Three Rivers News, 2004-06-01

On May 27th,  the P.V.H.S. Seniors played their last home softball game of the season and of their high school careers. Pictured is Erica Morrill giving her mother, Teri, a rose.

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. 




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 if $2.00 for l ticket or $5.00 for 3 tickets.  The proceeds from the Duck Race go toward the Legion's Scholarship Fund. For further information call 965-3631 ir 965-8871

Attention Parents of Students Entering Grade 9 This Fall

Maine State Immunization Law now requires that all students entering Grade 9, fall of 2004, must be immunized against Varicella (chickenpox.) If your child has had chickenpox, a letter from your Health Care provider is required to verify history of disease.

Please be reminded that all children attending public schools must be in compliance with Maine State Immunization Requirement Laws. If the proper documentation is not received by the school before opening day, August 30, 2004, your child will not be allowed to attend school until this requirement is met.

The Varicella requirement is gradually being added a grade at a time until Fall of 2007 when all students Grades K-12 will be required to meet this requirement. If you have children at other grade levels you may want to talk to your child's Health Care Provider and take care of this requirement in advance. The table below provides information on when the chickenpox vaccine will be required.

2004/2005 K, 1, 2, and 9
2005/2006 K, 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10
2006/2007 K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11
2007/2008 K-12

Please feel free to call me at 943-7346 ext. 208 until school is out June 14, 2004. During the summer you may contact me at home 827-3681.


You can pay your Verizon bill at the Milo Water District again! Our new equipment has arrived and it is still free to pay your Verizon bill with us. We look forward to seeing you.

A Call To Arms (legs, hands and feet also)

The time has come to build the “Gazebo in the Park”. The bad news is there isn’t enough money to buy a fancy pre-built kit, or hire a top-notch contractor and professional crew. The good news is we have enough money to buy all the necessary materials (with the generous help of some local businesses such as O&R Lumbra and H.A.Bailey) in order to build it ourselves. There is a lot of talent, skill and experience in the Three Rivers Community and I am positive with a little help from our friends, we can put this together. I think of it being similar to the children’s story “Stone Soup”. Many individuals can contribute a little effort and we can all enjoy a wonderful gazebo.

We in the Three Rivers Kiwanis are sponsoring this project. Once the gazebo is completed it will become property of the town. We intend to maintain it and don’t wish to put any obligations on the town. We decided to divide the project into sections or teams. Each team will construct a portion of the gazebo. It would be nice if a business or organization could put together a team. For example the Milo Garden Club will be the landscape team. Perhaps the American Legion or the Sebec River Association or perhaps a church or school group could form a team. Each team will have a team captain who will report to the project engineer and/or project coordinator. This does not mean we do not need individuals to sign up, we do. Individuals will be assigned to teams based on what they can do to help. You don’t have to be a carpenter or mason to help. We will need lots of helpers and “go-fers” to be sure. The work will be done mostly in the evening and weekends.

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Congratulations Brownville Elementary!

My congratulations to the students and staff of the Brownville Elementary School for repeating as reading champions. It is a great honor to be an alumnus of the school and to have been associated with it during the past 21 years.

Your Friend,
Bill Sawtell

Brownville Women Trivia

Choose the correct answer.

1. Brownville's first women town manager: (a) Nancy Cook (b) Greta Connors (c) Sophie Wilson (d) Pauline Thomas?
2. Brownville's first woman selectman: (a) Sophie Wilson (b) Greta Connors (c) Nancy Cook (d) Pauline Thomas?
3. Brownville's first woman fireman: (a) Ginger Weston (b) Carroll Melanson (c) Nancy Cook (d) Pauline Thomas?
4. Erin Weston scored her 1000th point at (a) Guilford (b) Milo (c) Dexter (d) Schenck.
5. Laura Smith was a (a) forward (b) guard (c) center (d) rover.
6. The heroine of the Briggs Block Fire in 1951 was (a) Alice Graves (b) Jeannette Artes (c) Hazel St Louis (d) Doris Chase.
7. Lori Jamison and Debbie Coburn were (a) soccer stars (b) basketball stars (c) softball stars (d) a singing duet at PVHS.
8. Donna Mae Jones appeared on (a) What's my line? (b) the Curley O'brien Show (c) Spotlight on Youth (d) Issues and Answers.
9. Susan Sawtell set a Rocket Lanes record with(a) 155 (b) 157 (c) 167 (d) 169.
10. Ruby Thibodeau won a trip to (a) Las Vagas (b) Paris (c) Seattle (d) Fort Lauderdale.

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

Memories of Brownville Junction Railroader
Part 3

Just as they were setting an example for us who came later in the program, the 1958-1959 team had had their idols and examples, too. By that I mean the fine 1956-1957 team: the late Sid Brown, Jack's older Brother; Denny Harshaw, twice the Penquis League's leading scorer, who passed away three years ago; the late Dave Chase, who played most of his great career with one eye but still managed to score 600 points, the two handed set shooting Buffy Butterfield, who set a free throw shooting record in a game at Guilford; and Lefty Lockhart. Coached by Mac Buchanan, they beat Greenville in a close game in the opener at Bangor before losing to Lubec 59-59.

When this great team evolved, Bill Bellatty, Sonny Cobb, and Jimmy Rosebush were Sophomores.

Back to 1958-1959

I remember riding to Lewiston with Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Dority. Brownville Junction was playing Freeport after the Mount Desert-Union game that evening. On the way down I remember the song about Charlie Brown..he's a clown...he calls the English teacher daddy o...The Doritys let me off in the afternoon, and I went to see a movie, meeting quite a few other Junction kids in the area.

This was 1959-well before the days of the interstate.

Bill Bellatty was sick that night, and Alan Lockhart saw much playing time. Freeport, with Don Arnold, Laddie Deemer, and Jim Call, threw a great all court press at us-the first we had seen. Whether Bellatty could have been effective in breaking it will never be known. Jack Brown scored 21, but Freeport won the state championship 67-55.

I'll always remember the fact that the late Alton Knox, father of Steve Knox and Ginny Knox brought a huge railroad bell to the Lewiston Armory that night and used it to cheer in the Railroaders, for whom Steve was a backup at point guard (unmentioned in previous weeks).

This great team had gone down to defeat, but it had set an example for many young men to come unto Carroll L. Conley's tutelage to come in the ensuing decade at BJHS.

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Our school was blessed with a poet, the late Philip McInnis. Here are his verses about the 1958-1959 team.


The boys were cheeredThe crowd was gay
The whistle blew
And the ball was in play. 

We held our breath
Then the crowd let a roar
Brownville Junction
Was first to score.

Jim would hustle
That ball down the floor,
Snap it to Sunny
To add two to the score

Mike was here
And then he was there.
Conley's Railroaders
Were sure on the tear.

They passed in to Billy
Who turned and hooked.
The Blue Devils knew
Their goose was cooked.

They tried to stop Jack
Time after time,
When successful he collected
From the free throw line.

Of course Calais knew
The team had five
But really were stunned
To find them alive.

The time was going
Just a minute to spare.
Coach Conley was bouncing
Up and down on his chair.

The gun sounded,
It was on April Fool-
The boys had just made
History for our school.

We can't overlook
The cheerleaders' support
They gave the boys
While out on the court.

A big hand to Coach Conley
For his effort and time,
That led the Railroaders
Right up the main line.

So take off your hats
And wipe off that frown,
the Eastern Maine Champs
Are the pride of the town.

(From the 1959 Caboose)
More to come: Tears that next year

Community Concert Band Announces Rehearsals
DOVER-FOXCROFT – The Community Band of Dover-Foxcroft, under the direction of Arnold L. Poland, Director of Music at Foxcroft Academy, will begin rehearsals on Friday, May 7 in preparation for the summer concert season. Rehearsals will be held at Foxcroft Academy Music Room on Fridays from 6:30 to 8:00p.m.. The band presents concerts throughout the summer and also provides music for parades several times each season. Interested players should contact Mr. Poland Band musicians, regardless of experience and are encouraged to contact Mr. Poland at 564-2760 or by sending an e-mail to

Players of the following instruments are needed: flute (piccolo), clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet,. alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, coronet, french horn, mellophone, baritone horn, euphonium,

tuba, sousaphone and drums. Some instruments may be provided if needed. Please contact Mr. Poland.

The Community Concert Band also needs non-musicians to help with music library, publicity, equipment and organizational aspects of the group.

The CCB was originally started by Mr. Jim Perkins, the former band director of Penquis Valley High School in Milo, as part of the Adult Education program.


The Milo American Legion Post #41 held an open house ceremony on Saturday, May 29, to honor our Veterans and troops.  Three Rivers Kiwanian Donald Harris joined Senator Paul Davis in presenting a $100 check to Megan Bell. Megan is the wife of 2nd LT. Robert Bell who is stationed in Iraq with the Maine National Guard 1-152 Field Artillery from Bangor, Maine. Megan is the granddaughter of Diane and Sonny Burton of Milo, Maine. The check was generously donated to the American Legion by the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club to supply phone cards or necessary toiletry items to the members of 1-152 Field Artillery stationed in Iraq. 

Thank you letter:

I would like to extend a special thanks on behalf of my husband of the 1-152 field artillery and the rest of the unit to the American Legion #41 in Milo, the Kiwanis and Senator Paul Davis. On May 28, 2004 the American Legion donated a patriotic basket to be raffled off with all of the proceeds to go to the 1-152 field artillery unit who are currently serving in Baghdad, Iraq. This money will go into the unit fund in order to buy any comfort items or items that are needed by the unit specifically that is not provided by the military. The Kiwanis also donated a gracious amount to my husband's unit as well. In the past these organizations have donated money to the 1-152 FA without being asked, and I would like to thank them for their unselfish acts of support and caring towards my husband’s unit and myself.

After speaking with Senator Paul Davis about my husband's unit he gratefully reached into his pocket and handed me a donation, I would like to thank him for that as well. All of the people involved in donating deserve recognition, so if you see them in the store or on the street, thank them for their support to our soldiers in Iraq. Members of the American Legion #41, the Kiwanis, Senator Paul Davis and all who purchased tickets for the basket I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Megan (Burton) Bell, Granddaughter of Sonny and Diana Burton

Friends of Rick Jenkins surprised him on May 20 on the occasion of his 48th birthday. The event was held at the MILO HOUSE of Pizza. In addition to delicious pizza, sandwiches and drinks, Rick and his guests enjoyed a beautiful birthday cake provided by the House of Pizza Staff. Rick is a familiar figure around our community and we learn a valuable lesson from his determination and perpetual smile. Again we were reminded how blessed we are to live in a small town with a BIG HEART!!!!!!

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The Milo Garden Club annual picnic will be held on June 8 at l2 noon.  Bring your own lunch; drink & dessert provided. Bring items for the Ronald McDonald house. To be held at the Heinemeyer house on the Back Brownville Road in Br. Jct.

Hi Val,

I'm sure you've heard by now that the Skateway Roller Rink closed last month as we have sold our building and our land. Gray Brothers Used Cars is also "out of business" as of May 31, 2004. Maybe you would print this in your paper for us ?

Over the past 26 years we have owned and operated several different businesses in Milo; Gray Brothers Garage and Auto Parts, Gray Brothers Wrecker Service , Gray Brothers Used Cars, The Park Street Bakery, Skateway Roller Rink, Skateway Go-Karts and The Cimarron Club. We have enjoyed meeting and serving the good people of the area over all these years. We are disappointed that the skating rink will no longer be here for the children . We hope we've added some pleasant memories to their childhood years in the 15 years it was in operation. I could write a book about the experience.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who supported us in all our endeavors. Thanks for giving us your business and thanks especially for coming out on snowy, stormy nights to bring your kids to the rink.

We are moving to Perry. If any of you come down that way stop in to see us. We're at the South-East corner of Rt. # 1 and Rt. # 190 (Eastport Road).

Dottie and Fred Gray

Editor’s note: I wish you the best.  You have provided the area many wonderful services and you will you missed.



March 24, 1945 - May 27, 1994
 It's been ten years since God took you home. There isn't a day goes by that we don't think of you and miss you. Until God calls us to join you, we will always love and miss you. Frances, Karen, David, Shelby, Penny, Rob, Alan, Chelsey and Joshua


The Rains of Spring

As the skies darken and the
rain begins to fall,
Our minds wander back to
 Memories of you.
In the short,serene moments
of a spring storm,
many memories surface.
Some bring tears and some bring a much-needed smile.
As the seasons go by, one by one, it’s comforting to know,
That like the rain of Spring, Memories of you always return.

We miss you Mom!!
With all our Love,

Terrie, Kelley, Charney, Bub 



Thursday morning, May 6, 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 great songs such 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

Our May 28 assembly began with "The Pledge" followed  a Memorial Day tribute by grades 4 and 5. After the students explained the history of this special day, a moment of silence was held honoring all of our service members.

Grades 2 and 3 performed "The Maine County Song" and "Baxter, The Big Black Bear" as part of their Maine studies unit. Mr. Walker and Mrs. Zelkan awarded Terrific Kid certificates to SHAWNA MOULTON, TYLER TIBBETS and TRAVIS ADAMS. Ms. Ivy honored Shawna for fitting into her new classroom so well. She has learned to explain her math with writing and has made lots of new friends. Mrs. Carter
praised Tyler for working so hard all week to be the Terrific Kid. He didn't lose any recess time this week. Tyler completed all of his assignments. Miss K. was very pleased that Travis is the Terrific Kid. He has been working on being responsible for his behaviors and his assignments. He met his goal for the week.

Good Kids on the Bus Certificates were given to Shawna Moulton, Jessica Moulton and Dawn Moulton.

Move and Improve prizewinners were Samantha Noke, Alyssa Gray, Laura Gray, Josh Gray and Mrs. Carter.

Mrs. Rhoda showed the prizes for our last Move and Improve drawing, which will be held on June 14. There are wonderful game packs, bats and balls and two beautiful new bikes displayed on the stage. Mrs. Rhoda reminded the students to thank our PTO for our terrific prizes.

Thanks Kiwanis!

Our students participated in another successful Reading Is Fundamental book distribution. Every child chose a book of their very own. The students and staff thank the Kiwanis for supporting us in this valuable program.

Mr. Bill Wood presented the "Good Food Fun Show" to the students at the Cook School. The presentation was brought to us by the Maine Nutrition Network. Mr. Wood used tricks and jokes to teach about eating foods that are good for our teeth AND good for our heart. Mr. Wood is shown with helpers Heather, Alyssa, Justin, and Cody.

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Named Terrific Kids at Brownville Elementary School for the week May 25th were: Front left to right; Dakota Howe, Shelby Weston, Nicole Padilla, Gabrielle Pouges. Back row; Josh Dillon, Rachel Whitten and Alexis Coover. Congratulations to all of Brownville's Terrific Kids.

P.V.H.S. Senior Day

The Penquis girls played their last home game of the season this past Thursday, hosting Schenck. The Penquis girls came away with another win. Pictured: Dani Graves pitches a warm up pitch to Michelle Mulherin!

Heather Dolly is about to present her father with his rose. Heather is pictured with her sister Mindy and father Tom....


P.E.T.S. needs items that you would like to donate for their Annual Yard Sale to be held Saturday, June 19, with a rain date of Sunday, June 20th, on Route 7 in Corinna. With your help we can make this yardsale a great success. Monies raised go towards our “Community Project” and assisting individuals and families with reduced cost spaying or neutering of their companion animal. Seven cats have been spayed or neutered, with 49 more cats to go in the “Community Project”.

Remember that P.E.T.S. is a non-profit, all volunteer, 501 ( c )(3) organization devoted to reducing the overpopulation and abandonment of companion animals. Paw through all that “stuff” that you don’t use or want and call Sue Slate 379-2809, Phyllis Dyer 564-8072, Julie Gallagher at 943-5083, orMary Shapleigh 564-8092 to arrange for drop off or pick up.


To help raise monies for their “Community Project” P.E.T.S. is having a raffle for two great prizes. The grand prize donated by The Birches in Rockwood is a “Weekend Getaway for Two” in a single bedroom cabin valid from Sept. 2004 through December 2005. Second prize is an elegant dinner for two donated by the renowned Guilford Bed and Breakfast . Tickets are available through any of the P.E.T.S. volunteers or at the Cup and Easel on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Volunteers will be selling tickets at Walmarts in Newport on Saturday, May 22 and Bangor on Saturday, June 5, at Bud’s Shop and Save in Dexter and at the Dexter Regional Federal Credit Union in Dover-Foxcroft on Thursday, May 24th.

P.E.T.S. is the local reduced cost spay/neuter all volunteer non-profit 501(c)-(3) organization devoted to

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reducing the overpopulation of companion animals. For tickets or information call Phyliss Dyer 564-8072, Mary Shapleigh 564-8092 or Sue Slate 379-2809.

Editors Note: P.E.T.S.,, while a completely different organization from P.A.W.S., does a LOT of work here in Milo to help people get their pets spayed or neutered. Helping them is very worthwhile and constructive.


Thanks to all who made our tag sale a success.
Also thanks to all who support the food cupboard. We
appreciate the help of the community. Thanks to the
generosity of all we are well supplied at the moment
and continue to help those in need. Our women's
ecumenical breakfast will be held on June 3rd at
Smith's in Brownville. All women are welcome to join us at 8:00 AM.

The Milo Historical Society Says “Thanks!”

The Milo Historical Society would like to thank everyone who attended the Antique Appraisal Fair on May 22.  We would like to thank the volunteers who helped prepare and conduct the event and especially thank the volunteer appraisers, which included the following:  William Amos, Abbot; Jim Bisognani, Milo; Dianne and David Buck, Lincoln; Joyce Cross, Dover-Foxcroft; Victoria Eastman, Milo; Dr. Leonard Levy, Westbrook; Donald Ricker, Bangor; and Shirley Wright, Dover-Foxcroft.  While the event was not as well attended as we might of hoped, we trust that all who did participate came away a little more informed about their treasured antiques.  We also would like to extend our regards to the Three Rivers KIWANIS for going out of their way to have the lovely lunch for sale, it made the day that much more festive.

The Milo Historical Society would also like to extend its thanks to the Milo Elementary Third Grade class for their recent monetary contribution to the society.   The class presented their donation as a token of appreciation to the society following a program featuring the presentation of their Milo History Projects to the public on May 26, 2004.  The students did a splendid job of researching preparing and presenting their multimedia projects.  Their teachers, Andrea

Andrea Mills and Debbie Dunham can take pride in the job they have done of instilling a sense of community pride and fostering an appreciation of the young citizen’s heritage.  Thanks also should go to Kathy Witham, society trustee, for her time and energy in assisting the students with their research.

One of the projects, The Pleasant River Bridge, presented by Telos Wallace.


Kole Stevens flying across the finish line at Valley..........Kole finished 7th out of 20 bikes in his class.

Dustin Bishop coming across the finish line at Valley
Motorsports.......Dustin finished in 2nd place in this moto.

Trevor Lyford gets ready to pass another rider at Valley. Trevor came home with a 4th place trophy on his dirtbike and 3rd place trophy on his 4-wheeler.


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Final Week of Move and Improve
By Sue Chaffee

Can you believe that 12 weeks of Move and Improve are coming to an end? Congratulations to all of you who participated with MSAD #41 in this great program. Hope that you have either continued or developed good habits in the process.

Remember to register your program completion on line so that you will be eligible for prizes. If you have any difficulty with this please contact me and I can enter your completion for you. You may call me at 943-7346 ext. 208 and leave a voicemail message or e-mail me at Just indicate which of the two goal options that you completed and I will take care of the rest! Keep moving and improving!


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

Around 1985 near Christmas time, my son Bobby and his friend Bruce came to the house hoping for a fish feed.  I lived out on the “Airline” on Route 181 in Mariaville, population –not many.  I had built the three-room cabin myself in 1979 and led a quiet, solitary life there.  I heated with wood taken off my five acres, and had a never-ending supply of ice cold water from a spring down back.  I hunted game when I set my mind to it.  Deer and partridge were plentiful then.  I fished for the pure love of it.  Surrounded by small ponds and lakes, Chalk Pond on Route 193 was a good choice for pickerel fishing.  Bobby had asked for fish chowder and pressure cooked pickerel was required.  I had plenty of live bait, well fed and kept in a dryer drum set into the run-off brook from the spring.

So off we went ice fishing, the day’s rewards being eight or nine nice pickerel.  Back at the cabin while cleaning the fish and removing their heads and tails, we discussed what to do with the discard pile.  We could have just thrown it out back, but I had a few free-range hens and didn’t wish to bring in the coyotes.  So I decided I would place it all in a box, wrap it in Christmas paper and place a bow on top.  We  took it outside and set it on the side of the road—then went back in.  Out front of the cabin, hidden by thick trees is a long, straight stretch of road.  You can hear a long way off when a car is coming.  In not too many minutes we heard a car screech to a halt out front, then go again.

It’s funny how the past comes back to haunt us.  I moved from Mariaville many years ago, and had not thought of that pickerel gift since, when two years ago at my neighbor’s get-together, I met this fellow from Bangor.  We talked hunting and fishing and other stuff guys talk about.  But upon hearing I had lived for a time in Mariaville, he proceeded to tell me of an odd occurrence that had happened in the 80’s concerning his brother.

Something about a Christmas box found on Route 181
Respectfully, Bob Ryan (a legend in his own mind) 

A Historical Review
Fireman Honored - Mr. Ed Wingler
Milo Town Crier, by Edna Bradeen,3/21/68
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

"Mr. Ed Wingler, retiring after 60 years of service to the Milo Fire Department, was presented with a gold-plated helmet by Mr. Wilson Sherburne, while Mrs. Wingler looks on," was the caption of the staff photo.

The Milo Fire Department held its annual meeting at the Milo Town Hall Monday evening with the largest attendance in recent years. The center of interest was Milo's past fire chief, Ed Wingler. Mr. Wingler, who has resigned as a fireman as of March of this year, and quite unaware that he was to be recognized, was pleasantly surprised when attention was called to his sixty years of faithful service to the Milo Fire Department.

The Department has 32 active members. All but 4 of them were able to be present to pay tribute to their old chief who served faithfully in that office for 19 consecutive years, starting March 9,

1925 and continued until March 9, 1942. Ed, with his wife Flora, was called to the head table where Wilson Sherburne presented him with his relief association badge and his helmet, which had been gold plated. Mr. Sherburne, told of many interesting highlights of Ed's life as a fireman. Edgar Chase, present chief, presented Mr. Wingler with a purse of money in behalf of the Department. The banquet was prepared and served by the Pleasant River Grange and featured a large cake decorated in the fireman motif.

In recalling his years as a fireman, Ed recalls that he joined the department on March 11, 1908, two years after the department was formally organized. At that time the only fire fighting equipment was a hand tub which had been purchased second hand in 1884. This hand tub was hand pulled and operated, just as its name suggests, with 12 men running and pulling the device just as fast as they could answer to the cry of "fire." Once on location it took 24 men to man the tub and pump the water.

The town had constructed 3 reservoirs throughout the town. one on the corner of Highland Avenue and Pleasant Street; one on Clinton Street and one on High Street. If a river or well was located at the scene of the fire then that was used.
This bit of equipment was kept at Frank Monroe's shed on Main Street of the town. In 1924 the equipment was moved to new quarters in the municipal building on Park Street where it still remains. The department has, besides its original hand tub, four modern fire fighting trucks as well as a rescue truck.
During Ed's 60 years of service, records show that he attended 1320 meetings, an average of 22 meetings per year. He has for the past several years served as maintenance and radio man. Although he has now joined the ranks of the relief members his interest will still be keen.

Other relief members of the town are Hugh Boates, who joined the department September, 1907; Elmer Jenkins, July 9, 1909; Joe Rogers, April 27, 1914; Guy Monroe, June 1918 and Ralph Sargent in 1924.


By Brenda Roberts

On May 27, 2004, the Brownville Jct American Legion Auxiliary had the priviledge of meeting Mitchell Smith and his family when they presented him with a Spinoza Bear.

Spinoza, "The Bear Who Speaks from the Heart" is a big soft cuddly bear with a warm friendly voice. He's a constant companion who gives unconditional love, hope and encouragement. He's also an effective theraputic tool for children/adults with life threatening or chronic illnesses, children with profound mental or physical disabilities, victims of domestic abuse or violent crimes and children who have lost a parent or sibling.

Spinoza comes with 9 audio tapes (played on an internal cassette player that is controlled by a heart button on Spinoza's chest) that deal with a variety of issues. The first tape invites interactive relationships and communication. Spinoza introduces himself and wants to become your friend. Others deal with easing anxiety or loneliness, encouragement and self-esteem, relaxation for sleep, feelings and relationships, grief and loss, positive attitude and healthy choices. One is called "Do You Wonder?", its about curiosity and learning being fun.

The Spinoza "Buddy Bear Project" is sponsored by any community minded organization.

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Mitchell, who has been diagnosed with Ependymoma (a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord) is the 4 year old son of Mike and Julie Smith of Bradford. He has a sister Michelle and two brothers, Jordn and Michael. For more information on the Spinoxa "Buddy Bear Project" or to become a sponsor go to www.Spinoza .com.

Picture- Mike (holding Mitchell and Spinoza) Julie, with children Michelle, Jordn and Michael and Auxiliary members Anne Weston and Brenda Roberts 

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued-Part X

It is only with such a frame-of-reference, in that second section, that we shall be able to chuckle at stories like that of the witty, anonymous pupil who showed his, or her, articulate resentment when Levi Johnson, one of  the teachers at the Stanchfield Ridge  School, introduced Latin into its curriculum.  As a teacher, Levi may have thought that Latin would improve the culture it touched, whatever the age of the pupils mind with which it made contact.  But his intentions weren’t accepted with any degree of enthusiasm whatever!

Levi is buried, these long years, in a corner of the Brownville cemetery.  The schoolhouse where he taught vanished decades ago.  The response of one disagreeing, articulate pupil, however, lives on in this quartrain:

There was a man that lived in Rome;
His name was Julius Caesar.
And now he’s dead and gone to hell-
And I don’t care much either!

We shall be able to reflect, too, with perhaps a little sigh, a little catch in our throat, on such things as the personal, whimsical anecdote Edith West tells of the times she sat beside Belle Perkins, at the Sargent Hill School, because there weren’t enough music books to go around.

Belle Perkins (her married name is Getchell) lives on a side road between Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford.  She is a sister of Lloyd and Floyd Perkins.  The younger generation will identify her more easily as a aunt of Albert and Frank Perkins,  Mrs. Bertha Larson, and Mrs. Hazel Williams.

The soul of an artist was in Belle.  She drew beautifully, and Edith sat enthralled as the sketches took on character under her facile hand and fertile imagination – both forgetting the music lesson they were supposed to be taking part in.

Edith recalls saying later to Belle:  “I wasn’t musical because I had to watch you draw these beautiful pictures!”

Does Belle still draw beautiful pictures?  Probably not.  The aesthetic talents, unless they nag hard to fix themselves into the mind and habits of their human host, are apt to “fade into the light of common day,” as marriage and family responsibilities press in on the artistic soul.

Or, take Katie Boober.  If she is still living, she has probably forgotten that she was one of the handiest pupils with the bat, at the Toolbridge School.

“Ball,” they called it, rather than “baseball.”  And it was a pretty nearly universal recreation at recess.  If the ball had a cover, why, that was good.   If it didn’t, they still used it until hit after hit had unrolled a hundred feet or so of its winding..  Then they got another one somewhere.

No umpire, with quick, hard eye, scanned their ball for tiny cracks or evidence of slippery elm, or illegal spit.

Nor did precedence of sex weigh in the dash of players to get started at recess time.  There wouldn’t have been boys enough anyway for a good game.  As a matter of fact, the game wasn’t punctuated by innings, as we know them now.   “Three ol’ cat” was a generic name for a game with three or more players.  It just advanced the players as the batter was put out—from field to third, to second, to first base, to pitcher, to catcher, to batter.  The game was intensive, for all too soon the teacher would come to the door, and peremptory clapper bell in hand would summon to more

important duties inside.  Then he, or she, who was halfway to first base changed course in a split second, and made for the door.  Promptness and obedience were virtues in those days!

At the Stanchfield Ridge School, Edna Smart was recognized as a hitter par excellence.  She could poke a ball, according to Nora Hamlin,  “Way down into the cow pasture.”

First base at Stanchfield Ridge was a cedar tree; second base, a rock; third base, the doorstep; and home plate, a Cedar slab.

Recollections are not always happy ones;  they are sometimes very sad.

Edith Perry, who now lives in Florida most of the year, still remembers the trauma in her school at the Tollbridge, when two of her schoolmates died.

Their names don’t mean a great deal to us now, but when Lee Wiley died of flu, in the terrible 1918 epidemic, there was sadness among his schoolmates, and when Arthur Hughes  (his family lived in the house we know as Frank Bowley’s, nearly across from the Drive-in) went down to the river after school one winter night to try the ice, instead of going directly home, he was drowned.  Sure, Arthur had raised the dickens in school quite a lot, but that fact didn’t make the tragedy any easier to bear.  Memory of the double loss lingered on for a long time at that school.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND A PERFORMANCE AT THE MILO Town Hall on Thursday, June 3, at 7:30 PM.  This musical program is made available by the MSAD #41 Wellness Team and promotes healthy lifestyle choices.  The participants include the following students:  Miranda Andrick, Emily Armour, Devon Armstrong, Courtney Badger, Skylar Beard, Lauryn Bellatty, Brooke Bowden, Christina Bowden, Camille Cramer, Shane Emery, Hannah Guthrie, Dakota Howe, Alexis Larson, Haley Knowles, Magen Lancaster, Cassidy Mayhew, Sammi Jo Miller, Brooke Morrill, Jessie Rae Moulton, Anthony Murano, Kevin Ricker, Wesley Rouse, Ashley Shaffer, Allison Valvo, and Jade Zelkan.

Soloist will be Holly Beaulieu.  Dancers will be Jenn Hussey and Sam Ellis.  MC will be Devin Gillespie.

The Wellness Team participants include: Christine Beres, Sue Chaffee, Cece Harmon, Marie Hayes, Susan Keith, Edie Miles, Eddie Oakes, Linda O’Connor, and Kathy Witham.


Dear Editor:

PAWS-Penquis Animal Welfare Sanctuary would like to thank all of the very generous people who donated books and magazines to our book fair on May 22.  It is truly heartwarming to know so many people volunteered in different ways to help make the upcoming purchase of our shelter building a reality.

From those who donated books, to the people who packed and unpacked four truckloads, to everyone who put all the books on tables, helped during and after the sale and to all those book lovers who helped make the fair the great success that it was, we express our heartfelt gratitude.

Those who were unable to attend the sale should not feel sad because many hardcovers, paperbacks, fiction, and nonfiction still remain to be sold at a yard sale on Prospect Street in Milo on Saturday, June 19.  Look for any more remainders at the Milo Kiwanis Auction at the end of June.  Proceeds will continue to benefit PAWS.

Once again, our very sincere thanks to each and every individual who helped make our fundraiser a success.


Victoria Eastman and Everyone at PAWS.


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Submitted by Phil Gerow

PORTLAND- It was not something from Rodgers and Hammerstein.  It wasn’t even anything from South Pacific.  It was just plain enchanting.

Saturday, May 22, was truly an enchanted evening for Ina Jane and Phil Gerow of Milo.  They were at Merrill Auditorium in Portland for a concert by The Glenn Miller Orchestra.  The tickets for the concert were given to the Gerows, as a birthday gift by their daughter Meg, her husband Greg, and their son Garrett Philip.  It was to honor Phil’s 70th birthday on January 9 and Ina Jane’s birthday on January 19.

The nineteen-piece orchestra, under the direction of Larry O’Brien, who is also a trombonist for the orchestra, was given a great ovation as they entered the stage.  The original Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in March 1938.  Soon after, the band was invited to play at Carnegie Hall along with Paul Whitman’s band, Fred Waring’s band, and Benny Goodman’s band.  The band performed up and down the East Coast.  In 1941 the band went to Hollywood to perform on film.

In 1944, Miller was inducted into the Army.  After training, he was transferred to the Army Air Corps, where he organized the Glenn Miller Army-Air Force Band.  Miller jazzed up the various marches so when soldiers marched, they really stepped out.  In 1949, Miller and his band were shipped out to England.  There, in less than one year, they engaged in over 800 performances for the troops.  On December 15, 1944, Miller boarded a transport plane to Paris, never to be seen again.

The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring continually since, playing an average of 300 dates a year around the world.

The first number the band played was “Moonlight Serenade”, the original band’s theme song when it was directed by the name sake, Glenn Miller.  The audience broke into applause as it began the number.

After the first number, O’Brien introduced the band members.  They included bass, Shawn Marks, drums, Gregory Parnell, piano, Andrew Nevola, trombones, George Reinert 111, Josh Favors, Doug Kost, and Jonathan Adammo, trumpets, Ashley Hall, lead, Phillip Johnson, split-lead, Alcedrick Todd, third/jazz, and Jeff Smith, fourth, saxophones, Kevin Sheehan, alto clarinet, Matt Johns, alto, Christopher Strange, tenor1, Philip Whack, tenor, and Chad Griudley, baritone, who is from Windham, Maine.  Vocalists with the orchestra included Julia Rich and Nick Hilscher.

Throughout the evening program, which lasted from 7 p.m. until 10:15 p.m., with a 15 minutes intermission, each member of the orchestra was featured.  Sometimes it was by solo, sometimes, duets and other times an instrument section.  As they performed, they moved to a microphone on stage.

Some of the numbers performed included “String of Pearls”, “Londonderry Aire”, also known as “O, Danny Boy”, “The American Patrol March”, “Tuxedo Junction”, and “Pennsylvania 6-5000”.  The audience was asked to sing along with that number.

You’ve heard of the Modernieers,. When a group of five was called “The Moonlight Serenader's”.  Three

members of the orchestra joined the male and female vocalists.  When they sang, they sounded as if they belonged to the “Big Band Era”.  They sang “JukeBox Saturday Night”, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, “To You, My Heart Cries Out Perfidy”, and “The Shadow of Your Smile”.

The director praised Merrill Auditorium for its acoustics and what a wonderful place it was to perform in.  He said it was one of the finest they had performed in.  He also thanked the administration and the public for the warm hospitality received by the orchestra.

He said it was nice seeing such a varied audience, including old and young alike.  He hopes the big band music will always be popular.  He said the band played in his hometown of Las Vegas where the audience was made up of elderly men and their young daughters.  This brought a room full of laughter from the audience as he explained he didn’t think they were the daughters.

The song that really brought the house down was “In The Mood”.  This brought back a lot of memories for my wife and me.  I learned to jitterbug to that tune.  The other songs by the soloists or the quartet included “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”, “A Small Café, Mademoiselle”, “April in Paris”, “Almost Like Being In Love”, and “I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do”.

The concert closed with the band saluting all military personnel, past and present, with the “Bugle Call March”.  What a lively number!  The audience wasn’t about to let the band stop and called for an encore.  The band played “America, The Beautiful”.  They asked the audience to stand and sing the second time they played it.  It was very emotional.

The night was something Ina Jane and I will always remember.  Our goal now is to find a video of “The Glenn Miller Story”, starring James Stewart and June Allyson.  Thanks Meg, Greg, and Garrett.  It was a beautiful gift.


Samantha Lee Shaw, daughter of Megan Williams and Eric Shaw, was born on May 20, 2004 and weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

JUNE 1967
2-64° at 8 am.
3-Sunny & hot-100° at 4:30 pm.
4-Sunny & hot-90° at 4:30 pm.
5-Sunny & hot-90° at 4:30 pm.
6-Fair-76° at 8 pm.
7-Fair-60° at 6:30 am. 


