Three Rivers News, 2003-03-18

?The Restaurant? is a Family Affair
     Chuck and Joi Stevens are officially the owners of The Restaurant, formally called Angie’s, on Park Street in Milo. The papers were signed on Thursday, March 13, and on Friday, March 14th, the couple took over their new enterprise. Chuck and Joi are shown in the photo above, with their sons Klay, who is in front, and Kole. I asked Joi for information about her and her family and she submitted a nice article which follows. Many of you are familiar with Joi’s writing, as she was “Miss Bea Kind” before her new venture demanded her time. We at the Three Rivers News wish the Stevens the best of luck, and look forward to seeing them at The Restaurant.
     We also want to wish Rhonda and Doris and families the best in whatever they decide to do. They built Angie’s into a great meeting and eating place and we will miss them.
     Here is Joi’s family’s story:

     I was born in Chicago, Illinois, in Oct 1964. I graduated from high school in 1982 in Florida. My parents are Maxine and Tom Kole. My mother lives in Milo and my father passed away 3 years ago. My grandparents were Francis (Shorty) and Elmer (Inch) Stanchfield. My great grandfather, Glenn Stanchfield, owned a restaurant on the corner of Elm/Main street. We will have the original sign that was in his restaurant hanging in 'The Restaurant' sometime in the spring.
     I have been self-employed as a photographer for the past 5 years. Prior to that I did bookkeeping. I plan to continue with my photography but need to throw myself completely into learning the ins and outs of the food industry. Luckily, this is my slowest time of year - I have 2-3 months where I can concentrate on "The Restaurant"
     We have 2 sons. Kole is 14 years old and attends PVMS Klay is 9 and is in the 3rd grade at Milo Elementary. Klay is looking forward to cooking...he loves to make omelets and wants to be our new cook...of course he will need plenty of practice before he will be serving the public. . I am sure we will find work for both of them to do.
     Chuck was born in Milo Maine in Jan. 1964. He graduated from Penquis in 1982. His parents are Fay and Judith Stevens, and his grandparents are Edna & Fay Stevens Sr. Chuck worked for Bangor Hydro for 13 years until he was laid off in May of 2002. When we originally decided to purchase 'Angies' this was going to be his full time job and I was going to be working when I wasn't busy with photography - then Chuck was hired at Georgia Pacific and it became my full time job with Chuck helping out on his days off.
     This will be a major change in both of our lives but it will be nice to be in charge of our future. Just a year ago we were sure that he would retire from the Bangor Hydro and look at where we are now. Everything with this sale worked out so smoothly that we have to feel that it was meant to be.


Anthony Murano, nephew of DJ helping to
pack the boxes

     Students in Mrs. Barden's, Mrs. Hudak's, Mrs. Worcester's, and Miss Howard's have collected 4 boxes of items to mail to D.J. Martin, a Marine from Brownville, and to other members of his unit. D.J. is the son of Christine Martin of the Milo Elementary 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.
     Many folks have already sent some wonderful items, and the 4 boxes that have been sent will let the soldiers know how much they are appreciated for the dangerous, yet necessary work they do.
     Also needed are any monetary donations, to help pay the postage to mail the boxes
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, hot cocoa, 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-a-words, playing cards, and travel games. A big box will be in the office at Milo Elementary School for donations.

The Mount Katahdin Senior Citizens will meet at the Brownville Community Church dining room for their Saint Patrick's Day dinner March 18th. at 12 o'clock noon.
Just a reminder that Amy Nichols and Betty Willette will be preparing the dinner and we are not to bring potluck.

There will be a Rummage sale at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church dining room Saturday April 5,2003.
Time 9 A.M.-11 A.M.

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     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.

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     Girl Scouts going strong in Milo! This Tuesday the girls in troop 594 had a visit from Valerie Robertson and her green-egg-laying chicken, Puff Mama. The girls meet Tuesday’s at 3:00pm at Milo Elementary School. . Karen Durant is the Troop Leader. A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) JFK (b) Ted Williams (c) Perry Como (d) Frank Sinatra once came through town.
2. (a) Willie Mays (b) Sir Winston Churchill (c) FDR (d) Spencer Tracy also came through town.
3. Webber Jones was a(n) (a) Democrat (b) Republican (c) Independent (d) Socialist
4. The second longest serving selectman was (a) Rodney Ross (b) Will Crozier (c) Neil Arbo (d) Walter McClain.
5. The tallest BJHS Railroader was (a) Bill Davis (b) Tom Lockhart (c) Don Gilson (d) Lewis Boobar.
6. The last rail on the CPR line through Maine was laid in (a) 1885 (b) 1888 (c) 1890 (d) 1892.
7.Silent movies were shown at (a) Dillon's Hall (b) the YMCA (c) the Prairie Pavillion (d) the Emporium.
8. Jessie Boivin was a((a) librarian (b) dietitian (c) nurse (d) science teacher.
9. Jerry Jean came from (a) Lewiston (b) Farmington (c) Augusta (d) Bangor
10. The longest serving officer in the BJHS Alumni Association is (was) (a) George Dean (b) Jerome Chase (c) Linda Coburn (d) Ginger Weston.

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

     The Penquis Cruizers will be holding their annual Cabin Fever Reliever party at the home of Fred and Susan Worcester in Williamsburg on Saturday, March 22, at 1pm.
     The group will be making plans for their annual Cruize-In which is scheduled to take place on June 22nd at the JSI parking lot in Milo. Anyone wishing information about the Cuizers or the event should call Fred or Susan at 965-8070.

     The baked bean supper that was held on March 8th was a big success. We had a good crowd of diners who enjoyed the beans, which John Sherburne prepared, along with Dot Trask's coleslaw, homemade rolls, hotdogs and cake and ice cream for dessert. We wish to thank all who made this supper a success, those who came to eat as well as those who worked so hard to get things ready, those who served, those who cooked, and most of all those who did the cleaning up. Without each and everyone of you we couldn't have done it. Thanks to all.
     On Thursday, March 13, the United Methodist Women held their regular monthly meeting. Following a routine business meeting we enjoyed a brief program on the history of the women's movement in Korea. We learned that the first missionary, Mrs. Mary Scranton who was a 53-year old widow, was sent to Korea in 1884.
     Once there she established Ewha Woman's School. The

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school has grown from a student body of one to a
student body of 25,000 and is now one of the largest women's universities in the world. At the time Mrs. Scranton went to Korea, women were not allowed to receive a public education, they had no legal name, and held no social status. The dominate ethic of the time, Confucianism, demanded that a Korean woman belonged to three men in her lifetime: her father, her husband,
and then her son. From this early beginning the Korean women's movement spread first to Hawaii and then to the mainland United States. Today there are about 400 Korean United Methodist Churches in the United States.

     The 6th grade will be having a bottle drive on Saturday, April 12th to raise money for their field trip to Boston's New England Aquarium. If anyone would like to drop off bottles/cans.... they can do so at Mike Comeau's and he will put it in their ongoing account.
     The 6th graders will also be doing an Avon Campaign headed up by Rose Clement for the next couple of weeks to raise money for their field trip to Boston's New England Aquarium. The kids will take the Avon books home on Friday, March 14 and be taking orders until Friday March 28th....If anyone would like to order...just see any 6th grader or call Rose Clement 965-8603 or Marilyn Lyford 943-2342.

     Brownville Elementary 4th grade students are looking for signs of Spring. Mrs. Wallace’s and Mrs. Jay's 4th grade class is enrolled in the state's program called "Jeepers Peepers."
     Pictured are (left to right) Amanda Peterson and Alex Hartin as they erect a marker that will measure the amount of snow melting. The snow measured a "whopping' 201/2 inches! Along with snowmelt, the class will be watching for the first sightings of robins, peepers (frogs) and budding of sugar maple trees. The class voted to monitor and predict when the ice will "officially" go out of Ebeeme Lake. The class winner of this prediction will win a prize!
     All of the date’s gathered will be sent to the state’s web site: CLICK HERE;
Many classes throughout the state are working on this project and the results can be viewed on the web site. The program is sponsored by the Maine State Department of Environmental Protection.

Milo PTO needs your help.............
     It is time to buy your raffle tickets for the April Drawings. Last year we raised funds for our school's activities and had lots of fun waiting for the daily drawings. This year, we have increased the prizes. Prizes range from $20 on weekdays to $50 on weekends. There is a BIG drawing for $200 on April 15.
     Tickets are available at school, at S&L Auto, The Restaurant or from PTO members.
     For those of you new to our project, there is a daily drawing during the month of April. but, like the Maine Lottery, you've got to get in to win. your tickets now. We have only 8 days left before the first drawing. You could be the winner!!!!

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - The Terrific Kid this week is REBECCA GLIDDEN. Rebecca is such an addition to our classroom and we love having her in our room. She is a very hard worker, puts forth a lot of

effort and is super conscientious each day. We are very proud of you!!!!!
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid this week has done a great job at improving his classroom behavior. His desk and floor space are neat, which Mrs. Cindy greatly appreciates. His handwriting skills and story writing are really coming along. He continues to make great strides in his math. We all like having SKYLAR BEARD in our class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a very sweet , kind girl. Her work is always neatly done and on time. She models the "I Care" rules every day. She is working very hard to learn her math facts. We love having BROOKE BOWDEN in our class.
Mrs. Hayes - Our Terrific Kids are an energetic group of students who volunteered to read for the MSAD#41 school board on Wednesday night. These students did a wonderful job presenting a coral reading of "No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" by Eileen Christelow. We are proud of their efforts in preparing for the presentation and we are happy and thankful for the support of their special families. We thank our whole class for
supporting these readers with kind words of encouragement and great help making Blueberry muffins and classroom "made" peanut butter. Thanks all!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - JUSTIN BROWN--We're glad to have Justin back with us and we're so proud of him! He's been an active listener at calendar and story time and he's working hard. Welcome back Justin. DANIELLE HOGLUND- This Terrific Kid is a wonderful friend to her classmates. Danielle is an avid reader. She always has her nose in a book. We love her enthusiasm.
Mrs. Whitney – Mrs. Whitney has 2 Terrific Kids this week. SUSANNE BROWN comes in every morning ready, willing and able to work on her morning work. Mrs. Whitney appreciates her willingness to start every day in the right way!! CHELSEA SPRAGUE is also a Terrific Kid this week. She has been working very hard on a positive attitude and has been very successful this week. Congratulations and keep up this great attitude.
Joe Beres’ Bus Students of the Week: In Brownville COLBY BROWN, and at Milo Elementary, COURTNEY LYFORD and JADE HILL.

March 10-May 26
     All students will be participating in our local Move and Improve program. We know that people of all ages who participate in physical activity receive health benefits. Your children's participation in the program will help them in creating a lifelong foundation for caring about health through physical activity. Move & Improve is a 12-week program designed to increase physical activity level. The Move & Improve goal is 30 minutes of physical activity, four days a week. Physical activity need not be continuous, but the minimum requirement is three 10 minute sessions, four days per week.
     Mrs. Russell will keep the student log sheets on a weekly basis. Students will have an opportunity to do one of the 4 activities during their Physical Education each week. Parents will be asked to submit a weekly activity note from home to document what the children have done.
     There will be a prize drawing each week for those who meet their goal of 30 minutes four times per week. At the end of the program, those who have met their goals for ten out of the twelve weeks will have their log sheets entered in a BIG drawing for such prizes as a bicycle, snowshoes, volleyball or badminton sets.
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     Each week students will be able to count their Physical Education class as one day of activity. Mrs. Russell will be introducing students to a variety of physical activities that they can do on their own.
     If you wish to enroll your family or your child in the regional program, you can log on at It will ask you for a site and we are the MSAD # 41 site. We hope that you and your family will take this opportunity to get involved in some healthy activities as a family.
     Milo Elementary held their first drawing for students who met their goal of 30 minutes of physical activity 4 days during the week. Justice Stone won a pedometer. She has been seen figuring out the mileage and steps around our school. Devon Armstrong won a water bottle with 25 ways to Get More Exercise printed on it. If you need ideas for activities to meet your goal, check with Devon. Tiffany Tuscano won a bright fluorescent pair of shoelaces. She'll be seen for miles when she is moving and improving. All students who turned in their logs for the week have been given a chain to collect tokens for each week they meet their goal.
     Mrs. Beres also announced that at the end of the 12 weeks of Move and Improve there would be a BIG drawing for students who meet their goals 10 out of 12 weeks. Someone will be going home with a new bike or possibly snowshoes or a volleyball or badminton set for the summer!!! Families are encouraged to sign up for Move and Improve as a family and get healthy

     Hello, my name is Melissa Gormley, I graduated from Penquis in 1996. For the past five years I have been in the early childhood education field. Currently I am taking classes at CMTC in Auburn, for early childhood education. One of my classes deals with issues that we face as parents and childcare providers. We have been learning a lot about media violence and how it effects our children. I am very concerned about what violent TV shows, video games, and toys are teaching children. I would like to share with you some of my concerns, and some possible solutions on how to protect children from media violence. I hope that you will find this information helpful. Thanks for caring.
     Some interesting facts about media violence and children:

  • Children average about 35 hours per week of screen time, which includes TV, movies, video and computer games, and videotapes.
  • Children’s cartoon/action programs average more than 20 acts of violence per hour, compared with 5 acts of violence per hour during prime-time television.
  • By the end of elementary school, children will have witnessed an average of 8,000 murders and 100,000 other violent acts.
  • Sales of toys and other products (like books, and videos) aimed toward children, directly related to violent TV programs, is a billion dollar industry.
  • Video games mimic the military training of soldiers to kill.

The effects of media violence on children:

  • Causes an increase in mean-spirited, aggressive behavior.
  • Teaches children that fighting is an acceptable way of solving problems.
  • Teaches children that violence is a normal, acceptable part of life, and it is an exciting form of entertainment.
     Most children’s programs lead children to believe that they can do everything on their own, without the guidance of adults, therefore children are rebelling at younger ages.
     What we, as parents and caregivers, can do to curb the negative effects that media violence has on children:
  • Set some basic rules about TV and video games (what, when, and how long they are allowed to watch TV/play video games).
  • Watch TV with children (as often as possible) and talk about what you see on TV.
  • Keep televisions and video games out of children’s bedrooms!
  • Try not to buy toys directly linked to violent programs, instead choose toys that can be played with in different ways (promoting creativity), toys that will stay interesting over a period of time, and toys that promote development and learning. Some examples include: blocks, puzzles, modeling clay and playdough, trucks and trains, and balls.
  • Make others aware of the negative impact that media violence has on our children.

     Media violence is having a huge impact on how children view the world, by being aware that it is a problem, and working together as a society to do something about it, we can give children a more balanced view of the world.
Information taken from: Diane E. Levin, Remote Control Childhood?, (Washington DC: NAEYC, 1998).
     Editors Note: Melissa makes some great points. This report comes at a great time in our schools’ year, as the students have just celebrated “Read Across America Week”. Reading to your child is always a great choice to make. Melissa is the granddaughter of Caroline Sinclair, who is a regular contributor to our paper. Thanks a bunch Melissa!!!

     Last week I wrote up a list of the newest books. This week I have three more titles to add. They are not new titles but they have been requested by several patrons. The first title in the series is A Boy called “IT” by David Pelzer. It is the true story of an abused child and how he managed to survive the cruelty of an alcoholic mother. The second title is The Lost Boy about David’s journey through foster homes and the love and care he received there. The third and final book of the series by David Pelzer is A Man Called Dave. This answers lots of the questions raised in the other books and provides an inspiring ending to the author’s true story.
     We are beginning to use genre explanation stickers on our newest books. So far we have marked the Maine books with the appropriate stickers. These Maine books have a Maine author, are about Maine or have a Maine central character (as in the case of a biography). We are also marking Historical Fiction with a sticker. Patrons have often come in asking for this particular genre, especially younger patrons who must do a special book report. We are also marking books with a Mystery or Suspense sticker. We hope these stickers will help our patrons make special selections quickly.
     One service we have not mentioned is our continuous book sale. As we discard books, both hardcover and paper, they are placed on shelves in the hall. We simply do not have the space to add new books without discarding older , less popular volumes. Currently our books are selling for $.10 for hardcovers and $.05 for paperbacks. Come in and see what we have to offer.
     Remember we have a variety of FEDERAL and STATE of MAINE income tax forms.

Library Winter Hours
Mon.- Weds.- Fri.---2:00-8:00
Saturday- 2:00-4:00

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Science Corner
Facts: Did you know that maple trees produce the most sap when the daytime temperatures are above freezing and night time temperatures are below freezing? A single maple tree yields 10 gallons of sap over the course of four weeks and it takes 30 to 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
Static Electricity
     I am sure all of us have experienced getting zapped when we touch a doorknob some other metallic object after walking on a rug. This past week I had an interesting experience. When I started to turn on my computer, a spark jumped from my finger before I hit the button and turned the computer on.
     This week I would like to give an explanation of static electricity. We all know that matter is composed of atoms. Atoms consist of a nucleus that is positive because it contains particles called protons and surrounding this nucleus are layers of electrons. These electrons which are negative not only hover around the nucleus, but are capable of moving from one atom to another. If an electron shifts from one atom to another it leaves behind an atom that is now charged positive. The atom is called a positive ion because it is charged. The atom that picks up the electron becomes a negative ion.
     Most materials do not allow electrons to move freely on their surface. These are called insulators. Some materials, mainly the metals do allow electrons to move about more freely and are called conductors. Insulators quickly show a static charge when electrons are added or taken away because the electrons tend to stay where they are added to a material or tend to leave behind a positive charge where they left because other electrons aren’t able to move in to take their place.
     When objects become charged positive or negative, they are attracted to objects that have an opposite charge and are pulled together just like opposite ends of a magnet. If a positively charged object is brought near a metal or conductor then the electrons in the metal move to get as close as possible to the positive object. If a negatively charged object is brought close to a metal then the electrons in the metal move as far away as possible from the object.
     Objects that are charged slowly lose their charge because of passing dust particles in the air and also because of radiation from the atmosphere. During the summer when the air is not as dry the moisture in the air prevents the buildup of static charge. It is the heat inside and dry air that cause us the problems we have in the winter.
     When we walk on a carpet we tend to pick up electrons from the carpet to become negatively charged. Since our bodies are able to conduct electrons around the extra ones from the carpet tend to be dispersed over the surface of our body. If we get enough extra electrons from something we notice our hair starts to stand on end. When we reach for a doorknob we are actually zapping the door with our extra electrons rather than the other way around.
     One can have fun experimenting with static electricity. All you need to do is tear a couple of pieces of a Styrofoam cup about the size of a dime and tie each of them to a thread. Now tape the threads so that the two Styrofoam pieces hang about a half-inch apart. You can rub the remaining part of the cup on your hair and touch it to the two hanging pieces. After doing this a few times they should have picked up enough charge so that they start repelling each other.
     Another nice trick is to stand a penny on its side and place a toothpick on top of it. If you comb your hair and bring the comb close to the toothpick you can make it jump off the penny. This will work even through a clear plastic cup.

MILO - Ollie Sharrow, 78, wife of the late Earl J. Sharrow, died peacefully in her sleep on March 8, 2003, at the home of her daughter, Nancy, after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was born March 5, 1925, in Fairfield, Conn., the daughter of David and Helen (Baker) Domonkos. Ollie truly enjoyed life, spending time in her garden, mowing her lawn, and summering at Schoodic Lake, but mostly the time spent with her family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and one sister, Helen Nagy. Surviving are a son, David Sharrow and wife, Jenny, of Sebec; two daughters, Nancy Boyce and husband, Vinnie, of Milo, and Suzie Sharrow and partner, Wendy Farrington, of Orono; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Daniel and Lori Sharrow, Sabrina and Stephen, of Bangor; John and Amy Sharrow, Olivia and Marley, of Glenburn; Joy Sharrow and companion, Ross Merrill, of Sebec; Diane Sharrow, fianc', Barrett Starbird, and son, Carter, of Sangerville; Lisa and Steve Golden, Morgyn and Trever, of Pennsylvania; one brother, Bill Domonkos of Nevada; four sisters and spouses, Charles and Ethel Berlingeri of California, John and Gladys Maloney of Arizona, Zoltan and Connie Stiliha of Florida, Herb and Chickie Harrington of Connecticut; several nieces and nephews, special friends, and dear neighbors. At Ollie's request, services will be private Spring interment will be at the Milo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the organization of your choice.

MILO - Calvin H. Brown Jr., 69, husband of Juanita (Parker) Brown, died March 10, 2003, at his residence in Milo. He was born Sept. 15, 1933, in Brownville Jct., the son of Calvin H. and Albertine C. (Burgoyne) Brown. He had been employed for more than 40 years by the C-P Railroad. Calvin was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Milo, and also the Knights of Columbus. Calvin is survived by his wife of 50 years, Juanita; two sons, James and his wife Jacqueline Brown and John and his wife Geri Brown, all of Milo; a daughter, Julie and her husband, Robert Russell of Milo; four brothers, Albert of Ware, Mass., Stephen and his wife, Hazel of Heptizabah, Ga., John and his wife, Holly of Winterport, Simon and his wife, Linda of Corinth; five sisters, Mary Washburn and her friend, Joe of Litchfield, Alice and her husband, Homer Bouchard of Palmer, Mass., Lauris Robbins of Glenburn, Nadine and her husband, Stanley Lyford of LaGrange, and Paulette and her husband, Louis Warren of Greene; 10 grandchildren, Sonya, James, Erica, Jason, Holly, Nikki, Sunny, Stewart, Joseph, and Joshua; five great-grandchildren. He will be remembered by his long time friends, Clarence and Corrine Langevine. Calvin was predeceased by a brother, Richard; two sisters, Celina and Sandra; and a granddaughter, Crysi... Spring interment will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     My heart is heavy today as I begin this column. One of my dearest friends lost her mother on Saturday morning. For as long as I can remember their family and ours has run in parallel lines. From our little girl childhoods when we didn't even attend school yet, Nancy Sharrow and I took tap and ballet lessons from Dana Small at the Milo Town Hall. We would play together at one house or the other on weekend
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Saturdays...or after church on Sundays. We graduated from high school together and then shared an apartment when we went to work in the Bangor area before we met and married our husbands.
     We both settled in Milo, and although we don't see nearly as much of each other as we used to.....we never forget each other's birthdays and we always share Christmas traditions. I always make her currant tarts and she always makes me a round loaf of cinnamon bread. The morning after Christmas wouldn't be complete without two slices of Nancy's bread - toasted - with a side of turkey and cranberry salad.....I know ....I'm weird....but it's my tradition and it would not be the day after Christmas without it.
     The Sharrows and the Hornes have been friends for years. I guess that Mom and Ollie got to be friends while they sat and watched Nancy and I doing our dancing lessons. Back in those days the mothers sat in on the lessons. During the week our Moms would get together at one house or the other and they would practice those dance steps with us. Practice, practice, practice. Dana Small expected perfection and he got it.....with a lot of help from the mothers. Mom and Ollie shared the same values. Nancy and I were brought up in strict, loving homes. It was easy to be friends because we either both could......or we both couldn't.....
     Nancy and I both went to the Methodist Sunday Methodist Youth Group activities. Even though Nancy went to Derby to school and I went to Milo, eventually she came to Milo Elementary in Fifth Grade. By the time we were going into Jr. High School our parents had both made the decision to build camps on the newly opened west shore of Schoodic Lake....side by side....and there we have remained for 43 years.... the better part of our lives. The Hacketts, the Careys, the Rickers, the Sharrows, the Hornes, the McMannuses....for all of these years. Some other camp owners have come and gone, but these families have been there all of these years. We grew up there, our children grew up there, and now our grandchildren....the fourth generation....are growing up there.
     Earl Sharrow built our camp. When he finished it, he built a camp for his family right next door. We drove over that bumpy, narrow, grass up the center road night after summer night those first couple of years. Mom and Ollie made the picnic suppers and we kids would swim down on the shore while the dads worked on clearing their lots and getting structures up. We didn't have electricity, and it would be years before we did. After we got all settled in, the fun began. Ollie and Earl and my parents played endless games of cribbage. The men played horseshoes by the hour. Fishing and subsequent "fish stories" were the occasions that legends were made of on Schoodic Lake's west shore. We've shared countless picnic suppers, countless bon fires, and countless July 4th celebrations. Each generation of parents have taught their children to enjoy the pleasures of the crystal clear waters of our beautiful lake. We've swam and boated and skied and tubed and paddled our summers away at camp. And you can't imagine how much laughing we've done!
     Earl passed away several years ago...he'd had that final picnic at camp with his wife and my parents. He died on the way home from that trip. Mom died seven years ago, and now Ollie's gone. I like to think that they're all together in heaven enjoying themselves.
     What force of fate puts people down the paths of parallel lives? Back in 1951 two little four-year-olds learning to tap dance turned these two families down the parallel paths of lifelong friendship. Amazing!
     Ollie made the most incredible Christmas cookies that I ever ate. I'm going to try to get that recipe from Nancy to share with you in a coming issue. Ollie also gave Nancy a recipe for molasses cookies (like a gingersnap) that I've had since we shared an apartment in Orono in the 60's. Of course I can't lay my hands on it right this minute... but I will and I'll share that, too. A few weeks ago, I shared my favorite recipe from Ollie. I'm going to print it again for anyone who might have missed it the first time.

Ollie's Date Bars
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted shortening (or you can use Crisco Oil)
1 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar
     Beat the egg and add sugar to it mixing well. Add the oil, then the dates and nuts. Sift in the dry ingredients (except the powdered sugar) and add to the other mixture - mix well. Put batter in a greased 8 X 8 inch pan. Bake 30 minutes in a 325 degree oven.
Cool - cut - roll in powdered sugar.
These truly are wonderful!!!

Knighthood for a Maine Inventor
Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim
Part 1 Maine Times, by John E. Cayford, Jan. 1974
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     Isaac Weston Maxim, early in manhood, took for his bride the lovely Harriet Boston Stevens, daughter of Deacon Stevens of Abbott Upper Village. the young couple made their residence at Sangerville, which was then nothing more than a dense forest. Isaac's farm was a pioneer undertaking, as the land had to be cleared and a farmhouse and outbuildings erected. When his task was completed, Isaac and Harriet started farming on a modest scale. Then, as it still is today, the countryside was infested with bears, foxes and pesky raccoons. The nearest neighborhood was a half a mile away, and just a mere mile through the dense forest lived Captain Samuel Maxim. It was in this primitive setting on the bitter cold morning of February 5, 1840, that Hiram Stevens Maxim was born. His humble Huguenot parents were very proud of their firstborn. His was appropriate to such an environment, young Hiram's boyhood was adventurous, and his training one of self-reliance. Hiram was always very interested in watching his father go about the daily chores of maintaining and operating a farm.
     When Hiram was six, his father abandoned farm life as his sole employment and took up wood turning. The small shop was located at French's Mill. As Hiram grew older, he too, acquired a considerable proficiency at the trade. Hiram was very studiously inclined and eagerly read any books that came within his reach. He was particularly attracted to geography and astronomy, and at one time, young Hiram cherished the idea of becoming a sea captain like his Uncle Samuel.
     Hiram did notice two particular problems that his father was unable to cope with: foxes stealing the chickens, and woodchucks eating the corn. It seemed no matter how Hiram's father set his traps to catch these thieves, they always managed to elude his best efforts. Hiram took careful notice of how his father set the traps, so he experimented with one of his own design. When he felt his invention would work, he took it to his father, was was very pleased. They took the idea to a local blacksmith, who made the device young Hiram had built as the model. That evening the trap was set outside the chicken house, and next morning it contained a fox. Several more traps were built and set, whereupon the small game population around the Maxim farm diminished substantially. After Hiram's success with the small game trap, he and his father talked about all types of machines which would benefit man and make his work easier.
     "My father often talked about a gun, one of which could be made to fire many shots in rapid succession. Dad and I made a number of drawings of this weapon, which he called a machine gun," recalled Sir Hiram. "Why we even made a model from wood and sent it to a gunsmith down in Bangor. But, like many good ideas of that time, nothing was ever developed from it, so the matter was dropped.
     I was just fourteen when we made that first wooden model."
(Continued next week)

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MARCH 17 – 21
Monday-Bacon cheeseburger, potato wedges, cucumbers, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Shepard’s pie, carrots, dinner roll, and pears/pineapple.
Wednesday-Juice, pizza, assorted veg., and assorted desserts.

     MILO – Miss Elaine Pelkie was chosen Miss Milo of 1950, Saturday, following a contest sponsored by the Owen H. Towne post, VFW, as a part of its V-J Day celebration.
     Crowned by Mrs. Muriel Carter Strout, a past contest winner, Miss Pelkie was presented a silver engraved bracelet and corsage by Nelson Bragg, honorary mayor of Milo and master of ceremonies.
     In the afternoon contest to select a Little Master and Little Miss Milo, honors went to Pamela Chase, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood Chase, and Peter Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Webb. The tiny tots also were crowned by Miss Strout and were honor guests at the evening program. Each received a piggy bank containing 50 pennies and other contestants were presented lollypop bouquets.
     Marvin Karp, governor of Dirigo Boys’ State, was presented the key to the town by Lloyd Treworgy, representing the Milo board of trade. The youthful governor delivered his inaugural address at this time.
     Local 1950 delegates to Dirigo Boys’ and Dirigo Girls’ States were honored jointly by the Milo board of trade and the local VFW post and auxiliary. Each representative was presented a VFW citizenship medal and gifts.
     The delegates were Kenneth Lovejoy, John Decker, Clara Stanchfield, Diane Milner, and Karp. William Buzzell, Orrin Valente, and Paul Lewis, unable to attend the ceremonies, also will receive medals.
     Taking part in the evening program was Miss Margaret Howard, the first Miss Milo, who sang two selections with Miss Lois Treworgy as piano accompanist.
MILO – 1951
(Photo scanned and reprinted from the Bangor Daily News)
     OBSERVES BIRTHDAY – Mrs. Annie Hamlin, above, is shown engaged in her favorite pastime, knitting, as she recently observed her 92nd birthday. A native of Orneville, Mrs. Hamlin makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Smith in Milo.

     (Editor’s note: We are always looking for news of the past from the local areas. Stories that include pictures are very interesting since the Three Rivers News now has the capability to scan existing photos. Of course all original articles and pictures will be returned. Please call Nancy Grant at 943-5809 or e-mail at We look forward to hearing about the good old days!)

March 9, 2003
Piscataquis County Receives Funds for New Marketing Initiatives
     Dover-Foxcroft- Thanks to a State business attraction grant, Piscataquis County officials will have funding to market and promote the County to out-of-State businesses. The $15,0000 award was announced last week by the State Department of Economic and Community Development, which distributes funds for promising marketing activities. News of the grant, written by the Piscataquis

County Economic Development Council (PCEDC), was seen as a golden opportunity to promote the County. ?We are anxious to go out and meet corporate decision-makers and entice them to come do business in the County,? said Tom Lizotte, PCEDC Marketing Chair. ?This grant will give us needed funding to put Piscataquis County’s best foot forward.?
     The need for business attraction as one of the County’s economic development tools was not lost on PCEDC President Jane Jones. “We see attracting businesses as one of the PCEDC’s principle efforts. This funding shows that the State has confidence in our ability to project a positive, business-friendly image to interested businesses.” Jones also stressed that this marketing effort will not detract from the PCEDC’s ongoing business retention efforts.
     The PCEDC grant detailed a change of tactics from past business attraction efforts. First, County officials will meet directly with business executives directly. Before, those meetings often coincided with trade shows. ?It was often difficult to make solid connections with executives when there were trade show distractions,? said Lizotte, ?Now meetings happen by appointment. We anticipate this change will make a much greater impression upon businesses we target.?
     Another change focuses the PCEDC’s efforts on Canada’s Maritime Provinces and Quebec. Lizotte noted that people in those regions have a close cultural affinity with Maine and, because these regions surround the State, business executives may see expansion opportunities here. The PCEDC has planned numerous meetings with executives from those areas.
     For More Information, Contact: Mark Scarano
Executive Director Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, 50 Mayo Street Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426, (207) 564-3638, 1-800-539-0332 or

     March 10, 2003. On March 17th the voters will have a very important decision to make. At the heart of the issue is whether the Town will vote to fund the Police Department operations as they are now or to spend an additional $35,000 so that we can have a full-time Police Chief. Currently, Brownville has hired a part-time Chief and working with the Town of Milo, coverage is provided both towns with an officer on duty in each town, other than a few shifts each week when one officer covers both communities. In the months that this arrangement has been in place, we feel that we have as good, if not better police coverage than what the Town had when we paid for a full-time Police Chief. Our main concern should be that our taxes do not continue to go up. We want our children to stay in the community, but in order to have that happen we need to have places for them to work and industry to lower the tax burden. Each decision made to spend more money serves to increase property taxes and makes it more difficult to attract these businesses. The Selectmen have recommended that the Town operate with a part-time Chief and share some patrol coverage with Milo because it provides more than adequate coverage at a much cheaper cost. Although this has worked well for the past seven months, if we decide in the future this does not work for us we can change.
     We believe that it is important to use all opportunities to work with our neighbor towns to be able to provide services, like police protection, in ways that reduces the cost to tax payers. Some citizens have worried that we will lose our identity by working with Milo. When the Chief is working for us he is working under the direction of the Brownville Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager. We hope the citizens will
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look beyond rumors and innuendo and vote to keep the present police coverage. Sincerely, Linda M. Coburn

     The following articles were submitted by Kathy Perkins from the Bangor Daily Commercial on Saturday, March 14, 1914.
     Paul and Oscar Hamlin and Neal Daggett, graduates of Milo High school this spring, went to Brunswick Friday afternoon, where they attended a meeting at Bowdoin College.
     The schools of Milo closed for a two weeks' vacation Friday.
     The young daughter of Jerry Hoskins and Miss Helen Bradford both went to the Eastern Maine General hospital in Bangor this week to be operated on for appendicitis.
     Misses Elizoda and Ida Downs and Everett Downs went to their home in Sebec Friday to spend their vacation.
     Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamlin, Miss Bessie Cole and others attended the Military ball in Dover Thursday night.
Giant Maine Lobster
     Curator James of the state museum at Augusta is preparing for purpose of exhibition a splendid specimen of egg bearing lobster which was secured last fall off the coast near Rockland. The lobster weighs 12 pounds, being one of the largest of its kind ever seen. It is estimated that it contains 18,000 to 20,000 eggs. Curator James states that the specimen, aside from being of unusual size, is almost perfect in every respect.
Will Need More Wardens
     Walter I. Neal, of the state commission of inland fisheries and game, states that reports from game wardens throughout Maine indicate that very effective work is being carried out in all sections. Prosecutions are very frequent and violators of the law are finding their paths extremely unpleasant. Undoubtedly an extra force will be necessary during the next month or more in order to protect the deer in the period in which the snow is covered with crust and the animals are practically at the mercy of the unscrupulous and unsportsmanlike hunters who would have little or no difficulty in bringing down the creatures.

Brownville Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls – Milo, Maine
Contact Number - 207.943.2331
     The Brownville Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls, has a new corps of officers and a busy year ahead. They will be the host assembly for the Grand Assembly held in May at Husson College. This along with community projects and fun events will give all the girls something to be proud of.
     The Assembly invites anyone who wishes to know more about Rainbow for Girls to be their guests at a supper and an informative program to be held at the Masonic Hall, on Main Street in Milo, on March 22 at 6:30 pm.

First Row: Ashley Drinkwater, Worthy Associate Advisor, Jamie Perkins, Worthy Advisor, and Robin Marshall, Grand Worthy Advisor and installing officer.
Second Row: Natasha West, Megan McGinness, Randi Smith, Tina Drinkwater, Past Worthy Advisor, Page McGinness, Kelley Heath, and Megan Knowles.

Submitted by Christi Lanham, the wife of a United States Marine
I am a small and precious child, my dad’s been sent to fight.
The only place I'll see his face, is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone too many days for my young mind to keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud. My daddy's got your back.

I am a caring mother. My son has gone to war.
My mind is filled with worries that I have never known before.
Every day I try to keep my thoughts from turning black.
I may be scared, but I am proud. My son has got your back.

I am a strong and loving wife, with a husband soon to go.
There are times I'm terrified in a way that most never know.
I bite my lip, and force a smile as I watch my husband pack.
My heart may break, but I am proud. My husband's got your back.

I am a soldier - serving proudly, standing tall.
I fight for freedom, yours and mine by answering this call.
I do my job while knowing, the thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I'll come home. It's me who's got your back.
Author Unknown

“The Willow Street Gang”
By Tony Hamlin
     Willow Street. That little dead end street just down the road from the Milo Town Hall crowned on the corner by Ned’s Store is still a place alive and well in my heart. It was a place where a group of freckle faced boys outgrew adolescence in post World War Two America. It was a place of idyllic days filled with “hide and go seek”, “ kick the can”, Davey Crockett, Ed Sullivan, and fantasies of running down long fly balls to centerfield just like “ The Mick” would do.
     There were thirteen boys on our dead end street, thirteen within a hundred yards and four years of one another. What random luck! What misguided fate brought this motley crew together? Our gang consisted of the ring leader, Murrel Harris, an only child with

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every toy and gadget imaginable, my family, the Hamlin’s, which consisted of 4 boys and a younger sister, the Hoskins, actually two sets of Hoskins- George and Carl, with 3 boys total, and finally the Heals’, with 5 boys and a sister, Marlene, who could beat up anyone outside her immediate family with the least provocation. The? Willow Street Gang? went just outside its geographical boundaries to include Michael Perham and Paul Ellingson who lived just around the corner in a nearby apartment house. They added a touch of intrigue and danger to the group as Mike Perham was always game for an occasional brush fire or bumper tow behind an overloaded pulp truck or a Horne’s oil truck innocently gearing down to make the little grade in front of Ned’s Place as they innocently inched towards town.
     Time takes on a different form as we age. In our youth, a lazy, summer day is an eternity. It is filled with several unconnected adventures, each providing equal parts danger, daring, humor and pathos. The pathos part we were too young to understand; that is best left for later years when through the misty eyes of age we replay those lost days for warmth and comfort. This is one such voyage.
     Willow Street was anchored by a child’s delight, Ned’s Place, a small corner store with a cornucopia of treasures. Ned Hoskins ran the store along with his wife Cecilia. He sold everything from penny candy under a rectangular class case, to soda, meat, ice cream, and various sundries that would, it seemed to a ten year old, enable us to withstand a nuclear attack by the hideous Russians. He took our returnable bottles for two cents each and encouraged us to redeem our treasure on the spot for Squirrel Nuts, or Mary Janes. We were all too willing to accommodate. What we lacked in nutrition we made up for in trips to Ralph Monroe. Ned’s Place even had a back room where he kept his stock of eggs, beer, and canned goods. In this forbidden place he had “pin up” calendars, those racy (by those standards) pictures of half dressed girls lying alluringly in front of a new Jeep or deadly Winchester 30/30. It was well worth it for us to “pack out” several dozen eggs under Ned’s watchful eye just to catch a quick glance at what would surely send us directly to hell. I was never sure if this ploy was worthy of mention to Father Geaghan during confessions at catechism on Saturday mornings. Anyway, a brush with venial sin and possible eternal damnation seemed a small price to pay to a ten- year old.
     Our leader Murrel always seemed to have an inside deal going with Ned. After all, he lived right beside the store and my memory tells me of hot summer days when only he had the requisite ten cents for an ice-cold soft drink. Picture six hungry eyed dead end boys looking longingly at Murrel as he slowly lifted the only soda among us to his lips. We’d ask, no beg for, just a sip, but Murrel
would assure us it was bad for our teeth or that his Aunt Marion had advised him of the unhealthy habit of ?sharing germs?. A final swig and he’d fling the empty a few yards away only to watch us pounce on it like hyenas attacking an ignored carcass on Wild Kingdom. Every pack has its pecking order, and we knew ours. The hierarchy was well established with the notable exception of Butch Heal. Butch was the man; even Murrel knew that there is only one ?Mufasha? in the den. Butch was our Mufasha.
     To this day Butch is larger than life to those fortunate to have shared their childhood with him. He was the first casualty from Piscataquis County in Vietnam, April of 1968. But, he was much more than that.
     Always eager to organize a game of baseball in the field that opened at the end of our street, Butch was fearless. He looked out for the weaker ones, made sure the teams were even, organized the endless searches for lost balls, and arbitrated close calls at all bases. His was the final authority on pick- offs, illegal slides, and traps in right field. Almost without exception, his brother Duane and he would end up in a fight, sometimes verbal, mostly physical. It makes a lasting impression on a seven- year old to witness a punch that Matt Dillon might throw at some villain in the Long Branch Saloon, land flush on the side of a friend’s face, leaving him on the ground for a good five minutes. Many days Duane would lie eerily silent, sometimes really hurt, other times feigning injury waiting for Butch’s fury to subside. We’d look at one another not daring to speak as Butch would break the stony silence by asking the long anticipated question: ? Who’s ups is it anyway? ? And adding, ? He’ll be okay, let’s play some ball?. Summer days were filled with baseball games like ? Two, Four, Six,? and ? Scrub. Games with nuances and subtleties only understood by those fortunate to be allowed into the secret society of boydom. There were no organized Little League, T-Ball, or parents yelling unwanted advice over chain linked fences. We were totally on our own, and we loved it. Days passed as weeks. Weeks were months; a summer was a lifetime.
     The most famous of all these days still lives in Willow Street folklore. It was the day Dennis Hoskins was nearly killed by Murrel. It still survives in hushed voices and silent stares of those who witnessed it. It was so surreal as to be disbelieved by the doubters like the ?Clinton Street gang? made up of Decker’s, Poole’s, and Grindle's. It began on a soft summer morning behind our house at 3 Willow. We were embroiled in a fierce game of 2-4-6 and Denny was pitching to Murrel who, as was his accustom, had been at bat for nearly a half hour as his peons – of which I was one- dutifully chased booming shots half way down the street. Denny, a willing, but not gifted athlete was pitching. He’d taken the usual verbal shots from his weary outfield to do something to get Murrel
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out for God’s sake! Let someone else hit! The sun was working its way toward noon and the quarter I had in my pocket for team Popsicles had to be dealt with soon. Denny hurled a fast- ball down the middle and with a mighty swing; Murrel lined one back up the middle. It was destined to be a clean double had it not been interfered with by Denny’s forehead, knocking him down and leaving us caught between uncontrollable laughter and feigned concern. We ran to get my mother who laid a wet washcloth on his forehead until Hoskins came around. Undeterred, he was adamant that he was going to get Murrel out. Again he took the mound which consisted of an old piece of two by four we’d dragged from behind our shed. In came another fastball, albeit with a little less on it. Crack! Up the middle it came. Denny went down again. Forehead shot! This time there was no faking the concern, it was knee-buckling laughter laced with finger pointing and disbelief! Gloves were slammed to the ground and stomachs held as concern for Denny melted away selfish pleasures. A real Ripley’s Belief It Or Not had occurred right before our eyes! Surely he’d had enough by now. We were deep in calculations on who would move up in the fielding order as Denny grunted under another cool compress and rolled over blindly feeling the ground looking for his glove. Determined as ever, a bit foolhardy perhaps, he nevertheless insisted on again taking the mound. We stepped aside. Who were we to interfere with fate? Besides, everyone was still laughing and a healthy fear of pitching to Murrel who was on a hot streak had set in.
     Murrel stood menacingly at the plate, bat swaying with anticipation. Hoskins stepped towards home plate the horsehide made its way towards its target. Murrel uncoiled and made solid contact. The ball took off to its usual destination, Denny Hoskin’s head! For the unheard of third time, he took one on the right temple. Staggered and semi-conscious, the valiant pitcher fell to the ground as even Murrel looked bewildered. This time he lay motionless. Over the muffled laughter someone called out “ Go get Evelyn! “ Again Willow Street’s Clara Barton came out, surveyed the situation and shook her head in disgust. In the unenlightened days of pre-concussions, someone suggested we drag Denny to the pine tree next to my father’s rundown ‘54 Chevy. Once we were sure he was outside Murrel’s radius and the neighbor’s dog was no danger to him, the game continued. Murrel was finally retired and we got our chance to hit. Fish Sticks and French fries interrupted the game and Denny finally came too long enough to make his way home. The afternoon brought with it a new set of adventures, probably burying Steve Perham’s shoes in Hussey’s garden, playing hide and go seek in Perham’s hay barn, or running naked under the sprinklers in the cemetery. But none matched what we all had witnessed that quiet summer morning. Three consecutive line drives off Denny Hoskin’s forehead, on consecutive
pitches, by the one person with the right Karma to pull it off. It is the thing of Legends. Denny made it safely to adulthood with no long lasting effects of his near brush with infamy and another chapter in Willow Street folklore was solidly in the books.

     Well now, that’s a tough act to follow. I have always loved how Tony told a story and the “Willow Street Gang” was a wonderful example of small town boys and the good old days. Thank you, Tony.
     I think, finally, the weather is going to warm up this week. I have two sets of babies in a box that needs to be kept at 90-degrees and it will sure make matters easier if it’s not below zero outside. Come on spring!
     The ducklings arrived and I was a bit shocked when I opened the box. Baby ducks look exactly like full-grown ducks, except they are smaller, and not all that small. Baby chicks are so unlike the grown-up chickens I guess I was expecting the ducklings to be teeny and chick- like. But the ducks are so, so, cute! They dive into their food and water like it is their last meal ever. As they eat or drink, there little tails wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, so fast and their little bills make loud slurping sounds. I love watching them and so do the chicks and keets at the other end of the brooder. I have wire separating the two batches of babies and they each spend a lot of time watching the others. So basically, I spend a lot of time watching them watch each other! What has my life become?!
     Kirby spent most of Saturday making the goat’s daytime pen solid again. One day last week the mischievous goats learned that if they climb up the wire fence, it would push over and they could walk out. Believe me, two goats should not spend the day wandering wherever they please. The goats have pruned the lower branches of my Red Maple tree and my lilac bush and I don’t think goats are gifted gardeners. They also delight in chewing the cedar shingles off the front of the house. I guess I should be glad that the goats haven’t figured out that they could walk up on the roof from the back of our house, if they so desired.
     The hens are laying eggs like crazy, some days I get 26 eggs from the 30 pullets. 5 or 6 of the girls have decided they need to lay their eggs in the goat stall. So far, only one egg has gotten smushed. I can’t believe that the goats don’t jump or lie on them (the chickens and the eggs). It seems as if every animal I have wants to be in an area other than the space I want them in. The hens have 10 perfectly nice, secluded, clean, nests, and they weave in and out of the goats’ legs to get to a pile of hay at the back of the goat stall. I guess, even to animals, the grass is always greener……
     Well, that’s my report for this week. Unless something notable happens you may not hear from me for a week or two. But get ready, in two weeks I have 30 baby chicks arriving in the mail, and then we will have 60 small creatures living in the bedroom. I’m thinking things could really get hectic then!
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     Many thanks to everyone who attended the Key Club Blood Drive on March 11th . 67 people came out to donate, with 57 units successfully collected. We beat our goal by seven units, thanks in part to many first time donors – mostly students. Congratulations to Vesta LaBretton and Beverly Tucker for receiving their 8 gallon pins! There are many helpers to thank for their efforts: Key Clubbers Andrew Walker, Brett Gerrish, Colby Chase and Shawn Burke for making calls and reminding donors that we need their help, and the many Key Clubbers who helped out during the blood drive – you did a great job and made me proud! Thanks to Lynn, Glenna, Deanna and Don from the Milo-Brownville Neighbors Against Domestic Violence for lending a hand throughout the drive, to Dan Nutter for pitching in to help us unload the truck and to the crew from the American Red Cross who are always a joy to work with! Our blood drives are always a big success thanks to the wonderful support of our citizens!
     If anyone who attended the blood drive left a sweatshirt behind please contact me at 943.7317 or to claim it.
     Andrew Walker participated in Milo Elementary’s Read Across Milo program on March 7th. He visited Mrs. Carey’s and Mrs. Walker’s room to read to the students. He read Big Dog, Little Dog and Sam and the Firefly and enjoyed his time with the students. Other members hope to visit the school and read to or be read to by the students.
     The election of officers was held on March 13th. Congratulations to Shawn Burke, President; Lindsay Small, Vice-President; Cameron Wellman, Treasurer and Kylie Palmer, Secretary. Each candidate gave a short speech on what they hope to accomplish during their year in office. Some of the goals are to increase the student body’s awareness of what Key Club is, perform more community service, provide more service activities in LaGrange and to raise more money to return to the community. Thanks to Tabitha Olmstead for volunteering to be the Bulletin Editor for the coming year. Tabby was unanimously elected to the office. The newly elected officers will assume their responsibilities in mid-April. I look forward to working with them in the coming year!
     Thanks to Dennis Dorsey, David Walker, Frank Cochrane, Ed Treworgy, Ethelyn Treworgy and Roy Bither for attending the elections today and supporting our club. We look forward to weekly visits!



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

     President Edwin Treworgy welcomed seventeen members on this snowy morning.
Eben DeWitt led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Grindle said a prayer for peace and guidance.
     Virgil Valente read a very inspirational passage with a simple but profound message; children learn the most during their first five years of life; love and teach them well!
     Out guests today included Shawn Burke, representing the Key Club (three more members and we would have lost our bell), Pat Ricker, our next inductee, Marie Hayes and Linda O’Connor, educators at Milo Elementary School, Jeff Gahagan’s grandson

Colby Wyman, Judy Preble and daughter Jessica, and Jeff Beaulieu and Stacy Beckett (soon to be Stacy Beaulieu) with her sons Tristen and Colin.
     Birthday wishes go out to Michelle St. Cyr on March 11 and anniversary congratulations go to Felix and Jan Blinn on the 6th.
     Eleven happy and sad dollars were donated today for another new granddaughter (this makes three!), loss of a past Kiwanis Lt. Gov., reading to people, Yankees, good friends, leg injury, and glad Roy Bither isn’t a horse!
     The Key Club officer elections will be sometime next week. They will help sponsor a blood drive on March 11 with a goal of 50 units to be donated. There are six members going to the convention.
     The Three Rivers News can now be picked up at DJ’s in Brownville Jct.
     There will be a Reading is Fundamental distribution next week.
     Chorus rehearsal for the Variety Show will begin on March 24 at 6:30 pm at the Milo Elementary School portable.
     Paul Grindle will again be the chairperson of the community calendar this year.
     There will be a Board meeting on Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 am at Angie’s.
     March 12 will be a business meeting; Tony Hamlin will speak on the 19th, and Ryan Bradeen will speak on the 26th, a possible evening meeting. Stay tuned for further updates!
     Ethelyn Treworgy introduced our guest speaker today, Marilyn Lyford.
     When Marilyn’s son entered school in LaGrange she noticed that the playground equipment wasn’t up to date. She, with Dawn Russell and Patty Ottman, organized the Parent Teacher Organization, PTO, and began raising money to go towards new playground equipment. The turkey supper that was sponsored realized $1,000.00 and within two years more than $8,000.00 had been raised. This money was soon used to purchase many new items for the children. As soon as more funds were at hand they bought new things or sponsored additional events for the students. Whatever is raised during the year is spent during that year. The turkey supper was such a success that it has become an annual event, as does their community calendar, and last year brought in $1350.00. A few of the benefits of their tireless efforts include paying for the Scholastic News, an educational paper for children, Reading is Fundamental, field trips, ginger bread house supplies, Halloween party, flying saucers, sleds, video camera, two IMACS, math CD’s, a Karaoke machine, and $800.00 towards snowshoes and cross-country skis! A hearty round of applause to all of you for the time, effort, and heart you have given over the years that has done so much good for all the lucky students at the Marion C. Cook School!
     Our special guests of the morning were Colby Wyman, Tristen Beckett, and Jessica Preble, first grade students at Milo Elementary School. They enthralled us all with their reading skills and excellent speaking voices! They chose to read “Mrs. Mog’s Cats”, a wonderful book about 26 cats that all lived together. Their next choice was “I Was So Mad” and very eloquently emphasized the key words! The final reading was a very large book with so many contractions that we couldn’t begin to count them all. They sounded a resounding mooooooo in all the appropriate places while reading “Bella Lost Her Moo”. Thank you, Marie Hayes and Linda O’Connor, for accompanying Colby, Tristen, and Jessica to breakfast today!

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The MSAD #41 Wellness Team will hold a Move and Improve Wellness Fair from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. The event will feature health and fitness activities that will encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Our local fair will offer participants a myriad of opportunities to see what is available in our community for healthful choices in life. Healthy recipe handouts, maps of area walking routes, and demonstrations of wellness options will be the focus of this fair.

We are encouraging business leaders to take a few minutes out of their busy day to attend, and also encouraging them to offer a few minutes of time for their employees to be able to attend.

Come join us. Let’s make this a community activity.

Healthy people make healthy communities, healthy families
and healthy companies.

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