Three Rivers News, 2005-04-11
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2005

Contributed by Avis Spear and written by her sister, Helen Finnemore, Castle Hill, Me.

There is a nice old Duffer in Milo, ME.
Reuben Lancaster is the old Guy’s name
He can write you a Poem, or bake you a cake,
Or he’d organize a Party
for your Birthday’s sake.
--That’s Reuben—
He can ask the Lord’s Blessing before a meal,
Or say a Prayer for you that’s genuine and real
With his sparkling eyes and thinning white hair,
He is just a Big old Teddy Bear.
--That’s Reuben—
He is President of this and Chairman of that.
He is a busy old Gent wearing many a hat,
Here he comes now with his smiley old Mug
With outstretched arms to give you a Hug.
--That’s Reuben--

We want to thank everyone that helped on the supper for Todd Washburn. Thanks to all from the cooking, clean up, making and selling tickets, to everyone that worked at the supper. We also want to thank all the area businesses and individuals who donated for the raffle. Thanks to everyone for coming out on a rainy night to make this a success as we raised $3,200.
Melinda and Donnie Lundin
Tricia and Raymond Stanhope

On Saturday, April 2, 2005, the Milo/Brownville Knights of Columbus had seven young people compete in the 2005 Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest. We were very successful as Krystin Chamber won first place for the 11-year-old girls. Morgan Royal won first place for the 13-year-old girls; Kristopher won second place for the 14-year-old boys; and Klay Stevens won second place for the 10-year-old boys after tying for first and losing by one shot in two shoot-outs. Others who competed were Kiel Larson, Miranda Conklin, and Laura Gray. There were a total of eighty young people from all over the State of Maine.

On Wednesday, April 6th, I left a yellow and black kayak paddle with a black paddle leash attached to it and a digital binocular/camera in a soft black case at the downtown landing of the river in Milo.

When I returned a half hour later, they were gone. Please return them all. The digital binocular/camera is unusable for pictures without the program.

A $50.00 reward is being offered for the return of these items or information leading to the recovery of them.

After some investigating, it was discovered that there were two cars and two girls at the river landing about the time the items disappeared. They are going to be questioned, but if you have any other information,Call 943-2207 or contact Peggi Dean

Krop for the Kids

Andrea Haley Mills, greeting scrapbookers,

On Saturday, March 26, Milo Elementary held its first ever Krop for the Kids. For $15, scrapbookers could come and shop with our invitation only vendors, enjoy make and take projects, and work on their scrapbook projects without interruption. A morning snack of donuts, muffins, juice and coffee, and a luncheon consisting of meat platters, veggie plates, rolls, chips, desserts and punch kept our scrappers well-fed. A good time was had by all, and we raised a lot of money to fund our science programming!

One of the vendors, Top Line Creations

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Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.

1. Brownville became a town in (a) 1812 (b) 1816 (c) 1820 (d) 1824.
2. Katahdin Iron Works is on the (a) west (b) east (c) middle (d) north branch of the Pleasant River.
3. Mac Buchanan played basketball for (a) Greenville (b) Bangor (c) Stearns (d) Milo.
4. Durants held (a) pool tournaments (b) rock concerts (c) horse shows (d) peanut hunts.
5. Walter Farrar was a(n) (a) point guard (b) left wing (c) center (d) high postman.
6. Sargae Rugale and Max Cohen came from (a) France (b) Russia (c) Italy (d) Spain.
7. The Railroaders did not go undefeated during the regular season in (a) 1963 (b) 1964 (c) 1965 (d) 1968.
8. Norman Robinson organized "This is Your Life" for (a) Alice Graves (b) Doris Chase (c) Argie Henderson (d) Louise Tucker at the Grange Hall.
9. Jack Heskett was a cookee for (a) John Lewis (b) Cal Herrick (c) E.H.Ladd (d) Bilodeau's.
10. Brownville got its first town manager in (a) 1855 (b) 1912 (c) 1932 (d) 1946.

The Sports Corner
PVHS, MHS, BJHS All-Time Greats
I received a very humble reaction from Matt Pokrywka on his selection to the PVHS list of All-Time Greats, a reaction I hope to publish in the coming weeks. One player thought he should have been placed higher.

The placement at the top was very close between Wally Russell and Jeremy Allen, going along age lines. Many favoring Allen had never seen Russell in action. But there is a very strong case for Allen.

Allen could do it all: shoot from all over, rebound on either end, pass, play defense, and he had a great left hand. In the state championship game at Augusta he scored 26 points and hit on 12 of 13 free throws-to cap off a career of more than 1000 points. Jeremy had great body control a la Elgin Baylor of the 1950s and 1960s in the NBA.

Only one name has appeared thus far for the MHS greats: Roger Clapp. Come on readers. You can do more than that-not better than that. How about Peter Hamlin? Peter Webb?

What about the girls? What about BJHS?

Shown here are Sadi Zambrano and Lauriyn Bellatty, winners of the Kerri Russell Scoring Award and the Erin Weston Leadership Award respectively at the annual Milo-Brownville Peewee Basketball Banquet held Thursday, April 7, at the Brownville Elementary School.

Shown here are Jarell Arfien and Bryan Russell, winners of the Peter Hamlin Scoring Award and the Tony Hamlin Scoring Award respectively at the Milo-Brownville Peewee Basketball Banquet held Thursday evening, April 7, at the Brownville Elementary School.

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L-R Raymond Sickler, Courtney Lyford, Michaela Weston, Leah Word Connar Webb, Coach Erica, Jeffrey Lyford, David Newbert, Trevor Lyford, Aaron Goodine, Logan Robinson, Coach Bailey, Donato Cedrone Jr. and Frankie Worcester

The WeePeeWee games are underway at Brownville Elementary School under the direction of the Brownville Rec. Department. There are 4 teams in all with boys and girls from the surrounding towns from grades 2 and 3. For an entertaining evening.....check out one of these games.

The Sebec Fencing team is coached by Penquis Railroader stars: Erica Lyford and Ryan Bailey

Sebec Fencing won their first game 26-19

P.E.T.S. plans to solicit for returnable bottles and cans in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday,April 16th from 9a.m. to noon. Last year we raised over $200 and we hope to meet or exceed last year’s amount. Students from Foxcroft Academy will be assisting in exchange for community service hours. Without their help our bottle drive would not be successful. Folks are reminded that they can donate their returnable refund or part of it to P.E.T.S. at the Dover-Foxcroft Redemption Center throughout the year. We would like to remind individuals who donate monies and items that your donations are helping to make a difference in the overpopulation of companion animals. P.E.T.S. has helped to spay and neuter over 600 animals during the last two years. Our Community Project is almost complete with about 12 cats to be fixed. With your financial help and support, along with the support of Foxcroft Veterinary we can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our companion animals and help to end some of the needless suffering. For information about the P.E.T.S. program call anyone of the following volunteers: Sue Slate, 379-2809; Salley Pearson, 876-2752; Phyllis Dyer, 564-8072; Julie Gallagher 943-5083; Mary Shapleigh 564-8092

Since SOAR Maine/Milo began in August 2004, there have been many moments that have been truly overwhelming for me as this organization set out to accomplish its goals. What a great town Milo is - receptive and responsive to the call! SOAR has grown not only in number but also in the goals achieved. The American Legion Post #41, the schools, newspaper editors who have carried our stories, townspeople of all ages in Milo and surrounding communities as well as those members/volunteers who have given their time and efforts in support of our troops have all been instrumental in making my experience with SOAR

both exciting and rewarding. It is bittersweet for me to step aside at this time yet it is with pride an honor to pass along the position of president to Michelle Lemik. Michelle is as passionate as I about the mission of SOAR, highly motivated with conviction and determination. I have no doubt as to her capability when passing the torch nor her potential to succeed as she brings new and creative ideas to the table. Although I am moving out of the area, I will continue to touch base from time to time. I deeply appreciate the privilege of participating in this worthwhile cause in this ‘friendly town of Milo.’ It has been my pleasure to have worked alongside you as we each Support Our American Recruits. Peg Luciani - SOAR/Maine Coordinator

MILO - SOAR (Support Our American Recruits) will meet Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #41 on W. Main Street in Milo. Please come out and join us. We welcome your input as we plan together our next fundraiser - a tag sale in May!!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Katie and Eric at the Phish Show in Coventry Vermont.

Brownville couple engaged
Katie Robertson and Eric Joyner have announced their engagement. Katie is the daughter of Kirby and Valerie Robertson of Milo, and Eric is the son of Debra Monjeau and her husband Mike, of Auburn and Mike Joyner and his wife Moira, of North Livermore.

Katie graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 1995, the University of Southern Maine in 2004, and is presently enrolled in graduated classes at the University of Maine in Orono. Eric graduated from Edward Little High School in 1996, attended the University of Maine in Orono and is working towards his degree in Real Estate Appraisal. Both are employed by R.G.I.S, an inventory audit provider.

An August 20, 2005 wedding is planned at the Gazebo, on the waterfront at Milo’s Veteran’s Memorial Park on the Sebec River. (The boat landing). A reception will follow at the couple’s home on Stickney Hill in Brownville.

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At the Vice-Ambassador's house for a pool party.

Dear all,
I hope that this letter finds you all well. Things are going very well for me here in Bamako. I’ve been indulging in great food and drink, which has certainly been excellent. One can find just about any type of cuisine in Bamako. Yesterday for lunch, I indulged in a cheeseburger, fries, and a strawberry milkshake. Talk about delicious….slightly tastier than couscous and rice.

Our group at the swearing-in

Each day that I have been here I have seen a new person from my training group that I haven’t seen since the end November. It’s been really great to see all of them, exchange stories, and just hang out. Yesterday I submitted a proposal for my sanitation project that I hope to get started by the 1st of June. The project involves two villages across the river, about 6 km from my village. We are requesting funds to buy donkeys, donkey carts, hoes, shovels, rakes, etc. to help clean up the villages. Once we buy the materials, I am going to organize a 2 or 3 day formation to teach the sanitation committee members how to efficiently keep track of their materials and manage their money. An idea that we had to generate income for the committee was to rent the donkey carts when they aren’t being used, and since most Malians do not keep track of their money, it is absolutely necessary to have this formation to teach them basic accounting skills in order to make the project sustainable.

Once I get back to site, I am going to talk to the directors of my school about getting books for the students and for the library. One of the options that I have is to do a ‘Peace Corps Partnership Program’, which allows anyone to donate money to the project online, with the goal being set at a certain amount and the village contributing 25%. I’m not sure right now if the 25% is there to start the project, so it may take some time to generate some money for the project. I know that for probably most of you reading this email, you may think that the solution to many of the problems here is just to give them money for the things that they

need, but believe me, the long-term solution requires teaching the people how to generate money for themselves. The saying goes, ‘If you give a man a fish, he will eat for one day; but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat forever.’ That is very true in the developing world, although it is also very necessary for exterior funding as well…the real challenge lies in finding the balance between the two. I’ll keep you all posted on the progress of my projects.

Well, I am writing this letter on my friend’s laptop and between the heat outside and the heat being generated in my lap, I think that I will stop writing now. Take care everyone and I’ll write again soon.
Peace and love,

Kiwanis members Frank Cochrane, Nancy Grant and Mrs. Wright presented Terrific Kid Certificates to Ethan Neal, Rachael Baker and Jessica Moulton at our April 8th assembly. Ms. Ivy said that Ethan has been making better choices and is doing more independently. Keep up the good work Ethan. Mrs. Carter is very proud of Rachael's effort both at home and at school. Rachael is a kind friend and does her best every day (and so does her Mom)! Miss K. said that Jessica has done most of her homework this week and is making better decisions in the classroom. Mrs. Andrews praised Jessica for getting her work finished this week. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.

Move and Improve Student Prize Winners: Sha-Lynn Trafton, Cassidy Parker, Andrew V., Dana H and Laura G.

Move and Improve Staff Prize Winner: Kathy Foss

Happy 11th birthday to Andrew Kelley.

A special thank you to Mrs. Harmony for providing the music for our assembly.

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Ingrid Langley and Heather Beam, dental hygienists from Prevention Partners, Inc. cleaned many of our students teeth this week. Zachary Blakeman is pictured above. Our smiles were even brighter than usual!

Mrs. Thompson's Brownville 6ths grade recently visited the NASA Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. The students spent 2.5 hours playing the parts of astronauts, engineers and mission control specialists. Their task was to rendezvous with a comet which they successfully completed. It was a terrific learning experience.

Butch Phillips from the Penobscot Indian Nation
visited Brownville Elementary to share information about the life of the Penobscot Indians', past and present. He brought many artifacts which were of great interest to all the students. We thank Bill Sawtell for arranging this speaker.

A Great Remedy for Loneliness: A Pet from PAWS
Noticing I was feeling a bit lonely a few weeks ago, my maid suggested I get a cat. So I authorized her and her children to select one from PAWS. That's not exactly how it worked, but one afternoon after school they brought me a tiger cat called Joe, which resembled immensely my previous cat Post Office, which I had to put away two years ago due to illness. You remember-the cat that led the raccoon in the house at 3:00 in the morning-the raccoon that cut my mother's lifeline off the wall-yeah-that Post Office-God Bless Him!

Anyway I have a new two-year old kitty. It's a joy to hold Joe in my arms and listen to him purr. Joe has earned his keep by keeping the mice population in the old abode down to zero percent net growth since his arrival.

Joe can get underfoot and on my nerves at times. He seems to anticipate my every move on the kitchen floor, like Justin Allen used to for the Penquis Patriots when he was guarding the best of them. Maybe Tony Hamlin should use cats to teach defense!

PAWS had him litter trained. Thank God. I've had no problems in that area.

Joe and I get along fine. I feed him box food in the morning and canned food in the evening (B before C).

When I got the cat, Val sent me a message. Knowing I was a Red Sox fan, she told me the cat was called Joe-"but not for Joe Torre."

Brownville History Day
Brownville History Day will be held Thursday, April 14, at 11:00 A.M. at the Brownville Elementary School for viewing of the Brownville History Contest projects. For lunch call 965-8184.

Monday the library was the site of another Preschool Story Time. However, Melissa Hill had a conflict and could not conduct it herself as she had hoped. At Melissa’s request Wendy Bailey came in and did a wonderful job. Wendy did not have an easy job getting to the library due to the flooding of the Pleasant River bridge. She had to go all the way around through Brownville and back to Milo. The library staff was certainly thankful that Wend was so resourceful in getting to the story hour and to the preschoolers.

Melissa had selected the books to be read, and one that Wendy read was Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. That story was also the theme for the craft. Melissa had prepared the materials ahead and each child completed a pie plate window box for themselves. Using a whole paper pie plate for the back and gluing a half pie plate on the front, the children created little pockets. They each glued three large colorful flowers above the pocket and filled the pocket with Easter grass. Voila! Their own window box filled with chrysanthemums. Camryn, Cora, Diana, Rebecca and Sydney all seemed to have a good time as Cora,s older brother, Randall, helped out where he could.

This will be the last Preschool Story Time until September as Melissa is expecting her baby girl in the next few weeks. She had Wendy pass out a letter that strongly suggested the caregivers bring their little charges to the library this summer to participate in our DRAGONS, DREAMS and DARING DEEDS Summer Reading Program. We hope they all are able to participate, and we hope your children from preschooler to Grade 6 shares a wonderful summer with us too.

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I was working my way through several preview boxes. We have made our selections, processed the books and they are ready to circulate. Here is the list.


We also had a box of donated books brought into the library by Margaret Pinette. Looking through the box, I found many favorite authors of our patrons with book titles that we did not have in our collection. We selected those we thought our patrons might like, and also some titles we thought we should keep and have processed them all to circulate. The list follows.

Chevalier, Tracy FALLING ANGELS
Diamant, Anita GOOD HARBOR
Donoghue, Emma SLAMMERKIN
Dowd, Maureen BUSHWORLD :enter at your own risk
Hoffman, Alice BLUE DIARY
Hoffman, Alice THE RIVER KING
Lovell, Mary S. THE SISTERS (the saga of the Mitford family)
Milford, Nancy SAVAGE BEAUTY (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
Randall, Alice THE WIND DONE GONE (based partly on
The African-Americans of Gone With the Wind)

Please note the library will be closed on Monday, April 18
In observance of Patriot’s Day
Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612

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Photo: The town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Italy Trip Part 5
Feb. 4 Friday Up at 5 and breakfast at 7. At 8:15 Fernanda took us to the pastry shop behind the hotel for a warm Sfogliotelle. It is a warm puff pastry filled with a sweet ricotta cheese pudding and candied fruit. She said it was the first of many treats that she had planned for us. She said Grand Circle had given her a budget to introduce us to different foods. She also said it was typical for Italians to stop at pastry shops to get a Sfogliotelle and an espresso before heading to work.

Around 8:30 we left by bus for the Amalfi coast. The Amalfi coast is on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula. Sorrento is on the northern side. We crossed the mountains in Meta and arrived at the southern side near the Siren Islands where Rudolf Nuryev had his villa. After he died he willed the islands to the town of Positano. They rent it out to anyone who can afford it. Legend has it that the Siren Islands are the remnants of the Sirens who lured sailors to their death on the rocks. When Ulysses wanted to hear them he had his sailors put wax in their ears and tie him to the mast so they could sail by without mishap. The sirens later changed themselves into the islands. It makes a wonderful legend.

We stopped above the town of Positano for a chance to take photos. A vendor was selling various dried fruits and vegetables. I bought some Porcini mushrooms, pine nuts and dried tomatoes. Some of my recipes require Porcini mushrooms and I can’t find them in Bangor. The wind was blowing very hard and took the cane out of Paul Sergeants hand. It went down over the cliff. We continued to a ceramic shop where I bought some nice bowls for Janet in a pattern I thought she would like. The bus navigated the 1190 twists and turns of Amalfi where we saw a number of small towns with streets too narrow for the bus, the former home of Sofia Loren and other famous people. The Amalfi coast is one of a kind and everyone should experience it. The land is almost vertical with one home built on top of the one below.

We stopped again in Amalfi itself. I didn’t go into the St. Andrews cathedral this time as I had seen it on the previous trip and even got to see his bones. Instead I explored some of the back streets on my own. Of course I had to stop at a pastry shop where I had trouble selecting which one I wanted to try. I could have stayed there for days with all the different choices. I finally chose one that was similar in shape to an éclair. The filling was different though.

We met back at the bus at 11:45 and drove up into the mountains to the town of Ravello. It is high on the mountains and overlooks Amalfi. We visited Castel Rudolfo where Wagner spent his summers. The castle is very old. It is the setting for a big Wagner festival each summer. Other famous people who spent time in Ravello are Greta Garbo, Escher the German artist of illusion, and Gore Vidal. Ravello was used by the people of Amalfi as a fortress in case of attack. The church here has beautiful mosaics of Jonah being swallowed by a whale and also being spit out. It is possible to go behind the altar and look at the congealed blood of the patron saint of Ravello. It is said that it liquefies on the saint’s day in September. We walked back to the bus since none are allowed in town, and rode across a ravine to Scala for lunch provided by GCT. We had a salad, a choice of swordfish or veal scaloppini and a dessert cake with pudding and fresh fruit. Of course we also had wine of the area. I chose the swordfish and had string beans as the vegetable. After a few pictures, the bus retraced its path back to Amalfi. Fernanda had another special treat for us as we boarded the bus. It was a chocolate candy with limoncello in the center. Two years ago we cut across the mountains here for our trip back to Sorrento. The Amalfi coast is supposed to be one way for buses. This time however we had to return on the coastal route because there was too much snow in the mountains. Along the coast there are round and square towers. The round ones were built by the Saracens and the square ones came later being built by an alliance of the Normans and Milan. They were used burn signal fires to let people know when the enemy was coming. Not only was the sheer drop from the road to the ocean scary, but when we would round the curves we could see how the road was built with supports from below rather than being cut into the rocks. Every corner had mirrors so drivers could see traffic coming in the opposite direction.

We crossed back over to the Sorrento side and arrived back at the hotel around 4:30. The younger crowd went to use the internet. I stayed at the hotel and met up with Angelo our driver to Carpinone tomorrow. He was the same driver we had two years ago so he knew the route. We weren’t sure we could have him because he was in a bad bus accident in one of the tunnels leading to Sorrento. A car crossed over into his lane and hit the bus head on. He was out of work for about 3 weeks. Traffic was stopped from 9AM to after 2 while they towed the bus out of the tunnel.

I don’t know if it was the sun on the water or the closeness of the cliffs to the road but I felt a little sick to my stomach after our ride today and took a short nap.

At 5:30 I got up refreshed. I went to another ceramic shop that Mary had told me about. I met Mary there and the girls bought a small bowl for their mother. I then stopped at the limoncello place and bought a lemon candy bar. At 7 we met to go to the Mayflower Restaurant for our last dine around. It was the 14 of the Valente group plus Will and Marcie who became regulars with us. The older folk ate at one table and the younger crowd ate at the one next to us. We had a choice of 6 appetizers. I chose the ravioli although the antipasto with veggies and ham looked good too. For the main course, I had chicken with French fries. Other choices were seafood and veal. The chicken was pounded flat and grilled with some kind of herbs. I didn’t recognize the flavor but it was delicious. For dessert I had a pastry cream covered with

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almonds. After dessert they brought some limoncello. During the meal we had live music. A roaming minstrel played songs made popular in the US by Dean Martin and Perry Como. We all sang and played instruments provided by the minstrel. He sold CDs and many people bought them. At this restaurant we had to repeatedly ask for the check before they brought it. We returned to the hotel around 9:30.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
I love waking up this morning in "broad daylight." "Broad daylight." Where did that expression ever come from? I suppose it's the opposite of "pitch dark." Where did the expression "pitch darkness" ever come from? Criminals prefer "pitch darkness" to "broad daylight"....and when you hear of a crime being committed in "broad daylight" you're always amazed. "Pitch darkness" means that there isn't a shred of light, incandescent or otherwise. We rode home from Millinocket late the other night and the moon was full. It was like daylight; which was different from "broad" daylight where there are no dark shadowy places, but it wasn't in "pitch darkness."

We measure our day by the light that is being produced. Sunrise has a look of it's own...much like twilight, but on the opposite end of the day. We all know exactly when it is dusk. Imagine living in an area like Alaska where sometimes it's light all day....and sometimes it's dark all day. I wouldn't be able to stand it being dark all day. The more hours of daylight I can squeeze out of a day the better off I am. My favorite month is June....and I'm pretty fond of July, as well. Why? Because it stays light for so many hours. All those sunbeams beating down on my head improve my mental state and certainly my disposition. There are probably more of us that suffer from sun deprivation than realize it. I do, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. By midwinter I'm a cranky, miserable bear...hardly fit to live with. Eventually I come to the realization that I need more sunlight on my head, so taking steps to do something about it, my whole well-being improves.

I think it's important for everyone to get outside and get some pure sunlight shining down on you for at least a few minutes a day. It's a little like recharging your battery. I don't know how this chemical reaction works, but they say that there are certain vitamins that are absorbed when you are out in the sunshine. I don't know whether it means that when there is sunshine beating on you....and you consume a food that contains that will be more easily absorbed, or it means that you actually get the vitamin from the sunlight. It beats me...but I know that pure sunlight is good for you, and that's good enough for me. That's all I need to know. Bananas are good for you, too, but that isn't something that I can tolerate at all. I have to pray that I get plenty of potassium somewhere else because if the old body is planning on potassium from bananas, it can just wait until....well, you know how long that will be....nearly as long as it took the Red Sox to win the World Series.

Speaking of what's good for you....singing is good for you, and there are several of us who are working on this year's Kiwanis Variety Show, singing twice a week in preparation for that show. You won't want to miss it! This year we are showcasing Broadway shows and all the wonderful music that has been written over the years to entertain. You'll hear medleys of familiar songs that will lift your spirits such as Put On A Happy Face, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Seventy Six Trombones. There's hardly an emotion that's missed in this lively repertoire. We've come a long way in our practicing....and we've got a ways to go. This music is a bit more difficult than the music we've done in the past, but those hardy souls who have stuck with us throughout the rehearsals, are finding some great rewards.

All the money that we raise from the Variety Show goes towards innovative supplemental reading programs at M.S.A.D. #41. It's hard to imagine that there are homes with few (if any) books in them....but the sad truth is, many little children go home to homes devoid of reading material. Some of the reading programs that the Kiwanis sponsor actually put new books into the hands of

the children in our communities. These books are read over and over to their heart's content. Then there is the Library program that excites young readers, all the while teaching them the practices of using a library and respecting the property of others. It's essential that we continue to provide these meaningful opportunities for children. You can help by attending our Variety Show, and you get a fun evening out as well. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on the show....time and place. I'm never sure how long the show is going to be....but this I'll arrive for the show in "broad daylight" and you'll leave in "pitch darkness." Hope to see you there.

Years ago my cousin Joan gave me this recipe for Penuchi Bars.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Crust mixture:
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
Mix together and press into the bottom of a 9" square pan and bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare:
2 eggs beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
2 Tbs. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Whisk the eggs and brown sugar together, sift in the flour, salt and baking powder . Stir in the vanilla. Stir in the coconut and nuts and spread on top of the baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for another 25 minutes.

I just got off the phone with Joan....big question about the size of the pan used. She said she would put it in an 8" square pan, but I vaguely remember it went in a 9" square. If you don't have a 9" square pan....try a 7"X10". I'm thinking that with 3+ cups of ingredients in the mixture that covers the crust, you would need more than an 8" pan.

ORNEVILLE - Winslow R. Newbert, 56, husband of Sharon J. (McKenzie) Newbert, died April 8, 2005, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born Nov. 10, 1948, in Atkinson, the son of Richard and Barbara (Pearl) Bubar. Winslow enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sharon of Orneville; two sons, Winslow Jr. "Ricky" and his wife, Gail, of Bangor, David and his wife, Connie, of Brownville; a daughter, Shannann Newbert of Orneville; two brothers, Eddie Bubar and Wendall Bubar of Orneville; four sisters, Eska Worcester of Orneville, Virginia Badger of LaGrange, Rena Cail of Brownville, Heidi Bubar of Waterville. He was a loving grandfather to Kristy, Desiree, Miranda, Brittney, and David Jr. He was predeceased by a brother, Clyde Newbert. A memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with the Rev. Michelle St. Cyr officiating.

MILO - After a lingering illness, Doris Elaine Elizabeth Skoog Larouche, died peacefully in her sleep April 2, 2005. She had been a resident at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft for the past two years. She was born Sept. 19, 1914, in Ashland, the eldest child of Helmer Erik and Vendla Soderberg Skoog. Her parents were immigrants from Sweden. Doris' earliest childhood memories were of living in a small cabin that her parents had built at Howe Brook in Aroostook County, after their arrival in America. As the Skoog family expanded, they moved first to Masardis and later to Derby, after Helmer began working for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. Doris' early education through grade 6 occurred
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successfully in a one-room schoolhouse. She was an honors graduate of Milo High School in 1931. At that time she was bilingual, speaking Swedish and English. She had also shown a flair for French and Latin. On July 20, 1940, she married Virgil Larouche of Derby after a long courtship. Thereafter, Doris spent 57 years living with her husband and family at 33 Pleasant St. in Milo. A large part of that time Doris' mother, Vendla, also lived with Doris' family. Her house, surrounding gardens, flower boxes, books and music libraries were the archives of her life. Her husband and sons would help in the maintenance of these things that she loved. Also, she worked for many years at part time jobs in local businesses on Main Street in Milo, particularly at the original Daggett's Pharmacy, Polakewich's Dry Goods Store, the A & P Market and Clark's Furniture. Later, she was the bookkeeper for the Larouche Home Improvement Center. She was actively involved with her family and the community. She was a lifetime member and past President of the Eastern Star and various local service clubs. She helped organize the first Cub Scout Pack in Milo, and served as an active den mother. She was also one of the original organizers of the Little Red Schoolhouse in Dover-Foxcroft. Doris always was loyal to her husband, and supportive of her children to the best of her abilities. According to her sister-in-law, Marguerite Hamlin Skoog, "Doris projected quiet elegance in all of these activities." Doris was predeceased by her husband, Virgil; her sister, Elsie (Edrie); a brother-in-law Frank Perkins; her brother, Nels Skoog; her sister, Vivian; and brother-in-law, Ivan Brown. She is survived by her sons, James; daughter-in-law, Pamela and grandson, Samuel Larouche of Auburn; John and daughter-in-law, Sara Larouche of New Gloucester, also surviving her is a sister-in-law, Marguerite Hamlin Skoog of Bangor, as well as many nieces and nephews. A spring interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Milo.

STANCHFIELD MILO - Doris E. "Betty" Stanchfield, 91, wife of the late Lawrence "Hi" Stanchfield, died peacefully April 8, 2005, at a Bangor nursing home. She was born Nov. 27, 1913, in Medford, the daughter of Earl W. and Isabelle G. (McAllister) Bailey. Betty was a graduate of Milo High School and a lifelong member of the Milo United Baptist Church. She was a past member of the Ayuda Club and Rebekahs. She had fond memories of the many acquaintances she made while working for the 1960 U.S. Census. Betty and Hi enjoyed many trips and winters visiting in California with their daughters, Betty Jo and Clara and their families. She is survived by two daughters, Betty Jo Hall of Hardinsburg, Ind., Clara and her husband, Mickey Chase, of Salinas, Calif.; a son, Lawrence D. Stanchfield Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, of Hermon; two brothers, Walter Bailey of Jupitor, Fla., H. Robert Bailey and his wife, Lucy, of Orlando, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and parents; a daughter, Virginia Stevens; a sister, Grace Peakes; three brothers, Elwin, Chester and Charles; a granddaughter, Penny Chase; and a son-in-law, Robert Hall. Friends are invited to call 2-4 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2005, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the United Baptist Church, Milo, with the Rev. Ernest Madden officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to P.A.W.S., P.O. Box 81, Milo 04463, or to the United Baptist Church, 8 Pleasant Street, Milo 04463.

Grammie with Hannah Virginia Vail, her youngest Grandchild, born Dec 16, 2004

A Granddaughter’s Note:
Usually when I am adding these notes at the end of an obituary, I am doing it because the person mentioned in the obituary was a friend or the relative of a friend and had made an impact on our community and me. I now find myself writing as therapy.

Many years ago, Darrell Thompson, my best-friend-in-the-whole world Valerie’s brother got a hold of a video camera and began a documentary of his Grandmother Irene’s and his father Fred Thompson’s lives. As is any videotape of folks who have passed on, it is a treasure and a wonder to look at. Both subjects were hesitant and camera shy, so Darrell had to do a lot of prodding to get them to relate stories.

Watching the tape, I find the most fascinating part for me was a twenty-second spot of Grandma, the name we all called Irene. Behind the camera we heard Darrell ask, “Grandma, when you were young did you go to dances?” and forgetting the camera, with a far-away look on her face that made her appear decades younger than her 80+years, Irene replied ”Oh yes, dancing was my joy.”

That one statement gave us an insight into a woman whose life held so much more than we young folks had ever realized.

As I sat to write this, I was trying to think of just such an all encompassing statement to use to describe my Grammie, Doris Elizabeth “Betty” Bailey Stanchfield, and her life’s joy. I know as a young girl, she loved to play tennis, and was very good at it. She was often asked to participate in matches against much older opponents, such as bigwigs (her word) from the B and A. I know she was a great student in school and that she literally rode a horse-drawn sleigh to school in the winter. She never tried to hand us that line about ”Up-hill both ways”, but any of us who went to Derby Grammar School know she could have!

I know how proud she was of being in the National Honor Society in High School, and that she wore her Honor Society pin to my niece’s wedding 4 years ago. These things I learned from Grammie telling me about them, and while to her they were important and wonderful, they were not what gave her joy. The things that gave her joy and love and life were her family, her God and her country and I suspect in that order.

All of us grandchildren know how much she loved us. There were times when the 15 of us were spread from Maine to Hawaii to Alaska and South America, and yet not one of us was any distance from her love and pride for us. She spoke of Sherri, and Mark and Mitch. Peggy, Patty, Penny, and Polly, who were our exotic Californian Cousins, with the same knowledge of their lives and accomplishments as she did Joel, Charlie, me, Kris, Dottie, Dougie, Bethany and Amy, the Maine bunch. She absorbed every experience of every one of us, and never forgot a detail. The same held true of her great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Even when she was in her late 80’s, second cousins from Massachusetts came to pick her brain about genealogy and family anecdotes and she was amazing with the details. She was truly a matriarch.

Her love of God was another of her joys. She took such pride in her church, the Milo Baptist Church, and thanks to her Granddaughter-in-law Tammy, was able to attend up until just a few months ago. She was very fond of Ernie and quite pleased and honored when he visited her at her home. When faced with the loss of her daughter Ginger, she was comforted to picture her in Heaven, reunited with loved ones, and of course, with Elvis. After Grandpa died, Grammie told me of a dream she had, and in it, Grandpa, Mama and Grammies mother were all together, waving to her. It was so simple she realized, and yet so comforting.

Her love for her country was one of a person who understood and analyzed politics and on more than one occasion explained situations to me. She respected our leaders and defended their actions and decisions in her objective manner. To

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this day I don’t know if she was a democrat or a republican, but I do know she thought Bill Clinton’s “little mess” was made too much of and George W. Bush has a little problem with his speech articulation. One of the last purchases she made was a new American Flag. She treated it with respect and honor, meticulously putting it up in the morning and taking it down in the evening or if there was rain.

Grammie led a full and wonderful life, and while we will miss her, so much of her lives on in those of us still here. She was a proud, compassionate, forgiving woman who made every one she came in contact with feel special, needed and loved. Her neighbors Tony and Barbara Gonzales, and Calvin Lyford felt this and she appreciated their looking out for her. It was comforting to her that if her lights were on at an unusual time, or not on when they were supposed to be, that they took the time to make sure she was O.K. Good neighbors are a blessing to the elderly, and she felt truly blessed.

In closing I have to mention her one true love, Grandpa. Their relationship was one that would make Dr. Phil and Oprah both shake their head in amazement. Their more than 60 years of marriage was rich and fulfilling and an inspiration to everyone who knew theml Their match made in heaven is once again whole.

Where does Milo's name come from?
Local Folklore relates that Theophilus Sargent, one of our community's earliest settlers, was given the honor of choosing the town's name. His choice was in all probability based upon the following Greek legend:

Milo (6th Century B.C.)
Milo was a famous Greek athlete in the latter part of the 6th century B.C. It was claimed that he once carried a four-year-old cow through the stadium at Olympia. Afterwards, he ate the whole animal. The story goes that, as an old man, he tried to tear an oak tree in two, but the trunk closed on his hands and pinned him to the tree. While held there, he was attacked and devoured by wolves.

The History of Milo, 1802-1948, Part 1
From: The History of Milo, by Sue Perrigo Jenkins.
(Submitted by Seth Barden)
The quiet courage of a 14 year old stands out vividly among the beginnings of the history of Milo. Benjamin Sargent, with his son Theophilus, came in 1802 by schooner from Mathuen, Mass. to Bangor. Thence by boat up the Penobscot River, turning into the Piscataquis, and continuing up to what is now the farm of Clarence West, (Who, it is interesting to note, is a great-grandson of Joseph, Benjamin Sargent's eldest son.

Thus was the first permanent settlement begun, when Benjamin and his young son began felling trees to make a clearing large enough to plant corn and other crops. They erected a two room log cabin to be the home of Milo's first family.These important beginnings accomplished, Mr. Sargent set out on the return trip to Mathuen to bring the rest of his family to their new home, with 14 year old Theophilus left, with his dog for company, to tend the crops, their first investment.

The family in Mass. were found to be ill with Typhus and Mr. Sargent could not rejoin his young son as soon as he had hoped, and Theophilus did not see his family again for many months

Calamity visited the boy during his lonely stay in the Maine wilderness when a bear found the cabin door ajar and helped himself to the molasses and flour. But the boy also met unexpected friendliness when a band of Indians, up the
river in search of birch bark for canoes, seeing his plight not only shared their food with him but left the young son of their chief to stay with the white boy until his family joined him. So, with Ateon Oseon as a companion and helper, Theophilus' condition was improved.

Killing frosts on the interval land sent the Sargents to the hilltop known today as Sargent Hill. The sons later settled the length of the road, which became the main route over which ore from the Katahdin Iron Works was hauled, a bridge having been constructed over the Sebec River at "Sargent's Landing" and a ferry across the Piscataquis River, not for down river from their original landing.

Another townsman able to trace his descent from the aforementioned Joseph Sargent, is H. Allen Monroe. Both he and Clarence West are related through their mothers' line, an uncle of Mr. Monroe's, Edward Sargent, whose only son died as a young boy, was the last of the line to bear the name.

Harry Snow, another Townsman, is a lineal descendant (the last in Milo to bear the name, with his sister, Mrs. Annie Snow Young) of Moses Snow, who with his brother Stephen, secured a square mile of land along the Pleasant River. They had hunted in this area earlier and took up their lot in 1801. In 1802, the
same year that the Sargents settled, they returned and erected their cabin on the east bank of the river to which they gave it's present name near where the bridge was later built.

The Snow brothers were single men, neither marring for several years. The first wheeled vehicle in town is credited to Stephen Snow, who sawed wheels from a pine tree, four feet in thickness, using hardwood for the boxes. (continued next week).

Bill Sawtell asked me to print the following:.
Dear Bill,
I wanted to send you a note after reading the results of the top 10 all-time players in PVHS history. I am extremely honored to be selected as one of the top 10, but I feel that it is unfair to those that I played with to select me over them, because without them, my success on the basketball court would not have been possible. Those players being: Mike Weston, Steve Gillis, Darrell Knowles, Tony Heal, Casey Hamlin, Derek Perkins, Mike Harris, Chris Cowing, and Rusty Lyford. They were all very good players who made my career a successful one, and there is no doubt in my mind that there would not be a gold ball in the trophy case without all of those players.

Keep up the good work in the TRC newsletter and take care.

Matt Pokrywka
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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.

President Murrell Harris greeted nineteen Kiwanis members this morning and five guests from the Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft. President Murrell also welcomed one Key Club member this morning.

The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt.

Paul Grindle led us in prayer today, praying especially for the late Pope John Paul, as Catholics and non-Catholics mourn this religious man. He also prayed for our service men and women throughout the world.

The inspirational reading was read by Don Harris “Don’t Forget What Really Matters” by Paul Harvey. While driving to work one morning a motorist bumped fenders with another motorist. Both cars stopped, and the women from the other car got out surveying the damage. She was distraught. It was her fault, she admitted, and hers was a new car, less than two days from the showroom. She dreaded facing her husband. He was sympathetic, but had to pursue the exchange of license and registration information. She reached into her glove compartment to retrieve the documents in an envelope. On the first paper to tumble out, written in her husband’s distinctive handwriting, were these words: “In case of accident, remember, Honey, it’s you I love, not the car”.

Doc Sherman from Dover Kiwanis introduced the interclub from Dover-Foxcroft, Lt. Gov. Elect Joe Guyotte, Bonnie Guyotte, Hoyt Fairbrother and Bob Darling. Correspondence today was the Orono-Old Town newsletter which was passed for all to read. Happy Anniversary this week to Todd and Diane Lyford on April 11th. A very Happy Birthday to a very special person on April 12th, Jeremy Finson! Congratulations.

Happy and sad dollars were donated for a daughter getting married on Aug. 20th, for very proud parents as their daughter graduates from Med School and interns in the Portland area, for a grandson turning 13 today, for being happy to see Bobby here, for Val preparing for a ceremony for Katie, for a nice day, for wine corks, for a magical season as opening day occurs for the baseball season, for attending a sponsored youth committee meeting, seeing our newest member out, a sad dollar as

Boston Red Sox lost 2 games, but a happy dollar because it is not October, yet!

Trish reported on Key Club, Kylie Palmer will be off to do officers training on Saturday afternoon as she accepts new position of Key Club President. Key Club will travel to Bangor to provide services to Manna with 3-4 youth from PVHS. During April our PVHS Key Club will walk to raise awareness and raise money for autism. Key Club members will help provide child care during the PTO meeting in Brownville on Monday.

Chris Almy advises that there will be an interclub to Dexter in the near future.

The Sponsored youth committee met this past week and Frank Cochrane was elected chairman with Paul Grindle assisting.

Val reported that the Kiwanis Kids Korner begins on April 27th at the Milo Free Public Library.

Chris Beres reported on Terrific Kids Assemblies on Thursdays and Fridays at area schools.

Murrell reports that the variety show for May 6th and 7th is coming together.

Joe Zamboni advises that the gazebo crew will be gearing up for completion of the gazebo in coming weeks. Joe also advises auction workers to wait for the ground to get firmer before beginning movement of auction items.

Todd Lyford introduced our guest speaker today, Diane Lyford. Diane told us of her working mission trip to Matamoras, Mexico on Dec 27th, with 15 members of the United Baptist Church from Milo and Bangor. They also met up with other people from New Hampshire.

Since the people of that region suffer from extreme poverty, the group was there to build two houses. The home is actually 10’ x 14’. Homes do not have water or electricity. Diane advises that she has never done this before, but, she actually learned to use a hammer while there. They were very fortunate to actually be able to build three homes while they were there. Most people live in shacks made from cast away materials from the local dump (which emits a foul odor as it burns twenty four hours a day). The homes built by the volunteers were considered to be wonderful to area residents.

Diane advises us that the people of the region are very loving. They are amazing, just full of love. They are clean and care about the way they look and they are very appreciative. Diane says that it is the best thing she could have ever done, and is looking forward to going back in 2006. We thank Diane for providing us with an interesting and informative talk today.

Speakers: April 13th: business meeting.
April 20th Dave Brouchu, from Pleasant River Lumber.
April 27th, Jim Macomber.

Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, Secretary.

APRIL 1991
11-Cloudy snow flurries windy
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A former TRC resident has asked that we help find out who our soldiers are that are serving in Iraq, or any of the other conflicts in the world.
There are many, and we would like to honor them. And we would also like to know who, from our Three Rivers area, are in military service stationed anywhere.
If you have information that you are willing to share please CLICK HERE , and put the info on our Service Message Board.


Three Rivers News Features
Just this week we have added a new section our website. You may remember several columns that were here in this paper before, like “Italy Trip”, “Glimpses of the Past”, and “Anderson Farm History”. Well, we’ve taken all the pieces and compiled them together for people to read. Just CLICK HERE.

Pictures from Matt in Mali
Matt’s mother sent us 18 different pictures from Matt, and we have added them to our Photo Album. They are a really nice addition to the letters he has been writing, so if you have the Internet, check them out!

TRC Online Store
We are currently setting up an online store on our site. The details are still being worked out, but if you would be interesting in selling items online, please contact us for more information! As soon as we’ve worked out all the details, we’ll be sure to put the information here.



The Three Rivers Community Alliance is a not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers from the communities it represents. TRC is not part of Kiwanis, but is its own organization. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Seth Barden at, or 943-2425.
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Milo Historical Society To Sell Ornaments

The Milo Historical Society announces that they will begin to sell their Treasured Scenes tree ornaments starting in April. This year’s ornament will commemorate the Milo High School Panthers. A different historical landmark will be featured each year. The tree ornaments, which are individually gift boxed, sell for just $10 each. A brass display stand is available for an additional $3. They will make an excellent gift for someone who has moved from the area. Because the holiday ornaments are a “Limited Edition” item, it is recommended that residents purchase them early while supplies last. Ornaments can be purchased at the following locations: Dr. Ralph Monroe’s office, 17A Park St., Milo; and at Dr. Monroe’s residence, 23 Park St., Milo, phone (207) 943-2268; Virgil Valente, 1 Prospect St., Milo, phone (207) 943-2167, and at
Trask’s Insurance Co., Main St., Milo. Virgil will be selling the ornaments. at Maine Savings on Wed. and Fri afternoon,
April 13th and 15th.
The ornaments will also be available at Maine Savings Credit Union during selected sale dates, the Milo Historical Society Museum and at the Milo High School Alumni banquet.

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