10 years ago — Dec. 12, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BREWER — Brewer residents enjoy Maine’s best tasting water. The Brewer Water District was judged to have Maine’s best-tasting water in the Maine Rural Water Association’s 17th annual Drinking Water Taste Test held in Freeport.
Brewer captured top honors in the “disinfected division,” or water without chlorine.
Bingham Water district also received high honors. Bingham captured the “nondisinfected division” crown and went on to win a taste-off between the top two winners.
BANGOR — At Mary Snow School last week, 260 fourth- and fifth-graders filed into the gym for first period and sat cross-legged on the floor. Their young minds, fresh out of homeroom, could easily have been wandering through dreams of recess and lunch and the latest video game at home. Instead, the children giggled and clapped for good old Charlie Brown in the traveling production of the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” an hour-long show prepared and delivered by enterprising theater students from the University of Maine.
25 years ago — Dec. 12, 1988
BANGOR — The Northern Conservatory of Music and the Performing Arts is already known for its popular programs in vocal and instrumental instruction in the Bangor area. What the conservatory needs now is a person with the enthusiasm and background to get its performing arts program off the ground. Tom Logan may be that person.
At first glance, Logan is a school counselor for three schools — Carmel Elementary, Levant Consolidated and Caravel Junior High. With a closer look, it’s obvious that Tom Logan, who will teach three theater programs at the conservatory, has a wealth of training and experience, including the piano, theater and singing.
WINTERPORT — Michael Door, a 17-year-old Winterport youth, demonstrated an Invacare Arrow Manual Reclining Power Wheelchair. The chair, valued at $6,500, was donated to Eastern Maine Medical Center by the Invacare Corp. Attending the demonstration were John Ballou, an Invacare representative from Wolfboro, N.H., Dr. Phillip Mossman, director of EMMC’s new rehabilitation center, and William Swart, district manager for Invacare Corp.
50 years ago — Dec. 12, 1963
BANGOR — The Beth Abraham Sisterhood entertained members and guests of Congregation Beth Abraham at a festive Chanukah party in the vestry of the synagogue.
Blue tapers burned in the center of each table and adding to the decor were golden lemon leaves and flowers in keeping with the Chanukah holiday, the Festival of Lights.
Mrs. Ruth Striar, president of the sisterhood, welcomed the group to the festive occasion after which Rabbi Henry Isaacs lighted the Chanukah candles in an impressive ceremony.
BANGOR — Sgt. Francis Coughlin, juvenile officer of the Bangor Police Department, spoke on the handling of juvenile delinquents before the Bangor Kiwanis Club at the Bangor House.
Coughlin said that all juvenile problems start in the home. Case studies, he reported, have proven that habitual offenders have no religious preferences and usually belong to no church.
All problems that a juvenile has usually can be traced to troubled homes, not necessarily broken homes, he said.
100 years ago — Dec. 12, 1913
BANGOR — Commencing next week, patrons of the Bijou Theatre are to have the opportunity of enjoying the marvels of Kinemacolor from now on. Kinemacolor motion pictures are truly the scientific achievement of the age. Kinemacolor pictures not only catch every movement in detail, but portray nature’s wonders in all their beauty from the rainbow in the sky to the hidden wonders of the deep.
LEVANT — Mrs. Annie Boyce White, the missing bride, will be back in Bangor on Saturday, it is expected. The anxiety of her husband, Perley White of Levant, and of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Boyce of Willow Street, were relieved when they received word from her to the effect that she was in Boston.
ORONO — Mrs. Huddleston recently read a paper before the Women’s Club on the subject, “Public Responsibility in the White Slave Traffic.” This paper was so strong and timely that it was felt it should have a larger hearing. Hence she will read it by request in the Methodist vestry.
BUCKSPORT — The new schooner Regina arrived in port and was welcomed by the firing of dynamite in salute of the vessel, the latest addition to the fishing fleet of Capt. T.M. Nichols. The schooner is 114 tonnage and 147 gross tonnage, 114 feet in length, 28 feet in width and 11 and five-tenths feet in depth.
The schooner was brought into port by Capt. Lester Gilley, who went 10 days ago to Boston to bring the vessel into her home port. The schooner is a valuable addition to the fleet and will go to Newfoundland after a cargo of herring.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin