||Three Rivers News, 2002-08-13
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2002
VOLUME 1 NUMBER 40
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!!!
Vacation Bible School, entitled "God's Great Gallery!", is taking place at Park Street United Methodist Church all this week from Aug. 12th to the 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We are exploring God's Wonderful Works and having a great time! Come to our closing program on Friday evening, Aug. 16th at 6:30 p.m. and see what a wonderful time we have been having. If you missed the first day or so, it is still all right to come and join us for the rest of the week!
We hope to see you there!
The Sunday service for St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church will return to the regular time 8:45am - beginning August 18.
Community Concert Band
The Community Concert Band will be holding a concert on the lawn at the Public Boat Landing in Milo on Thursday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and come listen to some great music!
BACK TO SCHOOL
For those of you thinking about back to school supplies, here is the list of items needed for each class at Milo Elementary:
Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Walker ask that the kindergarten students bring pencils, (12), erasers, a small box of crayons (8-12 colors, please, not 64), 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.
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MILO/BROWNVILLE LITTLE LEAGUE
BY SCOTT AND JEAN LARSON
Game #1- August 5th, 2002-A’s VS Cubs Doubleheader
The A’s and Cubs finally got their rain delayed games in. We had to finish the games by only playing 4 inning games.
The Cubs took the first game by a score of 4-0 behind the pitching of Kiel Larson and Jamie Nason, who combined for a one hit shutout. The Cub’s runs came from Kiel Larson 2 for 2 with a triple, and Wade Witham who was 2 for 2 with two singles.
The A’s had a single by Alex London, who also pitched a fine game.
Pitchers: A’s Alex London, Dylan Lyford
Cubs Kiel Larson, Jamie Nason, Wade Witham
Game #2 -August 5th, 2002-Cubs VS A’s
Game #2 went to the Cubs by a score of 5 to 2, behind four singles by Kiel Larson, Wade Witham, Timmy Nason, and Jamie Nason.
The A’s had three singles by Alex London, Dylan Lyford and Luke Knapp.
Pitchers;Cubs-Kiel Larson, Jamie Nason, Wade Witham
A’s-Caleb Stanley, Luke Knapp, Dylan Lyford
Special Note-July 30th , 2002
Each year the Milo and Brownville Rec. departments send the Little League Kids to Portland for a Sea Dogs baseball game.
This year was a first, it was a night game, and the bus left at 3:00 pm from Milo, and got home around 12:20 AM, that night.
| The Sea Dogs’ stadium is a super place to watch a baseball game; there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The kids enjoyed the radar throw under the stands, and they also stood in line for an autograph by the Sea Dog’s pitcher. The first 1000 people also received a Sea Dog baseball.
There was also a special treat; Ex-President George Bush Sr. and his wife were on hand to throw out the first pitch.
A number of kids got him to sign their baseballs, and Dean Bellatty shook his hand as he left the park.
I would personally like to thank Kenny Greenlaw for driving the bus, and all the chaperones: Morey Witham, Travis Ellis, Crystal Cail, Brandon McKenzie, Traci Morse, Dean Bellatty, and both rec. Departments for a fun day of baseball. Too bad the Sea Dogs lost.
Thanks from Scott Larson.
WEDNESDAY...AUGUST 7TH BRAVES (3) vs. ORIOLES (2)
It was a gorgeous evening for baseball at Davis Field with the Braves vs. the Orioles. The Braves came out strong with 3 runs in the first inning, making it all they would need to move into the next round of the playoffs. The Orioles gave it their best shot though, with a run each in the 3rd & 5th inning.... they were closing the gap on the Braves...but that would be as close as they would get.
FOR THE BRAVES: BRAD BROWN had a single and pitched a great game with 6 strikeouts for his team. KYLE GEROW did a tremendous job catching and had a great play at home plate, tagging out an Oriole runner. KYLE also pitched 2 innings for the Braves. STEPHEN MORSE had a nice grounder to first base. TONY had a big fly ball to right field putting a runner in scoring position. TYLER ELSENHEIMER hit two doubles for his team giving him an RBI.
FOR THE ORIOLES: BRYAN RUSSELL scored on a double hit by CHRIS MCCLEARY in the third inning. ERICA LYFORD had a single on a grounder hit to third base. MIKE LAWSON would have the only remaining hit in the 5th inning, (a single) and would later be hit home on a sacrifice fly ball by IAN CHAMPEON. MIKE LAWSON AND ERICA LYFORD pitched 3 a piece for the Orioles each having 2 strikeouts.
Mon. August 5th, Davis Field RED SOX (10) vs. ORIOLES (5)
The Orioles came out the strongest they ever have taking a 4-1 lead after one complete inning with doubles from BRYAN RUSSELL, CHRIS MCCLEARY and MIKE LAWSON and an in the park home from ERICA LYFORD.
The Red Sox would battle back with another run in the 2nd from a RBI double by RONALD SMITH driving home JEREL, making it 4-2 after 2 complete innings.
The third inning would prove scoreless for both teams.
Top of the 4th, 2 outs...LEIGH DOLLEY hits a nice triple to center field driving in 2 RBI's and NICK EMERY was up right behind him to smack an in the park homer adding 2 more runs, putting the Red Sox in the lead 6-4. The Orioles went down in order in the bottom of the 4th.
Top of the 5th, the Red Sox come out with another 4-run rally with some great contact and base running from JACOB TURNER and BRIAN ZWICKER both contributing a triple each, giving the Sox a comfortable lead of 10-4. Bottom of the 5th...ERICA LYFORD would get a single and steal 2 bases and ended up scoring on a passed ball making that the last run for the Orioles.
MIKE LAWSON, ERICA LYFORD and BRYAN RUSSELL pitched for the Orioles. NICK EMERY and BRIAN ZWICKER pitched for the Red Sox.
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BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. The Ryder House was supposed to be the equal of (a) the Jenks House, (b) the Slate House, (c) the Brown House, (d) the Stickney Homestead.
2. Rev. Hezekiah May was a graduate of (a) Harvard, (b) Yale, (c) Husson, (d) Colby.
3. An agent at two of Brownville's railroad stations was (a) Blaine Crocker, (b) Bill Larson, (c) Bucky Robichaud, (d) Tyler Artes.
4. Mike Knox was a (a) pitcher, (b) catcher, (c) first baseman, (d) batboy.
5. Onawa is (a) north, (b) east, (c) west, (d) south of Brownville Junction.
6. Greta Connors taught (a) English, (b) Spanish, (c) French, (d) math.
7. BJHS burned in (a) 1908, (b) 1913, (c) 1917, (d) 1921.
8. BHS burned in (a) 1914, (b) 1927, (c) 1932, (d) 1937.
9. Before becoming postmaster, Bud Ladd had a (a) garage, (b) livery stable, (c) dry cleaner business, (d) general store.
10. A This is Your Life was held for (a) Norman Robinson, (b) Sumner Fish, (c) Argie Henderson, (d) George Thibodeau.
Answers 1-c 2-b 3-a 4-b 5-c 6-c 7-a 8-d 9-c 10-c
Garden club fair is a great success
BY HELEN CAREY
The Milo Garden Club Summer Fair was held on August 1st at Penquis Valley High School. Items on sale were houseplants, perennials, food, and many craft items. A brief auction was held and a luncheon was served.
Proceeds from the fair will be used to fund many civic projects that include planting flowers at the Milo Post Office, United Kingsfield Bank, Town Hall, Brownville Jct. Cemetery, Memorial Garden in Milo Cemetery, Doble Park, Historical Society, Milo Heights, and the Milo Free Public Library.
Winners in the raffle drawing were, Decorated Bird House-Josephine Ricker, Doll- Helen Lanphear, Afghan-Val Coluni, and Quilt-Mary Bragan.
Deborah Twist, Joyce Merchant, Mary Settle, and Allan Monroe won door prizes of maple syrup.
Decorated Birdhouse Centerpieces were won by: Connie Clement, Joanne DeWitt, Charlene Pender, Lillian McLean, Terry Bouchard, Laurel Libby, kathy west, rebecca russell, helen taylor, and ginny morrill (two).
Members of the milo garden club wish to thank everyone who helped make the fair a complete success. The donations of perennial flowers from Corinna garden, virgil valente, marilyn wyman and hester maynard were valuable contributions.
MEALS FOR ME. MENU
|TUES., AUG. 13
||SALISBURY STEAK, OVEN BROWNED POTATOES, FRESH BABY CARROTS, FRUIT GELATIN
|WED., AUG. 14
||HOMEMADE MAC. AND CHEESE, PEAS, SLICED VEGGIES, FRESH APPLE
|THURS., AUG. 15
||HOMEMADE CHILI, ORANGE JUICE, CORN BREAD, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
|FRI., AUG. 16
||CORN CHOWDER, HOT DOG, TOSSED SALAD, APPLE BROWN BETTY
|MON., AUG. 19
||BAKED HADDOCK, EGG SAUCE, SPINACH FETTUCCINE, CORN O’BRIAN, PUDDING
|TUES., AUG. 20
VEAL PARMESAN, SPAGHETTI, PEAS, SLICED PEARS
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
A Historical Review
Arthur B. Carey, Jr. and the Milo Water District - Part 1.
Reprinted from news articles written from 1979-1990.
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
The old reservoir on the top of Sargent Hill was filled in this week was the caption under a photograph taken by Claude Trask and published September 13, 1979 in the Milo Town Crier
The reservoir has been in use since 1909 as an emergency supply of water for the town. The newly constructed reservoir is now in use. That and the new pumphouse will be shown at an open house to be held on October 13.
Public Invited to Reservoir is the title of an article written for the Piscataquis Observer by Edna Bradeen, dated October 3, 1979. Milo water users and all interested citizens will be afforded the opportunity to inspect the new water reservoir and pumping station at an open house to be held Saturday, Oct. 13. The tour will start at 9:00 a.m. at the reservoir, located in the field opposite the Claude Trask home on the Sargent Hill Road. General Manager, Arthur Carey, Jr. will be on hand to answer questions.
At 10:00 a.m. the new pumping station, adjacent to the old station on Main Street, will be open for inspection with Carey explaining the modern dials, valves and recording devices. Those interested will also be given the opportunity to view the old station that was built in 1909 and the pump of 1919 vintage that was in use until recently. At the conclusion, Willis Lancaster, Civil Defense Director, will serve donuts and coffee.
Back in 1968, the Milo Water District was advised by the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Human Services that the time had come to seek a new source of water other than the river. Attempting to comply, the trustees tried to locate a source of ground water by drilling some 20-test holes in various locations. Of these holes, only one area showed any promise and this one was to show a high amount of iron, which would make to too costly to use. Additional testing was done in 1977 and although there was plenty of water in the areas tested, it once again came back "unfit to use without filtering." It was at this time the water district trustees were advised by the same departments that had told them back in 1968 to "find a new source of water" to abandon their search; that the river water was their best source after all.
A public meeting was called in July 1978 with very few attending, but with the decision being made that the bid of Day and Currie Construction be accepted. The Farmer's Home Administration agreed to loan the necessary money for the project at five- percent interest with 40 years to pay off the debt. Carey says that the project cost $493.749 and was completed in July 1979.
The new pumping station has a telemeter system with gauges to show the amount of water in the reservoir at any given time. The Chlorine is housed in a separate room with an outside entrance, thus making it safe for the operator. Prior to this the chlorine was stored in the same room with the pumps and chlorine machine, creating an unsafe situation. The new lab is modern and clean while the shop area provides a warm place in the winter for repairs to be made on the meters and hydrants. The building is of cement blocks, well insulated and heated by electricity.
There are two 350 gallon-a-minute turbine pumps vs. the old 1919 pump of the old system. Carey says the new station will free men for the necessary work since previous to this a lot of time was required to keep the old pump in working order. The previous reservoir was old and open while the new one has two compartments, each holding 250,000 gallons of water. Customers, in the past have paid a minimum charge of $10.80 per quarter. Carey says it is anticipated that this will be $24.00 per quarter, starting in January of 1978. The town's hydrant rental will also be increased. It is hoped that a large number of interested persons will be present for the open house, and for the coffee and donuts to follow.
Milo Station Named for Arthur Carey Jr. is the title written for the Piscataquis Observer by Edna Bradeen, dated 10/17/79. Milo: The open house in the new facilities of the Milo Water District recently was well attended. Trustees of the district and Manager Arthur Carey Jr. were surprised when a new plaque was unveiled. It reads "Milo Water District, Arthur B. Carey, Jr., Manager; pumping station construction 1978-79. Trustees, Leon Kinney, Charles Horne, Elmer Cunningham"
Among the people attending the event were State Representative John Masterman and Guilford Town Manager Robert Littlefield. Civil Defense Director Willis Lancaster served donuts and coffee.
Steve Law, Milo's town manager, spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony. He commented that if President Carter could declare national
holidays and Governor Brennan could proclaim state holidays, he, as town manager, could declare the open house as "Arthur B. Carey Day."
Visitors had an opportunity to inspect the pumping station and reservoir while trustees were on hand to explain its operation. The new capacity is 500,000 gallons while the old reservoir held 400,000 gallons.
...Continued next week...
Milo Free Public Library News
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
Thursday afternoon I attended a get together in honor of Catherine Ellison, the former head librarian. When Kitty retired, she repeatedly stated that she did not want a party to acknowledge her many years in the Milo Free Public Library. However, the trustees felt she must have some celebration to honor her devotion to the town. They felt that perhaps a small private gathering of trustees and co-workers, past and present, would be acceptable to Kitty. Thursday we met at Angie's Restaurant with Kitty, trustees Helen Carey, Joanne DeWitt, Melanie Hussey, and Shirlene Ladd. Also present were Dona Gifford and Katherine Osgood, past co-workers and myself. We enjoyed carrot cake and apple pie and good companionship.
After the refreshments, various gifts and cards were presented to Kitty. The trustees gave her a mantel clock with the inscription: Catherine Ellison-In recognition of many years of devoted service to the Milo Free Public Library. The trustees also gave Kitty a town hall art center chair with a plaque that will read-"In honor of Catherine Ellison". A former library substitute and good friend, Dona Gifford, gave Kitty a hand painted floral watercolor, which she had done herself. Katherine Osgood and Judith Macdougall presented money and Walter Macdougall, a former head trustee, gave a vase of fresh flowers.
A letter written by Helen Carey, head trustee, was also presented to Kitty. It read, "The trustees of the Milo Free Public Library desire to show our appreciation for the many years of faithful service you have given to the Milo Free Public Library. We hope that the gifts we give will reflect the gratitude that we feel to you who have been generous with your time and effort. May we add to that an expression of appreciation for your complete dedication and many accomplishments." It was a great pleasure to gather together with Kitty and friends for a delightful dessert, visit and remembrance.
Our community readers for story time the last few weeks were Tracy Morse on July 24, Neil Hamlin on July 31, and Karen Durant on August 7. We thank these readers for giving their time and effort to help make the library summer reading program even more special for the children in the community.
Milo Free Public Library Summer Hours
Mon. Weds. Fri. 2-8:00 p.m.
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
Shhh, listen carefully. Do you hear it? I think I hear music coming this way. Yes, I definitely hear a band. It's playing my song! Here it comes.... march, march, march, march. Ah, I
|grabbed the rail and I'm on.... whew! Okay, have you gotten the drift of this whole story? That was me jumping on the bandwagon. I'm going to ask the band to keep playing and we'll drive around for a few weeks. Possibly some of you would like to jump on with me. I wish I could help myself. It's such a burden to be so filled with wonderful ideas and plans and not a moment of time or a dime to spare to put my dreams in motion.
Here's the thing. Bear with me on this. Take the former Hillside Market building and find a small company that would like to modernize and equip it for the world of business. Surely there is someone out there that would like to move their small professional company to our little town. Four seasons of after work fun, lots of available housing to choose from...all just waiting to be renovated, good schools with anxious staff just waiting for the kids to come. Now this wouldn't have to be a very big company. Twenty five to thirty employees would be a wonderful start.
Are you ready for plan number two? Take the old Five and Ten and tear it down...take plenty of pictures of it before it goes so that when you build a new building in it's place you can put up the facade exactly like the facade on the old store. This will keep the architectural integrity of our Main Street intact. What businesses could go in this building? One idea is to have a building that would be easily divided into possibly more than one business. When the buildings on the corner of Main and Elm are torn down, some of those businesses could be relocated there. The Head Shop and Neil Hamlin will probably have to find new places to go. I also feature the local newspaper expanding and being printed from an office in that building. Come to think of it...wouldn't a full service printing company be a wonderful addition to this town.
I'm thinking that the old Joe Knowles place would be a wonderful spot to build a neat new drive-thru coffee and bagel shop. Wouldn't it be great if we could just drive through to get something scrumptious to go with our coffee in the morning? Milo is desperate for a gift shop. Now that Robin Demers has moved her business and left a blank store front on Main Street we have a perfect place for a sweet little gift shop. This shop could also sell some music and possibly some jewelry which would take it full circle and back to what it used to be The old Rite-Aid building is begging to be outfitted as a small department store. A Reny's would be great...but if not that, then couldn't we search to find something to go in that empty spot? We need a place that sells children’s jeans and shoes and socks and underwear. We need a place that sells women's jeans and shoes and socks for heaven's sake!!
What else is sitting empty? You give me a building and I'll come up with a dream to fill it. You mark my words, if we could have a little business on our Main Street that employed twenty five to thirty professional people, the little stores would come. Not only would little stores come, but we wouldn't be able to find spots for all of them. That many new professional jobs on our Main Street would find the little stores coming in droves. And, as a matter of fact, once a little professional company came to Milo and their friends found out what a little Mecca we have here, we'd see things blossoming even more.
A dream of mine is about the feasibility of a Senior Citizen Center that would not only be run for and by our older citizens, but would and could act as a senior adult day-care as well. With a small professional company coming to Milo, you'd see these kinds of services filling our empty buildings. You'd see nice little restaurants being able to succeed in this area. You'd have enough people interested in the theater and arts to possibly restore our own beautiful little theater building on Main Street.
| You'd see planters filled with flowers outside our storefronts. When the State of Maine fixes our treacherous corner in the middle of town, it would be a wonderful time for us to renovate our Main Street sidewalks and we might even be able to add little trees in a cobblestone oasis. Beautiful new streetlights could be added then, too.
The list goes on and on. I think you are getting my drift, aren't you? Somebody out there must have a connection somewhere. There must be a little company just dying to come to the heart of Vacationland to live. Imagine it!!! If you know of anyone anywhere in the world who might be interested, please, please send them the trcmaine.org website and tell them to read this column that they might jump on this bandwagon with me and share the dream. The saddest sight I've ever seen was that of our empty Main Street last Friday night at 4:15 p.m., not a car on the street. I decided right then and there that I had to write this article and see if there might just be a spark left in this old town.
This week's recipe: Dump Bars :
1 lb. box brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs unbeaten
1 stick margarine
2 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
Using a double boiler put the brown sugar, salt, vanilla and unbeaten eggs in the top of the double boiler over boiling water. Stir to mix. Add the margarine and heat until the margarine is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove the top from the double boiler and add flour and baking powder. Stir and then add the nuts and coconut. Put this mix in a well-buttered 9 X 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees. Cool before cutting into bars.
I got this recipe from Jane Prescott years and years ago. She didn't put a time on these, but I'm saying you should start checking for doneness after 25 minutes. The top of these bars gets glossy, if I remember correctly.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
-- Playing baseball on a perfect day
-- T-shirt to make your uniform complete
-- Being able to run, and still keep your way-too-big batting helmet on
Editors Note: Lynn Weston e-mailed me this photo and I don’t have the ballplayer’s names, but will print them next week. Isn’t that little dude’s expression great?!
LOCAL RUNNERS PARTICIPATE IN 5K RACE
A 5K race was held in Dover last weekend, as part of the town’s homecoming celebration. Mike Chilly of Guilford, with a time of 17mins 21-sec. won the race. A 15-year from Massachusetts was the first woman to cross the finish line, with a time of 21:35.
Several local runners did well in the race and their names and times are as follow: Chris Almy of Charleston, 19:43; Paul Ducey of Brownville Jct., 20:12; Robert Hogan of Sebec, 21:22; Rachel Almy (A Dover Key Clubber) of Charleston, 24:13; and Teri Morrill of Milo, 24:44.
There were scores of runners in the race, and we are proud of our area racers for placing so well. Congratulations to all!!
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Match element with symbol.
Dr. Perry Spencer, an engineer at Raytheon invented the microwave oven, in 1946. He was experimenting with a vacuum tube called a magnetron when he found that a candy bar in his pocket melted. He decided to put a little popcorn near the tube and when the tube was activated the popcorn popped. Dr. Spencer understood how a device of this type could be used and the first microwave oven for commercial use was designed. It was five and a half feet tall, weighed 750 pounds and cost $5000. It was designed for restaurants so that they could keep food refrigerated and heat it in a microwave just before serving it to customers. The reason the oven was so large is that the magnetron had to be cooled with water and the coils took a lot of room.
In the fifties, Tappan produced the first microwave for home use. It didn’t require water-cooling. It’s cost of $1295 kept most homeowners from buying one. Then in 1966 the first countertop model was sold for just under $500. Today hardly a home is without one.
Microwaves are a part of what is called the electromagnetic spectrum. Visible light is also included in this spectrum. Microwaves are closest in frequency to radio waves. They have a lower frequency than visible light or infrared radiation that we know as heat.
The interesting thing about microwaves is that they are absorbed by water, fat and sugar molecules and are converted to heat. They are not absorbed by plastic, glass or ceramic materials.
The microwave oven can be divided into two major parts, the controls and the microwave producer. The controls are used for safety features as well as timing the oven. The magnetron needs high voltage to produce the microwaves. A transformer changes the 110v of household current into approximately 3000v.
Microwaves produced by the magnetron are directed into the oven. In order to dissipate them, a fan is run in front of the magnetron. The metal blades deflect the waves and spread them around the oven. Sometimes a revolving carousel also helps to move food so that it is
|evenly heated. The walls of the microwave are metal and metal reflects the waves directing them back inside the oven. Even the door has a metal mesh in the window to help deflect these waves back.
Microwaves are oscillating waves. They oscillate 2450 million times a second. As they do they cause some of the atoms in water, fats and sugar to vibrate in resonance. This vibration causes friction and produces the heat we observe.
The size of a microwave oven is carefully planned to correctly bounce the waves off its sides. If a metal dish is placed in the oven it disrupts the pattern and can cause arcing. You can actually see the sparks. Most people know they shouldn’t place metal in the microwave, but sometimes dishes with gold trim are mistakenly placed inside. If metal is used, not only do you get a firework display, but also a hole could be burned in the side of the oven.
When Hot Pockets are bought, a paper sleeve that has just a small amount of metal in it is included. This sleeve causes extra heating on the surface of the Hot Pocket and gives us the crispness we want. I have seen special containers for french-fries where each fry is in its own metalized paper box.
Metal racks are sometimes included with the microwave. How come they don’t arc? Well, their placement has been carefully planned so they don’t interfere with the microwaves.
There is no danger of radiation from using a microwave. People with pacemakers need to be careful and check their ovens for leaks, but for the rest of us there isn’t a problem. Microwave radiation is non-ionizing. This means it is not like nuclear radiation and doesn’t harm living things unless used improperly. As soon as the power is turned off all that is left is heat.
Answers:1)d, 2)h, 3)g, 4)j, 5)b, 6)i, 7)f, 8)c, 9)a, 10)e
UP ON THE FARM
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
Well, as anticipated, my new baby chicks arrived by mail last Thursday. They had a long trip from Iowa, via Texas and Boston, but are now happy and thriving in their new home. This bunch is pale yellow and beige, and is quite a contrast to what their black and white sisters looked like at this age. As an added bonus, the farm we ordered the chicks from included a free exotic male chick. Having only dealt with laying hen chicks, we were surprised and delighted with the little bugger. He is gray, with stripes down his back like a chipmunk, and his sweet little face looks like an owl. Katie and I did some research on the Internet, and determined he was a Silver Leghorn. We originally named him Foghorn, but his manly hovering over the girl chicks made us decide to rename him Puff Daddy. He struts around as if to say look at all my beautiful ladies!, and is the first one to the front of the pack when I do any maintenance in their pen. He seems quite protective of his flock.
The older hens are outdoors now. We built a good-sized pen, and put an old truck cap for shelter from the sun or rain. I also added a big cardboard box, complete with their heating lamp, for them to roost in at night. Kirby thinks I am overly concerned about them keeping warm at night, and I must admit I have to herd them into the box when night falls, but I sleep better knowing they are warm and safe. They grow up so fast!!
Feeding chickens is so fun. They attack every scrap you throw to them as if it is the tastiest morsel in the world. One of the girls’ special favorites is cherry tomatoes. I determined this one afternoon when I was preparing to can some salsa. We grow golden cherry tomatoes every year, and my homemade salsa has become a favorite of Katie and her friends. Katie was due home for a few days, so I planned to put up a few jars for her to take back to Mechanic Fall.
Wednesday afternoon I noticed hundreds of ripe tomatoes in the garden, so Thursday, when I got home from work, I grabbed a bowl, then headed to the garden to pick a quart or two. I picked every one I could find, and only had a pint or so. I was kind of puzzled; it seemed like there were so many earlier. The mystery was solved when Kirby got
|home from work. Boy, he exclaimed, the chickens sure love tomatoes! It seems the neighborhood boys had been down for a visit, and they and Kirby had a great time throwing tomatoes to the hens and watching the feeding frenzy. Needless to say, Katie went home with no salsa. I’m glad the goats don’t like tomatoes!
Speaking of goats (and I do that often!), I am more amazed every day with their antics. Goats approach life with the attitude that everything is theirs for the taking. No magazine, newspaper, shirt or phonebook is safe from their nibbling. I let them wander in and out of the house, after I make sure everything is put away, out of their reach. One afternoon, I was making an apple pie, and I was offering them the apple peelings and cores. I decided goats didn’t like apples when they rejected each offering. I gathered up the scraps, and headed out to give them to the chickens. When I came back to the kitchen, both goats had their front hooves up on the counter, and Ozzy and Jack were nibbling away at the apples piled in the piecrust. It seems goats like their apples with a little cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar on them. Have I mentioned before that goats are sometimes quite rude?
Well, I’ve gone on long enough; I’ll save a few stories for next time. Until then, you can find me
up on the farm.
57th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED
John Willinski and Eileen McCleary were married at 8 p.m. on a Monday evening, August 13, 1945, at the home of Rev. John Meisner in Dover-Foxcroft. They honeymooned at a Big Boyd Lake cottage for only a few days since John was on a short leave from the military.
Their daughters, Rita and husband Lewis, Patricia and husband Tracy, and Nancy, joined them at the Country Style Restaurant, located on the Dover Road, Sunday, August 11th to celebrate the occasion. An ice cream cake, made with John and Eileen’s favorite flavors, was made and served by owner Carol Cress.
A TRIBUTE TO A DAD PART 2
Local History Bonus Reprints from MHS Breeze and other sources
SUBMITTED BY MYRNA RICKER
To go back, Bert & folks went into partnership with Al Ramsdell (J.A. Ramsdell) in farming and the meat and grocery business. Bert, my father, drove a Meat Cart to Milo and surrounding towns for 11 years. Minnie Ramsdell who had two girls of her own took my sister and I in, and was a wonderful mother to us for 12 years. My two foster sisters were Hazel (my age) and Gladys (one year younger than my Gladys). We had a wonderful childhood together and all but my Gladys are still living today (1958); she died when only 19.
While in Medford, Dad served in about every town office being Selectman, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, School Committee and Superintendent of Schools.
When the B & A ran a side line thorough from South Lagrange to Aroostook, Dad and Al furnished all the meat for the crew which was working through Medford. They were there all summer as they put in an under pass and bridge at the so called Lower Ferry. Since the new bridge had been erected, both the Upper Ferry and Lower Ferry has been discontinued. I am sorry to say that there’s no crossing the river from the Rhoda Bridge in Milo to the mouth of the Piscataquis River in Howland. It is a beautiful river, none prettier in Maine.
While we lived in Medford, Dad and Al purchased a lot of wild land on Paddy Hill. In 1909 and 1910 they cut the makings of a home on it and in 1911 Dad built the home we now live in at 18 High Street, Milo. Dad built it himself with the aid of his uncle Bill Hobbs and no one ever did any repairs on it but Dad till 2 years ago when he was 90. Al Ramsdell died around 1914 or 1915. What a pity so much of the (Medford) town history is lost, (yet) some of the happiest years of my life were spent in Medford. Albert C. Hobbs was inadvertently omitted from the Medford Notes, 1908-1958.
(Personal narrative written in 1958 by Gertrude Hobbs Kittredge, MHS 1911)
By Nancy Grant
1943 - Mrs. Angela Byther received a two-franc note invasion pay money from her husband, Pvt. Edward Byther recently. The note is approximately 2 _ x 3 inches and rather beautiful with the colorful French flag. Pvt. Byther writes that the country folk of France seem very happy and he hopes his next pay will be in German money.
Robert R. Vincent, S 2-c, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Vincent Sr., is spending a 10-day leave at home here and with his sisters and their families, Mrs. Gordon Lockhart of Brownville Junction and Mrs. Guy Boober of Lincoln.
Miss Lydia Rhoda received a telephone message from her nephew, Cpl. Kenneth Rhoda, Saturday evening. He said he had arrived at Fort Devens and was awaiting his discharge. He expected to arrive in Milo shortly. She had previously received a telegram dated Dec. 24, from San Francisco announcing his arrival there from Manila. Cpl. Rhoda had two years service in the Pacific area.
January 1946 New R.R. Bridge At Milo
Immediately following a delayed departure of train 8 Saturday night, Jan. 19, work of removal and installation of the new Bangor and Aroostook railroad bridge above Milo station was begun. The new girders were taken onto the old bridge about an hour before midnight, and work on the removal of the old structure begun, which was completed Sunday afternoon.
Sub zero weather and a penetrating wind continued all Saturday night and cold weather prevailed all day Sunday.
Workmen handicapped by this extreme cold were greeted at night-fall Sunday with a northeast wind blowing up a snowstorm continuing all through the night and day Monday.
When the high girders of the old bridge, which was the final part left to go, were removed around 3:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, the work was watched by the occupants of approximately 50 cars, parked near the railroad crossing and in the yard near the American Thread Company Mills office building. Many braved the windy elements along the river bank and railroad right of way to watch the operation. The frame, cut in half on either side by acetylene torches, was lifted up and removed by steam derricks, and stacked beside the tracks for future removal.
Many spectators coming and going during the day, some remained to see the new girders lifted into position by the steam derricks.
Added to rumors afloat that they were four hours behind schedule in the early evening, the bridge crewmen went off on strike at 11 o’clock but returned to work at 1 o’clock. Consequently northbound passenger train 1 was routed via the Medford cut-off from South Lagrange, mail and passengers from Milo and way stations being transferred by car and bus from Derby.
Passenger train #2 southbound, arriving in Milo at 12:22 being the first train to cross the new bridge.
Railroad trackmen are now working on the roadbed, as approaching rails on the south side are to be raised a foot. The company’s bridge carpenter outfit, Chamberlain, foreman, are on the job also.
W. Jerome Strout, chief engineer; Robert Morrison, and Cecil Garcelon, superintendent of bridges from the maintenance
department, Houlton, were all in town over the weekend observing operations.
1947 - Feb. 12 - Milo Girl Chosen Candidate For DAR Pilgrimage
Miss Merna Louise Mitchell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chellis K. Mitchell of Milo has been chosen a DAR pilgrimage candidate from Milo high school, sponsored by the Dover-Foxcroft chapter. In accordance with the suggestion of the DAR, the senior class nominated three girls, from whom the faculty chose Miss Mitchell. Candidates are judged on the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
Miss Mitchell has been an honor student all four years, besides being active in extra-curricular activities. She is a member of the drum majorette corps of he Milo Community band, first violinist in the Milo high school orchestra, glee club officer, cheerleader, and alto member of the M. H. S. Girls trio, which sang at music festivals last year.
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 AUGUST 7
BY JANET RICHARDS, SECRETARY
Today’s meeting began with sixteen members present and our always-welcomed guest Jeremy Finson, son of member Heidi Finson.
Updates: The newspaper printer is doing a great job and work on the Town Hall balcony is nearing completion.
The first Senior Citizens barbecue is planned at 4:30 p.m., August 15 at Pleasant Park with the Garden Apts. and Woodland Acres being included.
Ruby and Paul Grindle's anniversary was August 7th. Congratulations!
Ten Happy and Sad dollars were contributed this week. One member has a new boat, more dollars were given for, good weather, company, the Yankees, and a son moved safely.
Past President Chris Beres and Past Secretary Lois Trask were honored in the Yankiwanian paper as outstanding officers and our paper was ranked third for our size club.
Upcoming Speakers: August 14 - Barbara McDade - Director of the Bangor Public Library and August 28 - Superintendent David Walker with a school update.
As today was a business meeting, President Todd Lyford went over the minutes from the August 1st Board meeting.
1. An entertainment committee has been formed for the Milo Town Hall. 2. The upcoming budgets were discussed and the possibility of designing a donation application. 3. A motion was made and passed to transfer $1000.00 from Kiwanis Auction money into the administration account. 4. Plans are underway for the September installation of new Kiwanis Officers.
A new feature to the Three Rivers News is the TRC Page. Every week, it will feature the current week's community calendar, and some other features of our site.
The local historical societies’ museums are open for the summer!
Milo Historical Society Museum
12 High Street, Milo
Tuesdays & Fridays, 1p - 3p
Brownville Historical Society Museum
72 Church Street, Brownville
Tuesdays & Saturdays, 10a - 3p
Harriman School Museum (Sebec Historical Society)
North Road, Sebec
Sundays, 2p - 4p
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