Three Rivers News, 2003-06-03


Brownville Elementary School is Reading Is Fundamental's (RIF) National Read With Me Site Champion!

     Brownville Elementary School is the Reading Is Fundamental's (RIF) National Read With Me Site Champion for the 2003 RIF Community Reading Challenge in 2003. On Friday, Brownville Elementary School celebrated with a huge award assembly honoring the 90 children, their staff, and the numerous community members who participated. The ceremony featured the hanging of our championship flag, presentations of the Reading Challenge Certificate and presentation of medals to the students.
     The children and community volunteers at this site earned the distinction out of more than 1,100 sites and 360,000 children that pledged to participate nationwide. The challenge seeks to motivate children to read for fun and enlists the powerful support of families and communities in the struggle for a more literate America.
     During two weeks in January and February, 30 community members read with children and participated in fun-filled reading activities. 90 children took a personal challenge to complete literacy-related activities at home and to meet reading goals.
     In April, RIF National announced two winners for each state, a large site and small site (serving less than 350 students) as well as a large and small-site national champion. The winners were determined through a scoring system that factored the number of children at the site who met reading goals and completed bonus literacy-related activities and the number of family and community members who participated in the site's reading events. Each state champion receives $200 in gift cards to purchase books for the site's library, a championship flag, a commemorative certificate and necessary materials to create a fun-filled awards ceremony.

     Brownville students were treated to their final RIF distribution, an awards assembly where parents, friends, and media were invited, and a table laden with treats for all the children and guests. Each child also received a beautiful medal honoring them for their success.
     Special recognition should go to Mrs. Linda Lumbra, reading specialist, who not only coordinated the challenge at Brownville Elementary School, but also is a champion of reading for all kids in Brownville. Her energy and enthusiasm has made this award, and this award assembly, possible for these children.

     FOR WANDA CONOLOGUE… and in memory of Sonny Caron, sponsored by the Alumni and friends Saturday, June 21, 2003, from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.
     We need help with planning the supper and will have a meeting on Wednesday, June 4th , 7pm at the alumni hall.
     We also will need volunteers to set up , servers, kitchen help, clean up crews, homemade desserts, rolls, potato salad, cabbage salad, chop suey ingredients, hot dogs and beans: pea beans and yellow eye beans.
     Sonny has long been a fixture in our kitchen through all the turkey suppers and will be sorely missed. Wanda and Sonny are both good members and willing to help whenever needed. I hope we can return the favor by having a great supper. If you can’t make the meeting, call 965-8421.

Kiwanis Auction June 26 and 27
     Kiwanians are looking for items for this years auction. If you have items to donate please call one of the following: Eben DeWitt at 943-2486, Todd Lyford at 943- 7733 or Edwin Treworgy at 943-7748. They will make arrangements for items to be picked up by a Kiwanian. Thank you.

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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Park Holland was a(n) (a) baseball field (b) town manager (c) surveyor (d) inventor.
2. Brownville is short on the (a) north (b) east (c) west (d) south side.
3. The Boy Scouts went to Camp (a) Jordan (b) Devens (c) Dix (d) Hood.
4. Both the CP and B and A dieselized in (a) 1931 (b) 1941 (c) 1951 (d) 1961.
5. (a) John (b) Gerald (c) Wayne (d) Alan Kirby switch hit.
6. Carolyn Thomas and Allan Butterfield have Ph.D's in (a) math (b) chemistry (d) music (d) botany.
7. (a) Peter Hamlin (b) Peter Webb (b) Gary Caron (d) Chet Hubbard scored the most points against BJHS in one game.
8, The Palmer Method was a method of (a) running (b) dieting (c) handwriting (d) music instruction.
9. (a) Everett Gerrish (b) Lyle Towne (c) Ernest Seavey (d) David Langway was Brownville's first town manager,
10. (a) Ron Bonham (b) Scott Stubbs (c) Owen Cusaack (d) Walter McClain was Brownvile's first full-time police officer.

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

     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Gazebo Committee is getting organized. Anyone who would like to be on the committee call Joe Zamboni at 943-2271 or write a card to Joe Zamboni 33 Elm Street Milo, ME 04463. We are also looking for financial support. So far we have $300 in pledges and $100.00 in cash donations. Anyone with ideas for specific grants or awards please let us know. We are also looking for input as to where the best place to locate the gazebo would be. Should we put it in the grassy areas or expand the park and put it in the trees closer to the water? Some have suggested putting it high on the hill near the foundation of the old Dillon House Hotel. What do you think? I has to be large enough to hold the community band so it will be at least twenty five feet across. It will also be lighted at night, which will be a nice addition to park in the nighttime. The Gazebo Committee.

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     Editors Note: The picture of the gazebo above this article is one of several designs being considered. If you have an opinion or any information about gazebos, be sure to contact Joey. We have received a letter from one supporter:
Hi Val,
     Greetings from Japan. I have been reading about Milo's gazebo project. It’s a great idea and will be a nice addition to the village scene. I remember well our family visits to Monson where my dad would join other musicians around that town's gazebo/band stand.
I also remember at nice afternoon spent in a gazebo in Switzerland (the one in The Sound of Music).
     A Milo gazebo will add pleasant memories to present and future Milo folk. - Tom Poole

     The Penquis Cruizer's 14th Annual Cruize-In is just a month away! On June 22nd, weather permitting, the JSI parking lot will be filled with automobiles - old, new, fast, slow, big and small! The Cruizers will be sponsoring a 50/50 raffle on the day of the event - you must be present to win. They will also be raffling off a 24x36-inch L.E.D. "poster" called "Roadside Diner". Tickets are available from members of the club and will be available the day of the event.
     There will be giveaways - thanks to the generosity of local businesses - and an auction of car related items and items donated by the businesses in the Milo/Brownville/Dover Foxcroft area. There will be music and refreshments will be on sale. A "rap" contest will be held at noontime with the auction to follow. For more information about the cruize-in, contact Fred and Susan Worcester at 965-8070.

Chessa Runs Boston Marathon
     Boston - Barany Chessa, a graduate of PVHS and Thomas College, completed the Boston Marathon on Patriots' Day, finishing in the middle of the pack.
     Chessa was a three-sport star at PVHS, earning many letters.

     The staff at the 6th Grade Junction is pleased to announce their students of the week for the week of May 27. They have chosen RANDY ADAMS, MORGAN ROYAL and CRYSTAL HATHORN. These students are all receiving this award for the 2nd time. They have been hard workers all year and have also been good friends to others. Keep up the good work students!

Tuesday evening 5th graders at Brownville Elementary graduated from the DARE program. Officer Todd Lyford visited the class for 17 weeks teaching students the danger of drug and alcohol abuse as well as ways to resist peer pressure. Students received DARE certificates and shirts. They also sang three songs, followed by refreshments, for a nice crowd of family and friends. The class will travel next week to the Discovery Museum for a DARE field trip. Funds for transportation are provided by a grant from Safe and Drug Free Schools. The class appreciates the efforts of Officer Lyford.

     Brownville had a wonderful assembly on Friday, May 23rd. Terrific Kids honored were HARLEY GILMAN in Kindergarten, SHANIA TUCKER in First Grade, MINDY CORSON in Second Grade, DALE GAGNE in Third Grade, TIFFANY GAGNE in Fourth Grade and HANNA BACKUS in Fifth Grade.
     Fifth Grade boys doing a stamping project were honored with Artist of the Week awards. They included: Slava Cheirnetchiev, Corey Herbest, Cody Wentworth, Torin Johnston, and Jake Lyford. Congratulations to all of Brownville's Terrific Kids.
     Brownville’s Bus tudents of the Week were: KAYLA BARKER and NICOLE PEDILLA

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid this week is a super person! He enjoys school so much and loves to spend time with his friends. He is an awesome helper in the room and keeps the teachers laughing each day. This Terrific Kid is such a great reader and writer! We certainly love having CONNOR WEBB in our classroom.
Mrs. Mills - This Terrific Kid has worked really hard to improve his writing skills. He is very good in Math and he loves the new book we are reading about Jackie Robinson. We are sad that he is moving back to South Carolina because we love having KEVIN RICKER in our class. Happy Trails, Kevin.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a quiet, shy girl, but she does love to perform! She has excellent work habits and enjoys reading independently. She has become quite an author. We are proud to have LAURYN BELLATY in our class!
Mrs. Dellolio - Our Terrific Kid is a valued member of our classroom community. She has overcome some tremendous challenges throughout the year, and has come through it all with a wonderful smile, and an upbeat attitude. We are so glad to have you as our friend. You are a great kid, DARLENE DEROUCHERS.
Mrs. Hayes - One is a sunny delight and the other is a real jewel. Our sunny delight is a wonderful reader and writer. She has a bright smile and pleasant personality. She is a ray of sunshine on a summer day. She is SUMMER WETTENGEL! Our other Terrific Kid is a beautiful and shining jewel. She is a great reader and shows kindness toward others. She is a special gem to add to any collection. She is JADE DOW! Both girls have been polite and respectful to teachers and friends. We are proud of them and their hard work this year. Congratulations girls! Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - After discussing what makes a Terrific Kid , the class voted for who they thought should represent them for this week. JADE ZELKAN-The class has decided that Jade is a good friend and helper. She is a hard worker and is honest. CODY LARRABEE- Cody plays fair and is a good friend. He is kind and honest. We believe they are right! Good job!

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Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our two Terrific Kids this week are two little girls that grow dearer by the day. They are kind, helpful, and always willing to lend a hand. They work and play quietly, being careful to follow the classroom rules. They both have developed a love of books and are wonderful little artists. The school year is almost over but these little friends will be terrific forever! We love CHELSEY GERRISH and MEGAN WITHAM..
     Bus Students of the Week: CRYSTAL RICKER and KEVIN RICKER.

     At our latest assembly, Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson recognized REBECCA PIERCE, MATTHEW MELANSON, and LEWIS SANBORN as Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy praised Rebecca for her great work skills and super attitude. Mrs. Carter noted that this was Matthew's last day as part of our school family. We know he will make lots of friends at his new school. Miss K. thanked Lewis for helping to keep the room clean and organized during recess. He has worked very hard to follow all class rules and to be a role model.
     Early Childhood student Rachael Baker was honored by the LaGrange Fire Department with a Fireman's Award. Rachael alerted her teacher to a fire that was across the street from the school. We are very proud of you Rachael!
     The LaGrange Daisies group received certificates for completing their first year. The Daisies attended the assembly in their uniforms. The young ladies sang "The Daisy Song."
     Mrs. Carter's class performed a rousing rendition of "The Salad Song" as part of their nutrition unit. Was that Mrs. Bradbury dancing around the back of the gym (again)?
     Grades 4 and 5 traveled to Katahdin Iron Works with author Bill Sawtell. Mr. Sawtell gave us a wonderful tour of the area. The students were impressed with the blast furnace, the pig and the sow. Lots of questions were asked and answered. After a fantastic picnic lunch provided by the MSAD 41 kitchen, Mr. Sawtell treated the students to ice cream cones at JD's Emporium in Brownville. Thank you Mr. Sawtell.

The 6th grade in front of the New England Aquarium.......a beautiful, fun filled, sunny day was had by all 93 people who went on the field trip.
We will have more on the trip next week.

     The items for health kits need to be in this week. Women of the church are invited to supper at Freda's on June 19th, at 6:00PM. Please let Jean Robinson or Carolyn Sinclair know if you plan to attend so Freda will be able to plan. Cost will be $10.00 per person. All Methodist women are welcome to join the UMW for this time of fellowship.
     Thanks to all who were able to help with spring clean-up on Saturday.

A Historical Review - Part 3
Maine Appalachian Trail
Project Nears Completion
Observer, Jay Sperling, 12/31/1980
(A TRC Fringe Benefit, submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     Dave Richie, who heads the National Park Service's Appalachian Trail Project Office in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, agrees. "The process in Maine has been a very happy one, as far as we're concerned. The state, club and landowners have retained the initiative, and there has been little need for federal involvement." Richie, who directs the federal program overseeing the acquisition of the trail, added, "This is the way we see the federal role as a back-up for the state and clubs, and it's working well in Maine.
     It was, as you might expect, the involvement of the federal government in the AT that was worrisome to those long associated with the trail, including state officials, club members, and landowners. Since its inception, the trail has been governed by the privately supported Appalachian Trail Conference. Trail sections were located, cut and maintained by the local clubs, who were affiliates of the conference but also fiercely protective of local prerogatives. There was a natural resistance to the federal rule in the trail from some clubs and landowners.
     There was also, (and perhaps more importantly), serious concern for the possible loss of the volunteer spirit of club members in the face of public, especially federal ownership. After some early missteps, the park service has been careful to work closely with the local groups. Nevertheless, concern for the long-term health of the volunteer spirit remains. In the words of Dave Field, "The incentives for volunteerism can be seriously undercut if you're not careful."
     It was the designation of the AT as the first National Scenic Trail under the provisions of the National Scenic Trail Act that instructs the park service to ensure the permanent, federally directed protection of a corridor, preferably at least 1000' wide, running the 2000 miles from Katahdin to Springer Mountain in Georgia. A three year timetable for acquisition was set, but subsequently Congress has failed to appropriate sufficient funds to buy trail sections that require purchase. This is a primary reason the park service won't meet the 1981 deadline.
     While much of the trail corridor in Maine is expected to be donated to the state either in fee or easement, some sections will likely require purchase, albeit often at bargain prices. The option of last resort, adverse condemnation by the National Park Service isn't expected to be necessary at this time. Parks and Recreations, Hartman noted that reaction from the MATC and landowners to federal protection for the AT was almost immediate. "They agreed they preferred to keep the feds out and let the state do it." Budgetary restrictions, however, dictated that state money would not be available for trail purchase, although the state would assist in the acquisition process. Since any land purchased by the National Park Service remains federal, the lack of state money does represent something of an incentive for negotiated settlement.
(continued next week)


     BRADFORD - Gerald F. McClure Sr., 61, husband of the Late Lettie (Gail) McClure for 38 years, died unexpectedly May 22, 2003. He was born in Greatworks, April 16, 1942, the son of Roland and Irma (Adams) McClure. Gerald was self-employed for many years as a landscaper. He is survived by his two sons, James (Jim) McClure of Bangor, and Steven Gott of Brewer; two daughters, Sherry McClure of Bangor, and Valerie Anderson of Hudson; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers, Harold, William, Richard, Larry and Roland Jr.; five sisters,
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Betty Simpson, Willa Poston, Carole Perkins, Wendy Hall and Tammy Cunningham; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lettie and one son, Gerald Jr. (Tiger). Gerald will be sadly missed by all. Relatives and friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2003, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor

     MILO - Maurice E. Richardson, 91, passed on to be with his wife, Violet (Ricker) Richardson and his son, Robert, on May 24, 2003, at his home in Milo. He was born Sept. 14, 1911, the son of Leslie and Cecilia (Hall) Richardson. Maurice had retired from the B & A Railroad, where he had worked as a machinist. He was a member of the Piscataquis Lodge No. 44 AF & A.M., where he was a member of the Raboni Chapter No. 54, the Consistory of Portland and the Scottish Rites of Bangor. He is survived by five grandchildren, Debra, David, Priscilla, Maurice, and Betty; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial service will be held later in the summer. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home

     ATKINSON - Philip Calvin Speed, 88, husband of Dorothy (Pratt) Speed, died at his home in Atkinson May 23, 2003, following a short illness. He was born Dec. 24, 1914, the son of Hartwell and Hattie (Sweet) Speed. A graduate of Foxcroft Academy, Class of 1936, he farmed and worked for the B & A Railroad, retiring in 1977. He enjoyed woodworking and built large and miniature canoes for several years. He caned canoe seats for Old Town Canoe, Island Falls, and North Woods Canoe shops. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy of Atkinson; four daughters, Linda and her husband, Walter Lougee, of Milo, Carol and her husband, Joel Patterson, of Springvale, Susan and her husband, Peter Cannon, of Atkinson, Judy and her husband, Thomas Harvey, of Atkinson; nine grandchildren, Patricia Patterson, Amy Schmitt, Nancy Barnes, Bruce Lougee, Julie Whitten, Mark and Holly Andrews, Margaret and Thomas Harvey; and four beloved great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Rachel and her husband, Dan Dustin, of Rockland; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, 2003, at the Atkinson Methodist Church, with Rev. Neil Gastonguay officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in Atkinson Corner Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Atkinson United Methodist Church, 153 Maple Road, Atkinson, ME 04426. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.
     This is a link to an Observer story about Phillip on TRC :

     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. 18: It was cloudy this morning, but is clearing off. There has not been any firing of the enemy. At noon we were ordered to fall in and our brigade marched about 2 miles to the left and halted in the rear of a battery and stacked arms in a corn field. We stopped all night and there was not a firing, but the Rebels were not more than 1/2 a mile from our left. Frank Bumps and William A. Stoddard, we left behind because of sickness. We are well that are here, except Hartson Farris, who is sick tonight.

     Sept. 19: Called out at daylight and went down to a brook, and had a good wash. I have not had a chance to wash more than 2 or 3 times since we left. Farris is better this morning. The battery moved this morning and at 10 o’clock a.m. we marched and were informed that the Rebels had crossed the river. We went over the battlefield, where the hottest of the fight occurred 2 days before. That was where a Regt. of Highlanders charged across a brook and drove the Rebels back, but they were not supported and had to fall back. The Rebels held the ground until this morning. When we crossed, they had buried most of the dead, but some lay there in the sun and had more than 2 days, and it looked dreadful. The ground was covered with guns and bayonets, fixed and all covered with rust. The cartridge boxes, and knapsacks, and caps, and all together it had the appearance of a deadly combat. About 1 mile from this we came to the village of Sharpsburg, a village about as large as Dover. The houses were mostly brick and stone and situated between the Rebel Army and our center, but the Rebels were in the village and our battery directed a heavy fire into the village. There was not a house but was riddled through and through with shot, and shell. Some had 15 or 20 through; some chimneys were riddled in all kinds of shape. I suppose the inhabitants left, as we passed on with the nightly post. We passed over the place where the Rebels had just left. There was ambulances and ammunition wagons burned or their spokes cut. About 3/4 of a mile from the river, there lay a great many of the Rebel wounded, some in tents and others in sheds. They left well men to take care of them. We went within almost 1/2 a mile from the river, and halted.
     We saw sharp-shooters go down and in a little while they brought one back, dead. We had 3 or 4 batteries playing on them, and then a battery of 6-32 pounders. Went down and they made music.
     There is some behind sick that I have not noted; Aaron Bumps, Frank Bumps, Witham, H.H. Knight. There is only 65 reported able to do duty. I am well.
     Sept. 20: At 8 o’clock a.m., we marched to the river and found that a large force of cavalry and 6 or 8 thousand of infantry had crossed the river, and we pulled off our stockings and rolled up our pants.
The artillery was firing from the hills about 25 or 30 rods as we were waiting for the men to cross. We saw the Cavalry coming in on the run from the other side and we soon found that they were retreating, and our artillery that was waiting to cross took their position and opened. But we went on and met the river full of cavalry and infantry, but we went on under the greatest roar of artillery. The shells from our batteries would go so near our heads, it seemed as though it would take the hair off from my head. The air was full of shells, and some of our own shells burst over head and wounded some of our own men, and the Rebels shot and shells made it a fearful scene, as we went down the bank and walked up a few rods to get a chance to cross. A piece of a shell went through the Co. just ahead of me and just grazed the head of Lieut. Lyford, and the next instant a bullet came and struck the toe of Captain Waterhouse, and knocked his toes back under his foot. His toe was not more than 8 inches from my heel. It threw the mud onto my bare legs and I rubbed my legs to see if it did not hit me, but I turned around and saw Waterhouse fall out. I thought if he was a-going to claim it I would go along and we crossed the river.
     I don’t know why for when we got there, the rest were most all over. But they got us into line as well as they could and we marched back by this time.
     By this time, the Rebels had charged onto the high bank, and poured in a terrible volley. The bullets fell like hail in the water around us, but there was none of our Regt. killed. There was 5 wounded.
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     The 118 P.A. was in the advance and had a desperate fight with the Rebels and had to retreat, and the Rebels followed them up. They had to come down a steep large hill, 50 feet high and there was a dam across all, but about 3 rods. There the water run like a milltail, about 2 1/2 or 3 feet deep, and that would carry some down the river. The Rebels kept up a terrible fire and left the dam covered with dead and wounded. They lugged the most of the wounded off with the rest of the army. All but our brigade and a Regt. of Zouaves, ran and was soon all out of sight.
We were put into a canal that ran parallel with the river and about 25 feet from the bank. The water was all out except about 3 feet in the center. We were posted as thick as we could be. We would fire and step back and load. We just stuck our heads up so we could shoot on the opposite shore, and a volley of bullets would follow. Lots of our own men that had not time to get over and some tried to cross. Some of our boys were such fools as to fire at them. Some were wounded.
     I did not fire for I did not see a Rebel for there was large trees that prevented me. After we got into the rifle pits, we lay there about 3 hours and then Burdan’s Sharpshooters took our place and we went back to the rear of the artillery. There were lots of bullets that went over our heads, and went into the other bank. The artillery was all that saved us for the air must have been full of shells for 2 miles. The guns were about as high from us as it would be to have them in the field at our house, and be at the landing. You could hear the shells scream and buzz 3 or 4 miles.*
     At night we went back on picket and went into the canal with all of the men, but a guard that peaked over the bank to see that they did not cross the river. When they saw a flash, to dodge. There was firing all the time, and the bullets would sing about 3 feet over our heads. But I lay my blanket down in the mud and lay and slept.
*not so far as that, but 1 or 2 miles.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     As graduation approaches I've done a little research into "Life Before The Seniors Were Born." If my calculations are correct, the majority of the Class of 2003 were born in or around 1985. Imagine it! That was just a few years before my own daughter graduated from High School! 1980 something! Have you heard the country western song that tells about the guy growing up in 1970 something....then he goes on to tell about 1980 something. Big hair and parachute pants, black Trans Ams, the list goes on and on. All that stuff that we take for granted....that everyone remembers. Right? Wrong!
     When this year's seniors were born the Reagan Era was over with. All they have for memory of that time is what may have been written in their textbooks....or what the precocious of them might have gleaned from political debates. I wonder if they know that he was shot? They were preschoolers when the Persian Gulf War was waged during the first Bush Presidency. They were only 8 when the Soviet Union broke apart and they don't know a thing about the Cold War....unless, of course, they've read it in their history books.
     Tianamen Square means nothing to them and the Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI and WWII and the Civil War. They have no idea about Americans ever being held hostage in Iran.
     The statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them, because vinyl record albums predate does Atari. Remember Atari? My son had a Pac Man sheet set. They have never owned a record player, for heaven's sake! It's doubtful that they've ever heard of an 8-track tape as the CD was introduced just before they were born. They've always had telephone answering machines, and bottle caps that need an

opener are considered "retro." They've always had cable television. They never have heard the advertising campaigns that said, "Where's the beef?, "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane, de plane!". They don't care who shot J.R. as they have no clue who J.R. was. They wouldn't be able to content themselves with only 13 channels....much less in black and white. They have always had VCR's in their lifetime and they cannot fathom not having a remote control. To be perfectly honest, I can't fathom not having a remote control....but not because I can't remember when we didn't.
     These kids have always been able to microwave their popcorn. I'll never forget the Christmas that I was convinced I was getting my first microwave for a gift. I had myself totally convinced that it was going to be my "big" present from my parents. WRONG!!! They had gotten me a new set of stainless steel silverware. Lovely gift...don't get me wrong...but not what I had my heart set on. Mom got wind to the fact that I was planning on a microwave and called me Christmas Eve afternoon to set the record straight. I spent the rest of that day carrying on about the fact that I wasn't getting a microwave oven. I cried hard...not in front of her, of course....I was despondent. My husband promised me that we could go the day after Christmas sale and get the long anticipated appliance. My God, I was spoiled! I shudder every time I think about it.
     Here's a little fact that I found hard to believe. Today's seniors have never seen Larry Bird play basketball. Could this be true? Doesn't seem possible to me. That would mean that "the man they call Yaz" and Lonny and the other guys are only legends as well. These kids have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool....but they're starting to get the idea about capri pants. These kids are the first generation who could get away with wearing droopy pants without suspenders, though. YIKES! You've got to admire their daredevil manner of dressing.
     I wish that these seniors could count back change without using the cash register. It seems as though everyone ought to know how to do that. I also wish they knew that those tattoos on their boobs and bellies are going to be droopy when they are fifty years old....I mean wicked droopy. I hope they learn (if they haven't already) that their nose rings gag most people..... literally..... too much stuff going on inside that nostril to complicate it with a metal catch-all....yuck.
     Yup...they've got lots more to learn about. Probably just as well that they don't have to clutter up their brains with all the old what a cloth diaper is or what rubber pants might possibly be used for...not to mention a diaper pail. They haven't lived!
     Ever wonder how to cook those Salmon Fillets that you see in the grocery store? Here are a couple of "packet" ways of cooking them:
     Rip off a piece of foil big enough to completely wrap your salmon fillet
     Lay your salmon fillet in the center of the foil
spread with Ken's Sun-Ripened Tomato Salad Dressing
     cut 2 or three strips of both green pepper and red pepper (and you can put a slice of onion on there, too) and lay over the dressing
     cut two or three slices of lemon and lay those in the packet
     sprinkle a little parsley - fresh or dried (if you like the flavor of parsley)
     wrap the whole thing up by bringing the opposite ends of the foil together and folding over tightly. Then seal the other 2 ends.
     Cook on the hot grill for 15 to 18 minutes, or bake in a 450 degree oven for the same length of time.

Here's another one: Salmon Fillets (or Rainbow Trout) in foil

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 lb. salmon fillets (or rainbow trout)
1 1/2 tablespoons parsley – chopped
     Whisk oil, lemon juice, and mustard together. Cut the fillets in half and place each half on a piece of foil...approximately 12 inches square. Pour half of the lemon-oil mixture on top of each

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portion of fish. Sprinkle half the parsley on top of that. Wrap the fish as above and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Serve 1 packet per person.

Science Corner
     We are all familiar with magnets. From the time when we were small we have enjoyed playing with them to watch them repel or attract. We use magnets in many ways. We might use one to hold a screw in place in a screw gun or on the other end of complexity we might use it to get a picture of the human body with an MRI.
     The first knowledge of magnets came from a natural mineral called lodestone. It was first found in a region of Asia Minor called Magnesia, which gives magnetism its name. In ancient times strings suspended lodestones and it was found that the same end of the mineral always pointed north.
     We are also familiar with the expression of opposites attract. I am sure the expression had its origins in the properties of magnets. Magnets have north and south poles and when a north pole of one magnet and the south pole of another are brought together they attract one another.
     So if opposites attract why does the north pole of a compass point toward the North Pole of the earth? Here we have a problem. If we consider the end of the compass pointing north to be a north pole then the north magnetic pole of the earth must in fact be a south pole. What a mess! The problem comes about because the north-seeking pole of the compass was called a north pole before it was realized that opposites attract. Because so much has been written about poles of magnets it is easier to say that the magnetic pole near the earth’s North Pole is really a south pole. Otherwise we would have to change all the material that has been previously written. This would probably cause more confusion than having a south magnetic pole near the North Pole.
     We think the magnetic field of the earth is caused by an iron core at the center of the planet. No one has proof that the core is iron but experiments seem to indicate that is the case. Since iron is the most magnetic of the elements it produces a strong magnetic field because of the size of the core.
     Magnetism is a weak force. It loses its strength quickly when the distance to the magnet increases. If the distance doubles the magnetic force is cut to one eighth.
     So what makes a material magnetic? Three elements display more magnetism than all the others do. These are iron, cobalt and nickel. Why these? The secret is in their electrons. In most of the elements the electrons go about their business as electron pairs. Electrons spin on their axis and this spinning causes a weak magnetic field. When they pair up the magnetic fields of the two electrons cancel one another. In the case of iron, cobalt and nickel there are a lot of electrons that are not paired up. This allows all the unpaired ones to spin in the same direction and create a stronger magnetic field. In these metals, for some reason not completely understood, many atoms close to one another all get their unpaired electrons to spin in the same direction causing the formation of domains or large areas where all the atoms have their unpaired electrons spinning alike. We know this is true because if you cut a magnet in half you don’t separate the poles of the magnets into two separate pieces. Each piece will have both a north and a south pole.
     Electricity and magnetism are completely intertwined. One can’t have one without the other. If a wire is connected to a battery to give a direct current and a magnet in the form of a compass is placed near it the compass will be deflected according to which way the current is running in the wire. If a coil of wire is connected to a sensitive ammeter and a magnet is driven into the coil a current is produced. When the magnet is removed from the coil a current is produced in the opposite direction. The faster the movement of the magnet the stronger the current.
     Magnets produce what are called lines of force. If a piece of paper is place above a magnet and small pieces of iron are sprinkled on the paper one can see these lines of force. The

     The stronger the magnet the closer these lines of force will appear. When a magnet is quickly placed into a coil of wire the wire interrupts these lines of force and an electric current is produced. In a future article I would like to write about AC electricity and this understanding of magnetism is necessary to explain electric generators and motors.

     Time is flying, and we are working hard to get the Laugh It Up @ Your Library Summer Reading Program shaped up. The posters have all been delivered to the schools and to various businesses so the information is out. The schools also have letters explaining the program in more detail to any children who are not familiar with it. If any adult has questions of any kind about the program, please call the telephone number at the bottom of this column, and we will be glad to answer them. There may be some confusion about the sign up date that appears on the posters. This is a good time for new members and parents to come in, ask questions and get more information about the program. It is not necessary to sign up ahead but the first week of the actual program can be very busy.
     We had a “wacky Wednesday” last week as is every Wednesday when you instantly add 30-40 grade school children and 7 adults to the library . However, I mention Wacky Wednesday as that was the story Val read to the students that day. It is an interactive book and the children were pointing out what was wrong in the pictures. Pam and I could hear the excitement and the laughter even upstairs. Their craft was a busy one as it involved a to-be-taken home project and a secret project to finish up to take home next week. The children were so busily engaged that their parents had to wait for them to finish. There will be just two more Kiwanis Kids Korner programs this spring---June 4 and 11. We are all enjoying the programs so much thanks to the work of our Kiwanis Club members .
     The library is now getting a magazine subscription to Women’s Day magazine. For those of you who enjoy the home projects, crafts and recipes in these issues come in and borrow our copies. Remember, except for the latest copy, all our magazines can be borrowed for two weeks.
We have had 4 new mysteries donated to the library.

We have also received one more backordered book.
Laker, Rosalind NEW WORLD, NEW LOVE

Library Summer Hours
For more information on the summer reading program call 943-2612


The air is damp and the flags hang limp
As proud soldiers march on by.
To preserve the freedom we enjoy
Is why America’s youth did die.

Today we honor those brave souls
For the sacrifice they each did make.
As Americans line home-town street,
Many a heart will ache.

It is a rare observer who doesn’t know
Of some brave soul who died in battle,
And as they remember that loved one lost,
A distant drum does rattle.

Hats come off, and hearts are covered,
As the color guard passes the crowd.
Next, decked out in military garb,

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Come the Veterans, who march so proud!

Although the masses dwindle each passing year,
Proud soldiers still march past.
The day has a somber tone,
America’s flags are flown half-mast.

Freedom was bought for the ultimate price,
So today we honor our country’s best.
We are indebted to those who survived,
And to those we have laid to rest.

America’s fields of honor
Are filled with nationalities of all types,
They are marked by rows of white crosses,
And by flags of stars and stripes.

Yes, ‘tis on this cold and dreary morn,
As the bugler’s notes echo off the stone,
We stand in silent reverence,
In honor of those unknown.

While voicing one’s personal opinion
Is a symbol America is free,
It was those countless others who paid the price,
Now, showing we’re worthy is up to you and me.

     The rain held off and the bugs weren’t too bad as folks turned out to watch the Annual Milo Memorial Day Parade.
     Thanks to Rick Graves for providing his truck to take the veterans who couldn’t walk the parade route. Those in the parade, either marching, walking or riding, had a great time and their efforts are appreciated.
     As usual, the Penquis Valley Band did an outstanding job. Their renditions of various patriotic songs, especially “God Bless America,” caused a few tears to fall. And Colby Chase and Ashley Case playing “Taps” brought back many memories of days gone by and other parades and services for fallen veterans.
     Ricky Bradeen came through again with a very special float. He, his mother, dad, and even grandmother, yes, that was Ina Banker riding on the float, are to be congratulated for having the enthusiasm to help honor our troops and remember our veterans.
     And at the front of the parade, dressed in a bright red jacket to go with the white convertible she rode in was Suzie Wharton, 92 years young, a veteran of World War II. Donnie Merrill, a Penquis Valley High School graduate, drove her.
     The Boy and Girl Scouts were great as were the Rollerbladers, under the direction of Stephanie Gillis, and Trish Hayes and Sharon Eastman represented the Key Club. The Milo Fire Department and the Three Rivers Ambulance Service can always be counted on for participation.
     What meant the most were the members of the Joseph P. Chaisson Post Number 41 American Legion and members of the Auxiliary who took part. They were members of the color guard, rifle bearers, firing squad, and wreath bearers.
     Sincere thanks go to Donald Banker and Lee Leeman for reading the roles of deceased veterans at the Old and New Monument in honor of the Spanish American, Civil War, World War I and II, Korean and Viet Nam Conflicts, and Desert Storm.
     And a special thanks goes to Reuben Lancaster for his sincere prayers at the Sebec River Bridge and the monuments as well as his Memorial Day remarks at the service at the new portion of the cemetery.
     I was very proud to be marching with my grandson Garrett Nisbet, who wore his BDU (battle dress uniform). He never faltered during the entire parade. Garrett was up bright and early Monday morning and couldn’t wait for parade time. He waved his American flag proudly all along the parade route. And he sang at the top of his lungs every time the band played ?God

Bless American” and for a 3 _-year old, he knew all the words. Accompanying us was Allie Towne, daughter of Ronnie and Lori Gallagher Towne, of Dover-Foxcroft.
     Thanks also go to the members of the American Legion Auxiliary who prepared a terrific luncheon for all participants after the parade. They had a variety of sandwiches, sweets and chips as well as a greatly appreciated cold punch.
     Plans are already being made for next year’s parade. This year we had one person, Don Brown, who was our firing squad but Scott Johnston and Frank Cochrane have promised to join in next year. Anyone else interested in helping is asked to please contact the Legion.
     In closing, we wish to thank every one who helped make the 2003 Memorial Day Parade in Milo a great success. We’re proud of our efforts and hope those of you along the parade route were pleased.
     See you next year…

     Chestnut Hill, MA. (May 19,2003). Lauren Kearns Hamlin, daughter of Peter and Christine Hamlin of Milo, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree at the 127th commencement at Boston College. She graduates with a double major in history and philosophy. Lauren, a 1999 graduate of Penquis Valley High School, graduates Magna Cum Laude in her class of 2,300.
     Lauren was also inducted into the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in a ceremony at Robsham Theatre on Sunday, May 18th. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.
     Lauren studied abroad her junior year at the University of Cork in Cork, Ireland. She plans to live in San Francisco for the next year before attending graduate school.

JUNE 2 - 6
Monday-Chicken burger, veggies, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-B.L.T. sandwich, gogurt, veggies, and fruit.
Wednesday-Bacon/cheese burger, veggies, and fruit.
Thursday-Egg sandwich, pretzels, veggies, and fruit.
Friday-FREE LUNCH FOR ALL SENIORS-Pizza, veggies & fruit, and birthday cake.

     This applies to people worldwide! The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
     Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
     Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children, last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
     Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

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     There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed.
     Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
     The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."
     In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."
     Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
     Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
     Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
     England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."
     And that's the truth... Now, whoever said that History was boring! ! ! ! !
- Author Unknown



     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 28 Meeting Minutes
     President Edwin Treworgy welcomed twenty-seven members today.
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham wished for health and peace in his prayer.
     Val was our inspirational reader with a message about jelly. Hands can have jelly on them and still accomplish great things.
     Our special guests were the Senior members of the Key Club. Congratulations to Sonya Salley, Brett Gerrish, Kerri Pelletier, Adam Russell, Andrew Walker, and Amanda Smith. You have contributed much to Penquis Valley and the community. Your efforts will not be forgotten.
     Birthday wishes go to Eben DeWitt and Nancy Grant on the 28th and Virgil Valente on the 30th.
     Twenty-one happy and sad dollars were donated today for the parade, staying in the USA, interclub to Greenville, five moose (one up close and personal) and two deer, jelly on hands, Penquis boys’ baseball victory over Central, adult ed graduation, Senior Key Club members, Red Sox, and no more free breakfast! Five of the dollars were donated by Frank Cochrane from bottle and can returns.
     Trish Hayes read a poem to honor the Key Club. “It Only Takes a Few” was about people giving up due to not enough money or time. When there were only two left to carry on they brought in two more who then brought in more until the club was again up to strength. Trish presented t-shirts to Roy Bither and Frank Cochrane to thank them for faithfully attending the weekly Key Club meetings.
     Eben DeWitt told us about the interclub to Greenville. Most area clubs were represented and each gave a presentation about their activities. Edwin reported that all were impressed with the Three Rivers News sponsored by Kiwanis and all the community activities we have been and still are involved with.
     June 18 is the deadline for ordering the Community Calendars and Paul’s challenge is good until June 4. He will donate one happy dollar for each person who has at least five calendar orders!
     The newspaper has broken its sales record by one, 317 issues last week plus almost 500 hits on the TRC website.
     Joe Zamboni is setting up meetings with local organizations in connection with the gazebo project.
     Todd Lyford has scheduled Saturday from 8 to 12 for auction pick-ups.

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     Val is planning to have a sandwich organizing party Friday afternoon at 3 to get ready for the Antique Appraisal Show food sale on May 31st.
     The upcoming speakers are Roy Bither on June 4 and Mark Scarano on June 18. June 11 will be the monthly business meeting, June 25 will be concerned with the annual auction, and June 5 will be the monthly Board meeting.
     David Walker, superintendent of MSAD #41 for the past four years and long time Kiwanis member, was our speaker today. His first message was to announce the annual Budget meeting has been set for June 18 at 7 pm.
     David took on a difficult task four years ago because the district was one million dollars in debt. This year the forth of five debt payments of $650,000 will be made. It hasn’t been easy and cuts have been made but the main concern of providing the best and well-rounded education possible has always been the number one priority. This year’s budget represents a $20,000 decrease from last year.
     He told us that the district should be spending $300,000 yearly on maintenance but instead has had to cut back to $15,000 to $30,000. A plan has been put in place to complete the needed repairs.
     With the withdrawal of Lakeview Plantation becoming final in July an increase of $48,000 in subsidies will be realized. The enrollment at this time is 767 plus 79 tuition students for a grand total of 846. David predicts a small annual decline in the future.
     MSAD #41, in conjunction with SAD #4, 46, and 68, is in the exploration stage of looking at a community high school. Since we have fewer than 300 students in our high school we have to look into consolidation.
     Long-term recommendations are to establish and budget for a reserve fund of $500,000 within a few years. This would save going back to the Town’s people to ask for additional funds needed for major renovations. Another goal is to set up a fuel reserve. The underground tank will have to be removed eventually and David recommends setting aside $10,000 for future use.
     For more detailed information MSAD #41 2002-2003 Annual Budget reports are available.
     Thank you David, for informing us of the status of our schools.
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