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10 years ago — Feb. 21, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
ORONO — Strong regular season finishes have become a trademark of the University of Maine’s hockey program.
The Black Bears entered the Hockey East playoffs with a 4-0-2 mark in its last six regular season games a year ago; 7-1-1 over their final nine in 2000-2001 and 7-0-1 in their last eight games in 1999-2000.
But the Bears are just 2-3-1 in their last six games entering this weekend’s Hockey East series at the University of Massachusetts’ Olympic-sized Mullins Center.
A home series with one of the nation’s hottest teams, Boston University, concludes Maine’s regular season schedule the following weekend.

ORONO — Whether coaching a hockey team or leading an athletic department, developing teamwork is the key to success.
That is one of the primary philosophies of Robert Corran, one of four finalists for the vacant director of athletics position at the University of Maine.
Corran, 53, took time out Thursday from his two-day visit to Orono to field questions from the media at the Buchanan Alumni House.
“We can only be successful if you really do develop that sense of team, if you have a group of people who are working toward group objectives and goals,” said Corran, who has been at the athletic director at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the last six years.
Corran played football, hockey, and lacrosse at Ithaca College, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He later was the head hockey coach at the University of Windsor (Ontario) from 1979-85.

25 years ago — Feb. 21-22, 1988
BANGOR — The Bangor City Council is scheduled to decide Monday night whether to approve an agreement which essentially gives a local bank control of the Bangor Opera House without going through a lengthy and expensive foreclosure proceeding.
The item is listed on the council’s Monday night agenda under unfinished business. The agreement has been reviewed and discussed, on two occasions, by the council’s Finance Committee.
The city’s interest in the former Bangor Cinema on Main Street, which was also previously known as the River City Opera House, dates back to November 1985 when the city made a loan to River City Opera House Inc. of $118,550, according to Matthew Nichols, the assistant city attorney. The money for the loan was made available through the city’s community development program, and it was used to renovate the building.
River City Opera House Inc. has not made a payment on the loan in the past 11 months, according to city records.
Bangor Savings Bank made a loan to River City Opera House Inc. of approximately $230,000 to purchase the building in November 1985, according to previously published reports. However, River City has been in arrears with the bank for several months, according to Nichols.

BANGOR — The Greater Bangor Chamber of Commerce has announced its support of Gov. John McKernan’s proposed 5-cent per gallon fuel tax increase.
In its position paper, the board of directors of the Chamber supported an increase in the State Highway Fuel Tax and spending the revenues realized for highway and bridge improvements.

50 years ago — Feb. 21, 1963
BANGOR — The most severe winter in history has established a record season’s snowfall in Bangor at nearly 13 feet. The official figure is 146.8 inches.
A storm that started Tuesday and lashed the city all night, dumped a 17-inch blanket of snow, clogged streets and left even the most enthusiastic “winter wonderland optimist” muttering.
City Manager Joseph R. Coupal Jr. said the shape of the city following the all-night storm “is not too bad.”
Public Works Director Roger W. Merrill said the shape of the city “is not very good.”
Police Chief Maurice W. Small said the winter has caused much “grief.”
John Q. Citizen is so tired of shoveling he just shrugs his shoulders and looks like he’s in a daze.
The most serious storm this winter was December 30 when a total of 35 inches fell in Bangor. Since then the city has experienced storms that have left 18 inches and 17 inches.

OLD TOWN — Mrs. Rita Shirley, president of the Old Town Emblem Club, has announced the following captains who will be assisting her as general chairman for the Heart Fund Campaign in Old Town. The Emblem Club is sponsoring the 1963 drive for Old Town.
Mrs. Elsie Whidden will be in charge of donations from industries and the business district; War I co-captains, Mrs. Norma Sturgeon and Mrs. Eunice Bouchard; War II co-captains, Yvette Cormier and Bernice Coffin; Ward III co-captains, Blanche Treadwell and Betty Thibodeau; Ward IV co-captains, Phyllis MacMillan and Helen Martin; Ward VI co-captains, Lucille McAuliffe and Thelma Richards; Indian Island captain, Mrs. Sadie Mitchell.
The Emblem Club also plans to hold a tag day for the benefit of the Heart Fund Friday and Saturday.

100 years ago — Feb. 21, 1913
ORONO — The Oberammergau Passion play as witnessed during the season of 1910 will be given in St. Mary’s church Friday night at 8 o’clock by Prof. Drake of Boston, the famous lecturer who has earned a reputation of being the foremost lecturer on this subject in the country today. All the beautiful pictures to be thrown on the canvas are hand painted in rich oriental style.

OLD TOWN — The Neighborhood Whist Club was entertained Wednesday night by Mrs. Annie Jordan on Willow street. The first prize was won by Mrs. Lillian Rose and the consolation by Mrs. Agnes Bussell. During the evening, delicious refreshments were served by the hostess. the club will meet next Wednesday night with Mrs. Agnes McEachern.


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