Three Rivers News, 2004-09-13


Matthew Pokrywka will be leaving for the Peace Corps on September 20. He will be spending 2 years in Mali in north west Africa as an Urban Small Enterprise Development Adviser.

He graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 2000 and Marquette University in Milwaukee , Wisconsin this past May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

On Saturday a reception was held to give townsfolk an opportunity to talk with Matt and wish him the best.  As you can see from the above photo, Matt is going to a land very foreign to  most of us and he assured me he will send us occasional updates .  Thank-you Matt, we are so proud to have you represent our country and our towns!

The "Good Old (Railroad) Boys" are retiring!

You are cordially invited to be our guest at a retirement (barbecue)

celebration for Bobby Ellison, Carroll Witham, Joe Green, Stephen Rhoda, Cedric Rhoda, Marty O'Connor, Jimmy Decker, and Glen McMannus.
Where: Steve and Louise Rhoda's Home on outer Elm St. in Milo
When: Saturday,

  September 25, 2004
Time: Anytime after
5:00 p.m.
Given by: Wives and children
No gifts please, just bring your memories
a lawn chair and whatever you might want
to drink. If it rains we'll be at the Town Hall.

Webcam is located at Trask Insurance, 3 Main Street , Milo


The premiere dance team of the Back Door Dance Studio of Eddington will present “The Zoot Suit Revue’ during two upcoming performances as benefit fundraisers for Pine Tree Hospice. The high-energy Swing-dancing extravaganza will start 7 p.m. September 18th at the Milo Town Hall auditorium.

Admission will be $7 for adults and $3 for students, tickets available at the door. Refreshments will be on sale offered by the 3 Rivers Kiwanis.


The congregation of St. John's Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction will be having a special blessing at the 8:45am worship service on September 19. The worshippers will be blessing a Remembrance Garden and altar kneelers. The altar kneelers are being offered in memory of Barbara Baker. Barbara was the wife of St. John's former vicar, Fr. Frank Baker. The Remembrance Garden has been established through donations "in memory of family and friends no longer with us". All are welcome to attend. There will be refreshments offered following the service.


Parents of students in Grade 9 who have not furnished proof of varicella (chickenpox) immunization, or
doctor's note verifying history of disease, are not in
compliance with Maine State Law. Several letters have
been sent home during the past year, but there are
still a number of parents who have not submitted the
required documents.

It is very important that you give this matter your
immediate attention because students who do not meet
Maine State Immunization Requirements must by law be
excluded from school. You will be notified by mail
when this will occur.

Please call me at 943-7346 ext. 208 if you have

Thank you,
Susan M. Chaffee
MSAD #41 School Nurse

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Please, Keep our Town Neat

In the late afternoon on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend I saw an unusual sight at the corner of Elm and Main Streets in Milo . A gentleman, whose name I don’t know, had a lawn sale at 4 Pearl Street on Saturday and Sunday and he had put signs on the poles on Main Street to advertise his sale. When it was over he actually took the trouble to go down to remove the signs. I’d like to congratulate him; we need more of these citizens in town. Telephone poles everywhere hold outdated notices of lawn sales. Most people put them up but never bother to take them down.

And while I’m on the subject: the signs and balloons that the PVHS athletic supporters put on the poles down Elm Street before out-of-town games are great – but if they can put them up why can’t they find the time to take them down when the game is over???  The paper signs and deflated balloons blow all over the neighborhood lawns and we have to wade out through the snow and pick them up.

There is a law against putting signs up on poles along the highway. If we can’t be bothered to remove them the state may start enforcing it but even if they don’t, it makes the town look terrible.

Think about it!    Margaret Deane

The P.E.T.S. Summer Raffle item is a beautiful full size quilt. Cookie Farrar of Brownville put together the quilt in "Threads from the Heartland" pattern and Vickie Brackett of Quilting Mania used "Continous Swirls" to complete the quilting. The curving swirls are a wonderful contrast to the straight-sided shapes on the quilt. The Cup and Easel, Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft is displaying the quilt for the month of September. Tickets are also available at The Cup and Easel, Cookie Farrar, as well as the P.E.T.S. volunteers- Sue 379-2809, Mary 564-8092, Salley Sue 876-2752 and Phyllis 564-8072. (Half the quilt is shown in this photo) All monies raised go directly to help individuals or families with the spaying or neutering of their companion animals. P.E.T.S. is an all volunteer, non-profit organization devoted to reducing the overpopulation of companion animals.


On September 19, at the 11:00 Service at St. Augustine 's in Dover-Foxcroft, there is going to be a special service to bless the animals of anyone who wishes to take part. One not need to be an Episcopalian to take part, The Rev. Nancy Moore,  who lives in Milo, who lives in Milo , is the vicar for the Milo/Brownville, Dexter and Dover churches... This will be a fun event for all.

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The Milo Recreation Department is now taking sign ups for Drivers Ed class. Applicant must be 15 years of age. Please contact the Recreation Department at 943-7326.

*Boy Scout Troop 15 of Milo and Scout Master, Glenn Ricker are accepting applications. Please contact the Milo Recreation Department at 943-7326 for more information.



The 4th and 5th grade students began our September 9 assembly singing and dancing to "Hey Daddy."
Mrs. Beres welcomed our students, parents and friends. She led us in "The Pledge" and Mrs. Harmony accompanied us on " America ."

Our Terrific Kids were Laura Gray, Trevor Lyford and Bridgette Spinney. Miss K. said that Laura is an excellent role model. She is very conscientious about completing her assignments, she's friendly and always has a big smile on her face. Mrs. Carter said that Trevor is a Terrific Kid every day (even with his blue hair). He is a leader and has been helpful to the new second graders in the classroom. His assignments are always completed about and beyond expectations. Ms. Ivy
thinks that Bridgette Spinney is an wonderful new kindergarten student. She does all of her jobs, is a great listener and is kind to the other friends in he class.Bus Awards were presented to Dakota Knowlton, Michelle Baker and Dawn

Artists of the Week were Bridgette Spinney and Edward Pierce. Mrs. Chapman loved their watercolors. We celebrated Michelle Baker's 8th birthday. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.


Teri Morrill's girls Middle School Soccer team had their first win of the season at Dexter last Wednesday, beating them 4-0. Erica Lyford  scored 2 in the first half.

In the second half Erica scored another goal on a penalty kick, and Kelsey Ottmann had her first career unassisted goal. Rachel Emery also found the net, but had it taken away because of a tripping call. Kayla Webb was just inches from scoring a goal

Sheleshia Clark was the starting goalie for the Lady Railroaders.

The team looked good at their season opener, and the girls who had started jogging a few weeks earlier looked especially good.


Brownville Elementary opened its doors last week and welcomed many new students. Mrs. Zamboni is pictured with her new Kindergartners while students in Mrs. Thompson's class of 6th graders are the old pros at the school.

This is the first year that 6th grades are in the elementary schools.

Then we have Riley Richard (kindergarten) who just seems to need a break before going back to work. We suspect it will be a great year for everyone!

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Brownville Elementary School held their second Terrific Kid Assembly on Thursday morning, September 9, 2004 . Students picked to receive the Terrific Kid Awards were: Riley Richard in Kindergarten, Keith Grant in First Grade, Devon Gerrish in Second Grade, Nicole Padilla in Third Grade, Jordan Nutting in Fourth Grade, Brittany Lalime in Fifth Grade and Shelby Weston in Sixth Grade. Pictured with the Terrific Kids is Shelby 's little brother Camron Bailey who was present at the assembly..... and a futureTerrific Kid!!

The Fifth and Sixth Graders at Brownville will be receiving an award that is a little different than the Terrific Kid awards that they have gotten in previous years. This year those students will receive a Student of the Week award. They also will receive numbered tickets for the "Caught Being Good" drawing. If their number is drawn they will receive a free video pass.

By Judith Macdougall

As many of you may know,           I was away this past month in Scotland . Pam and the substitutes efficiently carried the library work along. Nancy Scroggins, our veteran sub, worked the first week I was gone, and Victoria Eastman and Belinda Raymond each worked a day the second week I was away. I was back in time to work on Friday myself. It worked out well that our new substitutes could each work for one day soon after they were appointed in order for them to get experience quickly. They will be valuable helpers this coming winter, and Nancy will feel more comfortable going on trips she has wanted to take. She has been our reliable substitute this past summer when Pam and I have needed to take time off.

We at the library have been asked when the Kiwanis Kids Korner will be having its meetings. Val announced the other day that she will begin the programs on September 22nd. We are looking forward to seeing lots of young patrons again at the library on Wednesdays. I’m sure Val will be contacting the school so look for papers announcing the program and a sign up sheet that must be sent back to school so your child can attend the programs.

Here are some new books that have arrived.

Lewis, Beverly      THE SACRIFICE (This is long awaited #3 in the  Abram’s daughters series)

Maron, Margaret  HIGH COUNTRY FALL (Judge Deborah Knott)

I’m sorry this is a short column, but I didn’t have a lot to write of library news as I was away. I first thought I would write about my trip in this column but decided against it, as it really isn’t library news. I’ll write about it for another article ,article, and if Val has space perhaps she’ll include it in this paper where those folks interested can read it.

Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri.--- 2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612


Walter and I took a trip to Scotland on August 22. We took our 15-year-old grandson, Alex, with us to share the adventure and he seemed to enjoy the trip as well as we did. We went over to attend a MacDougall Gathering. They are arranged every 5 or 10 years or so. I had not attended the last one in 1998 so I was interested to go this time. There were about 150 of us from Scotland , England , the United States , Canada and even Australia . We came to Oban, Argyll , Scotland because it is the ancestral home of the MacDougalls. The Gathering events had not begun on Tuesday, but we had a treat in store for our small family in that the chief of the MacDougall clan, who was a friend of Walter’s had gotten tickets for the “Hogwart’s Express” for that day. Actually the name is the Jacobite Express, but it is the steam train that was used in the Harry Potter movies, and we rode across the Glenfinnan viaduct where Harry met the Dementors. Thankfully we only enjoyed breathtaking scenery from Fort William to Mallaig, a stunning two-hour journey. I had not met the chief before today so I really was pleased to meet her and her husband Richard. We had met her son, Robin, 9 years ago when he visited MacDougalls in America .

On Wednesday we marched up the avenue to the chief’s house, Dunollie House, led by a piper, and were met by Madame MacDougall of MacDougall, her husband and Robin. We had a professional picture taken of the group and then the chief gave a short welcome speech. She suggested visitors could view the castle (above the house dating from about 1000), visit the gardens, tour Dunollie House to see MacDougall memorabilia or visit the refreshment tent. As I was acting as the official photographer for the MacDougall international letter The Tartan, I felt I could request all kinds of pictures that I might not have felt I could request as a private citizen. Oh, the power of the press! We had a lovely time that afternoon, and I found out Alex enjoys talking to strangers. He takes after his grandfather, not his grandmother.

Other events were planned through the week. On Tuesday we attended the Oban Highland Games. Unfortunately this was our one really rainy day. These games were very unlike the highland games in the States as there were no clan tents. On a personal note I always

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have to check out the toilet facilities. They have porta-loos, which are quite different from our portable facilities. They have a foot flush mechanism for the toilet and also have a little sink with water supplied by a foot pump. How neat! I really liked it, but wondered how the water was connected.

Friday many of us went by ferry to Mull , across Mull by bus to Fiannport and then by ferry to Iona , a seat of early Christianity. While riding the bus we saw a sea eagle, slowly soaring over the shore alongside the bus. What a sight, but when the immature bird tipped on its side, we gasped as the 7 foot7-foot wingspread was unfolded for us all to see.

Saturday was a free day for us and 9 of us hiked across the small island of Kerrara (about 2 miles across) to Gylen Castle —a lovely little MacDougall castle on the point which is being stabilized by the Scottish National Trust. Not repaired, just stabilized. I walked on Kerrara 17 years ago with my family but found the hiking easier this time thanks to my morning walks in the cemetery. Kerrara is rough walking and there were several rainsqualls, but the 9 of us enjoyed the hike and the wonderful views.

Saturday evening we attended a musical program and Scottish Country dancing. Walter, Alex and I did not participate in the dancing but we certainly enjoyed watching those who knew how to do it well.

All too soon our Gathering was over and Sunday was the Farewell---a time to say goodbye to new friends and old ones. I had only met Morag, Madame MacDougall, this week, but she and her husband are lovely people and were so kind to us. The three of us had had a wonderful time sharing events with other MacDougalls , no matter how they spell their name.

Walter, Alex and I went to Edinborough on Monday for two days of touring to show Alex the Royal Mile, Holyrood and Edinborough Castle , and to enjoy it ourselves once again. Walter and I are getting older and we decided travel is harder, especially public transportation ,transportation, but we admitted that the actual touring is still lots of fun. Though we were supposed to be guiding Alex, his youthful eyes could read signs faster, and he often showed us where to go while we were still trying to find the signs. Maybe we’ll just have to have our grandchildren travel with us from now on.

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued Part XXV

Mrs. Doble’s successor, chosen the week after her death was Jane A. Jones, second of the very strong characters in the development of the Milo schools around the turn of the century.

Unlike Superintendent Mayo, whom I delineated earlier, Jane Jones was mild in her disposition and her love was teaching, not administration.  She served out the one year as superintendent and then went back to the desk.

The best characterization of Jane Jones would be that she drew respect wherever she lived or worked.  She was a teacher for forty years in Milo , East Eddington, Lakeview, Medford and lastly Lisbon Falls .  Her career as teacher was interrupted briefly by work in the electrical shop of a relative in Colorado and in the office of the American Thread Company in Milo .

Born in Bucksport in 1875, she graduated from Higgins Classical Institute and took courses at the University of Maine .               

The High School Breeze of 1906 carried her picture, that of a very beautiful young woman.  She taught during three different periods in Milo High School , the last time during the years around 1926.

Mrs. Agnes Sawyer still preserves with great respect a letter of recommendation written by Jane Jones in 1911 while Miss Jones was teaching Latin and history.  Roy Monroe told me he still remembers the excellence of her teaching when her subject was English, in 1926 and he was one of her students.

Miss Jones died in 1959 at the age of 83.

To retrace a bit:

After her one-year tenure of the superintendency in 1901, Miss Jones was succeeded by W.W. Hayden in 1902.  He, in turn, was succeeded again by a woman, Mrs. Susie Bumps, a former teacher in the districts school.  In those early years, before her marriage, she was listed among teachers as Susie McLeod, as early as 1884.

Her tenure as superintendent evidently lasted for three years, for her picture captioned superintendent of schools appeared in the Breeze of 1906, a very bright-eyed and intelligent woman in appearance.

Mrs. Bumps was the wife of Charles Bumps, an insurance man.  They lived on Elm Street , two houses on the Bangor side of Charles Street .

Following Mrs. Bumps as superintendent was a man the Breeze mentions only as Superintendent Heath.  I didn’t run across his name in the town records.

In 1906, voters at town meeting authorized the school committee to unite with Brownville in the employment of a joint superintendent and voted $250 as Milo ’s share in the new venture.  Superintendent Heath was evidently the first chosen under the joint system.               

Choosing a superintendent was, by the way, the sole function of the joint committee under the school union, as it came to be called.  Otherwise the schools in each town functioned under their own separate school committee.

Milo ’s share of the salary of the superintendent increased in 1908 to $375.  And one year later the joint board of Milo and Brownville announced the election of F. E. Russell as superintendent for one year at a salary of $1500.  He was reelected in 1910.

The records don’t so state, but it is to be presumed that somewhere in this period the state had begun to contribute its share toward the superintendent’s salary, as it was to do regularly in later years—as it still does.

The first indication that the school committee was becoming an entity, steady on it own feet, showed in a minor report in 1910 when Superintendent Russell announced as secretary of the board, that the Milo committee had appointed M.L. McNamara and George E. Gubtil as truant officers.  The crisp announcement indicated that Russell was accepted and trusted as the executive official of both boards.  He was still sworn in by the town officials, presumably of each town separately, but he belonged to the school committee and not to the selectmen.

School committeemen themselves became paid officials, of a sort, in 1912 when the town voted $25 as compensation for each member.

W.S. Adams became the next superintendent in 1913.  And three years later the voters extended the scope of the joint board authorizing the school committee “to join with Brownville or some other town or towns” in the employment of a joint superintendent.

The school union as extended finally included Lakeview and Barnard as well as Brownville.  The union was destined to continue until both it and the schools
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themselves were expanded by legislation authorizing the School Administrative District.

Incidentally, in 1921, Milo voters increased the town’s share of the superintendent’s salary to $500.               

Our last superintendent under the school union was Reginald H. Dority, who held probably the longest tenure in that office in school history.  Dority came to Milo in 1948 as superintendent and held that office until the School Administrative District was functioning.  As a matter of fact, Mr. & Mrs. Dority are still living in Milo .

A Historical Review
Ninety Percent of Maine Still Tree-Covered
Maine Life - April 1973
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

Morris R. King, president of the Paper Industry Information office, calls the forests of Maine "the greatest renewable resource this State, or any other State can enjoy." Nine-tenths of the state's land area (17,749,000 acres) is still covered by trees according to the U.S. Forest Service.

While forest industries (primarily pulp and paper companies) own millions of acres, there are, in all, over 77,300 people who own commercial forest lands. Papermaking is one of Maine 's oldest industries. The first paper, with rags as a source of fiber, was manufactured in the 1830's in Falmouth and at Westbrook. Wood was used in the process for the first time in 1868. This event took place in a Topsham sawmill and marked the beginning of the pulp and paper industry.

Today pulpwood is Maine 's most important timber product. oneOne of 408 million cubic feet of wood harvested in 1970, 274 million cubic feet or 67 per cent, was pulpwood. The pulpwood harvested totaled 3,221,000 cords. An additional volume totaling 248,000 cords was produced in the form of chipped sawmill slabs and edgings. Both forms of pulpwood totaled 3,469,000 cords in 1970 -- more than double that for 1958. Aroostook leads the geographic units in the harvest of pulpwood with 706 thousand cords, 22 percent of the total.

The harvest comes from land managed by foresters of the Industry who plan and supervise the logging operations. The emphasis is as much on a perpetual cycle of regeneration as it is on the crop heeded for today's manufacturing processes. Industrial foresters also assist other land-owners with management planning.

Maine has 1,000 tree farms. The millions of acres of land in this system, sponsored by the American Forest Institute, includes lands owned by paper companies. Tree farms are privately owned lands dedicated to growing and harvesting repeated crops of trees, as well as to recreation, watershed protection and scenic beauty.

The American Forest Institute says New England companies and land managers plan there harvesting operations to yield a better combination of food and shelter for wildlife. The result is that the purchase of paper or other wood products subsidizes a free lunch for a white-tailed

deer and other animals somewhere in the commercial forest.

Working with state agencies, the paper industry and other owners of forest lands have been making millions of acres of land available for public use -- the primitive recreational opportunities associated with the forest such as fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, canoeing and others. Thousands every year take advantage of the opportunities made possible under the multiple use management policy. And while in other states, there is mounting concern over vanishing open space the situation in Maine is vastly different. A recent U.S. Forest Service report shows more forest land in Maine today than in 1959. All pulp and paper companies involved in land management and logging operations own as much or more land than they did a decade ago.

The forest of Maine , rich in wood fiber, can be a basis for economic expansion not only for the paper industry but for the allied woods product firms.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

I was going to write about how we were rethinking our plan to winter in Florida in our retirement when my phone rang. A shrill sound that broke my focus. My husband always passes the phone to me before answering because he knows that with few exceptions the phone is for me if it rings in the evening. It was my friend Stephen Hamlin calling. He said he had distressing news. Our childhood friend Tommy Poole has passed away over in Japan . I'm stunned!

Many of you read the eulogy that Tom wrote for Roy Monroe's memorial service a couple of weeks ago. It was beautiful and full of insight. How can this be? That this very much alive man....who I still think of as young....could be gone. I can't believe that he was here this summer and I didn't see him. We always made a chance to get together for a visit....every summer. But, not this summer. How sad is that?

I was going to mention in this column that we had lost another of our neighborhood Moms with the passing of Pauline Grindle. It doesn't seem possible that now one of us kids has also passed away. Our generation must now examine our own vulnerability and accept the inevitable...our own mortality.

Did Tom know that I think of him often? Did he know that I admired his intellect, his determination to do good, and his dedication to his family and his ideals? Well, he knows now. He's gone to be with his Lord and Savior, as he was sure he would. He had no doubts that he'd go to heaven, and I have no doubts that he is there. We can honestly say, "There he goes." Sheldon and Pearl , my mother, Roy , and Pauline are all saying, "Here he comes!" We're sad for his wife and his sons....and for ourselves for our loss, but we know that Tom is there.

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Tommy and I have spent many hours talking about our childhood and the way we were brought up in the 50's and 60's on a beautiful little street in a wonderful little town. He and I were kindred spirits...loving to write about "home." We e-mailed each other fairly regularly and he has even called me on the phone from Japan . Like I said before, we tried to get together when he would be in Milo ....front porch visits as well as dinners here, or at Joan's camp, or out to our camp. Tom always wanted to be informed about Milo news....the good stuff and the bad. Tommy loved to hear news about our old neighborhood.

We lost Wayne Sangillo to the Vietnam war. He was a neighborhood kid who died. When Wayne died we were all a little shell-shocked here in Milo . Every community around had lost their share of kids to that war. We didn't think so much of Wayne being a neighborhood kid as we thought of him as a son of Milo . Wayne wasn't just our loss on Clinton Street ....he belonged to the whole town. The same might be said of Tom. He was truly a son of Milo . Those of us Clinton Street friends, who are now middle aged, will take this loss hard. This will hit pretty close to home for those of us who were brought up together...and knew Tommy from childhood.

Yes, Stephen was right. His news was distressing. It will haunt me through this night for sure.....and in the retelling of it in the days to come. My love and prayers go out to Barbara and the boys, Sharon and Dick. If any of you can think of a fitting tribute to Tom, please let me know. Together we could make that happen.

I don't feel like cooking anything tonight.




FORT KENT - Bertrand J. Marin, 82, beloved husband of Florence (Guim-ond) Marin, died Sept. 4, 2004 , at the V.A. Home in Caribou. He was born in Wallagrass, April 3, 1922 , the son of Thomas and Phoebe (Ouellette) Marin. He was a World War II Veteran and served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Florence Marin of Fort Kent; two daughters, Delores Marin of Merdian, Conn., Pamela

Pelletier and her husband, Herman of Fort Kent; one son, Bernard Marin and his wife, Kathy of Bristol, Conn.; his brothers and sisters, Adrienne Martin of Saco, Leo and Rella Marin of Bristol, Conn., Leonard and Cecile Marin of Clinton, Albertine Deprey of Fort Kent, Leone Deprey of Fort Kent, Ann and Emile Belanger of Kissimmee, Fla., Alphena Curtis of Bristol, Conn., Freda and Everett Cook of Milo; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Albert, Paul , Leon , and Arthur Marin; three sisters, Theresa Coulombe, Leona Michaud and Jeannette Saucier. Those who wish may donate in his memory to the Caribou Veterans Home Hospice Program, 39 Van Buren, Rd. Caribou , ME 04736 .


A son, Gabriel Michael Severance, born to Ashley Severance of Milo on September 02, 2004 .  Wt.  8 pounds 8 ounces.


                  Grandma's Apron

The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the Dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

 From the chicken-coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And, when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow when bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled it carried out the hulls. In the fall the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.                   

 When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. 

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

13-Nice sunny day-30 at 7 am .
14-15-16-17-18-Fog then nice sunny days.
19-Nice cool day-62 at 7:30 am .

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The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to enjoy fellowship, share ideas, conduct Club business, and host many interesting speakers.  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 with us.


President Joe Zamboni greeted twenty-one members and guests John Willinski, Ryan O’Connor, and Lt. Gov. Clair Wood.

Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed Treworgy prayed for our servicemen and women, asked guidance for the peacekeepers, and help for helping others.

The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared.

Lt. Gov. Clair Wood presented the club with a Camp Sunshine patch.  One of his farewell duties is to introduce the new Lt. Gov. to area clubs but said that Eben DeWitt didn’t need an introduction today.

Birthday wishes go out to Eric Gahagan on the 10th and Roy Bither on the 12th.  Anniversary congratulations went to Murrel and Laurel Harris on the 9th.  Did you remember Murrel?

Twelve happy dollars were donated for Dad and Ryan, the Red Sox, another year, Make-a-Wish walk, the industrial park purchase passed, closing a contract, and Val’s PAWS presentation at the Dover Kiwanis club.

Trish Hayes said the Key Club would begin regular Thursday meetings on September 23.  There will be officer training this Saturday.

A Terrific Kids committee has been formed to determine financial backing by Kiwanis.

The Kiwanis Kid’s Korner library program starts again on September 22 with a bit more emphasis on readin’ and writin’.

The Three Rivers News printer has drastically cut printing time and the quality has immensely improved.

Eben, Ed, Ethelyn, Nancy, and Val formed an interclub at the Dover-Foxcroft meeting on Tuesday.   The New England District Governor's Official Visit to Divisions 2-3-4 will be on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.  The Dover officer installation is on October 1.

Joe told us that the support posts for the gazebo are ready to be put up.

The Zoot Suit Revue refreshment committee includes Dot, Frank, and Nancy .

Our officer installation is only two weeks away.  If you haven’t already done so, please return your participation list to Nancy .  These are needed for the annual report.  Thank you!  Joe also reminded everyone to RSVP if they plan on attending the installation.  Val needs to know entrée choices so she can plan the buffet.

The members voted to hold the regular meeting on September 22.

To accommodate today’s speaker the business meeting was postponed until next week.

It was my pleasure and honor to introduce my son this morning.  Ryan O’Connor is a Gunnery Sgt. in the US Marines and recently returned from a four-month tour in Iraq .  His duties are in the field of logistics.  He had to travel to the US military bases in country to ensure that each was well supplied and equipped.

120°, dry, 30-pound flak jacket with steel plates, traveling with at least seven or eight vehicles in a convoy just to get across the river, seeing children his daughter’s age, flying in total darkness, not knowing who the enemy might be, dealing with mortar and rocket fire on a regular basis, trying to help people, destruction, constant nerve-racking state…..


Ryan, his wife Casey, and daughter Brooke will be heading for Virginia next week.  His new duty station is in Quantico , VA.



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