10 years ago — June 2, 2001
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — The joke going around Beth Israel is that Cantor Deborah Marlowe will change her surname to “Rabbi” to match the synagogue’s new spiritual leader’s — they would then be “Cantor Rabbi” and “Rabbi Cantor.”
David Cantor and his family will arrive next month to the only Conservative synagogue in northern Maine where he is the third rabbi to serve the York Street shul in five years. Joseph Schonberger left in August 1997 for a larger congregation in Youngstown, Ohio.
Cantor, 30, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The rabbi’s paternal great-grandfather came to Canada in the early 1900s from Poland. He was a very religious man and brought many Jewish families to Canada.
HAMPDEN — Evan Thomas cranked a solo home run, a two-run double and RBI single to power the No. 11 Hampden Academy Broncos to a 10-5 victory over the No. 14 Medomak Valley Panthers in a Class A baseball prelim.
Aaron Morrell followed up with two doubles, and Kyle Dalton contributed a double and a single.
25 years ago — June 2, 1986
HAMPDEN — McGraw School students got a new playground over the weekend, but the neighbors who banded together to build the complex maze of wooden dragons, spacecraft, a lighthouse and more traditional equipment got something even more valuable, explained Linda Martin, an organizer of the community event.
What the volunteers who put their time and effort into the project got out of it was a camaraderie unlike any other.
Martin is an organizer of the Hampden “Build a Dream” playground, the brainchild of architect Robert Leathers brought to life by the dreams of the town’s children and the labor of volunteers, including parents and some younger members of the community. Martin said that more than 200 volunteers helped piece together the heavy wooden structures that slowly took form as a child’s dream-come-true.
Young volunteers from Penobscot Job Corps helped dig post holes and set the piers on which the playground rests. That, said Martin, was one of the tougher jobs and was done under adverse weather conditions.
BANGOR — Susan Akin was a long way from home when her duties as the 1986 Miss America took her to Finson Road, the home of a new manufactured housing development.
By the time Akin arrived by helicopter from the Old Town airport, and had landed on a hill over-looking the expanse of mobile homes, many onlookers had begun a migration from the construction sites to the landing area.
Akin cut a symbolic ribbon and appeared on stage with city and park officials, including Bangor Mayor Marshall Frankel.
After Akin turns her crown over to a new Miss America, she plans to return to Meridian, Miss., and to the University of Mississippi.
50 years ago — June 2, 1961
BREWER — William Guthrie, 13, of 372 South Main Street, was credited with saving the life of William Harris, 10, of 6 Mill St.
According to Brewer police, young Guthrie was riding his bicycle along Mill Street when he spied young Harris floundering in the waters of Sedgeunkedunk Stream. He pulled young Harris from the water. Young Guthrie is a member of St. Teresa’s Boy Scout Troop 11.
According to police, young Harris fell into the stream from a cement abutment on which he was seated.
OLD TOWN — A tall, red brick building on Brunswick Street, with tarred grounds surrounding it, has captured the interest of Old Town citizens. The building is the city’s junior high school. The problem confronting residents here (as elsewhere) is the lack of school space. This building was built to hold 360 pupils, but Old Town has 485 junior high students.
The question paramount in minds this weekend: “Should we build a new junior high school?” On Monday, voters will be asked to cast ballots in a city referendum that would accept the legislative act authorizing a junior high school district, under which a new $800,000 school would be financed.
100 years ago — June 2, 1911
BANGOR — The marriage of Col. Frederick H. Parkhurst and Miss Dorothy Woodman, both of Bangor, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Charles Woodman, 143 Broadway, was one of the most brilliant of Bangor’s society weddings held here for some time.
The best man was Reid Parkhurst, son of the groom, and the maid of honor, Miss Pauline Sawyer of Bangor.
The bride wore a handsome wedding gown of white satin trimmed with duchess lace and pearls. She carried a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley and wore a pearl necklace, the gift of the best man. Miss Sawyer was attractively gowned in apricot and yellow changeable marquisette over satin of the same shade and color and carried a shower bouquet of Ward roses.
Mrs. Woodman was handsomely gowned in black lace over dark, electric blue satin.
At the conclusion of the reception, Colonel and Mrs. Parkhurst left for a short wedding trip and on their return will reside in West Broadway.
Mrs. Parkhurst is the daughter of Mrs. Edith F. Woodman and had been a leading member of Bangor’s prominent younger social set. Colonel Parkhurst is one of Bangor’s well-known businessmen and served with distinction in the Maine House and Senate.
BANGOR — The schooner M.H. Read arrived in port Wednesday night from Sandy Point. The E.S. Wilson came up on Thursday. The schooner Aetna sailed Thursday for Cape Jellison to load lumber. The barge Enterprise sailed for Philadelphia.
Ten men are employed at the Wilson marine railway in Brewer. The Teluniah has just come off the railway after a thorough caulking. The steamer Anna Belle goes on today for slight repairs. The Annie M. Preble is booked for attention. Mr. Wilson had bought a cargo 300 M of hard pine, due here in July.
BANGOR — The famous old steamer Penobscot, for years the queen of the Bangor-Boston fleet, had been sold by the Eastern S.S. Co. to New York parties and will be used as an excursion boat between the Battery and Shelter Island.
This transfer marks the beginning of the end of the career of the grand old boat upon which thousands of Bangoreans made many passages.
She made her first trip up the Penobscot on Saturday, June 10, 1882. Her arrival was a gala event. No new boat has received such a great ovation.
Many people went down to Bucksport on the Cambridge to come up on the new boat. At Hampden, the Hampden Cornet Band went on board to add to the festive occasion. Whistles blew, bells rang and there was a great time generally.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN