Three Rivers News, 2002-10-01

Saturday, Oct 5 - Milo Town Hall Coffee House presents:
The Doughty Hill Band at 7 p.m. Tickets $ 8.00 each. Beverages and homemade pies and desserts on sale. Tickets available from Three Rivers Kiwanians. Benefits Town Hall Arts Center Project.

     The Ecumenical Food Cupboard needs help. We have served a large number of clients this year and some of our supplies are running low. We especially can use toilet paper, paper towels, assorted soups, canned fruits, canned meats, macaroni and cheese, toilet soap, and rice.
     Items can be dropped of at the Park Street Methodist Church or at Lew Dyer's house at 14 Park Street if the church is not open.
     The Ecumenical Women's Breakfast will be held on Thursday Oct. 3. We will meet at Smith's restaurant at 8:am.

     At the morning worship service at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Brownville Junction on October 6, there will be a dedication of new hymnals which have been purchased in memory of friends and loved ones, or in thanksgiving for friends and loved ones. The service begins at 8:45am. There will be refreshments in the church undercroft following the service.
     Anyone wishing more information about this service may contact Susan Worcester at 965-8070.

     Don't we all just love to read the 'good news' that the Three Rivers News provides?
     I don't think any of us reading it really understands the time and effort that goes into putting it out each week...and for only 25 cents each! A quarter does not buy you much these days, yet we all get at least four times that much enjoyment out of this paper. So here lies this week’s good deed for you to perform. When you go to pick up your Three Rivers News next week, just this one time, pay a dollar for it. This will show everyone working on it that we appreciate all the hard work they do for us and it will show them just how many of us are working to uphold the "FRIENDLY TOWN" image. I know a smile will come across their faces when they see $1.00 bills in the collection boxes instead of quarters.
     I am sure they will put that extra money to good use.
Keep smiling!!
By: Ms. Bea Kind

CONTEST WINNERS: Here are the answers to the nickname trivia contest
1. Pete Horne-Ernest
2. Peter Webb-Ross
3. Tammer Allen-Nathaniel
4. Tinker Richards-Ronald
5. Lefty Clapp-Forrest
6. Joe Paul-Donald
7. Hopper Harris-Wallace
8. Skeeter Ricker-Francis
9. Roach Cochrane-Lester
10. Bud Fisher-Rufus
     The winners of the ten golden dollars were Carroll and Kathy Witham, who perhaps had the family advantage of knowing Pete Horne's name Ernest, not Alden. He signed most deeds E. Alden Horne.

     David and Amanda Butterfield are the delighted parents of Madison Elizabeth. Madison was born on September 19, 2002 at E.M.M.C. in Bangor. David is the son of Duane and Patricia Butterfield of Winthrop, and Amanda
     Amanda (Mandy) is the daughter of Dennis and Irene Larson of Brownville. Madison is the great-granddaughter of Christina Searles of Brownville.
     Madison and her Mom and Dad live in Glenburn, but you can see pictures of the beautiful baby girl by stopping at the Milo Farmer’s Union meatroom, Grammie Irene would love to show you a few!

     The 5th grade at Brownville Elementary School sponsored a yard sale at the school last weekend. The class is trying to raise money for a trip to Boston in the spring. The trip will be a culminating activity to a service learning project. Here the students pose with items they set out for the yard sale.
     An auction will be held at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist church dining room Saturday, October 5th. We will be open at 1 o'clock so you can look over all our auction items. The auction will start at 2 o'clock. Refreshments will be on sale. For more information, contact Lillian McLean at 965-2121

There will be a rabies clinic held on Saturday, November 9, at the Milo Town Hall. The clinic will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00am and all dogs and cats are welcome. The cost for the shots are rabies- $6.00, and distemper- $10.00.
The clinic is sponsored by the towns of Milo and Brownville and by the Foxcroft Veterinary Hospital.
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Teacher-Why does math make you mad, John?
John- It gives me too many problems.

Bully- Hey, why are so smart?
Kid- I'm not, you’re just dumb.

Music teacher- Why are the instrument in trouble?
Music teacher no. 2- They were sending notes.

Do you know why squirrels stink so bad?
Well, you would too if you were under ground for six months


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Pumpkin lit by candle light
People say "Oh what a sight”
Black cats pounce into the muck
People say that they’re bad luck
Bats are flying all around
I hope theirs none in my town
Kids in costumes that are neat
How about we trick or treat!
Grade 5 Brownville

     Brownville Elementary had some pretty Terrific Kids at their assembly on Friday, September 20th. They were: RYAN ROBINSON in Kindergarten, JAKE MCSWINE in First Grade, GEORGIA GAUDREAU in Second Grade, STEPHANIE VACHON in Third Grade, BROOKE MCLAUGHLIN in Fourth Grade and SLAVA CHERNIECHIEVIN Fifth Grade.
     Congratulations to all of Brownville's, T-Totally Terrific Kids.
     Mrs. Knowlton led the assembly this week, and we celebrated Mrs. Ellison's birthday, Mrs. Murano was awarded the Opal Award and Mr. Carroll Witham was the visiting Kiwanian
     Brownville also had some really Terrific Kids on Friday Sept. 27th. They were: ELSIE CHAMBERS in Kindergarten, MIKKI LOVEJOY in First Grade, JASON DURANT in Second Grade, PRISCILLA ALMODOVAR in Third Grade, ACE MILLER in Fourth Grade and TYLER CUTLER in Fifth Grade. Congratulations to all of Brownville's Terrific Kids!!!!!!!!!!!
     The staff and students at Brownville Elementary would like to thank Jensen Bissell for installing the nets on our soccer goals. The kids here LOVE to play soccer and having nets on the new goals is really nice!!! Thank you Mr. Bissell.

     Three Terrific Kids were recognized at our weekly assembly. LAURA GRAY (Mrs. Carter's class), TREVOR LYFORD (Ms. Ivy's class) and RICHIE RUSSELL (Miss K's class) were honored for their hard work and outstanding behavior. Richie has been a great help to Mrs. Bessey while
     Miss K. is recuperating from surgery. Thanks Richie. You are a wonderful role model. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
     Kathy Foss awarded bus certificates to APRIL MORGAN, KAYLA MEDEIROS, and QUINTEN GRASS. Thank you for riding safely.



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There will be a rabies clinic held on Saturday, November 9, at the Milo Town Hall. The clinic will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00am and all dogs and cats are welcome. The cost for the shots are rabies- $6.00, and distemper- $10.00.
The clinic is sponsored by the towns of Milo and Brownville and by the Foxcroft Veterinary Hospital.

     This column will be about books today. We've received newly ordered books and have also been given a chance to choose memorial books. The Milo Board of Selectmen asked me to choose two books in memory of Frank Walker. I chose Lighthouses of New England by Edward Rowe Snow. This book has a large section on Maine lighthouses of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
     The other book I chose was A Time to Keep-The Tasha Tudor book of Holidays by Tasha Tudor. As everyone who is familiar with the author/illustrator knows, this book has fabulously colored illustrations with an interesting old-fashioned theme. I found it in the children's section but it was marked for all ages.
     We are also subscribing to the newspaper The Piscataquis Observer now. Come into the library and enjoy a quiet minute reading the newspaper.
     There are still posters left behind from the Summer Reading Program. They are great posters so we hope Kendra Chase, Randall Hathorn, Angel Hulsey and Alan Yanbul will come into claim them soon.
     I want to remind everyone we will be having Fines Free Weeks from Oct.7-21. For patrons who do not know what this means, Fines Free Weeks means you can bring in any overdue books and there will not be any fines due on them during this period. A great time to get these overdue books back.
     The library will be closed on October 14-Columbus Day

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



Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Moses Greenleaf (b) Adams Huse Merrill (c) John Heath (d) Ichabod Thomas was Brownville's first white settler.

2. (a) John Lewis (b) Judson Briggs (c) Jefferson Lake (d)John Morrill repaired the dam in 1857.
3. Fleetwood Pride owned a (a) mill (b) quarry (c) tannery (d) pool hall in Brownville.
4. Charlie Foulkes was a (a) barber (b) cab driver (c) constable (d) miller.
5. A freshet is a (a) fire (b) hurricane (c) vegetable (d) flood
6. Nathan Sheldon and Moses Welch were early (a) ministers (b) teachers (c) surveyors (d) selectmen.
7. The Melting Pot of the Nations was (a) a class play (b) an honor essay at BJHS (c) the centennial pageant (d) a poem by Clayton Arbo.
8. The BJHS Railroader basketball team went to the Eastern Maine finals (a) twice (b) four times (c) six times (d) nine times during the Conley years.
9. Horse shows were held at (a) Bergs' (b) Shains' (c) Sawtells' (d) Durants' in the 1970s.
10. A singing school was held in the (a) Tannery School (b) Barton School (c) Smith School (d) North Brownville School.
Answers: 1-c 2-b 3-a 4-c 5-d 6-a 7-c 8-c 9-d 10-a

Life on the CP Extra Gang Cont'd.
     1964. The gang of Brownville and Milo young men moved west to the Quebec border that summer, repairing tracks, the machines, such as the tamper being run by Canadians from New Brunswick.
     In general, the work proceeded like clockwork, considering that the laborers were all novices. Although some young men walked off the job, there were no lost-time accidents.
     I'll never forget the day we arrived in Jackman, June 16. Snow was falling! Later I learned that the Jackman area is called the "Switzerland of Maine."
     It was in Jackman that some of the gang got to try out their fake ID's and made girlfriends in the local establishments, such as the Northland Hotel.
     We were getting closer to Quebec.
     West of Jackman, at Holeb, we were joined by some older French Canadian section men. I have never seen men work as fast as they did. It was then that I got to practice my BJHS French with some of them.
More to Come…

Subject: Let's Wear Purple Hats!
     In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer, here are some thoughts to keep in mind:
(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer.)
* I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
* I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before in melted in storage.
* I would have talked less and listened more.
* I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained or the sofa faded.
* I would have eaten the popcorn in the "good" living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
* I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
* I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
* I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
* I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

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* I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
* I would never have bought anything just because it practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
* Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd of cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
* When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it...and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day!

Beautiful Women's Month:
The life of a woman:
Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister. (Mum I can't go to school looking like this!)
Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she's going out anyway.
Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/to curly" - but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she goes out anyway.
Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "clean" and goes out anyway.
Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.
Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.
Age 70: She looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter, and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.
     Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier!!


     It is hard to believe all of the cases I have processed over the years. When I look in the filing cabinet I use to keep my personal files, I see I have filled three draws with reports and working towards starting a fourth. As I wrote about the defendant in last week’s article I found there was a second report about an assault case I had summonsed him on. Someone being assaulted is never a laughing matter but some of the things people say sure are.
"A report of a Theft"
     In July 1986, I met with a complainant who wanted to press charges on the defendant because he had been assaulted by him the night before on Main St. I took the complainants statement about the situation. When digging into why the victim was having problems with the defendant it quickly became apparent it was over a female. The complainant had been talking to the defendant’s soon to be ex-wife. After getting

the statements from the victim and witnesses I went to the defendant to summons him. After being summoned for the assault, the defendant asked if I could summons the victim to court for theft. I inquired “the theft of what”? The defendant wanted the victim summoned for stealing his wife's love and affection away from him.
     I have learned over the years that in general there are two things people get into fights over. One usually has to do with men fighting over a woman or women fighting over a man. The second item that causes a lot of fights is money.

P.V.H.S. News
     Penquis Valley was fortunate this year in having two of the Class of 2002 graduates receive the George Mitchell Scholarship. ELIZABETH LAVERTY, daughter of Roberta Laverty, is attending Northeastern University studying journalism. Elizabeth graduated as Second Honor Essayist from Penquis Valley.
     EILEEN FLANAGAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Flanagan of Derby, is a student at the University of Maine in Orono. Eileen graduated with high honors. Both students were members of the National Honor Society.
     The Mitchell Scholarship awards students $1000 a year for 4 years.
     School is in its fourth week and classes are progressing well. This is the end of the fourth week and the first progress reports will be mailed on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Penquis Valley School has several new teachers this year. Jonathan Cole, who teaches grades 6-8 physical education and monitors a study hall, is a graduate of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He is from Winn, ME and this is his first teaching job. He said this has been an interesting month so far and he has learned a lot about teaching since he started. He is also coaching junior high boy’s soccer and will be coaching jayvee boy’s basketball this winter.
     Jonathan Carter is a graduate of the University of Phoenix in Colorado Springs, CO. He and his family recently relocated from Arlington, TX and now live in Eddington. Last year he taught Computer Literacy, Physical Education and coached football, basketball, and baseball at Castleberry Independent School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is teaching Business Math, Introduction to Computers, Web page Development, and Desktop Publishing at Penquis Valley in the high school. He said that after teaching at a large inner city school it is refreshing to deal with smaller class sizes and the better overall attitudes of both the students and staff. He is slowly getting to know the students and feels he will be doing some extra curricular activities.
     Kelley Green is from Conway, SC where she went to school at Coastal Caroline University. She is currently living in Bangor and is working on her masters in science education. She teaches 7th grade science and health and really enjoys working with the students.
     Jeremy Phelps, our new remedial reading teacher in grades 7 and 8, graduated from the University of Maine. He is from Waite, ME and now lives in Milo. This is his first teaching job and he really loves the daily interaction with the students. He hasn't started doing any extracurricular activities yet but hopes to in the near future.
     Ginger Wentworth is a recent graduate of the University of Maine. Ginger has worked for a few years as an Ed. Tech in Special Education but is now teaching special education classes in the middle school. She lives in Brownville and loves being a teacher. She is presently taking more classes to further her education.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Take a beautifully warm September weekend, add good friends gathering together for an adventure, and you've got last weekend. The plans for the weekend were hatched way back in July when the classmates of '65 were saying our good-byes at the Alumni Reunion. Remember I told you they shut the lights off on us because we were lingering too long. We actually were putting
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together a plan to go on the train to Boston sometime this fall. Well, it happened! We had a ball! Friday night our good friends the Trask’s picked us up in their big roomy Yukon and away we went. The destination was the home of our friends the Hamlin’s in No. Yarmouth. Their home is called Pemberly and what a beautiful place it is. The rest of our crowd had all gathered and we feasted on wonderful appetizers and then a huge array of pizza choices. Ronnie had made a birthday cake for Darla (clever and thoughtful to boot!) and we had the best time celebrating with her.
     In the morning, the Hamlin's once again treated us to a wonderful meal. The tables were set with their nostalgic linens, and their classic Fiesta dinnerware. With my fetish for the 50's, I was in heaven! Wonderful muffins, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, juices, and hot coffee were the fare for breakfast. We all scurried around cleaning up afterwards, as we had a train to catch! With luggage in tow, away we went to the train station in Portland where we caught the Downeaster to Boston. It was incredible...little towns to pass through and little railway stations to roll into. On smooth tracks we swayed our way to the city...nothing in mind but fun...and possibly a little shopping. Am I a lucky woman, or what?
     There we were at North Station at the Fleet Center ...onto the "T" of the "T"...across cobblestone...busy streets...tall buildings...the big dig...honking cabs...dressed up and derelicts...we saw it all. "Here's our hotel," the oldest continuously running hotel in America...WOW! Now there was a place with a history.
     Ever hear of the Parker House? If you went to the Variety Show last spring, Carl Hamlin told you quite a story about it. It's 135 years old and home to gracious hospitality and fine dining since the days when such literary figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendall Holmes, Nathanial Hawthorn, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Charles Dickens stayed there.
     Parker House Rolls and Boston Cream Pie were created there. As a matter of fact, Harvey Parker introduced Boston to the practice of serving meals continuously instead of at a fixed time. What a novel idea! We all thank Harvey for that one! Get checked in....hurry-scurry...gotta get to the shopping. Off to Quincy Market we went. Faneuil Hall, with all of it's eating establishments, beckoned. We settled on a sit-down restaurant where we could be waited on for lunch. The chef, whose name eludes me now, is renowned countrywide. Lunch was wonderful and it gave us time for a nice visit with Carroll's old school chum Jane Harmon, who, with her husband, joined our group when we arrived in Boston. Now Carroll has seen 21 of his old classmates this summer. We ate and shopped and believe me when I tell you we sweat. The temperature was very near 90 degrees, give or take a degree or two one way or the other, all afternoon. We shopped the rest of the afternoon in Quincy Market where we also enjoyed many talented entertainers and musicians who played everything from pan flutes to white plastic pails (the pails were unusual but fascinating and entertaining.)
     There were fourteen of us for dinner Saturday evening. We had to get to the North End to a little place called Mamma Maria's. We were on the Freedom Trail...Paul Revere's house was kitty-corner to our restaurant. Beautiful people hurrying and scurrying into shops and restaurants all around us. The Italians sure know how to put on a feed! We allowed our very handsome

and competent waiter to choose appetizers for us. The wine list was long and appealing, and we let a more knowledgeable member of our party make the wine choices. Excellent and elegant choices were chosen and served for our dinner. The presentations were fabulous. My, my, my, I even tried my neighbor's wild boar. I tried mushrooms, pastas and sauces that I never in this world could ever pronounce. If I told you folks what the total bill for the whole group came'd think for sure that I was making it up. YIKES!!! Ah well, you only live once, right?
     On to Boston Commons we strolled where a little breeze had thankfully begun to blow. Literally thousands of people were enjoying the Boston Opera's outdoor presentation of Carmen in the park that night. Oh, it was wonderful and exciting! We strolled through the gardens and lingered a while by the pond where we were entertained; not only by the swans and geese, but also by a couple who were trying desperately to save their obviously shaky relationship right there in the park. We weren't sure how things were working out for them, but the mother-in-law was right there putting her "two cents worth" into the equation.
     A buffet breakfast in the hotels own restaurant was on tap for Sunday morning. I tried cheese blintzes and one of Harvey Parker's famous rolls as well as the usual buffet breakfast fare. After the meal we gathered up our belongings and checked out. Staggering under the added weight of weekend purchases, we retraced our steps not only along the Freedom Trail, but also along track and rail back to the stations that marked our path home again. Wonderful memories were made last weekend...with wonderful friends in a wonderful city. We plan on doing it again someday.

Boston Cream Pie
1/3 cup butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs separated
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
     Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cream the butter; add the sugar and cream until light. Add the egg yolks and beat until fluffy. Stir in the salt and the vanilla. Combine the baking powder with the flour and add this to the batter alternately with the milk. Stir only as much as is necessary to blend the ingredients. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and fold them into the batter. Pour the batter into 2 greased, 8-inch cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes. While the batter bakes; prepare the filling.

Cream Filling:
1/3 to 12 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2/3-cup sugar
1/8-teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
     Combine the flour, sugar and salt. Scald the milk and pour it over the dry ingredients gradually. Cook until it has thickened. Beat the eggs slightly and add them to the hot, thickened custard. Allow the custard to remain heating for 1 minute. Cool and add the vanilla flavoring.
     When the cake layers are cool, put the cooled cream filling between them and top with your choice of chocolate frosting. You could even use a can of frosting if you wish.
     This recipe came from the King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook.

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A Historical Review Milo History - Part 2
Milo Town Crier, 09/02/1971 as written by Eben C.Gould
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
     An extract from the Milo Centennial program reprinted in the Town Crier on April 15, 1971, mentions that the incorporation of the Town, April 17, 1823, an appropriation of $100 was made for maintenance of town schools and that the town was divided into two school districts, Benjamin Sargent being chosen school agent for the district west of Sebec River and Moses Snow agent of the East District.
     The Sargent, Snow and Davis names have been connected with the town since its very beginning. In 1823, Mrs. W.H. Snow contributed to the historical data in Loring's History some additional items in an article published under her name. In describing the home seeking first trip of the Sargents up the Piscataquis River, she added a poetic description: "When they reached was is now Howland, they turned the bow of their boat toward the setting sun and later landed on the interval of the farm owned by F.W. Davis about a mile from Milo Junction (now Derby) in the month of May 1802."
     If the modern practice of naming schools after educators had then prevailed, the Milo Junction (later Derby) Elementary School, erected nearly 100 years later, might have been named after the first school maker, Amos Davis, particularly as it was constructed on the original Davis farm. Mrs. Trowbridge's account of the original schoolhouse being located on Sargent Hill confirms traditions relating to the writer in his boyhood some sixty years ago that the original Milo village was on top of Sargent Hill. Town center with the schoolhouse would seem a more appropriate description inasmuch as the 1882 Atlas shows but a few subdivisions of the original lots in that area and there could not have been many houses around. One of them was probably the house in which Mrs. Clancy lived, the one story house on the north side of the highway, leading west just before the western slope. It still stands and is obviously very old. Before highway reconstruction a few years ago the West End of Sargent Hill was commonly known as the "Winding Hill" and was notable for the interesting geological features, the "Snowshoe Tracks" or "Devils Tracks" which were marked by the Milo Garden Club until vandals destroyed the sign.
     In the early days some of the settlers avoided Sargent Hill, which used to be very steep, by going around it. This writer's great-grandfather, John W. Thompson, purchased the lot on the east side of the highway leading south from Mitchell's Corner in 1820, the year in which western Milo was surveyed, on which he settled. He constructed a road, or probably more accurately, a trail to the site of the present Milo Village around the north side of the hill connecting with the present D'Este Road at its northerly end.
     A feature which lead to the early settlers locating on hilltops if possible, was the fact they were not likely to be effected by early killing frosts, which were one of the banes of existence to settlers in this latitude. In the case of Sargent Hill, another feature contribution to its early importance was the fact that the original road to Brownville lead over the top of the hill from the ferry across the Piscataquis at the original Sargent Landing, to a bridge across Sebec Stream (River), the abutments of which can still be pointed out by some knowledgeable people in Milo.
     Mrs. Clancy was the maternal grandmother of Kenneth W. Thompson of Brownville, the only descendant of John W. Thompson on the East Coast bearing the family name. Mrs. Trowbridge, the remarkable lady to whom we are indebted for these bits of history, was a half-sister of Rev. Hiram Gould. He was a Milo boy, whose father, George Gould, was another early settler of the town. Following the death of his father,

     Hiram went to Iowa where he became a Methodist minister. Later he located in Oregon. In 1917, after an absence of about 50 years, he returned to Milo with his wife for a visit and enjoyed the experience one Sunday of preaching in both the Methodist and Baptist churches of the town which he had left as a poor boy long ago.

Science Corner
Quiz: (Match those that are close relatives)

1. Aspen a. Cauliflower
2. Garlic b. Peach
3. Blueberry c. Raspberry
4. Bleeding Heart d. Sweet Potato
5. Cabbage e. Potato
6. Plum f. Swiss Chard
7. Blackberry g. Poplar
8. Beet h. Dutchman’s Breeches
9. Morning Glory i. Onion
10. Tomato

j. Cranberry

The Skin: Part I
     While most of us don’t think of the skin as an organ like the heart or liver, it is classified as one by scientists. It is the largest organ of the body. It functions to waterproof the body, destroy harmful bacteria, secrete liquids and salts, absorb ultraviolet rays, make Vitamin D with sunlight, grow hair, regulate body temperature and is sensitive to the touch. The skin on an adult human weighs about 8 pounds and if spread out would cover 21 square feet.
     The skin is composed of collagen that is one of the toughest substances in the human body. It is composed of two layers: the epidermis or outer layer and the dermis or the inner layer. The dermis is four times thicker than the epidermis and contains blood vessels, hair, nerves and sweat glands. The epidermis is made from the dermis as it grows outward and its cells flatten out and partially harden. The epidermis has no blood vessels and gets its nourishment from fluid seeping up from beneath. It also has no nerves so it cannot detect pain. The thinnest skin is on the eyelids while the thickest is in the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
     The color of the skin is due to melanin formed in pigment cells called melanocytes. All people appear to have the same number of melanocytes. Different races and individuals vary in how much melanin the melanocytes produce. Blonde and redheaded people produce the least except for the occasional albino who doesn’t produce any.
     The melanin is produced in response to ultraviolet rays. It is the skins way of protecting the body from the harmful rays that can cause damage to the underlying cells. Races evolving near the equator where the sun is more intense have responded by producing more melanin and those nearer the poles like the Scandinavians tend to produce less so the smaller amount of sunlight can still interact with chemicals in the body to produce Vitamin D.
     Blondes and brunettes produce varying amounts of melanin in their hair. Red headed people produce another pigment. People with reddish tints in their hair have both pigments. The chances of being red headed appears to be related to your ancestry. Northern Germans are less than 1% red headed, while Scottish people are 11% red headed. Redheaded people must be careful in the sun as they burn easily.
     Blushing is caused by a different reaction. Scientists think humans are the only animals capable of blushing because it is in response to self-consciousness, embarrassment, or shame chest. It is impossible to control blushing. If you try it just makes matters worse.
Answers: 1) g, 2) i, 3) j, 4)h, 5)a, 6)b, 7)c, 8)f, 9)d, 10)e

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     Congratulations to the following members who were recently voted to the Key Club Board of Directors representing their class: Colby Chase, Senior; Vanessa Hartin, Junior; Krystal Parkman, Sophomore; Kiley Parker, Freshman. I’m sure they will all do a wonderful job and I look forward to working with them.
     President Amanda Crouch-Smith and Vice President Shawn Burke represented the club at the Kiwanis Installation Dinner on Wednesday, September 25th. They were very good representatives of Key Club and the Kiwanis club was glad to have them there!
     Thanks to Cathy Dixon-Wallace for speaking to the club today about the work that Womancare does in the community and for requesting help during the walk-a-thon to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2002 in Guilford. Hopefully Cathy is the first of many speakers at club meetings this year. We hope to be able to offer assistance to that organization in the coming year.
     The club will be holding a contest for this years’ design of the Key Club T-shirt. All members are eligible to enter a design in the contest. We hope to have lots of entries and that this will become an annual tradition. It will be fun to collect a new T-shirt each year that you’re a member!
     Thanks to Stephanie Salley and Val Robertson for being our guests today. We hope that you will join us any Thursday at 11:19 in the Penquis Valley library. Please stop at the office to pick up a visitor’s badge.

Local History Bonus Reprints from MHS Breeze And other sources
Submitted by Myrna Ricker
     The Willimatic Linen Company of Willimatic Connecticut built a spool mill at the town now called Willimatic, Maine. The Merric Thread Company was of Holyoke Massachusetts, built its first mill in Maine at the place in Hancock County known as Egypt. After the birch was exhausted in Egypt, they came to Lakeview, and built a mill there in 1889.
     In 1900 the American Thread Company was organized. It consisted of 14 Thread Companies, including the Willimatic Linen Company and the Merric Thread Company.
     In 1901 after the birch around Willimatic was exhausted, spool mill was built in Milo, and has been operating ever since (1933).
     Frank W. Hamlin was manager of the spool mill at Egypt, Maine, and subsequently took charge of the building at Lakeview, and later at the mill at Milo. He retired from the company May 15, 1908, and Mr. Edwin M. Hamlin took his place as manager of the mills at Milo, which position (1933) he still holds.
     The original mill, as built in 1901, has been developed and enlarged about 50%. The actual production has been increased more than 100%, due to the speeding up of machinery and other improvements. In normal conditions the spool mill and the saw mill combined employed about 300 men.

High speed machinery and general income conditions have operated to reduce this number, so that the present (1933) number employed is only 170, of which about 15 are women. The company as operated as many as 15 lumber camps to stock the mill, at one time, employing horses, gasoline tractors, steam loghaulers, and motor trucks for hauling the birch from the forest to the railroad or direct to the mill.
     The products of the mill are shipped to the thread mills owned by the American Thread Company at Montreal; Fall River, Mass.; Holyoke, Mass.; Willimatic, Conn.; Westerly, R.I.; and Dalton, Georgia. The company’s method of caring for its employees includes not only surgical and medical care, but also full pay for the entire term of disability.
     The mill is one of the most important industries of the town as it is all Milo people who are employed.
(From: History of the American Thread Company of Milo by Frances Vail, ’34 – Breeze 1933)

By Nancy Grant
From the Tri - River Photo News 1958
Townspeople Asked to ‘Be Patient with it’
     A telephone answering service was installed recently at the Police Dept. for use during the night. The service is not for emergency use, but Chmn. Of Selectmen Phil Bradeen says that in most cases a policeman will answer a call in four to five minutes.
     The machine, which is simply a rather complicated ape recorder, has been installed, but the lights, which will tell policemen when to answer it, have not been erected. The lights are to be placed in strategic positions, so that they may be seen from any point in Milo.
     The machine is already in use, but because no lights are up, it is only checked several times during the night. The telephone number is WI 3-2281.
     Townspeople are asked to be patient with the machine.
     Because of a few cases where people did not realize that the machine would take their message, Phil Bradeen asks that the Townspeople be patient when they place a call. It takes a little time for a set of ‘instructions’ to be transmitted to the person calling, after which a buzzer sounds. At that point, it is necessary to give name, home address and the message clearly.
     1948 – In 1902 Harry W. Hamlin gave the town its telephone system, himself installing the switchboard and cable, the individual phones, acting as line-man, operator, part-time day operator and bookkeeper, with the official title of general manager and Treasurer. Three or four private lines were already in existence (the two doctors to the drugstore, the Lake View Mill to F.W. Hamlin’s residence, the hotel to the station, etc.) but following the set-up of a Central Office, twenty-five phones were installed the first week. By 1905 continuous service was completed.
(From Milo’s Long History-1802-1948, compiled by Mrs. Sue Perrigo Jenkins)

Monday-Chicken nuggets, French fries, winter mix veg., pears, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Vegetable soup, toasted cheese sandwich, celery, and fruited pudding.
Wednesday-Super sandwich, potato smiles, sliced cukes, and birthday cake.
Thursday-Juice, chop suey, salad, dinner roll, and ice cream.
Friday-Clam roll, cole slaw, and apple.

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     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.

Respectfully submitted by Janet H. Richards
     This week's meeting, for the installation of officers for the Kiwanis Club of Three Rivers Milo-Brownville 2002-2003, was held at 5:30 at the American Legion Hall in Milo.
     It was wonderful time. Twenty-seven members and 12 spouses for the Milo-Brownville Club gathered, along with guests Brian and Jeanne Hamlin and Robert Treworgy, four Kiwanians from Orono/Old Town, seven from Dover-Foxcroft and two Key Club Members.
     A wonderful turkey and ham dinner was served by the Legion Ladies, including a variety of excellent pies.
     David Walker was great as master of ceremonies and kept us in line. Howard Kesseli, last years fine LT. Governor, introduced Dover’s members and also presented us with awards that he brought back from the District Convention. The Milo-Brownville Club received a Distinguished Club award for the year 2000-2001, Chris Beres received a Distinguished past President Award, and Lois Trask received a Distinguished past Club Secretary Award. Congratulations. The club also received an Achievement Award and Third Place for our Club Bulletin.
     Current President Todd Lyford presented every member a Thank You Certificate for all their efforts this year and also presented Co-Kiwanian of the Year plaques. Congratulations go to Val Robertson and Ethelyn Treworgy. Way to go Girls! Todd thanked everyone for a great year.
     Our new LT Governor, Dr. Harold Sherman, then did the installation of officers. Out going President Todd Lyford received a Past President Pin and will remain on the board of directors for a year. Jeff Gahagan will remain treasurer. First Vice President Murrel Harris, president-elect Joe Zamboni, Secretary Nancy Grant, and President Edwin Treworgy were all installed and presented pins.
     Our new President, Edwin Treworgy, gave closing remarks, reminding us to help and give of our selves to others.

     Todd presented a pen set to LT Governor Harold Sherman and Edwin presented a gift certificate to Todd. All and all it was a night.
     Now, I would be very remiss if I didn't say thank you to Todd for putting up with me this year. He never once got mad at me for nagging him about duties. I must thank Lois Trask for all her help and I wish Nancy Grant all the best. I have enjoyed this year and I hope to be able to help more on projects this upcoming year. Good luck to Edwin, the board, and all the others who help so much. Thank you again and now I turn this over to Nancy.

Editors note:
     Janet, I will miss your submissions each week. Your down to earth wit and writing style has helped make the paper what it is. There are rumors circulating that you would like to become more actively involved in the newspaper, and it is these thoughts that keep me from shedding a tear.
     Speaking of shedding a tear, all of you who had a part in my selection as Co-Kiwanian of the year saw from my reaction at the installation dinner that I was shocked and amazed into speechlessness. I have never had anything affect me so deeply. I realize what an honor the award is and I am truly amazed to be recognized in the same light as Ethelyn. She is an amazing, giving woman, and I am truly moved. Thank you all, I will try to live up to the honor.
     I know Edwin will be a great Kiwanis President. He has some big shoes to fill, following Todd’s year, but I know Edwin has big plans for our club, and that he will make sure we carry them out. Good luck Edwin, and God Bless. Respectively, Val
     Thank you to Tommy Poole for informing me that Henry “Butch” Heal was the young ballplayer that Dennis Black referred to in his interview.

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