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Congregation Beth Israel stands on York Street in Bangor on Sept. 10, 1955.


10 years ago — Oct. 24, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

CORINTH — Mike Prickett and six Central High School classmates were on a mission to improve a small piece of the world.

Under the direction of teacher Ed Lindsey, the applied chemistry students started a long-term project to find the cause for the decline in salmon migration in the Kenduskeag Stream, a 60-mile-long watershed that drains into the Penobscot River. the stream, which snakes through farmlands and housing developments, was an important producer of Atlantic salmon over the years, but their natural migration has dwindled to less than a handful today.

BANGOR — The Miles for Smiles children’s mobile dental clinic got a thorough cleaning and checkup in preparation for its public debut at a “floss cutting” ceremony Monday.

Gov. John E. Baldacci will launch the colorful 43-foot clinic-on-wheels as it heads out from its home base at the Penobscot Community Health Center on an open house tour of eight communities.

The clinic, a collaboration between Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine and PCHC, responds to the overwhelming lack of dental care available to low-income children in Maine’s most rural areas, according to Mary Jude, development manager at PCHC.

BANGOR — The city’s role in preserving a pair of historic buildings, both owned by the Penobscot Theatre Company, was one of the issues tackled by the City Council’s business and economic development committee.

One of the buildings at issue is the old Bangor Unitarian Church parsonage at the corner of Maine and Union streets. Merrill Bank, located next door, is interested in buying the building from Penobscot Theatre Company.

The other is the troupe’s current home, the Bangor Opera House, near the opposite corner.

The bank wants to restore the parsonage building and convert the interior to office space.


25 years ago — Oct. 24, 1988

BANGOR — Hugh Edward Ellis of Bangor received congratulations on his 90th birthday on Oct. 9 from Violet Leighton, 100, of Bangor at a party held at the NCO Club in Bangor. Ellis worked on all the schools in Bangor as a finish carpenter.

BREWER — Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Society For Women Educators presented its annual Columbus Day Award for Citizenship to George and Shirley Corey of Brewer.

The Corey brothers were honored for their years of dedicated service to the youth of Brewer. George has given 28 years and Shirley 34 years to the Brewer Little League program and the Police Athletic League. On occasion the brothers have coached together.

Born in Holden, Shirley attended Brewer High School while George attended Bangor High School. Commenting on their years of working with young people, they recalled that they had to pick the first girl to play on a Little League team.

BANGOR — Victims of AIDS and their families deserve and must get the comfort that the church traditionally has offered, the Rev. Jane Henderson said during a seminar about the response of churches to AIDS at Bangor Theological Seminary.

Henderson urged the audience to “talk about AIDS in the way a crisis deserves. If we cannot help people to deal with it, we deepen the isolation of the sick,” she said.

She spoke about mothers keeping fierce and lonely vigils for children who were dying of AIDS.


50 years ago — Oct. 24, 1963

One of the first hunters to bag a deer eligible for the state’s Big Buck Club was Maynard Marsh of Glenburn, who shot the deer in his hometown area. It dressed out at 230 pounds. He got the 12-pointer while hunting with Roderick Goodwin, also of Glenburn.

BANGOR — Work is underway on the new west side municipal swimming pool at a cost of $75,000-$80,000. The pool, with diving ell, is expected to be completed for use by July 1 of next year. Located at Hayford’s Field on Union Street, the pool construction is being done by contractor Perry and Morrill. The city has one pool at Dakin Park on the east side of Kenduskeag Stream.

ORONO — C. Northcote Parkinson, who could be called the world’s most eloquent and entertaining enemy of boondoggling, addressed a public gathering at the University of Maine.

Parkinson, who from 1950 to 1958 was Raffles professor of history at the university, explained his now famous “laws” of social behavior.

The first was revealed in 1957 in “Parkinson’s Law” and says that “Work expands to fill the time available.” The second law, published in “The Law and the Profits,” is “Expenditures rise to meet income.” And the third law, published in “Inlaws and Outlaws,” is “Expansion means complexity and complexity means decay.”

Parkinson said it was difficult for him, as an author, to judge whether anyone had been moved by his writings to streamline government.


100 years ago — Oct. 24, 1913

BANGOR — The class of 1900, Bangor High School, has ordered two statuettes, with pedestals, for the new high school building — a handsome gift.

The statuettes are a Minerva Giustiniani and an Apollo Belvedere — both from statues in the Vatican. The former is 2 feet, 6 inches high, the latter 2 feet 8 inches. Each will rest upon a Tuscan pedestal. The statuettes will be placed in the Assembly Hall — soon to be one of the handsomest places in the city.

BRADFORD — Harry Knowles has rented a store and will fix it up for a residence. He intends to build a blacksmith shop.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin

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