Three Rivers News, 2003-06-10
TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2003

     The entire 6th grade made their way down to Boston on 2 Cyr busses on Friday, May 30th......leaving at 5:00 a.m. and returning home at 10:00 p.m. The day started off foggy, but as we got closer to turned into a beautiful, sunny, and a spectacular 74º.
     We pulled into Boston at a surprising 9:30 a.m. The first stop was at the U.S.S. Constitution.... with the entire group getting on for the first tour of the day. I think everyone found it very interesting. We loaded up at 11:30 and continued on to the New England Aquarium.....and while enroute the bus driver pointed out the Old North Church. After arriving at the Aquarium we got in line for the Simons IMax show, Ocean Wonderland 3D, which began at 12:15. Speaking for myself; it was an excellent show. The 3D effect was simply could constantly see the kids hands reaching out trying to "catch" the fish. After the show we went out on the Plaza behind the Aquarium, went inside a huge tent and had lunch, (which was provided by the school kitchen). The kids were so excited at that point to get back into the Aquarium that I think they all ate in record time.
     We then split up into our smaller groups and set out for an afternoon of exploration. For the next 2 1/2 hours we walked to, stopped at, and checked out every exhibit that the Aquarium

had to offer....and of course the "Gift Shoppe" was a big hit. The students had raised enough money so that we surprised them each with $10.00 spending money.
     We loaded up at 4:15 and made our way out of the city...which went very smoothly considering it was a Friday afternoon. The final stop would be at the Kennebunk Burger King/Popeye's for supper. The kids were each given their $5.00 for supper and off they went. Supper was their refueling because they definitely didn't sleep for the remaining miles, but that was fine.
     I can only speak for 1 of the busses, but we all had a BLAST! The 6th grade is a wonderful group of students and they surely proved it on this trip. We would like to thank the teachers, parent chaperones, Bigelow Travel.....but mostly all the members of the 6TH GRADE PTO for making the trip possible.
     Editors note: I would like to thank Marilyn for this wonderful write-up. Boston has always been a favorite destination for us. As a matter of fact, Katie’s birthday gift to Kirby this year is a train excursion to “Beantown”. Marilyn’s story brought back wonderful memories of our past trips. Everyone who goes to Boston is enriched with not only the wonderful modern attractions, but also with the history of the city. The PTO did a great job!

Kiwanis Auction June 26 and 27
     Kiwanians are looking for items for this year’s 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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and in memory of Sonny Caron, sponsored by the Alumni and friends Saturday, June 21, 2003, from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.

     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.

23 Park Street, Milo, ME. 04463 943-2268
     On Saturday, May 31, 2003, the air was full of excitement and anticipation as the Milo Historical Society hosted their Spring Antique Appraisal Fair. The fair, held at the Milo Town Hall Auditorium, was a first of its kind fund-raising event for the historical society and hopes were high that it would be a success. The results were not disappointing for all involved; from the society members to the volunteer appraisers to the public who attended, it was a day of enthusiasm and discovery. The Antique Appraisal Fair was held in collaboration with the Three Rivers Kiwanis, who hosted a light lunch available for sale to those attending. At 10 AM, with soft music playing in the background and a kaleidoscope of balloons decorating the hall, the doors opened to those waiting to find out not only the monetary value of their china, jewelry, and other family heirlooms; but also to possibly gain some further knowledge about the history of their treasures. It is hoped and believed that few came away disappointed.
     The Appraisal Fair came about as a result of the society’s attempt to come up with a way to generate funds to assist with the on-going expenses of maintaining the society’s museum. Past fund-raising efforts have included yard sales and direct solicitations to the public. Late last year, the society was stirred by a report from society members on their attendance at appraisal fairs held by other nonprofit organizations and the rest as they say is, well, history! Calls were made to area antique dealers to volunteer their time and expertise, and all contacts resulted in an eager enthusiasm and willingness to participate.
     This event would not have happened without the volunteers involved, and the society is most grateful to them all. The list of those to thank includes foremost, the dealers, who made the affair possible. The following dealers served as our very capable appraisers: Jim Bisognani, Milo; Bob Bobrowski, Wellington; Dianne and David Buck,
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Lincoln; Victoria Eastman, Milo; Russell Gray, Milo; David Griscom, Sebec; Bill Joyce, Milo; Kathryn Murphy, Wellington; David Perkins, Brownville; Donald Ricker, Bangor; Jamie Terrill, Dixmont; Virgil Valente, Milo; and Shirley Wright, Dover-Foxcroft. The society also wishes to thank the town of Milo and Murrel Harris for arranging to have the Town Hall/ Auditorium available; Phil Gerow for posting publicity; Neal Hamlin for providing his law office window for publicity, J and S Furniture for window publicity and, most especially, the public who attended the event and showed patience and understanding with the occasional goofs that were inevitable for such a first-time effort. Thanks go to the members of the Three Rivers Kiwanis for preparing and serving the delicious lunch. Mention should be made of the Milo Historical Society members involved with organizing and running the event- these include: Gwen Bradeen, Ricky Bradeen, Rose Carlson, Helen Carey, Lorraine Kealiher, Allen Monroe, Chris Monroe, Ralph Monroe, Meta Staples, Virgil Valente, Carroll Witham, and Kathryn Witham. At the conclusion of the day, all involved sensed that this would not be the one and only such an event for the Milo Historical Society; and it is a guess that those who attended this year are already digging through their sheds and attics to see what they might bring to next year’s fair.

Move and Improve--the End
     Register your completion of Move and Improve on line before June 11, 2003. The following instructions will help guide you:
1 Go to
2. Click on the "Login" button found at the top right corner of the page
3. Select "participant"
4. Enter user name/password
5. Select "Activity Log Entry"
6. Answer the following question: "Select how many weeks your log showed 4 or more days of exercise, each day having at least 30 minutes of the exercise, during the 2003 Move and Improve Program, there will be 3 options to choose from
7. Select "Save"
     Depending on the category that you select, you may be eligible for the random drawings. Don't forget to register with Sue Chaffee 943-7346 ext. 208 or Ginny Morrill 943-7346 ext.218 for local prize--Kayak trip by Moosehead Adventures.

American Legion Auxiliary Sponsors Coloring/Poster Contest
     The Brownville Jct. American Legion Auxiliary sponsored a Memorial Day coloring and poster contest at the Elementary School in Brownville.
     The children in kindergarten, first, and second grades colored patriotic pictures of Uncle Sam and the American flag, and the third, fourth and fifth grades made posters. The teachers in grades three through five read their students the book "In Flanders Field" by author Linda Granfield. It tells about World War II and how the poppy became the memorial flower for all veterans. Following the reading the children made posters about their impressions and what it meant to them. The pictures and posters were displayed in the halls of the school.
     The contest was judged in three groups. The first group was kindergarten, the second group was first and second grades, and the third group was third, fourth, and fifth grades. Veterans Pat Stone, Phillip Flagg and Ed Roberts were the judges for the contest. They all remarked on what a wonderful job all the students had done and how difficult it was for them to choose just three winners from each group. Prizes were given to every student in the school. The first, second, and third place winners in each group were awarded a certificate and a monetary prize.
     The winners in kindergarten were: first place, Bailee Burton, second place, Ryan Robinson, and third place, Michael Vachon. The winners in the second group were: first place, Mindy Corson, second place, Dana Sherwood, and third place, Cody Cobb. The winners in the third group were: first prize, Stephanie Vachon, second place, Jesse McLaughlin and third place, Chelsea Cobb.

     Auxiliary members awarding the prizes were Debbie Emery, Theresa Lovejoy, and Anne Weston.

     On Friday, May 6, 2003, Kiwanians met at “The Restaurant” to serve 41 young adults a fantastic dinner.
     Thanks to the efforts of the Three Rivers Kiwanis, and to the excellent food served by ?The Restaurant, a wonderful time was had by all.
     In the top photo, Headwaiter Joey Zamboni, briefs his crew on their duties.
     In the second picture, you can see the elegant table settings and four of the beautiful diners.
     We would like to thank Sandra Haley for her wonderful donation of flowers from The Milo Flower Shop.

Wellness at Milo Elementary
     Students and faculty at Milo Elementary are supporting each other with activities and discussions on the benefits of healthy nutrition and exercise.
     This spring students, faculty, family, and friends gathered for an evening of exercise, entertainment and snacks at Milo Elementary School. Over one hundred participants walked in challenging weather with great spirits. Another twenty-five folks walked the halls of Milo Elementary for 30 minutes. Following the "walk" everyone met in the school gym and enjoyed a line dancing presentation by Carrie Ade and troop. Carrie and her team of dancers led the children in "The Chicken Dance". We appreciated and enjoyed the activity with them.
     Students from Milo Elementary participated in a "Healthy Me" poster contest and the winners were presented with a pedometer. The winners were: Kindergarten; Cody Andricks, 1st Grade; Kendra Jenkins, 2nd Grade; Tiffany Lyford, 3rd Grade; Lauryn Ballaty, 4th grade; Lucas Grinnell and 5th grade; Rachel Emery. Nutritious snacks were prepared by Ginny Morrill and the MSAD#41 staff. A special thanks goes to Cindy Davis for her support.
     Funds for the nutrition events came from the Maine Nutrition Network's "School Wide Event" grant. In addition to this event, students from Milo Elementary have spent this Spring discussing healthy nutrition and exercise. Schoolwide activities included Yoga with Cindy Herbest, making pizza with Sue Henner and nutrition planning with Ginny and Teri Morrill.
     We appreciate the support of the community members.
Enjoy a healthy and safe summer.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid is another repeater. He has worked very hard this year. He is a good friend to all and a helper for his teachers. We are glad that DAVID NEWBERT is our Terrific Kid.
Mrs. Mills - Jade is a beautiful stone that is used to make fine carvings and jewelry. Do think that is what Mr. and Mrs. Cail were thinking when they named their beautiful daughter, Jada. We think so. Jada is a sweet, kind and thoughtful girl. She has lots of pets and takes excellent care of them. She writes stories about her family and her many pets. She is a quiet worker and always completes her work without complaining. She is a math "Whiz Kid" and she likes helping her friends. Our jewel of the week is Terrific Kid, JADA CAIL.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is terrific in every sense of the word. She is kind and caring to others. She is always looking for a way to help classmates or adults. Her work is always top-notch. She has become quite a reader and author. It would be difficult

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to figure out which she liked best. She is like a ray of sunshine each day when she enters our room. Congratulations for the third time to CAMILLE CRAMER.
Mrs. Gillis - TKs: "6TH GRADE SINGERS" (Students who are singing a 6th grade “Movin' On” song!!)
Mrs. Hayes - Our students report that everyone in our class is good at something and we wish to thank our friends for their special strengths. TRISTEN - He is nice and not mean qnd he is smart in reading and writing. MACY C. - She plays nicely and she is working harder at reading. JADE - She is brave and respectful. THERESA - She is nice to people and went up in front of the assembly. COLTON - He sits politely and never fights. MACY L. - She writes neatly and is nice. COURTNEY - She doesn't bother people at her table. BOBBI - She makes good choices. JESSICA - She is kind and nice. TAYLOR - She shares her things. MORGAN - She likes horses and she reads great. DEVON - He likes cats and he reads good. CLAYTON - Clayton gives a friend a big bear hug. SUMMER - She is a great writer and she is nice to friends. ANISA - She makes people feel good when they are sad. COLBY - He helps Clayton and he talks things out. ALAN - He is a great reader and a dedicated move and improve participant. Their teachers say: Happy summer and thanks for a year of hard work and sharing.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - The class has decided Terrific Kids are: CODY HERBEST- Cody has been an excellent example this week. He has been helpful to Miss Walker and he is a good freind. We can trust Cody to do his best. KENDRA HERBEST- The class says she is a good friend who doesn't lie. We find Kendra to be a great second grader and improving all the time. Congratulations to both these Terrific Kids!!
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our first Terrific Kid is a little girl that is a friend to everyone. She is kind, very sweet, and helps other friends with their work jobs. Maybe someday this little girl will grow up to be a teacher at Milo Elementary and we'll all be saying, "Good morning, Miss Bowden!" Congratulations MISS ERICA BOWDEN. Our second Terrific Kid has only been with us several months but he has made lots of new friends and is an important part of our kindergarten family. He works hard and always has lots of stories to share. He has a kind heart and we are really happy to spend our days with JOSEPH HIGGINS.

     At the June 5th assembly, LINDSAY TURNER, COTY MORRIS and JACOB TURNER were recognized as our Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy said that Lindsay works really hard to finish her jobs. She has an excellent attitude. Mrs. Carter noted that Coty was able to make friends at our school very quickly. His stay here was brief. He is returning to Idaho where we are sure he will reunite with his old friends. Good luck Coty. Miss K. chose Jacob because he is very attentive, listens to all directions and makes sure that his work is done well.
     Kathy Foss awarded Good Kid on the Bus Certificates to MICHELLE BAKER, RACHAEL WOOD and CALEB STANLEY.
     Thank you Mrs. Robertson for being our Kiwanian friend. Congratulations to all our Terrific Kids.
     Grades 4 and 5 did an wonderful job singing, "The Army Goes Rolling Along."
     The gymnasium was buzzing as Mrs. Rhoda prepared to pull the names for the "big" prizes in our Move and Improve program. Caleb Stanley won the basketball. Laura Gray won the game set. The final drawing was for the bike and bike helmet. The very excited winner was 3rd grader, Zack Blakeman. He took a lap around the gym as the audience clapped.

     We are proud of all our Move and Improve students for their participation in this program.
Editors Note: I LOVE participating in the Cook School Terrific Kids award ceremony, and drawing the name for the winner of the Move and Improve grand prize was awesome!! I was thrilled to watch Zack do his ?Victory? lap around the gym. It was the highlight of my week!

     The Brownville Elementary School held their final Move and Improve drawing on Thursday morning, June 5, 2003 at an assembly at the school. Miss Miranda Conklin, daughter of Mrs. Dawn Ewer and Mr. Rick Conklin was the grand prize winner of a Schwinn bicycle.

     The Move and Improve program is a 12 week program that is co-sponsored annually by the EMMC Charities, Bangor Daily News, and WABI - TV in Bangor. The M.S.A.D. #41 Wellness Team embraces the concept of the Move and Improve program, and works towards educating all the citizens in the district both young and old in making healthy choices and participating in healthy activities. The students in the Elementary Schools in Milo, LaGrange and Brownville were all encouraged to participate in the Move and Improve program which began in March and is now finally culminating with final activities. Each week that the children were able to accomplish their goal of a minimum amount of 30 minutes of exercise or physical activity per day....record it....and have their parent sign the form...then get the form to school and into the box for the drawing gave that child a chance to be in not only the weekly drawing, but be in the grand prize drawing. Prizes were made available through Smoke and Drug Free grant funding.
     The staff would like to thank Mrs. Sue Chaffee for her diligent work on behalf of the Move and Improve program, Mrs. Dawn Russell for her perseverance in promoting healthy living in all of M.S.A.D. #41's elementary school children, Mrs. Witham, Mrs. Rhoda and Mrs. Beres for doing the shopping involved in providing the prizes, and Mrs. Shirley Wright for "finding" the money for us to participate through her grant writing expertise. This project was truly a joint effort by the caring staff at M.S.A.D. #41.

Congratulations Miranda!!!

     The Brownville 5th grade took a DARE graduation field trip to the the Maine Discovery Museum with Officer Todd Lyford on Friday. They spent two hours touring the museum and especially enjoyed the karaoke studio.
     After picking up lunch at Subway, the class had a picnic lunch at the Creative Playground in Bangor. Funding for transportation came from a Safe & Drug Free Schools grant. The class had a lot of fun and spent the day choosing safe alternatives to drugs and alcohol.
     Reminder: All 5th grade parents/grandparents are encouraged to attend to the final assembly on June 18 at 9:30. This will be the last assembly in Brownville for this class and they have something special planned. We hope every child will have someone present representing them.

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     The staff of the 6th Grade Junction would like to announce their students of the week for June 2. They have chosen KYLA WHITTEMORE, SHELISHA CLARK and ANNIE KARNES. These students have worked hard and have been great helpers.
     The PTO would like to announce that they will be having their last meeting on June 11 at 6:30. They would like to discuss one final event for the 6th grade to be held after school is out for the summer. Please plan to attend to give your input and support to your students.
     The 6th Grade class had a wonderful time at our field trip to Boston. We saw many amazing sights and found the New England Aquarium and the Imax Theater to be very educational. Many thanks to the 6th Grade PTO for their hard work on the fund raisers.
     The 6th Grade will be having their award banquet on Thursday, June 12, at 6:00. This will be a cookie social with awards presented. Please plan to attend with your child.

     On Wednesday we had visitors from Massachusetts. They were Martha Cotter Crowley and her husband David, and Virginia Cotter Fortier and her husband Gerald. In January when their father , H. Eugene Cotter, son of the first librarian, died, they with their sister Nancy, made our library the beneficiary of memorial gifts in his name. Our library has benefited greatly. The visitors were very pleasant to meet. Helen Carey, head trustee, also came to the library to meet with them. The Cotter sisters enjoyed seeing the library and were pleased that the memorial gifts were helping our library to provide more services for the community. You may remember that our copier was purchased with the memorial money. They had a chance to see the school children arrive for the Kiwanis Kids Korner, and as the children clattered and chattered down the stairs, Martha said to me, “That’s a good noise.” H. Eugene Cotter grew up in Milo and passed his warm memories of the town on to his daughters. They had enjoyed their visit to Milo.
     Remember our summer reading program Laugh it up @ the library. Sign up week is June 16-20---a good time for our new members to ask questions. The program begins June 23 and continues for 8 weeks with the party on August 15.
     Children of all ages, preschool through grade 6 are welcome. We have ordered lots of new books---joke books, riddle books, silly stories, animal stories, folk tales, a new Eric Carle story, an I Spy book, a new Junie B. Jones (along with the many we already have), and 3 new Spiderman books! We will also have food prizes, giveaways, and paper and pencil games. We anticipate that everyone who signs up will have lots and lots of fun.
     We just received an order of new books and we have been hard at work processing them. Here is a partial list. I’ll finish it next week.

Allan, Charlotte Vale FRESH AIR
Berg, Elizabeth SAY WHEN
Blumenthal, Sidney NF THE CLINTON WARS
Deveraux, Jude WILD ORCHIDS
Douglas, Carole Nelson CAT IN A NEON NIGHTMARE
Dugard, Martin NF INTO AFRICA (Stanley & Livingstone)
Felix, Antonia NF CONDI
Francis, Clare A DARK DEVOTION
Garlock, Dorothy MOTHER ROAD
Gear, Kathleen PEOPLE OF THE OWL
Hillerman, Tony THE SINISTER PIG
NF denotes books that are non-fiction

Library Summer Hours

My Complete Italy Trip Part 1
     After my article on finding my roots, I have been asked by a number of people to expand on my Italy trip. I thought it might make for more relaxed summer reading than my usual column. Some of you have seen my slides and heard my presentation, but this will be a more complete version.

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     Tues. Jan. 28th—I left Milo at 6:40 AM to pick up my sister, Angela, at her home in Eddington. In Pittsfield we were transferring to Stephanie’s car for the trip to Connecticut. Between Newport and Pittsfield, my pickup had its accelerator freeze down and the best I could do to slow it down was to ride the brake. That allowed me to lower the speed to 65 mph but the motor was racing so I thought I would burn it out. I waited until about a mile before the Pittsfield exit and then I turned off the key hoping to coast down the ramp. I misjudged the distance and stopped just before the ramp. Since I couldn’t get the accelerator unstuck, I left my sister in the pickup and started to walk down the ramp and into Pittsfield. A Good Samaritan picked me up and delivered me to Janet’s sister, Emma’s, house where Steff lives. I called the towing company and used Steff’s car to return to the pickup. I have to admit I used one of those authorized vehicle only crossovers, but I didn’t want to have to go all the way to Newport to turn around. The wrecker arrived shortly after I did and took the truck to the garage. Since Janet was coming down in a day or so, I told them to fix it and leave it at Emma’s and Janet would pay the bill.
     We left Pittsfield in Steff’s car about 9:30. I was glad we hadn’t planned on using my vehicle. We met my brother Orrin (Dud) and his wife Helen in Yarmouth to pick up a few things destined for Connecticut and then we drove on to Lynnfield, Mass, to my cousin Nick Valente’s house. We had lunch with Nick, and his wife Mary. Their daughter Valerie dropped by for a visit as well. Nick was my connection to the relatives in Italy. He calls them occasionally and gave me their numbers so I could call when I reached Italy. He tried to call them but no one was home.
     We left cousin Nick’s and arrived at my sister Mary’s in East Hartford, Connecticut around 4:50 PM for supper and a relaxing evening before going to bed. We spent the next day doing a little light last minute shopping. I didn’t get a chance to see any of my nieces and nephews because each family seemed to have at least one with the flu bug and they didn’t want to give it to us before we left.
     Thurs. Jan 30—We wanted to leave Steff’s car at Mary’s because it would be at an unoccupied house at Georgia’s so Mary drove us to Bristol. At 12 noon, a Limo arrived to take us to JFK. Georgia celebrated her 80th birthday in December and one of her son’s gave her the limo ride to and from JFK for her birthday. We were more than happy to share her gift. It was very relaxing to sit back and let someone else do the worrying about finding a place to park, etc.
     We arrived at JFK about 2 and checked in. Of the four of us, Angela, Georgia, Steff and myself, they only checked the luggage of Angela. They even allowed me to lock mine before checking it in. At check in, they gave us the wrong gate and it was about half an hour before I noticed the correct one listed on the screen. We still had plenty of time, but it was an extra walk with the luggage. A representative of Grand Circle Travel, our tour company, was there to check off that all people scheduled for the flight had arrived. Pat and Jeanne, two retired schoolteachers from upstate New York were late but arrived before take off. It seems that they missed their flight from Albany to JFK and had to hire a taxi for $300 to get them there. In all there were 8 of us leaving on the Delta flight.
     We left JFK at 5:30 PM. The flight was less than half full so it was a very comfortable. The arrangement of the seats was 2 on each side and 3 in the middle. Steff and I were fortunate to have no one with us in the middle seats so we each could lie down to nap a little. We were served dinner and breakfast before touching down in Rome at 7:30 AM (1:30 AM our time)
Next week, Rome
     Editors Note: I look forward to continuing our trip to Italy this summer, via the articles by Virgil!

A Historical Review - Part 4
Maine Appalachian Trail
Project Nears Completion
Observer, Jay Sperling, 12/31/1980
(A TRC Fringe Benefit, submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     Recently, very significant sections of trail have been donated to the state as result of such negotiations. International Paper Co. gave six miles of trail near Elliotsville and another 20 mile section in the western part of the state will be coming to the state next year. St. Regis Paper Co. is negotiating with the state over a tract containing trail mileage near spectacular Gulf Hagas.
     Other major landowners are expected to begin responding with proposals during the fall and winter of this year. Landowners don't have to donate all rights to their land. They can agree to legal covenants protecting the trail corridor. If they opt for federal purchase, they can still realize significant capital gains tax benefits by selling the land at reduced prices. In addition, the state itself has acquired major portions of the trail since 1975, when it began a land exchange program to consolidate scattered public lots into larger management units and to secure the return of timber and grass rights sold to private interests more than a century ago. These lands, which total about 400,00 acres, are managed by the State's Bureau of Public Lands under multiple use guidelines ideally suited to ensure protection of the trail corridor. Land exchanges with the most significance for the Appalachian Trail include a 20,000 acre acquisition in the Mahoosuc Mountain Range and major additions to the Bigelow Preserve, where the trail follows a ridge-top course through some 30,000 acres of public land.
     Some of the dispersed small public lots contained stretches of the AT, and any swaps involving these lands will contain stipulations protecting the trail corridor. Lloyd Irland, Director of the Bureau of Public Lands, indicated a decision had been made against swapping public lots for trail corridor alone, since this was contrary to their attempts to assemble tracts appropriate for multiple use management. He did note, however, that the presence of the AT on any potential parcel "would be a strong attraction." Interestingly, the prospect of permanent federal protection led to significant upgrading of the trail route itself. "With the passage of National Trails Act in 1968," MATC's Field noted, "we sat down and asked ourselves if the trail was in the best possible place. if not, let's relocate it before it becomes permanent.
     At that time, a lot of the trail was on old logging roads which sooner or later become active again or worse, it was on old winter tote roads. (These become summer quagmires, as anyone who likes the eastern section of Maine AT learns all too well). We sat down with maps and aerial photos, and we went out along the trail, looking for nearby vistas, waterfalls, or significant natural features. In many places we found that the trail was running along a road near a really attractive area no one ever saw, so we relocated the trail. In most cases we tried to move the trail out of the valleys up onto the ridges; occasionally we moved off the ridge into very beautiful valleys."
(continued next week)

     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.

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     Sept. 21: The morning is foggy, and when I awoke, the pickets from each side were firing briskly. We could not see the opposite shore, but they guessed at it.
     About 7 o’clock a.m. the fog began to clear away, and our battery threw 10 or 15 shells. There was a lot of bricks and stone arches on the other side and they threw shells into them. I guess the bricks flew and some of the Rebels began to skeddadle up the hill. A volley of musketry followed.
     I saw 2 hide behind a stump, but it was a great way off, and I could not see but the top of their heads. I cocked my gun and waited for them to move a little more. They left. After they left our wounded men on the other side, Hollard and we went over on the dam with a flag of truce and got some of the boys of the 118 P.A. that were wounded.
     Yesterday, the Rebels would not give them a drink of water. There was 6 lay dead on the dam just as they fell, while crossing. 4 of them shot through the head. Some drawn half way down through the holes in the dam and some were shot while climbing the ledgy bank and fell back and lay piled into the rock.
     On the other side where the channel was, there was, a terrible pile of guns. Some in the water and the rocks were covered with guns, cartridge boxes, knapsacks, caps, and blankets. Every rock and the shore is covered with all such stuff, and it looks some what war-like.
     About 2 o’clock p.m. we marched back and drew rations, and went back into the canal.
     It is now just sunset and I am setting on one branch of a stately oak, that grew by the edge of the Potomac, but has blown down. I shall not stand picket. I can sleep. It is a beautiful Sabbath Eve, and the air is mild and warm.
     It seems never like Sunday, here we do not have any Sundays. I can look from my seat and see our dead men lay on the dam and rocks on the opposite shore. The river is not much wider than the Piscataquis.
     Oh, that I could go to meetings or to some retired place to get rid of the bustle for awhile. But if I ever get home, it will be a good school for me, for I shall know how to appreciate the Sabbath, and the privilages that I have enjoyed. But for all, I do not murmur nor complain at this, but when we are deprived of such privilages, then we feel their loss. I pray to God that this war soon may close and that it may be known no more in our country forever.
     Sept. 22: This morning finds us about 1 mile from the river. We were relieved last night about 7 o’clock by Martendarl’s Brigade; the 2nd Maine is in that. I am off from duty and our Regt. is too. I am not very well from diarrhea, but not sick. I bought 1 pound of sugar for 25 cents and 25 cents worth of cheese and cukes, and we had some fresh boiled beef. We made a broth and ate the soup and drank hot water, sweetened with sugar, and it went well.
     Melcher is worse than I am. Hartson went to get some water and the Brigadier was watering his horse in a pail. Hartson just put his dipper in and took some, and the Brigadier kicked him. He told him if he said a word he would have him under guard. Hartson said alright, and he came back and got a revolver, and went back and said he would make 6 holes through him so quick, it would make his head swim, if he had said anything to him.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Spring-cleaning is being done at my house. I'd like to have you think that I am doing it myself....but alas, I've got a housekeeper who has tackled this awesome responsibility.
     In the process of getting each room ready for the little lady, however, I have unearthed some treasures that had been put aside....left to gather dust....forgotten. I've had to spend hours going through "stuff" - throwing away that which is trash and putting away that which is treasure. Speaking of treasure. Do you remember the vase that I told you about unearthing on a dirty shelf down in my basement? You remember the ugly, but with a telltale mark on the bottom which led me to believe that putting a quarter on it and selling it at a yard sale wasn't the best idea. Well....let me tell you this about that! That little baby is worth $75.00!
     How I loved the Appraisal Fair! If our fair had been filmed for the Road Show you would have gotten the very best reaction to a surprising value from me. I had a pitcher that had been given to my mother for a wedding shower gift way back in 1945 when she became a blushing war bride. The pitcher was named "Bo Peep".

     Formed and shaped like the nursery rhyme character, she doesn't have a chip or a mark on her. I decided to take her to be appraised...just for kicks. She'd sat on a shelf at camp for years. Carroll said if we'd known she was valuable we'd probably have broken her years ago. I sat across from the appraiser with my little box of items at hand. "$350," she called out.....My God! was she speaking to me? "$350.00 to $600.00 depending on the market," she repeated. If someone is buying it to add to their collection they might pay as much as $600 for my pitcher! I couldn't believe my ears. Later on in the day Gwen Bradeen asked me how I made out with my pitcher. I laughed and said, "You won't believe this, but they told me $350 - $600 bucks." She became hysterical! "Oh my word," says she...."I've got Little Jack Horner gathering dust on a shelf in my cellar!" I'll bet that Little Jack Horner has been brought up to the first floor, dusted off and put in a place of honor....what do you bet?
     Suffice to say, the Historical Society thought the Antique Appraisal Fair was a success and we had great fun. We'll do it again some day.
     One of the other items that I found in my scurry to get my house cleaned is my father's high school yearbook. The year was 1934...right here in dear old Milo. I've taken a little time to sit and read the book cover to cover. What a wonderful tribute this book was to the staff and the students of Milo High School. The advertisements I've found are particularly fun to read. The ads were bought by Merrill Trust Company, Daggett's - Specializing in Nationally Advertised Products, Fountain and Booth Service, Light Lunches, Papers and Magazines and Sundries (I've always wondered what a sundry was), Chocolates and a Circulating Library (What?). They also featured Turner Center Ice Cream. And lo and behold....we also find Owen Drug Company on the facing page. R.M. Ingalls Clothing Co is also advertised, featuring many of the famous name brands of the times. Arthur A. Clark had a furniture store, Billy Strong had a shoe repair business, the Milo Theater offered you comfortable seats, improved ventilation and the latest feature pictures with perfect sound. And....a high school student could go for a quarter! How 'bout that?!
     Elton Clement had a photo studio on 11 Elm Street, Davis & Boates had ice to sell, E.D. Salley had groceries, meats and fruits and many Hatchet Brand products. Ellingson's Garage sold Crosley radios, refrigerators, Lynn Range oil burners, auto supplies, general repairing and Firestone tires and tubes. Dr. Wallace S. Houston was the local dentist and W.R.L. Hathaway was one of the local M.D.'s. Dr. Hathaway's number at home was 7-12. How convenient that he didn't mind if you called him there. He held office hours from 8-9 in the morning and from 1-3 and 7-9 in the p.m. How unique!!
     W.L. Doble did general blacksmithing and cattle could be bought and sold and exchanged through him. Charles W. Mills sold fire, auto, liability and life insurance. I'm sure C.W. Powers who was the New York Life Insurance agent did the same. White's had a shoe store with footwear for the entire family...and repairing was his specialty. F.S. Treat was the local jeweler and optometrist. Ida McKenny had a millinery shop selling dry goods, confections, music and records. Doctor A.M. Carde (who delivered me) was practicing, but not giving out any info about his office hours and certainly didn't advertise his home phone number.
     White's Motor Express made daily trips to Bangor and back and did other long and short distance hauling. H.M. Pullen sold furnishings and footwear - outfitting men and boys at 20 Main Street in Milo. H.M. also gave his home telephone number. Martha Prescott (God bless her heart, I remember her well) was an agent for G.S. Seavey and Son Florists. Hazelle had a beauty Shoppe and Mrs. John Gowdie had an exclusive style Millinery shop. Mr. Peakes had a Market, E.F. Jenkins painted and wall papered, and Mrs. A.J. Gould had ladies furnishings. Do you suppose those were women's garments or fancy little pieces of furniture? Milo Hardware Company sold shingles, Bird's Roofing and at carload prices. George E. Rowe sold groceries and W.E. Nutter did Champion repairing. I'm not just sure what that was, but he informed in the ad that "we are always busy on account of the kind of work we do and the small price we ask. We do more for your money than any other shop in town." So
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there!! They were located in the Post Office Square. I'm guessing that was in the Odd Fellow's Building which was located where the United Kingfield Bank is now.
     Milo had it's Water Co., and my Grampa had a feed, flour, hay and straw business...not to mention kerosene, gasoline and oil. Kerosene was 12 cents per gallon. Wow! Blaisdell had an Automobile Company where he sold Hudsons, Terroplanes, Dodge and Plymouth products. Bumps and Owen sold fire, life, accident, automobile, liability and surety bonds....with PROMPT PAYMENT OF LOSSES. Milo Printing company supplied all kinds of paper needs including printing on all kinds on paper and cardboard. H.O. Gray had cut glass to fit all cars and steel ceilings. Harry Cowing had a barber shop and it was the only shop in town that complied with the state sanitary laws. Children under 14 could get a haircut for a quarter. Paul Valente did general trucking and had wood for sale, Stanley E. Sawyer was the proprietor of the Atco inn, Billings Hardware advertised clean "hot stuff" - right priced coal and Glenn's Lunch on the corner of Main and Elm didn't need any fancy was just that: Glenn's Lunch. J. Wm. Kelly sold fresh meats, E. W. Davis had a garage that serviced Ford products and sold Texaco gas and oil, Karps had a Men's Shop and B.W. Pineo sold Dry Goods and Ladies' Wear. Harry Artus sold Chevrolets, Dr. Earl H.. Barrett was yet another optometrist and N.H. Crosby was yet another M.D. And....God bless us all, what would we have done without our beloved Milo Farmer's Union. Some things never change. What a wonderful trip into the past the pages of this delightful book provided me.
Here's a Rhubarb recipe for you:

Rhubarb Oatmeal Muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup diced fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed and drained
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
     In a mixing bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; set aside. In another bowl, combine egg, oil, orange juice and orange peel. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. fold in rhubarb. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over tops. Bake 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 5 minutes and remove from the pan to a wire rack. Makes 1 dozen.

     The key Club held their installation of Officers on Thursday, June 5th. Here are some pictures from the ceremony.

Standing with Key Club stoles on are: First Row: Amanda Crouch-Smith, Sonja Salley, Kerri Pelletier, Tiffany Bishop. Second Row: Craig Durant, Adam Russell, Colby Chase, Andrew Walker and Brett Gerrish. Advisor Trish Hayes and Kiwanis Advisor Dennis Dorsey.

Cutting the cake: Kerri Pelletier, Brett Gerrish, Andrew Walker, Amanda Crouch-Smith, Adam Russell, Sonja Salley, Craig Durant and Colby Chase.

     BRADFORD and SHERMAN MILLS - Chester Wilder Bragg, 93, beloved husband of Maude (Blake) Bragg, passed away June 2, 2003, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Bangor.
     He was born in Bancroft, Dec. 18, 1909, the son George and Nettie (York) Bragg. He graduated from Lee Academy in 1929. Chester was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He lived most of his life in Sherman Mills, retiring in 1974 from Great Northern Paper Co. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Maude, formerly of Wytopitlock, who he married on Oct. 21, 1933; three devoted and loving daughters, Pauline Glidden of Bradford, Virginia Durgan of Dover, Fla., Mavis Auxier of Frankfort, Ky.; one sister, Helen Hatch of Bangor; an extra special nephew, Ronald Cropley and wife, Jan, of Troy; seven grandchildren, Rhonda Morse, Chester Glidden, Deanna Durgan, Gregory Durgan, Dannette Donaghy, Lynn Howes and Lori Brewer; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one special life-long and caring neighbor, Ruby Heath; and many nieces and nephews.
     He was predeceased by three brothers, Robert, Merle and Floyd "Taylor" Bragg; six sisters, Ella Blizzard, Georgis Nye, Mrytle Kirkland, Mable, Edith and Ethel Bragg; two grandsons, Eric McNally and Geoffry Durgan. Funeral and committal services were held at Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St, Bangor. Interment will be in the Sherman Mills Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate, Inc., P.O. Box 346, Augusta, ME 04332-0346

     LAMOINE - Richard D. Lockhart, 70, died May 25, 2003, in Guilford. He was born Jan. 25, 1933, in Dover-Foxcroft, son of Douglas and Marguerite (Moore) Lockhart. He graduated from Brownville Junction High School, Class of 1950 and from the University of Maine School of Civil Engineering in 1960. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and later worked for the Department of Transportation for 37 years. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Bennett) Lockhart of Lamoine; three sons, Kurt D. Lockhart and his wife, Katherine Pratt, of Tremont, Scott T. Lockhart of Virginia and Dean R. Lockhart of Lamoine; a brother, Ronald Moore of North Carolina; a stepbrother, David Ellis of Minnesota; two stepsisters, Beverly Ellis and Deanna Ellis, both of Florida; a sister-in-law, Laurie Bennett and brother-in-law, Bill Bennett of Guilford Center; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held May 31, 2003, at the Guilford Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to the S.P.C.A. in Southwest Harbor, the Audubon Society or a charity of choice. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.

     MILO - Raymond J. "Bud" Spencer, Sr., 72, of Middletown, Conn., husband of Anastasia (Eagle) Spencer, died May 19 at a Connecticut hospital. Born in Middletown, he was the son of Raymond E. and Helen B. (Lee) Spencer.
     He began plumbing in 1949 and started his own business. He retired in 1992 and spent much time at his camp. Windy Hill in Milo.
     Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, R. Jesse Spencer, Jr. and his wife Thelma of Connecticut.; twodaughters, Ellen A. Spencer of Brookline, Mass., Madeline J.S. Fazzino of Connecticut; one sister,Marion S. Harris and her husband Warren of Connecticut; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, and many cousins.
     Funeral services were held May 23 at Doolittle Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. R. Maureen Hawksley officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown.
     In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Weiss Hospice Unit c/o Dept. of Philanthropy, 55 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457 or St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 76 High St., Middletown. CT 06457.

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     We’ve watched you grow from an infant to a beautiful young lady, and here you are, ready to graduate from high school and step into the world on your way to college.
     As you journey on to the next step of your life, remember how very proud we are of you and we thank you for all the memories you’ve given us through the years.
     Follow your heart and your dreams and you’ll always have success in whatever you do.
Good luck to you and always remember how much you are loved.
Uncle Murrel, Auntie, and Family

     The Milo Writer’s Group will meet Tuesday, June 10, from 5 to 7 pm at The Restaurant. Anyone who enjoys writing or who would like to write is welcome to attend.

MAY 9 – 13
Monday-Turkey deluxe sandwich, chips, veggies, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Bologna/cheese sandwich, popcorn, veggies, and fruit.
Wednesday-Dagwood sandwich, chips, veggies, and icy juice.
Thursday-Italian sandwich, animal crackers, veggies, and fruit.
Friday-Turkey wrap, cheese stick, veggies, and fruit.

     The Milo Recreation Department is sponsoring a weeklong basketball clinic for children entering kindergarten and grades 1 and 2.
     During the week of June 23 grades K and 1 will meet from 2 to 2:45 pm and the second graders will meet from 2:45 to 3:30 pm.
     The co-ed class is conducted by Tony Hamlin and will be held at the Milo Elementary School. The cost is $18.00 per person and will include a camp T-shirt.
     Interested parties can sign up through Murrel Harris at the Milo Town Hall up to June 16.


By Nancy Grant
From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
JUNE – 1966
June 15-Thundershowers in evening-70° at 7 am.
June 16-Rain-72° at 9 am and 60° at 8:30 pm.

     This sprightly little lady celebrated her birthday on May 19, 2003, with many delightful congratulations. She received 58 beautiful cards, flowers, and a party at Meals for ME complete with a cake made by Nat Harris, and was the recipient of the birthday song at the Methodist Church service on May 18. She had telephone calls from many people including two of her grandchildren in Washington state and Minnesota.
     The celebrating isn’t over yet; a party is being planned for July 19 at the Pleasant Park Community Building. Her sons and

daughter-in-laws, Byron and Faye Spear from Virginia, Darrell and Nina Spear from Florida, and Lee Spear from Milo will be joining her in the festivities. Mrs. Spear also has eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
     If anyone is in the vicinity of Pleasant Park and sees Avis riding her three-wheeled bicycle they are to get out their radar guns. She has been known to speed a bit! As a matter of fact, she did receive a citation on July 16, 1997 from Park Officer Irene Harris for going five miles over the speed limit.
     Mrs. Spear would like to thank everyone for making her birthday a special occasion. She says it’s GREAT to be 90.

By Nancy Grant
     The weathermen have been saying that the long drought is just about over. People who are wishing for more rain should be careful what they ask for. Most of us remember the events of April 1, 1987 and the effects that lasted for weeks and months. These photos are just a reminder…

Written by Helen Finamore from Mapleton, ME – 4/22/2003
There is a nice old duffer in Milo, Maine
Reuben Lancaster is the old guys name.
He can write you a poem, or bake you a cake,
Or he’d organize a party for your Birthday’s sake
A visit with him you would never regret.
He can tell you some stories you’ll never Forget.
He will give you a ride where you need to go,
That’s why neighbors and friends love him so.
He can ask the Lord’s Blessing before a meal,
Or say a prayer for you that is genuine and real.
With his sparkling eyes and thinning white hair,
He is just a big old Teddy Bear.
He is President of this and Chairman of that.
He is a busy old gent wearing many a hat.
Here he comes now with his smiley old mug,
With outstretched arms to give you a hug.

     I guess it’s been a few weeks since I’ve written. I thank everyone who says such nice things about my column, and tell me how much they miss it. I have had two busy weekends in a row, so no time to write, but here’s an update on the happenings at the Robertson homestead.

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     Last weekend, Katie and I took an Animal Control Officer certification class. She is moving back to the area this fall, to continue with her education at the University of Maine at Orono. She will be getting her Master’s Degree in the area of animal studies, and she will be able to help me with my Animal Control Officer duties. I have been sworn in for the Milo position, asked if I would be sworn in for Orneville, and voted in for Brownville. So far, I’ve only had to serve warrants for delinquent dog licensing; I have actually had fun going to folks houses to remind them to license their dogs. I have seen a few of the dogs we housed this winter as strays. I hope I don’t have to investigate any animal abuse cases as I don’t know how I can handle them emotionally. They showed us a very graphic film about abused animals at the Officer’s Training course, but I turned my head and only listened to the narration. I’m hoping everyone in my jurisdiction takes the proper care of their pets, and that I don’t have to visit any home to stop animal neglect or cruelty.
     On a brighter note, let’s catch up on the animals at our house. I am happy to report that all but the 8 2-week old chicks are living in the coop and not in our bedroom. Usually, we hear no sounds to awaken us until 5:30 am. That is when the ducks begin honking at the top of their lungs to get out of their pen. They are right outside our bedroom window, so we hear them very plainly, and believe me there is no ignoring them. A few of them sound like a 300 lb. drunk man laughing at a lounge comedian. I can’t help but smile every time I hear them, even if they are the world’s loudest alarm clock.
     After three tries, we have finally found a fence the goats can’t get out of. We bought a chain link kennel and the little buggers and their escapes are finally thwarted.
     The chickens and guinea fowl are co-existing very well. The population of the coop has doubled, so at night when they are roosting, there is standing room only. It amazes me to no end that all of them walk into their coop every night to roost. It is a great feeling to know that all of my animals are locked up and safe for 10 hours or so. After reading messages posted from other parts of the country on my Guinea Fowl message board, we seem to be luckier than most areas in that we don’t have too many predators brazen enough to break into coops at night.
     The little beagle is still rooming with the man who was lonely and very sick. He is doing much better than doctors predicted, and I think it’s because he has such a sweet, little friend to hang out with. I know that Sweet Little Beagle sure made us feel good while she was with us. I can’t wait to see her again,
     Speaking of beagles, I want to thank everyone who called or e-mailed me to tell me about the 2 beagles that were lost in K.I. What a coincidence, huh? It turns out that those 2 dogs went missing after we got our two stray beagles. I guess beagles are very apt to run away! I talked to those folks with the missing beagles and learned they had found one and had a lead on the other, so let'’ hope they are reunited.
     Well, that’s all for now. I’ve got a paper to print, and I can hear the ducks yucking it up about something hilarious. They have such a great sense of humor?..if anyone wants to record a laugh-track for a T.V. show, I’m sure they would be willing.



     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.

June 4 Meeting Minutes
     President Edwin Treworgy greeted twenty-three members this morning and guests Alex and Jade Zelkan, Don Harris, Lt. Gov. Harold Sherman, and Key Club President Shawn Burke. Welcome all.
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb asked for guidance in his prayer.

     Roy read to us of “An Ancient Maple Tree and A Question”. After noticing that a maple tree was quite tall the person then saw that the center was rotten. The question asked was, “What good is height if the roots and center fail?” The answer was, “As it gets older the roots and center are more important than height!”
     Birthday wishes go out to Paul Grindle today, June 4th, and to Andrew Walker on the 9th.
     SIXTY-SEVEN happy and sad dollars were donated today for the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2001, 2002, 2003, great bunch to work with, retirement, Key Club forfeit, appraisal show, nine dollars from Paul for calendar sales! State championship for Brownville Elementary!!, new animal control officer, can and bottle returns, and Eben leaving early! You had to be there!!
     Trish Hayes reported that there are only two more regular Key Club meetings. Stoles will be presented to the graduating seniors and certificates of appreciation for the officers. They have planted flowers at school and will be traveling to Bangor this Friday for the pool party they won. They are still challenging the Kiwanians to a softball game this Sunday at 1 pm.
     Paul Grindle tells us that we have until June 18 to give him the Community Calendar orders.
     The Three Rivers News is going strong.
     Val Robertson informed us that the library Kid’s Korner has only two more weeks in the present program. There will be two ‘special’ kids in attendance during one of those weeks.
     Joe Zamboni was pleased to announce that there is already $400 in the Gazebo/Bandstand project fund.
     Todd Lyford said that area businesses will be contacted for donations to the upcoming auction and the tents are available.
     Chris Beres told us that the Antique Appraisal Show went well.
     Buffy Olmstead will be setting up dates for the senior barbeques.
     The 50/50 raffle tickets are now available from any Kiwanian.
     June 5 will be the monthly Board meeting, June 11 is our business meeting, June 18 and 25 are not definite yet.

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     Roy Bither spoke to us today about a troubling subject. His wife Joan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease eight years ago. It is a form of dementia that affects the brain.
     A German doctor made the first diagnosis in 1906. Some of the signs of this disease are having trouble making decisions, trouble with simple arithmetic, unpredictable mood changes, depression, anger, and confusion in response to changes, impaired movement, and denial of the changes. Roy also told us that loss of language and forgetfulness are apparent. People who suffer with this need help with most every day tasks. Roy feels that his wife’s mini-strokes may have brought on her onset of dementia.
     The progression of Alzheimer’s takes from 3 to 20 years and the person will eventually require complete care. The brain’s activity slows and the end comes when all brain function stops. In 1993 there were 4 million people with the disease. At present 10% of people over the age of 60 and 50% over 85 are affected. Early onset can strike people in their 30’s and 40’s and is caused by a defective gene. Diet, exercise, and lower blood pressure in early life may delay or possibly prevent the onset later in life. The FDA has approved three medications that boost the necessary chemical that has been lost.
     Roy informed us that 100 billion is spent annually to deal with dementia with 65 billion going to cover the cost of caregivers. 75% of patients do have home-care and while Medicaid helps with the expense, Medicare does not. He is grateful for the at-home care Joan receives from Marlene Cole who has been with the Bither’s for many years. One-half of nursing homes residents suffer from some form of dementia. Roy said that there is a support group that meets monthly at Hibbard’s Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft.
     It is getting more difficult for Roy to care for his wife at home and he knows that she will soon require the professional care found at a nursing home facility.
     Roy, we are here for you and Joan.
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