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Bangor Daily News File Photo by Spike Webb | BDN
Bangor Daily News File Photo by Spike Webb | BDN
The meat counter at the Columbia Market in Bangor bore more than a slight resemblance to old Mother Hubbard's calorie-barren shelves on Thursday, Feb. 19, 1953 after bargain-hungry residents battled to purchase 12,000 pounds of beef in five hours at prices ranging from nine to 39 cents per pound. According to Albert H. Smaha, manager, the picture above shows the crowd at an ebb. Early arrivals forced the store to open 45 minutes early, he said, and the meat was gone by 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Some people bought as much as 100 pounds after sampling the meat at our counter, Smaha said.


10 years ago — May 1, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — Gains in efficiency and losses in Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.’s large customer base contributed to the layoff of 19 employees from various support functions at the utility.

A reduction in customer work requests as well as improvements in facility construction and maintenance work also played a part in the layoff, according to LuAnn Williams, communications officer at Bangor Hydro.

ORONO — Moviegoers will no longer have to wait months to view the latest flicks at Spotlight Cinema. The theater had two viewings of “The Matrix Reloaded” after being closed all day to prepare for the changeover from a second- to first-run movie complex.

Both showings of “the Matrix Reloaded” sold out with about 322 people packing the cinema’s DTS and Dolby Digital surround theaters.

25 years ago — May 16, 1988

ORONO — Within hours of his birth, the newest member of Maine’s nursery herd of Caribou — a 12- to 14-pound male named Canaan — was reported in good health and tagging along after his mother.

Canaan, named for the central Maine town which had adopted him as part of its centennial celebration, was born in the caribou enclosure at the University of Maine. Canaan’s mother, Teardrop, is one of the female caribou transplanted from Newfoundland to Maine in 1986 as the first step in the re-establishment of a native herd.

Sixteen calves were born last spring in the caribou pens; Canaan’s arrival increased the nursery herd to 33.

BANGOR — With the sounding of the shofar, or ram’s horn on Sunday night, congregation Beth Israel in Bangor signaled the beginning of a year-long celebration to mark is 100 years of existence and to usher in the second century.

The synagogue was founded by a band of 17 European immigrants in a house on May Street in 1888, but has existed in its present building on York Street for 75 years. The congregation was welcomed by both Rabbi Joseph P. Schonberger and by Norman Minsky, current president of the congregation.

Keynote speaker for the rededication was Rabbi Harold S. Kushner of Natick, Mass., recognized by Jew and non-Jew alike for his two best-selling books, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” and “When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough.”

50 years ago — May 16, 1963

Two tennis players from Bangor and two from Orono will be among 42 entries competing in the 1963 State Tennis Tournament May 24-25 at Deering Oaks in Portland. Jock McKernan and Vance Aloupis of Bangor and Jim Willard and Dave Westerman Orono will compete as individuals and as doubles teams. They will not be officially representing their high schools for the team title. The players, however have the approval of their schools to compete in the event as individuals.

BANGOR — A double building complex of 30 efficiency apartments for the elderly is planned for a Broadway site, it was reported, pending zoning board approval. The project is sponsored by the Hammond Street Congregational Church, a church official reported, which has appointed a committee to work out the plans.

The structure, if approved would be located at 817 Broadway, on a lot owned by Paul C. Blethen, directly across the street from Grandview Avenue. Grandview Avenue extension, to be constructed for access to the new high school, would run by the property.

A church representative told the city the living units of three rooms each — kitchenette, living room and bedroom — will be for persons 62 years of age or older.

BREWER — Mrs. James J. Samway was elected president of the Current Events Club at its annual meeting at the Plaza Motel in Brewer. The club voted to endorse the action taken by local law enforcement authorities in the effect to stem the sale of indecent literature.

After the business meeting refreshments were served from a tea table centered with a silver bowl of yellow and pink snapdragons, yellow mums and blue Iris, complemented by yellow tapers. Pouring were Mrs. Edward J. Holland and Mrs. Joseph H. Fleming.

100 years ago — May 16, 1913

EAST ORRINGTON — Henry Severance, the rural mail carrier in this part of town, appeared with his new auto this week. It is a great improvement over the old way of delivering mail by team, saving about three hours on the route.

Nelson Smith carried a party of seven ladies to South Brewer to attend the drama “Parson Poor’s Donation Party” given by talent from the Hammond Street church, Bangor.

BREWER — Cleaning up day in Brewer was a big success. Everybody tried to do his or her part in the process and those interested in civic improvement and cleanliness rejoiced at the amount of debris which now no longer disfigures dooryards and various places. The long neglected site of the old bandstand, which has marred the city common for some time will, it is understood, soon be transformed into a circular garden spot, which will beautify the property in great measure.


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