Three Rivers News, 2003-02-25


     The Blessing of the Afghans which was scheduled for last Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday, March 2. The service will begin at 8:45am and Tom Harvey will speak about his visits to the Ukraine. The many afghans which have been made by the women of St. John's as well as other ladies in area communities will be packed for their trip to orphanages in the Ukraine later in March after the Blessing next week. All are welcome to attend this special service.

     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.

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

     There will be an open house for GLORIA LUTTERELL’S 80th Birthday At the Pleasant Park Community building On Sunday, March 2, 2003 from 2-4 PM.
     Everyone is welcome, and a shower of cards would be wonderful!!

     A reminder that anyone wishing to donate their bottles and cans can turn them in to Three Rivers Redemption and Mike will place the money into an account to benefit the 6th grade field trip to Boston. Mention that it's for the 6th grade and we will receive an extra penny per can....every little bit helps!

In Memory Of
Wayne G. Haley
December 14, 1933 - March 2, 2002

Brooke Jaden O’Connor,

daughter of Ryan and Casey (Mitchell) O’Connor, born February 15, at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. 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.

Fish Chowder Supper
Saturday - March 1, 2003
at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church from 5 to 6:30. Price: $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. Rich creamy fish chowder, biscuits, rolls, and crackers on the tables. If you don't like fish chowder, come try our salad bar of tossed garden salad, variety of dressings, baked beans, macaroni salad, potato salad, and pickles. Dessert, coffee, tea, and punch. Take-outs available in the Brownville area. Call Lorraine at 965-7861 before March 1st or the church at 965-1951 during the day of March 1st before 4:30pm.

     The Officers of the Milo High School Alumni Association will be gathering soon to begin planning the July 5th reunion. Those interested in helping to make this a spectacular event are invited to join the planning team. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lorraine Schinck at 27 Park Street in Milo on Thursday February 27th. Come with your ideas and join us for an evening of brainstorming. Hope to see a good turnout!

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     The Town of Brownville appreciates the patience of our numerous water and sewer customers whose service lines have frozen in the last week.

     The extremely cold temperatures and deeper than normal frost have combined to cause problems with frozen water and sewer lines across the State of Maine. Steve Jay, Water/Sewer Operator, has been working double shifts, with some assistance from Brownville’s Highway Department and the Milo Water District, in an attempt to provide water and sewer services to all customers.
     Those customers who have frozen water or sewer service lines and have not yet contacted the Town of Brownville should call 965-8374 or 965-8639 for assistance.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Some of the world's most beautiful women visited the (a) YMCA (b) Prairie Pavillion (c) Grange Hall (d) Dillon's Hall in 1927.
2. Brownville once had as many as (a) two (b) three (c) four (d) five bowling alleys.
3. Milton Smith's house was once a (a) tavern (b) parsonage (c) post office (d) store.
4. The present railroad station was built in (a) 1950 (b) 1952 (c) 1954 (d) 1957.
5. Jack Heskett was a renowned (a) violinist (b) singer (c) pilot (d) cook.
6. (a) Greta Connors (b) Eleanor Rosebush (c) Phil Adams (d) Malcolm Buchanan taught in both of the town's high schools.
7. Railroad Days celebrated the coming of the first (a) passenger train (b) freight train (c) mixed train (d) diesel train.
8. Dieselization began in the (a) north (b) east (c) south (d) west).
9. Jitneys ran to (a) Milo (b) Lagrange (c) Katahdin Iron Works (d) Sebec.
10. Sarah Green was born in (a) Orneville (b) Brownville (c) Milo (d) Dover.
Answers: 1-b 2-a 3-b 4-c 5-d 6-a 7-a 8-d 9-c 10-b

     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 public is cordially invited to attend. Please come and support our very talented artistic students.

     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.

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     Contact your health care provider to get this information or to learn more about the chickenpox vaccine. Thank you!

Cook School News
     At our February 13th assembly, the following students were honored as Terrific Kids: CODY DONLON (Ms. Ivy’s class) ETHAN SMITH (Mrs. Carter’s class) JOSH SOMERS (Miss K’.s class)
     Cody works hard to complete his jobs and to be a good listener. Ethan is helpful to his classmates and Mrs. Carter. Josh has a wonderful attitude and a big, bright smile. Josh said, “I feel like I won the lottery!”
     Mrs. Bradbury and Mr. Bither awarded the certificates.
     The assembly was opened with grades 4 and 5 singing a high-energy version of, “New York, New York.”
     The students and staff would like to thank our P.T.O. for another successful Winter Carnival. The students had fun in the bounce house and playing all the games, old and new. Thanks also to all the parents and friends who volunteered to run the games. Mrs. Chapman’s face paintings were a big hit. We think our P.T.O. is wonderful.

Mrs. Pierce running the new basketball game

Josh Somers waiting to try out the new football game.

Pattie Ottmann letting 4 kids at a time into the bounce house.

Mrs. Carter running the always-popular "Plinko" game.

Upcoming Events

  • February 27-Heartbeaters- We will be skiing! Please bring snow gear. Students need to be picked up at 3:45.
  • March 3-Read Across America celebration. Guest readers will be joining us between 8:15-10:00. The students will be singing a special song adapted by our very own Mrs. Harmony. Students are invited to bring their slippers and a stuffed animal to our celebration.
  • The LaGrange PTO has purchased a couple of new games (Quarterback Pass, Attack, and Electronic Basketball) for their winter carnival.

     Sometimes it is hard to think of a subject for a column, and other times ideas are tumbling over each other just waiting to be used. This week nothing special had come to mind until I thought of an incident that took place one day this past week.
     For several years the library has had soft stuffed toys of Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George. They were placed on the high juvenile bookshelves---nice to look at but not for anyone to touch. When Pam and I cleared off those juvenile stacks to put adult books there, we moved Clifford and Curious George to the children’s area where they have resided on the lower shelves for several weeks. We figured they were better off near the children rather than being inaccessible to them. Ironically no one disturbed them except

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for a pat now and then to Clifford. However, last week a 6 year old girl came up to me and very quietly asked if the stuffed animals were just for decoration. I was amazed she had asked before touching them. I told her, “They are for decoration but they are also to play with”. She picked them both up and sat in the corner hugging them. She gently played with them before carefully putting them back on their shelves. I made a point of telling her mother how courteous her little girl was. It is such fun to see the children’s area being used as we envisioned it.
     One service we have that I haven’t mentioned before is ILL(interlibrary loan). We are a small library and certainly can’t buy or store all the books our patrons might like to have accessible for them. However, we can get titles from the Bangor Public Library giving our patrons access to their large collection. If you need a title, author or subject that we can’t provide from our own library, we can search out the item through URSUS and then ask the Bangor Public Library if we can borrow it. They send it to us quickly if it is available or send it whenever it is ready. We have now done this successfully twice so I feel more confident in offering this service to patrons.
     Remember we do have FEDERAL and STATE of MAINE income tax forms .

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

A Historical Review - Part 2
Meyers, an Artist in His Own Right
Piscataquis Observer, by Jerry Sielmok, 10/22/1980

(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     Using pieces of antique hand-blown glass collected over nearly 15 years of involvement in the art, and developing his own paints through research and experimentation, Meyers pooled together the elements he would need to paint and fire the missing pieces.
     Meyers notes that recovering the old secrets is not as easy as running to the library and taking out a book and studying it. The art guilds were extremely jealous of their secrets, and never wrote anything down on paper, passing their discoveries by word of mouth only to trusted apprentices. The works of one French nobleman, who had studied the art and collected a wealth of information on the subject, were burned or destroyed by the secretive tradesmen.
     Some of the more complex panels in the window required painting and firing up to five times by Meyers, and he was never sure of the finished results until he took the glass from the kiln. The paints, which he makes by grinding his own pigments, must appear opaque in the window, but must actually be translucent to work effectively with back light.

     When the task of reproducing the panels was completed Meyers had to construct aluminum frames whose complex dimensions had to match those of the openings left by the contractors who had all along been building the church. The finished result speaks for itself, and only by close examination and some hints from the original. They are now permanently installed in the new church, and are a testimony to the painstaking thoroughness and authenticity of Meyer's art.
     Meyers is now in charge of disposing of the remainder of the windows which will be given to churches requiring them. They vary considerably both in quality and in amount of restoration work they require.
     Meyers has been working with stained glass for over 15 years but has been restoring and building new windows exclusively for only the past three years. He is almost wholly self-taught in the art, and has done work throughout Maine and other parts of New England as well. His kiln is propane fired because some of the chemical reactions do not occur except in the presence of actual combustion, eliminating the option of an electrical kiln. The process of fusing and annealing (cooling) of a single color can take up to 10 to 12 hours. As a direct result of the St. Mary's windows, Meyers has been asked to restore some windows made by the same artist that are in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lewiston. Meyers cautions novice stained glass hobbyists to insure adequate ventilation when working on projects. Not only are lead fumes present from the soldering of the lead joints, but most of the paints that will fuse to glass are at least 40 percent white lead, and also contain dangerous trace elements such as cadmium.

     Editors Note: I received this note from Mr. Cloukey. If you have information either e-mail him or get it to me and I will pass it along.
     I noticed in the Three Rivers News (12/17/2002) that a lady was a daughter to James Brasslett & that she was born in Ashland, ME in 1915. My grandmother, Edna Boyce (Braslett) was born in Ashland, ME in 1915 but was the daughter of Paul Brasslett (Braslett). Just looking for a connection?

Dennis Cloukey (Cloutier)

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The Women's Ecumenical Breakfast
will be held at Angie's
on March 6 at 8:00AM.
All women are cordially invited to attend.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     My Valentine and I have been planning our celebration for months. We made reservations for Valentine's Day (or, as luck would have it the day after) at the Down Home Bed and Breakfast French Dining Experience several months ago. Some of the same folks who joined us at the first dining experience were with us again this time, and then there were two couples who hadn't enjoyed the experience before.
     Sylvia, Gary, Isabelle, and the rest of the staff, outdid themselves on the table decor and the presentation of the meal. The table set for 12 was done in crisp pink linens. The plain white chargers held white, gold rimmed dinnerware. The crystal was clear and the flatware silver. Each place had a divine chocolate wrapped in bright red cellophane. A huge vase of red roses flanked by golden candlesticks with lively flickering red candles completed the romantic setting.
     The appetizers were wonderful and we all enjoyed some sparkling cider while we mingled and got either acquainted or reacquainted with the members of our party. When dinner was served we enjoyed Soupe de Betteraves, which was a hot and creamy beet soup followed by spectacular seafood crepes. The entree was a veal stew in a puff pastry with olive and madeira wine sauce. Nobody could believe that I had never had veal before. "Oh, of course you've had veal!" they insisted incredulously. "Haven't you ever had veal marsala, or veal parmisean or veal picatta?" "No, I'm quite sure I've never had veal," was my adamant reply. Hard as that is to imagine, I've not tried everything there is going.
     The entree was followed by an endive and radicchio salad in raspberry vinaigrette. This was a salad green (or salad red as the case was) that, although delicious, was nothing I had ever seen or tasted before.
     Dessert followed. Hot coffee with torte au cappuccino was to die for. Again, the meal was 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Great food, good friends and conversation in a beautiful romantic Valentine setting.....who could ask for anything more. My one regret is that we forgot to book another gathering. We'll be working on that soon.
     You don't know anyone who hates the cold more than I do. I've told you before, I'm a weather mal-content. I don't like it too hot, too cold, too wet, or too snowy. I like it warm, and breezy enough to keep the bugs off. I have spent the last three weeks dreaming about spring and summer. I can't be happy with one day at a time.....I want it to be summer right now! I don't like bulky coats, dragging on boots, layered clothing, chapped lips or dry skin. I don't think I could afford to buy the body lotion it would take to get myself, much less the rest of my family, adequately lubricated. My little granddaughter came in the other day with chapped upper lip and chapped cheeks. God love her was Nannie going to fix that predicament? I got out the vaseline and made her all better. I'm nothing if not a supreme comforter. If Nannie can't make you feel better, who can?
     Speaking of making you feel better.....Debbie Page, the Third Grade teacher at Brownville Elementary decided that she'd had enough of winter a few weeks ago, and so she organized a "final day before vacation celebration" to beat all the final days we've ever had in the past. We visited every tropical port in the world. Bon Voyage to Boredom was the theme. Cruise to the's your passport....where do you want to go? The kids traveled to Hawaii, Jamaica, Belize, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Kokomo! All over the map they cruised by way of their imaginations and a lot of help from the whole staff, who made the trip possible for them.
     The warm clothes were stripped away in favor of Bermuda shorts and short sleeved tees. Grass skirts, moo-moos, sunglasses, flip-flops, and tropical shirts were everywhere you looked. Parent volunteers turned the hallways into a tropical paradise complete with palm trees and blue seas. You can't imagine how much fun it was!!! The Cruise Director hired herself a dance instructor and we all learned the macarena as well as polishing up our skills on the limbo

and the chicken dance. Everyone got to dangle their feet in the tropical waters as they sipped their tropical drinks and swayed to the strains of a tropical song. Cruise pictures were taken of all of the students and the kids got to keep such souvenirs as a sand dollar, seashell, colorful lei, portrait in the sun, and the ever-important tiny tropical bubbles.
     Not to worry, the whole day was aligned with the Learning Results and I'll bet you you couldn't stump a one of those kids on the important geography lessons that they learned last Friday. They learned a lot more than geography. They learned about having fun and joining in and letting down their inhibitions and the most valuable lesson of all.....teachers are human.
     One could almost forget that it was probably the coldest day of the year - breaking records all over the place - outside.
     I got this wonderful tropical idea from my marvelous Taste Of Home Magazine.

Luau Chicken Sandwiches
1 can (20 oz) sliced pineapple
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon dill weed
6 bulkie rolls (split and toasted)
lettuce leaves (optional)
     Drain the pineapple reserving 1 cup of juice. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the brown sugar, ground mustard, garlic salt, pepper and pineapple juice; add chicken. Seal the bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for a least 2 hours, turning occasionally.
     In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and dill. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Drain and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken, covered, over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until the juices run clear. Grill the pineapple slices for a minute on each side. Build your sandwiches by spreading the mayonnaise mixture on the toasted rolls. Top with a piece of lettuce, chicken and a slice of the pineapple. This will serve 6.
     If I try this on my George Foreman grill, I'll probably cook the chicken about 6 minutes altogether. Remember that it cooks both top and bottom at the same time. Since you will only be cooking the pineapple a few seconds on the George might want to hold the top of the grill up a teeny tiny bit so that the weight of the cover doesn't smush your pineapple rings.Enjoy!!

Science Corner
Pluto and the rest of the Solar System
     Pluto was discovered by accident in 1930. The orbit of Neptune was perturbed. That means that it didn’t follow the smooth path that it should have and the search was on for a mysterious Planet X. Mistaken calculations again as in the case of Neptune led to the discovery by Clyde Tombaugh. The name Pluto was from the Roman god of the underground.
     Pluto is very small (1485 miles in diameter) so it was determined that it could not account for the motion of Neptune and the search for Planet X continued. When Voyager 2 visited Neptune, one of its duties was to measure the weight of the planet. The weight was different from what had been predicted and with the new weight Neptune was behaving normally so the search for mysterious Planet X was ended.
     Pluto is the only planet not visited by a space probe. A probe is planned in 2006 if funding is available. The Hubble telescope can only resolve very large features on the surface because of its great distance.
     Pluto rotates backwards like Uranus. It takes 153.3 hours to complete a day. This wouldn’t make much difference to any possible living things on Pluto because it is tilted more than 90 degrees so that one pole faces the sun most of the time. The year on

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Pluto is 90,588 days long. Its distance is 3,647,200 miles from the sun or about 39.5 times as far as the earth. From Jan to Feb 1979 Pluto was closer to the sun than Neptune. Because of their orbits being in different planes the likelihood of them colliding is essentially nonexistent.
     Pluto is a solid planet unlike the other outer planets. It appears to be about 70% rock and 30% ice. There is little atmosphere because of the coldness but there may be a thin one when Pluto is closest to the sun where the heat might warm the ice a little
     Charon (KAIR en) is Pluto’s only moon. It is named for the mythological figure that ferried the dead across the river Acheron. It was discovered in 1978 by Jim Christy. Before that time Pluto was thought be much larger because the images of the two blurred together.
     Astronomers feel that because of its size Pluto should no be considered as a planet. Rather it should be considered a large asteroid or Centaur (mentioned later). It has been classified as a planet for so long it will probably continue to stay in that category.
     Presently we know of nine objects orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune. These objects are called Centaurs. As time goes on we will probably discover more. Their presence messes up the idea of only nine planets and the asteroid belt but things get even more confusing. The orbits of the Centaurs are not stable. They are pulled both by Neptune and Jupiter. Someday they may come crashing closer to the sun as comets.
     The Kuiper Belt is a dish shaped region from 30 to 100 AU or 30 to 100 times farther than Earth from the sun. This means the region beyond Neptune. This region is considered to be the source of short period comets that have periods measured in 10s of years. Some objects have been observed in the Kuiper Belt proving its existence. It is estimated that there are at least 35,000 objects with a diameter of 10 to 20 miles in the Kuiper Belt.
     In 1950 astronomer Jan Oort predicted the presence of what is now known as the Oort Cloud. This is a region well beyond the Kuiper Belt centered about 50,000 AU into space. Comets that we observe only once probably come from this region. This cloud is estimated to contain at least a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) comets. We have no way to prove or disprove the existence of the Oort Cloud at the present time, but if his hypothesis is correct a cloud this size would account for considerable weight of about that of Jupiter.

     SEBEC - Maurice C. Smith, 52, husband of Joyce (Tibbetts) Smith, died accidentally Feb. 15, 2003, in Sebec. He was born Jan 9, 1951, in Dover-Foxcroft, the son of Winifred C. and Virginia (Lowell) Smith. He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Sebec; his mother, Virginia of Sebec; three daughters, Michelle Smith of Sebec, Melissa Bemis of Levant, Lisa Boober of Dexter; a step-daughter, Nena Gustin of Sangerville; a stepson, Jason Luce of Sebec; a brother, Linwood Smith of Bowerbank; a sister, Juanita Smith of Dover-Foxcroft; and eight grandchildren. Graveside services in Rural Grove Cemetery will be announced in the spring by the Lary Funeral Home. Gifts in his memory may be made to benefit Michelle Smith, care of Juanita Smith, 140 Vaughn Road, Dover-Foxcroft 04426.
     BROWNVILLE - L. Blanche (Adams) Bagley, 93, went quietly to be with her Lord, Feb. 16, 2003, in Brownville, where she has been in the loving care of her daughter, Cynthia Lovely and Cynthia's family for the past nine years. Blanche was born in 1909, in Limestone, the daughter of Harley and M. Elizabeth (Embelton) Adams. There will be no funeral services. A private service was held for immediate family only.

     BROWNVILLE - Lucia "Lucy" R.M. Patton, 40, died Feb. 14, 2003, at a Boston, Mass., hospital. She was born Jan 19, 1963, in St. Cloud, Minn., the daughter of Harold and Marcelline (Bertram) Haffner. Lucy is survived by her parents of Minnesota; two sons, Joshua L. Patton of Schofield, Hawaii, and Travis A. Patton of Brownville; a daughter, Miranda C. Patton of Brownville Junction; three sisters, including Lena Hemmelgarn of Minnesota; five brothers; and many nieces and nephews. She will be remembered by special friends, Michael Tenan and Katherine Fox, both of Brownville. She was predeceased by one brother. Spring interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Milo.

When it’s Wintertime in Maine
And the gentle breezes blow,
About seventy miles an hour
And it’s fifty-two below;
You can tell you’re in Maine,
‘Cause the snow’s up to your butt,
And you take a breath of winter air
And your nose holes both freeze shut.
The weather here is wonderful,
So I guess I’ll hang around.
I could NEVER leave Maine—
My feet are frozen to the ground!

FEBRUARY 24 – 28

Monday-Chicken nuggets, oven fries, winter blend veg., peaches, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Hamburger, mashed potato, peas, and chocolate pudding/topping.
Wednesday-Juice, egg muffin, hash brown, carrot sticks, and mixed fruit.
Thursday-Turkey/gravy, baked potato, mixed veg., dinner roll, and apple crisp.
Friday-Breadsticks, sauce/cheese, 3 bean salad, and pears.

     Mary Marks would like to extend a sincere thank you to all for the cards, prayers, food, and thoughts during her recovery resulting from an accidental fall.

     Snow is still on the ground but flowers will soon be peeking through and giving us a hint of the pleasures ahead. One flower that is prevalent in Maine is the lilac. Did you know that the word lilac comes from the Persian word nilak, meaning “bluish”? The familiar flower, first cultivated in Asia more than 700 years ago, today blooms in colors that belie its name—not just dark blue and purple, but deep red, rich orange, and pure white. If you close your eyes and picture the tiny flowers abundant on the trees, you can detect the delicate scent of lilac. THINK SPRING!

THE CONCLUSION OF MILO IN THE FIRST DECADE BY EBEN C. GOULD, first printed in the August 7, 1980 edition of The Town Crier.
     Beside the spool mill and the car shops there was another industry in town, the excelsior manufacturing plant on the east side of Riverside Street near West Main Street.
     The increase in industries was not the only important feature of the decade. There were also prominent buildings constructed, the Masonic Hall and the new high school. Also there came about the introduction of the telephone and electricity.
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     Likewise the motor age arrived-or almost. I have a post card view taken from the top of Stoddard Hill no later than the summer of 1907 showing a gasoline buggy at the foot of it. My father once expressed his suspicion that the vehicle had been planted there for the sake of the picture. I have a vivid recollection of my second ride in an automobile which was probably in the summer of 1909 or 10. It was from the village to Sebec. The driver did not attempt a frontal assault on Sargent Hill but cautiously went around by way of present d’Este Street and the road to the top of the hill from the north. Autos were very few in number and Senior Citizens may remember how horses would rear at the approach of such a monster.
     All in all, the First Decade was probably the greatest in the history of Milo.

From the February 14, 1914 edition of the Bangor Daily Commercial
     Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Robinson Meet with Misadventure in Woods at Night--Horse is Killed
     Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Robinson met with an accident Wednesday night, Feb.11 while driving from Lake View to Milo. They were going by way of the logging road used by the American Thread C., through the woods. When near the Pierce camps the horse shied at something and Mr. Robinson pulled the animal up quickly, breaking the rein. The horse jumped to one side of the road throwing Mr. and Mrs. Robinson out. At the same time the horse plunged into the snow, breaking her leg below the gambrel joint. She had to be killed. The animal belonged to Wallace Webster of the village and was being kept by Mr. Robinson.

From the weather book kept by Mrs. Mabel McCleary, Brownville Jct.
Feb. 25-10 in. snow-14° at 7:30 am and 26° at 10 pm.
Feb. 26-Sunny & windy-26° at 7 am and 26° at 10 pm.
Feb. 27-Sunny & windy-28° at 8 am and 22° at 9 pm.
Feb. 28-Sunny & windy-20° at 7 am and 30° at 9 pm.
March 1-Rain & thunder-34° at 7 am and 36° at 9:30 pm.
March 2-Cloudy-windy-snowflurries-36° at 7:30 am and 36° at 9:30 pm.
March 3-Nice day-36° at 7:15 am and 34° at 9 pm



     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 twelve members today and welcomed the gentlemen from the Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Club.
     Roy Bither eloquently led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Nancy Grant gave a heartfelt prayer.
     Paul Grindle was our inspirational reader with a passage titled, “Marriage is made in heaven but maintenance is kept on earth.” A lady, attending a church retreat, left the group and was found talking on the phone. The people asked her why she did this and she said, “I was telling my husband to put out the trash. We work together because I’m not strong enough to carry the trash out and he can’t remember to do it.”
     Anniversary congratulations go out to Herb and Merna Dunham on February 20 and to Carl and Sophie Wilson on the 25th. Birthday wishes go to Erica Lyford on the 21st.
     Fourteen happy dollars were donated to the Administrative Fund today for granddaughter’s achievement, new granddaughter, grandsons visiting, beaver stew?!, Penquis boy’s and girl’s basketball teams, sand, Jeff limited to 15 minutes, school vacation, and Herb’s 31 inches of snow in Pennsylvania.
     The Three Rivers News is continuing its upward progress. A new copier/scanner/printer has been purchased. See Nancy if you would need any of these services.
     The Variety Show is scheduled for May 9 and 10 and chorus singers, or lip-sinkers, are needed plus Kiwanians to do a skit. Any ideas?
     The Auction Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 25, at 6:30 am at Angie’s with Todd Lyford at the helm.
     Eben DeWitt is planning an interclub to attend the Kiwanis breakfast in Guilford on February 27. If you plan to join Eben please let him know by next Wednesday.
     Our speaker for today, Guy Dupres, could not attend the meeting. Jeff Gahagan aptly filled the spot with his wit, charm, and expertise on many subjects! Because many of our members are of the Republican persuasion and our guest speaker a Democrat, Jeff was prepared to smooth the way with a photo of President Bush. What a thoughtful man!
     Jeff did tell us a bit about the new financial consultant at Maine Savings Bank. One aspect of this could include protecting a nest egg against possible nursing home expenses in the future.
     The remaining time was used for general discussion. Topics covered were the Great Northern Paper situation, schools, town budgets, and the State Legislature. Eben DeWitt gave us a rather startling fact about the daily cost of running the Legislature, $50,000.00. With the state looking at a shortfall of a billion dollars, they took up two days discussing whether or not the United States should go to war with Iraq!
     Next week will be a business meeting.
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