Yesterday: News from 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago

Posted June 28, 2011, at 8:56 p.m.

YESTERDAY …

10 years ago — June 30, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — For Shaw House Director Doug Bouchard, the toughest thing is to watch homeless teens walk out the front door headed for who knows where.

Although staff at the low-barrier shelter work hard to find them a permanent place to live, kids often end up back on the streets with nowhere else to go.

But all that will change this week when Shaw House opens a transitional housing program for teenagers who need a place to call home. Open to four boys and four girls under age 18, the facilities for the transitional program are completely separate from the shelter that occupies the lower levels. Participants are expected to work toward their high school diploma or GED, abide by a curfew, complete chores and attend at least two workshops a week to learn living skills such as budgeting, balancing a checkbook and preparing meals. The teenagers also will be required to eat dinner together each night.

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BANGOR — Children need hugs and people who will listen and talk to them. And so do senior citizens.

Penquis Community Action Program’s Foster Grandparent Program can now help more children and older citizens because of a grant from the Program for National Significance for $80,000.

The Foster Grandparent Program places low-income seniors age 60 and older into schools, day care centers and Head Start programs to work with children. The children who are given foster grandparents tend to be disadvantaged and need help socially or academically.

There are 88 foster grandparents in the program located at 53 sites throughout the state. Approximately, 350-400 children have foster grandparents.

25 years ago — June 30, 1986

BANGOR — Temperatures were in the mid-80s the day of the sixth annual Cruisin’ Car Show at the Airport Mall. Car lovers from Maine and New Hampshire displayed their cars in an attempt to win a few of the 90 trophies handed out.

Rebuilding cars is an expensive hobby, but it can earn considerable money for those willing to invest the sweat, time and money into older cars.

Ron Cote of Bangor recently refused a $20,000 offer for his 1966 Corvette. He bought the car in 1978 for $7,200. The gleaming black vehicle has a 425-horsepower engine, black leather seats, an oak steering wheel and silver side exhaust pipes that shine in the sunlight. He put four cans of paint and about 500 hours of labor into restoring the car, and he doesn’t plan to sell it, Cote said.

Phil Robichaud, 76, of Carmel sat in his 1931 Ford coupe. A retired mechanic, Robichaud said he restored the car “because I’ve got to do something.”

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BANGOR — Ask Reggie Mooers about Oldsmobiles and expect him to talk on and on about them. Mooers is one of about 100 people scattered throughout Maine who have a love for an Oldsmobile. He is also one of about 100 people who like to show off their restored Oldsmobiles in shows around the state.

The Bangor man displayed a restored 1971, red and white model valued at $14,000 at the sixth annual Cruisin’ Car Show at the Airport Mall. The car has won 28 awards at Maine car shows.

Mooers has so much fun at the auto shows that he would like to start a local chapter of the national Oldsmobile Club of America. He needs 10 people to start a Maine chapter.

50 years ago — June 30, 1961

BANGOR — The New Atlantic Restaurant on Main Street, completely remodeled only two weeks ago, was extensively damaged by flames and smoke. Loss was estimated unofficially at nearly $100,000.

Proprietor Nicholas Kesaris said the fire was discovered at about midnight by Mrs. Minnie Mourkas, the night cashier, and several other employees who noticed smoke coming from the walls of the first floor of the restaurant. The building is owned by the Zoidis Brothers.

The New Atlantic Restaurant has been one of northeastern Maine’s better-known eating establishments for the past 33 years.

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HAMPDEN — The idea of creating a national park in the Allagash region is not new. In fact, a Hampden native proposed a similar plan back in 1905. The proposal of Geroge S. Kimball, author of several books on the outdoors for boys, was south of the present area now being considered by the government but in the same general area.

Kimball advanced his idea to the editor of a New York City newspaper, but historical data disclose that his idea never left the ground.

Kimball, born in Hampden on June 20, 1846, the son of Robert S. and Mary A. (Cram) Kimball, was a talented individual whose first love was the outdoors of Maine.

100 years ago — June 30, 1911

BANGOR — The new management of the Western Union Telegraph Co., which has been making so many improvements in telegraph service during the past year, reached the local messenger boys Thursday and dressed them in uniforms of a new military design, at the same time putting in effect regulations that show regard for the welfare of these active young employees.

The uniform is of deep blue cloth, summer weight, the coat being single-breasted with turn down collar and trimmed with red soutache braid. The shoulder straps are embroidered with the letters W.C. in red. The trousers are blue with a red stripe at each side. The cap is a natty new design, a blend of the latest military and automobile patterns.

Uniforms will be worn while on duty, being returned to the office at night for cleaning and repairing by the company’s tailor.

Manager Flanagan was proud of his young force as they ran about the streets, but no more proud than the boys themselves, who now feel that they are really an important part of the big telegraph company.

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HAMPDEN — The Bangor Band will give a program at Riverside Park on Sunday afternoon.

In the evening there will be an orchestral and vocal concert. Bertha Kenney Miller is to sing in this, her selections being from the intermezzo from Mascagni’s “Gavalleria Rusticanna,” “Hymns of the Old Church Choir” and “Vale of Dreams.”

Gertrude and Harry Dudley will give, among other selections, “Mary is a Grand Old Name,” “Where the River Shannon Flows” and “Casco Bay,” one of Harry Dudley’s own compositions.

COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN

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