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100th Anniversary Celebration of the Milo Fire Department

July 08, 2006


Banners honoring the Milo Fire Department
The planning committee has been meeting for months. The banners have been up for weeks. It’s time for everyone to save the dates - July 21, 22, and 23 to honor our fire department volunteers - past and present - for their selfless service to the community. Milo is ready to celebrate !!!

The Kick Off event will be on Friday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. A Decorated Doll Carriage/Bicycle/Tricycle Parade will be held at the Maine Savings Federal Credit Union parking lot. This event is being coordinated by Phil Gerow, who brings his years of experience and his fun-loving self, to the children’s parade.

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. the 100th Anniversary Parade will begin at the parking lot of Johndro and Sons, Inc (JSI) on Park Street and end at Penquis Valley Schools parking lot. Parade Chairman, Robert Ellison, has confirmed over fifty units to date and more are expected to be confirmed within the remaining days. A fly-over by a Maine National Guard jet flown by local pilot, Ed Vanedestine, will add to the fun and excitement.

And what’s a parade without horses ? Infinity Farm will be participating in the parade and presenting an Equestrian Quadrille Team demonstration in the yard beside the American Legion Post Home following the parade.

Throughout the day merchants and vendors will display their wares on the sidewalks.

Ben Kittredge is organizing the afternoon tennis tournament at the courts at Harris Field.

The public is invited to an Open House at the Milo Fire Station at 1:00. Birthday cake and coffee will be served and there will be music by the Alumni Band.

An outdoor concert and dance is planned for the Milo Farmers Union parking lot from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. and feature the performances of two Maine bands - Spilled Milk and Rivertown. In their only Maine performance this year Rivertown will come home to perform at the dance. Their set will include their newest, award winning song, “I Could Get Used to This.” For more information visit their website www.rivertownfanclub.com
The first set will be by Spilled Milk, another up and coming band. For more information visit their website www.spilledmilkband.com

The prize will make someone dance when the fifty-fifty raffle winner is drawn tonight !

There is no admittance charge for the concert and dance; however, a bucket will be passed for donations to help defray costs. The Kiwanis lunch wagon will be open for the sale of refreshments. Corporate sponsors of the event include A.E. Robinson Oil Company and McKusick Petroleum with generous support also from the Milo‘s Farmer‘s Union for the space and other items too numerous to mention.

Sunday festivities start at 10:00 a.m. with a Canoe Race on the Sebec River from Sebec Village to Milo sponsored by the Three Rivers Kiwanis. Event coordinator is Joe Zamboni, who has raced the route in the past, and declares it a fitting challenge for paddlers.

A Four Hole Golf Tournament will be held at the Katahdin Country Club today.

At 1:00 Penquis Animal Welfare Sanctuary will sponsor a fundraising barbeque at Veterans Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair, relax, and let Susie and Val cook for you.

The Community Concert Band will play at 7:00 p.m. in the gazebo. This group of dedicated individuals has provided music for many community events in Milo and around the county and it is always a pleasure to welcome them back. During the concert and after the Kiwanis Lunch Wagon will be available for refreshments.

Like a sample of things to come a lighted boat parade on the Sebec River is planned before the final event of the celebration. The lights of the boats reflected in the river will be a sight to see.

Fireworks !!! At 9:00 p.m. Blue Hill Pyrotechnics will again work its magic and light up the sky over the river with a glorious display of fireworks. A fitting 100th anniversary tribute to the men and women who turn out for fire and work every single time when they are needed.

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