Three Rivers News, 2004-01-13

     The Pee Wee Basketball season is well underway. These 4th and 5th grade students at Brownville Elementary are participants on the boys and girls teams. Students from Lagrange & Milo are also involved. It's a great opportunity for children to make new friends. So, if you want to see some great basketball....future Penquis Patriots.... visit Brownville Elementary most weeknights.

     The Brownville Jct American Legion Auxiliary would like to thank all who participated in the Christmas Calendar Raffle held for the month of December. Your participation enables us to continue our Veteran and community projects. Each weekday winner won $10.00, weekend winners won $20.00 and the winner on Christmas Day won $100.00. This is a list of all the winners.
     Donna Jones, Deanna Bellatty, Miranda Patton, Marge Damon, Jared Weston, Mark Andrade, Peggy Witham, Linda Coburn, Marie McSwine, Raymonde Theriaulte, Peggy Witham, Donna Jones, Gene Burnham, Debra McAndrew, Barbara Reed, Cindy Wood, Fran Jay, Ron Bolduc, Perl Morrison, Caitlyn Wood, Donna Grant, Marie McSwine, Linda Richards, Ron Bolduc, Vicky Tellier, Sandy Perkins, John Graves, Deanna Bellatty, Theresa Lovejoy, Chris Whitten, Mark Andrade.
     We would also like to thank Chuck Pribus at BJ's Market for drawing the names for us each day and posting them in his store.

THE BROWNVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH WILL HOLD A POT LUCK SUPPER on FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Scotch auction. Come and bring a casserole or salad, and a friend. Rolls and desert will be provided. For more info 965-9221.

     The family of Charlie (Ron) Herbest is proud to announce that he has completed another semester at EMCC and has once again made the Dean’s List, with a GPA of 3.40!
     Charlie got some great on-the-job-training over his holiday break with McKusick Petroleum Co., and is now heading back to school for his LAST semester.
     If you see this hard working guy please give him a big pat on the back!

Senator Paul Davis' Snowmobile Bill Receives Unanimous Approval
Bill Ensures Coverage Of Clubs, Limits Liability And Helps To Preserve Valuable Maine industry
     AUGUSTA - Maine Senate Republican leader Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) is pleased that the Legislature has passed L.D. 787, "An Act To Clarify the Landowner Liability Law with Regard to Construction and Maintenance of Snowmobile and Other Trails for Recreational Use"
     When Northeast Insurance Company, the largest insurer of snowmobile clubs in the state, recently announced that it was ceasing to do business in Maine as a result of a pending lawsuit against a Maine snowmobile club a major problem was created for the entire snowmobile industry in Maine, and the $350 million it contributes annually to the state's economy. This action prompted Senator Davis to sponsor the bill. Senator Davis sees the legislation as an indication that state government can work with citizens to find solutions in a timely manner.
     The purpose of the bill is to give snowmobile clubs liability protection similar to landowners. There are about 300 snowmobile clubs in the state and legislators heard from many of them during the process of passing this legislation.
     "The Governor has indicated to me that he will sign the bill as soon as it is passed, and as an emergency it will go into effect immediately so that the law will apply to the current snowmobiling season. “ I’m glad that we are finding success as we work to resolve this crisis," Senator Davis said. Senator Davis has credited much of the success of this effort to the Maine Snowmobile Association and the support of snowmobile clubs throughout the state and cites the need for continued efforts.
     Bob Meyers, of the Maine Snowmobile Association, recently commented, "We are very appreciative of Senator Davis taking the lead in this problem. It appears as though his leadership and swift action may have averted a pretty serious situation."

Realty of Maine opens new office
     SEBEC - Jeff Davis, Branch Manager of Realty of Maine's newest office, has announced its opening "in response to a strong consumer need."
     One of the largest independent real estate firms in Maine, Realty of Maine is opening a brand new office located on Route 6, the Dover-Milo Road, at 866 Milo Road in Sebec.
     The public is invited to a grand-opening celebration at the new office on Friday and Saturday, January 23rd and 24th, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23rd. Drinks and snacks will be provided for all guests.
     "We are excited to have a significant presence in Piscataquis County and the surrounding area," explains Davis, who added, "We have been operating in this area for a year and a half, and felt it was time to have a more visible presence in this growing market."

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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Juanita and Milton Smith's house on Pleasant Street was once a(n) (a) tavern (b) school (c) parsonage (d) inn.
2. Jefferson Lake came to Brownville from (a) Katahdin Iron Works (b) Lake View (c) Sebec (d) Medford.
3. Earl Gerrish once had his store (a) opposite the post office (b) in the Grange Hall (c) next to the Herrick Hotel (d) in Buddy's bedroom.
4. The most points a Railroader team scored was (a) 122 (b) 135 (c) 143 (d) 151.
5. The Coburns came here from (a) New Castle (b) Harvey (c) Saint John (d) Moncton New Brunswick.
6. The Scoot was (a) freight train (b) passenger train (c) mixed train (a) boat train.
7. Charlie Foulkes and Walter McClain were (a) deacons (b) supply preachers (c) YMCA secretaries (d) constables.
8. Billy Bellatty later coached basketball in (a) Kansas (b) North Carolina (c) Colorado (d) California.
9. Brownville became a plantation in (a) 1819 (b) 1821 (c) 1823 (d) 1835.
10. Crops for the Herrick Hotel were raised (a) in Barnard (b) on the Rips Road (c) on the Prairie (d) by the Grange Hall.
Answers: 1-c 2-a 3-d 4-c 5-b 6-c 7-d 8-d 9-a 10-b

     We have received a few address’s from folks telling us of their loved ones whereabouts. Take a moment and drop them a line. News from home is a great way to say “thanks and we appreciate what you do!”

Pvt. Coburn, Robert I.
BCE 07-04
Camp Jejune, NC 28542-0069

Matthew P. Monahan
744th TC, 1st Platoon
10720 Mt. Belvedere Blvd.
Ft. Drum, NY 13602-5301

     The local Police, Fire and Ambulance Services are again asking that residents make sure their homes have their street number clearly marked on the residence near the front door. Emergency services are continuing to have problems in locating residences because they do not have the street numbers posted on the house. If your residence sits away from the road then please clearly mark your driveway with your house number. Reflective numbers are preferred so they will show up at night. By marking your home clearly, it will allow the Emergency Services to locate you, in cases of emergency.
     The Police Departments of Brownville and Milo request the citizens of the community to call us if they have
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concerns with people who are shut ins. With this cold weather or a prolonged power outage the officers will be available to go check on those citizens. Please do not hesitate to call us a situation does not seem right or a person may be in danger. The Brownville Police Department number is 965-8026, The Milo Police Department number is 943-2281. As always if it is an emergency then dial 9-1-1
     Speaking of 9-1-1, this number is for emergencies only. Do not use this number to report keys locked in a vehicle, a dog running loose, or other situations that do not require an emergency response.

     The regular meeting of the United Methodist Women will be held on Thursday, January 15th, at 7:00PM, at Park Street United Methodist Church.
     The Administrative Board will meet at Park Street United Methodist Church on Tuesday January 13th at 7:00PM.
     Rev. Michele St. Cyr and Carolyn Sinclair joined Hope and Lewis Dyer in Nashville for the 2004 Congress on Evangelism. It was a good series of meetings and workshops and we had the opportunity to visit the chapel at The Upper Room. That was totally awesome.
     The Dyers expect to return home sometime during the next two weeks.

Weight Watchers at Work Open House
     Just a reminder that there will be an Open House on January 13th , at 3;00 p.m., at Milo Elementary School.
     This will be an opportunity to hear about the new things that Weight Watchers are doing and the changes that have taken place recently in the program. If you are interested in joining, or just want some information, please plan to attend. This is open to MSAD #41 employees, students and community members.
     If you have questions please call Sue Chaffee at 943-2122 or 943-7346 ext. 208.

1. Call to Order
2. Election of 2003 Budget Committee Chairperson
3. Presentation of Manger’s 2004 Preliminary Budget
4. Questions & Discussion
5. Schedule Meeting Dates
6. New Business
7. Adjourn

SEMI-PUBLIC INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS OF THE MILO AND DOVER ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER ORGANIZATIONS at 7:30 P.M. at the Dover Masonic Temple, preceded by a 6:30 p.m. supper. All area Capitular Masons invited.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH RESTORE AND THE MAINE WOODS COALITION will be on hand at 6 P.M. at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter to present their views on the proposed Maine Woods National Park. Jym St. Pierre, the Maine director of RESTORE will present a slide show and outline his organization's plan for a national park. Millinocket Town Manager, Eugene Conlogue, chairman of the Maine Woods Coalition, will then speak on his organization's opposition to the proposed park. A question and answer period will follow during which, both

gentlemen will then answer questions from the audience. This non-partisan discussion program is aimed to better inform the general public of the many issues surrounding this proposal and allow Mainers to make an informed decision regarding the future of our state. The program is free and open to any interested area residents. For more information, call the library at 924-7292 .

Birth Announcement
     A daughter, Brooklynn Blaze, to Marcia and Neil Higgins, Jr. of LaGrange on January 2, 2004.
     Her birth weight was 10 pounds 5 ounces, and she was 21 inches in length.
     Brooklynn was the New Years baby at Mayo Regional Hospital.

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall
     My, haven’t we had some really old-fashioned winter weather with these cold temperatures of -13 on Thursday and -16 on Friday up on the hill. It has made me laugh though to hear weathermen exclaim about very cold weather, and they are only talking about weather hovering at 20 degrees above. Old fashioned winters had temperatures 20 below for a week or more or even worse. That was challenging weather! Now the weatherman even tells you to bundle up. Maine people have come to a pretty pass when we need someone to remind us to put on a coat in January. Being librarians, we think one of the best pastimes on a cold and windy day is to stay inside and read a good book. And your library has lots of them-recent best sellers and golden oldies. Come on in and visit our collection.
     It’s such a downer! After the excitement and fun of the holidays, the income tax forms come. To me it always seems such a poor time for them. However, if you want to get started on your income tax, we have the basic forms already---1040,1040A and 1040 EZ all with instructions. We also have schedules A and B , schedules 1 and 2 and EIC. We have also received a packet of reproducible forms. We will be getting more forms, and we will let you know through this column as the library receives them.
     Please note we will be having FINES FREE WEEKS from January 12-January 31. Now that the holidays and their attendant hustle and bustle are over, it’s a good time to find those overdue books and bring them back to the library. Ask your children to help you. They often know where their overdue books are. If it is a more convenient way for Milo Elementary School children to get their books back, they may leave them in the Milo Elementary School office. Mrs. Beres has given her permission for this to be done. Please note this will be during these FINES FREE WEEKS only. Any overdue books-overdue for a few days or a few years- are free of fines during these weeks so take advantage of this special time.
     We have received several of our backordered books. They are all processed and ready to circulate.

Bradford, Barbara Taylor EMMA’S SECRET
Leonard, Elmore MR. PARADISE
Stone, Katherine ANOTHER MAN’S SON

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

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Class of 1948 to Meet January 20th
     The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 20th, at “The Restaurant” in Milo. We have reserved the back room from 9a.m. to 11a.m. Officers of the MHS Alumni Association have been invited to join us. All classmates are urged to attend.

Marion C. Cook School News
     At our latest Terrific Kid assembly, Mrs. Zelkan and Miss K. gave certificates, stickers and pencils to REBECCA PIERCE, CODY DONLON, RONALD SMITH and ETHAN SMITH.
     Ms. Ivy reported that Rebecca has been doing a wonderful job in reading and writing. Keep working hard Rebecca.
     Mrs. Carter thanked Cody for being a good citizen and completing all of his work.
     Miss K. announced that today would be Ronald and Ethan's last day with us. They are moving to Bradford. We have enjoyed Ethan's jokes and Ronald's sweetness. We will miss the Smith family and wish them well in their new home.
     Kathy Foss congratulated Levi Engstrom and Cody Donlon for being Good Kids on the bus.
     The assembly concluded with the singing of the Marion C. Cook School song.

     This year the Three Rivers Community Alliance will be sponsoring an Ice Out Contest for Schoodic Lake! Look for more information coming soon!
     If you live on the lake, and would be interested in helping, please contact us! / 207-943-7367

A Historical Review - Part 1
Church Clock Runs Smoothly Once Again
Bangor Daily News, Phil Gerow, 1/14-15/1984
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)
     Milo -- Thanks to the efforts of Donald Treworgy, Ralph "Doc" Monroe, and Herbie Dunham, the tower clock atop the Park Street United Methodist Church is back to normal running order.
     For the past three or four years, the clock has been acting strangely, much to the dissatisfaction of the inhabitants of the town. Luthan Crosby, the weekly clock winder, tried his best to the get the clock to work properly, but did not have any luck. He sent an "SOS" to Donald Treworgy in Mystic, CT, a former resident of Milo, who spent the next three years bringing the clock back to normal.
     Treworgy began his hobby of clock repair by working on grandfather clocks in the family. He became friendly with Dr. Amos Avery, past president of the national Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. In 1972, Treworgy took apart, cleaned and oiled his first clock. Since that time, he has been progressing.
     The first tower clock on which Treworgy worked was at the Mystic Seaport Museum where he is an instructor of celestial navigation. He now performs the general maintenance on that clock. He helped to regulate the clock, which now he says "keeps fairly decent time."
     Treworgy said he learned a great deal working with Frank Murphy. He tried to spend a few days each month learning the trade under Murphy, who specializes in clocks. Murphy has moved to Mystic so Treworgy is able to spend more time with him. He has begun lathe work, but Treworgy still considers himself apprentice grade in clock works.

     In his hometown of Milo, Treworgy worked on clocks for Mary Tyler, Nellie McLaughlin and others. His fame has spread and it was this that caused Luthan Crosby, the clock winder, to call Treworgy. Crosby said that one of the teeth in the clock's gears has broken off and the clock would not stop striking. Crosby said he had been awakened at night and he counted more than 80 strikes before he was able to shut the clock off.
     When Treworgy examined the clock on his next visit home, he found that the half-hour striking tooth had worn off, causing the clock to continue striking. Treworgy said that he realized the tooth had to be repaired, and who better to repair a tooth than a dentist. Treworgy made contact with Dr. Ralph Monroe, who took the gear to his office and, using his tools, built a gold crown on the tooth, using a gold alloy. Monroe said he was pleased to be able to help the town by repairing the clock.
     It was in October 1983 when the clock really got a "going over," according to Treworgy. Piece by piece, he took the clock apart and cleaned each gear. In order to do this, he went into the church basement, cleaned the piece, and returned to the tower to put the part back. This necessitated a climb of four sets of ladders fastened to the walls, as well as a set of stairs from the church to the basement.
     Treworgy also called on Herbie Dunham, a machinist at the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in Derby, for help in restoring some bushings for the clock. Dunham had to make several bronze bushings as well as some other minor parts. Treworgy praised Dunham and said he was a very skilled machinist.
(continued next week)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     My feet are toasty warm due to the nicest invention I have ever owned. They are heated rice packs that slip into booty type slippers. The smell is delightful as there is lavender mixed in with the rice. You put the packs into your microwave oven for about two minutes and then slip the packs back into the sole of the slipper. There are velcro flaps that keep the sole closed over the packs. I don't know that I would attempt walking very far in these slippers, but you certainly could if you had to. This is a wonderful winter find. I'm so glad that I have a pair.
     The cough is still with me. I can't do much in the way of exercising....nor can I laugh. This is the thing that bothers me the most. Every time I do either....the coughing starts right up again. Will this never end? We thought we'd go back to school and find many children having to stay home because of this flu.....but that's not the case, so far. Either they don't have it anymore....or they feel pretty good except for a symptom or two and so are attending school.
     We were reading an excerpt from the Bangor Daily News regarding a police log. It seems that this man (probably a young man) was trying to hook up his seat belt while his car was in motion. Evidently his lack of attention led him to crash his car into something, and his injury was of a facial nature. He drove his lip stud into his gum. There you go!
     Now I've heard everything! What part of "stupid" do you think the guy wasn't aware of? It could have been the part about him trying to hook his seat belt after he
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started driving the car, or it might have been taking his eyes off the road. could have been having a stud pierced through his lip. I think the injury served him right. He got just exactly what he deserved. Have you heard the comedian who says (after someone does or says something incredibly stupid) "Here's your sign!" Anyone that incredibly stupid needs to slap a post-it note with the letter "S" written on it (in felt tip marker) on their forehead.....much like the Scarlet Letter. As far as I'm concerned the ears are the only body parts that should be allowed to be pierced....and I'll take it a step further and say only on females. That won't be popular, but I can't help it...that's how I feel.
     I've only seen little quick "takes" from the movie Calendar Girls that is opening in theaters soon, but I'm here to tell you that I can't wait to get to Bangor and see it when it opens. The story plot is hysterical....I can only hope the movie is as good as the previews. Why didn't anyone think of it before now. Too funny!
     We have this feature on our phone that allows us to make "conference calls." This amazing ability has allowed me to talk with both the cousins at once. One cousin is in Millinocket and one is in Contoocook, New Hampshire. We had one such call the other night. The Millinocket cousin has invited us for another mincemeat weekend. It's going to fall on Valentines Day weekend. Can you just imagine the mega-fun we're going to have. I've now got something to look forward to. I was beginning to think that my winter was going to be a complete bore....and now, voila!, things are looking up. This will give us countless e-mails in which to plan the event...and then countless e-mails after the weekend to laugh about it. I can't wait.
     These cousins and I are pretty faithful to the Food Network. We love Rachel Raye and her 30 Minute Meals, The Barefoot Contessa and her quiet Hampton kitchen, and Emeril Lagasse both "live" and "the essence of." When we get together either by phone, by cyberspace, or live and in person, we talk about the recipes. None of us are afraid to try a new recipe. As a matter of fact, I'm probably the most leery of the trio. Because I love recipes so much you'd think that not to be the case, but it is. The host couple are planning on making a stuffed pork roast when we are visiting in February, and also caramelized squash. They tried the squash on New Year's Eve and it was a big hit. They got the recipe from the Contessa and it is something like this (forgive me the generalities...I took the recipe down while on the phone.)

Approximately 4 to 5 pounds of butternut squash
half a stick of butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper (grind it fresh if you can)
     Peel and remove all the seeds. Cut the squash into 1 1/2-inch cubes and put them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the melted butter. Sprinkle on the brown sugar, salt and pepper. Wash your hands real good and use your fingers to toss all the ingredients together. Spread them in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast for 45 to 55 minutes in a 400-degree oven. The squash is done when each piece is tender and the glaze begins to caramelize. Turn the squash a few times with a spatula to be sure it browns evenly.
     Doesn't this sound yummy!

     BROWNVILLE - Myrtle B. Thompson, 90, wife of the late Kenneth W. Thompson, died Jan. 7, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born March 30, 1913, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Henry A. and Lila (Pennington) Bell. Mrs. Thompson had been employed as a telephone operator in Brownville for several years, and then retired from the U.S. Post Office in Brownville, where she had worked for many years as a postal clerk. She was a member of Echo Chapter No. 98 OES, the Brownville Snowmobile Club, and the Brownville Community Church. She is survived by a daughter, Roberta Severance of Milo; a sister, Frances Strout of Dover-Foxcroft; three grandchildren, Jeff London and his wife, Ruth, Lisa York and her husband, Ed, and Dale Severance; three great-grandchildren, Casey Marks, Derek London, and Levi York; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Philip and Donald Bell. Friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with the Rev. George Ganglfinger officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.

     MILO - Ashley E. Sheldon, 18, died Jan. 6, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident. She was born March 4, 1985, in Norwich, Conn., the daughter of Peter T. Sheldon and Laura M. Armstrong. An honors graduate of Penquis Valley High School, Class of 2003, Ashley was attending the University of Maine at Farmington, majoring in Elementary Education. While in high school, she was a member of the softball, soccer, and lacrosse teams, and continued her love of sports in college by participating in intramural volleyball. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pomfret, Conn., where she was involved with the youth group and a member of a mission trip to the Bahamas to work with troubled boys. She had also volunteered as a candy striper at the Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Conn. She is survived by her mother, Laura and her husband, David Maguire of Milo; her father, Peter and his wife, Heather Sheldon of Pomfret, Conn.; maternal grandparents, Margaret and Dennis Marvin, and Frederick Armstrong; paternal grandparents, Wayland and Nancy Sheldon Jr.; paternal great-grandmother, Hazel Sheldon; maternal great-grandmother, Pearl Longley; four brothers, Devon Armstrong of Milo, Wyatt Sheldon of Pomfret, Conn., Aaron Maguire of Norridgewock, and Brandon Maguire of Norridgewock; two sisters, Olivia Sheldon of Pomfret, Conn., Alissa Maguire of Milo; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Ashley will be remembered by a special friend, Matthew Rublee of LaGrange. She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Phyllis Armstrong. Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, where a celebration of Ashley's life will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, with the Rev. Ken Dale officiating. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

     Our hearts and thoughts go out to Laura and her family. When Milo loses a child, we all are affected, and we all feel the loss.

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     I hate the cold!! And it has been cold. How cold is it you may ask. Well it’s so cold even Torrey Ellis thinks it’s cold. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Torrey, he works at Bailey Lumber and it’s not unusual to see him, outside in December, when the temperature is 20-30 degrees, loading lumber wearing shorts and a tee shirt. Torrey is ALWAYS too warm! Well, this past Saturday I ran into Torrey at Milo True Value, and he asked me to give him a ride; it was too cold for him to walk home. Now that’s cold!
     I spent last week going to homes that have outdoor dogs and checking that the dog shelters were legal, which in my book doesn’t mean humane in these temperatures, but it’s the best I can do. I insist on the owner lining the shelter with fresh hay, to give the poor animal a fighting chance at keeping from freezing. Why people keep “family pets” outside in these conditions is more than I can understand.
     The Animal Welfare law book states that a dog house must be a three-sided structure, with a floor, and be weather-proof enough to keep the animal dry, and that it must be suitable to the area’s climate. In my estimation, there is NO unheated structure that is suitable to Maine’s climate when it is 20-below with the wind blowing. It is against the law to have a dog locked in a vehicle in the cold, and most vehicles are better insulated than the best doghouse. In weather this extreme, the temperature inside the doghouse is the same as outside, so it only serves as a wind block.
     No dog should ever have to be out longer than necessary in these conditions. My Heikki, who is a 120lb Husky-Lab mix with a thick coat won’t stay out more than 15 minutes these days. Kirby even opted to leave the pack of dogs home when he went for his daily walk.
     A week ago, when temperatures weren’t as extreme, but none the less cold, I got a call from the Schoodic Lake road that a sled dog had shown up at a house and the folks there had tied it in their barn,, Due to a mix up between the Sheriff’s Dept, and me, it was 11P.M. before I picked the dog up.
     I found a female Husky, with all of her tags, even 2004 !. Now that is a loving responsible owner, one that registers their dog so promptly. I have the list of dog tag numbers in Milo and who they are registered to, but this dog had a Dexter vet clinic’s address and, she was found in Brownville, and it was too late to call someone to ask them if their dog was missing, so I waited until morning. Her owners turned out to be Eleanor and Eddie Cyr and they had been frantic to find her. The poor dog had slipped off her leash and took off on a dead run (as Huskies do) from a family outing at Schoodic. The Cyr’s had spent until midnight looking for her. When I called Eleanor to say I had her dog, I had never heard anyone sound so happy. When Eleanor and the dog were reunited, I was reminded of the part of the job that makes it all worth while.
     Because of the extreme cold, I’ve been letting the ducks sleep over in the chicken/goat stall at night. Last fall, Kirby, Katie and I built an addition on the side of the building that houses the goats, chickens and guineas. Jack and Ozzie have 1/3 of the building and the fowl use the other 2/3 rd’s. The ducks have their own enclosed pen because, well, they poop a lot and I want to keep it in one area. But starting on Tuesday night, the ducks automatically went in with the chickens. I have a radio on in the coop at all times and I’ll bet the ducks heard how cold it was going to be, and that no pets should be left outside for the next few days, and decided that bunking in with the goats and chickens was a good idea. I

installed a third heat lamp in the building, and have succeeded in keeping the coop above 0 degrees. I haven’t been able to keep the poop level down, but I always spread a fresh bale of hay on the floor at night, for snuggling into, and have decided to think of the droppings as “organic insulation’ for the duration of the cold snap. The next time it snows, I will rake the whole mess outside for the ducks, chickens, goats, and ducks to walk on, and the coop will be as good as new. I just hope the weather gets warmer before the floor gets so tall the animals have to “duck” to go in to the building.
     Now for a little shelter news. Julie has been working overtime writing up adoption papers this week. We have found homes for 6 cats in the last three days, with one more scheduled to go this afternoon. Considering we have only taken in 5 kittens this week, we are making progress. On Sunday, a long-haired yellow and white male cat was brought to us. He was found on the Brownville Junction road, at Lisa and Jeff Smith’s house and is definitely somebody’s baby. He is a full-grown un-neutered male, and I’m sure someone is missing him. Give me a call at 943-2324 if he might be yours or if you have any idea who’s he might be.
     Another success story I want to share is about the beautiful Bengal tomcat that was seen for weeks hanging around B.J.’s market in Junction. His daddy turned out to be Mike Paradis, from Henderson Street, and they were reunited Saturday. Julie explained to him how his little fellow had struck up a friendship with Mia, a Derby stray, and Mike decided to take her also. We thank him for making our day!
     We would also like to thank Pam and Danny Stubbs. A few weeks ago, they adopted Gina and Maria, two stray girls who had been with us since July. They were great little cats and we are so thankful they have such a nice home.
     The other adoptions that have taken place this week were by two Dover and Dexter couples. Our shelter is getting the reputation of having healthy, friendly animals and the word is spreading. We foresee a day when we have a waiting list for our strays! What a wonderful thing that will be.
     Last but not least, I want to thank April Lancaster for adopting Lady, the stray dog from Pleasant Street in Milo. Lady is a wonderful dog and she now has a wonderful home.
     That’s my update for this week. So until next time, stoke up the wood stove, put on some warm slippers and make sure the pets are inside.

January 12 – 16
Monday-Steak-Um sand. oven fries, peas, mixed fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Super sand. Pretzels, hot buttered carrots, and apple.
Wednesday-Spaghetti/meat sauce, 3-bean salad, dinner roll, and pears.
Thursday-Tomato soup, turkey club sand. celery sticks, and fruit.
Friday-Chicken nuggets, mashed potato, creamed corn, dinner roll, and apple crisp.

January 19 – 23
Tuesday-Hamburger, potato wedge, mixed vegetables, and fruit.
Wednesday-Pig in a blanket, Cole slaw, baked beans, and Jell-O/topping.
Thursday-Oven fried chicken, mashed potato, winter blend veg. dinner roll, and fruit.
Friday-Combo sand. assorted veg. and desserts.

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January 26 – 30
Monday-Pizza bagels, salad, hash browns, and fruit.
Tuesday-Shepard’s pie, peas, dinner roll, and pineapple.
Wednesday-Vegetable rice soup, B.L.T. sand. cheese stick, and fruit.
Thursday-Hot turkey sand. whipped potato, squash, and pudding/topping.
Friday -Breadsticks, cheese & sauce, spinach, and fruit.

*You’ve had arguments over the comparative quality of Fried Dough.
*You diet all week so you can consume 40,000 calories at a fair.
*You eat ice cream with flavors like ‘Moose Tracks’ and ‘Maine Black Bear’.
*When it snows four inches you call it ‘a dusting’.
*You are surprised to discover there aren’t fried clam shacks elsewhere in the country.
*You know what an Irving is and the location of 15 of them.
*Your car is covered in yellow-green dust in May.
*You can drive the Augusta traffic circles without breaking into a cold sweat.
*You’ve hung out at a gravel pit.
*You think a mosquito could be a species of bird.
*You once skipped school and went to Bar Harbor, Old Orchard Beach or Reid State Park.
*Even your school cafeteria made good chowder.
*You know how to pronounce Calais and Machias.
*You know that The Airline has nothing to do with planes.
*You’ve made a meal out of a Jordan’s red-skinned hot-dog and a bag of Humpty Dumpty potato chips.
*You know that a chocolate doughnut is not a white doughnut with chocolate frosting.
*You’ve gone to a bean supper.
*You know the difference between pea, Yellow-eye, and Red Kidney.
*You wouldn’t eat beans in tomato sauce or Manhattan clam chowder if you were starving!
*In high school, you (or a friend) packed Deering or Gifford Ice Cream cones.
*At least once in your life, a seagull pooped on you.
*At least once in your life you’ve said, “It smells like the mill in here.”
*Every summer and fall, there’s a fruit and vegetable stand within 10 minutes of your house.
*You call that long sandwich an “Italian”.
*Your idea of a traffic jam is being the second car at the stoplight.
*Your house converts to a B&B every July and August for people from away that you happen to know.
*All year long you’re tracking sand in the house-from the beach in the summer and the roads and sidewalks in the winter.
*You have a front door but no steps to get to it.
*Your kids start using “wicked” as a multipurpose part of speech.
*You start your shopping by looking in Uncle Henry’s.
*You have shopped at the Big Chicken Barn.
*You’ve ditched the car on the side of the road somewhere because you thought you saw some good fiddleheads.
*You’ve had a vacation from school just to help the family pick potatoes.
*You know a lobster pot is a trap, not a kettle.
*You know not to plant tender crops until the last full moon in May.
*You go to the dump and bring back more than you brought.
*You’ve taken a date to the dump to watch the bears.
*You watch “Murder She Wrote” and snicker at the stupid fake accents.
*You’ve swum in a quarry.
*You take the New Hampshire toll personally.
*You feel really good when you cross the Piscataqua River Bridge into Kittery.
*You always wave when you see a Maine license plate in another state.
*You’ve used a roll of Duct tape and a can of flat black spray paint to get your car to pass inspection.
*You have to replace your mailbox yearly because of the town plow.
*When you’re supposed to dress up, you wear flannel with a tie.
*You know that Moody’s Diner does NOT take credit cards.
*When the word “stove” refers to what you did to the right front fender of your truck going around the Augusta rotaries.
*When there’s too much “stuff” in your 2 “cah” garage to get either of your cars into it.
*When you know what fly dope is.
*When you eat supper at night and dinner at noon.
*As a child, you played outside in a snowstorm without hat, mittens, scarf and with your jacket open because it was just a little cool.
*The area around your back door is referred to as “the dooryard”.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
13th-Clear&cold some wind-16° below at 6:30 am and 0° at 4 pm
14th-Snow 5 in-12° at 7 am and –4° at 4 pm.
15th-Sunny-18° at 7 am and 10° at 4 pm.
16th-Sunny windy&cold-2° at 7 am.
17th-Sunny windy cold below zero all day.
18th-Sunny cold-20° at 6:50 am and 0° at 4 pm.
19th-Sunny cold-34° at 7 am and 0° at 4 pm.
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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 eighteen members on this first gathering of 2004.
     Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked for guidance and comfort for those in need during these troubled times.
     Edwin Treworgy was our inspirational reader today. One question was, “Are there roses among thorns or thorns on roses?” He read about people being either optimists or pessimists; is the glass half full or half empty? People perceive similar events in many different ways. He told us about two frogs trapped in a cup of milk. One frog gave up but the other one kept swimming until the milk was churned into butter and he was able to hop out to safety. The message was, “If you can’t get out, keep on swimming around.”
     A newsletter from the Orono/Old Town Kiwanis club was circulated.
     Chris Beres was our birthday girl today!
     Eight happy and sad dollars were donated today for the Patriot’s win, thank you to Janet, feeling better, five weeks to baseball season, sharing a birthday with friends, and a safe and happy ending to what could have been a disaster.
     Heidi Finson is planning a Reading is Fundamental book distribution on January 14, 15, and 16. Heidi presented an idea that she and her Mom Kathy thought of, newspapers on tapes. This idea brought about a lively discussion that will definitely be pursued.
     The Three Rivers News is doing just fine.
     The Gazebo project fund is up to approximately $7500.

     Reminder: We are going to have two monthly business meetings in February and March on the second and fourth Wednesday s.
     We are looking at January 31 at The Restaurant to host an evening after-holiday party. There will be additional details soon.
     There will be a Board meeting on Thursday, January 8 at The Restaurant at 6:30 am.
     We will have a business meeting on January 14, Lt. Gov. Clair Wood will speak on January 21 and present a video about Camp Sunshine, and David Walker will be our guest speaker on January 28.
     Kiwanis’ own Kathy Witham spoke today about the 2004 Variety Show. With the event coming up in the spring she said it was time to start planning. She told us that she had a vision immediately after the 2003 show as she was leaving the Town Hall Art Center! Her vision for the following year even had a title, Grand Old Milo Opry, featuring a country and western theme.
     Kathy is sure that there are many people in the local area with tons of talent who could liven up the Art Center with song and dance or maybe a skit or two. She mentioned Stephanie Gillis and her students, possibly the fabulous Belltones, an adult chorus, maybe a bit of line-dancing, some tunes from the PVHS band, and an idea involving law enforcement that included ‘horses’ and cowboy hats!
     Kathy had an idea about enlisting the help of the Key Club members to make a “Milo Country Video”.
     A lot of help would be needed to bring all these ideas to fruition. A date has to be set for the show and rehearsals. Committees would be formed for the advertising, stage work, and food sales.
     The 2004 Variety Show could really rock the Town Hall!
     Thank you Kathy.

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