Three Rivers News, 2002-12-24

     The members of the Three Rivers Kiwanis and the staff of the Three Rivers News wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy, and fun-filled holiday season.

     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.

DECEMBER 18, 2002 FROM 8:00 AM-10: 00 AM
DECEMBER 25, 2002
JANUARY 01, 2003

     The Milo Special Olympians recently held a raffle as a fund raiser. The winning names were drawn on December 19 and the winners were:

• $10.00 Gift Certificate to Milo Farmers' Union- Louise Rhoda of Milo
• Gift Certificate for 1 Large/1 Topping Pizza from Milo House of Pizza- Carol Dow of Orneville
• 2 -foot Artificial Christmas Tree donated by Milo True Value- Tony Davis of Brownville
• Glass Chess Set donated by Milo Rite Aid- Sue Farrar of Brownville
• $50.00 Radio Shack Gift Card donated by Dave's World- Jeannine Lavigne of Orneville
• Wooden Bird Feeder crafted and donated by David Wolf- James Tunks of LaGrange
• Wooden Bird Feeder crafted and donated by David Wolf- Teresa West of Milo
• Maple Mirror donated by Moosehead Manufacturing- Lois Trask of Milo
     Congratulations to the winners!! We would also like to thank everyone who supported our efforts. We raised $202.00, which will allow 3 Olympians to participate in the summer Olympics in Orono. We'll be doing another raffle in the springtime and other fundraisers through out the year.
     Thank you again for your support!!
Linda Howard, Special Ed. Teacher- Milo Elementary
Allen Monroe, Special Ed. Tech. III/Job Coach- Penquis Valley School
MSAD #41 Special Olympians

     The judges for this year’s TRC Christmas Lighting contest agree on something besides the winners of the contest; the area has some beautifully decorated homes!
     Barbara Crossman, Sandra Haley and Dr. Ralph Monroe had a grand time roaming about town checking out the entries to the contest. We encourage you to do the same. Our lack of snow may not help some of you to “get into” the Christmas Spirit, but I guarantee that a trip up and down the streets of our towns will !
     Congratulations to everyone who entered. Your pride in your homes and your holiday spirit are part of what makes our area so special! The winners will receive their choice of a year’s subscription to the Three Rivers News or a $25.00 U.S. Savings bond.
And the winners are:
• Best Business
- The Head Shop 5 Elm St., Milo, decorated by Tammy Vail, owner. Tammy is an avid snowperson collector, and her window display is tasteful and gorgeous.
     Honorable Mentions-Ellen Dewitt Real Estate, 52 Park St., Milo. So cheery! and Neil Hamlin’s office window, decorated by Phil Gerow. The true meaning of Christmas!
• Best Home- Elaine Blethen, 155 Hovey Road, Milo,. Elaine and her helpers did a wonderful job using thousands of lights, yet never crossing that fine line between beautiful and tacky.
     Honerable mentions: Gerald and Freedie Carey, 9 Church St. Derby. The moving reindeer were so fun to watch! Nancy Grant, 10 Belmont St. Very elegant! and Mike and Nancy Barden, 66 Pleasant St. Milo. One judge loved the high wreath!
• Most Lights- Mr & Mrs. Walter Lougee, 27 Albert St., Milo. The lights at the Lougee home are a town treasure and we all know Christmas time is here when the display is lit.
• Most Patriotic- Ina & Annette Banker, 18 Albert St., Milo. This display should make an appearance on the Fourth of July! Tom and Stephanie Gillis 1 Main St., Milo. What a beautiful sight right in the middle of town!
Thank you to all and congratulations!

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     There will be a Christmas Eve Eucharist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction at 5:30pm on December 24th. Rev. Nancy L. Moore will be the officinal. Regular Sunday morning services are at 8:45am.

     I wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year!!! If you are like most people, for your New Years resolution you will vow to eat healthy, or maybe to exercise more than you do now. What I am proposing, is to live healthier, but not in the sense that you think of health. I want you all to be nicer, practice kindness, don't take people for granted or the jobs that they do to make your life more convenient! Vow to smile and to laugh and to make your life a little less stressful. If we all do this together, we can make a difference. Why be impatient when you’re waiting in line at a store? You probably could take a few deep breaths and relax for the first time all day. If your stuck in traffic, take note of how blue the sky is....and by the way, when was the last time you appreciated the clouds or color of the sky?
     Try to be healthy from the inside out. All the diet and exercise is not going to work if you are uptight and stressed.
     Be happy and be healthy!
     Happy New Year to all of our Friendly Town Members!
Aunt Bea Kind


Brownville Sports Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Tom Wallace (b) Tom Durant (c) Tom Lockhart (d) Gerald Kirby threw a no-hitter.
2. (a) Murrel Harris (b) Jim Larouche (c) Pete Webb (d) Sid Cook no-hit the Brownville Junction Little League team.
3. (a) Harold Hale (b) Steve Knox (c) Jack Brown (d) Wayne Kirby would take one for the team.
4. The last season BJHS played Milo in basketball: (a) 1962-63 (b) 1963-64 (c) 1966-67 (d) 1967-68
5. Which town manager was a long distance runner: (a) Dave Cota (b) Dave Barrett (c) Everett Gerrish (d) Ernest Seavey?
6. Betty Berg was an excellent (a) weightlifter (b) bowler (c) figure skater (d) both (a) and (b).
7. Jim Owens played baseball at (a) Colby (b) Husson (c) Ricker (d) Unity
8. A popular girl’s softball coach was (a) Red Sawyer (b) Carroll Conley (c) Phil Adams (c) David Sailor (d) Mac Buchanan
9. Laura Smith was a (a) rover (b) guard (c) forward (d) manager of the BJHS basketball team.
10. In the BJHS gym, the home team sat (a) on the south side and nearer the stage (b) on the south side and farther from the stage (c) on the north side and nearer the stage (d) on the north side and farther from the stage

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

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Don and Carole Brown celebrate 25 years, in style!
     MILO-Don and Carole Brown celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Oct. 19. The celebration started with a surprise limousine (supplied by the couple's sons Mike and Scott) picking them up at work, driving them to their home for a quick change of clothes, and a short drive around Milo and Brownville before arriving at the Skateway Roller Rink. Their 9 children greeted Don and Carole. Rick, Donna, Mike, Michele, Tammy, David, Jason, Tracy and Scott, who pulled off the surprise perfectly.
     Many more family members and friends were on hand to celebrate, enjoy food, music, old photos and a lot of good memories. Shiela Baker, Carole's sister-in-law, made a beautiful cake.
     All of us who frequent the Milo Mini-Mart (the Exxon), know and love Carole and Don. There is no finer or happier couple in the world and we all wish them many more years of love!

     On Saturday, December 28, there will be an open house to celebrate the 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY of Cliff and Alma Fleming at their home on the Medford Road from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend and share food and memories with the wonderful couple.

Cook School News
     The latest Terrific Kid assembly was held on December 12th. Kiwanian, Mr. Frank Cochran and Principal, Mrs. Bradbury honored the following students: MICHELLE BAKER- Ms. Ivy reported that Michelle is a Terrific Kid every week. She works hard and completes all of her jobs each day. JUSTIN MOULTON-Mrs. Carter praised Justin for his super behavior and attitude. ROSE THERIAULT- Miss K. recognized Rose for her hard work and bright smile each morning. Rose is a big help in the classroom. She often gives up part of her recess to help Miss K. get ready for the afternoon.
     Kathy Foss presented bus awards to SHA-LYNN TRAFTON, TYLER TIBBETS and RONALD SMITH.
Mrs. Harmony led us in the singing of "The Marion Cook School Song" and "The Terrific Kid Song" as we celebrated our Terrific Kids.
Gingerbread House Project
     A much anticipated annual activity took place this week. The students in grades K-5 built gingerbread houses. Cooperation is emphasized. The older students help the younger students. This
year the gingerbread houses were extremely creative, beautiful and edible too!
     The students and staff would like to thank the Milo Farmer's Union for their donation of the meat trays that served as the base of the gingerbread houses. We also would like to thank LaBree's bakery for donating the frosting, which serves as the glue that holds the houses together. As always, we thank our unbelievable PTO who purchased all the goodies (pretzels, marshmallows, licorice, gummy bears, etc.) used to decorate the houses. It was a wonderful activity. Mrs. Harmony provided the musical entertainment.

PTO News
     The PTO and our students would like to thank YOUR ALL-N-ONE STOP RESTAURANT for their contribution to our organization. For the second year in a row, the restaurant provided Thanksgiving Dinner for their customers free of charge. The restaurant accepted donations at the dinner. The donations were given to our PTO. Thank you again for supporting our school. We appreciate your kindness!!
More News:
     Our students are once again participating in "The Giving Tree" project. Students bring in canned goods and other non-perishable food items. The food is placed under our "Giving" Christmas tree located on the stage. Students color and hang a paper ornament for each food item they donate. The LaGrange Fire Department will distribute the goods along with the turkeys that the staff donates to families in our town.
     The spirit of giving is alive and well at the Marion C. Cook School.

Editors Note: The 6th grade Junction is the name given to the area of the middle school used by the sixth graders.
     The raffle ticket fundraiser for the 6th grade was a huge success. We raised $610 to use towards a field trip. Many thanks to our PTO group, who organized this. Thanks also go to the Ottman family for their wreaths, Tracey Morse and Marilyn Lyford for their gift baskets and Teri Crocker for her Tanning Package. The top seller was Angel Hulsey who sold $112. Good job class!
     Our 6th Grade PTO held a meeting on December 12 to discuss the current fundraiser and to discuss ideas for future fundraisers and field trips. They discussed the possibility of a walkathon in the spring. We would welcome any parent to attend the next meeting that is scheduled for February 6 at 6:30.
     The sixth grade students have been thinking of others this season. As a fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research

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Foundation (JDFR), the students have donated $.50 and get to make 2 ornaments for their home. We are very proud of their efforts to benefit a good cause.

Brownville Elementary School News
     Students in grades K-5 at Brownville Elementary had their annual holiday program on Friday. Each class did a short song for a gym full of parents and friends. The chorus was organized and directed by Kathy Witham and Greta Sproul. The staff and students appreciate their extra efforts to provide music to students.

     Here some members of the chorus share a song and even Santa made an appearance. Merry Christmas from everyone at Brownville Elementary!
Brownville's Terrific Kid Assembly
     Brownville Elementary School welcomed Todd Lyford as their Kiwanian friend to the Terrific Kid assembly on Friday, December 13th. Certificates were presented to: AMBER WILLINSKI in Kindergarten, DANA SHERWOOD in First Grade, SARAH WILLINSKI in Second Grade, MORGAN RUSSELL in Third Grade, JERELL AREFEIN in Fourth Grade, JAKE LYFORD in Fifth Grade.
     The Opal Award was presented to HEIDI THOMAS. Congratulations to all of our wonderful students at Brownville Elementary School.
     The following students were honored at the Terrific Kids Assembly on Friday morning December 20th: PHILLIP COOK in Kindergarten, DYLAN FILES in First Grade, JORDAN NUTTING in Second Grade, ALEX SLAGLE in Third Grade, SPENCER LEAVITT in Fourth Grade and JEREMY RUSSELL in Fifth Grade. Congratulations to all of Brownville's Terrific Kids.
Scholastic Book Fair a Success
     Brownville Elementary School's Scholastic Book Fair was a wonderful success. Many books were purchased for the classrooms through the Classroom Wish List program. Proceeds this year were taken in classroom library books, and there were many chosen for each classroom. It was a very exciting event.

     Mrs. Witham would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated parents and grandparents who served as shopkeepers. They were: Ginger Twitchell, Marie McSwine, Angela Cook, Tammy Gilman, Rose Clement, Ginger Weston, Judy O'Connor, Joy Russell, and Melissa Weston. Many thanks go to these dedicated ladies who can always be counted on to participate in this program. Two Harry Potter novels were
added to the school library in honor of these women.
Making an iMovie
     In Brownville Elementary school Mrs. Weston's class is doing iMovie. The class worked very hard on it. The class really likes the iMovie so much. We did transition, clips, audio, titles, effects, and sounds too. Mrs. Weston was video taping the students for the iMovie. " They worked all week to make their own movie" said Mrs. Weston. Mrs. Weston told the whole class that we are the first students who did their own movie. The kids worked several weeks to finish the movie. We said it was fun making the iMovie because you can do it with your kids.
     Hook a Canon digital camera on an iMac computer. Mrs. Weston put on the Canon digital camera and did the videoing first. Mrs. Weston videotaped Wayne, John, Sachia, Hanna, Ashley, and Corey. Then Jake's group came out to go on the computer. Mrs. Weston videotaped PJ, Torin, Jesse, Slava, Cody, Jeremy, Harold, and Jake. When Mrs. Weston was finished the 5th Grade kids were making their own movie. The transition was neat. We previewed the movie on a little box and fixed the speed so the movie would not take too long. The transition was cross dissolve, fade in, fade out, over lap, push, scale down, and when you click one of those they will show up on the little box with arrows up, down, left, right.
     When you click titles you will see a lot of names like flying letters, drifting, stripe subtitle. Mrs. Weston showed us how to do the audio too. The students were clicking the sounds and the sounds were funny too. You can hear a laughing man, water running, breaking glass, and an audience cheering. The clips were easy. The students dragged the clips down. We are proud of our 5th Grade!

Milo Elementary’s Terrific Kids
From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden- Our Terrific Kid this week is DAVID NEWBERT. David is working so hard on his reading. He now wants to be a guest reader in front of his class. We are so proud of his confidence !!! David has a wonderful personality and keeps us laughing each day. We love David Newbert !!!
Mrs. Mills- Our Terrific Kid this week has worked hard on his classroom behavior. He has gotten all of his work done in a very timely fashion. He continues to improve on his handwriting and math facts. He is a good friend to others and great to have in class. We are happy to have KEVIN RICKER in our class.
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid is a very kind, sweet little girl. She is always considerate of other's feelings. Perseverance is one of her many wonderful character traits. She never gives up until the job is done. Congratulations TO CAITLIN GARLAND !
Mrs. Dell'olio- DARLENE DESROCHERS. She is nice. She's a good listener. She's a good friend. She treats everyone the way she wants to be treated.
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Mrs. Hayes- Our Terrific Kid has been very helpful in the classroom. She is respectful to her friends, her teachers and the substitute teacher. She always has a smile even when she has a sore eye. We are glad she is in our room. She is terrific. She is TAYLOR RENNER.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- THE WHOLE CLASS- for working extra hard this week with Mrs. Hussey out. I am proud of how you cooperate !!
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- Our first TK is a little lady who is polite, respectful, and very helpful. As a matter of fact, we think she might be one of Santa's helpers in disguise at times, because she is so kind and helpful to all of her friends. She has a couple of big sisters who have been good role models for her and they are students at Milo Elementary, too. ERICA BOWDEN is EXTRA special and we all love our days with this little girl.
     Our second TK is totally terrific. He is always cheerful, full of happy energy, and brightens our days with his smiles and stories. We like to call him "the king of exclamation points" because he finds them and circles them in all our stories and poems. Our school is lucky to have this little guy as a part of the Milo Elementary School family. We love our days with MAURICE MAHAR.
Mrs. Whitney- We have chosen RACHEL EMERY for the Terrific Kid... She is the Epitomy of students. Politeness. caring. friendliness effort.... Rachel practices these wonderful traits every Day and It comes naturally to her. She truly
is a terrific Kid , Thanks Rachel for being such a wonderful addition to our class.

     Pictured at a recent five generation gathering are: (in front) Baby Will Kinney and his great-great grandmother. Grace Doble of Milo; and (in back) great-grandmother Helen Carey of Milo; grandfather Russell Carey of Milo; and baby Will's mother, Jessica Carey Kinney of San Francisco.


GRAY'S 3 1
COLE'S 1 2

     On Monday, Dec. 16, Coach Robin Demers led her team to a Championship win over Gray’s team. Team members for Demers’: Capt. Robin Demers, Denise Strout, Andrea Beaudoin, Tina Taylor, Joy Taylor, Penny Drinkwater, and Liani Nutter

     Gray’s Team members were: Capt. Sandra Gray, Diane Lyford, Shelley Chambers, Jess Bohne, Julie Smart, Holly Thompson, and Traci Hartman.
     Next round sign-up for women’s volleyball is Monday, Jan. 6th.
The Rec. Dept. would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Rosters for Boys Rec. Basketball
Coaches: Dawn Russell, Patti Ottman
Bryan Russell
Caleb Stanley
Josh Somers
Keegan Grass
Matt Charillio
Richie Russell
P.J. Noke
Justin Ottman
J. Grass
Coaches: Bea Murray
Steve Beals, Dean Bellaty
Logan Greenlaw
Drew Bellaty
Chad Badger
Shane Woodard
Ed Cobb
Mad Puppy Russell
Brian Glidden
Jay Hawthorn
Josh Dillion
Coaches: Scott Larson, Rick Rublee
Kiel Larson
J. Affrein
Kyle Foss
Bruce Benoit
J. Thomas
T. Leathers
Jonathon Rublee
Zac Lyford
Robert Pavelka
S. Leavitt
Coach: Joe McGlaughlin
Steve Morse
Jessie McGlaughlin
Jordon Frost
Justin Lancaster
N. Richards
Adam Brewer
Asa Sproul
Cody Howe
Rick Bradeen
J.D. Weston
Coaches: Art Herbest, Brandy Herbest
Chris Foss
Jake Lyford
Justin Artus
Mike Johnson
Corey Herbest
Jacob Larson
Phil Larrabee
Pat Norwood
Josh Brown
Jessie Whitten

Rosters for Girls Rec. Basketball
Coach: Tony Zambrano
Sadie Zambrano
Taylor Johnson
Ashley Stanhope
Michelle Carpenter
Rebecca Carpenter
Breanne McKinley
Taylor Pomerleau
Jamey Klinkeauf
Alyssa MacGuire
Shelby Weston
Alyssa Medeiros
Taylor Small
Coaches: Deanna Sherburne, Jean Larson
Kasey Sherburne
Kim Herbest
Caitlyn Ballard
Shelby Fowles
Sara Lemik
Miranda Conklin
Katie Brown
Alyssia Gray
Sachia Kearns
Ashley Dean
Crystal Mills
Lindsey Brown
Coach: Joey McGlaughlin
Brooke McGlaughlin
Kendra Newman
Danielle Newman
Kayla Webb
Grace Merchant
Kristyn Chapman
Amanda Peterson
Ashley Burch
Ashley Renner
Cheyanne Daigle
Rochelle Perkins
Elizabeth MacIntire

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Details in next week’s Three Rivers News!

By Judith Macdougall
     Well, the new books I mentioned in the last column have arrived and are all ready to be borrowed. In fact, we got one more book that I had requested but I wasn’t sure the company had it in hard cover. They sent Kristin Hannah’s book Distant Shores . I was glad to receive it as she has been a popular author , and several patrons have been asking for her latest book. When the holidays are over, be sure to come in to find some new reading material to while away the long winter nights. We have something for everyone.
     I think I will mention our new Ready Reference bookshelf in this column. It is not complete yet, but we have quite a few books in it. On its shelves we have the Oxford American Dictionary and a Dictionary of Word Usage. We also have quite a collection of field guides. We have guides to ferns, trees and shrubs, rocks and minerals, birds nests, insects, reptiles and amphibians, mammals of America north of Mexico, birds, animal tracks, the atmosphere and shells. We also have a World Atlas and Flags of the World. Here we keep the Day by Day series too. We have the 40’s, the 50’s the 60’s, the 70’s and the 80’s. When you need the answer to a quick question these materials are near at hand for instant reference. Another reference we have on those shelves is the What Do I Read Next series in four different genre – Fantastic Fiction, Historical Novel, Mystery and Romance. These are interesting to browse through and might start you on the track of a new author.
     We at the Milo Free Public Library wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we hope to be of service to you all in 2003.

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, December 25.
Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds- Fri. 2:00-8:00
Saturday -2:00-4:00

A Historical Review - Part 2
Collection of Dolls Numbers nearly 150
Piscataquis Observer, August 8, 1979
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
     Her interest continued and she (Dorothy Trask) enrolled in a correspondence course on porcelain dolls. She also attended classes at Hampden where she learned to paint china dolls. There is a decided difference in the texture of dolls made from a kit and those made by Mrs. Trask. Hers are much smoother to the touch. She says she fires hers as many as five times before one is completed, and each firing makes for a smoother finished doll. She is enthused with her completed Bylo doll which she molded and which nearly matches complexion-wise; a difficult accomplishment.
     After she removes the doll head from the mold, a sanding procedure with nylon and wool is used. After the first firing it is scrubbed and washed, and then oiled prior to the second firing. This oil is wiped off before painting. She "pounces" the color by using a cotton ball with silk, lightly dabbing it on. She has found that flesh porcelain adds to her success. The eyes or any part that requires more than one color, is done in steps, with firing occurring after each color is used, thus it may be fired three or four times before the eyes are completed.
     Other replica dolls she has made includes a German doll, a Steiner; the French dolls, Bru Jane and Thuiller. She plans to make a replica of the Uneau, a French doll, manufactured by the son after the father retired. They were recognized not only for their dolls but for the

elaborate clothes in which they were dressed, depicting the fashions of the time.
     Mrs. Trask says all the old name molds are available and she hopes to make many of them. They are expensive and must therefore be purchased over a period of time. She has displayed and given talks on her collection as well as on her doll making, on two occasions. She plans to offer some of her creations for sale and expects to have them ready in time for Christmas giving.
     This talented woman works in ceramics, pottery, braided rugs, which she has used throughout her home, hooking, raises vegetables and flowers, does flower arrangements, both fresh and dried. Her husband, Claude (now deceased), shares her interests and encourages her new interest in dolls. Her daughter, Gayle, and her six-year old granddaughter, Janelle, who easily identifies many of the famous old dolls, share her enthusiasm. (Dorothy Trask now lives in Sebec Village, Maine)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Christmas Greetings to all of you. May this column find it's way to your happy holiday homes. May God shine down his blessings on you and all of your loved ones. We do have lots to reflect on this week, as we celebrate the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us praise God in the name of his son for the freedoms that we enjoy in these United States and specifically in the State of Maine. There are many who don't have a clue what we've got going here....and that's o'kay. Not that I want to keep anybody out, but they don't know what they're missing... and since we do know...aren't we lucky!
     Last night my husband and I went with our friends the Hamlin's to Bangor to the auditorium to the Anne Murray concert. It was spectacular! Her first session, to a packed house, was her old standard songs. She also did a medley of songs from her new album, Country Croonin'. WOW! At intermission my husband ran right up to the counter where they sell her stuff, and was first in line for a copy of that album. We listened to it all the way home in the car and I've enjoyed it this morning as well. As you all know, I love it when the audience is allowed to "sing-a-long" and she was a master at letting the audience have their turn...not that she could have stopped any of us from singing along with her if she'd wanted to.
     During the intermission a crew came in and transformed the stage to a beautiful Christmas scene with a huge wreath, decorated trees and lots of sparkling Christmas splendor. Anne came out in a long, winter white, 2-piece brocade suit and did a whole segment of Christmas songs. There were classic standard Christmas tunes as well as some lovely religious Christmas songs. She did a wonderful job on both. The Bangor Symphony orchestra joined the members of her band in playing backup. What a wonderful holiday tribute to the people of northern Maine and what a wonderful time we all had at this festive occasion.
     We have celebrated Christmas already with our beloved Lori and her husband John and their baby Jack in Cape Elizabeth. We went last Friday to spend the weekend in their beautiful and comfortable home. Lori baked goodies all day Sunday in preparation for her family Christmas party the next day at her sister's home in Raymond. Little Jack enchanted us all weekend with the typical antics of a 20 month old. He loved his gifts, and we got right down on the floor and enjoyed them with him. I thank God everyday of my life that we have been given this other child to love and to be loved by. We are truly blessed.

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     This Saturday we will be celebrating Christmas with Tom and his fiance, Leslie. We've decided to have our big turkey dinner on Saturday with them. Carolyn and family will be attending the dinner, but we'll only be exchanging with Tom and Leslie on Saturday evening. This will be our first Christmas with Leslie, and it also marks our first Christmas with Tom's little girls being in Europe. We will miss them this year, but will call and talk with them on the phone....possibly even being on the line with them while they open their gifts from us. Their mother says the gifts arrived in Scotland safely and are all tucked under their tree. I'll take some pictures of us at our celebration and will magically send them through cyberspace that very day to our little Scottish lassies.
     On Sunday we will celebrate with our former neighbors and cousins Mike and Karen Clark. Our children grew up together and celebrated all of their childhood Christmases together. There is hardly a memory of Christmas that doesn't include their presence in it.I believe I'll serve turkey pie for that dinner Sunday evening.... it will be wonderful and we will enjoy or time together to the fullest. Karen always thinks of wonderful gifts for us...and this year I have a special surprise for her, as well.
     Christmas Eve morning we will celebrate with our dear friends the Rhoda's and the Hamlin's at Freda and Everett's Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast. The feast will stagger us, but sadly there will be fewer of us this year....but that is the way of things. Everything changes and some things never change. We try to keep the traditions that we can, and we adjust and downsize the ones that have become cumbersome or impossible. Hey, how could we develop and build new traditions if we didn't give ourselves a little leeway? We just wouldn't have any time to fit in the new ones.
     On Christmas day, Dad and Carroll and I will be celebrating with my daughter Carolyn, her husband Bud and her children. Bud will no doubt make his delicious breakfast sandwiches before we dig into the tree up on Clinton Street....on the street and in the home that Charlie and I spent all of our childhood days. I was thinking the other day that except for the year that we went to Florida for Christmas....I've spent every Christmas of my life with my brother and at least part of the day was spent in that house where my daughter now lives in with her family. I've never strayed too far from my roots....and don't intend to. We'll have a spiral ham for Christmas dinner and between Carolyn and I, we will serve up a wonderful feast.
     I still have many projects to complete, many groceries to buy, presents to wrap and stockings to stuff. I'll be taking one day at a time and hope that the collapse doesn't take place until Christmas night or after. Even though my schedule seems tight and actually feels workable to me. I just hope that there will still be some hours left to enjoy a winter stroll down Albert St. to see the neighbor's Christmas decorations, to watch some old holiday movies, to either go to church....or watch my wonderful Robert Schuller on television, and also a little time in there to curl up with a cup of cocoa and just enjoy my own beautiful and familiar Christmas decorations.
     Our menu on Christmas day will be spiral ham, mashed potatoes, a carrot casserole, peas, green bean bake, yeast rolls, pear salad, sweet pickles and some of our favorite pies for dessert. Here is the recipe for the carrot casserole.

Baked Carrot Creation
2 lbs. of carrots, sliced up in coins and cooked
1 can of Cream of Celery soup
1/2 cup of milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
     In a large bowl whisk the soup and the milk until blended. Stir in the cooked carrots, salt and pepper and shredded cheese. Place this in a greased 9X13 baking dish, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and bake at 375 degrees for about a half-hour. Wonderful!! It goes with so many meals that you'll want to make this all year round.

Science Corner
Plate Tectonics
     The theory of Plate Tectonics states that the surface of the earth is composed of smaller solid pieces next to one another somewhat like the shell of a hard-boiled egg that has been dropped a few times.
     To understand what is going on we first have to describe the earth itself. The crust of the earth is about 4 miles thick under the oceans and averages about 19 miles thick under most of the land areas. Under mountains it can be up to 60 miles thick. The crust floats on the mantle so the higher the mountain the deeper the crust goes just like a block of ice in water. The crust is very thin in areas with volcanic action. Under the crust is an area called the mantle. The mantle is solid but flexible. It is about 1800 miles thick. Below that is a liquid outer core about 1400 miles thick and a solid inner core about 780 miles thick.
     In 1596 a Dutch mapmaker Abraham Orterlius suggested that North and South America were once part of Europe and Africa. He noted how the East Coast of the Americas and the west coasts of Europe and Africa seemed to fit together. Not much was made of it until around 1912 when a German meteorologist named Alfred Wegener brought it up again to help explain the fossils of tropical plants in Antarctica and some glacial deposits in Africa. Scientists still resisted the idea until the 1950s when further evidence suggested that the continents had moved. Some of this evidence was that the crust under the ocean was much younger than under the landmasses. Evidence indicated that the crust under the ocean recycled every 150 million years while that on the continents was an average of 2.3 billion years old. Another piece of evidence was found in some volcanic rock called basalt. When samples were taken from the floor of the ocean along what is known as the mid-Atlantic rift, it was found to vary in its magnetic polarity. Basalt is molten rock that seeps up from the mantle into the crust. A lot of the basalt contains small deposits of magnetite. As its name implies magnetite is a natural magnet. As the basalt hardened the magnetite lined up with the magnetic field of the Earth. The problem was that rock further from the rift had the opposite polarity from that closer to the uplifting at the center of the rift indicating that the poles of the Earth have changed at a number of times in the past history of the Earth itself. This shouldn’t be really surprising since the sun does the same thing every 11 years. Fortunately it doesn’t happen often on the Earth or we would have to keep turning in our compasses. The next piece of evidence was that most earthquakes occur along lines that correspond with the edges of the plates. And lastly satellite measurements show that the Earth’s continents are still moving. In fact the distance from North America to Europe increases 1 inch a year as the mid Atlantic rift spreads apart. Present day theory states that all the land on the Earth started as a super continent called Pangaea. In the Permian period about 225 million years ago it started to separate. During the Triassic period 200 million years ago it split into Laurasia (North America, Europe and Asia connected) and Gondwanaland (South America, Africa, India, Australia and Antarctica). By the Jurassic period 135 million years ago Gondwanaland separated into South America, Africa, Madagascar, India, Antarctica and Australia. It wasn’t until the Cretaceous period about 65 million years ago that North America separated from Eurasia.
     The major mountain ranges can be explained by plate tectonics. After India broke off from Gondwanaland it floated on the mantle until it hit Asia and pushed up the Himalayas. This was not a
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short-term event. In fact it is still going on today. The upper part of India is slowly sinking below Asia and is continuing to build the mountains. The same is true with Italy. It broke off from Africa and drifted into Europe causing the Alps. The mountains along the West Coast of North and South America are caused by the pacific plates pushing against the continents.
     Places like the rift zone in the Atlantic are called divergent boundaries because the plates are pulling apart there. The examples of Italy and India are known as convergent plates as one-plate slides below the other. The Californian coast is known as a transform boundary because the plates are now sliding by one another with the Pacific portion moving north and the land portion moving south along the San Andreas fault.
     Almost all volcanoes occur at the boundary between plates. There are some notable exceptions where the volcanic action is created by what is known as a hot spot where the crust is thinner. A good example is the Hawaiian Islands. They were all created by the same hot spot only the crust is moving. Eventually the hot spot will move off shore and a new island will be formed.
     If you would like to see how the present day continents formed according to the Theory of Plate Tectonics go to web site: They have short videos showing the movement of the landmasses over time.

BROWNVILLE - Eleanor L. Rosebush, 94, died Dec. 20, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was born in Jonesport, March 25, 1908, the daughter of Charles and Grace (Worcester) Lamson. She is survived by one son, Paul of Jonesboro; one daughter, Jane and her husband, Clarence MacLeod of Ebeeme Lake, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Willard, and an infant son. Burial arrangements will be made at a later date. In memory of Eleanor, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

By Nancy Grant
A Brief History of American Thread’s Spool Making in Maine, Part 2
Submitted by Albert ‘Zeb’ Harmon
     In 1879, The Willimantic Linen Company purchased a lot at Greeley’s Falls near the head of Sebec Lake. They erected a mill on the north bank of Wilson’s Stream for splitting out spool timber; and made sheds, shops, and dwelling houses necessary for successful operations. The township was organized in 1881 under the name of Howard, but in 1883 the name was changed to Willimantic. No doubt the mill owners and laborers had a great influence in naming the town after Willimantic, Connecticut.
     At first only rough blocks were turned at this location and shipped from there to The Connecticut Mill to be finished. About 1886, a spool factory was added and the finished spools were turned at Willimantic, Maine. In 1896, The Willimantic Company built a mill at Elliotsville, near Lake Onawa, and equipped it with machinery for sawing spool bars. The mill was run by electricity generated at Willimantic. This was the first electrical generating plant and transmission line built in Maine and was erected under the supervision of the company’s first general engineer, Mr. Samuel M. Green.
     Soon after 1900, birch close to the Willimantic Mill became exhausted and in 1902, the Spool Mill was started at Milo. A group of about forty of the Willimantic employees moved to Milo in 1903, when work was started here. Several of these men held continuous service records with the company of from fifty to sixty-two years when they retired in the mid-1940’s.

Submitted by Sue Chaffee, MSAD#41 School Nurse
Listen dear teachers and you shall hear
A verse from the nurse now that Christmas is near.
Belly aches, head aches, popped wires on braces
Hangnails and chapped lips and pimples on faces.
Viruses causing GI distress
“Please send me home cuz my hair is a mess”.
Kids with green faces approaching my door
Just over the threshold, throw up on the floor.
Tonsils that kiss, their throats are so sore
Glands big as grapes, strep throat for sure.
Ear aches and heart aches, jammed thumb or finger
Wheezles and sneezles and coughs that just linger.
Allergic reactions, occasional lice
Contusions and bruises from falls on the ice.
“My Mom knows I’m sick, I’ve never felt worse
She said go to school and go to the nurse.
I threw up on the bus, I felt like a jerk
But you can’t call my Mom, cuz she’s gotta work”.
I love being your nurse, and I love all this stuff
But by Christmas vacation, even I’ve had enough.
Enjoy Christmas break, wipe your virus slate clear
And we’ll all start anew when we come back next year!
I hope that my poem doesn’t make you feel worse
For it comes with my love
Merry Christmas! Your Nurse

     The Key Club held its first blood drive of the year on Wednesday, December 18, 2002. Forty-two people came to donate and we collected 37 units of blood. Thank you to everyone who came out to “give the gift of life”. A special thank you goes out to Nancy Cook who has donated three gallons of blood and to Marilyn Wiles who has donated one gallon of blood. Each of the women received a pin in recognition of their contributions. Thank you both for your dedication! We have many regulars who attend each of the blood drives that the Key Club sponsors and their efforts are greatly appreciated. I gave blood for the first time at this blood drive and it felt good to know that perhaps someone’s life would be spared by my donation. I’m looking forward to our next blood drive in March 2003. I hope to see you all there!!
     I would also like everyone to know how proud I am of our Key Club members. Several members of the Red Cross crew complimented me on how friendly our kids are and how attentive they are to the donors. They were impressed with how seriously the Key Clubbers take their blood drive responsibilities and they really enjoy coming here to work with our kids! You should all be proud of your children.
     The elves have made their delivery to Manna and we hope that the holiday season was made just a little brighter for some of our neighbors. We’re already looking forward to helping out again next Christmas. Thanks to the other Key Clubs in our division that helped us complete this project. Thank you, too, to the adult elves who donated to this worthy cause!
     A few of the Key Club members will be helping the Cooks serve the annual Christmas dinner at the Town Hall on Christmas Day. Don and I will be there to help as will Dennis Dorsey. It’s becoming a tradition and we look forward to seeing everyone again!
     Thanks to Nancy Grant and Stephanie Salley for helping out with our food sales on December 18th. They were a big help and it was a relief to me to have them manning the table while we worked in the blood drive. Thanks, too, to Roy Bither, Dennis Dorsey and John Robinson for attending the Key Club meeting on December 19, 2002. We always enjoy having Kiwanians visit! I heard a rumor that the Key Club bell was stolen during this meeting. That means that four Key Clubbers must attend the next Kiwanis meeting to regain custody of their bell. Stay tuned…I fear retaliation. The Key Club won’t meet again until January 2, 2003.
     The Key Club wishes everyone a safe, happy holiday season. May your New Year be your best yet!

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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-one members this morning.
     Roy led the way in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb helped us remember the true meaning of the season in his prayer.
     Herb was also our inspirational reader today reciting the poem “Christmas Eve Visitor”. A man had to make a decision whether or not to bring a homeless woman to his house or leave her at the church where she had been found. It was troubling to the man as he had a terminally ill son at home. He didn’t know if this would be the son’s last Christmas with the family. His heart prevailed and the woman was provided with food and a warm bed to sleep in. Eventually he helped the mentally ill woman receive the medical care needed. Not only was the Christmas Eve visitor cared for, her mentor’s humanity was reinforced.
     Trish Hayes introduced our guests today, Edie Miles (Did we hear you say that you had a member application already?), Key Club Treasurer Brett Gerrish, and Key Club member Andrew Walker. We appreciate your effort to rise early to join us!
     Correspondence today was a newsletter from the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club.
     Happy birthday goes out to Ryan O’Connor on December 27, John Robinson on January 3, Mike Comeau on January 6, Chris Beres on January 7, and a happy anniversary to Joe and Chris Beres on December 30.
     Nine happy and sad dollars were donated today for Katie, Ann Murray concert, Christmas spirit, and especially for the WISE WOMEN!
     Trish told us about the Key Club’s activities; setting a goal of 50 units for the blood drive on Wednesday, helping the Cooks’ serve Christmas dinner at the Town Hall, and going to the Manna Food Kitchen on Saturday to help wrap gifts. This project was planned for last Saturday but had to be postponed because of bad weather. A great year for the Key Club as they participated in many community projects! Thank you for all you have done!
     Janet gave us a glorious report on the Secret Santa Program. Because of the $2100.00+ donated by caring individuals and generous business owners, 46 families and 90 children will realize a merrier Christmas!
     The Reading is Fundamental book distribution will be at 9:30 am on Wednesday. Sandra, Lois, and Joe volunteered to help Heidi.
     For the next two weeks The Three Rivers News is offering a special gift subscription rate of $25 for a year and $15 for 30 weeks of delivery right to your home. At this time there are 19 subscribers.

     There will be no meetings on December 25 and January 1, 2003 and the next Board meeting will be on January 2 at Angie’s at 6:30 am.
     Val proudly introduced our speaker for today, her daughter Katie Robertson. Katie is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern Maine in Natural and Applied Sciences with a concentration in Biology. She is a volunteer for the Marine Animal Lifeline, mainly dealing with the area of Casco Bay and is basically involved with ice seals.
     This program was started in 1995 as a rehabilitation project in the area of Rockland and south of Rockland. It also became a rescue operation in 1997 with 200 seals. Now the number has increased to 1000 seals being helped during a year. They have up to 60 seals at a time in rehabilitation. Katie told us that there are two veterinarians on staff and the president works 80 to 90 hours a week. The Lifeline is involved in rescue and rehabilitation, public awareness and conservation, gathering information from animals that don’t survive, and collecting data for research to be published. They have had research published in the National Geographic.
     Even with the Coast Guard involved with protecting the seals against being shot by fishermen, many are still injured by fishermen or become entangled in fishing nets. Many seals also become ill or stranded thus needing the help of people like Katie. When asked if the balance of nature was being interrupted due to the practice of rehabilitation and releasing, Katie (and her Mom) explained that the number of seals being brought in is a very small percentage because the injuries are of natural causes. She also fielded a question about whales beaching themselves. The cause is unknown at this time but there are a couple of possibilities. One reason could be because of the underwater radar from man-made objects interfering with the whale’s own radar. Another possibility deals with an alpha male being driven out of the pod by younger whales.
     When the seals are first brought in a blood profile is done to determine the health and/or problems involved. One sick pup that was brought in weighed only 28 pounds but after being fed through a tube for two months was released into Casco Bay weighing 60 pounds. It had been fitted with a tracking device that enabled the veterinarians to follow up on its progression. The seal eventually settled into its own territory.
     Katie told us that feeding a seal can be a dangerous occupation since adult seals can weigh up to 700 or 800 pounds and are sometimes quite aggressive. Their average lifespan is from the mid-teens into the twenties. Katie was asked if she became attached to or named any of the seals. She said they start with a number and are named after Maine towns if there for longer periods of time. One neo-natal case was named Skinner who had lots of hands on attention. He was in residence for a year and a half and couldn’t be re-released into the sea. This lucky pup eventually went to Sea World. Katie said they are too happy to see the seals get well and released so it’s okay not to become too attached. Besides, would you want an 800-pound aggressive seal to start liking you?
Katie would eventually like to earn her Master’s Degree in Animal Science and go on to become a veterinarian. We wish you the best in your endeavors.
     Thank you so much for your informative presentation. You answered all questions like the pro that you already are!
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