Three Rivers News, 2003-09-16

     On August 23, 2003, in Dover-Foxcroft, Melissa A. Herbest and Steven M. Shapleigh were united in marriage by Notary Blaine Rideout. The bride is the daughter of Carol Hall of Dover-Foxcroft and the late Calvin "Sonny" Herbest of Orneville. The groom is the son of Bob Shapleigh and Joan Shapleigh both from Dover-Foxcroft. The bride was given away by her friend Raymond "Pete" Marston . Maid of honor was Stacie Jo Knight friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Brittanny and Amber Ware, daughters of the bride, and Ann Nutter, friend of the bride. Flower girl was Tiana Herbest, niece of the bride. Best man was Dave Pratt, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Andy Taylor , Steve Larrabee ,and Al Larrabee friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Jeremy Herbest, nephew of the bride. Derek and Corey Herbest, nephews of the bride were guest book attendants. Tiffany Herbest niece of the bride, carried the train.
     Melissa graduated in 1985 from Penquis Valley High School in Milo. She is employed by Paradise Donut Shop in Dover-Foxcroft. Steven graduated in 1979 from Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft. He is employed by George Smith & Son in Dover-Foxcroft. The couple spent their honeymoon in New Hampshire and Connecticut. They reside in Dover-Foxcroft.

     On September 20, 2003, the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church will be having a yard sale to be held in the church parking lot from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
     Everything from clothes, nice dishes, almost new knick-knacks, jewelry, etc. Remember someone's leftovers could be your treasures. Mark your calendar and be there on Saturday the 20th to check out our bargains.

     Pc Solutions, owned and operated by Bob Ade out of his home on 23 Prospect St. in Milo, is now open for business.

     Bob specializes in computer repairs, upgrades, the designing of custom computers, and home networks.
     Bob is an A+ and Networking+ Certified Professional with 3 years experience. Pc Solutions is open from 12pm to 6pm Monday – Friday. Please contact Bob at 943-2518 or e-mail him at .
     Bob looks forward to taking care of all your computer needs.

     The Hovey family wishes to express our deepest apprecaition to the Milo community for your generous help in our time of need. You made an extremly large difference in our lives. May God Bless You and keep you safe
Thank You!!!!
Patricia M. Hovey

American Legion Post 41 News
On Saturday, September 27, at 12:00 Noon, the Legion will hold a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit
a Widow of a Deceased Member.
Adults: $5.00, Children: $3.00
On October 18, 6:00 P.M. there will be
a County Legion Meeting.
Thanks to all who donated to the recent yard sale.
We are always looking for new members.

     Penquis CAP Head Start, a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5, is registering children for fall 2003.
     This low cost or no-cost program for income-eligible families received an award for excellence from the Federal Regional Office of Head Start in Boston.
     The Head Start program provides children with educational activities to help them develop mentally, socially, emotionally and physically.
     Head Start works with families to provide the following services to children enrolled in the program: medical exam and necessary follow-up, immunizations, dental exam and necessary follow-up, developmental screenings, nutritional services and social services (directed toward child's family).
     Parents are welcome to visit a nearby Head Start Center to learn more about this award-winning program.
     Head Start operates four days a week, four hours a day, September through May, at Milo Head Start, Derby Community Building in Derby.
     Questions and applications : call 564-7116 or 973-3534.

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Mom, Dad & Family

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) The Ades (b) the Cusacks (c) the Hamlins and Pressleys (d) the Thibodeaus opened the Riversedge Restaurant.
2. State Champion Speller Carlene Perry was the (a) daughter (b) granddaughter (c) great grand daughter (d) niece of Axel Carlson.
3. Peter Larson delivered milk to (a) Katahdin Iron Works (b) Lake View (c) Derby (d) Sebec.
4. (a) The Richardsons (b) Don Brewer (c) McGinnis's (d) Gerrishes made the first pizzas here.
5. Brownville high school students began going to BJHS in (a) 1938 (b) 1940 (c) 1944 (d) 1947.
6. The Railroaders best night was (a) 109 points (b) 123 points (c) 134 points (d) 143 points.
7. Their last loss came to (a) Searsport (b) Milo (c) Sumner (d) Old Orchard.
8. (a) The Crocker Quarry (b) The Merrill Quarry (c) The Highland Quarry (d) The Abbee Quarry was the first to open in Maine.
9. E.H. Ladd had a mill in (a) Sebec (b) Willimantic (c) Bowerbank (d) Perkins Siding.
10. The last rail on the CPR Short Line was laid at (a) Brownville Junction (b) Onawa (b) Barnard (d) Packard's Brook.
Answers: 1-a 2-b 3-b 4-b 5-c 6-d 7-a 8-a 9-d 10-d

Bangkok Continued
     The Thai philosophy "Mai Ben Rai" -It does not matter, explains why Thais drove so fast and, seemingly recklessly "Mak Mak, Reo Reo!"-more and faster. "Poochi" and "Pooying" are man and woman respectively . "Poochi Ooen" is a fat man.
     The Thais are known for their smiling faces.
     I didn't eat much Thai food, but recall eating in Mexican and Italian places there.
     In the abnormal psychology course I took, taught by Professor Jerry Kolgan of Berkeley, we did group exercises and went out to a Thai nightclub, The Balcony, with American music on Friday nights after the course, partaking of Singhai. The US had 50,000 troops in Thailand in 1968.

News Alert - Online Region Maps
     The Region Maps have been revised and updated according to Seth Barden, of Three Rivers Community Alliance.
     The site now features in color Printable Maps in PDF format, which also may be printed in black and white. Instructions include a Legend. Many Clickable Links to information about the Three Rivers Community!
Visit: TRC Online Region Maps

July 8, 1933-Sept. 13, 2003
     Francis Ellis went to be with the Lord September 13, 2003, at a hospital in Brattleboro , Vermont.
     After serving many years in the military, Francis worked and resided in Putney Vermont, where he and his wife raised his four sons.

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     He is survived by his children: Torrey Ellis and his wife Sheila of Milo, Maine; Turk Ellis and his wife Kim of Putney Vermont; Todd Ellis and his wife Irene of Waldof, Maryland; and Tim Ellis and his fiancee Wendy, of San Bernadino, California.
     Also surviving are his grandchildren: Travis, Tyrel, Mindy, T.J., Tabitha, Timmy, Trevor, and Brooke, and step-grandchildren Shane, Tony and Andrew.
     He is also survived by his first wife and friend, Iris Nye, who is the mother of his children..
     Memorial services will be held in Vermont later this week.

     DOVER-FOXCROFT - Una S. Welcome, 86, passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2003, at her home in Dover-Foxcroft. She was born April 14, 1916, in Point Wolfe, New Brunswick, daughter of James and Carolyn (Seamons) Marks. She graduated from Milo High School, Class of 1936. Una studied nursing at Boston City Hospital and operated a nursing home in Milo for several years. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Walter H. Welcome of Dover-Foxcroft; a son, Ronald A. Coy Jr. of Peabody, Mass.; two daughters, Rhonda M. Welcome of Guilford, and Sherry L. Beatham and her husband, Scott, of Corinna; eight grandchildren, Carrie Byrk, Joshua Flint, Shannon Flint, Dustin Flint, Terran Welcome, Tyler Farnham, Ryan Farnham and Samantha Beatham; a great-granddaughter, Anna Byrk; two brothers, Lewis Marks of Brownville Junction, and Edward Marks of Connecticut; three sisters, Ardith Judkins of Dover-Foxcroft, Gilda Howlett of Crouseville and Sandra Smith of New Hampshire; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Juanita Watson; and a brother, James R. Marks Jr. At her request, there will be no public services.

     BOYD LAKE VILLAGE - Esther J. Parker, 83, of Boyd Lake Village, died Sept. 6, 2003, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born June 20, 1920, in Boyd Lake Village, the daughter of John and Harriet (Boober) Philbrick. She was predeceased by her husband, Alden Parker; a brother, Arthur Philbrick; a son, Sonny; a daughter, Lulu; and a granddaughter, Crysi. She is survived by her children, Geri and John Brown, Barbie and Ed Johnson, and Katie Parker and Dick LeDuc; by her grandchildren, Jeramy and Patty Parker, Angel and Richard Moore, Jonny and Donna Raymond, Melanie and Mike Watson, Jason and Kelly Brown, Holly and Tony Bizier, Nikki Brown, Sunny Brown and Stuart Brown; and 12 great-grandchildren. "Gram" enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family. She will be loved and remembered for her devotion and generosity to her family. Burial will be in Boyd Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

     SEBEC - Joyce C. Burton, 62, died Sept. 6, 2003, after a brief battle with cancer at a Bangor hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 28, 1940, in Milo, the daughter of Clyde T. and Rose D. (Nicknair) Hughes. Joyce was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Milo.

     She is survived by a son, Michael Burton and his wife, Bambi, of Brownville Junction; three daughters, Brenda Hughes of South Woodstock, Vt., Rosa Heal and friend, Danny Taylor, of Sebec, Tricia Ellis and her husband, Wayne, of Abbot; a brother, Clyde Hughes of Dover-Foxcroft; six grandchildren, Derrick Hughes, Amanda Heal, Tianna Taylor, Chelsea Ellis, Bailee Burton and Courtney Burton; three step-grandchildren; a step-great-granddaughter; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Pinetree Camp, 114 Pinetree Camp Road, Rome, ME 04963.

     MILO - Ethel M. Curtis, 83, wife of the late Basil Leroy Curtis, died Sept. 11, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born Dec. 29, 1919, in Dexter, the daughter of Ralph and Grace (Amazeem) Moore. Ethel was a member of Aldworth Chapter No. 39 OES, and the Derby Mothers Service Club. She is survived by a son, Leroy F. Curtis and his wife, Rose, of Calais; two daughters, Jeannie Smith and her husband, Ken, of Atkinson, Sharon Wolfe and her husband, Tom, of Calais; a sister, Lois Palmer of Boyd Lake; a sister-in-law, Guila Greene of Dexter; 10 grandchildren, Shawn, Robert, Dawn, Eric, Erica, and Lisa Curtis, Theresa and Jason Tibbetts, Reney McAtee, Teddy Newman; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Basil "Benny" Curtis and William "Billie" Curtis. Friends are invited to call from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with Rev. Neil Gastonguay officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Portland, ME Chapter, P.O. Box 426, Westbrook, ME 04092.

     The weather was picture perfect down at Hemond's Motocross Park on Sunday, September 7th......a fine day for racing. With only 1 race left in Skowhegan (which was already raced on Sunday, Sept. 14th) and only 1 moto of the final race to be held at Minot on Sept. 28th......some of the classes have very few points seperating 5th place from 1st place.....Skowhegan/Minot decided to do away with the 12 race rule.....putting more pressure on the top riders to stay up in the points.
     Kole Stevens raced extremely well, getting an 8th place finish out of more than 30 bikes in the 125 Youth class that day. Justin Morrill also raced in that class and finished in 10th place. Justin is currently in 5th place for the season in total points for the year......he's done just a great job all year....and raced in the toughest class of all. Trevor Lyford raced very well with his ATV and came home with a second place trophy for the day and then got out and raced in the 50cc 5-7 class against some more experienced riders, but he has shown great improvement over the beginning of the year and finished 10th overall out of 17 bikes. Trevor is currently in 2nd place overall points for the year on the ATV and barely holding onto 4th place for the year on his dirtbike.
     Kyle Foss raced tremendously hard in the 85C class and came home with a 2nd place trophy for his efforts. Kyle is currently in 2nd place for the year, behind the leader by a mere 7 points; making these last couple races very crucial...they will

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surely be exciting races to watch. It's been a long season and it's winding down.....I just hope we can make it through the final motos without anyone getting injured, then I will consider it a very successful season!

F.W. Friends
     At F.W. Friends you will be put into small groups. You will also have a chart in the group bag. Your teacher can check off boxes. Every check you have will be a points for the store which is open 2 or 3 times. You can earn points for showing up, saying a memory verse, being a good helper and stuff like that.
     The different activities are games, projects, surprise, music, and snack. There will be a different teacher at each activity. After you're done all the activities you do journal.
     After your journal there is a closing. There you sing one song and a prayer. Then you will go home sometime around 5:00. F. W. Friends takes place at the Milo Baptist Church.
     This year at Brownville Elementary we started band. Mr. Eastman came to the elementary schools from the bigger grades. We have a choice of saxophone, flute, trombone, clarinet, percussion, trumpet, or bass.
     Mr. Eastman lets one or two people play it. He will play us songs on the instruments, and sometime he will only play songs if we will sing them. Mr. Eastman is really funny and plays really good on any instrument. This week he is teaching us about different notes. My class and I practiced clapping the different notes he taught us.
     I think that all the children having band really appreciate it. It is nice that Mr. Eastman has come back to teach us about band. It is fun playing for him.
     Editors Note: It is so wonderful to see music news. Music is so important and Mr. Eastman is a wonderful teacher and role model. HAVE FUN!!!

From the Principal's Desk
Help Children Be Better Readers
     Children must learn to read before they can read to learn. How can parents help? I suggest the following:
     Read at bedtime - If you haven't started this tradition, it's not too late to begin. Children of all ages enjoy the attention and the sharing of a story with a parent or sibling.
     Encourage your child to write - leave a note on the refrigerator and ask him/her to write back. Children need to see an authentic need for the things they are learning in school.
     Play rhyming games - Choose a work, cat, for example. Have a contest to see who can think of the most rhyming words.
     Remember, practice makes perfect. Keep reading materials around the house and have a regular reading time every day.

Milo Elementary News........
     The third week of school is behind us. Time is flying by and everyone is very busy. All of our new staff members and students are fitting in nicely. The teachers are very excited about our Math program. Children have been observed counting money and doing some difficult combinations to come up with different sums of money.

     Second graders had a Pocket Day this week. If you know a second grader, ask about that. We have a new mobile lab that consists of 20 laptop iBook computers. Students and teachers are learning about using the new hardware. I am sure that we will see some interesting research and presentations as the year progresses.
     Our first PTO meeting was held this week. Kim Morrill has agreed to head the group this year. Much of the evening was spent talking about the Fall Fair that is coming right up. The date is October 24. Notices will be coming home soon about the Made in MSAD #41 Auction that has been such a popular part of the fair. If any parent has an idea for the fair or is willing to lend a hand, contact Kim or the school.
     There will be a work night on September 24 to refurbish some of the old games or make some new ones. Anyone who has a couple hours that night is welcome to come and lend a hand. This activity raises funds for the many things that the PTO provides for the school.
     The school will be gathering School Dollars that parents can earn when purchasing certain General Foods products from any Hannaford Store. Last year the school received a check for about $200 from this promotion.
     Students will be bringing home information about this program at the first of the week.
     We are starting our third year with the Reading Recovery program for first grade students. This is a part of our No Child Left Behind program. Students who are having difficulty learning to read are provided assistance to help them reach the average of the class. We are excited to be training a fourth teacher at Milo this year. Mrs. Marie Hayes is training and will join Mrs. Barden, Mrs. Royal and Mrs. Walker in providing this program to our children.
     Information will be coming home soon about school pictures. Joyful Studios will be doing pictures on October 8. Parents can be looking for information in the backpacks.
     At our assembly this week, Milo Elementary students and staff honored the victims of 9/11 with a special flag salute and singing of several verses of "America."
     We had several Artists of the Week honored. Our art teacher, Mrs. Gnodde, will be displaying their work in the hall all week. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fine work the students have done. Mrs. Chapman, our art teacher who is out on maternity leave, is proud to announce the birth of Maxwel Allen Chapman. Max arrived last Friday. Mrs. Gnodde is taking Mrs. Chapman's place and doing a fine job.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid this week is a great little girl. She has a beautiful smile and a cheerful disposition. Some of us may remember that her mom had the same smile. Our Terrific Kid just became a big sister again to two new babies!!!! Hooray to MORGYN MCARTHUR , our newest big sister.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid is a wonderful young gentleman. He does a super job on his morning work - it is always neat! His journal and stories are a pleasure to read. He is a great helper to others in the room. How lucky we are to have CODY LARRABEE in our class!
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is also a birthday girl. She comes in each day ready to listen attentively and to work. She returns her homework promptly each day. She is learning to
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use a wide variety of strategies in solving math problems. Happy birthday to COURTNEY BADGER!
Mrs. Gillis - This girl's a fan of Harry Potter, And loves marine biologists in the water, She likes horses, singing, and being on stage, She's very responsible for her age.
Congratulations, Camille Marie Cramer!!
Mrs. Dell'olio- JADA CAIL is a good friend to all, she helps others very quietly, pays attention in class, and always has a great smile on her face! Her favorite color is orange, she likes pizza best, and someday she'd like to drive a Honda!! Good job Jada!
Mrs. Hayes - Beautiful as a Monarch butterfly, busy as a bee, and bouncy and ready to work as a bunny. This describes our Terrific girl. She is ready to help, ready to play, energetic, cheerful, kind and respectful. Her smile is special and her braids are beautiful. We are happy to have MEGAN
WITHAM in our class.!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - TRISTEN BECKETT- Tristen is a great kid. He always volunteers and is very helpful in class, He is a good friend to his classmates ,and avid reader, writer and eager learner. He enjoys our science experiments the most. Great job ,Tristen! KELLY PATTEN- Kelly is a sweetheart! She is an active listener and great
worker. She is a wonderful helper and volunteers in the class. She follows the "I Care" rules and is a good friend. We love having Kelly in our classroom.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our first TK is a little girl who is learning all the new rules in her new classroom for her first year of school. She is polite, respectful, and kind to her new friends. We are very happy to have HALEY PENNINGTON in our kindergarten family. Our second TK is a little guy who is also learning all the rules and being a great friend to his classmates. He makes us all happy and we know he is an important member of our kindergarten family, TELOS WALLACE.
Mrs. Whitney – Mrs. Whitney's Terrific kid for this week is STEVEN NATALINO. He is a library helper this year in the afternoons for Mrs. Lavigne. He needs no reminders to go to his job and is being very responsible. Great job, Steven!

     Mr. Eastman awarded the Apple Award to Mrs. Dunham. Mr. Eastman was one of Mrs. Dunham’s students in fourth grade and he remembers some of the songs they learned there and considers her an inspiration for his career choice. Congratulations, Mrs. Dunham.

Head Lice at School
     Summer is over and as children return to school the head lice return as well. This is not surprising with warm temperatures and children in close contact during the summer break. We have had several cases of head lice throughout the district so this is just a reminder that head lice are still around.

It is very important that parents check their child's head frequently (at least once a week). If head lice are found the hair should be treated with Lice Shampoo, all nits removed and the house treated per directions on the label. Read carefully the directions on the shampoo since some require a follow up treatment in 7 - 10 days.

If lice or nits are discovered on a child's head atschool the parent/guardian will be notified and thechild will be sent home for treatment. MSAD #41

requires that all nits be removed before a child returns to school. Please make contact with Mrs. Chaffee so that your child may be checked back in.

     If you are not sure whether your child has lice/nits please feel free to call me at your child's school. I will make arrangements to meet with you and your


     Well, this is a week that nothing exceptional has happened here at the library. We are puttering along keeping the library on an even keel, taking care of patrons with book requests and helping folks to find what they need on the computers. We have been working hard on processing donated books, trying to get them done up before I put in an order for new titles.
     For those who like an end to stories begun in a previous column, I attended my 50th reunion of the class of 1953 of York High School on Sept. 6th. We met at the Cliff House in Cape Neddick. The ocean view outside the meeting room windows was spectacular. There were storms brewing far out to sea which caused the waves to pound onto the rocks in a thunderous display of surf. Out of a class of 42, 6 had died and there were 21 classmates in attendance. We were sorry that the others could not make the reunion or chose not to come. Some came from as far away as California, Florida and South Carolina. There were even 2 teachers present, our jr. high English teacher and our high school chemistry teacher. I was really surprised to know they were still alive. We all had a great time and plan to have our next reunion in 5 years. I hope those who wish to attend are all able to.
     I have had more tomatoes from Val’s plants which she gave to me last March, but surprisingly out of the 4 plants which were labeled cherry tomatoes, I have 2 plants of cherry tomatoes and 2 plants with regular sized tomatoes . I hope the frost holds off so I can enjoy more tomatoes from each of the plants. When the Kiwanis Kids Korner starts up again (Sept. 24) we will have to see how many children harvested tomatoes too.
     Among the donated books we have processed this week have been books from Annie Chase. Thank you, Annie. We processed a large print book from her, Mirrow Image by Danielle Steel. It made me wonder if I had ever mentioned our large print collection. We have several shelves of large print books, which have been donated to us by generous patrons.
     If you think large print would make reading much more pleasant for you or a guest why not come in and see our selections.
     Here are a few of our selections. We have many more.

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Barnard, Robert BODIES
Braun, Lilian Jackson THE CAT WHO SMELLED A RAT
Delinsky, Barbara THE VINEYARD
Patterson, Robert North PROTECT AND DEFEND
Pilcher, Rosamund COMING HOME
Rice, Luanne HOME FIRES

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612

Last Wave - A Personal Narrative
     A trailer home just one lot above and across the street from my home was purchased several years ago by a retired couple. The previous owners bought a home on Elm Street with more land, and more room for their family.
     The wife of the new couple wasn't always there, but visited quite a bit. The back lot fenced in area now contained outdoor type equipment, such as a small house trailer, riding mower perhaps, and other things like that.
     The man living there was friendly to all neighbors, helpful to many, often chatted with other men folks, and had many men friends who dropped by to visit with him.
     We always waved to each other, in driving by or even spoke on some occasions. Well, on a Saturday morning in July, I began my drive to the post office, and when I was opposite his driveway I saw him way down in the fenced off area that is some distance from the street. He lifted his hand in a wave, and so did I, in that brief moment. I noticed his wife's car was not in the driveway. He was alone at that time.
     After returning home, I observed that his wife's car was there. A short time later as I walked toward the end of my driveway to inspect some new grass I had planted, I heard the sound of the ambulance -- it came up over our hill and turned into their driveway.
     Alarmed and not wishing to be one of those persons who just stands around outdoors watching during an emergency, I went back into my home. Several more vehicles arrived including Rescue 7, which carries the "Jaws of Life" and other important equipment. After a while, the ambulance left 10-8 for Mayo (hospital in Dover-Foxcroft). I saw his wife accompanying someone to another car.
     I felt almost certain Monday's paper would contain an obituary. In that brief moment when I saw him raise his hand to wave, was it really a wave, or was he asking for help? Anything could have happened, an injury perhaps. Did I fail to recognize that last wave? Did she arrive home too late to help him?
     Sure enough, on Monday morning there was the obituary. I recognized his name that I couldn't quite recall until I saw it in print. Heart attack. "Avid outdoors man, he loved hunting and fishing and especially loved Northern Maine. He was a jack of all trades and was a good storyteller. He was a great father and grandfather," read the obituary.
     Also on Monday I met a neighbor at the grocery store. "We've lost a neighbor," I remarked. Upon further inquiry, I was relieved to learn that his wife was with him. He wasn't alone. Hollis was only 67.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     These were significant words that were written by an anonymous author. They made a lot of sense to me and I wanted to share them with you. They were sent to me by a friend with instructions that I pass them on to my friends. If you are reading this....then you are my friend.
     I grew up in the forties with practical parents - a mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked it in, then reused it. She was the original recycling queen, before they had a name for it...a father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones. Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, dishtowel in the other.

     It was the time for fixing things - a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things they kept. It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that refixing, reheating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.
     But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any "more." Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away....never to return.
     So...while we have's best we love it...and care for it...and fix it when it's broken...and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage, old cars, children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips....and aging parents and grandparents.
We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away... or... a classmate we grew up with. There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special...and so, we keep them close!
     And speaking of people never throwing things away: How many of you got to go to the auction in Lakeview last weekend. What a collection of items. A collection that took one man his lifetime to collect, and auctioneers two days to disburse. I thought it was sad....and wondered if somewhere in the great somewhere Mel was looking down on the occasion. The only consolation that I had was the fact that the things were sold for phenomenal amounts of money and so you know that the buyers were anxious to own his things. It's doubtful that the cherished items will sit for long in boxes collecting dust. They'll be loved and displayed all over the United States. It was an unbelievable scene...and one that most locals may never get to participate in again. For that reason, I went. I had $125.00 in my short’s pocket, but didn't think to bring my driver's license so didn't even get a chance to bid on a single thing. That was fine with me....I really didn't have $125.00 that I could afford to spend, anyway.
     My column will be short this week because I am sick with my usual beginning of school sinus infection. My head is reeling and my nose and throat are sore with dripping from within and without. Please forgive me, but it's become a very long week.
     It's pickle season. If you try these, you'll love them. They are a light mustard pickle called:

Cucumber and Celery Pickles:
2 bunches of celery, cut up
2 quarts cucumbers, diced
2 sweet red peppers
1 quart onions
1 tablespoon salt

4 cups vinegar
4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons salt
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. Turmeric
     Cut up celery, dice cucumbers and grind together the sweet red peppers and onions. Cover with 1 Tablespoon of salt and let stand overnight. Drain. Mix the vinegar, sugar, and salt and pour over pickle mixture. Make a paste out of the dry ingredients mixed with a little water. Add it to the pickle mixture and let it come to a boil stirring constantly. Remove immediately and fill sterile, hot jars.
     Put on lids and they will seal. I wish that I could tell you how many pints this recipe makes, but you will be able to judge by how full the kettle is that you choose to cook them in. If you know how many quarts the kettle will can judge how many jars to wash and sterilize. Don't let the jars cool down after they are sterilized...and fill those hot jars with the hot pickle mixture.

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My Italy Trip Part 14
     We left Montecatini at 8:30 for Siena. The trip took about 2 hours because of the traffic around Florence. As with Florence it cost $50 to bring the bus near the old city.
     We met our guide, Kiara, outside St. Dominic’s church. We went inside the church to see the head of St. Catherine. St. Catherine, who was from Siena, was the woman responsible for convincing the popes to return to Rome from Avignon in France. She was buried in Rome, but the people of Siena wanted her body for their church and the Vatican would not give her up, so some citizens of Siena went to Rome and cut off her head to bring back. It seemed like a gruesome task to me, but I gather it was quite common years ago. Any church of worth had to have a relic to display.
     Kiara made no bones about the fact that Florence had won the war of the city-states with Siena. Even today the local people do not like people from Florence. One of the local sayings is that it is better for a relative to die than to have someone from Florence show up at the door.
     Kiara also explained the black rooster on the labels of Chianti bottles. After the war with Florence, a boundary needed to be set between the cities. It was decided that horsemen from each city would leave at the same time and where they met on the road would be the boundary. There were no accurate clocks at the time so it was decided to use the crow of a rooster in the morning as the signal to start the race. Each city gave the other a rooster. Siena’s side of the story is that the people of Florence abused the rooster they got as a gift. They teased it and didn’t feed it. Siena on the other hand had taken very good care of the rooster they got. The day of the race, the rooster in Florence crowed very early, while the one in Siena was so comfortable it slept in that morning. Consequently, the boundary is closer to Siena than it is to Florence. It makes a good story anyway.
     Siena is built on three hills. It was a major city on the way to Rome for the pilgrims all over Europe during the crusades and after. It was on the main route between the burial place of St. James in Spain and the Vatican. Its location made it a powerful city. We were taken to the world’s oldest bank. During the crusades, there were many highwaymen who stole from travelers. Siena had a bank where people could deposit and get a sort of credit card so they didn’t have to carry cash.
     Kiara pointed out little signs on some buildings. She said the city is divided into 17 Contradas. I guess they would be similar to wards in big cities. Each Contrada had a symbol like a dragon or goat, etc. When you are born you inherit the Contrada of your parents. If you have parents from different Contradas then you must choose a Contrada when you become an adult. Every year in July and August there is a big horse race called La Pialo. The Town Square is filled with six inches of sand. Bleachers are built for the 60,000 spectators who watch. By lot, ten of the Contradas race in July. The top three then race the other seven in August. The race is without saddles and the idea is to knock other riders off their horses until only one rider is left. The Contrada with the winning rider has special privileges for the next year. The race is not advertised outside the city because there would be no place for tourists to watch.
     We stopped at the Baptistery of the cathedral that was unusual because it was built under the cathedral itself. The Cathedral had a stunning white marble exterior. It was beautiful against the sky. Inside we saw the beautiful panels of marble marquetry in the floor. Different colors of marble were cut to produce beautiful scenes from the Bible. It took over one hundred years to complete the panels. There were ropes around them to prevent people from wearing them down. Many of them were covered and were only shown on one day a year. I bought some postcards of them. There was also a side chapel with frescos featuring the life of a pope who came from Siena. Siena had

started to enlarge the cathedral when the plague hit and decimated the population. In this case being on the main road to Rome was a disadvantage. The disease spread quickly and killed off a large number of the population. There is a parking lot with the walls of the proposed church towering around it.
     We had a little time on our own so I shopped a little. I found a nice cruet for olive oil. Inside is a glass vial in the shape of a bunch of grapes for the vinegar. It looked quite fragile but I was able to get it home unbroken. I also stopped at a store that featured local pastries, wine and hot pepper sauces. I picked up some of the almond pastries and some hot pepper sauce for my brother.
     We went to lunch as a group. Our waitress was interesting to look at. She had bleached blond hair with red, blue, green, and pink spots in it. She also had her lip, eyebrow, ear and nose pierced. Carla says she changes her hairstyle monthly. For lunch we had bread, salad, gnocchi, and a dessert made of mascapone cheese, cream and blueberries. On our way to the bus we passed an old laundry. It had holes in the roof to let the water into the wash basins.
     We got back to the hotel about 4. AT 7:30 we had an included dinner at a local restaurant. I had rigatoni, chicken, French fries and tiramisu (not as good as at the hotel).
Next week: Pisa

Letter to the Editor
Dear Three Rivers News,
     Like many people, I often lack confidence to speak up. That’s why I’m so glad Val Robertson is our local Animal Control Officer. I can express my concerns to her without worrying about whether I’ve offended someone who thinks they are taking care of their animals.
     Val’s dream of an animal rescue league has been mine for years as well. However, I never really knew how to establish one. In the meantime, I have adopted many ‘lost babies’.
     It was also wonderful of Julie Gallagher to care for Mr. Douglass’ cats. Often family and friends do not know what to do with pets whose owners have passed away. I know of cases where cats have been euthanized because no one knew what to do with them. In the future, I hope that families, even in their time of grief, will remember there are people who will care for pets that have been left behind.
     The Three Rivers News is such a helpful way to spread the word about proper animal care. If individual readers cannot adopt a pet please spread the word when an animal needs a home. Perhaps someone you know is able to help and offer a loving home to a homeless cat or dog.
Sincerely, Victoria Eastman

     Editors Note: Thanks Vicky, for the kind words. Our dream of an animal shelter is quickly becoming my number one priority. I have at least 10 more cats and kittens I have to go pick up, so the need for a shelter to keep them in is obvious.. I am counting on the support of folks like you to make our dream a reality. I have a lot of proposals to write and it would be helpful to have a list of ?helpers? to show our potential sponsors. I will write in length on this subject next week. Val

     For some people summer fun ends in September. Not so for customers at Our Maine Idea on 259 Milo Road in Sebec. Fall is just the beginning of monthly sales and celebrations. The

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first begins September 18 and 19 with selected sales on the wide variety of crafts, antiques, scrap booking supplies as well as the many other items offered by the twenty-one vendors who make up this unique Group Shop. On Saturday, September 20, Customer Appreciation Week concludes with Pumpkin Painting, Bake Sales, Music and much more.
     So mark September 18 – 20 on your calendar and treat yourself to something special from Our Maine Idea, open Thursday through Saturday 10am to 4 pm.

     Writing for fun or money is an MSAD #41 adult education enrichment class offered to anyone who would like to write or has been writing and would like to meet others who also enjoy writing. The first of six-week classes begins Thursday, September 25, at 6 pm at Penquis Valley High School.
     Please call 943-5333 to register.

Monday-Steak-um/cheese, school bun, mashed potato, mixed veg. fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Spaghetti/meat sauce, salad, dinner roll, and apple crisp.
Wednesday-Taco, rice pilaf, and pineapple chunks.
Thursday-Hot dog/bun, Cole slaw, fries, and chocolate pudding.
Friday-Egg Muffin, hash brown, applesauce, and juice.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
September – 1966
September 17-Nice day sunny.
September 18-Nice day sunny.70° at 5:30 pm.
September 19-Cloudy AM Fair PM-48° at 8 am and 36° at 9 pm.
September 20-Cool & sunny-30° at 7 am and 36° at 9 pm.
September 21-Sunny AM cloudy after 3 pm-28° at 7 am and 42° at 8 pm.
September 22-Rain-40° at 7:30 am and 46° at 8 pm.

     A son, Hyrum Lee Dow, to Rheanna and Justin Dow of Milo on September 09, 2003. Wt. 10 pounds 14 ounces.
     A son, Donte Luke Rackliff, to Danielle Famham and Jason Rackliff of Milo on August 30, 2003. Wt. 6 pounds 4 ounces at Mayo Regional Hospital.



     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 greeted twenty-three members on this cool fall like day.
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed offered a prayer for peace and guidance.
     Celebrating birthdays this week are Jill Cote on the 11th and Roy Bither on the 12th.
     Sixteen happy and sad dollars were donated for the official start of winter, two new kittens, last of the tomatoes, ‘small’ projects, successful operation, two entire walls plastered, the silent majority aka Red Sox fans, Lakeview back to normal, and Joe’s upcoming term as president.
     Trish Hayes reported on the Key Club activities. President Shawn Burke did the Club proud at the first meeting held last week that was attended by thirty-three members. Roy, Dennis, and Buffy represented Kiwanis and came away with the bell. Some of the members hope to again help at the Heritage Celebration in Dover-Foxcroft on September 27 and 28.
     Joe is busy with the continuing organization of the Gazebo Project. The fund is up to $2600 with donations coming from Lumbra’s Mill and Down Home Bed & Breakfast.
     Ethelyn, Pat, and other quilters are ready to begin a quilt for a raffle to benefit the gazebo fund.
     The October 25 Coffeehouse with Evergreen will be reported on next week.
September 4 Board meeting brief:
     Installation dinner will be a turkey buffet-cost $10.
     Voted to donate $100 to Trish Hayes for the Woman Care Walk-a-thon.
     Voted not to donate money for Paws on Parade as it doesn’t fit our mission, but we commend Trish and the Key Club for helping this year with the Bangor Humane Society.
     Voted to budget $500 each for a canoe race next year and a canoe or kayak raffle.
     Voted $100 to the Kiwanis International Foundation.
     Voted to transfer $1000 from the auction proceeds to the Administration Account. This represents an estimate of the Kiwanis member’s purchases from the auction.
     The Key Club requested $1900 for their budget. We voted to give them $2500 to show our appreciation for their hard work and great projects.
     The Piscataquis Country Club is hosting a golf scramble from September 20 – 28. If anyone is interested in playing please contact the Guilford Club.
     Ed is setting up interclubs to attend the officer installations for Dexter on Friday, September 19, Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, September 20, Orono/Old Town on Tuesday, September 30, and Guilford on Monday, October 13. If you are interested please contact Ed.

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