Three Rivers News, 2005-05-31
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2005


The Gazebo Dedication has been rescheduled for Friday, June 17, 2005. See the back page for all the details.

Boy Scout Troop #115

Bear Den Leader Marie McSwine with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at the Brownville Elementary School on Monday May 16, 2005 celebrating the history of Scouting. This year marks the 95th year of Boy Scouts and 75th years of Cub Scouting

One of the items used for the history of Scouting. A Boy Scout uniform worn during the 1940's Thank you to the Brownville Historical Society, local scouts, leaders, Scoutmasters, Cub masters, and local folks for donating items A huge thank you to Marie McSwine for putting so much time and effort into this to make this a great success.

The boys of Milo Troop 115 at Little Lyford Camps on Little Lyford Pond. They spent May 14 and 15, 2005 at the camps where they provided community service for the Appalachian Mountain Club. The boys also were able to hike the trail around Little Lyford Pond and enjoy some fly fishing.

LOST: A GRAY, LONG-HAIRED , MALE CAT. His name is George and he is somewhat shy.
Call 943-2324 if you have seen him!

The annual Rite Aid Baby Photo Contest was held from April 22 to May 6, at the Milo Rite Aid. Forty One beautiful baby photos were submitted and the public voted by making monetary donations to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

The winners announced on May 7, were:

Birth to one year- Nathaniel Lovejoy, son of Kenny Lovejoy and Amanda White of Milo

1-2 years- Anna Jo Conklin, daughter of Douglas Conklin and Joanna Wilkins of Milo

3-4 years- Hope Ellen Grant, daughter of Scott and Sarah Grant of Brownville Jct.

The contest raised $1250.00 to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses. The folks at Rite Aid would like to thank everyone who participated in or voted in this year’s contest.

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The Brownville Elementary PTO will host their annual Spring Fling at the school on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 - 1:00. Along with some old games we will be having a few new ones to better accomodate a wider age group. The Bouncing Castle will be back (always a favorite), the duck pond, balloon darts, etc. New this year will be Electronic basketball, Electronic football, Card Shark darts, Water Pistol Ping Pong, Hair Salon, Find the Sheriff, plus others. Also this year we will be bringing back the DUNK TANK. We don't have all the dunkees yet but I will give you a hint to a couple that we do have. One is the principal at Brownville Elementary and the other is the Police Chief. Whoops, I guess the cat is out of the bag!! We will also be having an auction (if we receive enough items) and a bake sale. The Brownville Bear t-shirts and plants will be on sale. The Snack Shack will be open with hot dogs, nachos chips, soda etc. We have a little something for everyone, so please mark your calendars and join us for a good time.

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.

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P.A.W.S. is looking for foster homes for a few full-grown, lovable cats. Paige, shown above, is a wonderful girl who is always over-looked by adopters. She is lovable, clean and well mannered. We will provide all the necessities if needed, as well as any medical care that is becomes necessary. All you need to offer is a comfortable home, lots of love, and a lap to sit in. We also have the most adorable kittens who need a lifetime home.
Call Julie at 943-5083 if you would like to help.

Sheilah Bissell is opening a new business on Main St. It is called MUCH ADO ABOUT KNITTING and it is located on the 2nd floor of the Mason's Hall. The shop is right above Felix Blinn's office. Much Ado has been a home based business for the last year and a half. Sheilah sells knitting kits that are made up of coordinating yarns and original patterns as well as some hand knit items. She also sells handmade wooden knitting needles made by Fred Harmon, formerly of Milo (now of Carmel).

The business was a wholesale business but has branched out to an online as well as a retail seller. MUCH ADO ABOUT KNITTING will be offering knitting classes as well as selling interesting yarns and knitting kits. Sheilah is especially interested in offering a nice selection of Maine made yarns.

The home based business has grown out of her house and recently was offered an arrangement by our local Masons. The Mason's Hall is quite a treasure and Sheilah is thrilled to be able to be there. The business occupies two office spaces on the 2nd floor- one will be for retail floor space and the other office is the workroom, shipping room, design room, etc.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT KNITTING will be "officially" open for retail business on Saturday, June 4th. A large sandwich board sign out front will indicate the business hours. If you see the sign, come on up! Tentative hours are:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 until 3
and Saturdays from 9 until 1. The hours may change as summer progresses

A listing of upcoming summer classes will be posted soon in the TRN. I encourage interested folks to drop in on Saturday, June 6 from 9 until 1 and see what is going on at

Sheilah Bissell 943-5072

Red Sox-Yankee Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. "The House That Ruth Built" was (a) Fenway Park (b) Yankee Stadium (c) Braves Field (d) the Polo Grounds.
2. A noted "Yankee killer" was (a) Jim Lonborg (b) Cy Young (c) Frank Sullivan (d) Willard Nixon.
3, Roger Maris came from (a) California (b) Nevada (c) Texas (d) North Dakota.
4. Besides catching, Yogi Berra also played (a) first base (b) left field (c) third base (d) second base.
5.Frank Malzone smoked (a) Marlboros (b) Camels (d) pipes (d) cigars.
6. Gene Conley and Pumpsie Green once took off for (a) Iraq (b) Iran (c) Spain (d) Mexico in the middle of the season.
7. The (a) Tigers (b) Red Sox (c) Indians (d) White Sox have the best overall record against the Yankees.
8. (a) Kansas City (b) Cleveland (c) Washington (d) Detroit was once called a Yankee farm club in derision.
9. Jackie Jensen was afraid of (a) snakes (b) fish (d) elevators (d) flying.
10. He began his career with the (a) Phillies (b) Dodgers (c) Yankees (d) Red Sox.

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

MHS and BJHS All Time Greatest
Thus far I haven't got much feedback from TRN readers about the top ten boys and girls from either school., only the BJHS girls. One avid reader sends the following names: Marilyn Roberts, Judy Bellatty, Judy Earley, Laura Smith, Theresa Kirby, Judy Chase, Madelaine Chase, Kathy Larlee, Diane Buchanan, Lauris Boulanger, Elizabeth Bellatty, and Shirley Brown.

Only the name of Roger Clapp has been sent for the MHS boys.
So let me throw in a few for the MHS boys and BJHS boys: For MHS: Peter Hamlin and Peter Webb For BJHS: Jack Brown, Dennis Larson, Wayne Kirby, Dennis Harshaw, Bill Bellatty, Scott Kirby, Tom Lockhart, and Peter Meulendyke.
Dear Readers: Please assist me.

On Tuesday, May 24,at On Our Weigh, Marian McClellan, nutritionist at Mayo Regional Hospital, spoke about eating healthy to manage weight loss and maintainence. She talked about multivitamins, soy products, flaxseed, and the various diet programs out there. In her opinion, the best diet is one you can live with, full of vegetables and fruits, low in fats and moderate carbs. In this picture, she is sharing the sugar content of common foods with Tricia Stanhope, staff member at Milo Elementary.

On Our Weigh meets every Tuesday at Milo Elementary School, from 3-4. The gym is available for walking, and we have speakers who share interesting facets of a healthy lifestye. All are welcome, weigh-in is optional. We have a monthly dollar challenge, share recipes, tips, and support. There is no charge and it is open to the community.

In June we will be featuring alternative health lifestyles. On June 7th, Molly Johnston will be sharing her knowledge of herbs and the role they can play in weight loss and healthy living. On June 14, Bob Grace will be speaking about Pi Gu, a Chinese weight loss practice that focuses on the energy within.

Coming Events
The Piscataquis County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday June 9th at 6:30PM at the Cup and Easel on Main St in Dover-Foxcroft. We will be electing delegates for the next State Convention at this meeting. All interested persons are welcome to join us. If you have and questions, you may call Patsy Fortier at 876-4531.

A Public Baked Bean Supper at the American Legion on Park St in Dover-Foxcroft on Sat, June 18th from 5 - 7:00 PM. Tickets will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. All proceeds will be to benefit Maine Veterans.

Week #12 of Move and Improve

This is the final week of Move and Improve so make sure that you register your completion of the program so that you will be eligible for prize drawings. This can be done by going to the Move and Improve website at You have until June 10th to register completion.

If you have any problems entering completion please call me at 943-7346 ext. 208 or e-mail me at I can easily enter your information for you.

Thank you for your participation in this great program. Don't stop now though, keep on movin'and improvin'
Sue Chaffee M & I Site Coordinator

Preserve Your Assets By Using Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
You’ve devoted a lifetime to creating your wealth and after years of hard work, it’s important that your assets be carefully preserved for your family. Perhaps you’ve prepared a will to oversee the disposition of your estate upon your death. While this is an important first step, you should also begin to consider how estate taxes might affect your financial situation, once it’s time for those assets to be passed on.

Despite what you may have heard, the estate tax is still alive and well. During the phase out period from 2002-2009, the top estate tax rate never drops below 45 percent. In 2010, the estate tax is scheduled to be repealed. However, in 2011, the tax is resurrected and – at 55 percent rate – returns as strong as ever. As you can see, it is still vital to develop a strong estate plan to deal with any issues you may come across.

As you build your estate plan, you might find a need for a life insurance policy. A life insurance policy can help ensure that

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cash will be available to pay estate taxes and other estate expenses such as probate and attorney fees. However, simply purchasing a life insurance policy may not solve the larger problem of estate taxes. If either you or your spouse owns a life insurance policy, it would be included in the value of your estate, most likely increasing the value. This would in turn increase the estate taxes due – which is not the solution you are looking for! This ballooning tax bill can be avoided by having someone other than you or your spouse own the policy.

One solution is to have the policy placed in an irrevocable life insurance trust, or ILIT. The primary purpose of this type of trust is to hold assets (such as a life insurance policy) outside of your estate for federal estate tax purposes. If the insurance policy is owned by you, then it will be subject to estate taxes. But if the policy is owned by the trust and not included in the value of your estate, you will be reducing estate taxes.

Suppose this life insurance policy was owned by the trust and designed to pay when the second spouse dies. Remember, because of the unlimited marital deduction – which allows spouses to leave any size estate to the surviving spouse completely free from federal estate taxes – estate taxes can be deferred until that time. When both spouses pass away, the insurance proceeds would then be distributed to the beneficiaries according to the terms you determined through the trust. Because these funds are legally owned by the trust, they are not included in either spouse’s estate and are available to your heirs, as you had intended.

In addition, depending on your circumstances, life insurance and an ILIT can provide many other benefits besides preserving the value of your estate for your heirs. Some benefits include: the insurance policy values grow tax deferred during the insured’s lifetime, proceeds from the policy can provide liquidity to buy out a deceased partner’s share of a business and the insurance proceeds can provide additional assets and enable you to treat all children equally when only certain children inherit a family business.

As always, you should consult your estate planning advisors before establishing an ILIT, as making such a decision is truly irrevocable. As you can see, a detailed estate plan is something you should not overlook. There are many options and strategies that can help you create a plan that works for you and your family. A meeting your financial consultant and estate planning advisors can get you on the right path. If you would like to receive the publication, Planning Your Estate: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help Create Financial Security for Yourself and Your Family, by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., please contact financial consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills at 800-947-5456.

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

Students in Mrs. Thompson's science classes at Brownville Elementary dissected owl pellets last week.

It was very interesting to see just what owls eat. Here, Dale Gagne, found a skull of some small animal.

Milo Elementary held their kindergarten registration on May 12. Currently, we have 35 students registered with 3 students whose parents have not registered them yet. Students will be coming for Orientation on June 10th. On this day, the bus will pick the children up and bring them to school for a visit. Parents will meet with Mrs. Beres and students will meet with the kindergarten teachers. Screening of Kindergarten children will be on June 20 and 21st. We are making appointments for screening at this time. Parents who have children who will be 5 on or before October 15 and have not registered for school, please call the school to make arrangements to register your child.

Book Swap
We are going to borrow a successful strategy that the Brownville School has used for several years. We are going to try to encourage children to continue reading over the summer. We are looking for used books in GOOD condition to be used in a Book Swap at the end of school.

Research shows that students who have access to new books to read over the summer will maintain their reading skills. In addition to the used books to swap, there will also be new books for children to choose from.

Students who do not read over the summer will regress 6 weeks in their reading ability. Struggling students will regress 10 weeks, which is nearly 1/3 of a year.

If your child has books that they are through with and they are in good condition, please send them in to the library and we will put them in the swap. We will use some of our RIF books that are left and have also ordered some additional books with donated funds. Our hope is that students can choose 3 or 4 books to take home for the summer. We will also promote the summer library program here in town and may do some classroom promotions here at school to encourage students to read over the summer.

Thanks to those of you who sent in the Hannaford slips to us last fall. We received a check for $562 recently. This will go toward our school special programs. We are hoping to have another science day ( or maybe two) next year. Thanks also to everyone who sent in the General Mills box top labels for us as well. We should receive a check for those during the summer.

• Important Dates:
May 30 No School - Memorial Day
June 3 LaGrange Fifth graders visit
June 3 Sixth Grade Visit to PVS
June 5 PVHS Graduation
June 6 RIF Celebration 1:00
June 8 District Budget Meeting
June 10 New Kindergarten Orientation
(No Kindergarten classes) District Fifth and Sixth grades do the Brownville Riverwalk
Special Olympics
June 17 Final Assembly Last Day for Kindergarten
June 20-21 New Kindergarten Screening
June 21 Last day No Breakfast or Lunch
August 30 First Day of School

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On Friday, our May 25 assembly began with a surprise guest. Mr. Bill Sawtell presented a copy of his latest book, Old La Grange Volume Vol 2 to Mrs. Wright for our school library. Thank you Mr. Sawtell.

Bridgette Spinney, Shalene Cody and Hannah Bess were honored as Terrific Kids. Ms. Ivy praised Bridgette for being a wonderful student and a Terrific Kid every day. Bridgette is always helpful, always follows the rules, is always a kind friend. Mrs. Carter said that Shalene has worked very hard to do the make up work from the week of school she missed. Shalene took her responsibility to complete the work very seriously. She always asks if she can help the teachers before she heads out to recess. Miss K. reported that Hannah has had her planner signed and homework completed every day. Hannah has worked hard to walk away from conflict. She has been a role model in our classroom this week.

Bus Students: Shawna Moulton, Andrew V. and Andrew Kelley
Move and Improve Student Prize Winners: Ryan, Sha-Lynn, Dawn, Laura and Mackenzie

Move and Improve Staff Prize Winner: Mrs. Lee (Again!)
We celebrated Jon Harrington's 11th birthday.

Congratulation to all of our Terrific Kids.
Our next assembly will be held on Friday, June 3 at 10:50.

By Judith Macdougall
This weather is unbelievable! I don’t remember when it has rained for so many days and so hard at times. On Thursday it rained very hard on my way to Dover in the afternoon, but on the way home it rained even harder. The water was just sheeting across the road. On my way into Shop & Save I noticed that there was water at the base of the post by the door, but by the time I came out the water had backed up and the puddle was so large it was almost sealing off the entrance of the store to the parking lot. I just hope my well is benefiting from this monsoon weather.

Many of you may have heard news of library substitute, Victoria Eastman. In April she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was operated on May 4th. She is coming along well, but is

surprised by the fact that she continues to feel tired. Thankfully, the tumor was not cancer, and the doctors were able to remove all of it. She was able to attend her little boy’s preschool graduation on May 20 and enjoyed it very much. She has organized the advertising program of the book sale and plans to supervise the setting up of the sale books in the town hall dining room but will not be able to work on the sale itself. All of our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, Victoria, and we hope you will be yourself again soon.

The Kiwanis Kids Korner has met these last two Wednesdays ably directed by Val Robertson and her dog, Bandit aided by Dottie Brown, Frank Cochrane and Don Harris, with aid from a helper and unnamed Key Club girls who help guide the group while walking down from school. On May 25th Val had concocted a patriotic red, white and blue sundae with blueberries on the bottom, yogurt, then granola and topped off with strawberries. Milo is such a patriotic town with its many colorful flags and even the children’s snack was patriotic this week. In connection with the blueberries Val read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey-a wonderful Maine classic. For a craft the children were once again able to decorate with the many lovely beads that were donated to Val for the Kiwanis Kids by Ruth Clark last year. Val noted that the “Kids” always enjoy using beads in their crafts.

We have received more books for our collection, both new and donated.

Cook, Robin MARKER
Kellerman, Jonathan RAGE
Browne, Sandra NF BOOK OF ANGELS

Neil Hamlin has donated Peter Loon by Van Reid, a Maine author. This book is another addition to the Moosepath League series. Readers have found the books interesting and humorous and delightfully entertaining.

We have also received more donated large print books which we are always pleased to add to our collection for the convenience of our patrons. Our newest large print books are:

Coulter, Catherine BLOWOUT
Roberts, Nora BLUE DAHLIA
Steel, Danielle ECHOES

As mentioned earlier in this column the library is sponsoring a book sale on JUNE 11. Books have been coming in daily, and we have a variety of cookbooks, mysteries, romance, juvenile books, recent fiction by popular authors and even some large print books. If you wish to donate books just bring them to the library until Friday, June 10. We hope you all drop into the town hall dining room between 9:00 and 1:00 on Saturday, June 11 because it won’t be a book SALE without customers!!! Hope we see YOU there.

The library staff is also gearing up for DRAGONS, DREAMS AND DARING DEEDS Summer Reading Program. Sign-up week will be June 13. The program will actually begin on June 20 and will continue for 8 weeks. Watch for posters and more announcements in newspapers and in the schools.

Library Summer Hours
No Saturday hours in the summer
Until Labor Day
Telephone 943-2612

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Italy Part 12
By Virgil Valente
Wed. Feb. 9 We were on the bus at 7:50 for our day in Florence. We had to leave early because traffic gets bad outside the city around 9 because of people going to work. We stopped at a rest area and changed to a local bus because a special license is needed to drive in the city. From what I could understand, it was an ordinance put in at the request of the local bus companies so they could get the business. Even so we could only get as far as the train station and we had to walk the rest of the way to the center of the city. We passed the little restaurant that Dud and I recognized as a place where we ate on our first trip back in 1998. The waiter had made it a memorable night back then with all his jokes.

We walked to the Duomo or cathedral and our guide joined us and gave us a tour of the Baptistry and then we went to the Santa Croce church. We couldn’t get into the cathedral because it didn’t open until noon. The Santa Croce (Holy Cross0 church is now a museum. It houses the tombs of people like Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante and Rossini. Our guide dropped us off at a leather factory where some people purchased goods. I thought 300 Euro for a jacket was a bit much no matter how good the quality was. I guess I am just a country boy because others thought it was a good deal. The managers were rude and looked down on Americans. This was reported to Fernanda who said she would notify Grand Circle. Ten of us ate in a small café. We had pizza or sandwiches and hot chocolate. It was thick like the chocolate in Montecatini Alto.

Some of us walked to the Piazza Della Signoria where the Palazzo Vecchio is located. It has been the city hall since the Medicis ruled Florence. We crossed the Ponte Vecchio. It is a bridge famous because it is lined with shops selling gold. Years ago all the butchers had shops here so they could throw their waste into the river. The Medicis disliked the smell. They had to cross the bridge every day because their palace (Palazzo Pitti) was just across the river from the town hall. What they did was to build an enclosed walkway above the shops and other buildings so they could walk inside. This protected them from the smell, rain and any people wanting to do them bodily harm. Steff, Georgia and I walked back to the Duomo and went inside. We were able to sit for a while to rest our feet. If there were more time I would like to have gone into the Uffizi museum again. It is filled with works by da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo and many other famous artists. It is considered one of the four major museums in Europe. The problem was that even this time of year there is a line and I was afraid I wouldn’t make the bus. We slowly worked our way back to the Santa Croce church square where the group was to meet. We stopped to have a gelato and then met up with others. We heard that Harvey Horn had stepped off a curb and fallen but other than scratched glasses seemed okay. We sat on park benches and listened to a group of young people playing drums and instruments with sticks. A group of oriental women kept coming up and asking us to buy scarves. Some of the group bought them but they kept coming back. Each time they returned they dropped the price 1 Euro. Georgia tried to sell hers back to them for the price she paid when they first came. I think that finally convinced them to leave us alone. At 3:40 we walked to the local bus that took us across the river to Michelangelo Square where there was another replica of David and a beautiful view of the city. Unfortunately the photographer who usually takes pictures of groups was not there. Then we were taken back to our regular bus outside the city and returned to Montecatini. On the trip back Fernanda gave each of us a candy called Pocket Coffee. It was chocolate with enough espresso to equal 1/3 of a cup inside. It was good, but I felt wired the rest of the day. At 6 we went to a lecture on Tuscan cooking and then went to the buffet in the dining room of the hotel. Our first course was fried polenta with meat and tomato sauce, Tuscan chicken pate on toast, bruschetta with olive oil and garlic, toast with mushrooms, bruschetta with fresh diced tomatoes and basil and green and black olives. Our main course was the dense vegetable soup called ribollita, tomato soup with bread, olive oil and garlic, pasta with sausage, cream and arugula, a salad of barley, vegetables and salami, Tuscan smoked ham, white Tuscan beans with olive oil and sage, and peasant’s omelet with zucchini.

For dessert we had almond biscotti and Tiramisu. It was a long day and I had a nice long warm shower to try to warm up from the cold day in Florence
The following is a picture of our costumes for Mardi Gras the night before our trip to Florence.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathy Witham
This column has been burning off of my fingertips for several days now....but, to be honest my fingernails were too long to type it. Honest, my nails (manicured for the wedding two weeks ago) had grown out so long that I literally was having trouble getting around the typewriter. Since not only my job but my hobby revolves around me being able to type, I decided cold or no cold I was going to have to get myself off to Bangor for another manicure and a significant clipping of the nails. That done, I'm ready to put memories to paper.

How many of you had the fortunate experience to go to the Milo Town Hall last Saturday and see the high school prom decorations? You heard me right, folks. The prom was at the Milo Town Hall. I wept with joy at the turn of events. Never was there such a time and place as the Junior/Senior Proms at Milo High School.....unless you wanted to count the Rainbow Dances.....which certainly, at least in my memory, came in a close second.

I had heard it rumored that the prom was going to be at the Town Hall this spring. I didn't believe a word of it, but sure was! The well thought out theme depicted a movie premiere....with all the bells and whistles. Chris Hamlin, one of the junior class advisors told me that she felt the hall had the right ambiance and certainly the vintage character that they were looking for. Chris nailed it.....the theme of the prom and the corresponding character of the facility were a marriage made in memory heaven. Picture all the footage you've seen of stars arriving at a movie premiere. Limos, red carpets, lighted was all there. Lighted outlines of city scapes....the Hollywood hills sign....the vintage movie posters, the tuxedoed gentlemen in attendance....and silver sparkling stars hanging everywhere. Phil Gerow helped the kids by putting up one of his famous Town Hall crepe paper only Phil can do. The whole thing was.....magic. Lucky, lucky kids to have had that experience.

I understand that they didn't quite have the receiving line "thing" worked out as well as the rest of the evening was. Another year they could certainly be instructed on what worked for us....and what would have worked well for them. But, one thing at a time folks. Rome wasn't rebuilt in a day. Don't let the fact that the receiving line bogged down prevent another attempt at using the Town Hall, because it certainly is doable.

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While the Penquis kids were enjoying their prom my husband and I were enjoying Kiss Me Kate at the Maine Center for the Arts. That's how I happened to go in advance of the prom to see the decorations....didn't want to miss a thing. Kiss Me Kate was one of the most enjoyable shows I've ever seen at the MCA...and I've seen a few. Reasonably priced, the tickets were just $16.00 and we had had our tickets since last summer. The Bangor Theater people did this show, so it was all local talent. And a mighty talented group of performers they were. We laughed really hard and relished every minute of the show. I don't know if Stevie Robbins remembers me or not....but I remember him from high school when he played for the Jesters, and our college days together at Husson. He was, and is, a clown of the highest caliber and I laughed as hard at him Saturday night as I ever have.....and that's hard.

What I didn't enjoy was the drive home in the pouring, wind whipped rain. It was miserable and foggy and there I go again whining about the weather. I'm not alone. I don't care who you've got to be complaining about this weather. Enough is enough already!! My sinuses are in a terrible state, as are my ears, my throat, and my lungs. I keep thinking that if things would just dry up around would my sinuses.

We are trying desperately to figure out a time that we can go to camp just to get the water in. I wanted to be all moved out there for the summer by now, but I don't think we could keep ourselves warm....not with these temperatures. We haven't even thought about shutting our furnace off here at home. The minute I get home from work I crank the furnace up on 70 degrees. My husband backs it off to a very conservative 60 every chance he gets...but when he's not here all evening, up she goes. Maybe this weekend?

Another thing that I did last Saturday that was fun was to go through the old apartment that Carroll and I lived in when we first moved back here to Milo in 1970. Up over Bob Jones’ store....three little rooms and a bath. I didn't remember it being so small. The man who has bought the place and is fixing it up was gracious enough to take me for a small tour. Things look pretty much the same as they did thirty five years ago. There was a difference in the kitchen that I couldn't put my finger on....but after I got home I remembered the original layout. He's made a few changes in the bathroom, too. But, all in all (even to the small shelves in the closet) things haven't changed. It just goes to can go home.

Don't ask me why, but I'm going to get up from this computer and go make these:

Orange Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 teaspoon orange extract

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles course meal. Add the eggs one at a time, then the milk,
orange zest and extract. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out the dough into approximately a 9 inch circle (dough should be about 3/4 inch thick and using a sharp knife, cut the circle into six or eight triangle wedges. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake until golden brown...about 15-20 minutes. (You can reheat scones in a 375-degree oven.)

Robert Coburn of Milo is currently serving in Iraq. Letters and e-mails may be sent to him via the following addresses:
SSgt Robert M. Coburn
APO AE 09359

DEXTER and EXETER - Maynard E. Downing, 74, the husband of Dorothy (Denkewize) Downing, died May 26, 2005, at his residence. He was born Oct. 27, 1930, in Exeter, the son of Lyall Stanley and Clara Eva (Cyr) Downing Sr. He was a resident of Exeter most of his life, moving to Dexter four years ago. He loved walking, bird watching, meeting new people, visiting with friends and neighbors and sharing his love of music with others. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his friendship to those he cared about and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving in addition to his wife of 57 years are a son, Maynard Jr. (Ned) and his wife, Judy, of San Marcos, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Bryson and her partner, John Whalon, of Newport and Peggy Bowley and her husband, Ben, of Levant; a daughter-in-law, Becky Downing of Brownville; an ex-daughter-in-law and trusted friend, Sheila Downing of St. Albans; 15 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 16 great-grand-children; five stepgreat-grandchildren; six sisters, Betty Buxton, Rita Bean, Nancy Cyr, Zelma Issler, Dolores Landry and Barbara Grimes; two brothers, Alton and his wife, Alice, and James and his wife, Pat; long time friends, Jimmy and Nancy Crocker and family and many friends at Bishop Hill Apartments in Dexter. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Downing in 2002; two brothers, Lyall Jr. and Robert Downing; and a sister, Althea Gauthier. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, Inc., 52 Federal St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

BROWNVILLE - Judith A. Dell'Olio, 54, passed away peacefully May 26, 2005, at her home in Brownville surrounded by her family. She was born March 11, 1951, in Lewiston, the daughter of Dominique R.Caron and Jacqueline M. (Dresser) Caron, who both predeceased her. She received a bachelor of education degree from University of Maine, Machias in 1972. She taught at Milo Elementary for more than two decades before medically retiring earlier this year. Judy is survived by her devoted husband, Lou Dell'Olio, of the home; three daughters, Jerusha Scott, Annapolis of Nova Scotia, Kristen Coover of Brownville, and Allison Marino of LaGrange; two stepsons, Mark Dell'Olio of Wilmington, N.C., and Michael Dell'Olio of Bangor. Other survivors include brothers, Michael Caron of Lawrence, Kan., David Caron of Calais, Paul Caron of Stockton Springs; and stepbrother, Jason Reichert of Acton; stepmother, Sharon Caron of Union; and
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seven grandchildren. She will be missed by many relatives, close friends, and former students.. Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309, or on line at


On receiving your Bachelor’s Degree in Physical education from
Husson College
Class of 2005
We are so proud of you!
Our love,
Dad, Mom & Michelle

M.S.A.D. #41 June Lunch Menu
May 31-Hot ham & cheese hoagie, buttered carrots, and fruit and milk every day.
1-Juice, egg muffin, and potato oval.
2-Chicken nuggets, macaroni salad, peas, dinner roll, and birthday cake.
3-Seniors Last Day-Teriyaki chicken, mashed potato, creamed corn, and dinner roll.
6-Super sandwich, chips, and vegetable.
7-Turkey club, chips, and vegetable.
8-Egg salad sand., chips, and vegetable.
9-Combo wrap 2 meats/cheese/pickle, chips, and vegetable.
10-Dagwood, chips, and vegetable.
13-Chicken salad sand., vegetable, and chips.
14-Italian sand., vegetable, and chips.
15-B.L.T. turkey wrap, chips, and vegetable.
16-Combo sand., vegetable, and chips.
17-Pizza and vegetable.
20-Hot dogs and assorted vegetables.
21-Last _ Day of School-No lunch or Breakfast served.
Have a Great Summer!

Public Hearing TOWN OF SEBEC
JUNE 1, 2005 7:00 PM - Harland A. Ladd School
Topic : Sale of Liquor for consumption on the premises
Shall this municipality authorize the State of Maine to issue licenses for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises of licensed establishments ?
Note : Special Town Meeting June 6, 2005 for vote.

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.

President Murrel Harris greeted 23 members and three guests this morning.

Roy Bither led the flag salute. Edwin Treworgy gave the prayer today, being thankful for the opportunity to help others and also praying for the welfare of others. Prayers were also given for those in harm’s way.

Inspirational reading by Don Harris was read. When You Find a Penny. President Murrel introduced our guests today, Bill Sawtell and two Key Club members, Kylie Palmer and Dawn Patten.

Correspondence today was the Orono Old Town Newsletter that was shared by all and a letter was read by Chris Beres from the RIF Coordinator, Julie Royal. The letter was to inform us that Milo Elementary School has been named state champion of READ WITH ME: The 2005 RIF Community Reading Challenge, presented by MetLife Foundation. As a state champion our community will receive a national recognition for our commitment to children’s literacy, along with a $ 500 to purchase books for our RIF site’s library. Good Going!
Birthdays this week are May 25th, Herb Dunham, May 28th, Eben DeWitt and Nancy Grant and on May 30th there is a birthday cake for Virgil Valente!

Thirteen happy and sad dollars were donated today for winning the RIF award, finally being able to get a lawn mowed, miserable weather, the sale of so many 50-50 raffle tickets, a Kiwanis member that was able to retrieve a cannon ball that an older relative had saved for many years that came from a construction site at Bunker Hill, in Boston, and the wonderful display of American flags that line the streets of Milo.

Reports: Chris Almy gave an interclub report this morning. He advised that Eben DeWitt, Dot Brown, Ed and Ethelyn Treworgy, Chris Almy and George and Jan Barton met at 6:30 am for an interclub to Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis on Tuesday, May 24th. Next week there will be an interclub on Friday Morning at Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis at 6:30 am.

Sponsored Youth: Frank Cochrane discussed the options of having a Kiwanis Builder’s Club for 7th and 8th graders. Purpose of a Builder’s Club is to provide students an opportunity to learn civic duty to their community. Providing for sponsors appears to be a big hurdle. The Kiwanis Board will meet and discuss any future plans.

Joe Zamboni reported on auction for June 24th and 25th. Pick ups are now taking place for auction items. 50-50 tickets are now available for sale.

Joe Zamboni also reported on the gazebo progress. It was agreed that the long duration of inclement weather has impeded the plans to complete the gazebo. Grounds remain too wet to complete the ground work or even place the cupola. It was decided to postpone the dedication to a date yet to be chosen.

Key Club: Trish Hayes advised that the Key Club is actively working on a float for the parade. Key Club members will be assisting at the library for the Book Sale. Ten seniors will be present from the Key Club for the Kiwanis breakfast and meeting next week.

Everett Worcester was the speaker for today and gave a very interesting talk about the blueberry growing and merchandising business. In 1963 Everett and several family members purchased land in Orneville, originally purchased as a hunting camp. After some time he noticed that the blueberries were spreading naturally. One has to be patient as it takes about 10-20 years for a field to produce an adequate crop of berries. He now farms 75-80 acres. Half the fields are burnt and half the fields are mown. He has not been able to burn this year as it has just been too wet. Burning helps to control disease.

For the crop to be productive he has to have many bee hives to pollinate the flowers that will become berries. Everett stated that he has hired 16 hives of bees for this season. The bees do not like it when it is too cold, too wet and too windy, and they become less active, making for a less than adequate crop.

Farmers always hope for a good season, and try to get the product to market while the berries are still fresh. They sell their berries in several farmers’ markets from Brewer to Bar Harbor and Cape Elizabeth to Portland. In order to get the berries to market in a timely fashion, local students are hired to help pick berries in the summer.

We thank you Everett for such an interesting topic.
Next week’s speaker: TBA
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary
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Check out the photo album on the TRC website! We have added lots of pictures of the flags around town, including pictures of the Memorial Day Parade. If you have taken pictures of the flags or of the parade, please submit them to us! We would love to add your pictures to our collection.

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, June 17, 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 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
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
Community Band Concert 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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 June 18th.)
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

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