Three Rivers News, 2003-08-12
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2003
 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 40
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

PVHS CLASS OF 1978 HOLD REUNION
SUBMITTED BY KELLY CARROLL

     Front row-left to right: Danny Towne, Jamie Russell, Alan Randall, Robin Earley Lyford, and Allen Monroe.
     Second row-left to right: Tina Nadeau Graves, Sherry Bragdon Mullens, Kelley Woodard Carroll, Darlene McLaughlin Thibodeau, Susan Hartin Robinson, Donna Pender, Cindy Sinclair Jay, and Annette Small Carron.
     Back row-left to right: David Fowler, Tracey Andrews MacPheters, Chuck Larson, Dennis Marshall, Randy Burton, Kevin Whitten, and Randy Knowles.
     Some people not present when the picture was taken: Danny Lamontagne, Debra Hamlin, Karen Belvin, Kathy Zwicker

     Our theme was “Where did the time go?” and the day went just as fast. It was a little damp but the class of ’78 enjoyed their 25th reunion at the new campground called “The Land”.
     We can’t say enough about the George Eddy group at “The Land” as they took very good care of us.

Dearest family and friends:
     Your loving expressions of sympathy have reached into the depth of our loss, and sustain us in our sorrow.
     A healing touch, likened to a breath of fresh air, is how we will recall every act of kindness.
     God bless our family, friends, and community, for overwhelming support at this difficult time.
The family of Nellie Willinski


HAPPY BIRTHDAY AVIS!!!
     Avis Spear with her son Byron and his wife Faye and their oldest son Bert and his wife Karla.
     Byron and Faye Spear of Evington, VA and their son Bert and Karla from Richland, WA, and their daughter Judi and Warren Coleman of Richmond, VA and their two children, David and Katie, and a friend Ben, came to Milo to help Avis Spear, their mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother, celebrate her 90th birthday. Her two daughter-in-laws, Lee and Faye, arranged the party at the Pleasant Park Community Center last month.
     The color scheme was peach and yellow and was very pretty with the flowers, tables, and birthday cake all decorated with these colors.
     Others attending were Avis’ sister Helen Finnemore, her niece Debbie and husband Larry Sawyer, Jennifer Buzza and baby Madelyn and Julie Sawyer, all of Castle Hill, her brother Leon and his wife Evelyn Archer, and her sister-in-law Geneva Archer of Presque Isle, Oliver and Rose Spear of Bar Harbor, Reuben Lancaster, Joe Villani and Nellie Willinski, Charlene Pender, Barbie Doble, Nat Harris, and Trelba Rollins of Milo. Her granddaughter Shelly and her husband David Hamilton and their children, Jessica, Andrea, Joshua, and Ariana, traveled from Alton. Also attending from Milo were Kyle Gero, Madlene and Nelson London, Tom and Chris Howard, and Bertha Summerton.
     Mrs. Spear thanks everyone for making her 90th birthday a really special day.
Her families from out of state spent a week in Lincoln at the Eagles Lodge that they all greatly enjoyed.

SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY WISHES
JOHN AND EILEEN WILLINSKI WILL BE CELEBRATING THEIR 58TH YEAR TOGETHER ON AUGUST 13TH!
WE WISH YOU THE VERY BEST, NOW AND ALWAYS!
LOVE FROM YOUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

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MEALS FOR ME. MENU

TUES., AUG. 12 SALISBURY STEAK, GRAVY, OVEN BROWN POTATOES, GELATIN
WED., AUG. 13 MAC & CHEESE, PEAS, VEGGIES, CHOC. PUDDING
THUR., AUG. 14 BAKED CHICKEN, BAKED POTATO, GREEN BEANS, FROSTED CAKE
FRI., AUG. 15 BAKED HADDOCK, EGG GRAVY, BAKED POTATO, SCALLOPED TOMATOES, PEACHES
MON., AUG. 18

CORN CHOWDER, SLICED TURKEY SANDWICH, TOSSED SALAD, APPLE BROWN BETTY

TUES., AUG. 19 VEAL PARMESAN, SPAGHETTI, PEAS, PEARS
ANYONE 60 OR OVER IS INVITED TO ATTEND OUR MEALS. WE MEET AT THE MILO TOWN HALL DINING ROOM ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 11:45 AM AND AT THE QUARRY PINES COMMUNITY ROOM ON FRIDAYS AT 11:45 AM. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 943-2488.


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!

NEW EXHIBITS MILO AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
     The Milo Historical Society invites the public to visit the museum and view two new exhibits currently on display. We are very pleased to have on loan a beautiful collection of finely crafted decoys and carvings by Nelson London. The pieces on display are true works of art, representing Mr. London’s attention to detail and craftsmanship. We are honored to have Nelson’s award winning work on display.
     Another featured display at the museum is an outstanding collection of antique tools and equipment donated by Virgil Larouche. Mr. Larouche, a life long Milo resident, prominent businessman, and avid collector of local historic memorabilia, left the tool collection to the Milo Historical Society upon his passing last year. Mr. Larouche amassed the collection of unique tools and equipment over a number of years, painstakingly documenting the use and history of each piece. In addition to the tool collection, Mr. Larouche and his family donated other documents, photos and local historic items to the society. Those who knew Mr. Larouche will fondly remember his humor and love of sharing witty tales about growing up, working and living in our community. Virgil and his wife Doris will be missed, but their legacy to the

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community and the historical society will be appreciated for years to come.
     Please make an effort to visit the Milo Historical Society museum this summer. We are open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 PM to 3 PM through August, and any other time by appointment (call 943-2369 or 943-2268). Also visit our website at milohistorical.org for terrific information and photos related to Milo’s past. We invite one and all to come to our meetings on the third Thursday of the month and become a member of the society.


Yard Sale: The Brownville Jct American Legion will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. at the Legion Hall on Railroad Ave. Clothes, toys, dishes, etc.


Brownville Trivia
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Addie Williams was best known for her (a) hair styles (b) dresses (c) cakes (d) voice.
2. Tommy Wallace couldn't (a) sing in the rain (b) break a pane of glass (c) pound a nail (d) save a penny.
3. Gwilym Roberts was known for his (a) laugh (b) memory (c) singing (d) hitting ability,
4. (a) Italians (b) French (c) Swedes (d) Russians helped build the B&A northward from Brownville.
5. Fleetwood Pride owned (a) a herd of sheep (b) the Hotel Herrick (c) the Prairie Pavilion (d) sawmills.
6. Ron Bonham was Brownville's first (a) town manager (b) car dealer (c) policeman (d) truant officer.
7. Taffy stole a hunk of (a) ham (b) beef (c) fish (d) chicken
8. Swedes came here earliest from (a) Sweden (b) northern Maine (c) Boston (d) Chicago.
9. K.C.'s Place originally belonged to (a) Ralph Berg (b) Jim Swazey (c) Jim Rooney (d) the state.
10. This was the (a) 70th (b) 72nd (c) 74th (d) 75th Old Home Week

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

More Notes on Moscow
BY BILL SAWTELL
     At the time of my trip in 1974, Russians were helping to celebrate the anniversary of East Germany. Thus, the hockey games weren't televised. Instead, it was speeches from Berlin.
     The keys to the hotel rooms were relatively tiny. At the beginning of my stay, I had a television set in my room. But it was later removed.
     Vacuum cleaners there came out of the walls of the corridors.
     Russian women drove buses, cut hair, and raked leaves-big women.
     American cars were rare. There was probably more traffic in Worcester, Mass. If you got hit, it was your fault.
     Bubble gum and jeans and anything Canadian were in big demand.

          Most of the Russian players were officers in the Soviet Army.
I had a most enjoyable evening taliking French with hospital administrators from Paris on convention, as was the D.C Bar Association.
     I saw a giant photo of Yuri Gargarin, the first man in space and the preserved first dog in space. When they asked him how it was up there, he said, "Ruff!"

LOCAL BIRTHS
     A son, Cory James, to Theresa and Andrew Daigle of Bradford on July 8, 2003, Wt.7 pounds 11 ounces.
     A son, Ryan Curtis Chase, to Kristi Merrill and Jason Chase of Medford on July 24, 2003.
Wt. 8 pounds 6 ounces.
     A daughter, AnnaJo Alice Conklin, to Joanna Wilkins and Douglas Conklin of Milo on July 1, 2003. Wt. 6 pounds 7 ounces.


Lawrence and Carolyn (Heal) Stanchfield, 1948 and 1950 graduates of Milo High School, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on September 5, 2003. Those who wish may send notes of congratulations to:
Larry & Kay Stanchfield
c/o Dot Baker
PO Box 153
East Orland, Maine 04431

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR MILO
FROM KEVIN BLACK
     Sargent & Sargent have been awared the bid for the water main replacement job and they will be starting actual work on the project Monday, August 11, 2003. If anyone has concerns or questions please call the Water District Office 943-2501. We will try to list the areas of town they will be working each week.
     They will be starting on D'este Road and will work toward getting to Pleasant Street the following week.


Local Bean Hole Bean Suppers to benefit local charities. Beginning July 30th at 5 pm, the folks at Down Home Bed & Breakfast, Elm St., Milo, will be starting a new Wednesday night tradition by dishing up beans, hotdogs, salads, rolls and desserts to the public. The weekly meals, offered in their backyard, will cost $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. $1.00 for each plate will then be donated to a local group or charity. The 1st group to benefit will be the Milo Fire Fighters Auxiliary. They will be using their funds to represent Milo at the annual Maine State Fire Convention in September and also for their local charities. Future donations are planned to go to Reading Is Fundamental, P.E.T.S., and the Devil’s Sledders. All of these groups benefit our area with many volunteer hours each year. The meals will continue weekly throughout the summer and fall until the weather gets too cold. They will then resume in the spring when the weather permits.
     Take-out meals will also be available. For questions or requests for a week’s donation to your organization, call Gary or Sylvia Black at 943-5167.
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Presenting, in Concert ,
Charles Kennedy
At the
Brownville Junction United Methodist Church
Saturday August 16th at 6:30PM
Charles is married to Cindy Buzza, the daughter of Kay Buzza and the late Gordon Buzza. Kay and Gordon are originally from Brownville Jct.

Freewill Offering
More info: 207-965-7861 or:
info@blackhistoryentertainment.com
The concert will begin and end with a Sing-Along.

THE COMMUNITY BAND WILL WRAP UP THEIR SUMMER CONCERTS WITH THE FOLLOWING PERFORMANCES:

Thursday, August 14
6:15 pm
Municipal Park (by the Boat Landing), Water Street
Milo

Thursday, August 21
6:15 pm
Piscataquis Valley Fair, County Fairgrounds
Dover-Foxcroft

Vacation Bible School
will be held at Park Street Methodist Church from 9:00 to Noon on August 11th thru August 15th.
A great chance to get together with friends, have some fun, and learn!

NAME THE PARK CONTEST!
Name the park by the boat landing in Milo.
     Judges are the Town Of Milo Board of Selectmen.
     The name will be announced on August 14th at the Community Band Concert, in the park.

A Historical Review - Local Legend (source unknown) Douglas Corrigan: Known as Wrong Way Corrigan
Once Landed his Plane at the Prairie Airstrip
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2003)
     Douglas Corrigan lived, ate, breathed and slept flying. He was one of the mechanics who built Charles Lingbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, and he always envied Lucky Lindy's fame and fortune.
     In 1938, after an agonizing series of delays and setbacks, he was ready to make his own transatlantic crossing, from New York to Dublin, Ireland. His nine-year-old Curtiss-Robin wasn't much to look at, but he was sure he could make the flight, and in July he piloted it from California to New York. Unfortunately, New York aviation authorities didn't agree; in fact, Corrigan received considerable attention from the press simply because they were amazed his rattletrap aircraft had survived the cross-country journey.
     Officials condescendingly offered to let Corrigan fly non-stop back to the West Coast. The morning of July 17, 1938, Doug Corrigan, the last of the early glory-seeking fliers, took off from Floyd Bennett field in Brooklyn, New York, on the flight that would finally win him a place in aviation history. The few onlookers who came to watch his departure were puzzled when he vanished into a cloudbank ... while apparently making a 180-degree turn.

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     Twenty-eight hours later, Corrigan landed in Dublin, Ireland, stepped out of his plane, and said, "Just got in from New York. Where am I?"
     He claimed that he had lost his direction in the clouds, and that his compass (a WWI relic) had malfunctioned. Corrigan stuck to his story, to the amusement of the public on both sides of the Atlantic, and by the time he and his crated plane had returned to New York by ship, "Wrong Way" Corrigan was a national celebrity. A mob of autograph seekers met him on the gangway, and the next day the city gave him a bigger parade than it had given Lindbergh. In 1939, RKO Pictures made a movie about his flight, in which Corrigan played himself.
Douglas Corrigan: b 01/22/1907 -- d 12/09/1995 -- age 88

AREA SCHOOL NEWS
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
BY GINI FOSS
     The first day of school for MSAD #41, covering Milo, Brownville, Atkinson, LaGrange and LakeView plus unorganized territories of Orneville, Medford, and Williamsburg will be Tuesday, August 26.
     New students are encouraged to register before that date. The offices at Milo Elementary, Brownville Elementary and Penquis Valley Middle and High Schools will be open Monday, August 11 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for students to register.
     You can call to make an appointment or just come in.
     Milo Elementary phone number is 943-2122; Brownville Elementary is 965-8184, and Penquis Valley Schools is 943-7346. The guidance office extension is 204.
     Tryouts for Penquis Varsity Soccer will begin on Monday, August 18th. Girls meet 3-5pm and Boys at 5-7pm.

