10 years ago — Aug. 21, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — A little Yankee ingenuity and the successful marketing strategy has put a seasonal hot dog stand on the map — a city industrial park map, that is.
Abby McCue, 26, of Holden, the informal boss of the flourishing endeavor, and her friends Amy Martin, 29, of Bangor and Terri Fitzpatrick, 31, of Orrington operate a hotdog stand on the lawn of the Wesco building on Farm Road. The stand, which they have dubbed Hott Dawgs, sells two things: hotdogs and soda. Despite the limited menu, McCue says they have about 150 customers a day.
The three women attribute their success to their attitude: they wave at every car that passes; they challenge customers with a daily riddle; they smile and make sure they get everyone’s name; and during the first few days of their business, they wore bikinis.
BANGOR — At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, faces are weary. Voices are strained. The smell of cumin and black beans permeates bodies and breath — and the countdown is on.
The voices chant the mantra of Folk Festival of spirituality, the Zen of burritos and Apple snack cake. Next weekend, teams of members and friends will serve up a minimum of 2,500 black bean burritos, Maine apple snack cakes, coffee, tea and water.
Freezers from Orono to Orrington have joined crockpots from Hampden to Veazie. The religious and nonreligious, neighbors and employers, relatives and friends have conspired, offering homes, transportation, advice, storage, cake pans and goodwill. The National Folk Festival is a time to unite and enjoy companionship, music and a moment of civic pride.
25 years ago — Aug. 21, 1989
HAMPDEN — There’s nothing like a good day of festivities called for in the name of children to give adults an excuse to postpone responsibility and mess around a little.
Thousands of kids accompanied their parents to the 11th annual Hampden
Children’s Day, which kicked off with a pancake breakfast and ended with fireworks in the street dance.
Frank Coombs, public relations chairman for the Children’s Day committee, said the day of fun, celebrated under azure skies that carried a nip of fall air, was absolutely fantastic and the result of hundreds of people and groups donating time, energy and money to make the day a success.
OLD TOWN — Let’s imagine that you just won the Tri-State Megabucks and are now the proud owner of $6 million. You buy a 10,000 acre parcel somewhere east of Lincoln. Now you need a company to produce an aerial survey of the place; prepare an inventory and a map of its tree species, wetlands and other natural resources; engineer the woods roads that lead into your lakeside retreat; and design water and septic systems at the lodge to handle up to 250 guests.
It’s likely that the James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town is the only firm in the nation that can meet all those needs without hiring people from outside the company.
50 years ago — Aug. 21, 1964
BANGOR — The Webber Oil Company has presented the Bangor YMCA’s Camp Jordan a new cabin, according to an announcement made by Gerald E. Rudman, president of the YMCA. The cabin is being given in memory of all Alburney E. Webber, founder of the company.
It is planned to construct the cabin in the newly developed area of the grounds, which is located on the waterfront beyond the Bergstrom-Brockway cabin.
BANGOR — The first lady, Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, arrived in Bangor at 8:40 a.m. She stopped at Dow Air Force Base to change planes for a trip to Campobello Island and the dedication of an international park there. With Mrs. Johnson was Maine Democratic Sen. Edmund S. Muskie.
100 years ago — Aug. 21, 1914
ORONO — The home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Shaw on College Street was the scene of a very pretty wedding when their daughter, Miss Christine Myrtle, was united in marriage to William Francis Scammon. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Joseph B. Lyman.
Miss Grace M. Colburn played Mendelssohn’s wedding March. Miss Cora M. Shaw and Earl E. Shaw, sister and brother of the bride, were the attending couple.
The bride was becomingly gowned in white, with veil, and carried a shower bouquet of white sweet peas. The decorations were white sweet peas and smilax. Only the immediate relatives were present.
ORONO — The ladies off the Universalist Society are planning something new in the line of a lawn party to be held at the tennis court on the lawn of Mr. and Mrs. Alden P. Webster early in September. A heavy canvas will be spread over the court which is of clay, for dancing.
BANGOR — Five Armenians were canvassing the east side of the city this week, selling laces, rugs, etc., and the police were notified. Chief O’Donohue and Deputy Mackie made a hurry trip in the auto patrol and brought the peddlers to headquarters. There was not a license in the crowd, the men having just arrived in the Boston steamer. Upon promise to leave the city on the 8 p.m. train, they were released but their goods were held until train time.
BANGOR — In the window of Priest’s drugstore are shown some of the wonderful trophies won by Andrew Sockalexis, a collection unequaled by any Maine athlete. Of course, his greatest achievement was in the Olympic Marathon in Sweden in 1912, when he finished fourth, as one writer expressed it, “dashing into the stadium like a frightened deer with miles of running left in him.”
He was second in the big B.A.A. Marathon in 1912, third in the Brockton Marathon in 1911, besides being in many other races for shorter distances, finishing among the leaders.
On Sockalexis Day, Bangor will see the greatest galaxy of athletic stars ever together except in the Olympic games.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin