Three Rivers News, 2004-01-06


     On Tuesday, January 6, this handsome “young man” at The Restaurant will celebrate his 40th birthday. Stop by and wish him a happy birthday.
     From all of your employees, we wish you a very special day and continued success because we know you are the #1 man.
“Happy Birthday, Boss”

     Craig Durant has received a 3.7 GPA after completing his first semester at college. Craig is currently attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he is majoring in English.
     Craig is the son of Karen Morrill Durant and Gary Durant.

     RNs in Piscataquis County are invited to volunteer as "legislative buddies" this winter. A legislative buddy is a nurse who is willing to work with our senators and representatives to help them learn about the nursing profession and the role played by nurses in the health system. Each volunteer will be paired with a specific legislator. The buddy program is sponsored by ANA-Maine, the state's professional association for RNs. For further information send an email to or call 667-0260.

The Milo Recreation Dept. will start their first YOGA class of the New Year!
Wed. Jan 7th, from 6:00 - 7:00 at the Milo Town Hall.
$30.00 for the 8-week session.
Please dress comfortably and a yoga mat is not required, but definitely beneficial.
If you have never participated in a yoga class or tried it on your own, please come and experience this wonderful form of stretch, strength and renewing.
Cindy Herbest Instructor 943-2630

     Cheryl Lord, TTouch Practioner, demonstrates a body wrap using an ace bandage on her dog Tyler during the Benefit Demonstration Workshop for P.E.T.S. held at the Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft. The body wrap is a calming technique for anxiety such as fear or thunderstorms.

Dear Three Rivers News:
     A former TRC resident has asked that we help find out who our soldiers are that are serving in Iraq, or any of the other conflicts in the world.
     There are many, and we would like to honor them.
     And we would also like to know who, from our Three Rivers area, are in military service stationed anywhere.
     If you have information that you are willing to share please respond to :
          Isabelle Warren
          PO Box 163
          Milo ME 04463-0163

EDITORS NOTE: This is a list we would love to have, for both the newspaper and the website. Please, if you have a serviceperson any age, anywhere, who serves in the Armed Forces or reserves, send along their name and address. You can also use the same methods that you use to submit news items and I will forward them to Izzy. Thank you.

Milo, Brownville, Orneville
A Public Hearing will be held on January 8, 2004 at 6:00pm at the Milo Town Office to discuss the 2003 Community Development Housing Program. This $300,000 program provides grant funds to improve substandard housing for income eligible residents in the three towns. Interested residents are encouraged to attend.

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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. The first person to land at the Webber Jones Airport was (a) Webber Jones (b)Buddy Grant (c) Paul West (d) Dave Chase.
2. The longest serving selectman: (a) Neil Arbo (b) Will Crozier (c) Dennis Green (d) Don Sawtell.
3. Horse trader John Morrill stayed at the (a) YMCA (b) French Boardinghouse (c) Pleasant River Hotel (d) Elms House.
4. Horses came from the (a) west (b) east (c) north (d) south.
5. The passenger train in the Onawa Wreck was coming from (a) Saint John (b) Halifax (c) Montreal (d) Lac Megantic.
6. The Railroaders lost (a) no (b) one (c) two (d) three games during their state championship season.
7. Ralph Perry's first store was opened on (a) Front Street (b) Main Street (c) Meulendyke Avenue (d) Van Horn Avenue.
8. Carroll Conley attended (a) Husson (b) UMPI (c) Ricker (d) Colby.
9. (a) Bridge Construction (b) Farrin Brothers and Smith (c) Frank Rossi and Sons (d) Hinman Paving straightened Buckley's Corner.
10. (a) Steve Knox (b) Mike Knox (c) Harold Hale (d) Larry Larson wore a bandanna.
Answers: 1-c 2-b 3-d 4-a 5-a 6-c 7-d 8-c 9-b 10-a


Peter Farrar, Bangor, Maine From TRC : Yes
Email : Nice site, even though I visit all the time, it's great that I can check in the ol' hometown when ever I want to. (when I don't feel like the 45 min. drive that is)Keep up the good work!! 02 January, 2004 at 20:41:43

Wilma Buchanan, Medford, ME From TRC : Yes Email : A great new look! Also a very useful website. It helped me, in giving my niece directions to Medford, during the December flood!! She looked up the website and map, to follow my directions. Is there any way to print off the town maps? Might be a help to some people. The business guide is also very helpful!! Thanks for your interest in our communities!! 02 January, 2004 at 06:38:42

Ellen Reardon DeWitt, Maine From TRC : Yes
Email : Home Page : Milo High School 1964 Class Reunion of will be held July 31st. Sat. @ the cottage of Ellen Reardon DeWitt at 1:00 P.M. Schoodic Lake, Gerrish Cove. Classmates call for more details & those that can help in the planning & prepreation 1 800-943-5225 or 207-943-2191 01 January, 2004 at 10:47:25

Lindsay Hamlin, Milo, Me From TRC : Yes Email : I just wanted to let you know how nice the TRC page looks. It is great to be able to keep in touch with the community (online) while being at school. It is fun to see what the Kiwanis is up to now that I am a Keyclub graduate. The menus and links are great. Thanks for all you've been doing? 31 December, 2003 at 14:48:13

In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby
required to notify and warn the voters of the Town
of Atkinson, toq meet at the Atkinson Fire Hall on
A.D, 2004 in the evening at 7:00 p.m., for a vote
on accepting the Deorganization Plan for Atkinson.

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Dear TRN readers:
     We hope that you all enjoyed your holiday season! We are happy to announce that our next fine dining will be held on January 24th., with a 5:30 and 8:00 seating.
     We will begin taking reservations on Monday, January 5th.
     We hope you all have a “fine” New Year.
Joi and Chuckie Stevens

Off-road antics outrage dog sledder
To the editor:
     I would just like people to know how much one person's irresponsible actions can impact another's life.
     By choice, I spend winters in a camp two miles in the wood. I have sled dogs and there are miles and miles of trails to enjoy, but these dogs and my sled are also my only means to get out to get supplies and bring them back in.
     First major storm — more than one foot of snow — I'm elated although it's a little hard to try using dogs, but with another storm on the way I figured the Bombardier would pack it and I'd be ready to go. But then I see, when I walked to the spring, that someone had actually driven a vehicle in over the trail and spoiled it. But we get the next storm — two feet — yeah, the Bombardier comes through and packs the snow, then we get the rain which settles it and wonderful trail. I haven't been out for two weeks. I get the sled ready, harnesses laid out and bag packed to leave the next morning. Wrong. This rotten, sadistic person had driven in over the trail — again. Now it's ruined for me again, as no way I can keep dogs and sled in the middle; I'd be tipping over into the ruts and hurting the dogs, myself and the sled.
     So this means that now I walk out the two miles and backpack in the barest of necessities and mail.
     Why anyone would want to punish their pick-up by driving through two feet of snow is a mystery, but it certainly ruins any way for me to get out, except to walk. And, I can't enjoy just mushing for the pleasure of it.
     So happy New Year and may Santa bring a lump of coal to the mean person who did one such a disservice.
Betty M. Smith Bowerbank

To The Three Rivers News
     I saw in your paper the news of Roy Monroe’s death, and as Tom Poole wrote, Milo has lost a real treasure with the loss of Roy. He was one of those teachers who not only took an interest in your schoolwork, but also your home life. Because back in those days of the late 20’s and 30’s times were very hard for parents of some students, myself included. I had quit high school after my freshmen year and was out for about a year and a half working on a farm for 50¢ a day, trying to help out at home. Then I went back to dear old Milo High, finished my sophomore year then quit again and went to work for dear old Dr. Crosby for about a year. I did not get paid, I worked to help pay off his bills that my family owed him.
     During that time Roy Monroe would stop by if I was outside doing something around the Dr.’s house on Park St. and talk to me about coming back to school. I told him I was too old to go back now and he said, “Jim, you are never too old to go to school.” But, I told him I was supposed to graduate in 1939 and he said, “Jim, if you come back to school, you can sit in my classroom for your homeroom until you get to know your new classmates.” So I finally took him up on it and went back to high school, starting with my junior year.
     So I will always be thankful to Mr. Roy Monroe for making it as easy as he could for me to come back. Every chance I had when I saw him in my visits to Milo, how thankful I was to him and how proud this 21-year old was marching into the Milo Town Hall and going up on the stage to get my diploma; For I was the first in our family of nine to graduate from dear old Milo High on June 6, 1942. And I know if it had not been for him, Roy, I would never have graduated.
     And, as frosting on the cake, in my junior year, I met and fell in love with the prettiest girl in my class, a Miss Virginia Pearl Young, and was very happily married for 56 years. She passed away with cancer on June 19, 1999. I would like to have the address of the nursing home where Mrs. Monroe is if you have it. Thank you very much. I will surely miss Roy and our little talks we had. Also, give Helen Savage my thanks for having Roy and his lovely wife join us when we had our 60th Milo High School reunion at “The Restaurant” in 2002.
With best wishes,
James McLean, Sr.

P.S. Valerie, I am sending you $50 for your animal shelter in memory of my beloved Jeanie, for she loved animals also.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Here I sit on New Year's Eve...without a plan. Wouldn't matter if I had a plan, we are both sick with terrible colds and don't feel a thing like going out anywhere to celebrate. I'm going to set up the brand new vaporizer that I purchased today, and we'll go to bed with the smell of Vicks lulling us. Hopefully it will make us feel better by morning. I wouldn't want to miss the parade tomorrow. The Rose Parade will be on in it's entirety on my favorite channel HGTV. When it's over we'll do some more packing up of the Christmas trappings and hopefully feel like lugging boxes up and down the stairs...putting this house back in order.
     New Year's Day is a time to do some soul searching and set some goals. I don't usually do New Year's resolutions, but this year I think I might. Getting back into the habit of going to Curves will be one of my resolutions. I also have full intentions of putting all of these columns in order and doing an index of the recipes. Then, possibly, I'll do something about getting it printed....if not published. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me to do that. My new printer/scanner/copier (if I can get it to work properly) will be a big help in getting that organization going.
     I'm really looking forward to preparations getting underway for the Variety Show this year. Stay tuned for tidbits of information that will excite you about either participating in, or, at the least, attending the show in the spring. The wheels have been set in motion for the whole affair already. I'll be helping with the Milo High School Alumni Reunion again this year, as well. The Three River's Kiwanis will be hosting an exciting Coffee House the night before the reunion so all of you reading this little head's up should make your plans now on making a weekend of it. Come on Friday and stay until Sunday...which will be the 4th of July. I see it as being a fun-filled holiday to look forward to.
     2004 is going to be the year my husband retires from railroading. It doesn't seem possible that this year has finally arrived. The traditional railroad man he is not....the pin stripped cap and neckerchief have never been part of his wardrobe. He's done tons of jobs in his 40 + years there, but they have all been either in an office or on the store department grounds. He did his share of "burning" cars and fork lifting and operating other pieces of equipment, but for many years now he's been in the office. I don't think that makes him less of a railroad man, just not exactly what you think of when you read train stories to your kids before tucking them in at night.
     The mystique of the railroad has certainly diminished over the years. When I think of Milo's past I think of the integral part the railroad played in the everyday

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lives of Milo-ites. Instead of giant trucks rumbling down the streets of town, the freight train rolled into town bringing all sorts of food items and supplies into town. The passenger train took people here, there and everywhere. There wasn't a destination that you couldn't get to from here. One of my favorite wall hangings in our home is an advertisement for the Pennsylvania Railroad. It must have been in a Look or Life magazine's December issue as it depicts a train pulling into a station and a happy family is getting off the train (arms filled with gifts) and they are being greeted by the grandparents who have come to the station to pick them up. I'm sure that many such heartwarming greetings took place on the platform of our very own station. The passing of that era leaves me nostalgic for those older holidays in our town.
     But, time marches on. We can only hope that the core goodness that is Milo, Maine won't change with the march of time. We can still be a safe and friendly place to raise a family. We might not be as bon vivant as some other hoity toity communities, but we're real and we've never felt the need to keep up with, nor be better than, those Jones. We're a genuine bunch....what you see is what you get. We keep our lawns mowed in the summer and we keep our streets well plowed in the winter. We support our high school athletic teams and shop in what few surviving stores we have in town.
     I think that the full mailbag at the TRC web site comes from people who love us. That mail is a wonderful testament to how things are; and the goodness that folks find in us, no matter what the season. Maybe they'd rather visit than live in our little out of the way community, but that's okay. We wouldn't want anyone coming here and trying to make us something that we "ain't." No siree, come if you wish; but don't try for a minute to change us. We're very friendly and for the most part pretty funny. We'll treat you like family unless you cross us or make fun of us.....then we'll drive you out on the proverbial rail. That doesn't sound very friendly does it. I don't intend to have it sound mean. We might just as well be truthful about ourselves from the get-go. We might be your poor relations, but we're rich in traditions. And, our community is one of beauty. If you don't think so, than you weren't out the other night....just at dusk....when the sun was setting over towards Dover way and the low sky was a brilliant pink. There was a crescent moon winking out of the dark part of the sky....and one little star to wish on. My favorite time of night in Milo. I love this town.
     If you are hosting the Super Bowl Party this year, here are a couple of recipes that will feed a crowd.

Honey-Glazed Meatballs
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds ground chuck
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter (or margarine)
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
     Make your meatballs by mixing the eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, chopped onion, salt and ground chuck together. Shape into 1-inch balls and bake in two (greased) 15X10 sheet pans for 12 to 15 minutes (or until the meat is no longer pink) on 400 degrees. Make the sauce by sautéing the garlic in butter until it's tender. Blend in the ketchup, honey and soy sauce. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the oven

and drain them well. Add the meatballs to sauce and stir carefully to coat. You only need to cook these for 5-10 minutes in the sauce. At 1-inch in size you should have over 5 dozen meatballs.

Barbecued Sausages
1 lb. miniature smoked sausages
1 1/2 lb. kielbasa, polish sausage or bratwurst (or a combination of those) cut into 1/2 inch slices.
1 bottle (18 ounces) your choice of barbecue sauce
2/3 cups orange marmalade
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks (drained)
     Combine your sausages in a 3 quart crock pot. Whisk the barbecue sauce, marmalade, mustard and allspice and pour over the sausage mixture and stir to coat. Cook on high for 1 1/2 to 3 hours.

River Cruise Part 12
     The bus arrived from Nuremberg at the same time the ship was coming in at Roth. We were back on board at 12:30 and had lunch at 1.
     Lunch in addition to the salads and cold cuts was cheese, cream of asparagus soup, curried chicken, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, roasted veal with creamy gravy and potatoes and fusili with tomato sauce.
     After lunch we passed through an 82-foot lock that brought us to our highest elevation of 1332 ft. There are monuments on each side of the canal to mark the continental divide of Europe. A few people went to the top deck but soon were back down. There was a thundershower. The hairs on Mary and Heather’s heads were standing on end. I played it safe and took pictures out the door of the lower deck.
     At 3:30 we had a tour of the kitchen. We all got a Grand Marnier truffle and a recipe for making them. I was impressed that they could make large meals in such a small space.
     At 4:30 we had a talk on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. Emperor Charlemane started building one in 793 AD. His was 7.5 miles long, 30 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Ludwig I build one in the 19th century that was 10 miles long, 55 feet wide and 5 feet deep. Ships were pulled by men and horses between Nuremberg and Kelheim on the Rhine. Ludwig’s canal had 100 locks. It was not profitable because railroads could haul freight much faster. We could see remnants of this canal as we sailed along.
     The modern canal was dredged north of Nuremberg starting in 1960. From 1972 to 1992 the canal from Nuremberg to Kelheim was dug. It has only six locks. After passing the continental divide the change in water direction was noticeable. Obviously providing water at the top of the divide was a problem. The ease the situation, holding lagoons were built that about 60% of the water in the lock could be pumped into the holding lagoons to be used again. The overall result is that slightly more water is pumped north to the Main than south to the Danube. I read in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago that they had to close the canal for a while due to lack of water.
     Along the sides of the locks in the canal are small locks used for pleasure boating. These locks can be operated by the boat owners themselves. In the canal side channels were built for fish and bird habitats.

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     At 4:30 we came to the first lock where we descended. Dinner was served at 6:30. Tonight was international dinner night. From Norway we had graved salmon with dill mustard mayonnaise dressing, the United States was red snapper Louisiana, grilled with a tomato-green pepper sauce, Cajun rice Pilaf and vegetables, France was pork Normand, a center cut of pork loin flambéed with calvados, garnished with granny smith apples and served with berny potatoes and vegetables. Our dessert was from Italy. It was Pana cotta, an old-fashioned Italian caramel custard with marinated fresh fruits.
     At 8PM we had a champagne party in the lounge to celebrate our crossing the continental divide. We were each given a certificate indicating our “achievement”. The sun started to set and a wispy fog started to descend the hills on the sides of the canal adding to the beauty of the area.
Next week: Kelheim and the Danube

By Judith Macdougall
     The staff at the Milo Free Public Library hopes that you all had a merry Christmas, and we wish you all a happy and healthy (especially healthy) 2004.
     On Monday, December 29th, a beautiful winter day, Pam and I made a quick trip into Bangor to Staples to buy a new printer for the library . As a class assignment, Pam had studied out the information on printers. Her choice was a Minolta laser printer. Before returning to Milo, we lunched together at the Governor’s Restaurant. We both had steak tips, a little fearful of Mad Cow disease, but we decided to go for it anyway. Later that evening, our technology coordinator, Ralph Jones, hooked up the printer and connected it to all four of our computers. Our old printer had been giving our patrons lots of problems so hopefully we are all set to give our patrons the best printing that we can in 2004 and beyond.
     Wednesday the four librarians , Pam, Nancy, Tracy and myself had a staff luncheon at Wyman’s Family Restaurant. (You’ll think we eat out all the time.) It was very enjoyable to have a girls’ after-Christmas get-together in a very informal atmosphere. Actually the whole library staff was present in the restaurant as Dean Henderson, our special janitor, was with his wife in another booth.
     We’d like to give a very special thank-you to Donald Stanchfield. This week he brought us in the last two Nancy Drew books to complete our set. Over the past year he has given us a brand new Hardy Boys set and has now completed the new Nancy Drew set. This latter set has been more expensive and has required a lot more time on his part as the books have been much harder to find. The library staff and our young patrons certainly thank you, Don.
     Just after Christmas I ordered more books and the following listed below have arrived. Many will be ready to circulate by the time you read this column.
Albert, Susan Wittig A DILLY OF A DEATH ( a China Bayles mystery)
Compton, Jodi THE 37TH HOUR
Grigffin, W.E.B. RETREAT, HELL!
Heinlein, Robert Sci/Fi FOR US, THE LIVING
Kinkade, Thomas A NEW LEAF (a Cape Light novel)
McCaffrey, Anne Sci/Fi DRAGON’S KIN
McKevett, G.A. CEREAL KILLER ( a Savannah Reid mystery)
Michaels, Fern CROWN JEWEL
Palmer, Shirley THE TRADE

Please note that the library will be closed on January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00+

A Historical Review
(Fringe Benefit just outside TRC)
A Rural Elliotsville is Filled with Lush Scenery
Observer, by Kevin Eaton, 11/18/1981
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     Elliotsville Plantation - The area which is today known as Elliotsville was first settled in 1824, twelve years after it had been received by Elliot G. Vaughan from the State of Massachusetts. The area was settled first by Captain Ichabod Jordan. By 1828, a clapboard mill had been opened on Big Wilson Stream, to stimulate interest and growth in the little community.
     In 1835, Vaughan had the area incorporated under the name Elliotsville Plantation. The first major road in the areas' history was laid out in 1839, when the way was opened from Vaughans' mills to Wilson stream and on to Monson. The area was soon to grow, and in 1848, part of the town of Wilson was annexed to Elliotsville.
     The next important act to happen in the area’s interest was in 1858, after severe hard times for the plantation, Elliotsville asked to have its charter revoked. This was done, primarily because of financial problems the plantation government was having due to lack of resources. Much of the land was no good for farming, and this didn't attract many settlers. Eventually in 1887, the charter came back and the area was and stays Elliotsville Plantation.
     Back in 1850, the population of the plantation was 102 and 31 of the residents were school children. After that the population dwindled with 59 residents recorded in 1960, 42 in 1970 and today [1981] about 25 live there year round.
     By far, one of the areas' most interesting features is Borestone Mountain. The mountain is almost 2,000 feet above sea level, and offers beautiful views on the surrounding countryside. The side that faces Lake Onawa is almost perpendicular, creating a breathtaking view of both the lake and Greenwood Pond.
     Today [1981] Elliotsville remains mostly as it’s been for the past century and a half. It is filled with lush scenery and is very rural.

     LAGRANGE - Irene S. Skidgell, 81, wife of the late Alfred Skidgell Sr., died Dec. 30, 2003, at a Lincoln hospital. She was born in Mattawamkeag, Oct. 13, 1922, the daughter of Claude and Ethel (Wyman) Russell. Irene loved to do jig saw puzzles and enjoyed watching game shows and westerns on TV. She enjoyed Siamese cats and had a large collection of ceramic miniature Siamese cats. She is survived by a daughter, Ethel Ann Plante of Howland; a son, Claude Skidgell of Lincoln; two step-children, Herbert Skidgell and Dorene Schmidt, both of Bangor; four brothers, Richard Russell of Howland, Wyman Russell of Mattawamkeag, Frank Russell of East Millinocket, and Austin Russell of Mattawamkeag; a sister, Lila Dixon of Howland; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She will also be sadly missed by her many friends at Town Hall Apartments in LaGrange, especially Vivian and Henry. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Knights; a step-son, Alfred Skidgell, Jr.; three sisters; Vera Pelletier, Edna McCormick and Dora Lee; and two brothers, Warren Russell and Guy Russell. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Alan Porter officiating. Spring interment will be in Mattawamkeag Cemetery. Those who wish may donate in her memory to the American Cancer Society

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
JANUARY – 1967
6th-Clear&cold-20° at 7:30 am and 10° at 4:30 pm.
7th-Cloudy-16° below at 7:30 am and 14° at 4:40 pm.
8th-Light snow-20° at 8 am and 26° at 4:30 pm.
9th-Sunny-24° at 7 am and 28° at 4:30 pm.
10th-Light snow-10° at 7 am and 22° at 5 pm.
11th-Sunny-0° at 7 am and 22° at 4:30 pm.
12th-Sunny am Cloudy pm-0° at 7 am and 20° at 4:30pm.

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Another Person Every 12 Seconds
Released December 29, 2003
Census Bureau Projects Population of 292 Million on Jan. 1, 2004.
     As America prepares to ring in the New Year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the Jan. 1, 2004 population of the United States will be 292,287,454, up 2,816,586 or 1.0 percent from New Year's Day 2003.
     In January, the United States is expected to register one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 13 seconds.
     Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person every 25 seconds. The result is an increase in the total population of one person every 12 seconds.

     Before I get carried away writing about the animals in my life, I want to thank a few very special people. As you noticed when you read Mr. McLean’s letter to the editor, he sent a very generous donation to the P.A.W.S. animal shelter in memory of his beloved wife. Mr. McLean has been a wonderful friend to the residents of Milo, through donations and through news article submissions. What a wonderful testimony to the goodness of small towns that a person can move away, yet retain the love for his “townspeople” . Thank you for all you do, Mr. McClean.
     Two other folks, Tom and Nancy Belvin, have been great supporters of the shelter, and for a Christmas gift to her mother, the couple gave a nice donation to the fund. What a great way to say “ I love you ! “ to an animal lover.
     On one particularly hectic day at the shelter, Terry Knowles surprised us with a wonderful assortment of new items for the kitties at the shelter, and an even more exciting gift for Julie and me: a gift basket full of soothing teas and coffees and cocoas and all of the cups, utensils, and amenities necessary to have a nice hot cup of something to relax with. The next morning as I sat with the 4-week old kittens, medicating them and feeding them, I sipped on a steaming cup of French Vanilla Cappuccino and thought “ Life is good!”
     For Christmas this year, I told everyone I usually get gifts for that I didn’t have the time or the need for gifts. I had such a wonderful peace and feeling of satisfaction from the animals we had helped this year, that it seemed kind of silly to spend money on items that were frivolous. I informed my Grandmother, Betty Stanchfield, that instead of a gift this year, I was having a cat spayed in her honor, and she was thrilled. So Mia, a stray from Derby, can thank my grammie for her operation.. In the long run, when she doesn’t have to carry, feed, and protect the hundreds of kittens she would have produced, Mia will appreciate the gesture, I’m sure!
     My kids more than understood where I was coming from. My days (and sometimes nights) are filled with animal related activities, and many times Katie or Ben help me with my rescues. Ben loves the shelter, and whenever he is home, visits with me and helps with the chores. He remarked that the cats live better than some people and that made me so proud. The kids both realized that this year, I didn’t have the energy or the desire to shop for Christmas, and given that, decided they were off the hook as far as buying gifts was concerned, and encouraged the idea whole-heartedly.

     Kirby, who in the past has given me the most wonderful, thoughtful gifts,( the digital camera I use for the darling photos of animals is but one example !) , was kind of happy with the thought of not needing to cut down, erect, decorate and then un-decorate a tree, as there would be nothing to put beneath it. I’m pretty sure a tree would have just invited disaster from the 5 dogs, 6 cats, and 2 goats.
     As Christmas approached, we realized we didn’t have a plan for Christmas dinner. Katie was going to be in Lewiston with Eric’s folks until after noon, Ben would be sleeping in, as there were no gifts to unwrap, so Kirby and I decided we would get up early and head to New Hampshire to spend Christmas Day with my best-friend-for ever, Valerie Thompson Robinson, and her two sons Mat and Zach. Clint Robinson, who was Kirby’s best friend, Valerie’s soulmate, and Matt and Zach’s loving father, had passed away last January, and we decided the 5 of us would spend the day together. Somehow, before the day was done, we all felt as if the missing 6th person was with us also.
     Valerie gave us a picture of Clint that she had blown up and in it he is about 30 years old, vital and healthy and dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans, the uniform of folks our age. He is standing in front of a lake with a huge smile on his handsome face. The picture is Clint and all that he was. We all spoke of our memories of Clint and of Christmases past. Kirby and I had spent many Christmas Eves. at the Thompson house on Park St. in Milo, opening gifts with Valerie and her family, and we have wonderful and hilarious memories of those days. We spoke of all of the Thanksgivings and Christmases that poor Clint would eat a huge meal at his folk’s house at 1pm, then be expected to eat another huge dinner at the Thompson home. If you remember Irene Thompson, Valerie’s grandmother, you know she could be very demanding and persuasive. Clint would be so stuffed and she would be pushing dish after dish of food in front of him, urging him to eat. What a trouper Clint was!
     Valerie worked at reproducing the exact meal Clint had always prepared for Christmas: glazed baked ham, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, broccoli with cheese sauce, and rolls. She struggled with the glaze recipe, as she knew Clint combined two different glazes to make the one they all loved.
     The meal finally came together, and we all marveled at how delicious everything had turned out, at first being polite, and then as we munched away, we realized everything was heavenly delicious. Matt, her oldest, who is a senior in high-school, finally said it all. He stopped chewing long enough to ask, “ Mom, do you think Dad would be mad if we threw out his recipe for ham and started using this one ? “. We all howled with laughter, and not since his death had Clint’s spirit been so alive and so with us. There is nothing that can top the special love and bond that exists between old friends and their memories.
     Now, just because I gave no gifts, that doesn’t mean I didn’t get any gifts. My special friend and co-worker Irene Larson is a wonderful person. She spends morning after morning at the Farmer’s Union listening to my long, boring stories and my rantings about the injustices and ignorance of some people. She is always cheerful and always a friend. This year, as I left on the day before Christmas, she handed me an elegantly wrapped box and said, “I got you a little something “,. When I opened it Christmas night, I found a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts cinnamon coffee, and the most appropriate sun-catcher.
     Pictured on it was every animal you can think of in a peaceful, cozy setting. It looked like someone had taken a picture of our

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living room. (If of course, they had first cleaned it, then redecorated it ). I love it!
     Another incredible gift I received was from my newest friend, Dot Harris. She is one of those folks you instantly feel as if you’ve known your whole life. She made me a cheery, warm, lap quilt and included a note saying I could use it to snuggle a kitten or a baby-chick as I comforted them in ,my lap. On it were squares made from material of the brightest yellows and reds, with pictures of baby chicks ! What a special treat that was! I keep it at the shelter, to cheer up the living room, and to wrap up the babies there.
     Steve, Cheryl ,and Michelle Hamlin gave me another bag of wonderful cat play-things . Sometimes, Julie or I spend an hour or more rolling balls and toys across the floor at the shelter, enticing the wild kitties to play. Having a large supply of toys makes that so much easier!
     Peggy Dean has made us a great sign that is on the counter at Three Rivers Feed and Redemption, urging folks to donate all or some of their bottle money to the animal shelter, and it is working well!
     And last, but not least, I want to thank Wanda Freese for her and her husband Duane’s generosity and thoughtfulness. I know all you contribute and it makes me so happy to know you.
     Now, for some animal news; Jack has had his cast removed and seems to be making some progress with his broken leg, I left the leg bare for a few days, to see how he would get along, but finally decided he needed a little support on it, and taped the back half of the cast on for a little extra support. I was worried Ozzie would try to chew the tape, so I found some black duct tape to use, and so far Ozzie hasn’t noticed it. He is still being somewhat of a bugger to Jack, butting him and snorting to scare him, but it does seem to have slowed Jack down a bit. I attribute Ozzie’s bad behavior to boredom, so I have been putting them into their outside pen during the day. This also serves to let the wind blow a little of the goat smell off them. I hadn’t really noticed it until Kirby and I loaded Jack into the car to take him to the vet’s. As the car warmed up, there was the noticeable odor of a cross between cow poop and hay. If anyone at the Vet’s office noticed it, they didn’t say anything. So my hope for the week is that Jack and Ozzie can spend enough time outdoors to get the stink blown off them.
     Next week, I’ll tell you the story of my latest lost dog. Until then, here are a few pictures to warm your heart and give you a smile.




     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 thirteen members and guest Mike Larson today.
     Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham helped us pray for those in need and for our men and women in the services.
     Virgil Valente read a poignant story about a little girl learning to paint. She sat on her father’s lap while he lovingly and patiently taught her about the brushes and paints. Even though she was a paraplegic she grew up with the love of art and continued to paint while being confined to a wheelchair.
     Frank Cochrane sent greetings from sunny southern California!

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     Happy birthday wishes go out to Mike Comeau on January 6, 2004.
     Ten happy and sad dollars were donated to the administration fund for a great Christmas dinner at the Town Hall, a great holiday, a nice break, and home renovations.
     Trish Hayes reported that 79 people were served dinner on Christmas Day and 21 had meals delivered to their homes.
     Heidi Finson is planning a Reading is Fundamental book distribution sometime during the week of January 12.
     The Three Rivers News is holding steady.
     Val Robertson told us that the Kiwanis Kid’s Korner program at the library will resume in April. It’s too cold for the little ones to walk from school to the library. And, one of the chief adult walkers is enjoying the warm climate of California!
     A $1400 profit was realized from the fruit sale and plans are ready to host the fund-raising event again this December.
     Murrel Harris told us that $2300 was donated and spent on the Secret Santa Project.
     Joe said the gazebo fund is around $6000 at the present time.
     REMINDER: We will have business meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday s in January, February, and March.
     The members decided to have a post-holiday party sometime in January. Everyone would bring a gift they might have received but couldn’t put to good use for a mini-auction. A suggestion was made to have a gathering at The Restaurant on a Saturday evening and enjoy a fine dining experience. There will be more details next week.
     Chris Beres and Kathy Witham will talk about the 2004 variety show at the January 7 meeting and David Walker will be the speaker on January 21.
     Tony Hamlin, PVHS teacher and basketball coach, was unable to speak today due to illness.
     Todd Lyford graciously filled in to tell us about the grants received by the Milo/Brownville fire and police departments.
     In 2000-2001 the police department received a $20,000 grant that enabled them to purchase laptop computers, desks, finger printing kits, and a computer comparison fingerprinting program.
     Todd told us that the police departments were the major focus during the Clinton administration but after 9/11 the fire fighters became the number one concern. $350 million dollars was allocated to update the nation’s fire fighting vehicles, equipment for fire prevention, and medical emergencies.
     In 2002 Todd helped to write a grant for the fire department because of a need for ladders, hoses, nozzles, rescue tools, pumps, etc. $48,000, along with the required 10% provided by the town of Milo, made these purchases possible.
     2003 brought the need for new radio equipment to facilitate communication between Milo and Brownville. Todd was now the police chief for both areas and realized that new equipment was essential. The $63,000 federal grant combined with money from the town made new radios, a multi-channel base, 18 portable radios, and 12 mobile radios a reality.
     Todd also helped Brownville write a $63,000 request for their fire department. They were able to update their gloves, coats, pants, air packs, ladders, 4” hoses, etc.
     Poor economics is a major factor for requesting grant monies. Because of the excellent work by Chief Lyford and others, area towns have asked for help in writing grants to upgrade their police and fire departments.
     Thank you for letting us know about the updated status of the police and fire departments.
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