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Bangor Daily News File Photo by Mickey Blanchette | BDN
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In November of 1978, librarian Karen Seidel (right) showed several Maine authors around the newly opened Orrington Public Library, adjoining the Center Drive School: (from left) John Cayford, Brownie Schrumpf, Bud Leavitt, Dorothy Clarke Wilson and Leisel Skorpen.


10 years ago — April 11, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

HAMPDEN — Denise Ireland, president of the Hampden, Winterport and Newburgh Dollars For Scholars program, invites the public to attend the Hampden Academy Dollars for Scholars third annual Basket Bingo on April 12.

The public is invited to attend a faculty recital by the Richard Nelson Quintet on April 12 in the College Center Ballroom, 201 Texas Ave., at University College of Bangor. Trumpeter Don Stratton, drummer composer Steve Grover, alto saxophonist Tim O’Dell and bassist Adam Chilenski will join guitarist and composer Nelson for the performance.

25 years ago — April 11, 1988

BANGOR — Organizers have scaled down the original plans for a charity fundraiser that will double as a shakedown for the newly expanded Penobscot County Jail. The event will take place two weeks later than first planned.

What first was discussed as an overnight stay in the newly built section of the jail in exchange for $500 a person in pledges that will be distributed among four charities has been reduced to an evening for $100 in pledges.

Besides raising money, the event will provide a dress rehearsal of sorts for jail staff before real inmates move in later in the month. The money raised will be divided among the Bangor Halfway House, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Juvenile Jail Diversion Project and Spruce Run, a shelter for battered women.

BANGOR — Construction work on a pair of Bangor’s major arteries are expected to cause problems for motorists for the next four months.

Lane Construction Company could begin work on State Street as soon as Tuesday, according to Everett Drake, an area construction engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation’s Bangor office. In addition, Lane also was expected to begin work on the repaving of Main Street from Union to Dutton streets, within the next couple of weeks, said Drake. Lane employees will grind the existing pavement on Main Street down to 3 ¼ inches and then place 3 ¼ inches of new pavement on the street. Lane submitted a bid of $766,000 for the two projects, Drake said.

50 years ago — April 11, 1963

BANGOR — Mrs. Andre E. Cushing Jr. was elected president of the Bangor Jaycee Wives Club at a dinner meeting held at Pilots Grill. Mrs. Edward McGinnis, retiring president, conducted the meeting.

Of the officers named were Mrs. Harold Gerow, first vice president; Mrs. Edward Colburn Jr., second vice president; Mrs. John Paul Perry, recording secretary; Mrs. Thomas Alewine Lloyd Willey, treasurer; Mrs. Paul Bradeen and Mrs. Paul Winkler, directors.

Mrs. Wallace Witham of the League for Emotionally Disturbed Children spoke to the group on the work of the organization.

Harold Aldrich of the Eastern Maine Guidance Center showed the film, “The Child Behind the Wall.”

Tables were decorated with Easter bunnies and white tapers. Hostesses for the meeting were Mrs. David Fox and Mrs. Paul Graffam.

BREWER — Harold Crocker was elected president of the Dirigo School Street PTA at its meeting at the school in Brewer. Other officers chosen were Richard Jersey, vice president; Mrs. Charlotte Pearson, secretary; Mrs. Mildred Goodness, treasurer; and Jack Goodness, auditor.

Mrs. Ethel Lloyd’s first grade won the attendance award. Refreshments were served by the first-grade mothers under the supervision of Mrs. Patricia Hamilton. Approximately 40 were present.

100 years ago — April 11, 1913

BREWER — The seat sales at Boynton’s pharmacy seems to indicate that all paths will lead to City Hall when “The Sophomore,” one of the brightest little plays of its type, will be staged and presented by a clever cast of high school people who are certain to win laurels in this, their first appearance before the footlights. There are still a few good seats to be had. The play also marks the initial performance of the high school orchestra organized through the efforts of Principal Sullivan, who is himself a fine musician. Taken as a whole, the evening should take conspicuous place in the list of worthwhile social affairs held under the auspices of Brewer High School.

BUCKSPORT — The following tribute to Dr. James M. Nevers was adopted by Hancock R.A. Chapter on April 9, 1913:

Information has been received of the death of Companion James M. Nevers on March 7, 1913, at the extreme age of more than 90 years. Dr. Nevers, as he was always familiarly known, was a well-known figure upon our streets for a great many years. He was a most genial man and had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He was affable in manner, kindly in disposition and upright in character. His life was well filled with generous acts, in which he was nobly seconded by his estimable wife. Having no children of their own, they were foster parents to several who found father and mother in Dr. and Mrs. Nevers. Dr. Nevers was an expert dentist in his time and many can testify to his skill.


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