10 years ago — March 21, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
ORONO — Along with her blue University of Maine sweatshirt, Glenburn resident Cass Martin picked out a blue baseball cap with the letters USA in a red ,white and blue motif to wear to the WNIT matchup between the Black Bears and Creighton at the Alfond Arena. She spent 22 years in the Navy, working as an audiovisual specialist all over the country, including some time station ownership based in Norfolk Virginia. The idea of going to a basketball game in Orono now — as war against Iraq is in its early stages — is one reason, Martin said.
The most visible acknowledgment of the war occurred just before the national anthem when public address announcer Brett Baber asked fans to stand and “keep our troops foremost in your thoughts.”
BANGOR — While busy with the process of assembling a team roster, winding up sponsors and selling tickets, the Bangor lumberjacks are trying to line up some kind of radio network as well.
Officials with Maine’s newest minor league baseball team are hoping to line up a local station to air all or some of the games on the Northeast League teams four-month schedule this summer.
“My goal has always been to have all 92 games broadcast on the radio,” said Lumberjacks general manager Curt Jacey. “Whether I’m going to be able to do that this year due to our late start is a big question mark right now. Right now, I would just say it’s a 50-50 proposition.”
25 years ago —March 21, 1988
BANGOR — The 38 members of the civil engineering contingent of the Maine air National Guard from Bangor spent two weeks in Panama within a few miles of the political turmoil, but they experienced no fighting in South Panama City only from a distance.
Capt. Fred Lancaster of 23 Holland St., Bangor, leader of the Guard contingent, said that members spent two weeks renovating dormitories at Howard Air Force Base within a few miles of Panama City. Also, 12 firefighting specialists from Maine served two weeks with the base fire department. But because of the tense political situation in Panama, the Guard members remained on the base.
BREWER — One of the last large trees to line North Main Street in Brewer was cut down by a city public works crew. The tree, a 75-foot-tall ash, believed to be more than 180 years old and in healthy condition, was mourned our neighbors, who called its removal a loss to the area. The tree, about 26 inches in diameter, was located near an open field several feet from the roadway and almost 50 feet self of the distinctive stone posts marking the entrance to Penobscot Terrace. A clean white stump now marks the place where it once stood. The only other large treat remaining in the area is an old oak tree corner across the street.
50 years ago —March 21, 1963
BANGOR — Barring a request for reconsideration, the Federal Communications Commission decision shifting Channel 7 to Bangor and assigning ETV Channel 13 to Calais takes effect on April 22. The date is spelled out in an FCC memorandum, elaborating on the Commission’s action of March 13 involving the long debated Bangor-Calais TV assignments The Commission said it believes the latest order should satisfy the needs of both communities, and noted comments by the American Broadcasting Company that many ABC programs are not broadcast in Bangor because they cannot be accommodated by Channel 2 and Channel 5.
OLD TOWN — More than 60 attended Our Neighborhood Club Guest Night at Old Town High School, including young people who participated in the program.Mrs. James Cunningham, president, welcomed the group and held a brief business meeting in the school library. Members and guests retired to the school auditorium where a program, arranged by Mrs. John Abbott, was presented. Participating in the program were Alllen Lord, Robin Hoos, Theresa Sapier, Joel Theriault, Edward Cormier, James Howe, Diane McKay, William Gray, David Adams, Deborah Noyes, Lewis Libby, Thomas Stauffer, Ronald Gordon, Richard Cousins, Arnold Bradeen, Faith Ann Hamilton, Lyndon Gray, Clarence Theriault, Richard Ouellette, Martin Sanger, John Pelletier, James Cunningham, Dennis Martin, Robert Huyett, James McCurdy and Eugene Oakes.
100 years ago — March 21, 1913
BANGOR — If the fact has not already been established, it is now — Bangor is going to have some valuable additions to its church property as a result of the big fire which swept several edifices. The All Souls Congregational Church on the hill at the corner of State Street and Broadway is now presenting its attractive features. The steeple is being covered with copper and a cap put on the southern tower. At present, oak wainscotting is being laid inside and the necessary pointing up about the building construction will have to be done. It is expected that the building will be ready for occupancy in June.
Interior work is being done on the new First Baptist Church at the head of Center Street hill and the building when completed will be a most attractive and adequate one. This church occupies a commanding site, being visible for great distance down Main Street, even far beyond the business section.
ORONO — Crossing on the ice was discontinued for teams. They have to go around to Stillwater to reach the college, fraternities and places on Webster side. The sidewalk on the new bridge was open at noon for foot passengers.
COMPILED BY BRIAN SWARTZ