Three Rivers News, 2002-11-05

     Erika Smart and Ben Wright, currently of Smithville Tennessee, announce their engagement. The couple was engaged during a sunny break in a mountain hailstorm in Glencoe , Scotland.
     Erika is the daughter of Randy and Cindy Smart of Derby. She is a 1994 graduate of Penquis Valley High School and a 1998 graduate of Dartmouth College. Erika is currently employed by the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN.
     Ben is the son of Dr. Peter and Penelope Wright of Nashville, TN. He is also a 1998 graduate of Dartmouth College and will receive a Fine Arts degree in Glassblowing from the Appalachian Center for Crafts in May, 2003.
     The couple is planning a July 19, 2003 wedding in South Londonderry, Vermont, before relocating for graduate school.

Editors Note: I wish you both all the happiness you deserve. Love, Val

     Freda and Everett Cook would like you all to know that they are planning their annual Christmas Dinner at the Milo Town Hall. The festive meal is free to anyone who would like to attend, so make plans. Details will be in upcoming issues of the Three Rivers News.

     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.

Second Annual Veteran's Day Dinner
Monday, November 11, 2002 at 12:00 Noon
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.

6th Annual HARVEST SUPPER in LaGrange
NOVEMBER 16, 2002
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Adults: $5.00 kids: $2.50
Turkey with "all" the fixings plus apple crisp/ice cream
Benefits Marion C. Cook School.........TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE
Call: 943-2196 or 943-2342

Norma Horne is the Birthday Girl
     Norma Horne celebrated her 86th birthday October 27, 2002. A ham dinner with all the fixins, made by her children was served at the Horne/Richards residence. Four of the couples five children attended and ate until they couldn't eat anymore.
     Attending were: Tom and Carol Horne, Linda and Larry Keef, Karen and Michael Clark, Janet, Donnie, grandsons Troy and Toby Richards, Allan and Norma Horne, and a surprise visit from Grandson Peter Keef and his wife Michele. Son Happy Horne had been in town on Saturday, but had to return home. Norma was well remembered on this very special day.

     The Penquis cheerleaders, who are performing at the Orange Bowl, are working hard towards their goal. They had a successful night at the fundraiser held at Uno's of Bangor. They are still collecting bottles and plan a raffle for the month of November.
     They recently received a letter from the NCAA staff telling them to expect their uniforms and travel schedule the first week of December. Please watch for further updates.

Milo Elementary will be celebrating Veteran's Day on Friday, November 15th, during our weekly assembly.
We invite all veterans to attend. As part of our celebration, we are collecting the names of veterans related to our students. We plan to add the names collected to a Veteran's Honor Roll in the school hall. Please send in any and all names of veterans that you wish us to include. Thank you and see you on November 15. - Respectfully, The Milo Elementary Staff

     Karen Jay, of Milo, received the University of Maine’s Presidential Academic Achievement Award at a ceremony sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development on October 16, 2002. Dean Robert Cobb presented the presidential pins, explaining that they are awarded to full-time students who have earned a 3.50 or higher grade point average during the most recent semester and also maintained at least a 3.00 average over the past two semesters.
     Karen is majoring in Elementary Education, with a concentration in English, and will graduate in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Science. She said she chose education because she has aspired to be a teacher for many years and feels that the teaching profession needs to take its rightful place in the professional world. Karen has worked with students in a variety of settings from Head

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Start up through Adult Education, and at the college level also. She expects to complete her student teaching internship at the Alton Elementary School this spring.
     Karen began her career at the U of Maine with the Onward Program. Onward has enabled thousands of students to receive a four-year college degree. At the heart of the Onward Program is the development of a small, supportive learning environment.
     Developmental college courses, academic, personal and vocational support, peer support and peer tutoring provide a comfortable community that has a reputation for academic success. For more information about Onward, call 207-581-2319 or email

Submitted by Janet Richards
     Imagine yourself going to the Milo Town Hall on a date in 1941. Imagine yourself sitting in the balcony in chairs #17 and 18. Imagine this first date with a beautiful gal named Virginia and imagine yourself sitting there and falling in love. Well, that's exactly what happened to James McLean.
     James and Virginia (or Jim and Jeanie) were together for 58 more years after that magical night. Jim lost his beloved Jeanie in 1999 to cancer, a void for him that is almost unbearable. When he traveled, this past July, to Milo for his 60th class reunion, he spoke to Edwin Treworgy about an idea. He wished to purchase those very chairs in that balcony to have in memory of his dear dear wife. He wrote a very heart touching letter to the Milo Board of Selectmen about his request. They gave their approval and so Jim traveled here from Randolph, Me. and made his prized purchase.
     He took those special chairs home and I'm sure he enjoys the memories they represent. A heartfelt thank you arrived soon after and I quote part of it now: "May God Bless each and everyone who had a hand in helping me get those chairs. I have fond memories of Milo and I always will, for it is in the small towns where the best people are found. May our Town of Milo always be the best place to bring up children and may they always have fond memories of Milo as my beloved Jeanie and I have had in our teenage years in Milo. Once again in behalf of my beloved Jeanie and I, we thank you all very, very much. “Jim McLean"
     I wrote to Mr. McLean to ask his permission to print this beautiful story in our paper. He wrote back a wonderful note and told me how honored he would be to have this story told. He wrote how much he missed his beloved Jeanie, but he knows he will see her again. He told how they loved to sing together riding in the car or taking a stroll. He used to sing to her "I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”. She had a beautiful smile and was always so happy that this song just seemed to fit. Her beautiful smile is what
captured his heart that night so long ago in the Milo Town Hall balcony, when she became his Jeanie.
     I can only wonder how many others have fallen in love in that balcony in our special Town Hall. Thank you so much Mr. McLean for sharing a very touching part of your life.

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


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     Do you love to read? Everyone should enjoy reading for pleasure or knowledge! There is only one thing that is better than sinking your teeth into a good book - that is sharing that book with someone else. Here is a new project for all you 'friendly people'. This week I want you all to find a book that you are through with and take it and donate it to the library or one of the schools. If you really do not want to part with your books, then lend one to someone you know would enjoy it. Let a friend or family member know what you think a 'good book' is.
     Have fun with creative, it can even be a magazine or just an article out of the newspaper. Just share some knowledge with someone you know!
Happy reading!
Aunt Bea Kind

Cook School News
Reading Is Fundamental
     The students at The Marion C. Cook School participated in their third RIF distribution of the current contract. Each student chose one book to keep, from a selection of about 35 titles. Picture books, novels, fiction and non-fiction books (including many different genres) were on display in the gym/cafeteria for a week prior to the selection and our celebration of reading. Students were given many opportunities to peruse the books before making their selection. There was tremendous excitement about choosing a book to take home and add to their personal library.
     Our program is 100% locally funded by the LaGrange PTO in conjunction with Reading is Fundamental. Our association with RIF allows us to purchase books at discount prices. Once again we thank our wonderful PTO for supporting us. We could not do it without you!!!!!
     Many terrific things are happening in our school.
     On October 25, our annual Halloween Dance was held. Our PTO did a wonderful job decorating the gym, providing refreshments and hiring Andrew Walker as our DJ.
     Students and several parents arrived in costumes ready to dance the evening away. The twin cows were utterly amazing!
     David and Debbie Walker served as judges for the costume contest. They had a tough time but after some prompting from their son, they recognized the following students:
- Most original Costume- CASSIDY PARKER (Little Red Riding Hood)
- Funniest Costume- DREW BELLATTY
- Scariest Costume- RICHIE RUSSELL
- Best Overall Costume- TRAVIS ADAMS
- SABRINA FADILLAH was declared the Limbo champion of the evening.
     At our Terrific Kid assembly last week, Kathy Foss presented bus awards to MICHELLE BAKER, JESSICA DONLAN and KRISTEN MORSE. Kathy thanks you for being Role Models on the bus.

     Mrs. Chapman awarded Artist of the Week certificates to ETHAN SMITH and RACHAEL WOOD. Their scarecrows are hanging in the main entryway.
     The students participated in a Fire Safety poster contest. La Grange firemen, Corey Roberts and Joe Baker judged the posters. TREVOR LYFORD, DANIELLE ROBERTS and REBECCA PIERCE (Ms. Ivy's class), JUSTIN MOULTON, LILLIS NOKE and DYLAN Leclair (Mrs. Carter's class) and ALYSSA GRAY, MIKE DRAKE and JOSH SOMERS were honored for their outstanding posters.
     DANIELLE ROBERTS (Ms. Ivy's class), LILLIS NOKE (Mrs. Carter's class) and JIMMY GLEDHILL (Miss K's class) were applauded as Students of the Week. Danielle works very hard every day. Lillis always has a smile on her face and listens very closely. Jimmy was recognized as being extremely kind and a hard worker.
     Our Kiwanian friend, Mr. Cochrane joined Mrs. Bradbury in honoring our Terrific Kids this week. RACHEL BAKER (Ms. Ivy's class), ETHAN SMITH (Mrs. Carter's class) and CATRINA COMEAU were recognized for their hard work and terrific attitudes. We are proud of yo     u!!!
Kathy Foss awarded Good Kids On the Bus certificates to RACHAELBAKER and REBECCA PEIRCE. Kathy appreciates how you use your inside voices on the bus.
     Mrs. Chapman named ROSE THERIAULT and MIKE DRAKE Artists of the week. Their wonderful masks are on display on the bulletin board outside the office.
     A school-wide poster contest is in process this week. Reading Is Fundamental, our dedicated PTO and the staff are sponsoring the contest. The National RIF theme is: "Together We Read." One poster will be selected from our school to become part of the national RIF poster contest. The poster will be sent to Washington, D.C.
     Due to the generosity of the PTO, books will be awarded to students with the top three posters in each classroom. The posters are currently on display on the large bulletin board in the gymnasium.

Brownville Elementary Terrific Kids
     Brownville Elementary School had some very Terrific Kids at their assembly on Friday, October 25, 2002. Those honored were: KALA HALL in Kindergarten, IAN PERKINS in First Grade, JESSICA CLEMENT in Second Grade, ALEX SLAGLEl in Third Grade, COLBY BROWN in Fourth Grade and ASHLEY BURCH in Fifth Grade. Congratulations to all of our fine students.
By COREY HERBEST, Brownville Fifth Grade
     On October 26, the Brownville fifth grade had a bottle drive for their field trip to Boston on May 9. Mrs. Brown gave us an extra penny and that gave us fifty

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dollars more. All of the fifth grade made $375. We are very thankful.
     The Brownville first grade and early childhood are had a Halloween parade for the senior citizens at Quarry Pines at 1:OO and went back to the school back to have a Halloween snack.

Can You Imagine?
BY JAKE LYFORD, 5th Grade Brownville
Can you imagine twos without threes
Wind without breeze

Sleeping without a bed
A body without a head

Trees without leaves
People without knees

Water without leeches
A world without beachers

Bullets without lead
Shoes without tread

A garden without weeds
A kid without needs

A store without candy
A ghost who is dandy

Can You Imagine?
BY ASHLEY BURCH, Grade 5 Brownville
Can you Imagine a bike without wheels
Shoes without heels

A rabbit without jumps
A camel without humps

A leopard without spots
A kitchen without pots

Elephants without trunks
A world without punks

A world without pets
The Navy without jets

A dog without fleas
A world without bees

A turtle without a shell
A school without a bell.

Milo Elementary News
     The Three Rivers Kiwanis held their annual "Reading is Fundamental " book distribution at Milo Elementary. Here, Ed Treworgy, President of the club, reads to the kids. Who do you think enjoyed the story more, the small kids or the "Big Kid."?

Community Swap ‘n’ Trade
     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 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 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.
     • The second grade at Milo Elementary School is participating in a sharing project called Operation Christmas Child. They are filling shoeboxes with gifts to be sent to children around the world. They need shoe boxes that are in good repair and clean, to cover and fill. If you have shoe boxes to give contact the school (943-2122) or drop them off in the school office.
     • If there are any users of Red Rose Tea that have Noah's Ark figures and would like to swap, I have extras and am trying to complete my set. Call me at the Milo Flower Shop..943-2638.
     • 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.

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     • The elementary art teacher is looking for the following items: empty paper towel rolls and the plastic baby-wipe containers, either Huggies or Pampers, the large size. She uses these containers to make supply kits for her art classes. You can contact any of the three elementary schools to let them know you have these. She will contact you about either having them delivered or picked up. Milo...943-2122, Brownville...965-8184, LaGrange...943-2196.
What are you looking for? Or, what do you want to clear out of the house? Send you information to this column.

Brownville Sports Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Buffy Butterfield (b) Sid Brown (c) Denny Harshaw (d) Ralph Berg twice led the Penquis League in scoring.
2. Lefty Strout was in the farm system of the (a) Red Sox (b) Braves (c)Giants (d) Yankees.
3. Basketball was played in (a) the Grange Hall (b) Dillon's Hall (c) the YMCA (d) both (a) and (b).
4. Which was not left handed (a) Bill Davis (b) Denny Larson (c) Alan Lockhart (d) Larry Morrill.
5. The Railroaders greatest margin of victory came against (a) Newport (b) Corinna (c) Milo (d) Greenville.
6. Carroll Conley came from (a) Washburn (b) Presque Isle (c) Bangor (d) Millinocket.
7. (a) Gene Brown (b) Jack Brown (c) Wayne Kirby (d) Gary Larson had the highest scoring game for the Railroaders.
8. The best outside shooter of the Browns was (a) Jack (b) David (c) Gene (d) Shirley.
9. The Railroaders beat (a) Stearns (b) Searsport (c) Calais (d) Lubec to win their first EM title.
10. (a) Ralph Berg (b) Galen Larson (c) Dean Bellatty (d) Charlie Sickler had the highest arc as a pitcher in softball.

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

Elizabeth E. Kenney
DOVER-FOXCROFT - Elizabeth E. Kenney, 90, wife of the late Wilfred E. Kenney, died Oct. 28, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was bom Feb. 26, 1912, in Barnard, the daughter of Nora (Blethen) and John Howard Perham.

Edward A. Gilchrest
MILO - Edward A. Gilchrest, 85, husband of Hilda (Hoxie) Gilchrest, died Oct. 23, 2002, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. He was bom June 12, 1917, in York, the son of Agnes (Voudy) and Alden Gilchrest.

Ralph M. Applebee
BROWNVILLE - Ralph M. Applebee, 69, died at Millinocket, Oct. 31, 2002. He was born July 6, 1933, in Brownville, the son of the late Clouse D. Applebee, who died in 1971, and Barbara (Rolfe) Applebee, who died in 1988

Civil War Letter
     Here is William Livermore's picture and also another letter from him to Abbie. This one was written before the one printed last week.. Neil Hamlin provided this picture. William Livermore was his great, great grandfather and Carl Hamlin and Edwin Treworgy's great grandfather.

                    Philadelphia, Penn.
                    August 2nd, 1864
Friend Abbie
     I think I told you that I would write after my return to the hospital and as I always try to keep my promises with the ladies I neither have nor wish to find an excuse for not doing so in this case. After leaving home Monday morning, July, 18th, I arrived in Phil. On the afternoon of the following Thursday.
     I was glad to find Will (Neil Hamlin told me this would have been Will Gould) in the same ward that we left, also to find him well and contented. When Will came back he found his bed occupied and he was transferred to the only spare bed in the ward and when I came back my bed was occupied but there was one joining Will’s that was vacant and I took possession of it so that our little stand only separates us at present. i had some fears that i should not see Will on my return; but they have said nothing to either of us yet about duty though I am expecting it every day. I think it will be some little timebefore I go to the front as my arm is no better than when I left home, but doing duty around the hospital is not very desirable to me.
     After a pleasant visit of thirty-five days with ny friends and acquaintances it was very hard parting with them to enter again upon military duty but I am not sorry that I went home, for i had a very pleasnat visit and should i never return to them again the recollecting of that p[leasnat visit will be some satisfaction to them.
     The weather is very hot and dry so that we can hardly make ourselves comfortable with nothing else to do. I pity the poor soldiers this hot weather who are exposed to the scorching sun marching and fighting.
     The news from Petersburg is rather unfavorable to us. I am disappointed, as I have been anxiously looking for more favorable results.

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     I heard some startling news a few nights since and as I do not believe you could guess what it is, I will tell you. Will received a letter a few nights since and after reading a part of it commenced laughing and told me that I was married. I denied it of course, but he soon convinced me that it was so by showing me the letter.
     Now what do you think of such things as that? Been home on a furlough and got married and didn’t know anything about it untill I had been back a week and now I cannot find out who the fair one is. I tell Will that he only found it out the night before he left. But I must close. Please give my best wishes to all and remember that an early reply will come very acceptable to
                    Your friend, Wm. T. Livermore


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Here are a few of our “Happy Birthday to the Three Rivers News” comments, we will print more next week.

K U D O ' S
Fall of 2001 -Milo, Maine hometown news
2002- Picture of MY HOMETOWN
10-30-02- Photo Album...I am sure I will submit...
Thanks to all, so much
PW Brown

Hi, Just want to say Happy Birthday to Three Rivers
News. You are doing a great job. Keep up the good
work. Carolyn
Congratulations! You all have done a great job. It’s good to read good news for a change.Larry S.
     I would like to thank everyone who attended my 90th birthday celebration on October 19th. Your presence made for a very special day to remember! Thanks to everyone for the cards and gifts and to everyone who had a part in making this party such a success. Your thoughtfulness and friendship is appreciated. Thanks, too, to the “Breakfast Girls” for your help in planning and keeping the party a surprise. - Sophie McKenney

Dear Resident:
     The MiIo Highway Department is ready for the snow and ice that we will receive this winter. The Highway Department will continue to carry out a complete snow removal and ice control program on all streets and highways within the Town of Milo.
     Because winter can be trying for motorists, it is important for you to know how the snow removal and ice control program will be carried out. I trust the following information will prove to be helpful.
     On behalf of the Highway Department I wish to extend our appreciation for your cooperation, and also wish you a safe winter. Please drive safely.
Glenn Ricker, Public Works Foreman

When the Snowfall Starts:
     An important step in dealing with snowfall is street and roadway salting and sanding, as soon as the snowfall begins. This prevents the snow from becoming compacted and frozen to the road surface. Top priority is given to the Town’s main roads. These are the heaviest traveled and are the major arteries running north and south and east and west, which is why they are given priority.
When the Snowfall Continues:
     When two to three inches of snow have accumulated, the plowing of the snow from the roadway begins. Our first responsibility is to keep the main roads open. These roads are the key to maintaining a steady flow of traffic, since most residents live within a mile or so from these roads. The plows then continue to plow all streets on the route to “open up” each one in sequence. If the storm continues to intensify, the plow trucks will remain in that same pattern until the storm abates. When that condition occurs, the trucks then begin to “widen out” all roads by pushing the accumulated snow back to the curb line and clearing the intersections.
     Remember, if possible, wait until the roadway has been plowed and “widened out” before clearing out the end of your driveway. There is no practical way to plow the road without depositing snow into your driveway. These men who operate the plow trucks are well trained and dedicated to working around the clock during such storms, to keep the roads open and passable. Don’t be misled by plow trucks riding with their plows up. They may be going in for fuel, repairs, or be headed for another area.
     To help reduce the possibility of a broken mailbox post, Milo Highway plow operators are urged to take precautions to avoid hitting mailboxes. However, experience has shown that with reduced visibility during a storm, and the height of the snow banks, it is not always possible for a driver to see a mailbox in time to avoid striking it with the wing or with the heavy snow that comes off the end of the wing. Any installation within the road right-of-way, including a mailbox, is placed there at the owner’s risk. Therefore, owners are encouraged to put mailboxes at the maximum distance from the roadway pavement. We also recommend supporting mailboxes by slings (rope or chain) to avoid any inadvertent damage.

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After the Storm is Over:
     Crews continue to monitor all roads for icy spots and drifting snow. Usually an application of sand and salt is applied to all streets and roads so the riding surface remains driveable. The major routes receive an application of salt and calcium chloride to speed up the melting action. As soon as possible, usually within 24 hours following a snowstorm, the crew removes the snow from the sidewalks, Main Street, west side of Park Street and the north side of lower West Main Street.
How You Can Help:
• Make certain your vehicle is ready for winter driving.
• Reduce your speed. This is the #1 cause of winter accidents. People have actually tried to pass a sander or plow on too many occasions. Also, please keep a safe distance behind plow trucks. Remember, if you can’t see the side mirrors the driver cannot see you.
• Do not drive in winter storms unless absolutely necessary.
• Before your final driveway clean-up check the street If the street is clean and full width, you are safe. If not, the plow truck will be back and will fill you in. Please understand that the Town cannot shovel or plow out the end of your driveway, nor can the Town crews plow private property. It is a violation of State law to push or blow snow across a street or road or onto a sidewalk. Remember overnight parking is prohibited on Town streets, between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 a.m. from the first of November to the first day of April.
• Finally, please be patient. Whether it is your driveway for which you are responsible or the 43 plus miles of road that the Town is responsible for, snow removal is an arduous and time-consuming job. Your highway workers do not get a shift change. If a storm is of long duration, the workers continue around the clock until the job is done. We strive for the safest streets and roadways at a reasonable cost and in the shortest period of time.

Editors Note: I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people complain about the manner in which road crews deal with the snow on our streets and sidewalks. I’ve heard people complain about too much sand one minute, then complain there is too little sand the next. Many of us don’t even have to deal with snow until the storm is over, yet the road crews are working as soon as the snow starts to fall. Let’s all consider the points Glen made, heed his suggestions and then try to be more appreciative of the work the fellows do.

By Judith Macdougall
     Busy ! Busy! Busy! It sounds like a broken record but that is the only way I can describe the library these days. This past week Pam and I prepared a brochure about the

library. It includes our hours, rules, a short history and lots of other pertinent information. Pick one up next time you are in.
     Remember the patron who came in a few weeks ago to practice on the computer. Well, she liked it so much, she was back again last Monday to get an e-mail address. Pam got her started searching for a name that HotMail would accept. She tried at least five different variations of her name before she found one that HotMail would permit. Going into the program again and again gave her computer experience, and she felt a great deal of satisfaction when she at last had an e-mail address. On Wednesday she came in armed with some e-mail addresses of members of her family to put into her computer address book and to send off messages. Her message began "Surprise" and I imagine they were as she had not told them she was using the computer at the library.
     If you, too, would like to try a computer, come in and the library staff will be glad to help you. As we have three computers, your practicing will not bother anyone who is in more of a hurry.
     This last week we have received many new juvenile books. Gayle Shirley presented us with a donation in memory of her daughter, Betsey Shirley Knapp. Knowing Betsey was very interested in history, I purchased with the donation the newest American Girl books --- Kaya, a Native American Girl of 1764. With some money from the Caldwell Fund I also purchased the Addy books of the same series. We now have almost all of the American Girl books published. These books are about 8 different American Girls in various time periods of our history. The years represented are 1764, Kaya; 1774, Felicity; 1824, Josefina; 1854, Kirsten; 1864, Addy; 1904, Samantha; 1934, Kit; and 1944, Molly. These stories introduce our 21st century girls to history through fiction in an interesting way---through the eyes of girls of that period.
     We have also had gifts of new Hardy Boys books. Donald Stanchfield, who nostalgically remembers the Hardy boys of his youth, decided to upgrade our worn copies by giving us an entire set. So far he has brought in 20 new books .We did not have all the titles so not only will our set be new but it will be complete. Thank you very much Gayle Shirley and Donald Stanchfield for contributing books to our juvenile shelves which certainly make them more inviting to our younger patrons.
     I also wish to remember Harry Caldwell for the fund he bequeathed to our library and of the interest, which continues to give us an additional sum each year for books. We are very lucky to have such patrons interested in the Milo Free Public Library.

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



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     Three Rivers Kiwanis is once again planning the Secret Santa program and we need your help! There is a Secret Santa Fund account set up at Maine Savings in Milo. Please help us make a special Christmas for area children by donating to the fund. As always, the role of Santa is being played by Murrel Harris. He is gathering names for Mrs. Claus (Janet Richards) and her elves (Kiwanians) to use when they head up to the North Pole to do their shopping. Remember…Christmas is for kids!

Historical Review
Milo Woman 58 years in Hotel Business
Milo Town Crier, ca 1972, by Edna L. Bradeen
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
     Mrs. Laura Dillon, owner and proprietor of the "Dillon House" at Milo is a most interesting and a most unusual woman. In this modern day and age, the average person looks forward to retirement almost before they get started in the business of earning a living. Not so Mrs. Laura Dillon who will be 81 on July 18th and who is still very much in command of her business which she has operated since 1914.
     Laura Packard Dillon was born at Grand Isle, Maine, on July 18, 1886, the daughter of Mary Brown and Peter Packard. She was educated in the Greenville schools, the family moving there when Laura was 8 years of age. On September 12, 1905, (her mother's birthday), she was married to Walter Dillon in a marriage ceremony performed at St. John's Episcopal Church at Brownville Junction. Following the wedding the Dillon's plunged immediately into the rooming business where they continued to run the Canadian Pacific Railroad House at Brownville Junction, the business in which Mr. Dillon was already established.
     In 1909, the Dillons moved to Milo where they took over what was known as the Milo House, located on the island, and which was run by Mrs. Dillon's sister, Mrs. Minnie Bartley. This building was gutted by fire four years later, and this four-story building was later remodeled and was occupied by the Milo Farmer's Union until four years ago. A few months after the fire, the Dillons purchased the "Charles Blood" home, located on the site of the present Dillon House. This two and half story house was built high on a hill, overlooking the Milo business district and with a picturesque view of Sebec River.
     In 1916, the Dillons found their business far exceeding their available room, so they remodeled, expanding the building to three full floors and a wide "open veranda" on the entire front and half of another side of the building. From this fresh air spot countless tourists have rocked and viewed the quiet, peaceful river below.
     During this time period, the transient business was very good and the "Dillon House" became a favorite stopping off place for them. The Dillons offered a service of three meals a day, cooking and serving them, as well a catering to banquets and other special events.
     In reminiscing on by-gone days, Mrs. Dillon recalls that on July 4, 1915, she and Mr. Dillon cooked and served 75 meals; took in a ballgame during the afternoon, and still had enough energy to go dancing in the evening! In later years they omitted the noon meal; serving just breakfast and supper. And then in November of 1954, Mr. Dillon was stricken with a fatal heart attack.

     At the age of 78 most women would have considered it impossible to continue the business, but after careful consideration, Laura Packard Dillon decided to "carry on", to keep the House open for the salesmen, vacation regulars, and also for the regular roomers which average around 8 the year through. She has two part time helpers to assist with the heavy work. The "Dillon House" has 20 sleeping rooms and during the past summer Mrs. Dillon at times had to turn customers away due to a full house.
     Many out-of-staters return year after year to vacation in this most hospitable place; hunters look forward to their trip to Maine and to their stay at the "Dillon House".
     This modest lady has made hundreds of friends throughout her busy years and has many fond recollections and mementos of the nice people she has met and served. Her private rooms reveal the depth of the many friendships she has made; photos and letters from grateful people who have enjoyed her warm and gracious hospitality.
[The Dillon House has since been demolished)

Traditions of a Milo-ite

     We dream a lot about the good old days.....the days of innocence. The days of pretty little girls who dressed up for birthday parties in dresses.....albeit, too short. Remember way back to the days of hide and seek, red light - green light, hopscotch, jacks, dodge ball and "Mother, may I?" Don't ever forget the days of hula hoops and red rover.....cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, jump ropes and marbles, dress up and paper dolls.
     The neighbors who had a television set always invited the less fortunate to come over on Saturday morning to watch "The Big Top" and "Winky Dink." You didn't worry much about any other programming because you were way too busy outside with your friends running till you were out of breath and laughing so hard that your stomach hurt and getting really tired from just plain playing.
     Penny candy was available a short walk to Artus’ Market or Jerry's Place or McKusick's in Derby. Your life revolved around your family....and your family's life revolved around you....or so it seemed. Most children were affiliated with one church or another in town and every single child knew the meaning of prayer and could recite at least one. They all knew the Lord's Prayer, and most of them also knew Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. I never knew of one single kid who found the prayer, the bible readings or the flag salute offensive.

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     These little girls grew up together....beginning their school careers at Chase Hall on High St. in Milo. In '55 they had the great privilege of moving to a brand new elementary school just down the road. They spent their little girl years going to school, attending Sunday School, singing in choirs, going to each others birthday parties, playing dress up and dollies. They progressed together through the preteen and teen years...going to Rainbow girls, studying at the library, going to Friday night dances and basketball games at the Town Hall, babysitting, sipping Coke's at Daggetts Drug Store, and talking incessantly on the phone.
     Then the little girls graduated from High School. It's amazing how all of these little girls could have all grown up together in the same town, with the same friends, being taught by the same teachers, abiding by the same values and then all to have taken such different paths in adulthood. None of them live in the same town...and only two of them live in the same state. Some married young, some married late and some never married. Some had children, some didn't. All of them went to college and all have been successful and all of them are 55 years old. In five years or so they'll all be thinking about retirement.
     The best part of this story is that they are all still friends...still getting together for reunions and still keeping in touch via e-mails and the phone lines. Still visiting with each other as often as they can. They are of a like mind in their abiding love for their families and their attention to their elderly parents....those who still have parents left. There is a common bond that these little girls all enjoy. They all grew up in Milo, Maine. Lucky little girls.
     Here is a cookie recipe that would feed a pile of kids!

Cowboy Cookies
2 sticks margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 cup chocolate bits or raisins
     Cream the shortening and the vanilla. Add the sugars gradually and beat until smooth and creamy. add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat until this mixture is light and creamy.
     Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Stir in the uncooked oatmeal (this will be a crumbly mixture.) fold in the chocolate bits or raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. This makes about 7 dozen cookies.

Editors Note: If any of you can identify the girls in the picture, mail your answer to TRN, PO Box 81, Milo, Me. 04463 or e-mail me at A prize of a month of free Three Rivers News awaits the winner!
     “I wonder how Paul is making it?” he asked, as he stepped close to the fire. The words were hardly out of this mouth when we heard the BANG! of the 25-35.
     “Suppose he got him?” I whispered, half expecting to hear another shot.
     “I dunno!” Bill replied, “but I’ll bet it tickled him some.”
     Bill got out the tea and filled the can half full of leaves. “That will make your palate whistle,” he laughed, casting a glance at the boiling can.
     I agreed that it would. “Did you hear someone whistling, Bill?’
     “Yes, and I think it’s Paul,” he replied.
     “If he’s happy, I’ll bet he got him, because he was determined to get one, Bill, when he left here.”
     Paul came in sight a moment later, dragging another nice doe, almost identical with Bill’s. Paul held up his “po-gun” and patted it appreciatively. Then he said with a grin, “Right behind the ear at two hundred feet.”
     Of course we had to say that the deer must have been sick ot that he elevated his sights, but he had the goods, so we changes our tune and gave him the credit which was his due.
     We handed the can of tea to Paul, who, without paying much attention, took a good swallow. His facial expression changed spasmodically and with a gulp he downed it. “Wow! What is that stuff?” he demanded.
     “That’s hunter’s brew, “ Bill said laughing, “If you can’t drink a cup of that, you don’t belong here, Patterson.”
     With his tongue and throat still trying desperately to get back to normal, Paul refused to answer.
     If we thought we had had a day’s work Thursday, we were sadly mistaken. Now we had two deer and a nice wet swamp to get them out of. We made fine progress for a time, down over a ridge, but we hadn’t gone far on the tote road before we decided to leave one and come back after her later. The road was wet under the snow, but Paul and I took one together, letting Willis carry the hearts and livers, with the three rifles, which we had tied together with bloody bandanna handkerchiefs. I’d give a lot to have a picture of him carrying those guns and livers. The guns weighed about twenty-four pounds and the hearts and livers must have weighed nearly as much. He had the guns over his right shoulder and carried the rest of the burden in his left hand.
     At Thompson Brook Paul left Bill and me and went toward the east, to out a trail to where the buck was hanging. The two of us then carried the first doe across
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the brook and then went back for the other. We found her sunk down into the water under the snow, so I decided if I could carry her out of the swamp, I would. With Bill’s help I got her up on my shoulder. Then I shifted her a little over my neck before starting. When I did, about two quarts of warm blood came from somewhere and slowly ran all over my jacket, neck, arms and back. I didn’t care. I had seen so much blood and water and snow in the last two days that I had even come to like it. With the doe on my back I struggled out of the swamp; from there to the brook we dragged her. When we reached the brook, Paul was waiting for us. “Where have you guys been?” he asked.
     “Been!” Bill yelled. “Where do you think we’ve been?”
     Paul laughed and told us that he had a trail all spotted to the buck. Bill and I broke trail with one deer and Paul followed wth the other. We had to take them over the ridge again and after the jaunt of the day before, we were exhausted when we reached the top. At quarter to five, we had them hanging beside the buck. We were certainly pleased. We all had our deer, all beauties, hung up and ready to take out.
Next week, the conclusion to the story.

Monday-Bacon cheeseburger, school bun, spinach, spiral fries, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Italian sandwich, salad, oatmeal cookie, and orange _’s.
Wednesday-Taco, lettuce/tomato, rice pilaf, and pineapple chunks.
Thursday-Chicken burger, school bun, cheesy potato, peas, and birthday cake.
Friday-Breadsticks, cheese/sauce, cole slaw, and fruit.

Local History Bonus
Reprints from MHS Breeze & other sources Submitted by Myrna Ricker
     Prior to 1905, Derby as Milo Junction did not offer much interest. Its importance was mainly that of a small junction point on the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad and could boast of but a few buildings belonging to the railroad. These consisted of the railroad station, freight transfer shed, small roundhouse for the cars, two or three small engines, a turntable, section house, coal shed, water tank, and a few scattered farm houses.
     All things changed with the decision of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Company to move their shops from Hartwell, near Old Town, to a location on the road that offered better facilities and a more central location.
     Shortly after 1902, active work begun at Milo Junction, clearing land, and excavating for the
foundations of the shops and the dwellings. This in 1905, the shops were so far completed that machinery and tools were transferred from the dismantled shops at Hartwell to Milo Junction, later christened Derby. Many of the dwellings being ready for occupancy, workmen and their families moved in; active work was begun in the shops and Derby was on the map.
     The shops comprise both locomotive and car shops, mill, blacksmith shop, transfer table, round-house, store department, lumber yards, storehouses, etc. Derby, the most sightly village on the line of the railroad, consisted of some one hundred comfortable dwellings, a large hotel and a commodious park, with a beautiful artificial lake, surrounded by an extensive lawn. There is also a fully equipped playground for the children, with tennis courts for the enjoyment of all.
(From: Organization of Derby, by Lucille Ouellet, 33 Breeze 1933)

By Nancy Grant
MILO – JULY 1, 1948 - MILO’S LONG HISTORY VIVIDLY RECALLED (1802-1948, Compiled by Mrs. Sue Perrigo Jenkins) Religious Life – After the mechanics and trades people had laid the foundations for future growth and prosperity, the professions followed, doctors, lawyers, teachers, clergymen. The pioneers of Methodism penetrated these settlements early, establishing circuits. Milo was doubtless served by the 1 reaching from Dover to Howland. In 1836 a circuit rider, Elder Richards, moved to Milo and remained until his death. After the B. & A. shops came to Derby, the Methodists built a chapel on Daggett St. which did not prove to be a permanent success. The beautiful Methodist church on Park St. was erected in 1912.
     In 1827 a Free Will Baptist church was organized. The Baptists, holding slightly different tenets, organized in 1840 with a membership of 12. In 1853 these churches together perfected the edifice, today the home of the Christian Science church. Prominent in this new venture were William Owen who signed the notes for its financing and Stephen Snow, deeding the land for the church and the schoolhouse adjoining a part of the original square mile of land taken up by the Snow brothers. Services were alternated weekly between the 2 societies until the erection of a church of their own by the Baptists, dedicated in 1886. The original building was enlarged to its present size in 1908-09. In 1913 the movement to unite was voted in Milo and the denomination as we know it today was consumated.
     The coming of the B. &A. shops brought St. Paul’s Catholic and St. Joseph’s Episcopal churches to Derby. These are missions of the churches at Brownville Junction.
     In 1907 the Christian Science Society gathered at the home of Paul P. Peakes on Cresent St. Outgrowing the private house, services were next held in the old Masonic hall until the purchase in 1914 if the present quarters.
     The Nazarene folks have in recent years erected a fine little church on Riverside St., where services are held regularly.
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     On Saturday October 26th twelve Key Clubbers turned out to help the Milo PTO at the annual Fall Frolic. Thanks to Kylie Palmer, Colby Chase, Krystal Parkman, Lindsay Small, Cameron Wellman, Kate Hamlin, Ashley Case, Kayla Bailey, Dawn Patten, Andrew Walker, Sonja Salley and Brett Gerrish for their help running games for the children. Thanks, too, to Dylan Conley for his help! We’re looking forward to you becoming a Key Clubber next year, Dylan! We took photos of everyone hard at work and hope to have them posted on our bulletin board soon!
     On Tuesday, October 29th Kayla Bailey, Sharon Eastman, Megan McGuinness and Dawn Patten helped out Even Start program coordinator Diane Curan with a pot-luck supper and pumpkin painting project for the children. Thanks for the opportunity to help, Diane. Thanks girls for helping out!! The children enjoyed your visit!
     Thank you Ms. Val Robertson, Mr. David Walker and Mr. Dennis Dorsey for being our guests at the October 31st meeting. Val was the guest speaker today. She discussed the Veteran’s Day dinner and signed up volunteers. Fifteen members volunteered to assist in setting up, serving and cleaning up! We’re looking forward to this annual event and spending time with the veterans.
     Then on November 12th nine members, Mr. Walker, Mr. Dorsey and I will be traveling to Bangor to serve dinner at Manna Food Kitchen in Bangor. We’ve been trying to complete this service project for quite awhile and we’re glad we finally have the opportunity! Thanks to Mr. Walker and Mr. Dorsey for helping us with transportation!
     The club is making plans for the 2nd Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting. Stay tuned to future columns for more information. Also, please remember that our first blood drive of the year will be held on December 18th.



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

     This week’s meeting began with sixteen members in attendance.
     Edwin led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and in prayer.
     Correspondence: A thank you letter received from Al and Patty Estes of Three Rivers Wingshooting, thanking the Club for the dinner on Friday evening.
     Amber Gahagan celebrates her birthday on November 3.
     The newspaper is doing great. A donation to the Milo Public Library’s children’s corner was discussed. It was decided to put it on the agenda for the next Board meeting, which is November 7.
     The December 5 Christmas program is being organized. Volunteers are needed to decorate and help with the refreshments.
     RIF went well today with all the children (and adults) enjoying Edwin’s fine reading voice.
Volunteers for Terrific Kids this week are Frank, Bill, and Val.
     The 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day dinner is underway with people agreeing to help with peeling, setting up, serving, cleaning up, and decorating.
     Upcoming speakers: Kevin Black on November 6, Tom Harvey speaking about E911 on November 20, and Dennis Dorsey on November 27.
     There was no speaker this week as it was a fifth Wednesday. Instead the Club gathered for pizza and a Yankee swap.

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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

We Need Your Help!
Do you know of any regular events that aren’t in our calendar? Contact us! If you know of any upcoming special event, please contact us so we may add it to the Community Calendar.
Call Seth Barden at 943-2425 or email us at

Christmas Lighting Contest!
TRC will be holding a Christmas Lighting Contest this fall. You might remember when we did one several years ago. Prizes will be given away in several categories, including most lights, most patriotic, best business, and best home.
Check this page in the coming weeks for more information on this contest, and a signup sheet!
If you would like to be a judge for this contest, contact Seth Barden at 943-2425, or

TRC Traveling Road Show
Ever wondered what TRC is all about? Don’t own or have access to a computer?
No Problem!
TRC will be coming to a location near you, soon! We will be giving a presentation on what our web site is all about, and even let you browse through it. Check back here in the coming weeks for more information!

Photo Album
Would you like to become part of a great service to our community? Submit your pictures today to be added to the TRC Photo Album! We are showing off pictures of the area, local scenery, seasons, and more! Just send your picture to We can also scan your pictures, so give us a call at 943-2425.

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