Three Rivers News, 2002-11-26

AT 7:00 PM


December 1, 2002, Noon to 3:30 P.M. Penquis Valley High School, 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.

Freda and Everett Cook would like you all to know 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.

Presented by the Milo Baptist Church
Saturday, November 30th, at 5:30 PM (SOLD OUT),
And Sunday, Nov. 31 at 5:30 PM (Tickets still available)
at the Milo Town Hall Performing Arts Center
A lasagna dinner will be served and admission is free!
Donations will be accepted to benefit the Baptist Church’s Mexico Mission Trip.

     I realized that we forgot to mention a very important person in last week’s article about the Kiwanis’ and Key Club’s dinner for area veterans. Walter Lougee donated all the small flags we used to decorate the tables and we left that important contribution out! The flags were very appreciated by us, as well as the veterans. Many folks asked if they could take them home with them, and did. Walter also donates flags to other functions and his patriotism and generosity are very special. Thanks again from all of us.

Bingo starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 9:30 PM

     Last Friday, various classes in the area helped out the Key Club by making decorations for the Community Christmas Tree that will be lit in front of the Milo Farmers Union. One of the major components of the creations was mesh netting, and as usual, when I need something artsy-craftsy, I sought out Sandra’s help. She had just what I needed, and also as usual, donated the fabric. There were many happy children who made the ornaments, and there will be many happy birds and squirrels in the Park St. area once the edible decorations are hung.. Thanks again Sandra.

CORRECTION. In last week’s article about Lumbra’s Mill, I erred in listing the lumber dimensions very badly. Laura gave them to me in the right format, but my computer’s spell-check wanted me to change them to something all together different and all together wrong. I apologize to all concerned. Reuben offered to give me a course in lumber dimensions, and I just might take him up on it! Sorry, Valerie

2nd Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, 2002, 4:30 PM
Milo Farmer’s Union Green
Hot cocoa and cookies for everyone.
Ornaments made by elementary school students.
Sponsored by the PVHS Key Club

The Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church thrift shop will be closed November 27th. for the Thanksgiving holidays.

United Methodist Women’s
Annual Christmas Fair
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
At Park Street United Methodist Church
Beef Stew luncheon (with hot rolls, homemade pies) from 11:00 to 1:00
     Crafts, Gifts, Cookie Walk, Homemade Candy, Food Table, Tree Trims, Cards, Knives, Christmas Arrangements and something different, ...a Nearly-New Christmas Decorations table.To benefit the Missions Projects of the United Methodist Women.
     Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus will be at the Milo Rite Aid on Saturday, Dec 7th, from 12 noon till 4pm.
     Photos by our fabulous Photographer, Val Ricker at a cost of $2.00 for a 4x6 photo. Reprints and enlargements will also be available in time for holiday giving. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network

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The Penquis Valley Winter Concert is on Wed., December 4th at 6:30
p.m. Musicians from grades 6-12 will perform seasonal favorites and the public is urged to attend and support our area musicians.

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Barb Hamlin has been named Teacher of the Year in Middle School Phys. Ed
     On November 4, 2002,at the yearly conference of the Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, (MAHPERD), Barbara Hamlin was named the Middle School Phys. Ed. Teacher of the Year for the State of Maine.
     Barb is a Milo native and teaches at Hichborn Middle School in Howland. She is the wife of Neil Hamlin and has two children, Anders and Jean.
     Barb is quick to point out that she has been able to accomplish so many things because of the contributions of many people, and that her mother taught her early in life that ”many hands make light work”. This philosophy is illustrated by her emphasis on relationships. She believes that the relationships between students and teachers are very important, as is the relationship between school and community.
     Barb tries to teach her students by letting them exercise control over their learning, and by encouraging kids to solve problems and take responsibility for their actions.
     Barb has been teaching Middle School Phys. Ed. for ten years and has been a member of MAHPERD since 1999. She is an active member of the Milo United Baptist Church and uses her teaching skills to lead a Sunday School class. She also volunteers for the River of Life Bible Camp at their camping and canoeing trip on Fish River.
     Barb is very active and we can all remember seeing her bike through town with her kids in tow in the trailer-for –two. She is also a High School Field Hockey Official and has been a basketball coach for 20 years. She also enjoys photography and Desktop Publishing.
     Barb motivates her students to exercise and to be aware of their community and the world around them. Due to her student’s efforts, over $1300 for victims of the Sept. 11, attacks were collected.
     The town of Howland is lucky to have her as a teacher, and our area is blessed to have her as a resident. Congratulations Barb,


     Brownville 5th graders recently created battery powered circuit board games to share with First Graders. Here, Hanna Backus is showing Alison Durant how to work her number game.

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     Before Thanksgiving vacation, the staff at Brownville Elementary School was pleasantly surprised by the American Legion Auxiliary. Every morning during American Education Week these thoughtful ladies brought in some kind of gift to each member of the staff as a way to express their support of teachers and support staff. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

     The children and staff at the Milo Elementary School honored local veterans at a special assembly Friday, November 15th. Mrs. Beres opened the assembly with a warm welcome to all of the guests. A color guard and flag presentation was performed by students Ricky Bradeen, Camille Cramer, Jessica Hamilton, and Steven Natalino. Individual classrooms sang patriotic songs and recited patriotic poems in honor of the veterans.
     Mrs. Beres introduced Mrs. Violet Grant and explained that Mrs. Grant was the person responsible for planning the first Veteran's Day assembly three years ago. Former students Bobbi Merrill and Jeffrey Lyford presented Mrs. Grant with a red, white, and blue corsage.
     Mrs. Beres announced the winners of the grades 3-5 essay contest and the grades k-2 poster contest. Essay winners were Lauryn Bellatty, Danielle Newman, Tiffany Tuscano, and Kasey Sherburne. Poster winners were Tommy Flagg, Pauline Knox, TylerPelletier, Devon Strout, Pauline Knox, Aaron Goodine, and Shania Roussel.
     Approximately 50 veterans and spouses were in attendance. The children were very proud to show their thanks, honor, and respect to these great people.

PTO News from Milo Elementary
     The PTO met on Tuesday evening this week. Total proceeds from the Fall Fair were discussed. The group began a discussion of upcoming projects.
     On December 6, the group will sponsor Santa's Secret Shop. This is an opportunity for children to do their shopping for family members. There will be lots of gifts for Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters, grandparents, friends, etc. Food will be on sale and free gift-wrapping will also be available. Santa will be making an appearance as well.
     PTO members will also be sponsoring a coat and boot swap. Parents who have coats and boots that are clean and in good repair, but no longer useful to their children are encouraged to bring them in the night of Santa's Secret Shop. Parents who are looking for coats and boots a little larger this year can pick from the selection available.
     There will also be a book sale going on during the sale. Moms and dads might want to do a little shopping of their own. Books will be priced at$2.00 and a good selection is available.

     Time for Santa's Secret Shop will be from 5-8 pm on Friday, December 6.
     On December 16, Milo Elementary families are invited to participate in Community Caroling. Families and staff will leave the school at 6:00 PM and walk through town caroling. They will return to the school for cookies and cocoa. This is always a wonderful family event for all of our school family.
     The group also discussed upcoming events and fundraisers. Watch this paper for details of upcoming events.
     Milo Students participate in Children's Book week activities.
     The children at Milo Elementary read books from or about other countries. The second grade read about Australia, Miss Marie's class read about Mexico, Mrs. Barden's class read about Africa, Mrs. Gillis and her class read about South America. The third grades read Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales. During the Friday assembly a special guest reader, Mr. Edwin Treworgy, president of the local Kiwanis club, read to children. He read one of the Grimm's fairy tales and has promised to also come and do some storytelling on another occasion.

     All elementary students were treated to a live theater performance on Thursday, November 21. The Hampstead Players from New Hampshire performed A Christmas Carol for the students. The entire play was done with two actors and three student helpers and a school staff member.
     They did a fine job and the children seemed to enjoy the play. This presentation provided the elementary students a chance to meet several of the Maine Learning Results goals in the Visual and Performing Arts category. All students have been asked to draw or write something about the play. The fifth graders were asked to write a review of the performance. Possibly some of those reviews will be published in next week's paper. This performance was arranged through the efforts of the Northwoods Partnership. This is a collaborative of areas schools which includes MSAD’s 30, 31, 41, 67, Union 113 and Millinocket. The partnership has been working to provide staff development opportunities for staff as well as ooking at the opportunities for jointly sponsoring opportunities for children. Money for this performance came from federal Safe and Drug Free Schools funds.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden- Our Terrific Kid is KENNETH TARNOCZY. Kenny is very exuberant about reading. He has so much compassion for others and is a friend to all. Kenny has the most delightful smile, personality, and lovely big blue eyes. We all love Kenny!!!!!
Mrs. Mills- This wonderful young lady is a pleasure to have in class. She works hard at everything she does. She is a great friend to all. Everyday she follows the classroom rules. We are happy to have CAITLYN DURANT in our class. She makes our days very happy.
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid is a very sweet, kind little girl. She is a wonderful role model for the Golden Rule. She works hard every day, particularly in reading groups. She loves to share stories with teachers and classmates. We love having KAMBREA ATKINSON in our class.
Mrs. Gillis- I know a boy named DYLAN FLAGG,
You will never hear him brag,
Math he likes,
Wrestling he dislikes,
His work gets done without a nag.

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Mrs. Dell'olio- Our Terrific Kid, LINDSAY BROWN, is a hard worker. She is very enthusiastic about the books that she has been reading with Mrs. Ward. Each day she shares her progress, and enthusiasm about what she has accomplished. She also is doing a great job in Math. We are proud of you Lindsay.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- TOMMY FLAGG- Tommy has worked hard to fit in to our school. He is a hard worker and a math whiz. Tommy enjoys science activities and has a lot to add to class discussions. We are glad Tommy is in our class. CODY JOHNDRO- Cody has worked hard to improve his social skills and follow the "I Care " rules. He has improved his work habits and spelling. Cody is trying hard in our class and we are proud of the progress he has made.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- This new guy rides quite a way each day and never complains and Logan is his neighbor. He is really burning up a storm in Kindergarten learning his letters and sounds in the alphabet. He colors well in the morning and likes to play with blocks and puzzles. Justin is a friend to all students in our class. Congratulations JUSTIN LARRY!!!!! WE love YOU!!!
     This new friend has a nice smile and comes right in each day and orders her lunch and signs right in. She enjoys stories and snack time too. She has many friends and sometimes has the giggles. We are glad she is feeling better this week. Congratulations CHELSEY GERRISH. We love you!!!

     Joe Beres gave Bus Awards in Milo to CONNER WEBB and JAMES DOUCETTE.
     In Brownville the award went to MINDY CORSON.

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.
I would be interested in collecting any old clothes from the 1960’s and long before. Men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing including hats, shoes, and purses or even ties would be fine. Please leave a message for Victoria Eastman at 943-2400.
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.
Bev and George Tucker would like you to know that their church is collecting labels from various soups and canned items for the Campbells’s Labels for Education Program. If enough labels are collected, a van can be purchased for the Girl’s

Home of the Cornerstone Christian School@The Fold. The following is a list of most qualifying products. For more info, or to submit your saved labels, call George and Bev at 943-1033.
Front labels from all Campbells, Chunky, and Healthy Request Soups; Labels from Swanson broths; Labels from V8 juice; Prego labels, Franc-American labels, and Pepperidge Farm UPC’s. If in doubt, look for the “Labels for Education” mark on the products.

     Can you believe that basketball season is almost here? What a great time for the school kids and all of the families that enjoy watching them! We should be very proud of the players, coaches, managers and families that are involved in school basketball. It amazes me to see how dedicated some people are to attending practices and games when it comes to the local teams. Where else can you find as many proud parents and dedicated athletes than at a local basketball game?
     Go to the games! Cheer our home team on! Buy those snacks. Wear red, white, and blue. Let’s show our home town spirit and support our teams!
Aunt Bea Kind

Milo-Brownville Rec News
     Girls and boys basketball teams for Grades 4,5,and 6 will be picked on November 26. All games will be played at the Brownville Elementary School and Penquis Valley High .
     We need volunteers to help referee, and to help with other aspects of the program.
     Call 965-2561 or 943-7326 for more information.

Brownville's First Old Home Week
     Brownville's first Old Home Week began in August 1929, with Mr. Bamford, the pastor, and Mrs. Susan M. Lewis making plans for the event.
     On Friday evening, the Brownville High School Alumni held a banquet for 110 members and guests at the Y.M.C.A., where the ladies of Echo Chapter served a baked ham supper.
     On Saturday, with the Grange Hall dining room decorated with crepe paper and balloons, a large crowd attended a baked bean supper served by the Church Circle. That evening entertainment was provided to a packed house. This included musical selections, readings, and a skit, "The Family Album", with Mrs. Isobel Kennison as reader.
     The service on Sunday morning proved to be one of the most interesting of the Old Home Weeks. Brownville's dentist, Dr. Charles Stanhope, played a violin solo, accompanied by Miss Marjorie Davis, and the roll call of church members, read by church clerk Susan Lewis, was answered by all members present and written messages read from out-of-town members, Others spoke of their memories of the church.
     Sunday evening, a Welsh service was held. The chorus, which included some Welsh born in the old country and many of their descendants, filled both sides of the front of the church. Mrs. Susie Owen read the Scripture in Welsh, and old Welsh hymns were sung. An estimated 500 people attended this service. Someone counted 81 cars passing down Church Street after the service. In fact, during one point in the week, traffic was diverted to Spring Street in Skunk Hollow.
     Monday the booths were opened on the parsonage lawn, and a good crowd gathered to witness the winding of the Maypole by girls in bright-colored crepe-paper costumes.
     That evening a very enjoyable Old Folks' Concert was held in the Grange Hall. Among the numbers was a male quartet by Malcolm Stickney and others.

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Brownville Sports Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1 (a) Wayne Kirby (b) Dennis Larson (c) Dennis Small (d) Gary Larson scored the most points in college basketball.
2. Which did not throw left handed (a) Gary Chase (b) Jim Melanson (c) Nelson Perry (d) Bill Vale?
3. Paul Vienneau came to the Railroaders from (a) Higgins (b) Milo (c) Greenville (d) Bangor.
4. The best pure and unguarded shooter was (a) Don Strout (b) Bryan Artes (c) Ralph Berg (d) Pete Meulendyk.
5. George Caron trained to box in a barn near (a) Swazey's Store (b) the Masonic Block (c) the Herrick Hotel (d) on Van Horne Avenue.
6. Doni Webb starred in (a) basketball (b) tennis (c) soccer (d) football.
7. Fred Essency was once a batboy for the (a) Railroaders (b) Bears (c) Beavers (d) Red Sox.
8. Don Dillon was a fine (a) shortstop (b) pitcher (c) outfielder (d) catcher.
9. The best ball handler was (a) Scott Kirby (b) Jim Rosebush (c) Larry Morrill (d) Wayne Kirby.
10. Brownvillle once had (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) four tennis courts.
Answers: 1-b 2-d 3-a 4-c 5-b 6-a 7-c 8-a 9-c 10-c

Public Invited to PCEDC Annual Meeting
     The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council is inviting the public to their 5th Annual Meeting on December 2nd. Governor-Elect John Baldacci is the invited guest speaker for the occasion.
     The meeting will start with a reception at 4pm at the Penquis Higher Education Center, 50 Mayo Street, Dover-Foxcroft. The Guilford B & B will cater dinner and a $12 donation is suggested.
If interested, please RSVP with Dianne at 1-800-339-6389.

     Thanksgiving will be with us in just a few days and I thought this would be a good time to make a list of things I am thankful for at the library. First of all I am thankful that the W.C.T.U. women in the community had the foresight to want a library for the town of Milo and with a lot of work, effort and help from other community citizens were able to procure our Carnegie Library. I am also thankful to former head librarians for all the work they have done to make the library the fine institution we now use. I have been told that Florence Cotter introduced the Dewey Decimal System, and that L. Grace Clapp was responsible for building up the non-fiction. I know first hand that Catherine”Kitty” Ellison herself worked hard to get our building into the National Register of Historic Places in the State of Maine, and , of course , introduced computers to our library while becoming quite an expert on them. I am certainly thankful to the voters and townspeople of today who continue to support our library and want it as part of the community.
     Also tops on my list are the trustees who willingly give their time and support to new ideas and projects for the benefit of the library. They are also ready to help make the new ideas possible as when we moved the non-fiction downstairs or connected three new computers into the library. I certainly want to thank Helen Carey, head trustee, Joanne DeWitt, secretary, Neil Hamlin, Melanie Hussey, Karen Jay, Ralph Jones and Shirlene Ladd for being with us all the way.
     I also give thanks to all the townspeople, friends, and organizations who have donated books and money in memory of loved ones or just through kind generosity. And for our most recent gifts I sincerely thank the Masons and the Three Rivers Kiwanis who believe in our newest project, our children’s area.
     But most of all I am thankful we have YOU---our patrons. Without you and your needs our library would not be necessary. The library staff thanks you for your patience, your understanding and for your support as we learn our new jobs and continue with the renovations of the library.
We hope we can be of service to you in every way you ask of us and that you feel comfortable and welcome coming to your library. Pam and I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Library Winter Hours this week only
Mon, Wed : 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Closed Friday Nov. 29th
Sat : 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Editor’s Note: I would like to thank Judy for striving and succeeding in keeping the library a fun, cheerful place to be. It is such a joy to walk in there on a cold, dreary day and find smiling faces, from both the patrons and the workers. The library is indeed, alive and kicking!

Response to Mothers Club
     Last week an article was printed about the wonderful ladies of the Derby Mothers Service Club. A couple of days after the paper was distributed I received a heart-warming note from Byron Spear. His mother Avis Spear was one of those special ladies and was a member of the club for 50 years! I am pleased to be able to share his message.
     Dear Nancy,
     I wanted to email you and tell you and Valerie how much I enjoy this weekly newspaper! I have been getting it on the following Thursday after printing. I know that you work very hard to get this written and mailed every Tuesday to us who are away. Its good to get a good newsy, clean and informative paper from home. I, of course, was especially interested in seeing the article with my mother, Avis, and the Derby Service Club. Those ladies will never know just how much they meant to us and how much they lifted our spirits during very trying times in wars and a long way from home. I think they deserve special recognition for all the good that they have done for so many years. There is no way to repay them for their efforts but we can tell them that we LOVE THEM!!!
Thanks again for your efforts
               Byron Spear in Virginia
     I received this nice letter along with a packet of very interesting articles about Milo and Lakeview from Albert “Zeb” Harmon and his wife. We will be printing the articles in our “Historically Speaking” column in weeks to come. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Harmon, people like you make our jobs much easier!
      Hi Valerie, Have started receiving your newspaper, the “Three River News”, and we are enjoying it very much. Glad you have started including “In Memoriam” in issue #52. Now we have an idea who is passing on: those who we have known in the past.
     Enclosed is a list of Vet’s of W.W.II, who served from Milo-it’s too late for this year’s observance, but you and your staff might be interested in who served from Milo. Today will be 59 years ago that I was called up, Nov. 12., 1943. I served from ’43 to ’46. I was located in New York until 1945 in A.P.O. N.Y., then ended up in the CBI theater (China, Burma, India), 6th. Base Post Office. Hope the list is complete and no one was left out. Seth Barden would be interested as Norman and Phil are listed.
     Also enclosed is the history of the American Thread as compiled by Dwight Hamlin, Mgr. Before it closed in 1976. It may be too long for an article to publish in the paper, but I find it interesting as part of the industry of Milo.
     Question: What ever became of the W.W. II honor roll that was located on Main Street, between Harry Karp’s store and The Pineo building (front of the Pitman House)?
Sending along some Gen. Mills box coupons—I’ll leave it up to you which school or class gets them. Best of luck, have a good Thanksgiving.
As ever, Albert “Zeb” Harmon

     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. The last date names will be accepted is Nov. 29.

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DEMERS' 12 8
GRAY'S 12 8
COLE'S 7 13

Any one who played Recreational soccer this fall is asked to please turn in their uniforms to the Rec. Dept. as soon as possible.

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Edgar R. Perry, 85, husband of Mary (Hichborn) Perry, passed away Nov. 19, 2002, at a local nursing home, following a long period of declining health. He was born Jan. 20, 1917, in Onawa, the third son and fifth surviving child of Raymond and Lydia (Ryan) Perry.He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary; two daughters, Judy and Gloria Perry, all of Dover-Foxcroft; two sisters, Esther Wallace of Milo, Eleanor Copeland of Onawa; several nieces and nephews.
     Burial will be in the family lot in Rural Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Hibbard Nursing Home Activity Fund, P.O. Box 189, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, or to Pine Tree Hospice 891 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.

MILO - Rosabelle B. Allen, 97, wife of the late Nathaniel W. Allen, died Nov. 16, 2002, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. She was born Sept. 4, 1905, in Ripley, the daughter of Charles A. and Ruth (Bubier) Bowdoin. Mrs. Allen is survived by two brothers, Frank Ryan of Caribou, Leon Bowdoin of Milford; a son-in-law, Edward Ricker of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Francis J. Allen; a daughter, Violet M. Ricker; two brothers, Harry and Ralph Bowdoin. A celebration of Mrs. Allen's life was conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with the Rev. David McLeish officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the charity of choice.

MILO - Richard Burns Warren, 55, died Nov. 19, 2002, at his residence. He was born April 30, 1947, in Milo, the son of Robert F. and Elsie S. (Strout) Warren.
     A retired U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the Joseph P. Chaisson American Legion Post No. 41.
     He is survived by four brothers and sisters-in-laws, Neil,Sr. and Monica Warren, Douglas,Sr. and Isabelle Warren of Milo, Louis and Paulette Warren of Lewiston, Joseph and Deborah Warren of Sebec; a sister, Barbara McNally of Derby; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his dog, Luger, and a special friend, Dolinda Doble of Milo. A memorial service was conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home in Milo, with the Rev. Michelle St. Cyr officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.

A Historical Review
Excavation Indicates Life Exited 10,000 Years Ago Near Milo Site
BDN, by Phil Gerow, 9/18/84
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
MILO -- Dr. James Petersen, from the University of Maine at Farmington, is the coordinator of studies being conducted at an excavation site on the outskirts of Milo. The studies being conducted through a proposal submitted to the Maine Historical Preservation Commission. The research includes testing in the Moosehead and Sebec Lake areas, and includes significant work in Milo. Early data obtained from the site indicates it is one of the two or three oldest sites out of 2,500 known in Maine.
     The site includes approximately 8 square meters of excavation started near a trench excavation in Milo in 1932 by a Milo resident. The Milo site, underlaid by marine clay, has a 6- or 7-foot deposit of sediment, which was laid down over the past 10,000 to 11,000 years. Although numerous levels of occupation ultimately should be identifiable, three major periods of occupation have been recognized to date. These include the so-called Early/Archaic/Paleo-Indian period, circa 7,000 to 8,000 B.C.; the late Archiac period, circa 2,500 to 3,500 B.C.; and the late Ceramic period after A.D. 1,000.
     Bones found in the excavation include possibly the earliest fish remains found in New England. The site is approximately 1 to 2 acres in size, having been broken into 1-meter units. All sediment is being excavated from the natural levels. All material dug from two test pits is screened in a one-quarter-inch screen. Charcoal pits, fire hearths and other features have been located. All cultural items attributable to the native people who used the site have been retained for studies. Of the numerous bone fragments excavated, those of bear, deer, and small mamals and various fish have been identified tentatively.
     Dr. Nathan Hamilton of Pennsylvania, who has been working at the site, has spent 10 years doing archaeology research in Maine. He used Caso Bay as material for his doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburg, where he and Petersen were fellow graduate students. The digging at the pits has been videotaped for a presentation at the research later date. Materials also are being prepared for submission of proposals to funding agencies such as the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation.
     Others working at the site besides petersen and Hamilton have been Richard Doyle and his wife, Bernice from Cumberland. Doyle is president of the Maine Archaeological Society and a student at the University of Southern Maine. His wife, who is interested in archaeology, is first-grade teacher at the William H. Rowe School in Yarmouth. Lauren LeBar, a crewmember, lives in Hinesberg, VT. Jack Wolford, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburg in anthropology with a subdiscipline in archaeology; David Putnam, a student at UMF; and Michael Heckenberger, a student at University of Vermont, also have worked at the site.
The site was discovered two years ago by a Milo native, who also has an interest in the field. He verified the site with Dr. Arthur Spiess, archaeologist with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, who has done contract archaeological work during the summer and who spent his vacation at the site doing preliminary work. The Milo excavation work began Sept 1 and will be completed for the present time Sept. 13, 1984. [Note: This is one of the Milo sites included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Boy, the season is creeping right up on us isn't it? I've got more projects going now than I can ever hope to finish before Christmas. But try to finish them I will. I've been stocking up on ingredients to make some special treats. I'm kind of excited about a couple of them. I've also found a couple of recipes for "cookies in a jar" to give as gifts. I found wide-mouthed quart sized jars in the Farmer's Union and they are perfect for that project. I've got cloth to cover the lids...but it's hard to find a pair of pinking shears to cut the cloth with. My friend Sue Chaffee searched her house high and low, and finally found her pinking shears in a box way up in her attic. That surely was a miracle. I bought several hand drawn wall hangings for the little children in my life. However, I had to have frames made for them. Joe Beres was kind enough to get that job accomplished for me...he's a clever man with wood and I just need to paint them and find glass for them and get the backs put on them.
     Have any of you got a little girl that you'd like to make something special for? I have a little doll house that I make from a paper box that is quite easy. First you have to find a paper know the kind I mean, that reams of paper come in. Do you know someone who works in an office or the school? They might be able to get one for you. Or you could go to Staples and ask for an empty paper box. Next, you need to buy a large roll of contact paper...use a design that looks like wallpaper. With the long side of the box facing you, cut the corners from the top of the box to the bottom leaving them attached so that whole side flaps down. Next you need to totally cover the box with contact paper....inside and out. Then you cover the cover with the same contact paper...inside and out. Cut two pieces of remnant carpet and carpet the bottom of the box...then carpet the inside of the flap piece, being careful to leave a little gap right where the flap is attached. ( I glue this carpet in place with a glue gun.)This will allow you to put the flap up and put the box lid on for easy storage of this toy.
     I went to Toys-R-Us and found Barbie doll rooms that I used for furnishings. I've made an outdoor garden, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a living room for my granddaughters. I think they sell a den, a stable and a kitchen, too! If you don't want to use Barbie sized furnishings, you might be able to find some other little furniture sets at a toy store. They sometimes have wicker sets. My mother used to make furniture for my homemade doll houses by overstuffing quart sized milk cartons and oatmeal boxes and anything else she could find that she could fashion into a piece of furniture. She was extremely clever, and although I have the same good intentions as my mother, I don't have nearly as much time to do those kinds of homemade projects. So....I make the houses and fill them with store bought furnishings. Sometimes the Barbie furnishings might stick up higher than the wall of the box....but when you get ready to put the stuff away you just need to lay the piece down in the box...flip up the side and put the lid on. Voila!! The kids love them!
     I also cut pictures of windows with curtains out of advertisements or catalogs and glue them up on the walls of my little houses. I cut out all kinds of other things in catalogs that I can glue up on the walls to help decorate, as well. A tall lamp, art work, a picture of a mirror or even a real little mirror that has fallen out of your face powder compact. Anything that would make the little room cozier would go well in your child's little doll house. When you get started on this project your mind will come alive with cute ideas. The little garden that I made was adorable. There was a Barbie set that had the little garden furniture with a rolling tea cart, garden bench, and potted plants. I also found a little pool with Barbie's little baby sister that was cute as it could be. I used contact paper that was white with Ivy on it. I also found a piece of green indoor-outdoor carpeting to use for the floor. I cut plants and trellises out of a plant and flower magazine and glued those on the walls. I set the furnishings in place and a new Barbie doll

dressed in outdoor wear sat on the little garden bench. The little Barbie sister sat by her little pool with the little tiny towel and slippers and sun glasses laying on the grass beside the pool. I had so much fun making that doll house that I went right out and bought the stuff to do a bathroom and a bedroom.
     If you want, you can make these houses for little boys, as well. You can find some brick contact paper...or glue on some brown craft paper and cover it with clear contact paper. You can make it a garage using all their little matchbox cars. You could make it into their favorite NASCAR drivers garage...cutting flags and signs out of racing magazines to glue onto the walls. You could buy a little army set, or cowboy and Indian set, or safari animals, any thing that would interest a little boy. Keep this in mind: The biggest enemy of creativity is lack of confidence. If you can think it up, you can do it.
     We're doing our first Christmas activity this coming weekend....ah vah! A whole week before Thanksgiving! My son and his girlfriend have invited his father and I and his sister and her family to his house on Saturday night to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It is one of our all time favorite movies, and with a bowl of popcorn (sprinkled with a few M&M's) will undoubtedly be the thing Christmas traditions are made of. Does your family have a favorite Christmas movie? If they do, why don't you plan an evening right now to gather them all together and pop some corn and watch the movie together.
     Here is one of the little treats that I'm planning to make to give for gifts this Christmas. Its called

Sugar-Coated Pecans.
1 egg white
3 cups pecan halves (this would be 12 ounces)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 stick unsalted butter
     Preheat the over to 300 degrees. Line a jellyroll pan with aluminum foil. In a medium sized bowl, combine egg white with 1-tablespoon water and whisk until foamy. Add pecans and stir until the nuts are coated with egg white. Set these aside. In another bowl combine sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour sugar mixture over moist nuts and stir to coat evenly. In the preheated oven, melt butter in the jelly roll pan. When the butter is melted, remove the pan from the oven and gently stir nuts into melted butter. Spread nuts out evenly and bake for 25 minutes....stirring occasionally. Be sure to watch them closely so they don't burn. Let them cool off right in the pan before storing them. I got a huge bag of pecan halves at Sam's Club for a reasonable price....if you ask them to get a large quantity bag of pecan halves for you at the Farmer's Union, I'm sure they will try to do that.
     I'm going to package these in cellophane corsage bags that I'll gather near the top and close with either chenille strips or fancy ribbons. You might even find some little jingle bells or Christmas doo-dad that you can add to the tie. If you have to cook for a holiday fair, this would be a wonderfully fancy recipe to try. Everyone ought to have a specialty....and maybe this one could be yours. Good luck with these.

Science Corner
Matter Part III
     While Rutherford and others were trying to figure out the structure of the atom, Henry Moseley was trying to make sense of the jumble of elements. There was no satisfactory system of classifying them. It was easy to determine the weight of each element. Trying to place them in order according to increased weight and also trying to place them in columns with those that behaved in a similar way was impossible.

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     The solution came when Moseley found a way to determine the atomic numbers. The atomic numbers are a way of determining the number of protons found in the nucleus. Elements differ in the number of protons they contain. Hydrogen had one, Helium 2, Carbon 6, Oxygen 8, and Uranium had 92. When Moseley determined the atomic number of the elements known, he found there were some missing. This caused a search for the missing ones and many were found. We now know that some of the elements no longer exist on the earth and were actually made in labs. Since they exist for very short periods of time, they have to be continually made to study them.
     Although elements differed by whole numbers, their atomic weights grew at a much faster rate. The atomic weight also includes the weight of the neutrons in addition to the protons. Since positive charges repel one another and protons are positive, neutrons were thought to be useful in separating the protons in the nucleus. The number of neutrons in an atom grew much faster as the atom got larger.
     Scientists knew the weight of protons and neutrons and something strange was going on in atomic weights. For instance if one adds the weight of all the protons, electrons and neutrons in a Uranium atom it comes to 238.07, but if the weights of an equal number of protons, electrons and neutrons by themselves are added together it comes to 240.06. The question was where did the extra weight go? Using Einstein’s equation that relates energy to weight, scientists felt that possible part of the weight was converted to energy to hold the nucleus together. As atoms get larger it takes more and more energy to hold the nucleus together. In fact there is no stable atom after Bismuth that has 83 protons. All the ones larger cannot hold together and breakup by what is known as nuclear fission. The atom splits into smaller and smaller pieces until it can become stable. Well, if protons and neutrons weigh less in larger atoms, then they can’t be the smallest parts of matter. The search was on.
     To make matters even more complicated; American physicist Carl Anderson in 1932 detected a particle like an electron but with a positive charge. He called it a positron. It was the first particle of antimatter found. It was not until 1955 that the antiproton was detected. An antiproton is the same as a proton except it has a negative charge instead of a positive one.
     Antimatter and matter cannot exist together. When they come in contact they destroy one another and turn into energy. Many science fiction stories including the TV series Star Trek use antimatter as part of the plot. Scientists feel that our galaxy is mostly matter so we don’t have to worry about being annihilated.
     The advent of particle accelerators, physicists have discovered many new particles. These particles are divided into leptons (Greek work meaning small) like the electron and positron, and baryons (Greek word meaning heavy) like the proton, neutron and antiproton. There is even such a thing as an antineutrino. Since neutrons don’t have a charge, the neutron and antineutron differ in that when they spin as all subatomic particles do, their north poles point in opposite directions.
     Are there other particles in an atom? Scientists trying to show that the breakup of atoms follows Einstein’s equation relating matter and energy, felt that there must be another undetected particle emitted when a nucleus broke up. The problem is that it must have no charge and no weight. Italian physicist Enrico Fermi proposed giving it the name neutrino. How can there be a particle with no weight? It is a difficult concept but light appears to have particle properties at times and it has no weight so there is a precedent.
     The problem facing physicists was that no one had ever detected a neutrino and if they existed, billions upon billions must be emitted by the sun every second and some would have to reach the earth. The problem was to find some way to trap them. Neutrinos have a great deal of energy and being so small, they would pass through most matter without slowing down. In fact, it was calculated that a neutrino would be able to pass through 3,500 light years of
lead. How much is that? Well light travels at 186,000 miles a second. If you multiply that by 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year, you get the distance light travels in one year. Then all you have to do is multiply that by 3,500. To say the least that is a lot of lead. It turns out the first neutrinos were detected by placing sensitive chemicals inside a mountain in the alps to cut down on stray particles coming from other sources. The chemical would form a gas if a neutrino made a direct hit on its nucleus. Of the billions that travel through the earth each day only seven were detected. This was in 1956.
     Next week: The rest of the story.

Not far from old Algiers
In a strange and foreign land
Lay a group of Flying Fortress
Of the Strategic Air Command.

By five o clock that morning
The briefing had been done
The crews all had their orders
And this mission had begun.

The “Second” had been lucky
Had flown both sac and tac
Haynes luck was changing
And taking lots of flack.

The “Second” crossed the sortie
It was time to pull the pins
On fifty ton of bombs
All armed and with their fins.

The target was Weiner Neuistadt
Where Hitler’s generals met
It was here they built the engine
For the mighty Messerschmitt.

Their fighters showed up early
It was clear to all and one
The “Second” was in trouble
And this was no milk run.

This group of Nazi fighters
We all knew how they fought
They tried to down his “Charlie”
Pappy Haynes blindest spot.

One of Hitler’s pilots
Came in at two o clock
The path of Haynes formation
He thought that he could block.

This young pilot erred
It was his last mistake
And as this pilot died
A fortress he would take.

Johnson’s aim was accurate
This pilot was all through
But he kept on coming in
And took Hinsie and his crew.

In a fraction of a second
There was nothing left to see
Just a hole in Haynes formation
Where Hinsie used to be.

Losing Hinsie and his crew
It seemed it was not fair
Why he took the best we had
And left our hearts so bare.

Written by Thomas Howard – Communications Chief – 49th Squadron – Second Bomb Group – North Africa – 1943

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There will be a BONKO night at the Brownville Jct. Alumni Building on November 30 at 7 pm. Please bring something for the ‘grazing’ table!

     One afternoon in the late sixties, my brother Bob and I were coming across from Atkinson to the Philpot Ridge Road. After crossing the Alder Brook bridge, we saw a small camp near the road. It had nothing in it, not even windows. This was good hunting country, so we decided to find out who owned it. After making a couple of phone calls, we found out that Myles Smith from Dover owned it. I knew Myles quite well, so drove to Dover the next day to see him. I found him at home smoking his usual cigar. Myles was a great guy, but sometimes talked sort of gruff; but he had a heart of gold. He said, “What do you want now?” I told him about seeing the camp and asked if we could buy, rent, borrow, or steal it. “I’m done using it, but I’d rather not sell it right now,” he said. “Why, do you want to use it?” He told me that he owned the wood lot and the camp could be moved if we wanted it some other place. Bob and I found a good knoll back about 200 feet, where it would be out of sight of the road.
     Myles said Don and his bulldozer would be down there Saturday and would put it anywhere we wanted it. The knoll was in an area that had been a field and was quite open. I asked him how much he wanted for rent, and he said, “We can talk about that later.”
     Bob and I went down to the camp Saturday morning and found Don already there. The camp was fifteen by twelve feet and sat on two big spruce logs. In no time we had it where we wanted it on some nice flat rocks. Little did we realize what great times the family would have in that little camp in the years to come.
     We built a 6’ by 6’ outhouse and I got one of the American Thread hydrant houses that was going to be burned. Haleys were doing the work, so they loaded the little building onto my old pickup. I headed for camp and got halfway up Hoxie Hill when it almost slid off. Luckily a bunch of guys came along and helped me get it back on. I got to camp with no more trouble and we got it off and leveled. It made a good woodshed. Bob had found some windows, so we hinged one and nailed the other in. We had a small ramdown stove for heat and a three-burner gas stove for cooking.
     The boards needed to be covered, so Dad, Bob, and I shingled it with cedar shingles. (This was Dad’s last project: he passed away that night.) Dad and Ernest had said there was a swamp in Atkinson called Keezer Swamp, and we thought that would make a good name for the camp, so Keezer it was. We enjoyed good hunting there for several years. We also enjoyed snow sledding at the McCorrison farm and on the country roads.
     One day Myles called and said he had sold the woodlot and that International Paper wanted too much to lease the camp lot. He said he had two more lots on the Parson’s Landing Road and suggested that we move it there. We met him that evening, and after looking around, found the place we wanted, a good dry spot. Down by the lake there was a good spring for drinking water. We didn’t have to hurry moving the camp, so we decided to leave it where it was for the rest of the hunting season.
     A strange thing happened the last week of hunting season. Carla and Ernie came up to hunt, along with Stephen. We decided to hunt across the road and all around the old McCorrison place.

     Some time before, Val McCorrison had been killed by a falling tree while he was working in the woods nearby. The old building was still standing, but the windows and doors were gone. Althea and Carla decided to watch the orchard and the field from the windows. It was getting dusky and there wasn’t a sound to be heard. Suddenly Carla heard a voice say,”Hello there!” She thought it was one of us boys. She said, “Hello!” answer! She turned and asked Althea if she had heard anything. She hadn’t. Steve, Ernie, and I arrived with our flashlights and found the women outside in the driveway. The voice was the topic of conversation all the way back to camp. We never went back, and soon after that, the old house burned.
     The next week turned cold but sunny. Myles sent his lowbed down Monday morning. My friend George Richardson had a pulp loader and had agreed to help us move. We put the loose stuff in my pickup. George picked up one end of the camp and Don worked his flatbed under it. George let it down and rolled it forward onto the lowbed. George then loaded the the wood shed onto his truck, followed by the outhouse. In no time we were at the new site on the Parson’s Landing Road. George unloaded his two buildings and placed them. Then Don drove the lowbed out from under the camp. This was going to be the new home for Camp Keezer for a long time to come.
     The next ten years were good ones. Althea and I used to spend two or three weeks there during hunting season. We ate well and there was always a good hot stew on the stove. Our children and grandchildren have sort of grown up there. They learned to climb the ladder to the top bunk, to build a fire, use an axe, split and pile wood, use a gun safely, and use a compass and believe it. They also learned how to keep the camp picked up reasonably clean. Keezer has been a place to grow up, have fun, and learn some of the lessons of life.
     The roof boards are filled with records of deer shot, who, where, and when. The beams are covered with pictures. A 4” by 6” target is pinned there to record a time when the boys had been doing some shooting, but hadn’t hit the bull’s eye. They asked me to try it. I said that I only had open sights on my gun. They said to try it anyway. I dropped one shell into the chamber, pulled up, and fired. Stephen went down to get the paper. I heard him mutter. The bullet had hit dead center. I drew a line from corner to corner to check. They never again asked me to shoot with them .. I didn’t tell them it was just a lucky shot. Some things a man has to keep to himself.

THE TRI-PHOTO NEWS – MILO – JULY 1, 1948 – ‘BRIDGE POOR’ – In a town having 3 beautiful rivers, bridges became an early necessity. When these structures were made of wood, entailing almost constant repair, it was said by many a groaning taxpayer that the town was “bridge poor”. First came the bridges connecting Davis Island, the Sebec, the site of most of the mills, with the mainland. Somewhere around 1848 a covered bridge was built over the Pleasant. The next, also covered, spanned the westerly channel of the Sebec. The inhabitants tell that prior to the building of the dam, the eastern channel was the main river.
     The bridge over the Piscataquis which terminated the Sargent Hill road was washed away. Traffic to the south was then set across the river by a ferry about a mile down stream. This ferry passed into disuse only a few years ago. Wishing a more direct route southward, a 3rd
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south was then set across the river by a ferry about a mile down stream. This ferry passed into disuse only a few years ago. Wishing a more direct route southward, a 3rd covered bridge was built, still another mile down stream and was operated as a toll bridge until about 1870 when it was made free. These relics of a more leisurely mode of travel have been replaced by structures more in keeping with the march of progress.
     We have seen the coming of farmers, mechanics and tradespeople to this flourishing new town, which early in its 4th decade had more stores than any other settlement in the county except the twin towns of Foxcroft and Dover. Richard Allen Monroe, great-grandfather of H. Allen Monroe, opened the 3rd store.
(Compiled by Mrs. Sue Perrigo Jenkins)


     These two cats were abandoned and are in need of loving homes but do not have to be adopted together. Both cats will be neutered and spayed and receive their first shots before being adopted.
     1. Female calico, possibly under two years old and very loving once she gets to know you.
     2. Classic Maine Coon male, possibly under two years old with long hair (brown tiger).
For more information please call 943-5083.

The Piscataquis Writers
     Do you like writing? Come visit the Piscataquis Writers, a writing group that meets in Dover-Foxcroft twice a month. If you would like to write a family history, science fiction, poetry, or anything else and need feedback, please feel free to join us. Others in the group would like to hear your advice, too. Or you could just come and listen sometime.
     The Piscataquis Writers meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm at the North Meets South Restaurant (a food purchase is not required). This is a central location for participants from Garland, Abbot, Brownville, Milo, Sebec, and Dover-Foxcroft. If you would like more information or would like to start a writing group in Milo, please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400.

     The Milo Historical Society wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the Penquis Valley Key Club for their recent donation to assist us with the purchase of a file cabinet for storage of our growing archival photo collection. The Key Club’s donation of $50 will greatly help toward the purchase of the file cabinet, which will cost $130. We would appreciate any further donations from individuals or organizations to assist the society with this necessary purchase. Those interested in contributing may contact Dr. Ralph Monroe at 943-2268 or Gwen Bradeen at 943-2369.

     When we visited Manna Food Kitchen earlier this month, Bill Rae suggested ways that the club could help make the holiday season brighter for the clients Manna serves. One of the suggestions was to make a donation of Walkman-type cassette players for their youth clients. During the monthly board meeting the members voted to purchase seven cassette players and to make this a Key Club divisional project by challenging the other five clubs in our district to match our donation. If all clubs donate

seven players the estimated 40+ players needed to brighten the holidays of area teens will be met. We expect the other clubs to rise to the challenge and will keep you posted in future columns. I really appreciate the efforts of our club to reach out to their less fortunate peers!!
     The plans for the 2nd Annual Community Christmas Tree have been finalized. Three members and Mr. Dennis Dorsey will meet at 1:00 Friday, November 29, 2002, to choose, cut and set up the tree at the Milo Farmer’s Union green on Park Street. Then the members will assemble at 1:00 on Sunday, December 1st to decorate the tree for the official lighting later that same day at 4:30. Please plan to join us as the senior members of the club light the tree. We’ll have hot cocoa and cookies for everyone!
     The Community Christmas Tree is even more of a community effort this year than last! Val Robertson was visiting the Key Club meeting a few weeks ago when one of the members suggested making ornaments for the tree. Val offered to supply all the necessary items if we would like to make edible ornaments for the tree. (The ornaments will feed the birds and squirrels.) The members decided that they would like to work with elementary students to make the ornaments so on Friday, November 22nd Lindsay Small, Kate Hamlin and Danielle Graves traveled to Milo Elementary School to work with Ms. Howard’s class to make decorations for the tree. Kiley Palmer helped the students in Mrs. Beaulieu’s, Mr. Hayes’ and Mrs. Thompson’s class at the 6th Grade Junction. The girls, led by Val, helped the students fill pinecones with peanut butter and then roll the pinecones in cracked corn that Val had colored festive colors. They also helped the students make suet balls wrapped in netting and tied with ribbons. The students did a wonderful job and we can’t wait to see how beautiful the tree looks once the ornaments are hung. We would like to thank Ms. Howard, Mrs. Cramer, Mrs. Washburn, Mrs. Beaulieu, Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Hayes for inviting us into your classrooms. Thank you to Mrs. Stephanie Salley for helping out at the 6th grade! Thank you to the students who were so eager to lend a hand! And a very special thanks you to Val for all your help in making this project a success!!
     Thank you to the Kiwanians who visited the Key Club meeting on November 21st: Mrs. Stephanie Salley, Mrs. Val Robertson, Mr. Virgil Valente, Mr. Frank Cochrane, Mr. Dennis Dorsey. We were glad to see you!
     The Key Club members are on vacation next week. The next meeting will be on December 5th when Colleen Robbins from the American Red Cross will be speaking to the club about the blood drive to be held on December 18th from 2:00 – 7:00 at the PV cafeteria. Members will be making phone calls to set up appointments on December 10th and 12th. We hope to see you there!!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
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     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angie’s Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Janet Richards or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

     President Edwin Treworgy welcomed twenty members this morning.
     Eben led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb led us in prayer.
     The inspirational reading was an anonymous poem entitled “The Night Before Thanksgiving”, read by Nancy.
     Trish introduced our guests, Adult Education Director Edie Miles and Key Club members Danielle Graves and Kate Hamlin. Thank you for arising early to join us.
     We were honored with the presence of an interclub from Orono/Old Town. They always bring a smile with them.
     Edwin, Ethelyn, Paul, and Eben made up an interclub going to the dinner to honor Frank Covell on November 19th.
     Happy birthday goes out to Kent Ladd, Nov. 21, David Harmon and A.J. Gahagan, Nov. 25, and Aline Blanchard on Nov. 26.
     There were fifteen happy and sad dollars donated for the memory of a friend, Frank Covell, end of US tour, Veteran’s assembly, RIF done right, and for Katie C. being home.
     The Community Service Committee will meet at Ed and Ethelyn house Wednesday evening.
     The Three Rivers News went out to 241 readers last week, the most in over a year. Great job!
Virgil, Frank, Val, Stephanie, and Dennis will attend the Key Club meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21.
     Trish Hayes reported that the Key Club is keeping very busy, as usual, with a Board meeting and deciding to sponsor a camper to the Pine Tree Hospice, seven cassette walkman’s purchased for the Manna Food Kitchen, helping Manna to wrap gifts on the 14th and 18th, sponsoring a blood drive on December 18 at the high school cafeteria from 2-7 pm, making ornaments for the community Christmas tree, the Christmas tree lighting on December 1, and volunteering to help the Cooks’ serve dinner on December 25!
     Note: These young people deserve a great deal of credit for all the time and effort they put into their projects. It should also be noted that they do all of it willingly and with a smile and good humor. Trish is also to be commended for the excellence leadership she has provided.
     There will be a vote on acceptance of the donation policy on November 27. Rather than make this policy a part of the by-laws, we might do better to make it a policy of the Board of Directors. Kiwanis International must approve amendments to the by-laws and the policy wording might not be approved, since it to some degree restricts donations to International.
     Eben handed out the 2003 program for club members responsible for guest speakers during the year. Thank you for the great job you did in organizing and scheduling the chair people for next year!

January Chris Beres & Lois Trask
February Stephanie Salley & Jeff Gahagan
March Ethelyn Treworgy & Neil Hamlin
April * Chris Almy & Todd Lyford
May Trish Hayes & Virgil Valente
June Roy Bither & Eben DeWitt
July * Frank Cochrane & Heidi Finson
August Bill Sawtell & Paul Grindle
September David Walker & Kathy Witham
October * Herb Dunham & Joe Zamboni
November Dennis Dorsey & Lorraine Schink
December * Val Robertson & Murrel Harris

     1. The 2nd Wednesday of each month will be reserved for a general discussion of the Club’s business with the President presiding.
     2. The 5th Wednesday of those months (*) so noted will be an evening dinner meeting with the program to be arranged by either the President, Board of Directors or their designee.
     3. Provide Lois Trask, at 943-7746, with the speaker’s name in advance of the program for the preparation of the speaker’s certificate.
     4. Programs are most important for the continued success and attendance of the Club. Please arrange your programs well in advance, confirm dates and time with speaker, meet and greet your speaker and assist him or her with whatever they need for the presentation, and be sure to offer the speaker breakfast “on the Club’.
Our speaker for November 27 will be Dennis Dorsey.
     Today’s guest speaker was Tom Harvey, presenting valuable information about the E911 system. Tom has worked at the Sheriff’s Department since 1988 as a dispatcher, computer specialist, and working on anything electrical.
     The enhanced 911 system has been activated for over a year with very few bugs showing up. Tom informed us that the new system is different from what you see on television. In reality the dispatcher answers the phone and dispatches the ambulance instead of only dealing with that one call. Also, the television version shows them giving medical advice whereas in real life the emergency personnel use flow charts to determine the actual treatment. The State does plan to eventually set up medical training for the dispatchers. At the present time the Police Academy at Vassalboro has training for all personnel. They are trained to talk people through emergencies.
     When an E911 call comes in it goes to Portland or Lewiston where there are four lines ready. A dispatcher has a computer in front of him that shows the person’s name and address even if it is a pay phone. With the old 911 system only an area could be determined. When a person calls from a cell phone their number or location does not show up but it can be determined which tower the call is from so an area can be pinpointed. A safety feature of the system is the number still registering on the screen if the person hangs up. Tom told us that 21% of the hang-up calls are emergencies. There are 60 PSAP (Public Service Answering Points) in Maine and have two people on duty at all times and one at night. The PSAP process 500 to 600 calls a month.
     Tom highly recommends that people do not call the police number for an emergency, as there are only four lines into Piscataquis for the jails, investigators, and emergency use. You could get a busy signal which delays receiving the help you need. When you call 911 your name, address, and fire road number shows up on the computer screen as well as the fire department and hospital closest to you. Also remember to stay on the line if at all possible to receive any and all immediate help.
     Tom also gave us one other piece of advice; it is against the law for a business alarm system to dial into 911 or to use 911 in any advertisement!
Thank you very much Tom for your excellent presentation. It’s good to know that expert emergency help is only a phone call away.
     The speakers for the month of December are: Dec. 4, Ernie Madden, Dec. 11, Business meeting, Dec. 18, Katie Robertson.

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