Three Rivers News, 2005-09-19
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005
 VOLUME 4 NUMBER 45
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS
& THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

A BIG THANK YOU FROM PAWS:
Thanks to Tim Heath and Brittany Belvin for their adoption and generous donation. We have over 65 animals at the shelter right now, so every adoption and donation is a huge help!!!

WEAR A HAT TO HELP!!

The staff and students at Brownville Elementary will be holding "Hat Day" on Sept. 23 to benefit hurricane survivors. Students will be invited to wear a hat in exchange for a donation to the Red Cross / Help Now fund. Townspeople who might be interested in contributing to the fund may also leave a donation at the school. The staff hopes this event will help the students realize that we all can make a difference.

SOAR, Support Our American Recruits,
will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at 6:30. We will be meeting at the American Legion Post 41 in Milo. We will be discussing our next fundraiser and our Christmas "support a soldier" campaign. Your ideas and support are critical for SOAR's success so please drop in and learn more. Everyone is welcome!
Feel free to contact Michelle Lemik at 943-2375 or Laura Maguire at 943-2142 with any questions. We hope to see you there!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RITA!

If you see a lady in Dover-Foxcroft this week limping along on crutches wearing a cute black 'shoe' and sporting a lime green purse; please wish her a Happy Birthday! (If she appears upset at the mention of another birthday coming closer; buy or promise a Dunkin' Donut's or Irving's French Vanilla coffee!) Rita 'Willinski' Mountain celebrates her special day on Tuesday, the 20th.

BJHS ALUMNI NEWS

Rentals for the BJHS Alumni Hall have changed hands. Linda is no longer the contact person. Please Call Bonnie Butterfield at 965-7631 or 965-7421.

PTO MEETING

The Milo Elementary PTO would like to invited family and friends to the PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be held at school. The upcoming Fall Festival that will be held in October will be discussed. Anyone interested in helping with this event or participating in the PTO is welcome to attend.

If you are unable to make it but have some ideas or suggestions, please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400 or e-mail Tami Goodine at tgoodine@sad41.org or Tracy Morse at tracy.m@verizon.net. Thank you! We hope to see you next Tuesday.

MILO RECREATION FALL PROGRAMS

DRIVER'S ED Bair's Driving School - Must be 15 to take class. Must have 15 students to hold the class, first come first serve.

WOMAN'S VOLLEYBALL Monday, September 19th, 6:00 p.m. Milo Town Hall.

LINE DANCING Tuesdays 5:30, Thursdays 6:30 Milo Town Hall, Instructor, Carrie Ade. Call 943-7326 for information

MORITA'S SCHOOL OF DANCE Wednesday, Milo Town Hall, Pre-School, Age 3 to High School. Sign up - September 21st 4:30 - 5:30, Milo Town Hall First class day October 5th, Milo Town Hall, Tap Jazz, Ballet Hip Hop. Call 848-5083 Morita or 943-7326 Milo Recreation Department for more information.

MARTIAL ARTS Sundays 12:00 p.m. Sensai, David Edgerly at the Milo Town Hall.

TIGER CUBS MARTIAL ARTS Bill and Karen Goodman, 2:30 Sundays, Milo Town Hall.

MARTIAL ARTS Thursdays 4:30, Milo Town Hall, Middle School to adult, Bill and Karen Goodman.

SNACK SHACK at the Elm Street Field will be open for all Penquis High School boys and girls home games.

TROOP 115 BOY SCOUTS which meets at the Derby Community Hall on Wednesday at 6:30, with Glenn Ricker as Scout Master is now accepting applications for new scouts. Call 943-7326 for more information.

CARDIO AND YOGA Wednesday 5:30 Milo Town Hall, Instructor Cindy Herbest, Next class will be September 28th.

Penquis Valley Adult Ed Coop is offering classes

The following classes still have room:
Pottery with Mary Shapleigh (Monday)
Knitting with Sheila Bissell (Tuesday)
Drawing with Suzette East (Tuesday)
Landscape Painting with Suzette East (Thursday).
Creative Writing with Victoria Eastman begins September 27th.

Folks interested in any of these classes may call the M.S.A.D. #41 Superintendent's Office - 943-7317, or Loretta Nuite at the PVAEC Office - 564-6525.

Bike-A-Thon To Be Held

On Sunday, September 25, 2005, The St. Jude Bike A-Thon will be held at Penquis Valley High School in Milo. This Bike-A-Thon will start at 1:00PM and end at 3:00PM. Bike Riders will collect money from sponsors and bring their donations to the ride. All money collected will benefit the St Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats any child suffering from cancer.

Members of the Penquis Valley Colonial Chapter of the National Honor Society will work on this year's Bike-A-Thon. Any rider raising at least $35 will earn a St. Jude T-Shirt. Any rider raising at least $75 will earn a St. Jude sweatshirt and small gym bag.

This Bike-A-Thon is open to any bike riders from 6 to 60 years old! All riders must have bikes in good condition and must wear helmets.

Any questions can directed to Bike-A-Thon coordinator Russell Carey at 943-2473. Rain date will be on Sunday October 2, 2005

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Members of the Penquis Valley Colonial Chapter of the National Honor Society

SUMMER QUILTING
Submitted by Myrna Ricker

The summer quilting program sponsored by the Brownville Rec. Dept. ended with a quilt show at the Brownville Community Church during Brownville Days.

During the summer classes the 5th and 6th grade students learned the parts of the sewing machine, how to thread a machine, 1/4" seams, putting colors together for eye appeal, quick turn a quilt and tacking all pieces together. How thrilling for the teachers to watch each student as they mastered each stage of making a quilt! They even made a pillow case. This is the second year for some students. Thanks to my helpers Toni Mahalik and Debbie Berce

ITS NEVER TOO EARLY TO PLAN YOUR NEW YEAR'S FUN!!!

World-renowned comedian Travis Cowing has confirmed he will perform at the Milo Town Hall at a fundraiser to benefit PAWS!!!

The details will be in future editions of the Three Rivers News, but in the meantime, here is a review copied from the University Of Maine's newspaper, The Maine Campus.

THE RAGING BULL
By Joel Crabtree Published: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Media Credit: Steven Knapp

Cowing milks audience during first taped appearance and proves himself.

Travis "Bull" Cowing has gained a reputation around the University of Maine campus over the years through his stand-up comedy routines. When he recently performed on Friday, Sept. 9, Cowing had to step up to the plate - not only for his Ushuaia audience but also for the filming of his first DVD. He had no trouble dealing with the pressure.

Travis's style of comedy is energetic, but not to the point of absurdity. He takes it to the point where it's not lowbrow humor by any means, but at the same time has some shock value. What helps the shock value is his wide range of topics, consisting of Cowing riffing on anything from outlandish childhood stories to excrement in the fry machine at McDonalds. There is a certain amount of appreciation and respect that a man earns by connecting topics like these. Not only did Cowing connect them, he brought them together in a way that made sense and was funny as well.

Travis Cowing impersonates a girl wearing a guys T-shirt to bed, one of the many topics he poked fun at during his comedy show on Friday at Ushuaia.

Travis had a commanding stage presence, and seemed to have control of his audience at all times. He knew what to say and when to say it; his timing was remarkable.

Travis's life stories were absolutely hilarious, mainly focusing on his obesity as a kid and crazy happenings with his family. There was a lot more honesty in Cowing's jokes than with most comedians. His childhood stories made him more relatable for his audience than average comedians.

He also displayed a unique ability to make pop culture reference subtly. He threw in several references to professional wrestling, which really stuck out for current or former wrestling fans. Cowing's performance was incredibly funny, and the DVD should be one to check out when it is released.

The stand-up performances at Ushuaia on Friday was hilarious. This is a performance well worth checking out when the opportunity arises.

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GRAMMIE'S WEATHER
SEPTEMBER 1991

19-Rain-28 at 6:30 am
20-Cloudy am rain some pm.
21 & 22-Frost sunny windy.
23-Fog cloudy-54 in the pm.
24-Fog.

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AREA SCHOOL NEWS
COOK SCHOOL NEWS

Constitution Day was celebrated at our September 16th assembly. The second and third grade class did a wonderful presentation on the writing of the Constitution. The other students joined in to sing the "Preamble to the Constitution."

Terrific Kids this week were Haley Morel, Ryan Eylar and Hannah Bess. Miss Brown reported that Haley is a great helper. She is working hard in all subject areas and always follows directions. Mrs. Carter stated that Ryan is a serious conscientious student. He is well-mannered and respectful every day. Miss K. said that Hannah worked hard all week. She completed all of her homework and had her planner signed each night. Hannah has been a good friend in the classroom.

Bus students of the week: Ethan Neal, Lydia Farnsworth, Keegan Lowery, Isaiah Bess, Lindsay Turner and Sophiea Farnsworth.

Grade 4 and 5 students received an award from Mrs. Lavigne for returning all of the their library books.

We celebrated the birthday of Keegan Lowery, age 5.

Caught Being Good Bags were given to Lilly, Dylan, Edward, Haley and Rebecca.

The Cook School has raised almost $500 in their "Cook Kids Care" jars that will be donated to the Red Cross. A Red Cross representative is scheduled to be at our assembly on September 23 to receive our donation. Our assembly will begin 5 minutes early.

Congratulations to all of our Terrific and generous Kids.

Grades 2 and 3 teaching us about the Constitution
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The Marion C. Cook School would like to thank Carroll Eastman for the donation of several beautiful handmade quilts that will be given to students who suffer any kind of trauma. Pictured holding one of the quilts is Mrs. Eastman's granddaughter, kindergartener Kortnie Stone

FROM BROWNVILLE ELEMENTARY

With school back in session these 6th graders at Brownville Elementary are busy working in the Connected Math program. Here, Shayne McSwine and Alex Slagle are creating their own Product Games. With partners, the class had to choose a list of factors and then chart all the possible products. Then they designed a game board and rules for their game. The students had to use a variety of strategies to complete the project and did a great job.

Brownville Elementary School held their first Terrific Kid's Assembly in the school gymnasium on Thursday September 8th. Honored were the following students: Wyatt

Keller in Kindergarten, Brian Perkins in First Grade, Lauren Worster in Second Grade, Frank Worster in Third Grade, Wendy Bell in Fourth Grade, Zachary Eells in Fifth Grade and Brittany Lalime in Sixth Grade. Mr. Frank Cochrane was on hand from the Kiwanis to pass out certificates and pencils. The Terrific Kid Assembly was led by Mrs. Shirley Wright, Principal. Congratulations to all of Brownville Elementary School's Terrific Kids.

Brownville Elementary School held their weekly assembly led by Supt. of Schools Mr. David Walker on Thursday morning September 15th. Those receiving Terrific Kids certificates from our Kiwanian Friend Mr. Frank Cochrane were: Reid Worster in Kindergarten, Bailey BakerMarr in First Grade, Emily Gerrish in Second Grade, Harley Gilman in Third Grade, Joyce Stubbs in Fourth Grade, Rachel Worster in Fifth Grade and Ryan Heath in Sixth Grade. Mrs. Ellison was remembered with a birthday

certificate and the entire Fifth Grade was awarded a certificate for having all of their library books returned on time. The Sixth Grade Band played the school song while the whole school sang along. A special musical presentation "An American Soldier" was sung by Miss Jessie Cassell a First Grader at Brownville Elementary School. Many "Caught Being Good" prizes were awarded to various students.

Milo Free Public Library News
By Judith Macdougall

Some weeks there is so much library news that I just run on and on telling all about our projects and events. Next week looks like a busy one with meetings, visits and a list of new books, but that is next week. This week was low on exciting events. However, as many of you know because you were part of it either as a helper or a donator there was a joint Knights of Columbus/Masonic AF&AM #44 Blood Drive last Monday. Things went very well and with the help of many willing volunteers, the organizations were able to help the Red Cross build up their supplies. How does the library fit into this situation? Several of the donators spent their waiting time in the library until their appointment. Things went very well in the early afternoon, but started to slow down a little later. Several volunteers came to the library to borrow books or to buy reading material from our sale books to while away their time of waiting. We were so glad the library could be of service. Perhaps next fall I should make a note to plan to take magazines up to the town hall dining room for the blood drive of the joint organizations. We could easily bring up some news magazines, women's magazines, National Geographic and Smithsonian to leave there early and to pick up when the drive is completed.

Actually, Monday was very busy with many patrons other than blood drive personnel. We had teenagers waiting for the computers and then waiting again once their time was

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concluded. Some teens leave the building to do other things, but many do their homework while they wait for another turn. With reference questions, telephone calls and patrons wanting books too we kept busy.

Wednesday was slower but that gave Pam and me a chance to do library chores that we do not get time to do on busier days. Weeding and pulling catalog cards are constant chores if there are to be spaces for the new books and fresh material we want to keep on hand.

Melissa Hill, our Preschool Story Time director, has made two changes to this year's schedule. She plans to have the Story Time on the last Monday of the month. Looking through the year she has noticed there will be no Monday holidays to disrupt the schedule. She also plans to hold it later in the afternoon in order that it will not interfere with collecting school age children. She is considering 3:30-4:30 p.m. She would not mind at all if younger school children wanted to stay downstairs for the Story Time or perhaps they would prefer to go upstairs to the library proper. Caregivers are expected to stay with their preschoolers. She will start her program on September 26. She will be getting posters out as reminders. If there are any questions, call Melissa Hill at 943-2491 or the library at 943-2612.

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

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathryn Witham

Home.....what do you think of when you hear the word? Do you remember the comforts of your childhood home? Is the house you live in now....as an adult....home? Is home wherever you hang your hat? Is it the community you grew up in, or that you live in now? When you go home do you have to take a trip....or are you already there?

I read Todd Pineau's message to the TRCMaine guest book. My heart ached for him....so far away and under such circumstances. He'd love so much to be home. To Todd it's Brownville Junction where he spent a good part of his childhood. I remember him and his sister, going to school in the old Brownville Village School before heading over to Penquis Valley Middle School. How many more are there out there...longing for home, but unable to come. If they did come home, would they be happy? Would they soon tire of the slow-lane life that the rest of us have chosen?

Home.....where I can get in my car and drive a few feet to the filling station, a few more feet to the grocery store, up to the credit union to the ATM, back to the drug store for a quick errand, a stop at Mike's to take my bottles back, drive the loop a time or two just to see what's going on, and be home all in a half hour. Home....where you can go for a walk at 5:30 a.m. or 4:30 in the afternoon and meet and greet the same people every time. Or you can go for coffee at The Restaurant or at McLaughlin's on Saturday or Sunday morning and depend on a friendly familiar face to be there. Home....where you can tell the time on a still dark morning by the paperboy's footsteps on your back porch.

It's comforting to hear the train whistle or the familiar sounds of cars in the distance, across the river, going up Derby Hill. It's even more comforting to know that if you aren't where you are supposed to be at any given time of the day, someone will probably check up on you. That's what being home is...familiarity and comfort. You know that there are people out there who long to be here....look at how many hits the webcam has gotten! There are people who come home to Milo's Main Street often, perhaps every day. I would if I lived away. I'd get on that website and bawl my eyes out every single day.

When you go away for the day, or for the weekend, or even for an extended vacation....where are you on your trip when you feel like you are home again? For me it varies. If I am approaching Milo from Bangor, I'm home at the chip mill. If I'm approaching Milo from Millinocket (where I go fairly often), believe it or not I'm home when we hit the Prairie. I hadn't thought of it before, but I guess that is a testament to how I feel about my family of friends in the Town of Brownville. If I'm approaching Milo from the Dover Road (which they call the Milo Road...that cracks me up) I'm home the second I cross the town line from Sebec into Milo. I'm always happy to get down over Sargent and Stoddard hills where I can get a full view of town and see that all is well. And when my car turns down Elm Street, I'm always a little sorry that I didn't go up over the hill and up Park Street just to finish seeing that everything is in it's place.

To my children home is either the house or camp....wherever their father and I happen to be. I know that to my husband home is the house. To me, home is Milo. It wouldn't matter where I lived in town, it's the town not the house. They say you can never go home. Who are these "they" people anyway? They don't know didley about half the things that "they" think "they" know. I love to give these "they" people an occupation. If someone asks, who is "they?" I always answer, "truck drivers!" Why not truck drivers? Or you can say, "beauticians!"

In any case, I figured it out tonight and my cousins and I are 5th generation Milo-ites. My daughter and a very few of my cousin's children who actually live in Milo are 6th generation Milo-ites. My grandchildren are 7th generation Milo-ites. I think that is amazing. I'm guessing that it's a statistic that one doesn't run across often. I've traveled all over the country and there still is no place like home. I'm so glad I live here.

Speaking of beauticians....I told mine that I would put this recipe in the paper this week. My good friend Lisa Perkins told me about this bar recipe that her darling dad made for years. She brought the recipe in to work, and I immediately made it and treated all of my coworkers to this taste treat today.

Zucchini Bars (With Cream Cheese Frosting)

In a bowl sift together:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
then blend in:
3/4 cups oats (I used the quick cooking because that's what I happened to have.)
I also wanted you to note that this recipe didn't call for any salt. For those of you who like a little pinch of salt in your baked goods, you might want to add a teaspoon of salt.
Set this aside.
In a large bowl combine and mix well:
1 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups grated zucchini
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and pour into a greased 15X10-1/2" jelly roll pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cool and frost.

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Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 cup soft butter (1 stick)
3 oz. softened cream cheese
2-1/2 cups confectionery sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond flavoring
Beat together butter and cream cheese, sift in the confectionery sugar and stir adding the vanilla a tsp. at a time until you have the consistency that you prefer. Add the almond flavoring and spread on cooled bars.
IN MEMORIAM

WILLARD E. STONE MILO - Willard Edward Stone, 32, beloved husband and father, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, Sept. 14, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 28, 1972, in East Stroudsburg, Pa., the son of Willard and Margaret (Harman) Stone. Will began his education in Pennsylvania, and completed it in Milo and Dover-Foxcroft. He had been attending classes at the University of Maine in Augusta, toward a degree in refrigeration. Will was an avid hunter and gun collector, but most enjoyed time spent with his wife and children. He took great pride in the abilities of his children, and the accomplishments of his wife, who is studying to become a nurse. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer L. (Ellis) Stone; his two cherished daughters, Kaitlyn Allie and Rebecca Rae; and his parents, all of Milo; two brothers, Harvey Fish and his wife, Bethann, of East Norriton, Pa., and Shawn Stone and his wife, Tammy, of Milo; two sisters, Doreen Lewis and her friend, Mac, of Bradley, and Sherry Bucci and her husband, Paul, of Brownville; his aunts and uncles, David R. Harman Jr. and his wife, Agnas, of East Stroudsurg, Pa., Robert Stone Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Sailorsburg, Pa., Diane Van Buskirk and her friend, Rich, of Stroudsburg, Pa., Linda Baird and her husband, Earl, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Gail Casano and her husband, Rich, of Ashley, Pa., and Dale Stone and his wife, Maria, of Roseta, Pa.; several nieces and nephews, Heather, Jennie, TJ, Macy, Megan, Michelle, David, and Shawn Jr.; many cousins, including a special cousin, Joseph Scott and his wife, Jean, of Hallowell. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Margaret and David Harman; and his paternal grandparents, Lettie and Robert Stone Sr. A time of remembrance will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo.

ALLEN LOZIER MILO - Allen Lozier, 78, died unexpectedly Sept. 9, 2005, at Mayo Regional Hospital. He was born March 31, 1927, in Eagle Lake. Allen served in the Navy for four years during World War II. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 36 years as a trainman - engineer and was pensioned in 1984. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. Allen was predeceased by his father, Ludger and mother, Hazel (Laferriere) Lozier of Wallagrass; one sister, Beatrice Michaud of Fort Kent; and one brother, Richard Lozier of St. Petersburg, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris (Gagne) Lozier of Milo; one son, Louis Lozier and his companion, Kathi Holbert, of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Loredona and Maranda; and one grandson, Keefe Lozier, all of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; two sisters, Rella Marin and husband, Leo, of Bristol, Conn.; Aloma Bouthot and husband, Camille, of Fremont, N.C.; two brothers, Vic Lozier and wife, Chris, of Dudley, N.C.; John and his wife, June of Eagle Lake; and also many beloved nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Paul Church, Milo. Burial to follow at Pine Tree Cemetery, Brownville Junction. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Alzheimer's Maine Disease Association, Inc., 163 Lancaster St., Suite 160 B, Portland, ME 04101.

JOSEPH 'FRANK' JORDAN GLENBURN - Funeral services for Joseph "Frank" Jordan will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Messiah Baptist Church, 985 Union St., Bangor, with the Rev. Herman C. Frankland, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, LaGrange, following the service. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.

HOWARD H. JORDAN JR. LAGRANGE - Howard H. Jordan Jr. died Sept. 12, 2005, at Ross Manor, in Bangor, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 10, 1944 in Webster, Mass., the son of Howard and Esther Jordan Sr. He graduated from Webster Academy and Wards School of Business. He served in the Coast Guard, Navy Reserves and Air National Guard. He was an ironworker and later on became a welding instructor at Region 3 in Lincoln. He was a member of the Webster Lodge AF & AM. His love of outdoors brought him to Maine in 1981. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his father, Howard Sr.; his wife of 38 years, Judy; one son, Jeff Jordan and his wife, Brenda, of Canton, Conn.; two grandchildren, Nathan and Caelan; one sister, Marsha Paprowicz of Seattle, Wash.; a niece, Jayne and her husband, Wilkes Harper of Warren; one uncle and many cousins. He was predeceased by his mother. He will be sadly missed by his many friends. At his request, funeral arrangements will be private. Those who wish may make a donation in his memory to Cancer Care of Maine in Bangor. His family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses that have come into our lives during Howard's battle with cancer. We appreciate their devoted support and prayers. Also a special thanks to our friends whose compassion has been a source of comfort and warmth during our difficult time.

JOSEPH F. 'JOE' CUMMINGS JR. SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. - Joseph Francis "Joe" Cummings Jr., 85, died at Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, of complications from pneumonia at Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital. He was the former husband of the late Antoinette F. "Netta" (Ragonese) Cummings of Southborough, who died in 2002. He leaves behind two daughters, Cynthia J. (Cummings) Neprash and her husband, Brian, of Durham, and Martha T. Cummings of Portsmouth, R.I.; two sons, Joseph F. Cummings III and wife, Ann Marie, of Upton, and Anthony M. Cummings of New Orleans, La.; two grandsons, Joseph F. Cummings IV and Paul B. Cummings of Medford; and two sisters, Beatrice (Cummings) McGrath of Ashland and Shirley (Cummings) Kane of Hudson, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Louisa (Cummings) Miller of Groton, and Mary (Cummings) Landsburg of Boston.). Memorial donations in his memory may be made to charity of one's own choice.

JOHN GARDINER DECKER WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mr. John Gardiner Decker, 71, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at Oak Summit Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Milo, to the late Woodrow Wilson Decker and the late Leona McSorley Decker. Mr. Decker graduated from Boston University. His career in textiles spanned many companies, culminating as the president of Pannill Knitting Company in Martinsville, Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dawn Decker Joy. Mr. Decker is survived by one daughter, Kim Decker Hammer and husband, Duane, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one son, Keith Decker and wife, Michelle, of Martinsville, Va.; six grandchildren; and stepmother, Grace Decker, of Milo.

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HOWARD M. KESSELI DOVER-FOXCROFT - Howard M. Kesseli died Sept. 15, 2005, at his Range Road home after a long, courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was born March 30, 1931, in Worcester, Mass., the son of Howard Kesseli and Barbara (Cooke) Kesseli. He was a graduate of Major Beal High School and Boston University. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army before starting his long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Howard was instrumental in starting Mattagamon, a wilderness camp for scouts on the Allagash. From 1972-1989 he was camp director at Camp Roosevelt. After his retirement in 1994, Howard continued to volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and in June of 2000 was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given a volunteer in scouting. For 20 years Howard owned and operated Howard's Marina on Sebec Lake. He was a member of the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department. For 46 years he was an active member of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club. He was club president in 1964, and served as distinguished lieutenant governor of the New England District of Kiwanis in 2001-2002. In 2002, he was awarded Kiwanian of the Year for the New England District. Howard devoted his retirement years to community service. He was chairman of the Homecoming Committee in Dover-Foxcroft since its fruition and helped make this celebration what it is today. He was a member of the American Legion, serving as their finance officer. He was a member of the Grange, attended Heartwise when his health allowed this involvement, and served on two committees in Greenville, Forest Heritage Days and ENRC. Howard had a deep love of nature and got much enjoyment from hunting, fishing, boating and snowmobiling. He traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He is survived by a son, Timothy T. Stevens and his wife, Danielle, of Newfields, N.H. He will be sadly missed by their children, Tyler and Rebecca, who just loved their Grampa. He will be fondly remembered by his longtime, loving friend, Suzanne Stacy, and her family of Dover-Foxcroft. Also surviving is his only brother, Paul C. Kesseli of Shrewsbury, Mass.; two nieces, a nephew and several great-nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his family, many special friends, including James Wentworth of Monson, and the many organizations to which he was devoted. Friends are invited to call 2-3 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, where funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, with the Rev. Ernest Campbell officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Howard M. Kesseli Memorial Fund, care of Piscataquis County Sheriff's Association, 17 Court St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, or to the Howard M. Kesseli Memorial Fund, Katahdin Area Council, BSA, P.O. Box 1869, Bangor, ME 04402.

UP ON THE FARM
By Valerie Robertson

Kathryn's article about home got me to thinking about all the poor folks in the south who have lost their homes and are now living hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles from where they lived 3 weeks ago. Many of them have no way of rebuilding and are making new lives in their new areas. Others are planning on returning and doing what they can to start over. How lucky we are here in Milo! Our biggest concern pertaining to mother Nature is a bunch of snow and the power being out for a few days. We should all reflect on all we have and the fact that what is given to us or what we earn should be appreciated.

I have continued to receive daily updates from the Humane Society and their volunteers are still hard at work rescuing animals stranded by the storm. There is an urgency now, as some of the dogs, cats and other pets have been weeks without food. To date, thousands of pets have been rescued and many reunited with their families. The biggest problem is finding temporary homes for the animals. Thanks to donations,

a few temporary buildings are being erected and the animals are able to be cared for until they are able to go to their family. In a few weeks the animals will be placed for adoption, but of course, the agencies want to make sure the animal is truly an orphan before deeming it adoptable.

In the meantime, Julie and I have our own crisis to deal with. The shelter is overrun with over 65 cats, kittens and dogs. The shelter was set up to house 40, so Julie and I have some of the residents at our homes. I am sickened by the "Free Kittens" and "Free Cats" signs I see around town. It is hard for me to understand how folks can be so ignorant and keep unspayed animals. The program that PETS offers makes the cost of spaying a female cat only $35. Any one who says they can't afford that is just being stupid...how many bags of cat food is that? How anyone in this day and age can just turn a blind eye and brain to the hundreds of unwanted pets and create MORE is something that breaks my heart. I have personally approached people who are giving away kitten upon kitten and begged them to let me take their cat and get it fixed and they have refused. I know their attitude is" She has no right telling me what I can or can't do with my pets", but I can't understand how they can live with themselves knowing they are personally responsible for thousands of kittens. When you consider the kittens these neglectful people give away to others people who are as ignorant as they are, you can imagine the number of litters of kittens being born in just one year. I also cringe at the message they are sending to their kids. Their attitudes are setting this area back 50 years in our efforts to stop animal abuse.

Now on to a completely different subject. The following picture shows our dog Heikki doing what he loves most...eating. And therein lies the problem. I have been treating him for sore legs and what I was using seemed to stop working. I took him to the vets. Dr. Kelley promptly weighed him...Heikki is a Lab-Husky mix and should weigh 85 lbs.: My big fellow weighed in at 122 lbs., and I was holding his head, which must weigh at least 5 lbs. I knew he was a bit "husky", as one person in the waiting room had said "I've never seen a Newfoundland with short hair".

Now, at our house, "Diet" is the worse four-letter

word there is. We all know we should eat less, but face it, eating is fun. My cats are fat, my goats are fat, my coons were fat, and we are fat. But the rest of us don't have a condition that makes dieting a matter of life or death. Heikki needs to lose weight or he would need to be put to sleep. If he stayed at our house, a diet was impossible. I have seen him eat chicken feed, goat feed and even raw broccoli, so our front yard is an "all you can eat buffet" for Heikki. The only thing that would stop him from eating is to get him somewhere with no temptations, so Heikki has gone to a fat-farm. Well, actually he's gone to Katie and Eric's to live. Katie only has dogs and cats to feed, and being the sensible one in the family, she feeds her dogs rations that keep them fit, trim and healthy.

So Friday, I arrived at her house with a 50lb bag of diet dog food, Heikki, and the Doctor's instructions on how to feed him so that he would lose 40 lbs. If all goes well, Heikki can come home in 8 weeks or so. If he loses his 40lbs, perhaps I'll go stay at Katie's and have her do the same for me.

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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.

September 14, 2005 Meeting Minutes

President Murrel Harris greeted 24 members this day. He introduced our guests Lt. Gov. Elect Joe Guyotte, Bonnie Guyotte, President Brenda Kelly, Doc Sherman and Hoyt Fairbrother from the Dover Kiwanis Kiwanis Club. He also introduced our guest speaker today, Emily Gould and Doug Warren, our newest member elect that will be inducted next week. Welcome Doug!

The flag salute was led by Eben DeWitt. Our prayer was led today by Edwin Treworgy, praying for strength to help us fix the problems we that we face. Correspondence: Newsletters from Orono/Old Town and Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis was passed for all to read. A Letter was read from Heartwise. Funds are being raised for the coming Heartwise Walk. Three Rivers Kiwanis members voted to make a donation to this worthy cause of $ 100.00. Twenty happy and sad dollars were donated today for the Yankees standing, Doug being here, the terrific concert on the river last Friday night, successfully giving blood at the blood bank this week, happy to be here, Virgil and Don who bailed out a Kiwanis member this morning, and Howard Kesseli's first grandchild born on Aug. 24. Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, Secretary.


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