Three Rivers News, 2004-02-17

Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby Results


     Hi: For the first time in many years (because of another commitment) I won't be able to attend the tourney at Bangor auditorium over February school vacation!
     I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate Coach Hamlin and his team for another successful year!
     To all the parents and loyal fans, enjoy your week of tourney madness... I'll try to keep in touch for game results!
Karen H Clark

Editors note:
     Tourney week in central Maine is a wonderful bright spot in a sometimes cold and dreary February. It is extra special when our own boys are headed to the big city to play some hoop. We at the Three Rivers News appreciate all you do to provide our little community with entertainment, diversion, and fuel for conversations during the long winter. Good luck and have fun!! Val

     The Brownville Housing Corporation is holding an Open House at The Quarry Pines apartments on February 24th, from 5 PM to 7 PM. There will be an apartment available to tour and refreshments served.
     There will be people there to answer any questions about qualifying for an apartment.

Shrove Tuesday Celebration
     On February 24th, at 5:30pm, at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church, a Pancake Supper will be held. There is no cost for the supper, just bring a box of pancake mix. Left over mixes will be donated to the food cupboard. This is a time of preparation for lent. Come have fun with an old English custom of eating pancakes to use up the eggs and fat, which were not in the diet during Lent. After supper there will be a fun program for young and old alike. We welcome anyone who would like to come and be part of an old custom.

Parish Mission
     Father Gerald Flater, OMI, will conduct a Parish Mission Sunday, February 29 - Wednesday, March 3 at the parishes of St. Thomas Aquinas, 45 High St., Dover-Foxcroft (6:30 PM Feb. 29 -March 3) and St. Francis Xavier & Paul the Apostle, 128 Riverside St., Milo (8:30 AM March 1-3)
     For additional information regarding the Mission, please call the parish office @ 564-2842 or visit our parish web site      Everyone is welcome, please join us.


Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Fernald

     Thomas and Reta Haley of Milo are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Amanda, to Matthew Fernald of Brunswick. Matthew is the son of Lorrie and Bruce Stephenson of Bowdoin, and David Fernald of Waterville. The wedding took place December 31, 2003 at the First Methodist Church in Brunswick, Maine. A reception was held following the ceremony at the home of the groom’s mother.
     Amanda is a 1997 graduate of Penquis Valley H.S. and a 1999 graduate of Beal College of Bangor. She is currently employed at L.L.Bean in Freeport. Matthew is a 2001 graduate of Brunswick H.S. and is currently employed at VIP Auto in Yarmouth.
     Mr. and Mrs. Fernald reside in Brunswick, Maine and are wished all the best by their families and friends.

Welcome Home...
     Specialist Nathan "Troy" Richards called his mother last Saturday from Bangor around 10:30 A.M. (Feb 7th) and said "I think you might want to come to this ceremony today at 1:00 for us. I didn't realize what a big deal it was going to be. We are being recognized, and the Governor will be there along with the media".
     "Troy, your father is working until twelve, your grandmother is sick and it is snowing. Wish you had let us know sooner. I don't think we can make it."
     "OK" was what I heard, but it was a very disappointed OK.
     After making a phone call to my husband, Troy calling back and saying we could come at 2:00, another phone call to work to leave a message, husband arriving home at 12:00, we decided to make the effort to go. It sure wasn't a disappointment. This is what the ceremony was all about. Spc. Richards' guard unit recently returned from serving in Afghanistan "Operation Enduring Freedom". His guard unit, Echo Company 120th Air Traffic Control, maintained Kandahar airport, along with Operational Support Airlift Command.
     The patriotic ceremony was a big deal and it was outstanding. When we arrived at the 112th Medical Co. Armory the 195th Army Band treated us to some fine tunes. The Color Guard presented the flag with precision and I must admit there were tears in my eyes as our National Anthem was played. Speeches from Gov. John E. Baldacci and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins both thanked the men for their service and welcomed them home. Brig Gen John "Bill"

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Libby, who is commander of the Maine National Guard, speech touched me also.
     He spoke of the wonderful, well deserved, recognition troops now receive, which hasn't always been the case. He also recognized the huge sacrifice that falls upon the families. He told us Maine is third in the nation for supplying civilian guard support. I think that says quite a bit for our great State of Maine patriotism!
     After the speeches several civilian presentations were made and then each soldier was recognized and called forward to receive a medal, a guard coin, a leather bound tribute to the American Soldier, and a beautiful flag encased in wood. Two pins were also presented to each soldier, one for them to wear on their lapel for conflict participation and one to be presented to the family. It is hard to describe the emotion in that room, but I guess pride would sum it up.
     With that said, we sure were glad we made the effort to scurry off to Bangor on a snowy day and see the "E" Company get formal recognition for their effort in Afghanistan!
     Spc. Nathan "Troy" Richards is the son of Donald and Janet Richards. Troy graduated from Penquis Valley High in 1997, and then enlisted in the Army. Upon completing his training as a Signal Support Systems Specialist (communications field) he was stationed at FT Bliss in El Paso, TX. He joined the guard after serving his four- year hitch. He has been attending classes at Eastern Maine Tech. College in Bangor. He was activated in July 2003 for duty to Afghanistan and part of his unit returned home in December of 2003.
     These men and women of the guard stand ready to defend and we should all be very proud and thankful.
     Editor’s note: Our thanks to Janet for sharing this emotional event with us. Be assured we are proud and thankful.

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

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. (a) 139 (b) 231 (c) 249 (d) 459 boats were licensed in Brownville in 2003.
2. There were (a) six (b) seven (c) nine (d) 15 marriages in 2003.
3. Jitneys went to (a) Katahdin Iron Works (b) Milo (c) Lake View (d) Williamsburg.
4. The first to land at the Webber Jones Airport was (a) Webber Jones (b) Paul West (c) Dave Chase (d) Buddy Grant.
5.The second woman selectman was (a) Pauline Thomas (b) Greta Connors (c) Sophie Wilson (d) Nancy Cook.
6. There is (are) (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) four mountain ranges between Brownville Junction and Sherbrooke.
7. Sumner Fish was a well-known (a) Catholic (b) Granger (c) selectman (d) tax collector.

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8. Sam Smith was a (a) merchant (b) blacksmith (c) musician (d) carpenter.
9. Malcolm Buchanan attended (a) Bangor High School (b) Higgins (c) Bar Harbor High School (d) Stearns.
10. Walter McClain and Charlie Foulkes were (a) fence viewers (b) deacons (c) constables (d) log drivers.
Answers: 1-c 2-c 3-a 4-b 5-d 6-d 7-b 8-a 9-d 10-c
Super Brownville Trivia Winner:
Leon Bemis of Owl's Head
Winner of a $10 gift certificate good at
at J.D.'s Emporium in Brownville.
Answers: 1-b--2-a 3-c 4-d 5-a 6-c 7-a 8-a 9-c 10-b

Hey Val,
     Here is a pic of me with the Patriots' mascot during the pre-game show. I didn't have one of the sign or I'd email it to you too. Thank you!!
     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 wanted 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?!!!

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     The weather had been good for the past week. We hoped it would continue, as Dad, Harland Ladd, Fred Barden and I had planned a hunting trip to the camp on Hemlock Stream in LaGrange. After leaving our cars at Decker’s farm, we shouldered our packs and headed east on the old road. The sun had begun to set before we got to camp. We found the door closed, but not locked; woods camps were never locked in those days.
     We unloaded our packs while Fred got the lamps going and Dad built fires in the two stoves. We were welcomed by a fat little mouse sitting on a rafter. He disappeared into a hole in the floor. Most hunting camps had a few mice, but they didn’t bother us, although most of the mattresses had a few holes in them. Dad asked Harland if he wanted a mouse stew for supper, but Harland said he would prefer beans and hot dogs, so Dad put some on the front burner of the cook stove. As the heater stove came to life, the camp soon became nice and warm. Supper, helped along by some good deer hunting stories, tasted pretty good out there away from civilization.
     After supper, Dad and I left the others to do dishes while we went to the brook for a couple of pails of water. He played the flashlight over the small field in front of the camp and picked up a raccoon eating something. We didn’t bother him as we walked down the short path to a big pool in the brook. We dipped the water and headed back to the camp, lighted cozily now with a soft glow from the kerosene lamps. There is no place like a hunting camp in the fall. It’s a good change from showers, radios, and flush toilets, as we had the famous outhouse, with its paper holder made from a crotched stick, a door with leather hinges and a seat always 20 degrees colder than the outside air.
     We filled the dishpan with water and put it on the stove to heat. Fred had settled down on a chair with no back, and he wanted a game of five-card draw poker. We played a few hands, with Fred winning three pots worth $1.13. We did the dishes, and were soon inspired to take our shirts off, as the camp was getting pretty hot. We brought in some split cedar kindling someone had been kind enough to leave, along with other wood for the next day.
     Harland took down the warm blankets from the wire strung across the camp, and the bunks were soon made up. We slept in long johns. Dad closed up the stoves and jumped into bed, but I stepped out onto the porch to breathe the cold fresh air before I crawled into bed beside Dad. I had to get back up to blow out the lamps, and then it was dark, really dark! A little glimmer of light came from a crack in the stove, and I lay there listening to the purring of the stove. Just before I was lulled to sleep, I heard Harland begin to snore.
     Breakfast comes early in a hunting camp, and we woke to Dad calling, “It’s daylight in the swamp! Roll out! Hit the deck!” The pound of “stirred” bacon was followed by a six-egg omelet, divided four ways. The old folding four-slice toaster cooked the toast to a golden brown, and we washed it all down with coffee from the old percolator. After eating so much I felt like jumping back into the bunk for a nap, but couldn’t, for we had to make up the bunks and put up a lunch. Before we left, Dad put some good dry wood in the stove and closed it up.
     Dad had two good maps of the area. Fred and Harland took one and Dad and I the other. We split up, with Fred and

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Harland going across the brook and Dad and I heading west of the camp. We planned to meet back at the camp at noon for lunch. We loaded our rifles: Dad had a .30-.30 Winchester; I had a .32-20 Remington. The light frost had melted from the grass, but it was crunchy under our feet as we started down the road. Dad had hunted there before and wanted to get to a hard wood ridge north of the road we were on. We stopped to listen as the forest came to life. Birds were flitting around and a gobby flew by, looking us over, and seeing that we had nothing for him to eat, flew on. They are not afraid of humans and will light on your hand for a piece of bread. We walked along slowly, looking at and listening to a land owned by animals, birds, and insects, where we were the intruders.
(Continued next week.)

     The students at Milo Elementary School had a drawing/painting contest recently. The pictures are on display in the hallways and have added a dimension of color to the end of this cold, white winter season.
     First place winners of the contest were: Kindergarten - Telos Wallace and Jarod Webb; first grade - Erica Bowden and Caktlin Ricker; second grade - Kelly Patten, Kendra Chase; third grade - Ashley Shaffer and Danielle Hoglund; fourth grade - Kambrea Atkinson and Brooke Bowden. Second and third place winners were also announced. Thanks!

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid is a dear little girl. She is a great helper in the room. She is always ready to work co-operatively in math class. She loves music and art. Mr. Eastman remembers her mom in band class. Mrs. Barden had her cousins in school. And Mrs. Linda knows her Grammy. We are soooo happy to have MORGYN MCARTHUR in our class.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has worked hard on his reading. His journal really shows all he knows. He has worked hard to follow all the classroom rules. He loves to slide and play with his Bey Blade. I am very happy to say that GREG HATHORN has earned himself the honor of being our Terrific Kid. Way to go Greg!
Mrs. Dunham - Our TK is a dear, sweet girl. She loves to read. She always has a book in her hand. She has become quite an independent worker. She uses her strategies well to figure out problems on her own. She gets her work done on time and always returns her homework. She is kind and helpful to all. We love having ALEXA GERRISH in our room.
Mrs. Gillis
This is a group that spells so fine,
They spell lots of words, like "valentine,
They rise to the challenge time after time,
With their good effort, they really shine.
Congratulations, Six Super Spellers!
Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid is a nice friend to all and a quiet and good listener. He is helpful in our classroom and a kind and generous person. He works very hard to get his work finished and

we are proud to have him in our class. Congratulations to our Terrific Kid - SHAWN PULLYARD!
Mrs. Hayes - This special young lady is so pretty and she has a very lovely smile. We are proud of her work this week and she is a great painter. Her friends and teachers enjoy her beautiful smile. We L-O-V-E her. L- love her laughter. O- love her openess. V- love her very nice manners. E- love her every day. CAITLIN RICKER--- Will you be our Valentine? You are our Terrific Kid!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - JESSICA PREBLE - This girl is very musical. She has been writing great stories and always tries hard. We really like what a great active listener she is in our class. Congratulations, Jessica. THERESA KARPOWICZ- This girl has been trying very hard and improving her skills. She is a willing helper, friend and listener. She has grown to be an independent learner. Congratulations to Theresa.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our first Terrific Kid has worked very hard to earn this honor. He has finished all his jobs on time this week. He has given his friends lots of compliments and encouraging words throughout the day, and has been helpful to us all. We know that his mom is proud of him - and so are we!! We love our days with this special Valentine friend -RYAN MCINTOSH.
Our second Terrific Kid has been working hard, too. His penmanship is EXCELLENT! He loves to write and enjoys reading his little books during free time. He can count to 100 and loved the activities on Day 100. We know that his mom is proud of his accomplishments - and we are, too. Our days are fun with this special Valentine friend, DUSTIN JONES.
Mrs. Whitney – Mrs. Whitney's Terrific Kid this week has worked real hard to keep his work caught up and passed in on time. Great work, DILLON EARLEY! Super job, keep up the great work!!!

By Susan M. Chaffee RN, School Nurse
     Just a reminder to parents that cough drops and hard candy should not be sent to school with your child. There is a serious potential for choking when these are used at school. We have had at least one such incident and hope to prevent it from occurring again.
     If your child has a sore throat or cough that is
causing serious discomfort he/she should be kept home. If sore throat/cough is minor we will encourage drinking water frequently to keep the throat moist.
     Please help us keep your child safe at school. Thank you for your cooperation.

     Recently you were notified with a mailing in your student's report card that Maine State Immunization Requirements for students entering Grade 9 in fall of 2004 have been changed to require protection from chickenpox. One of the following requirements must be met before your students enters school next fall:
1. Proof that varicella (chickenpox) vaccine has been administered. This requires a note from your Health Care Provider documenting the date the vaccine was administered.
2. Proof that your child has had the disease. This
also requires a note from your Health Care Provider stating that this has been documented. Your physician
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may require your child to have a titer done in order to prove immunity. This involves a blood test.
3. Sign a letter of exemption available from your Health Care Provider. If you choose this option your child would be excluded from school in the event of a chickenpox outbreak.
     Without documentation of one of the above options your child will not be allowed to start school opening day fall 2004.
     If you have questions or concerns please contact me.
     If I am not immediately available please leave a voice mail message and I will return your call. #943-7346 ext. 208
Susan M. Chaffee RN

Marion C. Cook School News

     The children at the Cook School in LaGrange enjoyed their annual Valentine's Winter usual the Bounce House was the most popular attraction. The Carnival was funded by the PTO. A special thanks to Billy and Cassidy's Dad for taking the time to go get and also return the bounce house.
     Editor’s note: Here is some wonderful news I received from the Cook School. I can’t tell you of all the nice things that go on at the LaGrange school, but here is an example. Thank you kids, we sure are glad to have your support and help!
     Hi Val. Happy Valentine's Day to you too! I want you to know that the kids in my class have placed decorated collection containers in each classroom. We are collecting "Pennies for PAWS." Overwhelming response in just three days. I am betting there is $15 worth of pennies in the jar on my desk.
     We will do some estimating and rolling of coins when we return from vacation. MLK
     Mr. Walker welcomed the students, parents and guests to our assembly. Our students celebrated 100's Day this week. Creative displays were on display on the stage. Mrs. Carter's class opened the assembly by reciting the poem, "100 Animals." The second and third graders shared illustrations that depicted groups of ten. They also sang the song, "Counting to 100." Ms. Ivy's calls sang the song, "Valentine's Day."
     Mrs. Zelkan was our Kiwanian friend. Our Terrific Kids were SHA-LYN TRAFTON, MICHELLE BAKER and ZACH BLAKEMAN. Ms. Ivy said that Sha-Lyn had been trying really hard during reading class. She has been getting her journal finished and working on her handwriting.

     Mrs. Carter didn't know where to begin with Michelle. Michelle is a wonderful student. She is kind, a peacemaker and does her best every day. Michelle also loves to read, read, read! Miss K. welcomed Zach back to our school. He has had to change schools twice this year and has fit right back into the classroom. Zach also has completed his homework every night.
     Kathy Foss recognized Rebecca Pierce, Trevor Lyford and Rose Theriault as Bus Students of the Week.
     Mrs. Gnodde named Ms. Ivy's class as Artists of the week. They have been studying the work of Claude Monet. The student’s wonderful work is displayed in the gym. We celebrated the 10th birthday of Lillis Noke and Mackenzie Morel.
Congratulations to all our Terrific Kids!

     On Saturday February 7th, the Brownville PTO had their 7th annual Father/Daughter Dance. Over 80 couples came and had a great time. They danced to the music provided by Paul Dupois from Q106.5. The dads and their daughters tried the Limbo with a tie for winners. The pictures came out real nice with Mike Brown as photographer. The girls were beautiful with their hair done up and their pretty dresses. Door prizes were provided by area business. The princess was crowned by last year’s winner, Sachia Kearns. This year’s Princess is Danielle Word. Congratulations.
     The PTO is already thinking of what we can do for next year. Thanks to all that were involved making this another wonderful dance for the girls and their dads.
     Fifth Graders at Brownville Elementary are dressed here as storybook characters ranging in costume from Cinderella to Harry Potter. Kiwanian Tom Witham read the story Double Trouble in Walla Walla to the class on Thursday afternoon.
     The staff and students at Brownville Elementary School are celebrating their RIF Reading Challenge in many ways. On Thursday, February 12th, many staff and students came dressed as their favorite storybook character.

     Included in this picture were The Old Lady Who Swallowed The Fly, Viola Swamp, Streganona, Amelia Bedelia, Paul Bunyan, Froggggy, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and a couple of Mrs. Wishy Washy's!
     Kiwanians, Edwin Treworgy, Don Harris, Val Robertson, Tom Witham and Kathy Witham, also volunteered their time and read in the different classrooms.

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     On Wednesday February 11th, retired teachers Pat Ricker, Madeline Decker, Edwin and Ethelyn Treworgy, and Virgil Valente came to read to the students.

     Thank you to Mrs. Linda Lumbra for all the time and effort that she puts into making the RIF Reading Challenge a BIG DEAL in Brownville.
     Aloha from staff and students at Brownville Elementary School. A Bon Voyage party was held on Friday, February 13th. Studies focused on geography as the students studied the many fabulous paradise islands there are around the world.

     At lunch the students were treated to a Hawaiian luau courtesy of the M.S.A.D. #41 Food Service Staff. Everyone dressed the part as though they were heading for paradise. Hibiscus flowers and leis, sunglasses and bright colorful shirts were the dress for the day.

     Senator Paul Davis visited the Brownville Elementary School to read to Mrs. Lynn Weston's Fifth Grade class on Friday, February 13th. Sen. Davis was there as a guest of the school and of Mrs. Linda Lumbra who is the RIF Coordinator at Brownville Elementary. Brownville students take reading and the RIF Challenge very seriously. Another week of the challenge will be celebrated when the students return from their February vacation.

     Once again MSAD 41's Wellness Team invites staff, students and community members to get involved in the Move & Improve Program that is sponsored by Eastern Maine Healthcare. The past two years we have had excellent participation and are hoping that this year we will beat all records.
     Registration for Move & Improve opened on February 1 and will continue through midnight March 14th. Like last year you will need to register on-line, if you were part of the program last year your information is still on file and when access the website you will be directed how to continue registration. If you do not have access to the Internet you may submit your information to me and I will register you on line.
     Some new components of the 2004 program are:

* No more e-mail requirement
* Activity log will be available on-line for daily input ~OR~ input at the end of the program (similar to last year), your choice.
* New goal structure: Participants must be active 8 of the 12 weeks at either goal level for prize eligibility.
1. 30 minutes/day 4 days/week ~OR~
2. 45 minutes/day 5 days/week
     Please register under the MSAD #41 site so that we have an idea of how many participants we have in our community. More information regarding "Kick-off" event March 7th, 1:00 p.m. at Husson College. Opportunities for prizes! For information call Sue Chaffee at 943-2122 or 943-7346 ext. 208

Milo Free Public Library News
Judith Macdougall
     I’m sorry if our being closed Friday night, Feb. 6, caused anyone any inconvenience. About 5:15 Jane Jones, town manager, came into the library and suggested that we close the library at 6:00 p.m. She was getting reports of traffic accidents and other problems. Kyle Gero, our summer volunteer, who was on a computer at the time, went out and cleaned off our cars as his way to make it easier for us. What a big help that boy is!
     Well, this was a week when nothing much out of the ordinary happened at the library. But wasn’t it nice to see warmer weather for a while. I even washed my car when the temperature got over 32 degrees. It was a pleasure to remove the salt and grime and see the bright red shine again. However, the next day we had a little sloppy snow, and I cringed every time a car went by me.
     For all of you who have been asking for the Maine income tax forms we now have 2003 MAINE Individual Income Tax Booklet –Long Form. It is also Maine Fast File-Faster refunds. Easier Filing.
     A few weeks ago Bessie Blodgett called to ask if we took donations of books. She had lots of mysteries she’d like to give to the library. Of course, I told her we were always glad to take donations. A few days later she came in with a list, and I checked off the books that we did not have in our collection already. The next week she and Douglas brought in the books I had checked. The following is a list of the books that she brought in to us. Thank you very much for your donation, Bessie. Our patrons will certainly enjoy having lots more books from which to choose.

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Girard, Danielle SAVAGE ART
Harris, Thomas HANNIBAL
Lippman, Laura BUTCHERS HILL
Padgett, Abigail BLUE
Rogan, Barbara SUSPICION

Please note that the library will be closed on FEBRUARY 16th in observance of

Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds. -Fri.---2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     Have you ever noticed that nobody ever parks the car in a large parking lot the same place that you would park it if you were doing the driving? My husband and I went to Wal-Mart in Bangor over the weekend and he was driving. Not only was he driving...he was driving the truck. He makes me so mad when he parks a vehicle that I have to literally bite my tongue...practically in keep from screaming at him. But, it's not just's anyone that I happen to be with. They never pick the same row that I would pick...never even come close to the same spot that I would settle for. If I were to be scrutinized very thoroughly by a psychiatrist, it would probably be considered a control thing. Sorry, I can't help it. My husband starts worrying about the parking spot as soon as he crosses the city line into Bangor. "Probably won't be able to find a parking spot," he complains just a few feet beyond the Orono exit.
     When I drive into a parking lot, a calm comes over me which I believe puts me directly in the "driver's seat." I have a parking criteria that I follow. Not too far away from the entrance.... not too close. Too close would put you in a handicap spot. I like the spot just one or two beyond a handicap spot. I start with the row nearest the entrance...and then fan out if nothing is available in the prime spots. I think the trick to being calm in a parking lot is not to think that you've GOT to get in the store in such a hurry. If you are patient the prime spot will open up.
     If my husband wigs out in the Wal-Mart parking lot, just imagine how he is at the Christmas Tree Shoppe. Oh my word! Last time we ended up way at the end.... well, let's just say we were the third from the very furthest parking space in the lot. But, I'm not going to complain, because at least he'll take me there. There are many husbands who won't take their wives to any store...much less the Christmas Tree Shoppe. I've been blessed with a husband who can stand to shop. He doesn't like to spend money...but he loves to look.
I not only like to look, I like to touch. If I like the way it feels and the price, I like to buy. We're shopping for things for our dining room right now. So far, so good. We've only had one argument so far and it was about heating and plumbing...of which I know little to nothing. I do know how I want it to look, however, and I wasn't featuring what he was explaining. We bought two new lighting fixtures over the weekend. They are both classy pieces. We also shopped for knobs for the antique pieces that will be refinished. I found that to be a very exciting experience.... shopping for knobs in a designer store. I've never looked at knobs that cost eleven dollars apiece, and actually thought seriously about buying them. Don't get me wrong...I love for things to look nice, but I'm usually into "shabby chic." I went for the five-dollar knobs.

I couldn't justify paying more for the knobs than I had for the furniture.
     Picking out the paint is going to be troubling. I don't want to see a little tiny square of the color...I want a whole big wall to look at. I want to hold it up and see what it looks like with the afternoon sun shining on it. We've always papered our walls, but this time we are opting for painted walls. My friend Sue Chaffee gave me my inspiration piece for Christmas. It's a gorgeous floral arrangement. My color palate is coming directly from that piece. I'm going to pick one of the little berries and one of the little petals off of the hydrangeas on that arrangement and take it directly to the hardware store. I'll match the berries to the wall paint and the petal to the furniture paint.... and we'll just have to wait and see how it all comes together.
     Since I live in the same house that belonged for to my grandparents, there are many old pictures of family that have been taken in these rooms that we live in. One such picture was taken of our that very dining room...about 50 years ago. I'm going to bug my cousins to see if they might know where that picture is now. I'll enlarge that picture and have it framed. It will be one of the new accessories. I also saw a wall hanging at Ruby Tuesdays the other day that was an inspiration to me. A tall gilt frame held a couple of pictures and some other memorabilia of a beautiful girl. I have a frame that is tall and would hold a number of precious old pictures and memories. I think I have settled on yet another accessory. Accessorizing is my favorite part of the redecoration process. Being able to display some of my family's old china will be a particular thrill.
     There is one last thing that I'd like to add to this column tonight that has nothing to do with parking or decorating. If you were asked to read to the children at Brownville Elementary School this first week of our RIF Reading Challenge.... thank you very much for your participation. If you are already scheduled to read the week after vacation, we look forward to your visit. If you aren't scheduled, but would like the thrill of participating in this important program, please call the school and we'll find a spot for you. We love to show off not only our school, but also our beautiful kids.
     And now to my recipe of the week. Have I got a crock-pot recipe for you!

Yummy Corn
2 -16 ounce packages of frozen corn
1 - 8 oz. cream cheese
1/3-cup butter or margarine cut in cubes
1/2-teaspoon garlic powder
1/2-teaspoon salt
1/4-teaspoon pepper
     Combine all of the ingredients in your crock-pot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until heated through and the cheese is all melted. Stir it well before serving.
     We are going away this coming weekend for another mincemeat making experience. I can't wait to share the fun with you next week.

Local students make UM Deans List
     ORONO - The University of Maine Dean's List for the 2003 fall semester includes the names of students from Maine, as well as 32 other states and 23 foreign countries.
     A total of 2,254 students earned Dean's List honors from UMaine's eight colleges. Of the students who made the Dean's List, 277 are from out of state, 1,926 are from Maine, and 51 are from foreign countries.
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     The students included from the Penquis area are: Bowerbank - Brandon Preble; Cambridge – Elisha Herrick; Charleston – Robert Jackson; Dexter - Karen Nelson, Michelle Bowden, Kristin Gilbert, Megan Gekeler, Joseph Kinney, Adam Baer, Deborah Fournier, Heather Currier, Lindsay Turner, Samantha Howard, Stephanie Russell, Christine Walters, Lindsay Waller, Liza Deering; Dover- Foxcroft - Michael Carotin, Rebecca Michaud, Matthew Hackett, Ethan Annis; Guilford - Jodi Waterhouse; Milo - Adam Foran, Rheanna Dow, Thomas Crossman, Peter Bissell, Abigail Robinson, Matthew Morris, Sarah Gahagan, Anders Hamlin, Lindsay Hamlin, Candi Hartmann, Eileen Flanagan; Monson – John Tabor; Rockwood - Jodi Munster, Liza Douglass; Sangerville – Alan Moulton, Christopher Wharff, Kelley Toothaker, William Hall, Ryan Levesque, Rosie Griffin; Sebec - Trevor Jenkins, Jonathan Allen, Brittany Fariel; Shirley Mills - Jeremy Day; Wellington – Cassady Regan.

     MILO - Helen M. Carey, 74, wife of Herbert Carey, died Feb. 12, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. She was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Milo, the oldest daughter of Charles E. and Grace (Day) Doble. Helen was a schoolteacher in the Milo area for nearly 40 years. She was devoted to her profession and her excellence as an educator touched the lives of thousands of former students. In her retirement she enjoyed traveling with her husband, creating beautiful hooked rugs, and spending time with her family and friends, especially at Schoodic Lake. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Piscataquis Retired Teachers Association, the Milo Garden Club, and a trustee of the Milo Public Library. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 50 years, Herbert; two sons, Russell and his wife, Vikki, of Milo, and Michael and his wife, Cindy, of Salinas, Calif.; her mother, Grace Doble of Milo; her brother, John Doble of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Martha Klein of Buffalo, N.Y., Patricia Leonard of Milo; five loving grandchildren, Jessica, Alyson, Ian, Justin and Brittany; three great-grandchildren, Will, John, and Ainsley. Graveside services in Evergreen Cemetery will be held in the spring. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Milo Public Library, 4 Pleasant St., Milo, ME 04463. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.
Editor’s note: Mrs. Carey was an important part of many of our educations. I will never forget the wonderful times I had at Derby Grammar School while attending her class. Her love of music, singing, and handwriting has stuck with me and she will be missed, but definitely never forgotten.

Helen Carey: Master Teacher
A Day in Mrs. Carey's Class
     In 1966 I was hired to teach 35 pupils in the Milo Elementary School. I was 20 years old and had had no methods courses. Norman Soucie was my supervisor and Mrs. Soucie my principal. Their son Keith was in my class. After a few weeks, it soon became apparent to those three, at least, that I was having difficulties. So Mr. Soucie arranged for me to have a day off to observe Helen Carey, who had the same number of pupils in the fourth grade at Derby.
     The very next day, I implemented some of Mrs. Carey's techniques and methods with great success, much to the satisfaction of Mr. Soucie. His observation was very positive.
     If this was the impact this great educator had on me, think of the impact she had on countless pupils over the past decades. She was a great one.

     BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Alice M. Bryant, 80, wife of the late Herbert P. Bryant, died Feb. 11, 2004, at Dover-Foxcroft. She was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Elmer and Kate (Bunker) McLellan. Alice was a member of the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church, and was very active in various community organizations for many years. She is survived by three
daughters, Sandra Gray of Lakeview, Carla Greaney of Brownville Junction, and Katheryn Bryant of Natick, Mass.; seven grandchildren, including a special granddaughter, Robin Lyford; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, James. There will be no services at this time. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church, P.O. Box A, Brownville Junction, ME 04415. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

     BROWNVILLE JUNCTION and TOMBSTONE, Ariz. - Gregory Wallace Watson, 44, born Dec. 6, 1959, in Farmington, to Wallace and Doreen Watson, went home to be with his dad and Jesus on Jan. 29, 2004, in Tombstone, Ariz. He leaves a son, James W. Watson; a daughter, Kayla R. Watson, both of Searsport; his mother, Doreen of Gray; a fiancé, Susie Sibley of Brownville Junction and Tombstone, Ariz.; Susie's children, Jason Sibley; Holli and her husband, Rob Smith, and their children, Chris, Candi and Danny, all of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Bethany Robichaud and her husband, Joe, and their children, Cody and Alec of Germany; he will be fondly remembered by his special friend of 10 years, Terri French of Denmark; Terri's daughter, Marylou Frisco of Auburn and her children, Scott, Seth and Destiny; and Marylou's brothers, Mike, Brian, Ernie and Domingo; many aunts, uncles and cousins; he will be especially missed by uncle Arthur and aunt Judi Watson, of Homosassa, Fla.; and cousins, Troy and his wife, Davida, of Largo, Fla., and their children, and AJ Watson of Clearwater, Fla.; he was a friend of Bill W. for five years. He was predeceased by his father, Wallace in August of 2002.

     EAST MILLINOCKET - Helen Mary Powers, 96, wife of the late Merle Powers, died Feb. 9, 2004, at a Millinocket hospital. She was born Jan. 4, 1908, in Medford, the daughter of Hiram and Grace (York) Fowles. Helen was a devout Christian and attended church all her life. She was known for her knowledge of genealogy in the Medway area. This knowledge was instrumental in the publication of the Medway Centennial Book. She was also known for her sewing abilities. She is survived by a son, Dean Powers and his fiancé, Viv Dennis; a daughter, Orissie Faloon and her husband, Raymond, all of Medway; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; several step-great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Merle; and two daughters, Florence Powers and Phyllis Petranek. Funeral services were held. Wednesday at the Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln, with the Rev. Ralph Jacobs officiating. Spring interment will be in Grindstone Road Cemetery, Medway. For online register book please go to

A Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 4
Rivers in Maine - Views Differ on Uses BDN
David Platt, January 12-17, 1982
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)
     State Rivers Ranked -- The latest version of the National Park Service's Draft List of Rivers ranks Maine streams according to their "natural, physical and cultural resource values." The list is currently being reviewed by state agencies. The final list, which represents an attempt to identify rivers with significant natural and recreational value, should be completed later in 1982.
     Maine rivers or river segments in Category A (the highest) include: 60 miles of the Allagash from the St. John River to Flagstaff Lake; the Kennebec from Wyman Lake to Harris Dam; the Machias from Whitneyville to Third Michias Lake; the Narraguagus from Milbridge to the headwaters; the Penobscot (East Branch) from Medway to Telos Lake; the Penobscot (West Branch) from Amabjejus Lake to Ripogenis Dam; the Upper West Branch from Chesuncook Lake to Seboomook Lake; the Saco from East Limingto to New Hampshire; the St. Crox from Calais to Grand Lake; the St. John from Dickey to Third St. John Pond; and the Sheepscot from Wiscasset to the headwaters.
     Ten of these segments, according to the Park service, have significant geologic or hydraulic value. Eleven have significant botanic or wildlife value. All are largely undeveloped. Most are
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scenic. Six support anadromous fisheries; all have inland fish populations; 10 are valued for whitewater rafting and canoeing, including three stretches, the West Branch of the Penobscot, Kennebec and the Dead River, regarded as "unique or outstanding." Seven stretches are rated high for backcountry excursions, three for canoe touring, two for their historical and cultural associations.
     Other rivers were or river segments were placed in lower categories. Even streams with lower overall rating, according to the Park Service, may have certain significant features that should be protected.
     Dam Applications -- Some examples: Bangor Water Works - Swift River Co. wants to redevelop the breached dam above the salmon pool and generate 6,600 kilowatt-hours. The project promises to be controversial because of the Atlantic salmon.
     Cold Stream - Central Maine Power Co. is studying the feasibility of generating 250 million kilowatt-hours on the Kennebec River near West forks in Somerset County. Big A - officially, Big Ambejackmockamus Falls, on the West Branch of the Penobscot. A Great Northern Paper Co. project which would generate 233 million kilowatt-hours per year. Lincoln School - all that is left of the defunct Dickey-Lincoln project. Recent legislation terminating Dickey-Linclon left open the possibility of a dam at Lincoln School on the St. John River near St. Francis. Masardis and Castle Hill - two sites on the Aroostook River being studied. Gardiner - Swift River has bought the right to the former American Tissue Co. dam. (Continued next week)

A Fictitious Story:
Previously published somewhere else
(Edited and submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)
To: Mr. Sandy Hill, 1911 Sandy Hill, Milo, ME
From: David L. Price, district Representative Land and Water Management Division.
Subject: DEQ File No. 01-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20; Piscataquis County
Dear Mr. Hill,
     It has come to the attention of the Department of Environment Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity: Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Brook Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Brooks, of the Natural Resource and Environment Protection Act 451 of the Public Lands Act of 2000, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Maine Compiled Laws, annotated. The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at down brook location.
     We find that the dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at the location, and to restore the brook to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the brook channel.
     All restoration work shall be completed no later than December 31, 2004. Please notify this office when the restoration shall be completed so a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site my result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office of you have any questions.
     Sincerely, David L. Price, District Representative Land and Water Management Division

To: Mr. David L. Price, District Representative Land and Water Management Division
From: Mr. Foot O'Hill Brook, Jr.
Re: DEQ File No. -1-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20; Piscataquis County
     Your certified letter dated 12/17/03 has been handed to me to respond to. First of all, Mr. Sandy Hill is not the legal

landowner and/or contractor of the property at 1911 Sandy Hill, Milo, Maine. I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of construction and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet brook of my Brook Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you called their skillful use of natural building materials "debris." I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state that there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.
     My dam questions to you are (1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Brook Pond Beavers or (2) do you require all beavers throughout the State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that you have issued. Perhaps we will see if there if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Brooks, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, 451 of the Public Acts of 2000, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of Maine Compiled Laws, annotated.
     I have several concerns. My first concern is -- aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Brook Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing flooding is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect due to the creation of wetlands. In other words, we should leave the Brook Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names. If you want the brook "restored" to a free-flow condition -- please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, please be advise they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter being unable to read English.
     In my humble opinion, the Brook Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and the water flows down brook. They have more dam right than I do to live and enjoy Brook Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beaver Dams).
     So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until December 31, 2004? The Brook Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then. In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem in the area. It is the bears. Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump.)
     Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your day office via the USPS.
Sincerely, Mr. Foot O'Hill Brook, Jr.

     A son, Russell Lee Ames, to Kimberly Royal and Melvin Ames III of Milo on February 05, 2004. Wt. 9 pounds 3 ounces.
     A daughter, Rebekah Marie Demers, to Monica and Matthew Demers of Milo on January 30, 2004. Wt. 7 pounds 4 ounces.
     A son, David Gerald Bucci, to Sherry and Paul Bucci of Brownville Jct. on February 03, 2004. Wt. 9 pounds 5 ounces.
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By Priscilla Arbo Osgood
(Written 2-14-80)
On Valentine’s Day this Pearl was born
Quite early on a frosty morn.
She spent her early childhood days
In learning all her charming ways,
That carried through when she became
A Hamlin. (Oscar was his name).
She traveled far and traveled wide,
Since our Pearl became a bride,
And now she leaves us once again,
Back to her haunts in Northern Maine.
Dear Pearl, we hope you keep in touch,
We have enjoyed your cheer so much!

Contributed by Reuben Lancaster, President of the Brownville/Brownville Jct. Historical Museum.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
17th-Sunny - 24° at 1 pm.
18th-Sunny – 20° at 12 (noon).
19th – Snow & windy gusty in evening 8 or 10 in.-10° at 12.
20th-Snow AM windy cloudy gusty PM Sunday-24° at 12.
21st-Sunny-10° at 12.
22nd-Sunny & windy cold-12° at 12.
23rd-Fog Sunny cold some wind-4° below at 12.



     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 a full and lively house this morning! In attendance were twenty Kiwanis members, interclubs from the Dexter and Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Clubs, Key Club members Shawn Burke, President, Vice-President Lindsay Small, and Treasurer Cameron Wellman. Our guests also included Bill Sawtell and Kathy Witham’s granddaughter Brianne Dillon attending her first Kiwanis breakfast!
     Eben DeWitt led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed Treworgy eloquently led us in prayer.
     The Orono-Old Town newsletter was circulated. The 5th-grade Milo Elementary students sent letters of thanks for the books they received at a recent Reading is Fundamental book distribution. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the wonderful letters. Thank you!
     Happy birthday wishes to Steve Hamlin on February 15.
     Twenty-one happy dollars were donated today for animal shelter training, Pearl Hamlin celebrating her 107th birthday this week, interclubs, Red Sox games, vacation next week, Yankee games, family coming from California, celebrating a granddaughter’s first birthday, the 42nd Fishing Derby (Lois, 40 MUST be a record!), and a thank-you for get well wishes.

     Shawn Burke and Cameron Wellman told us about the Key Club’s 30-hour famine event planned for February 27 and 28 to raise money for World Vision. The cost to feed one starving child in a poor country is $360 and their goal is to sponsor two children. Those participating receive 50 cents per hour from their sponsor(s) and will sign a contract to give up something they enjoy doing; drinking soda, eating snacks, watching television, etc. for 30 hours. They will celebrate their success with a Key Club get-together after 6 pm on February 28 at Penquis Valley High School.
     Heidi Finson said that the RIF reading challenge has been held this week and will continue during the week after vacation.
     The Three Rivers News is doing fine.
     Kiwanis held its post-holiday-Valentine’s Day-Groundhog’s Day-party last Saturday evening at The Restaurant with twenty-one attending. After an excellent meal a Yankee swap was enjoyed and everyone went home with just the right gift!
Kathy Witham filled us in on the variety show progress. Chorus rehearsal began on Tuesday and Kathy said there is room for more. The next rehearsal is February 24 at 6:30 pm in Stephanie Gillis’ classroom at the Milo Elementary School. The proceeds will benefit children’s reading programs.
     The guest speaker for February 18 is the Dover-Foxcroft YMCA director Jerry White.

     Think snow for the cross-country ski trails at ?A Fierce Chase? in Monson for Saturday February 21st. when owners John Chase and Susan Fierce Chase who have been nationally recognized as the leading cross-country ski area in the U.S.A. for their ecological operations, environmental education and natural resource conservation graciously host the first annual ?Ski for P.E.T.S. Day?. If you haven’t skied this 10-km site you are in for a treat. The trails are wide enough to accommodate both free-style and classic skiers.
     The long, gently winding runs and hills with gradual inclines, long runouts and wide corners accommodate both the novice and intermediate skiers. Glimpses of Borestone Mountain and Buck Hill can be seen as one skies through the winding woodland trails. In addition there is a warming hut with restroom, changing area, wood stove, homemade soups, breads, and sweets; equipment rental; retails sales. On February 21st , between 12 noon and 1 p.m. Mary Lynch presently residing in Bar Harbor will demonstrate ski jouring and give a mini-workshop with Meg Stewart-Burden’s Siberian dog sled team from ?Tsali? Kennels in Somesville. Mary has done dogsled tours in Alaska and Wyoming. She is presently working to fine tune Meg’s sled dogs for racing and adaptation into the children’s program ?Pulling Together?.
     This program has kids ages 10-13 outside involved in positive activities while learning new skills. Mary is graciously donating her time and sharing her passion for dogs on Saturday the 21st. There will be drawings for prizes throughout the day. Bring your skies or rent them and help P.E.T.S. raise monies to end needless overpopulation and euthanasia of companion animals. P.E.T.S. is a non-profit , all volunteer organization. Saturday, February 21st , 9am –2pm. $15 ski pass, for additional information.

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     One of the questions I am most often asked is “Do all of your cats and dogs get along?” I suppose, to some, having 5 dogs and 6 cats would seem on par with running a zoo or circus. Thinking about it, most of the time our house is usually as entertaining as at least one of them. If I had to pick one, I think zoo would better describe the atmosphere of our house. The parakeet is always squawking in the background, there is always something new to look at and I guess the time of day that we really duplicate a zoo is at feeding time, which at our house is first thing in the morning..
     I used too be a night person. I would always watch The David Letterman Show, and never get to bed before 1 AM. I would sleep in until 9 AM and sometimes later. As I got older and wiser, I realized I was missing the best part of the day. I now love mornings and try to get up by 5:30 AM. I try to be to work at the Farmer’s Union by 7 AM, and in order to accomplish this everything has to go smooth with the animals. Everyone needs to get fed and watered, and this means the outdoor as well as the indoor bunch. Because I can’t hear the ducks, chickens, guineas and goats until I step outdoors, the indoor bunch gets my attention first.
     Trying to get all 11 hungry pets fed the proper food in a quantity they want can be a challenge. If Heikki , our 130 lb. black dog had his way, he would get all of the pet’s food as well as all of our food. Radar, the rescued black lab., is compulsive about food and can’t stand to have any food available and not be going down his throat. If a dish of food is anywhere within smelling distance he paces and whines until you give it to him. We try to be patient with him as we know he was starved in the past. The challenge is getting the cats and 2 small dogs fed before Heikki and Radar gobble down everything. To accomplish this, it is mandatory to put Heikki, Bandit, and Radar outside, feed the cats and Ziggy and Chunky, then let the big dogs in and hope they share with each other. The problem comes in that Heikki, Bandit, and Radar have figured the system out so they all run out side, do their business, then stand outside the patio door and stare at the diners and whine.
     If all goes well, the cats and Ziggy and Chunky get fed, then head outside as the big dogs are scrambling in to get their breakfast. While the big boys eat, I cut up vegetables, break up bread, scoop up cracked corn, chicken pellets, goat feed, and white millet for the outdoor bunch. I also have to fill 5-gallon pails with gallons and gallons of water to carry out to the barn. I perform all of these tasks while stepping over, around and occasionally on the dogs, who have decided they need a little fiber with their breakfast and taste a little of what the birds and goats are going to eat.
     As soon as I open the door to the coop, I am besieged with quacking, whistling, clucking, blatting, and flapping. I have already filled dishes with water, food, veggies, and bread and the chickens, guineas, and ducks eagerly drink and eat. I then have to feed the young guinea and his ?siblings? the quail. As lastly, I feed the goats, who usually have two or three ducks in their

stall, as well as a chicken and guinea or two. I can’t understand why the birds can always get in with the goats, but can NEVER get out. The goats are stepping on the poor fowl as if they aren’t there. I let the birds out, walk the goats out to their daytime pen, give them their breakfast and water and I am done. I go in the house, fire up the computer and have my first cup of coffee. I don’t seem to need it to wake me up, but actually to settle me down. Spending 15 minutes outdoors at 6AM in 20-degrees below temperatures is the best eye-opener I know.
     Mornings are like feeding time at the zoo, but there are many times I feel like I live at the circus. There are always cats playing with cats and dogs playing with dogs, but there are exceptions to this. Yesterday, I was running errands and I took Bandit, the newest member of our family, with me. I had hooked a nylon leash to his collar and left it on him as I did a quick check of my e-mail. He was waiting patiently behind me and as I finished up I told him to "?Come on, let’s go for a ride!? . He sat there just looking at me and I surmised the leash had snagged on to something around the corner. I stood to go release the leash and at the same instant, Bandit stood and approached me, and behind him came Peanut, one of our cats, with the leash held firmly in his mouth. Sweet gentle Bandit was letting himself be ?walked? by a cat one-tenth his size. I snapped a picture and wished I had a video camera. I laughed harder at that than I ever have at ?America’s Funniest Videos?.

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