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Spike Webb | BDN File Photo
Spike Webb | BDN File Photo
The Bangor public school system opened its third annual summer session on July 5, 1961, with 356 of the 365 registered on hand for opening classes. This group of girls looked anything but sad as they went to classes at Garland Street Junior High School. Alvah McIntosh, who was in charge of the summer session, which ran through Aug. 15, said he was highly pleased with the first day of school.

10 years ago — July 7, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BREWER — The usually quiet summer months have been anything but that at Brewer High School, where school officials are juggling a building expansion project with the usual summer educational and sports fare.

According to Principal Jerry Goss, the $750,000 project will result in a larger library, which will include the addition of a new lab equipped with portable computers, more room for Brewer High’s student services staff and an overhauled main lobby and restrooms.

The bulk of the work has been scheduled for the summer break to minimize disruptions for students and staff, Goss said. The work began in late May, when the library was emptied out and its books boxed and packed in the back of an 18-wheeler for temporary storage.


HAMPDEN — SAD 22 Superintendent Rick Lyons was elected president of the Maine School Superintendents’ Association during the annual conference last month in Bar Harbor.

Lyons, whose one-year term began on July 1, will promote the goals of MSSA statewide by working to ensure appropriate general funding for schools as well as allocations for school construction and special education.

As a spokesman for superintendents throughout Maine, he will provide testimony on bills and follow legislative hearings.

“It will be exciting to represent an organization such as ours on a statewide level — and it will be good for our district to have some representation,” Lyons said this week. On the national level, he will work with the American Association of School Administrators and with presidents of other state superintendents’ associations to monitor initiatives such as school choice.


BANGOR — At Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Ben Davis smacked a two-run double in the second inning and Justin Phinney added an RBI single in the same inning to help Brewer to a District 3 win, 12-6 over Glenburn in Junior League baseball.

Kevin McAvoy added a triple and two singles for Brewer. Andrew Trundy led Glenburn with two singles.

25 years ago — July 7, 1986

BANGOR — Vine Street School had a mascot for a couple of hours on Saturday morning — a young cow moose which rested in a corner near the front entrance before being sedated and hauled off to the woods.

The 400- to 500-pound moose was spotted by residents of Cedar and Third streets about 9 a.m. Saturday, according to police. Other reports placed it around Fifth and Lincoln streets.

Warden David Georgia Jr., who is responsible for the Bangor district, said he was told the moose got into the city by swimming across the Penobscot River from Brewer.

After being sedated, the moose was loaded into a pickup truck, sprinkled with water to keep her cool and relocated on Milford — apparently none the worse for wear.


BANGOR — The Bangor Garden Club has received awards on the state and national levels.

The club received a National Council Award presented by McDonald’s for activities at the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor during the National Council of State Garden Clubs convention recently in Chicago.

During the Garden Club Federation of Maine on June 16-17, the club received the Stephanie Ann Smith Traveling Trophy for the best active garden therapy program for creating a Circle of Senses Herb Garden for those who are blind or disabled on the grounds of Bangor Mental Health Institute.

The club also received the Longfellow Pitcher Award for Preservation and Beauty for projects at Bangor Municipal Golf Course and downtown.


BANGOR — Bill Charpentier, head janitor at Garland Street Middle School, is breathing a sigh of relief that a $4,600 request to install a new clock system at the school escaped the budget ax of the Bangor School Committee.

Replacing 30 clocks that date back to 1940 may save him a few headaches, Charpentier said, such as dragging a ladder from room to room several days a week to reset clocks that differed in time by as much as six hours.

The reason that one clock might say that it’s time for breakfast when another suggests it’s time for lunch lies with worn-out parts in the relay mechanism of the brown, circular clocks, according to Charpentier. These were the parts that were supposed to keep the clocks synchronized with one another and with a master clock in the principal’s office.

A standing joke among teachers was that the first floor of the building ran on Rocky Mountain time and the second floor ran on Central time, said science teacher Neil Waterman.

50 years ago — July 7, 1961

SEARSPORT — Bangor native Waldo Peirce, the artist whose murals and portraits have won him recognition as one of America’s most prominent painters, has been elected to the board of trustees of Penobscot Marine Museum, said museum President Clifford N. Carver.

“The Penobscot Marine Museum is fortunate to obtain the services of Mr. Peirce as a trustee,” Carver said. “He has been a longtime friend of the museum and has contributed paintings which are among the most valuable properties in our collection. We expect his counsel to be of great value in expanding and improving our exhibits.”


BANGOR — Independent baseball in Bangor-Brewer reappeared on the scene with a bang Thursday when 45 candidates turned out for a tryout being held by the newly organized Twin City Merchants.

The Bass Park grounds were covered with baseball talent for the workout which drew standout college, high school and veteran independent players from Old Town, Bangor, Brewer, Hampden and the surrounding area.

Among the college standouts are Ray Weed, Bump Hadley, Bill Busching, Marty Vickers and Dale Curry. High school stars include Jimmy White, Joe Ferris, Dennis Day and Dick Hadley of Brewer; John Hutchins of Bucksport; and Archie Verow, formerly of John Bapst.

Among the vets were Clint Van Aken, Don Gates, Tug White, Punk Kelley, Ben Benson and Bobby Dumond.


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