10 years ago — Jan. 30, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
NEWBURGH — Newburgh’s Ricky Craven, who will climb on a snowmobile for his seventh annual ride for charity in Greenville, said he is in favor of the controversial new points system for the upcoming NASCAR Nextel Cup season.
Instead of deciding a champion based on points accumulated during 36 races, there will be a 10-race play-off type run for the championship following 26 races.
The top 10 drivers after those 26 races and any other driver withon 400 points of the leader will qualify for the 10-points chase.
“It will create a smaller season and, for a single-car team like ours, it can only help. We were seventh in points after 10 races last season,” said Craven, who had a dismal rest of the season and wound up 27th in points.
Craven will be driving a Chevy Monte Carlo for Cal Wells III’s PPI Motorsports Team after Pontiac pulled out of Winston Cup-Nextel Cup racing after last season. Craven’s Tide No. 32 car was a Pontiac.
25 years ago — Jan. 30, 1989
BANGOR — Work on the restoration of Bangor’s Davenport Park has begun a little early, with the lack of snow permitting Public Works Department crews to get a jump on a project that was started in the spring.
A two-man crew drove into the park on Friday. One of them climbed onto the monument’s granite base to check the extent of the repairs that would be needed.
The park was dedicated Oct. 17, 1922, to commemorate the USS Battleship Maine, which sank in Havana Harbor Feb. 15, 1898, after an explosion ripped through it. The tragedy was one of the principal causes of the Spanish-American War.
The monument’s shield and scrollwork came from the battleship.
Plans call for the metalwork to be removed, cleaned and repaired where necessary, and for the granite base to be realigned and reset.
Crews will redo paths through the park, will install park benches and will do some landscaping.
BANGOR — Approximately 400 people will gather at the Bangor Civic Center to salute Doug Brown on the occasion of his retirement.
Brown, the man who is synonymous with grocery shopping, is selling his share in the eight-store Doug’s Shop ‘n Save supermarket chain to Hannaford Bros., his longtime partner in the grocery business. He is giving up control of his stores, but for the next two years will work as a consultant for Hannaford Bros.
Brown’s grocery career began as a teenager in South Portland. His family recently had moved from a farm in Lubec where their Depression-era life had been poor and hard.
He went to a new Red and White store seeking part-time work. When he was told that there were no job openings, Brown said that he would work for nothing until he was needed. But when payday came, the young man received a paycheck with everyone else.
In 1960, Brown was firmly entrenched in the grocery business and decided he wanted to go into business for himself. With Hannaford Bros. as a partner, he opened his first store at the corner of Third and Union streets in Bangor. The rest, as they say, is history.
50 years ago — Jan. 30, 1964
BREWER — Brewer, known as the Witch City, has a very bewitching bandit.
Three months ago, the spook drifted into Woodlawn cemetery and stealthily approached the equipment building. Drawing a gun, he blasted the lock from the building, entered and stole an axe.
Custodian Kenneth Gillette reported the incident to the police, drew funds from City Manager O. Lionel Pomroy and replaced the lock.
Winter draped its mantle of snow over the cemetery and the equipment building.
Two nights ago the bewitching bandit struck again. With a blast from his trusty .22 he tore the lock from the building and replaced the axe.
“Wish he would leave a note,” said Police Chief Ralph Willoughby, “and let us know what he used the axe for these past three months.”
“I wish,” said City Manager Pomroy, “he’d ask to borrow an axe. Those locks cost money.”
BANGOR — “Move over, Darling,” a blithe comedy of marital mixups starring Doris Day and James Garner, opened at the Bijou Theatre. Polly Bergen forms the third side of the humorous triangle with Chuck Connors in a cameo role.
The supporting cast boasts equally popular comedians, including Thelma Ritter, Fred Clark, Don Knotts and Elliott Reid.
“Move over, Darling” is a story about a man who marries a lovely young woman and arrives at his honeymoon hotel to see in the lobby his first wife who had been declared legally dead since she disappeared five years earlier in a plane crash.
Joan Crawford has the starring role in “Strait-Jacket” which opened at the Bangor opera House. The film is a spine-tingling terror tale.
“Strait-Jacket” is the story of a convicted murderess who, after 20 years in a mental institution, is released to live with her brother, his wife and her own daughter in a world grown strange, at once kindly and fearful, hopeful and haunted.
100 years ago — Jan. 30, 1914
BUCKSPORT — Capt. Herbert Quinn arrived here this week for a visit. His schooner, the Grace Davis, being at For Point Cove, Capt. Quinn will remain here for the rest of the winter while his vessel is being overhauled, prior to the spring trade.
The fishing schooner, Regina, Capt. Lester Gilley, arrived in port after a trip to Newfoundland after frozen herring. The vessel had had a hard time, as have many of the fishing schooners, but made the trip in good time.
OLD TOWN — Teddy Mitchell is out with a subscription paper to buy instruments and maintain a band on Indian Island. A few years ago there was a band on the island and as there is much talent among the members of the tribe, they are endeavoring to raise funds to help buy instruments.
CASTINE — The men of the Congregational Society will serve their famous annual supper in the vestry of the church this evening. The menu will consist of clam stew, beans, cold ham, escalloped potatoes, hot rolls, pies, cakes and coffee. The price of the supper is 25 cents. Don’t fail to attend.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin