Three Rivers News, 2002-12-31

     Amanda, Heather, Kristen and Tiffany want to thank everyone for all the help and support they have had over the last few months. The girls leave Bangor on Dec. 30th for Miami, FL. They will have a busy week of hard work learning new routines. On Thursday they will perform at the Orange Bowl pre-game and half -time shows. Channel 7 will be airing the show and festivities.

The Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will be closed January 1st. We will be open Wednesday, January 8th. 10AM to 1PM.
On Jan 5, 2003, The Park Street United Methodist Church Sunday School will start at 10:45AM and continue until noon.
There will be a Watch night service Dec.31 at 6:30PM.

     Everyone at the Milo Meals for Me program would like to thank the wonderful folks at Milo Headstart for the great Christmas packages they made for each of our home delivery recipients. The receivers of the gifts were so surprised and so thankful. This was the second year the kids and staff at Milo Headstart provided these treats and we are all very greatful!

     The block of buildings that once stood on the corner of Main St. and Elm St. in Milo has been removed to make the road wider. In this picture, an excavator sets where many of us sat and drank coffee at Beulah’s Restaurant. In recent years, a laundromat and offices occupied the buildings.

     Do you practice being nice to others? Do you ever go out of your way to perform random act of kindness? I would love to hear how you make your friends and family feel loved! Tell me a way to be kind I haven't heard of. I really want your feedback! E-mail the Three Rivers News with your letters or send them in. I would like to feature a few of your letters in future issues.
     Is there something particular that you think would make our town a friendlier place? What issues need to be addressed by Aunt Bea Kind? I look forward to hearing from you!
Aunt Bea Kind

Brownville Sports Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Mike Knox (b) Jim Rosebush (c) Jack Brown (d) Bill Bellatty led the Railroaders in scoring in the 1959 tournament.
2. (a) Walt Rendzia (b) Gerald Kirby (c) Wayne Kirby (d) David Brown played point guard on the 1964-65 Railroaders.
3. Lefty Strout's first name was (a) Charlie (b) Arthur (c) Phil (d) Don.
4. Lefty was drafted by the (a) Red Sox (b) Braves (c) Reds (d) Dodgers.
5. Horse shows were once held at (a) Rosses' (b) Caulfields' (c)Larsons' (d) Durants'.
6. Gary Larson played basketball and baseball at (a) Husson (b) Aroostook State (UMPI) (c) Colby (d) Thomas.
7. Mike Weston played (a) pitcher (b) catcher (c) first base (d) outfield.
8. Charlie Weston helped lead the Railroaders to the tournament in (a) 1958 (b) 1960 (c) 1961 (d) 1963.
9. "Couldn't break a pane of glass": (a) Gary Chase (b) Gerald Kirby (c) Tom Durant (d) Tom Wallace.
10. (a) Larry Larson (b) Gary Larson (c) Mike Knox (d) Bryan Artes ran in two Boston marathons.

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

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     At our Terrific Kids assembly on December 19th, Principal, Mrs. Bradbury and Kiwanian, Mr. Dunham recognized SHA-LYNN TRAFTON (Ms. Ivy's class), KAYLA MEDEIROS (Mrs. Carter's class) and JOSH DAMON (Miss K's class).
     Ms. Ivy liked how hard Sha-Lynn had been working on her journal writing. Mrs. Carter announced that Kayla would be moving after vacation. We will miss her bright smile. Miss K. said that Josh has been terrific all year. He decided at the beginning of the school year to work hard in school every day so that he can attend college after high school.
     Kathy Foss awarded JOSHUA GRAY, MATTHEW MELANSON, and TRAVIS ADAMS “Good Kid on the Bus” certificates.
Holiday Program
     On Friday, December 20th, a holiday program was held at our school. The gym was packed with parents, friends and relatives. Each class presented a short program. Ms. Ivy's class did a wonderful job acting out, "Hattie and The Fox." A second skit was also performed with Trevor Lyford serving as the narrator. Mrs. Carter's class had the audience laughing with their play, "That Spells Christmas." Miss K's class performed their version of Jan Brett's book, The Trouble With Trolls. This story took place on Mt. Katahdin. The students did a fantastic job learning their lines, making their costumes and speaking clearly.
     Mrs. CeCe Harmony played the piano as all the students joined together to sing "Rudolph," "Frosty The Snowman," My Favorite Things" and "We Wish you a Merry Christmas." . A surprise appearance by Santa added to the excitement. At the conclusion of the program, holiday treats were served.

By Judith Macdougall
     We hope you all had a pleasant Christmas Day and we wish you all a happy and healthy 2003. Things have been slow at the library this past week as few patrons can take time from their busy holiday schedules to read. However , Pam and I used the time to work more on the children’s section. We succeeded in color taping more picture books and moving those books onto the new shelves. Nancy Scroggins, one of our substitutes, did a lot of color taping on the Saturday she worked. She really helped to move some of the piles of books off the big table. Also, the newest adult titles are all ready to be borrowed. Now that holiday chores are slowing down, come in and select some titles for winter evening reading. Our computers are ready and waiting too. Patrons are using them often. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn the computer, come in and try one out with help from the library staff (mostly Pam).
     We now have federal income tax forms. So far we have 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ plus Schedules A & B, Schedule 2 ,Schedule EIC and the books of instructions. More should be coming right along and for those of you who are ready to get an early start we want to be ready to supply you with the materials. As we get more , I will mention them in this column.
     The very best to you all in 2003.

The Library will be closed on Wednesday—January 1
Library Winter Hours
Mon. –Wed.-Fri.---2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Well, my grandson has managed to wipe Appleworks off of my computer. So, here I am with the very basic Simpletext to work with. I have no idea about the font or the style....but I do know that I can't use spell check and I can't get the dang thing to tab in 5 spaces....and it goes on and on. I will attempt to complete this column without it.
     The presents have all been opened and the wrapping paper has all been bagged up to await the trash pickup next Tuesday on Elm Street. Unfortunately, we forgot the trash last Tuesday and so will have a hefty load to leave on New Year's Eve day. With any luck, we will remember it this week. Otherwise, I'll have to leave my car out in the driveway to make room in the garage for the bags of the stuff. We create an incredible amount of trash, and I don't know why. Why do we have three big bags each week and our little neighbor lady has one little bag? Maybe because we're three big people and she's one little person? I figured I might just as well say that before you all said it for me!
     We had a lovely holiday - albeit tiring. I've learned that as I age, I don't have the energy that I used to have. As I age, I don't care as much about things being perfect. I can remember when my children were little I would agonize over the stupidest things when it came to getting ready for Christmas. Does it really matter if you make a salad for one meal...and eat it left over on Christmas day? Not one bit of difference did it make. It was just as good...they loved it just as much the second time around...and I won't have to be serving the remnants of two identical salads for a week or more to get it eaten up. Another thing I've learned; if you make an apple pie to eat at Christmas time and you serve it Christmas Eve for dessert, the rest of the family would just as soon eat from the same pie the next day rather than think they have to cut into a fresh pie.
     Another thing I've learned is that you can have a hamper full of dirty laundry hanging around all day on Christmas, and that the laundry basket full of ironing doesn't have to be done in order for Christmas to come. No siree! That basket is still sitting right there, and the only one who really cares about it is me, I guess. I learned that my desk in the kitchen can be piled up with stuff (almost totally disorganized) and Santa can still get in through and get things arranged under the tree. I also learned that once Santa gets down on the floor to arrange things and assemble toys....Santa finds it much harder to get up onto his/her feet, even requiring a hand up these days.
     I learned this holiday season that no matter how much you'd like to see your grandchildren who live thousands of miles have to settle for phone calls and mailing packages and finding out that despite your hand wringing and teeth gnashing, they managed to have a marvelous holiday without you. I miss my granddaughters everyday of the week all through the year, but it's especially hard to be apart on a holiday. My little Hayley can read like an adult now. She read the letters (with her little British accent) that Santa left for them when he stopped in Scotland. My little Morgan has both front teeth missing now. How I would love to see her beautiful little face with those darling little teeth gone. By the time I see her again she'll have two big adult teeth where her babyhood once was.
     This Christmas I learned that no matter how much I would have loved to have seen a beautiful holiday program presented at the Town Hall, you can't make it happen unless everyone has the time or inclination to participate. It's hard to get people to think the same as you do when it comes to entertainment. I'm basically a very musical person and I guess I don't understand why everyone isn't turned on by music the way I am. The decorations about town were beautiful this year...even if the wind tried desperately to keep community trees in a state of disarray. We took a long ride on Christmas Eve all around the town to check out everyone elses decorations. I liked the spotlights that illuminated beautiful wreaths on the homes the best. I thought the big blown up snowmen were cute....but I could take or leave the Grinches!
     My little Milo grandchildren got a sweet little chocolate lab puppy for Christmas. We really did feel that we had a baby around yesterday. Two little piddle marks on our living room rug were the only sign that she'd been here by the end of the day. I could use the excuse that she thought my rug was grass (being green and all), but she's not old enough to know about grass yet. I guess I need to do a little researching to see what cleaning agent is the best thing to use on rugs these days. Any ideas readers?
     Do you remember how hard it was for any of us to imagine saying the year 2000? Here we are three years later....not having a problem saying it at all. We couldn't imagine the two buildings on the corner of Main Street and Elm Street being gone, but gone they are. We'll not only get used to it very quickly, we will be able to see the virtue in the decision to take them down very soon. We can't imagine the railroad not being called the B & A, but we'll get used to the new name, the new owners and the new way of things very rapidly. The Great Northern is on shaky ground right now. With the
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cutbacks, I'm sure at least some of our residents who are used to driving up Moose Alley to work at the paper mills, will just have to get used to driving the other way towards Bangor where they'll no doubt have to search for employment. Aren't we lucky that we live so close.
     2003 is right around the corner, and whether you jump into it head or feet first doesn't matter. You may even jump in kicking and screaming....that doesn't matter either. You just need to do it! My wish for my friends and relatives and those of you reading this column is that 2003 will be a year that you will remember fondly.
     If you are going to a New Year’s Eve party....or possibly even hosting one's something good to serve.

Cold Veggie Pizza Hors d'oeuvre
2 cans crescent dinner rolls
1-cup mayonnaise
2 8-oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 package dry ranch dressing
3/4-cup broccoli flowerets (cut pretty little)
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 medium sized onion chopped
1 small can of sliced black olives (drained)
     Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Press the sheets of the dinner rolls into a baking sheet (jellyroll pan sized) and bake until it's brown. Let cool.
     In a medium sized bowl mix the mayo, softened cream cheese, and package of dry ranch dressing together. Spread on cooled crust and sprinkle with the chopped up vegetables. Cut up in small (bite or two bite sized) squares. This is not only's absolutely delicious.

Science Corner
Proteins and Amino Acids
     The human body contains about 20% protein by weight. 60% of the body is water and the other 20% includes the bones and what ever else is left.
     Proteins perform a number of functions in the body. First of all, all the muscles, organs and in fact all tissue including the skin are made of protein. All enzymes used to digest foods and to build new tissue are also proteins. Most hormones such as insulin, thyroxin from the thyroid and the growth hormones are proteins. The blood transporters such as hemoglobin and myoglobin as well as the walls of the arteries and veins are proteins. Proteins also regulate osmotic pressure inside and outside the cell walls, they can be used as energy, they provide antibodies to fight disease and they also produce some of the vitamins we need.
     Proteins are made from amino acids. There are over 300 amino acids known to chemists, but only 20 are found in the human body. All amino acids are similar in their structure. They all contain a nitrogen atom in an amine and also have an acid on one end of the molecule, hence the name amino acid. One of the interesting things about amino acids is that they are all left-handed. What does this mean? I need to get into a little organic chemistry there. Some molecules contain what is called an asymmetric center. An asymmetric center is a carbon atom that has four different things attached to it. When this happens there are two ways these four things can be attached. To be able to see this for yourself, you can do a little experiment. For this you need a marshmallow or gumdrop or

something else you can stick toothpicks into. Colored toothpicks work best. If you don’t have colored ones you can paint the tips of the regular toothpicks so that your have four toothpicks each of a different color. Place three of the toothpicks into the marshmallow or gumdrop so that they form a triangle that lifts the marshmallow/gumdrop up off the table. Now place the fourth one straight up so that all four seem to be equally spaced apart. They will be about 110 degrees apart from one another. When you do this they will be exactly the same as far as the sequence of colors is concerned or you will be able to line up only two of them. By switching any two of these you can either line them up or have them different. When living things make amino acids, they always make what chemists call the left-handed form. If humans make them in the laboratory we get a mixture of the two forms. Only the left-handed form is useful in building proteins. The reason I am taking the time to explain this is that it is important to the shape of the protein molecules and also when you read a future article about carbohydrates you will know what I am talking about when I say that all carbohydrates are right-handed.
     Of the 20 amino acids found in human tissues, 10 of these are what we call essential. This means we must have them in our diet. The other 10 can be made by the body if we run low. Anyone who eats meat doesn’t need to worry because all the necessary amino acids are present. Vegetarians do need to vary their diet, however. Plants vary widely in the amino acids present. Rice for instance lacks two of the essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine. Nuts, beans and soy products are all high in protein and a mixture of these gives all essential amino acids.
     A 150-pound person needs 54 grams of protein a day. Most food products list the protein on the label. A can of tuna fish contains 32 grams; a glass of milk 8 grams and a slice of bread 2-3 grams.
     Since all amino acids contain the amino and acid groups the difference comes it what else is in the molecule. A similarity might be made with a socket wrench. The wrench itself is the same but the sockets are different for different purposes
     The amino acids bond together hooking an acid group to an amine group forming a long chain. If just a few of these are hooked together it is called a peptide, but when many attach themselves it is called a protein. Most chains are from 10 to 10,000 amino acids in length. The order of the 20 amino acids is dictated by the DNA found in the body.
     When the body needs a new insulin molecule then sequence differs from when it needs a new hemoglobin molecule. Just one mistake in the sequencing can cause catastrophic results. For instance sickle cell anemia is cause when the DNA makes a mistake and puts glutamic acid in place of valine in the number 6 position of the thousands of amino acids in hemoglobin.
     Another genetic defect that results in improper use of amino acids is PKU. Phenylketonuria is more of a disease of Caucasian and Oriental people while sickle cell anemia is higher in Black people. PKU is a disease where the body can’t metabolize phenylalanine properly and without proper medical attention can result in death. It affects 1 in every 10,000 to 20,000 people. There is no need to be concerned about
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having it as it is one of the genetic problems that is tested for in newborns within 3 days of birth.
     When we eat food with protein, the enzymes in out stomach break down the protein into individual amino acids. These are small enough to slip through the walls of our intestines into out blood stream. The blood takes them to the cells where they are needed to repair cells or to make new ones.
     The body is a marvelous creation. It never ceases to amaze me that hundreds of thousands of chemical transformations take place every hour of our life and so little goes wrong.

A Historical Review - Part 1
Maine Guiding Ain't What it Used to Be
Piscataquis Observer, Edna Bradeen, 08/08/79
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2002)
     MILO: Stanley Howland, a Milo resident who will be 79 this year, is a well known retired Maine Guide. He worked the Allagash trips many times throughout his career, and spent his winters trapping. This article is written mostly in Howland's own words, and includes many of his adventures. It is interesting to note that early guiding licenses weren't obtained in the manner that they are today. Starting his guiding career in 1921, Howland's first guide application was signed by a high school teacher who was a former Maine Guide, and who encouraged him to enter the field. In the 1930's, it became necessary to have a game warden sign such applications. A Class A License was good anywhere in the state, and one stipulation to hold this was that the guide must be able to swim. A Class B license would limit a guide to a particular lake. The first license issued through the state cost $3.
     Howland says it was difficult to get into guiding in the early days since established guides tended to stay with their jobs, and a new guide usually got work through the recommendation of someone already established. One of the earliest places he guided was at Mt. View at Rangley Lake. He had a Model T Ford and became popular with the girls employed there since he "had wheels" (as the girls would say today). He said he would take as many as seven people in his car and strike out for a dam in the area.
     Howland guided mostly in the Lily Bay area. He remembers the Lily Bay House which was built in the early 1800's and which was torn down early in the 1960's. He tells of guides doing their own cooking, cutting boughs for their sports to sleep on, pitching their tents; of the tables in the campgrounds used by parties (the tables were covered with birch bark to keep the fire wood stored beneath them dry); and how each guide would replenish this supply of wood before leaving the site. Howland recalls some of his experiences like this: It would take some research to come up with the dates that the term registered guides became regularly used. There were men who were employed as guides by timberland owners and a few explorers like Thoreau, Greenleaf, Lucas, Hubbard, and William Long. These guides were mostly Penobscot Indians with scatterings of MicMacs and Malachite. The demand for guide service came with the establishment of the small log cabin sporting camps. The woods and small ponds were dotted with them around the turn of the century.
     Also in the early 1900's, several very large wooden hotels were built for summer business. These hotels could accommodate hundreds of guests and employed many people. Some of these like Kineo on Moosehead Lake and the Rangely on the lake of that name had quite a following of guides. In my experience as a guide, the small, more or less family owned and operated backwoods camps,

accommodating less than 25 guests was the most satisfactory set-up. People came and stayed for several weeks and returned year after year, many having the same guide.
     Transportation to these camps before the advent of the airplane and bulldozer was quite an adventure. Some required several days of river travel, stopping at way camps worked hard. Other camps had buckboard roads where the guest had to withstand the bumps or pay $7 for the privilege of walking behind it. The pleasure these guests enjoyed and the outstanding fishing they found more than made up for the discomforts.
(Continued next week)

     At the Rec. League basketball games played Sat., Dec. 21, Coach Deanna Sherburne’s Graves’ team improved to 2-0 with a 22-17 win over Bailey’s, who fell to 1-1. For Bailey’s, Grace Merchant had 13 points to lead the team. For the winning team, Kim Herbest tossed in a game high 14 points. Shirley Fowles chipped in with 5 points.
     In game #2, a boy’s game, Coach Russell led Bailey’s team to a 3-0 record with a hard fought 23 to 21 win over the now 2-1 Reuben’s team. Ed Cobb scored 7 , and Logan Greenlaw had 6 points for Reuben’s, while Caleb Stanley put 16 points on the scoreboard and Bryan Russell added 3 points for Bailey’s.
     The sign-up for women’s volleyball will be Monday, Jan. 6 at 6PM at the Milo Town Hall.
     The Milo Rec. Dept would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year.

     MILO - Nellie D. Webb, 85, devoted wife of the late Ernest D. Webb, died Dec. 24, 2002, at a Dexter nursing home. She was born Aug. 19, 1917, in Parkman, the daughter of James and Eunice (Greeley) Doucette. She had worked at Hardwood Products in Guilford prior to moving to Yalesville, Conn., in 1953. She was employed at Pratt and Whitney in North Haven, Conn. until her retirement in 1980. She was much loved by her family and all those she entertained over the years with her singing and yodeling. She is survived by a son, Ronald G. Priest and his wife, Kathy, of Guilford; four daughters, Madeline Schultz and her husband, Sieferd, of Guilford, Connie Clement and her husband, Gene, of Milo, Lorraine Maurice and her husband, Gene, of Cheshire, Conn., and Eunice Mansfield of Danbury, Conn.; two sisters, Maxine Mitchell of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Yvonne Bennett of Guilford; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren; a special cousin, whom she had always known as a sister and devoted friend, Rev. Ida Kerr of Milo; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Guy L. Priest, a daughter, Betty Anne Grecheski, two sisters, Madeline Atwater and Dianna Andrews, and a grandson, Ronald Priest Services were held Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with the Rev. Michelle St. Cyr officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.
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     BROWNVILLE JUNCTION and ORONO - Esther M. Carle, 84, wife of the late Thomas F. Carle II, died Dec 22, 2002, at an Orono nursing home. She was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Ashland, the daughter of James and Gertrude (Burby) Brasslett. Esther was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brownville Junction. She was an avid and knowledgeable gardener, often sharing her plants and expertise with anyone who expressed an interest. She was happiest serving her extended family holiday meals, and many good times were had at her home at Easter and Christmas. She was predeceased by three brothers, Angus, James and Timothy Brasslett, all of Bradford; and four sisters, Bell Berube of Presque Isle, Olive Moulton of Alton, Cecile Delaite of Milo and Gertrude Amero of Milo. Esther is survived by two children, Emma Howell and her husband, Norman of Orneville, and Thomas F. Carle III and his wife, Rowena of Glenburn; two grandchildren, Leisa and Dean O'Clair of Bangor; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Thomas Spelling, Brycelin O'Clair and Alexandra O'Clair; three sisters, Laura Knox of Kenduskeag, Clarida VanDyne of Falmouth and Theresa Tibbetts of Howland, many nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with Father James Robichaud celebrant. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Pinetree Cemetery. It was Esther's wish that if people chose to remember her in any way, they would contribute to LaSalette Missions, in care of Father William J. Slight, M.S. Mission Director, 947 Park St., P.O. Box 2965, Attleboro, MA 02703-0965.

(From left to Right) Kelly, Puff-Mama, Kelly, and Sharon in the back

Jack & Ozzie

One of the Kellys & Elvis

     Guess who got a digital camera for Christmas? For my New Year’s resolution, I promise to not put endless amounts of pictures of my animals in the paper, but I’ve got to try it just this one time to see if I have the know-how, right?
     The top picture show Puffy and some of the other types of hens roosting for the night in their coop. We used to call ”him” Puff-Daddy, but last week “he” laid the most beautiful pale green egg, and we have decided to rename her, appropriately, Puff-Mama. She is an Araucana, or Easter Egg chicken, and she leaves us a beautiful light green egg almost everyday. The one day she didn't lay, the next day she left a huge, light green, double-yolker! Now every morning truly is just like Easter.
     The next picture shows Jack and Ozzy bedded in for the night. You can get an idea of their size, as that is an empty Bangor-Hyro cable spool that Jack is lying on. Ozzy’s eyes reflected the light, making him look a little angry, but believe me, they are at their happiest when they are snuggled in their stall for the night.
     The bottom picture is Elvis and one of the “Kellys”. He is probably trying to impress her with stories of his “wild life” before he was brought up here to live. I call all of the Gold Orpintons “ Kelly”, and the Barred Rocks are all “Sharon”. I would like to be able to name each of them, but they are impossible to tell apart. If they made such a thing as a chicken collar, maybe I could get 14 different colors, to differentiate them, but that seems a bit crazy, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m not sane!
     We had a wonderful time on Christmas. We took our newest family member, Radar, to Hibbard’s to visit his owners. I have read many times that a person’s face would “light up” for some reason or another, but it wasn’t until I walked in the room with Radar that I had actually seen it happen. His “Daddy’s” face absolutely glowed when he saw Radar!. His “Mom” explained to us That she had named him Radar because she loved the television show M*A*S*H. She remarked to another visitor that her Christmas was just another day until we showed up with Radar. I think that both of the owners realize that Radar has a good home, and I assured them we would take him back periodically for visits.
     Radar appeared unaffected by the whole experience. I was afraid he would be hesitant to leave his other family, but he was fine. I guess dogs are pretty adaptable.

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     We also received a wonderful gift on Christmas Day. Torry and Shiela Ellis brought us up a beautiful, sturdy doghouse. And we have the promise of one from Eben Dewitt. We sure can use both of them, and I am eager to go pick up Eben’s. Thanks to all of you!

     We all know Emery in one form or fashion in his long life. We know him as “my son”, “my father”, “my brother”, “my uncle”’, “Fern’s husband”’, “Ethel’s boy”’, “The Trapper”’ , “ The Woodsman”, “The Brick-layer”, “The Mason”, and “The Carver”.
     We could find him down the Hovey Road, right at the fork of the Reardon Road, just down from Perly Well’s Mill. Emery once said, “I have never been so happy as when I worked in the woods.” Coming from a harsh, hard, poverty stricken life, he married a wonderful woman, found his way, and raised four children. His accomplishments were many.
     The cool morning mist of Castle Hill, Maine fell on his shoulders as a young man. The “cry of the wild” was right there at his front doorstep. Seven children were bunked in a small home, all destined for individual futures. They were Lee, Miles, Dot, Robert, Emery, Olive, and Margarie. Heavenly creations shadowed on the rough worn walls from the glow of flickering wicks.
     The Bible, their love, and their dreams kept them together and alive. The word ”survival” was not something Daniel Webster thought of often. It was the first thought on the minds of those at Castle Hill. It was inherited from the genes of the Crusaders of Europe, the Neanderthals, and from far back into pre-history. Haystack Mountain will always be there as its young boys and girls leave, visit, and go on to meet Haystack’s creator.
     There is much to remember: “Tea Can Corner” to “Roberts Rock”, from Medford to the Fire Tower, Floyd Hubbard, the Depression, The strong arms and calloused hands, the railroad, the brick, the mixing and tending, the hoeing, the harvesting, the canning, the deer, the stumps, the frosty trails, the skinning, the rivers, the lakes, the fish and the joy of a warm campfire, the first indoor toilet, and the old cars that couldn’t make it over Patty Hill or to Bangor. The memories are many and someday we will have the time and “The Place” to talk more.
     Many years ago Emery heard a voice in the middle of the night. He sat right up, rubbed his eyes, shook his head, and listened very carefully. He recognized the soothing, deep, experienced voice as the voice of God. “You know I have always been with you Emery, every time you played your fiddle. I never said anything as I waited for you to start the conversation. Some years later I realized, Emery, that you were already talking to me. You were talking to me with your fiddle. I have always listened to every word you have played to me. I never missed a note. If ever there comes a time that you cannot fiddle me your heart and thought, I will understand. But remember that I will always be right there beside you anyway, should you decide to have that little conversation. I want you to know, Emery, that there is a special place in my heart for you, your fiddles, and that ol’ stampin’ foot. But Emery, I have to say that I have a little discomfort with your snuff and cussing though.
     Every day a tall majestic tree falls somewhere deep in a forest. We do not hear it or see it. This is nature. This is the world as it was created. We understand it, yet it is many times hard to accept. There is one person who always hears the crash and the fall of one of our tall and majestic trees. Let us listen,

hear, recognize, and respect our loved ones in the forest of life. Emery is one of our trees. If his leaves should fall out of season, his armor of bark develops some cracks, and his roots protrude from the soil, we will always be there to shore him up.
     When do we say ”I love you”? It is not written into our Constitution. There are no laws that say we have to. Should we say it when we are young, when we grow up, when we get married, when we are old, or just when we are dying? How about all of the above! From the bottom of his heart and from deep down in his soul, Neil, “My second son”, would like Emery to know that he loves him dearly, always has and always will.

By Nancy Grant
     This is the third part in a four part series about spool making in Maine sent in by Albert “Zeb” Harmon.
     Spools were produced at both Milo and Lake View until August, 1925 when the latter plant was closed. Since then, all wood spools for the company’s thread mills have been manufactured at Milo.
     During the early 1900’s the company conducted extensive woods operations for the procurement of Birch Boltwood, maintaining the necessary roads and woods camps, as well as several small sawmills. With improved methods of transportation and harvesting of timber, the woods operations were gradually phased out as smaller jobbers began to fill the need for spool wood.
     The saw mill at Milo was located on the north side of the highway beside the river near where the Penquis Valley High School Gymnasium now stands, and for many years operated on a year round basis. Birch spool stock was sawn during the winter while the summer months were devoted to sawing of lumber and pine boards for the manufacture of the wooden boxes used for shipping the company’s products. The so called box mill was located in the west end of the present spool mill and flourished until the advent of the corrugated paper shipping carton brought and end to the wood box business. The saw mill continued with the winter sawing of spool wood until the spring of 1947, when it was closed and later demolished. Birch sawing was carried on in a smaller building behind the spool mill until 1961, since which time Birch Squares have been procured on a contract basis.

Be sure to check out next week’s issue of The Three Rivers News for details of the 41st Annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby, to be held on February 15th and 16th, 2003.

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