Three Rivers News, 2003-06-17
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2003


     The Milo Free Public Library will be sponsoring the summer reading program LAUGH IT UP @ YOUR LIBRARY. Children ages preschool through grade 6 are welcome. Sign-up week is June 16-20---a good time for new participants to sign up and ask questions. The program begins June 23, lasts 8 weeks and ends August 15 with a party. There are no definite times a student must be present. A member can come in anytime during library hours. There is a story time during the program on Wednesdays at 2:30 with community readers. There will be mascots, food prizes, all kinds of giveaways, a Giggle Box and many old and new books. We anticipate that every child who participates will have lots and lots of fun. The summer reading program is a good reading incentive to help children in the lower grades improve their reading skills over the summer. If there are any questions, please call 943-2612 during library hours---M-W-F---2:00-8:00.


     It's almost here! Sunday, June 22nd, is the date set for the Penquis Cruizers' 14th Annual Cruize-In. The event will be held at the JSI parking lot and will run from 10am to 2pm. There will be vehicles of all kinds for your enjoyment. In past years there have been antique trucks and cars, street rods, muscle cars as well as a variety of classic cars and newer vehicles. There will be a Rap Contest at noon.
     The annual auction of car related "stuff" and donations from local businesses will begin at 1 (or perhaps earlier - depending on the weather). Paul Hansen of Bangor will provide music for the day. The Three Rivers Kiwanis will be on hand selling refreshments. The Maine HO Racing Association will be there with a display of slot racing cars. There will be an opportunity for kids of all ages to race the slot cars.
     While this is not a car show, there will be awards for the person who travels the longest distance to get to the show, the person who has a "Hard Luck Story" to share in connection with attending the event, the club with the most members attending, the vehicle selected as best "In Restoration" and a People's Choice award which is selected by the participants. There will be a scavenger hunt for those participating and dash plaques for all who register their vehicles. Admission for the Cruize-In is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 13 who are not accompanied by an adult. Those children with adults will be admitted free. This event will take place rain or shine. For more information call Fred or Susan at 965-8070.

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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. The (a) Ryder House (b) Lewis House (c) Slate House (d) Smith House was supposed to be the equal of the Brown House.
2. Walker Bridge is in (a) Knight's Landing (b) Stanchfield Ridge (c) Williamsburg (d) North Brownville.

3. Colonel Walter Morrill owned the (a) Crocker Quarry (b) Merrill Quarry (c) Highland Quarry (d) Wilder Quarry.
4. (a) Sonny Cobb (b) Jimmy Rosebush (c) Tom Wallace (d) Tom Durant forgot his birth certificate in Rhode Island.
5. The Black Guards served during (a) WWI (b) WWII (c) Korea (d) Vietnam.
6. (a) Durants (b) Farrars (c) Smiths (d) Ellises had horse shows.
7. Jenks Brook goes into (a) Schoodic Lake (b) Whetstone Brook (c) the Pleasant River (d) Middle Branch.
8.Silent movies were held at (a) the YMCA (b) Methodist Church (c) BJHS (d) Dillon's Hall.
9. The Eureka Hotel was the (a) Pleasant River Hotel (b) Peters Hotel (c) French Boarding house (c) Briggs Block.
10. Lefty Strout was signed by the (a) Red Sox (b) Braves (c) Yankees (d) Tigers.
Answers: 1-a 2-d 3-c 4-b 5-b 6-a 7-c 8-d 9-a 10-b
Editor’s note: I apologize to Bill and to our readers for leaving Bill’s Trivia Column out of last week’s edition.

     The area women met for breakfast at Smith's on Thursday AM. We enjoyed good food and great fellowship. The women of Park Street UMC have prepared 35 health kits to be sent to Conference. The kits will then be sent wherever they are needed. With fighting going on in the world, as well as earthquakes and floods, the need for these items is great. We thank all who donated items to this project.

     On Sunday, June 22nd, the MSAD #41 Wellness Team will travel to Sugarloaf USA for a 5-day conference sponsored by the Department of Education. Those attending this year's conference are: Christine Beres, Marie Hayes, Ginny Morrill, Tina Johnston, Lynn Gerrish, Kathy Witham, Eddie Oakes, Amber Gahagan, Linda O'Connor and Sue Chaffee.
     The Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Conference XVIII is a unique professional development experience that provides a forum for representatives of all segments of a school or school administrative unit to discuss and respond to issues related to health promotion, health education, and the maintenance of a healthy learning environment. Participants attend workshops that provide information for enhancing school climate and student health and contribute to personal well being. During the conference, the team participants will develop an Action Plan that will set forth our goals and objectives for putting wellness ideas into action for the coming year.
     The theme of this year's conference is WICKED GOOD WELLNESS FOR ME and the line up of workshops and keynote speakers looks great! Also, the theme has inspired a wealth of ideas by members of our own team who are already planning for our moment on the stage! Perhaps we'll have some pictures to share! This is the fourth year that MSAD #41's Wellness Team has attended the Health Promotion Conference and we are looking forward to having an opportunity to network with other teams, and develop an Action Plan that reflects the new ideas. It is our hope that we will return from Sugarloaf with renewed energy and that we will continue to promote wellness for all.
     More when we return.

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     KYLE FOSS and TREVOR LYFORD were a couple of local racers who raced at Eaton Mountain on Sunday, June 8th. The rain held off all day and the track looked pretty good. They race the big 4-wheelers at Eaton so they had more classes to choose from.....even for the younger drivers.
Trevor came out of the gates right in the front of the pack of 9 4-wheelers for the 4-7 ATV class in both motos and raced a very exciting race with another rider was unbeaten....Trevor got passed on the 4th lap, but managed to get by him on the final lap and barely held him off to come home with a huge 1st place trophy.
     Trevor also jumped up a class and raced in the 8-11 year olds with a whopping 16 other ATV's; the most ever lined up at once. He raced extremely hard and came out of the gates towards the front of the pack to pick himself up a 3rd place trophy for finishing 3rd in each moto. Kyle did a fantastic job on a track he had never rode was much more difficult for the dirtbikes because of a couple steep spots and tight turns and then had to come down the hill. No trophies for Kyle today, but he never gave up and gained that much more experience for the next time.

(The goats are the short ones)

     On Wednesday, June 11, the Kiwanis Kids Korner came to an end. We had a large group of human kids and two animal “kids” as Val brought her miniature goats to the festivities. The two “kids” walked down from the elementary school with the group and were the subject of much attention from the walking children and passing cars. The goats were tethered on the front lawn with water bowls and Kirby Robertson to watch them. Before the human group settled down to their party, group pictures were taken including all the “kids”.
     Two large cakes made by Dottie Brown and Val were decorated like American flags with cool whip, blueberries and stripes of sliced strawberries. The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club had also provided Dixie cups of ice cream and juice so there were great refreshments. The adults present and the librarians too enjoyed the goodies. After the

refreshments each child received a certificate and chose a book for themselves. Val , with funds from the Kiwanis Club, had purchased popular books including such characters as Junie B. Jones, Arthur and Franklin. What a busy and delightful 10 weeks the Kiwanis provided with the Kiwanis Kids Korner. Val Robertson did a great job with weekly help from Dottie Brown and Brian Lyford and other adult helpers. There will be a recess for the summer, but the Kiwanis Kids Korner will start up again in the fall.
     Because I have not seen him to thank him personally, I am going to thank Bill Warner in this column. As the library is not open every day, our boxes are delivered to the town office. Many of them I can bring down myself, but lately I have ordered so many books the boxes are too big for me to carry. Bill has carried lots of very heavy book boxes from the town hall to the library. We really appreciate the help, and I thank him very much.
     And speaking of books, I will continue the list of adult books where I left off last time.

Diamant, Anita THE RED TENT
Delinsky, Barbara FLIRTING WITH PETE
Ellis, Virginia THE PHOTOGRAPH
Kellerman, Jonathan A COLD HEART
Koontz, Dean THE FACE
Macomber, Debbie CHANGING HABITS
Patterson, James THE LAKE HOUSE
Patterson, James WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (paper)
Scottoline, Lisa DEAD RINGER
Weisberger, Lauren THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Library Summer Hours
Mon. –Weds.-Fri.---2:00-8:00

     After working for the Bangor Hydro for 14 years, Charlie Herbest enrolled in the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Course at Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor.
     We are proud to announce that his GPA for this semester is 3.30.
     Charlie is employed by London Contractors for the summer and looks forward to returning to school in the fall and finishing his last year.
     Editors note: Way to go! It takes a special person to make such a wonderful situation out of a bad one!!

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Cook School News
     At our June 12th assembly, Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson honored SAMANTHA NOKE (Ms. Ivy's class), JUSTIN MOULTON (Mrs. Carter's class) and ROSE THERIAULT (Miss K's class) as Terrific Kids.
     Samantha has worked very hard this week to complete her jobs and to be a good friend to all. We also celebrated her birthday. Justin is a Terrific Kid every week. He does his best on every assignment. Rose is a wonderful helper. She helps to keep the classroom organized.
     Kathy Foss presented "Good Kid on the Bus" awards to TREVOR LYFORD, LILLIS NOKE and JACOB TURNER. Kathy thanked the students for riding safely.
     Our final assembly will be held at 8:15 on Wednesday, June 18th. You are invited to join as we celebrate our students' success one more time.
     Editor’s note: If you would like to see an example of what is wonderful and good about living in a small town, I urge you to attend the final assembly at the Cook School. The students and faculty are so loving and full of fun and each week’s Terrific Kids assembly has been a special treat for me. And, we have three other schools in the district as wonderful! The area is truly blessed with its young folks and those who guide and teach them.

     The 5th grade in Brownville spent the last several weeks creating an Imagewriting book. Those are books that originate from children's artwork. With the help of art teacher Mrs. Chapman, the students did some wonderful art which was transformed into beautiful illustrations for the stories they wrote. Here Ashley Burch and Jake Lyford are reading their books to classmates.
     The computer is now a big part of every school day in SAD #41. Here students from Brownville are working on a website called They are able to dissect a frog online....without the mess.

A Historical Review - Part 5
Maine Appalachian Trail
Project Nears Completion
Observer, Jay Sperling, 12/31/1980
(A TRC Fringe Benefit, submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     That program of trail improvement translated into a relocation of almost one half of one hundred and forth miles -- of the Maine AT, and the replacement of 11 shelters. Both are undertakings of major proportions. As a direct result of this intensive trail review process the MATC last spring mailed trail corridor proposals to Maine's major landowners, thereby providing them sufficient time and information to allow them to prepare proposals for their company directors.
     Field anticipates receiving a spate of answers to these proposals on the near future. "The landowners know of our own September 1981 timetable, and they know how much red tape is involved in this process. I expect to begin getting their responses quite soon."
     Trail Review -- Finally, of course, after the acquisition of the trail is final, the trail itself must be managed. This prospect of federal interference in management of Maine AT was not entirely a welcome one, and so those management responsibilities will be shared between the State Bureau of Parks and Recreation and the MATC. Under their joint leadership a management plan is being developed, and after formulating a uniform and agreeable set of standards and policies for trail upkeep; major responsibility will again fall to MATC. As Irland of Public Lands noted, "Trail maintenance is a complicated business; it's also a tremendous help to have the people doing the work so close to the user community. In a sense, the state is the silent partner."
     In the midst of these complicated proceedings it is all too easy to ignore the unique nature of this program, not only in Maine but in other states as well. There are very few examples of this cooperative organization among private, state and federal entities to secure and manage a large public tract of land.
     Certainly, such joint management has never been attempted on as extensive a project as this one.
     "I certainly can't recall another project like it," Herb Hartman noted, "with so many factors, so much enthusiasm, and yet so much skepticism as well. Everyone is waiting to see what happens as the trail shifts over to public ownership: they wonder if the volunteerism will be lost, how the landowners will react, how much the federal government will contribute, what role of the state will be all of that, and more. It's a great experience -- no doubt about it."

     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. 23: We are on the same ground that we were yesterday. I am playing off today. It is no use for a soldier when he is in camp to be on duty all the time.
     We are about 25 rods from the Rebel hospital, and I went up and spent 2 hours talking with them. They are in tents and under sheets. They left well ones enough to take care of the wounded. There are 1 or 2 hundred, the most of them have lost their legs or arms. They are mostly from Georgia and N.C.
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     I stopped 1 1/2 hours at one tent. There were 5 in the tent, 3 had their legs off, one had a ball go through his leg above the knee, and the 5th man was shot from one side to the other, through his lungs. He had lived 6 days but he was dying when I was there.
     Two of the fellows were drafted in the spring and the other 2 were forced in by conscript, all over 18 and under 45. They were as loyal as I or anyone is.
     A heart that had not been touched by the horrible sight of war, would be touched. But no more than I have seen, I feel very different. I do no duty today.
     Oh, we got the President’s Proclamation of Emancipation this eve. I received a letter from Henrietta and Emma, and it being the first since I left Portland, I never was more pleased. It gave me new life, and I felt much better. If you knew how glad I am to hear from you, you would write oftener. I regularly wrote to Mary Whitney and Aunt Mary.
     I feel to thank God that I am so well, and have friends that think of me at home. Good Night.
Sept. 24: I with 8 others were reported not fit for duty, and went up to the surgeon, and was excused from taking any duty until night. At 10 a.m. we marched about 1/2 mile, and went onto a new encampment. There was 300 in our Regt. on the sick list, 27 in Co., I not so. They are walking around but have dysentery.
     It is night now and for the first time feels a little like fall. It makes me think of mink hunting, and it is just time for Andrew to be coming back from getting his traps for muskrat now.
     Sept . 25: It is a beautiful day, but no news. I am some better today. There has been 8 or 10 balloon ascensions today, about 75 rods from here.
     Sept. 26: The weather is still pleasant and warm. I am well today and do the same duty that the rest do. We have fresh beef, coffee, pork, and hard bread. Melcher and I do not drink coffee, but drink our sugar. Today I made a grist mill. I found a tin box and took my bayonet, and punched holes, and made a grater. I went into the field and confiscated some ripe corn, and grated it from the cob and made as nice meal as I ever saw. We made a hasty pudding, in my dipper, and put some sugar in it and it was bully. I never ate anything that tasted better. No news.

Part 2: Rome
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2003
     On arriving in Rome, we cleared customs and were met by a Grand Circle Travel representative who checked off our arrival and directed us to the bus to take us to our hotel. I thought Steff might drive a rental car so we could go to see our relatives, but she told me after watching the way the Italians drove there was no way she would drive over here. There were motor scooters darting in and out of traffic and the bus had to make many quick stops. We arrived at the Hotel Nova Domus around 9:15AM. The hotel is typical of those found in Europe. It has an elevator that holds three people so it took a long time for everyone to make it to their rooms. Steff and I had to wait, as our room was not ready. Once everyone arrives we will have 73 people with GCT. We were split into two groups. We had 33 and the other group, which was for people who took a pre-tour extension to Venice, had 40. Other than staying at the hotels together, we saw little of the other group. We even ate separately.
     We were met at the hotel by our tour director Carla Zaia who told us that if we wanted to visit the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel we would have to go today because they close at noon. We would arrive in Rome too late on the last day of our tour to see it before flying home.
     We finally got settled into our room around 10 AM and at 10:10 we headed out for the Vatican Museum that was about two blocks away. I had seen the museum and the chapel once before, but I wanted Steff to see them too. Pat and Jeanne followed along since they didn’t know the way.

     Vatican City is a walled country inside Rome. Although it has been the home of the popes for many years, it was not designated a separate country until 1929 under the terms of the Lateran Treaty. The entire country consists of 108.7 acres. Only a small portion is open to the public. Vatican City is built on the site that was formerly the gardens of Emperor Nero. The first pope to live here was Symmachus in the 6th century. The Vatican Museum contains many examples of Etruscan and Roman art as well as many items from Egypt and Greece. There are a number of rooms open to the public covered with beautiful frescos that were the residences of former popes. During the 16th century the popes hired many Italian artists of the Renaissance to do works of art for St. Peter’s Cathedral as well as the private apartments of the pope. Among the most famous are the frescos of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel that have been recently restored. Besides the ceiling, one end of the chapel contains his “Last Judgment’. Other artists contributed to the room that is truly breath taking and is reserved until the end of the tour of the museum for effect.
     After having lunch at the cafeteria in the museum, Georgia and Angela returned to the hotel while I took Steff to St. Peter’s Basilica. The piazza in front of the cathedral is open to the public and is governed by the Italian police. When we arrived we saw a larger than life size Nativity scene and a Christmas tree near the red granite obelisk at the center of the piazza. I pointed out the pope’s apartment to Steff and then we went into St. Peter’s itself. Our first stop was the Pieta by Michelangelo. I pointed out to her the length of many of the major cathedrals of the world as they were marked out on the floor of St. Peter’s. There were also a lot of tombs of former popes. Of course, under the altar was a set of stairs going down to the crypt containing the bones of St. Peter himself. The cathedral itself is so large, that efforts were made during construction to make it appear smaller with optical illusions.
     We left St. Peter’s and stopped at an Internet café on the way back to the hotel so Steff could let everyone know we had arrived safely. After another stop to buy a canoli at a pastry shop we returned to the hotel. I took a short nap while Steff had a bath. She was impressed that the tub was long enough for her. She was also impressed that the towels were on heated racks so they were nice and warm to dry oneself after a bath.
     The four of us (Angela, Georgia, Steff and I) went to the restaurant in the hotel for a welcome drink of spumante or Italian champagne. Carla told us that 23 of the 33 had arrived. Some were coming in on a later flight and others including Eloise French, the wife of David French, were caught in England because of a snowstorm. At 7 we had our dinner. The menu was rolls, tossed salad, pasta with mushrooms and peas, veal, potatoes with rosemary and some sort of custard with caramel sauce. We also were served wine and bottled water. We ate with Al and Ann Reusch, retired English teachers from Long Island. Talk about a small world. They have a friend in Brewer who is also a friend of Angela’s.
     Eloise arrived minus her luggage at about 8:15. We were happy to see her even without luggage, as she was part of our little group within the group.
     I went to bed at 8:45 but woke up at 12:30 AM and didn’t get back to sleep until 4 AM. I seem to be more conscious of jet lag this trip.
     Next week, off to Sorrento

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Remember when graduations were at the Town Hall? Chairs were packed in as tightly as they could fit them, leaving a center aisle for the graduates to march down. We'd get all ready in the Town Hall dining room and when it was time for the program to begin, we'd walk upstairs and march down that center aisle....girls settling in on one side of the aisle and the boys on the other side. On graduation night the junior class marched in ahead of the seniors...dressed in suits and gowns. They parted and made a path for the seniors to march down between them. The seniors, however, went up over some make-shift stairs to settle in up on the stage, the juniors taking their places in those front row seats.

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     Sunday night was Baccalaureate. Usually no tears were involved on Sunday night, as it wasn't the "end", it was the "beginning!" The local ministers led prayers and usually the hymns were of a patriotic nature. There was always a guest speaker. After the service....when our parents had all gone home....the classmates had to stay to get the hall ready for Class Night which was on Monday night.
     Class Night was another night to don the caps and gowns and once again march down the center aisle...separating to sit boys on one side... girls on the other. The class officers and some of the classmates did that program. Class will and prophesies were read....and my part, which was the history of our class. Class Night was like a little play (written by Phil Gerow). The theme of our graduation was Shangri-la. We had cherry trees all in pink tissue paper bloom, and a beautiful little bridge spanning an imaginary stream. We always found a use for the fake grass that the funeral home always willingly provided. After Class Night we all hung around to help the Junior Class decorate for the prom.
     Our prom was beautiful and I can remember that my Uncle Dick Morrison's Band played all the old standards for us to dance to. My gown was floor satin with white eyelet lace in layers on the bodice. It came from Rines in Bangor, and cost an extraordinary $55.00. Back in those days we wore tiara's and long white over the elbow gloves. There was no such thing as going in a limo....or eating out ahead of time. There was no place to eat out! If any of my classmates ate out in Bangor ahead of the prom....I wasn't aware of it. I'm pretty sure that we all let the Juniors tear down the decorations after the prom....we were all still sniveling and weeping because we had endured the "receiving line."
     Wednesday night was the actual graduation. We all wore a red rose corsage on our gowns. Graduation hasn't changed in all of these years. I think we were the first class to ditch the guest speaker. We wanted to get it over with....march in....get the diploma....listen to the honor speakers...get the heck out of there. Hottest night of the year, you could count on it. I believe that Mom had some treats, coffee and punch afterwards for relatives and neighbors who might have wanted to stop in...but it was nothing formal....nothing planned.
     Thursday we totally had the day off....and then on Friday morning we went back to march one more time down that aisle for Last Assembly. The whole school walked from the high school to the Town Hall for the final time for our class to gather....and in some cases to see each other for the last time. Awards were given for honor roll, attendance, speaking parts, senior play, science fair, sports, almost everything that you had participated in during that school year was honored at Last Assembly. I don't remember our parents attending that function. When that was over....we were free...literally. Protected no more by the bonds of friendship that had secured us all of those years. They literally gave us our wings and we were off!
     Sometime during that week, possibly the Saturday night before graduation....we went to a big senior banquet. Our class celebrated at the Lancey House in Pittsfield. It was very nice. I'm not sure what we did at senior banquet besides eat....I think we may have celebrated the retirement of some of our teachers. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Munson retired that year and I do remember a very fancy cake that celebrated not only our graduation, but her retirement as well. That was very nice of us...don't you think?
     The girls always had very light colored dresses to wear under their graduation gowns (which were white). My dress was a sheer sleeveless belted shirt waist with pale aqua something or others on it. We all wore white heels. So for graduation week we had to have a dress that was versatile enough for a banquet...a class night performance...and to wear under a sweltering gown on the hottest night of the year. I remember Mom saying, "that dress will wash just like a handkerchief." That must have been the 1965 catch phrase for "easy to launder." Guys had to have a suit and black socks and shoes. I think that buying a suit for graduation was a rite of passage. The tuxes that the guys rented for prom were always white dinner jackets with black pants and cummerbunds. Either they wore their new suit....the white dinner jacket....or they didn't go. It was as simple as that.

     There was a rather good sized group of us who were allowed to spend a few days around graduation time at our friend      Lorraine's camp at Boyd Lake. I don't remember that we had a lot of supervision on that excursion. I do remember, however, that we were not allowed to have boys there...yeah right! Like that little rule was going to cut any ice with us. We always had to test the those limits. I can vaguely remember about 6 or 8 of us lining up on that wharf all shaving our legs at once....getting ready for one of those functions or another.
     Nine days later I was really on my Boothbay Harbor working for the summer. From there it was off to college...back to the coast for another summer...back to college, and so forth until I was married and had children....and those children graduated and had memorable graduation weeks....and lives of their own....and children.... and in a few years those children are going to start graduating. And that's the way life goes. Isn't it amazing!
     Graduation traditions come and go. I love the tradition of having a big celebratory party for your senior. We had huge graduation parties for both of our kids...we even did our living room over in anticipation of my daughter's party. Talk about being motivated! I also love the fact that the actual graduation ceremony is still so traditional. In all of these years, that doesn't seem to have changed at all. I'm sad, however, that we don't feel compelled to have a baccalaureate ceremony anymore. I don't know when the kids do their class wills, prophesy or gifts; but breakfast at "The Restaurant," senior skip day and forming a parade to drive the loop are fun times to remember I'm sure.
     Ever wondered how to make the luscious Sherbet Punch that so many people serve at those parties? Here's a recipe.

1/2 gallon lime or raspberry sherbet, softened
1 liter ginger ale
2 cups lemon-lime soda
2 cups grapefruit or citrus soda
Just before serving, place the sherbet in a punch bowl. Add ginger ale and soda; stir until sherbet is almost dissolved. Yield: 4 1/2 quarts.


In Loving Memory Of
JUSTIN ELI GERRISH Dec. 31, 1977 - June 10, 1992. Forever in our hearts.
We love and miss you.

     SELBYVILLE, Del. and MILO- Phyllis W. Dean, 77, wife of the late Parker Dean, died June 10, 2003,
in Selbyville, Del., after a short illness. She was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Robert Edward and Annie (Shannon) Weymouth. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Parker Dean; and her brothers, Michael S. and John H. Weymouth. Phyllis is survived by her son, Pastor Leroy Weymouth and his wife, Sally of Selbyville, Del.; three grandsons, Greg and his wife, Maria, of El Paso, Texas, Eric and his wife, Rosie, of Williamsport, Pa., and Paul of Selbyville, Del.; four great-grandchildren, Kathy, Christa, Fernando, and Josaline; a sister, Sonia M. Emery of Scarborough; a brother, Robert E. Weymouth of Dover-Foxcroft; a special niece, Delores J. Weymouth of Waterville, and many other nieces and nephews. Phyllis attended school in Dover and was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Milo. She was a past president of the VFW Auxiliary. She worked for Hathaway Shirt Factory for more than 20 years. Phyllis was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting with her family and friends. She had a wonderful way of making everyone feel special, always leaving with a hug and "I love you" when spending time with her family.

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     MIDDLETON, Wis. and MILO Donald A. Eichel, 78, died at Rest Haven Convalescent Home in Verona, on June 10, 2003. He was born in on May 22, 1925, in Somerville, Mass., the eldest child of Lottie and Aubrey Eichel. Donald served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, after which he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree from Drexel University in Pennsylvania. When he retired in 1990, after 32 years with the General Electric Co. Aerospace Program, he returned to his boyhood home in Milo. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and a variety of hobbies that included oil painting, taxidermy, and woodworking. He is survived by his daughter, Shelly Thieme (Charles) of Middleton; three granddaughters, Kellie Orndorff (David) of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Nicole Tribbey (Jeff) of Denver, Colo., and Kimberly Eck (Jason) of Louisville, Colo.; a grandson, Shawn Thieme of Columbia, S.C.; and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Quentin. He is also survived by a sister, Selda Bourgeoius of Enfield, Conn.; two nephews, Steven and Jeff and a niece, Jill. Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Linwood. Graveside services were held June 14, 2003, at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for a scholarship fund for the Milo High School, for students pursuing careers in engineering, in care of the Donald Eichel Memorial Scholarship Fund, Middleton Community Bank, 3207 West Beltline Highway, Middleton, WI 53562.

     BROWNVILLE - Roy J. Bragdon Jr., 77, died June 13, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born Jan 8, 1926, in Smyrna Mills, the son of Roy J. and Ella (Cassidy) Bragdon. Roy had been employed at area saw mills. He is survived by a brother, Reginald and his wife, Jackie, of Brownville; three sisters, Josephine Russell of Brownville, Rita Burpee of Smyrna Mills, and Mildred White of Oakfield; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Paul.
     SEBEC and KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Nancy (Green) Curtis, 61, died June 10, 2003, at a Kingsport, Tenn., hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was born July 22, 1941, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Robert and Inez (Doore) Green. She is survived by her mother, Inez Green of Sebec; two sons, Christopher Curtis of Sebec and Robert Curtis and his wife, Judith, of Cumberland; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Dean Munson of Sebec; four grandchildren, Amanda and Ashley Curtis, Elizabeth Carle and William Curtis; one brother, Joel Green and his wife, Joyce, of Milo; six sisters, Sharon Manchester and her husband, Ken, of Sebec, Becky Henderson and her husband, Carl, of St. Francis, Kathy Russell and her husband, Dwight, of Milo, Roxanne Easler and her husband, David, of Corinth, Lynnette Kroemer of Corinth, and Robin Sweetser and her husband, Wendall, of Bryant Pond; several nieces and nephews; friends too numerous to mention. Nancy is going to be dearly missed by three close friends, Sharon, Janet and Janet, who helped her endure her battle. She was predeceased by her husband, William Curtis; daughter, Lisa Curtis; and father, Robert Green. Nancy graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1959. Her first and most important job was staying home caring for her children. At one time she owned the Village Market in Charleston. For many years she worked as a CNA, providing loving care to residents at the Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft. She moved on to a career with Donihe Graphics in Kingsport, Tenn., where she spent the last 11 years. She enjoyed crafts and gardening. She took great joy from the flowers she

she raised. At Nancy's request there was a gathering of friends at her sister's camp on the Sand's Road in Sebec between the hours of 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2003.

Media Release
June 5, 2003
State Supports County Bonding Bill
Economic development projects to be put to ballot.
     Dover-Foxcroft- Local municipal officials expressed appreciation upon the announcement that Governor John Baldacci had recently signed a bill allowing Piscataquis County to bond for economic development projects. Sponsored by State Senator Paul Davis, the bill allows the County to put bond referendum questions to the voters for approval. Bonding for economic development projects is new to Maine’s counties; currently they are only allowed to borrow for jails and courthouses. The legislation received unanimous support from the Piscataquis County Commissioners as well as a myriad of local Town Managers before sailing through the Legislature with no opposition.
     “I am pleased that voters will be able to decide on County-wide economic development initiatives,” stated Piscataquis County Commission Chair Eben DeWitt; “With this ability, I have no doubt that Piscataquis County will be able to develop competitive, employment enhancing projects.” DeWitt credited attorney Erik Stumpfel of the Eaton Peabody law firm with drafting the legislation and offering advice on how the referendum process should be structured.
     That sentiment was echoed by local municipal officials: “Our municipalities are too small and don’t have the resources to create effective economic development projects alone,” explained Brownville Town Manager Sophie Wilson, “but, by pooling resources County-wide, I predict our efforts will have greater success.” Monson Town Manager Jeanne Reed concurred, “As a region, we can all share in the risks and opportunities of County-wide projects.”
     As President of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, Milo Town Manager Jane Jones sees comparisons to the investment many of Maine’s larger cities have made in their economic development infrastructure. “Our County’s population is about half that of Bangor’s, yet their investment in business parks, speculative buildings, and other job-related projects is impressive. This bonding ability will allow us to get into the game.” Jones mentioned that the legislation only allows the voters to consider capital-related projects and would not be used for staff or operational functions.
     What kind of projects that will appear on the referendum ballot is a question being pondered by local economic development officials. PCEDC Executive Director Mark Scarano suggested that the Towns of Brownville and Milo are seeking a small industrial park and that Greenville officials have expressed interest in bringing municipal water and wastewater into that community’s industrial park. “These are some of the projects that might make it on a November ballot,” Scarano said. He also said that the County should leverage bond funds with State and Federal grant programs as much as possible.
     For more information, contact:
Mark Scarano, Executive Director
Piscataquis County Economic Development Council
50 Mayo Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426
(207) 564-3638 or 1-800-539-0332 or at

June 11, 2003
Governor to Re-Sign County Bonding Bill in Public Ceremony
     Governor Baldacci will be re-signing his approval for LD 1357 (“An Act to Encourage Economic Development in Piscataquis County.”) in a ceremony on June 18th at 11am in the

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State House Cabinet Room. Members of the media are encouraged to attend this celebration of economic development regionalism.
     For more information on LD 1357, its impact on countywide employment, and how it encourages a regional approach to economic development, please contact PCEDC Executive Director Mark Scarano at 564-3638.

     Did you ever wonder what goes into the making of the Graduation Baton? That’s the item that Mr. Robert Hayes, Class Marshal for the Class of 2003 of Penquis Valley High School used as the members marched their way down to the stage.
     As you saw, if you attended graduation, held Sunday, June 15, at the gymnasium, it was done in Red, White and Blue, the colors of the school and the colors of the class. On each of the white squares, if you saw closely, there was a signature of a member of the class. The Baton becomes the property of the marshal following graduation and it becomes a great souvenir for that person.
     How did the Baton happen to be? In May, 1959, Phil Gerow, Class advisor for the Class of 1959 at Milo High School, walked into the office of the principal, Robert Fifield, and asked about the Baton for Graduation. What he was told was “You are the Class Advisor, it’s up to you to see that there is one.”
     Gerow explained that the first experience he had with a baton was when he was a student at Husson College. His Sophomore Year there, he was selected as class marshal for the Graduating Class. He remembers that the baton was done in Green and Gold, the College Colors. Other than that, he’d had nothing to do with a baton.
     Now, Phil Gerow knew nothing about the making of a Baton or where one might be bought. He contacted some schools in the area and was told, “We make our Baton.” So, Phil decided that he would make the one for Milo High School.
     He knew he could purchase the ribbon for the baton at the local Treworgy’s Five and Ten on Main Street in Milo. So, off he went to the store. When he got there, he explained his problem to Elaine Carey, an employee and one who had helped him greatly with items he had needed throughout the school year. She immediately went to the rolls of oilcloth; remember when you could purchase it to put on for table clothes, etc.? She removed the cardboard roll that the material was on and told Gerow that this would make a great foundation for the baton.
     They determined the length of the baton, approximately one yard. The roll was cut to that length. Then they had to determine the amount of ribbon. It was pure guesswork that they used. Gerow realized that part of the ribbon that used for the winding of the baton would be 7/8 of an inch wide. Then for the ends of the baton, it would be quarter inch in width.
     He bought what he and Elaine estimated would be necessary to make a proper baton. He headed for Alton Street where he boarded with Nora and Percy Hamlin. Nora told him in certain words “you need your head examined for taking on such a project, especially when you’ve never done something like this before!” But Gerow wasn’t one to give up easily.

     He spent the weekend, from Friday evening after school until late Sunday afternoon, working on the baton. Many, many times, he would take it out because it was not coming out the way it should. Finally, after many attempts, he figured it out and the Class Marshal that year had a perfect Graduation Baton. Over the years, Gerow has perfected his winding technique so that it now takes only about four hours to complete it compared to the twenty hours it took the first time. Time does help speed things up.
     He did the Baton for Milo High School for the years 1959 through 1968. In fact, the year 1968 found Gerow himself using the Baton to escort the Class of 1968 into the Milo Town Hall for Graduation. This was the last class to graduate and the class members voted him the Class Marshal. After graduation, Gerow donated the Baton to the Milo Historical Society. It still is on display there.
     In May, 1969, Mr. Malcolm Buchanan, principal of the school consolidated school for Brownville Junction High School and Milo High School, now known as Penquis Valley High School, approached Gerow and asked if he would prepare the baton for the graduation. Naturally, after ten years of experience, Gerow wasn’t going to say no. In fact, for the past 35, including this year, Gerow has prepared the Baton for graduation.
     Over the years, it has varied in colors, sometimes being red and blue; other times being red or blue and white, yet for the past several years, it has been done in Red, White and Blue. Gerow says there’s no more work to using three colors than using two.
     Over the years, however, the base of the baton has changed. Once Treworgy’s carried oilcloth from the same company. Later the store changed manufacturers and the spool was much larger, and could not be used for the baton. What to do?
     Gerow went to Bailey Lumber Company and talked with Terry Bailey. Out of the generosity of Terry’s heart, he gave Gerow a 7/8-inch dowel to try for the base. It worked, and every year since then, Gerow has gone back to Terry and said “Terry, it’s that time of the year!” And Terry has given him another dowel. Terry used to say, “Gerow, I thought you said you were retired!” And Gerow’s answer has always been “As long as I’m able, I’ll do the Baton. And I hope you’ll always supply the base.”
     So, as Bob Hayes marched the Class of 2003 down the aisle at the Penquis Valley High School Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 15, he was using the 45th Graduation Baton that Phil Gerow has made. Not a bad record. Gerow says he’s doing what Ed Oakes is doing “I’m going for 50!” Here’s hoping he makes it.
     Gerow said that next year, he’d do an article for the paper that tells who all the individuals have been who have served as Class Marshals, both students and adults. That should make for a trip down Memory Lane.

     Now that summer has arrived and the bugs and mosquitoes are out in full force, the blood supply for hospitals is quite low. HUMANS, not mosquitoes, need blood.
     What can you do to help?
     There is going to be a Blood Drive from 2 to 7 pm on Monday, June 30, at the Milo Town Hall Dining Room. All you need to do is show up and the crew will take it from there.

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     You should be getting a card from the Red Cross Blood Services. And, if time permits, you will receive a personal telephone call reminding you of the drive and asking you to be a specific time donor or a walk-in.
     If you wish to help with the drive doing registration, patient walking, or helping with the canteen, please contact Phil Gerow at 943-2046. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Remember, the life you save could be your own!
     Thank you.

     We are writing this letter to let everyone know how proud we are of our son Sgt. Gordon Nutter. Gordon has been a member of the Air National Guard in Bangor for more than the past five years. Previous to that he joined the Army, right out of high school, and spent seven years on active duty that included a tour in Korea. He is a Military Policeman. Gordon was discharged from the Army and moved back home where he found that he missed being in the military. He joined the Air Guard as military security where he found that he already had most of his training from the Army. Gordon has been deployed twice since joining the Air Guard, once last spring to Oman for three months and three days before Christmas he again was deployed to the Gulf until April 1st.; this time in the United Arab Emirates. At this time he was sent home because of a medical emergency with his wife.
     Gordon loves the military and the job he has, he loves his country and enjoys serving her, whether it is at a small air base in Bangor, Maine or somewhere else in the world. His mother and I and his sister and brother just want him and everyone to know how very proud we are of him.
     In no way does this letter take anything away from the soldiers who are still in Iraq or anywhere else in the world defending our freedom; they are all heroes to us. We just want to say how proud we are of Gordon.
     We love you, son,
Mom and Dad Nutter
Editor’s note: We are all proud!

     The coming months, summer and early fall, will be very busy for Phil Gerow and some other area residents. They will be trying several fundraising activities to help boost the Malcolm V. Buchanan Fund.
     The fund was established several years ago, 1974 to be exact, with a “Walk-A-Thon” in conjunction with Homecoming activities. Since that time, a $200 scholarship has been awarded to Penquis Valley Seniors each graduation. And it is that tradition that we wish to continue.
     Mr. Buchanan turned 80 years young this past December and many folks helped him celebrate. The party was held in October so as to allow travel time for the attendees rather than to have to travel in snow and winter weather. At that time it was suggested that individuals donate to his scholarship rather than giving gifts. That idea did not materialize.
     So, after having a talk with Mr. Buchanan and his wife Lisa on Wednesday, June 11, I have been given permission to raise funds for the scholarship. At the present time there are sufficient funds in the account for one more presentation after June of 2003.
     With this article I am not asking for funding at the present time—I’m just putting you on notice that there will be events and solicitations being held that I hope you will participate in to increase the amount. Letters will be mailed out to individuals and classes will be contacted at both Penquis Valley and Brownville Junction High School.
     However, if there is anyone who would like to donate now, the account is at the United/Kingfield Bank at 53 Main Street in Milo, Account # 152945521. Please feel free to donate; it would be greatly appreciated.
     I will use the local newspaper to keep everyone updated as to the activities and the balances. Thank you in advance for whatever you can do to help this cause.
     Mr. Buchanan was the principal of Penquis Valley High School from its opening in September of 1968 to the year of his retirement in June of 1984. He also served as a teacher and principal at Brownville Junction High School for many years. If everyone who was touched by Mr. Buchanan’s kindness would donate a small sum, think what a final total we could have!!!

     Michelle Mulherin, a sophomore at Penquis Valley, spent last weekend, May 29 to June 1, at the Maine Youth Leadership Program at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. About 100 sophomores, one from each high school in Maine, attended the program. This was called the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Seminar for the past 23 years but changed its name to Maine Youth Leadership last year.
     Michelle registered on Thursday, May 29, and attended a welcome seminar. Ten groups were formed and were named after spices. Michelle attended seminars over the three-day period that covered prejudice, morals, ethics, mission statements and how to be a leader. Kevin Rubenstein, assistant director from George Washington University, was the guest speaker. He spoke on leadership, volunteerism and character. Other speakers during the seminar included principals, business owners, judges, and lawyers.
     A mock trial was held where the students had to be the participants. The subject of the trial was about having casinos in Maine. Students had to become neighbors; unemployed people, business owners, senior citizens, teens and they had to voice their thoughts on having a casino. At the end they all voted as they really thought and voted against it.
     During the four days they had a talent show and a dance. On Friday there were games where students had to work together strategically to win. In these groups they would choose one who had leadership abilities and then form their strategy for winning.
     There were songs and cheers to get the students motivated. Many students got up and spoke. Michelle had to do some research on one of the speakers before she could speak about him and thank him for coming.
     Michelle says this has made a big impact on her and has changed her view on a lot of things. She knows that volunteering is very important, especially when it benefits others. If she does 100 hours of community service she can be a junior counselor next year. She is really excited about the idea and has received many ideas on what to do for her community service.
     Parents were invited for the closing ceremony on the last day. Each group talked about the important things that happened to them during the four days and then ‘graduated’. Michelle was surprised at how close the students became and there were lots of tears when they had to say their good-byes!
     Michelle will receive a CD on the event with the student’s e-mail addresses. A white-water rafting trip is being planned for some of the participants.
     Michelle is the daughter of Bill and Susan Mulherin of Milo. She is very active in school activities, especially basketball, softball, and soccer as well as being a Student Council member.
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     Please help find a home for this brother and sister pair. They are friendly tiger cats, have been declawed and are in need of a new home by June 28. The yellow male is neutered and the gray female is spayed. The present owner is desperately hoping they do not have to go to a shelter but wants to give them a loving home together. If you can help please call Julie at 943-5083.

     Nine members of the Penquis Valley Middle School Student Council took a ride on the CAT out of Bar Harbor on Saturday, June 7.
     The students left at 8 a.m. from Bar Harbor along with 17 other people, mostly parents. The CAT holds 900 passengers but it was a short passenger list so there was plenty of room to get around inside. It also holds 250 vehicles. The CAT showed two different movies on the way over. They played at the same time but in different areas of the ship, and then played two different movies on the return trip. There were cafes, a gift shop, plenty of seating room to rest, read, or eat and a casino for the adults. It was very clean and comfortable!
     The CAT crew was very hospitable to the group from Milo. Everyone in the group received a coupon for a free drink and most of them took a very interesting tour of the bridge. All the equipment, computers, radar, and sonar were overwhelming. The navigation crew was quite friendly to the students and answered all their questions. The CAT is powered by four 9,500 horsepower marine diesel engines and can travel up to 55 mph. The CAT’s four water jets can fill an Olympic size swimming pool in 33 seconds!
     The 2.5 hour trip to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia ended about 11 a.m. and the group went into town with everyone doing their own thing. Several had lunch at various restaurants, many went shopping at the variety of shops on the Main Street, some visited museums, and many pictures were taken.
     The CAT left Nova Scotia at 4 p.m., Atlantic Time, and arrived in Bar Harbor at 6 p.m., Eastern Time. Everyone said that they had a great time.
     Student Council members going were Amanda Maioriello, Miranda McSwine, Nicole Ballard, Erica Lyford, Travis Willette, Katie LaMunyon, Jessica Kahl, Chelsea Clark, Sara Niemic, and their advisor Virginia Foss. The students all received a t-shirt and many memories.

By Nancy Grant
     The following weather report is being brought to you from the weather book kept by Mrs. Mabel McCleary when she lived in Brownville Jct. Grammie wrote her entries mostly on three-hole notebook paper and tied the pages together with pink ribbons. The ribbons are a bit faded and frayed around the edges but they are still holding strong.
JUNE – 1966
June 17-Nice day-72&Mac176; at 9 am and 60&Mac176; at 8:30 pm.
June 18-Nice day.
June 19-Nice day.
June 20-Nice day-68&Mac176; at 9 pm.
June 21-Nice windy day-68&Mac176; at 7 am and 60&Mac176; at 9 pm.
June 22-Nice day-60&Mac176; at 7:30 am and 86&Mac176; at 6:30 pm.
June 23-Cloudy AM showers PM-60&Mac176; at 7 am.

     I have had one of the best weeks of my life! The little guy in the picture is part of the reason why, the rest of the reason is the wonderful folks who live in our area.
     This past Monday, I began my official duties as the Animal Control Officer for Milo. My first duty was to take a letter to those who haven’t registered their dogs for this year. I know it sounds like a yucky job, but I get to see a lot of people, and I get to see some darling dogs. No one gave me a hard time, as a matter of fact, some folks were downright friendly! I would go tell them they had 7 days to register their dog, or else risk a police summons, and they would give me gifts. .No, not bribes, GIFTS! I got a big bag of cat food from a wonderful couple who no longer had a cat. As a matter of fact, the couple, Steve and Cheryl Hamlin, were part of the reason for my best-ever week.
     Besides handing out the letters, I went to a few houses because of complaints from neighbors. One of the callers was concerned that a couple of dogs were not being fed enough. I had noticed the dogs on one of my trips, and also thought they appeared a bit thin. They were also running loose and getting into neighbor’s garbage cans, so I had good reason to pay a call on the dog’s family. I went to the house, and a young fellow and his girl friend came outside to talk with me. I explained why I was there and asked if perhaps they were in over their heads with dogs. They admitted to having 4. They assured me the dogs were well cared for and I told them I needed to see a dog license or at least shot records. The young fellow went in to “search” for them and I questioned the girl
     “Do you think the dogs get enough to eat?” I asked
     “I think so”, she said.
     “Do they eat every day?” I queried.
     “I think so.”
     ‘Do they eat twice a day?’ I asked.
     “Sometimes”, she answered.
     By now I could see she was upset, and my heart ached for her and the dogs. I then said, ‘’Honey, I’m not asking these questions to be mean, I just really love dogs and it’s my job to see that all of the dogs in our town are taken care of. Do the dogs have any food right now?”
     “No, but we’re gonna get some tomorrow.”

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     She had tears in her eyes, and I did too.
     As expected, the boy returned with no proof of immunizations or licensing. I explained to them both they needed to get the dogs the proper shots and license. The letter I handed them gave them 7 days to show me some proof that they had complied. I told them I would help them adopt some of the dogs out if they felt they couldn’t care for them all. They were both so polite and respectful.
     Before I left, I told them I would be back in a week. But, I couldn’t stop thinking of that sweet little girl or the dogs. So before I went to my next stop, I went to Reuben’s, bought them a couple bags of dog food, and as I had also seen a cat there, I bought a bag of cat food for good measure. I took it to them and they were so appreciative! I explained to them that I would never do it again, but that while they were figuring out what to do for the dogs, I didn’t need them worrying about how they were going to feed them. They thanked me and I went on my way.
     There is an old saying about doing something good and you get rewarded twofold, and that’s just what happened to me. The next day, both Cheryl and Steve Hamlin and Madeline Macomber gave me huge amounts of dog food and cat food they no longer needed. Although the reasons they didn’t need the food were sad ones, I know that we all felt better knowing I could use the food for situations such as those in the story.
     Now, you are probably thinking that story in itself is the good week-making event I started my column with, but there’s more…a lot more!
Monday evening was my very first night of being an Animal Control Officer. I had gone to 6 houses to deliver the dreaded “Resister your dog or else..” letter. I was headed to my house to put the critters to bed, when I noticed Kirby coming towards me in his car. We were in front of Trask’s Insurance building and he beeped. I knew from his beeping that he needed to talk to me, so I turned around and pulled into Harmon’s Texaco station, right behind him.
     Jimmy Ladd was manning the pumps, and Kirby started to tell me something, as did Jimmy. I followed Jimmy’s pointing finger and saw a cat lying off the tar on some grass. “ Is it dead”? I asked. It was, but Jimmy turned my attention to the side of the building, and there was a kitten! Not just any kitten, but the sweetest kitten I had ever seen. That is its picture at the start of this column. What you can’t tell from the photo is that she was the most beautiful silver color. She was opening her mouth to mew..but nothing was coming out. I immediately bent down, scooped her up and placed her inside my shirt to warm her up. I learned from Jimmy that the mother cat had been struck by a car and killed. The kitten was in her mouth at the time, and yet she miraculously appeared unharmed. Jimmy said that his wife Shirlene had read in the paper that I was the new Animal Control Officer, so she had called and gotten Kirby on the phone. Kirby was headed to the scene when he saw me.
     Jimmy went on to say that the crew at Harmon’s had seen the cat earlier in the day with what they thought was a squirrel in her mouth, crossing from the other side of Main Street. Well, that sweet little kitten looked remarkably like a squirrel, so we wondered if there could be more kittens somewhere.
     Kirby went to search behind True Value and that block of buildings and I went out behind Harmon’s and looked. I knocked on doors to tell the neighborhood folks the story and to be on the lookout for kittens. Everyone assured me that they would, and that there seemed to be a few stray cats living along
the river. I looked a while longer and was joined by Kirby, who also had no luck. We rationalized that perhaps there was only one kitten as she was so fat and healthy, or that perhaps if there were littermates, they had been killed and that’s why Mama was moving her. We reluctantly gave up our search, thanked Jimmy for calling us, and I went off to Reuben’s to buy a teeny bottle and some kitten formula.
     I fed little “Monkey Pox” every few hours throughout the night, and placed her box on top of the pen that holds the baby chicks beside our bed. The heat from their lamp and the peeping of the chicks seemed to soothe the kitten.
     Before I go any further, I suppose I should apologize to anyone who has had, or knows someone who has had a bout with “Monkey Pox”. I don’t mean to make light of what might be a bad sickness. I really don’t pay much attention to the national news, but I had heard some reports of Monkey Pox that day, and, well, the kitten just looked like a “Monkey Pox”.
     The next day, Tuesday, I carried the baby around with me and everyone who saw her fell in love with her. I could have given her away dozens of times, but I knew she needed the kind of care only I can give. All right, I really liked her and wanted to keep her a bit longer. Actually, my plan was to take her to see Julie Gallagher that afternoon. Julie absolutely loves cats and kittens and she knows just what to do for and with them. I knew she worked during the day, so my plan was to go see her around 6PM. .
     I again searched the two areas where there might be kittens, with no luck and had to give up my hunt around noontime as I had a car servicing appointment at the Saturn dealer in Bangor. I planned on taking “Monkey” with me, then going to visit my grandmother at the rehabilitation home and taking in the Bucksport/ Foxcroft Academy Eastern Maine Final boy’s baseball game. I knew my Grammie would love to see the kitten, and I figured the kitten would love going to a baseball game on a beautiful June afternoon. I was right on both counts. And boy was I popular at the ball game! It’s amazing how easy you can make friends when you pull a beautiful kitten out of your shirt and start feeding it with a tiny baby bottle.
     I got back to Milo around 5:30PM and took Monkey Pox home to see Kirby. I told him about our day, had Kirby say goodbye to the darling kitten, and headed to Julie’s.
     Well, of course, Julie fell in love with little Monkey instantly. She has a wonderful network of cat lovers she works with. They make sure every kitten or cat gets adopted and that every one of them is spayed or neutered and has all their shots. Many times Julie and her cat loving friends end up paying for the medical services themselves, and Julie sometimes drives long distances to make sure her feline friends get a loving, responsible home.
     Now, back to my story. Julie somehow made a phone call while kissing and cooing over little Monkey Pox. She got a woman named Phyllis on the phone and promptly arranged to meet her at Sebec Corner. It seems Julie and Phyllis had rescued a nursing mother cat recently, and were sure that Monkey’s new Mama would love and feed her like her own. Turns out they were right! Julie made the trip with Monkey Pox and heard from Phyllis the next day that she was immediately accepted and loved by her new Mom.
     Now, Julie is a true hero in my book, and would be a hero to me from what she did for Monkey Pox…but what she did next will make you all see that she is indeed a hero.
     Thursday night, I was headed up Summer Street, behind the Farmer’s Union, to serve some dog warnings. Julie’s
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car came up behind me and she motioned for me to pull over. I did, and she held up a kitten. My heart soared as I looked into the precious face of what looked like my Monkey Pox.
     “You got her back!” I exclaimed.
     “It’s another one’” she said.
     Oh my goodness; I knew what she meant. She explained that she couldn’t stand to think there may be more kittens somewhere, so she started a search of her own. She had found this one in a rock wall behind True Value and came to find me because I had the baby bottle and kitten formula. Of course, now we knew there could be more, so I took the kitten home for Kirby to feed, and Julie and I arranged to meet and continue searching.
     We met behind True Value and went over every inch of the rock wall where she found the second kitten. After exploring the exact spot the kitten was sitting in when Julie found her, we determined that had the baby moved backward 6 inches, it would have fallen into a deep hole. Apparently her mama had said, “You sit still ‘til I get back,” and there she sat, for two days and two nights!
     We searched and we listened as Julie explained that she had heard a teeny “MEW” and that was how she had found the kitten. We finally decided there were no kittens on this side of the street and that we had to start a new search, behind Harmon’s.
     As luck would have it, Paul McKusick was working at Harmon’s that evening. He had seen the mother cat carrying something into the woods behind Harmon’s on Monday afternoon. He watched her take it into the woods, and pointed out the spot she entered the woods. We decided to start our search at that point. When we went into the woods at the spot Paul pointed out, I said” I can’t imagine she wanted to raise her kittens here, it’s wet and hard to walk through”, just then, both Julie and I nearly landed on our butts. There were hundreds of fallen down trees, and the ground was soft and the trees were wet and punky.
     “I bet no one will be surprised when they find us out here with broken legs”, Julie remarked.
     I said” Nope, people know we are crazy!”
     Just then, I stumbled, and as I reached to catch myself, I looked down, and there were two more of the sweetest kittens looking up at me! “Here they are!” I yelled, and the two cutest kittens in the world were joined by the two happiest women in the world. We both exclaimed that this was the best thing ever, and that people who had won huge lotteries couldn’t be half as happy as we were!!
     We searched for more, as each of us cuddled and cooed the babies. Julie was sure that as fat and well cared for that the kittens were, this had to be all there were. I agreed that no wild mother cat could possibly have more babies and we left, knowing we had the whole litter, thanks to Paul showing us the way. What a wonderful man he is, and he will forever be a saint in our book!
     These 3 kittens were much hungrier and a lot more eager to eat than the first kitten. These guys had spent over 48 hours on their own, and yet they had stayed put, just like Mama told them. Once again, Julie got on the phone, and arranged

for me to meet Phyllis at Sebec Corner at 5:50 the next morning. I was thrilled to have three babies to care for that night, and needless to say, they ate and ate and ate.
     The next morning, we headed for Sebec Corner to meet with Phyllis, and as I sat waiting for her in the store’s parking lot, I told each kitty that I loved them and that they were to be good for their new mama and to have a wonderful life. Phyllis arrived and as I handed her the kittens, she said “ Jasmine (the mother cat) says she loves the new kitten and is looking forward to these 3, but that’s it!” I can’t blame her!
     So now you can see why I’ve had such a great week, and why I have so many people I admire and thank. I only wish I could find a way to thank everyone properly. Kirby, Jim and Shirlene Ladd, Paul McKusick, Julie, Steve and Cheryl Hamlin, and Phyllis all had parts in making this such a great week and such a great couple of stories.
     If any of you readers want to adopt a kitten or cat, or would like to help Julie in her efforts to give good homes to a lot of cats, you can give her a call at 943-5083. Any donation would be a help, and she and her network do so much good for the animals in our area. These 3 faces are worth more than any amount of money…don’t you think?



     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 11 Meeting Minutes
     President Edwin Treworgy greeted twenty-three members today.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham led us in prayer.
     Our newest member, Don Harris, was our inspirational reader with a passage about “Little things make big things excellent” which told us that life is the sum of excellent moments.
     Birthday wishes go out to Gary Cote on the 15th and anniversary congratulations go to Mike and Angie Comeau on the 17th.

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Fourteen happy and sad dollars were donated for Frank’s help, moose permit, kitten doing fine, starting and stopping more difficult that continuing, the Yankees, and learning new words that were not heard at RIF!
     It was a pleasure to have Eben DeWitt formally induct Don Harris into the Kiwanis Club today. Eben is always very eloquent and gracious in welcoming our new members. We look forward to working and sharing with you, Don. WELCOME.
     The last day to have community calendar orders in is June 26.
     Today is the last day for the Kiwanis Kid’s Korner program at the Milo Free Public Library. They have special events and arts planned. Thank you to all who joined in to help and also enjoy the weekly happenings. Special thanks to Valerie Robertson and the Library crew!
     Joe Zamboni informed us that he had spoken to the Garden Club about the gazebo/bandstand project. They were enthusiastic about the idea that they pledged $100 and their support.
     Edwin told us about the four truckloads of Moosehead donations for the auction. He was told to bring three vehicles to pick up the items so Ed was glad for the extra help. Ed spoke of his appreciation for Frank’s help; he is always there to lend a hand.
     The 50/50 raffle tickets are now available from any Kiwanian.
     Dot told us that the food wagon has been cleaned and some touch-up painting has been done. Great job!
Report of the June 5, 2003 Board meeting:
     $150 approved for purchasing books for the Brownville Elementary summer reading program. Kathy Witham said that the children were asked to bring in a few books to share this summer. They did just that and more by donating 633 of their own literature!!!! KUDOS KIDS!!
     A request for next year of $300 for the Elementary Outing Club was tabled pending more information.
     The request by Rex Webb for financial aid for a summer soccer camp was tabled until the July Board meeting.
     It was approved to purchase two six-foot tables for the Milo Public Library at an approximate cost of $150. These will also be used for the Kid’s Korner program.
     The projected cost of RIF K-5 program plus Headstart and two nursery schools is $2000 per year. Kiwanis will fund the program equally for all schools. Any school wishing more books will be on their own as our present funds do not allow us to do more.
     Six book awards of $200 each will be awarded at graduation. The award will be honored when a student presents a receipt for their second semester book purchase.
     The Club has ordered pens with the Kiwanis logo to present to our weekly guest speakers.
     We had been told of a trailer going up for bid by Tri-County in Dexter. Our bid of $501 was topped by the Town of Dexter’s bid of $700. The Board talked briefly about a building and seven acres of land for sale from Mel Clark’s estate at a cost of $19,000 but no action was taken.
     Seth Barden suggested a website on the TRCMaine site and it was agreed to wait until Seth talks to the Club on July 2.
     Edwin asked for ways to improve the town that could be done without spending money. Some of the ideas were to open the old “Chic” theater for possible movies or auctions, develop the waterfront, extend the Brownville Riverwalk to Milo, spruce up the entrance to PVHS, read to children during school hours, and donate excess garden produce to Senior citizens or have a farmer’s market.
     Volunteering to help at the Cruize-In on June 22 were Frank, Steve, Dot, and Val.
     Our upcoming speakers are Mark Scarano on June 18 and possibly Senator Paul Davis on June 25.

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