Three Rivers News, 2003-12-02

     There will be a Christmas Sing-along on December 14, 2003, at 3pm at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church. There will be lots of Christmas songs to fill you with the Christmas Spirit.
     On December 19, 2003 at 7pm, a Christmas Sing-along will be held at the Park Street United Methodist Church in Milo. Bring a friend and come join in for lots of Christmas singing and fellowship.
     On Thursday, Dec. 4th, at 8:00 AM, the Women's Ecumenical Breakfast will be at Smith's in Brownville.

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: Adults.....$5.00 Children...$2.00
     Sponsored by the United Methodist Women to meet their mission projects at home and elsewhere. COME JOIN US !!!

     I wish to thank those community members who gave so generously to the food cupboard. Because of you we were able to make Thanksgiving a little easier for several families in the community. We couldn't have done it without you.

     The MSAD # 41 bus drivers wish to thank the elementary schools for the recognition given for Bus Driver Appreciation Day. All three elementary schools honored their drivers at their weekly assemblies. The songs, poems, posters and gifts were truly appreciated. We appreciate the support of the parents, staff and students not only at special assemblies, but also throughout the year. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind students to practice bus safety rules at all times.
     And, again, THANKS, so much for your recognition and appreciation.
MSAD # 41 Bus Drivers
Kathy Foss, Kathy Herbest, Shawna Hebert, Roberta Severance, Jeannie Murphy, Don Fessenden, Joe Beres, Dave Snowdale, Paul McKusick, Donnie Lundin

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.

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.

15th Annual Christmas Craft Fair
Sponsored by Three Rivers Ambulance Service
Will be on Saturday, December 6, 2003
From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at the Milo Town Hall.
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.

     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.

St. John's ECW Offers RADA Knives
     The 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.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The Brownville Jct American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a craft fair for local crafters to sell their crafts on Saturday, December 13, from 9:00 - 2:00 at the Legion Hall, 75 Railroad Ave.

Blood Drive
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 from 3:00 – 7:00
Penquis Valley gym
Sponsored by the PVHS Key Club
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MILO RITE AID'S OWN MR. AND MRS. SANTA WILL BE IN THE STORE ON DEC 13, FROM 1 PM till 4 PM to visit with children of all ages. Photos will be available by photographer Susie Ricker at a cost of $2.00. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network/ Jumping Judy Campaign.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Clint Stickney had a (a) fish hatchery (b) museum (c) tavern (d) pest house at the Stickney Homestead
2. He had (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) four telephone companies in Brownville.
3. The largest train wreck was (a) the "Sugar Wreck" (b) the "Bowling Alley Wreck" (c) the Affair at Mile 3.2 (d) the Onawa Wreck.
4. The Coburns were (a) Irish (b) French (c) Scots (d) English.
5. Ralph Perry came here from (a) Chelsea, Mass. (b) Portland (c) Bangor (d) Philadelphia.
6. Substitute preachers were (a) alternate preachers (b) reserves (c) supply preachers (d) walk-ins.
7. BJHS burned in (a) 1919 (b) 1921 (c) 1925 (d) 1927.
8. (a) Alice Barnes (b) Marvel Harshaw (b) Fern Cunningham (d) Gilfred Vickers watched it burn.
9. "Screwy Louis" stayed at the (a) French boardinghouse (b) Pleasant River Hotel (c) YMCA (d) Herrick Hotel.
10. (a) Art Stanhope (b) Milton Smith (c) Ken Thompson (d) Joe Applebee drove the bus to Lewiston for the 1967 state final.

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

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The Junction
Indoor Flea Market
Arts, Crafts & Collectibles
Saturday & Sunday
December 13 & 14 • 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Vendors call 207-965-8786 for space availability
Route 11, Brownville (formerly KC's Place)

Ellison - Alvarez engaged
     TAMPA, FLORIDA - Lanny & Doreen Ellison are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elicia Lailani Ellison of Tampa, to Juan Pablo Alvarez also of Tampa. Juan is the son of Dario & Mabel Alvarez of Tampa. Elicia is the granddaughter of Catherine K. Ellison of Milo. Elicia will graduate from the University of South Florida in May, 2004 with a degree in Secondary Education of Mathematics. Juan also graduated from the University of South Florida in May, 2003 with a degree in Criminology. A wedding date will be announced in the future.

     Two proud aunts, Debbie Flagg and Robin Fowle, would like to announce the birth of their nephew Jeffrey Scott Witham Jr. born to Ann and Jeff Witham of Brownville Jct, Me. on October 7, 2003 at 12:55 PM at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln. He weighed 7lbs 4 oz and was 18 _ inches long.
     Also welcoming him home were his proud grandparents Georgia and Roland Royal of Milo, and Peggy and Chester Witham of Brownville Jct.
DERBY — A son, Cayden Elijah Warner, to Sheena and George Wamer of Derby on Nov. 14, 2003. Weight: 9 pounds, 13 ounces.

     I was sitting alone in one of those loud, casual steak houses that you find all over the country. You know the type--a bucket of peanuts on every table, shells littering the floor, and a bunch of perky college kids racing around with longneck beers and sizzling platters.
     Taking a sip of my iced tea, I studied the crowd over the rim of my glass. My gaze lingered on a group enjoying their meal. They wore no uniform to identify their branch of service, but they were definitely "military;" clean shaven, cropped haircut, and that "squared away" look that comes with pride.
     Smiling sadly, I glanced across my table to the empty seat where my husband usually sat. It had only been a few months since we sat in this very booth, talking about his upcoming deployment to the Middle East.
     That was when he made me promise to get a sitter for the kids, come back to this restaurant once a month and treat myself to a nice steak. In turn he would treasure the thought of me being here, thinking about him until he returned home to me.
     I fingered the little flag pin I constantly wear and wondered where he was at this very moment. Was he safe and warm? Was his cold any better? Were my letters getting through to him?
     As I pondered these thoughts, high pitched female voices from the next booth broke into my thoughts. "I don't know what Bush is thinking about. Invading Iraq. You'd think that man would learn from his old man's mistakes. Good lord! What an idiot!
     I can't believe he is even in office. You do know, he stole the election."
     I cut into my steak and tried to ignore them, as they began an endless tirade running down our president. I thought about the last night I spent with my husband, as he prepared to deploy. He had just returned from getting his smallpox and anthrax shots. The image of him standing in our kitchen packing his gas mask still gives me chills.

     Once again the women's voices invaded my thoughts. "It is all about oil, you know. Our soldiers will go in and rape and steal all the oil they can in the name of 'freedom'. Hmph! I wonder how many innocent people they'll kill without giving it a thought? It's pure greed, you know."
     My chest tightened as I stared at my wedding ring. I could still see how handsome my husband looked in his "mess dress" the day he slipped it on my finger. I wondered what he was wearing now. Probably his desert uniform affectionately dubbed "coffee stains" with a heavy bulletproof vest over it.
     "You know, we should just leave Iraq alone. I don't think they are hiding any weapons. In fact, I bet it's all a big act just to increase the president's popularity. That's all it is, padding the military budget at the expense of our social security and education. And, you know what else? We're just asking for another 9-ll. I can't say when it happens again that we didn't deserve it."
     Their words brought to mind the war protesters I had watched gathering outside our base. Did no one appreciate the sacrifice of brave men and women, who leave their homes and family to ensure our freedom? Do they even know what "freedom" is?
     I glanced at the table where the young men were sitting, and saw their courageous faces change. They had stopped eating and looked at each other dejectedly, listening to the women talking.
     "Well, I, for one, think it's just deplorable to invade Iraq, and I am certainly sick of our tax dollars going to train professional baby killers we call a military."
     Professional baby killers? I thought about what a wonderful father my husband is, and of how long it would be before he would see our children again.
     That's it! Indignation rose up inside me. Normally reserved, pride in my husband gave me a brassy boldness I never realized I had. Tonight one voice will answer on behalf of our military, and let her pride in our troops be known.
     Sliding out of my booth, I walked around to the adjoining booth and placed my hands flat on their table. Lowering myself to eye level with them, I smilingly said, "I couldn't help overhearing your conversation. You see, I'm sitting here trying to enjoy my dinner alone. And, do you know why? Because my husband, whom I love with all my heart, is halfway around the world, defending your right to say rotten things about him."
     "Yes, you have the right to your opinion, and what you think is none of my business. However, what you say in public is something else, and I will not sit by and listen to you ridicule MY country, MY president, MY husband, and all the other fine American men and women who put their lives on the line, just so you can have the "freedom" to complain. Freedom is an expensive commodity, ladies. Don't let your actions cheapen it."
     I must have been louder that I meant to be, because the manager came over to inquire if everything was all right. "Yes, thank you," I replied. Then turning back to the women, I said, "Enjoy the rest of your meal."
     As I returned to my booth applause broke out. I was embarrassed for making a scene, and went back to my half-eaten steak. The women picked their check and scurried away.
     After finishing my meal, and while waiting for my check, the manager returned with a huge apple cobbler ala mode. "Compliments of those soldiers," he said. He also smiled and said the ladies tried to pay for my dinner, but that another couple had beaten them to it. When I asked who, the manager said they had already left, but that the gentleman was a veteran, and wanted to take care of the wife of "one of our boys."
     With a lump in my throat, I gratefully turned to the soldiers and thanked them for the cobbler. Grinning from ear to ear, they came over and surrounded the booth. "We just wanted to thank you, ma'am. You know we can't get into confrontations with civilians, so we appreciate what you did."
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     As I drove home, for the first time since my husband's deployment, I didn't feel quite so alone. My heart was filled with the warmth of the other diners who stopped by my table, to relate how they, too, were proud of my husband, and would keep him in their prayers. I knew their flags would fly a little higher the next day. Perhaps they would look for more tangible ways to show their pride in our country, and the military who protect her. And maybe, just maybe, the two women who were railing against our country, would pause for a minute to appreciate all the freedom America offers, and the price it pays to maintain it's freedom.
     As for me, I have learned that one voice CAN make a difference. Maybe the next time protesters gather outside the gates of the base where I live, I will proudly stand on the opposite side with a sign of my own. It will simply say, "Thank You!"
(*Lori Kimble is a 31-year-old teacher and proud military wife. A California native, Mrs. Kimble currently lives in Alabama.)
     To those who fought for our Nation: Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

     I have received some tickets from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra's production of "The Nutcracker". These tickets were donated to be used as a fundraiser for the MSAD 41 Special Olympics. The winner of the raffle will receive 2 adult tickets and 2 youth tickets in the balcony section for the December 6 showing at 7:30 PM. (These tickets can be used in any combination, as long as the value of the seats does not exceed $66.00.)
     Tickets will be $1.00 each and may be purchased by contacting Linda Howard at Milo Elementary School, in person or by calling 943-2122 after 2:30. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on December 4th so that the winner may contact the Symphony to ensure available seating.
     Thank you in advance for supporting our Special Olympians.

     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.

Milo Free Public Library News
     We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day share with family and friends. This column today will be about books, a gift and purchases. The other day Allen Monroe came by with a gift book from the Milo Historical Society. They donated the book Lest We Forget: Band Stands of Maine An Illustrated History by Barbara Merrill Fox. The book was given in memory of Lorraine Kealiher (1934-2003). Lorraine was a dedicated member and trustee of the Milo Historical Society. Lorraine will be remembered for her many talents, love of the arts and as an ardent scholar of history. We thank the Milo Historical Society for this fine book.
     Bringing the material closer to home, the cover photo is of the new band stand on the mall at Milo Junction (Derby) taken on the night of its dedication –July 22, 1908. On Page 112 is a picture of the Milo bandstand near Chase Hall. This page also has an article on the bandstand that was at Lake View.
     Here is a list of books that I ordered this past week. We hope you see something that you might like to read.

Albreight, Madeline NF MADAME SECRETARY
Brown, Rita Mae FULL CRY
Card, Orson Scott THE CRYSTAL CITY
Deveraux, Jude HOLLY
Dickey, Eric Frome NAUGHTY OR NICE
Kellerman, Jonathan THE CONSPIRACY CLUB
Koontz, Dean O DD THOMAS
Krentz, Jayne Ann TRUTH OR DARE
Macomber, Debbie THE SNOW BRIDE
McCullough, Colleen THE TOUCH
Mitchard, Jacquelyn CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Patterson, James THE BIG BAD WOLF
Steel, Danielle SAFE HARBOUR
Tapply, William SHADOW OF DEATH

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

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A Historical Review - Part 2
Bridges Covered in Book
BDN, Edna L. Bradeen, 5/11/81
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     Dover-Foxcroft, Milo-Derby: Ernestine Folsom, Dover-Foxcroft, often said, "Someday I am going to write a book." This promise to herself has been fulfilled with the publishing of "Maine's Remaining Covered Bridges."
     In 1970 she and her late husband, George Colby Folsom, passed Lowe's Bridge on the Piscataquis River between the towns of Snagerville and Guilford. She wondered then how many covered bridges were left in the state. She decided to find out. Armed with information from Augusta on the location of the 10 remaining bridges, the couple set out to visit and photograph each one. Local information provided by residents of "their bridge" added to the history she was seeking. As Mrs. Folsom continued her research, she learned of the types of designers, builders and the original cost.
     Mrs. Folsom's husband built her scale models of the three designs of the remaining bridges. As she told her friends about her new hobby, she started to receive requests to speak at meetings. With her knowledge of covered bridges, their history, the photographs and scale models, she soon had an interesting talk worked up. She lectured in surrounding towns and soon was traveling to nearly all parts of the state.
     She tells her audiences Maine once had 120 covered bridges. When she started her research there were 10 left. In 1973, Babbs Bridge, between Gorham and South Windam, was destroyed by fire. The Robeyville Bridge at Corinth and Lowe's Bridge at Guilford-Sangerville is of the Long design, featuring trusses of X's along the sides. The Howe truss design, employing braces with center poles along the sides, was used in the Watson Settlement Bridge at Littleton and the Morse Bridge at Bangor. The Paddleford design is fashioned with rainbow-type arch along its length with braces over and under the arch. Maine has five of this style, according to Mr. Folsom. They are the Lovejoy bridge on South Andover, Bennett at Wilson's Mills, Hemlock at Fryburg, Sunday River at Newry and Porter's Bridge between Porter and Personified.
     Mrs. Folsom found the oldest remaining covered bridges are Lowe's and Hemlocks, both built in 1857, while the newest one, Watson's, was built in 1911. Several of these can be traveled by car.
     The Morse Bridge, built in 1882 at Bangor, has the distinction of being the longest remaining one in the state and is also the only span within the limits of any United States city. The Lovejoy is the shortest of the remaining bridges, measuring 70 feet.
     As Mrs. Folsom traveled around the state, she was often asked why she didn't put all of her information into book form. With her son, Wayne, she visited the bridges and updated her photographs. many more hours went into compiling the material until finally it was ready for the printer. The books were in the hands of the author the week of April 26 [1981] and Mrs. Folsom soon started getting requests for copies.
     Mrs. Folsom is a native of Dover-foxcroft. She has spent many hours researching the history of the state. Her library reflects this interest with more than 400 Maine books. Included is a complete set of "Sprague's Journals of Maine History," written by a Dover-Foxcroft lawyer.
     Mrs. Folsom is a graduate of Foxcroft Academy and the Eastern State Normal School at Castine. She studied at the University of Maine at Orono. She retired from the teaching profession in 1970. Her first teaching experience was in the one-room schools of Ripley and Abbott. Later she taught in Milo-Derby and at the time of there retirement was a teacher in the Dover-Foxcroft schools. Mrs. Folsom continues to write and is considering publishing her poetry. Since retirement, Mrs. Folson has traveled to several states, but she says, "Maine is still my favorite state. It is often overlooked and is often taken for granted, which it shouldn't be. It's a great state."

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Do you see the high red blotches on my cheekbones? Believe it or not, my typographical faux pas has been around the world and back. My e-mail has been alive with laughter. Luckily for me I'm a really good sport and probably laughed the hardest of anyone when I read my own recipe for sweet and spicy snack mix in last week's paper.
     I blame Kirby Robertson for the whole thing. Ah yes, Kirby is my proofreader. You gotta wonder if Kirby saw the error and deliberately left it for the laugh value that it was definitely worth.....or if he really didn't see it, which is what he said happened. In any case, the funny picture that the mistake conjured up was worth my humiliation. I was really pooped that night that I wrote the column, and I think that's how the typo got past me. Evidently pooped is in the dictionary, because it got past my computer's spell-check. And, Kirby must have been pooped when he read the darn thing....because it got past him, too. Or so he says. In any case, my apologies to any who might have been offended.
     The other night we went to see the production of CATS at the Maine Center for the Arts. The place was mobbed and the show was wonderful. It didn't hurt that we had second row seats and so interacted with the cast on a very personal level. Sitting in front of us was a beautiful little family. In front row center seats sat a dad and mom and three adorable little children. The little son was dressed in a little suit and tie. The two little daughters were in their fanciest dresses of sparkled material with little black velvet boleros over them. The little girls had their hair all brushed beautifully and pulled up with ribbons and bows. The little girls were about three and five years old and the little boy looked to be about seven years old. They were amazingly well behaved children and it was a thrill to be sitting behind them to see their reactions to the show.
     The cast of the show, as you probably all know, were all costumed as cats. The cast was "in character" at all no matter where they were on the stage they were cats. They were poised like cats....staring and blinking and padding around up and down on everything and doing everything you'd expect a cat to do. When some of the cats were lounging at the front of the stage looking out into the audience, they made eye contact with those of us in the first few rows. It gave Carroll the creeps....but it fascinated me. At one time the beautiful white kitty was laying on the stage in a restful pose, staring straight into the eyes of the little five year old girl.......the next moment the cats eyes shifted to me. The little girl noticed the shift in eye contact and she turned around and looked at me. I made a little "yikes" face and the little girl made a little "yikes" face back at me. Then we both giggled a little nervously and she turned back around in her seat. In hindsight, I should have immediately looked up at the white cat to see what kind of a reaction she had to the little girl's interaction with me. At that moment it was like the white cat, the little girl, and I were the only people in the theater.
     In my list of things that I want to do in my lifetime, seeing CATS was high on the list. Attending New York City on Thanksgiving Day to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then attending Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes Christmas Show is another thing on my list. I've been to Disney World twice....but I want to see it with my grandchildren. If all goes as planned, we'll be doing that a year from this coming February.
     The plans are all in motion to do Disney with the grands in 2005. I wanted to go to Las Vegas, and we've done that. I wanted to go on a cruise, and we've done that. I wanted to go to New York City and see a Broadway show, and we did that.....but now I want to go back for a Thanksgiving Day. I want to go out west again....but this time I want to go to Utah and Colorado to visit our relatives out there....and to see Colorado Springs where Carroll lived when he was in the army.

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     I want to write a book, and completely and totally organize (in clever albums) every picture that I've ever taken. We want to remodel our camp and be able to live there year round if we want to. Pretty lofty plans, don't you think? Everyone tells us that when you retire you don't have time to do much of any of the things that you thought you were going to be able to do. You must!!! What would you be doing with all of those hours that you were formerly at work?
     The biggest thing that I have on my list just got put on there tonight. My son-in-law told me about a lofty dream of his own. I can't divulge what it is...but it's a good one!
     You're all going to love it. If his dream comes true, I'll be busy up to my eyeballs helping him. It will be doing something that we all will love.
     It's Thanksgiving night as I write this....Dad is just telling Charlie and I about when he was a kid. He's saying that they used to set up a little brown house up at the head of Main Street....somewhere in the vicinity of where Joe Knowles’ Garage was, but before Joe even had a garage, and Santa would be there giving out candy. He said that kids would line up from the door of the little house clear down Main Street to where the old post office was, waiting their turn to get to see Santa and get a box of candy. That was back in the days when people who had cars, put them up for the winter and folks got around on foot or being hauled behind a team of horses. The good old days in Milo.
     Here's a hash brown breakfast bake that might be nice to serve over the holidays.

Holiday Hash Brown Potatoes
1 bag refrigerated home-style shredded has brown potatoes
1 medium green pepper, chopped fine
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
a little additional grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
     Heat your oven to 350 degrees, mix the shredded hash browns, green pepper, and onion, cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour the butter and oil into a 1 1/2 quart casserole or a 13X9 inch pan....tilt the oil and butter around to cover the bottom of the pan. Spread the potato mixture in the pan and bake uncovered for about 45 minutes stirring once until the mixture is golden brown. If you want you can sprinkle with the additional cheese before serving. This serves at least 6 people.....probably can be stretched to 8, if you have enough other things on the table.

     LAGRANGE - Sonja J. Ellis, 51, passed away Nov. 21, 2003, at her residence. She was born Jan. 28, 1952, in Milo, the daughter of Richard and Beverly (Wilson) Hanson. Sonja will be missed by her mother, Beverly Hanson of Bradford; her son, Kristopher Ellis and his girlfriend, Chris Cote, of LaGrange; her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Willard Stone of Milo; her granddaughters, Kaitlyn Allie and Rebecca Rae Stone, and the late Rachel Ann Ellis; her companion, Hugh Dugans of LaGrange; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Robert Rivera of Bradford; two brothers, Richard Hanson and his fianc&Mac226;e, Lori Baker, of Bradford, Errol Hanson and his wife, Beverly, of Bradford; her former husband, Gary Ellis, of Alton; his family, Joyce Ellis of Alton, Peggy Clark of Massachusetts, Roberta and Skip Hussey of Alton, John and JoAnne Ellis of Alton; many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by many friends, including a special friend, Bonnie (Noyes) Caldwell.

     MILO - Frank W. Day, 83, husband of Mary (McLean) Day, died Nov. 24, 2003, at a Brewer nursing facility, after fighting a courageous battle. He was born May 18, 1920, in Milo, the son of Aaron W. and Katharine M. (Butler) Day. A graduate of Milo High School, he served with the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. After returning home, he married his wife Mary on Nov. 25, 1946. He was employed by the B & A Railroad for 39 years, retiring in 1980. His hobbies included talking to friends on his radio, taking country rides with his wife, and going out to restaurants. He was a devoted husband of one day shy of 57 years to Mary, and often came home with flowers for her. Frank is survived by his wife, Mary, of Milo; his daughter, Linda and son-in-law, Harland Harris, of Palmyra; his son, George of Milo; two grandchildren, Lori Vance and Amy Harris; three great-grandchildren; 3 sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; two cousins; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Stella D. Hobbs; and a brother, George Day. Frank's family wishes to thank all the fine people at Brewer Rehabilitation Center for their excellent care for Frank and his family through this difficult time.

     DOVER-FOXCROFT - Mary (Beth) Elizabeth Dean, 52, passed away peacefully Nov. 28, 2003, at a Bangor hospital with her family at her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 5, 1951, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Ronald and Arline (Mischler) Dean. A graduate of Foxcroft Academy, Class of 1969, she attended University of Maine at Orono, and graduated from Franklin Peirce in New Hampshire. Throughout her life, she lived and worked in New Hampshire, California, Washington and Georgia, ending back at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft. Mary Beth enjoyed her family, animals and loved to read. She especially enjoyed skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. She loved watching her nieces and nephews play football, soccer and basketball. She never let her illness slow her down. She was always thinking of others, making sure all the details were taken care of, even in her last days. She was predeceased by her father. Mary Beth will be sadly missed by her mother, Arline Dean of Dover-Foxcroft; brother, Joe and his wife, Tami, of England; sisters, Bea and her husband, Jim Sauvage, of Mesa, Ariz., Barbie of Vacaville, Calif., Martha and her husband, Sam Andrews, of Atkinson, Grace and her husband, Rick Langley, of Lewiston, Cathy and her special friend, Mike Buckley, of Harmony; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She will be missed by her cat, Gracie Ann. Memorial services will be conducted 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Neil Gastonguay officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, Northeast affiliate, 343 Gorham Road, So. Portland 04106-2317 or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

     ORONO - Leon G. Perkins, 77, passed away Nov. 27, 2003, at a Bangor hospital. He was born April 26, 1926, in Orono, the son of Leon and Josephine M.B. Perkins. Leon attended Orono schools and was a lifelong resident of that town. He served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was then employed as a manager/foreman for the Wheelwright "Nokomis" Farm for 31 years and served local communities in public service for many years. He loved to share special memories with family and friends of hunting, fishing and camping trips with longtime friends Larry, Bobby, Roy, and Alan Thurston. He is survived by his loving companion of 21 years, Ramona H. McPherson (Mom

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II); and loving and devoted father of Leon "Sandy" Perkins of Freeport, Glenn A. Perkins and his wife, Lisa, of Brownville, Thomas J. Perkins and his wife, Stephanie, of Orono, Susan M. Rice and her husband, Leonard, of Glenburn, Gary McPherson of Levant, Craig D. McPherson of Levant, Mark McPherson and his wife, Michele, of Levant, Susan Young and her husband, Jackie, of Corea; 11 grandchildren, Heather, Nathan, Molly, Katie, Derek, Dustin, Devin, Brandon, Abbie Perkins, Amanda and Sheree Rice; two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Jay; one sister, Elvira "Sis" LaGassey; and one niece, Kathy LaGassey of Arlington, Va. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary S. Perkins. Your children are very appreciative for the many life experiences that we've shared and for the lifelong values that you have instilled in us. Thank you Dad, you will be in our hearts forever. Special thanks to the devoted staff of St. Joseph's Hospital and Orono Family Medicine. If you would like to remember Leon in a special way, contributions may be sent to St. Joseph Hospital Cardiac Wing, 360 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401.

     If there is an unlikely member of the Three Rivers Community Alliance web team - it would be me.
     Five years ago if anyone had suggested such a thing I would have seriously questioned their sanity.
     First, at that time my computer experience was limited to programming a telephone. Secondly, I really wasn’t interested in paying a bunch of money for a computer I might use very little, if at all. Last but not least, I didn’t have to - so why ever on earth would I want to bother ?
     Then the staff meeting came that brought the announcement that each center would be getting a computer and each of us would be learning to use them. At work the training on computer use was somewhat limited. We were shown, for the most part, how to enter the data necessary for work purposes.
     “Never touch the right mouse button, you might delete something,” I was ominously instructed.
     Other than the data entry program anything else was pretty much learned hit or miss, trial and error.
     My progress was very, very slow.
     With the opening of the Penquis CAP office in Dover-Foxcroft came access to the internet and e-mail. Meanwhile I had heard about and e-mailed Seth asking him to post some material on the Community Calendar which he did.
     Eventually I got a computer with Windows XP, a scanner-printer-copier-fax machine and the Internet at home. Thinking again about TRCMaine and the potential I know it holds for our communities I e-mailed Seth and offered to help, if there was anything he thought I could do with my somewhat limited skills. He thought if I could send him the news of the area that would be helpful and I agreed to give it a try.
     I had the equipment, and I was reasonably confident after my experiences at work that I could figure out how to run it. You may be getting the picture…here I sat with the local news in paper form, needing to convert it to electronic form, with all the equipment to do it except a competent equipment operator. There were long, mind stretching sessions ( to say it nicely) as I scanned and sent local news.. From work I knew how to attach a file and e-mail and I must have sent a hundred items that way. Seth suggested a couple times that I copy and paste onto one e-mail. Good suggestion…I just didn’t know how yet.
     Eventually a very computer competent co-worker from the Bangor office came to do some updating of the work computer. She was showing me how to do something and said, “just right click on…” and there was ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ on the right mouse button list of functions. A quick demonstration of their use and I was golden !
     The point of this trip down memory lane is to share my belief that the interest and the willingness to participate are the most important attributes for TRCMaine web team members. While

there are many and varied skills at work at TRCMaine we, as a team, are also learning as we go. There will always be work for more web team volunteers because there will always be more to incorporate into the site to better represent our communities.
     Every person in the TRCMaine area is a potential “contributor-at-will” web site member. For example, there is a Featured Picture on the home page. Were you at just the right place at just the right time to capture a picture to share ? How about photos of the area for the Photo Album ? The Bulletin Board is a message board for all kinds of your announcements, messages, and opinions. Join and post. Don’t let me hog all the space ! One section is especially for Alumni to enhance communication among former classmates. Reconnecting with old friends happens regularly from the entries in the Guest Book. The Community Calendar is a place to advertise (at no charge) meetings, events, etc. that are happening in our towns.
     The mission of the Three Rivers Community Alliance is to link and promote our communities on the World Wide Web for continuous improvement in governance, economic status, educational opportunity and social endeavor.
     TRCMaine is your website. Web team meetings are public meetings and are posted on the Bulletin Board and Community Calendar on the site. You're welcome to stop in for all or part of a meeting. Material for posting on the site can be sent to : Your participation adds to the fulfillment of the mission.

Governor Baldacci's Budget Fiasco
By Senator Paul Davis and Representative Joe Bruno
     Governor Baldacci's most recent $113 million proposed budget fix is another example of this administration's fiscally unsound and shortsighted thinking. Here's why:
     Governor Baldacci's budget solution is fiscally unsound as it deals with only one year of a two-year (plus) Medicaid spending problem. It relies on over $105 million in one-time money. This includes almost $67 million in federal relief money from this year's Bush tax cut. In other words, over half of his proposed solution is using money not available next fiscal year, beginning just seven months from now. Clearly, Governor Baldacci is hoping for another Bush tax cut next year to bail him out again.
     Governor Baldacci's Medicaid reductions include over $7 million in cuts to Maine healthcare providers. Earlier this year, this Legislature stopped Governor Baldacci's attempt to shut down Maine's rural hospitals as part of his Dirigo Health proposal. His latest tact seems to be to slowly bankrupt providers by cutting Medicaid reimbursement at the same time he is ballooning their Medicaid patient caseloads.
     Even in admitting to the $113 million debacle for this year, Governor Baldacci ignores the reality that Medicaid enrollment is continuing to grow at 2% a month. His latest proposal assumes Medicaid spending remains constant for the remainder of the year. Such wistful assumptions ignore reality.
     State law, passed by Republicans and Democrats, requires the Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid enrollment of the parent and childless adult expansions to within budgeted resources. To date, DHS has not done this. Medicaid enrollment has ballooned 33% in the last 24 months. Today, one in five Mainers is on Medicaid. He should defer the 78,000 person Medicaid expansion scheduled to begin July 2004, which will result in 25% of all Mainers being on Medicaid. We need to take control of Medicaid before it Pac-Mans the rest of Maine's budget, including education and transportation.
     Here in Maine we write state budgets on a two-year cycle. Yet, Governor Baldacci's proposal only deals with the current fiscal year rather than fixing the entire two-year $200+ million problem. Since Governor Baldacci wrote this original two-year budget, he should deal with the whole problem, be forthright with Maine people and present this Legislature with a two-year solution. Republicans warned the Governor that his budget would not stand up because he didn't make the tough choices. Now it is time to face up to reality.
     In conclusion, this latest budget proposal shows the real impact of poor fiscal management. If DHS had better managed its
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shortfall, this Legislature could have the money necessary to meet its 55% commitment to fund local education.
     It's all about priorities.
Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) is the Senate Republican Leader
Joe Bruno (R-Raymond) is the House Republican Leader

MSAD #41
December 1 – 5
Monday-Chicken burger, rice pilaf, peas, pears, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Italian sand. carrot sticks, fries, and birthday cake.
Wednesday-Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and fruit.
Thursday-Egg muffin, potato smiles, and applesauce.
Friday-Juice, pizza bagels, broccoli/cheese, and whoopie pie.
December 8 – 12
Monday-Bacon cheeseburger, potato puffs, corn, and fruit.
Tuesday-Macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, cinnamon bun, and fruit.
Wednesday-Chicken noodle soup, crackers, B.L.T. and pineapple.
Thursday-Juice, taco, lettuce/tomato, potato ovals, and congo bar.
Friday-Breadsticks, cheese/sauce, green beans, and fruit.
December 15 – 19
Monday-Oven fried chicken, mashed potato, creamed corn, dinner roll, and fruit.
Tuesday-Chop suey, salad, biscuit, and pears.
Thursday-Turkey club sandwich, potato, and fruit.
Friday-Juice, hot dogs, potato chips, assorted vegs, assorted desserts.
Merry Christmas from the Kitchen Crew – Ginny, Joe, Joan, Terry, Linda, Elbie, Judy, Rosemary, Marilyn, Connie, Charlene, Barbie, Susan, Kelley, and Teri!

By Nancy Grant
From the Milo High School Breeze, 1924
College Course English Course Commercial Course
(Required) (Required) (Required)
English English English
French (Elective) Stenography
Advanced Algebra French Bookkeeping
(Elective) Advanced Algebra Typewriting
Latin Latin American History
American History Physics & Civics
& Civics American History Physics
Physics & Civics

From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
December – 1970
2nd-Cloudy-30° at 6:30 am and 36° at 3:30 pm.
3rd-Sunny & windy-40° at 12 and 32° at 4 pm.
4th-Snowed all day-22° at 6 am.
7th-Sunny windy & cold-12° at 4 pm. (Michael O’Connor born today)
8th-Sunny AM Cloudy PM-0° at 6:15 am and 6° at 4 pm.

Corrections Corner – The recipe in Traditions of a Milo-Ite appearing in last week’s issue should have read 6 cups popped corn.
     There is so much going on; I don’t know where to start! We have moved about 15 cats and kittens down to the shelter on Clinton Street, so here at the house we are down to 6 cats. But don’t get the idea that things are any calmer, because we have 3 additional good-sized dogs added to our ‘“pack” . Actually, I guess just 2 of them are extra, as Bandit, the pit bull-mix is here to stay. One of the other two is Lady, a mature shepherd-mix, who was picked up on Pleasant Street in Milo two weeks ago. She is up for adoption , is sweet tempered and loves other dogs and cats. The second stray is a Golden Retriever that was found on the Lyford Road. He is unneutered and very friendly. It is hard for me to believe that people aren’t frantically searching for these guys.
     Friday was an awful day here at the house. My sweet little goat Jack was playing in the yard and somehow he must have stumbled and broke his leg. I took him to Foxcroft Vets, and Dennis set his leg in a cast. Jack is confined to his stall, as the cast can’t get wet. That means Ozzie stays there too, as they can’t be apart or else they blaaaat and blat. Jack seems quite comfortable, but it sure is a pitiful sight.

     As I write this, both Jack and Ozzie are out in their pen, enjoying the sunshine. As long as Jack can keep the cast dry, he can do what he wants. I’ll make sure he is inside his stall, all high and dry, when I’m not at home, but for now he seems very happy to be standing in the sunshine.
     We had a happy ending to one of our stray cat stories. Last Friday, as Katie and I were leaving the wonderful production of “Tom Sawyer” at the Town Hall, we noticed a beautiful longhaired yellow cat in the parking lot. I picked him up and carried him behind the post office. He jumped from my arms and headed for a house, so I figured he was going home. No such luck. On Monday the cat was back at the Town Hall, and Jane Jones, the Town Manager, became concerned about the cat and called Julie, who promptly grabbed him up and took him to the shelter. He was so well cared for and beautiful that we knew he belonged to someone. As luck would have it, Kathy Knox called and left me a message that she was missing a longhaired yellow cat. I got in contact with her on Saturday, and she met me at the Clinton Street shelter.
     Kathy had moved into her Mom and Dad’s house on West Main Street and her cat had escaped and had been gone for almost 2 weeks. She was heartbroken and barely dared hope that the cat we had was actually hers.
     After some searching around, I found the handsome fellow and Kathy’s eyes lit up when I brought him to her. It was her “Willie” , and his brother “Nelson” was home waiting for him. I love a happy ending!
     Katie and Eric have moved into their new house in Brownville, so our house seems a little empty without them here. I guess I’ll find some way to fill the time. Julie and I have 15 or so cats at Clinton Street to care for and another 9 in Ronnie Towne’s foster room. Come to think of it, I guess I won’t be too lonely.

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     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Nancy Grant or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

     President Joe Zamboni greeted twenty members and guests Past Lt. Gov. Harold Sherman, Ron and Michelle Gnodde, and PVHS student council member Michelle Mulherin.
     Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed Treworgy asked for guidance in his prayer.
     Chris Beres presented MANY letters of thanks from elementary students for the books distributed by Reading is Fundamental.
     Eben and Joanne DeWitt celebrate their 46th anniversary on November 27 and Leo Gray and Jan Blinn celebrate their birthdays on the same day. Ed and Ethelyn Treworgy’s 17th anniversary is the 29th and December 2nd is the birthday of Don Hayes, Mike Grindle, and Cheryl Hamlin.
     Seventeen happy and sad dollars were donated today for kids being home for Thanksgiving, 46th wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving baskets, fruit sales, kid’s play, Key Club tree, 17th wedding anniversary, Stephanie Gillis’ drama club, a Three Rivers News typo, and a great art teacher.
     Trish Hayes reported on the ever-busy Key Club activities, installation on Dec. 14, eight members traveling to Manna to help wrap gifts on the 15th, hosting a tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, November 30 at 5 pm, possibly doing some caroling, helping with the Coats for Kids program, and preparing for the food sales at the home basketball games this winter.

     The Three Rivers News has again set a new record for sales with 349!
     The Library Kid’s Korner is on vacation this week.
     Cheryl Hamlin informed us that December 11 is the delivery date for the fruit that has been ordered. It will arrive at the Milo Elementary School to be readied for individuals.
     December 13 is the tentative date for Secret Santa shopping with December 15 as the distribution date. Donations are over $900 at this point!
     Joe told us that the Gazebo Fund is up to $4600. If enough money is raised a pre-fabricated building is a possibility.
     There was a discussion concerned with having two business meetings per month instead of one. A concern was expressed that interclubs from other areas aren’t interested in visiting our meeting if there isn’t a speaker on the agenda. Another concern was the difficulty of finding two or three different presenters for the same month. It was decided to hold two business meetings per month for the first three months of 2004 then reevaluate the situation.
     After some discussion it was decided NOT to hold our regular meeting on December 24. The members present voted to hold a regular meeting on December 31. This will be our 5th Wednesday and will be at the regular time of 6:30 am at The Restaurant. The Board of Directors monthly meeting will NOT be on January 1 but on January 8.
     Our guest speaker for next week will be Ron Gnodde. He will be presenting a program about dog training. December 10 will be the business meeting and Rev. Ernie Madden will be our special guest speaker on December 17.
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