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

Posted July 11, 2011, at 10:31 p.m.
Newshawk Jeanne Purcell and a real, live feathered variety of hawk that came in through one of the Bangor Daily News windows the evening of July 17, 1961, scan the Associated Press wires for the latest in state and national news. After his picture was taken, the bird was released on the damp, cool grass of the lawn at the old Bangor Auditorium.
Eddie Baker
Newshawk Jeanne Purcell and a real, live feathered variety of hawk that came in through one of the Bangor Daily News windows the evening of July 17, 1961, scan the Associated Press wires for the latest in state and national news. After his picture was taken, the bird was released on the damp, cool grass of the lawn at the old Bangor Auditorium.

YESTERDAY …

10 years ago — July 14, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BUCKSPORT — Chris McGuire led off the eighth with a single and scored to give Bucksport a 1-0 victory over Coastal in Little League baseball all-star action for ages 11 to 12.

McGuire stole second and third, then scored on a ball four passed ball with one out to give the Bucksport nine the District 1 tournament victory.

McGuire (two singles) also notched the win with a four-hit, 11-strikeout, two-walk effort on the mound. Patrick Deadmon hit a triple for Bucksport.

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BANGOR — The Shubert Foundation of New York has given a $10,000 grant to the Penobscot Theatre Company-Maine Shakespeare Festival to be used by the theater for general operating support without restriction.

The Maine Shakespeare Festival is the company’s largest and most expensive production. This year’s festival includes productions of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “Twelfth Night.”

25 years ago — July 14, 1986

ORONO — In the wake of losing junior shortstop Mike Bordick of Winterport to the Oakland A’s organization, University of Maine baseball coach John Winkin said he believes it is necessary for him to “change the way we recruit and change our priorities concerning the way our staff operates. We have to expand recruiting.”

Winkin believes that rather than placing the recruiting emphasis on players who can develop into good Division 1 players in a year or two, he and full-time assistant coach Bob Whalen must recruit players who have the ability to start and contribute immediately.

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Shortly after dawn, 24-year-old Peter Stickney’s voice rises in operatic strains amid the clatter of pots and pans. If he’s in a good mood, he might sing the Hallalujah chorus. If not, a more somber melody. Either way, more than 200 YMCA campers will applaud Stickney’s presentation on the cafeteria stage come mealtime — when he performs as the chef of Camp Jordan.

Stickney has been playing his role at the camp since 1981 when he earned an associate degree in culinary arts at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. With proceeds from his kitchen performances, he’s been paying his way through a recital of music degrees ever since, including a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Maine.

50 years ago — July 14, 1961

BANGOR — Steam shovels, bulldozers, blasting and cement pouring are going forward on the new Capehart project of Dow Air Force Base as the $7.8 million program moves ahead on the 489 housing units being built by the Urban Construction Corp. of New York City.

Quarters for airmen and officers are alike, the only difference being the area in which they are located. All will have disposals, washers, dryers, electric refrigerators and stoves.

Three hundred men are working on the project and it is expected that soon 600 men will be employed.

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BANGOR — The Junior League of Bangor announced the establishment of a Speech and Hearing Center of Bangor. The center will open in September at 359 Hammond St. and offer diagnostic services in hearing testing, hearing evaluation and speech evaluation.

Mrs. Brice Trott will be the speech therapist and audiologist.

The Junior League has pledged its financial support to the center. Mrs. John Bacon and Mrs. Albert Winchell are co-chairwomen of the speech hearing committee of the League. Serving with them are Mrs. Robert Eaton, Mrs. Anthony D’Amico, Mrs. James Chandler, Mrs. Frederic Knaide, Mrs. Gordon Clapp, Mrs. William Webb, Mrs. Steven Meryweather, Mrs. G. Clifford Eames and Mrs. Douglas Durham.

100 years ago — July 14, 1911

HOLDEN — The cyclone storm here did considerable damage to wood lots and orchards. Many fine fruit trees were destroyed. On Stumples, J.L. Copeland’s wood lot, nearly 50 cords of beech and maple were blown down.

J.H. Griffin holds the record for successful bee raising. Starting this spring with seven swarms, he now has 22.

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EAST DIXMONT — The cyclone of last week did some damage in this section, blowing down trees, fences and tearing holes in roofs of barns and other buildings.

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BRADFORD — In the electric storm which passed over here Thursday of last week, much damage was done to telephones, trees blown down and also fences. In the eastern part of the town large hailstones fell.

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KENDUSKEAG — The town received its share of damage during the recent cyclone. Barns owned by Mr. Frost, Foss and Stackpoll were blown down and chimneys of the Town House and Union Church fell. Trees were uprooted and a grove in front of John Ames’ home was almost demolished. The gale was more severe in some of the adjoining towns and people were badly frightened.

COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN

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