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Bangor Daily News File Photo by Spike Webb | BDN
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Fred Bishop Otto, 16, bade farewell to Bangor with a wave of his hand on Thursday, July 5, 1951 as he set out on a trip that will take him first to a Scout camp in Connecticut, then to Africa and Europe. He will attend the Boy Scout World Jamboree in Austria. He was taken to Connecticut by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Otto of Orono. Otto became a Scout in 1947, a Star Scout and Life Scout in 1948, and an Eagle Scout in 1949.


10 years ago — June 13, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — To some, they are welcome warm weather tradition, but others they are an annual source of irritation.

After hearing a complaint about ice cream trucks during their meeting city counselors referred the matter to their government operations committee, which is expected to consider it later this month.

At issue is the music the ice cream trucks play to signal their presence in the neighborhood, which some residents find annoying. The trucks plying the streets of Bangor have a limited repertoire consisting primarily of “Turkey in the Straw” and “The Entertainer.”

BANGOR — For the 13 young women graduating from the Good Samaritan Agency’s Teen Parent Education Program, persistence was the common denominator.

Raekel Nichols, 20, of Bangor is the mother of 8-month-old Tyler Smith. With plans to attend Eastern Maine Technical College next fall for business management, Nichols got a plaque containing the Chinese proverb, “Business is 30 percent patience.”

After the graduation ceremony Nichols’ mother, Debbie Spellman of Bangor,  presented her with a rose.


25 years ago — June 3, 1988

BANGOR — It’s not everyone who gets to fly to a prom, but four Bangor area high school students did just that and had dinner along the way. Robert Rosewall, Susan Dunning, Jason Anderson and Joy Leach got a magic carpet ride when they flew from Dewitt Field in Old Town to the Greenville Inn for dinner and returned by plane in time for the celebration at the Bangor Civic Center. Dunning attends John Baptist High School; the other three are Bangor High School students.

ORONO — Polly Brown of Gardiner and Betty Harris of Bangor were ecstatic after winning medals at the summer games of the Special Olympics held at the University of Maine. Both won medals in the softball toss, while Harris also won a medal in the long jump and the 50-yard dash. Several hundred Special Olympians from throughout the state participated in the games and related activities. Maine police departments, businesses and fraternities were among the many groups that raised money for the event.


50 years ago — June 13, 1963

BANGOR — Members of the Bangor High School senior class and their dates enjoyed a return to ancient Rome at their “Roman Holiday” in the school auditorium. The stage was decorated in Roman garden motif with blue water fountain placed amid Roman pillars and mannequins clothed in togas and colorful fresh flowers.

Continuing the theme, Roman columns circled the dance floor supporting a golden canopy which covered the seating area. Walls depicted statuary and famous Roman citizens in 10-foot proportions. The ceiling was covered with dark blue crepe paper with hanging silver stars and moon carrying out the Roman forum effect. Spotlights provided multicolor lighting for the event and lighted punch fountains centered the refreshment tables.

The evening opened with the Grand March of 250 led by senior class officers and prom chairman with their dates.

BANGOR — Baby’s bottle burnt the kettle and smoked 33 Park St. up at 10:37 Wednesday forenoon.

Fire apparatus rushed to the scene at the call of Mrs. Macie Franklin, the mother, who had to leave the kettle, warming baby’s bottle, while she attended to baby.

The kettle sizzled and smoked. The baby gurgled. Mother called the fire department.

The firemen arrived in full regalia, shut the stove off, opened the windows, chucked the baby under the chin, thanked the mother for calling and returned to the barn.

The baby had a wonderful time. Ate every bit of his dinner.


100 years ago — June 13, 1913

BANGOR — The Bangor Savings Bank resumes its former home, now rendered far more resplendent, on Monday next. A handsome structure, undoubtedly one of the finest banking homes in the states, has been reared up on the site of the former building which was leveled by the big fire [of 1911].

Hallowell granite is the material and the floors are also reinforced concrete. Throughout, the building is fireproof. The roof is copper, the doors are bronze and in the vestibule are bronze partitions. In these apartments are cork floors and marble borders.

BANGOR — Once again, the streets of Bangor are being sprinkled [with water]. This is a result of the meeting of the street engineers and J. Frank Green, who had the contract for the last year, held Thursday morning. Mr. Green, as he announced, removed his outfit Wednesday night but on Thursday morning sent out the two cars owned by the city for the purpose of sprinkling the business district.

Mr. Green informed the committee that he would continue the sprinkling if a meeting to decide the awarding of the contract were held either Thursday or Friday night. It was finally decided to call a special meeting of the city council for tonight, when the question may be determined. Accordingly, Mr. Green put back his carts Thursday afternoon in the residential sections and people were able to breathe easier. Sprinkling by Mr. Green will be continued up to tonight, at which time the city council will probably decide whether he is again to get the contract or it is to go to Murtagh Hughes, the lowest bidder.



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