10 years ago — March 14, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — After a more than four-month hiatus, the Sea Dog will reopen under new ownership April 8 on the city’s waterfront.
As the waterfront eatery enters its next chapter, the emphasis will be on family, General Manager Larry Killam said this week. “This is going to be a place for 6-year-olds to whatever age,” he said.
Jim Bunting, operations manager, said the new owners are eager to get into the swing of things.
According to Killam, opening night will be part open house and part fundraiser for a yet-to-be chosen local organization, preferably one that benefits youth.
Also on opening night, the Sea Dog will debut its new beer, Bangor Pale Ale, Killam said. It’s described on the beer menu as “an English style classic pale ale brewed with all English grains including pale and crystal malts, the latter of which gives the beer a nice coppery hue and nutty flavor overtones.”
BUCKSPORT — The Town Council approved the use of the town dock by American Cruise Lines for the regular summer visits in the company’s 160-foot cruise ship, American Eagle.
Bucksport will be the first stop on the ship’s weekly Maine coast and harbor cruise, starting in Bangor and including stops in Castine, Rockland, Bar Harbor and Camden.
The cruise line plans seven weeklong tours this summer and has added two additional cruises for 2004.
25 years ago — March 14, 1988
HAMPDEN — Sampson, a dog who is a born showman, a natural clown and a canine gentleman, made dozens of small friends during a demonstration of police dogs and their capabilities.
Officer Paul White and his canine partner, Sampson, Officer Dan Stewart and his canine partner, King, presented a demonstration for several dozen small children and number of parents and adults.
White told his audience that a dog is trained for approximately two years before it is qualified to be a police officer’s partner.
Janeene Bensman, 17, Old Town, and Lynda Metcalf, 18, Orono, each received a $200 scholarship from the Orono-Old Town branch of the American Association of University Women at a ceremony March 9 at the University of Maine.
BANGOR — The Federal Communications Commission, by an apparently unanimous decision, ordered VHF-TV Channel 7 kept in Bangor for commercial use and assigned VHF Channel 13 to Calais exclusively for educational purposes.
The University of Maine, which is developing a statewide ETV network, had favored assignment of Channel 7 to Calais for use in reaching schools in eastern Washington County.
Western Washington County will be served by Channel 12 at Orono.
50 years ago — March 14, 1963
BREWER — The Brewer Shopping Center welcomes a new business today as Antonelli Tile Company opens its second store in Maine.
William Antonelli, proprietor, is a third generation tile man having learned the business from his grandfather and father. He has had 40 years of experience in the business, starting as an apprentice with his father.
“We moved to Brewer,” Mr. Antonelli said, “because we have been doing a lot of work in tile setting for Bangor area contractors and we felt the need to expand our services from Skowhegan where we have been for six years.”
The company specializes in tiles, ceramics, and linoleum, wall and floor covering, at retail with installation service. The new store also features decorative ceramic tiles for casual pieces such as trays, cocktail dishes and food holders, either in kit form for the do-it-yourselfer or made to order.
100 years ago — March 14, 1913
BANGOR — Mayor-elect Beal was asked by a NEWS reporter is it was true he would be a candidate for street commissioner — the city ordinances permitting the mayor to fill this office, although the experiment has never been tried. Mr. Beal said, “ If the city council should see fit in its wisdom to make me street commissioner, I will guarantee to save the city from $10,000 to $25,000 and to keep the streets in far better condition than they have been for a long time.”
Complaint of the condition of Bangor streets has been common for more years than one can remember. Except in the best of summer and early autumn weather, it would be difficult to find a street that could by any stretch of courtesy be called a credit to the city and a good investment for the money spent upon it. To enumerate the faults of Bangor’s streets would be to write a book criticism. Vast sums, in the aggregate,have been spent upon the streets, but, with the exception of some of the paved sections, there seems to have been very little permanent improvement.
GLENBURN — The M.M.S. Band met with Mrs. Ina Cressey on March 5. Although the morning was stormy nearly all were present and several visitors, among them being Mrs. Linwood Colson of Foxcroft. As this was the first time Mrs. Colson had met with the band since her marriage, the members decided to give her a tin shower, and in an original poem read by Bertha Haley, Mrs. Colson was presented with a nice supply of kitchen utensils which she will find handy in her new home. A short program was then carried out consisting of readings, stories and music.
COMPILED BY BRIAN SWARTZ