10 years ago — Feb. 28, 2013
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — People who have lent their support to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter are being issued a special invitation.
Shelter Executive Director Dennis Marble announced that the first annual Friends of the Shelter evening would take place from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in the ballroom of the University Center on the University College Bangor campus.
“The Penobscot Job Corps Center’s culinary arts program will be supplying appetizers and providing some students to help serve,” according to Marble, “and the United Technologies Center’s culinary arts program will be preparing additional hors d’oeuvres.”
ORONO — Last fall the University of Maine enrolled more first-year students than ever before. Now the trick is to keep them.
Freshmen frequently fall through the cracks at a big university or suffer culture shock, especially those coming from small rural towns or low-income backgrounds.
During the last few years, UM has had one of the worst retention rates among land grant universities in New England.
But the UM faculty senate hopes to turn that around.
Members voted Wednesday to try to increase the number of freshmen who return for their sophomore year by encouraging colleges to create advertising centers that help students navigate the system. Advisers help students choose classes and set up tutoring plans or refer them to other campus services.
25 years ago — Feb. 27-28, 1988
BANGOR — The pennies were not from heaven, but about 300 pounds of coins rolled out at the Coca-Cola bottling plant Tuesday in Bangor. University of Maine students Dan Myhaver and Mark Stebbins started pouring the pennies into a counting machine at 4:30 p.m. and finished 2½ hours later.
The students, members of a university service club called the Circle K, counted out $720 worth of coins that will be donated to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at a Boston hospital. The pennies were collected in a door-to-door campaign.
They had to take the pennies to the offices of the bottling plant, recently renamed the K&W Corp., Coca-Cola of Northern New England, on Thirteenth Street.
According to Brian Lowell, cold-drink manager at the company, the plant has a coin counter that separates change by a spinning motion into nickel, dime and penny slots.
BANGOR — Bangor Superintendent James Doughty will present a proposed budget Monday, Feb. 29, to the Bangor School Committee that, he says, is “a prudent approach to educational excellence.”
The budget he will present does not shortchange academics, but is easy on the city’s taxpayers because it will call for no local increase in taxes to support education, according to the Bangor superintendent.
Bottom-line figures show that Doughty will recommend a total budget of $18,531,910 for next year, representing an increase of $2,180,053 from this year’s school budget.
50 years ago — Feb. 28, 1963
HERMON — Hermon High School will celebrate its annual Winter Carnival Friday and Saturday at the high school.
The big weekend will open with a one-act play, “The Trysting Place,” presented by the school dramatics club, Friday evening at 8 o’clock in the high school gymnasium. A record hop will follow the play.
Winners of the snow-sculpture contest will be announced Saturday noon. The theme of the sculptures is “Winter Waterland.”
A semi-formal dance in the gymnasium Saturday night will climax the weekend.
EDDINGTON — The Eddington Parent-Teacher Association met Tuesday evening at the Consolidated School. Harold Higgins presided at a brief business session.
Supt. Philip Lucey discussed the school budget by means of a chart which showed the increase in enrollment at the school is nearly twice the number as when the school opened in 1955.
Mr. Lucey also said that the prime interest this year is the need to build additional classrooms in order to handle the steadily increasing number of students.
The attendance award was won by Mrs. Bertha Cole’s room.
100 years ago — Feb. 28, 1913
BANGOR — Dr. J. Frederick Babcock, one of Bangor’s best-known retired professional men, died Thursday night at the Penobscot Exchange, where he had resided for several years. Augustus H. Babcock, his brother, is the only surviving relative.
Dr. Babcock was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Babcock, and was born in St. Andrews, N.B., Feb. 22, 1846, his parents moving to Bangor when he was very young. The city was thereafter his home. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a drummer boy in the Second Maine Regiment, serving for two years.
He made a good war record, and nothing more pleased him in after life than to recall the stirring days of the conflict with his old army comrades.
Dr. Babcock then studied dentistry, graduating from the Philadelphia Dental College and practicing here until his retirement several years ago.
BANGOR — Six important questions will be submitted to the voters at the next municipal election, the municipal officers so decided at a meeting on Thursday afternoon.
The first four questions relate to the charters — a matter which the papers have reported at much length. Question number one is upon the adoption or rejection of the charter providing a commission form of government; question two, the adoption or rejection of the so-called revision of this present charter, which, however, makes a number of dramatic changes; question three, the adoption or rejection of the Beal charter, also a revision of the present one; and question four, whether or not the present charter shall be retained.
Question five is this: Shall there be incorporated in the city charter, whether a new one is adopted or the old one retained, a section providing the preference shall be given to citizens of Bangor in the employment of mechanics and laborers under contracts made by the city?
Shall the city of Bangor establish and operate a municipal coal yard, to supply coal at cost to its citizens? is the sixth question.
COMPILED BY BRIAN SWARTZ