||Three Rivers News, 2003-06-17
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2003
VOLUME 2 NUMBER 32
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
LAUGH IT UP @ YOUR LIBRARY
The Milo Free Public Library will be sponsoring the summer reading program LAUGH IT UP @ YOUR LIBRARY. Children ages preschool through grade 6 are welcome. Sign-up week is June 16-20---a good time for new participants to sign up and ask questions. The program begins June 23, lasts 8 weeks and ends August 15 with a party. There are no definite times a student must be present. A member can come in anytime during library hours. There is a story time during the program on Wednesdays at 2:30 with community readers. There will be mascots, food prizes, all kinds of giveaways, a Giggle Box and many old and new books. We anticipate that every child who participates will have lots and lots of fun. The summer reading program is a good reading incentive to help children in the lower grades improve their reading skills over the summer. If there are any questions, please call 943-2612 during library hours---M-W-F---2:00-8:00.
CRUIZE ON IN THIS SUNDAY
It's almost here! Sunday, June 22nd, is the date set for the Penquis Cruizers' 14th Annual Cruize-In. The event will be held at the JSI parking lot and will run from 10am to 2pm. There will be vehicles of all kinds for your enjoyment. In past years there have been antique trucks and cars, street rods, muscle cars as well as a variety of classic cars and newer vehicles. There will be a Rap Contest at noon.
The annual auction of car related "stuff" and donations from local businesses will begin at 1 (or perhaps earlier - depending on the weather). Paul Hansen of Bangor will provide music for the day. The Three Rivers Kiwanis will be on hand selling refreshments. The Maine HO Racing Association will be there with a display of slot racing cars. There will be an opportunity for kids of all ages to race the slot cars.
While this is not a car show, there will be awards for the person who travels the longest distance to get to the show, the person who has a "Hard Luck Story" to share in connection with attending the event, the club with the most members attending, the vehicle selected as best "In Restoration" and a People's Choice award which is selected by the participants. There will be a scavenger hunt for those participating and dash plaques for all who register their vehicles. Admission for the Cruize-In is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 13 who are not accompanied by an adult. Those children with adults will be admitted free. This event will take place rain or shine. For more information call Fred or Susan at 965-8070.
BENEFIT PUBLIC BAKED BEAN SUPPER
FOR WANDA CONOLOGUE
AND IN MEMORY OF SONNY CARON, SPONSORED BY THE ALUMNI AND FRIENDS
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2003, FROM 4:30PM TO 6:30PM
AT THE BROWNVILLE JCT. ALUMNI BUILDING.
KIWANIS ANNUAL AUCTION
YARD SALE! REFRESHMENTS!
RAFFLE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ANY KIWANIAN
JUNE 26 & 27 - 5 TO 9 PM
MILO FARMERS UNION PARKING LOT
PLEASE CONTACT EBEN DEWITT AT 943-2486, TODD LYFORD AT 943-7733 OR EDWIN TREWORGY AT 943-7748 TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE AUCTION ITEMS PICKED UP.
PROCEEDS FROM THE AUCTION GO TO BENEFIT THE PROJECTS SPONSORED BY THE MILO/BROWNVILLE KIWANIS CLUB: IDD (IODINE DEFICIENCY DISORDER), TERRIFIC KIDS, SECRET SANTA, KEY CLUB, READING IS FUNDAMENTAL, MAKE-A-WISH, LIBRARY KIDS KORNER, LINUS QUILT PROJECT, CONSERVATION CAMP, CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CAMP, SCHOLARSHIPS, THREE RIVERS NEWS, MILO TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER, VETERANS DAY DINNER, ELEMENTARY OUTING CLUB, KIWANIS PEDIATRIC TRAUMA CENTER, SENIOR BARBECUES, COMMUNITY CALENDARS, AND CHILDRENS BICYCLE SAFETY.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
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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!
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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!
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. The (a) Ryder House (b) Lewis House (c) Slate House (d) Smith House was supposed to be the equal of the Brown House.
2. Walker Bridge is in (a) Knight's Landing (b) Stanchfield Ridge (c) Williamsburg (d) North Brownville.
3. Colonel Walter Morrill owned the (a) Crocker Quarry (b) Merrill Quarry (c) Highland Quarry (d) Wilder Quarry.
4. (a) Sonny Cobb (b) Jimmy Rosebush (c) Tom Wallace (d) Tom Durant forgot his birth certificate in Rhode Island.
5. The Black Guards served during (a) WWI (b) WWII (c) Korea (d) Vietnam.
6. (a) Durants (b) Farrars (c) Smiths (d) Ellises had horse shows.
7. Jenks Brook goes into (a) Schoodic Lake (b) Whetstone Brook (c) the Pleasant River (d) Middle Branch.
8.Silent movies were held at (a) the YMCA (b) Methodist Church (c) BJHS (d) Dillon's Hall.
9. The Eureka Hotel was the (a) Pleasant River Hotel (b) Peters Hotel (c) French Boarding house (c) Briggs Block.
10. Lefty Strout was signed by the (a) Red Sox (b) Braves (c) Yankees (d) Tigers.
Answers: 1-a 2-d 3-c 4-b 5-b 6-a 7-c 8-d 9-a 10-b
Editors note: I apologize to Bill and to our readers for leaving Bills Trivia Column out of last weeks edition.
METHODIST WOMENS NEWS
The area women met for breakfast at Smith's on Thursday AM. We enjoyed good food and great fellowship. The women of Park Street UMC have prepared 35 health kits to be sent to Conference. The kits will then be sent wherever they are needed. With fighting going on in the world, as well as earthquakes and floods, the need for these items is great. We thank all who donated items to this project.
MSAD #41'S WELLNESS TEAM GOES TO SUGARLOAF
BY SUE CHAFFEE, TEAM LEADER
On Sunday, June 22nd, the MSAD #41 Wellness Team will travel to Sugarloaf USA for a 5-day conference sponsored by the Department of Education. Those attending this year's conference are: Christine Beres, Marie Hayes, Ginny Morrill, Tina Johnston, Lynn Gerrish, Kathy Witham, Eddie Oakes, Amber Gahagan, Linda O'Connor and Sue Chaffee.
The Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Conference XVIII is a unique professional development experience that provides a forum for representatives of all segments of a school or school administrative unit to discuss and respond to issues related to health promotion, health education, and the maintenance of a healthy learning environment. Participants attend workshops that provide information for enhancing school climate and student health and contribute to personal well being. During the conference, the team participants will develop an Action Plan that will set forth our goals and objectives for putting wellness ideas into action for the coming year.
The theme of this year's conference is WICKED GOOD WELLNESS FOR ME and the line up of workshops and keynote speakers looks great! Also, the theme has inspired a wealth of ideas by members of our own team who are already planning for our moment on the stage! Perhaps we'll have some pictures to share! This is the fourth year that MSAD #41's Wellness Team has attended the Health Promotion Conference and we are looking forward to having an opportunity to network with other teams, and develop an Action Plan that reflects the new ideas. It is our hope that we will return from Sugarloaf with renewed energy and that we will continue to promote wellness for all.
More when we return.
KYLE FOSS and TREVOR LYFORD were a couple of local racers who raced at Eaton Mountain on Sunday, June 8th. The rain held off all day and the track looked pretty good. They race the big 4-wheelers at Eaton so they had more classes to choose from.....even for the younger drivers.
Trevor came out of the gates right in the front of the pack of 9 4-wheelers for the 4-7 ATV class in both motos and raced a very exciting race with another rider was unbeaten....Trevor got passed on the 4th lap, but managed to get by him on the final lap and barely held him off to come home with a huge 1st place trophy.
Trevor also jumped up a class and raced in the 8-11 year olds with a whopping 16 other ATV's; the most ever lined up at once. He raced extremely hard and came out of the gates towards the front of the pack to pick himself up a 3rd place trophy for finishing 3rd in each moto. Kyle did a fantastic job on a track he had never rode before.....it was much more difficult for the dirtbikes because of a couple steep spots and tight turns and then had to come down the hill. No trophies for Kyle today, but he never gave up and gained that much more experience for the next time.
OZZIE AND JACK GO TO THE LIBRARY
(The goats are the short ones)
FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
On Wednesday, June 11, the Kiwanis Kids Korner came to an end. We had a large group of human kids and two animal kids as Val brought her miniature goats to the festivities. The two kids walked down from the elementary school with the group and were the subject of much attention from the walking children and passing cars. The goats were tethered on the front lawn with water bowls and Kirby Robertson to watch them. Before the human group settled down to their party, group pictures were taken including all the kids.
Two large cakes made by Dottie Brown and Val were decorated like American flags with cool whip, blueberries and stripes of sliced strawberries. The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club had also provided Dixie cups of ice cream and juice so there were great refreshments. The adults present and the librarians too enjoyed the goodies. After the
refreshments each child received a certificate and chose a book for themselves. Val , with funds from the Kiwanis Club, had purchased popular books including such characters as Junie B. Jones, Arthur and Franklin. What a busy and delightful 10 weeks the Kiwanis provided with the Kiwanis Kids Korner. Val Robertson did a great job with weekly help from Dottie Brown and Brian Lyford and other adult helpers. There will be a recess for the summer, but the Kiwanis Kids Korner will start up again in the fall.
Because I have not seen him to thank him personally, I am going to thank Bill Warner in this column. As the library is not open every day, our boxes are delivered to the town office. Many of them I can bring down myself, but lately I have ordered so many books the boxes are too big for me to carry. Bill has carried lots of very heavy book boxes from the town hall to the library. We really appreciate the help, and I thank him very much.
And speaking of books, I will continue the list of adult books where I left off last time.
Diamant, Anita THE RED TENT
Delinsky, Barbara FLIRTING WITH PETE
Ellis, Virginia THE PHOTOGRAPH
Kellerman, Jonathan A COLD HEART
Kidd, Sue Monk THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Koontz, Dean THE FACE
LAmour, Louis FROM THE LISTENING HILLS
Macomber, Debbie CHANGING HABITS
McMurtry, Larry THE WANDERING HILL
Meier, Leslie FATHERS DAY MURDER
Page, Katherine Hall THE BODY IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
Patterson, James THE LAKE HOUSE
Patterson, James WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (paper)
Phillips, Michael A DAY TO PICK YOUR OWN COTTON
Quick, Amanda LATE FOR THE WEDDING
Roberts, Gillian CLAIRE AND PRESENT DANGER
Scott, Willard THE OLDER THE FIDDLE, THE BETTER THE TUNE
Scottoline, Lisa DEAD RINGER
Shreve, Anita ALL HE EVER WANTED
Smith, Wilbur THE BLUE HORIZON
Weisberger, Lauren THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Wiggs, Susan HOME BEFORE DARK
Willett, Marcia A SUMMER IN THE COUNTRY
Library Summer Hours
FORMER BANGOR-HYDRO LINEMAN MAKES DEANS LIST
After working for the Bangor Hydro for 14 years, Charlie Herbest enrolled in the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Course at Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor.
We are proud to announce that his GPA for this semester is 3.30.
Charlie is employed by London Contractors for the summer and looks forward to returning to school in the fall and finishing his last year.
Editors note: Way to go! It takes a special person to make such a wonderful situation out of a bad one!!
AREA SCHOOL NEWS
Cook School News
At our June 12th assembly, Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Robertson honored SAMANTHA NOKE (Ms. Ivy's class), JUSTIN MOULTON (Mrs. Carter's class) and ROSE THERIAULT (Miss K's class) as Terrific Kids.
Samantha has worked very hard this week to complete her jobs and to be a good friend to all. We also celebrated her birthday. Justin is a Terrific Kid every week. He does his best on every assignment. Rose is a wonderful helper. She helps to keep the classroom organized.
Kathy Foss presented "Good Kid on the Bus" awards to TREVOR LYFORD, LILLIS NOKE and JACOB TURNER. Kathy thanked the students for riding safely.
Our final assembly will be held at 8:15 on Wednesday, June 18th. You are invited to join as we celebrate our students' success one more time.
Editors note: If you would like to see an example of what is wonderful and good about living in a small town, I urge you to attend the final assembly at the Cook School. The students and faculty are so loving and full of fun and each weeks Terrific Kids assembly has been a special treat for me. And, we have three other schools in the district as wonderful! The area is truly blessed with its young folks and those who guide and teach them.
FROM BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The 5th grade in Brownville spent the last several weeks creating an Imagewriting book. Those are books that originate from children's artwork. With the help of art teacher Mrs. Chapman, the students did some wonderful art which was transformed into beautiful illustrations for the stories they wrote. Here Ashley Burch and Jake Lyford are reading their books to classmates.
The computer is now a big part of every school day in SAD #41. Here students from Brownville are working on a website called froguts.com. They are able to dissect a frog online....without the mess.
A Historical Review - Part 5
Maine Appalachian Trail
Project Nears Completion
Observer, Jay Sperling, 12/31/1980
(A TRC Fringe Benefit, submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
That program of trail improvement translated into a relocation of almost one half of one hundred and forth miles -- of the Maine AT, and the replacement of 11 shelters. Both are undertakings of major proportions. As a direct result of this intensive trail review process the MATC last spring mailed trail corridor proposals to Maine's major landowners, thereby providing them sufficient time and information to allow them to prepare proposals for their company directors.
Field anticipates receiving a spate of answers to these proposals on the near future. "The landowners know of our own September 1981 timetable, and they know how much red tape is involved in this process. I expect to begin getting their responses quite soon."
Trail Review -- Finally, of course, after the acquisition of the trail is final, the trail itself must be managed. This prospect of federal interference in management of Maine AT was not entirely a welcome one, and so those management responsibilities will be shared between the State Bureau of Parks and Recreation and the MATC. Under their joint leadership a management plan is being developed, and after formulating a uniform and agreeable set of standards and policies for trail upkeep; major responsibility will again fall to MATC. As Irland of Public Lands noted, "Trail maintenance is a complicated business; it's also a tremendous help to have the people doing the work so close to the user community. In a sense, the state is the silent partner."
In the midst of these complicated proceedings it is all too easy to ignore the unique nature of this program, not only in Maine but in other states as well. There are very few examples of this cooperative organization among private, state and federal entities to secure and manage a large public tract of land.
Certainly, such joint management has never been attempted on as extensive a project as this one.
"I certainly can't recall another project like it," Herb Hartman noted, "with so many factors, so much enthusiasm, and yet so much skepticism as well. Everyone is waiting to see what happens as the trail shifts over to public ownership: they wonder if the volunteerism will be lost, how the landowners will react, how much the federal government will contribute, what role of the state will be all of that, and more. It's a great experience -- no doubt about it."
THE LIVERMORE DIARIES PART 7
SUBMITTED BY IRIS BUZZELL
William Taylor Livermore was born in Sebec, Maine in 1840, the sixth child of David Livermore and Sarah Taylor Livermore. David Livermore owned property in the southwest corner of Milo, very near the Milo-Sebec line, on the banks of the Piscataquis River.
Williams diary begins In August 1862, shortly after he was mustered into the 20th Maine Volunteers. Probably to pass time on the trip to Washington and Virginia, he began making a record of the trip and he continued even as his unit went from one battle area to another. He gives an excellent picture of their living conditions and the thoughts he had about the war and about family back at home.
Sept. 23: We are on the same ground that we were yesterday. I am playing off today. It is no use for a soldier when he is in camp to be on duty all the time.
We are about 25 rods from the Rebel hospital, and I went up and spent 2 hours talking with them. They are in tents and under sheets. They left well ones enough to take care of the wounded. There are 1 or 2 hundred, the most of them have lost their legs or arms. They are mostly from Georgia and N.C.
I stopped 1 1/2 hours at one tent. There were 5 in the tent, 3 had their legs off, one had a ball go through his leg above the knee, and the 5th man was shot from one side to the other, through his lungs. He had lived 6 days but he was dying when I was there.
Two of the fellows were drafted in the spring and the other 2 were forced in by conscript, all over 18 and under 45. They were as loyal as I or anyone is.
A heart that had not been touched by the horrible sight of war, would be touched. But no more than I have seen, I feel very different. I do no duty today.
Oh, we got the Presidents Proclamation of Emancipation this eve. I received a letter from Henrietta and Emma, and it being the first since I left Portland, I never was more pleased. It gave me new life, and I felt much better. If you knew how glad I am to hear from you, you would write oftener. I regularly wrote to Mary Whitney and Aunt Mary.
I feel to thank God that I am so well, and have friends that think of me at home. Good Night.
Sept. 24: I with 8 others were reported not fit for duty, and went up to the surgeon, and was excused from taking any duty until night. At 10 a.m. we marched about 1/2 mile, and went onto a new encampment. There was 300 in our Regt. on the sick list, 27 in Co., I not so. They are walking around but have dysentery.
It is night now and for the first time feels a little like fall. It makes me think of mink hunting, and it is just time for Andrew to be coming back from getting his traps for muskrat now.
Sept . 25: It is a beautiful day, but no news. I am some better today. There has been 8 or 10 balloon ascensions today, about 75 rods from here.
Sept. 26: The weather is still pleasant and warm. I am well today and do the same duty that the rest do. We have fresh beef, coffee, pork, and hard bread. Melcher and I do not drink coffee, but drink our sugar. Today I made a grist mill. I found a tin box and took my bayonet, and punched holes, and made a grater. I went into the field and confiscated some ripe corn, and grated it from the cob and made as nice meal as I ever saw. We made a hasty pudding, in my dipper, and put some sugar in it and it was bully. I never ate anything that tasted better. No news.
MY ITALY TRIP
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Part 2: Rome
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2003
On arriving in Rome, we cleared customs and were met by a Grand Circle Travel representative who checked off our arrival and directed us to the bus to take us to our hotel. I thought Steff might drive a rental car so we could go to see our relatives, but she told me after watching the way the Italians drove there was no way she would drive over here. There were motor scooters darting in and out of traffic and the bus had to make many quick stops. We arrived at the Hotel Nova Domus around 9:15AM. The hotel is typical of those found in Europe. It has an elevator that holds three people so it took a long time for everyone to make it to their rooms. Steff and I had to wait, as our room was not ready. Once everyone arrives we will have 73 people with GCT. We were split into two groups. We had 33 and the other group, which was for people who took a pre-tour extension to Venice, had 40. Other than staying at the hotels together, we saw little of the other group. We even ate separately.
We were met at the hotel by our tour director Carla Zaia who told us that if we wanted to visit the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel we would have to go today because they close at noon. We would arrive in Rome too late on the last day of our tour to see it before flying home.
We finally got settled into our room around 10 AM and at 10:10 we headed out for the Vatican Museum that was about two blocks away. I had seen the museum and the chapel once before, but I wanted Steff to see them too. Pat and Jeanne followed along since they didnt know the way.
Vatican City is a walled country inside Rome. Although it has been the home of the popes for many years, it was not designated a separate country until 1929 under the terms of the Lateran Treaty. The entire country consists of 108.7 acres. Only a small portion is open to the public. Vatican City is built on the site that was formerly the gardens of Emperor Nero. The first pope to live here was Symmachus in the 6th century. The Vatican Museum contains many examples of Etruscan and Roman art as well as many items from Egypt and Greece. There are a number of rooms open to the public covered with beautiful frescos that were the residences of former popes. During the 16th century the popes hired many Italian artists of the Renaissance to do works of art for St. Peters Cathedral as well as the private apartments of the pope. Among the most famous are the frescos of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel that have been recently restored. Besides the ceiling, one end of the chapel contains his Last Judgment. Other artists contributed to the room that is truly breath taking and is reserved until the end of the tour of the museum for effect.
After having lunch at the cafeteria in the museum, Georgia and Angela returned to the hotel while I took Steff to St. Peters Basilica. The piazza in front of the cathedral is open to the public and is governed by the Italian police. When we arrived we saw a larger than life size Nativity scene and a Christmas tree near the red granite obelisk at the center of the piazza. I pointed out the popes apartment to Steff and then we went into St. Peters itself. Our first stop was the Pieta by Michelangelo. I pointed out to her the length of many of the major cathedrals of the world as they were marked out on the floor of St. Peters. There were also a lot of tombs of former popes. Of course, under the altar was a set of stairs going down to the crypt containing the bones of St. Peter himself. The cathedral itself is so large, that efforts were made during construction to make it appear smaller with optical illusions.
We left St. Peters and stopped at an Internet café on the way back to the hotel so Steff could let everyone know we had arrived safely. After another stop to buy a canoli at a pastry shop we returned to the hotel. I took a short nap while Steff had a bath. She was impressed that the tub was long enough for her. She was also impressed that the towels were on heated racks so they were nice and warm to dry oneself after a bath.
The four of us (Angela, Georgia, Steff and I) went to the restaurant in the hotel for a welcome drink of spumante or Italian champagne. Carla told us that 23 of the 33 had arrived. Some were coming in on a later flight and others including Eloise French, the wife of David French, were caught in England because of a snowstorm. At 7 we had our dinner. The menu was rolls, tossed salad, pasta with mushrooms and peas, veal, potatoes with rosemary and some sort of custard with caramel sauce. We also were served wine and bottled water. We ate with Al and Ann Reusch, retired English teachers from Long Island. Talk about a small world. They have a friend in Brewer who is also a friend of Angelas.
Eloise arrived minus her luggage at about 8:15. We were happy to see her even without luggage, as she was part of our little group within the group.
I went to bed at 8:45 but woke up at 12:30 AM and didnt get back to sleep until 4 AM. I seem to be more conscious of jet lag this trip.
Next week, off to Sorrento
Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
Remember when graduations were at the Town Hall? Chairs were packed in as tightly as they could fit them, leaving a center aisle for the graduates to march down. We'd get all ready in the Town Hall dining room and when it was time for the program to begin, we'd walk upstairs and march down that center aisle....girls settling in on one side of the aisle and the boys on the other side. On graduation night the junior class marched in ahead of the seniors...dressed in suits and gowns. They parted and made a path for the seniors to march down between them. The seniors, however, went up over some make-shift stairs to settle in up on the stage, the juniors taking their places in those front row seats.
Sunday night was Baccalaureate. Usually no tears were involved on Sunday night, as it wasn't the "end", it was the "beginning!" The local ministers led prayers and usually the hymns were of a patriotic nature. There was always a guest speaker. After the service....when our parents had all gone home....the classmates had to stay to get the hall ready for Class Night which was on Monday night.
Class Night was another night to don the caps and gowns and once again march down the center aisle...separating to sit boys on one side... girls on the other. The class officers and some of the classmates did that program. Class will and prophesies were read....and my part, which was the history of our class. Class Night was like a little play (written by Phil Gerow). The theme of our graduation was Shangri-la. We had cherry trees all in pink tissue paper bloom, and a beautiful little bridge spanning an imaginary stream. We always found a use for the fake grass that the funeral home always willingly provided. After Class Night we all hung around to help the Junior Class decorate for the prom.
Our prom was beautiful and I can remember that my Uncle Dick Morrison's Band played all the old standards for us to dance to. My gown was floor length....blue satin with white eyelet lace in layers on the bodice. It came from Rines in Bangor, and cost an extraordinary $55.00. Back in those days we wore tiara's and long white over the elbow gloves. There was no such thing as going in a limo....or eating out ahead of time. There was no place to eat out! If any of my classmates ate out in Bangor ahead of the prom....I wasn't aware of it. I'm pretty sure that we all let the Juniors tear down the decorations after the prom....we were all still sniveling and weeping because we had endured the "receiving line."
Wednesday night was the actual graduation. We all wore a red rose corsage on our gowns. Graduation hasn't changed in all of these years. I think we were the first class to ditch the guest speaker. We wanted to get it over with....march in....get the diploma....listen to the honor speakers...get the heck out of there. Hottest night of the year, you could count on it. I believe that Mom had some treats, coffee and punch afterwards for relatives and neighbors who might have wanted to stop in...but it was nothing formal....nothing planned.
Thursday we totally had the day off....and then on Friday morning we went back to march one more time down that aisle for Last Assembly. The whole school walked from the high school to the Town Hall for the final time for our class to gather....and in some cases to see each other for the last time. Awards were given for honor roll, attendance, speaking parts, senior play, science fair, sports, almost everything that you had participated in during that school year was honored at Last Assembly. I don't remember our parents attending that function. When that was over....we were free...literally. Protected no more by the bonds of friendship that had secured us all of those years. They literally gave us our wings and we were off!
Sometime during that week, possibly the Saturday night before graduation....we went to a big senior banquet. Our class celebrated at the Lancey House in Pittsfield. It was very nice. I'm not sure what we did at senior banquet besides eat....I think we may have celebrated the retirement of some of our teachers. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Munson retired that year and I do remember a very fancy cake that celebrated not only our graduation, but her retirement as well. That was very nice of us...don't you think?
The girls always had very light colored dresses to wear under their graduation gowns (which were white). My dress was a sheer sleeveless belted shirt waist with pale aqua something or others on it. We all wore white heels. So for graduation week we had to have a dress that was versatile enough for a banquet...a class night performance...and to wear under a sweltering gown on the hottest night of the year. I remember Mom saying, "that dress will wash just like a handkerchief." That must have been the 1965 catch phrase for "easy to launder." Guys had to have a suit and black socks and shoes. I think that buying a suit for graduation was a rite of passage. The tuxes that the guys rented for prom were always white dinner jackets with black pants and cummerbunds. Either they wore their new suit....the white dinner jacket....or they didn't go. It was as simple as that.
There was a rather good sized group of us who were allowed to spend a few days around graduation time at our friend Lorraine's camp at Boyd Lake. I don't remember that we had a lot of supervision on that excursion. I do remember, however, that we were not allowed to have boys there...yeah right! Like that little rule was going to cut any ice with us. We always had to test the those limits. I can vaguely remember about 6 or 8 of us lining up on that wharf all shaving our legs at once....getting ready for one of those functions or another.
Nine days later I was really on my own....in Boothbay Harbor working for the summer. From there it was off to college...back to the coast for another summer...back to college, and so forth until I was married and had children....and those children graduated and had memorable graduation weeks....and lives of their own....and children.... and in a few years those children are going to start graduating. And that's the way life goes. Isn't it amazing!
Graduation traditions come and go. I love the tradition of having a big celebratory party for your senior. We had huge graduation parties for both of our kids...we even did our living room over in anticipation of my daughter's party. Talk about being motivated! I also love the fact that the actual graduation ceremony is still so traditional. In all of these years, that doesn't seem to have changed at all. I'm sad, however, that we don't feel compelled to have a baccalaureate ceremony anymore. I don't know when the kids do their class wills, prophesy or gifts; but breakfast at "The Restaurant," senior skip day and forming a parade to drive the loop are fun times to remember I'm sure.
Ever wondered how to make the luscious Sherbet Punch that so many people serve at those parties? Here's a recipe.
1/2 gallon lime or raspberry sherbet, softened
1 liter ginger ale
2 cups lemon-lime soda
2 cups grapefruit or citrus soda
Just before serving, place the sherbet in a punch bowl. Add ginger ale and soda; stir until sherbet is almost dissolved. Yield: 4 1/2 quarts.
In Loving Memory Of
JUSTIN ELI GERRISH Dec. 31, 1977 - June 10, 1992. Forever in our hearts.
We love and miss you.
PHYLLIS W. DEAN
SELBYVILLE, Del. and MILO- Phyllis W. Dean, 77, wife of the late Parker Dean, died June 10, 2003,
in Selbyville, Del., after a short illness. She was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Robert Edward and Annie (Shannon) Weymouth. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Parker Dean; and her brothers, Michael S. and John H. Weymouth. Phyllis is survived by her son, Pastor Leroy Weymouth and his wife, Sally of Selbyville, Del.; three grandsons, Greg and his wife, Maria, of El Paso, Texas, Eric and his wife, Rosie, of Williamsport, Pa., and Paul of Selbyville, Del.; four great-grandchildren, Kathy, Christa, Fernando, and Josaline; a sister, Sonia M. Emery of Scarborough; a brother, Robert E. Weymouth of Dover-Foxcroft; a special niece, Delores J. Weymouth of Waterville, and many other nieces and nephews. Phyllis attended school in Dover and was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Milo. She was a past president of the VFW Auxiliary. She worked for Hathaway Shirt Factory for more than 20 years. Phyllis was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting with her family and friends. She had a wonderful way of making everyone feel special, always leaving with a hug and "I love you" when spending time with her family.
DONALD AUBREY EICHEL
MIDDLETON, Wis. and MILO Donald A. Eichel, 78, died at Rest Haven Convalescent Home in Verona, on June 10, 2003. He was born in on May 22, 1925, in Somerville, Mass., the eldest child of Lottie and Aubrey Eichel. Donald served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, after which he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree from Drexel University in Pennsylvania. When he retired in 1990, after 32 years with the General Electric Co. Aerospace Program, he returned to his boyhood home in Milo. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and a variety of hobbies that included oil painting, taxidermy, and woodworking. He is survived by his daughter, Shelly Thieme (Charles) of Middleton; three granddaughters, Kellie Orndorff (David) of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Nicole Tribbey (Jeff) of Denver, Colo., and Kimberly Eck (Jason) of Louisville, Colo.; a grandson, Shawn Thieme of Columbia, S.C.; and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Quentin. He is also survived by a sister, Selda Bourgeoius of Enfield, Conn.; two nephews, Steven and Jeff and a niece, Jill. Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Linwood. Graveside services were held June 14, 2003, at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for a scholarship fund for the Milo High School, for students pursuing careers in engineering, in care of the Donald Eichel Memorial Scholarship Fund, Middleton Community Bank, 3207 West Beltline Highway, Middleton, WI 53562.
ROY J. BRAGDON JR.
BROWNVILLE - Roy J. Bragdon Jr., 77, died June 13, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. He was born Jan 8, 1926, in Smyrna Mills, the son of Roy J. and Ella (Cassidy) Bragdon. Roy had been employed at area saw mills. He is survived by a brother, Reginald and his wife, Jackie, of Brownville; three sisters, Josephine Russell of Brownville, Rita Burpee of Smyrna Mills, and Mildred White of Oakfield; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Paul.
NANCY R. CURTIS
SEBEC and KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Nancy (Green) Curtis, 61, died June 10, 2003, at a Kingsport, Tenn., hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was born July 22, 1941, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Robert and Inez (Doore) Green. She is survived by her mother, Inez Green of Sebec; two sons, Christopher Curtis of Sebec and Robert Curtis and his wife, Judith, of Cumberland; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Dean Munson of Sebec; four grandchildren, Amanda and Ashley Curtis, Elizabeth Carle and William Curtis; one brother, Joel Green and his wife, Joyce, of Milo; six sisters, Sharon Manchester and her husband, Ken, of Sebec, Becky Henderson and her husband, Carl, of St. Francis, Kathy Russell and her husband, Dwight, of Milo, Roxanne Easler and her husband, David, of Corinth, Lynnette Kroemer of Corinth, and Robin Sweetser and her husband, Wendall, of Bryant Pond; several nieces and nephews; friends too numerous to mention. Nancy is going to be dearly missed by three close friends, Sharon, Janet and Janet, who helped her endure her battle. She was predeceased by her husband, William Curtis; daughter, Lisa Curtis; and father, Robert Green. Nancy graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1959. Her first and most important job was staying home caring for her children. At one time she owned the Village Market in Charleston. For many years she worked as a CNA, providing loving care to residents at the Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft. She moved on to a career with Donihe Graphics in Kingsport, Tenn., where she spent the last 11 years. She enjoyed crafts and gardening. She took great joy from the flowers she
she raised. At Nancy's request there was a gathering of friends at her sister's camp on the Sand's Road in Sebec between the hours of 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2003.
June 5, 2003
State Supports County Bonding Bill
Economic development projects to be put to ballot.
Dover-Foxcroft- Local municipal officials expressed appreciation upon the announcement that Governor John Baldacci had recently signed a bill allowing Piscataquis County to bond for economic development projects. Sponsored by State Senator Paul Davis, the bill allows the County to put bond referendum questions to the voters for approval. Bonding for economic development projects is new to Maines counties; currently they are only allowed to borrow for jails and courthouses. The legislation received unanimous support from the Piscataquis County Commissioners as well as a myriad of local Town Managers before sailing through the Legislature with no opposition.
I am pleased that voters will be able to decide on County-wide economic development initiatives, stated Piscataquis County Commission Chair Eben DeWitt; With this ability, I have no doubt that Piscataquis County will be able to develop competitive, employment enhancing projects. DeWitt credited attorney Erik Stumpfel of the Eaton Peabody law firm with drafting the legislation and offering advice on how the referendum process should be structured.
That sentiment was echoed by local municipal officials: Our municipalities are too small and dont have the resources to create effective economic development projects alone, explained Brownville Town Manager Sophie Wilson, but, by pooling resources County-wide, I predict our efforts will have greater success. Monson Town Manager Jeanne Reed concurred, As a region, we can all share in the risks and opportunities of County-wide projects.
As President of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, Milo Town Manager Jane Jones sees comparisons to the investment many of Maines larger cities have made in their economic development infrastructure. Our Countys population is about half that of Bangors, yet their investment in business parks, speculative buildings, and other job-related projects is impressive. This bonding ability will allow us to get into the game. Jones mentioned that the legislation only allows the voters to consider capital-related projects and would not be used for staff or operational functions.
What kind of projects that will appear on the referendum ballot is a question being pondered by local economic development officials. PCEDC Executive Director Mark Scarano suggested that the Towns of Brownville and Milo are seeking a small industrial park and that Greenville officials have expressed interest in bringing municipal water and wastewater into that communitys industrial park. These are some of the projects that might make it on a November ballot, Scarano said. He also said that the County should leverage bond funds with State and Federal grant programs as much as possible.
For more information, contact:
Mark Scarano, Executive Director
Piscataquis County Economic Development Council
50 Mayo Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426
(207) 564-3638 or 1-800-539-0332 or at www.pcedc.org
June 11, 2003
Governor to Re-Sign County Bonding Bill in Public Ceremony
Governor Baldacci will be re-signing his approval for LD 1357 (An Act to Encourage Economic Development in Piscataquis County.) in a ceremony on June 18th at 11am in the
State House Cabinet Room. Members of the media are encouraged to attend this celebration of economic development regionalism.
For more information on LD 1357, its impact on countywide employment, and how it encourages a regional approach to economic development, please contact PCEDC Executive Director Mark Scarano at 564-3638.
THE STORY BEHIND THE GRADUATION BATON
BY PHIL GEROW
Did you ever wonder what goes into the making of the Graduation Baton? Thats the item that Mr. Robert Hayes, Class Marshal for the Class of 2003 of Penquis Valley High School used as the members marched their way down to the stage.
As you saw, if you attended graduation, held Sunday, June 15, at the gymnasium, it was done in Red, White and Blue, the colors of the school and the colors of the class. On each of the white squares, if you saw closely, there was a signature of a member of the class. The Baton becomes the property of the marshal following graduation and it becomes a great souvenir for that person.
How did the Baton happen to be? In May, 1959, Phil Gerow, Class advisor for the Class of 1959 at Milo High School, walked into the office of the principal, Robert Fifield, and asked about the Baton for Graduation. What he was told was You are the Class Advisor, its up to you to see that there is one.
Gerow explained that the first experience he had with a baton was when he was a student at Husson College. His Sophomore Year there, he was selected as class marshal for the Graduating Class. He remembers that the baton was done in Green and Gold, the College Colors. Other than that, hed had nothing to do with a baton.
Now, Phil Gerow knew nothing about the making of a Baton or where one might be bought. He contacted some schools in the area and was told, We make our Baton. So, Phil decided that he would make the one for Milo High School.
He knew he could purchase the ribbon for the baton at the local Treworgys Five and Ten on Main Street in Milo. So, off he went to the store. When he got there, he explained his problem to Elaine Carey, an employee and one who had helped him greatly with items he had needed throughout the school year. She immediately went to the rolls of oilcloth; remember when you could purchase it to put on for table clothes, etc.? She removed the cardboard roll that the material was on and told Gerow that this would make a great foundation for the baton.
They determined the length of the baton, approximately one yard. The roll was cut to that length. Then they had to determine the amount of ribbon. It was pure guesswork that they used. Gerow realized that part of the ribbon that used for the winding of the baton would be 7/8 of an inch wide. Then for the ends of the baton, it would be quarter inch in width.
He bought what he and Elaine estimated would be necessary to make a proper baton. He headed for Alton Street where he boarded with Nora and Percy Hamlin. Nora told him in certain words you need your head examined for taking on such a project, especially when youve never done something like this before! But Gerow wasnt one to give up easily.