||Three Rivers News, 2002-08-06
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2002
VOLUME 1 NUMBER 39
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BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE
BY CHRIS BERES
It seems that we just completed school and sent all the students home for much needed rest and relaxation. Now as I look at the sale flyers that come in the mail, I see that the stores are eager to help get the children ready for school. I have been receiving calls from parents asking what supplies that their children will need for their new school year. Several of the teachers at Milo Elementary provided a list of things that they would like the students to bring for supplies
Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Walker ask that the kindergarten students bring pencils(12), erasers, a small box of crayons (8-12 colors, please, not64), a glue stick, scissors and a pencil box to keep things together.
First Graders need to bring pencils (12), crayons (16 colors), 2 glue sticks and a set of washable markers.
Second Graders are asked to provide 2 glue sticks, pencils (12), crayons (16 colors), washable markers, and a wire-bound notebook.
Third Graders will need a 12" ruler, pencils (12), colored pencils, 2-pocket folders, one red and one blue, scissors, 2 glue sticks and a composition book.
Fifth Graders will be asked to provide pencils (20), crayons (24 colors), black or blue pens (no gel pens) , 12" ruler, small ruled notebook for assignments, 3 composition books, 3 colored folders with pockets, cap erasers.
LITTLE LEAGUE NEWS:
At the Orioles & A's scrimmage 4 innings were played in Milo at the Field of Dreams on Wednesday, July 31. Because of a lack of players on the A's team - they had to take a loss, but the Orioles gave them 3 of their players and they ended up with a 10-10 tie after 4 complete innings.
Caleb Stanley pitched the entire game for the A's and did a great job with 2 nice hits. Alex London was behind the plate making some tremendous stops. Not much gets by him that's for sure.
With the sun in his eyes, Bradley Cympher robbed Alex of a great hit waaaay out to centerfield. What a great catch! Mike Lawson, Erica Lyford and Bryan Russell pitched for the Orioles. Suzanne Johnson did a good job behind the plate........
Friday, August 2, 02 Milo Field of Dreams "Red Sox 10 vs.
For the 3rd time they were scheduled to play, the Red Sox and the Orioles finally got the last game of the regular season in under some pretty dark clouds.
The Red Sox came out strong after two innings taking a quick 7-0 lead, but the Orioles didn't give up and had a terrific rally in the third inning with 4 runs bringing them to within 3. The Red Sox came back and scored 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 4th, giving them a comfortable lead of 10-4. Top of the 5th, two runners on base, the Orioles aren't going to give up and with key hits and some smart base running from CHRIS MCCLEARY and MIKE LAWSON......the Orioles make it a 10-8 ballgame. Bottom of the 5th......the Orioles hold the Sox.......still 10-8 and the Orioles had one more chance to get a bat on the ball......and with a base hit from KELSEY OTTMANN, it looked like she was going to get things started for them....but NICK EMERY had other plans and pitched a great inning....striking out the next 2 batters giving the Red Sox their final win of the regular season.
FOR THE RED SOX: NICK EMERY did a terrific job pitching 3 complete innings with a total of 7 strike outs along with 2 nice hits for his team. BRIAN ZWICKER pitched 2 full innings with a triple and a single for the Sox. LEIGH DOLLEY pitched 1 inning and did a tremendous job catching and hit a triple and 2 singles. JOSH SOMERS had two great hits....a triple and a single along with JACOB TURNER getting a bat on the ball for a nice single.
FOR THE ORIOLES: MIKE LAWSON pitched 2 full innings with a total of 5 strike outs and a nice single and triple for his team. ERICA LYFORD pitched 2 1/2 innings with a total of 4 strike outs with BRYAN RUSSELL pitching the other 1/2 inning and getting 2 strike outs. CHRIS MCCLEARY had a double and a single and KELSEY OTTMANN had her first "beautiful" single of the year. You Go Girl!!!
PLAY-OFFS START MONDAY, AUGUST 5th in Brownville and Milo.......Want an evening of fine baseball?..........Come watch some Little League Games!!!
SKOWHEGAN MOTO-CROSS NEWS
The 2nd Place Trophy went to TREVOR LYFORD at the Skowhegan Motocross races in the ATV division. There was a total of 13 other 4-wheelers racing, so he had his work cut out for him. With top finishes in both Motos, it may have placed Trevor in first place for total overall points for the season.......5 races to go.....Good Luck Trevor.
JODY PEARL finished 1st place in his 1st Moto in the 250cc Novice division.......not sure how he placed in the 2nd Moto.
DUSTIN BISHOP finished 18th overall out of a whopping 44 riders in the125 Novice division. Dustin also raced in the 125 youth class.........Great job Dustin.
KYLE FOSS was back racing with his foot looking much better - he raced in the 85cc 11 & under category, finishing 8th place in both Moto 1 and Moto2. Glad to see you back racing Kyle!
For a first time racer, JUSTIN ARTUS did a super job. He raced in the 65 cc category and finished 13th in the 1st Moto and a much improved 5th place in the second Moto out of about 25-30 bikes. By the look on his father’s face after the 2nd race.......THEY'LL BE BACK AGAIN! Good race Justin.
| JORDON FROST looked like he was really getting the hang of it, racing inthe 85cc 11 & over category. I think he's hooked on the sport as well. Great job Jordon!
Rumor has it that Justin Morrill will be over to Skowhegan racing next time. I think there's a division for Joe as well.......now THAT would be worth the price of admission!
Next scheduled race in Skowhegan will be August 11th. Good luck boys.
Milo Free Public Library News
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
By the time you read this column the summer reading program poster contest will be over. All the posters to be judged had to be in by Friday, Aug. 2. The judges, Merna Dunham, Allen Monroe and Gayle Shirley voluntarily gave up some of their time Sat. morning to come in and judge the posters. The posters were divided into 3 divisions:-preschool, grades K-2 and grades 3-6. The librarians feel this is the fairest way to ensure each child a chance of winning. The results of the contest will be revealed at the SRP party on August 16 when the prizes will be awarded and mascots won. The results will appear in the following Three Rivers News.
By the time the poster contest is over, the SRP is 3/4 over. How has the time gone so fast? It seems as if the program has barely begun. However, several different types of readers emerge every year as the weeks go by. The most inspiring child is the kindergartner who elects to do his/her own reading. The guardian often suggests 24 books (3 per week) which number appears insurmountable to the new reader. However, the child faithfully begins the reading in the I-can-read series of graded readers the library can supply. Soon the child is fascinated to be able to READ BOOKS and is coming in for more and more material usually surpassing the 24 challenge easily. Parents comment often that the child amazes the first grade teacher with his/her fluent reading ability. What a joy to have been a part of this wonderful achievement!
The next reader gauges his/her level accurately usually choosing to read one chapter book a week. They might go above this number but have read at their level through the summer enjoying a variety of subjects, geographical places and historical times. There are always readers who forget they are no longer reading picture books or easy readers and are still intrigued with numbers. They will contract to read a much larger number of books than they can easily handle. No way can they accomplish this reading with vacation trips and other summer delights looming. Many of these youngsters do make their quota but only by working very hard the last few weeks. The next year the librarians try to suggest they cut their quota down to a more reasonable number but with the whole summer ahead, they feel they can read a lot.
The saddest situation to us at the library is the children who sign up and never return. There are always a few of these each year. Is it that our program is not what they expected, do they move away or do other family problems come up? We never know.
Both of our almost teen-age helpers were previous SRP members so we are enjoying a direct benefit at the library with helpers who are familiar with the program. The care provider who brings the Milo Day Care children for story time was also an SRP member. What fun to reminisce with them all. As the high school club news, programs, honor rolls and honor parts are listed in newspapers, we are always glad to see former SRP members' names appear and to know that the library SRP had a part, be it large or small,, in their childhood.
This Safa-Read program is our 17th summer reading program.
Milo Free Public Library Summer Hours
Mon. Weds. Fri. 2-8:00 p.m.
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MEALS FOR ME. MENU
|TUES., AUG 6
||BAKED HAM, BAKED POTATO, PEAS, SLICED PEARS
|WED., AUG. 7
||FISH STICKS, SCALLOPED POTATO, SLICED BEETS, FRUIT COCKTAIL
|THURS., AUG. 8
||SLICED TURKEY PLATE, POTATO SALAD, 3-BEAN SALAD, CRAN-BERRY SAUCE, FROSTED CAKE
|FRI., AUG. 9
||SWEET AND SOUR PORK PATTY, RICE, GREEN BEANS, FRESH ORANGE
|MON., AUG. 12
||COLD PLATE: CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH, BEET AND ONION SALAD, SLICED TOMATOES, FROSTED CAKE
|TUES., AUG. 13
SALISBURY STEAK, OVEN BROWNED POTATOES, FRESH BABY CARROTS, FRUIT GELATIN
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NOTICE FROM BROWNVILLE
BY SOPHIE WILSON
Tax bills were mailed earlier this week to those recorded as owning property in the Town of Brownville. If anyone has questions about their tax or has not received a bill for 2002 property tax, please call the Town Office.
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Old Home Weeks began in (a) 1900, (b) 1923, (c) 1929, (d) 1941.
2. The originator of the Old Home Week auction was (a) Bud Ladd, (c) Don Stickney, (c) Connie Sawtell, (d) John Williams.
3. BJHS first won the Eastern Maine basketball title in (a) 1948, (b) 1959, (c) 1963, (d) 1967.
4. (a) Bill Stinneford, (b) Gerald Heskett, (c) Ronnie Stone, (d) Irene Williams sold Cloverine Salve.
5. (a) Don Stickney, (b) Gerald Rollins, (c) Norman Robinson, (d) Ken Ellis was a Boy Scout master in the Village.
6. Bernard Jones served our country during the (a) Spanish American War, (b) World War I (c) World War II, (d) the Korean War.
7. The YMCA was used as a hospital during the (a) Sugar Wreck, (b) Bowling Alley Wreck, (c) Lake View Wreck, (d) Onawa Wreck.
8. Ernest Percival lived in the (a) Brown House, (b) Slate House, (c) Pleasant River Hotel, (d) French Boardinghouse.
9. Beauty queens came to the (a) YMCA, (b) Dillon's Hall, (c) Prairie Pavillion, (d) BJHS Gymnasium in 1927..
10. Louie Stubbs hauled mail to (a) the Iron Works, (b) Schoodic Lake, (c) Milo, (d) Lagrange
Answers: 1-c 2-c 3-b 4-a 5-d 6-b 7-d 8-a 9-c 10-a
A Historical Review
125 Anniversary - Town of Milo - 1948
(Submitted by CKEllison, 2002
In recognizing 125 years of existence as a town and community, it is usual to look back upon the beginning. In this case, the records indicate that on May 5th, 1802, Benjamin Sargent and his son, Theophilus, (several of whose direct descendants still reside in Milo ), landed their boat up the Piscataquis River, about a mile above what is now Derby village, on the intervale land, and there erected what was to be the first permanent settlement in the town of Milo. The first winter was very difficult, but, with the help of Indians, they managed to survive and within the next two years Mr. Sargent had brought his family from their home in Methuen and made settlement in Milo. The first known and recorded birth in
Milo was that of Alice Sargent, on December 28, 1804, the first white child born in Milo. The Snow brothers Moses and Stephen, settled over in the Pleasant River area about the same time. Thereafter, the Benjamin Boobar family settled in Milo and to the Boobars is attributed the first industrial activity; they brought with them a "hand mill" in which grain and corn of the settlers could be ground. This mill ground the grain much easier than could be ground with the old "hand-mortars." The township increased slowly and in 1820 the number of people increased to 97.
The township was organized as a plantation in 1820 and was incorporated in 1823 with a recorded list of 54 resident taxpayers. Among the incorporators were names of families still represented in town, i.e. Brown, Boobar, Bumps, Cook, Davis, Day, Gould, Hamlin, Johnson, Livermore, Mayo, Mitchell, Perry, Rollins, Snow, Sargent, Stanchfield, Thompson, and Whidden. The naming of the town was an honor bestowed upon Theophilus Sargent, who finally chose the name Milo, presumably after the famed Grecian athlete, Milo of Crotona. The first three selectmen elected were Samuel Livermore, Moses Snow, and John Widden.
The early industrial life of Milo had to do with a carding and culling mill, started probably about 1829, and at which time Allen Monroe opened his general store and was probably the third merchant to do so. Thereafter, Dennett and Snow set up a grist and saw mill and which enterprise is said to have been successful. Other grist and saw mills followed and in 1842 a woolen mill was erected by Joseph Cushing & Co. This mill burned about 6 years later and was not rebuilt.
At the present site of the Milo Water District pumping station a carding and culling mill was erected and in 1862 James Gifford bought the mill and started weaving. Gifford & Co. continued to operate this mill until 1884 or 1885, when it was burned.
The manufacture of excelsior was started in about 1878 and which mill later was sold to Boston Excelsior Company, and which organization purchased eventually about all of the water and other rights of the early mill owners. The excelsior manufacture became one of the important local industries.
The American Thread Company erected their mill in 1901-02, moving in machinery from their Willimatic plant. This was the start of Milo's real boom times and since then the American Thread has played an important role in local industry.
A charter was granted for the Milo Electric Light abd Power Company in 1900 and the plant commenced operations in 1904. This plant was later purchased by its present owners, Maine Public Service Company.
The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Company started building their Derby Shops in 1905 and completed in 1906 and which installation gave further impetus of Milo's well being and since 1906 the town of Milo Junction, later to become Derby, has been an important part of Milo, both civically and industrially. One of the greatest factors to commercial development was the construction of the Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad in 1868-69 and the Katahdin Iron works Railroad in 1880.
In 1900 the population was 1,150 and now (1948) is over 3,000. the valuation of Milo in 1823 was $20,372,50, in 1848 was $78,459.00 and in 1948 was $1,777,126.00.
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
We went to the Bangor State Fair last night. We hadn't gone since the kids were little and we made a mini-vacation out of it. Back then, we stayed overnight at the Koala Inn where the kids had a ball swimming in the pool. My husband discovered that there was a closed circuit camera in the pool area and if you turned on a certain channel on the television set in your room, you could watch what was going on in the pool area. I suppose the theory was that parents could send the kids off to the pool while they stayed in the room. He turned our room T.V. to the proper channel and said "watch this." He ran out of the room and directly to the pool area where he stood in front of the camera and did a little soft-shoe for us to watch. I'll never forget how hard the kids and I laughed at his shenanigans.....not to mention the people in their rooms up and down the hall who may have been tuned in as well. We wondered afterwards if the smirking people starring at us when we checked out the next day had seen his performance.
But I digress. That was in the 1980's and this is 2002. The fair hasn't changed all that much. The concessions were the same..... the hawkers had the same old games (different prizes), and would you believe they even had the same cookware demonstration. The rides, for the most part, were the same with the exception of a flume ride (which I must admit looked like a ton of fun) and a ride that resembled para-sailing (which also looked like fun). We parked in the infield and it was easy in and easy out. There were little side-line entertainers strolling the midway and they were great. I got the obligatory fried dough and we went to the Bangor Auditorium to be entertained by the Brad Paisley concert.
I thought we'd perish from the heat.....but the show was spectacular!!! Our seats were perfect. We were about halfway up the bleachers and absolutely perfectly right straight in front of the entertainers on the stage. We weren't a little to the left or a little to the right....we were right on target. Sonny and Dianna Burton and their family sat right in front of us...so there were two Milo families with perfect seats. About halfway through the featured artist's concert I must admit I was looking longingly at the cushioned seats on the floor. Brad Paisley sings my kind of "country." I knew a little of his work by heart. Those were my favorite numbers. His most recent hit is about making a choice between his "woman" and "going fishing." His stage was decorated with a real live bass boat with a giant mercury motor on it, and a very believable dock. His sound system played a little background sound track of the night sounds of a small pond with chirping crickets and frogs. His backup band was wonderful and he announced that "they" were from Maine....but I didn't ever figure out if he was serious about that or not.
What struck me the most were the beautiful young women (girls, actually) who absolutely loved him! They knew every word to every song (even the gospel songs). They sang along and nobody cared. The girls who sat around us had sweet voices and they were girls after my own heart! I'm a song memorizer, and I love to sing along with a song that I know every word, every note and every rest - even if my husband is telling me to "give it a rest!"
The whole experience was thrilling. We love concerts. We've seen many talented entertainers. We've seen Reba, and Kenny and Alabama and Willie, Anne Murray, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash and Eddy Arnold, the list goes on and on. One of
|the most exciting concerts I ever went to was the Supremes who performed in the Pit at the University of Maine back in the late '60's. Concerts have come a long way since then. Going way back in time, I was able as a teenager to go to a wonderful concert at the Brewer Auditorium .The Henderson twins and Hilda Carlson and I got to stand right in front of the stage and Gene Pitney sang "Only Love Can Break A Heart" to us. Of course the whole experience was "to die for" to a teenaged girl in the 60's....but my father teased me by saying, "Who did you see? Amos Pitman?" Evidently, Amos was a mail carrier in Milo back in the "old days." Always the tease, my Dad.
I love music and am sad every year that passes that doesn't include music classes in school. The teachers do the best they can.....but formal music classes are a thing of the past, I guess, and that is such a shame. Music is so important! Teaching children to raise their voices in song is so healthy. Pity the child who's teacher isn't musically inclined. The children who sing and get to perform musically lose their inhibitions and gain in poise. They have self confidence and stage presence and it's really good for them. As a community we should try to figure out a way to put music back into our elementary schools. A way should be found to offer the time, space, and direction it would take to have a choral program in both the middle and the high school levels as well.
Off of my bandwagon.....let's see....what would taste good this week? How about a cookie recipes that is wicked tasty.
Easy Filled Cookies
Prepare the filling to have ready after the dough is mixed:
2 cups of chopped raisins or dates (I prefer dates - just because)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped nut meats
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind (which is optional)
In a saucepan combine raisins (or dates), sugar, salt and water, and lemon rind if you use it. Cook until thickened. Cool and then stir in nutmeats.
The cookie dough follows:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup margarine or shortening
2 cups brown sugar, packed (The brown sugar is the makings of this cookie!)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk (Sour a half cup of milk with a
teaspoon of vinegar)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix and sift together the flour, salt and soda. Cream the margarine or shortening with the brown sugar, beat in eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and mix well. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with a spoon and add a teaspoonful of the filling to the top of the cookie and cover with another bit of the dough. (That's why they are considered "easy" - no rolling or sealing of dough.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until done. Remove at once from the pan to cool on a rack.
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
|1. Kinetic Energy
||a. Converts electricity to sound
||b. Converts magnetism and motion to electricity
||c. Changes voltage
||d. Converts electricity to heat
|5. Potential Energy
||e. Converts sound to electricity
||f. Converts chemical energy to motion
||g. Energy of motion
||h. Converts electricity to light
||i. Magnetic attraction
j. Stored energy
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. It is smaller than Earth having a diameter of about 4222 miles (Earth’s ~7900miles). Because it is smaller, gravity is only about three eighths of what it is on Earth. This means a 160-pound person would only weigh 60 pounds on Mars. Its period of rotation is 24 hours and 37 minutes. It is the closest of any planet to earth’s day. It takes Mars 867 days to travel around the sun at a distance of 141,540,000 miles. That is 55,800 miles per hour. It might seem fast but the Earth is traveling at 66,670 miles per hour through space to make it around the sun in 365 days! Do you feel your hair blowing in the breeze? The closer to the sun the planets are the faster they have to be moving to stay in orbit. It is similar to having a washer on the end of a string and twirling it around your finger. The closer the washer gets to your finger as the string wraps around it, the faster the washer goes. Since the Earth moves around the sun faster it overtakes Mars in its journey and every 25.6 months the three form a straight line. At this time Mars is about 55 million miles from Earth.
Mars is tilted on its axis just like the earth. Instead of 23.5 degrees that the Earth has it tilts 25.2 degrees. This causes seasons on Mars similar to those on Earth but twice as long because the year is twice as long. Through telescopes it is possible to see the white polar caps advancing and receding as the seasons change. During winter the polar caps extend about half way to the equator. Most of these polar caps is carbon dioxide. There is only a trace of water in the atmosphere of Mars. Carbon dioxide makes up about 95% and nitrogen another 3%. Most of the rest is made up of the noble gases Argon, Xenon, and Krypton plus small amounts of oxygen and water vapor.
The surface features on Mars have been very well photographed from numerous space probes. The largest feature is Olympus Mons. It is a volcano that is one and half times as high as Mount Everest. The surface of Mars is covered with craters and what looks like streambeds. It is felt that when Mars makes its closest approach to the sun, some of the permafrost melts and the water cuts this ditches before it evaporates into space. Mars is a dry planet. Dust storms have been observed on the surface with winds of 200 miles per hour. Because of the thin atmosphere (only 1/100 that of Earth) the wind would only feel like 20 miles per hour.
Phobos and Deimos are the two moons of Mars. Phobos is about 5627 miles above the surface. It orbits every 8 hours. Phobos is oblong in shape with a size of about ten by fifteen
|miles. Space probes have photographed its surface and it looks pock marked like Mars itself.
Deimos is the smaller of the two moons. It is about nine by six miles and orbits Mars at 14,075 miles above the surface every 32 hours.
Of all the planets in the solar system, Mars seems to be the only one we could possible survive on. The planets further out are gaseous balls with no place to land a space craft, and Mercury and Venus are not hospitable because of extreme temperatures. Mars has an average surface temperature of 85 below zero Fahrenheit so it wouldn’t be much different from Antarctica in winter. NASA is developing plans to send a crew to Mars sometime in the future. Who knows it may be in our lifetime.
Answers to quiz 1)g, 2)e, 3)h, 4)f, 5)j, 6)i, 7)c, 8)a, 9)b, 10)d
UP ON THE FARM
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
Greetings all!! It’s been a while since I’ve filled you in on the happenings up here on Sargent Hill Drive, and I know you’ve all been waiting expectantly for my stories. (Humor me, OK?) There have been so many exciting developments at our house that I’ve barely had time to do what needs to be done, much less have time to write!
Some of you may remember my articles last winter, and how I missed my birds that Janet Richards had lured away from my feeders with her magic potion of bird food. You may also remember that I love animals, and I at one time mentioned a person can never have too many pets. Well, as of this coming Tuesday, Kirby and I will be the proud owners of 49 (yes, that’s forty-nine) animals.
We started out the summer with our paltry stable of 6 pets, 3 dogs and 3 cats; June and July saw the population mushroom and there are more critters to come! The last week of June, Kirby and I decided we needed some chickens, and we set about finding some, but it seems you have to order chicks these days. I had the mistaken notion that we could just go to Agway and pick out a couple and be on our way; as it turned out, the baby chicks had to be ordered and the optimum number of chicks to send in the mail is 15
so we ordered our batch of Barred Plymouths. A week later they arrived, in a container the size of a Dunkin’ Donuts box!! You can’t imagine how sweet they were!! From the moment I opened the cover and the black and white puffballs looked up at me, I was hooked on chickens!
We brought the babies home, set them in their brooder, and they instantly started eating, drinking, and pecking around. The Agway person had told us that we would have to expect 1 or 2 of them to not make it. I was determined that was not going to happen. I read every word about baby chickens I could find on the Internet, and turned into an instant chick genius. I also questioned everyone that I knew who had raised chickens, and got their best advice. It’s now five weeks later..and not only did all the chicks make it, but the first time I cleaned the cage and placed them into a temporary holder, I counted them and realized there were 16 of them! Apparently, the breeders ship an extra one along with your order, to compensate for the inevitable loss of one or two. I didn’t lose any, I gained one!
Three weeks ago, a guy Kirby works with asked him if we had any interest in a couple of Pygmy Goats. I have always wanted a goat, and Kirby, being well aware of that fact asked if I wanted them. I readily agreed to adopt the kids.
Kirby and I drove to Bradford to pick them up, not knowing exactly what to expect. As we drove in the yard, we saw the two cutest creatures on earth! The sweet little black and
|white goats both turned, stared straight at us and blaaaaated at the top of their lungs! We were immediately in love with them.
Kirby and I loaded the 24-inch tall sweethearts into a dog kennel and headed home with our two newest babies. We haven’t regretted our decision once. Jack and Ozzy are the a source of the best entertainment we have ever known. I don’t know how people who don’t own goats exist. Their antics are precious and they are so loving and loyal. I must admit, when they are in the house, cleaning and cooking take on new dimensions, but life is more fun with goats and I have learned to adapt.
Now, if you are keeping count you realize that as of this article, our pet count is only at 24, and I mentioned we were going to have 49 critters; we have enjoyed the chickens so much that we have ordered 25 more, and they are due at the post office next week. I will keep you informed.
(Next week: new chickens arrive; their big sisters move from our bedroom to the front yard; and making apple pie with goats around).
A TRIBUTE TO A DAD - PART 1
Local History Bonus
Reprints from MHS Breeze And other sources
Albert Hobbs and his two oldest motherless daughters, Gertrude and Gladys, moved to Medford April 1st, 1900. They lived in what is no doubt, one of the first frame houses built in Medford, if not the oldest. It was the former home of one of the Hichborn boys (mentioned on page 3 of Medford notes, published in 1958) at the so called Upper Ferry. The other Hichborn house which stood where Mr. Russell now lives (1958) burned around 1909 o 1910. It had been owned for a number of years before we purchased it by the Crockett (family), Emma Gammons’s grandfather. We moved one of the barns over onto our place and it stills stands there although the whole set of buildings which were among the most outstanding in Medford at the time we left, are fast falling to the ground. Jack Ladd now owns the place (1958).
Our old home had an enormous chimney, probably 15 feet square at the base; fireplaces in every room down stairs and a large brick oven. When Ernest Ladd owned it he tore down the chimney and found a hidden cache containing some papers and a doll. I was down to the old home in July (1958) and it made my heart ache to see how it’s grown up or vanished. No school house, no Daggett, no Rhoda, no Osgood, just pastures and woodlands. The big elm tree at the corner of the house is gone. The pine trees where we always had a swing is still standing. The elm where Dad put the high water mark during the flood of December 1902 is still standing. That was one big ocean of water as far as we could see, with only the houses on high ground not flooded!
(Personal narrative written in 1958 by Gertrude Hobbs Kittredge, MHS 1911)
CONTINUED NEXT WEEK
|STANCHFIELD FAMILY HOLDS REUNION
Submitted by Kathy Foss
The descendants of John Sthecnfield (Stenchfield Stinchfield), born in Leeds, England on October 12, 1715 and married Elizabeth Burns, born on December 12, 1713, gathered at the Alumni Building in Brownville Jct. on July 13, 2002.
Over 75 people attended the reunion with some coming from as far away as Florida, Colorado, Connecticut, and New Hampshire as well as those from Maine. The youngest member was Olivia Kuchinski, the granddaughter of Shelia Kuchinski. Coming the furthest distance, from Colorado, were Todd, Elaine, and their son T.J. Stanchfield and Vickie Stanchfield LaBonte and her daughters Casandra and Breanna.
The family was honored to have Cathryn Shirley Stanchfield Carbonneau of Berlin, New Hampshire attend the reunion. She is the youngest and only living member of the ten children of the late Frank and Susan L. (Grattan) Stanchfield. She was presented with a beautiful corsage to mark the occasion.
The day began with coffee and donuts at 10 am. Later a potluck lunch served which was followed by an auction with Den Kirby as auctioneer.
Byron and Shirley Stanchfield who live in Connecticut and summer at Schoodic Lake planned the reunion. Ruth and Den Kirby, Kathy and Jim Foss, and Cindy and Al Lewis assisted them.
Tentative plans for another reunion in five years was discussed.
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.
MEETING NOTES JULY 24
BY JANET RICHARDS, SECRETARY
This week’s meeting included thirteen members. Being the fifth Wednesday of the month, it was an evening meeting. Edwin and Ethelyn Treworgy graciously hosted the event at their Bowerbank cottage.
An interclub went to Guilford on Tuesday.
The newspaper is doing very well.
Town Hall Project: In anticipation of the carpeting being installed during the first week of August; Edwin has been busy repairing the kneewall in the balcony. There was a discussion concerning future events and entertainment. An ad hoc committee was formed for this purpose.
Fifteen happy and sad dollars were collected, the Red Sox, Edwin and Ethelyn’s hospitality, anniversaries, and future grandbabies!
It was announced that there would be a board meeting on August 1st.
There were no scheduled speakers but Chris Beres and Kathy Witham filled in with very entertaining word games. Is there really such a thing as a calamine tree?
Lois Trask has informed me that on August 14th the Kiwanis meeting speaker will be Barbara McDade of the Bangor Public Library.
By Nancy Grant
MILO FRIDAY - MARCH 26, 1943
MILO CONTRIBUTES 288 MEN AND WOMEN TO WORLD WAR II
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