Three Rivers News, 2005-04-04

The annual Milo High School Alumni letter will be sent out soon. Anyone with reunion information or important notices should contact Frank Cochrane at or Nancy Grant at

Pope Jean Paul II: A Mass I'll Never Forget
Quebec City, September 9, 1984-I was living in Brownville at the time. When I heard that the pope was coming to Quebec, I vowed I would go there to see the champion of free rights and connoisseur of languages. After all, I had studied French at Laval University in Quebec City 13 years before and had done my best to keep it alive. And the pope was going to say mass on the campus of the university not far from the sports complex, where I had played basketball. Of course, the mass would be in French.

But this sunny late summer day was more than an intellectual voyage for me. Although I had not yet been converted, it was one of the most emotional days of my life-right up there with JFK's funeral in 1963. From the time I saw John Paul II deplane at the airport outside Ste-Foy and kiss the soil of Quebec, my heart pounded and I had trouble restraining the tears, as I would have all the remainder of that unforgettable day-driving into the city, seeing the pope in the pope-mobile, and seeing him give the mass, walking a considerable distance back to my car. Sobbing, sobbing, sobbing.

As I have just learned of his passing, more sobbing, sobbing, sobbing.

Pope Jean Paul II was obviously a great man.

Lynn and Mindy Corson, sisters from Brownville, won tickets to see the Globetrotters play. A few weeks ago they were at Wal-Mart and there was a shoot-a-thon going on. They signed up for it. Lynn, who shot in the 12-17 age group, shot 11 baskets in 1 minute. Mindy, who shot in the 7-11 age group shot 5 baskets in one minute. Because these girls made the most baskets they each got 3 tickets to have dinner with the Globetrotters at Brewer Middle School. While there they got

to shoot more baskets and really enjoyed meeting some of the Globetrotters. They also each received a ticket to the main game on Monday, March 28.

They were at the Bangor Auditorium early on the 28th and got to talk with all of the Globetrotters and had pictures taken with them. They also received all of their autographs. There were about 30 students participating. They shot around with the Globetrotters and were part of some of their silly antics. When the Globetrotters left to change up for the main game, Lynn and Mindy took their reserved seats and enjoyed the game.

This is the first time sisters have won and were guests of the Globetrotters. This was certainly a memorable time for the girls.

Mindy Corson, Anthony Blake, and Lynn Corson

Mindy and Lynn Corson


SOAR would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for all of their support at our recent spaghetti supper fundraiser. Special thanks to the American Legion post #41 for hosting the event, the Ladies Auxiliary for their culinary talents, the community members who showed off their baking skills with some outrageous home baked desserts, and local youth who volunteered their Saturday evening to help serve.

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All of their hard work is greatly appreciated not just by SOAR, but by our local men and women serving stateside and abroad that received Easter care packages or cards. Due to community generosity, SOAR was able to raise enough money to send out 28 care packages and 14 cards! Included in the care packages were assorted items that were collected and donated by Hartt transportation and Holbrook Middle School students.

SOAR is very proud to be active in a community that shows such overwhelming support for our service people and appreciates all of the help from everyone involved to help make the spaghetti supper a success and to assist in our continuing efforts to let our service people know that we carry them in our hearts and our prayers.

If anyone would like more information on SOAR or would like to be a volunteer in supporting our troops, feel free to contact the American Legion Post #41 at 943-2542 and leave a message for Michelle Lemik. Thank you again for your continuing support.

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Scheduled meetings for Park Street UMC:
April 4th at 8:00 AM prayer group;
7:00 PM NOW;
April 7th at 8:00 AM
Women's Ecumenical Breakfast at Smith's; 7:00 PM
Purpose Driven Life. All are invited to join us at any or all of these functions

On Our Weigh
Sponsored by Healthy Maine Partnerships in conjunction with MSAD#41 Wellness Committee
Join us every Tuesday at 3:00 at Milo Elementary School for tips, ideas, and support on this weight loss journey!
Special Activities:
Monthly Dollar Challenge-Will you be the Biggest Loser?
Speakers on many healthy topics
Help us create our own healthy cookbook
Walking in the gym-walk and weigh those pounds away!
Upcoming Speakers:
Joanne Barrows, Race for the Cure, March 29
Dawn Russell, P.E. Teacher, Create your Workout, April 5
Tracy Gray, Curves, TBA
Bonnie Stone, Nutritionist, Mayo Regional Hospital, TBA
Cindy Herbest, Yoga/Cardio Instructor, TBA
For more information, call Tina Johnston at 943-2196 (days) and 943-8818 (after 4:00)

March 31, 2005
Greetings and peace to everyone,

All is going well in Mali. I received some emails from you regarding the recent riots in Bamako after the Malian team lost their soccer match to Togo. I wasn't there but was watching it on TV in my village when it happened. Mali was up 1-0 with about 10 minutes left in the match and Togo scored 2 goals to win. People were storming the field and the police had to use tear gas to clear the field. Afterwards, there was very intense rioting in the streets...people burning cars, trashing restaurants and bars, and causing complete chaos. No one was killed from what I have heard, but the damages were very the billions (FCFA). I am heading to Bamako on Saturday so I should be able to get some more info on the topic.

Easter was a lot of fun in my village. My good friend James came for the weekend. On Friday there was a dance and on Saturday a concert...both were great. On Sunday, we went to the morning Mass...I got to participate by carrying up a new bible that was used for the readings. I got to look at the bible beforehand and it was written in Bambara...very interesting. My name written in Bambara is spelled 'Matiyu'.

I've been spending my days studying Bambara and putting together my proposal for my sanitation project. I have become very good friends with the mother of the baby girl that is in the picture on the Three Rivers News web site. She has really helped me practice my Bambara and is a lot of fun. Her name is Hawa and is 22 years old...I'll get a picture sent once I get the courage to bring out my digital camera in village. I don't feel comfortable yet bringing it out because I don't want to project the image of being a rich American with a lot of expensive stuff.

The days here seem to pass by very quickly at times, but also at other time definitely drag on. My patience has been tested here more than is ever has before, which I feel is making me a much stronger person. I recently learned a proverb in Bambara that I apply to many aspects of my life here - 'Dooni, Dooni, kononi b'a nara dilan' - which means - 'Slowly, a bird builds its nest'. I have found that is very true for me here, whether it is building my language skills, building my relationships with others, or building a project to carry out in village. There are lots of proverbs that people use here, which are fun to learn and help me view things in a different perspective.

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I suppose that is all for now. I hope that this letter finds you all in good health and spirits. Take care and I will write again and send some pictures when I get to Bamako.
Peace and Love, Matt
Here is a link to an article on CNN about the rioting in Bamako

The player that is shown in the picture, Frederic Kanoute, is from my village. I met his mother one day and everyone always talks about him. He is one of the best players on the team and is only 23 years old.

Hello everyone,
April 2, 2005
I arrived in Bamako this morning at about 4am, after sitting on the train for about 15 hours. It definitely reminded me of how difficult transportation is in this took us 15 hours to travel roughly 300 miles by train. The train stops about every 15 minutes.

Being in Bamako has allowed me to use high-speed internet for the first time in about 4 months. I attached a photo that I took of myself in the cybercafé with the webcam. Bamako is definitely much more developed than Kayes, which I have definitely realized now that I am back here. I just ate a breakfast of 2 giant pancakes, 2 eggs, hash browns, and two slices of about delicious. I think I consumed more calories in that one meal than I do in village over the course of 2 days.

I plan on going to visit the family that I lived with during training either tomorrow or the day after. When I left, I told them that I didn't think that I would be back until July, so they are in for a pleasant surprise. I have several copies of the photo that I sent you all several months back, which I am going to give to all of

them. I am really looking forward to seeing them again, and now that my Bambara is much improved, it should be very interesting. They really helped me get adjusted to the way of life here, and for that I am very thankful.
I suppose that is all for now...I will be here for about 3 weeks so I should be able to send a bunch of pictures once I bring my camera to the cybercafé. I hope that this email finds you all well. Take care.
Peace and love, Matt

The Milo Garden Club will hold its April meeting at the Milo Town Hall on April 12, at l p.m. Program will be "Growing and Harvesting Blueberries" with speaker Everett Worcester.

News from Milo Elementary
Testing - All students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 have been thoroughly tested during the month of March. Third graders have done the Progress Toward Standards tests and the NCLB pilot. Fourth graders participated in the NAEP testing. Results of which are used to rate states in the Nation's Report Card documents. They have also participated in the Maine Educational Assessment. Grade 5 took the Metropolitan Achievement tests and the NCLB pilot. Grade 6 students did the Progress Toward Standards and the NCLB pilot.

The Ocean Guy; On March 23 and 24, Milo Elementary staff and students were treated to two wonderful programs this past week. All grades had a presentation on the Ocean. The Ocean Guy did different presentations for each grade. Some groups saw actual live sea animals. On Thursday students and staff attended various presentations about astronomy, the planets and constellations in a giant inflatable planetarium in the gym. The PTO and some school fundraising funds efforts funded these programs. As travel becomes more expensive, we are trying to bring as many opportunities to our children rather than putting them on a bus to travel.

Enrollment - Enrollment at Milo Elementary continues to fluctuate. We have students in and out on a weekly basis. Current enrollment is 241.

Kindergarten - We continue to add to our list of new kindergarten students for next year. Currently we have 36 students on the list. Registration appointments will be made for later in the spring. We will conduct an orientation for students and parents near the end of the year. We are
currently looking at some different screening programs to provide us with information we need to adequately meet the needs of the students.

Band Concert - Fifth and sixth graders are preparing for the spring concert on April 28. We will do two joint rehearsals. On April 14th, students will go to Brownville for a rehearsal from 9-10 in the morning. On April 27th, students will rehearse from 12:15-1:15 at PVHS.

Nutrition - April will be Nutrition month at Milo Elementary. Our theme this year is a Rainbow of Healthy Snacks. There will be a community event at the end of the unit. In conjunction with our unit, Mr. Bill Wood will present a program on nutrition on April 4th at 9:45 for grades K-3 and at 1:00 for grades 4-6.

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The "Ocean Guy" visited Brownville Elementary last week for grades K-6.

Here, Taylor Delano holds one of the starfish that was on display. Lagrange students also came for the demonstrations. The children had the opportunity to learn a lot about small ocean creatures as well as observe some animals from the touch tank. It was a terrific presentation and the schools thank the PTO's for sponsoring the opportunity. SAD #41 is very fortunate to have active PTO's that provide those "extras" for children.

Joshua Stanhope, a 5th grader at Brownville Elementary, recently had his artwork selected to be part of a statewide traveling art exhibit. He also had it on display at the Bangor Mall. Congratulations to Josh for a job well done

Our April 1 assembly was opened with a rousing version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The Cook School welcomed the new baseball team. Mrs. Wright said, "May the best team win!" Miss K. seconded that one. (It could be possible that they have different teams in mind).

Dawn Moulton, Michelle Baker and Shae Grant were honored as Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy said that Shae is an excellent student every day. She follows all the rules and always does all of her jobs. Shae has very neat handwriting and is an awesome listener. Mrs. Carter is proud of Michelle. She is always kind and respectful. Michelle has recently missed many school days. She has worked very hard at home and at school to make up all of her assignments.

Miss K. reported that Dawn is always a Terrific Kid. She works hard on all of her assignments. She is an excellent independent worker. Dawn is a good friend and a wonderful role model.

Completion of 6 months of Book It Certificates were awarded to Mackenzie Morel, Rachael Baker and Trevor Lyford. Trevor read 1,024 pages in the month of March!!

Bus Students of the Week: Dana Herrick, Kendra Cross and Shae Grant.

Artists of the Week: Rachael Higgins, Justin Moulton, Jessica Moulton and Morgan Drake.

Move and Improve Student Prize Winners: Lindsay Turner, Dana Herrick, Jessica Moulton, Hannah Bess, and Mackenzie Morel.

Move and Improve Teacher Prize Winner: Mrs. Johnston

Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.

MSAD #41 Celebrates Florida Friday
On Friday April 15th MSAD 41's Wellness Team will sponsor a district wide celebration of our arrival in the Florida Keys! Staff members began their trek last October when the Wellness Team offered the Great Pedometer Challenge and arrived at their final destination in early March. (We haven't yet figured out how we will entice them back!)