FALL SOCCER PROGRAM
     For many years, Milo Rec has participated in a multi-town (Millinocket, E. Millinocket, Medway, Howland, Lee, Mattawamkeag) fall soccer program for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls. This program organizes a league and games for these kids and gets them started in soccer. The games are played on Saturday mornings from September 6th to early October.
     This program is a lot of fun for the coach and the players and a great way to introduce kids to soccer before they get to Middle School. Currently, this program has no coach for the Milo/Brownville/LaGrange area. If you have a 5th or 6th grader who would like to play, please consider coaching a team this year. If no one comes forward, another good program for kids in this area will cease to exist. I'll help you with advertising, coaching and organizing. If you're interested please call me at 943-5072.
Jensen Bissell

MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL
     This past week a box came from Massachusetts. It contained an addition for our children’s area---a red and white stovepipe Cat-In-The-Hat hat. This hat was another gift from Lin and Nancy (Cotter) Pickle. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Giesel) lived in Springfield, MA, a town near the Pickles, and Nancy felt our children’s section needed the red and white striped hat to decorate the Dr. Seuss area.

     This hat will be quite an attraction for Dr. Seuss story times.
     Wednesday we also received another very unexpected gift. Jean Hamlin came in and announced that she was giving away many of her personal juvenile books and wondered if we would like her set of all five Harry Potter. She suggested it be used as a summer reading program party prize, and that is what we are going to do. The set will be given as a door prize at the party which means only summer reading program members at the party will have the chance to win the set. All 5 books, though once preowned, are in excellent condition and will be a wonderful prize for some lucky child.
     The library has purchased Krakatoa by Simon Winchester. This book was given in memory of Ruth Hamlin Stairs Ketchum by funds donated by Ann Chenery, Cidy Eames and Patty Ricker. The reviews on this book have been very complimentary. The eruption of Krakatoa on August 27, 1883 changed the world for several years as dust swirled around the planet causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to be more vivid. Here in Maine we had a year known as the “year without a summer” due to the very cold temperatures during the summer months.
     Another gift book I had not mentioned earlier is The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune by Willard Scott. This book was purchased in memory of Olga “Ollie” Sharrow with a gift from Edwin and Darlene McCorrison. Willard Scott interviewed people of various ages asking the question-“What are some of the greatest things about growing older?” The answers are surprising, often moving and sometimes humorous.
     Gifts given to the library in memory of loved ones help us to increase our collection and enable us to keep the loved one in the mind of the community.

Library Summer Hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri.---2:00-8:00
Telephone 943-2612

MILO REC. NEWS
BY MURREL HARRIS
     Where did the summer go? Another busy summer is winding down. Thanks to all the helpers and coaches who made this a fun-filled summer, for adults as well as kids!
     BASKETBALL CAMPS AND LEAGUES: Thanks to Coaches Tony Hamlin and Brent Bailey
     SOCCER LEAGUES AND CAMPS: Coaches Jensen Bissell and Rex Webb
     TENNIS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS: Another fine job by Mary Lou Lee.
     Another class of Bair’s Driver’s Ed. School finishes August 14th. Sign-ups are being taken for the next class.
     Little League Program, in conjunction with Brownville Rec. and Director Dean Bellaty. Thanks to all volunteers, coaches and helpers. For a great season.
     Milo Rec.summer workers, umpire and Chief Travis Ellis and assistant Jordon Allen, for jobs well done.
     T-BALL 3-5 YEAR OLD CO-ED:25 made it through the summer thanks to Assistant Coach Jordon Allen and Miss Shannon .
     FARM LEAGUE: 16 6 through 8 year olds thanks to Assistant Coach Jordon Allen. All players improved and had fun.

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     All others who ran and continue to run programs for Milo Rec., Cindy Herbest, YOGA, Carrie Ade, LINE DANCING, Kevin Black, JUJITSU, David Edgerly, KARATE, Billy Karin Goodman, MARTIAL ARTS.
     FIELD MAINTENANCE: Bill Warner, Justin Allen, Jordon Allen, Great job on a great facility.
     Thanks to all, looking forward to 2004!

My Italy Trip Part 9
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
Isle of Capri
     I failed to mention last week that we were not the only ones in the group who visited family. Two others named Joe went through the mountains in a rented car. They met snow but made it to the East Coast of Italy and each connected with family. They were actually away from the tour for four days and returned to have the meal at San Antonio’s last night.
     Finally the weather cleared and the sea calmed enough that Carla was able to announce the trip was on for a day excursion to Capri. Eloise decided she would rather take part in the one day cooking school that was also scheduled for today. She made out very well and won a prize for the most original pizza.
     At 9:15 the four relatives boarded the bus for the waterfront. I couldn’t believe it. Angelo was our driver again. Since this was an optional excursion only 14 of our group of 33 took part. There were 20 from the other Grand Circle group. Many people loaded onto the ferry because it had been a number of days since the last trip. We left at 9:45 for the 20-minute ride. Steff and I stayed on the top deck despite the cool breeze so we could enjoy the view. The sisters stayed in the covered section.
     Capri is a figure eight shaped island. The only place to land was on either side of the center. We docked at the Grand Marina. The other side of the island has a smaller marina that is reserved for the rich and famous. Boats from Naples, Ischia and Sorrento all dock regularly at the Grand Marina when the weather permits. I thought that transportation involved small vehicles on the mainland, but everything was even smaller here. There was no way a regular bus could have been driven on the island. With the land rising almost vertically out of sea, the roads twisted and turned as they gained altitude. We were put on tiny 15 passenger buses that were designed for use on the island.
     Our guide was our old friend Manuella. I think she was as happy to see us as we were to see her. Our first excursion was to Ana Capri, a hill top community on the northern end of the island. The trip was slow because they were repairing the road to beat the tourist season. We did have an alternative of climbing the 777 steps from the marina that were built by the Romans, but I’m sure we got there a lot safer and faster by bus.
     The island used to be a Greek colony at the time of Emperor Tiberius. The Romans preferred the island of Ischia that is closer to the mainland. The daughter of Tiberius sailed to Capri for a picnic, fell in love with the island and convinced her father to swap islands with the Greeks.
     We had an hour or so to poke around Ana Capri. We walked to high ground to take pictures and some took the funicular to the highest part of the island. Others walked the last ten or so steps of the Roman stairs so they could say they found the last of the 777 steps the hardest. I shopped a little and found a wonderful CD of local music. Another local bus picked us up and took us back down to the town of Capri on the other end of the island where we had lunch.
     We ate at La Pigna or The Pines. It had a couple of umbrella pines growing through the roof. There were lots of pictures of Hollywood movie stars on the walls, showing them eating in the restaurant. I recognized Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn but didn’t have time to look at many others. I had a minestrone soup, penne, ravioli and veal. We had ice cream for dessert.

     After lunch, Manuella took us on a walking tour to the other side of the island. We saw the Gerber estate (baby food Gerber) and walked in the Caesar Augusto gardens of the former Kropp estate. After the Second World War, the Kropps sold it to the town. The villa is now a hotel and the gardens are open to the public. There is a lovely serpentine trail down to the water for anyone courageous enough to take it. Coming back from the gardens Carla handed me the CD I had purchased and absentmindedly left at the restaurant.
     We returned to the Grand Marina and took our ferry back to the mainland at 3:45. Angelo brought us back to the hotel.
     Steff and I went grocery shopping and each bought a kilo of sharp provolone cheese to bring back to the USA. After, I stopped for a cappuccino while Steff went to the Internet café. Dinner tonight at the hotel was an included meal.
Next week- Off to Montecatini

Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
     I love the word "bath." The word is quintessential to comfort. "I gave the baby a bath, got her all comfy, fed her and put her to bed." "The kids have been outdoors playing all day. They were filthy dirty. I gave them a bath and got them into their pajamas and right now they are having a bedtime snack." "Well, if you are chilled, why don't you take a nice hot bath and get into your cozy sweat suit. You can curl up on the couch and I'll make you a cup of cocoa and a slice of homemade cinnamon toast." "You're itching? Why don't you get into a nice tub and I'll put a little baking soda in it. When you get out I'll put some calamine lotion on those bites, and it will make you feel much better." "If you're hot and sweaty, why don't you take a cool bath. Afterwards you can use some baby powder and put on some clean clothes and sit here by this fan for awhile. I'll pour you a nice glass of lemonade with ice in it." How comfortable do these sound to you? Don't they conjure up comfort in the extreme sense.
     We are a bath crazy family. Even though our old bodies find it easier to take a shower these days, we still love a bath once in a while and we love giving our grandchildren a bath and making them comfy. I was cleaning out my kitchen sink this morning and thinking about how many baths have been given in it. It's wide and deep and holds a pretty good-sized kid. At camp I have a double porcelain sink and I've got many pictures of my children and my grandchildren in those two sinks having their baths. Nothing wrong with a sink bath. They are easy on the back of the mother and the old grandmother. We put a chair right up to the sink and the kid hops up and into the water and out the same way. There is nothing more satisfying than cleaning up a dirty kid. No kid has ever gone to bed dirty in my house. No kid has ever gone to bed dirty or in anything but a clean pair of pajamas in clean sheets, for that matter. I'm very picky about that kind of thing.
     My children's friends used to say that you had to be careful at my house. If you dropped a piece of clothing, you could bet that it would be washed by the next time you saw it. If they were missing a sweater or jacket, they knew enough to look for it folded and stacked up on my dryer in the laundry room. I was never any hand to let laundry pile up. As a matter of fact, a pile of laundry is one of my greatest thrills. I get nearly as big a thrill out of laundry as I do bathing children and making them clean and comfortable.
     Another thing that makes me comfortable is not being "out" of anything essential like toothpaste, toilet

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paper, paper towels, paper napkins, laundry detergent....you name it...I don't like to be "out" of it. I'm a little compulsive about it actually. I've been known to drive back to the grocery store for a forgotten item....even if I wasn't going to use it for a couple of days. You can imagine what it's like at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every year I try a little harder to "chill out" about the shopping. No can do!!! It's getting worse instead of better. My friends can't imagine me living at Schoodic Lake for this very reason. Way too far away from a store. I don't ever remember of being out of bread or eggs or orange juice. Being low on those items would demand a trip to the store...as fast as my legs would carry me. I know I've never ever been out of soap! God forbid!
     I went to Worcester's for some blueberries the other day. What a nice little ride. I bought Dad and I a little picnic lunch at Reubens and we struck off towards Orneville. We got our berries, and came back to town enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. It reminded me that in September we'll be taking our little trip to Rowe's House of Apples. We are so lucky in this area of the state. We can take little trips to gather about any fruit or vegetable that we could possibly want, and be home the same day. After all, we are right smack dab in the center of Maine.
     I had the pleasure of taking my granddaughter for a school shopping trip today. She's now the proud owner of three new pairs of shoes. Well.......we just couldn't decide! They were all so cute. There is one pair of white with pink trim and a Barbie insignia on them. There is another pair that are silver with blue trim, and the third pair is black brushed leather with white soles. We found three outfits. One pair of pants (low slung stretch pants in chocolate brown) has two tops to go with it. We found some sweet capri pants that will work well for the first few weeks of school. She has a few hand-me-downs from her cousins and her mother and father are going to Portland for a little trip, so will fill in on the things that I didn't get. But again....I was a bit compulsive about this trip. We had to have some of everything. She picked out a backpack, a lunch box, tons of underwear and a couple of unnecessary doodads, too. Her favorite nonessential was a pair of sunglasses. This will be her first year of public school. She's excited and not a bit nervous....at least that I am aware of. She's always spent lots and lots of time at school visiting Nannie and coming to assemblies and other school activities. She strutted around like she owned the place during Kindergarten Orientation. I suspect she'll adjust quickly.
     I spoke of the blueberries that I bought at Worcester's. I tried out this recipe and oh my, it was so yummy!

Connie Clement's Blueberry Squares
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons shortening
Work into crumbs.
Add 2 eggs - stir until mixed. This will still be crumbly.
Put 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of a 13X9 pan. Pack it down.
Filling:
2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup water

1 1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup sugar
     Boil until the mixture thickens. Cool this and then spread over your crumb crust. Sprinkle rest of the crumbled mixture over the top. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

HERSEY FAMILY REUNION
     GUILFORD - A Hersey Reunion was held at Lee Bouley's home in Guilford on ]uly 19, 2003. Those attending from Guilford were: Fern Larson, Lee Bouley, Dick Hersey, Doug and Debbie Steeves, Carolyn Hersey and Leiann Foster; from Parkman: Hilda Hersey, Shirley Hersey; from Sangerville: Amanda Steeves, Ryan and Alexis London; from Monson; Tammy and Jack Kelley, Charlene Phelbrook, Anna and Henry Erickson,Bruce, Kylie, and Nick Erikson, Penny, Graham, and Amber Benway; from Greenville: Megan LaPointe, Kyra Love St. Pierre; from Dover-Foxcroft: Cindy and Shereena Boutilier, Jeremy Philbrook, Sam Eythen. Others attending: Sarah (Betty) and Stella Walker of Bingham, Donna Champagne of Bath, Sandra Watson of Glenbum, Lori Stone of Shirley, and Billy Larson of Brownville Junction. The oldest person in attendance was Fern Larson, the youngest was Alexis London and Donna Champagne traveled the farthest in order to attend.

IN MEMORIAM
CHARLES P. THOMAS
     MILO - Charles "Chick" P. Thomas, 84, died Monday, July 14, at home. He was bom June 12, 1919, in Egg Harbor, NJ, the son of Frank A. and Ida A. (Sawyer) Thomas.He had lived in Allenwood Wall Township and Southard Howell, NJ, and Brownville and Millinocket, Maine. A World War II US Army veteran, he was a former burial vault manufacturer. He was a charter member of Howell First Aid No. 1, and a member of the Lakewood Masonic Lodge, both in New Jersey. He played Santa Claus for years in Millinocket.
     He was predeceased by his wife. Alma Robbins Thomas, his daughter Carol Thomas in 1955, and his daughter M. Peggy Koelsch in 2002. Surviving are two sons, Charles Thomas of Lakewood, NJ. Robert Thomas of Brick. NJ; 2 daughters, Joanne Clicker and Judy Thomas, both of Farmville, VA, Also surviving from a family of 12 brothers and sisters, are 4 sisters, Mildred Thiele of Palmyra, Barbara Matthews of Lakewood, NJ, Phyllis Caparn, Oceanport, NJ, and Blanche Thiele of Orange, VA, and one brother, Robert Thomas of GilbertsvilIe, KV, He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.

BARBARA 'BARB' (PHILBROOK) JOHNSTON
     MILO - Graveside memorial services for Barbara (Philbrook) Johnston, who passed away June 29, 2003, will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at the Pine Tree Cemetery, Milo, with Pastor Michelle St. Cyr officiating.

MARGARET C. BARNES
     BOWERBANK and MILO - Margaret C. Barnes, 83, wife of the late Ernest Barnes, died Aug. 7, 2003, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. She was born April 29, 1920, in Bangor, the daughter of Leon and Grace Johnston. She is survived by a brother, Donald Johnston of Milo; two sisters, Priscilla Johnson of Bailey Island, Gertrude Pressley of Madison Heights, Mich.; many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her sisters,
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G. Louise Angove and Elizabeth Cunningham; and her brothers, Leon (Jim) Johnston and Gordon Johnston. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, with Fr. James Robichaud officiating. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

JEANNIE R. JOSLYN
     BROWNVILLE - Jeannie R. Joslyn, 49, wife of Gordon W. Joslyn, died Aug. 8, 2003, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Jan 7. 1954, in Blue Hill, the daughter of Christopher C, and Winnifred (Caspar) Hayden.
     In her youth, Jeannie was very active in 4-H and loved working with animals. A graduate of Foxcroft Academy, she attended the University of Maine. She then became an LPN and was employed at St. Joseph Hospital. She served her country with the U.S. Army National Guard and was a member of the J.P. Chaisson American Legion Post No. 41. Jeannie was an avid outdoorsperson and especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and archery.
     She is survived by her husband. Gordon of Brownville: a daughter, Shawna Mcatee of Newport; a son, Paul Houston of Lucerne; two sisters, Dorothy Robinson of Garland. Debbie Wisdom of Red Oak, Texas; two grandchildren. Michelle Heath and Danielle Mcatee; three nieces, Lynda Baldwin, Martha Ward Corliss, Regina Fick; and a nephew, Arthur Ward: four sisters-in-law, Bonnie MacDonald of Brownville, Virginia Joslyn of Piltsfield, Bette Stubbs of BrownviIIe, Lisa Bouchard of Brownville; a brother-in-law, Stacy Joslyn of Dover-Foxcroft. She will be sadly missed by her camping buddy, Michelle.

BACK ALONG WEATHER
From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
AUGUST – 1966
August 12-Cloudy AM-Sunny & windy PM-70° at 8 am and 80° at 6 pm.
August 13-Clear-cool-windy-56° at 7:30 and 70° at 7 pm.
August 14-Sunny-60° at 8 am and 70° at 7 pm.
August 15-Sunny-60° at 8 am and 70° at 6:30 pm.
August 16-Showers AM Foggy PM-60° at 7:30 am.
August 17-Rain-60° at 7:30 am.
August 18-Rainy&windy-68° at 7:20 am and 80° at 6 pm.

WILL YOU BE MY MOMMY (OR DADDY) ?

UP ON THE FARM
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON
     Aren’t those kittens the sweetest things you’ve ever seen ! ?. Those precious babies are going to be ready to adopt in about 5 weeks and if you’d like to have one, call Julie at 943-5083 and set up a date to pick one out.
     As usual, there is quite a story behind them. The mother cat was found abandoned at the dump, and was too pregnant to be spayed, so Julie took her home with her. The cat lived at Julie’s and with her pampering and great care, had 5 perfect black and white kittens. And while we both agree that it is our job to stop cats having babies, we have to admit it’s a wonderful and amazing treat to see teeny perfect kittens.
     Last week, I got a call form Rick Gerrish at the golf course, and he told me that a cat that had been hanging around his barn had had kittens and he had found the babies alone in a section of his wall. I went up, and sure enough there were 2 tiny kittens. They appeared to be healthy, but hungry. I gathered them up and headed for Julie’s. I sheepishly carried them into her house, as I knew she was feeling a bit overwhelmed with stray or abandoned cats and kittens. She said we should see if her mama cat would accept the kittens, We sat them in front of the new mother, and she immediately began to give them a bath! She has accepted them and is raising them as her own. Julie does bottle-feed some of the kittens throughout the day, to help out the mother, but the whole group is perfectly healthy and content. The good news is that the mother will be going to a great home as soon as she done raising her family, so homes only need to be found for the 7 kittens.
     The two kittens that Pat Ricker found on the Billington Road have taken up residence at our house. They are the nicest two fellows you’d ever want to meet, and they were both neutered last week. We named them Brad and Phil. Brad is named after Brad Pitt, because he is the handsomest boy you’ve ever seen. Phil is named Phil because, well, he looks like a Phil. He is, as cats go, not the prettiest face. But, he is so friendly and affectionate and we just love them both. They do have a bad habit of stalking and pouncing on the chickens, ducks or guineas, but they are too small to cause any problems other than making the guineas scream and chatter like they

