Three Rivers News, 2003-06-24
TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2003

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MON. JUNE 30 ???


     If you recognize this happy couple who will be celebrating their "Golden Wedding Anniversary" on June 26th.. you might want to send them a card of congratulations:
     Their address is 24 Second Street Derby, ME 04463

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. The floods of (a) 1903 (b) 1923 (c) 1966 (d) 1987 nearly washed away the mill.
2. (a) Nancy Cook (b) Greta Connors (c) Pauline Thomas (d) Sophie Wilson was Brownville's first selectman.
3. Neil Arbo was a(n) (a) conductor (b) brakeman (c) engineer (d) fireman.
4. Susan Lundin held the Rocket Lanes record with (a) 153 (b) 163 (c) 166 (d) 169.
5. (a) David (b) Jack (c) Gene (d) Sid Brown was the best outside shooter.
6. Colonel Walter Morrill worked in the (a) Merrill (b) Crocker (c) Highland (d) Barnard Slate Quarry first.
7. Milton Smith has been in business (a) 11 (b) 13 (c) 14 (d) 16 years.
8. Brownville's first newspaper was the (a) Slate (b) Town Crier (c) Pioneer (d) Caboose.
9. Ralph Perry's first store was on (a) Front Street (b) Van Horne Avenue (c) Ryder Avenue (d) North Street.
10. The Brown House had (a) 6 (b) 12 (c) 18 (d) 21 fireplaces.
Answers: 1-c 2-b 3-a 4-d 5-a 6-a 7-d 8-c 9-b 10-b

     The softball game between the Town of Brownville employees and the Milo town employees has been postponed until September. Here is the letter I received from Sophie Wilson, the Brownville Town Manager.
Hi Val:
     Murrel has graciously offered to postpone the scheduled Town of Brownville vs. Town of Milo softball event sponsored by Penquis JMG until the fall. Although he says that he wants to give me some time to heal from my recent car accident so that both Town Managers can participate, I think that he's really looking for more practice time given the awesome power of the Brownville employees! Seriously, we are looking forward to kicking off the fall with a fun event that everyone can participate in!
     Would you help us get the word out that the game that was scheduled for Saturday, June 21st at 9:00 AM is postponed until the fall? JMG will let everyone know about the date and time in late summer.

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Summer of '62

Summer began on beautiful Mount Desert Island;
It ended on a little poultry farm in Medford, Maine.
Summer job! Washing dishes at
Bar Harbor's Mary Jane Restaurant.
Many Miloites had preceded me.
Six ten hour days at $29.60 per week.
Dennis Mannisto and I shared a $15 a week room.
Summer hits: "Sealed with a Kiss" "Ramblin' Rose"
"Good Luck Charm" "Roses Are Red Good" "Moon River."
Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy.
Day trips back home to Milo.
Mary Jane’s didn't last the summer.
Smart's Poultry Farm awaited,
Collecting and washing eggs
for half the hours and twice the pay.
I accidentally tore down a gate post
With the farm tractor in my first week.
Dozens of shelter hens made their escape.
Schoolmate Eddie Schinck helped me herd them in.
August 5, my brother, Dick's 14th birthday:
Marilyn Monroe is found dead of an apparent suicide.
I remember wondering, "How many women
would have gladly traded places with her yesterday?"
Such was the summer of '62
in the life of one teenager.

TRC's Online Photo Album
     Photos by Terry Flanagan have been added to the Three Rivers Community Alliance's Photo Album. Also, Terry has quite a unique display of photos about Maine, history, and family at Webshot Community located at the following web address:
What an excellent way to promote TRC with beautiful scenery photographs. Thanks to all who have contributed.

MSAD 41's participates in the state’s Special Olympic games held in Orono, June 5-8.
     Eleven MSAD #41 Special Olympians and their coaches recently spent the weekend of June 6-8 at the state Special Olympic games held at the University of Maine- Orono campus. While there, the athletes participated in bowling and numerous track and field events, bringing home 36 medals and 6 ribbons.
     Friday's events started with bowling at the Bangor/Brewer Bowling Lanes, where 2 of the Milo athletes scored high enough to receive a medal. After lunch, provided by the district, some of the Milo athletes participated in the 400-Meter relay, 400 Meter run and the 800-Meter run. Following the completion of the day's events, supper was provided for athletes and coaches. Following supper, the athletes were treated to a parade and then the teams marched into the football stadium for opening ceremonies. Part of the opening ceremonies included the presentation of the police officers who participated in the Torch Run to raise money for the games and other events through out the year. Life Flight delivered the athlete and police officer to light the torch to open the

Special Olympics 2003 Summer Games. Also present at the opening ceremonies was the Maine delegation of Team USA that is participating in the world Special Olympic games being held in Scotland this summer.
     Saturday's events for the Milo Olympians included the finals in the 50-meter dashes, 100 meter dashes, the softball throw, shot put, 200 Meter dashes, 25 Meter walks, standing long jumps and the running long jumps. After Saturday's events were completed, the athletes and coaches were treated to the annual Banquet of Champions and a dance.
     The Olympic games were concluded with Sunday's finals in the 100 Meter walk, the 1 K walk and the mile run. Following presentation of awards, closing ceremonies were held and the Special Olympic 2003 Summer Games were officially closed.
     Below are the MSAD 41 athletes and their awards.

Eddie Lufkin:
400 Meter Relay- Ribbon
Softball Throw- Gold
100 Meter Dash- Silver
200 Meter Dash- Silver
Derek Fleming:
25 Meter walk- Gold
Softball Throw- Gold
Jason Brackett:
400 Meter Relay- Bronze
400 Meter Run- Silver
800 Meter Run- Silver
200 Meter Dash- Gold
Brandon Hoxie:
400 Meter relay- Bronze
200 Meter Dash- Gold
100 Meter Dash- Gold
Softball Throw- Bronze
Jeremy Perry:
400 Meter Relay- Bronze
Running Long Jump- Gold
Softball Throw- Gold
400 Meter Run- Silver
John Tarnoczy:
Running Long Jump- Gold
50 Meter Dash- Gold
100 Meter Walk- Silver
Jamie Kleinkauf:
400 Meter Relay- Ribbon
Softball Throw- Gold
Running Long Jump- Silver
400 Meter Rash- Bronze
Raven Garland:
400 Meter Relay- Ribbon
100 Meter Dash- Gold
50 Meter Dash- Silver
Running Long Jump- Silver
Bowling- Gold
Elizabeth MacIntire:
400 Meter Relay- Ribbon
Shot Put- Gold
100 Meter Dash- Ribbon
Standing Long Jump- Ribbon
Bowling- Bronze
Miranda Newbert:
400 Meter Relay- Bronze
50 Meter Dash- Silver
Shot Put- Silver
100 Meter Dash- Silver
Crystal Mills:
Shot Put- Gold
Standing Long Jump- Gold
100 Meter Walk- Gold

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     Jason Brackett (center) with his 2nd medal of the game. He received the silver medal for the 400 Meter Run on Friday at the Special Olympics. Jason has been invited to participate in the 400 Meter Run at the 9th Annual Maine Distance Festival on July 5.
     All-American, World Champions and Olympians from around the world come to this festival. This is the first time Special Olympics Maine have been asked to enter athletes!!

     A muddy, muddy mess was the only way to describe the track on Father's Day. Thank goodness the sun popped out around 1:00 p.m. and helped dry things out a bit by the middle of the 1st moto. By 3:00 p.m. though, the skies opened up and we had some very heavy rains just completely drenching the track and everything else. They did manage to get the 1st moto completed and called off the remaining moto because of another approaching shower....
     Trevor Lyford came home with a 3rd place trophy out of 11 bikes in the 50cc 7-9 dirtbike class; (his first trophy for the year on his dirtbike.)
     The kids really struggled to get through the deep ruts with those 50's and the officials cut them back from 5 laps to 4......Trevor layed his bike down in one of the corners but managed to get it upright and continue on for a 3rd place finish. On his 4 wheeler he finished in the back of the pack, 13th out of 15 because he got wide on a corner and went off the track completely , then his chain broke.....but he was o.k. and wanted to finish the race.....but that just wasn't possible today. The Cat Trax Tech. (Lyle T.) got the 4 wheeler fixed in no time but because of the heavy rain.......he wouldn't get a chance to race the 2nd mot.
     KYLE FOSS truly raced in the pouring rain and got an incredible hole shot coming out in 1st and holding that position for a couple laps but he flipped his bike and was passed by the entire field of riders but somehow got it back on its wheels and going again and worked his way up the pack to come home with a 3rd place trophy. I've NEVER seen riders so completely drenched with mud. Thank goodness his father brought the pressure washer because not only did the bike need it....he did!
     Great job of not giving up boys .... next race....down to MINOT.
     There was an erorr in last week’s report: KYLE FOSS did come home with a 3rd place trophy over to Eaton Mountain.

     Staff, students, parents and friends gathered at the final assembly in Brownville on the last day of school. Students were recognized for a variety of honors and awards. Fifth grade students introduced their parents and thanked them for their support throughout their elementary years. Nicole Padilla was the winner of a $50 savings bond in the Caught Being Good Drawing. Here, Mrs. Zamboni and Mrs. Bradbury recognize an early childhood student.

     At the end of the assembly the PTO provided ice cream sundaes for everyone. The staff at Brownville Elementary thanks all the parents and friends of the school for so much support during the year. We'll see you all in the fall!
     Last Monday the Brownville 5th grade had a pizza party at Milton Smith's Restaurant in Brownville. Milton and Juanita enjoy having the class come for lunch at the end of the year and even had a watermelon treat for them.Thank you!

Cook School News
     Our final assembly was held on Wednesday, June 18. The students and parents joined together to recite, "The Pledge of Allegiance." The students sang, "American Child." Mrs. Bradbury welcomed our friends and parents to our assembly. The fourth grade students celebrated the fifth graders graduation to 6th grade. Each 5th grade student had a poem written and recited for him or her before receiving certificates for the completion of 5th grade. The 5th graders received the collection of poems in individualized books.

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     Mrs. Robertson and the Three Rivers Kiwanis were acknowledged and thanked for being a part of our Terrific Kid Assembly each week.
     Attendance awards (absent 3 days or less) were distributed to Michelle Baker, Trevor Lyford, Dillon Le Clair, Zachary Blakeman and Lindsay Turner.
     Citizenship awards were presented to Catrina Comeau, Lewis Sanborn, Michelle Baker, Laura Gray and Lillis Noke.
     The President's Award for Academic Excellence were received by Richie Russell, Jimmy Gledhill, William Parker, Rachael Wood, Danielle Roberts and Trevor Lyford.
     Sabrina Fadillah was honored for having a tremendous year in the Early Childhood class. Caleb Stanley received a medallion from the Knights Of Columbus. Caleb is the first student ever to make 25/25 foul shots at the county foul shooting contest.
     The final presentation for the morning was to thank our wonderful PTO for all they do. Richie Russell read a heartfelt letter that he had written remembering all that the PTO had done for our school during his years as a student. All the students took the stage to sing, "La Grange PTO," which was sung to the tune of "YMCA." Mrs. Harmony adapted the words for us and accompanied our chorus on the piano. The audience enjoyed our song . We love our PTO. You make a difference in our school.
     A talent show, which featured card tricks, singing, acting out a myth, yoga walking and joke telling was held later in the morning. We are proud of our talented students.
     The final drawing was for a $50 savings bond. Mrs. Roberton selected one name from all the Caught Being Good coupons earned this year. 4th grader, Alyssa Gray was the lucky winner. She promptly said that she would be saving it for college. Congratulations Alyssa.!
     The final event of the day was our traditional bubble gum blowing contest. 5th grader, Joshua Somers, won the student division. Josh's mother, Judy Somers regained her title in the adult division. Congratulations to the Somers family.
     After a Popsicle snack, the students had a short recess before being dismissed for the final time. We will miss our students and look forward to seeing them in August.
     Editors note: I will so miss going to the Terrific Kids assembly each week. Have a fun, safe and productive summer!

     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. 27: At 10 ‘clock we were ordered to strike tents and roll blankets and fall in. We were just falling in, and the order was countermanded, and the Captain told us to pitch tents. We just got them up and were ordered to fall in. We did so, and marched about 1 mile above where we crossed the river, and were posted on picket in the most lovely place I have ever seen.

     We were close by the river on a high bank, 60 or 75 feet high, and the white oaks, with large stought trunks looked nice. Up river there were saplings from 1 to 3 feet through, and the great walnuts and numerous other trees that we did not know.Hartson, Melcher, and myself undressed and waded the canal and bathed in the Potomac. It was agreeable, all but the little fish, they would take hold of us and bite as sharp as mosquitoes in June.
     Ezekiel Chase unwell and lay in camp.
Sept. 28: Sunday morning and pleasant. I stood only 2 hours on guard for there were 5 of us and slept all the rest of the time. We were in hopes to stay 48 hours and especially to spend the Sabbath, for it was so still and seems like Sunday.
     We were reveilled at 9 o’clock a.m. Went back to our encampment and at night I wrote to Henrietta, Emma, and Andrew. Received a letter from Charles and Mother and I am so glad to hear from home.
     There has been 10 or 15 balloon ascensions every day for 3 days about 50 rods in the field. Ezekiel Chase is quite sick. I feel much better since I got my letters.
     Sept. 29: I was detailed for brigade guard. Reported at 9 a.m. One fellow shot his left wrist so badly that he had it amputated last night. Ezekiel Chase is a little better. There is 300 sick in our Regt. and the remainder feel weak and lazy.
Sept. 30: Relieved or discharged from guard at 10 a.m. and washed myself and lay down and had a rest. About 6 p.m. we were setting by the fire looking at Co. A, for they were carrying some sick away in an ambulance.
     A man went to take a gun out of the tent for him, and it went off and he had picked up a Rebel cartridge with 3 buckshot and a ball. One buckshot went into one of his own Co. belly and another into a man in the next Co. I was to them as soon as any before he pulled his shirt up. It looked as large as a ball hole. The one shot in the body will probably kill him. He did not say a word only said he was wounded.
     Our Regt., all but 3 Co. have gone on picket today. Ezekiel Chase is better and we are glad for we were afraid we should have to send him to the hospital. He would have better care there but we are very glad to have him get well here. He got cold. Five were carried to the hospital from our Co. today. No more news; fair today and dusty.
     Oct. 1: After breakfast I took a piece of soap and went down to the spring or brook and stripped and washed myself with soap from my head to foot and rubbed myself with a coarse towel and felt twice as strong. I bought some lemons and cheese and cukes. They go very well. I bought a pint of flour and make gravy when we have fresh beef and make gruel. We want a change of diet and we will not have one as long as the coffee holds out.
     Great excitement about a settlement and the proposition of the Rebels but I do not believe it yet. There was a lot of artillery firing. All of the majors and brigadiers and generals have gone to Washington on business. We hope there may be some move for a settlement.
     After we had got asleep we were ordered out and ordered to put on our equipment and lay on our arms and we did so but a cartridge box and cap box and bayonet sheath are not very pleasant to lay on.
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A Historical Review - Part 1
A Wilderness Experience the Quiet Beauty of Chairback BDN, Tom Shields, 2/17/1983
(A TRC Fringe Benefit, submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     Township 7, Range 9 - They were laughing a lot as they sat around the camps kitchen table sipping coffee, munching just-made sugar doughnuts and explaining why they liked living in the deep woods. Then Shirley Hodsdon, soft-spoken, California-educated and 53 years old turned serious. "I think we've gotten to know each other a lot better. We've discovered that the three of us can be in here for a long time, with very little outside contact, and we still like each other after all. And that's important.
     "Shirley and Keith Hodsdon run Chairback Mountain Camps, a wilderness retreat north of Brownville that is 10 miles from the plowed road. Their son, Timothy, shares the isolation. "We're exposed to all of one another's moods -- good, bad, low, high -- and you become very accepting of one another," she continued.
     "We've gained so much," she said. "You get in touch with a deep and basic part of yourself. When we do go out to visit someone, I'm always astounded how my family fits right in, just as if they had been living this urbane life all along." She has known the urbane life of Pacific Palisades in Southern California. At one time, she was an assistant editor at the Rand Corp., the granddaddy of California think tanks. Her job was to make sure people could understand secret scientific reports.
     Never in all those years did she imagine that one day she would be living in the silent beauty of Piscataquis County, Maine. Nevertheless, on a trip to New Hampshire she met Keith Hodsdon, a childhood friend. "I married Keith and found I like the life very much," she said. Above all else, Keith Hodsdon is independent, an outdoor person, truly a man of all seasons. Now 54, he was a Maine dairy farmer and ski school director before deciding to operate the sporting camps. His beard is black and gray, his face weathered from years of sun and wind. His hands are strong and skilled at many tasks -- some of which could mean survival when the snow is 5 feet deep and it's 30 below zero. "I like people, but I like to be away from people at times, too," he said. "I guess I got used to the independence of working for myself." (continued next week)

Part 3
Saturday Feb. 1st
     I overslept. Steff woke me at 7:10. I quickly dressed and packed my suitcase because we had to have them in the hall by 7:30 to be picked up by the bus. Each person is allowed one suitcase. If you have more than one you must bring them to the bus yourself. This helps the tour director with the count to make sure everyone’s luggage is picked up while we are at breakfast. Eloise still doesn’t have her luggage, but fortunately she packed a few essentials in her carry-on. Another five people arrived around 3 AM. They must be tired this morning!

     For breakfast we had our choice of a number of cereals, yogurt, bacon, ham, juice, milk, coffee, tea, fruit and bread. The coffee was too strong for me so I stuck with the juice and the milk. The bus left the hotel around 8:50. We were late leaving because some of the people slept longer than I did. Our driver was Salvatore. The trip from Rome to Sorrento took four hours, with a short break to stretch our legs about half way there. I was amazed at how cold it was. Quite often we could see snow beside the road. Carla told us it was very unusual for it to be this cold. We stopped at what is called an autostrada. It is similar to the rest stops on the turnpike. There is a restaurant and a place to buy gas. The bathrooms are supervised by people who expect a 50 cent tip when you have to go. I bought some water and got the kind with fizz by mistake. Fortunately Eloise liked it so I just went back and picked up another.
     As we approached Naples, we saw Vesuvius looming in the distance. It was beautiful with its snow cover. Vesuvius actually has two peaks. Vesuvius proper is 4190 ft high and its side peak, Monte Somma is a little lower at 3714 ft. It last erupted in 1944 and we were told it was due to erupt again soon. The catastrophe would be much worse with an eruption now because people have built homes up onto the slopes of the mountain. There is a funicular or tram that takes people up to the crater as a tourist attraction.
     Naples itself is far enough away to escape destruction from the volcano, but its suburbs would be destroyed. Carla warned us that Naples, the most densely populated city in Europe had some neighborhoods that were not safe and that if we decided to take the ferry from Sorrento to Naples we needed to be careful.
     Naples sits on the north side of the bay of Naples. Vesuvius is on the east end of the bay and Sorrento is located on the Sorrentine Peninsula on the south of the bay. When the air is clear one can see Naples and Vesuvius across the bay. It takes almost an hour to get from the base of Vesuvius to Sorrento. There are five towns on the northern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula with Sorrento being the one farthest out. The whole peninsula is mountainous and the towns are on cliffs of tuffa that drop directly into the Mediterranean. The water is a beautiful teal color. We approached Sorrento from high up on the mountains and passed through a number of tunnels. Each time we came out of a tunnel the view was breathtaking. The road was also a little disconcerting because there wasn’t much between the bus and the cliff. Usually they have a series of rocks about one foot tall to show the edge of the road. The day was clear and we could see the Isle of Capri in the distance off the end of the Sorrentine Peninsula.
     We arrived at our hotel, Hotel Caesar Augusto, around 1:15 PM and went to our rooms to unpack as we would be here for seven nights. Our room had a balcony looking up the mountains where we could see fields of olive and lemon trees. The hotel was on a street called Via Delgi Aranci, the Street of the Oranges. Every ten feet or so was an orange tree loaded with fruit. Most of them were blood oranges with red flesh inside. We were told that they could be eaten but on this street they were for decoration. The temperature outside was in the low 50s during the day and dropped into the lower 40s at night.
     We decided to buy our lunch at the hotel since we weren’t familiar with the town. We had pasta, soup with pasta and potato, salad and cake. Around two pm Carla gave us an Italian lesson with and without words. We learned a lot of gestures that would

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help us communicate. We also learned the correct pronunciation of Italian words. At 3:15 Carla took us for a short tour of the town to familiarize us with the important places, like money exchanges and pharmacies. We had to wait until 3:15 because small towns like Sorrento observe their siesta from around 12:30 to 3:30. It is during this time that the Italians go home for the big meal of the day. They return to work until about 8 at night.
     On the tour we stopped at a place that made limoncello, a liqueur made from the white pulp of lemons. Since some of the lemons in this area grow to the size of footballs, there is plenty of the pulp. They also make a cream liqueur by adding cream to the limoncello. At another stop some men showed us how they made cameos.
     We broke up as a group at the main square of the town. It was within sight of our hotel so no one could get lost. I went off to buy a camera because somewhere between Georgia’s house and Rome I lost mine. I had all my slide film but no camera.
     When we came downstairs for an included dinner at the hotel, we heard about the space shuttle disaster from others in the group who had been watching CNN. Our dinner included rigatoni with meat sauce, chicken with peppers, mushrooms, potatoes and string beans. For dessert we had a delicious cake.
     At 9, Steff and Eloise went to the Internet café that was just behind the hotel. I went to bed.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     You'll read this a week after the fact....but I'm writing this on Father's Day. And so.....fathers are on my mind. My father lives here in the house with my husband and me. We are caring for him in his advanced age. He has a lovely room upstairs in the home that he grew up in as a child. Of course the whole house looks different to him...and every once in a while he regales us with stories of how it has changed. The rooms are reconfigured, the decor is modernized (even though I've tried to keep a 50's ambiance pretty much throughout the house). Dad is in the front bedroom. When he was a child he and his brother were in the back corner bedroom. Their parents had the front room where Dad sleeps now...and big brother Pete had a bedroom downstairs. Actually, Pete's bedroom was in the very room that I write this. I call it my den/office. The big opened chamber that was an unfinished room over the kitchen el was their storage space. I remember coming here to my grandparents home as a kid and being fascinated by the "open chamber." It held trunks and old clothes and all the things that you'd expect in your grandma's attic. We have since turned it into a beautiful bedroom that my husband and I share.
     I've been lucky to have my Dad around for all these years....and especially lucky that I have gotten to know him even better in the last couple of years that he has lived here with us. For all that he forgets about what's happening in his world today....he remembers the past in Milo. He can go up and down the streets for a ride and tell me who lived here and there and what their yard was like. He knows what their dads did for a living and how his dad's business worked with their dad's business and on and on. He knows the numbers of all the trains that came through town during the day, and tells of all the places that he went on that train to and from. I love hearing about his recollections and wish with all my heart that I had the time to write it all down or record it.
     Dad's dad was a businessman here in town. He also acted as Town Treasurer for many years. He was a

philanthropist of sorts. A quiet little whistler; you could hear him coming far away by his jaunty little tunes. Dad whistles, too. I can remember being in my friends dorm room at Husson one time....upstairs and down a hall far from the front desk at Bell Hall. All of a sudden I heard a whistled tune that was familiar to me. I stopped my friend in mid sentence and said, "My father's here!" "What?!" my friend said incredulously.
     I hurried along to the stairwell - down over the stairs and made my way to the front desk....there stood my father. He'd made an unexpected trip to Bangor and had just stopped in to say 'hello.' The housemother was trying to find me, but it was like a needle in a haystack when we weren't in our own rooms. I've often wondered if my father read the panic in the housemother's face when she couldn't locate me, and decided that he knew how he could find me if I were around. If I remember the rules at Husson....I'd darn well better have been 'around.' If we left the building without signing out.....big fat demerit! Of course, leaving in the morning without dusting the room, making the bed, shaking the rug, stashing the dirty clothes in the hamper and straightening out your desk and bureau top was cause for a demerit as well. They ran a pretty tight ship at Husson those days. Mrs. Willard made her daily checks of all rooms and they needed to be in apple pie order. My parents and grandparents all agreed that my experience at Husson.....even with all of their rules and regulations didn't do me a bit of harm. I am still a consistent bed maker if nothing else.
     Dad and Grandpa Horne were both honest as the day is long. Gramp was always a man of few words, and his son is like him. Never scared of a thing....with the possible exception of a snake. I don't know about my grandfather, but a snake will spook my father faster than anything I know of....with the possible exception of the prospect of having to eat a banana. Dad always poo-pooed my fears of thunder storms, or taking yukky medicine, or having to have a shot. He never had much use for unreasonable fear. Never let them see you scared was his motto. And my dad could always figure a plan for just about anything. He's always been a great cogitator. Even now he'll be sitting on the edge of his bed in the morning for the longest time...I'll say, "Good morning Dad, what are you doing?" He'll say, "Oh, just cogitating." God only knows what he's cogitating about, but when I come home in the afternoon and he's sitting alone in the living room without the stereo or television on I'll say, "Dad, how come you didn't turn on some entertainment?" He'll say, "Well, if I had those things on, I wouldn't be able to think." The mysteries of life may yet be answered, if Dad lives long enough.
     Neither my dad nor his dad were any hand to fix things which were mechanical. They always hired someone else to do that. They weren't what one would call "handy." My husband is so "handy" that I can't get him to hire done the things that he can't possibly do on his own. I can't imagine how my mother stood it all those years needing "handy" stuff done around the house and having to wait for Dad to hire someone to do it. That would drive me crazy. If we have something broken or needing repair, my personal McIver can figure a way to get it done. He's amazing! But this isn't about my husband, although this is about great fathers...which he is one - just ask his children.
     I don't have much use for Tiger Woods ever since he snubbed the Presidential invite to the White House after his first Master's Championship. I didn't have much use for
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Bill Clinton either, but he was the President of the United States and Tiger Woods thumbed his nose at him by refusing to go to the White House to be honored. Tiger said something to the effect that he wasn't good enough to go to the White House before he won the Masters....why should he go after he won. I thought that was incredibly rude....but this isn't about Tiger either...he isn't a father yet. This is about Tiger and his father's appearance on the Oprah Show the other day. Tiger's father said that his father had taught him that "the measure of a man is how he treats his children." I thought that was so profound. If a man treats his children well....teaches them the lessons that he should....loves them and nurtures them to be responsible adults and then gives them wings to fly with... then he is a big big man.
     The father's in my life are big big men. To be continued.................
Here's a favorite with most fathers. Gingerbread

1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
3/4 cup water
1 egg
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
     In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add the molasses, water and egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture and beat until combined. Pour into a greased 15X10-baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Serve with whipped cream, applesauce or the following
     Orange Sauce: 1-cup confectioner's sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel. Combine the sauce ingredients and serve over 4 or 5 of the cut pieces of gingerbread.

     Well, summer is finally here and that means the summer reading program is in full swing. Sign- up week was last week and the program begins this week, but children can continue to sign up all through the program. There is no cut-off date for joining.
     Our mascots are an exciting variety of animals this summer. The most popular mascot so far is Chuckles the large, green crocodile. His grin is wide showing all his teeth, and though the children stick their hands in his mouth, he has not bitten anyone yet. Right behind Chuckles in popularity is Giggles the Chinese monkey. As the name of our program states, Giggles does seem to be laughing it up with a big happy smile. I can’t say that Tee Hee, the Yorkie Terrier, is smiling but she doesn’t have to. She is just too cute with her darling red bow in her hair. We don’t usually have three mascots but I couldn’t resist any of them. These animals will be finding new homes on August 15 with

members of the summer reading program, and already hopeful winners are thinking which mascot they will choose (sometimes a parent has a suggestion for them).
     A final note on the Kiwanis Kids Korner. We have some lost and found items of clothing here at the library---a denim jacket, a nylon jacket and a knitted hat. If any of these items might belong to your kids, please come in during library hours to claim them.
     The most awaited book is now officially published. Of course, I am talking about Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix which was released for sale on June 21 and your library has it! We will have two copies eventually so a patron’s chances of being able to read it sooner will be doubled.
     Speaking of books here are more adult books that have just arrived or have been donated.

Cannell, Stephen HOLLYWOOD TOUGH
Churchill, Jill LOVE FOR SALE (a Grace & Favor mystery)
Goudge, Eileen WISH COME TRUE
Lowell, Elizabeth DIE IN PLAIN SIGHT
McInerny, Ralph LAST THINGS
Tyson, Charles NF FIRST LIGHT (Acadia National Park

Library Summer Hours
Tel. 943-2612

     The annual meeting of The New England Conference of the United Methodist Church was held at Gordon College for five days of meetings and worship. Days started early and lasted late but we did enjoy some delightful music and accomplished the work that was placed before us.
     We thrilled to the ceremony of ordination and commissioning and laughed to the performance of the Montana Logging and Ballet Company. It was a tiring but up-lifting time. We took 35 health kits to UMCOR, the relief arm of the United Methodist Church, who will use them wherever they are needed.
     On June 19th, the women of the church gathered at Freda's for the annual banquet. We enjoyed great food, conversation, and lots of laughter.
     The UMW have recessed for the summer, but will still be busy doing what needs to be done. We plan to have a strawberry supper when the berries are ready and will keep you posted on this. There will be a breakfast on Saturday, July 5th, at the church. Hours and cost to be announced later.

     You are cordially invited to attend an evening of fine dining on July 12th at The Restaurant. There will be two sittings one at 5 PM the other at 7 PM and will be by reservation only. The back dining room will be transformed for a dining experience full of romantic ambience.
     Please contact The Restaurant at 943-7432 to reserve your table.

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Excerpts from Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
JUNE – 1966
June 24-Partly sunny-70 at 7:30am and
70 at 7pm.
June 25-Cloudy & cool-54 at 7:10am and
60 at 7pm.
June 26-Cloudy & cool-52 at 7am
and 60 at 8pm.
June 27-Very warm & sunny-68 at 7:30am and
72 at 9pm.
June 28-Very warm & sunny-64 at 6:30am.
June 29-Hot & sunny-60 at 7am and 62 at 7 pm.


(Photo: Courtesy of Patty Estes)

     For those of you not familiar with the older village of Derby, this is the building where local students attended grades K-5. It was located at the bottom of Derby Hill on the right-hand side of the street. The teachers I remember are Mrs. Greenier, Mrs. Morrill, Miss Hilton, Mrs. Hall, Miss Prescott, and Mrs. Carey. Being students of a different era we didn’t know that teachers actually had first names and if we did, we didn’t use them.
     Because of the vehicle and the structure on the front of the building, this photo was probably taken around the late 1920’s or early 1930’s.

     Well, believe it or not, I haven’t had any near-death or life-saving adventures this week. I have learned that ground hogs/wood chucks/whistle pigs could be the worlds smartest animals. OK, actually they are just smarter than I am, so I’m rationalizing by saying they are the smartest. Here’s the story:
     Last week, I got a call from some folks who were being terrorized by vermin in their utility shed. The man wanted to get his air-conditioner out of the building, and every time he entered, a very vicious mother woodchuck read him the riot act and threatened him with 2 very long front teeth and whatever teeth were contained in the rest of her chattering, growling jaw.

     He called to see if I could do something about the small family, as he didn’t want to harm them….just get them to move…the further the better!
     Now, before you start muttering about your tax dollars being wasted on ground hogs, I must inform you that the rest of this adventure is performed by Valerie Robertson, private and maybe a bit crazy citizen, not Valerie Robertson, Animal Control Officer. Oh yeah, I do what you are about to read because I thought it might be fun.
     Now Kirby had caught a woodchuck in a live trap before, and said they were easy. He trapped and disposed of his prey in a matter of minutes. So we set off to the property in question armed with two Hav-a-Heart live traps and a couple oranges. We had been told there were four of the critters living in the shed, so we took 4 orange halves. Optimistically, we planned on catching two that night, resetting the traps, and catching the other two the next night. What a great plan…we would move the family up to our land, down in the woods near the old house we once lived in. Everyone would be safe and live happily ever after.
     Apparently the woodchuck Kirby had dealt with in his Dad’s garage was “Special”, because after two days, we had no woodchucks or ground hogs or anything. The folks who lived at the infested property said the little buggers had been walking around the traps, even stood a bit inside the traps and had a snack, but none had been caught. We decided to push the bait back further into the traps, added some apples and broccoli, and waited.
     Finally, after the third night, we caught one! I took a large dog kennel and was going to transfer the baby ground hog from the trap to the kennel, then take the kennel into the woods and release him. The baby was certainly grown enough to get by on his own, his mother was just one of those lucky ones who’s children stay and live with her for ever instead of roaming all over the country. OK, maybe I speak a little for myself, but the groundhog did seem large enough to care for itself.
     I pushed the opening of the kennel up to the trap, opened the trap, and watched that genius of a rodent jump through a crack the size of a deck of cards and run into the woods. I felt really stupid, and the man of the house tried not to laugh, but I could tell he thought I was an idiot. Well, here we go again. We reset the trap.
     At last, Saturday morning, we had one of the adults. I drove a pick-up truck to fetch the varmint, loaded the whole trap in the back of the truck, drove up to my house, carried the whole works down to the old house, and released him. He went scurrying off under the old building, and I figure in a month or two I’ll have his whole family joining him. I don’t know how Marlin Perkins got 3 or 4 wild animals an episode to do what he needed on Wild Kingdom; I’ll bet he did a lot of editing.

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     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.

     President Edwin Treworgy welcomed twenty-five members today along with our guests Greg and Brittany, grandchildren of Steve and Cheryl Hamlin, Lt. Gov. Harold Sherman, the Orono/Old Town interclub, and Key Club members Lindsay Small, Kate Hamlin, Krystle Parkman, and Danielle Graves.
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham led us in prayer. Sylvia Black was our inspirational reader this morning.
     Birthday wishes go out to Madolyn Macomber on the 19th and Jim Macomber on the 22nd and their wedding anniversary on the 20th! Also celebrating anniversaries are Gary and Lil Cote on the 18th and Don and Michelle St. Cyr on the 20th.
     Forty-three happy and sad dollars were donated today for Corinth Kiwanis disbanding, last day of school, vacation, trip to MA, kitten rescue, new watch, safe trip, not the only person in shorts, Roy’s legs (Jeff seemed to show a bit of jealousy), last Lagrange Terrific Kids assembly, grandchildren, L.L. Bean kayak trip, decrease in black fly population? Red Sox, Yankees, and the Moosehead auction donations. Ten of the forty-three dollars was from can and bottle returns donated by Frank Cochrane.
     Trish Hayes reported that Key Club essay winners were Andrew Walker and Brett Gerrish. A few of the members will be going to the Manna Food Kitchen tomorrow and a few will be helping with the auction. It’s been a very productive and busy year for the Key Club. KUDOS to all members and leaders for their valuable contributions.
     Paul Grindle has everything ready to order the Community Calendars.
     A new record has been set for the Three Rivers News – 320 issues ‘sold’ last week!!!
     Valerie Robertson told us that she enjoyed the Library Kid’s Korner program. Their final day was Wednesday and the real kids were joined by two other ‘real’ kids. Val was surprised with a bouquet of flowers presented by Brooke Morrill and Peter Morse as a thank you for hosting such a wonderful event for the children. Terrie Zelkan, Kirby Robertson, Frank Cochrane, Edie Miles, Kathy Witham, Edwin and Ethelyn Treworgy, Don Hayes, Dottie Brown, Judy and Pam McDougall, Sabrina Gormley, Brian Lyford, Helen Carey, Joanne DeWitt, Shirlene Ladd, and Susie Ricker were also given a thank you flower.

     Joe Zamboni is working on grant applications for the gazebo project.
     Todd Lyford told us that the auction is moving along great with lots of items coming in. Help is needed to collect items and people need to follow up on the letters to area businesses.
     Thanks to Sylvia Black, Pat Ricker, Sandra Gray, and Dot Brown for cleaning the food wagon.
     Our guest speaker for next week will be Senator Paul Davis.
     Eben DeWitt introduced Mark Scarano, the Piscataquis County Economic Development Director.
     Mark has a positive attitude toward the continuing development of our county. He remarked that the leadership in the area is above par. Even though the towns of Milo and Brownville have seen a 25% decrease in population during the past ten years; the county is stable. Eastern Pulp and Paper has invested in a wood compost incubator in Greenville and hope to graduate to a wood manufacturing business within three years. Moosehead Manufacturing has expanded in Monson which means one less step in handling their product. LAMCO USA in Guilford is assembling parts for solid refueling arms to fuel aircrafts. Other outstanding businesses are Guilford of Maine, O&R Lumbra in Derby, and JSI in Milo.
     Mark remarked on the Gazebo Project and emphasized the importance of a town’s first impression on people. Even with a great first impression towns need the economic ability to bond for its development. Because some towns are not able to pay for larger projects on their own, some are combining forces in planning grants to attain the necessary funding. Milo and Brownville are doing just that with the hopes of attracting enough businesses to form an industrial park.
     Thank you Mark for the valuable information about our area. Many people are not aware of the county’s growth and development.

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