The celebration on April 15th will feature tropical decorations, staff in Florida attire, fruit, vegetables and other healthy snacks to promote continued healthy habits. Lunch for the day will take a decidedly tropical direction with Pineapple Pizza, Fruit Juice, Tropical Fruit Salad and more.

Congratulations MSAD #41 on working toward a healthy lifestyle!

Move and Improve Week #4
Staff and students are continuing their pursuit of healthy living by being involved again this year in EMMC's Move and Improve Program. All are encouraged to submit weekly activity logs at their schools for great prize drawings each week. At the end of the 12-week programs students who have participated in Move and Improve, and turned in their activity logs signed by parent/guardian, will be eligible to enter the Grand Prize Drawing. Last year our site won $500.00 which will be used to purchase two bicycles and helmets for each elementary school.

Help your child be part of this great program by encouraging 30 minutes of activity a day 4 days a week and then sign and send the activity log back to school.

Keep up the good work MSAD #41!!
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Getting Your Finances In Order After The Loss Of A Spouse
There are many tough subjects we avoid thinking about and the death of a spouse could be one of them. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, almost half of the women over age 65 are widows. Nearly 700,000 women lose their husbands each year and will be widows for an average of 14 years.

While losing someone you love is obviously emotionally difficult, the loss of a spouse may have substantial impact on your financial situation as well. Here are a few considerations you should think about in order to get your finances in order after a loss:

Locate all important documents. Determine the location of key documents such as wills, trust documents, insurance policies, deeds, stock and bond certificates and bank and brokerage statements. Having these handy will help in sorting through what documents need to be re-titled and reviewed.

Update beneficiary designations and estate plan. At a time like this it is important to ensure you have the appropriate beneficiaries listed on items such as your IRA, retirement plans, employee benefits and life insurance policies. In addition, you should have your attorney update your will and estate documents to make sure your intentions are reflected.

Complete a net worth statement. A comprehensive look at your current assets and liabilities – what you have and what you owe – will help you have a better look at your financial situation. You may have some cash coming in from insurance policies and you may also have some debts that need to be taken care of.

Review your asset allocation. Once you take a snapshot of your finances, it is important to make sure your investments reflect your new situation. You may need to re-evaluate your risk tolerance now and your need for liquid assets may have changed. Your financial consultant can help you take a look at your portfolio and make any changes necessary.

Inform children of changes to financial structure. Your children – and possibly even grandchildren – should know about any changes you make to your estate plan, will or beneficiary designations. It is important to keep them apprised of your financial decisions – not only do they have a vested interest, but they may also be able to help you with any difficult decisions.

Review your investment portfolio. Look closely at your investments to see if they match your financial goals, time horizon and risk tolerance. What may have worked for you as a couple may not be the best choice for you as an individual. Your financial consultant can help in evaluating any shifts necessary in your investments.

Check your credit reports. You’ll want to get copies of your credit reports and ensure they are accurate. If there are any mistakes, it is important to correct them at once. You may also want to cancel some of your credit cards if you no longer have a need for them. This could help decrease the chances of negatively affecting your credit rating.

Establish an emergency cash fund. If you don’t have one already, now is the time to establish an account that allows you to access your cash at any time. You may need to tap into this account should you have any unexpected expenses and it will provide you with a bit of freedom.

As you can see, there are several things you can do even during this difficult period to make sure your finances are properly taken care of. A forward-looking plan will help you establish a solid financial future. . If you would like to receive the publication, Putting the Pieces Together: A Survivor’s Guide to Settling an Estate, 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.

Submitted by Gwen Bradeen of the Milo Historical Society
This poem about the Elm Street Bridge was found when sorting through the stacks of papers at the museum. We don’t know who wrote it but we do know that the bridge was built in 1856 and was a toll bridge until March 11, 1872. It was replaced with a concrete bridge in 1926.

The Passing of Milo’s Toll Bridge

In the little town of Milo,
Meaning Milo up in Maine,
There’s an old Toll Bridge a-standing,
And its passing now is plain.
In it’s many years of service
It has borne a mighty strain,
For the grand old folks of Milo,
Up in Maine.

It was build across the highway
O’er Piscataquis’ surging stream
To accommodate a traveler,
Double hitch or single team.
And no doubt its countless thousands
That have passed in through its door
And have left their dusty footprints
On its worn old planken floor;
You are nothing but a quaint
Old Covered Bridge.

It was built ‘bout eighteen-fifty
By a man named Orman Brown,
Who was then a hearty member
Of this good old native town.
It’s been washed by many waters
And withstood the wildest storms,
And ‘twas many times reported
That its massive bulk was gone.
Oh, it’s only just a grand
Old Covered Bridge.

It has given the best of service
Through it’s many, many years,
And has been a silent witness
To the people’s doubts and fears.
It has seen both joy and sorrow,
And heard many lusty cheers.
And perhaps some lonely wanderer
Has besprinkled it with tears.
You are only just a good
Old Covered Bridge.

P.E.T.S. Fundraiser a Great Success
More than eight pickup loads of household items, furniture such as chairs and rockers, lots of children’s toys and clothing, bicycles, tools, antique trunk, computer table with chair were among many of the items donated by individuals. Having a seasonably warm spring day enabled crowds of folks to purchase their “treasures.” Students from Foxcroft Academy earned community service credit helping to load and unload items. With all the community support P.E.T.S. raised close to $1000 – truly a great success! P.E.T.S. fundraising is an ongoing task. April 9th we will be at “Shop and Save” in Dexter selling raffle tickets for our “Weekend Getaway for Two” with meals at the lovely Bar Harbor Motel. Raffle tickets are still available at the “Cup and Easel” on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft and from any of the P.E.T.S. volunteers. The drawing for this great prize is April 15th. For additional fund raising we are planning a bottle drive in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday April 16th with a rain date of April 30th. Save your bottles for P.E.T.S. or drop them off any time to the Dover-Foxcroft Redemption Center and donate your refund our organization. For information on our reduced cost spay/neuter program call any one of the following P.E.T.S. volunteers: Sue Slate, 379-2809, Phyllis Dyer, 564-8072; Salley Sue Pearson, 876-2752, Mary Shapleigh, 564-8092, or Julie Gallagher, 943-5083.

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Photo: The Valente gang in Sorrento. Front: Mary and Steff Valente Back: Eric Brown, Dud, Kelley Brown, Georgia Hall, Renee Tringali, Paul Tringali and me.

Italy Trip part 4
Feb. 1 Tues. Today was a free day. After breakfast the gang minus Valerie went to a flea market that Fernanda told us about. We followed directions and went to the cemetery about a mile from the hotel where we were told the flea market across the street was not going to be held because of a landslide blocking the road further along. Dud had gone on ahead and we had to wait for him to return before heading back to the hotel. We stopped at a large grocery store and bought bread, milk, cheese, salami, plates, soda and wine for our hall picnic tonight. We dropped things at the hotel and some of us went into town shopping. I bought a tablecloth with olives on it. The main colors are blue and gold. I also bought some chocolate limoncello and some sharp provolone cheese. We returned to the hotel and headed for the train station. At 12:37 we boarded a train for Vico and the University of Pizza. Fortunately we were able to use the bus tickets we had purchased to get to the hydrofoil for the short train ride to Vico so we weren’t out any money (2 euros each). The tickets were not good for Naples because it was further away. We got off at the Vico station and walked to the University of Pizza arriving at 1:15. We ordered 3 pizzas 1 meter long each. We had the plain cheese, one with meat and the other was a three way with veggies, anchovies and sausage. We all had drinks, a dish of olives and a dish of anchovies. There were 16 of us and the bill came to 205 euros with the tip. We returned to Sorrento on the 3:05 train and I took a short nap. At 6 I had Fernanda call Geppino but there was no answer. When we got back to the 3rd floor the tables and chairs were all set up in the hall for our picnic. The only other guest who was in that area of the hotel was Dominic D’alexander who joined us for the meal. After eating we walked to the “Irish” pub where I had a Galliano. The younger crowd was walking the streets last night and the owner of the pub called them in. They had such a nice time they wanted to bring the rest of us to meet him. He and his wife were very jolly and could speak English. I don’t know what an Italian was doing running an Irish pub but we sure did have fun. We all sang songs that he was playing on the CD player and had a very good time. Three Americans from another tour were there and joined the festivities. Even the Italians who were there seemed to enjoy the festivities. Returned to the room at 10:15.

Recipe: Ravioli Italian Style
I usually make this recipe on a stormy day and freeze most of it for later use.

6 cloves garlic
1 large onion
2 lb hamburger
Olive oil as needed
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Fry garlic in olive oil until the oil is flavored. Remove garlic and add one onion chopped fine and cook until translucent. Add 2 pounds of hamburger and return the garlic to the pan.

Fry while separating the hamburger so it is finely divided. Turn off heat and add 1 cup grated parmesan cheese. Reserve mixture for the pasta dough.

Dough: 6 cups unbleached flour (King Arthur is good)
3 beaten eggs
1 tsp salt
_ cup boiling water

Sift together the flour and salt in a large bowl or on a bread board. Make a hole in the center, add the eggs and mix until the consistency of corn meal. Make another hole in the center and add the hot water. After mixing with a fork, use your hands to mix well. A soft pliable dough should form. If it does not add either flour or more water until it does. If you have a pasta machine pass it through a few times to make it smooth. The alternative is to knead it to smoothness. Roll the dough to the desired thickness in a long strip.

Cover the pasta strip with the hamburger mixture reserving about 5 inches on one end to seal the roll. Roll the dough with the filling until you reach the unfilled end. Sprinkle a little water on the dough and continue to roll so the filling is sealed inside.
Add the roll to boiling water to cook. Depending on size it takes up to 5 minutes. If the filling is loose and might fall out the ends of the roll, it can be kept in by wrapping the roll in cheese cloth before cooking.

Once cooked slice the roll into _ inch pieces and serve with your favorite sauce.

Last Saturday we received a very special gift book from Joseph E. Comeau, Jr. of LaGrange. Joe presented the library with the book he has just finished writing, USS SOLOMONS CVE 67. Three years ago Joe wanted to give his father a special Father’s Day gift. His Dad had often expressed his disappointment that his WW II carrier, the USS Solomons had never had a reunion of its crew members. Joe decided to give his Dad as much of a reunion as he could through the internet. He hoped he could reach 3-4 crew members in time to give his Dad a different Father’s Day gift. To his surprise he heard from 35 crew members. These crew members gladly shared their stories and their photographs. This book is Joe’s compilation of those stories and pictures. Unfortunately Joe’s dad died on June 26, 2003, a full year and a half before Joe’s book was completed, but his dad did get to share the stories and photographs of the other crew members as the material was received. World War II veterans are dying at the rate of 1100 a day. In fact, four crew members died while Joe was writing his book. Our best first- hand knowledge of World War II (or any war) comes from our veterans, and it is good when someone takes the time to get that knowledge written down and puts it into a form to be shared by others.

For those of you interested in World War II and, even more specifically, aircraft carriers, this book will be of much interest. There are photographs on every page, many with the names of the men, and many of the pictures are in a series that tell the complete story of the event. World War II buffs and others are all welcome to check through this book at the library, to read the text and to be enriched by the great variety of photographs. If any of you are interested in owning this book, you may contact Joseph E. Comeau, Jr. at 5455 Bennoch Road, LaGrange, ME 04453. The price of the book is $36.95.

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We have gone through yet another preview box. These are the juvenile books we have chosen from the Smart Apple Company.

MINIBEASTS (insects)

Remember as you do your spring cleaning in the next few weeks, or just have books you no longer have room for, the library will be glad to accept them for the JUNE 11 BOOK SALE. Keep that date in mind too for finding great book bargains and supporting your local library and younger patrons.
Please note that the library will be closed APRIL 18 in observance of PATRIOT’S DAY

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

MILO Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremy T. Webb, son of
Suzanne J. and Rex L. Webb of Milo, recently was promoted to his current rank while serving with Headquarters Battalion, Camp Fuji, Japan.

Webb was promoted based on sustained superior job
performance and proficiency in his designated specialty.

Webb is a 2001 graduate of Penquis Valley High School of Milo, and joined the Marine Corps in July 2001

Traditions of a Milo-ite
It's that time of year! Absolutely nothing in my closet to wear. It's too warm to wear sweaters...especially the kind that can't come off in the middle of the day when it warms up. Where does that leave us? Well, in my case it left me in Bangor looking for something new to wear. I was after tops....something to go with the pants that I already have plenty of. Have you noticed that winter clothes last longer than your basic spring and summer things? Do you suppose it's the fabric? Why is it that you can wear your winter tops year after year, but your spring and summer wardrobes pretty much see one, maybe two, seasons? I'm having trouble finding something that will fit me. I weigh exactly the same as I have for the past 20 years, but the weight has rearranged itself. How does it do that? It's totally annoying. I think a personal trainer could probably help me rearrange it back again....but a personal trainer costs way more money than I have, and I'm not even sure there is such a thing as a personal trainer in Milo, Maine.

I got an e-mail the other day that pointed out fashion faux pas. I was so happy to know that someone had finally put pen to paper with these dos and don'ts. I shall reprint them here for case you might be tempted to actually be seen on the streets of town with any of the following combinations. These items DO NOT go together: 1. A nose ring and bifocals, 2. Spiked hair and bald spots, 3. A pierced tongue and dentures, 4.

Miniskirts and support hose, 5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads, 6. A Speedo and cellulite, 7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar, 8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor, 9. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge, 10. Pierced nipples that hang below the waist, 11. Bikinis and liver spots, 12. Short shorts and varicose veins, 13. Inline skates and a walker, and the ultimate in fashion faux pas is number 14. Thongs and Depends. For the many of you who don't know what a "thong"'s too unbelievable to even try to explain...well....think of it as a perpetual wedgie. You won't see me making any of these fashion mistakes soon.

I got another e-mail recently from my friend Cheryl....who, a grandmother /homemaker herself thought it was precious and wanted to share it with me. She knows that I'm from the "old school" and will well remember my grandma's apron. Actually the whole story put me in mind of my mother-in-law who was the consummate farmer's wife, mother and grandmother. It follows:

The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears or wiping a runny nose. From the chicken-coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the pods. In the fall the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes. And remember this! Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw!!

That last part might be true for some....and true for me occasionally, but I like to think there is still enough of old grandma in me to warrant a home made apple pie.

When I started this column I was whining about my fashion problems. I'm nearly at the end and I still haven't figured out what I'll be wearing to work next week....but this I do piercings are only in my ears, and I wear only serviceable white cotton undies. Those two things alone will insure few fashion mistakes.

My mother started me on the path of sweet and salty when I was a kid. If I microwave myself a bag of popcorn, I sprinkle M&M's over the popped corn before eating it. Sweet and salty together is comfort food for me.....that and a glass of Diet Coke is a wonderful
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nighttime snack. When we were kids we often had popcorn in the evening. Mom would shake popcorn kernels in her covered aluminum saucepan over high heat on the stove. I microwave bags that are all pre measured. Mom made this fudge recipe...cut it in squares and served it with the popcorn. Soda was scarce in our house when I was growing up. We drank orange juice with our night snack.

Chocolate Fudge

One small 6 oz. can evaporated milk(or half of a 12 oz. can)
1-1/3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine
6 oz. of chocolate bits (they used to make a small bag....I haven't seen a small bag for years so use half of a big bag.
1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped nuts (Mom used granddaughter is allergic to walnuts so we either leave them out or use chopped peanuts, now).

Using a saucepan, combine milk, sugar, salt and butter. Bring to a full rolling boil, using medium heat stirring so there will be no scorching. Once a full boil is reached, continue to stir and boil for five minutes. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate bits until melted. Quickly stir in the marshmallow, vanilla and nuts until blended. Pour into a buttered 8X8 inch pan. Cool, cover and keep refrigerated. Cut into squares and serve. This fudge will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

DERBY - Eleanor Naomi "Nomi" Clark, 81, wife of the late Stanley N. Clark, peacefully passed away April 1, 2005, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She was born Feb. 8, 1924, in Derby, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Black. She was raised in Derby and graduated from Milo High School in 1942. She was a woman that committed her entire life to God and her family. She was an avid reader and truly enjoyed and appreciated all the wonders nature had to offer. Her kindness and thoughtfulness touched all that knew her. She was particularly fond of her late brother Everett Black. During World War II Nomi moved to Waterbury, Conn. and proudly worked as a Munitions Inspector with Chase Brass and Copper Co. in support of the war effort. Nomi is survived by her two sons, Brett and his wife, Candy, of Pembroke, N.H. and 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; three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth "Betty" Decker, Norma Black and Ruth Clark and many well thought of nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Everett; two sisters, Edith and Pricilla; her good friend and husband of 59 years, Stanley N. Clark. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her remembrance 3-7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the family residence at 5 Church St., in Derby. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807. A memorial service at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta will be announced in the spring. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Lewiston & Auburn 783-8545.

LINCOLN - Lenora G. Johnston, 94, wife of the late Robert Johnston, died March 28, 2005, at a Madison healthcare facility. She was born Aug. 16, 1910, in Maxfield, the daughter of Benjamin and Kate (Joudrey) Tunks. Nora was a long-time, active member of the First Bible Baptist Church of Lincoln. She wrote poetry, did oil painting, and enjoyed knitting, quilting and cooking.
She is survived by two sons, Gerald Johnston of Minot and Blaine Johnston of Lincoln; a daughter, Reta Batchelder of Norridgewock; two sisters, Ella Manzo and Beatrice Clifford, both of South Portland; two brothers, J. Coburn Tunks of Lagrange and Roger Tunks of Dover-Foxcroft; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Wesley Johnston; and a brother, Harlan Tunks. Graveside services will be held at the Lincoln Cemetery, later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the First Bible Baptist Church of Lincoln, 57 Old Military Road, Winn, ME 04495. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln. For an online register book please visit

Three Rivers Kiwanis News
Children: Priority One

Regular Meeting Minutes
March 30, 2005

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Clubs 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.

President Murrel Harris greeted fourteen members and four guests for this combined social gathering, followed by a lovely dinner and a brief evening meeting this fifth Wednesday of the month, held at 6 pm at THE RESAURANT.

Edwin Treworgy led us in grace prior to the dinner which was prepared by THE RESTAURANT staff.

Kiwanis members introduced their guests, including Karen Clark, Randy Walker, Tanya Ellison, Janet Valente and Joanne DeWitt. We were most pleased to have these folks as our guests during this social gathering.

After dinner, the Kiwanis members held their usual Happy and Sad Dollars event. Twelve Happy and Sad Dollars were donated. A Sad Dollar was donated for the recent passing of a former Kiwanis Dist. 2 Lt. Gov. Many Happy Dollars were presented for a good crowd on hand, for a new job, for the opening season of the major league baseball teams in a few days, Happy Dollars were donated for “just because” and a Happy Dollar for getting up on time this week!

Birthday greetings this week go to Chris Almy on April 1st.

A brief discussion was held on the upcoming variety show on May 6th and May 7th. Kathy Witham noted that there is a need for vocal participants, men and women, and for a skit or two.

Our own Lt. Gov., Eben DeWitt inducted our newest member, Bobby Ellison, after a brief description of the history of Kiwanis. We welcome you, Bobby.

After the meeting, Virgil Valente provided a slide show of a recent tour to Italy with many of his family members and several friends. It was a particularly interesting slide show and all present were shown many historical and famous sites along with a splendid narrative provided by Virgil! This writer will not go into details of the slide show, as it is hoped that all readers of THE THREE RIVERS NEWS have been able to follow along in our weekly newsletter the articles that Virgil has published for you. At the end of the slide show, a challenging game was played. Guests and members alike were able to join in, and an appropriate Italian gift was presented if one was lucky enough to give the right answer, never mind the pronunciation! (Question: In what city is Michelangelo buried?) Several other questions were asked with several winners noted!

Kiwanis members would like to thank Nancy Grant and Janet Richards for the time and effort put forth to arrange for our social event, and we would also like to thank Virgil Valente for a most enjoyable evening.

Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary

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