Three Rivers News, 2003-03-04

     The Kiwanis Variety Show is being planned for May 9th and 10th.
     Voices are needed for our Community Chorus. Now is your chance to have some fun and get involved in this wonderful, and much anticipated, local event.
     Rehearsals will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings beginning March 24th and continuing until the date of the show.
     Rehearsals will be held in the Fifth Grade classroom of Mrs. Stephanie Gillis (This is the left-hand portable building - either door - as you face the portables from the parking lot) at Milo Elementary School.
     Come and join us as we prepare for singing a rousing medley of old and new favorite tunes in preparation for the annual Kiwanis Variety Show.
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

     Ever wonder what takes place at a yoga class? Have you pictured everyone chanting and stretching themselves into unimaginable positions? Or, have you considered going, but worried what age group attended and what they wore?
     Have you contemplated and wondered if you would benefit from such a practice?
     If so, I invite and urge you to join my evening of…

     Find out exactly what YOGA is all about and if it is for you.
     What you will find out is that YOGA is for all ages and all levels of fitness. Yoga requires no special equipment other that a yoga mat and comfortable clothes. That’s right, no fancy leotard required! You WILL discover how easy it is to master many yoga poses and stretches and how wonderful they feel to our body, not even discussing the many benefits.
     Also, find out why most participants stay with yoga once they have tried it! Of all the fitness classes I instruct, yoga has the largest attendance!!

Come and experience yoga,
Tues. March 11 6:45-7:45
Any questions? Please call me,
Cindy Herbest,
At 943-2630.

Just a reminder that the Women's Ecumenical Breakfast will be held at Angies on Thursday, March 6, at 8:00 AM.

     Well, it’s here! At the United Baptist Church on Pleasant Street in Milo, the spring session of Friends Club will meet and all children from the age of 3 years to 5th grade are invited to join us, starting on March 11th.
     The school bus can drop the children off after school.
     Registration will be at 2:45 PM, on Tuesday, March 11, 2003. Questions? Call 943-5500.

ADULTS: $6.00, CHILDREN: $3:00

     Everett and Freda Cook served a tasty breakfast for the Class of 1953 alumni on Feb., 12, 2003. Nine classmates were able to attend. More plans were formulated for their 50th class reunion, to be held in July.
     The next meeting will be at the same location at 3:00 PM, on April 16th. Freda promised to serve a few “after-school snacks”. Sounds interesting, don’t you think? See you there!!

     An 8-week session of polarity yoga will begin on Sunday, March 9. The one-hour class will be held at the Milo Town Hall auditorium (upstairs), at 6 PM and will run for 8 weeks. Classes are very relaxing and will cost $5 a class or $30 for the 8-week session. There will be no class on March 23rd.
     Another 8-week session will run from April 27th through June 22nd. No class on June 15th.
     An Energy Awareness and Meditation class will be starting soon. The class will meet every other Friday at 6 PM, beginning March 14th. The 1-hour class will run until June 20th. This is an 8-week class, which will include meditation, visualization, learning about energy and how to attract more into your life. The cost is $50 for the session. Please call 943-2325 to register.

     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!
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On Monday, Mar. 10, the Meals for Me lunch will be held at the CD Center, on Sargent Hill Drive instead of the Milo Town Hall. The meal will be served at 11:45 AM,


     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.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Alice Graves (b) Hattie Perkins (c) Pauline Thomas (d) Nancy Cook was Brownville's first woman fireman.
2. Chatauquas were offered in the (a) winter (b) summer (c) spring (d) fall.
3. John Chase was a (a) mailman (b) cook (c) woodsman (d) cobbler.
4. (a) French (b) Swedish (c) Welsh (d) Italians built the B and A line north.
5. The Welshmen's "king" was (a) the highest paid quarryman (b) a Welsh child's toy (c) Saturday off with pay (d)the quarry union president.
6. Onawa is (a) east (b) west (c) north (d) south of Brownville Junction.
7. The first Old Home Week was held in (a) 1900 (b) 1917 (c) 1921 (d) 1929.
8. The first block was called the (a) Briggs Block (b) Stickney Block (c) Smith Block (d) Brownville Block.
9. (a) Neil Arbo (b) Dennis Green (c)Walter McClain (d) Will Crozier served the longest as selectman.
10. (a) The Whites (b) the Webbs (c) the Rolfes (d) the Grays were the second owners of the Railroad Diner.

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

Book Review
Saddam King of Terror
by Con Coughlin
323 pages
Harper Collins 2002
     This detailed biography of Saddam Hussein brings out the true characteristics of this maligned world leader. All suspicions about this evil individual are confirmed and well substantiated.
     Fatherless and of wretched origins, Saddam evolved to become the leader of one of the leading oil-producing nations of the world, with war, murder, execution, torture, and purges along his path.
     Saddam blunders as leader of the country's military during the costly Iran-Iraq War, which lasted eight terrible years.
     His effort to build a system of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons and the assistance he got from foreign powers, as well as his cunningness and guile in hiding them makes for interesting but scary reading.
     The annexation of Iraq's 19th province, Kuwait, and the ensuing Gulf War raw are all highlighted.

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  • A new Polarity Yoga class started Sunday, Feb. 23rd, but you can still sign up. Call 943-7326 for more details.
  • Stretching classes will begin on March 8, at 8PM. The 50-minute classes will run for 12 weeks and the cost is $4 per class or $40 for the entire session. Call 943-2325 for details.
  • Martial Arts classes are being held on Tuesdays at 4:45, with Bill and Karen Goodwin instructing and on Sundays at 11AM. with David Edgerly .
  • Call the Rec. Dept. if you are interested in Driver’s Ed. Classes. You must be 15 or older. The next session will start in 2 weeks.
  • Both the boys and the girls 5-6 grade All-Star teams are playing in tournaments. The boys will travel to Orrington and the boy’s coaches are Brent Bailey and Scott Larson. The Recreation Department is also sponsoring a girls traveling team of fifth and sixth graders from area towns. The twelve girls will compete in their first tournament this weekend at the Orono Hoop Classic. Team members are: Ashley Burch, Shelby Fowles, Kasey Sherburne, Shelisha Clark, Britnee Genthner, Kimberly Herbest, Erica Lyford, Grace Marchant, Kelsey Ottmann, Morgan Royal, Ashley Stanhope and Kayla Webb. Wally Russell coaches the team and assisting him is Kendall Royal. Good Luck girls and boys!
  • Editors Note: Thanks to Julie Royal for sending along the girl’s All-Star news. I really appreciate any sports submissions. I don’t have the time or the talent to do sports reporting and would welcome and appreciate ANY articles concerning area sports or activities. If you have the time and would like to be a volunteer reporter, please feel free to drop items off at Murrel’s office or e-mail them to me at
  • The Milo Fire Dept. would like to thank all of the participants in the 41st annual Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby. The event was featured in the Portland newspaper and was described as “the best fishing derby in the state”. The weekend was a safe and fun-filled one, despite the subzero temperatures. A special thank you to area businesses and organizations who donate the prizes and money that make the raffle and fishing so much fun.
  • P.S., has anyone seen the “Flyin’ Hawaiian” around?

Business Attraction Focus of PCEDC Meeting
     “Why would businesses come to Maine?”
     “What sort of strategies are our State officials using to attract businesses?”
     “How can Piscataquis County benefit from these efforts?”
     To answer these questions, the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC) is hosting a panel discussion of business attraction experts at their upcoming Quarterly Board meeting on March 10th at the Alumni Building in Brownville Junction. The public is encouraged to attend.
     Panelists include:
Les Stevens, Executive Director of the Maine Partnership at the Eastern Maine Development Corporation,
Todd Alexander, Director of Client Services at Maine & Company, and

Andrew MacDonald, International Trade Specialist with the Maine International Trade Center.
     This meeting will start at 4pm and includes a dinner. A $12 donation is suggested.
To reserve space, contact Angela Snow at 1-800-539-0332 by February 28th.
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

MILO - Addie L. Williams, 96, wife of the late John H. Williams, died Feb. 22, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1906, in Milo, the daughter of Samuel J.T. "Til" and Sadie M. (Philpot) Savage. She was a member of the Brownville Community Church, where she was an honorary deaconess, the Church Circle, the Milo Garden Club, and the Milo Historical Society. Addie was best known for her many cakes. She is survived by three sons, John H. Jr. and his wife, Janet, of Millsboro, Del., Robert T. Sr. and his wife, Patricia, of Holden, Kenneth C. and his wife, Patricia, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a daughter, Irene A. Marshall and her husband, Lester, of North Kingstown, R.I.; a sister, Nadine Barrett and her husband, Harvey, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, Fred Williams, Brenda Rooney, Carol McGuinn, James Williams, Michael Williams, Pam Smith, Robert Williams Jr., Kevin Williams. Brett Williams, Eric Williams, Shawna Cobb, and Dean Marshall; 18 great-grandchildren, Janet, Jess, James, Jenna, Rachael, Laura, Michael, Kasey, Kyle, James, Chad, Dawn, Joseph, Shannon, Jessica, Anna, Alexis, and Austin; her special grandchildren; Richard, Tracey, Michael, David, Scott, Donna, Leeman, Michelle, Tammy, and Jason; three great-great-grandchildren, Madison, Aaron, and Cole; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Woodrow; and three sisters, Monda, Mary, and Nellie. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Brownville Village Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Milo High School Alumni Assoc., care of Lorraine Schinck, 27 Park St., Milo ME 04463.

MILO - Our beloved father and friend, Paul Gordon Lane, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Feb. 20, 2003. The Lord took him quickly after a beautiful day spent skiing. He was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Freeport, Long Island, the son of Dorothy Samson and George Lane. He retired to Milo, where he spent 12 wonderful years filled with people he loved and things he loved to do. He was a faithful member of the Bradford Baptist Church. Surviving him are his children, Noel Mumford of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and Paul Christian Lane of New Windsor, Md.; a granddaughter, Rachel Victoria and a new grandchild on the way. His family takes great comfort in knowing, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (I John 5:13) Those who wish to make donations may make them to the Bradford United Baptist Church, 461 Main Road, Bradford, ME 04410. Arrangements are in care of the Lary Funeral Home.
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MILO - Clyde E Angove, husband of Yvonne (Bouley) Angove, died Feb 24, 2003, at his residence. He was born July 24, 1908, in Milo, the son of George and Lottie (Jackett) Angove. Clyde had retired from the American Thread Co. after 45 years. He had also worked as a carpenter in the area. He was a member of Piscataquis Lodge No. 44 AF & AM of Milo, and Rabboni Chapter No. 62. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Yvonne of Milo; three daughters, Myrna Ricker and her husband, Lawrence of Milo, Gloria Whalen and her husband, James of Massachusetts, Dorothy Ireland and her husband, James of Madison; nine grandchildren, Robert Ricker, Pamela London, Michele Washek, Billy Whalen, Thomas Whalen, Robert Whalen, Jeffrey Ireland, Stephen Ireland, and Michael Ireland; several great-grand-children; and one great-great-grandchild on the way. He will be remembered by a special niece, Wanda Moran and her husband, James. He was predeceased by a brother, Harold Angove. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Piscataquis Lodge No. 44 AF & AM, care of George Macdougall, 1 Davis Rd., Fairfield Center 04937; or to Three Rivers Ambulance Service, PO Box 432, Milo 04463. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Luella T. Vieira, 82, wife of Jose Vieira, died Feb. 25, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. She was born Nov 11, 1920, in Waterville, the daughter of Harold and Flossie (Baker) Taylor. An
extremely sharp accountant, she had worked as a CPA for the Lady Cornell Comb Co. She was a wonderful seamstress, and especially enjoyed making doll clothes. She had been a member of the Milo Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses since 1971. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jose of Brownville Jct.; a son, Jerry Connelly of Jefferson; three grandchildren, Nadine, Gordon, and Dawn.

Class to be featured on “Zoom”.
     Last Thursday fifteen members of the community visited Brownville's 5th grade to be interviewed and filmed by the class. Some shared stories about growing up or working in the area, while others explained the history of their business.

     On Friday the class traveled to various areas of interest filming locations for the video history CD they are creating. They particularly enjoyed the tour of the Brown House by Susan Higgins and Brownville Community Church by Heidi Thomas. The class was accompanied by a crew from the PBS show "Zoom" which will air their project sometime in May. The students wish to thank Bill Sawtell for his help with this.
     Students at Brownville Elementary are saving "Pennies for the Playground". The PTO and students are saving pennies for some new playground equipment. Here, Harold Emery is rolling some of the many pennies that are coming into school. If you have any you'd like to contribute the students will gladly roll them!
     Brownville Fourth graders have been designing road signs that will be entered in a contest sponsored by the Maine Department of Transportation. Seven regional winners will be selected. Each regional winner is awarded $200 for a class prize. The semi-finalists will be posted on a web site from March 12 through March 28, during which time the public can vote for their favorite entry by e-mail or regular mail. The entry with the most votes earns $1000 for their class. The winning sign will be posted at selected roadside locations in Maine.Log on to www. to vote for your favorite sign.

Cook School News
     The Cook School students and staff are happy to announce an addition to our family. Paige Mackenzie Carter was born on Wednesday, February 26th. Congratulations Mrs. Carter, Mr. Carter, Bryce and Reece.
     Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson awarded Terrific Kid Certificates at our assembly on February 27, 2003.
     Terrific Kids were: ALVIN LITTLEFIELD-Ms. Ivy said that Alvin was trying hard to complete his jobs and to follow class rules. LILLIS NOKE-Mrs. Rhoda said that Lillis is a Terrific Kid every week. She does her best at all times. She is a very kind friend. CALEB STANLEY-Miss K. said that Caleb was listening very closely to directions. He has been completing assignments and returning all homework. Caleb won the local Knight's of Columbus Free Throw contest. Caleb, You're #1 with us every day.
     Kathy Foss honored MICHAELA NOKE, JESSICA DONLON and KRISTEN MORSE as Bus Kids of the week.
     A new award was added to our celebration this week. Our librarian, Mrs. Lavigne recognized the following students for their terrific book borrowing and book returning. You read a lot! Congratulations to Sabrina Fedillah, Rebecca Pierce, Dylan LeClair, Lillis Noke, Alyssa Gray and Brian Lippincott. We are proud of all our Terrific Kids!
     We had planned to use our cross-country skis at our session on Feb. 27th. Parent volunteers arrived early in the morning to drag the trails. We appreciate their good intentions. It was determined that the trails were still too icy. The Heartbeaters strapped on snowshoes instead and were off on another adventure. We look forward to using the skis at our March 13th session.
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Terrific Kids from the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - The Terrific Kid this week is JAMES DOUCETTE. James is a very happy and cooperative student. He works very hard on all he does and is willing to help others. James loves to read to his friends and teachers. We are so proud of you James.
Mrs. Mills - The Terrific Kid in our class has made great improvements on her handwriting, math and completing her work on time. She is always smiling and has wonderful manners. We are all lucky to have CAITLYN DURANT as a member of our class.
MRS. DUNHAM - Our Terrific Kid is a very kind, helpful young man. His written work is always neatly done. He loves math and he is making great progress learning his multiplication facts. We love having SHAWN PULLYARD in our classroom.
Mrs. Dellolio - This week’s Terrific Kid for 4th grade is STEVEN NATALINO. Steven is a hard worker and a good friend to all. He also has a very good sense of humor.
Mrs. Hayes - This week we are honoring our WHOLE CLASS as Terrific Kids at our school. The children report that they are a happy classroom and these are the reasons for their happiness:
1. Children read to each other.
2. Students work together on journals.
3. Kids use the word wall.
4. They are polite and respectful to each other.
5. They do their best work every day.
6. The children work quietly on their jobs.
The teachers report that is one great, wonderful, terrific group of kids.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - JAMIE MCCLURE- Jamie has been working hard to improve his handwriting. He loves to add to our discussions in class and is a good friend to his classmates. We enjoy having Jamie in our class. DANIEL MC NALLY- Daniel is a good friend to his classmates. He follows the "I Care" rules and is a terrific listener. We like how he always volunteers. Keep up the good work, Daniel!
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - We are happy to announce that we have two really special TK's this week. Our first Tk is a great little guy that we can always depend on to be polite and helpful. He loves getting outside to play in the snow and is beginning to love reading the books in his browsing box. He often sits with his buddy, Justin, and reads his little books. He has an older brother in this school who has been a good role model for his little brother. This really terrific kid is LOGAN ROBINSON.
     Our second TK this week is someone we can call "Mr. T." Not only does his name begin with the letter we have been studying this week, he is always truthful, talented, tidy, and TERRIBLY sweet. Our Mr. "T" is TYLER TRASK.
Mrs. Whitney - Terrific kid for 2/28 in Mrs. Whitney's room is KIEL LARSON. He is a great helper in the library for Mrs. Lavigne and the students who are visiting while he is in there. Kiel has also been helping Mrs. Russell with some of the younger children during snow shoeing gym class. He has been a great trail leader and helper. Great Job Kiel!
Great, Big Smiles
     Tammy Elsenheimer, a dental hygienist from Dr. Steinke's dental office at Dover Foxcroft, presented a dental lesson to The Early Childhood classrooms at Milo Elementary. They were shown how to care for their teeth and gums and she shared information about good nutrition supporting the development of healthy teeth.
     Tammy demonstrated the proper brushing of teeth, gums and tongue with the use of the puppet Geena Giraffe

Classroom teachers completed the activity by reading books, holding classroom discussions and showing the video Geena's Tremendous Tooth Adventure.
     The First Grade received toothbrush packets. The Crest School Program, a division of the Proctor and Gamble Company, sponsored both the video and the toothbrush packets.

     The Kindergarten Class from Milo Elementary released balloons in memory of classmate Joshua Lovejoy.

     Students in Kindergarten at Milo Elementary are all snuggled around their new blankets and quilts from the Eastern Maine Project Linus. Project Linus provides children with their own homemade blanket to keep who have face trauma or a critical illness. There are over 250 chapters in the United States. Merelene Sanborn, Coordinator from Eastern Maine Project Linus contacted the class recently after the students lost one of their classmates. If you would like to make a blanket for Project Linus, or you may contact her at 965-8005.
     On February 12, the students from Marie Hayes' and Linda O'Connors'classroom joined with other students at Milo Elementary to celebrate 100 days of school. During the day children were involved with a variety of math activities. They counted 100 books, 100 unifix cubes, 100 dinosaurs and other classroom objects. The children reviewed math concepts of 1's,10's and 100's, addition, subtraction, telling time, tally work, graphing, money value, estimating and patterning.
     The students made 100 colorful hearts for a festive mural. They placed 100 of their favorite words on white hearts for the display. Their familiar words were taken from word wall displays, word books and classroom reading books. The day ended with a visit from Zero the Hero.

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     Students in Mrs. Barden's, Mrs. Hudak's, Mrs. Worcester's, and Miss Howard's rooms had a visit with Stacey Martin. Stacey is the wife of D.J. Martin, a Marine from Brownville and son of Christine Martin of the Milo Staff.
     D.J. is part of the Armed Forces now stationed in the Middle East, the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, H and S Company and D.J. is a sergeant.
     Classes at Milo Elementary have been writing to D.J. and his unit. We learned that D.J. is in charge of all the supplies that the soldiers need.
     Stacy brought us an MRE that the Marines eat three times a day. It was very different from spaghetti, or a Big Mac! The school is collecting things to send to D.J. as a care package. We would like to be able to send enough stuff so that D.J. can share with his whole unit.
     Here is a list that Stacy gave us: Baby wipes, Lever 2000 wipes, ziploc baggies, trial size toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, foot powder, chapstick, eye drops ,toothbrushes, disposable razors, Listerine pocket packs, skintastic ,non-aerosol sunscreen, powdered drinks(gatorade, hotcocoa, sweetened koolaid, instant coffee), cup of soup, instant oatmeal, hard candy, gum, mints, beef jerky trail mix, sealed snacks (Little Debbie), envelopes, pens, stationary, batteries, crossword puzzles, search awords, playing cards, and travel games. A big box will be in the office at Milo Elementary School for donations.

     It is not too late to register for the Move and
Improve Program being sponsored at the local level by MSAD #41's Wellness Team. This year you must register on-line at If you experience any difficulty with this, or do not have Internet access, please contact Sue Chaffee Site Coordinator at 943-7346 ext. 208, Kathy Witham at 965-8184 or Kim Morrill at 943-2122 for assistance.
     This is a great opportunity to improve your level of fitness by starting right where you are at!
     Participants are asked to do some type of activity for 30 minutes, 4 days a week, for 10 of the 12 weeks in the program. You can exercise for 30 minutes all atonce, do two 15 minute sessions or three 10 minute sessions.
     Activity Logs for tracking your progress can be
downloaded from the Move & Improve site when you register or by contacting Sue, Kathy or Kim.

     There are some great prizes being offered by program sponsors for those who submit their Activity Log via the website. There is also opportunity this year for some local prizes that will be awarded if Activity Log information is submitted each week to the Site Coordinator. More details on this later.

Weight Watchers at Work Program
     Participants of MSAD #41's Weight Watchers at Work Program are enjoying great success, and appreciating the group support available, as we enter into the 4th week of this 12-week program. It is not too late to join us in this venture, we welcome new members at any time. WW at Work is open to district employees as well as community members and students. The cost is $139.00 for 12 weeks, but those joining after the program starts pay only those weeks that remain. They will still receive all program materials.
     If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208, or join us at the meeting to sign up. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. at Milo Elementary School. Join with us in shedding extra pounds or just to learn about healthier eating!

     Regular readers of this column might remember that last fall the library had a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Lin Pickle ,she is Nancy Cotter, the granddaughter of the first librarian, Florence Cotter. Lin and Nancy visited the library to see how it looked and to take videos of the inside and outside to show Nancy’s father, H. Eugene Cotter, who was the son of Florence. He had lived in Milo in his youth and had fond memories of the town and the library. While we were visiting, I made the suggestion that it would be nice to have a picture of the first librarian to place beside the new librarians’ plaque which is on the wall just below the picture of Andrew Carnegie (this is a Carnegie library). A few weeks later I received a copy of a lovely picture of Florence Cotter. Luckily I was able to find a suitable old-fashioned-looking frame that set the picture off very well. Thanks to our custodian, Dean Henderson, the portrait is now in place beside the librarians’ plaque and looks elegant. Come in and view this tribute to our first librarian.
     When I place an order for books, many of them have not been published yet. They come into the library periodically, exciting additions to our new books. These are the backordered books that have arrived the last few weeks.
Krentz, Jayne Ann LIGHT IN SHADOW
Lowell, Elizabeth THIS TIME LOVE
We have also had some new mystery books donated to us. They are:
Albert, Susan Wittig INDIGO DYING
Johnson, Dolores BUTTONS & FOES
Pickard, Nancy STORM WARNINGS (short stories)

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     I shall also be sending in an order for new books this week. There will be new books by Danielle Steel, John Grisham, Luanne Rice , two new books by M.C.Beaton and many others. Look for the complete list next week.
     Remember we have income tax forms—both FEDERAL and STATE of MAINE. Come in for all the forms you might need.

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

A Historical Review - Part 1
Chautauqua Flourished in Maine
BDN, by Betsy Shirley, 8/30/77
Betsey Shirley Knapp, 1957-1994
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     Fifty-five years ago citizens in small Maine communities were anticipating the greatest event of the summer. Chautauqua. The Chautauqua circuit was a group of traveling performers who presented a high quality form of educational entertainment to townspeople all over the United States. There were many forms of entertainment including music, dramatic productions, lighthearted humor and inspirational lectures.
     The Chautauqua movement was started in 1874 at Lake Chautauqua, NY. The founders had originally planned to train Sunday school teachers of all Protestant denominations in an attractive summer area, but within a few years the program was extended to include lectures, discussions and home readings. The Chautauqua movement that developed through the years influences adult education in the United States for almost a century. Programs such as the adult summer school, university extension, correspondence courses, and "great books" discussion groups had their roots in Chautauqua.
     Just prior to the 1920's, Chautauqua was expanded to include entertainment by traveling talent, thus developing into a business enterprise. Troops of musicians, young and old, traveled throughout the country providing a great deal of enjoyment wherever they went.
     Chautauqua was looked forward to for weeks. Stores posted window cards with pictures of entertainers, and season tickets which read "Come to Chautauqua" were sold for $2.50. Before the circuit would agree to visit a town, they required a guarantee that a specific number of tickets would be sold. The influential businessmen and ministers of the town acted as guarantors and took the responsibility of paying for any unsold tickets. People scurryed around town exchanging greetings and stopped to chat about the approaching Chautauqua. Ministers reminded their congregations that Chautauqua was coming.
     The day that the train carrying Chautauqua arrived was a big event. A large crowd gathered at the railroad station and watched as 25 to 30 celebrities dismounted the train. Each day thereafter when the noon train pulled in, more entertainers arrived as the others departed for the next town. The large brown canvas tent was raised by a group of men, and chairs borrowed from the local town hall were installed. A platform at the front of the tent served as a stage with an American flag draped just above.

Science Corner
     The name carbohydrate comes from the fact that these compounds contain only carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. In addition there are always twice as many hydrogen as oxygen like it is in water. The name then is “carbon water”.
     Carbohydrates can be divided into two categories: sugars and polysaccharides like starch. We think of sugars as being sweet, however most are not. On a scale counting sucrose, table sugar, as 100 fructose, found in fruit, rates almost twice as sweet while glucose sometimes called dextrose is about 75% as sweet. The sugar in milk, lactose, is only about 15% as sweet as sucrose. Some less known sugars actually have an unpleasant taste.
     Many of the sugars known are either found only rarely or not at all in nature. They can be made in the laboratory, but no plant makes them as far as we know. All natural sugars are what is known is D sugars. This means they are “right-handed”. If you remember

the article on amino acids, they were all left-handed. When sugars are made in the laboratory there is a mixture of the right and left handed varieties. The body cannot digest the left-handed variety.
     Sucrose or common table sugar is formed by the union of glucose and fructose. It is called a disaccharide because it contains two simple sugars. When the body digests sucrose it converts it back to fructose and glucose. The body continues to break them down and they end up in what is known as the citric acid or Krebs cycle. The Krebs cycle is responsible for the production of ATP in the body. ATP or adenosine triphosphate is the compound that gives our bodies the energy needed to digest food and all the other cell reactions.
     Not all sugars contain six carbon atoms like glucose and fructose. Others with three, four or five carbons exist. One of the best known of the five carbon sugars is ribose. It is found in compounds such as RNA, ribonucleaic acid and DNA deoxyribonucleic acid. These compounds deal with cell metabolism and genetics. Ribose is also found in Vitamin B2 or riboflavin.
     There are many more polysaccharides than simple sugars. The two most common are starch and cellulose. Starch is composed of long chains of glucose molecules sometimes measuring in the 100,000 range. Our saliva enzymes react with starch to produce molecules of glucose so that the body can use them for energy. Even more common is cellulose. It is also composed of long chains of glucose but they are bonded together in such a way that our bodies cannot digest them. Animals such as cows, horses, sheep and goats possess the proper enzymes in their digestive system to extract the glucose from cellulose. Paper is almost pure cellulose.
     Other common substances composed of polysaccharides are dextrin used for the backs of postage stamps and gum on envelopes, mucilage glue, and even the skin of insects as well as lobsters and crabs.
     Dieticians recommend we get between 40 and 60% of our calories from carbohydrates. Of course it would not do to get all these from simple sugars like those in candy. The complex sugars or polysaccharides found in fruit vegetables, whole grains rice, bread, cereals, beans and dried peas are the best source of our needed carbohydrates.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I've been thinking a lot lately about my grandmothers. My mother's mother was a classic grandmother. She had long white hair that she kept by day in a nice neat bun on the back of her head.....and by night a long braid hanging down the back of her flannel nightgown. She had 25 grandchildren who called her "Nana," and she was an expert at making molasses cookies. She wore lovely silk dresses and serviceable lace-up oxfords of black in the winter and white in the summer. If Nana ever wore slacks, I never saw her in them. Dad remembers her as being very level headed ......bringing her own kids back down to earth if their heads got too big for them. We have a great little piece of video footage of Nana swatting my Uncle Dick out from under the Christmas tree one year when he was doing way too much shaking of the presents. I like to think that I got my sense of humor from Nana. Although.....she always found humor in the strangest things, like my Aunt Rose falling off of a little hassock in our livingroom, or me tripping as I was going up the stairs. Nana was a real laugh riot!!!
     My other grandmother didn't ever wear her hair in a bun and actually her hair stayed quite dark for most of her life. She had 12 grandchildren who called her "Mammie." She was much younger than my Nana, but serviceable oxfords were her shoes of choice, as well. I don't recall ever seeing Mammie in slacks, but I am fascinated by a picture of her that Karen gave me in a collage for Christmas. Mammie had on slacks and a sweet blouse with a lovely jacket over the outfit.
     Nana's idea of being outdoors was a comfy lawn chair in the yard or a picnic table somewhere. Mammie, on the other hand, had more than one picture taken of herself on a

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rock somewhere while she was climbing in a remote area. Mammie's mother, my Nannie Savage, cooked many years for logging camps and at sporting camps around the area. Mammie was as comfortable in the woods as she was anywhere.
     Neither of my grandmothers had to work outside the home. Both of them kept lovely homes, and both were wonderful cooks. Nana was a very religious woman.....and genteel. Mammie was the first agnostic that I ever knew......and spicy. I loved them both, equally, and I love to figure out the comparisons that I have to them both.
     It's hard for me to believe it.....but now I'm a grandmother. I'm certainly not old enough to be a I? Oh yes, I certainly am. Not only am I a grandmother once.....but I'm a grandmother 4 times, 5 if you count my little Jackie Aceto who's not a biological product, but certainly every bit the grandchild in every other way. I've been a grandmother since I was in my mid 40's. YIKES!!
     I found these two little writings that I wanted to share about grandmothers:
What is a Grandmother? written by a 9-year-old.
     A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own, so she likes other people's little boys and girls. A grandfather is a man grandmother. Grandmas don't have to do anything except be there. They're old, so they shouldn't play hard or run. It is enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is and have lots of dimes ready. Usually grandmas are fat, but not too fat to tie kids' shoes. They wear glasses and they can take their teeth out and gums off!
     They don't have to be smart....only answer questions like why dogs chase cats and how come God isn't married? They don't talk baby talk like visitors do because it is hard to understand, and when they read to us they don't skip words or mind it if it's the same story over and over again.
     Everyone should try to have a Grandma especially if they don't have a television, because grandmothers are the only grownups who really ever seem to have any time for children!
     Then I found this little poem that tells it like it really is:
Today's Grandma

The old rocking chair will be empty today.
For Grandma no longer is in it.
She is off in her car to office or shop
And buzzes around every minute.
No one can shove Grandma back up on the shelf,
She is versatile, forceful, dynamic.
That isn't a pie in the oven, you know,
Her baking today is ceramic!

You won't see her trundling off early to bed
From her place in a warm chimney nook.
Her typewriter clickety-clacks through the night,
For Grandma is writing a book!
She isn't content with crumbs of old thought
With meagre and second-hand knowledge.
So, don't bring your mending and babies to tend
For Grandma has gone back to College!!!
     I'm very much like my grandmothers in so many ways......and nothing like my grandmothers at all. Both of them would be scandalized by the hectic lifestyle that I keep, and the helter skelter manner of my busy work-a-day world. Nana wouldn't ever say anything to me by way of criticism, but she'd never ever understand it. Mammie would harp about it every time she saw me, but she'd defend me to her friends, and say I was doing things just right! If they were alive, people would say that I certainly had things both ways. What I wouldn't give for an hour of time that I could visit and share a cup of tea with both of those wonderful ladies.
     Here's my Grandmother's recipe for Date Squares....She called them Krumbles
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package dates cut up fine or ground
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup hot water
     Cook filling until thickened. Spread half of krumbled mixture in a tin. Next, cover with the filling. Then add the other half of mixture. Bake 20 minutes.
     (Don't you just love the way the old time cooks wrote down recipes! I'm guessing you'll want to use an 8-inch pan and you'll want it to be greased. I'd press the first half of the crumbled mixture into the pan firmly. I'd spread the filling not quite to the edge over that. The second half of the crumbled mixture I'd probably only give a quick press to.... not firm. I think I'd bake this in a 350 to 375 degree oven.)

     The Key Club is gearing up for its annual winter blood drive to be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2003. The drive will be held at the Penquis Valley Middle School gym from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Our goal is fifty units. We were short of our goal at the December drive so we’re hoping to exceed our goal by at least 10 units to make up for the December shortage! Club members will be calling past donors on Monday, March 3rd and Wednesday, March 5th to set up appointments. If we miss you and you would like to schedule an appointment please feel free to contact me at 943.7317 to set up a time.
     Our blood drive will be the first in the area to use the new Electronic Blood Donation Record (eBDR) system. Anyone who has donated at our site before will already be entered into the computer system. Any first time donors will have their information entered at this drive. This new computerized process will streamline the blood donation record process and should decrease the wait time for donors! We’re proud to be the first site in the area to use this new technology!
     The election of officers for the 2003-04 school year will be held soon. We urge everyone to attend to lend support to candidates Shawn Burke, President; Lindsay Small, Vice President; Cameron Wellman, Treasurer; Kylie Palmer, Secretary. Each candidate will present a 3-5 minute speech on what they plan to accomplish in their year in office. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
     Thanks to Mr. Ed Treworgy for being our guest at the February 27, 2003 meeting.

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MARCH 3 – 7
Monday-Baked ham, scalloped potato, peas, dinner roll, orange _’s, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Chicken noodle soup, B.L.T. sandwich, cheese stick, and apple.
Wednesday-Fish sticks, stir fry veg., mashed potato, dinner roll, and birthday cake.
Thursday-Chicken fajita, lettuce/tomato, rice pilaf, and pineapple.
Friday-French bread pizza, green beans, buttered macaroni, and pears.

     Sixty-two boys and girls from M.S.A.D. #41, ages 10 to 14, were named local Champions of the 2003 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level. Council #6559 in Milo-Brownville sponsored the local competition at Penquis Valley High School in Milo. All youngsters age 10 to 14 were eligible to participate.
     Kasey Sherbourne was the 10-year-old girl’s champion and Jerell Arefein was the winner of the 10-year-old boy’s division. In the 11-year-old girl’s division, Morgan Royal was the champion and Caleb Stanley was the boy’s champion. Twelve-year-old winners in the girl and boy’s division were Nycole Carey and Tyler Elsenheimer. The 13-year-old girl’s division was won by Sarah Niemic and the boy’s by Nick Emery. Fourteen-year-old champions were Mindy Dolley in the girl’s bracket and Justin Morrill for the boy’s. Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts. Successive rounds of five free throws per contestant settled ties until a winner emerged.
     Each of these winners were eligible to compete in the district contest in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, March 1st, with an eye toward moving on to the state contest that will be held in Old Town on March 8.
     Youth director Walter Oakes was assisted by Carol Jean Sawyer, Stephanie Gillis, Mary Lynn Kazyaka, and Lynn Weston in registering the youngsters in the various schools. Judges for the contest were Russell Carey, Wally Russell, and Carol Jean Sawyer.
     Other girls participating were 14-year-old Megan Knowles, Kylie Palmer, and Ashley Jenkins; 13-year-old Suzanne Johnson, Lynn Corson, Kayla Goodine, Erika Lyford, Reanne Thompson, and Nicole Ballard; 12-year-old Crystal Mills, Tyla Crocker, Erica Lyford, Kristin Robinson, Kimberly Herbest, and Alissa Maguire; 11-year-old Amanda Tartaglio, Kyla Whittemore, Kayla Webb, Jamie Kleinkauf, Kayla Whittemore, Shannon Harriman, and Kelsey Ottman.
     Other boys participating were 14-year-old Dustin Herbest, Kevin Tartaglio, Joe Russell, Kole Stevens, and Nathan Allen; 13-year-old Dillon Conley; 12-year-old Kristopher Foss, Ryan Bailey, Brad Brown, Drew Bellatty, Logan Greenlaw, Joshua Brown, Patrick Harris, and Dustin Lancaster; 11-year-old Keil Larson, Jesse McLaughlin, Philip Larrabee, Corey Herbest, Mike Johnson, Patrick Norwood, Leigh Dolley, Mike Drake, and Stephen Morse; and 10-year-old Joshua Dillon, Edward Cobb, Jeremy Russell, Justin Artus, Bryan Russell, and Jonathan Rublee.

     Congratulations to the following youngsters for placing first in their divisions at the competition on Saturday, March 1st; Caleb Stanley, shooting 25 for 25, Morgan Royal, Nycole Carey, Nick Emery, and Justin Morrill. Placing second in their divisions are Jerell Arefein, Casey Sherbourne, Tyler Elsemheimer, Sarah Neimic, and Mindy Dolley. They have earned the right to compete at the state level on March 8 in Old Town.

     Kathy Perkins has found many interesting articles in some very old issues of the Bangor Daily Commercial. The papers were found by accident when some floorboards were pulled up. Thank you, Kathy, for thinking of the Kiwanis newspaper and for sharing the news with everyone.
From the Bangor Daily Commercial, Saturday April 4, 1914: NEWS OF A DAY IN TWIN TOWNS
Beautiful Scenery in Wooded Section After Snow Storm; Dover-Foxcroft, April 4, 1914
     Local photographers who had an ambition to get views of Maine winter scenes had the opportunity of their lives during the past two days. The snow which fell Thursday following the heavy rain of Wednesday night stuck to the trees and literally bent them to the ground in many places. The result Friday was some beautiful scenery in the heavily wooded sections and some of the photographers made the most of the opportunity.
     The road leading from Foxcroft to Greeley's Landing was nearly blocked in places by the heavily laden trees from both sides bent toward the road and in spots completely overlapped the highway, making sort of a tunnel through which teams passed.
     Fred Davis, formerly of Newport, but who is now manager of a clubhouse at Madagascar Lake in Burlington, was in Dover-Foxcroft calling on friends, Friday.
     Harry W. Blethen has purchased a handsome Overland roadster of C. O. Paine of Foxcroft, local agent for the Overland cars.
     Leslie B. Judkins, traveling salesman for the Apollo chocolates, is passing a few days at his home in Foxcroft.
     One of the events of the coming week to which the framers and horsemen are looking forward with more than usual interest is the big auction sale of fine draft horses at the French & McKechnie stable on North street, Thursday, April 9. Some fine horseflesh will go under the hammer and those looking for bargains are cordially invited to be present.
     Capt. William R. Clarke of Bowerbank was in town Friday en route to Bangor on business. Capt. Clarke is getting his fleet of steamers on the lake ready for spring and summer service. He will operate three steamers this season and states that everything indicates a busy spring and summer about this popular Piscataquis resort.
     Carpenters have completed the job of laying the hardwood floors in the store and meatshop of E. W. Judkins on North Street. Painters will soon begin work on renovating the interior of the store and meat room.
     The pastors of the local churches have decided on May 10 as Go-To-Church Sunday in the twin towns. The pastors are endeavoring to arouse interest in this movement and every effort will be made to fill the churches on the date mentioned.

     From the weather book faithfully kept by Mrs. Mabel McCleary when she made her home in Brownville Jct.
MARCH – 1966
March 4-Nice day-22° at 7 am and 36° at 8 pm.
March 5-Rain-30° at 7:15 am and 32° at 9pm.
March 6-Foggy Rain-34° at 8 am and 36° at 9 pm.
March 7-Snow flurries-30° at 7 am and 24° at 9:30 pm.
March 8-Nice Day-10° at 7 am and 16° at 10 pm.
March 9-Nice Day-8° at 6:45 am and 24° at 9 pm.
March 10-Nice Day-12° at 6:30 am and 30° at 9 pm.
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     The calendar says three more weeks ‘til spring, and as I write this, the weather forecast calls for snow and subzero temperatures, yet the sounds of spring abound in the Robertson house. We have baby chicks!!
     What a surprise to wake up last Friday morning to the sweet little peep peeping of baby chicks. It was an even bigger surprise to look in the incubator and see only eggs. It seems baby chicks begin peeping hour before they begin their journey out of their eggs. And considering the eggs were hatching 7 days early, surprises were the order of the day!
     At 7AM, I left my room to go to the kitchen and at 7:10AM I returned to my room to find a wet, exhausted, yellow baby chicken lying on it’s back, with an empty egg-shell beside it. I can’t believe how quick it happened. I had read up on the hatching, so I knew to leave the chick in the incubator until it was completely dry. Of course, at the time, I thought the chick was a keet, a baby guinea fowl, because that’s what the egg was supposed to be. I also thought that my chick was a preemie, so I was concerned about its health. I immediately took a picture of the baby and e-mailed it to my Guinea mentor, a women I had met online at a Guinea Fowl message board. At the same time, I e-mailed the women I bought the eggs from and asked her if there was a chance that I had small chicken eggs instead of Guinea eggs.
     I went off to work, knowing that if I stayed home I would be tempted to handle the wet baby before I was supposed to. Before I left, I noticed another egg was peeping and was tempted to stay and watch, but duty called so I headed for the Farmer’s Union for an hour or so.
     When I returned home, sure enough, there were two yellow chicks and they were completely dry, so I picked them up to put them into a box with a heating lamp. Baby fowl of any kind need to be kept at 95-degrees their first week of life. Before I put them in the box, I studied them, kissed them, told them they were the cutest things in the world, and named them. The one who was born first was completely yellow and looked like a girl, so I named her “Eve”. Her sibling had a black faint gray stripe down its back and a few gray spots on its face, so I decided he might be a boy, and named him Adam. Remembering how good I am at determining the sex of chickens (Puff Daddy/Mama) I assured them their names were still open to discussion at a future date and put them in their new warm home.
     I had never seen one-hour old chicks before and was amazed to watch them try out their legs, stand up, and immediately start pecking and eating the feed I had scattered on the bottom of their box. I gently showed them their water dish and they each had a drink. Imagine how cute the little darlings were, dipping their beaks in the shallow dish of water, then throwing their tiny heads back to swallow. WOW!!
     I let them get some sleep and went to check for answers to my questions on my computer. My Guinea expert had written to say that the picture I sent her looked more like a chick than a keet, and the person I bought the eggs from said there was a chance that her small Japanese Bantom chickens had laid eggs in her Guinea’s nest, so the mystery was solved. Chickens hatch in 21 days, exactly what had passed since I started incubating the eggs. I examined the eggs that had hatched and noticed there were tiny differences between them and most of the remaining eggs in the incubator. I also noticed that another egg was peeping. It was time to head for job #2, so I bid my new babies goodbye and reluctantly left.
     I returned home around 3PM, and all was well. The unhatched egg was still peeping, with no sign of a crack or hole. I have an injured full-grown hen living in a cage in my bedroom, and she seemed quite intrigued with all the activity going on around her. All of the peeping must have brought out the motherly instincts in her, because she promptly laid an egg and started clucking proudly. I didn’t have the heart to tell her it would be someone’s breakfast, not a baby chick. Somethings are best left unsaid.
     When Kirby got home from work, around 4PM, the new babies were all settled in and a hole and some cracks had appeared in the unhatched egg. Kirby had to make a trip downtown, and as soon as he left the crack in the egg grew, and the chipping noises were steady. Eventually, the crack went all the way around the egg, except for about a quarter of an inch. The top half of the egg would lift up as the chick struggled to get out, but I couldn’t see anything.
     Suddenly, a wet, tiny, BLACK wing appeared. I’m glad I knew it was a chicken hatching, because what I was looking at looked more like the leg of a tarantula! I could see the egg pieces expand out as the baby struggled to free itself, but I knew not to help, as the tender skin could be easily damaged. Finally and suddenly, out popped a teeny, black, hairy, blob. Notice I didn’t write “darling” or “cute”. I didn’t actually scream. but what I was looking at was so unlike the other two chicks I was a bit taken aback. I now know how the expression “a face only a mother could love” came to be. I heard Kirby enter the house and he got to see the baby when it was only one minute old.
     I remarked that it sure was an ugly little spud, and “Spud” stuck and is now his/her name.
     So now the babies are 3 days old and if I do say so, they are geniuses! They play and peep and react to my voice when I tell them how sweet they are. Yes, even Spud cleaned up quite nicely and is now as sweet as the other two. I consider this a trial run, for next Friday, I should have 10-15 more eggs hatch, if all goes well. Be sure to check in next week to see how the rest of the eggs turn out. I’m sure there will be a story to tell.



     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 fifteen members and a special guest, Pat Ricker. Will an application be needed?
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Don St. Cyr recited a prayer for guidance in helping others.
     Todd Lyford was our inspirational reader with a message concerned with acceptance. “When God measures a man he puts the tape around his heart instead of his head.” One of our greatest presidents, Abe Lincoln, was well aware of his less than perfect appearance and often made jokes about it, as others did. His craggy face wasn’t a deterrent to him, as he became one of the most esteemed men of modern times. When judging your fellow man, look into their heart first.

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     It was a great pleasure to hold the induction of our newest member today. Don St. Cyr is an official member of the Milo/Brownville Kiwanis Club. We heartily welcome you, Don!!
     Birthday wishes go out to Lois Trask and Ruby Grindle on March 2.
     Nine happy and sad dollars were donated today for a new member, no back pain, Italy, Italian shirt, spring training, and for the excellent work of the Milo Water District.
     The Key Club will hold their officer elections on March 6 at PVHS. Their meetings are back on schedule after the February break and they look forward to Kiwanians attending.
     The Three Rivers News is continuing to grow.
     Plans for the Variety Show, scheduled for May 9 and 10, will soon be in high gear. The committee is gathering acts and looking for more voices for the Community Chorus. Rehearsals will be at 6:30 pm on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings beginning March 24. They will be held in the fifth-grade classroom of Mrs. Stephanie Gillis at the Milo Elementary School. (The portable on the left, facing from the parking lot.) For further information or to sign up please contact Kathy Witham at 965-8184 during the day and at 943-2112 in the evening, Chris Beres at 943-2122 during the day and at 943-2895 in the evening, Ethelyn Treworgy at 943-7748 or Lois Trask at 943-2515 or at the Trask Agency. Walk-ins will not be turned away!
     An auction date has been tentatively set for June 26 and 27.
     There will be a Reading is Fundamental event during the week of March 10.
     Eben DeWitt asked for members to attend the Guilford Kiwanis meeting on Thursday, February 27. Lois and Roy said they would try to accompany Eben.
     Highlights of the Board meeting of February 6th; voted to buy a dozen new aprons, sponsor a child safety day in the spring with Edie Miles as possible chairperson, thank-you note read from the Milo/Brownville Rec. Department for the donation of $160 for custodial services, senior class doesn’t want Project Graduation trip this year, the Coffee House proposal tabled, Variety Show approved for May 9 and 10, Lt. Gov. Harold Sherman announced that Kiwanis International will propose a raise in annual dues from $70 to $85, and tabled discussion to donate money to the TRC website until it is determined what the specific needs are.
     Next week is Read Across America and there will be a Read Across Milo next week at the Milo Elementary School. The students will read to various groups and they would like people to go to their school so they can read to them.
     A special event will be held at the Brownville Elementary School next week, a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. Special guests will be Val Robertson and “Puff Daddy/Mama”.
     The next Board meeting will be on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 am at Angie’s.
     Edwin introduced our guest speaker for today, Merlene Sanborn, with a presentation about the Linus Blanket Project (Providing special hugs to kids in Maine). Merlene is the Director of the Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft and the coordinator of the Eastern Maine Linus Project. After seeing an article in a magazine she wanted to make a blanket in her sisters name. The sole function of the project is to distribute blankets to children who are facing difficult times or have a critical illness. Project Linus has provided over 600,000 security blankets all over the world and has 279 chapters in the United States. The Eastern Maine chapter has collected more than 1500 blankets since January of 1998. The distribution points are the Eastern Maine Medical Center (Emergency and Pediatrics), Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, Inland Hospital in Waterville, Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan, Pathfinders (a support group for children in bereavement), Camp Rainbow (a YMCA Camp for children with cancer), and to any individual child who would benefit from a ‘hug’.
     Merlene told us that any handmade blanket, afghan or quilt is more than welcome. They should be in colors that children like and are washable. One blanket, made in brown and purple, was the instant choice of one child because it looked like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Making blankets is not the only way to help; Merlene said materials or financial contributions are helpful as is organizing a group for a work session. They welcome the chance to spread the word either by friends telling friends or speaking to groups.
     Donations can be dropped off at JoAnn Fabrics on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor, Viking Sewing Center in Brewer, the Fabric Garden in Madison, or with Merlene. Also available for collecting and distributing are Sandy Boobar in Bangor (827-3876) or Pat Rollins, 663-4420 and Janice Eagan, 634-3653 in Somerset County.
     For more information about this heartwarming project please contact Merlene at 965-8005 or at or Children need the support of others during times of crisis so please give a child a special ‘hug’.
     Thank you so much Merlene for sharing this wonderful project with us.
     Our upcoming speakers are Marilyn Lyford on March 5, speaking about the PTO, Tony Hamlin on March 19, and Ryan Bradeen on March 26 with a presentation about his trip to China.
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