Three Rivers News, 2005-02-21

Miss Shelby Patten, Princess for 2005

The Brownville Elementary PTO held the annual Father/Daughter dance on Saturday, Feb 5. The theme this year was "Winter Wonderland 2005" and the Brownville gym was decorated accordingly. Ninety five young ladies escorted by Dads, Granddads, Uncles and family friends attended the event. It was quite a sight to see the young ladies dressed in their lovely gowns and dresses. Paul Dupris from Q106.5 provided the music and Mike Brown Photography took pictures of each of the girls and their escorts. April Morgan, from the Marion C. Cook school in LaGrange, won a gift certificate to "The Resturant" in Milo for returning her registration paper promptly. Door prize drawings were held and won by twelve young ladies. The most anticipated event of the evening was the crowning of this year’s Princess. Miss Shelby Patten from Milo Elementary was the lucky winner. She was crowned by Miss Danielle Word, last year’s Princess. Shelby and her dad had a solo waltz and then were joined by those who wished to finish the dance.

Thanks to Theresa Lovejoy (PTO President), Shirley Wright (Principal), Tammy Murano, Rose Clement, Lynn Kearns, Lorraine Chambers, Samantha Cote Rothlauf, Tina Durant and Jackie Cramer for all their help. They made this year’s dance the success that it was. Also to John Kearns and Charlie Cote for help with cleanup and Ed Roberts for making the Princess sash. A special thanks to Heidi Thomas, our custodian, who always helps above and beyond what is required of her. Thank you parents for all you do as well.


The new session will start on Wed. March 2 - Wed. April 27th. The 8 week course will be held at the Milo Town Hall, with 2 classes being offered

5:15 - 6:00.....CARDIO CRAZE- -- This 45 minute class includes warm-up, aerobics and a cool down. A mix of cardio including kick-boxing and hand weights. $20.00

6:00 - 7:00.....YOGA----Let your body enjoy the benefits of this age-old technique. Increased flexability, muscle and ligament strengthening and awareness of body movement from the inside are only a few of the benefits. The hour class will surely enhance your quality of life. $35.00 or $6.00 walk-in fee.

Take both classes for a total body workout ---- $48.00

Murrel Harris, Milo Rec. Director, would ask you to call Instructor, Cindy Herbest for any questions.

Schoodic Lake Ice-Out Contest
2004 Winner: Irene Larson

Tickets will go on sale for the 2005 Contest at the Fishing Derby Prize Drawing on February 20th, at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be sold until March 31st.

Ticket price is $1 per ticket, or 6 tickets for $5. The winner will receive a $100 prize.

The earliest entry closest to the actual ice out date and time declared by our judges will win.

Ice out will be declared when the main portion of the lake is navigable by boat. (Broken ice may remain packed into the "bottom" of the lake and may still be present in the larger coves)

(The judge will only be able to see the lake between 6:00 am and dusk, so please don't choose 4:00 am as your time.)

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To the Editor:
My name is Brenda Knox. I live near Montréal, Canada. Years ago i had a chat friend, Suzanne from Brownville Junction, actually a group of chat friends. We called ourselves” the old folks”. My friend Suzanne was always good natured ...we lost touch some time ago, and I miss her a lot.

I was directed to you through other sources in my search for Suzanne. Suzanne has a son named Mac and I think her daughter's name is Ashley. Mac would probably be in his 20's now, likely late 20's, and I’d guess her daughter to be about 19-20 too. Suzanne was about my age, 47. She knows my name is Brenda, but also would know me as OldGal, from our chat days.

If you have any idea who I’m asking about, could you please let her know I’m looking for her ? She can mail me anytime at (my old email was but i can't be reached there anymore)

Thank you very much,
*late for work, gotta scoot*

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 beginning March 1st. They will go on for 10 weeks. Allowing for April vacation that means the last class (barring snowstorms) should be May 10th. The lab fee is $40.00 and the materials fee will be a minimum of $20.00.

Beginning to advanced skills will be accommodated. Students will learn surface decorating techniques as well as hand building techniques including a variety of drape molds. They can choose to create functional or non-functional pieces.

Students will be working with stoneware clay. They should bring their ideas to the first class.
Class size is limited, so early sign-up is important. Please call 943-7317 to register for the class.

Correction Corner
Alex London, Grade 9, was omitted last issue’s listing of the honor roll.


Jordan Allen Scores His 1000th
Lincoln, February 12-Penquis Patriot forward work horse Jordan Allen scored his 1000th career point here on a foul shot late in Patriot win over Mattanawcook here, joining an elite group in the school's history.

In addition to starring in basketball, the son of Barbara and Timothy Allen has been a Coaches All State selection in soccer and a second team All PVC selection in baseball.

His best game came against Bangor Christian in Bangor when he tallied 29 this season.

His seasonal production:
Freshman season-157 Sophomore season-278
Junior season-267 Senior season-300 to date

Submitted by Bill Sawtell


Coaches Joe McLaughlin, Rick Conklin, and Mike Lalime; Players Brooke McLaughlin, Miranda Conklin, Brittany Lalime, Samantha Miller, Emily Armour, Katylin Pinkham, Jessica Clement, Kendra Hall, Laura Gray, Krishanna Cook, and Shelby Jay.

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Coaches Lance Gerrish, Mike Grinnell, and Patty Ottman; Players Bryan Russell, Justin Ottman, Lucas Grinnell, Taylor Delano, Spencer Leavitt, Cole Dumonthier, Greg Hathorn, Colby Robinson, William Dean, Tony Jay, and Joseph Comeau.

Milo-Brownville Peewee Basketball Championships
Milo, February 17 Milo Fire Department Girls 22, Lakeview Realty 20 High Scorers: Milo Fire Department-Miranda Conklin 14, Shelby Jay 5; Lakeview Realty-Alexis Larson 10, Kendra Herbest 4

Brewer Electric Boys 37, Graves Service Station 34 (2 OT) High Scorers: Brewer Electric-Taylor Delano 17, Greg Hathorn 10; Graves Service Station-Jerell Arfien 25, Jason Durant 4, Klay Stevens 4

Both Recreation Directors Murrel Harris and Dean Bellatty wish to thank PVHS AD Tony Hamlin for the use of the gym; Tony Heal, Alex Creighton, and Shane Herbest for officiating, and Lynn Corson for score keeping.

A banquet will be held in about two weeks.

100 Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race Winners
1st Andre Longchamps of Port Rouge, Quebec
2nd Matt Casterns of Whitefield, N.H.
3rd Mitch Ingerson of Jefferson, N.H.
The winning mushers.

(Photo courtesy of Angela Cook)

Dogsled team arriving at Katahdin Iron Works-part of the 100-mile race from Greenville to Brownville and back on Feb. 12.

Area School News

Important Chickenpox Immunization Notice
In accordance with Maine State Law Title 20-A 6355 all students who will enter grades 6 and 9 in the fall of
2005 must be meet new chickenpox requirements. Any 6th or 9th grade student not meeting the new requirement will not be permitted to start school opening day 2005.

Your child will be required to have one of the following:

¸ A note from the student's physician stating that your child has had chickenpox. If there is not enough evidence that your child has had chickenpox your physician may require a titer (blood test) to determine immunity.

¸ Documentation that your child has had the varicella (chicken-pox) vaccine.

¸ A signed parental/guardian waiver form or letter, that indicates your sincere religious belief or philosophical reason for not immunizing your child. Children whose parents declare an exemption will be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak.

¸ A letter from your child's health care provider explaining the medical reason for not getting immunized.

Each year since the fall of 2003 the chickenpox requirement has been phased in at selected grade levels. By fall of 2005 all students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10 must meet this requirement. Fall of 2007 all students grades K-12 must be in compliance.

Please give this matter your immediate attention so that your child is able to start school opening day in the fall. You may contact the school nurse or your child's health care provider if you have any questions.

The cold/flu season is upon us and many children have presented at school with a variety of flu-like symptoms. It is very important that you follow the school guidelines when determining whether or not your child should go to school. A child not feeling well who is sent to school to "try and stick it out" often

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has spread germs to many people by the time
arrangements can be made to send him/her home.
Please use the following guidelines and keep your
child home until symptoms subside.

¸ A child with a fever (100 or above) should not come to school. A fever is a symptom of illness and sending a child to school, even if fever is temporarily relieved by Tylenol, puts staff and students at risk.
¸ A child who has vomited within the past 24 hours
should remain at home.

¸ A child with red, itchy, eyes, especially if there is any crust on the eyelids upon waking in the morning, or if eyelids are stuck together, should not be sent to school. Have your child checked by his/her doctor to rule out infection.

¸ A child with complaint of severe sore throat,
especially if accompanied by fever, should not be sent to school to be checked by the school nurse. Often I am not at your child's school until later in the day and in the meantime many people are exposed to the infection.

¸ A child with persistent cough or nasal discharge
should stay at home until recovered.

¸ Unexplained rashes that appear should be checked by your child's doctor before the child comes to school. Again, this is to avoid spread if the rash is contagious.

If you have questions, or are just not sure about what to do, please feel free to contact the school nurse at your child's school. Even if I'm not immediately available the secretary will make sure I get the message.

Thank you for helping us keep your child healthy at school.
Sue Chaffee RN MSAD #41 School Nurse

Penquis High School sophomore wins statewide American Legion Oratorical Contest


Augusta Maine. Penquis High School sophomore wins statewide American Legion Oratorical Contest. Sarah Niemic’s Oration captivated the audience in the auditorium of the Maine Veterans Home. She placed first and received a check for $ 1000, an American Legion Medal and an expense paid trip to compete in the National Contest at Purdue/Indiana University

Conference Center. The contestants had competed and won at the Local High School / Post, County and District levels before the statewide competition. Niemic won $ 450 in route to the State Championship. The judges at each level are civic and academic leaders. Amber McMillan, a Penquis High School teacher, coaches Sarah. Sarah Niemic and Amber McMillan will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the American Legion Sponsored National High School Oratorical Contest.

The National High School Oratorical Contest, sponsored since 1938 by the American Legion, is designed to instill a greater knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership, the ability to think and speak clearly and the preparation for the acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Each contestant must give a prepared oration on some phase of the United States Constitution, giving emphasis to the duties and obligations of a citizen to his/her government.

In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of competition, university scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the National Finals. Each State winner who competes in the first round of the National Contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Participants in the second round who do not advance to the National Final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the National Contest on April 9-10, 2005, at the IUPUI Conference Center and Hotel, Indianapolis, IN.

The American Legion will pay the expenses for contestants and one chaperon or coach per contestant.

5th and 6th graders in Brownville spent Valentine's Day curing their mid-winter blahs! Rather than have a big party they chose a healthy alternative and went swimming at the YMCA in Dover. As you can see it was lots of fun!

On Thursday, Rodney Tenney came to speak at Brownville Elementary in conjunction with Brownville History. The visit was arranged by Bill Sawtell. Mr. Tenney spoke about his aunt, Alice Zwicker, and her experience as a World War II prisoner of war. The students found this story to be very interesting.

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Milo Elementary News

Klay Stevens to Represent Milo!

Local Student Places in National Poster Contest
Milo will be represented for the first time in a Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) National Poster Contest by Klay Stevens, an eleven year old fifth grader at Milo Elementary School. Klay's poster is featured on the RIF website along with 50 other honorable mentions, one national winner and 2 runner-up posters. This year there were 365 poster entries submitted to the national competition. Klay's poster is the only winning entry from the state of Maine.

Reading is Fundamental teamed up in the fall with Nestle USA, and invited children to participate in the nationwide contest to support the enjoyment of reading. Klay will receive an Award for Outstanding Achievement and a $25 gift certificate to Border's Book Store from RIF and Nestle and a $50 gift card for Milo Elementary.

According to Julie Royal, Milo Elementary's RIF coordinator, this year's theme for the poster contest was "Celebrate the Joy of Reading". Mrs. Royal worked together with the art teacher, Mrs. Alison Chapman, to coordinate the poster contest. Mrs. Chapman said she was "very pleased with Klay's poster". Rob Borden, Klay's classroom teacher adds, "Klay is one of our most creative students in a class that's full of creativity. I hope this will influence other students to

discover the joy of reading and to make it part of their everyday lives."

Christine Beres, principal of Milo Elementary School, says "It is exciting for our school to have national recognition. We are always looking for ways to support reading and encourage children to make it a life long habit Congratulations, Klay."

Klay is the son of Joi and Chuck Stevens of Milo, Maine. While Klay enjoys reading and all sports he especially loves basketball, snowmobiling and motocross with his older brother Kole. Klay's poster is featured on the Reading is Fundamental website at

Happy Birthday!!
Pictured here is Benjamin Raymond a Kindergartener at Milo Elementary who turned 6 on February 14th! Happy Birthday Ben, Happy Valentine's Day and he also celebrated with Milo Elementary School turning 50 years old. A day
he will not soon forget!!!

Cook School News
Our February 18 assembly began with the grade 4 and 5 students singing and dancing to "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac. The performers and the audience had great big smiles on their faces.

The K-1 students sang "100 Days of School."

Today was also hat day. Students (and teachers) wore their favorite hats all day.

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Mrs. Wright announced that Hannah Bess, Tyler Tibbets and Cassidy Parker as our Terrific Kids this week. Miss K. is very proud of how hard Hannah has worked to earn Terrific Kid. Hannah has remembered her planner and her homework every day. She is well behaved and quiet in the classroom. Mrs. Carter praised Tyler for always being willing to help. He often asks if she has anything he can do. Tyler has not missed any recesses this week. Ms. Ivy said that Cassidy is wonderful every single day. She happily edits her written work and is able to tell all the important things about what she has read. Cassidy is an excellent role model.

Bus Kids: Lauren Crocker, Jeremy Moulton and our new student, Cameron

Artists of the Week: Michelle Baker, Ryanne Young

We celebrated the birthdays of Mackenzie Morel (11), Lillis Noke (11) and Isaiah Bess (9).

Our Read Across America Celebration will be held at 12:30 on March 2.

Everyone is invited to hear our guest readers share their favorite books. Students may bring a stuffed animal and slippers. There will be cake!! Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids!!!!

Tammy Elsenheimer recently visited the Cook School students. She is a member of Dr. Steinke's office in Dover Foxcroft. Mrs. E. and Max presented a dental health lesson She reviewed the Four Keys to a Healthy Smile.

1. Brush and Floss
2. Flouride
3. Eat Healthy (Chocolate and carrots are both okay)!
4. Sealants

We thank Mrs. E. and Max for the wonderful lesson and demonstration.

The Marion C. Cook students and staff would like to thank our wonderful PTO for another fantastic Winter Carnival. We appreciate all that you do for us. The students had a blast playing the games and jumping in the Bounce House. We would also like to thank all the parents who volunteered to run the games.

Certificate Programs Available at Penquis Higher Education Center

The Penquis Higher Education Center, in Dover-Foxcroft, offers 16 certificate programs through the University College system.

All of the coursework in the following undergraduate certificate programs can be taken locally: University of Maine’s Classical Studies and Maine Studies; University of Maine at Augusta’s Child and Youth Care Practitioner, Gerontology, Human Services, Library and Information Services, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community, and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation; plus the Certificate in Liberal Arts that is offered by five of the University of Maine System campuses – UMA, UMFK, UMM, UMPI, and USM. Classes are offered on-site, online, and via interactive television or two-way videoconferencing.

In addition, six of the eight courses in University of Southern Maine’s Certificate in Environmental Safety and Health, and most of Eastern Maine Community College’s Early Childhood Certificate, can be completed at the Penquis college center and its sites in Dexter, Greenville, Guilford, and Newport. Some of the coursework in these two programs must be done at a campus.

Graduate certificate programs that can be taken locally via two-way videoconferencing include: the University of Maine’s Child and Family Services Certificate; and the University of Southern Maine’s Mental Health and Rehabilitation Technician/Community Certificate, Certificate of Graduate Studies in Health Policy and Management, and Certificate of Graduate Studies in Nonprofit Management.

The University of Maine also offers the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems—a primarily web-based graduate certificate for students who qualify. Most courses can be taken using computers in the computer lab at the Penquis college center or on the student’s home computer; some of the coursework must be done at the UM campus.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Penquis Higher Education Center, toll free at 1-800-590-2942 or at 207-564-2942, for more information about these 16 undergraduate and graduate certificates.

Help our Troops!!!
A unit of soliders in Iraq has asked for any boxing gloves and boxing equipment that anyone has to spare or that they are willing to donate.

The unit would like to get a boxing team together at their camp and the only gloves that they have have no padding. The equipment they mentioned include "mouth guards, helmets and anything else you have."

If you have something you would be willing to donate, please contact Linda Howard or call her at 279-0069.

Thanks in advance for supporting our troops!

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Linda also has about 20 of the large yellow magnetic ribbons with “Support Our Troops!” on them. . She would like to sell them in order to raise money to send more care packages to the soldiers overseas She is hoping to be able to support the 152nd when they get deployed

There are two sites that you can go to to get more information on supporting the troops:.
(This site allows you to adopt a soldier or unit or platoon for either pen pals or to send care packages to, after clearance).
(This site allows you to have access to requests that soldiers, or people on their behalf post, asking for wants/needs. There is a $12 registration fee due to new regulations from the DoD.

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

The Stanchfield Ridge School
It is the Stanchfield Ridge School that gives us the most complete details for a “before and after” contrast. This school closed either in 1920 or 1921 after a long-populous district had drastically shriveled in numbers.

In the first pages of this supplementary account of the old district schools, the Schoolhouse Road, with its contingent of twenty scholars came in for consideration.

Three other roads in District 4 – the back Brownville Road, the Ramsdell Road and the Ridge road – added their scholars to swell the school population in this 1910-1922 period before the district schools ceased to operate.

The back Brownville road had been lessening for years in scholar production. The community had been gradually dying for twenty years or more. In the period this story deals with, only five scholars from the back Brownville road went to the Stanchfield ridge School. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Chase sent two – John Chase and Murray Haines. Murray was Mrs. Chase’s son by an earlier marriage. Abner and Sarah Allen had three childred – May, Edna and Maurice. Both these families lived not far from where the Ryder Road took its beginning from the back Brownville Road.

In the olden days, before the time of this story, the Ramsdell Road, theoretically ran through the Ridge Road from the Lakeview Road to the back, back Brownville road. I say theoretically for while the town had approved a road through, only an Indian’s eye could have detected the opening the town had blessed through the virgin growth beyond the Hurd farm.
There were seven farms on the Ramsdell Road at one time. Beginning at the Lakeview Road, they were: the Ramsdell farm, Phinney farm and the Smith farm; (the four corners next); then the Cilly farm, Hurd farm, Orrin Stanchfield farm and lastly the Austin Gould farm.

Austin Gould was a bachelor. He was Ira Gould’s uncle. His farm was on the Brownville side of the line. The Stanchfield farm was on the Milo side of the line but it, like the Gould farm, had access only to the back, back Brownville Road.
Orrin and Rose Stanchfield had four children – Beulah, Hattie, Daisy and Otis. Situated as they were, they had to send their children to the Brownville district school and the town of Milo paid tuition for their education.

In those days, Brownville had two district schools in the vicinity; the Smith School to which the Stanchfield children went because it was not too far from the Ramsdell Road terminus; and the Burry District School. This school was situated on the Lakeview Road near the Highland Quarry. In the days of the quarry operation, there was quite a settlement, including a hotel or boarding house for employees. This hotel road off the Lakeview Road ran through to Brownville. In the 1930’s it was still passable.

During the period this story covers, the Cilly farm and the Hurd farm had been idle for some time. The only scholars

from the Ramsdell Road came from the section between the Lakeview Road and the four corners.

The Ramsdells, Carroll and Annie, had two children; Nora and Mary. Charles and Pearl Phinney had three – Celia, Gretchen and Royce. Charles and Katie Smith also had two – Raymond and Ernest.

From the Ridge Road during this period more than forty scholars added to the Stanchfield Ridge School attendance.

The John Hodgman family had eleven children – Bert, Fred, Gus, Harold, Guy, Leon, John, Earl, May, Inez and Ethel. George and Mildred Gould had Ira, Virginia and Maurice. Charles and Jane Foss had Charles, Jr., Lyle, Mina, Pearl, Chester and Lewis.

Moses and Harriet Foss had Ella, Leslie, Edith and Dorothy. Nelson and Delia Brown had Nelson, Jr., Donald, Ethel, Minnie, Lulu, Clint and Ina.

Ivory and Cordelia Stanchfield had Zeb, Frank, Orrin, Evelyn and Olive. Zeb and Lucy Stanchfield (Zeb, too, was Ivory’s son) had Dorice and Marjorie.

On the Ridge Road were two bachelors – Zeb, the older, who lived with his sister, Lavern Bumpus; and Olin Pollard, another uncle of Ira Gould.

That was the “before” in the contrast; here is the “after”.

In that section, which was the Stanchfield Ridge district, there are today, three children of school age and they, of course, are bussed to one or another of the School Administrative District 41 Schools.

The Schoolhouse Road has no scholars, no inhabitants, no houses even. Neither has the Ramsdell Road, unless you count one camp – an altered garage, occupied in the summer by out-of-state owners. Neither has the back Brownville Road. The Ridge Road still has five families – those of Carl Hoskins, Rupert Brown, Melburn Brown, James Larson (one child of school age); and David Larson (two children of school age).

And that is the school population of District 4 as of this year of 1978.
Many of the teachers in the Stanchfield Ridge School remain in memory. They include Agnes Day Sawyer, Marion Brissett, Flossie Taylor, Alice Cunningham, Grace Thomas, Phyllis Decker, Dorice Clark, Lydia Rhoda, Hazel Black, Sumner Clark, Clint Kittredge, Catherine Madden, Clara Carlberg, Rose Doble, Linnie Ryder Dick, Carrie Snow, Levi Johnson and Hiram Gerrish.

Agnes Sawyer, one of the very few still living who taught in that school, remembers that when she taught there in 1910, she received $8 a week of which she paid $2.50 for board.

In spite of the cold and the primitive methods used to cope with winter roads, schools operated right through the winter. Teachers and scholars alike walked to school, if the snow-covered roads could be waded or like Alice Gould, they had a long way to go. Alice, of course, went back and forth by horse and sleigh, in the winter and horse and wagon after the snow was gone.

Sometimes when roads were deep in snow in the morning, they rode with the breaker of roads. Agnes Sawyer said that there were times when she rode with Will Bishop on his horse sled as, with a six or seven-foot section from a small tree placed crosswise under the front runners, he firmed down the snow a little so that it could be more easily waded.

By Judith Macdougall
What changeable weather we had last week. The sticky, sticky snow Tuesday morning was great for snow balls and sculpting snowmen. I made myself a very small one just for the fun of it, but he was so top heavy he fell off the pile of snow I set him on. The sticky snow was also very heavy for shovelers and snowplows alike to move. How very different snows can be! Some are so wet and some are so fluffy.

Melissa Hill conducted her Preschool Story Time on February 14-Valentine’s Day. She usually has her story time on the first Monday of the month which would have been the 7th, but she and her boys had a chance to go to Florida and they went.

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They had a wonderful time visiting their Hill grandparents. Four little girls and Melissa’s two boys attended the story time this past week. Of course, they listened to Valentine stories and made valentines as their craft project. They had a great time with hearts and glitter and glue every where. Melissa and I were very surprised and pleased to each receive a little box of chocolates from Camryn Rolfe, thanks to her Grandma Linda. Camryn was so sweet as she presented a box to each of us. Thank you, Camryn ( and Grandma ). Melissa’s next Preschool Story Time will be on March 7th from 1:30-2:30 at the library. All preschoolers are very welcome. Caregivers are expected to stay.

Penworthy sent a preview box of juvenile books and here is a list of the titles I chose with our youngest patrons in mind.

DANGER! WIZARD AT WORK ( Dragon Slayers’ Academy)
(Dragon Slayers’ Academy series)
HELP IT’S PARENTS DAY AT DSA (Dragon Slayer’s Academy)
HAPPY BOODAY TO YOU (Ghostville Elementary)
HIDE –AND-SPOOK (Ghostville Elementary)

Remember the BOOK SALE coming up on JUNE 11. If you have any books you would like to donate, we will be only too glad to receive them. We have already had some donations and will be very pleased to have yours.

Also remember we are having AMNESTY WEEKS until March 5th. ALL overdue books are free of fines, no matter how long they have been overdue if they come in during this period. If it is more convenient for parents, the office personnel at the Milo Elementary School have given permission for overdue Milo Free Public Library books to be brought to the school office where I will pick them up after vacation.

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

And we don’t mean Christmas. It’s mating season for cats and dogs. People need to act now to prevent all those soon to be unwanted puppies and kittens from being born. In central Maine 65% of the cats and 20% of the dogs are destroyed. Endless numbers are dumped by the side of the road and worse. Be a responsible pet owner and have your companion animals spayed or neutered. P.E.T.S. the local, all volunteer, non-profit 501( c ) 3 organization provides a reduced cost spay/neuter program for individuals or families that qualify. Foxcroft Veterinary’s dedication to our program and community support are the backbone of our reduced cost program. Fundraising to support our program. is a constant challenge. Even though P.E.T.S. received a small grant from the DJ and T Foundation for spay/neuter, volunteers still need to raise matching monies. Our current fund raiser is our raffle- “Weekend Getaway for 2” at the Bar Harbor Motel, including meals. Get your tickets at the Cup and Easel on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft or from Val Robertson in Milo. Look for P.E.T.S. volunteers, hopefully we won’t be frozen, at Walmart’s in Newport on Sat. March 26th . Additional places and dates to be announced. Drawing for this raffle will be held April 15th. Of course donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductable and can be sent to P.E.T.S., P.O. Box 912, Guilford, ME 04443. For information about our organization or questions about spay/neuter please contact: Sue Slate 379-2809, Salley Sue Pearson 876-2752, Phyllis Dyer 564-8072, Mary Shapleigh 564-8092, or Julie Gallagher at 943-5083.

Greetings everyone,

All is well in this part of the world. It is starting to get hotter, and I expect it to be ridiculously hot in about a month or so. During April it is going to be the worst, and throughout March-July, it is too hot to sleep inside so everyone sleeps outside. It should be very interesting.

I came to Kayes for a couple of days because there are two new volunteers arriving later this afternoon for their site visits. It should be a good time. One of the volunteers that I arrived with in September quit last week, so now I'm the only person from our group out here in Kayes. Life here is definitely not for everyone, it is difficult, and I find myself being tested very often...but I am definitely happy here and look forward to each and every day.

I got to play some basketball last week at the court here in Kayes. There are some pretty good players here, but I managed to hold my own. I still haven't repaired the hoop in village because I want to cement the court also, so it will take some time.

My Bambara has really started to come the point now where I can have a simple conversation. It is really great to be able to talk with my family and friends in village. I'm not to the point where I can talk about Aristotle yet, but in due time. :)

I still eat the same thing everyday...rice and couscous. I've lost a considerable amount of weight since I got here...about 25 lbs. But I have managed to stay healthy in the process. With very little fat content in my diet, it is nearly impossible to keep weight on. My entire diet consists of that 'No Carb' craze in the US is complete crap in my opinion. If you really want to lose weight, come to Mali. :)

The music in this country is really great. I bought a couple of CDs before I came here and can finally understand the lyrics. For those of you that are interested, Habib Koite and Boubacar Traore are very good.

I suppose that is all for now. I hope that this email finds you well and I will write again when I get a chance.

Peace and much Love,

A Historical Review
Milo Nurse Explains Service in Philippines
Piscataquis Observer. 12/5/79
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2005)
Milo - Pearl McFarland spoke on nursing in the Moros at the meeting of the Milo Nurses's guild held Monday evening at the home of Mary Lutterell. Mrs. McFarland ran a hospital on a small Philippine Island called Zamboanga. The hospital called St. Lukes Hospital had 30 beds and was near a Moro Village. The Moro people migrated from Necca and were followers of Mohammed and devoted Moslems.

The Moro's, Mrs McFarland said, fished at night and used torches to attract the fish. they also grew and harvested coconuts, hemp and rubber. She said she liked the Moro people and never felt fear of them even though they were often in conflict with the Philippineos.

She said the Moros did not come to the hospital for the many tropical diseases that needed treatment; that it took a long time to gain their arrival of a Spanish doctor, more and more of the people came for necessary treatment.

Although Mrs. McFarland was the only American nurse at the hospital, the other nurses spoke English and so language was not a problem. She studied Spanish in order to communicate with the natives. When asked what she did at the hospital, she replied, modestly, "everything." She went on to tell of the many incidents that occurred at the hospital and ofher trip around the island. She was there from 1923-1927 and hopes to return in the future.
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Mrs. McFarland showed pictures of the area aorund the hospital and of the Moro people. She also circulated an article that appeared in the Bangor Daily News on the group of people discovered in the hills of Zamboango who were very primitive, and without contact with civilization. She said that this was near the hospital where she at one time worked. She said she is not positive of the fate of that hospital but feels that both it and the beautiful grove around it were destroyed.

(Note: General & Mrs. McFarland's retirement home was in Lake View. One day, the elderly man wandered away from his home into the woods and was never found.)

Understanding Your 403(b) Plan
When it comes to investing for your retirement, there are many different types of savings plans available for investors looking to accumulate a nest egg. You may have heard of IRAs and 401(k)s but, depending on the type of organization you work for, you may want to familiarize yourself with a 403(b) plan.

These types of plans are available to qualified nonprofit organizations, those with the tax classification of 501(c)3. This classification usually includes schools, hospitals and religious organizations.

There are two types of 403(b) arrangements: non-ERISA and ERISA. Under a non-ERISA arrangement, employee participation in the plan is entirely voluntary. In addition, the employer does not make contributions to the plan and there are no reporting and disclosure requirements. These plans are solely funded by employee contributions, usually done through salary deferrals.

ERISA 403(b) arrangements can be funded with employer contributions, employee salary deferral contributions, or a combination of both. Employers can match the employee contributions or just make their own discretionary contributions to the plan.

In 2005, the annual 403(b) elective deferral limit is up to 100% of the employee’s compensation, but it cannot exceed $14,000. The annual deferral limit will increase in $1,000 increments until it reaches $15,000 in 2006. The limit will then be indexed for inflation in $500 increments beginning in 2007.

For those employees age 50 or older before the end of the plan, catch up contributions allow up to an additional $4,000 in 2005, if permitted under the plan rules. The limit will reach $5,000 in 2006 then will be indexed for inflation in $500 increments going forward.

In addition, participants with 15 or more years of service with the same employer may increase their contributions to the plan by an additional $3,000 annually, with a $15,000 lifetime maximum increase. So if you are over age 50 and have been at the company for more than 15 years, you would be able to contribute up to $21,000 in 2005.

There are several ways you can take your distributions from this type of retirement plan. Distributions from a 403(b) plan may be in the form of a lump sum, an installment or annuity payments. You may take distributions from your plan based on events such as death, disability, reaching age 59 _, reaching age 70 _ or separation of service. You are able to rollover your 403(b) distributions to and from IRAs, other 403(b) plans, 401(k) and 457 plans.

As with many other types of retirement plans, 403(b) plan participants are subject to mandatory distributions. Distributions must be taken no later than April 1 after the year in which you reach age 70 1/2 , retire or separate from service. However, if a portion of your account balance includes contributions from before 1987, the mandatory distribution on that amount may be deferred until age 75.
Your financial consultant can help you sort through any other questions you may have about a 403(b) plan or general retirement planning. The most important thing to remember about planning for retirement is to start contributing early to allow your funds to compound over time. If you would like to receive the publication, Understanding Your Employer Sponsored 403(b) Plan, by A.G. Edwards &Sons, Inc, please contact financial consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills, in Bangor at 800-947-5456.
This article was provided by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Member SIPC.

LIMESTONE - Bruce Sinclair Billings, 81, died Feb. 13, 2005, at a Caribou healthcare facil-ity, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born Feb. 9, 1924, at Fort Kent, the son of Medley T. and Martha (Sinclair) Billings. He was a 1941 graduate of Milo and attended the University of Maine for a year and a half before being drafted into the U.S. Army in February of 1943. Bruce served for three years in both the European and Asiatic-Pacific theaters of World War II, being honorably discharged in 1946. He returned to the University of Maine following the war, graduating in 1948. He then attended Boston University School of Law in 1951. He was admitted to the Maine Bar March 4, 1952 and soon after opened a Law practice in Limestone. Bruce practiced Law and sold real estate in the town of Limestone for more than 45 years. Active in local affairs he served on the Board of Selectmen, Board of Appeals, the town planning board, and was the tax assessor. He was also Limestone's town attorney for many years. He was active in the Jaycees and was a past president of the local Rotary Club. He was active in the Limestone development program, the United Way, and was thrice president of the local Chamber of Commerce. He was a past president of the Aroostook County Board of Realtors and served as a director of the state association. For four years he was chairman of the North Star district of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Obar-Phair American Legion Post No. 127, was a parishioner of the Limestone United Methodist Church, and was also a Mason and a Shriner of the Anah Temple, Bangor. In 1972, Bruce was selected for Limestone's outstanding citizenship award. He is survived by two sons, Kent S. Billings and his wife, Lynn, of Stewartown, Pa., Scott R. Billings and his wife, Michelle, of Stewartown, Pa.; his long time companion, Lucille Cloutier of New Brunswick, Canada; five grandchildren, Amy Bedford, Marcus Billings, Bradley Billings, Holly Billings, Tiffany Billings; three great-grandchildren, Christian Billings, Addison Billings, Joshua Bedford, several nieces and nephews. Private committal services will be held at the Sebec Cemetery, Sebec. Those wishing to make a donation in Bruce's memory may do so to the charity or organization of one's choice.

BANGOR - Stanley E. Dyer, 91, husband for 59 years of the late Beatrice (Washburn) Dyer, died Feb. 16, 2005, at a Brewer healthcare facility. He was born Nov. 3, 1913, in Lewiston, the son of Sidney P. and Elsie (Hatton) Dyer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was actively involved in the financial administration of the church for many years. He worked in the Accounting Department of Fox & Ginn, Inc. for 32 years. He is survived by one son, Donald S. Dyer of Salem, N.H.; one daughter, Susan E. Laganiere of Milo; and several grandchildren and great- grand-children. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Randall Chretien, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bangor, officiating. Gifts in his memory may
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be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Bangor, 703 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401.

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Arlene Elizabeth (Preble) Weymouth, 86, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, crossed over into the hands of her Lord at a local nursing home on Feb. 14, 2005, with her family by her side wishing her well on her journey. Arlene was born Aug. 23, 1918, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Clayton and Nellie (Ritchie) Preble. She is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Robert E. Weymouth. He lovingly cared for his wife, as she had cared for him and their family. She retired from Foxcroft Academy where she had worked as a cook for many years. Arlene belonged to the United Methodist Church in Dover-Foxcroft. For many years she baked her own bread to serve at Communion and participated in many events sponsored by the Methodist Women. She also belonged to the Extension and the Junior Cosmopolitan Club. As a mother, Arlene was the true definition of what the word means. She was the "glue" that held our family together, that brought us together the first week of August every year to celebrate the love that exists between parents and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Arlene enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, embroidery and crocheting. Over the years she created many gifts for her family as it increased in size. Each grandchild and great- grandchild has received an example of "Grammie's" handiwork. At family gatherings, Grammie's macaroni and cheese, and graham cracker pie were most often requested by all. Cooking for friends and family gave her great joy. She is survived by her five children, sons, Stephen and his wife, Jackie, of Pittsfield, Michael and his wife, Peggy, of Hingham, N.H., Robert, her faithful son, of Dover-Foxcroft, Peter and his wife, Karen, of Scarborough; daughter, Susan and her husband, Eldridge Small, of Sebec. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Cindy, Lana and her husband, Bob, Sara and her husband, Brad, Emily and her husband, Ed, Ian, Jennifer and her husband, Dan, Anna and her husband, Michael, Eli and fiancee, Yvonne, and Sandy and his special friend, Jenny; nine great-grandchildren, Aryn, Bobbie, Nicole, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Jessica, Andrew, Caroline, and Josie. She was predeceased by her brothers, Edward, Albert and Harold; and her sisters, Gladys, Helen and Dorothy. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Sonia Emery, Estelle Weymouth, and Priscilla Weymouth; and many nieces and nephews. We are especially grateful to our friend and caregiver, Cathy Campbell, for the comfort and loving care she gave to us all throughout Mom's illness. We would also like to thank Dr. David McDermott and Hibbard Nursing Home for the wonderful care and comfort given to our mother and our family. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at the United Methodist Church, Dover-Foxcroft, with Rev. Neil Gastonguay officiating, along with Pastor Roy Weymouth from Selbyville, Del., nephew of Arlene. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Gray Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to their favorite charity. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

BANGOR - Elaine F. Waggoner, 77, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Feb. 14, 2005. She was born May 29, 1927, in Bangor, the daughter of Augustus G. and Lettie E. (Page) Parsons. Elaine worked 25 years for the City of Brewer as Tax Collector, retiring in 1990. Upon retirement, she worked part-time for eight years for the Bangor School Department. Elaine enjoyed many things in life and most of all spending time with her family, her grandchildren and her great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles E. Waggoner; her brothers and sisters, Janet M. Parsons, Donald P. Parsons, Roger J. Parsons, and Elizabeth M. Marsh. She is survived by her children, Charles T. Waggoner and wife, Jolanda, of Ringgold, Va., Susan E. Gray and husband, Bruce, of Putnam, Conn., Cathrine L. Prouty and husband, Edgar "Bud" of Sebec, Carolyn L. "Kay" Waggoner of Bangor, and Karan M. Waggoner of Kingston, N.H.; her brothers and sisters, Augustus G. Parsons Jr. and wife, Betty, of Newport, Vt., Forrest C. Parsons and wife, Geraldine, of Penobscot, Marilyn Levering of Greenfield, Ind., Carolyn Fletcher of Waterville, and Richard A. Parsons and wife, Barbara, of Barberton, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Patty Nixon and her husband, Earl, of Medina,

Ohio; six grandchildren, Jorg and wife, Mickey, Nicole and husband, Steven, Shawn and wife, Karen, Tricia and family, Trey and wife, Kim, and Brad; her great-grandchildren, who brought her so much joy and love, Colby, Carson, Connor, Logan and Alexander; stepgrandchildren, Kalib, Katelynne, Joslynne; many special nieces and nephews. Elaine will be sadly missed by two special young ladies, Lacey and Paige Curtis.. Graveside committal services will be held in the spring. Those who wish to remember Elaine in a special way may make gifts in her memory to New Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 757, Holden, ME 04429 or to a charity of one's choice.

Submitted by Phil Gerow

Catching up on the latest news on the day beforeChristmas at the Nesbit home in Portland are PVHS alumni (from left) Meg Gerow Nisbet, Kim Noble Kelley, both class of ’88, Amy Gerow Loose, class of ’85, and Lea Williams Lundin, class of ’88.

Children at the gathering included (front row) Garrett Nisbet and Kathryn and Kaylea Lundin. (Back row) Sophia and Giavanna Loose and Victoria Kelley. Absent was Michael Kelley.

There is a bonding taking place in the Portland area these days among PVHS alumni. Once a week, Friday mornings, three members of the class of ’88 gather for coffee and conversation. They have been doing this since one of the groups’ members, Kim Noble Kelley’s husband Peter, also a Penquis alumni, was deployed to Iraq. He is a member of the 133rd Engineer Battalion of the Army National Guard.

The women met at the home of Meg Nisbet the Friday before Christmas with their children. The women rotate weekly meeting at each other’s homes. Kim updates them on what news Peter is able to share with her in Portland.

Peter found out in January 2004 that he was going to be deployed. He and his unit, after going through exercises at Fort Drum in New York, moved on to work in the Middle East in February. He came home during the last week of August but then had to go back. Peter was told at the time of his deployment to expect to be away for 18 months.

After working full-time in the military for 12 years, Peter became a member of the Army National Guard and became an employee with Cape Elizabeth Public Works Department. Previously, the longest he had been away from the family was

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three months when he participated in Operation Desert Storm I the early 1990’s. As a member of the 133rd, Peter is rebuilding infrastructure, including roads, schools and hospitals.

Kim is able to talk to her husband of 16 years on a daily basis through e-mail and instant messaging. At times, she has been able to see him on a Webcam. She said when she and her husband heard of his deployment, they dealt with it in different ways.

Kim said, “Peter dealt with it like a soldier. But at first, I didn’t deal with it too well…I was a basket case. It came as a total surprise, “ Kim said, “I never thought it would happen in a million years.”

Two people have been instrumental in helping Kim through the past several months are Lea Lundin and Meg Nisbet. Although the three women were childhood friends and graduated from PVHS in Milo the same year, they had lost contact with each other over the years. That is, until word of Peter’s deployment became known.

“We all went our separate ways, but we would still see each other once in a while and say that we have to get together sometime.” Lundin said, “Over these months it has not been a matter of getting together sometimes but that we need to be there for each other.” Now the three friends meet at least once a week to talk.

Kim said her husband is very open about what is going on in Operation Iraqi Freedom and has many positive things to say about their work and how the Iraqi people are treating the soldiers. She said she gets all of her information about the conflict and rebuilding of Iraq from her husband.

On the day before Christmas, because of school vacation, the children came to the gathering. They included Garrett Nisbet, some of Meg and Greg Nisbet, Kathryn and Laylea Lundin, daughters of Lee and Tracy Lundin, Victoria Kelley, daughter of Kim and Peter Kelley. The couple’s son Michael did not attend. Also, there was Meg’s sister Amy Loose, and she and her husband’s daughters Giavanna and Sophia, of Westbrook.

Kim has had a great deal of help from family and friends. She said she is thankful for the generosity that the community has shown her, from her friends and family to complete strangers. A group of high school students raked her leaves this fall and her family has received 100 gallons of free heating oil and had the furnace cleaned for free.

As a result of being away over a year from her husband Kim feels she has become a stronger person. “I never thought I would be at this point, saying he will be home in a few months,” Kim said. “I have gotten stronger and learned a lot about myself.”

The Penquis Valley Alumni will say they have grown closer to each other during this time and hope that the friendship will continue for years to come.

21-Cloudy Snow-16° am.
22-Fair L snow pm-24° pm.
23-Sunny-30° at noon.
24-Sunny Clouding up pm-2° am.
25-Cloudy snow start 1:30 pm 8 in snow-24° pm.
26-AM M sunny cloudy pm-46° at noon.
27-Snow in night M cloudy pm snow squalls in evening-40° at noon.
Submitted by W. E. Oakes
The annual Milo/Brownville Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest for boys and girls ages 10-14 was held on Tuesday, February 15, for the boys and Wednesday, February 16, for the girls at Penquis Valley High School in Milo.

Winners for the 14-year-old group were Nycole Carey and Kristopher Foss; Morgan Royal and Kiel Larson for the 13-year-olds; Miranda Conklin and Eddie Cobb for the 12-year-olds; Kristyn Chapman and Greg Hathorn for the 11-year-olds; and Laura Gray and Klay Stevens for the 10-year-olds. These young girls and boys will compete in a District contest in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, February 26, against the winners from Dexter and Dover-Foxcroft. Winners in the District Contest will compete in the State Contest in Old Town on Saturday, March 12.

Girls participating were; 14-year-olds Nycole Carey, Angel Hulsey, Erica Lyford, Crystal Mills, Miranda Newbert, and Kristin Robinson; 13-year-olds Susanne Brown, Cheyenne Daigle, Annie Karnes, Jamie Kleincauf, Kelsey Ottman, Morgan Royal, and Kayla Webb; 12-year-olds Carolyn Bess, Lindsay Brown, Miranda Conklin, Alyssa Gray, and Brooke McLaughlin; 11 year-olds Miranda Andrick, Kristyn Chapman, Lauren Crocker, Shelby Jay, and Shelby Weston; and 10-year-olds Mindy Corson, Laura Gray, Dakota Howe, Alexis Larson, Brooke Morrill, and Stephanie Vachon.

Boys participating were 14-year-old Tyler Elsenheimer, Kristopher Foss, Nicholas Richard, and Shane Woodward; 13-year-old Michael Johnson, Philip Larrabee, Kiel Larson, Jesse McLaughlin, Kyle Murphy, and Caleb Stanley; 12-year-old Jerell Arefein, Justin Artus, Ricky Bradeen, Eddie Cobb, Lucas Grinnell, Spencer Leavitt, Shawn Pullyard, Bryan Russell, and Jeremy Russell; 11-year-old Taylor Delano and Greg Hathorn; and 10-year-old Devon Armstrong and Klay Stevens.

Submitted by Kay Webb
The Tiger Cub Scouts went bowling to celebrate member Jarod Webb’s birthday. They also earned their bowling belt loop while having fun!

L to R-Ben Tarnoczy, Zachary Lewis, Hunter Lewis, Zachary Lane, and Jarod Webb

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Three Rivers Kiwanis News
Children: Priority One

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at the Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 am to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcomed to attend to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Dorothy Brown, 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.

February 16, 2005 Meeting
President Murrel Harris greeted 22 members and guests Bill Sawtell, Doc Sherman, “Sugar” Bob Moore, and Hoyt Fairbrother.

Lt. Governor Eben DeWitt led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Herb Dunham, remembering our great leaders from the past, President Washington and President Lincoln, said the prayer as we celebrate their birthdays this month. Herb also prayed for the military as we see a glimmer of hope in world affairs. He prayed for a happy and successful Fishing Derby this coming weekend.

Don Harris today read the inspirational reading. His reading today was titled Family Vacations and Other Threats to Marriage Phillip Gulley. The story was a humorous one depicting the trials and tribulations of a family traveling on a vacation with a baby and children, eventually learning that vacations can be less fun than anticipated. The author felt that television and inaccurate family portrayals of past vacations were responsible for this misrepresentation. The author stated that he remembered viewing a Brady Bunch episode when the Brady Bunch traveled for an entire week without ever having to use the bathroom. Florence Henderson sang across three states without anyone pushing her out the car door. The author stated that we do ourselves a disfavor when we expect family life to be the Brady Bunch revisited. Truth is, most of our families lurch from one mess to another. And, that is not an altogether bad thing. Otherwise, how would we cultivate the fine art of forgiveness?

Correspondence: The Orono/Old Town Newsletter that was passed for all to read.

Birthdays and Anniversaries this week: Herb and Merna Dunham celebrate an Anniversary on Feb. 20th and Erica Lyford has a birthday on Feb 21st.

Twelve happy and sad dollars were donated this week. Happy dollars for students from Milo raising $ 1500.00 for tsunami relief in Asia, for 57 good years, for JSI’s wonderful growth, for spring training for the Red Sox opening tomorrow, for 1000 points for Jordan, for the coming event of being grandparents for the first time, for a wonderful vacation, for Martha Stewart getting out of jail, and a sad dollar for tired of all the snow shoveling!

Trish Hayes reported on activities of our busy Key Club. Key Club members were again in Bangor at Manna, and will be going again on March 14. Those members having more than 25 hours of community service will be recognized. Elections were postponed due to the upcoming vacation and will be rescheduled for March.

Val stated that there were now 14 entries for the chili/chowder cook-off scheduled for March 19th at the Milo Town Hall. Please see Val Robertson if you are interested in participating in this event.

There will be a special board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17 at The Restaurant to finalize the club’s committees. This will be the sole topic to be discussed.

Fred Trask introduced our speaker this week, Nels Kramer for Inland Fisheries. He spoke about the work going on with the Youth Fish and Game Clubs. Programs such as Hooked on Fishing, having a rifle range, kayaking and canoeing instructions among other activities keep the youth of Maine interested and active in this field. He discussed the different areas where fish are stocked and the rate of growth of fish in the area ponds including lake trout and salmon. He also talked about the Hydocoustics boat and how it is used. It was a talk much appreciated by Kiwanis members and their guests. We thank you Nels Kramer!

Our speaker next week, Feb. 23rd, will be Mike Henderson, County Administrator.

Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary.

Three Rivers Kiwanis and P.A.W.S has teamed up to present the area with a unique way to welcome Spring.
On Saturday, March 19, 2005,
From 5-6:30 PM, in the Milo Town Hall dining room,
we will hold the
First Annual Chili/Chowder Contest.
Area cooks have been invited to prepare their favorite chowder and/or chili and bring it to the Milo Town Hall for the anonymous public judging.
The public is asked to come sample and judge the entries. For a $5 entry fee, the “judges” can sample the chowders and chilis, and then vote on their favorites. Desserts, beverages and lots of crackers will be provided. Please contact Valerie Robertson at 943-2324 to enter or for more details. We anticipate this will event will be a blast that will blow away Winter. CALL NOW TO ENTER!!!
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