Three Rivers News, 2003-04-01
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2003
 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 21
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

Dear Three Rivers Community,
     I am writing on behalf of my husband, Sgt. Donald "D.J." Martin Jr., my sons, Joshua and Jeremy, and myself, to extend our gratitude and thanks to all of you. Through your support, love and prayers, you have made this trying time so much easier for us. I was able to receive a telephone call about 3 weeks ago from D.J. and he wanted you all to now how happy he is with the support from his community. Being a Marine Corps family is something we are very proud of, but in times like this when your loved one is put in a dangerous situation, it can become very difficult. So the growing support of all of you has made it a lot more bearable for us.

     D.J. is a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Headquarters and Service CO Supply out of Camp Lejeune, NC. There is an NBC news correspondent, Kerry Sanders, who is traveling with his unit. His reports are aired on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. This is my main source of finding out where and how he is. So if you all keep looking for him, you'll know about D.J. Thanks again for all your support and God Bless our troops.
     Sincerely, Stacie Martin
     Editors note: I cry every time I read this letter. I can’t imagine the fear that must go through Stacie’s heart every time she turns on her television. I think of her and all the wives and mothers who live with the fear of their loved ones making the ultimate sacrifice for us.


MILO TOWN OFFICE SUMMER HOURS
MONDAY THRU THURSDAY
7:30AM TO 5:00PM
FRIDAY 7:30AM TO 2:00PM
THESE HOURS WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM
MAY 23TH, TO AUGUST 29TH, 2003.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY SUMMER!

DO YOU KNOW ME?
     This is a picture of a stray beagle (we call her “Sweet Little Beagle Dog”) who is currently residing at the Kirby and Valerie Robertson house. She was found last Monday, March 24th, wandering on the Ross Road, off the Schoodic Lake Road, in Brownville. She is a small beagle or beagle-mix and has been spayed (we think). She is an adult dog, at least 4 or 5 years old, and is very sweet and friendly. If you have any leads as to whom her owner might be, call Valerie and Kirby at 943-2324.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION DATE SET
     A date for Kindergarten Registration at Milo Elementary School has been set. Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before October 15, 2003 are asked to call the school (943-2122) for an appointment.
     Appointments are being made for Wednesday, April 2nd. Parents can expect to be about 20-30 minutes filling out the registration paperwork. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate and immunization record.
     Students do NOT need to be present for the registration. We are excited about starting our relationship with new students and families. Please make sure to call the school for an appointment.


There will be a rummage sale at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church dining room Saturday, April 5th. 9 A.M.-11 A.M.
LOTS OF GREAT STUFF!!!!

KIWANIS STORY HOUR
     The Three Rivers Kiwanis and the Milo Free Public Library are pleased to announce the “Kiwanis Kid’s Korner”. The hour long sessions will include a story, an activity, and a light snack, and will take place at the Milo Public Library on Wednesdays from 3 PM to 4Pm, beginning April 9th through June 18th. Children in grades Kindergarten through 4th are encouraged to attend.
     Notices will be sent home with children who attend Milo Elementary School. If you have any questions, call Valerie Robertson at 943-2324.

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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, JD's Emporium, 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
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PO Box 81
Milo, Maine 04463
207.943.2324
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Milo, Maine 04463
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Valerie Robertson | Nancy Grant | Virgil Valente
Seth Barden | Kirby Robertson

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   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

MEALS FOR ME. MENU

TUES., APRIL 1 BREADED HADDOCK WITH CHEESE SAUCE, MASHED POTATO, BEETS, FRUIT COCKTAIL
WED., APRIL 2 BAKED HAM, BAKED POTATO, TURNIP, MOLASSES COOKIE
THUR., APRIL 3 SPANISH RICE, SPINACH, LEMON CAKE
FRI., APRIL 4 HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS
HOT DOGS, COLE SLAW, BROWN BREAD, APPLE CRISP
MON. APRIL 7 AMERICAN CHOP SUEY, PEAS, GERMAN CUKES, CHOC. CHIP COOKIE
TUES., APRIL 8 MEATBALLS AND MUSHROOM SAUCE, MASHED POTATO, MIXED VEGGIES, APPLESAUCE GELATIN SQUARE
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 9:30
SEE YOU THERE!

Brownville Trivia
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Birch came in at the (a) north mill (b) south mill (c) east mill (d) west mill at Lewis Industries.
2. Park Holland was a (a) painter (b) priest (c) surveyor (d)doctor,
3. Bert Connaughton was a(n) (a) brakeman (b) dispatcher (c) conductor (d) engineer.
4. Brownville High School students first went to BJHS in (a) 1935 (b) 1939 (c) 1943 (d) 1945.
5. The original cost of BJHS was (a) $1,250 (b) $3,000 (c) $10,800 (d) $25,000.
6. The main road was repaired in 1961 by (a) Bridge Construction (b) Frank Rossi and Sons (c) Farrin Brothers and Smith (d) Hinman.
7. Horse shows were held at (a) Durant's (b) Jones's (c) Gerrish's (d) Allen's.
8. There was(were) (a) one (b) two (c) three (d) four tennis courts in Brownville at one time.
9. (a) Denny Harshaw (b) Wayne Kirby (c) Jack Brown (d) Tom Lockhart led the Penquis League twice in scoring.
10. Erin Weston was(is) a(n) (a) pitcher (b) first baseman (c) outfielder (d) shortstop.

Answers: 1-a 2-c 3-d 4-c 5-a 6-c 7-a 8-c 9-c 10-d

Erin Weston: Husson Softball Leader
BY BILL SAWTELL
     Bangor-Erin Weston and her Husson College teammates returned home from Florida recently, where they played 11 games against ranked Division Three teams and one Division Two team.
     The former Penquis Valley High School three-sport star has been an all-conference infielder in the Maine Athletic Conference for two straight seasons.

     WeePeeWee Basketball has begun in Brownville under the direction of Dean Bellatty for 7-9 year olds. It’s March Madness at it's best!

Pleasant River Walk Committee To Meet
     The Pleasant River Walk Committee will be having their first spring meeting at the Brownville Jct Alumni Bldg on Tuesday April 8, 2003, at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend and share their ideas. We will be discussing the upcoming season, scheduling shuttle service events, and other projects.

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KIWANIS VARIETY SHOW UPDATE
BY KATHY WITHAM
     Variety Show plans are gearing up with the chorus rehearsals beginning last Monday. Chorus members will meet again on Monday, March 31st, in the 5th grade classroom of Stephanie Gillis at Milo Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Male voices are especially needed. The musical arrangements are great...so jump on board and join the group.
     Each year the Variety Show raises funds for specific causes. This year the Kiwanis Board of Directors decided that the profits of the Variety Show would go to sponsor Reading Is Fundamental. This worthwhile program is better explained in their statement of mission: Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those families who need them most.
     The oldest and largest children's and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States, RIF operates through a network of 435,000 volunteers and gives away 16 million books a year at more than 23,000 sites nationwide. These sites include schools, libraries, community centers, child-car centers, hospitals, migrant worker camps, Head Start and Even Start programs, homeless shelters, and detention centers.
     RIF programs annually serve 5 million children of all ages, most of whom are at risk of educational failure, with a focus on those from birth to age 11.
     Locally, we are very fortunate that we have had dedicated teachers who have run the program, and P.T.O.'s and other organizations who have funded this worthwhile program. The proceeds from the 2003 Variety Show will go a long way in making sure that our local RIF program continues. Please let yourself get involved.....either by participating in the show or coming to the program on May the 9th and 10th at the Milo Town Hall. Together we can make a difference.

AREA SCHOOL NEWS
FROM BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY
Harold Emery's interviews for Brownville History
     -Mrs. Ginger Stone Weston's dad went to school in Brownville. He went into the military in March. Mrs. Weston's dad died in 1944. Before he died he went to Camp Wheeler in Georgia. All that she got to hear from her dad was good-by. On December 24, 1944 his ship was torpedoed. He is buried off the coast of France. His family was terribly sad. by Harold Emery
     -Mr. Walker began as a teacher 27 years ago. Mr. Walker was a principal for 12 years. Now he is a Superintendent. He has to make sure we have teachers, busses, paper and pencils. His job is to make sure we have a lot of money for all the things we do.
     Mrs. Witham taught Mr. Walker all the things he knows. He loves kids. Mr. Walker would like to see schools have the resources to do good things for all students. by Harold Emery
     -Mr. Bill Sawtell talked to people and read books to learn so much about Brownville. Mr. Sawtell likes to see the kids learn some stuff about Brownville. Things have changed a lot in Brownville. The railroad, mills, and the farms have changes. Mrs. Sawtell likes to be an author because he can help kids learn. Mr. Sawtell likes baseball and basketball. by Harold Emery

     Brownville Elementary grades 3, 4, and 5 spent the afternoon Tuesday, March 25, watching and listening to an interesting program brought to them by the Cole Land Transportation Museum.

     Pictured above are (left to right) Wayne Duplisea, a 43 year railroad veteran, and Mark Burnett, Operations Manager for the Cole Land Transportation Museum. Mr. Duplisea gave the students a historical view of the many changes that have taken place, the changes in equipment, and changes in the route taken by the Veazie Railroad. Mr. Burnett outlined the changes made in road construction, and the changes in the types of vehicles used to travel over these roads. He showed pictures, and talked about the changes in snowplowing, and the many different types of snowplows that have been used over the years.
     One of the many highlight of their presentation was a story of how Hogtown got its name. The students watched a video that gave a view from the air that followed the path of the Veazie Railroad.
     The classes were left many booklets with information about snowplows, the Veazie Railroad, and The Cole Company. Thank-you Mr. Burnett, and Mr. Duplisea we learned a lot in just one afternoon.
     All of the information that the students heard about and much more can be seen at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. Sounds like a great place to take students on a tour.

6TH GRADE NEWS:
     The staff of the 6th Grade Junction is pleased to announce our students of the week for March 24. They have chosen KAYLA WEBB, GRACE MARCHANT and JOSH BROWN for their hard work and friendly attitudes.
     Our students began an Avon fundraiser to earn money for their end of the year field trip. They took until March 28.
     We will be having our next assembly on March 28 at 9:45. We encourage all family members to join us.
     Our 6th Graders are taking part in the Move and Improve program. Forms have been sent home to families informing them of this program and asking for their signature. On Monday, March 31st, we will draw at least 5 prizes. Students can win only if they have signed up and have exercised for 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week.

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AVON CAMPAIGN A HUGE SUCCESS
BY MARILYN LYFORD
     The Easter Avon campaign for the 6th grade well exceeded anyone’s expectations with a whopping (unofficial) $4,500.00 in sales. A big thanks to Rose Clement for offering to have such a wonderful fundraiser. The next PTO meeting will be as soon as "ALL" the Avon orders come in.....then we will report the total profit for the 6th grade.....Thanks to everyone who sold and purchased Avon and all the helpers that made it possible.

FROM MILO ELEMENTARY:

     The 3 photos above show children from Milo Elementary reading to folks at Milo Heights. The children travelled around Milo reading to area citizens as part of the Read Across America program.

MILO’S TERIFFIC KIDS
FROM THE CLASSROOM OF:
Mrs. Barden - This Terrific Kid is very neat with her work, helpful in the classroom and always has her work done on time. She is a great reader, writer and illustrator. She is also very friendly and cheerful each day. Congratulations KENDRA CHASE!!!
Mrs. Mills - This young lady has been working hard on all of her classroom work. She has been a great leader in her Social Studies group. She passes is work that is neat and carefully done. Her manners are great. We are proud to have ALLISON VALVO in our class.
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid really is terrific. She works hard to complete all of her assignments on time. She is an active participant in group discussions. Her classmates look to her for help and she is always willing to give it. We love having MIRANDA ANDRICK in our class.

Mrs. Dell'olio - CHRISTINA BOWDEN is our Terrific Kid today. She is very kind, respectful, and a hard worker. We can depend on her having her work in on time. She's funny, and is always smiling, and she's always a good listener. Today is also her birthday!
Mrs. Hayes - This Terrific Kid is a whiz with vowel work. He enjoys math, and geometry has been great fun for him this week. Our Terrific Kid is a wonderful reader and creates interesting and neat writing pieces. He is a friend to all his classmates and polite to his teachers. He has a neat sense of humor and we love to hear him laugh. We are proud of COLTON LARREBEE and we are happy to have him as part of our class family. Thanks Colton for being a great student and friend!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - AUSTIN FOGG- Austin has been working hard at following the "I Care" rules and becoming an active listener at story time. Austin has done a great job learning to count money. We're proud of you! ALEXIS LARSON- Never has there been a neater child in any sense of the word. Her work is beautiful. She is a big helper in our room, always helping others. We love having Alexis in our room!
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Carey - Our two Terrific Kids this week both have names that begin with J. Our first "J" friend is a little girl who is Kind – with an upper-case "K", Sweet - with an upper-case "S", Caring - with an upper-case "C", and Dear - with an upper-case "D". She is generous with her hugs and smiles and we love every minute we spend with JESSICA BROWN.
Our second "J" friend is a little guy who is a Sharer - with an upper-case "S", a Helper - with an upper-case "H", a Worker - with an upper-case "W", and a Reader- with an upper-case "R". We are so happy to have JAMES COMEAU as a member of our kindergarten family.
Mrs. Whitney - Our Terrific Kid this week has been adjusting to our classroom and a new schedule. He has been doing real well. Welcome to our room and keep up the great work, TUCKER LEATHERS!
Joe Bere’s Bus Students of the Week were: From Milo, JAMES DRAKE, and KYLE MURPHY, and from Brownville, HALEY DURANT.

FROM MARION C. COOK SCHOOL NEWS IN LAGRANGE
     Our March 27th assembly was opened with a boisterous performance of "You've Gotta Have Heart" by the 4th and 5th grade. Students wore the hats of their favorite baseball team. Several Red Sox hats, a Maine baseball hat, a Yankee hat and a Mets hat were worn. Chants of "Let's Go Mets" were heard coming from the audience.
     Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson awarded Terrific Kid Certificates to SABRINA FEDILLAH, JUSTIN MOULTON and MIKE DRAKE. Ms. Ivy remarked that Sabrina is a Terrific Kid every week. She finishes her jobs and is kind to her classmates. Mrs. Bessey chose Justin because he had a wonderful week and did his best every day. Miss K. praised Mike for a good attitude and for working hard to be a role model. Bus driver, Kathy Foss was happy to tell us that the students had an excellent week on the bus.
     Move and Improve prizes were handed out to many deserving students. Keep moving!!
     CONGRATULATIONS to all our Terrific Kids.
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HEARTBEATERS
     Our Heartbeaters group was able to ski one more time. The snow was literally melting beneath them as they made their way back to the school. Equipment was cleaned for storage. Our next scheduled session is April 10th.
THANK YOU PTO!!!
     Students and staff were surprised with the new TV and a combination DVD/VCR player. The new equipment was on display in the cafeteria when we arrived for breakfast on Friday morning. Thank you PTO. We appreciate all you do.

METHODIST CHURCH NEWS
BY CAROLYN SINCLAIR
     On Thursday, April 3rd, the women will meet for breakfast at Smith’s Restaurant in Brownville at 8:00 AM. All women are welcome to share this time of fellowship.
     On Monday evening the Nuture Outreach and Witness groups met at the church to do some planning for upcoming events. Holy week services include a Maundy Thursday service April 17th at Park Street Methodist Church, Good Friday Service April 18th at Brownville Jct. Methodist Church, Sunrise Service 6:AM April 20th at Park Street Methodist Church followed by Easter breakfast.
     We are planning a vacation Bible School for the week of Aug. 11 thru 15.
     For the next few weeks we will be gathering supplies to assemble health care kits for UMCOR which is the relief organization of the Methodist Church. UMCOR has announced that their warehouse shelf is nearly empty and that there is a great need for these items especially with the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Will keep you posted on these events.

MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGAL
     More and more books! Of course that is what the library is mostly about, and we are delighted to be able to provide them for you. And our thanks go also to our generous patrons who are helping us provide you with even more books by donating new hardcover books to the library.
     Edith Strout has been sending us many books by her daughter, Tracy Morse. Edith is a mystery lover, especially of Mary Higgins Clark and has made the library the recipient of her collection. Many of her books are duplicates of ours, but we can always use her copies to replace worn or missing books. Edith has also given us several other titles of authors other than M.H. Clark. They are :
Goldberg, Leonard FATAL CARE
Grisham, John A PAINTED HOUSE
     Jackie Wood is also a mystery fan who buys books and has willingly donated them to the library. Jackie has donated:
Cannell, Dorothy THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNESTINE
Farmer, Jerrilyn MUMBO GUMBO
Kelner, Toni WED AND BURIED
     Mystery readers are voracious and often devour a book in an evening. We are glad to have so many donations to share with you.
     It’s fun to get acquainted with mystery detectives (amateur or professional) and to follow them through their many sequels. I imagine one of the most well known is Kinsey Milhone of the Sue Grafton alphabet titled books fame, but one of my personal favorites is Agatha Raisin, a feisty middle-aged lady, created by M.C.Beaton . We do have several back ordered books that arrived this week and one features Agatha getting into embarrassing messes as usual but finally stumbling on to a solution. These are some of the backordered books that have arrived recently.

Archer, Jeffrey SONS OF FORTUNE
Barnard, Robert THE MISTRESS OF ALDERLEY
Beaton, M.C. AGATHA RAISIN & THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS CURATE
Deaver, Jeffery THE VANISHED MAN
Miller, Sue NF THE STORY OF MY FATHER (alzheimer’s)
Parker, Robert BACK STORY
Spencer-Fleming, Julia A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD
Woodiwiss, Kathleen THE RELUCTANT SUITOR
     Mary Richardson also recently donated many books in the Christian literature genre. We have had several requests for this type of literature so I was very pleased to receive them. When they are processed , they will be on special shelves beneath the newest fiction books. Some of the titles are:
Higgs, Liz Curtis BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE
Higgs, Liz Curtis REALLY BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE
Henderson, Dee THE NEGOTIATOR
Henderson, Dee THE PROTECTOR
     There are many other titles and we will be getting them ready as quickly as possible . Joanne DeWitt has also donated a copy of A MAN CALLED DAVE by Dave Pelzer. We thank our very generous friends who help us to provide variety for the reading public. We really appreciate the gifts that add to our library without subtracting from our book budget.
     Remember we have many tax forms-both FEDERAL and STATE of MAINE.
     On April 9th the Three Rivers Kiwanis will sponsor a story hour at the library. It will include stories, a related craft and snacks. The time will be 3:00-4:00. Grades K through 4th are welcome.

Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri.---2:00 -8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00

THANKS FROM “THE RESTAURANT”
     Wow, It has been 2 and a half weeks since we took over 'The Restaurant". My how time flies! I am just now able to take a deep breath and a moment to let you all know just how appreciative we are of all the flowers and good wishes. If you were one of the many people that came into 'The Restaurant' you were sure to notice the beautiful flowers that adorned each and every table. We had no idea that we would receive that many flowers!! You kicked off our first week in an amazing way.
     Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!!
Chuck, Joi, and the entire crew at "The Restaurant

Knighthood for a Maine Inventor:
Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim - Part 3
Maine Times, by John E. Cayford, Jan. 1974
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2003)
     Even in the life of an inventor, love takes its toll. Hiram fell in love with Louisa Jane Budden, and they had a wonderful life together, although Mrs. Maxim could not understand her husband's moods and attitudes -- especially when he was working out a new design for some piece of machinery in his mind. The Maxims had one son and two daughters during the ten years before Mrs. Maxim passed from the inventor's life.
     Hiram's new position was in the service of the philosophical instrument maker, Oliver P. Drake, a kindly man who allowed Hiram to work out his inventions at the Boston office. Hiram had worked very diligently under his tutelage. It was to Oliver Drake that Hiram attributed much of his later success.

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     A large furniture store in Boston had burned for the third time. Hiram invented an automatic sprinkler system which was activated by a fire itself and only operated in the immediate area of the fire. The Maxim fire alarm system also featured a direct telegraphic signal to the nearest police and fire station, giving the exact location of the blaze. Unfortunately, he could not interest anyone in his invention, and it was not until some seventeen years later, when the Maxim patent had expired, that a sprinkler was installed. It was an exact copy of Hiram's system, but lacked the telegraphic unit.
     At this stage his inventive genius became active, and among other contrivances, he devised a "density regulator" for equalizing the illuminating value of coal gas. This was not his fIrst invention, but it was more ambitious that his previous efforts. In 1874, he redesigned a small steam engine and water pump for a firm manufacturing fire-fighting equipment. Later, he started the Maxim Gas Machine Company, located at 264 Broadway, New York. He was enjoying some measure of success and when Mr. A.T. Stewart, the multimillionaire, approached him to put gas lighting into all his mills and hotels, Hiram had a Herculean task. He designed, developed and supervised the placement of the largest gas lighting machines, with many new innovations, in the United States. He also had time to invent a new railroad engine headlight.
     Work was being done on the first electric lighting systems and people were talking about the wonders of the electric light.
     The Hon. Spencer D. Schuyler formed the first electric light company in the United States, and Hiram Maxim became its chief engineer in 1878. Oddly enough, Hiram felt that he had not produced anything of notable importance prior to joining the company. He did have difficulties with one of the company's staff. This man tried to claim one of Hiram's patents, and the resulting court decision placed the patent as open property for everyone to use. It robbed the United States Electric Company and Maxim of some one million dollars.
     Shortly thereafter, Hiram discovered and patented a method of preserving and building up carbons in an incandescent lamp by heating the filaments electrically in an attenuated atmosphere of hydrocarbon vapor. This was a remarkable breakthrough in lighting and a full two years before Thomas Edison presented his incandescent bulb to the world.
     Prior to leaving for the Paris Exhibition, Hiram married for the second time. Sarah was the daughter of Charles Haynes of Boston, Massachusetts. (Continued next week)

IN MEMORIAM
ELEANOR L. COPELAND
     ONAWA - Eleanor L. Copeland, 85, died March 22, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 18, 1918, in Millinocket, daughter of Lydia (Ryan) and Raymond Perry. She married Sherwood Copeland in Greenville on June 8, 1939. Eleanor was a long time resident of Onawa, where she and her beloved husband raised three children, Edwin, Sarah and Ronald. Eleanor was the driving force behind the construction of a road into Onawa Lake as well as the extension of electric service into the area. She was also instrumental in the building and preservation of several community buildings in the Onawa Lake area. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Sherwood, in 1990; her brothers, Lawrence, Leon and Edgar Perry; and one sister, Eula Roberts. She is survived by her sister, Esther Wallace, her son and his wife, Edwin and Jo-Marie Copeland of Milo; a son and his wife, Ronald and Thomasina Copeland of Halifax, Mass.; a daughter and her husband, Sarah and Richard Brumbaugh of Austin, Colo.; a special grandson and his wife, James and Paula Copeland of Brownville; grandchildren, Amy Copeland of Dover-Foxcroft, Sherry Dolan and Kim, Ryan and Lisa Copeland of Massachusetts, Kathy and husband, David Gardner, of Garden Valley, Idaho; Kenny and wife, Lori Brumbaugh, of Pueblo, Colo.; Kiva and husband, Scott Nachreiner, of Canon City, Colo.; 16 great-grandchildren. At Eleanor's request there will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m.

Tuesday at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 21 Oak St., Guilford, with Rev. David McLeish officiating. Spring burial will be in the Elliotsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Monson Fire Department.
LEONE M. BAILEY
     ORNEVILLE - Leone M. Bailey, 79, wife of the late Warren E. Bailey, went to be with the Lord March 23, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born Oct 10, 1923, in Brookton, the daughter of Richard and Maud (Craig) Thompson. Leone had been a member and a past president of the New England Club in Arizona and a member of the Milo United Baptist Church. She had a pilot's license and enjoyed flying small planes. She is survived by two sons, Andrew Twist of Salisbury, Pa., and Avon Bailey of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a daughter, Linda Twist of Orneville; five grandchildren, Myndi Twist, Kevan Morgan, Rydell Morgan, Yvonne Bailey, and Cindi Twist; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She will be remembered by special friends, Vernon, Kathy, Abe, Heidi, and Joyce. A celebration of Leone's life will be held for family and friends. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Milo United Baptist Church, 8 Pleasant St., Milo, 04463. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.
PEGGY J. BURLOCK
     BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Peggy J. Burlock, 60, died March 23, 2003, at a Bangor hospital, following a courageous seven-year battle with cancer. She was born Dec 13, 1942, in Brownville, the daughter of Edward and Bernice (Russell) Stone. Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Byron of Brownville Junction. She was a devoted and loving mother to Deanna Bellatty, Denise and her husband, John Graves, Dean Bellaty, and Deborah and her husband, Chuck Emery, all of Brownville Junction. She leaves behind her most precious grandchildren, Drew, Lauryn and Madisyn Bellatty of Milo, and Emily Emery of Brownville Junction. Survivors also include three brothers, Ronald Stone, Walter and his wife, Kay Stone, and Pat and his wife, Ginger Stone, all of Brownville; two sisters, Ginger and her husband, John Weston, and Frances Weston, all of Brownville Junction; two sisters-in-law, Jacqueline and her husband, Reginald Bragdon, of Brownville, and Roberta Raucci of Webster, Mass.; two brothers-in-law, Adrian and friend, Mary Lou, of Milford, Conn., and Lester and his wife, Joyce, of Hillsboro, Mass.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She also leaves two special friends, Susan Cyr and Linda Coburn of Brownville Junction. Peggy was predeceased by her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Harry and Alvena Burlock; five brothers-in-law; and a special aunt, Elsie Russell. A celebration of Peggy's life will be conducted 3 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2003, at the family lot in Brownville Village Cemetery, with Rev. Michelle St. Cyr officiating. A time of fellowship and sharing will follow the service at the Brownville Junction Alumni Building. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Susan B. Komen Maine Race for the Cure, P.O. Box 3283, Brewer, ME 04412. Peggy was a participant in this race for six years, and her family plans to continue this tradition. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.
FRANCES GLADYS BOONE
     CHARLESTON - Frances Gladys Boone, 70, died peacefully, March 26, 2003, surrounded by her loving family at a Bangor hospital. She was born July 16, 1932, in Brownville Junction, the daughter of Allan and Nora Jane MacDonald. She was raised in Brownville Junction until her marriage to Richard L. Boone Jr. of Dover-Foxcroft. Frances was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be sadly missed by all. She was predeceased by a son, Joel A. Boone Sr. of Greenville, in 1992; her parents; a sister, Jean Martin; and a brother, George MacDonald. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Richard L. Boone Jr. and five children, Richard Boone III and his wife, Cynthia, of Wytopitlock, Patsy Lee and her husband, Alan Marquis, of Hudson, Daniel A. and his wife, Linda, of Bangor, Louie D. and his wife, Christel, of Brewer and Jeanne A. and her husband, Rick Clement, of Corinth; 16 special grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Nora Gidney of East Vassalboro, many nieces and nephews and her special baby and companion, J.J., her dog. Observing her wishes, there will be no visiting hours or funeral services. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.


IN MEMORIUM
MABEL AMELIA DEWITT MCCLEARY
APRIL 2, 1901 – JANUARY 26, 2003
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FINDING MY ROOTS
BY VIRGIL VALENTE


Front L to R: Antonella Festa, Giovanna Santagapita, Natalina D'Avino, Georgia Hall, Angela Byther
Rear: Eloise French, Marilena Festa, Virgil Valente, Antonio Biondi, Michelle Santagapita, Lucia Biondi, Eduardo Festa, Ernani Festa, Guiseppe D'Avino, Stephanie Valente

Part 2
     I am glad we didn’t try to make the trip by ourselves. Our driver followed the signs and found that they were wrong and had to stop for directions. We eventually arrived in Isernia and then found the train station shortly after 10AM. Lucia was there as promised and we followed her car up into the hills to Carpinone.
     As we rode to Carpinone, we could see it in the distance. It is situated on the crest of a hill with all the houses close together. In the center at the top of the hill is an old castle. Its population is around 1200 and it is now a bedroom community for Isernia.
     We parked close to the castle and the house of our cousin Giovanna Santagapita. I should point out that all the cousins our age have died and the four cousins we met were the children of our first cousins. Giovanna and Antonio are the grandchildren of my Uncle Dominic and Marilena and Natalina are the grandchildren of my uncle Guiseppenicola or Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe emigrated to Argentina many years ago and visited my father over thirty years ago. Marilena and Natalina never met their grandfather and were pleased to talk to us about him.
     Our driver asked Lucia when he should return to pick us up and she told him they would like to have him join us for the day so he wouldn’t be alone. It was great for us because it gave us another translator.
     Giovanna met us at the door and had us come in. The table was set and we had to have a snack. We had two kinds of cookies, a bread similar to a quiche filled with ham and cheese, nuts and candy. We got to know each other a little and then Lucia told us that they had a surprise. They had talked to the woman who lived in the house where our father was born and grew up. She was willing to have us visit. We all put our coats on and headed out. Giovanna lives on the town square and all we had to do was cross the square and walk maybe a hundred feet down one of the other streets.
     To get to our father’s old house, we had to go through an old stone arch into a courtyard. We were warned that the only thing in the house that had changed since our father was there was some plumbing, and electrical work. This really added to our excitement. An elderly lady about 5 feet tall met us at the door. Stephanie said that she was so cute she wanted to take her home. She led us to the second floor where the kitchen and living room were. She apologized for the bed in the kitchen. She said it was too cold for her to sleep upstairs in the bedroom during the winter. The only heat she had was a wood stove in the kitchen. The living room was used for storage now but still had its hand hewn wooden beams for the ceiling. She then took us upstairs to the bedroom. The stairs were more like a stepladder and rose almost vertical. The building was built on the side of a hill and we walked out the third floor bedroom

door into a small garden area with olive trees, grapevines and a chicken house. It looked like there was a garden during the summer time. We visited with the lady for a short time and thanked her for allowing us to see where our father grew up. On returning to the ground floor she showed us the stone vat where they used to crush grapes with their feet to make wine. We walked around town for a short time and then returned to Giovanna’s house.
     While we were gone more people arrived. Antonio, Marilena, her husband Ernani Festa, and their children Eduardo 16, and Antonella around 13. Later Natalina and Geppino as well as Michelle Santagapita Giovanna’s husband came and we were told we were going to have a light lunch. Some friends of Giovanna were also there to help with the “lunch”.
     The first course was the antipasto. We had two kinds of Italian ham, capicola, homemade sausage similar to pepperoni, homemade mozzarella cheese and another type of cheese. We also had homemade bread and green olives that tasted like our black ones. Our second course was lasagna and ravioli. They make ravioli different from what we have. They make it like a jellyroll and wrap it in cheesecloth while it is cooking. When cooked they slice it. The next course was rolled beef and wild asparagus they had harvested from the mountains. The largest stem was smaller than a pencil. We then had what was called an Easter pie for dessert along with a lemon cake we had bought in Sorrento for the occasion. We ended with expresso. The last thing we had to try was from a device that looked like a fire extinguisher. It contained a cordial that you sprayed into your mouth. I thought it was a joke but everyone was doing it so I did too.
     We were having a great time and hated to leave but at 4:30 I told them we had to go. I was stuffed. The meal had taken almost 5 hours. We were told we had to climb to the castle for pictures. On our return we got a commitment from them to visit us and then we headed back to Sorrento. Our entire trip was wonderful with lots of new experiences, but I have to go back to Carpinone again to get to know my relatives better.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
     You know you live in a small town when......
     I pressed my husband's new charcoal finely checked shirt and his dress pants three times this week. He dressed, donned his wool sports coat and we went off to the funeral home. Once for an elderly gentleman friend of ours......once for a friend of our own age.....and once to the funeral of a little boy who's Daddy was like our own son when he was a boy himself. Each trip that we took reminded us of our own vulnerability. The first trip reminded me that my own father, who lives here with us, is aging. We know that when he's gone it will be the last of our parents. There can be nothing sadder than being an orphan.....and no matter the age, a child without a parent is an orphan.
     Our next trip to the funeral home was for a man close to our age.....very close. How sad for a man in middle age to miss his retirement years. How fragile life is, that you can't count on those wonderful years that husband and wife can spend together enjoying whatever it is they've dreamed of doing for their whole busy marriage. Working so hard to bring up their own children.....and then being blessed with grand kids and another less encumbered opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.
     Our third trip was to Houlton to attend the funeral of a little child. God bless Logan DeWitt's little heart. He's experiencing the glories of God - in innocence. He won't have to go through any process of making amends for any sins....just go straight to the front of the line right into heaven. His family will miss him beyond measure. I'm convinced that somewhere down the road....in a place in time that we can't
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fathom, there will be an answer to the reason why God took him from us. That's what faith is. And, I have faith if nothing else.
     We gassed up at the Exxon before we left town. Donnie Brown said, "You must be going to Houlton." Yes, indeed we are. He knew that because he knows us....he knows Stevie...he knew by the clothes that we all had on...he knew by the time we were making our departure. He knew.... He wished us a safe trip and we were off.
     We were waylaid in our trip, however. As we sped up the highway just beyond the Lincoln exit my husband spoke the ominous words that I hate to hear, "uh oh."What now? What's wrong? I knew he had set the cruise control so I was sure we weren't going over the speed limit....but my eyes immediately glanced in the side rear-view mirror to see if there was a cruiser bearing down on us. He said, "The car just quit." I was instantly relieved that he was with me, and that I wasn't coming home from a shopping trip to Bangor... in the dark...alone.
     We pulled over to the side of the road and let the car come to rest. Shut it down and tried to restart it. The engine turned over time and time again....but just wouldn't start. At this point in my story I must ask this burning two-part question. Why would anybody not have a cell phone? And, why would anybody not have AAA? Literally, within minutes, we had help, not only on the way....but there! Two burley, congenial men with a big wrecker arrived just prior to our good friend Stephen Hamlin......who I called to come to our rescue. I have a cousin in Lincoln who I tried...nobody home. I have a cousin in East Millinocket who I tried...nobody home. I then began making a mental list of friends from home who might be available. The first one that I called came right along. Lucky us.
     Back to the AAA business. I don't believe there has ever been a year that I've not had to use the service. Sometimes more than once a year! It's incredible service. It doesn't matter if you're on I 95 just 30 miles from home....or on the New Jersey Turnpike (Oh yes. I've been there and broken down before, too.) AAA helps you out of the toughest situations. We have AAA Plus. We pay a little more for it (still under $100), but they'll take your car where ever you want it to go. I wanted my car delivered to Grant's in Brownville....no problem. A state police officer came along and stopped to check out our situation. He was very nice and polite, and we were relieved that had we not been so well prepared for our situation, he would have taken care of us.
     At this time I don't have a clue what's wrong with my car....but my family thinks it's the fuel pump. I'm sure it's something that can be fixed. What can't be fixed, though, is the fact that we didn't get to Houlton. We didn't get to say goodbye to little Logie. His parents and grandparents don't know that our hearts are also broken....for their loss. What's the worst case scenario? My car is unfixable? I'll get a new one. I'll also have to wait for a day or two to see my friends to share my sympathies. In the meantime, I live in a wonderful little town....where everybody knows your name and figures out your business and you don't care because you know their name and their business, too.
     That's how you know you live in a small town.......
Marie Hayes Banana Bread - makes 2 loaves - prepared for us at Embden Lake many many years ago...I've had this recipe forever!
2/3 cup crisco
2/3 cup margarine
2/3 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups mashed bananas
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons milk
vanilla
chopped walnuts – optional
     Cream the Crisco, margarine, sugar. Beat in the 4 eggs, then stir in the bananas. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder and add alternatively to the creamed mixture with the milk. Bake in 2 greased and floured bread pans for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. This is moist and wonderful.

The Harlem Rockets Comedy Team
will be at the Penquis Valley High School Gym on April 8, 2003.
Jobs for Maine Graduates, JMG, will be sponsoring the game between the Rockets and the JMG senior boy All-Stars!
Advanced tickets are $5.00 and can be obtained from Carl Wilson, 943-7346 - Ext. 210, or you can send your money in with your name to:
Penquis Valley High
48 Penquis Drive
Milo, ME 04463
You will receive your ticket when you arrive.
Tickets may be purchased at the door for a higher cost.
Children under 3 get in free!
Hope to see you there!

MSAD #41 SCHOOL LUNCH MENU
MARCH 31 – APRIL 4
Monday-
Chicken burger, school bun, mashed potato, peas, fruit, and milk every day.
Tuesday-Juice, Dagwood sand. lettuce/tomato, rice pilaf, and birthday cake.
Wednesday-Lasagna, garden salad, dinner roll, and pears.
Thursday-Chicken/rice burrito, scallop potato, 3 bean salad, and pineapple.
Friday-Hamburg French pizza, mixed vegetables, and assorted fruit.

ADOPT-A-CAT
SUBMITTED BY VICTORIA EASTMAN
     A home is needed for our first cat because her family is moving and cannot take her with them.
She is a 1_ year-old spayed Lynx Point cat with big blue eyes. She is gray and beige with striped legs. This cat is beautiful and would prefer to live with females.
     FOUND on Willow Street around March 25th: Solid black female cat, petite adult with a light green flea collar. She had been on Willow Street for several days before being taken in.
     If you can give a cat a home or if you know who has lost this kitty, please call Julie Gallagher at 943-5083.

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HOME BAKERY
SUBMITTED BY GINNY FOSS
     Don’t like to cook pastries? Need a dessert for tonight? There is a home bakery in Milo now. Crowell Garland, Jr. has opened a bakery at his home at 10 Maple Street. He is retired and has always enjoyed baking and decided to do it part-time from his home.
     Garland said he will take orders for now and can usually have the baked goods ready in a few hours, depending on what it is. If business increases he will have items ready to buy. He makes frosted cakes (nothing fancy), pies, cookies, whoopie pies, doughnuts, bars, fudge, biscuits, and breads. He will even make things he’s never made before if possible. Everything is made from scratch.
     Garland is originally from Fairfield where he grew up on a farm and later drove a milk truck. His son, Crowell Garland III, is a cook at “The Restaurant” in Milo. It seems like cooking runs in the family.
     Garland lived in Milo for a while before moving back to Fairfield. His wife passed away and he returned to Milo in 1996. Last year he remarried and he and his wife Ethel bought their present home. Garland said he couldn’t spend a lot of time on his feet because he has knee problems but he said that by working at home he could sit to do a lot of the mixing. His wife doesn’t do the baking but helps with the clean up. They recently bought some shelving and plan to sell items from their front porch this summer. Garland has baked for food sales, for friends, and made the pastries at Hillside Market before it closed a few years ago.
     To order bakery items please call 943-5804. The bakery items are very reasonable: Cookies-6/99¢, Doughnuts-6/$1.49, Whoopie Pies-89¢, Cakes-prices vary depending on the size, Pies-$3.50, Custards and berry pies-$3.75, and Yeast Rolls-$1.79 per dozen. He also makes fudge and biscuits.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
BY NANCY GRANT
This was forwarded to me via e-mail; the author is unknown.
TAPS
     We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps."
     It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.
     But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
     Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.
     During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.
     The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son.

     The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
     The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
     The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.
     This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps", used at military funerals were born. The words are:

Day is done...Gone the sun...
From the lakes... From the hills...From the sky...
All is well...Safely rest...God is nigh...
Fading light...Dims the sight...
And a star...Gems the sky...Gleaming bright...
From afar...Drawing nigh...Falls the night...
Thanks and praise...For our days...
Neath the sun...Neath the stars...Neath the sky...
As we go...This we know...God is nigh.

REMEMBER THOSE LOST AND HARMED WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.
• And also for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

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.

MARCH 26 MEETING MINUTES
BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
     President Edwin Treworgy welcomed eighteen members and an array of guests to the evening meeting.
     Eben DeWitt led us in an especially appropriate Pledge of Allegiance.
     Edwin asked for guidance during this time of turmoil in his prayer.
     Sylvia Black was our inspirational reader with a message about creativity. She told of a two year-old boy and a large bottle of milk. When he was attempting to remove the cap, the bottle slipped and landed on the floor along with the contents. His mother said she had never seen such a mess and then asked him if he would like to play in it. After a few minutes of fun time he had the choice of using a mop or sponge to help clean up. His mother gave him a lesson on how to carry the bottle without spilling the milk. This youngster, Stephen Glenn, grew up to become a well-known research scientist. MISTAKES ARE FOR LEARNING!

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     Our guests this evening included Jean Perkins, Jackie Smith, Janet Valente, Brian and Jean Hamlin, Brian Trask, Steve and Cheryl Hamlin, CeCe Harmon, Paul and Gwen Bradeen, Joanne DeWitt, Dotty Brown, Tinker and Sarah Richards, and Judith Stevens. We were very pleased to see everyone.
     Birthday wishes are extended to Debbie Walker on the 27th, Edwin Treworgy on the 29th, and Chris Almy on April 1st.
     Eben DeWitt announced that he would be a candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor in 2004-2005. We wish you the best in your campaign.
     There will be an art contest on Sunday afternoon at the Milo Town Hall auditorium. Sixteen pictures by artists from Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft, Katahdin, and Penquis Valley in Milo will be featured. The Federated Women’s District Club is sponsoring the contest.
     It was announced that a rally to support our troops will take place on Saturday from 10 to 12 am at the American Legion Hall in Milo. Walter Lougee is generously providing flags for all who participate.
     Seventeen happy and sad dollars were donated to the Administrative Fund for our speaker Ryan Bradeen, a wonderful supper, a great crowd in attendance, good cook, Cheryl’s reading glasses, our troops, and Val, Joe, and Frank at the Terrific Kids Assemblies.
     Eben asked for people interested in an interclub to visit the Guilford meeting on Thursday, March 27. Edwin, Ethelyn, and Lois gladly accepted the invitation.
     The Three Rivers News is distributing 300 editions per week and receive approximately 400 hits per week on the TRC website. The paper is financially sound.
     The Variety Show chorus is in need of a few men’s voices and there is a good chance of a surprise act appearing in the show. Edwin and a few others chuckled when this was announced…
     Ethelyn informed us that materials for sixteen quilts have been purchased. She said that she was pleasantly surprised at the number of women who came to the Town Hall on Tuesday to work on the quilts for Project Linus. There are plans to donate quilts to the classmates of Edwin and Ellen DeWitt’s grandson who recently passed away.
     The guest speakers for April will be Todd Lyford on April 2, Claire Wood of the UMO and columnist for the BDN on April 16, and Representative Steve Stanley of Medway and Senate Chairman of the taxation committee in Augusta on the 23rd. His topic will be tax reform proposals in the legislature. The speaker for April 30 is not known at this time.
     Ethelyn Treworgy introduced Ryan Bradeen, our guest speaker for this evening. Ryan is the son of Paul and Gwen Bradeen and a 1990 graduate of Penquis Valley High School. Ryan told us a story about his lawn-mowing career during high school. At one point he was supposed to mow Eben DeWitt’s yard but instead made Harold Hanson’s lawn nice and neat! He told Eben he still owes him a mowing job!
     Ryan is an educator for Primary Source of Boston, working out of Bangor. He helps teachers teach the background of the world. One aspect of his job is to take teachers to China as he did during the summers of 2001 and 2002. Twenty-eight educators participated in each trip with Ryan as the leader in the 2002 tour.
     China is four times larger than the United States with a total population of 1.3 billion. Some of the cities and villages Ryan toured were Jiayuguan, Shanghai, Kashger, Xian, Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Beijing, Xiahe, Turpan, and Urumqi as well as the Gobi Desert and Tibet. He said he experienced many modes of transportation such as trains, camels, horses, scooters, buses, boats, and planes.
     His trip started in Shanghai where there has been much reconstruction since 1949. Some of the Chinese think that Bangor is drafty, dirty, and old because their city is fairly new. Their television station towers are always huge structures and the barges in the harbor are their fleets. Ryan said that “Old China” is busy and noisy with lots of people while the other side of the wall contains peaceful gardens.
     There is a strong 50-year history of communism with a movement to obtain a market economy. There is a mix of the old and new with a significance of Western influence as evidenced by the abundance of American mannequins in the windows of their numerous shops. Ryan said that all the mannequins look alike. The Chinese are a hard-working and industrious people. Their lifespan have taken them through a multitude of cultural changes. The gap is widening between the rural poor and the middle class. Many leave the countryside to look for work in the cities. Religion is playing a larger role in their everyday life with Buddhism and Taoism as the major religions.
     He told us that most tourists do not see the ‘other side’ of China. Much of the country is rural farming community. In one village, with a population of six to seven thousand, the local school housed only 500 students. They had to raise $19,000 to build a library. Some even saved pennies to help!
     China is made up of many different terrains, craggy peaks, hand-made lush terraces, mountains, meadows, glaciers, 170° rocks on cliff faces, deserts, oasis, open shifting sand dunes, and rich pastures. There are attractions for everyone including industry, pagoda-style buildings, temples carved into the faces of cliffs, a nine-story sitting Buddha, and 16¢ rides down the towering sand dunes on a ‘washboard’! Ryan also told us that Western China has a mixed ethnicity and people’s facial features vary from the classic Chinese face.
     It is very obvious that Ryan has a deep love and appreciation for this far away country. Thank you, Ryan, for sharing ‘your’ China with us.
     We also wish you and your fiancé the very best for your wedding on May 17, 2003!
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