Three Rivers News, 2004-06-15
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2004

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. The week of 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.


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.

FROM 9 AM- 3 PM.


8 AM- 12 NOON


The “Buy the Building” fund is growing by leaps and bounds, thanks to the cookbook sales and from donations received in the cans at the Milo Farmer’s Union.  We have well over $3000 towards our goal of $15,000.  Cookbooks are available at the Milo Farmer’s Union, Milo Exxon, CarQuest in Dover, The Brownville Town Office, The Milo Town Office, The Head Shop and from Suzy Ricker, Julie Gallagher, or Valerie Robertson. There are plenty left, so if you have decided you need more copies to give as gifts, just pick up more copies at any of the above locations.  Any of you folks who read this on-line can e-mail me and I will see that you get as many cookbooks as you want!

We would like to extend a special thank-you Harriet, Roland, Sue and Ealon.  They were the talented folks who did the Kaaoke Show at the Milo Farmer’s Union Anniversary Party.  They donated the proceeds to P.A.W.S. and it was a considerable amount.  Also a special thanks to Sandra Gray and her husband, who handed me a huge amount of money when I ran into her at Three River’s Redemption. 

I know I have left some folks out, but as I remember you I will mention your good deeds!!

The shelter is full of kittens, so if you have been thinking about getting a cat, this is a purrrfect time.  We have over a dozen healthy, friendly little puffs of fur just waiting for someone to give them a permanent home. 

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This is a good place to remind folks of the mission of P.A.W.S. Believe it or not, Thursday I went to the shelter to meet someone who wanted to adopt a cat, and there on the sun porch was a mother cat and 5 kittens!  The porch was well over 100° and it was just by chance that I was there to save the poor animals from heat-stroke.  The shelter is not a depository for people to use to get rid of their poor pet because she had kittens.  The irresponsible folks who did such a thing could be charged with abandonment.  We are always available to help folks and the shelter’s purpose is to provide a holding spot for STRAYS until a permanent home is found. We are not a drop-off for people to leave their animals after they have tired of them or because of their stupidity possess an un-spayed cat who gives birth.  We can not become an alternative for someone’s conscience.  We will provide education, help with spaying or neutering and advice, but we will not be a means for folks to act ignorantly or irresponsibly.

We currently are housing two dogs who when found needed medical attention.  I can not believe people chose to abandon their dog rather than pay a few dollars to take it to the vet.  If I seem like I’m preaching or scolding it’s because I am.  A person can only see so much before they have to speak up.  People have to be the voice for the poor defenseless pets who can not speak for themselves!!! If you own an unspayed or un-neutered pet over the age of 5 months, you are doing them and our community a grave injustice.  Call 943-5083 to right the situation.

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Quilting will be offered through the Brownville Rec. Dept every Thursday for six weeks beginning June 24, at the Alumni Building. The classes will be for students in Grades 6 and up and will run from 10 am to 1 PM. Sewing machines will be provided but participants will need materials. They should also bring a light lunch or snack. Myrna Ricker will supervise the classes.

Brownville Trivia

Win one Old LaGrange or Katahdin Iron Works book!

Send answers to Bill Sawtell, POB 272, Brownville, ME 04414 or e-mail rtell@kynd .net by June 19.

Choose the best answer.

1. Brownville became a town in (a) 1814 (b) 1824 (c) 1834 (d) 1844.

2. The Pleasant River has (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) four branches.

3. Arthur Strout's nickname was (a) "Satch" (b) "Attie" (c) "Lefty" (d) "K-Man."

4. BHS teams were the (a) Tigers (b) Lions (c) Railroaders (d) Bears.

5. (a) Mrs. Connors (b) Mrs. Rosebush (c) Mrs. Lord (d) Mrs. Boivin married one of her former pupils.

6. The (a) Crocker (b) Merrill (c) Highland (d) Abee Quarry was the first slate quarry in the state.

7. Jitneys went to (a) KI (b) Lake View (c) Williamsburg (d) Milo.

8. John Lewis owned a(n) (a) general store (b) hotel (c) mill (d) blacksmith shop.

9. The Coburns came here from (a) New York (b) New Jersey (c) New Brunswick (d) Nova Scotia.

10. Erin Weston is a (a) second baseman (b) shortstop (b) pitcher (d) catcher. 

Memories of a Brownville Junction Railroader by Bill Sawtell
Part 4 1960-1961

Gone were Mike and Steve Knox and , of course, the immortal Jack Brown- a very modest man, Jack wouldn't approve of my using this adjective-but these are my memories. It was difficult to see as great a player miss the tournament his senior year. That probably explains why he may not be included in any l000 point career lists. Another three or four games wouldn't have hurt his totals. Oh well.

Charlie Weston and Gary Chase were still starters. New comers were Larry Morrill at point guard, Gary Larson at left wing, and Billy Davis at Center.

Weston was a tricky operator who ran the baseline, could shoot, and take it to the hoop when he had to. The left-handed bespectacled Chase was one of the finest pure shooters from his forward position Mr. Conley every had.

Larry Morrill and Gary Larson worked extremely hard at their games. Larry was the best ball handler to every play for Mr. Conley and was a fine shot from the point. Gary was a fine shooter and leaper. Years later, I learned from Milo boys that he often left scratches on their hands defensively.

He took the game very seriously and went on to play for Aroostook State College (UMPI)

Billy Davis was the tallest player Mr. Conley had at Brownville Junction. Left handed, he had sharp elbows and was a great rebounder. He had a high of 33 one night at home against Hermon.

Morrill, Larson, Davis, and their classmates would really put it all together in the ensuing years.

Classmates included Peter Meulendyke, Bill Vale, Jerome Chase, and Pete Ekholm.

The boys from the Junction struggled to make it to Bangor that year, losing to Washburn, Ricker, East Corinth, and Milo, but

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going to the Auditorium seeded eighth. In a long preliminary afternoon game in which many players saw action BJ lost to Bunny Parady's Mount Desert team 70-52 (or very close to it-my memories).

But lo and behold. The season was not over. One game remained: The playoff for the Central League Championship with Hermon. In a game played at a neutral site (East Corinth's new gym) The Railroaders won behind Gary Larson's 22 points. The season had come to a close!

Yet I would like to go back to two back-to back home games in the middle of the season, when Charlie Weston stepped up. One night against MCI, Charlie took it down the lane to give BJ the win, repeating the same exploit the next night against the high flying Lubec Hornets. Weston left a legacy. 


Mr and Mrs. Joe Green would like to announce the arrival of Annie Joan Bickerstaff, born at Goodall Hospital, Sanford, Maine at 6:02 PM on May 21. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long. She is the daughter of Scott and Amy (Green) Bickerstaff, and was welcomed home by big sister Natalie Grace.

Annie's grandparents are Joyce & Joel Green of Derby and Jan & Charlie Bickerstaff of Southbridge, MA. Her great-grandparents are Rachel & Gerald Smith of Milo, Inez Green of Sebec, and Roberta & Arthur Bradstreet of
Sandwich, MA. Annie was born on the 55th wedding anniversary of her great-grandparents, Rachel & Gerald Smith.


We are very happy to have Renee Harvey in our nursery on Sunday mornings to care for our worshiper’s children, and hope that the community will take advantage of her presence.

17 of the UMW ladies and guests met at Freda's for a supper meeting before recessing for the summer. Even though we will have no formal meetings we have several things scheduled for the coming weeks.

We will hold our strawberry supper when the berries are available, and we will be holding Vacation Bible School from August 16-20 from 9-noon each day. We hope to reach all young people from age three through high school. There will be more on these two events later.


The Milo Alumni Association needs the addresses of the following graduates. If you know any of their whereabouts, e-mail Carolyne Sinclair at or send it to Valerie Robertson, PO Box 81, Milo, ME, 04463 and I will get it to her.

1921 Faye Richardson Gilbert,  Irene Bumps Tapley, Agnes Cecilia Ellis,  Albert Henri Repscha
1922 Mary Archibald Smith
1924 George Leon Mowatt
1926 Harry Bowdoin*
1927 Gertrude Beckstrom Larson, Margaret Haley Lucia
1931 Roy Whitney*
1932 Arlene Crocker DeFrazio
1934 Robert Thomas*
1935 Clarence Pratt*
1935 Grace Hunt Allen

1936 Evelyn henderson Lishness*, Elsie Haskell Kranmus
1937 Helen Morse Davis,  Ernest Davis*,  Helen Thomas Routee*
1938 Mary Curran Fullerton*
1939 Thelma Bartlett McCawley
1940 Marguerite Hill Wrapp,  Windsor Alexander Jr.*
1941 Thelma Buck Robinson*
1942 Emmett hopkins Morin,  Shirley Hall Izzi*,  Beulah Robinson Smith*,  John Sonier*,  Ralph Bowdoin*
1943 Violet Davis Duty,  Anne Heal Jason
1944 Roberta Moran Cooley
1945 Kenneth Goode Jr.,  Lincoln Noel Ryder.
1945 Doris Rhoda Eastman*
1946 Edith Mayo*,  Donald Hatt*
1950 Donald Kerr*
1952 Merle Littlefield Thibodeau*
1954 Audrey Hackett Lowe*
1956 Melba Tibbetts
1957 Glenda Morison Rockwell,  Bruce Gallant*, Wayne Kinney*
1958 Peter Rutherford*,  Arthur Brown,  Eugane Haggan
1960 Darrell Stewart, James Holt*
1961 Alice McDonald Hart*
1962 Norman Scott,  Donna Leathers Renoll*
1964 Rhonda Brockway*
1965 Neddine French Sanborn
1966 Edith Rideout Costello,  Linda Davis Ulaskas*,  Gary Tibbetts
1967 Willard Sawyer*
1968+ Marie Maguire Brasslett,  Cheryl Lord*, Shelby Cockey Jaedicke*,  Gary Hunt*,  Roger Shepardson,  Eugene Barreault*, Diane Batchelder Dean*,  Edith Lancaster Graves*,  Bretta Hussey Atwater,  Dana Leathers, Donald Merservey III,  Jack Orton,  Claudia VanTassell Partridge

 Those marked with * are letters that were returned
this year,  the others we have not been able to locate
for sometime. I appreciate all the help I get in locating our alumni. Carolyn


From Milo Elementary:

Milo Elementary School held their final assembly on Friday, June 11th. The assembly began with a solo by Michale Russell. He sang "God Bless America." The students from MSAD # 41 who are participating in the Special Olympics were given a rousing send off with the Milo Elementary School Song.

Mr. Bill Goodman spoke to the group about the Tae Kwon Do classes that he holds in Milo. Students were told about the Tiny Tiger class and the regular class. They were given information about the program.

The school recognized the parent and family volunteers who had helped out during the year. Those recognized included two students: Camille Cramer and Allison Valvo. Family members who were recognized were: Leanne Gerrish, Wendy Bailey, Billie Jo Sickler, Albert Violette, Heather Lewis-Surdick, Tammy Murano, Tami Goodine, Joi Stevens, Susie Ricker, Susie Glidden, Jennifer Frost, Julie Valvo, Tanya Neale, Lisa Golden, Karen Creighton, Richard and Ina Banker, Tonya Patten, Harvey Pattem, Sherri Coburn and Sandra Haley. The staff appreciates all the help and support that our families give us throughout the year.

Tommy Flagg, a third grade student, received a certificate recognizing that his art work was chosen to be included in the University of Maine Student Art Exhibits that travel around to different schools in the state.

Other student awards were given to students by Bus Driver Roberta Severance, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. Gillis, Mrs. Wrocester, and Mrs. Lavigne. Attendance awards were presented to students who have missed no more than three days this year. There were three students who had Perfect Attendance; Brooke Morrill, Sadie Zambrano and Lauryn Bellatty.

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Students with Summer birthdays were recognized.

The final Move and Improve Drawing was held. There were 80 students who participated in the program by making an effort to add exercise to their days. 20 of these students were faithful and completed the required 4 times a week for at least 8 weeks. These students were all awarded a foam football from Tire Warehouse. All students who participated were eligible for the drawing. Prizes were provided by the Milo PTO and Three Rivers Kiwanis. Kindergarten student Zacharly Lewis and third grader Brooke Morrill both won new bicycles and helmets. The other prizes were outdoor game sets, soccer balls ( donated by Tire Warehouse) badminton sets, bike
helmets ( donated by Three Rivers Kiwanis) Frisbees and jump ropes.

Winners were Telos Wallace, Aaron Goodine, Cody Dunham, Tyler Pelletier,  Jarod Webb, Erika Worthing, Raymond Sickler, Linsley Karpowicz, Hannah Guthrie, Jessica Preble, Anthony Murano, Tommy Flagg, Donato Cedrone, Connor Webb and Haley Knowles.

Students and families are wished a wonderful, restful and safe vacation by the staff. See you in August!!!


It wasn't all water balloons and volleyball games this year at Brownville Elementary School's annual Fun Day. Mr. Woody Thompson and Mr. Roger Gay from The Maine State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife were at the school speaking with the children about personal safety this summer
with regards to ATV's, boats, swimming, camping and hiking. Katharyn Zwicker from the Maine Dept. of Human Services in Augusta also sent informative safety brochures for the children to take home and read. Keeping the children safe during the summer months and having them return healthy, happy and unharmed to school in the fall was the goal of Brownville Elementary staff who put this part of the program together.

Another important part of the day was the Sunsational Summer Reading program put together by Mrs. Debbie Page for all of the students at Brownville Elementary. This is the second year that Mrs. Page has run this program. Through research, Mrs. Page learned that if children have at least six books to read over the summer months, their reading skills will not decline over the school break. Making at least six books available for the children to take home is the goal. Through the help of parents and students bringing in used books, the Three Rivers Kiwanis who generously contributed money to buy new books, and Mrs. Linda Lumbra organizing one more RIF distribution, the goal was met and the students got to choose from a huge array of books. Thank you to all who helped to make this possible. It isn't any wonder Brownville Elementary students are such great readers!!!


The Brownville Rec. Department and Commission sponsored a Little League tournament on Saturday at the Davis Field complex. This year the teams are able to use the second field so two games can be going at the same time. The weather cooperated for the daylong tournament, which drew a big crowd.

Local author Bill Sawtell threw the ceremonial first pitch, and Holly Beaulieu sang the National Anthem. During the regular season, games will be played in both Brownville and Milo. For more information regarding Brownville's summer recreation activities contact Dean Bellatty.

Kiel Larson was the winner of the homerun-hitting contest at the Brownville Rec. Little League tournament on Saturday. Kyle is a 6th grader at Penquis and was also a member of the Middle School baseball team. He is the son of Scott and Jean Emery Larson. Good job Kiel!

Please join us for an Open House Celebration in honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary for Bobby and Dodie Bryant on Saturday, June 26, from 1 to 4 pm at the BJHS Alumni Building on Railroad Avenue in Brownville Jct.  Their children and grandchildren are hosting the party.

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The Brownville 5th grade enjoyed their annual pizza party at Smith's on Tuesday. Milton Smith and his staff once again provided a great lunch for the students. Following lunch he treated the kids to ice cream cones. The class really appreciates his generosity. It was lots of fun!

Editors note: I would like to thank Lynn Zwicker Weston for all of the incredible photos she sends.  Brownville is a wonderful place for children as well as adults and the fun times are well documented in Lynn’s pictures!!!

A Historical Review
1915 Sabotage Attempt Recalled
BDN, by Edna Bradeen, 11/20/78
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

Brownville Junction - If a German espionage agent had his heart in his work there's a 10-1 chance that Walter Durant wouldn't be celebrating his 93rd birthday Nov. 25.

At least, that's the way Durant dismisses his close encounter with a giant explosion on the Vanceboro Bridge on a cold crackling January winter's night in 1915.         An engineer aboard a Canadian Pacific Railroad train, Durant also shared the dubious distinction of driving the last train across the bridge before the violent explosion tore through the trestles, shook the entire train, and lit up the winter sky.

Durant started working for Canadian Pacific 75 years ago, and this experience along with having Sir Winston Churchill aboard his train gave him the famous V-for-victory sign, stand out as two of the most memorable incidents in his career.

Before the explosion Durant says the train was parked for more than an hour because of reports that a man carrying a suitcase was seen in the bridge area, a major link between the United States and Canada for transporting troops and war goods to England.
On the eve of his 93rd birthday, Durant nonchalantly recalls the bridge incident: "The German's heart wasn't really in what he was assigned to do. He could have exploded the dynamite and destroyed any one of the trains crossing the bridge. He said later that he didn't want to hurt anyone."

Damage to the bridge was relatively minor and service in the war effort was continued two days later. "But you can rest assured that all CP bridges were well guarded for the duration of the war."

Born in Amherst, November 30 [25], 1895, one of eight children, Durant began his railroading career in 1903 by going to Brownville Junction, which at the time was named Henderson. During his years of service with CP he watched the central Maine wilderness around Brownville develop into a bustling railroad depot.
It was steam then. Today [1978], son Clifford, following in his father's footsteps on the footplate of a diesel, is kidded about the lightness of the workload. "Why at times you couldn't see ahead of you for steam."

On Nov. 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. Walter Durant will be at home with his family and friends at a party hosted by son, Clifford, and daughter-in-law, Barbara. The steam will pour from the coffee kettle and memories will be rekindled once more of the golden age of railroading.

Move and Improve Entry Deadline Extended

The deadline for entering your completion of the Move and Improve Program has been extended to midnight June 14th. Notification of prizewinners will be announced some time the end of next week. Good Luck!

If you have any problem entering on-line please
contact me and I can enter completion for you. You may
leave a voicemail message for me at 943-7346 ext. 208.

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

The Kiwanis Kids Korner had their last program for the spring on June 2. As it was raining hard the children rode down in a bus from the school. The 29 children enjoyed cupcakes with plain and chocolate milk. Val Robertson directed the group in completing their Father’s Day gift with help from Don Harris and Dottie Brown, Frank Cochrane and two interested mothers, Leanne Gerrish and Jennifer Frost. Val also supplied the children with pencils and other small items to add to their handmade containers . What fun!

While the “Kids” were working on their gifts, I thought I would take a survey. The question I asked was “What do you like best about the Kiwanis Kids Korner? “ I did not take down names but did note whether the speaker was a boy or girl. Here are the answers.

BOYS                                       GIRLS

Library and activities                    Take out books

Lots of things to do                     Making crafts

Snacks                                       Bringing books home

Food                                         Food

Snacks-Yummy                           We get books

Making things                            Taking books out

Getting books                             Listening to stories

Books                                       Getting books

Books everyday on Wednesday      That we get to make stuff

Going up to pick up books            Taking books out and reading them

This list does not add up to  29 as the children were moving  and I missed some of them.

After the survey, I went back upstairs, but later went down to see how things were going. I was totally surprised to find the children washing the tables and mopping the floor. Like Tom Sawyer Val had made cleaning up fun and every child wanted a part of it. They worked hard to clean up their library area for the next event to be held downstairs---Discover New Trails @ Your Library Summer Reading Program Story Time. The “Kids” did a great job cleaning up. Pam and I have really enjoyed having the “Kids” visit us on Wednesdays in the fall and spring. The “Kids” keep us on top of things and we learn what our younger patrons are interested in. They also make the library a lively place on their afternoon visits. It has been such fun to watch them search for books and read together in the children’s area. We hope they all come back to enjoy a summer of fun with us during our summer reading program. Sign-up week is June 14th and the program begins June 21st. Children preschool through Grade 6 are welcome, and the program is free.

We received some gift mystery books from Sharon Marchant this week . Thank you, Sharon.

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Craig, Philip R.       VINEYARD ENIGMA
Craig, Philip R.       A VINEYARD KILLING
Wait, Lea                   SHADOWS ON THE COAST OF MAINE

Library Summer Hours
Telephone 943-2612

Summer Reading Program

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

"This magic different and so new....was like any other....until I found you." This was one of the nostalgic melodies that found us singing along with the artists on stage last Saturday night when we joined old friends for a trip down memory lane to the concert at the University of Maine's Center for the Arts. We've had the tickets for a year....waiting for June 5th 2004. They billed themselves as the Platters.....but they weren't the Platters.....they weren't even remotely the Platters...and, they weren't the Drifters and they weren't the Coasters. But they were good...and we enjoyed ourselves, despite the confusion over the Japanese man trying to pass himself off as Herb Reed. You could hear the slam of jaws as the entire audience dropped theirs when the supposed Platters came out on stage.

Dressed in tuxes, and the girl (who looked much like an Hawaiian Princess) in a beautiful satin gown, they swept onto the stage...and I kind of think they were braced for the audible slamming of the jaws. There was that one quick moment when everyone's breath sucked in and then the jaws slammed down and by then they were into their first number...and it was good...and all was right with the world. There was one other thing, though, that I found disconcerting. The man on the far left....who was singing bass....looked exactly like Colin Powell. After I dragged my eyes away from the Japanese man trying to pass himself off as Herb Reed, I then couldn't take my eyes off the Colin Powell look alike. Thank God the concert was wonderful and everyone was having a good time....up and dancing and singing along. It was a great evening.

Sunday was a lovely day as well. At least twenty of her friends and family gathered for a bridal shower for my son's fiance, Leslie Brace, in Brunswick. I was invited, as were some friends from Milo, and so we traveled south together. I love bridal showers that are held in a home. This was an intimate home shower and the gifts were for her kitchen.....with a few bath and bed linens and one or two little frilly nighties for the blushing bride. This bride is well known for her lack of culinary skills. She'll soon learn, but for now let's just say she's got a ways to go. Who of us didn't have a ways to go when we first got married? Every time she opened a kitchen item the jokes would circle around the room about her skills...or lack thereof. Her grandmother, not being all that impressed with the critical banter regarding her beloved granddaughter, had a wonderful line when the bride opened the sexy little nightie. "There you go!" said Grammy, "if you burn the supper...just put THAT on!" Of course, we all

got quite a kick out of Grammy, and all of us old marrieds reminisced about the first few suppers that we had prepared....and burned.

One of the gifts was a beautiful wedding album. Leslie is a talented scrapbooker and so this was a great gift for her. Her neighbor, who got her started in the craft, had put together a wonderful idea for all of the guests to participate in. She had found sheets of paper that would be appropriate for a wedding album, and she asked each of the shower guests to put together an album page and bring it back to the wedding to add to Leslie's book. I took pictures at the shower, so my pages will be pretty easy to put together. Leslie's friend had little bags of stickers and embellishments all packaged up for people to choose from. This is going to be such a fun and meaningful exercise for all of us.

The favors were adorable. Leslie loves daisies, and her mother's friend had made sweet little molded daisy candy flowers on a stick, and they were standing in little plant pots. Tied to the candy flowers was a tag with a little "He Loves Me" poem attached.

The other favor was a dish towel folded cleverly with a red rubber spatula tucked down into the folds and tied with raffia ribbon. There was one for each guest. I just loved the thoughtful and decorative ideas. Her shower cake was adorable with big daisies adorning the top. The luncheon was delicious.....fruit platter, veggie platter, sandwiches (fancy ones rolled in flour tortillas), a multitude of crackers and cheese, and a huge shrimp tray. It was served buffet style on their lovely outdoor patio, and then we all moved inside for the gift opening. The cake was cut last, and was served with coffee before we all headed back up the pike to Milo.

Utility construction is a noisy, confusing and inconvenient part of my life these days. The sewer line is being replaced on Elm Street and although it's not as bad as I was prepared for it to's pretty disruptive just the same. They are moving along amazingly fast, though, and with any luck they'll be done with us in short order.

I'm going on a one-woman campaign to get this street rebuilt. When the workers have left and we're on our own with the pot holes and uneven's going to be bad. The time has come for the State of Maine to do their much needed job. I'll send names and e-mail addresses so that you can help me out.

How long has it been since you had a Shrimp Wiggle?. Here's a recipe for the two of you.

White Sauce: Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a saucepan. When it starts to bubble add
1 Tablespoon of flour and a little salt and pepper. This will bubble and you slowly add a cup of milk. Stir continuously and it will thicken. If you worry about burning....cook this mixture over hot water in a double boiler. Add:
1 small can of shrimp
1/2 cup frozen peas

Let this cook until the peas aren't frozen anymore, and serve over saltine crackers. If there are four of you eating....double this recipe.


 The Third Wednesday Community Jam at The Cup and Easel will be June 16th, at 6:30 p.m., on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Ron Lamb, of Lamb’s Berry Farm will host an open discussion on Globalization and its effect on agriculture and other natural resources. Included within this topic will be emphasis on the global political economy's effect on production agriculture. This will
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be an opportunity to share and gather ideas and resources on this subject. For more information contact Dan at The Cup
> & Easel AT 564-7101 or email: Everyone is WELCOME!!

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy
Continued Part XII

At the annual town meeting the following year, 1824, “inhabitants of the town”, as voters were then referred to, voted $125 for the support of schools.

And right then, only a year after the district schools had been officially established, came the first critical judgment of Milo’s schools – a criticism, it should be added, which has never ceased to this day.  Probably it shouldn’t either, for criticism is a basic way of getting the message of the public to the schools.

This first criticism was more a judgment that a revelation.  It was made by Winborn A. Swett, a mill owner in the center of town.  The article in the warrant asked “to see if the inhabitants of the town will allow Winborn A. Swett to draw his part of the school money which he pays for the support of schools, and expend the same in schooling his children at home.”  The article was voted down.

In 1825, Swett’s request popped up again, worded a little more arrogantly: “to see if the town will vote to give W.A. Swett the school taxes that he pays for himself and Francis Mayhew, to school his children where he pleases.”  Again it was voted down.

What must have been an embarrassing situation was arising, for Swett was first selectman at the time; not only that, but the town meetings were taking place at his residence!

Some of the voters made an effort, at the special town meeting on May 28, 1825 (still at Swett’s home), to agree on a plan to hold future town meetings “alternately at the two schoolhouses now erected in said town.”  This proposal, too, was voted down.

So the next town meeting,  March 6. 1826, again took place at Swett’s residence.  This would, however, be the final meeting there.

At this meeting, voters approved $150 for the support of schools, chose Joseph Lee, Amos Davis, and Hiram Esty, for the superintending school committee; and Joseph Lee, school agent west; and Moses Snow, again school agent east.

The March 5, 1827 town meeting upped to $200 the amount for support of schools.

Less than a month later, at a special town meeting, voters authorized the first division of the original school districts.  This change took away from District 2 land on the west side of Pleasant River – from which the District 2 schoolhouse was scarcely accessible anyway.  This break-away territory became District 3 (Hobbstown), whose lines were described as follows;

“Beginning by Sebec River and Brownville lines, down from Brownville line between Sebec and Pleasant Rivers to lot blank (the way it was written), about halfway to lot 3, to be called the 3rd district in said Milo.

Exactly two months later, on June 2, voters again divided District 2.  This new division produced District 4 (Stanchfield Ridge).

This same special meeting brought a third, and final, request “to see if the inhabitants will allow Winborn A. Swett to draw his proportion of school money from the treasury”.  And a third time the voters refused the  request.  Subsequently Swett’s name doesn’t appear as a town official.

School districts had now expanded to four and the town meeting of March 3, 1828 chose the following school agents:  Aaron

Hill, District 1; Eliot Staples,  2;  David Hobbs, 3; and William Stanchfield 4.

With the new district voters increased school support to $250.

In the next three years the amount for school support wavered with no explanation in the records, as follows: in 1829, $75;  in 1830, $75;  in 1831, again $150.  A partial explanation for this will appear a bit later.

Dissatisfaction with the operation of the schools was by no means over.  At town meeting, March 17, 1831, voters held their stand by voting “no” to an article; “to see it the town will let William Sturtevant have his school money to his own use.”

And then on April 10, 1832 at an adjourned meeting, voters approved the establishment of “a new school district at Snow’ and Dennett’s Mills.”  This became District 5, the village district.

The next annual meeting, March 4, 1833, confirmed this new school district and added a new school agent.  The roster then became as follows:  Jonathan Eblip, District 1; Pierce b. Turber, 2; William Hobbs, 3; William Newcomb, 4; and Robert Cutts, 5.  Voters raised $175 that year for the support of schools.  The town meeting took place at the residence of Stephen Snow.

Once more at this meeting voters reaffirmed their stand on the efficacy of Milo’s schools by voting down for a second time an article:  “to see if the inhabitants will allow William Sturtevant to draw his proportion of the school money from the treasury and expend it in such school district as will best accommodate him.”

In 1834 the town voted again to raise $175 for the support of schools, and again refused an application to draw school money for use elsewhere.  This was a multiple application, from Joshua Little, Levi Johnson, Elisha Johnson and Timothy Parker.  They asked permission to draw their proportion of school money and pay it to the town of Brownville, whose schools were evidently more convenient to them. 

And now, with five districts already established there began to be a great restlessness in the efforts to stabilize them.  The district lines expanded, contracted, took in a new “poll and farm”, or relinquished an old one, as Milo’s population increased, moved about, presented a large family here, a small one there, for education.

At the town meeting of March 17, 1834, for instance, it was voted “to set off Benjamin Spearing from District 5, and annex him to District 1”.

And again on April 4, 1836,  it was voted “to alter the line between the 5th and 1st districts, so that the poll (meaning the registration) and farm occupied by Willard Frost shall belong to the 1st district.”

In another article at the same meeting, voters also “set off Nathaniel Day from the 2nd school district to the 5th”.

In that year, the town voted $200 for the support of schools.

One year later, April 3, 1837, the number of school districts was increased to six, with the addition of the Murray District (formerly a part of District 2), on the back Brownville Road.

With the increase of the districts to six, a new school agent was added.  The roster of school agents was now as follows:  Theophilus Sargent, District 1; Phineas Tolman, 2; Henry Wilkins, 3; Moses Sturtevant, 4; B.H.Davis, 5; and Elisha Johnson, 6.

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MILO-Sunday, June 6, Graduation Day for the graduates at Penquis Valley High School, also brought a great surprise to instructor Walter E. Oakes Jr., health instructor at the school.

At the beginning of the scholarship presentations for the program, Donald Oakes, son of Walter E. Oakes, was at the front of the auditorium and asked for his father to come join him at the microphone.  Donald Oakes told the audience and his father that what he was about to do he had been thinking about for a long time.  He said he had been thinking about doing it the year his father retires, “But,” as he continued, “Who knows if he ever will?  I thought this year, my 25th anniversary from graduation from this school, on this very stage, would be an appropriate opportunity to start this scholarship.”

Oakes told the audience that this scholarship would honor his father’s years of teaching, 45 and counting, “longer than the lives for many of us here.”  At that point Oakes asked the audience to show their hands if they had had his father as an instructor.  Oakes taught Driver Education for 36 years and also taught adult education and summer driver education.

In making the scholarship announcement, young Oakes stated that it would be awarded for leadership, citizenship-community involvement, and scholarship-academic achievement.  Recipients will have the following characteristics and attitudes-commitment, hard work and perseverance.  “Finally,” Oakes said, “his father’s scholarship recipient will embody making the most out of his or her talents and abilities.”

Oakes said he hoped that this recognition would become one of the most prestigious awards given at Penquis Valley High School.  Deserving recipients will enjoy the privilege and satisfaction from the significant achievements n being awarded this scholarship.

Oakes then said, “It is now my honor and pleasure to announce the first recipient of the WEO Scholarship; Cameron Wellman.

Wellman, from LaGrange, is president of the Katahdin Chapter of the National Honor Society of Penquis Valley High School, a member of the Penquis track team, and very active in the Key Club at Penquis.  He has been accepted at the University of Maine in Orono in the field of Political Science.

There will be one recipient of the $500 scholarship each year at graduation.  The selection will be through the Penquis Valley High School Scholarship Committee and the WEO Scholarship Committee. 

Walter E. Oakes Jr. was born in Milford, Maine, the son of Helen Oakes and the late Walter Oakes Sr. Oakes is the oldest of five children.  He attended Old Town High School and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono, where he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health.  He was a member of the Maine Army National Guard, with the 195th Army Band, playing percussion.

In 1959 he married Nancy Dube of Old Town.  The couple moved to Danforth where he began his teaching career at Danforth High School in September 1959.  He taught a mixture of classes at the high school level.

They moved to Milo in 1962, when he began teaching at Milo High School.  He taught biology and other related subjects as well as Driver Education.  In September 1969, when Milo High School and Brownville Junction High School consolidated into Penquis Valley High School, Oakes moved to the new high school, where he has taught health, biology and other science courses.   

Oakes has taught Driver Education to a guess of more than 2500 students, counting his summer programs and adult education.  He also taught Hunter Safety courses.  He has been a sponsor of the school’s annual Hunter’s Breakfast, been a class advisor, and has served as timer at the school’s basketball games for many, many years.

The Oakes have four children, Janet Smith, who works in counseling for the State of Maine and lives in Industry, Donald Oakes, a vice-president for L. L. Bean and lives in Falmouth, Karen Thurston, a nurse who lives in Rumford Center, and Joanna Oakes, who works for MBNA and lives in Belfast.

They have six grandsons, Jay and Shane Smith, Casey and Matthew Oakes, and Logan and Ethan White, and two granddaughters, Christina Oakes and Lauren White.

When does Walter E. Oakes plan to retire?  His future plans are to teach one year at a time.  He would like to teach 50 years, “Then I will be able to draw my full Maine State Retirement without any penalty,” Oakes said.  Time will tell if this comes true.  In the meantime, we all congratulate Walter Edward Oakes Jr. for his many teaching endeavors.

The establishment of the award came as a complete surprise to Oakes at the school’s 36th Commencement Exercises on Sunday.


When visiting the Brownville Historical Society museum yesterday, Grace Leeman mentioned that there might be a column starting in your publication re genealogy. If so, I have a query with a Milo/Brownville connection. In the 1860 Milo census is listed a William Crozier with wife Maria, and sons John H. and David. In the 1870 Williamsburg census there is a William Crozier with wife Mary and children John, Wyvil, and Carrie. By 1880 William and Mary and family are in Brownville. I am trying to find documentation showing whether the two William Croziers are the same person or two different ones.  I have found a marriage for a William to Maria Moses. (One spelling I found seemed to be Mores) I do know that Mary Willard was the wife of William Crosier and the mother of Fred and Will Crozier. In her obituary Wyvil is listed as a stepson. I do know that a John and a Carrie are buried with William and Mary in Brownville, and there appear to be unmarked spaces in that lot, too.  Perhaps a reader of your publication has a connection with either a Moses or Willard family and would have some data that could help me. Thank you very much for your time. Kaye (Roberts) Sakahara, 62 Back Road, Abbot, ME 04406

Editor’s note: I replied to Kaye that even though the Three Rivers News does not have a regular genealogy column; we are more than happy to pass along inquiries concerning ancestral research.

Eric Jordan Bailey gives his grandfather, William “Bill” London, a hug after having presented him with his Veteran’s Diploma at Commencement exercises Sunday, June 6, at Penquis Valley High School in Milo.

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MILO – For a 73-year old Milo native, Graduation Day, June 6, was quite a day.  That was the day William “Bill” London of Gould Street received his high school diploma.

Bill was seated in the front row of the auditorium with his daughter Leanne Bailey and his wife.  He thought he was there because his grandson, Eric Jordan Bailey, was graduating.  He was soon to find out differently.

When it was time for the presentation of diplomas, Mr. John Robinson, school principal of Penquis Valley High School, told the audience that a special diploma “was to be presented today.”

Mr. Robinson explained what was going to happen and then gave a diploma to Eric Jordan Bailey and told the audience that it was to be given to William London.  Jordan then left the stage and took the diploma to present to his grandfather.  It was presented to London to a round of applause from the audience.

Between London’s sophomore and junior years at school, when he as a student at Milo High School and 18 years of age, he along with Arnold Van Dyne and Richard Beckwith, decided to leave school and join the army.  This was in 1949.  They were sworn in at the Induction Center in Bangor.

They went by train from Bangor to Fort Dix, N.J.  It was quite a trip for Bill who had never been away from home before.  He took his basic training at Fort Dix then was assigned to Fort Benning, G.A. where he was assigned to the 9th Field Artillery Ranger Training.

He was supposed to have been in a convoy to meet the battleship Missouri, but the ship was grounded on a sand bar.  The convoy kept on traveling and passed where the Missouri was.  They were then sent back to Fort Benning.

Soon after, London came back to Milo for a two-week leave.  He then headed for San Francisco.  He shipped out and went under the Golden Gate Bridge on his way to Yokohoma.  Many National Guard troops needed training so the ship turned in the harbor and headed for Vietnam.  Then he headed north between Korea and Manchuria.

London spent his first Christmas and New Year’s away from home.  On New Year’s Day, Chinese overran the troops he was with.  There were 168 men when the siege began and only 60 left at the end.  He said his troops ran all night with most losing their weapons.

In June of 1951, he was scheduled for rotation home.  The night before, he was shelled by mortar fire.  His buddy in the same foxhole did not make it.

During the process of his being rotated home, he went to the Financial Department where he ran into Rick
Beckwith—the first person he had seen that he knew since he left Fort Dix.  London was sent to Japan where he received new uniforms for the journey home.  He then headed for California.

While talking about his experiences in the war, London broke down several times and cried.  London spent his final year of enlistment at Camp Drum in New York.

London entered the service as a recruit and then was promoted to private, corporal, and up through Sergeant First Class.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for having been blown out of his foxhole and trying to save his buddy.  He readily displays this on his license plate.  He received five major campaign ribbons and several good conduct medals.  During his overseas duty he crossed the 38th Parallel five times.

In 1956 he married Judith Conlogue and they had two daughters.  Cindy Cowing, a speech therapist at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and Leanne Bailey, an employee at the Milo Farmers Union and the Milo Post Office.  They lost a son in infancy.

They also have four grandsons; Travis Cowing of Old Town, Kellen Cowing, a student at the University of Maine in Orono, Jordan Bailey who will be attending Baker College in Michigan this September, studying to become a history teacher, Ryan Bailey, a student at Penquis Valley Middle School in Milo, and one granddaughter, Erynn Bailey, a Certified Nurses Aide at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft.

London knew nothing about his being awarded a diploma until just before when the person sitting next to him nudged him and said, “You’re next.”  He didn’t understand because anytime he would get a copy of the graduation program, his daughter or wife would take it from him.  They didn’t want him to see his name on the program to receive his Veterans’ Diploma.

Bill was seriously ill this past winter and remarked about how caring the residents of Milo were to him during his illness.  He said Milo was “truly a friendly town.”  In retirement he looks forward to spending time out at his camp at Ebeeme Lake and at his home on Gould Street in Milo.  He said, “And I also love eating out.”

Congratulations, Bill and thank you for serving your country.  You make us all proud of you.


If you have been listening to television and radio, the Blood Server of the Red Cross is in desperate need of blood.  Friday, June 11, was to have been a big drive day but because of the National Day of Mourning for the late President Ronald Reagan, the drives could not be held.  They were scheduled for Federal Buildings.

So, help is needed.  And you can help!  A group of Milo area citizens are holding a drive from 2 to 7 pm on Monday, June 28, at the Milo Town Hall dining room.  Those of you who have donated in the past should receive a card notification.  Personal calls will also be made.

If you have never donated before, all you need to do is call Phil Gerow at 943-2046 and let him know.  All it takes is about one hour of your time.  You will be talked through the process and the only pain is when they prick your finger.  Please give the time and give someone life.

Remember—the life you save could be your own.

That’s Monday, June 28, Milo Town Hall, 2-7 pm at the American Red Cross Blood Drive.


Fishtraks recording artists, THE OLD-TIME RADIO GANG will be appearing at


THE OLD-TIME RADIO GANG, a group of veteran musicians is winning acclaim from fans and critics for its live performance and recordings of vintage American Country radio music from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Their rousing renditions of classic melodies recapture the mood of a unique period in American history when the popular music told stories of our lives.

THE OLD-TIME RADIO GANG presents a rich and varied program that appeals to young and old—spirited fiddle tunes; gospel songs; train songs; and ballads that tell tales of the Depression, of heartbreak and of love.  The

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performance is as educational as it is entertaining, with historical notes about the music and the times.

The group includes:

Mac McHale, of Kennebunk, Maine: lead singer, guitar;

Smokey Valley, of Biddeford, Maine: vocalist, fiddle and dobro; John Roc, of Wells, Maine: vocalist, stand-up bass and mandolin; Dick Monroe, of Biddeford, Maine: vocalist and accordion. Sally Roc, of Wells, Maine who plays the bass and sings.

As an added attraction, the young Smith Brothers will be playing fiddle and guitar!

Admission is $8.00 at the door, refreshments will be available, and there is PLENTY OF SEATING!

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

JUNE 1990
15-Sunny windy-65° at 12.
16-Cloudy Fair-68° at 12.
17-Sunny rain at 8 pm-70° at 12.
18-Cloudy Partly sunny thundershower pm-76° at 1 pm.
19-Fog Mostly cloudy-62° at 4 pm.
20-Cloudy sprinkles pm-54° at 12.
21-Cloudy-54° at 1pm.


This will be a short column, as things have gone crazy in the world of animals. Spring has sprung and there are kittens, coons and bunnies to care for.  In the picture, you see B.J. (Bandit Junior) the raccoon baby and The Bear.  B.J. was found crawling around on the sidewalk across from Freda and Everett Cook’s.  I know the right thing is to leave baby wildlife alone because the mother will probably return, but B.J. was near the road and crying so pitifully that I couldn’t leave.  I took him to the house and put him under a heat lamp, then when I was sure he was warm I started feeding him every 2 hours with kitten formula.                   

The next day, I had a call from Gloria Severence on the Turner Howe Road and she told me her cat had carried a baby snowshoe hare into the house and it was uninjured.  I went to pick him up and started him on kitten formula diluted with Pedialyte, as he seemed dehydrated.  Baby bunnies need to be fed every half-hour for the first day, so that was a busy time!

Now they both get fed at the same time, simplifying things a bit, but I still have to make sure to be home every two hours, and with 4 or 5 animal control calls a day coming in, things have been a bit harried.  Julie and I have also been live-trapping stray cats and kittens  and we have to check the trap every 2 hours or so.  We have added more than a dozen residents to the shelter population, so there is tons of work to be done there also.  Julie and I each have more than 20 animals each at our own homes, so you can only imagine the upkeep and feeding involved before we can even start thinking about caring for the abandoned guys at the shelter. 

And to put a wrench into the whole system, on Friday I had to spend 3 hours at Mayo Hospital having a colonoscopy !  I find that a rather fitting tribute on the day set aside to honor President Reagon, a man who had colon cancer.  Thank goodness Katie had the day off to take me there and bring me home, as she had to take over the feedings of B.J. and The Bear.  I slept for 2 hours after I got home and woke up feeling like a useless oaf.   Thank goodness I am perfectly healthy, as lying in bed in the middle of the day makes me crazy!!

Well, there’s a short update!   I was hoping we were at the end of the tunnel with this Springs’ batch of abandoned cats and kittens, but  I just got a call that a kitten has shown up on a porch in Derby, so I’m off to take it to the shelter.  If any of you are considering adopting a kitten and willing to make a life-time commitment to them, give Julie a call at 943-5083.  I’m sure we have just who you want.



     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 Zamboni greeted twenty-three members and guest Ellen DeWitt this morning.

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham said a prayer asking all to remember those in need, our service people, and for the leaders of the world.

Ed Treworgy read an inspirational message about spreading love in your own house.  A study was done on a 180 young boys living in a slum area.  The group conducting the study was surprised to discover that 176 of these underprivileged boys went on to become lawyers, doctors, accountants, etc.  To a man they contributed their success to one lady, a special teacher.  When asked what she did to inspire her pupils she said only three words, “I loved them”.

The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared with everyone today.  The Dexter Sunrise Club sent word that starting Friday, June 11, they will be meeting at Giovanni’s Restaurant, formerly T.J.’s.  Their meeting will begin at 7 am but breakfast will be available earlier than 7.

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Happy birthday to Andrew Walker today and anniversary best wishes to Fay and Judith Stevens on the 13th!

Nine happy and sad dollars were donated today for being the cook at a very diverse bachelor party, missing Paul’s presentation last week, the Jack Nicklaus memorial golf tournament, working for 6-weeks at camp, having Ellen DeWitt as a guest, 6th grade field trip, and $54,000 in scholarships given at graduation.

Trish Hayes told us that there were 6 Kiwanis and 3 Key Club scholarships awarded at graduation.  The club is winding down but will be on hand for a blood drive, helping at the Kiwanis auction, and traveling to Manna in Bangor.

Ethelyn Treworgy reported $335 in quilt raffle ticket sales for the Milo Garden Club to benefit the landscaping at Veterans Park.  She also reminded us of the July 2 Coffeehouse featuring the “Old Time Radio Gang” AND the Smith Brothers.

Board Meeting notes:

1.     Robert Skoglund, The Humble Farmer, on July 14 at the Arts Center.

2.     Discussion about purchasing a new food wagon if one can be  found for a reasonable cost.

3.     $100 donation to sponsor Miranda Guilbault at the New England Regional 4-H Teen Conference in Kingston, R.I.

4.     $200 donation to the Brownville Elementary School to purchase books for the children’s summer reading program.

5.     Maintaining and having available a list of board donations and decisions.

6.     Promoting projects and events in Brownville plus encourage more people from the area to join the Kiwanis Club.

7.     Fred Trask is willing to buy a web cam to have on his insurance building and possibly at different locations.

8.     Seth Barden offered to help set up a Kiwanis web site.

Todd Lyford will be our guest speaker on June 16.

Steve Hamlin introduced our guest speaker today.  Ellen Reardon DeWitt, a Milo native and long time resident, is a hometown realtor.  You could say she comes by it naturally as her dad, Joe, was in the same business for 25 years.  Ellen started working in real estate in 1982 and after working for Everett Worcester for 12 years; she decided to go out on her own.

People in the real estate business not only sell property but also form the first impression for folks new to the area.  Potential buyers are looking for more than a home; local needs such as schools, doctors, police, fire, etc. are important factors.  A home sold often brings in an entire family.  Ellen told us that people consider purchasing second homes in the Brownville area due to the proximity to snow mobile trails.  Wood’s contractors are looking to buy large tracts of land.  She said she has sold 33 properties so far this year with 90 sold during 2003.

Ellen tries to stay in this area but advertises worldwide in various mediums.  She also told us that 75% of her business is through the internet and one-half is with Maine people and one-half is from out of state retirees.  Many people from away have purchased camps at Schoodic

Lake as summer and vacation homes.  The asking price for such camps may range anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000.

The selling of the former Basketville building to what is now Ox-yoke is a prime example of bringing not only a family to the area but providing employment opportunities to many.

Ellen emphasized the importance of property disclosure.  In her father’s era a handshake and a few dollars in cash would seal a deal.  She said that many people thought her dad was a rich man because of having cash in his pocket!  Now septic systems, leach fields, water, furnaces, wells, and pumps have to be tested before a deal can be made.  A multitude of items must be checked to ensure the safety of the buyer and seller as well as the realtor.  Underground tanks, asbestos, radon, mold, lead based paint, toxic materials, old dump sites (cars), the age of the property, and any known defects are just a portion of the list.

Thank you Ellen for bringing us up to date on the real estate market of today. 


             Ronald (Charlie) Herbest graduated from E.M.C.C. on May 15, completing a course in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration. He was on the Dean’s List 3 out 4 semesters and is now employed by McKusick Petroleum.

Making the event extra special was the fact that a father and daughter graduated the same year..

Cheana Marie Herbest graduated from P.V.H.S. on June 6th. She will be starting college in the fall at U.C.B in the Dental Program.

A celebration of success was held for both the graduates. CONGRATULATIONS, WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU


I want to thank all of you who have supported and encouraged me with calls and cards over the past 2 years. It surely helped get me through…..thanks!


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Within the coming month, we will have a webcam up and running in Milo!  Thanks to a generous donation by Trask Insurance, we will be purchasing a webcam that will be mounted on Trask’s building at the end of Main Street, and will give us a great view of town!  We will even be able to position it to watch the construction of Kiwanis’ Gazebo!! 

The U.S. Army, hard at work in South Korea.
Picture sent by Sgt. Chris Lovejoy



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