||Three Rivers News, 2003-08-05
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2003
VOLUME 2 NUMBER 39
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
NEW BUSINESS OPENING IN MILO
ANNE HATHORNE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE GRAND OPENING OF HER STORE
?OLD AMERICAN THREADS?
AT 17 PARK ST. (THE OLD TOWN CRIER LOCATION).
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH,
WILL BE HER FIRST DAY OF BUSINESS AND SHE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE EVERYONE TO CHECK OUT THE QUILT SHOP, ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES.
THE OLD AMERICAN THREADS WILL BE OPEN
TUESDAYS THRU FRIDAYS FROM 10 AM TIL 4 PM
AND SATURDAYS FROM 9 AM TIL NOON.
ANNE WILL CARRY FABRICS, NOTIONS, THREAD, BATTING, ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES.
PLEASE STOP IN AND WELCOME A NEW BUSINESS TO TOWN!!
MILO GARDEN CLUB SUMMER FAIR
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2003
FROM 11 AM 2PM
AT THE P.V.H.S. GYM
SIGN UP FOR DOOR PRIZES
FEATURED ON SALE WILL BE: HOME-BAKED FOOD, HOUSE PLANTS, GARDEN VEGGIES, PERENNIALS, CRAFT ITEMS, NEARLY-NEW ITEMS, and CUT FLOWERS.
COME TO THE FAIR.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Proceeds are used for local projects
Vacation Bible School
will be held at the Park Street Methodist Church
from 9:00 to Noon on August 11th thru August 15th.
A great chance to get together with friends, have some fun, and learn!
If anyone has any film footage of the B & A fire last year, would you please contact the Milo Fire Department at 943-7326.
BROWNVILLE ALUMNI WEEKEND
On August 8 at 7:00 pm the BJHS Alumni Annual Meeting will be held at the Alumni Building in Brownville Jct..
On August 9 the Alumni Building
will be open at 1:00 pm for socializing.
At 5:00 pm there will be a buffet dinner.
Cost is $14.00 per person and
all BJHS Alumni are invited to attend.
Following the buffet there will be live entertainment. Join Ronald Knowles and bring an instrument, your voices, your talent and participate in the after dinner fun !
Direct inquiries to : Linda Coburn
PLEASANT RIVER WALK 3RD ANNIVERSARY
In conjunction with Alumni Weekend on August 9, 2003, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM we will be offering a shuttle service at both ends of the trail. Park your vehicle at either Davis Field in Brownville Junction or the Community Church on Church Street, Brownville Village and we will shuttle you back to your vehicle after you complete the nature walk along the trail. The trail is approximately 3 miles along the Pleasant River with beautiful views. It is maintained and easy walking, however appropriate footwear is recommended.
The Brownville Recreation Department will have their snack shack at Davis Field open for refreshments. They will be serving hot dogs, burgers, nachos, drinks and more throughout the day.
We will be having a drawing for all participants who walk the trail on that day. Prizes will be drawn at 2:00 PM in front of the snack shack. There is no cost for the drawing and you do not need to be present to win. The only requirement to enter is that you participate in our event by walking the trail. We hope that you will join us to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pleasant River Walk Trail.
I would like to thank everyone for the many cards, thoughts, and prayers since the loss of my beloved companion Nellie. Everything is truly appreciated. Joe Villani
STATEMENT OF POLICY
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ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!
|TUES., AUG. 5
||BAKED HAM, BAKED POTATO, GREEN BEANS, PEARS
|WED., AUG. 6
||SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS, SALAD, FRUIT COCKTAIL
|THUR., AUG. 7
||SLICED TURKEY PLATE, POTATO SALAD, 3-BEAN SALD, DESSERT
|FRI., AUG. 8
||ROAST PORK, MASHED POTATO, BROCCOLI, ORANGE
|MON. AUG. 11
COLD PLATE: HAM SLAD SANDWICH, BEET & ONION SALAD, TOMATOES, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
|TUES., AUG. 12
||SALISBURY STEAK, GRAVY, OVEN-BROWNED POTATOES,JELLO
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488.
THE MILO AMERICAN LEGION POST 41 HAS BINGO
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
A MEAL IS SERVED FROM 5:00PM UNTIL 6:30PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:30 AND ENDS AT 9:30
SEE YOU THERE!
The 5th Annual Quilt Show
is being held during the Brownville Jct. Alumni Reunion weekend, Saturday, August 9, 2003 from 9am - 3pm. at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church
Admission is $1.00. Please sign up for the door prizes at time of admission.
For the past five years a group of ladies calling themselves The Monday Morning Quilters have put on a quilt show that has been greatly received and has become one of our major events. We not only show quilts that these ladies have made, but love to add quilts made by others. If anyone has a quilt that they would like to display in our Quilt Show, you can contact Lorraine Fitzpatrick
, 965-7861, or Lillian McLean
, 965-2121. During the show we will have quilt block demonstrations and will have quilted items on sale. Downstairs in the church dining room, the ladies of the church will be serving lunch from 11am to1pm. Assorted sandwiches, squares, and drinks will be on sale. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters, get new ideas, enter your quilt for display, and finish off the day with a great lunch.
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Lawrence and Carolyn (Heal) Stanchfield, 1948 and 1950 graduates of Milo High School, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on September 5, 2003. Those who wish may send notes of congratulations to:
Larry & Kay Stanchfield
c/o Dot Baker
PO Box 153
East Orland, Maine 04431
Community Band's Schedule
-Thursday, August 7
Piscataquis County Courthouse, East Main Street
-Thursday, August 14
Municipal Park (by the Boat Landing), Water Street
-Thursday, August 21
Piscataquis Valley Fair, County Fairgrounds
NAME THAT PARK CONTEST !
Name the park by the boat landing in Milo.
Enter on-line by clicking above or mail entries to :
PO Box 81
Milo, Maine 04463
Judges are the Town Of Milo Board of Selectmen
The name will be announced on August 14th at the Community Band Concert, in the park.
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. The Gerrishes first came to (a) the Stickney Hill area (b) Williamsburg (c) North Brownville (d) the Schoodic Lake road.
2. Morris and Evans were (a) Irish (b) French (c) Welsh (d) Swedes.
3. Axel Carlson was (a) Methodist (b) Catholic (c) Episcopalian (d) Congregationalist.
4. Moses Brown was Francis Brown's (a) brother (b) son (c) nephew (d) grandson.
5. 41 was (a) a passenger train (b)a BHS football play (c) Dennis Larson's number in basketball (d) Evan Larson's last horse.
6. Pauline Thomas was Brownville's first (a) librarian (b) town manager (c) Methodist minister (d) firewoman.
7. Katahdin Storage is owned by (a) Paul Foulkes (b) Earl Gerrish Jr. (c) Rodney Washburn (d) Vaughan Farrar.
8. (a) Doug Drinkwater (b) Lyle Towne (c) Ernest Seavey (d) Dave Cota twice served as town manager.
9. In 1929 a (a) new high school ((b) hospital (c) fish factory (d) library was planned for Brownville.
10. Dave Chase scored more than (a) 250 (b) 300 (c) 600 (d) 1000 points for the Railroaders.
1-d 2-c 3-c 4-c 5-a 6-d 7-a 8-b 9-d 10-c
Local Bean Hole Bean Suppers to benefit local charities.
Beginning July 30th at 5 pm, the folks at Down Home Bed & Breakfast, Elm St., Milo, will be starting a new Wednesday night tradition by dishing up beans, hotdogs, salads, rolls and desserts to the public. The weekly meals, offered in their backyard, will cost $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. $1.00 for each plate will then be donated to a local group or charity. The 1st group to benefit will be the Milo Fire Fighters Auxiliary. They will be using their funds to represent Milo at the annual Maine State Fire Convention in September and also for their local charities. Future donations are planned to go to Reading Is Fundamental, P.E.T.S., and the Devil’s Sledders. All of these groups benefit our area with many volunteer hours each year. The meals will continue weekly throughout the summer and fall until the weather gets too cold. They will then resume in the spring when the weather permits.
Take-out meals will also be available. For questions or requests for a week’s donation to your organization, call Gary or Sylvia Black at 943-5167.
- A daughter, Harley Mae Hall, to Valarie D. Overlook and David A. Hall of Atkinson on June 27, 2003 at Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft. Maternal grandparents are James and Evelyn Hamm of Prospect.Paternal grandparents are Edward and Mary Hall of Atkinson. Great grand-mother is Leona Johndro of Exeter and great great grandmother is Alta Johndro of Pittsfield. Harley Mae joins siblings Jenna, Martin and Montana.
- A son, Bradley Michael Whitten, to Heather (Morrison) and Richard Whitten of Charleston on June 26, 2003 at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. Maternal grandparents are Michael and Tamara Morrison of Charleston. Paternal grandparents are Maryanne Whitten of Lakeview and the late Bradley Whitten. Great Grandparents are Gray and Kay Morrison of Lubec and great grandfather is Earl Thompson of Greenville.
Skowhegan Motocross Park hosted a double weekend of racing with six local racers vying for a trophy in their class. Saturday turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day but Sunday was very overcast and the track seemed to be a slick challenge for many riders.
Sad news to report about LUKE LANDRY, he was taken to the local hospital after a bad landing on the new double that they had just put in recently......he came back to the track.....unfortunately with a broken leg and on crutches. Everyone was happy to see him return....even though it was on crutches. Sorry to say that I don't think Luke will be racing any of the remaining races.....but we know he'll return next year ready to ride.
JUSTIN MORRILL had his best start yet, getting a terrific (1st place) hole shot in his 1st Moto of the 125 Youth class....and raced very well holding onto a 2nd place finish. He got hung up on the gate in the 2nd moto, but still managed to work his way up the field and came home with a 5th place overall trophy for the day. On Sunday, Justin finished 7th overall in the 125 Youth Class out of 24 bikes.
TREVOR LYFORD raced his ATV and got a 2nd place trophy on Saturday and finished 6th overall with his dirtbike in the 50cc class. Trevor also got 2 great hole shots on his 4-wheeler and won a pair of riding gloves for being the 1st wheeler around the corner. On Sunday, Trevor raced the dirtbike first and did very well finishing in 4th place overall for the day and came home with the 4th place trophy. He aqlso raced his ATV to a 2nd place overall finish.
KYLE FOSS raced extremely well in the 85C Class finishing in 1st place in each moto to clinch the top trophy. Kyle also was the first one around the corner in his class so he won a nice pair of riding goggles. On Sunday, Kyle finished 2nd and then 1st out of 17 bikes to bring home another 1st place trophy.
JUSTIN ARTUS did a great job in the 65B Class and came away with a 1st place trophy out of (I believe) 15 bikes. On Sunday he had a repeat performance and captured another 1st place trophy in the 65B class.
DUSTIN BISHOP finished 3rd overall in the 250 Novice Class out of 23 bikes on Saturday. He also raced in the 125 Novice Class and I believe came home with a 1st place trophy. On Sunday he got a 5th place trophy out of 27 bikes and again raced in the 125 Novice class......but I didn't get his results on those 2 motos.
Great Job to all the racers and to find out more about motocross racing in Maine, you can log onto www.mainedirtbikes.com and go under points standings to see how our local boys are doing. You will be impressed!
A Historical Review - Part 3
Remnants of Community Still Live at Katahdin Iron Works Township once boasted 300 residents, railroad spur
BDN, by E.L. Boutlilier, August 1987
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
Along the road toward Brownville, we located a graveyard reported to contain five graves. Two were clearly marked with headstones, one of which has pretty well withstood the ravages of time. It is inscribed, "Mary H., daughter of George and L.C. Mahoney, died August 11, 1853, age 2-years, 4 months. She died in beauty like a rose, broke from her parents' stem." The other stone was broken in half and a fallen tree lay across the pieces. It was inscribed "Zecharia H. Judkins, died August 25, 1851 at age 82."
Varying accounts have reported two to three other graves in the area, perhaps loggers, and some say, one Indian. Barely discernible were three pitted areas where graves might have collapsed. Even in the old days, the bodies of most K.I. residents were brought "outside" for burial.
Rodney and Ruth Taylor slowly are restoring their K.I. camp, which floated high in the flood last spring. Now, their former front door is their side door, and the camp is located 100 yards farther away from the ghost village's former Vulcan Street, now
Dog Street. Taylor has had a camp here since 1950. In this period, he says, "The camp has moved three times without my help. It moved in the floods of 1966, 1979 and last spring."
During the winter months, the Taylors live in Bigler, PA. They had not returned when the floods hit. In its last location, the Taylor camp's southerly side was buttressed against two old apple trees, "the ones bears used to climb every winter so they could dance on my roof," Taylor said. The trees held firm but acted as pivots about which the camp rotated.
The damage was caused by waters, which rushed down from Ore Mountain by Blood Brook, rather than from the Pleasant River. The flood washed out the southwestern side of the bridge making it impassable and washed away much of the foundation of the Jack Corall camp, a former post office. "Our camp must have floated on the crest like Noah's Ark," Taylor said. "The damage occurred when the flood waters subsided and let the camp down on varying levels. Neither, the heave, logging-camp, iron, cook-stove in the kitchen or the brick chimney ever budged. The pot-bellied heating stove in the sleeping quarters toppled over. The front porch, which also sheltered our firewood, was torn from the building but rests downstream, still in one piece." The raging waters uncovered things formerly unknown or long forgotten. Two heavy safes once used for storage of money and valuables in the Silver Lake Hotel, which burned around 1915, were uncovered temporarily from their burial place in the yard of the one-time post office building.
Near the Taylor camp, a brick kiln or base for a large forge came to view. Part of a large pipe, which might have been fed by gravity flow from the former dam, appeared in a washout.
MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
My heavens, July is gone and summer is two-thirds over. It does not seem possible ! The poster contest ended last Friday night which means the Laugh It Up @ Your Library summer reading program is three-fourths over and just where has the time gone?
This past spring we received a very generous gift which I have not had a chance to write up in detail. Ruth Clark donated a 20 volume set entitled Discovering Antiques: the story of world antiques. Volumes 1 through 17 describe antiques around the world and give suggestions on what to look for when buying them. There are extensive materials about antiques from Colonial America, England and France. There are also large sections on antiques from China and Japan, Germany, India, Italy, Persia, Russia, Scotland, Turkey and other countries. Volume 18 is an index to the 20 volume set, and volumes 19 and 20 contain explanations and the meanings of antique terms. These definitions also give sections and page numbers where furniture or items relating to these terms are to be found. This reference set should be of interest to anyone involved in antiques and is a valuable addition to our library. Ruth, thank you very much.
Our community reader for week 5 was Neil Hamlin and for week 6 Philip Gerow read. We certainly thank these community leaders for being part of our story time. To have men read is an added bonus as children get the message that reading is for everyone. Please remember that the story time is for any child-not just those in the summer reading program. We will have two more story times---August 6 and August 13 at 2:30 each Wednesday. We would be very pleased to see your children here at the library.
I haven’t listed adult book titles for awhile, so here are some we’ve received that had been backordered. They are all processed and ready to circulate.
Cook, Robin SEIZURE
Coulter, Catherine BLINDSIDE
Craig, Amanda LOVE IN IDLENESS
Cussler, Clive WHITE DEATH
Evanovich, Janet TO THE NINES (Stephanie Plum)
Flook, Maria NF INVISIBLE EDEN
Higgins, Jack BAD COMPANY
Lardo, Vincent McNALLY’S DARE
Lindsay, Johanna A MAN TO CALL MY OWN
McCrumb, Sharon GHOST RIDERS
Muller, Marcia CYANIDE WELLS (Sharon McCone)
Steel, Danielle JOHNNY ANGEL
These books were donated and we are very pleased to be able to offer our patrons these extra selections due to the generosity of others. Thank you .
Brooks, Larry SERPENT’S DANCE
Craig, Philip VINEYARD BLUES
Davidson, Diane Mott CHOPPING SPREE
Dickenson, Peter SOME DEATHS BEFORE DYING
George,Anne MURDER CARRIES A TORCH
Hess, Joan OUT ON A LIMB
Holt, Hazel MRS. MALORY AND THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER
McKevett, G.A. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
Myers, Tamar THE CREPES OF WRATH
Library Summer Hours
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
I am enjoying this summer vacation so much. Last year I babysat for my grandson two or three days a week. It felt like I didn't have a vacation at all. This summer my daughter has cut her work schedule to just one day a week. She's been home with the kids all summer and it's been good for her and good for them, as well. Not to mention how good it's been for this grandmother. I love my grand kids, but a steady diet of a 10-year-old might possibly put me over the edge. YIKES!!
We've done some entertaining this summer....with more to do in the next couple of weeks. We had a family birthday party for cousin Karen this week at our Schoodic Lake cottage. She celebrated an auspicious birthday....I will discreetly leave out the details of which birthday that might have been. We tried to keep the plans a secret from her, but me thinks she wormed the better part of our plot out of her brother earlier that very day. She's a master of inquisition and so "putting one over on her" would be nearly impossible. Karen does so many nice things for others and for the community and her church, that I was happy to be able to do something nice for her. The weather cooperated.....clearing off on Thursday and making our evening at camp rather nice.
Dad's friend Ralph Henderson dropped five mackerel off to us earlier in the week. I allowed as how the
fish would be a good addition to the menu that I was planning for the birthday party. Every once in a while Ralph stops in with some food treat for Dad. They've been friends for years and Ralph knows how much Dad loves fish....he also knows that my husband isn't a fisherman. So, if Dad's going to have any fresh catch...it has to come from somewhere else. Ralph likes to pick berries and knows that Dad loves those, too. A couple of times during strawberry season I came home to find a quart of strawberries on the porch...knowing Ralph must have been there for a visit. Ralph is a bit of a stand up comedian, and he's found a good audience in my husband and my father. The three of them sit out on the porch and laugh themselves silly. The conversation often gets too risqué for me, so I leave them to their man-talk and get to other matters in the house.
The people who attended the Wellness Conference with me at Sugarloaf in June got together for a little reunion of sorts at Marie and Bob Hayes' camp at Schoodic on Tuesday. What an adorable camp! I'd never been there, but in true Bob and Marie fashion they've made a place that is warm and inviting.....makes you want to move right in.
Lynn Gerrish made a delightful appetizer for our picnic meal and I immediately decided that I'd also make that for the birthday party. I was putting a menu together with lightening speed, and not even having to wrack my brain to do it. The recipe was for a Mexican spread made in layers. The first layer was a combination of one 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened and mixed with one cup of sour cream. This was spread out on a plate. You top this with a layer of salsa...I used ChiChi's mild (about 1/2 a jar). You sprinkle chopped onion, green pepper, red pepper, yellow pepper, black olives, chopped tomatoes ...Whatever and however much you prefer! Then you sprinkle shredded cheese over this. Lynn used the Mexican cheese - has a jalapeno bite to it. I used just plain shredded cheddar because that's what I had in the house...either way is delicious. Lynn lined around the dip with cherry tomatoes and I must confess, so did I. Serve this with tortilla chips...the dipping kind preferred. What a hit this was!!
Instead of a birthday cake I decided to fall back on two of the Horne family's favorite dessert recipes: custard pie and apple pudding with sweet milk. I've shared the custard pie recipe with you and the apple pudding recipe is simple. Make a batch of biscuits and roll them out to about 1/2 inch. Spread the dough with melted butter. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over that. Slice up apples over the top of that....I used 6 medium-sized apples. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples and then roll this concoction up jellyroll fashion. In the meantime while your oven is heating to 400 degrees, make a simple syrup right in the pan you are going to use. The simple syrup is sugar and water: 1 to 2. If you have a big 9 X 13 use 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water. If you are making it in a smaller pan use 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Slice the apple/biscuit roll off in slices (approximately 1/2 to 1 inch thick and lay them into the pan of simple syrup. You can stretch them out or squeeze them in depending on how much you've got. I made one batch of Bisquick biscuits and used a 10X7 inch pan. Bake for 1/2 hour. Serve warm in bowls. I make a sweet milk to go over this out of half and half sweetened with a couple of tablespoons of sugar and a dash of nutmeg. I put the sweet milk in a pitcher and each person can pour the amount they prefer over their pudding after it's been served. This was my Mammie Horne's recipe
and we all love it. I stuck birthday candles into the finished product for the birthday girl to blow out....didn't matter whether it was a cake or not.
've told you before about having to have something cold and something sweet on my dinner plate haven't I? Well, this is just a little peculiarity of my own...but to satisfy that need in myself, I made a nice fruit salad that was well received, too. This is my favorite because it's so easy. One container of cottage cheese, One package of sugar free orange jello stirred into the cheese. One small can of pineapple tidbits drained and one can of mandarin oranges drained. I didn't have a can of mandarin oranges so I substituted a can of fruit cocktail. One cup of mini marshmallows, one cup of Cool Whip, 1/4 cup of coconut. I put this all in a serving bowl and dressed it up with some cherries and some pecans on top. I chilled it for a couple of hours, but you can serve it immediately if necessary.
It always makes it nice when everyone brings something to add to the pot. My aunt made an elegant loaf of bread that we sliced and served. Cousin Carol made my mother's recipe for pasta salad which has become a traditional family get-together dish. Cousin Janet brought hamburgers and her own original homemade iced tea. We grilled the burgers and some chicken breasts and the fish and then I also did a hot grilled vegetable pan that everyone just loved. Sometimes I do this in a foil packet, but for a crowd I used my big lasagna pan. I put about 2 tablespoons of garlic oil....but olive oil would be fine, too, in the pan. I quartered red potatoes, vidalia onions, sliced up 2 sweet potatoes, cut up (in big chunks) green, red and yellow peppers, and a bag of baby carrots. I tossed these ingredients in the pan so they got covered with some of the oil. Then I put herbs, some fresh and some dried...whatever I felt like...dried basil, fresh parsley, fresh chive, fresh rosemary, ground black pepper and sea salt....tossed them a little more drizzling a little more of the oil as I thought necessary, and then my secret ingredient was a beef bouillon cube tucked into the center of the concoction. I covered the pan with tin foil and my husband grilled them on the middle shelf of our grill for a little over a half hour....like maybe 40 minutes. They were easier to test for doneness in a pan, because you could just lift the foil and stick a fork in them. What a hit the vegetables were.
Janet helped with the decorating by bringing a huge decorative tin can absolutely filled with beautiful black-eyed Susans. The flowers held a place of honor in the dining room, and brightened the atmosphere tremendously. You'll be surprised to know that we didn't invite Martha to the party. We didn't think she'd be able to make it....Karen can't stand her anyway! But Martha would have been proud of us, if she'd been there. I wouldn't have known where to send her invitation. All kidding aside, it was a delightful evening that we all enjoyed. It's always nice to get together with my family. It's also fun to have time to cook for a crowd.
MY ITALY TRIP Part 8
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Today was the day I had been waiting for. In 1998, on my last Italy trip, I had hoped to see at least one of our relatives. On the 1998 trip my sisters, Angela, Georgia and Mary were all there, as well as my brother Dud (Orrin). Marilena told Nick she could take the train from Carpinone and at least say hello. It turned out that she had to cancel the day of the trip.
We had breakfast at the hotel at 7 and our driver Angelo arrived at 8 with a mini van to pick up the four relatives
and Eloise. It was a two-hour drive to Isernia. Angelo was a middle-aged man who knew the area well. I was glad that we decided to hire a driver as well as the car. He had a wealth of information to give us on the trip. He pointed out places of interest all along the trip. Naples is the most densely populated city of Europe at 13,000 per square kilometer. He showed us the ancient lava flows of Vesuvius. The city of Torre has been covered with lava 7 times. He showed us the location of an 1154 room palace built for a Bourbon king around the time of Napoleon when the French kings were in exile. We passed through Capua where Spartacus led a revolt against Rome. After driving through mountain passes we arrived in Isernia at about 10:30. The population of Isernia is between 30,000 and 40,000. Angelo found the train station and Lucia was waiting for us in her car. She told Angelo to follow her the 5 or so miles to Carpinone.
As we rode along we could see Carpinone in the distance atop a small hill. It is a town of about 1200 people and is now a bedroom community for Isernia. The town surrounds a castle first built in 1223. We parked in a little open area located on the side of the hill just below the castle. We could look back toward Isernia and not only see the road we came in on, but also Isernia itself.
This would probably be a good time to interrupt the story to explain the relationship of the cousins I was about to meet. Our father was the fifth of six boys born to Giovanni and Angela Valente. The oldest son, Antonio had three children. What is left of his family lives in South America. The second son, Felix lived in Milo for many years. Nick is his son. The third son was Guiseppenicola. He had six children. All but his oldest daughter, Antonetta, went to Argentina with him. I met Antonetta’s two daughters in Carpinone: Natalina D’Avino and her husband Guiseppe (Geppino) D’Avino, and Marilena Festa, her husband Ernani and their two children Eduardo and Antonella. The fourth son was Dominick. I met two of his grandchildren, Antonio Biondi and his wife Lucia, and Giovanna and her husband Michelle (Mike) Santagapita. My father’s younger brother, Michelle died while a teenager. I asked Nick why all the relatives in Italy call him Mike. He said that Michelle died the same day he was christened. They wanted to call him Mike but the paper work was all recorded. They just call him Mike out of respect for his uncle. This is an old Italian custom.
Giovanna’s home was across from where we parked. Angelo asked Lucia where and when to pick us up. Lucia said since he didn’t know anyone in the area, they wanted him to stay with us. He was pleased and so were we because we had an extra translator. We went up a set of steps and actually entered on the second floor where the living room and kitchen were. Giovanna had prepared a light snack. We had a cheese and ham quiche, almond cookies, expresso, nuts and candy. Giovanna speaks no English, but we laughed a lot trying to understand one another.
Lucia explained that they had contacted the woman who lived in the house where our father was born and she would like to have us visit. It took about three minutes to walk to Pa’s birthplace. As with Giovanna’s home the living quarters were on the second and third floors. The lady living there explained that only the plumbing and electricity had changed since our father had left for the USA. The bedrooms on the third floor opened out onto a patio with olive trees and grapevines. The first floor was where the farming implements were stored. It also had the stone vat used to crush grapes with the feet.
We thanked her very much through Lucia and Angelo for allowing us to visit and then walked a short distance outside of town to take some pictures. It was then time for lunch.
We returned to Giovanna’s house. The rest of the relatives had arrived in our absence. Natalina and Geppino came from Naples and the rest from Isernia. Giovanna is the only one living in Carpinone. Our ‘lite’ lunch consisted of two kinds of Italian ham, capicola, home made sausage, home made mozzarella cheese, a sharper cheese, Italian bread, green olives that tasted like our black ones, lasagna, ravioli made in jelly roll style, tossed salad with lemon dressing, rolled stuffed beef, wild asparagus, and Easter pie plus the cake we brought. The meal was served in typical Italian style with just a few things at a time. Between all
the eating and talking we really enjoyed ourselves. At 4:30 I hated to say goodbye. We were just getting to know one another and they wanted us to stay until 8. We all took a short walk to the castle for pictures, said our good byes and headed back to Sorrento.
We arrived back in the Naples area about dusk. The bay was beautiful in the moonlight. When Angelo dropped us off, he thanked us for allowing him to join in on the family reunion. He said he had a wonderful time and really enjoyed seeing the family get acquainted for the first time.
We arrived just in time to go with the rest of the tour for an included dinner at the San Antonio restaurant. The restaurant was mostly open air for summer. It was quite chilly so we sat in the indoor section. The meal was a choice of pizza or pasta, eggplant Parmesan or fish, fried potatoes, salad and green beans. Dessert was ice cream. Those of us who had been to Carpinone didn’t eat much! At 9 the ‘Carpinone bunch’ said our goodnights and walked back to the hotel.
Next week Capri
MSAD #41 Wellness Team Attends Health Conference
Ten members from the ActionWorx Wellness Team enjoyed a five-day health conference at Sugarloaf USA June 22 26. ?Wicked Good Wellness for ME? was the theme for the 18th annual Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Conference. Keynote speakers, Dr. Martin Collis and Dr. Nancy Wardle, presented valuable information on workplace wellness through humor, music, life experiences and inspirational words. Dr. Collis’ message on FAITH (find answers in the heart) offered positive insight into employee morale.
Team members participated in a variety of health workshops and activities, ranging from the healing art of Mandala making, wall climbing, finding your passion, healthy cooking, Tai Chi, West African Dance, navigating the waters of menopause, girl fighting girl friends, and using the media to promote wellness. A sharing session was held for individuals to meet with others that have similar roles, responsibilities and jobs. Health screenings were available for participants as well as early morning self-wellness activities such as yoga, water aerobics, walking, line dancing and strength training. Many exhibitors were on hand and shared resources for the team to bring back to school.
Chairwomen Sue Chaffee and Ginny Morrill, along with Chris Beres and Lynn Gerrish, hosted a roundtable discussion for conference participants. The members shared the team’s ActionWorx portfolio, a PowerPoint presentation and the various activities that were offered during the school year for staff, students and community.
The team used their personal time to work on their action plan for the following year and brainstorm healthy activities for staff, students and the community. Activities in the planning stages are a walking club, a poker walk, among others.
One of the evening programs was Julie and the Bug Boys. Julie Monroe teaches self-esteem and tolerance through music. Don Barry and Clay Kirby, Entomologists at the University of Maine, teach children about insects, and together they perform songs that teach traditional values like manners, self respect, safety and tolerant treatment of those around us. We were lucky enough to participate in one of Julie and the Bug Boys performances.
Jason Anthony, Vice President of Chalkguy Media International, presented the Power of Attitude: Dream It, Achieve it! His message inspired and motivated people to live life to the fullest.
The conference held many offerings of health and wellness, but nothing compared to the Wednesday night banquet, door prizes and ?talent show?. Our own ActionWorx members sang a tribute to the activites they participated in and got rave reviews. Amber Gahagan, Kathy Witham and Lynn Gerrish were door prize winners.
Our last speaker, Sandy Queen, presented the lighter side of wellness. She had us in stitches! Sandy spoke with inspiration and humor. Her message helped participants take a look at their lives, attitudes, and feelings and find places to ?lighten up? by taking a different look at their humanness.
MSAD #41 team members attending were Sue Chaffee, Ginny Morrill, Chris Beres, Kathy Witham, Eddie Oakes, Amber Gahagan, Marie Hayes, Linda O’Connor, Tina Johnston and Lynn Gerrish.
On July 22, the team met at Marie Hayes’ camp to share information learned with other team members and made plans for the upcoming school year.
MARGARET MAE HARMAN
MILO - Margaret M. Harman died on July 24, 2003. She was bom Sept. 3, 1919, the daughter of Albert and Beulah (Scott) Slutter of East Stroudsburg, Penn.
She was the wife of David R. Harman Sr., who passed away in 2001.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret, and her husband, Willard Stone of Milo; a son, David Jr., and his wife, Agnes Harman of East Stroudsburg, Penn.; six grandchildren, Doreen Lewis of Milo, Harvey Fish and his wife Beth of Philadelphia, Penn., Sherry Bucci and her husband Paul of Brownville Junction, Willard E. Stone and his wife Jen of Milo, Shawn Stone and his wife Tammy of Sangerville, David R. Harman III and his wife Missy of East Stroudsburg, Perm.; numerous great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a special cousin, Joseph Scott and his wife Jean of Augusta.
FERN E. PALMER
DOVER-FOXCROFT - Fern E. Palmer, 73, wife of the late Gerald W. Palmer, died July 25, 2003, at her residence at Sebec Lake. She was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Milo, the daughter of Forrest W. and Ellen (Levensalor) Strout. Fern had worked at the Guilford IGA for more than 30 years. She was a past member of the Carpo Club, an active member of the Seniority Group at Mayo Regional Hospital, and a frequent visitor to Hibbard's Nursing Home. She had also taught Sunday School at the United Methodist Church She shared a love of Sebec Lake with her husband for many years and as a result was an enthusiastic member of the Sebec Lake Association. She is survived by a son, Michael Palmer of Brandon, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia Suomi of Monson; five grandchildren, Denyell, Aaron, and Derek Suomi, and Andrew and Emily Palmer. A private family service will be held at the family lot in Dover Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sebec Lake Association, Treasurer, P.O. Box 303, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.
BACK ALONG WEATHER
From the weather book kept by Grammie McCleary.
August 7-Cloudy & warm
August 8-Cloudy & warm-70° at 7 am
August 9-Fog Cloudy AM Sunny PM-66° at 7 am and 70° at 9 pm.
August 10-Fog Cloudy AM Cloudy PM-66° at 8 am and 70° at 9 pm.
August 11-Fog Cloudy AM Sunny & windy PM-68° at 8 am and 90° at 6 pm.
Mark, Randa, and Addison Rineer
Mark and Randa were the guest speakers at the July 23rd Kiwanis breakfast meeting. After losing their baby girl to a rare chromosomal abnormality, they set up the Isabel Cate Rineer Memorial Endowment to help others in similar situations.
BY NANCY GRANT
Gertrude McKusick informed me that the picture of the Derby Grammar School had to be taken before 1925. She said that the back section hadn’t been built. Gertrude has to be considered an expert on this subject as her father operated a store just across the corner from the school.
I won’t even take a guess at what year this photo was taken. It’s an unusual picture because it was taken from the river side.
(Photo courtesy of Gary Harmon)
meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at North Meets South Restaurant in Dover-Foxcroft. The meeting time is from 6 to 8 pm. Anyone interested in writing any genre is welcome to attend. The next meeting is August 5.
MILO AREA WRITER’S GROUP
is now meeting at the Country Style Restaurant on the Dover Road in Sebec on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meeting time is from 6 to 8 pm and the next meeting will be on August 12.
For more information please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400.