10 years ago — July 31, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
CASTINE — The Trinitarian Congregational Parish Castine is thriving, in part, because it’s pastor has ignored the advice of the seminary professors.
“Creativity will kill you, they told me,” said the Rev. Bill Friederich.
But tapping into the artistic community in the area is bringing new members into the congregation and earning the church a reputation as a culture center in its 175th year, he said.
“We looked at our strength as a congregation and saw that we were blessed with artists, musicians, writers and theater people in the community as well as the church,” said Friederich.
This year, Trinitarian Congregational decided not hold a traditional vacation Bible school. Instead, the church is focusing on teaching tolerance through art.
BANGOR — It started in Bangor at exactly 12:00:00 p.m. By 4:56 p.m., Mainers had purchased $175,472 worth of Powerball tickets as the megamillion-dollar lottery game made It’s debut in the state.
At the state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery operations in Augusta, officials were clearly convinced lottery mania had taken hold. They did not dare speculate how many tickets would be sold before tonight’s drawing, which features an estimated grand prize of $54 million — or about $1 million a year after taxes for the next 30 years.
25 years ago — July 31, 1989
GLENBURN — George White celebrated his 99th birthday at his Glenburn home. White, who served in France with an artillery gun crew during World War I, worked at the Lowder Apartments in Bangor and later became a painter for Weatherbee’s. In 1985 White’s friend, Harold Lovett of Springfield, Mass., who was discharged from the army at the same time as White, visited to celebrate White’s 95th birthday and to reminisce about trips to Canada and hunting days. White was born July 30, 1890, at Amherst, Nova Scotia.
BANGOR — When it comes to television in the Bangor area, George Gonyar has seen it all.
In 1948, when he was a college student, Gonyar got a job as an announcer for WABI radio. Five years later, he was working as studio director when WABI television went on the air. It was the first television station north of Boston.
Gonyar’s career path has included titles such as program director, director of operations, manager of operations and, since 1977, he has been vice president and general manager for Community Broadcasting Service, the company that operates WABI television and radio stations WABI and WYOU.
There have been a lot of changes since WABI television operated with one camera out of a 15- foot-square studio on Copeland Hill in Holden. Gonyar said that technology and costs led the list of changes.
In terms of technology, television equipment has gotten smaller and smaller as the quality has improved.
WABI’s advertising rates then were based on radio rates. The new advertising medium was so popular that Standard Electric of Bangor paid to sponsor the test pattern.
50 years ago — July 31, 1964
ORONO — Professor Emeritus Katherine O. Musgrave of Orono was selected recently as a Recipient of the Leader of the Year Award from the American Home Economics Association.
The award is presented annually to five outstanding home economists with superior accomplishments in the field of home economics. Musgrave is clinical dietitian at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.
BANGOR — The heat and humidity of midsummer do not penetrate old New England graveyards. Wandering through the pine shaded groves of one of Bangor’s cemeteries, lazy summer thoughts give way to curiosity as reading the old headstones sets the imagination to work. On the cracked and broken old stones, personal histories of great and small New Englanders are recorded in lichen-covered epitaphs.
In the shade at the bottom of the hill, an old phrase on the headstone pricked my curiosity, and I stopped to read the lines of the crumbling slate.
“Here lies the remains of Joseph Marie Junin of La Rochelle in France, who departed this life the 18th, Feb., A.D. 1791, in the 32nd Year of his Age, and in the second Year of the Era of the French Liberty …”
He had died two years after the beginning of the French Revolution. No doubt he fought in the American Revolution and he had been proud that his native country also was fighting for independence.
Many of the headstones carried verses and family history… so it was only fitting to follow up with a trip to a small graveyard recently uncovered by surveyors. It was in a woods near Bangor, nestled in a copse of birch and poplar. It was an old private plot that had been unkept for more than 50 years. Many of the headstones were missing, but there was evidence that at one time there had been at least 12 or 15 graves marked. Of the four remaining stones two had cracked and toppled over. It was the Crosby family graveyard, and the latest date was 1894.
BREWER — “You didn’t jump my man,” “I can take yours,” “I won,” and “It’s my turn” were a few of the explanations resounding over the Brewer playgrounds as the annual checker contest was held under the supervision of Mrs. Martha Perkins, playgrounds director.
The victors were Timmy Hogan, Washington St.; Eddie Hanscom, Pendleton Street; and Verna Eldridge, School Street.
All contestants were carefully watched by judges Fred Perkins, Pamela McKay, Nancy Bissell, Jean O’Connell, Kathy Cushing and Kathy Redman.
100 years ago — July 31, 1914
BANGOR — Everybody reads the A. Conan Doyle stories so everybody will like a play founded upon the ingenious romances of the creator of “Sherlock Holmes.” Such a play is to be seen in the Graphic Theater, the five-part photo dramatic production titled “The House of Temperley,” which is made from the famous author’s stirring story of Rodney Stone.
ORONO — Professor Warner J. Morris of the University Experiment Station leaves soon for a tour of the Pacific coast. Professor Morris, in company with Dr. Appel of the Imperial Institute of Agriculture and Forestry at Dahlem-Berlin, the leading authority of Europe on potato diseases, and other leading men, will inspect all the large potato fields on the way.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin