Three Rivers News, 2004-06-08

Happy First Birthday On June 13, Brooklyn Marie,
 From Grandma and Papa Tom in Pennsylvania



Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004
Time: 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Place: Piscataquis Valley Fair Grounds
 Dining Hall
Price: Adults $5-Children under 10, $3
For more information call 943-2692

Editors Note: Bean suppers are a wonderful Maine tradition, as is the “Dover Fair”. Please show your support and attend.

JUNE 24 AND 25

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 $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 or 965-8871


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.

FROM 9 AM- 3 PM.



       Tuesday, June 8th is Election Day! Polls will be open at the Brownville Elementary School from 9AM - 8PM for Brownville, Williamsburg, KI, Ebeemee, and Barnard residents to vote. In addition to the referendum and primary ballots, Brownville residents will also be choosing an individual to fill the remainder of the Selectmen's term vacated in April by Wilbur Nichols. For those who are unable to make it to the polls, absentee ballots are available at the Town Office.

       The Town of Brownville is looking to fill the position of Public Works Director. This is a varied and responsible administrative, technical, and operational position overseeing the Highway and Sanitation Departments as well as providing technical/administrative oversite for the Water and Sewer Departments as well as town occupational health and safety programs. A more complete description and list of requested qualifications available is posted at the Brownville Town Office. Deadline for application is Friday, June 11, 2004 at 3:30PM.

      Community members are invited to attend a Tourism Economic Development Meeting on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at the BJHS Alumni Building in Brownville beginning at 6:00PM. Roger Merchant, an Educator from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will facilitate further discussion of regional assets and visions for development of Brownville's Tourism Program.

       Town of Brownville Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2004 at the BJHS Alumni Building beginning at 6:00PM. Items to be acted upon include requests to: adopt the Town of Brownville Comprehensive Plan; revise the Town of Brownville Planning Board Ordinance; decrease the interest rate charged to unpaid 2004 property taxes from 6.75% to 6.50%; and authorize the Selectmen to negotiate and execute a long-term agreement with the Brownville Snowmobile Club to lease the "Old Fire Station".


The Milo Board Of Selectmen Will Hold A Public Hearing On Tuesday, June 15, 2004 At The Milo Town Hall, Beginning At 6:30 Pm.  The Purpose Of This Hearing Is To Receive Written And Verbal Comments Regarding An Application For A Liquor License Submitted By Charles And Joi Stevens For The Restaurant, 66 Park Street.  All Interested Citizens Are Urged To Attend. 

Memories of a Brownville Junction Railroader
By Bill Sawtell

Part IV Tears

Gone from the Eastern Maine championship team were Bill Bellatty, Sonny Cobb, Jimmy Rosebush, and Alan Lockhart. New starters were Steve Knox at the point guard position, Charlie Weston and Gary Chase at forwards. This, too, was a great team, losing twice to Calais (61-48 and 62-57) and possibly once to Greenville on their Broadway stage.

Carroll Conley's team had a great season once more before meeting up with Hampden in the finals of the playoffs. A last second shot by Dave Leighton sent the Railroaders home and ended their chances of repeating as Eastern Maine champs. I didn't go to the game that night, but called after the game to confirm our win. When I heard the score, I broke out in tears. I would not repeat the happy experience of the year before at the Bangor Auditorium. Those darned playoffs! I guess I was glad when I saw the Heal Point System come in.

More to come "Our Worst Season"

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The Milo Free Public Library will again be sponsoring a summer reading program for children –preschool through grade 6. DISCOVER NEW TRAILS AT YOUR LIBRARY is the theme, and we hope the area children will have a summer of adventure and excitement as they follow new trails in reading. We will have many new books, lots of surprises and a summer of fun. June 14th is Sign-Up Week-a good chance to ask questions about the program. The program begins June 21st for 8 weeks of reading fun.

Brownville Baseball/Softball Trivia
By Bill Sawtell

Choose the correct answer.

1. Arthur "Lefty" Strout was drafted by the (a) Red Sox (b) Yankees (c) Braves (d) Dodgers.

2. Albion Farnham played for Higgins and (a) Colby (b) Husson (c) Maine (d) Ricker.

3. Tommy Durant no-hit (a) Foxcroft (b) Greenville (c) PCHS (d) Dexter.

4. (a) Tommy Wallace (b) Tommy Durant (c) Tommy Lockhart (d) Tommy Washburn "couldn't break a pane of glass."

5. Erin Weston played (a) shortstop (b) first base (c) third base (d) centerfield.

6. Kerri and Megan Russell were (a) catchers (b) pitchers (c) managers (d) outfielders.

7. (a) Gerald Kirby (b) Nelson Perry (c) Gary Chase (d) Johnny Owens was "sneaky fast."

8. (a) Mike Knox (b) Bill Bellatty (c) Jack Brown (d) Harold Hale would "take one for the team."

9. Wayne Kirby had funny (a) legs (b) eyes (c) hands (d) ears.

10. (a) Pete Meulendyke (b) Jerome Chase (c) Art Stanhope (d) Tom Durant once hit a pinch hit homer.

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

Meow More Than Ever… Adopt a Shelter Cat!

‘Tis the season that animal shelters are filled with cats and kittens, making it an ideal time to adopt.  To encourage adoption, P.A.W.S of Milo joins The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and its online adoption partner,, to proclaim June as Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month.

Owning a cat is a long-term commitment and therefore deserves serious thought. A good place to begin is to understand that cats know they are family members rather than possessions.  They consider themselves the leaders of their families.

As heads of their households, cats want things their way.  That may mean drinking from the faucet or walking across the kitchen table. Cats like to be the center of attention, and they always detect where your attention is centered, whether that be the open pages of the book you are reading or on the keyboard of your computer.

It takes considerable confidence to love a cat - one moment they are cuddling up looking for love and the next they are up and away, tail and nose in air - leaving you thinking, "What have I done wrong?"  However, cat-lovers swear by the ease and independence of caring for pets of the feline persuasion. Cat-lovers don’t pussyfoot around: they know the little purr-balls are the cat’s meow.

Cats come in many sizes and colors, not to mention a myriad of purr-sonalities.  This June you can adopt any kind your heart desires.  Explore your options by calling Julie Gallagher at 943-5083 or surfing through the adoptable cats and helpful pet care literature available at

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PAWS, your local Animal Shelter, can receive free food and cat litter by redeeming Paw Points, which are found on specially marked packages of Fresh Step® Scoopable and Fresh Step® Clay cat litter. If you are using Fresh Step in a bag, look for points on the top right hand corner on the back of the litter bag. If you are using Fresh Step in a carton, look for Paw Points along the top of the carton. 

The points can be deposited in the “Paw Points” box at the Milo Farmer’s Union, located by the “Three Rivers News “ display at the front of the store.  Thank you so much!

Milo resident is named Teacher of the Year by Brewer WalMart

Farmingdale – Milo resident Shannon Greaney, teaching specialist with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) at Brewer Middle School, was named Teacher of the Year by WalMart’s Brewer store community. 

The award is part of the department store chain’s annual recognition program for local teachers.  Greaney received the award from Brewer WalMart management in a recent presentation at the store.

Greaney administers the JMG educational program of life and leadership skills to 30 Brewer Middle School students in 7th and 8th grade.  Through classroom curriculum and experience-based education, Greaney helps prepare students for a smooth transition into high school and for the demands of life that follow graduation. 

Brewer Middle School became a host for JMG’s REACH program in 1997.  The school is one of nine middle schools in Maine to provide the program for students.  Of those who entered Brewer’s program as 7th or 8th graders, Principal Bill Leitheiser said they have either graduated or are still enrolled and advancing through high school.  “One hundred percent of our kids fit into one of those two categories,” he says.  “And if that is the intent of the program, and I think it is, it has been very successful.”

The “pillar” of JMG’s REACH program according to its manager, David Perron, Greaney, 33, has delivered the JMG program at Brewer Middle School for her entire four years with JMG.  Community service is required of every JMG student each school year, and Greaney’s students have consistently led the program in documented total hours.

Established in 1993 by the state’s Legislature, JMG was mandated to be a school-to-work transition model for high school students.  In its 11-year history, JMG, a private, non-profit corporation, has evolved into a school-to-career transition model.  The REACH program was developed by JMG in response to needs of middle school administrators.  It includes intensive academic and personal supports, such as mentoring, tutoring, and experiential-based learning, so that students go on to successfully complete high school. Through JMG’s presence in Maine schools, more than 22,500 students have achieved success in the workplace, in postsecondary education, and in military service.

From the Pooleside in Japan

I will be speaking at the memorial service for Roy Monroe at the United Baptist Church on Saturday, July 31 at 10:00 AM. Roy was a real treasure and Milo has lost quite a few this past year. That afternoon I will join the MHS class of '64 in celebrating our 40th reunion. We had 36 in the class and it will be great if many of my fellow classmates can make this reunion.

We leave Japan June 25, and will have stops in Nevada, Arizona, Florida and New Jersey before coming to Maine. We are looking forward to seeing friends and family while in Milo.

Tom Poole

Woman's Writings Recall Ordeal of War
(Reprinted with the permission of the Kennebec Journal and reporter Keith Richards )

GARDINER-As a child, Rod Tenney had seen his aunt's old metal Army helmet, painted with a green "first aid" cross, hanging in her cottage on Bonny Eagle Lake. And he had heard occasional stories about her time as an Army nurse stationed in the Philippines when Japanese forces overran U.S. strongholds there.

His aunt, Capt. Alice M. (Zwicker) McAlevey, didn't talk about it much. She died of cancer in 1976. It wasn't until Tenney was cleaning out that cottage recently, upon the death of her husband, Frank McAlevey, that he unearthed her dramatic writings about her experiences on Bataan and in the tunnels of Corregidor before she was captured and held in the Japanese internment camp of Santa Tomas in Manila.

"May 6th, 1942," several pages of her writings begin. "The place is Corregidor, the 'Gibraltar of the Pacific.' I don't know whether the sun is shining or not because I have been in the tunnels for nearly a month. And if one is smart one does not venture out for anything. The last group of men who went out to one of the tunnel entrances for a 'last minute smoke before retiring' were picked up in a basket when a Japanese shell from Bataan hit the entrance. For days the tunnels have been full of gunpowder smoke and it is difficult to breathe. But the ventilators must remain open if we are to remain alive. We do not know that this is the day of surrender of the Rock."

Corregidor, also known as the Rock, is a small, rocky island in the Philippines which was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, U.S. forces carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Bataan fell on April 9, 1942, but Philippine and American forces held out at Corregidor for 27 days against great odds. On May 6, 1942, their rations depleted, the Allied forces were forced to surrender, according to the U.S. Army Center for Military History.

Then known as Capt. Alice M. Zwicker (she married later), Tenney's aunt was one of 66 Army nurses, captured in Corregidor tunnels used as strongholds against the Japanese attacks, who remained in the Philippines as prisoners of war of the Japanese. They were held in a civilian internment camp until their liberation Feb. 5, 1945.

She was born in Brownville, but spent the last years of her life with Frank McAlevey, her second husband, whom she married in 1966, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

After being liberated, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had to have surgery to have one of her lungs removed. Tenney found letters which indicated she was upset when she received a medical discharge from the Army in 1947.

"From what I read, she would have preferred to stay in," Tenney said. Tenney, of Gardiner, said his aunt was tough and outspoken. When she was captured, her family didn't know, until some two years later, she was still alive.

The Army gave her mother a "Gold Star Flag," which was given to parents of soldiers killed in action. She refused to fly it.

"I think that's where she got her stubbornness from-her mother," Tenney said. When she was imprisoned, the Japanese took her helmet, which, at the time, was painted with a red cross, Tenney believes. Someone found it and gave it back to her when she was liberated. Tenney thinks the cross was painted green because the Japanese used the helmet as their own while she was imprisoned.

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When he went out to clean out her old cottage, the helmet was still hanging inside.

Tenney, who served in the Navy himself, suspects his aunt's writings might have been the start of a book she never finished. They paint a dramatic picture of life under siege while hiding out in the tunnels of Corregidor.

"After Bataan fell on April 9 they've poured everything they had onto this place," she wrote. "Bombs, shells, mortars, the works, until it seems that surely the place will be splintered to bits... The casualties have been heavy and fighting equipment now practically gone. More and more of the patients being admitted are young kids who have simply gone haywire trying to fight bombs and shells without even rifles. Only their bare hands and their guts. But after a while courage alone is just not enough and something gives."

She describes a "breakfast" in the tunnels as a tablespoon of cold corned beef hash on a dirty plate and a half-glass of warm water in a dirty glass, and nothing more until 6 p.m.

"I felt that it couldn't get worse," she wrote. "But after three years of Japanese imprisonment I learned it could get a lot worse!"

"Is it possible that I came from a small town in Maine and that my family (is) still living there in peace and quiet without bombs and shells falling around them? Is there anyplace in the world like that anymore? It's hard to believe."

Her two brothers, Eli and Ken, also fought in and survived World War II. "It's a strange thing about war," her account concludes, philosophically. "One never gets used to it and yet once it begins it seems always to have been that way. No beginning and no end. One thing is certain, the business of staying alive occupies every living moment and the pettiness so common to everyday living does not exist. With death as a constant companion one does not have time for pettiness. If I learned nothing else during those three and a half years in the Philippines I knew how true were the words of Patrick Henry, 'Give me liberty or give me death!' Believe me, there is no substitute for freedom. It is always well worth fighting for, no matter how great the odds."

Thelma and Louise are looking for a new home…they are 12-week old females who are getting spayed in 2 weeks. Call Julie at 943-5083 for more details.  They can be split up, but two are twice the fun and half the work !!


Milo Elementary News
From the week of May 28

Mrs. Barden - Mrs. Linda and Mrs. Barden are very proud to announce that our WHOLE CLASS has been picked as terrific. We had many special events this week. Our class was a polite audience for the Ocean Guy. They asked meaningful questions and followed his directions. We also visited the Maine Center for the Arts to attend the performance of "Very Eric Carle"
Again the class was polite and courteous to all. We were proud to tell everyone that we were from Milo Elementary. We were a class full of Terrific Kids.

Mrs. Mills - DEAR 3RD GRADERS: ,Wow! What a wonderful job you did. We are very proud of you. You did agreat job with everything - researching your project, speaking in front of
A LOT of people, being a part of a respectful audience. You have shown us you are ready to accept any challenge we put before you. We thank you for your patience while we all learned something new. Way to go to all of you. You are all Terrific Kids.
Mrs. Dunham and Mrs. Mills

Mrs. .Gillis - This is a group of twenty-five,
Who will present and perform I'M ALIVE!
Some of our staff you'll also see,
One is our nurse MRS. CHAFFEE!

Mrs. Hayes - We have all noticed some real sunny dispositions this week in our class. The two students we have all picked to be terrific this week have worked hard at completing their work on time, played nicely with friends and followed our school and classroom rules. They are both fantastic readers and we are happy to see both of these friends finishing their tasks neatly and on time! There are no clouds raining down on CAITLIN
. They are our "ray of sunshine" this week .  Thanks to both of you for your great improvement this week.

Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - This week the children in our class voted for Terrific Kids after a discussion of the attributes of Terrific Kids. These two children were picked because they are : responsible, kind, helpful. thoughtful, polite, caring, respectful ,honest, friendly, and great to have in the classroom!! Congratulations to TRISTEN BECKETT and JESSICA PREBLE!! We agree with the class.

Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - This is the last Friday assembly for our Kindergarten friends, We would like to honor all our friends for the last time. We have had a wonderful year with these special little people and know that they are all TK's - yes, TERRIFIC KINDERGARTENERS!!! We've really loved our days with these TK's.

Mrs,Whitney - Our Terrific Kids ARE SADIE ZAMBRANO, KENDA NEWMAN AND ERIKA WORTHING. These girls helped Mrs. Whitney out on Thursday during a testing period. They are always very helpful and willing to participate
in anything that is asked of them. Thanks again girls!
Mrs. Barden - Our last Terrific Kid is the newest member of our class. This first grader has grown a lot since he moved here. We are proud of his stories in writing class. And his reading is super. He follows the golden rule and helps us all remember to be polite and respectful. We are glad that TYLER CYR is now in Milo. Yay, Terrific Kid.

From the week of June 4

Mrs.Mills - The third grade Terrific Kid is a super young lady. She is a great classroom helper who is willing to do anything we

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ask. She begins each day with a smile and we miss her when she is not here. We don't know what we would do without her. Thank you for all you do for the students and the teachers. We absolutely, 100% love having MRS. STANHOPE in our class.

Mrs. Gillis - Mrs. Gillis would like to recognize ALL THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE. The community enjoys seeing you involved in activities that help to make you a terrrrr-if-i-cer kid. Special thanks goes to the Northeast Militia under the direction of RICKY BRADEEN. RICKY, BRYCE AND BOBBY helped us out at the "I'm Alive" program last night, and they only had 12 hours notice to prepare. They're true Patriots when they are ready in a moment like this to serve.

Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid this week has really made our days "amoooosing! This week she invited us to her home where we met many of her friends, including a special friend named "Fly." We had a wonderful time, and she did a great job teaching us about cows and the milking process. We have truly enjoyed learning with SHELBY PATTEN.

Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - Our class has chosen two children to represent the good qualities of Terrific Kids. They chose JADE DOW AND COLTON LARRABEE. These two are responsible, caring, hard-working students. We can depend
on them to finish assignments and take care of their space. They both love to read and share with the classs. What good Choices!! Congratulations

Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific kid this week is RICKY BRADEEN. A very dedicated American who continues to meet troops at the airport with his grandparents. He also continues e-mail contact with several military people that he has met through his contacts at the airport. Keep up the good work.


On May 26 third graders at Milo Elementary saw 2 months worth of work come together in a program for their parents. The students have been working on local history projects. They chose a topic, researched it, constructed
a project and brought everything to school. Just when they thought they were done, the teachers added another twist. They were to turn the projects into a computer slide show. The students learned how to add picture to slides, place background, write text, and include transitions.  They worked for many weeks on these.

All the parents were very pleased, as were their teachers. They have shown that they are willing and able to accept a challenge and see it through. They have learned a skill that they will carry with them and use again in their school years. Way to go 3rd graders!!

Cook School News

Our June 4 assembly began with the 4th and 5th graders singing "Plant a Seed" by Rick Charette. Our K-5 students continue to maintain our flower gardens. Jacob Turner

and Justin Ottmann added new mulch this week. We will have a school-wide planting session on Thursday, June 10. Let the sun shine!! The Early Childhood class sang, "If I Had A Hammer." Mr. Walker told the parents that "Some of the most talented students in the world attend our school." Mr. Walker welcomed our students, staff and special guests to the assembly. We were thrilled that our new friends who will be entering Kindergarten in August joined us this morning.

Mr. Walker thanked author Bill Sawtell for attending today. They honored MICHAEL DOUCETTE, LAURA GRAY AND JACOB TURNER as Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy said that Michael is new to the classroom and has been busy learning the rules and his new friends' names. Michael is learning to work out his problems. Mrs. Carter thanked Laura for being such a nice friend to all. She is an extremely hard working and dedicated student. Mrs. Carter is very pleased with the effort that Laura has put into her end of the year assessments. Miss K. has been Jacob's teacher since he was in first grade. He has grown up in our school and she will be sorry to see him leave. Jake has had a wonderful week. His assignments have been completed neatly and his behavior has been great too.

Bus Students of the Week were Ryan Eylar, Hannah Bess and Jessica Donlon.  We celebrated the birthdays of Morgan Drake (10) and Jessica Donlon (11). Mr. Sawtell also sang "Happy Birthday" in French. Move and Improve prizewinners were Josh Gray, Shane Bowley, Sabrina Fadillah. and Justin Moulton. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.

Mr. Sawtell generously presented an autographed copy of his book Old LaGrange Volume 1 to our library. The students applauded this kind gesture. Our final assembly will be held on Monday, June 14 at 8:30 AM. Please join us.

Students in Grades 4 and 5 prepare for their annual bike ride on the LaGrange railroad bed. Miss K thanks Pattie Ottmann, Mrs. Russell and Ms. Ivy for keeping the tradition alive without her.

The cold rainy weather we've been having lately didn't matter to the area 5th graders. About 70 students from Lagrange, Brownville and Milo went swimming last week at the Piscataquis YMCA. They also got to use the wallyball courts and
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have lunch at the outside gazebo. On the way home they stopped for ice cream at Butterfield's. Bussing and ice cream were provided through funds from a Safe and Drug Free Schools grant. It was lots of fun getting together with future classmates.Here Justin Ottman and Brianne Andrews are playing volleyball in the pool.

Fourth and fifth graders at Brownville Elementary held their annual  spring program entitled "Get in the Game" on June 3. The school was packed with parents, relatives and friends. The kids did a great job acting and singing several songs. Here Jerell Arfein, Tayllor Delano, Kayla Barker and Danielle Word pose in their Penquis Basketball uniforms.


The Jr. High Student Council, with Gini Foss as their fearless leader, hosted the semi-formal dance at the school this past Friday, and just did a fabulous job with the entire evening......beginning with the great decorations and ending the the wonderful disc jockey. A great time was had by everyone.......and I'm sure Gini is glad it's OVER!

Pictured are some of the 8th grade boys posing for the camera. Nice flower D.J.!

Below is a group of 7th grade girls........after walking through the receiving line. From l-r Crystal Hathorn, Kayla Webb, Erica Lyford, Sheleshia Clark, and Brittanee Genthner.

Pictured is Nathan Durant and Karen Bell at the semi-formal dance getting ready to go out and "shake-a-leg"

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

What a dreary week this past week has been! Of course, we need the rain. We don’t want to have another drought, but this week has been dull and drizzley, not a good steady rain. Twenty-seven Kiwanis Kids walked down from school in the mist with Donald Harris and Frank Cochrane. The men reported that the “Kids” were excited and noisy. After all, they had been cooped up all week.  What joy to take a walk in the rain with schoolmates on the way to another fun event. The adults present this week to help out were Val and Dottie, Elders Fillmore and Woodruff ( these young men do well to give a hand to this children’s event every week), Don and Frank and Tonya Patten, Mother of some of the “Kids”.

Val read Froggy plays in the Band by Jonathan London while the children snacked on pretzels, graham crackers and sugar wafers with apple juice and milk. The craft this week was a beaded gift for Father’s Day. Thanks to Ruth Clark’s generousity the children were able to enjoy another craft with the pretty and colorful beads.

We have purchased a new medical directory that we feel will be of great benefit to our patrons. It is the Complete Directory for People with Chronic Diseases. The book contains a description of the condition, and addresses of associations, publications, research centers, support groups and web sites. We have had a lot of call for such information, so hopefully, as much material is included here as a person would need to enable them to find and to make connections to be able to reference their disease in whatever direction they desired. I cannot begin to list all the diseases included in the book in this column but here is a sampling.

Addison’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
Brain Tumors
Eating Disorders
Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Gulf War Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Post-polio Syndrome
Spinal Cord Injuries
Tourette Syndrome
TuberculosisWilson’s Disease

Come in and use this new medical book . We purchased it to help our patrons find medical information.

The Milo Free Public Library will again be sponsoring a summer reading program for children –preschool through grade 6. DISCOVER NEW TRAILS AT YOUR LIBRARY is the theme, and we hope the area children will have a summer of adventure and excitement as they follow new trails in reading. We will have many new books, lots of surprises and a summer of fun. June 14

th is Sign-Up Week-a good chance to ask questions about the program. The program begins June 21st for 8 weeks of reading fun. Next week I will publish a list of new juvenile books –some I have already

received and some to come. We ordered a great many new books by the children’s favorite authors so they will have lots of exciting books this summer. We look forward to a busy and fun summer with our younger patrons.

Library Summer Hours
No Saturday Hours in the Summer
Telephone 943-2612

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued Part XI

I have always like the smell of a classroom.  It is not, I suppose, a fragrant smell.  There is nothing suggestive of perfume in it.  The odor, in the composite form in which it reaches the nose, is predominantly a mixture of chalk and perspiration.  A bit of underarm permeates it, too—and effusion from those who don’t use Arrid, or something similar.  And there may be a slight taint of body odor mingling its individual offering to the whole.

The smell, to me, suggests the purpose of the schoolroom—a gathering place for learning.  And learning has always given me a thrill.  Perhaps that is why my nose finds pleasure in such unfragrant inhalations.

In all the years since I went to school, I haven’t noticed any characteristic change in the smell.  Chalk and perspiration still dominate it.  Even in the college classroom the composite is still that.  It has probably been so from the beginning.  Oh, we may give, or take, a small change in proportions, here and there.  One factor may, from time to time, change the composite to a degree that might raise eyebrows.  Body odor, no doubt, was more noticeable than chalk in the ripe old days before bathtubs became common.  I think, however, that it I had gone blindfolded into a district schoolhouse, in the early 1800’s I would have recognized the locale and like what I smelled.

It is a long trek back to the early days of Milo’s school districts.  For our edification, however, we should take it.

Milo became an incorporated town by act of the state legislature January 27, 1823, according to the town records.  Legislators at the time must have been poor spellers, for the spelling in the act of incorporation is awful, but the historical fact is attested by Luther Keen, Milo’s first town clerk.  “A true copy of the Act of Incorporation” was inserted into the town records as their first page.

The first town meeting took place March 3, 1823, “at the dwelling house of Theophilus Sargent”.  It was  devoted solely to the election of “able and discreet”, “suitable”, and “meet” persons as town officials.

Our first contact with Milo’s earliest public schools, after it became a town, comes at the second of the six town meetings held in 1823.  This meeting took place April 7.

At that meeting the town raised $100 for the support of schools, chose members of a superintending school committee, separated the town into two school districts, with the Sebec River as the dividing line, and elected a school agent for each district – Benjamin Sargent for the western district, and Moses Snow for the eastern district.

For the superintending school committee, voters elected Aaron Hill, Elisha Johnson and Luther Keen.

At the third town meeting, three weeks later, the two school districts were divided more explicitly.

The wording of this division was as follows:  “Beginning at the north line of the town, at the corner of lot No. 57, on the west side of Pleasant River, and following said river to the south line of lot No. 66, thence westerly on said line till it strikes lot No. 63.  Thence on the south line of lot No. 63 until it strikes Sebec River.  Thence by said river to Piscataquis River, thence by said river to the town line.”

Provisions for the functioning of the school districts – building of schoolhouses, hiring teachers, providing textbooks, fuel, etc., must already have been in the making, for the voters, at this third official gathering, voted “that notification for school district meetings may be posted up in some public place in said district.”

What differing functions the superintending school committee and the school agents played in school operation eludes us.   Their duties are not specified in the records.  However the duties may have been divided, these two parallel agencies functioned side by side until 1891.  After that date, there is no further mention of school agents.  The superintending school committee continued on until the late 1950’s or early 1960’s, when the name was changed to “Directors of School Administrative District, No. 41”/

 From 1823 until seventy years later, in 1893, we know little or nothing about the nature of the learning process that went on inside those district schoolhouses.  Such grim songs as “Readin’ and ritin’ and ‘rithmetic – all to the tune of a hickory stick’ was about all that seeped out under the door of the schoolroom to tell us how teachers taught and how avid scholars were to learn.

In 1894, there would be an overhauling of the curriculum of “common schools” and high school alike, and the mystery would be dispelled.  Likewise, there would be an article in the High School Breeze of 1898, written by one who had attended the old district school.  And that article would be very enlightening.  We will consider that revelation in due course.

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By Carolyn Sinclair

The Ad council will meet in Milo, at 7PM, on Monday, June 7th. The women met at Smith's for breakfast on Thursday morning with 8 ladies present. The men will meet on June 10th, at Smith's, at 7AM.  The UMW will be having their spring banquet at Freda's on June 10th at 6PM. We wish to thank all those who worked on our tag sale. We had a good turn out and were pleased with the results.

A Historical Review
Veteran Trainmen Recall Last Run
Bangor Daily News, Herb Cleaves, 9/4/81
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

A transportation era ended in Maine 20 years ago today when Bangor and Aroostook Railroad's train No. 2, inbound from Caribou for the last time, detrained 11 passengers at Northern Maine Junction in Hermon.

One railroader who remembers the trip like it happened yesterday, "or maybe the day before," is Wayne Duplisea, 56, of Hermon, a B&A engineer who still makes a daily freight train run between Northern Maine Junction and Searsport.

Duplisea was the fireman on the last regularly scheduled passenger train on a Maine railroad. The man who sat across from him at the controls of B&A's engine No. 11 was a 42-year veteran with B&A, Wayne's father, Perley Duplisea, then 63.

The Dupliseas operated many trains together in the 1950s and 1960s, Wayne said. Both were on a 1954 excursion train through Aroostook County when B&A showed off new passenger equipment including its first sleeping cars. Wayne Duplisea was on one of the last passenger trains out of Van Buren and still has a railroad form on which telegraph operator Bill Hay of Presque Isle wrote "Last trip for No. 2."

Ernest Murphy was conductor on the last B&A passenger train on Sept 4, 1961 and collected tickets from about 80 persons who rode over portions of the 197 mile run. William H. burton, a former conductor was baggagemaster and Hamel R. Caron of Caribou was spare baggage man. In the Railway Post Office car the mail foreman was Claude L. Hutchings of Gardiner and the mail clerk was Louis J. Lott of Portland. The mailmen had worked as a team for about five years.

George Whiteneck of Caribou, a local historian, purchased the last passenger train ticket before the train pulled out at 4:50 p.m. Of the train crew, only Caron, now [1981] a B&A freight train conductor at Madawaska, and Wayne Duplisea still work for the railroad.

B&A and Maine Central petitioned at the same time in 1959 to discontinue their passenger trains, citing heavy financials losses. The Maine Public Utilities Commission refused, and ordered the railroads to continue limited service for at least one year from Jan., 1960.

Maine Central won an appeal to the Maine Supreme Court and ended all passenger trains in September, 1960, but the B&A continued to operate one round trip a day between Caribou and Northern Maine Junction with a connecting taxi service to Bangor. On July 21, 1961, however, B&A again petitioned for authority to discontinue the train and showed that in a 16-month period it had carried and average of only 300 passengers a month.

B&A's total loss on passenger trains in a 10-year period was over $8 million. The only Maine passenger train still running [1981] is Via Rail Canada's Atlantic Limited. That service will end Nov. 15, by order of the Canadian government, despite patronage of about 400 passengers a trip.

Palesky Proposal - Tax Cap Measure

The Maine Library Association affirms the importance of meaningful property tax reform. The Maine Taxpayers' Action Network resolution, also known as the Palesky Proposal tax cap measure, appearing on the November 2004 ballot would have numerous unintended consequences, including the devastation and even elimination of many publicly funded Maine libraries. The Maine Library Association vigorously opposes its passage.

15TH Annual Cruize-In Planned

 The Penquis Cruizers are gearing up for their 15th Annual Cruize-In. The event will be held at the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot on Route 11 in Milo on Sunday, June 27th. It will begin at 10am and run until about 2pm. Organizer Susan Worcester says it's hard to judge the time people decide to leave the event as most stay to the end of the auction and awards which is generally around 2pm. There will be goody bags for each participant, which will include a variety of items including dash plaques. A "rap contest" will take place at noon. The HO Racing organization will be on hand with their HO racing tracks so kids of all ages can try their racing skills. As always there will be an auction of car parts and related items as well as donations from area businesses. If the weather looks inclement that activity may be pushed ahead. Paul Hanson of Bangor will once again provide music for the event. Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club.

Ms. Worcester said that the event has never been rained out and the group is hoping for good weather again this year. If it is a "fine weather day" the Cruizers expect to have over 125 cars and trucks at the event.

The Penquis Cruizers was organized fifteen years ago with about twenty members from the Milo-Brownville-Lagrange area. It has grown to include members from as far away as Presque Isle and Portland and Beddington. The Cruize-In is the group's major fund raising event. Proceeds benefit local charities.

For more information about the Cruizers or the Cruize-In, contact Fred or Susan Worcester at 965-8070.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

As I've told you all before, I have joined the Comprehensive Plan Committee here in the Town of Milo. This committee is made up of citizens who, at least in their own minds, are looking for a vision for the town's future. Not all of our visions are the same; and, not all of us have the same kind of time available to work on this arduous project. As a matter of fact, we are all very busy people who can probably ill afford to be spending this much time on yet another project, but they say it's got to be done and so we'll get it done. It's a two year commitment, and I can see by attending two meetings that it's going to be all that....and then some.

The first phase of the Comprehensive Plan that needs to be completed is the writing of the "history" of the town. Now, I know quite a bit about the history of Milo, nobody is denying me that. But.....when I looked over the subject headings that need to be included in the "history," I found out that I didn't know diddley! So, here I am with this looming responsibility and not a lot of direction. There is lots of history that is well documented. That part I can come up with. I can reread it, condense it, and probably write a pretty accurate picture of how things were. However, that is just one topic heading in the grand scheme of this report. YIKES!! Oh well, I'll do the best that I can, and someone else will have to help fill in the blanks

When I attend these meetings I get the feeling that for the most part I must be walking around looking at things through rose colored glasses. La la la la comes

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Kathy with her glasses on. I don't seem to see things as negatively as others do. It seems as though when we brainstorm at these meetings it's all negative stuff that comes out. It's like we here in Milo are way at the bottom of a pit (and it's not a very pretty pit either). There doesn't seem to be anything said that is positive about this community. I came away from the last meeting feeling totally discouraged and depressed. The burning question was "why do I feel the urgency to subject myself to any more of these meetings?" Why would I run myself through that mill month after month?

And then on Sunday night (Memorial Day Eve) I answered my own question. I know now why I would subject myself to those negative feelings over and over. I drove down over Swett Hill into the most beautiful little town that God ever put on the face of the earth. The sun was shining....but starting to get real westerly. All the lawns were groomed and all of the yards had been planted with beautiful flowers. The lilacs were in full bloom and the scent of the community was sweet. I was overwhelmed, and moved to tears, by the sights, sounds and smells that assaulted my senses. It was my beloved hometown at it's very finest beckoning me down off of that hill. And I knew right then that I would work, if it took me the rest of my life, for the good of this community. I will never give up on her.

My visit to the cemetery on Monday further cemented the deal. Those beloved who rest there.....who lived their lives for the greater good of this town wouldn't want it any other way. We must find out what is dragging this town down and we must do what we have to do to build it back up again. We can't let it die. Think of the brave pioneers who cut paths through this town and had the vision of it's inception. Then think of the business people who found the beauty and benefit of locating here....what was it that drew them here? Think of the countless families who have lived for generations on this soil and called it home.....and the countless more who long to come home.

Please let the members of this committee know if you support our effort to come up with a plan for the positive future of the Town of Milo. Take an interest in the fact that there is a nice core group of people with the desire to make a difference in, and for, the Town of Milo. Encourage us to stick with it. If you have a thought or two that you think might benefit us.....please share it. We meet the 4th Thursday of the month. We'll be taking the month of July off.


Do you remember me describing the restaurant that we went to in New Hampshire.....Piccola's Italia Risterante where there were arbors dripping with huge bunches of grapes? I finally got our pictures back from that trip. Here we

we are at that fine dining experience. Our appetizer for that evening was follows.

1/2 baguette (or crusty long loaf of bread) cut in 1/4 inch slices.
2 large cloves of garlic (skin peeled off and the clove broken in two or three)
extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
3 plum tomatoes (halved and seeded)
2 dozen basil leaves

Broil the baguette slices. When they are toasted, rub them with the broken pieces of garlic and drizzle the olive oil on each. Chop the prepared tomatoes and also chop the basil leaves then mix the two together....this will look similar to a semi - chunky relish. Serve the toasts slightly stacked on a plate with the bowl of tomato mixture on the side. Don't forget to put a spoon on the plate. This is a real Italian appetizer.


In Loving Memory Of
JUSTIN ELI GERRISH Dec. 31, 1977 - June 10, 1992 Forever in our hearts We love and miss you Nana & Grampie Zwicker & family


My, how time flies!

Love Always from
Dad, Sue, Jonathan, and Lauren 

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

JUNE 1987

8-Rain-55° at 12.

9-Rain all night-50° at 2 pm.

10-Cloudy M sunny-56° at 12.

11-Sunny windy-39° at 5:10 am.

12-Rain, cloudy pm rain in evening-55° at 12.

13-Sunny-70° at 1 pm.

14-Rain some sun cloudy-Sunday-68° at 3 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 said hello to twenty-one members and the senior members of the Key Club; Krystle Morrill, Becca Madden, Tom Harvey, Jenn Hussey, and Shawn Burke.

Fred Trask led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Herb Dunham asked everyone to keep the Lord’s presence in mind.

Don Harris read an inspirational message about a license plate that read URUIMI.  The story was about having respect for all individuals and long lasting relationships because You Are You I Am I!

The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared.  The club received a thank you note from Cmd. Lee Leeman of the American Legion Post #41, for the $100 donation to support our Maine troops serving in Iraq.

Happy birthday to Paul Grindle on the 4th.

Fourteen happy, sad, and guilty dollars were donated today for a great Saturday evening of entertainment, Key Club seniors, Wellness team and children putting on a program, the Memorial Day parade, the Red Sox, PVHS plaque, Key Club members with 50 hours of community service, missing Tuesday night’s meeting, Eben missing the Yankees tribute, and Frank feeling guilty!

June 2nd was the last of the season Kiwanis Kid’s Korner event at the library.

Gary Dunham is putting the final details on the gazebo blueprints.  Joe hopes to have groundbreaking for the foundation this month and begin building in July.

Seth Barden generously offered to help build a web page for the Kiwanis Club.  There was also discussion concerning a web cam at Trask’s Insurance on lower Main Street in Milo.

Paul Grindle informed us that the very last date for turning in the community calendar orders is June 14.

Ellen DeWitt will be our guest speaker on June 9.

Paul Grindle also told us that he had a difficult time finding a speaker for today so we had to put up with him!  It really wasn’t hard for us to do as Paul brought back many pleasurable memories for everyone with his Memorial presentation.

Time does go by swiftly and all there is left is memories.  This was very evident last Saturday with the dedication of the World War 11 Memorial in Washington, D.C.  People who have lived through or fought in the recent wars share thoughts about the various aspects of those times.  Music can bring those thoughts to the forefront.

Being the devoted Yankee fan that he is, Paul started the morning off with a rousing tribute to his favorite team, “Fists in the Air”.  His only wish was that Eben DeWitt could have shared his excitement!  Back to memory producing songs…Paul divided the

Kiwanis and Key club members into groups.  He told us to write the name of the person singing the song and which war it pertained to.  Of course the Key club seniors had a decided disadvantage because of their tender ages but we encouraged them to give it a try.

1.      “The Battle of the British”-War of 1812-Johnny Horton.  Key club guess…Bob Barker!

2.      “We Got to Sink the Bismarck”-World War 11-also Johnny Horton.  Key club guess…Dennis Rodman?

3.      I forgot the title of the song because of all the laughter-Civil War-again-Johnny Horton.  Key club guess…Brittany Spears! 

4.      A Johnny Cash song about the Spanish-American War.  Key club did guess Johnny!!

5.      “Battle of Iwo Jima” (drunken Ira Hayes)-World War 11-another Johnny Cash favorite.  Key club guess…French & Indian War!

The final tune was about putting an end to the Vietnam War and sung by Johnny Cash.

 THREE CHEERS PAUL!  A rousing tribute to all veterans and a GREAT way to begin a new day.  Thank you.


Democratic, Republican, and Green Independent Primary Election for Atkinson, Lake View PLT., Medford, Milo, and Orneville TWP. – Representative to Congress-State Senator-Representative to the Legislature-Judge of Probate-County Commissioner.

State of Maine Referendum Election

Question 1: Carry-over Measure

Do you want the State to pay 55% of the cost of public education, which includes all special education costs, for the purpose of shifting costs from the property tax to state resources?

Community Concert Band
Summer Concert Schedule

Friday, June 25 – 6:30 pm
            Thayer Parkway, Dover-Foxcroft
Saturday, June 26 – 6:20 pm
            R.B. Hall Day, Brewer Auditorium
Thursday, July 1 – 7:00 pm
            Courthouse Parking Lot, Dover-Foxcroft
Friday, July 2 – 7:00 pm
            Veterans Memorial Park, Milo
Thursday, July 8 – 7:00 pm
            Dexter Healthcare
Thursday, July 15 – 7:00 pm
            Courthouse Parking Lot, Dover-Foxcroft
Saturday, July 17 – 10:00 am|
            St. Albans Parade
Thursday, July 22 – 7:00 pm
            King Cummings Park, Guilford
Thursday, July 29 – 7:00 pm
            Courthouse Parking Lot, Dover-Foxcroft
Thursday, August 5 – 7:00 pm
            Monson Bandstand
Saturday, August 7 – 9:30 am
            Dover-Foxcroft Homecoming Parade
Thursday, August 12 – 7:00 pm
            Corinna Library
Saturday, August 14
            Bowerbank Parade
Thursday, August 19 – 6:30 pm
            Veterans Memorial Park, Milo
Thursday, August 26 – 6:30 pm
            Piscataquis Valley Fair, Dover-Foxcroft

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Welcome to the new Back Page!  From now on, TRC will be producing the back page of the paper.  On here, you will find our Community Calendar along with some news from our website, and even computer tips and help! 

In the next few months, there will be a major addition to our site!  We are looking to put a webcam on Main Street in Milo.  This cam would be live, 24 hours a day, and would update online every several seconds!  The details are still be worked out.  Look here and on our website in the coming weeks for more information!


Every week, I’m going to try to give everyone some tips to keep their computer running in good shape!  First off, lets talk about spyware.  Spyware is any nasty type of program that gets into your computer that really shouldn’t be there. 

I recommend two programs to help keep the spyware under control:  Spybot: Search & Destroy, and Ad-aware.  When you run these programs, they will find many things and remove them for you.  Both programs are available at If you have any questions, or need more help, you can email me at






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