Three Rivers News, 2002-10-08

It’s Back! The “Friendly Town” greeting is where it belongs!
     John and Barbara Crossman do something every day that so many people dream of; they live in the very heart of Maine.
     Early in their marriage, John was an ironworker with the Local #496 and Barbara was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mother. She later became a substitute teacher, a bank teller at Fleet Bank, then a cheerleading advisor at PVHS.
     Things changed a bit in August of 1994 when they decided to purchase the Milo True Value from Paul and Martha Cote. John and Barbara have worked hard to provide the people of this area with a wide variety of merchandise. They and their employees, Sheila Ellis, who came with the business, Don Goldthwaite, a Massachusetts transplant who is happy to be here, part timer Andrew Walker, and Tom Witham, who is on call for emergencies, make the True Value a truly pleasant place to stop, shop, and talk.
     John and Barbara’s parents still live in Greenville and have been featured in the ‘50th Anniversary Couples’ issue of “Paper Talks” magazine. They hail from a family of mostly males as John has two brothers, Barbara has five brothers, and they have two sons, Ryan and Tom. To even out the family a little is their daughter-in-law Melanie (Hayden) and two granddaughters, six-year old Dakota and 15-month old Fallan. Barbara said that they had heard grandchildren were brilliant but now they know it’s true!
     The previous proprietors of the True Value, Tom and Chris Howard, held a contest in 1961. First prize would go to the individual who came up with a saying that made people feel welcome coming into Milo. Since the True Value can be viewed from quite a distance on Elm Street, they felt it was important to show visitors that Milo is a pleasant place to be. The lucky winner of

the first prize, a fishing pole, was Stan Clark from Derby who came up with the slogan, “Milo, A Friendly Town.”

     Steve McKay visited the Brownville Elementary School on Friday, September 27 and explained what his job is all about to the third, fourth, and fifth graders. He told them that in order to be a good weather forecaster you needed to be a scientist, an artist, and a storyteller.

     The students listened attentively as he explained the various tools needed to predict weather patterns for our state. They actively participated as Steve presented various weather scenarios. The students were asked to use their new knowledge and make their own weather predictions. Steve McKay videotaped the students and told them they would be on the news that evening. He was presented a cake, which he said he would share with his team back at the station.

In this issue…
A great new hunting story by Carl Hamlin. This week, part one of five installments.

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WHEN – Saturday, October 19 at 7 PM
WHERE – Brownville Junction Alumni Building
ADMISSION - $5.00 per person
Please bring something for the ‘grazing’ table
Coffee will be available or BYOB
Please come and have a great time!


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     Three year-old Mitchell has had a malignant brain tumor removed and is now receiving radiation treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the son of Mike and Julie (Coburn) Smith and the brother of Michelle, age 10, Michael, age 7, and Jordan, age 6, all of Bradford.
     The spaghetti supper will be held at the Brownville Jct. Alumni Building on October 12 from 4 to 6 pm. Adults-$5.00 and children 12 and under-$3.00. Please contact Felice (Coburn) Sickler at 965-3151 for additional information.
(Editor’s note: Mitchell has recently been kept in the hospital a bit longer due to an infection. Everyone wishes you a speedy recovery, Mitchell!)

     September 29th was the final points race over to Skowhegan and even though it rained a great deal on Friday.....the conditions and the weather were excellent.
     TREVOR LYFORD raced first in the ATV youth and finished 3rd place in both motos to clinch a third place trophy for the day. Because of his consistent finishes in the ATV class, Trevor will get a 2nd place trophy in the total overall points for the entire season. What a great job for his first year of racing! He also raced in the 50cc 4-6 year olds and out of 15bikes he finished 6th overall in 2 motos. KOLE STEVENS did a fantastic job in the 125 youth division getting a great start and racing extremely hard the entire race, finishing in 6th place. (He might have finished a few spots higher if Chuckie had gotten him some different hand grips!) JUSTIN MORRILL did a great job as usual and rides harder in every race.....I believe he finished in 8th place. (What do you think Justin; are you going to let your Dad give it a try on October 20th in the father/son race?)
     DUSTIN BISHOP got out of the gates quickly and held his position the entire race and ended up with a 3rd place trophy in the 125 Novice division out of a whopping 30 bikes. Dustin also raced in the 125 youth finishing in5th place overall. LUKE LANDRY was over to Skowhegan for the first time with his new KTM and raced in the 125 youth class and finished in 7th place.
     KYLE FOSS raced in the 85B ll & under class and did a tremendous job getting out of the gates........his hard work paid off and he finished an impressive 6th overall out of 23 bikes. Great job Kyle!
     LUKE KNAPP also returned to Skowhegan with a new/improved bike and raced very hard in the 85B class finishing 17th. Good job Luke! JUSTIN ARTUS was back at it again (even after a trip in the ambulance last time) but because he had trouble with his gate NOT dropping, it made the task a little harder for him but he finished a very impressive 11th overall in the 65cc class.
     Will we see Charles over there next year racing his new PW 50? That will be something to watch!
     This wraps up the points races for the year over to Skowhegan.....but there will be trophies for the top 5 finishers in each class for the entire year on October 20th and also some special races going on with fathers/son! That should be worth the price of admission.........question is, will the Dad's be able to walk the walk and not just talk the talk that day? My money is on the BOYS!

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Mary Carlson taught at (a) Onawa (b) Katahdin Iron Works (c) Brownville Junction (d) all of these
2. The Shephard and Morse Mill had a unique (a) planer (b)sprinkler system (c) dry kiln (d) mess hall.
3. Brownville's PCI existed for (a) 10 years (b) 13 years (c) 15 years (d) 17 years.
4. (a) Richard Melanson ((b) Gordon Joslyn (d) Marvin Lundin (d) Jim Melanson was an officer in Vietnam.
5. BJHS was torn down in (a) 1967 (b) 1971 (c) 1974 (d) 1976.
6. There was (were) (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) Skunk Hollows in the town.
7. Sam Cohen's wife was named (a) Dolly (b) Holly (c) Millie (d) Rita.
8. Wrong Way Corrigan landed in (a) France (b) Ireland (c) Calais (d) Portland.
9. The (a) Smiths (b) Heaths (c) Arbos (d) Carlsons owned the Onawa House.
10. Minstrel Shows were shown at the (a) YMCA (b) BJHS (c) Grange Hall (d) Briggs Block,
Answers: 1-d 2-c 3-b 4-d 5-d 6-b 7-c 8-b 9-c 10-c

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Life on the CP Extra Gang Cont'd
     1964. That summer some 20 some young men from the Brownville-Milo area and a few Canadian machine operators moved west from Brownville Junction to the Quebec border repairing tracks, with major stops in Greenville Junction and Jackman. Each of us had a bunk.
     Once when I ventured out during the evening, I returned to find my sheets shorted and my pillow filled with shreds of paper. I never found who the guilty party was. But the car was filled with laughter.
     At one point west of Jackman, we decided to go skinny dipping in a stream which ran under the tracks. As we were horseplaying around, Bray Rolfe began pelting us with rocks from above.
     Bray was an unusual man, with a pipe for each day of the week. I know. I had to share a hospital bed in Milo with him one time. But what a cute laughter!
     The hard work sure didn't hurt our BJHS Railroader basketball teams.

This is a picture of our own Kiwanian, Joey Zamboni (middle), receiving the award for Outstanding Citizenship, from Paul Davis (left) and fellow Kiwanian Chris Almy (right).



     The Ecumenical Women's Breakfast was held on Oct 3 at Smith's Restaurant with 23 ladies present. We enjoyed a breakfast buffet and great conversation. The regular meeting of The UMW will be held on Thursday Oct 10 at the Park Street United Methodist Church.
     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.

     Students at Brownville Elementary were recently given a wonderful gift. The alumni of BHS, Brownville High School, donated funds, which were used to purchase a 57" High Definition television. The TV is also linked to a computer, which enables staff to project the Internet.
     Recently students watched the weather channel and CNN simultaneously while tracking Hurricane Lili. Here, Supt. David Walker and Alumni President Reuben Lancaster stand with JOHN WESTON and JEREMY RUSSELL who helped to show parents some of the TV's capabilities. This group recently disbanded, mainly due to an aging membership, but we greatly appreciate all they've done for us over the years.

     The Marion C. Cook School visited the Treworgy apple orchard on Thursday, September 26. The children picked an apple and ate it on the hay ride, it was delicious. On the hayride, we saw the apple orchard, cows, bulls, lots of flowers and the pumpkin patch. We stopped and picked a pumpkin to take back to school. We also saw the corn maze.
     The children loved petting and feeding the goats and looking at the llama. We visited the barn where we saw baby rabbits and a chicken and her nest of eggs. We even got to brush a goat and milk her too! The apple cider press was very interesting even though we had to watch out for yellow jackets.
     We had a picnic lunch packed by our school lunch workers! We had a great trip and recommend visiting this orchard whenever you can.

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     Congratulations go out to RACHAEL BAKER for growing an award-winning sunflower! Her flower was very wide. Rachael is an excellent flower grower! Great job Rachael!

