Three Rivers News, 2002-06-04
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2002
 VOLUME 1 NUMBER 30
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

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PVHS KEY CLUB HOLDS INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
BY TRISH HAYES
     The Key Club held its annual installation of officers on Tuesday, May 28, 2002. Seven members of the Greenville club attended with their Kiwanis Advisor, Jacki. And nine members from the Dexter club attended with their Club Advisor, Mr. Rick Whitney. There were more than enough members present to qualify as an inter-club so the Dexter club stole our bell. So…we’re planning a trip to Dexter in the near future to retrieve it.
     The Kiwanians showed great support and we thank Mr. Todd Lyford, Mr. Fred Trask, Mrs. Lois Trask, Mr. Ed Treworgy, Mrs. Ethelyn Treworgy, Mrs. Val Robertson, Mr. David Walker, Mrs. Chris Beres, and Mr. Joe Beres. We were pleased to have Associate Principal Mrs. Debbie Folsom, parents Mrs. Debbie Walker and Mrs. Lynn Gerrish in attendance as well as Key Club friend Mr. Don Hayes. (Please forgive me if I’ve forgotten anyone!)
     After the official swearing in of officers the club members were recognized individually for their community service efforts during the past school year and were presented with certificates. The retiring officers and board members were also recognized and presented with certificates.
     After the ceremony the guests were treated to ice cream and desserts. A special thank you to our friend and Food Service Director, Ginny Morrill, for being there to help us with the desserts and to prepare the ice cream sundaes.
     Editor’s note: I was pleased to be able to attend the installation of officers on Tuesday evening. As always, I was so impressed with our area’s young folks and proud to be a part of their club through my membership in the Three River’s Kiwanis.
     On my way to the installation, I stopped at my grandmother Betty Stanchfield’s house. When I told her where I was headed she mentioned that she read about the Key Club each week in the Three River’s News. She went on to say that it was wonderful to read about such good kids; so often the only news about our countries’ youth is bad news. I was surprised at her insight and was glad to hear that the paper represents the club in a manner that shows what great young people we have in our area.
     While I’m on my soapbox, I’d like to also sing the praises of the Key Club advisor, Trish Hayes. Trish has been an invaluable part of the reporting of Key Club activities. She has also been a great leader for its members. Her pride in their accomplishments is apparent, and the members’ respect for her is obvious. We are lucky she has decided to lead them again next year.
KEY CLUB ACTIVITIES
BY TRISH HAYES
     On Wednesday evening Liz Laverty and Lacey Russell helped serve dinner at the Kiwanis meeting. They did a great job and everyone enjoyed their company!
     This week the club is working on planting flowers around the monument at the entrance to the high school. We plan to have the project finished in time for graduation. A very special thanks you to Mrs. Betty Willett for her expertise and encouragement, Mr. Mike Comeau of Three Rivers Feed and Redemption for his generosity and to Mr. Ken Greenlaw for removing the sod! We appreciate your help and support!!
     Editors note: Again I am compelled to comment on a Key Club activity I was a part of. The two girls Trish mentioned, Liz and Lacy helped me prepare and serve dinner to 19 Kiwanians. The girl’s professionalism and enthusiasm made the evening enjoyable for the Kiwanians, and for me. I couldn’t have asked for a better crew and I want to thank them both. Val

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE A SUCCESS
BY PHIL GEROW
     Organizers of the recently held parade are pleased with the turnout, both of participants and spectators. The parade was much larger than what has been the norm over the past few years.
     One highlight was a unit organized by Ricky Bradeen, a fourth grader at the Milo Elementary school, and his friends. They formed a militia group that included Ricky dressed as a marine, pulling a flag-draped casket. Also in the group were Josh Dylan carrying a Navy flag, Jessica Hamilton, US Army, Zach Lyford, US Army, Jonathan Harmon with an Army flag, Drew Bellatty, military trainee, with a Navy flag, Dylon Flagg, US Marine, and Bobby Dugans, Navy, carrying a guide on.
     Another highlight was Stephanie Gillis’ Rollers Bladers!
     The band, under the direction of Jack Eastman, entertained with “God Bless America” and “The Military Medley.” During the services at the Sebec River Bridge and the Evergreen Cemetery, Anders Hamlin and Colby Chase played taps.
     The Key Club of Penquis Valley and the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo/Brownville represented their organizations with a float about Putting Children First. Also in the parade was the Penquis Valley High School

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Student Council, with students carrying a banner and then three cars, one each of red, white, and blue.
     The Veterans and the 9/11 victims were honored with two floats. Veterans rode one borrowed from Heartwise in Dover-Foxcroft and on Bobby Ellison’s float boat, no doubt swapping war stories. Leading the Veterans was Susie Wharton, 93 years young, driven by Doc Monroe.
     Fred and Lois Trask and family walked the parade route pulling a wagon decorated in red, white, and blue.
     Brian and Kristen Lee drove the most unusual vehicle in the parade, a Humvee. It looked like a lot of fun.
     These are just a few of the many businesses and organizations that well represented our towns. Thanks to Donald Banker for his reading of the rolls at the cemetery and for Reuben Lancaster for his prayers and Memorial Day address. Also, thanks to the members of the Legion Auxiliary for the wonderful lunch served following the parade.
     A great big THANK YOU to all, who helped in any way and hopefully next year, the parade will be even bigger and better.

MEMORIAL ADDRESS
     Throughout America’s glorious history, it has never been said that her citizenry deserted her—neither in times of peace, nor in darker hours when she was most threatened.
     Our late President John F. Kennedy captured the deepest meaning of America’s courageous spirit when he said: “A man does what he must-in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all human morality.”
     When our country’s first army gathered under George Washington in the summer of 1775, it was truly a citizen’s army. Farmers, shopkeepers and tradesmen left their farms and businesses to rid our land of British rule once and for all.
     There were few uniforms and weapons to go around, but these brave men were willing to battle Britain’s best troops and Europe’s fiercest mercenaries because they believed in three essential ideals.
     Those ideals were: independence from foreign tyranny, human equality, and democracy.
     The idea that “All men are created equal,” and that for more than two centuries, however, Americans have proven that a nation can thrive while giving its citizens unprecedented freedoms.
     This is our day to pause and, through the commemoration of Memorial Day, to honor all of America’s patriots who have given their last full measure of devotion to their country. It is a day to review memories of past honor and sacrifice.
     Battlefields and cemeteries remind us of the terrible sacrifices and loss of life in war.
     And Memorial Day leaves few hearts unmoved in remembering the more than one million brave Americans who have given their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, in the defense of freedom and democracy.
     British philosopher John Stuart Mill once remarked that no one is more miserable than people who have nothing they’re willing to fight for.
     On the other side of the coin, no one is more noble than those who believe in something so deeply they’re willing to die for
it.
     We’ve come together for this Memorial Day observance in order to venerate that nobility.
     We’ve come to recognize that the mortar holding our society together is mixed with the blood and tears of those who fought and died in battle.

     We can never repay the debt we owe these brave men and women, yet we can strive to honor their vision, which led them into battle and to their final sacrifice.
     We must uphold the memories of their heroism..with respect..with reverance and with our heartfelt admiration. Those who have died on the field of battle deserve our perpetual contemplation.
     If history has taught us anything, it is that Americans will bear any hardship, will overcome any obstacle and will conquer any foe in the pursuit of liberty and justice-for themselves, their children, their countrymen, and other human beings whose faces they’ll never see.
     In the dark hours of war and conflict, America’s veterans answered her call, and they’re the reason that the United States is the mightiest, wealthiest, and most secure nation on earth today.
     Should the day come when American remain silent in the face of armed aggression, then the cause of America, the cause of freedom, will have been lost.
     Remembering is what Memorial Day is for. And for a society that demands liberty as much as we do, we must not allow the sacrifices of our veterans to pass from our nation’s consciousness.
     After all, who is more deserving of our respect and honor than those who fought and died to preserve what all the world cherishes-the American way of life?
     Today as we honor the memory of America’s veterans whose remains consecrate the soil throughout the world, let us promise that their lives and their sacrifices shall not have been offered in vain, but will be remembered by us all.forever.
     As Daniel Webster observed over 150 years ago: “god grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
     We’ve been granted that liberty for over two hundred years thanks to the sacrifices of countless fighting men and women. God bless their bravery.
     And God give us strength to defend in out time the idea for which so many have given so much.
GOD BLESS AMERICA THANK YOU

DELIVERED BY REUBEN LANCASTER
MEMORIAL DAY
MAY 27, 2002

STATEMENT OF POLICY

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MSAD #41 SCHOOL LUNCH MENU
JUNE 3-7
Monday - Pizza burger, mashed potato, corn, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday - Taco salad, lettuce/tomato, celery/carrots with dip, and blueberry shortcake.
Wednesday - Hamburger, macaroni salad, sliced cukes, and pears.
Thursday - Chicken burger, potato smiles, peas, and fruit.
Friday - FREE LUNCH FOR ALL SENIORS – Juice, pizza, salad, and birthday cake.

KIWANIS NEEDS AUCTION ITEMS!

     The date is getting closer for the annual Kiwanis Auction. Bargains galore will be up for auction on June 27th and 28th. The proceeds from our auction go toward all of the projects that Kiwanis contributes to over the year (INCLUDING THIS NICE LITTLE NEWSPAPER!). We are looking for items for the auction, and will come to your house to take them away for you!! If you have items please call Eben Dewitt (943-2486) or Herb Dunham (943-2353) for pickup.

MEALS FOR ME. MENU

WED., JUNE 5 POT ROAST W/GRAVY, BAKED POTATO, FRESH BROCCOLI, PINEAPPLE CRISP
THURS., JUNE 6 CORNED BEEF BOILED DINNER W/ POTATO, TURNIP, CARROTS, CABBAGE, SLICED PEARS
FRI., JUNE 7 BAKED CHICKEN, MASHED POTATO, SQUASH, SUGAR COOKIE
MON., JUNE 10 HAMBURGER/GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE, FRESH CAULIFLOWER, BROWNIE
TUES., JUNE 11 CHICKEN CUTLET W/ SUPREME SAUCE, RICE PILAF, FRESH BABY CARROTS, CHOCOLATE PUDDING
WED., JUNE 12

SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE, PEAS AND MUSHROOMS, GINGERBREAD W/ TOPPING

ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND! FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488. A $2.50 DONATION IS SUGGESTED AND APPRECIATED.

BILL SAWTELL REMEMBERS CORONATION
BY BILL SAWTELL
     We'll soon observe the 50th anniversary of the queen's coronation. I was about six at that time, a time when our Welsh relatives sent gifts to my grandparents in Brownville.

     My parents were babysitting Carole and Skipper Stickney, and Carole had us all wear paper crowns and march around as a reenactment.
     These are things you never forget. It's hard to believe 50 years have elapsed.

Brownville Trivia
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Brownville's first white settler was (a) Moses Brown, (b) Francis Brown, (c) Park Holland, (d) John Heath
2. Merrill slate won an award at the (a) Bangor Fair, (b) Philadelphia Centennial, (c) Chicago World's Fair, (d) New York World's Fair
3. The BJHS yearbook was called the (a) Caboose, (b) Engineer, (c) Railroader, (d) Gazette
4. BHS teams were called the (a) Millers (b) Bears, (c) Tigers, (d) Panthers
5. Moses Greenleaf was Maine's first (a) geologist, (b preacher, (c) mapmaker, (d) author
6. He owned part of (a) Williamsburg, (b) Brownville, (c) Lake View, (d) Mooresville
7. Who taught at both BHS and BJHS? (a) Mac Buchanan, (b) Phil Adams, (c) Greta Connors, (d) Eleanor Rosebush
8. BHS closed during the (a) Civil War, (b) WWI, (c) WWII, (d) Korean War.
9. Which were held at the Grange Hall? (a) minstrel shows, (b) silent movies, (c) town meetings, (d) all of these
10. John Lewis had other mills in Princeton and (a) Bangor, (b) Old Town, (c) Grand Mere, PQ, (d) Houlton.

Answers to Brownville Trivia
1-d 2-b 3-a 4-b 5-c 6-a 7-c 8-c 9-d 10-c

AN INVITATION FROM BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY
The 5th grade at Brownville Elementary wants to send a special invitation to their parents for the final assembly on June 19, at 8:30 am. This will be their last day at Brownville Elementary and there are some special plans being made. We hope each child will have at least one parent or relative in attendance.


Cook School News
     The students and staff are looking forward to our next field trip. We will be enjoying the Pleasant River Walk as part of our health and nutrition celebration. All three classrooms received a $100 grant from the Maine Nutrition Network’s Maine-ly Nutrition Project to purchase resources to enhance nutrition education such as food, cooking supplies, books, and food models. Healthy lifestyles have been discussed in all classes. At the conclusion of the walk, a healthy picnic lunch packed by our cafeteria staff will be enjoyed at the Brownville Jct. ball field.

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     Our second Reading Is Fundamental book distribution was held on Friday, May 31. Our students chose one book each to add to their personal collection. Thank you PTO for providing this wonderful program.
Miss Ivy’s Stars
BY ERICA LYFORD AND BRAD CIMPHER
     Bus driver Kathy Foss chose Trevor Lyford Bus Student of the Week for his excellent bus behavior. William Parker was named Terrific Kid. He was chosen because he is improving on his work. The K/1 friends have started their unit on frogs.
Mrs. Carter’s Class
BY KELSEY OTTMANN AND RICHIE RUSSELL
     On May 31 the second and third graders will be putting on their presentation of “B is for Banana.” Break a leg! The show and tell topic this week is “something from Maine.” It should be interesting to see what the students come up with!
     Kayla Medeiros is the Terrific Kid. “Kayla hasn’t missed any recess this week, she has had good behavior and is working hard on her reading,” says Mrs. Carter. Kayla is also Bus Student of the Week. Terrific job, Kayla! Jessica Donlon is the Super Kid. “Jessica has been working hard on her behavior and making good choices, says Mrs. Carter.
     The Artists of the Week include Justin Ottoman, Kristen Morse, Rachel Wood, Jerrica Sneed, Lillis Noke and Ethan Smith. Their masterpieces are wonderful!
Miss K’s Kids
     In Social Studies, the Industrial Revolution and immigrants who came to America by way of Ellis Island were the focus of study. Grade 4 and 5 students have been writing newspaper articles about what they have learned during our nutrition classes. They shared the articles during writing time. The class enjoyed measuring and eating kidney beans and hot air popped popcorn this week. Our class sang, “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad” and “Home On The Range” at our Terrific Kids Assembly.

MILO ELEMENTARY’S TERRIFIC KIDS
From the classroom of:
Mrs. Barden- My Terrific Kid is Gabby Pouges. She has shown everyone the true meaning of “terrific” in her actions and deeds. We are sad she is going to second grade. Her new teachers will love her to pieces! Yay, Gabby!

Mrs. Chessa- In our room this week our Terrific Kid has worked very hard to do his best on all of his work. He asks questions respectfully and is working hard on being in control of his attitude. Congratulations Zachary
Lyford.

Mrs. Dell'olio- Shelby Fowles is our Terrific Kid this week. She is a hard worker, and is always ready to help in a flash. Tia Gould is kind, kind of quiet, and she helped Morgan to complete her Image making project. Thank you, Tia!
Mrs. Dunham- Our Terrific Kid is Lindsay Brown. Lindsay has worked hard to become Terrific Kid for the second time this year. She uses her active listening skills throughout her day. She is an excellent role model for good manners in and out of the classroom. She frequently volunteers to help others with their assignments. Keep up the good work, Lindsay!
Mrs. Hayes- We would like to choose all of our students this week for working so hard on the entire end of the year assessments we have been doing. The class has been responsible and independent during their work time. They have been respectful to the teachers and friends during testing. It has been busy and we are proud of your cooperation. Way to go kindergarten and
first grade students!
Mrs. Hudak- Our Terrific Kid for this week is Cody Herbest. Cody is an avid reader and an inspiration for all of us to read more. he is very kind and gets along well with others. Cody loves school and his friends.. what an awesome student!! way to go Cody!!!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey- RaeJean Herbest-Rae Jean is new to our classroom and has
adapted well to her new surroundings. She works hard, finishes her work and enjoys our activities- welcome and congratulations! Raven Garland-Raven is always an active listener at story time and a good helper at morning meeting. She is cooperative and tries hard during her time in our room.
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey- TK's this week are our twins, Megan and Macy Leonard.
"We're coming to the end of the year
and these girls have grown so dear.
They love to read and to write
And they ALMOST never fight
They are wonderful "big sisters" to our little ones
And like to turn work into fun - fun - fun.
So to the Leonard girls we say, "Hip-hip hooray! You are our Terrific Kids today!"
Mrs. Whitney- Mrs. Whitney and Mrs. Gillis both have classrooms full of Terrific Kids this week! All fifth graders completed the DARE program and will be spending today doing celebrating activities here in Milo and at the YMCA in Dover. Concluding with a ceremony tonight at Milo Elementary School at 4pm.
     Congratulations to all the terrific 5th graders! Special thanks to Officer Lyford for coming to our fifth grade classrooms for DARE education. He will be attending today's activities with us.

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Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
     One summer tradition that lots of Milo-ites hold dear is the annual" opening up of the camp." Pumps put in storage for the winter must be tuned up and "put in." Dead houseflies must be vacuumed up, and the bedding, reserved for camp, must be laundered fresh and the beds made up. It's funny how we don't care about bedroom sets matching at camp; we really don't care what they look like, and we really don't even worry about how comfortable they are, just as long as there's room for everyone to sleep. You squeeze beds into little tiny bedrooms and make them up with mismatched sheets and not a single person cares. As a matter of fact, I think the magic of camp is the very fact that nobody does care about matching sheet sets and furniture, just as long as there's room for everyone to lay their heads down at night.
     Deck furniture must be scrubbed and arranged on the deck. Branches and twigs must be raked up from the whole yard. Gas tanks must be filled and we also try to gather wood to use in our beanhole. Now, the beanhole is another story altogether. Remind me to tell you about the first time that we cooked a turkey in our beanhole. The story is priceless. We've had a number of different docks over the years. This time I think we've finally got one that goes out far enough. There's this magic little spot out in front of our camp where there is a wonderful bar of sand. If we get the dock in place just right, the kids can jump off into the water right onto this sand bar, as opposed to right onto the rocks.
     Nobody really cares about what you take to camp for clothes. You can getaway with just about anything that covers you up. Kids need a couple of bathing suits apiece and plenty of towels. We always buy everyone a pair of water shoes, as well, because it's pretty rocky on our shore. We don't have huge big boulders, but small rocks that are hard to walk on in the water. I'm always careful to take both shorts and long pants because the weather changes so quickly at camp. A sweatshirt is a must as is a sun visor. If you don't have on a sun visor, it's hard to gawk at camps and their occupants as you boat up and down the shoreline, oh yes; did I fail to mention that tradition? It always strikes me funny when people are boating quite close to the shore and they are making comments about your camp, your yard, or even who is visiting at your camp. They forget that sound travels well over water, and those of us on shore can hear every word. It's especially interesting listening to boating conversations at night.
     No, traditionally what you wear and where you end up sleeping at camp probably isn't that important. What is important at camp, however, is food. Mother has to plan well for her big brood. There's no running quickly to the store for a missing ingredient when you're at camp. I drive my husband crazy lugging food to camp. His usual remark is, "Okay, I'll lug this out now, lug it back home in the fall just because she thinks she

might need it." That's right, I might need it, and you'll be darn happy that I've got it if I do need it, just do it! This weekend is the weekend that I usually take the food that I'm going to keep out there for the summer. A little of this, a little of that, stuff that you need to put a recipe together. Brown and white sugar, flour, baking soda and baking powder, shortening and cooking oil are musts. Molasses and beans and pieces of salt pork that I can keep in the freezer will assure me a Saturday night supper without giving it a second thought.
     A container of corn meal and a box of biscuit mix and a couple of cans of milk assure me of some sort of bread with a meal. I always leave a few boxes of macaroni and cheese in the cupboard to mix up for kids as well as a jar each of peanut butter and fluff. It's always handy to keep a few jars of pickles and some jam or jelly in the fridge, too. I take condiments for hamburgers and hotdogs, packages of Kool-Aid® and lemonade mix and a few
gallon jugs of water just to get me started.
     We've discovered that we like a couple of those meals in boxes, like chicken and dumplings and beef stew with biscuits on top. If I keep a couple of those out there, and serve them with some of my pickles that I keep in the fridge, I don't even have to pack any food to run out to camp on a hot night for supper. If on the spur of the moment we make the decision to stay overnight, I'm usually safe in doing so. Early on I've taken a pound of coffee, a small carton of eggs to have on hand, a pound of bacon kept in the freezer and a package of English muffins and a small can of frozen juice to keep in there as well. This assures me something to eat for breakfast the next morning. A handy trick that I have learned is to keep a few clothes pins in the camp to use to close bags up. You can generally leave a few snack items at camp if they are stashed away in a tight cupboard and the bag is well rolled down with a tight clothespin on it. A bag left loose and out on a cupboard is tempting not only staleness, but little mice as well. Tight fitting lids on multiple sized canisters work really well at keeping food fresh and fit to eat all summer.
     My friend Tanya Ellison once gave me the best and easiest summer salad recipe that I've ever had to feed a crowd in the summer. Once again, I don't have this written down anywhere; I just know how to make it.
Taco Salad
1 lb. ground chuck
1 envelope of taco seasoning mix (I don't usually use the whole package. It depends on how much your family likes the strength of the flavor.)
1 12 oz. package of grated cheddar cheese
lettuce (about 1/2 a head) washed and chopped
tomatoes (a couple of good sized ones washed and diced)
onion and green pepper (I always use a whole onion, but it depends on the size of the green pepper how much I use. A huge green pepper would probably be too much. I use either a whole small green pepper, or a piece of a big one.)
1 small can of sliced black olives
1 bag of Doritos
1 small bottle of Catalina dressing
     Fry the ground chuck until fully cooked and drain, add seasoning mix and stir to coat the meat. Put this
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mixture in a BIG bowl. Chop the lettuce and put this in the bowl, chop the tomatoes, onion and green pepper and add these, too. Drain the small can of black olives and add these. Sprinkle on the cheese. Poke a couple of pinholes in the bag of chips and crush the chips. Sprinkle them over the salad and then pour on the bottle of Catalina dressing and toss the whole thing together. WONDERFUL!!!! The thing I particularly like about this salad is its versatility. You can leave off any of the vegetables that your family just doesn't like, and not hurt the taste of it too much. Heck, I even forgot the cheese once and they still loved it!! This salad ends up being huge, so plan it for a crowd.

Science Corner
BY VIRGIL VALENTE

Quiz
     Does an object have the same mass in Death Valley as it does on the top of Mount Everest? How about its weight?

Its Black fly time!
     There are over 2000 recognized black fly species in the world. In Maine we are blessed with about 40. Black flies have been found in fossil records from the Jurassic/ Cretaceous Period. Most species of black flies don’t bite. In those that do it is only the female. The males eat nectar from flowers. In fact the males appear to pollinate some plants like the blueberry. Most of the species in Maine do not bite. Some of them are very annoying in that they like to swarm around the head, but they don’t bite. Others only bite birds and farm animals. Black flies are not known to transmit diseases to humans in the United States. They do transmit some diseases to birds.
     Black flies breed only in clean running water. Each female lays several hundred small triangular shaped eggs. For most species these eggs lay dormant until October when they hatch into larvae. The larvae attach themselves with a silk thread to rocks on the bottom of a brook or stream. They seldom lay eggs in rivers. They feed on algae and bacteria as it floats by. They tend to stay attached where they hatch, but are capable of unhooking themselves and moving to a better place to feed. If disturbed, they can spin a long silk thread using their tongue and float downstream. The lava form cocoons. The shape of the cocoon distinguishes the species of fly. The pupae remain dormant until the water temperature tops 50 degrees and then emerge as adults. The adults can then fly up to 15 miles from their hatching point to prey on their victims.
     Two of the black flies that give us a lot of grief are Simulium venustrum and Simulium penobscotensis. Simulium venustrum is the major biter in the spring. Simulium penobscotensis is native to the watershed of the Penobscot River. It is one of the few flies that produce more than one generation a season. Most other flies are gone by mid July but the penobscotensis is here even after frosts in the fall.
     Black flies will bite on any exposed skin. They prefer the neck and head. They do not bite through

clothing like mosquitoes but will crawl under clothing if possible. They only bite during the day, but their tendency to bite increases near sunset.
     Little has been done to try to control them chemically. Spraying the environment would contaminate large areas because of their need for running water. Some experimenting with bacteria has been successful as a biological control.
     From my reading, the following suggestions have been made on keeping down the bites.
1. Don’t eat bananas before going outside.
2. Keep oil and gas off skin. It attracts them.
3. Avoid spruce or pine sap.
4. Black flies do not bite under a roof or inside a building. They immediately fly to try to escape.
5. Keep in the wind.
6. Avoid perfumes and aftershaves.
7. They prefer dark colors such as blue, brown, purple and black.
8. They are not attracted to white and yellow.
9. Don’t kill dragonflies. They eat them!

Quiz Answer: Those of you who took Physics should remember the answer to this one. Mass is the amount of material in an object so the mass remains the same wherever you are in the universe. Weight is a different story. Weight is caused by gravity and since gravity varies with distance from the center of the earth it will change. We say astronauts are weightless in the space shuttle. This isn’t really true because they are being pulled by the earth just as the space shuttle is. They feel weightless because they are in free fall like being inside an elevator with its cable broken. To be truly weightless an object would have to be pulled equally in all directions.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
BY NANCY GRANT
MILO – 1941
     Mrs. Murray Littlefield and little John Sherburne spent Thursday with her father, Otis Rogers, in Sebec.
Harry Snow spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hovey in Catakin, N.Y.; going to bring home Mrs. Snow, who spent the past month there with their daughter, Mrs. Hovey.
Murray Littlefield returned Thursday night from three days in Millinocket.
MILO-DERBY – 1937
MILO GRADE TEACHERS
     Kenneth Carr, grade seven and principal; Keith Crockett, grade six; Mrs. Inez Pullen, grade six; Mrs. Ethel Gilpatrick, grade five; Miss Jane Prescott, grade four; Miss Warena Christie, grade three; Miss Thelma Clark, grade two; Miss Corinne Johnson, grade two; Mrs. Muriel Purington, grade one; Miss Leta Shattuck, grade one; which includes four new teachers.
     Miss Prescott is a graduate of Farmington Normal school, with two years’ experience; Miss Clark graduated from Castine Normal School with two years’ experience. Both are local girls.

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DERBY TEACHERS
     Carl Fenwick, grade eight; Oveid Packard, grades seven and six; Mrs. Audrey Fleming, grade five; Miss Doris Averill, grades four and three; Miss Ruth Thistle, grade two; Mrs. Rachel Prescott, grade one.
BROWNVILLE – 1914
     Mr. G.O. Hills and son of Brownville started in to the fishing ponds Saturday, June 6th.
It is reported that Mrs. A.L. Green is quite sick. The doctor thinks she has appendicitis.
     Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Gerry were passengers on the train for Bangor Saturday morning. Mr. Gerry has to have his eyes attended to as they are in a serious condition.
     The heavy frost of this week did the gardens “to a brown,’ but we haven’t got any kick coming down here. We hear that our neighbors in Van Buren had a snowstorm.
ORNEVILLE – 1914
     Mr. Robinson of Atkinson held a meeting at the schoolhouse Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Ida Hobbs and Mrs. Bessie Vail of Milo were present and sang a very pleasing duet which was enjoyed very much.
     George Hoxie was in town Sunday.
     Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Bumps visited relatives in Boyd Lake Sunday.
     Abbie Hoxie is at home for a short time.
     There was a very heavy frost June 9th, which did much damage on low land to gardens that were up.
     Mr. and Mrs. Charles Warren of Milo visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Hoxie, Sunday.
LAKEVIEW – 1909
     Harry Hamlin of Milo was in town Monday.
     J.L. Chapman of Milo was in town Tuesday.
     Measles are prevalent in this vicinity.
     Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Foss of Milo were visitors in town Monday. William P. Oakes of Foxcroft has been in town the last week, surveying.

PENQUIS VALLEY STUDENTS TO PERFORM PLAY ABOUT STUDENT VIOLENCE
SUBMITTED BY DAVID WALKER
     Barbara Pincus’s ninth grade English class will be performing an original play, created by the students, on Thursday, June 6, 2002, at 7 P.M. at the Milo Town Hall. The play, which is about the problem of school violence, is the product of a two-week residency that the students have had with visiting theater educator Cathy Plourde, from Portland.
     The drama residency was part of a Penquis-wide program organized by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education Building Community Through the Arts, which encourages students to explore their own social issues through the medium of theater or creative movement. The Penquis Valley students have already performed their play for the sixth, seventh, and eighth

grade students. The evening performance by the students will be open to the public; parents, schoolteachers and administrators with other students encouraged to attend. Carla Ritchie, from the National Center for Student Aspirations at UMaine, will facilitate an audience discussion after the play.
     The evening program is being co-sponsored by the Acadia Hospital as part of its Community Conversations program that came to Penquis Valley two years ago. The program is free and refreshments will be served. For more information call the superintendent’s office or 990-2805.

SPANIELS AND PHEASANT
BY NANCY GRANT
     Enjoying the outdoors has always been a way of life for Al and Patty Estes. Having grown up in Milo, Patty has operated her hair salon in Derby for quite a while and Al has been a Master Maine Guide for over 25 years, which has led to various other jobs. They worked together at Long Pond Lodge and Hardscrabble Lodge in the 1980’s and later at the King & Bartlett in Eustis, a prodigious lodge offering just about everything for the outdoor enthusiast.
     It was at this time that they knew that some day they wanted a place of their own to offer the same services in this area. Al and Patty kept looking for a home with a lot of acreage in order to start a private hunting preserve. When the old Ricker farm, with the necessary land, came up for sale, they knew that this could be their chance. One thing led to another and they opened as a private preserve over three years ago, offering pheasant and quail. Various dog clubs heard about the new venture and Al and Patty now offer field trials to the springers and cocker spaniels.
     Once word got out that they raised their own birds, dog trainers from all over New England began calling, wanting to purchase the product. This has targeted a whole new market for them.
     Patty and Al would like to eventually offer more activities for the outdoorsmen, other than hunting. Many people are moving into the area and there seems to be an

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interest in adventures such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. These outdoor recreations Mainers have enjoyed for many years and they would like to enable others to partake in the excitement of Maine.

Editors note: Their daughter shares their free spirit and drive. Samantha, now 25 years old, is working at a hospital in Hyanisport, MA as a traveling nurse. Sam would like to see a lot of the USA before she is ready to settle in one area.

COLLECTING CLOTHES-A DANGEROUS HOBBY?
SUBMITTED BY VICTORIA EASTMAN
     Just how dangerous can vintage clothing be? Well, to the present day collector, seller or historian, the danger, in most cases, is long past. Rumours and facts abound about the safety of vintage clothing.
     Rumour: You can get TB from old clothes. No, you cannot!
     Fact: Arsenic was used in making some silk dresses during the early Victorian period. The poison weighted the silk so it would drape nicely on the figure. Perhaps if one is working with a number of weighted silk garments, the danger of arsenic poisoning might be high. Just to be on the safe side, wearing gloves when dealing with these fabrics might be the wise thing to do.
     Actually, historians prefer handlers of all vintage clothing to wear gloves since oil from the hands could damage the garments.
     Hatpins have also been known to be dangerous, too. Not just to a man who made unwanted advances toward a lady. But, innocent bystanders in a crowded room or trolley could inadvertently get stabbed and badly hurt.
     During the “corset wearing years,” women were also in danger of being “stabbed.” Not only did corsets deform the figure and make it very difficult for women to breathe; blood poisoning was another threat. Because corsets had to be worn under bathing costumes while swimming, the metal framework often rusted. If it poked through the fabric covering and pierced the skin, blood poisoning could be the result ~ occasionally leading to death.
     Much of this in formation was found in magazines and articles about vintage clothing. But, even more interesting was hearing about the corsets first hand from someone who had a friend who suffered a poke by a rusty wire. Fortunately, she survived.
     For the present day collector, like myself, these dangers are not major concerns. Our worries come from running out of space and running out of money as we add to our collections.

THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS

CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE

REGULAR MEETING
     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.

MEETING NOTES MAY 29
BY JANET RICHARDS, SECRETARY
     This week’s meeting was held at the Pleasant Park Community Center, at 6 PM, which is the usual for the fifth Wednesday of any month. We had fourteen members in attendance with Joanne DeWitt and Janet Valente as our guests. Key Club members Liz Laverty and Lacy Russell attended and did a very fine job of serving our dinner.
     The Committee Reports are as follows: Amanda Smith is the new President of the Key Club, the Kiwanis Newspaper is doing well, Edwin and Ethelyn are exploring new pianos for the Town Hall, more chairs have been ordered, progress is being made on the stage supports, and the food wagon needs some attention to be ready for the Kiwanis Auction.
     Happy birthday to Virgil Valente on the 30th and Paul Grindle on the 4th of June.
     Twelve Happy and Sad dollars were contributed this week.
Upcoming speakers for June: Joe Zamboni - Europe Trip, and Joe Zamboni - Evidence Response Team.
     The speaker for to nights meeting was Scott Hoar representing HOBY. A little background about HOBY. HOBY was founded by Hugh O'Brian. HOBY is a youth leadership seminar. Hugh O'Brian became inspired upon returning from Africa after visiting Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer. He wanted to contribute something to society and came up with the idea of motivating youth to recognize their leadership qualities. Thus HOBY was born in 1958. Every year sophomores, who have been nominated, from all over the United States, attend seminars at HOBY. At these seminars they are stimulated to interact on projects, to work as a team, and study government. Also, volunteerism is a big part of HOBY. Projects in the community such as doing groundwork at senior citizens home would be a prime example of a HOBY volunteer project.
     Scott is retired and visits as many New England seminars as he is able to a year. He thoroughly enjoys this and loves to watch the kids evolve. Not all HOBY attendants are from Key Club but a lot are and Kiwanis certainly supports HOBY. Thank you Scott for coming all the way up from Sanford to share information about HOBY.

Editors note: Our 2001 HOBY participant from PVHS was Amanda Smith, and she is a fine example of what skills can be learned. She was elected Key Club president for the upcoming year, and she will be a great leader.

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