Weekly Yesterday for April 3-9, 2014

Posted March 31, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
At Dow Air Force Base in Bangor in 1954, Gen. Jimmy Doolittle (right) shows Lt. Col. James Wiley the size of the salmon that Doolittle caught at the Miramichi River at Blackville, New Brunswick. Doolittle stopped over at Dow before heading for Grand Lake for more fishing.
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At Dow Air Force Base in Bangor in 1954, Gen. Jimmy Doolittle (right) shows Lt. Col. James Wiley the size of the salmon that Doolittle caught at the Miramichi River at Blackville, New Brunswick. Doolittle stopped over at Dow before heading for Grand Lake for more fishing.

YESTERDAY …

10 years ago — April 3, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BREWER — U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, along with Rep Michael Michaud, partnered to help Brewer attain a two-year moratorium on federally mandated sewer projects.

“This provides us with some breathing room,” Economic Development Director Andrew “Drew” Sachs said Friday. “We’re very pleased with the entire delegation’s support, in particular Senator Snowe.”

The sewer work is federally mandated under a 1992 consent decree with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Brewer has four years of work remaining, at a cost of approximately $2.5 million, and all the remaining projects are sewer storm-water separation projects, according to Ken Locke, director of environmental services.

ORONO — Tim Whitehead, the third-year University of Maine’s hockey coach, has three CDs in his vehicle: Bruce Springsteen, the Three Tenors, and the Robert Cray Band.

It may seem like a diverse group, but it’s appropriate for a strong family man who has gained the respect of his players and peers while perpetuating a strong UMaine hockey winning tradition.

Life has been diverse for the 42-year-old Whitehead. He has worked dozens of jobs, played several sports, and lived in a lot of places, including England and Belgium.

25 years ago — April 3, 1989

BANGOR — Saturday marked the second anniversary of one of Maine’s most infamous weather disasters — the Great Flood of ’87 — with local authorities keeping a watchful eye on conditions that could have provided an encore.

It was two years ago that, contrary to most weather forecasts, the Penobscot River overflowed its banks, spilled onto the streets, and filled many of the homes along its course.

Few communities in the area near the state’s main rivers escaped flooding, and damage from the disaster exceeded $74 million.

Bridges, homes and dams were destroyed in the flood that will likely provide front-porch conversations for generations to come.

OLD TOWN — Nearly 100 parents, school officials, and local admirers gathered Sunday for the official opening of the $1.28 million high school addition, and at least one person attending the event received a pleasant surprise.

The official opening of the addition concluded two years of planning, designing, and construction of the structure, and much of Sunday’s ceremony included admirers oohing and ahing at the sight of spanking new facilities.

The new 14,000-square-foot, two-story building includes a combination cafeteria-auditorium, a new expanded library, reading room, classroom, offices, computer lab, and handicap-accessible facilities, and renovations to the existing building.

50 years ago — April 3, 1964

BANGOR — William Fetner may have been somewhat surprised shortly after midnight Thursday when he awoke to find a strange woman in his bedroom at 20 Boynton Street. He was also more than mildly curious when he noticed that the uninvited visitor was going through his billfold.

What Fetner didn’t know at the time was that he was witnessing the start of one of the most hectic nights that ever upset the tranquil routine at Bangor police headquarters.

Before things got back to normal, police arrested two women, were severely scratched and manhandled, found a cache of stolen money hidden under the sheriff’s front doorsteps, and were embarrassed by an impromptu strip-tease.

It all began sometime after midnight when a friend of Fetner, who so far has remained nameless, met the two women in an Exchange Street bar room. He invited them to his apartment for a nightcap.

For reasons still unexplained, the trio went to Fetner’s apartment, instead, and made themselves at home even though the latter was asleep.

HAMPDEN — Hampden officials were informed Wednesday by the State Highway Commission that a close to a $1,000,000 highway project had been awarded to H.E. Sargent and Company of Stillwater on a low bid of $960,750.

The project will be the first in a series which eventually will provide a new section of U.S. Route 1A between Hampden and Interstate Route 95, the industrial spur, in Bangor.

This contract will call for grading, drainage, and base for 2½ miles of new highway. The first mile — from U.S. Route 202 half a mile west of the present junction with 1A to Coldbrook Road — will be a four-lane divided highway. The next 1½ miles from Coldbrook Road to Perry Street, will be two-lane. Coldbrook Road is an approach route to Interstate 95.

The contract also covers construction of two 290-foot twin bridges to carry the divided portion of the road over Souadabscook Stream.

100 years ago — April 3, 1914

BANGOR — There was an interesting and enthusiastic gathering of the members of Condeskeag Lodge, No. 53, Knights of Pythias, at the Penobscot Exchange last evening, which was in line with the awakening of Pythian spirit all over the country. The celebration of the Golden Jubilee in February of this year has had the effect of renewed activity and enthusiasm in every state of the Union and in every country where a Phythian LOdge is located. The slogan now is: “A million members in 1914.”

BANGOR — Charles S. Fellows of Minneapolis, formerly of Bangor, who, with Deacon Elnathan Duren, is one of the two original founders of the Bangor Historical Society now surviving, arrived in Bangor Thursday morning for the purpose of attending the 50th anniversary exercises of the society.

Compiled by Brian Swartz

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