10 years ago — March 6, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
OLD TOWN — After reading this newspaper, you’ll probably toss it into the garbage with your Saturday-morning eggshells and coffee grounds. Perhaps you’re among the small percentage of people who recycle their papers, or the even tinier minority who actually compost their eggshells.
But even with Maine’s impressive 37 percent recycling rate, the state will run out of room for its trash by 2011, according to a recent Maine Planning Office analysis.
Passionate local debate over the state’s decision to buy the West Old Town Landfill, the contract its operation to an out-of-state firm, has raised the ghosts of Maine’s last waste management debate — a few rocky years in the late 1980s when out-of-state garbage trucks were imagined to be revving their engines at the York tollbooth, and all of Augusta was obsessed with trash.
BREWER — Massachusetts-based Paper Acquisition Corp. still may not follow through with its plans to purchase Eastern Pulp and Paper Corp., even though it filed an agreement to buy the company for $8.5 million Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland.
The asset purchase agreement satisfied one condition of Paper Acquisition’s multiconditional “letter of intent” that was approved by a federal bankruptcy judge on Feb. 25. Paper Acquisition, along with creditors, wanted to complete a purchase agreement by a midnight Friday deadline, and that happened.
25 years ago — March 6, 1989
ORONO — Northeastern University’s Huskies, 4-3 winners over the University of Maine’s Black Bears in last year’s Hockey East Tournament championship game, will be the Black Bears’ semifinal opponent Friday night at the Conte Forum on the Boston College campus.
Maine, 27-11 and the second-place finisher during the regular season, and Northeaster, 18-14-2 and the third-place team, will play the 9 p.m. after regular-season champion Boston College, 21-8-4, and No. 4 Providence, 18-14-2, open the tourney at 6.
HAMPDEN — The Town Council Monday night will consider enacting an emergency moratorium on industrial development near Coldbrook Road, Route 202, and Lasky Lane, an area where Hughes Brothers announced plans to build a concrete batch plant.
It was in February that several area residents approached the council complaining about the heavy industry that the construction company had planned for the site. Hughes Brothers’ proposal was scheduled to be heard by the Planning Board March 15, said Councilor Donald Muth, who proposed the emergency legislation.
50 years ago — March 6, 1964
BANGOR — The NCO Wives’ Club held a business meeting Thursday afternoon at the NCO Club. The business meeting was presided over by Mrs. Gifford Hamel. There were 55 present. Mrs. Edward Chadwick was a guest. Five new members welcomed were Mrs. Robert Curry, Mrs. Robert Clark, Mrs. Leonard Cypress, Mrs. Albert Breton, and Mrs. Walter Carter.
BANGOR — George F. Proctor, chief damage controlman, USCG, son of Mrs. Florence E. Proctor, 374 Forest Avenue, participated in the rescue of an injured seaman from the fishing vessel Villanova while serving about the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet operating out of Portland. Acushnet received the call for assistance while conducting a routine fish and wildlife patrol off the coast of New England. She removed the injured seaman from the Villanova and transferred him to a Coast Guard helicopter, which carried him to the Public Health Service Hospital, Brighton, Mass.
100 years ago — March 6, 1914
BANGOR — On account of the proposed magnitude of the road convention, to be held in Bangor, April 7 and 8, under the auspices of the Maine State Highway Commission, the Chamber of Commerce, upon whose invitation the convention to come to this city, has arranged with A.P. Pierce, lessee of the Auditorium, for the use of the building for the meetings.
The original plans contemplated the use of City Hall for the meetings and the banquet hall for the exhibits, but there has been such a demand for exhibition space that these quarters would have been inadequate. Paul D. Sargent, chief engineer of the commission, who is responsible for the convention, has come to Bangor to confer with Secretary Hennessey of the Chamber of Commerce, and it was decided that the only to do was to negotiate for the Auditorium.
BANGOR — On Monday next the voters of Bangor will be asked to discard the present form of municipal government, under which the city has slowly but steadily gained in wealth, influence and population, and adapt the hazardous experiment of government by commission. The situation is serious — or would be if it were not certain that a majority of cool, level-headed, common sense voters will speedily end with their ballots this strange form of political hysteria — this menace to honest and constructive government.
The present charter is cumbersome and in many details unsatisfactory, but the new one is subtly dangerous. One clause, for a significant example, gives to a majority of the commission — three men — the power to “lease to corporations or individuals for purpose of maintenance or operation any public utility owned by the city.” In other words, it would be possible under a strict interpretation of this section of the charter for three men to dispose of the water works, our most valuable municipal asset, regardless of the sentiment of Bangor’s nearly six thousand voters.