Three Rivers News, 2005-05-23
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005

Gazebo Dedication in the Park: Friday, May 27, 2005
Please join Three Rivers Kiwanis, The American Legion and P.A.W.S at a good, old-fashioned barbeque picnic at Veterans’ Memorial Park. We need you and your friends and family to help us formally dedicate the gazebo.
Chicken Barbeque 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM,
Presented by PAWS
Barbeque chicken, potato salad, Cole slaw, and dessert all for $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for children under 16 and $3.00 for children 12 and under. Sponsored by PAWS and Three Rivers Kiwanis. All profits go to the local animal shelter. Beverages will also be on sale.
Dedication Ceremony 6:30 PM
• Blessing of the gazebo by local clergy
• Kiwanis acknowledgements to sponsors and helpers
• American Legion remarks
• Remarks by Paul Davis, Senate Minority Leader
Alumni Dance Band Concert 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: A 14-piece dance band with vocalist for your listening pleasure
Come enjoy the fun and help dedicate the new community gazebo in the park. You will be glad you did. Bring a sweater, a blanket and insect repellent. (Rain date will be July 4th weekend.)
Thanks to our Sponsors:
Three Rivers Kiwanis, Bailey Lumber, Case Concrete, DeWitt Electric, JSI, Doug Warren, Builder, Town of Milo Maintenance Department, Dunham Machine, American Legion Post #41, American Legion Auxiliary, Milo Garden Club, Rand E. Walker, Coppersmith, Milo Farmers Union, Lumbra’s Mill

Avis Spear got a wonderful surprise at Meals for ME. on Thursday, May 19th. Joe Villani (84) sang her a love song in honor of her 92nd birthday.

The Brownville PTO will be hosting their annual Spring Fling on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Brownville school. We are looking for items for an auction that day. If anyone in the Brownville area has items they would be willing to donate, they can be dropped at the school the week of the Spring Fling. If you have items but are unable to get them to the school, call Theresa Lovejoy (PTO President) at 965-8015 and she will see that they are picked up. We will hold the auction only if we have enough items. All proceeds from the Spring Fling are used to benefit the children in the Brownville Elementary School. Any useable donations will be appreciated.

Allan E. Horne receives his 50 year plaque from Commander Randy Kluj of the American Legion Post #41 of Milo.
Mr. Horne was a radar operator in the Navy and served on the destroyer "Vesole" during WWII.

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.

LOST Wallet
On Tuesday, May 17th, somewhere between the Elm St. soccer field and Charles St. a man’s brown tri-fold wallet. (Looks old and used) $15 cash inside.
Keep the cash, but please return the wallet to THE RESTAURANT or Milo P.D. This wallet was my grandfathers and means a lot to me!
Klay Stevens

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Losing a lifetime idol is taking an adjustment. I am sorry for not gracing the pages of TRN with some of my usual items. I hope to get back on track soon.
Thank you, my readers.
Bill Sawtell

Baseball: Penquis Boys Win First
By Bill Sawtell
Milo-May 20-Kevin Nason's single in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in Justin Morrill with the winning run here as Murrel Harris's nine edged PCHS from upriver 2 to 1 in a well played game here. Winning pitcher Nick Emery, who went the distance to take the win, had driven in Morrill, who had tripled in the fourth to tie things up.

Emery fanned six, walked four, and gave up just five hits. Freshman third sacker Kyle Gero was solid in the field, making four five assists and starting a double play by catching a line drive and doubling a runner off second. Shortstop Justin Morrill made a fine diving catch going into the centerfield area to make a play.

The game lasted one hour and 15 minutes.
Weekly updates from your local animal shelter.
By Julie Gallagher and Valerie Robertson
There is a lot going on at P.A.W.S. We have 4 kittens that are ready to go to responsible homes. We would like them to go in pairs, or to a home where there is another cat residing, or where the owner will be able to spend a lot of time acclimating the baby to his or her new surroundings. Kittens are social animals and need a lot of interaction with another warm body. There are two black kittens and two charcoal gray. They are wonderful.

We still need foster homes for a few cats that have been at the shelter for quite a while. Fostering is a great way to get the love and companionship an animal can bring, without committing to a long-term obligation. All you need to do is call 943-5083 and talk with Julie. We will bring the cat to you along with everything you need to provide a temporary home. All you need to do is provide love and a warm lap.

As always, we need litter, food and cash. Spring is a hugely busy time of year for P.A.W.S, as it is kitten and puppy season. Not only does this mean we have kittens, but it means ignorant owners are dumping their pregnant pets. We have had an influx of abandoned pregnant female cats, and their medical care is much more costly than average. On the other hand, we have some adorable, spayed cats looking for good homes.

We urge everyone to help us make a difference in the neglected, abandoned and abused animals in our area. The best way to do this is to have your animal spayed or neutered. There are PLENTY of companion animals around without creating more. As you may have noticed the number of wandering stray animals has decreased sharply, as has the number of cats and dogs being struck and killed by cars. Let’s try to make our little piece of the planet a safe, loving place for animals.

And now, a few successful adoption stories: Cody, a fantastic male tiger cat found in Derby, has been given a lifetime loving home by Norma and Charlie Artus. Updates from the Artus residence tell us Cody thinks his new family is as good as their pizza!!

A mother cat, who was abused, then tossed out of her home along with her teeny babies last winter, has struck the jackpot! Her babies were adopted into great homes, and now “Mama” has found a friend and owner in Sylvia Davis from Lincoln. Both ladies think the other is just purrrfect!

Last but certainly not least, Kierra, one of our favorite dogs, has found a loving home here in Milo. Both Kierra and her new owner are doing great, AND Kierra loves riding around in her new Mommie’s truck.

It is extra wonderful when we find homes for our adult residents, and if you think you would like to check out our shelter and the pets looking for a home, call Julie at 943-5083. Fostering or adopting a shelter animal is a wonderful way to make a difference.

We met one of our generous friends, Lysa Hummel. Lysa turned out to be as wonderful as we thought. She spent a lot of time at P.A.W.S., and Vinnie, our old, blind fellow will particularly miss her. Lysa took Vinnie outside on a beautiful May morning, and won his heart as well as mine and Julie’s. Lysa dropped off some lumber and Sandy Smart and her husband Jeff are going to build more squirrel/bird feeders. The small critters of Clinton Street thank all of you. Until we see you again, “Thanks Lysa!”.

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At The Cook School May 19 Assembly, Ryan Eyler, April Morgan and Jessica Donlon were honored as Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy stated that Ryan is terrific every single day. He has recently been absent but worked hard to make up all of his assessments. Ryan is always a kind friend. Mrs. Carter told us that April is always a hard worker and does her best work. She also has a wonderful smile. Miss K. proudly reported that Jessica had a great week. Her behavior has improved and she did her homework every night.

Bus Kids for Two Weeks: Cameron, Billy, Ryan, Dakota, Lindsay, and Elsie. Move and Improve Student Prize Winners: Dawn Moulton, Hannah Bess, Trevor Lyford, Cassidy Parker and Vanessa Grant. We celebrated the Tyler Tibbett's 10th birthday. Move and Improve Staff Prize Winner: Mrs. Lee
Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids. Our next Assembly will be May 26, at 11:00.

Gina Nadeau from the Bike Coalition of Maine did a presentation on Bike Safety for our K-5 students. Miss Gina stressed the importance of wearing a helmet. She demonstrated the proper fitting of a helmet with attention to the eyes, ears and chin. Students who brought helmets to school had them adjusted correctly if needed. Miss Gina also talked about dressing brightly for safety, using the ABC (Air, Brakes and Chain) check and the Rules of the Road.

Thank you Miss Gina for reminding us how to stay safe when riding our bikes.

The 4th grade students from Brownville Elementary and the 4th and 5th grade students from the Cook School traveled to the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan on May 13. Dr. Richards presented an outstanding tour of Senator Smith's house. Mrs. Stockwell told us many stories about Senator Smith and gave us lots of information about the Research Library. Mrs. Caron helped us to find many important events on the Senator's Timeline. We were all impressed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom that Senator Smith received on July 6, 1989.

The Library provided a grant for our traveling expenses. The students ate their wonderful lunches provided by our SAD 41 Kitchen staff outside the library overlooking the Kennebec River.

All students in K-12 at Brownville Elementary recently attended the Children's Concert presented by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at the Maine Center for the Arts. Prior to the start of the concert, the students ate lunch at Memorial

Union. The concert was wonderful and the conductor took time
to speak to the students about various instruments. The cost of the trip was provided by a donation from A.E. Robinson. The staff wanted to use the donation for something special and the trip to the symphony certainly fit the bill. Thank you to A.E. Robinson.

Eastern Maine Community College Lists Penquis Region Graduates

Eastern Maine Community College graduated its largest ever class on Saturday, May 14, in Bangor. The college is pleased to announce names of the following 2005 graduates who live in the Penquis region or who live outside the region and are enrolled through programs of the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft:

Automotive Technology: Seth William Strout, Corinth; Robert J. Worster, Exeter; Anthony L. Alberts*, Corinth.

Building Construction Technology: Matthew B. Wiers*, St. Albans; Robert E. Hussey, Jr.*, Milo; Cody M. Smith*, Greenville.

Business Management: Jacob David Brugger, Charleston; Kimberly A. Cote*, Cambridge; Allison Lynn Grant, Dover-Foxcroft; Alberta M. Martin*, Charleston; Charles Louis Pleninger, Garland; Thomas James Thompson*, Corinna.

Business Management – Health Care Secretary: Linda Taylor Brown*, Corinth; Gail Costigan Burke*, Guilford; Belina Frances Crider*, Brownville; Lindsay Lee Ellison, Milo; Diane Marie Payzant*, Exeter; Georgina Lezley Thomas*, Dover-Foxcroft.

Business Management – Office Administration: Heather Marie Bruner, Dexter.

Business Management – Office Technology: Cheryl A. Awalt*, Sangerville.

Computer Aided Drafting and Design: Brandon Lee Chadbourne, Harmony.

Culinary Arts: Sheila Marie Langley, Newport; Rebecca Ann Storman*, Charleston; Albert Lee Hartley*, Garland.

Early Childhood Education: Andria Page Dow, Newport; Maranda K. Merrill, Dexter; Jana Lynn Sickles*, Barnard TWP; Bonnie A. Daggett, Dexter; Jennie May Kirby, Dexter.

Electrical and Automation Technology: Patrick J. Geleney, Milo.

Electricians Technology: Earl M. Clement, Bucksport; Thomas Jones*, Exeter; Douglas A. Nichols, Dexter; David M. Stupakewicz, Guilford.

General Technology: Jennifer Lynn Bickford*, Dover-Foxcroft.
Liberal Studies: Lawrence J. Butera, III, Charleston; Georgina Lezley Thomas*, Dover-Foxcroft; Heather Marie Tibbetts*, Garland.

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Machine Tool Technology: Elliotte G. Austin, Exeter; Richard Anthony Daigle*, Dexter; Eric Eugene Partridge, Charleston; Jason Matthew Partridge, Corinna.

Medical Transcription: Melissa B. Burnett*, Corinth

Nursing: Jeremy R. Carey, Milo; Nichole Leigh Curry, Etna; Ingrid Jennie LaValley*, Plymouth; Aimee Marie Nason*, Glenburn; Lisa A. Peary, Corinth; Cindy L. Piper*, Corinna; Denise P. Welton*, Readfield.

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Technology: Robert L. Pattay, Newport.

Restaurant and Foods Service Management: Denise Marie Conrad, Jackman; Rebekah Dawn Holmes*, Charleston.

Trade and Technical Occupations: Robert E. Hussey, Jr.*, Milo.
Welding Technology – Pipe Fabrication Concentration: Walter Allan Szarka, Jackman.

* Honor students

By Judith Macdougall
Is it really spring yet? What topsy-turvy weather we have been having. But the spring flowers are up! The tulips, daffodils and forsythia certainly have been adding color to our landscape, and the many days of rain (so depressing) have kept them bright and plentiful. I was pleased to see a lone pansy, a plant from the previous year, had come up in a flower bed. I’m always so pleasantly surprised to see a strong, brave pansy hang in there and come up in an otherwise empty bed that is waiting to be planted soon in this new spring.

On Thursday Walter and I went to Bangor International Airport to pick up our son, Arthur, who was coming for a visit. Were we ever surprised to see the upstairs of the airport filled with troops-members of the 82nd Airborne Division on their way to Afghanistan. There were also about a dozen veterans and greeters there passing out free cell phone use, food and companionship. I had read in the Bangor Daily News about the greeters’ activities for the troops and was so impressed at how uplifting it was to see them in action supporting our young men and women who are maintaining our freedom all over the world. I spoke to one veteran who took me through the greeter’s room that they maintained at the airport. What an amazing collection of souvenirs, flags, autographed books and signed tee-shirts. I was so proud of the veterans, BIA and, of course, it goes without saying, of our wonderful troops. I just had tears in my eyes at seeing all the activity on the second floor of the airport.

We will be receiving new gift magazines. Lysa Hummel asked if there were any magazine subscriptions that she and her husband, Sam, could purchase for the library. I had been considering several new magazines and Lysa said they would be glad to donate all three. The new magazines will be E-Environment, Nickelodeon, and Quilt. The ad for the environment magazine looked as if it would be of practical interest to people trying to preserve their small planet. I saw a copy of Nickelodeon in a doctor’s office and thought it would be interesting to patrons young and old. I hope Quilt Magazine already has a group of interested patrons with so much quilting in the area.

The library has joined the Junior Literary Guild for a year in the B-B+ category which includes grades 5-7. We will be receiving two books each month for the next year for this age group from the Guild along with other books we purchase separately. The elementary grades are easy to supply, but we want to provide new reading material for these upper grades too. The two books we received this month are A FRIEND CALLED ANNE BY Jacqueline Van Maarsen and ADAM CANFIELD OF THE SLASH by Michael Winerip. I thought the book about Anne would be especially interesting to our young readers as the “Anne” in the book is Anne Frank. Jacqueline is writing of Anne Frank from a friend’s observation. Adam Canfield is involved with a newspaper and a tremendous scoop. Both books should be very exciting reading.

We have received more backordered books for our adult readers. Here is the list. They are ready to circulate.

Connelly, Michael THE CLOSERS
Johansen, Iris COUNTDOWN
Leonard, Elmore HOT KID
Turner, Nancy E. SARAH’S QUILT (sequel to

No Saturday hours in the summer
PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed on Monday, May 30,
In observance of MEMORIAL DAY

Speaking of SOAR!
Help us support our troops. On May 28th, SOAR will be holding a tag sale at the American Legion hall in Milo from 9a.m. until 5p.m. We have been busy collecting donations and pricing them to sell! So far we have many great things that we will be putting out including many awesome things donated by one of the local stores. We are gathering a wide arrange of items including cards, clothes, baby items and much more! We will continue collecting donations so feel free to clean out your attic and give us a call! Contact Michelle Lemik at 943-2375. Hope to see you there!

By Carolyne Sinclair
I have some more alumni whose letters were returned to me as undeliverable: 1922-Myrtle Chase Beasley; 1924-Harriet Kittredge Meeks; 1931-Irene Kiernan Phinney; 1931-Norma White Chadbourne; 1955-Clarence F. McLeod; 1956-Delmont G. Storer; 1957-Robert T. Curtis;1959-Lawrence F. Goodwin; 1959-Ferd W. Patterson Jr.;1960-Paul M. Goodwin;1963-Linda Hoxie Smith;1964-David J. Pullen;1965-James L. Larouche; 1968+Sally Shepardson Leonard. I have received information on several of those listed last week so do appreciate your help.

Two Milo boys in Africa at the Same Time!
Zach Zamboni will be heading to Rwanda next week to do a two-week documentary for Farm Aid. The documentary deals with the rebuilding of the country's agriculture after the genocide several years ago. The United States Government is trying to encourage farmers in Rwanda to switch from growing regular coffee beans to more specialized beans to get a better return on their investment. The four-person crew includes a college professor, the producer, agent and Zach. He will do the film work under the direction of the producer and professor. They will fly into "the bush" by helicopter every day to film and do interviews with an interpreter, then hopefully will get to stay in a hotel at night. Matt P. will be envious about that fact, no doubt.

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham
Since last I wrote I've been to yet another WONDERFUL wedding. One of the cousin's daughters was married last weekend in Ogunquit at the Cliff House Resort and Spa. My, my, my!!! We arrived around supper time last Friday evening. At the check-in desk we were given this lovely gift bag...a gift from the bride and groom to the wedding guests who were staying at the resort. The bag, full of things we might need to make our stay more comfortable, was such a nice touch. Michelle (the bride) had based the theme of her wedding...colors...decor, etc. around the seaside...the bags were a nautical design. What was in the bag? There was a bottle of water, cans of ginger ale, bags of peanuts and cheese crackers, snack bars, a bag of gourmet was just the right stuff to have rather than have to go to a vending machine...which I didn't see anyway. The Cliff House isn't a vending machine kind of place. Also, inside the bag was an itinerary of the weekend events...where to be at what time. My cousins are not only organized...they are clever to boot!

Our room had a gorgeous view. A sliding glass door opened onto a deck...bedecked with Adirondack chairs and a little coffee table. The view was spectacular....ocean as far as the eye could see. In my peripheral vision I could see a jut of land with a lighthouse on it. Late that first evening, wrapped in the spare blanket from our room I curled up in one of those chairs and drank in the sight and sound of my beloved coast of Maine. It's as near to heaven as I've ever been....but not as near as I hope to be some day.

After happy hour in one of our rooms, a few of us couples rode back out the twisting narrow Shore Road onto Route One where we found a restaurant and had dinner. Things are just starting to perk for the season in we're pretty sure we're glad we were there in May and not in June or July....much less August! YIKES!! I can't imagine that highway in the deep summer. Supper choices were "different." Cousin Gail, always on the lookout for a dish with lobster in it, tried a bow tie pasta dish with big chunks of lobster with, I believe, garlic and lemon wine. She thought that the menu had a typo...leaving the comma out between the lemon and the wine. Not so. Lemon wine isn't good....neither was her meal. The reviews ran about half and half in that place....I felt bad because it was sort of my choice.

The next morning we went with a recommendation. Back up the winding road and out onto Route One to the main drag we meandered to The Egg and I for breakfast. Only open until 2:00 in the afternoon, you knew right away it was a favorite because not only was the parking lot full, but the little annex parking lot was filling up, too. And.....there was a parking attendant who had a clipboard in his hands. "Mr. Important" informed us that "this wasn't a very big crowd." Okay...if you say so! In we went, and were immediately seated. I guess he knew what he was talking about! The menu was huge with every conceivable kind of Benedict. There were pancakes and French toasts like I'd never imagined. We'd certainly gone to a hot breakfast place.
Cousin Nancy's daughter lives in Dayton, Maine....a few miles outside of Saco on a dairy farm. We'd never been to Julia's house, so we made a "field trip" to the farm. This farm is run by the Harris Family....who have diversified in order to survive farming in the 21st century in the most ingenious ways. This family runs a farm store where you can buy milk in glass bottles. Chocolate, strawberry, banana, blueberry....all flavors of milk....lined the shelves of the big cooler. We all had an ice cream from a little cup in assorted flavors. They make homemade butter and have a sugar shack and sell maple syrup. In the winter they have miles of cross country skiing and snow shoeing trails....and rent equipment to all who want to come there. In the fall the brother runs a massive pumpkin patch and corn maze down the road. School children from all over the region come on field trips to the farm where they see animals and see how it all works. Julia has a job as a nursery school teacher, and just happens to live on this farm in a rental house...but she has gotten involved with the day to day workings of the place, and has become quite a farm girl in our estimation. What a fun experience for her.

Hurrying back to the resort, we had just enough time to have another little happy hour before dressing for the wedding. It was definitely black tie....and lovely dresses. I loved my dress - red silk handkerchief material with small golden polka dots. I wore pearl jewelry and black patent leather shoes and bag. Slung over my arm was a charcoal shawl that I'd acquired in New York City a few years ago. Carroll was in a black suit with a crisp white shirt and black and gray striped tie. We were all that....and then some!!

At the wedding the bride and groom had hired a charming trio with cello, violin and flute to entertain. Flanked by their bridesmaids in amethyst, and groomsmen in black tuxes, the minister friend-of-the-family did the honors. Off we struck to the yet another section of this grand hotel. The tables were appointed in stark white linens and adorned very chicly with hurricane lamps filled with a chunky candle and amethyst sea stones. Sprinkled on the tables around the hurricane lamps were rose petals. It was exquisite. Each place was marked by a small jar of Stonewall Kitchen's jam tied round with raffia ribbon. The appetizers were served prior to the announcement of the wedding party, as they were behind having pictures taken. The trio had moved their instruments and were also entertaining us at the reception.

A gifted disc jockey took over the announcing just as the wedding party was about to be introduced. The bride and groom swept into the room to the strains of a wonderful old standard love song, and surprised everyone with their expertise, fox-trotting around the dance floor. I was absolutely in awe!!! What beautiful dancers they were. You know me.....if they could dance, and loved the old standards, I was impressed!!! Their wedding meal was scrumptious. Clam chowder followed by salad followed by the main course of either baked stuffed haddock or chicken cordon bleu with roasted red potatoes and a fancy medley of vegetables....we couldn't wait to taste the cake. We weren't disappointed. The couple had chosen a lemon cake with a wonderful white frosting. Each piece was served on a clear glass dessert plate with a chocolate covered strawberry on the side. The whole meal met and exceeded everyone's expectations. What a wonderful evening!

You won't be surprised to learn that we spent a bit of the evening plotting which cousin's daughter (or son) might be getting married next!! Not that we try to outdo each other, but we certainly do love nice weddings. And why wouldn't we? What's not to love?

The next morning we were back at The Egg and I for breakfast. I left my camera on my seat there (how stupid was that?!) Oh woe is me! I've called them and they have the camera. I've sent them a padded prepaid postage envelope for them to mail it back to me in. Keep your fingers crossed that it arrives in Milo all whole, and with film intact.

This is what one cousin had for breakfast at The Egg and I in Ogunquit.

Coconut French Toast - it was yummy!

2 thick slices of home made bread
2 eggs (beaten)
2 - 3 Tablespoons of milk (maybe cream)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tablespoons of toasted coconut (you have to watch this closely while it's toasting in your oven, because you don't want it to burn).
1 or 2 tsp. of confectionery sugar sifted
Maple Syrup

Beat the eggs, milk (or cream) and vanilla in a shallow bowl and dip each piece of bread on both sides. Fry in a little melted butter on your griddle or in your electric frying pan or just in a regular frying pan on the stove....however you fix French toast. When it's toasted on both sides remove to a serving plate...sprinkle with a tad of confectionery sugar (if you want) and sprinkle with the toasted coconut...serve with maple syrup.

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Italy Part 11
By Virgil Valente
Tuesday Feb. 8 Today was our included tours of Pisa and Lucca. We left for Pisa at 8:45. Since buses are not allowed near the Miracle Square where the leaning tower is we took a tram similar to the ones at Disney World. We had the same driver as last time because we listened to the same opera music and a sign said it was sung by the driver and we could purchase a CD for only 10 Euro. Our guide Urano, named after Uranus, took us to a place for photos of the tower. He said the tower had three architects. The first one quit when the tower started to sink. The second one adjusted the angle and it leaned some more. The third one finished it by adjusting the angle some more. In fact the top portion is almost vertical. The tower was started on July 7, 1173 and was finished in 1350. It has been stabilized but has a 6 degree lean. It is 175 feet high and is 14 feet off center at the top. During the past 20 years it has been corrected 47 centimeters or about a foot and a half which makes it stable. It is possible to walk up the tower now. It costs 15 Euros and you get 20 minutes. No one in our crowd wanted to make the climb.

Afterward we toured the cathedral. The chandelier that Galileo used to determine his law of the pendulum is still there. We were told that the cable has been changed. The cathedral is in gothic style but the ceiling was replaced after a fire. The Medicis donated it. It has a lot of gold leaf and oak leaves, the symbol of the Medicis. After gathering for the return to the tram, I bought some candy and nuts from the vendors. We were back on the bus at 11:30.

We drove to Lucca which was actually on our way back to Montecatini. We arrived at 11:45 and after being taken inside the old walled city we were given an hour of free time. I bought a cruet for a friend here. We all gathered at St. Michael’s Square outside the church. This church has a much larger façade than the church itself. After the front was made the plague struck and the majority of people in the city died. What were supposed to be windows near the top are now holes to the sky.

After gathering we walked to the Gli Orti di via Elisa for lunch. The room was decorated with musical instruments. We had traditional spelt soup. Spelt is a wild form of barley. We also had wine, water, soft drinks, salad, and bread. We had a flan cake with some sort of lemon pudding and pine nuts for dessert.

After lunch we walked to the bus outside the old city and were met by our guide. She had the bus go all around the old walls which was about 3 miles. The walls vary from 30 to 90 feet thick and the top is now used as a pedestrian park. Many people walk or ride bicycles for exercise. As I mentioned two years ago, Napoleon conquered the region and gave the city of Lucca to his sister, Elisa. She preserved the walls when many of the surrounding cities tore them down. We visited the church of St. Zita, the preserved body of a saint, the villa Pfanner what was used in the movie Portrait of a Lady and to the amphitheater where the coliseum used to be. We ended back at St. Michaels Square and walked to the bus after stopping for a gelato.

We returned to the hotel and at 6:00 I went to Kelly and Eric’s room to get into my costume. The hotel delivered sheets so we could put them over our clothes. We went to the lobby and at 6:45 we boarded the bus for Factoria il Poggio, a farm in Montecarlo where they make wine and olive oil. We actually ate on makeshift tables among the huge wine 10-foot vats. Everyone was dressed for Mardi Gras. All the hats that were purchased were there. We were a happy crowd! There was music playing and people singing and dancing. Fernanda was dressed up like a cook with an apron and chef’s hat. She started with a regular chef’s apron but the younger crowd convinced her that she should wear the David apron. She had garlic, carrots and pasta sticking out of all her pockets along with spoons, spatulas and whisks. Our driver Humberto was dressed as Puchinello a fairytale character associated with Mardi Gras in Italy. He wore a skullcap, a white costume and a black mask with a long nose. Mary won the best costume with her Viking woman outfit. Her prize was a carrot from Fernanda’s hat. We formed a conga line and weaved among the wine vats and even went outside and into another room where the other Grand Circle Group was having their party. They were quite subdued compared to us. Our meal was bread, ribollita soup, salad, rosemary potatoes, pork, chicken and sausage. We had sweet bread with raisins that was a special dessert for Mardi Gras. The sweet bread was to be dipped in Vin Cristo or the sweet wine. The meal ended with Grappa, the fortified wine. At 10 we boarded the bus for the short ride back to the hotel.

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Help Your Teen To Stash Some Of Their Summer Cash
In the summer months, many teens, with dollar signs in their eyes, are planning to join the ranks of the employed. In 2003, 60.9 percent of individuals age 16 to 24 got summer jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. While your child may be ready to sink those newfound funds into a hip wardrobe or a new car, you have a unique opportunity as a parent to teach your teenager some lessons on financial responsibility. Here are a few ideas to help your child make the most of their summer funds.

Have Some Fun – While you would ideally like your teen to save every penny they earn so they can potentially experience a comfortable future on their own dollar, you also know how important it is for them to enjoy the fruits of their own labor. Working hard all summer and not spending any of the money they earn can quickly erode a teenager’s sense of purpose when it comes to a summer job.

You can however, help your teen spend their funds constructively by establishing a budget together. Determine a dollar amount they can spend on entertainment, clothing or food each month. This is a good way to show them they can still enjoy their cash even if they save a portion of it, and it creates healthy habits for when they do move into the dorm and you can’t supervise every dollar they spend.

Save for College – This is probably the most obvious choice for your teen’s summer funds. After all, they should be the biggest beneficiaries of their savings. Teens can contribute to a 529 plan* or Coverdell Education Savings Account that a parent or guardian has established in their name. Keep in mind that for the Coverdell ESA, a $2,000 annual contribution limit per beneficiary applies.

Another option is to establish a custodial savings account. You would have control over the account until your child reaches the age of termination (which varies from state to state, but usually ranges from ages 18 to 21), but they could still deposit funds into it. Besides teaching good savings habits, your child could use this account to save for educational needs besides tuition, such as a computer or dorm room supplies. As long as your child spends the money in the account before applying for financial aid, the funds won’t be counted against him or her as money that could be used to pay for school expenses, including tuition.

College savings plans can also be a benefit to you, because many allow you to deposit funds for the benefit of your child that accumulate tax deferred. You also get the benefit of tax-free distributions if the funds are used for qualified expenses. Non-college related withdrawals are subject to income taxes and an additional 10 percent penalty on earnings. There are various rules and restrictions that apply, depending on the type of plan you are considering.

Save for Retirement – It is tough to think of retiring when you are 30, much less when you are 16, but money from a summer job can be a good seed from which to grow a retirement fund. Besides setting a solid example for future paychecks, setting aside even $25 a week for retirement can truly benefit your child in the long run.

For example, if your 16 year old invests $25 a week from their paycheck and they continue to do so until retirement at age 65, they will have saved over $745,000, assuming an annual return of eight percent**. That might be a compelling argument to get your teenager to forgo two trips to the fast food restaurant in exchange for the possibility of a more comfortable retirement.
It is important to keep in mind that if your child is under the age of 18 most investment accounts require a guardian until the child reaches the age of majority.

Summer jobs can be a wonderful learning experience that can teach teens about the ways of the working world. Take advantage of having your teen – and their funds – under your roof by setting good budgeting examples and helping them save for their future. If you would like to receive the A.G. Edwards’ publication, “Systematic Savings Programs – Giving Your
Money the Opportunity to Take Root,” please contact financial consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills in Bangor at 1-800-947-5456.
This article was provided by A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc., Member SIPC.

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

Milo is all dressed up!!
What a grand sight I saw as I drove from Sergeant Hill Drive, down West Main Street, and up Main Street; flags as far as the eye could see! American Flags, Military Flags, The State of Maine flags and MIA/POW flags. Despite the dismal drizzle, our town sparkled. I think I saw some American Legion folks hanging them and if so…Thanks!

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION Joseph F. C. Madore, 87, husband of the late Marcelle (Roy) Madore, died peacefully May 13, 2005, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. He was born April 10, 1918, in Winterville, the son of Dennis and Mary (Cyr) Madore. He was educated in Fort Kent schools. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he proudly served his country during the Burma Campaign with Merrill's Marauders, where he was wounded. He was a conductor and brakeman with the Canadian-Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1978 after 33 years. He was a member of the Bernard Jones American Legion Post No.92, a member of the United Transportation Union, a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and will be remembered by his family as a loving father and grandfather. He is survived by two sons, Mike and Richard Madore of Brownville Jct.; three daughters, Ann Vale of Venice, Fla., Karen Dean and her husband, George, of Brownville Jct., Theresa Krause and her husband, John, of Fort Fairfield; three brothers, Reginald Madore and his wife, Janelle, Lionel Madore and his wife, Martha, Philip Madore and his wife, Florence; a sister, Regina Early, all of Fort Kent; seven grandchildren, Christopher Vale and his wife, Jennifer, Michelle Lancellotta and her husband, Dominic, Gregory Dean and his wife, Kelley, Gary Dean, Justin Dean, Thomas Krause, and Nicholas Krause; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Marie Lancellotta, and Aleah Avis Dean; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Paula; a sister, Lorette; and a brother, George. Friends are invited to call 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2005, until 2 p.m. when a celebration of Joseph's life will be conducted at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with Fr. James Robichaud officiating. Burial will be in family lot in Pinetree Cemetery, Brownville Jct.

MILO and KENDUSKEAG Rita Choquette Lawson, 72, died May 15, 2005, at a Bangor healthcare facility. She was born Jan. 12, 1922, in Pawcatuck, Conn., the daughter of Alcid and Jeanne (St. Pierre) Choquette. Rita was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bangor. She is survived by her husband, William Lawson IV of Kenduskeag; two sisters; many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Graveside funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, with the Rev. Raymond Lagace presiding.

A son, Dylan Michael Smart, to Francesca Smart of Milo on May 15, 2005. Wt. 7 pounds 6 ounces.

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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.

May 18, 2005 Meeting Minutes
President Murrel Harris greeted twenty-one members and two Key Club members, Kylie Palmer and Dawn Patten, this day.

The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt. The prayer was given by Edwin Treworgy. Edwin requested prayers for those who are ill and those who are bereaved. He requested prayers for all of us to be enabled in finding ways to help people.

Correspondence: A letter of thanks from David Harmon and the Orono/Old Town newsletter was passed for members to read.

Anniversary greeting this week goes to Trish and Don Hayes on May 20 and a very Happy Birthday greeting to Lisa Comeau on Sunday, May 22nd.

Ten happy and sad dollars were donated this week for the Kiwanis Kids Korner program at the Milo Public library for doing so well, for not winning at playing ball, BUT having a good time, the great food kitchen, those going above and beyond, a better forecast for the upcoming week-end, recognizing Eben for his skill, the Yankees coming back up again, being glad to be back, and baby Olivia’s baptism this past week in Conn.

Chris Almy reported that there will be an Interclub next Tuesday morning in Dover at 6:30 am, and a possible Interclub in Dexter in two weeks.

Sponsored youth: Frank Cochrane spoke about the possibility of organizing a Kiwanis Builder’s Club for school age children. Kiwanis would need several committed volunteers and more membership involvement. Requested members think about this during the school summer break. No action taken.

Auction update: Joe Zamboni advises that auction plans are progressing. 50-50 raffle tickets are now for sale. Help will be needed to pick up auction items.

Gazebo update: Joe told us that the cupola is soon to be completed and placed. Fred and Doug will use the sprayer to complete the painting. Railings soon to be completed by the American Legion Post 41. Dedication to be held on Friday, May 27. BBQ by PAWS at the Dedication ceremony, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Key Club: David Walker advises that the Key Club is looking at floats for possible entry into the Memorial Day parade. David told us that the new administration of Key Club officers “have it under control”. Good going Key Club!

Val advises us that the printer is being repaired at this time. The Three Rivers newsletter was not able to be published at the usual time this week.

Nancy Grant introduced our speaker today, Ivy Stanchfield, from Marion C. Cook School in LaGrange. Ivy teaches a combined kindergarten and first grade. Currently kindergarten is an all day school. There are three teachers that each teach two classes at the school with a student enrollment of about 50-60 students at any given time.

Kindergarten registration will soon begin for this coming year. Questions were asked by Kiwanis members who asked questions such as when is a child ready for school and is age a determination? Ivy advised us that not all children at the age of five years are ready for school and actually, age has little to do with it. Educators use a developmental assessment tool, to determine what a child can do at specific ages. It was noted by some that behaviors seem to be the biggest change noted in schools in recent years.

We were pleased to have Ivy speak with us today and to see how changes are taking place in our schools. In years to come schools and teachers will need to cover more and more social needs of our area students and their families. We thank you Ivy.

Speaker next week is Everett Worcester.
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary.
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For those of you who don’t want to brave the outdoor weather, you can sit in the comfort of your home and watch the Milo Memorial Day Parade via our webcam! We have positioned it so that the camera is looking at the bridge on West Main Street, and will have a perfect view of the parade. To view it, just go our website and click on MILO WEBCAM. The parade starts at 10:30 Monday morning.

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.

I have noticed over the few years I’ve been running this organization that most people in town don’t know about us. The majority of our visitors are people from outside our area either looking to keep in touch with their hometown, or looking to move here.
We would like to get the word out about our site, and get the online members of our community to come and participate. We have a beautiful message board for people to keep in touch, or just to discuss local issues.
If you’ve never checked out our site before, and you have a computer, you really should stop by! Tell your friends, and have them tell their friends! Help us to get the word out.

We have just completed a brand new business directory! It has been updated to use a much better system, to make it easier to view and to edit. We offer free listings to any business in our coverage area.
If you are not already listed in our business, or aren’t sure whether you are or not, please contact us! We would love to add you to our listings.

The brand new SOAR (Support Our American Recruits) Website is now hosted at TRC! Just go to If you would like to email SOAR, their email is

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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Please join Three Rivers Kiwanis, The American Legion and P.A.W.S at a good, old-fashioned barbeque picnic at Veterans’ Memorial Park. We need you and your friends and family to help us formally dedicate the gazebo.
Gazebo Dedication in the Park: Friday, May 27, 2005
Chicken Barbeque 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Presented by PAWS
Barbeque chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, and dessert, all for $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for teens and $3.00 for children 12 and under. Sponsored by PAWS and Three Rivers Kiwanis. All profits go to the local animal shelter. Beverages will also be for sale.
Dedication Ceremony 6:30 PM
v Blessing of the gazebo by local clergy
v Kiwanis acknowledgements to sponsors and helpers
v American Legion remarks
v Remarks by Paul Davis, Senate Minority Leader
Alumni Dance Band Concert 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
v A 14-piece dance band with vocalist for your listening pleasure
Come enjoy the fun and help dedicate the new community gazebo in the park. You will be glad you did. Bring a sweater, a blanket and insect repellent. (Rain date will be July 4th weekend.)
Our Sponsors:
Three Rivers Kiwanis, Bailey Lumber, Case Concrete, DeWitt Electric, JSI, Doug Warren, Builder, Town of Milo Maintenance Department, Dunham Machine, American Legion Post #41, American Legion Auxiliary, Milo Garden Club, Rand E. Walker, coppersmith, Milo Farmers Union, and Lumbra’s Mill

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