Three Rivers News, 2005-10-17


Caitlyn Durant and Amanda Peterson (pictured above) along with Mishilla Harrison danced at the Galaxy Palace Theatre in Disneyworld on October 8! They were part of Disney Magical Music Days.
They started their day wit h a special breakfast with Mickey and met other dancers from across the country. They got to meet dancers from Georgia and Massachusetts as well as another group from Maine. They also had a backstage tour of Disney and got to see many “secrets” of the Magic Kingdom.

Caitlyn and Amanda dance with the Morgan Hill Dancers which is run by Morita’s School of Dance. Dance classes are held at the Milo Town Hall on Wednesdays. Miss Denise is the teacher and she is wonderful. We are all proud of you girls!

Saturday, November 12
BJHS Alumni Hall Brownville Junction
9am to 1pm
Table rentals are $15.00
For rentals call Linda Coburn at 965-8421

Milo Historical Society Program To Feature Local Author
The Milo Historical Society invites the public to attend a program featuring local author and scholar, Walter Macdougall who will speak on the life and accomplishments of Moses Greenleaf, Maine’s first mapmaker. The program will be on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 PM at the historical society museum on High St., next to Bailey Lumber Co.

Autumn Supper of Yankee Pot Roast
Saturday, October 29, 2005
BJHS Alumni Hall Brownville Jct.
5 to 6:30 PM
$6.00 adults and $2.50 12 and under
October 29 at Brownville Elementary
Proceeds to benefit the 5th grade trip to Boston.

Several students from the Spanish classes of Mr. Gillett at Penquis Valley High School will be working hard to collect returnable cans and bottles on Saturday, October 22. Proceeds from this bottle drive will help fund a student trip to Spain in 2006. Students will be visiting homes and businesses in the Milo, Brownville and Lagrange areas this Saturday.

If you will not be home and would still like to help out, please leave your bottles and cans in a bag or box by your door or on your porch. If you have a large collection to donate, please call and we can make a special stop before the bottle drive begins.

Mr. Mike Comeau, owner of Three Rivers Redemption Center has kindly agreed to sponsor the bottle drive. Mike has also agreed to conduct an ongoing collection for Spain 2006 over the next several months. Just mention that you would like your returnables donated to the Spain 2006 FUND when you return them to Mike.

Thanks in advance for your support of the bottle drive. If you have questions or would like to make arrangements for a special returnables pick-up, please call Sheilah Bissell at 943-5072.

Saturday, October 22: 10:00 am - 11:00 am at the Milo Town Hall 6 Pleasant Street, Milo Sponsored by the Towns of Milo and Brownville and Foxcroft Veterinary
Rabies - $6.00 Distemper - $12.00
Mark your calendars!

Cat owners, please take special notice as State of Maine
Law now requires that ALL cats be vaccinated against rabies. Dog owners, please note that new Veterinary and State guidelines now require dogs be vaccinated only every three (3) years. Also, if your pet is lost or missing, or if you find an animal, please let the Town office know. Contact: MILO TOWN OFFICE - 207-943-2202

Milo Elementary 5th grade will spend the morning on Sat. Oct. 22, collecting returnables.
They are working hard to raise money for an educational trip to Boston in May '06 and are very excited!
We hope that you can help!!

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Support Our American Recruits is a non-profit organization aimed at showing our support to all of our active and veteran soldiers. We will be holding our monthly meeting on Tuesday October18 at 6:30 P.M. at the American Legion hall in Milo. We will be discussing our Christmas card drive and our support a soldier campaign. If you have any questions please feel free to call Michelle Lemik at 943-2375 or just stop by the American Legion Hall on October 18th. We hope to see you there!

There will be a public Baked Bean & Ham Supper on Saturday, November 5th, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction from 5pm to 6:30pm.
The menu will include baked beans, ham, casseroles, rolls, and cole slaw as well as assorted desserts and coffee/tea/punch. Donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
The supper is being sponsored by the members of St. John's and proceeds will benefit church activities.
There will also be RADA knives on sale and special orders will be taken, if needed.

Dear Crafters and Business Owners;
The Milo Historical Society and Milo Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) are pleased to announce that they will be joining together to present a Holiday Crafts and Business Fair on Sunday, November 27 at the Milo Elementary School Cafeteria (18 Belmont Street). The fair will be open on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 pm. Crafters and businesses may set up the evening before with prior notification or on Sunday starting at 9:00 am.

Participation in the fair is priced at a $10.00 table rental fee, payable the day of the fair. The tables provided measure 6 ft. Unfortunately, there will be no electricity available at the tables. The Milo Historical Society’s Holiday Fair last year was a big success and we have no doubt about repeating the same response this year. We encourage and welcome any crafters of handmade items, small businesses or civic organizations to participate.

To reserve a space or for more information please call:
Victoria Eastman Allen Monroe
5 Keniston Street 23 Park Street
Milo, Maine 04463 Milo, Maine 04463
943-2400 943-2268

The public is invited to help send David off to his new job in Old Town with our thanks and gratitude for all he has done for our school district.

What’s going on?
Bring a box of tissues for admission and money for tickets and food. See you there for LOTS of FUN!!
If you or your company or organization would like to donate items, services or gift certificates for the auction; please contact Victoria Eastman at 943-2400, Tami Goodine at 564-2212 or or Tracy Morse at 943-7376 or
The Milo PTO is holding a raffle for a home cooked meal for two. Tickets are available at the Milo Elementary School, Maine Savings on Thursday, October 13th, and at the Milo Elementary 4, 5, 6 grade program on Wednesday, October 26 at the Milo Town Hall at 7 pm.
The winner will be announced during the Fall Frolic auction between 6 and 8 pm on Friday evening, October 28.
Five – Course Gourmet Candlelight Dinner for Two
Prepared and served in your own home; no clean up or mess, just enjoy the evening.
(Good for 1 year from drawing date. No holidays except for Valentine’s Day. Two-week notice required.)
Cocktail of choice
Duet of coriander, lime shrimp and proscuitto wrapped asparagus.
Maine lobster bisque
Mixed baby greens with walnuts, goat cheese and mandarin oranges all topped with fresh, warm, honey/bacon vinaigrette dressing.
Classic surf and turf of grilled tenderloin of beef and lobster tail beurre blanc accompanied by twice baked potato and fresh vegetable.
Chocolat crème brulee
Served with fresh brewed coffee
The chef will provide an appropriate wine for each course. Lemon sorbet will be served between each course to refresh the palate. Fresh baked bread will also be served.

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Chris Cowing's first year at the helm and his team of spirited young players has made it to the Penquis League Finals against Sebasticook today at 2:30 over to Sebasticook. The Railroaders lost to them during the regular season 5-2 (I think) but that was early in the season and these guys have improved with each and every game and I have a good feeling that they will turn it up another notch and bring home the championship trophy. Best of Luck Railroaders.......the Penquis region will be cheering for you.

A group of students at Penquis Valley High School are making plans for the trip of a lifetime. Several students in Mr. Gillett's Spanish classes are heading to Spain in April of 2006. Fundraising activities are underway and the itinerary is being finalized. The students will be traveling during April vacation week and will spend time on the coast of Spain, visit several cities including Madrid and have a one day excursion to the country of Morocco on the African continent.

Upcoming fundraising events will include a Walk-A-Thon on the River Walk in Brownville, several bottle drives a middle school dance, cookbook sale, benefit concert sponsored by local heavy metal band TOMORROW'S TRAGEDY, community dinners, a raffle of handmade items and the sale of stadium seat cushions for use during home basketball games.

Updates and more information will follow in upcoming editions of the TRN. Your support of all the fundraising efforts is greatly appreciated.

A very special Happy Birthday goes out to a young Freshman Paige; from her adoring friends in the "kitchen"

Milo PTO is busy making plans for the annual Fall Frolic to be held on Friday, October 28. This year's fun includes costume and pumpkin contests, lots of games and prizes, a raffle drawing, and an auction offering food, crafts and products from MSAD 41 and surrounding areas.

An exciting feature of this year's Fall Frolic is a raffle drawing for a Gourmet meal planned and prepared in the winner's own home. So be on the look out for raffle tickets on sale before the Fall Frolic!
If you, your company or organization would like to donate items, service or gift certificates for the auction, please contact Victoria Eastman at943-2400 or Tami Goodine at or 564-2212 or Tracy Morse at or 943-7376.

The High School girls soccer team do their pre-practice warm ups with Captains Christina Gerrish and Jody Walker at center circle. The girls have played hard and played well this season and their record truly doesn't reflect their ability on the field against other area teams.

Each game has been very exciting and very close and your fans are very proud of your efforts on the field. I would also like to ad that there are 2 senior girls who don't get much playing time and I am the most proud of their style/class/grace away from the field and in the way they carry themselves each and every game. I've never heard them complain and the girls that do start in each game should feel honored to have Tabby Olmstead and Megan McGuiness as their teammates. They are the best role models a coach could ever ask for! Thank you girls.

The High School Girls Soccer Coach Teri Morrill presented the Seniors on the team before the start of their final game with a rose to in turn give to their parents. Senior girls were: Megan McGuiness, Christina Gerrish, Jody Walker, Johanna Kutz, Coach Morrill, Kylie Palmer, Jenny Stetson, Tabitha Olmstead and Megan Knowles.

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JOYFUL PHOTOS will be at: MILO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on Tuesday October 18th MARION C COOK SCHOOL on Wednesday October 19th BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on Thursday October 20th
Photos will be of individual children.
Price is $8.00 for 2-5x7 photos

I received the following letter and thought it was appropriate to share:
Hi Val,
You don't know me but I used to live in Milo (well, Medford actually, but I attended school in Milo at PVHS). My family also lived in Derby for many years after I turned 18.

I remember you owned Val's Pizza - and believe me, my entire family has eaten a whole lot of your pizza!

I understand from my Mom, Sharon Gagnon, that you are now running an animal rescue. I wanted to send you a short email to say thanks! I'm so happy to hear that the animals in your area are a priority at this point in time. When I was growing up, "animal welfare" was almost unheard of for the most part. I've always had an affinity for animals, especially dogs and cats. We lived on a farm in Medford...and while it was extremely hard work, especially for a young pre-teen girl, I loved each and every animal!

As an adult, I've become active in animal rescue myself. I currently reside in Springfield, Mass and we have 2 very large animal rescue facilities within the city and several smaller organizations as well. I've donated time, money and supplies to many of these organizations. If I could afford to, I'd open my own dog and cat rescue facility. That's my dream - one day I will do it!

So again, thank you for all you do to help the animals!!!

Deanna L. Berger
I.B.E.W. Local 7 Health & Welfare Fund
185 Industry Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104

Wow, it would be nice to have Deanna in our area. She sounds like she would be a welcome addition to our small, but dedicated group of shelter volunteers. If you have the desire to help out at PAWS, now is the perfect time. We have over 60 dogs, cats and a bunny residing at our humble shelter and that number is soon to grow. We are in the process of taking care of one of the last feral colonies in our area.
Any of you who have ventured to the ends of First Street and Second Street in Derby has no doubt seen dozens of cats and kittens setting in the road, on porches and in the vacant lots. Last week, Linda Rolfe’s wonderful young grandson Austin, alerted us to a teeny kitten setting in a field. He had seen another kitten scuttle under a pile of debris. Linda, a volunteer for PAWS, contacted Suzie Ricker, our fund-raining chairman and they brought the little guy to the shelter. He appeared to be about 4 weeks old, and when we realized there were more babies, we knew we had to make sure they were OK

Off we trudged, live-traps in tow, to begin what will turn out to be one of our largest projects yet. The first order of business was to go door-to-door and make a list of the cats that belong to each house. You can’t imagine the number of folks who said they owned no cats, even when we saw one setting right on their stoop or porch. No one wants to be responsible because with responsibility comes accountability and the obligation to do what is right and legal for your pets. All cats in the State of Maine are required to have current rabies certification and many times this is not the case. As you can well imagine, I am far from popular at these places. I am usually met with a lot of hostility and lies when I knock on the doors of these irresponsible animal keepers.

With that said, I did find a wonderful pet owner who offered to help, and who seemed to have a good grasp of which cat belonged to which house. We found the kitten ( there turned out to be two) and we know what the mother looks like, so she is one of our priorities, but there is a very pregnant stray female who has become our number one mission. It is virtually impossible to trap or find newborn kittens, so it is imperative we capture Mama and give her a warm, safe place to have her babies. An added bonus is the chance to giver her high-quality cat food and hope the added nutrition helps her babies to have a better chance at a healthy life. It is amazing what two days of quality food can do for a mother-to-be, and her babies-to-be.

So for the next few weeks, we will be trapping cats at the end of the two streets in Derby. If you are worried we will end up with your pet, call 943-5083 or 943-2324 and leave your name and description of your cat. If your pet comes up missing, also call us. You would be amazed at the number of cats we take in that don’t get claimed. People automatically assume the worst and fear their pet has been killed, when the little guy or girl is residing at PAWS. Sometimes a cat lives for months on the streets before we are alerted, so if you have had a cat that disappeared anytime in the last 6 month, call the above numbers to check and see if they turned up at the shelter.

If you would like to help in our efforts to get the strays out of Derby before cold weather sets in, drop an extra dollar or two in the cans at the Milo Farmer’s Union, or leave a bag of Purina or Iams cat food in the bin at the entryway of the Farmer’s Union.. And wish us luck. Our goal is to see that no animal in our area has to spend the winter cold, hungry and homeless.

The combined PPRC committees from Brownville Jct. UMC and Milo UMC will meet at 7:00 PM at Park Street UMC on Monday Oct. 17th. Please plan to attend.

The regular meeting of the United Methodist Women will be held at Park Street UMC on Tuesday Oct. 18th at7:00 PM. All women are encouraged to attend. Our Partnersteps Study will continue at Brownville Jct. UMC on Thursday Oct. 20th at 7:00 PM.
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Kevin and Nathan

Friends of Nathan Robertson
Saturday, October 22 7:00 pm

As many folks know, Nathan Robertson and his family (his Dad is Milo native Kevin Robertson, Kirby’s twin brother), are enduring a brutal struggle with a rare form of cancer. For more medical information, visit Patty’s blog at:

We’re happy to report that they are all bearing up very well under the most difficult of circumstances. They leave for Pittsburg this week to begin a new treatment and face extensive surgery.
A group of friends and neighbors have been meeting lately to show support for the Robertson’s, and to try and raise some funds to help them with medical expenses and the extraordinary personal expenses that this ordeal is engendering.
Students at George’s Valley High School are doing their part by dedicating a significant part of their Spirit Week efforts toward their friend and classmate.
Saturday, October 22 7:00 pm AUCTION at American Legion (behind business block) in Thomaston. Preview at 6:00 pm. We seek donations of good new items, gift certificates, or anything you can provide or solicit that will help the cause. Bruce Gamage is the auctioneer, guaranteeing fun for all. To donate an item, please call Al Barlow at 354-8126.
AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Signed prints provided by Jamie Wyeth, Alan Magee, Susan Headley Van Campen, and the Farnsworth Museum. Framing by Primrose. Lobsters galore! Gravel! All kinds of goods and services donated by dozens of midcoast friends and neighbors. Join the fun on Saturday Oct. 22.
Make a Contribution All funds will go directly to the Robertson family. Donations in any amount are most welcome. Checks can be sent to: Friends of Nathan Robertson, C/O First National Bank of Damariscotta, PO Box 728 Rockland, ME 04841.

News from Milo Elementary School
By Chris Beres
It’s hard to believe that is it October already!!!

We have some things coming up that will make our October exciting and fun for the students. For the students, the most exciting, I’m sure, is next week is vacation for them. Monday is a holiday, Columbus Day. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday teachers will be working on Language Arts curriculum topics.

Milo Elementary students raised $450 to be given to the Red Cross for support of the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Today students saw a video and received information about safety around railroad track. Operation Lifesaver presented this. This is such an important issue in our community with several crossings in areas where children are apt to be.

School pictures will be taken on October 18th. Students who bring money will have individual pictures taken. The photographer will be back later in the year to take group pictures.

Our fifth grade parents met with the teachers last night to talk about a trip to Boston in the spring. This trip will be used as an integral part of the classroom instruction in a number or areas throughout the year. Parents have brainstormed some initial fundraisers for this trip. They are planning a bottle drive on October 22 from 9-12. They are planning a school social activity on November 18th. They will be selling refreshments at the program on October 26th. Crafty folks, they will be having a craft table at the Milo Historical Society Craft Show on November 27.

Coming up on October 26, the fourth, fifth and sixth grades will be performing at the Town Hall. Their program is entitled “This is America.” There will be refreshments on sale. Other classes will be performing later in the year.

On October 28, the Milo PTO is sponsoring the annual Fall Frolic and Made in MSAD #41 Auctions. This year we have some great items to auction as always. But, we need everyone’s contribution to make our fundraiser successful. Children may come in costume this year and there will be a costume contest. There will also be a pumpkin-carving contest. Students are to carve their pumpkins at home and bring them on the night of the fair. As usual there will be games and prizes for the children. Refreshments will be on sale as well. Children are asked to bring a box of tissues as the cost of admission to the fair.

Raffle tickets are now on sale at school for the Gourmet Five-Course Dinner. This is a five course meal cooked in your home by a gourmet chef. The meal consists of a shrimp appetizer, lobster bisque, baby greens salad, surf and turf and chocolate crème brulee. The meal includes wine for each course, lemon sorbet between courses and fresh baked bread. The meal is for two and includes candlelight!! YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!

Moving quickly into November, we will be celebrating our Veteran’s again at our annual assembly. This will be on November 4th this year. All area veterans, service men and their families are welcome to attend.
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Milo Elementary students and staff owe a big Thank You to members of the Fifth Grade Outing Club. Their community service project this year was to spruce up the school grounds. On Thursday, they weeded our Friendship Garden in front of the school. They put up a basketball hoop and key on the playground. The field is also sporting a new soccer field with goals made by the Outing Club members and parent volunteers. Thanks so much!!

Thanks so much for your cooperation; we are getting very few phone calls after 2:00. Now we have another area in which we need to work together. As I had said last month, we have a large number of parents who bring their children to school in the morning. The children should not be arriving before 8:00 if parents are bringing them. Also, we need to be more careful about parking and leaving unattended cars. At the time parents are dropping children off we also have several buses coming in to do the same thing. I would like to ask you to not park anywhere in the circle in front of the school. Buses drop children off out front and then go around the circle. There have been mornings, when the buses could not get around. If you are going to park and come in, please park in the upper parking lot in order to leave room for the buses.

As in the past, we are collecting the General Mills pink box top labels. This is such a quick and easy way to raise money for our school. The information about the Hannaford Stores program will be going home with students next week.

Our Kiwanis friend Frank Cochran helped us with our Terrific Kids awards this week. Our Terrific Kids for the week are:

Mrs. Barden’s First Grade
Our Terrific Kid is a big brother and a little brother! He has a friendly nature and loves to help his classmates. He is learning all about reading and writing. Math is his best subject. Our man with a great disposition is Trever Golden. Great Work Trever!
Mr. Borden’s Fifth Grade
It was especially tough to choose a Terrific Kid this week. We've done a great job following the class rules that we voted on. We are using the Golden Rule, being respectful, as well as keeping our hands to ourselves. However, this student followed these rules very consistently. She's a great group worker; she works hard, is doing a great job on her social studies project, and is a member of the 5th grade band. Great job Magen Lancaster!
Mrs. Carey’s Kindergarten
We are very happy to tell you all about our Terrific Kid this week. She's a little girl who has a big sister in Mrs. Dunham's room. She has a new puppy. She lives on the same street as Colin and Tristen Beckett, and Victor Eastman. She is a great little friend to her classmates and is always helpful and polite. We are so happy to have Faith Brown as a member of our Kindergarten family.
Mrs. Clukey’s Sixth Grade
My class this year is a teacher's dream.
They do very little wrong it may seem.

So when it was time for a terrific kid pick
it started to really worry me sick.

But as it happens most every week
one student rose above the peak.

This week it is a terrific guy,
who is always willing to give things a try.

He is helpful to others, the kids say so,
someone pleasant and friendly you'd want to know.

I am pleased and so happy to say
Colby Robinson is our terrific today.
Mrs. Dunham’s Third Grade
Our Terrific Kid is a girl who works hard every day. She is kind to her classmates and she always follows the Golden
Rule. She is very conscientious about her homework. Her handwriting is always neat and she makes good use of her time. We enjoy having Adriana Blais in our class.
Mrs. Gillis’s
Being kind is what this boy's about,
He's a loyal friend there is no doubt,
He likes to fish for rainbow trout,
This shout-out goes to Devon Strout.
Mr. Grindle’s Sixth Grade
My Terrific Kid has done a great job of adjusting to the routine of 6th grade. She has completed all the required work neatly and on time. She is a hard worker and a good citizen here at school. Her athletic ability got her a spot on the middle school soccer team and even though she's a Red Sox fan, my Terrific Kid is Lauryn Bellatty.
Editor’s Note: Wow…I had Mr. Grindle in 6th grade----
Mrs. Hayes’s First Grade
Our Terrific Kid is a very special young lady. She does very neat work every day. She is always kind to her friends. She is a great reader and a great writer. She likes recess and coloring. We are happy to announce that our terrific kid this week is Emma Taylor.
Mrs. Knowlton’s Fifth Grade
It was a very difficult week to choose a Terrific Kid! We had two formal assessments and a book report due -- everyone worked especially hard this week! The terrific kid in 5K this week is someone who has been working very hard to meet his goals. He is a really wonderful writer and seems to really enjoy telling stories. He is a superb reader and a great math student as well, but there is one particular reason that I chose him this week. For his book report he chose to adapt his reading book into a play and involve all the students. He proved to us all that he is as talented a director and actor as he is a writer. Our Terrific kid is Dylan Stevens!
Mrs. Mills’s Third Grade
Our terrific kid this week is a young man who works hard each day at everything he does. He comes right in and gets to work with no reminders of what to do. He loves to work on fractions in math and is learning a lot about Washington DC. I think he is off to a tremendous start in third grade. Way to go Justin Larry!
Mrs. Tardiff’s and Mrs. Hussey’s Second Grade
Christopher Johnson - We picked this boy because he has shown great progress in his work and social skills. He always gives his best effort on tasks, has beautiful penmanship, and follows the "I Care" rules. He is a super second grader .Congratulations, Chris.
Ian Gerrish - This boy is great... a great writer, a great friend, a great worker, a great math student and a great helper. We are proud to have Ian Gerrish in our class.
Mrs. Walker’s Kindergarten
Our TK this week is a very special and dear little guy. He is kind of shy but comes right in each day and does his jobs and is a great role model for others at Calendar Time. He has a pile of Caught Being Good tickets already since school has started. His new friends are catching on if they sit by him at Calendar time they might get a ticket too!!!! This TK gets to see his dad at school in our room on Thursdays when he brings in those neat instruments we get to try and play. Keep up the great start TK. Congratulations Victor Eastman.
Mrs. Whitney’s Fourth Grade
4 Whitney's terrific kid is Colton Larrabee. He is a big brother, a little brother and big helper in Mrs. Walker's room. He is a great hit with all the younger students. They work really hard for him. Great job, good role model and a terrific kid, keep up the good work!!!
Our assembly is every Friday at 8:30. Community members are welcome to attend.
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Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathryn Witham
Today is "hump day." You know, Wednesday. My cousin Joan always e-mails on "hump day" just to let us know how her week is going. We reply to "hump day" with our own week's doings. It's the very middle of the work week. When you're over's almost the weekend, and boy do we love those weekends.

The school children have been on vacation, and some of the support staff with them. I've had a great vacation so far. This has been the "Week of the Closet." We have a closet in our bedroom that was specifically built to store things in. However, there have never been any shelves in the closet to facilitate maximum organization. Well, now there are great deep shelves that allow me to store to my heart's content. Consequently, I've had to clean out the former closet in order for the carpenter husband to build the shelves, and then for me to reorganize all that came out and a whole lot more. I've gone through pictures, scrapbooks, boxes of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter decorations. I've thrown old paperwork and ragtag wrapping paper and ribbons. Along with all the stuff that came out of the closet and had to be gone through and restored....I've also cleaned out the little corners of the bedroom that had gotten cluttered with "stuff" that didn't formerly fit in the closet.

I put together a tote with our favorite summer clothes. I told my husband it was to go into the closet and if by chance some miracle happened that we could go to Florida or someplace warm this winter, I'd have clothes close at hand. He said I'd better mark that tote”Our Big Fat Miracle Tote," because the chances of us being able to get away this winter were slim to none. I didn't care what he wanted to name it; I've always wanted to be able to say that I could pack for Florida in a matter of minutes if the opportunity arose for me to get there in the middle of the winter.

I've discovered that my house is a museum.....mostly family things. Sometimes I wonder if it's only me that cares about this stuff. Do I keep it for myself and do I really think that there is anyone in my family who gives a darn about it? If I throw it all away am I not trivializing the lives of my parents and their siblings and the generations who have gone before me that the things represent? If you had a scrapbook that your grandmother kept through the whole time your father was in World War II, would you keep it or throw it out? If you had a scrapbook and a multitude of pictures of your mother's years in college and her dear family and her early years of life in Millinocket and Milo would you get rid of them? These are the kinds of things that I'm blessed with....or maybe you think I'm saddled with.

Scrapbooking is a wonderful place to start organizing; however, scrapbooking takes time, lots of space, and money. Scrapbooking isn't a cheap hobby. I have lots of imagination and have always been able to cleverly compile pictures and words. I'm the original scrapbooker. I've been scrapbooking since long before there were whole stores devoted to the craft. But...and this is a big BUT...I reiterate, it's an expensive proposition and it takes way more time and counter space then I have in this house. My dream would be to have a scrapbooking store. In the back I'd have every picture organized and categorized. I'd have several scrapbooks in the works on a long counter and, of course, all of the embellishments that I would ever need would be stocked on the shelves.

As for all of the bits and pieces of my family's history that I hold so dear...but find that it takes up valuable space on bookcases and in storage totes in my closet...if they are important to me and I enjoy having them around me, what do I care if nobody else finds them important. If our family's history is lost to the younger least it didn't stop with me. I made it live for my children and my grandchildren, and what they do with it after I'm gone can't be my responsibility.
Fortunately for the Town of Milo, not only do we have a wonderful museum to boast about, we also have teachers on all levels of the education system who take seriously our community's history. It is always exciting to see the projects put together by the students of these dedicated and inspired teachers. The elementary school children usually do their projects based on the community. The older kids work on projects based on genealogy as well as community. The faces that look back at our school children in the museum become real....and the lives that those pictures represent take on meaning. How else are we going to teach our children the importance of tradition.....and if tradition isn't important, what is?
Here's a nice fall recipe. Squash Rolls

1 cup warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 cup cooked, mashed squash
5 cups flour (about)

Mix warm water and sugar in a large bowl and sprinkle yeast over the surface. Allow this to stand for five minutes. Add and blend in all other ingredients except flour. Add flour gradually, mixing well until dough forms a ball. Cover and let rise. Knead on a floured board and form into rolls. The recipe suggests rolling the dough to about 1 inch thickness and cutting with a biscuit cutter. Dip edges in a shallow bowl of either cooking oil or melted butter so that the baked rolls will separate easily. Place the rolls in a greased 13X9 inch baking pan and allow to double in size. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Piscataquis Public Health Council and Mayo Hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Center Join Forces to Fight #1 Killer of People with Diabetes
DOVER-FOXCROFT – The Piscataquis Public Health Council and Mayo Hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Program have joined with the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to urge the 17 million people with diabetes to manage their blood pressure and cholesterol, along with their blood glucose (blood sugar) – an approach that will help prevent heart attack and stroke – the leading killers of people with diabetes.

Marking November as National Diabetes Month, the groups are joining forces to inform people with diabetes that good diabetes management is more than lowering blood glucose. Managing blood pressure and cholesterol is also crucial. New studies show a strong link between diabetes and heart disease and the vast majority of people with diabetes don’t know about their very high risk of cardiovascular disease.

The Piscataquis Public Health Council and its partners are urging people with diabetes to take care of their hearts by focusing on three numbers: blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. People with diabetes should ask their doctors or health care providers three important questions:

What are my blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers?
What should my target numbers be?
What do I need to do to reach and maintain my target numbers?
Recommended Targets:
Blood glucose – less than 7 percent on the A1C (or hemoglobin A1C) test. Check at least twice a year.
Blood pressure – below 130/80. Check at every doctor’s visit.
Cholesterol (LDL) – below 100. Check at least once a year.

The same steps needed to manage blood glucose work for managing blood pressure and cholesterol: follow a healthy diet and get daily physical activity to avoid being overweight and take prescribed medications. People with diabetes should also avoid smoking and ask their health care providers about aspirin therapy.

Robin Mayo, Community Partnership Director for the Piscataquis Public Health Council said to “Watch for details about a free Lunch and Learn Program planned for November in recognition of National Diabetes Month which will be held at Mayo Regional Hospital.” The National Diabetes Education Program
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has developed patient information materials that are available in English, Spanish, and several Asian and Pacific Islander languages. The materials include a record form to help people with diabetes keep track of their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers. To order a free copy of these products or to learn more about managing diabetes, call 1-800-438-5383 or visit NDEP’s web site at The National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 200 public and private partners. The Piscataquis Public Health Council is one of 31 local Healthy Maine Partnerships, working on tobacco-prevention and control, physical activity and nutrition using tobacco settlement funds provided through the Fund for a Healthy Maine. If you would like more information about how you can manage your diabetes, please contact either Judy Gilbert, Mayo Regional Hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Center at 564-4416 or Robin Mayo, Community Partnership Director, Piscataquis Public Health Council at, 564-4344.

Robin A. Mayo, MPH, RN
(207) 564-4344

Dear everyone,
Well, here I am...only a week away from my trip home. It certainly seems farther away that it actually is...I don't know if that is a result of being away from the states for so long or the anticipation of actually coming home. I am definitely looking forward to the break and seeing my friends.

I made the trip into Bamako on Saturday with my friend James. We arrived at the Kayes train station at noon on Saturday and found that the train had not yet arrived from Bamako. About an hour later, it arrived and we were allowed to board at around 1pm. Well, the train didn't leave Kayes until around 5pm, so we were sitting on the hot train for about 4 must have been 120 degrees. Once we finally departed Kayes, it took the train 16 hours to travel to Bamako, which is just over 500 kilometers away (300 miles). Therefore, in total it took us 21 hours to travel 300 miles....when I come home, I will travel for 20 hours to get from Bamako, Mali to Boston. Pretty ridiculous.

This week I've been saying goodbye to everyone that is finished with their Peace Corps service. My friend James leaves tomorrow night and will be the last volunteer from Kayes to leave. So right now, it is me, Brett, and his wife, Melissa. We will be getting 3 new volunteers in Kayes at the end of December. Two girls my age and one older man who must be around 60. I had the chance to meet all of the new volunteers a couple of days ago and they are a really good group...very young but very intelligent as well. I believe that there are 30 new volunteers in all. It was quite an experience chatting with them, telling them about my experiences during the first year of my service as a volunteer, answering questions, and giving advice. It is pretty mind-blowing for me to think that just a year ago I was in their shoes, asking the same questions and having the same anxieties. It made me realize how much I have grown and changed as a person and how much I have learned in the most exciting year of my life.

Oh this just popped into my head...I didn't tell this story right away because I didn't want my mom to worry. About two weeks ago I was at a friend's house in my village, celebrating the birth of a new baby boy. At about 1am I left and walked home to go to sleep. When I arrived at my hut, I went into my storage hut to pull out my mattress. After doing so, I looked down at the ground and saw a snake coiled up, right where I had been walking. About 5 months ago, we had a snake session here in Bamako to learn about which snakes are poisonous and which are not; I couldn't remember exactly if this one was or not, but I have this rule about snakes = kill them. Fortunately I had a machete in my other hut and it only took a few swipes and it was dead. It wasn't very large...probably only about a foot and a half long. However, my heart was pounding and needless to say; I didn't get much sleep that night. The next morning, I showed my neighbor the snake and he told me that it was a viper, and after doing some research I found that it was a Saw-scaled viper, which is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. But I haven't seen any since and have been very precautious when going anywhere at

night. Here is a picture of the kind of snake that I killed:

SAW - SCALED VIPER Echis carinatus

I also just found this lovely bit of info:

Also known as the carpet viper, this small desert ranging snake is considered the most dangerous snake over its habitat, which is from India through the Middle East to East Africa. In some regions, mortality from this snakes bite exceeds 80% and a lethal dose can be inflicted by a specimen less than 12 inches long. The powerful venom is hemotoxic causing massive bleeding at the wound site and internally causing great pain. Saw-scaled vipers are so called due to the serrated scales on their lower flanks, which are dragged across each other as the snake uses its figure of eight threat display. The scales make a rasping sound, which is used in conjunction with a very loud hiss.

Well, that is all for now...I really enjoy walking around Bamako in the markets and shopping for gifts. I hope that this email finds you all well. Take care and hopefully I'll see most of you during the next month.
Peace and love, Matt

BANGOR - Owen Johnson Gould, 78, husband of the late Ellen (King) Gould, died Oct. 10, 2005, at a local hospital. He was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Milo, the son of Aubrey Lee and Martha (Whelan) Gould. Owen was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and employed for more than 30 years at Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, retiring as comptroller in 1987. He was a communicant of St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor. Surviving are six children, Michael Gould and his wife, Rebecca, of Indiana, Owen Gould and his wife, Katherine, of Tennessee, Margaret Clifford and her husband, Bill, of Bangor, Stephen Gould and Gail Moore of Veazie, Ellen Gould of Bangor and Linda Poirier and her husband, John, of Bangor; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew. In addition to his wife, Owen was predeceased by a daughter, Katie Whitehouse; grandson, Dennis; brother, Bert; and sister, Rebecca. Gifts in his memory may be made to CancerCare of Maine, care of EMMC Charities, P.O. Box 404, Bangor, ME 04402-0404.

Deborah Kaye Smith "Dark Cloud" MILO - Deborah Kaye Smith, daughter of Warren G. and Virginia (Morris) Smith. Debra was born on May 25, 1951 and left us for the Lord in the Eastern Maine Medical Center on October 6, 2005 leaving behind her lifetime partner of 15 years, Stephen P. Flagg of Milo; daughter Misty (Jemeson) Loflin and husband Jacob and granddaughter, Santana Leah Jemeson of Palmyra, VA; grandson Tucker Glen Clatterbuck of Madison, VA; sister Sherry Henshaw and husband Ray of Bumpass, VA; sister Christy Byers and husband Fuzzy of Beaverdam, VA; nephew Derrell Wilson of Dade, FL; niece Wendy Kuhn of Rock Hill, SC and niece Katy Rose Byers of Beaverdam, VA. Debra will be put to rest in the Evergreen Cemetery in Milo. GOD BLESS.

Mary L. French
MILO-Mary L. French died unexpectedly September 20, 2005 at her home. She is the daughter of' Dorothy and Ned French who are now deceased. Mary had her favorite cat Huffy Queen. Mary had a lot of friends who will miss her dearly. She liked to dance and loved country music. Mary is with Jesus now, may she rest in peace.

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