Three Rivers News, 2005-06-20
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2005

Mom & Dad:
It hardly seems possible 7 years have passed since you were celebrating your 50th anniversary. Now you are celebrating your 57th anniversary. Congratulations! Thank you so much for the wonderful parents you are, for the encouragement, devotion, and caring you’ve always shown through the years to make family ties that last a lifetime.
“Happy 57th Anniversary”
June 15, 1948
Love, All Of Your Children & Family


Monday, June 27, will be your opportunity to donate blood. There’s going to be a Blood Drive at the Milo Town Hall Dining Room on that day. The hours will be 2 to 7 pm. As they say on the television show, “The Price is Right”, COME ON DOWN.

The chairman of the drive is Phil Gerow and he can speak with experience of the importance of blood donors. In November of last year, the week of Thanksgiving, he had open heart surgery at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. During the surgery, he had to be given three units of blood. Without some folks having donated that blood, he might not be around today.

Therefore, he urges you to make a donation. It only takes about an hour. During that time, you are checked for your vital signs-blood pressure, pulse, etc. by trained personnel from the American Red Cross. The only requirement is that you bring a valid ID with you. That’s so they can prove you are YOU.

Individuals 17 years of age or older are allowed to donate. So come down and join your friends and help save someone’s life. Gerow said he had been involved in blood drives since the 1950’s and has seen great changes. Back then you could not eat from 12 midnight until the time of your donation at the Eastern Maine General Hospital. Now they want you to have eaten prior to donating. In the past you had a complete physical with a ‘johnny’ and all. Now the physical portion is very simple; a prick of your ear or finger to determine the iron level of your blood and a few medical checks. You also have a questionnaire to complete.
When that’s all done, it’s over to the table with you and within ten to fifteen minutes you are at the canteen. And then you’ve done your duty.
Assisting on the blood drive will be volunteers from the Key Club and the community. So, make a date and come to the Milo Town Hall on Monday, June 27, between 2 and 7 pm. Thanks!
Just as a parting remark; you won’t see Phil donating as he has to wait a year after having heart surgery. But, take heart; he’s received his five-gallon pin some time ago. So you know he believes in the program.

By Phil Gerow

Giavanna Rose Loose, left, is shown with here parents Amy Gerow Loose, Robert Loose, and her sister Sophia Haley Loose following her dance recital held at Gorham High School recently.

Saturday afternoon, June 4, at 5:30 pm, Gorham High School was filled to capacity as “Music In Me” Dance Company held its annual recital for 2005. The program was a production of Stardancers, Inc.
Participating was Giavanna Rose Loose, who is in her third year of dance and is the granddaughter of Ina Jane and Phil Gerow of Milo. Giavanna is the daughter of Amy and Robert Loose of Westbrook. In the first half of the program, prior to intermission, were 13 dances with another 13 following intermission. Giavanna participated in a dance number in each portion of the program.

Her first number was titled “Supermodels.” It was performed by the 4th and 5th grade level students in the Jazz Troupe. There were 7 students in the dance. Gia’s (as she is called by her family) second number was titled “Let’s Get Down,” a hip-hop group of ten dancers. Both numbers in which Giavanna performed were beautifully costumed and lighted. Each number was a rousing rendition of the music and dance.

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After the completion of the recital, Giavanna, who had changed into street clothes, was presented with a dozen pink roses by her grandparents and a bouquet of assorted lilies by her parents and sister.

Attending the recital besides her grandparents from Milo and her parents and sister from Westbrook, were her aunt and uncle, Meg and Greg Nisbet and cousin, Garrett and her Aunt Beth from Portland and her aunt and uncle, Cheri and Craig Nelson of Farmingdale. After the recital, all the relatives attended a family dinner at Applebee’s Restaurant in Portland.

Participating in the recital, under the direction of Tina Rae Kelly, owner and director were more than 200 performers. They danced tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and creative movement. Dancers included pre-school age through high school. Also performing were the instructors Amber Crooker, Melissa Girard, Tina Rae Kelly, and Andrea Sharron.

The program closed with a finale that included all participants. It was a lovely way to spend an evening and the program was enjoyed by all. What talent our youngsters have today! Who knows, some of them may appear on the stage on Broadway or the Silver Screen in Hollywood! We wish them all the best.

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Girl Scout Troop #385 would like to thank Fred Trask for helping us make a stage for "Our Future Leaders" The girls modeled a career that they possibly might be in another 15 years! Not only did Fred supply the stage, but also helped with the decorating!

Another big thanks to Jean Larson for driving the tractor to pull us....Great job!

Thank you for helping, we had an awesome time!
Troop #385

We are now taking reservations for our July 16th Fine Dining at ‘The Restaurant’
We hope to hear from you soon! 943-7432
Members and guests of the UMW are invited to meet at Freda Cook's Bed and Breakfast at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 21 for our spring banquet.

CRUIZE-IN #16 is coming!
It's less than a week away! The Penquis Cruizers are ready! The weather should be great since we haven't had many good weekends so we must be due for one! And if the weather does cooperate, organizers expect more than 125 cars and trucks of all makes, models and years to descend on Milo next Sunday! The 16th Annual Cruize-In sponsored by the Cruizers is scheduled to begin at 10am on Sunday, June 26th, at the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot. There will be lots of activity going on for participants. For those who just want to wander in and see the cars, it is best to be there between 11am and 1pm. Since this is a cruize-in and not a car show, participants don't have to be registered by a specified time, nor do they have to stay until the end of the event unless they want to.

One of the biggest draws of the event, according to organizers, is the auction which (weather cooperating) will begin at 1pm. Norris Oakes, a professional auctioneer, along with assistance from Cruizer club members will auction off car related items - both new and used, items and gift certificates from local businesses, and some items not just for the "car guys". "We try to have auction items that will appeal to everyone - something for the guys and their cars, something for the gals, and something for the kids. We have some members who have been out there beating the pavement to provide some new and different things for the auction." ," states Susan Worcester, one of the event coordinators.

There will be goody bags for participants that will include dash plaques as well as other items provided by local organizations and information about the cruize-in. While this is not a car show with classes and trophies, the Cruizers do provide some awards. There will be a "Favorite Cruizer" selected by those who register a vehicle. There will also be a "Hard Luck Story" award, "Best Appearing Club" certificate, "In Restoration" plaque and trophies for the two contests which are held during the day. A "Rap Contest" will be held for participants in the late morning. In this event, those who wish rev up their cars and the loudness of the exhaust is recorded by a decibelmeter. There will be a new contest this year called "Back Up Bumper Ball". In this contest, drivers will see just how close to a stanchion they can get their vehicles.

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Refreshments will be available throughout the day thanks to the Three Rivers Kiwanis group and the Milo Cub Scouts will be offering ice cream. The Maine HO Racing organization will be on hand to share information about their group and will offer racers, both young and old, an opportunity to try their hand at HO racing. Music for the day will be provided by Paul Hanson of Bangor. Two raffles will be held - a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a Neon Tire Clock. You must be present to win the 50/50 raffle but not the Tire Clock raffle. Tickets for that raffle can be purchased in advance at S&L Auto Parts in Milo and the clock can be seen on display there as well. There will be a kids' raffle which kids 12 and under can sign up for at no charge.

Anyone interested in joining the Penquis Cruizers can do so at the show. Penquis Cruizer club items will be on sale.

If the weather is good, there should be a great variety of unique vehicles on hand. Participants enjoy spending the day talking with others who share their interest in the sport of automobiling. Spectators enjoy checking out the original, rebuilt, and unusual assortment of cars and trucks on hand. For more information about the event, call 965-8070.

MSAD #41/#68 Even Start Family Literacy Program
The MSAD #41/#68 Even Start Family Literacy Program received a Moosehead Rocking Chair for their Early Childhood Education room on Monday, June 6. John Wentworth, President of Moosehead Manufacturing Company, presented the rocking chair to the program’s parents, children, and staff during the June Even Start program activities. The rocking chair was greatly appreciated and will be used for the infants, toddlers, and preschool children during story time and for rocking the infants to sleep.

Even Start serves eligible families in the two-district area who want to earn a high school diploma or GED and bring their children with them for an early childhood education experience. Families also become involved in learning more about parenting issues that interest them. During part of the day at Even Start family members take part in Parent and Child Together (PACT) time. They each pair off with their child and take part in an early childhood activity that the child wants to do. The parent supports the child at the child’s developmental level and encourages the child as they play. Parents and staff read to the children throughout the day and connect the reading to activities and questions that will improve the child’s knowledge of print, letters, sounds of letters, fluency, and comprehension. All of the activities done in the Early Childhood Classroom help prepare the children for school.

The Even Start program is getting ready for the 2005-2006 year. We offer some center visits as well as home visits during July and August. We have openings in the program and are accepting applications to the program at the present time. Anyone who is interested in applying to the program can contact Diane Curran at 943-7348 or send a request to MSAD #41/#68 Even Start, 37 West Main Street, Milo, ME 04463.

Pictured: First (front) row left to right – Amber Brayall, Melvin Ames IV, Heaven Ames, Jessica Hall, Trevor Hall. Second row (back) left to right Lisa Brayall, Kim Royal, Russell Ames, and John Wentworth.

For many years Ben Stein has written a biweekly column called "Monday Night At Morton's." (Morton's is a famous chain of Steakhouses known to be frequented by movie stars and famous people from around the globe.) Now, Ben is terminating the column to move on to other things in his life. Reading his final column is worth a few minutes of your time.

Ben Stein's Last Column... How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?

As I begin to write this, I "slug" it, as we writers say, which means I put a heading on top of the document to identify it. This heading is "eonlineFINAL," and it gives me a shiver to write it. I have been doing this column for so long that I cannot even recall when I started. I loved writing this column so much for so long I came to believe it would never end.

It worked well for a long time, but gradually, my changing as a person and the world's change have overtaken it. On a small scale, Morton's, while better than ever, no longer attracts as many stars as it used to. It still brings in the rich people in droves and definitely some stars. I saw Samuel L. Jackson there a few days ago, and we had a nice visit, and right before that, I saw and had a splendid talk with Warren Beatty in an elevator, in which we agreed that Splendor in the Grass was a super movie. But Morton's is not the star galaxy it once was, though it probably will be again.

Beyond that, a bigger change has happened. I no longer think Hollywood stars are terribly important. They are uniformly pleasant, friendly people, and they treat me better than I deserve to be treated. But a man or woman who makes a huge wage for memorizing lines and reciting them in front of a camera is no longer my idea of a shining star we should all look up to.

How can a man or woman who makes an eight-figure wage and lives in insane luxury really be a star in today's world, if by a "star" we mean someone bright and powerful and attractive as a role model? Real stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese girls do their nails.

They can be interesting, nice people, but they are not heroes to me any longer. A real star is the soldier of the 4th Infantry Division who poked his head into a hole on a farm near Tikrit, Iraq. He could have been met by a bomb or a hail of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced an abject Saddam Hussein and the gratitude of all of the decent people of the world.

A real star is the U.S. soldier who was sent to disarm a bomb next to a road north of Baghdad. He approached it, and the bomb went off and killed him.

A real star, the kind who haunts my memory night and day, is the U.S. soldier in Baghdad who saw a little girl playing with a piece of unexploded ordnance on a street near where he was guarding a station. He pushed her aside and threw himself on it just as it exploded. He left a family desolate in California and a little girl alive in Baghdad.

The stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish weddings on TV but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists.

We put couples with incomes of $100 million a year on the covers of our magazines. The noncoms and officers who barely scrape by on military pay but stand on guard in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships and in submarines and near the Arctic Circle are anonymous as they live and die.

I am no longer comfortable being a part of the system that has such poor values, and I do not want to perpetuate those values by pretending that who is eating at Morton's is a big subject.

There are plenty of other stars in the American firmament...the policemen and women who go off on patrol in South Central and have no idea if they will return alive; the orderlies and paramedics who bring in people who have been in terrible accidents and prepare them for surgery; the teachers and nurses who throw their whole spirits into caring for autistic children; the kind men and women who work in hospices and in cancer wards.

Think of each and every fireman who was running up the stairs at the World Trade Center as the towers began to collapse. Now you have my idea of a real hero.
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I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters. This is my highest and best use as a human. I can put it another way. Years ago, I realized I could never be as great an actor as Olivier or as good a comic as Steve Martin...or Martin Mull or Fred Willard--or as good an economist as Samuelson or Friedman or as good a writer as Fitzgerald. Or even remotely close to any of them.

But I could be a devoted father to my son, husband to my wife and, above all, a good son to the parents who had done so much for me. This came to be my main task in life. I did it moderately well with my son, pretty well with my wife and well indeed with my parents (with my sister's help). I cared for and paid attention to them in their declining years. I stayed with my father as he got sick, went into extremis and then into a coma and then entered immortality with my sister and me reading him the Psalms.

This was the only point at which my life touched the lives of the soldiers in Iraq or the firefighters in New York. I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help others He has placed in my path. This is my highest and best use as a human.

Once again it's "field day" season in SAD #41. Mrs. Russell, district P.E. instructor organized the week long events for grades K-6. Even though the weather didn't cooperate for much of the week she and her helpers provided great activities. The final event for each grade level was a pie eating contest. From the looks of this group it was "too close to call"!

For the 4th straight year the 5th grade at Brownville Elementary went to Smith's for their annual pizza party. Milton and Juanita prepared the pizza and then treated them to an ice

cream cone for dessert. The trip is an enjoyable year end party, but also serves as a lesson to reinforce appropriate restaurant manners. Mrs. Smith and Milton commended them on their behavior and good manners.

Fifth graders in Brownville recently dissected squid as a science project. Here, Stephanie Vachon looks like she's not too sure she's having fun! The kids did some virtual dissections online prior to trying the real thing.

Once they found all (or some) of the parts they cooked up some "calamari" and did a taste test.

At our June 17th assembly, Haley Morel, Tyler Tibbetts and Andrew Kelley were honored as Terrific Kids.

Ms. Ivy said that Haley is always terrific. She has been practicing her writing and reading and is an excellent listener. Haley follows the rules every day. Mrs. Carter is very proud of Tyler. He has worked very hard to earn Terrific Kid. He has had good notes home and was well behaved all week. Andrew also has earned Terrific Kid this week. Miss K. said that he had his planner signed and homework completed each day. Andrew has done a super job on his written work and has been a role model for our school.

Bus Kids: Bridgette Spinney, Elsie Audibert and Michelle Baker
We celebrated the summer birthdays of Edward, ShaLynn, Dillon, Jeremy, Zach, Taylor, Rachael B., April and Jessica M.
Terrific Kid Gift Bags were awarded to Jeremy, Kendra, Rachael B., Trevor and Laura.

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Dear all,
This is Kudeja, my little 'terimuso'...we spend a lot of time together and we always seem to put a smile on each others faces. She's an adorable little girl.

Greetings from what I believe is the hottest (on average) city on the face of the planet. Everything is going very well for me here...physically, spiritually, and mentally. Work is starting to increase for me, making the time pass by very quickly. It blows my mind that in 3 months I will have lived in West Africa for 1 year. Time certainly seems to fly by the older that I get, which is something that I try to be constantly aware of and not take for granted...our time on this earth is definitely not a very long one in the grand scheme of things, so I try to cherish life as much as I can and take in as much as I can.

I had a pretty interesting experience today biking into Kayes from my village. After leaving village at about quarter to 6, I was slowly making my way to Kayes because I’ m having problems with the gears on my bike....currently I can only use about 3 of the 21 gears. But anyway, about 10km from Kayes, I heard my back wheel blow out and stopped to check it out. The nozzle that you inflate the tire with had completely come off, leaving the bike tube useless and leaving me stranded. I sat on the side of the road for about 20 minutes, cursing and waiting for a truck or someone to come by to give me a lift. Then a Malian man, about 50 years old, rode by on his bike and after chatting for a couple of minutes, he told me that we could mount the bike on the back of his bike and we could walk it into Kayes together. I couldn't believe that he was willing to do this for me, considering that he didn't even know me and that he had work to do in Kayes. This to me exemplified the kind of people that you find in this country...they have nearly nothing to give you but kindness and friendship, and never once hesitate to help a complete stranger, let alone a white boy to whom they probably have nothing in common with. Anyway, it took us about an hour and a half to make it to Kayes so that I could get a taxi. We then exchanged benedictions and went our separate ways...but I don't plan on forgetting about him. I think that I will make a trip to his village to surprise him and share some tea.

Today I went to the market to meet with the representatives of the villages that I’m working with for my sanitation project. We bought all of the materials for the project: donkey carts, brooms, wheelbarrows, masks, etc. Next Monday (the 20th) I am going to hold a formation in the village to teach the girls of the sanitation committee’s basic accounting and inventory management skills. Hopefully it goes well...I'm looking forward to it and it should be fun.

I think that now my next project is going to find money to purchase pirogues for the villages of my commune. When I start this project, it will be online at the Peace Corps website for anyone to make donations towards the project. The problem in the

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community is that many people need to cross the river frequently to transport goods to markets, or to attend school, but have difficulty because there are either no or very few pirogues. This was discussed at a meeting that I went to with my mayor and representatives of all of the villages of my commune, and after finding out that the villages would be able to contribute the 25% of the costs, I thought that it would be feasible to undertake this task. I found out that for a wooden pirogue it would be about $800. When it all comes together I estimate that it will probably be about $4000 in total, of which I would have to find 75%. I'll keep you all posted and hope that you would be willing to spread the word.

Yesterday I had the chance to watch the DVD of the Red Sox winning the World Series. I would have to say that it was probably the most amazing run at a championship ever, with their comeback on the Yankees, and also Curt Schilling pitching on a bum wheel. Even though I watched it 8 months later, it was still very exciting. It's too bad that I missed the party, despite not even being a Red Sox fan.

I think that I’ll sign off here. I hope that you are all having a great summer and that this email finds you all happy and healthy.
Peace and Love, Matt

20-P Cloudy AM showers pm Clearing-74° at 3.
21 & 22-Rain. 23 & 24-Sunny. 25 & 26-Rain.

Little League isn't just for boys anymore. Behind the plate for the Yankees this week was Brooke McLaughlin. She did a great job catching for her team.

Milo-Brownville Rec. League Entry: The Yankees
Coach Joe McLaughlin, Assistant Coach Mary Bess, Jerell Arfien, Colby Brown, Brooke McLaughlin, Gage McLaughlin, Jake Turner, Isaiah Bess, Carolyn Bess, Hannah Bess, Zach Slagle, Cody Larrabee, Kendra Hall, Jason Durant, Josh Dillon

The Mets
Coach Dick Pelletier, Assistant Coach Lance Gerrish, Assistant Coach Brett Gerrish, Tyler Pelletier, Bryan Russell, Klay Stevens, Lucas Grinnell, Spencer Leavitt, Derick Johnson, Jona Johnson, Miranda Conklin, Ben Lufkin, Shawn Carey, Chris Crecelius, J.T. Kearns

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall
Our book sale was a big success and the library received a goodly sum toward its summer reading program materials. I want to thank everyone who helped to make it so successful. First, I must thank everyone who donated such wonderful books. We had all kinds of great books. The men who moved the books from the library to the town hall dining room deserve a big hand too. They were Blaine Chadwick, Jack Eastman, Nicholas Hatt (a patron who volunteered), Robert Hussey Jr. and Walter Macdougall. The next job was setting the books out on the dining room tables for display. Jack, Victoria and Victor Eastman helped me with this task. Four year old Victor had more energy than the three adults combined and was a big help from putting cookbooks on their special table to picking up books for us when they slipped from our grasp when we were holding others in place. Saturday Joanne DeWitt and I welcomed customers and were pleased to see them walk out with box after box of books. They came from as far away as Ellsworth and seemed very pleased with their finds. At 1:00 Michelle from SOAR arrived to move the leftover books to the American Legion. There she would sort out books appropriate to send to send to our troops and have a book sale with the rest which proceeds would be used to help support SOAR. Joanne and I helped Michelle box up the books, and my son George, and his wife, Donalyn, helped her move the boxes to her car. Your book donations will continue to help others. The staff at the library thanks everyone who helped in every way from donating to buying. Without your help the library would not have these extra funds for the program.

Last week our summer reading program Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds began. We had sign-up week for newcomers who have questions and those who like to get an early start. However, youngsters can sign up anytime they come into the library. This week the actual program begins, and we anticipate a very busy time. We have new bookmarks, tattoos (temporary), book bags, paper games, weekly surprises, and signing up for food prizes from C & J Variety, Milo House of Pizza and the Milo Farmers Union. We also have four mascots this year. King Funshine Bear has a secret to share with the youngsters, there is Mystic the unicorn and tiny twin dragons, Puff and Fluff. These mascots are enjoyed throughout the program and will go home with the lucky winners at our August 12 party. Another thing that many children find very special is “getting their hand stamped”. This year we have several stamps- a dragon, a castle, a shield and a crown with R-E-A-D on it from which to choose. In fact, this activity is so popular that the very youngest children often ask to have their hand stamped during the winter too. All in all, we have so much fun; I hope you sign your child up for our “Great Eight” weeks. We supply all the materials and there is no charge. All children preschool through grade 6 will have a super time.

Library Summer hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri. ---2:00-8:00
Telephone 943-2612

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham
Staring me in the face from the top of my desk is a picture of my "too many greats to count" grandfather. His name was Spencer Horne, Sr. I don't know what his middle name was....or even if he had a middle name, but he must have. This is a real picture....not a painted portrait. There is also a picture of his wife. Her name was Sarah Canney Horne. We think that Sarah might be our connection to Native American heritage. I don't know where Cousin Karen got these pictures, but they are amazing.

Spencer has a slicked down on the top of his pate gray head of hair that sort of bushes out as it grazes his shoulder. In this day in age we'd call him a hippie. He also sports a thick gray mustache. His mouth is not smiling, but you can see a full lower lip before the beard takes over and completely covers his chin area. His nose, much like my grandfather’s, is a tad bulbous. Because the picture has been enlarged and then scanned in its original frame, it is quite grainy. However, the very fact that we are in possession of it is amazing. You see, Spencer was born in 1796. YIKES!! This man was born a mere twenty years after the American Revolution. He lived to be seventy-six, so was around for the Civil War. I don't know if he fought in that war, but if I know my grandfathers, I'm betting he had an opinion. I understand from tales told by the family that Spencer was what we now call a conscientious objector.

Sarah appears to have been a small woman. Her hair is slicked down across the top of her head and then falls into short curls around her cheek area...very strange hairdo. It was probably pulled up into a bun in the back, but that doesn't show. Her eyes appear so sunken that one might think this photo was taken after she died, but I don't believe that was the case. Not a sign of a smile on her face....such a shame. Probably didn't have a tooth in her head by the time this picture was taken.

The family lived in Orneville, but I don't know where. My cousin Tom Horne has done lots of research, and I'm starting to get anxious to talk with him and his sister Karen and see if we can piece together more about this family. In the census it appears that they had a few children and others living in the home with them. I believe Spencer and Sarah were approximately the same age, and both lived to be in their seventies. Genealogy is so much fun. To me, though, imagining their life style and knowing where their homes were actually located is as much fun as just piecing together the statistical data. I also love looking at the pictures and trying to see a familiar look in the faces.

Once, six or seven years ago, I took my father's cousin's granddaughter to the Historical Society museum to show her around. She was a student at my school, and I wanted to share some of the old photos of our mutual ancestors that are on display at the museum. I pointed to a large group picture that had two of our ancestors in it and said, "Point to the people that you think might be our relatives." She immediately pointed to one of the women that I was referring to. Amazed, I asked her how she knew! She said, "Because she has my father's eyes." And she was right.....and the woman in the picture stared back with her eyes, and amazingly enough my eyes, too. Strong eye genes I guess.

One of the things that we have found confusing is the fact that generation after generation of our family all had the same first names. The only way we can tell who is who is to carefully calculate ages based on the dates. It is an exacting science, and easily confuses some of us.....that would be those of us who are not as good at math. I wonder if there is a math gene in our DNA. There must be. There are genes for artistic ability and genes for our reasoning skills and common sense genes....there must be math genes. I definitely didn't get a dominant math gene.

Today we are gathering to celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of my Aunt Norma and Uncle Allan. What an amazing milestone! We have doubled up the celebration to include a graduation party for my cousin Dale's son, Evan. Finally, our family has sprung out and we have some different names. Two hundred years from now genealogists tracking my family will have less trouble figuring out who is who. Fortunately, these younger generations have had a bit more imagination in the name giving. Here's a great
Out-of-this-World Date Bar

1-1/2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Mix together 1-1/2 cups flour and 3 tablespoons brown sugar. cut 3/4 cup (which is 1-1/2 sticks) butter into the mixture; spread into a 9X13 cake pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Meanwhile, mix your eggs, 2 tablespoons flour, and the rest of the brown sugar, dates, walnuts and vanilla well. Spread this mixture over the crust. Return to the oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes longer. When this mixture is done baking, set it aside to cool. Make the frosting by creaming together 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, milk, confectioners' sugar, and almond extract. Frost the bars when they are cool to the touch.

Dr. Maggie Zamboni

Maggie is the daughter of Joe and MaryJane Zamboni of Milo. She graduated from Penquis Valley High School, Class of 1997. She then graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology in 2001.

She graduated from the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine on June 4, 2005, and will begin a 3-year Pediatric Residency at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine on July 1, 2005.

Maggie can be reached at

Italy Part 15
By Virgil Valente

Saturday Feb. 12th
After breakfast I went back to the pastry shop to get some candy to bring home. It was like the candy we were given by the relatives in Carpinone. We gathered in the lobby and at 9:45 we left for the train station to buy tickets for Viareggio, a sea port close to Pisa. We arrived and there was no one to sell the tickets. We waited for over 20 minutes and finally one of the Italians looking for a ticket went to the café to get him. He said he was having his breakfast and wasn’t too happy to be interrupted. The tickets were 3.20 Euro each way. We boarded the train at 10:30. We could have taken an earlier train but would have had to change in Lucca. The train car was very cold!

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We passed many small towns and of course Lucca. There was a mountain in the way so we went through a tunnel that seemed like a mile long. We arrived in Viareggio at 11:22. The tourist office in the station was open so we got maps to show us how to get to the water. The streets were all decorated for Mardi gras with flags of many different countries draped out the windows. For their Mardi gras they have large papier-mâché floats that would rival the Rose Parade. I bought some postcards showing previous ones because they weren’t being shown until the parade tomorrow. I had asked Fernanda how they could have a Mardi gras after Ash Wednesday and she said that Sundays were not part of lent and that Italians bend the rules when it comes to having a party. The day was quite foggy so we couldn’t see as much as I would like. After walking to the ocean on a very wide beach we returned to the road along the water where there were rides and concession stands. There was one concession that had a machine stamping out thin crisp anise cookies that were very tasty. Two or three bags were purchased by the group. We all bought head bands for 1 Euro each that had hands on the end of springs so that they would wave as you walked. We split up and all headed back to the station. We had to catch the train at 1:37 and were afraid if we all ate at the same place we might not make it. I had an Italian pig in a blanket and a water. The pig was more of a sausage than a hot dog and was delicious. When we returned to the train station we found that the train back to Montecatini would be leaving gate 6. This time we had a heated car and it got too hot! Steff held the doors open between cars trying to cool us off. The conductor came through and punched our tickets. In all our train rides it was the first time. I understand if you don’t have a valid stamped ticket you could be put in jail. Fortunately they didn’t check us when we left Naples after Geppino got us on for nothing!

We arrived back in Montecatini at 2:25 and I took a nap for an hour. Dud needed to exchange some money so I showed him where the exchange office was, but unfortunately it was closed for siesta.

At 5:30 most of the tour group gathered in Kelley and Eric’s room to practice a song to sing to Fernanda tonight. At 6:30 we went to the Verdi reception ballroom for Farewell drinks. The other group was still there so we waited until 6:45. The drink was a mix of white wine, vodka and punch. Fernanda had been saying for a couple of days that she had a surprise for us. Sure enough, Carla, our tour director of two years ago had arrived with her husband Chris. They had taken the train up from Rome to be with us and had booked a room at the hotel. The younger crowd read a poem written for Fernanda and then we all sang the song. After that we gave her a bouquet of flowers in thanks for all she had done. The Valente group in addition gave her some blueberry jam, a Maine calendar and a cookbook. We also called Stefania in and gave her a bouquet for all the things she did to help us as well. We knew her group wouldn’t give her anything and wanted to show our appreciation.

At 7:20 we went to our Farewell dinner. The first course was cheese and ham in puff pastry. Next we had spelt soup with beans, lasagna, a rolled pork loin that was wrapped in pancetta, mustard and proscuitto inside a pastry shell. The loin was about 3 feet long and baked as one piece. It was sliced and served with rosemary potatoes and spinach. For dessert we had a chocolate cake that was covered with small cream puffs and whipped cream.

Dud showed everyone how to get a cork out of a wine bottle with a handkerchief. Many toasts were given and a merry time was had by all. We adjourned back to the ballroom where a musician had set up and was playing a keyboard and piano. There were only three from the other group who attended. We danced and sang until 10:30. Carla and Chris seemed to enjoy themselves and Carla told us that Chris is usually a wallflower and couldn’t believe we got him to dance.

The Bowerbank Fire Department is holding a fundraising raffle. The prize is an ATV - a 300 size Honda Rancher 4 X 4. Only 750 tickets will be sold.
Tickets are $ 10.00 each. Winner to be drawn July 23, 2005. Tickets are available from Ladd Brothers Engineworks in Sebec.


Have you ever seen anything as cute? These four beautiful girls are the daughters of Lea and Tracy Lundin. The “babies” were adopted at Easter and are doing magnificently. It is endings like this that make our day!! We have a few kittens left looking for homes, so if you are in the mood for a wonderful adoption experience, give Julie a call at 943-5083 and schedule a visit to P.A.W.S. We are also in dire need of volunteers!!! If you have 2 hours a week to spend with our animals call Julie.


BANGOR and MILO - Hartley F. MacLeod, 91, husband of Anna G. MacLeod died June 11, 2005, at a Bangor nursing home. He was born July 4, 1913, in Brownville Junction. He was the son of John and Katie MacLeod. He graduated from Brownville Junction High School, Class of 1932. Hartley retired from the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in Derby in 1975. He and his wife Anne loved to go camping and had many friends. After retiring they lived in St. Petersburg, Fla. for many years, returning to Maine in 1986. He was predeceased by his wife Anne, in 1988; and a grandson, Jeff Carey, in 1979. He is survived by two sons, Clarence "Larry" and wife, Jane and Jack and his wife, Alice, all of Milo; a daughter, Mary Ann Carey, and her husband, Harry, of Levant; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one nephew. Graveside services will be announced.

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MILO - John R. Daggett, 54, died June 16, 2005, while working on the job in Milo. He was born March 16, 1951, in Dover-Foxcroft, son of Raymond and Lorraine (Howlett) Daggett. He worked in the woods for much of his life and also for the Department of Public Works in Milo. He is survived by his wife, Lois E. Wagner of Milo; his mother of Guilford; a daughter, Tammy and her husband, Shawn Getchell, and their children, Shari, Shawn and Ian, all of Dexter; two brothers, Dale and his wife, Gerri Daggett, of Hampden, and Larry and his wife, Pam Daggett, of Guilford and their children, Stephanie and her husband, Ryan, of Hampden and Kevin of Guilford; step-children, Laura Womack of Connecticut, Lesley Maynard and her friend, Danny McDonald, and her son, Christopher Maynard of Charleston, John and his wife, Donna Maynard, and their children, Rebecca and Nicole of Charleston, and James Chrystal of Bangor; a sister-in-law, Ruth Truebe and her husband, Carl, of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Agnes Jurgen of Dayton. He will be sadly missed by his canine companion, Moose. A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at the Church of the Open Bible in Charleston, with Pastor Robert Young, officiating. Following the service there will be a celebration of his life, and a time for refreshments. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to the Milo Fire Dept., P.O. Box 218, Milo, ME 04463, or the Milo Ambulance, 25 West Main St., Milo, ME 04463. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.

BANGOR - Marie E. Fessenden, 76, died June 15, 2005, at the Maine Veterans' Home. She was born Feb. 23, 1929, in Bangor, the daughter of Ernest and Margaret (Bohan) Raynes. Marie was a long-time resident of Nason Manor. She was very active in the K of C auxiliary and a communicant of St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor. She is survived by four sons, Paul and his wife, Carla, of Florida, Donald and his wife, Sandra, of Sebec, Richard and his wife, Judy, of Bangor and Joe and his friend, Judy, of Augusta; two daughters, Linda and her husband, Richard Catterson, of Bangor and Peggy Prouty of Brewer; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grand-children. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul in 2001. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the family lot at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to NFI Enpowerment Fund, 726 Finson Road, Bangor, ME 04401.

SEBEC - Kenneth Joshua Marcus, 63, died June 15, 2005, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home, after a valiant struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was born July 21, 1941, in Melrose, Mass., the son of Aaron and Esther (Winkler) Marcus. Ken grew up in Littleton, Mass., and lived in the central Massachusetts area including Boxboro and Pepperell until 1988. He lived in Tunbridge, Vt., in the 1990's where he taught Industrial Arts in South Royalston, VT After retiring from teaching, he moved to Sebec in 2001. From his youth, Ken was active in the Masons. During the 1970's, he was active with the Boxboro Minutemen. His interests included sports writing, umpiring baseball, leather carving, hunting and fishing, and bluegrass music. Notably, he ran the "Beaverbrook Bluegrass Festival" at the Boxboro Sportsman's Club in Harvard/Boxboro, Mass., in the 1980's. He was a member of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club, and the Masons, both in Dover-Foxcroft and South Royalston, VT He is survived by two brothers, Stephen A. Marcus of Ayer, Mass., David E. Marcus of Amesbury, Mass.; and a sister, Judith Johnson of Belfountain, Ontario. He will be greatly missed by his nephews, Christopher and Matthew; and his nieces, Pamela, Emily, and Alice. Memorial visitations will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2005, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 NW 9th Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494. or to the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis, care of Paul Raymond, P.O. Box 615, Dover-Foxcroft 04426.
Three Rivers Kiwanis News

Children: Priority One

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Dorothy Brown or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

President Murrel Harris greeted twenty-three members and one guest this morning.

Roy Bither led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Edwin Treworgy gave the blessings today. He gave thanks for all the Kiwanis members who are able to appreciate all individuals and are willing to lend a hand in our community. He asked for blessings for those ill and bereaved.

Anniversary greetings go out to Mike and Angie Comeau on June 17th, to David and Debbie Walker on June 19th, and also to Sandra and Leo Gray on June 19th.

Happy and sad dollars were donated for Janet Richard’s parents 70th wedding anniversary, having Bobby Ellison’s grandson visit with us today, for the planting that was finally able to be accomplished (between rain events) last week at the gazebo, for an almost close of another school year, for daughter Jean being here, for being happy to see Jean Hamlin here, for Ed and Ethelyn as they lent their kayak to the Barton’s for a happy kayaking event, a very happy dollar for all the work on the gazebo, for Zach being back from Rowanda, and a worried dollar was donated as Kiwanians hoped for the weather to improve so that the dedication of the gazebo may take place as scheduled.

An interclub report was given by Chris Almy. He reported that Lt. Gov. Eben DeWitt and the Barton’s, Jan and George, and Roy Bither traveled to Guilford for an interclub on June 14. An Interclub for Greenville is planned for this coming week.

Joe Zamboni reported on Kiwanis auction activity. Members are busy making pick ups as needed. The auction will be held on June 23 and June 24th. Kiwanis members are hoping that members of our community will come out and help us raise the funds we need to help our community.

Joe reports that all the rain this week has put a damper on our ability to finish the gazebo this past week as just a few final touches need to be completed. Many plants and pretty flowers have been planted. The members of the Milo Garden Club have been seen faithfully watering the plants prior to the rain events.

Neil Hamlin introduced our speaker today, Neil’s daughter, Jean Hamlin. Jean gave a spirited and sometimes humorous and cheerful talk about life as a college sophomore at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She told about us about her journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, appreciating the beauty of the majestic mountains.

Jean is in a pre-med program at Dartmouth and told some humorous tales about life as a chemistry student. Although busy with her studies she has been able to take the time to make friends, and enjoy the friendships of students from other places with different backgrounds and cultures. She also told us about being a teammate on a rowing team, and about participating in winter events at Dartmouth.

We enjoyed our time with Jean today and we hope she will make a visit to us again in the future. We are very proud of Jean’s accomplishments.

Our speaker for next week is Greg Crispell.
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary.

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Baseball Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. An official baseball has (a) 55 (b) 78 (c) 100 (d) 108 stitches.
2. The Dodgers were once called the (a) Idiots (b) Bums (c) Swingers (d) Gas House Gang.
3. Mel Parnell no-hit (a) the Yankees (b) the Indians (c) the White Sox (d) the Tigers.
4. A pitcher's "best friend" is (a) a change up (b) a high hard one (c) a catcher (d) a double play.
5. The first black to play in the American League was (a) Elston Howard (b) Pumpsie Green (c) Larry Doby (d) Minnie Minoso.
6. (a) Buddy Bell (b) Pete Rose (c) Willie Mays (d) Ted Williams didn't think he should play in an all star game.
7. (a) Ted Williams (b) Stan Musial (c) Ty Cobb (d) Hank Aaron had the highest lifetime batting average.
8. Carlton Fiske came from (a) California (b) Texas (c) New Hampshire (d) Ohio.
9. "The Walking Man" was (a) Babe Ruth (b) Ted Williams (c) Eddie Yost (d) Harry Walker.
10. Greatest catch at Fenway (a) Dwight Evans (b) Paul Blair (c) Al Luplow (d) Fred Lynn.

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

Sawtell To Speak
Brownville Junction-Maine Author Bill Sawtell will be the monthly speaker at the ATV Club meeting held at The Junction. The subject: Katahdin Iron Works. Mr. Sawtell has written and compiled four books on Katahdin Iron works and helped produce a video on the subject. The ATV Club is planning to do some voluntary cosmetic work at the site.
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