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden- The Terrific Kid this week is KELLY PATTEN. Kelly is an excellent role model. She is very cooperative, kind, helpful and happy! Kelly completes her work on time and loves to illustrate in her journal.!!! We're so glad to have you in our room!!
Mrs. Mills- The Terrific Kid from our room is a good classroom helper. She is polite to her classmates and others she meets. She puts a lot of thought into her work and follows all the classroom rules. We are happy to have JESSICA SLAUGHTER in our class.
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid is a wonderful third grader. She has learned to an active listener and an independent worker. She loves to read. She is exceptionally good at finding those important details she needs during group discussions. Congratulations to LAURYN BELLATY!
Mrs. Gillis-
I know a boy named CODY HOWE,
Sharing his things he does allow,
Art class he likes,
Being lazy he dislikes,
He really deserves to take a bow.
Mrs. Dell'olio- TAYLER POMERLEAU is our Terrific Kid this week. We can depend on Tayler to complete her assignments, and make sure that they are handed in on time. She is a peaceful classroom member, and a good friend. We are proud of you, Tayler!
Mrs. Hayes- Our Terrific Kid is very special and we are so glad to have her in our class. She is a peacemaker and a kind friend. She is gentle and pleasant. She is respectful to her friends and her teachers. This Terrific Kid does neat and careful work and she is a great reader! We are proud to have ANISA WITHAM in our class and we love you, Anisa!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- KINEO WALLACE- Kineo is a great friend to his classmates .He always follows the "I Care Rules". We are especially proud of how he has improved his work skills and is finishing his work on time!! Great work Kineo.
PETER MORSE- Peter is a very thoughtful boy. He is also a great friend and helper. He is responsible and a great worker. Keep up the great work. We are proud of you.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- Our first Terrific Kid this week is a girl who has made a whole roomful of new friends in just six weeks. And no wonder everyone likes her. She shares, she plays and works well with others, and she follows the Golden Rule. We love our Terrific kindergarten friend, SHANIA ROUSSEL! .Our second Terrific Kid is a boy who is just a great role model toall the other children. He is a good listener, plays well with hisfriends, and is always respectful to his classmates and his teachers. We love our terrific kindergarten friend, DEVON GERRISH.
Mrs. Whitney- Terrific Kid for Mrs.’s Whitney's room is TIFFANY TUSCANO. She is a great example of a 5th grade student and how to be responsible. She always has her work in on time and is a great speller. Great job Tiffany!!!

     In last weeks column, the name Jonathan Carter should have read James Carter.
     Amber McMillan is teaching grade 10 English and 8th grade reading. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. She grew up in California but now lives in Milo. This is Ms. McMillan's first teaching job and she loves it. She said she would eventually like to start a drama club.
Jenny Worster has recently been hired to teach grade 7 and 8 computer. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. She taught 4th grade for two years. She said the students at Penquis are really enthusiastic and the staff has made her feel very welcome. Her husband, Ken Worster teaches science in the high school.
     Geoffrey Gillett, a graduate of Syracuse University, is the new Spanish teacher at Penquis Valley. He is replacing Madeline Decker who retired last year. Mr. Gillett formerly worked in sales and this is his first teaching job. He finds it
very exciting.

     We are all guilty of taking our money and purchasing items out of town (including myself). Wouldn't our town and its business be thriving if we all as a community tried to help our businesses?
     It seems like such a simple and clear idea when you hear it, but we still don't quite get it! All we have to do is to spend in our own town. Sometimes an item is cheaper in Bangor or Dover, but when you figure in gas and time is it really cheaper? Plus, if our hometown businesses were doing better, they could afford to have more sales!
     We should be bending over backwards to promote business in Milo. Out of state people should be looked at kindly! After all, they bring money to our town. Just take for example snowmobilers, they spend money on gas and food every time they come here. We should all be happy to see campers backed up at Exxon or snowmobilers lined up to get gas at C & J's or waiting to get seated at Angies! Let's all think of these people as our future; they will enable us to continue help small businesses thrive.
     This week’s project is to keep as much of your money in the town as possible. If you grocery shop in Bangor.... shop here this week. If you buy gas in Dover, go to Exxon, Texaco, Reuben’s or C & J's.
     Be nice to our can make a difference!
By: Ms. Bea Kind

     There has been a lot of activity and changes in the library this week. Last week three new computers were brought in and hooked up by Ralph Jones, trustee. One went into the office and two were added to the library proper to offer the patrons a third computer. To make room for the computers we moved some of the children’s bookcases to what will eventually become their permanent location across the room in front of the two large windows.
     Up ‘til now patrons have had to wait to use the computers, but having three now should be a big help there. The library staff is also excited to have one in the office for their exclusive use because we have often had to wait to complete our library computer tasks too. John Leonard and Ralph Jones worked hard to get them all installed on the Internet and the printer.
     Upon learning that we had more computers, one library patron who was very uncomfortable around them decided to come in and try one out. Knowing that their practicing would not be interfering with a patron who

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had a purpose, they completed their practice session feeling that they had developed more skill with the mouse and were more comfortable going into the internet. They plan to come back for more practice and an e-mail address.
     If you have never been on a computer, come in and try one out. You’ll have fun and feel good about yourself too. The library staff will be glad to help you in any way they can.
     But enough talk of computers, the word library comes from the Latin word “liber” which means book, so here is a partial list of the new books. There’ll be more next week.

Churchill, Jill
Clark, Carol Higgins
Clark, Mary Higgins
Clark, Mary Jane
Dailey, Janet
Dallas, Sandra
Deveraux, Jude
Fielding, Joy
Flagg, Fannie
Garwood, Julie
Gould, Judith
Halley, Patrick
Harrison, Sarah
Hayden, Torey

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

The library will be closed Columbus Day-Oct.14

My Experience as a Police Officer
     In January 1991, I was on patrol going towards Derby on Riverside St. when I noticed headlights of snowmobiles on the railroad tracks coming from Derby. I turned the cruiser around and with headlights off, I waited for the snowmobiles to get closer to the road. My intention was to try to stop the snowmobiles at the intersection. As the lights were getting closer I knew they would be at the intersection very soon. I was parked on the side of the road so I started to pull out into the driving lane. As I pulled out, all of sudden I heard this engine noise and a felt big bang in the side of the cruiser. I looked out and there was a body flying up over the side of the cruiser with a snowmobile bouncing off the front fender of the cruiser. The person landed on the roadway in front of me and the snowmobile went down the road a ways. Shocked on what had just happened, I got out of the cruiser and ran up to the person who was now lying on his back in the middle of the road. I asked the guy if he was all right. I could not understand what he was saying.
     Luckily the ambulance was just coming back from Dover when this occurred. I called for them to come to the scene to check on the driver. I called in the Warden Service to investigate the accident. Soon after the ambulance arrived it became apparent why we could not understand what the operator of the snowmobile was saying. It was not due to any injury but due to the high blood alcohol content. The operator got a ride to the hospital to be checked, along with a summons to court for O.U.I. on a snowmobile.
     The other snowmobiles crossed the intersection and kept going up the railroad tracks. Although I never interviewed the operator of the snowmobile about the incident, I have always had a couple of theories. The operator of the snowmobile that had hit me was part of the group of snowmobiles on the railroad tracks. I believe he did not want to get into trouble for driving on the railroad tracks so he decided to drive down the road instead.

A Historical Review of [nearby] Little Wilson Falls
Part 1- Remarkable Solitude on the Appalachian Trail Maine Life, by Richard R. Shaw, January 1974
     Deep in the Maine Woods, between the town of Elliotville and Monson, is a remarkable waterfall well worth the rather long walk in to see.
     Its name is Little Wilson Falls and is conveniently located on the Appalachian Trail. Because of the latter fact, itis visited and admired by hundreds of hikers and weekend sightseers annually. What makes Little Wilson Falls astonishing, unlike gushing waterfalls such as Maine's 90-foot Moxie, is the fact that these falls are composed of a number of small cascades and falls, leaving the memorable impression of solitude and relaxation with the viewer.
     The height of Little Wilson Falls is not specifically known, but it is probably safe to place one's confidence in the figure of 57 feet. Several printed sources most probably became carried away -- but understandably so -- with their inflated figures which average 80 feet. In my [the author] first hand experiences in the Monson-Elliotsville area over the years, I once was told that these falls were the second highest in the state, and I have no serious reason to doubt this nevertheless unsupportable assertion.
     Although the town of Elliotsville legally and proudly lays claim to Little Wilson Falls, the unusual composition of the series of cliffs underlying the surrounding falls is more characteristic of nearby Monson, whose fine grade of slate is known throughout the world. In fact, it is Monson slate that adorns the grave of John F. Kennedy in Washington's Arlington National Cemetery.
     These slate cliffs should by all means be noted by visitors to Little Wilson Falls for I think it is safe to say that very few memorable waterfalls in America are underlain by such a composition. As one gazes into the slate canyon, he finds himself collecting small slate chips at his feet as very appropriate and durable souvenirs.
     Little Wilson Falls also have played a part in the history of this area. Probably their major role has been played in the first half of the 19th century, when the falls were undoubtedly negatively referred to by the operators of a nearby saw-mill, Savage's Mills, located in the former town of Wilson as presently to Elliotsville, was situated on the Little Wilson Stream (on which the falls are also situated) about 3 miles west of Little Wilson Falls. Between, 1824, when the mills were built, and 1858, the year in which they were abandoned, many, many yards of lumber, mostly clapboards, were ruined when they were driven over the falls on their way to the mouth of the stream. One can only imagine what words were used by the operators of Savage's Mills to describe the Little Wilson Falls! The site of the abandoned mills is, incidentally, passed by hundreds of hikers yearly, being situated directly on the Appalachian Trail also.
(Continued next week)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     You have to have lived in Milo for a while to have the driving patterns figured out.
     Imagine for a moment that you are making your first trip into town...via Rt. 16 from LaGrange. You get to the end of Elm're gawking at how nice the True Value looks......and you are also trying to decide whether to turn left or right to get to wherever you're going. You are probably in the middle of the right lane, right? You don't have a clue, but the person behind you who knows they are going up the hill does have a clue and is probably honking

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at you as we speak. Then.....da da da eighteen wheeler comes across the bridge and has full intentions of turning onto Elm Street....where do you go. You've got no choice. You're going up the hill whether you want to or not!
     For all the harping that I've done about losing businesses on Main Street, I will confess....I'll be thrilled when they finally are able to do something about that corner. Having lived on Elm Street for the last 27 years, I've experienced not only the evolution of traffic patterns but the major increase in traffic, period. It's overwhelming! If you've lived and driven here for years you know that you must stop way up by the bank driveway if you even think there is a truck approaching from either the left or the right. If you are traveling south on Main Street you need to stop way up by the crosswalk in front of House of Pizza if a truck is turning right off of Elm Street. If the truck is going to turn left....YIKES! The corner of Main and Elm is a traffic nightmare. This morning a log truck...traveling empty...took a right off of Elm Street. The tail end of the truck struck the pole on the corner. There I was directly behind the truck with a pickup truck hot on my tail. There were two choices...everybody back up and give the truck a chance to make a wider swing, or let the truck take the pole down...wires and all...all over my own car. I chose to back up. Luckily, the pickup truck behind me must have been a local, because he read the situation in a heartbeat and we all backed up. I was afraid from the get-go that the truck driver wasn't going to be able to make that corner given the dimensions of his truck and the little short space he had given his truck to turn. Uh -uh....just wasn't going to happen. He was in a hurry, no doubt - isn't everybody - and he didn't want to wait for the southbound Main Street traffic to either be nonexistent or stop way up on the hill for him.
     The Loop is longer than it used to be, but there are five times as many teenagers making it. These teenagers think they're cool. I guess probably by their standards they are cool. Loud bass music coming from their power-house car stereos have people wondering for miles away what could possibly be approaching. I will say this, however, you don't hear the number of poorly running cars that you used to hear years ago. Cars, with a few exceptions, are sounding quieter than they did when I was on earth the first time. It's just that there are so darn many of them! Take it from me....there is about a two hour period right in the dead of night that you might only hear four or five cars drive by....but it's a really short period of time. From 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. it's pretty quiet. After that it's one car or truck after the other bombarding our ears with noise.
     My husband and I love to go to camp and just stand there and listen to the quiet. It's amazing, as we aren't afforded that luxury on Elm Street anymore. When people question our desire to live at Schoodic year round.....I tell them that, although it's not written in stone yet, the noise level that we would be leaving behind would be worth the move. At a recent meeting with the State Dept. of Transportation we found that they will quite probably be making incredible improvements to our street, but at what expense? Wider streets and better surface will mean less lawn to mow, but faster traffic. YIKES!! As an emerging old lady, I don't relish the thought.
     Dad tells of the time that Elm Street was gravel....and then concrete...and people put their cars up for the winter months and went by horse and sleigh. He tells of a Thanksgiving when his family went by horse and sleigh up to Hobbstown to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Fred's home for their traditional dinner. That must have been a chilly ride. Imagine

being a little kid all snuggled into a sleigh with your family and going on such an adventure. Wouldn't that be fun?! I wouldn't want to have lived back in those days, but I'd love to be able to just get into a time machine and pick a day or two in Milo's history and go back for a few hours.
     I can't think of a single traffic control recipe that I might have in my repertoire. So here is a nice little breakfast bread recipe that will get your day off to a good start and give you the courage to meet the traffic head on.
Orange Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 teaspoon orange extract
     Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Using a pastry blender cut in the butter until the mixture resembles course meal. Add the eggs one at a time, then the milk, orange zest and orange extract.
     Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out the dough in a circle about 9 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut into six or eight triangular wedges.
     Place on a greased baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. A very little drizzle of an orange glaze might be good on these, but wasn't part of the recipe. Scones can be made a couple of days in advance and reheated in a 375-degree oven.

OCTOBER 7 – 11
Hamburger, school bun, oven fries, corn, mixed fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Juice, French toast sticks, potato oval, and yogurt.
Wednesday-Lasagna, salad greens, garlic bread, and apple crisp.
Thursday-Turkey wrap, rice, broccoli/cheese, and orange quarters.
Friday-Hot dog in a bun, assorted vegetables, and desserts.

Local History Bonus
Reprints from MHS Breeze & other sources
Submitted by Myrna Ricker
     Styles have changed not only in modes of dress, but in more concrete things. In Milo, the town of three rivers, the parade of fashions in highways, bridges, etc., has been well dramatized. The first road in our town connected Sargent Hill with what is known as ‘the island.’ Many of our first settlers lived in the Sargent Hill vicinity and came to Swett’s Mill, near the island, to have their wheat ground. As the town developed, the cemetery was purchased and a road built to it. Later Mr. Swett built a home on what is still known as Swett Hill, and the road was continued on to Brownville.
     A ferry was used across the Piscataquis River about a mile below Derby. Covered bridges came into vogue and three were built in town: one over the western channel of the Sebec River in the business district; another over the Piscataquis River in 1850, known as the ‘toll-bridge’; and a third over the more modern and stronger bridges. The one on West Main Street is

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now entirely cement and the Pleasant River Bridge is built of iron. The 'toll-bridge’ was the last of the covered bridges to go. It was replaced in 1924 by a cement structure of which our town may well be proud.
     The main roads passing through our town today (1933) are either tarred or made of cement. Likewise, our most important streets are paved with cement.
     As early as 1869, the Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad passed through our town. As the Katahdin Iron Works grew in importance, trains were needed to carry the iron ore to Bangor. The Bangor and Katahdin Iron Works Railroad was established in 1882. In the year 1895 it became the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, by which name it is known today (1933).
     We are inclined to consider these modern highways, bridges, and such, as being the very height of construction in that line; yet in the course of time, as new discoveries are made, future generations may look upon as we do upon the muddy roads and covered bridges of yore.
(From: The Evolution of Transportation in Milo, by Ruth E. Ladd, ’33 – Breeze 1933)

By Nancy Grant
     The nominations have been seconded and the rigorous campaigning is over. Without a single hanging chad, Penquis Valley High school students have cast and tallied their votes, electing class officers and student council members. The results are as follows:
Freshman – President Matt Ludden, Vice-President Andrew Murray, Secretary Megan Knowles, Treasurer Tabby Olmstead, and Student Council members Ian Carey, Annalise Cari, Kylie Palmer, Brian Twitchell, and alternate Kristy McLaughlin.
Sophomores – President Gerard Turgeon, Vice-President Elyse Kahl, Secretary Danielle Graves, Treasurer Krystle Parkman, and Student Council members Liza Comeau, Michelle Mulherin, Stephanie Johnston, Ryan Andrews, and alternate Kate Hamlin.
Juniors – President Krystle Morrill, Vice-President Cameron Wellman, Secretary Becca Madden, Treasurer Jennifer Hussey, and Student Council members Cheana Herbest, Vanessa Hartin, Shannon Gerrish, Ben Faulkingham, and alternate Bill Keolsch.
Seniors – President Amanda Smith, Vice-President Sonya Salley, Treasurer Brett Gerrish, Secretary Amanda Martin, and Student Council members Colby Chase, Richard Chase, Jean Hamlin, Mindy Dyer, and alternate Belina Crider.
     The student council will be co-chaired by two esteemed members of the high school staff, Lynn Gerrish and Justin Kelleher.

     1948 – MILO – Although girls’ play has been largely de-emphasized in the loop, the Milo lassies, coached by Pauline Keliher, have clinched the mythical county title to score a clean sweep of league court honors. Finishing with an 11 and 4 record, the Pantherettes dropped close verdicts to Guilford and Brownville Junction, and two to Matanawcook Academy of Lincoln, outside the regular loop. Members of this outstanding team are Jean Gerrish, Betty Heath, Laurel Keliher, Theresa Amero, Shirlene Harris, Diane Milner, Mary Hackett, Leone Handy, Clara Stanchfield, Ester Gould, Ginger Stanchfield, Patty Sturtevant, Dorothy Whittaker, Amelia Cross, and Dotty Angove.
     1948-Milo-Seven men, all of whom had worked for the American Thread Company for 50 years or more before retiring, were presented gold watches by P.S.Howe, president of the company, at a banquet here Friday evening. Being honored were Alexander T. Lutterall, 58 years with the firm; John Caldwell, 55 years; Norman H. Richards, 55 years; Alonzo P. Mills, 50

years; Claude P. Hermon, 51 years; Joseph C. Hamlin, 55 years; and Allen P. Cook, holder of the greatest length of service, 62 years.

Science Corner
Quiz: Match the Latin and common names of these herbs and spices.

1. Borage a. Laurus
2. Saffron b. Allium
3. Anise c. Anethum
4. Chive d. Ocimum
5. Bay e. Salvia
6. Dill f. Elettaria
7. Basil g. Mentha
8. Mint h. Pimpinella
9. Sage i. Crocus
10. Cardamon

j. Borago

The Skin Part II
     Many organisms live on the skin. Even after a bath or shower, there are billions of bacteria, yeasts and fungi living there. No matter how hard you scrub, they will still be there. Many live in the small pores found on the surface of the skin so that the soap and water don’t reach them. This doesn’t mean it is useless of shower or bathe. The removal or dust and oily secretions as well as many organisms is healthy.
     Microorganisms found on the skin tend to grow where there are plenty of nutrients. The face, neck, armpits and genital areas have the highest bacterial count. An area in your armpit smaller than a .5 inch square has 2.4 million of them. Yeasts prefer the head region.
     One bacterium common to the skin is Staphylococcus aureus. Unless it gets into the bloodstream it is harmless. Open wounds allow the bacteria access. Most organisms on the skin are harmless and protect us by competing with harmful varieties for food. Corynebacterium acnes is found deep in hair follicles and is harmless except during adolescence when sebaceous glands of the skin become active so that the number of bacteria can proliferate with the extra food supply. They clog the pores and produce acne. Athlete’s Foot fungus is harmless unless there is a break in the skin or if your feet perspire excessively.
     Babies have no bacteria on their skin while in the womb. During normal birth, bacteria from the birth canal give them their first bacteria. Babies born by cesarean section are sterile at birth, but immediately pick up bacteria from dead skin floating in the air and from people handling them.
     Freckles are caused by uneven distribution of melanin. Because of this uneven distribution, a person with freckles is more likely to burn when exposed to sunlight. Moles are similar to freckles but appear singly rather than as a group. Another difference is that the melanin is deeper in the skin with a mole. Intradermal moles are usually elevated above the surrounding skin and hair frequently grows from them. They are usually not dangerous unless their size or color suddenly starts to change. Junctional nevi moles are more likely to be flat and very dark in color. They usually are harmless but can change into malignant melanomas. If a mole visibly changes in size or color or suddenly begins to bleed, you should see a doctor.
     Warts are benign skin tumors caused by a virus. While some people believe that warts can be removed by charms or magic potions, there is no scientific evidence to show that is true. Warts can mysteriously disappear by themselves and that may have given rise to the idea that potions work. You should not try to cut out a wart with a knife because it can spread the virus and cause more warts. While over the counter preparations can be helpful for many

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warts, those found on the bottom of the feet require the attention of a doctor because they have been driven deep by the pressure as you walk or stand.

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

Thompson Mountain Buck
BY CARL HAMLIN (The Old Whittler)
A Maine Hunting Story in 5 parts
     Paul and Bill were waiting for me as I hurried from the last class and ran to the dormitory. It was Tuesday night and the Thanksgiving vacation had begun. Paul Patterson, Bill Goodrich and I had planned this trip more than a year ago. The first thing I saw as I ran to the dormitory was the old black Dodge beach wagon, which they had borrowed for the trip. A red shirt showed through the open window and there behind the wheel was Bill, puffing on his old pipe.
     “I’ll be with you in a second,” I yelled and turning, I made the top step in one jump.
     It took me just about that long to grab my boots and jacket and get down the stairs. Soon the old engine responded to the starter and we were off for Milo, where I was to get my share of the provisions, together with rifle and other equipment. Bill and Paul had cleaned out the food in the kitchen of the boarding house at the U. of M. and had their hunting outfits with them.
     At home, Mother insisted on our staying to supper, as she had hot biscuits, baked beans and brown bread ready to take out of the oven. Paul and Bill talked over the hunting situation in the big woods with Dad while I picked up all the things I thought I’d need for the expedition. It was hard to decided whether to take the small 32-20 Remington, with which I had killed four deer in as many years or to try Dad’s new 303 Savage. I finally decided that although the 303 was heavier to carry it might be more effective in thick country, so I brought it down, along with the cartridge belt and my hunting knife.
     It was seven-thirty before we left Milo, on our way to Paul’s home in Willimantic. Mother and Dad both warned us to be careful but at the same time suggested that we “bring home the bacon.” We promised to do that, but were unable to say more as the old engine suddenly came to life. I charged a dollar’s worth of gas at the corner filling station in order to pay my share of the expenses. As soon as we got outside of town, we lighted up our pipes and with one headlight burning, and the cardboard window pulled up, we soon reached Guilford. At Douglass’ general store we put in a stock of gum and candy, which would, we thought, keep us busy for the coming week when out hunting.
     At eight-thirty, the faithful old Dodge rattled into Paul’s driveway in Willimantic. We spent an hour talking with Paul’s father and mother and then left for the final ride into the woods. Without incident we reached the camping ground at Little Wilson Falls where we parked the truck and shouldered our packs.

     The air was still and damp near the stream, but we were dressed in our warm hunting clothes and were quite comfortable. The moon was bright and the outlines of the swinging bridge, the shelters and the open fireplaces were plainly visible against the background of the trees. After draining the radiator of the truck, we tried our flashlights and finding them all in working order, we began the four-mile hike to the camp. The country we were in lies in the vicinity of Borestone Mountain, a small, steep mountain which offers a good climb and rewards the climber with wonderful scenery. There was no mountain climbing for us tonight, however, so we headed north, following the Appalachian Trail for nearly a half mile, then leaving it and crossing an open field at the top of the hill. Paul was our guide from here and he proved to be one of the best. From the field he led us over a hardwood ridge at the foot of which he struck an old logging road. The forest was still, except when an occasional dry twig snapped under our weight.
     The tall hardwood trees cast weird shadows on all sides of us. With our guns in our hands we felt entirely safe, even though the sound of rustling leaves or the hoot of an owl made us stop and stand ready. We found it necessary to leave the road at Plant Pond, as the beavers had flooded it. At the end of the pond we found a clear cold spring which ran out of the rocks. We stopped here and helped each other remove heavy packs. Then, getting out a folding cup, we all drank to our hearts’ content. It seems to me that there is nothing which tastes any better to a hiker who is a little tired than a drink from one of those small trickles of water which run out from the mossy rocks. The water is always clear and cold and is perfectly flavored with leaves and moss.
     I said to Bill, “How do you like that Willie?”
     “Boy, there’s nothing like it,” he said, as he took a last swallow for good measure.
     Clouds began to appear overhead, so we moved on. It was now ten o’clock and Paul said it would take us two hours more to reach camp. Bill argued that he thought we could make it in less time, but Paul explained to him that we had to go through a swamp, which the beavers had made by damming the outlet to the pond. It soon began to sprinkle, and continued to rain more or less for the next two hours. At the end of that time we reached the camp, a most welcome sight, nestling against the hill which sloped down to the pond.
     Paul lit the lamp and started a fire in the stove with dry cedar. The camp was small, but large enough. It has two full size bunks across the back, a small cookstove, a cupboard and a bench. The dimensions of the camp being only twelve by fourteen feet, I saw at once that we would have to be neat housekeepers. The small room, its walls tightly chinked with moss, was soon warm and cozy and we were ready for a sound night’s sleep.
Continued next week…….

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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.

     Kiwanis weekly meeting minutes for October 2, 2002 for the Milo-Brownville Club which gathers at 6:30 am at Angie’s Restaurant with nineteen members present this week.
     Eben led the club with the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb led us in prayer.
     We wish to have an inspiring literature reading every week and today Kathy read a touching poem that was concerned with encouraging children.
     The Key Club, with advisor Trish Hayes, reminded us of their weekly meeting held in the library at PVHS. It was great to have Key Club President Amanda Smith visit with us today.
     We will try for an Interclub in Guilford in the near future.
     There will be a supper on October 25 for the participants (the human kind) at the Springer Spaniel Field Trials. The Veteran’s dinner will be held on November 11. Chairperson Chris Beres will be contacting members for help.
     The newspaper has increased in printed circulation and decreased somewhat online.
     Don’t forget the Coffeehouse this Saturday, October 5th, at the Milo Arts Center featuring the Doughty Hill Group! Ethelyn has everything well in hand.
     As soon as the committees are formed, Heidi Finson would like to plan RIF meetings.
     Cheers to Buffy, the senior barbecues have been a huge hit with everyone.
     The Secret Santa, chaired by Murrel Harris, is already in the planning stages.
     Edwin handed out letters regarding a policy to deal with requests for financial help or donations to various causes. He asked for suggestions and the results will be discussed at the October 3 board meeting.

     $11.00 was donated for happy and sad dollars this week for vacations, a new year in Kiwanis, and appreciation for Todd and Janet. (They seemed quite pleased to be able to mingle and actually have breakfast!)
     A very generous donation of $1000.00 was received from the Orion Rebekah Lodge which was greatly appreciated.
     Upcoming speakers for October, Sheena Lundin on October 16, Michael O’Connor on October 23, and a surprise has been planned for October 30.
     Our guest speaker today was someone who is familiar to most of us in the area, Dennis Lyford. He is a member of The Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce, which was originally geared toward business development but now is steering more to promoting tourism. He told us a bit about a wonderful organization, the Maine Highland Guild, that markets crafts all over New England with the hope that central Maine would eventually be the art center for the county.
     Dennis spoke to us today about the upcoming Piscataquis Heritage Festival. It will be held on October 12 and 13 at the Piscataquis Valley Fair Grounds in Dover-Foxcroft. One of the events planned for both days is Maine Bluegrass and Folk Music featuring Chairback Gap and Doughty Hill plus many others. There will be a skills demonstration of a blacksmith, bee keeping, and knitting of the 1900’s.
     The Maine State Barbecue Contest will be an ongoing event all weekend. There are ten teams competing from Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Maine. The winning team will compete in the Nationals in Kansas City. The cooks will be barbecuing all day on Saturday with the judging on Sunday at 12:30. An added teaser will be a sauce competition. Dennis hinted that there might be samples to taste and leftovers to purchase on Sunday! If that doesn’t appeal to you, maybe doughboys, a trip to the hot dog wagon or something from Mike Witham will appease your palate.
     There might be a table or two still available to rent for the two-day craft fair which is also a feature of the festival.
     Bleachers are available or you can bring your own chairs for the shows. The admission is $10.00, children under 14 years old admitted free.

(Editor’s note: To obtain more information about the festival and The Maine Highlands, you can go to,, or

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The last page of the Three Rivers News is produced by TRC. It contains the current week of the community calendar and various other features from the site.
Currently we are showing off our new Region Maps, with a map a week on the back page.

Community Calendar

New & Improved Region Maps!
The Regional Maps on the TRC Website are now new and improved! They have an updated look, cover the entirety of each town, and are even interactive! Each week we are placing a different map on the back page of the Three Rivers News.

This weeks map:
Milo Town Map

The Three Rivers Community Alliance is a website that promotes the greater Milo area. We cover Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange, Lake View, Medford, Milo, & Sebec. On our site, we have a complete month of the above Community Calendar, a local club and organization listing, a comprehensive business directory, regional maps, recreation information, and even local news, including this paper, completely online! If you would be interested in helping out with the website, please contact Seth Barden, the Director, at, or 943-2425.

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