Three Rivers News, 2005-08-15

Couch, bunk beds, and other miscellaneous furniture. There is something for everyone.

A member of the PVHS Class of 1982 has lost his yearbook and would love to have a replacement copy. If anyone has a copy they would like to donate please drop it off at the Superintendent's office at 37 West Main Street.
Thank you!

Clifford the Big Gray Cat wants to remind everyone about the PAWS yard sale on August 27, 2005. It will be held at 17 Pleasant Street in Milo, from 9AM – 2pm, on Julie Gallagher’s front lawn. It will feature many household items, some great books, some wonderful perennial catnip plants, and a large amount of products to keep your pets happy, healthy and smelling good!!!

We will be accepting donations Friday, August 26th, and you may drop them off at Julie’s. We can pick up some items early if they aren’t too big. Call Sandy at 965-8547 to arrange to have things picked-up. The money raised from this event will be used to make much-needed plumbing repairs at the shelter, and to buy fencing for its back yard. If you would like to send a cash donation, the address is:
PAWS 39 Clinton Street, Milo, Me 04463

Note: Clifford was adopted this weekend!

The Marion C. Cook School will be holding an Open House on Monday, August 29, 12:15-1:15. We hope to see you there.
Date: Monday, August 22, 2005
Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Place: Dining Room, Milo Town Hall
Blood drive sponsored by TRC. Blood will go to the blood bank at EMMC. Unlike previous blood drives, you must call to save a spot, as EMMC requires at least 50 donors be signed up before hand.
Contact: Seth Barden - 207.943.2425

The Milo/Brownville Knights of Columbus and the Milo Free Masons will hold their annual Red Cross blood drive on September 12 at the Milo Town Hall.

Community Band Concert
In the Gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park, Milo
Thursday, 6:15 pm
Last Free Concert of the Summer!

7th Annual Quilt Show
The Monday Morning Quilters are having their 7th Annual Quilt Show on August 20, 2005 from 9am to 2:00pm at the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church. The church is located on the corner of Railroad Ave. and Front Street. Along with a quilt show, many items made by the quilters will be on sale in the church dining room. The members of the church will be selling assorted aandwiches, assorted pies, and drinks from 11am to 1:00pm. Come check out the fine work done by local quilters, see what we have for sale, and enjoy a nice lunch to finish off your stay with us. If you have a quilt you would like to enter into our show, please contact Nancy Belvin 965-8466, Lillian McLean 965-2121 or drop off at the church on Friday, August 19th between 9:30 and 1pm.

Wellness Team Invite
MSAD 41's Wellness Team would like to invite anyone who is interested to join them in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure on September 18th in Bangor. We would like you to be on our team, Judy's Jigglers, as we walk to support breast cancer research in memory of Judy Dell'Olio. You can register on-line by going to The cost is $18.00 if you join the team. The race starts at the Bangor waterfront (details on website) at starts at 10:30 for the 1K walk, and 11:00 for the 5Krun/walk. September 18th on the Bangor Waterfront! We would love to have you join us. If you are not able to walk but would like to join in the support there are other options. You can "pray for the cure", or "sleep in for the cure." Whatever you decide your dollars will go to a great cause. Thank you!

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With the start of school just a few short weeks away, it may be helpful for new folks in the area to know that school secretaries will be back in their offices to deal with new student registrations beginning August 15th. The office hours for the school secretaries will be 8-3, M-F. The contacts are as follows:
Brownville Elementary (K-6) - Kathy Witham, Secretary - 965-8184
Milo Elementary (K-6, including LaGrange 6th Graders) - Susan Keith, Secretary -943-2122
Marion C. Cook Elementary (K-5) - Nancy L. Grant, Secretary - 943-2196
Penquis Valley (7 - 12) - Gini Foss, Guidance Secretary - 943-7346, ext 204
Student Services - Laurie Bell, Secretary - 943-5629


Left to Right Front: Coach Mary Lou Lee and Student assistant and participant Ian Fariel. Front Standing: Haley Knowles, Brooke Morrill, Caitlyn Durant, Macy Carey & McKenzie Morel. Back Standing: Jennifer Goodine, Alyssa Grey, Cole DuMonthier, Tucker Leathers & Casey Briggs. Not shown in Photo: Laura Gray, Kambrea Atkinson & Wesley Rouse.

The youth summer tennis program started July 18th and ended Aug 10th with a fun Round Robin tournament. Despite the heat, the kids played 5 rounds of tennis with breaks in the shade to cool off. Fourteen kids, ages 10-14 participated in the program but only 11 were able to compete in the Round Robin. The Round Robin was viewed and supported by many family members and friends. The kids were very fortunate to have volunteers to assist in this program--many thanks to Ian Fariel, Ben Kittredge, and Bob Lee for all their help. Two groups competed for the most number of games won--the first group’s winner was Ian Fariel from Sebec, and the second group’s winner was Caitlyn Durant from Williamsburg. Each participant received a certificate of completion from the Milo Recreation Department.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathryn Witham
Cinnamon toast....the breakfast staple. My girlie girls could do an ad for the buttery concoction that they eat every morning. It doesn't matter what else I serve, cinnamon toast is a must. It also serves as a bedtime snack around here, too. We've been enjoying this marvelous hot week at camp with all three grand daughters. My last week of freedom before heading back to school next week. Hard to believe my summer vacation is winding down...just as the "grands" are all wound up!
Grocery shopping with this crew is a daily occurrence. We don't get dinner out of the way in the evening until 8:30 or 9:00 because we wait for the Bupster to get home from work before eating. They've loved my meals so far...tonight we are roasting a chicken. I plan on mashing some potatoes and serving peas and carrots for a vegetable. One of the "grands" loves peas so much she made a meal of them the other night. I never saw the beat of it. Broccoli is another favorite thing to pig out on....believe it!!!

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Hot dogs are as important a staple as cinnamon toast is. I bought in bulk because I ran out one day early in the week and it was disastrous. Luckily, the Farmer's Union had ketchup on sale this week, too. Copious amounts of ketchup are consumed with the hot dogs....or anything else that they consider dip-able. When did kids stop eating mustard on their hot dogs? I don't recall ever being offered ketchup on a hot dog when I was a kid. My parents would have looked at me like I was nuts if I'd suggested such a thing. Ketchup was for hamburgers....and French fries, if we were lucky enough to have them.

The neighbors have been here this week with their four kids, and nieces and nephews of my friend Joan are using her camp this week, as well. They have four kids as I've got the fewest kids at my camp with three. They love to snack each time they get out of the water....which is often. I learned quickly that the cheapest snack in my cupboard was definitely popcorn. I've popped a number of bags in the microwave and sprinkled a quarter cup of M&M's on them in the bowl. It's a satisfying snack and I like to think it's better for them than chips.

A quarter of a watermelon lasts about five minutes with this crowd. They all love watermelon...especially the grandfather. Apples are another big favorite. I've been buying the Granny Smith's and cutting them in half. Each kid gets a half a big Granny Smith, peeled or unpeeled...whichever their preference, with about a tablespoon of peanut butter to dip each slice in. As you can see, my kids love to dip stuff. Have you ever tried a Bugle dipped in applesauce? Don't knock it till you've tried it! We tried the applesauce after we ran out of onion dip.

Because the weather has been so hot, they've spent most of their time enjoying water activities; they also have helped with puzzles, played restaurant out on the deck with their old little-kids dishes and a play cash register, choreographed a dance number to a Hillary Duff tune on a c.d., posed as models for the aspiring nine-year-old photographer, and many other pastimes. The oldest has shown her mature side by helping me out with the dishes and sweeping the floor. They've all shown their maturity by keeping a close eye on each other, and the neighbor's little two-year-old twins. They're all having a great week!

My dirty laundry has consisted of towels. The kids get up in the morning and put on their bathing suits. I slather on some sunscreen and they're good to go. Bup and I have worn our bathing suits most of the week, too. The water is "elegant" as my father used to say, and the kids got a big kick out of Nannie cannon balling off the end of the wharf. They couldn't believe their eyes as I threw caution to the wind and plunged in, just like I used to when I was a kid. The whole time I was running the length of the wharf my husband was cautioning me to take it easy. What fun would that have been! He didn't realize that I had already been in the lake to my ankles, and knew that it was lukewarm. I think he was a little concerned that the shock of jumping in the water was going to kill me, and he'd be left there with those kids to take care of all by himself.

Early in the week the seven-year-old was invited to a classmate's birthday party down on another shore of this glorious lake. Dressed in her new aqua colored outfit....including the new flip flops (re: last week's column) we drove to the party.
Alyssa Murano was celebrating her seventh birthday at the home of her grandparents, Donald and Christine Martin. Her mom, Tammy Murano had the most creative birthday party planned that I have ever been to....and I always thought the parties I had for my kids were pretty creative. This one had mine beat by miles.

The party started with the little girls all gathered around a picnic table creating picture frames from specially folded rigid paper decorated with foam cutouts, baubles and beads, and best of all, glitter glue. Before the party was over each girl got a picture of the group to put in her frame. Such a clever idea! Next, the girls used the beads, and some items from a jewelry making kit to make bracelets. A swim was next on the agenda. Refreshed, they headed back to the picnic table for present opening and to decorate their own individual heart-shaped birthday cakes. The birthday girl got a candle on her cake making it unique. The guests all left with little gift bags filled with girlie things....that have kept my girls occupied all week. What a fun summer party! Everyone had a ball!

I’ve had a great week making recipes using blueberries. I found a wonderful recipe for Blueberry Pudding Cake on-line recently. You are going to love it. It’s made in layers in an 8X8” pan.

First layer:
2 cups of blueberries
2 Tbs. lemon juice

Second layer: Batter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
_ tsp. salt
_ tsp. ground nutmeg (to me the makings of this pudding cake – Yum-Yum!!)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 lg. egg
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Third layer:
1 cup sugar
1 TBS. cornstarch

Fourth layer:
1 cup boiling water

Place blueberries and lemon juice in an 8X8" baking dish. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and 3/4 cup sugar. Beat in the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla (which I forgot, but it was still wonderful). Spread over the berries. Mix 1 cup sugar with the cornstarch and sprinkle over the batter. (This was quite thick over the top...don't let that scare you.) Pour the cup of boiling water over all. (The water will not be mixed will just sit on top of that sugar layer. This is not to worry about as it will be absorbed or drop down to the bottom or somehow cook up to luscious! It's a mystery to me...probably Virgil Valente the chemistry teacher could tell you how this works.) Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. I let mine stay in about 45 minutes.
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Brownville Baseball Trivia
By Bill Sawtell
Choose the best answer.

1. (a) Tom Lockhart (b) Gerald Kirby (c) Gary Chase (d) Nelson Perry was "sneaky fast."
2. Lefty Strout's first name was (a) Arthur (b) Bill (c) Charlie (d) Don.
3. Albion Farnham played for (a) Husson (b) Bowdoin (c) Colby (d) Maine.
4. (a) Tom Lockhart (b) Tom Wallace (c) Tom Durant (d) John Owens "couldn't break a pane of glass."
5. (a) Bill Vale (b) Wayne Kirby (c) Gerald Kirby (d) Paul Durant had funny ears.
6. A ball hit over the Y was a (a) double (b) triple (c) homer (d) foul.
7. (a) Steve Knox (b) Mike Knox (c) Jim Owens (d) Ronnie Davis wore a bandanna.
8. Carroll Conley coached (a) first base (b) second base (c) third base (d) home plate.
9. In (a) 1959 (b) 1963 (d) 1965 (d) 1968 every starter except one hit a home run for the Railroaders.
10. Paul Vienneau replaced Harold Hale at (a) first base (b) shortstop (c) centerfield (d) catcher.

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

Fourth Annual Sebec Historical Society Art Festival
Fourth Annual Sebec Historical Society Art Festival to be held Saturday, August 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Sebec Reading Room in Sebec Village. Local artisans will be showing and selling their work. The Sebec Village Community Christian Church will also hold their annual craft and bake sale 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, August 20. Lunch will be offered for sale. Items for sale by the Ladies Circle and local crafters.
Come and enjoy the day with us in scenic Sebec Village!

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Charles J Sickler, 59, husband of Barbara (Weston) Sickler died Aug. 7, 2005, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 1, 1945, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the son of James E. and Betty M. (St. Claire) Sickler. Charles worked for Great Northern Paper Co. for 40 years and was a member of the OPEIU union. He had served as a selectman for Brownville and on the Brownville Fire Dept. Charles also was an ASA umpire. He was a loving man who enjoyed teasing his family and friends. He loved horseracing and Foxwoods, but mostly spending time with his family, fishing trips to Canada Falls, coaching softball and spending time in his garden. In addition to his loving wife of 40 years, Barbara; and his mother, Betty of Brownville; he is survived by three children, Tina and husband, Greg Preble, of Windham, Jimmy and wife, Ann, of Brownville, Judy and husband, Tony Preble, of Milo; a brother, Danny and wife, Linda Sickler, of Brownville Junction; sister, Judy and Chuck Silsby of Manchester; five grandchildren, Timmy, Jessica, Claytie, Maryanne and Mikal. He will also be remembered by special friends, Richard and Beth Melanson of Brownville; and a special aunt, Bernetta. Burial will be in the Pinetree Cemetery Brownville Jct. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Cancer Care of Maine, 417 State St., Suite 20, Bangor, ME 04401.

By Valerie Robertson
Hello all! As you can well imagine, there is a lot of activity here on Sargeant Hill drive as we prepare for Katie and Eric’s wedding next weekend. As you can see from the above picture, Ziggy is helping Ranger spiff up by giving him a hand with his bath. Actually, other than that, the critters are doing very little to help with the pending celebration. Ozzie, one of the goats, did do an “invitation tasting” and declared them delicious, but you know, that wasn’t all that helpful!

This summer, the main objective of most of our animals has been keeping from being coyote food. We have been kept awake many nights thanks to the wild dogs. Its not so much the coyotes howling that is the problem, its Bandit Kierra, and Radar frantically running from window to window to go out and play with them. I used to think my dogs were desperate to chase away the potential danger, but the coyotes stay put and go from a mournful howling to a happy yipping serenade. So much for Pit Bulls being fighters,

It is 9 a.m. as I write this, and the darn coyotes are calling to my dogs from down in the woods. That means all of the ducks, guineas, chicken and goats are pretty nervous, so they all run to Mama. I don’t know what I would do against the coyotes if they showed up. If they looked really hungry I suppose I would feed them. I never realized how dog-like they were until recently. I installed a sensor light on the coop end of the house, so every night is now like an episode of “Wild Kingdom”!

The light is located above the sliding glass door to our bedroom, and makes a distinctive click when it is activated. I am an incredibly light sleeper, so the teeny sound is enough to wake me. I tip toe to the window and draw back the blind to see what form of wildlife caused the light to come on. The first night I was greeted by a coyote eating watermelon 4 feet in front of the window…..I watched him for 30 seconds or so, and then yelled at him. My yelling awoke the dogs, so I set them after him. Kirby was in Jackman working, staying over night, so I dealt with them they only way I know how.

The following night when the light clicked on, I looked out and was face to snoot with a pretty little fox. It gave me a quick glance and bounded off into the field. I look really bad at 2 AM I guess.

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I have had the light up for two weeks and have seen skunks, raccoons, something ground hoggy, and many cats, (all mine). Bandit has caught on to the click thing, and he also walks softly to the window to have a peek. Every single time I’m drawing that curtain back to have a look, I remember that episode of “The Twilight Zone” when the guy looks out his airplane window and a huge Yeti-face is staring back at him. I don’t know of any animals that would make me shriek, but I do hope I don’t see anything people-like.

I can’t believe Katie’s wedding is 6 days away. Ever since she and Eric told us the date, I have been preparing, but now that it is crunch time, I’m starting to feel the pressure. The wedding ceremony is going to be at the gazebo and Katie and Eric and the whole wedding party are going to arrive on The Butterfly Barge (formerly Bobbie Ellison’s float boat). As the wedding couple walk from the landing to the gazebo, they will be preceded by Morgyn Golding, the Butterfly Fairy Princess, and Prince Colby Koelsch, the Protector of the Rings. When I imagine the whole ceremony the word “spectacle” comes to mind. I urge anyone who is free on Saturday night at 5:30 PM to find a spot to watch the event. And in the meantime would everyone wish for good weather?

Well, the dogs are back from their frolic with the coyotes. What could be next? Dancing With Wolves?


Where-Brownville Community Church
When-Friday August 19, 2005
Time-10 am to 1 pm
Who-The quilting group from Brownville meets every Tuesday for lessons that are taught through the Brownville recreation program.

15-16-Sunny windy
17-Sunny rain in evening
18-Mostly cloudy am Sunny pm
19-20-21-Sunny very warm

The Brownville Days Committee, in conjunction with our parade, will be renting craft spaces on Railroad Ave. during the day of August 20th starting at 9 am. Spaces are $10 each. You have to supply your own tables. There is no electricity available.
Spaces may be rented by contacting Linda 965-8421, Toni 965-7351 or Allana 965-8031. Please contact one of the above before August 13th.

The Brownville Days Committee is sponsoring a pie judging contest. The contest is open to all pie bakers. We will be judging Apple and Blueberry pies only. They must be homemade pies. The pies must be at the Brownville Community Church by 1 pm on Friday, August 19th. Judging will start at 2 pm. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize in both apple and blueberry pies. If you have any questions, please contact Linda 965-8421, Toni 965-7351 or Allan 965-8031.


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 fourteen members today. No guests were present at this regular business meeting.

The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt. The prayer was led by Paul Grindle. In our prayer today Paul asked that God be with us as we serve our community and the children within it.
Don Harris read an inspirational message.

Correspondence: The Orono/Old town Newsletter was shared by the members present.

Happy and sad dollars were donated for the birth of a new grandchild, the successful return of the shuttle this week, a successful car wash in Dover-Foxcroft the summer youth program, a good report on her eye surgery, the wonderful golf tournament this past week, Joe’s new truck, because Chris gave up his marathon medal to Murrel, excellent photography and a sad dollar because there was only one guy on the green at the recent tournament.

Reports: Chris gave a report on the interclub events for this month. Four members are needed to travel to Greenville and to Orono in coming weeks.

A discussion was held on the very successful JSI golf tournament last Friday. Three Rivers Kiwanis was the grateful recipient of over four thousand dollars.

The officer installation dinner on Sept. 30th at the Milo Town Hall. Val Robertson is preparing a nice dinner, of course!

A discussion was held on the possibility of purchasing several tents that Kiwanis members can erect themselves when events are scheduled where tents are needed. Bobby Ellison will be on the lookout for any suitable item and report back to membership.

Murrel Harris reported on the Kiwanis Board meeting on Aug. 4th.

Murrel advised the membership that the board voted to donate one thousand dollars for the repair of the tennis courts this summer. Other folks and organizations have donated for this very worthwhile community project, at least $ 13,000 toward the repair. The last repair was done in 1979. Many children as well as adults do use the courts.

As in previous years, Kiwanis Board members also voted to purchase hats and shirts for the 3-8 year olds summer ball rec. program.

For the 5th Wednesday of this month, there will be no regular meeting as a social meeting/gathering will be held at the gazebo for Kiwanis members and their guests. Bring a dish to pass, your food and beverage and chairs.

Alumni Band will be performing in the park in Sept. Watch for date and time.

Murrel Harris requested ideas for a late summer early fall Senior BBQ at the four different senior locations in the area. Still need a chairman to set up these events.

The Board members also discussed the possibility of a canoe race next summer. Jo Z is chairman and will be contacting members to help.

Ethelyn requested that our treasurer, Jeff, please prepare a concise financial statement that would be easy to read and understand and pass out to the membership at our meeting. Murrel will talk with Jeff.

Also discussed was the importance of our youth understanding bike safety and the use of bikes on our sidewalks and streets, in addition to the use of helmets while riding a bike. It was decided to set a program in place after the start of school for middle school student as well as younger children.

Speaker for August 17th will be Paul Davis, Maine Senate.
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary


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Monday, August 22, 2-7 pm Milo Town Hall

If you would like to sign up for an appointment, please call Seth at 943-2425 or Izzy at 564-2847.

The blood from this drive will go towards the EMMC Blood Bank, NOT the Red Cross. This means that the blood will stay within the State of Maine. NOTE: Anyone who donated at the Blood Drive in June is eligible to donate at this drive.

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