||Three Rivers News, 2002-03-05
TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2002
VOLUME 1 NUMBER 17
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
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Move & Improve
Are you a couch potato? Is your best exercise sitting in front of the TV operating the remote control? If your answer is "yes!, you need to Move & Improve with MSAD # 41. There is one week remaining to sign-up, since the program starts officially the week of March 10th.
There is no charge to participate, only a willingness to commit to 30 minutes of activity 4 times a week for 10 out of 12 weeks. You can do it! Remember...healthy people make healthy communities, families and companies.
Contact Sue Chaffee at 943-7346 ext. 208, or Kathy Witham at 965-8184 if you need registration material.
5TH GRADERS HEAR TALK
ABOUT RIVER WALK
BY LYNN WESTON
Brownville resident and selectman Bob Hamlin recently met with Brownville 5th graders to talk to them about the creation of the Pleasant River Walk. The students are involved in a service learning project which involves identifying the various plants and vegetation along the river. Mr. Hamlin brought in maps which mark the trail and took questions from the students. It was very informative and the students appreciated his visit.
PVHS KEY CLUB TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE
On Tuesday, March 12, the PVHS Key Club will hold a blood drive at the Penquis Valley Cafetorium. Past donors will be contacted by phone to set up an appointment. If you have never given blood, you may call the school for details. There will be prizes given away throughout the day.
The time for the drive is 3pm-7pm, and the Key Clubbers are hoping to cut waiting time by scheduling appointments for donors.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE PLANS MOVING AHEAD
BY PHIL GEROW
At a meeting held Wednesday evening at the American Legion Hall in Milo, the plans were set for the start of the 2002 Memorial Day Parade. It will form at the American Legion Field and begin at 11 a.m.
Some of the possible participants are Nokomis Regional High School ROTC honor guard and ceremonial firing squad; a group of students from the Milo Elementary School headed by Ricky Bradeen; and students in Mr. Russell Carey’s government class from PVHS.
There are many organizations that will be contacted to see if they have an interest in being included in the parade. A few of these are Bangor High School ROTC, the Milo Historical Society, Penquis Valley High School members of the National Guard, and all veterans from the surrounding communities.
It was mentioned that contact should be made with Brownville, Brownville Jct., and LaGrange to determine if there might be an interest in having some sort of parade in those towns.
Make your plans now to participate in the 2002 Memorial Day Parade.
Attending the meeting were Commander Alfred Shaw, Jim Lockwood, Donald Banker, and Phil Gerow. All are welcome to attend!
The Milo High School Class of 1948 will hold its next bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 5th at Freda & Everett Cook's Bread & Breakfast on High Street. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one of Freda's delicious breakfasts and continue with the usual socializing, and more planning for the 54th reunion on July 6th. In addition to attending the annual alumni banquet in the evening, they are also planning to meet for lunch at the American Legion Hall with the classes of 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952. The next bi-monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday May 7th, also at the Cooks'.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
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BY KITTY ELLISON
Milo High School Alumni Association met at the Milo Free Public Library February 11th. Attending were Fred & Lois Trask, Edwin & Ethelyn Treworgy, Kathy Witham, Karen Clark, Frank Cochrane, Catherine Ellison. Plans are underway toward this summer's Alumni Banquet. Newsletters will be mailed in April, and a copy of the newsletter will be posted on the "M.H.S. Forever Milo High School" page at: http://www.kynd.com/~ejd/mhs.htm
Looking for government sites? Here are a few useful links:
FirstGov - http://www.firstgov.gov/ - The official site for US Government information, services, transactions and forms. (highly recommended)
ATF - http://www.atf.treas.gov/ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
BLS - http://www.bls.gov/ - Bureau of Labor Statistics.
CDC - http://www.cdc.gov/ - Center for Disease Control.
Census Bureau - http://www.census.gov/ - Census, Department of Commerce.
CIA - http://www.cia.gov/ - Central Intelligence Agency.
DEA - http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/ - Drug enforcement Administration.
DOC - http://home.doc.gov/ - Department of Commerce.
DOEd - http://www.ed.gov/ - Department of Education.
DHHS - http://www.os.dhhs.gov/ - Department of Health & Human Services.
DOI - http://www.doi.gov/ - Department of the Interior.
DOJ - http://www.usdoj.gov/ - Department of Justice.
DOL - http://www.dol.gov/ - Department of Labor.
EEOC - http://www.eeoc.gov/ - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
EPA - http://www.epa.gov/ - Environment Protection Agency.
FAA - http://www.faa.gov/ -Federal AviationAdministration. FCC - http://www.fcc.gov/ - Federal Communications Commission.
NEWS ABOUT TOWN
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, Women’s self-defense. Contact Murrell Harris at 943-7326 or Sensei David Edgerly at 949-5017.
|EXERCISE CLASSES TO BE OFFERED
BY MURREL HARRIS
It’s a New Year; is it time for a New YOU? Carol Witham of Brownville Jct. will be offering a beginner’s 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.
MEALS FOR ME. MENU
|WED., MARCH 6
||CHICKEN STEW, TOSSED SALAD, FRUIT COCKTAIL DESSERT
|THUR., MARCH 7
||HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS, HOT DOGS, COLE SLAW, HOMEMADE BISCUIT, GINGERBREAD W/ TOPPING
|FRI., MARCH 8
||PEPPER STEAK, BAKED POTATO, HARVARD BEETS, CAKE W/FROSTING
|MON., MARCH 11
||SHEPHERD’S PIE, GREEN BEANS, CUSTARD W/ TOPPING
|TUES., MARCH 12
||SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE, PEAS, TOSSED SALAD, BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING W/ TOPPING
|WED., MARCH 13
||HOMEMADE MACARONI AND CHEESE, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, BEETS, PINEAPPLE CRISP W/ TOPPING
ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAY AND THURSDAY AT 11:45 AM; AT THE LAGRANGE TOWN HALL APARTMENTS ON WEDNESDAY AT 11:45 AM; AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAY AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488. A $2.50 DONATION IS SUGGESTED AND APPRECIATED.
MSAD #41SCHOOL LUNCH MENU
MARCH 4 MARCH 8
Monday B.L.T., cheese wedge, peas & carrots, peaches, and milk.
Tuesday Chicken/rice burrito, lettuce/tomato, nachos/dip, birthday cake, and milk.
Wednesday Juice, pancakes, sausage patty, pears, and milk.
Thursday Shepherds pie, salad, dinner roll, apple crisp, and milk.
Friday Steak-um sandwich, rice pilaf, cole slaw, pineapple, and milk.
MILO RETIREE TESTIFIES AT LEGISLATIVE HEARING
BY NANCY GRANT
On February 21 Phil Gerow, President of the Piscataquis County Retired Educators Association, and many other current and retired educators attended a legislative hearing in Augusta held by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriatioins and Financial Affairs, chaired by Senator Jill Goldthwaite and Representative Randall Berry.
Senator Paul Davis spoke in favor of the bill, LD 1910: an Act to Establish the Retired Teacher Health Insurance Contribution Fund,"as did Charlene Thompson, President of the Maine Retired Teachers Association, who reminded legislators that while state retirees receive 100% of the cost of their health insurance, retired teachers currently receive only 30%, which is scheduled to increase to 35% July 1.
Phil Gerow testified that the inequity between the two levels of state support for health insurance places an unfair burden on teachers and especially on teacher retirees, whose pensions are significantly reduced by health insurance costs. He urged that the bill be passed to make state support equitable.
GOD IS WATCHING
SUBMITTED BY JANET RICHARDS
Up at the head table in the cafeteria, one of the nuns had placed a big bowl of bright red, fresh, juicy apples. Beside the bowl, she placed a note, which read, "Take only one. Remember, God is watching."
At the other end of the table was a bowl full of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm from the oven. Beside the bowl was a little note scrawled in a child's handwriting, which read, "Take all you want. God's watching the apples.
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
I've always looked forward to February vacation. It's generally a pretty exciting time for us Milo-ites, beginning with the Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby and ending with (if we get lucky) a shot at the Eastern Maine Basketball Championship and possibly a State Championship. We were blessed this past vacation with incredible weather, too. WOW! It's beginning to look a lot like springtime. I know, I know, don't speak too soon, you're saying. We've had major blizzards after this....but that snow doesn't last too long, and since the days are longer and generally warmer...it'll melt quicker.
One year we took the kids to Florida over February vacation. It was our first trip to DisneyWorld®. We went by car to save money. Of course, I didn't factor in the cost of the new car that we'd just bought with the trip in mind. Anyway, it started snowing just south of Washington, D.C., and hours and hours later we drove out of the storm somewhere in South Carolina. The storm didn't put us behind 24 hours...but we were a good 15 hours behind schedule. Suffice it to say, southerners don't have a clue how to drive in bad weather, nor do they have equipment to remove snow from their highways. We pulled into a rest area and parked alongside hundreds of other snowbirds who were taking a little rest in the parking lot - no doubt reflecting on their harrowing experience of driving through North Carolina at a top speed of 25 to 30 m.p.h. It was brutal!
Fortunately for us, Florida was warm , sunny and delightful. We stopped to visit friends in Holly Hill and
were just getting ready to head for Orlando when the Daytona 500 was getting over. That was one of those
times when you just get in a middle lane, set the speed on max, and take advantage of the drafting winds.
In recent years, we've tried not to plan any trips during February vacation. It's too much fun going to Bangor to the tournament games. The more games the kids win, the more restaurants you get to stand in line to get served in. I love the signs along Elm Street leading out of town. My personal favorite: "Last one out of town...shut off the lights!" We like to sit in the stadium seats as close to the railing as we can maneuver. This year we not only sat with Penquis fans, but we sat with lots of Guilford fans as well. It was nice that we could all be there cheering for each other. It seemed to me that the Penquis fans were especially "fired up" this year. The band sounded wonderful and it's always nice to have them there, sounding so good, and leading the fans in the school "fight" song. Isn't school spirit a wonderful thing!! It unites a community in such a positive way. When you think of the horrific things that can and do happen to unite a community....aren't we fortunate that we could come together this February in such a positive and uplifting way.
In 2000, when the Penquis Valley Patriots won both the Eastern Maine Championship and the Maine State Championship, I thought my heart would burst with excitement and pride. We'd waited so long. I was there in 1963, too, when the Milo High School Black Panthers won the Eastern Maine Championship. In retrospect, isn't it unbelievable that our now bonded communities could possibly have been such rivals.
Even though we suffered a loss, the Penquis Patriots arrived back in town surrounded by blaring fire trucks and ambulances. A long caravan of cheering fans followed them to the high school, where they were, no doubt, introduced and thanked for giving these little towns something to do a couple of nights a week all winter long. Some of the team members will be kissing their basketball careers goodbye. Some will go on to college, some will be looking forward to another year of participating in one of the area’s longest running traditions, and believe it or not, looking forward to another February vacation.
A nice little after-the-game refreshment follows. It's an absolutely scrumptious treat that I tried one year when the Pillsbury Bake-Off winners were published.
Country Apple Cake With Caramel Sauce
2 tbs. oil
1 package Pillsbury Nut or Cranberry Quick Bread Mix
3 cups apple pie filling (from two 21-oz cans)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 13X9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl combine oil and egg; beat well. Add bread mix, apple pie filling, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir 50-75 strokes until mix is moistened. Stir in chopped walnuts, spoon into the sprayed pan, and spread evenly.
Bake 45-55 minutes or until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, mix sugars, butter and cream. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
To serve, cut warm cake into squares and place on individual dessert plates. Top each serving with warm sauce and, if desired, ice cream or whipped cream. Serves 12. If you want to prepare the sauce in a microwave, combine sugars, butter and cream in a 4-cup microwave- safe measuring cup. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring once. Stir in vanilla.
AROUND AND ABOUT IN PISCATAQUIS COUNTY
BY SYLVIA BLACK
What a great asset community self-esteem can be when it is built upon accomplishments and successes! The Cultural Heritage Eco-tourism Committee (CHEt) has been working to identify components of this sense of value, or, as we called it, a ‘Sense of Place’. The Discovery Research Project completed in 2000 brought to light the many delightful characteristics making up the communities and surrounding woodlands of our area and collected them in a booklet which can be consulted and celebrated to help us all feel better about ourselves.
Since the research project’s completion, many people have found ways to express their celebration of our combined values. The CHEt committee is planning its third annual Traditional Skills Demonstration Day. The newly formed Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce Community Events Sub-committee is planning a fall event with a barbecue cook-off, folk music and perhaps a craft fair. They are the folks who did such a great job with The Old Time Penquis Valley Christmas celebration. These folks and the CHEt folks are getting together to see if we can combine our two planned events into one huge one.
The Milo Town Hall restoration project seeks to provide an art center in which to celebrate. The Center Theater restoration in Dover-Foxcroft will eventually do the same, but they may be able to staff a full-time booking or events agent who could help all the local coffee houses and art centers to find quality entertainment.
Historical societies will be joining members of CHEt and local educators to develop a 4th grade history curriculum. It will be a celebration of the county, linking towns in a larger concept of community by teaching about our common history and resources. Brainstorming suggested possible themes for the various
lessons, such as how geography influenced settlement; schools in the 19th century; and rivers, mining, and railroads. Another suggestion was to study what opportunities brought skilled people to this area and compare them to opportunities in modern times.
Recently, another education project sanctioned by CHEt and funded in part by the Maine Arts Commission received prestigious recognition. The curriculum called Sense of Place Through the Arts was developed for middle school students by Tracy Michaud Stutzman and Rheba Michaud. Tracy is the director of the CHEt committee and of The Maine Highlands Guild. Rheba is a teacher at Sedomocha. They arranged for local artists, historians, business people, and others to be interviewed by the students. Following the interview process, the students gave public presentations (or we could call them celebrations) about the person they interviewed and what they learned from that person. That pilot project will soon be offered county-wide to interested middle school educators. It has also been picked up by a group called SEED DEVELOPERS and chosen as an example of innovative curriculum. It will be published on the web and the teacher packet will be available to teachers nationally.
Someone might ask what these kinds of projects have to do with economic development. I strongly believe that a community with healthy self-esteem, which presents itself as strong, vibrant, trustworthy, and talented, is more likely to attract people and companies with those same values. Our self-confidence, the appealing qualities of our area, and our continuing work to promote Piscataquis County as a great place to locate a business, to live, or to visit will help us to thrive as a dynamic community. Think about the ways you can help in this process. Speak with pride about the place you live, and we will all benefit!
NEWS FROM THE MARION C. COOK SCHOOL IN LAGRANGE
Ms. Ivy's Stars
BY ERICA LYFORD AND BRAD CIMPHER
The Terrific Kid in Ms Ivy's room was Laura Gray. Artists of the Week were Laura Gray, Tabitha Sneed, Jacob Watson, and Joshua Watson. They were chosen because of the wonderful masks they made with Mrs. Chapman.
News in Mrs. Carter's Class
BY KELSEY OTTMANN AND RICHIE RUSSELL
The second and third graders are starting a new unit about Japan. did you know that Japan has 3000 islands and is the size of California?
A basketball program put on by the Brownville and Milo Rec. Departments called "Pee Wee Wee" was started on February 28. The tryouts were held
in the Brownville school at 6:00 p.m. Everybody made the team!
Alex Mitchell is the Terrific Kid, and Kayla Medeiros is Bus Student of the Week.
Marion C. Cook School News
The Cook School students and staff participated in the National Education Association’s Read Across America Celebration. It is believed to be the biggest one-day celebration in the U.S. Last year more than 35 million readers of all ages participated. The date for the annual event marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
The students wore their slippers and brought their favorite stuffed animals to the celebration. Guest readers: Principal Pat Bradbury; School Nurse Sue Chaffee; Speech Therapist Roger Haynes; Superintendent David Walker; Milo True Value businesswoman Barbara Crossman; PVHS senior (and former Cook School student), Paul Kusnierz; and Channel 7 news anchor Jan Smith shared their favorite books with the students.
The students continued the celebration with their first Reading is Fundamental book selection. Each student will choose three books in the next year. The goal of Reading Is Fundamental is to promote reading at home and at school. The PTO purchased the books. The Cook School is participating in a locally funded Reading is Fundamental Program.
All students received a Read Across America tattoo. A Dr. Seuss cake and punch provided by the PTO and SAD#41’s kitchen were served at the conclusion of the celebration. It was a terrific morning for all involved.
MILO ELEMENTARY TERRIFIC KIDS
From Mrs. Barden
- Our Terrific Kid is Ashley Shafer. She has been a good help in the room and uses her I care rules.
Mrs. Chessa says
- Our Terrific Kid is Lindsey Hutchinson. Lindsey has made a wonderful adjustment to our classroom. She always wears a smile while working hard to complete her daily assignments. We welcome Lindsey to our class!
In Mrs. Dell'olio’s room
- Our Terrific Kids are Cassie Rideout and Tiffany Tuscano. They have done a great job settling into our classroom routine. I see they already have new friends and we're pleased to welcome them to our class.
Mrs. Dunham says
- Steven Natalino is our TK. Steven works very hard to complete his assignments, particularly our problem of the day. He sets a good
example for his classmates, especially during reading. He is always kind and respectful of others.
From Mrs. Hayes
- Our Terrific Kid is doing a great job following the classroom rules. He is doing wonderful pictures in his journal and is writing many new kindergarten words. We are proud of Dylan Lalime.
|In Mrs. Hudak’s room - Our terrific kid is Haley Knowles. Haley is making super progress with her reading. She is very cheerful and enjoys school and her friends. We love having Haley in our room!!!
From Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - Colby Robinson- This young man has really blossomed. He tries hard in everything and is a great friend. Darren Lewis - Darren just became a big brother again, he will certainly be a good example for his new sister as he is a hard worker and good friend.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey say Kendra is kind, considerate, caring, and cute, cute, cute!
She loves to giggle and make us all laugh. She is certainly a terrific friend, sister, daughter, and student and we love her. Bobbi is bubbly, bouncy, beautiful, very BIG-hearted, and best-friends with everyone!! And she is not nearly so BASHFUL this year. She is truly a terrific little girl and we love her.
From Mrs. Whitney’s grade 5 - The Terrific Kid is Eddie Moon. Eddie has made a super effort this week in his classroom and on the playground. Mrs. Whitney enjoys his smiling face and hugs. Keep up the great work Eddie!
BY NANCY GRANT
BROWNVILLE DEMOCRATS HOLD CAUCUS
The Democratic Caucus of Brownville was held Thursday, February 7th in the Masonic Dining room. Elected Chairman was Albion L. Farnham, Vice-Chairman, Walter Lutterell, Jr. Secretary, Jo Cawthra, and Treasurer, Ralph Applebee.
Elected to the Democratic County Committee was Albion L. Farnham, Jo Cawthra, Ralph Applebee, John and Evelyn Miedema.
Official Delegates to the Democratic State Convention will be Albion L. Farnham, John and Evelyn Miedema, and Jo Cawthra. Alternates will be Paul R. Badeau, Walter Lutterell, Jr., Celesta Vale, and Mary Ireland.
Members elected to the Municipal Committee are as follows: Barbara Applebee, Ralph Applebee, Robert Badeau, Joseph Begin, Jo Cawthra, Charles and Barbara Durant, Albion L. Farnham, Ethel French, Catherine Hamlin, Gary and Sharon Ingalls, Mary Ireland, Webber and Myrtle Jones, Wilfred Kenney, Doreen Krauter, Carol Luchetti, Walter Lutterell, Jr., James and Edith McGrath, John and Evelyn Miedema, Hazel St. Louis, Louise Tucker, Gilfred Vickers, Neil Arbo, and Francis McGrath.
List of election clerks turned into the municipal officers of Brownville are as follows: Barbara Durant, Celestia Vale, Ralph Applebee, Hazel St. Louis, Evelyn Miedema, and Catherine Hamlin.
Last Saturday the Wingler Auditorium in the Milo Town Hall was the scene of a basketball game between the females of Milo High School and Brownville Jct. High School. The Jct. Railroaders were the winners scoring 23 to Milo’s 15. Taking part in the game, which was played by the old girls’ rules with six on a team, were: BJHS Sandra Gray, Theresa Kirby, Carol Horne, Frances Zwicker, Jeannine Ames, Lorraine Fitzpatrick, Regina Tyler, Laura Smith, Linda Coburn, Donna Leeman, Carol Melanson, June Marsh, Betty Dean, and Carla Greaney. They were coached by Mac Buchanan. The Panthers of MHS were Linda Rhoda, Marlene Cole, Ellen DeWitt, Linda O’Connor, Louise Rhoda, Barbara Towne, Annamae Lyford, Karen Clark, Laurel Harris, Warena Cote, and Darlene McCorrison. They were coached by Charles Cote.
TRCMAINE.ORG SITE HAS NEW FEATURES
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
If you haven’t visited the area’s website, www.trcmaine.org, lately, you must! Seth and Tommy have added many new features. There are now two guest books,’ where visitors to the site can leave comments. The entries can be viewed by clicking View Guest Book at the left-hand side of the page. There is a book for the website home page, and a separate one for the newspaper page. It is great fun to read the comments left by folks from both here and away!!
The boys have also added a poll box. The newspaper received a letter from some folks who own a camp on Sebec River, asking if Sebec could be added to the Three Rivers Community listings. So, if you have an opinion on that matter let us know. You can either write us a letter or go to the website to cast your vote. So far the votes are: YES-36, NO-4.
KEY CLUB NEWS
BY TRISH HAYES
The Key Club held its election of officers for 2002-2003 last Thursday night. Each candidate gave a 2-5 minute speech on why he/she was the best candidate for the office, and then answered questions from the members. The candidates did a wonderful job of presenting their ideas and goals for the club. It was apparent that a lot of thought and effort went into their speeches. I'm very proud of every one of the candidates, not only for the effort that they put forth, but also for the sportsmanship displayed by those who were not elected. The club is fortunate to have so many bright, caring members.
Those elected to office were President: Amanda Smith; Vice-President: Shawn Burke; Treasurer: Brett Gerrish; Secretary: Lindsay Small. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful year!!
I would like to thank the current officers and board members for running such a well-organized election. The event ran smoothly and the questions asked by club members were thoughtful and intelligent. Thanks, too, to Fred Trask, Lois Trask, Ed Treworgy, Frank Cochrane, Chris Beres, Stephanie Salley, Nancy Grant, and Dennis Dorsey for coming out to show support for the kids!
On Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, Key Club members will be gathering at the Superintendent’s office at 6:30 to call past blood donors to set up appointments for the blood drive on March 12, 2002. Please take the time to schedule an appointment. We hope that scheduling more appointments will cut down on the wait time. All donors are eligible for prize drawings the day of the drive. As always, thank you for your support!!
THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE
The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at Angie’s 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.
FEBRUARY 27 MEETING NOTES
BY JANET RICHARDS, SECRETARY
Today’s meeting began with twenty-two members present. Also attending was our newest member, Virgil Valente, and Key Club members Chris Merritt, vice-president, and Shawn Burke.
Chris Beres and Tom Witham have worked very hard at compiling a Kiwanis Directory. Thanks for your great effort.
We are planning an interclub for March 5 in Greenville to attend the district-wide interclub. Approximate departure time from Trask Insurance is 4:30 p.m.
Key Club elections are taking place on February 28th in the library at 6:00 p.m. There are nine members running for office.
Five Key clubbers have signed up to attend the spring convention.
The painting of the high school bathrooms has temporarily been put on hold, but will be completed in the near future.
The Kiwanis Newspaper has a new staff member, Virgil Valente. Hooray! Also, Tom Witham has added a guest book sign-in for the web page of the newspaper.
The February 26th RIF book distribution went well. Already preparations have started for the next book distribution and hopefully the first graders can be included. The proceeds from last year’s Variety Show funded this very worthwhile project.
The Town Hall stage project is shaping up. All the lights have been installed, new curtains have been ordered, and hardware for them has been installed. There is a tad bit of painting left to be done, hopefully before the curtains arrive.
As of today, 194 chairs have been donated.
Lois Trask and Ruby Grindle have birthdays on March 2 and Allan Horne will celebrate his 87th birthday on March 5.
Fourteen happy and sad dollars were collected with one of them being for a member’s chimney fire.
Upcoming speakers for March fall on the shoulders of Todd Lyford and Chris Almy.
Today we had a mystery auction. Ethelyn Treworgy came up with this wonderful idea. A good time was had with many laughs and $88.50 was raised for the administration account. A mystery auction is just what it sounds like: you bid on items, but you don’t know what you are bidding on. All you have to go on is a clue. The bids ranged from $5.00 to $25.00 and some of the treasured items were fudge, beautiful plants, and a day on Sebec Lake, courtesy of the Treworgys. One not so treasured item, but good for a couple of laughs, was a bright orange toilet plunger. The lucky bidder also won WD40. Maybe he won’t need the plunger after all!
Everyone enjoyed the mystery auction, so I bet we will see this on the program again. Thank you very much, Ethelyn and Edwin!
MY, IT DOES LOOK LIKE SPRING!!
By Ed Treworgy
The signs are heremelting snow, rain, dirt on snow banks, scootersand it’s time for some gardening action. I know that it’s easier to let someone else plant the seeds and get the seedlings into containers, and they probably do a better job at it, but there’s nothing like the feel of dirt under your fingernails to get you dreaming about blossoms in the garden.
Do you have some straggly geraniums on your window sill? I’ll bet they have some mighty good-looking soft tips on the branches that you can cut four or five inches long and put into a jelly jar full of water on the window sill where the mother plant can watch them take root. Mothers do like to watch their kids grow. Make sure you take off enough leaves so they won’t rot in the water. When they have some visible roots, get some good rich dirt and plant them. Keep them in the sun, feed and water them (but not too much), and look forward to a lot of color in the garden come summer.
Better think about planting petunia seeds pretty soon, too. They take a while to develop. Lots of new types are available now on seed racks everywhere. Follow directions if you can’t think of any other way to plant them. Don’t be afraid to pinch off the tips after they get a little growth. That way you will get more branches and more blossoms. They like to be fed regularly and kept in the sun so they won’t get yellow. Look forward to deadheading them this summer, unless they are the ones who don’t care if you do or not.
If you need any more inspiration, then take a few minutes the next time you go by a seed rack and look over the colors and read the promises. You want to keep all those seed catalogues you have been getting since New Year’s Day, too, so you can read them over coffee. Beat’s watching TV. It’s going to be a great summer unless it doesn’t rain, in which case you will need to do a lot of mulching, but that’s another story. Happy dreaming, and remember to do it in color.
Heard that Bob Hamlin’s pickup got stuck on a snowmobile trail up in Brownville Jct. the other day. Hard to figure out why the sleds were behind it on a trailer instead of out front pulling it, but someone said there was an out-a-stater involved. Does that explain it?
K OF C DISTRICT WINNERS
At the District Free Throw Contest held in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, march 2, five youngsters from the Milo/Brownville area won in their age divisions:
14 year old girls---Liza Comeau
11 year old boys---Ryan Bailey
11 year old girls---Nycole Carey
10 year old boys---Caleb Stanley
10 year old girls---Keyy Ottman
They will compete against winners from all over the state in old Town on Saturday, March 9.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!
by Cora Arbo
(The following poem is taken from History of Brownville 1824-1924 compiled in 1924 by Judson and Henry Gerrish when they were in their mid-teens.)
Like some bright gem the lovely Schoodic lies,
Maine’s fairest lake, reflecting azure skies;
Across her bosom at the close of day
The great blue heron slowly wings its way;
And from yon cove where dark spruce meets the sky,
Comes back the northern diver’s lonely cry.
In days long past. across the waters blue,
The red man’s paddle urged his light canoe;
Along the shore, when summer moons were late,
The Indian hunter wooed his dusky mate;
And warrior eyes enkindled at the sight
When the wind capped the tossing waves with white,
Today the white man treads the forest floor
or guides his boat to lonely island shore;
His eye with wonder brightens at the view
Of distant mountains throned against the blue;
And his heart thrills as woodland echoes wake
To sing thy praise, O lovely Schoodic Lake.