10 years ago — July 4, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — More than 300 military men and women will return to the United States for the first time in up to a year, and organizers hope a Fourth of July crowd will gather at Bangor International Airport to help celebrate their arrival.
The troops have been stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They will be in the area for 60 to 90 minutes while the planes refuel before heading back to their homes bases.
BANGOR — The U.S. Coast Guard will assist in policing festivities in Bangor this Fourth of July. The USCG cutter Tackle will stay throughout the holiday, providing tours and also maintaining the safety of the Penobscot River downstream from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge. The ship cannot be used upstream because the river is too shallow. The Tackle uses its reinforced prow to break ice on the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers in winter.
25 years ago — July 4, 1988
DIXMONT — Frank Fuller of Dixmont will leave Bangor Sept. 19 to deliver sacks of mail to Augusta and points in between. However, Fuller is not a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, and he will not drive a truck.
Fuller, who hopes to relive the 1850s when the mail was carried by the Bangor and Augusta Stage and not by motorized vehicles, will deliver mail to Augusta in a horse-drawn stage coach he built himself.
VEAZIE — During a recent meeting of the Veazie planning board Wayne Heath received preliminary approval for a 17-acre subdivision on Jackson Drive. His proposal includes extending Jackson Drive approximately 635 feet and building approximately 2,600 feet of roads within the development.
ORONO — A cooperative exchange program between the University of Maine College of Forestry Resources and the Ministry of Forestry of the People’s Republic of China becomes official this month when a group of faculty and staff members travel to Beijing to share their expertise and get a firsthand look at the country’s extensive efforts to re-establish its forests.
50 years ago — July 4, 1963
BANGOR — Norbert X. Dowd, executive secretary of the Bangor Chamber of Commerce, told the Bangor Kiwanis Club that he hoped none of the local merchants would use the crowds attracted by the eclipse of the sun as an excuse to increase prices. He said that the eclipse, which will occur July 20, is being exploited to its fullest extent by the local Chamber of Commerce and the state Department of Economic Development.
BREWER — Without use of insecticides, the price of food would increase by 25 percent, according to Charles Burgoine, representative of the Niagara Chemical Company. Speaking on “The Function and Values of Insecticides” to the Brewer Kiwanis Club at the Plaza Motel, Burgoine said that our food supply would be cut in half if insecticides were discontinued. Referring to a recent movement to curb use of insecticides, Burgoine said that we have to make up our mind whether or not we want to remain the best fed country in the world.
BANGOR — Two Bangor High School 1963 graduates, Brenda Stone and Joel Alpert, left this week via Northeast Airlines on the first leg of a seven-week tour of Europe. They are making the trip with a tour arranged by the Hebrew Culture Society. They will go to New York for orientation,
leave via Air France and land in Paris. From there they will go to Marseilles where the group will board the SS Herzl for a trip down the Mediterranean. They will visit Naples, Italy, and go on to Israel where they will spend three week visiting different cities.
Brenda Stone is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Stone of 185 Norfolk St. This fall she will enter Boston University.
Alpert is a National Honor Society student, who as a junior attended the University of Maine last summer. He will attend UMaine this fall. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Alpert of 266 French St.
BREWER — Bubble gum contests were held at each of the three playgrounds in Brewer with prizes awarded to the boy and girl having the largest bubble. Winners at the Pendleton Street grounds were Barbie Williams and Ernest Ashlock, and runner-up Theresa Maker; at School Street, Beverly Wilson, Bobby Fortier and runner-up Connie Wedge; and Washington Street, Kathy Parlee, Alan Falvey and runner-up Cherry Connolly.
100 years ago — July 4, 1913
HAMPDEN — Riverside Park will be a popular place today, and a fine Fourth of July observance has been planned. There will be a band concert, and there will bandmusic in Bangor in the morning. Then there will be four performances in the rustic theater. “The Whirl of the Town” is the entertainment and it is a good one, too — plenty of bright music, skillful comedians and shapely, pretty girls. There will be dancing in the casino and refreshments can be purchased at all hours.
BUCKSPORT — The tanneries in town will be closed down to give the men a chance to celebrate the Fourth. Among the attractions in town are baseball between the nine of the Fort Knox lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a dance organized by the ladies, ice cream and cake, and a large display of fireworks.
WINTERPORT — The death of Mrs. Margaret Hughes, widow of Bryan Hughes, occurred in this city on Thursday at the age of 57 years, 3 months and 27 days. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Henry Otis of Frankfort, and three brothers, Patrick Donlin of Frankfort, Timothy Donlin of Medford, Mass., and Edward Donlin of Winterport. Mrs. Hughes was a native of Winterport and her remains were taken to that town by boat for burial.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN