Three Rivers News, 2003-02-18

     On Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, Michael Aube, the State Director of Rural Development, along with Michael Grondin, Raymond Roberts, and Beverly Stone, came to The Quarry Pines to help celebrate Pearl Hamlin's 106th birthday with a presentation of a card, flowers and a gift certificate to Miller's restaurant.
     Pearl moved into Brownville Housing Corporation’s Section 515 Rural Rental housing complex in February 1980 shortly after it opened. She has lived independently in her own rental unit since that time. At this time, she is the oldest resident in any of Rural Developments complexes in the state of Maine.
     Pearl has lived a full life and has been very active throughout her years at The Quarry pines. She did a unit-by-unit inspection with Architect Jim Sawyer at the completion of a heat conversion in the complex in April 2000. She told him she wanted to make sure they got it right this time so she was going along to check it out.
     Pearl is shown with her great friend Phyllis Mutzinard.
     All of us at The Quarry Pines want to wish Pearl a very happy birthday and many more.
     Editors Note: Pearl, All of us at the Three Rivers News and Meals for Me wish you a great 107th year, and many more.

To Roger Tunks,
Here’s wishing you a great 83rd birthday on February 21st!
With love from your son, Brian!

     Following what our community went through last week with the death of Joshua Lovejoy and his mother, I am told that the kindergarten children in Milo all received a special blanket from Project Linus. All the children were so happy to get their blanket. I think it would be a nice gesture for our town to give back to that organization. I looked it up on the Internet and the website is It tells you all about the project. You can make a quilt of any size or pattern. You can drop off your donation at Joanne Fabrics in Bangor. We have a coordinator in our area. Her name is Merlene Sanborn from Brownville. I know our community will come through as they always do.
     If you would like to make a blanket for Project Linus, or you are a member of a group or organization and would like to have someone come speak about Project Linus, please contact Eastern Maine Project Linus:

Merlene Sanborn, Coordinator
Eastern Maine Project Linus
11 High Street
Brownville, ME 04414
(207) 965-8005

     The weather was just great for the small group of racers on hand at the Little Boyd Lake Radar run held on Saturday, February 8th, from 10-2. Racers in 10 classes tried their sleds on the 1,000 foot track....trying to improve their runs each and every time.
     A big thank you to all the people who helped put this thing together....and a thanks to the 3 sponsors of the trophies/ribbons.
     This Polaris XCR owned by Dwight Patterson topped off with a speed of 99 mph

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     The women will meet at Angie’s for breakfast on Thursday, February 20, at 8:00AM. We enjoy good food and great conversation and we would love for you to attend. All women are invited.

MARCH 11, 2003
3:00 – 7:00
To Schedule an appointment please call
Trish Hayes at 943-7317.
Please help us meet our goal of 50 Units! Sponsored by the PVHS Key Club

     Art students from Foxcroft Academy, Penquis Valley, Katahdin Valley and Piscataquis Community High Schools will display their art for judging at the new Milo Town Hall Arts Center on Sunday, March 30th, 2003, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Awards will be presented and light refreshments will be served.
     The Milo Town Hall Arts Center project was begun in May of 2001 by the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club, primarily for the use of students in MSAD # 41, but also for use by citizens of the whole community. District #1, MFWC appreciates the use of the hall for the Art Show, and encourages everyone to come and see the new facility.
     Four entries from each school, which were selected at the school earlier in the semester, will be judged and the four final winners will represent MFWC District #1 at their annual Spring Convention on May 16-17th, in Bar Harbor. The clubs represented in the District #1 are Cosmopolitan and Miosac of Dover-Foxcroft, Pamola Club of Patten, and the Sherman Station Women’s Club. Judi Walter, Sebec Village, Cosmopolitan Club member and Merna Dunham, Milo, Member at Large, are the co-chairs.
     The public is cordially invited to attend. Please come and support our very talented artistic students.

The Blessing of the Afghans
     On February 23rd, Tom Harvey will be the guest speaker at the 8:45am service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction. Mr. Harvey will tell the congregation about his previous trips to the Ukraine and also about his upcoming trip there.
     The ladies of St. John's, as well as a number of people in our communities, have been busy over the last year making afghans to be sent with Mr. Harvey to the orphanages in the Ukraine. As part of the service, the afghans will be blessed by Rev. Nancy L. Moore, pastor of St. John's.
     All are welcome to join the parishioners of St. John's for this special service.

Brownville Junction Tourney Trivia
Choose the correct answer.
1. The Railroaders lost to (a) Greenville (b) Washburn (c) Milo (d) Lubec in the 1957 tourney.
2. (a) Larry Larson (b) Buffy Butterfield (c) Denny Harshaw (d) Sid Brown led the team in scoring that season.
3. (a) Jack Brown (b) Bill Bellatty (c) Mike Knox (d) Jim Rosebush led the team in scoring in the 1959 tourney.

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4. The Railroaders defeated (a) Lubec (c) Calais (c) Newport (d) ACI in the opening game that year.
5. The Railroaders defeated (a) Calais (b) Greenville (c) Foxcroft (d) Milo to win the EM title in 1959.
6. Scott Kirby's free throws help beat (a) Hartland (b) Sumner (c) Searsport (d) Mount Desert in the 1968 tourney.
7. (a) Tim Buchanan (b) Ray Heath (c) Mike Cail (d) Wayne Kirby was the No. 6 man on the 1967 championship edition.
8. Alan Kirby's free throws were big in defeating (a) Dirigo (b) York (c) Old Orchard (d) Wayneflete in the state championship game in 1967.
9. The state championship games in 1959 and 1967 took place in (a) Portland (b) Augusta (c) Lewiston (d) Bangor.
10 (a) Palmolive Soap (b) Right Guard Deodorant (c) Tuff Skin (d) Firm Grip was a "favorite" in the Railroader showers and locker rooms.
Answers: 1-d 2-c 3-a 4-d 5-a 6-b 7-a 8-c 9-c 10-c


Congratulations, Rex Webb and all…
     Congratulations Rex, upon coaching the PCMS Pirates to a perfect 15-0 season topped off by the Penquis Middle League championship at Newport.
We are proud of you, Rex.
     Congratulations to Foxcroft Academy Coach David Carey for guiding the Ponies to the EM Class B Tournament with a record of 17-1.
     We are proud of you, David. Good luck!
     Congratulations to Jamie Russell for posting his 200th victory as a coach.
     We are proud of you, Jamie, also.

     The staff at the 6th Grade Junction would like to congratulate our students of the week for 2/10. They have chosen EMILY MILLS, BRITNEE GENTHNER and BRITNEY CROSS based on their hard work and friendly attitude.
     The 6th Grade Junction will be entering the Regional Spelling Bee to be held March 3 at Guilford Middle School. We are pleased to announce that STEPHEN MORSE is our 6th Grade top speller and will go on to represent our school at this spelling bee. ERICA LYFORD is our runner-up.
     A reminder to parents that your child's book report is due this Wednesday. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions on this.

     Brownville Elementary School held their Terrific Kids Assembly on Friday, February 7th. Those students honored were: ALEXIS COOVER in Kindergarten, DEVON HENDRIX in First Grade, HAYLEY DURANT in Second Grade, MORGAN RUSSELL in Third Grade, KRISTYN CHAPMAN in Fourth Grade AND SACHIA KEARNS in Fifth Grade. Our assembly also honored our artists of the week:
     HARLEY GILMAN and RYAN ROBINSON. MRS. KATHY WITHAM was our Kiwanian Friend and she also was the recipient of the Opal Award.
     Friday's assembly was the culmination of our Rif Reading Challenge. The staff would like to thank Mrs. Lumbra for all of the hard work that she put into running the challenge. Everyone had a good time. Bubba the Clown was a little disappointed that he didn't get to pie the face of our principal. Oh well! Another challenge another year!!!
     MISS SACHIA KEARNS, daughter of John and Lynn Kearns of Brownville, was crowned Princess of the Father/Daughter Dance. The dance is a yearly tradition that is looked forward to by lots of the little elementary girls in M.S.A.D. #41 and is sponsored by the Brownville Elementary
     The Brownville gym was transformed into a valentine wonderland where beautiful little girls and their handsome fathers gathered this past Saturday night.
     Got the winter Blahs? Drop into Brownville Elementary School later on this week and see the transformation. We will be turning the school into one tropical paradise after another. Everywhere you look will be a different "cruise" destination. Put on your tropical clothes, your sunglasses and a smile and join us for some of the fun!!
     Brownville Elementary completed their two week Reading Challenge at the Terrific Kids Assembly on Friday, Feb. 7th with great fun! Although the students did not meet the school goal which would have challenged Mrs. Bradbury to allow "Bubba the clown" to throw a pie in her face, there were 68 students who did meet their goals. Those who met their goals were recognized and certainly congratulated! In all of the excitement it just so happened that "Bubba" had a little mishap and Mrs. Nason wound up with the whipped cream in her face!
     We can't wait until next year's Reading Challenge! The assembly ended with each student selecting a new book to add to his/her home collection. This was our second RIF distribution for this year.
     Mrs. Lumbra extends sincere thanks to students, parents, staff, and the many volunteers who participated in this wonderful event.... it wouldn't have been such a success without each and every one of you!

Lady Patriots Earn Trip to Bangor
Penquis 49, Searsport 46
Milo, February 11, 2003
     In a game that saw two big swings in momentum, Brent Bailey's Lady Patriots earned their berth in the coming Class C tourney at Bangor by downing the Lady Vikings of Searsport. The local club outscored Searsport 14-3 in the second quarter only to see the visitors outscore them 19-5 in the third to set the stage for the exciting fourth.
     Kate Hamlin led the way with 18, while Becca Madden and Shannon Gerrish had 10 apiece. Center Jean Hamlin grabbed eight boards, and Erika Morrill dished out nine assists.
     Brittany Smith of Searsport took scorers honors for the night with 22, and teammate Pauline Vasiliauskas netted 11.
Quarter Scores:
Searsport 15 18 37 46
Penquis 14 28 33 49
Officials: Paul, Shoppee, and Berry

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     Mrs. Chapman is making Kachina dolls with all the fifth grades in Art class. It's a long process and takes about eight classes to complete them. But as you can see the finished product is beautiful.
     Milo Elementary celebrates five of our first grade Reading Recovery friends who have had a wonderful time learning to read this year. In just a few weeks they have worked very hard to learn reading and writing strategies that will help them continue to make wonderful gains with their schoolwork. Congratulations to JADE DOW, JONAH JOHNSON, MORGAN RIDEOUT, DEVON STROUT, and KENNY TARNOCZY.
     Ms. Howard's social studies class is studying cultures and customs around the world. We have learned that some tribes in Australia eat snakes that they trick with mirrors, some women in other cultures get tattoos when they get married, and that England drives on the wrong side of the road!
     If you have any information on a different culture or custom that you would like to share with these students, please contact Ms. Howard at the Milo Elementary school.

     If your child will be entering Kindergarten or 1st grade at the start of school year 2003, you will need to show proof of immunity to chickenpox before your child can be enrolled.
     Proof of immunity can be shown in 1 of 3 ways:
1. A note or health record from your doctor showing your child has had chickenpox; or
2. A valid Immunization Record showing your child has had chickenpox vaccine; or
3. Results of a blood test that shows your child is immune to chickenpox.
     Contact your health care provider to get this information or to learn more about the chickenpox vaccine. Thank you!

     The Milo/Brownville Knights of Columbus will sponsor their annual free throw contest for boys and girls, ages 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Boys will compete on Tuesday, February 25 and the girls will compete on Wednesday, February 26 at 3 o’clock at Penquis Valley High School in Milo. Registration forms are available at each school in the district. If you have any questions please contact Walter Oakes at 943-7491. The ten winners will compete in a district contest in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, March 1. The winners at Dover-Foxcroft will compete against winners from all over the state in Old Town on Saturday, March 8.

A Historical Review - Part 1
Meyers, an Artist in His Own Right
Piscataquis Observer, by Jerry Stelmok, 10/22/1980
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     SEBEC - Unbeknown to many area residents, and insulated from unnecessary traffic in his scheduled studio, a Sebec artist is hard at work daily practicing an art passed down from Medieval Europe.
     Frank Meyer, stained glass artisan, is a much sought after restorer of the intriguing authentic stained glass windows adorning many New England churches.

     The work done by Meyers is far removed from the simple cutting of colored glass and fitting together designs with soldered lead which has become a popular and rewarding pastime for many hobbyists. In fact, these chores comprise only 10 percent of the time of the restoration of some of the more sophisticated windows. Developing paints that match the old colors, painting the glass, and firing the pieces in his propane fired kiln, are the steps that are most time consuming.
     Recently Meyers completed restoring six magnificent windows from the old St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bangor. The church was gutted by fire in January 1978, although much of the structure remained standing. Some of the windows in the church were painted by Felix Xavier Zettler, a renowned stained glass artist of Munich, Germany in the 1840's. Zettler's work has been regarded by many art historians as representing the zenith of realistic stained glass portraiture.
     Nearly all the many windows in the church suffered some degree of damage. When the decision was made to build a new St. Mary's it is not surprising that the committee insisted the best of the valuable windows be incorporated into the
     Accordingly, Meyers and his crew moved in on the shaky structure and began disassembling, removing, cataloging, and hauling away the salvageable windows.
     At times, the crew worked 30 or more feet above the floor, often beneath or supported by structures which had been considerably damaged in the blaze. Meyers succeeded, however, in procuring 40 windows without major mishap. These were stored at his Sebec shop awaiting the final decision of the architect and building committee as to which windows would be incorporated into the new church. It was finally decided that two large eight foot by four foot Zettler windows and four narrower panels of the same length, would be restored and hung in openings protected from the elements by double insulated glass in the new church.
     One of the larger windows had been used by firemen for access during the blaze, and the bottom of the third window was totally destroyed. To reconstruct this, Meyers queried church officials and member alike until he located a parishioner who had slides of the original which he was able to borrow. By projecting the slide onto illustration board, Meyers accurately reproduced the design and painted in the intricate designs, figures and colors to get a working model.
     From this model, it was necessary to completely reconstruct the complex work of art.

By Judith Macdougall
     In December we gratefully received several memorial gifts in the name of Gertrude Amero. This past week I purchased Maine books in her memory All the books have a nameplate informing readers that these books are in memory of Gertrude Amero. Antiqueman’s Diary is about one of the first antique dealers in Maine. This is on backorder. Dawdle Duckling by Toni Buzzeo. Toni is a Portland elementary librarian and media specialist. This is her second juvenile book. I first noticed this book in my Children’s Book-of–the –Month catalog for children under 6 years old. One of Toni’s illustrations was the cover picture on the catalog. When I read my library e-mail that day and discovered that the author was a librarian from Maine, I was impressed. Toni’s first juvenile book was The Sea Chest. This book is based on a Maine story or legend-no one is quite certain-of a baby in a ship’s chest
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who floated to a Maine lighthouse and was rescued by the lighthouse keeper. I purchased both of these books.
     We also have added two books on Maine by Neil Rolde. The Interrupted Forest –a book about Maine wildlands and Maine-a narrative history. This latter is a very readable fresh look at Maine history.
     A Moose and a Lobster walk into a Bar…by John McDonald is our selection for Maine humor for wry observations and Maine characters.
     The Pumpkin Smile by Emily Chetowski, a Maine author, is the story of a little girl who loses some baby teeth and how her Dad helps her feel better about herself. This juvenile book is also on backorder.
     The Supernatural Side of Maine by C.J.Stevens will appeal to those who enjoy reading about haunted lighthouses, haunted inns, Alexander Tanous, Bigfoot sightings, witches, vampires, phantoms and poltergeists.
     Those Were The Days by Will Anderson tells of the old dance halls, drive-in movies and fried clams all over Maine. The Milo Drive-in is given two pages in this book. As the title says, those were the days of hometown fun.
     When the Bees fly Home by Andrea Cheng has a Maine illustrator, retired teacher, Joline McFadden. It is the story of artistic Jonathan who feels he can never please his father. Interwoven with this story are bits of facts about bees.
     Thanks to the memorial gifts in the name of Gertrude Amero and the thoughtfulness of her daughter, Theresa Amero Neptune, the Milo Free Public Library is made richer by these many new Maine books.
     Remember we have many income tax forms, both FEDERAL and STATE of MAINE.

Tel. 943-2612
Milo Free Public Library Winter Hours

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     You can't imagine how much fun I've had hearing from people about their old neighborhoods and the fun they had as children. Some of the folks I've heard from are older than I am....and some of them are younger. Larry Stanchfield sent me the following story about his childhood living on Maple St. Larry remembered the blood suckers in the river which I knew existed....but fortunately never got one on me. I would have been traumatized! For some reason my mother didn't want to take us to the "new swimming hole" so she made up a story that the blood suckers were at the new swimming hole, and not at the "old swimming hole." I swallowed that excuse....hook, line, and sinker. You wouldn't have caught me at the "new swimming hole for any amount of was strictly the "old swimming hole" for me!! She must have held her breath, praying that we didn't ever get one of those things on us. Mom would have felt responsible for every kid that was swimming....and there were always more kids at the "new swimming hole." She'd have been a nervous wreck worrying about having to watch all of them. It was a very sad neighborhood of kids when they closed the "old swimming hole" to us because of pollution. Dad built our camp at Schoodic Lake very soon after the ban. I've gone down to the river in my adult life just to see if there was any remnant of childish squeals or splashing left on the air......
Here's Larry's story:
Best Little Neighborhood in America
     Kathy Witham's stories about the "Best Little Neighborhood in America" have really peaked my interest. Many times recently I have woken up in the middle of the night recollecting my memories of the time I lived in "the neighborhood" from 1933 to 1940. (Actually, I had to check with my mother to get the dates, since I was only 2 when we moved to Maple Street) Even after moving to the other side of the tracks way up on West Main Street in 1940 I still returned to the old neighborhood frequently. While I don't profess to be a storyteller like Kathy, I do have lots of fond memories of the

time I spent between the streets - Water, Cove, Clinton, Albert, Maple and Prospect. I recall the paths between Clinton and Albert and Maple and Prospect, as well as the old swimming hole across the railroad tracks from the end of Clinton and Kimball Cove between Maple and Prospect.
     I remember the fun we had sliding on the golf course from the 3rd tee down into the sixth and seventh fairways. Kathy mentioned the sleds and toboggan they used, but we mostly used broken down card board boxes. Sometimes we would make it all the way to the bottom with the cardboard boxes, but most times the boxes would still be part way down the hill when we reached the bottom - sliding on our backs and you know what. We also used to build ski jumps on that hill. As a matter of fact, my ski jumping career ended at an early age when I went over that jump, landed on the end of my skis and broke one of them in half. Probably my ego was damaged as much as the ski.
     I also remember sliding down the hill in front of the Kittredge house on Water Street. (Kitty Kittredge Ellison now lives there and lived there with her parents back in the 1930's).We could slide down the hill, past the Comeaus and Stevens houses on the corner of Cove and Water Streets, and all the way to Main Street. What a ride and it was reasonably safe because there weren't many cars in those days. Although Nelson London did remind me of an incident where someone slid into his father's car but no one was seriously hurt.
     We had lots of fun at the old swimming hole at the end of Clinton Street. But the thing that both Nelson and I remember most was the "blood suckers". We could always depend on having at least one blood sucker on us when we came out of the water. What fun we had picking them off our bodies, placing them on the railroad tracks and watching the trains run over them. We used bloodsuckers when we ran out of pennies.
     Kathy mentioned the "Down Back" area between Albert and Prospect streets which was also one of our favorite haunts. There was no road connection between Albert and Cove Streets when I lived there. Albert Street ended just beyond the Bishop house, which was located diagonally to the left and across the street from the bottom of the path between Clinton and Albert Streets. There was a big natural sand area in back of the Bishop's that we played in and a path from there down to the end of Maple Street where the Cowing family lived -Harry and Myrtle and there four children Richard, Theda and the twins Glenda and Gloria. My parents - Hi and Betty (Bailey) Stanchfield- and my sisters Betty Jo, Clara and Ginger and I lived next to the Cowings but up Maple Street, on the other side of the path that led to Prospect Street. The house we lived in was demolished many years ago and a new house now resides there. Harold Russell lived across the street from us with his son Charlie, and daughters Dottie and Virginia. Ginny still lives in that house with her husband Phil Barden.
     The Russell's are important to any discussion of the path between Maple and Prospect streets because Harold Russell had milking cows, a barn and a pasture and a big garden on the right hand side of the path as you came up over the hill after crossing the brook at the bottom of the path - just before reaching an open field that led to Prospect Street. There were no houses on the Maple Street side of Prospect Street in those days.
     But back to the Russell farm. The pasture was surrounded by an electric fence and the garden always had a big scarecrow, which seemed to attract crows-more than scare them away. One of our favorite pastimes was to work up courage to touch, or grab, the electric fence. Another fun thing was to walk barefooted behind the cows and step in fresh (you know what). Hey, those were the days before television so we had to make our own entertainment.
     A little brook ran between Maple Street and the Russell farm, across the path towards the railroad tracks and into Kimball Cove, which was a favorite skating place in the Winter. Jimmy Hatt and Jimmy Hamlin lived on the Prospect Street side of the Cove - actually at the end of Prospect Street. Behind them and up the Cove a ways was an old tar paper building where Wilbur Howe lived. He was one of our favorite people because he would invite us into his house and make us toast with butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it. As much as I like Dunkin’ Donuts today, it can't compare with my memories of the cinnamon toast. Perhaps there is a little nostalgia mixed in with my memory.
     Thank you, Larry, for sharing such wonderful memories of the old neighborhood.
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     I searched around and found a recipe belonging to Larry's mother Betty in the Skip Cookbook. It follows:
Betty Stanchfield's Oatmeal Bread
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 rounding tablespoons lard (or you can use Crisco)
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
6 cups flour
1 pkg. dry years in 1/2 cup lukewarm water - add 1 tsp. sugar - let set until foamy
     Place the first 4 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add 1-cup boiling water and stir well. Add cold water. Add yeast mixture after mixing as directed. Add sifted flour and fold in. Let rise 3 hours. Poke down. Place in 3 bread tins and rise again. Bake in 375-degree oven for 3/4 hour.

Science Corner
Taste and Smell
     The senses of taste and smell are so closely related I am including them in the same column. Taste buds are found in small depressions around the papillae or the little protrusions on the tongue. We have all been taught that the sense of taste can only distinguish sweet, salt, sour and bitter. Today we know there are at least 5 distinguishable tastes. The fifth one is called umani. Complex flavors that go beyond these five basic tastes involve the sense of smell as well. The taste buds contain 50-100 taste cells that respond to all 5 taste sensations. This goes against what was previously known about areas of the tongue having different taste buds. What might be said is that the taste buds on some parts of the tongue are more sensitive to one of the flavors than the others.
     In order to be tasted, a substance must be at least partly soluble in water. When the substance comes in contact with the taste bud it triggers a signal that is sent to the brain for interpretation. The chemical aldosterone, a steroid found in the body, appears to regulate the number of salt receptors in laboratory animals. This makes sense because aldosterone is responsible for maintaining the sodium balance in the body so if the body were to get low increasing salt sensitivity would help those with a salt deficiency. Sour receptors recognize hydrogen ions in acid. The sour receptors seem to be regulated by the potassium ion in the body. Sweet receptors are actually two different receptors. The sweet sensation comes in part by the molecules of sugar coupling to proteins and setting off a signal. Bitter seems to have at least two dozen genes in DNA associated with it. Umani recognizes the salts of glutamic acid. This is hard to understand because most of the salts of glutamic acid in our diet come from processed foods. Since these were not in the diet until recently it is odd that we have a taste receptor for it.
     As I mentioned earlier, taste and smell work hand in hand. Smell is considered the most ancient of all the animal senses. Animals use it to identify food, mates, predators and provide pleasure (food smells) and warnings of danger.
     Smells are carried by the air to the Regio olfactoria, a region at the top of the nose and between the eyes. In order to be sensed a substance must at least be partly water-soluble and be in sufficient quantities in the air. The nose, especially in some animals like the dog, can distinguish an infinite number of chemicals with just a few molecules in the air. Nerve receptors inside the nose are replaced about every 40 days. They are recycled the same as the rods and cones of the eye. These receptors are yellow in humans and either dark yellow or brown in dogs. The darker color seems to indicate a greater sense of smell.
     There are specialized chemicals in the receptors to recognize specific smells. These are called Odorant Bonding Proteins (OBP) The specific chemicals for almond (cherry), green pepper and urine have been identified. The entire function of the OBPs is not known, but it is felt that they prevent an over stimulation of the receptors by shutting them down when a sufficient signal has been sent. I don’t think it always works as I get over stimulated with the hot mustard in Chinese restaurants every time I use it.

     The OBP production seems to be associated with our genetic make up. The human body has about 50,000 genes and the sense of smell genes amount to about 2% of the total. The one group of genes in greater amount is the one for the immune system. This genetic link helps explain why some people have better noses than others do.
     About 70% of all odors stimulate the Trigeminal Nerve, which controls the face, teeth, mouth and most of the scalp. Mustard, hot peppers and onions are strong stimulators of the Trigeminal Nerve.
     How the message from the smell receptors gets to the brain has been well documented and appears to be better understood than the sense of taste. It involves way too much chemistry to discuss here.
     Let it be said that we appreciate these senses and miss them when we have a cold. The intricate ways of the human body will keep coming up in these articles. I am awed by their complexity.

     HAMPDEN - Hazel B. Clisby passed away peacefully at a local hospital Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, surrounded by family and friends. Hazel was born June 16, 1903, in Chesuncook, the daughter of Lester and Mary Ellen Black. She graduated from Milo High School in 1920 and went on to teach eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse.
     Graveside services will be held at Locust Grove Cemetery, Hampden, in the spring. Donation may be made in her memory to the Edythe Dyer Community Library, 269 Main Road North, Hampden 04444.

     SEBOEIS - Myra L. Haskell, 85, wife of the late Herman A. Haskell, died Feb. 7, 2003, at her home in Seboeis. She was born April 7, 1917, in LaGrange, the daughter of Rowland and Edna (Bates) Heal. Myra graduated from LaGrange High School where she played basketball. She continued her love for basketball throughout her life, following the University of Maine teams and the tournaments in Bangor. She was Seboeis town clerk and Registrar of Voters for more than 50 years. She also had a tagging station in Seboeis.. She is survived by a son, Skip Haskell of Seboeis; a daughter, Naomi Hall of Bangor; three grandchildren, J. Jay, Dennis and Patrick Hall; three step-grandchildren, Marlene and Sheila Haskell and Sherry Miller. She will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, including Chris Heal, Janet Coffee, Cynthia Schools and Brent Heal. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Durmont and Kermit Heal. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Spring interment will be in Seboeis Cemetery. For online register book go to

     BREWER - Gertrude Mae (Cross) Doughty, 81, died Feb. 8, 2003, at a Brewer healthcare center. She was born April 18, 1921, in Orneville, the daughter of Frank E. and Hazel Mae (Hanson) Cross. Gertrude attended schools in Bradford, Ellsworth and Bangor. Surviving are three children, Larry of Brewer, Lewis and his wife, Gail, of Hermon, and Dianne and her husband, Fred, of Glenburn; one brother, Frank Cross Jr. and wife, Sherry, of Lincoln; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Cross of Bangor; a special brother-in-law, Lloyd Doughty and his wife, Phyllis, of Brewer; grandchildren, Fred Clarke IV and wife, Julie, of Marathon, Fla., Scott Clarke and wife, Jennifer, of Bangor, Mark Doughty and wife, Tammie, of Brewer, Laurel (Doughty) Moody and William Moody of Surry, Julie Doughty, Robert Burgess and his wife, Trinity, Donald Burgess and his wife, Betty Jo, all of Hermon, Lisa Andrews of Orlando, Fla.; 17 great-grand children; four nephews and one niece. She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence in 1982; her parents; a brother, Clyde Cross; a sister, Maisie Trojano; a nephew, Frank Cross III; a very dear friend, Viola Browning; and her faithful dog of nearly 20 years, Daisy Mae.
     Interment will take place in the spring at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor 04401

     WEST ENFIELD - Morgan Lynn Karpowicz, 1, daughter of Jason Karpowicz and Francesca M. Smart, died Feb 9, 2003, at a Bangor hospital. She was born April 4, 2001, in Dover-Foxcroft. Morgan "Chubbers" is survived by her parents, and her brother, Damien, all of West Enfield; her 2 sisters, Linsley and Theresa, both of Milo; her maternal grandparents, Sherry and Robert Mushero and Dean and Becky Smart; her paternal grandparents, Jim and Brenda Karpowicz; her maternal great- grandfather, Theodore Smart; her paternal great-grandparents, Connie and Galen Carey; her maternal great-great-grandmother, Flora Smart; her very special uncle,

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Dwayne Smart; her very special aunt, Tracy Gray; several more aunts, uncles, family and friends. Friends are invited to call 2-3 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, where funeral services were conducted, Feb 13, with Rev. Michelle St. Cyr officiating. Spring interment will be in the family lot in the Mushero and Emerson Cemetery, Howland.

     MEDFORD - Virginia B. Boobar, 76, wife of Lawrence Boobar, went home to be with her Savior on Feb. 12, 2003, at her residence. She was born Oct. 22, 1926, in LaGrange, the daughter of Raymond and Lila (Lancaster) Decker. Virginia was a member of the Community Baptist Church in LaGrange and was a Gold Star Mother.. Virginia was predeceased by a son, Larry D. Boobar. She is survived by her devoted and beloved husband of 57 years, Lawrence Boobar of Medford; five children, Timothy and his wife, Debra Boobar, of Medford, Marie and her husband, Arthur Drinkwater, of Medford, Raymond and his wife, Bonnie Boobar, of Bangor, Jeffrey and his wife, Laura Boobar, of Medford, Mark and his wife, Christine Boobar, of Medford; eight grandchildren, Angel Boobar and her companion, Eric DeWitt, of Medford; Amanda and her husband, Justin Hatch, of Howland, Larry Boobar and his fianc&Mac226;e, Rhonda York, of Maxfield, Janis and her husband, Scott Thibodeau, of Medford, Sarah Boobar, Daniel Drinkwater, Jared Drinkwater and Levi Boobar, all of Medford; four great-grandchildren, Darren and Dylan Clement, Paige and Gabrielle Thibodeau, all of Medford, and one on the way, Larry John Boobar; also two sisters, Vivienne Stanley of LaGrange and Florence Jordan of Eddington. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Medford Center Cemetery.

     Kathy Perkins submitted the following item:
From the Bangor Daily Commercial – Saturday, April 4, 1914
BRIEF NEWS OF CITY - A Daily Record of the Minor Happenings About Town…
     W. H. Kenison of Brownville Has Narrow Escape From Death on Front Street, Friday
     W. H. Kenison of Brownville had about as narrow an escape from death, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, as he probably will ever have again. He was walking along the Maine Central track on Front Street, near May, with his head down, when he perceived the train due to leave the station at 1.50 o'clock, but which was five minutes late, coming toward him. He thought it was on the other track from him, however, and did not move out from the track, with the result that when the train came along, he was struck in the side by the cylinder head of the engine, and knocked to one side.
     Bystanders feared that a fatality had occurred, but were agreeably surprised to see Mr. Keniston stand up and pick up his traveling bag and bundle that he had been carrying. Patrolman Donovan was at his side in a moment and carried his bundles for him as he walked over to the Union station, where a slight cut that he had on the side of the head was bathed.
     Station agent Harry Barnaby called for a physician, although Mr. Kenison insisted that he did not need one. Dr. Luther Mason found that the only visible injuries sustained, were a shaking up and the scalp wound. Mr. Kenison, who is 54 years old and a millwright by occupation took the 2:35 train for Brownville, as he had planned, after what eyewitnesses consider a miraculous escape from death.

Submitted by Eben C. Gould and reprinted from the Town Crier, August 7, 1980.
     The windmill built for the hotel is a reminder that until the close of the decade there was no water supply in the village other than wells. A building which caught fire was likely to be doomed. Back about 1898 there had been a terrible fire on Riverside Street which wiped out some of the buildings near the sidetrack shown on the 1896 panoramic map. The late Guy Monroe told me that it was the worst conflagration he ever witnessed. The lack of fire protection was remedied to a large extent after the coming of the American Thread Company. In order to protect its valuable buildings it organized as soon as possible a fire fighting company which drilled once a week. It protected not only the mill property but the rest of the village as well. During the decade a volunteer fire company was also organized by village people.

     At the end of the decade a water and sewer system was constructed in Milo village. A crew of Italian laborers dug the trenches. They lived in a primitive and picturesque camp of tents, etc. on the west side of Glidden Hill. The reservoir on the top of Sargent Hill was constructed and a pumping station in the village furnished increased water pressure.
     The last great development in Milo’s industries was brought about during the decade by a rearrangement in the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad lines and facilities. Originally, the railroad, successor to the Bangor and Piscataquis, had its southern terminus at Old Town. During the decade it constructed a new line from Northern Maine Junction to South Lagrange where the original line was joined. Old Town was then reached by a branch from South Lagrange, the original route. Simultaneously with the abandonment of Old Town as the main line terminus the railroad moved its car repair shops from Old Town to a more commodious plant at Milo Junction. That of course resulted in a great increase in employment, the introduction of new families and the construction of new houses not only in Milo Junction but in the village as well. An example was the row of houses similar to each other on Riverside Street long referred to as “Pierceville.”
The conclusion next week…

     From the weather book kept by the late Mrs. Mabel (Grammie) McCleary of Brownville Jct.
     Feb. 18-Clear, cold, windy–2° at 7 am and 2° at 9 pm.
     Feb. 19-Clear, cold, windy–14° below at 7 am and 6° below at 9 pm.
     Feb. 20- Clear, cold, windy-10° at 7 am and 8° at 9 pm.
     Feb. 21-Clear, cold, windy-10° at 7:30 am and 2° below at 9:30 pm.
     Feb. 22-Clear, cold, windy-18° at 7:15 am and 10° at 9:30 pm.
     Feb. 23-Clear-2° below at 7 am and 12° at 9:30 pm.
     Feb. 24- Clear-0° at 7:20 am and 10° at 9:30 pm.

     Brooke Jaden O’Connor, daughter of Ryan and Casey (Mitchell) O’Connor, was born on Saturday, February 15, at 1:20 am PST, at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. Her Daddy says she has dark eyes, dark curly hair, and her Mom’s little nose. Brooke weighs 5 lbs. and 15 ounces and is 17 _ inches ‘tall’.
     Little Brooke is welcomed by her grandmother Nancy Grant of Milo, Uncle Mike, Aunt Jody, and Cousin Emma of Glenburn, grandmother Connie Cross of Milo, grandparents Kevin and Sue O’Connor of Washburn, great grandparents John and Eileen Willinski of Derby, Adeline Ladd of Milo, and Royce and Sherrill DeLaite of Bradford.

     It seems as if just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any colder the temperature drops and the wind blows harder. Thank goodness, the chickens are tough and the goats like to snuggle with each other. I can’t wait for warmer weather and will appreciate every second of balmy above zero temperatures.
     I had a long sleepless night last Wednesday. At dusk, as I counted the chickens to get ready to lock up the coop, I determined one of the Barred Rock hens was missing. I searched all of the places the chickens usually hang out, with no luck. As I was going around to the side of the coop, I noticed some chicken footprints headed behind the coop, and none coming back. I followed the prints and saw they disappeared under the building. I went to get Kirby and a flashlight.
     Kirby got down to look under the coop and after some searching found the hen setting on a pile of eggs 8-feet under the building. There was no way to reach her, as the opening was only about 6 inches high, so neither of us could fit under. We
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tried calling her and sprinkling cracked corn in front of the hole, but she was feeling very maternal and refused to leave her eggs.. I knew her efforts were futile as the weather had been so cold and the eggs had obviously been there a few days. I knew she didn’t set on them the night before but her instinct to brood had taken over and there was no way to get her to come out and go in the coop.
     The temperature was supposed to be way below zero that night and I could hear the wind howling all the long hours that I spent tossing and turning and worrying about her. Finally it was morning and I hoped that when the sun came up, she would come out.
     I went about my morning chores as soon as the sun began to rise, going behind the coop frequently to throw feed or to call her. Finally, at 7:15 AM, I took a look and there she was, sitting in the snow. I went to her, bent to pick her up and thought she was acting odd. When I picked her up I realized why. Her whole underside and breast was a sheet of ice. She felt like she had armor on.
     I rushed her into the house and held her in a towel to warm her up. I stood in front of a window to let the sun shine on her and noticed she sounded a little raspy when she breathed. As the ice melted I realized that she would be very wet when it was all thawed and it was a very cold day, so I decided she was going to spend the morning in the warm house. I put down some food and water and shut her in Katie’s bedroom. When I left, the poor girl was sitting on the waterbed with a perplexed look on her face. I think she was pondering her funny new nest that moved up and down. Probably a duck would be more comfortable on a waterbed.
     The story ends quite nicely, as the chicken was acting perfectly normal when I got home that afternoon. I covered the opening that gave her access to under the coop and once she realized she couldn’t get under she gave up and went inside the coop and set in one of the nests. Events like this prove to me how much my babies need me and how I have to be on my toes to keep one step ahead of Mother Nature.
     Thursday night, as I settled down to watch “Survivor”, a call came from the Milo police officer on duty. Mr. West said that there was a stray dog at someone’s house and asked if I had a place for a dog to stay inside. I assured him I did and headed out to pick up the dog. When I got to the house, I knocked and as the door opened I saw what can only be described as a small horse! The black and white dog was the tallest indoor animal I had ever seen. I seriously wondered if he was going to fit in my Saturn.
     I hooked the leash on him, thanked the people for taking him in and headed for the car. He took off like he knew where he was going and dragged me behind him. He was as strong as he was big and it took me several seconds to get him stopped. I opened my car’s passenger door and he jumped in and sat in the seat. He had to stoop over to fit! And for the second time in my life, I got behind the steering wheel with a strange, unpredictable dog in my car. (You all remember the “Radar” story).
     We got home without incident and my four dogs were ecstatic that I had brought them home a new playmate. “Big Dog” (wasn’t that an original name!), Heikki, and Radar romped and frolicked as if it was daytime and they were in a huge field. In reality, it was nighttime and we were all in a house that seems to get smaller every week. I mentioned in last week’s story that Radar likes to sleep where my head is and as I got ready for bed I noticed that Big Dog was already IN bed and was literally laid
out on my entire side of the bed! Radar was in his usual spot, near my pillow, Heikki was beside Radar, Ziggy and Chunky were at the foot of the bed and Floyd the cat was waiting patiently for me to lay down so he could rub his constantly wet nose on my hands. I squeezed into the teeniest space I could eke out and needless to say, Kirby spent the night on the couch. You’ve all heard of a “Three Dog Night”, you should try sleeping through a “Five Dog, and One Cat Night”. It seems Big Dog got crowded sometime before dawn and went out to sleep with Kirby! Needless to say, the animals were much more rested than the people the next morning.
     This story also has a happy ending. Big Dog’s name turned out to be Jack, and he was united with his owner as soon as the Town Office opened. I gave them his dog tag number and they called the owner and I took him home. That is the greatest thing, to see an owner get their lost pet back. And I’m pretty happy to have my spot in the bed back. All is right with the world.



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

     President Edwin Treworgy welcomed twenty-one members, Key Club members Ashley Case and Kerri Pelletier, and members of the MSAD #41 Wellness Team, Sue Chaffee, Walter Oakes, Ginny Morrill, Marie Hayes, and Lynn Gerrish. Also part of this team was our own Kiwanians Chris Beres, Jeff Gahagan (The before and after success story.), Stephanie Salley, Kathy Witham and Edie Miles.
     Roy Bither was back with us and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
     Herb Dunham said a special prayer for world peace.
     Jeff Gahagan was our inspirational reader today with a message about “The mighty oak was once a little nut on the ground”. Many years ago a new wonder drug was introduced and distributed. One doctor had serious reservations concerning the safety of the drug. He vigorously opposed it and pushed to stop its use. After many heartbreaking experiences this was accomplished. The drug was thalidomide. STAND YOUR GROUND!
     There will be a Reading is Fundamental meeting at Angie’s on Thursday, February 13, at 2 pm.
     Sixteen happy and sad dollars were donated for the Administration Fund today – MSAD #41 finest, interclub at Orono/Old Town, sad and happy to be back, daughter visiting, quit smoking, another day closer to spring, Eben DeWitt let Edwin drive, panic room finished with duct tape and plastic to spare, and continuing education.
     Trish Hayes filled us in on the Key Club activities; a blood drive is planned for March 11 at the Penquis Valley High School and their officer elections will be held during the last week of February. During the meeting on February 6, a Kiwanis interclub that included Frank Cochrane, Stephanie Salley, Edie Miles, and Trish, took advantage of the situation and came away with the bell. Now it is up to an interclub of Key Club members to attend a Kiwanis meeting to regain their property. (An

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interclub has to include at least four members of a club traveling to visit another Key or Kiwanis Club.)
     The Three Rivers News may have an opportunity to publicize our community in a different media. Stay tuned…
     The interclub of Edwin and Ethelyn Treworgy, Fred Trask, and Eben DeWitt traveled to visit with the Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Club on February 4th and reported having a wonderful time.
     The Kiwanis Friends for Terrific Kids this week will be Roy Bither and Kathy Witham.
     Our speaker this week, introduced by Stephanie Salley, was Sue Chaffee, RN. Sue is the Site Coordinator for the Move and Improve Initiative and a member of the MSAD #41 Wellness Team. The enthusiastic members all wore yellow shirts to represent their sunny dispositions and positive outlook on staying well. The first meeting to promote a team approach was held in 1986. The teams, a minimum of five and maximum of ten, attend a five-day conference at Sugarloaf. (A really tough duty for one of the attendees last year!) They set up an action plan to set goals and objectives: 1/ Build strong teams to promote wellness. 2/ Develop an action plan. 3/ Organize programs during the year to promote good health. From a business standpoint, this type of program cuts down on absenteeism and affects the workers comp costs.
     A few of the highlights they shared with us; the team represents all aspects of school, a chance to meet key people to share ideas with, Dawn Russell’s outstanding program for kids to exercise, and addressing all areas of health that include Weight Watchers at Work, yoga, and social time. We were thoroughly entertained with a video of their act in the Variety Show put on at the conference!
     A concern put forward today had to do with the large consumption of soda by the students. We were informed that more students are now seen with Type 2 diabetes. The schools in our area do have soda machines but more water and juice are being introduced into them. We see many scoreboards sport a Coke or Pepsi logo but without this sponsorship it would mean a $7,000 to $10,000 hole in our school budget.
     A letter handed out to everyone included the following information:
     The MSAD #41 Wellness Team would once again like to invite you and your employees to join us to participate in the EMMC’s seventh annual Move and Improve program. Last years member towns in MSAD #41 had an incredible 110

registrants in the 12-week program. This year’s program will run from March 10 to May 31. It is being co-sponsored by Eastern Maine Charities, WABI-TV, and the Bangor Daily News. The program is designed to increase the physical activity level of Maine people.
     The goal is to engage in 30-minutes of physical activity 4 days per week for 10 out of the 12 weeks. This activity time needs to be a minimum of 30 minutes. It can be broken down into smaller increments if needed until a sustained 30 minutes can be met. Vacuuming, stair climbing, gardening, dancing, and walking count toward the goal of physical activity.
     There will be a Kickoff walk on March 9 at 1 pm at the UMO campus. Participants will meet under the big blue “M” at the field house. On March 20 the MSAD #41 Wellness Team will hold their own Move and Improve Wellness Fair at PVHS from 2 – 4 pm. This event will feature health and fitness activities that will encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors.
     You may register online at, or you may contact the Site Coordinator, Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208, Kim Morrill at Milo Elementary School, 943-2122, or Kathy Witham at Brownville Elementary School, 965-8184. We can furnish materials to area businesses or organizations that would like to participate. We can also arrange a personal meeting between your staff and one of our team members to explain the program.
     Participants must log in their completion results online by June 11 to be eligible for the big drawing. Local prizes will be drawn on June 6. Your completed activity log needs to be turned in to any MSAD #41 school office prior to that date in order to be eligible for the local drawing.
     Thank you for the fun and informative presentation today, you make healthy fun! Come back and see us again, ya’ll hear?
     Our speaker for next week will be Guy Duprey, updating us on the Great Northern Paper Company situation.

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