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Kiwanis News 10-31

October 31, 2001 - MILO


October 31, 2002



Three Rivers Kiwanis meets each Wednesday morning at 6:30 at Angie’s Restaurant. Visitors are always welcome.






THREE RIVERS NEWS will contain news from Milo, Brownville, Brownville Jct., Barnard, Williamsburg, Orneville, and LaGrange. The paper will be upbeat and will show the good things that people, both young and old, are doing in their communities. There will be a weekly calendar of events, church news, school news, social news, club news, Kiwanis news, letters to the editor (upbeat only), pictures, cartoons, and much more. The paper will be produced by unpaid volunteers, will have no ads, and will be supported by donations (each copy will cost 25 cents to publish.) Kiwanis hopes that the paper will be an enjoyable and helpful addition to our area.


by Trish Hayes

The Key Club has had a busy weekend. They volunteered at Milo Elementary School’s Fall Fair on Friday night and spent Saturday morning working at the Milo and Brownville Elementary Schools’ playgrounds and at PVHS for the first Make a Difference Day. We thank the Milo and Brownville PTO’s and the Life Jackets program for their assistance with this project. We couldn’t have done it without you!!! We also thank the Kiwanians who worked cleaning brush at PVHS.

Our next service project will be a joint effort with Kiwanis to honor our veterans with a dinner on November 12. We are looking forward to this opportunity to serve our community by honoring our veterans.

Last week’s evening Key Club meeting was attended by four Kiwanians. The Three Rivers Kiwanis bell wasn’t available for return to the interclub, but will be delivered to the club this week. The speakers for the meeting were Mr. David Walker and Mrs. Amber Gahagan, who spoke about the Communities for Children initiative, with special emphasis on ways Key Club can assist in that program. Opinion surveys will be administered to students in grades 6-12 in November. The surveys will collect information about what is important to the students and what they feel they need to be successful citizens. The Key Clubbers have offered to inform the student body about the importance of the survey and to help to encourage participation. They have also offered to assist special needs students in completing their surveys so that their opinions can also be included.

Three new members joined this past week and helped at both events this weekend. We currently have 30 members who have paid their dues. The dues were mailed to International last week and we are hoping that we will qualify for an Early Bird award.


by Janet Richards, Secretary

Twenty-four members and two guests, Key Club Vice-President Chris Merrit and prospective new member Kathy Witham, attended the meeting.

Correspondence included an invitation to attend a Trauma Day seminar at the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center.

The Town Hall project is progressing, with the new electrical entrance almost complete. Further work is waiting for a meeting of Jeff Richards and Dick DeWitt to finalize the wiring for the lights and sound.

Chris Merrit reported that Mrs. Kerri Alley was voted staff member of the month by the Key Club. The Key Club has plans to volunteer at the Manna Soup Kitchen soon, and to have a Christmas tree lighting at the Farmers’ Union green on November 25th.

Seventeen happy and sad dollars were donated for the administrative account.

The New England District governor will conduct an official visit at the Pilot’s Grill November 9. See Janet Richards or Todd Lyford if you want to attend.

Speaker for the meeting was Sheila Grant, manager of the Conservation District office in Dover-Foxcroft, who spoke about soil conservation. She began with a demonstration using an apple to show how little land is available world-wide for raising crops. She also told us about the land being developed in Williamsburg for educational purposes spoke about the daytime conservation camp run by the Conservation District in the summer, which consists of field trips involving crafts, water biology, forestry, soil use, and visits to farms like the Fallow Deer Farm, Isaac Royal Arabian Horse Farm, Stutzman’s Farm, dairy farms, and livestock farms.

Thanks very much, Sheila, for your informative and interesting talk.


by Bill Sawtell

Born September 29, 1941 in Brownville Junction, Sandra Gray has been a dedicated and conscientious Kiwanian for several years now, a quiet, but effective member who does more than her share.

Her dad, Herbert, was an engineer on the Canadian Pacific; her mother, Alice (McLellan) Bryant, was a homemaker. Sandra graduated from Brownville Jct. High School and studied accounting at Husson College.

She has fond memories of hunting, fishing, and trapping with her father. “We did a lot of things together as a family growing up in a small town, where everyone knew you and looked out for you,” she notes. “The down side of that was that you couldn’t get away with anything, because Mom would know about it before you got home.”

\ Sandra has worked at Hathaway Shirt Factory, in the PCI Mill office, at the Merrill Trust Company, and at Fleet Bank, as well as operating a local gift shop and auto supply store.

She enjoys reading, quilting, playing volleyball, and spending quality time with her four grandchildren.

Sandra’s husband is Leo Gray; their children are Lance, Wade, and Rona.

It was in the spirit of wanting to be a productive part of the community, especially one focused on children, that Sandra joined Kiwanis. She says, “I think we are a well-focused club. We do things for every age group, and we keep expending our programs.. I hope to see the Builder’s Club get off the ground this year.”


With all the bad news in the world nowadays, there is a great need for a sense of perspective that will enable us not only to continue our economic and social lives in a productive and satisfying way, but also to think about our lives positively in the light of the present uncertainty about what will happen next.

We are hardly strangers to uncertainty: deadly diseases, the always-present possibility of an accident, and the changing economic situations of companies that give us employment, all contribute to a feeling that we need to be prepared for almost anything in our lives; but as we enter a new phase of uncertainty, we must keep in mind that we have a life to live purposefully, and we must continually seek that purpose, regardless of the new challenges to our survival.

There is still work to be done to educate children for their role as our replacements. There is still a universe to wonder about and to explore. There are still people in need of our help. There is still a need to convince people that tolerance of others is a virtue. We will never completely conquer the many challenges presented by the uniqueness of our personalities as they come into conflict with the realities of our social and economic lives. Trying to live in peace in small communities and in the great world community will always be a challenge. All of these offer us opportunities to serve.

Let us not shrink back in fear from our great challenges, but rather, let us expand our horizons and find ways to deal with them. Our lives in relation to the world and the immense universe give us far more important things to think about than the terrorists who torment us. A positive, optimistic attitude will give us the advantage in keeping our lives on track and our country safe, free, and “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”


“Some folks see so many thorns,

They scarce can see one rose;

While others count two blossoms

For every thorn that grows.”


NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.