Three Rivers News, 2002-10-29
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2002
 VOLUME 1 NUMBER 51
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

We'll be 1 Year Old Next Week!
Our Birthday Wish…
     The next edition will be our 52nd, our first birthday! Our birthday wish is for a gift from our readers. We would like you all to drop a note into any of the donation boxes around town and let us know what you think of the Three Rivers News. We will print the notes for all to see, in our birthday issue. We would like honest suggestions on how to improve the paper, and we would like to know what you like about the paper.
     Thanks in advance for your time and comments,
     The staff of the Three Rivers News

Second Annual Veteran's Day Dinner
Monday, November 11, 2002
12:00 Noon
Milo Town Hall Arts Center
     Three Rivers Kiwanis and Penquis Valley Key Club are sponsoring the second annual Veteran's Day Dinner to honor the veterans in the area. Following the success of last year's dinner, these two service organizations are pleased to again honor those in our area that served our country.
     A turkey dinner will be served at noon to all area veterans, and guests. All servicemen and women are welcome. Please call Murrel Harris at 943-7326 to make reservations. We will need to know if you are coming by Wednesday, November 6.


RABIES CLINIC
     There will be a rabies clinic held on Saturday, November 9, at the Milo Town Hall. The clinic will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am and all dogs and cats are welcome. The cost for the shots are rabies- $6.00, and distemper- $10.00.The clinic is sponsored by the towns of Milo and Brownville and by the Foxcroft Veterinary Hospital


4th ANNUAL CHURCH FALL FAIR AND QUILT SHOW
Saturday, November 2, 2002
9 AM-1PM
     At the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church Fair Tables Will Feature: Hand Crafted Items, Baked foods, Candies, White Elephant, A Toy Table, A Project Table consisting of greeting cards, paring and slicing knives etc., plus a new addition to our fair, a “Children’s Corner”, where children may shop for holiday gifts.
     The Quilt Show will be shown upstairs in the church. Come and enjoy the beautiful display of handwork and talents!
(The Thrift Shop will not be open during this time)
     Lunch, consisting of assorted sandwiches, pies, and beverages, will be available from 11-1 PM.

6th Annual HARVEST SUPPER in LaGrange
NOVEMBER 16, 2002
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Adults: $5.00 kids: $2.50
Turkey with "all" the fixings plus apple crisp/ice cream
Benefits Marion C. Cook School.........TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE
Call: 943-2196 or 943-2342

CALLING ALL VETERANS!!
     Milo Elementary will be celebrating Veteran's Day on Friday, November 15th, during our weekly assembly.
     We invite all veterans to attend.
     As part of our celebration, we are collecting the names of veterans related to our students.
     We plan to add the names collected to a Veteran's Honor Roll in the school hall. Please send in any and all names of veterans that you wish us to include. Thank you and see you on November 15.
Respectfully, The Milo Elementary Staff

BAKED BEAN SUPPER
     St. John's Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction will be holding a public baked bean and ham supper on Saturday, November 2, from 5pm to 6:30pm. The menu will include baked beans, ham, assorted casseroles, Cole slaw, rolls, and assorted desserts. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.


The TRCMAINE.ORG website is looking for and displaying pictures of our area. If you have photos you would like to submit, contact Seth Barden at info@trcmaine.org
To view photos, go to:
http://www.trcmaine.org/photos/


In Memoriam
Harold R. Smith MILO - Harold R. Smith, 52, died Oct. 19, 2002 at Mayo Regional Hospital. He was born Oct. 3,1950 in Bangor, the son of the late Ernest H. Smith and Ernestine (Smith) Taber.
He is survived by his mother Ernestine Taber and stepfather William Taber of Milo; two sons, Harold Jr. and his wife of Florida and Eddie of Milo; one sister, Doris Neptune of Brownville; two nephews and two nieces.


HARRIS FOR THE HOUSE
     Murrel Harris, a Milo resident, would like your vote this Election Day. He is running for the office of Representative of District 139, which includes Milo, Medway, East Millinocket, Woodville, Chester, Maxfield, Medford, Plantations of Lakeview and Seboeis, and parts of Lincoln.
     Murrel is a Kiwanian, a husband, father, grandfather and all around good guy. His many duties include firefighter, Recreation Director, Fire Warden, and Meals for Me. volunteer.
     His main objective, if elected, is to make sure the Three Rivers area receives the voice it needs in Augusta. To read more about Murrel’s accomplishments and opinions, visit his website at: www.harrisforhouse.us

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STATEMENT OF POLICY

   Three River News is published weekly by Three Rivers Kiwanis. It is available Tuesdays at the Milo Farmer’s Union, BJ’s Market, Graves’ Service Station, Robinson’s Fuel Mart, Reuben’s Farmer’s Market, Angie’s, Milo Exxon, Rite Aid, and Milo True Value. The paper can also be viewed online at www.trcmaine.org. Donations can be mailed to Valerie Robertson, PO Box 81, Milo, Maine 04463
   Letters to the editor, social news, school news, items of interest, or coming social events may be submitted NO LATER THAN FRIDAY NOON to the following addresses:
     Valerie Robertson, PO Box 81, Milo, Maine 04463 or e-mailed to val04463@verizon.net or call 943-2324.
   Nancy Grant, 10 Belmont St. Milo, Maine 04463, or e-mailed to msnancy@midmaine.com or call 943-5809.
   Please drop suggestions and comments into the donation box or contact one of us. We welcome your ideas. All opinions are those of the editors unless otherwise stated. We will publish no negative or controversial comments. The paper is written, printed, and distributed by unpaid volunteers. Donations are used to cover expenses of printing, paper and materials.

Valerie Robertson | Nancy Grant | Virgil Valente
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HOW TO RECEIVE THE THREE RIVERS NEWS BY MAIL
   We have received many inquiries from readers as to how they can get the Three Rivers News delivered to their mailbox each week. The news is available by subscription in 30-week increments. For each 30-week subscription we ask for a donation of $25.00 to cover the cost of printing and mailing. If you would like to sign up to get the news delivered, send your name, address and a check for $25.00 to:

Valerie Robertson
PO Box 81
Milo, Maine 04463
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10 Belmont St.
Milo, Maine 04463

   We will mail your issue each Tuesday morning so you can have a nice fresh paper delivered every week! This makes an especially nice gift for an elderly person or for someone who lives away, but still likes to keep in touch with area happenings


" A FRIENDLY TOWN "
Who doesn't like sweets? I think just about everyone I know loves to have a treat of some sort every once in awhile. Most people enjoy cooking, even if it is just a little something simple.
     I had someone bake a cake and drop it off at my house unexpectedly, for no reason at all! It was such a nice gesture. I think we should all try to do something along the same lines for someone else! Get the flour out, find the sugar and make something sweet, but not for yourself or for your home. Take it to someone, brighten his or her taste buds!
     If you don’t have the time, pick up something at the Farmer’s Union and deliver it to an unsuspecting soul.
Be sweet!
Aunt Bea Kind

Community Swap ‘n’ Trade
BY CHRIS BERES
     Are you looking for that last skein of yarn to complete a project, a recipe that you have lost, craft supplies, a manual for an appliance you bought several years ago, etc.? OR- do you have some of these same items that you would like to pass on to someone who could use them? This is the column for you to put the word out.
     Send your request or offer to: Community Swap ‘n’ Trade, 184 Joe Raymond Road, Milo, ME 04463 or email to beres@midmaine.com. All requests published must be in line with the editorial policy of Three Rivers News. This column will not cover items for sale; this is not a classified ad, just

a place to let folks know what you have to give away or to let them know what you’re searching to find.
     Please include your contact information so that folks interested in your offer can contact you. Three Rivers News will serve only as a “bulletin board”. All transactions will be conducted between the interested parties.
     This week’s messages: I am planning on many eggs from my 30 chickens. If you hate throwing away perfectly good, used egg cartons, I will take them off your hands! Call Val at 943-2324 or e-mail me at val04463@verizon.net and I will pick them up!
     Each of the schools in MSAD #41 is collecting the General Mills Boxtops for Education. These are worth 10 cents each to the schools. You can donate by sending your box tops in with students in your family or by contacting one of the school offices. The numbers to call are Brownville 965-8184, LaGrange 943-2196, Milo 943-2122.
     The elementary art teacher is looking for the following items: empty paper towel rolls and the plastic baby-wipe containers, either Huggies or Pampers, the large size. She uses these containers to make supply kits for her art classes. You can contact any of the three elementary schools to let them know you have these. She will contact you about either having them delivered or picked up. Milo...943-2122, Brownville...965-8184, LaGrange...943-2196.
     What are you looking for? Or, what do you want to clear out of the house? Send you information to this column.

AREA SCHOOL NEWS
Brownville All-Stars
By Debbie and Gary Page
     On Friday, October 11, the Brownville Third Grade All-Stars traveled to Bangor for a day filled with memorable learning experiences. Their first stop was the Bangor International Airport where they received a wonderful tour. Their favorite part was going through the security checks. Captain Todd Nadeau invited the class to visit the Air National Guard Refueling Wing. Students were able to actually board a KC 135 refueling plane. They sat in the cockpit and examined the controls. They layed down in the boomer position and practiced controlling the refueling operation. The students were surprised to learn that there are only 3 screws holding each engine on the plane!
     They had lunch at the creative playground on Union Street and swapped stories with each other. Their final destination was an exciting tour of the Channel Two Television Station. Steve Vachon, a cameraman and parent of one of the third graders, showed the students many aspects of reporting the news. They all agreed their favorite thing to do was "put on the magic cape" which made them invisible before the cameras. Two chaperones attended: Brenda Roberts and Stacey Slagle.
     Ginny Morrill and her crew prepared wonderful lunches, which were enjoyed by all.
     The 4th and 5th grades from Brownville and Lagrange enjoyed a presentation from Prof. Liam Riordan, History Dept. from UMO. Prof. Riordan discussed the American Revolution with the students who had lots of questions. He said this was the first time he had visited an elementary school and would love to do it again.

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BROWNVILLE’S TERRIFIC KIDS
By Lynn Weston
     On the Friday morning before vacation (the very hardest time to "be good"), the following children not only were good...they were TERRIFIC!! ASHLEY PEAIRSON in Kindergarten, DEVON HENDRIX in First Grade, EVAN WORSTER in Second Grade, SHELBY HALL in Fourth Grade, and SACHIA KEARNS in Fifth Grade.
     Our Third Grade students went on a wonderful field trip to some interesting places in the Bangor area that day, and were away during the assembly time.

MILO’S TERRIFIC KIDS
From the classroom of:
Barden- Our Terrific Kid is HEATHER PEARL. She is very excited about first grade. Heather is always ready to help her teachers and friends. She is making great progress in reading, even on the hard book Mrs. Barden had. Keep up the great work, Heather.
Mills- Our Terrific Kid is a quiet person who is always on task. He is working hard on his handwriting and is showing great improvement. He is friendly to his classmates and friends on the playground. We are happy to have WILLIAM DEAN in our class.
Dunham- Our Terrific Kid has a great attitude at school. She works hard to complete all her assignments on time. She is not afraid to share her opinions, even when they differ from everyone else's. She is an active participant in group discussions. Congratulations to MIRANDA ANDRICK.
Gillis- This Terrific Kid is not a country in Africa:
I know a fifth grader named CHAD,
Who does well in subjects like math,
Baseball he likes, Carrots he dislikes,
He can really be a nice, young lad. Congratulations, Chad!
Dell'olio- KENDRA NEWMAN has the honor of being our Terrific Kid this week. She always works hard to do her very best and her papers are neat and orderly. She is an honest person, has a soft heart, and is a good friend. Congratulations, Kendra!
Hayes- Our Terrific Kid is a very special young lady. She does very neat work and she has been chosen many times this year for her nice coloring. She is working hard in her reading, writing and math. Her friends say that she is kind to them and plays nicely at recess. She is so nice to her friends that she brought them each a pumpkin for Halloween! We are proud of you, BOBBI MERRILL, and we love you.
Tardiff/Hussey- ASHLEY SHAFFER- she works well in the class and takes pride in her work. She has also worked hard to improve her math .We are proud of your work. GEORGE COWING- George has made huge improvements in his behavior and his work. He is trying very hard to follow the "I Care" rules. We are proud of you!
Walker/Carey- Our first TK is a LITTLE girl with a BIG BIG heart. She is kind to her friends, polite, and a very responsible person. She works hard and LOVES her books. We are so happy to have SHANIA ROUSSEL in our kindergarten family. And we're so very happy to have our second TK in our kindergarten family, too. This little guy also has a BIG BIG heart and every day shows us how much he cares about his friends. He has a smile that could light up the whole state of Maine! We love our days with RAYMOND SICKLER!
Whitney- Our Terrific Kid is RACHEL EMERY. She is a great library helper and peer leader. Always smiles and greets Mrs. Whitney every morning! Good job, Rachel!
     The Milo fire Department visited Milo Elementary School on Friday, October 25th. Kindergarten and First grade students

met with Firemen Rob Coburn and Bud Dillon to talk about safety rules regarding fire. Later in the afternoon all of the students in the school were given a review of fire safety rules at the weekly assembly. Sparky, the beloved firedog, assisted by Bill London, received many hugs and promises that students would follow the fire safety rules.
     Everyone, remember to check your smoke detector every month and replace the batteries every six months. One student was heard to remark when questioned if the smoke detector at home had been checked recently, " It gets checked every time my mother burns something when she's cooking and that's quite often!"
     Milo Elementary thanks the firemen for taking time out of their day to bring the important safety messages to them each year.

     Trevor Lyford is on the right side with his 2nd place trophy for the entire season in the ATV youth division and a boy from Gray.

MOTO-CROSS NEWS
     First of all, an apology to Justin Morrill for reporting the wrong finishes the last 2 times. A huge congratulation to JUSTIN MORRILL for racing his heart out and coming home with a 3rd place trophy over to Skowhegan this week. Justin raced a tremendous race and held off the field which was a very difficult task considering the muddy conditions that made racing even harder than usual. Justin had a great fan club there for him this week.......the entire Larson family was there cheering him on. Great job Justin.
     KOLE STEVENS won a 4th place trophy for his total overall points for the season at Skowhegan on Sunday. What a pleasant surprise for him.....he didn't realize that he was even receiving one. Great job and great riding this year, Kole.
     TREVOR LYFORD did a fantastic job this year and picked up a nice looking 3rd trophy for finishing in 2nd place in total overall points for the year.
     DUSTIN BISHOP also picked up a 5th place overall points trophy....great job boys.
     Congratulations go to JUSTIN MORRILL for coming home with a 3rd place trophy at the final race of the season. Justin raced an impressive race in front of many friends and family who came to watch him. The conditions were extremely muddy and he did a great job keeping it on 2 wheels. (The crowd was a little disappointed when they learned that Joe wasn't going to attempt the father/son race.)
     Also congratulations to LUKE LANDRY for finishing 5th overall for the day over to Skowhegan. We'll be watching next year for the local boys to be racing in Skowhegan, Minot and Sebois.... Thanks for a great season boys.
     Congratulation to KYLE FOSS for a great 1st year of racing over to Skowhegan, finishing in 7th place overall for the

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entire year out of approximately 35 bikes! Kyle also did a great job this past Sunday finishing in 4th place, just short of coming home with a trophy, but he rode the best he has all season.

Cole Stevens with his trophy and Brian Zwicker.

     Editors Note: I’m disappointed to see that this is the last of the Moto-Cross news for the year. I have really enjoyed reading about our local Extreme riders. I look forward to seeing them on T.V. in a few years participating in the X Games on ESPN!


MILO REC. NEWS

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

TEAM W L
GRAY'S 6 2
COLE'S 6 2
BANEKR'S 4 4
DEMERS' 3 5
GAMES ARE MONDAYS AT 6 PM

DRIVER’S ED
Milo Rec. is taking applications for Driver’s Ed. Call Murrel at 943-7326 for more information.

WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
At the Milo Town Hall
Sundays from 6pm-7pm
Ages 16 and up
$5.00 per class
Learn how to defend yourself against any attacker.
Class taught by Sensei David Edgerly, who is a 2nd Degree Black Belt
Contact Murrel at 943-7326 for more info.

Karate
(American self-defense Systems)
Ages 5 and up
$5.00 per class
Sensi David Edgerly, 2nd degree Black Belt
Call Murrel at 943-7326 or David at 285-3524, for more information

YOGA
The Milo Recreation Dept. will be offering a new session of YOGA/STRETCH.
Starting on Wed. Oct. 30 - Dec. 18th, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., at the Milo Elementary Gym.

The next few months will be full of busy activities that push us to our limits emotionally and physically. Don't let the holiday rush drain you. Instead, come join me and let this invigorating yet relaxing class renew muscle energy, strengthen the mind and body, and calm the total you.
Any questions please call Cindy Herbest,
943-2630

MEALS FOR ME. MENU

TUES., OCT., 28 FISH STICKS, AU GRATIN POTATOES, BEETS, PEACHES
WED., OCT. 29 POT ROAST, BOILED POTATOES, PEAS, LEMON YOUGURT SQUARE
THURS., OCT. 31 WITCHES BREW, BUBBLE AND SQUEAK (STEW), TOSSED TO THE NIGHT SALAD, HOB GOBBLENS STICKS, MONSTER COOKIE
FRI NOV., 1 KIELBASA, OVEN BROWN POTATOES, MIXED VEGGIES, CUSTARD
MON., NOV. 4 CHEESEBURGER PIE, CONFETTI CORN, PINEAPPLE CRISP
TUES., NOV., 5 BAKED CHICKEN, RICE PILAF, ASPARAGUS, FRUIT COCKTAIL DESSERT
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.


BINGO…BINGO…BINGO!!!
THE MILO AMERICAN LEGION POST 41 HAS BINGO EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
A MEAL IS SERVED FROM 5:00PM UNTIL 6:30PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:30 AND ENDS AT 9:30SEE YOU THERE!

Brownville Sports Trivia (1957-Present)
Choose the best answer:
1. The only player to start all four years in both baseball and basketball for Carroll Conley was (a) Dennis Larson (b) Peter Meulendyk (c) Larry Morrill (d) Tom Lockhart.
2. (a) Wayne Kirby (b) Tom Wallace (c) Art Stanhope (d) Walt Rendzia had "funny" ears.
3. Gary Larson lettered in both baseball and basketball at (a) UMO (b) UMF (c) ASTC (d) Thomas College.
4. Debbie Coburn and Lori Jamieson excelled in (a) swimming (b) soccer (c) basketball (d) softball.
5. Shirley Brown was a (a) forward (b) guard (c) rover (d) swingperson on the BJHS girl’s basketball team in the early 1960s.
6. Denny Larson scored (a) 18 (b) 22 (c) 25 (d) 27 points in the 1967 state final.
7. (a) Larry Larson (b) Red Sawyer (c) Phil Adams (d) Galen Larson was Carroll Conley's assistant coach in the 1959 tourney.
8. The biggest contrast in BJHS pitchers was between (a) Gary Chase and Nelson Perry (b) Denny Larson and Wayne Kirby (c) Tom Wallace and Tom Durant (d) Tom Lockhart and Gerald Kirby.
9. (a) Bill Davis (b) Tom Lockhart (c) Don Gilson (d) Lewis Boobar was the tallest Railroader.
10. Mr. Conley used (a) Firm Grip (b) chewing gum (c) Tuff Skin (d) all three.
Answers: 1-d 2-a 3-c 4-b 5-a 6-d 7-c 8-c 9-c 10-d

A Civil War Letter
Submitted by Gwen Bradeen
(Typed as written in letter)
This letter is to Abbie S. Owen
Milo, Maine
                         Camp 20th Maine Vols.
                         Near Hatcher's Run, Va.
                         Feb. 26th, 1865
Friend Abbie
     After a very long time I find an opportunity to answer your letter dated Nov. 29th which I received the day after we returned from the raid on the Weldon Railroads. It was cold weather and we were ordered to build Winter quarters which is not a light job and by the time we were fairly in camp with a convenient place to write. We broke camp again on the 5th of Feb. and moved to the left across Hatcher's Run where we had some fighting and much suffering. After fortifying the line we fell back across the run and went into camp where we now are. We have built quarters and the Regt. has but very few on the sick report.
     My health has been very good since I joined the Regt. and my arm is stronger than I thought it ever would be. I took a musket Oct. 27th and have kept it ever since. I am the only one left in the company of the thirteen that came with me. I suppose Will is at home yet. I hear from him by the way of my folks and some of the boys. I wrote him since I received a letter from him. I am glad he is getting along so well and that he is making you a long visit. I suppose it will be a long time before

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he gets fairly over his wounds. Abreil is making a good visit and I am glad he is.
     I received a letter from home this morning and learn that Benj. Sands of Sebec is dead and that many more in Milo are sick and dying. How very sickly it has been the past summer and fall. I believe there are more deaths according to the number of inhabitants then there are in the Army.
     We are having glorious news from North and South Carolina. Sherman seems to be victorious in all his campaigns and is now rewarding South Carolina for her treason.
     It is quite a gratification to know that the Stars and Stripes wave over Charleston and Fort Sumter again. Wilmington, if not all ready must soon add to our important victories. Since Shermans victories and our move to the left we see the affect it is having on Lee's Army. They are deserting by hundreds. They average about one hundred a night to the 2nd. Corps. which joins us on our right. They are not only privates but many officers come in with them.
     Our Army is in the best of spirits and all think that this Springs campaign will close this "cruel war." God grant that it may. We count the months that we have to serve and will all be glad when the last one expires. But I must soon close. If Will is at home give him my best wishes and tell him that Sanborn joined us Friday and that Skillings Page and all of the boys are well.
     It is Sunday and I have been wishing that I could go to meeting for it has been three months since we have had any religious services at all. Our chaplain is away the most of the time so we might as well be without one.
     Three years in the service will be a good lesson to those that survive it. We shall know how to appreciate a good home and good society. I suppose your school is done by this time. I hope it has been a pleasant one. Please give my regards to your parents and Etta. Excuse all mistakes and receive this with the best wishes of your friend.
Serg. William T. Livermore
Co. "B", 20th Maine Vols.

Note - William T. Livermore was Gayle McLaughlin Shirley's Great-Grandfather

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN MEET
     On Oct. 19th approximately 65 women from northern and eastern Maine met at the Park Street Church for the annual business meeting of the United Methodist Women. The host group served a vegetable beef soup and sandwiches for lunch with apple crisp for dessert. The meeting went well and two of our Milo women have agreed to serve as district officers, Theresa Mudgett and Carolyn Sinclair. We enjoyed some really great presentations on missions that churches in the district are doing. On Thursday Oct.24th a special meeting of the Milo group of United Methodist Women met to make plans for our annual Christmas Fair which will be held on Saturday December 7, 2002 from 9AM to 1 PM with a beef stew luncheon to be served from 11-1.
     We encourage all women of the community to join us as we attempt to do God's work in our community. Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday Nov. 14th at 7 PM.
     The Milo-Brownville Neighbors Against Domestic Violence would like to thank the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church and Pastor Michele St. Cyr for the use of the church and for their support of the 3rd annual pancake breakfast. Also, thanks to Liz Gerrish of Gerrish & Sons of Brownville, B.J.’s Market, Michael Dean, Shirley Dean, Sophie Wilson and Womancare for their donations. Thanks to volunteers Mary Hamm, Michael Dean, Jason Brown and Key Clubber Katie Farrar. Your support of our efforts are greatly appreciated!

MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
     Monday was a very busy day in the library with the arrival of many visitors. Although we had seen snow flurries (horrors!) in the early morning, the afternoon was a lovely sunny fall day and perhaps everyone felt like getting out. Maybe it was a premonition, but on the way to the library I picked up some Halloween candy---M&M peanuts and Reese's peanut butter cups---at the Rite Aid. We had a big empty orange plastic pumpkin on the children's table and I dumped the candy into it to make things more inviting and in the spirit of Halloween.

     The first group to arrive was children from the Milo Day Care. With adult helpers, Sabrina Gormley and Connie Newbert, we welcomed Charles Artus, Joshua Brown, Keith Emery, Chelsey Gerrish, Emily Gerrish, Mariah Tuscano and Connor and Jarod Webb. They enjoyed browsing and each selected a book to take back to be read at day care. They are always such good library patrons, and we do enjoy seeing them.
     The next group arrived about an hour later with Cub Scout den mother, Tracy Morse, her den assistant, Jennifer Herbest and a parent. Cub scouts George Cowing, Gregory Hathorn, Cody Herbest, Peter Morse, Jordan Nutting and Kenneth Tarnozcy enjoyed a short library orientation. The librarian showed them the juvenile book section, introduced them to the card catalog, and took them to the reference room downstairs. The cubs helped themselves to the treats in the pumpkin with their cub leader's permission. All the young visitors, day care members and cubs, got to select from a variety of new bookmarks with the Halloween bookmarks the heavy favorites.
     Our next visitors were the library trustees who came to attend an evening meeting with town manager, Jane Jones. They were pleased to know the computers were being utilized well and anxious to see the new bookcases for the children's area.
     When the meeting was over, and I went back upstairs to the library, there were six members of a young family, from the parents all the way down to the baby. They were having a cozy story time in the new, but far from finished, children's area. How nice to have a young family feeling so comfortable in the library. Pam and I really enjoyed our busy day and were so glad to have our library facilities used and enjoyed in these many ways by patrons of all ages.

Library Winter Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri : 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat : 2:00 - 4:00 pm

A Historical Review and Keeping in Touch
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2002)
     One of the books we frequently hear being mentioned is the award winning book "Sign of the Beaver" by Elisabeth George Speare. The Milo Free Public Library has a copy. Many of us identify the fictionalized story as based on our local history and recognize the boy called "Matt" as Theophilus Sargent, son of Benjamin Sargent, two of the early settlers of Milo, Maine. This book for young readers is very popular in our area. I remember Grace Clapp, former Librarian at the Milo Free Public Library telling me about Mrs. Speare's visit to our library many years ago.
     Some of us may not know that there were other books in which a similar story was told. One such book was written prior to Mrs. Speare's, and is entitled "His Indian Brother" by Hazel Wilson and is very popular in the Old Town, Maine area. The boy's name in this story is "Brad." As a matter of interest here are the "Author's Note" from both books.
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Author's note source: Milo Historical Society website.
     It is somewhat surprising for me to discover that in The Sign of the Beaver (Houghton) I have written a survival story. That was never my intention, and I was still naive enough when I reached the last page not to realize what had happened to my story, even though my publisher and the first reviewers recognized it at once. What, then, was I trying to do? Let me go back to the very beginning. Where did I get the idea for this book? The answer is very simple. The idea was handed to me, a little gem, straight from the pages of history.
     Many years ago my husband and I spent a number of vacations at a small fishing camp in Maine. One afternoon, rather bored with dangling a line in the water, I drove into the nearest town of Milo and poked about in the small library. In a slim volume, The History of Milo, I came upon a short anecdote. The story was new to me, but I have since discovered that is has been retold in a number of histories of the state of Maine.
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His Indian Brother by Hazel Wilson
Author's note source: Valerie Osborne, Old Town Public Library.
     Several years ago while doing research about the War of 1812, I came upon a brief mention of a boy who had gone up the Penobscot River with his father. The boy had been left in the woods alone while his father had gone back to Massachusetts for the rest of the family. The father was delayed in returning to Maine, and the boy would have starved if he had not been befriended by the Indians. Just these bare facts were given, and since this part of one paragraph had nothing to do with the subject I was looking up, I did not even make a note of the book it was in. I remember only that it was in a book about the State of Maine. But I never forgot that there had been such a boy. I kept wondering what had really happened while he was alone in the wilderness, what was he like, what sort of man was his father, and what Indians befriended him, and how. I kept imagining things about him. Finally, after doing a great deal of reading about the time in which he had lived, after consulting all the books I could find about the Penobscot Indians, and after visiting the Indian Reservation at Old Town, I wrote the story about I think could have happened. I do not know, but it could have been that the real boy's father moved from Massachusetts to Maine for the same reason's Brad's did...
Keeping in Touch 1:
     Shortly after 9-11-01, I received a call from a couple who had lost their nephew, age 22, at the World Trade Center disaster. They were interested in a picture of the "crying eagle" posted for a short period of time on the library's website. I sent them a copy via email, and since that time we have corresponded from time to time and exchange pictures relating to WTC. Recently, Judy and Pam forwarded to me one of their letters and a graphic image of a flag painted by one of the widows of a Trade Center victim. The flag picture was published in a Hartford CT newspaper. To fill you in, the company for which the young man worked occupied the 82nd floor. The flag consisted of the names of those lost, which were painted, in red and white representing the flag's colored stripes. I counted a loss of approximately 67 persons. Some of them appeared to be couples, or having the same last name.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham
     We had an absolutely exquisite experience last weekend. The thing that is great about it, though, is that you all can experience the same thing in the future. You'll need to make a phone call or two or three...but it, too, can be yours. Let me start at the beginning.
     A month or so ago, a friend of mine told me that Sylvia and Gary Black were planning to open their Bed and Breakfast to dining in the evening. The next day I called Sylvia and told her I wanted reservations for whenever her opening evening was going to be. I wasn't messing around with gathering more details from other sources...I went straight to Sylvia and got the full scoop. Thoroughly taken aback by my premature request, she replied, "You're not kidding are you!!!" No siree, I don't kid around when it comes to wanting to be on the cutting edge of anything to do with fine dining in Milo.
     Sylvia filled me in on all the details and also told me I'd have to wait for a few weeks, but that she'd take my reservation and let me know when her opening date would be. Patiently we waited, and finally we got the call that her opening night would be October 19th. It didn't take us long to find people to make up a party of ten.... we’d all be dining together...there would be five courses (and that number of courses didn't include hors d'oeuvres). She asked if there were any eating likes or dislikes amongst the party members. There were. One in our party is a vegetarian and another in our party can't eat seafood. Not to worry. The menu would reflect those particular tastes.
     A beautiful little French chef is moving to our area. Can you believe it? She made her local culinary debut at Down Home Bed and Breakfast last Saturday night. It was truly an event in fine dining...and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. The best part, we made reservations to do it again in February! If you want the same experience, get yourselves to the telephone and make a reservation.
     We dressed up (I called it Pilot's Grill attire. We were casually classy). The guys weren't in suit and tie...but certainly not jeans. Sport coats with casual dress shirts were certainly appropriate. I knew that

Sylvia would set a gorgeous table with her finest dishes and linens and I didn't want my outfit to be less fancy than the table setting.
     After we all gathered at 7:00 p.m. the hors d'oeuvers were served. They had hummus served with a soft cracker, tiny homemade rice cakes with the delectable taste of cilantro atop, little stuffed mushrooms, a delightful ham roll up, and French potato sticks topped with sour cream and caviar. As we toasted the Blacks on the beginnings of their new venture, we also knew that we were only at the beginning of our own great dining adventure.
     "Dinner is served," came the voice of our hostess. Oh Wow! This was right here in little Milo, Maine? Gorgeous table ... delectable French cuisine...we could just as easily have been in a French villa. I'll give you the courses in French and see if you can translate for yourselves. First, there was Soupe de Carotte. The second course was Coquilles St. Jacques (I will translate this.... scallops in cream sauce...served on a shell...it was to die for.... we swabbed the residue sauce out with pieces of bread...didn't want to miss a drop of it.) The main course was Coq au Vin (chicken in sherry wine sauce with carrots and mushrooms.) The salad course was Salade de Tomates et Roquefort. You can't imagine how wonderful the dessert was! It was Mousse au Chocolat Blanc, sauce Fraise (white chocolate mousse with strawberry sauce.) We totally oohed and aahed our way through the dessert course. The whole meal was topped off with a lovely strawberry cordial. The experience ended at 10:00 p.m. We groaned and waddled our way home anticipating our next reservation. We've got another evening of fine food and fun friends to look forward to.
     Many years ago we used to attend a gathering with political friends at the Ripogenus Dam sporting camps of Charlie and Nancy Pray. We are related by marriage to the Pray's, and we were invited to attend their huge chicken barbecue...not only to lend a helping hand, but to enjoy the fun festivities. We met many influential political figures over the course of the 10 or 11 consecutive years that we participated in that activity. We also learned how to put on a meal for five or six hundred people. It was no small task. The pay was the fun and laughs, and the meeting of all of Charlie's friends who gathered literally from all over the country to support him. Governors and statesmen joined our fun group of friends. Carroll and I had sweatshirts made to wear to the barbecue. Lest he forget our political persuasion, "Charlie Pray's Republican Friends" was printed on our shirts.
     We met the Cusson brothers from Connecticut and became great friends with them. They made a version of Coq au Vin much different from the one we enjoyed last Saturday night. I told Sylvia that I'd had Coq au Vin before.... but probably not prepared the way hers would be done. Oh no, this was quite different. A handsome burly guy in a flannel shirt served it. He stood over a cook stove and prepared it in a huge iron frying pan. The chicken and the company were very memorable. My husband became proficient at preparing the campy version that we call chicken and wine... so proficient, in fact, that our daughter has asked him to prepare it for her birthday dinner every year since.
This is how it's done:

Campy Coq au Vin
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts - as many as will feed your crowd - cut up in nugget size.
Flour seasoned with salt and pepper in a seal-able bag.
Real butter (about a stick).
About a cup of red wine (or cooking sherry).
     Wash and pat dry the chicken breast pieces. Cut them up in nugget sized pieces. Place them in the sealable bag with the flour and salt and pepper and shake to coat. Melt half the butter in the iron frying pan over medium heat. Place the coated chicken pieces into the melted butter (You need to cook these slowly adding butter as often as necessary to keep the chicken pieces from sticking.) When they are cooked through, pour on the wine and turn up the heat. Use your spatula to stir the chicken in the wine. The higher temperature will burn off the alcohol content, and the flour on the chicken will thicken the liquid and the coating will turn a light shade of purplish red. We usually can't wait to dig into these, and so we end up standing over the stove with toothpicks in hand. Stick and eat.

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Science Corner
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Quiz
Match term with branch of science

1. Organic Chemistry a. Diastrophism
2. Optics b. Ego
3. Botany c. Vapor pressure
4. Geology d. Occluded front
5. Archeology e. Focal length
6. Physical Chemistry f. Nova
7. Psychology g. Ruins
8. Zoology h. Fauna
9. Meteorology i. Benzene Ring
10.Astronomy

j. Petiole

Vitamin A
     Vitamin A comes in many forms. The most potent form is called Retinol. Since Vitamin A is found only in animals, the body uses substances called carotenoids from plants to supplement the diet. Carotenoids, especially beta-carotene are compounds that can be converted to Vitamin A by the body. In fact between 24 and 36% of our Vitamin A comes from the carotenoids. Vitamin A does not dissolve in water. It is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. The vitamin itself is quite stable so that cooking destroys little of it. Beta-Carotene is more susceptible and is partially destroyed. Raw vegetables contain more and are better sources.
     What is Vitamin A used for in the body? All of us probably have heard that we needed to eat our carrots for our eyes. In fact carrots are our best vegetable source of beta-carotene. One carrot gives us about 20,000 IU when converted to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for healthy eyes. It is involved with the production of visual purple that aids us in adjusting our eyes to changes in illumination. It is also necessary for healthy retinas and the proper function of tear glands. Lack of Vitamin A can lead to blindness. However, the chance of this happening in the United States is small because most of us get enough in out diet. In developing countries, it is estimated that between 250,000 and 300,000 children go blind for lack of this vitamin.
     In addition, insufficient Vitamin A causes the membranes of the body including the skin to become porous allowing more disease organisms to invade the body. The skin becomes dry and the hair becomes brittle. Many young people die of infection in third world countries because they lack this vitamin in their diet.
     Other functions of Vitamin A are normal bone and tooth development and to turn on T cells. These cells form a main line of defense by attacking invading organisms that have made it into the body.
     The greatest sources of Vitamin A are meat products. Foods with the highest amounts are beef and chicken liver. The highest source of all that I know of is polar bear liver. Eskimos learned long ago that the first thing to do when killing a polar bear is to throw the liver away. The concentration is so high that they developed blurred vision and other symptoms that are indications of Vitamin A poisoning. Yes, this is a vitamin that is poisonous in large amounts. It causes what is known as Hypervitaminosis A. This affliction causes birth defects, liver abnormalities, and reduced mineral density in the bones. The body stores this vitamin in the liver so that if a person goes through a period where they get little, the body will draw on its reserves. There is little chance of getting too much Vitamin A in a regular diet. I wouldn’t recommend eating liver three meals a day. Otherwise the amounts we ingest are within normal range. In the United States overdoses are usually caused by people taking too much as a supplement. Remember, with some vitamins an excess is excreted by the body. In the case of Vitamin A it is stored. That makes all the difference.
     On the other hand, vegetarians who eat no milk or other dairy products need to be especially careful because vegetables contain a lot less. It is recommended that vegetarians eat at least five servings of fruit and green leafy vegetables each day to maintain proper levels. Also excessive drinkers need to increase their intake, as alcohol tends to flush Vitamin A from the body.
     Vitamin A is absorbed by the small intestine. Bile that is added to the digestive juice after the stomach aids in its absorption, as does any fat in the diet.

     So what foods are the best sources of this vitamin. The recommended daily allowance seems to vary depending on the source of the information but is somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 IU. An IU is approximately 3/5 of a microgram so the dosage is .0003 to .0006 ounces. We sure don’t need much! Animal sources are beef liver 30,000 IU in 3 ounces and 14,000 in 3 ounces of chicken liver. Regular meat and eggs have smaller amounts. The most potent source in plants is carrots as I have already mentioned. The next best common food is sweet potatoes with 7500 IU. Other vegetables with significant amounts are kale, pepper, spinach, cantaloupe, broccoli, oranges and tomatoes. If one eats lots of vegetables with beta-carotene it is possible that their skin will develop a yellowish tone. This does not seem to be dangerous like too much vitamin A.
Answers: 1)i, 2) e, 3)j, 4)a, 5)g, 6)c, 7)b, 8)h, 9)d, 10)f

Thompson Mountain Buck
(A story in 6 parts) Part 4
By Carl Hamlin
     That night, a real, old-fashioned northeaster set in. When we got up at five o’clock the next morning, the wind was howling, the fine snow was blowing in clouds through the woods and the ground was already covered with sixteen inches of dry snow. Neal and Reg decided to stay in camp, but the rest of us had the fever and Paul and Bill were determined to get their deer. Before we left camp we bundled up well, making sure that the snow could find no way down our necks or into our boots. We took our usual lunch and loading our guns with dry shells, were soon on our way. Boy, how it was snowing and blowing! There was snow everywhere, on the ground and in the air. Bill and I both had Savages and Paul carried his 25-35 Winchester. I carried my 303 with my leather mitten over the bolt, thus preventing snow and water from freezing around it. Bill didn’t do this with his 30-30, so every ten minutes or so he had to stop and thaw it out with matches. It made him mad to have something like this happen, and it didn’t help things any to have Paul and me teasing him about the nine pound, single shot rifle he was carrying. He laughed though, and told us in very plain language that one shot was all he needed.
     Paul led us through the swamp which lay behind the camp. We struck the Appalachian Trail after an hour’s hunting and followed it for a quarter of a mile. The wind was still howling and the snow came down through the trees in blankets which blinded us until they passed. We decided that the deer would be yarded up in the thickets. Paul said that there were thick places off to our left, so off to our left we went, yelling and whistling. It wasn’t long before we started three out of a swamp, Bill took the trail, with Paul off to one side and I trailed Paul. Those deer did the same thing that all deer do in that section; they headed straight for Thompson Mountain, a distance of about three miles. We kept after them, crossing Thompson Brook and climbing the mountain. It was hard work but we were warm and happy and the work didn’t seem to bother.
     It was pretty hard for little Willis, though; his short legs made slow progress in the deep snow against the slope of the mountain. We coasted down the other side with Bill in the lead. I saw him stop, struggle to remove a wet mitten and then fire two shots toward a fir thicket ahead of us. We knew one thing. Those deer were getting tired of running and were just ahead of us. They started to swing back toward Thompson Mountain and we all agreed to leave them and follow some new tracks which we had just crossed, those of two dogs. It was ten-thirty and I was in favor of turning back to camp, but Paul didn’t want to, so I stuck it out. We knew where we were and could get back to camp in an hour without much trouble. We followed the new tracks single file until we had crossed the tote road which lies between Thompson Mountain and a high hardwood ridge. As we approached this ridge we took our old formation which had already proved so successful for me. About half way up the ridge I heard Bill say, “There’s one.” He fired and I turned. He fired again as I watched him. “I got him!”, he yelled. Paul and I ran up to where Bill was standing. He had told the truth. He had a nice fat doe. She was still kicking when Bill cut her

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throat, but she was so far gone that I don’t think she knew what was going on. Bill’s first shot had struck her in the neck and knocked her down. He had fired his second shot at a deer on the run. When Bill told us that Paul said, “I’m going to have that other one or I’m not coming back.”
     He struck out after him and Bill and I began dressing out the doe. I soon decided however, to build a fire which would feel good when we got through. It’s cold work dressing out a deer in the snow, with the temperature down and the wind blowing. While gathering a pile of wood, I happened to think of the time. I looked at my watch and it was just eleven o’clock. Exactly at that time the day before we were dressing out my buck. I told Bill of the coincidence, and having picked out a sheltered spot under the fir trees, I lighted the fire and put the pail on to melt some snow for tea. I took off my outer jacket and hung it over my gun, the barrel of which was filling with snow. By the time the can of water was boiling, Bill was through with the deer and had started cleaning his hands and knife.
     “I wonder how Paul is making it?” he asked, as he stepped close to the fire. The words were hardly out of his mouth when we heard the bang! bang! of the 25-35.

Key Club News
BY TRISH HAYES
     Several Key Clubbers took time from their October break to help out in the community. Thanks to Tom Harvey, Brett Gerrish, Kylie Palmer and Colby Chase for their help at the Heritage Festival in Dover during the Columbus Day weekend. Thanks to Andrew Walker for helping to move furniture and set up tables for Sophie McKenney’s 90th birthday celebration and to Lindsay Small for her help during the party. (I couldn’t have done it without you!). And thanks to Katie Farrar for helping us set up for the pancake breakfast. You’re all off to a great start!
     On Wednesday, October 23rd, Shawn Burke and I traveled to Bangor to an American Red Cross Blood Drive Sponsor Appreciation night. We traveled with Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Oakes and enjoyed a great dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel. Our club was presented with a certificate of appreciation for it’s continued support of the Red Cross. (We hope to have the certificate displayed on our bulletin board next week.) Each year our club sponsors two blood drives. Our first drive of the year will be held on December 18th at the Penquis Valley Cafeteria from 2 – 7. We hope you will help us beat our goal of 50 units and share the gift of life during the holiday season.
     Twelve Key Clubbers will be volunteering on October 26th at the Milo Elementary PTO’s Fall Frolic. The Key Clubbers will be running the children’s games. This is an annual event for the club and we look forward to it each year. Thanks to the PTO for inviting us back!!
     On Tuesday, October 29th, three Key Clubbers will be assisting Dianne Curan and the families of the Even Start program. The Key Clubbers will be helping the children paint pumpkins. It sounds like lots of fun!
     Mr. Frank Cochrane and Mr. Dennis Dorsey were guests at this week’s meeting. The meeting was devoted to assigning members to the various committees required to keep the club functioning.
     Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 31st, at 11:19 in the Penquis library. We’d love to have you join us!!

MSAD #41 SCHOOL LUNCH MENU
OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 1
Monday-
Chicken burger, school bun, mashed potato, peas, apple, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Sloppy Joe, lettuce/cukes, hash brown, and pumpkin cookie.
Wednesday-Oven fried chicken, rice, beets, dinner roll, and orange quarters.
Thursday-Ham and cheese, hoagie, carrot stix, and pears.
Friday-Juice, pizza, green beans, and fruit.

HIGH SCHOOL – 1906
Local History Bonus
Reprints from MHS Breeze & other sources
Submitted by Myrna Ricker
     The High School is now established in the new building, which is a model of excellence. It reflects great credit on all that had any share in its erection. The structure stands a monument to the desires of present wise and beneficent citizens, for the intellectual improvement of future generations.
     There have been formulated, this year, new courses of study, which if strictly adhered to, will place your school among the best fitting schools in this state.
     There is now needed and there is a growing demand for, a sound “Academic Commercial Course,” in this school, and it is hoped and urged that the town may see its way the establishment of such a course. The expense would be small compared with the excellent results, which would attend it. Then the boy or girl could be prepared for college and university, or prepared for the business world and citizenship in general.
     Athletics have taken quite a marked place among the High School students. Such have the hearty approval of the Superintendent and school board, so long as they are clean, manly, and do not interfere with the main business of the school.
     Excellent work has been done by the principal and his assistant. They have spared neither time nor strength toward making this year’s work a success. The results are already apparent and will be more so in the years to come.
     In conclusion, it can safely be said, that with the hearty cooperation of superintendent, board and teachers, that results have been attained this year, far better than were hoped for in so short a time. Thanking the board, the teachers, and the citizens who have aided my work in many ways…
(George B. Heath, Supt. of Schools – Town Annual Report 1906)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
By Nancy Grant
MILO - AUGUST 26, 1948 – SUN ON BOTTLE CAUSES $3,000 BLAZE IN MILO – Fire thought by the owner to have been caused by the refraction of sun’s rays through a bottle of water, this afternoon caused an unofficial loss of $3,000 to the home and connecting buildings of Arthur Ellis of D’Este street.
     No one was at home at the time of the blaze since Mrs. Ellis worked at the American Thread company mill here, Mr. Ellis was employed at the Derby shops of the Bangor & Aroostook railroad, and their daughter, Vesta, was visiting in Old Town.
     When the firemen were first called by Woodrow Harmon, a neighbor, flames had enveloped the back side of the buildings, and smoke poured from the structures.
     Firemen, however, were able to contain the flames to the inside of the structures, and although the house, barn, shed, and garage, all connected, were gutted, the shells of the buildings were standing tonight.
     Neighbors told Ellis they thought the rays of the sun shining through the bottle of water standing outside the buildings, were refracted and ignited cloths and rags nearby. Ellis said the buildings were partially covered by insurance.
     Tonight, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis planned to reside at their cottage at Boyd Lake.

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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.

OCTOBER 23 MEETING NOTES
BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
     Kiwanis weekly meeting minutes for October 23, 2002 for the Milo-Brownville Club, which gathers at 6:30 am at Angie’s Restaurant.
     This week’s meeting began with twenty-two members and guests John Willinski, Lt. Gov. Harold Sherman, and Kathy Witham’s grandson, Joshua Dillon.
     After the Pledge of Allegiance Herb led us in prayer.
     Our inspirational thought for today was “Prettier than Freckles”, read by Stephanie Salley.
     Sixteen happy and sad dollars were donated today for guests, keeping children safe, and starting in the first grade together and ending up on the golf course together!
     The correspondence was a newsletter from the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club.
     The Fall Training Conference at the Samoset on November 15, 16, and 17 will be attended by Edwin and Ethelyn, Jeff, Nancy, and possibly Chris.
     Ed, Ethelyn, and Nancy will attend the dinner at Pilot’s Grill this Saturday in honor of the New England Governor.
     Sylvia Black will celebrate her birthday on October 24th.
     The Key Club meeting will be Thursday at 11:20 in the high school library with a tentative evening meeting on Tuesday, October 29.
     The Three Rivers News is up to 250 issues but down on hits on the internet. With Val’s old computer, the print and pictures are better and the font stays the same.
     There is a Christmas program in the planning stages for December 5 at the Milo Arts Center.
     Reading is Fundamental will have their distribution on October 30 at 9:30 am at the Milo Elementary. Edwin is an excellent choice as a reader with his deep voice.
     The Terrific Kids volunteers this week are Frank, Todd, and Aline. Thank you!
     The number of people attending the Springer Spaniel turkey dinner on Friday had to be limited to 130. Lots of volunteers are needed especially to carry all the dishes up the back stairs from the kitchen.
     Upcoming speakers: October 30 – pizza will be on hand for the evening meeting at Pleasant Park at 6:30 pm. Please bring an inexpensive wrapped gift. Kevin Black will be the speaker on November 6.
     This week’s speaker, Michael O’Connor, was proudly introduced by his Mom Nancy. Mike is an ’89 graduate of PVHS and a ’94 graduate of Husson College. He was with Berry, Dunn, McNeil, & Parker, an accounting firm in Bangor, for three and a half years before going to H.E. Sargent. Two years ago an opportunity to join Prentiss & Carlisle opened up and he has been with them since. Mike is married to the former Jody Doiron and they have a two-year old daughter Emma with another little one on the way in April.

     Prentiss & Carlisle is a 4th generation owned business that was incorporated in 1924 by George T. Carlisle and Henry Prentiss. George was a graduate forester and was asked to come to Maine to manage the Adam’s family lands. They currently manage approximately 850,000 acres of timberland throughout the state, mainly north and west of Bangor. They coordinate the harvesting of about 200,000 cords of wood from this management area. All of their lands are open to the public with only small specific lands being posted. It might surprise you that there is more standing timber than 50 years ago. There is legislation to regulate the harvesting. Clear cutting is diminishing and sprawl liquidation is when the land will never be covered with timber again.
     P & C have an operating division in Enfield with three mechanical crews that harvest 45,000 cords of wood per year. Mike’s grandfather, the late Gerald Ladd, used to have crews in the Jo-Mary area and paid stumpage. This type of business used to be family owned and operated but it’s not possible to make a living at it now. There are contract-logging services that pay loggers to cut while absorbing the costs (risks) which means 15 % more income to the clients. Recently P&C constructed a hardwood tie mill and red pine pole peeling facility in East Newport. This sawmill saws about 3.5 million board feet of lumber per year. Fir, spruce, and hemlock are used mainly for dimension lumber such as 2x4’s and 2x6’s. Pine is used for boards and maple, birch, beech, and poplar being used for cants (anything not boards) such as railroad and landscaping ties. They also purchase standing timber from small wood lot owners and pay stumpage as they can get much better prices due to their leverage in the marketplace. They employ some local contractors to harvest wood for them. As for reforestation, they practice natural regeneration and sustainable cutting. They also do all types of consulting work: management plans, inventory and timber supply models, and do “appraisals” for land sales and purchases.
     P&C has had an office in Milo for many years and have procured wood (white birch) for the American Thread Company. They manage about 150,000 acres of land within a 30-mile radius of Milo and harvest $3.6 million worth of wood from those acres annually. They sell about $4 million of wood to area mills such as Crete in Dover, GP in Milo, and Lumbra’s in Derby. P&C manages 200 leases on T5R9 (Ebeeme and Route 11) and 100 around Endless Lake. Some of their clients have sold lease lots recently due to the unstable regulatory environment in Maine and probably will sell more in the future.
     The increased cost of insurance, rising Worker’s Comp. rates, GNP layoffs, and the B&A acquisition have forced some small loggers out of business. P&C is currently experiencing a 25% annual health insurance increase. Employers in an agricultural related field may be eligible to join the Farm Bureau Plan which could mean major savings next year for Prentiss & Carlisle. There is also the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program: The State of Maine will reimburse you for personal property taxes paid to municipalities for any eligible property placed in service after April 1, 1995. Maine has a current shortfall of $200 million and is projected to grow to as much as $1 billion for the next cycle. THEREFORE, it does matter whom we vote for! There is some positive reinvestment in the area with a new mill in Greenville.
     Thank you very much Michael for the informative presentation.
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The last page of the Three Rivers News is produced by TRC. It contains the current week of the community calendar and various other features from the site.
Currently we are showing off our new Region Maps, with a map a week on the back page.

Community Calendar


New & Improved Region Maps!
The Regional Maps on the TRC Website are now new and improved! They have an updated look, cover the entirety of each town, and are even interactive! Each week we are placing a different map on the back page of the Three Rivers News.

This weeks map:
Lake View Plantation Map


The Three Rivers Community Alliance is a website that promotes the greater Milo area. We cover Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange, Lake View, Medford, Milo, & Sebec. On our site, we have a complete month of the above Community Calendar, a local club and organization listing, a comprehensive business directory, regional maps, recreation information, and even local news, including this paper, completely online! If you would be interested in helping out with the website, please contact Seth Barden, the Director, at info@trcmaine.org, or 943-2425.

We Need Your Help!
Do you know of any regular events that aren’t in our calendar? Contact us! If you know of any upcoming special event, please contact us so we may add it to the Community Calendar.
Call Seth Barden at 943-2425 or email us at info@trcmaine.org

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