10 years ago — June 27, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Sometimes success is marked by a blue-ribbon certificate of recognition, and progress is measured in charts and graphs. But for Francine Starks, ribbons and charts can’t represent the attitude of a 22-year-old woman who works at Spruce Run in Bangor, the state’s oldest domestic violence response agency.
“She thinks differently of herself as a female on this planet than I ever will,” said Starks, the agency’s community response and training coordinator. “She can’t even begin to understand that there was a time when this agency and the police and prosecutors didn’t all work together [to stem domestic violence]. It’s an awesome and foreign concept to her. That tells me that we have accomplished a phenomenal amount in 30 years. It warms my heart.”
LEVANT — A town library where young and old and anyone in between can come to read a good book, peruse a periodical or take a trip down memory lane took a step closer to reality this week with the announcement of a grant from a pair of well-known Maine authors.
Actually, it was a giant step forward, with representatives of what would become the Levant Heritage Library, announcing that a $50,000 grant from Stephen and Tabitha King would become the foundation for a small but growing library with high ideals.
The committee has been working for about three years to develop a library the town could call its own. The 365-square-feet building is too small, but will serve as a starting point for what is envisioned as an ongoing project that will see the library grow and change with the times and needs.
25 years ago — June 27, 1988
KENDUSKEAG — Seven Cub Scouts of Pack 45 have achieved Arrow of Light rank, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, the equivalent of Eagle rank in the Boy Scouts. They were honored during a ceremony at Galen Cole Field.
The seven are Brian Pierce, Aaron Dyer, Adam Small, Jack McKay, Eric Cookson, Jonathan Griffith and Jeremy Gallant. The boys started Cub Scouting together four years ago. They became Tiger Cubs at age 7. Five the boys attend Morrison Memorial School and two attend school in Hudson. All plan to enter sixth grade at Central Middle School in Corinth.
50 years ago — June 27, 1963
BRADFORD — ZIP Code numbers for post offices in the Eastern Maine area have been announced by postmasters.
Postedmasters have urged that all persons use the ZIP Code numbers on their correspondence to speed mail deliveries and to reduce the chance of mis-sent mail.
Bradford writers would use 04410. The Stetson number is 04488 and at Kenduskeag the number is 04450. The Zip Code number for Winterport is 04496 while that in Bradley is 04411.
DIXMONT — The U.S. Education Office has certified $3,185 for immediate payment to School District 23 in Dixmont under the government’s assistance program for schools in areas where enrollments have been swollen by children whose parents work at nearby federal installations, the offices of U.S. Rep. Clifford McIntyre and U.S. Sens. Edmund Muskie and Margaret Chase Smith announced.
BREWER — A special event at each of the three Brewer playgrounds was a drawing contest, under the general supervision of Mrs. Martha Perkins, director. The drawings were judged as being the most original, neatest and most creative. Winners were at Pendleton Street, Steve Ward, Cindy Dorr and Deborah Christiansen; Washington Street, David Geaghan, Ricky England and Jerry Falvey; and School Street, Janice Hamilton, Sue Harnum and Wendy Hatt. There were approximately 350 children at the three playgrounds.
100 years ago — June 27, 1913
BANGOR — For three years the Young Buffalo Wild West and Col. Cummins Far East has held the reputation of being the best in its line. Each year the organization has grown, attraction upon attraction having been added, each being the peer of its class. The organization will exhibit in Bangor the afternoon and evening of Monday next.
Among the featured numbers on the program probably the best known, is the sharpshooting act of Annie Oakley, famed as the champion wing and rifle shot of the world. She holds the championship by virtue of her extraordinary performances at a number of international contests and will justify her claim to it at each performance of the combined shows here.
In the show, Cossacks from the steppes of Russia perform the feats of horsemanship that made them famous since Rome ruled the world. South America is represented by the gauchos, Africa by Arabs and Dahemians, Asia by Hindus, Japanese and Chinese, Australia by Bushmen, and the South Sea Islands Maoris and Cingalese. Every obscure corner of the world has been searched for material and is exploited in this exhibition
ALTON — The Ladies Aid met with Mrs. Charles Collins. All members are requested to be present to complete the work on the quilts that was begun at the last meeting.
The Stetson school, district number 1 closed June 20, after a successful term of 10 weeks, taught by Claire Haynes of Winn. The pupils not absent during the term Ranson Hinkley, Bertha Drake, Darren Drake, James Young and William McKechnie.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN