January 8th, 2002 – 20 Years Ago
Three Rivers News | Vol. 1 No. 9

The Three Rivers News premiered online 20 years ago!

BY VALERIE ROBERTSON     Thanks to the efforts of Seth Barden and Tom Witham, the Three Rivers News can now be read worldwide! By going to Milo’s website, WWW.TRCMAINE.ORG, the weekly newspaper can be read from any computer that is hooked to the Internet. And people are reading it!
The Trcmaine website has been up and running for five years. Seth and Tom designed and built the website to enter a contest and won. The site was updated recently by the two men and is a wonderful, informative way for area folks and those from away to keep up on local happenings and events. The site has received e-mails from as far away as Japan! Here is a sampling of the comments received:To: <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 19:19:49

To all the people that put this together (the newspaper), very nice. I will look forward to it each week. I am sure I may be able to help out. Feel free to contact me.
Paul W. Brown, The old Town Crier photographer And from Japan…
Dear Three Rivers News Editors:
I just read your e-mail version of the Three Rivers News’ New Year issue. Congratulations on launching such a needed and well done publication. Life is all about people and serving the area in this way helps family and friends stay connected. I’m posting your site in my “favorites” category and look forward to future issues. My wife had me copy Kathy Witham’s recipe for the Farmer’s Strata, so we could share it with friends here. Thus, your newspaper is being digested in Japan in more than one way.
Congratulations also to the Patriot teams which have enjoyed recent victories. It’s nice to see names of relatives associated with these events.
Again, kudos to the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club for this wonderful news service!
Sincerely yours,
Tom Poole, MHS’64
Ikoma, Japan

Kathy Witham received this response to the paper being online:

What a wonderful website!! I’ve been mesmerized reading all of the news. I can’t get over the size of the newsletter. So wonderfully “small town”. I read every word of every column and loved it (except the part where Stearns got beat). A great undertaking if I ever saw one!! Loved your contribution too. Kudos to Three Rivers Community!!
As one of the editors of the newspaper, I can’t tell you how much these kind words mean to us.. For two months we have been putting our hearts and souls into making the paper as readable, informative and entertaining as possible. I think we are getting there. Thanks to Seth and Tom, the paper is much more available to folks who want to keep in touch with what is going on in our wonderful area. We have big plans for both the paper and the website. The donations we have received are almost covering the cost of printing and when we have extra money, we are going to buy or lease our own printer (we currently use the PVHS copier).
So please keep the comments and donations coming, both will help us publish a better paper.

 • January 7, 2022

MILO – Penquis Valley High School jumped out to an early lead, 9-3 before being up 12-5 after the first quarter and as much as 22-7 in the opening half, on the way to a 52-24 victory over Piscataquis Community High School during a Class C North matchup between the regional rivals on Jan. 6.

The now 3-3 Patriots have won three in a row a third of the way into 2021-22, with the 24 points allowed on Jan. 6 matching the team’s season-best. In the prior game Penquis also yielded just 24 points in a 37-24 victory vs. Searsport District High School during a New Year’s Eve matinee.

PCHS fell to 1-5 with the loss to the Patriots.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
HANDS UP – PCHS senior Alex Lyon is defended by Penquis senior Mikal Sickler during the first quarter of a Jan. 6 game in Milo, with PCHS senior Buddy Hutchins and Penquis junior Nate Lovejoy looking on. The host Patriots won 52-24.

In the opening quarter Penquis junior LJ Shaw picked up seven of his game-high 17 points to help his team build its 12-5 advantage after eight minutes. Shaw connected from beyond the 3-point line and had a layup and two more on an offensive rebound put back. Five more field goals over the rest of play would increase Shaw’s point total from seven to 17.

A 10-3 run in the second quarter put the home team up by 15, 22-7. Three shots from the floor by sophomore Max Wells accounted for six of these 10 Patriot points. Wells finished the night with 14 points.

He and Shaw combined for 31 of Penquis’ 52 points (nearly 60 percent). The Patriot starting five scored 48 of the 52 total points with senior Alvin Robshaw picking up nine, senior Mikal Sickler having six, and junior Nate Lovejoy added a layup for two.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
TWO OF 17 – Junior LJ Shaw of Penquis scored on a layup early in the fourth quarter ahead of PCHS junior Tyrus Cobb during a Jan. 6 game in Milo. Shaw had a contest-best 17 points to help the Patriots win 52-24.

PCHS senior Buddy Hutchins led his team with eight points. Hutchins had two points in each quarter, coming on a trio of shots from the floor and a pair of free throws in quarter No. 2. Senior Trevor Hathorn was next for the Pirates with five points, coming on a second quarter 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots.

The two teams are scheduled to play for a second time at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Guilford.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
FIGHT FOR THE REBOUND – Penquis senior Mikal Sickler snags a missed shot away from the grasp of PCHS junior Tyrus Cobb with Penquis junior LJ Shaw and PCHS sophomore Scott Chadbourne both nearby.


Penquis 52


PCHS 5 8 5 6 – 24

PENQ 12 14 10 16 – 52

PCHS (1-5): Hutchins 8, Hathorn 5, S. Chadbourne 3,

M. Chadbourne 2, Lyon 2, Snowden 2, Tracy 2.

Penquis (3-3): Shaw 17, Wells 14, Robshaw 9, Sickler 6,

Brown 2, Gahagan 2, Lovejoy 2.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
PRESS BREAK – PCHS sophomore Scott Chadbourne heaves the ball over the reach of Penquis sophomore Dylan McKenzie, left, and senior Mikal Sickler to get the ball up the court during the third quarter.