Yesterday …

Posted Aug. 10, 2011, at 5:42 p.m.

YESTERDAY …

10 years ago — Aug. 11, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — Despite Friday’s 90-degree weather and stifling humidity, dozens of purebred pooches spent much of the morning and afternoon jumping through hoops, crawling through tunnels, balancing on seesaws and other feats as part of this weekend’s American Kennel Club agility and obedience competitions at Bass Park.

AKC-certified dogs, big and small, lolled under shade tents, enjoyed refreshing drinks of water and rehydrating canine power drinks and had cool baths and hose showers.

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BANGOR — Grace Evangelical Seminary will offer its first classes at Bangor Christian Schools with a faculty of five pastors from churches in Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties.

The Rev. W. Lyman “Terry” Phillips, seminary president, said seven students already are enrolled.

The college and seminary were part of Bangor Baptist Church’s long-term vision identified by senior pastor, the Rev. Jerry Mick Jr., when the church burned its mortgage in November. Bangor Baptist Church gave Grave Evangelical $25,000 in seed money and offered use of Bangor Christian Schools’ classrooms. That means only evening classes can be offered during the academic year.

25 years ago — Aug. 11, 1986

BANGOR — John R. “Jock” McKernan’s name was in the newspaper headlines throughout his high school years. McKernan would score 20 or more points to lead Bangor High School’s basketball team to another victory. Or McKernan would be named to the All-State Basketball Team, or as a delegate to the American Legion’s Boys State. But mostly, McKernan’s name was found on the sports pages.

Now, some 20 years after graduating from Bangor High School, his name still can be found in many of the headlines in newspapers throughout the state. Most of the time it deals with his stance as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or as the Republican Party’s nominee for governor of the state.

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ORRINGTON — Chuck Harvey of Orrington can talk about a form of world competition that most people have not heard about. It involved helicopters, and it took place near an old English castle during the fourth week of June.

Harvey, a sergeant in the Maine Army National Guard, was a member of the U.S. team that won the fifth World Helicopter Championships at Castle Asby in North Hamptonshire, about 80 miles northwest of London.

Harvey was crew chief, helping with maintenance work necessary to keep in the air the four-passenger observation helicopters flown by the U.S. team. The competition also involved teams from West Germany, the Soviet Union, Poland and the United Kingdom.

“These were the Helicopter Olympics,” said Harvey, who is 31 and has been helping maintain the helicopters flown by the Maine Army National Guard since 1972 in his native Bangor. A bright patch on his flight suit identifying him as a member of the U.S. Precision Helicopter Team is indeed distinctive, because Harvey was the only person from New England selected for that team.

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CARMEL — A 175th anniversary comes only once, and the residents of Carmel made sure that it was well-celebrated with a big parade that went right down Main Street. Among the participants were Gail Johnson, who wheeled her dog, Mutley, in a carefully decorated baby carriage. A color guard from the Maine Army National Guard led the parade. Grand marshal was Hazel Lewis, 91, who waved to spectators along the route. She also was recognized last year as the state’s oldest student to receive a high school diploma in 1985.

50 years ago — Aug. 11, 1961

BANGOR — The Bangor Merchants Bureau has requested that City Council erect a series of signs directing traffic from the Interstate Highway to the downtown.

The Public Safety Committee of the Council has instructed the city manager to ask the Highway Commission to install signs in conformance with Interstate Highway regulations, but the Safety Committee turned down any such project by the city. The Bureau had asked for “arrow” signs in addition to signs at the interchanges.

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BANGOR — The second annual dessert-bridge and lawn party of the Past Presidents’ Association of the Pine Tree Chapter of B’nai B’rith Women was held in the gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Israel Laeger of 66 Bellevue Ave.

Dessert was served to approximately 100. Bridge, canasta and mahjong were played during the afternoon.

Planning the event were Mr. Max Kominsky, Mrs. Minnie Allen, Mrs. Martin Cantor, Mrs. Aaron Gottlieb, Mrs. Joseph Goodman, Mrs. Harry Goldstein, Mrs. James Viner, Mrs. Samuel Lieberman, Mrs. Lillian Emple, Mrs. Julius Stone, Mrs. George Silver, Mrs. Philip Koritzky, Mrs. Harold Cowan, Mrs. Alfred Todtman, Mrs. Bertha Robinson, Mrs. Edward Allen, Mrs. Neil Glazier, Mrs. Samuel Kaskin, Mrs. Max Cohen and Mrs. Henry Miller.

100 years ago — Aug. 11, 1911

SOUTH BREWER — It won’t be of much less class than the Maine league ball we used to see, that game at South Brewer when the Easterns play Dover-Foxcroft for the fifth time this year next Saturday.

The Easterns have put it over the Piscataquis club four straight and the up-state team is hot for revenge.

Dover-Foxcroft has been considerably strengthened by securing Browning, who was the star of the Easterns last season. He has a great backstop in Mullens and some fast men and heavy hitters behind him.

Glover, the Easterns’ box-man, has never had to exert himself to the limit yet and the fans would really like to see him in a bad hole and up against it. He will have to work, come Saturday.

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OLD TOWN — Mr. and Mrs. Fred Decker have moved their household goods to Bangor where they will make their home. Mr. Decker has a position as teller in the Merchant’s National Bank, and while their friends were sorry to have them leave town, it will make it a great deal easier for Mr. Decker to be near his work.

COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN

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