10 years ago — Feb. 13, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Neither the threat of war nor the subzero temperature Thursday morning chilled the enthusiastic send-off family and friends gave the 112th Medical Company (Air Ambulance). About 120 members of the Maine Army National Guard rolled out of town in a 21-vehicle convoy a week after they were called to active duty.
Soldiers were scheduled to spend Thursday night at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Mass., before heading to their mobilization base in Fort Drum, N.Y. There, the unit will await deployment orders for a theater of operations, mostly likely oversees, according to Maj. Peter Rogers, Guard spokesman.
Diane and Michael Chadbourne waved small American flags as their son Scott departed from a staging area off Maine Avenue near Bangor International Airport. The Newburgh couple saw their son off a few years ago when he was deployed to Bosnia, but the feelings they experienced Thursday were different.
“I have a lot of mixed emotions,” said Diane Chadbourne. “I’m more concerned now than I was last time.”
BANGOR — June 6 is D-Day for Bangor International Airport. That’s “d” as in Detroit.
Airport officials announced Thursday that Northwest Airlines will begin nonstop jet service between BIA and Detroit International Airport on that date. Detroit is the largest hub for Minneapolis-based Northwest. Tickets for the service are available through travel agents.
The announcement comes after BIA experienced an 11 percent growth in passenger traffic last year. That growth helped convince Northwest to offer twice-daily flights on 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jets from BIA year round, officials said.
25 years ago — Feb. 13-14, 1988
BANGOR — The sound of diesels idling rumbled across the parking lot, the glare of headlights pierced the snowy night; unable to drive any farther south, truckers holed up at Dysart’s Truck Stop on Friday night to wait out the worst of the storm.
“The Turnpike’s closed, [Route] 9’s no good, neither’s [Interstate] 95, and they just finished clearing the wreckage off [Route] 1,” Chris Gaudet said in between customers at Dysart’s.
The storm caused about two dozen reportable accidents resulting in thousands of dollars in damage and fortunately only minor injuries. Between 3:30 and 4:40 p.m., the Interstate was littered with cars that had slid off the road, a state police dispatcher said while reviewing the log.
BANGOR — By mid-afternoon Friday, Bangor firefighters had answered two ambulance calls and eight fire calls, including a paper fire in a boxcar, a mattress fire in a home set by a 5-year-old boy playing with matches, a car fire and several storm-related system malfunctions of utility equipment.
Assistant Chief Frank Dinsmore said that the workday started at 8:05 a.m. when a fire was reported in a Springfield Terminal boxcar filled with large rolls of paper. Welders accidentally started the fire while working on the outside of the boxcar, Dinsmore said. Two engine companies confined the damage to five large rolls of paper.
50 years ago — Feb. 14, 1963
BANGOR — After overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems which have plagued engineers for the past 30 years, the instrument landing system (ILS) at Dow AFB has finally been commissioned at an operational facility.
ILD enables a landing aircraft to be guided through fog and clouds by two radio beams from special ground radio transmitting equipment. Instruments within the aircraft receive the two radio beams and can detect when the aircraft is off course and too high or low. One beam will guide the plane on its glide path while the other directs the plane to the centerline of the runway.
One of the problems confronting engineers in the installation of Dow’s ILS was the contour of the terrain around the system’s antennae. The terrain at Dow affected the radio beams more severely than at many other airfields. In addition, the heavy accumulation of snow on the ground affected the shape of the radio beams.
An engineering breakthough in the design of a new type ILS using the principal called “sideband reference,” proved to be the turning point in the solution of Dow’s unique installation problem.
ORONO — School superintendents and municipal school board members from the Penobscot-Piscataquis area voted Wednesday night to investigate the possibility of establishing a regional vocational high school somewhere in the Bangor area.
A bill which would provide a high rate of state subsidy for such regional vocational high schools on the secondary level now is before the Maine Legislature.
The proposal for a study for such a school in the Bangor area was made by Roderick E. Farnham, a member of the Hampden school board, at a joint meeting of the Penquis Superintendents Association and the State School Boards Association Inc. of Maine here Wednesday night.
100 years ago — Feb. 14, 1913
BANGOR — In one of the largest caucuses ever held here, Hon. F.O. Beal on Thursday defeated Benjamin W. Blanchard for the Republican nomination for mayor, the vote being 583 to 391. However hard the supporters of both may have worked, the announcement of the vote was followed by an immediate and significant demonstration of party loyalty.
Mr. Blanchard, climbing upon the stage, moved that the nomination be made unanimous and called upon his supporters to work for the ticket.
BANGOR — The Bangor Poultry Association will hold a meeting at 8 o’clock tonight in the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce. Two addresses will be made. Cyrus S. Winch of Bangor will speak of the raising of poultry on small city plots; and Everett H. Bissell of Brewer will have for his subject, “Bee Keeping for Profit.”
COMPILED BY BRIAN SWARTZ