10 years ago — April 4, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Great Northern Paper Inc. has reached an agreement with Inexcord to regain ownership of several properties, including the Dolby Landfill in East Millinocket, clearing the way for the sale of the papermaker to Brascan Corp.
The return of the landfill and other properties to Great Northern was an absolute condition the company had to meet before Brascan would complete the pending $103 million sale. The settlement came after 11 hours of mediation talks with U.S. Bankruptcy Chief Judge James Haines in Portland in three separate closed-door meetings.
INDIAN ISLAND — Key sections of the historic agreement between the state and its two largest Indian tribes could become history if an obscure state commission created under the settlement has its way.
The Maine Indian Tribal state commission is months into hammering out the most substantial changes to date to the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, seeking to reduce state oversight of some tribal matters.
25 years ago — April 4, 1988
BANGOR — Frederick Street is the kind of man for whom every event of his life is linked to another, forming a chain that stretches back to his family’s arrival in America in 1765. So if you happen to ask a simple question, such as how he intends to move his very old house from the corner of Griffin Road and Ohio Street in Bangor to a lot in Guilford 47 miles away, you must be patient. He will get to your question eventually.
Street, who says he is 70-something, went to kindergarten in a one-room school on Griffin Road. The school is a house now, sitting by the Bull’s-Eye Bridge and the Double Dip ice cream store.
BANGOR — Are zombies real? That is the question Clair G. Wood, instructor of chemistry at Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, was trying to answer in the October 1987 issue of “ChemMatters,” published by the American Chemical Society. The article was so well done that it won Wood the Award for Excellence from the Society of Technical Communication in Washington D.C.
The award-winning article, “Zombies,” details the scientific investigation by Harvard University graduate student Wade Davis of a drug produced in Haiti which is said to turn healthy men into zombies.
50 years ago — April 4, 1963
BANGOR — The Bangor Urban Renewal Authority set the prices on parcels of private property it will acquire in the Stillwater Park project. The recommended prices will be submitted immediately to the Housing and Home Financing Agency for final approval expected in a few weeks.
There are 203 properties involved in the acquisition appraisal. These include about a half dozen properties that since have been rehabilitated to meet minimum standards, and will not be taken. The properties include 92 buildings and 62 families that will be relocated plus four commercial firms. Total acquisition cost will be approximately $425,000 including about $15,000 in city-owned land.
BANGOR — “Teaching is something more than just teaching subjects,” the Rev. Margaret Heinrichsen and told members of the Bangor Teachers Association at its annual banquet. Giving her views on additional duties of teachers to the 140 instructors present, she cited the teaching of character, compassion and order in the universe as of prime importance to the building of citizens from the students of today.
Mrs. Heinrichsen of Sullivan is the author of “The Seven Steeples.”
Speaking briefly at the meeting were Wendell Eaton, superintendent of Bangor public schools; William McIntosh, director of curriculum; and Dr. Edward Porter, chairman of the school board. Douglas Stafford, president of the association welcomed the group.
Arrangements for the affair were in the charge of Mrs. Jane Sturgis. She was assisted by the teachers of Fruit Street School. Spring flowers were the central theme of the decorations.
100 years ago — April 4, 1913
BANGOR — The appearance of the distinguished artists of the Boston Opera House in the Bijou Theatre will be an exceedingly brilliant event, of course. The seat sale is already large and the purchases are representative of social and musical circles. But it is important that this big event should be a financial as well as artistic success.
These artists, under the personal supervision of Director Henry Russell of the Boston Opera House, are making a short post-season tour, and they are to visit both Portland and Bangor. In Portland, they are to appear in the new City Hall, and they are assured of a capacity audience — which, in view of the fact that there are 4,000 seats, means something. And if, after this magnificent showing by the music lovers of Portland, the artists should come and be greeted by less than a competitive capacity house at the Bijou Theatre with its 1,250 seats, well, it would be rather a reflection upon the city, wouldn’t it?
Appearing at the BIjou will be dramatic soprano Myrna Sharlow, and singers Evelyn Scotney, DeCourcey Romito, Howard White and the Boston Opera Company’s leading baritone, Fernari.
BANGOR — The advance sale of seats for the Bangor Band’s pop concert and hop in City Hall indicates the usual generous patronage. The excellent program prepared by Conductor Sprague and his men was published in Thursday morning’s NEWS. The familiar and popular selections include the well known Raymond Overture, which, curiously, has never before been played at pop concerts, although it has been given occasional renditions during the summer series of the band. Like William Tell and other pieces of like popularity, it has for years been and continues to be a leading favorite of the standard order for instrumental programs. An excerpt from the lilting and dramatic Italian opera, Pagliacci, and the Spanish suite, The Fair, are new offerings by the band.
COMPILED BY BRIAN SWARTZ