Three Rivers News, 2004-04-13

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 .

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

     By clipping the Box Tops for education coupons found on many of your favorite products, you can help area schools earn thousands of dollars.  The school earns ten cents for each coupon submitted!!
     A handy list of participating products is on the last page of this paper…save it and use it to choose your groceries.  Coupons can be deposited at the Milo Farmer’s Union in the P.A.W.S. donation box or dropped into any Three Rivers News display box. This is an amazing way to earn money for your schools!! For more information or ways your organization can help, call Wendy Bailey at 943-7458.

Bandit’s Headed for the Rabies Clinic


     The Penquis Valley Middle School Student Council has been busy these past few months. They recently attended a Leadership Conference at the Brewer Auditorium and listened to keynote speaker Mr. Phil, who is known for his leadership talks around the world. Five student council members attended this meeting, Jessica Kahl, Britnee Genthner, Kelsey Ottman, Shelisha Clark and Haley Flanders. The students had an enjoyable morning participating in several activities led by Mr. Phil.
     The council is in the midst of doing fund-raising for the State Conference, which will be held at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine on May 24 and 25. The students will be spending the night at MMA and will participate in many student council activities. The students are busy raising money to go. They have had two bottle drives, are having a raffle presently, will have a car wash at United Kingfield Bank on Main St. in Milo on Saturday, April 17,and a dance on April 16. They need to raise $1600 in order to attend the state convention.
     Thanks to all of you who donated bottles for this cause.
The students are now planning a fun time at the middle school. They are having a Spring Fest April 12 to 16. Each day is a certain dress up day and on Friday afternoon they will be playing several games in the middle school gym. It is the 7th grade against the 8th grade. The winning grade will receive a pizza party, compliments of the student council. On Friday every student will
receive free snacks during the PAT time, a short time each day that small groups of students meet with the same advisor.
     Student council members are Caitlin Ballard, Kelsey Ottmann, Stephen Morse, Logan Greenlaw, treasurer Shelisha Clark,Kyla Whittemore, Crystal Hathorn, Britnee Genthner, President Sarah Philbrick, Vice-President Haley Flanders, Secretary Jessica Kahl, Chelsea Clark, Brian Zwicker, David Olmstead, Travis Willette, and Tom Bender. Advisor is Virginia Foss.

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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.

Brownville Trivia
By Bill Sawtell

Choose the best answer.

1. John Morrill was a (a) blacksmith (b) horse trader (c) race car driver (d) quarryman.

2. Donna Mae Jones appeared on the (a) Dick Curless (b) Curley O'Brien (c) Spotlight on Youth (d) Stacy's Country Jamboree Show.

3. Charles Stanhope was a (a) dentist (b) podiatrist (c) general practitioner (d) psychiatrist.

4. Rodney Ross came here from (a) New Hampshire (b) New York (c) New Brunswick (d) New Jersey.

5. Colonel Walter Morrill once owned the (a) Merrill Quarry (b) Crocker Quarry (c) Highland Quarry (d) Abee Quarry.

6. (a) Greta Connors (b) Nancy Cook (c) Pauline Thomas (d) Sophie Wilson was the first woman selectman.

7. (a) FDR (b) Sir Winston Churchill (c) Hitler (d) JFK came through Brownville.

8. Brownville's population is in the (a) 1000s (b) 1200s (c) 1400s (d) 1500s.

9. Erin Weston plays (a) first base (b) second base (c) outfield (d) shortstop

10. Brownville had a covered bridge for (a) 38 (b) 48 (c) 58 (d) 68 years.

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

Tellington TTouch Demonstration Sponsored by P.E.T.S.
(Prevent Euthanasia Through Sterilization)
Saturday, April 17th, 10am to 12pm
Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft
$10 fee with all money donated to P.E.T.S. for spaying and neutering
Limited space so please sign up if possible by email
( or by calling Cheryl Lord, 285-7329 or
Mary Shapleigh, 564-8092
Only humans can attend There will be some animal assistants there for
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Town of Brownville hiring for recreation dept.
BROWNVILLE - Anyone interested in working for the Brownville Recreation Department this summer should contact the town office at 965-8768 no later than April 15.

Cub Scouts ~ Pack 111
PO Box 24
Brownville Junction, Maine 04415  965-8632

To our Neighbors in Scouting,
     We would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who helped to make our spaghetti supper a huge success. Thanks to the people in the community who bought tickets and those who came and enjoyed the supper. With the help of parents, scouts and leaders it wouldn’t have been possible.
     We would like to extend a special thank you to C & J ‘s, The Milo Elementary School, Christine Bearce, David Walker, Dan “Sonny” Connors, and Trisha Stanhope for going above and beyond to help make the supper a success.
     To show our appreciation back to the community we were able to donate unused items to the Milo Food Cupboard.
     Thank you for your continued support of Cub Scouting.

Yours in Scouting,

The Tigers, Wolves, Bears & Webelos
Pack 111

Members of Pack 111


     At our assembly this week, Shawn Carey and Christina Cote were recognized as Bus Students of the Week by driver Joe Beres.
     Mrs. Worcester was our pianist this week and she is teaching us a new song, "Red,White and Blue." Maurice Mahar shared a song about vowels with us. Several third grade girls shared poems with the group, Margaret Bubar,
Haley Knowles and Magen Lancaster read "Hey Smarty Zoo Party" , Jessie Rae Moulton and Alexis Larson shared "Turn Off the TV". Fourth graders Shane Emery and Darren Lewis read "Katie Kissed Me."
     At our Move and Improve drawing this week Ricky Bradeen, Megan Leonard, Macy Carey, Tristan Beckett and Aaron Goodine won prizes. We have some new prizes for our drawing. Mr. Garry Nickerson, kindergartner Dillon's
dad, donated a big bag of mini Nerf footballs to the school as well as a large bag of soccer balls. Students will have a chance to choose a football during the weekly drawings. We shared some of the footballs and soccer balls with the other elementary schools and with Mrs. Russell. We are so lucky to have such supportive families in our district. The
picture shows Dillon and third grade Terrific Kid, Brooke Morrill,  with some of the donated equipment. Thank you, Mr. Nickerson.

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Terrific Kids from the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Mrs. Barden's Terrific Kids are a great bunch of girls. They have been very well behaved and helpful to her substitute. Mrs. Linda says they followed all the rules and did their work just like Mrs. Barden was there. It is so nice to know they will take care of everything when I
am gone. The second grade teachers are going to love them. Our super terrific girls are CHELSEY GERRISH, MAKAYLA KELLEY, ERICA BOWDEN AND MORGYN MCARTHUR.
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has a great smile to brighten our days. She has made progress in all of her school subjects. She is adding detail to her stories, her handwriting shines, and her math skills are soaring. She follows the rules and that makes my day easier. Thank you BROOKE MORRILL. Your are terrific.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid has made some terrific progress since she has come to Milo Elementary. She has learned the I Care rules. Her daily assignments are done on time and her homework is returned each day. She is always looking for ways to help classmates and adults. We look forward to her stories - she has developed a great imagination. Congratulations to CASSIDY MAYHEW.
Mrs. Gillis
This girl has a little cousin Grady,
He's a few months old and the cutest little baby,
In his UMaine clothes, he's the youngest fan,
Someday he'll look up to his cousin Kam.
Congratulations, KAMBREA ATKINSON!
(Grady is one of Kam's favorite topics to  write about.)
Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid lights up the classroom with her smile, and she has a heart of gold. She is a friend to everyone in the class, helps others with their work, and is diligent in completing her assignments. She carries over her terrific behavior to the bus too! She loves puppies, the
color blue, and handwriting time. Her stories are very interesting! We are happy that EMILY ARMOUR is our Terrific Kid!!
Mrs. Hayes - This week we are celebrating the accomplishments of Our Whole Class. Our little bunnies are hopping into spring with enthusiasm and excitement. They are showing Mrs. Hudak some great math skills and Mrs. Marie, Mrs. Linda, Mrs. Royal and Mrs. Walker are proud of the fluent and expressive reading they hear from these students! They are even showing their reading skills to some of our fourth grade friends. Happy spring and Happy Easter to all of the students in our class! Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - COLBY WYMAN--Colby has been working hard to be a neat writer and get S+ on his papers! He has improved his story writing and is working hard to learn new math skills.
     Colby has been making better behavior choices, too. We are proud of his progress, Good job Colby! (Congrats from Aunt Val!!!)

BOBBI MERRILL--Bobbi recently returned from a family vacation in Florida and we were very pleased to see that she had completed her vacation journal and other work we sent with her. Bobbi has been working hard to improve her reading skills and enjoys the books we read at group time. She is a good friend and active listener. Congratulations Bobbi!
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - We have two terrific bunnies this week in Kindergarten. One is a girl and one is a boy. She has a very pleasant smile and a heart of gold. She loves stories, calendar time, computers and recess. Last week she was a bus award winner. She follows the Golden Rule and loves Peanut Butter Sandwiches but is trying new foods. She surprised us and herself when she ate all of her tuna sandwich this week to grow taller like her sister. We love our days with MIRANDA POMERLEAU. Congratulations
     Our next bunny is a little guy who has a sister and a brother. He comes right in everyday and does his morning jobs, orders his lunch, does the question of the day and LOVES to be the one to pass out the morning papers. He really loves stories and to be read to too. He is a real super-duper colorer and always eats a good lunch. We love our days with CLAYTON BUBAR, Congratulations
Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific Kid this week is Lindsay Brown. She has worked very hard this week on some very difficult goals. Congratulations on attempting to meet them and keep trying!!!!

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     Maine hockey spirit was alive at Milo Elementary. Mrs. Walker, Mrs.Dunahm, and Raymond Sickler wore their Maine shirts in preparation for the NCAA tournament. Raymond was so excited about the game, he had to write about the Black Bears vs. Boston College game in his Reading Recovery journal.

From Brownville Elementary:
     Brownville Elementary's Blake Morrison, a Kindergarten student, and Danielle Word, a Fifth Grade student, were winners in the Brownville P.T.O's Easter Bunny Coloring Contest, which ended on Friday. The students were presented with Easter baskets filled with candy and outdoor sports equipment. Congratulations Blake and Dani !

From the Cook School:

     It was an EGG-citing week at the Marion C. Cook School. Val Robertson donated several dozen colored, brown and white eggs to our students. Grades 4 and 5 compared the duck eggs, the guinea hen eggs and the chicken eggs. Many observations about the uniqueness of each egg was made.
     5th grader Alyssa Gray demonstrated the fine art of blowing out an egg. She patiently explained how to gently hold the egg and to slowly make holes in the ends using push pins. Alyssa blew out her egg. The other students eagerly blew out one or two eggs of their own. Comparisons were made between the yolks in the different types of eggs.

Rosie Theriault carefully blowing out her egg.

     After the eggs were cleaned, students decorated them using sharpie pens (generously donated by Morgan Drake), beads and other materials. Ms. Ivy's class painted their hardboiled eggs to put in baskets of newly grown grass. Mrs. Carter's class dyed and decorated eggs that were donated by student Tyler Tibbets. An EGG-CELLENT time was had by all.

Isaiah Bess decorating his egg.

April Morgan painting her egg.

Terrific Kids
     Our April 9 Terrific Kid assembly began with Grades 4 and 5 singing and dancing to Phil Vassar's song, "Words are Your Wheels." Mr. Walker and Mrs. Zelkan recognized APRIL MORGAN, CODIE DONLON AND RACHAEL WOOD as Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy said that April is always terrific. She gets along well with others and always has her work done. April was recently absent due to illness. She made up all of her work with a great attitude. Mrs. Carter said that Codie also worked hard catch up after being absent. He has taken good notes home about behavior every day this week. Rachael has been making good choices. She is working hard at getting along with others. Miss K. is proud of Rachael's improvement in attitude, behavior and academic work.
     Kathy Foss gave Bus Student of the Week awards to Samantha Noke, Tyler Tibbets and Alyssa Gray. Move and Improve prizewinners were Cassidy Parker, Trevor Lyford,
Rachael Baker and Mrs. Lavigne.
     We celebrated Rose Theriault's 12th birthday.

Congratulations to all our Terrific Kids.

Jacob Turner decorating his egg.

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Bryan Russell concentrating on poking holes in his egg.

Trevor Lyford is an artist as well as an X Games enthusiast

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall
     My, the library was busy on Wednesday! The Kiwanis Kids Korner started their spring sessions on April 7. It all began when Joe Zamboni, the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club president, and his black Newfoundland dog, Max, Don Harris, Frank Cochrane and Key Club members, Ashley Case and Becca Madden walked the children down from the Milo Elementary School. What a beautiful spring day they had to begin the program. Such a lovely day for a walk!
     The 27 children were chattering excitedly as they poured through the door and headed right downstairs. Although there were several new members, most were veterans and knew just where to go for the fun. Val and Dottie Brown, Key Club members Kayla Bailey and Dawn Patten, and Rainbow Girls, Meghan McGuinness and Jamie Perkins, were all waiting to help the “Kids” have an enjoyable time. Two bunny cakes had been masterfully made by Susie Ricker for refreshments, which the children enjoyed with juice or milk. After the snack, Val showed pictures from the book, Inside an Egg because she had brought an incubator with several duck and chicken eggs. Val expects the eggs to open on April 14 and hopes a few will hatch during the Kiwanis Kids session. How exciting! She also read the book Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones (to lay eggs) by Ruth Heller.

     The craft this week was tissue paper egg dyeing, and Val had brought lots of hard boiled eggs for the kids to color. She said things went very well with the craft , as there were so many helpers available to give the youngsters a hand. Pam and I were upstairs as this activity was taking place because small groups of “Kids” were sent up for library time intermittently. The “old-timers” enjoyed taking out any juvenile book they desired while the new “Kids” had to settle for paperback books. But next week when the new “Kids” bring library cards signed by parents, they too can enjoy borrowing any book.
     Eventually I went downstairs to see how the program had gone. To my surprise the Mormon Elders Murri and Scoll were also part of the adult group. They too had helped out with the “Kids” and the craft time. By this time everyone was working hard on cleaning up as the youngsters had all left clutching eggs and craft supplies. What a wonderful start to the program. Our thanks to Val Robertson, all the many helpers and the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club who have such a great thing going for the children in the community.
     We have a new series of juvenile books by Lemony Snicket---A Series of Unfortunate Events. I had read a few of these books , was delighted to have requests for them and decided to get the whole series for the library. The books begin with the statement that if the reader is looking for a simple and cheery tale they should shut this book right now and read something else. The books recount the history of the three unlucky Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and their baby sister, Sunny. Just reading the titles will tell you of their horrible ( but entertaining) misadventures. The orphans are plucky and have made it through ten books so far. The books are interesting and amusing ( if unfortunate events can be amusing) and read somewhat like a Dickens novel. Here are the titles of this miserable series.


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

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

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Crossman/Twombly engaged
     MILO Mr. and Mrs. George Crossman, along with Mr. and Mrs. Alton Twombly of Lincoln, are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Lynne M. Crossman of Medford to SSg.Mark S. Twombly of Lincoln.
     Lynne is a graduate of Penquis Valley High School in Milo and Maine State Academy of Hair Design.  Mark is a graduate of Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln and is a member of the Army National Guard.
     Lynne and Mark are both employed at Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln. Mark is currently deployed with the 112th Med. A.A. Station in Iraq.
     A May 2004 wedding is planned.

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy
Continued  - Part  IV

Editor’s note: This is the fourth 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 first faint scent of change – a mere breath of things to come – could have been detected by the keen-nosed of the town, in the 1880’s.  Shifting population patterns, economic pressures, too many untrained teachers, and perhaps the beginning of the slightly more stringent state requirements, began to turn glances of disapproval toward the smaller, outlying schools.  There was a whisper, faint at first that it might be to the advantage of scholars and town alike if some of the punier districts merged.  For a decade, it was only a whisper, for the tradition of the district school had a firm hold that only very persuasive reasoning could break.  Gradually, however, and years later the voices calling for bigger schools with better-trained teachers prevailed.
     The Murray school on the-uh-(back) Brownville road, was the first to go, about 1895.  With its closing, the few scholars in District 6 were sent trundling off up the Ryder road to the Stanchfield Ridge school.  And Linnie Dick’s story “The Haunted House”, as of about 1906, pictures this old, abandoned schoolhouse “with staring windows, and door asag.”
     The Drake and Hobbstown schools merged, temporarily at least, a few years later; and the Sargent Hill and Holbrook schools became one before the end of the century.  These mergers weren’t always lasting, it must be stated.  From time to time, both schools that had been joined would pop up again as separate entities.

     These changes, uniting the smaller schools, didn’t seem to affect the efficacy of the system as a whole.  The district schools continued to operate for two decades longer.  The last four closed for good in 1923, after which the centralized, or consolidated school system took over.  Thereafter, pupils (still “scholars” in common usage) from all districts were transported to one or the other of the two population centers of the town – Derby (still by some called Milo Junction), and Milo village.
     The consolidated school system lasted until, roughly, fifteen years ago when the super-consolidated school system, or School Administrative District, succeeded it.  Under the S.A.D., upper grade and high school students from the several towns that have consented in this educational group marriage, are transported smoothly, in warm weather and cold weather alike – what with heated buses, surfaced roads, and giant snow plows – into new, expensive, centralized schools.  Hot noon lunches delivered throughout the system add to the comfort and convenience the School Administrative District had contributed to modern education.  And over all, the hand of the state looms larger and larger.
     In writing this final word on the antiquated district school system, we shouldn’t fail to give deserved praise to its desperately underpaid teachers, particularly after the drastic changes in sequence and study content, beginning in 1984.  For, working under the most primitive of conditions, they achieved, nevertheless, some astonishing results.
     We must admit, of course, that life was simpler and less hurried in their day than it is in ours.  The sum of knowledge was much less; anxiety and tension hadn’t appeared in any widespread influence on leisurely living; economic, social, and racial complexities were decades in the future; and the all-seeing eye of television was still unthought-of.  It would be two or more generations, depending on the time we date from, before that commercial-haunted eye would turn the world into a goldfish bowl – and a whole generation of young people into uncritical and docile viewers of the passing scene sandwiched in between the laff show, and violent western, and the murder-motivated detective film.
     However we may look at the times by way of comparison, though, the pupils (all right, “scholars”) coming out of these district schools from the mid-90’s on, could read, could write with reasonable clarity, and could figure with sufficient accuracy to meet their needs as active citizens.
     In writing thus, I am not seeking to make any comparisons of intelligence, then and now.  It seems self-evident that the protoplasm out of which homo sapiens has his, or her, being doesn’t change appreciably for better or worse.  It is more than likely that native intelligence, in its potential for development, has remained about the same in all ages since man, and woman, became man and woman.

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham
     Thank you, thank you.... citizens of Milo and friends far and wide. The turnout for the "Grand Old Milo Opry" Variety Show was unprecedented. Basking in the success, I sit today plotting and planning for next year. I think that I told a friend to slap me silly if I even mentioned ever doing the variety show again....but with it behind me....I'm starting to reconsider. When it's over and you know that it was's easier to think about doing it again.
     There was an unsung hero that I neglected to make special mention of when thanking everyone but the dishwasher for their help in putting the show together. That hero is actually a heroine....Cece Harmon. Cece worked behind the scenes writing music and inspiring everyone to loosen up and show their enthusiasm. She's got more stage presence in her little finger than the rest of us have in our whole bodies. She played the piano beautifully, accompanying the Notabelles, the Notabillies and the Wellness Team. I can't thank her enough....and wish I'd thought of this sooner.
     I had three tulip plants to take to the show Saturday night to give as gifts. I wanted to be sure that Stephanie Gillis got a plant and Chris Beres, too. Carroll was trying to fit all of my dunnage into the cab of the truck and he said, "Who is this third plant for?" I told him I didn't know. "Then why are we taking it?" he queried. "Well," I answered, "In case I think of who I should give it to." I figured that if I didn't take it...surely I'd think of who I was forgetting.
     All the time it was Cece. Unfortunately, I didn't think of it til the middle of the night. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. What could have been wrong with my head? So, Cece, I owe you a tulip plant!!
     Have you tried the French onion soup at the new Red Earth Riverside Cafe? You've got a treat in store for you when you do. I can also personally attest to the fact that the Veggie - feta in a spinach wrap is the best sandwich I've ever had. The vegetables are crisp and cold. The cream horns with raspberry or peanut butter filling are absolutely to die for. What a delightful place to anchor Milo's Main Street. If I could have set it up myself....I wouldn't change a thing. They've even built a little deck for patrons to picnic on when the weather warms up. It will be fun watching the river and the goings on at the park from that vantage point. Kudos to the owners....and to Shelley, who is cooking and doing a wonderful job!
     The snow is almost gone.....and I hear there is a storm approaching tonight. WHAT??? I don't want anymore snow. I'm looking forward to having the driving worries behind us. I know that no matter what time of year...getting behind the wheel of a car and moving that much horsepower anywhere is dangerous. I've always had a healthy respect for the motor of my car, but when you get out on the highway in a snowstorm, you

really run a risk. You might be in complete control....but what about that guy who's approaching you.
     Have I ever told you about the time I took the defensive driving course back in the late 70's? Co-sponsored by Adult Education and the Neoteric Club M.F.W.C. , we met at Penquis Valley High School, and a retired driving instructor came over from Dover to teach the students....most of whom were women who ranged in age from 50 to 80. It was a life changing experience for me....I've never driven the same since I took that course (much to the chagrin of my husband). Martha Gould, God rest her soul, was one of the students. Any of you who remember Martha...also remember that she was a force to be reckoned with on the streets of town. You had to give her credit for her gumption...but you also had to give her a wide berth when she got behind the wheel. How we ever talked her into taking the course, I don't remember. But, she was the class clown....a real good sport.
     I preached the virtues of Defensive Driving.....and still do. Those were lessons that opened wide my eyes. To further stress the level of importance I place on the knowledge I learned while taking that course, the UPS man once told me that their drivers must complete an extensive Defensive Driving course. Doesn't it make you want to ask everyone if they've taken the course? Don't do that! But, it might not be a bad idea for some group or organization in town to find an instructor and sponsor the course a time or two. It shouldn't be that people who have a driving record are the only ones who take a course in Defensive Driving. I'm not even sure that people with records are offered that type of a course anymore.
     Ginger is one of my favorite spices. I love nutmeg and cinnamon, too, but ginger is pretty much my all time favorite. I have a few recipes with ginger in them....but this is a nice little recipe that I found lately that sounds really yummy.

Frosted Ginger Creams

1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup water

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1 and 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice

     In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with water (dough will be soft). Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls placed 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool.

DAVID AND CECE HARMON WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND their thanks to Kiwanis and everyone who sent cards and well wishes during David’s recent stay in the hospital.  He is headed back to work on Monday, April 12. 

For an evening of fine music join us at Park
Street UMC on Sunday April 18 at 7:00 pm for the
combined choirs of our local churches in Milo and
Brownville. Also the NOW committees will meet at Park Street on Monday April19th at 7:00PM  

A Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 11
Dams and Power -
Rediscovering Maine's Abandoned Dams
Maine Times – Ron Poitras - Sept. 16, 1977
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)

     Maine has lots of locations suitable foe hydropower development, according to Gleeson. Some have been abandoned and need considerable repair; others have been recently running and have good available equipment that can be used. "There's also an established practice of selling hydropower to Maine utilities which is always helpful," says Gleeson. "That's not always so elsewhere."
     Gleeson, in a proposal to the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), estimated that in a few years he could produce 21,000 kilowatts of power from approximately 40 sites. The average capacity of sites he's particularly interested in is the the neighborhood of 400 to 500 kilowatts. Maine Yankee has a capacity of 800,000 kilowatts. However, a 500-kilowatt station theoretically could serve the needs of 700 families. Gleeson and his Maine Hydro Electric Development Corporation recently opened offices in Belfast, the location of one of his best prospective water

power sites. Five dams in a four-mile stretch of the Goose River could, combined, provide up to 710 kilowatts of power. Although hydropower development has considerable potential the state's energy appetite dwarfs the contribution Gleeson has estimated he could provide. The 21,000 kilowatts of added hydropower generating capacity would contribute just over one percent of the state's total requirement.
     Nicolaisen's prospects are much more modest. He's only interested in one waterpower mill. "The mill I'm looking at in East Union is capable of generating 40 horsepower or 29 kilowatts which, by conventional standards, isn't much. Yet I think it's enough to do what we want to do -- the development and small scale production of wood, iron and steel farm and home tools and equipment." Nicolaisen would have a small woodworking shop, a forge and possibly a small foundry. Already he's producing custom stoves, does forge work, makes pokers and circular stairways. A solar food dehydrator designed by Solar Survival of New Hampshire will be one of the first items Nicolaisen intends to manufacture in East Union. (continued next week)


In Loving Memory Of:

ANGEL PATRICIA LADD Sept. 7, 1981 - April 10, 2003 Our Precious angel, it is hard to believe one year has passed. We miss you all the more. The emptiness in our hearts will never leave. Your family loves and misses you everyday. "The will to survive is like the final piece of the puzzle, without it we are lost. With it we continue on and strive to be better people than we were yesterday." Lovingly missed by Mom & Dad, and all your family and friends.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. Douglas F. Robertson 71, of 99 Union St., formerly of Meriden, Conn., died Monday, April 5, 2004, at home. He was born June 18, 1932, in Sherman Station the son of the late Neil and Susie (Daggett) Robertson. He had resided in Middletown for the past two years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Robertson loved to fly. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and David Cole of Maybrook, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law,, David and Rianne Robertson of Stanford, N.C.; three grandchildren, William and Joshua Cole of Maybrook, N.Y., Benjamin Robertson of North Carolina; four stepchildren, Robert Gerry of Unity, Mathew A. Gerry of Plainville, Conn., Johanne L. Fernald of Pittsfield, Barbara E. Sheehan of New Boston, N.H.; two sisters, Roberta Kittredge of Bangor, and Loretta Grinnell of Derby; one brother, Paul Robertson of Milo; several nieces and nephews, longtime companion, Roberta White of Middletown, Conn.; and a former wife, Marylin E. Webb of Winslow. A private funeral and burial will be held.

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BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Edith F. McGrath, 84, wife of James H. McGrath, died April 2, 2004, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Brownville Jct., the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Caparotte) Stevens. Mrs. McGrath had been a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brownville Jct., the Women's Sodality, Katahdin Senior Citizens, and the Bernard Jones American Legion Post No. 92 Auxiliary. She is survived by a son, Daniel and his wife, Dawne McGrath of Gardiner; a daughter, Florence Ann and her husband, Gerard Russo, of North Sebago; a sister, Rose Gennazzi of Brownville Jct.; five grandchildren, Anne Russo-Ladd, Gerard Russo Jr., Steven Russo, Magan McGrath and Meredith McGrath; four great-grandchildren, Alexander, Dakota, Hunter and Isabella Russo. Burial in the family lot in Pinetree Cemetery will be later in the spring.

SANGERVILLE – Anthony Gangitano, 64, died April 5, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born July 7, 1939, in Chelsea, MA, the son of James and Sophie E. (Kubicky) Gangitano. Anthony had worked on the family farm in Bradford for many years. He was a volunteer at Dexter Nursing Home and a member of St. Thomas
Catholic Church. Anthony loved to go dancing and also participating in the Special Olympics. He was predeceased by a brother, James, and a sister, Janet Gangitano Hanna. He is survived by a brother Joseph of Medway, MA; a sister-in-law, Theresa Gangitano of Bradford; several
nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Ann Noel of Bradford. He will be sadly missed by many dear friends at the Charlotte White Center. Burial in the Dover Cemetery will be later in the spring.

By “The Old Whittler”
     Today when the word tobacco is used, it usually refers to cigarettes or cigars.  The lost generation also smoked a pipe or chewed tobacco.  Almost anyone could light and smoke a cigarette or cigar, but “loading” a pipe and “tamping it” with just the right amount of pressure and frequency is now a lost art.  The so-called Corn Cob pipe was a favorite.  There was available canned and ready to use pipe tobacco.  The favorite brands were Velvet and

Edgecomb.  These empty cans were often used to hold fishing worms.
     There was another type of pipe tobacco used.  It was called ‘cut Plug’.  Almost every man who smoked or chewed tobacco carried a sharp jackknife.  This was used to shave pieces from the plug, which were deposited in the palm of the left hand that was holding the plug.  The right hand was used to close the knife blade and return it to the pants pocket.
     The plug was usually kept in the shirt pocket.  The pipe was held in the mouth while the ceremony of ‘rolling’ the shaved tobacco took place.  The heel of the right hand was carefully placed over the shaved tobacco.  The expertise of ‘rolling’ was passed on from generation to generation.  This was done in a quiet atmosphere if possible.  The length of time used and correct pressure plus a finely tuned rolling motion determined the texture of the final ‘load’.
     The load was carefully transferred to the right hand and the pipe taken from the left hand.  The tobacco load was folded into the bowl with slight pressure of the middle finger of the right hand.  This was called “tamping”.  The excess tobacco was brushed off the pants and shirtfront onto the floor.  The brushing was done carefully and was an amount equal to that put into the pipe.  This excess made a “ring around” on the floor.  One pants pocket was kept half full of wooden matches.  One of these was selected from the pocket with the right hand.
     The right leg was partially lifted and holding the match at the right angle and ‘swishing’ it on the pants lighted the match.  After the match had produced the correct length of flame, it was held on top of the bowl.  Small fast puffs were first putted through the stem.  If the tobacco didn’t stay lit, a small amount of pressure was applied until the tobacco caught.  The excess was brushed off again and added to the ‘ring around’.  By now the air was well polluted with blue smoke.  With the conversation completed and the pipe cooled, it was whacked onto one hand and dropped to the floor.  The ‘ring around’ was now completed.
      If matches ran out or weren’t available, a small piece was cut off the plug and chewed.  In a short time an excess of juice was built up and spit out.  An expert could hit a spittoon at ten feet every time.  I’ve been told that a “master spitter” could put a curve on one and hit a spittoon behind the leg of a table at six feet!
     So ends an era of tobacco consumption, which most smokers ended up with.
     An old friend, Charles Philpot, now passed on, was an expert at creating a ‘ring around’.

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SENIORS: High honors: Shawn Burke, Shannon Gerrish, Desiree Hogan, Jennifer Hussey, Amanda Kahl, Rebecca Madden, and Krystle Morrill.  Honors: Justin Allen, Heather Dolley, Melissa Gledhill, Vanessa Hartin, Ashley Marchant, Melissa Miller, Erika Morrill, Danielle Palmer, and Cameron Wellman.

JUNIORS: High Honors: Elizabeth Comeau, Jessica LaMunyon, and Maria Mills.  Honors: Jordan Allen, Erin Beasley, Derek Brewer, Samantha Chase, Danielle Graves, Elyse Kahl, and Lisa Koelsch.

SOPHOMORES: High Honors: Christina Gerrish and Kylie Palmer.  Honors: Adam Ballash, Tyler Herbst, Matthew Ludden, Jamie Perkins, and Alex Zwicker.

FRESHMEN: High Honors: Amber Benoit.  Honors: Kristin Burch, Krystle Leavitt, Amanda Maioriello, Jessica Metros, and Sean Murphy.

8TH GRADE: High Honors: Noah Bissell, Haley Flanders, Jessica Kahl, and Ryan Madden.  Honors: Nycole Carey, Kyle Gero, Jennifer Goodine, Lucas Knapp, Alex London, Dylan Lyford, Holly Moore, and Rebecca Perry.

7TH GRADE: High Honors: Paige McGuiness and Emily Mills.  Honors: Ryan Bailey, Bruce Benoit, Bradley Brown, Logan Greenlaw, Joseph Leland, Erica Lyford, Kelsey Ottman, Asa Sproul, and Shane Woodard.

Sponsored by the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club, A huge success!

     The Milo Town Hall Art Center was filled with patrons on April 2nd and 3rd to enjoy the Annual Kiwanis Variety Show.     The Heartwise Team tapped their toes to the Texas Charleston, John Curran sang the soulful song ‘Long Black Veil’, the Children’s Chorus entertained with the songs “Angels Among Us”, “Wah”, “Jonah”, and “Achy Breaky Heart”, and the Community Chorus sang a medley of country tunes plus “Annie, Get Your Gun”.
     The Smith Brothers, the very talented grandsons of Eddie and Nancy Oakes, showed their expertise on the fiddle and guitar.  Greta Sproul and Don Mendell’s renditions of “I Fall to Pieces” and “Mansion Over the Hilltop” were beautifully done. 

     The MSAD #41 Wellness Team gave everyone a chuckle when they sang “Hey Good Lookin” to a bespeckled Eddie Oakes.  The ever-popular Notabelles sang “Don’t Fence Me In” and “Mountain Dew”. 
     Holly Beaulieu’s powerful voice filled the hall with the Patsy Cline tune “Crazy” and a song by Leanne Rimes, “Blue”.
     The Notabillies made everyone laugh when they sang “Rumours” with lots of local gossip mixed in!  The down-home bluegrass music of Kevin and Elyse Sproul was a treat. Their love of music is evident in the words of the songs they write and sing.
     While the Community Chorus sang patriotic songs, the Color Guard, wearing Army and Marine uniforms, marched in.  The youngsters proudly presented the Stars and Stripes and a military flag.
     The entire audience joined in singing “Happy Trails to You” for the grand finale.
     Many thanks to Kathy Witham for organizing and directing this year’s Kiwanis Variety Show!

Community Chorus

Editor’s Note: The proceeds, $2300, will benefit the MSAD #41 children’s reading programs.

By Victoria Eastman
     Ever wish you could donate to a good cause but didn’t have the finances to be able to do so?  Now you can!  And it’s as easy as spring-cleaning.
     The Penquis Animal Welfare Sanctuary is holding a Book Fair for PAWS on May 22nd at the Milo Town Hall.  The proceeds from the sale will be used toward the purchase of the building in Milo presently being leased for the shelter.  To make a fundraiser a success, donations of readable, quality, used books and magazines are requested for the sale.
     If you would like to donate books or magazines for young and old alike, please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400 or leave your donations on the shelter porch or contact any shelter volunteer.
     Please remember PAWS while you are spring-cleaning and thank you so much for your support.

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     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Nancy Grant or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

     President Joe Zamboni greeted twenty members, guest Amber Gahagan, and Key Club members Ashley Case and Tristan Simonian, Past Lt. Gov. Doc Sherman, Hoyt, Joe, and Bonnie from the Dover club, and Roger, Don, Buddy, and Kenny from the Orono/Old Town club.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham prayed for those in the service.  Don Harris read an inspirational message that told us to “Look down, not up” to find God.
     The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared with all.
     Todd and Diane Lyford will celebrate their anniversary on April 11 and Jeremy Finson adds another birthday on April 12.
     Seventeen happy dollars were donated for the great variety show, David being back, all the superintendents in attendance, Holly’s fine singing, and a $430 donation from Maine Savings to the food cupboard.
     The Variety Show realized $2,321.13, which will benefit the MSAD #41 children’s reading programs.
     Trish Hayes told us that the Key Club had 31 members during the past year and served 725 community service hours!  Four members had over 50 hours and two members had over 100 hours.  The Kiwanis Club is very proud of the dedication shown by all the Key Club members and the leadership of Trish!
     Joe said that three grants have been written for the Gazebo Project with $2,500 already received from one.

April 1, 2004 Board of Directors business:

  1. RIF coordinator is needed for programs, as Heidi is unable to continue.
  2. Mr. Robert Skoglund, humorist, would like to host a fundraiser in conjunction with the Key Club.
  3. Prom dinner not possible this year due to scheduling difficulties.
  4. $100 donations to each; Boy Scout Troop #115 and Cub Scout Pack #111.
  5. $100 donation to District #1, Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, for the Annual High School Art Contest on Sunday, April 25, in Dover-Foxcroft.

     Speakers for April; Chris Schleif on the 14th, Representative from the Appalachian Mountain Club on the 21st, and Jerry White on the 28th.
     Amber Gahagan furthered the club’s training today by speaking to us about sexual harassment.  Most companies have policies concerned with all types of harassment but our community-based organization is a unique situation. 
     Sexual harassment can be in different forms: physically touching, massaging, hugging, and blocking someone’s path, verbal comments, whistling, and using sexually explicit names (babe or hunk), and non-verbal signals as staring, winking, invading a person’s space, and making gestures. 
     In certain circumstances many people are able to shrug or laugh off comments made by others.  The line is crossed when individuals are made to feel uncomfortable.  It can be very difficult to voice a complaint because someone might think it was just a mistake; they don’t want to ‘rock the boat’ or get the person in trouble.  False accusations may lead to issues with liability.  It’s also hard to tell someone that what they are doing is offensive.
     People have to be really careful with sending out e-mails containing questionable material.
     Children are so much more educated today but they shouldn’t have to deal with any form of sexual harassment.  It’s best to have at least two adults at all functions where young people gather. 
     It’s a matter of FEELING SAFE.
     Thank you, Amber, for the informative training.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

APRIL – 1989
13-P sunny L wind clouding up PM-50° at 1 pm.
14-M sunny Cloudy late pm-52° at 12.
15-Fog cloudy windy cold light snow in night-36° at 12.
16-Half snow & rain awhile, rain Sunday-38° at 12.
17-M sunny windy-48° at 3 pm.
18-Fog rain-30° at 12.
19-Fog Sunny breezy-38° at 11 am.

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