Three Rivers News, 2003-08-26


Reprinted from the Tri-River Photo News, Thursday, September 11, 1958
     (Original caption): Wayne Haley has his hands full every afternoon now that school is back in session.
     Here he is shown guiding a few of the many kids that pass his way going home from school.
The children in the photo have been identified as Brenda Greenlaw (holding Wayne’s hand), Mary Fish, Sheila Decker and Kenny Greenlaw. There is a girl behind Sheila that we can’t make out and we have not been able to identify the girl to the far right.

Editor’s Note: The preceding picture and following story epitomize the things a small town is made of.. As the anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, I hope this article transports you back to a time and a place where life was wonderful and our heroes were still all with us. Thank you so much Brenda!! - Val

Here is her letter.
     Hi there, My name is Brenda Greenlaw Martin, a former Milo girl. I am sending a story along if you are at all interested. Love the Three Rivers News! My mom and dad save the papers for me. Here comes the story......
     I’m sure I had my TV heroes in my growing up years. The one that comes to mind the quickest is Lloyd Bridges who played Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt. How I loved those underwater adventures. But TV heroes aren’t the ones who shape your life. The heroes who mold and shape your life are everyday people.
     As a young girl I had four heroes in my life. Harry and Thelma Greenlaw, my parents, are my first two heroes. They have

been my constants, my mentors and my examples to this very day. My dad was well known for his friendliness and his smile. Daddy loves people and loves to talk to them about all kinds of things. He and I got along well except when it came to snakes! Daddy does not like snakes and me being a tomboy I loved to hunt them and play with them! Mom, for most of my growing up, was a talented homemaker. She was also a wonderful seamstress who made most of my clothes. I remember waking up one Christmas morning to find a Negro walking doll under the Christmas tree. Attached to the Christmas tree were all kinds of doll clothes for the doll that mom had made, right down to a beautiful white wedding dress! Thank you mom and dad for being my heroes.
     The third hero was Ed Rolfe, my grandpa. I wasn’t just his granddaughter, I was his chummy! I spent all the time I could following grandpa around. I don’t believe there was anything that grandpa couldn’t do. He helped my dad build an addition on our house, he build the boat we used to go to the Rips in, built the camp we stayed in, and made us kids a croquet set one year. He could fix animals when they were hurt and site guns. I remember the white piece of cardboard on our clothesline post that grandpa would use to site the guns by. My favorite thing was to climb up on his lap in the big old kitchen rocker and he would “hi-low” me and “sing Indian” to me. Thank you grandpa for all you were to me.
     My fourth hero wasn’t a family member; he was a man in uniform! And in my growing up days for a man that meant clean-shaven, hair above your shirt collar, respectable and dependable. I got to see my hero almost every day! His name was Wayne Haley. Wayne used to be a police officer in Milo and when school was in, one of his jobs was to see that kids who walked to school crossed the street by the library safely. I couldn’t wait to see Wayne every day and to hold his hand while crossing the street. He always had a smile for us kids and never a cross word. Thank you Wayne for being a young girl’s “knight”.
     I wish all of the heroes of today could be like mine were. -

The Girl Scouts will be holding a registration night at the Brownville Elementary School on August 27 at 6:00 in the evening. Registration has gone up to $10.00 this year. Hope to see you there!!

     I received the following letters from Dan Peters and thought I would share them. Thank you Dan for the name and for your kind words. And thank you for your very generous donation.
     This is Dan Peters, Penquis Valley HS class of the 1969 and the winning suggestor of the park's name, "Veteran's Memorial Park."
     After some thought about my name suggestion, I think the name should be changed to "Veterans Memorial Park," that's without the apostrophe. (Ed Treworgy will forgive me for this error in English usage.) After all, the park is dedicated to ALL veterans, not just one. And the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in

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Washington, DC, (within walking distance of my office there) is "Veterans." I have talked to Roy Bither, the Chair of the Milo Town Selectmen, and he agrees with "Veterans." So it shall be.
     I am so excited to have found the Three Rivers Community web site on the Internet and read it every Tuesday. You are doing a wonderful job! I'm sending a donation to help you cover costs.
     Milo, to me and to thousands of others fortunate enough to have grown up there, is the epitome of small town America and represents the glue that holds it all together.
Take care,

Dan Peters
PVHS Class of '69, U. of Maine at Orono '78, "Fort Sill School for Wayward Boys" '79 (Field Artillery Officers Basic Course), Maine Maritime Academy '87

Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church Thrift Shop
will be having a $1.00 bag sale on
Wednesday, August 27th.
Hours are 10AM to 1PM.


Photo w/ A. Swartzenegger (courtesy of the USO) Pictured are all members of the 1136th, (Brian - front row right)

     SPC. Brian C. Lee and PFC Kristin S. Lee, born on the same day, three years apart, July 20th, missed sharing their birthday together for the first time in nineteen years, as Brian is stationed in Kuwait and Kristin is stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Both are members of the 1136th Transportation Co. Army National Guard Unit out of Bangor Maine.

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     Their unit was called to active duty this past Feb. Kristin was on a delayed entry program as a senior at Penquis Valley High in Milo, Maine at the time the unit was mobilized. Both Brian and Kristin reported for duty and received their orders. Brian was given 48 hours to get his affairs in order for deployment. Kristin worked at the Unit in the office and in supply during the first week of mobilization then remained on call while attending school.
     Brian is a student at UMO in Engineering / Business Management and is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He is employed at the Alfond arena.
     Kristin is a member of the class of 2003 from PVHS, and is undergoing Army Basic Training as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment - Charlie Company. Her graduation date will be September 11th. Then she will attend her AIT Training with the 88 M, and will be returning home some time in November. Kristin was accepted at UMO for Communications and will begin classes in the spring of 2004 and plans on entering the ROTC program at the University.
     Brian has been stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait since mid April. Kuwait is the main staging area for American and British ground forces. He runs missions out of Kuwait to the gulf, Kuwaiti Airport(s) and into Iraq. He is also on rotation for Guard Duty and works at the staging area for redeployment of US Troops to the United States as well as incoming equipment and supplies. Brian is a registered life guard and has volunteered his services for a Battalion that was on a Morale Welfare and Recreation (MMR) trip to the Gulf coast.
     Brian was honored with a letter of commendation from the Battalion Commander for his service. Brain volunteered to assist in the set up for the USO/AFE appearance of Arnold Swartzenegger and the screening of his new movie T3 / Terminator 3 Rise of the Machine. Arnold visited the troops this past July 4th
     Special Note: Brian would like to thank teacher and friend Debbie Dunham from Milo Elementary School for the care package and letters from her students. They were much appreciated. Also Brian would like to thank everyone back home for all of their well wishes, letters and packages. Brian is doing great. Brian feels that they may be home some time towards the end of December. He is proud to be doing his duty and is looking forward to returning home. Hooah! Brian and Kristin!
     Editor’s Note: What a great story. What proud parents Scott and Kathy must be and we will all pray for the safety of your kids. We thank them for their service!

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Josee Vachon came from (a) St. Georges (b) Montreal (b) Lac Megantic (d) Rimouski in Quebec.
2. Sargae Rugale was (a) French (b) Russian (c) Italian (d) German in origin.
3. Ralph Berg and Bob Berg attended (a) Colby (b) Husson (c) UMaine (d) UMPI.
4. Jimmy Hay and John Ray were (a) lawyers (b) E.H. Ladd cooks (c) YMCA secretaries (d) surveyors.
5. (a) 145 (b) 178 (c) 201 (d) 233 dogs were licensed in 2002.
6. Park Holland was a(n) (a) resort area (b) surveyor (c) preacher (d) early town manager.
7. Webber Jones was a(n) (a) Democrat (b) Republican (c) Green (d) Independent.
8. The Artes House was once a(n) (a) music school (b) Assembly of God church (c) fire house (d) tavern.
9. Rodney Ross came here from (a) New Jersey (b) New York (c) Italy (d) Georgia.

10. The Pioneer and the Slate were (a) restaurants (b) race horses (c) newspapers (d) books.

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

     After winding my way to San Francisco and Oakland Army Base, I flew out of Travis Air Force Base aboard a MAC plane on Super Sunday in January 15, 1968 en route to military duty in Bangkok, Thailand, the headquarters of SEATO and the sex capital of the world (enough on that subject), population 9,000,000.
     It was hot but not humid in Thailand. We wore tropical khakis to work. In April came torrential rains, with a water festival in which the locals threw water all over the place including valuable papers and books.
     As I flew over the Pacific and the International Dateline, missing the Green Bay Packers-Oakland Raiders game in Super Bowl II, I read The Worldly Philosophers by Heilbroner and made the acquaintance of the wife of a major whom I would later meet in Sattahip on the Gulf of Siam, where the bombs for B-52s came in for Utapao Air Base 10 miles away.
     Thai soldiers guarded our bases.
     Bangkok is divided by the Chao Phaya River, the name of a hotel where officers stayed. On the river flowed the famous floating market.
     Traffic was left to right, and many three-wheeled vehicles and taxis were to be seen and used.
     The baht is the unit of money. In 1968 it was worth about our nickel. Exchanges were done through bartering and bargaining.
     It is rude to slap someone on the back in Thailand.
More to come

     A recent rainy Saturday afternoon in Brownville Jct. found 48 of the area’s children focused on their letters, numbers and shapes. The reason? No one wanted to miss the all-important number that would result in BINGO. The anticipation was building as caller Jim Kinson relayed each number. Finally a small voice called out “Bingo” and they all relaxed until the next game began.
     The Brownville Jct. American Legion Post #92 sponsored an afternoon of free Bingo for children aged 6 to 13. The children played 21 games including a Jackpot game. Prizes for the games were donated by area businesses. The Legion would like to thank the following businesses for donating gift certificates and merchandise: Smith’s Groceries and Lunch, Simple Sacks, AMB Video, Reuben’s Market, Robinson’s, Milo Exxon, Charlie’s Car Wash, Graves’ Texaco, Salley’s Auto, United Kingfield Bank, JD’ Emporium, and BJ’s Market. And thanks to the following businesses for cash donations: Bailey Lumber, Grant Auto Sales, Joe’s Repair Shop, Maine Savings,

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K&L Auto, Trask Insurance Agency, S&L Auto, Three Rivers Redemption, and Jane Macomber. A special thanks to volunteer assistants Erica and Jessie Coburn and relief caller Pat Stone.
     The list of winners: Jared Monahan-Milo Exxon certificate, Ann Newell- BJ’s gift certificate & CD player, Trevor Lyford-2 Backpacks with supplies, Garrett McDougal-United Kingfield Bank & Reuben’s Mkt., Tiffany Gagne-CD player & Border’s Gift certificate, Ryan Robinson- Smith’s gift certificate, Jade Zelkan- AMB 12 Pass & BJ’s gift certificate, Shelisha Clark- Border’s gift certificate, Raelene Frank- Backpack with supplies, Chad Perkins-JD’s Pizza certificate, Rochelle Hicks-Border’s gift certificate & Duffle bag, Elsie Chambers-Smith’s gift certificate, Michaela Weston- Milo Exxon certificate, Dale Gagne-Duffle bag, Leah Word-Robinson’s , and the Jackpot winner was Taylor Lovejoy who won a Sony boombox with a CD player, cassette player and AM/FM radio provided by Bailey Lumber.

     I always like to read your column in the TRC News. I too have a certain reputation where I live in East Millinocket for rescuing just about everything. A while ago a man in my neighborhood died and wasn't found for 3 days. You can imagine the commotion when he was finally found. Well, his cat was too lonely and scared by the end of all that to have anyone go near so I began to feed it and try to lure it to me, unsuccessfully. Finally I had to live trap the animal, but didn't know what to do with it next since I'm allergic to cats and really couldn't keep it myself. I also couldn't find anyone to take it, wild as it seemed. To make a long story short, I found an animal rescuer in Shawmut, ME, down by Waterville. She belonged to an organization called Save Our Strays that did just that. She traveled statewide, even up to Baxter Park, to live trap and tame cats that had been abandoned. She had kept 14 of them herself. All the cats they found were neutered and given shots. The group would hold bake sales, etc. to raise money for their cause. I took the cat down to her and she kept it as her 15th cat. Two things that I learned that I wanted to pass on to you are that, first of all, a truly feral cat will not meow. This one I trapped did because it had been a house cat once. The second thing was that the key to taming any cat, she said, is "confinement." She said she keeps them in a large dog carrier for 2 weeks and then releases it into a room where it is still confined. She claimed it took a month or less to make the genuinely wild cats tame. Every one of her cats had been feral at one time.
     We had to pay for neutering and all tests and shots for the neighbor's cat ourselves, and it turned out the cat had feline AIDS and so it had to be kept away from 13 of the other cats the woman had. It was put with another cat with the same ailment. The vet said that with care and a good home, a cat with that illness could very well live a long life. The last I heard, the cat I gave her was a "love bug" and very affectionate, loved by her whole family. It was a kindness for the cat, but also I looked at it as the last thing I could do for the neighbor who had died. I just thought I'd share the story and the advice this lady gave me about taming a cat.
     I tamed a feral cat once myself the hard way by luring it closer and closer to me with food and water until I got

it into the house. It turned out to have leukemia in the end and never got the wildness out of its system altogether.
     Whenever I see a sign that says "Free kittens," I want to write on it, "Get that mother cat spayed." I can't understand how people can go buy a new outfit when for the same price, they can get their cat neutered. I have paid for the neutering of three cats that belonged to other people, not because they couldn't afford it with a bit of sacrifice, but because they wouldn't do it.
     Thanks for all you do for the animals in Milo!
Betty Heath Lufkin

Editors Note: It’s great to see there are others in our area working to make Maine a better place for people and their pets. I take all of my hats off to you! - Val

     Anyone who tried to get to the library this past week found it difficult. The Water District has been working out in front of the library all week putting in their new water system. Pam took this week off for her vacation. Wasn’t she smart! Parking has been a problem but patrons have not let lack of parking keep them from coming to the library. They have been willing to park quite a ways from the building and walk. They have parked up the street or across the road and have then made their way to our door for books or computer use. And, of course, it has given everybody something to talk about!
     Tracy Morse has been substituting for Pam this week. Now that the summer reading program is over, we have been busy clearing up the children’s area. Tracy has done a great job putting the juvenile books back where they belong and straightening out the ever increasing tubs of juvenile paperbacks.
     We have finished processing the box of science fiction paperback books Dr. Ralph Monroe donated to the library this summer. If you are a fan of Sci/Fi do come in and look them over. Below is a list of the authors and titles. Thank you, Dr. Monroe.

Barron, T.A. The Lost Years of Merlin
Card, Orson Scott Children of the Mind
Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Game
Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Shadow
Card, Orson Scott Speaker for the Dead
Card, Orson Scott Xenocide
Drake, David Queen of Demons
Drake, David Servant of the Dragon
Flint, Eric 1632
Flint, Eric The Tide of Victory
Kurtz, Katherine St. Patrick’s Gargoyle
McCaffrey, Anne Acoma’s People
McCaffrey, Anne The City Who Fought
McCaffrey, Anne Freedom’s Ransom
McCaffrey, Anne Pegasus in Space
McCaffrey, Anne The Tower and the Hive
Niven, Larry Beowulf’s Children
Niven, Larry The Burning City
Pohl, Frederick Land’s End
Shaw, Bob The Fugitive Worlds
Silverburg, Robert The Longest Way Home
Stableford, Brian Inherit the Earth
Stirling, S.M. Against the Tide of Years
Varley, John The Golden Globe
Weber, David Heirs of Empire
Weber, David In Death Ground
Wrede, Patricia Magician’s Ward

Library Summer Hours
Telephone 943-2612
The Library will be closed on Monday, September 1st due to the observance of Labor Day

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     Rebecca Flanagan, daughter of Terry and Pam Flanagen of Milo, is volunteering with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (CFVC), which is sponsored by the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. She will spend the next 12 months working at the Agape Community Center in the central Milwaukee area.
     Rebecca is a spring graduate of the University Of Maine at Fort Kent with a bachelor’s degree in English. She has volunteered previously at ACAP Day Care, reading to children.
     The Capuchin Franciscans are a Catholic religious community, whose misson is to live simply and serve the poor. Members of the CFVC serve for a year or more and live in community with other volunteers in Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Nicaragua.

A Historical Review
Katahdin Club Nears 50 Years
Under Gerrish Family in Milo
Observer, by Virginia Foss, May 17, 1989
     Milo – Katahdin Country Club, one of the golf courses in Piscataquis County, has been in operation for nearly 60 years and in the Gerrish family for 50.
     The golf course in Milo was constructed in 1930 with local labor under the direction of Med Billings of Sebec Village. Larry Striley had designed many courses including Meadowbrook Golf Course in Bangor. The architectural fee was $200. The legal work to form the Katahdin Country Club, Inc. was accomplished by Hiram Gerrish, grandfather of the present owner, Judson Gerrish, Jr. Eight of the nine greens were donated by Maine Public Service, Co, American Thread Co., Canadian Pacific Railroad, Owen Drug Co., Rodney MacGregor of Lincoln, Frederick Rupprech of Sebec, and Ralph Pineo and Will Dutch, both of Milo.
     The remaining green was constructed by charter members of the club. Some of whom were George Knight, Orris Dean, Med Billings, Dr. H.C. Bundy, Jerome Clark, Charles Mills, Newman Mooers, Dr. Wallace Houston, and Dr. A.M. Carde.
     Initially the Katahdin Country Club had 50 members who paid an initial entry fee and annual dues of $50 each. Green fees were set at $1 per day.
     The corporation became financially indebted in 1937 and was taken over by Hartley and Anna Macleod of Milo, who sold the course to Judson C. Gerrish of Milo in 1940. It was owned by Hilda Gerrish after her husband's death and managed by her son, Judson C. Gerrish, Jr., who now owners and manages it. Mrs.Gerrish died several years ago.
     Much work goes into keeping the course in its excellent condition. The greens are aerated and top dressed each October and thatched by an aerifier a minimum of three times a year. A new 72" grooming mower keeps the rough down to one and a half inches in height. Gerrish, one of the few pesticide applicators in the area, has a master-level commercial state license. He applies the insecticide, fungicide and fertilizer utilizing a program outlined by the O.M. Scott & Sons Fertilizing Co. of Ohio.
     The golf course irrigation system was completely replaced two years ago with the installation of a mile of plastic piping buried in the ground by a sub-soiler. The course has a sandy base with no rocks and therefore is always dry, regardless of the amount of yearly rain.
     New equipment like a power washer keeps the equipment clean and ready for use, while a mobile 275 gallon gas tank and air compressor make servicing the equipment easier. In the past few years the Katahdin Country Club has expanded its gas operated car fleet to 15 riding cars that has expedited play.
     The pro shop is well stocked with equipment ranging from golf balls, clubs, golf bags and gloves. A snack bar is open during tournaments and weekends.

     The golf course hosts a yearly Maine State Golfers Association amateur tournament in the spring, attracting over 100 golfers. Every other week-end, on Sunday, the club has a Best Ball (Scramble) tournament that attracts 15 to 20 four man teams. The club holds a club championship elimination tournament yearly as well as a President's Cup Championship. With over 100 memberships the course stays busy from April until November.
     Jud Gerrish formerly coached varsity golf at Penquis Valley High School and recorded over 100 team wins to five losses in a 10 year period that produced a number of young golfers. Two of the students, Gregg Varney and Kevin Smith, became Jr. Paul Bunyan Champions. Two teams went to the state finals. Another exceptional golfer, Garry Varney, holds the nine hole course record with a seven under par, score of 29. The record was formerly held by his father, Donald Varney, who shot a nine under par for 18 holes.
     The first tournament this spring (1989) will be the Early Bird Golf Tournament sponsored by the Milo Business Association. It will be held on Saturday, May 20, with a rain date of Sunday, May 21. This tournament is a promotion for the town of Milo and all proceeds will be turned back into prizes. State and local handicap accepted.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Back to the old grind. Hard to believe that my summer is over and I've been back to my day job for over a week. Of course, things are in a huge state of flux at Brownville Elementary School what with the renovations being completed and the custodial staff desperately trying to get the school cleaned and put back to rights in time for the staff to return to work and the kids to come.
     What many of you don't know is that elementary teachers spend hours and even days in their classrooms ahead of school opening. Clever new bulletin boards have to be put up, lesson plans have to be prepared and desks arranged. Textbooks have to be sorted out and counted out and placed on each desk in anticipation of their new users. This year the teachers have to get all of this done and attend a two day math workshop, as well. There isn't any lollygagging! When the students walk through the doors of the school on day-one....everyone is ready and the year begins immediately.
     Since I've been back at work for a week and a half, and I can't spend my days at camp anymore, we've let family use the camp for a couple of weeks. The first week our Lori Lee and her husband and son were the visitors. We had a few nice evenings visiting with them. Her mother and father-in -law came the first weekend of their stay, and we had a wonderful visit with them. Marie Aceto is a wonderful is her husband John. However, Marie made a salad for our dinner that I will duplicate soon right here at home. She began by washing a bag of Spring Mix lettuce. She then washed and cut in half (the long way) a box of strawberries. Then she toasted about a cup of pecans in the oven. She cut in rings a purple onion. She opened a container of feta cheese and a bottle of Brianna's Wine Vinaigrette dressing. I've seen this dressing in fancy gift shops and I've also seen it at Hannafords. There is a Brianna's Strawberry Vinaigrette that would be just as good. She built the salads on salad plates and we enjoyed the salad before the main course was served. A loaf of French bread would go well with this. We also enjoyed a bottle of our favorite Smoking Loon Merlot wine. Lori made shrimp shish-kabobs that were divine....but I didn't get the recipe before she left. I know there were big shrimp, mangoes, lime wedges and green peppers on the kabob. There may have been another ingredient that I can't remember. She cooked them for just a few minutes basting half way through the cooking time with a butter sauce that she made with some chopped jalapeno peppers and butter.
     I tried a new recipe for corn on the cob that evening, as well. I soaked the shucked corn for one hour in cold water. Then drain the corn. Make a paste of 6 tablespoons of butter and 1/4
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cup sugar and some fresh parsley or fresh cilantro or dried of either, if you don't have any fresh. You rub the mixture on the corn and roll each cob in tin foil. Grill for 15 minutes on medium heat...I think Carroll put them on the middle rack of the grill. They need to cook 7 1/2 minutes on each side. They were perfect and delicious. I also made up two packages of Near East Couscous as a side dish. We finished the meal with Marie's home made blueberry pie.
     The kids had a wonderful week at camp. I'm so glad that they weren't there the week before....wasn't that a miserable excuse for a summer week?! I thought my house would never dry out. The swimming doesn't always stay good into the middle of August, but it sure has this year. It's still perfect.
     This week my cousin Linda and her husband Larry are staying at camp. She was looking forward to entertaining her children and their families - one at a time - her parents and her sisters. They are having a great week, too. I love it that the camp is being used by loving family members who are having so much fun.
     My husband found a recipe the other day that appealed to him. I tried it, and it was yummy. The name of it was Peach Custard Pie. It follows: You will need a deep dish 9" pie plate. Spray with a little cooking spray and line with a piecrust (my favorite recipe for pie crust remains Pillsbury's Ready Made). Fill the crust with slices of fresh RIPE peaches. I stress this because my peaches weren't quite ripe and they didn't cook up like they would have if I'd let those peaches set a day or two. I used seven peaches. In a mixing bowl put 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup of melted butter or margarine, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. While this is baking make a crumb topping of 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour and 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans and 2 tablespoons of cold butter or margarine. I put my fingers right in the bowl to mix and make this crumbly. When the 10 minute baking time is up you put the streusel topping on top of the peaches, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 55 to 60 minutes. I had to put a piece of foil on the bottom shelf in the oven because I did have some boil over. It wasn't bad....but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. This was wonderful. I didn't mention that I peeled the peaches...but you knew that, didn't you? This was mostly peaches and little custard.
     The other day I was watching a girl making a big meal for big rugged working men. I think the show was on the cooking channel on the cable. She made spareribs for the main course, and her vegetable was called Tugboat Turnip. She peeled a turnip and cut it in chunks. She peeled and cut into chunks a one pound bag of carrots. She cooked these until tender.....I cooked them together in my pressure cooker as it only took 10 minutes after it started jiggling. When tender, you drain the vegetables and add 1/2 stick of butter and about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of brown sugar and mash this all up. I sprinkled with salt and pepper and, oh my, was this a wonderful treat! I think it would be good with potato mashed into it, as well. Talk about killing two or three birds with one stone! This turnip dish would even be good for Thanksgiving served with turkey. I should slap myself for even thinking about the will be here before we know it.
     It seems like all I've done for two weeks is eat and cook. You'd think that I never order out for pizza.....but that's exactly what we had for supper tonight!

My Italy Trip Part 11
Montecatini-Royal welcome
     Breakfast here was heartier than in Sorrento. There were more meat, fruit and pastry choices. The coffee was to what Americans are used to as well.
     At 9:30 our guide Rosella took us on a walking tour. We learned that Verdi composed Othello and Falstaff at this hotel. We started walking the Plaza of the People in the direction of the spas. We stopped to talk to a man in his late 80s. Rosella says he sits on the same park bench every day the weather permits and talks to people. He loved to talk to Americans and his English was exceptional. He explained that his wife had died a few years back

and wanted to know if there were any widows in our group. He had an American Flag necktie and was nicely dressed. We chatted a few minutes and then headed for the town hall.
     Since it was Sunday we didn’t expect to go in, but the assistant to the mayor was waiting by the door. He unlocked it took us upstairs to the city council room. Using Rosella as an interpreter, he expressed the city’s thanks for what the United States did for them during WWII. He said the city was untouched during the war except the Germans killed 175 civilians because the Italian army hid in swamps nearby and wouldn’t come out to fight. He also pointed out a large painting on the wall done by the artist Miro. Miro gave it to the town. It was called Woman with Birds and looked like someone had thrown black paint on the canvas. It has a value of 3 million dollars. Bill Stevens, a retired librarian from San Francisco told me when we got outside he was tempted to stand up and yell SELL!
     After this most gracious welcome, we continued down Guiseppe Verdi Street and passed a number of spas that were closed for the season. One of the largest spas had been opened by the city just for our group. I can’t get over them paying the mayor’s assistant and the guards at the spa so we could have the privilege of getting in the buildings.
     Since each spa has thermal waters with a slightly different mineral content, water from each was piped to the one called Salute that we got to see. It was built in classic Roman style in brown and white marble. Everything was very elegant with marble: the floors, walls, ceilings, fountains and archways. Rosella told us the mineral waters were so good at cleansing the bowels that the spa was equipped with 500 toilets.
     Towns in the Valley of the Mists as Montecatini is, have to contend with excess water. As the day progresses it gets very hazy due to the humidity. I saw a lot of drainage ditches that reminded me of The Netherlands.
     After the tour Steff and I wandered around town in search of lobster tails and canoli. We didn’t find many stores open and settled for a gellato. The streets of this town roll up on Sundays. Since we didn’t have many choices to eat out, we decided to have salami and cheese sandwiches in the room. I felt very relaxed and took an afternoon nap while Steff went to the Internet café.
     At 6 we had a lecture on the Tastes of Tuscany. Each region of Italy has a different cuisine. The Tuscan region is in the north and the food is heartier for the most part. All this is changing. People are starting to use refrigerators rather than shopping every day and are starting to mix the regional foods. There are over 200 varieties of olives. Most of the ones grown in Italy are for the oil. The eating kind is different and is found more commonly in Spain. It takes 10 to 15 years for an olive tree to bear fruit and they can live to be over 200 years old. The wine of this region is Chianti. Women used to bake bread one day a week, making enough for the week. They usually made soups the day before they were served.
     At 7 we had a Tastes of Tuscany Buffet. There were literally too many things to try them all, but I did my best. I had fried polenta (cornmeal) with meat and tomato sauce, Chicken liver pate on hard thin Tuscan bread. Bruschetta (fresh basil, tomato and olive oil on toast), green and black olives, La Ribollita ( a typical thick vegetable soup), tomato soup with dried bread, oil and garlic, pasta and sausage with a cream and sauce, barley with vegetables and salami, Tuscan smoked ham, white Tuscan beans with olive oil and sage, peasant’s omelet with zucchini, almond biscuits and finished with the best tiramisu I have ever tasted. By the way, tiramisu translates “pick me up” from the fact that it is so good, ladies swoon when they eat it. The cost of the meal was $15, but well worth it.
After dinner, we all went to the grand ballroom where a man used every part of his body to play the grand piano and keyboards. He really got into his music! There was also a woman who sang in English and Italian. Everyone had a great time singing and dancing. Julia, the daughter of the hotel owner was two or three years old and enjoyed dancing and sliding around the floor as most kids that age seem to. I went to our room about 10:30 PM but the party went on long after that as the ballroom opened onto the same inner court as our room and I could hear the music.
Next week: The walled city of Lucca

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     LINCOLN - Eric M. Grover, 22, died Aug 16, 2003, in Lagrange. He was born Dec. 18, 1980, in Anaheim, Calif., the son of Calvin Robert and Tanya (Holmes) Grover. To Eric, his family was his life. He enjoyed life and loved kids. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Tanya and Timothy Savage of Chester; his grandparents, Cora McPheters of Howland and Kay and Jerry Chason of California; five brothers, Jared and Gary Grover of Charleston, Aaron Grover of Lagrange and Timothy Jr. and Chad Savage of Chester; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves many friends. He was predeceased by his father, Calvin Grover, and his grandfather, Wallace McPheters.. Funeral services were held at the funeral home, with the Rev. Alan Porter, pastor of the Howland Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Howland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to help the family may be left at the funeral home.

AUGUST 25 – 29
Monday – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday - Pizza, salad, watermelon, and milk every day.
Wednesday - Pigs in a blanket, cole slaw, fries, and fruit.
Thursday - oven fried chicken, mashed potato, corn, maple roll, and fruit.
Friday - fish burger, scallop potato, carrot sticks, and birthday cake.

Monday – LABOR DAY
Tuesday - Chicken burger, smiles, peas, orange _’s, and milk every day.
Wednesday - dagwood, lettuce/tomato, nacho chips, fruit, and M&M cookie.
Thursday - Turkey/gravy, mashed potato, cream corn, roll, and icy juicy.
Friday - B.L.T., cheese stick, 5-bean salad, and pineapple.
Menus are subject to change without notice.
K – 6 Lunch - $1.25     Breakfast - 75¢
6 – 12 Lunch - $1.50     Breakfast - 75¢
Adult lunch - $2.75
Reduced lunch - 40¢ Reduced breakfast – 30¢

From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
August 26-Mostly cloudy-58° at 7:30 am and 62°
at 7:30 pm.
August 27-Some sun AM-Rain PM-68° at 7:30 am and 62° at 7 pm.
August 28-Sunny-50° at 7:30 am and 60°
at 7:30 pm.
August 29-Sunny, nice breeze-40° at 6:50 am.
August 30-Sunny AM Showers PM-58° at 7:30 am.
August 31-Sunny and warm-54° at 6:30 am.
September 1-Sunny-42° at 6:45 am and 60° at 8 pm.



     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-Elect Joe Zamboni greeted eighteen members today.
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Herb Dunham said a prayer asking for thoughts and guidance for those who have lost loved ones here and in countries far from home. He also requested that the leaders of all nations use cool heads when deciding the fate of others.
     Heidi Finson was our inspirational reader this morning. She spoke about Helen Keller who said that silence is when God listens to the small voice inside people.
     We received a nice letter from Mark and Randa Rineer thanking us for the opportunity to speak about Isabel’s Hope.
     Information concerning governor-elect candidates was handed out as well as a letter about the Kiwanis Fellow Recognition Program.
     Birthday wishes go out to Carl Wilson on the 24th!
     Seven happy and sad dollars were donated for the memorial plaques, ‘lassies’ coming home, missed Yankee presentation, Mary Lynn, school opening, and the proper name for the new park. It was reported as Veteran’s but should be Veterans’, which denotes plural possession. Where are you when we need you Edwin?
     Last week’s senior barbecue was attended by eleven people. The final event was hosted today at Quarry Pines in Brownville. Everyone appreciates your efforts in organizing these cookouts Buffy!
     Val Robertson informed us that she is planning the library Kid’s Korner for a bit later in September. She would like to have the children’s input on future monthly themes.
     Joe filled us in on the latest news about the Gazebo Project. He said that some wanted the building to be 35 feet across but 25 feet would be large enough to fill the area’s needs. The gazebo will be either an octagonal or hexagonal shape with a pagoda style roof. A prefab kit for this size would cost between $10,000 and $15,000.
     The new Community Calendars have arrived. Paul Grindle gave everyone his or her orders to be

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delivered by the end of the month. He has a few extras available for $5.
     Joe asked the members to be thinking about what they would like to see happen during the next year.
     Our speaker for August 27 will be Howard Kesseli with a presentation about the New England Kiwanis Foundation.
     Our guest speakers were not available today but our own Paul Grindle aptly filled in. Because he is an educator and is preparing for the opening of school next week, he devised a game using geography questions for the members to answer. He then divided the group in half and asked each side ten questions. Each correct answer was worth one point and the group having the most points would be declared the winner.

     Of course he included a couple of queries about the Yankees and the Red Sox. Oh, the looks of concentration! Trying to remember those old world history lessons! Chris Almy seemed unduly concerned about the score being recorded in the official minutes but was okay with it after winding up on the winning side. After all was SAID and done the winning side had ten points with the other side scoring six. To be fair Paul gave candy to everyone. As he was sweetening the pot he informed the participants that most of the questions were from a sixth-grade entrance exam!      It was a great way to start the day!

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