Three Rivers News, 2004-05-11
TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2004

CONGRATULATIONS ERIN upon your graduation from Husson College.
Your family is very proud of you!!!

P.A.W.S will be holding a Book Fair,
downstairs at the Town Hall at the same time.
Come and browse our HUGE selection of good, used books and magazines !! Nothing will be priced higher than $1.00, and there will be a great selection of kid’s books for 25-cents.   Grab a book to read while you enjoy your lunch. 

All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the
 P.A.W.S Building Fund.

The Milo Garden Club will meet at the Town Hall on May 11 at 1 p.m. Program to be "In House" workshop for the State Convention.  If you have any question call Joanne DeWitt  at 943-2486.





The Milo Farmer’s Union is one of the biggest supporters of our local animal shelter and this is a great opportunity to show your support.  Stop in, have lunch, pick up some groceries and CELEBRATE!! 

The Milo Recreation Dept. is offering a new session of "Cardio and Yoga"
     The 8-week session begins on Wed., May 12, at the Milo Town Hall. From 6:00 - 6:30, will be Cardio Kick-off, a half-hour exercise class designed to warm-up the body and burn calories. This will be a great chance to start working out again and prepare your body for fun, summer activities in a group exercise environment. Also, a great warm-up for the yoga class if you choose to stay.
     All that is needed are good sneakers, and comfortable clothing. $15.00 fee.
     From 6:30 - 7:30 will be our regular YOGA class with exciting new stretches and poses to improve flexibility and strengthen muscles, ligaments and joints. Please bring yoga mat,(tumbling mats are available if you don't have one) yoga blocks, a blanket and wore loose , comfortable clothing. Fee is $30.00
     You can attend either of these classes individually or team them together for 8 weeks for $42.00. Classes will run through June 30.
     Never tried Yoga, but have wanted to? Come to a "Beginners Only YOGA" night. On Tues. May 4, from 6:45 to 7:30, I will have an introduction to Yoga. Find out what takes place at a Yoga class and what it actually does for your body. Discover that Yoga is a non-competitive activity and everyone can do it.
     Guaranteed to go home feeling like you have just had the best stress-reliever that $5.00 can buy!!
     If you have any questions please call Cindy at 943-2630.

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JUNE 24 AND 25

     Plans are now underway for the Three Rivers Annual Kiwanis Auction.  While you are spring cleaning your house, cellar, or garage, dig out those unused items and donate them to the auction.  If you have something that needs to be picked up, you can call Joe at 943-2271, Eben at 943-2486, Fred at 943-7746, Herby at 843-2353, or Todd at 943-7733.
     For further information call Joe Zamboni at 943-2271.
     Proceeds from the auction help to finance the many Kiwanis projects for children and the community.

Brownville Trivia

Choose the best answer.

1. (a) Webber Jones (b) Dennis Larson (c) Paul West (d) Walter Farrar was the first to land at the Webber Jones Airport.
2. (a) Dennis Larson (b) Eli Zwicker Jr. (c) Bill Davis (d) Gary Chase scored the most points in a high school game.
3. Rev. John Meisner was a(n) (a) Republican (b) Democrat (c) Independent (d) Green.
4. Francis Brown was Moses Brown's (a) father (b) son (c) cousin (d) nephew.
5. Bilodeau's Restaurant was part of (a) Dillon's Hall (b) the Pleasant River Hotel (c) the YMCA. (d) the Briggs Block.
6. Max Cohen and Sargae Rugale came from (a) France (b) Spain (c) Poland (d) Russia.
7. Paul Arbo's wife was named (a) Maude (b) Lucy (c) Mary (d) Pauline.
8. Brownville could annex part of (a) Katahdin Iron Works (b) Sebec (c) Lake View (d) Williamsburg.
9. The Pleasant River has (a) One (b) two (c) three (d) four branches.
10. Brownville' first woman town manager: (a) Greta Connors (b) Nancy Cook (c) Pauline Thomas (d) Sophie Wilson?

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

     Our beloved Resolute Grange Number 188 Hall, which stood for 109 years, hosting not only Grange meetings but silent movies, all-day town meetings, minstrel shows, talent shows, Old Home Weeks, basketball games, celebrations, dances, and all forms of recreation, has come down with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.
     But for a nucleus of Brownville boys who grew up in the 1960s and played baseball on the adjacent playground, the building served as our "White Monster." (Our beloved Red Sox had their Green Monster, didn't they?) Any ball hit over the Grange Hall was an automatic home run. The ball could usually be retrieved down by Earl Gerrish's store. Once an Arthur Stanhope clout hit Ruth and Bud Ladd's house.
     Art, Darrell Rollins, and I hit our share out of the park. Once in a while, Bryan Artes would get take somebody deep. Gordon Joslyn was at a disadvantage. He hit from the left-hand side, and the hall was in left field.
     While most of us favored the Red Sox, Bryan was a staunch Yankee fan. Come October, he let us know about it, too.
     When we weren't playing ball together, we exchanged baseball cards or went to Earl Gerrish's for Royal Crown Cola when he opened up to work at 9:00 P.M. on Sunday nights. (Earl was a workaholic, if there ever was one.)

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     The Ecumenical Men's breakfast will be held at The
Restaurant on Thursday, May 13, at 7:00 AM. All men are welcome. NOW people are to meet on Monday, May 17th, at 7:00 PM. UMW will meet at 7:00PM on Wednesday, May 12th. Their will be a tag sale at Park Street UMC on Saturday May 29th. The time will be announced. 


     Friday night in Hampton Beach @ 8:00PM, we saw the man....BB KING. Hannah has been a big fan of BB King since she was 2 years old, thanks to my dad, as they would always listen to his music. Not only were we excited about seeing his show, because we had great tickets, but we got to meet him!
     After the show we went out by the tour bus and waited and hoped and prayed that we would get to meet B.B. King. Finally, we got our turn. We couldn't believe it. We were going on B. B.  King's tour bus. how awesome is that? It was our turn to go into the back of the bus to sit and meet and talk with him. It was everything you could have imagined. What a wonderful, wonderful man, just very caring and grateful. It was pretty funny to see Hannah's big eyes come out of her head when he told her to come see him. And if it was fine with mommy when he asked if he could give her his guitar pin he had on his jacket that night; of course like any great Mainer I said sure.
     He signed his book for us and shook our hands, which I had pledged to never wash again, that is until I spilled Hannah's slush puppy all over it. We said our good-byes and I even sang one of his songs. I was hoping to go on the road with him, but all he did was give me a big smile, which was pretty nice if you have ever heard me sing. We also told him how awesome he is and what a great show he had just performed, especially when you are 78 years old.
     We were on a high for the rest of the night; as a matter of fact, I think we still are. It was an AWESOME experience and a pretty cool thing to happen to some people from MILO, MAINE.

Editor’s Note: That’s a pretty cool thing to happen to folks from ANYWHERE!!

1973 vs. 2003

1973: Long hair-  2003: Longing for hair
1973: KEG-  2003: EKG
1973: Acid rock-  2003: Acid reflux
1973: Moving to California because it's cool-  2003: Moving to California because it's warm
1973: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor -- 2003: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
1973: Seeds and stems -2003: Roughage
1973: Hoping for a BMW -2003: Hoping for a BM
1973: The Grateful Dead -2003: Dr. Kevorkian
1973: Going to a new, hip joint -2003: Receiving a new hip joint
1973: Rolling Stones -2003: Kidney Stones

1973: Being called into the principal's office -2003: Calling the principal's office
1973: Challenge the system -2003: Upgrade the system
1973: Disco -2003: Costco
1973: Parents begging you to get your hair cut -2003: Children begging you to get their heads shaved
1973: Passing the drivers' test -2003: Passing the vision test
1973: Whatever -2003: Depends

     Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshmen. Here's this year's list:
     The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

  • Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
  • Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
  • The CD was introduced the year they were born.
  • They have always had an answering machine.
  • They have always had cable.
  • They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
  • Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
  • Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
  • They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
  • They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
  • They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
  • They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or "de plane Boss, de plane".
  • They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even w as.
  • McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
  • They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
  • Do you feel old yet?


From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid is a super reader. Mrs. Linda says she has written a lovely journal this week. She has all the Junie B. Jones books and is collecting the Treehouse books too. She will have a lot of good books to read this summer. Congratulations, KIMBERLY BEMIS

Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid this week is a wonderful, polite, caring young lady. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to lend a helping hand. She give 100% at all she does. It does not matter if it is schoolwork or simply being a great friend. We are very lucky to have JADE ZELKAN in our third grade class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a dear sweet girl. She is an active listener during class time. She is kind and helpful to all around her. We love having MAGEN LANCASTER in our class.

Mrs. Gillis –
She shows her mother love, not just on Mother's Day,
Her brothers Cody and Eddie to her are special in every way...
She lives by a quote once made by Ralph Waldo Emerson-
"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
Congratulations, Chelsea Cobb!

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Mrs. Dell'olio - Though our Terrific Kid is new, he has quickly become a fixture in our class. He is quiet and polite, usually with a smile on his face. He gets to work quickly, and makes every effort to get things turned in on time. We are enjoying getting to know our newest Terrific Kid, Zachary Days.

Mrs. Hayes - A sunny smile and a sunny disposition go with this Terrific Kid each day. She is not "bugged" by others and she is not a" bugger" herself. She is a beautiful flower blooming with ideas and knowledge that grows and grows every day. She rains down kindness and a caring attitude on all she meets. We are happy to have this young "joy" in our classroom and we know that she is a special gift to her mom on Mothers day. We are
all thankful for our very special JESSICA BROWN!

Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - KENNETH TARNOCZY - This boy is a very neat writer and works hard in all areas. If his blue eyes don't get to you , his winning smile will! Kenny is a very friendly young man and we love having him in our class.
JESSICA CROMMETT -This little girl is new to our class, but is fitting right in nicely. She is working on improving her handwriting and math skills. We are glad she is making new friends and adjusting well to her new schedule. Welcome , Jessica!

Mrs. Walker  and Mrs. Carey - This little guy is a terrific , kind, caring, respectful, friendly and a great helper in our room. HE is pleasant, polite, and   just a great drawer in his daily journal. His pictures are top notch and his characters are always smiling and happy. We love our days with CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON. Congratulations!!!!!

This sweet little girl does her morning jobs with out a hitch. She loves to color and draw pictures in her journal too. She is great at calendar time and is very polite each and every day. She is reading little books all the time. We too love our days with CHRISTINA COTE.  Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific Kid is new to Mrs. Whitney this year but has been to this school before. He was here in third grade and recognized many of his classmates and former teachers when he came back. He is working very hard at keeping his class work done and his attitude just right. This week has been a great week and we look forward to finishing the year this way. Great Job , BRYANT LUGO! Keep up the good work!!!

News from Milo Elementary
     The M.S.A.D. # 41 Wellness Team has been busy. They were invited to speak to the staff of the Old Town schools about their team. Staff members there are interested in getting a Wellness Team going and wanted some tips and inspiration. Six members of the team went and talked about our six year as a Wellness Team. showed our scrapbook and the slide presentation from last year's conference.
     On Thursday, April 29th, the Wellness Team sponsored a pedometer challenge. All staff were challenged to wear their pedometers to work that day and log their steps or distance for the day. Members of the team wore their team shirts and helped folks get the pedometers working. There was an excellent response to the challenge. It is surprising how many steps we all work in just going about our regular jobs. The recommendation for boosting a healthy lifestyle is 10,000 steps a day!! How close do you come? You'd be surprised.
     The Northeast Regional Principal's Association sponsored their annual Secretary's Night on Tuesday, April

27th. Superintendent David Walker, principals Shirley Wright and Christine Beres took their secretaries out for the dinner and entertainment. As always the meal was delicious and the group heard Clyde Folsom, local humorist. It is always fun to get away and meet with our colleagues in the region.

Kindergarten Registration

Milo Elementary has completed the registration of the 2004-05 Kindergarten class. 24 students were registered with 8 more names on the list. Students will be invited to an orientation on June 4th and screening will take place on June 11th and 14th. Brownville has completed their registration with 9 students registered. The orientation in Brownville will be on May 21st and screening will be on June 3rd and 4th. LaGrange will do their registration and screening on May 19th and 20th.

Their orientation will be on June 4th as well. LaGrange is expecting 8-10 students at last count.

In-service Plans

K-5 teachers will be scoring the spring writing prompt on May 17. They will also be working on refining the tasks for the local assessment system. On Tuesday, they will be participating in training in our Investigations math program.

Spring Programs

Stephanie Gillis has begun after school practices for a musical presentation on June 2. This program is called I'm Alive and contains a number of songs and reminders about the dangers of smoking. The program was provided to schools in the state through funding from the Healthy Maine Partnership program, funded by the tobacco settlement. The performers will be third, fourth and fifth graders and some members of the
Wellness Team.

The Hampstead Players, a troupe of actors from New Hampshire will present "Native American Heroes" to all elementary students K-5 at the Milo Town Hall on May 11th. This production was arranged in conjunction with other schools in the Northwoods Partnership.

School News
     Brownville History Day was celebrated on April 15, 2004. Student projects were on display. The fifth grade quilts were displayed as well. William Sawtell announced the names of the award winners. The theme for this year's projects was organizations.

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Third grade awards were: First place, Matthew Vachon, Brownville Community Church; Second place, Hayley Durant, Resolute Grange #188; Third place, Jason Durant, Alumni Building Video; and Honorable Mention, Krishanna Cook, Brownville Hot Shots.

Fourth grade awards were: First place, Stephanie Vachon Brownville Community Church; Second place, Taylor Lovejoy, American Legion; Third place, Joshua Stanhope, Brownville Map; Honorable Mention , Dylan Lougee, Ryan Heath, and Shayne McSwine, Brownville Historical Society.

Brownville Elementary has been selected, for the second year in a row, as RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Small School Champion!! This is a national award. Linda Lumbra, Literacy teacher in Brownville spends countless hours rounding up guest readers to read to students during RIF week.  Brownville Elementary will celebrate this award on Friday, May 21 at 12:45. All are welcome to attend.

Brownville’s Teriffic Kids

Milo Elementary will be hosting the Ocean Guy on May 24th and 25th. He will be meeting with all of the classes and will be teaching students about the ocean and ocean life.

First graders at Milo Elementary will be attending a presentation at the Maine Center for the Arts on May 26th. This will be entitled "Very Eric Carle." It will include a presentation of three favorite Eric Carle stories.

Students at the Marion C. Cook School will be traveling to Bangor on May 11th to se a presentation of "Pippi Longstocking." Pippi is a favorite character from children's literature. She has some amazing adventures.

On Wednesday morning, Milo Elementary students and staff participated in a program sponsored project called All Children Exercising Simultaneously. The project

highlights the benefits of being physically active for kids of all ages. The hope is that this will encourage a lifelong fun habit of being physically active. Last year, we were part of a group of 21,000 participants. Again this year, the whole school group gathered in the gym at 10:00 am. Each grade led a short exercise. The fifth grade started things off with Whitney's Warm-up activities. The Kindergarten class taught us some Cross over exercises. Mrs. Tardiff led us in a very challenging game of Simon Says.

Everyone was up and dancing as the fourth grade led us in the Hokey Pokey. Mrs. O'connor led us all on a Bear Hunt. And the grand finale was led by the third grade.......we were more than dancing to the Chicken Dance. Mrs. Hayes is our coordinator this year and will report our numbers and we will be anxious to see how many people participated across the state this year.

Thursday morning was a great day at Milo Elementary. The school gathered in the gym to greet Baxter the Big Black Bear, the Alligator and their creator, Rick Charette. He sang with us, taught us such great songs as I Spilled My Juice, Yellow Bus and some of our old favorites Where Do My Sneakers Go at Night ?, MUD, and Baxter. Mrs. Tardiff and Kenny Tarnoczy
helped Rick with Baxter. We had a large group of helpers for the
Alligator In the Elevator. The staff helped out with Bubble Gum. We heard I Love Reading and The Yellow Bus, too. Thanks to our Milo PTO for providing us with this great concert.

Cook School News
     The 4th and 5th grade students opened our May 7 Terrific Kid Assembly singing, "If I Had a Hammer."

Mr. Walker welcomed the staff and students to our celebration. Mr. Andrew Walker helped his father award Terrific Kid certificates to ZACHARY WHITMAN, TREVOR LYFORD and ALYSSA GRAY. Ms. Ivy said that Zach has been trying very hard. He is writing in his journal and being careful to write the letters on the line. He tried very hard to follow the rules. Mr. Walker II (as the students like to call him) was subbing for Mrs. Carter. He reported that Trevor is always a terrific student and friend. He gives 100 % all the time. He lends his markers and crayons to the other students. Trevor is willing to lend a hand whenever someone needs help. Miss K. praised Alyssa for being a role model and leader. Alyssa always
completes her assignments and does them well. She returns her homework daily. Alyssa is a responsible citizen. Bus Students of the Week: Josh Gray, Morgan Drake and Billy Parker.

Artists of the Week: Cassidy Parker, April Morgan and Josh Gray.Move and Improve Prize Winners: Cassidy Parker, Billy Parker, Hannah Bess, Justin Ottmann and Kathy Foss.

Terrific Teacher Awards were presented by Lillis Noke and Rose Theriault. Mrs. Carter is an excellent mother and
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teacher. Mrs. Farrar is a big help for K-1. Mr. Walker is doing a good job as principal. Mr. Andrew Walker was honored by Trevor Lyford for taking the time to sub for us today.

We celebrated the birthdays of Mrs. Farrar (lots of hand clapping and counting, age unknown) and Dakota Knowlton (age 6). Mr. Walker and the PTO thanked the staff for their continued commitment to our students. The PTO provided a wonderful lunch catered by Freda and Everett Cook in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. The staff thanks to the PTO for their support.

The students and staff of the Marion C. Cook School took part in project ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) on May 5th. The event highlights the benefits of being physically active for kids of all ages. It was a beautiful day. Everyone walked for 30 minutes.

In the picture below, Cassidy , Harmony, Zachary and Mrs. Farrar enjoy their walk.


     The Middle School softball team had it's season's opener on Wednesday against Greenville with a big win of 18-5. Congratulations girls.......keep up the good work..

Ginny Morrill hosted a "Now You're Cooking" informational forum at Penquis Valley High School on April 30 and May 1st. On the left was Kathy (?) who was the instructor for the 2-day class......there were Food Service staff from many surrounding schools, even as far away as Jackman and Vinalhaven.

Penquis had 9 of their kitchen queens attending a 2-day class. Kelly Carroll, Marilyn Lyford, Barbie Farrar, Ginny Morrill, Rosemary Chase, and Joan Eaton.Not pictured was Susan Mulherin, Teri Morrill and Judy Harvey.

On May 7 the Brownville 5th Grade traveled to Boston for their long awaited field trip. We first toured the Museum of Science before going to the Omni Theater to see “Chimpanzees”. It was a wonderful show.

After leaving the Museum we met our tour guide who walked with us for four hours on the Freedom Trail. There were many historical stops along the way such as Bunker Hill, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church. Many climbed the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. It was very exciting to see and hear about the same places we’ve studied in Social Studies.

We had a fantastic time and the students appreciate all the hard work of the parents and supporters who helped make this possible.

Here the 5th grade poses before they tour the Paul Revere House

The staff at the Brownville Elementary School was honored by the Brownville P.T.O. each day last week with wonderful surprises. The week of May 3-7 was Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Monday the staff found their teacher's room decorated in streamers and balloons and coupons for the snack box. Tuesday they had lovely muffins...Wednesday a huge fruit basket...Thursday the nice tee shirts that the staff is wearing in the photo and Friday, lunch for everyone from the Red Earth. WOW!!

The appreciation goes both ways because the staff appreciates being honored and would like to publicly thank the Brownville P.T.O. for all the wonderful things they do for the children at Brownville Elementary School. They make it possible for the staff to count on the extras all through the
school year.

It was a wonderful week and the staff "appreciates being appreciated". THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Last Friday Brian and Kristin Lee spent the day visiting with students atthe Milo and Brownville Elem. schools.

They had such a great time. They brought in their helmets and protective jacket and let the students try them on. They were all surprised at just how heavy they are.

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They also had display boards with many pictures. The students especially liked the pictures of beetles, scorpions and camels.

They all had great questions and Brian and Kristin really enjoyed the opportunity to share their experiences and to thank the students in person for all the goodies, letters and cards that the students sent to the soldiers.

Move and Improve Week #9
     It is hard to believe that this year's Move and Improve Program is drawing to a close. We have had great participation by MSAD #41 staff and students and a few brave souls from the community. Hope that the incentive to walk (or whatever you do to Move and Improve) will continue in the summer months ahead. Great time to make new habits a part of everyday life.

You may register completion of program on-line from May 2 to June 11th in order to be eligible for prizes.

To register completion follow these instructions:

The following directions are for individual participants entering their own completion rates for Move & Improve!

Go to the homepage of
* At the top of the page you will see a maroon line with a bunch of subcategories listed
* Go all the way to the right and click on the word "Login" and select "Participant"
* Enter your username and password
* Select "Enter my Goal Accomplishment" and you will see a welcome back statement with the program goal that you selected
at the time of registration.
* You will be asked "Did you complete that goal?"
* If yes, click on YES and you will see a congratulations statement
* If you completed the other goal level, click on NO and you will be asked if you completed the other goal, Select YES!
* That's it! Click on Continue! Then you can Log-Out, and you are
all done!

What are the Move & Improve Overall Prizes for 2004?
* 7 Adult cash prizes in the amount of $250
* 2 Adolescent (17 years of age and younger) cash
prizes in the amount of $100

Thanks for your participation!

Sue Chaffee, Site
Coordinator MSAD #41

A Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 15
Tour of Lower Penobscot Unveils History of Dams, Powerhouses
Bangor Daily News -- David Platt - October 23, 1984
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)

     A short distance down the Stillwater, before it flows into the Penobscot, another dam and powerhouse also have their origins in the paper industry. The Orono Dam was originally part of an International paper Co. mill, providing power for an operation. A portion of the dam supports a wall of the mill building.
     The present Orono powerhouse is several hundred yards downstream of the dam. Water reaches it via three openstocks, built partially of wood. Orono's 2.3 megawatts of capacity would be sacrificed for the new Basin Mills project, because the powerhouse would be flooded out. Powerhouse and openstocks would be removed when the project is built, but the dam would be left in place to maintain existing water levels upstream.

 Milford, another Bangor Hydro dam, was built for paper mill purposes. The utility now wants to expand it from 6.4 to 8.4 megawatts of capacity. At 38 megawatts of capacity, Basin Mills would become the largest generating station in the utility's system on the lower Penobscot, then constructed in the 1990's. The project includes a new 22-foot high concrete dam across the Penobscot, near the site of a dam built in the 1840's and washed away in the 1930's. A new powerhouse would be about 100 acres larger than the river as it runs today, but, according to Ayer, flooding would be nominal because the riverbanks are relatively steep.
     Another dam on the lower Penobscot doesn't involve Bangor Hydro directly, although the company would be buying its electrical output. Restoration of the breached Bangor Dam is a project of the Swift River Co., a Boston-based developer. Swift River wants to repair the dam and fill its breach with a specially designed gate that can be lowered to accommodate the annual salmon run up the river. The company would build a new powerhouse as well.
     The Bangor Dam project is controversial because the dam itself crosses the Penobscot just upstream of the Bangor Salmon Pool. Repairing the dam, fishermen argue, might hurt the fishing that has developed upstream and downstream since salmon were restored to the Penobscot. Salmon, in fact, are something of a preoccupation at the Veazie Dam. A fishway was first installed there in the late 1960's under the federal Model Rivers program. Later, the existing trap was built near the middle of the dam. Fish trapped there are trucked upstream for stocking purposes.
     Ayer's tour, which attracted about a dozen participants Sunday afternoon, will be repeated next Saturday if there is sufficient interest. Information on the tour (was available in 1984) from the Bangor office of the Maine Energy Extension.

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued  - Part  VII

     Mention of the leather strap for punishment calls to mind the entire subject of discipline, as it operated under the district system.
     Standing in the corner, facing away from fellow pupils, or simply “standing in the floor,” face to face with schoolmates, was the mildest of disciplinary impositions.  Sitting on the floor with feet sticking straight out was a bit more irksome.
     “They didn’t stay there more than five minutes before they were ready to behave,” Mrs. Agnes Sawyer, one of the living district schoolteachers told me.
     For the more obdurate, the disobedient big boys, young bucks, shaking their willful heads like naughty bulls, there were more violent means of establishing authority.  There was the ruler.  It could hurt a good deal without injuring.
     When a teacher called a pupil to her desk and commanded “Put out your hand!” the pupil was apt to wish he hadn’t done what he had done, for the whacks on the palm of the hand were painful.  For the incorrigibly disobedient, I have seen a teacher turn her ruler on its edge, not its flat side, to whack with.
     The pointer, too, a thick bludgeon at the base, tapering gracefully to a point, was handy to admonish the outlaw heavyweights.  It was kept on the teacher’s desk for pinpointing places on the map, but it wasn’t inappropriate to lay on the back on the biggest boys, big end to, if necessary.  Some schoolboys were grown up physically before they were responsible mentally, and could be quite trying.  On occasion, they had to be expelled on the spot- at least for the day.  “Turned out of school,” this categorical manner of discipline was called.
     Let me interpose here that Superintendent I.G. Mayo’s report in 1896 noted a school census of 325 persons in Milo “between the ages of 4 and 21.”

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     These, apparently, were the then extreme ages, young and old, for those called scholars.  The report did note that of these 325, 263 had attended school at some time during the year.  The average attendance cited by the report was 234.
     The upper age of 21 meant that probably a few just under the upper age limit sometimes attended school, maybe for study, more likely for the mischief they could devise to make life miserable for the teacher.  That meant trouble for a teacher who was at all weak or longsuffering.  Big boys were prone to take advantage of any indication of vacillation or other weakness in disciplinary readiness.  The wise and effective teacher was prepared to take stern measures at once, when mischief showed itself in the offing, before outright rebellion became an established fact.
     “I told my pupils, the first day, what I expected of them.” Mrs. Helen Livermore, another of the old, district schoolteachers, told me.
     “And I stuck to it,” she added.
     Discipline, in those days, was not only an item in the teacher’s repertory—it was expected by authorities.
     In the superintendent’s report of 1891, I.G. Mayo gave the following admonition to school agents:  “Select teachers who have some nerve.  More teachers fail in government than in their ability to teach.  When there is whispering and playing, there can be no prosperity.  The school is worthless.”
     A more specific reference to discipline appears in the Superintendent’s report on a certain teacher in 1895:  “This teacher worked faithfully but seemed to shrink from inflicting needed punishment on some of the unruly ones.  Words are not sufficient to keep some pupils in this school under subjection.”
     Parents, too, for the most part, at least in the 1910-15 period, expected their children to behave in school, a fact called to mind by Mrs. Agnes Sawyer.
     It was a stock expression then, repeated even today by former pupils:  “My father told me that if I got a licking in school, I’d get another one when I got home.”
     “We had the cooperation of parents,”   Mrs. Eva Scripture agreed.
     Small wonder then that the report of Super-intendent M.L. Durgin, in 1897, made the observation “Discipline has been well-nigh perfect!” with a relish that almost carried the sound of smacking lips!

 Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

Anyone coming into the library Monday and Wednesday of this past week would know that I hadn’t been here and would wonder what I was doing trying to write a column of library events. I was in Portland from Monday to Wednesday. While there, I went to the Portland Museum of Art and was able to visit their display of Calico & Chintz: Early American Quilts. This exhibition is on loan from the Smithsonian. In the exhibition there were 18 quilts made between 1810 and 1850. Some of the quilts had dark colors but some of the quilts were as bright as any quilts today. Amazing that these colors and materials have lasted so well. The quilts remain a treasure trove of textile history, preserving high style calicoes and chintzes while fabrics for clothing and draperies have long ago worn out. The quilting is a marvel to see . So fine that it cannot be duplicated today. It was interesting to note too that some borders had been creatively pieced at the corners. Had they run out of material and made the best choices they could? All in all, bright or somber, these quilts were marvels of workmanship. I figured as these quilts were historical , it was all right to include this piece in my column. Anyway, if any quilt lovers are in the Portland area

before June 6, it will be worthwhile to take in this show. I myself went through it twice. The second time I really lingered over the quilts I liked best-the colorful ones.

As I was not present on Wednesday for the Kiwanis Kids Korner, I am depending on Pam for the information that I am putting in this column. Frank Cochrane and several of the young people walked the group of 30 children down from the elementary school. Five girls had come from the Key Club and the Rainbow Girls to help out. Unfortunately Pam was not able to get their names. There were also 3 adults downstairs helping Val. Dottie Brown was back along with Elders Eric and Aaron. Refreshments were melons, grapes ,strawberries and graham crackers. Don’t they sound delicious and healthy eating too! The book read was David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon-a good choice for Mother’s Day. For their craft they finished up their beaded photo frames with the pictures Val took of each child with her digital camera last week. Each decorated frame was wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a small paper bag with a bookmark tag. Voila! A Mother’s Day gift. It sounded like a really fun session.

On Wednesday, too, we had visitors, Virginia Cotter Fortier and her husband. They came in to see the new desk chairs that we had purchased last fall with a donation from them and Virginia’s sister, Martha. They also brought in pictures for the Milo Historical Society which have been delivered. I wish I had been here to visit with them.

We have had some more backordered books come in. Here is the list.

Chernow, Ron                ALEXANDER HAMILTON
Connelly, Michael           THE NARROWS
Delinsky, Barbara            THE SUMMER I DARED
Fowler, Earlene               BROKEN DISHES
Lindsey, Johanna             A LOVING SCOUNDREL
McMurtry, Larry             FOLLY AND GLORY
Page, Katherine Hall        THE BODY IN THE ATTIC
Quick, Amanda               THE PAID COMPANION

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 (Ed. note:  This letter was submitted by Carl Hamlin and is reprinted by permission of the author.  Please note the date.)

November 28, 1951


     One day in late November last year, I was hunting alone and on the track of a large buck 3 miles due east of Greenlaw Mtn.  The day was really raw, alternating with snow and rain.  The buck led me, it seemed, through every thicket in “the county.”  It was getting on toward dark—you know how that can get you if you’re not paying close attention—when I came upon a fast-running stream the other side of which I saw a small log cabin nearly hidden in the woods.  Smoke lifted from its chimney and a lamp was lit within.  Chilled to the bone, wet and weary, my one knock was answered by an old French-Canadian trapper, who said his name was Joseph.  This friendly bear of a man immediately offered a hot meal and a dry place to stay.  We had a few shots of “ole stump blower,”  traded a few tales, then dished up a helping of beans, biscuits, codfish cakes, and fried salt pork.  The fish cake recipe I still use today.

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1 can Gorton’s Codfish Cakes
1 egg
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup bread crumbs

Mix all together and let set overnight.  Fry in a skillet with salt pork.

Fortunately for me he wouldn’t part with his biscuit recipe, as he was a superstitious man.  He said an old Indian on the West Branch drive gave it to him, along with a curse—that if ever Joseph gave it away disaster would befall him.  Three days later the Indian fell off a log and drowned.

My one-night stay turned into three days.  I finally shot the deer and gave it to Joseph.

Bob Ryan  (a legend in his own mind)

Debbie Warren of Sebec was awarded her Associates Degree in Business Management, Saturday, May 8, 2004 by the University of Maine Augusta. Congratulations on your accomplishment.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

Well, folks, I'm fifty-seven years old....officially. To prove that it doesn't bother me one wit....I've joined an club for women over 50. Yesiree, I'm card carrying! Ever heard of The Red Hat Society? My good friend, Heidi, gave me a gorgeous red hat for my birthday the other day. Enclosed in the adorable hat box with the hat was an article that was in the paper a week ago Monday. It was all about the society. Did any of you read it? As if the article in my hot little paws.....and a beautiful red hat in my possession wasn't lifelong best friend called me from Florida to wish me a "happy" and she said that she and her mother and her sister were all going out for the day with their red hats on!!!! I couldn't believe the coincidence. This was too much for me. I got on-line that night and formed a chapter of The Red Hat Society right here in Milo.

I had to come up with a name for our local chapter. I picked: "Chic In Red In Milo Maine." I wanted to name it just "Chic In Red," but I couldn't imagine that someone else hadn't thought of that cute I added the "In Milo Maine" as they suggested. However, we can call ourselves the "Chic In Red" chapter. Clever? I think so.

We can have as many people in our chapter as we want, but they think that 20 members is a very manageable group. The only rule in The Red Hat Society is that there are no rules. How's that for an incentive to belong. NO RULES!! Women in The Red Hat Society wear purple clothes....with red hats. I think that the wacky clothing combination is a statement that we would all be making of being "our own persons." Not afraid to be creative and certainly not afraid to do our own thing...whatever that turns out to be. It is reported that there are now over 20,000 chapters all over the United States. All ladies wearing red hats and purple outfits.

I'm planning on having a dress outfit....which is called being dressed in full regalia, and I'm planning on a casual outfit and sport outfit. I've already ordered the red

baseball cap for my sport outfit (which I will affix a beautiful purple flower to.) My soon-to-be daughter-in-law told me that the ladies from the Yarmouth area come to the movie theater a lot....dressed in full regalia. The whole idea of dressing a bit outrageously is to tell the world: "Hey, I'm over 50...and I'm proud of it...and I plan on having as much fun as I possibly can."

I thought that the name "Chic in Red In Milo Maine" could stir up lots of fun things for us to do. We could all go to Freda's or Sylvia's for tea occasionally...or often, if we have a good time. It'll be a hoot! We could have photo opportunities all over the new gazebo...on the steps of the Town front of the old theater (Remember, it was the Chic?), and then we can post those pictures on the TRC web site. Think of all the women all over the country who will want to "come home" if no other way but vicariously through our Red Hat Society. The thing that's wonderful about it is that you can belong from anywhere. It's nice if we can do things together as a group....but it will also be fun to see where people sign up from to belong to our chapter.

If you're with me on this, e-mail me at <> or you can call me at (207)943-2112 after 4:00 p.m. please. I can give you the chapter number and you can either sign up yourself, or give me your info and I can sign you up. As soon as we have a group....and we've all got a red hat and something purple to wear....we'll plan an outing.

The Red Hat Society web site has several red hats for sale right at their on-line store the Imperium. Or, you can go out and find your own. They say there are red hats everywhere you look these days. You could crochet your own, look for one at an antique store or luck out at a thrift store or garage sale. Be creative!

The cost is nothing to sign up, however, we might plan an outing, that you would like to attend, that has some cost to it. There is also a level of membership called Purple Perks that costs $18.00 to belong to...but not necessary. Having a Purple Perks card is an individual thing that you don't have to have to belong to he Chic In Red In Milo Maine chapter. Since this group is just in the formation stage right now, you can be on the ground floor in the decision making. If you aren't 50 yet, but think it sounds like a lot of fun, you are welcomed to join and wear a pink hat with lavender colored clothing. I'll make that rule right now. You'll become a junior postulate and a Pink Hatter and you'll have a conditional membership. When you hit THE birthday you'll exchange your pink and lavender for red and purple.

I've been on line a couple of times and read some of the message boards. Women all over the country are having a wonderful time with this. I think we should have fun with it right here in Milo. I already have four possible members...not including me. So, jump on the bandwagon and either e-mail me, or give me a buzz.

I made something scrumptious for my family the other night. I bought the ingredients for tossed salads. I got a bag of Spring Mix, a bag of regular salad greens, and a bag of baby spinach. I took enough out of the bags for three healthy helpings on large dinner plates. I washed and spun the greens and arranged them on the dinner plates and then cut up three different colors of peppers, purple onions, and celery. We grilled three boneless breasts of chicken on our George Foreman grill, but cooking them on a charcoal or gas grill would have been good, too.

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My husband brushed the chicken pieces with some Italian grilling sauce, but any sauce would probably have been fine...or none at all. On my cutting board I sprinkled salt, fresh ground pepper, a little of Emeril's BAM spice, and some Mrs. Dash. I laid each cooked chicken breast into this combination of spices and turned it over (kind of lightly coating each side). Then we cut the cooked chicken into strips and laid the hot strips on top of the salad. I used Marie's poppy seed dressing (which I got in the cooler section near the fresh veggies at Hannafords). Oh yes....I almost forgot....we did sprinkle a little feta cheese over this, too. It was one of those meals that you ooh and aah all the way through. It was totally yummy.

I made these wonderful Squash Muffins to go with this delicious salad supper. Here's the recipe for the muffins which came from my sister-in-law Margaret Ingerson.

1 cup leftover squash
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar (you can substitute 3 tsp. baking powder for the baking soda and cream of tartar, if necessary)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter

I cut the butter into the sifted dry ingredients. Then add the squash, egg and milk. Stir all together just enough to mix. Put in a 12 cup muffin pan and bake at 425 °  for 15-20 minutes. I think I put them on for 17 minutes and they were perfect.


Sept. 29, 1925 - Feb. 26, 2004 Dear Mom, Chris and Mimi, We are born for a higher destiny than that of earth. There is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will spread out before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where beings that pass before us like shadows, will stay in our presence forever. Bulwer-Lytton You are missed today, everyday and always. Love, Tom, Sheri and Madalyn

MILO - Nelson W. Brown, 83, husband of Manira P. (McConquindale) Brown, died May 2, 2004, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Milo, the son of Clinton and Doris (Stanchfield) Brown. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, Nelson had worked in a local peg mill. He attended Park Street United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, foliage trips, and was an amateur wildlife photographer. Nelson also enjoyed attending high school girl's soccer, softball and basketball games. He is survived by his wife, Manira of Milo; two sons, Earland Wilson and his wife, Harriett, and Nelson P. Brown, all of Milo; two daughters, Marleena Eich and her husband, Fred, and Carla Brown and her friend, Steve Damon, all of Orrington; a brother, William A. Brown of Windham; two sisters, Verna R. Coakley of Kenduskeag, and Carolyn Kelley of Milo; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be remembered by two special friends, Danny Hafford of Milo, and Eloise Griffin of Hermon. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Holly Wilson. Interment services will be for the family in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

MAY – 1985
11-Sunny windy (no furnace on) 68° at 12.
12-Sunny windy-62° at 12.
13-Sunny breezy thundershowers from 2 pm to 8 pm heavy rain-74° at 12.
14-Sunny breezy-56° at 3.
15-Sunny breezy-68° at 11.
16-M sunny am L wind Cloudy pm L shower-56° at 12.
17-Cloudy-62° at 12.



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

     President Joe Zamboni greeted nineteen members, guest Amber Gahagan, and Past Lt. Gov. Doc Sherman, Bob, Hoyt, Brenda, Marilynn, Bonnie, and Joe from the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club.
     Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Grindle said a heartfelt prayer.
     Correspondence from the Orono/Old Town club was circulated.  The Kiwanis Club from Sheffield, MA sent an invitation to their 50th anniversary on May 22.
     Dottie Brown celebrates her birthday on May 6!
     Happy dollars were donated for the nicer weather and new green leaves, Sara G. graduating from college, college being over but the money drain isn’t, bagging a turkey, Dreams for ME kids 800 raffle tickets sold with $1258 realized, Lois glad to be back, and for Teacher Appreciation Week.
     Sad dollars were given in memory of Susie Wharton, Jerry and Marilee losing their home, and Ben M. taking a bad hit in the mouth.
     The Three Rivers News is holding steady.
     Joe reported $7300 in the gazebo fund and awaiting word from two grants.  The committee is looking into building plans for the structure.
     Joe has been in touch with Robert Skoglund, The Humble Farmer, about coordinating a fundraiser in July.  A tentative date has been set for July 14.
     A canoe race is still being discussed for sometime in September, possibly during Labor Day Weekend.
     Paul reminded everyone that the Community Calendar orders are due in by June 1.
     Chris Beres and Nancy Grant hope to have letters mailed to area businesses concerning the Annual Auction by early next week.  A list of these businesses was circulated today for people to choose which ones they would contact.
     The slate of officers for 2004-2005: President-Murrel Harris, Vice-President-Chris Beres, Secretary-Dottie Brown, Treasurer-Jeff Gahagan, and President-Elect-Eben DeWitt. 
     May 12 is a scheduled business meeting.  Robin Long, from the YMCA Caring Connection, will be our guest speaker on May 19.


Penquis coach Tony Hamlin will be operating a summer basketball clinic for boys and girls grades 3 thru 8 at the Penquis Gymnasium from June 21 to July 15.  Players going into grades 3-4-5 will meet Monday through Thursday from 8 to 9:30, while grades 6-7-8 will meet from 9:30 to 11.

The clinics will emphasis skill development, sportsmanship, and fair play while offering games against area schools on a weekly basis.  Players of all abilities will be welcome.  Come learn the game, have fun, and make new friends while getting plenty of healthy exercise.

The cost is $60 per player.  Applications can be picked up at the Milo Recreation Dept. at the Milo Town Hall or you can sign up on the first day, June 23.

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