Three Rivers News, 2005-10-24
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2005
 VOLUME 4 NUMBER 50
SPONSORED AND PUBLISHED BY THE THREE RIVERS KIWANIS

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CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, November 12
BJHS Alumni Hall Brownville Junction
9am to 1pm Table rentals are $15.00
For rentals call Linda Coburn at 965-8421


Autumn Supper of Yankee Pot Roast
Saturday, October 29, 2005
BJHS Alumni Hall Brownville Jct.
5 to 6:30 PM
$6.00 adults and $2.50 12 and under

YARD SALE!
October 29 at Brownville Elementary
9:00-1:00
Proceeds to benefit the 5th grade trip to Boston

There will be a public Baked Bean & Ham Supper on Saturday, November 5th, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Brownville Junction from 5pm to 6:30pm.

The menu will include baked beans, ham, casseroles, rolls, and cole slaw as well as assorted desserts and coffee/tea/punch. Donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

The supper is being sponsored by the members of St. John's and proceeds will benefit church activities.

There will also be RADA knives on sale and special orders will be taken, if needed.

Dear Crafters and Business Owners;
The Milo Historical Society and Milo Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) are pleased to announce that they will be joining together to present a Holiday Crafts and Business Fair on Sunday, November 27 at the Milo Elementary School Cafeteria (18 Belmont Street). The fair will be open on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 pm. Crafters and businesses may set up the evening before with prior notification or on Sunday starting at 9:00 am.

Participation in the fair is priced at a $10.00 table rental fee, payable the day of the fair. The tables provided measure 6 ft. Unfortunately, there will be no electricity available at the tables. The Milo Historical Society’s Holiday Fair last year was a big success and we have no doubt about repeating the same response this year. We encourage and welcome any crafters of handmade items, small businesses or civic organizations to participate.

To reserve a space or for more information please call:
Victoria Eastman Allen Monroe
5 Keniston Street 23 Park Street
Milo, Maine 04463 Milo, Maine 04463
943-2400 943-2268

FALL FROLIC FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
What’s going on?
GAMES - GLOW IN THE DARK FUN FOOD - Hot dogs, nachos, French fries COSTUME CONTEST - PUMPKIN CONTEST MADE IN MSAD #41 AUCTION
MILO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 6 TO 8 PM

Bring a box of tissues for admission and money for tickets and food. See you there for LOTS of FUN!!

If you or your company or organization would like to donate items, services or gift certificates for the auction; please contact Victoria Eastman at 943-2400, Tami Goodine at 564-2212 or tgoodine@sad41.org or Tracy Morse at 943-7376 or tracy.m@verizon.net.

AT HOME GOURMET MEAL RAFFLE
The Milo PTO is holding a raffle for a home cooked meal for two. Tickets are available at the Milo Elementary School, Maine Savings on Thursday, October 13th, and at the Milo Elementary 4, 5, 6 grade program on Wednesday, October 26 at the Milo Town Hall at 7 pm.

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The winner will be announced during the Fall Frolic auction between 6 and 8 pm on Friday evening, October 28.

Five – Course Gourmet Candlelight Dinner for Two
Prepared and served in your own home; no clean up or mess, just enjoy the evening.
(Good for 1 year from drawing date. No holidays except for Valentine’s Day. Two-week notice required.)
MENU
Cocktail of choice
Duet of coriander, lime shrimp and proscuitto wrapped asparagus.
Maine lobster bisque
Mixed baby greens with walnuts, goat cheese and mandarin oranges all topped with fresh, warm, honey/bacon vinaigrette dressing.
Classic surf and turf of grilled tenderloin of beef and lobster tail beurre blanc accompanied by twice baked potato and fresh vegetable.
Chocolat crème brulee
Served with fresh brewed coffee
The chef will provide an appropriate wine for each course. Lemon sorbet will be served between each course to refresh the palate. Fresh baked bread will also be served.

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!

D.A.R. GRAVE MARKING DEDICATION for BENJAMIN WALTON
Patriot of the American Revolution
The grave marking and dedication of Benjamin Walton was held at the Evergreen Cemetery on Thursday, October 13, 2005.

The activities began at the Milo American Legion Post 41 for a brown bag lunch with DAR members of the Esther Eayres Chapter from Orono, Frances Dighton Wiliams Chapter from Bangor and Kathadin Valley-Lydia Putnam Chapter from Lincoln.

At the Evergreen Cemetery, the ceremony began at 2:00PM. The Maine State Regent of DAR, Donna Hoffman, started with an invocation. The Color Guards from the Joseph Chasson American Legion Post presented the flags. The Color Guards were Sonny Burton, Reggie Earley, Frank Cochran, Terry Knowles, Dick Graves and Commander Randy Kluj. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Cadet Anders Hamlin from the University of Maine Army ROTC.

Dr. Harold Borns, a descendent of Benjamin Walton, gave a brief biography. Benjamin Walton was born January 15, 1760 in Stoddard, NH and died October 1, 1851 in Milo, Maine. His military service was as a Private in the 10th and the 5th Regiments, Continental Line of Massachusetts under Captains Hobbs, Turner and Hobby; Colonels Tupper, Bradford and Putnam.

The unveiling of the marker was by Donna Borns Moore, a member of the Esther Eayres DAR Chapter and descendant of Benjamin Walton.

Jack Eastman, music teacher at the Penquis Valley Schools, played taps.

After the ceremony, refreshments were served at the Milo Historical Society hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Monroe, Allen Monroe and Gwen Bradeen.

D.A.R. would like to thank everyone involved for making the event memorable.

NOTE: The Milo Historical Society has many wonderful books and items for sale about the history of Milo including “The Sign of the

Beaver” by Elizabeth George Speare which is a story based on the adventures of Theophilus Sargent, one of Milo’s first settlers.

Shown are: Cadet Anders Hamlin, University of Maine Army ROTC, Jane Welden, Chapter Regent of Esther Eayres DAR, Dr. Philip Borns and his daughter, Donna Borns Moore, both descends of Benjamin

The picture of the group are of the same people above, the woman on the left of Dr. Borns is Donna Hoffman, Maine State Regent of DAR and the others are members of the Esther Eayres Chapter who sponsored this event.

An Update on Todd
I received this letter from Cheryl Hamlin
Hi Val,
As you probably know, Todd Washburn was in a car /moose accident in January of this year. He was paralyzed from the neck down, has been improving slowly and is now is in Boston at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center for extensive therapy as of Oct

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17. It took a lot of hard work on Michelle's part but he is there and starting his new journey to recovery. My request is would you put a notice in the paper and give his mailing address to the town's people who so generously supported him with a benefit supper and again they might support him with cards and mail of encouragement? I have cleared this with his Mom, Sharon she feels that would be great for him. If this can be done on your part his address is:

Todd Washburn Room 707C
Spaulding Rehabilitation Center
125 Nashua Drive
Boston, Ma 02114

9th Annual Harvest Supper
November 19th, 2005
Turkey with "all" the fixings
plus apple crisp/ice cream
TIME: 5:00-7:00
WHERE: LaGrange/M.C.Cook School
COST: $5.00 Adults
$2.50 children -12
TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE
Benefits Marion C. Cook School PTO
contact: School: 943-2196
Marilyn Lyford: 943-2342

The Milo Garden Club will meet on Nov. 8th, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on Park Street. The program will be Gwen Bradeen showing slides on her August 2005 trip to China.

SNOWE, COLLINS ANNOUNCE $3 MILLION FOR MAINE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Transportation, Treasury and the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development Bill Passes Senate Today
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins today announced that $3 million in funding for essential projects in Maine have been funded in the Transportation, Treasury and the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2006 that passed the Senate today. The bill passed by a vote of 93-1.

“We are thrilled that the very worthy projects funded in this appropriations bill are getting the federal support that they deserve,” said Senators Snowe and Collins in a joint statement. “We are especially pleased that so many essential projects for Maine have been included in this bill.”

The following projects will receive funding:

$350,000 for the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park, Milo. The Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park project will create an approximately 150 acre industrial park. It will be jointly owned by the municipalities of Milo and Brownville, Maine, and funded from a variety of municipal, county, state and federal sources.

$350,000 for the Town of Van Buren Regional Business Park. The Town of Van Buren needs funding to support the development of a regional business/industrial park within the Aroostook County Empowerment Zone that will benefit four local communities: Cyr Plantation, Grand Isle, Hamlin, and Van Buren. Funding would be used to develop the park’s water, sewer, electrical service, and transportation infrastructure.

$350,000 for the Western Maine Community Action Keeping Seniors Home Program. Funding will enable the Keeping Seniors Home initiative to renovate over 200 homes, which enables senior citizens to continue to live in their own homes for many years past the point where they would otherwise be forced by their physical limitations to leave their homes for other alternatives, such as assisted living, congregate housing, or nursing home care.

$325,000 for the City of Brewer Administrative Building Redevelopment. In order to support the Eastern Fine Paper Mill redevelopment project, the City of Brewer is planning to relocate its City Hall to the Eastern Site, thereby providing the City with a solution to its critical space needs. A full redevelopment study has been completed for the project, revealing a $1.1 million price tag to make the 14,000 square foot building viable as a City Hall and to make it meet required codes.

$325,000 for the City of Bangor Waterfront Park on the Penobscot River. The City of Bangor has acquired and assembled for redevelopment and reuse 36 acres of former industrial land along the Penobscot River. In addition to the land earmarked for private development, the City intends to reserve the Penobscot River's edge for a one-mile long, 12 acre public riverfront park for public recreation and open space use.

$300,000 for the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston. The renovation of the Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's in Lewiston, Maine would save the nearly century old beautiful Gothic building, and would create a place where the thousands of French Canadian immigrants that came to the State of Maine generations ago would be remembered and honored.

$300,000 for the Westbrook Housing Authority: Larrabee Village Supportive Services. The Larrabee Village supported living program enables very low income, frail, and elderly people to sustain their choice of living independently with dignity and respect. This is the largest supported living facility in the State, with 150 residents occupying 150 apartments. The occupants' average age is 79.8, and their income ranges from $186 to $1,358 per month.

$300,000 for the University of New England George and Barbara Bush Cultural Center in Biddeford. The University of New England (UNE) is engaged in a $10 million capital campaign to fund construction of and equipment for the George and Barbara Bush Cultural Center on its Biddeford, Maine campus. This new facility will provide increased exposure to arts and culture for both its student community and the citizens of southern Maine.

$200,000 for the Portland Public Library Renovation and Expansion Project. The funding will be used toward the addition of 9,000 square feet of new library space, as well as numerous improvements such as energy efficient systems, enhanced security, expansion of audiovisual services, increased access to technology, and redesigned children's library.

$100,000 for the Technical Exploration Center of Husson College in Bangor. The Technical Exploration Center enables individuals with long-term disabilities to test pieces of assistive technology equipment to determine if the equipment meets their needs prior to purchasing it. The Center is the only assistive technology (“AT”) loan program in the state where individuals can do this.

$100,000 for the Penobscot Marine Museum Maine-Mawooshen: One County, Two Worlds Project in Searsport. Maine-Mawooshen: One Country, Two Worlds is a multi-part, collaborative project involving the Penobscot Marine Museum, a group of other midcoast Maine organizations, the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Nations, and the public schools.
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From Matt in Milo (He’s home to attend his brother Mike’s wedding)
Hey everyone,

I wanted to send you this bit of info in regards to donating money towards buying books for the schools in my area. If you can pass this message to anyone that would be interested, I would greatly appreciate it. And for those of you that have already let me know that you will be donated, thank you so much. Take care and I hope to see as many of you as I can when I'm home on vacation.

Peace and Love,
Matt

DONATE A BOOK TO MALI
Matt Pokrywka is a Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Mali, West Africa. While home on vacation until mid-November, he is trying to raise money to buy as many books as possible for the schools in his region, including French/English dictionaries. If possible, he is also going to try to raise money to build a basketball court in his village, but the cost has not yet been estimated. Any amount (even $1) that you can donate would be greatly appreciated and the donors can be assured that their money will be directly used in helping those that have so little to use in their schools. If you are interested in sending Matt a donation, please email him at mhpokrywka@yahoo.com or send a donation to:

Matt Pokrywka
15 Elm St.
Milo, ME 04463


Greetings everyone,
I found out today that my pirogue project is finally online! By going to the following link you can donate to my project.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass this link on to anyone that you know that would be interesting in donating. Thanks for all of your support!

Peace and love,
Matt

Here is a summary of the project River Transportation
Location: MALI Volunteer Coordinator(s): M. Pokrywka of ME

Funds Needed: $793.00
Original Request: $793.00

Project Number:688-171
Community Contribution: $265.00 (25%)

Community members from Kakoulou and Segancané are faced with difficulty in traversing the river which separates the two communities. The river is frequently used to transport students to attend school, transport goods to different markets, and to access the health center located in Kakoulou. Crossing the river involves the use of wooden boats called pirogues. Due to lack of pirogues, however, community members are forced to wait until someone from the other side of the river crosses with an available pirogue.
In order to solve this problem, representatives from the communities have each decided to purchase one pirogue. Community members will have more reliable access to travel to school and the health center. The pirogues will also be large enough to transport greater quantities of agricultural products and other goods across the river, thus reducing the number of trips that would otherwise have to be taken.

Partnership funds will be used to purchase and transport the wood for constructing the two pirogues, as well as covering construction costs. The communities are providing cash contributions.

Thank you so much for your selflessness and consideration,
Editors Note: Let’s all show Matt how much we appreciate his peaceful efforts and support him by donating to his book drive and his boat drive..

AREA SCHOOL NEWS
Cook School in LaGrange

At our 10/21/05 assembly, Kyle Estes, Rebecca Pierce and Amber Dowd were honored as Terrific Kids. Miss Brown said Kyle works very hard every day. He does an excellent job writing in his Journal and is giving his all in math. Mrs. Carter is very proud of Rebecca's improvement in reading and writing. She has come a long way working with math fractions. Rebecca has a great sense of humor, completes her homework and class work on time. Miss K. selected Amber as Terrific Kid because she has worked very hard in 5th grade. Amber does all her homework and has her planner signed each night. Amber is well behaved and has a great big smile.

Bus Awards: Harli Moors, Shalene Cody, Amber Dowd

We celebrated the birthdays of Shae Grant (7), Codie Donlon (10) and Amber Dowd (11). Caught Being Good Bags were awarded to Rebecca, Sha-Lynn, Dylan, Rachael and Keegan.

Our assembly will begin 5 minutes early on October 28.
Milo Elementary students in grades 4, 5 and 6 will be presenting a patriotic program on Wednesday evening, October 26, 6:30, at the Milo Town Hall. The 6th grade band will be performing at 6:00. There will be a food sale prior to the program to benefit the 5th grade Boston trip. SOAR will also be on hand to collect donations to help support our troops. We hope to see you there!

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Jr. High Railroaders Penquis League Runners-up
Chris Cowing's Jr. High Railroaders brought home the Penquis League Runners-up trophy after losing to Sebasticook in the final game 3-1. Kiel Larson scored the Railroaders only goal on a penalty kick in the 2nd half. Richie Russell did a great job in the cage and our offensive line gave the other teams goalie a real workout by taking shot after shot on goal. They played a great game and actually outplayed their opponent but the score just didn't reflect it. Great game boys.

The Brownville 5th grade is sponsoring a table at the BJHS Alumni Craft Fair on November 12. The group is raising money for their trip to Boston in May. If you would like to contribute a craft of some kind you please contact the school.

Any items would be greatly appreciated.

The Brownville PTO held its annual book fair at the school last week. Profits are used for the many things it does all year. Here, Taylor Lovejoy displays some of the books and novelties that were on sale.

Funny Jack-o-lantern faces lined the walkway to Brownville Elementary School on Thursday night as parents, students and staff celebrated fall with a lively Open House. A book fair was held, refreshments were served and parents filled the halls and classrooms finding out how everyday life at Brownville Elementary goes.

Shopping at the book fair were Dillon Watters and his Mom Mary, and Taylor and Micki Lovejoy whose Mom Teresa and Grandmother Brenda Roberts

successfully run the P.T.O. Some enterprising Fifth Grade girls decided they would have a food sale, the proceeds of which will be sent to Hurricane Relief Funds. Congratulations
to all of the staff, parents, and big hearted children who have made Brownville Elementary School the wonderful place it is.

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Brownville Elementary School has once again been the recipient of the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program $500 grant awarded through Robinson Fuel Mart in Brownville. Shown accepting the grant from site manager Debbie Hayes is Shirley Wright, Principal of the Brownville Elementary School. Last year all the students, grades K-6 at Brownville Elementary School, were able to attend the Bangor Symphony's Annual Children's Concert at the Maine Center for the Arts in Orono because the funding had been made available through this grant. The Brownville School appreciates the wonderful contribution of the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the cooperation of A.E. Robinson Oil Co., and Debbie Hayes of the local Fuel Mart.

Brownville Elementary School held their Terrific Kid Assembly at the school on Thursday morning with many parents, grandparents and friends in attendance. Honored on October 20th and sitting in the school pumpkin patch were Mindy Corson, fifth grade; Anthony Murano, sixth grade; Michael Vachon, third grade; Leah Word, Fourth Grade; Michaela Hartsgrove, Second Grade, Dillon Watters, First Grade; and Jericho Prado, Kindergarten. Todd Lyford was the Kiwanian Friend and Chief Lyford also gave a brief overview
of next week's Red Ribbon Week that will be sponsored by the Brownville P.T.O.

Shawna Herbert presented bus Awards, Birthday Certificates were presented by Mrs. Wright, Principal and there were many Caught Being Good grab bags awarded. The Sixth Grade Band gave a rousing rendition of Brownville's School Song. It's always fun to attend the Brownville Elementary School's Terrific Kid Assembly. They have so many wonderful children to celebrate.

Penquis Valley Student Council members presenting Dan Warren of the Pinetree Chapter of the American Red Cross with a check in the amount of $1400 for Hurricane Relief.

Our student council, along with student councils across the nation, have joined forces in a fundraising effort to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Presenting a check in the amount of $1400 to Dan Warren of the Red Cross are Treasurer Kylie Palmer and President Matt Ludden along with members of the Penquis Valley Student Council.

FALL FROLIC OCTOBER 28, 2005
Mark your calendars for fun and games on Friday, October 28 from 6-8 pm. Milo Elementary PTO is sponsoring a family fall frolic with games, pumpkin and costume contests, food, and a Made by friends of MSAD #41 auction. All this for only a box of tissues! This admission ‘fee’ has been so successful in the past; providing tissues for all grades throughout the entire school year.

Games offered this year include tip-a-troll, pumpkin hat drop, pick-a-ducky, basketball tosses for teens and younger, face painting, and the very popular glow room. Carved and painted pumpkins by kindergarten to sixth grade students will be judged for prizes and everyone who enters will receive a game ticket.

And, don’t forget to wear your costumes for a kindergarten through sixth grade costume contest. Categories in both include most original, scariest, and funniest.

Auction items have been arriving daily and include two season pass basketball tickets for Penquis Patriots games. Enjoy a slice of pie and coffee or other good food while bidding on a silver tea set, theater tickets, pumpkins, arts and crafts made by surrounding area residents, baked goods, Christmas decorations, and much much more!
So plan for fun at the Fall Frolic on October 28 from 6-8 pm at the Milo Elementary School. Don’t forget your box of tissues for admission.

Any proceeds from this evening benefit the students of Milo Elementary School.

For additional information please call the school at 943-2122. The raffle tickets for the Gourmet Meal for two, prepared and served in your home, are also available by calling the school. The winner will be announced at the auction.

RED FRIDAYS
Contributed by SSgt Donald Martin Jr.
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority".

We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record-breaking numbers.

We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops.

Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.
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The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers.

Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.

WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED-WEAR RED- GOD BLESS AMERICA!

MORE WAYS TO SHOW SUPPORT
SOAR is kicking off its second annual 'Make a Soldiers Christmas' campaign. We are collecting signed Christmas cards as well as care package items to send to our troops overseas. We have boxes set up at area businesses in Milo to collect donations. This year we are also doing a 'Support a Soldier' campaign. For a $5.00 donation you can support a soldiers care package. The money collected will be used to help offset the cost of shipping. We would like to remind you that all off our soldiers are local men and women who will be away from their loved ones and community this holiday season.

Your support of our Christmas campaigns are greatly appreciated not just by SOAR but also by the men and women who will be receiving care packages this year! If you have a loved one serving in the armed forces and would like to make sure they are on our soldier list please feel free to contact Michelle Lemik at 943-2375. Also SOAR will be holding a special meeting on November 1st to discuss mailing and distribution of care package items. If you would like to attend the meeting please feel free to join us at the American Legion hall in Milo at 6:30.

Veterans---Be sure to sign up for the Veterans’ Appreciation Dinnerto be held at the Milo Town Hall Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 11.

Any veteran, service person, or family member is invited to the turkey dinner. There will be entertainment and a wonderful time, so call 943-7326 to save your spot!!

Mayo Regional Hospital’s Counseling Program and the Piscataquis Public Health Council partnered to assess alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Piscataquis Youth-Goal to decrease Alcohol and Tobacco Use by Youth.

Adult “Role Modeling” noted important to healthy youth development in Piscataquis County.
Dover-Foxcroft-Mayo Regional Hospital’s Counseling Program and the Piscataquis Public Health Council (PPHC), our region’s Healthy Maine Partnership has teamed up to look at alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in Piscataquis County youth.

Funding for this assessment was made possible through Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse (OSA). The assessment process looked at Maine Youth Drug and Alcohol Use Survey (MYDAUS) data, community interviews with schools, parks and recreation, and law enforcement, and community focus groups were conducted that included youth, parents, grandparents, and professional.

According to the MYDAUS County Reports on 30-day use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and binge drinking ninth grade appears to be the year of increased use and experimentation. In looking at which substance (tobacco or alcohol) appears to be more of a problem at an earlier age in Piscataquis County, the data indicates that cigarettes are
the bigger problem because more youth are using earlier; however, alcohol poses the most immediate and catastrophic level of risk.

Based on the OSA Indicator Data, Piscataquis County has a higher than state average of youth alcohol related arrests. The data also showed that Drug Law violations are below state average for youth, but significantly higher for adults.

Risk factors that were identified for Piscataquis County include ease of access to drugs, community norms tolerant of use, economic and social deprivation, family history of substance abuse, parental attitudes accepting of drug use, and early initiation to alcohol or drug use.

Based on the community interviews with schools, parks and recreation, and law enforcement professionals, 7 out of 9 indicated that underage drinking is a serious problem in Piscataquis County; and 8 out of 9 indicated that youth tobacco use is a serious problem.

All schools take these issues seriously and all have clear policies to deal with these issues, according to area superintendents. School policies commonly utilize consequences, education and parental involvement with each incident. Police are usually involved at the discretion of the administrator-depending on the circumstances. Schools recognize that their influence has limitations because they can only impact this issue while youth are on school grounds or involved in school activities. Most use/abuse takes place off school grounds and not on school time. Parks and recreation interviews indicated that use/abuse in parks is almost non-existent in our County. Most use by youth takes place in private homes or deep in rural areas. As a result, it is important that the issue is viewed as a broader community and family issue, with very real law enforcement consequences.

Law enforcement policies are generally consistent across the county. Parents are always informed and citations are issued for alcohol and tobacco use by minors. However, buyers of alcohol are the most difficult to target and appear to be plentiful. Enforcement resources are readily accessible. Parents can contribute to underage drinking by indifference or actual support of behaviors, according to the study results. At the same time, parents are often one of the most powerful determinants of effective interventions.

The focus groups participated in very open and candid discussions around the issues of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Fro these discussions the Piscataquis Public Health Council and Mayo Regional Hospital’s counseling Program obtained the following information.

Youth obtain alcohol and tobacco products from friends and relatives, at parties, and taken from parents without parental consent.
Settings in which youth are most commonly found to be drinking alcohol or using tobacco products is at friend’s homes, in vehicles, and in their own homes.
When asked is underage drinking a serious problem in your community, several observations were made including “use by youth appears to be high” and “youth using is not considered a big deal by itself-but drinking and driving is the thing to be concerned about”. Some participants considered “any use by youth as a significant problem”.
When asked what do you think causes underage drinking, participants noted “peer pressure and easy availability”, “Lack of things to do-boredom”, “culture of acceptance of kids using, by both youth and adults”, “few strong DO NOT DRINK messages for many kids”, “Economy and poverty of many people in the area”, and “many people willing to buy for youth-motivated by various reasons.”
When asked what messages are youth getting from the community about drinking, the major themes that emerged were “drinking and driving is not acceptable”, “its acceptable to use because use is so common among peers and adults”, and “Excessive use is not a big deal because many adults do it.”
When asked what are the barriers to solving the problem of alcohol use by youth; participants suggested that “use is part of the local culture, both for youth and adults,” “Parents and other significant adults are not providing expectations, examples, and consequences for youth using.”
When asked for suggestions for preventing alcohol and tobacco use by youth, the groups concluded that “confronting kid’s use behavior,”
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“creating stronger consequences for people who provide alcohol to youth”, “Stricter enforcement”, “Consistent community messages about not using”, “relating smoking and alcohol use to individual health and happiness”, “showing consequences of smoking and alcohol use, make it personal”, “Teaching kids to be reflective and analytical of personal behavior”, “Teaching your kids and grandkids”, and “Talking about it.”

Youth show an increase in use around ages 13-14 and from ages 13-18, there is a steady increase in use rates. Risk factors that Mayo Regional Hospital’s Counseling Program and the Piscataquis Public Health Council will be looking to address are strategies that change community norms and reduce drug and alcohol accessibility to youth.
The Piscataquis Public Health Council is one of 31 local Healthy Maine Partnerships, working on tobacco prevention and control, physical activity and nutrition using tobacco settlement funds provided through the Fund for a Healthy Maine.

If you would like more information about how you can get involved in addressing tobacco and alcohol use by youth in your community, please contact either Renee Tash, Mayo Regional Hospital’s Counseling Program at rtash@mayohospital.com, 564-4276 or Robin Mayo, Community Partnership Director, Piscataquis Public Health Council at rmayo@mayohospital.com, 564-4344.

GRAMMIE McCLEARY’S WEATHER FOR OCTOBER 1968
24-Sunny-42° at 6 am.
25-Rain-54° at 6 pm.
26-Fair am sunny & windy
27-Cloudy am sunny & windy pm.
28-Light showers.
29-Cloudy am mostly cloudy pm.
30-Sunny & windy am cloudy pm.

Milo Free Public Library News - October 24
By Judith Macdougall
If you’ve been downtown these last few days, you’ll probably have noticed how decorated the library is for Halloween. The shrubbery was decorated with the help of the Kiwanis Kids and many, many stuffed (newspaper) bags picturing ghosts and pumpkins. The Kiwanis Kids Korner met on Wednesday, October 19 for their first fall meeting. Twenty-eight children were present with four adults, Val, her daughter, Katie, Don Harris and Dottie Brown. There were also seven Key Club members who walked them down from the elementary school and participated in working with the Kids as they stuffed their spooky decorations. The seven Key Club young people were Nicole Carey, Josh Clement, Haley Flanders, Katie Patten, Ashley Stanhope, Kristin Robinson and Cheryl Roesing. The teenagers are such a big help with this group as the children get so excited when school is out, and they are on their way to another activity with friends. The Key Club members kept them in line literally. Grapes, cereal bars and juice pouches were the healthy snacks for this group. Val, keeping to the Halloween theme read the story- A Ghost Named Fred by Nathaniel Benchley. The Kids then worked hard on their Halloween creations and had a great time hanging their colorful decorations on the library shrubbery for all passersby to enjoy. The orange and white bags are surprisingly decorative and with the big Halloween pumpkin on our front steps, a generous gift from Lin and Nancy Cotter Pickle, the library is all dressed up for an exciting Halloween holiday.

The following column did not get into last week’s issue from some computer glitch or human error so I am including it this week.

Milo Free Public Library News Oct. 17
By Judith Macdougall
Wednesday was a busy day in the library. For Pam and myself the day’s work began at 9:00a.m. when one group of Debbie Knapp’s Little People Preschool arrived for library orientation and the fun of having stories read to them. There were 13 children in this group accompanied by 11 adults-both mothers and fathers. The children took some time to get acquainted with the library. They were told that any of the children’s books could be borrowed and learned how to take books out. They were instructed that “borrowing” means that although books are free, they must be kept in good condition and returned to the library on time so other library patrons can use them. After the short orientation the children all sat on the red library rug in front of the easy chair and heard a Mr. Wiggles’ story on book care, a Halloween pumpkin story and A Snowy Day (the latter in preparation for what is around the corner a long time after Halloween, we hope). The second group came into the library a few minutes after the first group had left. They kept coming and coming. Pam counted 26 children and 17 adults. The adults were again both mothers and fathers. The large numbers of adults and both mothers and fathers is a big change from several years earlier when just a few mothers or grandmothers would show up. With this second group we again had orientation and stories with the addition of an action song by Melissa Hill, a mother. Melissa noticed the children getting restless and led them in a song for a few minutes “to get the sillies out”. The librarian then read another book The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash-a silly book if there ever was one!

Later in the day we received three more new backordered books by popular authors. Our most recent titles now are PREDATOR by Patricia Cornwell, THE AMBLER WARNING by Robert Ludlum, and AT FIRST SIGHT (a sequel to True Believer) by Nicholas Sparks . These books are all ready to circulate and are on the recent fiction shelves. We also received as a gift BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: In search of a better world. This hardcover book was sent to us as a gift from the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and the John Templeton Foundation. This book is a magnificent gift with interesting text and many fine color illustrations.

We have been given a display of domestic abuse materials by Womancare, a community- based organization working to end domestic violence. There are several books in the display which will be put into circulation in the library collection in mid November. There are brochures, bookmarks and other materials plus purple ribbons to wear to show one’s support for domestic abuse victims. If you know of a friend who could use any of this material, please come in to pick up brochures and other information for her.

Valerie Robertson was in Wednesday evening to inform us that she plans to start the Kiwanis Kids Korner on Wednesday October 19. By the time you read this, your child should have brought home a paper with this information. Val plans exciting ideas for this fall’s Korner.

On Monday October 24th Melissa Hill will conduct her Preschool Story Hour at the library from 3:30-4:30p.m. The theme for this month is a Teddy Bear Picnic. Be sure to bring your Teddy Bear. There will be stories, crafts and songs. A delightful time for everyone. Caregivers are expected to stay. Little ones will have a wonderful time making new friends and learning new things. The Preschool Story Hour is held on the
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4th Monday of the month. Remember the date- Monday, October 24. We hope to see you and your little one here at that time.

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

Informational forum on the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Medicare "D")
Eastern Agency on Aging and Penquis Regional TRIAD are sponsoring a public informational forum on the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Medicare "D") on Wednesday, November 2, at 1:00P.M. at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA, 48 Park St., Dover-Foxcroft. Come and find out what your options are under this new plan and find out how you can get free, confidential help in determining which plans best suit your needs. Don't get pressured by salesmen or rooked by scammers - come learn about the program and your rights! Call Paul matulis at TRIAD, 564-7116 for more information.

Traditions of a Milo-ite
by Kathryn Witham

What a rainy existence we've all experienced lately. Last weekend was yet another trip fraught with worries about the weather. It poured while we were in New Hampshire. We were able to leave at noontime on Friday...meeting our Millinocket cousins in Bangor and leaving from there. This time we rented a big Dodge Caravan...beautiful silver with loads of space and lots of bells and whistles.

This was to be the weekend of eating. We didn't even get 100 feet from the car rental place before we were in The Olive Garden having a delicious lunch. Might as well start the weekend right off with a good hearty meal, right? Our hostess was at home in New Hampshire begrudging every minute that we might be stopped somewhere else along the way. Once she knew we were on the road, she was counting the minutes until our arrival. No dragging our feet or stopping to shop somewhere for us...just get there as quickly as we could.

Usually we aren't able to leave quite so early on our trips to New Hampshire, but this trip was different because of the school break, so we actually arrived before it was pitch dark. But, raining it was....and hard. While we

were experiencing at least a day or two of sunshine in Maine last week....they were not experiencing it in New Hampshire. There was not even a shred of sunlight. It had been dreary all week, so Joan was anxious for the arrival of our happy faces to brighten at least the end of the week for her.

She had delicious appetizers all set out on her bar in the kitchen and had made a pitcher of sangria that was absolutely wonderful. She served homemade red pepper hummus, shrimp cocktail, and a dip. She'd found some crisp crackers that may have even been bagel crisps, but not like I'd ever seen before. She also had those rigid bread sticks that you use for spreads and dips. If that had been our meal, it would have been enough and wonderful. It wasn't the meal, though. There was way more to come.

Later in the evening we enjoyed sitting at her beautiful harvest table complete with place cards set in little ceramic nuts....oh yes, they were adorable and I went right out Saturday morning and bought some for myself to use on my Thanksgiving table. Joan fixed Chicken Saltimbocca as an entree for dinner. This is a wonderful dish with breaded chicken breasts layered with fresh spinach, prosciutto and provolone. The sauce is made from chicken stock and marsala wine garlic, sage, sliced fresh mushrooms and butter. Absolutely delicious. She served this with an artichoke dish and a delightful salad of spring mix and baby spinach leaves, nuts and dried cranberries, I believe. You can't imagine how we moan and groan our oohs and aahs during one of Joan's meals. Every mouthful is a thrill. I hesitate to say that she is the most clever cook in our family because we all are pretty good cooks, but Joan definitely has introduced us to some adventures-in-eating that we might not have taken on our own.

Dessert was as unbelievably delicious as the main course. Oprah had featured on her show a woman who had won the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 2004 for her Oat and Honey Granola Pie. For her recipe the woman had won a million dollars! HELLO!!! Joan decided to call it Million Dollar Pie and she served it with ice cream. Joan even has a little silver insulated container that you put in your freezer to prepare for serving. You can slip a little quart of Ben and Jerry's or other premium ice cream right into it and serve with a little silver ice cream serving spoon....this woman's got everything at hand to make her dinner parties shine. I've already made the pie here at home this week.

Breakfast Saturday morning was Joan's delicious Blueberry Gingerbread and fresh fruit. Coffee is always good at the Soulards as Ray has his beans mailed to him from the Carrabasset Coffee Company. He grinds each pot fresh...one right after another. I buy my coffee already ground...on sale. Not what you'd call a coffee connoisseur, I do know that coffee made from freshly ground beans is better pot for pot than the canned stuff most of us buy.

We girls, umbrellas in hand, left for our shopping trip while the fellows, hammers in hand, tackled a building project in the basement. This was where the Withams shined. Carroll was a big help in the 2X4 and nail department. It's always good to have a niche where you can be helpful. Building is my husband's niche. I got a little Christmas shopping done...as much as I could comfortably afford to do...and got some ideas for future buying. It's always handy to be able to poke around and get ideas and come back to the item when you can afford to buy it. If it was meant to be...it will still be available. This is my
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husband's philosophy of shopping and sometimes it infuriates me, but it does cut down alot on impulse buying.

We girls ate lunch Saturday at another franchise restaurant....Olive Garden Friday and on Saturday we went to Smokey Bones. My head being a turnip...I can't remember what I had....but I'm sure it was good. If it hadn't been, I think I would have remembered it. Saturday evening we dragged out what was left of the appetizers and sangria and Joan made the most elegant fish dish that I have ever had. I have given you haddock recipes before and someday when I write my cookbook I'm going to do an entire chapter on haddock (my apologies to my sister-in-law who lives in Utah and can't get decent haddock out there. Close your eyes, Margaret, and don't read this because it will make you feel bad). Lay your piece of haddock in a greased baking dish and spread it liberally with Ken's Country French dressing. Sprinkle it with shredded cheddar cheese and bake it for 15 minutes in a 375 to 400 degree oven. Remove it from the oven and sprinkle it with French's Onion Rings and put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Do not overcook this haddock. If your piece is quite thick you can cook it 20 to 25 minutes before putting on the onion rings...but be careful not to overcook. So simple....and so absolutely, unbelievably delicious.

Sunday morning was my turn to shine. I always take something for one of our breakfasts. I gave Joan a choice this trip of Stuffed French Toast or Eggs Benedict. She chose the Eggs Benedict and they were very good. It's challenging getting everything done on time with that recipe...but other than a couple of eggs that were more hard cooked and less runny, things turned out well. The best part of our time in New Hampshire is the absolute merriment with which we approach our weekends. We always plan on having a great time and we are never disappointed. We shop, we eat well, we sleep well, and best of all we start planning our next trip on the way home.

Chicken Saltimbocca (pronounced Salt-tim-boo-ka)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 eggs, beaten
flour
seasoned bread crumbs
fresh baby spinach
4 slices prosciutto
provolone cheese slices
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup marsala wine
1 Tbs. chopped garlic
fresh or dried sage
1/2 to 1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 ounces of butter
salt and pepper.

Bread chicken by dipping each piece into egg, then flour the the breadcrumbs. Sauté in oil until browned in a skillet that can also go into the oven. Remove from heat and top each breast with spinach, a slice of prosciutto and a slice of cheese. Place the skillet in the oven and bake at 350 degrees until chicken is fully cooked. (You could transfer the chicken into an oven proof baking dish if you didn't have a skillet that you trusted in the oven).

For the sauce combine stock, wine, garlic and sage in a pan. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium and simmer until mixture is reduced by half. Add the mushrooms and butter and season to taste with salt and
pepper. Joan said that she didn't have any sage so used marjoram instead, and also sautéed her mushrooms in the butter and added a Tbs. or so of flour to thicken the mixture a little.

IN MEMORIAM
ELZIRE MAE (GOULD) LAFORREST
MEDWAY - Elzire Mae (Gould) LaForrest, passed away unexpectedly, Oct. 14, 2005, at her home in Medway. Elzire was born July 31, 1947, in Milo, the daughter of Vera (Yates) Gould and Wallace Gould. She was a graduate of Stearns High School, Class of 1965. Elzire is survived by her father and stepmom, Wallace and Donna Gould of Millinocket; two sons, Richard and his wife, Diane, of Pinellas Park, Fla. and Dale LaForrest of Springfield, Mo.; and by a brother, Alton Gould of Naples. She was predeceased by her mother, Vera Gould; and by her sister Katie Gould.. For an online register book, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com

VIVIAN E. GAPPA
MILO - Vivian E. Gappa, 83, wife of the late Harry Gappa, died Oct. 16, 2005, at her home. She was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Berlin, N.H., the daughter of Wright and Emma (Page) Fancy. Vivian was a spiritualist through and through. For many years she recycled clothes, tools and toys. At one time she ran a food cupboard from her home, where she always had a pot of coffee going for anyone who stopped by, and one never left without a hug. She will be sadly missed by many special friends. Vivian was predeceased by a daughter, Trudy Wedekind; and a grandson, Louis Dorsey. She is survived by two sons, Willard Leeman of Milo and Gary Leeman of Hastings, Fla.; a daughter, Vee Wedekind of Milo; three stepchildren, Butch, Cathy and Sandy; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. At her request, please remember her by making donations to the flood victims, care of Salvation Army, 65 Park St., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.

THREE RIVERS KIWANIS NEWS

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.

OCTOBER 19, 2005 MEETING MINUTES
President Chris Beres greeted nineteen Kiwanis members this morning and many guests from several Kiwanis Interclubs and five Key Club members.

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Eben DeWitt led us in the pledge of allegiance. Paul Grindle led us in prayer asking blessings for all the people who were in attendance for all the good work that they do and also asked for blessings on a good day.

Don Harris read an inspirational message.

Roger Taylor introduced guests from Kiwanis Orono/Old Town interclub, Ed Lord, Claire Wood, and Stan B. Interclub members from Dexter were Don, Fred, Mark and Wayne, and from Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Doc Sherman introduced Past President Brenda Kelley, Hoyt Fairbrother, Sugar Bob Moore, Dick, David Lockwood and John Cushing. President Beres thanked all the visitors for their presence.

Correspondence: Dover-Foxcroft newsletter was passed for all to read. A letter was read from New England Kiwanis advising of leadership training in Nov. at North Conway, N.H.

Anniversary greetings to Chris and Sue Almy on Oct. 21st. No birthdays were noted.

Thirteen happy and sad dollars were donated today for being here, for a beautiful full moon last night, for so many interclubbers in attendance today, for Roger Taylor and his wife celebrating 65th wedding anniversary on 10/12 with a big celebration, for belonging to a Maine Kiwanis where so many of our Kiwanis members in this state do many more service and community projects than other states so, a happy dollar for Ed and Ethelyn Treworgy who gave a wonderful, upbeat lecture at Penquis Cap on volunteerism, including the work done by Kiwanis members in our area, for a parent meeting at Head Start to talk about Kiwanis, a VERY happy dollar from mom, Nancy, whose younger son has been in the Marines for over 14 years and is soon to be stationed in Bangor! Several sad dollars were donated by a sad golfer as the local course closes in two weeks and another sad dollar because someone went pass Jeff’s house and blew the horn to awaken him for this meeting this morning.

Key Club report from Trish Hayes. Key Club meetings are now from 11:20 to 11:50. Kiwanis members are asked to attend some of these Kiwanis Key Club meetings at PVHS. Events are planned to attend Manna and students will be helping at the Library Korner and at the Veteran’s Day Dinner on Nov. 11th.

Veteran’s Day Dinner on Nov.11 at the Milo Town Hall. All Veteran’s and service people are invited. Please call any Kiwanian if you have any questions. Val Robertson will be cooking again this year with help from many volunteers.

Kids Korner: Library reading program will begin today at the Milo Public Library. It will be a fun time with Val reading a book today about Halloween, a healthy snack will be served and then the children will be making Halloween craft items to enjoy. The children will be walking down from the school to the library led by several Kiwanis and Key Club walkers to assist the young ones as they cross the street. Please be on the look out for this little folks and be extra careful as you drive in that area. The Cat-in-the Hat guy will be leading the group.

Our speaker for today is David Lockwood. Dave is a member and longtime secretary of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis. He spoke today of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston. He told of the early beginnings of this Pediatric Trauma Institute, how it was planned and instituted by local folks here in this corner of the county. It was a dream that came to pass as funds were raised to actually get it off the ground. To date over three million dollars has been raised to fund this most necessary project. The Pediatric Trauma Institute is made available for specialized care of an injured
child, even those from the Milo area. Plans are underway to ever improve the care of these children, by using computerized programs such as CAT scans and the like over the internet to assist the doctors as they provide increasingly complex care. Children are getting better faster than ever, going home healthier and more whole. Kiwanis has had a remarkable chance to make things better for the kids and their families.

We thank David Lockwood for his talk today and we are very aware of the many hours that the volunteers such as he provide to actually make this program work.

Our speaker for next week is Dan Dickson from the Probation Dept.

Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Brown, secretary.

This handsome fellow (the one in front), is available for adoption thru PAWS. He is wonderful, calm, smart, and gentle, He is a young, male, neutered hound who is up-to-date on his shots. Call Julie at 943-5083 for more details or to see him.

Richard & Jean Gardiner

Happy “50th”Anniversary
October 29, 1955
Mom & Dad
Wishing you both many more
happy years together.
We love you both.
Daughter Debra & son-in-law Alton

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Nathan's Window
(The following has been copied from the Caring Bridge website. Nathan is the son of Kevin Robertson, twin brother of Kirby. So many folks ask about him since he was diagnosed with cancer in January. The posts are written by Patty, Nathan’s mom, who has shown incredible love and courage through this ordeal.)

Welcome to the site. It has been created to keep people updated about what's happening with Nathan Robertson and his fight against Desmoplastic small round blue cell tumor, a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma. We would like to thank you all for the continuing support we have received during this time. It is warmly appreciated, and it helps. Thank you.

Donations may be sent to:
Friends of Nathan Robertson
c/o First National Bank of Damariscotta
PO 728
Rockland, Maine 04841

Journal - Saturday, October 22, 2005 12:24 AM CDT
We just got back from visiting with Nathan in the Surgical ICU. They had him sitting up in a chair. There are, of course, mega tubes protruding everywhere . . but I must say that this place looked far more like an ICU than the one at Maine Medical Center. Nathan is as comfortable as they can make him. He has his own button to push to control any pain. When we first saw him last night he was quite bloated and puffed up from head to toe from the chemoperfusion. But, today he looked much better . . I'm sure he feels like he's been through the wringer though.

The best news we have gotten has been that he did not need a colostomy, which was something that we were told was a real possibility. I think that was a big relief for him.

So, it is still one day at a time . . and today has been a good day. We seem to have accomplished what we came here to do . . and he's doing well. Let's hope for the good days to continue.

Just a word about all the terrific people we have met here in Pittsburgh. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful . . just wonderful. I'm not sure that I've ever been in a city where the drivers are polite and people speak pleasantly to you on the street. We've also been getting lessons about this age old city from everyone we meet. There is some history here, and perhaps in the coming weeks we will be able to visit some of this area. We will probably have some time to do this once Nathan is well enough to leave the hospital. The plan is that once he is released from the hospital that he stay around a few days to check on his progress with the chemoperfusion. So . . looks like we'll have some time . . when that happens.

It's been raining here for a few days, and I just have to mention a chuckle I got from a friend of mine. She said she was trying to find some profound quote that was deep and meaningful, but was having trouble . . . heh . . so she opened up her book of Positive quotes and let her pencil drop right on: Bad weather always looks worse through a window. She suggested that when I go outside and walk in the rain that I breath deep . . for there is peace in the rain. And, than I remembered . . when my kids were small and it rained I always sang them a song (um . . they were a captive audience) . . and I always twisted the words to have meaning for them:
Listen to the falling rain, listen to it fall. And with every drop of rain I love you more. Let it rain all night long. Let my love for you grow strong. And, in the morning when we're together . . who cares about the weather. Listen to the falling rain . . listen to it fall. Rain by Jose Feliciano

So, let the rain fall here in Pittsburgh. Every drop just means we love you more, Nate! Thank you, Eleanor!! You nailed it.

Business News
If you have news about your business, e-mail Valerie at val04463@verizon.net

Just Teasin”, a full service Hair Salon has opened at 13 Prospect Street in Milo. It is owned and operated by Staci Beaulieu. Her hours are: Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5:00PM and Saturdays from 8:30 AM-1PM. Staci will take appointments for evening hours.
Beginning Sunday, October 30, 2005

Valerie Jean’s American Bistro becomes
Valerie Jean’s Italian Bistro.
Yes, on Sunday evenings from 4-8, you can treat a friend, treat your spouse, or just treat yourself, to exquisite service,
incredible food and a relaxing atmosphere.
Our menu, for Sundays only, will offer a selection of Authentic homemade Italian entree’s complete
with a Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread for only $9.95.
Select from: Spaghetti and Meatballs,
Eggplant Parmesan,
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
or Lasagna
Also available will be our pizza, made on our own fresh dough with your choice of toppings.
Come and see what all the talk is about and
taste some of the best food this side of Rome.
Valerie Jean’s
26 Main Street
Milo
Seating is limited, so call 943-7470 to save a spot.
The menu will change from week to week, so call and see what’s being served.
Want to stay home and watch the games?
Have one of our 16” pizzas delivered to your home. Every Sunday, between 12-8pm, we will offer free delivery with-in a
4-mile radius of Main Street in Milo.
Our 16” cheese pizza is only $9.95 +tax, and you can add your choice of bacon, sausage, ground beef or pepperoni for $1.50 each, or .75 for fresh mushrooms, onions, garlic or green peppers.
Call 943-7470, and let us pay for the gas
while you sit on your …sofa.
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