||Three Rivers News, 2003-05-27
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2003
VOLUME 2 NUMBER 29
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
A SPECIAL THANKS TO SETH, MY COMPUTER GURU, FOR THE HELP THIS WEEK!!
BENEFIT YARD SALE
There will be a huge yard sale to benefit Wanda Conlogue and her family. The event will be held at the Brownville Junction Alumni Building on Saturday, May 31, from 9 AM ‘til 5 PM.
If you have clean, saleable items to donate, you can take the to the Alumni on Thursday, May 29th, between the hours of 10 AM and 4 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
Light lunch available for sale!
This is an opportunity to find out how valuable that old piece of jewelry, furniture, or dish really is!
See you there.
HUGE YARD SALE
There will be a huge multi-family yard sale at the home of Marilyn Lyford
on Saturday, May 24th
from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Route 16 in LaGrange. There are too many things to list....but definately something for everybody.
Class of 1948 to Meet
The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 3rd, 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.
NEW GIFT SHOP OPENS
Red Earth Holistic Gift and Body Shop opened on Memorial Day Weekend. The new gift shop is located on 26 Main St. in Milo. Products include aromatherapy supplies, chakra and healing stone jewelry, crystals, stones, local handmade crafts, aromatherapy heating packs, Bach flower essences, natural stone deodorants, natural home and body products, rainbow makers, cards, Chinese stress balls, essential oil sachets, photography, and books. Products coming soon include essential oils, massage lotion, meditation CD’s, yoga accessories, and new holistic books. Gift shop hours are Mon., Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5
Red Earth Bodywork sessions will move up to the second floor, but massage will still be available on the first floor, if needed. A wide variety of classes will be offered including Polarity Yoga, Meditation, Energy Awareness, Feng Shui, Stretching, and Discovering Your Life's Work. If you didn't stop in over the weekend, you can still drop by to fill out a survey about interest in upcoming classes. For more info. call 943-2325
TROOP #385 MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
The Three Rivers News would like to thank Brownie Troop #385 for their community service this past week. They worked willingly and hard to clean up the Milo Public Boat Landing. They raked, picked up trash, and hauled off dead branches and limbs. With all the talk of the new gazebo being built at the park, a lot of focus is on the landing and now it looks extra spiffy.
When all the hard work was done, the industrious girls were treated to a walk to Charlie’s for ice-cream!
FIVE GENERATIONS OF LOVE
From left to right -Sitting: great- great-grandmother Liona Speed of Brownville holding Triston Robert Green. Standing: grandmother, Janet McSorley, Brownville Jct, Mother, Andrea Green, Milo; and great grandmother Lillian McLean, Brownville.
A fifth generation has been the focus of a proud Lillian and Allan Mclean. They are the proud great-grandparents of a precious new baby boy. Sharing in that joy is Lillian's mother, Liona Speed, who is the great, great, grandmother. Andrea McSorley Green, their granddaughter and daughter of Janet and Perry McSorley, gave birth to this adorable little fellow on May 5, 2003 at the Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover Foxcroft. He weighed 7lbs and 7 oz. and is 20 inches long .
Other grandparents are Joyce & Joel Green of Derby. Great grandparents are Inez Green of Sebec, Gerald & Rachel Smith of Milo, and Pat and Roy McSorley of Elliotsville.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
Three River News is published weekly by Three Rivers Kiwanis. It is available Tuesdays at the Milo Farmer’s Union, BJ’s Market, Graves’ Service Station, Robinson’s Fuel Mart, Reuben’s Farmer’s Market, Angie’s, Milo Exxon, Rite Aid, JD's Emporium, and Milo True Value. The paper can also be viewed online at www.trcmaine.org. Donations can be mailed to Valerie Robertson, PO Box 81, Milo, Maine 04463
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ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!
|TUES., MAY 27
||CHEESE AND VEGGIE QUICHE, TOSSED SALAD, BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING
|WED., MAY 28
||HOMEMADE VEG. SOUP, CHICKEN SALAD ON WHEAT BREAD, CUKES, BROWNIE
|THUR., MAY 29
||AMERICAN CHOP SUEY, GREEN BEANS, PEACHES
|FRI., MAY 30
||ROAST PORK, GRAVY, MASHED POTATO, CARROTS, FRESH ORANGE
|MON., JUNE 2
||BEEF STEW, CRACKERS, 3-BEAN SALAD, HOMEMADE BISCUITS, PUMPKIN PIE
|TUES., JUNE 3
||BAKED HADDOCK, EGG GRAVY, MASHED POTATO, BEETS, FRUIT COCKTAIL
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488.
THE MILO AMERICAN LEGION POST 41 HAS BINGO
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
A MEAL IS SERVED FROM 5:00PM UNTIL 6:30PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:30 AND ENDS AT 9:30
SEE YOU THERE!
WANTED: A GOOD HOME
The owner of a dog unable to take proper care of it, and wants to give it away to a good home. The dog is a mixed breed dog.
The dog has had its shots and is currently licensed. The dog is about 8 months old., and weighs 45 lbs. and is a male. If interested in the dog contact the owner: Calvin Blanchard, 1 Pearl St. Milo or call 943-2025
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Most closely associated with Memorial Day: (a) Clinton Stickney (b) Samuel Stickney (c) Don Stickney (d) Peter Stickney.
2. Two sports player at UMPI (a) Bryan Artes (b) Gary Larson (c) Galen Larson (d) Larry Larson.
3. Brownville Village School burned in (a) 1928 (b) 1930 (c) 1932 (d) 1935.
4. The Diston Mill and the Pleasant River Bobbin Company were located (a) on lower Main Street (b) Pleasant Street (c) Quarry Avenue (d) Skunk Hollow.
5. Doris Chase was a (a) teacher (b) town clerk (c) singer (d) telephone operator.
6. The (a) Sugar Wreck (b) Bowling Alley Wreck (c) Onawa Wreck (d) Attean Lake Wreck was the largest in Maine's history.
7. Josee Vachon came here from (a) Montreal (b) Sherbrooke (c) Lac Megantic (d) Moncton.
8. (a) Coach (b) Day Nighter (c) Roomette (d) Dining car was the least expensive.
9. The first "last passenger train" went through in (a) 1981 (b) 1983 (c) 1984 (d) 1986.
10. (a) Pierre Elliott Trudeau (b) Elsie Wayne (c) Bryan Mulroney (d) Jean Chretien came to Brownville Junction to try and save the line.
Answers: 1-c 2-b 3-c 4-a 5-d 6-c 7-c 8-a 9-a 10-b
Mark and I wanted to tell you how nice it was to be back in Milo for our vacation in April. It was so wonderful to see everyone that we had the chance to see while we were there!
We also want to thank everyone for their best wishes on our wedding and the well wishes that we received for my health. They all meant a lot to Mark and I and help us on the bad days.
I have been sick with pneumonia since our return home, but other then that things are just fine. We are hoping that the rain will stop soon so that the water will go back down. We are not flooded but the people that live down from us are boating in and out of their homes now.
We are so looking forward to Erikalynn and Zachary coming for their summer vacation and are making plans for trips and visits with Mark's family. The children spend 6 to 6 1/2 weeks in Iowa with us. We have a large day planned with friends and the children for the 4th of July. Mark and Zachary have fun looking for snakes while Erika and I tell them how "gross" the snakes are. As Val already knows, we have our own flock of dogs, and kittens so there is always something to do around here. We love having the
children here with us and along with the love and support of my husband, The Kids are the best medicine there is for me right now!
Take Care and thank you again for all the wonderful thoughts, prayers and concerns from everyone, they really do mean a lot to us
Mark and Mary
BY SOPHIE WILSON
Penquis Solid Waste Corporation is a multi-municipal endeavor to provide the opportunity for residents of Brownville, Ebeemee, K.I., Lake View Plantation, Milo, and Williamsburg to dispose of demo debris, brown goods, metal goods, and burnables. In order to use the facility, all material must be separated and deposited at designated areas within the site. Materials brought to the facility must be generated within a member community and be accompanied by proper permit or specific authorization. Permits and specific authorization for special circumstances must be obtained at the individual’s Town Office or designated agent.
Demolition and/or construction debris will be accepted at the site for disposal provided that the material is separated according to facility procedure. Vehicles larger than a one-ton pick-up truck will not be accepted at the facility. The only exception to the load-size rule will be made on a case-by-case basis for loads of separated shingles and/or sheetrock.
Community members are expected to follow the directions of site personnel related to the disposal of material at the facility. Individuals who do not follow the established protocols will be verbally warned by on-site personnel. If the problem persists, a written warning will be given by PSWC officials. If the problem continues after the written warning is issued, PSWC officials may suspend the individual’s privilege to use the facility for up to 6 months. PSWC reserves the right to suspend use privileges without written warning if the violation is egregious or if the individual has been abusive in any manner to site personnel.
An individual who has been barred from using the PSWC transfer facility has the right to appeal management’s decision to the Board of Directors. A request for appeal must be submitted to the Chairman of the PSWC Board of Directors within 10 days of receiving written notice of suspension.
Following a request from the Brownville Board of Selectmen, the MSAD #41 Board of Directors scheduled an informational meeting about the 2003-2004 district budget to be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at the Brownville Elementary School beginning at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will provide residents of the district the opportunity to talk with school officials about the proposed budget and its implications prior to district budget meeting in mid-June. We encourage citizens to attend this meeting so they can gain a better understanding of the school budget, which accounts for a substantial portion of the town's tax commitment.
Final Week of Move and Improve
Next week is the final week of the Move and Improve Program. Can you believe it? It seems like we just had the Wellness Fair Kick-off and now the 12 weeks are drawing to a close. We hope all participants have enjoyed "moving and improving" and that you will continue practicing this health habit even after the program has ended.
In order to be eligible for the Move and Improve grand prizes (e.g. kayak, cash) you must register your activity on-line. Return to the www.moveandimprove.org
site, log in, and click that you have completed the program and your name will be entered in the drawing. This information must be entered between May 31st and June 11th.
If you would like to be eligible for the local prize drawinga wonderful kayak adventure on Moosehead Lake--you need to submit your Activity Log, a piece of paper with your name and phone number, or e-mail that you completed the program to Ginny Morrill or Sue Chaffee no later than June 11th. Three names will be drawn and each winner may invite a guest for the trip.
This year's celebration will be held in Bangor at Husson College Gym on Thursday, June 12th. Gym doors will open at 5:00 p.m. Prize Drawings will take place from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. The celebration will conclude with a Celebration Walk around campus from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
If you have questions, or experience any difficulty entering log information on-line, please call Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208.
AN UPDATE ON D.J. MARTIN
Here is an e-mail I received from Chris Martin. It is wonderful to hear such great news!!
Hi Val, Just thought you might like an up- date on D.J.
We received a call last week and it was so exciting to hear D.J.'s voice again. He did sound much different than he did when he left. He kept saying that it was hard to believe it was finally over for him and he was o.k.
He also wanted everyone to know how much the letters and packages he shared with his troops were appreciated. He told us he would be home ( in N.C.) " one week after Penquis graduates". He couldn't give out exact dates on the phone. He plans to be in Maine the first part of July. He is hoping to see and thank everyone in person, when he gets here.
P.S. I am sorry, in my earlier message I neglected to tell you D.J. went straight from Iraq to the USS Siapan to sail home.
RIVER WALK CELEBRATION
The Pleasant River Walk is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary and will be running a shuttle service at both ends of the trail on 8/9/03 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Transportation will be available at Davis Field in Brownville Junction and the Community Church in Brownville. You can park your vehicle at either end and we will shuttle you back to your vehicle after you complete the walk.
The trail is approximately 3 miles along the Pleasant River and runs from the green bridge at Davis Field in the Junction to the playground on Church Street in the Village. There are beautiful views and access to the river along the way. This is a maintained natural trail, quite easy to walk, but appropriate footwear is recommended. The trail is clearly marked with benches available to rest at along the way. The Brownville Recreation Department will be serving refreshments at the Davis Field snack shack throughout the day. They will have hot dogs, burgers, fries, nachos, drinks and more for your enjoyment.
We will have a drawing for all participants who walk the trail on that day. Prizes will be drawn at 2:00 PM and you do not need to be present to win. We hope you are able to join us to experience one of Brownville's beautiful natural resources.
AREA SCHOOL NEWS
6TH GRADE JUNCTION:
The staff at the 6th Grade Junction would like to announce their students of the week for May 19. They have chosen SANDIE SCRIBNER, LEIGH DOLLEY and ERICA LYFORD. These students have been working hard and have great school spirit.
The 6th Grade plans for our field trip to Boston on May 30 are going great! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our very active PTO and students, we have earned this trip to the New England Aquarium and Imax show. We will also be visiting the U.S.S. Constitution. This will be a wonderful trip for our students. We wish to remind parents that we will have two Cyr buses that will be leaving the Superintendent's parking lot at 5:00 a.m. sharp. Parents need to be at the parking lot at 4:45 a.m. The bus will not wait.
The 6th Grade is currently having their last Book Club for this year. Order forms have been sent home with your child. This would be a nice time to purchase books for summer reading. Please have your order forms and payment to Mrs. Bell by May 29.
BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Brownville PTO sponsored another very successful Spring Fling last Saturday. The PTO thanks all the parents, teachers, staff, and Key Club members for all the help. The PTO is trying to raise money for some new playground equipment and this fundraiser will go a long way in achieving that goal. In these pictures the "Kearns" children - Sachia, Kayla & JT try out the bounce castle, while Hana Backus and Shelby Weston pose with Smokey the Bear.
Marion C. Cook School News
At our May 22nd Terrific Kid assembly, Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs.Robertson awarded certificates to RACHAEL BAKER, LAUREN CROCKER and CALEB STANLEY. Ms. Ivy honored Rachael for her wonderful attitude and for trying hard every day. Mrs. Carter said that Lauren has had a super week. Her extra effort in staying on task and following school rules is appreciated. Miss K. recognized Caleb for completing all of his homework assignments. He is very willing to help others when needed.
Kathy Foss' Bus Students of the Week were LINDSAY TURNER, JUSTIN MOULTON and JOSH DAMON.
Move and Improve prizes were awarded to Sha-Lynn Trafton, Sabrina Fadillah, Billy Parker, Justin Ottmann and Richie Russell. Keep Moving!
Grades 4 and 5 sang, "It's a Small World" in English and in Polish. Mrs.Harmony was at the piano. The class performance was in celebration of Miss Kazyaka's parents' 50th anniversary.
Ms. Ivy's class sang an adorable version of "The May Song."
Our second Reading Is Fundamental book distribution was held. All students chose one book to take home and add to their personal collections.
The last Heartbeaters session will be held on May 29th. We will be walking or biking on the railroad bed. We will return to the school at 3:30 for ice cream sundaes. Students should be picked up at 3:45.
MILO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S
From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - We would like to welcome ADAM TAYLOR to our class. He has worked hard to adjust to a new home, school and classroom. He is our Terrific Kid .
We have a friend in grade 3 who does his best to please.
And his classmates, he would never tease.
His eyes, smile and dimples light up the world each day,
On the computer, he loves to play.
He follows the rules and does his best,
To complete his work and all the rest.
Cooperative, kind, respectful, too.
Without DERRICK VIOLETTE, what would we do?
Derrick Violette is our choice for Terrific Kid this week.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a dear, sweet little girl. She works hard every day to complete her assignments. If you don't know the meaning of persevere-she is it! She never quits until the job is done! We love having CAITLIN GARLAND in our class.
Mrs. Dellolio - LINDSAY BROWN is our Terrific Kid in Grade 4 this week. She is nice, kind, respectful, a hard worker and a good friend. She does a good job with her chart. We are so proud you!
Mrs. Hayes - The students rule in our class this week! They report this information about the classmate they have nominated for our Terrific Kid: Macy Leonard - She's nice to people outside and walks away if they are fighting. Jessica Preble - She plays with me and never fights and she is a good friend to others. Tristen Beckett - She taught me to skate at the roller rink. Macy Carey - She doesn't do swears at school. She reads good and she's a good friend Colton Larrabee - She is nice and barely talks at our table. Summer Wettengel - She is nice at the skating rink and gets her jobs doneand she didn't use to.
Colby Wyman - She doesn't pick fights and she's nice to her enemies and she's respectful. We all feel that ANISA is special and she makes us feel warm and happy. This fills us with happy power and we like it.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - KENDRA HALL-Kendra is a wonderful student and friend. She works hard, produces neat papers, reads beautifully, and is an active listener. She follows the I-Care Rules of our classroom. We love you, Kendra!
SHELBY JAY-Shelby tries hard in all she does. She is a helper, a worker and a good friend. We love having Shelby in our room.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - We have two very special little guys that we want to recognize as "Two Truly Terrific Kids".
They both have blond hair - and they wear it short. They both have blues eyes. They both love books. They both love playing little men. They both give great hugs. They both share and have kind little hearts. These two TK's DOUBLE our fun every day in our kindergarten room. We LOVE - LOVE CODY ANDRICK and RANDALL HATHORN.
Mrs. Whitney Grade 5-Whitney's Terrific Kid for 5/23 is RICKY GARLAND. He has worked very hard in Mrs. Whitney's room at following directions. He is doing better at moving from Mrs. Whitney's room to Mrs. Worcester's room for Math and Reading. Running is an outside activity and he tries very hard to remember that while in the hallway. Good job Ricky!
Joe Bere’s Bus Students of the Week: At Brownville: JASON DURANt, and JERELL PADILLA, At Milo Elem: JUSTICE BLACK, and DARLENE DESRUCHER.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
The Milo Elementary PTO recently received a check for $311.00 from the Box Tops for Education program. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, students, friends, and families that have been saving the box top pieces and sending them in to us. We save these pieces and receive our reimbursement from the program twice a year. Please keep saving those box top pieces and sending them in to us.
A great big thank you to Tracy Morse (and her family members) who take the time to count our pieces and mail them in -- we really appreciate you!
For more information about the Box Tops for Education program, visit boxtops4-education.com.
SEBEC RIVER ASSOCIATION HOLDS MEETING
Members of the Sebec River Association met to make plans for the summer and to eat a wonderful pot-luck supper. The group is a wonderful bunch of folks who share a love for the Sebec River, it’s camps , and the homes along the river. The previous picture shows the group, caught at one of their more serious moments, a rare sight indeed!
Happy Birthday Ruth!!
Ruth Youngblood celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, May 24, at her home with her family. The party was given by her three children: daughter Mary Marks of Milo, son Ed and wife Peggy Youngblood of Bangor, and son Skipper (Paul) and wife Linda Youngblood of Bristol RI.
Also in attendance were five of her six grandchildren with their families, including six of her seven great- grandchildren. Ruth is a retired RN from the Milo Community Hospital, and has been a longtime member of the Nurses Guild, Eastern Star, Rebekahs, and Grange. She has volunteered thousands of hours knitting mittens for the school system, infant hats for EMMC, and currently knits cat blankets for the Humane Society in Bangor.
Kiwanis Friend Senate Minority Leader Paul Davis took time out from his busy schedule to speak at a Yellow Ribbon Rally in Augusta, May 17, honoring our Armed Service Personnel.
Karen Clark of Milo along with daughter Tanis and granddaughter Jaimee, also attended the rally which was held in the park across from the Capitol, thus the photo contribution. Thanks for both of the photos, Karen and Mike.
It was a beautiful day for racing over to the Skowhegan Moto-cross Track, and the track was in A-1 condition. Arriving at the track at 8:00 a.m., I was astonished at the number of people who were already there and pulling in behind us. I've never seen so many people over there. It was incredible.
Our local racers were Jodi Pearl, Justin Morrill, Kole Stevens, Klay Stevens, Kyle Foss, Trevor Lyford, and
Cameron and Chase Nelson. I don't have any finishes for Jodi Pearl. Justin Morrill raced in the 125 Youth and did a great job finishing 11th overall out of 24 bikes. Kole Stevens also raced in the 125 Youth class and was doing extremely well but had trouble with a couple of trees getting in his way as he was about to cross the finish line....but still managed to finish 9th overall in that class of 24 bikes. Klay Stevens raced for the 1st time in the 65cc Beginner class and pleased the crowd with his riding style.....he finished 8th in the 1st moto and 13th in the 2nd moto out of 19 bikes. Not bad for his first time competing. He'll be fun to watch as the season progresses.
Kyle Foss raced in the 85cc ll and under class and got 2 exceptional hole shots and never looked back. He finished in 2nd place in each moto out of 23 bikes so he came home with a beautiful 2nd place trophy. Trevor Lyford raced his 4-wheeler in the ATV youth class and rode extremely hard finishing 4th overall out of 18 wheelers. He also raced in the 50cc 7-9 dirbikes and pleased his father with a great hole shot coming out in 4th. Trevor finished an impressive 4th place overall out of 19 which was a big improvement for him. Some new riders to the ATV youth class were (almost local boys) Cameron and Chase Nelson the sons of Tammi (Larson) Nelson. The boys took turns for the 2 motos and did a great job riding for their very first race. We hope to see them back next time.....
Way to go boys!!!!
MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
What an up and down week of weather and as the weather seesaws, we at the library have been busy both up and down.
The Kiwanis Kids Korner met this past week for their 7th program. Dottie Brown read the lovely picture book The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail de Marcken. To add to the children’s interest Dottie brought along the first quilt she had made at the age of 12. She had been encouraged to quilt by her great aunt. The quilt design was 1000 Pyramids and had been made with feed sack fabric. For those of you who do not know, some years ago animal feed was packaged in cotton sacks with calico designs. In a waste-not, want-not society the sacks were often used for clothing or quilts. Dottie’s quilt is quite a historical item.
For a craft everyone strung a bead necklace so all could wear a creation home.
To me there is often one unique scene during a Kiwanis program. After events had quieted down and as I was going up and downstairs to see where I could help most, I noticed a young reader sitting in a corner of the stairs. She was so engrossed in her book that she epitomized the love of reading, which the Kiwanis Club and the library are working to promote.
The library received very generous gifts last week from Ruth Clark. She gave us a 20-volume set of Discovering Antiques-the story of world antiques. The books have been processed and are now in our reference section. She also gave us Construction of American Furniture Treasures and Heisey’s Glassware catalog. Ruth, thank you for these wonderful books.
Remember the dates for the summer reading program-Laugh It Up @ Your Library. Sign-up week is June 16-20. The program actually begins June 23rd.
We are now on summer hours. No Saturday hours during the summer.
Library Summer Hours
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THE LIVERMORE DIARIES PART 4
SUBMITTED BY IRIS BUZZELL
William Taylor Livermore was born in Sebec, Maine in 1840, the sixth child of David Livermore and Sarah Taylor Livermore. David Livermore owned property in the southwest corner of Milo, very near the Milo-Sebec line, on the banks of the Piscataquis River.
William’s diary begins 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. 16: A beautiful morning. We were turned out at daylight, for the first time since we marched. We marched at 7. We saw and went to a barn that was burning, caused by a Rebel shell. We soon stopped to rest where there were about 200 Rebel prisoners. We talked 1/2 an hour with them. They appeared quite well. Next we met some prisoners lugging a wounded man. Next we came to the battle field where the battle was 2 days before.
There we saw some of the horrors of war. First we passed a grave of our men, where 17 had just been buried with sticks stuck up to the head of each man. We passed by where Fred Reno was killed. Then we came where the dead Rebels lay, that had not been buried. Some in the ditch and some piled up by the wall. Trees were riddled and we found Rebel shells that did not burst. We passed barns full of wounded Rebels. The battle was on the Blue Mountains, a range of small mountains. There are 6 or 8 hundred dead Rebels on either side of the road, in the woods. The Rebels are retreating and we are marching on, following the road ahead.
I do not fear nor feel more timid than when I am at home. About 4 o’clock we arrived with the main army, where they are drawn up and 3 batteries are planted. We halted after we stacked arms. We got supper and struck our tent. We are about 2 miles from the Rebels. They shelled into our lines and killed 2 or 3 men. We are about 70 rods from our line of artillery. They ceased firing about noon and about 5, they opened fire. We could see every shell explode of the Rebels, and of our own. They fired, until 9 o’clock. We are all well and feel fine. The Second Maine is close by, within 10 rods.
Sept. 17: Turned out at 4, and went a mile to get a canteen of water, where more than 500 dipped out of the same mud hole. At 6 we opened the fire from our battery and were returned by the Rebels. There was a terrible roar and the whizzing shells sound like a battle. The Rebel shells fell into 3 or 4 houses near our batteries and set them all on fire. We can see their batteries. We shall have nearer look before night we think.
We are now resting our guns, loaded and expect every minutre to be called upon to advance. We were called in at 8
o’clock this morning, and marched about 1/2 a mile to the rear of one of our batteries that was playing on them with terrible effect. We are about 15 rods in the rear, and behind the high hills. Lieut. Lyford went up and saw them throw shells into the Rebel ranks about a mile off. He said they did not lose a shot, for everyone fell and exploded in their midst. They broke them up, and he saw the Irish Brigade charging. He said they were about six rods off on double quick. The Rebels retreated. There is a heavy fire all along our line. The cavalry came along and we had to leave the road and step out. We climbed up the hill and went up, almost to the guns, to see them. Though they did not allow us to go there, when I had gotten almost to the gun, I heard a wizz and a cannon ball struck me in the dirt about 6 rods off. I went back and stood talking with some boys and heard a whistle. I looked and a shell struck about 30 feet from me and burst. A large piece of it went over my head and went down over the bank, just grazing the heads of some of our Co. A man could dodge that piece of it, if he had to.
There was some wounded passed by, and they did up some wounds in our Co. The cavalry passed, and had not been gone more than an hour before they said a man was badly wounded, and some said he was killed. Surgeons are ordered to the front.
It is about noon, and the battle is raging high; we feel in good spirits. We marched to the right, about 100 rods, and halted and lay there until about 5, and were ordered to fall in. We marched about 1 mile a part of the way on double time. We expected to be called into battle. We halted, and while we were resting the Col. of the N.Y. 68 Regt. passed in an ambulance, dead and a number wounded. We then marched back and stacked our arms and stopped all night.
The Major of this battery was killed by a solid shot. There was some desperate charges about 1/2 a mile over the hill. Ezekiel Chase saw the charge. He is well and laying by me now. We have suffered a heavy loss. The firing ceased at night. I am well and feeling the best of spirits. But to say that I am anxious to go into the fight, I am not, but am willing to go and do my best.
A Historical Review - Part 2
Maine Appalachian Trail
Project Nears Completion
Observer, Jay Sperling, 12/31/1980
(A TRC Fringe Benefit, submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
Unlike trail sections in a few of the other 13 states traversed by the trail, the AT in Maine isn't overly threatened, a fortunate product of the trail's remoteness from the urban pressures, the sustained work of MATC, the cooperative attitudes of Maine landowners. If a sense of urgency exists, it reflects more a concern for the future than fear for the present. The National Park Service's deadline for placing the entire trail under federal protection is November, 1981 (a deadline even the park service doesn't plan to meet); the MATC has set a deadline of September, 1981, for securing the Maine trail mileage. They are optimistic they'll meet the deadline.
"We feel things are going pretty well," said Dave Field, president of the MATC. A forestry professor at the University of Maine, and a professional forester by trade, Field's background is ideally suited to the task of negotiating agreements critical to the trail's continued existence. He is on a first name basis with most of the woodland managers in the state, and his experience provides him valuable insight into their concerns. Luckily, the relationship between the club and most major landowners has traditionally been good, a testament to the evenhandedness and cordiality which has characterized most of their dealing. Field reports that most woodland managers have been sympathetic to the need to preserve an undisturbed corridor for the AT. Likewise, there has been a recognition on the part of the trail community in
the state that, as one person remarked, "Maine is a working forest. it hasn't been a true wilderness for 200 years. That doesn't mean demean the experience you can have on the trail." So far there has been little of the antagonism between lumbermen and hikers prevalent in the western states.
Nonetheless, though negotiations remain cordial, the process remains complicated and difficult. "God knows," Field said, "how many maps I've drawn and letters I've written. Since some 90 percent of the trail in Maine falls on land owned by state agencies or a dozen large landowners-timber companies or timber management concerns, the MATC has the advantage of being able to negotiate with a relatively manageable number of parties. This is not the case in many other states, where dozens of landowners share a few miles of trail. Against the simplification of ownership, however, bear in mind that a single negotiation may involve tens of miles of trails, drastically raising the stakes.
Several agreements have been reached, and other negotiations are nearing completion, leading state and federal officials to echo Field's optimism. "It's not going quite as fast as we had hoped," said Herb Hartman, director of the State's Bureau of Parks and Recreation, 'but the prognosis is good. A final trail location has been established for 98 percent of the trail. We've (the state and MATC) proposed corridor widths to the major landowners, and we're working out the details of acquiring the trail." (continued next week)
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
May is either winding up or winding down....depends on how you look at things. Is the glass half empty or half full? In my house I always see the glass as half full. My husband always sees the glass half empty. We've learned to either empty the glass together...or fill it up together. That kind of compromise is something that came with years of "testing the waters." We almost always compromise in loud voices...but we always compromise. Well.....I say that....I guess we either compromise...or we do it my way.
I think it works that way because I don't ask him to do things that I know he wouldn't want to do. It took a few years to figure all of that out...but I finally got the picture. The other thing is that I know from the get-go that he is going to say "no" the first time around to just about everything, so I don't ask...I just make the plan and he goes along with it.
Anyway....May....busy month. We did get the water pump running at Schoodic Lake. The refrigerator is turned on, and there are just over 2,000 house fly carcasses that have been vacuumed up. Just before we left on Sunday we used four bug bombs. We just didn't want to take any chances. Carroll saw the biggest spider he has ever seen in his life scurry under the hot water heater. The biggest spider that I ever saw was under the dock. That spider turned and looked right at me...defiantly made a rude gesture in my direction...and then just turned and ambled off...daring me to try to kill it. I took my flip-flop off and began to pound and scream, but I think I must have missed him. He obviously has lived to further torment the two of us.
We will try to spend a night or two at camp over the upcoming long weekend. It's all going to depend on the weather and our babysitting responsibilities. We're hoping to be there, but it's not always alot of fun with two kids who can't play outside because of the rain.I've got a ton more work to do to have it the way I like it....all clean and cozy for the summer.
The weekend after this is the big Antique Appraisal Fair that is being sponsored by the Milo Historical Society, with help from the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club. Have you decided what you are going to bring to the fair to have appraised? I'm still trying to decide. One item that I know for sure that I'm going to bring is a little vase that I found down in my cellar. I may have told you this, but I just can't put that thing in a yard sale until I find out if it has any value. You can bet that if I take it to the Antique Appraisal Fair, it will be valueless. Count on it! That's Murphy's Law! Good ol' Murph...always dependable. In any case I hope that all of you Milo-ites will dig out the doodads that you've been puzzling over for years. Now is the time. No time like the present! Come on down to the Milo Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. (or sometime before 3:00 p.m.) on Saturday, May 31st, and let one of our appraisers give your antique a look-see.
The appraisers aren't there to buy your antiques....they are merely there to give you an appraisal on it. Many of the appraisers that we have coming aren't dealers, they are just people who are very knowledgeable about the value of certain types of antiques. Of course, there are some who wear both hats. But that's not what this fair is all about. We have told the appraisers that they can display their business cards on the table. If you are interested in selling your antique - just pick up one of the business cards and you are welcomed to get in touch with the appraiser at a different time.
This is an important fund raiser for the Milo Historical Society. We have dues paying members and we have donations...we've even gotten some nice grants in order to do special projects; but the general maintenance and upkeep of the building and it's contents must be done with money raised by holding fund raisers such as this fair. Please help support our efforts. The fee is $5.00 for the first item appraised, $3.00 for a second item and $2.00 for a third item. I think the fair promises to be a very fun day. The Kiwanis Club is providing a luncheon which participants can buy.
Baseball has taken over my living room on a pretty regular basis these days. Now that the regular season programming is over with I don't mind. However, this week it's been a little tense. My father is a die-hard Yankees fan, and my husband is a "never say die" Red Sox fan. Believe it or not they are getting along very well through this long awaited series. I'm going to withdraw to my bedroom in a few minutes and turn on the Country Music Awards and set up my ironing board. That is nearly a perfect evening for me.
Today I have a couple of fun Bisquick recipes for you that I've had for years.
1/2 cup of butter (real butter)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
36 pecan or walnut halves
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup milk
Place 2 teaspoons of butter, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and 3 pecan halves in each of 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle cinnamon in each cup and heat in the oven until melted.
Mix baking mix, applesauce and milk until dough forms; beat 20 strokes. Spoon onto mixture in each of the cups. Bake 10 minute. Invert on heat proof counter (possibly on a plate or paper towel. ) Makes 12 .
This recipe is written in my mother's hand. I always love to find one of the handwritten recipes that she gave me.
Crazy Pumpkin Pie
3/4 cup sugar (My mother wrote on the recipe that she used 1 full cup of sugar)
1 large can evaporated milk plus enough water to make 2 cups liquid
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin (I'd use a can of One Pie)
1/2 cup Bisquick
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on Medium speed for 3 minutes. Bake in a greased 10" glass pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
ROBERT A. MARSHALL
BRADFORD - Robert A. Marshall, 75, died May 20, 2003, at the VA Center in Togus. He was born Jan. 10, 1928, in Bradford, the son of Stanley and Dorrice (Foss) Marshall. He was a graduate of Newport High School, Class of 1945 and was an Army Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Eagles Club of Brewer. He is survived by a his lifetime companion, Janet; a son, Randy Marshall and his wife, Linda, of Hermon; a daughter, Patricia Marshall Holland and her husband, Sean, of Douglas, Mass.; a granddaughter, Laurel; two brothers, Bill Marshall of Orneville and Bev Marshall of Norwalk, Conn.; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Thompson Funeral Home, 17 Hudson Road, Corinth, Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Bradford Baptist Church 1 p.m. Friday with Rev. Donald Booker officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer society, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME
SUMMER BASKETBALL NOTICE
SUBMITTED BY TONY HAMLIN
Penquis coach Tony Hamlin will be operating a summer basketball clinic for boys and girls, grades 3 thru 8 at the Penquis Gymnasium from June 23 to July 17. Players going into grades 3-4-5 will meet Monday through Thursday from 8 to 9:30 am, while grades 6-7-8 will meet from 9:30 to 11 am.
The clinic will emphasis skill development, sports-manship and fair play while offering games against area schools on a weekly basis. Players of all abilities will be welcome. Come learn the game, have fun, and make new friends while getting plenty of healthy exercise.
The cost is $60 per player. Applications can be found at the Milo Rec. Dept. at the Milo Town Hall or you can sign up on the first day, June 23.
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
The Immune System Part II
What are the components of the immune system? The first part I want to discuss is quite obvious. The skin covers the body and prevents the disease organisms from gaining access to the inside of the body. At the base of the skin (remember the skin is covered with a nonliving layer) we find things called Langerhan cells and melanocytes. These are the early warning parts of our immune system. The melanocytes are also responsible for the pigment in our skin. The skin also secretes an antibacterial substance that prevents disease organisms from growing on the surface.
The obvious places for disease organisms to invade the body are the nose, eyes and mouth. What line of defense does the body have in these places? Tears and mucus in the nose and mouth contain an enzyme that breaks down the cell walls of bacteria. Saliva also contains an antibacterial agent. In addition, Mast cells line the air passages of the body and destroy bacteria.
Inside our body we have a number of defenses. The lymph system is probably the one most people are familiar with. The lymph system covers the body in a way similar to the circulatory
system. Fluids are not pumped in the lymph system like the heart pumps blood. They seem to ooze in and out by themselves. The lymph fluid is clear and is really blood plasma. It surrounds the cells and provides water and nutrients. The circulatory system does not make contact with every cell, but the lymph system does. The waste products of the cells are carried away by the lymph system. The lymph system has many small vessels that feed into larger ones until they reach a lymph node. The lymph nodes have a system of filtering the lymph fluid and trap the bacteria. When the nodes swell in the neck it means there is a lot of bacteria there as well as cells killing them. Once the fluid is filtered it reenters the system to be used again.
Another part of the immune system is the thymus. It should not be confused with the thyroid. The thymus is very large in newborn babies and grows smaller as we age. It is found in the upper chest above the heart. Babies cannot survive without a thymus because the rest of their immune system has not developed enough. The thymus can be removed in adults with little side effects because the rest of the immune system can usually handle the problem. The thymus produces a hormone called tymosin that encourages lymphocyte production.
The spleen, found in the abdomen, filters the blood and removes foreign cells along with old red blood cells that need to be replaced.
White blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. The bone marrow produces them from stem cells. Stem cells have been in the news recently. They are special cells that can become different kinds of cells. There are many different types of white blood cells. There are leukocytes, lymphocytes, monocytes, granulocytes, B-cells, plasma cells, T-cells, helper T-cells, Killer T-cells, supressor T-cells, natural killer cells, neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, phagocytes, and macrophages. Each of these has a specific function.
Leukocytes are really all of the types of white blood cells considered together. They are really independent organisms that act a lot like amoeba in their movements and go about the body in the blood eating other organisms by engulfing them. White blood cells usually cannot reproduce themselves and must be produced in the bone marrow. Lymphocytes comprise about 35% of all white blood cells. There are two types: B cells that are produced in the bone marrow and are ready to go to work when they enter the blood stream and T cells that must mature in the thymus. Lymphocytes are the major killers of bacteria and viruses.
Monocytes are about 7% of the white blood cells and soon change into macrophages. Macrophages are the largest of all the blood cells. They are called Langerhan cells when found in the skin. One of the duties of macrophages is to remove dust and other foreign materials found in the lungs. They do this by eating them. Macrophages in the skin are responsible for digesting the pus of wounds. Macrophages are free to swim about as they want.
Neutrophils are the most common white blood cell. The bone marrow produces trillions of them every day. This is because few of them last longer than a day. They are attracted to wounds and immediately start to consume the invaders. It also secretes enzymes and hydrogen peroxide to kill other bacterial. Puss contains dead neutrophils.
Eosinophils and basophils are not as common and are responsible for dilates the blood vessels causing swelling but also opening the way for other white blood cells to get to the infection.
B cells are responsible for producing antibodies such as immunoglobins and gammaglobulins. They mature into plasma cells and as such produce millions of antibodies to fight an infection.
T cells kill invading cells by bumping into them. Some of the T cells help the killer T cells work better.
I guess I will quit before I lose everyone. I hope this helps you understand your immune system.
PENQUIS VALLEY LUNCH MENU
MAY 26 30
MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY
Tuesday-Juice, turkey/lettuce/tomato sand. potato chips, carrot stix, fruit, and milk every day.
Wednesday-Pancakes, sausage patty, potato oval, and applesauce.
Thursday-Turkey and gravy, mashed potato, broccoli, cinnamon roll, and pears.
Friday-Pizza, celery, assorted desserts, and icy juicy.
MAINE POETS SOCIETY
Submitted by Victoria Eastman
In 1936, the Waterville Poets Club and the Dover-Foxcroft Poetry Circle joined to form the Poetry Fellowship of Maine. In 1993, the name was changed to Maine Poets Society to reflect the organization’s statewide membership of writers and readers actively producing and appreciating poetry.
Maine poets recognized as honorary members are Laura Richards, Edna St.Vincent Millay, Robert P. Tristram Coffin, Wilber Snow, Harold Vinal, Harold Trowbridge Pulsifer, and William Cohen.
Membership is open to anyone, amateur or professional, young or older who is interested in poetry, subscribes to the objectives of the Society, and agrees to participate regularly in the major activities of the Society which are held three times a year throughout the state.
Recently, a meeting was held at Miller’s Restaurant in Bangor where winners of two poetry contests sponsored by the society were announced.
The Maine Poetry Society offers several programs: two of which are the Mentor Program and Round Robins. These are in keeping with the Society’s objectives which are:
• To broaden one’s knowledge of poetry
• To increase one’s skills
• To share one’s own knowledge and abilities to help other writers to develop, learn and achieve
• To encourage, always, high standards in producing and in judging poetry
• To encourage broadening of member’s interest, understanding and appreciation of our rich poetry heritage, including the many forms, styles, subjects and concepts
• To support popularizing of poetry by encouraging and assisting schools, libraries and other organizations with poetry activities and resources, with emphasis on high standards.
Mentor programs are available to less experienced members who wish to pair up with more established poet members who will act as advisors, counselors, and critics to answer questions, encourage, and give aid by phone, mail, or over coffee.
Round Robins are composed of about seven members who constructively critique each other’s poetry by mail. Each participant puts a poem in the Robin when it arrives; critiques the other poems to the best of his/her ability (those who have never critiqued before will pick up a new skill); and sends the Round Robin envelope to the next person on the list. As members receive the Robin again, they remove their poem, now covered with comments, put in another, and critique the new set of poems to continue the process.
The Maine Poets Society is an affiliate of the national Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc.; an educational and literary organization dedicated to furthering poetry on the national level to recognize the importance of poetry with respect to national cultural heritage.
Anyone interested in becoming a member may write to:
Maine Poets Society
Anne Hammond, Treasurer
1 Grove Street
Bath, Maine 04530
Membership fee is $12. If you would like to speak to someone about the Maine Poets Society before becoming a member please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400.
|A LESSON WELL LEARNED
By Carl Hamlin
The weather was misty, with a solid cloud cover. Dad and I had planned on driving around the dirt roads, looking for partridge. It was too wet to hunt the orchards or woods. I was thirteen years old. Dad had given me a nice little 28-gauge shotgun the year before. We left after lunch and headed for Medford, once Paddy Hill. We usually saw a bird or two making the loop. This afternoon was no exception. We saw one in the road and one in an apple tree. Both flew before we could get into action. We drove to Lagrange then headed for the Boyd Lake road. The afternoon was slipping by and before we got to Colbath Hill it was three p.m.
As we got close to the Anderson road, which ran across to the Bradford road, we saw a bird in the road. Dad drove the Model A to within an easy shot and stopped. I got out, loaded the gun and just as I started to put it to my shoulder, it flew just into the edge of the woods. When I carefully went to the edge of the woods where she had flown; she flew again. I saw her go down, so I kept working toward where I last saw her. I heard it fly again, so gave up and started back to the car, or so I thought. After about ten minutes I hadn’t come out to the road. I turned to the right and went another ten minutes.
I realized I was lost. I was also scared. I fired my gun but got no answer. I didn’t have my compass, no matches, nothing to eat, and no jacket. I had no way to tell what direction I was traveling. No sun, no wind, no moss on trees. Nothing but trees and fog. I stopped and unloaded my gun, and put anything loose in my pockets under my handkerchief. I knew that if I just started walking, I would travel in a circle, so I picked out a tree that I could see and walked toward it. After doing this three times, I changed directions about 45&Mac176; and did the same thing, nothing! No roads, no fields or houses. Nothing.
The sky was getting darker and the mist heavier. The third time I changed directions I started moving faster, but found I was getting tired. I rested until I felt better, and then went on. A few minutes later I saw a wire fence. I looked it over and decided to follow it to the right. After following it for a minute I saw a field. I was some glad to see that field!
Soon I saw the chimney of a house. I left the fence and headed for the house. Soon I saw a fellow sharpening an axe on a grindstone. I walked right up to him before he turned and saw me. It was one of the Anderson boys. He said, You are lost, aren’t you? I said, I sure am, how do I get to Colbath Hill? He said, The road is right there by the house, go right.
It was getting quite dusky by the time I got to the car. Dad was pacing back and forth in front of the car. He almost cried and when he hugged me he said, I’m sure glad to see you. I jumped into the warm car and we headed home. He could hardly believe the story of what happened and where I came out. He said, You were headed into one of the worst pieces of woods anywhere around. So I learned the hard way. To always carry a compass, a jacket, and a candy bar with you, plus a dozen waterproof matches in a tight container. I didn’t go into the woods again without them.
|AMANDA KAHL WINS STATE MFWC ART CONTEST
The Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, which consists of seven Districts, held its annual conference in Bar Harbor on May 15th and 16th. Under the direction of State Art Chairman Vera Quinn, the art presented from these seven districts was judged, and a first, second and third place winner was announced.
The four clubs from District #1 (the Cosmopolitan and Miosac Clubs from Dover-Foxcroft, the Patten Women’s Club and the Pamola Women’s Club from Sherman) were happy to announce that Amanda Kahl, a junior at Penquis Valley High School, was awarded first place with her artwork entitled The Motorcycle. The media used was graphite and ink. Her art teacher is Mary Shapleigh.
On Thursday morning, May 22, 2003, Judy Walter and Merna Dunham, co-chair persons of the District #1 Art Contest, presented Amanda with her winning check of $175.00. To say that we are proud of our students in District #1 is an understatement! Talent in the art department often goes unnoticed, and we hope that in the future, recognition will be evident in response to the artwork that is ongoing in our schools.
Congratulations to Amanda and to her teacher, Mary Shapleigh. We hope to see more of this artwork next year at the High School Art Contest.
LOTS OF ITEMS
WHEN: MAY 31, 2003 - FROM 8 AM TO 3 PM
WHERE: JIMMY & SUSAN LARSON’S
STANCHFIELD RIDGE ROAD, MILO
BY NANCY GRANT
If you haven’t already guessed, last weeks photo was an aerial shot of Mt. Katahdin.
The above postcard shows the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad when Derby was still called Milo Junction and the facility was named the B. & A. Car Works. It is now the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway.
| The M.M.&A. is a sister company of a railway in Estonia, located in Europe and bordering on the Gulf of Finland. The Estonia Railway employs approximately 3,000 workers and run 37 trains a day, mainly transporting Bunker C oil to the deep-water seaports. Two weeks ago a group of Estonian and M.M.&A. employees, along with two representatives of General Electric, arrived in Derby. Oskar Kalmus, the director of mechanics in Estonia, told me that their purpose was to hold hands-on training sessions focusing on the locomotives. The former engines used in Estonia were made in the Ukraine and required two mechanics on all runs to make repairs along the way.
This joint venture made it possible for the men to study technical updates for the locomotives. They were also learning to perform specific and correct procedures as well as sharing ideas. Steve Johnston, the manager of the mechanical department at the Derby facility, told me about just one of the ideas that would save eight man-hours per day. Instead of priming and painting the cars, they would be painted with a tinted primer then clear-coated. With the former method only two cars could be finished in a day.
Even though Mr. Kalmus only arrived here on Monday, he was impressed with the compact layout and solid build of the Derby Shops and envisions definite possibilities. He can relate to this area as he lives on the outskirts of a city with a population of 450,000 but has an old farmhouse 17K from his home. Oskar told me that some of the younger men who had been here longer were used to larger cities. They did have a chance to go to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and Bangor. Steve took them to his camp on Schoodic Lake for a boat ride and cookout. They enjoyed the ride but turned down the chance to water ski.
Even though eight of the men stayed at Gary and Sylvia Black’s Bed and Breakfast on Elm Street, they walked the 2-_ miles from Derby when they were done work for the day. Even with a language barrier, they enjoyed their stay in our community.
Editor’s note: I wish to thank Mrs. Johnston for the initial call, Tom Tancula, Vice-president-Mechanical, for arranging the interview, Oskar Kalmus for graciously taking time out of his busy schedule, and to Steve Johnston, Rick Sinclair, and Jon Beals for providing additional valuable information.
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE
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.
May 21 Meeting Minutes
SUBMITTED BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
President Edwin Treworgy welcomed twenty-eight members this morning plus guests Andrea and Paul Beaudoin, Dillon Conley, Mark Awalt, and an interclub from Dexter.
Roy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb recited a prayer.
Chris Almy was our inspirational reader with a message about hanging tough. A man traveling along an interstate saw what looked like a man hanging out of a window by his thumbs and a ladder just out of reach. It looked so real that the man stopped to help but found it was only a dummy put there to get people to stop and buy flowers. No matter what the situation, Hang in There!
We received correspondence from Kiwanis International concerning a free workshop at the convention in Indianapolis on June 7. Also read was an apology from four Key Club members for not being at breakfast on May 14 to speak to us about their convention in Massachusetts.
Anniversary congratulations go out to Carl and Sophie Wilson on the 21st and birthday wishes to Liza Comeau on May 22nd and Herb Dunham on the 25th.
Twenty happy and sad dollars were donated for bottles and cans, spunky woman, prom dinner, last prom, not getting arrested, reading great essays, state trooper’s concern, and an interclub.
The 2003-2004 slate of officers was read for the third week and the club was asked to vote by a show of hands. It was almost unanimous to elect Joe Zamboni-President, Murrel Harris-President-elect, Chris Beres-Vice-President, Nancy Grant-Secretary, Jeff Gahagan-Treasurer and Sheri Conley, Heidi Finson, and Janet Richards-Board of Directors for the 2003-2004 term.
Val reported that the prom dinner was a success if not a bit hectic!
Community calendars can be ordered from Stephanie Salley or Paul Grindle or any Kiwanian. Paul said he would donate one happy dollar for each person who sells at least five calendars by June 4!
Trish Hayes reported that the Key Club served dinner at Manna in Bangor on May 1st and hope to go at least once a month this summer, four members worked at the Brownville Spring Fling, worked on scholarship essays, and won a pool party at the Bangor Walk-a-Thon by becoming the highest youth donors! Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to community service!!!
The Three Rivers News has once again set a new record for weekly sales!
Kathy Witham said the final profit from the Variety Show is not exact as yet but thinks it will total close to $3000. This money will go toward the Reading is Fundamental Program.
Eben DeWitt is organizing an interclub to Greenville on May 27. Reservations must be made by May 23. Those attending will depart from Trask’s at 4:15 pm. Five Kiwanians are planning to go but there is always room for m ore.
Val Robertson happily reported that the Kiwanis Kid’s Korner is a huge success with the children. Readers are welcome any Wednesday at 3 pm at the Milo Free Public Library.
Joe Zamboni told us that $300 has been donated toward the Gazebo Project. He said he would like to involve the Key Club, the American Legion, and the Sebec River Association. Joe passed around brochures with different gazebo designs and gave us a ballpark figure of $8 to $12 thousand for a pre-fabricated stand. That cost would be lower if the stand was stick built. Can you picture a warm evening in July with the gazebo softly lit with tiny white lights reflecting off the water, red, white and blue banners gently fluttering in the breeze, and our own Penquis Valley Band playing God Bless America
Todd Lyford reported on storage cleanup and collections for the upcoming annual auction. The food wagon needs an inside/out cleaning.
Val will be contacting people about the food concession at the Antique Appraisal Show on May 31.
The Senior barbeques will be starting soon with Buffy Olmstead chairing the committee with Frank, Val, Ethelyn, Lois, Janet, Fred, Lorraine, and Ed helping.
The upcoming speakers are David Walker speaking about the school budget on May 28, Roy Bither speaking about dementia and Alzheimer’s on June 4, and Mark Scarano, Piscataquis Economic Development Director, on June 18. June 11 will be the regular business meeting, June 25 will be concerned with the auction, and June 5 will be the Board of Director’s monthly meeting.
Virgil Valente introduced our guest speaker today, Mark Awalt, who along with his brothers, Terry and Barry, started JSI. Their main product is furniture grade shelving used mostly in grocery stores.
Mark told us that the facility they had in Howland cost them $120,000 and when they moved the operation to Milo in 2000 they had 35 employees. Their present plant was purchased for $1.2 million and 30 people have been added in the past three years. He also informed us that the company hopes to do over $6 million in business this year. This appears to be attainable, as their shelving in Hannaford stores has impressed Food Lion, a 1,200 grocery store chain. Food Lion was told to make their stores look like Hannaford’s stores to boost their sales. On the other hand, Hannaford and Shop-n-Save stores are expanding to compete with the largest seller of groceries in the world, Wal-Mart.
Mark said they make mostly produce shelving but do some in bakery also. He told us that his brother Barry has come up with the innovative idea of a banana bed. They hope to sell 100,000 of them this year as they have sent brochures along with samples to companies. The plant is in Milo but they sell and do business worldwide.
Mark gave a lot of credit to the employees of JSI for the companies’ success. His pride shows when he speaks of his GREAT EMPLOYEES! Every Friday morning the plant is shut down for the purpose of holding a meeting for everyone. Three things are emphasized; no injuries, quality, and shipping on time. A lottery is held each week and to be eligible an employee has to work and be on time every day and have safe, clean working conditions. Names are drawn and the winners receive monetary prizes. The workers and safety director, Paul Bradeen, are concerned with safety and very often solve their own problems. Someone stated that while touring the plant, they were impressed with the lack of dust in the facility! Mark told us that they work 12-hour days but have frequent breaks during the course of the day.
Maine is one of the worst states in which to run a small business due to higher operating costs. It is no surprise that many manufacturers have had to close their doors. The Awalt boys have every right to be proud of their hard work and we wish them a very successful future.
Thank you Mark for the informative presentation.