Three Rivers News, 2005-04-18
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2005

Spring is officially here, as the Kenduskeag Stream Race was held last Saturday. Katie Robertson and Eric Joyner participated for their first time. Here they negotiate 6-Mile Falls, which they mastered without a hitch. They were not so lucky further down, so it helped that the temperature was in the high 60’s.

Dear Students:
Can you believe it is time to have your senior photos done? Well, IT IS!!!!
I am starting to book up my summer schedule with senior pictures. July and August are a wonderful time to get out doors and have a fun time taking your pictures. I have several different price ranges to accommodate all of your needs. Please feel free to contact me so we can tailor your photo session to your needs.
37 Elm St, Milo

The Milo Garden Club meeting scheduled for April l2 has been postponed until April l9 at the Town Hall at l p.m. Program will be Everett Worcester on Growing and Harvesting Blueberries.

On Our Weigh, sponsored by Healthy Maine Partnerships in conjunction with MSAD#41 Wellness Committee invites you to join us every Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. at Milo Elementary School. We weigh in, share ideas, recipes, and tips to smooth the path to a healthy lifestyle. We have a monthly dollar challenge and walking time in the gym. Anyone can join, free of charge, at any time. We also have great speakers!

Featured speakers for the month of May include:

May 3, Cindy Herbest: WHAT IS YOGA?
Have you seen an article on Yoga, or viewed a session on TV and wondered, "What is yoga?", and "Would yoga be good for me?" When we observe this age-old practice, we envision people twisting their bodies into unimaginable positions, chanting, and then sitting or lying still....doing nothing! For many, this can discourage or intimidate.

On Our Weigh" has invited Cindy Herbest, local fitness instructor, to hold a special Yoga Presentation. Cindy will, through oral and hands on, help us to understand yoga and its many benefits. "My goal is to correct your misconceptions and ideas so that you don't miss out on this experience.

Yoga is for you!", encourages Herbest.

May 10: Tracy Gray: Curves
Curves is the first facility designed for women to offer 30 minute fitness and common sense weight loss with the support of a community of women. The Curves workout allows women of all ages and fitness levels to combine strength and cardio training through hydraulic resistance. Curves also offers weight management counseling featuring a breakthrough, scientifically proven method to raise metabolic rate and end the need for perpetual dieting.

Tracy's presentation will include a demonstration with one of the pieces of equipment used at Curves, and an opportunity to find out your body mass index. We will also be offering a one month membership to Curves free to a lucky winner!!

May 24: Marian McLellan, Nutritionist, Mayo Regional Hospital
Have you noticed that Oprah has finally been able to keep her weight within a healthy range? Do you know how she manages? She has a personal trainer to motivate her to exercise, and a personal chef to cook healthy, delicious meals.

While we can't offer either of these, we have invited Marian McLellan to speak about nutrition and good eating habits. Learn about portion control, low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie cooking, and which is the right plan for you.

P.V.H.S.’S Class of 1985 20th year reunion is coming up and we are running out of time...We would like to plan something for this summer. We need volunteers to help make this happen!! We really need to get going on this so, if you would like to help or have any info on the whereabouts of any classmate please call Sherri (Lundin) Coburn at 965-7826. Thanks

In order to accommodate the extra debris being generated as residents do clean up around their yards and traditional spring cleaning in their homes, we will be extending the open hours at the Transfer Station for the weeks of April 25th thru May 20th. The station will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week. It will be closed Tuesdays and Fridays. The Station will return to normal hours of operation on Saturday, May 21st. Please remember that your debris must be separated and placed in the proper piles at the time of disposal. Normal household trash (including standard tires and old clothing) should be put curbside for regular collection (unless you are a Lake View resident). Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Milo Town Office at 943-2202, the Public Works Department at 943-7756 or the Brownville Town Office at 965-2561.

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Penquis College Center to Offer Introductory-level Courses
DOVER-FOXCROFT - The Penquis Higher Education Center, through University College, will offer many introductory-level university courses in summer 2005, either online or over interactive television.

Interactive television (ITV) courses include: Introduction to Anthropology; Introduction to Business; Introduction to Economics; Introduction to Food Science and Nutrition; Introduction to Literature; Introduction to Psychology; and Introduction to Sociology.

Online courses include: Introduction to Astronomy with or without the lab; Introduction to Child Development; Introduction to Communication; various one-credit introductory-level computer courses; Introduction to Creative Writing; Introduction to Libraries and Library Careers; Introduction to Literature; Introduction to Peace Studies; Introduction to Comparative Politics; Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Social Service Systems; Introduction to Statistics; Introduction to Theatre; and Introduction to Wabanaki Culture, History and Contemporary Issues.

To learn whether online courses are for you, check out the “Course Websites” link at .

Most of these courses will run in Summer Session 1, May 16 through July 1; there are a few with different scheduled dates.

For a free copy of the summer course guide, including course descriptions and schedules, stop by the Penquis Higher Education Center, 50 Mayo Street, Dover-Foxcroft, or call the college center at 1-800-590-2942 or 564-2042

THE FAMILY OF TODD WASHBURN would like to send their thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in giving donations of their time, food, and gifts towards making the benefit supper a great success. A special thanks to Melinda and Tricia for getting everything organized and those who worked with them.
Our sincere thanks, Todd, Ed, and Sharon Washburn

The UMW will meet at Park Street UMC on Tuesday,
April 19th at 7:00PM. All ladies are welcome.

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. The underpass was built in (a) 1900 (b) 1910 (c) 1919 (d) 1926.
2. (a) Jim Melanson (b) Richard Melanson (c) Marvin Lundin (d) Richard Sawtell was an officer in Vietnam.
3. (a) Eleanor Rosebush (b) Greta Connors (c) Malcolm Buchanan (d) Dick Norton taught at both BHS and BJHS.
4. The Briggs Block burned in (a) 1947 (b) 1949 (c) 1951 (d) 1954.
5. The original Perry's Market was on (a) Front Street (b) Henderson Street (c) Route 11 (d) Van
6. Jack Brown's home basketball number was (a) 14 (b) 24 (c) 34 (d) 44,
7. The Arbos were known for their (a) music (b) wealth (c) poetry (d) height.
8. Brownville was the (a) second (b) third (b) fourth (d) fifth member to join SAD 41.
9. Brownville is "short" on the (a) west (b) north (c) east (d) south side.
10. The Pleasant River has (a) two (b) three (c) four (d) five branches.

Answers: 1-c 2-a 3-b 4-c 5-d 6-d 7-c 8-b 9-c 10-b

Brownville History Contest Results
Brownville History Day was held on April 13. Nicole Padilla, 3rd grader, is shown here with her project about the Stickney family. William Sawtell, sponsor of the history project announced the winners of the 22nd annual contest.

Third Grade-First Place-Michaela Weston
Second Place-Nicole Padilla
Third Place-Jake McSwine
Honorable Mention-Leah Word
Fourth Grade-First Place-Sarah Willinski
Second Place-Rachel Worster
Third Place-Krishanna Cook
Honorable Mentions-Coltin Durant, Zach Slagle, and Matthew Vachon

The awards were announced at a well attended lunch on Brownville History Day, Thursday, April 14. Twenty-five students did excellent projects in Grades Three and Four with the theme 'Brownville People" and projects were evaluated by five judges.

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Grades Five and Six compiled a book of puzzles, brainteasers, and work games about Brownville, copies of which were distributed during the lunch.

A number of the projects will be donated to the Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society Museum. This was one of the most successful contests in the 22 years of the event.

Fifth and Sixth Grade did a group project-a book about Brownville.

Cole Dumonthier and Wesley Rouse from Brownville Elementary recently placed 2nd and 3rd in a fencing competition held in Old Town. With their instructor, the boys gave a short demonstration of their skills.

The duo; belong to the PRYMCA and take their direction from instructor Cleon Grover. The Brownville Elementary students were fascinated watching their friends enjoy this sport.

The combined 5th and 6th grade band members recently practiced together at the Brownville Elementary School in preparation for their Spring Concert on Thursday April 28th. The remarkable progress that these students have made can be enjoyed that evening at the Penquis Valley gym.

M.S.A.D. #41 Wellness Team members celebrated Florida Day by treating all staff members in each school with healthful snacks.....and a beautiful setting to eat them in. Here Elise Sproul and Lisa Perkins enjoy Brownville Elementary's

attempt to duplicate a fanciful Florida scene. Staff members walked for good health the distance between Maine and the
Florida Keys this combining their footsteps they made it in record time.

Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Salley and Ms. Grant honored Terrific Kids Lindsay Turner, Dakota Knowlton and Dana Herrick at our April 15 assembly. Mrs. Carter said that Lindsay is always terrific. She goes above and beyond on all of her assignments. Lindsay is an outstanding writer. She returns her planner with a signature every day. Lindsay always gives 110%.

Miss K. announced that this is Dana's last day at our school. Dana has been a Terrific Kid every day this year. She has worked very hard in all academic areas especially reading. Dana has made many friends and we will all miss her very much. Ms. Ivy praised Dakota for trying hard to work on his behavior this week. He is a great reader. He's has been trying to do his math and writing. Dakota is always a kind friend to his classmates.

Bus Awards: Hannah Bess, Shawna Moulton, Bridgette Spinney, Isiah Bess, Zachary Lawrence, and Zach Blakeman.

Move and Improve Staff Prize Winners: Ms. Ivy, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Carter (Special note was made of Mrs. Carter lovely spring hat)

Move and Improve Student Prize Winners: Zach Blakeman, Dana Herrick, Jessica Moulton, Rebecca Pierce, and Michelle Baker

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The Maine Nutrition Network's Maine-ly Nutrition Program sponsored THE GOOD FOOD FUN SHOW with Bill Wood. Mr. Wood was assisted by many students and staff members while teaching about healthy food and the importance of brushing our teeth. Dakota and Dillon Knowlton are Mr. Wood's helpers in the photo.

For the 23rd consecutive year Penquis Valley High School participated in the CLOSE UP program in Washington, D.C. CLOSE UP is a non-profit, non-partisan foundation which is the largest civic educational organization in America. Over the past 23 years more than 325 Penquis Valley juniors have visited Washington spending a week of intense study using our nation's capital as a classroom. This year 15 juniors and their history teacher, Mr. Russell Carey, traveled to D.C. to participate in the weeklong governmental studies program.

During their week in Washington the students visited monuments and memorials and incorporated them into their lessons. They visited the offices of Maine's Congressional delegation and had the opportunity to ask pertinent questions about some of the important issues facing Maine's representatives. They lived, studied, and had fun with other students from California, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, and the Federated States of Micronesia. This interaction with young people from other parts of our country was a valuable way for our students to make new friends and learn about life and cultures different from Maine.

One of the highlights of the week was the final banquet. At this banquet two PVHS students were chosen by the CLOSE UP leaders to speak about their Washington experiences. Hannah Belvin and Zachary Beals spoke about the wonderful week they had spent learning about our government, making new friends, and gaining an even greater sense of patriotism.

This year the cost for each student to participate in CLOSE UP was $1400. The students ran fundraisers to help earn some of the money. They sold popcorn at basketball games, Superbowl Sunday Subs, carnations on Valentine's Day, raffle tickets, and hosted a Social and Games Night for area 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. They also cooked and served suppers for the Milo and Brownville Masonic Lodges. They received donations of time and money from the Park Street United Methodist Women in Milo, O&R Lumbra's Mill in Derby, The Milo Fire Department, the Masonic Lodges of Milo and Brownville, the Milo Historical Society, the Brownville Junction Alumni Association, Exxon in Milo, Sandra Haley, Neil Hamlin, Val Robertson and her crew, Kelly Carol, Heart’s Desire

in Guilford, Wal-Mart, Shaw’s Supermarkets, and, of course, the hard working parents of the CLOSE UP kids.

The students would like to offer a special thanks to the citizens of SAD #41 for their continued support which has allowed this valuable program to flourish at Penquis Valley High School.

CUB SCOUT PACK 111 would like to thank everyone that donated to our bottle drive. Thanks to your generous donations, the cost of camp has been greatly reduced.
Submitted by Kay Webb

Zack Lewis, Hunter Lewis, and Jacob Barnaby

Zachary Lewis and sister Adriena Desmarais

I would like to thank everyone who has sent cards, phoned, visited, and everyone who has kept me in their prayers during my recent operation and continual recovery.
Steve Hamlin

APRIL 1993
18-P sunny-58° in the am
19-Frost P sunny-40° in the pm
20-Partly cloudy-30° at noon
21-P sunny-68° in the am
22-Cloudy rain started in pm
23-Rain snow awhile rain
24-Sun-54° in the am

Timothy and Kimberly Hill became the proud parents of twin daughters on April 5, 2005. Leah Elizabeth weighed in at 4 pounds 12 ounces and Olivia Mae tipped the scales at 4 pounds 10 ounces.

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Krystin Chapman and Morgan Royal

There’s been another big change in the library. Our patrons aren’t in the habit of taking magazines out as much as they once did. They seem to prefer to read the latest magazines in the library. Some patrons come into the library especially to read the Piscataquis Observer or to read the latest sports and news magazines. Other readers are waiting for friends who are on the computers and casually pick up and browse through Taste of Home (such yummy recipes) or Home & Garden for more ideas. To change with the times and to make more room in the library, we have given our 8 _ feet long magazine rack to the Milo Historical Society. We have replaced it with a 4-sided magazine turntable which will only hold a few issues of each magazine but will take up much less space. However, for any patron who wishes to take out back issues of magazines to read at home, the older magazines will be stored downstairs as they always have been. They will be available there for reference and research too.

Last week Pam and I moved all the older magazines downstairs. On Wednesday night Belinda, a substitute, and I moved the newest magazines out of the old rack. On Thursday morning Peter Serieco, carpenter, came in and dismantled the large magazine rack in order to move it out easily and safely. He will reassemble it upstairs at the Milo Historical Society where Gwen Bradeen plans to use it to store yearbooks and town reports in one convenient place. The old magazine rack will continue to be useful to the town.

The new magazine rack has been given as a memorial gift in the name of Helen Carey by Jane and John Doble. It will bear a plaque stating this fact. Thank you, Jane and John, for this lovely and useful addition to our library. Friday before the library opened, Belinda put the new magazine rack on its base and we filled it with the latest magazines. We both were very pleased at the way it fits into our library, and the fact that it does not take up much room. With the added space, our technical coordinator will be adding two more computers for our ever expanding computer patronage.

I finished the last preview box (for a while) this week-Lookout Books. The books I chose for our young patrons are:-

Many of our grade school patrons have had assignments about Milo history. We have various sources at the library and a popular source is Lloyd Treworgy’s THE MILO STORY. It contains much Milo history and extra stories too. I have found it hard to use though as it does not have an index. Last month I decided to change that handicap and made my own index-both for volumes I and II, and I also made a list of the illustrations for both volumes. If anyone who owns THE MILO STORY would like a copy of the index, the price is $1.00 which covers the cost of copying.

The Kiwanis Kids Korner will meet again on Wednesday April 27th at the library. I’m sure the children at school will get notices, but if there are any home schoolers who would like to attend, come to the library on Wednesday April 27th at 2:45p.m. for a story, a craft, refreshments and fun. We hope to see your children here on that day.

Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00

Traditions of a Milo-ite
My cousin Joan has nothing but disdain for Martha Stewart. I've tried to tell her that Martha inadvertently taught her everything she knows about home decor and fine dining and gourmet cooking....all those things. Martha is the diva of modern home living. Joan insists that she knew all about all that stuff....and furthermore, she didn't learn any of it from Martha. She thinks Martha deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail...strictly for the way she has treated the people on Mt. Desert Island. I didn't know she'd treated them badly down there...and it wouldn't matter if I did know it. I enjoy her show whenever I get a chance to watch her show still on? And, I admire her. I'm sorry she got slammed into prison for lying to the feds. They shouldn't have been asking her questions. She had some stock...she sold it...doesn't sound like a crime to me.

Anyway, this weekend the cousins are celebrating their collective birthdays. Gail's is the 20th of April, Joan's the 28th of April and mine is the 2nd of May. We have lots of fun shopping for each other and having a birthday party when we get together in April. Well, I found this great card to give Joan with her present. I found the card nearly a year ago....and knew it would be a perfect jab at Joan. It's Martha on the front. The bubble over her head says: "Here's a few helpful household hints to make the most of your birthday." Inside there are such helpful hints as, "Don't toss out all those plucked gray hairs. You can weave them into a fun oven mitt. “Or there is, "Save all the wax from your melted birthday candles. Reuse it to remove unwanted bikini-line hair." Then there's, "Did you know that birthday balloons can add color to a flat room or inches to a flat bust line?" Also, "Bows from gifts can accessorize any outfit from the casual to the formal." And finally this helpful hint, "Remember, birthday cards are reusable as fun, colorful place mats for all your pets!" Yes, I can just hear her now when she gets this happy birthday card!

We're leaving right after I get out of work on Friday. A late dinner and our little birthday party and we'll all drag to bed around midnight. We'll sleep in late on Saturday morning and feast on delicious home made muffins and fresh fruit. That's usually our fare on Saturday morning in Contoocook. Usually we get dressed and go shopping when we are there on a Saturday....but this year we have a lovely bridal shower to go to on Saturday. We'll dress up in our brand new dresses that we've all

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bought for the occasion and head for Newburyport, Massachusetts to an Art a bridal neat is that?!

I absolutely can't wait.

I love this time of much to celebrate. I've decided to take on the following attitude. Actually since I'm a Red Hatter....I'd say it's a Hattitude. I heard this story from a good friend of mine recently. The title of the story is "Chocolate Sings."

It seems that one day there were some friends having lunch. Mae, a little old "blue hair" about 80 years old came along with them. All in all it was a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, everyone ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate." They weren't sure they'd heard her right and everyone was aghast. "And plop that ice cream on a piece of warm apple pie," Mae added as an afterthought. The group, glancing at each other, tried to act nonchalant. When the orders arrived everyone ate their salads while Mae wolfed down her pie a-la-mode.

Finally, someone asked Mae if she understood that all that sweet and pie crust was bad for her health. She laughed and said "Well ladies let me tell you this about that! I'm tasting all that's possible. I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But, life's so short. I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I am. I haven't been this old before. So, before I die I've got to try those things that for years I have ignored. I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many books I haven't read. There's more fudge sundaes to enjoy, and kites to be flown. There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of Broadway hits and potato chips and Cokes. I want to wade again in water, and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church some more, and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want UN-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind in my hair. I want to fall in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert instead of having dinner then should I die before night fall I'd say I died a winner...because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."

With that the friends called the waitress over. "We've changed our minds," they chorused. "We want what she's having....and put some whipped cream on it!"

My mantra: Live well, love much and laugh often - Be happy, and if you get a And if you get another chocolate.

Avis Spear told me today that she made the Penuchi bars that I featured in the paper last week. She said they went very well in the 9" square pan! Thank you Avis for testing that for me, and letting me know how good they came out.

When I was a little girl, my Mammie Horne made Hot Milk Sponge Cake - Here's a recipe that sounds very much like hers.
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cups milk
10 Tablespoons of butter or margarine

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs at high until thick...about 5 minutes. Gradually add the sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Combine flour and baking powder; add to batter with vanilla and beat at low speed until smooth. In a saucepan heat the milk and butter just until the butter melts, stirring occasionally. Add to the batter, beating until combined. Pour into a greased 13X9 in baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until cake tests done. Cool on a wire rack.

In the home of our cousin L-R front Kelley and Steff In back Eric, Paul, Dud, Renee, Mary, cousin Natalina, Georgia, me and Geppino Natalina's husband.

Italy Trip Part 6
Thurs. Feb. 3 Up at 6 this morning for an early breakfast. We left the hotel at 8 for the train station. The 9 relatives were on our own today. We bought our tickets for Naples at the tobacco store in the station and left on the 8:20 train. After many stops we arrived in Naples at 10. Geppino was waiting for us on the platform with Andrea, a young man who spoke English well. Geppino said he was the son of a doctor friend of his. Andrea just finished law school in December and is interning for a year with a lawyer in Naples. He had the week off because his boss had gone to Brazil for Carnivale. We talked a little. He said his ambition was to become a judge. He said he had already had two cases but didn’t know the results because in Italy it takes three to four months before a decision is made in civil court. One of the cases involved a man who has cancer and doesn’t expect to live that long. The expression we learned while in Italy is piano, piano which means slowly, slowly. It surely seems to be the truth. I don’t think Americans would put up with the slow pace.

Geppino took us to a place where we got recorders that would help us on a walking tour of Naples. Kelley had to give her passport as collateral and was told she could pick it up when we returned the recorders. We then went on a 5-mile tour of the old city. The streets were very narrow. That didn’t stop the cars from speeding along. We had to hug the walls when they came by. We stopped a number of times to buy postcards and once so I could get my lobster tail pastry. It is only made in southern Italy so I had to get them here. We also bought masks to use for Mardi gras next week. Wherever we stopped, Geppino seemed to know the people and would negotiate a discount for his relatives. Geppino left us part way through the tour because he had to go home and start dinner. Natalina our cousin and his wife was still working and wouldn’t be home until 12 so he was going to get things started. We continued on our tour stopping at various buildings indicated on our map. When we stopped at the Cathedral some in the group had to go to the bathroom so Andrea asked a priest if it would be possible and he led them to the restroom. I was a little concerned about my sister Georgia because it was such a long walk, but she did fine. I hope I can be that spry when I get to be 82!

At 1:15 we returned to the apartment building where Geppino and Natalina live. We were met by a sentry who checked with Geppino before letting us in. It was very dark in the lobby. Geppino came downstairs. A few rode the elevator up while the rest of us walked to the third floor. Natalina met us at the door and shortly after Geppino’s brother stopped by to say hello. He couldn’t speak English so our conversation was very short. Soon we sat down for lunch; Antonio their youngest son came in from work and had lunch with us. He is 22. He speaks very little English but we laughed a lot. I was thankful for Andrea who helped with all the translations. The problem is that everyone wanted to talk at once. Our meal started with pasta similar to Ziti in a tomato sauce. The Italians make their sauces much simpler than we do. They use very little spice in their dishes. Next we

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had rolled beef cooked in a tomato sauce, escarole fried in olive oil with roasted peppers olives and capers. Next we had a tossed salad with all fresh vegetables and then we had croquets made with potato and egg and a center of prova cheese. You cannot buy this cheese in the US. It has a smokey flavor. After sitting in the refrigerator for a few hours the croquets are deep fried. Of course we also had wine, soda and water. For dessert we had fresh fruit. Natalina apologized for not having some pastry for us. She explained that where she had to work, she didn’t have time. Geppino also explained to us that the doctor had placed her on a very strict diet so she couldn’t eat the pasta or the croquets. After eating Antonio said goodbye because he had to return to work. Since it was after siesta time Kelly could return the recorders across the street from the apartment and get her passport back.

We then headed back to the train station to catch the train back to Sorrento. Geppino pulled me aside to say it was customary to give a gift to someone who does you a favor and maybe I would like to buy some chocolates for Andrea for all his help. On the way to the train station, he took me into a store where he spoke to the manager who gave me a discount on the chocolates (almost half price). I think Geppino knows everyone in this city of millions! No matter where we went they seemed to know him. When we got to the train station, the train was just getting ready to leave. He spoke to someone who stopped the train, let us through the gate without showing our tickets and after we got on signaled it was okay for the train to leave. This really surprised me because on the way over an old lady was running to get on the train in Sorrento and they left exactly on time leaving her on the platform. We arrived back in Sorrento at 6:33 on the express train and walked back to the hotel. Fernanda told me she had talked to the families in Carpinone and they were expecting us on Saturday. We would be going out to eat there since everyone had to work until noon.

At 8:30 Steff, Mary, Kelly, Eric, Paul, Renee, Dud and I walked to the Red Lion Restaurant for dinner. Dud and I shared a calzone. After the lunch in Naples, I really wasn’t very hungry. We met the Sargents, John and Mary, Will and Marcie there. Returned to the hotel at 9:45.

The History of Milo, 1802-1948, Part 2
By Sue Perrigo Jenkins (Submitted by Seth Barden)
Trafton's Falls, on the Sebec River, with a 9 foot head and a 14 foot fall, became the nucleus of the fast growing community. There are two legends extant, one of the misadventure, and the other of a feat performed by one Trafton, which caused his name to be connected with the falls.

Lumber was sawed and grist ground for the needs of the settlers, at mills in neighboring Sebec and Brownville for the first twenty years of the settlement. In 1823, a dam was built across the falls and the first saw mill built by Wilborn Swett, whose name was given to the hill on the road to Brownville.

The next mill to be built was a grist mill, with William Owen, from whom our Owens of today are descended, as a copartner. This mill which was burned in 1900 is remembered by many. It was built on Davis Island, easterly side. Its capacity was greatly increased by Isaac Leonard in 1851. The present day Leonards (Ed, his sister Jennie Lutterell, and his cousin Merle) are his descendants.

As the second and third decades were merging, Daniel Dennett arrived, buying in with Stephen Snow on the farm. These two were known as the richest men in town. They also bought Mr. Swett's mill. Mr. Dennett moved into the village, built the house later remodeled into the Dillon House and became familiarly known as the "King of Milo".

Milo housewives who may own "Grandmother's wooden chopping bowl" may have one of the very bowls turned out by the father of Sir Hiram Maxim, who operated a small mill for their manufacture.

The Spool Industry had a part in the early history of Milo, a mill being erected on the canal for splitting spool timber, using white birch, a forerunner of the extensive operation to come.

Villagers and farmers alike profited by the erection of woolen mills, fulling and carding mills, raw material from the latter, and labor and skill of the former, turning out the finished product, truly a "community project". Too many of these early mills were razed by fire and not rebuilt.

It was after the burning of James Gifford's mill (which stood near the present pumping station) that Milo's first fire engine, the old hand tub "Tiger", was bought. The old pumper, now housed in the Milo Fire Department is treated, not
only with respect due its age, but with positive affection by the firemen.

The township, organized as a plantation in 1820, was incorporated in 1823 with 54 resident taxpayers. After some discussion as to whom the new town should be named for, it was accorded the honor of selection a name to Benjamin Sargent.
He, having read of the powers of the famed Grecian athlete, Milo, of Crotona, gave his name to the town in honor of the strength and courage of his young son Theophilus. In this story too, the men's club discovers the origin of its name.

In a town having three beautiful rivers, bridges became an early necessity. When these structures were made of wood, entailing almost constant repair, it was said by many a groaning taxpayer that the town was "bridge poor". First came

open bridges connecting Davis Island, in the Sebec, the site of most of the mills, with the mainland. Somewhere around 1848 a covered bridge was built over the Pleasant. The next, also covered, spanned the westerly channel of the Sebec.

Old inhabitants tell that prior to the building of the dam, the easterly channel was the main river. (CONTINUTED NEXT WEEK)

If you are interested in seeing pictures of Milo, go to:

President Murrel Harris greeted nineteen members this morning.
The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt. The prayer today was given by Paul Grindle. He prayed for Kiwanis members as they serve their community, asked for prayers to guide our leaders and prayers so that we all may live in peace in our world.

Inspirational reading today was by Don Harris. He read Keeper of the Spring by Charles R. Swindoll, from Improving your Serve.

President Murrel introduced our two Key Club members, Amber Benoit and Sarah Niemic, secretary. Sarah briefly explained her recent trip to Indianapolis, Indiana where she went to speak in the national oratorical contest sponsored by the American Legion. We are very proud of Sarah as she placed first in state and had the great distinction of representing her home state of Maine in this national contest.

Correspondence that was received was the Orono/Old Town newsletter that was passed for all to read, and an informative letter and application form for any Kiwanis member that is planning on attending the Kiwanis International conference in Hawaii this summer.

Happy Anniversary on April 14th to Neil and Barb Hamlin, and on April 18th Kathy and Carroll Witham celebrate an anniversary. Stephanie Salley celebrates a birthday on April 17th.

Eight happy and sad dollars were donated were donated for the opening day ball games in Fenway, for the upcoming work days on the gazebo project, for a trip for Jan and George to visit Tennessee grandchildren, for “Bubbles”, whose grandson had a successful first baseball game in the Babe Ruth League in Ct., and several happy dollars for just happy to be here.

Chris Almy reported on interclub advising that there would be an interclub on Friday, April 15th at Dexter at 6:30 am. Jan and George, Dot and Don and Chris will be attending that interclub.

Frank Cochrane reported on sponsored youth. He advises that Kiwanis members need to be present at Terrific Kids assemblies on Thursday and Fridays at Brownville, Lagrange and Milo Elementary.

Variety show update was given by Murrel. He advises that Kathy Witham is requesting help on posters and advertising. Janet Richard and Nancy Grant will help with this project.

Joe Zamboni reported on auction update and gazebo project. Items for the auction will be moved to Dorman’s farm later today. Additional auction items can be placed in to the barn as they are picked up. Discussion was held on different aspects of the auction, tents will need to be acquired, and the need for additional security at the antiques table, and recording / bookkeeping as has been done in past auctions. Frank Cochrane will be in charge of raffle tickets.

A meeting for gazebo project is scheduled for this evening. A work date for the gazebo project is planned for this week-end at the park. A weathervane is to be purchased for $ 273.00 from the gazebo fund. Footpaths and landscaping are in the planning stages.

Trish Hayes reported on Key Club activities. Key Club went to Manna in Bangor again. Officers training for the Key Club’s new officers at Pleasant Park. . Six Key Club members will travel to Bangor to raise funds for the Autism Walk this coming week-end. New officers are planning for installation services. Service awards will be given out this evening, April 13th at the PVHS cafeteria.

Paul Grindle advised that it is time again to prepare for the community calendars fund raising project. They will be handed out next week-end.

A letter of resignation was received with regrets from Don St. Cyr.

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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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