Three Rivers News, 2004-03-30

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Brownville and Milo will hold their annual
Variety Show "Grand Old Milo Opry" at the Milo Town Hall Arts Center on
Friday and Saturday evenings April 2nd and 3rd. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

Refreshments will be on sale.
Proceeds to benefit R.I.F. and other children's reading programs in M.S.A.D. #41 schools.


     Chuck Foss recently visited Boston to see the Celtics play the Los Angeles Lakers. He was given a pair of tickets by his supervisor at UNUM. Chuck had recently switched from one staff to another at work,  and opted to not have a "going away" party with his former co-workers.
     Since his boss couldn't bear to see him leave with nothing to remember them by, she, knowing what a huge Lakers fan Chuck is, gave him two tickets for the March 10th game BETWEEN THE Lakers and Celtics, in Boston.
     Figuring it would probably be his one and only chance to see the Lakers, Chuck wrote to the Lakers General Manager, explained what a big fan he  is and asked if it was possible to meet some of the players and get their autographs. He didn't get a response, so he mailed the same letter a second time, then a third. Still no response from the Lakers organization.
     The day of the big game, Chuck received a phone call; it was the secretary of the General Manager of the Lakers calling Chuck to tell him that arrangements had been made for him to get a special pass to go into otherwise restricted areas, and to meet the Lakers personally! He was thrilled!!
     He attended the game with his friend and co-worker, John Cole. After arriving at the Fleet Center, they were given special security passes and while waiting to meet the GM's

secretary, who called Chuck that  morning, they were escorted into the stadium - courtside - to watch the Celtics warm-up.
     Chuck said, "Even though I'm not a Celtics fan, it was awesome - Paul Pierce even came over and said "Hi"."
     After watching the Celtics for nearly a half hour, their escort suddenly got THE phone call. "They're ready for us" he said. Chuck and John were whisked away down some long hallways, finally ending up right outside the Lakers’ locker room. First, All-Star point guard Gary Payton came over for a picture with Chuck and an autograph, then Rick Fox, then Karl Malone & Shaquille O'neal!
     Chuck said, "It was great - they were all very willing to take the time to talk, sign autographs and pose for a picture. I only wish we had taken more. Those guys are SO BIG! "
     Chuck got a 2nd chance to meet players after the game when he and John were escorted to the area near the team bus to meet Kobe Bryant. While waiting for Kobe, all of the same players he had met before the game came walking by and stopped to talk for a few minutes - mostly about the game they had just played and the fact they won "because of your good luck Chuck".
     When Shaq came walking by, he saw Chuck and with a big grin and a DEEP RUMBLING voice, called out "Chuckeeeee!"
     Chuck returned a "Shaaaaaq", (without the deep rumble of course).
     Again, Shaq let out a "CHUCKEEEEEE!" Everyone in earshot was looking to see what was going on. "It was the best part of the whole night" Chuck said.
     It was an experience of a lifetime. Chuck is truly thankful to all who made it possible. It sure pays to have a good relationship with your boss! Congrats to you, Chuck!

Editors Note: Chuck is a Milo native who was paralyzed in a hunting incident in 1981, and went on to graduate with his class at Penquis in 1984. Now, besides envying his courage and brains, I envy him for this experience. This is just about the coolest thing I have ever heard of ! 

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     A reminder that the final date to enter the contest is March 31st. Tickets are only $1.00 for a chance at the fifty/fifty prize with a guaranteed $100.00 minimum prize. Enter between March 1 and March 31. The earliest entry closest to the ice out time declared by our judges will win. Ice out is considered to be the time at which the main body of the lake is navigable by boat. (Broken ice may remain packed into the "bottom" of the lake and in the larger coves may still be present.)
     Tickets are available at: Green Acres ( Sebec ); All-in-One Our -Stop ( LaGrange ); Robinson's Fuel Mart, Smith's Grocery and Lunch (Brownville); C&J Variety, The Restaurant, Milo True Value Hardware, Milo Exxon Mini Mart, and Reuben's Farmer's Market (Milo).

APRIL 10, 2004
DON BELVIN AT 965-8786

The Central Maine Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting a superfund banquet April 10 6:00 P.M. at the ELK'S club in Waterville. For More information contact Larry Pike 858-4263

Brownville Trivia
Submitted by Bill Sawtell
Choose the best answer.
1. Brownville is (a) 150 (b) 165 (c) 175 (d) 180 years old.
2. ((a) Everett Gerrish (b) Lyle Towne (c) Earl Seavey (d) Dave Cota was Brownville's first town manager.
3. Jitneys went to (a) Lake View (b) KI (c) Williamsburg (d) Milo.
4. Jefferson Lake was a(n) (a) doctor (b) selectman (c) blacksmith (d) merchant.
5. E.H. Ladd's horses came from the (a) north (b) east (c) west (d) south..
6. Paul and Lucy Arbo owned the (a) French Boardinghouse (b) Cloverdale Store (c) Prairie Pavilion (d) Pleasant River Hotel.\
7. John Lewis's son Jack was a(n) (a) singer (b) artist (d) dancer (d) announcer.
8. The first auctioneer at the Brownville Old Home Week was (a) Don Sawtell (b) Don Stickney (c) Tyler Artes (d) Earl Chambers.
9. The last team to beat the Railroaders on their home court was (a) Sumner (b) Greenville (c) Hartland (d) Milo.
10. Jimmy Hay was a YMCA secretary and a supply (a) teacher (b) preacher (c) doctor (d) merchant.

Answers: 1-d 2-a 3-b 4-b or d 5-c 6-c 7-b 8-a 9-d 10-b

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To our many, many friends:
     To all of you who brought us flowers, food, dog sitting services, help, cards, love, friendship and hugs – we thank you and appreciate all that you have done for us.
     Never having been a person who could easily find anything  to say to anyone in a time of trouble, the loss of our son, John has shown me that words are unimportant. There is really nothing that anyone can say or do that is quite as comforting as a hug. A friend saw us at the restaurant, raised an eyebrow and gave a slight shrug. It was obvious that he wanted to say how sorry he was but didn’t have the words; he got his point across and it was much appreciated. It’s the little things that are so very important.
     This tragedy has shown us how many good friends we have and how much John was loved, both here and in his New Hampshire home where his services were attended by over 200 people.
     Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have shown us that even a tragedy can have some good come from it. We will never get over the loss of John, but we will never forget the love and support you have all shown us.
     Also, a huge thank you to Mark Robinson of the Lary Funeral Home in Milo; his help and guidance were invaluable to us.

From the family of John Dean:
Parents: Margaret (Peggi) & Leslie (Dizzy) Dean, Wife: Lisa Dean, Sons: Jason Dean, Chris Brown, Corey Smith,  Sister: Ellen Dean Murray

Letter to the Editor: 
Friday, March 26, 2004\
Eastern Maine Community College Office of the President
     The Centers in East Millinocket (Katahdin Region Higher Education Center) and Dover-Foxcroft (Penquis Higher Education Center) are part of Eastern Maine Community College's outreach efforts. Eastern Maine Community College employees, reporting to Vice President Ronald Turner, staff both centers. Both centers offer live courses from EMCC and ITV courses from the University of Maine System. Staff members are asked to provide counseling, advising, and enrollment assistance to all students, regardless of the source of the courses.
     While Eastern Maine Community College is responsible for determining their operation, the University can choose to discontinue their courses in those centers, withdraw financial support for student services, and eliminate them as receiving sites for ITV classes. Eastern Maine Community College is and will continue to be very committed to being an active presence in the communities served by the centers and to help with economic development in the regions.
     Joyce B. Hedlund

Historical Women of Piscataquis County
     Women’s History Month is currently being celebrated in cities, small towns, and college campuses across the country.  Here in Piscataquis County we have exceptionally noteworthy women who have worked unselfishly to make our community, our state, and our world a safer place for everyone who lives, works and visits The Central Highlands.  I’m speaking specifically of the founding mothers of Womancare/Aegis Association. 
     It all began in 1978.  A request to organize a “Women’s Support Group” was advertised in the Piscataquis Observer and a variety of women attended.  The groups’ interest and goals were discussed.  Knowing that women in abusive relationships were in

need of assistance and services, these founding mothers made contact with other domestic violence projects for guidance and began the non-profit incorporation process.
     They set up shop in the basement of the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft, in early 1979 and began advertising Womancare services and the sheltering of women.  The next few years moved along quickly as the organization began to grow from infancy into a precocious adolescent.  During this time, our founding mothers cared for each others children when called out at night to assist a woman being victimized by her partner.  They also provided shelter, in their own homes, to women who were fleeing for their safety. 
     This grassroots dedication and passion to end domestic violence is the important foundation our organization is built upon.  Without the unfailing commitment of these women and their willingness to be courageous in the face of opposition, many women and their children may not have escaped their partners’ fortress of abuse.  Twenty-five years later, Womancare staff members, volunteers and community members continue in our founding mother’s footsteps to provide assistance to people effected by domestic violence, as well as educate youth and adults about violence prevention. 
     As Women’s History Month comes to a close I believe it is appropriate to acknowledge these women who used their own resources, time, and courage to help anyone who was a victim of family violence; Susan Bennett, Nina Brawn, Debbie Byron, Cindy Freeman Cyr, Carolyn Hersey, Adrian Mangan, Judy Segerson, Severn Towl, Sandi Miller, Isabelle Warren, and Pat Willey.  Thanks to these women and many more, we celebrate you and your dedication to end domestic violence.
     Gretchen Ziemer
          Community Education Coordinator

Its All About Jobs
By Senator Paul Davis (R-Sangerville)
     This past week a bill was introduced on the Senate Floor that would, if passed, inadvertently cut the number of jobs in Maine an overwhelmingly amount. LD 1722, An Act to Clarify the Prevailing Wage Law, proposes that when considering publicly funded construction projects under the jurisdiction of the Davis-Bacon wage determination act, minimum wages and benefits would be set at the higher of the federal and state rates.
     I will use Aroostook County as one example of how prevailing wage could affect the State of Maine. Maine’s 2004 prevailing wage for a backhoe operator is $21.02, while the federal rate is $13.04. The state prevailing wage for a bulldozer operator in that same area is $12.43, while the federal rate is $13.59. As proposed in LD 1722, a contractor would be required to pay its backhoe operator according to the state’s prevailing wage while paying the bulldozer operator the federal rate.
     There are several reasons why I believe this bill is a bad idea for Maine. The first, and most important, of those reasons is the loss of jobs it would cause. If passed this bill would increase the cost of federally funded projects such as bridge construction, highway paving, etc. The results of this increase would inevitably be less construction, therefore allowing for fewer jobs.
     The fiscal impact this piece of proposed legislation would have on Maine is outrageous. Looking at the impact LD 1722 would have on the Maine Department of Transportation as an example. According to MDOT, by significantly cutting down on the number of projects the department completes, LD 1722 would terminate roughly 440 jobs in Maine, jobs that are desperately needed in our area and throughout the entire State of Maine.
     This bill would give Maine a worse reputation than it already has for high labor and business costs, something that businesses look very poorly upon. I believe our main goal right now should be to get businesses to come to this state, therefore

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creating more jobs. If this bill were passed this goal would become unrealistic.
     It seems to me our primary concern in this state should be welcoming and urging small businesses to come to Maine, creating more jobs while doing so. The passage of this bill would be doing just the opposite. If you wish to know how your state legislator voted on this issue, please visit


     I received this e-mail from Joi Stevens and decided she tells the story better than I could!  Best wishes and good luck to Klay.

Hi there,
     Klay and I were in Wal-Mart with Brooke, Ben and Kim the other night. They were having a basketball contest to see who could get the most baskets in 15 seconds. Klay asked if he could was only a buck for the Children's Miracle Network so I thought what the heck. He goes and shoots his practice throws and misses every one. Now the girl tells him "these count" so she tells him to "Go" and he starts shooting. He hits the firsts, grabs his rebound and makes number two, grabs his rebound shoots at the hoop on the bounces off that one and goes into the one on the right for number three. He then shoots number 4 and misses. Time is up. She then tells him that he is in the lead for the Bangor Wal-Mart! He says "What do you mean?"
     She said "The only way you can be knocked out of first place is for someone to complete 4 shots in 15 seconds” she went on to explain that only one person in the state had made 5 and that one was at the Calais Wal-Mart. Cool, but we still didn't know what this all meant. Then she told us that if he is still in the lead in 2 hours that he will win 4 tickets to the Harlem globetrotter at the Bangor auditorium, get an autographed ball, a jersey, a large mountain dew and a trophy! WOW was he excited. What a boost to his confidence !. We shopped around and he asked me to give him one more dollar to try and beat his own record. Again, I thought it is only one dollar...why not.    He steps practice shots allowed this time. Shot number one...swoosh right in, shot number two...swoosh in again.. number three and four all were right in the hoop! Time is up. So now he stands at 4 - meaning someone has to make 5 shots to beat him. I am not even sure that someone can shoot and get their own rebound more than 5 times in 15 seconds. This means he will get all the things we were told, plus he and the other contestants (less than 10) from around the state will have a shoot off before the globetrotters game to win an indoor basketball hoop set up (a $350 value) He is so excited. That one lucky winner will also get to sit on the bench with the globetrotters for the entire game...and get to be a junior globetrotter and play with them too! This is a great thing for Klay.....All his shooting hoops in the kitchen has paid off.
     I can't wait for March 30th to get here. I will keep you all posted on it.
     Keep your fingers crossed for Klay!

Book Review
By Bill Sawtell

Paris in the Fifties
by Stanley Karnow
     As a correspondent and author for 35 years, Stanley Karnow covered Europe, Asia, and Africa for Time, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and other periodicals. The Harvard graduate's book is full of interesting vignettes concerning the very essence of French and French colonial life: politics; gastronomy; wine; night clubs; auto racing; legal matters; fashion; class structure; taxation; the French penal colony; figures of the Fourth Republic and the coming of deGaulle..
     Karnow relates his travels and his meetings with many of the great leaders in all fields, sprinkling French terms that are easily recognizable along the way replete with truly humorous anecdotes and often revealing much that is unknown about this period in French history.

Important dates for Park Street United Methodist Church:

  • Thursday, April 1st , Women's Ecumenical Breakfast at Smith's 8:00 AM;
  • Sunday, April 4th , Palm Sunday Services at Park Street UMC, 11 AM;
  • Monday, April 5th,  Administrative Council 7:00 PM;
  • Thursday, April 8th , Faith Files 3 PM, Maundy Thursday Services at Brownville Junction UMC 7:00 PM; Friday
  • April 9th, Good Friday Services at Park
    Street UMC 7:00 PM;
  • April 11th ,  Easter Sunrise Service at Park Street UMC 6:00 AM followed by Easter Breakfast; Easter Service at 11:00 AM. Childcare will be available for all services scheduled at Park Street UMC during Holy week.

     SEBEC - Paul Christopher Johndro, 31, died unexpectedly March 19, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born Sept. 20, 1972, in Champaign, III., the son of Roger I. and Anita C. (Marlatt) Johndro. Paul had received associates degree's in both liberal studies and legal technology from University College, where he was presidential achievement award winner. In May 2003, he graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a BA in art history. He is survived by his parents, Roger and Anita Johndro of Sebec; a sister, Darcie A. Currier and her husband, Jesse L. Currier, of Gray; a nephew, Noah F. Currier of Gray; maternal grandparents, Harry W. and Norah M. Marlatt of Villa Grove, III.; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Wayne Johndro. A Mass of Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Dover-Foxcroft, with Father James Robichaud celebrant. Following cremations, spring interment will be in the family lot in St. Louis Cemetery, Limestone. Arrangements are in care of the Lary Funeral Home.

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     ATKINSON - Catherine Carol Paglierani Johnson, 40, wife of Gregory Johnson, died March 19, 2004, at a Bangor hospital. She was born March 10, 1964, in Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of Victor and Vivian (Wyman) Paglierani. She was an avid NASCAR fan, who especially enjoyed watching Tony Stewart. She loved camping and spending time with her beloved family. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Gregory of Atkinson; three children, Suzanne, Michael, and Christopher, all of Atkinson; her parents, Victor and Vivian Paglierani of Hull, Mass.; her mother- and father-in-law, George and Mae Johnson of Atkinson; and a brother, Victor of Harrison. Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2004, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Services will be held on Tuesday for the family only, with the Rev. Kenneth Dale officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086-1240.

     LAGRANGE - Dorothy L. Ward, 88, died March 19, 2004, at an Orono nursing home. She was born April 22, 1915, in LaGrange, the daughter of Arthur L. and Pansy (White) Ward. She was a member of the United Baptist Church of Milo. Miss Ward had been employed at Ben Franklin in Milo, and was a live-in housekeeper for the Bradeen family, also in Milo. She is survived by a brother, Donald Ward of LaGrange; two sisters, Florice Ward and Natalie Schlick, both of LaGrange; several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by a special friend, Jane Harmon of Hudson, Mass. She was predeceased by a brother, Herbert Ward; and a sister, Helen Chase. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Hillcrest Cemetery, LaGrange.

     MILO - Mary H. Day, 85, loving wife of the late Frank W. Day, died March 18, 2004, at her residence after a battle with cancer. She was born March 10, 1919, the daughter of John and Agnes (Stone) McLean in Barra Head, Nova Scotia. Mary is at peace with her husband, Frank, whom she deeply missed. She was a devoted homemaker and always put others ahead of herself. She will be a great loss to her family. They will miss her smile and loving devotion, they will be left with an empty feeling for the rest of their lives. She is survived by one daughter, Linda D. Harris and her husband, Harland, of Palmyra; one son, George Day of Milo; two sisters, Olive Faraday of Connecticut, Kathleen Burton and her husband, Harold, of Milo; two brothers, James McLean of Randolph, and Joe McLean of South Portland; two grandchildren, Lori Vance of Etna, and Amy Harris of Canaan; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Phyllis McLean of Milo; several nieces and nephews. Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Milo. Arrangements by Pine State Cremation Service.

A Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine Part 9
Dams and Power -- Rediscovering Maine's Abandoned Dams
Maine Times -- Ron Poitras - Sept. 16, 1977
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)
     Maine Comprehensive Energy Plan, 1976 -- The development and growth of centralized and extensive transmission and distribution systems in Maine tended to deter consideration of less economical smaller scale individual hydro development. Recent trends, however, have renewed interest in small-scale hydro projects and such interest should be encouraged and vigorously pursued.
     Water Power in Maine, a report to the Legislature of 1967, by Walter Wells -- Hydropower long a mainstay on the Maine energy scene appears due for resurgence. There may be more than 2,000 small dams in Maine,

although only 375 have so far been officially registered with the state. Today, only 10 percent of Maine's power is generated by falling water. Not only have oil fired steam plants and the atomic plant produced the percentage but most small power plants were given up as uneconomical.
Hydropower was originally used to perform mechanical work directly. Later, it was used almost exclusively to generate electricity.
     Although initial costs for hydropower development are usually higher than for comparable power fossil fuel facilities, operation expenses can be considerably less because no fuel is required. A disadvantage is that the power can only be stored behind the dam and water released when needed. This entails careful planning for the dry season. Even Central Maine Power (CMP) is rediscovering the virtues of waterpower and has proposed a new hydroelectric power dam for the Kennebec by 1987. Larry Gleeson and Hans Nicolaisen are two others who see the possibilities. Both are new to Maine and both have come here because of their interest in Maine's waterpower. There the similarities end. Both have valid but drastically different approaches for the best use of Maine's hydropower.(continued next week)

     Meghan Leigh Spooner, daughter of Kathleen Thibault and Matthew Spooner Sr.of Dover-Foxcroft, was born on March 24, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds 9ounces.

History of the Milo Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy
(Printed in 1972)

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series that will reprint the book History of the Milo Schools, written by Lloyd Treworgy.  The following text was copied directly from his book by Gwen Bradeen.  If you would like to learn more about this subject, contact the Milo Historical Society. 

A Note about the Author
     Lloyd J. Treworgy, the author of The Milo District Schools, has had a deep interest in schools for many years, going back to the 1920’s when he taught and coached at Brownville Junction High School and at Milo High School, and to the 1940’s and 1960’s when he served on the Milo School Board.  He also taught as a substitute teacher in the Milo Junior High School and Penquis Valley High School.
     His work on this history of the Milo Area Schools is based on careful research in both town and school records and on many interviews with former teachers, school officials, and students, and of course, incorporates his own experiences as teacher, school board member and interested citizen.

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy
Continued  - Part  II
     Mention of Milo’s nine district schoolhouses demands, as a first priority, that they be located.  And this can be done.  Information from the town records, together with the assistance of a number of Milo citizens, have painted out “where”, at least closely enough for all practical purposes.
     The following persons assisted a great deal in this pinpointing:  Mrs. Nora Hamlin, Mrs. Mary Tyler, Mr. And

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Mrs. Arthur Carey, Sr., Mrs. Alice Chase, John Rowe, Mrs. Edith Perry, Mr. And Mrs. Maurice Richardson, Mr. And Mrs. Clarence West, Mrs. Helen Livermore, Mrs. Edna Hanscom, Roy Monroe, Mrs. Agnes Hobbs and, posthumously, Mrs. Linnie Dick, through an article “ The Haunted House,” which she wrote in a time-frame around 1906.  Mrs. Dick was herself a former district schoolteacher – one who brooked no nonsense from her pupils, as a good district schoolteacher had to do to be successful.
     District 1, or Sargent Hill, schoolhouse occupied the site on which Vernon Willinski’s residence now stands, a little more than a hundred yards beyond the summit of Sargent Hill – right side going toward Dover-Foxcroft.  (Curator’s note:  The museum does not have a picture of the Sargent Hill School.  If anyone had one we would love to get a copy of it.)

     The 3rd District or Hobbstown, schoolhouse was nearly three miles in on the Hobbstown road.  This road takes off from the Brownville road at a point nearly across from Merle Philbrook’s house, not far from the foot of Swett hill.  The entrance into this long-unused Hobbstown road is still visible.  (Curator’s note:  The museum does not have a picture of this school in our files.)
     The Stanchfield Ridge, or District 4, schoolhouse (see picture) stood on a road, grown up to bushes these past forty years, which began at the back Brownville road.  It was called the Ryder road until the point where it intersected the Ramsdell road.  From that point until it made terminus with the Ridge road, it was called merely “Schoolhouse road”.  Its junction with the Ridge road was nearly a mile up from the Lakeview road.  I interject these details because the markings have long been erased by the passage of years.     The Goodrich, Lovejoy, or Intervale school, center of District 2, stood on the Medford road, a short distance on the Milo village side of what we used to know as the Brockway dairy farm – and on the same side of the road.  For better identification by a younger generation, the farm has been successively the Ticker dairy farm, and now, in 1978 the Merle Wyman dairy farm.  A trailer stood, until very recently, about on the site of the old schoolhouse.  (See picture)
     It was at a point on the Schoolhouse road between the Ramsdell road and the Ridge road that the Stanchfield Ridge schoolhouse stood.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathy Witham
     Things are really getting geared up for the Variety Show folks. It's going to be a good one. If you live close enough to attend....try not to miss it. The dates are Friday and Saturday night April 2nd and 3rd. The venue is the Milo Town Hall Arts Center. We've got some wonderful music planned for you. It's going to be very festive. This year's theme is Grand Old Milo Opry....but we've got Broadway hits and patriotic tunes galore, as well as a whole bunch of neat old, new, and tongue-in-cheek tunes.       
     We went to Bangor last weekend to the Bangor Garden Show. We've been to nearly all of those shows since they began several years ago. We've seen growth and decline....but this year we saw tremendous growth again. And, the place was mobbed. I'm sure that they considered it a success. It amazes me how they can get in there with all of those wonderful ideas and plants and waterfalls and ponds and trees and birds singing and frogs croaking. The lighting is dim and seductive, and you are swept away with the smell of the out of doors.
     In the Civic Center there were rows and rows of vendors selling their creative wares. I was shopping for birthday presents for the cousins, and was overwhelmed by all the choices I had. I had a very hard job making decisions, and went with two totally different gifts...which isn't usually the case. We generally do about the same thing for both. I can't divulge what I bought....they both read me every week....but suffice to say the gifts were unique and will be loved.
     Every time I go to Bangor on a weekend I'm amazed by the traffic. When we were approaching the Hogan Road last Saturday, we could see traffic backed clear down the ramp to the highway. What was up with that? Wow! So, we decided to go to Brewer for a change of pace. WRONG!! There was no change of pace in Brewer. Every parking lot was full! We were shopping for hardwood flooring for our dining room makeover, and thought that Marden's might have just what we were looking for. Alas, they had it....but not quite the color that I wanted. We thought we'd try the Super Walmart instead of driving back over to Bangor to get the few items we needed there, and again we found a mob.
     I often reflect on the way things must have been years ago. I wonder what my dear grandmother would have thought of my life. I know for a fact that she never would have understood it. I can hear that tongue just a clicking at the helter skelter routine and pace that I keep up. The weekends come so fast, and they are way too short. My life is passing by in a flash. And the scary thing.....people tell me that my much anticipated retirement years will go every bit as fast. I've got shelves of books all lined up to read. I've got boxes of pictures and albums to organize. I've got a camp to totally build over into a house. (Keep in mind folks, we've been working on this one-room-redo since a week or two after Christmas.) And finally, I've got at least one book to write....maybe two. If I could be assured that I'd never get sick and need to seek medical services I'd retire this year. Unfortunately, we've got to worry about how we'll pay for our medical care.
     I was hurrying around the Farmer's Union like a chicken with my head cut off the other day. I met Nancy Barden at the meat dept. and I was lamenting the fact that I had just about an hour to pick up something for supper....get home....then prepare it for my men before going to the church for supper and the second week of study on The Passion. She told me she had just the thing

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for me to prepare. She hurriedly took out a pen and paper and jotted down the ingredients to a new casserole that she and Mike had tried. I rushed home and threw the ingredients together and, oh my goodness, it really was a wonderful dish. The guys just loved it! The recipe follows:

One Dish Chicken Casserole
2 boneless/skinless breasts of chicken (cut in chunks)
2/3 cup of Minute Rice
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk

     Nancy said you could use a can of mushrooms (I drained them) or a can of vegetables (your choice). I picked the mushrooms a pinch of poultry seasoning (which I didn't have)
     I sprinkled salt and fresh ground pepper, too
     Stir all together in a microwave safe bowl and cover with Saran Wrap and microwave on high for 22 minutes. You need to stir it 3 times while it's cooking. I cooked it 7 minutes and stirred...7 more minutes and stirred and then 8 minutes.
     The bread boys had been around with bread the night before and so I sliced thin slices of bread and served the casserole over would have been good just on the plate. I warmed a can of string beans for a vegetable, and opened a little can of cranberry sauce as my cold condiment. Wonderful quick and easy supper.
     Have a wonderful week folks, and don't forget the Variety Show!!!


Bruce Washburns shows his paramedic vehicle to the 4th and 5th grade students.

Cook School News
     Our students were treated to a special program prior to the March 26 Terrific Kid Assembly. Paramedic Wanda Baker (also known as Michelle's mom) introduced her boss, Bruce Washburn from the County Ambulance in Ellsworth. Bruce talked with the children about his job. He reviewed how to call the paramedics and/or the ambulance by dialing 911. The students agreed to practice giving directions to their homes with their teachers and parents. Demonstrations of the use of cervical collars, chemical ice, oxygen, IV's, heart monitors and much of the other equipment that is used by a paramedic were given by Bruce some of the students. At the conclusion of the program, Bruce

took the students outside and showed them the vehicle he uses when answering a call. The lights and sirens were a big hit. The paramedics praised the students for asking good questions and for being a wonderful audience. Thank you  Bruce and Michelle's mom. Everyone learned so much.

Paramedic Bruce Washburn demonstrates the use of a blood pressure cuff with Laura Gray.

Cook School Terrific Kids and Terrific Adults.
     Terrific Kids, DAKOTA KNOWLTON, HANNAH BESS and JUSTIN MOULTON were recognized by principal, David Walker and Kiwanian, Val Robertson.
     Dakota has settled into his new school and routine in Ms. Ivy's room. He is doing lots of writing.
     Mrs. Carter said that Hannah is also doing well adjusting to her new school. She is sweet and kind. Hannah is learning that it's okay to make mistakes.
     Justin has done a terrific job of staying focused on his school work following his Dad's accident. Justin is a special young man who has excellent manners.
     Editors note:  Yes, for all of you readers from away, the “kids” in the back are me and David.  We don’t look much different then we did when we were hanging around school together 30 years ago…right?

     Bus Student of the Week awards were presented to Shyla Harrison, Isaiah Bess and Travis Adams.
     Mrs. Gnodde honored April Morgan, Morgan Drake, Jessica Donlon,. Rebecca Pierce, Samantha Noke, Michaela Noke, Carolyn Bess and Shalene Cody as Artists of the Week.

Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.

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     Happy Birthday to Justin Ottmann and Rachael Wood They are both 11 years old.
     Jenn Baker, Girl Scout Leader in LaGrange announced that our 15 Girl Scouts had sold 1,734 boxes of cookies. We are very proud of you.
     Move and Improve prize winners were Taylor Severance, Isaiah Bess, Hannah Bess and Mrs. Carter.
     A special surprise was in store for Val Robertson. Grades 2 and 3 presented her with the $34.00 they raised collecting Pennies for PAWS. The Cook School appreciates Val's hard work.
     Editors note (again): Is it no wonder that visiting the Cook School is one of my favorite things in the whole world?!  The support that the kids and staff show for animals makes what Julie, Katie and I do easier.  Not only did the Cook Kids donate all of that money, they also periodically send us much needed items for the shelter.  Thank you all so much!!

     The Students and staff would like to send a special thanks to all of our Kiwanian friends. We just completed our first Reading is Fundamental distribution of the current contract year. Every student will receive three books this year because of the generous donation from Kiwanis. A book of Thank You's was presented to Mr. Walker who promised to share it at the next Kiwanis meeting.
     One last note:  Mr Walker did share the Thank You Book at our meeting last week and it was a joy to read.  As the book was sent from person to person, you could hear remarks about how wonderful it was.  So to the Cook School from Kiwanis…”You are Very Welcome !”

Scientists Rosie Theriualt, Heather Michaud and Carolyn Besspaint the fossils they made using plaster of Paris.


     Grades 3, 4, & 5 at Brownville Elementary recently had a visit from State Health Educator Katharyn Zwicker. Ms. Zwicker spoke to the classes about poison prevention and taught them a rap/dance as a way to learn the phone number for the Poison Control Center. She also gave the students handouts to take home. The students and staff appreciated her visit.

     Mr. Reuben Lancaster wore a couple of different hats recently at the Brownville Elementary School when he visited as a guest of Mr. Bill Sawtell to speak to students in Mrs. Wallace's Fourth Grade about the American Legion and the Pleasant River Lodge of Masons. The students are studying
their local Brownville History this year with emphasis on local organizations. Assisting Mr. Lancaster was Stephanie Vachon, who was reading aloud some history of the organizations to her classmates.

     Once again, Milo Elementary School has the opportunity to receive money by collecting and mailing in “Box Tops for Education”
     Many products purchased at the grocery store have a small "cut out" label that is worth $0.10 each for our schools. This week the PTO will be sending in a package worth $220.00. 
     The following is a partial list of qualifying items:

  • General Mills cereals
  • Pillsbury refrigerated products (rolls, biscuits,cookie dough)
  • Betty Crocker mixes (cookie, brownie, cake, Bisquik)
  • Betty Crocker snacks (fruit snacks,popcorn)
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Old El Paso products

     You can drop off the labels at the Milo Elementary office in the designated collection box. Or mail them to: 
          Valerie Robertson
          PO Box 81
          Milo, ME 04463

and she will make sure they get to program chairperson, Wendy Bailey.
     This is an easy way for everyone to help your area school, so get clipping!!

Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall
     This past week we have had some more changes in the library. Tuesday evening Walter Macdougall and Greg Russell spent several hours lowering more shelves on the stacks on the back walls. For many years the taller fiction books have had to lay down sideways rather than to be able to stand upright with their spines facing outward because the shelves were just a tiny bit too close together. This has been a nuisance as it is hard for the

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patron to find a certain title, and for the librarians to put the books back in place when they are returned. It is also damaging to the spines as the books tend to slide sideways. Greg and Walter have now fixed 5 of the 8 stacks along the back wall, and plan to finish the job next week . The books look so neat as they all stand spines facing outward.
     Our library has a lot of books for its size, in fact, it contains all the books that it can hold comfortably. In order to add new popular books or books with more relevant material, the staff has to discard books periodically. What to do with the discards? We put the fiction out for sale in the hall, but the older non-fiction is not as popular. Every once in a while someone will speak of E-Bay, but neither Pam nor I am familiar with that sale market. Finally a few weeks ago, Valerie Robertson offered to put some of our discarded non-fiction into that market. She was able to sell a 2 volume set on E-Bay for a price. How exciting! We would have sold it in our book sale for 10 cents. The buyer pays the shipping so the sale is clear profit. Not only did Val sell it, but she wrapped and shipped the books too. Val plans to put other volumes on sale for us periodically . Thank you, Val.
     This isn’t actually library news, but I have found a valuable tool for archiving. I’m talking about the Kodak Picture Maker in the Rite Aid . It is such fun and incredible too. I have lots of old curled up photos (my parents did not keep their photographs in albums) and the Picture Maker gives me nice flat copies, much easier to use in scrapbooking (and of, course, I would not want to crop the originals anyway). Also I can enlarge, and it is so wonderful to see the details in those larger pictures. The machine also allows one to make a better contrast in an old picture and to bring out more detail that way. I am also able to edit out material I don’t want and keep only the material I want. As the Picture Maker advertises-“ It makes great pictures even better” If you have been thinking of it, do give it a try. Rite Aid has specials often, and the staff is very helpful. It’s a great way to share old pictures with family members. I have also used it to save those old fading early color photos. As you may be able to tell, I think it’s just a great invention and a wonder for my hobby of scrapbooking.
     I’ve just ordered new books and the next colmn will list them. A new James Patterson and a new Danielle Steel are on that list and many more.

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


     If you did not make to the last demonstration workshop presented by Cheryl Lord from Charleston, guild-certified Tellington Ttouch Practioner,  in December and you would like to know more about the Tellington TTouch for your companion animal plan to attend. P.E.T.S., the local organization devoted to reducing overpopulation and abandonment of companion animals is again the sponsor. Cheryl will demonstrate for us on her animal volunteers how this special touch or massage is done. She has an extensive and varied career working with exotic animals and birds; as a professional zoo keeper in some of this country’s top zoos; working with Busch Garden’s Animal Training Center; wildlife rehabilitator and veterinary assistant.
     The TTouch benefits any animal.  It consists of gentle, connected, circular touches and lifting and stroking movements on the skin- the largest organ of the body.  These touches alter behavior in a positive way, improve well-being, and enhance the relationship between animals and their humans and is easy to learn.  TTouch is beneficial for challenges common among dogs, cats and other animals with difficulties such as: *Barking and Chewing *Basic Training *Fear and Shyness * Leash Pulling * Problems associated with aging *Recovery from Surgery *Illness *Car Sickness *Grooming * Nervousness, tension, stress *and more.
     This demonstration workshop will take place on Saturday April 17th, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Thompson Free Library in

 Dover-Foxcroft. To reserve a seat please call Cheryl Lord at 285-7329 or Mary Shapleigh at 564-8092.  There is a $10 donation with all monies being donated to P.E.T.S.

will be mailed soon.  Anyone wishing to have their class reunion included in the letter please contact Frank Cochrane at 943-7369 or, Lorraine Schinck at 943-2145 or or Nancy Grant at 943-5809 or


Submitted by Victoria Eastman
     “In 1936 the Waterville Poets Club and the Dover-Foxcroft Poetry Circle joined to form the Poetry Fellowship of Maine.  In 1993 the name was changed to Maine Poets Society to reflect the organization’s statewide membership of writers and readers actively producing and appreciating poetry.”

     The Society includes men and women from all walks of life from artists to merchant marines.  Meetings are held three times a year and truly welcome visitors and new members.  The next meeting is May 15 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Miller’s Restaurant in Bangor.
     Because members reside all over the state the Maine Poets Society’s Round Robin is a wonderful way to keep in touch between meetings.
     “Round Robins are composed of about seven members who constructively critique each other’s poetry by mail.  Each participant puts a poem in the Robin and when it arrives, critiques the other poems, to the best of his or her ability and sends the Round Robin envelope to the next person on the list.  As members receive the Robin again, they remove their poem, now covered with comments, put in another, and critique the new set of poems to continue the process.”
     Membership is only $12 a year and is available to anyone who is interested in poetry.  To receive a membership, participate in contests and Round Robins, and receive The Stanza newsletter, please send a check, payable to Maine Poets Society, to:

Anne Hammond, Treasurer
1 Grove Street
Bath, ME  04530

     What a perfect time to join the Maine Poets Society-in April-the month of Poetry!


From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
MARCH 30 to APRIL 5, 1990

30th-Mostly sunny am snow started at 8 pm-32° at 12 (noon).

31st-Snow 4-5 hrs-30° at 12.

1st-P sunny am P cloudy pm Misty at 8 pm-34° at 12.

2nd-Cloudy L rain-30° at 12.

3rd-Cloudy-32° at 12.

4th-Rained hard-34° at 12.

5th-Cloudy-32° at 12.

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APRIL 2004

3/29-Chicken burger, mashed potato, peas, dinner roll, pears, and milk every day.

3/30-Italian sand. rice pilaf, corn, and    JellO/topping.

3/31-French toast sticks, potato log, sausage, and applesauce.

1-Lasagna, salad, dinner roll, and birthday cake.

2-Breadsticks, cheese/sauce, green beans, and fruit.

5-Foot long hot dog, oven fries, salad, and fruit.

6-Oven fried chicken, whipped potato, creamed corn, dinner roll, and fruit.

7-Chop suey, cucumbers, cinnamon roll, and fruit.

8-Turkey deluxe sand. rice, 3-bean salad, and oatmeal raisin cookie.

9-Pizza, carrot sticks/dip, and icy juicy.

12-Chicken nuggets, mashed potato, buttered beets, oatmeal roll, and fruit.

13-Ham and cheese wrap, salad, oven fries, and frosted brownie.

14-Pigs in a blanket, and Cole slaw with pineapple.

15-Steak-um sand. with bacon/cheese, stir fry veg. hash brown, and fruit.

16-Burrito, lettuce/tomato, fruit, and assorted desserts.


26-Ravioli, broccoli & cheese, dinner roll, and fruit.

27-B.L.T. sand. cheese stick, Calif. Blend veg. and fruit.

28-Fish sticks, potato smiles, peas/carrots, dinner roll, and frosted apple-cake.

29-Turkey and gravy, mashed potato, creamed corn, dinner roll, and fruit.

30-Super sandwich, pickle spear, fries, assorted veg. and apple.



     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 nineteen members today plus Key Club members Cameron Wellman, Jen Hussey, Lindsay Small, and Shawn Burke.  Also welcomed was an interclub from Dover-Foxcroft that included Past Lt. Gov. ‘Doc’ Sherman, Mary Lynn Vernon, Brenda Kelly, Bonnie Guyotte, and Joe Guyotte.  Another special guest was Don Belvin.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked that our world leaders be given guidance in

his prayer.  He also prayed for those recovering from illnesses and wished them well.
     Val Robertson read an inspirational message about not being able to communicate with those who do not hear what you are saying.
     The Dover-Foxcroft and Orono/Old Town Kiwanis newsletters were circulated.
     Birthday wishes go out to Mary Jane Zamboni on the 25th, Debbie Walker on the 27th, and Pat Ricker and Ed Treworgy on the 29th!!
     Twenty-two happy and sad dollars were donated today for Ed’s recovery, Yankees, thank you from the Marion C. Cook School, a thank you from Ed, Lois’ arrangement talents, games at the Fleet Center, teaching “Oh Canada”, un-teaching “Oh Canada”, first guest, trip to New York City, sister’s recovery, leaving both bells on the kitchen table, Ed being back in the hospital, cutting a tree down, including Ken McKenna in prayers, a son’s recent deployment to Iraq, and the same son’s return in July.
     Trish Hayes updated the Key Club’s activities; serving dinner at the Manna Food Cupboard, polishing their act for the Variety Show, and selling raffle tickets for Dreams for Maine Kids.
     Heidi Finson said that a single RIF proposal is being written to replace the present proposals.  This will be discussed further at the April Board of Directors meeting.
     Val Robertson requested $200 be donated to Seth Barden for a web cam to possibly be placed at the top of Main Street and viewable on the TRC website.  Further discussion after consulting with Seth.
     The Kiwanis Kid’s Korner library events will resume on April 7.
     An interclub traveled to Dover-Foxcroft on Tuesday, March 23.  Roy Bither and Herb Dunham are planning additional trips to other area clubs.
     Joe Zamboni will soon be setting up the Gazebo Project committee meetings.
     It was agreed that the timing is off a bit this year for a canoe race but next year is a definite!  The last Saturday in April is deemed the best time to host such a race for the more serious paddlers but a leisurely trip in the summer isn’t out of the question.
     The next monthly Board of Directors meeting will be April 1 at the Restaurant at 6:30 am.
     There will be a 5th Wednesday meeting next week at The Restaurant at 6:30 am.

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