10 years ago — March 7, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Some of the details surrounding a proposed $30 million gaming and entertainment complex at Bass Park were outlined during a business breakfast at Husson College’s Dickerman Dining Commons.
Headlined “The Racino, Gambling on Bangor: Is This Right for Bass Park?” the program focused on Nevada businessman Shawn Scott’s proposal to develop a “racino” — or the combined racetrack and casino — at the city’s historic harness racing track. Scott’s company, Capital Seven LLC, operates the city-owned Bangor Raceway.
ORONO — It has been a year in which streaks have fallen by the wayside and Thursday night the longest streak of them all came to an end.
The University of Maine Black Bears had never lost a Hockey East playoff game at the Alfond Arena but freshman right wing Stephen Jacobs’ first career goal and a couple of friendly goalposts helped the University of Massachusetts’ sixth-seeded Minutemen stun third-seeded Maine 5-3 at the Alfond Arena.
Maine, again plagued by turnovers, an inability to finish and soft goals, had gone 21-0 in Hockey East playoff games at Alfond Arena.
25 years ago — March 7, 1988
BANGOR — Owners of larger multifamily housing units in Bangor this week will receive letters from city code enforcement officials inviting cooperation with a city plan to inspect the buildings.
City code enforcement inspectors will urge property owners to comply with the national fire-safety code and state codes for electrical and heating units, Nancy San Antonio, acting director of the Bangor Code enforcement office, said. She said, “This will help the property owners to know when they have complied. And it should help them with their insurance.”
ORONO — The new owners of Butterfield Bottling Co. are gambling that their hard work and peoples’ taste for “old-fashioned carbonated beverages” will revitalize the market for S & O’K sodas.
Butterfield Bottling has been around for more than 70 years, first as purveyors of ice and water and later as bottlers of soda; all the time in the Great Works section of Old Town. While the sodas once enjoyed wide repute, the market for them lately has shrunk.
A group of investors recently bought the operation and set up shop in the University Mall of Orono.
50 years ago — March 7, 1963
BANGOR — Wyman Rice was picked as the winning speaker at the annual Bangor Kiwanis Club speaking contest held during its regular meeting at the Bangor House.
Rice will compete with speakers from the Orono-OldTown and Brewer KIwanis clubs in the area speaking contest at the Hampden Kiwanis Club in the Hampden American Legion hall.
The other speakers at the Bangor Kiwanis’ contest were Edward L. Connor and William Miller. Ray Sherman was in charge of the contest. Robert L. Weatherbee, program chairman, introduced the speakers. Kenneth U. Day presided.
OLD TOWN – The Barrington College Choir, under the direction of Everett L. Fullam, will present a program of sacred music at the United Baptist Church on Middle Street.
The choir consists of 39 student members in addition to the director and accompanists. The program develops the theme expressed in “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another.” “Several “Psalms” are in the repertoire. The hymn arrangements include “Beautiful Savior” and “Hymn to the Trinity.”
100 years ago — March 7, 1913
BANGOR — A battle royal — two battles royal — will take place in the Bangor Y.M.C.A. gymnasium. Young men representing the Y.M.C.A. of Portland are coming over here to try conclusions with Bangor association members. There will be athletic events and a basketball game, and the entries and players on both sides have been announced in the NEWS.
This is the first Bangor-Portland tournament of this kind ever held in Bangor and there will be a lot of excitement. Physical Director Keyes of the Bangor squad stated that his men are all in fine condition and that in the athletic events they will be worthy contestants for Portland.
BANGOR — A society musical event that is being very pleasantly anticipated is the violin recital to be given by Edwin Cahn, a famous artist, in City Hall under the auspices of the Frances Dighton Williams Chapter, D.A.R. Bangor for the benefit of Opportunity Farm, an institution near New Gloucester for the reclamation of wayward boys.
The unqualified appreciation accorded Edwin Cahn by the New York critical public and in other cities where this recital has been given, indicates its merits and success. Mr. Cahn, when speaking of the celebrated artists of past and present, plays characteristic compositions while their portraits are reflected upon a screen.
Governor and Mrs. William T. Haines will be patron and patroness of the event and have promised that they will be present so that the affair gains in note.
COMPILED BY BRIAN SWARTZ