A sell-out crowd was entertained and sometimes shocked at the comedy routine performed by Travis Cowing at the Milo Town Hall on Saturday night.  Some folks found his adult language and scenarios too crude for their tastes and I obviously should have elaborated more on the content of his stories, but for 99% of the crowd the evening was splendid.

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Every table was filled as more than 125 people laughed and ate to their hearts content.  Travis had a group of fans at one table who traveled from Orono to attend and they had the time of their lives. When the money was added up at the end of the evening we realized that one-tenth of the total money needed to buy the building for the P.A.W.S. animal shelter.

We presently have 24 cats and 2 dogs we are caring for, and spring usually brings litters and litters of strays.  We are able to care for these animals in a respectful and responsible way thanks to the generosity of our communities.  The last 2 weekend’s fundraisers have produced over $2000.00, and there are more events to come!

On Saturday, June 19, we will hold a giant moving sale at the former residence of Ruth Clark on Prospect Street in Milo.  50% of the earnings will go to P.A.W.S., thanks to the generosity of Ruth.  We will also be selling our “Cooking With P.A.W.S .” cookbooks there and they are being distributed at many other locations.  To buy one go to the Brownville Town Office, the Milo Town Office, The Head Shop, Red Earth, Milo Exxon, or the Milo Farmer’s Union courtesy booth.  We have until December to raise the additional  $10,000.00 needed to buy our building,

So thank-you to all who have helped. 

If you would like to have a cookbook mailed to you, send a check for $12.95 to:

Valerie Robertson
PO Box 81
Milo, ME 04463



     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 said hello to twenty members, Senator Paul Davis, Past Lt. Govs. John Cushing and Doc Sherman plus the interclub from Dover-Foxcroft that included Dick, Bob, and Hoyt.

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham remembered the men and women serving our country in his prayer.

The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared and a thank you note from the Milo Free Public Library was read, thanking Kiwanis for the donation to purchase hats and bandanas for the children in the summer reading program.

Happy birthday to Eben DeWitt and Nancy Grant on May 28th and to Virgil Valente on the 30th.

Ten happy dollars were donated for the Sebec River Association’s support for the gazebo project, Red Hat Society debut, Red Sox in 1st. place, John and the Dover crew, 6th grade, seat belts work!, the men’s rules being true, and for Buffy’s hard work on short notice.

Trish Hayes told us that the Key Club is winding down a bit.  They helped with the Spring Fling, plan to enter a float in the Memorial Day Parade, will be planting flowers at the high school plus have their regular meeting on Thursday and an evening meeting the same night.

Donations are coming in from area businesses for the June auction.

June 2 is the last week of the season for the Kiwanis Kid’s Korner. 

The P.A.W.S. cookbooks are now for sale.  Ten dollars will bring you lots of great recipes, stories, and laughs; and you will be helping the local animal shelter!

The Gazebo Project Fund is close to $8000 and Joe said we are looking at July for the project to be completed.

Business: To vote on the 2004-2005 slate of officers, President Murrel Harris, Vice-President Eben DeWitt, Treasurer Jeff Gahagan, Secretary Dot Brown, and President-Elect Chris Beres.  Board of Directors, Nancy Grant, 3-year term and Virgil Valente, 1-year term.  Motion made, seconded, and accepted as read.

REMINDER: The Board of Directors will hold the monthly meeting on June 3, 2004.

Eben DeWitt introduced Senator Paul Davis, our speaker for today.  Senator Davis served 23 years as a State Trooper and is in his 3rd term as Senator.  He has also been a welcome addition to the club’s annual auction, braving the thunder, lightening, and downpours to continue his duties as auctioneer!

Sen. Davis applauded JSI and Mark Awalt for being the best small businessperson in the state.  When the Dexter Shoe Company closed it affected 90 workers but now the same building is the home of JSI and their 75 employees.

Sen. Davis did not have many comforting words concerning the state of the state.  The budget has skyrocketed, projects have not been completed and the Democrats and Republicans are having a tough time agreeing on many issues.

With a $165 million shortfall a study is being done to see what wasteful spending can be eliminated.  He told us about the Paine Road Bridge being sold to the Maine Turnpike Authority that means Maine bought its own bridge.  There are many workers from New Hampshire that come to a Maine training program.  If they work in Maine for less than 20 days they are not required to pay income tax.  It was proposed to lower the time to one day but 10 days was eventually agreed upon. 

The hospital tax has doubled; Mayo now is required to pay $320,000 to receive a 2-1 Medicaid match.  The money for retired teacher’s health insurance is gone.  Voting for an additional $250 million in June for education could mean a 2-3% increase in sales tax.

November will bring the Pulaski initiative up for a vote.  It is a proposal to reduce the mil rate on property tax to no more than 10 mils per $1000.  Sen. Davis said it sounds good but would mean the loss of a town government for places like Milo.  Towns would have to look to the state for help…

The bear population in Maine has grown to 23 to 24 thousand, which means an annual harvest of 3,000 to control the increase.  An upcoming referendum proposes prohibiting baiting and trapping that would affect the livelihoods of many people.

If there ever was a time to contact your representatives and senators, it’s now!

Thank you for an enlightening presentation.

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