May 23, 2018
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Richard Whittemore of Brewer, a victim of a paralyzing attack of polio in 1950, returned Tuesday from New York with a supply of miniature Blue Crutches which will be sold this weekend in most Eastern Maine communities to kick off the 1957 March of Dimes. Greeting Whittemore at the Old Town airport were left to right: James F. O'Connor of Bangor, chairman of Penobscot County chapter, NFIP; Whittemore; Arthur Littlefield of Bangor, chairman of the Penobscot County Blue Crutch drive; Donald Taverner of Orono, March of Dimes state chairman; and Robert E. Crabb of Bangor, Penobscot County March of Dimes director.


10 years ago — May 1, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BREWER — The front yard of the tallest building in Brewer is still muddy, but in less than a week some Eastern Maine Healthcare employees will start moving in.

The region’s largest health care provider expects to have approximately 250 non-clinical employees on the top three or four floors of the five-story, 148,000-square-foot building, at the junction of Wilson Street and Interstate 395.

The move-in will occur in phases and begin Thursday, Ken Hews, EMH executive vice president, said.

BANGOR — A slew of new performers, including a flock of one-of-a-kind trained geese and a troupe of Mongolian contortionists, highlights this year’s Anah Temple Shrine Circus, which began Friday at the Bangor Auditorium and will continue this weekend.

Shrine circuses, which raise funds for Shriners’ hospitals and clinics for handicapped and burned children, are a yearly event at the Bangor Auditorium.

This year’s event features all but one new act and will include the flock of trained fowl under the direction of Olga Rogacheeva, who is from Russia.

Other acts will include Nellie Hanneford’s performing horses, an aerial performance, jugglers, the ever-popular Anah Shrine Clowns and the Yagaansetseg Duo contortionists from Mongolia.


25 years ago — May 1, 1989

BANGOR — Saturday and Sunday were big days for fundraisers as the Terry Fox Run, March of Dimes WalkAmerica, Shrine Circus at Bass Park and a combined car wash and newspaper recycling effort to raise money for substance-free graduation parties surged ahead of previous years’ records.

Everyone involved with the fund-raising events considered them a success, proving that none of the efforts conflicted with another. Ed Rice, coordinator of the Terry Fox Run, said that only in 1986 when runner Bill Rodgers visited Bangor did more people enter the event.

ORONO — More than 5,000 students flocked to the controversial University of Maine Park Street entrance field for the annual Bumstock concert, with Orono and University of Maine police increasing their manpower for the event.

Orono Police Chief Daniel F. Lowe said he had 14 officers patrolling the area Saturday night, compared with the normal day force of one officer covering the area.

Also, he said, some of the landlords in the area were cooperative in controlling the crowd and drinking by the students.


50 years ago — May 1, 1964

ORONO — Mrs. Chase Going Woodhouse, economist and former congresswoman from Connecticut, will be the keynote speaker Friday evening at the University of Maine at the first session of a two-day meeting of the New England Association of Women’s Student Government groups.

The expanding role of college women on campus and in the community will be discussed by speakers and panel groups during the conference at which the university’s Associated Women Students will be the host group.

Mrs. Woodhouse will discuss the role of women in the community, and U. of M. President Lloyd H. Elliott, the banquet speaker Saturday evening, will speak on “A College President Looks at Student Organizations.”

BANGOR — The Washington Street pigeons are without a landing strip or a place to roost.

The flock had to take flight this week when their home base for the last half century — the Union Station train shed — was taken down on order of its owners.

The flock, about a thousand in number, has been having its own U-2 (looking for a new home) reconnaissance flights the last few days.

But most of the Washington-Exchange Streets neighbors of the pigeons have taken to feeling sorry for the feathered friends because the immediate area doesn’t provide the type of landing strip and roost that the train shed gave the birds.

As anyone who crossed the old Bangor-Brewer bridge knows, the sight of the pigeons atop the roof of the train shed was part of Union Station and Bangor.

The last couple evenings the pigeons have put in more flight time than the alert force at SAC headquarters. They swoop down over where the train shed used to be, find it isn’t there, and dart back up in an erratic flight path.


100 years ago — May 1, 1914

ORONO — A conference was held Thursday in the office of Postmaster John M. Oak, between President R.J. Aley, Mr. Oak and Freeland Jones Esq., trustees of the university, and the Hon. L.C. Southard of Boston, in regard to a memorial to be given to the University of Maine on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the class of 1875. This memorial may take the shape of memorial gates, or it may be a fund, or of the nature that alumni often give to their alma mater.

The memorial, Mr. Southard proposes, is to be given by members of The First Seven, an association of the first seven classes that graduated from the college. The class of 1875 will hold its 40th reunion next year, and preliminary arrangements have been made to have all the living members of the first seven classes unite in properly celebrating at commencement time.

BANGOR — In coming before the public a second time this year with an entertainment, the District Nurse committee is not selling tickets in advance, but depending solely on the merits of the Children’s Fete to attract and amuse an audience at City Hall, Saturday afternoon. The first half-hour at 2:30 will be devoted to fancy dances by young girls in pretty costumes.

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