Three Rivers News, 2005-09-12

The Joshua Tree

As a four-piece band, The Joshua Tree have gone to great lengths to reproduce the unique sound of the world's most popular rock band, U2 Come out to hear them on
Sunday, September 18th, at The Junction.
This is an alcohol-free event; no coolers please!
The concert begins at 3pm and rocks on and on.
There will be refreshments available and the entry fee for this gala is only $10.
Bring your family, your friends and your lawn chair. For more info call 965-8876.

On Our Weigh

On Our Weigh continues to meet on Tuesdays at 3:00. We are a support group for those who are interested in weight control, exercise, healthy lifestyles and other health issues facing the members of our communities.

Weigh-ins are optional, you are totally in control. The gym is open for walking, and possibly, we can get some folks together to walk in town. Share recipes, tips, and healthy ideas. Come hear speakers talk about different aspects of health, from alternative medicines to yoga, diabetes to breast cancer. There are no fees and registration is always open.

What began as an idea for a speaker at On Our Weigh has become a wonderful show of support by the staff of MSAD #41 and the surrounding communities. Last November, one of our staff members was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer after fighting breast cancer for several years. While not the first person in our school community to be diagnosed, her courage and steadfastness through chemo and radiation was an inspiration to us all.

In April, shortly after On Our Weigh began, Joanne Barrows from the Maine Chapter of the Komen Foundation spoke about being diagnosed, treated for, and surviving breast cancer. It was an inspiring time for those of us in attendance. Members decided to create a team for the walk/race scheduled for September 18, and as of today, we have 42 people on our team! We have raised close to $800.00! We are proud to walk and run the race in memory of our colleagues and friends that we have lost to this terrible disease and also in recognition and honor of our own who have battled the disease and won.

The MSAD #41 Board of Directors is seeking citizens to serve on its Superintendent Search Committee. One volunteer from each of the district towns is needed. If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact George Johnson at 564-2697 by Friday, September 16, 2005.

Milo Tennis Court Project
Milo Recreation Dept. oversees the Tennis Court upgrade.

In conjunction with local and area organizations, as well as private donations, the Elm St. Tennis Complex upgrade was accomplished. The court was closed most of August and reopened in September too rave revues.

Pictured below from L-R, Dr. Ben Kittredge - Tennis player and donor to project, Robin Mayo- Mayo Regional Smoke Free Grant, Murrel Harris- Milo Recreation Dir. and Kiwanis President, Tony Hamlin - Penquis Valley High School Athletic Director, and Jane Jones - Milo Town Manger. Absent, Superintendent David Walker.


Adult Ed for teens and grown-ups who like to write stories, poems, plays or non-fiction. Class begins Tuesday, September 27, at 6 pm in the Penquis Valley Library.

Sign up that night or call 943-7317 to enroll. For more information please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400.


Clothes from the 1950's or before...Give your old fashions a new life...Call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400.


Linda and Benjamin Pelton of Milo became the parents of a baby girl, Melony Elizabeth on September 6, 2005. She weighed in at 6 pounds.

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12-13-14-15-16-17-18-Nice sunny day

The Reward for Saving Your Money Is Being Able to Pay Your Taxes Without Borrowing.
By Kathy (Ellis Willinski) West

Years ago, my Aunt Leone came to visit my family. We took her to Big Boyd Lake to spend the night at our little camp. After Parker left for work in the morning, Leone and I sat down at the table just to have a good talk, and for her to give me some good advice that I will never forget.

Leone asked me if I had saved any of the money that I was earning at Dexter Shoe, where I had been working for about three years. She told me, "No matter how small the amount, you should be saving a few dollars every week because someday you will probably need it." Was she ever right!

I took her advice that next Friday by taking my check to the bank to cash it and start a savings account. My daughter, Heidi, was with me and she said, "Mama, how can you put ten dollars in the bank when I need a new pair of sneakers?" I thought to myself, "This isn't going to be easy but we might need this someday."

Years later, after going to the bank almost every week with a few dollars, low and behold, Heidi was the first one to ask me to borrow some money. She was probably getting even with me because of the sneakers.

After Parker died, I used to worry about how I would ever be able to pay the taxes along with all the upkeep on the house. But, you know what, I just kept going to that bank every week and every time the taxes came due there was always money to pay them. I am glad that I took her advice and I am going to miss my dear Aunt Leone. She gave me a lot of good advice through the years. Leone and my Uncle Rusty lived with me for a year while they built their new home, now they are both gone but never will they be forgotten.

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These two cuties are ready for a loving life-time home.

The little girls would love to both go to the same home, and when it comes time for spaying, the cost will be half thank to our program. If you would like to meet these darlings, call Julie at 943-5083.


At our September 9 assembly, Michelle Baker, Sonny Hayes and Lily Audibert were honored as Terrific Kids. Miss Brown said that Sonny is a new Kindergartner who does his best every day. He is getting his work finished including some very hard counting tasks. Mrs. Carter is so proud of how much Lily has grown over the summer. Lily has been a wonderful worker. She is writing lots of stories, doing all of her homework and getting her planner signed every night. Miss K. said that Michelle is a role model in the classroom. She has a wonderful attitude and always puts her best foot forward. Michelle does all of her homework and gets her planner signed each night.

Bus Kids of the Week: Kyle Estes, Kortnie Stone, Ryan Eylar, Rachael Baker, Michelle Baker and Billy Parker

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A Special Library Award was given to Grade 5 by Mrs. Lavigne for returning all of their Library books.

We celebrated the birthdays of Lydia (7), Haley (6) and Michelle (9).

The students and staff took a moment to remember September 11th.

A rousing version of Take Me Out to the Ball Game was sung in anticipation of the Yankee-Red Sox games this weekend.

Our students continue collecting for Cook Kids Care which will be donated to the Red Cross. The generosity of our students and their families continues to overwhelm us.

Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids


The staff and students at Brownville Elementary will be holding "Hat Day" on Sept. 23 to benefit hurricane survivors. Students will be invited to wear a hat in exchange for a donation to the Red Cross / Help Now fund. Townspeople who might be interested in contributing to the fund may also leave a donation at the school. The staff hopes this event will help the students to realize that we all can make a difference.


Dear everyone,

I once again find myself here in Kayes to do another radio show and hopefully complete my sanitation project. The person that I was supposed to meet up with did not show up today, so it will be postponed even further...but things not going as originally planned is something that I have gotten used to here in Mali, so there's no need to get stressed out.

Life is going pretty well for me. I recently celebrated my 24th birthday in my village with my family. I bought a bunch of spaghetti and a chicken, so we ate pretty well. All of the kids wished me a happy birthday and it made me feel really good.

Yesterday I went to the communal soccer final in a village about 5km away. It was pretty fun, and ended in a tie 0-0 with the host team winning the shootout. The winner will play my village sometime next week in what they called the 'Super Cup', because my village won the tournament last year. It's a good time and some of the best soccer that I have seen played by persons of that age (on average probably 16).

I find myself only one month away from coming home on vacation, but for some reason 'home' seems like such a distant place. Living in the third-world has probably changed me more than I think, but I expect that to be realized once I come back to the U.S. There are so many things that we take for granted - clean air and water, plentiful amounts of food and clothing, and shelter - that the majority of the people in this world live without. We are the 'fortunate', whether we realize it or not. Having lived with these people, I truly believe that it is human nature to want to help another person that is in need, whether or not you have anything to give. But I also feel that our American culture, which is so deeply concentrated on material possessions, makes many people think 'If a problem doesn't affect my things, it's not my problem'. I always read cliches like 'the goodness of the human spirit is brought out through tragedy', such as what happened on 9/11, or the recent hurricane disaster in New Orleans. Granted, these

events are tragedies and there are good people doing good things to help those in need, but it shouldn't take a tragedy to make the fortunate want to help the suffering. There are millions of people in this world that suffer everyday of their lives and have absolutely nothing. I now know that I cannot be satisfied with having been fortunate enough to be on the other side of the coin. Something needs to be done to improve the lives of the suffering, even if it means just helping one person. Fortunately, I am now in a situation where I can do something about it and that provides me with a lot of motivation and incentive to take advantage of my time here.

OK...time for a deep breath. (IN and OUT) ----

Much better.

I hope that this email finds you all happy and healthy. Take care and stay in touch.

Peace and love,

Editors Note: Matt makes a very important point. There are always people who need help and every single person on this planet should make a strong effort to do something to ease the suffering of others. If we all do our best be a giver and not a constant taker, we will leave this Earth a little bit better. We don't all have the opportunity to make such a huge impact on others as Matt does, so we must support him and others as they fight the good fight.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathryn Witham

You know you live in Maine go from heat to air conditioning and back to heat in one day. Is there any wonder those evacuees from the gulf disaster are hesitant to take us up on our generous offer to house them. They don't realize that we are wonderful people and that even though the opportunities for employment are slim in Maine...they aren't exactly nonexistent, either. I don't believe they are thinking about the job market right now...they are thinking about leaving their families, and all that they know behind, and how that feels to them. And, if they are smart....they are considering the coming weeks in Maine. Albeit beautiful, we do have some challenges of our own facing us what with the cost of heating fuel, gasoline, and the eventual

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temperature changes. Life pushes on, and we definitely have cold weather to look forward to...or dread, as the case may be. Last night the Chic In Red of Milo, Maine had an outing that we won't soon forget. Thank you to Marie Hayes for putting this party together. We had a wonderful time. Twelve lovely ladies gathered in our regalia at the parking lot of Milo Elementary (and what a sight we all were) and traveled over to Lakewood Theater for their last production of the season. We were met there by Marie's sister Kathy who had a great time meeting all of us and getting to know us. The above picture shows some of our group; Sylvia Black, Susan Keith, Elaine Tardiff and her sister Carol, Debbie Walker and Marie's sister, Kathy. Not shown, but also enjoying the evening were myself, Lois Trask, Melanie Hussey, Karen Clark, Gwen Bradeen, Chris Beres and Marie. A delightful dinner in their elegant dining room preceded the show. I chose a special for the evening which was Macadamia Encrusted Mahi-Mahi. I don't know if anyone else made the same choice, because there were so many of us and I couldn't see what the girls at the other end of the table were ordering. Several of us began our adventure in eating with a glass of wine. There was a bread basket full of small squares of some sort of soft bread and pots of whipped butter that was laced with, I'm guessing, some herbs and a little garlic...not overpowering, but evident. Marie had recommended the French Onion Soup as an appetizer, and it was delicious. On to the main course, which was also served with garlic mashed potatoes and squash....yum, my favorite vegetable. We were delighted to find out that we could order dessert before leaving for the theater, and at intermission come back to our places in the dining room to enjoy it with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. What a wonderful idea this was. Our waiter, Nic, was great and kept everything in perfect glitches.

The show was hysterical! Confessions of a Dirty Blonde was a madcap comedy. Most of the cast reside in or near Lakewood and have a great list of accomplishments. It's obvious these people love what they do. The show was racy enough to be very funny without being obscene. We all got a big kick out of it. Home by midnight, I hadn't been out that late for ages.

Lakewood Theater is a place that I've been going to all my life, but hadn't been in several years. When we were kids we went a few times with Mom and Dad seeing such greats as William Bendix and Allen Ludden and Betty White. I remember my brother, as a little boy, standing in line to get William Bendix autograph. He loved him in his character of Riley in The Life of Riley. The year we saw Allen Ludden and Betty White they had recently married and the romance of that really intrigued me. When our children were young, we went to see South Pacific with the kids and with my parents....three generations. We made such a big deal of the outing....telling the kids that we were going to "the theater" like it was some magical place. I think, at the time, we were trying to impress on them what a special place it was so they would use their best manners and behave well. Tom had on a little suit and Carolyn was dressed in her finest dress and patent leather shoes. We sat in the balcony, I remember, and when we took our seats just behind the rail Tom said, "I've been to the theater before." Mom and I looked at "where?" and he said, "you know...up to the Town Hall!!!" Well, if you count the senior play as the theater, then I guess he had been. We got a good laugh over that. That trip to Lakewood was a matinee and when it was over we drove to Bangor and Mom and Dad took us all out to eat at the Pilot's Grill. Whenever we were "putting on the dog" we went to the Pilot's Grill. I adored their baked stuffed shrimp and no others have ever measured up to theirs. Once in a while I make up a relish tray that includes cottage cheese, bread and butter pickles, cranberry/orange relish, and kidney beans with onion in Italian dressing. The relish tray, and the hard rolls from Bangor Rye, was always my favorite part of eating there.

This was Lakewood's 105th season. Imagine it! I wish with all of my heart that our little theater in Milo could be restored and used as both a movie theater and a production theater. I'm awfully afraid that we are going to lose the old girl to disrepair before anyone can put together the capital to restore it. Remember folks, the skies the limit. If we build it.....they will come.

I'm going to get up and go make this recipe with a big zucchini that my friend Elise Sproul gave me.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1 cup oil

Put in a blender and add enough zucchini to make 2 more cups when blended.

Sift the following ingredients into a large bowl;
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour

Pour the blender full of liquid into the dry ingredients. Add one cup of chopped walnuts if desired and bake in two greased and floured bread pans at 350 degrees for one hour.

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

Katrina has certainly been in the news these last two weeks. I sincerely hope that by the time you read this article all the evacuees have been made much more safe and comfortable. My first memory is of a hurricane-the New England Hurricane of 1938. I was 2 years old (now you know how old I am) and I can remember sitting on a window seat in our apartment home in Boston, MA waiting for my father. I think perhaps why I remember the incident is because my father was out in the storm. No doubt, my mother was very nervous for him and also for her baby and toddler. Dad was a car salesman for Ford and sold cars all through Maine. I don't know in which section of Maine he had been that day, but we later moved to Maine as he liked the state so much. I noted in Time magazine this week that that hurricane had ravaged the coast from New York to Boston and had taken 600 lives. I have also read elsewhere that it was an unexpected hurricane and came in without any warning. By the way, Dad got home all right that night. He said the trees were falling down behind him as he drove. My Dad could always tell a dramatic story.

We have two new donated juvenile books. They are gifts from the Southern Maine Down Syndrome Family Network. My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson is told from Charlie's point-of-view. He tells all the ways he and Isabelle are not alike such as he is big and she is smaller. He is fast and she is slower. He knows lots of words and she has trouble with words. He also speaks of the many ways in which they are alike, ending with the fact that they simply have more fun together than alone. Where's Chimpy by Berniece Rabe is the other book. A father is getting ready to tell his daughter a bedtime story, but she must have her toy chimpanzee before she can settle down. The story relates all the fun places she has been that day as she tries to find Chimpie. The story can be used as a counting book as well as a story book as our little heroine relates her day and her many finds. Pam and I decided these books are too much fun to be put on some special shelf ready for a person doing Downs Syndrome study. We have

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put them in our juvenile picture book section, and parents can take them out for the entertaining picture book story. If the parent wishes, they can then incorporate how much all children have in common even if some work in their own way.

Polar Shift by Clive Cussler has arrived. It is now ready to circulate. This is another of Cussler's novels in the NUMA series. He is a popular author so I wanted to be sure to mention in this column that it is in the library.

Our preschool Story Hour is beginning on September 12. Melissa Hill is again conducting the program. It will be a fun hour for your little ones. Melissa reads stories geared to preschoolers, and includes a simple craft, songs and finger plays. Caregivers are expected to stay and seem to enjoy the hour as well as their little charges. I had several inquiries through the summer in the hope that Melissa would again be able to have her Story Hour. The library is lucky to have this enthusiastic volunteer.

Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri. --- 2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612



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.

September 7, 2005 Meeting Minutes

President Murrel Harris greeted nineteen members this morning.

Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Prayer was give by Edwin Treworgy, requesting prayers for all the people who were affected by the floods in the Gulf area, being mindful and grateful for the many things we have and our good lives. Correspondence today was several Orono/Old Town newsletters that were passed for the membership to read. Birthdays and anniversaries this week: Happy Anniversary to Amber and Jeff Gahagan on Sept. 7th, and to Murrel and Laurel Harris on Sept. 9th. Happy Birthday to Katie Robertson on Sept. 9th, to Eric Gahagan on Sept. 10th and to Jeter Harris on Sept. 12th. Happy and sad dollars were donated today for family in Louisiana that is safe and sound, the first week of school, the great life we have, a daughter returning to the UM Nursing program, for the no. 4, the Red Sox, several happy dollars for several Kiwanis members who survived a bee attack while boating on the Sebec River, and a happy dollar for a retirement coming up and seeing his wife off to Arizona.

Interclub: Chris Almy reported on Interclub to Orono and on Friday an interclub to Dexter.
Band Concert is scheduled for Sept. 9th. Alumni Band will provide music in the park in the gazebo. Chicken BBQ will be available for $ 6.00. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.
Installation Diner will be on Sept. 30 at the Town Hall. Secretary will be mailing out letters of invitation to members and their guests this week.
Discussion was held concerning a donation to be given to the Hurricane Relief fund for Kiwanis International. Amount to be decided at the Kiwanis Board meeting to be held at The Restaurant on Sept. 8th.

No speaker was available today for our regular Kiwanis meeting.

Sept. 14th meeting will be a business meeting and the speaker will be Emily Gould from Powell, OH and Schoodic Lake. She will show a video and talk about her travels to the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The speaker for Sept. 21st will be Sophie Wilson, town manager of Brownville.

Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary

Entries taken from the guestbook.
Fri Sep 09, 2005 18:10:21
Izzy Warren

The trees are just starting to turn in the area. It's an annual occurrence. As the season progresses a ride through the beautiful countryside is worth the price of the gas for many of us. A link to the State of Maine's Fall Foliage site can be found at the bottom right corner of the home page. It has a map with the level of color change and foliage pictures. We hope you find it useful in your 'leaf peeping' activities this autumn.
Wed Aug 31, 2005 15:10:15
Jamie English
Elmer, NJ

Dear Ebeemee,
I was sitting here at work and I starting 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 here 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.
Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:01:54
Todd J. Pineau
Bagram Afghanistan

As a home grown Brownville Jct. maniac I have never been more homesick in my life. I left for the military after graduation in 1986 from Penquis and have not been home for more than 3 to 4 weeks at a time over the past 19 years. I had a link sent to me for the Brownville Days. The town has changed and it hasn't. You have made this soldier a very happy and homesick individual. I will not be there for my 20 year reunion due to defending my country and my homeland and the families that mean the most to me. Brownville Jct., Milo and all of the surrounding communities I will give my all if called upon to do so for all of your safety. You are all missed dearly.
Sincerely Todd Pineau

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