Three Rivers News, 2005-06-13
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2005


Dani Graves No-hits Lady Howlers!!!!

Dani, on the left, with Kylie Palmer

EM Class C Softball Playoffs
Milo, June 7-Just two days after the passing of her grandfather, Dani Graves achieved one of the greatest performances in her school's history in no-hitting the Lady Howlers from PVHS in quarterfinal softball action here in a game that was delayed 25 minutes due to a head injurie to Lady Patriot shortstop Mindy Dolley, who was taken from the field by ambulance to Bangor for diagnosis and treatment.

Graves fanned a total of 16, striking out ten in a row at one point and whiffing the side in three consecutive innings en route to the 8-2 win.

When asked after the game, Graves knew she had her stuff working from the outset. Dani aided her cause with an opposite field double and a pair of singles.

Kayla Gooding added a pair of singles, bringing in four runs. And Kylie Palmer drove in two more with a single.

Dick Martin had his club alert on the basepaths, picking up extra bases whenever they could for extra runs.


Exactly what the Gazebo was missing….

Pictured are some Jr. High students getting ready to head up to the Semi-formal dance. A big thank you to the Kiwanis for providing such a beautiful spot to take pictures. The Jr. High Student Council held their semi-formal dance on June 10th... many of the 8th grade girls met at the beautiful new gazebo for a picture opportunity. Also a huge Congratulations go out to the Jr. High Girls Softball Team on an undefeated season 7-0. They were presented with the Penquis League Championship trophy on Thursday night. Great job and you clean up nicely too!

Editors Note: Does it get any better than this?! Just think of the generations of young folks that will use the gazebo and the park. The town of Milo owes Joey Zamboni a HUGE thank-you for having this vision and for seeing it through! The “Zamboni Memorial Gazebo” is a gift for the ages. Come to the dedication and tell Joey “Thank You!”

20 Years of Summer Reading Programs at the Milo Free Public Library
Sign up this week for DRAGONS, DREAMS & DARING DEEDS”
This year marks the 20th year that the Milo Free Public Library has had a summer reading program. We started quite small with a few ideas but as we read of new suggestions, we added more and more incentives until now we offer a lot of fun for 8 weeks in the summer. While encouraging youngsters, especially the lower grades, to keep up their reading skills through vacation our theme program DRAGONS, DREAMS AND DARING DEEDS will provide the possibility of reading a great variety of books. The number of books to be read is decided by the parent and child. There are no prizes for most books read. There are paper and pencil games, an optional poster contest, and mascots, King Funshine Bear, Mystic the unicorn and twin dragons, Puff and Fluff, who will be on hand during the program to add to the fun. There will be weekly food prizes donated by the C& J Variety, the Milo Farmers Union and the Milo House of Pizza. There will be a community reader story time at 2:30 every Wednesday for all children (not just youngsters in the program) for the 8 weeks and a final party with all kinds of party surprises. Through the 8 weeks of the program there will be weekly surprises pertaining to the theme of the program. The program is open to LISTENERS & READERS from preschool through grade 6 so we hope you sign your child up. Sign up week begins June 13. There is NO CHARGE for any child in the program.

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Here is a list of the 20 years of summer reading programs. How many do you remember?

Softball: EMC Playoffs
Lady Pats Eliminated
East Corinth, June 9-The Lady Red Devils of Central High School pushed across four unearned runs in their half of the fourth inning an made it stand up to blank the Lady Patriots on a hot and hazy day at the Corinth field 4-0, as Dick Martin's club couldn't get their bats going against Lady Red Devil hurler Alyssya Libby, who struck out 10.

Right fielder Megan Knowles got the only hit for Penquis, a single in the top of the sixth.

Perhaps the bright spot came after the game when the Central players presented Penquis ace Dani Graves, who lost her grandfather on Sunday, with a bouquet and embraces-a great exhibition of compassion and sportsmanship from the Lady Red Devils, something this writer will always remember.
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Congratulations to Coaches Martin and Ellis and their Lady Patriots. You are a credit to our school district and to the sport of softball. You can look back with pride on your accomplishments and the progress you made this season.

Milo Elementary Awards Ceremony
On Monday June 6th, Milo Elementary School held their Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)celebration for being named one of the State Champions of the Read With Me: Reading Challenge. The school won a banner that we will display in the lobby and $500 gift certificate at Borders book store to purchase books. Every student who participated in the reading challenge received a medal at the assembly. There were parents, Kiwanis members and two television stations present at the assembly to help the students celebrate! Thank you to all the parents and community members for making our reading challenge such a success.

Pictured are first graders and fourth graders receiving their medal during the awards ceremony.

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Front row....L-R Levi Engstrom, Steven Natalino, Bobby Dugans, Krystin Chapman, Colton Durant Back row: Coaches, John Lyford Jr., Don Hibbs, Jake McSwine, Shayne McSwine, Justin Ottmann, Ryan Hibbs, Trevor Lyford, Greg Hathorn, John Rines and Bob (rocketarm) Hathorn. Absent from the picture is Colby Robinson.

The Little League Season is in full swing, with a Round Robin tournament this past Saturday. Each team played 2, 3-inning games. The weather was hot/steamy to say the least. There was a huge crowd of people in and out all day long.....and lots of little league players from 5 teams. The Red Sox played their first game against the Yankee's and squeaked out a win 4-3. Justin Ottmann pitched for the Sox and had 7 strike outs. Ryan Hibbs led his team with a triple and single while Steven Natalino added a huge triple to turn the game around. For the Yankees; Colby Brown had a single, double and pitched. Jereyl Arefin pitched an inning and had a single and huge hit to the outfield and ended up getting tagged out at home plate. Gage McLaughlin had a nice single as did Jacob Turner.

In their second game they played the Mets and pulled out another very close one 3-0. Pitching for the Red Sox this game was Greg Hathorn (with old Rocket-arm instructing him all the way) Greg had 4 strike outs and no walks while facing only 11 batters. Leading the Sox bat was Trevor Lyford with a lead off in the park home run. Justin Ottmann, John Rines and Steven Nataline all had a doubles. Krystin Chapman added a single. For the Mets: Bryan Russell had a nice triple and pitched all 3 innings with 7 strike outs. Klay Stevens also swung the bat well and got a triple. Great job by all the kids and the many coaches and staff that make Little League so much fun to watch..
EDITORS NOTE: It is wonderful to hear from “The Sports Diva”.. Her writing is lively and it is wonderful to see that youth sports are alive and well in the area..

The Town of Brownville extends deep appreciation to the American Legion Post #92 of Brownville Junction for all of the time that members donated putting flags marking veterans' graves in the Village and Pine Tree cemeteries.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS....The Brownville Town Office is moving to its new location at 586 Main Road this month. The Town Office will close on Wednesday, June 15th and re-open at our new location on Wednesday, June 22nd. While the Town Office is closed for the move, Brownville residents may pay excise tax and process vehicle and boat registrations at the Milo Town Office. They WILL NOT be processing other requests such as property tax payments, water & sewer payments, or other business - registrations only!

Pictured is Angie Alfonso presenting a plaque to Dan Huri, in recognition of his help in educating students in preventing violence.

Following the Academic and Achievement Ceremony at Penquis Valley Middle School on May 26, Angie Alfonso, who works for Womancare in Dover-Foxcroft, acknowledged Dan Huri with Womancare's 2005 Community Service Award. Dan Huri has been pivotal in bringing violence prevention education to his 8th grade classrooms for the past few years.

Alfonso said she secondly wanted to recognize Huri because he has touched so many lives in this community. Huri connected with Womancare and Rape Response Services in October of 2002 after seeing a need in his school community and describing abusive behaviors displayed by students. "For over 3 years Mr. Huri has made a long-standing commitment to the students of Penquis Valley Middle School to create a safer school climate," Alfonso said. "Mr. Huri's love of students and his commitment of caring will continue in the school halls long after he is gone. He is a leader, a role model, an advocate and a friend."

Dan Huri will be retiring this year, after teaching for over 30 years at Penquis Valley. He will be greatly missed.

Milo is all decked out in patriotic colors..even the dogs are joining in!

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The flag project is headed out Elm Street. Here’s the view from in front of the Exxon, looking towards Peggy and Dizzy Dean’s.

The 2nd/3rd grade from the M. C. Cook School in LaGrange enjoyed a bi-annual field trip to Blue Hill. These pictures were taken at E. B. Whites home in Blue Hill.........below is the actual barn where he got his inspiration. The 2nd/3rd graders are gathered around the table where he wrote the book Charlotte's Web. It was a beautiful day and the kids and chaperones had a wonderful time. A special surprise chaperone, Mrs. Rhoda joined them on their trip.

The class has been reading Charlotte's Web, so they enjoyed seeing the barn where the book is based. The students felt like future authors when they visited White's writing cabin and sat at the table where he wrote his classic books. The kids loved having a picnic lunch and exploring at the ocean. Thank you to Mrs. Mary Gallant for welcoming us to her home, and to our P.T.O. for making this trip possible

Cook School assembly for June 10:
Our assembly opened with our K-1 friends singing a rousing rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", followed by the 2-3 group continuing their history unit with the song "Elbow Room".

Ms. Ivy's terrific kid this week is Cassidy Parker. Cassidy could be terrific kid every week. She always does her homework and she is always reading. She is kind and does all the jobs that she's asked to do.

Mrs. Carter's terrific kid this week is Isaiah Bess. Isaiah has been working really hard in the classroom on slowing down and checking over his work. His editing, reading, and spelling have all shown great improvement because of this. Isaiah has had great behavior on our recent classroom trips.

Artists of the week chosen by Mrs. Chapman were Sha-Lynn Trafton, Andrew Vaillancourt, and Cassidy Parker.

Kids picked for caught being good bags were: Andrew Vaillancourt, Ethan Neal, Lilly Audibert, Rachael Baker, and Cameron Westmoreland.

Brownville Elementary School students and staff celebrated their RIF Reading Challenge State Champion Awards Assembly on Thursday June 9th at the school. Pictured are the Fifth Graders receiving their medallions and certificates. Also displayed is Brownville's third State Championship flag. Congratulations Brownville Elementary Students and Staff...truly a community of readers.

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Pictured: Guidance Counselor Laura Mallett, Tyler Herbst, Kylie Palmer and Michelle Mulherin

Several awards were recently presented at Penquis Valley High School's annual academic awards banquet. Tyler Herbst, a junior, was presented with the Williams College Book Award. This award is designed to encourage intellectual excellence and to recognize student achievement. Herbst is in the top 5 percent of his class, has demonstrated intellectual leadership, and has contributed to the extracurricular life of the school. Tyler is the son of Marco and Laurie Herbst of Milo.

Kylie Palmer, a junior, was selected by the Princeton Book Award Committee of Maine to receive a Princeton Book Award. Kylie has demonstrated strength of character, exceptional leadership and superior academic and extracurricular achievement.. She is one of only 10 students from the entire state of Maine to be selected for this honor. Kylie is the daughter of Marci Palmer of Milo.

The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Good Citizens Program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The student selected and Penquis Valley's DAR good citizen has tirelessly shown the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This
award was presented to senior Michelle Mulherin. She is the daughter of Bill and Susan Mulherin of Milo.

Other awards presented at the banquet included the Decker Awards, academic excellence awards, and the presentation of honor cords and parts for graduation.

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall
The final Kiwanis Kids Korner program of the school year was held at the library on Wednesday, June 8. There were 26 children present and 7 adults, including our regulars, Val, Don, Dottie and Frank. Also attending were Murrell Harris, president of the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club, Amanda Folsom, a big help with the children and crafts, and Jenn Frost, a mother. Val had made two large, luscious cakes. One was white with whipped cream(real) and strawberries, the other was a marble cake with white and fudge frosting with whipped cream and mini M&M’s. Delicious party food. Activity books purchased by Val with money from the Kiwanis were passed out to the excited children as a party surprise. Afterwards the ‘Kids” came upstairs to the library to read and to look at books. They were encouraged by the library staff to continue with lots of library fun this summer by participating in the Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds summer reading program.

Pam and I have been busy processing our newest juvenile books. Listed below are the new books we have purchased from Baker & Taylor. There is a new R.L. Stine series, “Mostly Ghostly” which features the same characters (our hero and his two ghostly friends) through the 4 books already published. This series should be popular with our young patrons who have enjoyed the Goosebumps books. Shivery!!!

Eager, Edward HALF MAGIC
Farmer, Nancy A SEA OF TROLLS
(picture book)
George, Jean Craighead CHARLIE’S RAVEN
Hannigan, Katherine IDA B AND HER PLANS
Napoli, Donna BEAST
Nixon, Joan Lowery LAUGH TIL YOU CRY
Nixon, Joan Lowery NIGHTMARE
Shannon, David ALICE THE FAIRY
Willems, Mo KNUFFLE BUNNY (picture book)

Library Summer Hours
Telephone 943-2612

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathy Witham
The conscientious parent has probably read all of the warnings. Now that kids are out of school for the summer we must be vigilant as to their where-abouts and their safety. more person telling you how to raise your kid. I've gotten e-mail after e-mail about the differences between our childhood and the childhood of children today. How did we survive? We rode bikes, all over town, and we didn't wear helmets. We bought one bottle of soda and shared it. YIKES!!

We played outdoors all day....checking in at lunchtime and again at supper. There were "unorganized" games of baseball going on in every neighborhood. Not only were these games "unorganized" they were also "unsupervised." How do you suppose we managed to get along without our parents sticking their noses into that activity?

We swam in the river with one Mom watching us, and she was probably watching five or six other kids at the same time. She wasn't worried that she was going to get sued if the neighbor kid got a matter of fact it never crossed her mind that there was such a thing possible.

Yesterday I found this little warning in a Sam's Club magazine that we got at my school office. I thought the "tips for summer fun" were interesting....but, really folks, must these "tips" be printed as a reminder? Shouldn't moms have common sense enough to know this stuff already? 1. Make sure children stay well hydrated when playing outside in the heat. (Last I knew, that's what the hose was for.) 2. Always protect exposed skin with sunscreen.

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. Have children take frequent breaks to avoid getting overheated. (This one in particular cracked me up! I refer you to my paragraph #2). 4. Arrange outdoor play equipment in areas where grass or wood chips would cushion a fall. (God forbid Johnny get a boo-boo. And I still call "outdoor play equipment" a swing set. Anything else is called a toy.) And finally, 5. Supervise water activities at all times. (Does that not go without saying?)

Parents and caregivers don't have enough to worry about without someone trumping up these "tips" to make them feel guilty and inadequate? On a hot summer day it really "frosts" me that someone would think that I, as a caregiver, might need to be reminded to put sunscreen on a kid. Back in our day we didn't have sunscreen...and more's the pity. There would certainly be fewer cases of skin cancer now. Now that sunscreen has been invented, must we be reminded by a magazine editor that it's a good idea to use it?

Someone trying to micro-manage your life is not a good thing. Next thing you know "they" will have figured out a way to watch you and make sure you're doing all these safety things. You've heard of "big brother." Maybe we should just blame this all on Dr. Spock. Wasn't he the first person to write a how-to book on raising babies and nurturing little children? Until his book was published, people just sort of automatically knew how to do it. Some of them might have done it a little better than others....but most kids (in this town anyway) managed to survive.

Probably our parents should have been worried about sex offenders when we were kids. Instead, we were allowed to play outdoors helter-skelter all over the neighborhood and "down back" and in other kid's neighborhoods. And probably we should have been concerned that we might be contracting a dread disease from sharing a glass of koolaid or the end of a garden hose with half the neighborhood. It would appear that we should have been being very cautious about our little psyches when it came to being picked for....and playing games with a bunch of neighborhood kids. We sure knew what rejection was...we learned to "deal" with it on our own. It's probably just as well that we didn't realize it was going to warp us in adulthood. Who me? Warped?

Here is a fun Barbecue Pork Sauce recipe to try if you like to grill.
2-1/2 cups water
2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. oil
1/4 cup vinegar
2-1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. hot sauce
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic
Combine all ingredients and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from the heat. Refrigerate sauce overnight to blend flavors.

When you are ready to grill your chops, heat the grill to medium-high heat. Apply sauce to the chops with a grill brush and grill to desired doneness...about 5 minutes per side for well done. Baste with the sauce each time they are turned. There is enough sauce to grill about 10 pour some of the sauce out of the refrigerator dish if you are grilling fewer than 10 chops. You wouldn't want to contaminate all of the sauce. You could save the unused sauce for another grilling.

To benefit the Children’s Miracle Network
SAT. JUNE 25, 2005 AT 9 AM

The parade will begin at the entrance to the Milo Farmer’s Union and will end Rite Aid’s Morrill St. entrance. ALL ages are welcome to participate. Please call 943-8750 or visit Rite Aid to sign up.

Immediately following, there will be a :
Kids’s Karnival

At the Rite Aid parking lot, from 9:30 AM to 3 PM.


JSI STORE FIXTURES, Inc. presents:
The date of the second annual JSI Charity Golf Tournament is August 5th. The deadline to commit to participate in this important community fundraiser is Friday, July 15. Last year more than $4000 was raised and donated by JSI, Maine’s SBA Business of the Year for 2004.
Sponsorship Options
$150 Per Player $150 Per JSI Employee Sponsored $250 Non Playing Corporate Sponsorship
If you would like to sponsor a team, please call Steve Hamlin or Mark Awalt
at 943-7400.

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By Carl Hamlin
Back in the thirties I was about fifteen years old and I was priviledged to know some men who were the last of an era. It’s too bad that their knowledge, skills, and experience had to pass away with them. Following is an account of some of these men and what they did to be remembered.

Ralph Sargent was a foreman for the American Thread Company. When jobs came up that he could take charge of, he would take them. He was a good carpenter and a skilled axe man and woodsman. One summer I had a job in his crew as waterboy and anything else I could do. Ralph had a bridge to build over the Sebeois River outside of Patten. We had two big wall tents, one to sleep in and one for the cook and for us to eat in.. Bales of straw were spread on the ground to sleep on. We had our own blankets. I slept all that summer on a family of little green snakes which stayed under my blanket on the ground. They didn’t bother at all. In the crew were two teams of horses and two teamsters, John White and Ed Rollins. Guy Heal was a great man with a a broad axe. The rest of the crew were good workers and could do most anything pretty well.

The bridge was to be 240 feet long and every stick was a log; no sawed planks were used, not even in the covering. Six thousand cords of white birch was to be cut and hauled over the bridge by truck that winter. Around the bridge area were several ridges well covered with nice spruce which were cut and put into the bridge. Chain saws hadn’t been invented, so cross-cut saws and axes were the tools used. John White had a team of three-year-old horses. I never saw a teamster like John. Using a front set of sleds, he would put two of those long logs on and yard them off those hills down to the bridge. At times those logs were right out over the horses’ backs. He would talk them down one step at a time until they were at the bridge. It was a sight to see. Two men measured the logs and cut them up with a cross-cut saw. I peeled the bark with a bark spud.

Two piers had to be built in the river and rocked up inside. Guy Heal had the job of hewing the headers for the piers. It was a sight to see him use that broad axe. When he got done, the two faces were as smooth as a sawed timber. Two long stringers ran from the shore to the first pier, and then the top logs were rolled out to be put in place. Once there were two men working inside the pier when a log came rolling out. I saw Guy (he was quite old) grab a cant dog and throw a back cant on that rolling log that stopped it. He jumped over the log, landed on the stringer, turned, stepped back over the log, and went back to work. I would have ended up out in the river had I tried that. He prevented an accident, but nothing was ever said about it.

After the bridge was built, the crew did some culvert work on the road. It was a hot day in July and the crew was on the road working. A French fisherman came down the road headed for Patten and asked for a drink of water. He took his pack off, and while he was resting, the boys put two rocks into his backpack. When he got home, I guess he was some wild.

I remember Ralph Sargent’s hands dried and cracked so bad he had to put gloves full of bag balm on at night.

Ralph and Bill Curran cruised the stand of birch that summer. When it was cut and delivered to Milo, there was only nine cords difference between the estimate and the actual scale.

One night we were washed up and waiting for supper. Guy told me about a time when he was working on a log drive on the Connecticut River. It was a nice day and the logs were running well, so the crew was lying around on the grass. A span of driving horses drove up pulling a surrey with a fringe on top. A well-dressed man got out. He was wearing a top hat, swallow-tail coat and patent leather shoes.. He went down to the crew, passed the time of day, and asked a driver why the nails were in his boots. The driver grinned, glanced around the crew, and said, “Those nails keep you from falling off a log.”

“I’ve always wanted to try that,” the man replied.

The driver said, “I think these will fit you.”
The man took off his patent leather shoes, pulled on the boots and laced them up. The boss speared a log and pulled it up to the bank.

“There. Now you can try those boots. Just walk out and back,” he said. He gave the man a cant dog to keep his balance.

The boss was going to wait till he got out to the end of the log and then dump him into the river. The fellow gingerly walked out to the end and the boss stepped on to push the log out. The man jumped four feet into the air, turned, and when his feet hit the log it was spinning like a top. The boss went flying out into the river. It turned out the fellow with the swallowtail coat owned the whole drive and had been driving logs since he was twelve years old.

Guy Heal could handle a rifle pretty well. One day I saw three deer jump across a road, one after the other. Guy dropped his dinner pail and started firing. Not one of those deer made it across the road. I could hardly believe what I had seen.

Another man I knew, John Doble, told me that when he was young, he hunted a lot, and if a deer jumped, and he could see him on the second jump, he was a dead deer. One day he was hunting on a new snow when he looked ahead and thought he could see a deer. He wasn’t sure, so he whistled and the deer ran. He followed and went through the same thing twice more. The third time he said to himself,”I’ll drop him.” but he still wasn’t sure so he whistled again and a man whistled back. I never forgot that story.

One time my dad was headed up Schoodic to do some ice fishing. It was real slippery. Looking up the lake he could see a man walking toward him, but couldn’t tell what he was doing. As they got closer, he could see it was a friend of his. The man had a bottle in his pocket which he didn’t want to break, so he tied a fish line to it and then walked the length of the line, pulled the bottle to him and took a “nip.” He did this until the bottle was empty.

Elwood Brackett was the lookout on Ragged Mountain from May through November. He told me that one night he had turned in and soon heard a noise in the kitchen.. The window in front of the sink faced north and was screwed in. He picked up a .380 pistol beside his bed and went out. As he looked out the window, he could see no sky, nothing but black. He knew then what had made the noise. A big black bear was standing on his hind legs with his from paws on the roof. He fired three quick shots through the screen The bear turned and ran. The next day he found it down over the side of the mountain. That was right where he wanted it. That was a lonely job, but he did have a phone, although the line was torn down quite often by moose.
These are a few of the skilled men and friends I have known.

Italy Part 14
By Virgil Valente

Friday Feb. 11 Today I took another optional tour to Siena. All the Valente group went this time except Dud. He thought he had better give his back a rest for the day. We left for Siena at 7:45 to miss the traffic around Florence again. The bus parked outside the fortress wall and we walked to St. Dominic’s Church where the relics of St. Catherine are. The people of Siena stole her head and right thumb from the Vatican who did not want to give up her body. They are on display in the church. From there we walked the narrow streets pausing often to let traffic by. The route we took this time was different from the one two years ago. This time we didn’t walk as many hills. Probably it was a complaint of former travelers. The Baptistry is located behind the Cathedral and we stopped there so Fernanda could get tickets to enter the Cathedral. More of the beautiful marble mosaics in the floor were uncovered than they were last time. We stopped at a side chapel where people have left many things in thanks for answered prayers. There were many motorcycle helmets and a lot of heart shaped plaques with Italian written on them. We crossed the Cathedral and entered a side chapel dedicated to the life of Pius II who was from Siena The frescos were very vivid with lots of red in them. There were also handwritten manuscripts done by monks years ago. We continued on our tour passing through the unfinished part of the
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Cathedral. It was unfinished because the plague hit the city hard and more than half of the inhabitants died so there was no money.

We walked to the main square where our guide left us. We were given an hour and a half to explore on our own. This square is famous for the Paolio race held during July and August. As I mentioned in my journal two years ago, the city is divided into 17 Contradas or wards. Each ward has a symbol of an animal. There are unicorns, elephants, alligators, etc. People are born into a Contrada and must remain loyal to it for the rest of their life. The only exception given is if a child is born of parents who are of two different Contradas they many choose their own when they come of age. The race is held on horses. The ground is covered with sand to protect the horse’s hooves and buildings on sharp corners are covered with padding in case the horse goes too wide. The riders come from Sardinia a large island off the coast of Italy. They are considered the best horsemen in Italy. The horses and riders are chosen by lot and ride bareback. The only rule is that the horse must go around the square a certain number of times. If the rider falls or is push off it doesn’t make any difference. It is the horse that must cross the finish line. The center of the square holds 20,000 people and there is no charge. If anyone wants to see the race from the balconies of the buildings around the square they must pay 500 Euro for the privilege. The race lasts 2 and a half minutes but the celebration goes on for days.

I went into every food shop I could find to look for Dynamite. I bought a jar for Dud last time and he wanted some more. It is a very hot pepper sauce. Everywhere I went they said they were out. We gathered in the square at 1:15 and walked to the same restaurant we used two years ago. In fact the waitress was the same except she had bright red hair this time instead of the multicolored dye job she had last time. We had bread, wine, soda, water, salad, and potato gnocchi with a mascarpone cheese sauce. For dessert we had a panna cotta with berries on top. It consists of sugar, milk, flavoring, and gelatin. It has the consistency between custard and cream cheese. We returned to the square where we were treated to a special fruit cake made in Siena. We then boarded the bus and headed back to Montecatini.

On the way back we stopped at the WW II American Cemetery in Imprunata. The setting was on a hill side and was a beautiful sight. The American government pays for the upkeep of the cemetery. There is a wall listing all the names of people buried there. Some have been transferred back to the U.S. by their families but the marker is still there. There are also tile pictures showing the progress of the war both in Europe and the Pacific. We continued to Montecatini and arrived around 5.

Before returning to the room I stopped at the grocery store to buy so sharp provolone cheese to bring back with me to the U.S. After returning to the room we went out to price the menus in the nearby restaurants and found them generally high. Montecatini is a tourist town so that was to be expected. I ended up eating a Tuscan T-bone steak at the hotel because they gave us a discount. I had a salad and French Fries with the steak. The steak was `1 inch thick and was too big for the plate. It was very tender. The cost was 14 Euro or around 18 dollars. A similar meal at the restaurants we looked at would have been between $30 and $35. Some of the younger couples decided to eat at the restaurants

because the ambiance was better and they wanted to treat themselves.

Marilyn asked me to go with her next door to the pharmacy to get some sleeping pills. I told her it was the next door down but she said she didn’t want to go alone so I accompanied her. I was visiting in the lobby when Marilyn came up again to say that Gwen had been walking on the street with her Gucci purse slung over her shoulder and someone came along and grabbed it. Fernanda took Gwen to the police station to file report because they refused to come out for pick pocket crime. She lost all her money and credit cards. Fortunately she had left her passport and airline tickets in the hotel.

Later Mary, Renee and I went across the street to a pastry shop to get a gelato and I picked up some of the waffles that Fernanda had us taste in Montecatini Alto. I returned to the room and started to pack. We are going to be busy tomorrow and it is our last day in Montecatini


Ozzie and Jack spent a warm Sunday playing with their two favorite kids, Jimbo Drake and Robert Pavelka. The goats favorite games are “Nibble the Shirt” and “Eat Anything and Everything”, Jimbo and Robert like “Follow the Person” and “Feed the Goats”. Everyone had a great time and Ozzie and Jack can’t wait for the boys to be out of school for the summer.

Understanding Your 457 Retirement Plan
By Shelley Phillips-Mills Financial Consultant, AAMS
A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
Key Plaza
23 Water Street
Bangor, Me 04401
207-947-5456 or 1-800-947-5456 fax: 207-945-3978

As you know, there are many retirement plan options available in the marketplace. But 457(b) plans may not be one of the most common or well known type of plan. If you are eligible to participate in a section 457(b) retirement plan, you may have several questions about how to best use the plan to save for your future. While each plan may include slightly different variations that you may want to discuss with your employer’s benefits department, some basic features are important to understand. Here are some answers to some common questions you may have about your plan:

What is a 457(b) plan?
Code Section 457 applies to an employer sponsored retirement plan maintained by a state, local government or tax-exempt organization (other than a governmental unit) so anyone working for an organization of this type is eligible to participate in this type of retirement plan. These plans are commonly referred to as nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

What are the 457(b) plan deferral limits?
Annually, plan participants can contribute up to 100 percent of their compensation, as long as it does not exceed

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$13,000 for 2004. In addition, the annual deferrals under a 457(b) plan will no longer have to be coordinated with deferrals made to a 401(k), 403(b), SEP or SIMPLE IRA during a single plan year – as was previously the case – allowing you to make the most out of the plan’s contribution limits.

Are catch up provisions allowed within 457(b) plans?
There are a couple of options for catch up contributions in this plan. One option allows plan participants who are 50 and older to make additional annual “catch up” contributions of up to $3,000 for 2004 and $4,000 in 2005. The catch up contribution limit will increase each year by $1,000 until it reaches $5,000 in 2006. The catch up contributions will then be indexed in $500 increments beginning in 2007.

Are 457(b) plans subject to vesting requirements?
Employers have full discretion to specify conditions required to become fully or partially vested in the employer matching and/or nonelective contributions. Employee contributions are always fully vested.

What are the distribution alternatives available under 457(b) plans?
Distributions from a 457(b) plan must be specified within the plan as a fixed or determinable time of payment. This is indicated by an event that triggers the participant’s right to receive, or begin receiving, the amount deferred under the plan. Qualifying events include an unforeseeable emergency, separation from service due to termination or retirement, reaching the age of 70 _ or death (payments go to the beneficiary). Distribution alternatives include lump sum payment, installments and annuity payments. Government 457(b) lump sum distributions are eligible for rollover into IRAs and other qualified plans, such as a 401(k). In addition, 457 plans assets may be transferred to other 457 plans.

Are mandatory distributions required for 457(b) plans?
The rules vary by the type of employer organization sponsoring the 457(b) plan. If the employer is a tax-exempt organization, distributions must begin by April 1 of the calendar year after the participant reaches the age of 70 _ . If the employer is a government or governmental agency, distributions may be deferred until the either April 1 of the calendar year after the participant reaches the age of 70 _ , retirement or separation of service, whichever comes later.

Will participation in a 457(b) plan prohibit contributions to an IRA?
No. Because 457(b) plans are considered nonqualified retirement plans, participants may contribute to their IRAs. If the participant is not covered by any qualified retirement plan, the contribution may be deducted from your current income.
For more information on this and other types of retirement plans, discuss with your financial consultant. If you would like to receive the A.G. Edwards’ publication, “What You Should Understand About Your Section 457 Plan,” please contact financial Consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills in Bangor at 1-800-047-5456.
This article was provided by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Member SIPC.

BROWNVILLE JCT. - Henry R. Graves, 82, husband of the late Annie (MacLean) Graves died suddenly June 6, 2005, at a Bangor Hospital. He was born Jan 22, 1923, in Brownville Jct., the son of Harry P. and Elva M. (Steeves) Graves. He was a graduate of the Brownville Jct. High School, Class of 1940. Henry served during World War II in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. He was the owner and operator of Graves Service Station, est. 1951, where his current position was fondly called "Chief Agitator". Henry enjoyed Card Party Night at the Brownville Jct. Alumni Assoc. Building and spending afternoons at his camp on Schoodic Lake. He was a longtime member and trustee of the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church and was a 58 year member of the Pleasant River Lodge No.164 AF & AM; both the York and Scottish Rites, the Anah Temple Shrine, Tri-County Shrine, the Northern Penobscot Shrine and a member and past patron of Echo Chapter No. 98 O.E.S. He was a member of the Bernard Jones
American Legion Post No. 92 and the Brownville Jct. Alumni Association. Henry was a member of the Brownville Jct. Fire Dept. where he served as chief for 25 years. He served on the Brownville Budget Committee for many years. He was the first ever recipient of the Town of Brownville Citizen of the Year Award in 1972 and had the Town Report dedicated to him in 1987. He was also a member and past president of the Quarry Pines Housing Assoc. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by a sister, Argie Edgecomb. He is survived by three sons, Roger and wife, Vicki Graves, Barrett and wife, Tina Graves, all of Brownville Jct., and Duane and wife, Renee Graves of Hermon; two sisters, Airel Strang of Attleboro, Mass., Eva Barron of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Scott, Amber. Danielle, Brianna, and Shannon Graves; several nieces and nephews. Those who wish may make donations to the Henry and Annie Graves Memorial Scholarship Fund care of B.J.H.S. Alumni Association P.O. Box 151, Brownville Jct., ME 04415.

FORT FAIRFIELD - Priscilla Jane Thacker, 86, daughter of George and Hazel McBride, passed away May 29, 2005. Priscilla lived in Phoenix, Ariz. for the past 45 years. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jane Claire Sears. She is survived by her sons, Joe F. Sears of Long Beach, Calif. and Kenneth Loftus of Milo.

BANGOR - Ramie Michaud, 79, died peacefully June 8, 2005, at a Bangor healthcare facility. He was born Sept. 23, 1925, in Orneville, the son of Ramie R. and Delia Michaud. Ramie served his country in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II and Korea. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Ross Manor for the wonderful care and compassion that Ramie received the past 14 years. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Services will be private for the family. Interment will be at Orneville Cemetery, Orneville. Those who wish to remember Ramie in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Ross Manor Resident Council, care of Activity Department, 758 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.

Good news is for sharing !
By Izzy Warren
Recently I received an e-mail from my friend since kindergarten, Andrea ( Canney) Mayo, inquiring about publicizing a yard sale. It immediately became apparent that this was not just any yard sale but a special one. The yard sale is a fundraising effort on behalf of her twelve year old granddaughter, Eryn Nelson, who attends school in Old Town.

To refresh your memory Andrea is the daughter of the late Paul and Myrtle Canney of Milo, and lives in Bowerbank with her husband, Walter. Our daughters, Vickie and Roberta, were friends and classmates as well in MSAD 41 and Eryn is Roberta's daughter.

Written with the special pride we grandparents tend to have, Andrea describes Eryn as a gifted young lady any community would be proud to claim. She is an honor student, plays electric bass guitar, keyboard, and clarinet. She also enjoys choreography - writing music and dance. Sports in which she participates include baseball and basketball. She studies Tai Kwan Do also and has attained the level of second degree black belt.

Eryn has been chosen to be a People to People International ambassador representing her school, the state of Maine and the United States. This program was founded to foster President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s vision of encouraging youth to become world citizens. More information is easily accessible at

Eryn’s experiences as a student ambassador will include a tour in Europe with activities in Athens, Paris and Rome. To participate, Eryn, her family, and supporters must raise five thousand dollars ($5,0000.00). The yard sale is a part of that fundraising effort and proceeds will be added to the approximately three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) in funds she and her supporters have already raised towards her goal.
All that said, on Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. a yard sale will be held in Guilford
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to benefit Eryn’s People To People International trip fund. It will be held on the main road (route 6/15/16) between Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford across from the DOT garage.\
I hope everyone will help in whatever way they can to help Eryn realize her ambition to journey, not just to Europe, but to world citizenship.

Seniors from the United Baptist Church tour the Milo Historical Society
Shown in the photo with Gwen Bradeen are Allan and Norma Horne, Gardner and Kay Osgood, Cathy West: ( Karen and Janet were busy taking the photos:) This was the groups last meeting until Sept. They have been meeting monthly on Monday afternoons.

Natalie Harris and Isabelle Greaney were treated
to a birthday celebration by their Meals For Me friends on June 9, 2005 at the Milo Town Hall. After a tasty boiled dinner, the twenty-eight members joined Nat and Isabelle for cake, made by Jean Hanson, and ice cream, courtesy of Reuben Lancaster. The ‘birthday ladies’ also received a shower of cards.



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 20 members this morning for the Kiwanis business meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Roy Bither. The prayer was given by Edwin Treworgy. Edwin gave thanks for the Kiwanian members and prayed that they continue their community spirit, helping us to see that no day is complete without helping others. The inspirational reading was read by Don Harris.

Birthday greetings go out to Andrew Walker on June 9th.

Seventeen Happy and Sad dollars were donated today for last Kiwanis Kid Korner to be held this school year at the Milo Library, for being glad to be here, attending the 50th college graduation reunion, for Joe Z.’s daughter who starts her residency in two weeks, for coach of Penquis Team Award for Sportsman, the wonderful televised RIF awards that were handed out in a special ceremony at Milo Elementary this week having seven Kiwanians able to attend the ceremony, Paul G.’s team being undefeated, the senior’s graduation, and for the bright spot in the park now that the gazebo is looking so pretty.

Lt. Gov. Eben DeWitt reported on Interclub in Chris Almy’s absence. Eben, Don Harris, Dottie Brown and Chris Almy attended the Kiwanis Interclub at Sunrise Kiwanis in Dexter on Friday, June 3rd. There will be an interclub in Guilford /Sangerville in the coming week.

Key Club reports: Key Club is winding down this school year’s activities. Ten scholarships were given to the Key Club seniors who graduated this week. Each scholarship amounted to one-hundred dollars.

Joe Z. reported on activities with the upcoming Kiwanis Auction on June 23rd and June 24th. Pick-ups are being completed in a timely fashion.

Gazebo activities. The ground around the gazebo has been roto-tilled by Bobby Ellison and the path has been dug. The top roof is done, and the cupola will be dropped in tonight. The Milo Garden Club will be landscaping on Wednesday and Thursday. Annuals and perennials are ready to be planted. The 6th grade students will be planning a park clean up next week with their advisors and Kiwanian members.

The board meeting results from June 2nd were discussed today. President Harris advised that no action was taken with a Builder’s club. The board noted that several committed Kiwanian members that are able to devote time on a continual basis will be needed. The board will review the possibility of a Builder’s Club again in coming months. Frank Cochrane, Chairman of sponsored youth, has been invited to speak at a future board meeting.

A discussion was held on Key Club Scholarships. The Board will review the current criteria in an attempt to make the expected hours of community service more reasonable. The Board will not meet in the month of July.
Our speaker for next week will be Greg Crispell, surveyor.
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary.

JUNE 1973
13-Fair-60° at 5:15 am
14-Fair windy & colder-70° at 12.
15-Fair breezy-54° at 9:30 pm.
16-Rain cold-54° at 7 am.
17-Partly cloudy AM Sunny breezy PM.
18-Sunny windy AM Partly cloudy windy PM.
19-Sunny L wind-78° at 3 pm.

Milo Town Hall on July 1 at 7:00 PM
PLUS The Smith Brothers playing fiddle and guitar.
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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
(Rain date- Saturday, June 18)
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
v 5th and 6th grade Band Concert
v Community Band Concert 7:00 PM to 9:00 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.
Our Sponsors: Three Rivers Kiwanis, Bailey Lumber, Case Concrete, DeWitt Electric, JSI, Doug Warren, Builder, Town of Milo Maintenance Department, Dunham Machine, American Legion Post #41, American Legion Auxiliary, Milo Garden Club, Rand E. Walker, Coppersmith, Milo Farmers Union, and Lumbra’s Mill
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