10 years ago — May 2, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
ORONO — To graduate from the University of Maine, Ceara McNally of Cape Elizabeth didn’t just write a thesis. She did what Detroit has been unable or unwilling to do for 100 years. If all goes well, McNally, an engineering physics major, might be riding her custom electric motorcycle to graduation. She is building an electric drive system for a dirt bike, a small, simple motorcycle that she expects will be able to reach a top speed of 55 mph.
BANGOR — Negotiations between the city and representatives of a Nevada businessman seeking to develop a multi-million-dollar gaming and entertainment complex at Bass Park will continue beyond the May1 date the City Council set in January.
Capital Seven LLC, one of several businesses owned by Nevada-based developer Shawn Scott, operates the historic harness-racing track at city-owned Bass Park. In November, the company announced plans to pursue a new concept in entertainment called a “racino,” industry shorthand for a racetrack and casino combined.
25 years ago — May 2, 1988
BANGOR — Roll the dice and take your spaces on the game board. If you land on a square with a beer bottle on it, it means you took a drink, so you have to go back eight squares. If you land on a square that says “No,” it means you said no to offers of drugs or alcohol, so you can go ahead 10 spaces. The game, “Meet a Dealer,” was invented by Fifth Street School students Dan Churchill and Justin O’Donnell, who recently moved to Millinocket.
BANGOR — Goodwill Industries of Maine will have a grand opening of its new Bangor retail outlet at 63 Union St. The store is located at the former site of Snoopy’s Auto Sales. Anna Caballero of Bangor is store manager. Three clerks will be employed at the new outlet — Patricia Mishou, Sarah Lowden and Rayma Philbrick.
The Bangor store, with 3,000 square feet of space, is the ninth retail store outlet to be opened by Goodwill Industries of Maine.
BANGOR — More than 350 Girl Scouts from the Abnaki Council of Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties attended an all day event titled “We’re all Special” at Bangor High School. The Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts and their leaders watched an informative puppet show, “Kids on the Block.” The workshop focused on handicaps and was presented by The Down Syndrome Guild, a parent support group from Scarborough.
50 years ago — May 2, 1963
ORONO — The University of Maine will assist this summer in a training program for Peace Corps volunteers destined for St. Lucia, an island in the Caribbean, according to Dr. David H. Huntington, assistant dean of the UMaine College of Agriculture and associate professor of agricultural engineering at the university. Huntington spoke on the functions of the Peace Corps at a meeting of the Brewer Kiwanis Club at the Plaza Motel.
The Peace Corps is a “people to people approach to international relations,” Huntington said. “We help the people of other countries to understand us, and they help us to understand them.”
BANGOR — “From Maine to the Orient” will be the theme of the Queen City Club’s annual Fashion Show at Vine Street School. Spring fashions from a Bangor store will be modeled by Donna Ayer, Nancy Bangs, Frances Brountas, Barbara Kominsky, Ann Cole, Rosemary Hawkes, Laurie Hunt, Saundra London, Diana McAlary, Julie McPhail, Faye Mixer, Sheila Mooney. Carol Moores, Jane Rice, Sharon Roberts, Jane Simpson, Kathie Steinhauer, Patricia Davis and Winifred Wood.
100 years ago — May 2, 1913
OLD TOWN — Driver Preble of the hose wagon says there is no reason for anyone to say that Larry, the fire-horse, has not had exercise enough. He has been taken out nearly every day since he has been in Old Town and given a good warming up. As to his speed and wind, there is a standing wager that Larry can beat any horse of his weight in Old Town on a trot or run for any reasonable distance. The indignation which blazed up when he was ordered to the street sprinkler [used to keep down the dust on unpaved streets] is rather on the increase and the matter will come before the city council. People who take pride in bringing Old Town somewhere up to date say there is no reason why the city should not sprinkle the streets and think that the burden of the cost will be hardly felt, as it saved tons of surface from blowing away in dust and is a measure of the health and comfort to the people of the city.
BANGOR — It is understood that the work of getting the telephone wires of the Bangor Exchange underground will begin a few weeks from now. A portion of the cables which are to be used in this work have arrived and more are on the way. How long it will require to put all of these cables in position, erect the new switchboard in the new exchange and make the necessary connections is something which is not known, but that it will require considerable time is understood. The work will be done so that there will be no interruption in service.
When the local exchange was moved into its present quarters from the rooms it formerly occupied over the public library, the work was so carefully done that service was only interrupted on some half-dozen circuits and that interruption was not due to any fault of the wiremen of the telephone company, but to a fire which started in the old building and so damaged the circuits that some time was required to get them in working order.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN