Three Rivers News, 2004-07-12
MONDAY, JULY 12, 2004




For the admission price of $10, you will be rewarded with an evening you will never forget!  Refreshments will be available , and feel free to bring a beverage or purchase one there. “Robert Skoglund's dry wit has been favorably compared to Art Buchwald, H.L. Mencken, Mark Twain and Woody Allen... it's also very addicting."

Skoglund has been profiled in Yankee magazine and featured in a Boston Herald cover story, which called him, "New England's answer to Garrison Keillor." A tireless recorder of dry wit, his humor has been proven in over 50 newspapers in the United States and Canada.. He is featured on "Maine, A Video Tour" which is available in L. L. Bean's and 80 other Maine outlets.. At present he produces six new television commercials each week for his Channel 9 Humble Farmer show and continues to speak at conventions.

This promises to be a very fun night filled with Maine stories so funny that you may wet your pants.  So, please come, have a lot of fun and help support Kiwanis and the work the club does.

By Mary Lou Lee

Milo’s first tournament of this season took place June 27th.  We lucked out with a perfect day for this tennis match. Seven teams played competitive tennis from 10:30am until 5:00pm. The ages of the players ranged from high school to senior citizens!! 42 matches and 211 games were played under clear sunny skies. The winners were:

First place – Robin Demers & Ernie Madden; second place – Tracy Hartmann & Torrey Ellis; and third place – Jan Waterman & Scott Lee.

Social tennis continues on every Tuesday evening (5:30pm to 7:30pm) and Sunday afternoon (1:30pm to 3:30pm). Call Mary Lou 965-9721 for more information.


Three Rivers Kiwanis would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses and individuals who donated items for our annual auction.  The auction is our biggest fundraiser and it is possible only because of the donated items.   Many projects, like this newspaper, R.I.F., and the Kiwanis Kid’s Korner exist because of your generosity.

Thanks to:

A.E. Robinson Oil Co., Inc.
Kelly Bradeen
Andrea Lumbra
Amber Gahagan
Jeff & Laurie Hanson
John & Eileen Willinski
Marilyn Flagg
Dick Richards
Dave’s World
Milo Elementary
Tom Kole
Allen Monroe
Bailey Lumber Co.
Bangor Savings Bank, Dover
Barnett Forest Products
Berg Enterprises
Carquest Auto Parts, Dover
Cat Trax
CC Polaris
Daniel Steinke, DDS
Dexter Regional Federal Credit Union
Down Home Bed & Breakfast
Earl Gerrish & Sons, Inc.
Field of Dreams
Georgia Pacific Chip Mill
Graves Shop & Save
Hair Designz
Harmon’s Texaco
Hobby House
J & S Furniture
Joe Beres Woodworking
JSI Store Fixtures
Katahdin Country Club
Hitching Post
Korner Kreations
Lorraine’s Barber Shop
Maine Savings Credit Union
Mayo Regional Hospital
Milo Exxon Mini-Mart
Milo Farmer’s Union
Milo House of Pizza
Milo True Value
Moosehead Manufacturing
Neil Hamlin, Esq.
O & R Lumbra
Phil Gerow Cakes
Piscataquis Observer
Pride Manufacturing
Ralph Monroe, DDS

Red Earth
Reuben’s Country Store
Rublee’s Power Equipment
S & L Auto parts
Salley’s Auto Repair & Used Cars
Small Town Video
Snow’s Saw Shop
The Head Shop
The Loft, Milo
Three Rivers News
Three Rivers Health Center
Three Rivers Redemption & Feed
Tom Harvey Farms
Trask Insurance
United Kingfield Bank
William Sawtell
World of Flags
Wyman’s Farms

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Episcopal Church News

At the Sunday, July 18, morning worship service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction there will be a Blessing of Afghans and School Supplies which the church women have gathered. These items will be sent to the 133d Engineering Division in Iraq. The 133d is building an orphanage and are hoping to fill the needs of about 40 children.

Cpt. David Sivret is the chaplain for the 133d and for several years served as an intern at St. John's as he worked to complete the requirements for priesthood. The morning worship service begins at 8:45am.

Historical Review
Mud Time and a Farm House
by Eben Gould, Milo Town Crier, Nov. 4, 1971 (Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

In this day and age when nostalgic features of bygone times are being preserved in historic restorations, museums and innumerable collections, a reminder of one of the non-glamorous attributes of life in those days is being preserved in Sebec even though not intended for that purpose.

At the easterly end of the North road, a one-time well-traveled highway, which now has but comparatively little use, there is a sign calling the traveler's attention to the fact that the dirt road ahead is sometimes a mudroad. Such highways were the headache and also the backaches of the early settlers of both Milo and Sebec, and if one desires to really put himself in the place of his forebears, he has only to seek out a dirt road when the frost is coming out of the ground.

Every few years, nature reminds us of the old-fashioned winters. Happily, man can prevent to large extent her reminding us of old-fashioned mudtime, except in case of roads in remote areas. In olden times, a winter might occasionally be less severe than others, but there was never a springtime which brought a lessening of the aggravations of trying to get to town in mudtime. Winter might have some compensating features but the only joys of mudtime were flowing of sweet maple sap, the sight of fields emerging from the snow, and the consolation that summer was on the was on the way.
With the disappearance of horse drawn vehicles, it is difficult to visualize the heartbreaking sight of a horse struggling through mud to pull a carriage which might sink nearly to the axles.

In the early days of mud season, however, the temperature might go well below freezing at night, with the result that the top of the highway would be frozen mud, and would hold a light buggy. Consequently, out of town travelers, such as farmers, would hook up their vehicles at daybreak and travel into town with the hope of finishing business and getting home before the inevitable morning thaw.

Certain places along the roads, particularly swamps, were notorious. Acquaintance with them was purely through force of circumstances -- not deliberately acquired. Hence, the writer who lived on a farm on the Dover Road just east of the Taylor place from 1911 to 1917, can speak authoritatively on the mudholes of the road from that place to Milo. However, 60 years does not wipe out memories of specific miring places along that route. The level stretch on Sargent Hill just before the road dips down on the western end stands out in my memory as the worst along the 2 1/2 mile stretch from home to town.

The North Road is notable not only for its unintentional reminder of one of the worst features of early days, but also had one of the most charming -- an historic farmhouse. The few houses on the road today are in sharp contrast to the number which were there in the middle of the last century and are shown on Walling's Map of Piscataquis County published in 1858. However, one of the most impressive has survived the years. Just west of the strip of sometime mud road, on a better kept section of highway, is a large two story farmhouse, shaded by exceptionally tall elms. It is on the farm of Judge Lowney and probably was built by him. He was the Justice of Peace before whom most of the deeds to Sebec property in his time were acknowledged. His house was probably larger than most others.

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The Judge may have been the most distinguished citizen of the town in his day, inasmuch as he was one of the members of the Convention which drew up the Constitution of the State of Maine in 1819 or 1820.


If you showed your car at the Penquis Cruizers' 15th Annual Cruize-In on June 27th, it's probably on DVD in the Cruizers' first ever DVD of their annual car show. The DVD, which was assembled by Ron Wilcox of Corinth, is available from Fred and Susan Worcester for $20. If shipping is required, there is an additional $2 charge. You can contact the Worcester's at 965-8070 if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the DVD.

Elm Street has a Peeping Tom who was caught by the camera! We are lucky to have a retired state trooper living nearby to control the situation.

Improved Skunk Odor Remover

Sooner or later woodland owners or their pets will have a run-in with a skunk and bring back an odor that will make him or her very unpopular.

Paul Krebaum, a chemist, used an alkaline hydrogen peroxide compound to remove hydrogen sulfide from waste gas streams in his laboratory. This compound also destroys a class of chemicals called thiols, which are the major constituents of skunk spray.

One evening, a neighbor’s cat had an encounter with a skunk and was exiled from the house. The usual remedies (tomato juice, etc) were tried without success. Krebaum suggested they bathe the cat in a modified version of the laboratory reagent. It worked, and the cat was allowed back in the house.

Here is the formula for pets: One quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (from a drug store), ¼ cup baking soda (sodium

bicarbonate), and one teaspoon liquid soap. Thoroughly bathe the animal, working the soapy solution well into the fur. Follow the bath with a tap water rinse. This remedy may also work to clean the front bumper of your car should you hit a skunk.

From the SWOAM News, April 2004. SWOAM promotes sound forest management and strengthens long-termwoodland stewardship.


The Brownville Little League All-Star Team played in a round robin tournament at Howland on Saturday with a total of 7 teams from different towns participating. Dean Bellatty and Scott Larson took players from each of the 5 Little League teams to make up 1 team.

 Front row: Eddie Cobb, Joey McArthur, Chad Badger, Corey Herbest, Jake  Lyford, Jesse McLaughlin and Brad Dow.Back row: Mike Johnson, Ian Champeon, Ryan Stroud, Derek Hibbs, Kiel  Larson and James Gledhill.

In game  #1, The Brownville All Star team played a great defensive game against Northern Penobscot to capture their first win of the tournament  by a score of 4-0. Kiel Larson and Derek Hibbs were on the mound for Brownville, pitching 2 innings each and combined for 6 strike outs and pitched a shut out. Ian Champeon led Brownville with a triple and a double while Eddie Cobb had 2 singles.

In game #2 The Brownville All Stars faced Old Town.
The entire team swung the bat very well, going through the order twice in the 1st and second innings for a combined total of 24 runs. Kiel Larson and Jake Lyford were on the mound against Old Town, who only scored 1 run of the 4-inning game.

Dean was taking names and numbers in hopes of hosting an all star tournament in Brownville in the upcoming weeks.

Kiel Larson gets a piece of the ball in the first game of the tournament at Howland against Northern Penobscot.The  Brownville All -Star team won 4-2

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The Braves played the Red Sox Tuesday evening to start off the Little League Play-offs with the Red Sox coming away with the win of 12-2.

On the mound for the Red Sox was Jake Lyford, getting ready to throw a "strike" against the Braves last Tuesday evening. The #2 field at Davis Field in Brownville Jct. is great; (except for a while in the late afternoon when the sun is a factor for the pitchers), but it has definitely moved the little league season right along. In the background are the banners of many local supporters who pay to advertise on the fence.

Jake Lyford

The Three Rivers Kiwanis gazebo committee needs a crew to put the slab in, including making the form and laying the steel. Please contact Joe Zamboni or any Kiwanian to sign up.

Penquis Valley High School
Class of 1999
5th Year Reunion/Social
SeaDog Restaurant
26 Front Street, Bangor (on the waterfront)
August 7, 2004 6pm
RSVP or questions? Please call 207-279-0179 or
All are welcome! Hope to see you there!

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

What a busy and exciting week at the Milo Free Public Library! This week, the second week of the summer reading program, the giveaways were cowboy hats and bandannas donated by our very generous Three Rivers Kiwanis Club. There were certainly lots of surprised and very happy little cowpokes selecting their cow-children (to be politically correct) hats ( two colors to choose from-red or blue both with sheriff stars) and also trying to make a choice among six colors of bandannas pegged out on a clothesline in the children’s area. Thank you very much, Kiwanians. I hope you see cowpokes around town dressed in your gifts .

Our mascot, Traveler, has garnered lots of comments too. All the children want to win him, but some children even more so than others. I have set Curious George on Traveler’s saddle for a more cozy look, but Curious Georgeis a library mascot and will stay with us even after August 13. One little four year old checked the color of her hat, and then announced that a “ little girl with a red hat was going to win the horse”. She then elaborated more fully on what little girl she was talking about when she said, “I don’t want the monkey. Someone else can win the monkey, but I’m going to win the horse”. We wish they all could. Like the old nursery rhyme—“If wishes were horses” our wishes would be to be able to present every child with a horse mascot. Someone will win, and it could be any one of our summer reading program members.

Several weeks ago the library was given a large check by Ms. Esperanza Crackel to be used to purchase books in Helen Carey’s name. I chose to select books for the summer reading program as Helen , having been a teacher and a library trustee, strongly supported the program. I was able to purchase 47 books. They seemed like such an impressive collection that I piled them on the desk and took a picture of them. I sent the picture to Ms. Crackel to thank her again for her generous gift. This week I received a large box of books with some beanie babies in it too. Ms. Crackel had been to an estate sale and had purchased all their primary books-grades K-4th grade. She would be sending them to us in various shipments until we had received all 250 books! What a generous gift. Just the packing and shipping would be time-consuming and expensive. How lucky we are to have this benefactor who lives in Salinas, California think of our little library and want to contribute to our summer reading program.

Library Summer Hours
Telephone 943-2612

Hamlin recognized at Dartmouth

MILO – Jean Marie Hamlin, a Dartmouth College student in the class of 2007, has been cited for outstanding academic achievement in English 24 during the spring 2004 term.

Jean is the daughter of Neil H. and Barbara C. Hamlin of Milo.

Members of the Dartmouth faculty are invited to submit citation reports only when a student's work
is sufficiently distinguished to merit special recognition. Such citations are rare; typically only a few undergraduates receive citations each term. Dartmouth, the ninth oldest college in the nation, was founded in Hanover, N.H. in 1769.

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

District No. 8 was the Drake district centering near the foot of Swett Hill.

The wording of the article that created it was as follows: “that a new district be formed commencing where the east side of lot No. 8 strikes the Sebec River, thence south, so that the new district shall enclose lots No. 7, No. 20, No. 18 and lot No. 15, with all that part of lots No. 14 and 13 occupied by Enoch B. Cutts and Daniel Holman, thence so to include lots No. 11, 10, 2 and 9, with all that part of the town lying west of the above named lots and between the Sebec and Piscataquis rivers and that said district shall be called No. 8.”

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A few articles later confusion was confounded with a vote “ to annex District 8 to District 1, with all their farms and non-resident lands.”

An effort by certain townsmen to achieve the formation of still another district, at this same meeting, was “indefinitely postponed.”  That article read:  “To see if the town will form a new school district including Daniel Boober, Phineas Tolman, Daniel Dennett, Stephen Snow, Jesse Rollins, William Newcomb, William Sturtevant and their farms.”

The town meeting of March 13, 1843 brought $302.40 for support of the schools – the odd amount indicating either some unexpended balance, or revenue from some other source, possibly the public lots.

The endless tug-of-war on district lines continued.  At this 1843 town meeting, voters denied a proposal “to set off the School District No. 5, and annex to District 7, lots 62 to 72 and the part of 73 owned by Lewis Wilder, together with lot 99.”

Seven school agents were still elected.  For although District 8 had been formed it had been as quickly disavowed and annexed to District 1!

The school agents listed without specification in the records as to the district they were attached to were Ichabod W. Mitchell, Robert Walton, Henry Wilkins, Robert Cutts, John S. Shurborn, Zacharias Buker and Solomon B. Stanchfield.

Very little of controversy or change in the schools came up in the next several years.  The town voted year after year $303 for support of schools.

In 1847 the warrant carried an article for the first time to permit the several school districts to choose each its own school agent.  The proposal was voted down.

Two requests, one in 1848, the other a year later, for permission to draw school money were approved.

The first, in 1848, asked that “Arthur Megquier, Abijah Chase and Jesse Livermore be permitted to draw their proportion of school money to be appropriated IN SUPPORTING THEIR OWN SCHOOL.”

Even more demanding of implicit trust was that of David Livermore, that he “have the privilege to draw his proportional share of school money To APPROPRIATE AT HIS OWN CONVENIENCE.”!

Continued confusion in regard to districts came in a vote “to unite districts 2,4 and 6 again into District 2” (whence they had come)!

In 1849, for the first time, the town voted to permit districts to choose their own school agent.

Whether the consent by the town to draw one’s proportion of school money was intended for one year only is not entirely clear.  In the case of Arthur Megquier’s request, it was evidently so intended, for he returned with the same request in 1850 and in 1851.  In 1850 the town voted permission to him to draw his money “and spend at his own convenience”, adding only the stipulation “he shall present to the selectmen that he has expended said proportion – and the selectmen are authorized to draw on the treasurer for his proportion in his favor.”

The permission in 1851 was without strings: it was voted “to permit David Livermore and Arthur Megquier to draw their proportion of school money personally.”

Voters responded to the tug of restless district lines again in 1850, making a considerable change in District 5.  It was voted  “to set off Amos C. Abbey, Abner Ramsdell, John H. Ramsdell and farm occupied by Aaron Tolman, farm owned and occupied by R.A. Jones – and annex to District 5:  also all that part formerly in said district, where J.B. Hobbs, Jr., Jackson McPhetres and Daniel Moores live, and their real estate, and also set off and annex that territory in the original limits of District 5, except that part next to Sebec river, now in the limits of District 1.” 

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

I love summer. It always gives me a chance to catch up with acquaintances from my past. Those people who I spent my childhood with are the best friends.....mostly because we share so

much. We all grew up together, and back in those days our values were just about the same. Some of my old friends had a rockier time with family issues than I did, but for the most part all us "Jones" were about the same. It was easy to keep up with your neighbor because the simplicity of it all was within everyone's reach.

The Alumni weekend always brings memories of childhood flooding back. We generally spend the time with lots of those old childhood friends with whom we have so many memories in common. This year's time was much like all of the others. Friends from away gathered to celebrate with us....and we even began planning next year's reunion....40 years! YIKES!! When I stumbled upon this list on my computer I decided to share it with you....who know me so well. You will know when you read the list a little more about me and my friends.

Do you remember when: It took five minutes for the TV to warm up? Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school? Everyone's dog was a mutt? Do you remember when a quarter was a decent allowance, and you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny? How about this one: your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces, all your male teachers wore neckties everyday and your female teachers looked like they had their hair done every day and wore high heels. And if those same teachers threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . . they did! And God forbid being sent to the principal's office. Actually that was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home. We never had to worry about gangs or drive by shootings or drugs back in those days... our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! I don't know what they would have done, but I wasn't about to find out.

I believe it was Duz Laundry Detergent that had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box? Safety wasn't a big issue and stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger? And remember when It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents? Can you remember when getting there was half the thrill and a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car? Then there was the '65 Mustang...or was it a '66?

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Do you remember when kids actually played baseball with no adults to help with the rules of the game? Amazingly every little neighborhood could play whenever they wanted...and you didn't have to be available at the whim of a coach....and you didn't have to be driven out of town to play....and parents didn't have to be there in order for a good game to take place....because you played in the spare lot across the street or next door and those kids who were out playing were the team...and the team was probably different every day depending on who was around. Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe." Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!" In those days "Ollie - Ollie - In - Come - free" made perfect sense. Summers were filled with bike rides, Hula-Hoops, and visits to the swimming hole. Kid's picnics always consisted of peanut butter and Fluff or egg salad sandwiches, a thermos of Kool-aid, and devil dogs.

We liked to read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. We liked to watch Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Doody and the Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and those stupid stupid Stooges...yuk, yuk, yuk. My personal favorites were Father Knows Best and then the Andy Griffith Show. Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures...and that was a good thing!

Do you remember Artus’ Market and their candy cigarettes, wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside or how about those wax lips? What ever happened to Teaberry chewing gum or soda machines that dispensed glass bottles or coffee shops with table side jukeboxes? They went the way of Rickers and Brockway's home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers, and newsreels before the movie down at the
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Milo Theater and P.F. Fliers. They weren't far behind telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Williams 3-7372) and party lines.

My friends and I sat in the Red Earth Cafe Friday evening and fondly remembered buying record albums and 45 RPM records to play on our Hi-Fi's at Mott's Jewelry Store. We also reminisced about getting S & H Green Stamps with many purchases...and filling books with them and taking them to Bangor to trade them in on some fabulous prizes.

Metal ice cubes trays with levers would be considered retro these days, as would buying your kids a reel-to-reel tape recorder, Tinkertoys, erector sets, The Fort Apache Play Set, or Lincoln Logs. Thankfully my grandchildren still love to play the card game "War." They still put baseball cards in the spokes of their bikes transforming them into motorcycles. They still love to spin around until they are dizzy. And blessing of all blessings....they still love to catch fireflies and happily occupy themselves cozied up in the hammock watching them for an entire evening. Thank God some kid things never change.

Here's something not from our past....whoever would have cooked Mexican back in those days? Fortunately there are some wonderful things about progress and the present, food being one of those wonderful things. How lucky we are that almost everyone now has the knowledge to cook with an ethnic flair. Products are available now that we never would have imagined even 20 years ago. This is a Southwestern Macaroni Salad that tastes just a little different from the old humdrum. Try it!

1-1lb. box of elbow macaroni
1 lb. cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 cup of niblet corn...either frozen (thawed) or drained from a can or freshly cooked off the cob.
1 small to medium green pepper, diced
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small can of sliced ripe olives, drained

Cook the pasta, drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl combine the pasta, tomatoes, corn, green pepper, red onion and olives.

In a jar with a tight fitting lid combine the following dressing ingredients:

1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 and 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Pour over the pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until chilled. This makes a good-sized salad for a crowd.


MILO - Memorial services for Roy H. Monroe who died Dec. 15, 2003, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the Milo Baptist Church. Interment at the Milo Cemetery and reception to follow.

MILO and CONNECTICUT Agnes Y. Smith, 93, joined her Lord on June 28, 2004. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond E. Smith Sr.; two sons, Ray Jr. and George, all of Hebron, Conn. She is survived by one son, Robert A. Smith Sr. and wife, Noreen, of Milo; also several nieces and nephews of Connecticut and Pennsylvania; grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida.

BRADFORD - Mitchell Allan-Michael Smith, 4, died July 5, 2004, at his Bradford home surrounded by his family after a long battle with brain cancer. He was born July 9, 1999, in Dover-Foxcroft, the son of Michael and Julie (Coburn) Smith. Mitchell, who would have been five years old this Friday, was a fun loving little boy who loved to attend Sunday School classes at the Corinth United Methodist Church and loved everyone as much as they all loved him. He

He attended Close to Home daycare while his mother was at school if he couldn't go to Grammy Sally's. He enjoyed playing with his siblings, a special cousin, Andrew and "Spiderman." Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Michelle; and two brothers, Michael D. and Jordn, all of Bradford; his paternal grandparents, Darel and Sally Smith of Bradford; maternal grandparents, Jack and Doris Coburn; and maternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Althea MacKinnon, all of Brownville Jct.; also "Mammie," Carmen Johnson of Washington, ME; many aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends. The family wishes to thank everyone for their many gifts, prayers and thoughts during Mitchell's long illness.

MILO - Joseph W. (Willie) Soucier, 70 died June 25, 2004 at home with his beloved companion, Alice Badger, by his side. He was born in Stockholm, ME, on October 29, 1934, the son of Bill and Marie Soucier.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Lucien Soucier and sister, Anna Marie  Bourgoin of Stockholm.

He is survived by his special step-son, Clifford Badger and his wife Barbara, two special grandchildren, Allison and Ryan Badger, of Milo and a special niece, Rose Levesque and her husband Clifford of Broad Brook, CT, and several nieces.

He will be sadly missed by his dog Goldie.  He was laid to rest in the family lot in Stockholm on July 9, 2004.


As I sit and write this on Sunday morning, July 11, 2004, it is taking every ounce of determination to sit here: outside it is the perfect day!!  It is one of those warm, sunny days that a Mainer truly appreciates and this Mainer more than most.  I haven’t gone one day yet this summer without running the heater in my car, maybe this will be the first!


As you can see from the above photo, my favorite hen in the world, “Puff-Mama “ enjoys the sun as much as I do.  She still follows me around the yard waiting for me to drop her a special treat, and I usually do.  It is amazing the different personalities each of the critters exhibits.  Every trip outside is an experience and each animal is a joy. 

Hockey, the white duck and Puck..

