Three Rivers News, 2003-05-13
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2003

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     The PVHS Class of 1973 has tentatively planned a reunion for July 12, 2003. If you have any spare time to put into helping organize this gala, please contact Val at 943-2324 0r Liz at 965-2751.
     We need addresses and phone numbers of any class of ’73 members. If you are the parent , friend, or relative of a member, please have them contact us! My e-mail address is, and Liz’s is

The Brownville PTO will be holding
its annual Spring Fling on May 17th.
We will have many games
for the kids to enjoy, plus the bouncing castle.
We will have officers from the police, forestry, and ambulance. There will
be an auction that will start at 12:00 noon
and lots of food and prizes.
Don't forget to come and pick up your flowers.

     Tristan Robert, son of Butch and Andrea (McSorley) Green was born May 5, 2003 at Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft. He weighed 7 lb. 7 oz. and is 20 in. long.
     Grandparents are Joyce & Joel Green of Derby and Janet & Perry McSorley of Brownville Jct.
     Great grandparents are Inez Green of Sebec, Gerald & Rachel Smith of Milo, Pat & Roy McSorley of Elliotsville, and Lillian and Allan McLean of Brownville. Tristan's great-great grandmother is Leona Speed of Brownville.

     The Brownville PTO will be getting together on May 14th at 6:30 in the library. All that would like to volunteer at the Spring Fling is asked to attend. We will be putting in place the areas that need to be attended by volunteers. Don't forget to bring in the auction items. They do not have to be homemade.

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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. In 1819 Brownville became a(n) (a) city (b) town (c) plantation (d) unorganized township.
2. Moses Brown was Francis Brown's (a) father (b) grandfather (c) uncle (d) cousin.
3. Josephine Stubbs was a teacher at the (a) Smith School (b) Barton School (c) Perfield School (d) North Brownville School.
4. Jack Brown played basketball and (a) baseball (b) football (c) tennis (d) soccer at the University of Maine.
5. Carlene Perry was state (a) spelling (b) speaking (c) running (d) tennis champion.
6. Colonel Walter Morrill worked in the (a) Crocker (b) Highland (c) Merrill (d) Barnard Quarry.
7. Paul Arbo's wife was (a) Lucy (b) Lucille (c) Lucinda (d) Lucrece.
8. The last team to beat the Railroaders on their home court was (a) Greenville (b) Ricker (c) Milo (d) Hartland.
9. Sumner Fish was a popular (a) singer (b) auctioneer (c) blacksmith (d) Granger.
10. The present village bridge was built during the (a) Towne (b) Cota (c) Barrett (d) Catlin administration.

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

     The Brownville Elementary School held their Terrific Kid Assembly on Friday May 2nd. Those honored were: AMBER EMERY in Kindergarten, CODY FILES in First Grade, GABRIELLE POUGES in Second Grade, STEPHEN PATTON in Third Grade, AMANDA PETERSON in Fourth Grade, and P.J. NOKE in Fifth Grade.
     MATTHEW VACHON and HAYLEY DURANT were Artists of the Week.
     JOYCE FOSTER and MRS. WITHAM celebrated their birthdays and 15 students were able to win prizes in the Move and Improve Drawing. There were a number of great bus students honored and five Caught Being Good grab bags awarded.
     CODY WENTWORTH, HAROLD EMERY AND P.J. NOKE gave a demonstration of their juggling abilities. These boys have been practicing ever since the "Under The Big top" Day that we had the Friday before vacation! Way to go!!! We are all very proud of all of the students at Brownville Elementary.
     The Brownville PTO will be holding its annual Spring Fling on May 17th. We will have many games for the kids to enjoy, plus the bouncing castle. We will have officers from the police, forestry, and ambulance. There will be an auction that will start at 12:00 and lots of food and prizes. Don't forget to come and pick up your flowers.

The Brownville 5th grade took their long awaited field trip to Boston on May 9. Students will be submitting reports at a later date, but for now a couple pictures depict the great time
everyone had. The group picture is taken at the statue of Paul Revere and the other shows John Weston and Jesse McLaughlin looking at George Washington's hair at the North Church Museum.

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     M & M candies is doing a fundraiser for Maine Special Olympics. For every empty bag returned, the Special Olympics of Maine gets $.50!! This will continue until the end of October 2003. You have 3 choices of how to turn them in:
1. You can send/give your empty wrappers to Linda Howard at Milo Elementary
2. You can send them to:
SOME 125 John Roberts Rd., Suite 19
South Portland ME 04106
3. You can send them to this address:
M&Ms Brand/Special Olympics,
Keep Wrappers to Keep Dreams Alive
PO BOX 5074 Blair NE 68009-5074.
     If you want to keep track of how Maine is doing, you can check out the M&Ms web site at
     THANK YOU!!!
     On June 28 and June 29, Irving will donate 5 cents for EVERY gallon of gas sold. Please be sure to buy your gas at your local Irvings on these dates. (You can buy some M&Ms while you're there and make sure that you save those wrappers and send them in!!) The office of Special Olympics of Maine says to be sure to bring those SUVs on those dates!
     On June 28th, members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run will be pumping gas at 40 locations to raise funds for SOME. If you happen to stop at a location where these members are, please thank them for their support! For more details, call 233-6542.

     The MSAD #41/#68 Even Start Family Literacy Program has been very busy the past few months in the Adult and Child Learning Centers. Parents have been learning new recipes and nutrition education while participating in the Eat Well

nutrition education program provided by Sue Henner from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The children have been making and enjoying healthy snacks at snack time with their teacher, Anita Johndro.
     Parent and Child Together Time (PACT) activities take place during each center and home visit time. Parents and children play together, doing activities the child enjoys. Parents and children recently took part in two reading activities. Kara Hay from Womancare provided a Ready to Learn PBS reading program to the group. She read a book, discussed the importance of reading to children, and discussed positive ways to watch TV with children. All children received a free book. The Milo Kiwanis presented a Reading Is Fundamental program and Heidi Finson read the book Clifford, The Big Red Dog . The children really enjoyed their visit from Clifford.
     The Even Start parents and children have been learning about seat belt and car seat safety with “Buckle Bear’s” adventures and how to “snap, snap” buckle up. Children made “Buckle Bear” puppets with their parents in the early child education center.
     The Even Start Program is an Adult Education Family Literacy Program. Parents work on their goals to receive an adult education diploma, GED, or job preparation skills. Children also have goals and work with teachers on age appropriate play activities and reading to increase their literacy skills for school readiness. The families are involved in activities and plan fun family events throughout the year. Even Start can provide transportation to and from the learning center. For more information about the program, or enrollment, please call Diane Curran at 943-2246.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - This Terrific Kid really does deserve this title. Here is a list of clues to describe this Terrific Kid. 1. He has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to tell stories. 2. He is a super friend to all and a great helper in the room. 3. His reading and journal writings are improving each day. He is so lovable and we love him , KENNETH TARNOCZY.
Mrs. Mills - In Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Ricker's class there is a boy,
Who fills the classroom with happiness and joy.
He works so hard every day,
So at recess he can play.
His work is always done.
He says, " Oh! It's lots of fun."
We raise our voice...
Because, COLBY ROBINSON is our choice.
Mrs. Dunham - My Whole Class are Terrific Kids. They received many compliments on their field trip. They were very cooperative and considerate to the substitutes during my absence. This group has shown that they are kind, dependable ,caring kids. I am very proud of all of them.
Mrs. Dellolio – Our Terrific Kid this week is TAYLOR SMALL. She likes dirtbikes, Fox racing, Yu-gi-oh cards, haunted houses and her cat Piper. Taylor is kind to everyone she meets. When you
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are feeling sad she always makes you smile. She treats others the way she would like to be treated.
Mrs. Hayes - We have a special mother's day gift for a very special mom and her very special daughter. Our Terrific Kid is THERESA KARPOWICZ and her terrific mom is Kristy Osgood. Theresa gives her mom the gift of being a terrific daughter. She gives her friends the gifts of kindness and caring. She gives her teachers the gifts of good reading and writing. Theresa's mom has given her classroom and teachers thoughtful and caring gifts with each holiday and special occasion .We are proud of Theresa and thankful for her special mom.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs.Hussey - GEORGE COWING-George has been working hard to improve his reading and writing skills. We love how he comes in and gets right to work each day.He has become an active listener and follows the "I Care" rules.We love having George in our class.
TYLER PELLETIER-This young man exemplifies the meaning of terrific. He is helpful, a good friend ,cooperative, respectful and a willing learner. We are proud to have Tyler in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - She is our new student here from Lincoln. She is polite, courteous, and cheerful. She loves to read and use the computer in our room. Kim is her new best friend. Congrats SARAH KIMBALL!

     The staff at Milo Elementary would like to thank the Milo PTO for the wonderful treats provided daily during Staff Appreciation Week. The PTO is a very dedicated group of people who work throughout the year doing good things for everyone at the school. The staff would like to thank the PTOfor all that they do throughout the year. Their efforts are much appreciated and make a BIG difference! Thank You!

     Milo Elementary School participated in Project ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) on May 7th at 10am. All the children and staff members gathered in the gym where each group demonstrated a short exercise activity and then the entire group joined in. Ms. Whitney's 5th grade opened the activities with "Whitney's Warm Ups";the kindergarten classes showed an ABC Crossover; Ms. Barden's class led Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes; Ms. Hayes group took everyone on a Bear Hunt; The second grades, led by Ms. Tardiff, played Simon Says with the entire school; the third grade had everyone running in place; grade four calmed things down with a few minutes of yoga; Ms. Gillis' class ended the assembly with the Chicken Dance!
     Project ACES was started in 1989 and has grown steadily ever since. This year children all over the world were exercising in some way at 10am on May 7th. Everyone at Milo Elementary seemed to enjoy the events and we are already planning to repeat it next year!
Photo: Milo Elementary Kindergartners doing the ABC Crossover.

Cook School News
     At our May 8, Terrific Kid assembly APRIL MORGAN, DYLAN LECLAIR AND JUSTIN OTTMANN were awarded certificates by Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson.
     April is a wonderful friend and works very hard completing her jobs. Dylan does his best every day and has a super attitude. Justin is always smiling, is very responsible, and is kind to others.
     Kathy Foss' bus students of the week were SHYLA HARRISON AND LEVI ENGSTROM.
     The 4th and 5th grade class performed "Our School Family." Thank you Mrs. Harmony for providing a beat for us.
     Last week, the 4th and 5th grade traveled to the Margaret Chase Smith Museum in Skowhegan, ME. We learned a lot about the Senator. We had avery special moment when Richie Russell played, "Amazing Grace" on Senator Smith's Tom Thumb piano. A special thank you to Mrs. Wallace for inviting us on this trip.
     Our school participated in ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously). We all walked for 30 minutes. It was a fun as well as healthy morning.
     At our latest Heartbeaters session, our group of students and parents hiked through the fields behind the school. Many students walked over 4 miles.
     We will be riding bikes at our next Heartbeaters session on May 15th. Bikes may be dropped off on Wednesday or Thursday. All students must wear a helmet. Pick up time is 3:45.
     The United Methodist Women met on Thursday evening with the United Methodist Women from Guilford as our guests. We were pleased to have June Rollins Brown as our speaker. Ms Brown gave us information on the Life Jackets Program. Life Jackets is a program designed to help children at risk learn self-esteem and skills that will last them for a life time. Middle school children are paired with high school students who give one hour a week to this child. The program runs through out the school year and is a valuable tool in reaching and teaching children at risk. It was an enjoyable and informative evening.
     Our tag sale, which was held on May 3RD , was deemed a big success. The WWJD Puppet Company put on a great show on Friday evening. The turn out was small due to the weather but all who braved the rain enjoyed the performance greatly.

     I had a busy time on Wednesday. I had taken the day as vacation time but then my travel plans changed, and I found myself in Milo. As Nancy Scroggins was substituting for me, I thought it would be an ideal time for me to see how the Kiwanis Kids Korner works downstairs. As the librarian, I usually only see the kids coming upstairs to borrow books. Val and Brian are quite organized so there wasn’t much for me to do in the beginning. Dottie Brown ,also a regular, was laying out rubber stamps and ink pads for the craft and Val’s three half grown caged chickens were entertaining the early comers. There was one black one with a fabulous head crest. In fact, Val said , “Hair by Dr. Seuss”. I later learned he was a Black and White Polish-Crested and well named. Frank Cochrane and Helen Carey, head library trustee, were also present to help where they could. Things became much, much busier when the 40 or so school children arrived. Backpacks under the table, pick up your snacks, find a seat near a friend and nibble quietly while waiting for the story to begin.
     Donald Harris , husband of Dottie Brown , did the reading today-The Legend of the Loon by Kathy-jo Wargin. While he read,
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Dottie played a tape of a loon call several times during the story and the mystified children looked all around trying to see where the call was coming from. What an interesting addition to the story.
     After the story half the group went upstairs to the library for their books, and the rest moved to the craft tables. The children worked on Mother’s Day gifts to put into the bags they had decorated last week. The special gift from each child was a bookmark-carefully crafted with rubber stamps, crayons and stickers, finished off with colorful flowing ribbons. Then their bookmarks were carefully placed into their beautiful bags along with tissue paper and additional gifts supplied by the Kiwanis. As the older library group came down to make their gifts, the tables were very busy . Parents began to arrive and chaos became quiet. By 4:00 each child had proudly left with their gift, and I had been initiated into just how busy the 6 or more adults are at craft time although Val assured me this was a more complex craft than usual. I had a lot of fun and the time flew . The kids certainly enjoy the Kiwanis Kids Korner program. We are so lucky to have such an active Kiwanis group who both entertain the kids and encourage them to enjoy coming to the library every week.
     Remember we have a photocopier for your quick copying needs,and it is available anytime we are open.

Library Summer Hours
No Saturday Hours starting May 24th
Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

A Historical Review - World War II
Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Honor Roll
A Tribute to Former Associates Now Serving
in the Armed Services of the United States
Sumarized by towns, BDN May 30, 1944.

Strout, Warren L.
Chase, Edgar A.
Dean, P.A.
Stickney, D.L.
Clark, Stanley N.
Clark, M.R.
Curtis, Ronald G.
Cyr, Eddie A.
Harrington, Neil C.
Lockhart, W.H.
Morrill, George H.
Morrison, R.B.
Orff, Harold
Paul, John W.
Pinette, N.G.
Russell, Roy H.
Weymouth, A.G. Jr.

Hussey, George A.
Place, Max E.
Russell, Leo E.
Turner, Frank E.

Beals, Kenneth H.
Carlson, C.E.
Day, F.W.
Decker, A.N.
Dickson, H.W.
Dunham E.E.
Dunham. E.R.
Dunham, Wendell
Ellis, G.S.
Goddard, D.H.
Hackett, E.W.

Harris, A.A.
Knowles, O.H.
LaPointe, R.F.
Leonard, J.W.
Levensalor, F.H.
Lewis, Liston F.
Littlefield, M.E.
Marks, Lewis J.
Osgood, John W.
Perry, C.W.
Perry, L.E.
Peterson, E.W.
Robinson, Leon O.
Rowe, N.O. (war casualty)
Russell, C.H.
Scripture, J.W.
Smart, Harry A.
Smart, Harris O.
Stevens, M.H.
Strout, Perley R.
Stubbs, C.
Vincent, J.A. Jr.
Webber, G. S.
West, G.A.
Wiley, E.P.
Willinski, J.J. Jr.
South Lagrange:
Cowing, Shirley E.
Sjoctedt, Earle, C.
West Seboois:
Sweeney, R.J.

Diary of William T. Livermore Part 2
     William’s diary began In August 1862, shortly after he was mustered into the 20th Maine Volunteers. Probably to pass time on the trip to Washington and Virginia, he began making a record of the trip and he continued even as his unit went from one battle area to another. He gives an excellent picture of their living conditions and the thoughts he had about the war and about family back at home.
     Sept. 6: We find ourselves steaming up the bold Potomac. I am on the stern and have a fair view, though vessels and steamboats are passing every minute. The river is about 2 miles wide, and we can see everything plain on the Maryland shore. There are great fields of corn and there are houses all along. They are mostly small, some look quite neat but they look odd. Their chimneys are on the outside of the house.
     The Virginian shore looks more desolate. You see but few houses and little or no crops. We have fine times. Every craft that passes us display their colors and as beautiful a day as ever I saw. I feel the best I have since we came on board. The weather has been growing warmer every hour. There is a hot breeze fanning us now from the south. We passed Fort Washington. There is a strong position there in the bend of the river, 8 or 10 miles below. We could not see the guns in the fort, but we could see the guns on the top of the fort, there were 50 or 60. The fort is covered all over with grass, and the guns are stationed all along the top. They look pretty. We had to get within 12 rods of the fort. We went within sight of Mount Vernon, the burial place of Washington. And there are many other little incidents I might mention, but I have not time for I am sitting in the boat slung above the side of the vessel.
     The river is not very wide here and is full of ships and steamboats; there are 200 in sight. Alexandria is a desolated looking place and there are thousands of tents of soldiers in sight. We are now in sight of Washington, and the capital towers far above all the rest of the city. We are going so I cannot write now.
     Sept. 7: It is Sunday morning, but I will try to write. We are on the wharf where we slept last night. We stopped in the river opposite Alexandria. And just might draw up the wharf. Six companies of the Regt. went on shore to relieve the rest for the boat was crowded and looked like the pig pen.

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     We have just had our rations of beef tongue, coffee, and hard bread, and we are waiting for orders and I sat down on my knapsack and wrote. I am within 25 feet of a great steamboat hospital with 150 wounded soldiers from Bull Run. I can look in and see 25 or so. One died last night. We were lucky to have no accidents until we anchored last night. One of the Mass. boys fell down stairs and broke his back after I had lain down. They carried him by and he groaned dreadfully.
     Noon at Washington. We are all here in the sun with our knapsacks on and the swift running of water in torrents. I bought a pie and paid 15 cents for it and a glass of lemonade for 5 cents. We passed the Washington Navy Yard. It looked splendid. There were cannons and cannon balls in stacks and gunboats all up and down the river.
     Sunday afternoon. We are still on the ground. There I am, sitting about 20 feet from about a dozen Negroes, and I have made an errand or excuse to sharpen my pencil to get into conversation with them and I was surprised to find them so intelligent. Their conversation was about the war. I asked them if they would like to be a soldier and I found out that almost all of them had been in the army for waiters. One of them seemed more frank than the rest and as we were talking about Stonewall Jackson, I asked him if he would shoot him, if he could if he got a chance. “My God,” said he, “I would shoot him before I could get time to get sight of him.” They all seemed to understand about affairs as well as the whites. There are thousands of them in Washington. A great many came in with the Army. The whole Army of the Potomac is around Washington. I heard a reliable man say today there were 300,000 troops within 14 miles of Washington. Everything looks warlike here. There are flags flying from every hill and for miles the fields are white with tents, and troops, Army wagons, artillery, cavalry, horses, mules without number. We had a talk with one of the Penn. cavalry. They covered the retreat of McClellan to Yorktown. He was a hard, iron-sided fellow and understood himself well. We asked him if he did want to go home and he said no, not until the trouble is settled up. I just helped to unload 29,000 ball cartridges, 1,000 in a box. We have marched about 1/2 a mile and have stopped on a green grass field. We have not tents but we shall be, probably, sheltered by the great canvas that so often shelters the soldiers bunk. It is warm and we have good blankets, and our courage is bully. The sun is about 20 minutes high and I will close. The capitol is about one mile and I can see everything of it as plain as you can see your “Liberty Pool.” All hands well except T. Dagget of Dover. He is not with the Co. because he was seasick, but will be probably well soon. It doesn’t seem like Sunday today.
     Sunday eve, Sept. 7: In the eve we had a treat from the Captain of Foxcroft, who would not be a soldier.
     Sept. 8: Another beautiful morn has dawned upon us. It is clear and hot. It seems like hot days in July in Maine. I have been writing home this morning. Edwin Ireland was here just now and we were all glad to see him. His health is good but he is not so tough as he used to be in Maine. We filled our cartridge boxes this forenoon with 40 rounds of ball cartridges. That adds some to our load. Regts. are coming in fast. They reported that the 20th Maine and 36 Mass. Regts. were sunk on the passage from Boston to Washington, but is probably untrue. The 20th Regt. left here last night all but our Co. We are here to guard the property. The baggage train has come and we are all packed up and ready to leave. I have got everything on but my knapsack and I am setting on that, and writing on my knee.
     Sept. 9: I have written part of today’s proceedings on yesterday’s date. We do not know where or how far we are going. I was on guard last night but I did not go on until 11:30 and came off at 1:30, and then on again at 5:30 and I am just off. 100 Rebel prisoners came in to Washington last night. Some of our Co. saw them. There are 25 sick in our Regt.; 3 in our Co.
     Arlington Heights 4 o’clock p.m. We arrived here about 2 p.m. this afternoon. We left Washington at 12 and marched through a part of the city and then crossed the long bridge, 1

mile in length in a bend in the river. While we were on the bridge we had to wait for a train of Army wagons and the N.Y. 123 came up and we marched on. We passed George Gardener, but we did not stop nor did I know it until afterwards. We passed two forts before we came here. It is about 4 miles from here to the city. We are now within 10 rods of some of the guns of Fort Craig. Fort Craig is situated on a hill and is dug down on the outside about 8 feet and there is a fence about 20 feet from it of trees, piled tops outward, and all of the limbs that are cut off and sharpened and it is a terrible fence to climb over. We went round to the entrance and looked in. They would not let anyone go in but inside it is dug 4 feet deep and 6 feet wide for the cannon. You can see the guns from the outside. It mounts 9 guns, 32 and 24 pounders and 2 mortar, one 10 and the other a 6 inch mortar, with 2 magazines in the centry. They told me the garrison held 90 tons of powder there. They are from 30 to 50 Forts in, on, and around those heights. They have been made since the war.
     Elijah Hodgkins and Nate Irving and Moses Brown and Currier came over today. We were glad to see them. We packed up and marched about 1/2 a mile and went into a fell piece where the soldiers cut it down last year. I guess the bush flew for a little while. We lay South of the fort and there is a rifle pit along side and we were to go into that in case of an attack. We were ordered to lay on our arms and have our Cartridge boxes ready. They expect to have an attack every night. They took 2 spies today; close by; one of them was writing to Johnson.
     Eve: We were ordered to fall in and were marched about 100 rods into a field. Placed and stacked arms and bayonet to lug brush. All well.

     I spent the summer of '66 a long way from my hometown of Milo, Maine. I was working as a roustabout on the Venn Mac, an oil rig in Cook Inlet Alaska. I liked the job. I enjoyed soaking up the entertaining stories of the seasoned roughnecks and the money I was making. One of the roughnecks, however, did not like me. His name was Big Red and he was a brute of a man from Louisiana. Actually, he disliked all Yankees. I wondered if his demeanor was mere show for covering up a soft heart, but I did not wonder long.
     One evening I was serving supper to the crew. I cannot remember the main course, but I'll never forget the bread. Our Portuguese chef had baked some fresh corn bread to go with the meal. It was hot out of the oven when I walked into the dinning area with it on a large cookie sheet. Someone asked me what I had and I casually said, "Johnnycake," as I placed the cookie sheet up on a high shelf above the table.
     Later, when all had nearly eaten, I brought in some fresh apple pie for dessert. When Big Red saw me coming with pie, he asked me why I was bringing it when they already had cake (The men had thought the johnnycake was the dessert and hadn't touched it!).
     What followed was not a pleasant sight. Big Red got up, grabbed the cookie sheet and saw that his beloved corn bread had cooled to room temperature. He yelled, "You damn Yankee! You said this was cake! I'm going to throw you over board for this!" He took hold of me and started dragging me toward the door.
     Suddenly, out of the kitchen bolted my Portuguese savior, the chef. Everyone's attention was on the long bread knife in his hand. He yelled, "Senior Red, let the boy go! People from his place call corn bread johnnycake. "Big Red glanced at the bread knife under his nose and begrudgingly released me. That was the end of the incident, but not the memory. You can say what you want about maintaining one's cultural heritage, but I'll tell you one thing: I have never called corn bread "Johnnycake" since. One never knows when a Big Red might be lurking about, and one Big Red in a lifetime is one too many for me.

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Science Corner
     Last week I wrote about static electricity. This week I would like to continue the theme with current electricity. Current electricity comes in two forms: alternating current and direct current.
     Direct current is what we generally observe in devices operated by a battery. We are familiar with it in portable radios, flashlights, electronic toys, cell phones and in many other places. The electricity is produced in a battery because chemical reactions take place. Some metals prefer to react to produce positive ions and electrons. Other metals prefer to be in the metallic form and will pick up electrons to get there. If for instance a piece of iron is placed in a solution of silver, the iron rusts and dissolves while the silver plates out. To have this chemical reaction the electrons must move from the iron to the silver. A battery works on this principle. The difference is that the two reacting substances are separated and the only way the electrons can get from one to the other is by going through a wire. In this case we can make them do work for us in getting there. In a flashlight they produce light, in a radio sound, etc. Eventually the batter goes dead because all the electrons that can have transferred. There are a few batteries that can be recharged by using energy to reverse the process. A car battery does this by having the chemical process used to start the car reversed while the car is running. Some small batteries such as those used in cell phones can also be recharged using household electricity.
     The only difference between AAA,AA,A, C and D batteries that you buy in the store besides their size is how long they will last. If they are the same brand, they contain the same chemicals and produce 1.5 volts of electricity. If a device needs more than 1.5 volts then the batteries are placed in a series to give more voltage. 2 produce 3 volts, 4 produce 6 and 6 produce 9 volts. If you take a 9 volt battery apart you will find it contains 6 1.5 volt batteries about the size of a AAA and they are hooked together by opposite ends. If you hook batteries up so that the positives or negatives are together in a device the current will try to run in two directions and the device will not work.
     When talking about electricity one hears terms like, amperes (amps), volts, ohms and watts. What do these terms mean? Electricity can be thought of as electrons flowing through a wire. As I mentioned last week, metals can gain and lose electrons easily. They are swarming on the surface of the metal. In fact that is what makes the metal shiny. The electrons that are free to move occur only on the surface of the metal so they are only carried by the surface of a wire. A big wire can carry more current or electrons because it has a greater surface area. Very large wires are usually hollow to conserve on metal because nothing flows on the inside of the wire anyway. Amperes measure the quantity of electrons flowing in the wire. Modern theory suggests that electricity actually flows in the opposite direction of the electrons, but I would prefer to stay away from that concept as I think it is confusing to people who do not understand electricity. The ohms measure the resistance of the material the electricity flows through. If something really restricts the flow of electricity then we say it has high resistance. Examples of this type of material are the burners on an electric stove or the filaments in light bulbs. Metals themselves have very little resistance. The term volt is often stated as the amount of push behind the electrons. A 9 volt battery would have 6 times the push of a 1.5 volt battery. The final term watt is a measure of the power produced by the electricity. Power in this case means how fast the work of the electricity can get done.
     Next week I will try to explain alternating current.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Have you ever heard the expression "busier than a one-armed paper hanger with the itch?" Well, that is me! I never would have believed that putting on one little Variety Show would take so much time and energy. And....if I thought I was busy, how about Edwin Treworgy....who has been at the Town Hall for every rehearsal....dragging out the sound equipment, packing it away....dragging out the sound equipment again and then packing it away...again!!! Unbelievable!
     By the time this is printed the Variety Show will be just a memory. Let's hope it's a happy memory for us all.
     The other day I found myself explaining some newfangled things to Dad. He has lots and lots of what the doctors refer to as "old memory," but his short-term memory is what he has a problem with. Modern things are an enigma to him. I think in other columns I've explained how so many other elders, including myself, find it hard to run electronic equipment. I came upon this list of just exactly how complicated life has become:
     You know you are living in 2003 when:
1. Your reason for not staying in touch with family is because they do not have e-mail.
2. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
3. Your grandmother asks you to send her a JPEG file of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.
4. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone ishome.
5. Every commercial on television has a web site address at the bottom of the screen.
6. You buy a computer and 3 months later it's out of date and sells for half the price you paid.
7. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go get it.
8. Using real money, instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase would be a hassle and take planning.
9. You just tried to enter your password on the microwave.
10. You consider second-day air delivery painfully slow.
11. Your dining room table is now your flat filing cabinet.
12. Your idea of being organized is multiple-colored Post-it notes.
13. You hear most of your jokes via e-mail instead of in person.
14. You get an extra phone line so you can get phone calls.
15. You disconnect from the Internet and get this awful feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
16. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.
17. You wake up at 2 AM to go to the bathroom and check your E-mail on your way back to bed.
18. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :>)
19. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
20. Even worse; you know exactly who you are going to forward this to...
     Our lives have definitely become more complicated in this computer age. It's hard to fight it....especially since computers are sooooooo much fun! I do feel bad that little kids have been the losers in this new age.
     We've been thinking about a way to develop an after school program that would instruct kids in some lifelong entertainment and physical activity alternatives. I'm all for it. Teach them how to play Cribbage and Canasta, Crazy Eights and Hearts and Rummy. Why not teach them to play some board Chess, or Scrabble, Life, checkers or backgammon. Yessiree.....we'll keep them after school and literally teach them how to play. If they learn to play golf or tennis they'll have a lifelong skill that will take them not only into adulthood....but also into retirement. We need to be sure they know how to fish and hunt. There are children who
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would probably love to fish....but nobody's ever taken them fishing. They don't even know if they'd like it. What a shame!
     Think about this.....does your child or grandchild have something to do after school besides play on his or her computer? If your child doesn't have any other skills (besides computer) you need to take the bull by the horns and teach them. It's not going to be easy because they'll resist....but it's really important. You'd knock yourself out teaching them to tie their shoes...why not put that much energy and effort into teaching them some entertainment skills.
     Here are some recipes for you and your kids to snack on while you're teaching them some games: Bowl of Popcorn - sprinkled with some M&M's ; Celery Sticks - stuffed with peanut butter - dot with raisins; 2 Ritz Crackers - stuck together with peanut butter;Graham Crackers - spread with a thin layer of butter or margarine Serve all with a glass of juice or milk or lemonade... and a lot of love. No regrets!
     Editors Note: I received this e-mail from Karen Clark. We would love to hear other’s opinions.
     RE: Tony Hamlin's remembrance this week:
When I grew up oh so many years ago ( I will turn 3 score this summer); The old swimming hole was at the end of Clinton Street. Just down over the bank and boulders across from where Carol Jean and Eddie Sawyer's house sits. Now I offer up a challenge to any or all "old Milo-ites", since neither swimming hole is in use.... which was old and which was new? Please send your thoughts and opinions to Val and perhaps a story about your remembering a good swim... Karen Horne Clark

     I’m back after a long absence to report on the Key Club. I’ve been taking a course that took all of my spare time, but now that I’m free again I hope to report on a more regular basis.
     On April 4th six members, Dennis Dorsey and I traveled to the Key Club convention in Springfield, MA. Three new officers attended and received training to prepare them for their new roles in Key Club. Three of our senior members attended and were treated to tales of college life by Circle K members from colleges across the region. The Circle K’ers filled them in on the benefits of continuing their commitment to community service at the college level. It was a busy but very beneficial weekend and we look forward to going back next year!
     The Key Club has been doing some pretty impressive community service projects recently. The club painted the girls’ and boys’ rooms at the high school. Six members along with Don Hayes, David Walker and I spent the first Saturday of spring vacation sanding and painting the rooms. We’ve had many compliments on the great improvement and are glad to have been able to serve our school community. Thanks to Thomas Harvey, Amanda Crouch-Smith, Sonja Salley, Brian Twitchell, Kylie Palmer and Colby Chase for caring enough to make a difference! And a special thanks to Don and David for always being willing to help our club!!
     On May 1st Ashley Case, Jennifer Hartmann, Don Hayes and I traveled to Manna to serve dinner. This was our second trip to serve at Manna and we plan to make this a regular monthly project beginning in June. We appreciate the opportunity to help and it helps to remind us of how fortunate we are!!
     On May 3rd Amanda Crouch-Smith, Lindsay Small and I traveled to Bangor to volunteer at the Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes/Dash for Dreams. Amanda and Lindsay helped time and record the runners while I participated in the walk-athon. Thanks to the generosity of our community I was able to raise $404 for Make-A-Wish. The Key Club donated $500 to Make-A-Wish. They were the largest team donor this year and won a pool party at the Orono-Old

Town Y. (We’re looking forward to having a day of fun!) This is a cause to which we truly enjoy volunteering our time. The Bangor walk/run collected a total of just under $10,000 which will grant two children with life threatening illnesses their wish of a lifetime. What a great feeling it is to play a small part in that!
     The club has voted to donate $300 to KPTI in Mass. KPTI is a Kiwanis family sponsored trauma unit which serves the needs of children in the New England area. The members who attended the convention in Springfield heard from the parent of a child whose life was saved at KPTI and from a doctor who works there and were inspired to do what they could to help this worthwhile cause.
     All of the donations the Key Club makes and the community service projects that they provide are the result of the food sales held during the basketball season. Without the community’s support of our food sales we wouldn’t have the funds to do all the work we do. So you ,too, can take pride in knowing that you were a part of all the good things the Key Club did this past year. Thank you


     Winners in a recent baby contest, sponsored by Milo Rite Aid are (left to right) Cameron Bailey, 14 months, Hunter Hall, 7 months, and Autumn Finkle, 16 months. The annual event raised $181.00 for the Eastern Maine Charities Children’s Miracle Network at EMMC. The crew at the Milo Rite Aid thanks everyone who participated in this event.

     A home is needed, soon, for a well-behaved one-year-old Retriever/Husky mix. His name is Buddie and he is house broken, up to date on his shots and is good with children. He needs and wants lots of love.Please call Scott Cornelio at North Meets South at 564-3500.

By Nancy Grant
     This is a 1935 photo of the American Thread Company sent to me from Mr. Albert Harmon of Marion, North Carolina. It was taken from the roof of the spool mill-east end.

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     The house in the top left was a tenement; now Mrs. Doble’s home. Between the house and pole at the top and slightly to the right of the center is where the Penquis Valley School was built. The group of buildings at the base of the pole is the sawmill. The small building to the right of the pole is the ATCO ice house-supplied ice for the ATCO Inn. The building below the icehouse is the log-hauler barn. The long set of buildings on the left side below the tenement are the stock sheds, #36, #38, and #43. The long shadow directly below the sheds is the road over to the sawmill, now a road to Penquis Valley.
     The sawmill was dismantled in 1946-47 and the scrap was sold to Guy Corners of Brownville and the land was sold to Prentiss & Carlisle, and then sold to the school district to build “The Penquis Valley School.”

By Nancy Grant
From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
MAY – 1966
May 13-Rain-38° at 7:15 am and 9 pm.
May 14-Sunny & warm-42° at 6:30 am and 50° at 8:30 pm.
May 15-Sunny & warm-42° at 6:30 am and 58° at 8:30 pm.
May 16-Sunny & warm-42° at 7 am and 52° at 9 pm.
May 17-Partly sunny-46° at 7 am and 56° at 8:30 pm.
May 18-Nice day-52° at 7 am and 50° at 8:30 pm.
May 19-Foggy Rain-42° at 7 am and 50° at 8 pm.

Spring Antique Appraisal Fair
Saturday, May 31, 2003
10 AM to 3 PM
Milo Town Hall Arts Center
1 Item - $5 | 2 Items - $8 | 3 Items $10
Lite lunch available for sale!

MAY 12 – 16
Monday-Fried chicken, rice pilaf, peas, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Bacon cheeseburger, potato wedge, 3-bean salad, and orange _’s.
Wednesday-Juice, hotdog/bun, potato salad, garden salad, and whoopie pie.
Thursday-Chicken nuggets, mashed potato/gravy, broccoli, dinner roll, and cookie.

     To Selected Businesses in North-Central Maine:
     There is a training in Dover-Foxcroft next Thursday (May 15) which may interest you -- it will show you how small businesses as well as independent artisans can make their operations more efficient.
     And the good news is that the cost for the "TimeWise Workshop" (also known as "Lean Manufacturing") has been reduced by more than half. The daylong workshop is now being offered at just $99/person -- food and materials included.
     Here is some background on this day-long workshop & networking event:

     The program helps owners, managers and employees at small and family-owned businesses to get new ideas about manufacturing and how it can be done more efficiently and effectively. This course has been offered in Maine dozens of times during the last three years, and many owners of small firms say that this daylong course has yielded benefits that far outweigh the investment of a single day of their time.
     TimeWise helps firms look for opportunities -- a place to improve a bottleneck, eliminate a set-up step, reduce inventory, and become more efficient. Lean manufacturing techniques make it possible for you to produce more with existing resources by eliminating non-value-added activities.
     The workshop is being held at locations around the state, with the next one being hosted by the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council on May 15th.
* May 15 - Penquis Higher Ed Center, Dover Foxcroft
* May 28 - Correct Building Products, Biddeford
$99 per person, includes food, networking, books, and other materials
To register:
Call 854-2153 or register online at
Sponsored by the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, in collaboration with a group of trade associations.
The Maine Manufacturing Initiative c/o Maine Metal Products Association
Lisa Martin, MMPA Executive Director Tel: 207-329-9933 **
Eric Howard, Consultant Tel: 207-767-8073 ** or



     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.

     Chris Beres, standing in for President Edwin Treworgy, welcomed twenty members and guests Donald Harris and Steve Hamlin to our monthly business meeting this morning.
     Roy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and we joined Heidi in reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
     Kathy was our inspirational reader with the story “A Place to Stand” by Dr. Charles Garfield. While waiting at a tollbooth he noticed the booth operator dancing to some very loud music. When it was his turn to pay he asked what he was doing. The man told him he was having a party. Dr. Garfield then asked him why no other operators were dancing and he replied, “They weren’t

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invited!” A few months later Garfield saw the same man, still dancing. They ended up having lunch together. The man explained that the other tollbooths were vertical coffins; live people go in at the start of work and are quiet all day, then live people leave at the end of their shift. HIS job wasn’t boring as he was going to be a dancer some day and his boss was paying for it!
     Belated birthday wishes go out to Dottie Brown for her May 6 birthday.
     Fourteen happy and sad dollars were donated for a MS walk, green grass, trip, birthday, 50 days left, a just because dollar, loss of a good friend, losing a game, recovery wishes, and Kid’s Korner.
     Orders are coming in for the Community Calendar that will be turned in by July 1.
     Val reported that the Three Rivers News has ‘sold’ over 300 issues for the third week in a row!
     The Variety Show is in its final stages of preparation. Chairs are to be set up on Friday and baked goods are needed for both nights (packaged please). Lorraine and Nancy will sell tickets on Friday and Dottie will sell them on Saturday. The proceeds will go to Reading is Fundamental.
     There will be an interclub attending the 65th celebration in Dover-Foxcroft on Friday evening.
     The library program is well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by the children. They made special gifts for Mother’s Day today.
     Chris reported on the Board meeting of May 1: Todd says there is a need to clean out and organize the auction items already in storage, David Walker informed us of a box trailer coming up for bid and could be used as storage, a Coffeehouse is being discussed for later this summer, $200 from the Project Graduation fund was donated for Prom night at The Restaurant, $200 was donated to the library program, and $100 was donated to the Make-a- Wish program for a walk that Trish Hayes participated in. Kiwanis has three new members, Dottie Brown, Cheryl Hamlin, and Terrie Zelkan! We heartily welcome you!
     The Prom night dinner is a GO! It will be held May 16 at The Restaurant in Milo with two settings, 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm. Kiwanians are needed to help decorate, set up, and wait on tables. There are 32 students signed up for the dinner so let’s make this a special night for them to remember!
     New fund-raisers mentioned were a golf tournament possibly in September and a haunted Halloween hayride in October.
     The Brownville Elementary has received National Recognition for the RIF program!!! An award ceremony is being planned for May 30. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
     The nominating committee of Stephanie Salley and Murrel Harris has been busy with the upcoming officer elections. The proposed slate of officers for 2003-2004 is Joe Zamboni, president, Murrel Harris, 1st vice president, Chris Beres, 2nd vice president, Nancy Grant, secretary, and Jeff Gahagan, treasurer. Heidi Finson, Janet Richards, and Sheri Conley are on the ballet for board members. This will be announced again on May 14 and voted on May 21.
     The May 14 speakers will be members of Key Club telling about their trip to the convention. Mark Awalt from JSI will present on May 21. May 28-TBA.

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