10 years ago — Dec 5, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BUCKSPORT — The town has received a $225,000 state grant that will help fund improvements to the downtown area. The grant through the Maine Innovative Trust Fund program will require an equal local match to provide funds for three projects, according to Town Manager Roger Raymond.
Part of the funds will be used to develop additional parking one block off Main Street.
ORONO — Last weekend, almost unnoticed, one of Maine’s most influential literary figures of the last 30 years slipped out. In the past decade, his name seldom appeared in university press releases, and he never made the billboard of Maine’s theater, but now on his death at age 86, University of Maine professor Carroll E. Terrell must be recognized for the energy and intelligence he brought to Maine and, indeed, international letters.
Professor Terrell made two important contributions to literature: In 1971, he conceived, organized and subsequently ran the National Poetry Foundation at UMaine; and he was the central figure, both in the United States and abroad, in refining the study of Ezra Pound’s poetry and poetics.
25 years ago — Dec 5, 1988
BANGOR — The Grotto Cascade Park Fund grew by $1,702.25 when Marshall Frankel, former chairman of Bangor City Council, presented a check to the fund. The donation represented proceeds from the Marshall Frankel Roast. Attending the presentation were Margo Cobb; Ed Barrett, city manager; Richard Stone; and John Baldacci.
Stone, Baldacci and Moe Fer organized the roast. The donation increased the fund to $130,000, just $10,000 short of the goal, Frankel said. He predicted that by mid-May 1989 the park will be renovated and ready for the public to enjoy.
BANGOR — Margo Cobb figures that what’s good for the Bangor area is good for WLBZ television. And as general manager of the local station, what’s good for WLBZ is of vital concern to Cobb.
There never has been a WLBZ without Cobb. Her broadcasting career began in the 1950s when as a student at the University of Maine, Cobb had a part-time job as copywriter for radio station WGUY.
When WTWO was started at the same Mount Hope Avenue site occupied by WGUY, Cobb moved to television. Armed with a degree in theater and speech communication, she worked as a copywriter, weather reporter and served as host for a show aimed at women. And the station that occupied Channel 2 on the television dial became Cobb’s career.
50 years ago — Dec 5, 1963
BANGOR — A blonde Chicago beauty who wears the 1963 Miss U.S.A. crown is scheduled to appear at the Bangor Daily News Auditorium, site of the Snowbird Holiday travel forum.
Marite Ozers, a stunning Latvian, is appearing in place of Ieda Maria Vargas of Peru, Miss Universe 1963, who was scheduled to offer a welcome at the forum.
After the forum, Miss Ozers will depart for Sugarloaf Mountain where she will spend the night. At sunup the following morning, she will don ski wear for a fast test of the slopes at Maine’s largest ski area.
Still and movie cameras will be focused on the attractive skier during the dawn exercise.
OLD TOWN — The Old Town City Council will meet jointly with the school board to consider authorizing a new addition to the high School. Previous statements from Council members indicate that the $238,386 project will receive formal approval at the meeting.
Described by City Manager Leroy Picard as the final step in bringing Old Town’s education facilities up to date, the addition would include six classrooms for academic work, new guidance space, toilet rooms and an industrial arts building. According to Picard the new addition would take care of future high school needs until well into the 1970s.
100 years ago — Dec 5, 1913
BANGOR — W.H. Northup, the well known barber at 44 Hammond St., has secured the local rights for the Odell Razor Sharpening machine and will operate it in his shop. This is an ingenious machine for sharpening safety razor blades and it is claimed it will give the blade a keener edge than when new.
The prices are reasonable, 25 cents per dozen for the single edge, 35 cents per dozen for Gillette’s, 50 cents for Duplex.
OLD TOWN — The second session of the dancing class was held in Brown’s hall and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed. Miss Varnum is teaching the new dances and all are enthusiastic over them. The one-step and the hesitation waltz have been taken up and good progress made. Instructions are held from 8 to 10 o’clock after which dancing is enjoyed to a late hour. All who have attended are enthusiastic over the spirit of the assembly and are looking forward to the remainder of the series.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin