Three Rivers News, 2005-09-26

Tribute to Shania Twain
At The Junction, 197 Davis St.
Sunday, October 2, at 3 PM.
The weather may be cool, so bring whatever you need to stay warm and comfy.
Once the show starts…things will heat up quickly!!!
Plenty of refreshments will be available, and the show will be held rain or shine. Be sure to bring a chair and a friend!

A don't miss, 3-family yard sale will take place on Saturday Oct. 1, from 9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You'll find us at 72 Page St., Brownville Jct. Turn right at the green bridge, 4th house on right. Something for everyone!!

To the editor:
Hi Valerie,
Yesterday, I enjoyed lunch in Milo at Valerie Jeans-a wonderful meal and great service. It was beautiful sitting there looking at the river in the bright fall sunlight. I purchased and read your newspaper while at lunch.

I am the new (since late May) Director at Pine Tree Hospice in Dover.

I am wondering if you would publicize two upcoming educational opportunities presented by Pine Tree Hospice and our annual meeting.

1. On October 18, from 4 to 8 PM at the Cecil R. Cole American Legion Post in Greenville, the Post and Pine Tree Hospice in collaboration with the Maine Hospice Council are sponsoring "Wounded Warriors, A Veteran's Last Stand." In short, research has shown that veterans, especially combat experienced vets, often need special attention paid to this experience at the end of life. For more information, please contact me at 564-4346 or 749-3598. Also some information about the event is on our website

2. November 22, 2005 Pine Tree Hospice Annual Meeting - A Night of Celebration to honor Pine Tree Hospice Volunteers.

3. Hospice Volunteer Training, January 3 to Feb 14, Tuesday evenings from 6-9. Pine Tree Hospice will be using the new technology to provide training via the ATM mode. This means that the training will be an interactive broadcast from Guilford to three other sites which, depending upon registration may be Milo, Dexter, Dover, or Greenville. Pine Tree Hospice has an urgent need for volunteers in the Milo area. Can you help in finding folks who are interested in taking the 20 hour training with the goal of providing end of life care for members of your community?

I enjoyed your paper. I would like to meet you. Perhaps for coffee at Valerie Jeans?

Thank you for any help you can give Pine Tree.
Kay Johnson -Sept. 22, 2005

The Monday Morning Quilters

The Monday Morning Quilters of Brownville Junction have been busy the last two weeks making quilts to send to the children of the Katrina Disaster. On Monday, September19, 2005, we mailed by Parcel Post, twenty-three (23) quilts ranging from crib size to twin size down to Texas. Each quilt was signed and words of comfort were added for the person receiving their quilt.

They went to the “Comfort America Project” in Houston, TX, which will be instrumental in distributing the quilts where needed. We had seventeen (17) women (not all shown in the picture) helping to accomplish this task, either by making quilts or by giving money for postage.

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MSAD 41's Illness Guidelines
Your child should not attend school if he/she exhibits one or more of the following symptoms:

*** Fever - fever is defined as having a temperature of 100 degrees F or higher.

***Diarrhea- watery, foul smelling, runny and/or bloody stools.
***Vomiting - one or more times in the last 24 hour period.

***Nasal discharge - runny, yellow-greenish mucous accompanied by fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

***Sore throat, vomiting, earache, or irritability accompanied by a fever.

***Pinkeye-drainage from the eye or inflammation of the conjunctiva/mucous membranes of the eye. Children may return to school after receiving medication for 24 full hours.

***Rash - an unexplained rash with fever or behavioral change. Child can return to school if a physician has determined the illness is not communicable and fever is gone.

***Strep Throat/Impetigo and other bacterial infections requiring antibiotics-Keep your child home until he/she has been on an antibiotic for a full 24 hours.

Children with these symptoms cannot comfortably participate in program activities and unnecessarily expose others to their illnesses; they should stay home for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If you believe your child is too sick to go out to recess, they are probably too sick to attend school.

If children arrive at school with any of the above symptoms of illness, the parent/guardian will be contacted and the child sent home. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines for keeping children healthy at school.

Please encourage your child to wash his/her hands before eating, after using the bathroom and after sneezing or blowing the nose. By using these few guidelines we can all stay a little healthier. If you have any questions please give your School Nurse a call.

By Valerie Robertson
Every day I am approached by folks who are overwhelmed by horrible images of the pets left behind in the three states impacted by hurricane Katrina. Thankfully, I don’t have these images in my head, I have mentioned before that I don’t watch the news or read the newspaper, as I have enough to occupy my thoughts with what I see and deal with here in our area. What I do is receive daily updates via e-mail, from the Humane Society and Best Friends, the sanctuary in Utah that is my idea of heaven. I know that there have been horror stories circulation concerning animals being shot on sight and I am convinced that these rumors are NOT TRUE!! There are hundreds of volunteer animal rescuers in the devastated areas, as well as people who are paid to make sure animals are being treated with compassion and respect.

Besides the daily updates I receive, I go to the websites of the two agencies and both sites have areas called “Rumor Control”.. You can not imagine the crap some people circulate in order to make others miserable. Rest assured that there are hundreds of strong, caring influential people doing all they can to help the helpless creatures in the hurricane area.

Best Friends also sent me the President’s e-mail address and had me send a letter, as a concerned Animal Welfare worker, urging him to allow National Guardsmen and other government, state and local rescuers, to carry animals out of dangerous areas as well as the people. Because of the millions of letters he received and because most people just want to do the right and humane thing, the Governor of Texas mandated that all buses and public transportation evacuating Texas citizens were allowed to carry pets as long as the pets were in carriers!!

The most negative and agonizing aspect the animal rescuers are seeing from the animals in Louisiana and Mississippi is that so many of the animals are not spayed or neutered. I know that the areas most affected by the flooding were low-income, but there are so, so many agencies willing to help folks get their pets fixed and healthy.

I am going to share an update I received from Best Friends so you can get a feel for the wonderful work that is being done. I hope you feel better about what is being done for the animals in the hurricane area.

Dear Members & Friends,
By 9.00 a.m. it's already sweltering at the St Francis sanctuary outside of New Orleans, where Best Friends has its rescue center. The rescue teams have already left for the city. And at the sanctuary, the day's work is well under way. I was there for just a short time today, and the work everyone is doing at St. Francis is inspiring and heroic. A real privilege to meet them all.

Best of all, the animals are doing really well. Almost all of the dogs are in spacious compounds where they can run around and play together on the grass or lie in the shade. The cats are moving into open rooms so that they, too, are out of cages. Lots of the volunteers who have been to Best Friends in Utah say that it's a kind of "Best Friends East" here. And really, there's that same, unmistakable atmosphere. Truly, for animals coming out of the hellish situation in New Orleans, it's a place of peace and serenity - though for the people working there, it's hard work pretty much round the clock. They are doing an amazing job. Some of the things that stood out on this brief trip:

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* New arrivals settling in at what we call Ellis Island, a nice grassy area near the front of this extraordinary tent city. Last night's newcomers include an injured pet pig and an emu who's a little stressed (so best not to get too close.) Mike from Best Friends Cats is in charge of the Ellis Island arrivals, where it's mostly dogs. ("Just a change of scene for a cat person," he says.)

* Over at the emergency MASH center, extra fans are blowing to keep the dogs cool that are in special care. One of them, Molly, is pretty exhausted and can only walk a few steps before wanting to sit back down. Looks like she has heartworm along with everything else she's been through.

* The cat folks are celebrating the new porch that's been built so that kitties can run and play together. It's almost like going into Benton's House back at Best Friends! Volunteers socializing the kittens (lots of kittens), and comforting the adult cats who look a little bewildered by what's happened to them. Some of the cats are still in large carriers, but plans are for them all to be out in open areas soon.

* The veterinarians are preparing for the day's special treatments, emergency surgeries, etc. They're a great team - all volunteer and working out of the goodness of their hearts, as are all of the 50 or more volunteers who are working alongside the Best Friends staff there. One of the vet teams comes from a Buddhist order in Sedona, Arizona. Pema Chaepel Mallu D.V.M. and Nydia Alexandre R.N. have been working night and day now for the last 10 days, Nydia acting as Dr. Pema's assistant and technician to provide emergency and critical care for the animals here.

* New dog compounds are being put up - every day the numbers swell. And new storage areas for the huge supplies that have been coming in - everything from dog food to sunscreen.

* Andrew, from Best Friends horses, is finishing off a set of shower stalls for people to use. "Another half hour and we're ready," he said with a look of triumph.

* Much of the documentation of the animals is being done by Catherine Glover and "The Tampa Team", who are all DART trained. They have a lot of experience in emergency rescue work and have been a huge help in making sure we know who
every animal is so we can help them reunite with their families wherever possible.

* Despite the heat and the exhaustion, the energy level is high. Lots of smiles. Some of that is due to the fact that there were several reunions yesterday, and every reunion (26 so far) is greeted by a loud peal on the cowbell and cheers from all around. The folks here say that the reunions are one of the things that really make it worthwhile.

* Tonight, the rescue teams will come back in - often it's not until 2 or 3 a.m. - and unload their trucks at Ellis Island again The people at the sanctuary will perhaps have been snoozing for a few hours before springing back to action, unloading the animals, rushing some of them into the emergency medical area, and getting the others settled. Then maybe a couple more hours of nap time. And then it's already tomorrow.

Speaking of rescues, time is running out for animals still in the city. But we still look forward to more and more rescues - especially since many more people have now been finding their way into the city on their own, and simply putting out food and water until more help arrives. That, in itself, is a major blessing for animals who have been struggling to survive for just on three weeks now.
I'm writing this aboard a plane, on my way to Washington, DC to meet on Tuesday morning with a group of Congress people who make up the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Animals. They're asking some of the main rescue organizations to let them know about the rescue effort overall, particularly in terms of interactions with the federal government and how things could work better in any future emergencies.

One other thing; If you missed the piece on NBC's Dateline on Sunday evening, it's up on our website at I may be biased, but I'd say it's the best thing that's been on TV for the animals in the past three weeks. Rob Stafford, the correspondent, and Olive Talley, the producer, went way beyond the call of duty in putting this piece together. To me, it captures the whole atmosphere of the animal rescue operation. Many thanks to them and all the Dateline crew who worked on this. I met Rob on Sunday evening when I arrived. He was carrying around a beagle-mix puppy that he's taking home to Chicago as a foster. Of course, we want as many as possible of these lost dogs to be reunited with their families. But this little girl looked as though she'd truly found hers!

As always, many thanks to all of you who are making all of this possible through your support and generosity. There's more news every day on the website at Thank you for being part of it all.

Michael Mountain
Best Friends Animal Society

Katrina Relief

Carol Reed of Interface Fabrics in Guilford, and Merlene Sanborn, Coordinator of the Eastern Maine Chapter of Project Linus, prepare boxes of blankets for shipping to Mississippi for children who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Interface provided the shipping at no cost and Eastern Maine Project Linus was able to contribute 100 blankets to the effort. Nationally Project Linus has provided more than more than 13,000 blankets to children in the affected areas. To learn more go to

Bradford Auto Wins 1st Annual "Slick” Open
By Bill Sawtell
Brownville Junction, September 18 - Dean Bellatty had his crew out at 6:00 A.M. to put to wet field in condition for the co-ed softball tournament in memory of Charlie Sickler won by Bradford Auto 12-0 over Bradford General via the 10-run rule in an all-Bradford final here before a fine crowd and pre-game ceremonies.

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Although it was a team effort, David Carey and David Chase struck key blows for the winners, with Carey making a circus catch in right field and shortstop Jordan Allen making a diving catch on a line drive and doubling up a runner off from first-two sensational plays to help preserve the shutout for pitcher Bob Allen. Tom Allen hurled for the Bradford General.

A fine time was had by all in the six-hour affair that honored one of Brownville's finest softball men in Charlie Sickler.

Barbie Sickler threw the honorable first pitch and received a memento from the Penquis Valley High School softball team. Holly Beaulieu sang an excellent rendition of Our National Anthem.

Barbie Sickler throwing out the first pitch at the “Slick” Open

Slick’s Team

Bradford Auto Team

26-Sunny-56° at 7 pm.
27-Sunny L wind Clouding up at 3:30.
28-Sunny windy cooler-64° at 12.
29-Sunny windy am shower at 3:30.
30-Frost windy sunny cool.
1-Frost Sunny L wind.
2- Sunny L wind am clouding up pm.

Penquis Valley Adult Ed Coop is offering classes
The following classes still have room:

Pottery with Mary Shapleigh (Monday)
Knitting with Sheila Bissell (Tuesday)
Drawing with Suzette East (Tuesday)
Landscape Painting with Suzette East (Thursday).
Creative Writing with Victoria Eastman begins September 27th.
Folks interested in any of these classes may call the M.S.A.D. #41 Superintendent's Office - 943-7317, or Loretta Nuite at the PVAEC Office - 564-6525.

Rentals for the BJHS Alumni Hall have changed hands. Linda is no longer the contact person. Please Call Bonnie Butterfield at 965-7631 or 965-7421.

Dear everyone,

Picture taken from Curt’s house of the plateau

I am back in Kayes for a couple of days after spending a mini-vacation in the village of Diamou (Jah-moo) for my friend Curt’s going-away party. I’ve attached a bunch of photos from the trip…enjoy. Diamou is in one of the most beautiful areas of Mali.

We got to take a picture with the goat that they slaughtered for the party the following day. Very yummy.

All is going well for me in Mali. I’m spending my last few weeks preparing a sanitation project that will be ready to take off once I get back from vacation in the states. It’s the same project as before, but I am going to implement it in three villages at once…it should be challenging to coordinate everyone at once, but given the slow speed at which Peace Corps volunteers receive funding for projects (due to inefficiencies of our bureaucracy), I feel that I have incorporate many villages into one project.

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Curt with the women of his family and the ones that he worked with in village.

Speaking of projects, while I am home in Maine I plan on trying to raise money to buy English/French dictionaries for the schools in my area. I will be doing this outside of the Peace Corps, so I will have to receive the money directly. I am anticipating that to purchase one book and send it from the states to Mali would be around $10. However, while I am in Bamako before I leave, I am going to look around and see if I can find dictionaries to purchase in-country, which would be much more economical. If you are interested in donating money to this project, please send me a note at so that I can get an idea of how many books we can purchase. I hope that you would find comfort in knowing that your money wouldn’t be going to an organization that would spend it as they wish…all of the money that I receive would be donated directly to children that have no books in their classrooms.

The weather in Mali is very hot once again. Our rainy season is in its final stage and we have a mini hot season before “cold” season begins. The reason that I put cold in quotation marks is because the coldest that it gets is in the low 60’s. It will not be comparable to the “cold” in Maine during October. Brrrrrrrrrrr.

This Thursday is the Malian day of Independence, which means lots of dancing and eating. I am having a boubou (boo-boo) made at a local tailor, and if I get a chance to take a picture of it before I send this email, I will do so. It should be a fun time.
I suppose that is all for now. I hope that this email finds you all happy and healthy. Take care.

Peace and Love,

Sweet Little Kudeja Sept 2005: My best friend in Mali.

Curt receiving gifts from his village…they gave him a bunch of clothing (one item which he is wearing)


Brownville Elementary School held their assembly on September 22, 2005. Many friends, parents and grandparents were on hand to see the Terrific Kids who were honored. They included: MaryAnne Devine, Kindergarten; Justin Valvo, First Grade; Zena Baker, Second Grade; Jacki Riethmuller.

Third Grade; David Newbert, Fourth Grade; Krishanna Cook, Fifth Grade; and Taylor Lovejoy, Sixth Grade. Artists of the week included; Bailey BakerMarr, Derek Robinson, Noah Hill and Hope Hartsgrove. Several Fifth and Sixth Grade ladies led the school in singing the National Anthem and did a superb job. The Sixth Grade Band played the school song while everyone sang along. Mr. Frank Cochrane was our Kiwanian Friend. Ricky Arnold's birthday was celebrated. Caught Being Good prizes were awarded to seven lucky recipients.


HAT DAY was the event of the day on Friday at Brownville Elementary. For a donation to the Red Cross the staff and students could wear a hat in school. The staff and students are happy to be able to send $453 through the Red Cross to the victims of hurricane Katrina.

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Mrs. Wright began our September 23rd assembly by introducing our very special guest, Mr. David Warren from the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross. Our students, staff, friends, families and a local business have been collecting money for our "Cook Kids Care" Campaign.

We very proudly donated $525.70 (plus $.53 in cash) to help the victims of hurricane Katrina and/or Rita. Mr. Warren accepted our donation and explained that the money would be going to help people who have nothing.

Trevor Lyford, Rachael Baker and Hannah Audibert were honored at Terrific Kids. Miss K. said that Trevor is a terrific kid every day. He completes his homework and returns his signed planner daily. Trevor is a very eager learner and a role model. Mrs. Carter commended Rachael for always being organized and for always trying her best. Rachael does not give up and is very well behaved. Miss Brown said that Hannah

writes in her journal every day. She has a huge smile. Hannah does all she needs to do every day.

Bus Awards: Laura G., Hannah A., Logan S., Haley B., Josh G. and Tyler T. Artists of the Week: Shae Grant, Jesse Small, Dakota K., Lindsay T. and Mrs. Carter's entire class.

We celebrated the birthday of Logan Stanley, age 9.

Caught Being Good Bags were awarded to Michelle B., Justin B., Haley M., Lily A. and Lydia. Congratulations to all of our Terrific and Generous Kids.


Band has begun again for 5th graders. Mr. Eastman is holding his annual parent meeting for new band members
on Monday at 7:00 at Milo Elementary. Be sure to attend if your child would like to participate in band.

Brownville Trivia
By Bill Sawtell
Choose the best answer.

1. Fleetwood Pride was a (n) (a) singer (b) blacksmith (c) lumberman (d) attorney.
2. Brownville was named for (a) Moses Brown (b) Francis Brown (c) Jack Brown (d) Paul Brown.
3. The Briggs Block stood for (a) 35 (b) 46 (c) 48 (d) 53 years.
4. The last team to beat the Railroaders in basketball was (a) Milo (b Greenville (c) Sumner (d) Searsport.
5. (a) Luther (b) Eddie (b) John (d) Perry Ellis was a photographer.
6. The present Brownville Historical Society Museum building came from the (a) Merrill (b) Crocker (c) Highland (d) Wilder Quarry region.
7. Mesach Jones was a (a) foreman (b) superintendent (c) polisher (d) splitter at the Merrill Quarry.
8. Charlie Foulkes and Walter McClain were (a) cousins (b) attorneys (c) constables (d) merchants.
9. A center of Maine marker was at (a) the Grange Hall (b) the YMCA (c) the Wilkerson Block (d) the CPR station.
10. Norton Pond is in the (a) northeast (b) northwest (c) southwest (d) southeast.

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

Medicare Enrollment Nears an Update from Penquis Regional Triad
The phones of millions of senior citizens nationwide will begin ringing on October 1. Insurance companies will be touting their brand of Medicare prescription drug coverage. This advertising blitz will occur two weeks before the formal unveiling of the program’s details and six weeks before anyone can legally enroll in the plan of their choice. Seniors will need to be vigilant against pressure tactics and outright scams. The initial enrollment period for all those who qualify for the drug cost insurance will run from November 15, 2005 until May 15, 2006. All the plans offered will be approved and subsidized by the U.S. Government, which has outlined terms of coverage. The plans will be operated by groups of insurance providers and pharmacy partners. Only the insurers have a good motive to get seniors to rush to enroll, because the seniors will be paying monthly premiums to that company for a year before they can switch providers. Medicare recipients who take their time and shop the plans carefully stand the best chance of choosing a plan that fits their personal needs.

Many people on Medicare are also covered by VA coverage or retirement plans which cover some or all of their prescription drug costs. People with such plans should receive a notification from that plan by mid-November, informing them that the plan is equivalent to or better than Medicare drug coverage. Retirees in this situation may be better off not signing up for the government plan at this time. They will not be penalized if they choose to enroll at some later time. Everyone not covered by an equivalent or better plan will be subject to a 1% surcharge for each month they delay enrolling past the May 15, 2006 deadline. Low income seniors and anyone on Medicaid (Mainecare) can qualify for notification of their coverage by the state. Low income seniors should fill out an Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs, available through the local Social Security office or through Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA). Call 1-800-432-7812 or e-mail at for details.
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Help for all potential enrollees is coming in the form of enrollment clinics offered through EAAA. The first in our area will occur on December 16, starting at 9 A.M., in the Dexter Town Office. Other clinics are planned for January 18 at the Milo Town Office and on January 20 at Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.

Senior citizens are reminded to not enroll hastily, never give personal information over the telephone, and take advantage of all assistance available to make good choices on Medicare ?D?.

This update is offered for publication by the Penquis Regional TRIAD, a local non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing of all persons over 50 years of age in this area, in close cooperation with local Law Enforcement Agencies.

Contact: Paul Matulis, Penquis TRIAD organizer, c/o Penquis C.A.P., 50 North St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, tel: 564-7116

To the Editor:
Dear Val,
I, along with my daughter Jeannie and her husband Tom Brown, had a wonderful time at the chicken bbq last Friday night at the Veterans Park in Milo. The food was delicious and it was so good to see so many people there to enjoy the meal. The alumni band was great, and the lady singer was very good. I only wished we could have stayed longer, but we had over a hundred miles to go back to Randolph.

I tip my hat to the Three Rivers Kiwanis and all the people who volunteered to make it a wonderful night. We enjoyed every minute of the time we where there. The people in Milo should be very proud of the turn out for it.

Val, I was just thinking as I was enjoying the band, I remember when I was a youngster, around 5 or 6 years old, and I am now 84. I remember, one special Memorial Day Parade around 1926 or 1927, there was out front leading the parade a Civil War Veteran, I guess he was the only Civil War Veteran I ever saw up close. His name was Carver, last name, I never knew his first name. He had a grandson about my age who I knew. He went by the name of “Spud” Carver.

He was in the Marines during WWII and what I was thinking, it would be nice and I know I would be quite an undertaking, to have a plaque made and put some where near the Gazebo with all the names of all the Milo boys who were in the service from the Civil War right up to the present in Iraq, with a gold star after the names of those who gave their lives for our freedom today. I know they have one at the cemetery, but I just thought it should be at the Veterans Park, because I know the young people in Milo will be using the Gazebo more and more and they can see the plaque and be thankful for those on the plaque who gave their all. It is just a thought “Val” and I would donate towards it, because I am too old to do anything else. Once again, I want to thank the Three Rivers Kiwanis for sponsoring a wonderful eve and all those in Milo, my home town which it will always be.

Jim McLean Sr.
Daughter, Jeannie Brown
Husband Tom Brown
Editor’s Note: Sounds like a wonderful project. We’ll see what happens in the coming year. The American Legion, SOAR and Kiwanis could work together and perhaps make this happen!

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

How fast another week has flown by, but there have been many exciting events involved with the library this week. On Monday evening we had a trustees’ meeting. We discussed the success of the book sale in June, the summer reading program and the new gift magazine subscriptions that arrived this summer. However, we have one problem, we need a new substitute. Nancy Scroggins has felt the need to resign due to family commitments. We shall miss her as she was a good knowledgeable librarian, had creative suggestions and was free to come in at very short notice. We have two other subs but one has a full-time job so her sub time is limited. If anyone reading this column enjoys serving the public and is interested in library work please sign an application for library substitute at the town office. We use our substitutes on a rotation basis so everyone gets a chance regularly to get some time for library work.

On Wednesday morning Pam and I attended the Tri-Counties librarian meeting at Borders in Bangor. They set up tables for our meeting in the cafeteria and provide coffee and platters of luscious pastries and muffins cut into small sections so one can sample lots of these delicious foods. We had our librarians’ meeting first and learned that in Greenville the Shaw Library has had serious water problems in the basement. They will have to make some big decisions-perhaps even relocating their library for a while. After the librarians had exchanged news and discussed problems, one of the staff members, Gibran Graham, spoke to us on the latest and most popular non-fiction. It was a very interesting 1 _ hours. At the end of the talk Pam and I made several selections from the books he had displayed. We chose:

Baker, Jerry BUG OFF! (Gardening)
Cordingly, David UNDER THE BLACK FLAG (Pirates)
Jans, Nick THE GRIZZLY MAZE (Grizzly bears)

Although most of these books are adventure books, Drawing Manga might need a little explanation. We have most of our drawing books on our juvenile shelves, but due to the popularity of graphic comics, we chose this book to include in our young adult section. There is more text than in our other drawing books and the directions give more subtle details for anyone really interested in drawing their own comic story. We thought the budding artists among our young adults might be more inspired to try their own strip or even a whole book with the help of this drawing book.

On Wednesday we had visitors. Lin and Nancy Cotter Pickle of So. Hadley, MA came into the library in the afternoon. Nancy’s grandmother was the first librarian of the Milo Free Public Library and was librarian from 1924-1947.

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The library and Milo were very fond memories for Nancy’s father, H. Eugene Cotter. When her father passed away, Nancy had all the memorial gifts given in his name sent to our little library. She and her sisters also made generous gifts to us allowing us to get new office chairs, a photocopier and our comfortable rocking chair. Nancy is always so enthusiastic it is fun to visit with her. Lin is quieter but very pleasant with a delightful sense of humor. This was the first time they had seen the gift chair, and they seemed pleased with our choice. They took a tour of the library, and then Nancy said she would like to give the library a Halloween decorated pumpkin. The one she selected is now on our front steps, and anyone passing by can see how dressed up the library is for the new fall season. Thank you, Nancy and Lin, for a delightful visit and our spooky colorful pumpkin.

Remember Monday, September 26 is our PRESCHOOL STORY TIME with Melissa Hill as the director. It will begin at 3:30-4:30. This time will allow parents who have school age children to pick them up ahead. There will be stories, crafts, songs and lots of fun for all preschoolers. Caregivers are expected to stay. Younger school age siblings are welcome to the story time too, or they can go up to the library proper to read books. If there are any questions please call the library at 943-2612.

Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri. ---2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612
The library will be closed on Monday, October 10 In Observance of Columbus Day

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathryn Witham
Big as Billy-Be-Darned we made our way down the pike last weekend in a 2006 Pontiac Montana...just like it was ours. A classy drive to a classy affair. Our old jalopy has 140,000 miles on it. I don't like taking it "out of state" because I don't know when it's going to kick-the-bucket; and when it does, I want to be inside the boundaries of Maine. I've had a car break down out of state before and it wasn't a bit fun. As a matter of fact, it was a horrible experience. So, when the old girl started burning a little oil, I decided it was safer to rent a car when we went out of state, rather than push our luck.

Now, some of you might say: "Why don't you just buy a new car?" Good question. Well, you see it's like this; I can't afford a "new" car. I can buy a used car and pay $250 or so bucks a month for a payment...or I can save my $250 bucks a month and drive the "queen bee" until the wheels fall off and, in the meantime, rent a brand spanking new car the three or four times a year that we travel out of state. Enterprise Car Rentals has a great deal on weekends. We got this spiffy 2006 vehicle for $75.00 for the WHOLE Friday to Monday. As far as I'm concerned you can't beat that with a stick!!

Eventually the wheels will fall off my car and I'll be forced to make a change. But, while it's still running fairly well, I'll just enjoy the comfort of the ride that I get in the old girl on a day to day basis, not taking her much further than Bangor and Portland every once in a while. The air conditioning still works fine....the radio and CD player are top notch...and the ride is really really comfortable. She doesn't shine like new anymore, and she smells a little mildewy, but other than those couple of things she's been a wonderful car. We still get incredible gas mileage and that is a very important asset in this time of soaring gas prices.

We went to the wedding of the daughter of dear old friends of ours who live in Middleboro, Massachusetts. You may remember Nancy and Ronnie DePaolo who lived here in Milo in the mid to late 70's and very early 80's. Nancy worked in the Town Office and Ronnie owned and operated a shingle mill over in Atkinson, and then worked in the woods running a skidder until they made the decision to move back to Mass from where they originated. Nancy owned a pizza place that was attached to the Foss's Restaurant building when Polly Ellis owned it. I worked for Nancy there before I got my job at the school.

Nancy and Ronnie's daughter, Kaia, was just a tot when they left Milo....and this past weekend that tot got married. Over the years we have always remained close to the DePaolo's. We've always attended the major events in each other's lives....big birthdays, graduations, retirements, and now Kaia's big beautiful wedding.

The DePaolo's spacious seven-gabled house is on a cul-de-sac in a development full of huge homes. Their home has four bedrooms, three baths, and a huge living room...down and up, dining room, big kitchen with a walk-in pantry, sun room, office, and laundry room. They have a big front porch lined with comfy rocking chairs, beautiful landscaping with rock walls and flower gardens, and, best of all, a big barn/garage. I wonder if this is the paragraph where I should tell that they have a flock of sheep corralled in a big fenced-in area. The sheep got loose at one point and we noticed them high stepping it up the paved driveway. Val would love this whole set-up. It would be a farm after her own heart. Ronnie has always wanted to be a farmer...and in his heart he is still in Atkinson, Maine being just that. If you close your eyes while driving down their long winding driveway, past the holly trees, you forget that you are in a lush neighborhood in Massachusetts. I have often wondered when the trend towards these huge houses took place. It definitely seems to be a '90's thing. Homes with a square footage of 2,800 to 3,500 are the norm out there in those subdivisions. It never ceases to amaze me that there are women who have to keep those huge houses clean.

We arrived in Middleboro in time to help the women in the wedding party get dressed in their gowns and then pose for the photographers. There were two photographers and a videographer who arrived to record the whole affair for posterity. Their home was a beautiful backdrop for the gazillion pictures taken all over the house and yard. The bride's gown was a gorgeous ivory confection. She wore a simple veil and carried a bouquet of roses and Calla Lilies in shades of white. Simply beautiful.

Carroll and I took our positions in the scheme of things very seriously. By the time the limo arrived to whisk the wedding party away, we were all very happy that things - so far - had gone relatively smoothly with no hitches. Luckily, the mother-of-the-bride didn't know that the father-of-the-bride toyed briefly with wearing white socks with his tux. She also didn't know that the brother-of-the-bride had squirreled away a very comfy outfit in his backpack...said he was going to "change" after the ceremony. We straightened out the dad...and the brother never did find a time that he felt was appropriate enough to change out of his tux.

The reception was held in a new country club. What a beautiful facility those people have for their nice affairs there in Middleboro. The flowers that adorned each of the 22 tables set for guests literally took my breath away. I had never seen such extravagant arrangements. I can't even begin to describe them....but take it from me, they were unbelievable. While the wedding party had more pictures taken at different venues around the facility, the guests were treated to wonderful hot and cold appetizers. After introductions of the wedding party, the couple's first dance, and a thoughtful champagne toast by the well-spoken best man, a salad of my favorite spring greens and cherry tomatoes was served. My husband and I had deliberately ordered two different entrees so that we could share with each other both the chicken choice and the fish choice. Both were done to perfection and were delicious.

The traditional cutting of the cake happened before dinner so that the wait staff could cut and serve dessert immediately following the dinner. The whole affair was well
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thought out and totally enjoyable. Dancing followed with a wonderful mix of music. It amazed me that I even got a small measure of enjoyment out of watching the young people dance to their hip-hop stuff. It was a small price to pay for the wonderful standards that we enjoyed all through the entire dinner. What a fabulous wedding.

We got the bride's parents home all in one piece....but Nancy and I were dragging our shoes behind by this time. We changed into pajamas and drank a nice cup of hot chocolate before saying goodnight. Carroll and I slept like logs that night and awoke the next morning to finally get a chance to "visit" with our hosts. They love to showoff their beautiful community which borders Cape Cod, and we enjoyed a little tour of nearby apple orchards, cranberry bogs and quaint farm stands where I bought three of the biggest peaches I've ever seen.

Turning our pretty silver SUV northward we made our way back to Maine and were home by nightfall....making our bigness right straight through the city of Boston. It's easy to be brave when you're driving someone else's vehicle.
Still looking for a way to use up that zucchini? How about this recipe:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup cooking oil
1-3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sour milk
1-1/2 cups flour
4 Tablespoons cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups finely diced zucchini
1/4 cup chocolate bits
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Cream the shortening, cooking oil, and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla and sour milk. Blend thoroughly. Sift in flour, cocoa, soda, spices and salt. Stir in the zucchini. Spoon into a greased 13X9 in pan sprinkle with the chocolate bits and nuts and bake in a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes or until done. This cake doesn't need frosting. If you want, though, you can sift a tad of confectionary sugar over it after it cools.

Race to End Domestic Abuse
As we launch National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Womancare will once again hold its annual walk, 5K and 12K runs Saturday, October 1, 2005. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the walk, 5K and 12K runs will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Piscataquis Community Middle School on Blaine Ave. in Guilford.

What began as a handful of walkers in 1983 raising $1700 has grown into an annual event that raised almost $13,000 in 2004. With the addition the 12K race, part of the Sub 5 series, we now host over 250 people annually.

There is no entry fee for the walk, but pledges are encouraged with special prizes going to top pledge earners. There will also be special recognition for the team that earns the most pledges. Call 564-8165 for a pledge sheet or team packet and organize your friends, co workers, or church family. Pledges earn prizes - $25 earns a t-shirt (while they last) and $100 earns a fleece blanket. Last year the team with the most pledges brought in over $600 for Womancare! The individual student bringing in the most pledges brought in $225 and the individual adult bringing in the most pledges brought in $159! Now it is your turn to take the challenge!

The entry fee for the 5K and 12K is $12 with pre-registration and $15 on race day. Pledges are encouraged! T-shirts will be given to the first 75 entrants. All participants in any of the three events may enter in random prize drawings. Call 564-8165 to pre-register.
A community breakfast will be held in conjunction with the Walk/Races at the Piscataquis Community Middle School from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. including pancakes, egg soufflé©, bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee and more. The cost of breakfast is $5 per person or $12 per family. So whether you come to walk, run, and eat or just to visit, we hope to see you there!

MILO - Iris Evelyn Mayo Davis, 87, wife of the late Kenneth Davis, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, surrounded by family at a Bangor healthcare facility. She was born July 15, 1918, in Milo, the daughter of Fred and Emma (Dudley) Mayo. Iris graduated with honors from Milo High School, and attended nursing school in Boston. After many years as a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, she worked for Bangor Hydro-Electric in the Milo office, enjoying 26 years before retiring in 1987 as their "oldest retiree" to date. Iris was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the AYUDA Club, and the Neighborly Christmas Club. Iris especially enjoyed her grandchildren, and spending time at her cottage at Sandy Point. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Reynolds and husband, V. Paul, of Hampden, and Jannifer Stanchfield and husband, Jack, of Calais; five grandchildren, Wm. Scott Reynolds and wife, Karen, of Winterport, Suzanne Reynolds Pauchey and husband, Jacques, of Islamorada, Fla., Joshua Reynolds and wife, Rebecca, of Topsham, Vt., Philip Stanchfield and wife, Trendy, of Savage, Minn., and Angela Stanchfield of Houlton; six great-grandchildren, Zeb and Lora Reynolds, Paul Henri and Mary Pauchey, Dana Katherine Reynolds, and Porter Stanchfield; one sister, Madalene Mayo Davis and husband, colonel Carl Davis, Ret., of Sandy Point and Indialantic, Fla.; several generations of nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the staff of the Residential Care Unit at Westgate Manor, for their tender, loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be donated to The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Chapter, P.O. Box 8730, Portland, ME 04104.

MILO - Frank W. Hamlin, 74, husband of Rose (Villani) Hamlin, died Sept. 21, 2005, at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor. He was born March 24, 1931, in Milo, the son of Francis "Pat" Hamlin and Zelda Moore. Frank had served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea. He had been employed by the B&A Railroad for many years and was a member of the Joseph P. Chaisson American Legion Post No. 41 in Milo. Frank is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rose of Milo; 2 daughters, Jeanine Martin and her husband, Richard, and their son, Rick, all of Milo, and Debra Hamlin of Cambridge; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, James Hamlin. There will be no funeral services. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Milo Historical Society, care of Dr. Ralph Monroe, 23 Park St., Milo, ME 04463. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

Request to TRCMaine
Hi, I’m looking for info on the Sawyer family that lived in LaGrange in the 1880’s. There must be someone from this family buried in your cemetery. I live in Springvale, Maine so it would be an all day trip just to get to you. Any info would help. I believe Horatio (Harris) and Cora were my great-grandparents. They were both born in 1861 and raised a family of 4. Thanks for any help.
Cheryl Vachon

Letter to the Editor,

While reading the obituary of John G. Decker, Sept. 19, 2005, in the Three Rivers News, another member of the family came to my mind-Florence.

In addition to her role as wife and stepmother; I think of her as an excellent kindergarten teacher at Milo Elementary School, where she taught for many years, and expect she is fondly remembered by many.

Former neighbor and friend,
Catherine K. Ellison

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To the Members of Penquis Valley High School:
"I'm trying to build support for starting a PVHS Alumni Association. Right now there is no association for Penquis. Both Milo and Brownville High Schools have an alumni association. I've only been to one class reunion, but have really enjoyed seeing old classmates. I was thinking how much better it would be to have an annual PVHS Alumni event where all graduates could come. I know that by the time I graduated, I had made friends from the 3 classes that graduated before me as well as the 3 undergraduate classes. Especially since our school was not very large. I think if we could form the association this fall and winter, then plan a gathering for next summer it would be great.

If you think this would be a good idea also, log on to the Three Rivers Community of Maine site at and go to the bulletin boards (on the left side of screen) and check out the section under "Alumni" and "Penquis Valley High." Just a short note from you might be enough to show everyone that there is enough interest to start the association.

Thanks and let me hear from you soon,"
Gerry Demers, Class of 1973



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 19 members today and guest Jane Jones, Milo Town Manager.

The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt. Herb Dunham asked for a moment of silence in memory of Howard Kesseli and also said our prayer.

Correspondence: Orono/Old Town’s newsletter and Dover-Foxcroft’s newsletter was circulated.

Happy and sad dollars were given for births of grandchildren, memory of Howard Kesseli, the Yanks and the Sox only _ a game apart, successful Make-A-Wish walk and Susan B. Komen - cure for breast cancer walk, and a healthy Head Start enrollment.

Reports: Four members went to Dover this past Tuesday and Eben DeWitt presented Lt. Governor Joe Guyotte with the banner. Interclubs are planned for Friday to Dexter and the following Tuesday to Orono.

Trish Hayes reported that the Key Club has held their board meeting and will meet with members the first time this year on Thursday, they hope to enter a float in the annual home coming parade on Oct 1st. and have officer training coming up on Sunday.

Three Rivers Kiwanis will have their installation on September 30th at the Milo Town Hall starting at 5:00 pm. Governor Elect Joe Guyotte will install our new officers.

Our speaker was Sophie Wilson who was introduced member by Paul Grindle. Sophie has been the Town Manager of Brownville for 5 years now and has the incredible task of dealing with the huge Norton Pond proposal near Schoodic Lake. Sophie presented lots of information and she has been very busy implementing all the facets that need to be used to make sure this project works to the best of everyone’s interest. If all the criteria is met, WHG Development wishes to break ground on “The Reserve” in the spring of 2006. Thank you Sophie for your very informative talk.

Speaker for September 28th meeting will be Scott Gordon, the new principal of Penquis Valley High School

Respectfully submitted: Janet H. Richards, substitute secretary.
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