Three Rivers News, 2004-09-27


Justin Morrill taking a jump at the Sebois Stream Course...Justin is currently in 3rd place in overall points for the Maine Motocross Fall Series

Pictured below is Kyle Foss at Sebois Stream getting ready for his race. Kyle is currently in 2nd place in the Maine Motocross fall series.

The local Ecumenical Food Cupboard housed at the Park St. United Methodist
Church in
Milo is in need of bars of soap, paper products and canned meats such as
tuna, corned beef, chicken, ham, etc.

All donations will be appreciated.


The Sunday worship service at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction last week was a Service of Blessing and Dedication. The congregation has developed a " Remembrance Garden " with donations given in memory of family and friends who have died.

Rev. Nancy L. Moore blessed the garden and the remembrance stone during the service. Altar kneelers, stitched by Judy Viner and Pat Ricker, were also dedicated. The center kneeler includes a 12x24 inch needlepoint completed by the church's former priest, Fr. Frank Baker. The kneelers were dedicated in memory of Fr. Baker's wife, Barbara, who passed away last year. There were refreshments offered following the service giving those present a chance to visit.
Webcam is located at Trask Insurance, 3 Main Street , Milo

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The Three Rivers Senior Citizens meet at the
Milo Town Hall for a potluck dinner
the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 12:00 noon .
Everyone is welcome.
The 1st and 3rd Fridays they play cards.

 Please call the President, Natalie Harris for further information at 943-2520.

Morita’s School of Dance 27th Season
Denise Knowles, Instructor
Tap-Ballet-Jazz-Hip Hop
Children 3 yrs & older
Registration – Wed., September 29, 2004
4:00 – 5:30 pm at the Milo Town Hall
Call 848-5083 Studio or 943-7326 Milo Recreation for
Telephone Registration, if unable to attend

Classes Begin Wed., October 6th.

**NYC Chartered Bus Trip to Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show Spectacular November 19-22nd

Call 848-5083 for info.

A Huge Thank You!

I can not begin to tell you how much the cards, flowers, thoughtful gifts, home cooking, phone calls and prayers have meant to me. Everyone has been so helpful, and now with the surgery behind me, I am well on my way to recovery!

All the kindness is greatly appreciated and thanks from the bottom of my heart!

Janet Richards


MSAD #41/68 Even Start Family Literacy Program

The MSAD #41/68 Even Start Family Literacy Program is in progress. Even Start is an Adult Education program, which serves eligible families in the two-district area who wish to work toward their goal of receiving their diploma or GED. The program is located in a portable classroom behind Penquis Valley High School in Milo and includes an Adult Education classroom for the parents as well as an Early Childhood Education classroom for the preschool children of the parents enrolled in the program. The children are involved in many activities, which help them grow developmentally and prepare them for school, while the parents are working on their Adult Education.

Even Start is a year round program and is most active during the school year. The parents are back to work on their courses and life skills activities. The preschool children are involved in book reading with their teachers, writing activities, describing their writing and pictures to their teachers, creating collages, singing songs, and doing lots of other fine and gross motor activities.

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Even Start has several openings in the program and is looking for families interested in working on their Adult Education diplomas or GEDs. The center-based program is opened Mondays through Thursdays 8:30-2:30 for families. A flexible schedule within the four days is worked out with the coordinator with each family. Please call Diane Curran at 943-2246 to find out more about the program or to sign up. Volunteers are also needed in the Early Childhood Education room for anyone interested. Come and join the fun.

Nurse Sue Chaffee discussing chicken pox vaccine with Hannah Bess

Our school nurse Mrs. Chaffee visited the 4th and 5th grade classroom this week. She gave a very informative talk about GERMS. She emphasized how we must wash our hands often to keep germs from spreading to others. Mrs. Chaffee also discussed the purpose and history of vaccinations. We have been studying these topics in our science class. Thank you Mrs. Chaffee.

Mr. Sawtell teaching the students about pigs and sows.

Students in Miss K.'s and Mrs. Carter's class traveled to Katahdin Iron Works on a beautiful fall day. Author, Bill Sawtell welcomed us. He gave us an excellent tour of the Iron Works. The students learned about pigs, sows, Moses Greenleaf, the blast furnace and a whole lot more. We enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch provided by the SAD 41 kitchen staff.

Grades 2-5 students enjoying their ice cream outside DJ's Emporium.

Mr. Sawtell surprised the students with a stop at JD's Emporium for ice cream on our way back to La Grange . Thank you Mr. Sawtell. Thank you Donna for serving us so quickly. We would also like to thank parents Shelly Morel, Joe Baker and Ron Parker for accompanying us.


The Penquis Valley Girls Soccer team took a moment before their home opener against Schenck to give a big team "Thank You" to Elaine and Alasco Carey. For many years, the Carey's have been the perfect fans for countless Penquis athletes at every sport rain or shine (or snow). The Penquis girls gave the Carey's an autographed ball and a card to express their appreciation for the support the Carey's offer at every game, win or lose.

Thanks again, Elaine and Alasco.


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The use of computers has become just another tool in a student's school day. Brittany, Dakota and Zach are fifth graders in Brownville and are busy using the laptops to complete an assignment. Sixth graders are using them to view Paleolithic artifacts and Neolithic cave art while studying Ancient History. The Internet puts the world literally at their fingertips.


The weeks are whizzing by at Milo Elementary.  As school opened we welcomed some new staff members.  Mr. Rob Borden is a new fifth grade teacher at the school.  Mrs. Debbie Clukey has joined the staff as a sixth grade teacher.  Mr. Paul Grindle has relocated from the Penquis Complex to Milo Elementary in sixth grade.  Our Student Services support staff has added Mrs. Elise Sproul, Miss Katie Farrar and Mrs. Jeannie Merrit.

School assemblies have started with Terrific Kids being selected each week.  This week several of our sixth graders entertained us with a band selection.  They have done a great job practicing this summer.  Chelsea Cobb and Erin Davis also shared a poem with the school audience.  Our group of parents and family members is growing each week.  We are thrilled to see them.

Several groups have taken field trips this year.  The Kindergarten and First Grade students and staff went to the Maine Center for the Arts to see a presentation called “Very Eric Carle.”  This was a production of three of Carle’s entertaining children’s books.  The group had a wonderful time.  The second grade visited Cole’s Transportation Museum this Friday.  This is an important piece of their unit on transportation. 

As we look ahead, we see more busy weeks ahead.  Yu-Gi-Oh Club for 3rd-6trh graders will begin on Wednesday afternoons.  This is an hour for students who wish to game and trade the popular cards.  Mr. Tony Heal is the volunteer leader of this group. 

Monday, September 27, is Band Night.  Students in the fifth and sixth grades who wish to play an instrument need to bring their parents to meet with the people from Northern Kingdom Music and Mr. Eastman.  This will be at Milo Elementary at 7:00

Milo Elementary Parents, Teachers and Friends (formerly the PTO) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 pm .  The main focus of the group is to involve our families in their community’s school.    We have a few fundraising projects, but this is not the main focus of the group.  We always need lots of help.  If you are interested is supporting our school, you are a member of the PTF.  Please join us on Tuesday to see what you might want to help us with this year. 

Students are already involved in after school activities such as FW Friends and the Kiwanis Kids Korner.  Mrs. Gillis is also working with a drama group for a fall production.

Brownville Elementary PTO Holds First Meeting

The Brownville Elementary PTO held it's first meeting on September 13th with eleven parents and teachers present.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss projects that the PTO will sponsor for the coming school year. Members are working on the PTO Community calendar so if anyone wants their family’s birthdays, anniversaries, etc listed; please contact a member within the next couple of weeks. The information has to be sent to the printers the second week of October.

The PTO will be sponsoring a Scholastics Book Fair October 18-

22. We will be looking for volunteers to help with this so if you are interested contact Chairwoman Theresa Lovejoy at 965-8015. Plans are already in progress for Red Ribbon Week (an anti-drug program), which is the last week in October.

An incentive program for parents to participate in the PTO has been implemented. We call it "Parent Caught Being Good." Every time a parent, grandparent, guardian or teacher participates in a PTO meeting, volunteers to help with or donates to a project, they receive a Parent Caught Being Good coupon. They give the coupon to their child to give to their teacher. Each room has a container for the coupons. The grade with the most coupons at the end of the year will receive a "Surprise." If you have any suggestions for the end of the year "Surprise" just let us know.

The PTO will be having the Snack Shack at the school again this year for the PeeWee basketball games. We will be sending volunteer sheets to the parents with further information. We also plan to have the Secret Santa Christmas Shoppe this year for the children. We discussed making some changes concerning the Christmas Shop and will send information to the parents when they are finalized. The Father/Daughter Dance will be held February 5th, 2005 .

The Brownville PTO holds it's meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm and are intended to last no more than an hour. An agenda for each meeting is posted by the school office a week before each meeting for parents to see what is up for discussion. Please stop by and see what your PTO is doing for our children and our school. The October meeting will be held on the Monday, Oct 4, due to the 11th being a holiday.

The PTO has its own email address to make it easier for you to give suggestions or make comments or inquiries. Just email:

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL_ THE LORD GOD LOVES THEM ALL On September 19 a Blessing of the Animals took place at St. Augustines's Episcopal Church. Presiding Reverend Nancy Moore presided over the event. Among the participants were David Ziemer and Jane Fairchild of Orneville with their special friend OTTO.

The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy

Continued Part XXVII

By 1897, the town was raising $1000 for common schools and $250 for the free high school in addition to what the state may have contributed.  The second revision of courses throughout the schools had been completed that year and, evidently influenced by that revision, the town voted $300 for textbooks—six times what it had paid out on that item in 1890.  Textbooks were free to pupils, as I observed earlier, after 1889.

That same year, 1897, the town raised $1000 to repair the primary building as noted in another place.

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In 1896, voters approved an article raising $3.15 for diplomas.  This would have coincided with the first graduation from the high school, in 1895.

By 1897, details of fuel costs began to appear in the records;  “Elias Drake, wood for No. 8, $12.  W.T. Livermore, wood for No. 5, $8.25; and I.G. Mayo, wood also for No. 5, $39.”  Fuel bills for the other six districts weren’t printed there ( Murray School was closed anyway), but undoubtedly these schools were heated, at least enough to take the chill off.

The first time insurance, fire insurance, that would be, appeared in the records is 1897:  “William E. Gould, insurance for schoolhouse, $23.”  It must have been for the grammar school which the 1903 Breeze noted enthusiastically as the “handsome new edifice which is familiar to all as out high school building.”

In 1898, orders drawn on the treasury for common schools amounted to $2061.80.

First money for the high school laboratory, $25, the town raised in 1901.  This amount was quickly increased to $150 in 1904; and to $250 in 1905.

Janitor service in the high school was first explicitly listed in 1907.  The amount was $125.  Janitorial duties in the district schools were still performed, presumably, by teacher and such strong-armed and willing scholars as could be beguiled to help.  There was one obscure mention of what could have been payment for such services in a district school in 1897:  “Martha Jones, care of schoolhouse, $2.50.”  That would certainly have been for the term.

In 1912, the town installed water and sewerage in the primary build, at $2200, and the following year, lavatories and a cesspool at the Milo Junction School , at $250 plus unspecified unexpended funds of the preceding year.

The year 1912, was noteworthy for another innovation:  members of the superintending school committee, as noted in another place, received a yearly payment of $25.

The visiting nurse made her first appearance in 1915, according to the records.  The town raised $300 to meet this new expense.

In 1915, also, the town raised $25 “to pay the expense of graduation.”

By 1917, the town’s share in the expense of operating the common schools was $3200 and the high school, $2100.

The first item of expense for the high school library showed up in 1918 when the town raised $24 for books.

School costs had jumped considerably by 1919 when the figures show that the town raised  $6500 for common schools and $3500 for the high school.  This was, of course, in addition to the state subsidy, which the records don’t show.

The next year costs had practically doubled--$12,500 for grade schools and $7,000 for the high school.  Textbooks that year amounted to $1200 and repairs $3,500.

Once again, in 1920, the state’s contribution the cost of grade schools appears in the records, possible because there was an overdraft.  The town raised $6500 that year; the state’s contribution was $5350.  The total cost of operating the grade schools was $14,785.  The overdraft was $2,666.

In 1921, Domestic Science and Manual Training began in the high school, the state paying one-half the cost.  The town raised $2000 for this item.

Janitor service for the high school was now at $7000.  Still no mention of janitor service in the district schools—perhaps in the hope that if it was not mentioned, it would go away.

In 1922 the item for grade schools was $10,000 and for the high school also $10,000.  The town’s share for the salary of the Superintendent of schools was $1,000.  The other towns in the Union —Brownville, Lakeview and Williamsburg —also contributed their share as did also the state.

There was an item in 1922 of $500 for fire escapes at the high school and at Derby (as it was now unhesitatingly called).  The cost of high school janitor service was now $900/

In 1923 there was another overdraft in the cost of operating the grade schools.  The town raised $10,000; the state contributed $6,330.31.  The cost of operati8ng was $17,749.45!

And this was the last year of the last district school in Milo .

On Sunday, September 19, many area residents did what they could to wipe out breast cancer and ran/walked in the annual "Race for the Cure" in Bangor . Shown here are Julie and Morgan Royal, Patti and Kelsie Ottman, Lynn & Erin Weston, Katharyn Zwicker and Dawn Russell. Other local racers were also there walking in memory of family member Peggy Burlock, and in celebration of survivor Karen French. The total number of participants numbered over 2800 for the 5K race.

By Judith Macdougall

Hasn’t this past week been lovely fall weather! We have been doing some fall cleaning now that the summer reading program is over. Since the new juvenile shelves have been more strongly supported, we are able to do more in that area. In the fall of 2002 when we first got our wooden shelves, we had so much room in the picture book section, but with so many new book acquisitions both purchased and donated, our picture book shelves now are very crowded. We have sorted through the books and with discarding and reorganizing we have acquired another full shelf to enable us to expand the collection. This week will see us gradually moving part of that section into the new area, which will enable us to clear off the little round juvenile table.

Speaking of expanding our juvenile area, this past week we received another box of books from Esperanzo Crackel, the friend of our library who lives in California . These were selected by her for their holiday theme to add to our Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas collection. Along with the holiday books, she included Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, the story of a little fruit bat. We once had this book and lost it, but it is a dear story, and I am glad to have another copy. Also Ms. Crackel sent along Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. As you know this is a splendid poem and Susan Jeffers has illustrated it in picture book style-mostly black and white pictures with a touch of color on each page.

This past Wednesday was the first fall meeting for the Kiwanis Kids Korner. Pam and I enjoyed seeing our familiar young friends and also the new ones. The children enjoyed juice boxes (be very careful not to squeeze them) and goldfish crackers. For a little change Val has initiated the idea of the youngsters keeping a journal (provided by her and decorated by them). She had also brought in copies of the newsletter KIND about animal care for the children to read and enjoy. Of course the “Kids” came upstairs to the library to look over and to choose books. Until the newest “Kids” get their library cards filled out by parents, they may only take out paperback books, but in a week or two everyone will be on an equal footing and all will be able to select any book they wish.

On Tuesday morning Pam and I joined other town employees to meet in the dining room to discuss the Palesky Initiative. Jane Jones, the town manager, passed out papers, which

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set out the budget for our town with a 10-mil tax cap. Milo would be able to collect only $.40 where previously the town had collected $1.00. The monies collected would have to be spent on definite necessities as M.S.A.D. #41, Piscataquis county tax, Milo Water District. Penquis Solid Waste and others that would take the entire amount and more raised by the town. The services that would be unfunded would be the town office operations, fire department, police department, ambulance, the public library, recreation, street lights, paving and road reconstruction and public works. As we all had it laid out before us, we realized what a disaster the tax cap would be for our town and other small towns above Augusta .

Neil Hamlin donated another recent Maine book to the library. It is The Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard. It relates the history of the 400 years of the Maine coast and the independent people who maintained it. The author also narrates the history of the humble lobster and how it sustained these people.

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

Press Advisory: Piscataquis County Residents Discuss Jobs and the Elections

Dover-Foxcroft , ME - What's happening as the mills of Piscataquis County close down and move away? Will service jobs and tourism provide a solid base for the area's economy? What's in our economic future and that of our children?

Piscataquis County residents will tell their stories and discuss their worries about shrinking jobs and the changing economy at "Where Have The Jobs Gone?” a forum on Tuesday, October 5. The focus will be on out sourcing, global trade agreements and the 2004 elections. The featured speaker is State Senator Steve Stanley, a member of the new Maine Fair Trade Commission. Other area residents will add their perspectives, and the group will look at our choices in the November election.

Maine is one of the states hardest hit by job losses over the past four years. 18,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the state since President Bush took office, along with 2.7 million nationwide. This is in addition to the 1.8 million non-manufacturing jobs lost in the private sector throughout the United States .

1 In the past year alone the state has lost over 3,000 jobs to trade.

2.Even worse, new jobs are not of the same quality, often offering lower wages and lacking health care benefits. According to the Economic Policy Institute the average wage nationwide in shrinking sectors, such as manufacturing and technology, is $11,415 greater than the wages in growing sectors such as retail - that is 25% less.

3 The jobs in these growing sectors are also 13% less likely to offer health care benefits to workers - 54.8% of jobs in the growing sector offer health care benefits, 67.9% of jobs in the shrinking sectors offer health care benefits.

4. Maine residents must think about more than lost manufacturing jobs during this election year. Service, professional, and high-tech jobs are also at risk in today's economy. "In a study conducted by Forrester Research, researchers found that by 2015, 3.3 million services industry jobs, accounting for $136 billion in wages, would vanish from the U.S. and reappear in China, India and Russia," said Jonathan Tasini of the Economic Future Group. "Similarly, McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm, estimated that, in the next five years, off-shoring could grow as much as 40% a year."

The forum will be held Tuesday, October 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Penquis Higher Education Center, 50 Mayo Road , Dover -Foxcroft. The event is being sponsored by Don't Outsource Maine and the Maine Fair Trade Campaign. For more information, please contact Paul Matulis at 564-0036.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

My boss is into antiques. I'd say she loves antiques almost as much as she loves the Red Sox. She's easy to shop for because her office is decorated in Red Sox stuff and antiques. She loves old everything.....but especially jewelry. She's brought me the neatest things in our yearlong relationship. Her name is Shirley Wright. You may have heard of her. She's had a long, successful career in education. She's run the Adult Education Department, has been the grant writer for M.S.A.D. #41, and is now the director of curriculum as well as Principal at Brownville Elementary School . She is sharing the leadership duties with Mrs. Beres at the Marion C. Cook School in LaGrange. She's a busy busy woman...keeping track of all the children in the district and (with her husband) raising a family at home.

She loves to go to auctions on Saturday night, and then come back to school and tell us about all the great items she's bid on and gotten. She often thinks of me....knowing my passion for old Milo memorabilia. The other morning she came to school with a stack of pictures that had come from a box that she'd bid on at a recent auction. I was able to name many of the people in the pictures. This picture taken of the Milo Fire Department intrigued me. It was probably taken sometime in the 40's. I couldn't really tell. Can anyone out there identify the picture...when and who?

I'm sure that I know all or most of those men...but I don't recognize them as their young selves. I did recognize Wilson Sherburne and (I believe) Leland Davis, who is two away on Wilson 's right. I believe Virgil Larouche is sitting on the running board. Ed Wingler is in the cab of the truck. I'm sure there is a Hoskins or two in the picture. I'd love to have the rest of those fine gentlemen identified, though. Note the people peeking out the windows in the office area. I even got out a magnifying glass and didn't have much luck. Thank you Shirley, for thinking of me and my passion for old pictures. I'll be taking them to the Historical Society for everyone to have a chance to enjoy.

Recently my friends - and former Milo residents - Ron and Darla Hamlin came for a day of picture viewing. We made a full day adventure out of visiting, viewing and scanning pictures, eating out two meals, and reminiscing about our childhoods in Milo . Darla is planning on doing a "movie" for our 40th high school reunion next summer. We searched out pictures that would bring back memories to the class of 1965...and the Milo Historical Society is the best place to find all of those wonderful old photos. We unearthed a wealth of material. We'll do it again some day soon. The facility is a wonderful source for researching our local history. The ladies and gentlemen of the Historical Society have done a wonderful job of cataloging and preserving our past.

It's that time of year folks. Time to take your family for a nice ride to see the foliage and buy yourselves a bag of apples. I can't just stop at a bag of apples, however. I've got to have the fudge and the donuts and the cider....the whole works. It wouldn't be fall without our annual trek to one of the nice apple orchards that dot this part of the state. The early childhood school children in Brownville had a chance to go to the Treworgy Orchards the other day. What a nice trip that was for them. Hayrides and pumpkins, apples and a

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wonderful Indian summer day made for a memory they won't soon forget.

Do you remember back in the 80's when we were all excited about what we called Friendship Cake? The ingredients included a "starter" that some unnamed person always concocted and then a portion of it was passed around from kitchen to kitchen. We'd somehow manage to keep the starter going and then we'd make a cake and pass the rest of the "starter" on. It was a recipe that you either loved or hated. Personally, I loved it.

I have a recipe for the starter and the directions for making the cake and thought that I'd give you that recipe this week.

Friendship Cake

The "Starter":

3 cups apple juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 package (.25 ounce) active dry yeast
1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries - undrained
2 cups raisins
1 package (about 1 1/4 cups) dried apricots, chopped
1 can (15.25 ounces) crushed pineapple packed in juice and undrained.

The "starter" takes at least 5 days to work before you can make the cake. On Day One place the apple juice in a medium saucepan over low heat and warm the juice to about 110 degrees. Pour the warm juice into a 2-quart glass jar with a lid or into a glass bowl and add the sugar, lemon juice, yeast and cherries. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cover the mixture with the jar lid or plastic wrap and let it set at room temp, stirring two more times that day. On Day Two stir the mixture two times during the day. On Day Three stir in the raisins. On Day Four stir in the apricots. On Day Five stir in the pineapple with it's juice and then drain the mixture, reserving the juice. Divide the fruit into four equal parts and place each quarter of the fruit into one of four clean 2-cup jars with lids. Pour a quarter of the juice (which should be about 3/4 cup each) over the fruit in each jar. Place the lids on the jars and you can either give the jars away with the recipe for the cake, or you can refrigerate the jars of fruit and juice to use up yourself. The "starter" will keep for up to 2 weeks.

The Cake:

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine at room temp.
1 package yellow cake mix with pudding
1 jar fruit and juice "starter" (about 2 cups)
1/3-cup vegetable cooking oil
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13X9 inch-baking pan. Place the brown sugar, nuts and butter in a small bowl. Mix well with a fork (or your clean fingers) and set aside. Place the cake mix, "starter", oil, and eggs in a large bowl and blend with your electric mixer on low for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to a medium speed and beat for two or three minutes more. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle the batter with the brown sugar and nut topping. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the cake springs back and starts to leave the sides of the pan. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

The cake can be stored at room temp for a week or you can freeze it (wrapped in foil) for up to six months. Thaw to room temp before serving.



BROWNVILLE - John W. Marsh Sr., 67, husband of June (Weston) Marsh, died Sept. 23, 2004 , at his home in Brownville surrounded by his family and friends. He was born Jan. 11, 1937 , in Rockland , the son of J. Wilbur and Eleanor ( Rogers ) Marsh. Johnny was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had retired from the Canadian Pacific and VIA Railroads where he was a conductor for 40 years. He was a long time member of the UTU, the Bernard Jones American Legion Post No. 92, BJHS Alumni Assoc. and the

Brownville Junction Fire Dept. Johnny is survived by his wife of 46 years, June, of Brownville; daughter, Roxanne and husband, Mike Redding, of Calais; son, J. Wayne Marsh Jr. and significant other, Lynn Gascon of Gatineau, Quebec; daughter, Megan Marsh of Portland; grandchildren, Jason Marsh, Chris and Jeremy Redding; three sisters, Donna Lyford, Katherine Moon, and Margie Turner; one brother Tommy Lyford; as well as many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; several nieces and nephews, who were all an important part of his life including a special niece, Tina. He will also be remembered by friends David and Kathy Dow. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Three Rivers Ambulance Service, PO Box 432, Milo, ME 04463 or CHCS Hospice Care, 14 Summer St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

27-Fog Fair & windy, Sunny after 3 pm .
28-Frost Sunny windy & cold.
29-Cloudy rain in evening.
30-Rain windy awhile in evening.
1 & 2-Sunny windy & cool.


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.


On this last meeting of his term, President Joe Zamboni greeted nineteen members.

District 2 Lt. Gov. Eben DeWitt led the pledge of allegiance and Edwin spoke a prayer from the heart for all those in need.

Don Harris read an inspirational passage entitled, “These Things I Wish For You”, by Paul Harvey.  He wished his children to experience hand-me-downs, left over meatloaf, a secondhand car, sharing a bedroom, walking safely, reading books, and learning what Ivory® soap taste like.

Correspondence: Orono/Old Town newsletter – Dexter Kiwanis Club installation invitation on October 9 at the American Legion at 6:30 pm – Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club installation invitation on October 1 at the American Legion at 6:30 pm – Thank you from Janet Richards, recovering from surgery, for the mum plants – Thank you from Sherry French for helping Hospice with the Zoot Suit Revue.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Sheri Conley on the 22nd, Trish Hayes and Todd Lyford on the 23rd, Dillon Conley on the 26th, and Merna Dunham on the 28th.

Eleven happy and sad dollars were donated for NOT getting impeached, Red Sox win, Key Club’s first meeting, a successful year, Yankee’s “8”, Sterling Kennedy’s passing, and a thank you for all the thoughts and cards for the family of Pauline Grindle.

The Terrific Kids Assemblies at the Milo and Brownville Elementary schools and Marion C. Cook School are in full swing.

The Kiwanis Kid’s Korner at the Milo Free Public Library began September 22.

The Key Club held its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 23, at PVHS.

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The Orono/Old Town Kiwanis Club will hold its officer installation on November 5. 

Joe reminded everyone that while it’s great to see many members at the weekly meetings; he knows that people have busy lives and cannot attend on a weekly basis.  He said that all contributions are appreciated no matter how many or few projects members help with.

Donna Lamb from the Piscataquis County Extension will be our guest speaker on September 29.

Our guest and speaker this week was Warden Dan Carroll.  His concern was the Maine black bear referendum.  If passed the bear population would increase and it would affect the economy to a tune of $14.5 million.

The referendum is against the present management of the black bear population in the state.  With 23,000 bears, Maine has the largest number in the lower 48 states.  To keep the population healthy 3,000 are harvested each year: 65% through bait hunting, 20% shot after being treed, many in deer season, and 2% caught in traps.  Cable snares with a spring device that puts a noose around the bear’s foot is used instead of the old steel traps.  Dan emphasized that the population is as it should be due to the excellent management by the enforcement agency over the years. 

Maine Citizens for Fair Hunting are against the present practices and some of those opposed are animal rights activists who receive their backing from out of the state of Maine and have been successful in other states.

Dan told us that there have been more problems this year because of the extended winter season and a very wet summer.  When there is a dry year the bears look for food around homes, barns, and trash containers.  Cornfields also attract bears.  There are few remote areas in Maine for the bears but most localities are accessible to humans.  People do have to be on their guard when in areas noted for black bears as they have a higher “conflict with humans” rate than grizzlies.

Thank you for sharing this information with us, Dan.

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo/Brownville held its 2004-2005-officer installation on September 24, 2004 at the Milo Town Hall Art Center .  Twenty-two members and guests plus interclubs from area Kiwanis Clubs were in attendance.  President Joe Zamboni led the Pledge of Allegiance and Edwin Treworgy spoke an eloquent prayer.  Our own Val Robertson prepared a delicious buffet, complete with appetizers and beverages.  Out-going President Joe Zamboni expressed his thanks for a successful year.  Lt. Gov. Eben DeWitt told the history of Kiwanis and quoted a phrase from Edwin Treworgy, “A child is a child no matter where he lives”. He then installed Nancy Grant and Virgil Valente as new board of director members, Dorothy Brown as new club secretary, and Murrel Harris as the new club president.

Joe presented the Kiwanian of the Year plaque to the out-going secretary, Nancy Grant. 

President Murrel Harris spoke about his upcoming term with plans and enthusiasm.

“The past two years as secretary has been a busy, educational, and very rewarding time.  My job has been made easy because of the many projects and programs implemented by the very special and dedicated members of the Three Rivers Club.  I truly appreciate the help I’ve received from so many people. Working with two exceptional presidents, Ed and Joe, has been a pleasure.  I thank you for honoring me with the Kiwanian of the Year award.” 

I look forward to another great year so with these words I pass over the duties of secretary to Dorothy Brown.

Editors Note:

I respect Dan Carroll and the work he and his fellow Game Wardens do, and I know they respect Maine’s wildlife, but I asked Dan a couple of questions at the breakfast that I don’t think he answered sufficiently.  I asked him why, if bears are such a nuisance and so plentiful, that

they need to be killed, why couldn’t the season be extended and stalking methods be used exclusively.  He said it is because bears are so elusive.  I wondered how bears could be nuisances, plentiful, and elusive… and I didn’t receive an answer. 

I certainly am NOT anti-hunting. I understand that many folks use the meat from a bear, deer or moose to feed their family.  I would just like to see a humane, less stressful, one-shot kill of the animal.  I certainly see the economic support hunting provides our community and state. I know there are many hard-working fellows around running guide and hunting services and I certainly don’t begrudge them their livelihood.  I just think that a hunter would rather out-smart and earn their kill instead of wearing it out with dogs, or tricking it with doughnuts and bacon grease.  I don’t want to anger anyone and I bet most of you would be disappointed to find out I didn’t feel this way.  They don’t call me “The crazy animal lady” for nothing.

I am sure this will generate some letters, and I will print them if you would like. Make sure they are signed. Val

The following is copied from the Maine Citizens for Fair Hunting website.

It is clear that Maine voters are eager to ban these unnecessary trophy hunting methods that are cruel to bears and dogs, habituate bears to human food sources, exclude local hunters from choice hunting grounds, and give Maine hunters a bad name.

Please join Maine citizens in their effort to ban the cruel and unsportsmanlike practices of hunting black bear with bait, hounds, and traps for sport.  Every fall, trophy hunters -- mostly from out of state -- kill more than 4,000 black bears in Maine using unfair and cruel hunting methods while skilled hunters in most bear hunting states simply stalk their bears. 

All but nine states have banned the use of bait to lure bears because it is considered unfair by non-hunters and hunters alike.  Unfortunately, this practice remains legal in Maine .  Bear baiters litter the woods with thousands of bait piles consisting of hundreds of pounds of human food scraps, rotting fruits and meats and carcasses.  Most bears that feed at bait stations are not shot, and these animals become habituated to human food sources, causing problems for people and the bears. 

With hound hunting, trophy hunters release a pack of hounds to pursue a bear.  The hounds give relentless chase until the frightened and exhausted bear either climbs a tree in a vain attempt to escape or turns to face the dogs.  The hound hunter then shoots the cornered bear.  This practice eliminates the concepts of fair chase and hunting skill. Long bear chases can severely stress bears, causing overheating and potential brain damage.  During chases, mother and young may become permanently separated and the young may succumb to starvation, predation or accidental death.  Also, hound hunting often proves to be inhumane to the dogs that are sometimes injured by bears that fight the dogs in self-defense. 

Maine is the only state in the country that still permits the inhumane and indiscriminate practice of trapping black bears with leghold traps for sport.

Recreational hounding, baiting and trapping of bears are unnecessary.  Most bear hunting states do not allow these unfair methods, yet hunters in these states are able to take their bear without these three methods.  Pennsylvania , for example, prohibits these unfair hunting methods, yet hunters are able to kill more than 2,000 black bears annually.  Recently, Massachusetts , Colorado , Oregon , and Washington approved similar ballot measures.  Statistics from these states prove that these practices are not necessary to control bear populations, as hunters are able to kill the same number of bears without the use of these inhumane and unsportsmanlike practices. 

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