10 years ago — July 18, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — After decades of aircraft de-icer flowing into and polluting the mile-long Birch Stream, changes will be made at the city’s airport complex by this fall to divert the fluid into the city’s wastewater treatment facility at no cost to taxpayers.
Air National Guard officials said they hope to have diversion systems operating by Oct. 1 — the beginning of de-icing season — thereby preventing the pollutant from ever again flowing into the stream.
HERMON — Municipal recycling is returning to Hermon. Town officials approved this week a measure to require recycling of paper and cardboard.
The town canned its recycling effort last year as a cost-saving measure, making it one of approximately a dozen communities statewide without a recycling program.
25 years ago — July 18, 1988
ORONO — After 75 years and many interruptions, 96-year-old Elizabeth Crosby will receive a master’s degree from the University of Maine next month.
Elizabeth Rummel enrolled at Juniata College in Pennsylvania after completing high school in her native city of Washington, D.C. She studied political science, the classics, Greek and Latin, and then taught Latin and English for two years before she married banker David Crosby in 1913 and settled down to raise two children, Anjeanette and David.
After she was widowed at age 26, Crosby returned to her mother’s Washington home and eventually enrolled as a graduate student at George Washington University. She completed coursework, but her thesis was not deemed substantive. Eager to assume her financial responsibilities, she left school to teach and later became a social worker. In Oct. 1925, George Washington University offered to grant her a master’s degree upon the satisfactory completion of her thesis. Occupied with other interests, she let the opportunity slip by.
Among those interests was Crosby’s involvement in the women’s suffrage movement.
Crosby’s permanent residence is in Carlisle, Pa. She has spent the last 40 summers in Castine. Crosby was encouraged to return to school by her daughter and friends, especially Esther Rauch, a former Castine resident, and now assistant professor of English at the University of Maine.
BANGOR — Nobody brought a bum steer to a workshop as members of the Penobscot County 4-H Baby Beef Club prepared for the Bangor State Fair.
George Miller of Hampden used his trailer to haul steers from their homes in Bangor, Levant, Carmel, Hampden and Newburgh to the fairgrounds in Bangor.
Taking part in the workshop were Greg Miller, 17, of Hampden with Comrade; Judi Miller, 15, of Hampden with Bud; Karen Mushrow, 16, of Hampden with Black Jack; Mark Mogan, 14, of Newburgh with Butch; Darren Bragg, 14, of Carmel with Boss; Laura Krause, 11, of Levant with Gilbert; Joe Krause, 16, of Levant with Dexter; and Brie Williams, 10, of Bangor with Amos.
50 years ago — July 18, 1963
ORONO — What do the present-day college girls do in summer? Do they spend their vacation time at home leisurely enjoying themselves? Is their recess from study the same as it has been for students in past years?
According to Philip Brockway, director of placement at the University of Maine, “from 75 to 80 percent or more of today’s college girls spend their summer working. The reason they are working is, very definitely, to earn money,” he said. He said that many are working as waitresses, chambermaids, kitchen workers, babysitters, camp counselors and some are in recreational work.
Three of Bangor’s lovely college girls have found jobs near home. Sally Higgins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Higgins, 191 Broadway, Bangor; and Judy Macdonald, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Donald F. Macdonald, are lifeguards and swimming instructors at the new pool at the Penobscot Valley Country Club. Ellen Segal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Segal, 136 Maple St., is a supervisor at the Fifth Street playground.
BANGOR — The brisk, bespangled satire “Bye Bye, Birdie,” which boasts two stars from the hilarious Broadway production, opened at the Bangor Opera House.
There are some surprises in this film. The first is a marked improvement in the work of the lovely newcomer Ann-Margaret. She has caught the mood of an emotionally erratic teenager perfectly. Her singing and dancing efforts have always been poised.
The second is the professional polish and unexpected charm Bobby Rydell brings to his role as Hugo Peabody, the home town boy. The rock and roll rhythm which all but hid his voice, which has a light and easy tone, is mercifully absent in this characterization and the result is most pleasing.
100 years ago — July 18, 1913
BANGOR — Sheriff O’Connell and Deputy Wood seized six 10-gallon barrels of Kentucky whiskey at North Bangor. The barrels were artfully done up in sacks, which were piled on the platform of the little station, having just been unloaded from a train. There was mild excitement and curiosity as the sheriff and his companion drew up in an automobile and carried the barrels away.
The liquor was worth $150, at least. A year ago a seizure of this size would have been considered quite important, but people are getting used to big seizures since Sheriff O’Connell took office.
BREWER — Irving Doyle has purchased from F.B. Farrington a driving horse, which he will use in connection with his grocery business, though not on his delivery route.
Herbert Black of Holden was in town on business. Mr. Black has had the misfortune to lose one of his best farm horses recently.
Phillip Rogers of Woodford, a traveling salesman for the Pillsbury Company, flour dealers of New York, has been a recent business visitor in town. While here, Mr. Rogers had the misfortune to sprain his ankle severely while alighting from a streetcar.
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