Three Rivers News, 2003-02-04

The Brownville Elementary PTO is having their annual Father/Daughter Dance on
February 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Brownville Elementary Gym.

The Methodist Women's Ecumenical breakfast will be on held on Thurs. February 6, 8:00 AM at Smith's. All women are invited. There will be a meeting of the local FEMA board on Tuesday, Feb. 4,
at 1:00PM at the Methodist Church.

     Melissa Herbest is proud to announce the birth of her new nephew Christian Reese Lyford born on January 23,2003 to Ann Marie Ogden and Stephen Lyford, formerly of Milo. Christian weighed 8 pounds and 9 ounces, and measured in at 221/4 inches.
     His maternal grandparents are Ginger Herbest of Orneville and her late husband Sonny, also Benny Ogden and his wife Tammy of Derby. Christian’s paternal grandparents are Stanley and Nadine Lyford of Lagrange.

17th Annual Hobbstown
Rips Riot Fishing Derby
When: Feb 7,8, & 9th, 2003
Where: Bobby and Tanya Ellison's Camp on the Sebec River.
Food and Snacks will be provided.
BYOB and lots of courage.

@ Little Boyd Lake
Saturday, February 8th, 9:00 - 2:00, 10 classes.
Trophies for 1st, ribbons for 2nd & 3rd

Class of 1948 to Meet
     The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, February 13th at Freda & Everett Cook's Bed & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one of Freda's delicious breakfasts and the usual socializing and then some initial planning for our 55th reunion on July 5, 2003. All classmates are urged to attend.

     On Thursday, January 30th the 6th grade staff & PTO members met to discuss the possibility of an end of the year field trip to Boston. The PTO is happy to report that it looks like we are well on our way to making it come true. With the support of the staff and a huge PTO membership, the trip is already in the planning stage. A tour of the New England Aquarium & Imax show, topped off with a visit to the U.S. Constitution is in the works.
     The PTO will still need to raise about $1,000.00 and have plans of an Easter Avon Campaign headed up by Rose Clement and a bottle drive headed up by Pattie Ottmann & Kathy Herbest sometime this spring.
     The 6th grade also has a class walk-a-thon schedule for later in the spring. A huge thank you to all the PTO members and staff who attended the meeting and a thank you to the Kiwanis for showing their support for our "very special" field trip.

     SPFC Kirby Lyford and his wife Sarah of Fort Hood, Texas, are pleased to announce the birth of their baby daughter Kallie Lynn. She was born in Killeen, Texas on January 22, 2003. Kallie weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 ozs. and measured 20 inches long.
     Her maternal grandparents are Don and Donna Fellars of San Antonio, Texas. Paternal grandparents are Robin Lyford of Brownville Jct. and Kirby Lyford of Orneville. The great grandparents include Carla Greaney of Brownville Jct., John Greaney of Williamsburg, Bertha Lyford of Orneville, and Roland Lyford of Milo. The great great-grandmothers are Alice Bryant and Hope Earley of Brownville Jct. and Isabelle Greaney of Williamsburg.
     Kirby and Sarah can be reached at 401 Circle Drive, Killeen, Texas.

     The Mt. Katahdin Senior citizens group would like to extend an invitation to all seniors to attend the meeting of the group on Tuesday, Feb. 4th and to hear Leslie Lizotte of the Eastern Agency on Aging. The meeting will be held at the Brownville Community Church Hall and will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions concerning the elderly.
     On Friday, February 14th, the Katahdin Seniors group will hold a Bake Sale at Maine Savings starting at 9:00 AM. Stop in and pick up a Valentine treat for your sweetie,

ALERT (about E-Rate)
     Quote: LD 29 "Eliminate the Telephone Service Tax Dedicated to Schools and Libraries" will be held February 5th before the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy at 1:00 p.m. in Room 209, State Office Building.
     The bill would eliminate the Maine Telecommunication Education Access Fund commonly known as the state E-Rate. Funding for Internet connection, training, line fees, circuit riders and innovative technology grants would end.
     The language of the bill is in one sentence "Sec. 1 35-A MRSA §7104-B, as amended by P.L. 2001. c 522, §§1 and 2, is repealed.
     The summary of the bill reads: This bill repeals the section of law that allows telecommunications carriers to assess consumers a 0.5 % fee on telecommunications services. The funds accumulated from the tax are used to provide discounted telecommunications services, internet access, internal connections, computers and training to qualified libraries and schools; since this bill repeals the sole source of funding, this bill repeals the entire section regulating the use of the fund.
     Among the Sponsors listed: Senator Paul T. Davis, District 8, Representing Bradford, Charleston, Corinna, Corinth, Dexter, Exeter, Garland, Hudson, Abbott, Atkinson, Beaver Cove, Bowerbank, Brownville, Dover-Foxcroft, Greenville, Guilford, Medford, Milo, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec, Shirley, Wellington, Willimantic, Plantations of Kingsbury and Lake View
     If this News Alert is accurately reported and the LD 29 is repealed: A library's budget would be disastrously affected. Local property taxes would increase in order to keep your schools and libraries connected. If this were not to happen some schools and libraries would lose Internet connectivity and email capacity. Losing a library's connections to MSLN would deepen the digital divide and further separates the "have and have nots" from computer access to information.
     Legislators need to know you care and how critical MSLN Services are to your local library. Senate: 287-1540 (End of quote)

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     The Meals for Me program in Milo is looking for volunteers to help us in the kitchen. The hours we need help are any time between 8 AM and 1 PM. Duties include peeling, packing, cleaning, and socializing. We are very flexible and think the work is satisfying and rewarding. If you would like to help out, call us at 943-2248. Can’t wait to hear from you!

A new session of Polarity Yoga classes will be starting February 23rd at the Milo Town Hall. The instructor will be Andrea Beaudoin. The class will start at 6PM. Call 943-7326 to sign up.
A new Driver’s Ed. Class will begin when 15 students have enrolled. For more information, Call Murrell at 943-7326.



     The games are played Monday evenings at 6:00PM at the Milo Town Hall. Stop in and cheer the girls on!

     AUBURN, N.H and Milo. - Clinton E. Robinson, 48, of Auburn, N.H., died Jan. 28, 2003, at the Elliot Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Bangor, Aug. 11, 1954, the son of Gary and Jean (Mace) Robinson. He was educated in the Milo school system. He attended the Vocational Technical Institute (E.M.V.T.I.) in Bangor. Clint had been a machinist and supervisor with Osram-Sylvania for many years. He was very active in the youth recreational league in Auburn. He also coached at Auburn Village School. He was a member of the Longmeadow Congregational Church. Members of his family include his wife of 28 years, Valerie (Thompson) Robinson of Auburn; two sons, Matt Robinson and Zach Robinson, both of Auburn; his parents, Gary Robinson Sr. and Jean (Mace) Robinson of Milo; three brothers, Gary Robinson Jr. of Milo, Clarence Robinson of Hermon, John Robinson of Windham; two sisters, Diane Perry of Thomaston, and Suzanne Webb of Milo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service was held at the Longmeadow Congregational Church, Auburn, N.H., with the Rev. Michael R. McCutcheon officiating. Spring burial will be in Auburn Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Auburn Recreation Basketball League, care of Mark Leonard, 15 Cohas Drive, Auburn, NH 03032 or to Longmeadow Congregational Church, PO Box 356, Auburn, NH 03032. To sign an online register book, please go to
     Editor’s Note: I’ve put many obituaries in the paper, and these last few weeks, I’ve had to put in write-ups of friends, first Eddie’s and now Clint’s, and it makes me so sad.
     I attended Clint’s funeral in Auburn New Hampshire. It was held in a small, beautiful, old church. The building was built to hold perhaps 100, and there were at least 300 people there. It was a wonderful tribute to his life and his love. I hope his wife Valerie and their boys, Zach and Matt, know how much they are loved, both by their circle of friends in New Hampshire, and their friends and family here in Maine.
     MILO - H. Eugene Cotter died Jan. 10, 2003 at his residence. He was bom in Abbot in 1905, the son of Henry and Florence (Kincaid) Cotter. He graduated from Milo High School in 1923 and attended Higgins Classical Institute. He was married to Mary Gubbins in 1934. They shared66 years of marriage before her death in 2001 and lived in Auburn for 60 years before moving to Massachusetts to be closer to his family. His father ran a general store in Milo and his mother was a librarian in Milo for many years, retiring in 1946. He worked as an accountant for the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Maine. He enjoyed his family and working in his yard. He was a former member of the Sacred Heart parish in Auburn.
     He is survived by three daughters and their husbands Nancy and Lin Pickle of South Hadley, Virginia and Gerry Fortier of Centerville, Martha and David Crowley of Gloucester; nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

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     BROWNVILLE JCT. – Mabel Amelia McCleary, wife of the late Hazen O’Dell McCleary, passed away on January 26, 2003, at Hibbard’s Nursing Home. She was born April 2, 1901 in Tracy, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Leonard and Annabelle (Harris) DeWitt. She was a member of the Tracy Baptist Church.
     Mrs. McCleary is survived by her son Elwood and his wife Dorothy of Brownville Jct., her daughters, Mildred Harris of Harvey, New Brunswick, Lena Tracey and husband Charles of St. John, New Brunswick, Eileen Willinski and husband John of Derby, and Joan Larson and husband Galen of Milo. She was the grandmother of 27, great grandmother of 62, great great-grandmother of 42, and great great-great-grandmother of 8. Mrs. McCleary was predeceased by daughters Mae Heenan and Alice Cail and four sisters, Stella Tracey, Edna Wood, Florence Moffit, and Myrtle Harris. Mrs. McCleary’s family extends a special thank you to the Hibbard Nursing Home for the wonderful care they provided over the years.
     A family prayer service was held at the Lary Funeral Home in Milo on January 28th. Spring interment will be in Tracy Cemetery, Tracy, New Brunswick, Canada.
     Editor's Note: Mrs. McCleary’s life was her family and as the matriarch of such an extended family, she wore the title of Mum and Gram with great love, pride, and dignity (most of the time!). Her wit, strength, and memory amazed all who knew her; she was indeed a very special lady. I’m fortunate to be one of Grammie’s 27 grandchildren.
     ONAWA and MONSON Mildred Coburn Berg, 92, wife of the late Elmer Berg, died Jan. 25, 2003, at her residence in Amherst, Mass. She was born April 15, 1910, in Brownville Jct., the daughter of Thomas and Stella (Swan) Coburn. She attended Brownville Jct. schools and was a graduate of Brownville Jct. High School, Class of 1927. For many years she and her husband, Elmer owned and operated the General Store and Post Office in Onawa. After retiring in 1974, they moved to Monson.
     Mildred is survived by one son, Elmer Jr. and his wife, Orene; two grandsons, Gary Berg and his wife, Jean, Steven Berg and his wife, Donna; a granddaughter, Tammy Cadenhead and her husband, Randy; three great-grand-daughters, Amanda and Lisa Berg, and Ashley McKechnie, all of Hadley, Mass.; three great-grandsons, twins, Erik and Paul Berg, also of Hadley, Mass., and Rhett Cadenhead of Niceville, Fla.; a sister, Aldana Breau and her husband, Jerry of Bangor; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, two brothers, and one sister.
     Spring burial will be in the family lot in Pinetree Cemetery, Brownville Jct. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Monson Community Church, PO Box 273, Monson, ME 04464.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Herrick's first name was (a) Fred (b) Charles (c) Cal (d) Ora
2. The Elms House was on (a) Front Street (b) Main Street (c) Pleasant Street (d) High Street.
3. Malcolm Buchanan came to Brownville Junction from (a) Millinocket (b) Sherman (c) Orono (d) Skowhegan.
4. Don Vachon was a popular (a) brakeman (b) conductor (c) fireman (d) dispatcher.
5. (a) Ralph Berg (b) Paul Arbo (c) Jim Swazey (d) Harold Kroemer owned the Prairie Pavillion.
6. Mrs. Perfield ran a (a) beauty school (c) music school (c) nightclub (d) poolroom near Knights Landing.
7. Shephard and Morse had a unique (a) dry kiln (b) kitchen (c) table saw (d) air conditioner at their mill.
8. BJHS and MHS stopped playing basketball against each other in (a) 1960-61 (b) 1962-63 (c) 1964-65 (d) 1966-67.
9. The Onawa Wreck occurred in December of (a) 1915 (b) 1917 (c) 1919 (d) 1925.
10. (a) Everett Gerrish (b) Ernest Seavey (c) David Cota (d) Lyle Towne serve twice as town manager.
Answers: 1-c 2-c 3-a 4-b 5-b 6-c 7-a 8-c 9-c 10-d

Will be presented by the Center Theatre at the
East Sangerville Grange
On Saturday, February 15th at 7:00 pm.
This performance will be part of the
international V-Day effort to stop violence
against women and girls.
Tickets are $7.00 and available at
Mr. Paperback in Dover-Foxcroft
Or at the door the night of the performance
Desserts will be sold by the East Sangerville Grange
Note: this performance may not be suitable for small children

What is V-Day?
     V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a palpable energy, a fierce catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery. V-Day provides funding to create and nurture innovative programs to stop the violence.
     Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. V-Day itself stages large-scale benefits and promotes innovative gatherings and programs (The Afghan Women's Summit, The Stop Rape Contest, Indian Country Project, and more) to change social attitudes about violence against women. In 2002, more than 800 V-Day benefit events were presented by local volunteer activists around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
     The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities" in 2001. In its first five years, the V-Day movement has raised over $14 million, with over $7 million raised in 2002 alone.
What is the Worldwide Campaign?
     The Worldwide Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing communities to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this world community, the Worldwide Campaign strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence and abuse in their communities around the world.
     V-Day Dover-Foxcroft is a local effort within the worldwide context of V-Day’s 2003 Worldwide Campaign.
What are “The Vagina Monologues”?
     Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," “The Vagina Monologues,” which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House published “The Vagina Monologues,” which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special V-Day edition of the play was released in February 2001.
     To learn more about V-Day Dover-Foxcroft call Jayne Lello 564-0136 (daytime) or e-mail the organization at To learn more about V-Day, the V-Day Worldwide Campaign or the V-Day College Campaign, visit

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From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden- Our Terrific Kid this week is JEFFREY LYFORD. Jeffrey is such a dear, sweet and kind person. We are so glad to have him in our room. Jeffrey has become quite the reader, storywriter and illustrator. He works very hard each day on all he does. Jeffrey makes us laugh and smile each day!! Way to go!!!!
Mrs. Mills- Our Terrific Kid has worked hard to learn a new math skill -multiplication. She is doing a great job with them. She has improved her classroom behavior and works hard to get her work done each day. She is a great friend that is always willing to share with others. She is a great person to have in our class. We are lucky to have DAKOTA HOWE in our class.
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid loves to read, read, read. She is a kind friend to all her classmates. She is always dependable. She is working very hard to learn her multiplication facts. We love having CAMILLE CRAMER in our class!
Mrs. Hayes- Our Terrific Kid says, "I should be the Terrific Kid because I write and read good. I am also a good friend to Shawn." He says, "I am good at math a little. I think. I hope." CLAYTON TARNOCZY is correct. He is one Terrific Kid!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- CODY HERBEST- Cody is a math whiz; he astounds Mrs. O'Connor with his mental math abilities. He works hard at all tasks and is
a good friend to his classmates. We love having Cody in our class. JESSIE MOULTON- Jessie has been working hard to be an active listener and to tell time. We appreciate all the hard work and are pleased with her progress. Way to go Jessie!
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- Our first TK this week is a little guy with a BIG heart. We can count on him to always be there to help his buddies with a project or work paper. He learned very early to use his words to help solve a problem. He is polite in the classroom, polite in the cafeteria, and polite on the bus. Something very special about this friend is the fact that he is ALWAYS CHEERFUL. We feel really luck to have SHAWN EMERY in our class. Our second TK is a little girl who loves to read stories, play with
Barbie’s, and draw pictures. We think she kind of looks like Goldilocks. She is always eager to help her friends and is good at using her I CARE words. This special Terrific Kid is JUSTICE STONE.
Mrs. Whitney- Our Terrific Kid has many words to describe them. Caring, friendly, helpful, and responsible are just a few. We are proud to have KRISTI CROMMETT as our Terrific Kid this week!
     On these frigid below 0° days the kindergarten children at the Milo Elementary School have been having fun learning about the Florida Everglades, thanks to their friend, Adriana Blais.
     Adriana, granddaughter of Peter and Debbie Bamford, was a classmate to the kindergarten children
until just before Thanksgiving when she moved to Florida. The children recently received a video of the Everglades from Adriana, and photographs of tropical birds, plants, and yes, CROCODILES!
The children are excited about writing letters to Adriana and will be sending pictures of the class
playing out in the snow at recess.

     Our latest Terrific Kid assembly was held on January 30th. Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson handed out certificates to TYLER TURNER, MORGAN DRAKE and ALYSSA GRAY. Ms. Ivy praised Tyler for working hard to complete all of his jobs. Mrs. Carter said that Morgan is a Terrific Kid every week. She does her best every day. Miss K. is proud of how hard Alyssa is working to complete all of her assignments on time and for remembering her homework.
     Kathy Foss awarded bus certificates to REBECCA PIERCE, LILLIS NOKE and HEATHER MICHAUD. Thank you for being role models on the bus.
     Artists of the week were SAMANTHA AND MICHAELA NOKE.
     Ms. Ivy's class sang the poem, "January" accompanied by Mrs. Harmony on the piano. We think all of our Terrific Kids are wonderful.
     Our Heartbeaters met after school on Thursday, January 29th. We reviewed our fitness logs and ate a healthy snack provided by Mike and Morgan Drake. It was time for the real adventure to begin.
     This week’s activity was snowshoeing. Mrs. Russell instructed us on how to put them on and use them safely. The older students helped the younger ones get into the bindings. The level of cooperation was amazing. That's what Heartbeaters is all about.
     20 students and 5 adults took off through the fields behind the school. Everyone was able to walk (or run) at his or her own rate. It was a bright sunny day. All of the students walked almost two miles while many walked three or more. We returned to the school tired but smiling.
     Our next Heartbeaters session will be held on February 13th. Our x-country skis have arrived. We are looking forward to our next adventure.

     The staff at The 6th Grade Junction would like to congratulate our students of the week. The staff has chosen CAITLIN BALLARD, ASHLEE DEAN and JOSH CALCIA due to their hard work and friendly attitude.
     Our 6th Grade will be having their next assembly on January 23 at 9:45. We encourage all parents to come support this program.
     Our PTO group has been meeting to assist in planning for our end of the year field trip. We have a meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 in the Sixth Grade. We encourage all parents to attend this meeting.

     The Brownville Elementary School held their Terrific Kid assembly on Friday morning January 24th, with Bill Sawtell as our Kiwanian Friend. A number of T Totally Terrific Kids were honored. They were: KEITH GRANT in Kindergarten, MICKI LOVEJOY in First Grade, JASON DURANT in Second Grade, RYAN HEATH in Third Grade, EDDIE COBB in Fourth Grade and PAMELA ALMODOVAR in Fifth Grade.
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     Artists of the week were DANA SHERWOOD and MICKI LOVEJOY with their beautiful tropical bird pictures. Congratulations to all of our terrific kids at Brownville Elementary School.
     The Pennies for Playground collection is coming along spectacularly!!! You should see how full the jar is getting. We have a couple of pieces of playground equipment to choose from, and speculation is running high with regards to which one will be chosen.
     Just a reminder to have your Father Daughter ticket money into the school office by Friday, January 31st.

     This week Pam and I have been working on our “more or less”, trying to do more on the “more” so there’ll be less “less. All the Maine books are on the shelves now-both fiction and non-fiction. We have quite a few good Maine fiction writers. Maybe you’d like to reread or read for the first time titles by Gladys Hasty Carroll, Mary Ellen Chase, Holman Day, Sarah Orne Jewett or Kenneth Roberts. On the non-fiction shelves we have biographies of Maine notables, histories, of course, folklore, poetry, and books by John Gould and Louise Dickinson Rich. To make sure these books get put back in the right place by all the staff, Pam has put a “Maine” sticker on the spine of each book in our Maine collection. That way it should not get “lost” in the other stacks. As an addition to our Maine collection, we now have the CD-Maine: an encyclopedia. It has 1400 articles, 1000 photos, maps and charts. It has a census summary for all counties, bio’s of all governors and many other notables. We are pleased to have this addition for our patrons. It will be classified as reference, however, to be used only in the library.
     We have also been working on the children’s area getting the last few straggling books taped or making decisions on just where to put the unclassified books. Now that the juvenile books are within easier reach we notice more of the classics going out and children continue to find it a place conducive to reading and browsing.
     We now have MAINE STATE INCOME TAX FORMS. We have both the long form and the short form. Along with the FEDERAL 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ we have many schedules. Patrons have told me they cannot find these extra schedules anywhere else so we are very pleased to be able to make them available. We do not have all the schedules even in our reproducible package, but we can go online to get the rest.

Library Winter Hours
Mon.- Weds. -Fri. – 2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Library telephone: 943-2612

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     My dad has lived with my husband and I for nearly two years now. When he started having short-term memory loss problems we knew that the safest environment for him would be living with us. As the months have come and gone I have tried to find topics

of conversation that would spark my dad's memories of not only our life together from my childhood on to now, but topics that would give me lots of knowledge of who my father is and was. Dad doesn't remember a lot about the recent years of his life, and although he remembers my mother and their abiding love for each other.... those years that they lived in the house on Clinton Street...bringing up their children...are sadly slipping away.
     Dad does have many memories of this house that he once again lives in, and the time he spent living here as a son to his dear parents. He has told us many stories of the landscape, their mode of transportation (which changed with the seasons), and the types of foods that they ate and how his mother prepared their meals. He remembers specific Christmases and Thanksgivings. He can remember when prohibition was overturned and when they got their first wringer washer. He remembers the progression of his father's businesses downtown in our little town; and, for that matter, he remembers the progression of other people's businesses up and down Main Street.
     My grandfather Horne had the Railway Express business for many years. Grampa had to meet the train with freight that people were shipping out, and he had to get what had come in on the train and get that delivered around town. Everything came on the train, unless it was being delivered by a local vendor. When his sons went into the oil business with him, they also kept the Express business and they all helped him with the delivering. They took turns. If I remember correctly, they'd take their turn by the month. My brother and I used to go to the station with Dad when it would be his month to be meeting all the trains. We were very much at home on the platform, in the waiting room where the Chicklets machine hung on the wall, and in the office where the station agent let us tap out nonsense on his telegraph machine as well as entertain us with many magic tricks.
     When Dad and I are out doing errands around town, he regales me with his vivid memories of the folks who lived in different houses around town. He says, "They probably aren't still alive are they?" "No, Dad, so-and-so's been gone for years now," is my usual sad reply. It doesn't seem to surprise him; but, just the same, it must be hard to have forgotten that all of those old friends have passed away. Does he grieve again for his friends who are gone? Hard to tell. He's always been the most stoic individual that I've ever known.
     My mother was born and brought up in Millinocket by paper mill pioneers. My grandfather Morrison came from Prince Edward Island in 1874 when he was just 16 years old. He passed through Maine and went to Colorado. I don't have a clue what he did out there for the next 20 some years, but he got wind of the fact that they were building a paper mill in the northeast very near the home of some cousins of his who lived in the Springfield area. Home he came. He met my grandmother at about the turn of the century and the two of them raised 10 children in the little company house on Katahdin Avenue in Millinocket. Grampa and Nana Morrison were true pioneers in that good town. They were proud beyond belief.
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During these last couple of weeks, with the sad news flowing from the Millinocket community on a daily basis, I've watched my Dad ponder incredulously over newspaper articles. He remembers how proud my grandparents were. He knows that our family remains there, of which there are many, are probably in the deepest depths of despair and are no doubt spending their days in fear for their future. Dad couldn't believe his eyes as he read the unfolding stories of disaster day after day. He felt as desperate as I did, "What are they going to do?" Dad featured my grandfather spinning in his grave up there in Millinocket. I dare to say that if my grandfather Morrison is spinning...the ground must be in total turmoil over at the cemetery. Certainly my grandfather isn't the only old timer who has taken to spinning! I was amazed to see Dad's eyes grow large with disbelief as he asked Carroll and I, "what's going on up there?" Each day we'd repeat the same bad news to him over and over. It is incredulous...and, even an old man with zero short term memory can remember what it was, and what this closure must mean to not only the residents of Millinocket, but to the residents of all of the surrounding little towns.
     The closure of GNP, coming so closely on the heels of the sale and complete name change of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, is almost more than any of us should be expected to comprehend. And certainly we shouldn't have had to deal with both in the same century!! Am I right?
     I'm into sweets this week. I've found this wonderful sounding recipe in amongst my Mammie Horne's treasures:

Butterscotch Sauce
1-cup light corn syrup
1-cup light brown sugar
_-teaspoon salt
_-cup milk
3-Tablespoons butter
1-teaspoon vanilla
     Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat to a full rolling boil and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and spoon on servings of cake or ice cream-topped cake. Oh my yumminess!!!

A Historical Review - Part 1
Allagash Waterway Offers a Sight to Behold
Supplemental to Maine Guide, Stanley Howland's story.
Piscataquis observer, Bruce Nett, 8/27/1980
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     As they say, one never knows what's over the hill ahead, around the corner or just a few feet in from the path one is traveling. To the many canoeists plying the waters of Maine's Allagash Waterway, there is a sight to behold less than a hundred feet in from the west shore of Eagle Lake.
     Set the scene if you will. The Allagash Waterway is designated as a wilderness area. Only very small motors are permitted on a canoe, and not too many of those are ever seen, and airplanes are not permitted to land on the waterway, other than fire and conservation aircraft. It is meant to be an area for those who wish to enjoy the peaceful ways of nature. It is very popular with those who enjoy canoeing and hiking in the wilderness.
     Using a chain of river and lakes, one can travel for a hundred miles along some of the very beautiful portions of Maine. There are, however, spots where it is necessary to portage canoes and equipment from one spot to another. One of these crossover spots is at a place called "The Tramway." These days it is simply a path through the woods. But along the heavily wooded path there is an opening and a sight to see...especially for those who have not been told in advance.

     Standing in the small open area are two vintage steam locomotives side by side, still on their rails, and seemingly, ready for a highball. What in the world are such iron monsters from the past doing along this peaceful waterway and so many miles from civilization?
     The answer is interesting and unique.
     First, it should be known that the area in which these locomotives sit was not always the quiet wilderness it is today. Not too many years ago, it was a major center of lumbering interests. The two locomotives provided the motive power for one of the strangest railroads ever built.
     For a long as anyone can remember, logging has always been a major activity in northern Maine. The dense woods along the Allagash have always been a major source of pulpwood for the hungry paper mills of Maine.
     In the days before environmentalists were heard from, the normal way woodcutters sent their product to market was by floating the logs down the various rivers of western Maine. This really was the only realistic way to transport the logs. There weren't any roads back in the woods as there are today.
     There were many problems, however. Many of the lakes and rivers joined hands so that the logs could quite easily move from one to another. But, in spots, there were places where transport from one body of water to another just wasn't possible.
     Back in the early 1840's. a lockdam was built at Telos Lake and a canal was constructed connecting a tributary of the St. John River to Webster Lake which, in turn, entered the East Branch of the Penobscot. It worked well, but was too slow. (Continued next week)

Science Corner
     Lipids are chemical compounds that include fats that are solid at room temperature and oils that are liquids. Lipids can also be waxy. Some contain nitrogen and phosphorus but most contain only carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. There are three major subdivisions of lipids: fats and oils, phospholipids and steroids.
     Fats pound for pound produce twice the energy of carbohydrates and proteins. The problem is that the body has a tendency to store them for future use and they are much more difficult to extract from the body tissues than the quick energy producers like carbohydrates. Excess fat is stored in what is called adipose tissue and is generally found underneath the skin. Some is stored on top of the kidneys. Men tend to carry body fat in the chest, abdomen and buttocks. Women tend to carry it in the breasts, hips, waist and buttocks. The adipose tissue is composed of fat cells that are produced beginning with the third trimester before birth when the sex hormones start their work. After puberty the number of fat cells ceases to multiply and as we add more fat the cells just get larger.
     Fats do have a purpose. They are needed for all cell membranes. They are needed in the blood to transport vitamins A, D, E and K around the body because these don’t dissolve in water.
     Fats are composed of fatty acids and glycerin. If one fatty acid is attached to the glycerin it is called a monoglyceride, two a diglyceride and three a triglyceride. Triglycerides make up about 95% of all lipids in our body and in our diet. The type of fatty acid attached to the glycerin determines the taste of the fat. Butter for instance is composed mainly of myristic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid with smaller amounts of others.
     Fatty acids can be saturated or unsaturated. An unsaturated fatty acid is one that contains double bonded carbons or in layman’s terms is not saturated with all the hydrogen it can contain. When taken away from the glycerin, unsaturated fatty acids tend to be oils while saturated fatty acids tend to be solids. Some

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unsaturated fatty acids are essential and must be in the diet. These are linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic acids. These are found in plant oils and together are called Vitamin F. They are so widely spread through the plant world that it is difficult to have a deficiency of any of them.
     Phospholipids are substances that contain nitrogen and phosphorus in addition to carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They are a normal part of all cells. In foods, eggs and soybeans are high in phospholipids. Two phospholipids, choline and inositol are members of the Vitamin B complex. Another, lecithin is needed in the structure of all membranes of the body.
     Of the steroids, cholesterol is probably the best known. We need some cholesterol. It is only when the amount gets too high that we have to watch our diet. Cholesterol is needed to make bile in our liver. Bile is what is used to break down the fats in our diet to make them digestible. If we took in no cholesterol, the body would make its own. All cells of the body can make cholesterol except brain cells. Of course if our cholesterol level is too high then we can get gallstones and the walls of our blood vessels coat with the stuff inhibiting blood flow and may flake off producing a heart attack or stroke.
     Most steroids of the body are produced in the adrenal cortex or part of the adrenal gland. More than 50 different steroids have been isolated from the body. Cortisone is one of the steroids used to help severe joint pain. Vitamin D is a steroid. Male and female sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen are as well.
     Athletes have been known to take steroids to improve their performance. This is a dangerous thing to do especially without supervision from a doctor. These steroids can lead to heart trouble, distortion of facial features and the premature loss of hair. On a positive note, certain steroids are used to treat skin ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, allergies and eye disease.

     On Sunday, January 26, 2002, Amanda Crouch-Smith, Shawn Burke, Craig Durant and I traveled to Greenville to participate in the Lt. Governor elections for the 2003-04 year. Kristin Sutherland was elected Lt. Gov. She is the third Lt. Governor candidate the Greenville club has put forth in as many years. Kristin is looking forward to fulfilling her duties and we are looking forward to working with her. At the meeting we also were given information about the upcoming New England convention to be held on April 4-6, 2003 in Springfield, MA. We hope to have some members in attendance. During the drive to Greenville and back we had the opportunity to talk about upcoming projects and goals for the future of the club. Most often the travel time is as valuable as the meeting we’re heading to! On the way back from Greenville we saw a moose.
     At the board meeting held on January 28, 2003, the board voted to donate $150 to the Azure Dillon Memorial Scholarship Fund at Foxcroft Academy. Other business handled at the meeting includes the formation of a scholarship committee to examine the possibility of awarding scholarships to members of our club. The committee will meet over the next few weeks to establish criteria and amounts. No senior members will be serving on the committee. Also discussed were possible changes to the attendance requirement and other member responsibilities. Food sales continue at all home games. The season is winding down, with only four games left; it’s hard to believe it’s almost over. We would like to thank the community for your support of the food sales. All profits made from the

sales of pizza and hot dogs are returned to the community in the form of donations or service projects. This is our major fund raising project and we appreciate the opportunity to serve - not only the food customers but also the people we are able to help through those sales.
     The club will hold an evening meeting on February 6, 2003, at 6:30 PM in the library to accept nominations for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Bulletin Editor. The elections will be held after February break. Each candidate will be required to make a 3-5 minute speech and answer questions from the membership. Kiwanians will be the official ballot counters as they have been for the past three years. Everyone is invited to attend.
     Congratulations to the club for receiving the Early Bird Award for the second year in a row! The Early Bird Award is awarded to each club that pays its dues to the International office by November 1st.

PCEDC Endorses Community College Plan
     The Executive Committee of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council recently voted to wholeheartedly support a proposal to alter the State’s Technical College System into a modern, functioning Community College System. “This is an idea whose time has come,” said Committee member and MSAD4 Superintendent Matthew Oliver who noted that Maine was one of only a few states without a community college system. PCEDC President Jane Jones agreed: “Maine’s high school to college rate is well below the national average. A readily accessible community college would encourage many of our residents to take classes and get degrees that many employers now require.”
     The plan to change Maine’s existing Technical College System arose last summer when System administrators presented a series of studies and surveys showing the many barriers adult students face when taking higher education courses. Some of these barriers included: cost and ability to pay; lack of time, uncertainty of career goals, and lack of child-care. When asked what factors would help them go to college, many adult students cited the following: financial assistance, convenient location, small classes, part-time schedules, courses available during evenings/weekends academic help, assistance in career planning, and child care. These attributes are hallmarks of community colleges, which have traditionally served a large adult population.
     Eastern Maine Technical President Joyce Hedlund expressed appreciation for the vote and compared it to the successful effort to create the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft. “This shows a strong level of support for a community college at the grass roots level,” said Hedlund who said she realized that many in the Penquis Region have come to depend on the Higher Education Center for classes. According to Hedlund, the new community college system will offer the same- if not greater- coursework for area residents.
For more information on the proposed Maine Community College System, see the

For More Information, Contact:
Mark Scarano, Executive Director
Piscataquis County Economic Development Council
50 Mayo Street
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426
(207) 564-3638 or 1-800-539-0332 or at:
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February 3 – 7
Monday-Chicken burger, potato smiles, cole slaw, pears/pineapple, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Hot ham & cheese sandwich, creamed corn, mashed potato, and fruited pudding.
Wednesday-Lasagna, salad/croutons, garlic bread, and orange _’s.
Thursday-Taco, lettuce/tomato, rice, pineapple chunks, and pumpkin cookie.
Friday-Pizza, green beans, buttered rotini, and applesauce.

     Pets need extra care during the present cold weather spell. Bring your pets inside during the coldest temperatures. If they must stay outside, provide a plastic or heated bowl for their much-needed water. Provide a place for them out of the wind with clean bedding or straw to lie on for warmth. Use a pet bed warmer inside for older or arthritic dogs and cats. Protect and condition paws with paw wax; it also prevents slipping. Last but not least, make sure the salt used on walks and driveways is pet (and children) friendly. Remember, your pets depend on you to keep them safe, warm, and healthy.

     1951 – MILO PANTHERETTES IN THE RUNNING FOR ONE of the best records in the area. Members of the team are Leone Handy, Diane Milner, Mary Hackett, Marlene Trickey, Clara Stanchfield, Shirleen Harris, Virginia Stanchfield, Betty Heath, Jean Gerrish, Laurel Kealiher, Patricia Amero, Esther Gould, Manager Edith Burton, and coach, Mrs. Pauline Kealiher.

By Eben C. Gould
First printed in the August 7, 1980 edition of The Town Crier.

     In the center of this photo is the Gould House, apparently nearing completion. It was built by Fred H. Gould along about 1904, and was operated by him until it was destroyed by fire in October 1908. Later a livery stable was constructed on the left side of the hotel. On far left is the

blacksmith shop operated by a succession of blacksmiths, and last operated by the Doble family. Note the windmill, which supplied the hotel with water prior to the piping of Town water. The Mound this side of the mill was formed by very big glacial boulders. After the surrounding sand and soil had been cleared away and the boulders left there, they formed a gallery from which children used to watch the unloading of circus trains early in the morning of “circus day”. The little building on the far right was used as a creamery by Frank E. and Bert L. Gould in the early part of the “First Decade”.
     The arrival of the Eighth Decade is bringing forth commentaries on the one, which had just closed. It therefore seems quite appropriate to review the First Decade as it applied to Milo. It was a period of development of the town in many ways, particularly as regards new industries, which commenced with the transfer of the American Thread Company’s spool mill from Willimantic in 1902. Along with it there also came several families destined to play a prominent part in their new town.
     Among the first of those families to arrive was that of George W. Morrill. He came to install the machinery in the new mill, which had been brought down from Willimantic. His family was followed by those of “Allie” Cook, Frank Wise, “Belie” Sprague, the Lutterells, Harmons, McKenneys, and others, in all about eleven families.
     Inasmuch as I was born in Bangor in 1901 and lived there until 1911 my acquiring knowledge of Milo places did not commence until the latter part of the decade. However, I used to visit my Grandmother Gould who lived in the old family homestead near the Riverside Street railroad crossing. It is the house which shows up so prominently in the foreground of the remarkable panoramic view of Milo Village published in 1896 and is now occupied by Phyllis Gould. My earliest definite memory of Milo is a conversation, which I had with my grandmother on the front steps of her home, probably in 1907, as she died the following year. I also have a dim recollection of a great Fourth of July celebration in Milo at an even earlier date.

     From the weather book faithfully kept for many years by Mrs. Mabel McCleary when she lived in Brownville Jct.
February 4 – 10, 1966
Feb. 4-Cloudy – 22° at 7:15 am and 24° at 9:30 pm.
Feb. 5-Sunny – 16° at 7:40 am and 22° at 10:30 pm.
Feb. 6-Fair and cooler – 6° at 6:40 am and 6° at 9 pm.
Feb. 7-Clear & sunny – 6° at 7:15 am and 6° at 9 pm.
Feb. 8-Clear & sunny – 2° at 7:30 am and 20° at 9:30 pm.
Feb. 9-Clear & sunny – 2° at 7:30 am and 22° at 9:30 pm.
Feb.10-Mostly cloudy – 20° at 7 am and 34° at 10 pm.
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     There’s only a little room this week, so I will just tell you that on Tuesday, Puff Mama is going to school! I will fill you in on how her trip went and should be able to report on the arrival of the Guinea Fowl eggs next week.
     I would like to send a special thank-you to the kids at the Cook School in LaGrange; I sure enjoyed your company and your questions.



     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angie’s Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Janet Richards or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

     President Edwin Treworgy greeted sixteen members, Key Club members Kate Hamlin and Danny Graves, and Kathy’s grandson Josh Dillon.
     Eben led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
     In his prayer, Herb asked for thoughts of the families who have lost a loved one.
     Chris Beres gave our inspirational reading today concerning Contentment or Satisfaction. A farmer had owned his home and land for a long time but was beginning to think he wanted something better. He decided to sell and contacted a realtor. When he heard the wonderful description of his home, he thought it sounded like what he’d always wanted!
     The Club received a nice thank-you note from our speaker on January 15th, Diane Curran, for the opportunity for her and Anita Johndro to speak about the Even Start program.
     Birthday wishes go out to Felix Blinn on February 4.

     Eight happy and sad dollars were donated today for the Letterman Show, Frank being back, and absentees.
     Trish Hayes brought us up-to-date on the activities of the Key Club, traveling to Greenville last Sunday to attend the Lt. Gov. elections. Kristen Sutherland was elected for the third year in a row. The Milo Club earned the early bird patch for the second time in as many years. The ride home was highlighted by a moose sighting. They will hold their election of officers in February with nominations taking place on February 6 at 6:30 pm. At their recent board meeting it was decided to donate $150 to the Dover-Foxcroft Club in memory of the Academy students fatally injured in a car accident. They will be selling snacks at the remaining four home basketball games. The suggestion of helping them purchase a new hot dog steamer will be discussed at next month’s Kiwanis Board meeting. Chris, Roy, and Frank, along with Trish, attended last weeks meeting. If I’m not mistaken, that makes up an interclub. It would be nice to have TWO bells on Wednesday morning…
     There will be a Reading is Fundamental meeting at 2 pm on February 13.
     Kathy told us about an event at the Brownville Elementary School in conjunction with RIF. When someone reads a story, they dress up as one of the book’s characters to the delight of the children. Next weeks guest readers will be Ed and Ethelyn Treworgy. Which book shall they read…? The names of all volunteer readers are put in a box and the name chosen wins two UMO hockey tickets.
     It was suggested that a reading and informational packet be sent to all new parents in the area. It is never too soon to begin reading to youngsters.
     Work has begun for the annual Variety Show held at the Milo Arts Center.
     Town Hall Events - A possible future project could be clearing more land at the Milo boat-landing park. Joe Zamboni said he would check further into this.
     Val will attend the Terrific Kids Assembly this Thursday in LaGrange.
     Our guest speakers for February will be Jane Jones-B.&A., Sue Chaffee-MSAD#41 Wellness program-Guy Dupres-Great Northern situation.
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