10 years ago — Dec. 26, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
ORONO — Three years after it closed, the Bear’s Den is making a comeback thanks to the University Maine class of 1944, whose members graduated before the popular student hangout was created.
Tucked away in the basement of the Memorial Union, the Bear’s Den had been a hallmark of the Orono campus for almost 50 years until it was eliminated during extensive renovations to the building.
During the holiday break, the much-loved gathering spot will be resurrected as an old English pub, a $160,000 project to be paid for by the class of 1944 as part of its 60th reunion gift.
ORONO — The Orono Bog Boardwalk closed for the winter on Dec. 1, ending its first season of operation with a total of 15,560 visitors. Since many visitors fail to register when they visit the boardwalk, that figure is considered conservative.
In its first year, the boardwalk has become a major outdoor recreation destination in the Bangor area. It has attracted people from throughout the state, more than 15 other states and more than 15 foreign countries.
25 years ago — Dec26, 1988
PROSPECT — When Mike Leighton opened his presents on Christmas Day, only one thing he wished for was missing.
Leighton, manager of Fort KNox State Park, needs approximately $500,000 to repair the roof at Fort Knox and is hoping that this year the Legislature will give him at least enough to begin patching it. Leighton, who has seen his repair budget requests pared by 90 percent the last fe years, said time is running out if the fort is to be saved.
BANGOR — Eight Felician Sisters of St. Joseph Hospital and members of the staff at the hospital cafeteria served Christmas dinner to more than two dozen guests from among the homeless of the Bangor area.
At the front information desk and in the gifts shop of the hospital, volunteers representing the B’nai B’rith worked during Christmas Day so that regular volunteers could spend Christmas with their families. The Jewish volunteers continued a holiday tradition of service that started several years ago.
50 years ago — Dec26, 1963
BANGOR — Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Glauber of Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y., announced the marriage of their daughter, Miss Eve Glauber, to Leon J. Segal, son of Mrs. Hyman Segal of 6A East Summer St., Bangor and the late Mr. Segal. at City Hall in Tananarive, Madagascar.
The bride is a former teacher for the Physically handicapped in New York. The groom, a veteran of World War II, graduated from the University of Maine and Northwestern University. He is the director of the Cultural Center at the U.S. Embassy in Tananerive, Madagascar.
BANGOR — One of the most inspirational ‘teletype” Christmas cards sent over police network facilities this holiday season originated at the Bangor Police Department.
The “teletype” cards are created by the use of typewriter keyboard figures to form a drawing or picture with a special seasonal greeting from one law enforcement agency to another.
The card sent from Bangor is of special significance. Created by day dispatcher Warren Astle, who spent several months in detailing the keyboard drawing, the card shows an angel with outstretched wings in the upper section and below is pictured a very true likeness of the late President John F. Kennedy. The greeting reads “Peace on Earth.”
A note accompanying this year’s card carried a special message to the Washington, D.C., police agencies asking that they deliver a copy of the card to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the late president.
100 years ago — Dec26, 1913
BANGOR — Members of the Jewish faith are observing the Feast of the Maccabees. Every three years, the feast, which lasts eight days, begins the day Dec. 24.
The annual celebration, like the Christian Christmas, is devoted to entertainments of special interest to children, such as plays and tableaux in which the little ones take part. It is a historic, rather than a holy, event and as such, most celebration are held in the homes.
BREWER — The prompt work of the neighbors prevented a serious fire in the sheds at the rear of the Dunbar paint shop. Three boys approximately 15 years of age had been seen in the sheds smoking cigarettes late in the afternoon and it was not long before columns of smoke were discovered coming from the sheds. Nearby neighbors speedily investigated and found that the fire was well under way and vigorous work was necessary to throw the burning paper, boxes and other inflammable material into the street.
City Marshall Lunt was called and later learned who the boys were. No arrests were made by a severe reprimanding is in store for the youngsters.
• Seats for the lecture by the Hon. Champ Clark, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives go on sale this morning at the City Hall ticket office. A special telephone — No. 1772 — has been installed to handle ticket orders. Ticket prices are 35, 50 and 75 cents.
The lecture will be one of the most brilliant events of the season, a literary and oratorical treat such as comes but seldom. Clark, a Democrat, one of the party’s great leaders, comes not to address a partisan gathering, but to enlighten and entertain the citizens as a whole as a plain and practical American.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin