Three Rivers News, 2004-05-25
TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2004


An all-you-can-eat-buffet will be available from 6:30 PM-7:15 PM. At 7:30, Travis will perform a 45-minute set of PG-rated comedy.  At 8:45, Travis will begin his second set, an R-rated hour.  Tickets are going fast, so call 943-2324 to reserve yours.  $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  All proceeds to benefit P.A.W.S., our local animal shelter.

Sandra tells us that her seedlings, plants and Memorial Day window boxes, planters, monument pieces and vases are ready with either live or artificial plants at her store, The Milo Flower Shop, on Main Street in Milo.  She also has a unique selection of handcrafted items.  Stop in and browse, or give her a call at 943-2638. 

5 Family Yard Sale!!
7th Annual-Largest One Yet!!
Saturday And Sunday,
May 29th And 30th 9 Am - 4 PM
Rte.16 In  LaGrange  At Marilyn Lyford’s
Too many things to list....Lots and lots of good "junk"

JUNE 24 AND 25

If you have anything in good condition and no longer used, and you would like to donate it to the Kiwanis Auction, call one of the Kiwanians listed below.  They will arrange a time for pick up.

Joe Zamboni    943-2271
Eben DeWitt     943-2486
Todd Lyford     943-7733
Fred Trask       943-7746
Herb Dunham  943-2353
Joe Beres        943-2895

For more information call Joe Zamboni at 943-2271.  Proceeds from the auction fund the many projects of Kiwanis for children and our communities.  

Milo Recreation Dept. will be offering a summer soccer program for high school girls (grades 9-12), beginning June 28th and ending July 30th. The program includes 6 v 6 player games against players from 4 other local towns at the Elm Street Field and in Dover Foxcroft, 2 evenings/week (6 - 7:30pm). This program is a great way for players to build their skills and fitness and make new friends before the fall season. The cost is $25 per player. Call Jensen Bissell to register at 943-5072.




2nd Annual Pleasant River Duck Race

The Brownville Jct. American Legion will be hosting their 2nd Annual Duck Race on June 19th. The Ducks will go into the water at 12:00 noon.

The finish line will be the Green Bridge in the Junction. If all goes as planned, the winning duck should pass the finish line by 1:00 pm. The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line will win $100.00, the second duck owner, $75.00 and the third $50.00. Tickets are being sold by Legion and Auxiliary members. The cost is

The proceeds from the Duck Race go toward the

Legion's Scholarship Fund. For further information call 965-3631 ir 965-8871

            Kirby is shown here with a duck from last year’s race that he found in the Pleasant River behind Willie Stanchfield’s farm on the Pleasant River Road..  Kirby was picking fiddleheads when he spied the plastic fellow sporting the number 620 on his bottom. 

The American Legion Post 41 Memorial Day Celebrations

Special Thank You Day for World War II Veterans and Post #41 members on Saturday, May 29, 2004 9:00 - 12:00 Noon.
A Memorial Day Parade and Open House.
A Special Thank You to War on Terrorism Veterans
who are asked to join the parade and have lunch with Post 41 members after the parade.
Monday, May 31, 2004 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
The public is invited to watch the parade, which begins at 11:00 am. Please help us recognize several generations of veterans.
For additional information call the legion at 943-2542.

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WED., MAY 26




FRI., MAY 28







There is going to be a tag sale from 9-noon on May 29th at Park Street United Methodist Church. Something for everyone, including baked goods and home baked beans for take out. Also nursery care is available at the Sunday service.

Brownville Trivia

Choose the best answer.

1. Moses Brown was Francis Brown's (a) son (b) father (c) nephew (d) uncle.

2. Isaac Wilkins arrived here in 1808 and was Brownville's first (a) blacksmith (b) doctor (c) preacher (d) selectman.

3. The late Cary Butterfield was a (a) pitcher (b) catcher (c) first baseman (c) shortstop (d) leftfielder.

4. The YMCA was used as a(n) (a) embassy (b) hospital (c) hotel (d) morgue during the period of the Onawa Wreck in 1919.

5. Sam Cohen had a (a) drug (b) sports (c) general (d) clothing store in the Junction.

6. The tallest Railroader was (a) Don Gilson (b) Bill Davis (c) Tom Lockhart (d) Eugene Brown.

7. John Lewis's "right hand man" was (a) Eddie Ellis (b) Will Roberts (c) Milton Smith (d) B. Russell.

8. Dillon's Hall was also referred to as the (a) Olympia (b) Uptown Hotel (c) Majestic Theater (d) Junction Paradise.

9. The Pleasant River Hotel was referred to as (a) the Railroader (b) the Canadian (b) the Eureka (d) the Parisian.

10. Bangor Auditorium, 1963: Milo? BJHS? (a) 50-48 (b) 53-50 (c) 54-52 (d) 56-51?

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

Memories of a Brownville Junction Railroader

Part 2 -1958-1959 Cont'd

The team featuring Jack Brown and Bill Bellatty that won the Eastern Maine title in 1959 by defeating Calais 67-59 evolved in the old Penquis League consisting of Brownville Junction, Milo, Foxcroft Academy, PCHS, Greenville, and Dexter.

Milo and Dexter were relatively weak at this time in their histories. Led by the high scoring Don Nesbitt and the Fortiers, PCHS was a favorite. And led by Gary Caron, who twice led the league in scoring, and the last of the great Terrios of Rockwood, Don Terrio, and coached by Keith Mahaney, the Lakers were in the thick of things, twice defeating the Railroaders in the regular season. It was an epic battle between Brown and Caron.

Foxcroft was led by two transfer students from Milo, Jim Sherburne and Harold Newman. Sherburne came back to score 44 points on Milo that year. The Railroaders knocked off FA 61-55 at Dexter in the playoffs to earn the trip to Bangor.

A 79-62 win over the powerful PCHS Pirates at home gave the team much confidence. I remember the pep rally before the game when our advanced math and physics teacher said, "If we can beat Guilford, we can beat anybody." How prophetic.

In contrast to the teams of later years, the boys from Cinder City liked to up tempo things, with Bill Bellatty, ball handling playing a key role at times. Jack Brown's board work didn't hurt.

Defensively the team played 1-3-1, with a slightly different twist: When the ball went to the corner, Bill Bellatty, the high postman covered the pass, leaving Jack Brown under for rebounds. This was a defense that Galen Larson would use later in his coaching days.

Principal Malcolm V. Buchanan, who had coached a fine tournament team himself just two years earlier, led our assemblies and pep rallies which were attended by all six grades in the school. Speaking on those occasions in a gym in a building that hasn't been

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there for 28 years now were the starters on that great team: Jack Brown, who shook his hands to control his nervousness and sometimes was chosen to lead the rallies; Bill Bellatty; Mike Knox; Jim Rosebush; Sonny Cobb. And as they spoke, everyone listened; the Gary Larsons, Larry Morrills, Peter Meulendykes, Billy Davises, Rodney Rosses, Allan Butterfields, David Browns, Charlie Westons, Gary Chases, Art Stanhopes, Bill Sawtells, and all of those that would try to follow in their footsteps in the years to come.

We emulated these players and the players that preceded them, like Buffy Butterfield, the late Davie Chase, the late Sid Brown, and the late Denny Harshaw. Basketball and baseball were our ways of life. We honed our games in barns and in the old Bangor and Aroostook freight shed in the Junction, which became the Webber Jones home.

There are worse things in life than emulating these fine athletes. And on one occasion, we surpassed their accomplishment.

More to come.


We have been receiving a lot of letters and comments from folks, so I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge some of them.  It has been such a busy few weeks for the newspaper and the animal shelter.  Here is a sampling of what I am referring to:

The area schools benefited greatly from a package that arrived by mail 2 weeks ago.  In it was at least 200 BoxTops for Education and Betty Crocker coupons.  The generous donation came from Barbara Seaborn in Martinez, Georgia.  She wrote:

Valerie, These are the box tops I promised you.  Thanks for delivering them to the schools for me.

Years ago, our church outfitted our kitchen with Betty Crocker coupons, which is why I still can’t bear to throw them away.  So.  I hope you can find someone who can use them.

I really enjoy your fine, and for me, nostalgic paper.   Barbara Carver Seaborn  (M.H.S. Class of ‘ 53 )

And this letter arrived this week:

Dear Mrs. Robertson,

I would like to initiate a subscription to the Three Rivers News.  The information was located on the “Three Rivers Community” website, which I read everytime it is updated.

We purchased property on the Turner Howe Road (44 acres) last fall after my return from Kuwait and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  I was mobilized in the National Guard and was on active duty for 16 months this time.  I have recently retired from the Postal Service after 35 years, and will probably be retiring from the Massachusetts Army National Guard also.  We are looking forward to spending a good part of the summer in Milo, and would like to keep in touch with the area via the Three Rivers News while we’re not there.  My life has been so hectic for the past year and  are looking forward to our new home in Milo.

Sincerely, SFC Glenn H. Mott, Foxboro Mass.

And finally, this letter:

Hi Folks,

I have just sent a check to Valerie Robertson to start sending your newsletter to my mother down in Ross Manor in Bangor. She is memory impaired and lives and breathes news of Brownville/Milo. Your newsletter will bring her a great deal of pleasure. I really don't know who I am writing to, but if the Gerows wrinkle their foreheads andconcentrate on the far past, they will remember Mother and me as well.  Thank you, Roland Connors

Thanks to All from P.A.W.S.:

Julie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank a wonderful group of folks who serve as the animal shelter volunteers.  This past weekend, a book fair was held and there was a ton of work involved in preparing for it and running the actual sale.  Victoria Eastman headed up the effort, and was assisted by a fine crew.  Valerie “Suzy” and Gary Ricker, Wanda and Dwayne Freeze, Don Harris and Dot Brown, Kevin Ricker, Austin Rolfe, and his Grammie Linda Rolfe were so helpful and we appreciate your hard work.  The book fair was a great success and we thank everyone who purchased books. If you missed your opportunity to buy some fine reading material, you will have a second chance at a yard-sale on June 5h at the Ruth Clark residence on Prospect Street in Milo, and again at a table at the Kiwanis Auction on Jume 24th and 25th.

We also need to thank the Milo Farmer’s Union for the huge support they show for our shelter.  This past weekend they served a lunch and will donate half of their proceeds to us.  I can’t put in words the appreciation we have for this fine store and its employees and owners.  The shelter couldn’t function without your help.

And thanks to everyone who donates items nd money to the shelter on a regular basis, you know who you are and we exist because of you.  A special note to Tom and Molly Williams who gave a generous donation in Memory of their English Bulldog Petunia.


The cookbooks are here and they are better than we ever imagined!  Everyone who has purchased one comments that they were so absorbed with the recipes and stories that they read it from cover to cover!!! If you would like one or more, we have plenty and they would make a great graduation gift or any kind of gift.  Call Suzy at 943-2692 to get your copies or you can pick one up at the Milo Farmer’s Union Courtesy Booth, Milo Exxon, either the Milo or Brownville Town Office, Trask Insurance, or CarQuest in Dover. The price is $10.


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Our May 20 Assembly began with Bryan Russell introducing his special  guest. Georgina is from Santiago, Chile and is staying with the Russell family. Georgina spent much of the day in the 4th and 5th grade classroom teaching some Spanish words and much about her country. Mrs. Davis served as our interpreter when needed.

Mr. Walker and Mrs. Zelkan awarded Terrific Kid certificates to BRYAN RUSSELL, SABRINA FADILLAH AND SHALENE CODY. Ms. Ivy said that Shalene's attitude has improved 99%. She has had a smile on her face every day. Mrs. Carter has been busy working with Kindergarten registration. She was happy that Sabrina as well and as seriously as she does every week with the sub. Sabrina also agreed to let the new baby chick hatched in the classroom last week stay here for us to enjoy this week. Bryan Russell is an outstanding role model. Miss K. stated that Bryan is an excellent student. He is concerned about the quality of his own work and is also very willing to help others when needed. Mr. Walker spoke about how mature and grown up Bryan has become during his years at our school.

Good Kid on the Bus Awards were given to Harmony Pierce, Isaiah Bess, and Jacob Turner.

We celebrated the 6th birthday of Zachary Lawrence.

Move and Improve prizewinners were Hannah Bess, Rebecca Pierce, Zach Blakeman, Isaiah Bess and Mrs. Andews.

Lillis, Justin and Rose presented a Best Teacher Award to Mrs. Carter and Ms. Ivy. The students thanked the teachers for registering our incoming Kindergarten. Hannah and Laura presented their award to Ms. K. for kindness and for helping to keep us safe.

Congratulations to all of our Terrific Students and Staff.

Miss K.'s and Mrs. Wallace's class traveled to the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan. The students watched a video about the Senator's life and accomplishments. Mrs. King led us on an outstanding tour of Mrs. Smith's house and the archives where information is catalogued and stored.

We spent time looking at the Senator's memorabilia and answering research questions that the Library provided.

The students were impressed that Senator Smith was wearing heels and an orange jump suit when she flew with the Air Force and broke the sound barrier.We thank the Margaret Chase Smith Library for such a wonderful learning experience.

4th and 5th grade students are sitting on the steps in front of the Margaret Chase Smith Library.

Justin and his green snake

From Milo Elementary:

Mrs. Barden - Our Terrific Kid is a good friend. He is nice. He is never mean. He is respectful. He is writing longer stories. He gets his work done on time. These are things the whole class has to say about our Terrific Kid. We are glad that TYLER CYR moved to our room. He is our Terrific Kid.

Mrs. Gillis –

This boy has been practicing after school,
For a performance on the third of June,
He knows the message is clear and is no joke,
We sing and dance and say DON'T SMOKE!

Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid is terrific in every way, every day of the week. In class she gives 100%, she is kind and generous, and she goes out of her way to be helpful to everyone. She even looks for extra things she can do to help! We are proud to call her "friend." Our Terrific Kid is ASHLEY GOODINE!

Mrs. Hayes - Two young fellows in our classroom have been chosen by their teachers and classmates for a variety of reasons. Both boys have become wonderful readers and writers. Both boys are kind to friends and polite to teachers. Both boys are working independently and need very little teacher support to finish their classroom responsibilities. Both boys follow the

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school rules and both boys are Terrific!! Thanks go to
RAYMOND SICKLER AND JAMES COMEAU for working hard to be the "best that they can be".

Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - We are very proud to say that our WHOLE CLASS is Terrific. They have been very cooperative during assessments and have worked hard, We are so glad to have this wonderful class!

Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - We have 3 very special little guys this week that are our TK's. Each one has their own personality and loves bugs, spiders, and dandelions to collect. Rocks are favorites too. All 3 boys are kind and share their things with others around them at their tables. They run, jump and hop full of energy most days with us. Congratulations to DEVON CUTHBERTSON, DILLON NICKERSON, AND ZACKARY LEWIS.

Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific Kids this week are THE WHOLE CLASS. They have been working on their listening skills as well as their cooperating skills. In their life skills program, they have been learning about social skills and it has been paying off. Great job to all!! Keep up the good work!

Milo Elementary students were treated to their third Reading Is Fundamental book distribution for the year. This program provides books for children three times a year. The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club provides the funds to purchase the books for this program. Students are allowed to browse a selection of books and then choose one to be their own.

Following the Friday assembly this week, all staff and students held a read-a-thon in the gym. Students read their new RIF books and staff members read with them. The group was joined by some parents and a Project Story Boost volunteer from Penquis Valley High School.

From Brownville Elementary:

On Friday, 5th grade students at Brownville Elementary spent an hour scrapbooking their Boston pictures with many of their grandparents. The students created a memory book which will be left at the school for years to come. While not all grandparents could attend, those who could were very helpful.

Here, Joline Frazier helps her granddaughter
Amanda Peterson and Cole DuMonthier. The book was finished in just over an hour and the class appreciates all the help.


The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued Part IX

In the early days of her teaching, Mrs. Sawyer told me that slates weren’t unknown as predecessors of pencil and paper.  Now the screeching of a slate pencil on the surface of the slate had the same shuddering effect on the nervous system that bringing one’s thumbnail across a blackboard has—or writing on the board with a piece of chalk with foreign matter in it.

It wasn’t the noise that bothered Mrs. Sawyer though.  In fact, she didn’t even mention that annoyance to me.  What bothered her was the habit the boys had of spitting on the slate as a method of washing out writing they no longer had any need of.

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“The slates got taken care of pretty quickly when I saw that!” she commented.

That was all though; no disciplinary action, unless being compelled to use a quiet pencil as a writing tool could be considered discipline.  The method of erasure by the spit technique was in poor taste, but it wasn’t anti-social.  It wasn’t disruptive of studious application in the schoolroom.

Swearing was quite another thing.  THAT was an offense against a moral standard set for the schoolroom and, indeed, on the school grounds—if the swearing was within hearing of the teacher.  For swearing, the offender got the strap.  Consequently, language improved noticeably in its purity, if not in its grammatical accuracy,  within hearing of the teacher.

There was a question about this on my lips, but I didn’t ask it:  why are profanity and obscenity so much more prevalent, and acceptable, now than they were then?  I didn’t ask it because I didn’t need to.  There would have been a ready and unanimous answer—namely, that beginning each school day with Bible reading and prayer had a positive effect on the social, if not on the spiritual, level of the pupils in the district schools.

“The Baptist Church gave me a Bible in 1900,” said Mrs. Sawyer.  “It went with me to school for twenty-seven years.  I continued reading it mornings in school, even after it was forbidden by law to do so.”

The point about this footnote in regard to discipline is to deny the validity of the term “sourpuss” to symbolize the district schoolteacher.  Stern she was, yes.  She had to be to do the job she was hired to do.  But she was also human.  She could be affable, even tender.  Rappport with her pupils was a virtue she recognized, and practiced, insofar as she could practice it without opening the door to familiarity.  Pupils didn’t call her by her first name as pupils often do today.  They called her “Teacher,” or “Miss So-and So”—and I don’t mean “So-and-So” as a euphemism.

Edith White, one of the long-ago pupils, tells a story that reveals the district teacher at her tenderest.

It was shortly before the turn of the century when Edith started to school in the primary building—1898, to be exact.  Her beginning teacher was Jane Jones, aunt of Rachel and Jane Prescott.  Jane Jones was reputed, in town records, and in the estimate of her peers, to be one of the finest teachers the Milo schools ever had.

At that time in her life, Edith was much afraid of thunderstorms—the snapping flash and the loud thunderclap.  And, as it happened, a shower came up one afternoon during that first school term of hers.  Edith made her fear known, clearly.

A class was in process then so Jane, in order not to disrupt the recitation, picked her up, held her in her lap, comforted her, and went on teaching the class.

This story, as I noted at the beginning, it intended as an account of the district school system in Milo.  It will contain a smattering of names, dates, costs, decisions and events back to 1823—of persons and things that helped shape the system and give it character.

It wlll, perforce, drag in some half-relevant items, like the high school, school authorities, etc. which, though not essentially connected with the district schools, do nevertheless, contain information pertinent to the subject.

Since the memory of most Milo residents doesn’t go back to the beginning of the present century, however, and only a handful can remember events prior to the close of the 1800’s, a second section of this account will concern itself with the period from 1910 to 1920.  The personalities, dress, routines, population patterns, anecdotes, manner of teaching, nature of recreation—can better be fleshed out in a time within memory.

As a matter-of-fact, 1910-20 probably seems about as archaic in this year of 1978 as our routine of today will seem fifty or seventy-five years in the future.  And it is pleasant to reflect in any period on a pattern of life long enough ago to be at the boundary of hazy reflections, of misty reaches of time, of warm, slanting sunsets out of whose quiet, fading light, low, half-heard voices call from then to now.

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

I was absent from the library a week ago Saturday and this past Monday. Not for a pleasant reason though. I waited all winter to get a really miserable cold. In fact, I had not had one for over two years and suddenly, out of the blue, I got a cold ! It really laid me low, but I am back to work now, thank goodness.

Wednesday was a lovely day and 27 children came to the Kiwanis Kids Korner. The children enjoyed ice cream cups and graham crackers as they listened to another Duck tale. This one was Duck on a Bike by David Shannon. Duck learns to ride a bike and encourages the other farmyard animals to do the same. They have an interesting afternoon riding bikes. I myself found it hard to learn to ride a bike ( days before training wheels) and needed my Dad’s help, but the animals seem to be able to learn quickly. A fun thought. The pictures are big and colorful and could be easily seen by all the “Kids”. To accompany the Duck book, Val had again brought her own ducks, Hock and Puck, as visitors to our Korner. It was unbelievable how big they had grown! What a learning experience for the children who saw the egg hatching and 4 weeks later are viewing nearly fully grown ducks.

The craft this week was making bead necklaces. There were quite a few helpers besides our regulars of Val, Dottie, Don and Frank. Elders Aaron Scoll and Eric Fillmore were on hand to help as was Tonya Patten, a busy mother, plus Rainbow Girls Randi Smith , Ashley Stanhope and aspiring Rainbow Girl, Grace Marchant. The “Kids” love working with the beads, and even the most active children exhibit amazing artistic abilities and infinite patience to string the colored beads in the order that they have predetermined. I learned this week that the beads are a gift from Ruth Clark. Val said that she has generously donated bags and bags of all kinds of beads. Thank you, Ruth. I wish you had been here Wednesday to see the lovely necklaces the children crafted. Your gift has been enjoyed very much by the Kiwanis Kids Korner. This week mothers had to wait to pick their children up as they were just too engrossed in their craft.

We have two new backordered books.

Parker, Robert B.                         DOUBLE PLAY
Coonts, Stephen              LIARS & THIEVES

Also with money from the Harry Caldwell Fund I was able to purchase a 6 volume set of the NEW BOOK OF POPULAR SCIENCE. I’ll have more about Harry Caldwell and his generosity to our library in a future column. The 6 volumes have a wealth of the most recent science material. I have been wanting to upgrade our sciences and feel this set will be a good addition.







Please note, library summer hours
will begin May 28th.

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 31st
In observance of Memorial Day

Library Summer Hours
No Saturday hours in the summer.


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The Chic In Red of Milo Maine chapter of the Red Hat Society made their debut Friday evening at the Grand Opening of the Red Earth Riverside Cafe on Main Street in Milo.

Appearing in full regalia, the red hatters turned many heads on Main Street as passersby did double and triple takes in order to see who and what was going on. The Red Hat Society is a group of ladies who are over 50 and who love to dress up and go out to play.

The fun loving staff at the Cafe were welcoming and wonderful hosts. The Cafe offered delicious specials as well as their regular menu. Kevin and Elise Sproul entertained the guests as they dined. If you are interested in coming out to play with the "girls" give Kathy Witham a call or e-mail her at The group is planning monthly playtime activities.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathy Witham

If you've ever gotten an e-mail joke, surely you've seen the "Rules for Men List." The list is pretty demeaning to men, albeit fairly accurate when it comes to how most girls really feel about most guys (my husband included). Well, finally some guy somewhere has retaliated with a list of his own. It's pretty funny.....hahaha.....see me laughing. I don't want anyone to miss this list, so here it is:

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. The rules from his point of view. The fact that these are all numbered #1 isn't a mistake.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.
1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other way.
1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing is wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine...Really.
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are
prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, football, NASCAR or monster trucks.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round is a shape.
1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; but did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Oh Please, give us a break fellas. I give this list column space because I have a wonderful sense of humor and I think it is pretty funny. I also have just one thing to say about the toilet seat....I think that women only worry about the toilet seat being up in the middle of the night when they are sneaking around in the dark trying not to wake anyone up.Ouch!!

Many years ago a little lady who lived at Milo Heights used to wander by my house on her way somewhere further down Elm Street. She stopped to chat one day, and I gave her some of my rhubarb. A few days later she brought me this nice recipe for Rhubarb Crunch.

1 cup sifted flour
3/4 cups oatmeal
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix well til crumbly. Press into a greased 8 or 9 inch pan. Cover with 4 cups diced rhubarb. Combine: 1 cup white sugar, 2 tablespoons corn starch, 1 cup water and cook til thick and clear. Add 1-tsp. vanilla and pour over the rhubarb. Top with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve warm. It's good plain or with topping such as ice cream or whipped cream.

A Historical Review
Derby Post Office to Close Jan. 25, [1980]
Bangor Daily, by Edna Bradeen, 1/16/80
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

Derby -- Marian Cunningham, Derby postmaster, has received notification that the office will be closed permanently on Jan. 25. Residents are busy putting up new mailboxes for curbline delivery which will be made by Edgar Chase, using a post-office vehicle, out of the Milo office.

The volume of business stemming from the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad offices was the cause of its existence throughout the years and with the moving of these offices to Northern Maine Jct. it is responsible for its closure, due to the low volume of mail. The Maine Register shows that the first post office in Derby was in 1910-11 with Arthur McKusick being postmaster and with the location at his store. He was to continue to serve until 1915 when Lulu MacNamara was appointed.

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Miss MacNamara, who became Lulu Haskell in 1920 continued to run it from her home on the Ferry Road until 1921 when Mrs. Calvin Downes became postmaster and ran it from her store. The next one to be postmaster was Nellie Trask who ran it from the Derby Hotel, until Pauline Sleeper took over in 1925-26. Mrs. Sleeper, at first, ran it from a small building near the present location of the post-office. Later she had a new building which served as her home as well as office. Her reign was long, continuing until 1946-47 when Eva Scripture was appointed to the position. In 1951-52 Catherine MacDonald, was appointed and served until 1971 when Marian Cunningham was appointed.

Mrs. Cunningham looks forward to her retirement, planning to travel a bit with her husband, Elmer. The couple enjoys camping during the summer months, spending as much time as possible near the ocean. She has many interests and looks forward to having time to enjoy them, as well as the extra time to enjoy her family.
A bit of Derby's history shows that the B & A shops and offices opened in the early 1900's. Arthur McKusick built his store in 1905. At one time the Bangor and Aroostook employed some 400 men and ran 10 trains daily, six days a week, with Sunday being observed as a day of rest.

Today [1980] some 100 employees work there with approximately three trains running daily.
The company houses have been sold; the old hotel, which underwent a fire in 1923 received a flat roof at that time and continued operation until the early 1940's. Later it was remodeled and used by the Derby Improvement Society. Later in 1962, it received a second remodeling job and became known as the Derby Community Hall.

On Oct. 6, 1971 it was sold to the town of Milo for one dollar with the stipulation that it be used for recreation purposes only. In the mid 1970's the Bangor and Aroostook moved its offices to Northern Maine Junction, taking with them the need for a post-office.
The closing of the office is yet another change for the little community, once known as Milo Jct.


If you're the one that stole the deer off the grave in Brownville Jct., I sure hope your conscience can let you enjoy them. Every time you look at them remember where you got them! What a low person you must be. I would have bought you some if you had left you name and address. If you feel you can no longer look at them because you stole them from the deceased, please return them by Memorial Day. I will be putting more things in there in case you don't have a heart and want them too.

Sue Coburn


GREENVILLE - Lloyd G. Crossman, 86, loving husband of Vella (Ryder) Crossman, died April 25, 2004, in Greenville. He was born Oct. 20, 1917, in Greenville, the son of George W. and Mattie (Best) Crossman. He served in the CCC's and the U.S. Army during the invasion of Normandy and was wounded at Saint. Lo. He was then decorated with the Purple Heart. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. In 2001, he was honored with a diploma from the Republic of France for his service in the liberation of France. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. The last of his working career, he worked 22 years at Squaw Mountain. He is survived by his wife, Vella and sons, Chuck (U.S.M.C Vietnam Veteran) and wife, Betty, of Shirley, John and his wife, Barbara, of Milo, Brian and his wife, Jana, of Greenville; four grandchildren, Lyn of Augusta, Ryan (U.S.A.F 101st Air refueling Wing) and wife, Melanie, of Hamden, Thomas (U.S.A.F 101st Air Refueling Wing) of Northport, Aaron (U.S Navy) of Groton, Conn.; four great-granddaughters, Larryn, Courtney, Dakota and Fallon; many nieces, nephews and cousins; brother, Duane Crossman of Connecticut; sister Virginia Crossman of Connecticut; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Harry

Genest of Greenville, Norma Hanson of Greenville, and Clarence and Donna Ryder of Veazie. He was predeceased by his sister, June; brothers, Keith and Robert; stepmother, Jean; and father and mother-in-law, Charles and Freda Ryder. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People's United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 91, Greenville Junction, ME 04442 or the C.A. Dean Nursing Home Activity Fund, Greenville, ME 04441.

MILO - Susie Young Wharton, 93, died May 2, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was bornin Milo, the daughter of Nelson and Nanna Cate (Hobbs) Young. She graduated from Milo High School, Class of 1929. After graduation she attended Farmington State Normal School. In 1944, she joined the Women's Army Corp. and was stationed in Las Vegas, Nev. She was fond of saying that she "fought the battle of Las Vegas, Nevada." After her service career, she graduated from the School of Cosmetology in Davenport, Iowa. While in Iowa, she met and married her husband, Clarence Wharton, in 1947. Susie was a member of the Park Street United Methodist Church for 77 years, serving over the years in the following capacities: United Methodist Women, as a Sunday school teacher and secretary, and singing in the choir. She was a member of the Golden Link Rebekah Lodge in Guilford, an associate member of the Orion Rebekah Lodge in Milo, a member of the J. P. Chaisson Post No. 41 American Legion in Milo. She was an avid reader until she became legally blind and then became an avid "reader" and promoter of the talking books. At the time of her death, she had read through the talking book collection at the Maine State Library and was starting over again. She continued to knit mittens and afagans even when she could no longer see, donating many to church sales and anyone in need. She was a loving and proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, keeping a collection of scrapbooks detailing the lives and accomplishments of her family and friends.

She leaves a daughter, Alice Kinney and her husband, David, of Atkinson; grandchildren, Randa and Mark Rineer of Landisville, Pa., Robert and Rachel Kinney of Quincy, Mass., Richard Kinney of Bangor, Reid and Jessica Kinney of Topsham; great-grandchildren, Will and John Kinney, Katelynn Kinney and
Addison Rineer; an aunt, Florence Sodermark of East Corinth; a niece, Elbie Nutter of Milo; a sister-in-law, Maxine Young of Milo. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Clarence Wharton; a brother, Gordon Young; and a great-granddaughter, Isabel Cate Rineer. be
in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Isabel's Hope Endowment, P.O. Box 94, Landisville, PA 17538.


MILO and SUFFIELD, Conn. Jean F. (Leonard) Buttery, 82, formerly of Park Street, Milo and Bridge Street, Suffield, Conn., loving mother of Randy Villani and Ann V. Lebel, died Friday, April 30, at the Parkway Pavilion in Enfield, Conn. Jean was the wife of the late John A. Buttery, who died in 2001. She was born in Patten, a daughter of the late Edwin and Giula (Perham) Leonard. She had been a resident of the Milo community most of her life, moving to Suffield, Conn., with her husband in 1996. Jean was a graduate of the Milo High School, Class of '39 and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Milo. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with the Dexter Shoe Co. for more than 19 years. Among Jean's favorite pastimes were knitting and dancing. She is survived by her son, Randy Villani and his wife, Darlene, of Enfield, Conn.; her daughter, Ann Villani Lebek and her husband, Donald, of Somers, Conn.; a step daughter, Rosalind Buttery of Florida; two sisters, Helen Mulherin of Milo and Nora Rogers of Orrington; five grandchildren, Lisa Lebel of Somers, Conn., Tara Bogan and

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her husband, Ed, of Suffield, Conn., Mathew Villani of his fiance, Andrea Hotsko, of Enfield, Conn., Kevin Villani and his wife, Violeta, of Stafford Springs, Conn., and Megan Blais and her husband, Chris, of Enfield; two step-grandchildren, Jennifer Henderson and her husband, Kyle, of Ohio and Brian Daigle of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Cassandra and Brandon Villani of Stafford Springs, Conn., and Jordan Blais of Enfield; her very dear niece and nephew, Judith Eichel and William Mulherin; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and two very special children, Kylie Beals Connors and Zachary Beals. Jean was predeceased by two sisters and a brother, Margaret Fisher, Edna Webb and John Leonard; and a step-granddaughter, Kelsey Leigh Peach. Her family would like to thank the devoted staff of Parkway Pavilion for their loving care while she resided there. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2004, at the Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, with the Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. Immediately following the services, all are welcome to join Jean's family for a time of fellowship at the United Methodist Church of Milo. In lieu of flowers, it is Jean's wish that memorial donations be made to the United Methodist Church of Milo Memorial Fund, care of Shirlene Ladd, 15 North Road, Medford, ME 04463-6100. Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, Conn., is assisting Jean's family with the arrangements.

Submitted by Phil Gerow

South Portland-Saturday evening, May 15, found nearly 600 dance students from ages 7 through adult, performing in the Tenth Annual Spring Performance of the City Dance School at South Portland High School.  The performance, under the direction of Michelle Lessard, began at 7 p.m.  The program had 46 different acts featuring the children, teenagers, and adults.

Taking part in the Children’s Street Funk Dance titled “Dig It”, for ages eight through 11, was Giavanna Rose Loose, daughter of 1985 PVHS graduate Amy Gerow Loose.  Giavanna performed with 20 other dancers performing a very fast moving number.  The performance was directed by assistant teacher Andrea Pike.

Giavanna and the other dancers in the number wore black slacks and a black and white striped top, with red and white bandanas in their hair.  Their dance lasted approximately four minutes.  It included a great deal of twists and turns as well as several items that looked like fast-paced aerobics.  They did an outstanding job in their performance.

The program included Teen Jazz, Children’s Tap ages 7 to 9, Pre-Teen Hip-Hop, ages 9 to 11, Pre-teen ballet, ages 11-14, Children’s Street Funk, ages 8 to 11; Pre-teen Ballet, ages 11 to 13; Children’s Tap, ages 9 to 11; Pre-teen Jazz, ages 11 to 13; Children’s Ballet, ages 7 to 9; Children’s Jazz, 9 to 11; Pre-teen Tap, ages 11 to 14; and Children’s Street Funk, ages to 11.

There were several specialty dances featuring solo tap, ballet and jazz as well as duets for tap, ballet and jazz.  There was an Adult Tap featuring the director as well as 14 other adult dancers.

A special of the evening included the Mother/Daughter Funk (and Dad).  It had been intended to be mothers and their daughters dancing.  However, Lindsey Dubois’ mother was taken ill and her dad, Michael Dubois, decided to fill in so as not to disappoint his daughter.

Costumes for the various dances were colorful.  The younger ones danced in costumes taken from the “Wizard of Oz” for their numbers while others wore red, green and white costumes reminiscent of the Christmas Season.

After the program, Giavanna was presented with flowers and roses from her parents, Amy and Robert Loose of Westbrook; her aunt and uncle, Meg, Penquis Class of 88, and Greg Nisbet; and her aunt Beth, Penquis Class of 1993, Gerow from Portland and her grandparents, Ina Jane and Phil Gerow, Penquis retired teacher, of Milo.

Although the program had 46 various acts, it moved along fairly rapidly.  It lasted until 10:30, which in the opinion of this writer was a might too late for some of the younger participants.  The event, held on Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday afternoon, was packed to capacity.  It was quite a weekend for the participants and their families.

This is Giavanna’s second year taking dance.  She hopes to attend a dance class during the summer months and will enroll again in the class in the fall.  She really is a great dancer!  Her grandparents, being proud as grandparents are, have said she should have been able to perform a solo number.  She hopes to do so as she gets older.


A daughter, Carigon Devine Pearl, to Heather Wentworth and Nathan Pearl of Brownville on May 15, 2004.  Wt 6 pounds 13 ounces.

Saturday, May 29
Tag sale at Park Street United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to noon.Items of all kinds for sale, plus home baked goods and baked beans by the quart. Church is adjacent Milo Town
Office. Information: call Carolyn Sinclair at 943-7785.

Rummage Sale and Bake Sale
will be held at the Sebec Village
Community Church in Fellowship
Hall between 9:00a.m. and 12 noon.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

MAY 1973
25-Cloudy L wind-56° at 12.
26-Fair L wind Sunny awhile-56° at 12.
27-Fair AM Mostly sunny PM-56° at 9 am.
28-Rain-54° at 12.
29-Rain-60° at 12.
30-Sunny-72° at 12.
31-Rain-60° at 1 pm.

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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-one members, Key Club members Tristan Simonian and Ashley Case, secretary, and Roger, Deanna, Kenny, and Paul from the Orono/Old Town club.

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham requested prayers for those serving our country, guidance in helping others, and thoughts for those sick and in need.  Chris Almy was our inspirational reader today.

The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared.  We were issued an invitation to the Brownville Elementary School’s 2004 RIF Challenge Small School State Champs Celebration on Friday, May 21, at 12:45 pm.

Congratulations to Trish and Don Hayes and Carl and Sophie Wilson on their May 20th wedding anniversaries.  Happy birthday to Liza Comeau on the 22nd and Herb Dunham on the 25th.

Four happy dollars were donated for the gazebo project, Gary Dunham’s help, PAWS cookbook, and taking care of a stray pet.

Trish Hayes said that Key Club members will have a float in the Memorial Day Parade and will be helping at the annual auction, book fair, and animal shelter.

The Three Rivers News and Kiwanis Kids Korner are going well.

Joe Z. is planning a gazebo project committee meeting on Wednesday, May 26.  He informed us that the fund is up to about $7400.

2004-2005 slate of officers: President Murrel Harris, Vice-President Eben DeWitt, President-Elect Chris Beres, Treasurer Jeff Gahagan, and Secretary Dot Brown.  Board of Directors, Nancy Grant, 3-year term and Virgil Valente, 1-year term. 

Robin Long was our guest speaker today and is associated with the YMCA/EMMC in Bangor.  She spoke to us about the silent disease called osteoporosis.  This occurs as people age and their bones become less dense.  Normal bones contain holes but they become larger with the onset of the disease.  Bones also become more fragile causing 1.5 million bone fractures annually.  Out of 300,000 people suffering from hip fractures, 24% die from complications.

Bones grow in length and density from birth to about age 25 and slowly decline (some lose more rapidly) in the 30’s and 40’s.  Choices made during the early years may not be noticed until much later in life.  Risks that can be changed are healthier lifestyles, exercise, better diet, added calcium, not smoking or drinking alcohol, early menopause, loss of estrogen due to chemotherapy after surgery, and long term use of certain prescription medications such as prednisone.  Some factors cannot be changed, heredity, body frame, thin bones, race, and age.  More women suffer from osteoporosis but one in four men are also affected.

Robin handed out a wealth of information and emphasized the importance of protecting bones with a good diet of a variety of fruits and vegetables and calcium supplements.  She also recommended taking vitamin D to help absorb the calcium.  The best preventative is exercise!  Weight bearing and lifting exercises strengthen the bones.  She stressed that people should consult their physicians concerning the dosage of calcium and vitamin D they take.  It ‘s also important to talk to your doctor when starting a new exercise program.

Thank you Robin!

Put your sneakers on, jog or walk to your favorite supermarket, lift those vegetables, and tote a bag of delicious Granny Smiths home!

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