||Three Rivers News, 2003-01-14
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2003
VOLUME 2 NUMBER 10
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
Harvey the Rabbit has once again returned to his winter home on the Hovey Road! Each year, after a significant snowfall, Harvey takes up residence in the field beside the home of Willie and Athalie Burke. Now the folks in Milo know that winter is really here!
DO YOU HAVE A 4-YEAR-OLD?
Do you have a friend or relative who has a 4-year-old?
We are trying to plan for the 2003-04 school year. We need some advance indication of how many kindergarten students we will be registering next year. Please take a moment to notify the school office at Milo Elementary (943-2122), Brownville Elementary (965-8184), or Marion C. Cook School (943-2196) with the student's name and address.
January Meeting of Milo PTO
The Milo PTO will hold the first meeting of 2003 on January 14th, at 7:00 P.M., at the school. We need lots of hands to help with projects lined up for the remainder of the year. Some of the items discussed at the last meeting were: adding to the dies for the die cut machine; a sign for the school ( to be placed at the end of the drive); and a display case; additional fundraisers such as the cash drawings we had last year and a possible public supper.
We hope to see lots of parents there.
YOGA SESSION TO BEGIN
If a relaxing stretch, well-oiled joints, and a chance to let go of your days worries and frustrations, sound good, please join me for an evening of yoga.
This 1-hour session, practiced to soothing sounds, will leave you feeling like you gave your body a workout without the work! You will find yourself totally relaxed and your mind calm by the end of class.
If you have never experienced this technique or have been interested and didnt know quite what to expect, come for a FREE evening just to see what so many others crave.
Classes are beneficial to all and are non-competitive.
Youll find me at the Milo Elementary School on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 $5.00 walk-in fee or $30.00 for an 8-week session.The new session is starting. Jan. 15th, and will run until Mar. 5th.
For more information please call Recreation Director, Murrel Harris 943-7326 or Instructor Cindy Herbest 943-2630
The Milo Town Office will be closed for Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 20, 2003.
Penquis Boys 61, Schenck 50
BY BILL SAWTELL
Milo, January 7, 2003- In a game that was closer than the final score might suggest, Penquis continued undefeated here in sweeping the season's series between these two old adversaries before a packed and spirited crowd here.
The Wolverines actually led at the intermission, 31-24, and throughout the third period, going into the fourth leading by just one. But after Jordan Allen and Ryan Deschesnes exchanged a pair of hoops, Penquis took the lead for good early in the final stanza.
Jordan led the Patriots with 17, hitting from all over. His brother Justin had 10; while Steve Kissell and Dustin Perkins scored 11 apiece.
Ryan Deschesnes led all scorers with 26, playing a great all-around game for Schenck; while Brian Graham had 10.
Letter to the editor
Just want to tell you how much I enjoy reading the Three River News, and especially the pieces you and Kathy Witham write. I've given the address to my brother who lives in New York and he writes me every week saying how much he has enjoyed reading it.
I think it was your story about rescuing the abandoned dog that got him hooked on it, and your further stories about life on the farm kept him reeled in.
When I read that story, I was amazed at the courage you displayed in going after the dog on your own and the ingenuity you used to make him manageable. Brave girl!
I hope this little paper will continue to thrive and be available to help keep us in touch with our hometown.
Editors note: Thanks for the kind words !!! All of us who work on the paper are so happy to have input especially when it is so nice ! The paper is doing so well! We have over 20 subscriptions, which go to Texas, Florida and points in between. The donations each week always cover the cost of publication, with a little left over to bank for emergencies. The paper gives all of us a great deal of pride and satisfaction. Thank you everyone for making the paper succeed. WE WILL BE HERE A LONG, LONG TIME !
Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church thrift shop open every Wednesday 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
Three River News is published weekly by Three Rivers Kiwanis. It is available Tuesdays at the Milo Farmers Union, BJs Market, Graves Service Station, Robinsons Fuel Mart, Reubens Farmers Market, Angies, Milo Exxon, Rite Aid, and Milo True Value. The paper can also be viewed online at www.trcmaine.org. Donations can be mailed to Valerie Robertson, PO Box 81, Milo, Maine 04463
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We will mail your issue each Tuesday morning so you can have a nice fresh paper delivered every week! This makes an especially nice gift for an elderly person or for someone who lives away, but still likes to keep in touch with area happenings
ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!
|TUES., JAN. 14
||CHICKEN POT PIE, MASHED POTATO, GREEN BEANS, ICE BOX PUDDING
|WED., JAN. 15
||HAMBURGER DELUXE, POTATO SALAD, HONEYDEW MELON, YOGURT ORANGE DIP, BROWNIE
|THURS., JAN. 16
||VEAL PARMESAN, RIGATONI, MIXED VEGGIES, SLICED PEACHES
|FRI., JAN 17
||BAKED BEANS, HOT DOGS, COLE SLAW, BISCUIT, GINGERBREAD
|MON., JAN. 20
||ALL SITES CLOSED
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
|TUES., JAN. 21
||HADDOCK STICKS, MASHED POTATO, SPINACH, FRUIT COCKTAIL
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488.
THE MILO AMERICAN LEGION POST 41
HAS BINGO EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
A MEAL IS SERVED FROM 5:00PM UNTIL 6:30PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:30 AND ENDS AT 9:30
"A FRIENDLY TOWN"
Calling all nice people - you know youre one of them! It is time to show your community how kind you all are. The winter months can be hard on many of our citizens, mainly the elderly. Do you have a spare minute to drop in and drive someone to the grocery store? How about picking up a group of women to attend breakfast together. Are you willing to drive someone to the dentist? Why not post your name on the bulletin board at Milo Heights? Could you possibly volunteer your time to pick up and deliver prescriptions? The possibilities are endless.
Stop in to take someone out on the "Friendly Town" today. Everyone needs a hand sometime......be that hand and be kind.
Aunt Bea Kind
Janet Richards submitted the following. Those of us who try to see the best in all situations will find it inspiring; maybe those who arent so optimistic about life will rethink some situations. I know a couple of wonderful women who could be the lady in the first part of the story, and I hope all of you know someone who could be, as well.
She is 92 years old, petite, well poised, and proud. She is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed, and her makeup perfectly applied, in spite of the fact she is legally blind.
Today she has moved to a nursing home. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making this move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, where I am employed, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet curtains that had been hung on her window.
"I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room...just wait," I said.
Then she spoke these words that I will never forget: "That does not have anything to do with it," she gently replied. "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not, does not depend on how the furniture is arranged. It is how I arrange my mind. I have already decided to love it. It is a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice. I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or I can get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do work.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I will focus on the new day and all of the happy memories I have stored away...just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you have already put in..
I believe- that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I believe- that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
I believe- that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
I believe- that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I believe- that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
I believe- that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I believe- that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
I believe- that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I believe- that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I believe- that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
I believe- that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
I believe- that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I believe- that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I believe- that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
I believe- that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you you will find the strength to help.
I believe- that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
I believe- that gossip and cruel assumptions hurt a person more than anything else.
I believe-that if you always expect bad things to happen, eventually, they will.
A New Years Resolution For Our Community
BY GRETCHEN ZIEMER, WOMANCARE COMMUNITY EDUCATOR
This month, people throughout our community will make New Years resolutions from losing weight to keeping in better contact with friends and family members. But victims of domestic violence are counting on community members to resolve to do more this year to stop abuse and to help victims. In some cases, the lives of women and their children may depend on it.
Domestic violence is a serious and deadly problem in our community and in our country. Every day women are beaten and killed by the men who claim to love them. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, in 1999, 1,218 women were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country. That is an average of more than three women every day. Daily women and children who are our friends, neighbors, parishioners, and students are affected by domestic violence. In Piscataquis County we have also realized how domestic violence homicide has impacted our community. Only 5 months ago a Milo woman was murdered by her partner. She was a valued member of our community.
Womancare has been working tirelessly to assist victims of domestic violence and to end abuse in our community for the past 24 years. As we have done in the past, this year Womancare will continue its commitment to working towards zero tolerance in our community. Along with providing assistance to victims and family members of partner violence, Womancare advocates provide informational trainings and programming throughout our community. Look for Womancare advocates in our local school systems, at our churches and businesses, as well as presenting to the community social organizations.
But these efforts are not enough. Domestic violence is everyones business. It affects all of us every family, every workplace, and every community. And each one of us has a role to play in ending domestic violence.
Action can be as simple as teaching boys that violence against women is always wrong, volunteering your time to Womancare, offering information and support to a battered woman, inviting Womancare to speak to your church or social organization, contribute money, join the Penquis Region Domestic Violence Task Force, or putting a bumper sticker on your car to raise awareness about abuse. Individuals who want to get involved or would like more information can contact our office by calling us at 564-8165 or toll free 1-888-564-8165.
Ending domestic violence in our community is possible, but it requires a commitment from each and every one of us. In 2003, I encourage each of us to make a resolution to help stop domestic violence and support victims of abuse. Its a New Years resolution that our community cannot afford to break.
Womancare is a Domestic Violence Prevention Project, which serves people in Piscataquis County as well as surrounding communities in Penobscot and Somerset Counties. For more information please call (207) 564-8165 or 1-888-564-8165, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Womancare provides a 24 Hour Helpline, Advocacy, Support Groups, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and assistance with Protection From Abuse Orders, as well as other Family Court matters to those affected by Domestic Violence. As a community based agency, Womancare is also an educational resource providing presentations in schools, for business and medical professionals, clergy, and community groups concerning all aspects of Domestic Violence. Services are available at 8 Winter Street, Dover-Foxcroft and at our Outreach offices in Dexter, Greenville, and Milo. Womancare is funded in part by the Maine Department of Human Services.
Please contact Womancare for more detailed information or visit our website at:
Community Swap n Trade
BY CHRIS BERES
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 email@example.com. 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 youre 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.
FRIULI@aol.com wrote: I am looking for a Singer Featherweight sewing machine and thought someone in a small town in the middle of Maine just might have one. Thought I might run an ad. I would appreciate any info you might provide.
Brownville Sports Trivia
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Carroll Conley came from (a) Bangor (b) Danforth (c) Washburn (d) Massachusetts.
2. The tallest Railroader was (a) Bill Davis (b) Don Gilson (c) Sid Brown (d) Tom Lockhart.
3. The best pure shooter was (a) Wayne Kirby (b) Rodney Ross (c) Ralph Berg (d) Walt Rendzia.
4. Susan Sawtell's Rocket Lanes high was (a) 109 (b) 139 (c) 151 (d) 169
5. Another fine Brownville bowler was (a) Betty Berg (b) Violet Grant (c) Carla Bryant (d) Mary Knox.
6. Shirley Brown was a (a) forward (c) guard (c) rover (d) manager
7. Lorraine Smith was a(n) (a) forward (b) guard (c) rover (c) manager.
8. Charlene Roberts played at (a) UMO (b) Colby (c) Thomas (d) Husson.
9. Had the birth certificate problem in Rhode Island: (a) Sonny Cobb (b) Jim Rosebush (c) Mike Knox (d) Steve Knox.
10. Wore a bandanna (a) Steve Knox (b) Ron Davis (c) Harold Hale (d) David Brown.
Answers: 1-c 2-b 3-c 4-d 5-a 6-a 7-a 8-d 9-b 10-a
AREA SCHOOL NEWS
It is Time For Boys Pee Wee Basketball
BY JACOB LYFORD AND JEREMY RUSSELL
Pee Wee basketball is for children learning to play basketball and everyone gets to play. Teams are: Bailey Lumber, Brewer Electric, Reubens ,Graves, and Grants Used Cars. PeeWee is competitive for the children, and the coaches try to make it fun. PeeWees is recently having games against each other. Each child gets to play about two or three times a game.
All the teams have close to equal amounts of players. Each team has 1 or 2 top ten players. We are now having our regular season. Then we have playoffs, which are double elimination. The last two teams standing at the end play for the championship. At the end there is a banquet scheduled to give food and trophies to the players.
FROM MILO ELEMENTARY
FROM THE CLASSROOM OF:
Mrs. Barden- Our Terrific Kid is MEGAN LEONARD. Megan has had a wonderful week !! She is very neat and orderly with all her work. Megan is writing some wonderful stories and her illustrations are beautiful. She enjoys being a guest reader and is a super helper in the room !!! Way to go Megan !!!
Our Terrific Kid has done a great job at improving her skills needed to work with others. She has begun to learn to ignore the little problems in the classroom. She works hard at her work and is making great strides in her math. We are happy to have SAMMI MILLER in our class.
- Our Terrific Kid has made wonderful progress in becoming a responsible third grader. He promptly returns homework assignments and he has become better with the neatness and organization of his work. He comes in each morning and gets right to work. We are proud of JOSHUA BROWN.
Our Terrific Kid in fourth grade this week is ROCHELLE HICKS. She is doing a great job with her classwork. She's completing her assignments, and getting them in on time. Rochelle is a very hard worker. Her classmates call her a true friend. We are very proud of you , Rochelle!
A special thanks to the GIRLS AND BOYS,
Who to the Three Rivers Seniors Citizens brought Christmas joy,
They sang and danced with smiles and cheer,
And received a note of thanks from Secretary Avis Spear.
Our Terrific Kid is working hard at following directions and cooperating. We have seen some great improvement in his behavior and his work, and we are proud! He is making lots of good choices and showing
respect for his friends most of the time. Our Terrific Kid is a good reader and really enjoys science books. He is writing longer journals and they are interesting and exciting. This Terrific Kid is very terrific in his math work. We are happy to have COLBY WYMAN in our class and we are
proud of his efforts to follow school and classroom rules and to do his best each day. Thanks Colby!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey-
ANDREA HAMILTON--Andrea follows the I Care Rules. She is a good friend to her classmates. We will miss her when she moves.
TONYA MICHAUD--Tonya has done a great job adjusting to a new school. She's a good worker and helper. She follows the I Care Rules and we're glad to have her in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey-
KIMBERLY BEMIS is a sweet little girl who loves to listen to morning stories and play with baby dolls in the kitchen center. . She plays with others and is like a big sister helping with boots and zippers.
She follows the I Care Rules and we love Kimberly. Congratulations and keep reading and writing !!!!! DONATO CEDRONE is a first year friend who enjoys all morning calendar activities. He really likes to guess what is hiding in the rhyming bag each day. Donato is learning to follow the I Care Rules and the Golden Rule. He is a big brother helping in our room and at home too as h e has a new little sister at home. Congratulations, Donato.
Terrific Kid is BREANNE MCKINLEY.
She has started the 2003 year off very well. Keep up the pace and good work!
Mr. Beres presented DREW BRAGG and CAITLIN GARLAND with Bus Students of the Week certificates.
Cook School News
At our January 9th assembly, Principal, Mrs. Bradbury and Kiwanian, Mr. Dunham honored TYLER TIBBETTS (Ms. Ivy's class), RACHAEL WOOD (Mrs. Carter's class) and HEATHER MICHAUD (Miss K.'s class) as Terrific Kids.
Tyler has worked really hard to complete all of his jobs and has had a positive attitude. Rachael has been focused on her
assignment. Heather is a Terrific Kid every week. She works quietly and does her best work every day. She also helps to organize the classroom. We are proud of our Terrific Friends.
Kathy Foss awarded Good Kid on the Bus certificates to: LINDSAY TURNER, LEVI ENGSTROM and PATRICK NORWOOD.
Miss K's class will be presenting a short program about Martin Luther King Jr. at our January 16th assembly. Please join us at 10:50 am.
NEWS FROM 6TH GRADE JUNCTION
The staff at The 6th Grade Junction would like to congratulate our students of the week. CASEY MARKS, JONATHAN SPENCER and TAYLOR JOHNSON have been chosen for their hard work and friendly spirit at our school.
The 6th Grade Junction held their assembly on Friday, December 20. At that time we honored our Honor Roll students and our students of the week. We also had a special gift presentation to ANGEL HULSEY for being the top seller with our raffle ticket. We also had fun with the drawing of the raffle tickets.
This assembly was followed with an auction with Mr. Walker as our auctioneer. The "money" used by our students was make pretend money that they earned during the year for good behavior.
The JV team is coached by Tony Heal this year. While they lost to Schenck in this game, they're working very hard.
NEWS ABOUT TOWN
LOCAL COUPLES SON EARNS A PROMOTION
Joan & Roy Bither have received word that their son Mark will be promoted to full Col. Feb. 3 and his new assignment will be at West Point!
He is presently a Lt. Col. at Fort Pierce outside Tacoma, WA., and is in charge of in-patient and out-patient services in a 449 bed Army hospital. He is married to Cheryl who retired from the Army and they have three children: Patrick, Corey(GIRL),& Mathew.
METHODIST WOMENS NEWS
The United Methodist Women of Park Street United Methodist Church held their regular meeting on Thursday Jan. 9. This was a planning meeting for the year. We have hopes of some interesting speakers as well as some fun times and work sessions. All women of the church are encouraged to become part of this group.
MILO/ BROWNVILLE REC. NEWS
MORITAS SCHOOL OF DANCE 35TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON WILL HOLD CLASSES AT THE MILO TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS 3-4PM FOR PRESCHOOL 3-5 YEARS (TAP AND BALLET) 4-5PM K-2ND GRADE (TAP AND BALLET) 5-6PM 3-5TH GRADE (TAP AND JAZZ) APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL JAN. 17. Contact Murrel at 943-7326 for the details.
MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES ARE BEING HELD AT THE MILO TOWN HALL ON SUNDAYS AT 11:00 AM AND ON THURSDAYS FROM 4:45-6:30 PM, WITH BILL AND KAREN GOODMAN
POLARITY YOGA IS HELD AT THE TOWN HALL ON SUNDAYS AT 6:00 PM.
WOMENS VOLLEYBALL WILL HOLD ITS FINAL SIGN-UP BEFORE THE TEAMS ARE CHOSEN FOR THIS SESSION ON MON. JAN. 13.
LINE DANCING FOR SENIORS ID HELD AT THE TOWN HALL AT 5:30 PM ON TUESDAYS, AND LINE DANCING FOR BEGINNERS AND PARTNERS IS HELD ON THURSDAYS AT 6:30 PM.
THE NEXT SESSION OF DRIVERS ED. WILL BEGIN SOON! CALL 943-7326 TO ENROLL.
EVENING WEIGHT WATCHERS CLASS PROPOSED
Submitted by Phil Gerow
Hey, folks! Especially you who have put on a few extra pounds throughout the holiday season and work during the day.
Weight Watchers of Maine is sponsoring a Weight Watchers at Work Open House on Tuesday, January 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Penquis Valley High School in Milo.
The purpose of the Open House is to determine whether there is sufficient interest to hold a class. If you are interested in healthier eating, losing weight, and great social companionship, come up and see what Weight Watchers has to offer for you. There is no obligation in attending the Open House.
The program consists of twelve sessions offered weekly at a cost of $139.00 payable by check or cash at sign up at the first class session. All program materials are received the first week of class. The night of the class and the time for the sessions will be determined by those who attend the Open House.
Meetings last approximately one hour, including weigh-in. Meetings consist of celebrations for those who have attained success, discussions and program presentations by the leader.
If you have questions about the evening program, please contact Beth Melanson at 965-8091 or Phil Gerow at 943-2046.
GALEN ELMER SANBORN SR.
BREWER and LAGRANGE Galen Elmer Sanborn Sr., 67, of Brewer and Lagrange, died Jan. 2, 2003, at his home in Brewer. He was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Milford, the son of Elmer Ellsworth and Wynona Verle (Treadwell) Sanborn. Galen was a member of the Lagrange Volunteer Fire Dept. for more than 30 years and served as chief of the department for several years. He retired from the State of Maine D.O.T. after approximately 10 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Shirley Jean (Sumner) Sanborn of Brewer; five sons, Galen Jr. and his partner, Mary Miegs, of Cleveland, N.C., David and his partner, Louise Kexel, of Ledyard, Conn., Keith and Gloria of Alamogordo, N.M., Scott of Brewer and Mark of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Jackie Cram and her husband, John, of Saco, and Cheryl Damien and her husband, William, of Greenbush; five brothers, Elmer Ellsworth Jr. of Hammond, La., Glenn and his wife, Mary, of Franklin, N.H., Harry and his wife, Laura, of Alton, Carleton and his wife, Doreen, and Chellis and his wife, Neddine, all of Old Town; six grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda, Joshua, Lara and Jennifer Sanborn and Nicole Miegs. His parents, one brother, Bruce Sanborn; and one sister, Constance LeGasse predeceased him. Burial at Hilltop Cemetery, Lagrange will be later in the spring. Arrangements by Kiley Funeral Home, 69 State St., Brewer.
EAST LYME, Conn. - Keith Adair Paul, 69, 3 Filosi Road, died Sunday at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. He was born in Milo, Feb. 18, 1933, the son of the late William L. and Ann (Parlin) Paul. He retired from the former New London News after 23 years of
service. He was a member of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Information Center. He also served in the U.S. Army. In his younger years, he worked for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad and never got "railroading out of his blood." He will be missed by many friends and relatives and fondly remembered for his keen sense of humor. He is survived by his companion, Ginger Sanborn, of East Lyme, Conn.; a son, Arnold Brad Paul, of Fairbanks, Alaska; a special person, Sean Sanborn; a daughter, Nannette; three brothers, William and his wife, Betty, of Melbourne, Fla., Allen and his wife, Dorothy, of Shelby, N.C., and Philip and his wife, Carolyn, of Millinocket. He is also survived by three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by five brothers, John James, Robert, Donald and Brad. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the St. Joseph Church, New London. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Greenwich, Conn., will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Milo Historical Society, Milo, ME.
MELVIN C. CLARK
LAKEVIEW PLANTATION AND NORTH HAMPTON NH-Melvin H. Mel Clark, 64, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002 after a brief illness. He was born April 25, 1938 in Exeter, the son of the late Morris and Rinda (Locke) Clark. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He owned his own business in New Hampshire for 45 years, selling in 1999, and was an avid railroad enthusiast. He is survived by his wife Kathleen M.; one daughter and her husband, Kathleen M. and Bruce Stimon of Kensington NH, and one grandson. Burial was in North Hampton NH.
ARNOLD 'ARNIE' DEWITT WAY JR.
SEBEC - Arnold "Arnie" DeWitt Way Jr., 60, died Jan. 7, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born Jan. 5, 1943, in Bronxville, N.Y., son of Arnold and Suzanne (Hinton) Way Sr. He graduated from Bradley University in New York and later worked for Pleasant River Company in Dover-Foxcroft for many years. He enjoyed his solitude and designed and built his home in the backcountry of Barnard. A very intelligent individual he made his home self-sufficient with it's own water and energy supply. Memorial services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 21 Oak St., Guilford.
FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
This week Id like to tell you about our magazines. With the cost of magazines rising you might enjoy borrowing from the library. They are free and may be borrowed for two weeks at a time. The only condition we have is that the latest issue of a magazine cannot go out until the next issue is here, but all magazines on the shelves below can be borrowed to go out. We keep the latest issue so everybody can read it in the library while it is current. We have quite a nice variety so save money, come in and borrow your magazines from us. Here is a list of our selections. Something for everyone.
Better Homes & Gardens
Natural New England
Taste of Home
These magazines have been ordered and paid for through the library, but we have also been given gifts of magazines by patrons or the magazines themselves. The following are gift magazines, which we also have and which can be borrowed: Arthritis Today, Readers Digest, Sierra, Smithsonian, TV Guide
We have also added more income tax forms. This week we received: Schedule C-Profit and Loss from Business, Schedule C-EZ-Net Profit from Business and Schedule E-Supplemental Income and Loss.
The Library will be closed Monday, January 20
In observance of Martin L. King Jr. Day
Library Winter Hours
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
The big house on the corner of Water and Clinton Streets was the "next door neighbors." Neil and Monica Warren live there now but when I was real little the Robinsons lived there. Robbie Robinson, the father, was a barber with a shop down on Main Street where Val's used to be. The Robinsons had five or six children. They were more grown up than Charlie and I. All of the girls, except for Gloria, had left home when I was young. Gloria was a teenager. She was one of our babysitters. When Gloria moved away, she gave me her big bike with the sheep skin seat cover. We'd been away one Sunday, and when we got home, there was the surprise leaning up against the back wall in our garage. I was so excited! I didn't know how to ride a bike then, but I learned by pedaling round and round the yard the next day. I finally called for my mother to come watch me. She came out on the steps to watch and I took 14 turns around the yard with no spills....I'd mastered bike riding.
Gloria had two brothers. Bobby, who was both mentally and physically challenged, spent his time in his room downstairs where he could be the center of attention for that family. Bobby was born with no disabilities, but a series of childhood diseases had left him severely brain damaged. Dicky was older than me, but younger than Gloria. Dicky had red hair. I remember Bobby the best. I wasn't a bit shy of being around Bobby. Bobby loved to be read to...and I loved to read, so there is no doubt that we were a match made in heaven. I like to credit Bobby with teaching me to read...because Bobby knew if you were reading the right words. If you tried to trick him....he'd let you know. I was getting lots of practice by reading to my friend Bobby, and he was an avid listener. I think that knowing Bobby, and being allowed to understand and interact with him was a wonderful experience for a little girl. It taught me tolerance, patience, and compassion for the disabled at a very young age.
After the Robinsons moved, a family named Merrill moved in. David and Marylou had three little children; Johnny, Peter and Cathy. I was much older than those children, but not old enough to baby-sit. Dave worked for the B&A and Marylou was a homemaker. I loved Marylou. She was beautiful and so good to me. She became very good friends with my mother so I was allowed to spend lots of time with her. We baked cookies, and made beds, cared for the children, and talked endlessly. I remember how Marylou used to make out her grocery list according to the aisles in the store. Down aisle one was such and such, and so on through to the last aisle. Talk about being organized!!! I bestowed the highest honor possible on Marylou. On Christmas, I named my walking doll after her . That walking doll still sits in my bedroom here on Elm St., all dressed in one of Mama's creations, right on my slipper chair.
The day that Marylou sat at our kitchen table and told us that Dave was being transferred to Oakfield...and they would be leaving, I cried and stuck my tongue out at her in bold and defiant anger. I was devastated. How could she leave me? Well, leave she did. It was the fall that I was in the 5th grade. In January the Moores arrived. Slim, Marion, Helen Lee, Mary Elizabeth, Betty Jean and Jimmy. Their older brother had already moved away from home. The father's real name was Newman Lee Moore. He worked for Prentice and Carlisle. He was very tall, and appeared a bit older than Marion. Marion came from a well respected minister's family. A very bright woman, and a bit eccentric. She and my mother became very good friends, as well.
It would be really hard to try to explain the Moores. Helen was a year and a half older than me, but we were wonderful friends. Mary was a year younger, and we were wonderful friends, too. I did different things with the girls at different times. Helen and I loved music and singing, we watched movies, talked a lot and I missed her when she went away. Mary and I played games like Jan and Jean Jackson (remember that comic strip?), dolls, board games and things like that. Mary was really closer to Charlie, I guess. Betty and Jimmy were younger and we didn't bother much with them.
They had a wonderfully huge swing in their back yard and a big teeter-totter. We'd string ropes and blankets and make intricate tents in their yard every summer. I'd always beg to stay out overnight in one of those tents. I don't remember ever being allowed to do that, however. They had a game that their father built for them. It was called Board Hockey, and it was great fun. We had Board Hockey tournaments often that included all of the neighborhood kids. I was very good at Board Hockey.
Another favorite thing that we did with the Moores was to have fairs in their back yard. We'd work for days getting a fair ready. We would make pulled taffy, peppermint drops, popcorn, and Kool-Aid to sell. We'd set up lots of challenging games like drop-the-clothes-pin-in-the-bottle, horseshoes, etc. Kids would actually pay to play our games. We always had a fortuneteller, too. She'd get all rigged up in draping clothes with tons of jewelry. Helen loved to be the fortuneteller. We'd advertise on paper signs downtown. Other neighborhoods had fairs, but none were as successful or fun as ours were.
The Moores had a garage with a chicken coop out back. The chicken coop was all cleaned out and a fun place to play.......this story to be continued next week.
This week's recipe:
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
for the base:
4 cups peeled apple slices (about 5 medium apples)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice
for the topping:
1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted.
Combine the base ingredients in an 8-inch square baking dish or a shallow 1 1/2 qt. casserole and mix them well.
Create the topping by combining the oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Mix these well and add the butter. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over the base and bake for 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown in a 375-degree oven. Serve with sweetened whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
A Historical Review - Part 3
Maine Guiding Ain't What it Used to Be
Piscataquis Observer, Edna Bradeen, 08/08/79
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
It was quite noticeable that after the guides in Moosehead Lake started to use boats, with either inboard or outboard motors, that more parties were couples. The confinement of sitting in a canoe did not go over so well with the ladies. It is very evident as one looks back that it was the outboard motor that put lake guiding on a new course. I was one of the first guides on Moosehead Lake to have such a boat. The outboard allowed guides to put in longer days fishing where they wanted to and to get there and back regardless of weather conditions. Cooking out, regular full course meals over an open fire, was almost a daily routine in good weather. We all had our favorite lunch grounds and never bothered each other. The ladies got quite a kick out of the equipment we used, especially the reflector oven. One guest got all confused when I set several rocks in the bottom of my kettle to make a steamer to cook salmon. She wanted to know if a special kind of rock was necessary to cook the fish. Some of the ladies, more than the men, were inclined to be fish hogs. I had one almost cry when I threw a four-pound togue back when the fish box was filled and the cover wouldn't close.
There were not too many small canoes used, mostly 18 to 20 ft. The 20-foot models soon got to weigh over a hundred pounds and the 18-foot around 75 pounds. It was amazing the miles of carry trails that the old guides and trappers kept brushing out. Along the carrys one would find, at intervals, a pole wired across two trees, about six or seven feet high, and just right for the guide to set his canoe to rest without grounding it.
Some of the old trappers used to have a trail across from Churchill Lake to Spider then from there to Echo and from there to Ecwell Deadwater and Musungun the Aroostook River coming out of Ashland. It would take three days to cover this one. Some of the camps, like the three mile one from Round Pond to Allagash Lake, had a resident with a pair of horses and a tote wagon to haul you over. The team was generally on loan from one of the lumber camps that had no use for horses in the summer in those days.
I think the most interesting experiences I ran into in my years of guiding was river tripping. For many years Sander's Store in Greenville was an outfitter for the Allagash and St. John River trips and he had a following of guides that some years were kept pretty busy all summer. I worked out of the store a lot and was a good set up. Sanders would be contacted by a party wanting to take a trip. He would do all the correspondence and when he got a date would contact a guide to take the party, with the guide to get a friend to help him, if needed. We never liked to take more than two people in a 20-foot canoe and rarely did except on a short trip and carrying little load. The store had a prepared grub list that was good and complete. They wanted the guides and the sport to check that list and add or subtract items that did not suit them. Back in Sept. 8, 1941, a portion of such a list read like this: coffee, 32 cents per pound, bacon, 35 cents per pound, raisins, ten cents pound, and hotdogs, 33 cents. The most satisfactory part of Sanders service was the trip boxes made of light plywood with removable covers, 20x16x12 inches. They had reinforcing strips on the outside making them easy to handle and were designed to fit the space in a 20-foot canoe in several different arrangements. Each box was labeled with the contents. If the water got into the canoe there was no damage to loss of supplies as would happen with a paper carton which I have seen happen many times. Most of Sanders guides owned their own canoes, paddles and poles, as well as a sectional table made of one-half inch pine, each section 12-60 inches, and would fit in the bottom of the canoe and take any scraping from the boxes. It also served as a quickly set up camp table.
| The guides also supplied black cooking dishes and broilers. If the party did not have their own tents or sleeping bags, the store would rent them; also canoes if needed. Most of the Allagash trips started with a truck ride to Chesuncook wharf and then a trip 18 miles up the lake with a small boat, run for many years by a man named Gunn. With a good mornings start, a party could make the end of Umbzookus by night and at times if you did not have trouble with the wind or low water in the stream, you could make the GNP dam and cross the lake to the Ronco camp, then a horse and wagon trip of two miles to Mud Pond. After that, a night's camp out at the old camp would probably be first contact you would have with coons and bears in the grub boxes.
During the years that Ed Ronco had a carry and I traveled that way, we used to use a small flat on the old GNP road the LaCroix used to operate, and loaded out canoes and supplies on it and pushed it up the wagon carry. It was upgrade but easy on the return. Later Frank Cowan, a sort of relation to one of the landowners, ran the carry over. I never had any trouble with Frank but some guides got him hostile and had to lug the carry the two miles.(Continued next week)
THE ANDERSON FARM HISTORY
BY HEIDI FINSON
The following is a report Heidi did for a Maine History class last spring. She chose to do it about the Anderson family, the same one that has a road named after them in Orneville.
In 1928 it appeared that Lida had no difficulties finding a teaching position in Caribou upon her graduation from Aroostook Normal School. It did appear that she had requested applications from more than one school as an application from Dover-Foxcroft postmarked June 1928 was found in the attic. The application asked for personal information that led me to consider the amount of influence religion had within Maines educational system. The application asked for the specific church where the applicant was a member and what church was attended. This primary source was quite interesting, as these are not the types of questions that are asked on a teachers application today. With this in mind, considerable interest was taken on topics and statements of religious nature in the 1930 and 1931 Maine Teachers Association Journals of Proceedings. The text states that during the 1800s, Religion structured social intercourse, culture, and educational goals. Also, knowing that Maine had a long history of religious influence in society prior to the 1900s I wondered how much influence was still present in the educational settings. The 1930 MTA Journal of Proceedings contained articles written by educators, specialists and MTA members printed to assist readers to become properly oriented in the rapidly progressing field of present day education as noted in the foreword by Adelbert W. Gordon, Secretary of the MTA. This statement would lead one to believe that the speakers and their articles were sought out to present topics and information representative of the times, attitudes and values encouraged by and for those in the teaching profession. The Executive Committee under the Constitution of the Maine Teachers Association was responsible in conjunction with the President of the MTA to prepare the program for the annual meetings. This being the case it would appear that the presentations are a valid primary source of information in determining what some of the expectations and ideals were for teachers in the 1930s including those of religious nature. Lida, as a member of the MTA and having attended annual meetings, would have been influenced by these speakers. I would also make the generalization that the school systems as a whole were influenced and expected teachers to live up to the ideals and expectations put forth by the speakers chosen for the annual meeting.
| Throughout the 1930 MTA Journal there were references to Christian morals and religious models in the Bible. It would seem that the teacher was expected to live a Godly life in every aspect of their lives and be a model for their students. Miss Clara Soules, Supervisor of Americanization, Portland, spoke on the topic Relationship Between Pupils and Teacher, making statements such as,
the pupil can be led in the right direction and made to feel that he is a real actor playing a part prepared for him by God
As the Master Teacher said, I am come that ye might have life
was a model for a teachers mental declaration of I am come that they might have life. The pupils would then be led to believe The Great Author of human nature has filled me with an abundance
It was believed that if the pupil and teacher had this type of attitude all would be workers together for good.
President Daniel L. Marsh of the MTA spoke on Education and True Patriotism, presenting his version of the Ten Commandments for True Patriots. His version of the Tenth Commandment was Thou shalt develop an intelligent and vital patriotism
likened to that of the patriotism of the Hebrew Prophets
having an ethical passion which would then denounce the sins of the people. Headmaster Howard Davis, of Bucksports East Maine Conference Seminary, speaking on the Earmarks of An Educated Man, felt the educated man would demand the practices of the principles of the Sermon on the Mount as the only basis for continued progress. One should
get beneath the surface of human problems as the Man of Nazareth
and attain a height, high enough to be Holy and to dwell in the realm of purity.
Finally, Principal Everett V. Perkins of Cony High School, Augusta, spoke on Ideal Ethical and Professional Training from the Principals Point of View encouraging teachers to
keep shining before them the lofty ideals as Jesus, the Great Teacher expected of his disciples. He share what he felt was the general attitude of the principals expectations for teachers which was for teachers to
be exemplary, to teach by example-in their dress, their choice of male companions, in their manner and in their attitude towards life. It is no wonder with expectations such as these that by 1945 fewer than two hundred teachers were graduating from the states normal schools and seven hundred of those who had already been teaching had left Maine. They earned several hundred dollars less than the average factory worker and were expected to model the life of Christ in school and at home.
It would be logical to conclude that teachers were expected to be of high moral and religious character from the articles printed in the 1930 MTA Journal but there was no supporting evidence in the personal letters about this topic.
In 1931 a significant change was observed in the MTA Journal. The presence of Christian morals and religious models in the articles were virtually non-existent. Though not addressed specifically, as to its absence, there was now a new teachers Code of Ethics, developed by the National Educational Association of the U.S. in 1929 that was adopted by the MTA in 1931. A committee had been established in 1930 to review this code for acceptance at the 1931 meeting. Section I of the code reads The schoolroom is not the proper theatre for religious, political, or personal propaganda
There seemed to be a correlation between the Code of Ethics and the near absence of religious topics, statements and speakers from the seminaries between the 1930 and 1931 journals. It would require a more careful study of documents and future journals to determine if this code brought about this change, or if it was only reflective of the Executive Committees choice of speakers at the time and it just happened that religious morals were not mentioned. There was one speaker on the Bible as literature with no connection to how a teacher should live.
| For a historian, the journals and letters would provide primary source information on the status of teachers incomes, jobs and concerns and the MTAs financial status as the depression continued. Though not the focus of this report the status of the potato crops was a major topic of interest between the writers of the letters and statements were made such as Were going to starve. There was no documentation of anyone actually starving but having enough to eat was a concern at the time. Also noted in the letters were the prices of potatoes in 1931 hauled by the farmers for 45 and 30 cents paid at the factories and in1932 at 40 cents. This is assumed to be per barrel but there is no documentation as to the amount of potatoes at a certain price. The 1931 MTA Journal also felt that the status of Aroostook businesses was effecting the membership in the MTA. An inference could be made here and would require further study that it was the potato prices effecting the businesses in the Aroostook communities. Conclusion next week
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
There has been a lot of news in the newspaper lately about El Nino so I thought I would try to make sense of some of it. El Nino is a warming of the surface water in the Pacific off the coast of South America. It was named by the Paita sailors of Peru in the 1880s when they noticed a change in the weather while they were anchovy fishing. They called it El Nino or little boy because it always seemed to begin around Christmas time and so they named it after baby Jesus.
During normal years the prevailing winds push the water westward from the coast of South America toward Indonesia. There are similar winds in the Atlantic that bring our hurricanes from the coast of Africa. As the winds push the water it can accumulate to as much as two feet higher in Indonesia than in Ecuador and the temperature can be as much as eight degrees higher. This extra heat and moisture causes the rain to increase in Australia, and the rest of the western Pacific. During El Nino periods the winds are not as strong and the warm water stays closer to Ecuador causing rain and flooding in Ecuador and Peru.
In the larger scheme of things, El Nino helps redistribute the water on the planet. Water has a tendency to gather at the equator and drop at the poles. El Nino reverses this trend.
Although El Nino has been known for more than 100 years, it was only in the 1960s that scientists realized it was more than an event in the Pacific and indeed affected the weather all over the world. It has been only in the past 20 years with temperature monitoring devices in the Pacific that we have been able to predict the event with certainty.
The El Nino itself usually lasts from 8 to 10 months and comes in 3-7 year cycles. There is no regular cycle however so they cannot be predicted like the phase of the moon or the seasons of the year.
Sometimes there is an El Nina or cool event between El Ninos but not always. The ocean always cools down but once in a while it cools more than normal. Scientists prefer to call these cold events, but in the press they are called El Ninas or little girls. The El Ninos or 1991-92 and 1993-94 did not have the El Nina between them.
The question might be asked as to how humans might change the cycle. The amount of energy involved in one El Nino 9 month cycle is more than 400,000 hydrogen bombs or expressed in another way, it would take 1,500,000 large power plants 8 months working 24 hours a day to produce this much energy.
The question as to what causes El Nino is yet to be answered. Some have suggested large volcanic explosions, but these dont always occur to initiate the cycle. Some suggest the release of heat from underwater steam vents and this has not been proven
|correct. One might ask if global warming might be a cause, but these were occurring long before global warming so that doesnt seem to be the case. One theory that is getting a lot of attention is that water sinking at the cooler poles of the Earth slowly travel across the ocean bottom toward the equator. The temperature of this water and the amount of water depend on weather conditions at the poles. Since it takes so long for the water to cycle under the ocean it has been difficult to determine what affect this cycle has on the cycle.
The question might be asked as to why there is no similar event in the Atlantic Ocean. The best explanation to date is that the Atlantic isnt wide enough at the Equator. It takes a wave 3 months to cross the Pacific from Ecuador to Indonesia and it takes less than 1 month to cross from Africa to South America. Another reason is that there is a lot more warm water in the Pacific.
According to scientists we are now into a new El Nino cycle. Temperature sensors in the Pacific gave the first signs last February. It has been 4 years since our last one so it is about on time. What variations in our weather will we see? This fall we saw a suppressed hurricane season. According to the weather people, the jet stream has moved to the lower part of the United States bringing cool temperatures and a lot of water. They will see flooding this winter as they already have during the past month. Storms will track across the lower states and then head up the East Coast. Whether Maine will get them or not depends on any high pressure that might be over us at the time. It we are experiencing high pressure then the storms will track to the south of us. We should start experiencing a warmer than normal winter however and that should help on the heating bills. Other parts of the United States are more affected than we are. The Northwest should be warm and dry, and it should be cooler and wetter in California
The prediction is for a moderate El Nino this coming year so the effects will not be as noticeable as they were during the last one in 1997-98.
MSAD #41 LUNCH MENU
JANUARY 13 17
Monday-Teriyaki chicken, rice pilaf, carrots, roll/butter, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Shepards pie, salad, dinner roll, and Jell-O/topping.
Wednesday-Beef burrito, lettuce/tomato, oven fries, and orange _s.
Thursday-Oven fried chicken, mashed potato, stir-fry veg., bread slice, and chocolate chip brownie.
Friday-Hot dog/bun, baked beans, cole slaw, and fruit.
BY NANCY GRANT
THE VERY END OFTHE AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY IN MILO
GOING, GOING, GONE1902-1976
Submitted by Albert M. Harmon
***LAST OF A.T.CO. at MILO, MAINE***
LAST Spool bars loaded for dry kiln - 3-1-76
LAST load of bars into mill - 3-5-76
LAST bar through the rounder - 10:10 A.M.,3-9-76
LAST blocks bored - 11:00 A.M., 3-9-76
LAST spool thru finisher - 12:35 P.M., 3-15-76
LAST spool sorted - 1:45 P.M., 3-15-76
LAST truck from Milo: Last of spools, records, files, etc - 5-14-76
Plant sold to Milo Wood Crafters
Papers passed 11:00 A.M. at office of Gross, Monsky, Moguel & Single, Bangor, Maine
Present: Frank Wilson, C.S. Johnson, Mrs. Wilson, Dwight Hamlin, Stephen Shook, Edward Gross, Lawyer, John Masterman
BACK ALONG WEATHER
BY NANCY GRANT
From the weather book kept by Mrs. Mabel McCleary, Brownville Jct.
Jan.14-Clear, sunny-14 above at 7:30am and 10pm.
Jan.15-Sat.-10 above at 5 am and 0 at 9 pm.
Jan.16-Cloudy-2 below at 7:30 am and 10 above at 9 pm.
|Jan. 17-Cloudy in am and sunny pm-24 above at 7:30 am and 22 at 10 pm.
Jan. 18-Partly cloudy-26 at 7:20 am and 24 at 8 pm.
Jan. 19-Snow am-cloudy pm-30 at 7:20 am and 24 at 8 pm.
Jan. 20-Snow am-cloudy pm-30 at 8 am and 20 at 9 pm.
RADAR AND DADDY PROOFREADING THE THREE RIVERS NEWS.
UP ON THE FARM
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
Im beginning to think my life rolls along differently than most. I sometimes feel like a toned-down version of Forrest Gump. I dont find myself involved in the same course-of-history changing events that he did, but I do seem to wander into the darndest situations !.
Take last Monday for example. I was riding along the Town Road in LaGrange, delivering a couple of lunches to an elderly couple, when I noticed an old pick-up parked in the road with its four-way flashers blinking. I slowed to take a look, and saw an elderly gentleman leaning on the hood of the truck, gazing into a field to my left. In the middle of the field stood a big ol workhorse, pawing at the snow. I didnt stop, as I was close to my destination, and I didnt want to serve the couple a cold dinner, so I did the responsible thing and took them their food. While there, I asked the gentleman if the fellow down the street had a horse that wandered off. He told me that the horses owner was having the horse shod that day, and that it was very possible that the horse had escaped from its yard.
As I neared the spot, I could see the truck was still there, so I pulled in front of it, got out of my car, and said Do you need some help?
The man appeared to be in his seventies, regarded me a moment, then replied, Shes run into that field, and the snow is too deep for me to go after her.
It was about then I noticed two large carrots laying on the hood of his truck, and a rifle standing on its stock, leaning against the truck. A lot of questions immediately flew through my head: Is something trying to attack the horse?; Is the horse deranged?; Is the old guy deranged?
Shes a good ol horse, just a bit stubborn, he drawled.
Whats the gun for?, I cautiously queried.
This, he said as he leaned down, then stood up, shouldered the rifle, and took aim at the good ol horse.
Now, those of you who know me well know I am no foot-stomping, anti-hunting zealot, but I really dont much take to someone shooting at a horse, so I did what any red-blooded women (who may be crazy) would do, and went to step in front of the rifle. Im a pretty good-sized girl, so I was pretty sure I could stop a bullet. But in retrospect, that could have been an unwise decision. As I neared the end of the rifle, I noticed it had
|a teeny little hole in the middle of a solid barrel, and realized it was a BB gun ! WHEW !
I had time to stop myself (before I put an eye out), and he fired once. Phhhooooot! The rifle fired and the horse twitched.
To get her attention, and it works, he proudly said.
Now, Im no Horse Whisperer, but I think I know enough about horse psychology to deduce that the way to get a horse to come to you is NOT to shoot BBs at it.
Ill go get her, I said, Will she let me?
Sure, he said. Here, take these and shell just follow you back, he said, handing me the two long carrots.
If I slip and fall down, dont shoot me, I cautioned him.
I stepped up on the snow bank the plow had left beside the road, and noticed the horse seemed kind of tall, but she was twenty yards or so in the field and I thought perhaps I was just misjudging her size. As I approached her, she grew and about halfway to her I realized she was one of those giant plow horses I had seen at the Common Ground fair. They are the size of the Budweiser Clydesdales, only not hitched to a beer wagon with friendly men sitting in it.
She was watching me with eyes the size of bowling balls, and I was hoping the carrots I held in front of me like a shield didnt look like the BB gun.
As I approached her, the first thing I looked for was blood on her butt. I was ready to give Jesse James a few pointers on animal treatment, but actually not only was there no blood, there werent even any dents in her thick brown fur. I dont think she was injured at all by the tiny shot.
As I got closer, within five feet, I held the carrots up, hoping she was starving and would amble over for a bite, and I would back her up all the way to her owner. Well, not only did that plan not happen, but she started to turn to head deeper into the field. I panicked, reached as far as I could towards her mouth, came about 6-inchs short, stood on my tippy-toes, and shoved a carrot into her huge mouth !
She took a bite and munched away with a watchful stare in my direction. Yay ! I thought, this is going to work, and I took a few steps backward, hoping, no, praying, that I wouldnt slip on the ice that was under the foot of snow I stood in.
Well, that didnt work either, and she once again turned as if she was going to head in the other direction, thus evoking her owner to put the BBs to her, and making my job a whole lot harder.
Before she started to walk away, I did the only thing I could do, and jumped up and grabbed her by the bridle, on the right side of her face with my right hand. I was still holding the carrots in my left hand, and it was then she decided she wanted them, turning the whole situation into one of those donkey-chasing-a-carrot- on -a -stick things, only I was the stick.
We walked, no trotted, back to the road, where her master stood, unarmed. I kept telling myself, Just a few more yards, try to stay on your feet til you get to the road! I was literally running on snow-covered ice on my tippy toes, and Im no ballerina, or figure skater!
I made it to the snow bank bordering the road, and expected the owner to take her, but he said, Get her on over to her paddock, and Ill lock her in.
So across the road I walked, hoping she didnt take the good surface as an opportunity to pull away and run off, but she followed me quite nicely. As we were walking, the man asked, You got horses?
Nope, but Ive got goats, was the stupid answer I blurted out.
| Oh, good, when we get her put away, I want to ask you something, He replied.
As it turned out, after the horse was safely in her fence, he wanted to know if I wanted to sell him one of my goats. I was saved by the fact that he and his wife were looking for a milk goat, and both of my darlings are neutered males, so he wasnt interested. But, can you imagine me ever selling one of my precious babies, much less to a man whose idea of good horse disciplining involves teaching it to come by shooting it with a BB gun!?
Well, thats my story for the week. Next week, Ill update you on the farm, and explain to you why Kirby and I, at times, feel as if we are on TV, in our own version of a reality show for chickens and goats.
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE
The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angies 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.
JANUARY 8 MEETING NOTES
BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
President Edwin Treworgy welcomed twenty members and guests, Key Club President Amanda Smith, Kate Hamlin, and Danielle Graves, representing the Key Club and soon to be Kiwanis member Don St. Cyr.
Roy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb led us in prayer.
Kathy read an inspirational story about a rather egotistical organist and the young boy whose job was to pump the organ. One day, after playing, the boy said to the organist, Arent we great? The arrogant organist replied, WE?! As the organist tried to begin again he discovered that no sound was emitting from the organ. The boy, who had stopped pumping the bellows to supply the power for the organ, just asked him, Now whos great? Find out who holds up your arms and thank them!
Correspondence-Kiwanis prescription drug plan, member cards, and explanatory information were handed out.
Twenty-two happy and sad dollars were donated today for the B&A, safe game, broken tooth, newspaper, and for all attending the first meeting of 2003.
Reports: Key Club-Roy and Ed will attend the Key Club meeting this Thursday, planning for a small group to visit with Manna, continue with food sales at the basketball games, and paint the boys and girls bathrooms at school. Trish also informed us that 355 community service hours had been completed from April 1, 202 to December 31, 2003. This is quite an accomplishment! Trish reminded the Club to keep the Key Club in mind when reading to children at the library is being planned. She also stated that Kiwanians are more than welcome to join the Key Club at any of their events.
| We were honored to hold the induction of our newest member today. Edie Miles was heartily welcomed into the Kiwanis Club.
1. Discussion about purchasing new Kiwanis aprons.
2. Edwin asked for volunteers to learn to run the sound system and lights at the Town Hall. Paul Grindle and Amanda Smith said they would be willing to learn with help from Seth Barden.
3. The Secret Santa served 51 families and 101 children. Kudos to Janet and Murrel.
4. Rally in the Valley, a fund-raising event introduced by Jim Macomber at the Board meeting on January 2nd, was discussed. It would include two snowmobile rides in the Dover and Milo area, be based in Dover-Foxcroft but sponsored by the Milo Kiwanis Club, which would include insurance coverage. It will be discussed at the Dover-Foxcroft Club at their meeting Thursday evening.
5. There is a real need for storage of auction items. Two possibilities are the old theatre and space at the Parsonage.
6. Plans are in the works, toward the end of January, for a project to clean and paint one of the dressing rooms at the Town Hall.
7. There was an informal discussion about starting a Builders Club at the middle school. This had been done before but was not continued due to the time required. Paul will check with the Dover-Foxcroft Club to gather more information.
8. Edwin asked all of us to brainstorm ways to increase membership. 1. Try to get present members more involved as well as hosting new members. 2. Increase area awareness of the projects and community services the Club is involved in.
Today was a business meeting. Our speakers for January 15 are Diane Curran and Anita Johndro-Evenstart program and Andrew Harmon on January 22 speaking about Families for ME.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 am.
Editors Note: For those of you who are new readers of the Three Rivers News, the happy and sad dollars Nancy wrote about are donated at Kiwanis meetings in exchange for time to Have the floor and tell of important happy or sad events. The money collected is used by the club to pay for administrative costs, so that all donated money can be used to serve others. We are usually much happier than we are sad.
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