Three Rivers News, 2003-04-15


CORRECTION: In last week’s edition I called Travis Cole’s invention a “Binder Bond”, when it is, in fact, a “Binder Band”. I’m so sorry Trav. Val

Class of 1948 to Meet
     The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, April 17th, at Freda & Everett Cook's Bread & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one of Freda's delicious breakfasts and the usual socializing and then some final planning for our 55th reunion on July 5, 2003.
All classmates are urged to attend.

     The Milo High School Class of 1953 will meet at Freda & Everett Cook's Bed and Breakfast on Wednesday, April 16th, at 3:00 in the afternoon. Freda has planned for some "after school snacks." We will continue with plans for the "50" reunion on July 5th, 2003. All classmates are welcomed to attend. Hope to see "you" there.

     The Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church thrift shop will be closed Wednesday April 16th., due to Holy Week. Thrift shop will be open April 23rd. 10A.M to 1 P.M. We will be changing over to summer clothing.

     There is a parent/student meeting on Wed., April 17, at 6:30 PM , at Brownville Elementary School, regarding the Brownville 5th grade trip to Boston on May 9. It's very important that at least one parent attend with their child to hear last minute information about the trip.

     The Methodist Church in Milo has a busy week of events planned. The dates and times follow: April 17 Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 PM at Park Street UMC; April 18 Good Friday Service at 7:00 PM at Brownville Junction UMC; Easter Sunrise Service 6:00 AM at Park Street UMC followed by Easter Breakfast.
     On May 2, at 7:00 PM The WWJD Puppets will perform at the Park Street UMC. A great show written, produced and performed by a group of youth from the Lincoln UMC. A free will offering will be taken to help defray their costs. On May 3 a tag sale to be held at Park Street UMC, time to be announced, May 31 clean up day at Park Street UMC. Willing hands are needed to help.

APRIL 26, 2003, FROM 5-6 PM
Chicken Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas, Carrots, rolls and dessert.
Adults: $6.50, Children: $3.00

     The totals are now official and the 6th grade class sold $5,500.00 in Avon and made a total profit of a staggering $2,182.82 in just this one fundraiser. A total of 53 students sold Avon out of some 73, which in itself is very impressive. The PTO would like to thank Rose Clement again for heading up such a successful fundraiser.
     At the PTO meeting Thursday evening....there were 10 or 12 members who helped sort out the kids orders and we discussed the bottle drive for Saturday.
     The next PTO meeting will be May 8th @ 6:30 to finalize plans for the trip. It's great to have such a big and ambitious group of parents who make all this fundraising actually "fun!" Great job 6th grade!

     Beginning May 1st, local craft people and artists will have a new opportunity to sell their products. Our Maine Idea, formerly Cat’s Corner, in Sebec, offers a variety of spaces to display crafts, gifts, and antiques.
     Also, it will be a fine source for scrap-booking supplies as well as a tourist information center. For more information or to rent space please call owner Kim Hill at 943-7009.

     Jason and Andrea (Haley) are the proud parents of a baby boy, Zakary Lane, born April 4, 2003 at E.M.M.C. in Bangor. He was welcomed by his sister Jordyn. Zac weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz.
     Zak was also welcomed by his granparents, Tom and Reta Haley, Don and Joan Crossman, and Eddie and Donna Mills. His equally proud great-grandparents are, John and Jean Bishop, Sandra Haley, and Ed and Edith Mills.

The Sebec Village Shops (564-3433)
will be closed April 21 and 22 (minor construction) and
reopening on Wednesday, April 23
Café Mon. - Sat. 7am -2pm
Custom Roasted Coffee - Fresh Baked Breads, Pastries & Desserts - Daily Specials Homestyle Cooking, Made to Order Sandwiches & Salads -Homemade Soups
Market Mon. - Sat. 7am - 5pm
Custom Roasted Coffee Beans -Locally Made Pickles, Jams & Jellies • Fresh Breads & Pastries
Beer & Wine • Dry Goods - Milk • Gourmets Oils &Vinegars • Unique Gift & Items Maine Maple Products
Penny Candy • Bulk Food - Windy View Farm Stand - Naturally Raised Beef - Free Range Eggs

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Brownville Sports Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. A hook shooting No. 6 man on the Railroaders of 1962-1963 was (a) Walter Farrar (b) Rodney Ross (c) Bill Vale (d) Peter Ekholm.
2. The best leaper on the 1966-1967 state championship team was (a) Denny Larson (b) Scott Kirby (c) Danny Sickler (d) Reginald Boobar.
3. The stage in the BJHS gym was on the (a) north (b) east (c) west (d) south side of the building.
4. Phil Andrews Jr. was a(n) (a) catcher (b) pitcher (c) shortstop (d) centerfielder.
5. Paul Conlogue was a(n) pitcher (b) first baseman (c) second baseman. (d) third baseman.
6. Susan Sawtell held the Rocket Lanes mark with (a) 145 (b) 169 (c) 178 (d) 201.
7. Betty Berg was an excellent (a) bowler (b) boxer (c) weightlifter (d) both (a) and (c).
8 (a) Pete Webb (b) Murrel Harris (c) Sid Cook (d) Glen Stanchfield no hit the Brownville Little League team.
9. Mike Knox was signed by the (a) Red Sox (b) Yankees)(c) Braves (d) Indians.
10. (a) Tom Wallace (b) Tom Durant (c) Gary Chase (d) Nelson Perry no-hit Dexter.
Answers- 1-c 2-b 3-b 4-a 5-d 6-b 7-d 8-a 9-c 10-b.

Post Office My Pet
     My sister found him at the post office. So we named him Post Office. Three or four years old, he was a sickly cat-lactose intolerant. Getting squared away on his putty tat meds, he turned out to be robust and active.
     For years he has eaten prescribed feline food from a green dish and stood on his hind legs to gulp water from a ten-quart pail. How cute!
     One night at three A.M., Post Office led a raccoon in the house, and the raccoon proceeded to tear my mother's lifeline off the wall.. I retreated to my bedroom, and Mom called Scott Stubbs, our police officer with the famous spaghetti sauce, who drove the animal out our front door.
     Post Office sometimes mistakes my stomach for a trampoline, especially when I'm dozing off in my sofa. "Up and at 'em, Master Bill!"
     He loves company and knows just where to sit when I'm at my tables-right in the middle of my work! However, if there are errors in my writing, I won't blame my baby putt.
More on Post Office to Come

     The staff and students at Brownville Elementary will be hosting their annual Brownville History Day on April 16. Student work is due on Monday, the 14th. If you would like to view the projects they will be on displayin the school library. Everyone is also invited to lunch on the 16th when the contest results will be announced. Historian, Bill Sawtell heads up this annual project at the school. If you plan to come for lunch, please
contact Mrs. Witham at 965-8184. It begins at 11:30.
     The Brownville PTO is looking for auction items for their annual Spring Fling on May 17. Homemade crafts, food, or gift certificates would all be appreciated. Items can be dropped off at the school, or contact Trish Stanhope.

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     The PTO is also in the middle of a "Pennies for the Playground" campaign. They are almost halfway towards a new piece of playground equipment. If anyone has pennies to donate you can drop them off at the school. The PTO thanks everyone for all the donations so far.

     The Brownville 5th grade has been studying the westward expansion of the United States. Here some members of the class pose with their model of the Transcontinental Railroad.
     Brownville Elementary held their Terrific Kids Assembly on Friday April 11th. Those honored were: DANNIELLE GOTHROW (who is our new student) in Kindergarten, ALLISON DURANT in First Grade, KRISHANNA COOK in Second Grade, PRISCILLA ALMODOVAR in Third Grade, KRISTYN CHAPMAN in Fourth Grade and COREY HERBEST in Fifth Grade.
     The Assembly turned into KRISHANNA COOK DAY as she also won a Move and Improve prize, was drawn from the Caught Being Good box and celebrated her birthday with a certificate and pencil. Miss Lisa was awarded the Opal award for being such a loveable addition to the Kindergarten classroom. Congratulations to all of Brownville Elementary's Totally Terrific Kids!

Marion C. Cook School News
     MICHELLE BAKER, JESSICA DONLON and CATINA COMEAU were recognized at our April 10th Terrific Kid assembly. Ms. Ivy said that Michelle works hard and always gets her jobs done. She is a good friend to all. Mrs. Bessey congratulated Jessica for her super attitude this week. Miss K. said that Catrina has been a Terrific Kid since the very first time she walked through the doors of our school. Catrina also serves as a helper in Ms. Ivy's and Mrs. Chapman's classes.
     Mrs. Bradbury thanked Mrs. Robertson for being our Kiwanian representative.
     Kathy Foss thanked TREVOR LYFORD, DYLAN LECLAIR and ALYSSA GRAY for their excellent behavior on the bus. Move and Improve prizes were awarded to RACHAEL BAKER, BILLY PARKER, TAYLOR SEVERANCE, LEVI ENGSTROM and CATRINA COMEAU.

     Our Heartbeaters club met on Thursday, April 10th. Walking, roller blading and riding scooters were the activities of the day. Safety rules were discussed and implemented. An slalom course was laid out by parent volunteer, Dave Ottmann. The Heartbeaters took turns going through it on roller blades and scooters. Mrs. Rhoda had an excellent scooter run. Marilyn Lyford was seen running back and forth across the field trying to get her new kite in the air. Special thanks to Jacob Turner,

Patrick Norwood, Alyssa Gray, Catrina Comeau, Josh Somers and job foreman, Mike Drake for sweeping the loop prior to Heartbeaters. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our club. Our next Heartbeaters session will take place on May 8th.

Senior Play
     Thank you to the seniors and Mrs. Kirby for inviting us to see the senior play. We thought you were wonderful actors and very funny too!

6th Grade Junction News
     The staff at the 6th Grade would like to announce their students of the week for the week of 4/7/03. They have chosen PAIGE MCGUINNESS, BRAD BROWN and JOSH HATHORN for their hard work and cooperative nature.
     The 6th Grade Avon fundraiser was a big success! Total sales were over $5,500! The PTO would like to extend a special thanks to Rose Clement for organizing this sale. We may need to have parents come to school to pick their child’s orders up to prevent them from having to take them on the bus.
     Your 6th Grade child has been reading an historical fiction book ofhis/her choice. Your child will have a book report due on April 16. Please help support our program by providing a quiet time for your child to read.
     Our 6th Grade students have been active in the Move and Improve program. A drawing is held each Monday at 2:30. You can only win is you have signed up and exercised for 30 minutes a day for 4 days a week.

     SPRING HAS SPRUNG in the Milo Elementary Kindergarten classrooms! Ms.Sonia Cianchette (from Sprague's Nursery in Bangor) visited the kindergarten children recently and presented a lesson on planting seeds.
     The children learned lots of planting "tips" from a real expert!! We are expecting to be in full bloom within the next few weeks - a testament that spring is finally here. Many thanks to Ms. Cianchette and Spragues's Nursery for furnishing the potting soil, flower seeds, and expertise.

Terrific Kids
From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid this week always tries to do her best, but this week she worked extra hard! She has such a beautiful smile, a happy personality and a kind and generous heart. She has made great progress in her reading ,writing and math. Congratulations PAULINE KNOX! We arevery proud of you!!!!
Mrs. Mills(Mrs. Pat Ricker) - This Terrific Kid has been very helpful to me as I become familiar with the classroom routine. She is very conscientious and completes all her work on time. She is kind and helpful to all her classmates. We love having SHELBY PATTEN in our room.

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Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid has shown great improvement in these last few weeks. His work is done on time and even has remembered to return his homework consistently. He has been very excited to have passed all his multiplication facts. He joins in group discussions with great enthusiasm. Congratulations to CHRIS GLIDDEN!
Mrs. Hayes - Wow! What a wonderful helper! What a wonderful smile! What a wonderful reader! What a wonderful friend! What a wonderful worker! What a wonderful addition to our classroom. What a Terrific Kid! We are proud and happy to have you in our class MACY CAREY! We love you wonderful kid.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - TRISTI GOULD- This Terrific Kid has made wonderful progress in her reading. She is using her strategies and reading more fluently. She has worked hard to be an active listener and a good friend. Great Job, Tristi! EMERY TARNOCZY- This Terrific Kid is a hard worker, good friend and activelistener. He always tries to do his best in the classroom.We love having Emery in our class.
Mrs Walker and Mrs Carey - We have two very special Terrific Kids this week. They are both respectful to each other, their friends, and their teachers. They are both good examples of children who follow The Golden Rule -always treating other people the way they would like to be treated. And they are both so kind we think they must have hearts of gold! This whole year has been made more special for us by MAKAYALA KELLEY and TYLER TRASK.

BOWERBANK - Linda L. Bouder, 57, loving wife for over forty years to Harry H. Bouder, died at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital April 5, 2003. She was bom July 19, 1945 in Stevens, PA, the daughter of Charles and Vema (Hufford) Schmuck. She was an avid seamstress.
     She is survived by her husband Harry Bouder III, two daughters, Barbara Snyder and her husband James of Pennsylvania, and Patricia Bouder of Bowerbank; three grandchildren, Sarah, Miranda, and Deonna; seven brothers, all of Pennsylvania; and one sister of Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by one brother and one sister. A private service will be held at a later date.

BARNARD - Angel Patricia Ladd, 21, passed away on a warm, clear blue, sunny day, April 10, 2003, surrounded by her family at her home in Barnard. She was born Sept. 7, 1981, in Quincy, Mass., the daughter of Richard and Cheryl (Best) Ladd. She attended the Little Red Schoolhouse in Dover-Foxcroft and was a 2002 graduate of Brewer High School in the special education program. Angel loved being in the sun, with the wind in her face. She had a beautiful laugh and appreciated all humor. She never hurt anyone, was always positive, never greedy, never selfish. She was a child who wanted to be loved and was loved. Angel was happiest surrounded by her family and was affectionately called "Daddy's Girl". She was a precious sister, curious and able. Words can never describe the kind of life she had, yet pictures capture her. Angel is survived by her parents, Richard and Cheryl of Barnard; a maternal grandmother, Mary Best of Carver, Mass.; a paternal grandmother, Doris Ladd of Middleboro, Mass.; five brothers, Richard Jr. and his wife, Martha, of Sebec, Mark and his friend, Marie Grinnell, of Brownville, Andrew and his friend, Heidi Reinkert, of Danbury, N.H., Matthew and his friend, Tara Pressey, of Barnard, and Jesse of Barnard; two sisters, Jennifer Leonard of Hartland and June Ladd of Sangerville; and a nephew, Caleb Ladd; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

BROWNVILLE - Kenneth B. Knowles, 86, husband of the late Gwendolyn (Fish) Knowles, died April 9, 2003, at home after a long illness. He was born Feb. 13, 1917, in Willimantic, the son of Burton and Evelina (McKenny) Knowles. Mr. Knowles served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army during World War II and was honored for his actions with a Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star. He was employed as a machinist and millwright for Great Northern Paper Co. for 24

years. He was a member of Mt. Kineo Lodge No. 64 IOOF, the Brownville Community Church, where he had served as deacon, and the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Electrical Union. He is survived by a daughter, Kathy Preble of Brownville; a twin sister, Kathryn Green of Willimantic; three grandchildren, Kenneth Knowles II of Magnolia, Del., Karen Graubart of Middletown, Del., and Hope Smith of Orrington; four great-grandchildren, including Kathryn of Orrington. He was predeceased by his first wife, Meredith (Walton) Knowles; and a son, George S. Knowles.. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery, Willimantic. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to a local animal shelter.

Science Corner
     The first computer, The ENIAC, was designed by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert at the University of Pennsylvania. They formed a company known as Electronic Controls Co. and their first customer was the Census Bureau. The computer for the Census Bureau was delivered in 1951. It operated at 2.25 MHz and consisted of vacuum tubes and not transistors. Because of the size of the vacuum tubes these computers were very large. I recall visiting the Brunswick Air Station where I was shown their computer. It filled two large rooms and generated a lot of heat.
     Today computers are everywhere. In our cars, microwaves, VCRs, etc. After the invention of the transistor they could be made much smaller than with vacuum tubes. Remember the excitement when the first hand held calculators came out?
     What I would like to do, however, is write a little about PCs or Personal Computers. The computer for the home has been around for about thirty years in a form affordable by most people. It is a device built around a microprocessor. The microprocessor is the heart of a PC. It is sometimes called the CPU or central processing unit. It consists of a single computer chip. What is a chip? It is what is called an integrated circuit. It is a small thin piece of silicon that has transistors etched on its surface. The etching is done in a similar manner to dying Easter eggs after writing a message on the egg. The parts covered with wax remain as pure silicon. The parts with no wax get the color. Or in this case become the transistors. These transistors are connected to each other by very fine passageways etched on the surface or with wires. The first microprocessor was the Intel 4004. All it could do was add and subtract. Before this chip, computers were built using a number of chips. The Intel 8080 was introduced in 1974 and was more powerful. It had 6000 transistors in the chip. It was the first one used in home computers and had a speed of 2 megahertz. The Intel 8088 containing 29,000 transistors was introduced in 1979 and was used in the first IBM PC in 1982. These microprocessors have improved over the years and in 2000 the Pentium 4 was put on the market. The Pentium 4 has 42,000,000 transistors and runs at a speed of 1,500 Megahertz or 1.5 Giga Hertz. The reason that the Pentium 4 can have so many more transistors and not be extra large is that the individual transistors have gotten smaller. In the Intel 8080 each transistor was 6 microns in diameter. A micron is a small number. A human hair is about 100 microns thick. In the Pentium 4 an individual transistor is .18 microns thick. The speed of the microchip allows the computer to work faster. The Pentium 4 runs 5000 times faster than the Intel 8080. For instance the Intel 8080 took .64 seconds to execute a single command. The Pentium 4 can do around 1700 instructions a second!
     The microprocessor has a language all its own. It is called its assembly language. It is run by Boolean algebra logic. All decisions of the computer are based on a yes or no answer. It does what it is told in its assembly language.
     All data is moved around in bits and bytes. A bit is the information stored in one transistor. A transistor can either have no electrons in it or a value of 0 or it can have electrons in it or a value of 1. Eight bits make a byte. To get a feel for this let me explain binary notation. Binary notation is when you can only use 0 or 1 to count. In this system 0 is zero and 1 is one. Since there is no 2 then we must use a two-digit number to signify 2 or 10. So in Binary notation the number 2 is 10. The number 3 is 11 and since we can’t go higher than 1 the number 4 has to be 100. To read a binary number and put it in base ten that we are used to all one has to do is start counting from the right. Example: the binary number 10010

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would be 18 in our counting system. One needs to count the ones and their placement. 1 is 1, 10 is 2, 100 is 4, 1000 is 8 and 10000 is 16. You need to double each number as you move from right to left. The binary number 10101 would be 21 or 1+4+16. The number 110011 would be 52 or 1+2+16+32.
     You might wonder why computers have to resort to using something as complicated for us as binary numbers. The answer is that the computer can have only two choices for each transistor. It is either on or off. When you press a key on the keyboard of your computer it sends a code in binary numbers to the CPU so it can figure out what to put on the screen. All computer companies agree on what is called the ASCII code. In this code for instance an A is 65 or in binary notation it is 1000001. I can’t remember whether 65 stands for a small a or a large A. They are different because sometimes we mean one and sometimes the other. Every symbol on the keyboard has its ASCII code.
     I hope I haven’t made this too complicated. Next week I will try to explain the difference between ROM and RAM.

The Early Willow Street Gang

Dear Mrs. Robertson,
     I read with interest Mr. Tony Hamlin's story on his Willow Street gang; for you see, I lived on Willow Street from about 1932 until 1942 when I went into the service. I am writing to you hoping that you can let Tony know that his gang was not the first gang on Willow Street. I believe our gang was the first gang some twenty five or so years before Tony's. Our gang consisted of myself, Harold Hoskins, Jerry Hoskins, George Hoskins, Vinal Lancaster, Derwood Morrell, my younger brother Joe McLean, and Lewis Hoxie, who came from the street below Willow Street. He always went by the nickname "Tunker." I believe we all went into the service for World War II some time between 1942 and 1943...all except George Hoskins, who was too young. From Tony's story it seems like they followed our footsteps. We played baseball in that same field that he talked about, and we did about all the other things...except I don't remember running through the sprinklers that he mentioned. The other thing that he mentioned that was different was the store at Willow Street. That same store was run by Ned Hoskins when Tony's gang was there, and was opened up by Ned's father, a Mr. Jerry Hoskins. He ran the store when we were there. His son Ned was working at the B&A at that time.
     Tony's story brought back many many fond memories of Willow Street. The house that my family lived in was destroyed by fire years after my dear father had passed away and my mother was living in an apartment on Pleasant Street. It was the last house down on Willow Street on the left.

     I am sending you a picture of some of our gang, taken just before most of us left for the service. I have other copies and I am sad to say I have never seen any of the members since World War II ended. I know my dear friend Vinal Lancaster and Derwood Morrell have passed away. I do not know about Tunker Hoxie. I believe Harold Hoskins is living in Virginia, and Jerry and George are in Florida. It would be nice some summer day if what is left of both gangs could get together in Milo.
     Tony also mentioned Butch Heal. We lived right across the street from Butch's parents, but Butch was only about 3 or 4 years old then. I knew his father Henry Heal and his Uncle Roger Heal well. We more or less grew up together and Butch Heal's mother was a wonderful woman. She often visited my dear mother. She also lost her first husband in World War II as well as poor Butch in Vietnam. She had more than her share of sorrow. I hope you can read this. I am getting pretty shaky in my old age. I just wanted Tony Hamlin to know that his gang was not the first one on Willow Street. God bless you Tony for bringing back a lot of wonderful memories.

               Respectfully yours,
               Jim McLean, Sr.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     “Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voices of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” A profound statement that came across my computer screen this week. My column doesn’t usually get into subjects as deep as this, but I wanted to share this with those of you who read it.....and those of you who are moved to tears by the displays of patriotism that we have witnessed these past few weeks.
     How can we not be affected by the sights that assault our eyes. I walk around with a perpetual lump in my throat. I’m proud of my President, proud of my country, proud of my neighbors who fly the flag and wear yellow ribbons, proud of those I know who are fighting for Iraq’s liberation and in the process freeing us of the threats of terrorism. Most of all, though, I’m proud of the parents who are teaching their children what patriotism is all about. Saluting the flag instead of sniveling behind it is a virtue that quite frankly I respect.
     Today is April 8th. Early this morning I watched as the liberated people of Baghdad got down on their knees and thanked God for what they can only pray will be their salvation. Last night a news report showed just some of the atrocities these people have endured at the hands of Saddam Hussein. What a madman he is - was! This begs the question....what took us so long? If you are a dissenter, do you not feel guilty that your reluctance to fight this devil has prolonged the suffering of these people?
     Even though I don’t understand the other side of this issue, I guess that there is one. We are living in a tangled time of uncertainty, both locally and globally. If we take responsibility for our own selves we’ll be doing good. If we can make a positive difference in the lives of those that we touch, we’ve gone over and above what many would expect of us. Heck, if we get out of bed in the morning and get our children fed and off to school, we’ve exceeded the expectations of many. Believe me when I tell you.....Harriet Nelson and June Cleaver are mothers whose virtues have gone unnoticed by the vast majority of today’s moms. Betty, Bud and Kathy Anderson would never have gotten themselves off to school. I don’t think Margaret ever hung up her apron....she always

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had it in the ready. With my hand over my heart, I salute the wonderful young moms of today who still wear aprons and adhere to that long ago way of life.
     Whoa! I’ve gotten off the subject......or have I? Is there a possible correlation between patriotic and civic apathy and the way a vast majority of our children are being raised these days. Just a thought.
     Which brings me to my next point.....shouldn’t we be teaching all of the students who go through this school district a course in life skills? There are countless kids walking the streets of life who don’t have a clue how to write a check, or sew on a button, plan a simple nutritious meal, or even that a baby needs a bonnet on it’s head when taken outdoors on a cold wintry day. Hard to fathom, I know, but absolutely true! The legislature wants to stick their noses into the soda machine business in our schools, but they don’t have any kind of a plan for teaching kids why there needs to be alternatives to caffeine and sugar laden drinks. I think there should be a mandatory course in ninth or tenth grade of Home and Life Economics and Skills. If we ever take on this project, I hosey being on the curriculum committee. Sooner or later the people who determine the questions asked on the MEA’s are going to demand that our kids be taught about can target that!!!
     And now....totally off all the above subjects....have you tried the Sebec Village Cafe? Wow!!! Quaint little restaurant and store in the heart of Sebec Village. We went there for breakfast with our good friends the Hamlins last the snow. If you get there for breakfast, be sure to try the fried potatoes. What a wonderful sweet surprise. Oh my word!!! Then, go out into the little general store and buy some homemade bon -bons! YIKES!!
     Are you entertaining family for Easter Dinner? Here’s a recipe for your ham.

Apricot-Glazed Ham

1/2 boneless fully cooked lean ham (3-4 lbs.)
Whole cloves
2 cups ginger ale
2/3 cup 100% apricot spreadable fruit (in the jelly and jam aisle of the grocery store)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
     Score the surface of the ham, making diamond shapes 1/4 inches deep. Insert a clove into each diamond. Place the ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Pour ginger ale into the pan. Loosely cover with foil. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
     In a small bowl combine the spreadable fruit, brown sugar, mustard and ginger. Brush some of this over the ham and bake uncovered for another 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the meat thermometer reads 140 degrees and the ham is heated through, brushing occasionally with the glaze. Serve the remaining glaze with the ham. You can present it in a small pitcher.

Knighthood for a Maine Inventor:
Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim - Part 6
Maine Times, by John E. Cayford, Jan. 1974
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     From Gunnery, Hiram turned his attention to flying. Many designs came off the drawing board from 1880 to 1894, while one machine was built and tested during that last year. Maxim produced a steam driven flying machine (the gas engine had not been perfected at that time), and it may be stated in a true technical sense, that it

flew, since, during trials carried out at Bexley in Kent, England, the machine's runner wheels were lifted off their steel rail tracks. The machine was airborne for some distance before a broken piece came afoul of the propeller, causing it to crash. Nevertheless, the machine was otherwise a failure not having achieved its purpose.
     The chief cause of the machine's not fulfilling the inventor's dreams and desires was its excessive weight. Hiram had certainly designed a marvelous structure, and in design principle, it had every possibility of flying. Had he continued his work, it is certain that he could have produced a flying machine and contributed greatly to the field of aeronautics. His unit was compact, containing a number of ingenious contrivances. The cost of construction exceeded 20,000 sterling (over $100.000).
     The machine consisted of a large central plane with two curved side frames. Its engines and boilers weighted over eighteen hundred pounds. For boilers, which could produce over 350 horsepower, the total weight of the motive agency (divided to be only six pounds per horsepower) was not unreasonable. Had the machine's total flying weight been maintained at the six to one ratio, the Maxim flying machine would have proven a huge success. Unfortunately water is needed in the boilers to create operating steam. The additional weight of the feedwater supply for an hour's flying time added another six thousand pounds to the original load, making it almost impossible for man and machine to get off the ground. Using a small amount of water in the trials, which of course limited power and distance, Hiram did get the machine to fly.
     Whereas, Hiram Maxim was now living totally in England and had a permanent residence at West Norwood, he felt it his duty to become a naturalized British citizen, which took place in 1900. The following year, Her Majesty, Queen Victoria call Hiram Maxim to St. James Palace where she bestowed upon him, knighthood, Sir Hiram Maxim.
     Sir Hiram had received many decorations of honor from the governments of Germany, Spain, Portugal, and France, and personal honors were bestowed upon him by the Emperor of China and the Sultan of Turkey.
     Hiram loved to describe himself as a "chronic inventor." In addition to his famous gun, he also invented a smokeless powder, which was called "Maximite," the predecessor of Cordite, an explosive still in use today. He developed semi-automatic heavy cannon, bombs for flying machines, delayed action fuses for explosives, plus a number of other military items. And, like almost all other inventors who believed in the old adage, "build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door," Hiram had a patent on a "better" mouse trap, also an inhaler for bronchitis, from which he suffered, and for all the ageless children of the world, an improved merry-go-round of fantastic design. Listed too among his innumerable collection of patents was one for an automatic sprinkler system, a feedwater heater, a process for obtaining inexpensively phosphoric anhydride, and even a process for extracting gold from auriferous ores. It is with little wonder that he called himself "a chronic inventor!"
     Hiram Maxim was endowed with a powerful frame and on extremely strong constitution. He labored with an untiring energy throughout his long life. His versatility, ingenuity and skill were amazing. The "chronic inventor" has listed to his name in the United States patent Office the total of one hundred and eleven patents. A check of the British Patent Office shows one hundred and forty-nine individual patents, many with multiple plans and drawings. After a strenuous career, Sir Hiram Maxim died at Streatham, England, on November 24, 1916, having lived to see his gun used in the great World's War.
     Hiram's father saw the visions and dreamed the dreams. His son executed them. Out of the Northern Woods of Maine came an inventor equal to Morse, Franklin and Edison.

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April 14 – 18
Monday-Hot ham & cheese sandwich, oven fries, green beans, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Turkey wrap, stir-fry veg. potato smiles, and brownie.
Wednesday-B.L.T.C. sand. pretzels, sliced cukes, and banana.
Thursday-Taco, lettuce/tomato, rice pilaf, and strawberry shortcake.
Friday-Teriyaki chicken, potato, assorted veg. and assorted desserts.

APRIL – 1966
April 15-Nice day
April 16-Nice day-34° at 7 am and 38° at 9 pm.
April-17-Cloudy-34° at 6 am and 30° at 10 pm.
April 18-Fair-34° at 6:30 am and 38° at 8 pm.
April 19-Sunny-34° at 6:30 am.
April 20-Nice day, cool-34° at 7 am and 40° at 9:15 pm.
April 21-Cloudy-40° at 7 am and 46° at 9:15 pm.

     A walk to raise funds for MS is scheduled for May 4, 2003 at the Guilford Middle School at 9 am. All are welcome to join! If you would like to participate please call 1-800-639-1330 and tell the person who answers that you would like to join the Kiwanis Team at the Guilford site. We hope to see you there!

Memorial Day Parade Planned for Milo Area
     Several members of the Joseph P. Chaisson American Post met Tuesday evening to begin planning the annual Memorial Day Parade that will be held on Monday, May 26. The parade will begin to form at 10 am and will march out at precisely 11 am.
     If you remember, last year’s parade was a great success. It was dedicated to the many veterans of all the wars that Milo area citizens have participated in. This year the parade will also be dedicated to the “Support Our Troops” theme. There were two special floats on which the veterans rode on as well as several vehicles in which they were riding in. This year we’ll again have special vehicles and we hope to have many citizens decorate their own vehicles in red, white and blue for our troops.
     Again this year, the Penquis Valley Bands will be participating, under the direction of Jack Eastman. The band will participate in special

services at the bridge over the Sebec River, at the Old Monument in the Milo Evergreen Cemetery, and at the New Monument. At the monuments, the names of deceased veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish American War, the World Wars, Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, and Desert Storm will be read. Special services will be held with prayers and the placing of wreaths.
     At the head of the parade there will be the colors, the Milo Fire Department, and the Three Rivers Ambulance Personnel. Throughout the parade there will be the Boy Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and the Brownie Scouts.
     Also participating will be units from the Key Club, the Milo/Brownville Kiwanis Club of Three Rivers, the Milo Rollerbladers in their red, white, and blue colors, and more.
     We are asking ALL Veterans in the Milo area to join us. If you are interested, or if you know any veterans who we can contact, please call Donald Banker, Richard Graves, Lee Leeman, or Phil Gerow.
     Many other individuals, businesses and organizations will be contacted in the next two weeks to determine if they will have something in the parade. After all, to make it a great event, better than last years, we have to have more participants. And we are counting on YOU. So, make plans now, not only to attend but also to be a participant in the parade. Please call 943-2046 for further information.

     Available for adoption – a petite, solid black, shorthaired female cat. She has been spayed and had her first shots.
     Please call Julie Gallagher at 943-5083 if you are interested in giving this kitty a home.

     Tuesday, May 13, 2003, the first monthly meeting of the Milo Writer’s Group will be held at The Restaurant from 5-7 pm. Anyone interested in writing stories, poems, essays, memoirs or more is welcome to attend. For more information please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400.

     This year’s season looks to be a promising one. Our team consists of two awesome coaches, Dick Martin and assistant coach Torrey Ellis, managers Ben Faulkingham and Tabitha Olmstead and fifteen talented girls. Senior members include Mindy Dyer, Kristin Lee, Lindsay Ouellette, Arielle Sickler, Amanda Martin, and Jean Hamlin, Juniors Heather Dolley and Erika Morrill, Sophomores Danielle Graves, Michelle Mulherin, Ashlei McMahon, Ashley Pelletier, and Heather Anthony, and Freshman Kylie Palmer and Megan Knowles.
     For the past two weeks we have been busy perfecting our throws, hitting home runs, keeping our pitchers on target, and our catchers on their toes. I think we have a very strong team coming back from last year since we only lost one senior. We are planning to start out the season victoriously on April 16 at 4:15 against Central.
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     We are also excited this season because we have nice new uniforms and can’t wait to get out there and show them off! I assure you that if you come out and watch us you will have fun and hopefully come back for more. Following is the schedule for our home games that is also the schedule for the baseball team. All the games begin at 4:15 pm.

April 16 vs. Central
April 21 vs. Dexter
April 23 vs. Lincoln
April 30 vs. Searsport
May 5 vs. PVHS
May 9 vs. Schenck
May 19 vs. Stearns
May 23 vs. PCHS

     The softball team would like to thank the American Legion for their donation. It was greatly appreciated!

     Little ten-week old Ainsley Ade couldn’t stay awake for the “Support The Troops” rally held at the American Legion on March 29th. As you can see, Ainsley did wave a flag after waking up from her nap!
     She is the daughter of Bob and Allison Ade of Milo.

-HIGH HONORS-Lisa Ellison, Jean Hamlin, Melissa K. Madden, and Lucas Morris. HONORS-Nycole Beard, Colby Chase, Abigail Cowing, Amanda Crouch-Smith, Heather Donaghy, Miranda Dyer, Alicia Estes, Leah Landry, Amanda Martin, Adam Russell, Sonja Salley, Ashley Sheldon, Danielle Willette, and Allison Williams.
JUNIORS-HIGH HONORS-Amanda Kahl, Rebecca Madden, and Krystle Morrill. HONORS-Heather Dolley, Shannon Gerrish, Desiree Hogan, Jennifer Hussey, and Erika Morrill.
SOPHOMORES-HIGH HONORS-Erin Beasley, Elyse Kahl, Jessica LaMunyon, and Maria Mills. HONORS-Elizabeth Comeau, Katherine Hamlin, Krystle Parkman, and Lindsey Small.
FRESHMEN-HIGH HONORS-Christina Gerrish, Tyler Herbst, Kylie Palmer, and Brian Twitchell. HONORS-Jennifer Hartman, Jeremy Perry, John Tarnoczy, Amanda Ward, and Alex Zwicker.
8TH GRADE-HONORS-Amber Benoit, Chris Bessey, Kristin Burch, Dillon Conley, Mindy Dolley, Krystle Leavitt, Miranda McSwine, and Benjamin Ogden.
7TH GRADE-HIGH HONORS-Noah Bissell, Jennifer Goodine, Jessica Kahl, Ryan Madden, and Chery Roesing. HONORS-Nycole Carey, Tyla Crocker, Nathan Durant, Haley Flanders, Kyle Gero, Alex London, Dylan Lyford, and Brian Zwicker.

     These photos were sent to me from Chuck Foss via his sister Becky Smith. The top photo is of the old hotel in Derby, Me. when it was still a three-story building. The bottom photo is an overview of Derby. Both pictures were taken when Derby was known as Milo Junction.

     Last week was such a fun time, here on the farm. Some of the animals, once again, went “on the road”, and everyone is healthy and growing.
     Last Wednesday, The Milo Free Public Library and the Three Rivers Kiwanis held their first “Kiwanis Kid’s Korner”. When the plan to read to school kids was developed, we planned on utilizing the sweet little Children’s nook at the Milo Library. Those plans were soon changed, as more than 40 kids signed up for the program, so more space was needed. We moved to the downstairs room, and just barely fit in there! More than 50 children and adults joined us for our first session. And what fun we had!
     Edwin and Frank walked most of the children down from the elementary school, escorted by Todd in police cruiser. Some kids were dropped off by parents or grandparents, and some pre-schoolers came with Mary Hunter from her daycare. Some helpers accompanied her and we made up a great group.
     I had brought, from the farm, two of my ducklings. I read “Make Way For Ducklings”, we made ducks from plastic eggs, and for a snack, we all had “animal quackers”! The baby ducks were so cute as they quacked and peeped and wiggled their cute little duck butts at just the right moments. It seems that all of

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my pets are hams and love to perform in public. I guess they take after their mama. It was a great session, and the children were awesome. I can’t wait until next Wednesday to hear Chris Beres read her selected book and to hang out with the kids. If your child would like to attend, the time is from 3PM to 4Pm at the Milo Library. We are continuing the program through June 18 and there are gifts and snacks and activities planned for each week.
     The sweet little beagle dog has gone to a new home. She is helping to keep a sick gentleman company and in good spirits. She is sure missed here at the Robertson house, but she has a job to do and I know she is doing it well. I hope her new owner can come up with just the right name for her.
     Well, it’s a beautiful Spring day, and I have got to go outside and find something to do, which won’t be hard to do. I love to putter around and eventually I just stop and watch the chickens and goats and dogs and cats and ducks and guinea birds. It’s hard to get work done when you live in the real life version of Dr. Dolittle.



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

     President Edwin Treworgy greeted sixteen members and guests Dot Brown and Lt. Gov. Harold Sherman this morning for our business meeting.
     Todd Lyford led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham said a prayer for peace in the world and safety for our military.
     Our inspirational reader today was Edie Miles with a message about patience being better than pride. She told about a man who was stuck in the Friday afternoon traffic rush when his car stalled. People began honking their horns in frustration. The man got out of his car, walked down the line of vehicles, and said to another driver, “If you go up and try starting my car, I’ll stay here and honk your horn.” More accidents occur when you are in a hurry so give yourself TEN EXTRA MINUTES.
     A thank you note was received from Chuck and Joi Stevens thanking Kiwanis for the flowers and
April 9, 2003 weekly meeting minutes for the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo/Brownville that gathers each Wednesday morning at 6:30 am at The Restaurant.
     President Edwin Treworgy greeted sixteen members and guests Dot Brown and Lt. Gov. Harold support when they took ownership of The Restaurant.

     Anniversary wishes go out to Todd and Diane Lyford on the 11th and to Neil and Barb Hamlin on the 14th. Special birthday wishes go to Jeremy Finson on the 12th.
     Twelve happy and sad dollars were donated today for canoe race tickets, New Hampshire trip, missed meeting, Foxcroft Academy Spanish club trip, Key Club trip, state police visit?, and an anniversary trip. We hear it’s warm in the Dominican Republic this time of the year!
     Lt. Gov. Hal Sherman informed us that there is a Division Caucus at Corinth on April 9, 2003. This is the time to make sure Eben DeWitt is on the books as a candidate for Lt. Gov. in 2004-2005. Chris Almy and Heidi Finson said they would try to attend.
     The Three Rivers News sold 309 issues last week, a new record!
     A meeting will be held at Kathy Witham’s to work on advertising for the Variety Show.
     Paul Grindle said there are thirty-five advertisers to contact for the Community Calendar.
     Val Robertson was pleased to tell us that 40 children have signed up for the first reading activity at the Milo Free Public Library today! She also asked for a little help to walk with the children from school to the library.
April 3, 2003 Board meeting report:
     Murrel and Stephanie have been appointed as the nominating committee. Our president-elect is Joe Zamboni and Murrel Harris is the vice-president. We need to elect a vice-president to succeed Murrel as president in 2005-2006 as well as a secretary and treasurer. The Board terms of Sheri Conley, David Harmon, and Sandra Gray run out this year and the one-year remainder of Bill Sawtell’s term needs to be filled. Please let Murrel or Stephanie know if you are interested in any of these positions.
     The Board regretfully accepted the resignation of Bill Sawtell and said that he would be welcomed back at any time.
     Arts Center: Murrel has cleaned out both dressing rooms and they now need to be cleaned and painted. Frank and Ed moved the three choir mics and need two more for maximum effectiveness, they have been proposed to the steering committee. Also proposed was $200 for materials to build storage chests in the balcony (Ed will build ASAP) and money to pay for calibrating the equalizer on the sound system (supposed to have been done this morning but the calibrator didn’t arrive). The calibrating was authorized by the Board, so that a check could be written from the Kiwanis account, pending approval by the steering committee. The sound system is working great and Ed is willing to teach others how to run the system.
     A $100 donation was approved by the Board for the MS walk. Shirley Wright’s request to transfer from the Dover Club to Three Rivers was unanimously accepted!
     The Board asked Seth Barden to address the club about the TRC website to bring us up to date and explain the present sources and future needs of money. Seth had mentioned the need for a new webcam.
     $200 was approved for the new K-4 library reading program at the Milo Free Public Library. The activity will take place on Wednesday’s from 3-4, starting on April 9 and continuing until school ends in June.

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     The Board approved the River Park gazebo/bandstand project pending approval by both the Selectmen and the Sebec River Association and also pending assurance that grant money would pay for it.
     The Board discussed the International Skip-a-Meal program and decided that participating should be an individual matter. If any Kiwanian would like to take part by skipping a meal and donating the money saved, Jeff will collect the money and send a check to Kiwanis International. The money raised goes into a fund to help children. The program starts April 27 and continues for one month.
     The Board voted to man the chuck wagon for the Cruize-in on June 22.
     We may have an opportunity to help with a special meal at The Restaurant on Prom night, May 16. We would be serving or helping Joi in any way she needed. It would be a great chance to show off the new Kiwanis aprons! This event depends on the number of students interested.
     Todd Lyford reported on the auction plans. April 26, hope for Key Club members to help Kiwanians clean out storage and repack items for the auction. The food wagon needs to be painted, maybe sometime in May. The auction will again be held at the MFU parking lot and Jimmy Sickler will be contacted for tents. We will need lots of help collecting and picking up items. The Town Hall chairs will be auction items and the money paid will go back into the Arts Center fund. Frank will be in charge of the 50-50 tickets, Murrel-yard sale, Fred-set up, Lorraine-letters to businesses, Ethelyn and Nancy-advertising, etc. “Same as last year”?
     Joe reported that Jane Jones, Milo Town Manager, has no problem with the gazebo/bandstand project and the American Legion is also in favor of the plan.
     Next week’s speaker will be Clair Wood of the BDN. Stephen Stanley will speak on April 23.

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