||Three Rivers News, 2003-11-11
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2003
VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
Pictured here are Jef Hamlin, organizer, and J.T. Kearns, a fifth grade student, and volunteer Emily Viekman.
Child ID Program Held at Brownville Elementary
Volunteers from several Masonic Lodges were on hand at Brownville Elementary School on Thursday, November 6, 2003 to help with the Child ID Program. The Masons offered to fingerprint and videotape all students at the school as part of a nationwide program set up to prevent abductions of children. Many children at the school participated as did several volunteers. Those donating time on this day included Bob Sawyer, a Mason from Ashland, and local Masons and volunteers Keith DeWitt, Reuben Lancaster, Edwin DeWitt, Ed Blodgett, Malcolm Blue, Harold Bragg, Michael Larson, Frank Applebee, Emily Viekman, Gerald MacLean, Jon Hamlin, Murdock MacDonald, Barry Knowles, Jr., Stacey Slagle and program organizer Jef Hamlin.
For questions regarding this information, please call Shirley Wright, Brownville Elementary Principal, 965-8184.
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.
7th ANNUAL HARVEST SUPPER
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
TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE
Call Marilyn Lyford 943-2342 or 943-2196
MILO BOY SCOUT TROOP #115 TO BECOME ACTIVE.
Newly appointed Scout Master Glen Ricker will meet interested Scouts at the Derby Community Hall at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12th. Assistant Scout Masters are Gary Cook and Kevin Perry. The Milo Recreation Department will be sponsoring the organization. If you have any questions or wish to sign up please call 943-7326.
ADVENT SERVICES TO BE HELD
An Advent Day of Recollection hosted by the Stewardship Committee of St. Francis Xavier/St. Paul and St. Thomas Aquinas/Holy Family will be held December 6, 2003 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas in Dover-Foxcroft. Three talks will be presented: And She Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Be It Done Unto to Me According to Thy Word, and The Word was Made Flesh and Dwelt Among Us. Come join the praise and worship music and contemplate the true meaning of Christmas. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM during which the Sacrament of Penance will available. Brown Bag lunch. Desserts and drinks are provided. All are welcome.
Class of 1948 to Meet
The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 12th at Freda & Everett Cook's Bread & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. All classmates are urged to ATTEND.
Milo Rec. Director, Murrel Harris would like to announce the Holiday Session of Yoga.
The 8-week session began Wed. Oct. 29 at the Milo Elementary School, from 6:00-7:00. The next weeks classes will be held at the Milo Town Hall.
The next 2 months can be very stressful for most of us, and a little relaxation and unwinding can help the season go smoothly. Please join instructor, Cindy Herbest, as she stretches, strengthens and calms the body and mind. No previous experience is necessary, just comfortable clothing and a willingness to cut the pace back for an hour each week and let YOGA do it's magic on you!!
For more information, please call Cindy at 943-2630
STATEMENT OF POLICY
Three River News is published weekly by Three Rivers Kiwanis. It is available Tuesdays at the Milo Farmers Union, BJs Market, Graves Service Station, Robinsons Fuel Mart, Reubens Farmers Market, Angies, Milo Exxon, Rite Aid, JD's Emporium, and Milo True Value. The paper can also be viewed online at news.trcmaine.org. Donations can be mailed to Valerie Robertson, PO Box 81, Milo, Maine 04463
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We will mail your issue each Tuesday morning so you can have a nice fresh paper delivered every week! This makes an especially nice gift for an elderly person or for someone who lives away, but still likes to keep in touch with area happenings
MEALS FOR ME MENU
ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!
|TUES., NOV. 11
||ALL SITES CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY
|WED., NOV. 12
||VEGGIE QUICHE, DICED BEETS, SLICED TOMATOES, APPLE CRISP
|THUR., NOV. 13
||HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS, HOT DOG, COLE SLAW, BROWN BREAD, FROSTED CAKE
|FRI., NOV. 14
||SWEET AND SOUR PORK, RICE, STIR FRIED VEGGIES, LEMON GELATIN
|MON. NOV. 17
||PORK PATTY, GRAVY, BAKED POTATO, CARROTS, FUDGE PUDDING CAKE
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488.
THE MILO AMERICAN LEGION POST 41 HAS BINGO
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
A MEAL IS SERVED FROM 5:00PM UNTIL 6:30PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:30 AND ENDS AT 9:30
SEE YOU THERE!
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
The Brownville Jct American Legion Auxiliary will host a Christmas Craft Fair at the Legion Hall, Saturday, Dec 6, 2003 from 9:00 - 1:00.
Santa will arrive to have pictures taken with the children from 11:00-1:00.
Lunch will be served from 11:00 to 1:00.
SANCTUARY DREAM IS BECOMING A REALITY
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
The dream of an animal housing facility is becoming a reality for a group of folks in the Milo area. The Penquis Animal Welfare Sanctuary (P.A.W.S.) has found a tentative location to use as a holding facility/adoption center for stray and abandoned pets, so now we will be asking for help from communities and from individual animal lovers.
The house, located at 39 Clinton Street in Milo, has become available to be used as a temporary facility for shelter needs, and as a means for the P.A.W.S. group to begin aggressive fund-raising and grant requesting. Any and all donations are now urgently needed to begin renovations and to furnish the building with the necessary items to care for the animals to be housed there. Many grant monies are determined by the amount of donations received from individuals and businesses in the communities served by the facility.
Some businesses and individuals have already donated generous amounts of money to the P.A.W.S. project, and we thank you. The collection cans at the Milo Farmers Union are easy ways for area residents to donate. The cans are emptied weekly and are yielding a fairly consistent amount, so we thank all of the folks who put donations in when they do their grocery shopping. Many students have brought in items to be put in collection boxes at our area schools and we thank them!!
Now is the time to be thinking about what you can do to aid our stray, neglected, or abused cats and dogs. One way is to mail a monetary donation to :
P.O. Box 81
Milo, ME. 04463
Also needed are the following items:
Blankets, towels, bleach, cleaning supplies, leashes, collars, stainless steel bowls, pet beds, kennels, play-toys, carpet remnants, cans of good quality cat or dog food, bags of quality dry cat or dog food, (most strays are undernourished and need nutritious food), kitty-litter, plastic pans to be used as litter boxes, newspapers, paper towels, safe flea treatments (such as Frontline or Advantage), cans of kitten and puppy formula, chew-toys for puppies, cat or dog carriers, and electric heating pads. If you have any of these items to donate, call Val 943-2324, or Julie at 943-5083 and we will arrange to pick them up.
Also needed are responsible folks to provide foster homes for kittens, puppies, cats or dogs. Many of the kittens and cats we receive have had little or no human contact, so they need to become used to a home environment. A temporary fostering program is the only way to get these animals adoptable. If you would be willing to take a cat, dog, kitten, or puppy into your home for a short-term, please call us NOW at 943-2324 or 943-5083.
The main goal of P.A.W.S. will to be to educate the community on the importance of a working spay/neutering program. We truly believe we can make an impact on the stray and abandoned pet situation with an aggressive sterilization program and we mean to provide such a program.
In closing, I want to stress the importance of your involvement in this project. We envision a wonderful facility to house our strays and an educational outlet to provide area pet owners with the help they need to spay or neuter. To accomplish these goals we need YOUR help.
And speaking of foster care, Julie and I would like to give a special thanks to Ronnie Towne. For some time he has had a special room in his home devoted entirely to the fostering of cats and kittens. He always has a smile and words of encouragement for us gals who stop by at all hours of the day or night to drop off abandoned or stray cats. Thank you Ronnie from Julie, Valerie, Katie and Cookie. We love you!
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Bill Davis (b) Don Gilson (c) Tom Lockhart (d) Lewis Boobar was the tallest Railroader.
2. Webber Jones was a(n) (a) Democrat (b) Republican (c) Independent (d) Green.
3. The B and A freight shed was moved in (a) 1945 (b) 1950 (c) 1959 (d) 1963.
4, The Robichauds came here from (a) Mattawamkeag (b) Greenville (c) Danforth (d) St. John.
5. Bilodeau's Restaurant was part of (a) the YMCA (b) the Prairie Pavilion (c) Briggs Block (d) Dillon's Hall.
6. The Brownville Dam was built in (a) 1796 (b) 1800 (c) 1806 (d) 1812.
7. Francis Brown was Moses Brown's (a) son (b) brother (c) nephew (d) brother-in-law,
8. Jake Larson was a(n) (a) Swede (b) Welshman (c) Frenchman (d) Irishman,
9. In 1819 Brownville became a(n) (a) town (b) city (c) unorganized territory (d) plantation.
10. Milan Ross raised (a) minks (b) horses (c) foxes (d) chinchillas.
1-b 2-a 3-c 4-a 5-d 6-c 7-c 8-a 9-d 10-d
AREA SCHOOL NEWS
PENQUIS VALLEY SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
Fifth graders in Brownville have been working in groups creating American Revolution Timelines.
Here, Jerell Arfein, Colby Brown and Shelby Hall are displaying their work.
The Brownville Kindergarten class is proudly showing off their new slippers made for them by Mrs. Gloria Cowing of Brownville Jct. Keeping feet dry and toasty warm after outdoor recess is sometimes a challenge for the children on winter days. Mrs. Cowing put her talents and yarn scraps to good use by creating these wonderful slippers for the children.
Each little voice was saying "Thank You" when this picture was taken. Thanks also go to Ginger Weston for donating some of her left over yarn to Gloria for the project.
The Brownville Elementary School Kindergarten Class, taught by Mary Jane Zamboni and her aide Lisa Perkins, as well as other classrooms of children in the building, are very grateful to people like Mrs. Cowing and also the people of the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Senior Citizens, and the Rec Department for all of the wonderful things that have been done for them over the years.
It just proves the theory that it takes the whole village to raise the child. Brownville, Maine is a shining example of community cooperation in all things important.
Third graders have been studying flight, space and the solar system. We have been doing experiments and learning new facts about each planet.
Joline Tardiff, a pilot for the Maineiacs, came in to speak to the students about her career in aviation. She explained how the planes are flown, get refueled, and how they land. She brought in a parachute and the helmet she wears when she flies. Miss Tardiff brought each student a sticker, new pencil, and book jacket. A copy of the book Flight and Aviation was presented to each class. The students were attentive listeners. Miss Tardiff commented on their excellent behavior.
MILO ELEMENTARY PTO NEWS
On October 24, the Milo PTO held their annual Fall Fair. Children were treated to a host of games including Sponge Bob, Basketball and several others. There were also such new additions as a Glow in the Dark room, Bouncy House and Haunted House as well. Parents were treated to the annual auction which seemed to be very lively. Families donate such wonderful things for us to auction off. Our PTO cafe offered such treats as hot dogs, chicken nuggets, French-Fries, Nachos, Doughboys and sweet treats and beverages.
This year the fair featured a pumpkin carving contest. There were eighteen entrants. Many of the pumpkins were very intricately done and some were absolutely frightening! Winners were: In the K-2 age group, First prize went to Tristan Beckett, Second to Macy Carey, Third to Ben Morrill and Fourth to Cody Dunham. In the Grade 3-5 age group, First prize went to Brooke Morrill, Second to Kendra Hall, Third to Jade Zelkan and Fourth to Alex Zelkan. A great job was done by all of the entrants and we hope to see many more next year. The lighted pumpkins lining the walkway provided a festive entrance way to the fair.
Funds raised always go back to the school for arts performances or concerts, dies for the die cut machine and other things for the children. Thanks to all the families, friends and staff who help out with this event and special thanks to David Walker, Joe & Christine Beres, and Jeff Gahagan for working the auction, our kitchen help Dickie & Terrie Zelkan, Sherrie Lundin, Marie Hayes, and Kelly Sinclair. Thanks to Linda Howard for taking care of tickets and helping with the games, Mrs. Gnodde for the face painting, and Jackie Cramer for braving the cold weather at the bouncy house. The haunted house would not have been possible without a lot of time and effort from Mike and Nancy Barden, Butch and Melanie Knowles, and Joi Stevens. Thanks to Kathy Wallace and Tracy Morse for doing the auction table totals. Thanks to our families for helping us out this week also and the night of the frolic, Brent Morrill, Chuck and Kole Stevens, and Ashley Williams. And, finally, thank you to Don and Trish Hayes and the Key Club members who worked at the Fall Frolic with us. We appreciate all of you and the kids had a great time!
Milo Elementary School honored the area veterans and their family members at their Friday assembly on November 7, 2003. This is the 4th year the school has invited all veterans and service personnel as guests at their assembly. Forty veterans and numerous family members attended the assembly. Each class had prepared something to perform in honor of Veterans' Day.
The gym was nicely decorated with an honor roll of veterans. Students and families were asked to send in names of family members and their branch of the service. The assembly opened with the flag salute and the national anthem. Mr. Eastman played an introduction on the trumpet and the entire group sang . The kindergarten and first grade children were dressed in red, white and blue tricorn hats and they sang Red, White and Blue and Grand Old Flag.
The fifth grade students wrote and performed an anarchistic poem. Their poem had several wonderful descriptors of veterans.
Students in the third, fourth and fifth grades wrote essays about What Veterans Day means to Me. Four of these essays were read at the assembly. Kineo Wallace, Ashley Schaffer, Camille Cramer and Sadie Zambrano read their essays. All four were very moving. Grade Four did a musical number that included a ribbon performance. They sang Stars and Stripes medley and Let's Not Take Freedom for Granted.
The second grade sang a World War Two song, "Gee, Mom I Want to Go Home." Several of the veterans were seen laughing as coffee and pay in the Army were described in the song. The Third Grade recited a poem: "Veteran's Day" by Kate Englehardt Clark.
Senator Paul Davis , himself a veteran, brought greetings to the community. The Notables, a.k.a staff members at Milo Elementary sang and then led the group in "God Bless the USA." The staff and students had selected a tree to be planted on the school grounds in honor of our area veterans. Mr. Jack Eastman made the presentation of an evergreen tree "to grow and stand as a reminder of the selfless sacrifice of the military personnel of our area."
Ricky Bradeen, one of the fifth grade students, introduced a special guest that he had invited to the assembly. Mr. Bill Knight, chief of the troop greeters at Bangor International Airport. Ricky spoke of Mr. Knight's service record and the fact that he had received a Jefferson Award from Channel Two. Ricky had made his acquaintance during the troop greetings that Ricky and his family attend on a regular basis. Ricky also had made arrangements through the Secretary of State to have copies of the book Maine Remembers for each of the veterans present at the assembly.
This book is a collection of very touching memories of Maine service men and women.
Marion C. Cook School News
The 4th and 5th grade students began our November 7th assembly with a tribute to Veterans. 4th grader, Ethan Smith dedicated the program to his father, Sgt. David Smith who is currently serving in Afghanistan. Sgt. Smith's son Ronald helped to explain the history of Veterans Day.
Sgt. Smith's wife was present at the assembly. "The Pledge of Allegiance" was recited and the children sang, "The Star Spangled Banner. "God Bless the USA" was sung at the conclusion of the program.
Principal, Mrs. Bradbury and Kiwanian, Mrs. Robertson honored ZACHARY LAWRENCE-WHITMAN, LAURA GRAY and LILLIS NOKE as Terrific Kids.
Ms.Ivy complimented Zachary for completing all his work, reading during silent reading time and using his inside voice. Mrs. Carter said that Laura always goes above and beyond what she needs to do. Laura is always a Terrific Kid. Lillis greets Miss K. with a big smile every morning. She does all of her work and is a super role model. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
Bus awards were given to Morgan Drake, Tyler Tibbetts and Cassidy Parker. Kathy thanks you for riding safely.
Lindsay Turner shared a story about Lucky, the bear. Ms. Ivy was very proud of Lindsay's effort. The winners of the Book Fair poster drawing were Shalene Cody, Trevor Lyford and Ronald Smith. There are many great selections available at our book fair which will be open until November 15th.
Last week, Joe Baker of the LaGrange Fire Department announced the winners of their annual poster contest.Kindergarten: Cassidy Parker, Sha-Lynn Trafton and Ashley Godwin Grade 1-Shalene Cody, Josh Gray and Rachael Baker Grade 2-Trevor Lyford, Michelle Baker and Tyler Tibbetts Grade 3-Billy Parker, Laura Gray and Taylor Severance Grade 4-Lauren Crocker, Justin Moulton and Morgan Drake Grade 5-Bryan Russell, Justin Ottmann and Jacob Turner. Thanks to the LaGrange Fire Department for being a part of our family.
Cold and Flu Season
Sadly enough the cold and flu season is already upon us and we haven't even gotten to winter yet. Just a few suggestions that may help keep the spread of germs at a minimum:
- A child with a fever (100 or above) should not come to school. A fever is a symptom of illness and sending a child to school, even if fever is temporarily relieved by Tylenol, puts staff and students at risk.
- A child who has vomited within the past 24hrs should remain at home. Give your child at least 24 hours after vomiting episode to make sure that he/she is recovered sufficiently to return to school. All too often a child reports that he/she vomited in the morning prior to coming to school. Again, this puts staff and students at risk and usually the child does not feel well enough to participate in an effective way in the classroom.
- A child with red, itchy, eyes, especially if there is any crust on the eyelids upon waking in the morning, or if eyelids are stuck together, should not be sent to school. Have your child checked by his/her doctor to rule out any infectious disease (like "pink eye") Eye infections spread very quickly in a classroom! You may choose to wait and see if the irritation continues, but at least other children have not been put at risk.
- A child with complaint of severe sore throat, especially if accompanied by fever, should not be sent to school to be checked by the school nurse. Often I am not at your child's school until later in the day and in the meantime many people are exposed to the infection.
- A child with persistent cough or nasal discharge should stay at home until recovered.
- Unexplained rashes that appear should be checked by your child's doctor before the child comes to school. Again, this is to avoid the spread if the rash is contagious.
- There are always those times when you are just not sure and I am always willing to talk with you and help you decide the appropriate action. Each morning I am at Marion C. Cook School in Lagrange from about 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. The number there is 943-2196 and if I am not available the staff will let you know where you can contact me.
I have spent much time this fall visiting classrooms and teaching children the importance of good hand washing as the number one best way to prevent the spread of infection. We have done a great Glo-Germ experiment and children have pledged to wash their hands often throughout the day! This too will go a long way to help us stop the spread of disease in our schools.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us keep your child healthy at school. Please contact me at any time if I can assist you in any way.
Sue Chaffee RN
MSAD #41 School Nurse
MILO REC. NEWS
Womans Volleyball Standings:
Milo Recreation is taking signups for Drivers Ed. Must be 15 in order to sign up. Please call 943-7326.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
As I look around our small town I wonder what it is that makes people want to live in this place. Then a small group of women comes to mind. They call themselves the Brownville Jct Service Club. This small group of women dedicate each Monday to making quilts and other items to sell at their annual Craft Fair. The money they raise is used to send cards, stamps and money to the men and women who are serving our countries needs. These needs are not only in the good old USA but in many countries around the world.
I think back to my twenty years in the Marine Corp and how much it meant to me to receive, twice a year, stamps or money from this fine group of women. No matter where I was in the world their gifts and caring words never failed to reach me. I want them to know how much it brightened a day that might have otherwise not been so pleasant.
I have a story that I have told a thousand times but I would like to tell it again. I was overseas when I received a birthday card and the yearly book of stamps from the Service Club. A Marine from New York asked, "What is this service club that you speak of?" What could I say to convey to him what this club was? I told him that it is a group of elderly women who get together to raise money so that every service member from our small community will receive something on their birthday and Christmas every year. Sometimes this is the only mail they will receive. For those of us that have been recipients of their kindness, they are so much more than that.
If you are out and about in our small town of a Monday morning, stop by the American Legion Post and have a cup of coffee with these wonderful ladies. They run around like little elves getting ready for Christmas but they always have time for conversation.
If you are a veteran in our community and you donate to veterans organizations to help those veterans that have served or to aid those who are now serving, give a thought to this group of ladies. Our military men and women would benefit if some of those donations went to The Brownville Jct Service Club. They serve our own young men and women.
I want to thank them for the twenty years of cards and stamps that they sent to me and for continually caring for our service men and women. SEMPER FI
MSGT PHILLIP FLAGG,
MILO WOMAN STATIONED IN KUWAIT
Pfc. Kristin S. Lee from Milo, Maine is a member of the 1136th Motor Transportation Co. based in Bangor. She graduated Basic Training on Sept. 11th 2003.
Kristin was awarded the Army's Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding achievement on the Army Physical Fitness Test, scoring a total of 334. This is awarded to the top scorer from the Company at graduation.
It is an accomplishment of high personal standards, individual fitness and combat readiness.
Pfc. Lee received a letter of commendation from the First Sergeant for her outstanding leadership abilities demonstrated as Squad Leader.
Pfc. Lee shared top honors on her P.T test during A.I.T. (Advanced Individual Training) Having a tie score of 300. The level of difficulty is increased during AIT to meet the Army's top standards for all soldiers.
Department of the Army Ltc. Eric F. Hazas, Commander of the 58th Transportation Bn., awarded Kristin the Army Achievement Medal during her A.I.T. Graduation. This is awarded for outstanding achievement to the soldier selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate
Private First Class Lees accomplishment reflects great credit upon her, the Transportation Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood and the United States Army Pfc. Kristin Lee now works with the rear detachment for the 1136th in Bangor. The 1136th was deployed to Kuwait this past April. Kristins brother, Spc. Brian C. Lee is a member stationed at Camp Arifjan Kuwait.
TO THE EDITOR:
Thank you so much for getting the articles about the kids in your newsletter. I really appreciate it.
I know that for Brian, it is very very important for his morale to know that he is not forgotten. Yesterday was tough for him. They have had a lot of rumors about coming home around Dec., but it was confirmed (as best as the military confirms anything) that they are going to be attached to a new battalion and they will be "in country" until April 16th. This is the first time that we have really had a date put to things.
Well to keep my morale up, I started planning a homecoming open house for him. and I would like to collect Christmas Greetings for Brian so that I can send them to him with our Christmas care package. We have to send things to him by the beginning of Dec. in hopes of him having things by Christmas.
I wondered if giving my email address in the newsletter and asking anyone who wants to send a greeting - to send it to me and I will send all the greetings to him.
Thanks Again, Kathie Lee email@example.com
And from Jumping Judy Morrison:
Val, The Jumping for Miracles Campaign, is locally known as The Jumping Judy Campaign. I'm being sponsored by the Milo Rite Aid and with community support hope to individually raise $2000.00 for the Children's Miracle Network by April of 2004. If successful, and I WILL BE, I will jump (hopefully with a parachute) in Pittsfield on May 1 of 2004! This is supported by the Maine Skydivers Association. We have raised $400.00 already with just loose change (alot of people seems to want me to JUMP, A good thing????) We have some Fundraisers planned. First of all on Halloween I wore these ridiculous antlers and Bud Daggett's Cap (for good luck throughout) and people could TUCK A BUCK which raised $91.00
We are having a Thanksgiving Pie Sale. People can come into the store and preorder/ prepay pumpkin, apple, chocolate cream or banana cream pies for Thanksgiving. The deadline for ordering is Nov 23rd. You can pick the pies up either Tues or Wed before Thankgiving. Price is $5.00 per 8' pie. Thanks to Val Ricker for this idea.
We are having a bake sale on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at the store. We are accepting any donations for this. A silent auction will take place before Christmas with articles being donated by local businesses. Again any and all donations will be accepted, goods or services!!
In February, the First Saturday of the month, there will be a CUT-A-THON (hair cuts for $5.00 by local beauticians , at the Milo Town Hall. A few other fund raisers are in the works as well .
Also on the Day of the JUMP we hope folks will go to the Airfield in Pittsfield to watch the mayhem! Time TBA We are calling it a tailgate and hope people will come out and bring a picnic, etc and enjoy the day. Any questions contact me at 943-2348 or at the store.
BY CAROLYN SINCLAIR
The United Methodist Women will meet on Thursday Nov. 13th, at 7:00 PM at the church. Don't forget your World Thank Offering. We want to thank all who ordered wreaths. They will be available after Nov. 23rd.
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
This column will be on the newsstands on Monday, November 10th. On Tuesday, November 11th we will celebrate Veteran's Day.....not only in Milo, but all over the country.
In Milo the Three Rivers Kiwanis will celebrate by providing their third annual dinner for the veterans of Milo and the surrounding area. It will be a wonderful meal this year....much like it's been the past two years. How many men and women will be there with unique stories? I'll bet all of them. Each man and woman who has served in the armed forces has a story to tell....all different.
Some have tales to tell of Europe. Others tell of the Pacific. Many served in Korea and many more in Vietnam. Others served in Desert Storm and Bosnia...some
in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Many served right here in the United States. Wherever they served.....it was selfless and with pride. Pride seems to be the glue that binds it all together.
Proud is how I feel of my father, my husband, and my son. They are all veterans who have served in both peace time and war. They have stories to tell, as well. Dad can remember a good part of his experiences in Africa and Italy. My husband served in the United States during the Vietnam conflict.....never experiencing the vile aspects of that war, but living each day knowing that he could be deployed. Thankfully serving his country in the United States instead of on the fields of war. My son served in peace time in North Carolina. His time in the service devoted to preparing personnel for the new computer war that was recently waged in Iraq. Each job had a purpose in the grand scheme. Each story a little spot in history.
We salute the veterans of the three rivers area. We thank you for your love of our community, our state and our country. God bless you and God bless the United States of America.....home of the brave and land of the free. It's a land of beauty and wealth. It's a land that can only be outdone by itself. Isn't that wonderful......that just when we think it can't get any better, it does.
Milo has some great places yet to go and some great things left to do. I'm confident that we are only in the infancy of our growth and prosperity. But for now.....let's just be satisfied that we've got some wonderful veterans to honor on Tuesday. Don't forget to thank each of them personally and properly.
The holidays are creeping up on us folks. In my quest to help you have fun with some neat recipes for the upcoming....here are two appetizers that can't help but appeal not to mention how easy they are to prepare.
4 (6 inch) flour tortillas
Nonstick cooking spray
4 oz. ground turkey
2/3 cup salsa (mild or medium)
2 tablespoons sliced green onion
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges and lightly spray one side of each wedge with the cooking spray. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 5 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Cook the ground turkey in a small nonstick skillet until browned. Drain the fat and stir in the salsa. Cook until the salsa is heated through. Sprinkle the meat mixture over the tortilla wedges and then sprinkle with the green onion and top with cheese. Return to the oven for 1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Or how about this easy treat:
24 Triscuit crackers
4 ounces of Brie, cut into 24 small wedges
1/4 cup apricot preserves
Top each cracker with 1 piece of the cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of the apricot preserves and one or two of the sliced almonds. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese melts. YUMMY!!
River Cruise Part 5
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Last week I mentioned what we did on our morning in Koblenz. After lunch I took Mary and Heather on the same tour that Louise gave us. The girls had slept in because they were up late with the crew the night before. They took with them a purple rabbit. Some friends had given them the rabbit and they thought it would be nice to have pictures of the bunny at various places we visited on the trip.
We returned to the ship to see a demonstration of the making of silver jewelry. It turned out to be the same silversmith we had visited in The Netherlands on a previous trip. I went up on the top deck to enjoy the sunshine. Many of the natives were along the shore looking at us. Sundays are family days in Germany. Germany is about 35% Catholic and 36% Protestant, mostly Lutheran. After church most families visit other members of the family or friends. If the weather is nice as it was today, they walk around town. There were few cars on the streets.
Mary and I convinced Janet to join us for a short walk to the Deutsches Eck Park. Along the way we passed a biergarten where a typical German brass band was playing. The outdoor seats were filled with families enjoying a quiet day. We stopped to listen to the music, have a beer and a coffee. We spent about an hour relaxing and absorbing the local culture. I sure love those ohm-pa-pa bands!
We returned to the ship for a talk on the next days activities and then had dinner at 7. Tonight was called an European dinner. From Spain we had marinated shrimp with fresh herbs and lemon mayonnaise, France was grilled salmon served with green asparagus and Hollandaise sauce. I want to point out that they have white asparagus as well in Germany. It think is blanched the same as celery. From Italy we had veal scaloppini with herbs, tomatoes and mushrooms. This was accompanied by polenta and grilled zucchini. Our dessert was from Austria. It was warm cream and cottage cheese strudel served with raspberry sauce.
After coffee we went to the lounge where we had folk dancers entertain us for an hour. There were 12 to 14 of them. They wore vintage clothing. The women had skirts with multiple layers of white and a colorful outer skirt. The men had silk vests, knickers and large rigid hats with a draw in them for pipes and tobacco. After the show we had dancing. I danced with Janet and Mary.
The purple bunny made quite a hit with the other passengers. Many of them wanted their picture taken with it. We met a woman who was making her third consecutive trip on the ship. She sailed from Amsterdam to Vienna, from Vienna back to Amsterdam and now was on her third passage. I would think she would know the sites almost as well as our group leaders.
We stayed the night in Koblenz. There wasnt much sense in going ashore, as nothing was open. The Germans consider Sunday night a family night and stay at home.
Monday June 11-The ship left Koblenz at 8:30 for a day of sailing along part of the Rhine River where there are many castles. The morning was misty and cool, but most people went up on deck to view the castles. Some stayed in the lounge that still offered a view and was much warmer.
This section of the Rhine formed a valley with hills on both sides. Much of the land was covered with vineyards. I noticed that some of the rows of grapes were horizontal and others were vertical. I asked about it. Louise said that in places where erosion is not a problem, they prefer to plant in vertical rows as the grapevines get sun on both sides.
There were many castles along the route. Some were mostly in ruins while others have been restored. The restored ones are owned by businessmen from Germany and as far away as Japan. The Government strictly controls what can be done in the restorations.
Among the castles we passed was Lahneck Caster in Oberlahnstein. It stands on the slope just above where the Lahn River enters the Rhine. It was built before 1244 by the archbishop
|of Mainz and was destroyed during the 30 years war. It was rebuilt starting in 1852 and is now a private home. There is a picture of Queen Victoria in the room where she slept when she visited Germany.
Another beautiful castle is Martinsburg Castle in Oberlahnstein. It was built around 1324 by the archbishop of Mainz. Dr. Johannes Romberg owns and maintains it as his home.
Next week: more on castles and the Loreli
A Historical Review - Part 2
Myron Smart has Built Many Canoes
Observer, Jerry Stelmok - 11/5/1980
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
Myron builds about 10 or 12 canoes a year at present; but three years ago he built 21. "That was too much," he comments, "I was out here (in the shop) until ten o'clock every night. "Can't keep doing that," he adds a bit wryly, "make too much money."
Myron also builds paddles from poplar and soft maple in the popular Maine guide style, with an eight-inch blade. he roughs the snapes out on the table saw then carves them by hand and sands them.
Myron recently built a canoe for a Louisiana man who wanted to paddle his canoe back to Louisiana. Myron advised him to get a trailer or a roof rack, but the fellow, about 65 years old said he was determined to paddle his new canoe home, and wanted to know where he should launch it.
"I've never heard anything from him, Myron comments, "He may be somewhere in France by now." More likely the enthusiastic customer reevaluated the rigors of the proposed voyage and perhaps took Myron's advice after all.
Myron started guiding "sports" as clients are always termed in Maine, when he was only 15 years old, in the Moosehead area. Pay then was $3.50 a day for the guide and canoe. Most of the other guides in those days were Indians and Myron got to know them quite well, and to respect their great knowledge of the Maine woods.
He always used a 20-foot canoe White canoe, and became a master in the use of setting pole. Myron says few people know how to use a pole properly today, but it was a tool that a Maine guide would never be without. With a pole and a good river canoe, the guide was as at home going upstream as down, and could control the speed of the canoe even while descending fast shallow rapids. The trim of the canoe is very important in poling, Myron notes, and the weight should be forward in the canoe when descending a river, and toward the stern while ascending the current.
Myron would guide fishermen along the Moose River in spring, which at that time was noted for salmon fishery. In 1917 Myron caught an 11 pound two ounce landlocked salmon in the river, and that same year a ten and a nine pounder were caught. The fish were fed to guests at the Kineo House, which was a thriving resort at the time.
(Continued next week)
|Milo Free Public Library News
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
I have not been in the library much this week as I had my second cataract eye operation last Tuesday. Everything went fine the doctor said. This new lens is set for distance, and the earlier lens was set for close work so I am not as dependent on eyeglasses as previously. After a cataract operation it is amazing to see the bright colors-especially blues. Dr. Sleeper explained to me that the cataract has grown to a cloudy brown lens and removing that dark lens makes colors clear again. We are so lucky that they can do this operation very quickly and painlessly. Amazing!
A few weeks ago Helen Carey, our head trustee, found this clipping at the Milo Historical Society where she volunteers. I found it very interesting and thought readers might too. This will be only part of the article. It is about Mrs. Florence Cotter and the early days of the Milo Free Public Library where she was the first librarian. This information appeared in the Bangor Daily News but no date was given.
Mrs. Florence M. Cotter has given very satisfactorily 20 years of service as librarian to Milo Public Library. Since she has been in charge, the library has been catalogued and classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
The only money given the library was $500 from Dr. Harry Snow at the time of his death. The New Idea Club makes an annual gift of $5.00. The rest of the library money is from the pay table books and from the small amount charged for books overdue. Many books and curios have been presented by residents of the town and from non-residents that formerly lived in Milo, living elsewhere now. The Public Library has recently added fifty volumes to its shelves. Out of this number, five were given by Mrs. Frank Olmstead, fifteen were given by Mrs. R.M. Ingalls, two were given by W.C.Hasketh and one given by Mrs. F.C. Canney. My Garden Helper was a gift of Mrs. Forrest Treworgy. Modern Capitalism was given by W.H. Stophurd. Among the books purchased was the Life Of Our Lord by Charles Dickens.
From reading this article I could see why early librarians were so very careful in the financial part of the library workings. They had almost no money. Although we are very grateful to have books donated, we are also glad to be able to purchase the books that our patrons want and enjoy. After reading this article, it makes us appreciate the library budget we have.
Library Winter Hours
Home Depot funds grant to replace housing
BANGOR The Home Depot Foundation has awarded Penquis Community Action Program a grant of $10,000 to support its Replacement Housing Program.
This program helps low-income families replace pre-1976 mobile homes and deteriorating stick-built homes with new, low maintenance, energy efficient, site-built housing.
| Replacement housing is made affordable by a combination of cost-effective building, low-interest mortgage monies and grant subsidies. The Home Depot Foundation grant will be used to bridge the gap between what the owner can borrow and the cost of the project.
Grant monies will help to replace pre-1976 mobile homes that cannot be repaired or are not cost-effective to repair. "Older mobile homes were not designed for northern climates, nor were they constructed with long- term durability in mind," says Stephen Mooers, director of Housing Services for Penquis CAP. "Many are firetraps. They are well past their useful life expectancy and have depreciated to the point that many have essentially no market value." The new homes will provide families with safe and affordable housing and the opportunity to build assets.
Individuals interested in the Replacement Housing Program should contact Carlton Pinney at Penquis CAP at 973-3547.
TAYLOR A son, Nicholas Gregory Taylor, to Katherine and Greg Taylor of Milo on October 27, 2003. Wt. 9 pounds 6 ounces.
TURAVANI - a son, Eric Angelo Turavani, to Marie I. (Veno) and Luciano Turavani of Milo on October 23, 2003 at Mayo Regional Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Janice Veno and Robert and Laura Veno of Revere, Mass. Paternal grandmother is Christina Turavani of East Boston, Mass. Eric joins brother Robert.
CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES OF
SOUTHERN PISCATAQUIS COUNTY
NEW MASS SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE NOV. 1, 2003
Saturday.... .....4:OOPM......... Holy Family, Sangerville
6:OOPM ...St. Francis Xavier - St. Paul the Apostle, Milo
Sunday ...........8:30AM .....St. Francis Xavier - St. Paul the Apostle, Milo
10:45AM ......St. Thomas Aquinas, Dover-Foxcroft
Monday.......... 8:30 AM .....St. Francis Xavier - St. Paul the Apostle, Milo Tuesday ........6:OOPM..... St. Francis Xavier - St. Paul the Apostle, Milo
Wednesday ..8:30AM .......St. Thomas Aquinas, Dover-Foxcroft
Thursday No Mass
Friday ............8:30AM .....Holy Family, Sangerville
Thursday, November 13
V. EILEEN GRAVES
BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - V. Eileen Graves, 85, died Nov. 5, 2003, at the Hibbard Nursing Home. She was born June 16, 1917, in Brownville Junction, the daughter of William and Mary (MacDonald) Wadman. Eileen was a devoted wife and mother. She was active in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and she enjoyed needlepoint work, reading and being with her family. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Lloyd H. Graves; two sons and daughters-in-law, A. Edwin and Margaret Graves of Nashua, N.H. and Richard L. and Barbara Graves of Milo; one brother, Wayne Wadman of Ellsworth; three sisters, Blanche Wadman and Honorene Richardson of Brownville Junction and Ila Dean of Barnard; six grandchildren, Peter, Patricia, Kathryn and John of New Hampshire, Richard Jr. and Crystal of Bangor; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Joseph and Claude; two sisters, Hilda and Marion.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Brownville Junction School Alumni Assoc.
|LEONA M. HARMON
BANGOR and ELLSWORTH - Leona M. Harmon, 76, wife of the late Cecil "Cike" Harmon, died Nov. 5, 2003, at a Portland hospital. She was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Caribou, the daughter of William and Ida (Griffith) Howard. She is survived by three daughters, Sandra and her husband, Allen Perkins, of Saco, Betty Jo Harmon of South Portland, Pamela and her husband, Vincent Waterman, of Wakefield, Mass.; three sons, Michael Harmon of Hummelstown, Pa., David Harmon and his wife, Cece, of Milo, Lee Harmon and his wife, Mary, of Houston, Texas; one brother, Elwood Howard of Ocean Shores, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, Laurie and her husband, Duane, Ginger, Melissa and her fianc&Mac226;, Joe, Travis, Jeffrey, Adam, Scott, Virginia, Heath, Patrick, Matthew, Elizabeth, Jonah; six great grandchildren, Gabriel, Michael, Tavia, Sharon, Cody, and Cassie.
The Widowed Persons group will meet at the Country Side Restaurant in East Corinth at 11:30 a.m. All widowed persons are welcome. For more info, call Helga at 564 7586.
Saturday, November 15, 2003, from 5:00 to 8:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Atkinson.
Adults $4.00, children under 12 $2.00.
The menu consists of eggs, sausage, baked beans, biscuits, home fries, donuts, coffee, and juice.
"Alice in America Land,"
a play performed by the Penquis Valley Drama Club, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, in the Milo Town Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for children 5 and under, and there is a family deal (up for 4 people) for $12. The play is a humorous and modem rendition of the classic story "Alice in Wonderland." For more information, call Amber McMillan at 943-7346 ext.251.
BACK ALONG WEATHER
From Grammie McClearys weather book.
10th-Snow 6 inches-36° at 6:30 am and 38° at 4 pm.
11th-Mostly sunny-36° at 7 am and 36° at 5 pm.
12th-Snow starting 3 pm-30° at 6:30 am and 36° at 4 pm.
13th-Rain-38° at 6:30 am and 42° at 4 pm.
14th-Fair AM Cloudy PM-36° at 7 am and 36° at 4 pm.
15th-Fair-30° at 6:30 am and 38° at 4 pm.
16th-Mostly Cloudy-32° at 6:30 am and 34° at 4:30 pm.
By Nancy Grant
A friend of mine, Diane Libby, came across an old Milo High School yearbook. She and her husband John live in the house where Mr. Ed Wingler resided. One of the editorials in the 1924 Breeze struck close to home for me. My classmates and I were the LAST students to graduate from Milo High School.
This was in 1968 and we held our graduation in the Milo Town Hall. The editorial was concerned with the FIRST graduation to be held in the new hall. I do not know who the author was as it wasnt signed but the words showed great enthusiasm. These are the actual words:
| Milo High School students together with the citizens of Milo feel fortunate in having the New Town Hall in which to hold their public activities. Formerly Milo High has been obligated to carry on all public affairs under conditions which were a great hinderance to her. Neither of the churches nor the assembly room in the High School building being large enough to accommodate the people attending these school activities.
In past years the High School Debates were held in the assembly room. The debates were excellent, but for some reason they were poorly attended by the public. When asked, people often gave as their reason for not attending, the fact that they had no student in the school, and as the assembly room was small they felt that the privilege of attending belonged to the parents of the students. This year the debate was held in the new hall and it was well attended. That seemed proof enough that the public is interested in High School activities and all that it needs is a chance to show it.
Graduation has formerly been one of the big problems of the graduating class, but the new hall has done away with this worry. This spring the members of the graduating class will be able to invite all of their friends and relatives and seat them comfortably.
Milo High School students certainly appreciate the privilege of having this fine new building and will cooperate with the citizens in keeping it as clean and in as good condition as it is now.
|TRC ALLIANCE CORNER
BY SETH BARDEN
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 http://www.milohistorical.org/threeriversnews/. 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, http://milo.trcmaine.org/). There is one for each town office. We have also moved our Bulletin Board to a new address, at http://boards.trcmaine.org/.
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 14, 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, and wed love to have your input!
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS IS SELLING FRESH FLORIDA CITRUS FRUIT.
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.
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE
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.
NOVEMBER 5, 2003 MEETING MINUTES
SUBMITTED BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
President Joe Zamboni greeted twenty-one members and our guests from the Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Club and Key Club members Tom Harvey and Jenn Hussey.
Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Grindle led us in prayer.
Happy anniversary to David and CeCe Harmon and Gary and Sylvia Black on the 11th. Birthday wishes go to Tom Witham on the 6th, Peter Conley, Karen Ladd, and Donnie Richards on the 7th, Laurel (Buttercup) and Buffy on the 8th, and Amber Gahagan on the 10th. Whew!
Thirteen happy and sad dollars were donated today for 1A not passing, Sangerville Coffeehouse, 63rd wedding anniversary, Foxcroft Academy football support, upcoming RIF distribution, and the Philadelphia marathon; the best to you, Chris!
Trish Hayes reported on the ever-active Key Club this morning. They have once again earned the early bird patch for dues paid early, sixteen members participating in the Fall Frolic, one new member, Coats for Kids drive, UNICEF boxes, and lighting the community Christmas tree on November 30. Josh Guthrie will be providing a brass quartet to lead the carolers.
Heidi Finson told us that there would be RIF book distributions in December and January.
There will be a meeting to begin preparing for the Veterans dinner on Monday, November 10 at 5 pm in the Town Hall dining room. The dinner will be served at noon on Tuesday, Veterans Day.
The board meeting scheduled for November 6 has been postponed until November 13.
Joe circulated the updated committee list for any last minutes changes.
Murrel Harris, the head elf of the Secret Santa project, informed us that donations have started coming in.
Joe welcomed and introduced our guest speaker today. Wallace (Gene) Sinclair grew up and has lived in this area for many years. He has been interested in sheep farming for quite a few years and after working on four farms he decided to start his own in 1989.
At that time wool prices were going down and he sold some of his sheep for meat. At the present time the cost of wool is high and the return is low but what yarn he has, he sells to the Cityside Yarn Shop in Bangor. He said that he is looking into dairy sheep. The milk produced is a good alternative for people who are lactose intolerant. Good blood lines are needed for breeding and there are four different breeds internationally that are for high yield lactation. Gene has twenty-eight Targys and East Fresians but there are also Suffolk and Dorset with the latter being the best breed. He doesnt utilize dogs for flock control but uses fencing. Another way he herds the sheep is to talk and whistle to them. Since they are afraid of a flashlights; Gene uses them for control at night. He also said that he has had no problems with the coyote population.
Gene spent two weeks in Hampshire, England during the summer of 2002 consulting with Olivia Mills. He had high praise for the knowledge she passed on to him about sheep farming and the book she wrote on that subject. Gene has ambitious plans for expanding his farm as he says he is in this for the long term. The barn already has a new roof and since he already produces and sells cheese; he would like to build a stone creamery. There could be future plans to host tours.
Thank you Gene for the interesting presentation.