Three Rivers News, 2004-04-27
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2004
 VOLUME 3 NUMBER 25
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

     CONGRATULATIONS TO IRENE LARSON,   THIS YEAR’S SCHOODIC LAKE ICE-OUT CONTEST WINNER.
By Isabele Warren

     The winner of the 2004 Schoodic Lake Ice Out Contest sponsored by the local website, Three Rivers Community Alliance, is Irene Larson of Williamsburg Twp.,Maine. The main body of the lake was navigable by boat as of 4/21/2004 at 2:25 p.m.. Irene's entry for 4/21/2004 at 3:00 p.m. was closest to the ice out time declared by the contest judge and earned her the prize of one hundred twenty three dollars.
     Irene is not disclosing her formula for estimating ice out...she did mention something about adding so many days after you see the first robin then factoring in winds and temperatures.
     "Congratulations" to our winner. And "Thank you" to all who helped by buying and selling tickets, posting posters, and especially our contest judge without whom the contest would not have been possible. We did have some fun with this contest ! Watch for posters again next March.

Brownville Rec. News
By Melanie Knowles


Front Row: Colton Larrabee, Cody Larrabee, Haley Knowles and Georgia Goodroe Back Row: Coach Dickie Pelletier, Cody Herbest, Tyler Pelletier, Jessica Clement, Kendra Herbest and Coach Kenny Stone.

Brownville Rec Department recently finished their Wee Pee Wee Basketball program. It is a program for second and third graders. One of the teams in this program was the Bailey Lumber Team. They completed the season with a 4-1 record. Friday (today), the coaches ended the season with a pizza party at the Milo House of Pizza.

Family, friends greet returning soldiers
(Reprinted from The Bangor Daily News)
     BANGOR - Members of the 1136th Transportation Company returned to Maine on Monday after spending a year in the Middle East. More than 400 people cheered as the hangar door opened at the National Guard base and 100 soldiers walked off buses to be greeted by friends and family.
     "Daddy's coming," one mom told her two young children just before the door opened.
     The unit's 140 members left Fort Dix, N.J., in four buses Monday morning after arriving at the base last week, said Maine National Guard Maj. Pete Rogers.

      The 1136th is based in Bangor but has a detachment in Sanford. Family and friends greeted members of the southern Maine detachment at the Sanford armory around 6 p.m., and the remainder of the soldiers continued on to arrive in Bangor about three hours later.

      After spending a year in the desert, the soldiers said they missed green grass and a soft, warm bed most of all. Siblings Brian and Kristin Lee of Milo are both members of the 1136th. Although Kristin returned to Maine two weeks ago, she and a handful of others from the unit who also came back early drove to Newport to meet and join the 1136th caravan and walk off the buses as a complete unit.
     The two were welcomed home by their parents, Scott and Kathy Lee, also of Milo, as well as other family members.
     "It was comforting to be over there with [my brother]," said 19-year-old Kristin. She was still in high school when Brian, a 22-year-old University of Maine business major, joined the Guard.
     "Kristin's just always been our little G.I. Jane," Kathy Lee, Kristin's mom, said on Monday. "She's always wanted to be in the military."
     Kristin wasn't eligible to go overseas when her brother was first deployed, but after finishing her training she learned that two spots had opened up in the 1136th and she volunteered to go to the Middle East.
     "They've always been close, but they're much closer now," Scott Lee said.
     Both siblings plan to be at the University of Maine in the fall, where Kristin has been accepted as a communications major.
     "I just always knew that they would do their duty," Kathy Lee said. "We're just always so proud of them."
     The company was among the first Maine units to be put on alert in February 2003. The guardsmen flew to the Middle East last April.
     While overseas, members of the unit were in charge of hauling water, fuel and other cargo across Kuwait and Iraq, Rogers said.
     More than 100 soldiers from the National Guard's 112th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) of Bangor, which also spent more than a year overseas, returned to Maine two weeks ago.

The Restaurant Plans Prom Dinner
The Restaurant, on Park Street in Milo,  will be hosting fine dining the night of the prom - May 15th.

     We will offer two seatings, one at 4:45 PM and the other at 6:00 PM. The price is only $15.00 per person and will include a photo of your memorable night. You can pick up menus at The Restaurant or call for details. 943-7432. This night is by reservation ONLY!

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STATEMENT OF POLICY
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HOW TO RECEIVE THE THREE RIVERS NEWS BY MAIL
    We have received many inquiries from readers as to how they can get the Three Rivers News delivered to their mailbox each week.  The news is available by subscription in 30-week increments. For each 30-week subscription we ask for a donation of $25.00 to cover the cost of printing and mailing. If you would like to sign up to get the news delivered, send your name, address and a check for $25.00 to one of the addresses above.
   We will mail your issue each Tuesday morning so you can have a nice fresh paper delivered every week! This makes an especially nice gift for an elderly person or for someone who lives away, but still likes to keep in touch with area happenings

MEALS FOR ME MENU

TUES., April 27

Chicken divan, mashed potato, mixed vegetables, ice box pudding

WED., April 28

Spaghetti casserole, peas & mushrooms, sliced pears

THUR., April 29

Pot roast w/gravy, baked potato, squash, cake w/frosting

FRI., April 30

Tomato soup, Sealeg salad
sandwich, fresh spinach salad,
fruit oat bar

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!

JUMPING JUDY READIES FOR THE  EVENT OF THE SPRING
By Judy Morrison
     The LONG AWAITED SKY DIVE FOR the Children's Miracle Network will be taking place at the Curtis Airport in Pittsfield on May 1 (weather permitting) between 12 noon and 1 P M.  Hopefully it will be a nice Spring Day and anyone who cares to come and watch should bring a tailgate picnic and enjoy the day with their families and friends. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of soooooo many people, well over $2000.00 was raised for the charity. To my knowledge, I will be the only one jumping!!!!!! A very HUGE Thank you goes out to my support team, the Maine SkyDivers Association.

Local Births
     A son, Kohl Martin Roberts, to Nichole Kennedy and Michael Roberts of Milo on April 18, 2004. Wt. 8 pounds 6 ounces.
     A son, Christopher Lee Gilbert Jr., to Nicole Desrochers and Christopher Gilbert Sr. of Brownville on April 20, 2004. Wt. 6 pounds 8 ounces.

Thanks from Megan (Burton) Bell, granddaughter of Sonny and Diane Burton:
     On behalf of my husband, who is currently serving in Iraq with 1-152 Field Artillery Unit, I would like to graciously thank the men and women of the American Legion # 41, Milo.  When they heard that my husband was serving in Iraq, they immediately wanted to do something for his unit.  They donated a patriotic basket to raffle at the Legion Hall on Friday, April 16.  All the proceeds were to go to my husband’s unit.  They also donated $90.00 to go towards the unit as well.  The money will help send care packages and comfort items to the soldiers of the 1-152nd Field Artillery Unit.  I would also like to thank all of those who bought raffle tickets for the basket and/or donated money, (especially the gentleman who donated his Bingo winnings).  All of your kind and gracious donations mean so much to my husband and the other soldiers.  To have items that remind them of home means more then can be explained. 
     Again, thank you so much to all who gave to the 1-152nd Field Artillery ; The appreciation is beyond words.

Editors Note: If anyone would like a subscription started for a service person, Three Rivers Kiwanis will provide one, free of charge, to any military person serving anywhere in the world.  The only criterion is that they are from our area.  Send their name and address, along with your phone number to:

               Valerie Robertson
               PO Box 81
               Milo, ME 04463

Once the subscription is started, we would only need to be notified of the serviceperson’s change of address or return home!

PRIZEWINNERS FOR THE P.A.W.S. RAFFLE
     Here is the list of prizewinners from the P.A.W.S raffle that was held at the Phillip Mumford concert held last Saturday night.  Over $200.00 was raised to go towards the “Buy the Building” fund.  We would like to thank EVERY person who attended, bought tickets for, or donated prizes.  We live in a very generous community and appreciate every penny we receive.  The Building Fund is approaching $2000.00, so we are well on our way to collecting the $15,000 we need to raise by December 2004.  We are in the process of having a giant sign made to mark our progress, so that everyone can see how quickly the donations add up.  Thank you and congratulations to the winners.
     Makita Hand-Sander, valued at $50, donated by Bailey Lumber Company-Katie Robertson; 2 tickets to the Travis

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Cowing Comedy Event to be held at the Milo Town Hall on May 29th, valued at $20- Pam and Danny Stubbs; $25 Gift Certificate from C & J Variety-Paula of P.A.L.S.; 2 haircuts at The Head Shop, valued at $20- both won by Ms. Kazyaka: oil change at Salley’s, valued at $20-Katie Robertson (NO, Val did not draw the tickets!); 2 Lobsters, provided by Charles Kelley, valued at $22-Paula from P.A.L.S.; $25 gift certificate to Old American Threads-Sandy Smart; 12-piece chicken dinner donated by Milo Mini-Mart (Exxon)-Val Ricker; 12-piece dinner donated by Milo Mini-Mart- Sandy Smart.

MY OLD HUNTING RIFLE
I have been a reader of hunting and fishing magazines for many years and have enjoyed them all.  Only in one magazine did I ever read of the good features of what in my opinion is one of the best Maine hunting rifles ever made: the .35 Remington pump action.  This is an account of how I came into possession of one of these rifles.
     I have read about .30-06’s, .270’s, magnums, and hot shot guns like the .243.  I have studied the ballistics of .308’s, 7 mm’s, and, of course, the old .30-30, along with many others.  But no gun has ever impressed me like the Remington .35.
     My rifle originally belonged to Dr. Bundy, our family doctor.  He sold it to me for $15.00 when I was sixteen years old.  It has been my only deer rifle for 62 years.  I have shot my share of deer with it, and it never misfired or failed in any way, even when I carried it for miles in rain and snow. Over the following twenty years, Dr. Bundy received some of the best cuts of deer steak from deer shot by that rifle.  I can hear him say, “Oh, another payment on the gun!” when I delivered a package of steak.
     I was lucky shooting my deer, and I can truthfully say that I knew I hit only two deer that got away.  Most dropped where they were standing or running.
     My .35 Rem. has a short barrel, a fast action, and it is more accurate than some automatics I have tried.  It balances well and comes up nicely.  The 200 grain Core-Lok bullet has always performed well in it and has great “knocking down” power.  Deer hit solidly don’t run away.  I had Ray McCorrison install a brass Marble compass in the stock, which with its accuracy and ease of use has often been a big help.
     I read an article in a hunting magazine in which a hunter asked a Maine guide what he should buy to hunt game in Maine.  His choice was between a .30-30 and a .35 Remington.  The guide replied, “The .35 Remington is best every time.  I can’t tell you why: it just is.”
     Through the years my family has referred to it as The Old Rem.  When the family was home, I would bring a newly tagged deer, stop in the driveway, and yell “Yahoo!”  They would all come running to see what I had.
     I used to kid the boys, saying that they had better buy a new box of shells for the next hunting season for their guns.  I told them I wouldn’t bother, as I only used one a year.  I was amused one day at the old Keezer hunting camp watching the boys shoot at a white 4” x 8” target with a one inch bull’s eye set up 60 yards away.  They hadn’t hit the bull’s eye at all and had only hit the paper a few times.  They finally asked me to try it.  I tried to get out of it, because once you have done some bluff bragging, you don’t want the truth to come out.  I stepped back, took the old .35 off the wall, put a bullet into it and went outside.  The open sights covered the paper completely at 60 yards, and I knew I was depending on dumb luck, although I didn’t let on to the boys.  I pulled up, aimed, and fired.  One of the boys went

down to get the target.  I heard him say, “Oh d_ _ _!”  The bullet had punched a hole through the exact center of the bull’s eye.  The target is still on the wall at camp, and no one ever knew that Lady Luck had been the one who pulled the trigger.  It’s great how a reputation can come through no fault of your own.  Needless to say, they don’t ask me to shoot with them any more.
     Well, the old .35 is still in good condition and I hope will always be kept in the family.
                              The Old Whittler

“dreams for Maine kids” Raffle Update

     The Penquis Valley Key Club has been selling raffle tickets for a hand-made quilt and teddy bear family to benefit “dreams for Maine kids” for the past month.  The quilt made and donated by Ann Hathorn, is displayed at her shop, Old American Threads, on Park Street in Milo.  The bears made by Ann’s sister are also on display.   The drawing for the quilt and teddy bears will be held on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 6:30 PM at Old American Threads.  Tickets are still available from any Key Club member or by calling Trish Hayes at 943.2902. 
     All proceeds go to benefit “dreams for Maine kids”, a non-profit organization which grants dream wishes to children aged 5-15 with life-altering illnesses.  “dreams for Maine kids” is a Bangor-based organization which was started in 2000 to grant wishes to local children.  All money raised is used within the state to brighten the life of a seriously ill child. 
     The Key Club thanks everyone who purchased tickets!  Your support of this worthwhile cause is very much appreciated by both the Key Club and the folks at “dreams”.  When representatives from “dreams” met with the Key Club in March to discuss this project the club set a goal of selling 700 tickets.  We’re very pleased to report that to date we have sold 718 tickets.  With one more week left to sell tickets we’re hoping to sell at least 800.  

Brownville Trivia
By Bill Sawtell
Choose the best answer.
1. For her role in the block fire in 1951 Doris Chase was featured in (a) Newsweek (b) Time (c) The Saturday Evening Post (d) Readers Digest.
2. Brownville is short in the (a) north (b) east (c) west (d) south .
3. The YMCA stood in place for (a) 30 (b) 35 (b) 48 (d) 60 years.
4. The YMCA secretary was usually a supply (a) preacher (b) teacher (c) manager (d) expert.
5. The Short Line across Maine going through Brownville Junction saved (a) 135 (b) 189 (c) 250 (d) 272 miles.
6. (a) Thomases (b) Stickneys (c) Durants (d) Allens had horse shows.
7. The Railroaders last lost to (a) Milo (b) Searsport (c) Greenville (d) Sumner.
8. (a) Jerome Chase (b) Ed Weston (b) Bonnie Butterfield (d) Linda Coburn was not a president of the BJHS Alumni Association.
9.(a) Bert Dillon (b) Sam Cohen (c) Max Cohen (d) Walter McClain had the first car in Brownville Junction.
10. In 1974 Lori Larson was chosen (a) Top Female Vocalist (b) Valedictorian (c) Miss Brownville (d) Most Likely to Succeed

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

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United Methodist Church
     We wish to invite the community to a night of fun at the Park Street UMC. On Sunday, May 2nd, you are invited to a birthday party. A potluck supper will be served followed by birthday cake and ice cream. There will be cakes for each month of the year and all are invited to attend and celebrate with others whose birthdays fall in the same month. Come and celebrate with us.

QUILTING IS A COMMUNITY AFFAIR

     The 5th Grade in Brownville recently completed a fabulous project thanks to the generosity of several volunteers from the Brownville/Milo area.
     Myrna Ricker (former teacher at the school) organized a group of fellow quilters to teach the students the art of quilting. It was also a way to tie into their annual Brownville History studies because several children brought in scraps of material, which had personal significance to them, or their family.
     For an hour on Thursday for several weeks the students were taught how to sew, create a pattern, tack, and back their quilts. (Thanks again to Ann Hathorn for supplying the batting and backing). Here the class displays their quilts, which are folded in half.
     On Brownville History Day the quilts were hanging for the public to see. It was quite a sight! The children presented small thank you gifts to all the volunteers. Josh Bessey also brought in a "Quilt Cake" which his mother made and the class shared with the volunteers. The class thanks all these wonderful ladies!!!

HELP YOUR SCHOOLS EARN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!!!
     By clipping the Box Tops for education coupons found on many of your favorite products, you can help area schools earn thousands of dollars.  The school earns ten cents for each coupon submitted!! A handy list of participating products is on the last page of this paper…save it and use it to choose your groceries.  Coupons can be deposited at the Milo Farmer’s Union in the donation box or dropped into any Three Rivers News display box. This is an amazing way to earn money for your schools!! For more information or ways your organization can help, call Wendy Bailey AT 943-7458.

Historical Review
Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 13
Dams and Power -- Rediscovering Maine's Abandoned Dams
Maine Times -- Ron Poitras - Sept. 16, 1977
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)

     Meanwhile Gleeson continues to operate out of his own pocket. "I'm not interested in study," says Gleeson. "One proposal to ERDA was for getting going and doing an actual demonstration. If we had a fraction of the nine million or so spent for studies of the Dickey dam we'd have a hell of a lot of hydropower being produced by now."
     Unlike Nicolaisen, Larry Gleeson would use the power produced to generate electricity, which would be plugged into local transmission lines. Electricity is more flexible a power source than using hydropower to do mechanical work directly. "That's why many of the old mills failed in the first place," comments Gleeson. They were set for mechanical power and electricity became the cheaper alternative.
     Although hydropower is seasonal to some degree, Gleeson feels it shouldn't be a limiting factor. Most other power sources nowadays are shut down for maintenance or refueling and electrical utilities are establishing programs to reduce peak power demands.
     Nicolaisen also needs financing. He says he's now looking for private investors to help get his project off the ground. "I think I have the mechanical skills and can provide the labor to get this going -- now someone needs to provide the money." Comments Nicolaisen; "I've traded my labor at the mill, fixing the spillway controlling water levels in return for an option on it." Nicolaisen says he's gone to a few government sources, bot for the amount of money he's requesting it hasn't seemed worth their time. The turbine is ready to run, but the pentstock needs replacing. The building itself is in good structural shape and what needs fixing, Nicolaisen says, "I can do pretty easily myself. One way or the other, I'll get going." (Nicolaisen very recently obtained some support for his project from a nearby resident who is return hopes for better management of water levels in the lakes above the dam by having someone operating the mill.)(continued next week)

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall
     Books, books, books-that is what this column will be about. New books, donated books , gift books and reorganized books. I think I’ll start with the reorganized books. I’ve been working in the library both up and downstairs. Several weeks ago I mentioned in this column that I was working on the non-fiction stacks in the reference room. When we moved them downstairs in June 2002, they were in 2/3 order but really needed lots of work. These last few weeks I have been reorganizing the books and have been able to get them really straightened out. As I have been working there, I have gotten to know the collection better too, so I feel we can really help patrons to find what they need. Last week I worked on the juvenile fiction. As I looked at the shelves, 7 tiers high, I thought, “No way can a child see what we have on the top shelf “. As I dusted and straightened that section, I worked at freeing the top 3 shelves of books. Now our young patrons can easily see and select the juvenile books they want.

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     Allen Monroe came in the other day with a copy of History of the Schools of Milo by Lloyd Treworgy. The Milo Historical Society presented this book to the Milo Free Public Library in memory of Helen Carey. As one of her many services to the town, Helen had worked at the Milo Historical Society as a volunteer. Thanks to the Milo Historical Society for this fine addition to our library.
     Ruth Clark has again donated books to the library-this time mainly to our craft section. She has donated several of the Better Homes and Gardens craft books. The titles are Christmas Crafts to Make Ahead, The Pleasures of Cross- Stitch, Christmas Cross- Stitch and Cherished Dolls to Make for Fun. She has also donated Log Cabins: new techniques for traditional quilts, and America’s Best Cross-Stitch . She has also given the library Good Housekeeping New Complete Book of Needlework, and The Colour Dictionary of Garden Plants. Along with these books, she has also presented the library with 5 Christmas cookbooks. Thank you , Ruth, for thinking of our library and adding some great books to our collection.
     George Fricke donated Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. This book about the Lewis and Clark Expedition is very timely as this is the bicentennial year of the expedition.
     Again we have received more back ordered books. Here are the newest added to the library.

Garlock, Dorothy PBK     HOPE’S HIGHWAY
Kellerman, Jonathan         THERAPY
Moyers, Bill NF             MOYERS ON AMERICA
Perry, Anne                    THE SHIFTING TIDE
Smith, Alexander McCall THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE
Walker, Alice                  NOW IS THE TIME TO OPEN YOUR HEART

     And a new book to be shared by children and parents when it is timely is Maria Shriver’s book about Alzheimer’s Disease, What’s happening to Grampa?

Library Winter Hours
Mon.-Weds.-Fri.---2:00-8:00
Saturday 2:00-4:00
Telephone 943-2612

Traditions of a Milo-ite
By Kathy Witham

     Here it is Friday....an hour beyond our Three Rivers News deadline....and I'm just now putting fingers to keys with next week's column. It's not like I haven't thought alot about it, nor have I been sitting idle this week while on vacation. No, I've been as busy as a one-armed paper hanger...now I'm hanging on by my fingertips to the remnants of this week of vacation.
     I've got friends who have gone cruising this week. I'm so glad that we didn't make plans to go on a trip....I wouldn't have had time to fit it in...not this vacation anyway. Carroll and I have spent more than one April vacation...which usually coincides with our wedding anniversary...on a trip to one destination or another. We've gone cruising, spent a week in Myrtle Beach, visited Tom and the grand kids in North Carolina when he was stationed there at Ft. Bragg. April is a wonderful time for an anniversary and a wonderful time to travel. It's warm almost everywhere else in the world except Maine. You can get those wonderful glimpses of spring and summer and enjoy the surf on a warm beach and it's only a short airplane flight away.

      This year we celebrated number 34. A lot of water under the bridge. The months and years used to skip along, but now they seem to have picked up speed. Our grandchildren are growing right before our eyes. It seems like each trip to Bangor means we need to shop for a bigger size of sneaker for one or the other of them. People say that when they retire they are just as busy as when they worked....carting kids around to help out your working children, doing projects that you put off for years, and possibly being healthy and active enough to volunteer some time doing something meaningful. I can't wait.
     I'm not waiting until I retire to do one volunteer project. I guess there isn't any better time than the present to share that project with you. Several months ago my dear friend Sylvia Black and I were talking about the Town of Milo and where we could best direct our energies to carefully preserve and gently promote this community that we love so much. She said that she had spoken with some other townspeople who were aware that the town would soon be asked to write a comprehensive plan for ourselves.
     Now, many years ago my brother wrote a comprehensive plan for this community...but the plan was for a time that is long past. We've met and gone beyond that plan. That time was then, and this is now. We find ourselves slammed smack into the 21st century and our direction isn't clear anymore. We literally must compete with every other community on this planet. Education dollars, transportation dollars, business and industry dollars.....all the dollars.....are all up for grabs by not only the other communities in the State of Maine, but in the United States and the world. If we don't "get our act together" and "get a plan" we are going to be coming up on the rear of the line. Why should we come up on the end of the line....when we could "get a clue" and come up at the head of the line. Wouldn't it be fun for all of us to experience being in front. Well, if I have anything to say about it....we will be at least near the front of the line.
     The first meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Committee of the Town of Milo took place last night. There was a core group of interested citizens who ventured out into the waters and began the process of pulling a plan together. Much like putting our ducks in a row....or our eggs in one basket....we will put together a plan for Milo that will let the rest of the world know that we are a viable, busy, interesting community....in it for the long haul, and we want our fair share of the wealth.
     We brainstormed on several topics last night. It was interesting to see where people's interests were. A good cross-section of citizens, we all found a place within the committee where we could make a difference. It was exciting and exhilarating. I'm no longer sitting around bitchin' about things.....I'm doing something constructive for both the community and myself.
     Over the course of the next couple of years you may be asked to put your two cents worth into conversations regarding a comprehensive plan for the Town of Milo. I hope that you will have an opinion and share that with us when we ask you for it. One of our goals will be to get people's opinions on everything from the value of our many miles of river frontage to how many strip malls we'd like to see opened on the outskirts of town. ....just kidding!!!! Well, maybe a little kidding. Maybe a little wishful thinking. Wouldn't it be awesome if the number of strip malls we could support really was a big issue!! In any case, if you see me hanging around the Farmer's Union with a clip board and what appears to be a survey clipped to it....don't be afraid to

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tell me how you feel. We'll need honest, thoughtful answers to our many questions. I'll promise to make my questions interesting and thought provoking, if you promise not to swear at me.
     Here I sit typing away on this column and I've got packing to do. We are going away for the weekend. Just when you thought I couldn't look or act any more like a redneck....I high myself off to a "Larry The Cableguy" concert in Houlton, Maine. You might be a Milo redneck....when your old, dead, brown Christmas wreath has even outlived it's usefulness as an Easter decoration. Git 'er done!!! (Or should I say Git 'er down?)
     I made a wonderful little treat for my family this morning. They are little tart like cupcakes that my mother used to make for us when I was a kid. I don't know if she made them up....or if someone taught her to make them.

Pie crust:
1 rounded over cup of flour
1/2-tsp. baking powder
few shakes of salt
1/3 cup rounded cooking oil
1/3 cup boiling water

     Sift together the first 3 ingredients and then add the oil and the boiling water. This stirs up very easily into a soft, warm, pliable ball. You need to apportion this dough out into your 12-cupcake pan that you have lightly greased. Pat the dough with your fingertips until it fills the bottom and up the sides of each of the 12 cups. The dough will be thinner than thicker in some places...but it won't matter.

Filling:
a heaped up teaspoonful of your favorite jam or jelly placed in each of the 12 cups.

Cake:
1 package of Jiffy brand yellow cake mix according to package directions.

     Apportion the cake batter into each of the 12 cups over the piecrust dough and filling. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes.
     When you remove these from the oven let them cool for a few minutes and then run a thin knife blade around the edge to loosen. Yummy as they are without frosting.

IN MEMORIAM

THAIS S. ZAMBONI
     MILO - Thais S. Zamboni, 79, wife of the late Joseph Zamboni, died April 23, 2004, at her residence. She was born March 2, 1925, the daughter of Augustus and Lucy (Crockett) Stevens. She attended the United Baptist Church of Milo. She is survived by four sons, Peter Zamboni of Milo, Joseph and his wife, Mary Jane Zamboni, of Milo, Rev. David “Kim” and his wife, Lory Zamboni, of Wilton, Jeff Zamboni of Portland; a daughter, Susan Zamboni of Milo; a brother, Charles Stevens of Milo; a sister, Charlene Willinski of Milo; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Maggie, Joseph, Robert, Adam, Sarah, Maria, Devin, Dustin and Caitlin; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Angelina. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, April 26, with the Rev. Rudy Homchuck officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Children's Camp Fund, care of United Baptist Church of Dryden, PO Box 64, Dryden ME 04225.

Editors Note: Thais was one of the most colorful, loving people I have ever known. Her home was always filled with people, animals, good food and love.  She accepted all people for what they were and never judged.  She touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of her company.   Her house was home to the dozens of young people who had the pleasure of working with her and her husband Joe.

     Thais loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally with a pride that was always apparent.  She is missed.

LEWIS A. FRENCH
     DOVER-FOXCROFT - Lewis A. French, 82, formerly of York, died April 20, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. He was born March 13, 1922, in Milo, the son of Ned and Pearl (Mayo) French. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Lewis had served during World War II and the Korean War. He had been employed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a woodworker for many years. He was a member of the DAV. He is survived by a son, Kevin of Buxton; three grandchildren, Maeghan, Cameron, and Helen, all of Buxton; and a nephew, Jerry Smith of Dover-Foxcroft. He was predeceased by a son, Lewis Jr.; a sister, Mildred Smith; and a brother, Carl French.

 BACK ALONG WEATHER
From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

APRIL – MAY 1984
27-Sunny windy-60° at 12.
28-Sunny windy-62° at 11 am.
29-Sunny-64° at 12.
30-Sunny windy-76° at 12.
1-Sunny breezy-68° at 1:30 pm.
2-Cloudy windy cold-48° at 12.
3-Cloudy L wind-60° at 3 pm.

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.

APRIL 21, 2004 MEETING MINUTES
SUBMITTED BY NANCY GRANT, SECRETARY
     President Joe Zamboni said good morning to twenty-three club members plus Key Club members Michelle Mulherin and Kayla Bailey.
     Eben DeWitt led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Grindle asked for guidance in his prayer for helping others and thoughts for those recovery from illnesses as well as our men and women serving in the military.
     The Orono/Old Town newsletter was shared.
     Bringing in a birthday with a bang is Janet Richards (April 24th).

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     Twelve happy and sad dollars were donated today for Ed being out and around, Joe able to attend breakfast, porch getting done, Fay and Judith glad to be back, BRIAN & KRISTAN LEE SAFELY HOME FROM KUWAIT AND IRAQ!!, Paul’s Mom doing fine after surgery, A-Rod’s three hits, and happy that the Red Sox are doing good but sad because it’s not October!
     Trish Hayes and a few of the Key Club members were going to Wal-Mart today to sell Dreams for Maine Kids raffle tickets.
     Joe reported talking to Robert Skoglund, aka The Humble Farmer, about a fundraiser being considered at a later date.  Mr. Skoglund told Joe that he would only require one person to help him as he takes care of all the details and the profits would be on a percentage basis.
     We discussed the possibility of hosting a canoe race during Labor Day Weekend.  Val volunteered to gather more information.
     Jerry White from the Dover YMCA will be our guest speaker on April 28.
     Our speaker scheduled for today was unavailable.  Chris Almy graciously agreed to tell us about his experience at the recent Boston marathon.
     Training for a marathon begins weeks and months before the actual race.  Runners increase their distance and try to shorten their time during the pre-race period.  Chris said that he usually runs outdoors but does train on an indoor track when the weather is too harsh. 
     There were 20,000 registrants for the marathon with 17,000 participating in the 26.2-mile race that began in Hopkinton and ended in Boston.  Chris said the temperature was 85°.  This year the Elite or best women runners left 29 minutes earlier than the rest of the ‘pack’.  Each runner has a computer chip in their sneaker, which makes it possible to track each one through the checkpoints.

     Chris also told us that it’s important to drink lots of fluid during the race and to have something edible available for energy. He usually stays away from caffeine but in this instance he chose nutrients with caffeine just for the extra boost.  It was at this point that he knew he was in trouble.  Chris had a few chocolate gel capsules in the back pocket of his shorts when he sat down to conserve his strength.  A fellow runner sitting nearby told Chris that he had a problem and when Chris stood up he discovered that one of the capsules had broken…enough said!
     Finding someone to talk to while running is a plus and Chris was fortunate to have a conversation with a fellow law officer.  Runners can even hear the Red Sox scores at Mile 10 from the cars parked there with the radios on. The marathon route is not made up of nice, easy, flat roads.  Miles 17 through 22 contain some pretty challenging hills.  In fact Heartbreak Hill is the name of one.  Losing one’s energy going uphill is an accepted fact but Chris did notice that many of the young women passed him on the upward trek.
     He wasn’t exactly thrilled with his time of 3 hours-46 minutes, 16 minutes slower than last year, until he found out that some of his friends had slower times as well.  Chris felt even better when learning that some previous winners had dropped out completely.
     Thank you Chris, for giving us the behind the scenes story of this grueling race.  You may not be 100% satisfied with your performance but your audience admires your accomplishment!
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P.A.W.S will be holding a Book Fair,
downstairs, at the Town Hall, at the same time.

Come and browse our HUGE selection of good, used books and magazine!! Nothing will be priced higher than $1.00, and there will be a great selection of kid’s books for 25-cents.   Grab a book to read while you enjoy your lunch. 

All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the P.A.W.S Building Fund.
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