10 years ago — Feb. 27, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
ORONO — Residents welcomed new Town Manager Catherine Conlow at an open house.
Conlow, who took her position in January, said she has found the staff and residents to be wonderful.
As Conlow continues to learn about the town, she said she has found that existing ordinances are complete and that the council has done a good job with past budgets and financial tracking of where money is allocated.
OLD TOWN — Old Town boys basketball coach Marty Clark had some good basketball teams and special memories over the years — a 1991 team that won a state title, a 1993 squad that went undefeated, four seasons in a row with at least 14 wins, the ability to stay competitive as one of the smaller schools in Eastern Maine Class A — but this season’s club ranks right up there.
In fact, Clark waited around for this team to finish its season — which it did with Wednesday’s 70-62 Class A loss to Mount Ararat of Topsham — before deciding to resign from the position he has held since 1988.
Clark, a social studies teacher at Old Town High School, will stay on as the Indians’ tennis coach.
25 years ago —Feb. 27, 1989
BANGOR — Bangor will begin a voluntary program to recycle glass and newspapers to cut back on the amount of trash it collects and to prepare for the day when recycling becomes mandatory.
The city’s intent is to wean residents from their habits of wasting. James Ring, director of Bangor’s Department of Public Works, said that in addition to being the right thing to do, recycling had become economically justifiable.
BANGOR — One of the darkest clouds on the Maine business horizon is the lack of both skilled and unskilled workers. It’s a cloud with a silver lining for graduates of Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, however.
For many years, a high percentage of EMTVI students have found work immediately after graduation. In today’s labor market, they are receiving multiple offers from prospective employers.
Those students who finished the electrical power program in 1987 had average starting salaries of $23,312; machine tool students earned $23,298; and welding students received $22,974.
50 years ago — Feb. 27, 1964
BANGOR — Nelle C. Penley retires today as Women’s Department editor of the Bangor Daily News, after a newspaper career that spans 40 years.
Since the middle 1930s, she has guided the women’s department of the NEWS. She channeled the flow of society news from her desk on the crowded second floor at the old 170 Exchange St. plant. She has seen the social tempo of the city increase as the community grows. With the changes have come added women’s department staff, more duties, more stories, more features and a move to new space in a new building as the newspaper expanded into present quarters on Main Street.
Penley can do almost anything on paper except set type and turn on the presses. Straight news stories, features, page layouts, assignments to far places and near, interviews with presidents and the man-in-the-street, and the writing of thousands of mostly about people brevities over the years; she has done them all.
During Miss Amelia Earhart’s visit here, it was Penley who, by cajolery and persuasion, rounded up a group of previously groundling Bangor women for their first airplane flights. Miss Earhart was the pilot.
Often, a stranger to the staff walks through the newsroom looking for Mrs. Penley. The woman has a story for the paper — turns out it’s for the state desk, not Mrs. Penley. But to the stranger, Mrs. Penley is the NEWS.
HAMPDEN — C. Ford Dyer, Hampden Academy principal, announced the names of those students selected by the faculty as candidates for membership in the National Honor Society.
Senior class candidates are Barbara Brann, Martha Brough, Robert Cobb Jr., Bion Foster, Peter Johnson, Sandra Libby, Lawrence Page and Linda Warrington.
Junior class candidates are James LIbby, Judith Morang, Judson /smith and James Stratton.
100 years ago —Feb. 27, 1914
BREWER — A party of happy fishermen left for Phillips Lake where they go after the record string of fish of the season. In the party were Edward Miller, Willis G. Barker, John Smith and Tom McDonough of Hampden. They will stay at the Barker camp.
Friends of Miss Jeanette Croxford who was injured in a sledding accident recently will be glad to learn that she is much improved.
BUCKSPORT — The news that Mrs. Belle Ladd had sold her bakery on Main Street to Mr. and Mrs. Buzwell of Verona was received with regard by many, as the place has been very popular under her management. She has a great many friends who will regret her selling the business, but all hope that she will not move from the town. The new owners will take possession the first of the month and they have a large number of friends who wish them every success in this new venture.
BREWER — A public funeral service in City Hall will be the final honor paid to Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain by the citizens of Portland, the city where he had dwelt for the past 13 years.
It is not certain that an opportunity will be afforded the public for a last gaze at the familiar features of the dead general.
That family has requested that no flowers be sent to house after the services here and in Brunswick.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin