||Three Rivers News, 2005-03-14
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2005
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 18
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
WHO MAKES THE AREAS BEST CHOWDER OR CHILI?
YOU be the judge!!!
Come to the Milo Town Hall dining room vote! For $5 you will be able to taste any or all of the entries and then cast your vote for your favorite. There will be a delicious array of chowders, chilis, breads, crackers, side dishes, beverages, and desserts and for $5 you can try them all!! The dining begins at 5PM and continues until 6:30PM, at which time you can waddle upstairs and watch the Class of 2005s presentation of their play, A Midsummer Night's Dream Friday, March 18th., and Saturday, March 19th., 7:00p.m. at the Milo Town Hall Auditorium. Winners of the contest will be announced during the plays intermission.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE CHILI/CHOWDER CONTEST WILL BENEFIT P.A.W.S.
On Friday, March 11, Carolyn Sinclair received a check on behalf of The Ecumenical Food Cupboard from Jeff Gahagan of Maine Savings. The check was gratefully received as many people are being helped with food and other necessities. We are very thankful that our community is so supportive of our Food Cupboard. Without you we couldn't meet the needs of our community.
The third and final session of study on The Passion will be held at Park Street UMC on Tuesday March 15th at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. The regular meeting of the UMW has been postponed to Tuesday March 22nd at 7:00PM to accommodate this study.
| Nathan Robertson, the 17-year-old son of Kevin and Patty Robertson has been diagnosed with level 4 cancer, a very rare form called Desmoplastic small round blue cell tumor. He is a patient at Maine Medical Center in Portland
" In Dec. he had the required school physical, was healthy as a horse, weighing 207 pounds. In a few short months, the cancer has taken over. Its amazing how one's life can change in a very short period of time," stated his Dad. Nates dad, Kevin, is the twin brother of Kirby Robertson. The family is staying in Portland and would love to have some cheery notes and cards from old or new friends. Nates address is:
Rm 636, Maine Medical Center,
Barbara Bush Pediatrics.
22 Bramhall, Portland, ME 04102
Winter is for the Dogs
Winter tip from Bandit: If the snow gets too deep, find yourself the hood of a pick-up to sit on.. And be sure to go to The Junction. on the Millinocket road for Dog Sled Rides, from 9am-12 noon, on Saturday, March 19th. The cost of the ride is $2, and the proceeds from the rides will be donated to PAWS. Terry Strout and Terry Knowles are providing the rides and we all thank them. There will be items for sale in the store to fill up and warm up with.
Brownville author Bill Sawtell is shown here with his biography of the late local businessman and founder of Berg Enterprises, Ralph Berg, soon to go on sale throughout the area.
SCHEDULED S.O.A.R. ACTIVITIES
Please come join us at our SOAR meeting at the American Legion Post #41 on W. Main St., Milo, on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. On our agenda are the spaghetti fund-raiser and Easter care packages. We welcome your input and involvement as we SOAR together in support of our troops. We hope to see you there.
Saturday, 3/19 -- A spaghetti supper sponsored by the American Legion to benefit SOAR is planned for Saturday, March 19th - 5 to 7 p.m., at the American Legion Post #41, W. Main St., Milo. Mark your calendar! Adults $5./age 5 and under $2. Please come and support the causes we are working on - Easter care packages, bandana presentations to our men and women in appreciation for their service, and letters/cards from home.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
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BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. The Arbos were known for their (a) music (b) height (c) poetry (d) wealth.
2. Charlie Foulkes and Walter McClain were (a) lawyers (b) mechanics (c) constables (d) musicians.
3. The Smith District School was in the (a) north (b) east (c) west (d) south of town.
4. Sam Cohen sold (a) automobiles (b) meat (c) clothing (d) ice.
5. The Stickney Homestead had a(n) (a) observatory (b) swimming pool (c) skating rink (d) apple orchard.
6. Juanita Smith worked in (a) Gerrish's Store (b) Sam Smith's Store (c) the match factory (d) Lewis's Mill.
7. (a) Bert Dillon (b) Bert Hodgdon (c) Sam Cohen (d) Gilfred Vickers had the first car in Brownville Junction.
8. Malcolm Buchanan came from (a) Presque Isle (b) Millinocket (c) Orono (d) Monson.
9. Train Number 517 on the Canadian Pacific was (a) Via Rail (b) a freight train (c) a passenger train (d) the Scoot.
10. The scoreboard was on the (a) north (b) east (c) west (d) south end of the BJHS gym.
Answers: 1-c 2-c 3-b 4-c 5-a 6-d 7-a 8-b 9-d 10-c
Allan pictured with all his cards and birthday cake!
Mr. and Mrs. Allan E Horne and family wish to thank everyone who sent birthday cards honoring Allan on his 90th birthday. He joyfully opened all eighty-eight cards he received. Again, thanks to all who sent birthday wishes. From the Allan Horne's and extended family.
ATTENTION BROWNVILLE RESIDENTS
Brownville citizens are encouraged to attend the Annual Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2005 at the Brownville Junction High School Alumni Building on Railroad Avenue beginning at 7:00PM. Polls will be open from 12:00PM to 6:00PM at the BJHS Alumni Hall for voters to case their ballots for vacant Selectmen (2), Budget Committee (2), and MSAD #41 Director (1) positions. Annual reports are available at the Town Office, local businesses, and on-line at www.trcmaine.org. Those unable to pick up a report can call the Town Office at 965-2561.
VARIETY SHOW PLANS UNDERWAY
The Three River's Kiwanis is planning their annual Variety Show for May 6th and 7th at the Milo Town Hall. This year's show will showcase Broadway tunes.
Rehearsals for the chorus will begin on Tuesday evening, March 15th at, 6:00 p.m. at Milo Elementary School in Stephanie Gillis' classroom. Everyone interested in participating can just show up and join the fun.
We know that it's fun to attend the Variety Show, but you can't imagine how much fun it is to participate! Also, if you are interested in performing your own act,
please contact either Stephanie or Kathy Witham. We'd love to place you on the program. You certainly DO NOT need to be a Kiwanian to participate!!
TRC ONLINE STORE MEETING
7pm, March 17, Milo Town Hall
Anyone interested in selling items on the TRC website (www.trcmaine.org) is
urged to attend this public information meeting.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2005
PENQUIS VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM
Sponsored by the PVHS Key Club
Please help us meet our goal of 50 units!
For an appointment, please contact Trish Hayes at 943-7317
The Sugaring Party
Submitted by Lynn Ricker in memory of my grandmother, Floris Lumbra
One of my earliest memories is a room full of steam where people talked and joked as more steam filled the air. That was a Sugar House where sap is boiled down to make maple syrup; a ritual that filled the days during Sugaring time.
Sugaring time was also a good time for a Sugaring Party. I remember waiting (somewhat) patiently with my siblings as my grandmother, Floris Lumbra would heat the syrup to just the right temperature then pour thin streams of syrup over dishes of fresh snow. The syrup would harden on the snow, like Sugar on Snow. Forks in hand, we would dig in, twisting the strands of syrup onto our forks. The syrup melted in our mouths. When we were overwhelmed by the sweetness, there was always a plate of homemade dill pickles to counteract the maple syrup.
Heres the recipe so you can have your own Sugaring Party:
Sugar on Snow
1.5 cups pure maple syrup
Finely crushed ice or clean snow
In a heavy 1-quart saucepan, cook maple syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently, until candy thermometer registers 232º. Place crushed ice or snow in bowls or on plates. Pour hot syrup slowly, in thin stream over ice. Serve immediately. To eat, use fork to pick up and twist strands of syrup. Serves 4 to 6. Serve dill pickles with this to counter-act the sweet taste.
Eastern Maine Community College
Recognizes Penquis Region Honor Students
Eastern Maine Community College and the Penquis Higher Education Center are pleased to announce the following regional Academic Honor Rolls for Fall 2004.
Presidents List: Michael W. Briggs, LaGrange; Rachel L. Gerrish, Sebec; Matthew D. Jones, Dover-Foxcroft; Teresa M. Mitchell, Dexter.
Deans List: Cheryl A. Awalt, Sangerville; Michael W. Briggs, LaGrange; Maureen J. Brown, Dover-Foxcroft; Bruce H. Domenech, Exeter; Wayne E. Doore, Garland; Jessica C. Dunham, Charleston; Ethan Fick, Garland; Rachel L. Gerrish, Sebec; Kimberly S. Hall, Newport; Travis L. Hall, Dover-Foxcroft; Michael E. Heath, Brownville; Rebekah D. Holmes, Charleston; Jeffrey A. Horne, Brownville; Robert E. Hussey, Jr., Milo; Arthur G. Jette, Garland; Matthew D. Jones, Dover-Foxcroft; Matthew S. Larrabee, Exeter; Wayne R. Latti, Brownville Jct.; Edward J. Lovely, Dexter; Alberta M. Martin, Charleston; Brandon L. McNaughton, Newport; Teresa M. Mitchell, Dexter; Aaron R. Mozsgae, Guilford; Diana J.
Patterson, Dexter; Morgan L. Perry, Corinna; Charles L. Pleninger, Garland; Hali A. Ryder, Dover-Foxcroft; Sonja R. Salley, Milo; Jana L. Sickles, Barnard Twp.; Cody M. Smith, Greenville; Rebecca A. Storman, Charleston; Georgina L. Thomas, Dover-Foxcroft; Charles O. Wiles, Garland.
Honorable Mention: Adam J. Bennett, Corinna; Jennifer L. Bickford, Dover-Foxcroft; Delores D. Boudreau, Charleston; Paula J. Buehler, Brownville; Gail C. Burke, Guilford; Kimberly A. Cote, Cambridge; Marolyn A. Fine, Dover-Foxcroft; David V. Grabowski, Guilford; Lori A. Hall, Dexter; Cecilia M. Harmon, Milo; Deborah A. Hussey, Milo; Tracy A. Morse, Milo; Nikolas L. Munro, Milo; Diane M. Payzant, Exeter; Cindy L. Piper, Corinna; Richard V. Russell, Milo; Robert J. Smith, Greenville; Heather Tibbetts, Garland; Mary E. Tibbetts, Parkman; Daniel J. Turgeon, Rockwood; Michelle T. Webb, Dexter; Christopher H. Wesley, Dover-Foxcroft.
DO YOU RECOGNIZE ME?
Mia is the second dog in a week to be abandoned in the Brownvile/Brownville Junction area. She is a full-blooded German Short Haired pointer and has been bred many, many times. She had a severely swollen face, the result of an infection, and required a lot of medical attention. She was also infested with parasites, which have also been treated. She was found at the Coburn residence on Davis Street in Junction.
What immediately comes to my mind in a case like this is that the poor girl out-lived her usefulness and needed care that required money, so she was turned out on her own. No companion animal can live on its own, especially one dumped in the middle of a cold, snowy Maine winter. She was freezing, starving, dehydrated, and in pain. No living thing deserves what she has been through
except perhaps the person who is neglecting her.
If you have any information as to where she came from, call Valerie Robertson at 943-2324. And if you are looking for a wonderful, loving companion, she will be available for adoption in a few weeks. She desrves a restful, happy home in which to spend the next 10 years. She is estimated to be about 5 years old, and as she heals, she seems even younger. As soon as her health is more stable, she will be spayed so she will never again need to function as a puppy maker.
The darling little beagle that was in last weeks paper has been neutered and is ready for a home. If you are looking for a faithful companion, Digger is the dog for you! He is bright, loving and energetic. He loves cats, dogs and children. Call Val if you are interested.
P.A.W.S WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PENQUIS CRUIZERS FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE GIFT. THE COPIER THEY DONATED TO THE SHELTER WORKS PERFECT AND MAKES ADOPTION PROCEDURES MUCH SIMPLER. WHAT A GREAT GROUP YOU ARE!
HAPPY CRUIZIN !!
Italy Trip 2005
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
As I promised some of you, over the next few weeks, I will give you a summary of our trip to Italy in Jan. and Feb. of this year. We did some things the same as last time, but added many new experiences I will tell you about.
Jan. 28th- My brother Dud arrived at 7:50 to take me to Cumberland. He had brought his wife Helen up to stay with her sister Marilyn Bailey yesterday. We picked up my daughter Steff in Pittsfield a little before 9 and arrived at Duds in Cumberland about 12. Dud ordered Italian sandwiches and when Kelley and Eric Brown, Duds daughter and husband arrived, we ate. At around 12:45 we left with Kelley and Eric in their van for Paul and Renee Tringalis home in Windam. Renee is the daughter of my brother Henry. My other daughter Mary came in her car to make 8 of us. We visited and waited for the limo driver. He was late because he was sitting in the wrong dooryard. A phone call straightened things out.
I dont know what the owner of the limo was thinking. It was a limo for 8 people but had little space for the 8 large suitcases and 8 carryons. The trunk was full and its top was held down with a bungee cord. All the floor space in the limo was filled with suitcases. We had to ride to Boston with our feet up in the air on top of the suitcases. We left about 3 feeling like the Beverly Hillbillies and arrived at Logan around 5.
We had some trouble checking in as there was something wrong with our tickets and we all had to be reticketed. A representative of Grand Circle Travel was there and I let her know about our troubles. Inside the gate after passing through security, we met up with the Paul and Betty Jane Sargent, and my sister Georgia and her friend Valerie Chase. That made 12 of us traveling together. John Gay and Mary Buote the other members of our group were taking a flight out of Atlanta and would meet us in Rome.
Since our plane was leaving at 9PM we decided that there would be no meal served. We ate at Hooligans at the airport. It turned out that we had dinner of beef tenderloin, potatoes au gratin, beans and cheese cake. The plane was very warm and crowded and I couldnt sleep. We arrived at Heathrow about 8:30 AM (local time 3:30AM EST) on Jan. 29.
Jan. 29th-- After debarking we walked FOREVER! We had to walk from one end of terminal 4 to the other, catch a shuttle to terminal 1 and walk to the end for our connecting flight to Rome. We left for Rome at 10:30 AM local time and arrived at 2 PM local time in Rome which would be 1PM London and 10AM EST) Customs was just a formality where we got our passports stamped and then after picking up our luggage we were met by a Grand Circle Rep. who directed us to waiting mini buses. We arrived at the Hotel Nova Domus around 3:15 and found I had a message from Carla saying she would stop by to visit around 3:45. Carla was our tour guide two years ago and we have kept in touch. Talking with the GCT rep. at the hotel I found that we were going to have Fernanda Birsini as our tour director this time. Steff, Georgia and I knew her from 2 years ago when she worked with the group that went in tandem with us. I announced to any other travelers who had arrived that we were going to St. Peters about 4:15. Carla was late as per usual in Italy arriving shortly after 4. We talked a bit and I explained to her that we wanted to go to St. Peters as we probably wouldnt get another chance. She said she would go along with us to visit. She is a local guide for Rome now and gave us an abbreviated tour along the way.
Everyone was suitably impressed with St. Peters. The Sargents wanted to get crosses blessed by the Pope for the first communion of their grandchildren. Carla went with them to the gift shop. Since the pope hadnt been well he had not blessed the things in the gift shop and the Sargents were told that they could have them blessed individually for $1100 each. They decided against spending that kind of money. While Carla was helping them and another couple in the gift shop we split off and headed back to the hotel. It was getting dark and it was very cold. In the evening sky we noticed swarms of hundreds of
|birds moving in unison in changing direction. They would fade out and after changing direction became very black against the darkening sky. It was fascinating to watch them. As we walked back to the hotel we passed trees where the birds had landed. We didnt know what they were, but I read an article in the Bangor Daily News on returning home about how Starlings would swarm like that.
At 6:30 we met in on of the hotel meeting rooms for a welcome drink. Fernanda introduced herself and we all followed suit. There are 41 in our group. John and Mary finally met up with us. They had been out earlier in the day so we didnt see them. Around 7 we had dinner at the hotel. We had rolls, a tasty soup, roast pork, oven fried potatoes with rosemary, salad and a Panna Cotta, a custard made with heavy cream and gelatin for dessert. Of course there was plenty of wine on the table as it was for all lunches and dinners while we were in Italy.
After we ate the Browns, Sargents, Dud, Steff, Mary and I joined Carla at the bar for socializing. We caught up on how life had progressed for all of us in the past 2 years. I wanted to visit with Carla more but at 9:45 I had to give in and go to bed. I had been up for 35 hours. The younger crowd stayed up and enjoyed Carlas company and I would say they had a great time from their talk at breakfast. Carla promised to see us the 13th when we returned to Rome. Continued next week.
COOK SCHOOL NEWS
At our March 4 assembly, Andrew Vaillancourt, Cameron Westmoreland and Jessica Donlan were honored as Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy said that Andrew is always listening and does a super job working independently. Andrew has a wonderful smile and and is a joy to have in our school. Mrs. Carter praised Cameron for adjusting to his new classroom. He is learning to add details to his writing and has made many new friends.
Miss K. is delighted that Jessica is our Terrific Kid. Jessica arrives each morning with a smile on her face and says. "Good morning" to everyone she meets. She is like a ray of sunshine. Jessica has been making a better effort to complete all of her in class work and her homework.
Bus Students of the Week: Ethan Smith, JD Hammond and Zach Blakeman. We celebrated the birthday of Josh Gray (9). Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
The Marion C. Cook School held it's latest assembly on March 11. Mrs. Wright announced that Lauren Crocker (Dolphin Print) and Cassidy Parker (Alphabet design) have art work on display at the Bangor Mall. We are proud of our Terrific Artists.
Laura Gray will be participating in the Knights of Columbus Foul Shooting contest in Old Town on March 12. Good luck
Laura Lily Audibert, Haley Morel and Zachary Blakeman were honored as Terrific Kids. Mrs. Carter said that Lily is been getting all of her morning jobs finished. She is paying attention directions. Lily is always respectful and kind. Ms. Ivy reported that Haley is trying hard to get all of her work done. She is pointing to words as she reads them and stretching out words when she writes. Haley is learning to count and to be a good
friend. Miss K. is very happy to welcome Zach Blakeman back to our school family. Zach returned with an excellent attitude.
He is getting his work done and has been responsible for his homework assignments. Zach is a good friend to all.
Bus Students of the Week; Hannah Bess, Tyler Tibbetts and Andrew Vaillancourt.
Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
The Milo District Schools
By Lloyd J. Treworgy
Continued Part XLXX
Of the tragic events that visited Milo in the 1910-1922 period probably, none brought more suffering and sadness than the 1918 epidemic of Spanish Influenza. World War I was far more tragic and costly in its total scope, but the deaths in war among Milo residents were far fewer than the deaths by this savage epidemic of influenza. By sheer familiarity and frequent appearance in the vocabulary, the word itself was soon shortened to flu.
Schools were closed; doctors went without sleep to attend patients and deaths mounted.
One small detail of this tragic year, as it affected the schools, I learned from Martha Gould, one of the teachers in the primary school at that time.
Schools were all closed by the epidemic, Martha said. Dr. Harry Snow, who lived in the big, white house on Highland Ave., just beyond the entrance to Highland court and who was a member of the School Board, promised any teacher who was willing to stay on and help care for the sick that their teaching wages would go on without interruption. The level of teaching wages being what it was, this was little in the way of incentive. Many of the teachers did, nevertheless, sign up to stay. Among those staying were the five teachers who roomed at the large house on the corner across from Dr. Snows the Lovejoy house, it was called.
