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10 years ago — Sept. 4, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

ORONO — A master’s degree in business usually doesn’t include a trip into the woods and a jaunt through an obstacle course as a requirement. But this year’s incoming crop of business graduate students at the University of Maine is taking just such a trip.

The residency week program, a new requirement for MBA students, is a five-day intensive program with an emphasis on ethics, leadership, teamwork, communication and casework.

BANGOR — Three area Maine Army National Guard soldiers returned home after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. John Brooks of Bangor, Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Gurney of Bradley and Master Sgt. Tim Callahan of Farmington arrived at Bangor International Airport to cheers and applause from their family and friends.

Callahan, along with Brooks and Gurney, left home one year ago to be deployed with the 45th Infantry Brigade, an Oklahoma National Guard unit. The men trained soldiers in the newly established Afghan National Army as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.


25 years ago — Sept. 4, 1989

ORONO — Bananas the Bear, the University of Maine mascot, celebrated its birthday during the UMaine Black Bears’ home opener against Youngstown State University of Ohio. Bananas received some Gifford’s ice cream, and during halftime, Linwood “Woody” Carville, UMaine’s associate athletic director, passed out cake to children. The UMaine Black Bears gave Bananas a great present by defeating the Ohio-based Penguins 28-14.

BANGOR — It wasn’t an ordinary show of pleasure craft. A handful of creative boats floated down the Penobscot River during the second annual Crazy Cruiser River Run. As in last year’s inaugural event, the run drew a number of wacky entries, including a scaled-down version of Mount Katahdin, a 1920 steam Lombard log hauler, and the HMS Coach, a pirate ship complete with cannons.

The River Run was part of a day of festivities, including horse and buggy rides, music and a pancake breakfast.

Besides the food and the weather, the crowds also enjoyed tours of the lightship Nantucket, which is on a three-week series of port calls to Castine, Belfast, Bangor and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

BANGOR — Traveling in cars stuffed with their belongings, students returned to the University of Maine and Husson College over the weekend, and in spite of a jump in tuition costs, both institutions reported a jump in enrollment.

For Husson, the 350 new students who begin classes on Tuesday represent the largest group to enter the college in a decade.

Although overall enrollment at the University of Maine increased this year and the university witnessed its largest freshman class, first-year students this fall number approximately 150 fewer than last year.


50 years ago — Sept. 4, 1964

EAST CORINTH — The Senior Little League all-stars of East Corinth closed out their campaign successfully and next year plans have been made to supply uniforms for the youngsters. Squad members are Jimmy Dunham, Paul Wintle, Kendall Bean, Doug Ames, Don Woodbury, Neil Craig, Coach Glen Burleigh, Greg Buswell, Peter Wintle, Galen Elliott, Mike Dow and Manager Eddie Patterson.

BANGOR — Bangor’s new high school is 99 and 44/100 percent completed and will open on the first day of school.

This was the word from Wendell G. Eaton, superintendent of schools, and Forrest Caswell, general superintendent of construction for the contractor, Consolidated Company.

The 1,200 students will not exactly receive the red carpet, international jet-set welcoming treatment. But they will share honors with numerous enthusiastic artisans, custodians and teachers in launching the largest school in Maine and unquestionably the most sightly [nicest-looking] and best equipped school in New England.

The architect, Eaton W. Tarbell, who designed the school, told the school building committee some five years ago, “just remember that architecture is a tool of education.”

His words evidently were taken and it seems impossible that even the rawest freshman could not but be impressed with the beauty of the building and its location surrounded by green playing fields and woods.

Tarbell sounded a discordant note when he said, “ It jars me no end to see the commercial development that has been allowed to spring up on the approaches on Broadway to the school after the people of Bangor put all this money into the high school plant.”

The school sits off Broadway on a 60-acre hill with a magnificent view.


100 years ago — Sept. 4, 1914

BANGOR — A remarkably spectacular fire occurred in upper Birch Street when a wooden storehouse belonging to S.L. Crosby Company was destroyed. Five thousand burning phonograph records made a sheet of flame, and at frequent intervals there were explosions from firecrackers and fireworks.

The storehouse was formerly a stable, and it was far removed from the nearest building. It contained 5,000 phonograph records which were of wax and packed into paper boxes; a considerable number of phonograph cabinets; and miscellaneous assortment of sporting goods.

The firm did not know that the building also contained explosives, although it was evident in the progress of the fire.

The fire is believed to have started by small boys who were looking for excitement, a desire amply gratified.

Flames were spurting from all parts of the big structure when the firemen arrived in response to a call from Box 72, and there was little that could be done.

It is estimated that the loss is approximately $1,500, fully covered by insurance.

OLD TOWN — The women of Old Town will be given the unusual opportunity to hear a

discussion of those topics of the day which particularly interest and affect them, when Miss Alice Carpenter of New York will speak at City Hall.

Miss Carpenter, who is one of the National Progressive speakers, is a prominent member of the Peace Society, and well known suffrage writer and lecturer.

The public, men as well as women, are invited to attend and are assured they will hear something worthwhile from an interesting and forceful speaker.

BANGOR — President Eugene H. Dakin of the S.L. Crosby Company has returned from Boston where he made arrangements for a supply of the famous Ford automobiles, so prospective customers in this city will no longer be disappointed.

Recently the demand for Fords became so great all over the country that the output, immense though it was, proved insufficient, and the Crosby company could not obtain its usual supply.

BREWER — The books added to the Brewer Free Library during June, July and August include books of reference, fiction and nonfiction: “Diane of the Green Van” by Dalrymple; “International Cyclopedia of Prose and Poetical Quotations” by Walsh; “Vital Issues in Christian Science and Reminiscences, Sermons and Correspondence” by Stetson; “North of Fifty-Three” by Sinclair; “Misadventures of Three Good Boys” by Judge Shute; “The Price of Love” by Bennett; “The Last Shot” by Palmer; “The Eyes of the World” by Wright; and “Let No Man Put Asunder” by King.


Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin


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