10 years ago — Aug. 29, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Searching the night sky with his telescope this week, Simon Wesley quickly found what he was looking for.
“Number seven!” the Bangor High School physics teacher called out, delighted to have found Uranus, the solar system’s seventh planet.
Wesley hopes to impart his passion for astronomy to students this fall when he shares the powerful 8-foot-long telescope he and his father made 25 years ago.
Students use a special computer program to activate the telescope. First they see a virtual image of the night sky on the computer screen. Then by clicking on a particular celestial object the telescope and the dome automatically rotate to the target.
ORONO, LITTLE FALLS, N.J., and parts in between — There’s very little disagreement among minor league baseball coaches or players about what’s the worst about road trips. Almost everyone agrees: Bus rides drive them crazy.
The best way to combat the worst the road has to offer is to be sure to provide three basic things: Music, entertainment and comfort. For most busing ballplayers, that means remembering to bring along CDs, personal stereos, DVDs, laptops and most importantly, pillows.
25 years ago — Aug. 29, 1988
BANGOR — Ten students will get their education at home during the 1988-89 academic year if the Bangor School Committee approves all of the homeschool applications received so far.
The number represents an increase of five students over last year, many from the same families who tried one child in the school process a year ago.
Bangor’s increase in home-school applications reflects a statewide trend despite a new concern — the fact that state law no longer will require home-school students to take statewide assessment tests this year.
The trend toward a large increase in home-school applications is not found in communities surrounding Bangor where school officials are reporting decreases or increases of one or two applications for home schooling.
BANGOR — The rich history of Maine’s labor movement flows through the state like its mighty rivers. Only a few people, however, know it well enough to navigate these sometimes turbulent waters.
That’s why the Greater Bangor Area-Central Labor Council decided to create a mural that visually would tell the saga of Maine’s working men and women. The outdoor painting, which covers two adjacent walls, was completed this week.
“The mural begins in 1636, when the first labor stoppage occurred in North America off Richmond Island (south of Cape Elizabeth) when fishermen who hadn’t been paid in six months organized to gain pay,” said GBA-CLC President Jack McKay in a press release.
50 years ago — Aug. 29, 1963
HAMPDEN — Robert B. McLaughlin entertained at an open house at his residence on Cottage Street on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Mr. McLaughlin has lived in Hampden for more than 50 years, coming here from Kingman in 1913. The earlier part of his life here was spent on the farm in West Hampden at the top of Shaw Hill. He moved to Cottage Street in Hampden Village in 1946 and is still active as a fertilizer distributor.
BANGOR — A former resident of Bangor, Paul Dugas was among those receiving a master’s degree at the Miami University, Ohio, summer commencement. Dugas left a 10-year career as a professional broadcaster for a career in college teaching. He has been appointed to the speech department at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., as an instructor of broadcasting.
The former Bangorite was sports director of radio station WABI from 1951 to 1956.
He recently completed a thesis concerning radio programming that evolved from the impact of television that has been acclaimed by his faculty advisers as a valuable addition to the already existing texts used for undergraduate instruction in broadcasting.
Dugas’s wife Roberta was formerly a nurse at Eastern Maine General Hospital and in the office of Dr. Robert Barrett.
100 years ago — Aug. 29, 1913
VERONA — The new piece of state road which has just been completed on Verona Island is a very excellent piece of road. The new road commences at the Verona Park Road and extends down about 200 feet to what is known as the Fair place. There have been four culverts of corrugated iron placed in the road. The road is a turnpike one, 23 feet in width. The road was done under the direction of George Delano of Verona. There were 23 men working on the road, the piece being completed in 12 days. The state road commissioner said that when he inspected it, that the road from the bridge as far as completed is the best piece of turnpike road he has driven over in his district.
BANGOR — Many camera shutters were snapped at the Eastern Maine State Fair grounds at Maplewood Park and scores of amateur photographers carried the Eastman camera which are being offered in special sale by the Bangor Daily News.
Bring to the NEWS office, in Exchange Street, one camera coupon clipped from the NEWS, and $1.49, and you will receive one of these fine cameras, together with a box of 12 rolls of film and a book of instructions.
The camera the NEWS offers is not a cheap contrivance; for if it were the NEWS would have nothing to do with it. On the contrary, this Eastman camera is a very practicable machine. It takes a good picture, 3½ inches by 3½ inches in size, and is easily carried.
The scenes and incidents of the bygone days linger in the mind, and the memory of them is dear; but how much it adds to the good times enjoyed in other days, at home, near home and far away, if one can turn to an album and look upon the faces and the localities which figured in the making of those worth remembering occasions.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN