10 years ago — May 30, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — During the run all of “I Hate Hamlet,” earlier this month at Penobscot Theatre, Michael Mendelson, the lead in the show and the New York actor, if you’ve wrenching curtain speech. He spoke of the critical danger of the theater’s financial situation, and he reiterated a public announcement that had been made just before opening night: The theater would close at the end of summer if enough money couldn’t be raised to support it.
If the speech caused some in the audience to feel sympathetic, the network. Check started coming in. Today more than $50,000 has been raised. Already the money is being applied to the theater’s $80,000 deficit. The fundraising goal is $250,000.
BANGOR — Eight days into the 2003 Northeast League season, the Bangor Lumberjacks hoped to have seven games under their belts and, hopefully, a winning percentage of .571 or better.
On the day or their home opener at the University of Maine Mahaney diamond in Orono, the lumberjacks have had bad and good news. They have only played one game, but they are batting 1.000 in the win percentage column.
just as snow and rain dogged Portland Sea Dogs and wiped out the first week of their season, rain has been a knot in the Lumberjacks plans, wiping out six of the team’s first seven games.
About the only thing the Lumberjacks have been able to do since winning their season opener is throw the ball around in the hotel hallways. The only baseball they’d seen as on TV.
25 years ago — May 30, 1988
BREWER — When a wreath is laid at the grave of Lt. Isaac E.Clewley in the North Brewer Cemetery, it will be a tribute to a family that has sent men to at least five wars.
The Clewley family has been associated with Memorial Day since the American Revolution, according to information in the “History and Families,” by Mildred N. Thayer and Mrs. Edward W. Ames.
It was Lt. Isaac E. Clewley (1729-1800) who served with Col. Josiah Brewer in 1776 at Frankfort where Fort Pownal had been built in 1759. Clewley lived through the revolution, and later obtained a grant of land and homesteaded near Mount Recluse Cemetery in Stockton Springs.
Lt. Clewley’s son, Isaac II, was a Minuteman from the beginning of the Revolutionary War and served as gunner and bombardier until Dec. 31, 1780. Various historical note show him as a settler up Holden in 1790.
Isaac Clewley V, great-great-grandson of Lt. Isaac Clewley, was killed in World War II. He was a member of the 152nd Field Artillery, Maine National Guard, stationed at Brewer, and was sent to the Solomon Islands, at Munda on New Georgia Island, he was killed in 1943.
Isaac’s brother, Everett, also was killed in World War II.
Other Clewley’s who served included Augustus, son of Isaac II, who died in the Civil War.
50 years ago — May 30, 1963
BANGOR — Commander John M. Hoctor of the Naval Reserve Training Center belied the notion that American youth has “gone soft” in a Memorial Day address at the Brewer Kiwanis Club meeting at the Plaza Hotel.
The commander said that his experiences in World War II have shown them that American youth has the ability and the courage to meet any future threat to our country. American kids generally know how to come through under pressure, he claimed
BANGOR — There is a stark, strong adult drama now playing at the Bangor Opera House, arriving, with little fanfare, in theaters across the nation “Hud” is revealing itself as a distinctly different products of Hollywood.
There is a 17-year-old boy, Brandon de Wilde, in the story who needs, as most adolescents do, to look up to someone. He can emulate his aging grandfather, portrayed by Melvyn Douglas, who lives by the traditional creeds and values we like to think are the strongest in America, or he can move in the pattern of his ruthless, attractive uncle who is as voracious, intelligent and lazy a heal as you’ll ever see on the screen, and who is violently and brilliantly interpreted by Paul Newman.
100 years ago — May 30, 1913
BANGOR — The Human Butterfly act, a sensational aerial spectacle which has amazed Europe, will be seen with Ringling Brothers circus in the city soon. It is the most beautiful and at the same time the most daring of high wire performances.
The three Ty-Bell sisters, the originators of the act, who presented it in Europe, are three Venus-like girls who are suspended from the dome of the tent by means of slender steel wires. To these they cling with the mere use of their teeth. By means of invisible machinery about them, they are made to revolve, dart, fly and circle through space with the grace and ease of seagulls. Throughout the act a battery of calcium and electric spotlights flood them in fantastic colors with kaleidoscopic effect.
BANGOR — A correspondent of the News calls attention to the fact that no circus has sent its parade through Exchange Street for years, although this is one of the city’s two main business thoroughfares, and there is a fine chance for a parade turn, or countermarch, in the big square before the Maine Central Station. The complaint seems well justified, and when the agent of the Ringling Circus is laying out the route of the parade — which will be on the afternoon of the day before the show arrives — the matter can, and should, be brought to his attention. He would doubtless be glad to oblige the Exchange Street businessmen, if possible.
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