends and we go in and go to bed. If we think it's going to rain, my husband puts a tarp over that whole thing and anchors it down on the corners and then we go in and go to's always late by now. He lays awake waiting to hear it there was a thing he could do about that...and I go to sleep, confident that everything will turn out perfect...because it always does.

Science Corner
More common flowers this week

1. Lathyrus a. Poppy
2. Nicotiana b. Geranium
3. Papaver c. Sweet Pea
4. Ocimum d. Pansy
5. Pelagonium e. Gloriosa Daisy
6. Primula f. Nasturtium
7. Rudbeckia g. Primrose
8. Schizanthus h. Flowering Tobacco
9. Tropaeolum i. Butterfly Flower
10. Viola

j. Basil

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Vitamin C
     Ascorbic acid otherwise known as Vitamin C is normally a readily available vitamin. 52.2% of it in our diet comes from vegetables and 41.5% comes from fruit, especially citrus. The rest comes from dairy products and meat.
     Most animals can make their own vitamin C from glucose a form of sugar. Only primates, humans and guinea pigs can’t. It takes four enzymes to make the conversion and we only have three.
     In the 16th and 17th centuries many sailors died from a mysterious disease called scurvy. The symptoms are swollen gums, loose teeth, black and blue spots and slow wound healing. While on a four-year naval voyage with a British fleet, Scottish naval surgeon, James Lind observed more than 1000 deaths related to the disease. He noticed that the men with the most limited diet were the ones who were suffering from the disease. He added different foods to the regular diet and found that citrus fruits had the most dramatic affect. He published his report in 1753 and 1795 gave British sailors given a daily supplement of limejuice. This is where the nickname limey came from.
     Other countries did not believe in a disease caused by lack of particular foods and continued to have the disease. During our civil war many men on both sides died of scurvy. In 1907 Norwegian scientists produced the symptoms of scurvy in guinea pigs by restricting their diet. In 1912 Robert Scott and his companions suffered from symptoms of scurvy on their trip to the South Pole.
     What does Vitamin C do for the body? It helps form collagen that gives structure to bones and muscles and blood vessels. It helps attain healthy bones and teeth as well as aid in the absorption of iron. It is an antioxidant and a free radical scavenger. Free radicals are parts of molecules formed during metabolism that do damage to tissues of the body. The brain contains large amounts of Vitamin C because it is involved in nerve transmission. There is limited evidence that it aids in cholesterol lowering, provides protection against cancer and is an antiviral agent. Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize winning chemist, has written books about its affect on colds and cancer, but they have not been conclusively proven yet.
     Ascorbic Acid is readily lost in cooking and especially with large amounts of water since it is soluble in water. To be sure you get your daily supply, eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. If you cook the vegetables use as little water as possible and microwave for the shortest time possible. Store fruit juices no more than two to three days. Store all fruits and vegetables in airtight containers.
     In addition to its uses in the body, Ascorbic acid’s antioxidant property is used to preserve the color of jams and fresh fruit.

Answers: 1)c, 2)h, 3)a, 4)j, 5)b, 6)g, 7)e, 8)i, 9)f, 10)d

Establishing a Free High School – Part 1
Local History Bonus
Reprints from MHS Breeze and other sources
Submitted by Myrna Ricker
     Being of a respective turn of mind, I have often wondered what Milo High school was like in its earliest existence. I have consulted old inhabitants and pupils for the purpose of gratifying my curiosity, and learned numerous things of interest. It occurred to me that others might be interested also, and so I have written out the history of the school, for these, and for the
pupils that compose the school at present, that they may draw comparisons, and be duly thankful for their privileges.
     About fifty years ago the village school was not so large as many of the rural schools of that time, and was no different from them. The second house that we see today below the Baptist parsonage, on the same side of the street, was the first school building in the village. Those who remember those days think of Miss Jane Snow as a teacher. The present generation (1903) will recognize her more readily as Mrs. James Bishop. It was while Miss Snow was teaching that a singular incident occurred. During a severe thundershower, a class was spelling, formed two lines, standing facing each other. A ball of lightning entered the schoolhouse and passed between the two rows of scholars without injuring a child. This is one of the cases in which I expect present pupils to be duly thankful.
     Later a new schoolhouse was built above the F.W.B. church and has only recently been transformed into the present Primary building. Two schools in this building were spoken of as the “small” school and the “big” school, the later being the embryo of our High school. After a time private schools were introduced. The town schools were held in summer and winter and the private high schools in between. Tuition was required for attendance during the session of High school. Such names as Fletcher, one of the first to attempt to settle the school into order, Hoskins, Buck, Pratt, Gilman and others equally as prominent, but forming a list too long to enumerate are connected with this period of its existence.
(From: Glances Backward, by an Alumnus – Breeze 1904)

Tuesday – Pizza, green beans, watermelon, and milk every day.
Wednesday – B.L.T, cheese stick, macaroni salad, broccoli, and birthday cake.
Thursday – Pigs in a blanket, cole slaw, nacho chips, and orange _’s.
Friday – Chicken fajita, rice pilaf, salad, and pineapple.

By Nancy Grant
     On Sunday, August 25th, Superintendent David Walker paid a surprise visit to the Derby home of John J. Willinski, Jr. and graciously presented him with a special Veteran’s high school diploma.
     John left Milo High school in 1943, just before the end of his senior year, to spend two years, two months, and five days in the service of his country. His time was served in the Navy during World War 11. After boot camp and training his ‘home away from home’, from November of 1943 to June of 1945, was the destroyer escort DE 394, ‘USS Swenning.’ His specialized duty was sonar, the underwater detection of ocean going vessels.
     The ‘USS Swenning’ entered ports in Africa, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and England as well as being in the European theater. One of Dad’s memories of Casa Blanca (Africa) was of a directional sign that included the cities of New York, Berlin, Paris, and Washington, DC! By the time he was discharged in August of 1945 he had attained the rank of 2nd Class Chief Petty Officer.
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Historically Speaking
By Nancy Grant
     Over time world events change the way we think thus change how we conduct our lives. Our expectations are different than those of many years ago; or are they? We expect or at least hope that children in school will take their studies seriously, follow the school rules, have respect for their school, teachers, and peers, and be proud to attend their school. Please read the following then judge for yourself if the year 1935 is that much different from 2002.
     The following 12 statements characterize a good citizen of Milo High School according to a code prepared by the Student Council.
1. He (or She) takes the school pledge seriously; repeats it sincerely and practices it in the school, on the street and elsewhere.
2. He (or She) obeys the rules of the school because he wants to, and not because he has to.
3. He (or She) regards his teachers as friends and helpers; he cooperates with them in classrooms, in study hall and in outside activities.
4. He (or She) has respect for school property—he will not mar, waste or misuse the furniture or materials provided for him.
5. He (or She) supports school activities either by taking part himself or by being an enthusiastic booster.
6. He (or She) learns the words of the school song and puts them into practice by “being honest day by day” in his schoolwork, and his dealings with his associates.
7. He (or She) does more than is required of him; he offers a helping hand whenever he sees an opportunity.
8. He (or She) practices the virtues of punctuality and neatness; he plans his work and uses his time wisely.
9. He (or She) is democratic in his school relationships; he judges his fellow students by their character and ability rather than by their clothes, money, or social advantages.
10. He (or She) strives to keep himself physically and morally fit.
11. He (or She) realizes that the public judges our school by him, and that the school is as good as he helps to make it.
12. He (or She) regards his school as an investment, which should return dividends to the public.

School Pledge
     I pledge allegiance to the American High School and the ideals for which it stands.
     I pledge allegiance to my town and to all the movements which make for a better community.
     I pledge allegiance to my Country and to its flag—the emblem of courage, purity and truth.

(From: Code of Ethics, by Student Council – Breeze 1935



     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. Our guest was Milo’s Town Manager Jane S. Jones.
     The Senior Citizen’s barbecue is August 29 at Quarry Pines in Brownville. The next one is scheduled for September 12 at Milo Heights.
     Twelve Happy and Sad dollars were collected this week: Some for first day of school, some for baseball teams, one for newspaper columns, Virgil back helping on the Kiwanis Newspaper, our speaker...
     Our upcoming speakers will be Jean Hamlin, daughter of member Neil Hamlin, speaking on September 4th about the Maine Research Project, and Senator Paul Davis on the 18th of September.
     The speaker today was Superintendent David Walker. He spoke to us about regionalization of the area high schools. This is a very hot subject so please don't become misinformed. MSAD # 41 is looking at some very expensive building repairs. Over the past decade the suggested 2% rainy day fund to be set aside for this purpose has gone into much other needed areas. General-purpose aid was also cut drastically in the 90's and rather than hurt the children, the building repairs were put aside. Now it has reached the critical point. Buildings are in need of repair, enrollment is down, and the mil rate is up. It is not a good situation. The state says no to funding individual schools as they are now. The state also says that from their census projections the enrollment will continue to decline, which means less and less dollars from Augusta. Thus, it looks like Augusta is saying regionalize these area schools. Howland was given the message very clearly. They have spent two years planning for a new high school and last month the commissioners said no! Where does Penquis go? Talks are open, but the district has certainly not made an agreement with anyone. Foxcroft Academy is interested because their enrollment is declining. Howland is interested because the state is halting their project. Yes, we need to look into all our options, but we are not in the dire straits that some areas are. Regionalizing a high school with other area schools is not an easy thing to sell. Please keep an open mind and the children’s interests at heart.

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