10 years ago — Aug. 8, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — As far as Keith Goffin was concerned, his wife, Tzveti Goffin, has been serving the United States for the past six years, ensuring that their household ran smoothly while he was deployed by the Army to destinations across the globe, mostly recently in Iraq.
Tzveti Goffin made it official this week when she took the citizenship oath with 28 other people living in Maine during a naturalization ceremony at the Cole Land Transportation Museum. The ceremony was followed by the dedication of the Maine State Purple Heart Memorial, located next to the World War II memorial at the museum.
The Goffins met in Bulgaria, her native country, while both were working for the United Nations.
BANGOR — Made by seven members of a sewing guild, signed by 150 firefighters and already having resided in eight Bangor-area fire departments, a new American Spirit Quilt has found a new home at the Company 5 Hose Museum on State Street.
Members of the Bangor Area Chapter of the American Sewing Guild and representatives of the Bangor Fire Department joined together for the presentation of the quilted banner. It honors the efforts of firefighters everywhere and commemorates the efforts of firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001.
25 years ago — Aug. 8, 1988
BANGOR — The gates to the 139th Bangor State Fair closed for the season Saturday night, ending a week that probably will go down in the fair’s history books.
Dale Theriault, executive director at Bass Park, said that 114,000 people passed through the gates, far surpassing last year’s record of 70,000.
Theriault attributed the record breaking crowds to the one price admission charge, the weather, “and I hope a good product.”
If you’re in business, keep daily records or just write occasional notes today is something special. It’s 8-8-88! That translates, of course, into Aug. 8, 1988, and it won’t happen again for 100 years.
Similar oddities, however, occur once every 11 years. Last time it was on July 7, 1977. Nextime will be Sept. 9, 1999.
It’s hardly an earth-shattering event, but for the average person, it occurs only seven or eight times in a lifetime.
50 years ago — Aug. 8, 1963
BANGOR — The old Bangor-Brewer bridge reopened after three days of bumper-to-bumper traffic in the twin cities.
However, traffic crossing the old bridge will be pestered from time to time throughout the rest of the summer with workmen who still have to replace two more spans under the bridge. The contractor, Norman E. Jackson of Pittsfield, promised that the bridge will not be closed again.
The bridge was shut off to traffic a week ago and all traffic that regularly used the old bridge has to be re-routed across the Joshua Chamberlain toll bridge.
During the peak hours as many as 1,000 cars an hour passed through the Chamberlain toll gates.
BANGOR — Bangor police hauled away six cars, including one containing a police dog, from the High Street parking lot.
The parkers, according to police, had removed barricades placed across the entrance of the parking lot by the public works department, which had scheduled the removal of two giant elms at the lot in order to pave the parking area.
Police were unable to locate the owners of the vehicles and had them towed away. It cost the owners $7 apiece to reclaim their automobiles.
BANGOR — Robert C. Woodward, librarian, reports that during July the Extension Department of the Bangor Public LIbrary processed 184 boxes of books which will be sent in the fall to elementary classrooms in all public and parochial schools.
Several hundred books were received for eventual assignment in the new junior high school libraries and orders were sent for nearly 1,000 others.
The work of this department is little noticed by the public, but it is an important contribution to the educational program of the schools.
Principal Statistics for July 1963 were: Books acquired, 945; home use of books, 25,668; and reference inquiries answered, 987. Patients at the Eastern Maine General Hospital borrowed 1,251 books. 533 borrowers were registered.
100 years ago — Aug. 8, 1913
HAMPDEN — The rustic theater at Riverside Park, which seats 1,500 persons with ease, has been crowded every night since Jack Dempsey and his talented associates began their engagement in “The Aeronauter.” Mingled in the crowds have been many out-of-the-city visitors, who have declared the entertainment equal to any that can be found in a New England park — and superior to most.
Dempsey, while by no means the whole show, is still a host in himself, and there is no lack of amusement when he his on the stage — which is a good part of the time. He is as good a dancer as he is a comedian, and he gets enough applause every night at the close of his speciality to satisfy an opera star.
The company is young — its average age cannot be more than 25. The girls, both principals and chorus, are exceptionally attractive and pretty. There is not a “stick” or a bad actor in the lot.
It has been a prosperous season at Riverside, and the only regret is that Maine summers being very short, it must come to an end in two weeks.
HAMPDEN — Rodney, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carmichael, was badly hurt by a hay fork, causing a fracture of the skull just behind an ear. He is still under the doctor’s care, and doing very well.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN