Three Rivers News, 2004-01-27


     It is time to license your dogs. Any dog 6 months or older must be licensed before January 31st. After that date, if your dog isn’t licensed, you will run the risk of being served an overdue notice, which will cost you an additional $15.00 when registering your pet.
     Licensing your dog is not an option; it is the law. The money raised from the licenses is used for animal welfare and part of each license fee is going into a special Spay Maine fund. So by licensing your dog you not only are following the law, you are helping to end the homeless pet problem in Maine.
Thank you,
Valerie Robertson , Julie Gallagher, and Katie Robertson
Animal Control Officers, Milo and Brownville

The Junction
Indoor Flea Market
Arts, Crafts & Collectibles
Sat., Feb. 7
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Vendors call 207-965-8788
for space availability Route 11, Brownville
(formerly KC's Place)


FROM 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
$5.00 PER CUT,

     The Milo Free Public Library is having Amnesty Week. There will be no fines due on ANY OVERDUE BOOK brought to the library or dropped into the return box by JANUARY 31. Please get your overdue books back to the library during this special time.

To the editor:
A Message to Community Libraries from the Maine Arts Commission
     Let me make introductions first. My name is Keith Ludden, and I am the Community and Traditional Arts Associate at the Maine Arts Commission. Part of my job is to work with communities to develop arts in the communities. As part of that effort, it's also part of my job to let communities around the state know about grant programs and initiatives at the Maine Arts Commission.
     Given the fact that libraries, like schools, are often one of the most prominent cultural centers in Maine communities, I'd like to say, "Hello," and invite you to let me know about groups in your community that I might want to speak to; groups involved in the arts, groups interested in the arts, groups who know the great value of the arts and their importance in the community.
     If there are such groups in your community, please feel free to contact me.
Keith Ludden
Community/Traditional Arts Associate
Maine Arts Commission

Republican Response to the Governor's Budget
Address by Senator Republican Leader Paul T. Davis
January 20, 2004
     As the Senate Republican leader, it's my responsibility to provide a response to the Governor's budget address this evening. But you know what? Maine's problems are so vast and serious that a mere response to the Governor's address seems rather simplistic and petty.
     Maine is at a crisis. Frankly, I'm not sure all my colleagues realize just how serious things have become in many parts of Maine.
     We aren't just losing jobs, we are losing our young people, our families, churches are closing, and schools are shutting down.
     I have a town in my district -Atkinson- that can't afford to be town anymore and asked me to sponsor a bill to help them de-organize. And I won't be surprised if there are more towns headed down that route.
     Last year we led the nation in the loss of manufacturing jobs.
     Our individual tax burden leads the nation and, sadly, we are at the bottom of the pack when it comes to income.
     Currently, 1 in 5 Mainers are on the state's health insurance welfare program - Medicaid. In July that number will increase to 1 in 4.
     I say these things because it's time to sound the alarm in Maine. We can't keep having these polite conversations, while rural Maine disappears.
     It is immoral for the State Government to continue to pretend that we can spend our way out of this mess. WE can't.
     If the last 30 years have proven one thing-it is this: More government spending has resulted in fewer opportunities for Maine people.
     However, it doesn't have to be that way-and the time to act is now: I call upon the Governor and my legislative colleagues to dispense with the polite chatter and get right to the point.
     And the point is, Maine has a serious spending problem-most years we spend 2- 3 times more than the rate of inflation-and at least twice the rate of income growth. Every year-year in ---year out-government takes more and more of what Maine people earn.
     We have to put a mechanism in place at ALL levels of government that protects Maine workers from seeing their pay checks eroding-year in and year out. We need a constitutional amendment that limits the amount government spending can grow each year. State government has been growing faster than our paychecks for far to long and it is time to stop.
     We need predictability and stability in our budgets-

• We can't shower school districts with cash in the good times-then tell them to close schools and cut teachers whenever there are tight budgets
• We can't expand Medicaid, offer more services and increase eligibility one year-and then cut services and kick people off the next---
     People want to know what to expect each year-they deserve that. The way we do things now-spend every penny we get-and then---is a disaster for Maine people.

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     We also have an exciting opportunity to hold government more accountable. My friends, Senator Ed Youngblood of Brewer and Representative David Trahan of Waldoboro, borrowed an idea from several other states - - - and the idea
is simple. We are going to hold state agencies accountable year round with an independent agency whose sole purpose is to stop government waste, save taxpayer money and make sure that state agencies are doing what they are supposed to be doing.
     Those are the types of reform we need: Real reforms with real results.
     Let me close by saying that, I think Governor Baldacci was exactly right, one year ago, when he said in his inaugural address..."When it comes to state spending, it can no longer be business as usual. The boom-and-bust cycles of state spending and growth have been a roller coaster ride, and it's time to get off." Amen to that.

     A scholarship fund has been set up at Penquis Valley High School, in memory of Ashley Sheldon. Ashley was killed in an automobile accident on January 6, 2004.
     If you would make a donation to honor Ashley’s memory and to help a student further their education, you can send it to :
     P.V.H.S. SAD# 41
     37 West Main St.
     Milo, Maine 04463
     ATTN. Trish Hayes

Friday, January 30, 2004
Brownville Town Office
Beginning at 8:00AM
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of American Legion Application for Bingo/Games of Chance License
3. 2004 Budget Workshop
4. Schedule Next Budget Meeting (If Needed)
5. Adjourn
     All meetings of the Board of Selectmen are open for the public to attend. Individuals requiring auxiliary aids in order to participate must call the Town Office (965-8639) at least 72 hours before the scheduled start of the meeting.
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From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - We are very happy for our Terrific Kid. She has been writing great journals this week. Mrs. Marie says she is becoming a great little reader. Mrs. Barden and Mrs. Linda think her penmanship is the best! KIMBERLY BEMIS is our terrific kid and we are glad to have her in our room.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has wonderful manners. He always asks for help with his work. He is working hard on his reading and writing. His handwriting looks a-ok. He is a great big brother to his 3 younger brothers. I know they really appreciate it. We are happy to have EMERY
TARNOCZY in our class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a dear, sweet girl. She works hard each day to complete her assignments. She even offers to take work home! She is a new student to Milo Elementary. She has made many new friends in the short time he has been with us. We are proud to have MAGEN LANCASTER in our
Mrs. Gillis - This 4th grader has the nicest smile,
This week he's tried to please all the while,
Since manners are in fashion, he's right in style,
Our Terrific Kid is our friend Kyle.
Congratulations, KYLE PLUMMER!
Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid always has a smile that would knock a truck over and a wonderful sense of humor. He is a good student, and he really loves math. He's made great improvements in his handwriting. He doesn't
always like going to bed at night, but he's always on the ball! Our Terrific Kid is DARREN LEWIS.
Mrs. Hayes - This is a Happy New Year for our Terrific Kid! Wow, is he working hard in both his schoolwork and classroom behavior. He is proud of his accomplishments this week and so are his friends and teachers! Our Terrific Kid is happy that he finished all of his literacy centers, wrote a nice paper about Martin Luther King, got a prize from the prize box for neat work, cooperated during math, listened during group time and was nice to his friends. Thank you CODY ANDRICK for a wonderful start to our 2004 school year. We are pleased with your progress and keep up the good work.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - HEATHER PEARL- This little girl has no memory problem. She has remembered her new glasses every day since she got them. She is
working hard to improve in all areas. She is a good friend and willing helper. We are glad to have her in our room.
COLTON LARRABEE - This young man is truly terrific. He is an active listener and wonderful student. He always gives his best effort on every task. He uses his free time wisely and is a good friend and wonderful helper. We love Colton.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - We have two special little girls to honor as our Terrific Kids this week. They are both becoming great journal writers and their
pictures are so good we think they may be illustrators when they grow up.They are helpful and kind to their classmates and we've noticed that they have become very good at using their words to solve problems. We are always happy to see these two little friends walk into our rooms in the mornings. We love our days with EMILY GERRISH and CHRISTINA COTE.

Mrs. Whitney - My Terrific Kid is working very hard at staying on task.He also is working at cooperating with other students. He's well on his way to a successful February! Mrs. Whitney is cheering him on. Go, Go, Go JOEY COMEAU!!!!

Cook School News
     At our January 23 assembly, CASSIDY PARKER, LAURA GRAY and TAMI SMITH were honored as Terrific Kids.
     Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Zelkan presented the certificates, pencils and stickers. Ms. Ivy said that Cassidy is a super student all the time. She is a Terrific Kid every day. She finishes all of her jobs and is always well behaved.
     Mrs Carter chose Laura because she is very responsible. Laura keeps track of her assignments with a happy smile. She is a good friend to all.
     Miss K. sadly announced that this would be Tami's last day with us. Tami has a great sense of humor and brought lots of laughter into the classroom. We are glad you are only moving as far as Milo. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
     Kathy Foss recognized Justin Ottmann, Laura Gray and Samantha Noke as Bus Students of the week. Trevor Lyford proudly announced that we had a birthday to celebrate. We all joined in singing "Happy Birthday" to our friend and Trevor's Aunt, Kathryn Zwicker. We sang to Trevor's mom too. The students practiced their counting skills when they finished the "How old are you now?" portion of the song. Our assembly concluded with the singing of the Marion C. Cook School Song.

     Miranda Conklin and Lucas Grinnell were the overall winners of the 5th grade version of "Nascar".
     The students created their own battery powered race cars and raced them at school. Next week, they'll power them up even further and race again.

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     Fifth graders at Brownville Elementary recently completed electrical projects in Science. Here Kayla Barker and JT Kearns display the Electricity Quiz they developed with their dad. The quiz demonstrates open and closed circuits.
     When someone gets the correct answer the bulb will light up. All students who completed this homework project did a great job.

Milo Free Public Library News
     Our library has had a new face lift inside. Brent Cramer of Pacific-North painted the library ceiling on Monday, Tuesday and finished up on Wednesday morning in time for us to open the library ready for business. Brent did a very careful job covering everything carefully. To be sure he had it all done before we opened on Wednesday, he worked from early morning ‘til late at night. We are also pleased that he did a good job of repairing the ceiling where the rain had leaked through earlier.
     This week I have been busy working on the library annual report to be included in the town report in March. Although regular readers of this column are familiar with most of the items I mentioned in the report, the end-of-year summaries will be new and perhaps be of interest. Of course, I mentioned all our new furniture and equipment-the photocopier, the printer and the three desk chairs. We also had a new roof put on the library this fall. A real necessity due to leaking in the main room and the office.
     Our children’s programs also kept us busy. The Three Rivers Kiwanis did most of the work with the organization of the 20 weeks of the Kiwanis Kids Korner, but Pam and I were quite involved too. Our summer reading program Laugh It Up @ Your Library also made for a busy 8 weeks. Thankfully we had lots of helpers involved too.
     I also mentioned the many new books we had received. Ethelyn Doane gave us a subscription to the Reader’s Digest, Donald Stanchfield donated 56 brand new Nancy Drew books, Don Harris gave us an extra copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Kathy and Carroll Witham contributed All About Me in memory of Logan DeWitt. Money gifts were given by Ann Chenery, Cidy Eames,Pat Ricker, Joan Bishop, Marlene Cole, Theresa Amero Neptune, Edwin and Darlene McCorrison and Nancy, Martha and Virginia Cotter in order to allow me to purchase memorial books in the names of friends and loved ones. The Milo Elementary School also gave us a gift to purchase books in Val’s name as a way of thanking her for her work in the Kiwanis Kids Korner. We have also received many pre-owned books which have enriched our collection greatly.
     We had visits from Marie Hayes’ first grade class and from Debbie Knapp’s nursery school.
     The Milo Garden Club dressed us up with outside flowers and a lovely flower-filled urn on our front steps. A large lighted Christmas wreath for our front door was also a gift to us and enjoyed by the whole town.

     This year we accessioned 801 books for our collection and in our reorganization we discarded 1095 books. Our records indicate our library now has 18,925 accessioned volumes. Our circulation was 7554, we answered 1901 reference questions, we completed 4 ILL (Interlibrary Loan) requests and patrons used our computers 889 times.
     Remember we are having FINES FREE WEEKS until JANUARY 31. All overdue books coming into the library by that date will not be subject to any fines no matter how overdue they are.
     We have FEDERAL INCOME TAX FORMS. The new forms we received this week were CREDIT FOR THE ELDERLY OR THE DISABLED, Form R is to be used with 1040 and Form 3 is to be used with 1040A.
     We have also received some new backordered books.

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

     Our after school group has started again after a brief vacation. We meet Thursday after school at Park Street United Methodist Church and have activities for children age three and up. With parental permission the school bus will drop children at the church. All children are welcome.
     The following dates are of importance to our church friends. Feb. 2nd, the administrative council for Park Street UMC meets at 7:00 PM, Feb. 3rd, FEMA will meet at 1:00 PM at Park Street UMC, Feb 5th, the women meet at Smith's for the ecumenical women's breakfast, Feb 12th is the regular meeting of the UMW at Park Street.

Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 1
Rivers in Maine - Views Differ on Uses
BDN, David Platt, January 12-17, 1982
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)
     Rivers -- they produce energy, float logs, carry wastes, support populations of fish, provide quiet wilderness experiences or exhilarating sport. They even affect the value of real estate they flow past. Rivers are different things to different people.
     Conflicts over them are inevitable. Waterways were inland Maine's first transportation routes. Falling water turned wheels at the region's earliest mills. Rivers floated Maine timber to market. They've provided a habitat for numerous species of fish, including spawning Atlantic salmon. Ever since Thoreau wrote about the Maine woods, the rivers here have symbolized unspoiled, undeveloped frontier America.
     Like all natural resources they've been abused at times: industrial, municipal and domestic wastes have made some Miane rivers so dirty that only a multimillion-dollar public works program could cleanse them.
     In the energy short 1980's, Maine rivers again promise to become a major power source -- meaning renewed conflict over their use. Studies have shown the state's rivers could generate as much as 760 megawatts of power, an output in the same range as the Maine Yankee nuclear reactor at Wiscasset.
     Growing interest in dams coincides with a new appreciation of rivers in their free-flowing state, a belief some streams ought to be "saved" before they are all dammed up. The significance of the conflicts over Maine's

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rivers and streams isn't lost on state and federal, bureaucrats. The state Department of Conservation is wrapping up a lengthy Maine Rivers Study aimed at cataloging river segments for their geologic, botanic and wildlife, scenic and recreational potential. There is a sense of urgency about the study: dozens of applications are pending for hydroelectric development on Maine rivers.
     At the same time the National Park Service's Mid-Atlantic Office of Energy is listing what it considers to be significant river stretches. The Maine office of Energy Resources is interested in rivers' hydroelectric potential and doesn't want the state regulations to get too burdensome.
     As the discussions in government continue, so do the river development projects themselves. Great Northern Paper Co. engineers are completing plans for the dam they'd like to build at Big Ambejackmockamus Falls -- "Big A." If the company goes ahead, Big A would silence significant rapids on the West Branch of the Penobscot, just west of Baxter Park. The dam would produce 223 million kilowatt-hours, replacing considerable oil-fired electrical generation at the GNP mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket. And the state, when it accepted conservation easements protecting much of the West Branch last year, allowed Great Northern to retain the right to build the Big A dam. Whitewater groups and fishermen are expected to intervene in any licensing proceedings for Big A. (continued next week)

     MILO - Chester F. Kelley, 81, husband of the late Rachel G. (Hersey) Kelley, died Jan. 21, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. He was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Milo, the son of Gilbert and Lulu M. (Dickenson) Kelley. Mr. Kelley had worked in area shoe factories. He is survived by a daughter, Tami Andrews and her husband, Stephen, of Brownville Jct.; two special grandchildren, Cody and Brianne Andrews; four stepsons, Karl Snow of Charleston, Robert Clapp of Bangor, Danny Clapp of Guilford, and David Bennett of Bangor; three stepdaughters, Linda Ashton of Plymouth, Darlene Cook of Milo, and Jean Clifford of Palmyra; a sister-in-law, Dot Kelley of Millinocket; a nephew, Terry Kelley; a niece, Linda Angotti; and an aunt and uncle, Doris and Harry Easley. He will be remembered by three special friends, Lou Hoskins, Bob Hathorn, and Josephine Connelly. Graveside services will be held in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

     BRADFORD - Laurence Chad Dennison, 37, the husband of Joy (Ouellette) Dennison, died Jan. 17, 2004, in Bradford. He was born March 13, 1966, in Tiffin, Ohio, the son of Richard and Sandra (Jacoby) Dennison. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Bradford Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and had worked as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and was a wonderful husband and father. He was currently employed as a service manager at Al Benner Homes in Holden. Surviving in addition to his wife of Bradford, and his parents of Georgia, are six children, Angelique Ouellette of Corinth, Amanda Ouellette of Bradford, Alexander Ouellette, stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago, Ill., and Jacoby, Bethany and Gabbrielle Dennison, all of Bradford; two brothers, Todd Dennison and his wife, Sandy, of Old Town and Jamie Dennison and his wife, Debbie, of Suffolk, Va.; a sister, Lainey Boucher of Georgia; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews Those who wish may make memorial donations to the family care of 95 East Road, Bradford, ME 04410.

     MILO - Lucile F. Richardson, 93, wife of the late Arlon Richardson, died Jan. 19, 2004, at her residence. She was born June 17, 1910, in Milo, the daughter of Elmer and Mildred (Bradford) Parker. Mrs. Richardson was a member of the United Baptist Church in Milo, and Three Rivers Senior Citizens. She is survived by three sons, Leslie and Roland, both of Milo, and David of Gilford, N.H.; one daughter, Betty Ann Arnold of Carmel; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.

     ORNEVILLE - Peter Feldon Perry died peacefully at his home Jan. 15, 2004. He was born Oct. 27, 1948, in Augusta, the son of Rodney and the late Muriel Perry. He is survived by his father, Rodney of Hermon; two daughters, Maryann of Hampden, Barbara of Bucksport; three grandchildren, Justin, Brianna and Haylee; his companion of 17 years, Lyda of Orneville; brother, Michael of Bangor; six sisters, Janice of Glenburn, Linda of Hampden, Roxanne of Michigan, Sandra of Hermon, Donna of Kenduskeag, Rita of Dexter; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, David of Hampden. He will be sadly missed.

     I am very happy to tell you that a board was added to the Bulletin Board at our local community website : It is titled "In the service" and has a topic / thread for each person about whom I have received information. The web team thought of doing this months and months ago, but couldn't quite see a way to do it.
     At that time we were thinking we would have to call people and get all the information together. Some might want e-mail addresses posted some just mailing addresses and some might not want to participate at all. No one should feel pressured to join the board or share anything they feel is private. The difficulty of keeping it all straight was a bit much. I thought about asking each person or their family to fill out a little form with name, address, e-mail and any tidbits such as birthdays and favorite treats. When the person's address changed we would have posted outdated information - not a good thing. That was not the way to go with this. As usual I was making a very simple thing complicated, I have a talent for that. J I am also a little like a bulldog about letting go of a good idea so after mulling it over I thought this might just work for everyone and the team agreed.
     We'd still like posted any information servicepersons and their families want to post.
     If at any point there is an outdated address or other information I will be removing the outdated information to keep the thread of communication as clear as possible.
     Additional information and messages can be posted on the person's thread as a ''Reply'' by anyone choosing to post including the serviceperson.
     Other people can be added by choosing "Start new topic."
     We want very much for this to be a good addition to life in our communities.
     Thank you very,very much for your participation. We are off to a good start. Now to see how it flies!

River Cruise Part 15
     Tues. June 19th. We spent the morning sailing the Danube in Austria. Most people spent the time on deck watching the small towns and castles as we sailed by. At 10:30 we had what was called a Friest. It is a morning beer with a sandwich. The captain, head chef and the maitre d. dressed in lederhosen and sang as they served us. We sat there eating and drinking in the scenery of high hills, vineyards and wildlife.

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     We were having lunch when we docked in Melk. For lunch we had salads, cream of broccoli soup with salmon stripes, fresh asparagus with a choice of ham and cold cuts, parsley potatoes and hollandaise sauce. We had a banana split for dessert.
     At 1:15 the bus took us up the hill to the abbey or Stelft. It was only a 5-minute ride. The name Stelft is used because when the property was given to the Catholic Church, it was endowed to help pay the cost of upkeep. The Abbey itself was started in the 9th century and is run by the Benedictine order. It is a large yellow stone building with 365 windows. Today there are less than 50 monks living there. Tourism helps keep the building in good repair. We toured most of the public rooms. The chapel is done in Baroque style and is very ornate with lots of gold.
     The library and social hall are done in fake marble. At the time it was cheaper than the real marble. The process for making the fake marble is so involved that it would cost more than real marble to use it. I was impressed by the ceilings in these two rooms. They have frescos to make them look like they are domed. In fact, they are perfectly flat. The library is used today by scholars in need of old books. The design is such that you can’t see where people are working. The shelves are on hinges so that the carrels used for reading and meditation are hidden behind them. After touring the abbey, I paid a dollar to tour the gardens. These too were done in Baroque style with a lovely pavilion. Off to the side were the bluest roses I have ever seen. I walked a path that took me up on a hill through trees to some water fountains. There I saw a garden used for cut flowers and some talking stones telling about the abbey. Unfortunately they ‘spoke’ in German so they did me no good.
     Georgia and I stopped at a small gift shop on the grounds. I bought some Mozart chocolate liqueur to put on ice cream. They took American money but Georgia had to explain to the clerk that the dime was worth more than the nickel even if it is smaller. I don’t know how many times she had cheated herself over the years.
     At 4 we returned to the ship. We had the captain’s reception at 6 with snacks and champagne. At 6:15 we had our disembarkation talk because tomorrow would be our last full day. Dinner tonight was our farewell dinner. We had Jumbo shrimp, clear oxtail soup with sherry and cheese sticks, fillet of butter fish on saffron sauce served with turned vegetables, tropical sorbet with sparking wine, roasted beef tenderloin on a mushroom ragout with Madeira sauce, a vegetable medley and stuffed potatoes. Our dessert was baked Alaska served with marinated wild berries and chocolate sauce. The dessert was carried in while still on fire.
     After dinner we had a yodeler/singer. He played the accordion and sang. He was another live wire. It would be interesting to have HansO and this guy together.
Next week - Durnstein

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham
     Before you jump to a conclusion that I've gone over the edge and gone all "religious" on you....let me explain that I've always been very religious. It just doesn't always show on my exterior. The interior is, and always has been, religious...right from the get-go. When I came home from school in Kindergarten and asked my mother if I could be in the little jewelry choir at the Methodist Church she knew I was religious. It's taken me a long time to figure out where I was going to get the best answers to all my questions about my religion, but I think that I was born again at age five or six. I've gone to many different gatherings where they've asked me to "come forward" if I was feeling like I was ready to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. I've always known that Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior. I've never doubted it for

a minute. I have a wonderful friend who I see and talk with almost on a daily basis who is knowledgeable in the ways of the Lord and the scripture. She told me recently that in the Bible it says that you "must" be born again. "But," she said, "It doesn't say when that has to be." How do we know that my rebirth wasn't when I was a little tiny kid.
     The community at large was extended an invitation by the people at the Baptist Church to join a study of the book by Rick Warren called The Purpose Driven Life. It's a study on what I was put here on earth for. Well, not just me....but any of us. Why are we here? In forty days I plan on having the answer to that, and many more, questions. I've joined the group and with any luck we will be able to stay on task in our small group and know who and why we've been given this opportunity. With any luck Mr. Rick Warren will be able to explain it better than it's ever been explained before. Will the little mysteries be all cleared up? I doubt it. But, with any luck the questions that I have about the great beyond will at least have been addressed.
     One of the ways that this author and lecturer teaches is by pointing out Bible verses that pertain to the lesson of the week. He believes in memorizing many Bible verses. Familiarize yourself with the word of God. Now, I haven't memorized a Bible verse since I was a child in Sunday School. I haven't memorized much of anything since I was a kid. I say that....but I know the lyrics to hundreds of pieces of music. I not only know every word to hundreds of songs....I know every note. I have always memorized music. I can't help but think that I'll bog down with the memory verses though. Here I am talking myself right out of being able to do this. That's always been a downfall of mine. I defeat myself before the game even begins.
     Since I started reading the book The Purpose Driven Life, I've found Bible verses everywhere. Not only have I seen them....I've stopped and read them, and miraculously understood them. They make sense to me. They are beautiful. They are words to live by. Do Not Be Anxious About Anything - Philippians 4:6 NIV. If we could take that verse into our heart and live by it everyday, think how much calmer life would be. God is telling me to do this....why can't I listen to him with my heart and not my mind? Or why is it that my mind can't listen to my heart? The chapter and verse goes on to tell us that God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep our hearts and minds safe in union with Christ. Why can't I just take it as it's written. It says I'll never understand it while I'm in human why not just take it at face value and live by it until I am no longer in this life. I suspect that we will all understand sometime.
     The reason I want answers is because I do believe that there is another place and time for me....somewhere. If I follow the word, I will improve my chances of being in the best place when God's plan for me here on earth is over. It's such a personal thing. I know that the religious leaders and the good book tells us to be evangelists and spread the word. I've tried to set a good example in my lifetime. If my family chooses to follow a different path of belief, instead of the path that I have chosen to follow myself, should I harp on them? Is harping on your friends and relatives the way to get them to believe? I'm not so presumptuous as to think that the way I plan on getting into the hereafter is the only way to get there. If, in fact, I'm in heaven and recognizable as I am now in human form....I'd like to think my loved ones were going to be there with me. But, there is no evidence nor any guarantees that recognition in heaven...if we even get there...will be forthcoming. We need to be responsible for ourselves, and do the best we can to assure ourselves a place at the best that eternity has to offer.
     Could there be a graceful segue into a recipe from a religious story? I'm going to give you a rerun.....and they are heavenly. (There you go!)

Easy Fill Cookies
Prepare the filling to have ready when the cookies are mixed.
2 cups of chopped raisins or dates (I prefer dates)
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

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3/4 cups water
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind (optional)

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup margarine or shortening
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
     In a saucepan combine raisins (or dates), sugar, salt and water and lemon rind, if used. Cook until thickened. Cool and stir in nutmeats. Mix and sift together flour, salt and soda. Cream the margarine or shortening with brown sugar; beat in eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in sifted dry ingredients and mix well. Drop dough by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with a spoon and add a teaspoon of filling to the top of the cookie; cover with another bit of the dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until done. Remove at once from the pan to cool on a rack.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
JANUARY – 1994
26TH-Snow flurries windy-cold night-20° am and 12° pm.
27th-Sunny windy cold-16° am and 14° pm.
28th-Sunny windy-20° am and 12° pm.
29th-Sunny AM Clouding up pm-12° am and 0° pm.
30th-Snow in night-Clearing am sunny-0° am and 2° pm.
31st-P. sunny-0° am and 2° pm.



     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 sixteen members, Brenda Kelly, Bob Darling, Tom Lizotte, Past Lt. Gov. ‘Doc’ Sherman, Bob Moore, Joe Guyotte, and Hoyt Fairbrother from the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club, Lt. Gov. Clair Wood, Stan Borodko, Deanna Wade, and Roger Taylor from the Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Club plus Key Club members Ashley Case and Tristan Simonian.
     Paul Grindle led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked for special prayers for our troops overseas.
     Chris Almy read a message about giving and receiving. A teacher noticed that a little girl in her class was having trouble reading and when she asked the student about having her eyes checked, the girl said they didn’t have any money. The teacher made arrangements for her own doctor to examine the girl’s eyes and insisted on paying for the glasses. When the girl objected the teacher told her that someone had done the same thing for her as

a child. All she asked was that when the girl grew up she do the same for another little girl.
     Newsletters from the Dover-Foxcroft and Orono/Old Town Kiwanis clubs were circulated.
     Eight happy and sad dollars were donated this morning for a good turn out, Frank heading for Florida, hopes for a successful check up in Boston, late fees? And no one mistook Paul for Eben!
     Trish Hayes reported on the Key Club activities, three more home games for the food sales, a few members going to the Milo Elementary to read, and five or six volunteering to train and help out at the animal shelter.
     Heidi Finson told us that Lois Trask and Ed and Ethelyn Treworgy helped with the Reading is Fundamental book distribution last week.
     The Three Rivers News is going very well.
     Joe informed us that the Gazebo Fund is up to about $6000. He has sent out the first grant request and is looking into others.
     The post-holiday party is planned for February 7, 2004 at The Restaurant. The menu could be changed so look for further updates. Member’s and their guest’s choices must be known by January 31. A Yankee swap is planned so please bring an inexpensive wrapped gift.
     David Walker will share a message with us on January 28.
     Lt. Gov. Clair Wood spoke to us today about his role as Lt. Gov. His ‘job’ is to oversee the clubs in this area, remind officers about keeping their paperwork up to date, inform people about training, and send out newsletters. Lt. Gov. Wood emphasized that he will be there to address the clubs’ concerns.
     Another of his duties is to share information about Camp Sunshine with all the area clubs. The camp is a major project of Kiwanis Gov. Carolyn Perry.
     Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine is located on the shores of Sebago Lake in southern Maine. It is a haven and the only camp in the country for terminally ill children and their families. It is comprised of mostly volunteers, many from Key Clubs and Circle K programs. Last year saw 600 people volunteering 30,000 hours of their time. There is medical care provided with a physician on duty 24/7, individual and group counseling, and workshops. A specific illness is focused on each week. Many families deal with major health issues for months or years without any kind of relief. Camp Sunshine provides time for everyone to play games, have fun, and get a break from the stress of every day worries. The children make ‘wish boats’ in arts and crafts and launch them on the last day, making a wish as they do.
     The cost per week for a family is $1500 but so far 3,600 families have attended the camp for free because of donations from individuals and corporate sponsors. For a $100 donation a 4x8 inch brick is engraved with the club’s name and set into a walkway at Camp Sunshine.
     Thank you, Clair, for sharing this experience with us.
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