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The Rev. and Mrs. Douglas W. Auld. of the Calvary Baptist Church in Brewer, wax their skis before heading out Monday, Jan. 2, 1956 at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.


10 years ago — Feb. 6, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

ORONO — This year’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League championship will be similar to those contested in the past in many ways.

Fast times. Exciting, late-night races. Superior competition. Two teams going home with a championship plaque.

The one difference: It’s on a Monday night this year.

Due to a UMaine hockey game being played at Alfond Arena Saturday, the 32nd league championship meet will be contested Monday night at the field house on the Orono campus.

It starts with the girls pole vault and long jump along with the boys high jump and shot put at 6:45 p.m., with the first running event, the 4-by-880 relay, going off at 7:15.

ORRINGTON — Town selectmen are working to establish the status of nine roadways in town. The status of the roads affects whether the town maintains them or not.

A public hearing on the matter was held Feb. 2.

“In the case of the road listed, there is nothing that sets the status of the roads, so the selectmen were collecting information on anecdotal information about the roads,” Town Manager Dexter Johnson said. “I didn’t hear anything at the public hearing that any of those roads have been maintained by the town in recent history.”

Betts Road Extension, Fowler Road, Goodale Road, Gould Road, Harriman Road, Oak Hill Road, Pollard Road, Swetts Pond Road, and the Tannery Road are roadways on the list.

25 years ago — Feb. 6, 1989

OLD TOWN — Almost 100 Helen Hunt School sixth-graders who participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program will “graduate” this week from a 17-week course that police and school officials hope has formed the foundation for a future drug-free society.

Old Town police officer Marcella Morin, director of the DARE program for the Old Town school system, said that the first of three groups now enrolled will graduate amid a celebration that will include guest speakers, an award ceremony, and a firm promise from the graduates to remain drug-free.

BREWER — Brewer Community Playground planners will begin a “Buy-A-Board” promotion during the first two weeks of February, soliciting contributions from the community to “buy a little piece of the playground.”

Youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade in Brewer’s schools will do the salesmanship and turn in donations by Feb. 17, playground planners said.

Donations ranging from $3 to $100 will provide materials from a  single building board to an entire platform in the plaground that area youngsters and architect Robert Leathers designed.


50 years ago — Feb. 6, 1964

BANGOR — Dr. Walter S. Schoenberger of the University of Maine, speaking at Bangor High School Wednesday afternoon on “America 1984,” felt that assuming there is no nuclear war, certain political and economic trends will remain the same.

Addressing the Senior Lecture Group at BHS, Dr. Schoenberger said that by 1984 there should be greater political and social rights for the Negro and greater participation in government by women. He also felt that in the next 20 years there will be more young people in government positions. Secondly, the speaker felt that there will be increasing government control of important segments of the economy.

BANGOR — “The out-of-the-ordinary became the usual,” according to G. Daniel Field of Bangor, one of two Maine students who have just returned from a week in Washington attending the U.S. Senate Youth Program/

Among the treasures which young Field brought home with him was an American flag which had flown over the Capitol, given to him by Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Wednesday, Field presented the flag to Bangor High School. He has a letter from Senator Smith giving him the flag and J. George Stewart, architect of the Capitol, wrote a letter verifying the fact that the flag had flown from the Capitol staff.

100 years ago — Feb. 6, 1914

BANGOR — Again City Hall was thronged Thursday with hundreds of parents, relatives and friends for the second day of the better baby contest. Seldom has a content of any kind aroused the enthusiasm that is being created by this, the first Better Baby contest to be conducted in Maine. If one visits City Hall during the morning hours he would not wonder that people are taking time from the busiest part of the day to drop in and see the array of beautiful little ones.

BANGOR — The alarm from box 111 at 11:45 o’clock Thursday forenoon was for a fire in the house at 37 Forest avenue, owned by James Sawyer and occupied by Mrs. Susan B. Nash, a milliner. It is said that a string of clothes had been placed too near the kitchen stove to dry and that the result was a fire which was communicated to the millinery stock in the next room.

A chief’s call was first sounded, but when Chief Mason arrived, he pulled an alarm from box 111. The loss on the building was estimated at $500, while the loss of Mrs. Nash’s belongings is placed at the same amount. It is understood that the millinery stock, or most of it, had already been sold to a Boston firm.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin

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