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The two “baby “ ducks, Hockey and Puck, have grown into beautiful adults, and finally are accepted by the other 11 adult ducks.  The following picture shows Hockey on the right and Puck on the left, after they have had a swim in the “pond”.  They still are always together, but they do mingle with the others.  Ducks are so gentle and well mannered compared to the other fowl.  The chickens take a long time to accept a newcomer and the guineas hate everything that isn’t them.  I would rather jump in a swamp with an alligator then face 4 angry guineas!  The noises and motions that come from them are positively terrifying.  That’s what makes them so great-we always know when something is in the yard that doesn’t belong. 

All three of the “wild” babies are thriving and will soon be released.  The Mallard duck is now over a month old and is almost completely feathered.  As soon as I know he can stay warm enough I will release him at a safe location.  He has had little human contact, something we did purposely, so he will adapt to the wild well.  The same for the baby snowshoe hare.  He is 6 weeks old and has grown a lot.  We also don’t handle him and I think he will get released in a week or two.  I would love to be able to watch them grow up, but ,of course that is impossible.  I know that what’s best is to set them free… head knows that, its just sometimes hard to convince my heart!! 

As for B.J., the baby raccoon, he has tripled in size and is a joy.  I have had to handle him as he still will only drink from a baby bottle.  I have applied for a Wildlife Rehabilitators certificate and a permit for him.  I don’t know when I will be able to get him to a refuge, but when he does go, he will be a fat, healthy bugger!  We have enjoyed him so much and his dependence and innocence has been very satisfying. 

I have met so many folks who said they had a baby raccoon when they were growing up and they all remember how sweet the ‘coons were.  They also all mention the personality transition that takes place as they get older.   I can’t imagine my baby getting aggressive…but it is bound to happen.  Until then, we plan on enjoying his antics and making sure he has the healthiest possible adolescence. 

We also have an emaciated teeny kitten here at the house.  A woman found him  on her porch Friday and I have been trying to get him to a healthy condition.  I have never felt such a thin kitten. Beside being almost starved, he was covered with fleas and his ears were caked with mites. 

Katie and I treated him for fleas, worms, ear-mites, diarrhea, an eye infection and dehydration.  We are feeding him a special formula and he has begun eating a high-nutrition kitten food.  I keep Ranger on a heating pad when I’m not carrying him around.  He purrs at every touch and he loves to wander to one of the dogs or cats and snuggle up. As soon as we are sure he doesn’t have any ailments he can pass on to other cats, I will take him to the shelter and introduce him to one of the mama cats there.  We have some almost grown kittens and we have some three-week-old babies, so I’m sure Ranger will find someone to hang out with.

When Ranger gets to the shelter, he will make resident number 37. We are going through a huge amount of kitty litter and if you’ve been wondering what you can buy us to help out, a box of clumpable litter would be perfect!  We have a box at the Farmer’s Union you can put your donations in or you can drop it off at the shelter at 39 Clinton Street.  




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.


David Walker, standing in for President Joe Zamboni, welcomed fifteen members this morning.

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked for help for those in need.  He also asked for the troops to be watched over and to be brought home soon.  Amen.

Chris Almy read an inspirational message concerning courage.  Many years ago a young man ran with a gang.  He later realized he was hurting his mother and himself.  It took guts but he broke away and developed as an individual.  After being drafted into WWII Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major league baseball and was named Rookie of the Year.

Correspondence: Orono/Old Town newsletter.

Eight happy dollars were donated for a 'lucky' accident with a lining bar, a Red Sox win, and a good MHS Alumni banquet.

 A detailed annual auction report is not finalized at this time but approximately $8500 was grossed. There was discussion about having the auction in July and setting up a committee relatively soon to talk about possible changes.

The Gazebo Project-The next stage will be building the forms for the foundation.  Joe Zamboni will have a report in a few days.

Robert Skoglund, The Humble Farmer, will be hosting a show at the Town Hall Arts Center on Wednesday, July 14.  Refreshments are needed as well as a coordinator.  If you can help set up tables and chairs please be at the Town Hall on July 14 at 3 pm.

 The July Board of Directors will take place on Thursday, July 8.

July 14 will be the monthly business meeting.

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The newest addition to our site is the Alumni Section (  This section is devoted to the three local alumni associations from Milo High School, Brownville Jct. High School, and Penquis Valley High School.  We will post any and all information that the associations want.  Currently, only the MHS page has information on.  If you are involved in any of the organizations and would like to give us some info, please contact us at, or Izzy Warren at 943-7367.

This summer we are also offering an Online Farmers Market ( We are looking for prices, directions, and contact info for anyone who sells home-grown produce.  This service is free of charge, and we hope to better promote the local farmers!  Please contact us if you would like your prices and items listed.


If you know any information about the Boston Post Gold-Headed Canes, or who the current holders are for the towns in our area, please contact us!  We are looking to create a new Landmark Feature!



If you have word ideas for the word search, please send them to us!  Either use our email, or just get them to Val.

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P.E.T.S., a local, non-profit, all volunteer, spay/neuter organization wants to remind area residents to have their pets spayed or neutered.  Spaying and neutering greatly reduces reproductive diseases in both cats and dogs, can reduce or eliminate spraying and injuries due to fighting in male cats, and reduce or eliminate the dog or cat’s desire to roam.  Having your pet spayed or neutered will help to reduce the tragic overpopulation, abandonment and euthansia of cats and dogs in our area. P.E.T.S. has a reduced cost spay/neuter program for those individuals that qualify. Call Julie Gallagher at 943-5083 for more information or brochure or write to P.E.T.S., PO Box 912, Guilford, ME 04443


Three Rivers Kiwanis will pick up your clean usable items to be sold at our auction next summer.   We will pick up any clean furniture or working appliances that you may be replacing.  In years past, we have asked for items right before the auction, but we want you to know you can call us to pick up usable items all year long!  Call any of the following Kiwanians to arrange for your stuff to be hauled away.

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

MODEL SILVER B-36,000 BTU’’S VALUE-$495.00


1 TICKET-$1.00, 6 TICKETS-$5.00




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140 Park Street P.O. Box 38
Milo, Maine 04463
(207) 943-7400 Fax (207) 943-5632
Maine's 2004 SBA Business of the Year

July 8, 2004

Dear Milo/Brownville Kiwanis:

When we decided to sponsor our first Charity Golf Tournament we were hoping to raise at least $4,000 for the Three Rivers Kiwanis of Milo/Brownville in order to see that many more children in the area can be helped. If we are going to meet this goal, we need to hear from more of our valued partners. If you've already sent us your donation – thank ­you!! The date of our Charity Golf Tournament is August 6th. The deadline to participate in this important community fundraiser is next Friday, July 16, 2004.

Currently, we have received sponsorship for five teams so our tournament will be a small one, which gives each of you a better chance to win a nice prize. For example, closest-to-­the-pin on hole 2 and 5 will win either a complete set of John Daly Golf Clubs or an Old Town Kayak or you might win $1,000 cash for a hole-in-one. But most importantly, you'll be helping our community and will have the opportunity to spend part of a day with us JSI folks and we think we are pretty good people. Anyway, we'd like to hear from you.

Early next week, Steve Hamlin will be calling you in order to determine if you will be participating.

You will have more than one option to participate as a player and/or sponsor as described in the attachment. You will also have the option of sponsoring a JSI employee to play in the tournament. Again, the tournament will be held at Katahdin Country Club in Milo, Maine on August 6, 2004 with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely, Steve Hamlin

Mark S. Awalt, CEBS VP Finance & Co-Owner Purchasing Manager

Sponsorship Options

$150 Per Player

$150 Per JSI Employee Sponsored

$250 Non Playing Corporate Sponsorship

Company Information

Company Name: ___________________________________

Phone (W): ___________________________________

Mailing Address: ___________________________________

E-Mail: ___________________________________

Player Information (This will be a 4 person scramble best ball format)

Full Name: ___________________________________

Handicap: ___________________________________

Full Name: ___________________________________

Handicap: ___________________________________

Full Name: ___________________________________

Handicap: ___________________________________

Full Name: ___________________________________

Handicap: ___________________________________

Please return information and donation to:

JSI Store Fixtures, Inc. Attention: Kiwanis Golf Fund 140 Park Street Milo, Maine 04463

If you have questions please call Steve Hamlin or Mark Awalt at 943-7400.

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