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Bangor Daily News Photo by Danny Maher | BDN
Bangor Daily News Photo by Danny Maher | BDN
An explosive fire of undetermined origin swept through the Viner Shoe company warehouse on Newbury street in Bangor. on Tuesday evening, July 3, 1951 and caused about $30,000 damage. Bangor firemen are shown as they attacked the flames from nearby smaller buildings. The blaze was confined to the one structure.


10 years ago — April 25, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — The Maine Department of Transportation issued a safety alert to motorists using I-95 around the Kenduskeag Stream Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

Motorists traveling on I-95 are stopping to allow motorists on entrance ramps to enter the highway. This is causing multiple rear end collisions. The Maine DOT is asking motorists not to stop on a I-95 for this reason.

The Maine DOT will be changing the variable message signs and other signs on this route over the next week to make traffic instructions to the traveling public as clear as possible. The Maine DOT is working hard to avoid the need to shut down public access to on-ramps in this portion of I-95.

GLENBURN — Planning Board members, the Town Council and the town’s attorney met to discuss issuing a subdivision moratorium ordinance.

The proposed regulation would put a stop to accepting processing, reviewing, denying, approving or issuing any application permit, license or approval for any subdivision located in Glenburn after May 13, which is the next regularly scheduled planning board meeting.

The number of subdivisions and Glenburn has increased from f14 in 2000 to 21 in 2002, many of which are 10 to 15 units. This increases cause concern with town officials about building and road code enforcement, fire hazards and protection and fees.

25 years ago — April 25, 1988

BANGOR — It was supposed to be a meeting of the people, the state’s congressional leaders and U.S. Navy officials. But less than 90 minutes into what turned out to be a 3 ½ hour session, the Maine delegation begged out.

The crowd began gathering at about 10 a.m. in the Regency Room of The Main Street Holiday Inn in Bangor to attend a public hearing on the U.S. Navy’s proposed Tomahawk cruise missile tests over Maine. Members of the audience had arrived not only to hear the Navy’s proposal, but also to tell their legislative representatives about their thoughts on using Maine as a test site.

Gov. John R. McKernan, who also attended the hearing, made the first move when he slipped out the door midway through the Navy’s opening presentation. Sen. William S. Cohen quickly left his conspicuous front row seat next to Sen. George J. Mitchell and Rep. Olympia J. Snowe and hovered near the exit at the rear of the hall with his lifelong friend Marshall Frankel of Bangor. A half-hour later, Cohen was no longer in the room.

BANGOR — The chill drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of 840 hardy souls who faced the weather and walked 20 kilometers, raising $43,000 for the March of Dimes. While the weather, more suited to mid-March than late April, may have kept the number of participants in the 15th annual WalkAmerica from reaching previous levels, Bill Turner, area director for the March of Dimes, said that the $43,000 that the walker’s collected was a record

50 years ago — April 25, 1963

BANGOR — Snow and rain averaging ½ inch in water content spread evenly across Maine late Tuesday and early Wednesday. By Wednesday night most of the snow had melted.

Bangor received two inches of snow accompanied by temperatures in the low 30s. Wednesday’s high temperature was 39 degrees.

BANGOR — The work slowdown at the new Bangor High School sitecontinued into the second day of abetted by poor working weather and a team of four union pickets.

Union members did not cross the picket line although observers reported the weather would discourage work anyway.

The only men  working outside of supervisory personnel of the prime contractor, Consolidated Construction, were non-union workers employed by the Bangor Sand and Gravel Company, a subcontractor.

The picketing was aimed, according to reports, at the use of these nonunion workers.

100 years ago — April 25, 1913

BREWER — Although the water supply topic has long been discussed in all its phases and possibilities, still interest is by no means lacking, and there is still, as always, a probability that in the near future conditions will be changed. Charles N. Taylor of Wellesley, Mass., engineer and waterworks contractor, will be in the city and Mayor Nickerson has called a special meeting at which Mr. Taylor will be present and when, through its representatives, the proposition of the Brewer Water Company will be laid before the council. This proposition is for water supply from Hatcase Pond and does not in the main differ materially from that of the B.R. and E. Company last year, except of course as to water purity and another important feature, water pressure in case of fire.

So far as existing conditions are concerned, it is the consensus of opinion of those who know that the water from the Penobscot now furnished to Brewer is a continual menace to the health of the community.

BANGOR — Plans for the annual meeting of the Maine State Grange will be made at a session of the executive committee to be held in Bangor when a formal invitation will be extended by the Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the city that Bangor be chosen for the big gathering in December. The Chamber of Commerce has already expressed Bangor’s desire to entertain the Grangers, a committee from the organization having been present at the last annual meeting in Portland.


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