Three Rivers News, 2005-03-21
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005
 VOLUME 4 NUMBER 19
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

BORN TO RUN: SLED DOGS RULE!
BY VALERIE ROBERTSON


Valerie and Ben

It was a perfect late-winter’s day, with sunshine, warm temperatures, and a wonderful event: Community dog-sled rides!
The atmosphere outside “The Junction” (formerly K.C.”s), the enterprise of the Belvin boys, Don and John, and their families, was one of friendship, fun, and excitement. Three kennels worth of sled dogs, their owners and friends were assembled to give sleigh rides to the public, and ride we did!!

The generous and animal-loving local group of dog-sledders, who raised almost $300 for P.A.W.S., put on the event. That means over 140 rides were taken, and believe me, it wasn’t just kids getting in the sleds. What a great time!

This wasn’t the first time the group had gathered to donate their time and it was apparent. Each ride went off with out a hitch and everyone who rode went for a second, even third ride. The teams of four to six dogs pulled the comfy sleds in a wide circle through the field behind the Junction. At times, dog sleds were traveling beside snowmobiles, who’s hungry operators were headed to The Junction for a delicious meal. The dogs paid no attention to the machines as they went about doing what they love, running and pulling! The only times the dogs appeared to be a bit unhappy was when their considerate owners tethered them for a rest and let their kennel-mates take their turn at giving rides.

The well-behaved, eager to please dogs were trained and owned by, Terry Knowles and Marge Williams of Canaan North Kennel, Toby Sutton, Dwayne Pierce and Terrie Strout of Sibweiler +Kavit Kennels, Mike Pelky of Lobo Kennels, and Betsy Cunningham of Koona’s Kennel. Their love of their dogs was very apparent in the dogs’ personalities: each dog was friendly, happy and healthy.

On a more personal note, I was so impressed by these people and their dogs. There is a lot of controversy between animal rights groups and dog-sledders, but this group would never participate in any event that would in anyway injure or stress their dogs. They allow the dogs to do what they are born to do: run.

P.A.W.S WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS GREAT EVENT. THE MONEY RAISED PUT US OVER THE TOP OF OUR “BUY THE BUILDING “ FUND.

Congratulations Klay!
Shown here is Klay Stevens with the double basketball hoop machine and trophy he recently won after capturing the regional WalMart Pepsi Shot Clock Shoot Off in Brewer after qualifying by winning the Palmyra WalMart contest two weeks ago by making 10 foul shots in a minute at both venues. For his win at Palmyra, Klay won four tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters in Bangor and a chance to meet them.

Klay is the son of Joi and Chuck Stevens.

CHILI/CHOWDER EVENT WAS A CROWD-PLEASER.

Jared’s Corn Chowder, as featured at J.D.’s Emporium in Brownville Jct., took top honors in the chowder category, and Bookends Chili, courtesy of Gini Morrill and Susan Mulherin, took first in the chili category at the first ever Kiwanis-P.A.W.S. Chili/Chowder cook-off. A huge, happy crowd ate their way thru dozens of chilis and chowders to determine the winners. The complete list of winners and participants follows:

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Trophies


Kirby and Katie Robertson replenish the chowder.

Chowder Category: 1st-Jared’s Corn Chowder, as featured at J.D.’s Emporium, 2nd-New England Clam Chowder made by Seth Ostrosky at The Nor’easter in Dover, and Honorable Mention-Kielbasa Bisque made by Billy Graves. Also receiving many votes was: Fish Chowder from The Restaurant in Milo, Salmon and Crab Chowder from The Nor’easter in Dover, and Bandit’s Broccoli Chowder, made by Valerie Robertson.

Chili Category:1st-M.S.A.D.’S Bookends Chili, prepared by Gini Morrill and Susan Mulherin, 2nd-Gorden’s World Famous Chili by Gordon Josslyn, ,and Honorable Mention goes to the

Moosemeat Chili made by Billy Graves. Other delicious entries were: TRChili made by Doug and Izzy Warren, Laurie’s Luscious Chili, made by Laurie Carter, Southwest Turkey Chili made by Carol Morin and Ruth-Ann Lebert of Sebec, Carlos Enrique`Hernadez Rodriguez’s Chili, made by Katie Robertson and Eric Joyner, “You’ll Never Guess What’s in It Chili”, created by Kirby Robertson. And M.F.U’s Chili, made by Valerie Robertson.

Best-In-Show went to The Milo Farmer’s Union Seafood Chowder, prepared by Valerie Robertson.

The door prize winners were Crystal Ricker and Deanne Merrill. Congratulations to everyone!!!

To view more photos of the contest, CLICK HERE. THANKS SETH!!!

All participants will receive certificates proclaiming their creation delicious and winners will receive trophies and certificates. Each participant should be proud of his or her culinary talents. The most heard phrase at the contest was: “They are all delicious; it is so hard to pick one.”

P.A.W.S. would like to thank Three Rivers Kiwanis for sponsoring this wonderful fundraiser. Almost $300 dollars were added to our efforts to maintain our shelter and control our stray and abandoned pet population. With the building bought and paid for, we can focus our efforts on the important part of our goals; making sure every companion animal in our area has a safe, loving home. In order to do this, we need to ensure that all of our cats and dogs leave the shelter spayed or neutered. Last year we spent over $8000 doing just that. We will still be aggressively pursuing every fund-raising method possible in order to have the money to care for, treat, spay, and neuter our area’s stray, abused, neglected and abandoned animals.

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The Brownville Jct. American Legion extends it's apology to JD's Emporium for not including them in our thank you for contributing to the "Free Kids Bingo." The omission was unintentional and we are very sorry. Their contribution was certainly appreciated.

Benefit Spaghetti Supper
For Todd Washburn
who was critically injured in a car accident
April 2, 2005
Penquis Valley Cafeteria
4:30 to 6:30
For ticket information call:
Tricia Stanhope 965-8122
Items will be raffled off that night from area businesses.
Some items are
4- 6in. subs from Subway, a quilt, many gift certificates, a doll from Simple Sacks, an afghan, and much more.
Raffle ticket information call:
Melinda Lundin at 943-2649

Local Author Speaks
The 5th & 6th grade students at Brownville Elementary recently had local author Bill Sawtell speak to their
classes about what it takes to become an author and get your books published. The students appreciated his visit and then were treated to "Katahdin Krispies" and "Pleasant River Punch"

AREA SCHOOL NEWS

KEY CLUB
Just a reminder that the Key Club election of officers will be held on Monday, March 21, at 6:00 PM at the PV library. The kids will be giving a short speech on why they feel they are the best candidate for office. We will need Kiwanians to count votes. We hope to see you there!

The Key Club would like to thank everyone who donated blood at their blood drive on Tuesday, March 15th. 41 units of blood were collected from students, staff and community members. Thank you all! If anyone lost an earring at the blood drive, please contact Trish Hayes at 943.7317.

The American Red Cross Blood Drop visited PVHS during the blood drive held on March 15. Pictured here is “Blood Drop” Ashley Case with PVHS Principal John Robinson.

A REVIEW
BY BILL SAWTELL

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Amber McMillan
Performed by the PVHS Class or 2005

The play begins with the upcoming marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens (Devin Gillespie) and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons (Erin Beasley), whom he has won in battle. This event is the focal point of much of the ensuing action, which features, among other things, a play within a play.

The relationships of Hermia (Elizabeth Comeau) and Lysander (Garrett Durant), Hermia and Demetrius (Joe Smith), Helena (Samanha Ellis) and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius lead to a paranoid reaction on the part of Helena, who thinks she is the victim of a conspiracy and mockery after Puck(Phil Foster) mistakenly puts love juice in Lysander's eyes while he, Lysander is sleeping in the forest.

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At one point, we almost have some Saturday night WWWF Women's Wrestling on the Town Hall stage as the diminutive Hermia (Elizabeth Comeau) has to be restrained from going after the taller Helena (Samantha Ellis) by Lysander (Garrett Durant) and Demetrius (Joe Smith).

The meddling of the fairies in the lives of mortals, like those of the Duke and the Queen, who are about to be married and the mischief they can cause is not to be underscored in this play, as we can see.

To this viewer the highlight of the play is the bungling of the play within the play and the role of Gerard Turgeon, who plays Nick Bottom, a ubiquitous Gomer Pyle type, who volunteers for every role and by his sheer humanity, captures the hearts of the audience. At one point after being transformed into an ass, he slept with the Queen of the Fairies (Kate Hamlin) and later shared the royal bed with Puck (Phil Foster) in a moment that brought the house down with laughter.

All ends well, but with an apology for the acting.


Shane Herbest, Lights


Stephanie Johnston, Fairy. Gerard Turgeon, Nick Bottom

COOK SCHOOL NEWS
Dana Herrick, Josh Leighton and Harmony Pierce were honored as Terrific Kids at our March 18 assembly. Miss K. said that Dana worked really hard on her MEA's. She had a wonderful attitude and did her best work every day. Dana is a good friend to all. Mrs. Carter is enjoying Josh's "neat personality." He has moved back to our district and is a joy to have in the classroom. Josh is beginning to take risks in his writing. He has made many friends. Ms. Ivy said that Harmony is an excellent writer. She always includes a beginning, a middle and an ending. She is adding details and doing a wonderful job editing her writing. Harmony is a super math student and gets along with everybody.

Bus Kids: Dylan Rozelle, Trevor Lyford, Matthew Melanson Artists of the Week: Harli Moors and Ethan Neal
Staff Move and Improve winner of the Week: Ms. Bickford

We also celebrated the birthday of Laura Gray (11).
Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids!

Cook School loves Mrs. Rhoda.

The Marion C. Cook School students, staff and friends held a special celebration in honor of Mrs.Rhoda. Mrs. Louise Rhoda has accepted a position at the high school and will be leaving our family after 14 years. The students honored Mrs. Rhoda by reading her cards, a poem and a very special song.

We are excited for Mrs. Rhoda to have new opportunities but will miss her presence daily.

Mrs. Rhoda has been our secretary, helper, breakfast and lunch server. She called our Moms, found us clothes when we were muddy, remembered where we go after school, took care of our cuts and bruises, helped us find missing teeth and many other things too numerous to mention.

The most important thing is that Mrs. Rhoda has been our friend. She taught us all about what friendship is by her example every day. We thank her for her many dedicated years of service to our school and family. We love Mrs. Rhoda.

Note of Thanks:
I would like to thank everyone who attended my 81st birthday party and for the nice cards I received. Thanks to Russell and Vikki for hosting my party and to Alasco and Sheryll for the time they put into making it such a nice party.
Thanks Again Elaine Carey

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PROM DRESS SALE
April 1st from 3:00 - 5:00 at the P.V.H.S Cafeteria

Anybody who has an old prom dress or Winter Carnival dress is encouraged to bring them to the Prom Sale and sell it. You sell your dress and keep the money. If you have a dress you just want to get out of your closet, bring it in and the Kitchen Queens will try and sell it and donate the money to the Prom Committee. The Kitchen Queens are simply providing the place and opportunity for this to happen. It's a great chance to buy a beautiful dress for a fraction of the cost of a new one.


Mr. Walter MacDougall recently spoke with Third and Fourth Graders at the Brownville Elementary School about Moses Greenleaf and his role as a mapmaker in early Maine History. The fascinating lecture was arranged for the students by Mr. Bill Sawtell who, with the help of the staff, sponsors the Brownville History projects and contest each year at the school. Many thanks to Mr. MacDougall for his enlightening lecture.

Park Street United Methodist Church News
A sunrise service will be held on Easter Sunday, March 27, at the Park Street United Methodist Church at 6:00 AM, followed by breakfast at 7:00 AM .

All are welcome to join us a good will offering will be taken. Regular services will be held at 11:00 AM

.On Thursday, March 31, there will be two opportunities to look at The Purpose Driven Life. The first is at 9:30 AM at Brownville Jct. UMC, and the second at Park Street UMC at 7:00 PM This will be led by Rev. Michele St. Cyr and is open to all.

Liona Speed is turning 90! Join us for an Open House Celebration on Saturday April 2, 2005 1pm to 4 pm at the Brownville Junction United Methodist Church dining room. No gifts please cards and warm wishes welcome.

The History of the Milo Schools can be
viewed on the historical society website: www.milohistorical.org.

Penquis Cruizers Have Cleared the Road for Cruize-In # 16

Even though the weather forecast on the 12th of March was predicting over a foot of snow it didn't stop the Penquis Cruizers from having their annual Cabin Fever Reliever Meeting. A bunch of the Cruizers didn't think twice about getting out to attend the meeting. Of course with it being a Pot Luck meal who would want to miss out when they knew there would be some good food there.

After eating, plans were put in place for the club's 16th Cruize-In which will be on June 26th this year at the JSI parking lot in Milo. After taking care of business it was time for dessert and all kinds of winter stories. By the time the meeting was over it had stopped snowing and the sun had come out.


JOE VILLANI DID’T STOP AT ONE birthday celebration! He was surprised with a cake adorned with 30 candles last Friday evening, right before the Bingo game at the American Legion Hall in Milo. He served the 30 people who helped him celebrate.

NEW AT MAYO REGIONAL HOSPITAL
A son, Nathaniel Zeke Lovejoy, to Amanda White and Kenneth Lovejoy of Milo on March 05, 2005. Wt. 7 pounds 5 ounces.
A daughter, Iris Michaud Stutzman, to Tracy and Sunny Stutzman of Dover-Foxcroft on March 06, 2005. Wt. 6 pounds 14 ounces.

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"Does anyone recognize this brother and sister act? The little lady has been recently been sporting a red hat, heads to work at Brownville Elementary, and is an entertaining writer. Her brother is a T.V. and radio personality."

MILO FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
BY JUDITH MACDOUGALL

Last Wednesday we had three preview boxes of books in the library. Somehow I had said “yes” more times than I intended to various book companies. And even as I contemplated the boxes, planning how I would have time to go through even one that day, I turned down two more offers. I did manage to sort through the Know Buddy books, select the titles that I hope our younger patrons will enjoy and seal up the rest of the shipment to send back. Now I only have two boxes of preview books to look through.

We have also received two large boxes of FEDERAL INCOME TAX FORMS this past week. I was surprised that we did not receive them earlier as I think it is getting a little late. However we do have all the 1040 forms- regular, A and EZ. Also SCHEDULES A,B,C,D, and E, SCHEDULES SE self-employment tax and SCHEDULE R, credit for the elderly and disabled. We also have a packet of REPRODUCIBLE FEDERAL TAX FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS so I would think we have everything that you need if you haven’t completed your taxes yet. If you wish to do them online, we also have the computers capable of doing that for you too. Come into your local library for all your tax needs. We will help you find the materials that are necessary.

Readers might be interested in this although it is not related to the library in any way. A week ago Friday, last Sunday and this past Friday Walter and I had a very unique experience with deer. Walter had been setting out two trays filled with sunflower seeds in our front yard as he had noted birds in the trees. We were enjoying many varieties of birds, and of course, the inevitable pesky red squirrel when on Friday noon we suddenly saw a mother and a young deer peering over our snowbank. Soon the young deer clambered over the bank and began to eat the sunflower seeds not 12 feet from our house. The mother followed, but did not bother to eat many seeds. On Sunday the young one was back again and ate every seed available. On Friday before I came to work, there they both were again eating sunflower seeds like crazy! Our presence in the windows with cameras did not bother them at all. We were amazed at how tame the deer were and that they were interested in sunflower seeds!

Now for one of my favorite library jobs---ordering new books for the patrons. Here is a list of the new books I ordered last week.

Albert, Susan Wittig DEAD MAN’S BONES
Block, Lawrence ALL THE FLOWERS ARE DYING
Bowen, Rhys IN LIKE FLYNN
Brooks, Geraldine MARCH
Brown, Sandra LED ASTRAY
Buchan, Elizabeth EVERYTHING SHE THAT SHE WANTED
Chamberlain, Diane THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT
Clark, Carol Higgins BURNED
Compton, Jodi SYMPATHY BETWEEN HUMANS
George, Elizabeth WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS
Goudge, Eileen OTHERWISE ENGAGED
Graham, Heather KILLING KELLY
Holland, Barbara NFWHEN ALL THE WORLD WAS YOUNG
Karon, Jan A CONTINUAL FEAST
Margolin, Phillip LOST LAKE
McCrumb, Sharon ST. DALE
Parker, Robert COLD SERVICE
Picoult, Jodi VANISHING ACTS
Steel, Danielle IMPOSSIBLE
White, Stephen MISSING PERSONS

Remember the library book sale on June 11. We welcome all book donations until then. We will also be glad to accept audio and video tapes that you wish to donate. Thank you for thinking of us.

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

I hadn't been to a baby shower for years. You go through stages of your life where first you and your friends are all having babies. Then there is a long dry spell when you and your friends are done having children.....and your children aren't old enough to be having babies. Life goes full circle and eventually your own children and their friends get you back into buying baby gifts again.

My cousin's daughter Heather recently had a precious baby boy for us to ooh and aah over and we're all excited. Just prior to us going on our trip to Florida I was invited to a baby shower for Heather. The shower was at the home of one of Heather's dear friends who lives out in Buxton (outside of Portland). I couldn't believe it when the invitation arrived because the house was just down the street from our friends the Mulherin's who also live in Buxton. I was very familiar with the neighborhood and was able to drive us right to the door without a hitch...simple dimple. There were four of us from up here in the "other" Maine traveling down to the event. They were all impressed with the way I got them in and out and through the city like an old pro.

We had such a wonderful time. The mother-to-be was overwhelmed with the precious gifts that she got for her expected baby. She was registered at Babies-R-Us and did receive lots of things off of her gift registry that day, but since I didn't have access to a Babies-R-Us store...I had to make do with Milo's equivalent to a department store and bought my gift at Rite Aid. I figured she could always use a huge package of Pampers and containers of baby wipes, baby lotion, baby wash, baby shampoo and baby powder. Done up in an adorable gift bag with one of Cheryl Hamlin's individually hand made greeting cards, my gift was just as exciting as any of them there. Surprisingly, mine was the only gift of Pampers she received, so it was very exciting, indeed!

The hostess had planned games for entertainment. One of the games was a "sock sort." She had bought many pairs of the modern equivalent of baby booties....little pairs of socks. The pairs, all separated and strewn helter-skelter in a basket were dumped out on the rug and each guest had 10 seconds to sort as many pairs as they could. Count was kept and the one who sorted the most pairs won a prize. I was positive I could win that game,

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but didn't! The next game was Bingo. Filling in a blank card with baby items; ie: diapers, stroller, crib, burp cloth, onesies, etc. (a list was provided), the hostess pulled each of the words out of a hat and the first one with Bingo won a prize. No, didn't win that one, either! We played a baby word scramble game....you can't believe how numb I was. My favorite game was one that matched famous people with their children. I did quite well on that game....but not good enough to win. I was a complete nitwit. Oh, and the worst part about getting down on that rug to count out those little socks....getting back up again! It was a pitiful sigh.

The hostess had a wonderful idea. She passed out cards for each guest to sign. We also had to put on our address. She collected all the cards and used them to draw a door prize....but the best part for the little mother was that she had everyone's address in order to send them a thank you note. What a great idea!

The refreshments were elegant with a delicious punch, finger rolls (made by the soon to be grandmother (my cousin Joan), fresh fruit with a dip, veggies with a dip, a hot artichoke dip, shrimp with cocktail sauce, cake, the list goes on and on. We had such a good time.

The baby's nursery theme is "baby jungle animals" and the grampy was busy painting the new baby's bedroom a soft yellow all the while the shower was going on. Yellow was a perfect background for all of the sweet baby jungle animal things that Mom received. When she got home with all of her gifts, she had a newly decorated nursery to arrange them in. She was thrilled! Since returning from our trip to Florida, the new baby has been born and he is as healthy and beautiful as can be. I'm hoping to get a peek of him this weekend. I can't wait to sniff the sweet baby nectar that is sure to be coming from his little neck...and kiss his blessed little cheeks. The world of baby paraphernalia has sure changed over the last 30+ years, but the sweet smell of a baby will never change.

After the shower, all of us cousins checked into the Fairfield Inn near the Maine Mall. We certainly couldn't let an opportunity to eat out or shop pass us by! My cousin Betsey's daughter Katie joined us. Cousin Nancy's daughter Julia joined us. My Lori Lee joined us, and both of Joan's daughters Heather and Michelle joined us, too. We were a huge group of yakking women....the kind that gives waiters the shivers. The next morning we gathered in the hotel lobby for their complimentary "breakfast" and then we were off to the Christmas Tree Shop. My, by far, favorite store in the whole world. With all cars crammed completely full, we kissed each other goodbye and headed up the pike to our end of Maine....a very successful weekend, indeed.

I've got a bridal shower to attend in April and a wedding in May. All in all it would seem that my dull winter is finally over. Finally! When do you suppose I'll find the time to spring clean this house?

Here's a recipe that is out of this world....and easy. It uses Bisquick!!

Cherry-Chocolate Pudding Cake

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
2 cups hot water
2 cups Bisquick mix (use the Original)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. almond extract
2 eggs
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Mix brown sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa and hot water in ungreased 9X13 pan until sugar is dissolved. In a bowl stir the Bisquick mix, sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, oil, almond extract and eggs until blended. Stir in the pie filling. Spoon the batter over the cocoa mixture in the pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the top springs back when touched lightly. Serve warm with ice cream.

Strategies for Exercising Employee Stock Options
BY SHELLEY PHILLIPS-MILLS

A stock option is the right to purchase a company’s stock in the future at a fixed price. Many companies now grant stock options to build loyalty, tie performance to compensation, and to reward dedicated employees. However, thousands of stock options expire each year. Many people are unsure about when and how to exercise their options and the financial challenges they may create. While specific tax questions should be directed to your tax advisor, let’s take a look at the basics of stock options.

There are two types of options: nonqualified stock options (NSOs), the most common type, and incentive stock options (ISOs). They differ mainly in the tax consequences to you and the granting company. When options are granted, you don’t incur taxes because there is no transfer of property at grant date.

Nonqualified stock options may be granted at a value less than the current market price. When NSOs are exercised, you pay ordinary income tax on the difference between the option price and the current market price (your NSO cost basis) at time of exercise.

Incentive stock options are granted at a price at least equal to the stock’s market price at that time, meaning the stock’s price must increase for you to benefit. When ISOs are exercised and then the stock sold, the difference between the sale price and the option price (your ISO cost basis), is the income for tax consideration. If you hold the stock received from your ISO exercise for the required period, this difference (spread) is a long-term capital gain or loss and will likely receive favorable tax treatment. If you do not hold the stock for the required period then your ISOs are treated as though they were NSOs.

As you contemplate exercising your options, there are a few things to consider:

How much time remains until the stock options expire. Keep in mind that once the options expire, they have no value.

Whether you intend to exercise and hold. It’s important to look at your timing when you decide to exercise options. If you are planning to exercise your options and hold them, you’ll want to do so when the stock price is close to the option price – meaning a smaller spread – in order to lessen the tax impact. If you are planning to exercise and sell your options and your goal is to generate cash, you’ll want to do this when the stock price is further from the option price and the spread is larger.

The rules of your plan. Generally, you don't have to exercise all of your options at once. However, minimums and holding periods may apply so check your plan rules.

Leaving employment. Are you planning on retiring? If so, you need to determine how departure from the company will affect your options’ vesting and/or expiration schedule.

Your asset allocation. You should consider stock options as part of your equity allocation. How well balanced is your overall portfolio? If you are granted a large number of stock options, you should discuss diversification strategies with your financial consultant.

As you develop a strategy for exercising your options, make sure you include your financial consultant along with your team of tax and legal advisors. If you would like to receive the publication, Understanding Employer-Granted Stock Options, by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc, please contact financial consultant, Shelley Phillips-Mills in Bangor at 800-947-5456.

This article was provided by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Member SIPC.

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Italy Trip, Part 2
BY VIRGIL VALENTE

Sun. Jan. 30 Steff called about 6:30. I thought it was a wake up call and hung up. She called back to make sure I wouldn’t go back to sleep. At 7 we went for breakfast. It was the usual Italian breakfast with fruit, cheese, salami, ham, bread, eggs, bacon, juice, cereal, sweet breads like Danish pastries, coffee, tea, cappuccino etc. I had trouble with running the cappuccino machine. It was it two parts and I had my cup under the wrong half so the hot milk part came out all over the table. I guess I was supposed to move the spigot. We returned to the room to put our bags out for pickup. All luggage is brought to the lobby where the tour director checks off that each traveler has one piece. The carry on luggage must be brought to the bus by the owner so that the count will not be off.

e boarded the bus at 8:30. Our driver was Humberto DeGregorio who would be our driver throughout the trip. His father owns the bus company and was the host of our home hosted lunch in Sorrento two years ago. We had about an hour tour of sites in Rome. We saw the ruins of the forum and the palace of the Caesars, the Circus Maximus, Victor Emmanuel III memorial to the unknown soldier, coliseum and ended up at the Cathedral of St. Paul outside the wall. It is called that because it was outside the original walls of Rome. St. Paul is buried in this church. We had a chance to visit the church and buy souvenirs. On our way to Highway A1 which would take us to Sorrento we passed by St. Peters and the San Angelo Castle, made famous by the book Angels and Demons.

After about 2 hours on the road we stopped at an Auto Grill where I had lasagna and salad for lunch. Outside Naples at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius we stopped at a cameo factory where some of the group bought jewelry. It was out of my price range.

e arrived in Sorrento at the Hotel Caesar Augusto around 4. It is the same hotel we stayed at 2 years ago which made it easy to get around town. At 5 we had a quick orientation tour of the town and returned at 6:15. I met with Fernanda who called the relatives in Isernia to try to set up a time for a visit. Antonella answered and said her parents were out. She gave Fernanda her father’s cell phone number. Fernanda said we should wait until after dinner to try again.

Dinner tonight was included. It was a Pasta Festival. Patti described how each dish was prepared before it was served. We had 3 large plates of pasta: Cannelloni alla Sorrentina, a pasta stuffed with meat, mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheeses, white wine and garlic, Linguine al Pesto, with a sauce of walnuts, pine nuts and basil, and Scialatelli alla Boscaiola, a pasta containing cheese and basil and a sauce with bacon, mushrooms, zucchini, porcini mushrooms, peas, tomatoes, celery, parsley and white wine. They were all very delicious, but I liked the Linguine al Pesto the best. We finished with a welcome cake made with lemons. We also had a salad, rolls and wine. Each restaurant has its own house wine. The wines don’t seem as strong as the ones in the USA. Also they taste better because they have no sulfites in them.

After dinner, Fernanda called and Giovanna still was not home. She called Ernani’s cell phone and talked with Marilena. She said she would call Giovanna and would get back to me. She also said that I should call Geppino and Natalina in Naples. Fernanda called and Antonio, the one of the sons answered. He said his parents weren’t home either but would have them call. I guess Sunday night is a night out in Italy.

I joined the rest of the crew at the bar and had a Sambucca as an after dinner drink. Others of the tour group were there as well. The younger crew had a glass of wine and then went to scout out the town. I returned to the room around 10 and went to bed.

ecipe: Cannelloni Alla Sorrentina

asta: 2 cups flour and 1/3 cup semolina flour. If you don’t have semolina use 2 1/3 cup regular flour,

large eggs, 1 oz extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. Place flour in a bowl and make a hole in the middle. Add eggs and oil and kneed until it forms a dough. If it is too dry add water a little at a time. If too wet add more flour. Roll out to form a thin sheet and cut into 6” squares.

illing: half pound hamburger, 4 oz shredded mozzarella, 4 oz ricotta or cottage cheese, 1 _ oz. grated parmesan cheese, 1 egg,

1 clove garlic chopped fine, _ glass white wine, 1 oz basil, salt and pepper

Lightly fry the garlic and hamburger. After the meat seems cooked, add the white wine. Do not overcook. Cool and add the three cheeses followed by the eggs, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Finally add two tbs. of the sauce.

Sauce: 1 finely chopped onion, 3 oz olive oil, 20 oz can of tomatoes or fresh if available, 1 oz basil and salt to taste.
Place all ingredients in a pot and simmer for 20 minutes until onions are cooked.

Assembly:
Lay squares of pasta flat and place on it 2 tbs. of filling. Roll and place in an ovenproof dish. Cover with sauce and bake at 350 for 20/30 minutes. Provides 4 generous helpings.

*One Italian rule of cooking- never fry onions and garlic together. They fight one another.


SOAR (Support Our American Recruits) uses the following items in their packages to our military personal. If you have any questions, call one of the following:
Peg 943-5817 Grace943-2483 Michelle 943-2375 Penny 943-5562

FOOD:
Beef Stick/sweet& sour and mustard sauce (Hickory Farms)
Breath Mints
Candy (anything that won't melt, M&M's).
Canned chicken, turkey, tuna
Canned frosting for sweet tooth
Canned icing/ w/angel food cake& wild strawberry/cherry pie filling for birthdays
Canned soup/instant soup
Cashews, almonds, peanuts, mixed nuts
Cheese and cracker or peanut butter and crackers
Cheese dips
Chex Mix
Chips (single servings of bagged chips stay fresher longer)
Cookies-double bag or individual packages of cookies
Crackers
Crystal Light
Dried Fruit
Dry Cereal/oatmeal (individual serving boxes stay very fresh)
Fast-Food condiments (hot sauce, ketchup, mustard, salt & pepper, relish, mayo, Gatorade powder ( like cool Glazier Wal-Mart)
Granola Bars and Power Bars
Gum
Hard Candies/Mints
Hot Chocolate
Instant coffee (many different flavors)/tea bags
Instant tea
Jelly (plastic jars)
Kraft Easy Mac
Lemonade, limeades-any kind of powered drinks
Little Debbie snack cakes
Lollipops
Marshmallows
Microwave popcorn
Peanut butter in Glad Throw Away Containers
Pre-cooked meat ( Wal-MArt)
Ragu Express
Rice Krispies treats
Salad Dressing
Salsa and chips
MORE:
Sunscreen
Tan boot laces
Toothbrushes/toothpaste
Toothpicks (the flavored ones)
Trash bags
t shirts, underwear, socks monthly
Wet ones
Writing paper & pens
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IN MEMORIAM
JAMES S. FRENCH SR.
LAGRANGE - James S. French Sr., 63, died unexpectedly March 16, 2005, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1941, in Castine, the son of Clyde Vernon Ginn and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Strong). He was later adopted by Maurice H. French. He graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast in 1961 and served four years with the U.S. Army. He had been an employee of S.E. MacMillan Co., Inc., as a heavy equipment operator. He is survived by a daughter, Jolene E. French; a son, James S. French Jr. and his wife, Denise; two grandchildren, Kaleb J. French and Blake C. Spinney, all of Corinth; two daughters, Angela Przywara and Brigitte Draeger and their children, Shirley Przywara, Jessica Probt, Daniel Kroenert and Marc Draeger, all of Germany; his ex-wife, Karen French Lambert of Corinth; three sisters, Loretta Eastman and her husband, Cecil, of Belfast, Shirley Harris and her husband, George, of Howland and Margrett Shadie of Florida; a brother, Lionel French of Florida; his former-in-laws, Adelaide and Wallace Blowers of LaGrange. He was predeceased by brother-in-law, Mike Shadie. A special thanks to his good friend, Bob Perkins, of LaGrange and all his other pals. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Thompson Funeral Home, 17 Hudson Road, Corinth. Spring burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, LaGrange.

JOSEPH C. HUNT
MILO - Joseph C. Hunt, 93, husband of Edna Y. (Pray) Hunt, died March 11, 2005, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born June 15, 1911, in Woonsocket, R.I., the son of John and Gertrude (Matthews) Hunt. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corp., and had retired from Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. He was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church in Rhode Island, the Roger Williams Lodge No. 32 AF & AM in Greenville, R.I., Scottish Rite, and as a resident of Milo for the past 26 years, had attended the United Baptist Church in Milo and was a member of the Joseph P. Chaisson American Legion Post No. 41. He was predeceased by three sons, Kenneth, Earl, and Richard Hunt; a daughter, Beverly Contildes; and five brothers, Richard, Thomas, John, Robert, and Raymond Hunt. He is survived by a sister, Estelle Hunt of Silver Springs, Md.; a daughter, Patricia Duffy of Spokane, Wash.; a stepson, Thomas Young and his wife, Eva, of Williamsburg; a stepdaughter, Belinda Pike and her husband, Bill, of Johnston, R.I.; six step grandchildren; five great-step grandchildren; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be announced in the spring by the Lary Funeral Home.

NELLIE M. BROWN
MILO - Nellie M. Brown, 98, wife of the late Melburn E. Brown, died March 13, 2005, at a Howland health care facility. She was born Sept. 20, 1906, in Mapleton, the daughter of William and Jennie (Crawford) Bull. She was a member of the United Baptist Church of Milo, and was active with the Ladies Auxiliary and the Golden Rule Sunday School. She is survived by a son, Gerald G. and his wife, Marylee Brown, of Milo; four grandsons, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Adaline Tompkins and Marion Anderson; and three brothers, Chester, George and Don Bull. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to P.A.W.S., P.O. Box 81, Milo, ME 04463.
BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET
Pack 111 held their Blue and Gold banquet on February 28 at the Brownville Elementary School.

Earning Webelos Badges
L to R: Zack Slagle, Kenny Tarnoczy, Mike Moulton, Tommy Flagg, and Chris Criscellius with leader Lynette Howlett.

Earning Bear Badges
Clayton Tarnoczy, Alan Yanbul, Adam Taylor, Jake McSwine, and Connor Webb with leader Marie McSwine.

Earning Wolf Badges
Jacob Barnaby, Phillip Cook, and Donato Cedrone with leader Heather Lewis Surdick.

Earning Tiger Badges
Ben Tarnoczy, Jarod Webb, and Hunter Lewis with Ben’s mom Lynette Howlett and Cub Master Mike Surdick.

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THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE

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 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 twenty-six members and eight guests this ‘almost spring’ morning.

The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt.

Prayer requests were made by Edwin Treworgy as he asked for blessings and requesting comfort and happiness for those who are suffering. He noted that we are blessed to be able to make choices and also noted human frailties and requested strength and wisdom for those in harm’s way.

Inspirational reading by Don Harris today- Another Chance by Stephan Glenn and Jane Nelsen. Jonas Salk, the scientist and the discoverer of the vaccine against polio, understood the concept of being encouraging. He was once asked, “How does this outstanding achievement, which has effectively brought an end to the word polio in our vocabulary, cause you to view your previous 200 failures?” His response (paraphrased) was, “I never had 200 failures in my life. My family did not think in terms of failure. They taught in terms of experiences and what could be learned. I just made my 201st discovery. I couldn’t have made it without learning from the previous 200 experiences.”

President Murrel Harris introduced our guests today, Dillon Conley, Walter Lougee; Doc Sherman from Dover Foxcroft Kiwanis introduced Lt. Gov. Elect, Joe Guyotte, Bonnie Guyotte, Tim Hague, Hoyt Fairbrother and Sugar Bob Moore.

Correspondence: A thank you letter was read from Steve Hamlin, and the Orono/Old Town newsletter was passed for all to read. A letter from SOARS was read. SOARS supports 32 area military personal and are requesting items for donation which help ease and please the life of the military men and women who are away from home and away from our great state of Maine. A list of all requested items will be e-mailed to Kiwanis members. If others are interested in knowing the requested items, please contact a Kiwanian and one can be e-mailed to you, also.

Birthdays and anniversaries this week are Don and Dot Brown-Harris on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Happy Birthday to Susan Almy on March 20th and Rachel Almy on March 21st.

Thirteen happy and sad dollars were donated today. A happy dollar for the fools who were able to get here for the last meeting on a very stormy morning, for the plans underway for the variety show, for the wedding of the Treworgy’s granddaughter, ( with vows actually taken in a snowy setting, albeit beautiful we hear). A happy dollar that Walt, a prospective member, could join us, former students who visited at the school, Marines, Tom and David Moreno, for a successful blood drive at the PVHS, put on by the Key Club. They make us PROUD!! Another happy dollar for the compliments that the American Red Cross gave for such an outstanding Key Club group at PVHS. They worked diligently and were able to assist the RED CROSS in obtaining 41 units of blood. Another happy dollar for such a great crowd at this morning’s meeting and for students from Milo winning first and third in Piscataquis County Spelling Bee. We are proud of them, too.

Trish Hayes gave a report on Key Club activities. She noted that the Key Club made a trip to Manna on Monday night when the students served meals, on Tuesday they had a very successful blood drive. Elections will be held on March 21st. Trish requested Kiwanians to please be in attendance for this event. Regular Key Club meetings at 11:19 am are held in the PVHS library on Thursdays.

Chris Almy reported that there will be an interclub in Greenville on March 22nd, at 6:30 pm.

The Kiwanis Club has sent a check in the amount of $100.00 to Kiwanis International Foundation Club.

Val reported that the Chili-Chowder Cook-Off looks quite promising with at least fifteen tasty entries noted. Come and support a worthy cause.

Kathy Witham spoke about the upcoming Variety Show on May 6, 7th. There will be a medley of Broadway tunes for all to enjoy. Rehearsals are at 6 on Tuesday and Thursdays. A Kiwanis Committee for advertising including poster, ads, letters, and the like are needed ASAP.

Ethelyn Treworgy introduced our speaker today, Dawn Russell from the Outing Club. Dawn is now in her 19th year of teaching. 75% of fifth graders transitioning into 6th grade are participating in the Outing Club this year. The Outing Club tries to utilize the resources available in Maine. They have activities once a month and they also do service projects, such as raking leaves and working with the Milo Garden Club at the local Helen Carey school garden.

The Outing Club began with ten children, this year there are 32 children, with thirteen from LAGrange and thirteen from Brownville. Dawn described the overnight outings which are held twice a year with volunteers assisting in the trips. In the past six years it has rained all but one time! Dawn advised that the budget has grown over the years; funds that were previously available from Safe and Drug Free Schools are no longer available. Grants are not always forthcoming; transportation takes up the largest share of the funds. Students pay a fee for the year and scholarships are often offered where necessary. Some funds are given by local charities and Kiwanis has been a big help in past years. Dawn stated that Outing Club is seeking funds again this year from Three Rivers Kiwanis Club. She ended her presentation with a short video that was a delight for all members to see. We thank Dawn for the very informative program this morning.

Our speaker for next week, March 23, is Larry Wade, from Maine Maritime Academy.

March 30 is a Wednesday night meeting at The Restaurant for a Spring Social gathering. Virgil Valente will present a slide show on his last trip to Italy several weeks ago. Please see Nancy Grant for choices on the menu for dinner and for reservations.

Respectfully submitted, Dorothy Brown, secretary
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