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10 years ago — April 18, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — Avid canoe racers, weekend adventurers and once-a-year thrill seekers will converge on Kenduskeag Village for the 37th edition of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.

Race director Tracy Willette, the city of Bangor superintendent of recreation, said a survey of the stream was encouraging. When it’s at its wildest, Kenduskeag provides “river vultures” — those fans who flock to Six Mile Falls — plenty of opportunity to see spills.

While the stream may not be a raging torrent this year, Willette said, the stream of entry forms is steady, and similar to past years.

Back in 1967 — the first year of the race — 32 boats and 51 paddlers competed. More than 400 boats have completed the course each year for the past 14 years.

ORONO — Paul Kostacopoulos realizes baseball is much too fickle again to be able to take much for granted. That said, he and the University of Maine a game to expect great things out of junior righthanders Mike McDonald and Mike Collar on a weekly basis. Kostacopoulos hopes would be referred to as “The Mike and Mike Show” will be a big hit again tonight for the Black Bears entertain America East rival Northeastern in a doubleheader at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.

25 years ago — April 18, 1988

CARMEL — Brittle, time grayed shingles stood in clean vertical rows on the front of Galen Lewis’ 125-year-old stable, but the cold rainy-day light slashed across the black doorway, showing what Maine weather had done to most of the violently leaning landmark.

Lewis said the stable was to be his project and he would renovate it, in spite of the old walls, sagging rock foundation and time blackened timbers that had snapped in places under shifting weight. It was a part of history, dating to the Civil War, and it  had been in the Lewis family for three generations since his grandfather, Samuel Smith, farmed the land and had the horse barn built.

The jaunty posture of the old stable was not because of age, Lewis insisted. “Blame it on the wind and homebrew,” he advised. Architect Sumner Damon had designed the building but whoever built it must’ve started all wrong. All the beams inside show that not much has changed through the many years and the twisted front of the structure has been that way for at least 50 years, Lewis said. He had photographs from the 1920s to prove his point.

ORONO — The University of Maine’s Black Bears used some late-inning heroics to register an important ECAC-New England doubleheader sweep of Northeastern in Brookline, Mass., as they rallied for 4-3 and 2-1 (8 innings) victories.

Rain and cold weather forced the two teams to move their Saturday doubleheader to Sunday and they will conclude their three-game series with a nine-inning game on Monday.

Maine is now 21-15 overall, 5-0 in ECAC-New England play. The Bears have won eight in a row, 12 of their last 13, and 16 of their last 26.

50 years ago — April 18, 1963

BANGOR — The 1963 Bangor Boat Show got under way at the Municipal Auditorium with the largest display of boats in the five-year history of the event on view.

The sponsoring Bangor Marine dealers estimated some 2,000 spectators were on hand for the opening of the four tnight event that offers a free admission charge.

Not only were the new designs in boats presented but the latest thing in accessories offered to provide ease and comfort for the boating enthusiasts, whether for fishing or family pleasure.

Among the innovations this year is an electric loader that is powered by the boater’s automobile battery with a 25-foot cable. Swivel seats for both the driver and passengers also are proving popular.

This year’s boats are designed with both speed and comfort in mind. From the trim, sleek racer that offers a glide ride to the more luxurious cabin cruiser gifted for either a straight outboard or inboard control, comfort is a major point.

BREWER — Robert Reymer was installed president of the Brewer High School Key Club at an installation of officers at the high school. He replaces outgoing president Reginald Merrill Jr., who presided during the meeting. Other officers installed were George Campbell, vice president; Peter Perkins, secretary; and Paul Willoughby, treasurer.

Lawrence Savoy of the John the Bapst Key Club, lieutenant governor of Division Nine, North, was the installing officer.

100 years ago — April 18, 1913

BANGOR — Bangor is going to have another theater, a moving picture house. The site is on the Stepson property at the corner of State and Park streets and the building, which will be one story in height, will be directed by Pope D. McKinnon and others. Already Victor Hodgins, the architect, is working on plans. Mr. McKinnon while confirming the rumor would not state the amount that would be extended in the construction of the building.

A feature will be the upholstered seats this being but one of the many pleasant surprises for patrons.

The new theater will be called The Palace, assuming the title of the present picture house in Exchange Street, conducted by Mr. McKinnon. The present Palace will become the Palace Annex and is expected to lose none of his popularity.

The site is a commanding one being in close proximity to the proposed federal building, the high school at the library, and occupying what is destined to be one of the most prominent corners in the city.


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