Three Rivers News, 2004-04-06

The Milo Garden Club will meet on April 13 @ l p.m. @ Milo Town Hall. Program will be presented by Finestkind Christmas Tree Farm.

APRIL 10, 2004

DON BELVIN AT 965-8786

If your class is planning a reunion for this summer be sure to get your information to Frank Cochrane at 943-7369, before April 9, 2004.  The letters are being mailed the week of April 19 and in order for your gala to be included in the planned events you must submit your plans NOW!!

Local Man To Train In U.K.
     Anders Hamliin, the son of Barb and Neil Hamlin, is in the ROTC program at University of Maine and has received notice of a great opportunity for this summer. He was picked out of a small number of cadets in the US ROTC program to train with the British Army this summer. He will travel first to Virginia for a couple of days starting June 20th and then on to UK until July 10. Anders has earned a  GPA of 3.95, and graduated from Penquis Valley High School.

Concert/Dance To Benefit P.A.W.S.
     Time to shake off the winter doldrums, shake a leg, and shake your groove thing!On Saturday, April 24, Phillip Mawford, in conjunction with Charles Kelley’s Angel Productions, will perform a concert at the Brownville Junction Alumni Building.  The party will start at 8 PM (doors open at 7:30 PM) and continue until at least midnight.  The cost is $6 per person with part of the proceeds to benefit P.A.W.S., your local animal shelter.  In addition, there will be a raffle of which 100% of the sales will benefit the P.A.W.S. building fund. 
     Phillip covers an eclectic variety of music including country, country/rock, and rock and roll.  He will be accompanied by back-up singers

 Yvette Faulkner and Cindy Davis
(not OUR Cindy Davis)

The event is B.Y.O.B., and refreshments will be available.         

     This picture  shows the Milo Elementary flag being lowered by the troops.  They were very careful to avoid letting the flags touch the ground.

     On Monday morning, March 29, the Tiger Cubs, Bobcats, Wolves, Bears and Weeblos from Milo and Brownville lowered the flag at the Milo Elementary School and raised a flag that was flown in an operation over Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom. The Milo troops lowered the flag in the afternoon and folded it in the correct manner.
     The flag was given to Linda Howard, a teacher at the school, by Jamie Lambert. Ms. Lambert is a graduate of PVHS who was serving in  Afghanistan last year. Ms. Howard has written many letters to soldiers serving in support of OPERATION FREEDOM and Ms. Lambert received one of the letters. Ms. Lambert stated that the letters sent to the soldiers are very appreciated. Many of the soldiers feel like they have been forgotten while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     Ms. Lambert was home on leave for the Christmas holidays when she and her fiancée delivered the flag to Ms. Howard, along with a certificate of appreciation certifying that the flag had been flown in an Apache Attack helicopter in a mission over Afghanistan.
     Ms. Howard asked Lynnette Howlett, leader of the Bears and Wolves in Milo, whether the Milo troop could raise the flag and then lower it at the school. The troops learned the correct way to fold the flag and the protocol involving the American flag.
     Ms. Howard would like to thank all the troops who raised the flag and lowered it so that it was properly folded. She promised Ms. Lambert that she would send her pictures of the ceremony.
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Brownville Trivia
By Bill Sawtell
Choose the best answer.
1. The longest serving selectman was(is) (a) Dennis Green (b) Bob Hamlin (c) Will Crozier (d) Neil Arbo.
2. The "Hero of Lewiston" was (a) Alan Kirby (b) Dennis Larson (c) Scott Kirby (d) Tim Buchanan.
3. The cost of building the Grange Hall was (a) $500 (b) $1000 (c) $1500 (d) $5500.
4. The oldest quarry is the (a) Merrill Quarry (b) Crocker Quarry (c) Highland Quarry (d) Abee Quarry.
5. Rodney Ross was a(n) (a) Republican (b) Democrat (c) Independent (d) Green.
6. John Lewis's right hand man was (a) Ken Thompson (b) Tyler Artes (c) Ken Ellis (d) Milton Smith.
7. Bray Rolfe liked (a) Fords (b) horses (c) pipes (d) guns.
8. "Taffy was a Welshman. Taffy was a(n) (a) fish (b) outlaw (c) nice guy (d) thief." from a Swedish poem.
9. Sam Cohen's wife's name was (a) Connie (b) Dolly (c) Polly (d) Nancy.
10. Brownville is short on the (a) north (b) east (c) south (d) west.

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

Important dates for Park Street United Methodist Church:

  • Thursday, April 8th , Faith Files 3 PM, Maundy
    Thursday Services at Brownville Junction UMC 7:00
    PM; Friday
  • Maundy Thursday service will be held at
    Brownville Jct. UMC at 7:00 PM; April 9th
  • April 9th, Good Friday Services at Park Street UMC 7:00 PM;
  • April 11th ,. Easter Sunrise Service with special music by Lewis Dyer at Park Street UMC at 6:00 AM followed by Easter Breakfast in Church dining room, Regular Easter Service with special music by Melissa Hussey Hill at 11:00 AM at Park Street UMC.
  • Childcare will be available for all services scheduled at Park Street UMC during Holy week..

     P.E.T.S., a local, non-profit, all volunteer, spay/neuter organization wants to remind area residents to have their pets spayed or neutered.  Spaying and neutering greatly reduces reproductive diseases in both cats and dogs, can reduce or eliminate spraying and injuries due to fighting in male cats, and reduce or eliminate the dog or cat’s desire to roam.  Having your pet spayed or neutered will help to reduce the tragic overpopulation, abandonment and euthansia of cats and dogs in our area. P.E.T.S. has a reduced cost spay/neuter program for those individuals that qualify. Call Julie Gallagher at 943-5083 for more information or brochure or write to P.E.T.S., PO Box 912, Guilford, ME 04443

New Hours at Red Earth Riverside Café
     The café will now be open Monday -Friday 9-5 until May 15th when we will expand our hours into weekends and evenings. We will stay open until 5:00 in case customers want to take sandwiches or specials home for dinner.

Polarity Yoga Classes Cancelled
     There will not be yoga classes on Tuesday or Sunday evenings at this time. Other new classes may be offered at Red Earth in the future or offered through Adult Ed. Call Andrea at 943-2325 if you have any questions.

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     In order to accommodate the extra debris being generated as residents do clean up around their yards and traditional spring cleaning in their homes, we will be extending the open hours at the Transfer Station for the weeks of April 25th thru May 21st.  The station will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week.  It will be closed Tuesdays and Fridays.  The Station will return to normal hours of operation on Saturday, May 22nd.  Please remember that your debris must be separated and placed in the proper piles at the time of disposal.  Normal household trash (including standard tires and old clothing) should be put curbside for regular collection (unless you are a Lake View resident).  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Milo Town Office at 943-2202, the Public Works Department at 943-7756 or the Brownville Town Office at 965-2561.

     The Town of Milo is currently forming a Comprehensive Plan Committee.  Committee meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month beginning on Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM in the Town Office Conference Room.  Any citizen interested in serving or anyone who has questions regarding any part of the process should contact the Milo Town Office at 943-2202.


From Brownville Elementary:
     Mr. Steve Law, joined here by his wife Elaine and Brownville forester Mr. Louis Ritter, were in the Kindergarten class of Mary Jane Zamboni at Brownville Elementary School to introduce the children to the Natural Resource Education Center's Kids and Trees Growing Together program.
     The mission of the program is to introduce young people to a forest environment in an objective setting. The immediate objective of this project is the site preparation and the planting of 500 balsam fir trees. Under close supervision of a forester, the seeds will be planted in seed trays and held for about 3 years until they grow into a seedling large enough to transplant.
     The seedlings will then be transplanted on land that is being developed into a Public Forest Demonstration Area. There are about 30-35 acres being set aside in the area for the Kids and Trees Growing Together program. NREC wants to expose children in Piscataquis County to the interrelationships of the various elements of our forest resource. The Christmas tree growing program is one such way to accomplish this. As these same kindergartners approach their senior year in high school, their trees will be mature enough to be cut and sold.

     For those interested in seeing a complete picture of NREC's plans, please check out their website at:

Milo Elementary News

     Kindergartners at Milo Elem. School on Thursday were planters of Christmas trees from Steve Law in Dover Foxcroft. The children listened to Mr. Law explain how the seeds would be planted , then transplanted into beds, and will visit Mr.Law's farm where the trees will be then planted into plantation beds. It takes 3 years to grow a seedling largeenough to transplant. The students will visit the trees and watch them grow throughout their school years and when they are in grade 12 they willhave 100 Christmas trees for their class to sell. It was a very fun and interesting afternoon.
     Milo Elementary Kindergarten teachers honored 5 high school students at the Service Awards Banquet at the high school. These students, Heather Dolley, Kaylynn Roberts, Jessica Coburn, Maria Mills and Rebecca Madden have been providing a wonderful support for our kindergarten program. They have implemented the program Project Story Boost. Research shows us that the number of books that children have had read to them before they learn to read is a real indicator of how easy they will find learning to read.

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     It is recommended that children have over 1000 books read to them in the pre-school years. The Penquis students have come to the elementary school on a regular basis and read for 20 minutes to individual students from the kindergarten class. They have been very faithful in using their study halls to come to the kindergarten.
     At our weekly assemblies we draw three names for prizes in our Move and Improve program. This week Alan Yanbul, Jarod Webb and Macy Carey were winners . They have been busy playing outside, dancing, using a treadmill and participating in other physical activities. Everyone is anxious to see who wins the big prize at the end of the program in May. Staff members participate and there is a weekly drawing for them as well.
     This week's winner of a case of water was Mrs. Haley. Mrs. Teri Morrill won a fruit basket on the first week and Mrs. Russell won the Red Earth gift certificate. Everyone is trying to get healthier by adding some exercise to his or her days.
     Bus students of the week at Milo Elementary are Adam Taylor and Miranda Pomerleau. Their driver, Joe Beres, presented them bookmarks and pencils.
     Terrific Kids were greeted and congratulated by Mr. Frank Cochrane from Three Rivers Kiwanis.   The Terrific Kids were, from the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kd this week is a real sweetheart. He loves to read and write. He tries to follow the Golden Rule every day. Miss Linda loves to read his journals. Mrs. Barden thinks he is the best math figurer ever. He wrote 4 pages about his bike! He thinks his mother is beautiful and we think JUSTIN LARRY is beautiful too.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has done a great job this week. She asks for help when she gets stuck and has a smile on her face. Her math skills are stupendous. She is working hard on her math facts. We are lucky to have SHELBY JAY in our class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid has worked VERY hard to earn this honor. He has returned his homework on time and has become more conscientious with his daily assignments. His playground behavior has greatly improved.  Congratulations to DAVID CHIANTI.
Mrs. Gillis
This group has been practicing, don'tcha know?
For the Grand Ole Opry Variety Show,
Come and here them as they kick their heels,
And don't forget the scout spaghetti meal!!
Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid is a nice friend to all, has a super special smile, and strives to complete her work. She is quiet and respectful, and loves to read. She is excited about getting her bike out this spring! She's an avid Red Sox fan (go Boston!) and her dream is to go to DisneyWorld!
Mrs. Hayes - We are happy to report that our TK has made some great changes in his behavior and attitude this week. Miss Linda says that she likes what she sees in the line and the lunchroom. Mrs. Hudak is pleased with his cooperation. Mrs. Marie is encouraged with the way he is listening and following directions. Miss Howard tell us that he is always ready to work. His friends say he is using kind words and they are proud of him.
Thank you NATHANIEL GARLAND for showing what" terrific" looks like this week. Keep it up!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - SHAWN CAREY - This little boy is a great addition to our class. He comes in every morning with a smile and gets right down to work. He makes wonderful; free

time choices, usually looking at a book. We love how he attacks math assignments. Great going , Shawn!
KENDRA CHASE- Kendra is a wonderful reader, neat writer, and terrific listener. We love how she is volunteering more at calendar time. Kendra always follows the "I Care " rules and is a good friend to her classmates. We love having Kendra in our class.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - The Milo Kindergarten class would like to honor MR. STEVEN LAW of Dover-Foxcroft . Mr. Law helped us plant seeds this week. These seeds will grow to be Christmas trees by the time we are in grades 10 or 11. We think Mr. Law is really TERRIFIC for spending the afternoon with us and helping us to be "tree farmers". Thank you Mr. Law.
Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific Kid is TAMI SMITH.
She once lived in LaGrange.
Her family, it did rearrange.
Now they live in Milo, Maine.
They like it just the same.
She's smiles, giggles and tehees.
She fits in so nicely!!!

     Attendants at our weekly assembly were treated to a preview of the variety show by the Children's chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Gillis. The Notabelles also gave a brief taste of their numbers for the show.
     Klay Stevens shared his trophy and autographed ball from his winning the Wal-Mart Pepsi basketball contest. He said that the performance was awesome! Congratulations, Klay.
     Mrs. Hamlin, are you taking note of this?

Cook School News
     Mrs. Carter's class performed the play, "Parade of Planets" prior to our April 2 Terrific Kids Assembly. The second and third graders taught us about how the planets revolve around the sun through speaking, singing and movement. Their wonderful planet projects were displayed in the gymnasium for the many parents and other students to see. They did a terrific job. Thank you for teaching us so much.

     Mr. Walker and Mrs. Zelkan honored Michaela NOKE, MICHELLE BAKER AND ZACHARY BLAKEMAN as Terrific Kids.
     Ms. Ivy reported that Michaela has worked hard to pull it all together. She has put great effort into her reading and writing. She is adding details and writing longer stories.
     Mrs. Carter said that Michelle is always very sweet. She is a nice friend to all. Michelle worked extra hard after being out sick. She is doing especially well in math class.

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Miss K. appreciates Zach's super effort in completing assignments and in making good choices about behavior. Zach has had his homework completed every day for two weeks!

Bus Students of the Week Award certificates were received by Zachary Lawrence Whitman, Michelle Baker and Zachary Blakeman.Mrs. Knodde recognized Michelle Baker,Taylor Severance, Isaiah Bess and all of Ms. Ivy's class as Artists of the Week.

Move and Improve prizewinners were Tyler Tibbetts, Lindsay Turner, Sabrina Fadillah and Mrs. Robinson. Keep up the great work. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.

Sabrina Fadillah and planet earth.

Taylor Severance with her Saturn model.

Billy Parker standing behind Jupiter and the last one is Tyler Tibbets proudly displaying his Uranus project

     The Wee PeeWee basketball season is in full swing......if you want a night of laughter and entertainment, then go to one of the games at the Brownville Elementary School and watch these 2nd and 3rd graders in action. Who knows, maybe there is a gold ball in some of these kids future!
     This team is Sebec Fencing coached by High School stars Devin Perkins, Alex Zwicker and assistants Erica Lyford and Brian Zwicker.L-R Erica Lyford, Michaela Weston, Shelbl Jay, Jade Zelkan, Hannah Bess, Brian Zwicker front...Justin Brown, Isaiah Bess, Trevor Lyford and David Newbert

Sno-Cross News
     Sno-Cross season comes to an end and Trevor Lyford finished the season with an impressive 2nd place overall in the points down to Eaton Mt.

Trevor raced a total of 7 races at Eaton Mt. and finished with 4 first place trophies and 3 second place trophies...placing him 2nd for the overall season. Congratulations !

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

     Editor’s note: This is the third 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.

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued  - Part  III

     The District 6, or Murray schoolhouse stood on the back Brownville. Road.  Residents of those early days would have seethed with anger at hearing it called “the back Brownville road”.  To them it was the MAIN road between the villages of Brownville and Milo.  It was, as Linnie Dick pointed out in her article “The Haunted House”, the through route for the iron of Katahdin Iron Works and the slate of Brownville to Howland and points beyond.
     The site of the Murray district schoolhouse was on the Pleasant river side of the road.  It was the next building above and on the opposite side of the road from Linnie Dick’s residence.  Her residence was just above the Ryder road as it took off from the Brownville road.  (We won’t use “back” again – for ghosts may be stirring angrily even now from the previous use of the word).
     The primary school, mentioned earlier, was the 5th district schoolhouse. (Picture)
     Again, these details are explicit because all the District 6 landmarks vanished long, long ago.

     The District 7, Morse, Tollbridge or Little Red schoolhouse stood on the right side of lower Elm St., going toward Bangor.  The site was about halfway between the bridge and the turn into the Lyford road.
     District 8’s schoolhouse, (picture) called the Drake school, stood on the Milo village side of the corner made by the Brownville and Hobbstown roads.
     And the Holbrook schoolhouse, in District 9, stood on the corner of the Billington road just where it makes a left turn into the River road, leading toward Derby – or Milo Junction to senior citizens.  The Holbrook farm, by the way, from which the school took its name, was across the road from the school – where Carl Ricker lives today.
     For something over a century, this district school system gave Milo boys and girls their education.

A Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 10
Dams and Power -- Rediscovering Maine's Abandoned Dams
Maine Times -- Ron Poitras - Sept. 16, 1977
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)

     The view here in before given of the physical conditions of the state which most closely affects its water power ... taken together, constitutes a sum of favorable conditions, which it is confidently believed no other area on the globe can surpass or indeed can so much as equal. Other districts may have ... features more decidedly developed that Maine, but none can parallel fully their combined series.
     Thirty-six-year-old Nicolaisen is a blacksmith, mechanic, appropriate technologist and designer. Living in New Hampshire until last year, he sold a water power site to move to Maine because he likes what he's called the state's "open-minded conservatism." Nicolaisen's interest in waterpower dates back to his childhood. "All the machinery at an old mill site near his home fascinated me then and still does," says Nicolaisen.
     Nicolaisen attended private school but says he never was really interested. At 16 he promptly got a driver's license and began fixing hot rods. From the time he was 16 until he was 28 years old, Nicolaisen says he spent most of his time working on hot rods, sports cars, motorcycles and aircraft. "I was a mechanic for years," says Nicolaisen, "for what some people refer to as stock cars but were really jalopies."
     For the past year or so Nicolaisen has been looking closely at a small water mill in East Union. What he's thinking about doing with the mill in East Union focuses on the small-scale mechanical use the available hydropower.
     Nicolaison's interest is not in generating electricity except possibly for lights. He intends to use hydropower directly and mechanically. Although mechanical use requires a good deal of floor space for the shafts and belts and gears, Nicolaisen says a compensating benefit is he can do the work himself. "If instead I use electric generators and motors," comments Nicolaisen, "the capital expenditure is likely to be higher and if something goes wrong I can't fix it. The older mechanical technology is something which an individual can handle himself. Leather belting is readily available for example or if you use a babbit box you can always rebore your own bearings."
     The other dam entrepreneur, Larry Gleeson, is from Philadelphia where he worked as a systems analyst. He’s 35 years old and has graduate degrees in math and chemistry. Gleeson saw enough potential in Maine's hydropower facilities that he gave up a well paying jog with Sunoco and moved to Maine in June.

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     Gleeson has been interested in hydropower for the last 15 years. But only in the last couple of years have the economics become favorable, he says. Gleeson feels Maine can provide hydro and other renewable energy resources, it stands in a good position to reasonable economic development. "Development certainly not like a Chicago or Boston," adds Gleeson, "but even to maintain the state's current position you've got to do something."
(continued next week)

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall
     This week I have two items that continue last week’s topics. The work on the book stacks along the back wall is now complete. Tuesday evening Greg Russell and Walter Macdougall spent two more hours in the library and lowered the book shelves on the last three stacks. The books can all stand with their titles outward making a selection of books so much easier for the patron.
     Last week I mentioned the Kodak Picture Maker at the Rite Aid Pharmacy feeling it could be included in a library column because of its archival possibilities. I was using the machine again this week when along came a Rite Aid customer who remarked she had just read my column and was interested in what I had said about the Picture Maker. How heady to know someone had read the column and was interested in what I had written. She asked if she could watch me make pictures and, of course, I said “Yes”. At first I showed her what I was doing, but she soon got the hang of it and in the end was helping me make editing decisions. It was great fun to work together and when she left, she felt she was confident enough to do her own pictures later.
     The trustees had a meeting on Monday, March 29. Jane Jones, town manager, was present to explain the new budget to the trustees who were present---Joanne DeWitt (acting chair), Neil Hamlin, Melanie Hussey, Shirlene Ladd, and a new member of the board who replaces the recently deceased, Helen Carey, George Fricke. As this was the annual meeting, the trustees voted in a new slate of officers. Melanie Hussey was elected Chairman, Neil Hamlin became Vice Chairman and Joanne DeWitt was again selected as Secretary.
     I promised you a list of books and the following books have arrived. Backordered books will be arriving in the next few months.

Armstrong, Karen NF           THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE
Block, Lawrence                 THE BURGLAR ON THE PROWL
Bowen, Rhys                     EVAN’S GATE
Brown, Sandra                   ABOVE AND BEYOND
Chiaverini, Jennifer             THE MASTER QUILTER
Conley, Dalton NF               THE PECKING ORDER Which siblings succeed
Cornwell, Bernard               SHARPE’S ESCAPE
Cosby, Bill NF                    I AM WHAT I ATE
Daheim, Mary                    ALPINE PURSUIT
Graham, Heather                DEAD ON THE DANCE FLOOR
Graves, Sarah                    MALLETS AFORETHOUGHT
Greeley, Andrew                 PRIESTLY SINS
Hart, Carolyn                     MURDER WALKS THE PLANK
Henry, Sue                        SERPENTS TRAIL
Hill, Bonnie Hearn              KILLER BODY
Kinsella, Sophie                 CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
King, Larry NF                   REMEMBER ME WHEN I’M GONE
Parker, Robert                   BAD BUSINESS
Patterson, James                3RD DEGREE
Peterson, Tracie     PBK      LAND OF MY HEART
Picoult, Jodi                     MY SISTER’S KEEPER
Robb, J.D.                         NAKED IN DEATH
Rose, Pete NF                    MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS
Saul, John                         BLACK CREEK CROSSING
Savage, Michael                  NF ENEMY WITHIN
Steel, Daniel                      RANSOM

Please note the library will be closed on April 19 in observance of Patriot’s Day.

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

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham
     All this rain is reminiscent of seventeen years ago when we suffered the Flood of '87. Can you believe it has been that long. Our high school seniors were just little bitty babies that year. I don't remember all of the conditions that caused that flood....but I do remember that we had a couple of days of continued hard rain and it was early in April.
     When Carroll and I were in the process of buying this house, he qualified for a V.A. loan and so that was the route that we took. We did business with Skowhegan Savings Bank in Dexter and the day before we were to go over to sign on the dotted line, the manager called us and said that because we were in a flood zone we would need to purchase additional insurance coverage before we'd be allowed to own the property. WHAT?? What was he talking about? A flood zone? Pretty scary, don't ya think??
If this house on Elm Street were to be flooded out, that was going to leave all of West Main Street, lower Water Street, Riverside Street, Derby, and half way up Main Street hill totally underwater.
     I said to the bank manager, "How many years without a flood at my house would you say it would take to convince you it isn't in a flood zone." He said, "Well, probably fifty years." I said, "Well, you got it! Not only has there never been a flood here in fifty years....there has never been a flood here at this house in the history of Milo's existence." He said he'd consider it....but that he was going by some maps that had been done of flood zones in the area. A bunch of red tape mumbo jumbo was going to cost us X number of of extra bucks, and I was as mad as a wet hen. I called Dale Green at the town office and he assured me that indeed there were maps that had been drawn that indicated that our end of Elm Street was in a flood zone....but, they had been redrawn and evidently the bank hadn't received the new maps....he'd take care of it.
     We went to the closing confident that the situation was in control. Thankfully, it was. We signed on the dotted line and the house was ours....and Skowhegan Savings Bank's.
     We've enjoyed our nearly thirty years in this home. We're very happy to report that if you don't count the water main that sprung a leak out front a few years ago, and if you don't count the water that drained off the roof and directly into the cellar when the gutter broke, we've never had a flood here. Coincidentally, we have only had one insurance claim on this house in all these years (can you see me knocking on wood?). It was for water damage. Gale force winds blew rain up under the clapboards on the north and north west ends of the house, which caused major damage to three rooms both upstairs and down several years ago.
     Speaking of my house, the dining room is coming along very well. My husband has just four more jobs left and it will be complete. The crown molding is all up....except for that pesky little outside corner around the chimney. He's surveyed a multitude of his friends and acquaintances to try to get the best information available on how this job can be accomplished. It's got to do with setting miter boxes at certain degrees and angles and since it's way way over my

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head I'm trying to stay out of it. I'm confident that my McIver man will figure it out. If he doesn't, please don't look towards that corner of the room if you ever come to visit.
     Then there is the matter of the do-it-yourself flooring that he's been sweating over for a few days now. Mind you, there isn't a piece laid yet....the sweating part is the worry about getting started on the job. We've got hundreds of dollars tied up in this beautiful wooden floor. We're big on ideas and short on courage. But, we'll get those boot straps pulled up and get that floor down....and hopefully that will happen sometime this weekend.
     Hooking up my beautiful new light in the ceiling and getting the extra pieces of furniture painted and in place will be last on the list. I can see the end in sight...and sort of have my heart set on having Easter dinner on our new dining table next weekend. It's a lofty goal, but, with luck, doable.
     The Variety Show is hours from being a memory. As I write this, we've got one show under our belts...and nobody broke a leg...and we've got one more show to do. But for a few glitches, night one went off pretty well. We're praying that night two will be equally as successful. When a whole community comes together to accomplish a night of fun, it's really a joy to be part of that whole experience.
     The proceeds from this show are going towards extra curricular reading programs for our kids....and folks, let me tell you that this is incredibly important. We must focus on the skill of reading. I've heard people remark that the kids from this district get all the way through school....and can't read. This is such a broad and ignorant thing to say. The teachers in this district focus on each student's ability to read every single day that the student is in school. There are disabilities that make it harder for some kids to learn, but those disabilities are addressed every day. The teachers try desperately to bring each child to their maximum potential every day. It's ongoing and sometimes very difficult....but you can be assured that every child who goes through school here has been given the best of opportunities....if they can't read and comprehend by grade 12, it's not because the teachers gave up on them. Read to your children and grandchildren as often as you can. Have them read to you. Buy them books for every occasion. Be sure that the children in your life have the opportunity to read at home by providing a library of children's books that increases by reading level with your child's increased competence. If you don't know what your child's reading level is....your child's teacher will be happy to share that information....and their teacher probably will brag about how well your child is doing in the meantime. If nobody is bragging about how well your child is doing in reading....maybe you need to look in the mirror to find out who would be the best person to start doing that.
     I'm going to rerun my cousin Marilyn Bailey's wonderful recipe for Peanut Butter Brownies. If you have to cook for a food sale, these go wonderfully.
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 small package chocolate chips (I don't even know if they make the small bag of chocolate chips any more...but if they don't, I'd use 1 cup of them.
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

     Cream peanut butter, shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and stir in the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees in a greased 9X13 pan for 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. YUMMY!

Editors note: Kathy’s efforts with the Variety Show sure paid off!! The shows went off without a hitch: perhaps a glitch or two, but they were handled with humor and style.  Nancy and I are going to get an article ready for next week’s paper, detailing the entertainment. 


In Loving Memory Of
April 2, 1901- Jan. 26, 2003
Dear Mother and Grammie,
Remembering you is easy, we do it every day, but missing you is heartache that never goes away.

Love your daughter, Joan and husband, Galen;
grandchildren, Scott, Tami, Traci & Teri; great-grandchildren


     LAGRANGE - Roger A. Saucier Sr., 60, died Feb. 5, 2004, at a Lincoln hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2004, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, with the Rev Andre Houl‚ officiating. Interment will be in West Enfield Cemetery, later in the spring.

     MILO - Dorothy F. Severance, 104, wife of the late Lyman L. Severance, died March 26, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born Aug. 11, 1899, in Stanchfield Ridge, Milo, the daughter of Moses and Harriet (Towle) Foss. When she entered high school her father swapped their home on the Ridge for a house in Milo. She graduated from Milo High School, Class of 1921. Her brother, Leslie, gave her a graduation present of a trip by rail
with her mother from Brownville Junction to the San Francisco Expo, one of the highlights of her life. The other was a trip by car to Alaska the year before it became a state. She was a member of the Rebekahs of Milo, the Bradford Club, Jane Carver Sampson Tent, the United Baptist Church of Milo, Three Rivers Senior Citizens of Milo, and Pleasant River Grange No.163. At the time of her death, she was the holder of the Boston Post Gold Cane in Milo. She is survived by four children, Viola Mithee of Guilford, Priscilla Severance of Cape Cod, Mass., Wilbur and his wife, Kathy, of Minneapolis, Minn., Minard and his wife, Marlene, of Dover-Foxcroft; a daughter-in-law, Roberta Severance of Milo; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Carl; and a son-in-law, Erwin Mithee. Private visitations were held at the Lary Funeral Home in Milo. Graveside services at the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery will be announced in the spring.

     SEBEC  Urgel and Cheryl Pomerleau of Dexter are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Monique Pomerleau of Sebec, to Kevin Johnston of Sebec.
     The prospective groom is the son of Jim and Roberta Johnston of Sebec. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Dexter Regional High School in Dexter and is currently employed at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft.

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     The fiancée is a graduate of Penquis Valley High School in Milo and is currently employed by Dennis Paper and Food Service of Bangor. The wedding is set for Oct. 23, 2004.

“A True Tall Tale”
Told by “The Old Whittler”

     The bridge had been built across the Pleasant River in Patten. The crews had completed it for 6,000 cords of white birch by Ralph Sargent and Bill Curran.  Bill Lancaster was hired to cut the birch.  Camps were built at Turcasoo Lake and were ready for the crew to start cutting, which was started as soon as the leaves fell and the sap had left the trees.  Footing landings were built so the trucks could back up and load the wood.  It was about seven years miles to Patten where it was loaded on the B&A Railroad.  These jobs were all handwork.  Chain saws hadn’t been invented so trees were cut with bucksaws and two-man crosscut saws.  The 50 “ wood was loaded on sleds by hand and onto the trucks at the landings.  These required a saw filer and a blacksmith; who were kept busy filing the saws and making birch hooks.  Charles Chessa had developed this hand-held “crotch or birch hook” and it worked real well.
     When fall came and the snow fell it was time to start getting the truck road ready.  Men were hired to get the road in shape.  Culverts were checked and several 4' x 4' buildings were built for the men to get out of the elements and to eat lunch in.  There were two men to each shack.  These men were called “road monkeys”.  When finished the road would be all ice.  The water wagon was a big water tank that was filled at brooks or ponds.  The water was usually spread at night or weekends when the trucks weren’t hauling.
     One of these small huts was to be used by a Frenchman by the name of Tellos Coolong and a big fellow by the name of Johnny White.  Johnny was a good worker but really wasn’t “rowing with both oars”.  Tellos was often hired as a guide for fishermen just to hear him tell “tall tales” by the campfire.
     Bill Lancaster kept a good clean camp and fed and paid well.  A good crew was no problem for him to acquire.
     And so is the background for a story.
     The operation was in full swing by January.  The road was well iced and the snow banks were plowed up 5' high.  Tellos had a little time on his hands so he gathered up some tree moss that he hid behind the shack.  He had found two burlap bags which he cut holes for his arms to go through.  He had gathered this all up unbeknown to Johnny White.  Johnny had caught an early truck going out with a load while Tellos waited for a later one.  While waiting he went along the snow bank and with his hands made big prints in the snow.  The next day he and Johnny were “walking the road” and Johnny saw the tracks in the snow.  Tellos said, “Those are gorilla tracks. Didn’t you know about the gorilla that escaped from the circus train on Mount Chase last summer?”  Johnny admitted that he didn’t know anything about it.  Tellos said, “Boy, he must be awfully hungry by now.”
     The subject was dropped and the stage was set.  The next day Tellos went to the shack, got into the bags, and draped the moss all over him.  He waited until Johnny reached the “shack” then leaped out with a big “roar”.  Johnny turned and in one 10' jump, landed in the road, running!  He ran the seven miles clear to Patten.  He came

into town waving his arms and yelling, “The gorillas coming, the gorillas coming!” 
     That deal laid him up for two days and almost killed him.  And to the day he died he swears he saw the gorilla that escaped from the circus train on Mount Chase.
     PS. Tellos had to do Johnny’s work for two days.  Bill Curran’s crews came up with 6,030 cords.  When it was cut and loaded on the railroad cars; it scaled 6024 cords.  Not bad for a couple of Maine “Backwoodsmen”.

My First Time Donating Blood
By Andrew East – March 23, 2004
     When I first donated blood, I was not afraid at all.  The reason is that I had my friends with me and I also thought it would be fun.  When we got to the gym at PVMS we were asked a list of questions such as “Have you done this within a certain amount of time?” and “Have you just moved from somewhere outside of the USA?”  If the answer was yes then you couldn’t donate blood.  The second part of the form was filling out a yes or no questionnaire.  This was a breeze since all the questions were very similar and I only had one yes answer and all the others were no.
     Then comes your iron test in which they prick your middle finger and take a few drops of blood.  If the drops are willing they’ll fall into this tube filled with blue liquid that helps the nurse measure your iron count.  I asked the nurse how she determined the iron count in people’s blood.  She said that if the blood drops to the bottom within twelve or so seconds it’s good.  But if it takes longer than that your iron is too low for donation.  So, of course mine was all right because, well, what would be the point of this essay?  Well, after completing the questionnaire and reading the list, you move on to a final set of questions asking your birth date, social security number, and home address.  Then you’re free to sit at the waiting area near the beds.  After confirming you are who you say you are, you are then moved onto a bed.
     The nurse will then ask you which arm you prefer to donate with and she or he cleans the area, marks the vein, and tells you there is going to be a slight sting or pinch.  Then the needle is in and after five minutes or so you are off the bed and on your way to the snack table for refreshments.  The nurse likes you to stay there to make sure you’re okay.  Then after around fifteen minutes you can get up and leave.
     So you can see that donating blood is not as horrible as some people say it is.  After a few quick procedures you’re in and out and always remember that your blood could save someone’s life.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.
APRIL – 1983

6th-Sunny windy-57° at 12.
7th-Sunny am L. breeze Cloudy Windy pm rain-62° at 12.
8th-Showers some fog-48° at 1 pm.
9th-Sunny windy-56° at 1 pm.
10th-Sunny am Cloudy pm-62° at 12.
11th-Snow 2 or 3 in.-38° at 12.
12th-Cloudy few sprinkles-42° at 5 pm

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By Valerie Robertson
     Just a quick update to let everyone know we are still alive and kicking and peeping and quacking and blaating.  I have been sooo busy compiling the cookbook, “Cooking With Paws”, that I’ve barely had time to care for the animals, much less write about them.  Last night at 1 AM, I put the finishing touches on the index and am proud to say the cookbook is done! I can’t believe the wonderful collection of recipes and anecdotes you folks submitted.  I am sure that anyone will be proud to be a part of this fundraiser.  The cookbooks are so entertaining besides containing the most delicious recipes ever.  If you have an hard-to-buy-for person on your gift-giving list, have I got the gift for you!!  The books should be here before Mother’s Day (cross your fingers!), and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
     The newest baby chicks are 2 weeks old today, and all are thriving. I had forgotten how fast they grow and how entertaining they are.  I am raising them in the feed room this year instead of our bedroom as the new members of our kitty clan were once wild and responsible for catching their own dinner and a box full of peeping tidbits is asking for a bit too much self-control from the cats.  As it is they spend a lot of time staring up at the parakeet cage planning things.  The 2 parakeets don’t seem to notice that the only thing between them and doom is a bit of wire and 5 feet of air.
     I have 7 duck eggs and 4 chicken eggs in the incubator and I plan on them hatching on April 14th.  That is the second session of the Kiwanis Kid’s Korner library program and I HOPE a few of the eggs cooperate and hatch that afternoon.. Aren’t I the optimistic soul !  No matter what happens, when you get 40 young children in a room with eggs it is guaranteed that something wild will happen.  I can’t wait to resume the program and I hope the kids are as glad to see me as I will be to see them.
     We have plenty of beautiful kitties at the shelter waiting to be adopted.  The little guy in the picture below is Norman and he is still going through a period of acclimation, but he will make someone a great pet once he gets some confidence.  We just love him!



     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 Zamboni greeted nineteen members, guest speakers Elders Murray and Skoll, and Key Club members Kayla Bailey, Dillon Conley, and Dawn Patten.
     Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked for well wishes for those recovering from health problems.
     Chris Almy read an inspirational message “In Defense of Geezer”.  A boy traveling to a family gathering was expecting to see some geese but wound up thinking it was a group of old geezers!  Older people have lower expectations but they still want ice cream on their pie.
     Correspondence from the Dover-Foxcroft and Orono/Old Town Kiwanis clubs was circulated.
     Chris Almy celebrates his birthday on April 1.
     Eleven happy and sad dollars were donated for the good weather, the snow being almost gone, the Variety Show, calendar sales, a great front page story, and being the 3rd oldest geezer in the room!  Hmm, who did put that dollar in?
     Trish Hayes updated us on the Key Club activities; raffle tickets for Dreams for Maine Kids, helping with the Kiwanis Kids Korner library program, a trip to Manna on April 19, traveling to Greenville last night, and Service Awards at PVHS on March 31st.
     The Kiwanis Kids Korner library program will start up again on April 7.
     Roy Bither is planning an interclub to Greenville on April 6.
     Joe told us that the Gazebo Fund is over $7500 at the present time.
     Kathy Witham said that any and all dessert donations are more than welcome for the Variety Show on April 2 and 3.  The final rehearsal will be Thursday evening.
     The April speakers are as follows: April 7-Amber Gahagan will speak on sexual harassment, April 14-Chris Scheif from Milo Family Practice, April 21-Appalachian Mountain Club representative, and April 28-Jerry White from the YMCA in Dover-Foxcroft.
     Our guest speakers today were two very personable young men, Elders Murray and Skoll, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  They are doing their mission work in this area for the required two years.  Elder Murray is from Washington and attended Brigham Young University for a year, majoring in pre-med.  Elder Skoll is from Los Angeles and attended Utah State University for a year. 
     They told us that there are 60,000 Mormon missionaries around the world.  When the young men reach the age of nineteen, 21 for young women, they may apply for a mission.  The church in Salt Lake City determines where each person will do his or her missionary work.  Their day begins at 6:30 am with an hour of bible study, which they do in pairs.  After breakfast they go into the community until noon and are expected to do four hours of community service each week.  This area has an active congregation of 30 people.  After two years they return to their studies.
     They believe in a perfect God and their mission is to preach the gospel from the Book of Mormon.  They are taught that to reject the plan of salvation means wickedness but to accept the plan leads to a life of happiness.  Elder Murray told us that the church’s beginning was in 1820 when Joseph Smith prayed and received a vision of God and Jesus.  The message, if you pray you will find an answer.
     Thank you for starting our day on a positive note!

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