10 years ago — June 26, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
VEAZIE — A deal to demolish two dams and restore Atlantic salmon to the Penobscot River was sealed Friday, though the $50 million needed to fund the project is anything but certain.
The Penobscot River Restoration Project, announced last October, was hailed by visiting U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton as “perhaps the most significant steps to restore the Atlantic salmon in the past century.”
The agreement guarantees that PPL Corp. of Allentown, Pa., will sell its hydroelectric dams at Veazie, Howland and Old Town to a coalition including conservation groups and the Penobscot Nation within the next five years for $25 million.
Ultimately, two of the dams will be demolished and the Howland Dam will be outfitted with a new hydraulic fish lift, opening up 500 miles of river that haven’t been available as fish habitat for nearly a century. But first, Penobscot Partners must raise a total of $50 million.
BANGOR — Work is being done behind the scenes by Bangor Auditorium and city officials on a proposal to submit to the Maine Principals’ Association in an effort to keep the Eastern Maine Class A basketball tournament from being moved to the Augusta Civic Center beginning in 2006.
But whether the city can overcome the challenges rooted in the changing demographics of northern and eastern Maine during the last decade is uncertain.
The MPA is considering a number of changes in its basketball playoff format: moving the Eastern A tournament from Bangor to Augusta; moving the Western B tournament from Augusta to Portland; and possibly shifting the Class A regional tournaments from early March to February vacation week, when the Classes B, C and D tournaments already are held.
25 years ago — June 26, 1989
OLD TOWN — School may be out, but some area pupils are continuing their education and learning things they normally wouldn’t get a chance to study in their regular schools. Old Town High School has opened its doors to 151 pupils who will take classes in rocketry, crime investigation, inventing and other subjects at the Old Town Summer Academy program.
Friday morning 10 pupils in the crime investigation class were learning to dust for fingerprints in preparation for a crime solving exercise next week. Officer Paul McManus of the Old Town Police told the pupils about the three most common patterns in fingerprints: loops, arches and whorls. Each pupil was given the opportunity to apply a dark black graphite dusting powder to a small glass jar. After several applications of powder their fingerprints came visible.
ORONO — The town of Orono next month will join the ranks of other municipalities and initiate a recycling program that Town Manager Bruce Locke said would begin the local effort to reverse society’s throwaway attitude.
The program, which town officials hope to begin by the end of next month. Will be inaugurated with glass recycling only, although more items will be added as the market expands, Locke said.
Although the town will save money from the program, Locke said the main attraction was that recycling simply is the right thing to do.
50 years ago — June 26, 1964
BREWER — Bangor and Brewer will become the two most publicized cities in the eastern United States, if overhead exposure means anything.
Each week the names of both municipalities will fly over the heads of millions of Americans, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.
Dow Air Force Base’s first KC135 Stratotanker was christened the City of Brewer Thursday afternoon, and is scheduled to join immediately the $8 million B52G jet bomber City of Bangor in spreading the fame of the twin cities, their names proudly inscribed on the planes.
A crowd of approximately 300 was on hand to greet the giant tanker, a military version of the Boeing 707 airliner, as it touched down at the base. Ninety area businessman viewed the ceremony also.
BANGOR — Malcolm E. Jones, auditor and assistant treasurer of the Bangor Savings Bank, has been selected as a member of the freshman class of the Graduate School of Savings Banking at Brown University, Providence, R.I. The school is operated by the National Association of Mutual Savings Banks. He will join a class of 90, composed of officers from savings banks located in 11 states.
100 years ago — June 26, 1914
BANGOR — Bangor had the first workhorse parade held in the state and it was the most creditable exhibition, exciting comments of admiration as the long line of fine appearing horseflesh and alert drivers, to the tune of inspiring music, wound its way to the business section and through the residential district. When the week of carnival is a thing of the past, the workhorse parade is sure to be remembered and pleasantly, too, for it unquestionably proved to be one of the best things on the week’s program.
Miss Sadie Ray received a prize for the best horse driven by a lady.
One of the handsomest displays in line was that of the Utterback-Gleason Co. Stationed up on the float was a white horse and upon its back was the young son of Mayor John G. Utterback while the mayor’s daughter, a sweet little miss, held the horse by the bridle. Of course, the horse was the one that is usually stationed outside the store of the company, and the picture was a very pretty one.
The Brewer band headed the entries of the Brewer Fire Department, the apparatus making a very favorable appearance.
BANGOR — One of the feature performances of the Hall and Latlip shows is the thrilling high dive from the top of a series of four ladders, which aggregate to a height of 60 feet, into a net suspended a short distance from the ground.
This apparatus is set up in Abbott Square and the young man makes this jump daily. It is a highly spectacular and sensational jump, calling for nerve, a cool head and accurate judgment of distance.
A most interesting matter connected with this performance is that the performer is a former Bangor boy, Wallace W. Herne, who is now traveling with the Hall and Latlipp shows, and not only does the high dive but is also the official electrician of the exposition, general secretary and press agent and all-around handyman, otherwise than that he has very little to do.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin