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Visitors to Carmel Auto Rest Park line up for popcorn, sodas and candy, probably in the early 1930s. The town of Carmel will mark its bicentennial with a variety of activities the weekend of June 17-19.


10 years ago — June 9, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BRADFORD — An early morning fire destroyed the Allard’s Country Store. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Within about five minutes after firefighters arrived, the roof to the three-story building collapsed. Firefighters from Hudson and Corinth assisted Bradford firefighters in putting out the fire.

HAMPDEN — It seemed appropriate that the No. 8 Hampden Academy softball team lit sparklers after its second-round Eastern Maine Class A victory over No. 9 Medomak Valley.

There were plenty of sparks, too, during the Broncos’s 3-0 win at the Weatherbee School. Jamie Wells pitched a perfect game into the seventh inning and Wendy Butler hit a two-run single in the first inning to power Hampden to the quarterfinals where the No. 8 Broncos (11-6) will face No. 1 Bangor.

Hampden scored three runs on three Medomak errors and Butler’s hit, and that was all the Broncos would need with Wells in the circle.

25 years ago — June 9, 1986

The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” rang out over auditoriums at Brewer High School and John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor, as the classes of 1986 took their final march. Two hundred twelve of the 214 graduating seniors at Brewer took part in the graduation, while 83 seniors received diplomas at John Bapst.

Meanwhile, about half the 311-member graduating class at Bangor High School attended baccalaureate services at Peakes Auditorium where author and educator Doris Twitchell Allen spoke about the need to promote peace.

ORRINGTON — Tanya Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Murphy Jr. of Orrington, is a contestant in the Miss Maine National Teenager Pageant which will be held at the Augusta Civic Center. Her interests include cheering, swimming and horseback riding.

BANGOR — Linda Taylor of Bangor received the FAA regional director’s annual Honorary Certificate of Achievement from Clyde DeHart, deputy director of the New England Region. Taylor, a facility program specialist in the Bangor office of the Airway Facilities Sector, was presented the award for outstanding performance in community service with the Penobscot County 4-H Club.

BREWER — Boy Scout Tony Pason of Troop 15 in Brewer donated a voting booth for the handicapped to the city. It was part of his Eagle Scout award project. Accepting the booth on behalf of the city was Arthur C. Verow, city clerk.

50 years ago — June 9, 1961

BANGOR — It was a quiet celebration for Lewis H. Burton, 34 Smith St., on the occasion of his 93rd birthday. He is believed to be Bangor’s oldest male citizen. Although his faculties are amazing for his age and he has the desire to do many things, he has had to slow down during the past year.

He planted and tended his own garden until he was 83 years old.

Born in Holden on June 8, 1868, Mr. Burton attended Holden and Dedham schools. He married Mabel Colby on Sept. 21, 1891, at Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor. He worked for the Scott Tea Co. of Bangor for 16 years driving a tea cart. After his retirement from the road, he was made caretaker and quartermaster of the B.H. Beale Post, GAR [Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans organization].

One of the greatest pleasures of his life happened Jan. 29, 1959, when he rode in style in a 1901 Oldsmobile in the Paul Bunyan Parade.

BANGOR — “The Return to Peyton Place” will be held over at the Bijou Theatre. Based on the novel by Grace Metalious, the sequel to “Peyton Place” stars Carol Lynley and Jeff Chandler and tells of life in a small New England community.

BANGOR — An 18-year-old boy and a 2½-year-old girl can make a great team in spanning the language barrier, with the relationship of mutual benefit to both. This has been true for the past year in the enjoyable association between Gerardo Bogarin, an exchange student from Heredia, Costa Rica, in Central America, and Mary Kellogg, daughter of Dr. and Mrs Robert O. Kellogg, 212 Kenduskeag Ave.

Coming to Bangor last August, Gerardo had only a few words of English at his command. Little Mary pointed out many objects to him and he in turn helped her. He says of Mary, “she is my pet.” Gerardo has made his home with the Kelloggs for his senior year at Bangor High School and speaks of them affectionately as “my American family.”

100 years ago — June 9, 1911

BUCKSPORT — The fishing schooner Hiram Lowell, Capt. Albert Gott, cleared Thursday forenoon for a trip to the Grand Banks. Another of Capt. O.M. Nickerson’s fishing fleet, the T.M. Nickerson, will be ready to clear in a few days.

OLD TOWN — A little excitement was caused on the Main Street Thursday noon when a pair of horses attached to a load of hay became frightened by the breaking of a binding pole. James Ham, who was driving the team, was thrown from the load. He was carried into C.A. Greene’s stable and upon examination it was found that he had fractured a leg.

The load of hay was dumped between Greene’s stable and H.M. Dickey’s office. There were minor damages that didn’t amount to much.


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