Three Rivers News, 2003-11-04



Milo Elementary School will be celebrating Veteran's Day on Friday,
November 7th during our weekly assembly.
We invite all veterans to attend.
The assembly will be held at the
Milo Elementary gym from 8:30 to 9:00
A.M. Please come and join us.

     The Three Rivers Kiwanis is planning the third annual Veteran’s Thanksgiving Dinner that will be held at the Milo Town Hall dining room at noon, on Tuesday, November 11th. Please contact Murrel Harris at 943-7326 to make reservations. ALL area Veterans, their guests, and those presently in the service, along with their guests, are more than welcome. This is OUR way of saying Thank You.

"Judy says she will jump out of an airplane!"
     Judy Morrison, who works at Rite Aid in Milo, has issued a challenge on behalf of the Children's Miracle Workshop. If her store can raise $2000 in donations for the charity she will jump out of an airplane with a parachute at the Pittsfield Airport in April.

NOVEMBER 15TH, 2003 (Saturday)
Turkey with "ALL" the fixings, plus apple crisp/ice cream/coffee
Time: 5:00 - 7:00
Where: Cook School in LaGrange
Adults: $5.00 Kids 12-: $2.50
Benefits: Marion C. Cook School PTO
Call Marilyn Lyford 943-2342 or 943-2196

     The Three Rivers Kiwanis will be selling boxes of fresh fruit from November 1 – 15. The delivery date for the fruit will be December 11, at the Milo Elementary School. Any Kiwanian can take your order.....or you can call 943-5554.
     These boxes of fruit make excellent Christmas gifts. There are various choices in boxes of fruit and combination boxes of fruit available, for instance: Navel Oranges, Juice Oranges, Tangerines, Red Grapefruit, Tangelos, Navel and Grapefruit mix, a Citrus Variety Pack and the Holiday Trio box, which has apples, navel oranges and red grapefruit.
     There is a choice of big boxes or small boxes. The prices vary from $14.00 for a small box of juice oranges, or a small box of red grapefruit, to $19.00 for large boxes of most of the fruit, to $20.00 for the Citrus Variety Pack and the Holiday Trio. If you live outside of Milo and would like to have your fruit delivered to someone who lives in Milo.....just call 943-5554 and an arrangement can be made. What a wonderful way to send this delicious and nutritious gift to a loved one.
     The list of good things that the Three Rivers Kiwanis provides to this community is lengthy, and includes this newspaper! Please help us continue these wonderful community based projects with your support of our Fruit Sale. Thank You.

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The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo & Brownville will be serving as a clearinghouse for Santa's Helpers again this year.
Donations may be made at:
Maine Savings Federal Credit Union,
Park St., Milo ME 04463
Requests for children only will come to us from the Milo & Brownville Town Offices, the Milo & Brownville Elementary Schools & Head Start.
The last date that names will be accepted is November 28th. Distribution will be from the Milo Town Hall by appointment only on December 12th.
In an effort to minimize duplication, we ask that other organizations inform the Kiwanis if they have adopted a child or family for Secret Santa. Please contact Murrel Harris at 943-7326.
Please remember that Christmas is a good time to get involved with caring for the needs of others, especially children.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Dr. Charles Stanhope was a(n) (a) general practitioner(b) psychiatrist (c) obstetrician (d) dentist.
2. Abee Pond is in the (a) northern (b) eastern (c) western (d) southern part of town.
3. Otis Abee was known for his (a) singing (b) strength (c) poetry (d) gait
4. The Perfield School was a(n) (a) music school (b) dance school (c) district school (d) academy.
5. The population of Brownville is approximately (a) 1800 (b) 900 (c) 1300 (d) 1400.
6. Brownville's first full-time policeman was (a) Walter McClain (b) Charlie Foulkes (c) Ron Bonham (d) Don Brewer.
7. The number six man on the 1967 Railroader team was (a) Alan Kirby (b) Tim Buchanan (c) Dennis Small (d) Ray Heath.
8. Brownville voted (a) once (b) twice (c) three times (d) four times not to consolidate schools.
9. Max Cohen came from (a) Russia (b) Germany (d) France (d) England.
10. Bernard Jones lived on (a) Meulendyke Avenue (b) Van Horn Avenue (c) Kineo Street (d) Quarry Avenue.
Answers: 1-d 2-b 3-b 4-a 5-c 6-c 7-b 8-b 9-a 10-d

The Brownville Grange Hall
"If These Four Walls Could Talk!"
     Erected in 1895, the Brownville Grange Hall was often the site of political, cultural, and social events. Silent movies were shown there, with Hilda Ladd or Freda Crozier at the piano and Bert Perkins running the projector, which stuck out on the basketball court there.
     Junior and senior proms were held there, as were all graduations in the first three decades of the three-story building's existence. Minstrel shows, since outlawed, senior plays, junior plays, and chatauquas were also well attended events.
     Sumner and Edna Fish were prominent leaders, as were Mr.and Mrs. Charles Allen and Bill and Freda Crozier. Bill, who served as selectman for 37 years, led the all-day town meetings, which featured a lunch. Crozier was joined by Joe Davis, Treasurer Clint Stickney, and Fred Davis from the Junction in his leadership role.

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     The minstrel shows were produced by Everett and Ethyl Gerrish and attorney Hiram Gerrish.
     Donkey Basketball was played there, as was regular basketball. The Grange Hall was the home court of Brownville High School. During the Depression Brownville had two teams: the Advertisers coached by Carroll Porter and the Depression Boys coached by Bill Ellis..
     The kitchen and a small dining room that seemed always to be accommodating of any number, as well as the outhouse were downstairs.
     The main floor contained the auditorium and the stage, with a well-designed curtain. The top floor consisted of a small balcony on the east side of the structure.
     In the last few decades interest in the Grange and the building has dwindled, and the building loved and used by many has fallen into a serious state of disrepair, with one gentleman making an attempt to restore it some 15 years ago.
     The Brownville Grange Hall was used for the Brownville Community Church's Old Home Week and was the site of a large celebration for Lt. Alice Zwicker's return from her experiences in Bataan in World War II.
     P.E.T.S., a local, non-profit, all volunteer, spay/neuter organization wants to remind area residents to have their pets spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering greatly reduces reproductive diseases in both cats and dogs, can reduce or eliminate spraying and injuries due to fighting in male cats, and reduce or eliminate the dog or cat’s desire to roam. Having your pet spayed or neutered will help to reduce the tragic overpopulation, abandonment and euthansia of cats and dogs in our area. P.E.T.S. has a reduced cost spay/neuter program for those individuals that qualify. Call Julie Gallagher at 943-5083 for more information or brochure or write to P.E.T.S., PO Box 912, Guilford, ME 04443

     Welcome to a new addition to the Three Rivers News! We here at the Three Rivers Community Alliance (TRC) would like to keep you updated with whats going on our website!
     Recently, we have added a few web address shortcuts to our site. The one you might have noticed is This address for the Three Rivers News is shorter and easier to remember than the other one, and it will forward you directly to the TRN online! Also, we have added a similar shortcut for each town office page (for instance, There is one for each town office. We have also moved our Bulletin Board to a new address, at
     While these changes effect the site user minimally or not at all they help us at the website to be more organized now and in a better position to meet area needs in the future.The TRC Alliance is a group of unpaid volunteers that donate their time to produce and manage a community website, with information including a community calendar, local directory, news & highlights, a photo album, and town government information.
     The next team meeting is planned for Friday, November 7, at 5:00 p.m. at the Milo Town Hall. You are cordially invited to attend the meeting - this is your website -all are welcome to attend.

     The third and fourth grades from Brownvile Elementary School went on a field trip to Kathadin Iron Works. They were met by local historian, William Sawtell. He spoke about the history of this local landmark.
     Students saw the kilns where charcoal had been made as well as the blast furnace. The trip was on October 28. It was postponed a week because of the snow last Tuesday.
     For our Veteran's Day activities at Brownville Elementary, we are making a hall display that will include pictures, newspaper articles and other memorabilia connected with the veteran's and their families. It will be on display from November 3-14.
     On Monday, November 10 we will have an assembly to honor veterans. It will include (hopefully), an honor guard, flag salute, pledge of allegiance, patriotic songs as well as the usual terrific Kid assembly items.
     We will be paying tribute to the American Legion for their service to their country as well as for their service to the children of the Brownville school. The assembly will start at 8 a.m. and will last 30-45 minutes. All are invited to attend.

Marion C. Cook School News
     At our October 31st assembly, Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson awarded Terrific Kid certificates, stickers and pencils to LINDSAY TURNER, CODY DONLON and MORGAN DRAKE. Ms. Ivy reported that Lindsay works hard to get her jobs done and is always polite. Mrs. Carter recognized Cody for his wonderful behavior. Miss K. said that Morgan is always a Terrific Kid. Morgan completes her assignments neatly and on time. She has been a big help in the classroom and makes sure that Miss K. gets her lunch each day. Morgan even does dishes! Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
     Ryan E., Cody Donlon and Heather Michaud were honored as Best Kids on the bus. The assembly opened with an enthusiastic performance of "New York, New York" by grades 4 and 5. Justin Ottmann, Jacob Turner, Heather Michaud and Ronald Smith played three songs that they have been learning in band with Mr. Eastman. The audience loved hearing the musicians play, "Hot Cross Buns," "Go Team Go" and "Rolling Along." Thank you 5th graders. We expect to hear from you again soon.
     The students and staff surprised Kiwanians Terri Zelkan and Val Robertson with a great big Thank You poster. We appreciate the generous donation from Kiwanis, which paid for our Reading is Fundamental books this year. At our latest book distribution, each student chose one book to take home to read over and over. Thank you Kiwanis.

     Our annual fall book fair will be held November 6-15. The book fair will be open during our annual Turkey Supper on November 15. The book fair will be open daily, 7:30-9:45 and 2:00-3:00. In addition to an excellent selection of titles, there will be value priced books, bargain bags, bookmarks, pencils, erasers and posters. If you love books, stop in at the Cook School Book Fair.
     It was a "monsterous" turn out at the Marion C. Cook School in LaGrange this past Friday night with lots of ghouls and goblins dancing the night away. The PTO hosted its annual
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     Halloween dance with dance games, and 7 buckets of candy were handed out to some lucky kids. They gym was all lit up with Halloween decorations and the newest addition of an 8' Frankenstein.
     The PTO provided chips, drinks and a bag of candy for each child attending.The disc jockeys this year were Jonathan Spencer, Kelsey Ottmann and Erica Lyford. A fun filled evening was had by all the kids/parents who attended. A special thanks to Pat Bradbury for coming down and helping out with the drawings.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - We are happy to name our Terrific Kid for the week a super reader and writer. This little girl has worked hard with Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Barden and Mrs. Linda. She wrote a 2 page story about Halloween!!!! We are glad that JUSTICE STONE is so terrific.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has been working hard on his handwriting. His cursive writing is wonderful. He loves to talk about space in science class. He is a great friend to others and helpful to all. He is working hard on his reading. We are happy to have TYLER PELLETIER in our class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a kind, sweet girl. Her work is neat and always done on time. She is a very active participant in the classroom in all group activities. She always on the look out for ways to help others.She enjoys reading and writing. We are proud to have DANIELLE HOGLUND in our class.
Mrs. Gillis
This girl knows HOW to show her manners,
And she knows HOW to use good grammar,
Oh, HOW she'd like to be a Navy sailor,
We want her to know HOW much we like her.
Congratulations, DAKOTA HOWE!
Mrs. Dell'olio - This person is a caring friend, he tries to keep things peaceful. He likes to invite friends to his home. He is a willing helper, has a great smile, and is very funny. Congratulations to our friend SHANE EMERY!
Mrs. Hayes - Our terrific kid is a real special spook of a guy. His qualities spell s-p-o-o-k.
S is for a super student
P is for a polite young man
O is for an O.K. guy
O is for often a good reader and writer
K is for a kind and caring friend
Cody Andricks is a Halloween treat for his teachers and friends. Good job Cody! We are proud of you.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - MEGAN LEONARD-This girl is one of a pair. She works hard and brightens the room with her smile. Megan is a good friend and active listener. We are glad to have Megan in our class.
MACY LEONARD- The other half of a great pair, Macy is also a friendly ,helpful classmate. She works hard at all tasks and is a great listener at story time. We love having Macy in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our first Terrific Kid is a little girl whose name begins with the same letter as Terrific. We are proud of the fact that she is becoming more independent - why, she's even goes to FW Friends and the Milo Public Library with her friends now. She is always polite and helpful and has the sweetest little smile . We are happy to have Terrific TIFFANY YOUNG in our kindergarten family. Our second Terrific Kid is one of the most polite children in all of Milo Elementary School! This week he has been kind and helpful to one of our new kindergarten friends - he's just full of "random acts of kindness". He is a bundle of joy and energy - and makes a great "Jack" in the nursery rhyme, Jack Be Nimble. We are so happy to have ZACKARY LEWIS in our kindergarten family.
Mrs. Whitney - The Terrific Kid for this week is a pair, which is two. They are alike but different too. They work together in
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third grade being computer helpers, it's true. They are Kendra and Danielle Newman, Yahoo!!
     On the 23rd of October, the second grades at Milo Elementary enjoyed a wonderful presentation on owls from Chewonki. The class had a hands–on demonstration with wings, talons, feathers and skulls. They then saw slides and listened to owl calls. Then the real excitement... three live owls! The presenter showed the class a screech owl, a barred owl and a great horned owl.
     All of these owls have been injured and can not be released in the wild. The children learned that one way to prevent injury is not to throw food out of a car. It attracts the mice that owls eat.

Book Night at Milo Elementary
     All Kindergarten students and parents are invited to come to school Thursday at 6:00 PM for a half-hour book program. Each student will receive two new books. Speakers will be from the Evenstart Program here in MILO.

     On Friday, October 24 the student councils from Penquis Valley High and Middle School attended the Eastern Maine Student Council Conference at Brewer High School. They were greeted with breakfast snacks.
     David Haluska, President of EMSC, welcomed all the student councils who attended. Paul Rancourt, a policeman, was the keynote speaker and he gave a very animated speech on leadership.
     The students then attended several workshops. The Penquis Valley High School gave a workshop on a winter carnival game. Three middle school students, Sarah Philbrick, Chelsea Clark and Jessica Kahl, did a swapshop on our ideas at Spring Fest.
     Kelsey Ottmann, a 7th grader at PVMS, gave a campaign speech as she was running for the office of middle school student council representative. She was
elected to this position.
     Lunch was provided by the Brewer High School Student Council and then elections were held. After elections door prize names were drawn. Chris Bessey and William Weston, from PVHS student council won and Sarah Philbrick and Chelsea Clark from the PVMS student council won door prizes.
     High school student council members attending were Robert Bubar, Stephanie Johnston, Hillary Sproul, Heather Dolley, William Weston, Kylie Palmer, Ryan Andrews, Ben Faulkingham, Jordan Allen, Kate Hamlin, Chris Bessey, Casey Brown, Ian Carey and Tabby Olmstead. Middle school members attending were Sarah Philbrick, Chelsea Clark, Jessica Kahl, Haley Flanders, Caitlin Ballard, Shelisha Clark, Britnee Genthner, Crystal Hathorn, Kelsey Ottmann and Lyla Whittemore. Advisors Lynn Gerrish and Virginia Foss also attended.

MSAD #41 Walking Club
     The Walking Club enjoyed a Halloween stroll through the Milo Cemetery today. The weather was cooperative for a change, and we enjoyed the fresh air and color in the trees. Our 2.5 mile walk started at Milo Elementary and included all the roads in the back cemetery. It was a great day

for a walk! 14 people, several on their first walk with us, had a terrific time. What a healthy way to spend an afternoon!
     Remember, new members are always welcome, and you don't need to work in the district. A pair of good sneakers a little free time, and a desire to enjoy the outdoors are all that's needed. If you only do a part of the walk, that's ok too. Everyone walks at their own pace!
     Next week we will be walking the River Road, parking at Marie Haye’s house. Hunting season will be in full gear, so wear orange to be safe. Hope to see you all there next Tuesday, 3:30-ish!

55 Year Mason Milestone
     Walter and George Macdougall proudly presented Allan E. Horne with his 5 year Mason Star, which attaches to his 50 year Mason Medal. Because Allan wasn't able to attend the official meeting, Walter and George came to his home Saturday morning and preformed the ceremony. Allan was very pleased, and Walter and George were glad to accommodate Allan, as he has a very special place in their hearts. Special thanks to Walter and George for their caring actions.

Norma Horne celebrates 87th.
     Norma Horne was treated to wonderful boiled dinner, Sunday Oct. 26th in honor of her 87th birthday. Michael and Karen Clark (daughter) hosted the event and cooked most of the delicious meal. All of Norma and Allan's five children and their spouses were present, also one of

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their fifteen grandchildren. Tom and Carol Horne reside in Orneville, Larry and Linda Keef reside in Gorham, ME, Michael and Karen Clark reside in Milo, Howard (Hap) Horne resides in Windham, ME, and Don and Janet Richards reside in Milo. Grandson Toby Richards resides in Orono.
     Norma received many cards, and her children pooled their money and bought her a new bathrobe and a phone card. On her actual birthday she received a sweet bouquet of flowers from her husband. Norma's best present is just getting together with her family.

     On Monday, November 3rd, we will begin taking reservations for our November 22nd Fine Dining. Reservations are on a first come first served basis. We generally sell out within a few days, so please stop by early to reserve your seating. Please print off the menu and have one copy for each member joining you.
     We look forward to a wonderful evening!!
     If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at The Restaurant or by email.
Thank you

     Ghosts and goblins bearing gifts for our shelves visited the Ecumenical Food Cupboard on Thursday.
We wish to thank Debbie Knapp and Her Little People's Daycare for their generosity. The food will go to those in need. On Thursday the women's ecumenical breakfast will be held at The Restaurant. All women are invited to join us at 8:00 AM.

A Historical Review - Part 1
Myron Smart has Built Many Canoes
Observer, Jerry Stelmok - 11/5/1980
     MILO - Myron Smart of Milo, 80 years old, and a veteran of more than 60 years in the Maine woods, had just finished setting up his 400 pound 20 foot long canoe building form, single-handedly, and was preparing to build another cedar guide canoe for a local sportsman when we arrived for a visit. Myron has built a couple hundred such canoes in the shop behind his house since his "retirement" from the Department of Maine Fisheries and Wildlife.
     Myron as he is known to about everyone, builds three sizes of traditional wooden canoes: 20, 15, and 10 foot models, and covers most of them with fiberglass, although occasionally canvassing one as a special order. The white cedar planking and ribs he mills out himself from thick rough planks he gets from local mills who know he is always looking for quality canoe building materials. The clear spruce necessary for the gunwales is even more difficult to find, particularly for the 20 foot model, because few mills are set up to handle lumber over 16 feet in length, and fewer trees of the required size are being grown in forests managed primarily for pulpwood.
     Myron learned canoe building at the White Canoe Company in Old Town, where he would work winters between guiding and trapping seasons. Like White used to, Myron bevels the edges of the thin planking so the strakes will overlap, which prevents the seams from opening up inside when the canoe dries.
     The 20-foot form he uses is a solid strip planked shape, representing the interior of the finished canoe, built years ago by himself and the late Harry Edgerly of Atkinson. "It's about like a White," Myron comments, "only an inch bigger all the way around."

     Smart also installed a wider deck, giving the canoe a little more fullness or buoyancy in the quarters, a characteristic desirable to carrying heavy loads in fast water. Wrapped around the wooden form are a series of metal strips that extend from gunwale to gunwale across the bottom.
     For building purposes, the form is set on horses with the bottom of the canoe facing up. The spruce gunwales are set into place along the sheer line of the form, and pre-bent, beveled ash stem is secured at each end. The cedar ribs or frames are then boiled in a small propane boiler and bent around the form, one over each metal band, completing the skeleton of the canoe. Next Smart fits the planking to the hull, fastening them with brass tacks that cinch into the cedar ribs when the tips strike the steel strips. The hull is then taken off the form, decks and thwarts installed, and the hull covered with a layer of fiberglass cloth and several layers of polyester resin. Finally the seats and outside gunwales are installed and the interior varnished. The completed 20' guide canoe represents about 130 hours of Myron's labor.
(Continued next week)

Romanian News Article
     We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial about the USA. Read this excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper.
     The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title "C'ntarea Americii" (meaning "Ode To America") on September 24, 2002 in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentulzilei ("The Daily Event" or "News of the Day").
~An Ode to America~
     Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs. Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, and the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand.
     After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a government official or the president was passing.
     On every occasion, they started singing their traditional song: "God Bless America!" I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people.
     How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being?
     Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.
     What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way?
     Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic Power? Money?
     I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion... Only freedom can work such miracles.
     Thank you Veterans and Servicepeople for our freedom!!!

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Who Do We Celebrate Today?
     26.4 million – The number of military veterans in the U.S.; this is a ratio of about 1-in-8 or 13% of U.S. civilians 18 and over.
     1.6 million - The number of veterans who are women and account for nearly 16% of all veterans.
     9.7 million – The number of veterans who are age 65 and over.
     57.4 – The median age of the nation’s veterans.
     2.6 million – The number of black veterans. Additionally, 1.1 million are Hispanic, 284,000 are Asian and 196,000 are American Indian or Alaska native.
      Vietnam-era veterans account for the largest share of all veterans, about 3-in-10. The next largest share, about 2-in-10, served during World War 11.
Where Do They Live?
     7 – The number of states with 1 million or more veterans. These states include California (2.6 million), Florida (1.9 million), Texas (1.8 million), New York (1.4 million), Pennsylvania (1.3 million), Ohio (1.1 million) and Illinois (1 million).
     17 – The percentage of Alaska civilians 18 and over who are veterans, the highest rate in the country. Veterans account for about 16% of the adult population in Montana, Nevada, Wyoming and Maine.
     The highest concentration of Korean War and World War 11 veterans tend to be in retirement areas of Florida, Arizona or California, as well as other places with warm climates.
     5.6 – The poverty rate for veterans, much lower than the 10.9% of the adult population in general in poverty.
Disabilities Almost 3-in-10 veterans have disabilities.
     $18.5 billion – The aggregate amount of money received annually by the 2.4 million veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disabilities.

Milo Free Public Library News
     This paragraph could be titled “The Mystery in the Library” because that is certainly what we had last Monday. The first I knew of it was when Claire from the town office called to say Dean Henderson, our very conscientious janitor, had changed the library lock and how many new keys would we need. When Pam and I arrived at 2:00, Dean showed us why he had changed the lock. The lower glass on the storm door had been broken, one of the aluminum bars across the glass had been badly bent and pulled out of the wood frame, and whatever force had broken the glass and bent the bar had also snapped the door lock, tearing it from the frame and popping the door open. To add to the mystery a trickle of blood had run down the aluminum outer door, and there were drops of blood on the floor of the hall along with lots of broken glass and a clump of gray fur. What caused all this damage? Dean thought it must be a hawk after a smaller animal. We didn’t think a small mammal by itself could ever have hit the door with such force. Some patrons have suggested a deer, but the real mystery continues. Does anyone reading this column have other suggestions?
     The Kiwanis Kids Korner held their Halloween party on October 29 at the library. What a day of weather though! It was pouring rain and we wondered how they would get the “Kids” here. Problem solved. They bussed them down from school. There were 31 children present for the festivities. Hanging over the door was a shivering, moaning vampire decoration set off every time someone walked by. On the table were all kinds of spider rings left there by Don Harris for the “Kids” to take. The refreshments, compliments of Val, were moldy cupcakes with worms!!! Aargh! However, The children gobbled them up quickly, first eating their gummi worms from their blue streaked icing and finishing up with the cake. Dottie Brown had also brought a friend - the witch mentioned in last week’s column. Dottie and her green, spooky friend, who was very closely attached to Dottie’s arm went around giving out kisses - chocolate ones that is. The story The Hallo-Weiner was read by Val as the “Kids” ate. The children also frosted cookies with orange icing and sprinkles, and ,for their craft, made key chains with pumpkins, vampires and bats attached. When they came upstairs to the library for their books, they also got to take a candy package from the pumpkin in the children’s area. Thankfully the rain had eased off when it was time to leave. As I was watching by the door for parents, a young party-goer said to me, “I didn’t think the day of the Halloween party would ever get here.” Isn’t it wonderful to be so excited!
     We have had 3 more backordered books arrive. The 8th book in the ever popular Mitford series by Jan Karon is Shepherds Abiding. This is a full length Christmas book about Timothy and Cynthia. There is also a new William Martin-Harvard Yard. He wrote Cape Cod and Back Bay. The third title is The Babes in the Wood – an Chief Inspector Wexford novel by Ruth Rendell.
     From Carolyn “Vassie” Jones we also received a box of preowned books. We were very pleased to see many of the older James Patterson titles that we did not already have. We now have Along Came a Spider, The Thomas Berryman Number and The Midnight Club among other titles of this popular author. Thank you, Vassie.
     Today we also received a large box of Reader’s Digest condensed books from Eleanor and Eddie Cyr. They suggested we put them in the hall for anyone who wished to take them free of charge. They are nice books in good condition.

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

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
     How in the world would anyone know what to do about voting next week? First the television ad tells you that voting "yes" on Question #3 will virtually do away with unemployment in Maine. Then tucked right up close behind that ad is one that says we must vote "no" or all of our children will be hopelessly addicted to gambling. I believe that somewhere in between those two absurd statements lies the truth. If that Vote "No" ad wasn't so ridiculous, maybe I would take it seriously.
     For one thing, I doubt seriously that the unemployed people of Piscataquis County will find work in or around a casino in Sanford, Maine. They might find work there, but it's doubtful they will still be residents of Piscataquis County when they do.'s very doubtful that there will be any child allowed to gamble in the casino. I've been to casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Foxwoods and I've never seen a kid gambling. I've seen kids playing arcade games and being entertained by puppet shows or carnival rides in a children's center while their parents gambled upstairs on the casino floor....but the rules are very strictly adhered to in the big time casinos, and children under age aren't allowed to gamble.
     This casino is huge. It's a resort for heaven's sake, with a big hotel and a golf course and fancy restaurants and well known entertainers performing. There will be hazards....much like the hazards at any resort. We haven't shut the ski resorts down because people break their legs daily on their slopes. I have a problem with people trying to intimidate me into voting "no" by scaring me. Just tell us the facts, without throwing in all of the ridiculous what-ifs, and I can pretty much figure things out for myself. I may or may not vote "no" on the casino question.....but if I do vote "no" it will probably be because I would rather see the resort in Piscataquis County than in Sanford, Maine. Wouldn't that be a hoot!!
     And another thing.......everyone is so involved with whether they are going to vote "yes" or "no" on the casino issue that they are practically ignoring the other important questions that are going to be asked on their ballots on November 4th. How many of you have a clue about any other item on the ballot?
     One item that is near and dear to my heart is the issue of transportation. I am voting "yes" on that. Then there's the issue of water pollution and control facilities. How could we say "no" to that? I've absolutely always loved harness racing and remember fondly my times at the track when my father's horse raced to victory. I would vote "yes" to anything that will keep the racing tradition in Bangor alive. But the Number 1 question that has three choices is mind boggling. I guess I'm going to have to listen to Don Carrigan when he does his show to find out what that's all about. I only hope that he answers the questions instead of raising more questions.....which is the usual case with newsmen. I don't think they can help themselves. They have to end every news clip with a question mark on their tongues.
     You've got to wonder who sits around and writes these questions. Do you think they write them deliberately to confuse the voting public? If you absolutely can't figure the wording out, and if the advertising has totally confused you, I'm suggesting that you read what it's about, and then think of someone that you know who might be able to advise you on the specifics. This would be a little like "phone a friend" on the Millionaire Game. You'll go into the voting booth prepared and self-assured.....or not. I'd love to think that I could be decisive next Tuesday. I'm going to have to stop listening to the radio and watching television.
     Sometimes I think that the politicians keep things complicated so people will get discouraged and they'll throw their hands in the air and not vote at all. I think they don't want us to have it figured out, because if we could get it all figured out we'd be on to their game.
     Why do they want all of the aggravation? They must know something about politics that the rest of us don't, because they keep going back for more. Politics is a big fat headache, yet people spend millions to participate and put themselves and their families through that hell. Go figure.
     There aren't many things that I make from scratch in my microwave oven....even though I use my microwave every single day....sometimes many times. My sister-in-law, Marilyn Wyman, learned to make this quick dessert from scratch while taking a microwave cooking class that was taught by Ina Jane Gerow and Debbie Walker several years ago. Marilyn shared the recipe with me, and it has become a family favorite.

Microwave Brownie Pudding Cake
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup margarine

Cook in a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes.

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
nuts are optional (1/2 cup chopped walnuts)
     Sift the dry ingredients into a large microwave safe mixing bowl. Add the milk and vanilla and nuts if you so choose. Pour the pudding mixture over the cake ingredients and cook on High for 9 to 12 minutes. If your microwave doesn't have a turntable you should rotate the bowl after 5 minutes into the cooking time.
     This is a wonderful chocolate dessert. The pudding settles in the bottom and the cake rises to the top and when you scoop out the cake into the put your spoon way down in and get some of the wonderful pudding to top the cake with. YUMMY!

River Cruise Part 4
     Sun. June 10th- The ship arrived in Koblenz about 8:30 in the morning. Koblenz is situated at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Our ship backed into a dock on the Mosel where it would stay overnight.
     At 9 Georgia, Mary and I took a walking tour with Louise. We saw a new sculpture commemorating the 2000th anniversary of the city. It was done in layers depicting major events in the history of the city. We passed a building with a huge Madonna on its façade. It used to be an orphanage. Like many of the cities we visited in Germany, Koblenz was badly damaged by bombing in WWII. In fact only one building was left completely undamaged. The natives recreated the old architecture of the buildings when they reconstructed. Of course the modern city surrounding the old one has up to date architecture.
     Koblenz is a city of sculpture and art. We saw a water fountain that was the statue of Jean, a street boy. When the French occupied Koblenz, the children used to spit at them. The fountain spits water about 10 feet on unsuspecting passersby about every 30 seconds. Another set of statues was of a town crier and as well as an old woman selling vegetables, a dog and a policeman. The woman was complaining about the dog going to the bathroom on her vegetables and the policeman was writing the dog a ticket. The dog had a sheepish grin on his face. There was a restaurant on the main square with a cartoon of Max and Moritz on the front. Max and Moritz were the inspiration of the Katzenjammer Kids in our funny papers. The two boys were always getting into trouble. On the front of the restaurant they had a fishing pole and were lowering it down the chimney of a fireplace where they had hooked a goose a woman was cooking for dinner.
     Louise let me read the book about Max and Moritz. Their final prank was to cut holes in bags of grain a farmer was
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taking to be ground into flour. They got inside the bags and were ground up instead of the grain. The story is supposed to be one for children to show what trouble they could get in if they don't behave.
     Of course we saw many churches in the cities and towns we visited, but one here in Koblenz stuck in my mind. It was built in three different styles: Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque. Over the door of the church was a statue of Madonna standing on the world with a snake under her feet. Louise told us the snake was to represent Protestants because the church was built during the start of the Reformation and this was a Catholic Church.
     In response to the very plain churches of the Protestant Movement, the Catholic churches became very ornate during the Baroque era with lots of frescos, paintings and gold trim. This was an attempt to win back the Protestants.
     Just before returning to the ship we stopped at a museum with a distinctive clock. The face is that of a man. His eyes move back and forth as a pendulum. On the half-hour he sticks out his tongue. Louise told us it depicts a legendary robber, Johann Lutter who was executed in 1536. He told the town fathers that he would put a curse on the city if they didn’t commemorate him in some way. The clock was built in response.
     While we were on the walking tour two women fell because of the uneven streets. The streets were cobblestone and sloped to the center where there was a small drainage ditch.
     Since we had a short time before lunch, Georgia, Mary and I walked to the Deutsches Eck or German Corner. It is on the point separating the Rhine and the Mosel. There is a large statue of Emperor William I on his horse erected in 1897. William’s Chancellor, Bismarck united 32 German States in 1873 to produce the first Germany. William’s statue depicts his horse rearing on its hind legs with its tail up pointing toward France. Near the statue were three panels from the Berlin Wall.
     We returned to the ship for lunch. We had assorted salads, German lentil soup, and buffalo chicken wings with celery sticks to dip into bleu cheese dressing. We also had calamari rings with sauce remoulade and spaghetti with meat sauce. The assorted desserts included cakes, pies, puddings and small pastries.
Next week: more of Koblenz and Castles on the Rhine

     DOVER-FOXCROFT - Phyllis L. Kimball, 78, wife of the late Harry P. Kimball, died Oct. 24, 2003, at her residence. She was born June 25, 1925, in Sanford, the daughter of Alfred and Effie (Allen) Aubin. Phyllis had retired from Dexter Shoe Co. She was a 50-year member of Ruth Chapter No. 14, OES, in Springvale. She volunteered for Meals for Me and was a member of the Older American Center. Phyllis enjoyed fishing, bowling and sewing. She is survived by a son, Walter and his wife, Donna, of Atkinson; a daughter, Patricia and her husband, Merle Lamoreau Jr., of Easton; five grandchildren, Steven and his wife, Julie Kimball, Scott Kimball, Craig and his wife, Amanda Lamoreau, Marcy Lamoreau and Ryan Lamoreau; three great-grandchildren, Colby Kimball, Jessica Kimball, Ethan Carmichael; and a baby girl, Lamoreau (on the way); an uncle, Clifford, of Holland, Fla. She will be remembered by special friends Hazel, Myra, and Lucille.. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Church of Living Word Assembly of God Food Cupboard, 176 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home

     Fern Rosemond Cunningham, 87, wife of the late John W. "Jack" Cunningham, to whom she was married 33 years, died Oct. 26, 2003, at Dover-Foxcroft. She was born May 28, 1916, in Brownville Junction, the daughter of William J. and Eva J. (Washburn) Mulherin.
     Fern loved music and played for special occasions. She also gave music lessons for 50 years in Brownville Junction.
     She was predeceased by a nephew, Dennis Harshaw; a sister. Marvel Harshaw; two brothers, Dennis and Omah Mulherin. She is
survived by a brother, William "Bill" Mulherin of the Maine Veterans Home, Bangor; several nieces and nephews.

     PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Helen Rebecca (Winship) Longden, 83, of Palm Harbor, Fla., formerly of Framingham, Mass. died Oct. 28, 2003, in the Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Fla. She was the wife of 45 years of David Jackson Longden Sr. and the daughter of the late Jonathan Harley and Lillian May (Thomas) Winship. She was born in Brownville and lived in Framingham, Mass. for many years before moving to Palm Harbor in 1983. She graduated from Brownville High School. Mrs. Longden was a laboratory technician for the Polaroid Corporation in Waltham for 20 years before retiring. She was a member of the Brownville Community Church, Brownville, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society in Plymouth, Mass. a life member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists in Framingham and a member of the Shipyard Society, Builders of Liberty Ships in World War II, South Portland. Survivors include her widower; four sons, Jon M. Bowdoin of New Port Richey, Fla., Leon A. Bowdoin Jr. of Somerset, Mass., David J. Longden of Framingham, Mass. and Thomas W. Longden of Spring Hill, Fla.; two daughters, Linda M. Cogliano of Wareham, Mass. and Ruth E. Balboni of Somerset, Mass.; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

     ATKINSON - Lorraine P. Kealiher, 69, died Oct. 27, 2003, at her residence. She was born July 18, 1934, in Milo, the daughter of Lawrence L. and Pauline E. (Waugh) Kealiher. Lorraine had worked as a home economist in the food development industry. She was a member of the East Sangerville Grange, the Milo Historical Society, and was a volunteer and past president of the Arcady Music Society. She is survived by a brother, Ken Kealiher of Old Town; a sister, Laurel Bond of Newmarket, Md.; several nieces and nephews. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Arcady Music Society, P.O. Box 780, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or to the Milo Historical Society, care of Alan Monroe, 23 Park St., Milo, ME 04463.

NOVEMBER 3-7, 2003
Monday-Chicken burger, rice pilaf, peas, pears, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Italian sand. fries, salad, and Jell-O/topping.
Wednesday-Juice, pancakes, hash brown, ham slice, and apple.
Thursday-B.L.T. sand. cheese stick, potato smiles, and mixed fruit.
Friday-Juice, pizza, broccoli casserole, and birthday cake.

Monday-Pop corn chicken, mashed potato, Cole slaw, dinner roll, and pineapple.
Wednesday-Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, celery stick, and apple crisp.
Thursday-Shepherd’s pie, 3-bean, salad, maple roll, and peaches
Friday-Bread sticks, sauce/cheese, lettuce/cukes, and fruit.

Monday-Chicken nuggets, mashed potato, California blend veggies, dinner roll, and applesauce.
Tuesday-Spaghetti/meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, and mixed fruit.
Wednesday-Hot ham/cheese sand. fries, corn, and orange _’s.
Thursday-Roast turkey and gravy, mashed potato, buttered baby green peas, special stuffing, dinner roll/butter, cranberry jelly, and molasses cookie.
Friday-Hot dog/bun, potato puffs, assorted veggies, and assorted desserts.

Monday-Cheese burger, oven fries, salad, and fruit.
Tuesday-turkey wrap, scallop potato, cucumbers, and pears.
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Thanksgiving Vacation
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From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
4th-Cloudy windy am sunny windy pm-42° at 6:20 am and 48° at 9 pm.
5th-Sunny windy-48° at 6:30 am and 37° at 10 pm.
6th-Sunny am windy-26° at 6:15 am and 26° at 9:15 pm.
7th-Sunny breezy-26° at 6:20 am and 64° at noon.
8th-Rain thundershowers in evening-44° at 5:30 am.
9th-Sunny nice day-35° at 8:50 pm.
10th-Cloudy-30° at 6:30 am and 46° at 9 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 welcomed twenty-two members and guests Peter Conley, Dillon Conley, Merna Dunham, Joanne DeWitt, Jerry Salley, and Brian Salley.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham requested compassion for the people suffering from the firestorms in California.
     Happy birthday to Jeff Gahagan on November 3!
     Fifteen happy and sad dollars were donated this evening for arriving early and finding out the meeting was twelve hours later, heading for Florida, a no mess pup, Yankee fans in mourning, not owning a white vehicle, Grady Little taking Don Zimmer’s job, and for a GREAT Coffeehouse!
     Joe told us that the Gazebo Fund is up to about $4500.
     Ethelyn reported a Coffeehouse profit of $956 that will go toward the gazebo project. She proudly said that Kiwanis member participation for the Coffeehouse was 60%!
     Roy Bither had again offered his Maine Black Bear hockey tickets to be auctioned. Since there weren’t any enthusiastic bidders, Roy bought them back for $20 and donated the money to the gazebo fund. We thank you again, Roy, for your generosity.
     Joe spoke about a homicide case he had been involved with a few years ago. With the aid of an interesting slideshow, Joe took us through the process of building a case. Many of us watch CSI and various other crime shows but Joe’s presentation brought it close to home.

     We were surprised at the amount of evidence that can be gathered at a crime scene, on the victim, and on and around the perpetrator. Joe gave us an update on the use of DNA testing and the methods used by the state investigators in gathering evidence. This case concerned a young girl who had been strangled with a rope and left in the woods not far from a seldom-used road. The way the rope was tied was a strong clue as was the sneaker mark left on the victim. The slash mark found on a tree became an important piece of evidence and the damage on the underside of the car used by the killer gave the investigating team the path taken by the vehicle in the vicinity of the crime. The girl had been missing for a few weeks before being found and the opposition tried to argue that she had just died. Their reasoning was that there was little damage done by nature and other factors. Joe said the team set up thermometers at ground level and a few feet higher to prove that the cooler temperatures at the lower level had preserved the body.
     The investigating team that totaled thirty very well educated people started asking questions of the victim’s family, friends, and acquaintances. They talked to store owners where the victim had reportedly been seen. Friends were asked for details about the last time they had seen the victim. They followed up on every lead that had been phoned in. The team had tests conducted on the slash mark on the tree at the University of Maine. Joe talked to sneaker manufacturers in China and traced the footwear to a Marden’s store. Evidence started falling in place and one particular man was eventually questioned. Joe said this man made statements that contradicted others he had made. He never confessed to the crime but was found guilty and sentenced to many years in prison.
     Joe expertly answered the many questions posed by those at the meeting. He said that he hadn’t gone to college for law enforcement but joined the Navy after graduating and became a pilot. He decided to make law his career after being discharged from the military.
     After hearing about the ultra-modern methods of obtaining evidence and the keen minds of the state investigators, we ascertained that not one perpetrator is safe from the long arms of the law!
     Yours is not a job that everyone could handle on a day-to-day basis. You deal with the dark side of human nature and yet are able to maintain an even keel and a sense of humor. Thank you Joe.
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