Three Rivers News, 2005-06-06
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005

Gazebo Dedication in the Park

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.
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.


The Milo Garden Club will hold its annual meeting on June 14 at 12 noon at the home of Lois Trask in LakeView. Bring your own sandwich or salad and things for Ronald McDonald house. Dues for 2004-2005 are payable.

Do you know me? I was found on the Moore’s Road in Milo. I am a female chocolate colored Siamese mix with a white bib and four white paws. I am a de-clawed female and I’m sure my owner is heart-sick! Call Julie at 943-5083 if you can help me get back home!

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From Carolyn Sinclair:
I just want to say how delighted I am to see all the flags displayed in our town. It really makes me feel good and I want to say thank you to those who made it possible. Great job, well done! I especially want to thank those who have stopped and untangled flags hung up because of the winds we have
had. We still need the addresses of the following alumni:.
Missing Class Members
1921 Faye Richardson Gilbert, Irene Bumps Tapley
1921 Agnes Cecilia Ellis, Albert Henri Repscha
1922 Mary Archibald Smith
1924 George Leon Mowatt
1926 Harry Bowdoin
1927 Gertrude Beckstrom Larson, Margaret Haley Lucia
1931 Roy Whitney
1932 Arlene Crocker DeFrazio
1934 Thelma Carver Howard *, Robert Thomas
1935 Clarence Pratt,Grace Hunt Allen
1936 Evelyn Henderson Lishness, Elsie Haskell Kranmus
1937 Helen Morse Davis, Helen Thomas Routee
1937 Mary Stockwell Sirois *
1938 Maynard Amesclass *
1939 Thelma Bartlett McCawley
1940 Marguerite Hill Wrapp, Windsor Alexander Jr.
1942 Emmett Hopkins Morin,Shirley Hall Izzi
1942 John Sonier, Ralph Bowdoin
1943 Violet Davis Duty
1945 Kenneth Goode Jr.,Lincoln Noel Ryder.
1954 Audrey Hackett Lowe
1957 Bruce Gallan, Wayne Kinney
1958 Peter Rutherford, Arthur Brown, Eugane Haggan
1959 Lawrence Goodwin *
1962 Norman Scott
1965 Neddine French Sanborn
1966 Richard Noyes *, Gary Tibbetts, Linda Davis Ulaskas
1968 Marie Maguire Brasslett, Shelby Cockey Jaedicke
1968 Gary Hunt, Roger Shepardson
1968+ Eugene Barreault, Diane Batchelder Dean
1968+ Diane Peters Jackson *, Dana Leathers
1968+ Donald Merservey III, Jack Orton
1968+ Claudia VanTassell Partridge
Those marked with * are letters that were returned this year. The others we have not been able to locate for some time.

If you know where any of these people are, contact Carolyn Sinclair!


There are 7 kittens at P.A.W.S. who are in need of a loving, responsible home. They are healthy and sooo cute! The shelter is at its population limit. We have 50 cats and kittens looking for a lifetime home. If you would like to see our adoptable pets, call Julie at 943-5083 to set up an appointment.

We would love a home!!

Last weekend Brownville Assembly #25 International Order of Rainbow for Girls attended Grand Assembly at Husson College. Shown (in rainbow2005 photo) are Megan Knowles, Melanie Knowles (Mother Advisor), Deanne Merrill (Advisory Board Member), Amber Benoit and Jamie Perkins. Also present but absent from photo was M.W. Walter Macdougall.

The second photo is Jamie Perkins, Amber Benoit and Megan Knowles. Brownville Assembly #25 proudly won this year’s poster competition at Grand Assembly and brought home a check for $25 for their assembly.

If you are a girl between the ages of 11 and 19 and are interested in becoming a Rainbow Girl ,contact Melanie Knowles at 943-2769 or ask a Rainbow Girl.

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The Sports Corner
By Bill Sawtell
Dani Graves "Winds" Up Career
Milo, May 31-Dani Graves has just shut out Searsport 12-0, striking out 12, upping Penquis's record to 11-4. Her team is in the playoffs. That's nothing. Dani struck out 17 Searsport batters a while ago.

Dani has pitched 88 innings this year, throwing nearly 60 miles an hour, with four different pitches in her repertoire, her best offerings being her riser and her fast one.

Dani's been a fixture on the Penquis mound since the seventh grade. It's no accident. Her father has taken her to Brewer to learn the art of pitching from Bob Mercer Sundays in the off season for five years. In addition to learning pitching fundamentals, Dani has learned mind set from Mercer.

Dani also starts on the Lady Patriot basketball team, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Yearbook Staff.

The daughter of Barrett and Tina Graves, she will attend Husson College in the fall, where she plans to study accounting, a field of work of her uncle Duane.

When asked about her best game, she says it came in a recent 2-1 outing against Stearns, a game in which she pitched out of jams by fanning batters in key situations for the win.

"Dani was part of my PAT group in the seventh grade," says Principal John Robinson. "She will be missed."

Play-Off Bound Penquis Lady Patriots Softball Team

Michelle Mulherin: Dani Graves's Battery Mate
Senior Michelle Mulherin has been catching Dani Graves's fastballs since the seventh grade.

"At first, I was a bit nervous," she says. "Now we get along well."

As of this writing Michelle has a batting average of .512 and leads the Lady Patriots in runs scored with 17.

This young woman has contributed much to her school and community in addition to playing softball and soccer, where she was a goal keeper. In April she received the Principal's Award for community service and leadership. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years, a member of the Key Club, the Yearbook Staff, and class president. She also enjoys painting ornaments and signs for sale at craft fairs.

Michelle is the daughter of Bill and Susan Mulherin.

"What a great Kid!" says Principal John Robinson of Michelle. "She always has a very special smile on her face."

The regular NOW meeting will be held at Park Street UMC on Monday June 6 at 7:00PM. UMW are inviting ladies of the church to their banquet to be held on June 21st at 6:00 PM at Freda Cook's Bed and Breakfast. If you plan to attend please let Carolyn
Sinclair or Jean Robinson know by June 15th. On Saturday, June 11th, from 9 to noon there will be a Tag Sale at the church along with a food table. Take-Out Baked Beans will be available along with assorted baked goods. Come and see what we have.---

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Milo and Brownville Elementary Schools are state winners in Read With Me: The 2005 RIF® Community Reading Challenge
May 2005- Reading is Fundamental, Inc., and MetLife Foundation have named both Milo and Brownville Elementary schools as the two Maine State Champions of Read With Me: The 2005 RIF ® Community Reading Challenge. The children and community volunteers at these sites earned the distinction from among more than 1,100 sites and 300,000 children nationwide that pledged to participate in the national reading motivation competition.

David Walker, superintendent of schools for S.A.D. #41 had this to say about the state winners, “I am very appreciative of the of the Three Rivers Kiwanis and the Brownville PTO for supporting the program and staff for making it happen. I am proud of staff, students and parents for the effort that has resulted in this recognition. Most of all I am excited about our students reading!!”

Read With Me: The Community Reading Challenge is a national competition that encourages children to read and brings community members into RIF sites as volunteer readers. Each year, thousands of RIF sites across the country select two weeks in January or February to participate and organize numerous activities that motivate children to read. Every activity that the site participates in increases the site’s chances to win a state or national award and additional funds to buy books. During Milo and Brownville’s challenge dates, the sites recruited many community members, including many Kiwanis members, to read with children and participate in fun-filled reading activities such as buddy reading, poster contests and volunteer guest readers.

This year is the third consecutive year that Brownville Elementary has been named a State Champion. Their theme for this year was READ! READ FOR PLEASURE AND READ FOR INFORMATION! The students pledged to read every night and they had 90% or better participation in all activities. The students were rewarded with ice cream sundaes after they had met their goal.

Milo Elementary had only started with the RIF program last year and has had a state poster contest winner this year along with this state award. Milo’s theme was WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF READERS. The students were challenged by the teachers to have a percent of the students read every night. The students met their challenge and were rewarded with various classroom parties.

As state champions, these two sites will receive a $500 gift card to purchase books, a commemorative certificate and flag, and a medal for each participating child. Congratulations to students, parents, and volunteers who worked so hard and especially Linda Lumbra and Julie Royal our RIF coordinators!

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through a national, grassroots network of community volunteers at 21,000 program sites, RIF provides 5 million children with 17 million new, free books and literacy resources each year.

MetLife Foundation, established in 1976 by Metlife, supports programs that increase opportunities for young people to succeed, give student and teachers a voice in improving education, develop partnerships between schools and

communities and strengthen relationships among parents, teachers and students.

Three Rivers Kiwanis meets regularly Wednesday mornings. Their commitment to the children of this community is seen in various programs they provide, such as the weekly library program and the RIF programs. Kiwanis has sponsored the RIF program in area preschools for three years. The group took on the three elementary schools in S.A.D #41 for the past two years and is helping to provide three free books each year to all the elementary children.

You are Invited to a Reading Celebration at Milo Elementary School on June 6, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.

Milo Elementary School is a State Champion
Read With Me:
2005 RIF Community Reading Challenge!

Milo Elementary Moves and Improves
Milo Elementary completed their Move and Improve program on Friday with the drawing for the two new bicycles. The program lasted 12 weeks and students were expected to do 30 minutes of exercise for three days per week for the twelve weeks. There were 84 students who participated in the program this year. Of those 84, 19 participated for a minimum of 9 weeksout of the 12. Drawings were held for softballs, beachballs, foam darts, knapsacks of outdoor games, bicycle helmets and 2 brand new bicycles. The helmets were provided by Three Rivers Kiwanis. The Bicycles, other prizes and the weekly prizes that were awarded were provided with funds the MSAD # 41 students earned last year by participating in Move and Improve. The bicycles were won by Ricky Bradeen and,for the second year in a row, Zachary Lewis. Both bikes included bike helmets donated by Three Rivers Kiwanis.

LaGrange Students Move Up
Milo Elementary School was host to the eleven fifth graders from LaGrange on Friday. These students will be attending Milo Elementary School next fall as sixth graders. The student came to check the school out, meet with the sixth grade teachers and Mrs. Beres. Students said that they were nervous about coming, but they felt better when it came time to leave. A wonderful panel of current sixth graders met with them. The panel was comprised of LaGrange students who made the move this year. They did a great job of telling about things that they had a hard time with and things to watch out for. They were anxious to assure their former classmates that they would like it

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at Milo and would do well if they did their work and behaved. The fifth graders stayed for lunch and recess with their peers from the Milo fifth grades. They were a wonderful group and Mrs. Beres says that she is anxious to see them in the fall.

Children's Author Visits Milo Elementary
On Friday, May 3, Mr. Rick McAtee visited the Kindergarten and First Grade classes. Mr. McAtee is an author of children's books. He read his book, Alphabetland, The Beginning. Mr. Mc Atee was born in Millinocket and currently resides in Arizona. He is an educator and has devoted many years to the teaching of reading and writing. If parents wish to order copies of the book, order forms went home from school earlier in the week and there are copies at school. There is an autographed copy of his book in our school library.

Mid-Maine Tae Kwan Do

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Goodman attended our Friday assembly. They spoke to students and families about Tae Kwan Do and lessons that are given in Milo. There are groups for children in Kindergarten through Grade three and programs for children from grade 4 through adult. Several of the students at Milo Elementary and their families take Tae Kwan Do lessons. Some of the students did a demonstration of some of the early lessons they learn. Mr. Goodman told the students that Tae Kwan Do or other martial arts are not about fighting, they are actually about not fighting. There are three important principles of the school. They are Respect, Integrity and Discipline. For families who wish more information you can contact the school, or the Goodmans at 564-3073.

Looking for Used Books in Good Condition
Milo Elementary is looking for used children's books in good condition. We would like to send students home with 3 or 4 new books over the summer. Reading over the summer helps children to maintain their reading skills. Children who do not read over the summer lose 6-10 weeks of skills. Folks who have books to donate can drop them off at the school. But, more important, if you are a friend or a family member of a student

help them READ, READ, READ over the summer. Take you child to the Milo Free Public Library Summer Reading program, read to her/him, help them to read and send them back to school close to where they leave off on June 21.

General Foods Boxtops Program
Just this week we received a check for $462 dollars for the boxtops we sent in earlier in the year. This, combined with the Hannaford check ,means that without selling anything or doing anything out of the ordinary, you were able to provide us with nearly $1000 this year. Thank you for your support. We are continuing to collect the pink General Foods boxtops and will do the Hannaford program in the fall.

RIF Challenge Awards Ceremony
On Monday, June 6, we will have our awards ceremony for students who participated in our RIF Reading Challenge this past winter. Remember, we were one of two state winners so we have medals to award the children. We will provide recognition for the community volunteers who helped us win the award. We will be celebrating at 1:00. You are welcome to join us.

The Middle School Academic Banquet

The Middle School Academic Banquet was held last Thursday evening and 3 students from the 8th grade received the Presidents Academic Achievement Award......They were Joe Leland, Erica Lyford and Emily Mills. Congratulations.

At our June 3rd assembly, Sha-Lynn Trafton, Lily Audibert and Laura Gray were honored as Terrific Kids. Miss Ivy said that Sha-Lynn has been a most improved student. She has been a wonderful listener and has tried hard to get all of her work finished. Mrs. Carter reported that Lily has brought back her homework and signed planner every day this week. She's made a real effort in the classroom and was well behaved on
the class field trip. Laura Gray is a Terrific Kids every week. She
AlWAYS has her planner signed and ALWAYS does her homework. She has extremely neat handwriting. Laura is a kind friend and is a role model in our school

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Bus Kids: Justin Moulton, Kendra Cross and Ryan Eylar.

Miss K. showed the students an article from The Bangor Daily that listed the honor parts of the Class of 2005 at Penquis Valley High School. We are very proud that 3 of the students are from LaGrange.

Congratulations to Erin Beasley, Elyse Kahl and Jessica LaMunyon (and Elizabeth Comeau too). .

We celebrated Hari Moor's 6th birthday!

Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.

Bill Wood the food nutritionist does a show for the Brownville Elementary Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. Bill's lively show that is based on nutrition, is presented with lots of comedy and magic. The staff and students all enjoyed the show.

Shown are Bill Wood, Jessie Cassell and Derek Robinson.

Penquis Valley Graduates Still Playing Ball
Two Penquis Valley graduates who played basketball at Penquis and went on to coach basketball have been named Coaches of the Year in their class this year. Jamie Russell, coach at Piscataquis Valley High School, and Larry Worcester, coach at Washburn District High School, were named Coach of the Year in Class C and Class D respectively.

Russell, who graduated from Penquis Valley in 1978 and is currently teaching Physical Education at Central High School in Corinth, is the varsity basketball coach at PCHS in Guilford. Jamie always has a little something up his sleeve or a plan of attack - especially when playing a higher seeded team. Valley High School of Bingham can confirm that PCHS upset them a couple of times, once breaking a series of wins that extended for several years. Jamie is quiet-spoken and seems to bring out the best in his team every year. He is seen in and around the Bangor Auditorium during tournament time taking home awards in the games and the

Sportsmanship Award. Russell was also named Teacher of the year in 2004. He is also a soccer referee and he and his wife, Dawn (a teacher and basketball coach, too), have two boys, Richie and Brian.

Larry Worcester graduated from Penquis Valley in 1983 and went on receive a degree in education. He is teaching Physical Education at Washburn District High School and is the Boys Varsity coach in both soccer and basketball there. Worcester also referees both basketball and soccer and was named coach of the year in Class D Basketball in 1991,1994, 1997, and 2005. Worcester's coaching career started at Easton High School, then to Narraguagus High School and finally to Washburn District High school. He has also coached in the Senior All Star games twice. Larry, who is also soft spoken, always has a good relationship with his players. He passes the credit for team and personal awards on to his players. He says, "It's really more about them than me." and he feels lucky to work with such a talented bunch of young men. Worcester says a good group of players makes you look good as a coach and the relationship that he builds with the players makes each season special, and most importantly, it's all about the kids!! WDHS also has won the Eastern Maine sportsmanship banner two years in a row. Larry is also a coach for an AAU basketball team which his son, Mitchell, plays on. Larry and his wife, Kim (who is also a teacher), have two children - son, Mitchell, and a daughter, Mackenzie.

With all the concerns about quality education these days, it seems that Penquis Valley High School has been doing a great job at educating its students for a long time. These are just two of the young men educated in M.S.A.D. #41 who have gone on to take up the challenge of teaching today's youth and are making their mark as individuals. As well as showing their students and team players the value of teamwork and the importance of responsibility and doing your best for your team, they are modeling these important qualities to their students, their team players, their educational institutions and their communities. PVHS should be proud!

Cruize-In Update
The Penquis Cruizers are gearing up for their 16th Annual Cruize-In to be held on Sunday, June 26th, at the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot on Route 11 in Milo. As always this event features all sorts of vehicles including antiques, street rods, classics, muscle cars. The event will get underway at 10am and will wind down following the annual auction of car "stuff" and products donated by community businesses which begins at 1pm (unless the weather causes it to be moved ahead to noon time). There will be a Rap Contest held at 11am. A new contest will start at 11:30 in which participants will see how close they can back their classic cars (and trucks) to a cone. There will, of course, be awards for the winners of both contests. The group will be raffling a Neon Tire Clock and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for both will be available at the event. Tickets for the Neon Tire Clock will be available in advance at S & L Auto Parts in Milo. Refreshments will be on sale courtesy of the Three Rivers Kiwanis and ice cream will be sold by area Cub Scouts. Admission is $3. Children under 13 who are accompanied by an adult will be admitted at no charge. For children under 13 who are unaccompanied the admission charge is $2. For more information, call 965-8070.

By Judith Macdougall
The memorial flags put up in cooperation with Walter Lougee and the American Legion Post #41 are a spectacular sight. And word does get around. A friend in Caribou spoke to me of reading about our display in the Bangor Daily News, and I heard it was also mentioned on TV. I found it interesting that a couple from Clinton who were in the library last Friday, May 27, came to Milo expressly to see the flags which they had heard about on the TV. They were very impressed at the magnificent display. After looking around the library (she was a librarian) they asked if there were any restaurants close by. We told them of several. How many others do we know who have come by to see the flags and have brought business to our patriotic town?
The Kiwanis Kids had a lovely day to walk to the library from the school on June 1. Along with their healthful snacks, they

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enjoyed hearing the book What Is a Flower? by Jenifer Day. This was a true book on the characteristics of a flower told in clear simple terms. Val also had a quiz on flower identification from pictures in the book and gave out prizes to those who could identify the flowers. The “Kids” finished up their bead work flower pots by adding flowers with straw stems- a nice flower garden without being bothered by heat or black flies. With regulars Val, Don, Dottie and Frank a helper, Amanda Folsom and a mother, Jenn Frost were present. Next week, June 8, will be the last Kiwanis Kids program for this spring. We would appreciate if all the “Kids” were reminded to bring their library books back.

Esperanza Crackel, our friend from Salinas, CA sent a large box of grades 3-5 soft cover chapter books. She sent so many we are going to have to add another juvenile book case to the two we already have to take care of them. There are several Junie B. Jones, the Magic Tree House mysteries, Goosebumps, chapter books of the Berenstain Bears, a Spiderwick series and many classics as The Little Princess and Old Yeller. These will be a great addition to our collection for our older juvenile readers. Thank you, Esperanza.

Posters for our 20th summer reading program-DRAGONS, DREAMS AND DARING DEEDS-are now in the schools and stores. YES! The Milo Free Public Library will have had a summer reading program every year for 20 years, and this year promises to be one of the most exciting. The students in the 3 elementary schools also received extra information to take home. If you would like to enroll your child-preschool through grade 6- but you have questions, please call the library, or come in and we will try to answer them all for you. Sign up week begins June 13. It is not necessary to come in this week but it is a good time for newcomers to learn about the program and sign up. The actual program begins the week of June 20 and continues for 8 weeks. Young patrons can be signed up at any time during the program, but the earlier they start, the more weeks they’ll be having fun with paper and pencil games, giveaways, food prizes and marvelous books.

Our big Book Sale is really shaping up. Every library day lately people have been bringing in books. If you wish to donate, we are accepting books for this sale until Friday, June 10. Saturday June 11 we hope to see you all at the Milo Town Hall from 9-1. Books will be a real bargain. Most adult hardcovers will be $.50 (some better books may be $1.00), paperbacks will be $.25, and ALL juvenile books-hardcover and softcover- will be only $.10 !!! A real bargain! Come and see us on JUNE 11 at the Milo Town Hall from 9:00-1:00 and make it a really big BOOK SALE.

Library Summer Hours
Telephone 943-2612

The Flags of Milo

This picture shows the flags (on the left) that adorn every light pole in Milo. This view is coming into town on to Stoddard Hill via West Main Street.

Re: Flags in Milo
I've heard people say that the flags that are hanging from the phone poles in town are a sign of patriotism. I'm sure that's true

but to me they represent even more the renewal of civic pride in our town.

We owe the American Legion a great debt for this, but a special thanks to Randy Kluj, Lee Leeman, Dick Graves and Walter Lougee. The Memorial Day parade was awesome, too. It's been many years (if ever) since we have had one as good.

We Mainers are inclined to not accept or like out-of-staters but Randy Kluj has come to Milo and made a difference - not by trying to change us to doing things the way New Jersey did, but by helping us to improve in ways we can accept and enjoy.
Thanks, guys! Peggy and Dizzy Dean

Found: On Elm St. in Milo - a bicycle, probably fell off a truck, trailer or motor home.
Owner can claim at 30 Elm St. if you can describe it and tell me when it was lost.
Phone: (207)943-2207

Fine Dining season is here again. Please contact us to make your reservations. We hope to hear from you soon.
‘The Restaurant’ 943-7432
Fine Dining At ‘The Restaurant’
June 18th 5:30 or 8:00
By reservation only - $22.00 per person

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathy Witham
I have been overwhelmed by the show of character and patriotism that this town has displayed these last weeks. The beautiful flags that line the main streets of town are awesome. I love an idea that takes on a life of it's own and makes everyone feel good in the meantime. These flags have served that purpose for this community. Being able to see them waving all the way down Elm Street as I drive home every night is thrilling. If my camera would ever be returned from The Egg and I in Ogunquit...perhaps I'd get a picture. I can't imagine that a picture would do the scene justice, but I'm going to try.

The Memorial Day parade was equally wonderful. Of course, I had a grandson playing and marching with the bass drum in the 5th and 6th grade band. Those kids are remarkable! Jack Eastman has had them for just two years and he's whipped them into a marching band that quick. The best part about that little band is that they are eager to perform....they know they sound wonderful and aren't afraid to share their talents. We've got at least six more years to enjoy their talents if they stick with it. With all kinds of encouragement, I believe they will. The next thing we can work on is some uniforms for them.

I always love to go to the Memorial Day Parade in Milo. You get to see all kinds of people...neighbors and relatives and old friends from every neighborhood gather along the West Main, Main, and Park Streets. They've been doing it for as many years as I can remember (going on 60 now...) and even though our lives and times have changed....the parade hasn't. It's one of those things that you can just count on making you feel good about where you live and the choice that you made to remain in, and be loyal to, this little town.

The cemetery looked spectacular....amazing when you figure the conditions under which the crew had to get it ready this year. Not a day of sunshine...and yet the grass grew. The lilacs, that are usually standard for Memorial Day weekend, are still closed up and waiting for that bit of a ray of sunshine that will help them open. Hopefully, we'll see enough sun this week...what am I saying?! Of course the sun will shine...I almost forgot that the hottest day of the year is fast approaching....Graduation day! Actually, we'll have had the hottest day before you get to read this.

I have never seen the beat of it. It's always hot enough to take your breath away on graduation day. Parties to prepare...or go to...the actual graduation ceremony...everyone all cramped into the Penquis gymnasium...women waving fans and slapping mosquitos and dripping sweat because they've struggled into pantyhose and's quite a sight. If you are there celebrating....then your child has made it through high school....successfully. If you've done your job right, they've made at least some decisions about future plans.

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If your child has made a decision to go into the might feel like crying. If your child has made the decision to get married and you've got a big wedding to might feel like crying. If your child has picked an Ivy League college to attend and you only qualify for the barest of financial might feel like crying. If your child hasn't got a clue about the next step and has no future should feel like crying, but you've got nobody to blame but yourself. For the most part the celebration of graduating should not include weeping and sadness. Be glad for your child that he or she has grown up through the teenaged years and is ready to test those wings. Be happy that you, as well as the graduate, can get on with the next stage of life.

We need, as a community, to be sure that the kids are being properly prepared and properly trained to get on with their lives when they reach 18 years of age. Are you paying attention to curriculum advances? Has your child done their fair share for the community in the way of civic duty? If you don't have a student at your house, have you as a community member given a kid a chance to prove him or herself by giving them a job or other responsibility. Have you set a good example for these kids? There is still a ton to be done in this community to make it great. We've got the pride....just look up and down the streets at the flags. Are we raising a generation that will continue the traditions? I sure hope so....our future is graduating on Sunday....are they ready? Have we done our job?

My mother made the best rhubarb pie of anyone I know. I have shared her recipe before....and I will again today.

Mom's Rhubarb Pie
2 to 3 rounded cups of chopped rhubarb
put in a big bowl and cover with boiling hot water...let it set for 10 or 15 minutes.
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 rounded tablespoon of flour
1 shake of salt
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon of butter
Drain the water off the rhubarb. Add the sugar, salt, flour, and beaten egg.

Grease a 9" pie plate and put in the bottom crust. Add the rhubarb mixture dab the butter over the filling and then cover with the top crust. Crimp the crust shut. I moisten the top of the crust with a tiny bit of milk and sprinkle a little sugar over the whole top crust. I cut an "R" in the crust and a few other little vents and bake for 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven and then turn the oven back to between 350 and 375 degrees for about another 25 minutes.

What Stage Of Your Financial Life Are You In?
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Are you a builder, a cruiser or a coaster? These may seem like farfetched labels for describing yourself, but depending on what stage of your financial life you’re in, you may fit into one of these categories. By better understanding these categories and your investing goals, you can work toward establishing a solid financial plan.

The Builders. If you are younger than age 35, working to establish yourself financially and professionally and possibly just getting started on a family, you may be a builder. Builders still have some time before retirement and are in the initial stages of their financial lives, therefore they can afford to be a little bit more aggressive with their investing.

Builders are mostly focused on managing any debt they may have accumulated and at this stage it’s important to develop systematic savings strategies. The majority of your portfolio may be focused on equity investments, such as stocks. A smaller portion of your portfolio may also be invested in fixed-income securities, such
as bonds, and the smallest part would be invested in cash or liquid investments, such as money market or savings accounts. However, it is vital to also have some liquid investments for emergencies – usually three to six months of living expenses.

The Cruisers. Cruisers, between the ages of 35 and 50, are more established professionally and may have a family to provide for financially. Cruisers are usually getting closer to retirement age and should focus on accumulating assets for retirement as well allocating some of their portfolio to income needs that may arise.

At this point, you may be trying to save for and pay children’s expenses, such as tuition and weddings. Your investment mix might still be focused on equity investments in order to continue to build a solid foundation. However, there may be a need for your portfolio to start shifting towards more investments in the fixed-income sector, such as Treasury securities and bonds in order to begin receiving some income and bring more stability to your portfolio. Still, just as before, you may want to maintain a small portion of your assets liquid in the event that you need to dip into these funds.

The Coasters. The coasters – aged 50 and older –are either preparing to retire or already retired. In this phase, your financial needs are very different than they were just a few years ago. Income becomes the most important component of your asset allocation as you work to pay down long-term debt and focus on estate planning.

When you reach this stage, most of your investment mix may likely be in fixed-income securities, which provides you a steady income stream. You may still have some portion of your portfolio invested in equity securities but it should no longer be the main focus. In addition, some liquid assets are always handy as unexpected medical and other expenses may be more difficult to manage without a monthly paycheck. Keep in mind that reviewing your insurance needs at this time becomes crucial, as well adjusting your financial plan to accommodate major life changes.

As you can see, determining your financial goals early, and consulting with your financial consultant to determine the most appropriate allocation based on risk tolerance, time horizon and investment objectives can help you establish a solid investment plan. If you would like to receive the A.G.Edwards’ publication, “Taking Control of Your Financial Future,” please contact financial consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills in Bangor at 1-800-947-5456.

This article was provided by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Member SIPC.

Thursday Feb. 10 We had to leave early on the bus again today (7:45) because we had to pass the outskirts of Florence to get to our destination of San Gimignano. This was an optional tour that people paid extra to join. All of the Valente group except Georgia and Valerie decided to go.

San Gimignano is surrounded by three sets of walls. As the town grew they kept making longer walls to enclose the town. It is still a relatively small town nestled on a hill top like so many medieval towns. Originally, it had 72 towers. These towers were attached to palaces. The towers were used as a defense. In case of danger the family would enter the tower. The walls were sometimes up to 15 feet thick so they offered quite a safe haven. It should be pointed out that the danger didn’t always come from outside the city walls. Quite often families would feud. Since it still has the 14 of the original towers it is known as San Gimignano of the Beautiful Towers. The height of the tower indicated the prestige of the family. Some of the towers reached 150 feet. The top portion was reserved for the servants so the family didn’t have to climb as far.

We left the bus and walked to the south gate called Porta San Giovanni. Two things struck me immediately-the sheer beauty of the streets and buildings and the cleanliness of the streets. There wasn’t a cigarette butt or piece of paper to be found. Thursday happened to be market day here. It obviously was for the locals because there were linens, shoes, pocketbooks, kitchen supplies, flowers and food on sale. I left Dud behind and went walking. The
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main square is on a slope and the cobblestones were laid so that any rain would wash into a cistern. Of course it is not used today but was useful years ago. The church was covered on the inside with large frescos depicting various scenes of the bible. Since most people couldn’t read during the middle ages, the frescos allowed them to see the bible stories.

I followed the younger crowd to the Rocca or fortress of the town. It was on the highest point of the hill and the views of the surrounding countryside were spectacular. The cypress and umbrella pines lined the fields and the fields were in varying shades of brown and green. Some fields were silvery gray with the leaves of olive trees while others had rows and rows of grape vines. It must be a beautiful sight in the spring. Mary and Steff even convinced me to climb to the top of the tower to see the view. The stairs were crumbling and there was no railing. Since I am afraid of heights, I focused on the steps and stayed just long enough to see the sights. On returning to the streets, I heard that Dud had thrown out his back and so I went to the store where he was resting. Fernanda was with him as well as the Sargents and John Gay. There aren’t many vehicles in town and Fernanda could not get a taxi so Dud had to walk to the south gate holding his back and the bus picked him up. John stayed with him. He laid down on the back seat to rest until we finished in the town. I spent the rest of the time looking in the small shops. I bought a beautiful cutting board made from an olive tree and an alabaster egg.

We all met back at the gate at 11:15 and boarded the bus for our trip to the Castel Oliveto located about a half hour away in Castelfiorentino. Fernanda had another food treat for us. We all tried wild boar sausage. It was a little gamier than regular pork sausage and I liked it. There are a lot of forested areas around and people hunt the boars. When we arrived at the grounds of the castle, we could see it on a hill. We had to wait for someone to come and open the gate. Surrounding the castle is a game preserve so the fence was more to keep the animals in rather than people out.

The castle was built in the 15 century by the Pucci family. It has hosted three popes, Pope Leo X and Clement VII both Medicis and Paul III, the Grand duke of Tuscany Ferdinand IV, King Victor Emanuel III of Italy and General Clark Commander of the American 5th Army. Today the castle is owned by a businessman who produces wine and olive oil on the grounds.

Our hostess Louisa directed us to the banquet hall where we had a chance to taste the various wines produced. We tasted 2 white, 2 Chianti and 2 red wines named after the popes who stayed there. The walls of the banquet hall were covered with beautiful frescos and paintings. We ate in front of a large fireplace with a coat of arms above it containing a black woman. We were told that the woman had saved one of the sons of the family and was placed on the coat of arms as a thank you.

We had 10 different appetizers to cleanse our palates between wines. After the tasting we had lunch which was penne pasta with a red sauce, oven fried potatoes, veal, turkey, and egg plant cooked in olive oil and parsley. For dessert we had a yellow lemon cake with whipped cream and cocoa. We ended with the usual Tuscan drinks of Vin Cristo and grappa. After eating I bought some olive oil for 15 Euro and then we were shown the pope’s bedroom. Steff had to sit on the flush for a picture. I doubt the

flush was there during the period of the popes. The castle is now a bed and breakfast so I am sure it was added later. The only strange thing is that the flush was in the bedroom with no walls for privacy. We went into the courtyard and then to the chapel used by the family. It was about the size of a regular room but was nicely decorated. Our last stop was a walk down into the wine cellar where they had huge barrels of wine ageing. There were other parts of the castle. Some of it was reserved for the owner’s private apartment and others were only open in the summer.

On the way back to Montecatini, we passed through Vinci where Leonardo di Vinci was born and arrived at the hotel at 4:10. We were having another meal in the room tonight so Mary and I went to the store to buy food and plates. At 6 I went to Kelly and Eric’s room. The door was open but it was dark. Eric was taking a nap on the bed. Steff and Kelley were at the internet café. Dinner was moved to 7. Eric and I started to get the food unwrapped and sliced. We had bread, sharp provolone, buffalo mozzarella, salami, proscuitto, roasted peppers, olive oil, mustard, chips cookies, coke, wine and water. Twelve of the Valente group as well as the Steigerwalds all ate together. It’s too bad it was so chilly, because Kelley and Eric had a room that opened onto a flat roof that had tables and chairs. Fernanda stopped by for a snack and a glass of wine. Georgia and Valerie stopped by on their way to dinner in the hotel. They shared a Tuscan steak. The steak is more than 2 inches thick and more than fills a regular size plate. One must like their meat rare because that is the only way it is served. After eating, Steff, Mary, Kelley and Eric went to the bar in the hotel where I had another Sambucca (licorice flavored liqueur). We talked with Mariano. He said that business is very slow in the winter months and most hotels close. If it were not for the Grand Circle Tours they wouldn’t have a job. He has to work everyday we are here and then is sent home until the next group comes. From November to April only he and his brother Maurizio, the chef, and one other are on the staff. Of course there are people at the desk and the maids as well. During the summer there are 15 instead of the 4. He told us that Liliana came through her operation well and was coming home by the weekend.

Karen and Mike Clark , who live in d’Este Road in Milo, have a family of woodchucks who have adopted them. As you can see in the center foreground of the picture, one is Albino.

Dear everyone,
It certainly seems like it's been a while since I've used the internet...much has happened to me since I last wrote to you all.
Two weeks ago I returned to my village and found that my two huts, toilet, and gwa were all finished. I was very

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happy to find that the chief, mayor, and my homologue responded to my plea for them to complete everything. Now that all of the work has been taken care of, it feels like a tremendous weight has been lifted from my shoulders because now I can solely focus on my work, knowing now that there is no chance of getting pulled from my village by Peace Corps administration.
The day after I got back from village, I found that they had organized a concert to take place, showcasing one of Mali's most popular singers, Jeneba Sec. The singer and her travelling band arrived in the middle of the afternoon and set up camp in the compound next to mine. Once they saw me and found out that the toubab in town could speak Bambara, they sent someone over to fetch me and introduce me to everyone in the band, which in all was about 15 members. It was cool chatting with them for about 20 minutes or so about my work and their tour plans for western Mali. So, later that night, I went to the concert and was given a front row seat, located directly in front of the stage. During one of the songs, one of the dancers that I had met earlier in the day came up to me and pulled me up to dance with the band and the other dancers. So I got jiggy with it and everyone really seemed to get a kick out of the white boy getting down with Jeneba. Since the concert, my popularity in village and the surrounding area seems to have greatly increased, because very frequently people comment on my dancing at the concert. All in all, it was a really great time and I'm glad that I worked up the courage to dance in front of about 500 people.

Last Thursday, I got the chance to go to a wedding on the other side of the river with my homologue. Malian weddings last 3 days, with lots of dancing, eating, and tea drinking. The first night that we were there, the brought out the bride and took her to a hut, where she had to stay for about two hours until the groom arrived about 2 hours later. Once he arrived, they took the two of them and put them in the same hut, where they spent the night. The next day, we hung out for the majority of the day, eating and dancing, and later in the afternoon the second part of the ceremony began. The bride had spent the entire day in a hut and the groom was hanging out with me and the younger men (about 20-35 years old). Then the bride was brought out of the hut and she had to wash the groom's feet, hands, and head. After that was finished, they sat the two of them down and put a large cloth over their heads and gave them many blessings and benedictions. That was basically the end of the ceremony, and I headed back to village once the perogue arrived.

That about sums up my activites during the past two weeks. The weather is still really hot...I now understand the term 'blistering heat' quite well. I've had mild heat rash for the past three weeks, even though I spend all day in the shade. It's just so hot that your skin starts to get tiny blisters and itches like crazy. But I've found the solution to heat rash....alcohol. No readers, not the kind that you ingest....rubbing alcohol. It really cools down your skin and helps a lot.

I can say that being here right now has made me happier than I have ever been in my entire life. I'm able to communicate well and have made some great friends in village. To be able to carry on conversations with my good friend, Hawa, has made me look forward to each and every day in village. Hawa is the mother of the little girl in the picture with me, Kudeja. Every morning and night, I go to their house and hang out with them...Hawa and I often talk about the differences between the United States and Mali. Recent topics of conversation have been the vertical relationship between men and women in Mali compared to the horizontal relationship in the U.S., high divorce rates in the U.S., penalties of murder in both countries, and even basic things like road conditions and food. It is so great to be able to communicate with her and other Malians, something of which I was unable to do well for the first 6 months here. My relationship with my homologue has really improved recently, which has made me more optimistic about how much we can accomplish working together.

I think I am going to sign off for now. At this internet café, I am using a new computer that I think may be able to upload my photos. Later on today or tomorrow morning, I'm going to come back and give it a try. If so, I have some recent photos of myself, my new crib, and some others. Hopefully it works.
I hope that this letter finds you and all of your family members happy and healthy. Take care and stay in touch.

Matt’s “crib”

Peace and Love,


LAGRANGE and BROWNVILLE - Mary E. Whitten, 57, wife of Norman E. Whitten, died June 1, 2005, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Jan. 18, 1948, in Milo, the daughter of Kenneth C. and Dorothy R. (Rolfe) Greenlaw. She had worked as a CRMA at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor. Mary was a member of Bernard Jones American Legion Post No. 92 Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Norman, of LaGrange; a son, Raymond Stanhope and his wife, Tricia, of Brownville; a brother, Kenneth Greenlaw and his wife, Deanna, of Milo; three sisters, Marilyn Whitten and her husband, Harold, Sandra Cookson and her husband, Walter, and Dorothy Hughes, all of Milo; two very special grandchildren, Ashley and Joshua Stanhope; many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. She was predeceased by a sister, Donna DeCarlo. Graveside memorial services will be conducted 11 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2005, at the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery, with Pastor David Mumford, officiating. Following the service, friends are invited to the family home in LaGrange for a time of sharing and refreshment. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

MACWAHOC - Angie D. Wheeler, 66, wife of the late Vaughn L. Wheeler Sr., died May 31, 2005, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Windham, the daughter of Albert and Blanche (DeLaite) Parks. A homemaker all of her life, Angie was a great cook, a great mom, and she dearly loved all of her grandchildren. She loved to go on long country rides, was always in good spirits, and loved to help others. She always took life one day at a time. She is survived by six sons, Vaughn Jr. of Lincoln, Harold of New Gloucester, Clarence of Hampden, Larry of Milo, Harlan of Macwahoc, and Paul of Greenbush; four daughters, Coradean Rideout of Derby, Patricia Wheeler of Macwahoc, Jacqueline Spear of Lee and Charlene Robinson of Saco; a brother, Enoch Parks of Hartland; a sister, Barbara Wheeler of Dixmont; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Vaughn, she was predeceased by three children.

BRISTOL, Conn. - Richard Allen Chadbourne, 58, passed away May 24, 2005. He was born Feb. 26, 1947, in Milo, the son of the late Vinal Robert and Mildred (Noyes) Chadbourne. He is survived by a daughter, Heather; son, Richard A. II; sister, Clarice C. Hall of Sangerville; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Susan Chadbourne; sisters-in-law, Philomena Chadbourne, Marylou Chadbourne Michaud; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert, Clair, and Karl R. Chadbourne Sr. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

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This impressive lighthouse adorns the front yard of Joan Bishop in Milo. The replica sports a copper roof!

Joan reported that she had an unusual visitor lately. A recent renter had requested a fire in the indoor fireplace. When Joan put paper in and lit it, they heard something moving around. The paper was immediately extinguished and to their surprise, a small duck appeared! Maybe it is an indication that even ducks do not like too much rain!

Joe Villani has changed his days to be open to Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 3 pm.

Beverly Hamlin has a large, 40-year-old Christmas cactus in a 17 inch pot, that blossoms faithfully. She has watched it bloom for 20 years and would like to find someone to enjoy it for many more years!
Plant lovers may contact Beverly at 943-5601.



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 twenty-seven members, ten guests and nine Key Club members this morning.

The flag salute was led by Lt. Gov. Eben DeWitt. The prayer was given by Herb Dunham. Herb asked blessings for each member as they go about doing their work for all peoples, and requested prayers for all our men and women in the armed forces as they face danger each and every day. The inspirational reading was read by Don Harris.

President Harris welcomed the nine Key Club seniors; Ashley Case, Sam Chase, Kate Hamlin, Sam Ellis, Ashley McMahon, Krystle Parkman, Dani Graves, Michelle Mulherin and Lindsay Small, as they attended this last Kiwanis breakfast prior to graduation. It is with happiness and sadness that we enjoyed breakfast with these graduating seniors today!

President Harris also greeted interclub members from Orono/Old Town: Roger Taylor introduced Deanna Wade, Fred Otto and Kenny LaFlamme. Doc Sherman introduced members of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis: Bonnie and Joe Guyotte, John Cushing, Hoyt Fairbrother and President Brenda Kelly.

Birthday greetings this week to Paul Grindle on June 4th.

Happy and sad dollars were donated for seeing Herb back, girls softball team undefeated this year, Chris Almy running the race in Nova Scotia and being seen on TV, Kenny LaFlamme being back to Milo, a great tennis match, a May 30th birthday for Roger Taylor, members working on selling 50-50 raffle tickets, a tartar sauce salad, the NY Yankees, graduating Key Club members, a June 20th BBQ at Brownville Elementary, the nice Kiwanis/Key Club gifts and graduating stoles, because ‘we’ are graduating, and a sad dollar because the gazebo dedication had to be postponed.

Chris Almy reported on the next Kiwanis interclub at Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis on June 3 at 6:30 am. Chris Almy, Don Harris, Eben DeWitt and Dottie Brown will be attending this interclub.

Gazebo update by Joe Zamboni: cupola is complete and will be placed after a few days of the ground drying out so that a truck may enter the park. The postponed dedication is planned for a rededication on June 17th

Rain date is June 18th.

Auction news by Joe Zamboni: members are participating in picking up auction items so anyone needing an item picked up is urged to call any Kiwanian for pick-up. The Kiwanis auction will be on Thursday evening, June 23rd and Friday, June 24th.

Key Club report by Trish Hayes. Trish advises that there will be a Key Club meeting tomorrow and a Key Club meeting next week. Members will be planting flowers at the monument at PVHS.

Kiwanis Kids Korner report by Val Robertson. Kiwanis Kids Korner meets today at the Milo Library at 3 pm. The children will be taking a “healthy outdoor” walk led by Don Harris and Frank Cochrane to the library, then the children will be completing their craft gift, enjoy a story read by Val and having a healthy snack and drink prepared by Val and Dottie Brown. Next week will be the last day of Kiwanis Kids Korner and will end with a party that the children are eagerly looking forward too, in addition to Val’s last book reading of the school year.

President Harris advises that there will be a Kiwanis Board meeting, tomorrow, Thursday, June 2 at The Restaurant.

Our speaker’s presentation today was a bit unusual. Jack Eastman delighted all Kiwanian members, Key Club members, guests and parents with a wonderful showing of the talents of our 5th and 6th grade musicians who marched into parking lot of The Restaurant. What fun! Everyone commented and truly enjoyed “our speakers” today. We are very proud of these younger citizens!

June 8th is the business meeting. Respectfully submitted 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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