||Three Rivers News, 2002-10-22
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2002
VOLUME 1 NUMBER 50
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
We are now 12 pages long and almost a year old!
Thank You all
The Three Rivers News would like to thank everyone who heeded Bea Kinds suggestion and donated an extra amount to the paper last week. We received almost $50.00 over the usual donation amount and we greatly appreciate it!
You may have noticed that the paper has increased in size from eight to ten pages, and consequently, our printing and publishing costs have risen. The extra money in last weeks collection boxes cover almost a whole weeks printing cost, so you can see what an impact your generosity made.
We will take your donation as a thumbs-up that you appreciate our efforts and enjoy our little paper; we sure enjoy bringing it to you!
Thanks a bunch,
The staff of the Three Rivers News
Chris Cowing and Jennifer Roberts Wed
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
On Saturday, October 12, 2002, the Milo United Methodist Church was the scene of the beautiful wedding ceremony that united Christopher Howard Cowing and Jennifer Lee Roberts in marriage.
Chris is the son of Valerie and Kenny Cowing of Milo and Jen is the daughter of Timothy and Trixie Roberts of Bangor.
The bride wore a beautiful full length white gown and was attended by her Maid of Honor, Stephanie Roberts and by her bridesmaids, Michelle Dineros, Kimberly MacDonald, and Misty Coolidge. The sweet little Flower Girl was Avery Sanborn.
Chris was very handsome in his black tuxedo, as were his attendants. His Best Man was his brother, Matthew Cowing and his Groomsmen were Keith Dawson, Casey Hamlin and Benjamin Robertson. George Cowing, brother of the groom, did and impressive job as ring bearer, and was very handsome to boot!
The service was performed by the Rev. Michele St. Cyr, and was beautiful, as was the organ playing of Stephanie Gillis. The soloist, Daniel Gerrish Jr., sang a moving rendition of The Wedding Song (There is Love), a cappella.
When the rice throwing was over, the wedding party and friends and relatives traveled to the Black Bear Inn in Orono for a champagne reception. The food and music were great and a wonderful time was had by all.
Chris and Jen reside in Brunswick. Chris is the Elementary Physical Education. teacher in the Oxford Hills school department and Jen is a partner at Coastal Orthopedics, where she works as a Physical Therapist. We wish them the best of love and life!
Milo PTO Annual Fall Fair
BY CHRIS BERES
The parents, teachers and friends of Milo Elementary School are gearing up for their annual Fall Frolic. This will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 5-8 PM. The usual fair games will be available in the school.
This year there will be a Haunted Hayride held during the fair hours. There will be food on sale.
The ever popular Made in MSAD # 41 Auction will be held in the gym during the hours of the fair. Families have been asked to contribute something that they have made or grown. This year several area businesses have offered to support the auction. A list of those businesses who have made a contribution to date are: Katahdin Country Club, Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast, Angies Restaurant, C & J Variety, J & S Furniture, Salleys Auto, Head Shop, Korner Kreations, all from Milo. Dover businesses that have contributed are Dr. Clark, Northern Lights Cinema, and Bob's Sugar House.
School families that have not sent in a note indicating what they will contribute will want to do that early in the week.
The classrooms are in a contest for the largest percentage of families contributing. The prize will be a Pizza Party!!
The real winners are the bidders at the auction who leave the evening of fun with some great bargains.
The Fall Frolic offers something for everyone and all of the proceeds go to projects at school.
The latest large project that the PTO has undertaken is playground improvement. A lot of earth was moved over last week's vacation and hopefully spring will bring good playing surfaces for soccer, kickball, softball, etc. We hope to see lots of families at the fair.
Second Annual Veteran's Day Dinner
Monday, November 11, 2002
Milo Town Hall Arts Center
Three Rivers Kiwanis and Penquis Valley Key Club are sponsoring the second annual Veteran's Day Dinner to honor the veterans in the area. Following the success of last year's dinner, these two service organizations are pleased to again honor those in our area that served our country.
A turkey dinner will be served at noon to all area veterans, and guests. All servicemen and women are welcome. Please call Murrel Harris at 943-7326 to make reservations. We will need to know if you are coming by Wednesday, November 6.
There will be a special United Methodist Womens meeting at 7:00 PM on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The Brownville 5th grade will be having a bottle drive in Brownville on Saturday Oct. 26 from 9-12. All proceeds will be used towards our trip to Boston. We appreciate your support.
On October 19, 2002, the Milo-Brownville Neighbors Against Domestic Violence is holding a prayer breakfast at the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church. The breakfast will start at 7am with a prayer service to follow. The public is welcome and encouraged to come. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
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We will mail your issue each Tuesday morning so you can have a nice fresh paper delivered every week! This makes an especially nice gift for an elderly person or for someone who lives away, but still likes to keep in touch with area happenings
THE MILO AMERICAN LEGION POST 41 HAS BINGO EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
A MEAL IS SERVED FROM 5:00PM TIL 6:30PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:30 AND ENDS AT 9:30
SEE YOU THERE!!!
HARRIS FOR THE HOUSE
Murrel Harris, a Milo resident, would like your vote this Election Day. He is running for the office of Representative of District 139, which includes Milo, Medway, East Millinocket, Woodville, Chester, Maxfield, Medford, Plantations of Lakeview and Seboeis, and parts of Lincoln.
Murrel is a Kiwanian, a husband, father, grandfather and all around good guy. His many duties include firefighter, Recreation Director, Fire Warden, and Meals for Me. volunteer.
His main objective, if elected, is to make sure the Three Rivers area receives the voice it needs in Augusta. To read more about Murrels accomplishments and opinions, visit his website at: www.harrisforhouse.us
Community Swap 'n' Trade
A NEW FEATURE BY CHRIS BERES
Are you looking for that last skein of yarn to complete a project, a recipe that you have lost, craft supplies, a
manual for an appliance you bought several years ago, etc.? OR- do you have some of these same items that you would like to pass on to someone who could use them? This is the column for you to put the word out.
Send your request or offer to: Community Swap 'n' Trade, 184 Joe Raymond Road, Milo, ME 04463 or email to email@example.com. All requests published must be in line with the editorial policy of Three Rivers News. This column will not cover items for sale. This is not a classified ad, just a place to let folks know what you have to give away or to let them know what you're searching to find.
Please include your contact information so that folks who interested in your offer can contact you. Three Rivers News will serve only as a "bulletin board". All transactions will be conducted between the interested parties.
This week's messages:
Does anyone need used cardboard storage containers? I have converted to plastic and have 20+ boxes to give free to anyone who is interested. They are clean and in good condition. Contact me at 943-2895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each of the schools in MSAD #41 is collecting the General Mills Boxtops for Education. These are worth 10 cents each to the schools. You can donate by sending your box tops in with students in your family or by contacting one of the school offices. The numbers to call are Brownville 965-8184, LaGrange 943-2196, Milo 943-2122.
What are you looking for? What do you have to give away? Send your information in for publication in next week's paper.
COOK SCHOOL NEWS
At our weekly assembly, JUSTIN OTTMANN (Miss K's class), ZACHARY BLAKEMAN (Mrs. Carter's class) and JOSH GRAY (Ms. Ivy's class) were recognized as Terrific Kids.
Justin has a wonderful smile and is a Terrific Kid every day. Zach had a super week. He worked hard at following class rules. Josh completed his daily jobs and had a positive attitude. We are proud of you.
Kathy Foss presented Bus Student of the Week awards to SHYLA HARRISON, TAYLOR SEVERANCE and PATRICK NORWOOD. We applaud your excellent behavior on the bus.
Artists of the Week were ZACHARY BLAKEMAN and JESSICA DONLON. Their latest creations are hanging on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the office.
LaGrange firemen Joe Baker and Corey Roberts presented a fire safety program to our students. Checking the batteries in smoke detectors, having an escape plan and a meeting place were some of the important points covered.
The students participated in a fire drill. Mr. Roberts and Mr. Baker were very impressed with how quickly and safely we exited the building. A highlight of the program was when the children were allowed to take a tour of a fire truck. Fire Hats and fire safety information packs were distributed to the students.
Mr. Roberts and Mr. Baker will be in our school after October break to judge a fire safety poster contest. We thank our local fireman for bringing such an important program to our school.
Support your Children
BY CHRIS BERES
We often hear that it takes a community to raise a child. We at school know that this is true. We rely on the support of our community in all we do for the children. We are fortunate that we live in such a generous community. As the children are learning, there is a good feeling that goes with helping others. There are a number of ways that our community members can help out our schools.
Right now, all of the elementary schools are collecting the pink Boxtops for Education that appear on numerous General Mills products. These little labels are worth 10 cents each to the schools. Last year the schools collected somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 by collecting these. If you are interested in helping out you can contact the schools for information about what products on which you find the boxtops. Collection boxes are in all three elementary schools and envelopes have been placed around town at such places as Milo Farmer's Union and the senior housing complexes in Milo.
Along this same vein, Shop and Save is currently offering coupons for $2, $4, and $6 for purchasing Betty Crocker and General Mills products. This promotion goes on until December 31, 2002. Whenever you purchase two or more of these products, a coupon will automatically come with your receipt. If you send these coupons into the schools, they can turn them in for cash. This was also a successful promotion last year and provided funds for school activities.
Brownville Elementary is also collecting Campbell's Soup labels. These can be redeemed for items from a catalog. Milo Elementary is collecting used ink and toner cartridges from printers and copiers. These are turned in for cash as well.
Any of the schools could always benefit from donations of such things as tissues for the classroom; cold and flu season is nearby and there never seem to be enough tissues to take care of all the sniffles.
If you have some spare time and would like to spend it at school, there is always a place for a volunteer. All of the schools could use folks to read with children, some minor clerical work, cutting, copying, putting books together, etc. Perhaps you have a talent or skill that you would be willing to share with the students. Give the school a call to see when you could spend time with the community leaders of tomorrow. Your schools welcome you and appreciate your ongoing support.
Brewer teacher wins $30,000 award
Reprinted, in part, from The Bangor Daily News
BREWER First-grade teacher Laurie Richards was one of the last people at Pendleton Street School to be let in on one of the schools best-kept secrets.
During a surprise assembly at the school, Richards was presented a $30,000 Internet Innovator Award. She is one of only five educators in Maine to receive that honor this year. The award is presented annually by National Semiconductor to reward educators across the nation who use the Internet to enhance their curriculum. Anne Gauthier, public affairs manager for National Semiconductors South Portland manufacturing facility, traveled to Brewer to present the award, which included $20,000 for Pendleton Street School, $10,000 for Richards to keep, plaques and a banner for the school.
Richards said she already has decided what she will do with her share of the winnings, I plan to use it as part of a down payment on a new house, she said.
Richards winning project is called Our Global Garden: A Study of Plants and Places Around the World. The idea was to combine the study of plants and geography with technology as a tool. Though she has only one computer in her first-grade classroom, Richards developed a project encompassing almost every area of the curriculum from writing and botany to geography and writing, not to mention virtual field trips to places around the world.
The project began with a letter written by the class introducing the project and requesting seeds, plants, bulbs and growing information from people around the world. The letter was mailed, e-mailed and posted on the projects Web site, The site became the central place to post the information the pupils gathered, as well as photos, maps, songs, journal entries and links to Web sites the class used for research.
As each package and letter arrived, pupils went to their classroom computer, got on the Internet and researched the plant and the place it came from. Responses came from most U.S. states as well as from Australia, New Guinea and British Columbia, Canada.
The pupils tracked package arrivals in their journals, on individual maps and a master map. The seeds, bulbs and plants were used to create a garden outside the school.
On hand for the award presentation were school staff and pupils, administrators, school board members, other elected officials and several family members including husband Cory Richards, 7-year-old daughter Chelsea, parents Richard and Teresa Dore, mother-in-law Sara Richards of Milo, two brothers, a sister-in-law, two nieces and an aunt and uncle. The Richards younger daughters Brooke, 5, and Alexa, 1, were unable to attend.
Since 1998, National Semiconductor has awarded more than $1.7 million to teachers and schools through the Internet Innovator Award program. Almost half of that prize money was awarded to Maine teachers. This year, five of the 10 awards to be given will be issued to teachers in Maine.
A Friendly Town
We all have time on our hands that could be spent helping others but sometimes we just don't know where to help. Every one of us knows a child or an adult that is in one of our local elementary schools. Go there and help. Read a book to a child or photocopy some papers for a teacher. There is always unfinished work where children are concerned.
Your project is to volunteer at school! It will make you appreciate all the hard workers that are spending precious time with our children - teaching our children. Molding them into tomorrows adults.
If you don't have an extra minute to spare, send in pencils or tissue or an item that you feel a classroom could use. Spread the smiles this week to the children. But most of all, thank the many people that spend the days with your children!
Aunt Bea Kind
MILO REC. NEWS
GAMES ARE MONDAYS AT 6 PM
Milo Rec. is taking applications for Drivers Ed. Call Murrel at 943-7326 for more information.
WOMENS SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
At the Milo Town Hall
Sundays from 6pm-7pm
Ages 16 and up
$5.00 per class
Learn how to defend yourself against any attacker.
Class taught by Sensei David Edgerly, who is a 2nd Degree Black Belt
Contact Murrel at 943-7326 for more info.
(American self-defense Systems)
Ages 5 and up
$5.00 per class
Sensi David Edgerly, 2nd degree Black Belt
Call Murrel at 943-7326 or David at 285-3524, for more information
MORITAS SCHOOL OF DANCE
35TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
WILL HOLD CLASSES AT THE MILO TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS
3-4PM FOR PRESCHOOL 3-5 YEARS (TAP AND BALLET)
4-5PM K-2ND GRADE (TAP AND BALLET)
5-6PM 3-5TH GRADE (TAP AND JAZZ)
APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED
The Milo Recreation Dept. will be offering a new session of YOGA/STRETCH.
Starting on Wed. Oct. 30 - Dec. 18th, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., at the Milo Elementary Gym.
The next few months will be full of busy activities that push us to our limits emotionally and physically. Don't let the holiday rush drain you. Instead, come join me and let this invigorating yet relaxing class renew muscle energy, strengthen the mind and body, and calm the total you.
Any questions please call Cindy Herbest,
ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!
|TUES., OCT 22
||SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE, MIXED VEGGIES, SLICED PEARS
|WED., OCT. 23
||TURKEY LOAF W/ COUNTRY GRAVY, MASHED POTATO, SPINACH, VANILLA PUDDING
|THURS., OCT. 24
||HAMBURGER DELUXE, MACARONI SALAD, CORN RELISH, CRANBERRY-APPLE CRISP
|FRI., OCT. 25
||HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS, HOT DOGS, COLE SLAW, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
|MON., OCT 28
||BAKED STUFFED CHICKEN, RED POTATOES, BROCCOLI, PUMPKIN PIE
FOR RESERVATIONS C
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Charles Stanhope was a (a) teacher (b) blacksmith (c) dentist (d) town manager.
2. Susan Lewis wrote (a) the BHS school song (b) a history of Brownville (c) the Town Charter (d) the state motto.
3. The BJHS Railroaders once won (a) 25 (b) 36 (c) 54 (d) 65 straight home games.
4. The Railroaders played (a) Milo (b) Corinna (c) Newport (d) Higgins twice at home during the 1963-64 regular season.
5. Maine's worst train wreck was the (a) Onawa Wreck (b) Sugar Wreck (d) Bowling Alley Wreck (d) Attean Lake Wreck.
6. The YMCA was once used as a (a) school (b) fire station (c) hospital (d) town office.
7. Brownville Junction High School's first drivers ed. instructor was named (a) Oakes (b) Brown (c) Adams (d) Larson.
8. The very first occupant of the present town office site in the present block building was a (a) library (b) barber shop (c) pool hall (d) restaurant. 9. Brownville's oldest resident got the (a) Bangor (b) Boston (c) London (d) Portland cane.
10. Samuel Stickney was a noted (a) mail carrier (b) Republican (c) singer (d) lawyer.
Answers: 1-c 2-b 3-d 4-c 5-a 6-c 7-b 8-d 9-b 10-a
An Appeal from The Milo Historical Society
BY ALLEN MONROE, 943-2268
The Milo Historical Society wishes to place an appeal to the generosity of an individual community member, group of community members, or business.
The historical society has worked very hard for close to 30 years in an effort to preserve the heritage of our community. All of this has been accomplished through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of our donors. We have many on-going preservation projects, all of which have a goal of insuring that future generations have an opportunity to appreciate our past. One of our most important and widely utilized collections is our photographic archive; which includes hundreds of photos.
The collection, dating back over one hundred years, is a unique and irreplaceable photographic record of our towns citizens, places, and important events. The collection has been carefully cataloged and is housed in a filing system in order to insure its preservation and utilization as a research resource.
We have now reached the point at which the collection has outgrown the available space in our filing cabinets and thus our appeal to the generosity of a donor. The Milo Historical Society is asking for the donation of funds to purchase an appropriate file cabinet to house our growing photo collection. We do require a specific type of cabinet for archival purposes; therefore we would need to purchase a new cabinet from our supplier.
If any individual, group of interested citizens, organization, or business would like to assist us in this appeal, please contact Gwen Bradeen, Milo Historical Society Curator (943-2369) or Ralph Monroe, Milo Historical Society President (943-2268). Your generosity will be a meaningful contribution toward the preservation of our communitys past. Thank you.
UP ON THE FARM
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
Its been a few months since Ive written my ramblins, so I guess its time to fill those in who are interested in the antics of my farm animals.
I am happy to report that all of the chicks have made it to the chicken stage. The 16 black and white striped Barred Plymouths are now 3 months old, and the 13 magnificent Gold Orpingtons are 2 months old, as is Puff Daddy, who is a Silver Leghorn, we think. Right now he looks a lot like a cross between a Partridge and a Chicken Hawk, but Im sure the hatchery we ordered our chicks from would never include either of them as our free, exotic chick, so Ill stick with Silver Leghorn. He hasnt grown as big as the other chickens, but dont tell him. He is still the first to the front line to protect the ladies at the first hint of danger, which thankfully is never anything more than Kirby or me entering the coop to feed or water the flock.
I was afraid the transition from their cages to the big bird housing would be traumatic to the chickens, so I planned it carefully. I had gotten advice from other chicken people and the consensus was to lock them in the new building for 24 hours, then they would know it was home. I chose a day that was to be rainy and cool, so I wouldnt feel bad about them being cooped up. I filled all the feeders and water dishes and herded them all in. At first, they all huddled in their separate groups: the bigger hens on the roosts and the smaller girls on the floor. They looked kind of sad, but I may be overly sensitive! Then they started to settle in and by golly, before the end of the day, they seemed positively ducky, if they will pardon the expression.
At the end of the 24-hour time period, I opened the door and let them all out onto the lawn, and did they ever scatter! I had visions of Kirby and I herding chickens every night at sundown for the rest of our lives. But lo and behold, as soon as the sun began to set that evening, they all wandered back into the building, settled in and went to sleep. I was amazed! I turned on their nite-lite,
locked the door, and breathed a sigh of relief; I had raised a bunch of genius chickens.
I still lock the door every night after they have retired; you never know when a fox or weasel with door opening abilities may show up. Im pretty sure the chickens are safe though, at the slightest movement in our yard at night, all 3 dogs yap like crazy, and the goats blaaaat their little hearts out. It would take a brave critter indeed to hang around with that commotion going on!
Speaking of goats (and I do often), I dont know how we lived without them. They are a constant source of joy and amusement to us and anyone who may be lucky enough to be visiting. I discovered, by accident, that the sweet little black and white fellows would follow me anywhere! Katie and her boyfriend were home last weekend for Chris Cowings wedding and I suggested we should all take a walk, so Katie, Eric, Kirby and I set off down the woods road that connects our land to Deste Road. I had let the goats out of their pen to try and show off their following abilities; until then I was the only witness to their cute new behavior.
I took the lead and sure enough, both goats trailed at my heels. If I walked, they walked; if I ran, they ran; if I stopped, they stopped! I dont think there is anything in this world much cuter than two pygmy goats frolicking through the woods with their bells and blaze orange collars on. We walked the mile or so through the woods, and at times the little buggers would actually be stepping on my heels they were so close to me (The goats, not Kirby, Katie and Eric)! As we turned to head home, the goats, for the first time, took the lead and they walked quickly back the exact way we had come, til they got back to the house! I dont know what senses they use for homing, but it was quite amazing to the four of us.
When the weather gets colder, we have a stall ready for the goats to sleep in, beside the chickens. Until then, they are perfectly happy directly in front of the house, in their pen with a picnic table to sleep under. So on this beautiful fall day, I am sitting here typing with 6 chickens under my desk, (Did I mention the chickens wander in if I leave the door open?). I can see the goats nodding off in the afternoon sunshine and Im pretty sure it doesnt get any better than this!
MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
When I wrote about our staff last summer, I wrote only about the new additions to our staff. In this column Id like to tell you about an important member of our library, our custodian, Dean Henderson, who has been with us for about 5 years. He keeps us in good repair both inside and outside of our library building.
Dean comes in very early on library days to do everything from emptying the trash to cleaning the library floor. In messy seasons this latter situation can be quite a job. He also shovels the paths and de-ices the walk. In summer he keeps the lawns mowed and the shrubs trimmed. Whenever
we spot a problem, be it a light that is flickering or table legs that are wobbly, we leave a note and the next library day the problem is fixed or Dean explains to me why it might take a little more time. This is not the only job Dean does. He is the sexton of the cemetery-a position he has held for 26 years. There he also does a great job keeping everything neat and trim, digging graves and keeping track of every cemetery plot. Visitors who come to the library wanting more genealogical information on relatives often tell us what a great help Dean was when they visited the cemetery.
Along with these two jobs, Dean also mows various lawns in the summer and plows in the winter. Dean sure keeps busy helping everywhere. Here at the library we really depend on you, Dean. Many thanks for keeping us in such great shape.
Several of the books we were expecting this month have arrived. We now have Sue Graftons Q is for Quarry. A lot of us have been waiting for it expectantly. We also received The Janson Directive by Robert Ludlum and Short and Tall Tales by Lilian Jackson Braun.
Library Winter Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri : 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat : 2:00 - 4:00 pm
A Historical Review
Milo Free Public Library Has Grown
Piscataquis Observer, April 2, 1980 written by Edna L. Bradeen
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
MILO: Catherine Ellison, librarian at the Milo Free Public Library reports 9,491 books and non-book materials was circulated during 1979. "This is an increase of 797 over the previous year," she said. Some 680 books were added to the collection during the past year with 30 percent being children's books and books suitable for young adults. The remainder was fiction, non-fiction, reference books and others.
The library received numerous gifts of books, money, memorials and periodicals during the year. Mrs. Ellison says, "An extremely fine collection of books were bequeathed to the library by the late Mrs. Clarice Munson." (Mrs. Munson was an English teacher at Milo High School for many years.) A portion of these books consisted of 64 plays, in hardcover, which will be designated as a "special collection," Mrs. Ellison said. These plays will be offered on inter-library loan. The Maine State Library will be notified when they are ready for circulation and a list will be provided to them.
A second important addition is a new 30-volume set of Encyclopedia Britannica 3, made possible by an accumulation of a combination of non-earmarked donations of money. Several clubs annually donate money to the library while others give memorial books. Donations of money and gifts are received throughout the year from individuals.
The Milo Free Public Library is a neat, brick building setting on a triangular lot facing Main Street, at the junction of Pleasant and Park Streets. Many may not be aware that the library was made possible through the labor of love on the part of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, back in the early 1900's. Milo's first library was established in the home of Mary Hobbs in 1902. One can only speculate that the lady enjoyed reading and wanted to
share this pleasure with others. Mrs. Hobbs contacted the traveling library and obtained books on loan from the state. She was also largely responsible for raising the first one hundred dollars for a library fund.
After several years, it became apparent that new quarters must be found to accommodate the increased reading public. In August 1909, rooms were acquired in the Odd Fellows Building. At this time an organization was formed under the name of WCTU Public Library Association and Elsie Sherburne was appointed the first librarian. As time went on the number of patrons continued to increase and the association found the rooms no longer adequate to provide necessary service. An application was made to the Carnegie Corporation and it was found the corporation would provide funds for a new library building if the town would purchase a building lot and provide funds for its maintenance. After many delays, Bert W. Pineo volunteered to make a personal call on the Carnegie Corporation for first hand information. He was successful in the final negotiations and also got a promise of additional funds for the new library building, bring the total to $10,000.
A special town meeting was held on May 26, 1921 with State Librarian Dunnack in attendance to offer advice and to help the matter to a conclusion. The first library trustees were Bert W. Pineo, Frank Atwood, Eunice Lewis, Harriet Foss, Rena Cunningham and Gertrude Newman. On July 27, 1921 these trustees formed the Milo Free Public Library, Inc. and appointed a building committee.
It is of interest that Ida Snow Perkins was on the committee [members listed as: Ralph W. Johnson, Dr. Harry A. Snow, Walter H. Godsoe, Susie F. Jenkins, Ida Perkins] to appoint the first trustees, since she was the grandmother of the present librarian, Catherine Ellison. Mrs. Perkins was also credited as the one who wrote the letter to obtain funds from the Carnegie Corporation for building the library. Ground breaking took place in May 1922 and was completed one year later.
Today patrons find the library easily accessible with ample parking space. The interior is well lighted. The circulating books are upstairs with a reference and reading room on the lower level. The librarian, Mrs. Ellison and her assistant Judith Macdougall are friendly and always ready to give assistance to patrons. Mrs. Ellison feels that low-income families equal that of higher income families as library users. Some patrons have a high interest in reading and self-education from all income levels. "One juvenile knows more about World War II than most adults. He has studied that subject in his selection of adult books since he was a small child," Mrs. Ellison said. "The mission of the library is to continue service to the community, providing it with educational information and recreation needs." Mrs. Ellison feels that cautious planning, good judgement and a thorough understanding of any potential consequences is the only route toward a successful goal. It sees quite possible that libraries will play an ever more important role in the lives of people of all ages. A return to reading as a source of enjoyment and relaxation seems quite possible. Mrs. Ellison notes that the circulation of reading material during the first two months of the present year is already well above that of the same period in 1979.
[Additional information: The Milo Free Public Library was added to the National Register of Historic Places, in 1989.]
UFO over Milo
BY TOM POOLE
(Folks, this is a true story as best as I can recall.)
Happy Horne and I spotted the strange light from my car while at the Milo Drive-in Theater in the summer of '68. In case you're wondering, no, Happy is not a female; however, with a wig and some makeup, he could've passed for a cute one in those days. Howard's his given name. And no, we were not drinking; though some Maineiacs are known to imbibe from time to time.
I cannot remember the movie, but I do remember what we saw above the screen. At first we were sure it was simply another satellite crossing the dark summer sky. That's what it appeared to be until it suddenly started darting around making sharp turns at high speeds. No conventional aircraft that we knew of could do this. The object would go at an incredible speed in one direction then turn and do the same in another. Sometimes it appeared to swoop down close to us.
Soon we were more interested in the show above the screen then the one on it. We drove out of the drive-in and headed into town where we found the town sheriff, Charlie Huff. We got him to follow us up Sargent Hill so we could show him our UFO.
Now, if we had thought about this, Charlie would've been the last person to take along as a material witness. Charlie's auto racing exploits and general countenance may have made for questionable testimony should we have needed it, but Charlie was our one willing witness. After watching the object with us for quite awhile, Charlie made a profound observation. It made us feel certain we were really onto something big. Charlie said, "Well, I'll tell ya one thing fellas, no plane I ever saw could do that kinda stuff!" Then Charlie left to attend to more important things (hot coffee with better company).
Well, Hap and I stayed up on that hill looking at this UFO for quite some time, until it seemed we were getting quite familiar with it. Perhaps they knew we were watching, because eventually the object came down and hovered over the far end of town. We jumped into the car and headed down the hill. We drove up High Street and into the Milo Elementary School yard, parked, got out and climbed up onto the school roof. There we sat perched, watching as this whirring object with pulsing lights hovered over us. The night was so dark we could not make out the shape of the thing.
We may or may not have been kidnapped and later returned, but I do know one thing. Following this incident Happy acted a little strange. Of course no one in town noticed this because Hap's reputation had already been established. I, on the other hand, was in college. College students were doing weird things during the 60's and this, more than anything else, probably camouflaged my odd behavior. There were also many guys returning from Vietnam in those days with strange idiosyncrasies. In other words, the odd and unusual were common everywhere.
Hap and I rarely see each other now. We live half a world apart. Perhaps subconsciously, we believe the UFO did borrow us for a while. If so, I wonder if we were rejects or set aside for future purposes?
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
Columbus Day Weekend is always a favorite of mine. We have made such a nice tradition of going out to New Hampshire with the cousins. We hurry home from work on Friday...quickly do the banking...then pack the car for a wonderful weekend. We don't usually care what the weather...were ready to roll within minutes. This year we met our cousins from Millinocket in my Aunt's driveway in Pittsfield (where they left their car) and they rode to New Hampshire with us. We were heavily loaded with luggage and began to worry right then and there about the places where we'd have to squeeze packages after shopping. YIKES!! This was going to take some careful thought, not to mention a little restraint.
Carroll got in the passing lane on the Interstate and we were on our way. Joan waited dinner for us and we arrived hungry and a bit shell shocked from the traffic we encountered on the way. It would appear that we aren't the only people who travel over Columbus Day weekend. The rain began after we left Kennebunkport and the pesky stuff dropped out of the sky all weekend long (with only a few breaks on Saturday afternoon).
Joan had creamy chicken enchiladas for dinner on our arrival, and I'm sad to say that I completely forgot to copy down the recipe from her. They were rich and wonderful, and I promise to put that yummy recipe in a future column. Along with the enchiladas she had something that I'd only heard about recently, but had never tasted. It was a salad called Broccoli Slaw. Believe it or not they have a new product out now that is shredded up broccoli stalks. There is a tinge of color mixed in with the broccoli, which I believe is shredded carrots and a little shredded red cabbage. What a wonderful and unique idea. The recipe follows:
1 Package Broccoli Slaw (available in the produce section with the packaged lettuce)
1 Package Ramen noodles w/seasoning (doesn't matter what flavor)
1 bunch of scallions chopped (Joan used less than the bunch - like 1/3 of it.)
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
3/4 cup salad oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
the package of Raman noodle seasoning
Combine the dressing ingredients and whisk. Combine the broccoli slaw, crumbled Raman noodles, scallions and sunflower seeds. Just before serving re-whisk your dressing ingredients and pour over the slaw. (You may want to start with only half of the dressing and keep adding to taste) Toss to c oat.
This is a wonderful twist to slaw, and I'm so glad that I was able to get the recipe for all of you.
There is a Fall Foliage Festival in Warner, New Hampshire that is just a few miles up the road from my cousin's home in Contoocook. Traditionally, we go to this fair one of the days that we're there, but this year it was so wet we totally opted for shopping. Joan took us down to the Manchester Mall on Saturday and I had a wonderful time shopping for my husband's birthday present in that massive mall. I ended up getting him a George Foreman Lean-Mean-Fat Reducing-Grilling Machine. WOW!! We haven't used it yet,
but I'm thawing a package of pork chops as we speak and we'll be eating them tonight. That combined with the three boxes of wineglasses (with identification charms) that we brought back to Maine made for some cramped quarters. Hey, I can't resist a bargain! Those wineglasses (with identification charms) had to be the "find" of the year.
Saturday night Joan served Italian spaghetti. Gail made a big tossed salad and then Joan served the most incredible tasting bread that I've ever had. The recipe was from a friend of Joan's who is a wonderful cook and it follows:
Annie Bomba's Bruchetta
In a food processor mix about 1/2 jar of sun-dried tomatoes (oil packed). Add 8 or so kalamada olives (pitted), a little fresh garlic (like one clove that you've crushed), a dash of oregano, a twist or two of ground pepper and just a little olive oil. Shake in a tad of Parmesan cheese. Give this a little mix and spread on lightly toasted slices of French bread. Top these with a thin slice or two of fresh mozzarella cheese.
I know this whole thing sounds a little vague...but I guarantee you, it will be worth the frustration that you feel in the reading of this. If you're a cook...you know how much a dash and a tad is of these ingredients. This is out of this world!!
On Sunday morning I made my Easy Eggs Benedict recipe for everyone. They loved it, and I accompanied it with individual fruit cups that I prepared of vanilla yogurt, fruit pieces and a sprinkle of Grapenuts over each dish. What a yummy breakfast!
If the day had been better we were going to try out a new fall tradition called a Corn Maze. Does that sound like fun or what??!! There would be a ton of places around here where we could set up a Corn Maze and cash in on it. Imagine it!!! People actually paid big bucks to go into a cornfield and get lost! It was too wet for the guys, and we really didn't want to do it without them, so we just went shopping again and the guys watched football all afternoon. Sounds exactly like it was.... we played right into their hands and we both got our own ways! I'll take a shopping trip to a tromp in a wet garden any day! I do think that on a clear sunny fall day a Corn Maze would be lots of fun.
On Monday we made our way back to Maine making our semi-annual trip to the Christmas Tree Shoppe near the mall in So. Portland. I love any store that's motto is "Don't you just love a bargain?" Yes, indeed I do!
I'm on vacation the rest of this week and I've got more projects lined up than Carter's got little liver pills. Some of them take place right here at the computer and some of them include getting a better handle on our fall wardrobes. I'll probably get that job done just about in time to get the spring stuff out. Won't that be a wonderful day!! I'm looking forward to it already!
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Match element with Symbol
Rocks are formed in three ways: by molten magma, by deposit and by being modified from former rock.
Igneous rocks are formed from magma. Intrusive or plutonic rocks crystallize under ground from the magma deep in the earth. Extrusive rock is formed from lava flowing on the surface or as pyroclastic cinders coming from volcanoes. Usually extrusive rocks have a finer grain because they tend to cool faster and the minerals in them dont have time to collect in larger groups. Some examples of igneous rock are granite, which is intrusive, and basalt, which is extrusive.
All rocks erode and become smaller. Sand came from rock that has broken up due to temperature changes, freezing and thawing, and erosion from wind and water.
Sedimentary rocks form near the Earths surface with low temperatures and pressures. They are formed when erosion particles are deposited by wind, water or ice. They also may precipitate from a solution. Coral reefs are examples of rock formed by living things.
Fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock because heat and pressure have not destroyed the impression. I recall a fossil in progress I saw near Katahdin Iron Works. I was on a field trip with students to Ore Mountain. There was a run off and a thin layer of rock was forming from the minerals in the water. In this was a leaf that was partially covered. I picked it up and its impression in the rock was already started.
With our present climate conditions, coral reefs are only formed within 40 degrees of the equator because the water gets too cold in Polar Regions.
Sedimentary rocks tend to be softer than other types of rocks. Examples of sedimentary rocks are sandstone, shale and limestone.
The third type of rock is metamorphic rock. This is rock that has been modified from a previous condition by heat and or pressure. Sometimes new minerals are added. Sometimes the minerals in the old rocks are changed by the heat and pressure. Slate is shale that has been modified. When underground, the shale is changed by elevated temperature and pressure to make the much harder slate. In some cases the normal horizontal shale is pushed so that its grain is vertical. Under similar circumstances marble is made from limestone. Even some types of granite are metamorphic in that they have been subjected to heat and pressure after their formation.
About 95% of the earths crust are igneous and metamorphic. Sedimentary rock is mostly found above sea level.
Maine is an interesting state for studying rocks. The rocks under our feet are mostly left here by glaciers. There are a few out croppings of igneous rock like Mt. Katahdin and other mountains on the Appalachian Trail but for the most part we do not see the underlying rock. Along the coast of Maine we see a lot of pink granite with basalt intrusions showing us the granite was here from a previous active time and the black basalt forced itself up by cracking the granite. Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park is an excellent place to see this. We do have some sedimentary rocks used to make cement around Thomaston. The bedrock
in Maine is not like the rest of New England. Some geologists think that when Pangea or the super continent broke up and the present continents started moving on the surface of the earth, that Maine came from a different place than the rest of New England.
Another curious fact is that western Maine is the home of many minerals and gemstones. In Oxford, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties there are deposits of beryl, topaz, tourmaline, garnet and mica. East of the Penobscot bay there seems to be a lot of small mines for lead, gold, copper and zinc. Of course KI is a perfect example of this with its large deposit of iron ore.
Answers: 1)f, 2)h, 3)I, 4)j, 5)c, 6)b, 7)e, 8)d, 9)g, 10)a
Thompson Mountain Buck
A story in 6 parts, By Carl Hamlin Part 3
Just beyond Second Brook we crossed a big bucks track. He was alone and seemed to be traveling, so we stopped only long enough to be sure that he wasnt in sight. A few hundred yards from there, we found a place where three had bedded down and the beds hadnt frozen over. We looked the situation over and decided that Id take the track, Bill flanking me on the left and Paul on the right. They would try to keep in sight of me all the time and if we jumped the deer, one of us should get a shot. Those three deer led us through swamps and thickets, over ridges and across brooks. We jumped them three times, but couldnt see them. They didnt slow down once, but kept up a ground-covering lope that seemed tireless and effective. We left their tracks in an alder swail. It was here that we picked up a bucks track that looked as big as my hand.
The tracks were fresh and going in the right direction, so we followed them. We used the same system as before and although we lost sight of each other several times in the black growth, we kept our general directions by an occasional whistle. As I followed the trail, my mind began to work as it always does at the sight of a big deers track, I thought to myself, He must be a big one; he sinks into the ground enough; there, the prints of his dewclaws are even showing in the snow. I heard him jump the first time, when I stepped on a hidden branch. I spoke to Paul and Bill and told them that he was just ahead of us. Soon I came to the place where he had been lying behind a fallen tree. He was running now and so I speeded up my pace to a fast walk. I swung the 303 to my shoulder and lined the sights on a stump, just for practice; then moved on.
That buck ran for nearly a mile before starting up a long, open ridge. He was evidently getting a little tired. Bill came up the valley, which sloped up toward the ridge, and Paul was working through the firs, which I had just left. About half way up the ridge I found where the buck had lain down again and as I looked up I saw him jump through an open space on top of the hill. I spoke to Bill
and told him that I had seen the deer. After waiting for him to catch up with me, I went straight to the open space where I had seen the buck cross. A heavy fir thicket was just ahead and into this he had plunged.
I followed his tracks through the brush into a path which led to the other side of the thicket. With my nerves on edge, I stepped out of the thicket and stood beside a hardwood tree. Suddenly I heard the telltale thump, thump to the left. There he was, running from the side of the ridge across to my right. He was headed for an opening between a fir and a hardwood. I pulled the safety, threw the Savage to my shoulder, held on the opening and prayed. His head and neck came in sight and I squeezed the trigger. As the Savage roared, he hit the ground with a thud. His head came up and I put another shot behind his ear. Down went his head to stay. Bill was beside me as I fired the second shot.
Thats enough. He said, hes down to stay.
We ran down to him and for a moment stood and looked. There was one of the largest bucks we had ever seen. He had a heavy set of antlers, with nine long points.
Boy, hes a beauty, Carl, Bill exclaimed.
I felt like laughing, running, jumping and yelling all at the same time, so I let out a yell and shook my rifle in the air. After we quieted down a little, Bill pulled out his knife and with a grim expression on his face and a sort of wild glint in his eye, he straddled the bucks neck and with a quick thrust he drove the knife deep into the soft throat, jumping free as he did so. But those antlers didnt come up as he expected them to; the buck was dead.
We dressed him out and then tried to decide what kind of a hitch we would use to drag him by. I had some light but strong rope in my pocket, which I tied to the base of the antlers. The other end was then tied to a three-foot stick, which Paul hacked off with his knife. Before starting out, Paul studied his compass and the sun, and figured out that we were about two miles from a road where we could hang up our prize and be able to find him later. It took us from eleven-thirty to four-thirty to get him to the road. We stopped only twice for any length of time, the first time to eat our lunch of tea and sandwiches and the next time to allow Paul a chance to get his bearings. It was a hard drag over the ridge that runs parallel to the road, but with the help of the snow we made it. It was a marvel to me how Paul could remember and find those so called roads. They were, to me, only thin places in the woods. I could have walked through a dozen of them and never known it. When we reached the camp that night with the heart, which we had taken turns carrying on a forked stick, we all agreed that it weighed not less than forty pounds. But I think our empty stomachs must have influenced our judgement, because I found that the fried heart which we had for supper disappeared very quickly.
We were lying on the bunks at nine-thirty when out of the silence of the forest came the hoot of an owl.
We listened intently, as it seemed to come closer at each repetition. I had heard owls hoot before, and the sound was perfectly natural, but a few moments later we could make out the sound of approaching footsteps. It was Pauls brother, Neal, with a friend, Reginald Leighton. They were cold and one of Regs boots had torn open, allowing snow and water to enter. He undressed his feet and warmed them by the fire. They had brought in a supply of food which looked ample for several days. We all hit the hay a half-hour after their arrival and slept as only tired hunters can sleep on bough beds. Im not casting any reflections on the bunks. They were fine, except that the fellow who slept in mine before had his own set of valleys and hills and they didnt seem to correspond with mine.
That night a real, old-fashioned northeaster set in. Continued next week
MSAD #41 SCHOOL LUNCH MENU
OCTOBER 21 25
Monday-Fish shapes, mashed potato, peas, dinner roll,
peaches, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Egg salad sandwich, buttered rotini, sliced cukes,
Wednesday-Burrito, lettuce/tomato, cinnamon roll,
Thursday-Turkey/gravy, whipped potato, glazed carrots,
dinner roll, and gingerbread/topping.
Friday-Breadsticks, cheese/sauce, 3 bean salad,
The Towns Public Library
Local History Bonus Reprints from MHS Breeze and other sources.
Submitted by Myrna Ricker
The first public library was established at the home of Mrs. Mary Hobbs, August 1909, she receiving a loan library from the state. The library was removed from her home to the Odd Fellows building at which time Mrs. Elsie Sherburne was librarian, being succeeded by Miss Minnie McIntosh and Mrs. Florence Cotter, the present librarian (1933).
It is generally known that the Milo W.C.T.U. started and developed the Public Library in Milo. On September 3, 1903, Andrew Carnegie promised the town $5000 for a library fund. The records do not show what retarded the work at that time, but apparently it was due to lack of assistance in getting the town to vote and accept the gift, also to agree to the provisions, which were that the town should furnish a lot and vote for maintenance, 10% of the amount of the gift.
In 1916 Mr. Randall, a selectman, had further correspondence with the Carnegie Corporation, at which time they increased their offer to $7000. At the following town meeting in March 1917, it was voted to accept this offer and it was decided to build on the Leonard lot next to the Baptist Church. Plans were made, but actual building was postpones partially due to the World War.
| During November 1920, word was received from the Carnegie Corporation that unless action was taken soon, they would take back their offer. At the next town meeting in 1921 no action was taken, but it was decided to have a special town meeting. Then it was voted to sell the Leonard lot and build on the Ford lot, which would accommodate both a library and town hall if one should be built at a later date.
About this time B.W. Pineo made a call on the Carnegie Corporation and their offer was increased $1500, provided that the town would appropriate a similar amount, making a total of $10,000 available. At the next town meeting this was approved and it was voted for a minimum of $1000 yearly for upkeep. The majority of the selectmen signed the papers and the ground was broken in May 1922
We appreciate more and more the great gift that the Carnegie Corporation has made us, and that they do not in any way dictate to us in regard to operating the library, simply requiring a guarantee that the library work will be carried out.
(From: Milo Public Library, by Margaret Johnson, 36-Breeze 1933)
By Nancy Grant
MILO-FEBRUARY 9, 1949 MILO BOARD OF TRADE
Milo Piscataquis County Maine
H. Allen Monroe, Chairman
Joseph P. Reardon, Vice-Chairman
Myron S. McIntire, Secretary
Olga A. Pinette, Treasurer
Directors Harold Kroemer, F. Davis Clark, M.T. Billings, Mrs. Ella Mills, and Max E. Place
INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
M.T. Billings, Chairman Carl Luttrell, Chairman
Harold Kroemer, Sam Polackewich
Charles W. Mills, Neil E. Daggett
F. Davis Clark, C. Woulforst
Bion F. Jose, Paul H. Day
Orris L. Dean
PROGRAM COMMITTEE MERCHANTS COMMITTEE
Joseph P. Reardon, Chairman Kenneth Pullen, Chairman
Lloyd Treworgy, C. Harold Owen
Wellington A. Bamford, Ora Billings
Judson Gerrish, Howard Artus
CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE Bion F. Jose, Chairman
Harold Kroemer, Chairman Joseph P. Reardon
Reginald Dority, Philip Bradeen
Judson Gerrish F. Davis Clark
COMMITTEE ON ACTIVITIES FOR LADY MEMBERS
Mrs. Ruth Daggett, Chairman Mrs. Ester Houston
Mrs. Dorothy Polakewich
Regular Meetings are held at 12 noon, Town Hall Dining Room on Mondays, September thru May. Luncheon at 12 sharp-Meetings conclude at one oclock.
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE
The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angies 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.
OCTOBER 16 MEETING NOTES
BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
This weeks meeting began with eighteen members in attendance. Eben led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb led us in prayer. Chris Almy presented the inspirational reading, The Power of Positive Thinking by Ruth Stafford Peal.
The correspondence this week was a newsletter from the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club, the Fall Training Conference at the Samoset on November 15, 16, and 17, and the dinner honoring the New England Governor at Pilots Grill on October 26. Need to know who will be attending by Friday, October 18th.
Anniversaries-Chris and Sue Almy on October 21.
Key Club-six clubbers worked at the Heritage Festival last weekend in Dover, Dennis Dorsey was the guest at their weekly meeting on October 10th, an invitation to travel to Greenville, the American Red Cross sponsored dinner on Wednesday with Phil Gerow, help setting up for the dinner on October 24, the Fall Frolic on October 26, and at the Methodist Church in Dover on the 19th for Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Their next meeting will be October 24 in the PVHS library at 6 pm.
Newspaper-Printed sales are up to 237 issues with only 4 returned. All the distribution boxes were empty except for the one at Rite Aid. $94.20 in donations was collected partly in response to last weeks request for people to show their appreciation by donating a little extra.
Kiwanis Foundation progress-Jeff will be meeting with John Cushing.
Reading is Fundamental-Lois Trask and Heidi Finson met Tuesday to set up the book distribution on October 23 or as soon as possible before the end of this month. The reading they would like to do is Where the Wild Things Are.
An interclub consisting of Eben, Herb, Bill, Edwin, and Ethelyn went to Dover on October 15 to Foxcroft Academy. Interclubs are being formed to travel to Orono on the 22nd, to Dexter on the 25th, and to the Corinth installation on the 23rd.
The details for the turkey dinner for the Field Trials group were finalized. (At least 125 are expected!)
Members were asked to sign up to help on the Veterans Day dinner scheduled for November 11 at noon in the Town Hall Dining Room.
| The Kiwanis directory was circulated so members could update their information.
Upcoming speakers: October 23-Mike OConnor, October 30, please bring a gift, either something from home or whatever (not over $5, please). Working on meeting at Pleasant Park. November 6-Kevin Black.
Twelve happy and sad dollars were donated; Heritage Festival, suspended e-mail, UMO Black Bears, a loan, Patriots, Gene Autrey, and for Eben turning Democrat?
Our speaker today was Sheena Lundin. As the Chief of Volunteer Services at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston, she spoke passionately about the group of 11 to 18 year-old girls and boys she deals with. She and a staff of 37 trained volunteers have the attitude that they are kids first, not just people who have committed crimes; these are our MAINE kids. Sheena also stated that it takes more than a village to raise a child, it takes many communities. It takes a special individual to become a volunteer; when they go to work the doors are locked behind them. All the employees at the Center must have a pass and the volunteers are required to have six hours of training.
The Center opened in February of this year with 28 people coming from the Maine Youth Center in Portland. These young people have had several chances through their probation officers before being sent to the Center. DA Chris Almy said he would rather send them to Mt. View where they find help, not punishment. Its not a nice place to the newly arrived. They have to earn privileges and one of the biggest rewards is to wear regular sneakers instead of Velcro footwear. Something else to look forward to is playing BINGO where the prizes include alcohol free deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. In the Mountaineering program, a high level of achievement is going to the Bangor Symphony.
This is not a jail but a place for a chance to work through individual problems with the help of substance abuse workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, and families. One of the concerns is breaking the cycle of alcohol and domestic abuse at home. Sheena said that the volunteers work hard to help the families be able to visit and be part of the program. The parental involvement is an impressive 80%.
School is not required but math, science, and other classes are available in the mornings. There are art and culinary programs, woodworking, and a computer lab open in the afternoons. At the present time nine kids have received their GEDs, complete with caps and gowns. There are now six attending college.
Sheena and her staff would like to send the young people to college with a $100 to $200 scholarship, give them a care bag when they go to residential programs, have local people be liaisons between the Center and the schools they attend, and to help find jobs for the children.
Thank you very much, Sheena for the enlightening presentation, your compassion, and the obvious concern and caring you have for our MAINE kids.
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