10 years ago — Jan. 2, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
ORONO — Coach John Gianini likes most of what he has seen from his University of Maine men’s basketball team during the nonconference portion of its schedule.
Now, he’s hoping the Black Bears can continue to take steps toward becoming and even better team as the American East season gets under way.
UMaine begins its quest for a league title and the NCAA Tournament berth when it takes on Hartford at Alfond Arena.
The Bears want to improve on last season’s 8-8 conference record and their brief quarterfinal appearance in the America East tournament.
BANGOR — Travelers flying into Bangor International Airport reported increased security at different airports during their holiday excursions, including roadblocks and random searches.
Despite the higher alert level, however, passengers remained undaunted by the newly implemented security measures, most because the alert is so generalized.
The increases in security follow the recent raising of the national terror alert level to orange, the second-highest level on the scale.
25 years ago — Jan. 2, 1989
BANGOR — High winds and dropping temperatures curtailed the planned New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Bangor, but more than 200 revelers took part in Opening Night ‘89 in hopes the city would be the first in the nation to bring in the new year by welcoming 1989 four hours early.
The evening’s festivities started with a parade. Approximately 200 people gathered behind the Freese’s building and wound their way through the downtown streets, ending up in a parking lot at the intersection of Washington and Exchange streets.
Each marcher carried a lighted wand. Beth Braley, project coordinator for Bangor Center Management Corporation, which staged the event, said she handed out 300 of the glow wands.
New Year’s Day 1989 brought with it the first baby of the year at Eastern Maine Medical Center at 7:18 p.m.
Marcia Wren, nursing supervisor at EMMC, said that David and Cynthia Simonds of Winterport had a boy, Asher Isaac, who weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 ¾.
50 years ago — Jan. 2, 1964
ORRINGTON — Orrington elementary school pupils moved into the town’s new $147,000 sixth, seventh and eighth grade school, a building bright and attractive with many design innovations despite the economy-minded price tag that is reportedly well below the state average for comparable buildings.
The eight-classroom school, with office space, a large kitchen and multi-purpose cafeteria, was built at an average cost of $10 per square foot, $1.69 under the state average. This figure includes extra expense caused by the extensive ledge condition and several additional features added during construction, including a black-topped parking lot and road system, and movable equipment for the interior of the school.
The most spectacular design innovation in the building is found in the ceiling of the corridor, which features slanted beams giving the hallway’s ceiling a crossed-sword effect to reduce the apparent height of the passageway.
BANGOR — A clear frosty morning greeted the first baby of 1964 in Bangor, born at Dow Air Force Base Hospital just two hours and 45 minutes after the New Year made its entrance. Sgt. and Mrs. Donald W. McPherson of 92 Birch St., Bangor, are the parents of the early New Year boy. This was the second child for the McPhersons. The other, Donald Jr., is 2 years old. The name selected for the newest family member is Ronald James. He weighed five pounds and 14 ounces when delivered at Dow Hospital by Capt. Harry Summerlin
The second baby to be born in Bangor arrived at Eastern Maine General Hospital at 9:45 a.m. and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Andrews of 271 Elm St., Bangor. The boy had the distinction of being a New Year’s baby born to a New Year’s baby. The mother’s birthday also is on Jan. 1. This was the first time in several generations that there has been more than one boy in any Andrews family.
100 years ago — Jan. 2, 1914
WINTERPORT — Large sheets of ice are seen blocking the way to the ferry.
Philo Blaisdell, wife and son, George, leave New York on Jan. 15 in the steamer Cleveland for a 93-day cruise to Madeira, Spain, Algeria, Africa, Italy, Greece, the Holy Lands, Egypt, India, etc. they hope to arrive again in New York the 18th of April.
BANGOR — The Bangor police have rubbed against so much of the raw in human nature that they are by no means fussy about trifles. But on Thursday, there came to their attention a case so far out of the ordinary and so infinitely pathetic that is went straight to their hearts.
A little boy — 9 or 10, maybe, with big, blue eyes and friendly ways — asked for shelter at the station. He had lost a quarter that he had made by selling papers, and his own father, he said, had driven him outdoors — with the thermometer below zero.
He had first taken refuge in a car barn, and when closing time came, the men there telephone the police that they had better take the boy, as it wouldn’t be right for him to stay out all night in such bitter weather.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin