Three Rivers News, 2002-11-12


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
Call: 943-2196 or 943-2342

     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

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.

M.S.A.D. 41/68 Even Start Program
     The M.S.A.D. 41/68 Even Start teachers meet with parents in the Even Start Center or in the family’s home to work on Adult Education courses, Childhood Education, Parent Time, and Parent and Child Together Time (PACT) Time. There is always a reading time for the children by the parent or teacher and many fun activities designed for the children’s age.
     Several family events are held throughout the year as fun times for families to get together. If you have children under the age of 8 and are interested in this free program contact Diane Curran at 943-2246. There are now several openings.

     We are going to be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Brownville Junction UMC with a 10:00am worship service on November 24th. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Sylvanus Jackson and his wife, Christianna, will be with us that day also. He will be giving the message. All are welcome share this occasion with us..

     Eugene served 25 years in the Army, and retired as a Master Sargent. He passed away in April, 1996, and is buried in a Military Cemetery in Middletown, Connecticut.
     This poem was written during World War II, but the sentiment is timeless.

You won’t know what it means to be
American and safe and free
Until, day after day, you’ve stood
In mud and slime and human blood.

Have eaten food from tins and then
Gone back to sweat in filth again;
Had insects on your body crawl,
Washed in a pail, if washed at all.

Trudged in the rain and slept in mire
Lived under shell and rifle fire.
And dreamed and waited for the day
When you could get back home to stay.

You’ll never know how good they are-
The radio and the motor car,
The morning bath, Mother’s meals,
The dog that followed at your heels.

The friends, the dances, and the shows,
The lawnmower and the garden hose,
Until from them you’ve been estranged
And all you’ve had by war is changed.

Then you’ll exist-not live-I say,
Solely for that one glorious day.
That longed for, hoped for, moment when
You’ll see your native land again.

God’s country! Bluntly let me state it,
Believe me, you’ll appreciate it.

December 1, 2002 Noon to 3:30 P.M.
Penquis Valley High School, Milo
Sponsored By: Three Rivers Ambulance Service
     You will find Adorable Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls, Pillows, Baskets, Model Ships, Towels, Plates, Candies, Fudge, Cookies and much more.
Blood Pressure Checkpoint
Children will receive a free candy cane.
Free Admission
Come and Join the Festivities!
Any crafters wishing to rent a space please call 943-2950 for an application.

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Brownville Sports Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Milton Smith (b) Art Stanhope (c) Ken Thompson (d) Joe Applebee drove the bus to the state championship game in Lewiston in 1967.
2. (a) Denny Larson (b) Tim Buchanan (c) Alan Kirby (d) Scott Kirby made the winning foul shots in that game.
3. Doni Webb was (a) forward (b) center (c) guard (d) manager at Penquis.
4. Laura Smith was a star in (a) basketball (b) soccer (c) swimming (d) track.
5. The CP baseball team was the (a) Railroaders (b) Tigers (c) Bears (d) Beavers.
6. The BHS team was the (a) Cubs (b) Riverboats (c) Bears (d) Brown Sox.
7. Davis Field was once a) (a) mill (b) school (c) dump (d) garden.
8. (a) The Rabbit Shack (b) Hose Reel House (c) station (d) YMCA was close to third base on the old diamond.
9. A bespectacled centerfielder was (a) Harold Hale (b) Paul Vienneau (c) David Brown (d) Chick Clark.
10. Steve Knox was known for his (a) hat (c) glove (c) bandanna (d) spikes.

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



COLE'S 10 6
DEMERS' 10 6
GRAY'S 6 10

     Sign up for Brownville and Milo Rec. Basketball for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, both boys and girls, by calling 943-7326 or by stopping in at the Milo Town Hall from 5:30pm until 6:30pm on Friday, Nov., 15th.
     There are still openings for dance classes on Friday evenings, martial arts classes on Sundays, and for women’s self-defense classes on Sundays. Call 943-7326 for more information.

THURS., DEC.5 -- 7:00 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, Murrel Harris is playing the role of Santa. 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!


     Every year each of us gets a bit older and wiser. We all know someone that is elderly and has lived a wonderful life. This should be a very interesting type of homework. Take time out of your busy schedule and talk to someone that has experienced far more than yourself. Someone older can tell you amazing stories. Learn something this week from an elderly person. Go to the nursing home and visit, go see your mother, or grandmother, father or grandpa. Listen, REALLY listen to them, so that someday you will have that memory stored in your head to recall that special person in your life.
     Take the time to appreciate someone's life experiences and you will be far wiser and have an inner peace that only learning can bring you.
- Aunt Bea Kind

Hey, Good Job Jeremy!
     Jeremy Finson, Heidi Finson's son, was doing his usual good deeds this past weekend. He loves to do projects and there are none too small or too large for this lad. What a big, giving heart he has. Jeremy makes crayon print note cards and this past weekend he sold them at the United Methodist Church Fair in Bangor.
     But what makes his sale of cards this weekend so special is that all his profits went to the Hammond St. Food Cupboard. His sales alone totaled just shy of eighty dollars. Way to go Jeremy!
Birth Announcement!
     Kyle Wyman Feero entered the world, Monday, November 4, at 4:20 PM, weighing 7 lbs 6 ozs and 20 inches long. Kyle’s parents are Kristina (DeWitt) and Keith Feero of 33 Feero Lane in Alton. His proud grandparents are Dick and Deanna DeWitt of Lake View Plt. The proud proud great grandparents are Eben and Joanne DeWitt of Milo. Grammie DeDe has had to fight Uncle Kurt to hold Kyle. Kyle came home Wednesday and according to all he is just beautiful.

Just Silly!
     Heard around town, stated by a very law abiding lady, after the elections were over: “I hope the police don't come arrest me. I hung up on George W. Bush twice yesterday!”
Thought for the week!
     I want to let you in on a little secret of mine, a secret that has warmed my heart too numerous times to count. Pennies sometimes come from heaven.
     To some, pennies are a nuisance. To some they represent good luck. What are they good for? Here's my take: Have you all heard pennies are from heaven? I like to think this! You see, pennies have been around me all my life. In my car, in my house, in my purse and my jackets just to name a few spots. I use to push aside my feelings about them coming from heaven. I used to justify their appearances any way I could. I used to get mad when my vacuum would suck one up. "Those boys" I would say sputtering to myself, " they have been throwing them at each other again." But now my boys are grown and hopefully, out of the fighting stage, yet pennies still appear everywhere. How do they get there?      From Heaven!
     Yes, I believe that to be true! I think when I find a penny beside my car, or on the floor, or under my bed, or in my pocket, or under my mattress, that a loved one is thinking of me. You could, of course, definitely come up with logical reasons, but seeing a penny and thinking of someone in heaven, who might be thinking of me warms my heart.
     I will always continue to smile whenever that one-cent piece of copper crosses my path some place unexpected!

The Brownville Junction Methodist Church held another very successful Fall Fair on Nov 2. Here Tami Andrews and her daughter Brianne are working at
one of the tables.

     As part of our Veteran's Day discussions, Bud Flagg from the Brownville Junction American Legion came to speak to grades 3,4,5. He talked with students about what it means to be a veteran and the sacrifices that veterans often have to make.

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     Here, he stands with Taylor Lovejoy and Brooke McLaughlin at the Veterans display, which was set up by Mrs. West at the school.

     In conjunction with Red Ribbon Week at Brownville Elementary, Office Nick Clukey was invited to visit the 5th grade. He talked to the students about the importance of saying NO to drugs and alcohol. He also encouraged students to set goals for their life and not let drugs get in the way of achieving those goals. The students asked lots of questions and enjoyed his visit.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden-For Nov. 1, Our Terrific Kid this week is KARYSA POLCHES. Karysa has worked very hard all week to be our Terrific Kid. She has been helpful in the classroom, showing acts of kindness to others and following the Golden Rule. We are VERY proud of you For Nov. 8, Our Terrific Kid is JAMES SEWARD DOUCETTE. James has worked extra hard this week to be our Terrific Kid. He is becoming an excellent reader and puts a lot of effort into his journal. James is quick to lend a helping hand and say a kind word to others. James has a wonderful smile and happy personality. We are very proud of you James!!!!
Mrs. Mills- For Nov. 1, our Terrific Kid is a quiet worker who is always on task. She is helpful to others, friendly to all, and has a wonderful smile. Each day she follows the classroom rules and sets a good example for others. We are proud to have ALLISON VALVO in our class. For Nov. 8, our Terrific Kid is a repeat offender. She is SOOOOOO polite and makes me smile every day. Her work is always neat and she follows all the classroom rules. We love to have SHELBY PATTEN in our class
Mrs. Dunham- For Nov. 1, our Terrific Kid is a very polite young lady. She comes to school each day with a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. She reads constantly. She loves new challenges and works hard to solve the problem of the day. Congratulations to CAMILLE CRAMER! For Nov. 8, our Terrific Kid is a very sweet girl. She works very hard each
day to complete all of her tasks. She volunteers everyday to help with the classroom chores. She's a wonderful role model for her classmates to follow. Our Terrific Kid is BROOKE BOWDEN.
Mrs. Gillis-For Nov. 1,
I know a girl named JAMIE LYNN,
Whose attitude is always a win,
Singing she likes,
Dishonesty she dislikes.
Her book takes her places she’s never been. (Congratulations, JAMIE KLEINKAUF)

Mrs. Dell'olio- For Nov. 1, JAMIE PERRY is the Terrific Kid this week. She has been waiting to be recognized in assembly for a long time, and has been very patient. In her own quiet way, Jamie is a very independent young lady, who is always aware of issues concerning kindness and justice. For Nov. 8, TAYLOR SMALL is our Terrific Kid. She's kind to playmates, she likes dirt bikes, and is a good friend. Small matches her name and it matches her size, but not her heart.
Mrs. Hayes- For Nov. 1, Our Terrific Kid earned a heart for kindness. She is pleasant, polite and kind to her friends and teachers. She has a beautiful smile and beautiful hair. She works great, plays great, reads great, writes great and shares great. She is just a great kid! We love SUMMER WETTENGEL! For Nov. 8, Wow! We are so proud of our Terrific Kid. She is so kind, so sweet, so nice, so happy and so smart. Our Terrific Kid has made wonderful progress in reading, writing, math and most of all in adjusting to new things in our school and classroom. You are special and brave JADE DOW and we are proud of you!! Great job!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey-For Nov. 1,, COURTNEY BADGER. Courtney is a hard worker and always tries to do her best on any task. She follows the “I-Care” rules and is a good friend to her classmates. We’re proud of you Courtney! TIFFANY LYFORD. Tiffany is a hard worker, and a math whiz! She tries hard in all her work and is a great friend. We are proud of you! For Nov., 8, BROOKE MORRILL= Brooke is a great friend to her classmates. She is working hard on her math and is very neat in all work. We are proud
of you. KENNETH PENNINGTON- Kenny is a hard worker. He is friendly, helpful and follows the "I care" rules. We love having Kenny in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- For Nov.1, Our first Terrific Kid may be LITTLE, but he makes LOTS of people happy every day with his smile and his sweet ways. He is kind and caring and is working hard every day. He loves story time and….of course, RECESS! We love our days with RANDALL HATHORN. Our second Terrific Kid is a really terrific little guy-full of smiles and always willing to help his friends with their work or projects. He shares everything with us, even his Grampie Paul!!!! He is a wonderful example of how we all should follow the Golden Rule. We love our days with AARON GOODINE. For Nov. 8, our first Terrific Kid is so terrific even her name begins with a T!! She is sweet, polite, and a hard little worker. She quietly gets her jobs done in the morning and is then ready to help others. She is a good example of someone who practices the Golden Rule every day. We are happy to have TYESHA WEBB in our Kindergarten family. Our second Terrific Kid is a great little guy! He is always cheerful and happy, polite and helpful, and, would you believe, a little bit of a clown!! He makes us all happy and we love our days with PATRICK CREIGHTON.
Mrs. Whitney-The Terrific Kid for Nov. 1, is MIRANDA NEWBERT. She is always complimentary in the morning to her teacher, very helpful to other students, and a great example of a fifth grader. Good work Miranda! Our Terrific Kid for for the week of Nov. 8, is BEN JAY. He has worked hard on a positive attitude, getting his work done and a cooperative spirit this week. Way to go Ben!!!!

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     Lots of exciting things have been happening at our school. The Reading is Fundamental poster contest was a great success. Each student designed a poster based on the theme, "Together We Read." The posters are on the large bulletin board in the gym. We believe that all the posters are winners. Three posters were recognized from each classroom as outstanding. JUSTIN OTTMANN and RONALD SMITH served as judges for the K, T-1 and first grade posters. First Place: TREVOR LYFORD Second Place: JOSHUA WATSON
     Third Place: MICHELLE BAKER MIKE DRAKE and QUINTEN GRASS awarded the following as outstanding in grades 2-3.First Place: LEVI ENGSTROM, Second Place: RACHAEL WOOD, Third Place: MORGAN DRAKE, Grade 4-5 posters were judged by JUSTIN MOULTON and LAUREN CROCKER.
     First Place: ALYSSA GRAY, Second Place: JOSH SOMERS
     Third Place: KRISTEN MORSE, Students received books and award certificates for their outstanding art work .Alyssa Gray's poster will be entered in the Reading is Fundamental national poster contest.
     At our Terrific Kids assembly, Grades 4 and 5 presented information about Veterans Day. The students gave a history of this important holiday. Red, white and blue were the colors of the day. "The Pledge of Allegiance" was recited. Students sang, "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless the USA." After the program, students made cards, which were delivered, to the Bangor Veterans' Home.
     Students honored as Terrific Kids this week included:
     MICHELLE BAKER (Ms. Ivy's room), MORGAN DRAKE (Mrs. Carter's room), RONALD SMITH (Miss K's room).
     We thank you for your hard work and great attitudes.
     Kathy Foss recognized SAMANTHA NOKE, LILLIS NOKE and LOGAN GRANT as Bus Students of the Week.
     At the conclusion of our assembly, the students sang, "Words Are Your Wheels," written by Phil Vassar. We were celebrating reading and our successful book fair. Thanks to Mrs. Rhoda for organizing the book fair. We appreciate all you do.

     Steve Kissell and Justin Allen are all smiles as they celebrate the BIG upset of PCHS. Jordan Allen scored the goal in the 1-0 win. The team later lost to George Stevens Academy in the Eastern Maine Final 2-0. Both the boys and girls had great seasons and the fans appreciate their efforts.

M.S.A.D. 41/68 Even Start Program
     The M.S.A.D. 41/68 Even Start teachers meet with parents in the Even Start Center or in the family's home to work on Adult Education courses, Childhood Education, Parent Time, and Parent and Child Together Time (PACT) Time. There is always a

reading time for the children by the parent or teacher and many fun activities designed for the children's age.
     Several family events are held throughout the year as fun times for families to get together.
     If you have children under the age of 8 and are interested in this free program contact Diane Curran at 943-2246. There are now several openings.

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Betty J. Essency, 79, wife of the late Frederic K. Essency, died Nov. 4, 2002, at her daughter's home in Orrington. She was born Jan. 29, 1923, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. She is survived by six children, Keith and his wife, Barbara of Austin, Texas, Paul and his wife, Barbara of Skowhegan, Janet Essency of Minot, N.D., Carolyn and her husband, Leon Binette of Orrington, John of Pasadena, Md., Anne Forkner and her husband, Len of Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren, Kimberly Essency of New York City, N.Y., Scott Essency of Portland, Luke and his wife, Tammi Essency of Cranston, R.I., Hannah, Hillary and Holly Binette of Orrington; three sisters-in-law; Thelma Stannix of Florida, Nancy Stannix of McAdam, N.B., Canada, Nanette Stannix of Riverview, N.B., Canada; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters. Friends are invited to call 2-3 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Brownville Junction, United Methodist Church, with Rev. Michelle St. Cyr officiating
Elizabeth E. Kenney
Elizabeth E. Kenney, 90, wife of the late Wilfred E. Kenney, died Oct. 28, 2002, a local nursing home. She was born Feb. 26, 1912, in Barnard, the daughter of John Howard and Nora (Blethen) Perham.. She was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge, serving in many offices. She was also a member of the Brownville Community Church.
     She is survived by a son and daughter of New York; a sister, Alice Perham of Dover-Foxcroft; two step daughters; two grandchildren; five step grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her first husband, Daniel Savoy.
     Services were held Oct. 30 at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with Rev. David McLeish officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Brownville Community Church, P.O. Box 682, Brownville, 04414.

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.

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     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.
•     Rhoda Brackett is looking for enough yarn to finish a project, and alas, the yarn was bought at Ames!! The needed yarn is Ames Brand “Fashion Knit” in new baby pink. The lot number is C8-220. If you have a partial skein of this color, call Rhoda at 943-8777.
•     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.
     What are you looking for? Or, what do you want to clear out of the house? Send you information to this column.

     Many thanks to all the friends and family who helped me celebrate becoming an octogenarian. It was truly a surprise! You are all “Sneaky Petes” and I love all of you. Meta Staples

     I would like to thank those who voted for me in last Tuesday’s election, those who allowed me to put a sign on their property, and those who gave me words of encouragement and kindness. A special “thank-you” to my Treasurer, Janet Richards, and my son Lance for their hard work. My family’s constant support was also appreciated. - Murrel Harris


     Happy Birthday to the Three Rivers News. It is so nice to have a hometown paper. Keep up the good work. Meta Staples

     Dear staff members of the Three Rivers News, Please accept my gift of two dollars for each week of your paper’s 1st birthday, plus one dollar to grow on for next year. I donate it in memory of my beloved wife, Jeannie Young McLean. Also, I am sending you twenty-five dollars for another 30-week subscription. I enjoy the paper very much for it keeps me in contact with what is going on in the dear town of Milo, where I made many happy memories of my childhood days, and where I met and married the prettiest and most wonderful girl in the whole class of 1942.
     I wish you all who work on the paper the best, and hope that it will continue for many years to come. Keep up the good work, and may God bless you all and the paper. Jim McLean Sr.

     To the Three Rivers News: What I like- I like the fact that I have the Library column to inform the communities of

happenings at the library, of the new books, and of services available to the community. The column gives me a voice for the library. The Swap Column is a nice addition and good for the community.
     Suggestions: As the Three Rivers News is our communities’ paper, could you list local deaths in a small section. If you listed survivors, friends could send cards or call.. Judy Macdougall

     What a revolting week this one has been with snow off and on for three days! It seems much too early but we live in Maine, and we have learned to live with Mother Nature. The key to a Maine winter is being prepared for any contingency, and like Glenn Ricker’s column in the previous issue of this paper I thought I would give you a suggestion on how best to be prepared. In the case of an imminent snowstorm or other severe weather, we here at the library feel the best preparation is to rush to the library for a good book or maybe more than one to tide you over. And we also suggest in case of severe weather that you call the library -943-2612, or listen to radio station Q106.5 to find out if library hours will be affected.
     This latter suggestion and others are in the new brochure. I will just mention a few other rules there. There is always confusion about library fines. Overdue books are $.06 per day, except Sunday; therefore a book will be .36 per week, but fines on one book will never be more than $3.00. Overdue magazines are only $.03 per day, .18 per week and never more than $1.50. All books and magazine are loaned for a two week period and can be renewed over the phone-943-2612 or by e-mail – The brochure contains these regulations plus our summer and winter hours, a short history of the library, a list of the holidays that the library will be closed , our e-mail addresses and other pertinent information. Come in and pick one up.
     One of our young summer volunteers is back helping us again. Aleesa Byrne, now in 7th grade, has been coming in after school the last few weeks to help us get our juvenile picture books ready for our new shelves, which we hope, will be here soon. Aleesa is color taping the skinny picture books by author. Authors whose names begin with “A” are taped across the lower spine with blue, “B” authors are taped with red “C” is in pink etc. So far Aleesa has taped quite a percentage of the juvenile collection. When she has completed the work, a single juvenile picture book will be much easier to find than it would have been previously. The library staff certainly appreciates her willingness to give up her time to make the children’s bookshelves brighter and more convenient.

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

A Historical Review
Area Soil Suited for Strawberry Farming
by Edna L. Bradeen, Piscataquis Observer, 11/07/79
     MILO - Have you ever passed the so-called Kroemer Farm at Milo, and quickly taken a second glance to see if your eyes were deceiving you? You might think you were seeing a giant lake or ice covered field in the middle of the summer. What it turns out to be is long strips of plastic covering the tilled land. There is also an unusual

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looking machine harvesting the crop of strawberry plants, which have been grown for the past several months.
     It all started back in September, 1977, when Ronald Fulwood and John Stanaland were looking for land suitable for raising healthy strawberry plants. They had traveled throughout the United States and even into Canada. In Florida, Fulwood happened to talk with former Milo Town Manager, Warren Cookson, who was at the time at his winter home. Cookson told Fulwood of a 287-acre farm for sale in Milo with easily irrigated sandy soil. Acting on the tip, Stanaland made the trip to Milo and after inspection decided the search was over. The soil here is sandy and the climate, with its low humidity and clean air, is ideal for raising healthy strawberry plants.
     Ronald Fulwood also owns and operates Fulwood Farms, near Sun City Center, Florida where he raises strawberries for marketing all over the United States and for export. When the deadly strawberry disease, anthraconse, hit his plants some tine ago, it was necessary to find a place to raise disease free plants. The land at Milo was the answer. The operation is a partnership between Fulwood and Stanaland. The season was started off in May with the tilling of the soil, followed by fumigating with a gas to sterilize the ground. At this time the plastic appeared over the land. After a four-day period it was removed and the plants were set.
     The varieties were raised this year, Douglas, Vista and Tuffs. Eight people planted the thirty acres, working from early morning until late at night. The plants were sprayed against disease during the growing period, giving four separate applications of fertilizer and irrigated as needed. Stanaland says, "We are pleased with the results of our first year. We will harvest ten million plants which will be shipped to Fulwood in Florida within the next ten days."
     Harvesting was done by a machine, brought here from Florida and built especially for the job. After the plants were dug, a chain carried them to a rotating cylinder where they were freed from excess dirt, and dropped into bin boxes that carried them to the packing shed. Here workers cut away the runners, leaving individual plants for packing into shipping boxes, each box containing a thousand plants. These will be transported to Florida by trailer trucks with each trailer carrying one million plants, these will be planted at Fulwood Farms for early strawberry crops.
     Next year Stanaland says, "We will start harvesting the plants in early October and finished for October 30 planting in Florida. We are late in harvesting this year due to the machine arriving late."
     Mr. and Mrs. Stanaland are in charge of the Milo operation, spending the summer months in the spacious house that goes with the Kroemer Farm. They will return to Florida as soon as the crop is harvested and shipped, and will come back to Milo next May when the planting and harvesting process will be repeated.
     They speak highly of the beauty of Maine; finding the people friendly and feel they have been well accepted into community life. The Stanalands say that life is much more relaxed here than it is in Florida and they like it. They are however looking forward to spending the next few months in their native state in their own home. Mrs., Stanaland says, "I must confess that I have times when I am very homesick for my own home and my family."
(Note: This farm is an early landmark, and interesting to trace its history.)

Science Corner

     The next few articles are about matter and how historically our view of the world around has changed as new discoveries were made. Most of the material for these articles comes from Isaac Amimov’s book Atom, Journey across the Subatomic Cosmos. In addition to writing many science fiction stories, Dr. Asimov was a physicist. His book was written for the general public to help them better understand the atomic world.
     The first person credited with the conclusion that matter could only be subdivided so much before it would be impossible to divide it further, was the Greek philosopher Leucippus (490-? BC) His pupil Democritus (460-370 B.C.) used the term atomos to describe

these small fragments. Atomos means unbreakable in Greek. This early atomic theory was kept alive by various proponents including the Roman, Titus Lucretius Carus (96-55 B.B.) Short books kept this theory alive as they were copied over and over. When Christianity began to spread, Lucretius was considered an atheist and his work was not copied and in fact was destroyed. Scientific discussion was considered against the church and was frowned upon. One surviving copy was found in 1417 A. D. and was copied. It is through this surviving book that we know of the ancient history of atomic theory.
     The French philosopher Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655) adopted the theory of atoms, but the first person to provide scientific evidence was the British scientist Robert Boyle (1627-1691). He did a famous experiment with a glass tube made of glass and shaped like a J. He trapped air in the lower part of the J with a little mercury and found as he added more mercury to the long tube it compressed the trapped air. This showed that air was mostly empty space.
     Where do elements fit in? The ancient Greek philosophers felt that all matter was composed of earth, air, fire and water. By combining these four in various proportions, any substance could be made. As an example by adding fire to water you got hot water. By adding earth to water you got ice. It was only logical under this theory to think that lead and gold that were mainly earth with some air, fire and water mixed in could be converted from one to the other by changing the ratios. For about 2000 years people including the alchemists of the dark ages tried to make this conversion. They always failed. It is interesting to note that modern scientists have succeeded in making gold from lead, but only as a scientific curiosity. The process used cost far more than the gold was worth. This ancient Greek theory existed through what we call the dark ages. Robert Boyle refuted this theory and stated that anything that could not be broken down was an element and everything that could be broken down was a combination of at least two elements. Some of these elements have been known for centuries like carbon, iron, silver, gold, mercury, and phosphorus. Today we know that there are at least 110 elements. Of these around 90 can be found on the earth. The others are too unstable and can be made by smashing smaller elements together with great speed.
     It wasn’t until 1794 that proof of Boyle's suggestion was given by a French scientist, Joseph Louis Proust. He was able to break copper carbonate into the elements copper, carbon and oxygen. In addition he proved that he always got the same ratio by weight of these elements when he did the experiment. The English chemist John Dalton confirmed Proust’s results by determining that carbon monoxide contained one carbon and one oxygen and carbon dioxide contained one carbon and two oxygen. With these and work by other scientists, the basis of modern atomic theory was established by the early nineteenth century.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I know that many of the readers of this paper also get e-mail. I love e-mail from friends and relatives that tell me what is going on in their lives. Sometimes I get jokes and pass-along e-mails from these same friends and relatives and sometimes I open them and read them and sometimes I pass them right along to my "trash bin" down in the corner of my computer screen. The other day, however, I got this e-mail from my friend Hilda out in Vermont. I don't know where she got it....but it totally cracked me up and I feel I must share it.
     Just in case you haven't seen this one!.....

Golly, it must be good to be a man!

Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.

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You can be president.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station because this one's just too icky.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress - $5000; tux rental - $100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood, ALL the whole darn time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a six-pack.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
You don't have to shave below your neck!
Your belly usually hides your big hips.
One wallet and one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.
You can "do" your nails with a pocketknife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives, on December 24, in 45 minutes.

     This is unbelievable! We always knew these very common things about men, but had you ever put them into a list before? Whoever thought to put these truisms into a list was brilliant. Here it is in black and white for all you women. Here it is in black and white for all you men, too. We're onto you now!
     You won't hear me complaining about my man. My husband is the best. He cooks, cleans, does laundry when necessary, makes beds, and is a really good sport about going out to any place (with a possible few exceptions) that I make plans to go to. He is an equal to me in the ability to care for the grand kids (as a matter of fact I rarely attempt it without him). The best thing that my husband does is drive the car to places that I would be scared to death to drive. He also fixes up all the gardens in the spring, mows the lawn and waters the flowers all summer, closes up the camps and chops the wood in the fall, stokes the wood fire and blows out the snow in both our yard and our neighbor's yard all winter. This list goes on and on. This man is my hero. For this list, I will always be eternally grateful that I am married to this man.....and I'll forgive him the short time it takes him to get ready to go places and I'll also forgive the few hours on Sunday that he watches football. I''m still working on my distaste for baseball and my husband's great love for the sport. I think his happiest summer yet was this past summer when our grandson played for a little league team. Oh my word! Couldn't miss a game, could barely miss a practice. His devotion to the sport and to the grandson were unmatched.
     On the day after Thanksgiving, my husband gets all the pieces to our lighted ceramic Christmas village out of all

of those packed away boxes and he sets the little town of Witham Village aglow. He wanted a farm....and so we got him a farm. He wanted a little pond.....and so we got him a little pond. The pond has a skater, ice fishermen, and this year we've found a little dock that's going to be frozen into the little pond. I promised our little granddaughters who live in Scotland that we would try to find some little figures that looked like them (a blonde and a brunette) that we could have playing in the snow. We'll take pictures and send them through cyberspace to our wee lassies.
     Every year we have a few new pieces to put into place. We anticipate and look forward to this weekend every year with much excitement. Some years we get the whole job done in one day...and some years it takes us more than one day to get it all set up. We're always sorry that more friends don't get a chance to see our little town. This year, you're cordially invited to stop in some evening and take a look for yourselves. I'd tell you to peek into our den window whenever you feel like it, but I'm afraid our next door neighbor would arrest you. Just knock on our front porch door, and we'll invite you in.
     Here's Melanie Hussey's recipe for Husband Catcher Cake. It must have worked for her!!! She got a good guy, too.

2 cups flour
1 egg
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour milk
1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. soda
6 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
     Sift together flour, sugar, salt, and cocoa. Then add oil, egg, and sour milk (with the soda dissolved in it.) Mix well and stir in hot water and vanilla. Batter will be thin. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Use 2 layer pans or one 9 X 13-inch pan. Frost with your favorite frosting.

     We were certainly pleased; we all had our deer, all beauties, hung up and ready to take out.
     “How’s your stomach, Bill?” I asked.
     “I dunno,” he said, “I can’t feel it.”
     I had a few raisins in my pocket, nineteen, to be exact. I know, for I counted and divided them. About a quarter of a mile from camp, Paul started his usual sprint. He could. He hadn’t done anything that day except scout around and spot trails. But poor Willis and I! We took turns carrying and dragging the hearts and livers. Bill dragged them when it was his turn. Boy, we were tired! Seeing the camp, we struggled on and made it in what seemed like two weeks flat.
     At the camp, Neal and Reg had supper ready and hot coffee ready to pour. That coffeepot looked like the fountain of youth to us. With supper over, we lighted our pipes and told Neal and Reg about the hunt. When we finished they told us that they had gone out for an hour or so but had seen nothing.
     Saturday morning we slept late and felt fine, after eating a hearty breakfast. “I suppose,” Paul said, “that we’ve got to shoot a couple more deer today for Neal and Reg, haven’t we?”
     “That will be the day when you have to shoot a deer for me, mister,” Neal hotly replied.

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“I’ll probably be the one to do the actual shooting, Neal, as I’ve had to do it all so far,” I casually remarked.
     I ducked a tin pail, which Paul sent flying in my direction, and decided to keep quiet.
     Paul, Bill and I took it easy that day while Neal and Reg did a little hunting. We finally heard them coming in. Reg had a heart and liver dangling at his side. It was a peculiar story that Reg told us as he undressed his feet. It seems that he had only gone a half-mile from camp when he saw a deer walking slowly through some light hardwood growth. He took good aim at the neck and fired. The deer ran out of sight behind some firs and Reg followed. Soon he saw the deer again, lying down but with his head up. Another shot behind the ear from the little 25-30 finished the job. It was a nice spikehorn weighing about 110 pounds. Before he left camp Neal had given Reg a spike to dress out a deer, if he got one. It seemed that Reg had come hunting without a knife of any kind. Well, Reg took the spike and dressed off the deer with it. How he did it I could never quite understand, even though he tried to explain it to me.
     “It seems as though we ought to get him tonight, doesn’t it, Neal?” Paul asked. “If we are going out in the morning, we don’t want to have to go out after him.”
     “I don’t know but we had at that, ”Neal replied. “I think I can find him alright after dark.”
     They took two flashlights, plenty of rope and a pole and started out. They were back in half an hour with him, and soon had him hanging on a tree in front of the camp. We now had all four deer ready to take out to the truck. We figured that we had over five hundred pounds of deer meat to drag out, besides the packs and rifles to carry.
     Sunday morning came only too soon. Neal got up and had breakfast going by the time we were dressed. After washing up all the dishes we could find, we set the stove in the corner and put a pail over the chimney. Then we loaded our packs and by six-thirty were ready to leave the little log cabin which had been so comfortable. We twitched the little buck out to Smith opening with very little difficulty. There the big buck and the does were hanging side by side on the “Patterson Special.” We let them down and carried them across Smith Brook where we hitched them up ready for the final drag to the old Dodge. The hitch we used on the does and small buck was simple, consisting of a single strand of rope around the neck and a hitch over the nose with the end tied to a five-inch stick which could be gripped with one hand. The big buck had to be trussed up differently. We tied his head back toward his shoulders so that his antlers were out of the way. We packed the rifles on his antlers and then kindly let Willis and Neal drag him out. I broke trail with the spikehorn buck and Paul and Reg each took a doe. We rested every hundred yards or so and shifted hands. While resting once, we heard an owl hoot down in the swail. Reg answered him and the owl returned the compliment. After we had listened to a beautiful conversation between the two, we left our friend on his perch, still hooting. We reached Plant Pond and found it frozen over. This was a pleasant surprise as it gave us a short cut, which we were not expecting. The hill at the other end was pretty steep to drag deer over, though. After leaving the pond we met a big man carrying a .38 Special over his shoulder and smoking a pipe. We walked with him as he looked over our deer and Paul soon found out that he was a relative of his. I might have known it, as the woods seemed lousy with his relatives. Snow had started to fall as we crossed Plant Pond and it was falling in good style as Paul and I reached the truck at last, at the end of the four-mile drag.
We threw the deer into the truck, after brushing the snow from them. “There, ”I said, “I’m darned glad that’s over.”
     “So am I,” Paul replied, “it was a long pull.”
     We filled the radiator and checked the gas, which we found was low. After waiting around twenty minutes and thinking it was time the other boys were coming, we started back to give them a lift. We met them at the top of the hill. The deer slid easily down the open hill; all we had to do was to steer them. Paul and I took the other doe and the big buck across the footbridge one at a time, being careful not to let them slip through the open spaces under the guy wires. We loaded them all into the truck and our packs and rifles followed in quick succession.
     Reg’s boot had torn open again and his foot was nearly frozen. We rubbed it with snow and then taking off one of my socks I gave it to him. We helped him into the front of the truck and wrapped his foot in jackets.
     “I wonder if she’ll start?” Bill asked.
     “I think so,” Paul said, as he turned the key and stepped on the starter. After a couple of turns, she rumbled and then died. He tried her again and she started for good.
     “We’re off,” Neal yelled, as he and I jumped into the back with the deer. We had to bend over, as the deer filled up the biggest part of the truck. No one had gone out of the road before us but the old Dodge rolled through the eighteen inches of snow like nothing at all. It was three miles to the nearest gas station; we hoped that we has enough gas to get us there, but we didn”t know. We made it with a little to spare. There must have been more than we thought because we helped a fellow get over a big hill and wasted some gas there.
     At the gas station we bought five gallons and Paul managed to get some apples from the lady of the house. They tasted good even on empty stomachs, and mine was as empty as I ever want it to be. We registered the deer in Monson at an old man’s store. He looked at the deer in surprise, as they were the best bunch he had seen for the season. We dropped Reg’s deer at his house and were invited into the kitchen by his sister, who incidentally was very nice looking. While combing my hair I looked in the mirror and what a looking guy I was. I had a beard about a quarter of an inch long! Following the visit at Reg’s home, we continued our ride to Paul’s home in Willimantic, where his mother had a real, old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner with all the hot yeast rolls and gravy we could eat. Boy, did we eat! I haven’t been the same since. Even though our cooking at camp was excellent, some of “mother’s own” tasted mighty good. I called Dad up and told him that we were al O.K. and were on our way to Milo, also that I had a surprise for him. He seemed relieved, as the newspapers and radio had carried news of hunters marooned in the Maine woods, and he wondered if we would be able to get out without help.
     The old Dodge rumbled over the Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft and Milo road in fine style, never stopping. The folks were glad to see us and also glad that we had “brought home the bacon.”
I had the antlers of my prize buck mounted and they now hang on the wall at the foot of my bed. Every night I look at them and dream about the picture he made silhouetted against the sky as he jumped across the opening at the top of the ridge, under the shadow of Thompson Mountain.

Editors note: I am sad that this is the last installment of Carl’s story. I loved the imagery his colorful language conjured up as I read and typed his story. Carl writes like we all talk, and makes for some great reading.. Hey Carl, send along some more stories would you, they are wicked good! Val
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(Photo taken in 1970 at the camp of Marion Ladd)
From left to right: Avis Spear, Lila Smith, Rosie LaPointe, Beatrice Wood, Lucille Trickey, Elsie Stairs, and Dorothy Perry.

     The aim of this club was to boost the morale of Derby service men and women. It was founded on September 5, 1944 by Mrs. Anne Paul and Mrs. Gladys Ricker. The only requirement for membership in this unique club was for a woman to have a son or daughter in the service. A boy or girl had to be from Derby at the time of enlistment to be on the club file. At that time there were 26 members and 76 boys on the file while in 1968 the file contained 195 boys with 39 in active service. Mrs. Paul had eight boys in the service and Mrs. Edith Rideout had seven. When asked how many service men and women might have benefited from the club, Mrs. Spear said she wouldn’t dare mention a number but there was a lot.
     Their motto, written by Mrs. Thelma Ingerson, was “LIFT”: Love one another, Inspiration to do good, Faith in God, Truthful in all things.
     For 50 years these mothers worked hard to earn money by having annual fairs, food and rummage sales, putting on dinners for the B&A in the Derby Community Hall, serving the Bowler’s Banquet, and making and selling patchwork quilts. Mrs. Spear said it wasn’t always work as they enjoyed each other’s company during the monthly meetings. A fond memory of hers is when one lady commented to another about how many children she (not Mrs. Spear) had and another lady said, “It’s God’s doing of how many children a woman is to have.” The first lady replied, “God, hell, it was my husband!”
     The Club also received donations from other clubs and individuals.
     During basic training the servicemen received a gift of $3.00, a greeting card and $2.00 on their birthday, $1.00 for cigarettes and magazines if hospitalized, special boxes at Christmas, and $5.00 when discharged from the service. The club had also set up an educational fund that financially helped a number of men taking courses in school and on the job training. Boxes were sent to boys in Vietnam and Thailand every month and $95.00 a year per person was spent. Some of the items

included in the boxes was soap, stationary, hard candy, nuts, white cotton socks, canned tuna fish, books, magazines, local papers, baked beans, soft drinks, and especially home cooked foods. After being read by the servicemen the papers, magazines, and books were placed in USO clubs and hospitals. In peacetime they gave to various organizations and the VA Hospital in Togus.
     The wonderful ladies in the club included Anne Paul, Gladys Ricker, Rosie LaPointe, Lila Smith, Laura Russell, Azella Carter, Florence Smith, Nellie Jose, Polly Fletcher, Margaret Jay, Estelle McSorly, Ann Bamford, Bea Pinette, Peggy Robichaud, Marion Williams, Avis Spear, Marian Cunningham, Dorothy Bushway, Eleanor Clark, Violet Ricker, Esther Weymouth, Gertrude Foster, Edith Rideout, Alvina Cyr, Hilda Morrill, Mildred King, Helen Hackett, Barbara Morrill, Grace Collins, Elizabeth Black, Gladys Morrill, Thelma Ingerson, Lucille Trickey, Blanche Smart, Mande Parker, Annais Pinette, Mary Stevens, Ione Wilson, Bernice Hall, Rebecca Kinney, Nelida Burton, Anne McLeod, Belle Decker, Beatrice Clark, Betty Decker, Corrine Petri, Susie Gray, Vivian Wibberly, Sofia Carlson, Mary Morrison, Vera Smart, Flossie Degestrom, Edith Perry, Marion Larrabee, Faye Lovell, Ivy Harris, Lillian Pratt, Jennie Dickson, Vera Burton, Elsie Stairs, Bertha Landers, Ina King, Sara Dickson, and Freedy Carey.

May the sorrowful Mother’s feelings
As she kisses her son good-bye,
When he’s called into the service—
Whether land, or sea, or sky—
Be changed to joyful sacrifice
Just to watch those Colors fly:
For our Fathers earned this freedom,
Which we shall strive to keep;
Let’s do our best to save it,
Though the price be awful steep.

We have lived in joy and laughter,
And our troubles have been few,
So let’s protect our privileges,
Which more countries once knew—
But now destroyed by demons,
Some within and some without.
“We freely to the service give
Our son,” our hearts shall shout.

There’ll be days before we see him
But of him we will be proud,
For all troubles will be ended
And our cries we’ll shout aloud,
“Hurrah” to all brave Mothers
Who their sons they so proudly gave
When they were called to the Service;
Thus the Nation has been saved.

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Monday-No School VETERAN’S DAY
Tuesday-Fish burger, green beans, oven fries, fruit, and milk every day.
Wednesday-Chicken noodle soup, B.L.T. sandwich, and blueberry cake.
Thursday-Spaghetti/meat sauce, garden salad, garlic bread, and mixed fruit.
Friday-Out of this world sandwich, smiley moons, celestrial celery, and red planets.

MILO - 1950
     MILO TEACHERS HAVE RECEPTION – A reception for Milo teachers was held at the grange hall there this week. Prominent at the affair were Dorothy Gricius, Emma Heath, Kathleen Hichborn, Ruth Fletcher, Hazel Bragdon, Mary Dority, Gayle McLaughlin, Anne St. Onge, Helen Cook, Marjorie Brockway, Monda Rollins, principal, Milo primary school, Phoebe Hilton, John Choate, Frederick Gricius, supervisor of music, School Union 85, Wesley Hussey, Milo high school coach, Muriel Purington, principal, Chase primary school, Reginald H. Dority, superintendent of School Union 85, George Milner, principal of Derby grammar school, Dana Grindle, principal of Milo grammar school, Melvin Kittredge, Joseph Bragdon, principal of Milo high school and Nella Billings.

     Suzanne Ducas Kilmer moved away from the Brownville Jct. area in 1983 and in doing so has lost contact with many good friends. She is eager to get in contact with as many classmates as possible. Suzanne can be reached at:



     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.

     There were twenty members in attendance with a welcome guest, Key Club member Ashley Case.
Eben DeWitt led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham led us in prayer.
     Our inspirational reading this week was entitled ‘Start with Yourself’ and was well delivered by Heidi Finson.
     Correspondence this week included information about the Fall training conference at the Samoset on November 15,16, and 17 and an invitation to a dinner to honor Club Secretary Robert Covell at the Black Bear Inn on November 19 at 5:30 at a cost of $14.00. Please RSVP to Edwin by November 14 if you wish to attend.
     Happy birthday this week to Tom Witham on the 6th, Peter Conley, Karen Ladd, and Donnie Richards on the 7th, Laurel Harris and Buffy Olmstead on the 8th, and Amber (Jeff’s was Nov. 3rd-oops!) Gahagan on the 10th. Happy Anniversary to David and CeCe Harmon and Gary and Sylvia Black on the 11th.
     Edwin handed out committee packets and requested that the Sponsored Youth, Community Service, Fund Raising, Finance, Public Relations, and Arts Center Oversight committees meet sometime this month and give Nancy a report. The ongoing committees can meet as needed but submit monthly reports to Nancy for the club activity report. Edwin would like to be kept current on what the committees are doing.
     The Town Hall Steering Committee will meet next Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Town Hall conference room to discuss the various activities. There will be continued discussion concerning the purchase of a followspot light and buying a screen and projection equipment to possibly show movies in the Arts Center on Saturday’s or evenings for kids.

     The Key Club has been very busy planning events for the near future. Last week there was a Kiwanis interclub at their Thursday meeting that included Val, Dennis, Trish, and David W. Fifteen members have volunteered to help with the Veteran’s dinner on Nov. 11, a group will travel to Bangor to serve a dinner at the Manna Food Kitchen, the Christmas tree lighting is tentatively planned for Dec. 1, a group will help the Cooks’ serve their Christmas dinner, a $50.00 donation was sent to the Historical Society for the purchase of a file cabinet, and they have put together and sent a Sunshine Box to Katie Comeau. People can ‘check in’ with Katie at KUDOS TO ALL!
     The paper is in great shape. A $135.00 donation was received from Mr. Jimmy McLean. (His heart-warming story was recently published in the Three Rivers News.) Murrel Harris donated $50.00 for his campaign announcement in the paper.
     The Christmas program at the Arts Center is coming along nicely.
     Reading Is Fundamental held the first book distribution on Oct. 30 and will meet again at the end of November. Heidi welcomed a new and hopefully permanent addition to RIF, Debbie Knapp.
     The Veteran’s Day dinner is in the final stages of planning. Set up will be at 9 am on Monday. Everyone is looking forward to the entertainment of Aline Blanchard and Josh Guthrie.
     The Board will meet on November 7 at 6:30 am at Angie’s.
     The upcoming speakers are Tom Harvey, speaking on E911, on November 20 and Dennis Dorsey on the 27th.
     Fourteen happy and sad dollars were contributed this week for the elections being over, families and granddaughters, a good trip, promotions, and an anniversary reminder. You’re welcome, David.
     Our speaker today was Kevin Black, head of the Milo Water District. He told us that ninety percent of the present pipes in town were installed between 1909 and 1940 and are cast iron lines with lead fittings between. A new filter plant was built in 1995, which cleans and distributes water very well. During the B&A fire this year the reservoir maintained a level of 7 feet; pumping 250 gallons per minute for a total of the one million gallons required putting out the fire. Even with the present pressure it wouldn’t be enough for a large fire or to service a new, large industry.
     The water district has received a two million-dollar grant from the State Rural Development to begin replacing the town’s water lines. A public hearing will be held before the start of this project that is expected to begin this winter. The weakest link is the 12” asbestos pipe located 10’ under the train-bridge with the storm drains coming in above the school. The cost of maintenance for this one pipe is $700.00 annually. If the pipe broke the reservoir would maintain a 48-hour water reserve. To move the intake pipe would cost $700,000.00 and require a new pump station with the new line being installed above D’Este Road or tie into the old 10” line. It would cost $200,000.00 to install 300 feet of pipe.
     Kevin informed us of a study of the feasibility of drilling wells next to the river. The water would have to be treated but could save $100,000.00. River water was lost during the flood of 1987 due to soil erosion, causing the pipe to break. At present, many streets have only 2” galvanized pipes, at a $15,000.00 yearly maintenance price tag, and Pleasant Street having 3” to 4” pipes. The dead-end streets could be looped and tied in with other streets to prevent water loss to other parts of town. There are no plans to replace the water lines in Derby but hopefully a 12” pipe would be connected from Elm Street sometime in the future.
     The Water District is looking at four loans at low or 0% interest. This would enable them to keep the sewer rates from going up very much. Kevin stated that it is the sewer, not water, rates that are the most costly. Power generation would be 80% of the cost of the sewer after the project is completed. The sewer rates are now at $259.20 and would go up to $307.00. This would mean a 14% or a $12.00 per quarter increase for consumers.
     Thank you, Kevin, for this very informative presentation.


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- The Managers would be responsible for community information from their respective town(s), including community calendar events & town office 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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