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Milo, Brownville go head to head in charity

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 24, June 12, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

MILO Give employees of neighboring towns the chance to match softball skills, and you've got some good town rivalry. But add a local charity into the equation and you've got a good cause that's really worth coming out for.

Students in Penquis Valley High School's Jobs for Maine Grads program hatched the idea for a Milo/Brownville Charity Softball Game with proceeds benefiting a local fire department in memory of Joel Morrill.

"Virgina Morrill is the food service director (at PVHS), and her husband died recently," said JMG teacher, Carl Wilson. "He was a big community service guy... always helping folks left and right (and) giving of himself."

The JMG class, which regularly organizes a variety of community events, wanted to give the last event of the year some deeper meaning.

"The kids were searching for something to make a town versus town softball game mean something rather than just having the towns play each other," said Wilson.

Wilson said he wanted his students to end the year, taking away the satisfaction of having completed a class assignment that meant something to the community.

"Part ofJMG's mission at Penquis is to allow people to think of kids as doing something they can learn from," he said. "So, they leam how to organize themselves, make some rules to make the game fun, and over all, to let people know that there are 45 kids in this school that care - (that) we'll work toward a goal and in doing so we'll do something nice for someone."

So who has the better odds of winning a clash between the neighboring competitors?

"It's not a prediction. It's a sure thing - Milo, of course," joked Milo Town Manager, Jane Jones. Jonesadded that it has been a few years since she played ball, but that Milo was prepared for a clean sweep.

Donations will also be accepted at the June 22 game, scheduled to take place in Milo's Elm Street Field at 1:00 p.m. Admission is set at $1.00.

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