Three Rivers News, 2003-10-14


     Lots of hugs and kisses to SHELBY REECE COLE on her 1st birthday, Friday, October 17 !!! Shelby’s parents are Travis Cole and Michelle Perrier of Gilford, New Hampshire.
     We love you very much Shelby !!
Love, Nana, Papa, and Auntie Angela


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.

     Left to right: Chris Prickitt, Joe Kennedy, Nellie Kennedy, and Steve Chaisson.
     Evergreen will be featured at the Coffeehouse, sponsored by the Three Rivers Kiwanis, on October 25, 2003 from 7 to 9 pm at the Milo Town Hall Arts Center. This multi-talented and entertaining group has a repertoire that includes bluegrass, folk, blues, old time, country, swing, and jazz music. They play oldies, new songs, and original music. Their love for song is evident and their camaraderie comes through with their good-natured onstage bantering.
     Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25, for an evening of fun. Tickets are only $8 per person and are available from any Kiwanian. There will be homemade desserts and coffee on sale for you to enjoy while you tap your toes. Drawings will be held for many beautiful door prizes.

     No vehicle shall be parked or left standing on any street in Milo between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 7:00AM of each day during the period from November 1, 2003 to April 1, 2004. Any vehicle so parked at any time on any public street or way so as to interfere with or hinder the removal of snow from said street or way, may at the direction of the Milo Police Department, be removed at the owner’s expense. Neither the Town nor the Officer shall be liable for any damage that may be caused by such removal.

Jane S. Jones
Town Manager

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MON. OCT. 20





Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Mac Buchanan played basketball for (a) Guilford (b) Stearns (c) Greenville (d) Orono.
2. Greta Connors attended (a) Bates (b) Husson (c) Colby (d) Harvard.
3. Buster Grant's name is (a) Fred (b) Joe (c) John (d) Arthur
4. Francis Brown was Moses Brown's (a) son (b) graandson (c) nephew (d) brother.
5. The Brown House had (a) 10 (b) 12 (c) 14 (c) 16 fireplaces.
6. Walt Rendzia and Larry Morrill were (a) point guards (b) wing men (c) centers (d) power forwards.
7. Brownville is (a) 108 (b) 121 (c) 174 (d) 184 years old.
8. (a) Milton Smith (b) Ken Thompson (c) Joe Applebee (d) Roland Stubbs drove the first Brownville students to the Junction.
9. BHS burned in (a) 1929 (b) 1932 (c) 1935 (d) 1945.
10. Dances and (a) rollerskating (b) boxing (c) beauty contests (d) miniature golf were the major attractions of the Prairie Pavilion.

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

New Docks Removed for the First Time!!!
     A huge thank you to the twelve brave souls who helped Saturday, Oct. 4th with the Sebec River Docks. The weather wasn’t the best, but that didn’t stop Scott Bowman from taking a swim. Yes, he went in willingly, but only to retrieve a precious auger. His glasses disappeared also, which led to another retrieve.
     Willie Burke, Ben Kittredge, Royce Haines, Wayne Settle, Scott and Bob Bowman, Jim Ladd, Frank Cochrane, Herbie Carey, Mike Clark, Albie Yanok, and Don Richards all braved the cool, rainy, overcast day. Things went O.K. and were aided greatly by the use of Bob Ellison’s tractor. Next year should go smoother as experience is a great teacher.
     A huge thank you to all for their greatly appreciated help! The Sebec River Association met prior to the dock removal with 23 present. A wonderful potluck meal was enjoyed and a brief business meeting followed. Topics that were discussed were: New members, River walk, River journal, Election of officers in the spring and the Gazebo project. We had one non-river person present ( the driving instructor from Blair Driving School) who was so impressed he gave a 25.00 donation to the Gazebo project!
     The Sebec River Association will be somewhat dormant this winter as is the River , but we will be meeting again this spring ( May 15th) and would love to have new members and ideas. Remember you don’t have to own property on the Sebec River to belong to the River Association, just have a healthy interest in the river. Don Richards or any River Rat would love to hear from new victims.

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1st Annual Duck Race
     Overcast skies did not discourage spectators as they observed the launching of the ducks for the 1st Annual Duck Race on September 20th. The ducks slowly made their way from the green bridge in Brownville Jct. to just above the site of the old dam in Brownville; while at the finish line, the spectators enjoyed a barbeque dinner.

     Three ducks eventually made their way to the finish line awarding the holders of the winning numbers $100, $75 and $50. The winners are: Kim Morgan of Bucksport, Frances Weston of Brownville Jct. and the Sons of the American Legion whose winning ticket was bought in memory of the late Steven Douglass.
     The race, sponsored by Brownville Jct. American Legion Post #92 raises funds for scholarships and to send delegates to Girls and Boys State. The 2nd Annual Duck Race will launch from a canoe at the trestle in Brownville and finish at the old dam site which will shorten the race considerably.
     The Legion would like to give special thanks to the members of Boy Scout Troop 112 who escorted the ducks down river and updated the spectators on the ducks progress.

Bishop visits St. John's

     On October 5th Bishop Chilton Knudsen visited with the congregation of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction. Following the morning worship service Bishop Knudsen blessed the new handicapped bathroom and handicapped access ramp built at the church. These projects were partially funded by grant monies from the United Thank Offering and from the Lovett Fund. Work on the projects was completed by Fred Wiles.
     Bishop Knudsen reminded the congregation that St. John's was one of the first churches she visited after beginning her position of Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. She also talked about the beauty of the little church and what a welcoming, friendly feeling one has with both the old church building and with the members of the congregation.

St. John's plans Public Baked Bean Supper
     On November 1st from 5:00pm to 6:30pm there will be a public Baked Bean Supper held at St. John's. The menu will include ham, baked beans, assorted casseroles, cole slaw, pickles, assorted desserts and coffee/tea/punch. The cost for the meal is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under.
     The Church Women will have RADA knives on sale during the supper. All proceeds benefit the congregation of St. John's.

     The UMW met on Thursday for pizza. While waiting for the pizza, plans were made for our annual Christmas Fair to be held on Dec 6th. A beef stew luncheon will be served from 11-1. The fair will run from 10-2. In conjunction with the fair the UMW will be selling Christmas wreaths for $10.00. These are plain wreaths with just a bow. This is a double mission project. The wreaths will be purchased from the Salem Economic Ministry to supply people from that area, Salem, Solon, and Kingfield, with a job so they can pay taxes, buy fuel for winter and meet other basic needs. In turn the profit that we make will be used in our local projects such as Christmas shoeboxes, school supplies for local schools, etc. We ask that people reserve their wreaths early as Salem Economic Ministries has a limited supply so we have to order by November 1st. Any of the ladies will gladly take an order or you can contact me at 943-7785.
     I want to thank all who attended Thursday's meeting and helped me celebrate my birthday. Carolyn

     MILO and HUDSON - Samuel F. Bartlett Jr., devoted husband of Diana Huckins Bartlett died peacefully in the arms of his wife and daughters following a brief illness on Sept. 26, 2003. He was born June 28, 1941, in Brewer, son of Annie Laura (Sullivan) and Samuel Frederick Bartlett. He attended John Bapst High School. He was a veteran, having volunteered to serve his country in the Vietnam War. He served in the Army's 25th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade from 1965-1967. He was stationed at Scofield Barracks on Oahu, Hawaii, prior to going to Vietnam. Upon his return, he served with the 1st Army as Training Cadre at Fort Dix, N.J. He received numerous decorations including the CIB. When honorably discharged, he had attained the rank of E-6-Sergeant First Class. Sam was a Mayflower descendent being a direct ancestor of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. He was also a member of the Newman Center's Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Orono, where he also served as a Eucharistic Minister after he and his wife converted to Catholicism in 1994. Sam was a member of the Orono Knights of Columbus, a member of the Whitcomb-Baker VFW Post No. 4633 in Hampden, and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid golfer and motorcyclist. Sam loved music, especially jazz and blues and often commented that his daughters got their musical talent from him. He didn't want any sad funeral music playing at his wake, instead he wanted the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Etta James, Joe Cocker, and Van

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Morrison playing in the background. Sam once owned and operated Judy's Restaurant in Bangor. He was accomplished chef having worked in kitchens all over the country including the Ledges Inn in Wiscasset. He was also a chef at James Taylor Osteopathic Hospital (now Acadia Hospital). In addition to his loving and devoted wife of 18 years, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Brian Moody (Kris) of Bangor, and Mrs. Timothy Ward (Karen) of Glenburn; one grandson, Cameron Ward of Glenburn; two granddaughters, Hannah Grace Moody and Sophie Ann Moody, both of Bangor; two sisters, Marylynn Thompson of Bangor and Joanne Emery of Orrington; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one son, Marc Whitwell Bartlett of Bangor; and one brother, Dwight Harrison Bartlett of Orrington

     ALTON - Marie Stormann, 73, died peacefully at home after a long illness on Sept. 26, 2003, with her loving daughter by her side. She was born April 22, 1930, in Milo, the daughter of Gladys Oberg and Maynard Cooley. Marie graduated from Brownville Junction High School in 1948 and from St. Joseph School of Practical Nursing in 1964. She worked at Old Town Shoe for several years and also spent many years as a homemaker. She was a devout member of the River of God Church in West Old Town. Marie was an extremely thoughtful, giving person, often thinking of others before herself. She often baked goodies and made mittens, quilts and afghans for her family and friends. A few in her family would argue with anyone that she made the best apple pie around. Marie was predeceased by her beloved husband of 54 years, Cecil Stormann, in 2002. She is survived by one sister, Joyce Graves and her husband, Jack, of Bangor; one brother, Eugene Cooley of Waynesboro, Pa.; two daughters, Sandra Sullivan and her husband, Patrick, of Alton, Linda Cannon and her husband, Tim, of Jupiter, Fla.; two grandchildren, Marie Michaud and her husband, James, of Ohio City, Colo., and Michael Langen and his wife, Deborah, of Cumming, Ga.; and three great-grandchildren, Kelsey Michaud, Colby Michaud and Simon Langen; special cousins, Arlene Morrill and Buddy Gerrish of Brownville; and four nephews and one niece. Marie will be sadly missed by cherished friends who truly enriched her life: Priscillia Egar, Cora Young, Peggy Cote, JoAnne DeRoche, Belinda Shepard and Madeline Wilson. At Marie's request there will be no funeral or memorial service.

     DEXTER - Verna M. Curtis, 79, went to be with the Lord Oct. 4, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. She was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Bangor, daughter of Llewellyn and Grace (Flagg) Woodbury. She was a member of the Dexter Pentecostal Church and longtime Sunday school teacher. She is survived by her husband, Lyman Curtis Sr. of Dexter; four sons, Rev. Lyman Curtis Jr. and his wife, Patricia, Raymond and his wife, Bonnie, all of Dexter, Rev. David Curtis and his wife, Deborah of Chipman, New Brunswick, and James Curtis of Waterville; four daughters, Grace and her husband, Herbert Giles, and Carla Curtis, all of Dexter, Jackie and her husband, Galen Campbell, of Guilford, Rhoda White of Dexter; a brother, Jack Woodbury of Hartland; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a close friend, Katherine Elwell of Dexter. She was predeceased by a sister, Alva Clark; three brothers, Eugene Woodbury, Louis Woodbury and Carl Woodbury.

     ATKINSON - Stanley W. Smith, 80, loving husband for more than 56 years to Phyllis (Kinney) Smith, died Oct. 6, 2003, at his home in Atkinson. He was born in Atkinson, April 23, 1923, the son of J. Winfield and Ethel (Carle) Smith. He attended grade school in Atkinson and received his high school diploma from Penquis Valley High School in Milo. He served his country in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He retired from the Department of transportation in 1976, after 31 years of service. He continued to work as a carpenter until recently. He served on the Atkinson Board of selectmen, he served as a director at S.A.D. No. 41, and he was a member of No. 44 Masonic Lodge A.M. & F. M. in Milo, and the V.F.W. and D.A.V in Brooksville, Fla. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed restoring antique autos. He enjoyed his camps at Sebec Lake and Steuben and spending his winters at his home in Brooksville, Fla. Stanley was a loving family man and is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Kinney) Smith of Atkinson; one son, Gary S.; and one daughter, Diane M., all of Atkinson; a grandson Benjamin W. Cole of Gainesville, Fla.; a brother, Roland and his wife, Irene, of Atkinson; brother, Listor and wife, Marjorie, of Dover-Foxcroft; a sister-in-law, Mary Smith of Brooksville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Merrill; and sister, Eileen Dean.

     DOVER-FOXCROFT - Jack F. Plummer Sr., 77, died Oct. 4, 2003, at his daughter, Deborah's home surrounded by his family and special friend, DeDe Venott. He was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Feb. 20, 1926, the son of John F. and Louise (Rollins) Plummer. He served his country in the army during World War II. He retired from the Department of transportation after 33 years. He belonged to the Masonic Mosaic Lodge A.M. & F.M. in Dover Foxcroft, The Anah Temple Shrine in Bangor, The national rifle association, and the V.F.W. in Brooksville, Fla. He is survived by his companion of seven years, DeDe Venott; one son and his wife, Jack and Brenda Plummer Jr.; three daughters and their husbands, Pam and Steve Arno, Deborah and Ernest King, all of Dover Foxcroft, Tammy and Dan Brasier of Ripley; two step-sons and their wives, Norman and Janine Ames of Milo, Brian and Janine Ames of Bingham; one step-daughter and her husband, Barbara and Ernie Brandon of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one sister, Leone Vaughn of Hallowell; 12 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and special hunting buddies, his son Jack Jr., Bob Crest, and Norman Kenny. He was predeceased by his wife of 21 years, Florence; and one brother, Lewis Plummer.

M.S.A.D. #41
request for snow removal bid
M.S.A.D. #41 is seeking bids for snow removal and sanding at the Marion C. Cook School in LaGrange, Maine.
Bid information may be obtained by contacting:
David A. Walker
Superintendent of Schools
M.S.A.D. #41
37 West Main Street
Milo, Maine 04463
(207) 943-7317

Lewis ,Surdick married
Aug. 9, 2003
     MILO — Heather Lewis, daughter of Doreen and the late William I. Lewis of Milo, and F. Michael Surdick, son of Alberta Surdick of Old Town and Michael Surdick of Augusta, were married Aug. 9, 2003 at the gazebo along the Old Town waterfront by Rev. Gowie, followed by a reception at the K C Hall in Old Town.

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     Maid of Honor was MaryBeth Scotch of Scranton, Penn., best friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Sandi Schaefer of Redlands, Calif.., friend of the bride and groom and Theresa Surdick of Bath, sister of the groom. The flower girl was McKayla Surdick-Lewis of Milo, daughter of the bride and groom.
     Best man was Tim Woodard, friend and co-worker of the groom. Ushers were TJ Lewis of Milo, brother of the bride, Jeff Bosse of Milford, friend of the bride and groom, Jeremy Bean of Greenbush, friend of the bride and groom. Junior Usher was Darren Lewis of Milo, son of the bride. The ring bearer was Hunter Lewis of Milo, son of the bride.
     The bride was presented by her uncle Harvey Fish of East Norriton, Penn., on behalf of her mother and late father.
     The bride is a graduate from Scranton High, Scranton, Penn., and Beal College, Bangor.
     The groom is a graduate of Old Town High and New Hampshire Community Technical College in Laconia, N.H. He is currently employed by Saturn of Bangor at Quirk Auto Park.
     The couple spent their honeymoon in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, and will reside in Milo.

The children of
Earl and Amy Lovejoy
Invite you to an Open House to celebrate their
50th Wedding Anniversary
to be held at the
Brownville Junction Alumni Building
on Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m.

The Lancaster Home - 7 Albert Street, Milo
October 18 & 19
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain or shine.
Antiques, Furniture, 2 coal
stoves, pea coal, bakery
equipment, tools,
household, odds 'n ends.

Flu Shots available in Penquis Region
     DOVER-FOXCROFT - Flu shots will soon be available through Penquis region physician practices. Some practices have already scheduled flu shot clinics, while other practices will be setting dates throughoutNovember.
     People at highest risk of complications from the flu are urged to get their flu shots early. People in the high-risk group are 65 and older, and those under 65 with chronic illness, including heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. People not in the high-risk group may receive their shots any time during the months of November and December. Peak activity for the flu season typically comes between January and March, so vaccinations given in December will be effective.
     Physician practices in the TRC region are providing flu shots as follows : Three Rivers Health Center, Milo, 943-8848, shots available on walk-in basis during regular office hours, starting November 4 on Tuesday afternoon, all day Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon.
     Milo Family Practice, 943-7752, flu shot clinics starting week of Nov. 3, (schedule to be announced).
     Getting an annual flu shot is an inexpensive, preventive action for almost everyone, and the flu shot in many cases will cost nothing. Physicians participating in Medicare Part B will charge the federal government, not the Medicare patient, for the shot.

     The Milo Free Public Library Board of Trustees met on Monday evening October 6th. Among various topics that were brought up and discussed was the suggestion of a change in winter library hours. It was

suggested that possibly patrons would prefer morning hours as compared to the afternoon hours of 2:00-4:00 that the library has had for many years. In order to determine whether a time change is desired by the majority of the patrons, we will have a survey in the library for patrons to sign in order to show their preference. They can decide whether they prefer 10-12, 12-2, or the regular hours of 2-4.
     The Kiwanis Kids Korner met for their third session this past week. Frank Cochrane and Don Harris walked the ?Kids? down from school and both men helped to carry backpacks. It was an unseasonably hot day and, I imagine, the little ?Kids? found their backpacks heavy and hot. Again Halloween was the theme with a scary story read by Val entitled The Wolves in the Wall . Snacks were corn puffs and pretzels. The craft this week was a decorated Trick or Treat bag. This craft was complex and kept the kids busy for a long while with help from Dottie Brown, Cheryl Hamlin, Val and Katie Robertson and the men. All the little decorations ---ghosts, pumpkins, little figures and the sign that read ?Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet? had to be glued on carefully.
     When the children came upstairs to take out a library book, they could also take a package of candy from the big orange pumpkin on the children’s table. The only rule is they cannot open the candy while in the library. We don’t want chocolate on the books or M & M’s rolling around on the floor. It’s a busy bustling time when parents and grandparents arrive and happy, excited children are leaving with their treasures.

Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri. 2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00

A Historical Review
Brownville, A Place With a Future
Observer (Penquis History) 10/28/81
     Brownville was first settled in the early 1800's. It was settled rapidly and by 1810 it had over 130 inhabitants. In 1819, the first action concerning the area's position was taken. It was organized as Brownville Plantation. Five years later, it was reorganized as the town of Brownville.
     Early in the town's history the major reason for settlement in the area was the availability of work. In 1843, the first slate quarry in the town was opened. At the time it was a major employer of men and by 1850 the quarries in the town had over 100 men working in them.
     Brownville is one of the larger towns in the county. It owes this to the fact that when it was first surveyed, in 1794, it was supposed to be laid out six miles square. However, it was laid out somewhat over seven miles by six miles. When this was discovered, lots had already been parceled out, and it would have to remain as it was.
     When the Civil War came, Brownville took notice of the town's relatively small population. Over 50 men volunteered to go with the first wave. Most of those remaining went six months later in the second gathering of the troops. Through this period it was hard for the town to get along. Almost all of the men were away, and yet the crops still had to be tended, and the work done.
     Brownville grew with the aid of immigrants who swarmed into the town. Among these were Welshmen, Blacks, and Swedes. The Blacks came immediately after the Civil War, when the leader of the Freedman's Bureau, General O.O. Howard decided that work could be found for a group of freemen in the slate quarries of Brownville. Over 30 men and women were brought into the town from this source. The Swedish influence came from the same basis. In 1862, it occurred to a government official that the possibility of relocating some Swedes in Maine was good. he

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proposed a bill, and 1870 it was passed by the legislature. The people located in Aroostook County in New Sweden. It was then that some enterprising people in Brownville decided that a new workforce could be found and enticed some of the Swedes to move to Brownville and work in the quarries.


Pretty in Pink
     The staff at Brownville Elementary School came dressed in pink on Friday, October 10th to commemorate Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Week. A sizeable donation was made to the foundation by staff and students of the school. Since the ladies usually wear denim every Friday anyway, they decided to celebrate the day by not only wearing their usual denim....but by wearing pink as well. Pictured are: Linda Lumbra, Mary Jane Zamboni, Julie Knowlton, Jacki Cramer, Teresa West, Tammy Murano, Lynn Weston, Sally Wallace, Jonna Lee, Carol Hudak, Donna Nason, Sharon Marchant and Denise Hamlin. Also wearing pink....but unavailable for the photo were Lisa Perkins, Dawn Russell, Debbie Page, and Tanya Ellison.


     At last weekend’s Homecoming Parade, Grand marshals were "The Kitchen Queens.... Ginny Morrill/Queen Bee and her court".

Cook School News
     At our October 10th assembly, Miss K. and Mrs. Robertson honored SAMANTHA NOKE (Ms. Ivy's class), LAURA GRAY (Mrs. Carter's class) and HEATHER MICHAUD (Mrs. Bessey/Miss K's class) as Terrific Kids. We are proud of how dedicated these students are to completing their work, having super attitudes and being role models.
     Mrs. Carter's class sang a wonderful song about Christopher Columbus. We appreciate the hard work they put into learning this song. Grades 4 and 5 sang two songs. The first , "Welcome Back Miss Kazyaka"(with a country beat) was written by Mrs. CeCe Harmony, and the second a Show tune "King of New York" from the movie, "Newsies." Thank you for the outstanding entertainment. Miss K. is extremely grateful. Miss K. also mentioned that there will be new Kings Of NY in the next few weeks.
     Kathy Foss recognized ZACH WHITMAN as Bus Student of the Week. Thanks for your excellent behavior on the bus.
     Our morning was completed with a terrific Fire Safety lesson from the LaGrange Fire Department. Our thanks to firemen Joe Baker, Roger Stanley and Sparky. Everyone learned or was reminded about the importance of having an escape plan. The Fire Department will be sponsoring a Poster Contest in which the students will detail their Family Escape Plan. The poster contest will take place the week of October 20th.

     We've been very busy in third grade. We recently finished a unit on building a community. Students assumed roles of the citizens in their neighborhoods. They had to be sure to include businesses and services. A representative from the Kids World Inc. (Mrs. Beres) interviewed each community to see which would be better suited to bring in a new business ,with the potential for 400 new jobs. The class learned about the many aspects of a real town and real town life.
     We are now studying the concepts of flight. Students have designed many different "flying machines" to test the forces of lift, thrust, drag, and gravity. The two groups went into the gym to fly two of their designs. Distances were measured. The next step will be to graph their results on
the computer.
     Our next unit will be the solar system. We will be studying facts about Earth, as well as the other planets. We will be conducting experiments and researching new information.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - This week's Terrific Kid has a happy outlook on life. He has a smile for everyone and loves all of our new math activities. "I'll help" are the words we always hear from him. We are excited to call SHAWN EMERY our Terrific Kid.
Mrs. Mills - The Terrific Kid in our class this week has been trying his hardest to make good behavior choices. He works his hardest at all he does. He never hesitates to ask for help. We are very proud of him. Way to go JUSTIN BROWN!!
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a very hard worker. She gives her best effort each day. Her assignments are always done on time. She is very helpful at the end the day. She

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volunteers to take care of journals, papers, and notices. A big thank you goes to MARGARET BUBAR for all
that she does
Mrs. Gillis
This boy's favorite book is Holes,
To be a game warden is one of his goals,
He's one of the best math students our school enrolls,
As an avid fisherman, he likes his fishing poles.
Congratulations, WILLIAM DEAN!
Mrs. Dell'olio - This student shares nicely, and is a good friend to his classmates, he loves Kawasaki dirtbikes, and likes taking jumps! His favorite food is the incredible, edible egg! Congratulations KLAY D. STEVENS!
Mrs. Hayes - Our Terrific Kid sails through the day like Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He sails through reading, writing, math, health, penmanship, poetry, storytime and specials and he never gets blown away. We are proud of his good manners and kind attitude toward his friends.
RAYMOND SICKLER is a great sailor and we are happy to have him in our class. Congratulations, Raymond.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - THERESA KARPOWICZ- This girl is a great friend and big sister. She comes in with a smile and gets right to work. She enjoys reading and writing activities and is an active listener. We are glad to have Theresa in our class. KENDRA JENKINS- Kendra is a happy ,friendly little girl who comes in every morning with a big smile and hugs for her teachers. She is a hard worker, neat writer, good reader and active listener. Kendra is a welcome member of our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Terrific Kid qualities must run in the families of our two little girls that we honor this week. They are both kind, helpful, cheerful, polite, and full of school spirit. They both have big sisters that are being honored today, as well. Maybe their big sisters have been
good role models for them, or maybe they are just really terrific all by themselves. At any rate, we are happy that LINSLEY KARPOWICZ and ALEXANDRA JENKINS are part of our kindergarten family.
Mrs. Whitney – Mrs. Whitney's Terrific kid for the week of 10/10 is DARLENE DEROCHERS. She remembers her schedule without reminders. Never needs prompts to get her work done and always has a good morning story to share. We enjoy Darlene in our classroom!

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     My infatuation with the lyrics to Country Western songs started in the late 60's and continues to today. I love them even more now than I did back then. I was an original Country Western music fan. I know that that hasn't always been a popular type or style of music for many Milo-ites, but for me it's become a way of life. Listening for years to Q106.5, I've followed the careers of many popular artists since their beginnings.
     Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, and Anne Murray have remained high on my list from the get-go. George Strait, Tracy Byrd and Alan Jackson also have been around for awhile and I've always loved them, too. I told you last year about the Brad Paisley concert that we attended and he remains one of my favorites. Heck....I even love a lot of Toby Keith's stuff.....Who's Your Daddy?
     It's not the twang to some of their voices that appeals to me. It's the lyrics. If the melody is danceable.....and the lyrics mean something to me....I'm hooked. I make everyone be quiet as we're driving along. Then I break into the tune myself. Sometimes I amaze my husband because he seldom chooses a Country Western music station, and so just doesn't know any of the words. I'll say, "Have you heard this before?" The reply is generally, "no." "Well," I demand, "you've got to listen to these words!"

     One of my very favorite tunes right now is Then They Do recorded by Trace Adkins. In early rush of morning, trying to get the kids to school, one's hangin on my shirt tails, another one's locked up in her room. I'm yelling up the stairs stop worrying about your hair. You look fine. Then they're fighting in the back seat and I'm playing referee. Now someone's gotta go, the moment that we leave, and everybody's late, I swear I can't wait, til they grow up, and then they do...and that's how it is...It's just quiet in the morning can't believe how much you miss all they do and all they did...You want all the dreams they dream to come true...then they do. No more Monday P.T.A.'s, no car pools or soccer games. Your work is done, now you got time that's all your own. You've been waiting for so long for those days to come. Then they do...
     Yes raise them up and then they are gone. It's called empty nest syndrome and I've got to tell you folks, I looked forward to it as much as anyone that I know. It was short lived. They came back....or they live nearby and they have kids....and the kids come. And it's true. You want all their dreams to come true.....and with any luck they do. Sometimes they don't though....and the words to the song haunt you for the loss of your child's dreams.....or your dreams for them.
     But then life will be blown back into their dreams and a song will come along like George Strait's The Chair. Well, excuse me but I think you've got my chair, he says to the woman in the bar. And so on and so forth until he finally admits, it wasn't my chair after all. A great song of meeting and being coy until you eventually win her heart and can admit that you were just trying to use your coolest move on her....and it worked. A great number to slow dance to. There's another one that's similar in content....a girl leaves her purse in a bar and she goes back to find it later...after all the patrons have left...and the bartender says he'll give her back the purse, but would she please dance with him, just one dance around the floor. She does and they fall in love. Like I said, new life blown into his dreams....or maybe hers. Who knows...maybe she deliberately left the purse behind and then waited for the place to empty out before going back after it. How clever is that idea???
     Then there is the classic wedding song by Tracy Byrd. So I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars. He sure knew what he was doin' when he joined these two hearts. I hold everything, when I hold you in my arms. I've got all I'll ever need....Thanks to the keeper of the stars. It was no finding you. Someone had a hand in it....long before we ever knew. What a beautiful song.
     Recently, I bought a gift for my soon to be nine year old granddaughter. It's a tiny book. The title is I Hope You Dance and it was written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers. They took the words to this Lee Ann Womack song and expounded on each line. It's filled with beautiful thoughts and poetry. It's the words that I will share with my dear grandchild to tell her what I hope for her in her life. I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. May you never take one single breath for granted. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance. And...if you get the choice to sit it out or dance....I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
     Tracy Byrd has another beautiful song. The chorus goes; Put your hand in mine, and I'll be there anytime. When it feels like you could use a friend...I'll be there to lift you up again. You can reach out to me anytime...and put your hand in mine. These are beautiful words of friendship and love. There's also the song about one man's most beautiful sight....sitting on his front porch looking in. Inside are little children doing what children do....and a wife in there with them..taking care of them and loving them. Or how about Randy Travis' tune about growing old with your wife and not caring what she looks like when she gets old...because he's gonna love her forever and ever...forever and ever, Amen. Or the song about the man singing to his wife: I wanna sit where the green grass grows, watch our corn pop up in rows. Every night be tucked in close to you. Comforting scenes that are so familiar to the common man. The man....or woman who listens to the lyrics to Country music is that common man. I guess that tells you a little bit

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about me. And the more I get to know about people....the more I'm glad that's who I am. There isn't a thing wrong with loving the lyrics to a good Country Western tune.
     My good friend Tanya Ellison makes this delicious

Eclair Dessert. Yummy!
1 box graham crackers
2 small instant vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cups cold milk
4 oz. Cool Whip
     Mix the pudding, milk and cool whip together. In a 9X13 pan, put a layer of crackers, spread a layer of pudding; put another layer of crackers, then a layer of pudding. Continue until you end with a layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate overnight. The next day frost with: 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, 3 tablespoons soft butter, 3 teaspoons of vanilla. Mix together and frost. Serves 16-24.

     Ruth Clark, on Prospect Street, has lost another cat. It is a longhaired gray and white male and has been missing since September 27. His name is Patches but he answers to Kitty. If you have seen Patches, please call 943-5054.
     People often see unfamiliar cats or dogs. Get to know your neighbors. Maybe their pets have come visiting or followed a scent and can’t quite find their way home. If your neighbors are missing pets please call your Animal Control officer or other animal welfare person. Perhaps they can help reunite a pet with their family.
     In the meantime; if you have seen Patches please let Ruth Clark know. Thank you.

     Alice Bryant will celebrate her 80th birthday on October 22, 2003. She would love to hear from all of her old friends. A card can be sent to her at:
P.O. Box 255
Brownville Jct.
ME 04415
     You can drop by her house at 51 Railroad Street from 10 am to 4 pm on October 22nd to wish her a happy birthday in person.

     Come hear and fear SCARY STORIES on Thursday, October 30, at 3:30 pm at Our Maine Idea, 259 Milo Road in Sebec. These are for the young and old, written and read by participants in MSAD #41 Adult Education Writing for Fun Class. You are welcome no matter what your age is for an hour of Free Tales and Treats. Please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400 for more information.

     A longhaired, all black, un-neutered male who is very friendly. Was found on Summer Street in Milo, Another cat has been in the Katahdin Iron Works area for about three weeks. It is a longhaired, orange, neutered and de-clawed male. A grey, tiger, bobtail was struck by a car last week in front of the “The Restaurant” in Milo. He is recovering at the Robertson residence, and would love to see his mommy or daddy.
     The fourth is a black and white kitten, about 10 weeks old. She is so friendly and sweet! She was found on Clinton Street and would love to go back home!!
     If you can help find the homes for these cats or can offer a home to any homeless animal that has been rescued recently and is ready to be loved, please call 943-5083.

     VICTORIA EASTMAN HAS GENEROUSLY offered to lend out her many clothes and outfits to people to use as Halloween costumes. The only stipulation is that she asks that the clothes be returned in good condition and laundered. If you are interested in borrowing any items from Victoria please contact her at 943-2400.

9 AM TO 1 PM

     The 36th annual hunters’ breakfast will be held at Penquis Valley High School on Saturday, November 1, 2003, from 4:30 – 8:30 am. It will be an all-you-can-eat buffet of ham, eggs, baked beans, biscuits, pancakes, juice, and coffee. The cost is only $3.50 for advance tickets or $4.00 at the door. Tickets are available from any freshmen class member.


A little house with three bedrooms and one car on the street,
A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.
In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone,
And no need for recording things, someone was always home.
We only had a living room where we would congregate,
Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.
We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine,
When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine.
We only had one TV set, and channels maybe two,
But always there was one of them with something worth the view.
For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip,
And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton's® onion dip.
Store-bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook,
And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker's® book.
The snacks were even healthy with the best ingredients,
No labels with a hundred things that make not a bit of sense.
Weekends were for family trips or staying home to play,
We all did things together -- even go to church to pray.
When we did our weekend trips depending on the weather,
No one stayed at home because we liked to be together.
Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own,
But we knew where the others were without our own cell phone.
Then there were the movies with your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare to watching movies in your car.
Then there were the picnics at the peak of summer season,
Pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason.

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Get a baseball game together with the friends you know,
Have real action playing ball -- and no game video.
Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend,
And didn't need insurance or a lawyer to defend?
The way that he took care of you or what he had to do,
Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you.
Remember going to the store and shopping casually,
And when you went to pay for it you used your own money?
Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount,
Remember when the cashier person had to really count?
Remember when we breathed the air; it smelled so fresh and clean,
And chemicals were not used on the grass to keep it green.
The milkman and the bread man used to go from door to door,
And it was just a few cents more than going to the store.
There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door,
Without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store.
The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent;
There were not loads of mail addressed to "present occupant."
Remember when the words "I do" meant that you really did,
And not just temporarily 'til someone blows their lid.
There was no such thing as "no one's fault; we just made a mistake,"
There was a time when married life was built on give and take.
There was a time when just one glance was all that it would take,
And you would know the kind of car, the model and the make.
They didn't look like turtles trying to squeeze out every mile;
They were streamlined, white walls and fins, and really had some style.
One time the music that you played whenever you would jive,
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a forty-five.
The record player had a post to keep them all in line,
And then the records would drop down and play one at a time.
Oh sure, we had our problems then, just like we do today,
And always we were striving, trying for a better way.
And every year that passed us by brought new and greater things,
We now can even program phones with music or with rings.
Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun,
How can you explain a game, just kick the can and run?
And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle spokes,
And for a nickel red machines had little bottled Cokes?
This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways, I love the new technology but I sure miss those days.
So time moves on and so do we, and nothing stays the same,
But I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
OCTOBER – 1988
14th-Sunny & cloudy & windy-24° at 5:50 am and 32° at 11 pm.
15th-Sunny & cloudy & windy-28° at 5:10 am and 28° at 11:10 pm.
16th-Cloudy-32° at 5:50 am and 34° at 9 pm.
17th-rain-40° at 5:40 am and 42° at 9:30 pm.
18th-Cloudy rain pm-40° at 5:11 am and 45° at 9 pm.
19th-Mostly sunny breezy-24° at 5:11 am and 30° at 9 pm.
19th-Mostly sunny windy-24° at 5:40 am and 18° at 9:30 pm.


     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-one members, an interclub from Dexter, and Key Club members Jen Hussey, Tom Harvey, Dillon Conley, Vice-president Lindsay Small, and Treasurer Cameron Wellman.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance, Herb Dunham led us in prayer, and Heidi Finson told us the difference between conscious and conscience.
     We received two very nice thank you letters, one from Mark, Randa, and Addison Rineer thanking Kiwanis for the donation to Isabel’s Hope and a note from Linda Lumbra from Brownville Elementary thanking the club for the donation to Reading is Fundamental. The Guilford Kiwanis extended an invitation to attend their officer installation on October 13.
     Eighteen happy and sad dollars were donated for friends, moving in from camp, recall, election, termination, and recall, RIF, more hair, television commercial, and of course the YANKEES and RED SOX!
     Trish Hayes updated us on the Key Club activities. As usual they are starting their year with a bang! They held a board meeting and discussed a coat drive, traveling to Manna in Bangor, helping the Bangor Humane Society and the Fall Frolic on October 24. They are making plans for their pool party in Orono.
     Heidi Finson let us know that the next RIF book distribution will be held during the week of October 27.
     Virgil Valente gave us the latest figures for the sale of the Three Rivers News, 340 last week.
     Joe Zamboni is in the process of writing grants to aid in the building of a gazebo. He said that the fund is at approximately $3500.00.
     Ethelyn Treworgy circulated tickets for the Coffeehouse that will feature Evergreen and be held on October 25 at the Art Center in Milo. The tickets are $8 and will enter all who purchase them in a drawing for the chance to win one of many wonderful door prizes. Homemade refreshments will be available at the Coffeehouse. Tickets are available from any Kiwanian.
     Dot Brown and Ethelyn Treworgy have raffle tickets ready for the beautiful quilt that is on display in the front window of Neil Hamlin’s office. The tickets will be $1 per ticket or 6 for $5 and the proceeds are slated to benefit the gazebo project.
     October 2, 2003 Board of Directors highlights:

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     A $590 donation to the MSAD #41 Outing Club was approved.
     $200 to purchase a rocking chair for the imaging center at Mayo Regional Hospital was accepted.
A request for financial help to purchase new and/or used instruments for the expanded 5th and 6th grade bands was heard.     It was agreed to gather more information and discuss it more thoroughly at the November board meeting.
     Options in the original Three Rivers Club charter were reviewed. Copies were sent out to the board members to look over. Amendments made over the years need to be compiled, reviewed, and incorporated in the charter.
     Roy Bither has generously offered his season Black Bear hockey tickets for October 17 and 18 to be put up for auction at the regular Kiwanis meeting on October 15! He said that the only drawback is that the winner would have to accompany him to the game. The lucky winner will also have the advantage of the great buffet at the Center Ice Club. Roy said the money would go toward the gazebo project. Thank you for your more than kindly offer!

     The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades, so since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country."
Semper Fi
1stSgt Dave Jobe

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