Three Rivers News, 2003-12-09
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2003
 VOLUME 3 NUMBER 5
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE


LOOK WHO’S TURNING 40
ON THE 13TH!!!
ROSES ARE RED,
AND COME FROM HER MOM.
THIS IS WHAT YOU GET,
FROM YOUR BROTHER TOM.

METHODIST CHURCH NEWS
BY CAROLYN SINCLAIR
     There will be a Christmas Sing-along on December 14, 2003, at 3pm at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church. There will be lots of Christmas songs to fill you with the Christmas Spirit.
     On December 19, 2003 at 7pm, a Christmas Sing-along will be held at the Park Street United Methodist Church in Milo. Bring a friend and come join in for lots of Christmas singing and fellowship.
     On Thursday, Dec. 4th, at 8:00 AM, the Women's Ecumenical Breakfast will be at Smith's in Brownville.


Santa arrives at the Milo Town Hall by Fire Truck on Saturday, December 13th . He will greet children from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon at The Milo Town Hall and again on December 20th from 10:00AM TO 12:00PM. Santa is sponsored by the Milo Three Rivers Kiwanis.

St. John's ECW Offers RADA Knives
     The St. John's Episcopal Church Women offer the RADA knife selection at all times. This selection includes individual knives as well as a variety of sets, which are perfect for gift giving. Prices for the sets range from $8 to $50.
     If you are interested in purchasing knives or knife sets for holiday giving, contact Marilyn Wiles at 965-8882 (evenings, weekends) for more information.
     While a variety of items are kept on hand at all times, special orders must be received by December 5 in order to insure arrival of items in time for the holidays.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The Brownville Jct American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a craft fair for local crafters to sell their crafts on Saturday, December 13, from 9:00 - 2:00 at the Legion Hall, 75 Railroad Ave.


Blood Drive
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 from 3:00 – 7:00
Penquis Valley gym
PLEASE HELP US MEET OUR GOAL OF 50 UNITS
Sponsored by the PVHS Key Club

MILO RITE AID'S OWN MR. AND MRS. SANTA WILL BE IN THE STORE ON DEC 13, FROM 1 PM till 4 PM to visit with children of all ages. Photos will be available by photographer Susie Ricker at a cost of $2.00. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network/ Jumping Judy Campaign.


The Junction
Indoor Flea Market
Arts, Crafts & Collectibles
Saturday & Sunday
December 13 & 14 • 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Vendors call 207-965-8786 for space availability
Route 11, Brownville (formerly KC's Place)

     The girls’ Junior High Basketball team and a few Penquis Alumni players are sponsoring a basketball clinic for boys and girls in grades 2 - 5 on Saturday, December 13th from 12:00 - 3:00 at the Brownville Elementary School. The cost for the clinic will be $5.00 each. There will also be hot dogs and drinks for sale. The girls are trying to raise money to purchase warm up pants.

Chocolate Pizzas for Christmas
     It's that time of year when you can pick up a special treat for the chocoholic on your holiday gift list. Susan Worcester will be making and selling chocolate pizzas again this year! The concoctions come in three sizes and two flavors:
Chocolate Chocolate/Peanut Butter
mini (3 inch) $1.50 $2.00
regular (8 inch) $6.00 $7.00
large (10 inch) $8.00 $9.00
     They come with marshmallows, Rice Krispies, coconut and M&Ms. (Special orders are possible.)
The profits from the project support activities for Mrs. Worcester's special education classroom at Milo Elementary School.
     You can order yours by calling Susan at 965-8070 evenings or weekends. Arrangements for pick up or delivery will be made when the order is placed.

St. John's Episcopal Church Women will hold their annual meeting and Christmas Dinner at Smith's Restaurant on Tuesday, December 16th, at 6pm. All church women are invited to attend. For more information, contact Susan Worcester, ECW president, at 965-8070.

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STATEMENT OF POLICY
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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., DEC. 9 SEAFOOD CASSEROLE, CARROTS, PEACHES
WED., DEC. 10 MEATLOAF, GRAVY, MASHED POTATO, BEETS, CHOC. CHIP COOKIE
THUR., DEC. 11 CHICKEN DIVAN, MASHED POTATO, SPINACH, FROSTED CAKE
FRI., DEC. 12 BEEF STEW, TOSSED SALAD, BISCUIT, PEARS, BROWNIE
MON. DEC. 15 HOT TURKEY SANDWICH, TURNIP, COLE SLAW, PEACHES
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 6:15PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:15 AND ENDS AT 9:30
SEE YOU THERE!
Brownville Trivia
BY BILL SAWTELL
Choose the best answer.
1. Donna Jones appeared on (a) the Curley O'Brien Show (b) Al and Aileen (c) Stacy's Jamboree (d) Spotlight on Youth.
2. Ralph Perry's father's name was (a) Gil (b) Louis (c) Sal (d) Fred.
3. The first slate quarry in Maine was the (a) Merrill Quarry (b) Crocker Quarry (c) Highland Quarry (d) Abee Quarry.
4. John Lewis's son Jack was a(n) (a) lawyer (b) artist (c) teacher (d) preacher.
5. The last year MHS and BJHS played basketball was in (a) 1963 (b) 1964 (c) 1967 (d) 1968. (basketball).
6. E.H. Ladd had mills in Brownville and (a) Perkins (b) Lincoln (c) Rockwood (d) Bingham.
7. Thunder Melanson was well known for his (a) voice (b) gait (c) basketball officiating (d) dancing.
8. Adams Huse Merrill first imported (a) French (b) Blacks (c) White Russians (d) Chinese coolies to work in his quarry.
9. The BHS teams were known as the (a) Bears (b) Tigers (c) Quarry men (d) Miners.
10. The floods of 1966 came in (a) April (b) June (c) October (d) November.

Answers 1-d 2-b 3-b 4-b 5-b 6-a 7-c 8-b 9-a 10-d
6th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER
To be held at the Milo Town Hall
December 25, 2003. Dinner served at noon.
Delivery available.
For information contact Trish Hayes at 943-2902

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
     The Cook’s 6th Annual Christmas Dinner will be held at the Milo town hall on December 25, 2003. Due to a family emergency Everett and Freda Cook are unable to prepare the meal this year but several people have come together to continue their work in their absence. Volunteers are needed to bake pies and cookies, to help set up, serve and clean up. Donations are happily accepted. For more information on how you can help make the 6th annual dinner a day to remember please contact Trish Hayes at 943-2902.



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AREA SCHOOL NEWS
FROM BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY
     The annual Christmas Program at Brownville Elementary is Dec. 19, at 1:00PM.
Each class K-5, will do a short presentation ,
followed by a visit by Santa and refreshments.
Everyone is welcome to attend.


"The 5th & 6th Grade Band" at the Holiday Concert.

     Children at Brownville Elementary were able to do some shopping on their own when the PTO brought Santa's Secret Shop to school.
     Here, Jordan, Matthew, Spencer, Shelby and Amanda are shopping for members of their families. The staff and students thank the PTO for all their hard work setting this up.

     The Brownville 5th grade recently completed a very successful raffle. They have now reached their goal for the trip to Boston in May. The class thanks all the people who donated items for the raffle and all those who bought tickets. We appreciate all the support. The following people won items:

  • John Marsh - Cardinal Wall Hanging
  • Debbie Burns - Cat Wall Hanging
  • 3 Cry Baby Dolls - Joy Russell, Ann Bailey, & Pam Stubbs
  • Christmas Basket - Fran Brewer
  • Wine glass set - Debbie Burns
  • Santa decoration - Hunter Hall
  • Christmas village decoration - Jared Weston
  • Straw fall wreath - Judy Miller
  • Afghan - Rhonda Brown
  • Moosehead Mirror - Sandra Barker
  • Thanksgiving basket - Ted Bessey
  • Pizza certificate - Nadine Lyford
  • $50 certificate to Moosehead Motor Sports - Susan Larson
  • Jenny Lynd rocker - Lori McLaughlin
  • Doll house - Lori McLaughlin

Jessica & Zac at the Secret Santa Shop

     The students at Brownville Elementary have begun their annual Christmas Caring food drive. For several years the students have collected non-perishable food items for the local food cupboards. This event is almost completely managed by the students. Fourth graders created notices on the computer and distributed them to all the students. Fifth graders manage the collection of food that comes in from many children in grades K-5. Anyone who wishes to donate is welcome to drop non-perishable items at school.

PENQUIS VALLEY BOOK FAIR
     Book Fair at Penquis Valley School Information Center, Dec 10-16, 2003. There are new paperbacks from the Scholastic Book Fairs for grades 6-12. Also available will be pre-read paperbacks and hardcovers for ten cents.
     The hours for this Book Fair in the library are: Wed,, Fri, ,& Tues. from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Thurs. & Mon. from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Come to the basketball games early on Thurs. and Mon.. to shop the book fair. Get your holiday shopping done for your students in grades 6 - 12.
     Door prize drawings: every time you make a purchase, enter your name for the door prizes. Drawings take place on Wed. Dec 17.
     Call Nancy B. Grant, at 943-7346 ext. 212, for more information.

COOK SCHOOL NEWS
     At the December 5th Terrific Kid assembly, JESSICA DONLON, MICHELLE BAKER and APRIL MORGAN were recognized. Jessica has worked very hard to stay organized and complete all of her assignments. She has a wonderful smile especially when she is laughing at Miss K's bad jokes. Mrs. Carter said that Michelle had a super week. She is a very hard worker. She hands in her homework and is prepared every day. Ms. Ivy had a difficult time choosing a Terrific Kid because EVERYONE had a good week. She picked Morgan because Morgan has been writing more in her journal and has written some neat stories. Morgan is reading quietly during silent reading.

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     Bus awards were giving to Lauren Crocker, Ashley Godwin and Michelle Baker. Kathy thanks you for following the bus safety rules. Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.
     Ethan Smith announced that his father has returned home from Afghanistan. Ethan showed a coin that Dad brought him. It commemorates "Operation Enduring Freedom. Anti-Terrorist Task Force." Loud cheers met Ethan's announcement. We are all so happy for Ronald, Ethan and the entire Smith family.
     Our Holiday Program is scheduled for December 18th in the afternoon. We'll let you know the exact time next week. We hope to see you there.

NEWS FROM MILO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
     The fifth grade band students had their very first concert appearance this week. The 16 students participated with other fifth graders and sixth graders from the district in the Annual Holiday Concert on Thursday evening. The students all started learning to play their instruments at the end of September. They have rehearsed weekly in their own school with Mr. Eastman. They met as a large group on Wednesday for their first whole group rehearsal.
     The concert started with the Fifth and Sixth grade band playing seven numbers that they have learned. They finished with ‘Jingle Bells ‘, which put everyone in a holiday mood. The Middle School and High School bands also played and did a fine job. Those at the concert were also entertained by the Middle School chorus and the High School chorus.
We certainly have lots of talented students in our schools. Thank you, Mr. Guthrie and Mr. Eastman for all your time and hard work to help these students prepare.
     The students will be collecting food for the Milo Food Pantry again this year. Our fifth graders are taking charge of the project. Each student who brings something for the collection will be given an ornament to put on our Tree of Joy in the main lobby. We hope to cover our tree with ornaments, which will mean that we will have made a big donation to the food pantry.

Terrific Kids this week are:
From Mrs. Gillis's room:
This girl shows effort time after time,
Up the ladder of success you can see her climb,
We like her name 'cause it's easy to rhyme,
Our Terrific Kid is BRITTANY LALIME.
From Mrs. Mills's room
Our Terrific Kid has been working hard to improve many things. He has worked on his handwriting, his story writing, his reading and most importantly his behavior. I really appreciate this and so does Mrs. Dunham, Mrs. Stanhope, Mrs. Lyford, and his mom. We enjoy having AUSTIN FOGG in our class. Keep it up Austin!
From Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Hudak's room
This Terrific Kid will warm your hearts and hopefully your bodies, especially this week! He is a kind, pleasant and caring young man. Mrs. Hudak and friends report that he brings in books to share, is helpful to others and is a good listener. Mrs. Linda enjoys all the information Cody shares during oral and guided reading. He has lots of information about science and

social study matters. Mrs. Marie is warmed by his good attitude and hard work in writing. He is helpful in keeping our classroom picked up. Way to go, CODY DUNHAM! We are proud of you. Keep up the good work!
Mrs. Dell'olio's Terrific Kid is a hazel-eyed beauty who is a great friend to everybody. She is the most improved cursive writer in our class! She loves to talk on the telephone and works hard to not talk in class! Our Terrific Kid this week is MIRANDA ANDRICK!!
From Mrs. Barden's room: Our Terrific Kid is a boy who is a hard worker. He loves to read and is uses all his strategies to figure out words. He is a good friend and team player in the class room and outdoors. We are glad that PATRICK
CREIGHTON is in our classroom.
From Mrs. Carey's and Mrs. Walker's room
Our first Terrific Kid this week is a little girl who is sure to make you smile. She is Miss T. - totally respectful, truthful, terribly sweet, and tons of fun. And she may be TINY, but she is definately TERRIFIC! We are happy to honor TRISHA ROUSSEL.
Our second Terrific Kid is another little girl that will make you smile. She has made lots of new friends in this school and is always eager to help anyone with a problem. She is thoughtful and kind and we are so very proud of her progress. We love our days with KRISTINA BUSSIERE.
From Mrs. Dunham's room
Our Terrific kid is a dear, sweet little girl. She works very hard every day to complete her daily assignments. She loves to read! There is always a book in her hands during any free time she might have. She is very kind and caring to her classmates. She is always on the look-out for ways to help others. We love having ALEXA GERRISH in our room.
Mrs. Whitney’s Terrific Kids are ALL THE KIDS IN THE 5TH GRADE BAND! They were great! They went to an all band rehearsal on Wednesday morning and did a super job! They had a concert Thursday night and did well. They are great representatives for Milo Elementary School! Their teacher and their school are extremely proud of them. Keep up the great work for Mr. Eastman and yourselves!!!!! Remember to keep the beat!!!
From Mrs. Hussey's and Mrs. Tardiff's room BOBBI MERRILL--Bobbi has been working hard to improve her reading skills. She's making lots of progress. Bobbi is a good friend and always follows the I-Care rules of our classroom. We're proud of her hard work and glad to have her in our class!
SUMMER WETTENGEL-- Summer is a hard worker and always tries to do her best on tasks. She's friendly and helpful and follows the I-care rules of our class too! We love having her in our class.
Bus students of the week this week were: CAITLIN GARLAND and CONNOR WEBB.
CAITLYN and KEVIN RICKER were welcomed back to our school. They had moved to South Carolina last year and we are sure glad to have them back.
     We were sad to have Adriana Blais leave us last week. She has been part of our first grade and has moved to Florida for the winter. After this cold week, we all wish we had been tucked into her luggage!!
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     This is one of the items available to bid on at the Silent Auction at Milo Rite Aid. Proceeds will be used to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and to help “push” Judy Morrison out of an airplane.

SENATOR PAUL DAVIS'S SNOWMOBILE BILL RECEIVES UNANIMOUS COMMITTEE SUPPORT
BILL WOULD ENSURE COVERAGE OF CLUBS, LIMIT LIABILITY AND HELP TO PRESERVE VALUABLE MAINE INDUSTRY
     (AUGUSTA, ME) - Maine Senate Republican leader Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) is lauding the initial passage of L.D. 787, "An Act to Clarify the Landowner Liability Law with Regard to Construction and Maintenance of Snowmobile and Other Trails for Recreational Use," after amending the bill to address concerns within the industry.
     Northeast Insurance Company, the largest insurer of snowmobile clubs in the state, recently announced that it was ceasing to do business in Maine as a result of a pending lawsuit against a Maine snowmobile club. This meant that the entire snowmobile industry in Maine, and the $300 million it contributes annually to the state's economy, was is in trouble.
     "The unanimous vote and the emergency status are both very important in that this clears the way for the bill to pass the House and Senate quickly in January. The Governor has indicated to me that he will sign the bill as soon as it is passed, and as an emergency it will go into effect immediately. I am glad that we are working to resolve this crisis," Senator Davis said.
     "We are very appreciative of Senator Davis taking the lead in this problem. It appears as though his leadership and swift action may have averted a pretty serious situation," said Bob Meyers, of the Maine Snowmobile Association. "While this legislation goes a long way towards protecting us in the future, we are still actively working on the here and now to locate and provide affordable liability coverage for all clubs for their grooming and trail maintenance activities."

     This amendment, among other things, adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause to make the bill take effect immediately to ensure that the clarification of the law applies to the current snowmobiling season.

IN MEMORIAM
DOROTHY ANN (BABIN) DEMERS
     MILO - Dorothy Ann (Babin) Demers, 51, died Nov. 30, 2003, unexpectedly. She was born Aug. 30, 1952, in Middletown, Conn., the daughter of Roger and Rita (King) Babin. Dorothy graduated from Penquis Valley High School of Milo, Class of 1970. In the warm months she enjoyed gardening with Dave and in the colder months she loved doing her craft projects. She was employed at Dexter Shoe from 1985 until the last plant closed. She was currently employed by Creative Apparel in Dover-Foxcroft. Dorothy is survived by her mother, Rita, of Milo; sister, Nancy Marshall of Iowa; beloved companion, David McLaughlin of Milo; three sons, Kenneth and his fiance, Penny Drinkwater of Milo, Matthew and his wife, Monica of Milo and Kevin and his wife, Cheryl of Winchester, Va.; special niece, Tammy McLaughlin; many more nieces and nephews; two grandchildren, Diana Rose Demers and Dylan James Drinkwater, both of Milo; two stepsons, David and Joseph; stepdaughter, Charity and several step-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father, Roger; brother, Burt; and sister, Helen (Babin) Ellis.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM
     I turned on my computer the other day and found a file that I'd not put there myself. The title of the file was Beautifulist Sunflower Morgan. Morgan is seven..and not a bad speller for her age. Yes, indeed, it was the most beautiful flower that has ever been drawn and posted to any file on any computer. My little granddaughter drew it, and so that makes it the most beautiful thing in the world. I'm totally enamored by my grandchildren. Their faces mesmerize me....their hugs and kisses thrill me...their voices fill my heart. And if they are sad, I'm sad. And if they are happy, I'm happy.
     We got a chance on Saturday to take about 50 pictures of the four of them together on the porch in front of the Christmas decorations. I'm hoping that of the 50 shots taken...we might get one that we could use for a Christmas card. The grandson prefers to make faces. His sister is following in his footsteps...adorable though she may be. The other two are more photogenic and there didn't seem to be any bad ones of them...at least in the first 21 that I've seen. Another set of pictures will be back at the drugstore tomorrow. Did you know that they've now got one of those machines at Rite Aid that you can scan a picture...use a floppy disk or a cd to print, enlarge, crop or do whatever you want. I was so excited!!
     My grand kids aren't any different than anyone else’s grand kids. We've all got stories galore to tell about them. I've laughed harder at my baby granddaughter this week than most people laugh in a month of days. She is the funniest kid I know...and I'm blessed with being her grandmother. She's five years old and a stand up comedienne.

