Three Rivers News, 2003-03-25

     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.

     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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I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many had died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom is not free.
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play,
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen.”
When a flag had covered a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons, and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom is not free.

Photo: Tom Harvey, Rev. Nancy L. Moore and Lura Williams

     The ECW of St. John's Episcopal Church, Brownville Junction, along with lots of help from other women in the community who knit, crochet, or sew, have been making baby afghans for the orphans in the Ukraine for the last 8-10 months. Finally, on March 2nd, the afghans were blessed at the morning worship service at St. John's and are now on their way to the Ukraine with Tom Harvey of the Milo United Baptist Church who has been making visits there for the last several years. Tom also spoke about his work to the congregation on the morning of the blessing.
     The project was the brainstorm of Lura Williams. She has been instrumental in keeping the church ladies busy with outreach projects for some time. When she first learned of Tom's visits, she brought the idea of supporting his mission work overseas to the group. The group has made school packs and Christmas packages in the past; the afghan project is the most ambitious activity.
     When all was said and done, 57 afghans as well as a number of baby hats were blessed, packed and will be welcome gifts to the youngsters who live in the orphanages that Tom will visit in the Ukraine.

Rehearsals To Begin
     The music has arrived and it is WONDERFUL!!!! Rehearsals for the Variety Show Chorus will begin Monday night March 24th in the 5th Grade classroom of Stephanie Gillis at Milo Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.. The classroom is located in the left -hand portable classroom. You can enter the building on either the left or right side. We need male and female voices for the one will be turned away....together we'll all sound great.
     The musical numbers are some old favorites from the 40's and 50's. If you miss the first rehearsal...come to the next one. We will be holding them most Monday and Wednesday nights until the Variety Show. Come to as many of the rehearsals as you feel you can manage. Everyone is busy, and we understand that. The Variety Show, "Lost in The 50's Tonight," will be presented May 9th and 10th and the Milo Town Hall.

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club is having a night meeting on Wednesday, March 26. Ryan Bradeen is giving a talk and slide show about his trip to China. Supper is at 6:00 in the Town Hall dining room. The menu is Val's lasagna, tossed green salad, rolls, assorted desserts and beverages all for $4.00 a person. If you can't stay for the meeting come and enjoy supper. It is a great opportunity to bring a guest or prospective member. See you there!

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There will be no garbage collection on Tuesday, March 25th. All households will be picked up on Wednesday, March 26th. Please have all household garbage at the curbside no later than 7:00AM on Wednesday, March 26th.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Dave Barrett came here from (a) Bangor (b) Millinocket (c) Ellsworth (d) Newport.
2. Sam Cohen's wife's name was (a) Dolly (b) Molly (c) Ginny (d) Irene.
3. The restaurant in Dillon's Hall was (a) Hall's (b) Sally's (c) Bilodeau's (d) Thibodeau's.
4. Jimmy Hay was a (a) selectman (b) YMCA secretary (c) constable (d) Methodist minister.
5. The highest boy scorer in BJHS history was (a) Dennis Larson (b) Jack Brown (c) Wayne Kirby (d) Denny Harshaw.
6. Jake Larson's ice house was near (a) the dam (b) Schoodic Lake (c) the underpass (d) Jenks Brook.
7. Max Cohen came here from (a) Boston (b) France (c) Russia (d) Philadelphia.
8. The first female selectman was (a) Nancy Cook (b) Marvel Harshaw (c) Sophie Wilson (d) Greta Connors.
9. The floods of (a) 1906 (b) 1936 (c) 1966 (d) 1987 helped bring PCI here.
10. Southwest of the Brownville Community Church was a (a) bandstand (b) tennis court (c) hockey rink (d) town garage.

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

     Students in Mrs. Barden's, Mrs. Hudak's, Mrs. Worcester's, and Miss Howard's are collecting items to mail to D.J. Martin, a Marine from Brownville. D.J. is the son of Christine Martin of the Milo Elementary Staff, and he is sharing the items with his whole unit.
     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.
     Whether you agree or disagree with the actions of our government, you can show our servicepeople that you appreciate them and are thinking of them. Here is a way to show your support.
     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.

     Daniel and Elbie Nutter Sr. and Erika Lynn and Zachary Mitchell Lyford of Milo, Maine are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter and mother Mary M. Nutter to Mark Babbitt.
     Mark and Mary were married March 12, 2003 in Muscatine, Iowa. Mary is an Administrative Assistant for The Florilli Corporation in West Liberty, Iowa and Mark is a Senior Lab Technician for Monsanto Chemical Company in Muscatine, Iowa.
     Their love for each other has only grown stronger this past year as they face the battle that their lives have been placed in.
     The happy couple resides in Nichols, Iowa.

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     Editor’s note: Mary is fighting a courageous battle with cancer and I am so happy she has found some happiness. She and I have been corresponding through e-mail, and I have learned she has her own menagerie of animals to help her be happy! Best of luck to Mary and her family.

     Milo Elementary celebrated Read Across America week by reading with community friends Across Milo.
Students enjoyed reading with:
MSAD #41 School Board
Kiwanis Club
Milo Head Start
Little People's Nursery School
Meals for ME
Milo Senior Citizens
Milo Heights
American Legion
Milo Garden Club
Key Club
Fourth Grade Buddy Readers
Milo Day Care
Penquis Media/Library Center
Penquis Seventh Grade
Milo Public Library
     Thank you to all who supported our students in Reading Across Milo. Community members are welcome to come and support children's reading anytime. Please call Milo Elementary School at 943-2122 to schedule a time to read with our students.
     You can see pictures of our reading adventures at J & S Furniture, at the Milo Town Hall and at Milo Elementary School.

     The RIF book distribution took place earlier this month. Over 100 books were given to children in area schools and pre-schools. In the above photo, you can see Clifford the Big Red Dog entertaining the kids at Milo Headstart.
     Heidi Finson is the coordinator of the project, and her hard work is well rewarded when she sees the happy faces of the children as they choose their book.

Marion C. Cook School News
     On March 6, 2003 JOSHUA WATSON (Ms. Ivy's class), MORGAN DRAKE (Mrs.Carter's class) and LOGAN

GRANT (Miss K.'s class) were awarded Terrific Kid Certificates by Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson.
     Joshua had been working very hard to complete all of his jobs and to be on his best behavior. Morgan has been very helpful to Mrs. Bessey. Logan completed his assignments and earned all of his recess.
     Artists of the week were LEVI ENGSTROM, TAYLOR SEVERANCE and LILLIS NOKE.
     Kathy Foss recognized MICHAELA NOKE, ZACHARY BLAKE and JAMES GLEDHILL as Bus Students of the week.
Terrific Kids Assembly-March 13, 2003 - JACOB WATSON (Ms. Ivy's class), BILLY PARKER (Mrs. Carter/Mrs. Bessey's class) and BRYAN RUSSELL (Miss K.s class) were named Students of the Week. Jacob had an excellent week and was a good friend. Billy worked very hard every day. Bryan put lots of effort into his work and into being a terrific role model. Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson congratulated all of our Terrific Kids.
Read Across America Celebration
     We would like to thank our very special readers, Mrs. Morrill, Mrs. Chaffee, Mrs. Crossman, Mrs. Bradbury, Mr. Walker, Katie Farrar, and Mindy Dyer for sharing their favorite books and their love of reading with us. It was a wonderful morning. You help make our celebration one of our favorite days of the year.
Reading Is Fundamental
     Our first RIF distribution was held in conjunction with our Read Across America Celebration. Each student chose a book to take home to read again and again. Thank you to our wonderful PTO for all you do.
     We finally used our new skis at our March 13th session. The conditions were slightly icy but a good time was had by all. One student remarked that his "heart was beating right out of his chest from excitement."
     Thank you to our parent and staff volunteers. We couldn't do it without you.


     Cub Scouts from Brownville recently went door to door collecting food for the local food cupboard. Their efforts will help people in need in the Brownville/Milo area. Thank you Scouts!!!
     Brownville PTO chairman Trish Stanhope reports that over $100 have been rolled towards the new playground equipment. Thanks for all we've received so far and keep those

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pennies coming in! If there's anyone who'd like to come in to roll we’d welcome the help.

     The 6th graders are selling Avon to raise money for their field trip. They will be selling all this week for anyone interested in purchasing a little something.....just see any 6th grader or call Rose Clement or Marilyn Lyford.

Brownville Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls – Milo, Maine  Contact Number-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.

Finding my Roots
     This past February I took a trip to Italy. Two of my sisters, Angela Byther of Eddington, and Georgia Hall of Bristol, Connecticut as well as my daughter Stephanie also represented our family. In addition, a family friend, Eloise French the wife of our friend David French joined us on this trip.
     It was an 18-day trip, but the highlight for me was going to our father’s hometown of Carpinone to begin to trace our roots. I had always known of Carpinone. Our father came to this country when he was in his early teens to join his brother Felix who had come earlier. Uncle Felix had returned a few times but our father had not.
     Our only connection to the old country was our cousin Nick Valente. He is the son of Felix and came to the United States on the last boat before WWII. He speaks Italian and has kept in contact with our relatives. Our father was the fifth of six sons of Giovanni and Angela Valente of Carpinone. Most of the family has left Italy now, either residing in the United States, Brazil, or Argentina. I was not sure how many relatives we had left in Italy but was anxious to see them if I could. Nick gave us the telephone numbers of the two cousins he was in contact with. Our problem was that neither of them spoke English.
     On arriving in Rome on our first day, I spoke to our tour director about wanting to hire a car and driver to take us to Carpinone from Sorrento where we were spending a week. At first we thought we would rent a car and go by ourselves but after seeing how the natives drive we decided a driver who could speak the language would be a better idea.

     On our second day in Sorrento, our tour director Carla told us she had contacted a local company who might be willing to make the trip. They were concerned about running into snow. Carpinone is in the mountains and the company said they might have to put chains on the car. If they decided to go they said it would be $300 for the two hours to drive there, two hours to visit and two hours to drive back. Carla said she thought that was a little pricey and that she would call around for a better rate. I had her call Marilena, one of our cousins, and explain the situation. When she talked to Marilena, she found there was no snow there and that they really wanted to have us come. Marilena said that Thursday would be the better day as both she and Giovanna, another cousin, were schoolteachers and had to work only a half-day on Thursday. I found it interesting that one teaches Chemistry and the other teaches Physics. I guess it runs in the family. I wasn’t too encouraged that we would be able to make the trip at this point. The indifference of the rental company discouraged me.
     About 6:00 that evening I got a call in my room from Lucia Biondi. She said she was the newlywed wife of our cousin Antonio. Antonio is a brother of Giovanna. Lucia spoke English very well and explained that they very seldom got snow in Carpinone and if they did it didn’t last very long. I told her I would call her back on her cell phone when I had more information. Then around 11:00 a call came from Guiseppe “Geppino” D’Avino from Naples just across the bay from Sorrento. He said he was married to another cousin, Natalina, who was a sister of Marilena. He said the family really wanted to meet us and he could take two of us in his car to Carpinone. I explained there would be five of us because Eloise wanted to go too. He said he was sorry, but if we couldn’t go there we could at least go to visit them in Naples. I told him I would call back when I knew more.
     The next day Carla told us she had found a company who would take us to Carpinone. They would provide a driver who spoke English and we could stay as long as we wanted for $210. We thanked her for her work and said we would use that company. I called Lucia and Geppino to let them know we would be there on Thursday about 10:30. Lucia said she would meet us at the train station in Isernia to lead us the last 5 miles or so to Carpinone. Isernia is the Capitol City of the province and is about the size of Bangor.
     Our driver Angelo arrived at the hotel about 8:00 and we started our trip. He drove us around the Bay of Naples past Vesuvius. Vesuvius was covered with snow. We were told that this was very unusual and that Italy was having a cold winter. In addition to being a driver, he acted as a tour guide of the area who provided us with lots of interesting facts. Part of our trip was along the old Roman road called the Appian Way. …Continued next week

     On Wednesday the Milo Free Public Library had a distinguished visitor arrive. His name was Flat Stanley. He came to Milo on March 1st and his hostess and ”grandmother” here is Charlene Pender. She received Flat Stanley from her granddaughter , Paige, who is in first grade at the Widewater Elementary School in Stafford , Virginia. Some of you may have become acquainted with Flat Stanley while he has been in Milo, some of you may have heard of him but for those of you who are wondering what on earth is a Flat Stanley, I will explain. Flat Stanley is the main character of a book entitled Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. Stanley, a young boy , was flattened one night when a bulletin board fell on him. Stanley made the best of his flat state and began to realize it had advantages. In one adventure he was able to thwart a museum robbery by
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pretending to be a picture on the wall. His mother also realized that he could be sent to his grandmother much more cheaply in an envelope by the U.S. postal service than to travel by airplane, and so Flat Stanley arrived in Milo with his suitcase to begin his adventures.
     The Flat Stanley I met on Wednesday was very flat. In fact, I would compare him to a two feet tall paper doll of a young boy. His clothes had been designed and colored by his creator, Paige. He had his picture taken in our new children’s area surrounded by books and our stuffed toys. I am proud to say I was privileged to have my picture taken with Flat Stanley. Several patrons were interested in seeing him and learning his story too.
     The library was not his first adventure though. He had already made bread in the school cafeteria, been to first grade in the Milo Elementary School , had been to Bingo and to the hairdresser’s. He made a trip to the World of Flags where he was given a miniature State of Maine flag as a souvenir of his visit and was to go to the Maine Savings Credit Union on Friday. His hostess had made a diary in which she had helpfully written about his adventures, and he also had his own photograph album picturing his visits.
     The concept of Flat Stanley was not completely new to me as last spring my brother in Hamburg, NY mentioned he had received a Flat Stanley from his granddaughter in Rochester, NY. Those grandparents had a great time with Flat Stanley too.
     Flat Stanley was a joy to meet and will be returning to Paige on April 1st where his adventures will be shared with her classmates. What a wonderful way for young students to become interested in geography as they send Flat Stanley to their grandparents or relatives all over the U.S.
     I have ordered the book of Flat Stanley and anyone who wishes will be able to read the story for themselves.
     When ordering that book , I also ordered several Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park for which I have had several requests. They will be coming sometime next week.
     Remember we still have income tax forms, both FEDERAL and STATE of MAINE.

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

Knighthood for a Maine Inventor:
Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim - Part 2
Maine Times, by John E. Cayford, Jan. 1974
     Isaac Maxim moved his wood turning machinery from French's Mill to Milo, but did not remain there long as the wood had to be hauled a great distance. The business was then moved to Orneville, only a few miles distance, where the Maxims added a fine gristmill to their business. At Orneville, there was an adequate water supply to operate both the mills and a large lumber supply.
     When Hiram was thirteen, his interest in astronomy was so great the he talked at length with Uncle Samuel. Captain Sam, as a seaman, had a sextant and told Hiram how at sea one could always find out where they were. Hiram then built a sextant from available materials and when he read the figure pointed to by the pin, it was 45. Upon checking the map of Maine, Hiram found that where he was in Orneville proved to be the 45th parallel.
     During the summer of his fourteenth year, Hiram was put to work with a carriage maker in East Corinth village. Daniel Swett was true to his name for young Hiram, now a robust and strapping lad, worked eight hours in the forenoon and eight hours in the afternoon, with a one-hour dinner interval. The day was long and the pay was short, amounting to the rate of four dollars a month. This would not have been too bad if Hiram had received cash for his labor, but he had to take the majority of his monthly wages in goods at the local store. Fortunately, he did not remain long with Mr. Swett, but obtained employment in the same trade with another master.

     Hiram went to work for Daniel Flynt of Abbott Lower Village, who was engaged in the carriage manufacture and repair trade. He learned a great deal about the business from Mr. Flynt, as his shop had the most modern power driven tools to work with. Although the daily hours of work did not change, the remuneration and treatment were much improved.
     Mr. Flynt's shop did a thriving business in carriage and sleigh repair, and it was at the time that Hiram tried his hand at decorative painting. He was exceptionally skillful and many of the carriages and sleighs of the area sported the gold-gilt, multicolored scenic renderings of Maxim's talent.
     As one might suspect, the Maxim family gristmill was overrun with mice. Even an army of cats could not keep the rodent population down. Hiram spent every Sunday working on an automatic mousetrap. Like his fox and 'chuck trap, when he placed it in the mill, the rodent population, with the help of cats, soon vanished.
     The next eight years found Hiram employed at many odd jobs. He worked for Ed Fifield of Dexter as a wood turner and then left Maine for upstate New York. He took a job painting the designs on sewing machines; he worked as a brass fettler, and in Huntington, Canada, he even worked as a bartender.
     Hiram was now a full-grown man, with a quick pair of hands. Although he did not enjoy fighting, he did display a liking for pugilism. It is suspected he may have gained some knowledge of boxing and the manly art of self-defense while tending bar. It is worthwhile to note that young Maxim had several notable fisticuff encounters, luckily being the victor of each bout.
     In 1864, Hiram borrowed enough money to pay his railroad fare to Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He went to work for his uncle, Levi Stevens, who was the proprietor of engineering factory manufacturing gas machines for illuminating houses. It was while employed here that Hiram acquired a knowledge of draughtsmanship and pursued his technical and scientific studies with great ardor.
     Hiram perfected and patented his first invention while in his uncle's employ. It was a newly designed and much improved gas illuminator. His uncle tried to claim the invention was his, and he took Hiram to court. Hiram won the suit, but had to seek a job elsewhere. (Continued next week)

     WILLIAMSBURG - Jerome A. Chase, 58, husband of Rosemary (Pennington) Chase, died March 17, 2003, in Bangor surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 26, 1945, in Brownville, the son of John H. and Doris (McClure) Chase. Jerome was a graduate of Brownville Junction High School, then served in the U.S. Navy and was a former member of the 112th Maine National Guard Medical Company. He had retired from Great Northern Paper in Millinocket, where he had worked in maintenance. Jerome was a member of the Millinocket Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. No. 1521 and the Brownville Jct. High School Alumni Association where he was a Past President, the Pleasant River Lodge No. 163 AF and AM , Anah Shriners, Tri County Shrine, Sunshine Club and the K-9 Unit. Jerome particularly enjoyed being a member of the Shrine K-9s for Kids Therapy Dog unit with his dog Seka and visiting area hospitals and nursing homes. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed golfing, hunting, snowmobiling and finding new roads to explore with his best buddy Seka. In addition to his wife of 37 years, Rosemary, of Williamsburg, he is survived by one son, Craig of Bradford; one daughter, Kim and husband, Brent Morrill, of Milo; one sister, Marilyn and husband, Tony Kindamo of Brownville; his mother-in-law, Helen Pennington of Brownville; special brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Lucretia Pennington of Bradford, and David and Helen Pennington of Brownville Jct.; three very special grandchildren who knew him as "Bumpa" and
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were the joy of his life, Brooke, Benjamin, and Morgan; and several nieces and nephews. A spring interment will be in the Brownville Village Cemetery. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Shriner's Hospital, care of Anah Shriners, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04401.

     BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - James W. Bryant, 62, died March 17, 2003, at his home in Brownville Jun-ction. He was born in Brownville Junction, Sept. 9, 1940, the son of Herbert and Alice (McLennan) Bryant. He graduated from Brownville Junction High School. He was very community spirited. He belonged to various committees, including Brownville Historical Society and the mid-Maine Association of Historical societies. He was a founding member of the Cultural Heritage for Eco tourism community and Brownville's comprehensive planning board. He is survived by his mother, Alice Bryant; three sisters, Sandra Gray and her husband, Leo, of Lakeview Village, Carla Greaney of Brownville Junction, and Katheryn Bryant of Natick, Mass.; one godson, Dillan Earley of Bradford; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Herbert Bryant. Those who wish to remember Jim in a special way may make donations to the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church, PO Box A, Brownville Junction, ME 04415 or the Brownville Historical Society, PO Box 750, Brownville, ME 04414

     HOULTON and MILO Logan Steven DeWitt, 5, God called this special "Angel" home with him as he only takes the very best, March 19, 2003, at Houlton. He was born April 2, 1997, in Bangor, the only son of Steven and Michele (Conley) DeWitt. In the five short years, he made an impact on friends and family in Houlton, Milo and Atkinson. He loved being around his Grumpy and Grammy on the dairy farm in Atkinson and had two special cows, enjoying time in Milo with his Papa and Mimi learning to build or fix things, and enjoying his Mimi's real estate office, learning to be a salesman. He enjoyed time at Schoodic Lake where he learned to swim and drive his Papa's Pontoon Boat. Logan enjoyed cooking with his Mom and shopping at Walmart. He loved hanging out with his Dad and enjoying the special bond as only a father and son share. Logan had heroes, but his favorite were the men of the Houlton and Milo Fire Departments. Logan attended Houlton Elementary-Kindergarten and Houlton Parks and Rec., enjoying T-Ball and soccer, and was a member of the Mini Might Hockey Team.
     Logan was a member of the Houlton United Methodist Church Sunday school and Jesus Singers. In addition to his loving parents of Houlton, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Michael Sr. and Linda Conley (Grumpy and Grammy) of Atkinson; paternal grandparents, Edwin and Ellen DeWitt (Papa and Mimi) of Milo; Uncle Michael Conley of Atkinson; special Aunt Ginny Morrill of Williamsburg; special cousins, Jacob and Mackenzie; and Godparents, Chuck Reed and Colleen Hanley of Sedgwick..
     In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in Logan's memory to a scholarship fund, care of Bowers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 579, Houlton, ME 04730.
     Editor’s note: Our hearts go out to all of Logan’s friends and family. May you all find some comfort in knowing that Logan’s short life was the best it could be because of his Mom and Dad and their love.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Why is it that your mother always knows. You can take it to the bank....Mama knows. When my kids look at me incredulously with that "how did you know?" look on their faces....I always point to my nose and say...."because Mama knows!!" Of course she knows...she's got to know....because Daddy doesn't have a clue. Daddy doesn't even want to know. And if Daddy did know something, he wouldn't know what to do with the information.
     No, mothers are "must know" kinds of people. I can remember scheming for hours trying to outsmart my mother.
     As I matured, and got closer to motherhood myself, I got better at hiding stuff. She would have told you that she always knew the truth....but would let me think that I'd put one over on her. This may be true, as a matter of fact, but you'd never know for sure....because she was the mother.
     I got this e-mail today from a friend of mine. She knows me pretty well, and knows that I know this to be totally the truth. I am going to relay it to you, because it is so true. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it:
     Have you noticed anything fishy about the inspection teams who have arrived in Iraq? They're all men! How in the name of the United Nations does anyone expect men to find Saddam's stash? We all know that men have a blind spot when it comes to finding things.
     For crying out loud! Men can't find the dirty clothes hamper. Men can't find the jar of jelly until it falls out of the refrigerator and hits them on the foot....and these are the people we have sent into Iraq to search for hidden weapons of mass destruction????
     I keep wondering why groups of mothers weren't sent in. Mothers can sniff out secrets quicker than a drug dog can find a gram of dope. Mothers can find gin bottles that dads have stashed in the attic beneath the rafters.
     Mothers can sniff out a diary two rooms and a whole floor away. They can tell when the lid of a cookie jar has been disturbed, and notice when a quarter inch slice has been shaved off a chocolate cake. A mother can smell alcohol on your breath before you get your key in the front door. They can smell cigarette smoke from a block away. By examining laundry a mother knows more about their kids than Sherlock Holmes. And, if a mother wants an answer to a question she can read an offender's eyes quicker than a homicide detective.
     So...considering the value a mother could bring to an inspection team, why are we sending a bunch of old men who will rely on electronic equipment to scout out hidden threats? My mother would have walked in there with a yard stick in one hand and grab Saddam by the ear, give it a good twist and snap out, "Young man, do you have any weapons of mass destruction?" And God help him if he tried to lie to her. She'd march him down the street to some secret bunker and shove his nose into a nuclear bomb and say, "Uh huh, and what do you call this, mister man? Whap, whap whap! She'd lay that stick across his butt and march him home in front of the whole of Baghdad. He'd not only come clean and apologize for lying about it, he'd cut every lawn in Baghdad for free for the whole damn summer.
     Inspectors? You want the job done? Call a mother.
Is this not the truth? I ask you.... why didn't the UN think of it before?
     The war is looming. The 48 hours are up as I write this. I'll never forget the Gulf War starting. It was my mother's

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birthday....January 16th. We had lingered over her birthday dinner - enjoying her cake and ice cream over a cup of coffee in the dining room. We cleared the table, and as we removed ourselves to the living room we could hear David French's voice on the God, the war had started. We sat on the edges of the furniture transfixed on the television set. American newsmen were there....peeking out the windows of their hotel and reporting to us at home what they were seeing. They hid under the beds in fear for their lives. We feared for their lives - our hearts in our throats. Now we say....if they're stupid enough to stay there while the war is going on... they're taking their own chances. I can't feel sorry for them.
     We're worried about our children being afraid. Well, they'll get over it...just like we did. We grew up in an era when we used to be drilled on how to hide in the event of a nuclear attack. Like herding us all out into the hall at Milo Elementary, sitting us down along the length of it and having us put our head between our legs was going to save us if the bombs started dropping over Milo. It did make us feel more secure, but at that point in our little lives we hadn't seen anything having to do with war on television yet. Lorraine and I fixed ourselves up a little room in her cellar. We had water stashed down there and some vegetables. I have no idea what I planned on eating in that captivity, though, because I wouldn't put a vegetable in my mouth cooked...much less raw.
     Let's hope and pray that this war is swift. Let's pray that Saddam is not only left powerless....but that he pays for the atrocities that he has brought against innocents. Let's pray that we are prepared for what we face in the next few weeks.
     If you plan on watching the war in front of the television....I've got a recipe for a delectable sandwich that's easy to prepare.
Chicken Salad Clubs
For each sandwich:
2 strips of cooked bacon
a big lettuce leaf
rye or pumpernickel bread....I love the rye
chicken salad (I buy a small container full at the deli)
a slice of Swiss cheese
2 slices of tomato
honey-mustard salad dressing (try the Jack Daniels brand on the deli counter at Farmer's Union)
     Place the lettuce leaf on a slice of the bread; top with some chicken salad, two bacon strips, one slice of cheese, and two tomato slices. Spread salad dressing on the remaining bread and place over the tomatoes.
Wicked good sandwich!

MARCH 24 TO 28
Monday-Chicken nuggets, potato puffs, corn cobbetts, dinner roll, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Pigs in a blanket, cole slaw, rice, and icy juicy.
Wednesday-Chop suey, salad, dinner roll, and apple crisp.
Thursday-Turkey/gravy, mashed potato, squash, dinner roll, and banana.
Friday-Breadsticks, cheese/sauce, macaroni, and fruit.

Megan O’Connor’s great grandparents, Bob and Arlene Doiron, were accidentally left out of the family member list welcoming little Meg .
     The teachers and staff of the Sixth Grade Junction of the Penquis Valley Schools in MSAD #41 (Brownville, Atkinson, Milo, LaGrange, Orneville, Lakeview Plantation, and Williamsburg) want to openly thank all the people listed below for their time, effort, and ongoing support of our Schoodic Lake Experience.
     This event takes place in late February or early March and involves a lot of work before and after the day on the lake. The volunteers have helped us over the last seven years to be able to make this day a huge success. Taking 75 to 80 sixth graders outdoors in the winter to learn about ice fishing, snowmobile safety, ice rescue, compass orientation, cross-country skiing, measuring water depth, temperature, ice thickness, wind speed, and recording it all in the cold is difficult. These volunteers help us before and during this experience in so many ways. We are very grateful.
     Schools need good volunteers to be successful, and this group is one of the best. Wendall Small, Leon Farrar, Duane Coburn, Bert Farrar, Harold Hanson, Dan Carroll, Thomas Washburn, Allen Tweedie, Ginny Morrill and her Kitchen Crew, Nelson London, Bert Coburn, Ralph Farrar, John Willinski, Willie Russell, Marty O’Connor, Dale Stubbs, Brian Campbell, Rob Coburn, and Ray Clement.
     Thanks for all your support again this year. We couldn’t do this without you!
     Sincerely, The Sixth Grade Team
Paul Grindle, Tom Gillis, Judy Thompson, Shirley Wright, Laurie Bell, Tiz Beaulieu, Don Hayes, and Josh Young.

     The two and three seat chairs plus old fire department chairs are still available. There are only 244 more shopping days until Christmas so contact Murrel Harris at 943-7326 as soon as possible.

Information Literacy Doesn’t Begin or End with Laptops
     Librarians are teachers of information skills. School library staff and students across the state have been building their information skills for science, social studies, and other research projects through integrating information skills into the curriculum, their own web sites of information links, and extended before and after school hours to handle the need for library resources.
     Boothbay Harbor’s high school library has their own web site of information retrievers, seven golden retriever dogs who provide links to on-line information useful for number of school projects. Even though library resources are now half electronic and half books, it is important to know when to use each source of information. “If you’re looking for a map of a river”, says Nancy B. Grant, President of Maine’s Association of School Librarians, “use a book”. In her job as librarian at MSAD #41 in Milo, Grant teaches an eight-week class for sixth grade students on library skills. High school student library workers in Milo earn academic credit while assisting fellow students and learning career skills. Twenty to thirty students each semester opt for this non-traditional classroom experience.
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     Skill building for doing independent research starts in elementary school. Toni Buzzeo, librarian at the Longfellow School in Portland, is collaborating closely with classroom teachers as the 4th and 5th grade students work on projects ranging from marine animal research to discovering the best communities to live in Maine and every 5th grader’s science fair project. Elementary school students are being taught how to look for information on a topic of interest using an on-line library catalogue, use a prescribed note-taking system, and give credit to their source among other formal research methods.
     Librarians and classroom teachers are collaborating more than ever as information skills are required to complete the educational process. Knowing how to exhibit the results of research presents a number of questions for students to evaluate. Librarians have the professional teaching skills to guide students with options ranging from digital photography and web site construction to traditional written documents.
     The Williams Junior High School in Oakland has extended their hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to accommodate students who need additional library time to meet the demands of their studies. “Parents are very happy with our library hours because this is a safe place for students to read, work with their laptops, or continue to work on projects,” says librarian Liz McMahon. For research on the educational effect of school libraries, information literacy and the role of school libraries, contact:

Background on Maine Libraries
“Something for everyone”
     A New Century public awareness grant was awarded to the boards of the three Maine Regional Library System Districts in June 2002. With the support of the Maine Library Association and the Maine Association of School Libraries, a statewide committee was formed to carry out the project.

     The theme, “Something for everyone” and an aggressive strategic marketing plan has since been developed by the committee and via a contract with Shoestring Creative Group of Portland. A statewide awareness campaign has been developed.

About the New Century Community Program
     The New Century Community Program was created in 1999 by the Maine State Legislature to provide grants and services to a wide spectrum of organizations in the Maine cultural community. The program is a collaboration of: Maine Arts Commission, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Maine State Library, Maine State Museum, Maine Historical Society, Maine State Archives, and Maine Humanities Council under the auspices of the Maine Cultural Affairs Council, a state coordinating entity. This unique program garnered $3.2 million in one year for grants and services, all of which was distributed to communities throughout Maine. Continuing funding of $1 million was provided by the Legislature in 2001.


     Pictured above, perched very cutely on Kirby’s arm, are the five chicks of Puffy’s, that until this week had no names. Thanks to the imaginative kids in Ms.K’s class at the Marion C. Cook School in Lagrange, all the 2-week-old chicks have been named. From left to right their names are: Oreo, Tux, Domino (Dom for short), Freckles, and Hershey. Thank you so much kids; I love the names!
     The weather been so nice these last few days I don’t mind the mud as long as it’s warm. I do wish the ducks were bigger because they would be having a ball splashing and swimming in the “river” we have flowing through the front yard. The goats, on the other hand, hate water and stand and blaaattt in front of a puddle and look at me as if I’m going to lift them over the water. It’s hard to believe I used to be able to carry them around. They sure have gotten a lot “fluffier” since they came to live at the Robertson house. I try not to over-feed them, but they sure do love to eat and I’m a sucker for a hungry mouth. We’ll just take a few extra walks when the snow is melted.
     Poor Kirby has spent the last two weekends trying to make the fence surrounding the goats’ day pen goat-proof. As soon as he gets it secure, the relentless little buggers find a way to get out. As soon as the snow melts and the ground is thawed we have got to do some major fence building. Not only do we need to make a sturdier enclosure for the goats, we also need to make

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a pen for the ducks to go into when the weather warms up. Ducklings are so much messier and stinkier than chicks are. I have to thoroughly clean their box every single day or else they are lying on wet, poopy hay. They don’t seem to mind, in fact the more they mess up their home, the happier they seem, but where their home is in our bedroom, a daily cleaning is necessary.
     My good friend George Richardson mentioned an interest in acquiring some chicks, so I ordered a bunch from my favorite hatchery. He wants a dozen or so and I ordered 30. I need to increase my laying flock, as it seems people really like eggs from happy chickens. So in 10 days or so, we’ll have another brooder box full of babies, bringing the total to 3 ! I think I’ve finally managed to fill that extra half-hour or so of free time I have. Actually, I look forward to the chores I need to do for my barnyard critters. I know of no better feeling then having all of the hens, goats, chicks and ducklings settled into their homes with fresh food, water, and bedding.
     Like most folks, I have been glued to the T.V. watching the war unfold. I am so glad I have the animals as a diversion. My heart goes out to every mother who has a son or daughter in, or headed to, the war areas. And as I watch the peace demonstrations I find it ironic that the protesters are given the freedom of speech and assembly because of the wars that have been fought in the past. I have to believe in my heart that the men in the offices of our government know what they are doing, and will get the job done. The dedication and determination of our service people amaze me, and their efforts are appreciated!
     I saw a list of things a person should do to be prepared for a disaster, and as is my nature, I ignored most of it. I am not the sort of person who panics about what “might” happen. I have found that if you expect good things to happen, they usually do. But one of the items in the “Being Prepared “ list caught my eye. Item 5 said to make a plan for your pets and livestock, and if possible have an area in your house to temporarily keep your pets! Now I have a wild image in my head of the goats and all 32 full-grown hens and roosters hanging out in our living room waiting for the “O.K.” to go outside. I think I’d rather deal with the fall-out from whatever bombs are dropped than the “droppings” of all the chickens and goats.
     Many of you don’t know this, but one of my jobs is Coordinator for the Meals for Me Program in this area. We feed elderly shut-ins and put on dinners at noon-time for area Senior citizens. My office, and the kitchen we work out of, are located in the old Civil Defense Center bunker across the street from my house. It is a huge underground cement building, and was originally going to be used to house the Governor of Maine and his staff in the event of the state being bombed. I tend to think of it as one potentially huge underground barn for my animals. I have a key, and as far as I know, Governor Baldacci doesn’t. It’s not that I wouldn’t let him in, I just hope he and his bunch are animal lovers.
     Time to go and see what the goats are up to. They are loose outside, so I’m pretty sure they are doing something mischievous. Or they are stuck on the other side of a puddle, waiting for me to lift them over it. Whatever they are doing, I can’t hear their bells jingling, and that is usually not a good sign. A quiet goat is a busy goat, and a busy goat is usually a bad goat. Cute, but bad.



     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 had a busy time greeting twenty-four members of the Milo/ Brownville Club, a Key Club interclub consisting of Kate Hamlin, Cameron Wellman, Lindsey Small, Josh Ouellette, and Krystle Parkman. They picked a busy day to retaliate by stealing the Kiwanis bell! Also joining us were four members of the Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Club and a contingent of nine from the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club. We were honored to recognize our present Lt. Gov. Hal Sherman, Past New England District Gov. Hap Gerrish, and two Past Division 2 Governors, Howard Kesseli and Paul Grindle.
     Eben Dewitt led us in an especially meaningful Pledge of Allegiance.
     Welcome back Herb and thank you for the heartfelt prayer for peace and thoughts of those who have recently passed away.
     Val Robertson was our inspirational reader today with a message about ‘covering all the bases’. She told about a little boy who repeatedly threw up a ball, trying to hit it with his bat before the ball hit the ground. After many empty swings he announced that he was the best pitcher in the world!
     Eben DeWitt had the honor of inducting our newest member, Patricia (Pat) Ricker. He told Pat some of the history of Kiwanis and smilingly reminded her that everyone participates in the annual Kiwanis auction! We whole-heartedly welcome you Pat, and look forward to sharing good times with you.
     Birthday wishes go out to Susan Almy on the 20th, Rachel Almy on the 21st, and Mary Jane Zamboni on the 25th.
     Twenty-two happy and sad dollars were donated to the Administrative Fund today for spring, new member, and the large turnout.
     Hap Gerrish donated one of the happy dollars for the honor of presenting a special Kiwanis red jacket to a totally surprised Edwin Treworgy. Ethelyn has been secretly planning the gift to Edwin for quite a while; and after much e-mail, supposedly about family pictures, to her brother Hap, the plan was brought to fruition today.
     The red jackets are ‘purchased’ for a $1,000.00 donation that helps sponsor the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute.
     Trish Hayes reported that the Key Club elections have been held. The officers elected are Shawn Burke, President, Lindsey Small, Vice-president, Cameron Wellman, treasurer, Kylie Palmer, secretary, and Tabby Olmstead, bulletin editor.
     The dressing rooms at the Milo Arts Center need to be painted soon.

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     Todd Lyford said that there will be an auction committee meeting on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 am at The Restaurant.
     The Three Rivers News had its largest distribution of papers last week; 293 out of the 314 editions printed were bought. The hits on the TRC website has risen to almost 300 in a single week.
     Heidi Finson reported that the Big Red Dog was a great hit with all the kids. There will be a new proposal for incorporating the three elementary schools for the Reading is Fundamental program.
     The Variety Show chorus rehearsal will be March 24 at 6:30 pm.
     There will be a meeting at the Town Hall dining room on Tuesday, March 25, at 9 am to begin making quilts for the Linus Project.
     The March 26 weekly meeting will be held in the Town Hall dining room at 6 pm. Val and Ethelyn will be preparing a lasagna supper and the cost will be only $4 per person. Ryan Bradeen will be presenting a slideshow about his trip to China. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend or two.
     There will be a special board meeting on Friday at 6:30 am to discuss the possibility of a May 23 event at the Milo Arts Center.
     Our guest speaker today, Tony Hamlin, was introduced by his life-long friend Neil Hamlin. Tony is an educator and the varsity basketball coach at Penquis Valley High School. He talked about different leadership styles and that team building means working toward goals. Having been a coach for many years , Tony realizes that athletics can cause a lot of stress for young kids. Instead of I and me he uses the words we and us. He emphasizes teamwork and 90% of the team action is not seen on the court; it’s in the locker room where game strategy isn’t the only topic for discussion. For 15 minutes every day before practice the boys sit in a circle and talk about everything but sports. During the last practice of the season each senior player leaves the locker room with his chair and sometimes, moist eyes. The remaining players close ranks and plan for the future.
     Many people can testify to the fact that Tony has occasionally raised his voice in frustration during a tense moment in a game. He’s even been known to do a bit of the two-step when trying to point out an error to either a player or an official. Tony said the team knows why a coach can go ballistic! He stated that a coach might do anything to a child except break their spirit. The goal is to build them up and validate players who don’t have as much playing time. Athletic ability is not the only reason to praise them but for effort, dependability, and the willingness to try. They show their leadership qualities when they sit on the bench for most of the game and still stand up, encourage, and cheer on their fellow teammates.
     As a history teacher, Tony equates leadership with one of our most esteemed Presidents, Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln was well aware that he was not a handsome man and often joked about it at his own expense. He didn’t demand leadership; it was given to him. Tony feels that President Lincoln possessed the qualities needed for leadership. 1. A sense of humor, being confident in your own abilities, and able to laugh at yourself. 2. Taking criticism in stride. 3. Be accountable for your actions and words. Leadership also means not obtaining glory for yourself.
     Tony strongly feels that his neighbor, friend, and former teacher, Edwin Treworgy, is the epitome of leadership. Edwin has always reached out to others to help them go up to the next level. He selflessly wants and encourages people to succeed while playing down his own achievements.
     Tony had much praise for the Kiwanis organization in that it reaches down to help and make things better for people.
     In his closing statement Tony admitted that Murrel Harris was the positive role model for the “Willow Street Gang”! Murrel agreed!
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