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Members of the girls swimming class at the YMCA pool in Bangor watched attentively as student helper Barbara McEvoy worked with one of her pupils in March 1960. They all were members of the freshman class at Bangor High School who were enrolled in the program as part of the physical education course. Standing in the background were (from left) Mary Hersey, student helper; Carol Larlee, student helper; Mrs. Betty Solorzano, director of the swim program; and Judy Ward, physical education instructor.

10 years ago — Oct. 13, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — It has been well-documented that two of the suspected terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been in Portland. The evidence includes widely publicized pictures of the two men at Portland International Jetport. They also were caught on security cameras at Wal-Mart and at ATMs.

But a month after the devastating attacks the question remains whether any of the 19 men authorities believed hijacked and crashed four planes were ever in Bangor.

Bangor Police Chief Donald Winslow reaffirmed earlier statements that his department has received no substantial information that the suspected terrorists were in Bangor.


ORLAND — Without a doubt, Labrador retriever breeders love the big, friendly animals — and believe that they are a superior kind of dog. But David Burgess, who breeds chocolate and black Labs as a hobby, believes he has proof. Two of his Orland-born puppies recently made headlines for their heroics.

In Lamoine last April, Gary and Maureen McGreevey’s chocolate Lab, Scout, saved their son, Owen, 6, from drowning in a frog pond when she grabbed him by the seat of the pants and dragged him to shore. Scout recently was named the 2001 National Hero Dog by the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Last August, Emily Drew’s black Lab, Montana, led her to a 90-year-old woman who had fallen in her Ellsworth driveway and spent the night alone and badly injured.

Burgess finds news of the rescues exciting. Maggie, a chocolate Lab who has been part of the Burgess family for five years, gave birth to both Scout and Montana.

25 years ago — Oct. 13, 1986

ORONO — Lace tablecloths and silver candelabra decorated card tables at tailgate parties in the parking lot adjacent to Alumni Field as students, alumni and friends of the University of Maine kicked off the 1986 Homecoming celebration. The fare ranged from hamburgers to lobster pate as thousands of people with a bond to the Orono campus gathered in the parking lot, the grandstand or at the craft fair to greet old friends and rehash old memories before the kickoff of a rousingly successful football game that saw the Black Bears roll over Northeastern University by a score of 38-21.

The campus “dropped the zero” in its former UMO acronym — a phrase coined by trustee Francis Brown — last July following legislative approval to change its name from the University of Maine at Orono to the University of Maine.

Official attendance tallies were not available, but admission money collected from the craft fair and farmers’ market revealed that more than 5,400 attended those two events.


CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will begin something next fall that it says will be unique in the nation — a two-year college program on yacht operations and boatyard management. The course will lead to an associate of science degree, with an emphasis on the management of marinas, boatyards and yachts.

50 years ago — Oct. 13, 1961

BANGOR — The Zayre Corp. opened the 21st store in its widespread chain at 615 Broadway in Bangor’s new shopping center. The modern, one-story, 60,000-square-foot store is the first to open in the center.

Several thousand people showed up for the opening and cars completely filled the expansive front parking area and Broadway.


BANGOR — Emphasis was on youth in the United Fund Campaign Kickoff Parade when 1,200 residents of Bangor-Brewer and surrounding areas joined forces to start an impressive march for the goal of $213,136 to be raised in the campaign.

Some 7,000 spectators watched as United Fund officials, campaign chairmen and workers, Fair Share Firm representatives, agency staff members and young people who participate in the many agency activities followed the parade route from State Street Hill to Davenport Park at Main and Cedar streets.

YMCA and YWCA young people, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and CYO and Jewish Community Center youth, marching in units, totaled nearly 800 and well-represented the agency work in the community with youth.

Lively music and bright splashes of color were added by bands from Hermon, Bangor and Brewer high schools. Martial music was provided by the National Guard and the Salvation Army bands.

100 years ago — Oct. 13, 1911

BANGOR — Treading lightly through the mazes of the orchestra came dainty Alma Gluck, mother of two, but with the lithe, supple grace of a schoolgirl. The slender young singer, who has climbed high up the musical ladder since her last performance here, received the audience applause modestly. She can sing, yes. But it is more than this that her admirers are thinking of. It is her temperament, her personality, her friendliness. her almost girlish charm, which somehow steal across the footlights, winning hearts and holding them.

A string of pearls encircling her throat were her only ornament. Her gown of light pink, simple yet a creation of pure art, set off every line and curve of her soft beauty.

In Alma Gluck’s every note there is a certain mellow, sympathetic and indescribable charm, as though the dross of even the human voice were purged away, leaving only crystal purity; it is gathered like gold. Her songs run the gamut of many requirements and emotions.


BUCKSPORT — The schooner Lala, Capt. Frank Lowell, arrived light from Rockport where she discharged her cargo of kiln wood.

The schooner Harriet Rogers, Captain Tainter, cleared for Naskeag to take a cargo of shells for a downriver port.


BREWER — The fairly good imitation of a windstorm came very near causing a small blaze on Union Street when the wind whirled into a bonfire at the Hilferty house recently purchased by C.H. Fernald. The flying blazing twigs started like a little aviation meet toward a pile of dry hard wood and bark just across the street. A band of small boys hastily marshaled by Master Paul Croxford rushed to the rescue with calls for water, but they were having a hard fight and were reinforced by Mr. Fernald just in time.


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