Three Rivers News, 2003-12-16

Surprise!! Surprise!!
     Never mind who is coming to dinner. Guess who came to lunch at “The Restaurant”?
     This was supposed to be a family lunch planned by our son Brian in Kuwait and our daughter Kristin. Brian wanted to treat us all out to lunch, “On him”. Brian said that if he could not be here to have a Holiday meal with his family at least he could get us all together and treat us. The rest of the plan was to call him from the restaurant and he would say “Hi” to everyone.
     Little did we know that something else was in the plan. Brian had been trying to get R&R moved up from February, …… and he did. As we were all greeting each other ………….. in walked Brian.
     This was the most perfectly planned and unexpected surprise ever. I just can’t believe how this was pulled together, no easy feat I assure you. Also, how family and friends that were in the know kept this surprise a secret ……….
     I want to thank everyone at The Restaurant for a wonderful lunch and helping to make this such a special time. There is nothing like the warmth of your hometown friends!
     “I’ll be home for Christmas” I could not listen to this song last week, now I can’t get it out of my head.
     Happy Holidays to everyone and God Bless all the Soldiers.
Kathie Lee / A.K.A. Mom
(Note: Brian will be going back to Kuwait Dec. 16th)

Blood Drive
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 from 3:00 – 7:00
Penquis Valley gym
Sponsored by the PVHS Key Club

Santa will greet children from
10:00AM to 12:00 noon at
The Milo Town Hall
on December 20th from 10:00AM TO 12:00PM. Santa is sponsored by the Milo Three Rivers Kiwanis.

Chocolate Pizzas for Christmas
     It's that time of year when you can pick up a special treat for the chocoholic on your holiday gift list. Susan Worcester will be making and selling chocolate pizzas again this year! The concoctions come in three sizes and two flavors:
     Chocolate Chocolate/Peanut Butter
     mini (3 inch) $1.50 $2.00
     regular (8 inch) $6.00 $7.00
     large (10 inch) $8.00 $9.00
     They come with marshmallows, Rice Krispies, coconut and M&Ms. (Special orders are possible.)
     The profits from the project support activities for Mrs. Worcester's special education classroom at Milo Elementary School.
     You can order yours by calling Susan at 965-8070 evenings or weekends. Arrangements for pick up or delivery will be made when the order is placed.

     St. John's Episcopal Church Women will hold their annual meeting and Christmas Dinner at Smith's Restaurant on Tuesday, December 16th at 6pm. All church women are invited to attend. For more information, contact Susan Worcester, ECW president, at 965-8070.

To be held at the Milo Town Hall
December 25, 2003. Dinner served at noon.
The dinner is open to all community members who would like to attend.
Delivery available to shut-ins.
Contact Trish Hayes at 943-2902 for more information or to request delivery.

The 6th Annual Christmas Dinner will be held at the Milo Town Hall on December 25, 2003. Volunteers are still needed to bake pies and cookies. If you would like to contribute please contact Trish Hayes at 943-2902.
Anyone who has volunteered to bake pies for the dinner may drop them off at the town hall on December 24, 2003 between noon and 4:00. Thank you.
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     The Kitchen Staff for M.S.A.D. # 41 surprised one of the original "KITCHEN QUEENS" with a wonderful supper hosted at the Cook Bed and Breakfast....Charlene will be sadly missed by all her co-workers and especially the students. A gorgeous "sweater" was presented to her along with a beautiful bracelet and a Wal-Mart gift certificate. Charlene also enjoyed those scratch off tickets given to her by her very dear friend Connie. I think she's still waiting for that Rolex watch that she asked David for though! Also at the party was a delicious cake made by Susan Mulherin .....Yummmmy

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) Bob Hamlin (b) Bob Henderson (c) Jud Briggs (d) John Meisner threw Christmas parties for children.
2. Bud Ladd was a(n) (a) Republican (b) Democrat (c) Independent (d) Green.
3. The CPR freight shed was once used as a (a) basketball court (b) hot dog stand (c) morgue (d) church.
4. R. Palmer Wilson drank (a) Moxie (b) Orange Crush (c)Listerine (d) Geritol in his French classes.
5. Denny Harshaw played the (a) drums (b) clarinet (c) flute (d) banjo.
6. Erin Weston scored her 1000th point at (a) Milo (b) Guilford (c) Dexter (d) Greenville.
7. Lt. Alice Zwicker's return was celebrated at the (a) Grange Hall (b) Briggs Block (c) YMCA (d) Prairie Pavillion.
8. Celestia Vale served as town clerk for (a) 25 years (b) 27 years (c) 31 years (d) 34 years.
9. The Perfield School was a school of (a) music (b) dance (c) floral design (d) archery.
10. (a) Galen Larson (b) Larry Larson (c) Ronnie Larson (d) Gary Larson ran in two Boston marathons.

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

     It was Thanksgiving day. The wife and I was riding down the interstate when low and behold, smack dab in the middle of the road was the biggest bull moose I'd seen in my fifty years. I slowed down, so as not to hit the moose, then drove on by. I started

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thinking (something I don't do alot of) and decided to back up and ask the moose a question.
     "Mr. Moose," I said, "Would it be okay to ask you a small political question?"
     He said, "Okay, as long as you don't run over me with that monster truck you are driving."
     "Mr. Moose, what do you think of the extended moose hunting season?"
     "My concern," said Mr. Moose, "is that winter is just around the corner and I worry about having enough food to keep me healthy through the winter. All the money generated from the tourists that that come to bother me each year should say something. I put up with the State bird, the mosquitoes, deer ticks and this thing they call brain worm and now I have to worry about my only natural enemy, MAN, with a gun for a longer season. I have been keeping track of this cow all year just so I could help keep the population growing and MAN comes along and shoots her. The moment only comes once a year and they deprive me of that."
     "I guess you and I feel the about the same Mr. Moose so I won't keep you any longer." I said. "Please, do get out of the road so that eighteen wheeler and the car that is trying to pass it at eighty miles an hour doesn't make this the end of all your problems."
Phillip Flagg

Baldacci's Thanksgiving Choice:
Medicaid Card or College diploma?
By Senator Paul Davis and Senator Chandler Woodcock
     On Thanksgiving Day, turkeys were not the only ones getting stuffed. Newspapers around the state announced that Governor Baldacci was proposing $16 million in higher education cuts as part of his fix for the $113 million Medicaid mismanagement cost overruns. Maine college students sat down to their Thanksgiving meals knowing that they would soon be stuffed with higher tuition, halfway through their school year, if the Governor's proposed cuts become law.
     We disagree with Governor Baldacci's budget priorities and simply will not support a budget that starts by punishing Maine college students with higher tuition. We thought that there was one thing we all agreed on; encouraging young people to stay in Maine, go to college and obtain good-paying professional jobs locally. We are confused by the sudden about face by the Governor.
Here are some facts:
     One thing is driving this latest budget 'crisis:' Medicaid mismanagement.
     Since the Governor took office in January, he has added 22,000 Mainers to the Medicaid rolls and spending is skyrocketing. The current Medicaid shortfall, just for the next seven months, is $113 million, not to mention another $150+ million estimated for the next fiscal year. The Governor has proposed a variety of one-time fixes to whittle that $113 million down to $22 million. He then stated that the remaining $22 million would come from cuts from across all state agencies with details to be provided at a 'later date.'
     Then comes Black Thursday. The details arrive. The news reports that $16 million of that $22 million will come from higher education, with $13 million from the University and $3 million from the Community College Systems.
     What is the direct impact on Maine students? For the Community College System this cut in state aid could force a full-time student to shell out another $300 in tuition or $600 for both semesters. For the University of Maine System, this cut would result in $960 in additional tuition per semester ($1,920/year). For people trying to make ends meet in Maine, that could be the difference between attending classes and not attending classes.
     Pathetically, higher education only makes up 8.6% of State's budget. Yet, Maine's colleges and universities are saddled with 73% of his
$22 million 'fix.' The irony in all this is that Medicaid already got one of the largest increases of almost $45 million (before the $113 million overrun) while higher education was told to make do with what they received last year.
     In his Inaugural Address, the Governor stated that he wanted to "keep young people in Maine and. send a clear message to our young people who have left: come home."
     Well, he accomplished part of his goal. He sent a VERY clear message to young people: Stay in Maine so that the Governor can raise your college tuition.
     It's all about priorities.
     If poor Medicaid management at DHS resulted in 22,000 more people joining Medicaid, why should we punish the 46,000 students attending the University and Community Colleges? As Senate leaders, we offer the following suggestions that address the root cause of the problem:
     Cap Medicaid enrollment and start better managing Medicaid spending.
     Do not raise college tuition and remove the proposed higher education cuts.
     Suspend the 78,000 person Medicaid expansion scheduled to begin July 2004. Since Mainers can join Medicaid whether or not their small employer joins Dirigo Health, this dramatic Medicaid expansion will further overwhelm the Medicaid budget and force even greater cuts to higher education (read tuition increases) next year.
     The choice is clear: Do we want more people with college diplomas on the wall or Medicaid cards in their wallets? Our choice: college diplomas. We encourage the Governor to join us.
     Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) is the Maine Senate Republican Leader & Chandler Woodcock (R-Farmington) is the Assistant Republican Leader

Belated Graduation Announcement
     During the holiday season, we have been reflecting on the good things that have happened this year. In May, our son, David graduated from Eastern Maine Technical College (EMTC) with a diploma in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Heating Technology.
     The best news came in September when David obtained a job with New England Trane Service, an air conditioning, heating, and energy management company. In David’s words – he has as good a job as anyone in his graduating class. David got the job because he lived in the greater Bangor area and did not want to relocate to Portland or out-of-state. Happy Holidays from the Happy Parents,
Rob & Lynn Ricker

MILO, ME. 04463

Cook School News
     RACHAEL BAKER, TREVOR LYFORD and ZACHARY BLAKEMAN were honored as Terrific Kids at the December 12th assembly. Ms. Ivy told about how Rachael had solved a class problem. Two students wanted the same part in the Holiday Program. Rachael volunteered to share her part with a friend. Trevor Lyford is a leader in the classroom. Mrs. Carter said that Trevor always volunteers to bring items from home that enhance the lessons she is teaching. Trevor is a voice of reason every day. Zachary Blakeman completed and returned all of his homework this week. Miss K. noted that Zach has been very kind to the other students. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
     Lauren Crocker asked permission to make a presentation to a Terrific Teacher. Lauren gave her award to Mrs. Harmony for being very helpful in all of the classroooms.
     Artists of the week were Zach Whitman, Rachael Baker, Michaela Noke, Shalene Cody and Josh Gray. The artists

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shared their wonderful winter paintings with the audience.
     Kathy Foss gave Excellent Bus Student awards to Ronald Smith, Talyor Severence and Lindsay Turner.


     The PVMS Boys and Girls basketball teams have started their seasons. On Dec. 7 both teams beat Howland.

From the classroom of:
Mrs Barden's Terrific Kid loves to write long interesting stories. Mrs. Linda enjoys reading group with her. She is a happy friend and her classmates appreciate her. We are so glad to have CHELSEY GERRISH in our room.
Mrs. Mills - Our terrific kid is a wonderful young lady. She is helpful to all. She has been especially helpful to me. She has helped me learn all about her. Her work is neat and on time. Her handwriting is beautiful. She is becoming a very good editor of her own work during writing. I hope she gets all she wants for Christmas because we think she deserves it. Congratulations to you JUSTICE BLACK.
Mrs. Dunham - Our TK is a very sweet, cheerful boy. He comes to school each day with a big smile on his face, ready to work. He has a lot of background knowledge on a variety of topics, which he is willing to share. He is always kind and thoughtful of others. We wouldn't know what to do if we didn't have KINEO WALLACE here to brighten up our school days.

Mrs. Gillis
This girl has done "her best" this week,
Her teacher's approval she did seek,
Her effort hit an all-time peak,
I hope she keeps up this winning streak!
Congratulations, RAEJEAN HERBEST
Mrs. Dell'olio - This person is an avid biker and snowboarder. His favorite meal is pepperoni pizza and Mountain Dew. He has a great sense of humor and his favorite colors are black and red. Congratulations DEVON ARMSTRONG!!
Mrs. Hayes - Our Terrific Kid is just a "jolly old soul" in all he says and does. When we make our list and check it twice we find a friend who is a great gift to our class. He is a cheery and kind person. He is a hard worker and offers some wonderful ideas to our classroom discussions. He is a whiz in math class and Mrs. Hudack can't trick him! What a joy it is to have DYLAN LALIME in our classroom. He is a "Joy to our World"! We are happy to have you with us Dylan!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - DEVON STROUT- This Terrific Kid is a real Santa's helper. He works hard and is eager to please. If he were with Santa , the other elves would be [put to shame. We are pleased to have Devon in our class. DAVID NEWBERT- This boy also is a hard worker who has shown a lot of improvement this year. His great math skills would be a real help to Santa. He has also shown great improvement in his penmanship . He could write out a list for Santa and he would be on it as a nice boy. Congratulations, David.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - The "Big Guy in the Red Suit" who lives at the North Pole will be very happy to hear who our two Terrific Kids are this week. They are both little boys who can warm your heart with a smile and a hug. Even though they are very different in many ways, they are also alike in many ways. They are both 5 years old, they both have dark hair, and they both have names that begin with D. We think they are dazzling. dashing. dependable, diplomatic, (sometimes), and downright delightful. We love our days with our Terrific Kids, DILLON NICKERSON and DUNCAN GAHAGAN.
Mrs. Whitney - The Terrific Kid this week is REBECCA CARPENTER. She has adjusted well to a schedule change and is working hard in the classroom. What a great example to follow. Thanks for working hard!!! Congratulations!

     The Penquis Valley Junior High girls basketball team stands proud with their new warm up uniforms on......after hosting a mini clinic for grades 2-5. A great time was had by all of the kids who attended.
     There were 12 random drawings for prizes and after running through different drills; the kids were split up into 4 teams and played a little round robin with the Junior High girls

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being the coaches. A very special thanks to Erin Weston, Megan Russell and Erika Morrill for running the drills. We would also like to thank everyone who showed up to help out and Reubens Country Store for providing the pizza.

     The girls look really snazzy in their new duds.
     Megan Russell running a dribbling drill at the Junior High clinic on Saturday. She's still got it!

Milo Free Public Library News
     Well, Christmas is just around the corner and the days are slipping by fast. Here at the library we are beautifully decorated with a large lighted wreath donated by the Milo Garden Club. The lights were put on by the firemen and our jack-of-all-trades janitor, Dean Henderson, put it up on the front door soon after we received it. We thank the garden club, the firemen and Dean for getting us Christmas-ready on the outside. Inside the library we have gotten our Christmas books out and have them on display. There are all kinds of books---some are Christmas stories, the classics and others, some tell about Christmas in other countries and there are even Christmas craft books. We also have the latest magazines which have lots of Christmas recipes and ideas. We were glad to be ready because the Kiwanis Kids came in expecting Christmas books this past week.
     We had the Kiwanis Kids Korner on Wednesday, December 3, as usual. Val had brought hot chocolate to warm all the kids including Frank and Don who had walked the children down on a very cold day. How they all enjoyed it! Every “Kid” who came up to the desk to take out a book had a smiling cocoa ring around their mouth. Val read Tomato Soup by Thacher Hurd, a humorous story about Baby Mouse. Dottie Brown, Susan Farrar and Jennifer Frost, along with the men, helped the “Kids” make snowmen thermometers. Then they put everything into their decorated plastic boxes and tied them up with all kinds of trim from Dottie’s magic craft bag. And we were glad to see that Dottie no longer has a big bandage on her wrist. One carpal tunnel operation out of the way, one more to go . She can now do anything she wants to. Dottie says it is wonderful to be pain free.
     We have purchased several gift books with donated funds. The library received a gift of money from Joan Bishop, Ann Chenery, Marlene Cole, Cidy Eames and Patricia Ricker to purchase books in memory of Joan Bither. With their gift we bought two books, Madame Secretary by Madeleine Albright and The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Abrom. The Milo Elementary School gave the library gift funds to purchase books as a way to thank Val Robertson for her dedication to the Kiwanis Kids Korner. Val suggested Carl Reiner’s Tell me a scary story, but not too scary. We also selected books by Eva Ibbotson---Dial-a-ghost The island of the aunts, The secret of Platform 13 and Which Witch. We are always getting requests for scary books (but not too scary).
     Due to winter weather and the logistics of getting the “Kids” down to the library or of being picked up in bad conditions, Val has decided to have the last Kiwanis Kids Korner this year on December 10. The program will resume again in the spring, and Val will send notices home through the school at that time.
I want to remind readers that they can check our web site and see the list of recent books at the NEW ACQUISITIONS link.

This column was written for last week , but again I messed up and did not successfully negotiate e-mail in getting it to Val’s computer. I apologize to those who may have looked for it. I am going to use it for this week’s column and make some additions.
     We received a gift of several large print books from Evelyn Hamlin. Here is the list. For those who prefer large print , I hope you see something you would like to read.

Bretton, Barbara SHORE LIGHTS
Goudge, Eileen THORNS OF TRUTH
Kinkade, Thomas HOME SONG
Steel, Danielle SILENT HONOR

     We have also received a new Christian book from Evelyn Hamlin. It is The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher.

A Historical Review
Flood Hits County
Milo Town Crier, 11/17/1966
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     Last Thursday's torrential downpour, which brought rivers up nearly twenty feet over their banks, caused damages estimated at more than 'hundreds of thousands' of dollars to industries and citizens in central Piscataquis County.
     The rain started late Wednesday night and continued until about 8 p.m. Thursday. Passenger service on the Canadian Pacific Railroad was interrupted when the Pleasant River rose under the Trestle at Brownville Jct. until it was washing against the bridgework. The eastbound train, in route from Montreal and West to St. John, N.B. was halted before it got to the Jct. and the westbound train was returned from the east end of the bridge back to McAdam, N.B. Cars of ballast were pushed onto the trestle to hold it down as the water rose until it covered the highway which runs under one end of the bridge. The highway bridge on the Millinocket Road, located 200 feet south of the railway trestle was closed for more than two days as Pleasant River washed against the steelwork.
     In Brownville, National Wood products sustained damages, which were reported as more than $50,000.00. kegs of steel and wooden shanks were washed into the river as the entire lower floor was flooded and walls gave way. Lumber and logs were carried away and machinery was even ruined on the ground floor.
     The Bangor & Aroostook railroad yard was flooded and a switch engine was sent to Brownville late Thursday night to remove cars. The main line and a siding were washed out beside the mill and under the crossing leaving twisted rails and ties hanging in mid air.
     In Milo Ricker's Dairy had 25 cows swept away by the Piscataquis River from a herd kept at the Clement Farm. Thirteen of the cow have been returned following rescues along the river as far away as four miles. Some of the cows made it to shore on the opposite side of the river at Hathorn's Interval.
     The Sebec River in Milo rose so that it flowed level over the dam. Furniture and equipment were removed from the Bangor Hydro offices as the water ran through the building. Snow's bridge on Pleasant River was cut off on both ends by flooded fields and milk was brought from Ricker's Dairy by boat. The Goodine family were rescued from their homes on the Lakeview Road by Brownville volunteers who came across the Ridge Road.
     The confluence of the Sebec and Piscataquis rivers on outer Elm Street was blocked by floods just north of Jim Mark's home and again by Rhoda's home on the south side of the "Rhoda's" Bridge.
     In Guilford the Senior Citizens Home was evacuated. Guilford Industries had their boiler room, wet finish room and piece die room flooded. Their officials announced that around the clock efforts by Guilford Industries personnel saved a great amount of equipment that was removed as the water rose.
     Rowe's mobile home near the Senior Citizens Home was nearly covered by the Piscataquis River. The family evacuated by boat Thursday evening.

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Pride's Mill on the Dover Road was hard hit by the flood waters which scattered piles of wood over a large area.
     In Dover-Foxcroft the Piscataquis River flooded streets causing some residents to use boats to leave their homes.

     BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Malcolm Blue, 70, husband of Una (Demerchant) Blue, died Dec. 9, 2003, at his residence. He was born March 29, 1933, in Brownville Jct., the son of Gordon L. and Evelyn O. (Dewitt) Blue. A graduate of Brownville Jct. High School and EMVTI, he served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Canadian Pacific Railroad, where he had started as a call boy, and later worked at Charleston Correctional Facility. He was a member of the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church, the Bernard Jones American Legion Post No. 92, the Brownville Jct. Alumni Assoc., York and Scottish Rite Bodies, Anah Temple Shrine, and a member and past master of Pleasant River Masonic Lodge No. 163. He is survived by his wife, Una of Brownville Jct.; a son, Malcolm M. Blue of Vestal, N.Y.; a sister, Ellen Lyford and her husband, Norman of Ashburn, Va.; two brothers-in-law, Fred DeMerchant and his wife, Donna of McAdam, New Brunswick, Raymond Darke and his wife, Audrey, of Hermon; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Blue of Brownville Jct.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Douglas. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Pinetree Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church, P.O. Box A, Brownville Jct., 04415.

     What is the Tellington TTouch? How can the TTouch benefit my companion animal? How do I do it? Does it really work? P.E.T.S. a local organization devoted to reducing overpopulation and abandonment of companion animals is sponsoring a demonstration workshop on the Tellington TTouch. Cheryl Lord of Charleston, a guild-certified Tellington TTouch Practioner, will show us how this special touch or massage is done. She brings to her practice a lifetime of experience living and working with animals, along with an extensive background with horses. Cheryl spent much of her adult life as a professional zookeeper in some of the countries top zoos. Her career has included working with a wide variety of exotic animals, bird trainer and performer for raptor and exotic bird shows, working with Busch Gardens Animal Training Center, wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary assistant. It is this extensive and varied background with animals that has attracted Cheryl to Tellington Touch since it is beneficial to any animal.
     The TTouch consists of gentle, connected, circular touches and lifting and stroking movements on the skin. These touches alters behavior, improves well-being, and influences the relationship between animals and their humans and is easy to learn. The TTouch method of training and healthcare provides practical solutions for challenges common among dogs, cats and other animals including: *Barking and Chewing *Basic Training *Fear and Shyness *Leash Pulling *Problems associated with aging *Recovery from surgery *Illness *Car Sickness *Grooming *Nervousness, tension, stress *and more.
     This demonstration workshop will take place on Saturday, December 27 Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft, 10a.m. to noon. $10 donation with all monies being donated to P.E.T.S. For more information call Cheryl Lord at 285- 7329 or Mary Shapleigh at 564 –8092.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I enjoyed reading Mrs. McLeary's weather diary for last week. It was the week that her great-grandson Michael O'Connor was born....and it was also the week that my daughter was born. Michael and Carolyn are a day apart in age. They weren't born in the same town, but Michael and his Mom and Dad moved back to Milo and he and Carolyn did grow up together. I have an adorable picture of them rigged up in Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy costumes when they were in Kindergarten.
     The storm blew in much like the one we experienced this past weekend. I wasn't due to have the baby until January...but the symptoms of labor were upon me early on a Saturday morning. Dr. Curtis didn't think it was too serious....told me to take it easy....things would simmer down soon. Yeah right!! Things didn't simmer down at all. My husband ran around like a chicken with his head cut off painting little baby furniture and worrying about the fact that we weren't ready. I took the doctor at his word, until about 4:00 a.m. Sunday. That's right. I was in full blown labor. It was still storming and I didn't have a single diaper, nor any baby bottles...not to mention a little outfit to dress the baby in. My girlfriends were planning a shower for after Christmas....thought they had plenty of time. Wrong!
     Dr. Curtis decided that he better see me at the hospital. We packed up a little suitcase and away we went. I really think he thought that the labor pains were going to stop. The baby hadn't "dropped" and I was still carrying her high. She wasn't anywhere near ready to be born....but he let me stay at the hospital. My very dear friend Jane Henderson had recently received her nurses cap and so offered to come and sit with me through the day. She donned her uniform and sat at my side taking notes and timing the frequency of the pains and their duration. I still have those little notes that she took, tucked into Carolyn's baby book. At about 5:00 Saturday evening Dr. Curtis came into my room to examine me one more time. I'll never forget that red and black checked winter jacket that he had on....snow clinging to the sleeves and shoulders...and his moustache. He said, "Well, you're still not ready. I'm going back home."
     That's when the panic set in. I remember grabbing at the front of his jacket and with fear in my voice insisting that it was storming....if he left could I be sure that he'd be able to get back across town to deliver the baby. He assured me that he'd come on a snowmobile if he had to. Reluctantly, I let go....and he disappeared out into the terrible weather. My husband arrived to tell me that he'd managed to get the little bureau finished, and that he'd put a fresh coat of paint on the little baby crib that we were going to use for her. That was a relief. Now, you may think it odd that my husband wasn't right in the room with me the whole time. Keep in mind folks, this baby was born at the old Milo Hospital. Fathers weren't allowed in the delivery room. As a matter of fact....fathers weren't allowed to touch the baby until after we left the hospital. When Dads came to visit in the hospital....they viewed the baby in the nursery through a glass window.
     Well, by 7:00 that same evening things had moved right along swiftly, and our little girl was born. Dr. Curtis did make it in time....but barely. I heard the doctor give the order to go get the incubator turned on. That brought fear to my heart, but the baby weighed in at a whopping 6 lbs. something and so didn't have to go in. Dr. Curtis wheeled my gurney right to the telephone and he had my mother all dialed up so I could tell her the good news.

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     She and Daddy weathered the storm that night to come get a peek at their first grandchild. She was a wonderful little holiday surprise.
     Mom and her good friend Ollie Sharrow went to my apartment on Monday and spent the day getting it all cleaned (sterilized, actually) and ready for me to come home. On Tuesday they went shopping for a little baby layette...diapers...bottles...bedding, etc. I think they loved the challenge of getting me all ready in a hurry. On Wednesday we brought the baby home from the hospital. I was nervous that I wouldn't do everything just perfect. Mom came to help the next day, and then the next day she came down with the flu. I was on my own! YIKES! But, I managed...and 33 years later we've had another big storm. Michael and Carolyn are all grown up now, with families of their own. They don't see much of each other these days, but they'll always share being born on that snowy weekend.
     Here's a recipe that I've had since way before my daughter was born. It's one of my favorite cookies.

Molasses Sugar Cookies

3/4 cups shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
     Melt the shortening over low heat. Cool. When it's cooled down, add sugar, molasses and egg; beat well. Sift together flour, soda, spices and salt. Add this to the first mixture. Mix well and chill. Form into one-inch balls; roll in granulated sugar and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. These cookies crack on the top when they bake and cool.

River Cruise Part 10
     When we left the Prince Bishop’s palace, we were taken to Weingut Juliusspital. This is a largest hospital in Germany that was founded by the Prince Bishop in 1576. It is still supported by an estate of 160 hectares of the finest vineyards in Franconia, this region of Bavarian Germany. We toured the wine cellar and were given three wines to taste and were allowed to keep our glasses. Of course it was only polite to purchase wine to help support the hospital. All patients are given three glasses of wine a day. It is said that if a patient drinks the wine he will live until the next meal.
     It was a busy morning with this tour and the palace. We returned to the ship at 12:45 and sailed immediately. Lunch was at 1:15. We had mixed greens with salami and provolone cheese, cream of cauliflower soup, stuffed cabbage rolls with ground meat served with mashed potatoes and tomato sauce. For dessert we had a Bavarian cream served with caramel sauce and ice cream.
     After lunch I went up on deck to watch the scenery. At 4PM we had high tea in the lounge. It consisted of sandwiches and pastries as well as coffee or tea. At tea we were instructed not to go up on deck because the water was high and the bridges were low.
     We ate dinner at 7. This was our Bavarian dinner and was served as a buffet. We had assorted salads, smoked ham, cheese and sausage with taicon radish, pretzel and butter. Our soup was a consommé with semolina dumplings. We had roasted suckling pig with the traditional apple, roasted pigs knuckles, smoked pork loin, grilled or smoked sausages, white sausages served with sauerkraut, braised white cabbage, bread dumplings and roasted potatoes. Our dessert was assorted cakes, pies and puddings.
     At 8:30 we had a concert of medieval music in the lounge. The instruments were the harp, guitar and recorder.

     Fri. June 15th. Our breakfast was at 6:30 again this morning because the bus was picking us up in Hassfurt for our trip to Bamberg. The ship continued on and picked us up in Bamberg after we finished our tour. The main reason for the bus was that there were quite a few locks for the ship to pass through and the tour company thought we could make better use of our time by sightseeing in the morning.
     The bus dropped us off near the town hall with its beautiful murals on the outside walls. Even these murals were made three dimensional like in the palace in Wurzburg by having legs of people sticking out of the wall. A building next to the town hall was being restored in stunning Wedgwood blue with white trim.
     Our local guide here was a young girl who said et cetera so many times I thought I was taking part in The King and I movie. Mary, Heather and I got bored and decided to visit the city on our own. We climbed a hill to see the bishop’s rose garden. Bamberg is built on seven hills just like Rome. The roses were like the others we saw in Germany. They had no smell. They were beautiful and covered about an acre. We climbed the garden wall to view the city of Bamberg and then the girls had to take some pictures of the purple bunny in the roses. When we came down the hill we met up with the others at the Kachebfen Biergarten where we tried smoky beer. Louise our tour director told us that the first taste is quite hard to swallow but it gets better. Those who didn’t want beer got a coke.
     While the others were finishing their drinks, I walked around the center of the city and bought some red Gerberas for the room. I met up with Janet, Georgia and Mary on a stone bridge over the river Regnitz. It was near where the bus was going to pick us up to return to the ship. The Regnitz flows into the Main-Danube Canal, where our ship would be. There were a lot of ducks swimming around so I went to a bakery and bought a small loaf of bread to feed them. Along the riverbanks was what is known as Little Venice. This section of the city contains half-timbered fishermen’s’ houses as well as some old fashioned cranes used to unload cargo.
     Bamberg survived WWII without any major damage. The bus picked us up at 12:45, but a phone call to the ship by Louise indicated that it had trouble getting through one of the locks so they would be late. Louise had the bus take a small side trip rather than waiting at the dock. We saw one of the palaces of the Wittlesbach family. It was built by King Ludwig I; the grandfather of Ludwig II who built the famous castle that was used as a model for the one at Disney World. This palace was done in Baroque style with onion shaped turrets on each corner. There were gardens and fountains but we had only a 5-minute photo stop before heading to the ship.
     When we arrived the ship and lunch were waiting for us. We had assorted salads, vegetable cream soup, hot dogs and French fries, roasted smoked pork loin with pineapple sauce and vegetables, pasta with seafood and assorted desserts.
Next week: Nuremberg

By Nancy Grant
Milo Citizens Sponsor Big Celebration
Lighting, Music and Tree Are Features
From the Bangor Commercial, Friday, Dec. 24, 1948
By Dale Jenkins
     MILO, Dec. 24-Although faced with possible economic setbacks caused by the announced loss of the American Thread Co.’s Milo mil, the citizens of Milo have rolled up their sleeves to sponsor one of the largest civic Christmas celebrations in many years.
     For the first time the entire length of the business district is ablaze with strings of colored lights, covering Main, West Main, Elm, Pleasant and Park streets, including Memorial and post office
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squares. The lighting program was sponsored by the merchants and businessmen, and was carried out by the Milo Board of Trade.
     BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS and many homes, radiate good will in the form of lighted decorations, climaxed by a huge lighted community tree outside the Milo Fire department station headquarters.
     Christmas carols and religious music have been broadcast nightly over the public address system of the United Baptist church. An outstanding Christmas eve concert will be held at the Milo town hall, featuring music by the high school glee club, Methodist church junior choir, Baptist church choir, the Mozart music club and the Milo community band.
     TODAY, TWO matinees were to be held by the Milo theater for the children of Milo, Derby, Brownville, Brownville Junction and LaGrange, followed by a party for Milo and Derby youngsters at the community tree, provided by the Milo Fire department, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
     SANTA WAS the feature attraction for about 300 persons, most of them of the younger generation, as he made a grand entrance into town late last week, riding the Aroostook Flyer after his reindeer and sleigh hit hard ground “somewhere north of P.I.”
     Bion Jose, Milo town manager, and a delegation from the Board of Trade, officially welcomed Santa, aided by Milo firemen.

Correction Corner-The Orion Rebekah Lodge donation of $100 for 2003 and $100 for 2004 went to the Secret Santa project; not to the Gazebo Fund, as previously reported.

Winter Scene At The Prairie
Written by Priscilla Arbo Clifford Osgood

The wind-swept Prairie looked that night
Like a giant, frosted cake,
And while the countryside did sleep,
The stars were wide awake.

The silver dollar moon looked down
From a gleaming, wintry sky,
And saw a hare crouched motionless
As a distant wolf gave cry.

The deep, black forests huddled, still,
So thick in growth were they,
That they muffled all the crispy sounds
That chanced to pass their way.

The wise old moon smiled broadly
As the east began to gray,
And mister sun winked back at her
As he climbed into the day.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
16th-Cloudy-20° at 6:55 am and 22° at 11 pm.
17th-Snow-23° at 7 am and 24° at 10:30 pm.
18th-Sunny windy cold-20° at 6:45 am and 12° at 10 pm.

19th-Cloudy-6° at 7 am and 16° at 10 pm.
20th-cloudy rain pm evening & all night-16° at 6:40 am and 24° at 10 pm.
21st-Snow-33° at 7 am and 4° at 10 pm.
22nd-Sunny windy cold-3° at 7 am and 0° at 10 pm

(And down at the shelter)

     As you can see from the picture, Jack is getting along quite well, despite his handicap. The cold weather that I hate so is actually a help in that the ground is so frozen I don’t have to worry about the goat getting his cast wet. I made the decision to let the goats out of their stall two or three times a day after noticing Ozzie was going a bit stir crazy and was taking his aggression out on poor Jack. Ozzie would rear up and butt Jack then leap and bounce around the stall like Tigger of Winnie-the –Pooh fame. Poor Jack thought he was locked up with a deranged antelope. If I let them roam around outside for a few minutes Ozzie doesn’t act so badly. I let them in the house on Saturday and Jack promptly ate the note Mary Lutteral had given me to put the notice in the paper about Alta Nobles birthday. Thank goodness Kirby and I had both read it and between the two of us we remembered the details, otherwise I would have had to call Mary with that age-old story about the goat eating my paper.
     Most of my free time is spent between the shelter and Ronnie Towne’s cat foster room. The mama cat that had kittens back before Thanksgiving is housed at Ronnie’s with her 5 kittens and 2 adopted babies. The “extra” kittens were two 4-week old black and white kittens found on a deck of a house in Derby. They were soaking wet and frozen. I immediately scooped them up and took them to Julie Gallagher’s house. I don’t know what I’d do without her help and expertise and most importantly her friendship. She immediately grabbed a heating pad and plugged it in and placed it on the floor in front of her electric space heater. We each had a kitten and a towel and proceeded to coax and rub them back to life. They weren’t dead, but they were SO close. Between rubbing and talking to them we were trying to get them to drink the warm kitten formula Julie had prepared and placed in a teeny baby bottle.
     One of the babies, the one we have come to refer to as the “healthy” one, came around quickly and was screaming for more food before we knew it. The other little sweetie was in much worse shape. Julie made the decision to give him a bath, both to warm him and to try to get rid of some of the hundreds of fleas that had come to life on the kitten. The bath seemed to help and now a blowdryer was added to our heating process. As we worked, we cursed who ever could be so irresponsible as to let these babies end up so. But we were also thankful that I was called to pick them up when I was, as the kittens certainly wouldn’t have made it through the night.

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     The little fellows eventually warmed up, got filled up, and fell asleep. I bundled them up and took them home and put them in a box with a heating pad next to our bed. I fed them every two hours and made sure they were comfortable. By morning they were eating well and seemed quite healthy. Julie and I were ecstatic.
     I made the decision to put the babies with the mother cat at Ronnie’s, took them over and Mama accepted them instantly. We were worried that the extra kittens would put a strain on mama, so we supplement all of the kittens with formula two or three times a day. Also, last weekend the whole litter caught a bad upper respiratory infection, which includes sore, infected eyes, so Julie and I alternate going to Ronnie’s to medicate the 7 kittens and Mama. We are finally seeing some improvement, and that is the best Christmas gift I can think of!
     I want to take this time to thank some really good friends of mine and of the animal shelter. Ron Harris and Dottie Brown have given hundreds of cans of cat food to help us out. Wanda Freese is always surprising us with gifts for the shelter, the last one being a dozen shiny new aluminum bowls. There are many others who are helping us make this work, and in future columns I will mention them, one or two at a time.
     And lastly, I want to thank those of you who put money in the cans at the Milo Farmer’s Union. That money is making it possible to pay for the heat and electricity at our shelter. Mike Comeau at Three Rivers Feed and Redemption Center has agreed to keep an envelope at his store so that folks can designate their redemption money to help the animal shelter. This was Wanda’s idea, and I thank her for that!
     I hope to have the time next week to write about the shelter and get some pictures so you can all see what a wonderful home you have helped create through your donations. An areas stray and abandoned pets are everyone’s concern, so I want you to see what your dollars and cents support.



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

     President Joe Zamboni welcomed twenty-four members today and our special guest Past Lt. Gov. Hal “Doc” Sherman.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham spoke a heartfelt prayer for the men and women serving our country.
     Janet Richards read “Once Upon a Time”, a story slowing told by a little five year-old girl about the birth of Jesus. She said that they didn’t have much to eat, the lady had to ride a donkey, she had a baby in her belly, the man had to walk, and there were no rooms for them to stay in so they stayed in a stable. The lady had the baby; he was God! After reciting the story the little girl turned and stuffed her face in the sofa pillows. This goes to show that there are many ways to tell the Christmas Story!

     Newsletters from the Dover and Orono/Old Town clubs were circulated.
     Happy birthday to Neil Hamlin on the 10th, Scott Harmon and Heidi Finson on the 11th, Sarah Gahagan on the 15th, and Murrel Harris on the 16th.
     Twenty-three happy and sad dollars were donated to the Administrative Fund for Mum’s (Eileen Willinski) birthday this Friday, Frank leaving for California, a 70 pound-5 month old puppy, visiting Val’s kitty house, having fruit enough for the whole town, son home from Afghanistan, snowblowers starting, great fruit sale, Laker’s game, Kurt Shilling, and Chris Almy finishing 500th in a field of 6000 in the Philly marathon.
     Advisor Trish Hayes reported the Key Club activities. They participated in the Coats for Kids campaign sponsored by Channel 2 and donated a truckload of coats last Saturday in Bangor. Lindsay Small spoke for the club during a television interview. They are planning their installation this Saturday at the Pleasant Park community room at 1 pm. All are welcome to attend. The members will be helping at the blood drive on the 17th.
     Heidi Finson has tentative plans for a RIF book distribution in January.
     Val Robertson informed us that the Kiwanis Kid’s Korner activity today will be a Christmas party.
     Cheryl Hamlin thanked everyone for their help in unloading the fruit delivered on Tuesday. The Key Club’s help was appreciated and all went very well. KUDOS to Cheryl for all her work in this fundraising event!
     Roy Bither and Herb Dunham are the co-chairpersons for the interclub program. Roy said he will be away for a short time but interclub visits will be planned for early next year.
     Janet Richards told us that 96 children would benefit from the Secret Santa project. About $1400 has been donated from businesses and individuals. She is lining up shoppers for a trip to Bangor, possibly this Saturday.
     Joe Zamboni said that there is $6000 in the gazebo fund at this time.
     Joe also reminded us that we will be having two business meetings in January, February, and March.
Board meeting minutes:
     June 24 and 25, 2004, have been set for the annual auction.
     Kiwanis has signed a contract with the ‘Old Time Radio Gang’ to entertain at a Coffeehouse on July 2, 2004. Evergreen has expressed an interest in returning to the Town Hall Arts Center for a performance.
     A golf tournament in conjunction with JSI and the Country Club is in the works for sometime during the late summer or early fall of 2004.
     Reminders were sent to members still owing dues.
     We decided not to have a Christmas party this season but are considering a Post-Holiday party in mid-January. Bring in a gift that you couldn’t put to good use and we’ll have a mini-auction!
     The Secret Santa distribution is on December 15.
     Everett and Frieda Cook are unable to host their annual Christmas this year due to a family emergency. Trish Hayes generously offered to organize the event this year and approached the Board of Directors to request a monetary donation to help defray the cost of the food. The Board agreed to contribute a donation. Contact Trish if you would like to bake and donate pies and/or desserts, help in the preparations, set up, serve or clean up. The dinner is from 12 to 2 pm on December 25.
     Rev. Ernie Madden will be the guest speaker on December 17, Kathy Witham and Chris Beres will speak about the 2004 variety show on January 7, and David Walker will speak on January 21. We will conduct business meetings on January 14 and 28.
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