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One of Bangor's oldest buildings, the Atlantic Hotel at Washington and Oak streets, had seen its last days, owner Jack Rapaport said in March 1953. A workman stood at the top of the structure as outside work continued. The inside already had been demolished.



10 years ago — June 12, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — The night before her father was scheduled to come home from Iraq, Allison Morris, 10, posted signs on every telephone pole on her street, welcoming him.

The posters were colored in red, white and blue marker and had messages such as “We Missed You” and “Welcome Home Sgt. Morris,” the little girl said.

The next morning, she and her mother, Alicia Morris of Mechanic Falls, waited to be reunited with Sgt. Bruce Morris, back home after serving as a mechanic in Iraq.

Morris, along with 22 other members of the 133rd engineer Battalion, landed at the Bangor Ayre National Guard Base and met their loved ones shortly afterward at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Hildreth Street.

The notion that some homeschooled students aren’t exposed to the same opportunities as public school attendees doesn’t apply to a pair of local sixth-graders with an inspired interest in solar energy.

Matthew Beck of Bangor and Albert Lowe of Winterport believe that if certain opportunities aren’t readily available to them, they’ll just go out and find them.

They also have help from a couple of supportive teachers who happen to be their moms.

This spring, the homeschooled 12-year-olds used their extra-curricular time to design and build a model car — a car powered solely by the sun — that won awards at a recent competition.

Beck and Lowe’s car, which they call “Drag-on,” received two honors at the Maine State Finals of the Junior Solar Sprint race held June 5 at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.


25 years ago — June 12 1989

INDIAN ISLAND — A book designed to provide an accurate and non-stereotypical educational resource for Maine schools was officially unveiled by members of the group that directed the writing of the book.

“The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes,”a 500-page resource book about Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Micmac and Abenaki Indians, collectively known as Wabanakis, was published recently by the Maine Indian program of the American Friends Service Committee.

Written under the direction of the curriculum committee, a group comprising a diverse representation of the Native American community that worked on the project for three years, the book contains an historical overview of Native culture and events in Maine and the Maritimes during the past 11,000 years, a fact sheet about Wabanaki life and culture, more than 50 lesson plans that suggest readings and discussion topics, a soundsheet, and illustrations and photographs.

BREWER — Brewer’s centennial was the occasion for planting a tree in front of City Hall by members of the Brewer Garden and Bird Club. Helping to plant the tree where Claudette Faulkner, club president; Susan Xirinachs, past president; Geraldine Burrill and Elizabeth Tibbetts, Centennial committee members.


50 years ago — June 12, 1964

BANGOR — Hassell Norris, a lean man nearing 60 stood in his small Pickering Square printing shop, against a background of dark machinery and stacks of paper.

“Do I start over again? They are supposed to relocate us, but where? This is a good location,” he said. He could look out over an expanse of parking spaces.

Norris’ concern was found elsewhere this week in Bangor’s downtown urban renewal project area.

“Urban renewal is all right for what it is trying to do,” Ray Thibeau, proprietor of a dry cleaning shop, declared in his back office. “There’s no doubt that some of the back ends of the buildings along the stream here are pretty bad. But this project is too big … We are supposed to be helped in finding new locations, but will they do it?”

A third merchant, retail hardware dealer Fred Hanson, between customers at his Broad St. store, put it this way: “This has always been a hardware store location. People know it over the years. A place like this is an institution. The urban renewal program will destroy it and not give us a chance to get it back.”

A pedestrian park will replace Hanson’s building.

More than 100 businesses ranging from those owning four-story buildings to some renting single office space will face the prospect of moving.

BREWER — “Education is today’s power plant,” Dr. Lloyd Elliott, president of the University of Maine, told the 1964 Brewer High School graduation class as 164 students received their diplomas.

Dr. Elliot urged graduates to use that “power plant” to push aside the thunder and lightning of distractions and come to grips with the reality of the 20th century.

He named three specific problems: equal rights for all Americans, world peace and personal and immediate plans and problems.

He said that the civil rights issue cannot be brushed aside but must be solved by everyone.


100 years ago — June 12, 1914

BANGOR — Chairman Pooler of the committee to arrange the workhorse parade, a feature of carnival week, interviewed several horse owners and did so to such good advantage that they became greatly interested. A fine start has been made, and the parade promises to be one of the most interesting efforts in Maine.

The following entries have been promised:

J. Frank Green, three two-horse hitches; Bangor Ice Company, 15 two-horse hitches; Bangor Street Department, 15 two-horse hitches, four single ones; Getchell Brothers, 15 two-horse, one three-horse; George B. Derby, four two-horse. Armour and Company and the Sulzberger and Sons Company will be represented.

BREWER — Dr. and Mrs. C.P. Thomas, Frank Thomas and Mrs. Fred Thomas and son, Leon, have returned from a delightful automobile trip to Beddington, Machias and other towns in the eastern part of the state. On leaving the city the party followed the famous airline route and found the roads in splendid condition until the town of Crawford was reached. Here the traveling was so bad that progress was seriously hindered and little comfort taken. An opportunity was found to enjoy some good fishing at lakes along the way. On their return, the party passed through Machias and followed the state road to the city.

EAST DIXMONT — J.A. priest of Boston, working for the United States government, was in town last week looking for the Gypsy Moth.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin

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