These five included, besides Martha, Helen McDonald, of Machias; Verna McCann and Grace Thomas of Brownville; Emily Longfellow of Machias and a Miss Hughes from Aroostook County.
Where the other four went, Martha doesnt remember. She remembers well where she went. Dr. Snow directed her first to Prospect St., next to the Tibbetts house where Percy Stanchfield was very ill.
I didnt know what to do, said Martha, and I was nearly scared to death.
All she could do, not being a nurse, was wait on the patient. Sometimes Frank Tibbetts (Edna Hanscoms father) came over from next door to help what he could. The patient died, however, as patients were doing all over town.
Next Martha was sent to take care of John Stanchfield, who lived in the two-story tenement beside and in front of the Grammar School where Ruth Daggetts house is now. John Stanchfield, too, died. Then Martha herself was taken with the flu.
It went severely with her as it did with most patients. Her sister, Rebecca from Rockland took care of her.
One of the other teachers who elected to stay and take care of patients was Marion Russell, Mary Tyler remembers. Marion taught at the Stanchfield Ridge School.
One of the most striking of all these 1918 flu tragedies was that of Lewis Mooers and his wife, Ada. Adas family name was Perkins. She came from Brownville. A very attractive young couple people remember.
Lewis was taken with the flu quite severely Edna Hanscom told me. He was taken to Bangor by train (no ambulances available then). In Bangor he died. His body was brought back to Milo the same day his wife was taken down to Bangor. She, too, died and her body was brought back by train.
It was in this same epidemic that Floyd Tibbetts, brother of Edna, died. Edith White, who lives still on Park St. was his wife. Their daughter, Dorothy, now Dorothy Knox was born after her father died.
It was Eddie Mayo who first told me about the tragedy of Lewis and Ada Mooers.
Eddie added, as a footnote on this epidemic, his own family experience. His father and mother and his eight brothers and sisters all caught the disease. None died of it. Eddie himself was immune. He didnt even catch it.
I dont know of anything else Im immune to, Eddie told me, but I never catch the flu. Colds, always and anything else thats going around. But flu, never.
There were other vagaries in the epidemic.
Mrs. Sarah Cooper, a registered nurse, went over town, from patient to patient, all through the epidemic and managed to escape unscathed. Mrs. Cooper was the wife of Billy Cooper the taxidermist, whose office and workroom, in the old days was just beyond the railroad station on Main St. It was nearly across the street from where the American Thread Company Office Building would be built later (but long before the flu epidemic of 1918). Incidentally, if one is interested to see what Billys office and shop looked like, one can see it as it looked on the 1896 map obtainable at the Milo Historical Society Rooms.
Among others who went through the epidemic, constantly exposed but by a miracle remaining healthy through out, was Dr. N.H. Crosby. The good (and capable) doctor was a patient, humorous man, capable of rage but not often showing it. He reminded one somehow of Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Crosby went about treating flu patients with his common sense and old-fashioned remedies and experienced a quite remarkable record of cures.
Really, this story should have ended with the last paragraph. That was in the year of 1922 when the era of the district school ended in Milo.
Noting, however, the fleet of modern, yellow school buses that ply busily back and forth during the day loaded with students and stand in a sleepy row nights by the superintendents office, I must be permitted one more page. The modern buses are roomy, warm in winter, carefully operated and protected by strict rules for all other traffic when bus lights are alternating and students are getting on or off.
So I cant forbear to mention the first efforts at transportation when scholars from the outlying sections were brought to the village.
These early facilities were primitive, make no mistake about it. High express wagons or in the case of Amos Pitman, a 5-seater buckboard in the summer; pungs, horse sleds, in winter, covered with canvas or some other material to keep out the precipitation and some of the cold - these would be found totally unacceptable even for shortest distances, in this day and quickly ruled off the road.
Eleazer Carver, who followed Will Carver in transporting scholars from the western part of town, did carry hot bricks, in winter, to keep scholars feet warm on the trip to and from school. His vehicle, at least in winter, had tow rows of seats, facing each other. He could carry perhaps a dozen scholars. Eleazers routes, according to Maurice and Violet Richardson, was the Turner Howe Road, the Dover Road to the district line; and the Carver (DEste) Road. Whether or not he covered also Sargent Hill and the Billington and Mooers Roads, they didnt remember. Probably not, for the
transportation of that period was very slow compared to todays and there were, nevertheless, school schedules to maintain.
Most flamboyant of all the vehicles, of course, was Amos Pitmans 5-seater buckboard, used in summer. In winter he used a horse sled with covering. Charles Lafland was the driver. It was said his whip was long enough to reach to the seat farthest back. Why this was remembered, I dont know. Maybe scholars were as restless then as they are now. Maybe the fearsome memory of Simon Legree was fresh enough still to make the boldest scholar quake when the impulse to act out first entered his head. At any rate, the legend of the whip came into mention.
Most able of the drivers to force his heart and nerve and sinews to do his will was Lyle Foss, who transported the scholars from the Stanchfield Ridge District. Lyle had legs that little served him, according to Irs Gould, but was not given to bother with self-pity. He could stand on his feet but to walk, he had to use crutches.
Ira had watched him harness his horses without help, balancing on the crutch and leaning against the horse as he worked the collar over its head and threw the hames over the collar and buckled the strap. He kept the harnesses hanging within reach. Maneuvering the team in front of the vehicle-wagon, pung or whatever he would lift the pole, still balancing on one crutch and thrust it through the ring, fasten the traces and climb aboard. No stopping a man like that!
Lyle had two children Henry and Ruth.
Elmer Brown, grandfather of Edith Perry, transported scholars from the Tollbridge District.
Editors Note: This is he final installment of The Milo District Schools. We would like to thank Gwen Bradeen for making the printing of this possible. She typed every word and sent it to me to put in this paper. We have plans for another book to be reprinted, so keep watch for it!
MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
Winter hangs on grimly, and this is only Friday. I dont know what the weekend will bring. The weather people rather underestimated the last Mon/Tues/Weds storm of last week. The 3-6 inches became 12, and the freezing weather of -1 was -11 at my house and I heard as low as -18 in some places. Although spring is only one week away on the calendar, Im afraid, Ive never seen it come that early in Maine. I hope anyone who planned to come into the library last Wednesday first called to see if we were open. The town manager told us to remain closed due to the condition of the roads.
On Monday before it began to snow Melissa Hill held her Preschool Story Time. She had 8 children attending and five caregivers (mothers and grandmothers). The children are getting to know each other and seem to look forward to their time at the library. Melissa read several stories and then had a simple but clever craft. The children created a picture using the theme of St. Patricks Day. Melissa had prepared the materials ahead of time and the children used colored paper strips to form a rainbow in the left hand corner of their paper. A large glittering shamrock (green glitter) was in the center and far to the right was a black pot-full of gold glitter. It was an impressive pot of gold. Glue and glitter are great fun for the preschoolers as much as they are for the Kiwanis Kids. The pot of gold came out well on every picture and the gold gleamed surprisingly brightly at the end of the rainbow. Autumn, Camryn, Diana, Eli, Noah, Rachel, Rebecca and Sydney had a great time making a striking picture albeit some of them needed more drying time than others. Afterwards everyone came upstairs to enjoy visiting and to choose new books to read at home. Our youngest patrons are learning to love their library for a lifetime of enjoyment.
This past week our technology coordinator, Ralph Jones, put a virus protection program on our newest computers. Now Pam and I feel safer. Unlike the folks in the TV ads, we were not looking forward to viruses invading our machines. Ralph also hooked our third computer up to the internet again. It had been connected before but for some inexplicable reason it decided to disconnect itself. For awhile it could only be used as a word processor or for
youngsters who wanted to entertain themselves with built-in games. Thank you, Ralph.
Dean Henderson, our library janitor, had his hand operated on several weeks ago. His wife, Helen, helped him with his library custodial duties these past few weeks, but now his bandage is off and he is back doing the work by himself. Thank you, Helen, for pitching in to help keep us clean, and with the snow and slush of these last few months that has been a big job.
Library Winter Hours
These are the Red Hat Ladies enjoying their lunch at Bennigans in Boston last Saturday. Back row: Kathy Witham, Lorraine Fitzpatrick, Dottie Brown, Nora Roberts, and Rose Seavey. Seated: Lorraine Schultz, Nancy Belvin, Amy Nichols, Sylvia Black, and Gwen Bradeen. Two others attended but weren't in the picture: Elaine Tardiff and her sister Carol.
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
Saturday night's sleep (or Sunday morning's sleep as the case was) was interrupted abruptly last weekend when I was literally shaken awake by the earthquake. I often feel tremors of the earth, but seldom have actually been awakened by them. Exhausted, I didn't even read a word after falling into bed at or near midnight. The next thing I knew I could feel the bed shaking under us and I could hear some beads jiggling on top of our bedroom television set. What the heck was going on?! Trucks often cause our house to tremble but I knew this wasn't a truck.
Out of habit I checked the time. I always think it's important to check the time when you hear unusual noises in the middle of the night. It was reported in the Bangor Daily News that the earthquake was at 1:17 a.m. I'm here to tell you that it was exactly 1:10 a.m....unless my clock is wrong....and I don't think it is. I didn't wake my husband, but did inform him in the morning that we would hear news of an earthquake. He didn't dispute me because I'm almost always right when I predict feeling one. I was surprised to hear that the epicenter was near Montreal. That is a ways away. There weren't any people who reported feeling the quake in this area, but I did hear on Sunday that others right in my neighborhood felt the same thing I did.
I was up late that night because I had been to Boston! The trip to and from Boston in one day was a bit brutal, but I had such a good time that it was worth the sore butt to have made it. Several area ladies (and myself) made the trip on a Cyr bus to Boston to see the play Menopause The Musical at the Stuart Theater in Boston. What a funny play. There wasn't a single symptom of menopause that was overlooked or ignored. They nailed them all....to music. Totally hysterical!
The group, all sporting red hats, purple clothes, scarfs and jewelry identifying us as the Red Hat Society, left Milo at 6:00 a.m. Arriving in Old Town, we joined an even larger group of women who were making the trip with us. Stopping in a few towns on the way, we gathered up more women. The excitement rose as David Kinney, our driver, seemingly effortlessly maneuvered in and around the city. We chose Bennigans for dinner. They were accommodating and we all relaxed over a glass of wine and enjoyed our time there. Then it was off to the theater for the show.
With songs such as "Hot Flash," "Drippin' and Droppin'," "Puff, My God, I'm Draggin," and "I'm No Babe, Ma!" the cast of four kept us laughing and singing and clapping throughout the show. Each song was a familiar tune with new lyrics. There were 22 songs. With any luck, you may get to hear a full rendition of one or two of the tunes at the Variety Show.
Women For Women is the service organization of Menopause The Musical and there is a companion 40X40 art show, which we didn't get to see. The creator of the show, Jeanie Linders, has always maintained that the project is not about entertainment...but about women. Women For Women serves as an information clearinghouse for health and life issues that confront the over 40's target audience of Menopause The Musical. This organization provides mentoring and financial support via a grant program to and through qualified women's service organization for women over 40.
There were a very few men in the audience....but there were a handful of "good sports." They, too, got a huge kick out of the performance. You couldn't help but laugh at the scenarios...especially since most of us had "been there and done that" and most of the men had "been there (with their wives) and witnessed that!" YIKES!! It was a great day with a great bunch of women. I'm looking forward to another outing soon.
Planning a fancy birthday party anytime soon? Here's a delicious cake that may just become a family favorite.
Coconut Poke Cake
1 cup butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour (sifted)
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large mixing bowl cream butter with electric mixer until fluffy. Add the sugar creaming these together for several minutes. One at a time add eggs all the time continuing to beat. Add the flour alternately with the milk to the creamed mixture. Add the vanilla. Pour batter into 9X13 prepared cake pan. Release the air in the cake batter by dropping the pan onto the counter a couple of times. Bake 25-30 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean) in a preheated 350 ° oven.
While the cake is baking, prepare the filling to fill the poke holes:
3/4 cup sugar
1-cup sour cream
4 Tbs. milk
1/2 cup coconut
Stir together sugar, sour cream, milk, and coconut in a bowl until well blended.
When the cake has cooled for about 15 minutes, poke holes down into the cake with the round end of a wooden spoon and spoon the filling onto the cake letting the filling drizzle down into the holes. Refrigerate the cake for several hours and then frost with your favorite vanilla frosting and sprinkle with flaked, sweetened coconut.
JOE, THE BARBER, CELEBRATED
CONTRIBUTED BY AVIS SPEAR
Joe Villani celebrated his 84th birthday at Meals for Me on March 7 at the Milo Town Hall.
After the kitchen crew served us a delicious ham dinner, we had birthday cake and ice cream that was furnished by Reuben Lancaster. Joe enjoyed the birthday song and cards.
Those celebrating with Joe were Avis Spear, Reuben Lancaster, Connie and Galen Carey, Edie and Bert Jardine, Gertrude and Lloyd Johnson, Tom Howard, Ken Rhoda, and Yvonne Angove. A good time was had by all!
NOTICE: THE CREATIVE WRITING CLASS will meet in the PVHS library on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 pm, weather permitting!
VICTORIA EASTMAN HAS A FUR COAT SHE would gladly donate to someone. She said it was brown and probably made of muskrat so its perfect for making teddy bears or used in some type of craft.
Victoria may be contacted at 943-2400.
"Krop for the Kids."
In an effort to raise funds to further our science programming at Milo Elementary School, the building is hosting a scrap booking event called "Krop for the Kids." This event will take place at Milo Elementary School on Saturday, March 26, from 10 to 4. The doors will open at 9:30. There will be vendors present from Creative Memories, Close to My Heart, Yesterday's Scraps, and more. They will be selling products and helping participants create "make and takes." Lunch will be provided on site.
The cost for the program is $15. We are asking people to pre-register by Thursday, March 24. Interested people should call the school at 943-2122 and speak with Susan Keith. You may also call 943-7981, ask for Andrea,or 943-8818, ask for Tina, after school hours.
COUNTY SPELLING BEE HELD IN MILO
The winners in grades 6-8, local spelling bees competed in the county bee held on Friday evening at the Milo Town Hall. Felicia Fortier, Tylor Toby, and Stacy Price represented the Piscataquis Community Middle School in Guilford, Joshua Kasprzak and Amanda Crocker represented SeDoMoCha Middle School in Dover-Foxcroft, and Paige McGuinness and Amber Cowing represented Penquis Valley Middle School.
Ms. Amber McMillan was the BEE MASTER and Mrs. Chris Hamlin, Ms. Nancy L. Grant, and Mrs. Andrea Lumbra helped with judging.
Paige McGuinness emerged from the tough competition in 1st place with Stacy Price in 2nd and Amber Cowing taking 3rd place.
Paige will compete in the Maine State Spelling Bee on March 26 at the Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. The winner of this spelling bee will go to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. from May 29 to June 3, 2005.
Congratulations to all participants!
Three Rivers Kiwanis News
The Three Rivers Kiwanis club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome 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.
MARCH 9, 2005 MEETING MINUTES
President Murrel greeted six members that were able to get out (Eben, Murrel, Dot, Don, Paul, Jim) this blustery, winter morning. The snow and winds we received during the night played a big part in many not getting shoveled out in time for the meeting.
Our usual opening ceremonies were set aside as there were but four members at the start of the meeting; several more were able to get out and showed supreme dedication to our Kiwanis Club by just getting there! We are impressed!
Correspondence: Secretary presented a bill from Kiwanis international for dues to be paid by Mar 31. Newsletter from Dover Kiwanis and Orono/Old Town Kiwanis passed for the members to read.
Birthdays this week are Michelle St. Cyr on March 11 and on March 14, Don St. Cyr.
No Happy and Sad Dollars event was undertaken today. Kiwanis members please save your Happy and Sad Dollars until March 16th.
Reports: Dave Walker was able to arrive and share some news of the Key Club. The Key Club and advisors traveled to Greenville this past Monday night (March 7) and were able to get their Kiwanis bell back! Way to go, Key Clubbers! AND Dave Walker also reported that the PVHS Key Club will be holding a blood drive on March 15th. Please come out and support our PVHS Key Club and support such a worthy and necessary cause. We, the Milo/Brownville Three Rivers Club, are most proud of this busy and dynamic Key Club! Dave Walker also advised that the PVHS Key Club will soon be electing new officers.
Eben DeWitt reported that there were two interclubs this past week. Four members traveled to Portland for the mid-Winter conference for a total of 145 miles each way and four members traveled to Dover-Foxcroft Tuesday, March 8th, for the caucus. On departing the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis meeting, members traveled to their homes during an ice-storm.
|Plans are underway for the Chili-Chowder Cook-Off on March 19th. Please plan on coming out and supporting what promises to be a fun event!
No speaker today. Murrel reported on the Board Meeting on March 3.
Discussion was held on new committees that are forming and one report off a committee meeting was given. Discussion was also held concerning upcoming auction. Board members voted to donate monies to The Milo Historical Society to support their endeavors to raise enough money for the new roof that was sorely needed.
Speaker next week, March 16th is Dawn Russell from the Outing Club.
The speaker for March 23rd is Larry Wade from the Maine Maritime Academy.
There will be a social gathering for Kiwanis members and their families, on March 30th, at The Restaurant, with Virgil Valente presenting slides and highlights of his trip to Italy several weeks ago.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 am.
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, Secretary
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, IS A BIG DAY FOR P.A.W.S !!
START YOUR DAY OUT WITH A GOOD-BYE TO WINTER, BY TAKING A DOG SLED RIDE! BEGINNING AT 9PM UNTIL 12 NOON, AT THE JUNCTION STORE IN BROWNVILLE JUNCTION, YOU CAN TAKE A RIDE ON A SLED PULLED BY A TEAM OF SLED DOGS. TERRY KNOWLES AND TERRY STROUT ARE PROVIDING THE RIDES AND THE $2 DONATION FOR EACH RIDE IS GOING TO BE DONATED TO P.A.W.S.
THEN AT 5PM, YOU CAN GO TO THE MILO TOWN HALL AND WELCOME SPRING BY PARTICIPATING IN THE HOTTEST EVENT IN TOWN!! THE 1ST ANNUAL KIWANIS CHILI/CHOWDER CONTEST WILL BE JUDGED BY YOU. YOU CAN SAMPLE CHOWDERS SUCH AS: Jarrods Corn Chowder, The Northeasters New England Clam Chowder, the Restaurants Famous Fish Chowder, The Milo Farmers Unions Seafood Chowder, Vals Broccoli/Cheese Chowder, Bandits Corn Chowder, and others.
And just imagine being able to taste and vote on Gordons Prize-Winning Chili, Billy Graves World-Famous Chili, Kirbys Youll Never Believe Whats In It Chili, Katie and Erics Veggies Rule Chili, Lauries Luscious Chili, and others!!
You can sample as many or few as you like, and perhaps you would like only chowder or only chili-we aim to please!! You will pick your favorites, mark your ballot and wait for the results. There will be door prizes, a raffle and just a total atmosphere of warmth and spring breezes(aided in part by the chili).
It is not too late to enter your chowder or chili and be part of this historical event. Just call Val at 943-2324 to sign up. There will be trophies, certificates, prizes, as well as bragging rights lavished on the participants. Besides the chilis and chowders there will be salads, crackers, breads, desserts, and other accompaniments. No one will leave hungry and no one will leave without knowing that Spring is really here!
What you ask is the cost for such a privilege? A mere $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Cant beat it with a stick!