10 years ago — Aug. 15, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — With an even larger crowd expected for the National Folk Festival next weekend on the city’s waterfront, festival organizers have taken steps to help avoid some of the traffic and parking hassles some attendees experienced in 2002.
The changes are aimed at enhancing the festival experience by making it easier to get there, according to Heather McCarthy, the national event’s local organizer.
Last year, an estimated 80,000 people attended the festival over its three-day run. This year, the second of the festival’s three-year stay here, as many as 100,000 are expected to attend.
BANGOR — It was an experience Orono-Veazie pitcher Andrew Patterson won’t forget, although he probably wouldn’t mind forgetting the early innings of Pool A Senior League World Series game against U.S. West champion Hilo, Hawaii.
The Hilo team scored seven runs in the first two innings, then held off the host Orono-Veazie squad 8-6 as Pool B closed out the competition at Mansfield Stadium.
Orono-Veazie, which won a World Series berth by virtue of its win in Maine’s District 3 tournament finishes the World Series at 1-3.
25 years ago — Aug. 15, 1988
BREWER — The publicity campaign for the Brewer Community Playground project began last week. The playground, designed by Robert Leathers, is named the Dazzling Dinosaur Design. Casey Jacobs, 6, and Sara Green, 9, wore the project’s publicity T-shirts while handing out project brochures at Brewer’ public pool. Playground officials said construction would begin June 14, 1989.
50 years ago — Aug. 15, 1963
BANGOR — “It means so much to them to get their United States citizenship; perhaps we don’t realize what it can mean — those of us who have always had it.” This is something Mrs. Jessie Ingraham, 83, of Bangor has observed in her years as Americanism chairman for the Frances Deighton Williams Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She had what she feels is a privilege in attending each session of the Naturalization Court when adults and children become citizens of this country. She has greeted more than 2,000 new citizens in her position as Americanism chairman and presented them with silk flags from the DAR Chapter. She has never missed a naturalization session since she became chairman in 1943.
Mrs. Ingraham has witnessed many unusual happenings in the court. She remembers in particular the 1957-58 session at which James Ramsey of Bangor who at age 101 fulfilled a lifelong ambition and became a U.S. citizen. Born in Newfoundland, he had been a resident of Maine for 70 years. He had never learned to read or write and, as a result, never tried to pass before. “Through the efforts of Congressman Clifford G. McIntire,” Mrs. Ingraham said, “[Mr. Ramsey] was accepted.”
MILFORD — Just before the skies cleared after the heavy electrical storm which hit this area Wednesday around noon, Mr. and Mrs. Rodolph Ashe of Milford saw an unusual sight in the southeastern sky. Mrs. Ashe described the object as a ball of fire with a trail of smoke, burning and smoking, until it dropped on the top of some trees in the vicinity of the Sunset Trailer Park on the Main Road in Milford. She said she and her husband noticed the fiery object and watched it as it came from the railroad side of the road. It seemed to expire just before it hit the trees. Then all they saw was a bit of smoke. The ball of fire as she described it seemed to be a little larger than a child’s toy ball.
100 years ago — Aug. 15, 1913
LEVANT — It was a big time, the 100th anniversary of this good old town, which was celebrated today. People came pouring into town early, coming in all kinds of rigs from big touring cars to whole neighborhoods in hay-racks. There were never so many people in Levant before and they stayed all day.
The Carmel band was early on the scene and put in the biggest day’s work that any band ever did, playing all three books through five times and lots of tunes they can play without looking on.
Gov. William T. Haines was greeted with long, continued applause. He gave a brief but spirited talk upon the glories of Maine in general and of the good old town of Levant in particular.
He was followed by Sewall Ford, the well known humorist who spoke in a particularly happy vein and kept the audience laughing.
BREWER — The Brooks Brick Company is having its usual busy time and has increased activity for the season. In the main yard, two kilns have been started and in all three yards there is plenty of work for the big crews already larger than ever before. Three million brick is the number manufactured this season in the main yard, while in number 2 yard, 800,000 have been made, with the same number in number 3.
The business is one of the city’s most prosperous, and to those who have never seen brick manufactured and are not familiar with the various stages of manufacture, the counting, sorting, piling, etc., a visit to the yards is of interest.
BANGOR — Whether some of the jewels that were stolen from the society women at Narragansett Pier have found their way to Bangor, or a mysterious conversation on a Bangor wharf late last night related to a cargo of whiskey is something that the reporters were unable to find out, and there were no sheriff or police around to listen and chase it up.
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