Three Rivers News, 2005-05-09
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2005

Mark your calendars for Friday evening, May 27, 2005. Three Rivers Kiwanis is planning the dedication of the new gazebo and plans are underway for an all-you-can-eat chicken barbecue and a band concert. Check here for more details next week.

3rd Annual Pleasant River Duck Race
Tickets Now On Sale!!!!
The Third Annual Pleasant River Duck Race, sponsored by American Legion Post #92 in Brownville Jct., will be held on Saturday, June 25th at 12:00 noon. The race will end when the ducks pass under the Green Bridge in Brownville Jct. The person having the number of the first duck to cross the line will win $100.00, the second-$75.00 and the third-$50.00. Tickets are available from any active Legion or Auxiliary member. Tickets are one for $2.00 or three for $5.00. All proceeds will benefit the Legion Scholarship Fund. Further information can be obtained by calling 965-3631.

The Milo Garden Club will hold its May meeting "Fairy Folk Tea Party" at Pleasant Park on May 10, at l p.m. If you would like to attend as a guest, please call 943-7748 or 943-7497.

Class of 1995
Anyone interested in having a 10 year class reunion this summer? Please email Alyson (Carey) Ade at or call Kristina (DeWitt) Feero at 394-4323
by May 20, 2005.

Brownville Days Buffet & Auction
Saturday, May 14th, from 5 to 6pm at the BJHS Alumni Hall
$5.00 adult and $2.00 child under 12; in advance or at the door.
Please bring one or two items for the auction that will begin immediately after the buffet!
If you can bring a hot or cold dish or a dessert please contact Felice at 954-2561, Toni at 965-7351 or Linda at 965-8421.

With Memorial Day fast approaching it would be a good time to show our appreciation four our veterans as well as our current service members. The American Legion post 41 in Milo is offering an opportunity for the community to do this by hosting an open house on Monday May 30th after the parade until 2pm. All of the community, veterans, and service people are encouraged to come and refreshments will be served. SOAR is having a yard sale at the Milo American Legion Hall on Saturday May 28th from 9am to 5pm to raise money to send our next care packages. If you have any donations please call Michelle Lemik at 943-2375.

Auction Update
Preparation for the 2005 Kiwanis Auction is underway. Soon letters will go out to all our past supporters thanking them for their past support and encouraging them to help our campaign once again. The auction is one of the primary fundraisers for our local Kiwanis programs that support kids in the local community. We are starting to pick up donated items so if you have something you would like to donate please contact your local Kiwanian or if you don't know any Kiwanians leave a message on my phone, Joe Zamboni 943-2271. 50/50 tickets are on sale from any Kiwanian.

Cub Scout Pack 111 of Brownville and Troop 115 of Milo would like to invite the community to join us in a special Anniversary Celebration of Scouting to be held at Brownville Elementary on May 16, 2005 between 6:30 and 8:00 pm.
Were you a Scout? Do you have anything from when you were a Scout? Do you know someone that was a Scout? We want to display any and all Scouting memorabilia of the past, present and future of Scouting. Please contact Scout Leader Marie McSwine @ 965-8819 or toll free @ 800-965-8819 if you were a scout and if you will allow us to display any Scouting memorabilia at this Celebration. Deadline is May 15, 2005 @ 3pm.We look forward to seeing you there and Thank You for sharing your Scout history with us.

Co-Ed Summer Basketball Offered
Penquis coach Tony Hamlin will be operating a summer basketball clinic for boys and girls grades 3 thru 8 at the Penquis Gymnasium from June 27 to July 21st. Boys and girls going into grades 3-4-5 will meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30, while boys and girls going into 6-7-8 will meet from 9:30 to 11:00.

The clinics will emphasis skill development, sportsmanship and fair play while offering games against area schools on a weekly basis. Players of all abilities will be welcome. Come learn the game, have fun, and make new friends while getting plenty of healthy exercise. Cost is $60.00 per player. Applications can be found at Milo Recreation Department located at the Milo Town Hall or you can sign up on the first day, June 27th.

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On Friday at Brownville Elementary the art project for the whole school was tie dying. Every child in K-6 brought in a white shirt and created their own tie dye shirt. Mrs. Chapman, the art teacher, did the project outside and the weather really cooperated. It was sunny and breezy so the shirts could be hung outside to dry. It was quite a sight and lots of fun!

On Friday at Brownville Elementary 5th graders invited Moms, Grammies and Aunts to school for a scrapbooking project. The group spent about an hour creating a scrapbook of memories from pictures the students took on a recent trip to Boston. The book will remain at the school for everyone to enjoy for years to come. Everyone did a great job.

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Elsie Audibert, Josh Gray and Edward Pierce were honored as Terrific Kids at our 5/05 assembly. Mrs. Lee said Edward has worked really hard in the K/1 classroom. He did a great job behaving and getting work finished during the last two days. Edward made the extra effort to earn this award for the first time. Mrs. Carter is so proud of Josh. He has been doing wonderful writing. He is editing on his own. He is adding quotation marks and commas. Josh is very creative. Elsie is a role model in Miss K.'s classroom. She does her homework and remembers her Planner almost every day. Last week, Elsie walked back to school when she forgot her homework. She is always kind and is a great help in the classroom.

Bus Kids of the Week: Codie Donlon, Justin Moulton and Harmony Pierce.

We celebrated Dakota Knowlton 7th birthday.

Move and Improve Student Prize Winners: Mackenzie Morel, Taylor Severance, Hailey Morel, Billy Parker, Harmony Pierce
Move and Improve Teacher Prize Winner: Mrs. Lee
Please note schedule change: Our next assembly with be May 12 at 11 AM.

Our students joined students across the nation and participated in ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) on May 4, 2005. The purpose of the event is to highlight the benefits of being physically active for kids of all ages and to encourage it as a lifelong habit. This program is supported by the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, Health, and Wellness.

The Cook School students and staff walked, jogged and/or ran around our front loop for 30 minutes. We enjoyed the fresh air and exercising together.

The Penquis Middle School softball team had their season opener up to Greenville on Tuesday......and came away with a victory over the Lakers 22-7. The baseball team also took home their first win of the season 12-2. The girls are coached by Paul Grindle and the boys are coached by Jeremy Phelps. Pitching again this year for the girls is Erica Lyford with Britney Genthner behind the plate. Kiel Larson pitched for the boys. Great job Penquis. Their first home game will be on May 10th, 4:00 p.m. at the Elm Street Field vs. Guilford.

Cub Scouts Pack 111
This is the Cub Scouts from Pack 111 visiting at Country Classics Pet Grooming in Milo. They all went to find out how a dog gets groomed. Lynette Howlett - (Owner), showed them how its done. They all got to blow dry Sadie (the dog pictured). They all had such a great time

From left to right: Jarod Webb, Kenny Tarnoczy, Lynette Howlett, Zachary Lane, Ben Tarnoczy, Dusin Jones, Clayton Tarnoczy, Zackary Lewis and in front Emy Chadbourne. Dogs name is Sadie Sue Kangaroo Caitlin Ballard, Student Council member, giving pizzas to Michael Johnson, a member of Mrs. Bradeen's PAT group.

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The Penquis Valley Middle School Student Council recently held a fund raiser for the Children’s Leukemia/Lymphomia Society. A “Pennies for Patients” drive was held during April at the school. Students brought in pennies or change from home and the money was counted daily. The PAT group that brought in the most money won a pizza party. PAT groups are small groups of students who meet every day with an advisor. There are 11 groups in the middle school consisting of 7th and 8th graders.

The winning PAT groups were Mrs. Bradeen’s and Ms. Lyford’s. On Friday, May 6, pizzas from Domino’s Pizza in Bangor, and drinks were giving to those PAT groups by student council member, Caitlin Ballard. Domino’s donated the pizzas for the Leukemia Society.

Students from all over the United States raised money for this worthwhile fund.

Last week was Teacher and Staff Appreciation week for all schools. At Penquis Valley Middle School, the Middle School Student Council remembered the staff each day. On Monday several students brought in baked goods and had coffee ready for the staff, on Tuesday there were Dunkin' Donuts to enjoy, gifts were presented Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Pictured is Caitlin Ballard presented Mrs. Worster with a stress ball in the shape of an apple. The students enjoyed rewarding the teachers and staff.

This week at On Our Weigh, Cindy Herbest did a presentation on yoga. She spoke about the benefits for all ages, how it can be helpful for people with fibromyalgia, asthma, and ms, and how it can help relieve stress. She then did hands-on demonstrations of various yoga poses. Cindy teaches classes at the Y in Dover on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at the Milo Town Hall on Wednesday nights.

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, lowfat, lowcarb, low calorie cooking, and which is the right plan for you.

Cindy demonstrating some Yoga moves

Italy Trip Part 9
Feb. 6 Sunday The wakeup call was late but I was awake by 6:15 anyway. We put our bags in the hall, ate breakfast, and were on our way by 8:15. We had to leave early because it was Sunday and the Italians were having a road race at 9:00 that would block our exit from the Sorrentine peninsula. The road would be closed for at least 3 hours. At 10:45 we stopped to stretch our legs and we stopped again around Rome at 11:45 for lunch at the Autogrill on the Interstate.

Our third and last stop on the way to Montecatini was at Arezzo where we visited a gold factory. Since it was a Sunday, there were no tours of the factory. We had to stop at a gate before they let the bus in and had to go through 2 more gates before we could get into the building. Our first stop was the gold museum they had on the second floor. They had a lot of old coins and other gold ornaments that were taken from Etruscan sites in the area. There were also some machines that were once used to make gold chains. Each type of chain had its own machine. Then we saw designer jewelry from different decades starting with the 1920s. The piece that impressed me the most was the gem encrusted sword made as a prototype for the 300 18K gold ones ordered by Saddam Hussein. Only a few were delivered before he was deposed and then they stopped production. The sword was about 4 feet long and had very intricate designs on the sheath.

Sixty five percent of all the 18K gold produced in Italy is made in Arezzo. The company we stopped at was called Unoaerre. They told us they produce the medals for the Olympic Games. The company was founded in 1900 and in 2001 they produced 29.4 tons of 18K gold jewelry.

After the museum we were taken to the store in case we wanted to buy something. I figured right away that they knew how to market. They had a snack bar where the men could relax with

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snacks and drinks while the women shopped. I made a quick look around and thought the prices were very reasonable until I found out that the numbers I was reading were not in Euros but in the number of grams of gold. They even had a women’s wig made out of long strands of gold!

After leaving Arezzo, we rode about another hour and a half to Montecatini. When we got to town, the traffic was very heavy and it took us about half an hour to reach the hotel. Most traffic was being diverted from the center of town but they let us through because that was where our hotel was located. We stayed in the Grand Plaza Hotel on the main square. It is the same one we stayed at last time. I was looking forward to seeing Lilianna the wife of the owner but found out that the night before she slipped in the shower and broke her ankle and would be away for the entire week. She broke her ankle on Saturday and they didn’t operate to set it until Tuesday. I guess that is socialized medicine or piano, piano, slowly, slowly. I did say hello to Maurizio and his brother Mariano who were still working there and remembered us.

I had told people in the group that they wanted to watch outside the hotel for the passagiata starting around 5. If you remember from my description two years ago, that is when everyone dresses up and strolls around the streets. Everyone thought I was joking but they got to see it for themselves. I first noticed it when in our room which overlooked the square. I heard a lot of murmuring sounds and looked out the window. There was hardly any free sidewalk space. Everyone was walking in a counterclockwise direction. That is why there was so much traffic earlier. Everyone was coming in for the passagiata!

We had a provided dinner at the hotel tonight at 7:30. First we had a plate with proscuitto and pickles. We also were served Tuscan bread with butter and had a salad bar with cooked and raw carrots, green beans, spinach, tomatoes and lettuce. I should mention that in Northern Italy butter is served rather than olive oil to go with the bread. Also Tuscan bread doesn’t have any salt in it. We were told that the custom of cooking without salt came about because a high tax was put on salt many years ago and the people just stopped using it. The third course was spaghetti with meat sauce, a tomato soup, penne with mushroom sauce and cheese and ham. The fourth course we could have either sliced turkey and oven fried rosemary potatoes or a dried beef and cheese. We finished eating about 9:15 and I called it a night.

When Is It Time To Retire?
By Shelley Phillips-Mills
Financial Consultant, AAMS
A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
Key Plaza
23 Water Street
Bangor, Me 04401
207-947-5456 or 1-800-947-5456
fax: 207-945-3978

Most of us work our whole lives with the dreams of one day retiring and spending our days traveling, practicing our hobbies or participating in activities we enjoy. We plan for retirement, both financially and mentally, and know that it will be a wonderful reward after a lifetime of hard work. But when is the best time to retire?

It may be a difficult decision to leave the working world and be confident that we are financially ready to forego our steady income. There are many factors to look at when deciding whether or not to retire – your family situation, your health, and your financial stability, among many others. If you’re getting close to retirement and not certain if you’re financially ready, you may want to consider working a little longer.

Staying on the job for just one or two more years could help you achieve the same retirement goals and increase the possibility that your funds will last longer. It will give you another year to add to your retirement savings before you start taking withdrawals. In addition, maximizing your contributions to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) plan, can help boost your retirement nest egg.

Waiting another year also offers the opportunity to give your retirement savings more time to potentially grow. Likewise, you’ll be meeting your expenses from your earnings, not by tapping into your retirement portfolio. This will allow the money in your retirement accounts to compound for a while longer.

Postponing your retirement may have some impact on your Social Security benefits. The formula for calculating these benefits is complex, but adding another year of income may increase the size of your overall benefit.

However, you may not want to – or be able to – wait any longer to retire and decide that now is the time. Many investment vehicles make it difficult for you to access your funds without tax penalties before age 59 _. But if you are considering retiring before age 59 _, you may want to dip into some income from your IRA.

If you decide to take some money out of your IRA, you’ll want to try to avoid the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty that the IRS may impose on the amount you withdraw. One way to do so is by taking what’s known as 72(t) distributions, which are essentially a series of substantially equal periodic payments. This strategy requires you to take – at least annually – substantially equal withdrawals that you compute based on IRS life expectancy tables and methodologies. You must continue these withdrawals for five years or until you reach age 59 _, whichever is longer.

For example, if at age 50 you begin taking these periodic withdrawals, you must continue them until age 59 _. If you start the withdrawals at age 58, you would have to continue them for at least five years from the first payment date or until age 63.

If you use this strategy, you might consider splitting your IRA in two – one for withdrawals and the other to continue to potentially grow and act as a fallback in case of emergency.

A solid plan and a good understanding of your goals will not only help you prepare for your future, but also give you an idea of where you stand financially. You should work closely with your financial consultant to plan for retirement as well as to determine when the best time may be for you to step into your golden years. If you would like to receive the A.G. Edwards’ publication, “Planning a Secure Retirement – Charting the Path Toward Your Retirement Goals, please contact financial consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills in Bangor at 1-800-947-5456.
This article was provided by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Member SIPC.

Dear all,
It feels like it has been a while since I've last written...probably because time is currently trickling by very, very slowly. I have been in Kayes for a week now after deciding to leave my village due to some housing problems that have yet to be corrected. I'll tell you the story.

Since September 2004 the Peace Corps has consistently reminded my village that the requirements for a volunteer include providing housing and a toilet. Up to this point, my two huts have yet to be finished and the 'nyegen' (toilet) is not finished as well, which has left me very frustrated with some people in my village, including my homologue and the chief. I have been told over and over that everything would be finished shortly, but everytime yielding the same results. So last week, after getting back from Bamako, I found that the nyegen had not been finished and no work had been done on the second hut. So I decided to leave the village and come to Kayes until everything is completed. Another possibility, one of which I am greatly opposed to, is that the Peace Corps will find another village for me. If that is to happen, I am not sure what I am going to do.

On Monday, I wrote a letter to my village chief, homologue, and mayor, pleading with them that they finish everything before my boss comes on the 12th of May. I've had some correspondance with people in Kayes that make the daily trip to Kayes to work, and they told me that several meetings have been held about my house since I left. What this means, I really

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don't know, but I really hope that they can take care of this situation before I get moved. The relationships that I have built in my 6 months in village are very important to me and my work, and having to start over in another village would prove to be very difficult...almost like taking a few steps backwards when you are ready to run. Hopefully everything can get worked out.

So in the meantime, I have been at the Kayes stage house, reading books and watching many movies. The books that I have chosen have helped me keep my goals in perspective for my work and how I should live my life on a daily is by the Dalai Lama 'Morality for the New Millenium' and the other by Mitch Albom 'Tuesdays with Morrie'....both really great books that I would recommend to anyone.

So that's the situation that I am in right now....definitely a frustrating experience being in Kayes when I want to be in my village. But such is life I suppose. One plus is that I have 24-hour access to ice, fans, and a shower when it is 115-120 degrees outside. It is so damn hot here that you don't need to boil water to make tea...just put some water in a kettle and set it in the sun at about 2pm for 20 minutes and it is hot enough. Definitely a different experience for me.

Well, I suppose that is all from me for now. I hope that this email finds you all well and healthy. Take care and I'll write again soon.

Peace and Love, Matt

Three Rivers Kiwanis News

Children: Priority One

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.

Regular Meeting May 4, 2005
President Murrel Harris greeted twenty three members and nine guests today.

The flag Salute was led by Eben DeWitt. The prayer was given by Paul Grindle. Paul requested prayers for peace in the world, and harmony for those of us who live here. He asked also for prayers for our world leaders.

Don Harris was our inspirational reader today with a short story titled Final Bid by Robert Strand. It is a story about the very wealthy English Baron Fitzgerald who had only one son, the apple of his eye. His son died in his late teens. In the meantime Fitzgerald had acquired many costly paintings. After the Baron Fitzgerald died his will was read, as directed by him, that there would be an auction in which his entire collection of art would be sold. Because the art was worth millions, many prospective buyers gathered. The art works were displayed. Among them was a painting which received little attention. It was of poor quality and done by an unknown local artist. It happened to be a painting of Fitzgerald’s only son. Before the bidding the attorney read the will. It stated the first painting to be auctioned was the painting of his beloved son. A servant, who had known and loved the son, was the only bidder, bidding less than a pound. The auctioneer stopped the bidding and again read from the will, the crown was hushed. The will read

“whoever buys the painting of my son gets all my art collection. The auction is over!”

Correspondence: Orono/Old Town Newsletter.

Birthdays this week: Dottie Brown had a May 6th birthday.

Ten happy and sad dollars were donated for having our ‘grammar’ and grammar checkers here (Ed and Ethelyn), for the wonderful RIF program in Milo and Brownville elementary schools, being here from the Boy Scouts and meeting up with a fellow camper from Camp Roosevelt from about thirty years ago, being here as a guest and seeing Murrel with a basket, finding out today that it’s my wife’s birthday this week, for the variety show being almost over, sad dollar for the PVHS baseball team’s loss last night, and several sad dollars for concern for Dave Harmon being ill.

Interclub: Eben advises that four members from Three Rivers Kiwanis attended the Bangor-Brewer Anniversary Dinner on April 30th in Brewer.

Sponsored Youth by Frank Cochrane: Frank advises that in two weeks he hopes to introduce a Kiwanis Builders Club. More to follow.

Kathy Witham reported on the Variety show. Rehearsal will take place at the Town Hall this week. Kathy requests that Kiwanis members please bring food for the refreshment sale and that Kiwanis members will be there to help set up chairs at 6:30 pm on Thursday evening.

Gazebo report was unavailable as Joe Zamboni is away this week. Murrel reported that Doug, Don and Fred were at the gazebo site to do some work yesterday.

Trish Hayes introduced Kylie Palmer, Key Club President, Kayla Bailey, Tristan Simonian and Vice President Dawn Patten. New Key Club officers will be installed next Tuesday.
Murrel advised that there will be a Kiwanis Board meeting tomorrow, May 5th, at The Restaurant.

President Harris introduced today’s speaker, Mike Cuskelly from The Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth. Specifically, The BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values placed on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation’s role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.

Kiwanis clubs and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners in serving young people since 1913.

Mike stated the belief of many Kiwanians when he told this audience that our future lies with our children, and oftentimes the challenges and problems they face seem insurmountable. Today, more than ever before, our young people need the guidance and mentoring of quality adult role models.

Mike Cuskelly praised Murrel for the work he has done in the past with troop 115 and also had high praise for Scoutmaster Glen Ricker. There was much discussion about what scouting means and the impact that scouting has on many lives. We were all very pleased to hear about scouting here in the Milo/Brownville area and we are grateful to Mike for presenting this program to us today.

Our meeting next week will be a business meeting. On May 18th Ivy Stanchfield will be our guest speaker.
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary.

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