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     The kids are all unique. Some sensitive, some super sensitive. Some are wonderful students and some are just average. Some struggle with studies. They'll all make it in life because they have so much "going" for them every day. I am a firm believer in being an advocate for your children. If you don't advocate for your children as they pass through the system...they could be left behind. Now, I know that the President has said he doesn't want any child left behind. It's not a bad theory...but the means to the end is not going to work.....not the way it's working now, anyway. Keep your eye on this idea very closely. Don't expect that just because the President says that no child will be left behind means that "your" kid won't be neglected or forgotten as he or she drops through the cracks.
     It's your responsibility to keep track of the paper trail. Keep an accurate record of each and every report card. Be sure to look at every paper they bring home from school...and believe it or not, you even must try to take responsibility for the papers they don't bring home. Do not allow your child to be the kid who never brings anything home. It's a poor excuse for not being prepared. It's a poor excuse for not being organized. And...if you're the parent, it's a poor excuse for not being informed about what your kid is up to and responsible for in the classroom. You can be in charge of your own kid....you can insist on them being responsible. They can pay consequences for not bringing important, informative paperwork home.
     If you sat on the same side of the desk that I sit on...you'd know how I feel when I have to pound my head on a wall because a parent isn't informed. Someone has created a notice. Someone has run it off, then count out enough for each kid in each classroom. Then someone has delivered it to each classroom. Then someone has put one in each kid's cubby. The child has one responsibility....to put it in their backpack. Well, maybe two responsibilities....the kid may have to get it out of the backpack and pass it to the parent. The parent has the responsibility of reading it and then acting upon it. I can't tell you how important it is for the parent to take their part of the responsibility seriously. You are not only keeping your child's affairs uppermost in your mind, but you are teaching them a wonderful lesson in responsibility. You are setting a great example for your child. Like always buckling up. It's the law! If you buckle up...every time...you are setting a wonderful example for your child.
     Nothing infuriates me more than a kid coming to the office and saying, "My mother forgot to pack my sneakers, can I call home?" Now, mind you, I don't mind that I have to call the house for sneakers....I mind that the child doesn't think it was their responsibility to remember them. They are making the parent take that responsibility. I say, "You may call...but you must not blame your parent. You must say, "I've forgotten my sneakers, can you bring them to school, please? Thank you Mom." They usually have a hard time not putting the blame on the parent, but I just keep insisting that they can't blame the parent and finally they get the message.
But back to the advocate thing. If you are not informed about what is happening in your child's classroom...then you are remiss. Not only do you need to be informed about what's being taught and how it's being taught...but you need to know specifically how your child is

doing in each subject. Even if your child is smart and usually doesn't have any trouble with scholastics....your child still may be having trouble with a subject or two and they may also be having trouble with socializing or getting along with the general population of the school. Interactions in a school aren't always between classmates or just one teacher. The children are working with a multitude of teachers and support staff each day. The children are also interacting with children of different ages and in different settings within the school each day, as in the lunchroom or out at recess.
     Getting a kid through school nowadays is one of the hardest jobs a parent must attend to. If I sound like I've harped too long on this subject...then you know how passionate I am about it. It is a big deal. No longer can you just put them on the bus when they're five and ship them off for someone else to take care of during the day. Parents must be involved with every aspect of the process. There is way too much at stake these days.
     As we get closer and closer to Christmas...I've spent lots of time looking over the recipes that I usually keep stashed until this time of year. One of our favorite family holiday treats is Ding Bats
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped nuts
2 eggs, well beaten
3 cups Rice Crisps
1/2 cup coconut
     Melt the butter or margarine over medium heat. . Add the sugar and stir. While stirring add the dates, nuts and eggs. Continue to stir and heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the Rice Crisps. Cool and shape into balls using a rounded tablespoonful to measure. Roll in coconut.

River Cruise Part 9
BY VIRGIL VALENTE
     Thurs. June 14th. We had breakfast at 6:30 this morning because we had to board a bus at 8:15. After breakfast I went up on the top deck to view the sights as we sailed into Wurzburg. High on a hill on the left side of the river was a beautiful monastery. It was huge. It was square and must have been over 500 feet on a side. Surrounding it were vineyards cascading down the sides of the hill. The monastery used to be the castle of the Prince Bishop from 1253 to 1719, but is now occupied by Benedictine monks. The term Prince Bishop stands for a man who was an official in the Catholic Church. The people of this region were afraid of having kings who could pass the rule on to the next generation so they elected bishops of the church to serve as princes knowing they would have no children. The Prince Bishop was in charge of all governmental affairs.
     The bus took us to the Prince Bishop’s Palace. This is different from the castle. Once the region became stable and the Prince Bishop didn’t have to worry about fighting, he moved to the palace where he didn’t have to worry about defending himself. The palace is one of Europe’s greatest palaces. It was built in 1720-1744. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site. We arrived early because we were getting a special showing of the palace before it opened to the general public. Today was also Corpus Christi and the bishop was leading a parade from the cathedral to the palace and we needed to finish our tour before they arrived. The first room we entered was designed for a horse and carriage to be able to turn around inside so if the weather was inclement the arriving guests didn’t have to brave the weather. Everything in the palace was large and was designed to impress any visitor. The grand staircase led us to the second floor. Since there were quite

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a few steps those in the group who had trouble walking were taken up in the elevator. The stairway had a landing where people could take either the left or right stairs to reach the second floor. The landing was a nice place to look up to enjoy the largest one piece ceiling painting done by the Venetian, Tiepolo. I would guess its size to be over 100 by 100 feet. Most artists of the time refused to paint the ceiling because they were afraid it would fall from its own weight, but Tiepolo must have known what he was doing because it is still there. In fact, during WWII the palace was bombed and the roof was destroyed. Within a day or so of the bombing the allies arrived and an American officer given the duty of preserving works of art immediately had a roof built over the ceiling to prevent water from damaging it. A few years ago, when the palace was reopened to the public, the citizens of Wurzburg asked the American officer to be their honored guest for the festivities.
     We were taken through most of the public rooms of the palace. The walls and ceilings were covered with frescos depicting various scenes from the Bible. I was particularly impressed with the extent to make the visitor see things in three dimensions. On all the paintings you could see legs, arms and pieces of drapery extending out from the paintings. The cloth drapes perfectly matched the painted ones in the frescos. The 20-foot tall windows were accented with beautiful velvet drapes. Our guide told us that there were no bathroom facilities at the time of the Prince Bishop. The bishop himself had a commode designed to look like an easy chair, but everyone else relieved themselves behind the curtains. The odor must have been overwhelming. It was said that one could smell a town long before seeing it because everyone used to throw their wastes into the street or leave it in the house.
     One room I was especially intrigued with was the mirror room. It was the reception room where the Prince Bishop met with visitors. This room was completely destroyed during the way and was restored using drawings and a two-foot piece of mirror that survived. The restoration cost millions of dollars. All the walls were covered with mirrors that had gold inlaid in beautiful patterns all through the glass. The Prince Bishop used to keep his guests waiting in this room because he had a false wall behind the mirrors where he could listen in on their conversations as they waited.
     It took nine years to complete the reconstruction of the palace. Fortunately the furniture of the palace is still the original because it was all removed and safely stored before the war. The Flemish tapestries date from the 10th century.
     After viewing the rooms we went back outside. I peeked in the chapel of the Prince Bishop but did not go in, as there was a mass taking place. It was very ornate with lots of gold. We did go around the back where there was a garden. It was very formal with lots of topiary work and fountains and was done in the Baroque style. The roses were in bloom and I sat on a bench to enjoy the view. When it was time to reboard the bus we walked back to the palace and viewed the procession lead by the Prince Bishop as it approached the palace. From what I could see the group of people was at least a mile long. There were school kids, groups of monks, groups of nuns and others dressed up in fancy uniforms.
Next week: the rest of Wurzburg and Bamberg

TRC ALLIANCE CORNER
www.trcmaine.org
BY PRISCILLA BASS
     We here in the Three Rivers Community have an advantage over many other communities. We have the Three Rivers Alliance web site, where we can find all sorts of information about our community. I have visited many other community web pages and none that I saw can compare with the amount of info, the looks and the ease of use that our site provides.

     Those of you with computers and Internet access need to visit our site to see what I mean. Would you like to know day by day what is going on in your community? When and where the clubs and organizations are meeting, what special events are happening, then check us out. We have all that information located in one place for your convenience. Do you want to take a look at the High School sports schedule? We have it.
     Check out our Directory. You will be glad you did. There are the organizations, churches, schools, and libraries as well as local businesses. Do you need your car repaired, some alterations done, a plumber, electrician, a gift for family or friend, then check out our business directory and find someone local to give you that service. Why go elsewhere when someone local can do it. If you have a business we do not have listed, then let us know and we will add you. We want to provide our communities with the best information we can.
     Do you need a local map? We have them and they are printable. Perhaps you have a friend or relative coming from away. Print up a map and mark your location and send it to them so when they arrive they find you with no problem. Although we are all familiar with our area, those from away are not and can easily get lost if they have never been here.
     We have government listings also. Do you need the phone number or address of a government dept.? We have them all listed including local, county, state, and federal for your convenience. Your representatives to state and federal government are listed so you can contact them with problems. Why look all over the place for information you need, when you can find it all on the Three Rivers Community web page.
     This is your web site for your community, so why not check out our bulletin board and even post to it. Have you lost contact with classmates from high school, then check out the alumni section of the board? Want to announce an engagement, birth, wedding, or do you have something for sale, there are sections for that too. And if you just want to chat about local events etc., then you can also do that on the bulletin board. Come join us and get a rousing discussion going. Add to a topic already in progress or start one of your own. All we ask is that you keep it clean.
     There are photos on the site from the various communities and if you like to photograph the area why not submit a picture now and then. Maybe you got a really great once in a lifetime shot, so why not share it with everyone. There is a featured photo on the main page as well as the photo section, so come on and check them out.
     Read about the history of your community, about TRC and what it does all on this site along with the above mentioned areas. Do you live in LaGrange, Atkinson, Medford, or Lake View and have some spare time, then why not volunteer as a resource advisor to Three Rivers Community Alliance. We would love to have you with us. Help us make this the best community web site in the state and maybe even the country. I volunteered and haven't regretted it for a minute, so come join us and share in the good feeling.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
By Nancy Grant
From the Bangor Daily Commercial – Friday, December 6, 1948
Santa Claus Faces Active Work In Milo After Arriving On ‘Flyer’
MILO, Dec. 19-If his activities at Milo are any criterion, Santa Claus is going to have one of the busiest seasons on record this year.
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HECTIC JOURNEY
     After a hectic journey down from the North Country late last week, during which he had to stable Donner, Blitzen and all the rest at some intermediate spot for lack of snow and board the Aroostook Flyer, the jovial gentleman arrived in this town Saturday laden down with good cheer and lollipops for the children.
     Some 100 children-from six to 60-greeted the red-coated St. Nick at the Bangor and Aroostook railroad station when he arrived in a special car. The busy gentleman later was escorted to Post Office square, where he spoke, and then renewed acquaintances with the town’s small fry in the toy department of a local store during the afternoon and evening. He took time out, however, to attend a children’s party at the United Baptist church in the late afternoon.
     “Here Comes Santa Claus” and other seasonal musical selections were played over an amplifying system at the railroad station and in the square during the festivities.

POPULAR GENTLEMAN
     Mr. Claus is a popular gentleman this time of the year, as everywhere else, and he will make special appearances in Milo all week.
     He will be present at free Christmas matinees at the Milo theater Friday at 10 a.m., for Brownville, Brownville Junction and Lagrange children and at 1;30 p.m., for Milo and Derby tots.
     Directly following the latter show he will officiate at a Christmas party for Milo and Derby children at the Community tree at the station.
OTHER ACTIVITIES
     Other Christmas week activities here will include a Christmas Eve concert in the town hall auditorium from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday with music by the Milo high school Glee club, Methodist church Junior choir, Baptist church choir, the Mozart Music club and the Milo Community band.
     Christmas carols and music will be played each evening on the United Baptist church organ and chimes and amplified so that they may be heard throughout the town.
     Christmas week events here are sponsored by the Milo Board of Trade and citizens who look sharp by might perceive that George Milliner of Derby is playing a leading part in the affair although his role must remain anonymous.

BACK ALONG WEATHER
From Grammie McCleary’s weather book.
DECEMBER – 1973
9th-Cloudy am rain pm-16° at 7 am and 30° at 4 pm.
10th-Cloudy am and rain pm-46° at 7 am and 40° at 4 pm.
11th-rain am and snow pm-34° at 6:30 am and 43° at 4 pm.
12th-Cloudy am Fair pm-28° at 6:30 am and 22° at 4 pm.
13th-Sunny & cold-8° at 6:40 am and 22° at 4 pm.
14th-Rain all day-28° at 6:45 am and 36° at 3 pm.
15th-Cloudy am

THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS

CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE

REGULAR MEETING
     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The 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 Nancy Grant 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.

DECEMBER 3, 2003 MEETING MINUTES
SUBMITTED BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
     President Joe Zamboni greeted seventeen members and an always-welcome interclub from Orono/Old Town.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Herb Dunham asked for peace in the world as well as comfort and guidance for everyone.
     Don Harris read an inspirational story about being careful of how you live. It seems that Sparky couldn’t seem to do anything right. He flunked all his subjects at school, was quite shy, didn’t do well at sports, but loved his art. Sparky submitted his drawings everywhere but was continually turned down. He didn’t give up but kept packing his suitcase and made the most of what he could do. Sparky was Charles Shultz of Charlie Brown fame!
     The Orono/Old Town newsletter was circulated.
     Happy Birthday to Frank Cochrane on the 4th, Lorraine Schinck on the 5th, Michael O’Connor and Matt Grindle on the 7th, and Joe Beres on the 8th.
     Fourteen happy and sad dollars were donated for a State Police case closed, Brian Lee home on a surprise leave, Frank and David’s help with the Key Club tree, a new collie, speedy recovery, Mike’s 33rd birthday, Mike’s former coach Murrel being 35? and Murrel’s former teacher Ed Treworgy being 39?
     Trish Hayes reported the Key Club activities; taking the Coats for Kids to Shaw’s on Saturday, ice cream added to the basketball food sale, games starting on Friday, hosting their installation at Pleasant Park at 1 pm on the 14th, going to Manna on the 15th, helping out at the Blood Drive on the 17th from 3 to 7 pm at the Middle School gym, and the Thursday meeting with a presentation from a Red Cross blood drive representative.
     Chris Beres reported for Cheryl Hamlin that the fruit delivery would be on Tuesday, December 9, at the Milo Elementary School at approximately 7:30 am. Any and all help to unload the shipment would be appreciated.
     Janet Richards AKA Mrs. Claus, told us the Secret Santa shopping trip will be on Saturday, December 13. The deadline for donations is Monday the 8th.
We will be having two business meetings monthly in January, February, and March of 2004.
     Next week is a business meeting and Rev. Ernie Madden will be our guest speaker on the 17th.
     Our guest speaker today was Ron Gnodde and his wife Michelle. Ron has trained dogs for a number of years.

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     Ron told us a bit of history about the Shepards. They were sheepherders in the 1700 and 1800’s. During the 1800’s standards were bred in Belgium and used as working dogs with only the good workers surviving. This made for a strong line of Shepards and is the base of present day working dogs. The German Shepard is the larger of the four or five breeds.
     Present day Shepards are trained for search and rescue, tracking, and searching for bombs, narcotics, and sometimes small amounts of money. After WW1 smugglers trained dogs to attack and eventually law enforcement followed suit.
     These canines are trained in Europe as a hobby and the best are sold and brought to the United States where they are in high demand. Ron told us that good dogs over the age of 18 months have been difficult to find since 9-11. The police use Shepards for protection and to chase criminals. They are trained to chase and hold at bay but not to attack and bite unless the criminal moves.
     The French use lots of control and routine training when working with the dogs. In Belgium the training is done in various ways that simulate real life situations. The dogs learn to swim and retrieve, do area searches, jump over barbed wire fences, find a hidden decoy and continue barking until the dog’s master gives the command to stop. The dogs are put through a rough test by chasing a person who turns and runs directly toward the dog with stick. It takes a really tough dog to keep going and only the best pass the test. Labradors are used by people in Customs to sniff out contraband. They do not have the high drive of the Shepards as they tend to be more laid back.
     Ron also told us that a well-trained dog makes a great pet for a family and kids.
     Thank you for the interesting presentation and little known history of the German Shepard.

P.E.T.S. REMINDER TO SPAY,NEUTER FAMLIY PETS
     P.E.T.S., a local, non-profit, all volunteer, spay/neuter organization wants to remind area residents to have their pets spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering greatly reduces reproductive diseases in both cats and dogs, can reduce or eliminate spraying and injuries due to fighting in male cats, and reduce or eliminate the dog or cat’s desire to roam. Having your pet spayed or neutered will help to reduce the tragic overpopulation, abandonment and euthansia of cats and dogs in our area. P.E.T.S. has a reduced cost spay/neuter program for those individuals that qualify. Call Julie Gallagher at 943-5083 for more information or brochure or write to P.E.T.S., PO Box 912, Guilford, ME 04443
     P.E.T.S., has a couple full-grown cats ready for adoption. These friendly girls are spayed and have had their shots. Also available are a pair of buff-colored fellows who are neutered and must go as a “matched set”.
     Lady, a full-grown Shepherd-mix is also available. She is a very friendly dog and loves all people and animals. Call Julie at 943-5083 or Val at 943-2324 for more info.
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