Three Rivers News, 2004-02-10

Rainbow Installation Held

     Brownville Assembly #25 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls held their Installation of Officers on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at the Milo Masonic Hall. Pictured are: Front Row: Paige McGuinness, Kelli Heath, Megan Knowles and Amber Benoit. Back Row: Jamie Perkins, Randi Smith, Meghan McGuinness and Mary Lambert.

     There's no such thing as too much money and there's no such thing as too much fun!!! But we come close on the fun part at the Kiwanis Variety Show.
     This year the theme is country music, and we are gathering acts every which way. The chorus will have their first rehearsal on Tuesday, February 10th, in Stephanie Gillis' classroom at Milo Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Gillis' classroom is in the main building this year. If you enter the building at the end nearest the portables....her room is the first one on the left. Come and join us. We need voices of all ranges and all sizes.

There will be a town meeting, Wednesday, February 11, 2004, at the Atkinson town building, at 7:oo P. M. to act on an amendment to the deorganization plan.

MILO GARDEN CLUB will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. at the Town Hall with Roger Merchant of the Piscataquis County Extension speaking on Community Gardening/Garden Tours

     Both Nancy and I have upgraded our Internet servers, and have also increased our e-mail security. Some items being sent to us are being inadvertently deleted. If you do not get a "Thank-you" from us for your submission, it means we haven’t received it, so re-contact us. We always acknowledge items sent to us…so no response means we haven’t gotten it! Val


     Back Row: Amber Willinski, Katlynn Avril, Elsie Chambers. Front Row:Amber Emery, Emily Emery, "Mascot" Courtney Burton, Jackie Reithmuller, Mashilla Harrison, Bailee Burton.
     On Saturday, Brownie Troop #538 from Brownville had a great trip to the Skateway Roller Rink in Milo. This trip was donated by Kevin Nason of Lakeview Realty. We would love to say "THANKS" for a great time.


Senior Class
High Honors
Shawn Burke
Heather Dolley
Shannon Gerrish
Desiree Hogan
Jennifer Hussey
Amanda Kahl
Rebecca Madden
Cameron Wellman
Melissa Gledhill
Vanessa Hartin
William Koelsch
Ashley Marchant
Melissa Miller
Erika Morrill
Krystle Morrill

Junior Class
High Honors
Erin Beasley
Elizabeth Comeau
Elyse Kahl
Jessica LaMunyon
Maria Mills
Danielle Graves
Katherine Hamlin
Lindsay Small

Sophomore Class
High Honors
Christina Gerrish
Kylie Palmer
Adam Ballash
Kelsey Drake
Tyler Herbest
Matthew Ludden

Freshmen Class
High Honors
Jessica Metros
Amber Benoit
Kristin Burch
Krystle Leavitt
Sean Murphy
Benjamin Ogden

8th Grade
High Honors
Noah Bissell
Nycole Carey
Jessica Kahl
Ryan Madden
Haley Flanders
Kyle Gero
Jennifer Goodine
Lucas Knapp
Ashlee Lancaster
Holly Moore
Cheryl Roesing
Brian Zwicker

7th Grade
High Honors
Randy Adams
Ryan Bailey
Erica Lyford
Paige McGuinness
Emily Mills
Shane Woodard
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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Brownville's population is in the (a) 1100s (b) 1200s (c) 1300s (d) 1500s.
2. The Pleasant River has (a) (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) four branches.
3. Rev. May's name was (a) Hezekiah (b) Isaiah (c) Mordecai (d) Philippi.
4. Don Vachon was a(n) (a) engineer (b) fireman (c) brakeman (d) conductor.
5. Brownville is (a) 150 (b) 157 (c) 175 (d) 180 years old.
6. (a) Roland Stubbs (b) Ken Thompson (c) Milton Smith (d) Joe Applebee drove the first class from BHS to the Junction in 1943.
7. (a) Verdi Hamlin (b) Arthur Grant (c) Allie Price (d) Harry Ladd was fire chief during the block fire in 1951.
8. Ralph Perry's father's name was (a) Bill (b) John (c) Louis (d) Arnold.
9. (a) Ernest Seavey (b) Lyle Towne (c) Everett Gerrish (d) Walter McClain was Brownville's first town manager.
10. Ralph Berg's father's name was (a) Ted (b) John (c) William (d) Andrew.
Answers: 1-b 2-c 3-a 4-d 5-d 6-a 7-b 8-c 9-c 10-d

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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     Grace Doble, a resident of Dexter Health Care, reached a milestone and celebrated one hundred years of life.
     Family members and friends honored her with a birthday party. Refreshments were served and she received many bouquets of flowers and gifts.
     Two sisters of Grace, Doris Andrews of Bangor and Alberta Richardson, from the Ellen Leach Home in Brewer, were also present.
     Two groups of five generations celebrated with Grace. Jessica Kinney and her two sons, Will and John, participated. Alyson Ade and her daughter Ainsley were part of another five-generation group. Both mothers are the daughters of Russell Carey, whose mother Helen is Grace’s daughter.

     It is time to license your dogs. Any dog 6 months or older must be licensed. You will need to have proof of a current rabies vaccine.
     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

Children (An Untrue Story)
     After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"
     "Don't what?" Adam replied.
     "Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.
     "Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve...we have forbidden fruit!!!!!"
     "No Way!"
"Yes way!"
     "Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.
     "Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied, wondering why he hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.
     A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
     "Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked.
     "Uh huh," Adam replied.
     "Then why did you?" said the Father.
     "I don't know," said Eve.
     "She started it!" Adam said
     "Did not!"
     "Did too!"
     "DID NOT!"
     Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
     If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
     1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
     2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

     3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
     4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
     5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
     6. We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
     ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home.
     AND FINALLY: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: "TAKE TWO ASPIRIN" AND "KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN"

Ellison - Alvarez engaged
     TAMPA, FLORIDA - Lanny & Doreen Ellison are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elicia Lailani Ellison of Tampa, to Juan Pablo Alvarez also of Tampa. Juan is the son of Dario & Mabel Alvarez of Tampa. Elicia is the granddaughter of Catherine (Kitty) K. Ellison of Milo. Elicia will graduate from the University of South Florida in May, 2004 with a degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics. Juan also graduated from the University of South Florida in May, 2003 with a degree in Criminology. Juan started work with the Tampa police department the first of February. A wedding date will be planned in the future.
     Editors Note: We ran this announcement a while back, but I just received the picture and wanted to get it in. Good luck to the couple.


     The fourth grade at Brownville Elementary has been studying Brownville history. William Sawtell, local historian, invited Paul Larrabee, a retired railroad engineer, to speak with the class. Mr. Larrabee spoke about the history of the various railroads in the Brownville area. He described how the railroads connected Brownville to other parts of the world.

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     Mr. Larrabee brought many items from his personal collection of railroad memorabilia to show the class.
     He has a large collection of stock certificates, tickets and schedules. One of the schedules was from 1892. Larrabee is also well known as a local artist and shared one of his paintings of the railroad with the class. It was an interesting and informative visit.
     Over the years the school children in Brownville have learned much about their heritage due to Bill Sawtell's efforts. From the old days to current events, Brownville Elementary students have a broad knowledge of their surroundings. Grades Three through Five participate yearly in producing Brownville History projects. Public viewing of the Brownville History projects will be announced at a later date

     CONGRATULATIONS to the Penquis Valley Junior High GIRLS basketball team for a very successful season. Penquis played Dover in the semi-finals on Tuesday.....beating them (after losing to them twice in the regular season) sending them back up to Greenvile to play Guilford on Thursday. The girls did a great job against a tough team.....and should be very proud of themselves for bringing home a trophy to put in the trophy case. The last trophy from the basketball team was 7 years ago.....GREAT JOB LADY RAILROADERS!!!!

In front...Sarah Miller, Kim Herbest, Chelsea Clark, Lynn Corson, Suzanne Johnson back row... Nicole Cary, Kelsey Ottmann, Erica Lyford, Kasey Sherburne, Sheleshia Clark, Kayla Webb, Morgan Royal and Kayla Goodine.

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - We are happy to announce that our Terrific Kid has been a hard worker this week. His cooperation has improved and he is using his I Care skills every day. This little boy is improving his reading and loves our new math series. We are excited to say that MAURICE MAHAR is our
Terrific Kid and he is excited too.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has worked hard to improve her classroom behavior. She can write beautifully - when she slows down. She is a great classroom helper. She works hard on her reading and her math facts. We love having JESSIE MOULTON in our class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a very kind, caring boy. He helps others whenever he can. He is a real math whiz. He is always solving the hardest math problems with very creative solutions. He has developed a rich, colorful vocabulary, which he uses in his writing. This is the second time PETER MORSE has been our Terrific Kid.

Mrs. Gillis
This week this girl's been serious, not silly,
She's been very warm, not like the weather-chilly,
She's full of life like her dog Willy,
And bounces around like a frolicking filly.
Congratulations, SAMMI JO MILLER!
Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid this week, is one of our kindest friends. He always does his best to be fair to his classmates, and is a great help to Mrs. Dell'Olio at the end of each day. We are so glad to have you in our
Mrs. Hayes - We are proud to present two of the nicest, sweetest , prettiest, hard working students in our class. These two young ladies are helpful to their friends, complete their work independently and make every effort to improve themselves each day. A special thanks goes to these girls for
improving the quality of their work. You are a great team and we are proud of you. We salute MEGAN WITHAM and SHANIA ROUSSEL! We appreciate having you in our class.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - KELLY PATTEN- This is a repeat “T ‘ kid and she deserves to be one. Kelly tries hard in all she does. She is a great helper and friend to her classmates. Kelly loves to share extra material for our themes. She is a joy to have in our class. TRISTEN BECKETT- This is another repeater who deserves the award. Tristen is a wonderful worker, great reader and a caring friend .He also goes the extra effort to share material from home with his classmates. We love having Tristen in our room.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - we are pleased to announce that this little guy has worked very hard this week finishing his work each day , writing more and more in his journal too and using his I care words and Following the Golden Rule. Congratulations to a great White Snowman reader, DEVON CUTHBERSON. This little girl has beautiful long golden curls and a smile that would melt and iceberg. She loves to read and is writing up a storm. She always finishes her puppet each week and enjoys working on the computer. She loves to be first in line. Congratulations BRITTINI STONE.
Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific Kid this week has worked very hard at making good decisions. He has thought through his decisions and been responsible for his work in the classroom. We are all very happy that BOBBY DUGAN is our
Terrific Kid.

     At our February 6 assembly, Mr. Walker welcomed the students, parents and other guests to our school. The 4th and 5th grade students sang, "Lean on Me." Mr. Walker asked everyone to stand and join in "The Pledge of Allegiance" and the singing of Mrs. Carter's favorite song, "You're a Grand Old Flag." Val Roberton was our Kiwanian friend this morning. Terrific Kids were LILLIS NOKE, TREVOR LYFORD and SHALENE CODY.
     Miss K. thanked Lillis for being a role model every day. She arrives with a big smile on her face, a polite greeting and all of her completed assignments.
     Trevor is so Terrific that he did his homework while sitting in the waiting room waiting to have his broken arm set in a cast. Mrs. Carter added that Trevor is also a wonderful role model. Mrs. Farrar is so proud of Shalene. Her work habits and
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attitude have improved greatly this week. Keep up the good work Shalene. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
     Artists of the Week April Morgan and Samantha Noke proudly displayed their latest art project.
     Kathy Foss recognized Lillis Noke, Alvin Littlefield and Taylor Severance as Bus Kids of the Week. We celebrated Sabrina Fadillah's 8th birthday. We look forward to finding out who will be next week's Terrific Kid.


     Friday was Senior Night at Penquis. Here Seniors Sheena Herbest and Ben Faulkingham present their parents with flowers, while Justin Allen posed with his mom and brothers after the game. Congratulations and thanks to all Senior Athletes and Band members.

Recreation Basket Ball played
January 31st at P.V.H.S.

Girls Game:
     Bailey’s thumped Graves 27 to 9. Graves’ Shelby Fowles had 8 points, Brooke McLaughlin and Miranda Conklin led Bailey’s with 11 points each.
Boys Game:
     A 39 to 23 win for Graves’ over Grants’. Bryan Russell scored 17 points for Grants’. Graves’ Jake Lyford with 13 and Caleb Stanley with 12 points led their team.

Women's Volleyball Standings
Cole 4 0
Gray 3 1
Banker 1 3
Leland 0 4

     Many thanks to the Milo Fire Department, Glen Ricker, Scout Leader Troop #115 and Scouts for helping to get the Elm Street Skating Rink up and running. Thanks for your hard work.
     Milo Recreation is taking sign ups for the next segment of Drivers Ed.
     Please save your bottles and cans Fishing Derby weekend. Boy Scout Troop #115 of Milo is having a bottle drive. Call 943-7326 if you nave some to pick up.

Hello Valerie and Nancy,
     I should have contacted you long before this. My maiden name was Barbara Carver and I grew up in Milo. Last summer I returned for my 50th high school reunion, class of '53, and I have read your newspaper every Tuesday online ever since. Not only is the paper a nostalgic link to my past, but it's very well done.
     One of the things I do down here in Georgia, where right now even we are getting an ice storm, is write columns for my local newspaper. When I read Kitty Ellison's piece about "People in Maine," I just had to see if you, or she, would mind if I used a slightly edited version -- mainly for space -- as part of one of my upcoming columns. It is so good, and so funny. I'm attaching a copy of the column I've written so you can see how I fit it in. If you object, I won't use it, but I hope you won't mind.
     My part is a little "fictionalized," also to save space without details the readers won't miss. Our "bungalow" was in East Millinocket, but both the temperature the day of my granddaughter's call, and your paper are in Milo.
     One of your writers, Carolyn Sinclair, was a classmate of mine. Maybe she can vouch for me. Oh, tell Kitty I thought it was a little kinder to let all the people in Miami get sick than die.
Barbara Carver Seaborn
The Columbia County News-Times
Martinez, GA 30907

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N/T - 2/4/04 - Seaborn Column (Wed)
Baby, it’s awful outside
"So, how crummy is the weather where you are?"
Linda Vester, FOXNEWS
     When people complain about the traffic, the economy, or inefficiency at City Hall, they’re upset. When they complain about the weather, no matter how awful it is, they’re having fun. And no one this winter can deny the popularity of this highly competitive, winter sport. For example, when my granddaughter called me at noon the other day, and I wondered why she wasn’t in school, she gleefully told me about coming home early because it was raining and the temperature was 30 degrees. "That’s two degrees below freezing," she said, "and the rain is turning into icicles on the trees and making the roads too icy for the bus." Relieved that she was safely home, I was experiencing a little glee myself. I had just noticed the weather report in my hometown in central Maine: four degrees below zero and snowing.
     I promise, I won’t regale you with one of those boring "where I come from" litanies designed only to boast that my weather can top yours any day. Only, maybe you would like to know about the year the snow was up to the eaves of our bungalow not far from Mt. Katahdin and, after the snowplow had created a mini mountain at the end of our driveway, the best we could do about shoveling out was to forget about the car and dig a tunnel through the snow bank so we could at least walk to the store and stave off starvation. Talk about fun. We could slide all the way from the tip of the roof to the edge of the snow bank, and I still have pictures of the tunnel.
     Some people may not be jumping into the boasting fray, but they certainly have their opinions about the weather. An obviously sophisticated environmentalist insists that "this little cool spell won’t do much to reverse the global warming trend. Hydrocarbon combustion will only get more intense." (If anyone knows what that means, let me know.) Then there’s the confused Californian who wonders if his weird weather is caused by "this Mars mission and all those satellites bouncing off the solar system." Having something, or someone, to blame is part of the fun. But I did find one grateful lady who said, "We may complain about the snow, but for our area that’s suffered for years from a drought, it’s refreshing." The lady may not be so happy when she learns it takes ten inches of snow to make one inch of rain.
     No, I’m not going back on my word -- no boasting, not me. But I can’t resist passing along this bit of temperature analysis submitted by Kitty Ellison in that central Maine town, and published in the January 20th edition of the local "Three Rivers News." All temperature readings are in Fahrenheit.
__60 degrees: Southern Californians shiver… People in Maine sunbathe.
__50 degrees: New Yorkers turn on the heat… People in Maine plant gardens.
__40 degrees: Italian and English cars won’t start… People in Maine drive with the windows down.
__32 degrees: Distilled water freezes… Ice on Maine lakes thickens.
__20 degrees: Floridians don coats and thermal underwear… People in Maine throw on a flannel shirt.
__15 degrees: New York landlords turn up the heat; People in Maine have the last cookout before it gets cold.
__0 degrees: People in Miami all get sick… People in Maine close their windows.
__25 degrees below zero: Hollywood disintegrates… People in Maine get out their winter coats.
__40 degrees below zero: Washington DC runs out of hot air… People in Maine let their dogs sleep inside.
__100 degrees below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole… People in Maine complain because they can’t start their "kahs."
__460 degrees below zero (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale): All atomic motion stops… People in Maine start saying, "cold ‘nuff for ya?"
(Barbara Seaborn is a local, free-lance writer. E-mail comments to

     A small group of women met at Smith's for breakfast on Thursday. We enjoyed much laughter and fellowship as well as the good breakfast. The Milo United Methodist Women will meet at Park street church on Thursday Feb. 12th. All women who are interested in missions are welcome.

The Rite Aid Pharmacy, Milo, will be closed all day Sundays beginning the weekend of February 8th. The changes affect only the filling of prescriptions. Non-pharmacy hours of operation will stay the same.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I reiterate: 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.
     This was written before the Super Bowl half-time show....way before. Now, I ask you people, is it any wonder that Janet Jackson got her top ripped away, exposing her breast, during her provocative half time performance at the Super Bowl. It was bound to happen...begging to accident waiting to happen...or was it an accident? I doubt it. Janet Jackson's brother has been in the limelight for quite a few weeks now. I'm betting she thought she could....and would...outdo him. Now in some eyes that would be an impossible task, but I suppose that any press by the networks, and the top read newspapers in the United States linking her to the outrageous, would satisfy her.
     We laughed out loud at many of the advertisements and cheered and clapped loudly during the game. We were all very excited. However, most of us missed the undressing because we thought the half-time show was so bad, that we weren't paying very close attention. Two of the members of our party did glimpse what they thought was a bare breasted view of Janet Jackson. Turns out they did see just what they thought they saw. My whole point in pointing this that why are we all up in arms about this one event. Nearly everything we watch on television now borders on obscene. Scantily clad girls are everywhere you look. Even my favorite shows on HGTV and Trading Spaces show girls in little tank tops bending over and pretty much exposing themselves. Soap operas show women in all states of dress and undress...doing all kinds of things. HBO shows full nudity....they leave nothing to the imagination.
     And so I say, "So What?" The designers of the world have been begging for this to happen for months now...maybe even years. My husband I think that the media didn't care anything about the fact that the Patriots won the Super Bowl....and so made such a big deal about Janet so they'd have something to report. The press shouldn't have been about Janet...the press should have been about the Patriots winning...and all of the excitement all over New England. She spoiled it for us big time.
     We had tons of good food at our Super Bowl party. For appetizers we had two or three wonderful dips and spreads....with a multitude of crackers to serve them
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on. The crackers were served in giant bread bowls. Pretty clever!! My husband had made our favorite appetizers on a olive, a little square of cheddar cheese, a piece of Vienna sausage and a tiny sweet pickle on a toothpick. I won't tell you what we call's kind of a naughty name. We had veggie pizza, nacho chips with a hot dip and nachos with a cold dip. We had three flavors of marinated and cooked chicken wings, grilled spareribs, potato salad, macaroni salad (made with football shaped pasta), and a wonderful bean and sausage soup. For dessert we had White Texas Sheet Cake that was totally yummy. For the fun of it we roasted Spanish peanuts in a small crockpot. They had a very nostalgic aroma.
     There were a couple of fun things that happened throughout the evening that made our party one of the best we've ever had. One of the women at our party had a good friend who was actually at the Super Bowl. They stayed in touch using their cell phones all through the pre-game and game. I was amazed that her cell phone worked so well from such a distance. When the game was over....her friend called and said, "Just listen!" That was kind of thrilling. The other really exciting thing that happened during the game might have had to do with money. Use your imagination!

Here's the recipe for White Texas Sheet Cake.

1-cup butter or margarine
1-cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2-cup sour cream
1-teaspoon almond extract
1-teaspoon baking soda
     In a large saucepan, bring 1-cup butter or margarine and the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, 1 teaspoon of almond extract, and the baking soda. Beat until smooth and pour into a greased 10 X 15 X 1 inch baking pan.
     Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until cake is golden brown and tests done. Cool for 20 minutes.

Frost with:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup milk
4 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped nuts (if you desire nuts on your cake)
     Combine the butter or margarine and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Mix in the confectionery sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Stir in the nuts and spread the frosting over a warm cake.
     I've had this cake with and without nuts and I loved it both ways.

Editors note: Speaking of the Super Bowl, I have a couple of points to make: #1-Both times the Patriots won the Super Bowl, The Three Rivers News had wished them “Good Luck” on the front page, so I feel directly responsible for the victory, and #2-It’s a small, small world when it comes to sports and the fans. Seth received the following e-mail from a person who had obviously done an Internet search for ”Milo, Maine” and was directed to our site.
From: Lee Meador" <>
Date: February 2, 2004 1:45:59 AM EST
Subject: Super Bowl XXXVIII
     Hi, my name is Lee Meador and I was part of the pre- game, post-game crew for the Super Bowl. i was able to go out on the field for both parts. I found a sign made from a shoebox, that said “PATRIOTS WON!!” on one side and "MILO, MAINE LOVES THE PATRIOTS!!" on the other side.
     There was a fan that said I should keep the sign because Milo, Maine was a great place. I live an hour south of Houston, way away from you folks, but I thought it was pretty interesting!!
     Well, as a fan of the Patriots, and a fan of Milo, Maine, I decided to e-mail Mr. Meador and find out some more details. As you can see from the following two e-mails, Mr. Meador is going to supply us with a picture of the sign, and perhaps we can figure out who from Milo was at that awesome game. I wrote to him and his reply was:
     The sign was written on a shoebox that was from Belleville, Illinois. On one side of the box it said "MILO, MAINE LOVES THE PATRIOTS!!" and the other side it said "PATRIOTS WON!!!" I was on the stage crew and I was on the field for all of the pre-game show and for all of the post-game show. I was able to take many pictures and had a great experience. I wanted to find different souvenirs and I was able to get a towel, a seat cushion from a seat, and I was wanting to find a sign from the stands but I wasn't able to when I was inside. When I was walking outside I picked this sign up off the ground and another Patriot fan saw it and told me to keep it that ya'll (you all) were a good town. I live one hour south of Houston in Lake Jackson, Texas. That's about 15 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks for writing me back and let me know what you get out of it or anything like that, I think it's neat. I wonder who wrote it, maybe you could find out for me?!!!

I wrote back: I'm going to print it in our local paper if you don't mind...I will send you a copy if you want..let me know your address and I will mail it on down. My father was in the service and we did a stint at Fort brother was born there...we were there when Pres. Kennedy was shot.
     ...Thank you so much and if you have a picture that you can send I would love to print it also. THANKS!!!

     He responded: My address is 129 Talisman ... Lake Jackson, TX 77566...I don't mind if you put it in the paper, I think it will be cool...What do you want a pic or the sign, i don’t know. Thank you.
     I told him I would love a picture of him with the sign, and as soon as I get that from him , I’ll print it and hopefully we can figure out who made the sign. In the meantime, start asking around. I know we can solve this mystery.

A Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 3
Rivers in Maine - Views Differ on Uses
BDN, David Platt, January 12-17, 1982
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)
     Inevitably, a major player in the rivers controversy in the federal government, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), gives out permits to build or rebuild dams. Developers find FERC appealing because the agency doesn't throw up too many roadblocks.
     "Except for the provision allowing someone to get a permit on someone else's property, we have no problem with the present law," says Chris Herter of Swift River, which has three hydro projects going in Maine. Swift River itself hasn't encountered problems with FERC's eminent domain provision, Herter said.
     Environmental groups like the Natural Resources Council and the New England Rivers Center in Boston aren't as enthusiastic, preferring instead to let the state handle permits. "FERC is the heart of the problem," says Tom Arnold, director of the Rivers Center. "It has the final say over dam projects; it holds the trump card on any hand
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played. Arnold would like to see FERC's legislation changed to oblige the agency to take other values into account.
     "Like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission," Arnold says, "FERC would substantially increase its credibility if it turned down a couple of applications a hear." At the least, he would like to see FERC amended so if a river is designated wild an scenic or part of a wilderness area, any dam permits would have to be consistent with the designation.
     Even Herter, the developer, would like to see state law regarding rivers and dams brought up to date. Swift River was represented on a state task force which looked into possible reforms last year and agreed with the group's report calling for legislation. Herter even agrees in concept with the idea of protecting certain river stretches from development, but he's waiting to see what stretches the state lists before he goes along with any specific legislation. With a few major exceptions, the permits FERC grants are existing dams someone wants to rehabilitate. And redevelopment isn't always bad -- when a dam owner downstream has water rights, he can oblige upstream dams to release some of their impounded water, restoring the flow in the streams between. It has even been suggested that the wild St. John in northern Maine would be good for canoeists more weeks of the year if there were some storage capacity on its tributaries.
     Atlantic Salmon -- Another player in this watery drama is the Atlantic salmon. The federal government, through the Environmental protection Agency's construction grants program for sewage treatment and agencies like the Atlantic Sea Run Salmon Commission, has spent millions restoring salmon to Maine rivers. The restoration project's most conspicuous success is the Penobscot, where fishermen's catches have improved from practically nothing to several hundred fish a season. Atlantic salmon must migrate to reproduce. Dams stop them. Fishways help some, but they're expensive and don't always do the job. The classic confrontation between salmon and the Maine river is in Bangor, where Swift River Co. wants to repair the breached Bangor Dam and rebuild its powerhouse.
     The dam is located just upstream of the Bangor Salmon Pool. a national historic site. The developers contend they can make their project compatible with salmon and that if studies show they can't they will withdraw. Salmon fishermen aren't convinced and anticipate legal action to protect the fishing if Swift River decides to proceed.
     Salmon -- this time the landlocked variety -- have already gotten another dam developer in trouble in western Maine.
     Three state agencies, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Regulatory Commission, all accused Portland developer Phillip Merrill of violating the terms of his permit when a bulldozer operator working for him cleaned the river bottom below the dam on the Kennebago River. Merrill and the agencies are still negotiating. Barring major actions on the part of the state or significant changes in federal law, decisions involving Maine rivers will continue to be made on largely economic grounds. Whether any dam site gets developed will depend on interest rates, the costs of oil and other fuels and the rate utilities are obliged to pay dam owners for their power.
(Continued next week)
     MILO - Paul C. Canney, 84, loving husband of the late Myrtle N. (Hatch) Canney, died Feb. 4, 2004, at his daughter's home in Bowerbank. He was born Jan. 28, 1920, in Milo, the only son of Manley and Dolores (Billington) Canney. He had been employed as a wood scaler for Prentiss and Carlisle in Milo for many years. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the J.P. Chaisson American Legion Post No. 41. He was a member of the Maine Harness Horseman's Association, and was active in racing for 35 years. He was predeceased by his wife and very best friend, Myrtle, and is survived by two sons, Wade Canney and his friend, Dottie Perkins, of Milo, Ralph Canney and his wife, Rosemary, of Old Town; a daughter, Andrea Mayo and her husband, Walter, of Bowerbank; seven grandchildren, Crystal Canney, Scott Canney, Lorinda Canney, Robert Canney, Kevin Mayo, Butch Mayo, and Roberta Nelson; many great-grandchildren, including an especially precious great-granddaughter, Avalena Linsky. He will be missed by his faithful dog, Sadie Mae. Private interment services in Evergreen Cemetery will be held in the spring. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Three Rivers Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 432, Milo 04463. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

     BROWNVILLE JCT. Warena Christie Farnham, 94, wife of the late Albion Farnham died peacefully Feb. 1, 2004, at a Dover Foxcroft hospital. She was born Nov. 30, 1909, at Summit Farm, Orneville, the daughter of Warren and Eva (Morgan) Christie. She graduated from Milo High School, Farmington Normal School, and the University of Maine. She was a retired schoolteacher, having taught in Lakeview, Milo and Brownville Jct. For 43 years Warena was a member of the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Ayuda Club, where she was a past president, Delta Kappa Gamma, where she was also a past president, and the National Education Assoc.
     She was predeceased by two brothers, Lindon and Donald Christie; and two nieces. She is survived by one sister, Edna Dunfee of Orange City, Fla.; a special niece by marriage, Patricia Farnham Russell; five nephews, Lindon Jr. Donald Jr., Robert and Paul Christie, Donald Dunfee; a niece, Deanna List. A spring interment will be in the family lot in Pinetree Cemetery. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church P.O. Box A, Brownville Jct., ME 04415. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
February – 1993
10th-Sunny am-4° at 4 am and 24° at 7 pm.
11th-Sunny L. wind-4° at 4 am and 8° at 7 pm.
12th-Fair P. sunny-20° at 4 am and 12° at 7 pm.
13th-Snow 7 in. L. rain snow in evening-18° at 4 am and 28° at 7 pm.
14th-Sunny-20° at 4 am and 12° at 7 pm.
15th-Sunny-6° at 4 am and 10° at 7 pm.
16th-Cloudy Snow-2° at 4 am and 24° at 7 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 fourteen members and guests Bill Sawtell, Benny Lumbra, and Key Club members Ashley Case and Tristan Simonian.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Grindle said a prayer from the heart.
     Don Harris read an inspirational passage concerning the Dorchester. This ship used to be a luxury liner but had to be refitted to carry troops during World War II. The ship, carrying 902 service men, was sailing in the dangerous Atlantic waters when it received a torpedo hit on February 3, 1943. The four Army Chaplains on board calmed the survivors in the lifeboats with prayers and their own warm gloves. One of them even gave up his lifejacket, knowing it meant death for himself and not caring about the faith of the person receiving it. The Dorchester sunk in only 23 minutes. The Chaplains were last seen huddled together, praying. There were only 230 survivors.
     The Orono/Old Town newsletter was circulated. Linda Lumbra, Reading is Fundamental coordinator, told us in a letter that February 12 would be Kiwanian Friend’s Day. She invited everyone to come to school and read a story to the students.
     Happy birthday to Felix Blinn on February 4 and anniversary wishes go out to Kent and Karen Ladd on February 5.
     Ten happy and sad dollars were donated today for the new snow, 7-month old Max weighing 91 lbs., Maine Black Bears, Patriots, Benny, just being happy, and of course, hope for the Red Sox!
     Trish Hayes told us about the Key Club activities, training at the animal shelter this Sunday, officer elections this month, attending the Lt. Gov. election in Dover-Foxcroft, RIF reading, sledding at LaGrange, the convention in April, and the food sale at the final home basketball game this Friday. This Key Club, with Trish as an advisor, is always active in community services. Their efforts are noticed and greatly appreciated.
     The Three Rivers News is doing fine.
     Joe Zamboni is optimistic about the response from the DOT grant application for the gazebo project sent in recently.

     Don’t forget the Kiwanis party this Saturday at The Restaurant at 6:30 pm!
     The Board of Directors monthly meeting is February 5. February 11 will be the regular business meeting.
     Ethelyn Treworgy introduced our guest speaker today. She said with a chuckle that she has known Benny Lumbra since he was in her fourth-grade class.
     Benny told us the history of Lumbra’s Mill, which was started by his grandfather and father, Oscar and Reuben Lumbra, in Vermont in 1952. A brother to his grandfather’s friend came to Maine to work and invited his brother to visit. While in the Katahdin Iron Work’s area he noticed and great timber available. They moved to Maine in 1959 and started sawing on the other side of Swett Hill in 1960. The mill was moved in April of 1961 but was destroyed by fire in 1962. The mill was then moved to the Derby site where a charcoal mill had previously been located. They operated their first automatic carriage in 1966 and had their first chipper in 1967. They wanted to expand during 1975 and 1976 but weren’t sure how to go about it. A second carriage was added which increased production by 8,000 feet per day. With the grading station implemented in 1980, an inspector could flip the boards with hydraulics.
     Benny said they had already expanded on all four sides of the building being used so they began talking about a new building. The neighboring land had been purchased from the ‘Ricker boys’ thus providing room for immediate expansion. The building permits were applied for and received in 1994. The new building took 18 months and countless evenings, weekends, and holidays to complete. It included new office space and a conference room upstairs. Sawing began in April of 1996 and the first drying kiln was put into operation in 1999. Benny told us with a smile that it was the largest oven in town! He said that there is nothing better than the sweet smell of lumber ‘cooking’!
     After looking at equipment in Vermont, a new edger-optimizer was purchased and installed in December of 2003. Modifications at the Derby mill were made over several months because extra space was needed. Benny told us that you couldn’t be afraid of new technology.
     Benny’s pride was obvious when he talked of the improvements and operation of Lumbra’s Mill.
     Thank you, Benny!

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