10 years ago — June 16, 2001
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Noah Clark stops by the nursery at St. John’s Episcopal Church after lunch. The 7-year-old is not looking for toys to play with while his parents finish eating. He has come to get his blood pressure taken and to check in with registered nurse Bridget Larson.
The nurse notes his blood pressure on her own records as the boy heads back to his mother, who is still eating. Noah is one of more than two dozen people Larson and Marteile Benson, a retired nurse, see on the second Saturday of each month. The two volunteer during one of the two free noontime meals the parish offers every month.
St. John’s is one of the first churches in the Bangor area to venture slowly into the field of parish nursing.
GLENBURN — Just 1 mile northwest of Bangor, Tammy Campbell plays with her 2½-year-old daughter, Alexis, in their family’s spacious new home on Jillian Way.
Five months ago, Tammy and her husband, Bobby Campbell, lived with their two young children in a smaller house on Yankee Avenue on Bangor’s West Side. But like many middle-class parents — suggested by figures recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau — the Campbells have packed up their belongings and headed for the suburbs. And the Campbells are not alone.
Once pastures and forests, Glenburn is now the fastest-growing suburb in the Bangor metropolitan area, posting a 24 percent jump in population since 1990 and a staggering 310 percent increase since 1960, according to U.S. Census figures.
25 years ago — June 16, 1986
STETSON — Andrew Husson, 3½, shared an ice cream cone with his dog, Majel, on the porch of Annett’s Country Store in Stetson recently. With the return of warm weather, the two were content to obey the No Dogs Allowed Inside sign. Andrew is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Husson of Stetson.
BANGOR — Bangor City Council chairman Marshall Frankel spoke to Fruit Street School students who plan to support the city’s efforts to refurbish Cameron Field, next to the Garland Street Middle School and near the Fruit Street School. The cost of the project may be more than $1 million, Frankel said.
50 years ago — June 16, 1961
BANGOR — Ralph Nason and Arthur Tilley, both 10, of Nason Avenue, are better-known as “Fred and Barney,” a take-off on “The Flintstones,” as they chug about the neighborhood in caveman suits and their “stone” wagon. Actually, the vehicle was constructed from one solid log, with assistance from Ralph’s father, his brother-in-law and uncle.
BANGOR — The results of physical fitness tests conducted in Bangor public schools showed that the sixth-grade girls of the Queen City needn’t take a back seat to the boys when it comes to athletic prowess.
In fact, of the six events the boys showed great superiority in only one, the softball throw. In all other events, the boys were pressed hard for honors and even lost out to a feminine sprinter in the 50-yard dash.
Carol Hawkes of the Fairmount School proved the fastest sixth-grader of either sex with a time of 6.9 seconds in the 50-yard dash. The boys took second at 7.0 by James Mihalyi of Fairmount. Two girls and four boys tied for third in the 50 with times of 7.2 each. They were Mary Spiers of Fairmount and Kathy Hunter, Larry Brother, Michael Giles, Tim Bogan and John Peters, all of Vine Street.
Highest individual scorer was Candice Wentworth of Abraham Lincoln School, who had an aggregate score of 99 in all events.
Gary Pelkey of the same school and Carol Cote of Vine Street scored 98s. Scores of 97 were posted by Marilyn Rice of Vine Street and Larry Brother of Capehart.
BANGOR — Revenue collected from on-street and off-street parking meters in Bangor amounted to $37,924.11 for the first five months of the year, according to a May activity report of the city.
On-street parking meters provided $24,219.41 of the total, followed by Abbott Square, $4,782.20; Abbott Square Annex, $3,144.30; Pickering Square, $3,755.70; Atler Lot, $636.90; Columbia Street Lot, $364.60; and Union Lot, $1,021.
100 years ago — June 16, 1911
BANGOR — The graduation exercises of the class of 1911, Eastern Maine Insane Hospital Training School for Nurses, will be held in the hospital chapel. The graduating class consists of Hannah Ruth Ardon of Prentiss, Iva May Bruce of Lincoln, Mary Clare Carroll of Bangor, Ida Elizabeth Erickson of Presque Isle, Elizabeth Abbie Foss of Monroe, Maude Harriet Miller of Mars Hill and Elizabeth Margaret Roach of Smyrna Mills.
BUCKSPORT — The fishing schooner Margery A. Spencer, Capt. Ernest Richards, is in the harbor waiting for the weather to clear. She has a cargo of stone from Mt. Waldo for New York.
The fishing schooner T.M. Nicholson, Capt. Lester Gilley, cleared Thursday for a trip to the Grand Banks. This is the fifth one of Capt. T.M. Nicholson’s fleet to clear this season.
The schooner Lula, Capt. Lowell, has finished discharging her cargo of old iron from the Sargent granite quarry.
HAMPDEN — Riverside Park expects to have the most prosperous season in its history. To begin with, the entrance will be greatly improved. The current entrance will be moved 100 feet north, constructed to go straight into the park so that the steep descent, ending in a hollow, will be done away with. Patrons will now step from their cars within a few feet of the casino and rustic theater. Meantime, the roadway at the old entrance will be graded for automobiles, and this will prove popular, for motorists haven’t been catered to in this fashion before.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN