Three Rivers News, 2005-02-14
MONDAY, FEBRAURY 14, 2005
 VOLUME 4 NUMBER 14
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE


Happy Valentines day!!

Pictured above is Allie Towne holding Happy. Allie is the daughter of Laurie Gallagher Towne and her husband Ronnie. Allie turned 8 last weekend and had a fabulous party. Instead of having her friends bring her gifts she had the gang bring items for P.A.W.S.

Over $200 was raised as well as a ton of food, litter and toys for the shelter animals. Allie is a very special little girl and her Grammie Julie is soooo proud of her! Thank You Allie!

With all the news last week of the animal abuse case in LaGrange, it is a good chance to update people on the abuse laws. Anyone who owns one pet or fifty pets is completely responsible for their care and comfort. Providing proper medical care is not only the humane way to treat your pet, it is the law.

Proper care means creating a living environment for your pet that maintains a comfortable, pain-free home. Proper shelter must be provided at all times, which means if your dog is to be outdoors for an extended period, it must have a structure that provides a place to get warm in the winter, shade in the summer, and a way to get out of the rain. A winter shelter must have four walls with a door cut in one, a floor, and bedding that helps a dog maintain its body heat. Truck caps, blankets thrown on the ground, or old sheds are not proper shelters.

Proper medical care means maintaining a happy healthy, well-fed animal. Allowing an animal to have ear mites, fleas, sores, or a chronic sickness is against the law and will be dealt with. A cat or dog that is allowed to have litter after litter of babies, at the cost of poor health to the mother and the babies is also against the law. If a report of such conditions is acted on, you will be arrested and your pets seized, and most likely not returned.

If you have any questions or want information on getting medical attention for your pet or pets, call your veterinarian or contact your local animal control officer. A few dollars spent making your pets happy and healthy could save a lot of money in fines and court costs!!

AMNESTY WEEKS AT THE LIBRARY
The Milo Free Public Library is having amnesty weeks from Feb. 14-March 5. During these weeks, overdue books will be FINES FREE. This is a good chance to get those overdue books back.
The Library Staff will thank you

To The Editor:
What a nice surprise to read the Jan. 25, 2005 issue of Three Rivers News (article about Sargent Hill School). I am a granddaughter of Howard and Sadie (Wyman) Perkins. Your list of their children wasn’t quite accurate; they did have 14 children, but Vesta’s name was changed to Zana; their son is named Jean, not Eugene; their daughter’s name is spelled Esther (not Ester); and you left out my uncle, Clifford (called Chummy).

There are only 2 siblings remaining: Zana, who lives in Pine Meadow, CT, and Jean, who lives in McDonough, GA with Eva, his wife of 67 years. There are numerous cousins, but some of us haven’t done a very good job of keeping in touch through the years. I have some wonderful memories of visits to Milo, and it’s interesting to read about the changes that have taken place since my last visit.

Keep up the good work!
Eleanor Emery, daughter of Jean and Eva (Kelley) Perkins

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Masonic Breakfast
On Saturday, February 19, Pleasant River Masonic Lodge #163 in Brownville, Maine will be having a breakfast from 7am-9:30am. Menu will be eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, corned beef hash, home fries, pancakes, French toast, coffee, juices, etc. and will be served buffet style for $3.00 per person. Masonic brethren, their families, and anyone with an interest in the fraternity are welcome to attend. Breakfast will be served in the dining room of the lodge located in Brownville, Maine.


BINGO…BINGO…BINGO!!!
THE MILO AMERICAN LEGION POST 41 HAS BINGO
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
A MEAL IS SERVED FROM 5:00PM UNTIL 6:15 PM
BINGO STARTS AT 6:15 AND ENDS AT 9:30
SEE YOU THERE!
AN INVITATION TO JOIN SOAR!!!
We invite you to join SOAR Maine/Milo at our monthly meeting to be held at the American Legion Joseph P. Chaisson Post #41 on W. Main Street, Milo, on Tuesday, February 15th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We will share 'what's happenin' since last month and discuss plans for fund-raising campaigns. We are always looking for new and creative ideas and welcome your input. Please join us as we pursue new ways to continue Supporting Our Troops throughout our communities. Please feel free to contact Peg at 943-5817 or Sue at 965-8182, coordinators of SOAR/Maine - Support Our American Recruit

THE SPORTS SECTION
BY BILL SAWTELL

KATE HAMLIN

Penquis Girls Down PCHS
Lady Pats 68, PCHS 45

Guilford, February 7-Kate Hamlin scored a career high and possibly set a school girls regular season record in doing so by scoring 37 points here by lighting it up from down town, going coast to coast, making putbacks and some free throws en route to her total. It was truly a night signed, sealed, and delivered by Miss Kate Hamlin ably seconded by Mindy Dolley, who scored 12, as Brent Bailey's vastly improved team came on in the second half, thanks largely to Hamlin, who scored 28 or her 37 in that half.

Power forward Charley Bradford paced the Lady Pirates with 14.

Quarter Scores
Penquis 9 23 49 68
PCHS 5 17 30 45
Officials: Anderson and Clark

Penquis Boys Down PVHS (Howland area)

Milo, February 8-The Pats celebrated seniors night by beating the Howlers here 58-42, as Tony Hamlin's boys led all the way and pulled steadily away from the team in green from down the Piscataquis.

Devin Perkins led all scorers with 18; while Jordan Allen tallied 14 and was a bear on the boards in his home finale.

Andrew Hallett scored 12 and Jacob Crosby 10 for the Howlers.

Quarter Scores
PVHS 13 21 33 42
Pats 20 25 47 58
Officials: Heath and Prescott

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PVMS Girls Win Northern Division Championship!!
Lady Railroaders 28, Greenville 19

Howland, February 9- The PVMS girls were crowned Penquis League Northern Division Champions here by beating Greenville 28 to 19.

After a transition basket by high scorer Erica Lyford, who finished with 12 points, Dawn Russell's team led all the way en route to the win. Morgan Royal tallied eight, keeping the Greenville 2-1-2 zone honest from her wing, and Kelsey Ottman played a fine floor game finishing with six.

Saige Weeks tallied 10 for Greenville.

Quarter Scores
Greenville 7 9 10 19
PVMS 8 18 26 28
Officials: Cacace and Mansfield

PVMS Boys Go Down in Northern Division Finals
SEDOMOCHA 49, Railroaders 31

Howland, February 9- The top ranked Railroaders of Penquis Valley Middle School went down to defeat at the hands of the second rated Eagles here as John James hit from all over for a total of 20 points, and Jamie Nason threw in 15-four more than the entire Railroader output in the game.

Brad Brown scored 11 and Lee Dolly nine for PVMS. Joe Leland played a fine game in the trenches in a losing cause.

Quarter Scores
SEDO 16 26 39 49
PVMS 4 13 25 31
Officials: Cacace and Mansfield

“HOT DOG LADIES”

Howland’s hot dog seller Joanne Rackley and Penquis hot dog seller Trish Hayes when the Howlers came to town last week.

“I DON’T BELIEVE IT!”

Says Erica Lyford, #20 of the Lady Railroaders, in the Northern Division final at Howland as an unidentified Greenville player looks on.

LADY RAILROADERS

#40 Morgan Royal protects the ball against Greenville defender. Kelsey Ottman, #12, signals for the pass in the Northern Div. final at Howland.

LADY PATRIOTS

#34 Hilary London receives a pass as #20 Dani Graves and #10 Kate Hamlin look on in Guilford.


Dawn Russell and her girls

Middle School Girls Bow in Penquis League Finals
Sebasticook 57, Penquis 31

East Corinth, February 12-Dawn Russell's PVMS ended an otherwise fine season on a losing note here as they lost in the Penquis League championship game against the undefeated Sebasticook Lady Wildcats from the greater Newport area. The powerful Sebasticook team pulled steadily away until the game was out of reach, featuring a press that did not bother the Penquis girls, but seemed to cause turnovers once the Lady Railroaders got the ball in their own zone.

Morgan Burton was the big gun for the winners with 19, getting many putbacks and layins; while Julie Smith added 17, showing much quickness on both ends of the floor.

As she has all season, Erica Lyford paced Penquis with 15, and Morgan Royal tossed in seven..

Quarter Scores
PVMS 8 14 23 31
Seba 12 26 36 57
Officials: McDonald and Pelletier

Note: Lady Railroader Shelby Weston ended the game with a bang, throwing in a shot off the boards and down the well from midcourt.


WALTER LOUGEE IS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR A THREE YEAR TERM ON THE M.S.A.D. #41 SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS. VOTING WILL BE DURING THE UPCOMING TOWN MEETING IN MARCH.

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PENQUIS VALLEY HONOR ROLL
2ND QUARTER
Seniors
-High Honors-Erin Beasley-Elizabeth Comeau-Jessica LaMunyon. Honors-Jordan Allen-Candice Beaudoin-Danielle Graves-Megan Gray-Drew Hamlin-Stephanie Johnston-Elyse Kahl-Hilary London-Amanda Lutz-Michelle Mulherin-Kendra Mullens-Joshua Ouellette-Devin Perkins-Mayra Portillo-Crystal Sanborn-Lindsay Small-Gerard Turgeon-Ashley Williams.
Juniors-High Honors-Christina Gerrish-Jennifer Hartmann-Kylie Palmer. Honors-Kelsey Drake-Tyler Herbst-Matthew Ludden-Tabitha Olmstead-Jamie Perkins-Jennifer Stetson-Alex Zwicker.
Sophomores-Honors-Chris Bessey-Krystle Leavitt-Jessica Metros-Benjamin Ogden.
Freshmen-Honors-Nycole Carey-Kyle Gero-Ryan Madden-Cheryl Roesing.
8th Grade-High Honors-Erica Lyford. Honors-Ryan Bailey-Caitlin Ballard-Bradley Brown-Shelisha Clark-Kristopher Foss-Logan Greenlaw-Kimberly Herbest-Aaron Herbest-Joseph Leland-Paige McGuinness-Emily Mills-Stephen Morse-Kelsey Ottmann-Kasey Sherburne-Randi Smith-Jonathan Spencer-Asa Sproul-Shane Woodard.
7th Grade-Honors-Dawn Bubar-Michelle Bucci-Ashley Burch-Rachel Emery-Ethan Herrell-Sara Lemik-Kyle Murphy-Stephanie Ogden.


Mike Harris and hisRailroaders

FROM GRAMMIE MCCLEARY’S WEATHER DIARY
FEBRUARY 1990
14-Sunny L wind-34° at 12 noon.
15-Cloudy snow start after 2 pm-24° at 12.
16-Snow 3 in Mist pm-20° at 12.
17-Snow in night sunny windy-30° at 1 pm.
18-Sunny-20° at 12.
19-Sunny snow showers windy-42° at 12.
20-Sunny windy cold-9° at 12.

BRAND NEW AT MAYO
Anthony Horacio Germano was born on February 8, 2005. The proud parents are Jaime Germano and Justin Foster of Milo. Master Germano weighed in at 6 pounds and 5 ounces

POTTERY CLASS TO BE HELD AT PENQUIS VALLEY SCHOOL
Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 beginning March 1st. They will go on for 10 weeks. Allowing for April vacation that means the last class (barring snowstorms) should be May 10th. The lab fee is $40.00 and the materials fee will be a minimum of $20.00.

Beginning to advanced skills will be accommodated. Students will learn surface decorating techniques as well as hand building techniques including a variety of drape molds. They can choose to create functional or non-functional pieces. Students will be working with stoneware clay. They should bring their ideas to the first class. Class size is limited, so early sign-up is important. Please call 943-7317 to register for the class.

"Krop for the Kids"

In an effort to raise funds to further our science programming at Milo Elementary School, the building is hosting a scrap booking event called "Krop for the Kids." This event will take place at Milo Elementary School on Saturday, March 26 from 10 to 4. The doors will open at 9:30. There will be vendors present from Creative Memories, Close to My Heart, Yesterday's Scraps, and more. They will be selling products and helping participants create "make and takes." Lunch will be provided on site.

The cost for the program is $15. We are asking people to pre-register by Thursday, March 24. Interested people should call the school at 943-2122 and speak with Susan Keith. You may also call 943-7981, ask for Andrea, or 943-8818, ask for Tina, after school hours.

Being from a rural school, we believe that part of our job is to help students learn about the world around them. The science programming for the students that we are planning features the Ocean Guy from Pemaquid, Maine and Northern Stars Planetarium from Fairfield, Maine. Both of these programs allow us to expose our students to things that they would not otherwise be able to experience. The Ocean Guy teaches students about the ocean and the life within it. He allows students to touch animals and equipment used in the fishing industry. Northern Stars Planetarium serves many purposes with its programs. It allows students to venture into outer space. It does everything from exploring the planets, stars, and constellations to let students experience a trip in a space shuttle.

University College Degrees Available at Penquis Higher Education Center
The Penquis Higher Education Center offers eleven University of Maine at Augusta associate and baccalaureate degrees in Dover-Foxcroft and at sites in Dexter, Greenville, Guilford, Hermon, Newport and Jackman.

Coursework for the following programs can be taken locally – the new Bachelor of Applied Science degree, the A.S. and B.S. in Business Administration, the new B.S. in Dental Hygiene, the A.S. in Financial Services, the A.A. in Liberal Arts, the A.A. in Liberal Studies, the A.S. and B.S. in Library & Information Services,

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the B.S. in Mental Health and Human Services, and the A.A. in Social Services. Classes are offered on-site, online, via interactive television or two-way videoconferencing.

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program of Maine, a collaborative effort of the University of Maine at Augusta and the University of Maine at Presque Isle, offers MLT courses through a combination of two-way videoconferencing, web-enhanced courses and on-campus weekend intensive laboratories. Students can take their core courses as well as their MLT courses at the Penquis college center. Each MLT course requires a maximum of three intensive weekend laboratories to be held at UMA and UMPI. The clinical training will be done at Mayo Regional Hospital.

The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s online RN-to-BSN degree program is designed for students who are already licensed as RN’s and are seeking a BSN degree. With a rural nursing focus, the RN-to-BSN program offers a unique perspective to students. The online classes can be done at home or through University College at the Penquis Higher Education Center.

The University of Maine offers two online Master of Science degrees—one in Computer Engineering and one in Electrical Engineering. Qualified students can take online classes at home or through UC at the Penquis college center.

In addition, center students can enroll in courses in Kennebec Valley Community College’s A.A.S. in Education; University of Maine’s Bachelor of University Studies; University of Southern Maine’s M.S. in Adult Education, M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling, and M.S. in Health Policy and Management; and the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine RN Completion collaborative. Other required coursework in these programs must be done at a campus.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Penquis college center at 1-800-590-2942 or 207-564-2942 for more information about these 21 degrees ranging from the associate to the graduate level.

The Milo District Schools
BY LLOYD J. TREWORGY
Continued Part XXXXVI

Two of the personages of the period this story is about were Will and Delia Carver. I just mentioned Delia as the last teacher at the school. Will was a farmer and an amateur veterinarian, called at any and all hours by farmers with a problem – calls to which he willingly responded. Will was also the first to transport scholars from the Sargent Hill district to the village, after consolidation was effected.

The Carvers had no children of their own but “they were very big hearted”, according to Edith West and they took in no fewer than four children and raised them as their own. They lived on a road, no longer used and now grown up to bushes, which took off in a northerly direction from the flat on the Carver Road.

Quite a bit of the information on the Sargent Hill School came from Edith West. It was a good school, much revered in memory.
“We accepted and respected our elders,” Edith said. “We never called them by their first name; never sassed them. Oh, if we could get away with something, we did. We whispered; we chewed gum. But we didn’t question that the learning we didn’t want was good for us. We wouldn’t have questioned the statement: “You’ll be glad later that you were made to study!” We respected the property, though. There was never any vandalism there – no destruction for destruction’s sake.”

There was, of course, some cheating. One of the scholars wrote out his spelling words, lifted out the inkwell (you remember – in the top of the desk farthest from the scholar), and put the illicit list down under it. Of course, when spelling at the desk, spelling books (spellers, they were called) had to be closed. It was a gosh-awful job, retrieving the words from under the inkwell, but he went about it until he was caught. The reward for his wrongdoing Edith didn’t remember.

The Tollbridge School
School experiences at the Tollbridge School have appeared largely in the preceding pages.

The Tollbridge Schoolhouse was known as “The Little Red Schoolhouse.” Little, it was. The town records mention more than once its small size. It housed, nevertheless, sometimes a student body quite numerous.

When this school was operating the covered bridge across the Piscataquis River still stood. The tolls had been taken off many, many years before, but this was the covered bridge that had been build about 1845. The present bridge replaced it around 1925.

Two rosters of scholars show the scholars of different years. One, in the possession of Helen (Wingate) Livermore, gives the list in 1914. It included Arthur Hughes (later drowned); John, Leo and Angie Row; Orrin and Margaret Lyford; Ola, Geraldine and Hester Stone; Linscott, Pauline and Eva Morrison. The Morrisons lived at the Cookson place (which the present road past the Diamond Chiip Mill has left on a side road in recent years).

Another forgotten roster included Grace, Roland, Margaret, Percy, Perley, Albert and Sadie Lyford; Floyd, Clarence and Edna Tibbetts; Dan, Wilbur and Katie Boober.

Other scholars of that period included Earl Rhoda, Bernice Hughes and Arthur Heal. The last two, Edith Perry remembers as classmates of hers. Bernice Huges Thayer now lives in Hamilton, Mass. Arthur Heal lived with his parents in what is now the fork between the old and the new roads to LaGrange.

The land on which the Little Red Schoolhouse stood was given by Frank Tibbetts, Edna’s father, who then owned much of the land around the corner of the Lyford Road.

Among the teachers at the Tollbridge School besides Helen Wingate were Nora Downes of Sebec; Blanche Mayo, Dorice Clark, Martha Pooler, Helen S. Page, Romie L. Lee, Merrill Carter, Ethel Morgan and Cora Mayo, daughter of Isaiah Mayo.

One of the principle items of pride in the old district schools was apt to be the unabridged dictionary, generally kept lying open on a stand. The dictionary at the Tollbridge School came as a result of a box social gotten up by Helen Wingate when she was a teacher there.

Like all the district schools the Tollbridge was heated by the one stove. Around the stove, Edna Hanscom remembers, was a bench on which the scholars left their dinner pail in the winter. If left in the entry, it was apt to freeze.

For a few years John Rowe was janitor at the school. Janitorial duties were about the same in all schools: build the fire, keep the wood box filled, see that the water pail was filled daily; sweep the floor and maybe dust the desks. John doesn’t remember that he got paid for this duty. The Rowes lived on the Lyford Road across from where Elma and Madeline Johnson live today.

John told me several experiences at the Tollbridge School illustrative of the boyhood mind and the facilities it had for getting into trouble in those days at the Tollbridge School:

Boys, he said, always carried a pocketful of matches then, in anticipation of the possibility of lighting a fire somewhere or of finding something that could be experimented on as a material for smoking. Boys didn’t have access to cigarettes then nor parental consent to indulge in smoking. Nevertheless they DID carry matches – lots of them.

One day, John said, he slipped in his seat and the friction of it started the matches lighting in his pocket. His pants, fortunately, were thick and the heat brought his hand immediately to the area in an effort to smother the flame. It succeeded but not until the teacher, Dorice Clark, had gotten him into the shed for security. The smell of the burning matches was strong. John kept his hand tightly on his pocket to smother the flame and Dorice watched him from the open door to make sure “I didn’t burn up,” was the way John put it.

On another day the matches had a more serious effect. The shavings in the school’s pencil sharpener, mostly the shaved wood of the brown, penny pencils, offered the possibility of a good smoke, John thought. He carried pieces of newspaper for wrapping purposes for the same reason as boys carried matches – to be prepared.

So when the opportunity presented itself he poured out the contents of the pencil sharpener and rolled two makeshift

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cigarettes in the newspaper coverings. Then, after school he went down to the brook that had brought him woe in school because of his love of fishing. Sitting on a rock by the brook he lighted the first “cigarette” and smoked it. His idea was to smoke both of them. But the poison of the pencil shavings proved to be immediately toxic.

“It made me a little crazy,” John noted. “The shavings must have contained lead or oil – something, anyway, that was poisonous.”

John doused his head in the brook, finally took off some of his clothes and ran all the way home.

Thereafter the contents of the pencil sharpener went into the stove, while John was janitor!

The other adventure in which he was involved had to do with the fish hooks he always carried in his cap – against the unpredictable call of the brook.

Scuffling with Orrin Lyford at the schoolhouse loosened one of the fish hooks which became lodged in Orrin’s cheek. It went through the cheek wall and the barb made it impossible to withdraw. So the teacher, Dorice Clark, hustled him home. Orrin lived on the Lyford Road. Phones were available by that date, so a call went in for Dr. Crosby. Telephones but not cars were in fairly general use.

Dr. Crosby, however, generally kept a horse harnessed to be prepared for a quick start in emergencies. There had to be, neverless, a considerable time lapse between the time the hook became lodged and Dr. Crosby’s arrival. With his pliers, Dr. Crosby cut off the hook at the barb and simply pulled the shaft back through. Nothing to it, when one knows how!

MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL

What a storm we had last Thursday and Friday! Quite like the old days. I don’t want anyone injured or killed or any vehicles damaged, and I know it is a lot of work for the road cleaning crews, but I must admit I find a snow storm exciting. Of course, I can’t make it snow or stop it, so I guess I won’t feel guilty about finding a storm exciting. At my age though, I now hope in the back of my mind that I don’t have to make an emergency trip to the hospital even as I am enjoying the storm.
It really annoys me when other people’s mistakes cause me extra time and aggravation. I don’t mean little things that take just a few minutes to clear up, but errors that make extra telephone calls necessary and also require wrapping and sending unwanted packages back. It all started a couple of weeks ago when a patron requested a book through ILL (Interlibrary Loan). When I went into URSUS, I saw that this book was only at the Raymond Fogler Library. I ordered it from them, and received it in a few days along with another much larger package also from the Fogler Library stating it too was ILL. Not knowing what to do, I opened it to find 3 non-fiction books that I had never ordered. I checked the package label and the slips in each book-all stated the Milo Free Public Library as the addressee. The package in order to be returned necessitated a telephone call (not too hard) and a trip to the post office (much harder for me to find a convenient time). A few days later I picked up a package in the town office where packages for the library come as they come early in the day, and the library is not open. It was from Baker & Taylor, one of the book suppliers for the library. I was glad to see it as I was expecting some backordered books, but the box looked “different”-not like a box of books. Also labeling on the side said “Do Not Break Up Set”. I opened it hoping they had just used a strange box. The packing slip listed the books I was expecting. Good! However, when I looked further into the box I was really surprised. No books at all! There was a display set up and 24 DVD’s of Shark Tale. Of course, this necessitated a call to Baker & Taylor. A very surprised service representative asked if the address was really the library-yes, it was. She said she would send us an address label and Fed Ex would pick up the package. She was very apologetic and said the company wanted to make it

as easy as possible for us as it was their mistake. Unfortunately we are still waiting for our books. I wonder what the other addressee thought when they got books and not their expected DVD’s?

This is an early notice but time has a way of flying. Victoria Eastman, library substitute, is looking forward to having a book sale to benefit the library. She has booked the town hall dining room for June 11. The hours will be 9:00-2:00. If you have any books that you would like to donate to this benefit book sale, please bring them to the library anytime we are open from now until June 10. I will be saying more about this in the coming months.

There will be an Amnesty period for the return of books from February 14-March 5. As a Valentine present to our patrons who have overdue books we are having Fine Free Weeks. Please bring in any overdue books you have out and there will be no fines due on them these three weeks. This is a good time to check with your children about overdues. Sometimes they know they have overdue books but neglect to mention them . The library staff in the next week will try by telephone or letter to remind each patron who has overdue books, but if you know you have some, just bring them in.

Please note the library will be closed
FEB. 21st
In Observance Of
PRESIDENTS’DAY

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

A Historical Review – Part 2
Wood-working Third Career for Retiree
BDN, by Phil Gerow, July 13, 1984
(Submitted by C.K. Ellison, 2005)

Grindle worked for the cemetery even after his retirement from teaching. He said that his "getting beyond 80" made it difficult for him to get up and down on his knees. He says he liked the work, but just couldn't do it anymore.

Grindle began work this summer, but found he had to retire.

During any spare time Grindle had, he was always "puttering." He said he liked making things of wood. His father, Andrew Grindle, taught him his skills as a child. Grindle said that he lived on a farm, five miles outside Blue Hill, and a farmer had to be "a carpenter, blacksmith, and jack of all trades."

When Grindle moved to Orneville, he boarded with the Charles Hoxie family. He eventually began to build a home. When the home was nearly finished, he married Pauline Hoxie, the daughter of the Hoxie family. Together, the two of them finished the home. Grindle remembers that when he took the job at Orneville, he had to take a train to the station in Derby. He said he had not been away from home much while growing up, and he wondered just what he was getting into. He got a taxi at Derby that drove him to the ferry. The taxi could not go across on the ferry, so Grindle took luggage in hand and headed to whatever would happen. Grindle said he didn't intend to stay in Orneville for long, but he stayed for 13 years.

While in Orneville, Grindle also served as selectman. He said work was scarce, wages low, and welfare recipients, many. He remembers his superintendent, John Dewitt, one year asking him it he would teach another year if he received a salary increase. the increase brought his salary to $1,000 for the year.

Grindle moved to Milo and again began to build a home.

Throughout the years, he has added to his home, with a recent addition of a closed-in sun porch. He said his wife has worked right along with him on most of the projects.

Grindle collects antique tools. He has a collection of five wood planes that range in size from eight inches to nearly two feet. He has some wooded scribers, blacksmith hammers and wood augers. He also has some antique monkey wrenches. One wrench has an unusual twisted handle, rather than an ordinary straight handle. It gives the appearance of being braided.

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He and his wife enjoy making windmills, toys and wall plaques from wood. They also enjoy making birdhouses, 12 this past year. All 12 of the houses are in their back yard, and most of them have tenants.

Grindle said he always wanted to "put out to sea." He said he never had the opportunity. But he has made a model schooner, all completed except for the sails. He said this was as far as his seafaring days got him. (Note: While constructing his model schooner, Dana consulted our public library as to a list of nautical terms .He found just what he needed in our oldest set of encyclopedias.)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
BY KATHY WITHAM

Fifty years ago Monday...which will be the day this paper is published...seven classrooms of little kids loaded buses and were driven down the street from Chase Hall and the Primary School to their brand new quarters at Milo Elementary School. On Monday the school children who now populate that school will not only be celebrating Valentines Day, but they are also going to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the opening of the school.

Lots of little kids have been educated inside the walls of that school. I wonder if anyone has ever estimated the number? Lots of little shoes have trudged up and down the long shiny corridor, lined up in front of the boys and the girls bathrooms, and lots and lots of bad boys and a few bad girls have dawdled their way to the Principal's office. Some things never change.

When the school first opened there was a huge room at the north end of the building that we called the Main Room. Recess milk was kept in a cooler in that room. Assemblies and special programs were presented there. Fifth and Sixth grade socials were enjoyed on Friday nights. And the dreaded "shots" were given in that room. We were lined up and herded into that big room for many things, but "shots" were the worst of all occasions.

A couple of teachers have asked if I would visit the Milo Elementary School on Monday to talk with the kids. They wanted someone who had lived the experience of moving into the new building to tell the tale to the current students. As luck would have it, I do have pretty vivid memories of that day. When they invited me to come to school I decided to ask a few of my old friends who I knew had "lived" the experience with me to share their memories with me. Some crib notes from former classmates would have been a big help. I called Ronnie Hamlin. He vaguely remembered it, but thought it was in the spring of the year. I called my friend Jane Henderson out in New Jersey. She didn't remember it at all. She remembers some facts about those early years of being in the building (after all her mother was Principal when we got a little older), but not moving day. I called Glen McMannus who did recollect it...but his memory of it completely differed from mine. My husband....who was there....didn't have any recollection of the move, and he was in Fifth Grade at the time. I definitely got no help from any of them!

On February 14, 1955...the day of the move...I woke up sick. No school for me! I was devastated! Not only was it moving day, it was also Valentines Day. That huge decorated hat box was plum full of Valentines....at least 20 of them were for me! What was my mother thinking, keeping me home? And, the biggest deal of all was the fact that they were transporting the kids between old school and new on a school bus. I was a walker...as were 75% of the kids in the class. To get a chance to ride the school bus was an experience not to be trifled with. And to add insult to injury, my brother wasn't sick and he was going to get to ride the bus with or without me!

By noontime I'd coaxed and cajoled my mother into letting me go to school for the afternoon. Sheldon Poole gave me a ride to school that cold winter day, and when we arrived all the kids were still out on the playground waiting for a bell to summon one and all back into school for the afternoon. My recollections of the rest of that afternoon are spotty, but I do remember that it was helter skelter. I believe that my usually very strict teacher, Miss Hilton, must have just thrown caution to the wind and let chaos reign.

My spotty recollections include Alan Douglas trying desperately to sort and pass out approximately 400 Valentines that were stuffed into that one big decorated box. Oh yes, we had the party. He didn't have a clue where anyone was sitting, but he valiantly sorted and passed all afternoon long. I'm sure we must have had refreshments....classroom parties haven't changed that much in all these years.

We sat rigidly in old iron and wooden desks at Chase Hall. You didn't have to remind kids to keep their chair legs on the floor in those days because they were screwed to the floor. Your chair legs weren't going anywhere! Our brand new desks at Milo Elementary were little wooden desks with little wooden chairs to match. Yippee! You could tip back and rock to your hearts content in those. I'm guessing that all of those original little desks and chairs are gone now...but in my adulthood...actually in recent years...I've seen some of those desks around. Some of them had the name "Brockway" written on the bottom of them. Marjorie Brockway was my Third grade teacher.

I measure a bathroom by whether or not I'd go into it. I wouldn't use the bathroom at Chase Hall....don't even know where the bathroom was...can't imagine the catastrophe that would have forced me to use it. The brand new bathrooms at Milo Elementary were wonderful. I did love, and would use, them. I don't think I ever used a school bathroom again after graduating from Milo Elementary. YUK! The very thought of the Milo Junior High and Milo High School bathrooms gives me the creeps.

In hindsight, I'm sure the staff must have wondered what could have been running through the mind of whoever dreamed up the logistics of that move. Let me tell you,..’.twould not be happening that way in these days. Possibly they thought that the kids could be a big help by handling their own books and possessions. Possibly it didn't occur to the Superintendent that it was Valentines Day. Possibly the teachers didn't have any input in the decision making. And...quite probably those teachers stayed well into the night to get their classrooms ready for February 15.....like I said, some things never change.

A number of people have asked me if I have a recipe for Fruit Dip. I do. Here it is.

1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 7 oz. jar marshmallow fluff
1 Tbs. lime juice
1 tsp. grated lime peel
Dash of ground ginger

Assorted fresh fruit - remember to sprinkle peeled apple slices and bananas with a little lemon juice to keep their color.

Beat the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, lime juice and peel and ginger in a mixing bowl until smooth. Place the dip in a serving bowl in the center of a large plate. Spread the assorted fruit pieces around the bowl and serve. If you have left overs - which is doubtful - you will need to refrigerate them.

Importance of Knowing the Signs & Symptoms of Heart Attack & Stroke

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Heart disease is America’s #1 killer. Stroke is #3 and a leading cause of serious disability. That’s why, during American Heart Month in February, the Piscataquis Public Health Council and Mayo’s HEARTWISE thinks it is so important to reduce your risk factors, know the warning signs, and know how to respond quickly if warning signs occur.

Most Common Preventable Risk Factors
Ø Smoking
Ø High cholesterol level
Ø High blood pressure level
Ø Lack of Exercise
Ø Being overweight
Ø Poor Nutrition

Heart Attack Warning Signs – Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often individuals affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Below are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

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Ø Chest Discomfort – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Ø Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Ø Shortness of breath – May occur with or without chest discomfort.
Ø Other signs might include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Stroke Warning Signs
Ø Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Ø Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Ø Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Ø Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Ø Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Dial 9-1-1 Fast
Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies – every second counts. If you see or have any of the signs listed above, immediately call 9-1-1. Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast! Many of the medications and treatments available today for heart attack and stroke victims can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But these medications and treatments must be given quickly to be effective. Don’t Delay – Get Help Right Away!

Robin A. Mayo, MPH, RN
Community Partnership Director
Piscataquis Public Health Council
Mayo Regional Hospital
897 West Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426
(207) 564-4344
Fax: (207) 564-4363

IN MEMORIAM

LLEWELLYN C. RIDEOUT
DOVER-FOXCROFT - Llewellyn C. Rideout, 85, husband of the late Hope (Buzzell) Rideout, died Feb. 6, 2005, at a local nursing home. He was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Atkinson, the son of Robert "Wilmot" and Alice (Day) Rideout. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Rideout was a well-known potato farmer. He was active with the Masons and Shrine for 58 years. He is survived by his daughter, Carol and her husband, Emery Cole, of Sebec; a granddaughter, Cindy and her husband, David Brown, of Sebec; three great-grandchildren, Randy, Nicole, and Casey; several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Dean and his family. He was predeceased by brothers, Ensley "Jack", Chesley, Wilmot "Francis", Delbert, Floyd "Ike", Harold, and Beecher; sisters, Eleanor, Verna, Phoebe, and Alice; and a granddaughter, Beverly. Graveside funeral services will be held at the family lot in Atkinson Corner Cemetery in the spring.

MALCOLM 'MAC' VAIL BUCHANAN
BROWNVILLE JUNCTION and CHARLESTON - Malcolm "Mac" Vail Buchanan, 82, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Old Town, the son of William and Jennie Pearl (Spinney) Buchanan. Mac attended schools in Old Town and Millinocket.

During his youth he was a proud member of Troop 58, Katahdin Council, Boy Scouts of America, of Millinocket. He had been a junior counselor at Camp Roosevelt in Holden. He was a graduate of Stearns High School, Class of 1941, where he was a star football and basketball player. He was known to his classmates as "Red" because of his dark red hair. Mac worked in the South Portland Shipyard until he was drafted into the U.S.

Army Air Force during 1942, completing his basic training at Miami Beach, Fla. He completed radio school at Scott Field Air Force Base and was assigned to the 405th Fighter Bomber Group and

the 510th Fighter Bomber Squadron with the rank of staff sergeant. Mac landed at Omaha Beach, France on June 13, 1944. He was stationed throughout Europe. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 4, 1945. Once returning home, Mac worked for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad as a brakeman and at Elias's Meat Market while pursuing his dream of becoming an educator.

He was graduated from the University of Maine in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He remained in the Air National Guard Reserves for 10 years, and was called to active duty again during the Korean Conflict, from 1951-1952 as a staff sergeant. Mac later obtained his Master of Science in Education from the University of Maine during 1961. He began his successful teaching career at Brownville Junction High School during 1949, where he taught science, chemistry, American history, and algebra. He coached baseball and basketball. Mac became a "teaching principal" at BJHS during 1957 and remained in that position until the school closed in 1968. Mac's wisdom, gentle spirit, and his love for students ensured the success of the consolidation of schools into MSAD No. 41 at Penquis Valley High School, where he was the first principal, retiring during 1984. He was affectionately called "Mac the Motivator" by one student. Students were to be cherished, and disciplined with love. Mac had a deep love for all of his students, took a personal interest in their lives and futures, and was a mentor to all who needed him. To Mac, education was a privilege, not a job. He was respected by students and teachers alike, and developed a reputation of being one of the best principals in the state of Maine. He was a lifelong scholar and demonstrated leadership in every aspect of his life. He earned the admiration and fondness of everyone with whom he worked, loved, and mentored.

During his career as an educator, Mac was a member of the Maine Secondary School Principal's Association, having served as president from 1977-1978, and was chair of the Interscholastic Committee, the Basketball Committee, and the first Classification Committee that initially established the guidelines that are still used today. He loved basketball, and as chair of the basketball committee for a number of years he proudly "worked" the Eastern Maine basketball tournaments at the Bangor Auditorium each year. He served on several of the Education Commissioner's special committees, and was instrumental in pioneering the first Basic Competency Diploma program in the state of Maine at PVHS during the 1970s. He attended several national conventions, enjoying the camaraderie of his colleagues.

Mac loved the out-of-doors. He made countless annual trips up Mount Katahdin as a Boy Scout, and throughout his lifetime with family and friends. He was the seasonal caretaker for a private estate in the Katahdin Iron Works area for the past 42 years. His love for the Smiths, their extended family and B Pond cannot be measured or described. He enjoyed many wonderful hours at his camp that he built at Ebeemee Lake with his wife, family, and friends.

Mac worked as a court mediator for the Maine State Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service for 16 years. His ability to understand human behavior; provide comfort, support, and direction; and implement conflict resolution earned him the deep respect of lawyers, judges, and families in this professional role. He was involved in a number of Republican committee activities over the years, and enjoyed his reputation of being "to the right". Mac was an active member of the Pleasant River Lodge, having been Master in 1962, and recently received his 50-year pin. He served as secretary for the lodge for a number of years, and resigned from this position last fall due to ill health. Mac was a member of the Brownville Junction Methodist Church for more than 40 years. He was recently to become a member of Bradford Baptist Church.

Mac married his high school sweetheart, Lucille Esther Barker during 1941, and she predeceased him during 1985. They had two children, Dianne Vayle Buchanan, and Timothy Kevin Buchanan. He married the second love of his life, Lisa Beth Cyr during 1990. Mac is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Lisa; daughter, Dianne of St. George; devoted and loving son, Timothy and his wife, Brenda (Larson), of Arkport, N.Y.; special granddaughters, Erin Christine Buchanan of Rochester, N.Y., and Megan Vail Buchanan of Albany, N.Y.; brother, William and his wife, Mildred; sister, Ruth LeGassey; brother, Carl and his wife, Sonya Buchanan; in-laws, Eddie and Eleanor Cyr; sister-in-laws, Thelma Malone, Margaret Gallant, Cynthia Cyr, and Amber
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Murphy; brothers-in-law, Henry Barker and Joel Cyr; many nieces, nephews, and special ones who touched his life; and cousins. He was also predeceased by his parents, brothers, Harold and Frank; his sister, Donna, and a special brother-in-law, Eugene LeGassey.

This obituary cannot capture the Mac that we all knew and loved. He was a true gentleman. He had a heart overflowing with love for everyone, especially his family. He was intelligent, sweet, gentle, humble, kind, honest, and wise. He was known for his quick wit and being a tease. Mac was a born storyteller, and took great delight in people believing him when he was actually "pulling your leg". He will be fondly remembered for his "Mac-isms" and his "thumb trick". He was a loving and stable force in the lives of his family members and all who knew him. His very presence in a room gave one a sense of love. We will miss how he so readily demonstrated his love through his hugs and kisses. Mac has touched the lives and earned the respect of countless friends, students, teachers, colleagues. His love, involvement and interest in our lives will be sorely missed. His spirit and influence in our lives will live on forever. At Mac's request, there will be no visiting hours. There was a memorial service and a celebration of Mac's life on Feb. 11, 2005, at the Bradford Baptist Church, Bradford, with the Rev. Donald Booker officiating. . Interment will be in the spring. If you would like to remember Mac in a special way, contributions may be made to the Malcolm V. Buchanan Scholarship Fund, United Kingfield Bank, Milo, Maine 04463; or the Brownville Junction High School Alumni Fund, P.O. Box 151, Brownville Jct., ME 04415.

FATHER JOSEPH EDWARD WHITLOCK
PORTLAND - Father Joseph Edward Whitlock, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Mercy Hospital Portland. A priest for nearly 50 years, he was born in Portland on April 28, 1929, a son of John H. and May (Gormley) Whitlock. Father Whitlock was beloved by all who crossed his path, from the parishioners whose churches flourished under his leadership, to his brothers in the priesthood and all his friends and family. Even through hard times and personal illness, Father Whitlock remained true to his calling. Father Whitlock graduated from Cheverus High School in 1947, and, having already felt the calling to the priesthood went directly to St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Canada, for Classical Studies. After only a year and a half there, Father Whitlock wrote to the Bishop of Portland, the Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, and informed him of his intention not to wait any longer and enter the seminary the following fall. Father Whitlock was ordained a priest on June 4, 1955, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Bishop Feeney. Immediately following his ordination, he served as an associate pastor at St. Dominic's Church in his native Portland. In September of 1955, Father Whitlock transferred to St. Athanasius in Rumford as an associate pastor, and stayed there for the next 11 years. In 1966, Father returned to St. Dominic's in Portland, and was then assigned to St. Rose of Lima in Chisolm, again as an associate pastor. Father Whitlock enjoyed his years there very much, especially working with the people and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In 1970, Father Whitlock became pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Brownville Junction, and in 1974 of St. Teresa parish in Brewer. In 1977, Father again returned to Portland as a Rector at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Two years later, in 1979, he became the pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in South Portland, remaining there for nearly 10 years. Father's final assignment was as pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Bridgton, and following that, he retired, on July 1, 1999. Bishop O'Leary applauded his "sense of Church and spirit of priestly cooperation" in the way that he accepted all the assignments that were given to him. Father Whitlock will be greatly missed by all those who loved and knew him, and all of those who benefited from his ministry. In addition to his parents, Father Whitlock was predeceased by three sisters and five brothers.

He is survived by three sisters, Gertrude Harrington of Portland, Barbara Guay of York, and Grace Muench of Highland Heights, Ky.; many nieces and nephews, and loving friends., Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Father Whitlock's memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 605 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine, 04103.
LOLA CRANDALL DELANO
GORHAM - Lola Crandall Delano, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at the Gorham House where she had been a resident for several years. She was born May 21, 1912, in Oakfield, the daughter of Robert B. and Amy (Harper) Crandall. She graduated from Merrill High School, and received her teaching certificate from Farmington Normal School. She married Charles H. Delano of Bucksport and they were together until his death Dec. 15, 1999. They lived most of their lives in Gorham. Lola taught school in Oakfield, Brownville Junction and South Portland, and supervised student teachers for Gorham State Teachers' College. She was a longtime member of Gorham Women's Club and was an honorary member at the time of her death. She attended Gorham Congregational Church. In her youth, she played the piano for the silent movies in Oakfield, and enjoyed music all her life. She loved cooking and visits from her family and friends. She and her husband always hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and family get-together. Lola is survived by her sister, Rita Crandall Greenlaw of Belfast; and three sisters-in law, Inez Chaisson, Frances Bemis, and Catherine Delano, all of Bucksport; and several nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Charles Delano; and her brother, Linwood Crandall. Notes of remembrance may be sent to niece, Susan Provost, Birch Drive, Poland, ME 04274.

FLORIS N. LUMBRA
MILO - Floris N. Lumbra, 93, wife of the late Oscar L. Lumbra, died Feb. 9, 2005, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born Feb. 24, 1911, in Quebec, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Touchette) Ploof. She was a dedicated homemaker, always busy with the tasks of taking care of her home and family. Mrs. Lumbra was an able seamstress, and made vestments for priests. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church . She is survived by a son, Reuben W. and his wife, Janet Lumbra, of Milo; a daughter, Geraldine Rublee of Milo; 11 grandchildren, Reuben, Stephen, Carrie, Lynn, Jaye, Susan, Helen, Ruth, Roderick, Ricky, and Vikki; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.

TIS THE SEASON
And we don’t mean Christmas. It’s mating season for cats and dogs. People need to act now to prevent all those soon to be unwanted puppies and kittens from being born. In central Maine 65% of the cats and 20% of the dogs are destroyed. Endless numbers are dumped by the side of the road and worse. Be a responsible pet owner and have your companion animals spayed or neutered.

P.E.T.S. the local, all volunteer, non-profit 501( c ) 3 organization provides a reduced cost spay/neuter program for individuals or families that qualify. Foxcroft Veterinary’s dedication to our program and community support are the backbone of our reduced cost program. Fundraising to support our program. is a constant challenge. Even though P.E.T.S. received a small grant from the DJ and T Foundation for spay/neuter, volunteers still need to raise matching monies. Our current fund raiser is our raffle- “Weekend Getaway for 2” at the Bar Harbor Motel, including meals. Get your tickets at the Cup and Easel on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft or from Val Robertson in Milo. Look for P.E.T.S. volunteers, hopefully we won’t be frozen, at Walmart’s in Newport on Sat. March 26th . Additional places and dates to be announced. Drawing for this raffle will be held April 15th. Of course, donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible and can be sent to P.E.T.S., P.O. Box 912, Guilford, ME 04443. For information about our organization or questions about spay/neuter please contact: Sue Slate 379-2809, Salley Sue Pearson 876-2752, Phyllis Dyer 564-8072, Mary Shapleigh 564-8092
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FROM MATT IN MALI
Greetings everyone,

I hope that this letter finds you all well. All is well in this part of the world. The days have been passing by very quickly...I can tell already that the two years are going to fly by.

I'm in Kayes for the week to get some things done. I've started a project in a village across the river and need to find some sources to fund the project. It is a village sanitation project and we are going to buy donkeys, carts, gloves, and rakes to help the people gather up the trash in village. It is a pretty simple project and has many of the surrounding villages interested.

I'm also starting a 'world map' project in which we are going to paint the world map on the side of the school. It has been done by volunteers in other villages and should be a lot of fun. I think that I will paint all of the U.S. states on the map too, since most Malians think that Hawaii and Alaska are the 51st and 52nd states. I guess that is the effect that having no (ZERO) books in the school can have.

A couple of buddies and I tried to find the Super Bowl game at a hotel last night, because we heard that they had satellite TV. When we got there we found that the satellite was broken and ended up watching some Spanish program. Fortunately the hotel had cold beer. New England sports fans had better not complain about success now...it seems that whenever I leave the state of Maine, either the Pats win the Super Bowl, or the BoSox win for the first time in a billion and a half years.

I suppose that is all for now. I should be back in a week or so, and will try to keep you posted on Maliwood.

Peace and Love,
Matt

Three Rivers Kiwanis News
Children: Priority One

The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 am to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcomed to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Dorothy Brown, 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.

President Murrel Harris greeted nineteen members and four guests this winter morning.

Eben DeWitt led the flag salute and Edwin Treworgy, requesting compassion and wisdom from our world leaders and praying that these world leaders can see things with an open mind and an open heart, gave the prayer. He asked for prayers for the sick and bereaved and those in need.

The inspirational reading today was read by Don Harris. The story is titled Bus Stop by Patsy Clairmont. The story is about a six year old boy whose main goals in life are to rest and have fun. One day, he appeared at home after being sent off to school, announcing that he had quit school. To his mother’s amazement, he stated that school was too long, too hard and too boring. Instantly his mother retorted “you have just described life. Get on the bus!”

Correspondence today from the Bangor and Brewer Kiwanis for an invitation to attend their clubs 80th and 65th anniversary celebrations on April 30. For those interested in attending please contact Dottie Brown at 943-5653.

Chris Beres passed a very large and very lovely thank you note signed by the second graders for all Kiwanian members present to enjoy. The children had received new books on Friday.

A very Happy Birthday this week to Steve Hamlin on Feb. 9th.

Twenty-one Happy and Sad dollars were donated this week for a new computer, the last home game, the RIF challenge, the 50th anniversary of Milo Elementary, being able to watch the Super Bowl with her brother after many years of being away, spring training starting in six days, seeing Dave Ames (Orono/Old Town), knowing that the PVHS fans have not forgotten how to BOO, thanking Dave for reminding us how to BOO!, the greatest Super Bowl ever played, having daughter arrive at the Bangor Airport at 4:22 today, for Jeremy and the Patriots, for watching the performing arts, for the upcoming Bermuda

Kiwanians inter-club on board ship, a happy and sad dollar for lots of snow, and Max has not breaking his probation and remaining observant of his master’s rules!

A sad dollar was donated in memory of Mac Buchanan.

Chris Beres reports that the Terrific Kids assemblies are on Thursdays and Fridays.

Trish reported that the Key Club members will travel to Greenville on Feb. 28 and get their bell back, elect new officers on Feb 16th at 6 pm at the PVHS library, and go to Manna twice this month. Key Club members read at the Brownville Elementary School last week. Members attending breakfast at the Restaurant today were Kylie Palmer and Michelle Mulherin.

Board meeting highlights from Thursday, Feb 3, 2005.

A letter of resignation was accepted with regret from Fay and Judith Stevens.

Chris and Joe Beres will be attending the Mid-Winter Kiwanis Convention in Portland on March 5th.

The Chili-Chowder cook-off has quite a few people entering the event to be held on March 19, at the Town Hall in Milo. This is open to anyone wishing to enter, please see or call Val Robertson.

The Milo Elementary will be hosting a 50th birthday party on Monday Night. All are welcomed to attend this event.

It was voted to buy new flags from World of Flags to replace the current ones.

A letter was received from Merna Dunham requesting funds to assist with the High School art contest, sponsored by the Maine General Federated Women’s Clubs. It was voted to give $ 100.00 to assist with monetary prizes.

June 23-24, 2005 was chosen to hold the Annual Kiwanis Auction. Members also discussed storage of auction items and a schedule to pick up auction-worthy items. More to come on this major fund-raising event.

President Murrel Harris advised that there would be a special Board meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss the formation of Kiwanis committees for the coming year.

Plans were being made to paint the dressing rooms at the Town Hall in Milo.

There will be a post holiday social event on the last Wednesday in March at the home of Fred and Lois Trask, Nancy Grant, chairperson.

Respectfully submitted, Dorothy Brown, secretary


Ozzy and Jack were looking to warm-up during last week’s storm.


Check out pictures from the weekend’s Dog Sled Race


Don’t forget to send in your entry for the Kiwanis Chili/Chowder contest to be held

Saturday, March 19.
Mail your entry to:
Valerie Robertson
PO Box 81
Milo, Maine 04463

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