Three Rivers News, 2002-12-10

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. The best part of Christmas is giving!!
The Three Rivers Kiwanis would like to invite all area children to visit Santa. Santa will arrive in Milo by Fire Truck on Saturday, December 14th. He will be at the Milo Town Hall from 10:00am until noon. He will also be there on December 21st from 10:00am until noon.

     Freda and Everett Cook would like you all to know they are planning their annual Christmas Dinner at the Milo Town Hall, on Christmas Day at noon. The festive meal is free to anyone who would like to attend, so make your plans now.
     The turkey dinner with all the fixings will be served by members of the PVHS Key Club.
     Freda and Everett would like to send a great big “thank you!” to the area merchants who have donated items for the scrumptious meal.

     Three Rivers Senior Citizens will meet at the Milo Town Hall dining room December l3th, for a potluck dinner at 12 o'clock. Hostess is Adeline Ladd, set up by Helen Fowler and Nat Harris, and Avis Spear and Nat Harris will provide dessert.
Please bring items for the food cupboard. We will be having a special Christmas Program. All area seniors are welcome.

     Once again this year Susan Worcester is in the CHOCOLATE PIZZA business...but only at Christmas. Susan has offered chocolate pizzas in three sizes from mini to large for a number of years. These are great gifts for anyone and everyone on your list who is a chocolate lover!
     The prices range from $2.00 to $9.00 and come in regular chocolate and chocolate/peanut butter. Proceeds from the sales benefit her classroom - the special education resource room at Milo Elementary School. You can order yours by calling her at 965-8070 between 5pm and 9pm weekdays or noon to 9pm on weekends. Order before December 15.

Class of 1948 to Meet
     The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, December 19th at Freda & Everett Cook's Bread & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one of Freda's delicious breakfasts and the usual socializing and then some initial planning for our 55th reunion on July 5, 2003.


     Students in Vikki Carey's and Debbie Walker's Kindergarten Class at the Milo Elementary had a special treat this week. On Tuesday, Dec. 3rd , U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins read Antlers Forever to the class promoting the importance of daily reading to our young readers.
     The children listened to the Senator explain about her job in Washington and then took questions from the young audience. Two girls told Senator Collins that when they grow up they wanted to be a senator also. She was pleased that they had such great aspirations.
     The students surprised her by singing Happy Birthday to the Senator and presented her with a patriotic red, white, and blue striped elephant. The visit concluded with all singing WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
     Channel 5 NEWS taped Senator Collins visit and sometime soon we will be featured saying “GOODNIGHT FROM MILO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!!!!!!”


Holiday Lighting Contest

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     The regular meeting of the UMW will be held on Thursday Dec 12, at 7:00 PM. This is our Christmas program and you are asked to bring a love offering in place of a gift.
     On Dec. 15, at 7:00 PM there will be a Christmas sing-along at the Park Street Methodist church. All are welcome.
     Our Sunday School Superintendent, Melissa Hill, has exciting plans for the new year. Sunday School will be meeting at 10:45 and getting out at noon, along with church. This change will take place on Jan. 5, 2003.There will also be a class for the pre-schoolers, apart from those who are in school, led by Kim Nagle. Melissa hopes to start a group for young mothers called Mom and Me. Child care will be provided so that Mom can have time to connect and talk with others.
     Moms, if you have an interest in this group please call the church office at 943-2609 and leave your name, phone number, and the most convenient time and day for you. Some one will call you back with further details.

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TUES., DEC. 17

Three Rivers Ambulance Fair Well Attended
     The Three Rivers Ambulance Service welcomed 24 crafters to their annual Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 1. The fair was held at the Penquis Valley School complex in the gymnasium from 12-3:30. Ambulance personnel were on hand to do free blood pressure checks and they also held a 50/50 raffle. The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Pat Getchell from Schoodic/Lakeview. All funds raised will go towards education for the ambulance crewmembers.
     The ambulance crew is discussing extending the hours if the fair is held next year. We would appreciate any input from the community members as to hours the fair should be open.
     The crewmembers want to thank everyone who attended for their support of the crafters and the ambulance service.


Brownville Sports Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Besides boxing, Babe McCaron excelled in (a) football (b) baseball (c) golf (d) tennis.
2. (a) Alton Knox (b) Ralph Perry (c) Gordon Lockhart (d) Mac Buchanan took a bell to the state final at Lewiston in 1959.
3. (a) Pete Webb (b) Don Nesbitt (c) Chet Hubbard (d) Murrel Harris scored the most points in one game against the Railroaders.
4. (a) Rev. Loudon (b) Rev. Tracy (c) Rev. Boutwell (d) Rev. Meisner helped build the church tennis court in Brownville.
5. There was a ski jump (a) on the horseback (b) on Davis Hill (c) on Windy Hill (d) on High Street.
6. The best defensive basketball player of the Kirbys was (a) John (b) Gerald (c) Wayne (d) Alan.
7. In the BJHS gymnasium the scoreboard was in the (a) southeast corner (b) southwest corner (c) northeast corner (d) northwest corner.

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8. (a) Foxcroft Academy (b) Guilford (c) Greenville (d) BJHS had the largest gym in 1960.
9. The fastest third baseman was (a) Ron Davis (b) Bryan Artes (c) yours truly (d) Charlie Weston.
10. Skating took place on (a) Tannery Pond (b) Frog Pond (c) the cove (d) all three.
Answers: 1-c 2-a 3-c 4-b 5-c 6-d 7-d 8-b 9-a 10-d

     ‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! Let us all just try to slow down a little bit and enjoy all the many wonderful things that are happening this time of year. It seems that during the holiday season we all are more up tight and feel that things can be a hassle. Wouldn't it just be easier on all of us if we took the pressure off of ourselves? After all, we normally expect far more from ourselves than others do. Does it really matter if there may be a bit of dust when so and so comes to visit? Will our time together be less than perfect if we only serve one type of dessert instead of three?
     Take the time to let a few things go - zero in on the meaning of the and friends, not cooking and cleaning. Enjoy yourself! Make it a fun time of year!
Happy Holiday!
Aunt Bea Kind

     Here are some nutritional tips to make your holiday eating easier to control and understand. Laura Stanchfield submitted them, and I believe each one to be true. Happy Eating!!!
1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out.
3. When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount.
4. Foods used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes any chocolate used for energy, brandy, Sara Lee Cheesecake (eaten whole), and Haagen Dazs Ice Cream.
5. Movie-related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel. This includes Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers and Gummi Bears.
6. Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage causes calorie leakage.
7. If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn’t count.
8. If you eat standing up the calories all go to your feet and get walked off.
9. Food eaten at Christmas parties has no calories, courtesy of Santa.
10. STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards.

     All K-5 students and staff at Brownville Elementary are remembering the "Reason for the Season". They are collecting food for local food cupboards to help those less fortunate in our

area. Anyone who would like to contribute may drop non -perishable items off at the school. Merry Christmas!
     The Brownville Rec. Commission recently donated new sleds for students at Brownville Elementary. Sleds are used a lot in the winter and some need to be replaced each year. This year the Rec. Commission responded to that need. We thank them very much.

Fifth Grade Cars
     Last week the fifth grade started building electronic cars. Most of us got our cars running but some people gave up. All they had to work with was a 6-inch ruler, elastic bands, motors, batteries, and wooden wheels.
     Our teacher, Mrs. Weston, gave us obstacles such as races to see whose car was the fastest, and a hill to climb to see whose car could climb the highest. Now we are done with cars and are trying to make airplanes by putting propellers on the motor axles.
Brownville's Terrific Kids :
     BAILEE BURTON in Kindergarten, CODY FILES in First Grade, MATTHEW VACHON in Second Grade, DALE GAGNE in Third Grade and TIFFANY GAGNE in Fourth Grade. CODY WENTWORTH was the Terrific Kid in Fifth Grade.
     Congratulations to all of these fine students.
The Brownville Elementary staff and students welcome Tiffany and Dale Gagne to our school. They are new students who have come to us from Turner, Maine.
     Brownville Elementary is holding their Scholastic Book Fair this week. Purchases can be made until late Thursday. Come and see the wonderful selection of books for children (and there are even some books that would interest adults!). Just in time for your Christmas shopping.... a book store right here in Brownville!. Please come and support this once a year project.

     The staff at the 6th Grade Junction would like to announce their students of the week for the week of December 2. The staff has chosen RYAN BAILEY, JOSH CLEMENT, and BRUCE BENOIT for their hard work and dedication.
     Congratulations students and keep up the great work!
     The students of the 6th Grade Junction enjoyed their field trip to the Bangor Auditorium on November 19 to view the live production of Pippi Longstockings. The play was a fun way for our students to learn. We were pleased that they were all such fine representatives of our school district during the show.

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     Looking for a way to get your son or daughter off the couch and outdoors exercising this winter? Have we got a deal for you!
     WinterKids is an organization that promotes healthy outdoor activity as a way to improve health and develop a life-long interest in outdoor activities. For a number of years WinterKids has sponsored the 5th Grade Passport Program, allowing every 5th grader free skiing for three days at each of Maine's 17 downhill areas and 16 cross-country ski areas. The Passport also offers free or discounted lessons and equipment rentals.
     This year, the program is expanding to encourage 6th and 7th graders to get outdoors and exercise. Each 6th grader can ski twice at all areas and every 7th grader can sample each area once. There are also free and discounted offerings for parents and siblings so you can make this a truefamily outing.
     If your child did not receive a packet from school, you should go to You will need to fill out an application form and pay a small processing fee. There is an option to do everything online.
     Make sure your student takes advantage of this great program!

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden- Our Terrific Kid is PAULINE KNOX. Pauline has worked extra hard all this week. Her classmates have encouraged her to keep up the good work. She is so proud of herself. Pauline is a fine example of a terrific first grader!! We all love Pauline!!!
Mrs. Mills- The Terrific Kid from our room is working hard to make good choices. He completes his work on time and is trying his hardest to make those cursive letters. He is a good listener during lessons and is a good friend to others. We are happy to have SKYLAR BEARD in our class.
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid is a very sweet, quiet little girl. She works hard every day to complete her math. She is always kind and helpful to her classmates. She brightens our days with her pretty smile. We love having ERIN DAVIS in our room.
Mrs.Dell'olio- JOEY COMEAU has been chosen as Terrific Kid in the fourth grade this week. He has been a great worker during M.E.A's . He is trying hard to find facts for his Science report about veins and arteries., and has been acting in a very responsible manner. Great job, Joey! We are proud
of you.
Mrs. Gillis-
I know a girl named Jennifer Lynn,
Reading is like her medicine,
Cats she likes,
Fiddleheads she dislikes,
She's our T.K., the tribe has spoken.
MRS. HAYES- Our Terrific Kid comes to school with a bright smile and a cheerful spirit. He is polite and courteous. He is pleasant to both teachers and friends. He has a kind heart and gentle personality. This student works hard on all his jobs. He enjoys reading, writing and math. We are proud of our DEVON STROUT and we love his enthusiasm! We say, "I
love you," to our Terrific Kid.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- ALEXA GERRISH- Alexa is a good friend to her classmates. We enjoy her pleasant personality. She always tries hard and enjoys singing with us.

HALEY KNOWLES-Haley is a hard worker, an active listener, and a good friend. We enjoy having her in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- Our first Terrific Kid is one of the kindest children in this whole school. We can always count on him to help his friends and classmates with any job. He is discovering he can count way beyond 20 and is recognizing many words. We are very proud of this little guy's progress and love our days with JOHN BADGER. Our second Terrific Kid has made lots and lots of progress and we are "proud as peacocks" of him, too. He read the daily message all by himself to the class this week and we were all some happy! He has many buddies that he
likes to play with, and he's become quite a good role model. We love our days with CODY DUNHAM.
Mrs. Whitney- Mrs. Whitney's Terrific Kid this week is BEN JAY. He has tried hard this week to complete all assigned tasks and has kindly helped with little jobs like picking up the room before leaving, etc. ... random acts of kindness. So for these kind acts he deserves the Terrific Kid award. Thank-you Ben.....Mrs. Gray.
Milo Bus students of the week 12/06/02.
Brownville Bus student of the week 12/06/02.
Fifth Grade Students Write Reviews of A Christmas Carol
(These are reviews of the recent performance of A Christmas Carol for elementary students at the Milo Town Hall. Fifth Graders in Lagrange wrote some excellent reviews.)
A Christmas Carol Recommended by Critic Russell
     In Milo, Maine the Hampstead Players performed the play A Christmas Carol. The LaGrange and Brownville audiences were really into it. This wonderful performance was achieved by just two actors and help from the audience. The costume and voice changes were quick and super. I recommend that you see this wonderful performance. These actors have been entertaining students in schools around the NorthEast. The audience was traumatized by the great performances the actors presented to the audience. This report was brought to you by Richie Russell.
Sanborn Says:
     11-21-02. Milo, Maine At the town hall, the play, "A Christmas Carol" was presented by the Hampstead Players. The Players needed crowd cooperation to do the play. They could not do everything with only 2 actors. They picked four people, 3 kids and one grownup. The man that played Scrooge also played the nephew. It was a great play because a lot of funny things happened. All one hundred thirty students from Brownville and LaGrange liked it. At the end the actors answered questions and took comments. The other actor was a girl. She did all ghosts and Bob Cratchit. It was a well-done play. Reviewed by Lewis Sanborn.
Students Positive About Play
     In Milo, ME there was a play being presented called "A Christmas Carol." The crowd was wild. Kids were having a blast. Erika of the Hampstead Players had to do lots of acting and stage management. She had 3 people come up. They were picked to go up on the stage. They got to be demons who ran after Scrooge. There were over 130 children in attendance. After the
performance, the students asked questions and made positive comments about the play. Written by our friendly reviewer, Mike Drake.
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Set Makes the Show
     A Christmas Carol was presented in Milo at the town hall. The play was performed by the Hampstead Players. There were only two performers. There were very many characters to play. The audience was excited. The set had a picture of Marley on it, a fake bookshelf, two little tables and chairs, a curtain for a door and a fake fireplace. Three kids got picked to be in the show. Mrs. Harmon got to be in the play, too. After the show the Hampstead Players took a couple of minutes to get to know their audience. Your LaGrange reviewer, Catrina Comeau.

     Thanksgiving Day brought fifty-four family members and friends to the Milo Town Hall for their annual get-together.
     Present were: “Mother” Gertie Ellison; Laurel Harris and her children, Lance Harris, Michael Harris, and Erin Weston of Milo, Tina and Ed Vanidestine of Brewer; Doug and Mona Ellison of North Mammoth; Lana Ellison; Louie, Laurie Lindsay, and Lisa Ellison of Milo and guest Chad Washburn; Bob and Connie Eales; Joe Villani and Nellie Willinski of Milo; Joey Villani and guest Sally of Portland; Arnold and Jackie Willinski; Abe Willinski of Milo; Heidi and Jeremy Finson of East Corinth; Torry and Sheila Ellis of Milo and their children Shane, Jenny and Shelby, Tony, Jessica, who’s baby, Sydney, celebrated her first thanksgiving with us, Travis, Torry’s mom Iris, from New Hampshire, and his brother Turk and his family, Kim, Tyrel, and Mindy from Vermont.
     Also attending were: Kitty Ellison; Frank Cochran; Leone Bailey; George and Kathy West; David and Marsha Richards, all of which are from Milo.
     Other guests included: Ed and Mary Vanidestine; Poppy and Nana Collins; Shawn, Christy, and Alex Stroup, all of Brewer.
     After the traditional mashing of the potatoes by brothers Torrey and Turk, grace was given by Jeremy Finson. Then the roast beef and turkey with all the trimmings were served followed by a fine array of delicious desserts.
     What a wonderful day it was, to share time and food with family and friends and to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives!
     Many thanks to everyone for all of their cooking and for their help in making the meal come together so perfectly.
     And to you, readers, friends, and family, may each of you have a wonderful Christmas and a the beginning of a brand New Year filled with family, love and friendship.



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     Girl’s and boy’s teams have been chosen for Rec. basketball. The rosters and schedules will be in next week’s issue of the Three rivers News.

     Anyone who is interested in buying the wooden chairs that have graced the balcony of the Milo Town Hall auditorium should contact Murrel at 943-7326.
     The wooden chairs are connected sets of two or three seats, and can be yours for $40.00 and $60.00.
     Also for sale are the wooden chairs that were used in the Milo Fire Department. These chairs are singles, and some have arms, others don’t. These are priced at $20.00 each.

     The supply of these chairs is limited, and will be sold on first come, first served basis, with only one item to a customer. What a great Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for Milo-ite!
     Again, call 943-7326 to reserve your chair(s).

     Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st the Milo Town Hall was turned into a Christmas Dinner Theater. The Mexico Mission Team presented The Case of the Missing Meaning. The meal consisted of crackers and cheese, fruit cup, salad, lasagna and bread, and wonderful dessert rolls. What great cooks!
     The case revolved around a young lady hunting for the meaning of Christmas and a very diligent detective exploring this avenue. Between the six scenes the audience was treated to delightful entrees served by cast and members of the Baptist Church. Detective Sam Heart searched high and low at Dept. Stores with crazed shoppers, he asked Santa, who was dealing with spoiled children, he went to a family dinner complete with crabbing and checked out a Church Christmas pageant. Sam found no answers. Finally while walking down a busy city street a stranger gave another stranger the coat off his back. Ah ha, right before Sam's eyes he saw love.
     When he went back to the office he reported to the young lady, Christina, that the true meaning of Christmas was love. How true.
     With the final curtain call and all the dinner help I couldn't begin to tell you how many people were involved with this presentation. Saturday night’s presentation seating served 120 people and Sunday night’s seating served 65. Total donations came to $1500.00 and the Mexico Mission Trip realized a $900.00 profit.
     Everyone enjoyed this event and the Baptist Church hopes to put on another Dinner Theater next year.

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.
•     Mrs. Weston at Brownville Elementary is looking for good used board games for her 5th graders. Games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Pictionary Jr. make good choices for students during cold or rainy inside recesses. Thank you.
•     Val and Kirby Robertson are looking for a large, sturdy dog house that is no longer being used (no, we don’t need a dog to go with it)! We need it to go in the kennel we use to house strays. If you have a movable building, call 943-2324.

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BROWNVILLE - Joan F. Tanguay, 68, wife of the late Rodney J. Tanguay, died Nov. 28, 2002, at her residence. She was born Oct. 13, 1934, in Bath, the daughter of Edward G. and Eleanor (Pye) Ferris. She is survived by two sons, James Brassard of Topsham, William Brassard and his wife, Alison, of East Brunswick; a daughter, Ann Friedman and her husband, Paul, of Beverly, Mass.; a stepson, Joseph Tanguay of Bath; two stepdaughters, Sabrina Coburn of Bath, Traci Footer and her husband, Robert, of Bath; a brother, Edward G. Ferris Jr. and his wife, Lynn, of Manchester, N.H.; four sisters, Irene Jeffery and her husband, Charles, of Dorchester, Mass., Marion Thibeault of Brunswick, Marjorie Back and her husband, Richard, of Sanford, Barbara and her husband, Wolfgang, of Pensacola, Fla.; six grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with the Rev. Michelle St. Cyr officiating. Burial will follow in Pinetree Cemetery, Brownville Junction. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to CHCS Hospice, 14 Summer St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.
MILO and ZEPHRYHILLS, FLA. - Lucia Irene Artus, 91, wife of the late Howard Andrew Artus, passed away Dec. 4, 2002, in Zephyrhills after a long illness. She was born
Jan. 29, 1911, in Bradford, the daughter of John and Mabel (Lovejoy) Maguire. Lucia owned and operated Artus Hardware in Milo for many years and assisted her husband in their grocery business until they retired in 1964. She was an avid horse lady, loved music, dancing, camping, sewing, cooking and hosted horse shows for the Piscataquis County Riding Club until she retired. She was a member of the D.A.R., the United Methodist Church, and donated much of her retirement years to the church, to Zephyrhaven Nursing Home, and to Meals on Wheels. She is survived by her children, Beverly Kendall of Raymond, Jacquelyn L'Heureux of Homosassa, Fla., Wayne and Leon Artus, both of Atkinson, N.H.; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren. She will surely be missed by all those who knew and loved her so well. A memorial service will be announced by the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to either a local Alzheimer's Organization or to Hospice.
DOVER-FOXCROFT - Frank H. Murch, 75, husband of Violet (Hall) Murch, died Dec. 2, 2002, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 21, 1927, in Atkinson, the son of Ora G. and Clara (Hanson) Murch. A lifelong resident of Atkinson and Dover-Foxcroft, he attended schools in Atkinson and Foxcroft Academy. He served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was employed at the Lary Funeral Home for 12 years, and then served as Piscataquis County Sheriff for 22 years. He was a member of the Chadbourne Merrill American Legion Post No. 29, Mosaic Lodge No. 52 AF & AM, D.J. Babineau VFW Post No. 3385, and was a past member of the Maine State Sheriff's Assoc. He took great pride in his family, his garden, and was an avid outdoorsman and gatherer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Vi of Dover-Foxcroft; two daughters, Wendy Pullen and her husband, John of Monson, Christine McCorrison and her husband, Val of Corinth; three sisters, Marjorie Smith of Dover-Foxcroft, Laura Pratt of Guilford, Irene Bonsey of Dover-Foxcroft; six grandchildren, Kristin Pullen and her husband, Cory Clawson of Golden, Colo., Jonathan Pullen of Blanchard, James Pullen of Monson, Jennifer McCorrison of Augusta, Matthew and Craig McCorrison, both of Hudson; several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Barry Hayes and his wife, Carol of Brownville. A service was held, Dec. 4, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-

Foxcroft, where a celebration of Frank's life was conducted .. Burial will be in the family lot in Atkinson Corner Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Frank H. Murch Scholarship Fund, care of Piscataquis County Sheriff Dept., 52 Court St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.

     We have been enjoying our new children’s area and have about half of the juvenile books in place. As Pam was putting the juvenile classics onto the shelves, she mentioned that even the older books looked brighter on the new cherry stained wooden shelves than they had on the older dark green metal shelves. And I’m sure you will agree! On the morning of December 4th we had two Head Start groups in for some library orientation and a story time. Head Start children are only 3and 4 years old so we just introduced the librarians, talked about borrowing books and then had one child pretend to take out a book so they could all see how easy it is. Pamela Flanagan, assistant librarian, role-played with this exercise. Afterwards all the children settled in cozily on chairs and pillows in the children’s area for stories and for some free time with books. Upon arrival the children were all given name tags, and all were given bookmarks and library cards before leaving. Both groups were very well behaved, and we hope they come back to visit us again soon.
     This week the library received a kit from the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. This seven-lesson kit was developed for students in grades 4-6. The lessons were developed by professional agricultural curriculum developers and were tested in classrooms in Maine prior to being finalized. They are being distributed free to classrooms across Maine. On reading this far, I did not see how the public library was involved, but as I read on, the letter reported that they had received requests from home school educators on how to obtain the lessons. The Milo Free Public Library has the material now and any home schooling parent may borrow it. Anyone who needs a Maine product project might find this material of interest too.
     Last summer a new patron took out a brand new book-The Children’s Book of Virtues. They did not bring it back on the due date. When I had time , I called the telephone number given—“no longer in service”. I then sent a letter to the address. The post office returned the letter stamped “ Cannot be found”. That patron stole a book, which the people of Milo had paid to have in the library. A trustee, knowing I was angry about the loss of such a good book, and a brand new book, generously purchased the title to replace the stolen one. Even the Head Start children know that “borrowing” means “to bring back” so others can use the item. Occasionally a borrower thinks keeping a library book is a trivial crime, but books are expensive and prices add up fast , and of course, keeping a book deprives others. It is a crime!
     On a positive note I will be ordering new books very soon and the list will be in the column next week.

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

Not a Historical Review... but
1. Something Special from My Son
2. Homey Ideas and Recycling Ideas
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2002)
     1. When someone wakes up in the morning, they have 2 choices in how they perceive the day forthcoming. They can get up angry, hurt, and upset with the world around them and their whole day reflects that feeling... or they can get up happy, content, and feeling good about themselves and likewise the whole day reflects that attitude...but the choices remain with that person and how they choose is how they want to live that day. Let's look at a day from another perspective. There is 86,400 seconds in a day. Convert the

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seconds to dollars and say you receive $86,400 daily, but to reap the full benefits of the day, you have to spend it all in a proactive manner; what is left over remains unspent and wasted. We should all try to spend as much as possible and waste little as our days are short, subject to no returns and the seconds are gone forever.
     2. Back in the 1970's, when we were blessed with having a Sears store here in town, I bought many things for the home. Among those were insulated window shades and insulated draperies. The draperies are not just for a few windows, but most of them, including the kitchen... which may look rather strange to some people... but on a cold and blustery winter's night, to me they look warm. Being a thrifty person, I'm apt to recycle rather than discard items:
     a)We began reusing covered jars as far back as the 1950's. They began to be reused in the cellar as containers for nails, nuts, bolts and screws and the like... easily viewed as to contents... and a perfect pastime during stormy winter days is sorting the assorted items. Small jars fit nicely on the horizontal braces between the 16-inch studs in the cellarway.
     b) Upstairs in the kitchen use-again jars have become storage for baking ingredients, cereals, flour, spices, etc. A hungry insect would find little to eat in our house. Four wall shelves used to hold a collection of spices with brightly painted metal covers, and vertical lettering up the sides described the contents of these former honey jars. Sometimes I cut out the directions which are on the outside of the cardboard box... for example: Bisquick, or a pancake mix, and keep it with the new container. Interestingly, one giant peanut butter container will hold one small package of cornflakes. Other jars can be used in the refrigerator for food storage.
     c) Clean reusable tall coffee jars are for bottled spring water. Buying one large 2 1/2 gals of water, and then transferring the contents to the tall jars... then turn the empty spring water container upright so the spout is on top, and cut away this part leaving the handle and a neatly trimmed rim... This results in a reusable easy-carry storage container. It will hold several cleaning products, detergents, paper towels and the like, and much more.
     d) Clear plastic hangers with metal rods broken? Save 1 metal rod with its clips attached, add clips from other broken hangers, bend rods on ends so clips won't come off, use a chain or something to hang the rod from the end loops... and what you have is a nice mitten drying tool.
     e) Coins can be sorted to use for special purposes... quarters for Laundromat, parking meters, or traveling. Pennies collected then exchanged for quarters, and other small change set aside for a special item... I chose Three Rivers News.
     f) Buy some thick paper towels 11/11, fold twice to a smaller square. These can be used first as paper napkins (stronger than genuine paper napkins), use i.e. under a cup of coffee. Fold the napkin back to original size and use as a paper towel.
     g) I dry bread crumbs, store in refrigerator to use for stuffing, meatloaf, and other cooking uses such as the following recipe:
Steamed Prune Pudding
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup margarine
2 cups bread crumbs
4 egg yolks (beaten)
1 cup prune juice
1 cup cooked prunes
3/4 cup nuts
1/2 cup dates
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
     Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside Soak bread crumbs in milk/egg yolk/vanilla mixture Blend in dry ingredients alternately with prune juice Fold in egg whites last. (End of recipe... guess they figured we knew how to steam a pudding.)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I was recently reading one of my "feel good" books and came across a chapter that was written by Paul Harvey regarding the little town where he and his family had a little hideaway farm in the Missouri Ozarks. His story explained the charm of the a little town. I found similarities between his feelings about his little town and my feelings about my little town, and I wanted to share these feelings with the rest of you little town folks.
     In Paul's words: A little town is where everybody knows what everybody else is doing - but they read the weekly newspaper to see who got caught at it. (I have never picked up the Piscataquis Observer and skipped over the court news...always read it. And those little bits of info about different calls that the sheriff's department gets...I love them and always read them.)
     In a little town everybody knows every neighbor's car by sight and most by sound - and also knows when it comes and where it goes.
     In a little town there's no use anybody lyin' about his age or his ailments or exaggerating about his ancestors or his offspring.
     A little town is where, if you get the wrong number, you can talk for 15 minutes if you want to.
     A little town is where there's hardly anything to do and never enough time to do it.
     In any town the ratio of good people to bad people is a hundred to one. In a big town, the hundred are uncomfortable. In a little town, the "one" is.
     A little town is where businessmen struggle for survival against suburban shopping centers...Where they dig deep to support anybody's worthy cause, though they know "anybody" shops mostly at city stores.
     Small town gossip tends to cut down anybody who's up, help up anybody who's down.
     The small town policeman has a first name. The small town schoolteacher has the last word. The small town preacher usually is a full time farmer (in our case she's got more than one church.)The small town firemen take turns.
     Why would anybody want to live in one of these tiny "blink-and-you-miss-it-towns"? I don't know. Maybe because in the class play there's a part for everybody. In the town jail there's rarely anybody. In the town cemetery, you're still among friends.
     This is the end of the quoted story by Paul Harvey. Can you see the similarities between his little town and ours? Of course you can. You live it every day. We all do, and if you have moved away and you don't live it anymore, you can remember it and sometimes you long to live that way again.
     They can say what they want about living in a little town, but for all who would pooh pooh our way of life....most of us wouldn't live any other way. Small town traditions are different from their large city parallels. That's not a bad thing because if they were the same....what would be the point of choosing the small town. We could go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year if we chose to, but you get a much better view of it from watching it on T.V. You get the best of both worlds...Thanksgiving tradition that is of a worldly nature, but celebrated right to home. We could be in Rockerfeller Center for the lighting of New York's Christmas Tree, but you get a better view of it right at home in front of your own television and the chances are way less that you'll get your pocket picked.
     Make some holiday traditions and stick by them from year to year. They don't have to be fancy...they just have to be enjoyable to either your friends or your family or both, and you have to work at making them happen year to year. We have many traditions that we hold dear and continue for more years than you can imagine. They are small town traditions, shared with our small town friends, who we love and care for with our small town hearts. Life absolutely doesn't get any better than that....anywhere.
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     We have a couple from Dover Foxcroft who we trade dinners with year after year. This year it's their turn to come to our house some evening in December. We are serving Cranberry Pork Tenderloin. I got this recipe a couple of years ago while attending the Wellness Conference at Sugarloaf with the M.S.A.D. #41 Wellness Team. A marvelous chef prepared it at a cooking seminar that I attended at the conference. I got many wonderful recipes from that seminar...but this is by far my favorite.
2 pork tenderloins
dried cranberries...called craisins (in the dried fruit aisle of the grocery store along with the raisins and dates)
salt, pepper, dried rosemary
     Cut the tenderloins in two. Drive a knife up the center of the tenderloin piece and stuff the hole with the craisins. I then lay the tenderloins on a tin foil lined baking pan. Sprinkle the 4 halves with salt, pepper and rub in the dried rosemary. Cook in a 400-degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or to 140 on a meat thermometer. Remove to a cutting board and cut into medallions and lay them on a platter. Glaze with 1/2 cup of honey and 1 Tablespoon of vinegar that you've boiled for one to two minutes. Just pour this glazing mixture over the medallions as they lay on the platter.
     This is a wonderful company meal. If it's just Dad and my husband and I, I only use one tenderloin and I halve the glazing mixture. You might think that 25 to 30 minutes must be a mistake...but it's not. At 400 degrees this will do a pork tenderloin to a turn!!!

Science Corner
Vitamin E and Selenium
     Vitamin E is a blend of compounds called the tocopherols. There are eight different but similar compounds included in the vitamin. The most potent is alpha tocopherol. The recommended daily allowance for humans is about 15 mg or as found on supplement bottles, 22 IU. This vitamin is found in vegetable oils like margarine, eggs, fish, whole grains, dried beans, sunflower seeds, and nuts especially almonds. Most people have no trouble getting the daily allowance, but people on low fat diets may need to take a supplement.
     Vitamin E is one of the antioxidant vitamins in that it helps to destroy substances called free radicals that attack cells, cause cardiovascular disease and cancer. Free radicals are formed during normal metabolism. Cigarette smoke and other air pollutants also cause them to form in the body. When Vitamin E destroys the free radical it is also is made inactive. Vitamin C, however, reactivates it.
     Vitamin E is also important in wound healing. There are Vitamin E oils that can be put on sores to help them heal. It seems to help white blood cells destroy bacteria in the blood. It controls inflammation and prevents loss of Vitamin A. It prevents breakdown of body tissues and blood clots. There are some indications that it prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (the bad one) so that it can’t deposit itself on the walls of blood vessels. Recent studies also indicate it helps in the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.
     Gamma tocopherol is also found in the body in small amounts. Liver enzymes preferentially incorporate the gamma form in lipoproteins. In fact there are more breakdown products of gamma tocopherol found in the urine than alpha tocopherol indicating it has some use. Taking large supplements of alpha tocopherol appears to lower the amount of gamma tocopherol in the body.
     When taking a Vitamin E supplement, one should be careful as to the label. Man made Vitamin E is not as potent as natural. When Vitamin E is made in the laboratory it is made in two forms: one called d and the other l. Only the d form is made naturally and it is the only one that the body uses. Natural Vitamin E will say d alpha tocopherol. The man made will say dl alpha tocopherol or all-rac-alpha-tocopherol. While there appear to be no short-term adverse affects to taking high does of Vitamin E, it is recommended that the dosage be kept around 400 mg unless a higher dose is recommended by a doctor. People who are taking anticoagulants or who are Vitamin K deficient should not take Vitamin

E Supplements. One should check with a doctor if taking any medications before taking the supplement as it may interact with their medication.
     Selenium is a trace element found in many foods. It supports Vitamin E activity. It is essential for a normal immune system and for the thyroid gland. The body requires 55 micrograms a day. This is a VERY SMALL amount. Caution must be taken if planning to take a supplement as it is very poisonous in even small amounts. Brazil nuts are a potent source. Just 6 to 8 nuts will give 839 micrograms, which is more than 10 times the recommended daily allowance.

By Anthony Harmon, Flight Instructor
     As long as I can remember, I wanted to fly. This last year the desire was rewarded with a diploma from one of the best flight schools in the country. Maine had been my home and I wanted to return there to work. I am now a flight instructor at a major flying company in Maine.
     The first of July I received a call asking for an appointment for a one-hour flight for two people. I asked if this was to be a pleasure ride. He replied that it was. We made a date the last of July for a one-hour flight, subject to the weather. I was to notify him of the exact date and time. The weather sounded good for July 28, so I called him and suggested they be at the airport waiting room at 5:30 p.m.
     I was waiting for them when the door opened and an attractive lady and an elderly man accompanying her came in. I introduced myself and they gave me their names and told me they had driven 150 miles to get here.
     I soon found out that he had flown several years ago. He had flown only small planes on wheels, skiis, and floats. I could see as he told me these things that he loved to fly and had missed it every time he saw a plane go over. It had been 44 years since he had flown.
     We walked out to the planes, where I pointed out the one we would use. It was a new 172 Cessna with a 185 h.p. engine, four-place, with a price tag of $200,000. As we approached the plane, he stepped away to run his hand over the prop and move the flaps a little. I heard him say, ”What a pretty plane!” I had already made up my mind that I would find out how well he remembered how to fly and if he really wanted to.
     I unlocked the door and helped the lady into the back seat, and noticed that she deftly fastened the seat belt. I suggested that he get into the pilot’s seat and I would take the passenger’s seat.
     I started the engine and gave the lady and him headsets. I watched him check out the instrument panel and I answered a few questions about it. After a few minutes I asked him if he would like to take it out to the runway. He smiled and said, “Is it OK?” “Sure,” I replied. After making a few right and left turns, we found ourselves at the end of a runway. I said I would call the tower and get permission to take off. He had set the brakes and was revving up the engine. I said, “I guess we are ready. Are you going to sit here all day?"” He grinned and said, "Boy, would I like to take this off." The engine began to hum as he pushed the throttle slowly forward. We rolled down the runway and I saw he had good control. We soon lifted off and climbed to 1200 feet, where he leveled off.
     He flew over the city, over the bay, and down the coast. A ship was coming into the harbor. It was a real pretty sight as we flew over it.
     Our hour was nearly up, so we headed for the airport. As we made our last approach, he glanced at me and smiled. I gave him a “go ahead” nod. He eased back the throttle and the plane settled down onto the runway with only one little bump. His chin was

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quivering and a tear ran down his cheek. We taxied to the tie-down spot. He turned the key and took off his headphone, opened the door, and stepped out. I helped the lady out, who said that she had enjoyed every minute of the ride.
     The lady was my 83-year-old grandmother; my pilot was my 84-year-old grandfather. After locking the door and tying the plane down, I gave them both a big hug and said, “Gramp, you can be my co-pilot anytime!”

Submitted by Victoria Eastman
     A home is needed for a big, beautiful, black and white, shorthaired male cat. He is probably two years old and will be neutered by Tuesday, December 10th.
     SAD SEPARATION – A home is urgently needed for a 12-13 year old neutered, male, longhaired, black cat that has a very nice personality. The owner has been forced to move to a Senior Citizen’s Home in Veazie and is unable to take her long time companion with her. The cat must find a home within 30 days!
     For more information please call Julie Gallagher at 943-5083.
     Editor’s note: Remember that your PETS are part of your family so please don’t leave them out during the festivities at Christmas. Give them a special treat to eat or play with while the family is opening gifts. Maybe a catnip mouse for your favorite feline or a treat filled Kong for that special canine friend. (Simba’s personal favorite is a marrowbone!) It will keep them busy enough so they won’t be too tempted to get into mischief.

     My, but it has been cold in Milo these last few weeks. I am a person who LOVES summer, and I can honestly say I have never complained about the summer heat. The cold brings a whole new aspect to taking care of animals, and I welcome the return of 30-degree days. I spend a lot of time keeping water dishes thawed, and have found the easiest way to keep thawed water for the goats and chickens is to have two of each water receptacle, one for outdoors and one to have in the house thawing and warming. I don’t have to worry about the large water fount in the coup freezing, as Katie gave me an electric heating base for my birthday, and it keeps water available at all times, but I am constantly refilling and switching the water dishes I keep in the yard. The goats love warm water, and as soon as I fill their bowl with steaming water, they start sucking it up! Their drinking makes the slurpiest sounds, and is further evidence that goats just may be the rudest, yet cutest, animals there are.
     The real challenge is to keep water thawed for the rooster I have to keep segregated from the rest of the flock, as he fights with the other rooster we have acquired. Some folks who were getting rid of their chickens gave the segregated rooster to us. They had four hens and him. I found a home for the hens, but we ended up keeping the rooster, and I will explain the necessity of his being penned in.
     The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a concerned person told me, that they had been seeing a rooster, alone, at an abandoned shack. I did some investigating, and determined the rooster was indeed, living on his own, with no food or water. So the next day, the day before Thanksgiving, I made a trip to the location to check the rooster out, and see what the situation was.
     I drove to the yard, parked my car, got out, and surveyed the area. It was very cold that day, and I wandered around, checking the fresh dusting of snow for “chicken prints”. While looking, I noticed that every available source of water was

frozen solid. Seeing no signs of life, I stood by the car and started calling, “Here chicken, chicken, chicken!”
     I heard a sound, turned to see it’s source, and from my left, across a frozen bog, strutted a magnificent bird! It was my first experience with a rooster, and his colors and his beautiful, iridescent green tail awed me. He continued towards me, and I tossed him some cracked corn, which he attacked greedily. I had brought with me, food, water, my blue leather gloves, and a large plastic crate with a cover. I put the crate on it’s side, on the ground, filled the back edge with corn, and made a trail of food up to the crate. My plan was to get him in the crate, then throw a sheet over the opening. He ate his way into the crate, I threw the sheet over the whole thing and tried to shut the covers. Somehow, he got out, and flew up into an apple tree. So close!
     I had to get to work, so I left him a little food and a big pan of water, packed up my stuff, and once again found myself going off to formulate a plan. Both of my kids were due home at 1:00 that afternoon, and I thought, with their help, I could catch the poor bird.
     Now, on the day before Thanksgiving, most mothers are home cooking and cleaning, to ready the house for the arrival of their children, and I gave these activities some thought. I surmised that neither of my kids really like sweets, and we were having Thanksgiving dinner at Kirby’s folk’s house, therefore, cooking was unnecessary, and remembered I had recently changed that blue thing in my toilet tank, so that took care of the cleaning. I had plenty of time to catch a rooster.
     I finished up at my Meals for Me job just as Katie and Ben pulled in my driveway in Katie’s huge Explorer. They had stopped at my work site, and Suzy had told them what I was up to, so when I told them my plan to go get a rooster, neither was surprised. Come to think of it, my kids never seem surprised at anything I do. They are VERY good kids! After a quick tour of our barnyard, we loaded into Katie’s truck, armed with my original rooster-catching supplies and a butterfly net, and set off for the rooster site.
     When we got there, the handsome bird was pecking away at the pile of corn I had left him. He took one look at us and promptly ran out onto the perilous ice on the bog. We tried calling to him, and he proceeded further out. We had no choice but to go way around the bog to the other side and try to scare him over to our shore. Katie, with youthful enthusiasm, bounded to the far shore and started flinging tree branches in the rooster’s direction. Her actions worked, and the bird began slowly walking to the other shore, where Ben was hiding behind a tree with the butterfly net. I can only imagine what the folks in the cars that drove by on the well-traveled road behind us were thinking.!
     After a little herding and chasing, Ben snagged the rooster in the net, and we all gathered around. Now let me tell you, a vicious, barking dog is no where near as scary sounding as a frightened angry rooster. We all looked at each other and I said, “How are we going to get him in the crate?”
     Ben said he had a pillowcase in his luggage in the car, and that was how chicken thieves carried chickens in the cartoons, and it made perfect sense to us and we put the rooster in a pillowcase. He immediately stopped squawking, and I held him my lap on the trip home.
     I was very concerned about releasing him into my yard, afraid he would attack my chickens. I was especially concerned about Puff-Daddy, as we still don’t know if “he’s” a rooster or a hen. We actually aren’t even sure he’s a chicken. Puff is the exotic chick we received as a gift from the hatchery, and he still
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resembles no other chicken I have seen pictures of. The truth be told, he looks like a hawk, but I’m pretty sure the folks at the hatchery wouldn’t pull that trick on us!
     We decided the best place for the rooster was inside in Heikki’s large dog kennel, so we put him in there, in the dining room, to warm up and calm down. He immediately started crowing and if you’ve never been in a small room with a rooster when he cock-a-doodle-doos, you have no appreciation for the strength of their vocal chords! We laughed, then Katie turned and said ”Look!”
     There at the sliding glass door, looking in, was at least 15 of the hens. They recognized the crowing of a handsome rooster, and their adoring gazes led me to decide to name the rooster Elvis. All I could think of when I watched the hens staring at the rooster, were the old black and white films of adoring teenagers swooning over Elvis Pressly.
     We warmed him up, then put him outside into the large, wire dog kennel to acclimate himself. I left him in there for two days, taking him in the coop and night to sleep in the dog kennel. After two days and nights I decided he had gotten used to his new surroundings so I released him into the general population, and he immediately began strutting and wooing. And before too long, he was really popular with the ladies. Needless to say, he is in rooster heaven.
     As luck would have it, we were given the other rooster the day after I let Elvis out of the pen, so when the folks who were giving us the rooster brought him to the house, I immediately put him in to get acclimated. That was a week ago, and he still acts kind of mean to Elvis (who has become downright gentle), so he spends his days in the pen and his nights in a wire cage amongst the hens in the coop. I plan on letting him out in a few days, at a time when I can be there to monitor his actions. No fights allowed in my yard! So until then, I let 4 or 5 hens at a time into the pen to keep him company, and hopefully explain the rules of the Robertson Farm to Mr. Rooster (that was his name before we got him).
     Next time I will tell you about our experiences with the hens and their eggs, and fill you in on how Mr. Rooster is adapting.

Pigs in a blanket, French fries, cole slaw, pears, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Pancakes, hash brown, sausage links, and applesauce.
Wednesday-Juice, chop suey, salad greens, dinner roll, and whoopie pie.
Thursday-Turkey wrap, rice pilaf, broccoli casserole, and apple.
Friday-Taco pizza, corn cobbetts, and apple crisp.

1. Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2. Wrinkles don’t hurt.
3. Families are like fudge. mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4. Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held it’s ground.
5. Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
6. Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the joy.

Special Birthday Wishes To Eileen Willinski On December 12 From Your Family!

Submitted by Albert “Zeb” Harmon
     In 1890 the need for a public school was recognized and the Merrick Thread Company agreed to bear the expense of constructing a school building on condition that public schools be maintained by subscription. The land owners and the residents of Lake View agreed to this plan and the first school building was constructed in 1891. This building is now a part of the building used as a chapel. During the season 1891-92 three terms of school were taught by Miss Jane Jones of Milo and the expense met by subscription, the land owners, however, failing to share this expense. At the end of the first school year the subscription plan was declared a failure and a citizen’s meeting was held, at which it was voted to apply to the County Commissioners for permission to organize a school plantation. Hon. S. O. Dinsmore of Dover was at that time Chairman of the County Commissioners. In due course permission was granted for organizing a school plantation and on June 16, 1898, the first plantation meeting was held. Judge M. L. Durgin of Milo was present at that meeting to see that proceedings were legal and otherwise in order. The following officers were chosen:
Assessors: J. E. Farnham, F. D. Ellis, C. F. Bumps
Plantation Clerk: P. M. Hamlin
Treasurer: F. W. Sargent
Tax Collector & Constable: C. M. Butler
Superintending School Committee: J. E. Farnham, C. M. Butler, B. F. Clark
     We are very appreciative of Mr. Harmon sending this information to us about our area. He also submitted a brief history of the American Thread’s spool making in Maine that will be included in the next few issues of the paper.

     The campaign to raise funds to purchase 40 cassette players for Manna is off to a great start. So far 23 players have been sponsored by Key Clubs in our area and two more players were funded by anonymous donors. Thanks to everyone for pitching in to make this project a success! We will be delivering the players to Manna on December 14th. The Greenville club will be meeting us that day at Manna to spend 2-3 hours wrapping gifts. We’re hoping that other clubs in our area will also be able to join us! It’s a great opportunity to lend a hand while spending time with fellow Key Clubbers.
     Congratulations to Lindsay Small for the great job she’s doing as Secretary!! Lindsay filed her first Key Club report with the District office covering the months of April to September on October 10th. The Key Club is graded on several components of the report and Lindsay scored 102 points out of a possible 107 points!! Way to go, Lindsay! I believe this is a record for our club! Thanks to the club members for all their hard work and to the Kiwanians who have been visiting regularly.
     Thanks to Frank Cochran and Edie Miles for being guests at the regular Thursday meeting.
     The club met with Colleen Robbins from the American Red Cross later Thursday afternoon to prepare for the blood drive to be held on December 18th. The blood drive, to be held in the cafeteria from 3:00 to 7:00, is the first of two annual drives that the club sponsors. The goal for this drive is 50 units. According to Ms. Robbins, we will need to have approximately 65 people present to meet that goal, since not everyone who presents is able to donate. The Red Cross is beginning implementation of the Electronic Blood Donation Record (eBDR), so instead of filling out the medical information form yourself a Red Cross staff member will ask you questions and your information will be entered into a computer system which will ensure the accuracy of donor information and streamline and automate the Blood Donation Record process. We will do our best to help the process along to minimize your wait as much as possible. Key Clubbers will be making telephone calls to past donors on Monday, December 9th and Thursday, December 12th to schedule appointments. We will give preference to those who have scheduled an appointment. As

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always, walk-ins are welcome!! We will have t-shirts and radios to give away to donors. The t-shirt is a generic holiday t-shirt with a light house design and will be available in two sizes (large and extra-large). The radio is a very tiny clip-on radio with ear phones. It has great sound for such a tiny device. We hope you’ll come out and help us meet our goal of 50 units.
     The Key Club is again selling pizza and hot dogs at the high school basketball games. I couldn’t have asked for a better crew this weekend ! Everyone did a great job and represented their club and school so well ! There were new members who had never sold at the games before and veterans, but by the end of each shift you couldn’t tell who was a veteran and who was new. Thanks to everyone for their hard work. And thank you to everyone who purchased food. All of the profits from the food sales go back into the community in the form of donations or community service activities. We wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without your help.



     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 and guests Lt. Gov. Harold Sherman and an interclub from Dover-Foxcroft.
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham led us in a heartfelt prayer.
     Dennis Dorsey was our inspirational reader today, presenting the poem “Therein Lies a Tale”. When a favorite dog is moping around, not even wagging his tail, you can tell he or she is feeling down. At soon as you start petting, stroking, and talking to the dog, the tail goes up and he is almost instantly revitalized. Positive words work for people as well! The man in the poem was an author but in a slump. As soon as he received an encouraging call from his editor, his tail went up and he found the motivation to begin writing again.
     There was correspondence from the Milo Free Public Library thanking Kiwanis for the donation to the children’s corner at the library.
     Happy birthday goes out to Frank Cochrane on the 4th, Lorraine Schinck on the 5th, Matt Grindle and Michael O’Connor on the 7th, Joe Beres on the 8th, and Neil Hamlin on the 10th.
     Eighteen happy and sad dollars were donated today for the Fire Department’s $53,000.00 grant, Susan Collins reading to

children in Milo, a 62nd and 65th birthday, MILO RULES, safe trips, serious injury but okay now, and reading at the library.
     Trish Hayes filled us in on the activities of a very busy Key Club; the tree lighting was a success even though there was a chill in the air and being a bit cold; donating cassette players to clients at Manna; doing an interclub to Greenville on December 14; selling snacks at the basketball games; helping with the December 18 blood drive; Christmas caroling next week; helping the Cooks’ with Christmas dinner; and Lindsey Small receiving 102 out of a possible 107 points on her report. GREAT JOB! Stephanie Salley and Frank Cochrane will try to attend the weekly meeting on Thursday, December 5th.
     The Kiwanis Christmas party had to be postponed until 2003. Most people are extra busy this holiday season.
     Mrs. Claus (Janet Richards) and her elves will be shopping and wrapping next week to get Santa ready for his big day.
     The newspaper is doing just fine.
     NEWS ITEM - At the special Town Meeting held on Tuesday, December 3, it was voted, 6-5, to sell the balcony chairs. The proceeds will go into the Town Hall Improvement Fund.
     The proposed addition to Article 11, Section 2, to the financial donation policy was accepted as read.
     The presentation of advisory policy regarding types of programs Kiwanis will sponsor will be voted on December 11.
     The Board of Directors will meet Thursday, December 5, at Angie’s at 6:30 am.
     December 11 will be a business meeting and our guest speaker on December 18 will be Katie Robertson, speaking about seals. We will NOT meet on December 25 or January 1, 2003.
     Today’s guest speaker was Rev. Ernie Madden of the Milo Baptist Church. Besides preaching from the pulpit, Rev. Madden was in the teaching profession for ten years. He said he has a passion for monkeys and one of his favorite monkey posters had to do with studying more, knowing more, forgetting more, studying more, so why study!
     Rev. Madden spoke to us today about illogical reasoning. He told about people in his family wagering on football games, either illogically or studying the teams to determine which would be more likely to end up as victors. The illogical thinkers fared better in choosing winning teams.
     This may work with football wagers but illogical thinking sometimes makes us lose the true meaning of Christmas. A basic belief in God is needed.
     A LOGICAL REASON FOR CHRISTMAS – Are we any better? No, Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.
     Why aren’t religious people any better than the rest of the world? 1. No one is righteous; all have sin problems. 2. No one understands; there are different aspects of religion in different countries. 3. No one seeks God; God seeks us first. Jesus finds us. THE VERDICT – 1. Everyone is accountable to God. 2. The whole world is without excuse. 3. We are hopeless without Christ.
     Rev. Madden reminded us that kids have an excuse for everything but before God, we are speechless. The Bible tells us to take the narrow road to heaven and God sent his son Jesus to guide us on the right path. Jesus means “He Saves” and Immanuel means “God with us”. Jesus could have stayed in his comfortable heaven but came to earth in very humble circumstances to save us from our sins. Poor logic tells us that there are many ways to salvation but the only way to enter heaven is through the Gift of Christmas. The world needs a Savior and God is our only Savior.
     Thank you Rev. Madden for your enlightening words; especially during this Christmas season. We do need to remember the TRUE meaning of December 25th.
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