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10 years ago — March 28, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

ORONO — After less than 24 hours in the country, a group of ninth-grade students from France used music and dance to showcase the French-American connection for pupils at Orono Middle School.

The 26 pupils from the Saint Joseph-Saint Ursule Junior High School in Dijon, France, incorporated a mix of French, Acadian and American cultures in their hour-long performance. After singing a French pop song, students danced a quadrille to traditional Acadian music and ended with a square dance and a country line dance. The 14-year-olds are on a three-week American immersion exchange that will take them to East Coast cities including New York, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans.

VERONA — A crew from Piasecki Steel was back on the Waldo-Hancock Bridge this week to resume repair work on the ailing span, while the Maine Department of Transportation prepares to begin a mandatory federal process to plan for the bridge’s future. The crew returned to the bridge to continue its work as part of a six-year $25 million to $30 million rehabilitation project. The company had suspended work in extended cold weather

25 years ago — March 28, 1988

BANGOR — Bangor continued to draw academic visiting committees as a six-member group came to town to review the Down East School. The facility houses kindergarten through sixth grades on the west part of the city.

This is the second week in a row the teams of academic leaders have reviewed elementary schools in Bangor as part of the city’s effort to become accredited with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Last week, visiting communities toured the Vine Street School and the Abraham Lincoln School, facilities that house kindergarten through second grade. Bangor is a charter member of the New England association’s effort to accredit elementary schools.

BANGOR — A power failure left much of Bangor’s west side, bounded approximately by Union Street and Odlin Road, in the dark early Sunday evening. The lights went out at 6:45 p.m. and stayed dark for at least 30 minutes. The area around Webster Avenue was the last to have its power restored. The lights were back on at 8:26 p.m., said Bill Cohen, director of communications and public affairs at Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. The failure happened when a breaker in the lower Main Street substation tripped, he said, as the result of a short circuit.

50 years ago — March 28, 1963

BANGOR — The Air Force announced plans to shut down the 341st Air Refueling Squadron at Dow Air Force Base in September.

Rep. Clifford G. McIntire, R-Maine, was advised that the action will reduce the base personnel strength by about 672 military and will result in removal of 20 KC97 tankers from Dow. McIntire said other units at the Bangor installation will not be affected by the inactivation of the refueling squadron.

The Air Force report to McIntire linked the proposed cutback at Bangor to the nationwide phasing out of B47 medium bomber units and their associated KC97 air refueling squadrons.

BANGOR — C. Robert Groth Jr. will be the violin soloist for the concert of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra on April 10 at Bangor City Hall. Groth is a native of Portland,Ore., is married and has two children, a boy and a girl. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in violin and a master’s degree in violin, music history and literature from the same institution. He had one year of post master’s study in violin at Indiana University and was graduate assistant in theory and strings at the University of Oregon and graduate assistant in strings at Indiana University.

100 years ago — March 28, 1913

BANGOR — The striking locomotive engineers and the firemen of the Bangor and Aroostook

Railroad were assured that they will receive the moral and financial support of the New England Divisions of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.This news came by way of a message from the executive committee of the New England divisions of the brotherhood, members of which held special sessions in Bangor on March 23 relative to the strike situation. This means that the striking engineers and firemen will receive monthly benefits from the New England divisions in the future, in addition to the regular brotherhood benefits which they have been receiving since the strike began, and which they will continue to receive.

BANGOR — “I intend to keep picking away at ’em as I have been doing. The rum sellers are in the business for what money they can make out of it. As soon as there’s no profit in it they will quit and I believe that piling up $100 fines will put them out sooner or later,” said Sheriff W.W. Emerson of Penobscot County when asked what he had to say about the message of Gov. Haines directing impeachment proceedings against Sheriff Moulton of Cumberland County for nonenforcement of the prohibitory law.

The sheriff said that of course there was some liquor sold in Bangor but since he took office nearly 50 Bangor dealers had been raided and fined $100 and costs, that about $5,000 had already been turned into the county treasury, and he intends to keep it up to the best of his ability.


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