Three Rivers News, 2005-09-05

Jean Larson and her chauffer Buffy Butterfield.


Jean Larson, 96, was pleased to be one of the Grand Marshals in the Brownville Days Parade on Saturday, August 20.

She was born in Brownville Junction on May 19, 1909 but has lived in Brownville for many years. Jean is the mother of 12 children, some of whom live in the area. She also has 27 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. In 2003 she was given the honor of being the oldest living member of the Brownville Junction Alumni Association.

We wish to thank all of our lovely daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, families, and friends for helping us celebrate our 50th anniversary. Thank you all again for the lovely cards, gifts, and food from everybody.

We had a great time!

Perl & Josie Morrison

Boy Scout Troop #115
Accepting Sealed Bids for 1+ Cord of Firewood

Boy Scout Troop #115 of Milo graciously received 1+ cord of 4' length dried firewood from Felix and Jan Blinn. We are now accepting sealed bids. Bids are due by October 3, 2005. The wood will be delivered within the Penquis Area two weeks after the winner is notified. Please send sealed bids to Troop #115 c/o P.O. Box 218, Milo, ME 04463. Money raised will be used to help fund Troop activities. Please call 943-7326 if you have any questions.

The Milo Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the 2005-2006 year on Sept. 13th at Joanne DeWitt's cottage in Lakeview. Members should meet at the municipal parking lot at 11:30 for car pooling. Lunch will be provided. Bring a wrapped gift for a Pig-in-a-Poke auction.


Mirna Marquez and Michael Pokrywka of Los Angeles, California have announced their engagement. Mirna is the daughter of Maria and Jesus Marquez. She graduated from California State University at Los Angeles and is employed with Service Corporation International. Michael is the son of Mary Jean and Stan Pokrywka of Milo. He graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 1992 and Husson College in 1999. He is employed as a Family Care Specialist by Service Corporation International. They will be married in Santa Monica, California, October 29, 2005.

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.
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Red Hatters "Ladies of the Lake"
Submitted by Betty Graunke

Our last meeting of the season was held at "The Restaurant" with a lovely luncheon.

Back row-Sally DePompeo, Laura Schnell, Barbara Howland, Ellen DeWitt, Jan Collette, Kathy Witham, Mary Ellen Gartner, Bea Mailman, Lynn Sherburne, Marie Hayes, and Delores Mayo.
Front row-Ellen Stoll, Barbara Wheeler, Emily Gould, Betty Graunke, and Mary Bridges.

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September and October in Maine are my absolute favorite months of the year. But this year, as in 2001, my heart and soul is somewhere else. Normally I don't watch or read the news. I cannot bear to see the horrible things people do to themselves, others and to animals, so I just concentrate on doing what I can for our area and hope others will do their duties elsewhere in the world. But of course, I haven't been able to ignore the horrendous events of the past week. As in 2001, I have gone from a news-ignorer to a news-junkie. I ,along with everyone else, have cried and sworn and yelled at the T.V. I question our government's actions or lack of action and wonder if things would have been different if half our armed forces were not off in other lands. But most of all I wondered what was happening to the pets of the poor displaced Americans.

As if my mind was read, I received this e-mail from Best Friends. The folks at Best Friends are a group hundreds strong and their huge sanctuary is in Utah. They accept any animal from anywhere and give it a life of dignity and respect. They adopt animals out to lifetime homes, but also care for an animal for its entire life if need be. They are my heroes and when I die I hope my spirit ends up there

The letter they sent me brought a whole new wave of tears and a huge glow of hope. I know people are the first priority...but the animals need help and they are getting it. The following is a letter I received from Best Friends.

Dear Members and Friends,

Thank you so much for all the offers of help and support. Best Friends role in the hurricane relief effort is now becoming considerably more focused, and we'll be updating you every day or two. Here's today's update: BACKGROUND:

We are now working on site with the St Francis Animal Sanctuary in Tylertown - about 100 miles north of New Orleans. We consider them a sister sanctuary. They have facilities for about 400 dogs and cats. And they are being inundated! 80 more from the Humane Society of Louisiana. And 100 more from Jefferson Parish (New Orleans) Animal Control. They have food for less than 24 hours. And they have a well, but no power to pump water. But they do have the basic facilities to operate as a sanctuary for adoptable animals from New Orleans.

So we are working with them to build up their facilities and run a joint project as base camp for adoptable animals being evacuated from New Orleans.

Our Director of Ops, Paul Berry, is now in Metro New Orleans, working with Bert Smith, Director of Animal Control for Jefferson Parish. Bert is charged with rounding up stray animals. And he in turn will be taking as many as we possibly can to the St Francis sanctuary for shelter, and then to be placed in foster or adoptive homes.

A team of four from here at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary set off in a convoy for Louisiana this morning (Thursday). They are carrying food, generators, fencing, and many other supplies.

Another team from Best Friends Atlanta arrived in Louisiana this afternoon to start ferrying animals from animal control to the St Francis sanctuary.

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We are now in a position to accept any and all offers of help. And thank you so much for them.

We need volunteers and supplies to assist in the rescue and placement of all of the animal refugees.

If you can help, please e-mail with specific information on how you would like to help, what expertise you may be able to supply and how best way to contact you. We are compiling a list and will be contacting people as the program develops.

I am by no means suggesting you send money exclusively to help the animals, but if you are in the position to do both, help the people first then send a little for their pets. Now more than ever, we need to be the voice of those creatures who cannot speak for themselves.


The Elm Street tennis court is sporting a new surface thanks to the efforts of Milo Rec. and others. Thanks Murrel! (Players are Ernie ,Ben and Diane. Barb Hamlin was the other player in the doubles match

Thanks to Karen and Mike for the photo.

Brownville Trivia
By Bill Sawtell
Choose the best answer.
1. The Lewis Mill and the covered bridge burned in (a) 1910 (b) 1912 (c) 1915 (d) 1922.
2. (a) Joe Searles (b) Joe Davis (c) Charlie Allen (d) Charlie Foulkes sold bottled chocolate milk.
3. Hap Green was a good (a) writer (b) singer (c) speller (d) poet.
4. Carroll Conley came here from (a) Bangor (b) Patten (c) Orono (d) Washburn.
5. Tom Mix was a(n) (a) brakeman (b) fireman (c) priest (d) silent movie star.
6. Lt. Alice Zwicker was a POW in (a) Manila (b) Berlin (c) Moscow (d) Leningrad.
7. Erin Weston was a(n) (a) pitcher (b) firstbaseman (c) shortstop (d) outfielder.
8. (a) Moses Brown (b) Francis Brown (c) John Heath (d) Samuel Stickney was Brownville's first white settler.
9. (a) Will Crozier (b) Neil Arbo (c) Bob Hamlin (d) Dennis Green was Brownville's longest serving selectman.
10. BHS burned in (a) 1925 (b) 1928 (c) 1930 (d) 1932.
1-c 2-a 3-c 4-d 5-d 6-c 7-c 8-c 9-a 10-d

To the Editor:

The best new product in town can be found at Milo True Value in the paint department. "Color Auditions" let you try a small sample of paint -- to see if the color is right for you. I thought I wanted Isabell's blue for a very large room, but soon changed to peach tea -- a nice neutral color with a hint of peachy glow. Audition one or more of the colors for your next paint project.
Lynn Ricker

This post was in the guestbook. Izzy thought it appropriate for TRNews.

Dear Ebeemee, I was sitting here at work and I started thinking about when I was younger. My family owned two cabins in Maine on Ebeemee Lake. We would go up there every summer and spend time on the lake. I loved going up there and I miss it very much. My grandmother still owns her cabin but I haven't been there in years. Is it still the same? I would love to hear from anyone who has a cabin on Ebeemee or from anyone who remembers the English's coming up there every summer. Please feel free to email me jamielenglish@yahoo .com


Our staff was very happy to welcome our returning and new students to our Cook School Family. The day before school started we held an Open House. We thank all of our parents, students and friends for the outstanding turnout.

Our first Terrific Kid Assembly was held on September 2. Mrs. Wright greeted our students and visitors. Our new staff members were introduced. Miss Becky Brown will be teaching Kindergarten and First Grade. Mrs. Ruth Rothberg will be helping Mrs. Andrews in the Resource Room. Miss Eleanor Leeman is our new bus driver/custodian.

Terrific Kids, Miss Brown and Miss Rothberg

Taylor Severance, Cameron Westmoreland and Levi Boobar were honored as Terrific Kids. Miss K. is very proud of Taylor. Taylor is now a fifth grader has been a leader and role model this week. She has helped our new students get settled and made sure they knew just what to do. Taylor has done her homework and had her planner signed every night. Mrs. Carter said that Cameron has returned to school with a wonderful attitude. He has had his planner signed every night and has been getting his morning work finished althought he arrives on

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the later bus. Cameron has had a great week. Miss Brown said that Levi has been a "big brave boy." He is a brand new Kindergartener and has worked very hard to follow all the directions and has been very helpful in the classroom.

"Cook Kids Care."

The students in Miss K.'s class announced that they are collecting donations for the victims of the hurricane. They have named the project, "Cook Kids Care." We have collected many dollars in a few days and will be accepting donations for the Red Cross for a few more weeks.

We are very proud of all our Terrific Kids.

Our Terrific Kid Assembly is held Friday morning at 10:50. We hope to see you there.

Our new bus driver, Eleanor Leeman.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathryn Witham

I have one hour to write this...well, maybe an hour and 15 minutes....but that's all. We have tried to squeeze as much into this long weekend as we could. What with my busy work week, and my lazy demeanor after work, I am barely squeezing in a column in my plans. We are camping, entertaining with a bean supper tomorrow night, heading for Portland on Sunday to see grandkids, and leaving early Monday morning, by bus, to SEE THE RED SOX!!!! Yea!!!! I can't believe my good fortune to stumble onto those tickets. Those kinds of things don't usually happen to me. I trudge through life just missing the deals. The tickets belonged to a couple who went to the game on August 14th which was rained out. The make up game is Monday, and they couldn't use the tickets themselves. Since I could use them....they now belong to me. I just happened on to the deal at the right time.

We haven't made our sign yet, but that will be a chore for tomorrow. It's got to fit in my backpack pocketbook. I'll fold it all up and then we'll get it out and stretch it out for the Red Sox Nation to see after we get seated. I haven't decided whether or not I'll dare to say how much I love Johnny Damon. I may just try to get Jerry Remy's attention by mentioning him and NESN. In any case, we're in the bleachers behind the Red Sox bullpen. With a pair of binoculars I will have a good view of the game, albeit not as good as if I were sitting home and watching it on television. Still....just to be there is going to be a thrill for me.

The first Red Sox game I ever went to was with my parents. I believe I've written about it before. I was in sixth grade. That was a vacation that included many things, including a trip to Fenway Park. It also included staying in a huge Beacon Street hotel, rides in taxi cabs, shopping in Filene's Basement, and finally a side trip to Vermont. I believe it was the one and only time I was ever in Vermont.

The price of gas almost kept us home this time. I managed to fill my car to the brim at C & J's when it was $2.689. Within hours it had gone up to nearly $2.90. Now they are all up

over $3.00 as far as I know....I'm not looking at the price signs because I know it will make me sick to my stomach. I promised my husband that I would totally conserve....getting to Portland and back on that one tank, and driving to and from school, and going nowhere else all of next week. I know it hasn't hit some folks yet, but our way of life will have to be reassessed in the coming weeks....all of us. If we didn't have the dastardly oil to worry about this winter, it wouldn't be so bad. I saw a man riding his two-wheeled bike to work this morning and I think he's got the right idea. Certainly the freedom we've experienced of traveling alone all of these years will have to be considered and readdressed.

I can't believe that the most devastating hurricane that we have ever experienced in this country is named Katrina. My family called me Katrinka and Katrinky all of my life...not Katrina, but close. Is it just me, or do other people subconsciously take on a measure of responsibility for things when they carry the same name....especially last names, even when there is no relationship to you at all. When you hear that something bad has happened somewhere....and the name is yours or close to you cringe? Call me crazy...I can't help it. I always try to stay on the right side of the law, and never want there to be any mixups. The same goes for disasters. I prefer living in a small, inconspicuous little place so as not to run a big risk of being in a danger zone. I suppose, though, that disaster can hit anywhere in one form or another. Like my kids being in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Restaurant with a sniper shooting at people near them...those are the kinds of things that I shy away from. I would never have made that trip by car knowing that I was running a risk of being a target...much less a victim.

Well, an epilogue to my story of last week (which by the way I have had lots of responses on) is that at the meeting in Brownville last week the man answered all (or most) of the citizenry's questions. The prospects are good that we will be having a resort, and all the other stuff that goes with it. It is probably going to take a number of years, but it is closer to becoming a reality. Well, folks, put your thinking caps on....because I'm here to tell you that the sky is the limit. Our creative juices have got to start flowing. The spin-off from this is going to make every one of us (or the smart ones) very rich. The list of businesses that cater to this type of clientele is nearly endless. The list is going to be as long (or as short) as our imaginations. Pearl Hamlin is quite possibly the only person alive now who would have memory of the construction and opportunity that the railroad brought to this area over a century ago. We haven't seen the likes of that since then. It's no wonder we are short sighted and unimaginative. It's been a very long dry spell. Well, we all need to jump on this and ride, because we deserve it. We've waited long enough to have some good fortune. The Town of Brownville will have the complex as their tax base, but for miles and miles around creative people can cash in on the visitors in other ways. I've thought about a brewpub, but I don't like the taste...nor the smell...of beer, so I think I'll open a boutique. What's your dream?

My daughter made this recipe up...and I added to it (I can't help it, I just had to) and it was so wonderful I'm going to share it with you. It was Summer Squash and Tomatoes.

1 medium sized summer squash (peeled and cut into thickish slices)
1 can diced tomatoes with sweet onions. (if you can't find them with the sweet onions, fry out about a quarter cup of chopped onions to soften them).
1 tsp. dried basil (1 Tbs. of fresh basil, if you have it)
1 tsp. dried parsley (or 1 Tbs. of fresh parsley, if you have it)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 or 6 Ritz crackers (crushed)
1 or 2 tsp. melted butter

Fry, over medium heat, the prepared summer squash until slightly translucent. In a saucepan empty your can of diced tomatoes and then add the summer squash (and the few onions if you only have a can of plain tomatoes). Add the herbs and cook on a medium heat until the tomato juices have reduced, but not all boiled away. I then divided the concoction between two individual

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casserole dishes that I have, but you can certainly use one small casserole sure to grease it. I sprinkled the cheese over the vegetables and then crumbled crackers and drizzled the melted butter and baked it for 10 to 15 minutes minutes....the cheese needs to melt and the casserole needs to bubble. It was YUMMY. A very rich vegetable side dish.

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

A trip downtown today put me into shock! Gasoline was $2.99 a gallon. That was at 7:15 a.m. I was even more shocked this afternoon to see it had risen to $3.21 a gallon. This is Friday. By the time you read this paper it could be even higher. And, of course that will affect so many things, especially produce and goods that have to be shipped. My COLA raise will be 3%. I'm not good at math, but I think a few trips will put me behind fast as my COLA will not be keeping up with the gas rise. It looks like a tough winter because here in Maine we need fuel OIL (another expensive word). However, SOME THINGS ARE NOT RISING OUT OF SIGHT. Your LIBRARY is still FREE. The taxes of Milo residents maintain your library and the books, magazines and computers are all there to be used by you free of charge. If you are from out-of-town---not a resident of Milo, there is a fee of $5.00 per family per year. That's a bargain that can't be beaten! Our three computers (more to be added) are all internet connected. That's a wonderful way to do research, write resumes, play games that are already on the computer( no games can be loaded into them) and do many other useful projects. Check out your library during the long, cold winter. Your whole family can find inexpensive entertainment on our shelves and in our reference section.

I haven't mentioned our magazines for awhile and we have some new ones. We have a wide variety of periodicals for the family, and they are all here to be enjoyed free of charge (unless you keep them too long). Our new magazine rack was given to the library by Jane and John Doble in memory of his sister, Helen Carey, a former head trustee. This new rack takes up much less space than the old 8 foot long magazine rack but still holds our newest issues of magazines and older ones too.

I'll list our magazines, and you can quickly see any you would like to read.
CONSUMER REPORTS(a real money saver)
E! Environmental Magazine (gift of Liza & Sam Hummel)
THE NORTHERN LOGGER (gift of O & R Lumbra Inc)
SIERRA explore, enjoy the planet
SMITHSONIAN (gift of E.Vaughn & Doug Ellis)

We also have juvenile magazines-
NICKELODEON (gift of Liza & Sam Hummel)


Library Winter Hours
Saturday 2:00-4:00
We will be closed Monday, Sept. 5th
In Observance of Labor Day

By Carl Hamlin

Older folks didn't have too many things to pass along to members of the family. Furniture, property, and a few treasures might be sold but some were never sold. In the days before zippers buttons were used to hold everything together. The one that my mother inherited from her mother held about two quarts.

It was metal and had many sides. I never really counted them. Whenever a button was lost from a shirt, coat, sweater, or whatever' the first thing we did was "get the button box". Things on the kitchen table were cleared away and the buttons carefully emptied onto the table. They were spread out so all could be seen and compared with those left on the garment.

All buttons were removed from our clothes that were to be discarded and put into the button box. The content seemed to be constantly added to so the box always seemed to be full.

Rainy days were boring and we had no TV or radios. We had some toys to play with. I remember of putting an Erector set together. Girls played with their dolls. When we tired of all of our toys we always had Mom's old button box to fall back on.

We strung them on long strings, wound them up and by pulling on the string, the buttons would whiz around. We tried to see who could make the button whine the longest. It was fun! We also strung the buttons on long strings. We used to sort them out and pick out the biggest and keep on to the smallest was separated.

When the right buttons were found to match the others; we would gather around and watch Mom thread the needle, pulling out the right amount of thread she needed, put on the thimble and proceed to push the needle up through and down through the holes in the button.

Sewing on a button was a science as just the right amount of tension was put on the thread. Too loose let the button flap around; too tight made it hard to button. It had to be just right.

It might be hard to find many thimbles today and thread is strong today so buttons stay on longer. Zippers have just about taken over. The old button box is probably still behind the door but is seldom used any more.

So another phase of our lives is lost.


5-Rain early Cloudy am sunny pm windy in evening.

6-Sunny windy-41 at 5 am.

7-M. sunny windy frost

8-Sunny windy-52 at 9 pm.

9-Fog sunny windy

10-Sunny breezy-78 at 12 noon.

11-M. sunny windy.

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The barbeque will consist of: chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and a beverage.

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