Three Rivers News, 2003-11-25

     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.

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.

15th Annual Christmas Craft Fair
Sponsored by Three Rivers Ambulance Service
Has been rescheduled from November 30, 2003
To Saturday, December 6, 2003
From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls, Ships in a Bottle,
Quilt, Blankets, Wood Products, Ornaments,
Blood Pressure Checkpoint, 50/50 raffle,
Candy Canes for kids, much more
If interested in a space call 943-2950.

Hosted by the Brownville Jct. Sons of the American Legion. Dinner will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Held at the American Legion Hall, 75 Railroad Ave (formerly Main St) from 12:00 to 4:00pm on Thanksgiving Day. All are welcome. If a ride is needed within the Brownville Area, please call 965-8871

Please join us for the
Third Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
on Sunday, November 30, 2003, 5:00 PM. at the Milo Farmer’s Union Green.
Cookies and Hot Cocoa will be served. Members of the PVHS Band will play Christmas music. Sponsored by the PVHS Key Club.

Santa arrives at the Milo Town Hall by Fire Truck on Saturday, December 13th . He will greet children from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon at
The Milo Town Hall
and again on December 20th from 10:00AM TO 12:00PM. Santa is sponsored by the Milo Three Rivers Kiwanis.

     The Milo Area Food Pantry is in need of canned or powdered milk, canned meats, cereal, soups, canned fruits, boxed macaroni and cheese. This is a time of Thanksgiving and it would be nice if we all tried to add some of these items to help others in their time of need now.
We will collect items and then we will deliver them to the Food Pantry as a nice gesture from MSAD#41 Caring Community .

     A special Thank You to Chris Beres, all the teachers and staff, and students at Milo Elementary School for the wonderful Patriotic Program presented to honor veterans on November 7th.
     The children, in song, stories, essays, and skits were just GREAT ! It is evident they have been taught about honoring veterans for what they have been through and to honor their country. They have shown this by performing for veterans annually near Veterans’ Day.
     Our community can be proud of all of them and of their message; they are a blessing to remember this Thanksgiving season.
Mary Lutterell
Vet. W.W.I.I. & The Korean Conflict

     Every five years we destroy the files on that graduating class. Permanent records are kept indefinitely at the superintendent's office. If you graduated in 1998 and would like the file that we have on you, please contact the guidance office at Penquis Valley before December 31, 2003. Phone 943-7346 ext. 204

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     The Mexico 2004 Mission Team from the United Baptist Church is sponsoring a Christmas Dinner Theater on Saturday, November 29th and Sunday November 30th at 5:30 pm. In this years production, "Cricket County Christmas", hillbilly hilarity abounds in a clash of cultures when city cousins meet country cousins. This evening of laughter and music comes complete with a five -course lasagna dinner. There is NO CHARGE for tickets but a donation on the night of the event will be taken. You can make a reservation by calling 943-5500. We anticipate a full house both evenings so call now for your reservation.

     The Penquis Valley High School Key Club is going to be working with Channel 2's annual Coats for Kids Project. This program is going on from now until January. Donation boxes will be set up at the Milo Farmer's Union, Rite Aid, at the high school, and at Maine Savings Credit Union where you can drop off any coats that you don't need. Coats will be accepted for all age groups from infants to adults.
     On December 6 some of the Key Cubbers will be going to the Coats for Kids Day in Bangor to drop off all of the coats that they have gathered as of that day.
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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Chatauquas were held in the (a) winter (b) summer (c) spring (d) fall.
2. Shepard and Morse had an unusual (a) grinder (b) woods camp (c) dry kiln (d) heating system.
3. Colonel Walter Morrill worked at the (a) Merrill Quarry (b) Crocker Quarry (c) Highland Quarry (d) Abee Quarry.
4. The Grange Hall was built in (a) 1867 (b) 1880 (c) 1895 (d) 1911.
5. (a) Allie Strout (b) Harry Ladd (c) Clint Stickney (d) Bert Perkins ran the projector for silent movies there.
6. John Lewis also had a mill in (a) Nova Scotia (b) Rhode Island (c) New Brunswick (d) Prince Edward Island.
7.John Ray's wife taught (a) English (b) French (c) Latin (d) Spanish.
8. (a) Gary Chase (b) Tom Durant (c) Tom Lockhart (d) Nelson Perry was "sneaky fast."
9. Linda Coburn was (a) forward (b) center (c) guard (d) rover.
10, Cecil Miller played (a) football (b) soccer (c) baseball (d) basketball for Husson.

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

Remembering JFK
     I'm sure I write for many when I state that the assassination of our beloved President John Fitzgerald Kennedy 40 years ago on November 22, 1963, and that entire weekend were traumatic events in our lives. Kennedy's youth and his vision for America and the world have not been matched by later presidents.
     It was BJHS school custodian and bus driver Milton Smith who came to our room where we were having Advanced Math taught by the late Vicki Lord, announcing the President had been shot in Dallas.. Later It was Principal Malcolm Buchanan who came to our physics class to announce the terrible news of JFK's death.
     The dance that night was canceled, and everyone went home to mourn.
     Do you remember where you were on that fateful day?

St. John's ECW Offers RADA Knives
     St. John's Episcopal Church Women offer the RADA knife selection at all times. This selection includes individual knives as well as a variety of sets, which are perfect for gift giving. Prices for the sets range from $8 to $50.
     If you are interested in purchasing knives or knife sets for holiday giving, contact Marilyn Wiles at 965-8882 (evenings, weekends) for more information.
     While a variety of items are kept on hand at all times, special orders must be received by December 5 in order to insure arrival of items in time for the holidays.

Saturday, December 6, 2003
at Part Street United Methodist
Church. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
There will be crafts, tree trims, cards, cutlery, candy, cookies, a food table and a delicious luncheon featuring
Beef Stew, hot biscuits, homemade
pies and beverages. Prices are
Sponsored by the United Methodist Women
to meet their mission projects at home and elsewhere.

     Hi, Happy Thanksgiving to all. Christmas Fair 9-1 Dec.6 at Park Street United Methodist Church. Beef Stew Luncheon 11-1. All are welcome Cookies, food, gifts, tree ornaments, some thing for every one, Come join the fun.
     Important meetings coming up at the church are:
• Charge Conference Dec. 1st with pot luck supper at 5 PM, FEMA
• 1 PM Dec. 2nd, Women's Ecumenical Breakfast Dec. 4 at Smith's in Brownville at 8 AM.

     All this week the new Miles for Smiles mobile free dental clinic is parked at Mayo Regional Hospital. Please spread the word to families with children who cannot get dental care that this may be available to them. Below is information copied from the website
     "Miles for Smiles will provide access to oral health services through a fully equipped mobile center.
     Miles for Smiles: Delivers comprehensive oral health services, including preventive and restorative care performed by licensed oral health professionals in a mobile dental center.
     Provides case management and referral services for on-going treatment. Offers early oral health education and promote the development of healthy habits. Increases awareness of the importance of good oral health in preserving overall health and well-being through a community education campaign.
     Who is eligible? Maine's children who are up to 18 years of age, children with no private dental insurance and who meet certain income guidelines
     Where does Miles for Smiles travel? The program focuses on the most critically under-served areas in Maine. The mobile dental center travels to schools, hospitals, and community centers to reach children who have the greatest need for oral health services.

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     Community support and coordination are the key components to the success of the program.
     The mobile dental center will travel to:
• Pittsfield - Sebasticook Valley Hospital (Somerset County)
• Presque Isle - Aroostook Medical Center (Aroostook County)
• Houlton - Houlton Regional Hospital (Aroostook County)
• Micmac Reservation (Aroostook County)
• Maliseet Reservation (Aroostook County)
• Dover-Foxcroft - Mayo Regional Hospital (Piscataquis County)
• Millinocket - Millinocket Regional Hospital (Northern Penobscot)
     What services are provided: Miles for Smiles uses a fully equipped, state-of-the-art oral health center on wheels to deliver the following services:

  • Dental Screenings
  • Oral Health Education
  • X-rays
  • Cleanings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Examinations
  • Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Root Canals
  • Extractions
  • Case Management

     What are the steps to get dental services on the Miles for Smiles mobile dental center: Children and young adults who live in Aroostook, Somerset, Northern Penobscot, or Piscataquis counties may qualify for oral health care through the Miles for Smiles program. Call the toll free number 866-298-0893 to speak to staff on the mobile dental center. You can call between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to talk with someone.
     To make an appointment call toll-free (866) 298-0893 For additional information about Miles for Smiles, contact:
Kevin Kelly
Penobscot Community Health Center
1012 Union Street, Suite 3
Bangor, ME 04401
Tel: (207) 945-5247 ext. 411
Fax: (207) 992-2154

Tax Reform
By Senator Paul T. Davis (R-Sangerville)
     During the most recent election, Maine people made it very clear that tax reform is needed badly. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged this cry for change. Given that none of the three tax reform questions passed at the polls, Maine's constitution requires that the measure getting the most votes, in this case Question 1A (the Maine Municipal Associations proposal), be sent back out to the people for
another vote. This has to take place no sooner than 60 days after the election and no later than the next statewide election. It seems logical to me that this take place during the June 2004 primary.
     Question 1A requires the state to pay 55% of all K-12 statewide education costs, but a closer look reveals its flaws. Most of the school districts in our area, Piscataquis, Somerset, and Penobscot Counties, already get far more than 55%. For example, SAD 4 in Guilford gets 59% of its funding from the state, SAD 46 (Dexter) gets 72%, SAD 41 (Milo) gets 73%, and SAD 68 (Dover) gets 64%. The only benefit to these districts will be special education costs, but these districts may actually lose money. Those that don't get 55% most likely won't get an increase in state aid because the value of the property in their towns don't allow for it. Remember, this is 55% of statewide costs not 55% of local costs. Some will still get more than 55% and some will still get less than 55%. Taxes on a statewide level will have to be increased if cutting spending does not fund this transition to 55%. The most popular idea is to broaden the sales tax to include most of the current exemptions, such as hair cuts, lawyer's fees, heating fuel, tickets for amusements, and so on. This will bring in about $300 million a year. It will also make life a little more difficult for people in those businesses. It will also put Maine into a much worse position in order to attract new opportunity for its people.

     We need lower taxes. By any standard Maine is recognized as a heavily taxed state. The 2000 U.S. Census ranked Maine as the highest taxed state in America. People in Maine pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes to state and local governments than anywhere else in the country.
     Maine's high taxes make it very hard to attract the businesses we need to provide jobs to stop the drain of our young people who have literally left for greener pastures. The Legislature has responded to this crisis in typical fashion - it has set up a committee to study the problem and come up with solutions. To me the problem boils down to the fact there simply isn't any opportunity for our youth in Maine, so they go to neighboring states for work. We have an excellent education system here in Maine, but too often we educate the youth and they leave. We need them to stay here in Maine and help shape our future.
     It seems to me that the only correct answer is to reduce spending. Maine's budget increased from $2.7 billion to $5.3 billion during the King Administration. Funding for local education went up far less, about $450 million to $730 million during the same time. At the local level, education spending went up from $500 million to nearly a billion during the same time period. Clearly, education has not been a priority of the state government. However, the people have made it clear that this has to change.
(Paul Davis is the Maine Senate Republican Leader)


DINNER AND A GAME - PENQUIS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL with sittings at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The supper will consist of Spaghetti & meatballs, rolls, salad, dessert and drinks. $5 for adults, $3 for 12 & under, family deals available. These prices include the price of admission to basketball game following the supper.

MILO GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY Free potluck dinner; bring 2 gifts, 1 wrapped for exchange, and one for Ronald McDonald House charity. Bring own place setting.

Milo Family Dollar
Help Make Christmas Dreams Come True For Local Children.
     Please donate at Family Dollar in Milo. Your gift purchased and placed in the collection boxes at the front of the store will be distributed by the Three Rivers Kiwanis' Secret Santa project. Deadline is November 28th. Thank you for your contribution. Happy Holidays from us to you.

Weston,Gourley engaged
     BROWNVILLE JCT - Frances Weston is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Karen Weston of Brownville Junction, to Brock Gourley of Cambridge. Karen is the daughter of the late Edward Weston. Brock is the son of Terry and Patsy Gourley of Cambridge. Karen graduated from PVHS and is currently employed by the Vamey Agency in Dover. Brock graduated from PCHS and is currently employed by Building Construction Services in Newport. The couple resides in Cambridge and plans an Aug. 7, 2004 wedding.

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Ames, Atkinson wed
     ORNEVILLE - Jessica Anne Ames of Milo, daughter of Russell and Penny Ames of Milo and Jason Davis Atkinson of Omeville, son of Terry Lord of Canton, and Paul Atkinson of Hampden renewed their February 8, 2003 wedding vow in front of family and friends on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at the Brewster Inn in Dexter.
     Maid of honor was Denise Fleming, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Melissa Curry, friend of the bride, Jennifer Frost, sister of the groom, and Brittany Tweedie, cousin of the bride. Jr. bridesmaids were Kambrea Atkinson, niece of the groom and Sadie Zambrano, cousin of the bride. Flower girls were Lanie Badger and Hannah Rothlauf, cousins of the bride.
     Best man was Russell Ladd, friend of the groom. Ushers were Jeff Brewer, uncle of the bride, Alfred Emerson, friend of the groom, and Pat Wardell, friend of the groom. Jr. ushers were Adam Brewer, cousin of the bride and Paul Michaud, brother of the groom. Ring bearers were Triston Frost, nephew of the groom, and Noah Zambrano, cousin of the bride.
     The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. William Holmes of Machias. The Wedding Song was sung by Katie Comeau, friend of the bride. Jessica is a student at UMA in Bangor and is employed by UCP in Dover-Foxcroft. Jason is a graduate of Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor and is employed by GE as a master electrician. The couple reside in their new home on the John Dean Road in Orneville. They are awaiting the arrival of their son in February.

     The Milo Elementary PTO will be sponsoring Santa's Secret Shop once again this year on Friday evening, December 5th at the school. This is NOT A FUNDRAISER, but an opportunity for children to come and complete their holiday shopping for their family members. Gifts will be available for purchase beginning at prices ranging from $.25 up to a few dollars. We will have some shopping helpers for them, and their selections will be gift wrapped by volunteers right then as well.
     This is a popular, fun-filled, stress free shopping experience for the kids and adults alike. The PTO will have refreshments for sale and hope that perhaps Santa will be able to pay us a visit.
     The PTO does need donations of wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, and tape to help out with this project. Donations may be dropped off at the school office anytime between now and December 5th. Thank you very much.

Welcome to WinterKids!
     WinterKids is a nonprofit organization committed to helping Maine children develop lifelong habits of health, education, and physical fitness through participation in outdoor winter activities.
     What's new? WinterKids adds ice skating to the Passport program. Now all 5th, 6th, and 7th graders can participate in an entire season of free, healthy, outdoor winter recreation including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, and tobogganing. Passport holders, along with their parents and siblings, receive free or discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals.
     WinterKids Outdoor Learning Curriculum goes National! Now students nationwide can experience the health and education benefits of the WinterKids Outdoor Learning Curriculum, which is geared for grades K-12 and aligned with National Education Standards. For more information check
     Milo Elementary School celebrated Children's Book Week with our first ever RIF (Reading is Fundamental) book distribution!

     Thanks to the Three Rivers Kiwanis we were able to provide each child with a free book. The children have enjoyed a selection of books this week in their classrooms and will choose a book to keep and take home on Friday. The goal of RIF is to put books in the hands of children. We will have three book distributions this year.

     We started this celebration off with a poster contest last week. Mrs. Gnodde, our art teacher, worked with the children to complete a poster contest sponsored by RIF with the theme "READ TO IMAGINE". The children voted on the class poster to represent their classroom based on the rules of the contest. An overall school winner was chosen to be sent to Washington D.C. representing Milo Elementary. Lauryn Bellatty was the winner! Other book activities this week included a classroom reading challenge, classes went the Maine Center for the Arts to see a play, guest readers, and author studies. At our assembly there was be a flag displayed with a star representing every child who read a book this week. To end our weeklong celebration of children's books the school saw the musical “Tom Sawyer” and enjoyed a guest reader at the assembly, Mr. Edwin Treworgy.
     The staff would like to thank Three Rivers Kiwanis for their generous donation to make our RIF program happen. We would also like to thank the following PTO members for helping to get the books sorted and distributed.
     Kim Morrill, Joi Stevens, Billie-Jo Sickler, Tami Goodine, Melanie Knowles, Pam Gerrish, Melanie Pomerleau, Terri Zelkan and Reta Haley.
     Thank you everyone, we really are a community of readers!

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid is a second timer. She always has a smile for her teachers. Her handwriting could win an award. She is a best friend to everyone. Our Terrific Kid is going to Florida during Thanksgiving vacation so we want to say goodbye and best of luck to you. We will miss you, Adriana !!! See you next year. ADRIANA BLAIS
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has a terrific attitude. She is always willing to help out in any way she can. She writes very creative stories that have lots of detail. Her handwriting is wonderful. This young lady is kind to friends and great to have around. Way to go - BROOKE MORRILL.
Mrs. Dunham - Our TK is a real math wiz. He uses great mathematical reasoning each day to figure out the hardest of problems. We can always count on him to help others. He follows all the classroom rules and he is polite to one and all. We love having DYLAN RHODA in our class.
Mrs. Gillis - My Terrific Kids are all the students who are in the "Tom Sawyer" cast.

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Mrs. Dell'olio - This girl is a quiet worker. Her classmates say she's a great and loyal friend. She has a cat named Mouse, a pond and a pool. Her favorite beverage is apple juice, and she is about to have a birthday. Congratulations to our good friend ASHLEY GOODINE.
Mrs. Hayes - We give Thanks for our Terrific Kid this week.
We are thankful for her kindness.
We are thankful for her new attitude.
We are thankful for her improved work in reading, writing, and math.
We are thankful that her work is getting done on time.
We are thankful for her pretty smile and polite manner.
We are all "feasting" on the wonderful change in our terrific kid. We are
thankful for you, HOPE COLE.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - ANISA WITHAM- This Terrific Kid is terrific in many ways: a terrific worker, a terrific friend, a terrific reader, a terrific listener, and a terrific student. Anisa is our Terrific Kid!! MACY CAREY- This little girl is no shy violet. She's a social leader and great friend. She can write a good story and reads really well. Our Terrific Kid is Macy Carey.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - We have two special little guys to honor as Terrific Kids this week. The first one is a polite and respectful friend. His mom and dad would be very proud of the good manners that he uses every day in the cafeteria. He is quite an artist and loves to play with his buddies at recess. We are enjoying every day with our kindergarten friend, CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON.
     Our second Terrific Kid is also a polite and respectful child. He is making good progress in learning how to solve problems on the playground. He is dependable and always helpful in the classroom. We are enjoying our days with ZACHARY LANE, our kindergarten friend and Terrific Kid.
Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific Kid is very knowledgeable about horses. She rides, performs and owns them. If you ever have any questions about them SADIE ZAMBRANO is the person to see. We are sure this is a lifelong equestrian owner we have in our midst. She shares her knowledge daily. Way to go Sadie!

     A few of Brownville's First Graders who performed at the special Veteran's Day Assembly on Monday November 10th are: Keith Grant, Amber Willinski, Jacki Riethmuller, Harley Gilman, Bailee Burton, and Ryanne Young. They were singing a rousing rendition of You're A Grand Old Flag.

     Fifth Graders at Brownville Elementary recently completed group diorama projects as a culmination to their study of the American Revolution. Here, Shelby Hall, Brianne Andrews, Wesley Rouse and Taylor Delano display their project on Valley Forge.

     Students at Brownville Elementary recently participated in a RIF (reading is fundamental) poster contest. Travis Sproul was the first place winner for his grade level. Here Travis, poses with his winning pience of art work. Thanks to Mrs. Lumbra and Mrs. Gnodde for organizing this event.

     Congratulations and thanks to the cast of "Tom Sawyer" and it's director Stephanie Gillis. Mrs. Gillis pulled together fourth and fifth grade students from all three of the district schools and what a job they did! It was a wonderful show and everyone should be very proud of their performance.

     LAUREN CROCKER, TAYLOR SEVERANCE and MICHAELA NOKE were honored as Terrific Kids at our latest assembly. Miss K. is very proud of how hard Lauren has been working. Lauren works quietly and is responsible for returning her homework. Mrs. Carter reported that Taylor is always Terrific. She does her best every day. Michaela was selected by Ms. Ivy because of her super attitude and great smile. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
     Artists of the week were Lindsay Turner and Michaela Noke. They shared their beautiful art work with the audience.

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     Students in grades K-5 participated in a turkey making project this morning. The Wymans once again made a generous donation of pumpkins to our school. The students gathered in the gym to create a turkey using a pumpkin as a base. The pumpkin turkeys were on display in the gym and will be taken home for Thanksgiving. Thank you to the Wymans and to Mrs. Farrar for putting this project together for us.

     MILO - Franklin R., Thompson, 64, of Milo, died Nov. 14, 2003 at his home in Milo after a long battle with heart problems. He was born Dec. 24 1938, in Presque Isle, the son of Franklin P. and Fern E. Andrews Thompson. He was in the Navy in the 50's. He worked many years with Harold Cliff at A.J. Coles and later for HE Cliff and Sons in Hermon as a construction worker. He loved the time he spent hunting and fishing. Franklin is survived by his wife of 24 years Honey Evangeline Gonyaw Thompson of Milo, two brothers Clarence Thompson and Family of Lagrange, and Lawrence Thompson of Australia, one sister Cynthia Burton and family of Medford. He had five special children who he cared for very dearly, Bonnie, Paula, Bub, Connie, and Mary also their Mother Mary Bishop of Hermon. His own very special girl Gloria Bishop Curtis of Lantana, Fla. Lifelong friend, John O'Donnel and family. One brother-in-law Randoph Gonyaw and family, one sister-in-law, Kay Bean and family, all of Vermont. Close friends and hunting buddies Stephen and Austen Walls, Homer Lawford all of Bar Harbor. At his request there will be no funeral services. Cremation services by Memorial Alternatives. He will be missed by all who knew him.

     MILO and ORONO - Ottie "Sonny" Waddell Jr., 59, passed away Nov. 17, 2003, at his home with his wife of three years, Pam, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 5, 1944, in Orono, the son of the late Ottie and Eva (Gerrish) Waddell. Sonny enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, camping and the Ocean. He also enjoyed taking Pam for rides in the truck. Sonny is survived by his wife, Pam (Proctor) Waddell; his children, Ottie "Sonny" Waddell III of Winthrop, and Eva (Waddell) Quirion and her husband, Morris, of Orono; grandchildren, Michael Waddell, Aimee Quirion, and Mary Banker; brother, Ronnie Waddell and his wife, Arlene, of Pawcatuck, Conn.; sisters, Ginny and her husband, Donnie Deveau, of Bangor, Shirley and her husband, George Purtell, of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Susan and her husband, Bernie Turner, of Bangor; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a niece and a great-nephew. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Orono. Gift's in Sonny's memory may be made to East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Road, Orrington, ME 04474 or Pine Tree Hospice, 65 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives, 1225 Broadway, Bangor.

     BROWNVILLE - Harold T. Bragg, 69, died Nov. 18, 2003, at his residence. He was born May 24, 1934, in Bangor, the son of George C. and Elsie (Thomas) Bragg. Harold had worked as a mechanic for many years. He was a member of Pleasant River Lodge No. 163 AF & AM, and OES. He is survived by a brother, Albert and his wife, Gladys Bragg of Corinna; a brother-in-law, Maynard Call of Palmyra; two nieces, three nephews, several grandnieces and nephews. He will be remembered by a special friend, Maxine Young of Milo. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen J. Call.

     These past few weeks we have been sorting through the cabinets in the office trying to find what materials we have so we will be able to make these books available to our patrons. This week we have discovered more genealogy books. Genealogy books do not circulate but are available anytime to be used as reference in the library. Catherine Ellison, the former library director, was interested in genealogy and collected a number of very good sources. If you are interested in genealogy, come in and look over these reference books. Here is a partial list of genealogy reference that we have in the office.


     Wednesday the Kiwanis Kids Korner held their last program before the Thanksgiving holiday. As usual, Frank and Don walked the children down from school. The “Kids” enjoyed refreshments of sugar wafers (the pink ones are so bright), graham crackers and apple juice while Val read To See the Moon by Ethel Bacon. This little book tells the story of a girl who chose the runt from a litter of sled dogs. We learn how she trains the puppy, Kimo, through the year and also learn the Native American names for the full moon of each month. The children worked on their boxes more. My, how they love to sprinkle glitter on!. They have lots of fun but the glitter gets everywhere, especially on the floor, making lots of work for Val and Dottie as they try to sweep it all up. The “Kids” also made Turkey Sucker covers with the help of the regular Kiwanis workers and Sue Farrar too. The sucker covers were cute little brown flannel turkey heads complete with beaks, eyes and wattles. When the covers were finished , they were slipped over a sucker and tied at the bottom with a string tie. They made a really neat Thanksgiving decoration. There will be NO Kiwanis Kids Korner next week on the 26th.
     It has been brought to our attention that a change in the Saturday hours of the library may better serve the public. We have a survey on the desk where patrons may sign up for their preference. The times that may be selected are 10:00-12:00 a.m., 12:00-2:00 p.m., or keep the hours we have now -2:00-4:00 p.m.. These surveys will be at the library for several weeks.

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612
Please note the library will be

A Historical Review - Part 1
Covered Bridges Preserve Maine's Link with the Past
BDN, Alix Williams, 9/2/1980
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     They come in all sizes and ages, and they each have their own feel and smell. They are big and strong, with huge trusses forming amazing geometrics inside.
     Metal and wood make up the patented Howe truss, which is the support structure for the Morse Bridge at Bangor and the Lowe's Bridge at Guilford. The Howe truss is extremely strong, and was used for railroad bridges throughout the country during the 19th century. Bangor's Morse Bridge was rescued from destruction in 1961 when the state agreed with the Morse Covered Bridge Committee to spend approximately $440,000 if the committee would raise $25,000.
     The bridge was removed from the Valley Avenue location, numbered and stored away, to make way for a new bridge. The committee's president, William M. Shubert, M.D., said Wednesday that the bridge was dismantled and marked piece by piece, waiting for a permanent home. "Each granite block, board and bolt was numbered as it was dismantled," he said.
     The committee had eyed a location upriver on the Kenduskeag Stream, but Shubert said the Maine Department of Transportation officials said the bridge would distract motorists as they traveled I-95."The only other logical site was down river opposite Coe Park," he said. "The city didn't own the land on each side of the stream, and the land was graciously deeded to the city by United Advertising and the Pentecostal Church on Court Street."

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     The committee raised the money with the help of the city, which put up $6,500. The balance, $18,500, had to raised by the committee. Shubert said largest private contribution, $1,000, came from the late Louise Sawyer of Bangor.
     Approximately three thousand people contributed to the project. When the bridge was reassembled, the city made use of grant money to build pathways and put up rustic fences. The bridge was the focal point for the Kenduskeag Stream Park project. The bridge is the only covered bridge within city limits in the Northeast, and at 212-feet, it is the longest one in Maine. It is a two-span bridge, centered in mid-stream over a granite pier.
     During the city's Fourth of July celebration, the bridge was used to house a craft show. Three lights were installed inside, where there were none. Gaping holes in the side of the bridge were repaired, and the rusted, metal skeletons of shopping carts were removed from the stream beneath and around the structure. It was a beautiful day, too seldom repeated, according the Shubert.
     During the fund raising campaign, committee members had hoped for more that an occasional festival or art show. Certainly, they did not expect the bridge to become a haven for derelicts and a mark for vandals.
     Shubert hopes the bridge will be used for more activities in the future, because constructive and continuing use will keep it from falling into disrepair. (Continued next week)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Hold on to the reins ladies and gentlemen.....the race is on. There is not even a week to Thanksgiving and then just three weeks before Christmas vacation. Two weekends ago I was in panic mode....sick up in my bed on a perfectly good shopping day and beside myself with anxiety that I wouldn't be able to get everything done. It's amazing how one little 12 hour bout of the stomach flu can set you back mentally and emotionally.
     This year we've decided to do less gift giving and more family oriented activities. I usually say that and then go whole hog on the gifts anyway. But this year there don't seem to be as many "wants." We've all become accustomed to buying not only for ourselves, but for each other all during the year. Christmas gift giving isn't easy when nobody has a list. When my brother and I were little kids gift giving was pretty much limited to Christmas and birthdays. Charlie didn't make out well at all since his birthday is January 1st. Not only is it right after's a holiday in and of itself....not a great day for a birthday. My birthday is in May. It's a perfect month for a birthday.
     But back to the family oriented activities. Last year we had a Christmas Movie Night party. We popped corn and had some other snacks and we all went to Tom's for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It's one of our family's all time favorites. We did have a wonderful time watching our favorite scenes over and over again...laughing hysterically. This year, we're watching a Santa Claus movie with Tim Allen. This year our little girlies will be with us, which is going to make the evening a very special treat. My husband won't do as well with four kids to contend with....but he'll live. How bad could it be? I can't believe I said that. It could be horrid! The kids could be out of control and inattentive of the movie...really irritating me
and spoiling the evening for everyone else, as well. But....we'll give it a whirl and expect chaos and be thrilled if we get a nice well organized party out of it.
     Then Leslie and I decided we'd do a cookie bake with all the girls. That will be fun. I think one kind of cookie - probably molasses - and then we'll cut them in festive holiday shapes and frost them. If they come out good, we'll package them on plates or trays of some kind and deliver them to friends and relatives. Maybe we can practice some Christmas songs while we're doing the baking and when we deliver the cookies we could sing some carols to the friends and relatives. Three adorable little girls singing Christmas tunes on your doorstep with a plateful of molasses cookies? Ya think? Sounds like a heck of a party idea to me.
     If we get any snow, we'll definitely go over to the school and have a sliding party. The little girlies haven't seen much of any snow in two years. I'm sure they will love the first really big snow storm. My kids and grand kids love to go sliding across the street at the Milo Elementary School sliding hill. I love the challenge of getting them all bundled up and walking them across the street. They slide to their hearts content and then come back for hot chocolate. I've already bought a supply of cocoa packets just for the occasion. Peanut butter and fluff on Ritz crackers goes really well with a mug of hot cocoa. You spread the crackers thick with PB&F and then when you press them squeeze some of the stuff out from between the crackers and lap the whole circumference of the crackers before beginning to eat the crackers.
     We put our ceramic Christmas village up the weekend after Thanksgiving and I always have big plans to include the grand kids in this project. Every year I think they are old enough to be included in the process. Then, it just seems like so much work to have them here when we do the actual setting up. So....we'll probably just set it up by ourselves and then we'll plan a little get together when they get to come....with any luck enjoy the scene. We let them play in the village a little bit. Of course everything is breakable so there isn't any rough housing....just gentle manipulation of the pieces....pretend driving the little cars down the street and moving the little children around the town to different places. There's a sweet little park area that fascinates them, as well as a school yard with playground equipment galore. There's a little frozen pond with an ice skater on it and they love to move her all around the pond. I've invited readers before to come and visit our village. The invitation is on again this year. If you happen to be riding by our home and the lights are certainly are welcome to stop in and see the village. We love to show it off.
     Here are a couple of recipes that I think will be fun to make for gift giving this Christmas. This first recipe is one that I made years and years ago. Our friends the Hamlins and Rhodas might remember the night I made a container of this and we took it to the horse races in Bangor. We licked our fingers all evening long!

People Chow
1 cup butter or margarine
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
18 cups dry cereal (mixture of bite-sized wheat, corn and rice cereal squares or toasted oat cereal)
2 cups nuts (cashews, peanuts, mixed nuts, pecans or walnuts)
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6 cups powdered sugar
     Melt butter and chocolate chips in medium-sized heavy saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until melted and smooth. Place cereal and nuts in a very large bowl or pot. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and nuts; mix until thoroughly coated. sprinkle with the sugar, 2 cups at a time, carefully folding and mixing until thoroughly coated.
     I think that I probably halved this recipe....I don't think I made 24 cups full of the stuff. That does seem like an awfully lot.

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix
6 cups pooped corn
3 cups miniature pretzels
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
     Microwave Directions: Combine popped corn, pretzels and nuts in a large bowl. Place brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and red pepper in a 2 cup microwaveable cup. Microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes or until bubbly. Pour butter mixture over the popcorn mixture; toss with a rubber spatula until well mixed. Should be ready to go.

River Cruise Part 7
     Tuesday June 12th. The ship set sail at 5:15 so we were underway during breakfast. The ship dropped us off in Mainz. This day was a day of bussing. We went into the city of Mainz and then on Heidelberg. While we were out sightseeing the ship continued on its course. It left the Rhine River and entered the Main River. There was a lot of walking so Janet stayed on board the ship. Sister Mary stayed behind as well. She had an allergic reaction from something she ate at the restaurant and her tongue was swollen. She had taken her medicine but the swelling was not completely down and we were scheduled to eat at a restaurant in Heidelberg so she didn’t want to take any chances of another attack.
     After docking in Mainz we had a short ride into the center of town. Our first stop was the Dom (cathedral). It was started in 975 and completed in 1036. At one time this was the most important church in Germany. The Holy Roman Emperors were elected from the archbishops in Germany. The Germans were opposed to having a leader who inherited the office from parents. The logical choice was an archbishop since they weren’t married. The country was evenly divided and the swing vote was always cast by the archbishop of Mainz.
     Our next stop was the Gutenberg Museum where we saw how the first printing press worked. I volunteered to run the press and was given a beautiful copy of the first page of the first chapter of John I had pressed. Bibles were first printed on parchment. They were very expensive because parchment was made from cowhides and it took a great many cow hides to make one bible. The Bibles became much less expensive when paper of sufficient quality was produced. We shopped a little. I bought some German pastry. Mary and Heather had me take their picture with the purple bunny near the cathedral.
     We boarded the bus and had a one and a half-hour ride to Heidelberg. Because we were expected for lunch at a restaurant, we immediately drove up into the hills where not only the restaurant is but also the famous Heidelberg Castle. We ate outside in the biergarten. We ate a type of ravioli made from spinach, cheese and meat. It was very good. The ravioli was made to hide the fact that it had meat so Catholics could eat them on Fridays.
     After lunch we had a quick tour of the castle. Our schedule didn’t allow us to walk around inside. Half of the castle is in ruin. It was destroyed by the French on orders from the Pope in 1693 and was never fully rebuilt. We did visit the dry moat that separated the castle from the mountain behind as well as the English garden built by one of the owners for his English wife. It was built in one night because his wife was homesick. We did go to the part of the castle that has been restored. The view of the city was spectacular. I had someone else take pictures because I’m afraid of heights and the drop was straight down.
     Heidelberg was largely untouched during WWII because it is the home of one of the oldest universities in Germany. It was founded in 1386. The operetta Student Prince was about a Prince who studied at this university.
     The city became the American headquarters during the war. There are still some American troops stationed here. Louise told us that the American GIs and their families were responsible to the emancipation of German women. The Germans couldn’t get over American men cooking on grills and in Bermuda shorts no less! German women asked their husbands to do some of the cooking after seeing this.
     We boarded the bus and were let out in the city of Heidelberg itself. Georgia and I stayed with the scheduled tour for a while but then decided to go off on our own. We found the shop that made the famous “Student Kiss” cookies. Years ago when courting was very formal. The guys couldn’t just ask a girl for a date. When they were interested, they would have the shop send the girl one of these special cookies. Georgia and I had cookies and hot chocolate. We also bought some of the cookies to bring home.
     We returned to the city hall area where we rejoined the group. There were geraniums in window boxes all around the second floor of the city hall. They were the healthiest ones I have ever seen. Louise told me that they are given fertilizer every day. The root structure is so poor from this treatment that they can only be used one year.
     We left Heidelberg and rejoined the ship in Aschaffenburg about 6:40. Dinner was waiting for us. We had classic Caesar salad with garlic croutons and parmesan cheese, pastry shells filled with cream mushroom ragout (Vol au vent), rainbow trout with Vermouth sauce, parsley potatoes and vegetables, rack of lamb Dijonnaise served with gratin potatoes and ratatouille. For dessert we had Crème brulee with marinated wild berries.
     Because of low bridges on the Main River no one was allowed on deck. The bridge of the ship is retractable and the captain had to lower it to get under some of the bridges. For entertainment tonight we had horse racing. There were four horses we could bet on. The captain does a lot of sewing like sailors of old and made costumes for the horses. One was dressed as the captain, one the head chef, one as Elizabeth Taylor and another as a typical female passenger. After bets were placed someone would roll large dice to see how far each horse would move until one of them crossed the finish line. Janet won one of the races and Mary two so our family did very well.
     The four older folks played cards. Mary and Heather taught the crew how to play Phase 10.
Next week: Wertheim

From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
November & December – 1966
25th-Cloudy AM Cold&windy PM-24° at 7:20 am and 32° at 4:15 pm.
26th-Cloudy am Rain pm-32° at 7:20 am and 36° at 4:30 pm.
27th-Sunny-20° at 6:30 am and 32° at 4:30 pm.
28th-Sunny cold windy-24° at 6:50 am and 22° at 4:30 pm.
29th-Sunny cold windy-18° at 5 am and 16° at 4:30 pm.
30th-Sunny cold windy-6° at 7 am and 20° at 4 pm.
Dec. 1st-Frost Sunny cold windy-8° at 7 am and 20° at 4:30 pm.
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To the editor:
A personal appeal from Judy !!! (Morrison)
     You may have heard by now (if not, what rock have you been under?), I have taken on a personal challenge to raise $2,000.00 with-in the Milo Rite Aid. For the Eastern Maine Charities . Children’s Miracle Network. I have pledged to raise this amount by April, 2004.
     If I am successful, (and I will be!!) I will donate the funds to the charity, and I will (this is the WILD part), parachute out of an airplane May 1, 2004 !
     With the help of my friends and fellow employees, I have already raised over $500.00 in just a few weeks. Fundraisers are planned to add to the fund, one of those being a silent auction to be held at the Rite Aid store from Dec. 1, 2003 until just before Christmas. If you and/or your business could donate any goods or services to this event, (ie gift certificates, handmade items, etc), donations will be gratefully accepted at the Milo Rite Aid before November 30th.
     No contribution will be too big or small and will be duly noted.
     For more information, or to have items picked up, call the store at 943-7780, or my home, 943-2348, to leave a message.
     Let’s have fun with this !!!
See you at the Airstrip in Pittsfield in May, Jumping for Miricles,

By Nancy Grant
From the 1924 Breeze
Milo High School 1924
Sophomore Year
College Course English Course Commercial Course
(Required) (Required) (Required)
English English English
Plane Geometry Plane Geometry Bookkeeping
Latin Latin Penmanship
French Commerce & Commerce &
Biology Industry Industry
Biology Plane Geometry
French Biology
Domestic Arts Domestic Arts
Manual Arts Manual Arts



     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.

     Vice-President Murrel Harris greeted twenty-five members this morning.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked for peace in his prayer.
     Chris Almy spoke about students in a photography class on a field trip. Everyone saw things in a different aspect. The instructor was said to possess a ‘good eye’ said that people should see with their eyes, emotions, and their heart. This is called relaxed attentiveness.
     Carl and Althea Hamlin wrote a note of thanks for the Veterans Dinner. They had much praise for the Key Club member’s participation.
     Note: Another member of Penquis Valley High School also volunteered her time. Thank you Michelle Mulherin!
     Jerry Salley and Zachary Lyford celebrated their birthdays on November 19th, Kent Ladd will blow out candles on the 21st, and David Harmon and A.J. Gahagan are sent best wishes on the 25th.
     Twenty-one happy and sad dollars were donated to the Administration Fund for a rousing Town Hall events meeting, Kathy’s enthusiasm, a wonderful Key Club, Dot doing well, a son’s 40th birthday, Tammy working again, RIF book distribution, and our acting president.
     Trish Hayes asked that the Key Club activities be reported, they need coats for infants through adults for the Coats for Kids Drive with a deadline of December 5. There are boxes at the Milo Farmer’s Union, Rite Aid, Maine Savings, and PVHS. They will be cutting the Christmas tree this Saturday at 11 am and setting it up on November 30. Support would be appreciated at 5 pm. There is a great need for help at the basketball games, especially on December 15. They will be helping on a blood drive on the 17th.

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     The Three Rivers News is doing well.
     Val Robertson informed us that the Kid’s Korner is a big hit. Because of the colder weather coming, the Wednesday events will be suspended in January and February.
     The temporary animal shelter is set up on Clinton Street in Milo. It is insured at the present time for only town employees, but volunteers will be needed soon.
     Cheryl Hamlin said the fruit orders have to be placed by the end of this month and we need 200-4/5 bushels ordered.
     Lois Trask presented two checks from the Orion Rebekah Lodge to go toward the Gazebo Fund. She also sadly informed us that the Lodge is being disbanded after so many years of community service. We thank you for all you have done.
     Eben DeWitt circulated a calendar for members to sign up as speaker chairpersons. As in the past, each month next year two people will be responsible for asking guest speakers to present a program for the regular meetings. We gladly treat each speaker to his or her breakfast. The list will be sent out as soon as possible.
     A Coffeehouse is in the works for possibly the same weekend in July 2004 as the Milo High School Alumni event. It was also mentioned that a country music theme of the old and new is being considered for the next variety show. Save your 10-gallon hats and spurs!!!
     President Joe Zamboni had asked for feedback concerning the number of business meeting held each month. The majority of members in attendance was in favor of two such meetings monthly; interclubs from other areas always ask who the speaker will be when calling about visiting on a certain day; and programs have always been the backbone of the regular meetings. This will be reported back to Joe for possible further discussion. We should also let other clubs know ahead of time what the programs will be during the month. Speaker chairs are encouraged to inform the President or Secretary as soon as possible so this can be accomplished.

     V.P. Murrel gave an update on the November 13 Board meeting; $100 donated to the Kiwanis International Foundation Annual Club Gift Campaign, passed over the fall training conference in New Hampshire, Todd Lyford will chair and set up the bicycle safety rodeo in the spring, passed over the International liability insurance, passed over donating to an Angels and Elves (similar to our Secret Santa) request, donated $50 to a Girl Scout Troop in Brownville Jct., declined a request to donate toward a trip to Spain for students studying Spanish at PVHS, accepted a request to deliver fruit baskets to each of the five senior citizen complexes, accepted to send overdue dues letters to members, accepted to sanction and continue with a golf tourney/fundraising event in cooperation with JSI and the Country Club, donated $100 to the Milo Fire Department for the 2004 Annual Fishing Derby, accepted to sanction and continue with plans for a Coffeehouse next summer and possibly feature the ‘Old Time Radio Gang’, donated the soda left over from the recent Coffeehouse to the Key Club, passed over a vote concerning the number of business meetings held each month until Joe is present, a one time donation of $250, matching the Decker’s donation, for the sixth grade RIF, and set up a Veterans Dinner committee to coordinate the food, decorations, and entertainment.
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