10 years ago — Oct. 17, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BREWER — Bridging the gap between youth and law enforcement is the goal of Officer John Knapp of the Brewer Police Department. As the new liaison officer for Brewer middle and elementary schools, Knapp spends his day interacting with students in a variety of ways.
Putting police officers in schools is becoming an accepted practice around the country, said Brewer Police Capt. Dan Greene. There has been a liaison officer at Brewer High School for the past four or five years.
The job of the liaison officer is to provide students and staff with a sense of security and safety in the schools.
OLD TOWN — Free rolls of toilet paper should be hitting the streets sometime next week. The discontinued Georgia-Pacific Co. paper products are destined for needy people in and around Penobscot County, thanks to a partnership between the paper company and the Old Town transitional team.
“I’ve been working with Kelli [Manigault] from G-P and they had some product that was going to be discontinued and they wanted to get it out to food pantries so that it could be distributed equally,” said Gary Baldwin, director of the Old Town-Orono YMCA. Two thousand cases of toilet tissue was donated to area food pantries.
25 years ago — Oct. 17, 1988
ORONO — An estimated 12,000-15,000 alumni and visitors attended homecoming activities over the weekend at the University of Maine, said Nancy Dysart, director of alumni activities.
Members of the UMaine classes of 1978 and 1983 held reunions and football fans watched Maine defeat Rhode Island, 28-14.
Two well-attended community activities were a crafts fair with more than 300 exhibitors, and a farmer’s market and food fair involving approximately 48 participants, Dysart said.
BANGOR — Like an aging boxer losing the battle to stay in fighting trim, the real estate market in Greater Bangor is getting a little soft around the middle.
“Although sales are up, listings of unsold property also are up,” said Bangor real estate broker Earl C. Black, vice president of Soucy-Black Agency.
Black has been active in the local real estate market since the mid-1970s, when he resigned from a “nice comfortable bank job” to become a partner in Bangor Real Estate. He left Bangor Real Estate in the early 1980s to join Dennis “Don” Soucy in the Soucy-Black Agency.
50 years ago — Oct. 17, 1963
BANGOR — Wreckers wielding equipment from crowbars to bulldozers moved into the Stillwater Park Urban Renewal area, demolishing the first of 85 buildings that eventually will come down.
The work marked the first actual demolition involved in the city’s first venture into urban renewal. Up to this point, the business has been on paper, and some sewer construction, and tackling the difficult problem of relocating families.
Crewmen of Frank R. Currier, Bradley, low bidder for a contract to demolish 26 homes and grade the lots, made short work of the former home of Paul McTigue at 30 Yale St.
Some 85 dwellings involving 68 families have been tabbed as sub-standard and all will be acquired by the Bangor Urban Renewal Authority for demolition.
Options have been signed on 86 property parcels of 200 to be acquired, Urban Renewal Planning Director Walter Snook said.
BANGOR — Bangor Roofing and Sheet Metal Company on Harlow Street became the second of property owners in that area to turn over their buildings and land to the federal government for construction of a new post office-court house.
Records registered at the Penobscot County Registry of Deeds indicated a purchase price of $93,000 for two parcels of land fronting on Harlow Street.
Plans are being drawn up for the $4 million federal building which is expected to get underway sometime early next year. One of the landowners remaining is the city of Bangor which has a public parking area on the Kenduskeag Stream near the federal project.
BANGOR — The Beth Israel Synagogue will observe the congregation’s 75th anniversary and the edifice will be rededicated. This is the oldest synagogue in Maine and it has had a long and illustrious history.
The first group of officers was named in 1897 and a synagogue was built on Center Street near the present Jewish Community Chapel. Max Cohen was the prime mover in that early band of Jewish residents of the city and he served as the first president. He became, before his death, a leader in civic and political life not only in Bangor but in Maine.
The anniversary address will be given by Harold R. Epstein, president; there will be remarks by Edward I. Gross of the City Council; and the Invocation will be given by Rabbi Henry Isaacs. The principal address of the evening will be given by Rabbi Theodore Adams, one of the nation’s most prominent men in rabbinical circles.
100 years ago — Oct. 17, 1913
MILFORD — Three deaths from infantile paralysis [polio] having occurred in the town of Milford, and two other cases being reported, the schools have been closed and Dr. A. Young of Augusta, secretary of the State Board of Health, is to take charge of the situation. That it is a serious situation, he does not deny, although he hopes to keep the disease from spreading.
“The latest theory,” Dr. Young said, “is that the disease is transmitted from person to person by the stable fly. This insect, which is very different from the common house fly, and is laden with disease germs, simply bites its victim with serious and sometimes fatal results. Medical science has not solved the problem [of what causes the disease].”
BANGOR — Under the auspices of the Bangor Teacher’s Club, Miss Helen Keller, famed the world over as the deaf, dumb, blind girl, who has learned to speak, and whose writings and utterances are of a beautiful order, will deliver her eagerly awaited lecture on “The Heart and the Hand, or The Right Use of Our Senses.”
Miss Keller’s teacher, Mrs. John Macy [Anne Sullivan] will first give an introductory talk regarding Miss Keller’s life and how, after many long years of patient teaching, Miss Keller was led to talk.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin