10 years ago — Oct. 3, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
VERONA — Contrary to local concerns that the problems on the Waldo-Hancock Bridge have discouraged motorists from using it, state figures indicate bridge traffic was greater this summer than in the past.
Although traffic dropped immediately after the bridge was posted in July, the state’s figures indicate the average daily traffic on the bridge was significantly more than the same time period in 2000.
BANGOR — Earlier this year, when the Penobscot Theatre experienced a near-death episode due to financial instability, the community rallied around theater Director Mark Torres and his goal to raise $250,000 in less than four months. While the final count last month of $241,000 was just shy of that goal, it was enough to send the message to Torres that Bangor theatergoers want the local performing arts institution to thrive.
25 years ago — Oct. 3, 1988
BANGOR — For the hundreds of children waiting to swarm over the Creative Playground, [the dedication ceremony] was probably nothing more than an annoyance. All they wanted to do was get into the massive 30,000-square-foot, $90,000 playground their parents and friends spent five days putting together.
After receiving a key to the city from Edward Barrett, playground architect and Bangor native Robert Leathers led the children in a countdown that rivaled the anticipation of Discovery’s launch into space last Wednesday.
Leathers said his biggest project to date came together well.
ORONO — It was a day of many questions and few answers as opponents and proponents of arms control met at the University of Maine to consider the perils and responsibilities in the nuclear age.
Approximately 600 people attended what was the second symposium on nuclear war to be held in the past two years by the Physicians for Social Responsibility, Eastern Maine Chapter. The theme was national and international security.
Dr. Bernard Lown, a UMaine alumni who won a 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, bluntly told participants that “humans and nuclear weapons can’t co-exist.”
50 years ago — Oct. 3, 1963
BANGOR — A Bangor educational budget for 1964 totaling $3,155,146, a new record, and including an increase in teacher salary scales, was announced by the school department.
However, the sting of higher educational costs will be relieved somewhat by additional federal revenues, so that the net increase next year will be only $51,144 over the current 1963 school costs.
BANGOR — John S. Taylor, president of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, reviewed the orchestra’s 67-year history at the Bangor Kiwanis Club meeting at the Bangor House.
The orchestra began, he said, with a group of 16-odd local musicians who used to gather for a weekly long-haired jam session. The public was invited to the meetings and gradually the idea caught on until the musicians formally organized themselves at the Little Symphony in 1896. Only five years later it was incorporated as the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and has been going strong ever since.
BANGOR — Capt. Carl R. Lobley, 61, turns in his badge on Oct. 20 after 33 years with the Bangor Police Department.
During his career, Lobley held every position with the department, including a six-month tenure as chief.
The captain’s career was almost shortened a number of times, but his closest brush with death was on Columbus Day 1937 when killer and bank robber Al Brady came to town and never left.
“[FBI Agent} Myron Gurney and myself were both equipped with machine guns and Gurney hollered to Brady to get out of the car with his hands up and he leveled the machine gun at him,” Lobely said.
100 years ago — Oct. 3, 1913
BANGOR — We can’t all go to New York and Philadelphia next week to see the series of baseball games between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics. Through the energy of Manager Bogrett of the Bijou theater, who induced the New York managers to include this theater on the list of the big Keith theaters for the installation of the Electric Score Board for the reproduction of the world series, the local baseball lovers can enjoy the game from the comfortable seats of the Bijou and see see every play made on the diamond accurately duplicated on the Electric Score Board a second or two after the actual play is made.
With a direct Western Union telegraph wire from the ball grounds to the side of the Electric Score Board on the stage of the Bijou, each end in the charge of a rapid and expert telegrapher, and with an experienced student of baseball by the side of the operator, every play is instantly re-enacted by a series of colored lights.
BREWER — A very quiet home wedding attended by the members of the families of the bride and groom took place in this city at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harriman in Jordan street, when Miss Ethel May Sherwood of Hampden became the bride of Donald A. Harriman of this city. The Rev. E.M. Cousins of the First Congregational church of this city performed the single ring service.
The bride wore a becoming traveling gown of brown. Mr. and Mrs. Harriman left immediately after the ceremony for a wedding trip.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin