Three Rivers News, 2004-02-03

     PFC. Kristin Lee came to the Early Childhood classrooms at Brownville Elementary to speak and make the acquaintance of the children just prior to her deployment. She participated in a photo op with Kindergarten and First Graders, and read the story This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land. Kristin is leaving for Kuwait and Iraq where she will be reunited with her brother Brian Lee, also serving in the Middle East. The children promised to write to Kristin while she's away....hoping to keep her spirits up until the day that she comes safely home to read them another story. Godspeed Kristin!
Three Rivers receives $70,000 funding for ambulance service
     MILO — Senator Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced recently that the Three Rivers Ambulance Service in Milo will receive a $25,000 grant and a $45,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Project.
     "The Three Rivers Ambulance Service responds to emergencies in 8 towns, providing an important first line of medical care in a rural part of the state. This funding will allow the company to buy a new ambulance in order to continue serving as a vital lifeline for more than 5,000 people in the community," said the Senators in a statement.
     Three Rivers Ambulance service will contribute $40,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance. The company serves Milo, Brownville, Lake View, Medford, LaGrange, Orneville, Williamsburg, and K-I/Jo Mary.

     The funding is provided through a Community Facility Loan and Grant Program, which is designed to develop essential community facilities and public services in rural areas. These include medical, educational, and emergency services, public buildings and transportation.

The Junction
Indoor Flea Market
Arts, Crafts & Collectibles
Sat., Feb. 7
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Vendors call 207-965-8786
for space availability Route 11, Brownville
(formerly KC's Place)

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     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


Super Brownville Trivia
Win a Gift Certificate good at J.D.'s!
Send or e-mail your answers before February 10 to Bill Sawtell
P.O.BOX 272
Brownville, ME 04414
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) FDR (b) Sir Winston Churchill (c) Abraham Lincoln (d) JFK came through Brownville.
2. The (a) Crocker (b) Merrill (c) Highland (d) Abee Quarry was the first slate quarry in Maine.
3. Webber Jones was a(n) Independent (b) Republican (c) Democrat (d) Green.
4. Brownville became a town in (a) 1818 (b) 1819 (c) 1823 (d) 1824.
5. The (a) Onawa Wreck (b) Sugar Wreck (a) Bowling Alley Wreck (d) Mileage 3.20 Wreck was the largest in Maine history.
6. Carlene Perry was Axel Carlson's (a) niece (b) daughter (c) granddaughter. (d) cousin.
7. Axel Carlson fell (a) 77 feet (b) 85 feet (c) 109 feet (d) 190 feet off the Onawa Trestle.
8. The railroad through Brownville was part of the (a) Short Line (b) Sweet Line (c) Bangor Line (d) Milo Line. (The West-East Line).
9. Lefty Strout's name was (a) Bill (b) Don (c) Arthur (d) Allan.
10.The first railroad in Brownville was (a) the Bangor and Aroostook (b) ) Bangor and Piscataquis (d) Canadian Pacific (d) Down East Railway.
Winner will be announced in two weeks.

Bill Sawtell's latest publication,
Old Lagrange
is hot off the presses. Filled with information and wonderful old photos, the book can be purchased from Bill or at outlets throughout the area.
To order this or any of his books, contact Bill at:

Bill Sawtell
P.O.Box 272
Brownville, ME 04414

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     Here is a basketball question for you. These are pictures of a Basketball player named Mitch who is # 14. What connection does this have to a Penquis BB player from the early 80s?
     Well if you were to add Worcester with the Mitch you would have it. Mitchell Worcester is the son of former Penquis BB player Larry Worcester. Mitch is almost ten years old and very active in sports, and that shouldn't surprise anyone.
     On Jan. 17th Coach Worcester's Washburn Beavers were playing the Southern Aroostook Warriors. Halftime, at every home game, they draw a name and that person has one shot. $50 if you make it from just outside the foul circle and a $100 if you shoot from center court and make it. Well, Mitch's name was drawn and he came out on the floor and fired up a shot from just outside the foul circle and made it, winning $50. Coach Worcester didn't get to see it as he was in the locker-room talking to his team, but heard the crowd cheering. He soon found out and was as proud as his son Mitch.
     The Beavers went on to beat the Warriors, and it was a great night for the Washburn Worcesters.

River Cruise Part 16
     Wed. June 20th. This was our last day on the Danube. I went up on deck to watch the Austrian castles of the Wachau Valley as we sailed toward Durnstein. We arrived at 9:30. The water in the Danube was very high and very swift. Durnstein has a population of 600. We took a walking tour at 10. Durnstein is a quaint little town. It was built with ransom money. When King Richard of England was on a crusade in the Middle East, he insulted the King of Austria. When a battle was over, the King of Austria placed his flag on the conquered territory. King Richard took it down and placed the flag of England there instead. On his way home after the crusades, he dressed in old clothes as he passed through Austria so no one would recognize him. He was recognized when he tried to use an English coin to buy something. He was placed in the castle high above what is now Durnstein and held for ransom. When the ransom was paid the town of Durnstein was built with the money.
     After touring the town and viewing the castle I returned to the ship. There was a small café where the ship was docked. I decided to use the last of my Austrian money to buy a sausage. Thomas Fuchs, the Maitre d’hotel, was in the café along with a number of the crew. Mary and Heather were there with them.

Thomas suggested I try a kaiserrhiner sausage. It was about a foot long and an inch thick. It turned out I didn’t have enough money left to buy it so he said he would buy it for me. The woman behind the counter couldn’t speak English, but she tried to discourage me. Well, I got one and the first bite I got hot cheese all over my face. The center of the kaiserrhiner is all cheese. The crew of the ship, and Mary and Heather, had a good laugh at my expense. I didn’t mind because it was very tasty.
     When we returned to the ship, we found that the captain was thinking of leaving at 1PM because he had gotten word that they might close the locks between Durnstein and Vienna due to high water. I hoped he would because we were scheduled to arrive in Vienna near sunset and I figured if we arrived early, I might get in some sightseeing. It turned out we didn’t leave until 3. For lunch we had cold tomato and cucumber soup , sauerkraut soup, veal scaloppini, beef roulades in burgundy sauce with pasta , vegetables and assorted desserts.
     After lunch we learned that 5 cruise ships were stranded in Regensberg and couldn’t go up or down the Danube due to high water. After lunch we packed as much as we could for our trip home. I went up on deck as we approached Vienna, but there was little to see as the riverbanks were heavily industrialized.
     Our last dinner aboard ship was buffalo mozzarella with sliced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, cream of mushroom soup, poached sole filet with a light lobster sauce served with steamed white rice and vegetables or rib eye steak with brown gravy topped with crisp onions, sautéed potatoes and string beans, and apple strudel with vanilla sauce for dessert. I did go for a short walk after dinner so I could say I saw some of Vienna. I managed to visit St. Stephen’s church. We went to bed early tonight because of the long flight home tomorrow.
     Thurs. June 21st. Our bags needed to be outside our rooms by 7. After breakfast we had to check to make sure our luggage was placed beside the right bus and we left for the airport at 8. We were a little late leaving Vienna so when we landed in Amsterdam to change flights, I was concerned about making the flight to the states. I asked the stewardess for motorized transportation so Janet and I could ride. Janet’s hip was hurting and there was no way she could hurry through the airport. The driver got us to the gate on time and I gave him all the foreign change I had as a tip. As it turned out the overseas flight was late as well. Two passengers couldn’t pass security and we had to wait until their bags were removed from the plane.
     When we arrived in Boston, we had to stay on the plane for a half-hour because there was a back up at customs. After we got through customs, I hurried on ahead and caught the Concord Trailways bus just as it was leaving. I stepped in front of it to stop him. He wasn’t too happy because he said he would be late at South Station. Anyway, we all got on and saved an hours wait at Logan.
     We picked up our car at the bus terminal in Portland and took Mary and Heather to Biddeford. We had to take back streets and then could only get within a half mile of their apartment. Biddeford was celebrating a French Festival and fireworks were being set off across the street from the girl’s apartment. Fortunately the girls had luggage on wheels so they didn’t have to carry the bags. Janet and I drove on to Pittsfield where we spent the night with her sister before coming to Milo the next morning.
     During the trip we sailed 940 miles and passed through 66 locks. The crew of the ship was outstanding in their service, including the sailors who worked all hours to get us through the locks and keep the windows washed so we could see. If you would like a restful, but busy couple of weeks, I recommend this trip to you.

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     My next trip will be next Feb. when I will return to Italy to see things I didn’t see the last time as well as revisit the places I fell in love with. If anyone would be interested in joining me the winter of 2005 for 18 days away from the cold just let me know.

Red Earth Riverside Café opens Tuesday, February 3rd, serving coffee breaks, lunch and supper. Our menu specializes in homemade healthy sandwiches, soups and salads, pastry, desserts and daily specials. Grand Opening to follow at a later date. Open Tues-Thurs 9-6, Fri and Sat 10-7. Dine in or take-out is available.

The students going to Spain will be sponsoring a bottle drive Sunday, February the 15th, during Fishing Derby weekend. The students will be at Schoodic Lake around 10 am and will traveling by snowsled and truck. Any donations are appreciated. Thank You for you help.
The Students going to Spain are now selling long-sleeved T'-shirts with "Penquis Athletics" embroidered on them. Please show your support for our teams while helping a good cause by purchasing one. Thanks for your help
The Penquis Valley Key Club would like to thank all the generous people who donated to our "Coats for Kids" campaign. The amount of coats collected greatly exceeded our expectations. These coats have gone to those who may have had nothing to protect them from this winter's dangerously cold weather.

Penquis Boys Blitz Stearns
     Tony Hamlin's club outscored the visitors from Millinocket 38 to 16 in the second half and shut down the talented Derek DiFrederico in the second half en route to a 61-43 pointworthy win here.
     Jordan Allen led the attack with 24, hitting from all over; while Devin Perkins threw in 18. Nick Young had a great game in the middle, scoring 14.

Lady Patriots Upset Hermon!
     January 27-Brent Bailey's team gave the home crowd something to cheer about on this frosty eve, showing more patience on offense than the taller Class B Hermon Girls and garnering some points in the process. The girls played an aggressive 2-3 defense on Senior Night to win a close one 39-37, with the issue in doubt until the final seconds.
     Playing down low, Becca Madden scored 14 to lead the locals, while Kate Hamlin had 10 and came up with some big steals down the stretch.

From Brownville Elementary School
     GUNG HEY FAT CHOY! That's what was heard from parading second graders in Brownville on Friday. We celebrated Chinese New Year by making dragon masks, dragon's tails, Chinese lanterns and by doing Chinese calligraphy. Gung Hey Fat Choy means Happy New Year. This is a fun way to learn about customs and traditions around the world! In addition, we've learned how silk is made and we've learned that as consumers we buy many Asian products. GUNG HEY FAT CHOY, everybody!

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden – Our Terrific Kid is a little sister. She has 3 big sisters. She has 6 people in her family. You can see we have been talking about our families in math and in health this week. I bet her family is as proud as we are to announce ERICA BOWDEN as our newest Terrific Kid.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has worked hard this week on his manners and completing his work. His handwriting is coming along wonderfully. He is very helpful at the end of the day to pick up the classroom. This boy works hard at all he does. We Love having GEORGE COWING in our classroom.
Mrs. Dunham - Mrs. Dunham's Terrific Kid is someone who has been respectful and very helpful to the subs while she has been out. She is a great friend to her classmates and finishes her work on time. COURTNEY is a wonderful asset to the third grade. Great Job!!
Mrs. Gillis
This boy's been the best all-around,
With his RIF book he's been "gettin'down,"
If you see this boy about the town,
Congratulate our friend JOSH BROWN.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - COURTNEY LYFORD- One of a pair, this little girl is a wonderful friend and a great classmate. She has been working hard in Reading and enjoys story time.. We love having a great student like Courtney in our class! JEFFREY LYFORD- The other part of the pair- Jeff is a sweetheart. We call him Elvis and he loves music. He is a great friend and hard worker. He likes to remind us to line up quietly to go in the hall. We love having Jeff(Elvis) in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our first Terrific Kid is a little girl who is one of the best helpers in our whole school. She straightens up the boots and backpacks every day and helps to "spiff up" our room when our kindergarten friends get a little carried away with art projects. She is Helpful, with an upper-case H, and her name begins the same. We love our days with
HALEY PEARL. Our second Terrific Kid is a little guy who is a friend to us all and even though he seems a little shy at times, has a warm smile that is better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold wintry day. We love watching him draw - he is very talented. He is Artistic, with an upper case A, and his name begins the same. We love our days with ALAN TAYLOR.
     There will be a meeting of the Milo Elementary PTO on Monday, February 9th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Milo Elementary School. We do have a few items to discuss and would love input from all parents, grandparents, family, friends, and staff of Milo Elementary students. Please mark your calendar and try to attend. Thank you.
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     Milo Elementary School is participating in their second Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) book distribution this week. The children love being able to pick out a new book to keep for their very own. We have a variety of picture books and chapter books at all grade levels. We are also working on a reading challenge. RIF is sponsoring a "Read with Me" 2004 RIF Community Reading Challenge. The children in grades K-2 are trying to read for 4 hours over the two week period and grades 3-5 are being asked to read for 6 hours! The children can earn extra points by completing an activity at home after reading their book. We are collecting additional points by having community members come and read to the classrooms. We have had Kiwanis members, PTO members, Key Club members, parents, and senior citizens come read to the children. We love having people in to read to the children!
     The classrooms are also challenging each other to a snowball fight! They are trying to see which room can read the most books. For every book a child reads they get to add to a paper snowball to a display outside their classroom. We can't wait to see who wins!

Marion C. Cook School News
     Our January 30, Terrific Kids assembly was held in honor of Mrs. Bradbury. This was Mrs. Bradbury's last day as principal of our school and the students wanted to thank her for her time with us. We began by recognizing RYAN EYLAR, TYLER TIBBETS and HEATHER MICHAUD as Terrific Kids.
     Ms. Ivy said that Ryan has worked very hard to catch up on his work being absent. Ryan has studied and learned the word wall words. Mrs. Carter thanked Tyler for having a great week. He returned his homework every day. He has been starting his writing right away after reading. Tyler shares his crayons, colored pencils and markers with the other students in the class. Miss K. noted that Heather Michaud is a Terrific Kid every week. She is a role model in our classroom and throughout the school. Heather is an independent worker who goes about the tasks quietly and efficiently. Miss K. thanked Heather for helping her around the classroom.
     Bus Students of the week were Rachael Wood, Tyler Tibbets and Logan Stanley. Kathy thanks you for your excellent behavior on the bus. The K-5 students took the stage and brought Mrs. Bradbury front and center. The song, "So Long, Farewell" with words written by Mrs. Harmony was sung to Mrs. B. The students did a wonderful job singing in English, French and German.
     The Artists of the week (Rachael Wood, Jessica Donlon and Sabrina Fahdilla) presented their Arctic Animal posters to Mrs. Bradbury to hang in her new office. Cards, notes and/or pictures from from all of the students were presented as well. Shyla shared a special piece of writing she had written the night before. Rosie and Morgan awarded certificates to Mrs. Bradbury declaring her the Teacher of the Week. Good luck Mrs. Bradbury. You will be missed.

Games at P.V.H.S. Saturday, January 17th.
     Game I - A girl’s game. Lakeview Realty defeated Milo Fire Department 25 to 14. Lakeview’s team was led by Shelby Weston’s 10 points, 6 from Rebecca Carpenter and 5 points from Katie Brown. Milo Fire Department got 5 points from Kris Carpenter and 4 points from Breann McKinley.
     Game II - A boy’s game. Milo Fire Department defeated Lakeview Realty 26 to 16. Milo Fire Department’s team led by Chad Badger’s 11 points, Clay Stevens chipped in with 7 points and 5 points from Tyler Cutler. Lakeview got 9 points from Jon Rublee and 3 from Jessie McLaughlin.
     WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE is ready to start. Please contact the Milo Recreation Department to sign up. Team Captains for Volleyball this segment are Sandra Gray, Laura Banker, Marlene Cole and Shelly Leland. The first game will be February 2nd.

Games, Saturday, January 24th at P.V.H.S., a girl’s game, Bailey’s out scored Milo Fire Department 20 to 16. Bailey’s got 6 points from Miranda Conklin and 4 each from Elizabeth McIntire and Zadie Zamboni. Milo Fire’s Breann McKinley was the games high scorer with 10 points.
     In the boys game Milo Fire Department defeated Grants 24 to 20. Grants got 6 points each from J.D. Weston and 5 from Spencer Leavitt. Milo Fire in its’ win got 6 points from Chad Badger and Eddie Cobb.

Brownville & Milo
Recreation Basketball Standings

Girls Standings
Lakeview Realty 4 2
Graves 3 1
Baileys 2 2
Milo Fire Dept. 1 5

Boys Standings
Milo Fire Dept. 4 2
Lakeview Realty 4 2
Graves 2 2
Grants 0 4

     There is a need in your community you could fill!
     Join a growing group of volunteers making a difference to victims of domestic abuse.
     Womancare ‘s next training begins March 15, 2004 and will meet each Monday and Wednesday for six weeks.
     Time and location to be announced.
     Call 564-8165 for more information.

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Womancare Seeks Volunteers to Participate in Helpline Training
     There is a need in your community that you could fill! Would you like to join a growing group of volunteers who are making a difference to people affected by domestic violence? Would you like to be part of a team of volunteers who are dedicated, enthusiastic and support one another in this work? Are you compassionate and do you have good listening skills?
     Womancare is looking for volunteers who can support and validate callers’ feelings, explore options, provide information about domestic abuse and validate the caller’s right to live a life free from violence.
     The next 36 hour training begins March 15 and will meet each Monday and Wednesday for six weeks. Time and location to be announced. No prior experience necessary and Continuing Education Units from the University of Maine will be provided. Please call Ginger at 564-8165 for more information.

Milo Free Public Library News
     It all began last Friday when Elaine Tardiff , a 2nd grade teacher in the Milo Elementary School, called to ask if I would read on Friday, January 30 as a part of the RIF (Reading Is FUNdamental) program. Of course, I said “Yes” as reading is my most favorite thing to do whether reading to myself or sharing with others and being a librarian reading is a very big part of my job. I learned today that the students are taking part in the Reading Is Fundamental Community Reading Challenge. For the past two weeks the students have been reading with family and friends to gain points in the national contest. When a student finished reading a book, they could add a snowball to snowman scenes on the bulletin boards in the school. Each guest reader earned 5 points for the school. Mrs. Tardiff informed me that her class had had 11 guest readers. The readers in the various classes had been senior citizens, high school students, parents and other interested citizens. What a connected way for us all to work together for a very worthwhile goal. During the week I made my selections from our library collection of picture books. I chose Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig because it shows that when you have your family, you have everything that one could want. I also chose Farfallena and Marcel by Holly Keller as it is a lovely story about friendship that never changes. On Friday at 9:00 I headed for school. The office secretary informed me of the location of Mrs. Tardiff’s classroom. I had a few minutes to look around as the assembly ran over . Classrooms certainly have changed since my children were in the school. What a spacious and pleasant room! I sat in a large comfortable rocking chair set in one corner of the room and the children clustered around in front of me. So many familiar faces! I think half the group must have attended the Kiwanis Kids Korner or our summer reading programs. The children were very attentive as I read. An enjoyable group! It was fun to see all the bright faces, and I thanked them for inviting me to be part of their program. As part of the RIF program , the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club has distributed free books to the students.
     We have received another Federal Income Tax form---1040 X-both the form and instructions. Sorry, no Maine Income Tax forms yet, but I have been told they are on the way. We will certainly let you know through this column when they arrive here.
     We received some more backordered books this week . They are processed and ready to be circulated.

Barnard, Robert A CRY FROM THE DARK
Crusie, Jennifer BET ME
Grisham, John THE LAST JUROR
White, Stephen BLINDED

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

A Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 2
Rivers in Maine Views Differ on Uses
BDN, David Platt, January 12-17, 1982
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)
     Old Bangor Dam Proposal -- A plan to redevelop the old Bangor Dam, just above the Bangor Salmon Pool, is also controversial because of the possibility it will affect fishing there. Gov. Joseph E. Brennan’s office may offer a bill on rivers to this winter's Legislature, designed to make the Board of Environmental Protection consider all angles -- energy, effects on the environment, flood control, fisheries -- before approving a hydro-electric project on a Maine river.
     At the same time, the bill-drafters want to make the application process easier for developers. The Brennan bill may resemble one offered recently by Republican Sen. Howard Trotzky, with additions to make it more attractive to developers: longer-term guaranteed electrical rates and state assistance to build fishways. Trotzky's legislation had the backing of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the state's largest environmental group. It didn't make it through the legislative screening process in December. The governor is expected to submit his version anyway.
     Apparently, Maine is the only New England state where river legislation is in the works this year. A bill which would have created a scenic river program in New Hampshire passed that state's legislature a couple of years ago but was vetoed by the governor. Other states haven't attempted anything yet, and according to New England Rivers Center no New England states outside Maine are contemplating any legislation this winter.
     The Maine bill -- if it ever emerges from the governor's office -- may prove to be a mixed blessing. Political reality means whatever emerges must be acceptable to dam developers. Passing such legislation this winter means considering it in some haste, before there has been major public discussion. "The timetable in Maine may be too tight," observed one environmental lobbyist.
     Developmental Possibilities -- Dams themselves aren't the only bone of contention involving Maine's rivers. There is the possibility of residential and commercial development along their banks -- ironically, a spin-off of the massive state and federal effort to clean up the water. The millions of dollars spent in the 1960's and 1970's on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment have changed, literally, the rivers' taste and smell. For the first time in half a century, riverfront property in may localities has become prime real estate. Did the taxpayers really spend all that money so riverfronts could be strip-developed into camp lots?
     Protecting the riverfront from intensive development could mean relying on two traditional land-use tools: zoning and restrictive covenants. The zoning is already there in the form of local ordinances and the state's required Shorelands Zoning. Restrictive covenants can mean conservation easements such as those given the state by the Great Northern on the West Branch. There are loopholes in either protection method. Local ordinances and Shoreland Zoning are only as good as their enforcement, and the terms of easements are up to the donor. (continued next week)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     You know, sometimes we're called hicks up here in Piscataquis County. It infuriates me when I hear it....but I laughed really hard at the "You know you're from Maine" list in the paper a couple of weeks ago. Those were so true! And you know what? I guess in light of what I saw on television the other night, I'm darned glad that I live right here where I do in Hicksville.

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     The reason that I get infuriated is because, yes, there are hicks here in Piscataquis County. There are hicks everywhere! So what? Imagine life in the fast lane where everyone was trying to out-do the other. Hicks don't usually care a thing about outdoing their neighbor. There are people in southern Maine who turn their noses up at the thought of living in the northern half of the state. They wouldn't want to live here, they say with their noses stuck in the air, because there isn't much opportunity here. However, they love the opportunity to come climb our mountain. They clamor to white water raft our fast flowing rivers, and swim in our crystal clear lakes. They look forward to coming here on vacation. If they have snowsleds, they have to come this way to ride on them. Believe me, there is plenty of stuff about us, and our property, that they love.
     People from away are quick to make fun of our backwards, back woods ways. Well I say let them. Just who do they think they are? Certainly they don't believe they can hold a candle to our genuine, down home demeanor. There are many of us here in the sticks who like ourselves just the way we are.....wouldn't change a thing. We're down to earth, compassionate, humorous, flag waving, lovable people. We can spin a yarn with the best of them....and have lots of them to spin.
     The other night I watched some of the Golden Globe Awards. Some of the gowns that the women wore were more than revealing. To me they looked like something out of a science fiction movie. It's like the women said to their designers, "Design me something that is totally inappropriate to wear out in public, and be sure that it distorts my bust line. Fashion it in such a way that the millions of people who are gawking at me from all over the world will think that my dress was surely conceived on Mars." YIKES! I didn't see a pretty dress amongst them.
     Then to add insult to injury, the people of this Golden Globe not only nominated, but chose to give awards to shows such as Sex In The City and Angels In America - both HBO serial type shows - as the winners. We have HBO on our dish, but I never watch it. Now I know why. I was so curious about these winning shows that I'd never watched before that I turned on HBO that night and lo and behold, both shows were on back to back. And so I watched. Oh my loving word! Have any of you seen these shows? I could not believe the spectacle that these shows were. Unbelievable! Thank God my father had gone to bed already, because neither of these shows were anything that I would - even at my advanced age - ever watch in the same room with him. Why anyone would want to live and behave like these perverted people, is beyond me. And this is what I'm missing because I chose not to live in the city? They are two of the sickest shows in the history of television. I wouldn't cross the street to watch either of them again.
     Now, mind you, you don't know anyone who loves an "off colored" joke or a little sexual innuendo more than I do. I watch most of the half-hour situation comedies...nobody loves Raymond as much as I do. But, these two winning shows were blatant perversion. I can't imagine ANYONE thinking that these story lines were acceptable. Quite frankly, I'll bury my head up here in these beautiful sticks that I love....and leave the gross city life to the others.
     My husband and I were lucky enough to get a chance to see Guys and Dolls at the University of Maine last weekend. What a wonderful group of talented performers we have here in this neck of the woods. The actors and actresses were from Greater Bangor and even a few from beyond....Blue Hill, Sullivan.... Wow, great talent. Marie and Bob Hayes invited us to go out to dinner and to the show. We decided to try the Chocolate Grille for dinner ahead of time. Have you been there? Nice place, with a spectacular view of the river and lots and lots of ambiance. However.....the service was less than spectacular. For the most part the meals were delicious, but we thought that Bob was going to have to take his out in a doggie bag because the hour and a half that we had allotted ourselves for dinner....wasn't quite long enough. They made things "right" with Bob, but it would seem that this restaurant has been there long enough to get these kinds of bugs ironed out of their service. I definitely recommend going there...don't get me wrong. It's a Class A restaurant only about 35 minutes away. I guess you just need to plan to go there when time isn't at a premium.
     Here's a wonderful recipe...using brand name ingredients:

Nutter Butter Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
24 Nutter Butter Sandwich cookies
5 Tbsp. butter melted
Crush the cookies in a zipper-style plastic bag with a rolling pin or in a food processor. Mix the crumbs with butter and press into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate.

1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia brand cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 (8oz) Cool Whip (thawed and divided)
     Mix the cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla with the electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in 1 and 1/2 cups whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight until firm. Let stand 1/2 hour or until the pie can be cut easily. Garnish with dollops of the remaining whipped topping and additional cookie crumbs, if desired.

Important dates for Park Street United Methodist Church:
• Mon., Feb. 2nd , 7:00PM Administrative Council
• Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, 1:00PM FEMA,
• Thursday, Feb. 5th, Women's Ecumenical breakfast at Smith's 8:00 AM.
     Looking ahead, UMW will meet on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:00PM, for regular meeting. Faith Files meets on Thursday at 3:00PM. All children welcome.
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February 2 – 6
Monday-Chicken burger, mashed potato, beets, peaches, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Super sandwich, seasoned fried, cucumbers, and brownie.
Wednesday-Lasagna, green beans, garlic bread, and pears.
Thursday-Juice. Taco, lettuce/tomato, and birthday cake.
Friday-SUGAR OUT DAY. Breadsticks, cheese/sauce, salad, and apple.
February 9 – 13
Monday-Bacon cheeseburger, fries, corn on the cob, and fruit.
Tuesday-Juice, Italian sand. carrot sticks, and molasses cookie.
Wednesday-Corn chowder, crackers, sliced chicken-wrap, and fruit.
Thursday-Turkey and gravy, mashed potato, peas/carrots, and Valentine cake.
Friday-Hot dog/bun, assorted veg. potato ovals, and fruit.
February – 16 – 20-SCHOOL VACATION
February 23 – 27
Monday-Chicken nuggets, potato puffs, winter mix veg. and fruit.
Tuesday-Quisidilla, rice pilaf, salad, and fruit.
Wednesday-Juice, Dagwood sand. broccoli cass. , and pumpkin cookie.
Thursday-B.L.T. sand. cheese stick, celery, chips, and fruit.
Friday-Orange juice, breakfast sand. hash brown, and applesauce.

An Open Letter To The Candy Man
     Just wanted to let you know about the many times you have brightened my day with just a little piece of chocolate. Chocolate is supposed to make a woman smile, but so many times we just take it for granted. We know that it is not good for us, and eventually will land on our hips or increase our cholesterol, but from the time we are children, for most of us, it is what we crave when we are happy, sad, angry or just awake.
     Many times in the past couple of years I have gone to my car after work, and found pieces of chocolate on my windshield. Although I have never seen anyone put it there, I have a good idea who this Candy Man is. What a wonderful surprise it is and always brings a smile to my face. The day that I turned my windshield wipers on going up Swett Hill and chocolate kisses went flying over the roof of my car, I laughed out loud. The day that my husband found the candy before me and acted a little jealous made me grin. I found out later that he was jealous because he didn’t get to eat the candy, not that he thought I had a secret admirer.
     Last week, after a difficult day at work, I went to my car to find chocolate hearts. My spirits were instantly lifted. This Candy Man has dealt with the public and knows how frustrating they can sometimes be. But how did you know that this particular day; Chocolate was what I needed most?
     So please know, “Candy Man”, that when you are spreading smiles through the streets of Milo, the sweet taste of your ‘kisses’ lasts a lot longer than the few minutes it takes or you to deliver them.
Yours truly, Beth Melanson
Dear Editor,
     While cleaning my front closet I found a box with a few diaries saved from long ago. Before my baby was born I had an excellent memory. Now I have ‘Mommy-Brain” and was surprised to read the following journal entry. I remembered the kitty visiting but not that it had been hurt.

Feb. 16, 1988
     I came home from work and the little gray and white cat was huddled on the doorstep. When I opened the door, the kitty crawled into the porch as if it was really cold. When I watched more closely I saw that his back leg was hurt.
     He came inside the house and hid under my dresser awhile. Finally, he explored a little and I was able to read the phone number on his tag. I called and the lady said he’d been missing since Saturday.
     When she came to get him I told her that I enjoyed having a pet for a little while and that he had visited me several times the previous summer when I was outside.
     I was so glad to have found his owner.
     We are always so familiar with local families and their history. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep in mind their pets? Just in case a familiar looking kitty should pass our door yard, we’d be able to reconnect them with lost families. Maybe we could find homes for them should their owner have passed away and relatives, In grief, were unaware of their little companions existence.
     Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Pet Registry so that lost & found pets can be reported and returned to their relieved owners?
Victoria Eastman

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
3rd-Cloudy-18° at 6:45 am and 14° at 10 pm.
4th-Sunny-2° at 6:15 am and 10° at 9 pm.
5th-Cloudy snow flurries windy-11° at 6:40 am and 6° at 9:50 pm.
6th-Sunny windy cold-3° at 6:40 am and 8° at 10 pm.
7th-Sunny windy cold-3° at 6 am and 14° at 9 pm.
8th-Cloudy AM P sunny pm-8° at 6:50 am and 12° at 9:30 pm.
9th-Fair AM Cloudy PM-4° at 7 am and 2° at 10:20 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 welcomed twenty-one members and guest, Key Club President Shawn Burke.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed Treworgy led us in a heartfelt prayer.
     The Orono/Old Town newsletter was circulated.
     Ten happy and sad dollars were donated today for retiring from the State police this week and starting a new job next week, wishing Herb Dunham the best, Roy is back, and Milo Elementary illnesses.
     Shawn Burke told us about the Key Club activities, pizza sales at the home basketball games and looking forward to sledding with elementary students in February.
     The après holiday party will be February 7, 2004 at The Restaurant with social time at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Bring a guest and a wrapped gift for an evening of fun and camaraderie!
     The Variety Show is planned for April 2 and 3. Rehearsal dates and times will be announced later.
     Our guest speaker for February 4 is Benny Lumbra. February 11 is our business meeting. The Board of Directors will meet on February 5.
     Our speaker today was Kiwanis member and Superintendent of MSAD # 41, David Walker.
     David shared the results of a survey taken by Penquis Valley High School students in 2001, Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth. Trish Hayes who organized the grant and Key Club members who participated in distributing, explaining, and gathering the surveys aided him in the survey. The survey was a list of Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets, 20 each external and internal. The external portion was made up of family and non-family support, community empowerment, boundaries and expectations, and constructive use of time. The internal portion included commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity.
     High school students taking part in the survey were asked about many aspects of their personal and family life and school related matters to determine what their needs and concerns were. Their answers, given anonymously, would give the community a better chance to provide them with healthy benefits.
     A few of the responses were disturbing. Only 17% of those surveyed believed that adults in the community value youth; 18% thought that young people are given useful roles in the community; 36% said that young people care about his or her school; only 17% read for pleasure three or more hours per week, and 23% believed that it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs. These percentages are below the national average.
     Two responses were definitely positive and way above the national average; 62% of the students surveyed said they do at least one hour of homework every day of school and 71% felt safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
     New research has also shown that when the student’s asset levels are higher, their GPA (grade point average) is also higher.
     David asked the Kiwanis club to look at its current programs and events to determine if more can be done to provide our children and young people with a healthier environment. He invited everyone interested to look at the entire survey and results.
     He also touched on the subject of Atkinson’s de-organization and what it would mean to MSAD #41.
     David told us he is pleased with the introduction of laptops but showed concern about the cost of maintaining the ‘free’ computers. As he aptly put it, “There isn’t any free lunch!”
     Thank you, David, for speaking to us today; we appreciate your dedication to children.

     I need to start off this column by thanking a few guys. The last few weeks were extremely cold, and we haven’t had much snow, so pipes have been freezing everywhere! I’ve heard many folks who have never experienced the problem say they were having problems with freeze ups.
     Our Water District fellows have been working their butts off keeping up with main line freeze-ups, and still they have taken the time to help out some of our area senior citizens who didn’t know where to turn to deal with frozen pipes. We live in a wonderful, unique area, where you can count on tired, cold workers to put in the extra effort to see that people are comfy, cozy, and clean!. We appreciate you Kevin Black, Ricky Flagg and the whole crew!
     With the warmer temperatures, Kirby and I are treated to the ducks, chickens, goats, and guineas venturing out of their warm stall and coming to the front of the house to visit. I sometimes forget how cute the ducks are waddling around in their little flock of 13. They move in unison on the ground like their wild cousins do when they fly; a perfect flow of wiggling butts and swaying heads. The only time one of them separates from the others is when it gets the idea in its little duck head to have a swim. I’ll go out to fill the 12? basins I use for watering bowls and invariably there will be one duck plopped right in the middle of one bowl swimming in a tight circle and happy as can be. The chickens are usually standing around gawking with a look on their faces that says, ? Now what do we do??. No one will be happier to see the arrival of spring and its rain more than the ducks, unless of course it’s the chickens.
     This morning as I was setting at the computer I heard the most horrible ruckus coming from my Guinea Hens. I immediately jumped up and ran to the door, as the last time I heard such noise, the Guineas were trying to chase off a coyote. At first I thought they had decided to try to scare off the goats, as they seemed to be the object of the Guinea’s distress. Upon further investigation, I realized the girls were trying to scare away Chloe, one of our new cats. I realized that Chloe had never been outdoors until now. I am constantly amazed that the Guineas can tell a new cat or dog from the old ones. I don’t think ?birdbrain? is such a bad thing to call someone.
     Things are going smoothly at P.A.W.S. We have had a couple of folks coming in to help Julie and me with the care and loving of the cats. Sam Cote and her daughter Hannah have spent quite a few hours at the shelter and the cats sure appreciate it, as do Julie and I!! Tammy Vail has also been over to help out, and we have noticed how much easier our jobs have become. Thank you so much girls.
     On Sunday, February 8th, at 2PM,, we are having a meeting of folks who are interested in volunteering. If you think you would like to help out, drop by and see what we are all about. If you would like to volunteer and can’t make it on Sunday, give me a call at 943-2324 or e-mail me at, and we can arrange for a visit. We particularly need people who can help out during the day,
     As one of our big fundraisers for the shelter, we have decided to publish a P.A.W.S cookbook. We would love to have recipes from everyone, as we want this to be a true community cookbook. The only thing I want to warn you about is that the name of the recipes may have an animal theme. I think ?Mom’s Muttloaf? is a cute name for that beefy dish. More details will be published in next week’s paper, but until then, please, please start writing down that favorite recipe and drop it off at the town hall. Or e-mail it to me, or deposit it in one of the Three River’s News Donation boxes. Also, if you have eaten a dish that you remember as being sooo delicious, but never got the recipe for, send me the name of the dish and who made it and I will hunt the person down and get it for the book.
     If the cookbook sounds like something you would like to have, let me know, as we have to pre-order and it would be nice to get an idea of how many we will need. I promise this cookbook will be like no other one in your collection. I’m hoping to pry some new recipes out of Kathy Witham, as well as including some of my own secret concoctions. I think we will be selling them for about $10.00, so you will get a great cookbook at a reasonable price and be able to help the animal shelter. Sounds like a perfect combination.
     I must finish up now. I usually try to get the paper ready for printing by 1PM on Sundays, and it is almost 2PM right now. Superbowl Sunday is a busy day for me, as we still make the Superbowl Subs for the Close-up kids. Suzy Ricker, Katie, and I spent the morning making sandwiches and talking about the animal shelter. Now I have to get the paper done and get ready to watch the Patriots beat the tails off the Carolina Panthers. Another perfect day in Milo!
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