10 years ago — May 12, 2001
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — The City Council will review the proposed $31.4 million school budget, up 7.3 percent from last year.
Combined with a proposed $32.7 million city budget and an increased country tax, the budget was expected to boost the tax rate 4.1 percent or 96 cents per $1,000 of property valuation.
Notable increase in the proposed school budget include a 9 percent, or $126,000 increase, in debt service, which reflects payments on the $4.5 million addition to Bangor High School.
BANGOR — For almost 60 years, Bangor businessman William “Bill” Varney has held the dream that someday he would follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and drive Standardbred racehorses.
As a young man, Varney remembers watching from the Bangor paddock as his grandfather, Leavitt Hatch of Pembroke, drive his “good” horses, Lock Hanover and Billy MacKay, around the historic Bass Park’s half-mile oval. He vowed that someday it would be him out there doing the same thing. Now, almost 60 years later, Varney says he has earned the time to pursue his dream.
25 years ago — May 12, 1986
HOLDEN — Clint Folsom, 4, and his pal Sunshine, a Shetland sheep dog, participated in a special pet show at the Penobscot Veterinary Hospital on the David Road in celebration of National Pet Week. Children brought their pets of any breed or combination to take part in the show sponsored by the Animal Medical Technicians, a national organization. Clint is the son of Melanie and Galen Folsom of Holden.
BANGOR — Jacques Chabot of Bangor was honored as the top ranking student during graduation ceremonies of the New England School of Broadcasting held at the Hilton Inn.
Chabot achieved a grade point average of 89. He has worked part time at radio stations in Ellsworth and Bangor.
Also receiving awards for outstanding achievement were Mark Nickerson of Hampden and Janine Blow of Fairfield in television production, Darin Ingersoll of Millinocket in announcing, Andrew Dickinson of Tamworth, N.H., in broadcast writing, and Stephen Alcorn of Bangor in broadcast sales.
Thirty-five candidates received certificates in broadcasting.
It was announced during the ceremony that beginning in the fall, a new plus-one program with Husson College will enable a student to receive an associate degree in broadcast communications after completion of the one-year program at the New England School of Broadcasting. This would be the only program of its kind in the Northeast, it was announced.
50 years ago — May 12, 1961
WINTERPORT — The retirement housing boom which has been sweeping the country is about to make itself felt in Maine.
Groundwork already is under way on a retirement housing development to be known as Winterland Acres. The developers, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Reese of Orlando, Fla., hope to attract between 900 and 1,000 new families here through promotion in Boston, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Florida. They have a similar development under way at Orlando.
The Winterport development, planned primarily for retirement couples but not to the exclusion of other families, will occupy about 1,000 acres among the rolling hills on the former Ben Cole property, approximately five miles northeast of Winterport Village.
The master plan for Winterland Acres provides the layout for 12 streets and for 900 to 1,000 house lots. Workmen are busy now on the construction of a road to be known as Tennessee Avenue. Florida Avenue is next on the construction schedule.
Most of the avenues will run in an east-west direction, crossing an existing road which runs diagonally across the property from Ellingwood’s Corner to Cole’s Corner. This diagonal artery will be known as Blue and Grey Boulevard.
BANGOR — Mr. and Mrs. Victor Chesnes, 19 Lincoln St., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at their residence. The couple was married on May 8, 1911, in Boston. Mrs. Chesnes is the former Anna Amshey of Haverhill, Mass.
Mr. Chesnes is a retired locksmith and veteran Maine sportsmen’s guide. He began locksmith training in Stamford, Conn., before his move to Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. Chesnes have lived in Maine for nearly half a century and both are widely known in fishing and hunting circles.
Mrs. Chesnes was attired in a dress of gold silk with handmade gold thread inserts at the collar and cuffs, complemented with a corsage of yellow orchids which were flown in from Hawaii for the occasion.
The couple received many gifts, among them a pass to fly via Eastern Airlines for a two-week trip to the Bahamas, from their granddaughter, Lillian Mitzkovitz, a stewardess for Eastern Airlines.
BANGOR — The Bangor Typographical Union pledged the blood donor’s room in the new St. Joseph Hospital at a kickoff committee meeting at the home of Henry P. Welch, 11 Walter St. Mr. Welch, a 60-year member of the union and a charter member, and Henry J. Thibodeau, a 44-year member, both retired from the Bangor Daily News, presented their pledge checks for the project at the meeting. They are the only two retired members of the union.
BREWER — An important step has been taken to increase the reading speed of Brewer High School students.
Like many high schools in the country, Brewer was faced with a reading problem, so the sophomore guidance counselor and sophomore English teachers did something about it.
The program was initiated last spring during Easter vacation with a workshop under the direction of Mrs. Ella P. Shaw and Mrs. Marjorie Jenkins. Pupils who also expressed an interest were invited to attend two hours daily at the school for the week’s vacation in order to receive instruction to improve their reading speed, vocabulary and comprehension.
The SRA Reading Laboratory Kit was used and reading speed was added by the use of a reading accelerator. Motivation in the form of personal records kept students working to capacity.
Each student showed some progress. In more than one case an improvement of more than 50 percent was noted. High percentiles were noted in the area of vocabulary which previously had been disturbingly inadequate.
100 years ago — May 12, 1911
CASTINE — Capt. Hutchinson, who has been in town several days, departed in the steamer Rockland for Bangor, where he will join the schooner Blanch King, which he commands.
The steamer Princess, in command of Capt. Haskell, left this port with the first load of herring caught this season out of Admah Morey’s weir.
EDDINGTON — Mr. and Mrs. William Kenney and Mrs. Frank Kenney passed Sunday in Bangor viewing the fire ruins, and were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Burrill.
Many from this town visited Bangor Sunday for the privilege of seeing the ruins of the fire.
C.E. Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Thoms and Miss Edna Thoms were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ora J. Clapp. They arrived in their new touring car.
Charles Kenney is employed in Bangor by the local coal dealers as engineer.
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