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Bangor Daily News File Photo by Spike Webb | BDN
Bangor Daily News File Photo by Spike Webb | BDN
The Bangor Police Department launched a safety program in January 1954. Here, police officers survey a billboard message that was part of the safety campaign.


10 years ago — Aug. 28, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — The Anah Highlanders pipe and drum band marched, in rows of three, in perfect time, wearing MacIntosh Tartan kilts and feathered caps. As they approached the Railroad Stage, the wail of bagpipes grew louder and the mob behind them swelled.

The crowd that had gathered on the field before them was prepared for the invasion. On lawn chairs and blankets, propped up on shoulders and cruising in strollers, they waited, several thousand strong, and cheered as the 66th National Folk Festival charged Bangor’s waterfront.

ORONO — Leslie Workman’s pile of belongings was slowly shrinking. Moving into York Hall at the University of Maine, the freshman from Buckfield arrived with two carloads of possessions, which had been stacked on the lawn and now were being carried into the dorm by faculty, staff and students.

The “Maine Hello” program, which has UM representatives greeting freshmen and helping them move into their dormitories has become a boon for students and families.

An estimated 1,763 students are entering their first year at the university, up 2 percent above last year, said John Beacon, dean of enrollment management.


25 years ago — Aug. 28, 1989

HERMON — Unlike the Bermuda Triangle, the business triangle in Hermon is not a mysterious place where things disappear. Rather, it’s where they are found.

From the oldest business park — the Freedom Commerce and Industry Park built three decades ago — to its newest —  Pinewood Business Park that opened last year — Hermon’s businesses along Route 2 and Odlin and Coldbrook roads have been growing.

More than a dozen businesses have moved into or expanded in the last year in what Ron Harriman, the town’s economic development director, described as strong, steady growth.

OLD TOWN — The Old Town Sesquicentennial committee is making preparations to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the town in 1840.

In addition to planning public observances, the committee is looking for contributions to a sesquicentennial history that may be published in a newspaper supplement in 1990. Committee members are looking for contributions about Old Town factories or businesses, churches, fraternal or service organizations and clubs, music-art-drama groups, theaters-cinema, old buildings, famous residents, ethnic groups or any event involving Old Town, including photographs.


50 years ago — Aug. 28, 1964

BANGOR — “A week ago today I walked into a cactus,” said Mike Newton of Bangor. “I was climbing down a mountain after dark, tired from a hard day at work and the climb to see a sunset over the town of Chapantongo in Mexico, and I just didn’t watch where I was going!”

The hard day at work Mike spent was as a member of a college-age “Peace Corps-type” project in Mexico this summer.

A student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Mike was one of approximately 600 members of a unique intercollege organization, the Conference on Inter-American Study Projects, whose members volunteer to spend at least six weeks of their summer vacations working without pay  in under-privileged Mexican villages.

BANGOR — Five generations of one family met at the home of Mrs. Ernest Christakos at 41 Fern Street. Attending were Mrs. Christakos, great-grandmother; Mrs. Lena McMahon, great-great-grandmother of Bangor; Dennis Patrick Shea, 2½; Mrs. William Taylor Jr., grandmother, Wallingford, Connecticut; and Mrs. Dean Shea of Dexter.

BRADLEY — Miss Barbara King graduated from Mercy Hospital in Portland on Aug. 23. She received the Outstanding Student Award and a scholarship sponsored by the Mercy Parents Club. Miss King is a graduate of John Bapst High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Valmore King of Bradley.

100 years ago — Aug. 28, 1914

BANGOR — The display of fancy work in the auditorium is the largest in recent years, there being 1,200 entries. A pair of stays, 130 years old, is exhibited by Miss Mary Clayton. The stays originally were the property of Miss Price Flye, who raised the flax, spun and wove the linen and stitched and embroidered them by hand. She wore them at her wedding to Capt. Daniel Wentworth of Cambridge.

A vase, cup and saucer, cup plate and plate and plate and pitcher more than 60 years of age; a plate 125 years old; a duelling pistol more than 50 years old; a mother-of-pearl purse more than 70 years old; a Mexican dollar, a piece of hand woven bed drapery used in 1880, all attract much attention because of their antiquity.

Mrs. W.H. Gardner of Brewer exhibits a large blue plate, whipped cream glass, two saltcellars, gold pin, salt spoon, jar, pitcher, small blue plate, wineglass, sandalwood fan, candelabra, large silver spoon, six teaspoons and pewter plate, one of a dozen belonging to the family of John Hancock, all more than 100 years old.

Mrs. John SAvage shows a snuff box, 114 years old; a hood, 125 years old; a sampler made in England by a child 9 years old 67 years ago; a wedding vest 60 years old; a caster 73 years old; two compotes 160 years old, antique vases, platter and a genuine Old Hall collection from England more than 160 years old, and U.S. coins of 1837 and 1849.

Mrs. James H. Haynes of 55 Grove St., has just received a letter from her daughter, Louise M. Haynes, who was traveling on the continent at the beginning of the war [World War 1]. It is the first word that has been received from her since the invasion of Belgium by the Germans early this month.

She writes;
Dear Mother,

I suppose you are reading all the war news and I am wondering what you are what you are thinking of it. I just got to Switzerland by the skin of my teeth as the trains were not allowed to cross the boundary. The situation has been getting worse and worse the past few days; we are entirely cut off from France and Germany and are receiving no letters from America.

I am told there will be no boats going to or coming from America.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin

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