Three Rivers News, 2003-10-07

     Amy Lynn Bunker and Leslie Ryan Campbell were united in marriage on Sept. 28, 2003, with their beautiful son Hunter Ryan Amy is the daughter of David and Karen Bunker of Eddington, Me., and granddaughter of Vaughn and Cookie Farrar of Brownville, Me.
     Leslie is the son of Greg and Suzanne Parmelee of Aloha, Oregon. The mother of the Groom, was in attendance.
     The couple was wed at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Me. Following the ceremony, a small reception of a few family and friends was held at the bride’s home. The happy couple honeymooned at the Lucerne Inn.

     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo/Brownville will sponsor a Coffeehouse featuring Evergreen on October 25, 2003 from 7 to 9 PM at the Milo Town Hall Art Center. Tickets are $8.00 per person and homemade refreshments will be available.

Hugs and kisses to Emma Susan O’Connor in Glenburn on her BIG third birthday, Monday, October 13!
Love from “Gwammie”

An open letter to Bill Warner:
Dear Bill,
     We were very sorry to hear that you will no longer be the janitor at the Milo Town Hall. When Bill London retired, we didn’t think anyone could take his place, but you have certainly done a great job too. We enjoyed a clean gym every morning.
     On Tuesday mornings we especially appreciated the courtesy of your cheerfully removing the volley ball net early so that we could walk the full court every day this past winter. We shall miss you very much.
The Winter Walkers:
Maggie Cotter
Vi Jones
Judy Macdougall

     This Friday, October 10th, is Lee National Denim Day, a day when professionals across the United Sates will proudly wear their jeans to work in support of breast cancer research.
     Many of the staff of MSAD#41 will be participating in this fundraiser by making a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research and wearing their jeans to work. One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


Town of Brownville vs. Town of Milo
2nd Annual Softball Game and BBQ has been postponed!
     It seems like Mother Nature is not going to cooperate with our softball plans.... So, the Brownville vs. Milo Softball game for Town staff and volunteers and BBQ scheduled for this coming Sunday (9/28) has been postponed until Sunday, October 19, 2003 beginning at 12:30 PM at Davis Field in Brownville Junction.

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MON. OCT. 13





Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. The Pleasant River has (a) two (b) three (c) four (d) five branches.
2. (a) Everett Gerrish (a) Lyle Towne (c) Ernest Seavey (d) David Cota was twice town manager.
3. "Lefty" Strout played minor league baseball in (a) Nova Scotia (b) New Brunswick (c) New Hampshire (d) Rhode Island.
4. Brownville had a dam in the village for (a) 189 (b) 191 (c) 194 (d) 200 years.
5. The dam was built by the (a) Browns (b) Stickneys (c) Nasons (d) Wilkinses.
6. Arthur Grant was (a) Road Commissioner (b) Head Selectman (c) Principal (d) Fire Chief.
7. Doris Chase received the (a) Rose Award (b) Vail Award (d) Fitness Award (d) Awareness Award.
8. (a) Violet Grant (b) Connie Stickney (c) Jeannette Artes (d) Connie Sawtell originated the Brownville Community Church auction.
9. Tom Lockhart became a(n) (a) artist (b) draftsman (c) state trooper (d) general.
10. (a) Dr. Harden (b) Dr. Hayes (c) Dr. Stanhope (b) Dr. Crosby was killed in a train accident.

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

     Thirteen ladies met at Smith's for breakfast on Oct. 2nd. We enjoyed good food and great fellowship.
     Faith Files got off to a good start under the leadership of Pastor Michele and Hope Dyer. The turnout wasn't as large as we had hoped but all involved had a great time and the youngsters couldn't believe it was time for Mom to pick them up.
     The Administrative Council will meet at 7:00 PM on Monday Oct. 6 at the church. On Oct. 9 the UMW will meet for a work session for the Christmas Fair. We will meet at 6:00 PM and share a pizza as we work.

     At this sad time in our lives, it is a very great comfort to feel the love and concern of our friends, relatives, community and church.
Your love is felt in the quietness of our hearts. Thanks to all for the cards, donations, flowers and words of encouragement in the loss of my father, Frances Ellis.
Torrey & Sheila Ellis

Ebeemee Snowmobile Club Meeting on October 11 at 6:00 p.m. for a pot luck supper and business meeting at the American Legion Hall in Brownville Jct. This will be "pay your dues night" and we would appreciate meeting new members !

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Penquis Valley High School cafeteria.
Baked ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, beets, turnip, rolls, gingerbread and whipped topping, coffee/drink.
$ 6.00 per person.
Sponsored by the Spanish class students going to Spain in April, 2004.
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     The Brownville Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 23,2003 beginning at 6:OOPM at the Town Office to allow for public comment on the proposed maximum guidelines for the Town's General Assistance Program for 2003-2004. The proposed guidelines are available for review at the Town Office during regular business hours.
     Water Customers - The Brownville Water Department will be flushing hydrants in the Village and Junction water systems as part of annual routine maintenance Monday, October 6th - Friday, October 31st. This process may cause periodic disruptions in water pressure within the system. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause our customers.
     The Brownville Town Office will be closed the following dates: Thursday, October 9th (staff training); Tuesday, November llth (Veterans' Day); Tuesday, November 18th (staff training); and for the Thanksgiving Holiday on November 27th and 28th.
     Cemeteries — Water will be turned off in both the Pine Tree and Village Cemeteries on October 15, 2003. All flowers and planters must be removed by this date for fall cleanup. Any items remaining after October 15th will be discarded by groundskeepers.
     Curbside Collection -Although Tuesday, November llth is a holiday, the Town will collect curbside household garbage on the regular schedule. If you are normally collected on Tuesdays, please have your trash at the curbside by 7:00 AM on November llth for collection.
     Election - Brownville residents are encouraged to vote in the statewide referendum election on November 4,2003, at the Brownville Elementary School. Polls will be open from 9AM - 8PM. Those wishing to vote through absentee ballot should contact the Town Office. Individuals can register to vote at the Town Office until November 3rd or at the polls on November 4th.
     Code Enforcement Office changes to winter hours next month! From November through April the Code Enforcement Officer will be available, by appointment, at the Town Office on the second Wednesday of eachmonth.
     Rabies Clinic - The Town of Brownville will host Foxcroft Veterinarian Service's Rabies and Distemper Clinic on Saturday November 15,2003 at the Highway Garage on Main Road from 10-11 AM. Fee for shots
— please call the Town Office at 965-2561 for more information.

     It is that time again when we need to remember that all flower arrangements including plastic flowers must be removed from Milo Evergreen Cemetery lots on or before Wednesday, October 15th.
     Winter arrangements, including evergreens, poinsettias, wreaths, etc. may remain all winter.
     Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM
Pet owners, mark your calendar and take advantage of our Fall Clinic. Cat owners, please take special note, as State of Maine Law now requires that ALL cats be vaccinated against rabies.
In addition, please be aware that if you are no longer able to properly care for an animal, there are humane ways to deal with the problem. It is a Class D crime in Maine to abandon a pet, and anyone doing so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Contact your Town Office for appropriate alternatives.
Also, if your pet is lost or missing, or if you find an animal, please let the Town Office personnel know.

     The Hilltop Manor in Dover-Foxcroft was the setting Friday afternoon, September 26, for the party in honor of Doris Harris reaching her 88th birthday. Residents, friends and former co-workers helped Doris celebrate.
     During the day, Doris, who served as guidance secretary for Brownville Junction High School and then Penquis Valley High School in Milo, was taken out to lunch by John and Elizabeth Reinsborough of Readfield, formerly neighbors of Doris when she was at home in Brownville Junction. After arriving back at Hilltop Manor, they entertained Doris in her room until the guests arrived to help her celebrate.

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     Doris was presented with a birthday with the numerals 88 on the top, also in cake, that were removed so she could enjoy them at her leisure whenever she wished. There was also a birthday Balloon Bouquet of rainbow colored balloons made by Stephanie Gillis of Balloon Bouquet in Milo.
     Doris received several bouquets of flowers and more than 50 cards, as well as several gifts of various types of candies. "This will keep me busy at night after I've had my supper and need a snack during the evening," Doris said.
     There were approximately 50 people attending, including many of the residents of Hilltop Manor. Making the arrangements for the party at Hilltop were Erinm Stone, administrator; Uda Schenider, activity director and Cheryl Gerrish, Social Service Director.
     Former co-workers of Doris who attended were Virgil Valente, former chemistry teadcher at Penquis; Walter Macdougall, director of the BCD Program; C. Edwin Treworgy, former English instructor; Louis Stevens, also a former English Instructor; Allen Monroe, a Penquis Valley Graduate of Class of 1978 and currently Life Skills Job Coach and Merlene Philbrook Sanborn, Class of 1976, currently director of the Penquis Higher Education Center Virginia Foss, and current guidance director of Penquis Valley High School.
     Also attending were Faye Lundin and Nancy Belvin, both church related friends. Elizabeth Balkgeyo, sister of the late Louise Newman of Milo. And of course, John and Elizabeth Reinsborough of Readfield and Phil and Ina Jane Gerow, who hosted the party.
     Congratulations, Doris! We hope you enjoyed the day.

     Justin Morrill, Trevor Lyford and Kyle Foss have been racing ALL summer long in the Skowhegan/Hemond's motocross series - accumulating points for each and every race they attend. The series is finally over and these 3 have done a tremendous job of sticking with what at times could be a grueling schedule (considering how busy the kids are today.) Each of them has done a fabulous job in their respective classes and each has also had his share of disappointment for one reason or another.
     Over all though....they each had a great season and I'm thrilled that it's finally over but also thankful that none of them got hurt. Trevor Lyford came home with a 2nd place plaque for total points in the ATV class, and finished in 6th place overall for the season on his dirtbike. He also received a 4th place trophy for the day on his ATV, 2 participation trohpies in both classes and a pair of race goggles . Kyle Foss had a great race on his final moto and came home with the 2nd place plaque for total points in the 85C class , he also got a 2nd place trophy for the day in that class. Justin Morrill didn't come home empty handed either....he got a 5th place plaque in the 125 Youth class for total points for the year and also won a pair of race gloves and a gift certificate. GREAT JOB GUYS!

Trevor Lyford

Justin Morrill

Great Rivers of Europe Cruise
Part 1
     I have had so many people tell me that they enjoyed reading about our trip to Italy, that I decided to write about another trip we took. My wife Janet and I took a cruise ship up the Rhine River and down the Danube River from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Vienna, Austria. Our younger daughter, Mary, and her college friend Heather, my sister Georgia Hall, who went on the Italy trip, and my sister Mary Guminiak traveled with us. In all, the trip lasted 16 days.
     On June 6th of 2001, Janet, Mary, Heather and I left the Concord Trailways bus terminal in Portland at 11:30AM and arrived at our gate at Logan in Boston at 1:50PM. Georgia and Mary had arrived earlier from Connecticut and we joined them in a coffee shop. We boarded our plane at 6 and left Boston at 7PM. Shortly after takeoff we were served supper.
     At 6:15 Amsterdam time the flight crew woke everyone and served us yogurt and a muffin for breakfast. We landed at Schiphol Airport. After going through customs and getting our passports stamped, we met our Grand Circle Representative Louise Sweers who would be our guide for the duration of the trip. We took our luggage to the bus just outside the terminal and after a half-hour ride boarded the ship we were to call home for the next couple of weeks.

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     Like most of The Netherlands, Schiphol Airport is below sea level. Its name comes from the fact that when they pumped water out of the area many wooden ship hulls were discovered.
     Amsterdam itself is known as the Venice of the North. There are many canals and bridges. Since the Zuiderzee was blocked from the ocean, all the water in Amsterdam is fresh. Amsterdam is situated where the river Ij flows into the Ijsselmeer (pronounced E sell mer) formally the Zuiderzee.
     The kingdom of The Netherlands was created in 1815. It originally included Belgium, which seceded in 1830. We were told not to use the word Holland as this term refers to only the provinces of North and South Holland. They are similar to counties in Maine. Most of the bulbs for which The Netherlands are known for are grown in these two provinces. Although Dutch is the official language, English is spoken by most of the population and the older Dutch are concerned because the younger generation prefers English to Dutch. The adult literacy rate is 99%.
     About 34% of the population of The Netherlands is Roman Catholic and another 25% is Protestant (Mostly Dutch Reformed). Most of the Catholics live in the south while the Protestants live in the north. The royal family belongs to the Dutch Reformed Church.
     There is a great railway transportation system. Most people use bicycles for short distances. At Centraal Station in Amsterdam there are hundreds of bicycles used by people to navigate the city after arriving there by train. There are more bicycles in The Netherlands than people. They have the one they use to get to work and another nicer one for weekend outings with the family. I noticed that even the elderly use bikes. Some of them have a little electric motor to help them when they get tired.
     Now that you have a little feel for the country, I’ll get back to our trip. Our ship, The Harmony, is owned by Grand Circle Travel, the tour company we signed up with. It has four decks and holds about 135 passengers. Janet and I were on this ship once before when we came to the Netherlands to visit during the spring to see the tulips. We had the same Captain, Dingerman Van Ijzerlooij but the crew was different. Except for the officers, the crew was mainly from Eastern Europe.
     The passengers were divided into three groups so we could fit on a bus and the directors could keep better track of us. We were with Louise as mentioned and were called the yellow group.
     When we arrived aboard ship, the previous passengers had just left so we were ushered into the lounge where we had a snack and were called to our rooms, as they became available. After taking time to unpack our clothes, Mary V., Heather, Georgia, Mary G. and I walked into city to enjoy the sights. There were lots of fresh flowers for sale. I bought 10 red roses for $4. We returned to the ship at 12 and had a light lunch of salads, soups, sandwiches and a variety of desserts. Almost all of our meals for the two weeks were served on board. The restaurant is rated 5 star and the food sure tasted it. I’ll tell you what we had for meals as the articles continue.
     There are many fascinating cities to tell you about in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoy reading about them as the weeks unfold.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I very nearly had a case of apoplexy a few minutes ago. I tried to open a new word processing begin this column.....and a little box came up on my screen that said "You don't have enough memory to open this application." Excuse me? Say what? I was stunned! I had tried to print something off of the internet and it wouldn't let me do that either....but I just thought that I had too much opened up. I started backing out of everything that I'd opened and then went to the applications that were opened on my computer and "quit" out of everything but the essentials and it STILL wouldn't let me

open anything. I was in a panic! I called my computer person and he very quickly got me some memory and I guess all is well.....for now. It's so unsettling to have things crash down on your personal computer.
     I mean....I haven't had this thing long enough to have used up all of the memory. I've got a years worth of Traditions of a Milo-ite and probably 2 months worth of e-mail messages both in and out. I've got precious pictures of my grandchildren, a file with my Christmas Card list and all of the addresses that I'll need to send cards this year, and a game that my grandson adores playing. But other than that.....I don't think I've outdone the memory that I should have. I think that I need to de-frag. How's that for new lingo? At least I've heard of it....things are looking up.
     Computers are great....and computers are a nuisance. I love the typing part...the ease with which we can be creative. The computer is a great tool to use for communicating with your physician. It's nice to be able to look up your symptoms and even self-diagnose. I'm guessing the medical world isn't so excited about that. However, when you come into the doctor's office with a can't help but help them eliminate that which might not be pertinent. When you go to the can come home and look up the big words that the doctor used and finally figure out what is really wrong with you. You can read for yourself what your chances of recovery are.
     I use my computer at work to make lists by the dozens. Spreadsheets and databases that organize my lists are essential. Files and folders galore are neatly tucked away on both desktop and hard drive. Think for a minute of all the new words that are in our vocabulary just because there is such a thing as a computer. Disk Drive, modem, mouse, mouse pad, keyboarding, screensaver, defrag, fonts, e-mail, internet, and on and on the list goes. All new words for Webster to put in his dictionary. New businesses that sell, set up and assist with technology.
     The very fact that I can stay in constant touch with my friends and relatives through the miracle of e-mail makes the computer, and the exorbitant prices of things that go with it, worth it to me. I could do without the Spam....not the potted meat. I could also do without the worms and viruses that you pick up on your computer by opening infected messages. But I wouldn't give up the fun of "being in touch" for anything.
     Have you seen the advertisements on television for the on-board navigational systems that you can get in cars these days? Imagine it....oops, I'm lost...."On Star on Board....How can I help you Mrs. Witham?" They can tell you from their satellites and computers right where you are. They can pin point your whereabouts and your destination. They can direct you to the nearest Applebees or Econo Lodge. There will be no such thing as being lost. I could go for that....most of the time.
     There is nothing worse than being in a car with Carroll Witham and not being exactly sure of where you are. I'll never forget the time that we had rented Virgil Valente's little cottage in Gouldsboro. My cousin and her husband were joining us there, and as a matter of fact we had met them and they were following us, confident in the fact that we knew our way. Well, we didn't know our way. We'd been there before, but couldn't remember any of the landmarks and so drove back and forth on Route 1 trying desperately to find our turn our cousins faithfully following. Finally, Carroll says in his not amused voice, "Well, why don't we just drive back and forth on this road all weekend and on Sunday we'll go home!"
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     Then there was the day that we drove into Boston to go to a Red Sox game. Our son Tom was a young teenager and was accompanying us in the back seat of the car. I gave my husband a bad direction...he followed it....only to find us downtown in Boston.....nowhere near Fenway Park. The panic set in and we were all screaming at each other at once. "Face it Tommy, we're never going to get to Fenway Park. We might just as well turn on the radio and listen to the game....that's as close as we're ever going to get to that game today" Oh the faint of heart....I became the voice of reason and finally got us to Fenway Park....but I sure could have used a satellite hand. As soon as I can possibly afford it I'm going to invite Big Brother to jump on-board with the Withams.
     We all need to face the fact that it's a new and different time. Not a bad time....just new and different.

Here's a recipe that is seasonal.
Baked Apples

6 large tart apples
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup sugar plus 2 Tablespoons
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 cup water
grated rind of 1 lemon
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon red cinnamon candies
     Wash and core the apples and peel them about a third of the way down from the stem. Place the apples in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with the pared side up. combine the raisins, nuts and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Fill the cored center with this mixture.
     Combine cornstarch and 1/2 cup sugar in the saucepan. Add the lemon rind, juice, water, salt and the cinnamon candies. Cook over medium heat to boiling being sure the candies melt.
     Pour the hot sauce over the apples in the baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for an hour (or until the apples are tender. You will need to baste often. The apples will look glazed. When you take the pan out of the over, place it on a rack to cool and continue to baste the apples. Serve with whipped topping or plain.

     The Penquis Walking Club held its first group walk today, on the Pleasant River Walk Trail, and it was a definite success! Some of us walked from the Brownville Playground and some from Davis Field in Brownville Jct.

     Those of us on the Jct. end encountered some water along the way, but we used our problem solving skills in a positive manner, made the best of it, and had a grand time! Lots of laughs and some wet shoes! The group from
     Brownville didn't have quite as much water to walk through, and made very good time, meeting us near the middle.
     Special applause to the girls in red, who came late to Jct., decided a water trail wouldn't do, and walked in from the Brownville end, leaving us flowers to mark their passage!
     Ginny supplied us with water and apples, and lots of freebies at the end of the trail. We also all received our walking logs and Milo maps, with mileages so we can plan our own mini walks! Remember to keep track of your mileages, so we can start marking our map. How far will we be when snow flies? Somewhere warm I hope!
     The group has decided to try weekly walks for a while, and continue doing them after school for now. Next week's walk will be at Schoodic Lake. All are invited, bring your friends, your family, and your kids. This is a community wide activity! We can all walk ourselves healthy! Freebies still are available for newbies, and water and apples too! Meet us at the boat landing in Lakeview Plantation on Tuesday, October 7th at 3:30, we've been told that it's a gorgeous walk along the lake!
     If you can't make it exactly at 3:30, let Tina Johnston or Ginny Morrill know, and someone will be sure to wait for you.


     Last week the students at Brownville Elementary School had the pleasure of hearing Donn Fendler speak.

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     Several classes recently read or listened to his story "Lost on a Mountain in Maine". Mr. Fendler spoke of his nine-day ordeal lost on Mt. Katahdin when he was 12 years old. It's a story that has been shared with Maine students for decades. The classes thoroughly enjoyed his visit.
     Fifth graders at Brownville Elementary are once again planning a trip to Boston in May. The class will visit the Museum of Science and spend 4 hours walking the Freedom Trail and visiting historic sites.
     Recently the class received three donations the Milo Fire Dept., Visual Images, and Barnett Forest Products. All of these organizations/businesses have connections with students in the class (Lucas Grinnell, Josh Dillon & Miranda Conklin). We greatly appreciate their generosity.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid is a real sweetie. She comes in every day with a beautiful smile. She is a great helper and an even better friend. We are excited to have ADRIANA BLAIS with us for a short time. We will miss her when she goes back to Florida!!!
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid is a wonderful young lady. She comes in each day with a smile on her face. Her handwriting is improving each day. She tries her hardest at all she does. We are happy to have JADE ZELKAN in our class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is really Terrific. He is kind, helpful, and hard-working. His assignments are done on time and he remembers to return his homework every day. He always makes a great lunch date! Congratulations to KENNETH PENNINGTON.
Mrs. Gillis
You might see her someday as an X-ray technician,
She knows the first amendment and the right to petition,
With her activities after school she has a lot of ambition,
Spinach is not on her list of good nutrition.
Mrs. Dell'olio- Our Terrific Kid this week has done a great job with cursive writing and has adjusted well to fourth grade. He likes mustangs with dark blue windows, black exterior and flamed patterned seats. Our Terrific Kid is DILLON HOWES.
Mrs. Hayes - We see pretty green eyes, pretty brown hair, pretty nice writing, a pretty good reader, a pretty good listener and a pretty good friend for this pretty great Terrific Kid. You are pretty special, JESSICA BROWN, and we are proud of you!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - KENDRA CHASE- This girl is a great worker. She is always neat and tries her best in everything. We really appreciate what a caring person she is to her classmates. Congratulations to Kendra Chase!

COLTON LARRABEE- Colton is a hard worker, very neat writer, active listener, and a good friend to his classmates. We are glad to have Colton in our classroom.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our 2 Terrific Kids are very special girls this week. They both are good role models to the others in the room following the Golden Rule. They like to color each day and listen to all the stories every morning during calendar time. They both have brown hair and an older brother too. The girls share their first name. One starts with a K and the other with a C. We love both our Caitlyn's Kaitlyn's KAITLYN TAVARES and CAITLYN GERRISH Congratulations GO girls!!
Mrs. Whitney - The Terrific Kid this week is ERICA WORTHING. She is an Early Childhood Helper in the morning. Great personality with a smile every day. Erica always has a morning meeting share for the class and we enjoy her family stories. Great having you in the room!

     October is International Breastfeeding Month. As part of a USDA grant: Using Loving Support to Build Breastfeeding Friendly Communities , our library has received four children’s books primarily for parents to use with infants and toddlers. One paperback book is entitled Welcoming Babies by Margy Burns Knight, a Maine author. This book explains how various countries around the world welcome newborns using different traditions all expressing the joy parents, other relatives and friends feel at the birth of a little child. The other three books encourage the practice of breastfeeding. We Like to Nurse by Chia Martin shows many baby animals such as giraffes, elephants and pandas nursing. This is a typical animal book but would be ideal as a start to explain nursing. Mommy Breastfeeds Our Baby by Teresa Carroll features a mother explaining to a toddler how and why she feeds her baby mother’s milk. The illustrations in this book are quite subtle. A board book I Am Made of Mama’s Milk by Mary Olsen is told from the point-of-view of the child. It has tasteful illustrations of a mother and child sharing close moments during breastfeeding but the pictures are quite explicit. These latter two books I am keeping in the adult section. Any person who thinks these books would be of service to them or someone they know, please come into the library and check them out.
     On Wednesday October 1st the second Kiwanis Kids Korner came to the library. Don Harris and Frank Cochrane walked them down from the elementary school. As the ?Kids? poured into the library quite excitedly, poor Frank staggered in at the end of the line looking like a pack animal. He had kindly offered to help the little ones by carrying their book packs, and he was loaded down with at least 6 as he came through the door. There were 34 children as several new ones had joined the crowd. Helpers were Val, Dottie Brown, Cheryl Hamlin, Katie Robertson, Judith Stevens, mothers and the two men. Don Harris read a ghost story-Punkin’s First Halloween by Esther Reinecke-in keeping with the coming holiday. A snack of golden whale crackers and punch also gave the ?Kids? the energy to work on their adorable ghost door hangers and, of course, to take out library books. The ?Kids? are so excited and seem to enjoy being with friends and classmates in a more casual situation. It is chaos but lots of fun, and the program keeps Pam and myself in touch with today’s children. Don wore the Cat-In-The-Hat hat ( given to us by Nancy Cotter Pickle and Lin Pickle

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for just such fun times ) while supervising the children who were waiting for their parents outdoors.

The library will be closed
Monday October 13
In observance of
Columbus Day
Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

The Car - A Personal Narrative
     The car... To me, my car is a very important part of remaining independent as long as possible. Anyway, it was time for fall maintenance, and the squeak I was hearing in the right front wheel brought to my mind "brake linings." On a gloomy, foggy and rainy day I started out for my appointment at Augusta. Nearing the Waterville area, it was pouring rain. Large trucks brought up such a blinding spray of white mist, that on one occasion when a white cab of one of those 18-wheeler's passed, the mist was the same color as the truck. I instinctively let up on my speed because for a short time you could not tell the distance between us after he passed my car.
     The walkway to O'Connor's garage has a tendency to form a long irregular puddle when it rains. I don't know how I looked walking that gauntlet, but as I sat in the waiting room, I thought the other people navigating the walkway looking rather strange... coupled with the fact that the heavy entry door never likes to let you in... and the bathroom door behaves the same way.
     The Service Manager, was out on business, and one of the others waited on me, which was fine, as he managed to call out my last name correctly. The waiting room now sports a television, whereby channel changing is controlled by the receptionist. A man customer and I got stuck with a depressing Soap Opera.
     After the man left a lady customer arrived. She had a longer than average black dress and coat, but wore black leather sandals with very high square heals. Her toenails were nicely painted in white. She used to live in Dover-Foxcroft for two years, she told me, and dated James Sherburne when in high school. I'm to say "hello" to Pauline in this lady's behalf, the next time I see her.
     Another older lady came in, she also had a long skirt, and wore clogs with her bare heels showing. She was telling the service manager that she planned to keep her present car for life, adding that she could die tomorrow. A young lady came in wearing sandals and bare feet. "Is this the style in Augusta?" I wondered. Naturally, I have seen quite a few sandals and clogs around our town since that time. An older man came in. He had driven over from Rockland to see his favorite service manager (who was not there). Needless to say, he didn't have much patience or a very nice disposition. He swore a lot.
     The first lady and I got permission to change to a news channel, and we settled down to watch... and what happens... another lady arrives who was wearing shoes, and she asked if we would mind if she turned the TV off? We politely agreed, but gave each other a surprised look. "I've never had that happen before," I mumbled to myself.
     The car maintenance wasn't as serious as I thought, but the report that there were rust holes in the floorboard of the car that needed repair before my car could be inspected, was a downer.
     On the way home from Augusta, I thought of holes in the floorboards... gigantic holes... and remembered how that a few pinholes in one of our older car's back fenders brought in a flood of water... how that it was better to wear rubber boots in the car when it rained, because when you went downhill the water all rushed to the front of the car, and when you went uphill it flowed to the back. We drilled a couple of holes in the floorboards and it took care of that problem. I was given the use of my son's car during the Vietnam War and I remembered it had a hole in the floorboard where I could look down and watch the road go by (lucky the

heater didn't work, because the heat would be wasted). Also, the front seat was one of those that went all the way across and I placed a two-by-four under it to keep it from tipping backwards (otherwise you would be looking at the ceiling). Yes, I thought of the worst possible things that could happen to my dependable car.
     So, what was it with these newly reported rust holes in the floorboard? They were so small we could hardly locate them, easily repaired, and the car inspected, thanks to Harmon's Texaco and their mechanics. Time to count one's blessings. The advertisement I received in the mail today was for one of those scooters you see on television... guess I won't need one. There is much to be thankful for every day!

     I’ve had an incredibly busy, emotional two weeks, so I was particulary happy to get these letters to lift my spirits.

Hello Val,
     I've been reading your column Up on the Farm on the website, and I just had to send you an email.
     My husband Bruce and I live in Pennsylvania, and have decided that we want to retire in the TRC area, probably Milo. We love winters and snow, and want to live in a small town or rural area. I researched various places all over the country using the internet,(I'm the computer nerd in the family), and Milo won out. I just finished catching up on your articles from June til Sept (congrats on becoming the Animal Control Officer! You sound like you're doing the most wonderful job!), and it makes me feel like I almost know the people you write about! It'll be quite a few years before we're ready to move up there, but I look at the real estate listings on Ellen DeWitt's website and dream about when the day will come. We hope to be able to take a few days and come up and stay in a local B&B and see the area in person maybe next year (sounds so far away in the future!).
     All this babbling, and I just wanted to say that your Up on the Farm articles are wonderful, and I can't wait until we can be in line to adopt at least one of those adorable kittens (betcha can't adopt just one!). Thanks for sharing your life!
Joni Seth

     When I replied to her, and asked her if I could print her letter, I received this letter. Don’t they sound like a wonderful couple !

Hi Val!
     Why sure you could print my letter! I'd be honored! I was telling my husband about your articles, and about how you bought the couple some dog and cat food when they didn't have any, and about the unique way that you kept those little kittens warm that you rescued from the spidery place (!)... I was looking on the Milo Maine site, and saw the feature about the Piscataquis Valley Fair, and found the Down Home Bed and Breakfast, so it sounds like we could be planning a visit next August and we could go to the fair also. The fair looks like a wonderful time. Good luck with presenting the idea for an animal shelter in Milo. You and your friends are doing such wonderful work for the homeless animals. I sure wish we were there now, but all things in their own time. I'll keep up on the happenings through your articles and the site. Take care and the best to you all.

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     And here’s another great letter from a Milo native, Theda Cowing.

Hi Val,
     Just finished reading the 3 Rivers News and wanted to tell you how very much I have been enjoying your column (you and Kathy Witham are the main reason I log on every week). I do admire you for all the hard work you do in rescuing and housing the strays in your area. What a big heart you must have!! I most sincerely wish you much luck in fulfilling your hope and dream of a shelter for animals there in Milo. I know how important these shelters are; there are so many abandoned and/or abused cats and dogs out there looking for a good home. I am a happy companion to a dog and a cat that I adopted from the Bangor Humane Society over 10 years ago. What a comfort they have been! Best wishes from an old Milo girl, Theda Cowing

     My sincere thanks to both of you.
     The plans for the animal shelter are rolling along at a break-neck speed. I have received numerous donations of money and materials and as soon as I get a few moments I’m going to get a concrete plan devised and get to work on the actual construction. All I need is the building and I feel in my heart that it will become available with-in the month!
I will give a more detailed update next week…..


OCTOBER 6 – 10
Monday-Chicken burger, mashed potato, creamed corn, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Pigs in a blanket, Cole slaw, and orange’s.
Wednesday-Lasagna, tossed salad, dinner roll, and fruit.
Thursday-Super sandwich, broccoli/cheese, fries, and birthday cake.
Friday-Pizza, green beans, nachips, and mixed fruit.


OCTOBER 20 – 24
Monday-Chicken nuggets, rice pilaf, California blend veggies, dinner roll, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Macaroni/cheese, Cole slaw, ham slice, cinnamon roll, and pineapple.
Wednesday-Juice, corn chowder, crackers, bologna/cheese sandwich, and apple.
Thursday-Penquis special, potato oval, carrot sticks, and pumpkin cookie.
Friday-Bread sticks, cheese/sauce, assorted veggies, and fruit.

OCTOBER 27 – 31
Monday-Bacon/cheeseburger, rice pilaf, spinach, and fruit.
Tuesday-Deli turkey deluxe sandwich, scallop potato, winter blend veggies, and icy juicy.
Wednesday-Breakfast for Lunch-juice, French toast, sausage links, and applesauce.
Thursday-Pork & gravy, mashed potato, carrots, dinner roll, and assorted desserts.
Friday-Chicken & rice burrito, lettuce/tomato, fries, and whoopie pie.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
OCTOBER – 1982
Oct. 7-Rain-49° at 6 am and 44° at 9:45 pm.
Oct. 8-Rain-42° at 5:30 am and 45° at 11:20 pm.
Oct. 9-Cloudy AM Fair PM-42° at 6:30 am and 38° at 11:20 pm.
Oct. 10-Sunny breezy-36° at 6:30 am and 32° at 11 pm.
Oct. 11-Sunny breezy-22° at 6:20 am and 36° at 8:45 pm.
Oct. 12-Sunny AM Clouding up breeze late pm-25° at 6:30 am and 50° at 9 pm.
Oct. 13-Rain Fair awhile pm-42° at 6:10 am and 46° at 8:40 pm.
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     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The 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 Nancy Grant 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 Joe Zamboni greeted twenty-four members on the first day of his term as President. He also welcomed Key Club President Shawn Burke and Key Club member Ashley Case.
     Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked for guidance in our new year and prayed for those still in harm’s way.
     Virgil Valente was our inspirational reader today with a message about anger and how man is in bad company when he flies off the handle and is beside himself. It seems that a girl was kicking her brother in the shins and pulling his hair. Her mother asked her if someone was making her do it and she said yes but it was her idea to pull his hair. People choose how they handle their anger.
     Correspondence from the Dover-Foxcroft and Orono/Old Town clubs was circulated. Joe asked who would like to attend the dinner at Scotty’s in Newport on October 10. The Club also received an invitation to Waterville’s 85th anniversary.
     Belated birthday wishes go out to Dillon Conley, Merna Dunham, and Sandra Gray. Fay Stevens celebrates his birthday on October 3.
Nineteen happy and sad dollars were donated for the Yankees, Red Sox, law enforcement on the premises, friends, small world, and a great installation dinner.
     Trish Hayes reported on the Key Club activities; helping at the Heritage Days in Dover, offering help with a possible animal shelter and the Fall Frolic, and forming committees.
     Val Robertson told us that the Three Rivers News sold out in many places last week. She attributed the sell out to having such a cute picture of twins on the front!
     Heidi Finson will be asking for volunteers to help with the Reading is Fundamental distribution sometime this month.
     The library Kid’s Korner had its first event last week and everything went well.

     Joe asked who would like to attend the Guilford installation on October 13.
     The Gazebo project is still in the works and Joe is working on grant requests.
     Ethelyn Treworgy and Sandra Gray displayed the beautiful quilt that will be raffled off soon to benefit the gazebo fund. It will be decided at the Board meeting on October 2 how to handle the ticket sales.
     Cheryl Hamlin is planning a meeting this month to organize the fruit sale due in December.
     Joe handed out committee lists for people to look over and report back next week.
     It was mentioned that the club have more weekly planning time for activities and fewer speakers.
     Next week, October 8, will be the regular monthly business meeting.
     Joe introduced our speaker for today, Val Robertson, who spoke about the animal shelter she and others would like to implement in Milo. Val has been the local area animal control officer since May and has had first hand experience with the problem of too many animals not being spayed or neutered. She has also had to deal with poorly cared for animals. During the past few months 60 cats and 10 dogs have required attention.
     Val has a contract with the Lincoln humane society in dealing with strays but she would like to see a facility in Milo that would service the surrounding towns. There are two properties for sale in Milo but the old M.C. Horne building on West Main Street seems to be the better option. Besides the purchase of a building, renovations have to be considered. There are grants available for animal shelters but a facility must be purchased first.
     She would like to have area veterinarians as consultants and possibly hold clinics for spaying, neutering, immunizations, etc. Val’s top priority is to educate and provide people with the opportunity to have these much-needed services.
     Val has worked closely with Julie Gallagher, Victoria Eastman, and her daughter Katie Robertson over the past months in rescuing, caring for, and adopting out many animals in need of loving homes. She and the others are limited in the number of pets they can absorb into their own homes.
     Val is asking people for feedback about the possibility of an animal shelter in Milo so please write to her and voice your concerns and/or support for such a venture.
     Thank you for caring about the pet population! If anyone can bring this dream to fruition it’s you!
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