10 years ago — Aug. 22, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
MILFORD — Students at three schools within School Union 90 will bring home only three report cards this year. Union 90 includes Alton, Greenbush, Bradley and Milford. Greenbush will stay with quarterly report cards.
The reason why the schools are switching how they report grades has to do with adhering to new federal requirements, said Alton Elementary School Principal Phyllis Walder. Walder said the school is trying to stay ahead of requirements for the No Child Left Behind legislation.
BANGOR — The children at Cascade Park were having such a good time they probably didn’t realize there was serious business afoot.
As if the park’s waterfalls, flower gardens, arching footbridge and splashy fountain weren’t enough, the annual Health and Safety Party, sponsored by Penquis Community Action Program and the Covering Kids and Families Campaign, kept the younger set busy with face painting, games, a rubber ducky race, free refreshments, balloons, Frisbees, you-yos and more.
But intermingled with the entertainment were serious, potentially life saving, lessons for the youngsters and their parents, and several opportunities for connecting with the health care system.
25 years ago — Aug. 22, 1988
BANGOR — Tim McKay, firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Bangor Fire Department, accepted a plaque for heroism from Steven Hasson, state administrator of Maine Fire Training and Education at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, during a ceremony at EMVTI. McKay was honored for rescuing an 18-month-old child from a burning building in Bangor.
ORONO — Most students who earned degrees at the University of Maine received polite applause. One student received a standing ovation when she accepted her graduate degree in liberal studies.
For nearly 75 years, family responsibilities sidetracked Elizabeth Crosby, 96, of Castine, from completing her studies. At the commencement, she became the oldest student to earn a degree at the University of Maine.
Before she qualified for a graduate degree, Crosby had to finish a course in German and another about American romantic authors.
Crosby’s thesis came from a deep interest in the Panama Canal, which she visited in 1977. She also admired President Theodore Roosevelt, who promoted ratification of the original Panama Canal Treaty.
50 years ago — Aug. 22, 1963
BANGOR — The Type III polio vaccine, originally scheduled for distribution in Bangor in October, will not be given out until at least December and possibly not until early spring, according to an announcement by William M. Shook Jr. at a meeting of the Bangor Kiwanis Club.
The city’s new public health director attributed the delay to a heavy demand for Type III across the country. Types I and II were given to approximately 55,000 persons in Bangor last year, he said.
Discussing generally Bangor’s future public health program, Shook told the Kiwanis that the department is keeping tabs on a measles vaccine, currently under development.
BREWER — The Brewer School System will welcome 25 new teachers when school opens on Sept. 4.
Four of these teachers will fill new positions created by increased enrollment and 21 will be replacements for the teachers who have left the Brewer system. Fifteen have had previous teaching experience and 10 are new to the teaching field.
Repairs and improvements that have been made during the summer include the installation of sprinkler systems in the junior high and Dirigo schools. The State Street School and Washington Street School have been repainted on the outside and the Dirigo School has been repainted on the inside.
The blacktop has been extended at the Capri Street School and the grounds have been landscaped and seeded. Trees planted by the Kiwanis Club during the summer add to the appearance of the grounds of this school
A new wing is being added to the high school. This will cause some inconvenience during the year and necessitates a change of parking area.
100 years ago — Aug. 22, 1913
BANGOR — Bangor people will get to see Bovis and Franko dance the Argentine Tango on the stage of the Bijou Theatre. Besides the famous Argentine Tango, this graceful pair will do the Texas Tommy, the turkey trot and a lot more.
OLD TOWN — There was a pretty double wedding yesterday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church when Misses Rose Anna and Dorimma Bridgette, daughters of Mrs. and Mrs. Lewis Brissette of Milford were united in marriage to Edmund Parody and Charles Willett of Great Works.
The brides were becomingly attired in brocade gowns and white hats.
Mr. Parody and Mr. Willett reside in Great Works and are employed by Penobscot Chemical Fibre Co.’s mill. They will make their home in Milford.
ALTON — The supper and musical entertainment held by the Ladies’ Aid of the Methodist Episcopal Society was largely attended by friends from Old Town. The singing by Mr. and Mrs. Drew of Massachusetts and Dr. Varney’s orchestra from Old Town were very good.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN