10 years ago — May 9, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BREWER — A Brewer home will receive national attention on “If These Walls Could Talk,” airing on the Home and Garden Network. The red brick 1836 Greek Revival home of Paul Noddin and Scott Hamilton at 171 Wilson St. will be featured on the cable series about historic homes.
The house was built by housewright Lewis Howard, then sold to land developer James Warren. Upon his death, the Warren sons sold their shares to their sister Sabrina, who was married to Marcellus Veazie, son of the timber baron Samuel Veazie. They in turn sold to businessman Thomas Dooey, and house remained in the hands of the Dooey family until 1994, when Noddin and Hamilton bought it. They spent eight months restoring it.
BANGOR — General Electric Power Systems did not need to lay off as many people as planned a couple of months ago; its parent office in Atlanta secured a contract to build 14 steam turbines to help China meet its energy needs when it hosts the Olympics in 2008.
Plant manager David Cox said the Bangor facility will begin working on parts for those turbines next year, the contract having saved approximately 25 jobs that were going to be cut permanently.
25 years ago — May 9, 1988
ORONO — Bright sun washed over a crowd of 7,500 spectators while a stiff wind nipped at the caps and gowns of more than 1,400 graduates during the 171st commencement at Alumni Field at the University of Maine.
The graduates let out a collective shout of celebration as soon as the university concert and symphonic bands struck up “Pomp and Circumstance” for the opening march.
U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell delivered the commencement address.
BREWER — A fire which apparently started in an adjoining field spread to woods between Route 1A and Interstate 395 south of the Green Point Road, burning an estimated 35 acres of grass and five acres of slash and scrub pine, Capt. Brian Houston of the Brewer Fire Department reported. It took approximately two hours, with the aid of firefighters from Holden and Eddington. to bring the fire under control.
The Stable Inn Corp. pwms most of the scorched land, but the fire touched upon the properties of two other property owners, Houston said.
50 years ago — May 9, 1963
VEAZIE — One hundred and twenty-five years of service to the community of Veazie are being celebrated this week by the Veazie Congregational Church, formed in 1838, when Veazie was still known as North Bangor. The church was named the Congregational Church of North Bangor. The church was built by members raising money to selling rights to pews. When the town of Veazie was incorporated in 1856, the church’s name was changed to Congregational Church of Veazie.
The Ladies Aid kept the church in repair over the years and provided funds to finance church expenses.
Miss Addie Weed, church clerk since February 1949, is credited with typing church records into a cohesive history.
BANGOR — A romantic, laughter-bright tour of Paris, LOndon and Vienna awaits moviegoers in the new film treat “Come Fly With Me” which opened at the Bangor Opera House. Dolores Hart, Lois Nettleton and Pamela Tiffin portray international airline hostesses who find fun all over the globe. Karl Malden portrays a wealthy Texan, Hugh O’Brien a pilot and Karl Boehm a member of royalty.
100 years ago — May 9, 1913
BANGOR — “No, sir, the bicycle is not diminishing in popularity and to judge by the business we have done this spring, I should say it is increasing,” said Mr. Dakin of the Bangor Sporting Goods Co., one of the largest dealers in bicycles in eastern Maine. Previous to the present season, he said, the sales of bicycles largely had been confined to the lower-priced machines, but this spring buyers wanted the better class and more expensive bicycles.
ORRINGTON — H.H. Brooks of Orrington found some odd-looking hand and arm bones and three joints of a tail while digging clay for tile making. The bones were found 10 feet deep in the clay bank of the Penobscot River approximately six miles below Bangor, at the tile works of Mr. Brooks. The clay is part of an ancient sea deposit although it is now 40 miles from the sea. As far as is known, the bones belonged to one of the extinct saurian or lizard type of sea monsters measuring 20 feet or more in length.
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