Three Rivers News, 2003-04-22

     Here’s a picture of Zak Mills, and his big sister Jordyn. I left out their great-grandparents, Gerald and Rachel Smith, from last week’s birth announcement.

     The WWJD Puppet Company of Lincoln, Maine will be performing the musical production "Come Worship" at the Park Street United Methodist Church on Friday, May 2, at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to come and enjoy an hour of praise and worship with this talented group.
     The WWJD Puppet Company uses high-energy music accompanied by puppetry and other creative arts to produce moving and powerful shows for the entire family. Plan to attend this production; you won't be disappointed.
     On Saturday, May 3rd, there will be a tag sale held in the family room at the Park Street United Methodist Church from 9:00 AM-12:00 noon. There will be something for everyone. Come and see.
     On Thursday, May 1st, at 8:00AM, the women will meet for their monthly breakfast at The Restaurant in Milo. All women are invited to attend this time of fellowship.

     Beginning May 1st, local crafts people and artists will have a new opportunity to sell their products. Our Maine Idea, formerly Cat’s Corner in Sebec, will offer a variety of spaces to display crafts, gifts, and antiques.
     Our Maine Idea will also be a fine source for scrapbooking supplies as well as a tourist information center. For more information or to rent a space, call owner Kim Hill at 564-7009.

     The Brownville 5th Grade was recently notified that their appearance on the PBS show "Zoom" would initially run May 23 at 5:00. The show will also be rerun a couple times during the summer. "Zoom" is a PBS show which features children involved with service learning projects.
APRIL 26, 2003, FROM 5-6 PM
Chicken Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas, Carrots, rolls and dessert.
Adults: $6.50, Children: $3.00

Weight Watchers at Work
     The Weight Watchers at Work program is sponsored by MSAD #41's Wellness Team, and has only two weeks left in the current 12-week program. Members have experienced great success and hope to continue their weight loss efforts by beginning another series on Tuesday, May 6th. If you are interested in joining this great support group, please plan to attend the April 27th meeting for sign-up. We need 15 paid members before WW will schedule the first meeting in the 12-week program. The cost is $139.00 for twelve weeks, payable by check (or 3 checks with 2 postdated), credit card, or payroll deduction for district employees.
     If you are a Lifetime Member and are over goal you can join this program and once you return to goal WW will reimburse you for any remaining weeks. Folks may also join at any point during the 12 week program by paying for remaining weeks. This is a great group and the support and enthusiasm of its members go a long way toward making a sometimes difficult process a little easier.
     Please join us on April 27th at 3:00 pm at Milo Elementary School. See what a meeting is like and if the program would meet your needs.

Move and Improve
     Can you believe that this week marks the halfway point for Move and Improve? Hope that the improved weather outside (at least for one day) has motivated us all to keep "moving and improving" toward our goal.
     I do not have any definite information yet about the final M & I Celebration at the Civic Center, but will notify you as soon as I do. Make sure that you submit your Activity Log information on-line so that you will be eligible for grand prizes! Stay tuned.

Three Rivers Kiwanis
     The Three Rivers Kiwanis would like to see a gazebo/bandstand built on the river front park in Milo. This project would involve considerable expense in materials such as

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wood, hardware, shingles, paint, and nails. It would also require a great deal of effort by many people to be successfully completed. The big question is: Are the citizens of the community supportive of this idea? Will enough people volunteer to do the work? Can the money required be raised? I think we can do it.
     The Kiwanis is only one of many organizations in the area that work together to make our community a better place to live, a good place to raise our children, and a safe place to retire in our later years. There are local organizations that would probably love to support such a project. I have already heard from our Veterans at the American Legion. I know the Sebec River Association is supportive. The Milo Garden Club could make something like this a showplace of color. The Penquis Valley Middle School students have already spent several days of work in the park, making paths, cleaning out litter, and hauling out dead wood. I am sure there are many other groups that would help.
     Not that long ago, the Town of Milo got a grant to build the park on the river. Since then many people have enjoyed that beautiful place conveniently located right in our own downtown. Senior citizens sit and talk, working men and women eat their lunch, children play, River Rats launch their fishing boats, canoes and kayaks are seen almost daily. The Sebec River is a jewel, a recreational area for enthusiasts of all kinds. The park is the gateway, and a bright colorful gazebo could be the beacon. Think of warm summer nights, colored lights glowing off the water and the community band playing our favorite tunes.
     Will you help? I have been named chairperson of the project. I presently am looking for some grant money. I need people to help in the planning, fund raising, building etc. I would like to hear from anyone who would give an hour or a hundred hours of his or her time. Some could do heavy manual labor and others could make them some lemonade. Some could raise money and some could plant flowers. There will be a job for anyone who wants to help. I will announce an organizational meeting in the very near future to form the committee and start putting together the plan.



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19th Annual Brownville History Contest Results
     Brownville, April 16, 2003-A record crowd attended the annual Brownville History Day luncheon held at the Brownville Elementary School here to view the projects and witness the award ceremony.
     All participants in Grades 3-5 received certificates signed by the contest originator Bill Sawtell. First place through honorable mention participants will receive plaques in Grades 3 and 4. Grade 5 does a group project each year.
This year's theme: Memorable Citizens.
Grade 3
-First Place-Taylor Lovejoy
-Second Place-Stephanie Vachon
-Third Place-Ryan Heath
-Honorable Mention-Shayne McSwine
Grade 4
-First Place-Joshua Bessey and Ace Miller
-Second Place-Amanda Peterson
-Third Place-Shelby Hall
-Honorable Mention-Josh Dillon
The contest would not have been possible without the support of the teachers: Debbie Page, Sally Wallace, and Lynn Weston.

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Bill with the winners of the History Contest.

Brownville Sports History Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. In 1939 the BJHS girls won a basketball tournament at (a) Bangor (b) Dover-Foxcroft (c) Fairfield (d) Millinocket.
2. Laura Smith was a (a) forward (b) guard (c) rover (d) manager at BJHS.
3. The only senior on the state championship team was (a) Alan Kirby (b) Dennis Larson (c) Raymond Heath (d) Billy Perry.
4. Wayne Kirby had funny (a) legs (b) elbows (c) ears (d) eyes.
5, Arthur Strout's nickname was (a) Artie (b) Lefty (c) Righty (d) Minnie.
6. Which of the following did not bat left handed: (a) Paul Vienneau (b) Mike Knox (c) Jim Owens (d) David Brown.
7. (a) Pete Webb (b) Merle Larrabee (c) Glen Burleigh (d) Chet Hubbard scored the most points against BJHS.
8. Carroll Conley played at (a) Ricker (b) Presque Isle State (c) Husson (d) Thomas.
9. The original BJHS gym was on the (a) west (b) north (c) east (d) south side of the later one.
10. The "hero at Lewiston" was (a) Dennis Larson (b) Alan Kirby (c) Scott Kirby (d) Tim Buchanan.
Answers-1-c--2-a 3-d 4-c 5-b 6-a 7-d 8-a 9-c 10-b

Editor’s note: I thought I’d share this letter and photo. The name of the business is “Maine Lobster Coop” Thanks to Tom Poole, our Japan Reporter.

Dear Val,
     We are in the middle of cherry blossom season and everything is so beautiful. We have a large cherry tree in front of our home. Attached is a photo taken at Universal City in Osaka by a friend of mine and sent via e-mail April 17. It was our 21st wedding anniversary and Barb and I drove to Universal for dinner. Outside Universal City there is Universal Walk where many eastern and western restaurants are featured. It took us just 35 minutes to drive there Thursday thanks to low traffic and a four mile tunnel through Ikoma Mountain.
     We live on the side of this mountain overlooking Ikoma and the Nara Valley. I hope your snow is finally gone. It sounds as if you have had a long winter.
Best wishes to all, Tom Poole

     The 6th grade PTO, along with (11) - 6th grade class members met on Saturday, April 12th, at 9:00 a.m. to have a bottle drive to raise money for their trip to the Boston....with Kathy Herbest and Lori Herbest leading the pack; there were a total of about 7 pick-ups loaded with kids and everyone set off in different directions and agreed to meet at Three Rivers Redemption at 11:00 to turn in their bottles.
     Mike finished counting them on Monday and came up with a total of $657.00. Along with a few cash donations that were received on Saturday, it gave us a grand total of $691.00. Not too shabby for only a couple hours of work!
     The 6th Grade PTO would like to thank Mike Comeau and all the ladies/students who helped on Saturday. This money will be used to pay for supper on the way home from Boston and hopefully a camera for each of the students.

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From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - The Terrific Kid in our room is another repeater. She moved away and were we glad to have her back. She is working hard on her reading and is always a helper for her teachers and friends. She is KENDRA JENKINS and we love her.
Mrs. Mills - This Terrific Kid is:
Always ready to help her classmates
Loyal to her friends
Loving and caring
Interested in school and sports activities
Says kind words to her friends
Outstanding smile
Nice to have in this third grade class
A day without ALLISON VALVO is like a day without sunshine. She is our Terrific Kid.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a very sweet, kind little girl. We love to begin each day with her beautiful smile. She is always looking out for others, helping whenever she can. She consistently has a word of praise or encouragement for her classmates. We love having TAYLOR LYFORD in our class.
Mrs. Dellolio - EDDIE COBB is our Terrific Kid. He enjoys math, and does a great job on his assignments. He loves to ride his dirtbike, and one of his favorite foods is lasagna. Summer time is his favorite season.
Mrs. Hayes - Our Terrific Kid is a real holiday special. She hops into the classroom with a bright smile. She hippity hops to reading and writing workshop with enthusiasm and excitement. She hippity hop hops to be a great friend and classmate. She peeps with kindness to teachers and recess friends. She peeps for joy at the success of others. Our sweet chick and honey bunny is JESSICA PREBLE. Congratulations, Jessica! We
are proud of you.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - Mrs. Hussey and Mrs. Tardiff are very pleased to give the Terrific Kid award to their WHOLE CLASS for exceptional behavior on their field trip. We are very happy to report the class received compliments on their behavior from staff at McDonald's . They were a great audience at the play and we are very proud of them all!!!
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - She comes into our room with a smile each day. She is reading up a storm and just loves books. She likes to sing just like another famous girl with that same name. Shania Congratulations!!! SHANIA !!!!! ROUSSEL Our first TK had the initials of SR and this TK has the same ones but in reverse order RS . He is friendly, kind, and always shares with others. He loves to read books. He too has a TV show with the same name!!! Everyone Loves Raymond!!!! We do too!!! Congratulations!!!! RAYMOND SICKLER
Mrs. Whitney - Terrific kid for the week of 4/18 is EARL ULITSCH. He is showing very responsible behavior every Wednesday by escorting his sister to the Milo Public Library to story hour after school. What a great big brother and responsible citizen!
Joe Beres’ Bus Students of the Week: From Brownville, Joshua Stanhope, and from Milo, Georgia Gaudreau and Skylar Beard.

     These boys were taking a basketball break from a cleanup job that they had done on the grounds of the Brownville Elementary School on Monday, April 14th. Members of Pack # 111 Den #1 are: Back row l. to r. Ryan Heath, Dylan Lougee, Stephen Patton, and little tiger cub scout

Jake McSwine. Front row l. to r. Dale Gagne, Alex Slagle, Shayne McSwine, Josh Stanhope and little wolf cub scout Zachary Slagle. The leaders of this den are Mrs. Stacey Slagle with her helper Mrs. Marie McSwine. This cleanup was their community service project. We've got a nice big pile of pine twigs and branches ready for pickup. Last month the boys did a food drive in cooperation with Troop #`115 and Troop #112 of the boy scouts. Thank you to all of the boys in this area who are doing such a fine job in the community. It's nice to know that the scouts are doing more than helping us little old ladies cross the street.

     I’m sorry I did not get a library column into the paper last week, but I had to be in the hospital for a medical procedure on Friday (which is when I send my column into the paper) and I had told Val I could not do it. I hope some of you noticed it was missing.
     As Val told you in the paper last week, we had a wonderful time with the Kiwanis Kids Korner. No way did the many children who attended fit into the new children’s area for the story time, but Val and helpers rearranged the downstairs and had room for the story time and the crafts. Half the group at a time came upstairs to take out books, and the children were amazed to see the new bookcases. They eagerly chose their books and then went downstairs so the other half could come up for their library book time. Kiwanis provided snacks, little book charms and balloons. The whole program was really festive. I took pictures of the doings and we all had a really fun time.
     This past Wednesday the Kiwanis Kids Korner was again popular and the Kids knew what to expect. They picked up their snacks eagerly and went into the main room. This week the reader was Chris Beres, the principal of the elementary schools.She chose to read garden books and the craft ended with each child taking home a Sungold Cherry tomato plant donated by Val. Lets hope every plant provides its little gardener with lots of delicious tomatoes.
     The one disappointment at library book time was there were not enough Junie B. Jones books for every student who wanted to take one home The Junie B. Jones Books are written by Barbara Park and tell of the escapades of kindergartner Junie B. who works her way through lots of childhood dilemmas. At this time the library has only five , but I called Baker & Taylor Thursday morning and remedied the situation. We should have more in a week and several more will be coming on back order during the next few weeks. By returning them each week everyone will get to read several, and , of course, these books will be here during the summer reading program too.
     The Kiwanis Kids Korner is for every child grades K through 4th in public school or home-schooled on Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. There will be a program this Wednesday April 23rd even though it is school vacation. We would enjoy having as many children come as are able to attend.

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

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A Historical Review
Library Holds Many Memories - Of `Good Ole Days' Piscataquis Observer, Marilyn Bennett, 1978
(A TRC Fringe Benefit, submitted by CKEllison, 2003)
     From the caption under a photograph: "Still Sturdy, the Willimatic Schoolhouse No. 1, built at least 70 years ago and is owned and maintained by the town today as a public library." Electrically operated school bells buzzed throughout the County this week calling youngsters back to the books. In bygone days children heard another kind of bell summoning them to the classroom.
     Katherine Green of Willimatic, now a teacher's aid at Monson Elementary School, remembers how she shook the old hand school bell to gather about 14 pupils to class at the old Willimatic Schoolhouse No. 1 back in the 1940's and 1950's. She was the last teacher at the old school before it closed about 1964.
     "I think children had it better in those days," she said. She taught about 14 pupils from grade five through eight after 1950 and before that she had youngsters from the first through eighth grade.
     "We heated the school with the old wood stove that's still there and a janitor used to start the fire every morning before I got to school," Mrs. Green recalls. "The children used to carry water from a nearby well.""That stove doesn't heat very well. Even when it's going in good shape it's cold in here," 16 year-old Ed Blauvelt said of the wood stove. He doesn't envy the kids who had to go to school there on cold days. "But I love the old building," he pointed out fondly Saturday as he worked in the in the former classroom. He spends every Saturday in the building which has been converted into the "Willimatic Library" by the town's Civic Association. "I like libraries and books, especially science fiction," he added.
     About two years ago, the association took on the project of converting the school into a library and had bookcases built, electric lights installed and other repairs done. The town owns the land and building and is responsible for major repairs.
     Blauvelt's interest shows in the converted room where the same old desks are bolted to the floor. The classroom is basically the same as it was when Mrs. Green taught there. The old flag is still in the wall standard, the blackboard awaits another chalk mark, and maps and pictures still decorate the walls.
     Blauvelt has begun sorting and indexing the many books given the library. He has a lot more work to do. A junior at Greenville High School, Blauvelt found a Red Cross receipt noting that Marjorie D. Towne's 1929 class at the school helped with a project in Japan. "That was a long time ago," the young librarian notes.
     But Delmont Weston, Willimatic's first selectman, can beat that record. "I went to school there 60 years ago," he boasts. At 77, Weston recalls Harriet Crockett was his teacher and he said he had to walk a mile and a half to get to class. "There was a school at the cemetery corner called Hart School, now owned by Jacqueline Gorey. This one at Norton's Corner was called No. 1 and the No. 3 school is at the lower end of town." No. 3 school is now owned by Dennis and Martha Bushe of New York.
     Mrs. Green and her husband, Adin, both went to school at No. 1 school. He remembers playing in the puddles outside the building as a youngster. "Once a neighbor was chasing an otter across the field by the school and the whole class went out to help catch it," Green said. After the animal was caught, class resumed he said. He didn't think teachers would be as lenient today.
     One bad experience during Mrs. Green's teaching career at the school was "when the stove funnel fell down and smoke poured out into the room," she said. "I had to send one of the children to get a neighbor to put it back up." Class resumed after the smoke cleared, she said."People didn't have as much then so they didn't mind, Mrs. Green said, "and they got along just as well." Another woman remembers her days at the school. especially "one boy who kept hiding in the woods. The teacher had to keep sending other classmates to find him and bring him back to class. I guess it didn't hurt his education much because he turned out to be a minister and is doing well today," she concluded. (The American Thread Company first built their mill at Willimatic prior to coming to Milo.)

Playoff results of the double-elimination Tournament:

     The members of the runner’s-up are: Capt. Liani Nutter, Robin Demers, Laura Banker, Gerry Rublee, Reta Haley, Becky Downing, and Marlene Heal.
     The Champion Team members are: Capt. Andrea Beaudoin, Denise Strout, Shelly Chambers, Diane Lyford, Peg Ellis, Holly Thompson, and Julie Leighton.

Science Corner
Computers Part II
     Last week this column was about microprocessors in computers. This week I would like to explain a little about ROM and RAM. ROM stands for read-only memory. When you buy your computer it already has a ROM chip that is programmed with a program that is not erasable. The microprocessor tells the ROM chip what to get and send out on a data bus to be used by the computer. Just about all computers need some ROM and PCs are no exception. On a PC this ROM is called BIOS which stands for Basic Input/Output System. After waking up the BIOS the microprocessor then executes commands sent by the BIOS. It tests the various hardware in the computer like the sound card, keyboard and mouse to make sure they are working and then goes to the hard drive to pick up what is called the boot sector. Bios stores this small program in RAM after it is read off the hard drive. The microprocessor then starts executing the instructions from the boot sector. This sector tells the microprocessor what else it needs to get from the hard drive. That program in turn gives further instructions to the microprocessor and so on until the computer is booted up. In the end the entire operating system is placed in RAM memory.
     RAM stands for Random Access Memory. RAM contains information that the microprocessor can use and in turn the microprocessor can write new information to RAM like it is doing as I write this article. RAM is NOT permanent. If the power goes off of if your computer crashes then all that is in RAM is lost. That is why one must save things to a disk either the hard or floppy in order to retrieve them when the computer is turned on again.
     Today there are various types of ROM. They have the names such as ROM, PROM, EPROM, and Flash Memory. All these types have two things in common. The data is not lost when the power is removed and the data is not changeable by ordinary means. ROM chips must be perfect when they are made. It is impossible to change anything once the initial manufacture is done. This type of chip is great for a device that only does a simple task. An example is the plaque with the singing trout on it that is activated by motion when you walk by. There is a ROM chip the size of a fingernail containing the 30-second song and the directions for the movement of the mouth and tail. These chips can be made for only a few cents each. ROM chips are wonderful if you plan to make thousands because once you have designed the chip and set up the equipment, mass production is easy.
     Prom chips are ones that can be made in mass production and then programmed. They can only be programmed once and then can’t be changed. A disadvantage of PROM chips is that they can be easily destroyed by static electricity. Their main use is for checking out new designs of chips to see if they will work before making more permanent ROM chips.
     EPROMs are Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory. They can be rewritten many times using an ultraviolet light of a specific frequency. Flash Memory chips can be reprogrammed without having to remove them from the computer and with electric fields.

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     RAM on the other hand would quickly lose its information. Just a flicker of the electricity is sometimes enough to wipe out RAM. If electricity is lost the electrons that have been stored in certain locations disperse and the bits and bytes of memory are lost. When a computer is running it constantly supplies electrons to those sections of RAM where they are needed.
     When you are finished using your computer and have saved everything you worked on to either the hard disk or a floppy, you go through a sequence to shut your computer down. If the computer is shut off without letting it shut itself down, then it needs to go through a self check when you start it up again to search for any problems. All RAM is erased when the computer shuts down.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Well, here it is! The first warm day of spring. They say it will cool off again at the end of the week, but for now the windows are wide open and the birds are making a racket like you wouldn't believe in our big pine tree in the back yard. I love this day of the year. It just happens to be my baby granddaughter’s 5th birthday. God love her heart. She's going to start school in just a few months. Doesn't seem possible that she could be that old. We kept her over the weekend while her parents worked, and Saturday she and I went to Bangor shopping. My rule of thumb is not to have to make more than three stops with her in the car because getting her in and out of the car seat is so hard....but, she's learned to latch herself in now so we made six stops.
     My car was a total fright and so I had made up my mind that I'd drive through the carwash as soon as we arrived in the city. When we got off the Interstate her words were,"Don't wash the car Nan!" I was astounded! How did she know that was my first stop? I allowed as how I jolly well would stop and get the car washed....after all it was filthy...we were right there... and the line was short! I knew that she was a little fearful of the whole experience, but I cajoled her through it, and she especially liked seeing us in the long mirror at the end of the process.
     The next stop was at Filenes for a wedding gift that needed purchasing. What a great sale! She skipped along in front of me and we went directly to the escalator. She told me she loves escalators and has had lots of experience on them so not to fret. I hate escalators, but with my hands empty except for my pocketbook and the hand of one little girl, I felt I could probably muscle up the courage to go up. We successfully navigated the up escalator and there we were in the gift section of the store. How many of you have bought a wedding or shower gift off of a gift registry these days? What a wonderful invention that is! There was an interactive machine right at the cash register in the gift section of the store. You enter information about the bride and groom by touching a screen in the appropriate places and, voila, a list of ideas that the bride and groom would like for gifts prints right out of this thing. It was like a miracle! A clerk came along and directed us to the things we had chosen from the list, and we got in line to checkout. Unfortunately, the cash register experience paled in comparison to the gift registry experience. The items I had chosen had an improper sku on the bottom. Figures! If anyone could find the item in the store that would make the machines would be me. However, the (harried by this time) clerk finally

found an adjustment that she could make that would allow me to cash out. They all assured me that even though the color went through as plum....they'd fix it so it actually read cobalt on the gift registry. Let's hope so...we don't want the bride confused!
     The trip down the escalator wasn't as successful. As a matter of fact...getting from floor two to floor one was harrowing to say the least. By the time we were ready to leave the top floor we were loaded down with two big heavy shopping bags, a purse and a kid. She skipped ahead of me to the down escalator and then we both just stood there looking at was running so swiftly that I couldn't imagine anyone braving a step out onto the thing. I managed to grab Brianne's hand and we made our way to the safer confines of the elevator. When we got to that door, there was a lady with a baby in a stroller waiting for the thing to arrive. When the door opened out came two women with strollers and then several other people. That thing was loaded! Breezy and I stepped back and let the woman pushing the stroller get in...then we got in...and then out of nowhere came about six or seven more people. We were squeezed towards the back, and a bell started bonging! Oh my word, I was petrified! One woman managed to catch the door before it closed all the way up, and she backed out muttering something unintelligible, but just as I was making my move to bolt out as well, the bonging stopped and the elevator made a slow and safe decent. The woman with the baby carriage said that the bonging was just because the door was ajar so long....but I wasn't so sure about that. In any case we were safe.
     We made a quick stop at Staples and then were off to the Hogan Road McDonalds’s. We had to check the whole place out for the perfect seats....Brianne, I was proud to learn, wanted to be sure that our table was clean before we sat down. We found a clean one, and spread out our lunch. I tried one of their new salads (thankfully they've started putting their salads in a bowl again instead of a cup - what was with those things in a cup?) There was an older gent who came around washing empty tables and he stopped and spoke to us. He said to Brianne, "How old are you?" She allowed as how she was going to be five in a few days. He then schmoozed me like you wouldn't believe! "Is this your mother?" Brianne giggled and said, "No, this is my GRANDmother!" The old guy said, (this is the schmooze part) "Well, somebody robbed the cradle! She's not old enough to be a grandmother!" Now here's a man after my own heart.
     Quick stops at The Curtain Shop and Walmart and we were ready for our last call. I hadn't been to SAM's Club in ages. And, even though I had to park a half mile away....we made our way into the last store on our trip. Brianne still fits nicely into the baskets at SAM's, and so we were able to get around rapidly. She picked out her own birthday cake...Sponge Bob Squarepants.... we found the other things we were after, and we began the arduous task of checking out of there. That accomplished, we loaded up the trunk and headed for Milo. I glanced in the rear view mirror as we were exiting the Interstate and my little companion was sound asleep. Whew! We made it just in time. Another stop and I'm afraid I would have had a cranky little lady to deal with. All things considered, not a bad day for a young looking old lady like myself.
     Here's a nice muffin recipe that I found recently in a little cookbook I haven't looked at much lately.

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Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 cup of milk
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 egg
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini-semisweet chocolate chips
(a surprise filling to be prepared separately)

1 small package of cream cheese (3 ounces)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon milk
     Grease a 12-cup muffin tin on the bottoms only or line with paper muffin cups. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the cream cheese, sugar and milk and set aside. Beat the milk, oil and egg for the muffins in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips and stir just until moistened. Fill muffin cups 1/3 full. Place 1 rounded teaspoon of the filling on top of the batter in each cup. Top with the remaining batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Sound yummy? You bet!

     Great news! Next week’s edition of the Three Rivers News will have another story by Tony Hamlin. I planned on having it in this week but technical problems arose, and let’s just say that I think Tony’s story is floating around cyber-space somewhere between here on Sargent Hill Drive, and Alton Street! I can’t wait to read it; he told me it’s about the Old Swimmin’ Hole and his and his friends trip down Main Street to get there. 1960’s Main Street in Milo was a bit different than today’s, and I can’t wait to reminisce.
     The warm weather has made my work here on the farm so much easier! As I sit here on Sunday morning, it’s 45 degrees and all of the outdoor animals are basking, strutting, crowing, or clucking, in the warmth. I only need to fill water dishes once a day and the chickens are doing quite well free ranging and keeping their crops full of bugs and plants they find. A flying bug takes his life in his own pincers when it happens onto our property. At the slightest hint of a flying meal, 32 sets of chicken eyes snap skyward and the whole group follows along, on the ground, directly under the potential snack.
     I hope the eyesight of the fowl is keen enough to spot black flies and mosquitoes. Actually, the size of black flies these days will make it quite easy for my flock to spot them. Wouldn’t that put a wonderful twist on spring and summer !? I figure I won’t have to supplement their feed at all if they develop a taste for the plentiful pests!
     The indoor birds are really getting big and noisy. I’m beginning to think, perhaps, that 47 half-grown chickens and ducks are too many to keep in a 9’X14’ bedroom. I thought, when I got them, that they would all be housed outdoors by now. I haven’t been able to, as the night time temperatures of 5-10 degrees is just too cold. I have high hopes of getting them a heated living space in the next week or two and all of us will be much happier, I’m sure.
     The poor ducks are HUGE! I keep making their living quarters bigger and bigger, but they still look a little cramped. They appear full-grown, and yet they still have some parts of their cute little bodies that are covered with their baby down instead of feathers, and could get chilled easily.

     They sure do love their bath time, and I try to get them in the tub everyday. I’ve developed a system that makes the whole process go very smoothly. I use a great big piece of plastic to cover the carpet that is on the floor in the bedroom. I take a couple of used plastic crates and make steps beside the bathtub and then I let the ducks out of their box. They herd-up into two groups, then quacking insistently, they find their way to the bathroom, (I think they hear the water running), climb up the steps, and dive into the tub! It is so much easier than lifting each one out of their box and then carrying them squawking, into the bathroom. They never seemed to understand I was carrying them to a fun time, not to the dining room table. Not only is this system easier and faster, it is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
     Well, I’ve got to go. We have a cute little poodle coming to spend some time with us while his Mama and Daddy go on a vacation. I can’t wait! You can never have too many animals, ….can you?

By Nancy Grant
From the weather book kept by Mrs. Mabel McCleary.
APRIL – 1966
April 22-Sunny & windy-32° at 6 am and 40° at 8:30 pm.
April 23-Sunny & windy-38° at 7 am and 40° at 8:30 pm.
April 24-Rain- 38° at 7 am and 38° at 8:30 pm.
April 25-Cloudy-38° at 7 am and 34° at 8:30 pm.
April 26-Clear cold windy-32° at 7 am and 28° at 9:15 pm.
26th-Terrible wind Monday night, Tuesday night!
April 27-Clear cold windy-22° at 6 am and 30° at 9:30 pm.
April 28-Sunny cool AM, Cloudy PM-28° at 7 am and 40° at 9 pm.

By Nancy Grant
     This is another photo sent by Becky Smith who received it from her brother Chuck Foss. It is not known when this picture of the Milo Library was taken but judging by the trees and monument; it must have been quite a few years ago. Does anyone have an idea of the approximate time period?

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     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 twenty members this morning and guests Cheryl Hamlin, Dot Brown, Sheri’s son Dillon Conley, and an interclub from Orono/Old Town.
     Roy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb led us in prayer.
     Our inspirational reader today was Chris Almy with a message about keeping our faith. He told of a twelve-year old boy who accepted Jesus Christ through a vision.
     There was correspondence from the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis inviting people to the 65th anniversary of their club. It will be held on May 9 at the FA student center at 5:45 pm at a cost of $20 per person. We also received thank you notes from Evenstart for sharing the story of Clifford, The Big Red Dog and from Merna Dunham, co-chairperson of the art show sponsored by District #1, MFWC, for the $100 donation for prizes.
     Wishes go out to Carroll and Kathy Witham for their anniversary on the 18th and to Stephanie Salley for her birthday on the 17th.
     Sixteen happy and sad dollars were donated today for Hawaii, California, new baby, good trips, Yankees, and the interclub.
     Trish Hayes reported that the Key Club had a successful trip to the convention in Massachusetts. Six members attended and the officers received training and the club received an early bird award for paying their dues early. They will painting the school bathrooms this Saturday and would appreciated help. They also are planning their installations soon.
     Val reported that 309 Three Rivers News were ‘sold’ last week!
     The Variety Show is coming along quite well.
     The library program had its first reading event last Wednesday and was a huge success.

     Chris Almy introduced our guest speaker for today, Clair Wood, a writer for the Bangor Daily News and a member of the Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Club. Mr. Wood’s family is reported as being strong supporters of the Red Sox. Chris said Mr. Wood is the father of a very talented son who is a lawyer in the District Attorney’s office.
     Mr. Wood spoke to us today about Human Genome that is a blueprint to the construction of a human being. Scientists had to learn the sequence of all three billion base units in order to study the possibility of discovering defective genes. They feel it will soon be easy to spot defective genes but not so easy to treat them. This could lead to new and better drugs but is all the research really good?
     The cause of cystic fibrosis is that only two genes out of billions are switched. This could be detected before birth and a treatment could be possible sometime in the future. Breast cancer is found in chromosome 17 and is the cause of most of this disease. One in twenty women have it and of those; 85% have the chance of suffering breast or ovarian cancer. Would everyone want to know that they have a disease so early in life?
     There are privacy concerns involved; do insurance companies or employers need to know? Mr. Wood cited an example of a police department denying employment to a person who had Huntington’s disease detected in their screening.
     Who owns your genome? The person who does the sequencing, makes a new discovery, and patents it, NOT the person donating blood for the testing. If the blood is used a royalty has to be paid.
     In the future people could tailor a child to specific needs and wants. But, stop to think about the child with a certain disease and the only needed treatment comes from embryos. These embryos are grown invitro and then ‘harvested’ to gather the necessary treatment. Could our society condone such a program?
     There are positive aspects to this research such as using DNA chips instead of dog tags in the future. Future mates could compare their ‘chips’ to see whether possible offspring would be born unblemished.
     Mr. Wood was asked if DNA identification is conclusive and he said it was almost 100% positive.
     Thank you for the very interesting and informative presentation, Mr. Wood.
     Our guest speaker for April 23 is Stephen Stanley.
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