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were being killed. The chickens have been turning on the kittens to attack them, so I’m sure the kittens will soon stop their attacks, as the chickens are much bigger and stronger.
     If you can believe it, I had ANOTHER stray beagle last Friday ! I found it’s owner the same day, but my goodness, aren’t beagles a traveling sort of dog. I would strongly suggest that anyone who owns one make sure he has his tags…because sooner or later I will end up with it and will be able to identify and return it easily if I can read the tags.
     All of my flock is doing quite well. I haven’t had any more problems with the fox since the night I shot at him with buckshot. He ran off, and I’m sure he has found a safer place to get his dinner.
     The ducks have started laying eggs, and we get from 5 to 7 eggs each day. I have been told that duck eggs make the lightest baked goods because of their high protein content. I don’t do much baking, but if any of you out there would like to give them a try, let me know and I’ll see you get some. Kirby eats them now instead of chicken eggs and we pickled two dozen, but we certainly have some to spare !
     Since I started the Animal Control job, I have become aware of how badly we need a shelter/clinic in our area. I can not believe the number of stray and abandoned animals. Dr. Sherman’s is usually full of cats and dogs from Dover, Dexter and other nearby towns so I have to take the animals to Lincoln. I am seriously pursuing the dream of opening a shelter here in town, and now that my daughter Katie and Eric are moving back to the area, I know can count on her help, as well as many other animal lovers . It would be great to have a center point for adoptions and a place to hold immunization and spaying and neutering clinics. I have a lot of research and letter writing to do, but I am optimistic that within a year or so, my dream will be realized. Wish me luck.

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.

AUGUST 6 MEETING MINUTES
SUBMITTED BY NANCY GRANT
     President Edwin Treworgy greeted seventeen members today.
     Roy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Steve Hamlin said a heartfelt prayer.
     Congratulations to Paul and Ruby Grindle on their August 7 anniversary and happy birthday wishes go to Don Harris on the 8th.

     Twenty-five happy and sad dollars, including the twelve from Frank, were donated today for the weather, a thank you, Red Sox, Jeopardy game at the evening meeting last week, home from England, new drivers license, college bound, new things to see, company, and a 37th wedding anniversary.
     Buffy Olmstead reported a great turnout for the LaGrange senior barbeque on July 31st. The next one will be on August 13 at Milo Heights with the remaining barbeque on August 20 in Brownville.
     The Three Rivers News is still going strong. Don Harris has been a big help with distribution.
     Edwin told us of a meeting with Hap Gerrish concerning Isabel’s Hope. This is an endowment fund to help children who are born with serious and/or life threatening illnesses or physical disabilities. Edwin, Ethelyn, and Hap Gerrish met with Mark and Randa Rineer who founded the endowment after the loss of their daughter Isabel Cate. They are seeking to make this a district project and possibly higher.
     The Garden Club Fair will be held on Thursday from 11am to 2 pm at the PVHS gym.
     The monthly Board of Directors meeting will be on Thursday, August 7, at 6:30.
     Cheryl Hamlin presented the idea of a fruit sale this winter as a fundraiser. This will be explored further.
     Our speaker today is one of the greatest Yankee fans on earth, Paul Grindle. He collects memorabilia for fun and profit and brought just a sampling of his impressive collection. Paul remembers becoming a fan in 1956 when Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Don Larson were the biggest names in baseball. Being a Yankee fan in Milo at that time put you in the minority and made it easy to collect Yankee baseball cards. The bubble gum in the package was only a bonus! The Red Sox cards were put on the spokes of bicycles with clothespins and could be heard for miles.
     Buying and trading baseball cards opened up in the early 1980’s. Paul was given a shoebox of cards by David Walker and told to take what he wanted and sell the rest for him. In this box full of cards was a 1949 Mickey Mantle that is now worth about $2500, but don’t tell David. Paul said he has close to 1-_ MILLION cards in his collection plus many many other items. He has met and has an autograph of Don Mattingly, has a baseball signed by Mickey Mantle, paid $75 for a Louisville Slugger that is now worth $3000, and has the gold cards from the 1998 World Series championship.
     If cards are printed with errors and caught before too many are in circulation, they are more valuable. Cards are found on and in so many things such as cereal boxes. Paul also has an extensive collection of baseball figures. He told us that these are made in limited amounts and numbered, the lower the number the higher the worth. Baseball isn’t the only sport Paul is interested in; he has a bit of all sports and players.
     Paul’s knowledge of the Yankees is astounding as he can rattle off names and dates without pause. His enthusiasm is infectious and his eyes shine like a kid on Christmas morning when he’s talking about ‘his’ team!
     Thank you Paul.
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