10 years ago — Oct. 10, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
HERMON — A Hermon woman’s invention will be featured on “Invent This!,” a new series airing on the TechTV Network. Diane Zegarra invented the Study Buddy five years ago to help her daughter learn to read. She got the idea after watching family members read the backs of cereal boxes at the breakfast table.
The Study Buddy is a tote bag a little larger than a cereal box. It has a pocket of clear vinyl into which homework sheets or coloring books can be inserted. It also has other pockets for things such as erasable markers. Workbooks, textbooks, magazines and coloring books can be carried inside the Study Buddy.
BANGOR — It’s official. The Bangor Lumberjacks can now call Bangor home. The ceremonial digging of dirt and signing papers outside Harold Alfond Field and the John Winkin Sports Complex on the Husson College campus means Bangor will be a professional baseball team’s host city for the first time ever.
John Winkin, professor and assistant baseball coach at Husson, and former head coach of the University of Maine baseball team, was the driving force behind the effort to attract a pro team to Bangor.
25 years ago — Oct. 10, 1988
BRADLEY — George Hardesty has been building model airplanes most of his life. As a child he had model planes hanging in his bedroom. As an adult he has spent a lot of time building radio-controlled planes, and about six years ago he built an ultra-light plane. His love of planes is confirmed by his work in the life support shop of the Air National Guard base in Bangor.
In 1985, Hardesty sent away for the plans for an amphibious airplane. Now, three years later, Hardesty, who says he has more than 2,000 hours of work and $12,000 in the plane, is looking forward to his first flight.
OLD TOWN — A 17-year-old Old Town High School student was named carrier of the Year when the Bangor Daily News held its annual Sunriser Awards Banquet at Pilots Grill in Bangor.
Ronald LeClair, an honor roll student and pitcher for the Old Town Indians baseball team, who is also the 1988 Maine State Candlepin Bowling champion, won an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World. LeClair also received an original sketch of himself by Tom Hennessey, NEWS staff artist.
Jim Weber, circulation manager, said LeClair covers two newspaper routes on heavily traveled Route 2 in Milford. LeClair starts his day at 5 a.m. and tries to complete delivery by 6:30 a.m. This year, LeClair increased his deliveries by 30 percent over the previous year by keeping tabs on new arrivals and even temporary residents to his area.
50 years ago — Oct. 10, 1963
BANGOR — It must be rather difficult to find directions in the Pushaw Pond area. Twenty-nine signs, stripped from camps, lodges, dance halls and what-have-you in that area, have been turned in to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s office by a Veazie hunter.
Earl R. Parks told officials that he stumbled across the pile of signs while bird hunting in the woods near Veazie gravel pit. The signs, he said, were laying fairly close together in piles, most of them still in good condition.
He reported his find the following morning to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, which is conducting an investigation. At present, the signs are stored in a spare room at the county jail in Bangor.
Deputy Sheriff Alton Leathers is the investigating officer.
BANGOR — Glenn Payne conducted a meeting of the Bangor Committee NAACP with 70 attending.
Mrs. Elay Lewis read Mr. Lewis’ report on housing and Mr. Lewis requested information on refusals in housing due to race or other discrimination in the Bangor area.
George Smith of the legislative action committee reported that State Sen. Frederick W. Whittaker had advised unfavorably on reintroducing the fair housing bill at any forthcoming special session of the Legislature.
A letter was read concerning discrimination against Indians at the Indian Reservation at Old Town and the matter was referred to the executive committee.
100 years ago — Oct. 10, 1913
BREWER — A peculiar accident which, in the proverbial 99 times out of 100 would have resulted disastrously, but from which there were no serious results, was when a horse and cart belonging to the Coulter stables slid off the top of the ledge near the cemetery where a rock was being taken out. The horse, attached to a heavy dumpcart, was at the top where sod and earth is being hauled away. In some manner the horse lost his footing and in an instant horse, harness and cart were in an inextricable heap at the rocky bottom of of the sheer 30-foot drop. Those who saw the accident stood in amazement while the horse turned in the broken shafts with his head toward the dump cart, and began to extricate himself. The heavy cart, a bumping, dragging weight, helped with the heavy saddle to break the horse’s fall and save its life. The next day, the horse was apparently as well as ever.
BANGOR — Rudolph C. Ringwall, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. K.A. Ringwall of this city, has attained a position coveted by many musicians, that of being a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Under the instruction of Mr. H.M. Pullen, Mr. Ringwall commenced lessons on the violin in 1902 at age 11.
On graduating from high school in 1909, he decided to make music his profession. In the fall of that year he entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Without any recommendation other than his own musicianship, Mr. Ringwall played for Dr. Muck, the present conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at his invitation became a member of the world-renowned organization.
Mr. Ringwall, although only 22 years old has made an excellent start in his profession. His native city may well be proud of him.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin