10 years ago — June 19, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Ben Sprague’s political views are hard to surmise. The Bangor native and Harvard University junior has been a member of the school’s Democrat, Republican and Green party student groups — all at the same time.
He has worked as an intern for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, but also worked on the campaign for a Massachusetts Green party state representative candidate.
As the next presidential election approaches, Sprague, 20, home from school for the summer, has put aside his personal politics to rally around democracy itself.
The 2002 Bangor high school graduate has started his own campaign. This summer, Sprague will lead a trio of college students in Bike the Vote, a bicycle trek across the state designed to raise awareness and recruit voters for the November elections.
DEDHAM — The time has come for local residents and those in surrounding areas to discuss the creation of a new community school, according to Superintendent Richard Norton.
Historically, Dedham school leaders have been discussing the concept with neighboring officials for 50 years, but those discussions have heated up in the past two years because of increasing high school tuition costs and transitional problems for local eighth-graders entering high school.
A State Department of Education official taking part in the discussions has said that the passage of Question 1 this month would make money available for the regional project.
25 years ago — June 19, 1989
BANGOR — With his black suspenders, booming voice and jolly manner, Ivan McPike resembles an old-time Boston politician.
In reality, McPike sells office supplies and furnishings. He has been in business since 1978, when he and Rudolf Eyerer purchased Bangor-Merrifield from Harvey Boyd. McPike bought Eyerer’s share of the company last December.
Bangor-Merrifield, his family, hockey and the Greater Bangor Chamber of Commerce have occupied most of McPike’s time since then.
BANGOR — The rain lasted only a few minutes Sunday afternoon, but the damage it did lasted for several hours as work crews labored to clean up fallen limbs and trees, and restore electric power to sections of Brewer, Bangor and surrounding towns.
The thundershowers that started around 4 p.m. lasted less than 15 minutes but in that time it flooded streets, caused water to back up into homes and businesses and caused switchboards at fire and police departments to be overloaded with calls for assistance.
Assistant Fire Chief Frank Dinsmore in Bangor said there had been a lot of electrical wires and trees down, sewers backing up and creating water problems in homes. Dinsmore said there had been no fires as a result of the storm and its accompanying high winds.
50 years ago — June 19, 1964
BANGOR — A hero’s welcome greeted the University of Maine’s amazing Black Bears as they made a triumphant return to the Orono campus following their surprising third-place finish in the NCAA College World Series, as a motorcade took the team to both Bangor and Brewer for welcoming programs.
Speaking at the Kenduskeag Plaza, University of Maine President Lloyd Elliott echoed the state’s sentiments stating, “Your alma mater is proud of you. By your talents, courage and teamwork, you have brought honor to your university and state.”
In Brewer, the team was accorded an equally enthusiastic welcome, with the loudest cheers falling on the shoulders of pitcher Joe Ferris, a popular hometown boy.
Ferris won two games in the tournament, saved a third, and hurled himself into contention for the tourney’s Most Valuable Player award, in leading the unheralded Black Bears to a 3-2 World Series record.
BANGOR — Is pay TV coming to Bangor? The city has been petitioned by the Home Vision Corp. of America, a pay television company, for a permit to install a Community Antenna Television system here and operate it as a local business.
Because this is the city’s first such experience, it has been investigating the procedures. The subject of the permit is expected to come before the Bangor City Council shortly.
It is expected that the pay television programs would be brought to Bangor by means of a national relay system to be constructed in a handful of key stations.
HAMPDEN — John Burke, 9, son of Mrs. James Burke, Coldbrook Road, caught a lamprey with his bare hands in the brook near the back Winterport Road in Hampden recently. He spotted the 22-inch eel while fishing with his brother, Jim. Lamprey inhabit both salt and fresh water, but those at sea usually ascend rivers and brooks to deposit their spawn on pebbly shallows.
100 years ago — June 19, 1914
BANGOR — Plans are completed for the garden party of next week at Elmbank, the beautiful and spacious estate of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Prentiss in Kenduskeag Avenue. No social event half so important will be held this summer in Maine; and there is the added satisfaction in the knowledge that the receipts will be devoted to a fine and noble cause — the work of the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, which has accomplished modest miracles in the relief of suffering in Bangor.
Scores of busy men and women, in arranging this fete, have given gladly of their time, their energy and their ingenuity that the work may go on, and may be encouraged and enhanced; and there is no question of the public response, for Bangor appreciates novelty especially if sweetened by the spirit of charity.
The first event of the afternoon will be the automobile parade arranged by the chamber of commerce, and which is to be the principal feature of carnival week. It will pass the grounds. This was arranged through the kindness of Secretary Hennessy of the chamber of commerce, who has supervision of the carnival arrangements. There will be 100 or more flower-bedecked cars in line, and what better chance to view them than from the broad slope of the Elmbank grounds, far removed from the dust and crowds and general discomfort farther uptown.
WINTERPORT — On account of the trouble in Mexico, there will be few warships to send for the Fourth of July celebrations this year, though Bucksport and Winterport may get one between them.
The department is glad to accede to such requests. The officials have much more sympathy with these Fourth of July programs than with the detail of warships to summer resorts for the benefit of hotel keepers and the fashionable folks who frequent the waters. And it has come about that whenever a warship is at all available, the department will send her along the New England shore to help local people properly observe the natal date of independence.
But this year there will be few warships at Fourth of July celebrations because the larger part of the fleet will still be off Vera Cruz. Some days ago Sen. Burley of Maine saw Secretary Daniels personally about a ship for Winterport, whose citizens are planning an observance. The secretary said he was very sorry but he feared he would be unable to comply. He would put the application on file, however. Then came Bucksport, three or four miles away, with a similar application. There is some chance that one ship may be detailed for both celebrations to divide time between the two towns.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin