||Three Rivers News, 2002-02-12
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2002
VOLUME 1 NUMBER 14
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
PENQUIS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL
Erica Havens, Ryan Stanchfield
April Allen, Peter Bissell, Courtney Brown, Kristen Farrar, Chad Gerrish, Brooke Hamlin, Lindsay Hamlin, Paul Kusnierz, Matthew Morris
Amanda Crouch-Smith, Jean Hamlin
Colby Chase, Eileen Flanagan, Leah Landry, Melissa Madden, Lucas Morris, Danielle Willette
Desiree Hogan, Amanda Kahl, Rebecca Madden
Shawn Burke, Heather Dolley, Shannon Gerrish, Paige Harmon, Jennifer Hussey, Erika Morrill, Krystle Morrill, Cameron Wellman
Erin Beasley, Elyse Kahl, Jessica LaMunyon
Derek Brewer, Elizabeth Comeau, Hilary London, Maria Mills, Krystle Parkman, Lindsay Small, Ashley Williams
Christina Gerrish, Tyler Herbest, Kylie Palmer, Brian Twitchell
Dustin Grinnell, Jennifer Hartmann, Luke Landry, Tabitha Olmstead, Jennifer Stetson
Amber Benoit, Chris Bessey, Kristen Burch, Krystle Leavitt, Jessica Metros, Sean Murphy
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL!
BY PAIGE MCGUINNESS
5TH GRADE, BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY
Recently the Brownville Elementary's fifth grade had a Role Model Day in D.A.R.E. Five seniors (Mike Grindle, Terry Joyce, Anders Hamlin, Lindsay Hamlin, Megan Russell, and Brooke Hamlin) came into our
classroom and answered all our questions about 6th grade and drugs and alcohol. We learned a lot of things that are coming in the next school year. We aren't as nervous about 6th grade as before.
BY JOSHUA CLEMENT
5TH GRADE, BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY
This year, 4th and 5th graders have been taking a class called CLIMBERS.
CLIMBERS is an eight-month class with eight sessions, one session for each letter in the word C-L-I-M-B-E-R-S. Our teachers are Mrs. Russell, our physical education teacher, and Mrs. Eliason, our guidance counselor at Brownville Elementary. We have this class on the first Friday of each month, and during the class we have to guess a word which is positive. For instance, if it was the fifth week, the word would start with B.
CLIMBERS sure is fun and I hope we have it in sixth grade.
Three Rivers Community Alliance
BY SETH BARDEN
The TRC Internet Project is a non-profit organization run by volunteers from its communities. Covered by TRC are the towns of Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange, Lake View Plt., Medford, and Milo; the communities of Brownville Junction and Derby; and the townships of Orneville and Williamsburg.
TRC currently is looking for events to add to our Community Calendar. We have very few special events for February and March, and we are still missing some weekly events.
Next weekend, we will be covering the Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby. We plan to have the grand prize drawing broadcast live, online at our website, at the same time it is being broadcast on WDME, 103.1 FM. We will have updates with the names of the winners at the same time. After the drawing, we will be adding the recorded broadcast from WDME to our website for download.
We also plan to have a page of pictures from the Fishing Derby available. We would like pictures of all varieties, such as pictures showing how people celebrate the Fishing Derby, of fishing derby parties, ice shacks, fish, etc. We'll sort them and put them on. If you would like to contribute pictures, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tom at 943-0934.
40TH ANNUAL SCHOODIC LAKE ICE FISHING DERBY IS THIS WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 16TH AND 17TH !
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
The Milo Fire Department would like you to participate in the 40th annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby, either as a fisherperson, or as a spectator. Fish caught in Schoodic, Ebemee and Sebeois Lakes can be entered for the cash prizes. Raffle tickets can be bought at local businesses or from any Fire Department member. The raffle tickets give you the chance to win many prizes, including the grand prize, which is your choice of a 2002 Z-370 Arctic Cat snowmobile, or a 2002 250 2x4 ATV.
The Fire Department would like you to note that they are asking you NOT to drive cars and trucks on the ice. There is always a risk of vehicles falling through the ice, and a risk of gas or oil leaks polluting the lakes. Game Wardens report that the fishing conditions are excellent, and this is in part due to the quality of the water. ATVs, snowmobiles, dogsleds and snowboards are more than welcome. The ice conditions are great for fishing and snowsledding, but driving on the lakes in a larger vehicle will pose a danger to people as well as wildlife.
So, pack up the snowsled or four-wheeler and get your traps ready; the greatest show this side of New Orleans is at Schoodic, Ebeemee and Sebeois Lakes this weekend. Have a fun family weekend, be safe, AND USE COMMON SENSE ON AND NEAR THE ICE!
For more ice safety tips, see The Old Whittlers column in this edition called A Little About Maine.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
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MOVE AND IMPROVE
SUBMITTED BY CHRIS BERES AND SUSAN CHAFFEE
The Wellness Team would like to invite people of all ages to join them in participating in EMMC's sixth annual Move & Improve Program. The Move & Improve program is a twelve-week program beginning March 11, and concluding June 1, 2002. The program is designed to increase the physical activity level of Maine people with a focus on helping peoples transition from a sedentary lifestyle (not moving much), to a more active one. The program is also about physically active people joining the Move & Improve movement as a healthy example.
The goal for a Move & Improve participant is to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity, 4 days per week for 10 of the 12 weeks of the program. The physical activity time needs to be a minimum of 30 minutes. Your activity can be completed in three ten-minute segments or two fifteen-minute segments if needed. As one continues to do regular physical activity a sustained 30 minutes can be met. Moderately strenuous activities such as vacuuming, stair climbing, gardening, dancing, and walking all count toward the goal of physical activity.
All participants are invited to a Kickoff Event Health & Fitness Fair on Sunday, March 3, 2002 from 12 - 4 PM at the Bangor Civic Center. There will be health and fitness activities that will encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors. This will be a time of fun and celebration to inspire us to "get moving & improving!"
Registration material is available at each school, or you may contact Site Coordinator Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208. We can make material available to any area business or organization that would like to take part. Registration forms need to be returned to Sue Chaffee (just drop off or mail to one of the schools) or returned directly to EMMC before March10th.
Activity logs must be returned to the Site Co-ordinator by June 7th so that participants may be eligible for the many prizes being offered: CASH.. KAYAK.. CANOE.. TENT.. BACKPACK.. MTN.BIKE.. APPAREL... AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! Final celebrations will be June 19th at the Civic Center where prizes will be awarded.
|Don't miss this opportunity to Move & Improve, get healthier, and have fun with MSAD #41!
Librarians and others included on our Maine School and Library Network discussion list recently received a copy of an AP article about a town in Pennsylvania. It seems that the police department had refused to direct traffic at YMCA triathlon. Why? Apparently a family began reading chapters of the Harry Potter books to children enrolled in an after-school program in November. According to a police spokesman, "the club is promoting witchcraft by reading the Harry Potter books to children." The wildly popular children's books by J.K. Rowling chronicle the ficitonal adventures of the young Harry Potter as he attends a boarding school for wizards and battles his nemesis, the evil sorcerer Voldemort. I wonder if the complainer had read the books, and it brought to mind many of our children's books such as: Hanzel & Gretel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (starring Mickey Mouse), The Wizard of Oz, and many others... to say nothing about our last summer's reading program of a similar theme -- Hedwig (a stuffed toy), Harry Potter's little owl, was one of our mascots.
Great Backyard Bird Count:
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society are inviting bird enthusiasts across North America to participate in the fifth annual Great Backyard Bird Count February 15 thru 18, 2002, sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. This year they are highlighting "Harry Potter's Owls," a feature that teaches kids and adults alike about owls, including those in the Harry Potter books and movie -- a wonderful library tie-in! Our library received outreach materials and posters to display to help promote this great program.
Participating is easy: All you need is basic knowledge of bird identification and access to the Internet at home, at a friend's house, at a local library or at a school. Here's what you do: Count the birds in your backyard or other natural area on one or all four-count days. Watch the birds for at least 15 minutes on each day that you participate. We recommend watching for a half-hour or more, so you'll have a sense of what birds are in your area.
How to count is described in a handout sheet at the library, or visit the http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc site for more information.
Why Count Backyard Birds? Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Now that winter has gripped much of the continent, what are our birds doing? Bird populations are dynamic, they are constantly in flux. Quoting from our brochure: "We want to take a snapshot of North American bird populations and YOU can help us. Everyone's contribution is important. Your data can help answer many questions: How will this winter's snows and cold temperatures influence bird populations? Where are the winter finches and other irruptive species? Will late winter movements of many songbird and waterfowl species be as far as they were last year? As we see
patterns, discover new questions and insights, we'll update your library. Copies of the Outreach Program's" papers may be obtained at the Milo Free Public Library. Remember, this is an Internet project! All ages and skill levels welcome. Help scientists define the status of winter birds. Join backyard birders from Nome to Key West. Become a Citizen Scientist. Spread the word.
MILO REC. DEPT. NEWS
BY MURREL HARRIS
Women's Volleyball Final Standings
The members of Lelands team are: Capt. Shelly Leland, Julie Strout, Kelli Briggs, Shelly Chambers, Susan Taylor, and Jelly Hill. The Championship team, Bankers, consists of: Capt. Laura Banker, Gerry Rublee, Lyn Rublee, Laura Stanchfield, Jessica Bohne, Penny Drinkwater and Becky Downing.
If you want to get in on the fun, the next session of volleyball begins Monday, February 18, 2002. Sign-up will be held that evening at 6 at the Milo Town Hall auditorium I would like to thank Sandra Gray and Marlene Cole for their help. It was great working with all of you!!
AMERICAN SELF-DEFENSE SYSTEMS
MILO TOWN HALL
SUNDAY 11:00 AM
AGES 5 AND UP
$5.00 PER CLASS
FAMILY RATES AVAILABLE
Practical Self-defense, Rank advancement classes, Womens self-defense. Contact Murrell Harris at 943-7326 or Sensei David Edgerly at 949-5017.
DRIVERS ED. CLASS NEEDS STUDENTS
BY MURREL HARRIS
The Milo Recreation Department will offer a course in Drivers Education as soon as fifteen students enroll. There are presently less than that signed up. If you are 15 years old and would like to learn to drive, call Murrel Harris at 943-7326
|EXERCISE CLASSES TO BE OFFERED
BY MURREL HARRIS
Its a New Year; is it time for a New YOU? Carol Witham of Brownville Jct. will be offering a beginners exercise program at the Milo Town Hall. The cost is $2.50 per session, and the times are as varied as the exercises. So make a resolution to start a program of health fitness. For details, call Murrel Harris at 943- 7326 or Carol Witham at 965-8146.
Senator Davis Announces New Prescription Drug Program:
Pfizer Launches Living Share Card for Elderly Americans
(AUGUSTA, ME) Senator Paul T. Davis, Sr. (R-Sangerville) announced his support today for a program established by Pfizer Inc. that provides prescription medicines and other health benefits to over 7 million low income elderly Americans. The Pfizer for Living Share Card program allows eligible seniors to buy a 30-day supply of Pfizer medicines for a fee of $15 per prescription.
"Providing access to affordable prescription drug coverage for those most at need has always been a priority for the Maine Legislature. However, our state prescription drug plans only cover a fraction of those who need assistance. I applaud Pfizer for creating this program to help millions of elderly people, and I encourage all who think they may qualify for the card to apply," said Senator Davis.
To be eligible for the card, you must be:
* 65 years of age or older or otherwise a Medicare enrollee
* Have individual reported annual gross income below $18,000, or joint reported gross income below $24,000 and
*Have no other prescription coverage.
Interested citizens can call 1-800-717-6005 today to receive an application, or visit www.pfizerforliving.com for additional information.
The Share Card will provide immediate access to Pfizer medicines, including therapies for many diseases that are chronic and often untreated among the elderly, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and depression. At the same time, Pfizer's comprehensive program will provide health information and guidance as to how seniors can apply for health benefits through existing programs.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, as well as many governors and legislators, has endorsed the program. Many national advocacy organizations also have expressed support for the program, including AARP, The National Council on the Aging, The United Seniors Association, The Latino Coalition, The National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organization, The National Organization on Disability, The American Diabetes Association and The National Mental Health Association.
MEALS FOR ME. MENU
|WED., FEB. 13
||HOMEMADE VEGGIE SOUP, EGG SALAD SAND., GERMAN CUKES, OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIE
|THURS., FEB. 14
||LASAGNA, CRANBERRY JUICE, TOSSED SALAD, SWEETHEART CUPCAKE
|FRI., FEB. 15
||FISH CHOWDER, CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH ON CROISSANT, TOSSED SALAD, TAPIOCA WITH PEACHES
|MON., FEB. 18
||ALL SITES CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY
|TUES., FEB. 19
||BAKED HADDOCK, SCALLOPED POTATOES, DICED BEETS, SLICED PEACHES
MSAD #41 SCHOOL LUNCH MENU
FEBRUARY 11 - 15
Monday - Cheeseburger, winter blend veg., potato wedges, apple, and milk.
Tuesday - Rice pilaf, chicken salad sandwich, green beans, chocolate pudding/topping, and milk.
Wednesday - Chicken noodle soup, egg sandwich, cucumbers, banana, and milk.
Thursday - Taco salad, lettuce/tomato, dinner roll, blueberry cake/topping, and milk.
Friday - Hot dog/bun, assorted everything, and milk.
There wont be a menu next week because of vacation!!!!!!
BY NANCY GRANT
On this date
February 1967 The Railroaders lost their first game of the season last Saturday to Higgins Classical Institute, 48-43. Higgins led the Junction by one point at the end of the first quarter but trailed by three at the half and by one point at the end of the third quarter.
Dan Sickler led the losers with 15 points followed by Scot Kirby with 12 and Dennis Larson with 11.
February 1977 UMO DEANS LIST FOR FALL-1976 Among those named from this area are: Brownville: Gregory Edward Buckley and Donna Agnes Rohloff. Milo: Lisa Beth Cyr, Robert Luis Garcia, Elizabeth Anne Hall, Jeffrey Wayne Jones, Laura Celia Krieger, George Andrew Mayo, Michael Lloyd Perkins, Michelle Ann Rosneck, Alan Thomas Sanborn, David Allan Walker, and Linda Faye Willsey.
February 1987 Two fourth grade classes from Milo Elementary School made valentine cards for the residents of Hibbards Nursing Home. The cards were decorated with lace, doilies, candy sprinkles, chocolate kisses, buttons, ribbons, macaroni, rice, sequins, and yarn.
Students in Mr. Ellis class were: Alan Beaucage, Heather Brewer, Jason Brown, Alyson Carey, Terisa Chase, Matthew Cowing, Travis Cowing, Jamie Damon, Eric Gahagan, Jeremy Greatorex, Myan Kallweit, Jason Karpowicz, Leigh Anne Kearns, Kelly Knowles, Elizabeth Sawyer, Michelle Tardiff, Lisa Trafton, Kimberly Worcester, and Zachary Zamboni.
Students in Mrs. Treworgys class were: Eric Allen, Scott Brown, Kristina DeWitt, Joshua Gatcomb, Shawn Gray, Molly Johnston, Corey Jordan, John Pokrywka, Eric Randall, Jenny Robbins, Katie Robertson, Mike Weston, Kristopher Whalen, and Holly Witham.
Letter to the Editor
This week I received an interesting letter from Judy and Walter Macdougall:
Dear Val, We have been enjoying the Three Rivers News and the very interesting local news.
I have one question and some information.
The question is : What are happy and sad dollars? Could you please explain. Perhaps some others have been wondering too.
The information pertains to your missing birds. Walters theory is we live on the north slope of the hill. Like you, we have few birds, though we do get chickadees, a nuthatch or two and a stray jay. Perhaps Janet and Donny Richards on the lower slope are warmer. Patty and Carl Ricker on the Billington Road and a south slope have lots and lots of birds. And then again, this may be all speculation.
Keep up the good work.
Sincerely, Judy and Walter Macdougall
Thanks so much for the letter, Judy and Walter. We love hearing from readers, especially when they have good things to say!
First I will answer your question about happy and sad dollars (these are mentioned each week in the Kiwanis notes). At every Kiwanis meeting, those attending get a chance to express their feelings about anything that is on their minds or in their hearts. We call it simply, happy and sad dollars. We toss a dollar or two on the table and tell what we are happy or sad about. Sad concerns range from world tragedies to a sick loved one. Many times, a sad dollar is given for a poor performance by the Red Sox or New York Yankees. Happy dollars are by far the most fun. A visit from a son or daughter, a good report from a doctor, or a helping hand from a friend, are a few of the notable reasons to give a happy dollar. The great season of the world champion New England Patriots caused more then one Kiwanian to toss in a few dollars!
The money donated for happy and sad dollars is used for administrative costs: we use the money to run the Three Rivers Kiwanis club. We are very lucky so many members and guests are so generous; because of their generosity we get the money we need to run our club. That makes it possible for us to use the money we raise at our various fund-raisers for the projects we sponsor, such as the Reading is Fundamental program, Terrific Kids, Secret Santa, Three Rivers News, and the Town Hall Arts Center project.
I was intrigued with Walters theory about the birds. I think he is on to something. I also wonder if perhaps the birds are choosing to stay closer to a water source. I dont know if birds eat snow for its moisture, but if they do, they would certainly want to be on a southern slope! Thanks to both of you for your input.
As Kirby and I were putting the finishing touches on the paper Sunday, we watched in fascination as a gray squirrel made his way to our feeders, snatched up a peanut butter-filled pine cone, and ran off towards the woods. A few moments later a hairy woodpecker appeared, then two blue jays! Could the bird drought be over? Ill let you know next week.
NEWS FROM THE MARION C. COOK SCHOOL
Ms Ivy's Stars
BY BRAD CIMPHER AND ERICA LYFORD
Sabrina Fadillah celebrated her birthday on Feb. 6. She is 6 years old. Happy Birthday, Sabrina!
K/1 have celebrated Ground Hog's Day in a big way! They've made cupcakes, puppets, and a ground hog book. Next week we will be celebrating our 100th day of school.
News in Mrs. Carter's Class
BY KELSEY OTTMANN
Almost all the body parts have been placed on the second and third graders' paper bodies. The class looks forward to guest speaker Dave Ottmann's talk about x-rays. For show and tell, the students brought objects that they had made. The class will celebrate Hundreds Day and Valentine's Day next week.
Miss Ks Kids
BY ERICA LYFORD
This week in Miss K's class, fourth and fifth graders have been learning about the prehistoric time periods. "Dino-mite" job!
The Olympics are coming up and grades 4 and 5 have been learning about them. The sports we've studied include the luge, the skeleton, and bobsledding. Great job!
Next week the students will be roller skating with other fifth graders from Milo Elementary and Brownville Elementary.
Cook School Winter Carnival
On February 15, the LaGrange School will be holding its annual Winter Carnival from 12:30 to 2:00. The PTO will be providing fun and games for all. All games are a quarter each and many will feature prizes. A special attraction for this year is the return of the "Bouncing House!" We would like to extend an invitation to family members and siblings of M.C. Cook students to also attend.
Volunteers are needed to help operate the games. If you wish to volunteer, please call the school or send a note to school with your child.
Proceeds will benefit the many projects that the PTO provides for our school. Your support is greatly appreciated.
MILO ELEMENTARY TERRIFIC KIDS
In Mrs. Bardens Room Mrs. Barden's Terrific Kid is Derrick Johnson. He is a very kind and considerate student. He is a good friend to everyone. We enjoy having him in our class.
From Mrs. Chessa - Kiel Larson and Kasey Sherburne are my Terrific Kids. They have both demonstrated leadership skills in being team leaders for a math group. They are willing to share and assist others. Kasey is very particular about her work and always does a nice job. She is a pleasure to have in class every day. Kiel has shown growth in his math and reading
skills. He asks for additional work to be challenged. His writing quality and quantity are wonderful.
From Mrs.Dell'olio - Jamie Klienkauf is our Terrific Kid from the assembly that got snowed out last Friday.
Ryan McLaughlin is our terrific kid this week. He has completed every assignment this week. His work has been of good quality, and neatly done. Great job, Ryan and Jamie!
Mrs.Dunhams Room - Sadie Zambrano is our Terrific Kid. Sadie has been working hard to be a good role model. The quality of her work has improved greatly.
She is a very creative writer - especially poetry. We love having Sadie in our class!
Mrs.Hayes Room - Our terrific kid is new to our classroom. She is making a good effort to follow our classroom and school rules. She finishes her work on
time and listens during story time and group meetings. We are happy to have Breanna Welch in our classroom.
From Mrs. Hudak - Austin Fogg has made super progress in reading and writing. He is a friend to all and is very cheerful. We love having Austin in our room.
From Mrs.Tardiff and Mrs.Hussey - Our Terrific Kids are William Dean and Shelby Patten. Both students are great friends, hard workers, and helpers, They are wonderful members of our class.
In Mrs.Whitneys Room - Randi Smith is our Terrific Kid. She is working really hard at attending to her work and not visiting with her friends during work time.
Keep up the good work Randi!
Milo Police Dept. Receives Thank You from Brownville Selectmen
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
In a letter dated Jan., 18, 2002, Dennis Green, writing on behalf of the Town of Brownville, thanked the Town of Milo for its recent help.
The end of the year 2001 found Brownville short-staffed in their Police Department. The town was using up the police budget quickly by paying Brownvilles regular police officers over-time wages. The Town of Milo offered their regular duty officers to cover some of Brownvilles shifts, thus giving Brownvilles officers some time off and the town ended up coming in under budget.
Brownville then did a feasibility study to see if the two departments could continue to work together, having one officer covering both towns during off-peak times. Both towns found they could save considerable money, but many residents of Brownville are skeptical of this plan. Some residents see it as a secret effort to create one police force, with the Milo Police Department dominating. More studies are being done, and we will report the results.
On a lighter note, heres something punny: A thief broke into the local police station and stole all the bathroom fixtures. A spokesperson was quoted as saying, "We have absolutely nothing to go on."
|Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
Valentines Day is such a wonderful time to tell the people closest to you how much you love them. I once read an article that told about writing love letters to your children, grandchildren, parents, husband, whoever! It gave you a chance to say endearing things to them without embarrassment on their part or on your part. The article went on to say that you should tell them in the love letter just exactly what it is that endears them to you. By doing so, you are not only pointing out their good qualities but building their self-esteem as well. I took the author's advise and wrote the love letters to my husband and children...indeed I was shocked by my shyness in giving the letters, but not shocked that my children and husband were equally shy about receiving them. We just don't share those love lines often enough. We appreciate our husbands for all they do...even if they sometimes do tend to watch a little too much T.V. (Hey, they could be out carousing somewhere but they're not!) We love and adore our children...even if they do pay us "lip service" instead of fessing up to the whole truth sometimes. (Hey, they could be out dealing and doing drugs - but they're not!) Writing those letters of love might be the hardest assignment you'll ever get, but the self-satisfaction that you get from getting them written will be worth the effort. You might say, "But that's what greeting cards are for - to say the things that we can't put into words ourselves." This is true....but getting a greeting card either store bought or homemade with a love letter tucked inside has got to be one of the greatest rushes of your life.
I've always tried to do something special for my family on Valentine's Day. Some years I can afford to do more for them than others.... but Valentine's Day is a holiday. It's a reason to celebrate. It's a chance to form traditions with the ones that you love. I have items ready to be shipped to Scotland for my little granddaughters who live over there; Valentine cards, stuffed bears, who kiss by way of magnets implanted in their lips, Barbie ® candy hearts, and books - both to read and to do activities in. My grand kids have already dubbed me the "Book Nannie." No matter what the occasion, they always plan on books from me. My grandchildren who live just across town will get the same....but they will probably have the added pleasure of getting something home baked to go with their cards, candy and books.
Valentine's cakes are a wonderful treat to make your family on the big day. I'm thinking that my grandmother must have started the tradition when her brood of children started moving away from home and having big families of their own. It would have been hard for Nana to do individual valentine cards for all of her children and grandchildren (she had 10 kids of her own - and 25 grandchildren. 20 of her grandchildren were born within 7 years from the end of WWII.) I imagine that she probably thought, "I'll make each family a pretty cake - that will have to be good enough." God love her heart, I attribute lots of the family traditions I hold dear to this precious little lady, who kept a huge family (that was spread out over several counties) closer
than anyone could imagine. In any case, Mom had to have gotten that idea from someone, as she always made us Valentine's cakes.
I got this recipe from Connie Clement several years ago. Her darling daughter makes this cake for my husband and me on very special occasions.
Two Egg Treasure Cake
2 cups of flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs unbeaten
Sift the first 4 ingredients into a bowl. Cut in the shortening. Add the milk and vanilla and beat. Add the eggs and beat again. Bake in a 375-degree oven. This is where the instructions stop. I will tell you that this is a small two-layer cake. For Valentines Day or for an anniversary cake I would put the batter in 2 - 8" heart shaped pans that have been well greased and floured. I would bake them for approximately 30 minutes.... checking for doneness by inserting a wooden pick in the center(and hoping that it came out clean!!) If they need some extra time...check in 5-minute increments. Like most cakes, you will want to let the cakes sit in the pans on cake racks for about 15 minutes before turning out on the racks to finish cooling.
This cake is frosted with a plain white frosting and then sprinkled all over with coconut. It's makes a very festive and beautiful fancy-occasion dessert. My family loves my plain white frosting. I put 1/4 cup of shortening in a bowl with 1/2 a box of confectionery sugar. I cut these two together either with a pastry cutter or two knives slicing criss-crossed about 100 times until the shortening and sugar are all dry mixed together.
I add 1 teaspoon of almond extract (vanilla if you don't like almond) and then I start adding milk, beginning with about 3 tablespoons and then beating and adding just a few drops at a time until it's spreading consistency. If you make your frosting with the almond extract you will have perfectly white frosting. You can mix up another little batch if necessary to finish the job, and not have to worry about it being a different color. I have two beautiful pedestal cake plates that were gifts to me from my mother-in-law and my mother. They make for a beautiful presentation, and my kids know that if I don't get the plates back after the cake is gone, they might not get another cake!! Remember to frost between the layers (If you think they might need some extra help staying together, use toothpicks and warn recipients the toothpicks are there!). Frost the top and around the sides of the cake and then, working quickly, sprinkle on the coconut and pat it around the sides to completely cover the cake.
Whether you pick Two-Egg Treasure Cake to give as a loving Valentine gift or not, be sure to do something wonderful for your beloved on Valentine's Day. They will bless you in return many times over.
A Little About Maine
BY THE OLD WHITTLER
The weather this winter has been up and down; up to 35 degrees, down to 5 below. The snowsledders were disappointed during the early part of the winter for lack of snow. We had some snow, then the heavy snowfall that blocked the trails. Hopefully, things will be better through February and March.
With the Fishing Derby coming up and ice conditions not good, I wonder how long it will be before someone goes through the ice? Everyone who ice fishes, snowsleds, snowshoes, or skis, should carry a pair of ice picks on a string around their neck. They can be made for nothing; just use two heavy nails or spikes driven into two pieces of a 3-inch dowel or two pieces of a broom handle. They will save your life if you go through the ice; you can use the picks to pull yourself out of the freezing water. Good insurance to get out of the water in a hurry. Its a terrible sight to see a friend trying to get out of the water with nothing to grip onto the ice. The picks will make a believer out of anyone.
When I was snowsledding a few years ago, I was riding over a stone wall that had a wire fence near it, buried in the snow. I was riding standing up, and going 3-4 m.p.h.. My ski caught in the wire fence, and I was thrown over the windshield. I did a nice somersault, landing on my back. I realized my 12 horsepower Ski-Do had turned into a 12 h.p. catapult! If I had been going 50 m.p.h. on a faster snow sled, I would have gone 50 feet through the air. Think about it!
A group of friends and I had breakfast last week at Beech Ridge Camps. The meal was excellent, and we enjoyed seeing the huge togue mounted on the wall. I hear that togue are biting at Schoodic, and salmon and splake are biting at Sebois.
Winter sports are great for the whole family, big or small. Ive heard there are folks from New York here to do some snow sledding and Id like to extend a big welcome.
Id like to thank the volunteers who groom the snowmobile trails. They deserve a lot of credit for the hard work they do building the bridges, removing blow-downs, cutting bushes and grooming the trails. We all enjoy the nice smooth ride their efforts produce. They could use some help if anyone would like to volunteer.
Last week I heard the story of a fellow who started from the West Coast taking pictures of the insides of churches. As he worked his way across country, he saw gold telephones in the various churches, with signs that said, Direct calls to Heaven, $10,000.00 He finally arrived in New England, and saw a golden phone with a sign that stated Direct line to Heaven, 25 cents. He asked the minister why the big difference in price and the minister replied with a smile, You are in Maine now; its a local call.
Maine does have it all! We have skiing, both downhill and cross-country, snowsledding, toboggan slides, dog sled rides, good hunting, fishing kayaking, canoeing, hiking, mountain climbing white water rafting, and more.
For those who have been shut in, spring is coming. Forty days will fly by! Oh, Ive tried to get some
|help this winter in driving that weasel out of Keezer Swamp, but I had no luck so I gave up.
Enjoy the rest of the winter of 02.
The Old Whittler
Editors note: Thanks to Carl Hamlin for this column.
Things Ive Learned
BY ANDY ROONEY(SUBMITTED BY NANCY GRANT)
Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words, wrote the following thoughts. Enjoy.......
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
That when you're in love, it shows.
That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day.
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
That being kind is more important than being right.
That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
That money doesn't buy class.
That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
That the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
That love, not time, heals all wounds.
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
That there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
That I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life-threatening situation.
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE
The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angies 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 Janet Richards 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.
JANUARY 30 MEETING NOTES
BY JANET RICHARDS, SECRETARY
The morning gathering included twenty-one members, an interclub from Orono/Old Town, and another interclub from Dover-Foxcroft with our Lt. Gov. Howard Kesseli. Other guests were Eli Ladd from the Key Club and Virgil and Janet Valente.
Seven from our club plan on going to Corinth for their charter night on February 12th. The District interclub has been rescheduled for March 5 in Greenville.
The basketball games are winding down for the Key Club, elections are coming up on February 28, and seventeen members would like to go to the District Convention, which is in April.
A big hurray, the Kiwanis newspaper has made a profit. Keep the news coming!
The next RIF book distribution is on February 12 at the Milo Elementary School. The theme is a tea party and will be helped by at least six Kiwanians.
To date, donations have come in for the purchase of 122 town hall chairs. We have received a quote for the stage curtains and Jeff Richards and Scott Stitham hung most of the lighting on February 6. Things are really coming along!
$22.00 was collected as happy and sad dollars. Much of it was because of the Superbowl Champions, The New England Patriots!!
Howard Kesseli will be attending our March 7th board meeting.
Harry Anderson of the Guilford Bed & Breakfast will be speaking to our group on the 20th about dog sledding.
The speaker for this meeting was Judy Cross of the Fox Run Riding School. Judy offers lessons and trail rides but she also offers therapeutic riding for the mentally and physically challenged. She spoke about coming back to Maine after being away. Before she had only focused on her goals and now she focuses on others needs. She also told about the great need there is for foster care children in this area. Many of the kids show an excellent response to the challenges of caring and riding the horses. Sequential steps are the key to this, meaning that you must do the same chores every time in preparing to ride, which teaches structure and self-confidence. They also must focus on what they are doing or suffer the consequences. One very successful program she mentioned was the Equine Adventure Challenge. This involves older teens that have come out of the foster program. These eighteen-year-olds go on a mountain riding adventure. They find in themselves the ability to manage and ride without all the masks of the environment. As always, our speaker was very informative and interesting. Thank you very much Judy.
Editors note: For those of you who read the Kiwanis notes, an interclub is one of the requirements of Kiwanis. Each club is responsible for sending at least four members from their club to attend another clubs meeting. I dont know the specifics on how often a club is required to do this, but perhaps Eben will enlighten us soon, he is our interclub chairman.