Three Rivers News, 2004-09-20

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By  Peg Luciani

What started out as writing letters of support to both my nephew in Iraq and simultaneously his wife in Tennessee soon developed into what is gripping many other communities around these United States - what can I do to help? How can I become involved in supporting our brave soldiers as they carry out the duty they have been called upon to perform? With that thought in mind, I enlisted the help of Sue Stanchfield (Brownville) and Grace Decker ( Milo ) to explore the possibilities. We decided to check out the web site SOAR (Support Our American Recruits). After talking with Judy Jones from Pennsylvania, founder of SOAR, it was clear her passion was not only in supporting our troops and their families in a variety of ways but also to see many more chapters established throughout the United States to achieve these goals. ’One person cannot do everything but everyone should do something.’ Judy‘s enthusiasm was contagious. Needless to say, we signed up!

Our small town of Milo is home to the first Maine chapter of SOAR. We are excited about being part of this important mission and the prospects of branching out and growing throughout our state. SOAR/Maine is very much under construction, trying to get details in place and move ahead with some projects in the planning stages. SOAR/Maine needs YOUR help to succeed. SOAR/Maine needs members, volunteers, and funds to achieve our goals.

Currently, we have set 2 projects planned - ‘Make A Soldier’s Christmas’ and ‘OPERATION: Bandana‘. For ‘Make A Soldier‘s Christmas‘, we are requesting you send holiday greetings through SOAR. Fill out a store-bought or homemade Christmas card (no envelope please) and drop it in one of the drop-off boxes that will soon be located throughout the community. SOAR/Maine will collect the cards and mail them to our service men and women in time for the holidays. It’s that easy! Locations will be posted on our web site so please stay tuned as we update.

‘OPERATION: Bandana’: Jill Boyce from Georgia first reached out to the troops by individually handwriting Psalm 91 on camouflage bandanas. We are fortunate our location here in Milo affords us the honor of greeting our troops at the Bangor International Airport as they arrive from overseas back home into the United States . To participate in that experience is not only a blessing to one’s heart but also becomes personal - they are our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters. With hand extended in friendship, we are there at 2:30 in the morning for them, to say ’welcome home’, ‘we are proud of you’, and ’Thank YOU’. It is the goal of SOAR/Maine to present each service man and woman with one of these bandanas as they pass through Bangor . When you check out the web site - - you will see there are a wide variety of car magnets in addition to the bandanas for sale that will be mailed directly to you. The proceeds from those sales will in turn benefit SOAR/Maine to reach our goals.

Please call Peg Luciani at 943-5817, Sue Stanchfield at 965-8182 or Grace Decker at 943-2483 if you would like to join us as we Support Our Troops through SOAR/Maine.

On Sept. 10, The Cook School in LaGrange Terrific Kids were Laura Gray, Trevor Lyford and Bridgette Spinney. Bus Awards were presented to Dakota Knowlton, Michelle Baker and Dawn Moulton. Artists of the Week were Bridgette Spinney and Edward Pierce. Mrs. Chapman loved their watercolors.

(This picture was left out of last week’s edition)

The Gazebo construction is progressing despite the weather. You do not have to be a Kiwanian to help…so give Joe Zamboni a call and find out the time of the next work detail. If any of you handymen or contractors have a free few hours we could sure use the help.  Call Joey at 932-2271.


From Brownville Junction to Charleston to Dover-Foxcroft many are indebted to Brownville Rec. Director Dean Bellatty and the Rec. Commission for all that they have contributed to this area this past summer. Without these enthusiastic volunteers and the Bishops and the Gerrishes donating so much, where would the Town of Brownville be?

I've seen rec. directors and rec. commissions come and go for 33 years. And I can assure you that this is the best unit ever assembled.

Bill Sawtell

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The Field of Dreams “Open”

The tournament took place under beautiful blue sky and perfect conditions at the Milo Field of Dreams on September 12, 2004 . The matches were conducted as the US Open Tennis Tournament was winding down in New York . After 5 hours of spirited completion the Winners were -- Jan Waterman & Ernie Madden; Second place was Chris Hamlin & Russell Carey; and Third was secured by Liza Coueau & Torrey Ellis.

Family, friends and sports lovers cheered the teams throughout the afternoon.

From left to right, Front Row: Robin Demers, Jan Waterman, Liza Comeau, Mary Lou Lee & Chris Hamlin.  Back Row: Ben Kittredge, Ernie Madden, Torrey Ellis, Bob Lee & Russell Carey

Brownville Trivia

Choose the best answer.

1. (a) Milton Smith (b) Eddie Ellis (c) Warren Stanhope (d) Cal Herrick was John Lewis's "Right hand man."

2. Lori Larson was (a) Miss Maine (b) Miss Potato Blossom (c) Miss Brownville (d) Dairy Queen.

3. (a) Nancy Cook (b) Sophie Wilson (c) Pauline Thomas (d) Greta Connors was first woman selectman.

4. Lefty Strout's name was (a) Arthur (b) Don (c) Bill (d) Harold.

5. The first to land at Webber Jones Airport was (a) Webber Jones (b) Paul West (c) Walter Farrar (d) Dennis Larson.

6. (a) Paul Foulkes (b) Paul Ryder (c) Paul Arbo (d) Paul Cota owned the Prairie Pavilion.

7. Mike Knox was a (a) pitcher (b) catcher (c) first baseman (d) left fielder.

8. Carlene Perry was (a) state mud wrestling champion (b) state bowling champion (c) state spelling champion (d) state reading champion.

9. Francis Brown was Moses Brown's (a) cousin (b) brother (c) nephew (d) father.

10. The Railroaders were crowned state champions in (a) 1959 (b) 1963 (c) 1965 (d) 1967.

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

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Mrs. Beres greeted our students, staff, parents and friends to our September 19, 2004 assembly. We sang, " America the Beautiful" after we recited the "The Pledge."  Mrs. Beres shared a letter written by the SAD 41 Special Olympians
thanking the PTO and the Cook School for their support.

The students very enthusiastically welcomed Val Robertson back as our Kiwanian friend. Rebecca Pierce, Haley Morel and Zach Blakeman were honored as Terrific Kids.

 Mrs. Carter said that Rebecca is a joy to teach. She works hard, gets all of her jobs done and is very kind to others. Ms. Ivy is very proud of what a great a job Haley is doing as a kindergartner. Haley is an awesome listener, follows all the rules and is a super kind friend. Ms. K. announced that this was Zach's last day. He will be moving to Florida . He has been and member of our school family for many years and he will truly be missed. Good luck Zach.

Mrs. Chapman's Artists of the Week were Samantha Noke and Josh Gray. She loved their crayon resist work.
Bus students were Andrew Vaillancourt, Rachael Baker and Taylor Severance. Everyone laughed and applauded when Andrew jumped up and said, "I can't wait to tell my Mom."
Congratulations to all of our Terrific kids.


Once again 5th and 6th graders in SAD 41 have the opportunity to join band. Here, Mr. Eastman introduces the flute and clarinet to Caitlyn Durant and Dylan Lougee.

For more information on the upcoming band meeting for parents and students contact Mr. Eastman.

Shakespeare's Midsummer Dream

Children’s Stage Adventures, Inc.

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce that Children’s Stage Adventures will be conducting a theatre residency at Brownville Elementary School .  They will be producing an original musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Dream, which will involve approximately 50 local children.  The performance will take place On Friday evening the 15th of October at 7:00 p.m.   A brief synopsis of the play follows.

Shakespeare’s Midsummer Dream is a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written to be performed by 50 children. When four friends run away from their problems at home they end up in an even bigger mess in an enchanted forest, inhabited by fairies, sprites and magic flowers. The madness gets even more mixed up when local workmen, practicing a play for the Dukes wedding, stumble into the forest. Mistaken identity and mischievous practical jokes add to the laughs. The end of the play resolves all when the 4 friends return home for the royal wedding of Duke Theseus and Hippolyta, an amazon queen.

Student roles include: Duke Theseus, Queen Hippolyta, the Duke’s Court, Puck, Oberon – the King of Fairies and Sprites, Fairies, Sprites, the four friends, the Rustics, Eqeus, Farmers, and a group of Magic Flowers played by the youngest actors.Students will also be cast in the very important roles of assistant directors, which includes being rehearsal assistants during the week and important technical assignments on show day.

The tour actor/educators from Children’s Stage Adventures will be conducting auditions for the play on October 11th, beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m. .  (There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play.)  Children planning to audition should arrive by the scheduled starting time and plan to stay for the entire two-hour session.  No advanced preparation is necessary to take part in the auditions.  Please note this is the week of school vacation.

Rehearsals will be conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00  p.m. every day of the week prior to performances.  Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week, and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals for their role.  A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the auditions.

The first rehearsal will begin about 30 minutes after the auditions.  Approximately 15 children will need to stay for this important first rehearsal. ( A snack will be provided for the children asked to stay for the first rehearsal.) Cast members scheduled to rehearse for the full four hours in one day will be asked to bring a sack meal or snack.

This is Children’s Stage Adventures' sixth tour year. CSA is a non-profit organization supported in part by charitable donations.  This coming year hundreds of cast members will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, communities, neighbors and teachers.

The residency in Brownville is made possible by M.S.A.D. #41

Please call the Brownville Elementary School at 965-8184 if you are interested in signing your child up for this opportunity.

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The Middle School Boys Soccer Team coached by Derek Hersey.....won their second game last Monday afternoon up to Greenville with a score of 3-0. Ryan Bailey had 2 goals for the Railroaders and a 6th grade player, Taylor Delano scored his first goal of the season. The Railroaders have a record of 2 and 0. Great team work’re looking better every game. I must add that the back defensive line......consisting of Shane Woodard, Brad Brown (who does and excellent job....and only his 1st year ever playing) and Matt Carillo do just an unbelievable job of protecting the goalie. The Goalie for Penquis was Joe Leland.

The Middle School Boys Soccer Team

Pictured below are (5) 8th grade boys after their win at Greenville , enjoying some hot chocolate. They had a busy schedule with 4 games this past week. The boys’ record as of this Friday, September 17,  was 4-1 for the season.

Left to right are Asa Sproul (who had the best head-butt of the team), Joe Leland (Goalie) Brad Brown (Fullback), Ryan Bailey (Striker/Front LIne) and Leigh Dolley (Front Line)

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued Part XXVI


Mention of the truant officers a few paragraphs above recalls that the first one noted in the records was George Jones, appointed in 1897.  The next mention of such officials was in 1902 when the selectmen appointed three

truant officers:  J.L. Martin, Clarence Stanchfield and I.F. Hobbs

It might be noted parenthetically that the truant officer, in those old and more credulous days carried a fearsome aspect for those who were wont to “creep like snails to school” – or, worse still, not creep to school at all.  I remember in my earliest days as a scholar, although my parents never frightened me with him, my mental imagery pictured the truant officer as different from all other persons.  His skin was dark and his countenance always unsmiling—a sort of Heathcliff.  His mouth was open to something of the extent of a power shovel of today and his eyes turned continually this way and that, looking for little boys and, I supposed, for little girls who weren’t prompt and regular in their school attendance.  What he did with such was a mystery I never worked out in detail but undoubtedly it boded no good for their future pleasure!

Now permit me to return for a moment to the low wage scale of the teaching profession of a couple of generations ago.

Actually, teachers as producers of something that could not be consumed and thus in a manner of speaking, economic parasites, continued to work under a low wage scale for a long time.  Payment for teachers hadn’t changed much when our five living district schoolteachers were active.

In 1910, Agnes Sawyer, teaching in the Stanchfield Ridge School , was paid $8 a week, out of which she paid her own board.  That was $2.50 a week.  Nor was the pay scale to change materially, in Milo or elsewhere (for Milo was by no means unique), until teachers were able to band together and demand more.  And by that time the mercenary spirit had begun to creep into the teaching profession as it had in other lines of work and dedication began to lag tiredly behind.

As an example of the wage scale in the teaching profession, in the second decade of the twentieth century: my sister, Anne Treworgy, who taught mathematics in the Milo High School for nearly thirty years began her teaching career in Springfield directly after she graduated from Colby in 1917.  Her starting salary was something like $600.  I myself taught one year in Milo , 1921-22, between years in college, on a temporary certificate.  Payment had increased quite a bit by then.  My salary was $1200.


In the long, long past when Maine was newly a state and Milo ’s economy was probably less secure than it is now, we don’t know what sum of money the town spent for education.  We have no information of how they were funded.

Our first record is from 1823 when the town raised $100 for that purpose.  For some years this figure was constant, or nearly so.  At the end of the Civil War, in 1865, the item for schools had increased to $800.  This, according to the article in the warrant, was “over and above what is required by law to be divided among the different districts.”  What was required by law, we have no information.

In the year 1883, orders drawn on the town treasury for common (elementary_ schools amounted to $1535.31.  The state, by that time, was certainly paying a share of the cost of schooling.  It was not, however, until 1869 that the records put the state subsidy into figures.  That year the town raised $750.  From the “School fund and mill tax from state” there was $579.53.  And from “interest on school fund from town”—whatever that meant-- $79.21.

In 1890, according to the record, the town paid the W.W. Walton Company “for pail and dipper, thirty cents.”

I have written about this item in school equipment, earlier in this story.  Water pail and common dipper were indispensable items of equipment in every single district school, and every scholar’s lips touched the dipper’s rim, with no washing in between, day in and day out, so long as he or

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she went to school there.  The bacteria of potential epidemics may well have taken a good look at what was on the dipper’s rim and floated away in disapproval, for sickness, in those days, seemed to have been no more prevalent than now.  Anyway, the water pail and dipper were as inseparable as pepper and salt, or man and wife—more so than the latter, for no dipper ever divorced its pail, nor any pail its dipper.

Along about this time (1890), the building of fires began to be an item of expense.  Someone had to go early, in the winter, and start a fire in the ramdown stove in order to bring the temperature to a supportable lever by the time school started.  Figures on the cost of building fires vary from $1.50 to $2.75, probably for the term, and this, most likely, included also filling the water pail at the spring, or brook, or whatever source was within reach.  I noted one figure as high as $5.00, which may have indicated either an ill-tempered stove or a long distance to walk or an employee who was trying to get rich overnight.

An expenditure for textbooks appears in the records in 1892.  These were the items:  “27 United States Histories,  $14.50; 37 readers, $9.19: 15 English compositions, $2.16;  39 geographies, $19.14.  74 algebras,  $12.15, 10 ½ dozen spelling blanks, $4.16; 9 natural philosophics, $5.89;  22 physical geographies, $18.92; and 10 geometries, $7.19.”

In the high school, in those years, one-half the board of teachers was paid by the state (from the record of 1895).  The town was still paying board for teachers in the common schools.

By Judith Macdougall

Last Thursday Pam and I went to Guilford on a lovely late summer day to the Guilford Memorial Library to attend the September meeting of the Tri-Counties Librarians. Linda Packard met us at the door of her newly enlarged building and invited us in to her lovely new library. Before we went downstairs to the meeting we took a quick look around. The building is now double in size. The area of the old library that was once the children’s area and a reading room is now a large juvenile section. The new library addition contains all the book stacks, a spacious office, a large circulation desk and several cozy nooks equipped with comfortable chairs. There was also one very striking piece of furniture. I have seen coffee table books, but this was a coffee table made to look like books piled one on top of each other. A replica of two leather bound books with legs made a coffee table. It was such a neat piece of furniture for a library. There were 12 of us at the meeting. There were school and public librarians from Corinna, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Greenville , Guilford , Milo , Newport , Sangerville and consultant, Benita Davis from Bangor . We had an interesting meeting catching up on the events and activities that took place over the summer in the various communities with library involvement. During Benita’s segment she brought up the need for trustee and volunteer training. It was an interesting and informative meeting. After the meeting the group went to Drake’s Restaurant where we continued our discussion over a pleasant lunch until we separated for home.

On that same Thursday evening I was again busy with library involvement. Around 5:30 Greg Russell called Walter to see if he was free to help Greg put the supports into the newest juvenile bookshelves. The weight of the books has been bowing some of the shelves in the children’s area. Greg and Walter noticed it when they lowered the shelves on the back wall last winter, and they have been

trying to find the time to attend to these shelves. Greg had already measured the shelves, cut the supports to fit and had stained them to match the original wooden bookshelves. Books had only to be removed from the center of each shelf, which they wished to support, which was not too disorganizing. Greg used his car jack to raise the bowed shelves to level them, and then inserted the wooden support he had made. The two men did this for all 16 shelves that had bowed. A neat solution to the problem. When very active little children have been in the juvenile area, Pam and I have been nervous that they would climb on the shelves and fall. The supports will certainly make the shelves sturdier.

Melissa Hill was in the other day and spoke to me about having a Preschool Story/Craft Hour at the library. She knew about the Kiwanis Kids Korner for school age children and wanted to do something for preschoolers. She would like to have the program on Mondays from 3:00-4:00p.m. Stories, songs, finger plays and a simple craft will be included in the programs. All are welcome. The first session will be on Oct. 4. If you have any questions about the program please call Melissa Hill at 943-2791.

Also remember the Kiwanis Kids Korner will have their first session on Sept. 22. Make sure your child’s sign-up sheet has been returned to school if he/she is anxious to be part of the program this fall. All students in grades K-3 are welcome.

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

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.

Milo Full Gospel Mission
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
"Grange Hall", High Street, Milo
Sister Ida Kerr
We welcome your family to our family.
Christian fun, music, and fellowship for all.

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CHCS to hold blood pressure clinic in Milo

MILO — Community Health and Counseling Services will host a free blood pressure clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at the Milo Town Hall dining room. Blood pressure readings will be taken, and general educational information related to hypertension will be provided. The clinic is open to residents of Milo and surrounding communities.
The monthly clinic is part of CHCS's new remote telehealth program, a system of health care that seeks to expand a variety of services to rural areas of northern and central Maine .

For more information on the clinic, call Community Health and Counseling Services at 1-800-924-0366.Ext.260.



ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. Miss Ashley Carson, 12, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. Miss Ashley was born Aug. 5, 1992, the daughter of Marney Carson of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and Erick L. Carson of Plymouth. She was a student at the William R. Davie Middle School in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. She was a very loving daughter and sister. Ashley loved horses, Barbies and Brittany Spears music. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her stepfather, Tracy Edgin; and her three brothers, Patrick Hastings, Daniel Carson, Cody Edgin; her maternal grandparents, Chris and Rosemary Hews Sr. of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; her maternal great-grandparents, Joyce Hews of Dover-Foxcroft and Melvin and Betty Ames Sr. of Atkinson; her maternal great-great-grandmother, Sadie Ames of Sebec Village; her aunts and uncles, Chris Hews Jr. and family, Andrew Hews, all of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Adam and Sarah Hews of San Diego, Calif.;. her paternal grandmother, Vicki Savage of Plymouth ; her uncle Corey Carson and family of Plymouth ; many cousins, friends and lots of loved ones. Miss Ashley was predeceased by her great-grandfather, Paul E. Hews (Babo); and her grandfather, Arnold L. Carson. Miss Ashley was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by everyone.


MILO - Carla Burgess Smith, passed from this earth Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 , after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by the love of family and friends. Carla was born Jan. 14, 1955 , in Caribou, to B. Valre Covington Burgess and the late Charles S. Burgess. Carla was predeceased by her father in 1994; and a special sister, Tomie McLean in 2003. She is survived by her loving and dedicated mother, B. Valre Burgess of Brownville; her two brothers, William Burgess and his companion, Brenda Barker, of Fort Fairfield, and James Burgess of Millinocket. Carla gave life to three daughters, Andrea Gregg and her husband, Matthew, of Presque Isle, Jeremie Smith and her companion, Brian Connell, of Milo, and Hannah Gould of Presque Isle. They gave Carla four special grandchildren, Mason, Arianna, Brian, and Clay. She also had three stepchildren, Jeff Smith, his wife, Lisa, and their son, Alex, of Milo ; Scott Smith and his daughter, Jasmine, of California ; Tony Smith, his wife, Tammy, and their children, Matthew and Mark of Brewer. Her niece, Billie Sullivan, her husband, Bill, and their daughters, Jenna and Cheyenne , also survive her; as well as her nephew, Don McLean; and brother-in-law, Donald McClean, and several special aunts, uncles, and cousins. Carla's memory will always be with her rock and

companion, Jesse Johnson; and his mother, Glenna and family. She was blessed with many friends but especially blessed with her loving and supportive friends, Sue Coburn, Joyce Ann Washburn, and Patti Estes. Carla left these thoughts: Many thanks to Dr. Segal for all his care and putting the wiggle back in my walk. I love my girls, the babies, my family, and I am very proud of them all. At my request there will be no services, please keep our memories with you and always close. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care of Maine at Eastern Maine Medical Center .

Friend’s Note:  To us who were lucky enough to have known and loved Carla, her passing takes a piece of our life with her .  Carla loved Milo , her family and friends and life.  She always was as upbeat as her condition allowed and never felt sorry for herself.  The following picture shows her at our 30th class reunion, held last summer.  Despite her compromised condition Carla laughed and reminisced with a spirit that was unstoppable and inspirational.  I love Carla and will miss her. 


MILO - Rev. Sterling "Cudgie" M. Kennedy, 71, husband of Eva E. (Pratt) Kennedy passed away unexpectedly Sept. 15, 2004 , surrounded by his family at a Bangor hospital. He was born May 3, 1933 , in Old Town , the youngest of 13 children to Ernest D. and Ethel (Ballard) Kennedy. Sterling served in the Korean War, upon his discharge he became a woodcutter. Then for the next 35 years Sterling 's calling was as a minister at the Milo Pentecostal Church , where he served his lord faithfully. He was also an accomplished brick mason. In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by four daughters, Rhoda and husband, Thomas Dudevoir, of Kennebunk, Victoria and husband, Paul Lepage, of Hudson, Lathelia and husband, Craig Babin, of Milford, Brenda and husband, Steve Martell, of Old Town; six grandchildren, Adam Martell, Erika Kennedy, Sean Babin, Krissy Inman, Jennifer and Justin Lepage; four sisters, Liona Speed, Dorothy McLaughlin, Eunice Coughlin, Ethel Stormann; two brothers, Thomas and John Kennedy. Those who wish may make donations to the Milo Pentecostal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 670 , Milo , ME 04463 . Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. "like a bird set free".



Grey skies and scudding winds,
Floating leaves and bare-topped trees,
Green grass and dead ferns,
Empty camps and quiet roads,
Bagged-up leaves and plastic banking,

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Orange caps and hopeful hunters,
Wood piles covered and waiting,
Boats and canoes upside down,
Chicadees flitting to and fro,
Fat grey squirrels and saucy blue jays,
Frosty mornings and spitting snow,
The cry of geese quickly fading,
Fall is here and winter’s coming,
And this I know:  it’s very near.


If your arteries have hardened and arthritis slows your gait,
If your tired blood is stubborn, not inclined to circulate,                              
If your aerobic days are over and you cannot do the “twist,”
If your time is spent in brooding o’er the many things you’ve missed,
If you’re constantly complaining on your rocker or your couch,
If you’re ornery and cranky and becoming quite a grouch,
Well, if this is your condition and you get no sympathy,
Then it’s time you started trying a new kind of therapy.
Though you have your share of trouble, think of others with more pain,           
Like that fellow in his wheelchair who will never walk again.
Take time to write a letter and while pen is in your palm,
Thank the good Lord up above you for the use of that right arm.
Try relaxing in the sunshine, note each flower, bird, and tree,
Then appreciate your eyesight---there are many who can’t see.
When you tune in television and each sound is loud and clear,
Just think of those who’d give a lot if only they could hear.
Yes, I’ve practiced what I’m preaching and I’ve learned there’s joy to reap
If you stop and count your blessings and just “think before you  weep.” 

A Historical Review - (TRC Fringe Benefit)
The Charleston Fisherman
Maine Life, Owen Leighton, April 1973
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2004)

"This is the story of an early Maine farmer with a dream," the author remarked. "Because of his determination I shall relate his story."

It is dawn on the morning of July 1, 1837 , in Charleston . This is not a quiet day that usually comes into these wooded hills. There is the noise and confusion of fifty yoke of oxen and their drivers being cheered on by their neighbors who had gathered for miles around to see this very odd event.

The burden of these oxen was a boat, a very strange boat indeed, considering this was farm country twenty-five miles from the Penobscot River , the nearest navigable waters. The boat was sixty feet long with a weight of thirty tons. It was mounted on a huge wooden vehicle with wheels of rock maple butts that had been bound with iron rims by a local blacksmith.

This boat was the dream of one Thomas Bunker, a veteran of the War of 1812 who had moved from Scarboro to Charleston , and cleared his own homestead and had built his house. From his own farm he had cut the necessary kinds of wood needed.

With the encouragement of his wife and ten children, he had laid the keel the previous year. And now with the months of spare time work behind them, their labor was completed.

The oxen were hitched to their unusual load and the word to start moving was given by Col. Dunning, the town moderator, who everyone agreed had the loudest voice in the village. They moved along at a pace that would take them three long days to complete.

Now, bear in mind that the road to Bangor was of no better quality in 1837 than any road through a back pasture is today. The road was dirt, narrow, and very crooked, not to mention the hills that don't exist today.

The teams were rotated often and everyone had their turn. As it rolled along it squashed what few culverts there were, it

widened the corners and sagged the small bridges even though they had been shored up. In the forenoon of the third day they reached the Kenduskeag Stream which must be crossed. This was their most formidable problem.

After much discussion, they braced the bridge, cutting long logs and fitting them under the bridge on end onto the rocks of the streambed below. After some muttering and head shaking they prodded the oxen to their greatest possible speed onto the bridge. The old wooden structure shuddered and shook but somehow held the great load. Before dusk they had reached the Penobscot. The dream of a 59-year-old determined Maine farmer had been completed, he had his own fishing boat.


Rev. Nancy L. Moore, vicar of St. John's Episcopal Church, Brownville Junction, and St. Augustine 's Episcopal Church, Dover-Foxcroft, is seen here at her new home on Charles Street in Milo with neighbor Buddy Daggett. A close look at the photo also reveals her new cat, Magda, in the window. Unfortunately, Ambrose - the older of Nancy 's two cats - is more than a little camera shy.


David and Edwina Strout have announced the birth of their daughter, Aileen Blair Strout, born at EMMC on 8/16/04 . Weight 8 pounds 7 ounces.  Maternal grandparents are Robert & Sheena Lundin of Atkinson.  Paternal grandparents are Clarence & Edith Strout of Milo .  Aileen was welcomed home by her wonderful big brother Devon .

Efficiency Maine creates unified business program

'Efficiency Maine ' has announced the alliance of the Small Business, Commercial & Industrial, and Existing Schools Programs into one unified Efficiency Maine Business Program.
Effective Sept. 1, the unified Business Program will consolidate program offerings and help eliminate questions regarding which
offering best meets individual customer needs.

Cash incentives for new construction or retrofit applications on qualified energy-efficient electric products under the new Efficiency Maine Business Program will pay up to $50,000 per business, per calendar year.

This represents an increase in the amount available for individual small businesses — those with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees — without reducing the amount for larger businesses. All program guidelines are available on the Internet at or by calling toll free, 1-866-376-2463.

The pool of qualified businesses and organizations which can apply for cash incentives under the Efficiency Maine Business Program now includes all Maine businesses; nonprofit organizations; public and private schools, grades K-12; local and county governments; farms; water and wastewater facilities; and quasi-government and other regional systems.

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By Crystal Sanborn

This year for the Penquis Valley Information Center is going to be a wonderful year because of all the helpful staff.  Also this year we, as student library workers, will be working to figure out what type of information we need to get help out to the students here at Penquis.  The following list is all the library workers for the first half of the 2004-2005 school year.

Heather Anthony, Chris Bessey, Kevin Bowley, Robert Bubar, Annalise Cari, Kim Carpenter, Syndi Drinkwater, Phil Foster, Brandon Hanson, Zach Jay, Ashley Jenkins, Brent Lippincott, Lacey Madore, Rachal Mahar, Meghan McGuinness, Jessica Metros, Michelle Mulherin, Jared Monahan, Luke Noke, Deidre Robinson, Crystal Sanborn, Jason Shaffer, Zach Smith, Josh Stubbs, Allysa Thompson, Reanne Thompson, and Damara Whittmore.


     Did you know that if you are 60 years and over, you are able to enjoy MSAD #41/68 Adult Education classes, tuition free?  So why not join the Creative Writing Class beginning Tuesday, September 28 from 6 to 8 PM in the PVHS library?

       Here is an opportunity to write those stories, poems or memoirs you have always dreamed of doing.  Eight weeks of writing fun await you at MSAD #41/68 Adult Education Creative Writing class.  Whether you are high school age or a little bit older all writers and writers-to-be are very welcome!


By Phil Gerow

No, I’m not talking about Ertha Kitt; I’m talking about Eartha, located in Yarmouth on route 295.  It’s at exit 17, the only exit I know of that didn’t have to have its number changed when all the exit numbers were changed.

If you haven’t been there, it’s well worth the trip.  It’s the globe that was built by DeLorme, the Map Company.  No trip to Maine is complete without seeing Eartha, the world’s largest and most detailed rotating globe, at The Map Store.  Completed on July 23, 1998 , it totals 5,600 pounds and has a circumference of 130 feet and is the largest printed image of Earth.

Eartha was designed and developed using computer technology.  It represents one of the largest computer mapping databases in the world.  The printed data is equivalent to 214 CD-ROMs of information or 140 gigabytes.  The map data is completely unique as it is a special composite database built from satellite imagery, shaded relief, colored bathymetry (ocean-depth data), and information about road networks and urban areas.

At a scale of 1:1,000,000, one inch on Eartha equals nearly 16 miles on earth.  792 panels, each 8° latitude by 10° longitude, compose earth’s surface.  Eartha has a surface area of over 5,600 square feet and a diameter of over 41 feet.

Its internal support is an Omni-Span Truss structure, consisting of 6,120 pieces of aluminum tubing that lay end-to-end would be nearly 3 miles long.  The earth’s revolution is mimicked as Eartha’s cantilever arm circles its base.  It rotates on its axis at 23.5° just as the earth does.  Two electric-powered motors, commanded by a computer, drive Earth’s rotation and revolution.  One combined rotation and revolution occurs every 18 minutes and can occur once per minute at maximum speed.

Eartha was designed and constructed entirely by DeLorme staff members-a considerable achievement and one that will help the company create even better products in the future.  For further information contact The Map Store, Two DeLorme Drive, Yarmouth, ME 04096, Latitude 43° 48.491 North, Longitude 79° 09.844 West or at:


A MSAD #41 substitute teacher recently had the privilege of being at the location of Ricky Craven’s NASCAR. race car.   Phil Gerow was at the Commissary in Topsham when a van carrying Craven’s car arrived.  It was rolled out of the van and driven around the parking lot, making the area sound like the Minneapolis 500 Speed Way.  When the vehicle finally stopped, Phil asked Barry Mello, the driver and attendant, if he could have his picture taken with the car.  Here are the results:

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There will be an overnight camping event at the Boy Scout campsite at Hobbstown on September 25.  We will be starting at noon and will return the next day by 2 pm .

*Canoeing merit badge – October 2 – noon at the Ebeeme Public landing.  Swimming requirements must be completed in order to qualify for the canoeing merit badge.

In order to plan for accommodations and food, it is very important that anyone planning to attend either of these activities to let Glenn know.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

You've heard the expression "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." "Bark, Bark"-that's the sound of an old old dog. My husband and I have spent way more minutes than should be considered necessary on trying to make up our minds what to do about our television. I can't believe the options....nor can I believe the amount of money we are spending per month to watch the stupid thing, mindlessly entertaining ourselves.

It all started when we discovered that we could have the equivalent of cable t.v. Out to camp if we had the Dish. That was several years ago. We could switch from our old loyal cable (which I might add, we had no problems with) to the Dish. The Dish would be great both at home AND out to camp. Voila! Red Sox baseball all summer long with no interruptions. No making decisions about whether to go to camp or stay home based on baseball. This was an ideal situation. Then my father moved in with us.

Dad did well to handle the remote control for the cable....there was no way he would be able to figure out the remote control that worked the Dish. Heck, I even had trouble handling the remote for the Dish myself. Dad moved in here in June...with the whole summer staring us in the face. So, the decision was made to have the cable as well as the Dish. Now, mind you, we could shut off the Dish for the winter and just keep our account open for a mere $5.00 a month....this would facilitate us having it turned back on during the summer months without having to go through installation charges all over again. They've got you coming and going.

We discovered this summer that we have beautiful music stations on the Dish. The television screen goes black and we set the channel to Sirius Standards and we had our favorite music filling the camp all day long (or until the Red Sox came on, that is). They don't have Sirius music channels on the cable. Now you might ask, "why not?" If they did we wouldn't be in this quandary.

Dad isn't living here with us any more. He's living at the Veteran's Home in Bangor for the foreseeable future...unfortunately he's back to having remote control problems again, but there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about that. We are left with two big bills...the Dish bill and the cable bill (which come to well over $100 a month). What to do, what to do?! To complicate our decision we saw an advertisement this week...which you've probably all seen...that would completely change our Dish company to a competitor. It would give us three receivers (we currently have just one) so we could have one hooked up to all of our televisions, giving us the option of watching whatever we want on each television. He could watch what he wanted on the living room television and I could go upstairs and iron and watch what I want to watch in the bedroom.

One little problem. This new Dish network doesn't offer the New England Sports Network unless you want to pay the top premium price of nearly $100 per month. YIKES! That is out of the question! If we wanted to spend $100 a month we'd keep what we've got now. If we just have the Dish....we can only get it on one television set in the house. That lets that option out because much as I love the Red Sox....I'm getting a little sick of baseball and really love HGTV as an option (which I wouldn't have). I believe we've narrowed it down to the cable, and we'll go back to listening to the stereo for our music.

Somehow this all seems like a step backwards to me.

All of this means that I've got to spend several minutes on the phone delicately reorganizing and dickering with some foreign voiced person that I don't know...nor will I ever talk to again in my life about our television options I'll be putting that call off for as long as I possibly can. I should put it off for another three weeks and let my husband deal with it when he's home all day basking in his retirement.

Unfortunately, he wouldn't be able to do it to suit me, and I'd be raving mad at him for not thinking the options through...and my life would be a wreck. I might just as well bite the bullet and make the calls myself.

Suffice to say, in this technology driven society that we live doesn't pay to not recognize your options. Once you know your options, you need to be savvy enough to recognize which one is going to be best for you and your lifestyle. Then you've got to be patient enough to tippytoe around the customer service representatives at these "by phone only" businesses so that your decision can be put into action. You've got to be careful not to be stung financially by these faceless people who are trained to schist you. It's dog-eat-dog out there people.

I think I've just thought of a retirement job for myself.....I could broker technology decisions for my beloved townsfolk. I could familiarize myself with all the technology options that people like my former self find difficult to muddle through. What's the best phone plan? What's the best computer for the buyer's needs? What are the television viewer's best options? You could hire me to figure that all out for you. I'm going to give this some thought.

In the meantime.....I think I'll cook something delicious. Here's a nice dessert bar that would be great for a shower...or just for your family (if they like cheesecake).

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs, divided
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese softened
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup strawberry preserves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl stir together 1-cup graham cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 13X9X2 inch-baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool. Reduce oven temp to 300 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add the sweetened condensed milk, and beat on low speed until smooth. Beat in the eggs just until combined. Stir in the lemon juice.

Gently spread the strawberry jam over the crust. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4-cup graham cracker crumbs. Bake for about 40 minutes or until it's nearly set. Cool on a wire rack and store these bars in the refrigerator.

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By Phil Gerow

Politics are in the news these days.  On Wednesday, September 15, Brian Hamel of Presque Isle, a candidate for Congress in the Second District, visited Dover-Foxcroft, Milo , and Guilford .  He spoke at 7 am to the members of the Chamber of Commerce.  While there he stopped long enough to have his picture taken with Lynn Ricker from Lumbra’s Mill in Milo and Dennis Lyford, Chamber President.          When Mr. Hamel was in Milo , he visited with Fred Trask, Republican candidate for Piscataquis County Commissioner.  He then went to JSI where he toured the facility.  He is shown with the Awalt brothers, Mark and Terry, officials at the plant.  With Brian Hamel is Senator Paul Davis of Sangerville.  Hamel has said that he will be back in Milo on October 14 to tour Main Street businesses.

Contributed by Brenda Martin

                Lynn Weston’s picture of the Derby Shop stirred up some memories that I would like to share.  My Grandpa worked at the Derby Shops for 26 years and before that with the Canadian National in Toronto for 9 years. 

                Grandpa and Grammy Rolfe lived on the corner of Clinton and Albert Streets during my growing up years and then with us when Grandpa died.  I don’t think there was anything that Grandpa couldn’t build or any animal that he couldn’t fix when they were broken.  The most impressive thing to me that I grew up with was the replica of the last engine that he helped to build for the B&A, a model of the 405.

                There is an article I’d like to share with you that was in the May-June issue of the Maine Line (published by the Public Relations Department of the Bangor and Aroostook Co.).

The Saga of the 405

“Ed Rolfe found time dragging after he retired in 1950 so he spent the next three years constructing a model of his favorite engine, the 405.

Ed Rolfe, Milo , is a slight wiry man of 66 who has a magician’s touch with things mechanical and a wry sense of humor.  When Ed-he was christened Edwin H.-retired in 1950 after serving 26 years with the Bangor and Aroostook at Derby , he found time hanging heavy on his hands after such an active life.

He had always been an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman, but a man can’t hunt and fish all the time.  And if there was anything that interested Ed Rolfe as much as hunting and fishing, it was railroads and trains.  His entire family were railroad men and Ed, himself, spent nine years with the Canadian National in Toronto as a machinist before coming to the Bangor and Aroostook .  His son-in-law, Duane Howse, is night foreman at Northern Maine Junction and another son-in-law, Kenneth Greenlaw, is a trackman at Brownville.

Ed had been engine inspector for the last 15 years of his railroad career and was resident inspector in Schenectady where four of the 400 series engines were built for the Bangor and Aroostook in 1937.  He went back again in 1943 when the last two of the 400’s were built.  The 405 was the last one he worked on.

“Those 400’s were as good an engine as will ever be built,” he muses, recalling his experiences on the construction of the locomotives.

Feeling the way he did abut the 400’s it was only natural that Ed Rolfe should start to build a replica of the last engine he worked on, the old 405.  And for him, it was a labor of love.  As resident inspector, he was familiar with the smallest details of the 405. 

Rolfe started the 405 in 1951 using a scale of 1/2 of an inch to the inch.  He was so familiar with the class of engine that he built the entire model without referring to a blueprint.

Ed Rolfe worked throughout the winter months until the fishing season opened the next spring.  Sometimes Mrs. Rolfe would wake up in the night and go down stairs to find her husband absorbed in his model at two and three o’clock in the morning.  All types of material went into the 10 ft. 6 in. model…pine, basswood, ash, birch, galvanized iron, steel, brass, copper, tin and aluminum.  For the stack he used a tin can, the whistle is a lipstick tube altered to size, and the generator and safety valve were made from bathtub fittings.  The bell came from an old sleigh in Camden , Maine , and the drive springs were made from the springs of an old baby carriage.

Ed Rolfe finished the 405 on his birthday, May 15, 1954 , after almost three years of work.  He immediately became the most popular man in town with the youngsters.  It wasn’t only the kids who came to see his creation, either, admits Rolfe.  Railroad men from several railroads and
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towns throughout the state came to see the 405, shiny in a new coat of black paint and accurate to the final fitting.

Having finished the 405, Ed Rolfe admits losing the model building urge.

“I wouldn’t have the patience to build another one,” he explains, “I’d rather spend my time fishing on the river.  But it certainly helped me get used to my leisure time.”

But he did build a boat last winter and he still likes to go out in his work shop and putter with the 405.  A lot of Ed Rolfe went into the 400s he helped build and the 405 is a nostalgic memento of the age of the iron horse on the Bangor and Aroostook .”

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary

20-Sunny-74° at noon .
21-Fog sunny-78°at noon .
22-Rain am sunny pm-56° at noon .
23-Sunny-60°at noon .
24-P sunny-65° at 1 pm .
25-Frost sunny am-61° at noon .
26-P sunny L wind am P cloudy pm-64° at noon .

By Phil Gerow

There’s been a lot of news lately about the Waldo-Hancock Bridge over the Penobscot River .  The new bridge is currently under construction but there is another one in Maine that needs repairs.  Shown is the Deer Isle-Stonington Bridge , a picturesque bridge that connects the Mainland with the island.  Although quite a “hill to allow ships to travel under the bridge”; the view is spectacular.  Take a trip to the coast and travel the bridge!


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 Zamboni greeted sixteen members and an interclub from the Dexter Kiwanis Club.

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Grindle asked for help in helping others.

The Dexter Kiwanis is planning a golf scramble at the Dexter Municipal Golf Course on October 10.  For additional information please call 924-6477.  It is open to all.

The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared.

Twelve happy dollars were donated for free coffee, bad bagels, Republican blood, walk-a-thon help, free car from the Oprah Show, new front window, and Janet’s successful surgery.

The Terrific Kids assemblies are held on Thursday in Brownville and LaGrange and Milo on Friday.

The Kiwanis Kids Korner library program starts on September 22.

Joe told us that the gazebo is noticeably taking shape.  The posts and first ringer is up.  He hopes to have a crew begin the roof this weekend.

Officer installation is September 24 at 5 pm at the Town Hall.

Joe emphasized the fact that Kiwanis members are not required or expected to attend all meetings, participate in all events or help with all projects.  Potential new members may have the impression that the opposite is true.  Participation is an individual’s decision.  The Three Rivers Club appreciates all help.

There will be a regular Wednesday meeting on September 29.

September 2, 2004 Board of Directors meeting highlights:

  1. Regretfully accepted resignation of Pat Ricker.
  2. Instead of honoring request for help with school supplies for family, it was decided to refer future requests to the town office, school, social worker, guidance counselor or Manna.
  3. Tabled action on proposed resignation of David Harmon.
  4. Key Club proposed budget of $2500.  Accepted to budget $3000.  David Walker volunteered to assist Trish Hayes with the club.
  5. Voted to purchase pens with Kiwanis logo for guest speakers.  $192.
  6. Make-a-Wish walk-a-thon donation of $100.
  7. Womencare Walk-a-thon donation of $100.
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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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