Three Rivers News, 2005-02-28

Kent is shown here in front of C.C. Polaris in Milo, who provided the sled, a 2005 340 Classic. Kent and his wife Karen live in Lakeview, on Schoodic Lake, so the sled is a welcome addition.


On February 14, 1955, Milo school children packed up the contents of their desks and walked from their school on High Street to the new school at 18 Belmont Street. On Monday, February 14, 2005, Milo Elementary celebrated 50 years. Staff and students created poster displays for each of the 50 years.

Former students and staff were invited to a birthday party on Monday evening. There were posters on display, a slide show done by the third grades of the third grade classes since1955, school photo albums, punch and cake. There were former students and staff members in attendance.

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Allen Horne will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 5th. A shower of cards would make his day! Send the cards to:
Allen Horne
PO Box 112
Milo, ME 04463


Dear everyone,
Greetings from Kayes, Mali. All is going very well for me here. I still don't have a house yet...I'm not sure why it isn't finished, but it isn't bothering me too much. I have been staying with an ONG (non-governmental organization) in village. It is basically a group of huts that the village uses as a hotel. My hut is about 15 feet in diameter and has a light that is powered by a car battery. It is definitely all that I need.

My huts are being built in the compound that is right next to where I am living right now. I plan on buying a car battery and a couple of lights once it is finished, and I already have a hammock that I'll hang between a couple of trees next to my huts. But I figure that by the time that it is finished, it is going to be too hot to sleep inside anyway, so my being relocated won't be a big deal since we'll all be sleeping outside soon.

I have rethought my plan regarding repairing the basketball hoop in my village. Now, I plan to search for financing to completely pave the court, fence it in, paint the court, and add some stands for spectators. There are several small villages in the area and from what I have heard, it would be very exciting to have the schools compete in other sports that isn’t just football (the real football). It should take some time to complete, but in the end I think it will be a great addition to the commune.

Life here is getting a little easier for me now, especially since my language skills are more developed. Every once in a while, I find myself having short conversations in Bambara and speaking very well, which makes me feel very good. The other night, I was sitting with my host mother, Loutandi, and we were talking about the stars and the moon and how beautiful they were. We were laughing a lot and it was a great moment for me. Although it was a very simple conversation, I found myself very happy with just being able to share a conversation with her, especially since when I got there I could hardly communicate with her or the rest of the family. I am definitely growing very close with my family and the chief of the village, who happens to be my host father. He has family that lives in Dakar, Senegal, and I plan on going there with him sometime next year.

The other day I was thinking about the little things that seem normal to me now that I found very strange when I first got here. For one, I eat with my hands at every meal, no matter what the cuisine may be. Each meal, I sit with my host father and two brothers and eat from a big bowl, probably about 2 feet in diameter, which is filled with either rice or couscous. Here, you always eat with your right hand and have your other hand on the bowl to stabilize it. We scoop the food out with our hands and shovel it into our mouths, licking our fingers afterwards. I suppose it is very caveman-like, but that is the way of life in the poor and underdeveloped parts of this world. The bright side of always eating with your hands is that you never burn your mouth, because if the food is too hot to pick up, it will never reach your mouth scolding hot. :)

Another facet of life here that is very different from that in America is the greetings. Everytime that you pass by someone in village, you greet them, ask them how they are doing, and ask them how their families are doing. Here is a sample:

I ni sogoma - Good morning (Lit: You and morning)
Here sita - Sleep well? (Lit: Peaceful night?)
Here doron - Peace only.
Somogow be di? - Your family is good?
Tooro si t'u la - They have no problems.

I say that about 40 times per day, to whomever I pass on the street in my village. I suppose that having to repeat it so many times has helped me learn the language, but it can be very
monotonous after a while. But it's all good, and is better than not greeting at all.

I guess that is all for now. I want you all to know that I am very happy and safe here in Mali. My experiences throughout these first 5 months have definitely opened my eyes and have made me realize how fortunate I have been in my life. I hope that these emails can make you realize the same. With that in mind, I will sign off. I hope that this email finds you and your families well.
Peace and love, Matt

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There was plenty of action both on and off the court of the Bangor Auditorium on Friday night.



Penquis Boys Win Quarterfinal
Penquis 52, Calais 32

Bangor, February 22-The Penquis boys advanced in the Eastern Class C Tournament here in downing Calais 52-32, excelling in almost every phase of the game The Patriots played a stingy 2-3 defense, which took the Blue Devils out of any semblance of a half court game, with alert hands and ball hawking.

Devin Perkins erased the boards and batted Calais shots out of the air like mosquitoes, scoring a dozen. 1000-point scorer Jordan Allen led all scorers with 19.

Not enough could be said about Penquis's depth that wears opponents down, as when fans saw Alex Zwicker or Kole Stevens at work, like plumbers.

Garrett Dickerson paced the Blue Devils, a physical team, with 12.
Quarter Scores
Calais 5 16 25 32
Penquis 9 24 36 52
Officials: Kinens, McCatten, and Whittaker

The Penquis boys are celebrating their win over WA on Friday night,


Bangor, February 25-The Pats sank seven of eight free throws in the final 1:19 to ice this one over a very physical WA club and advance to the Class C final against Dexter.

The two teams were never more than eight points apart in this semifinal game.

Devin Perkins played an outstanding game on both ends, clearing the boards, blocking shots, and scoring 14 points. James Ramsdell and Sam Hostetter paced the Raiders with 14 and 11 respectively in this defensive struggle.

Quarter Scores
WA 11 19 26 35
Penquis 11 19 27 41
Officials: Orser, Plourde, and Shoppee

Penquis Boys Lose Championship Game
Dexter 42, Pats 37

Bangor, February 26-After taking a 25-16 halftime lead the Penquis boys saw Dexter storm back in the second half here.

Jordan Allen's 17 led Penquis. Matt Murray had the same number for Dexter and Eric Day 10.

Quarter Scores
Penquis 17 25 32 37
Dexter 8 16 31 42

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43rd Annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Thanks to TRC Alliance for this information!

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On Tuesday, March 1st, those working on banners are asked to meet at 10:00 AM at Park Street United Methodist Church. Come and join the fun.

The Ecumenical Women's Breakfast will be held on Thursday, March 3rd, at 8:00 AM, at The Restaurant. All women are welcome to share this time of fellowship.

On Monday, March 7th, at 7:00PM, the Administrative council will meet at Park Street United Methodist Church. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

Pay Yourself First
No matter how hard you try to avoid it, sometimes it seems like your day-to-day living expenses just eat away at your entire paycheck. While you’re focused on just making ends meet, putting money away for the future may be the last thing on your mind. Even so, you need to remember that taking care of your longer-term financial goals is just as important as meeting your current needs. As a reminder of just how important it is to put part of your income aside – and to do it sooner, rather than later – take a look at the following example.

For this example we’ll use two investors – one who starts early and another who starts later. Let’s say the early investor puts away $5,000 per year for five years, and then allows that investment to grow for 15 years without putting in another penny. The late investor, on the other hand, waits for 10 years before he even begins his savings plan. He then invests $5,000 a year for 10 years, putting his total investment at $50,000 – exactly twice as much as the early investor.

Assuming an eight percent average annual rate of return on their investments, 20 years from the time our two investors started, the difference in their accounts is substantial. Our early investor would have accumulated a total of roughly $100,493 and she hasn’t put a penny of her own money in for the last 15 years. Meanwhile, the late investor’s account has grown to only $78,227, and he has been contributing each year for the past 10 years. That means that our early investor only put in half as much of her own money, and came out well over $20,000 ahead.

This example does not reflect the performance of any specific investment, nor does it take into account the eventual effects of taxes. It does, however, make the point very clear – by delaying 10 years to start, the late investor loses out on the benefits of compounding over a longer period of time.

Disciplined investment habits aren’t easy to come by, but there are several things you can do to improve your savings routine. One of the easiest ways to establish a savings plan is by taking advantage of the convenience of electronic funds transfer (EFT). You may be familiar with this EFT if you currently receive or make electronic deposits to your bank account. This service is also available from other financial services firms, and paying yourself first by using an EFT system can help you get in the habit of saving.

Direct deposit allows you the opportunity to deposit all or part of your paycheck to the account of your choice, so you could choose to set aside a certain portion to go directly to a savings account as opposed to your checking account. Another way to take advantage of EFT is to set up an automatic monthly deposit by authorizing a specific amount to be transferred from one of your accounts to another (i.e. from checking to a savings or investment account).

Regardless of which method you choose – or even if you decide on completely different investment strategy – putting aside money now will help you prepare to reach your financial goals that lie further down the road. If you would like to receive the brochure, Disciplined Asset Accumulation: How to Invest Systematically 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.

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

Some of the distances were long for the Stanchfield Ridge Scholars. When the ground was bare or the snow not too deep, they took short cuts across the fields. In deep winter they had to keep to the roads. Some of those short cuts, alas, are now grown up to bushes and the fields where they were are fields no longer!

Dorothy Severance had good reason to remember one winter day at the Stanchfield Ridge School. She was working at the blackboard behind the stove. The stove was hot and suddenly she fainted. While the teacher worked over her, one of the scholars ran down to get her father, Moses Foss.

Moses hitched the horse to the sleigh and taking the short cuts across Zeb’s yard and across Rapid Brook, he drove to the school as rapidly as he could; put his daughter into the sleigh and drove to Dr. Crosby’s. Dorothy’s fainting spell was diagnosed as typhoid fever. Her sister, Edith Williams, who lived on Water St., took care of her and nursed her through it. Dorothy didn’t get back to school for the rest of the term.

Nor is Mary Tyler, who was Mary Ramsdell then, likely to forget the time she climbed over a fence without noticing some quills a porcupine had left on the fence and evidently forgotten to pick them up again. Why the quills were there is open to debate. What matters is only that they were there and that they lodged in Mary’s hip. Quills have a barb like a fish hook, a fact that Mary learned in the next few minutes, while Linnie Dick, the teacher and Nora, her sister pulled them out.

Linnie may have reflected just in passing, as she pulled them out, what a nice instrument for chastisement a porcupine’s tail could be for incorrigibles, if only a teacher could find a way of grasping with proper protection, a gingerly-severed porcupine’s tail!

It’s odd how many apparently insignificant details of school life, long forgotten, turn up years later when a little pressure is put on the memory.

Ella Hodgman (she was Ella Foss then), recalls a couple of such incidents. One was the day Hiram Gerrish, the teacher, kept her after school for some make-up work and then forgot her. She remembers remaining meekly in her seat until nearly dark when her brother Leslie came up for her.

“Leslie was pretty mad,” she remembers.

The other instance was a game of hide and seek at recess.

I mentioned that “ball” was the favorite game at recess which most of the scholars played with enthusiasm.

Not all, though.

Ella and this other girl, whose name she doesn’t remember, were playing hide and seek. The other girl, in her absorbing race for the “goal” ran right through the ball game and right in front of the batsman who was just in process of swinging his or her bat. It hit the girl in the back but apparently there was a split second in which the batsman could withhold the home run attempt so the blow in the back wasn’t at all serious.

And then who could forget the time big, brawny Genevieve Harris went out of the room for a minute or two and the order in the room gave way to a little clean fun. Chet Foss, Kenneth Stanchfield and Don White took the teacher’s chair to the back of the room and made of it such as would produce the best and most laughs.

Poor Chet! He happened to be sitting in it when Genevieve suddenly came into the room.

Order was order in those days, if school was to be for learning. So Genevieve, big-muscled and able, held him where he was and whacked his head first on one side, then on the other, until she felt that dignity had been sufficiently demonstrated.

Yes, order and promptness were of the essence in those days.

There was a pond down below the schoolhouse where scholars went skating at recess in the time between freezing and the copious snow that would cover the ice. Once Luther Stanchfield didn’t get his skates off promptly enough when the after-recess bell rang. So Linnie Ryder, the teacher, administered chastisement promptly as teachers were wont to do. She had a bunch of keys on her at the moment; so rather than let the opportune moment pass,

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in the search for a better instrument for applying discipline, she whopped Luther on the knuckles with the bunch of keys. It was merely to admonish him not to be late getting back next time!

Oh yes, there were many, many details to remember about the old Stanchfield Ridge School – the hanging lamps for the infrequent lighting; the settee used for recitations during the 10 or 15 minute recitation periods; the speaking of pieces at Christmas time at the school; the box socials, generally at Christmas, but infrequently at other times for some special purpose; and the singing games at week-end socials with Mildred Gould, Ira’s mother, as the singer. She had a nice voice and was always called on for the singing role.

“The Needle’s Eye”, and “In and Out the Window” were the songs. They don’t sing them anymore.

Chase’s Hall

Chase’s Hall proved to be a sort of lemon. It housed classes, indeed, from about 1919, but I have yet to hear a good word about it as a school building. The town purchased it in 1917 to relieve crowded conditions in the village. The gradual closing of the outlying district schools concentrated too many scholars in one place.

The most widely-voiced complaint against Chase’s Hall was that it was cold in winter.

“On cold days, in winter,” Flossie Gilbert told me, “we came into Chase’s Hall with everything on, even mittens. It was hard to write with mittens on but it was too cold to take them off. Mr. Bodge (J.H.H. Bodge, the big, Big Grammar School principal) was very lenient. We did a lot of oral work on the coldest days.”

Partly it was the cracks in the walls letting in whatever weather was outside that drew the complaints. Partly, also, it was the lack of central heating. Although voters sanctioned the purchase of the building, they balked at voting money to install a furnace, so the upstairs room that were used at first had only a stove to dispel the cold.

Bertha Howland remembers the building as an all-weather lemon.

“Mrs. Annie Paul,” said Bertha, “used to let us take turns sitting around the stove on cold days.”

In the spring, she said, it was as disagreeably hot as it had been disagreeably cold in winter.

When we took the spring exams to get into high school, Mrs. Paul went up and down the aisles, fanning us as we worked.

The fireman, on cold days, not only couldn’t keep the room warm but even sitting by the stove, could keep only one side of himself warm. That’s the way Luthan Crosby put it, the year he sat next to the stove in the eighth grade and kept the fire going.

“Even sitting by the stove,” Luthan said, “I was cold on the side away from it. I would keep trying to turn to warm my cold side but the seat was rigid so one side of me was cold all day.

The building wasn’t just cold; it was hazardous.

Luthan recalled the day when a crew from the American Thread Company came over to measure the shakiness of the floor. They carried two sticks. By holding them together, one end at the ceiling, the other end at the floor, they measured the distance from floor to ceiling. Then they called the scholars to stand in the middle of the room and they measured again. What they found, Luthan didn’t remember. He recalled, however, that they shored up the floor directly afterward.

There was something else about the place, too, that wasn’t in other schools, something you just couldn’t put your finger on.

Lala Hughes recalls that.“I was always afraid of going upstairs in the building. I couldn’t tell you why,” she said. “It seemed to be closed in somehow, at the top.” Well, there seemed to be no alternative to operating the building, either upstairs or downstairs. Both were used at different times. It continued to house scholars until the new elementary school was finished in 1954. Then all the buildings housing the lower grades were closed.


On February 13th, four members/volunteers representing SOAR/Maine participated in the ‘Reception Ceremony’ at the Bangor Civic Center for the 1-152-FA returning home after their service in Iraq. We greeted the soldiers as they stepped off their buses and gave each one a bandana with the 91st Psalm imprinted on it. “It was awesome to see our soldiers as they were reunited with their families. It was very spiritually uplifting to be around such high energy and happiness.” We searched out one of our own with ties to Milo and found him amongst the crowd – 2ndLT Robert Bell! We met his wife Megan and other family members who had come to welcome him home. Thanks to LTC Mike McLaughlin, Capt. Veneziano, and Sgt. Major Nichols; they were instrumental in SOAR participating in this Welcome Home party for our heroes.

2nd Lt. Robert Bell, wife Megan, and family.

Michelle Lemik with Bob Bell

OPERATION BANDANA is an ongoing campaign. One of the many goals of SOAR is to present each soldier with the 91st Psalm bandana. While our goal is to present them to the troops as they pass through BIA; we have been presenting them to units at various locations as

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they leave or return form their tour of duty. This is to show our support and appreciation for what they are giving for us. It is our prayer that the words imprinted on the bandana will provide a source of strength and comfort to our heroes regardless of the location of the battle they fight. To those men and women we do not see before they are deployed, we make every effort to reach them when they return. Proceeds from the fundraising efforts as well as donations will enable us to achieve our goals.

SOAR just mailed Valentine cards and candy to 25 of our men and women. We wish to thank the Milo and Brownville Elementary first and second graders for their beautiful hand-made cards.

A spaghetti supper, sponsored by the American Legion to benefit SOAR, is planned for Saturday, March 19 from 5 to 7 pm at the American Legion Post #41 on West Main Street in Milo. Please mark your calendars to come and support this worthy cause. Adults-$5 and $2 for children under age 5.

We are holding a special meeting on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:30 at the American Legion Post #41 in Milo to discuss positions to be filled. Please come to see how best to use your skills and talents to support our community service members.

SOAR meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Legion in Milo at 6:30 pm. The next meeting is planned for March 15. Please join us to discuss plans for upcoming fundraisers and preparing Easter care packages. We welcome your input and involvement as we SOAR together. Please visit our web site for updates.

SOAR has a new address to make it easy for you to keep in touch and make donations: SOAR/Maine P.O. Box 364 Milo, Me 04463.

Whatever route we pursue – with His guidance and your help, we will be successful. God bless you and thank you for Supporting Our Troops.

28-Sunny & windy-20° at 7 am.
1-Rain & thunder-36° at 9:30 pm.
2-Cloudy windy snowflakes-36° at 7 am.
3 & 4-Nice day-35° at 8:30 pm.
5-Rain-30° at 7:15 am.
6-Foggy Rain-36° at 9 pm.

SEBEC - Navy Hospitalman Bethany E. Sutton, daughter of Susan and Eugene Sutton of Sebec, recently graduated from the Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Ill. During the 14-week course, Sutton learned a wide range of medical procedures used to provide first aid and assist Navy doctors and nurses.

Sutton also received an introductory instruction for service in a variety of medical environments, from fleet hospitals and shipboard medical departments to fleet Marine forces and medical administration offices.

Sutton's newly acquired skills and knowledge will enable her to help provide quality health care to Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families. Sutton's first assignment after school will involve direct patient care, but with her training, Sutton can work in several areas, including first aid and assisting with minor surgery, pharmacy and laboratory analysis, patient transportation, and food service inspections.

Sutton is a 2004 graduate of Foxcroft Academy and joined the Navy in August 2004.

The staff of the Milo Free Public Library would like to take part of this column to introduce you to a wonderful information resource available free to all Maine citizens: “ MARVEL!: Maine’s Virtual Library”. This is an electronic source of information that has been financed largely through public funds, and can help people with so many aspects of their everyday lives.

MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library brings a virtual of electronic library into your home, office or school. Think of the Marvel! collection as enhancing your own home and town library collections. Millions of magazine and newspaper articles and reference books are now freely available anytime of the day or night. You only need a computer with Internet access and the following address: One of the convenient features of MARVEL! is that it is searchable and users can often instantly access the full-text of an article on the topic being researched.

Why MARVEL? There is valuable information to be found on the Internet but there is much misinformation too. Even to the experienced Internet user, it is not always easy to determine if the information is from a reliable source. MARVEL! is the resource for authoritative, reliable information.

With MARVEL the user is accessing magazines, encyclopedias and reference books, not websites. MARVEL! goes beyond a search on the Internet and reaches what is sometimes referred to as the “invisible web”. In MARVEL you will find encyclopedias, professional and scholarly journals, magazines such as Consumer Reports, video and audio clips, science and health information from accredited sources and your search will include images. These results would not be found using search engines.

Looking for a good book to read? Try NoveList, another resource included in MARVEL!. NoveList contains plot descriptions, book reviews, book discussion questions for reading groups and a feature to help you find books you might like based on books you have liked.

Are you a business person or someone interested in investing in the stock market? If so, MARVEL! has something for you including Business Source Premier and the Wall Street Journal. Come into your local library to try the electronic version of the popular Value Line Investment Survey.

Are you aware there are resources in MARVEL! for students of all ages? In Searchasaurus you will find magazine articles written at the primary and middle school level including articles from Highlights for Children and Time. Academic Search Premier contains over 3,000 scholarly journals in a variety of areas of academic study for older students and researchers.

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For more information about MARVEL! or any other library services, contact us or logon to

Here is a list of our most recent fiction.

Crichton, Michael STATE OF FEAR
Delaney, Frank IRELAND
Greeley, Andrew IRISH CREAM
Hornbacher, Marya THE CENTER OF WINTER
Michael, Judith THE REAL MOTHER
Robotham, Michael SUSPECT

Parents and grandparents of preschoolers please note that there will be a PRESCHOOL STORY TIME at the library on Monday March 7th at 1:30-2:30 p.m. Stories and a craft under the direction of Melissa Hill. All preschoolers are welcome. Caregivers must stay.

We are having AMNESTY WEEK until March 5th. All overdue books are free of fines no matter how overdue they are if they are returned to the library on or before March 5th.

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612


BROWNVILLE - Jacqueline A. Bragdon, 69, wife of Reginald E. Bragdon, died Feb. 18, 2005, at her residence. She was born April 29, 1935, in Chapman, the daughter of Harold and Alvena (Condon) Burlock. Jackie was a member of the Brownville Community Church, where she was active in the Welfare Club and the choir. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Reggie of Brownville; two sons, David and his wife, Denise Bragdon, of Millinocket, LeRoy and his wife, Patricia of Loudon, N.H.; two daughters, Sherry and her husband, Ronnie Mullens, of Milo, Laurie and her husband, Earl Mills, of Brownville Jct.; three brothers, Lester and his wife, Joyce Burlock, of Hillsboro, N.H., Adrian Burlock and his significant other, Mary Lou of Milford, Conn., Byron Burlock of Brownville Jct.; a sister, Roberta Raucci of Webster, Mass.; four grandchildren, Angela Bragdon, Nichole Flemings, Derek Bragdon, and Crystal Mills; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Tyler Bragdon; and four brothers, Richard, Alphie, Carlton and Harold Burlock.

DERBY - Stanley Norman Clark, 83, husband of Eleanor N. (Black) Clark, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at his residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1922, in Houlton, the son of Norman and Beatrice (Van Tassel) Clark. He was raised in Oakfield and graduated from Oakfield High School in 1939. He was employed as a machinist by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad for 41 years. A committed and loving husband and father, he was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He was particularly fond of his many fishing trips with his brother, two sons and friends to the Allagash. Stan served with the U.S. Army Signal Intelligence as a cryptologist in the Pacific Theater during World War II, deciphering Japanese code. He and his unit received numerous decorations in support of the war effort. Stan is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Eleanor; two sons, Brett and his wife, Candy, of Pembroke, N.H., Mark and his wife, Sue, of Auburn; a granddaughter, Kate and her husband, James Carlson, of Lewisville, N.C.; two grandsons, Andrew and Michael Clark of Portland; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Decker; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Clark and Norma Black; and several well thought of nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, and good friend, Merle Clark.. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, PO Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807. A memorial service at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta, will be announced in the spring. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

SOUTH HARPSWELL and BOSTON - Thomas A. Yanok, 49, a gifted musician and composer of Boston and South Harpswell died peacefully on Feb. 23. 2005, at a Boston hospital. He was born in Brunswick in 1955. Tom graduated from Brunswick High School in 1973, attended the College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia, then moved to Boston, where he taught voice and piano. He worked briefly for the singing telegram service "Telebells;" and later, for many years, owned and operated the Tremont Tea Room in downtown Boston. Tom was a well-known vocal soloist in the Boston, South Harpswell, Brunswick, and North Conway areas and sang at many churches throughout his career, including the historic Old North Church, the Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell, and The First Congregational Church of Christ in North Conway where he performed original music for an AIDS fund-raiser. He was a tenor with the Handel-Haydn Society when Messiah was performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in the 1980s. He made an album with a group called Wintersauce, and accompanied on the piano the Cancer Society's fund-raising revue "Crusade Capers" then held annually on the Bowdoin College campus. He performed in "1776" at the Bowdoin College Summer Music Theater and on cruise ships to the Bahamas and Bermuda. Most recently, he composed original music for keyboard. Tom is survived by his parents, Albert J. and Roxlyn C. Yanok of Sebec; a sister, Judith Yanok Boos of Center Conway, N.H.; nieces, Meghan Boos, and Rihana Johnson and her husband, Kerry Johnson, of North Conway, N.H.; a great-nephew, Judson Albert Leo Johnson, also of North Conway, and many aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by a brother, Peter Edmund Yanok, in 1959. Services will be private. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care of Maine, 471 Deering Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
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MARCH 2005
2-28-Chicken nuggets, scallop potato, mixed veg., dinner roll with fruit and milk every day.
1- Hot ham & cheese sand. with bacon, salad, and potato smiles.
2-Chicken soup, egg salad sand., and celery sticks.
3-Steak-um sand., mashed potato, stir fry veg., and blueberry cake.
4-Quesadilla pizza and corn.
7-Bacon cheeseburger, French fries, and winter mix veg.
8-Chicken/rice burrito and salad,
9-Super sand. (two meats-lettuce-cheese-pickle), carrots/dip, and apple crisp.
10-Turkey pot pie, stuffing, and broccoli.
11-Pigs in a blanket and cole slaw.
14-Chickenburger, potato puffs, and cukes.
15-Yogurt tray, salad, wheat roll, and pineapple cookie.
16-Lasagna, green beans, and sliced bread.
17-Chicken salad wrap, lettuce, broccoli/cheese, and green Jell-O/topping.
18-Juice, pizza, and assorted vegs. and desserts.
21-French toast, hash brown, and sausage patty.
22-Shepard’s pie, carrots, and maple roll.
23-Taco, lettuce/tomato, and rice.
24-Fishburger, mashed potato, cream style corn, and pudding/topping.

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 23, 2005 Meeting
President Murrel Harris greeted fifteen members and one guest this brisk holiday morning.

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The prayer was given by Paul Grindle, asking prayers for our assistance as we serve others, to be with us and those who are not here.

The inspirational reading today was by Don Harris, “All it Takes is a Little Motivation” by Zig Ziglar from Over the Top. This story is about a shift worker who always walked home at the end of his shift. He discovered a short cut through the cemetery, following the same path that he used over a long period of time. One dark night as he walked home, he fell into a freshly dug grave. He tried mightily to claw his way out, and when he realized that he could not, he just relaxed and took a nap, knowing someone would help him out in the morning. He was half asleep when a drunk stumbled into the grave. His arrival aroused the shift worker since the drunk was desperately trying to climb out, clawing

frantically at the sides. Our hero reached out his hand, touched the drunk on the leg, and said, “Friend, you can’t get out of here….” but, he did! Now, that’s motivation!

President Murrel introduced our guest today, Mike Henderson.

Our anniversary wish today is for Carl and Sophie Wilson as they celebrate an anniversary on Feb. 25th.

Eight happy and sad dollars were donated for Donnie’s promotion, the days getting longer, the boys basketball win this week at Bangor, parent’s happy anniversary, someone’s bike riding ability, and for the sleepy folks who did not make it in to the Kiwanis meeting this morning!!

School vacation this week so no Key Club activity was noted.

Chris Almy reported that there will be an inter-club in Dover-Foxcroft at the regular meeting on March 8th for a Division Caucus. Another Inter-club meeting on March 8th, at 6 pm, at Orono/Old Town.

Murrel discussed a change in administration with Chris Beres as president-elect and Jeff Gahagan will be the next president-elect in line replacing Eben DeWitt, now Division 2 Lt. Governor.

Val Robertson reported on the upcoming Chili-Chowder Cook-Off on March 19th at the Milo Town Hall.

Tentative plans are in the making for the Variety show to be held in early May.

Our speaker this week was Mike Henderson, County Administrator. Mike is the First County Administrator. He is from Washington Co. and has been on board with this new position for about six months. He discussed his vision of having Piscataquis County be a leader for the state of Maine. Piscataquis County is unique and we have a lot to offer, having the largest lake and Mount Katahdin in our county. Plans are in the making to have a website for Piscataquis county government and the county as a whole, enabling internet users to get direct information for our county. Our county population is leaving as manufacturing leaves. Tourism is good, but, we need more diversification. We need to hold onto the jobs we have, such as JSI and Pleasant River Lumber Co. and look for information age type of employment for our residents, among other types of jobs.

The ultimate goal is a vibrant county with expanding permanent population, and an efficient and effective government, and make the government work well, using as little of the tax payers dollars as possible.

Thank you Mike Henderson for speaking to us today.


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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 p.m.,
we will hold the
First Annual Chili/Chowder Contest.
Area cooks are invited to prepare their favorite chowder and/or chili and bring it to the Milo Town Hall for an anonymous public judging.
The public will then pay for the opportunity to sample and judge the entries. This is a wonderful opportunity for area restaurants to showcase their recipes and for area cooks to show their culinary talents. Please contact Valerie Robertson at 943-2324 to enter or for more details. We anticipate this event will be a blast that will blow away Winter.

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