10 years ago — April 10, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
OLD TOWN — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued its final approval of the West Old Town Landfill on Friday, one opponents of the dump are sure to appeal.
“I have to base my decision on the environmental aspects of it and the geological aspects, and from that perspective it did meet the test,” DEP Commissioner Dawn Gallagher said on Friday.
Charlie Gibbs, a member of We The People, a group of residents opposed to the landfill, said that he is “absolutely disgusted” with the way that process has gone. “None of us are surprised by this,” he said.
Last November Gallagher began reviewing Casella Waste Systems’ application to increase the height of the landfill and the number of waste streams that will be accepted at the site.”
BRADFORD — A Bradford Elementary School teacher apparently was sickened Friday by methane gas coming from the school’s drains and was taken to a Bangor hospital for treatment.
Pupils and staff at the school also were evacuated Friday afternoon.
The school will remain closed until Sunday, when the air will be tested to determine whether the building will be opened Monday.
The methane gas seeped up through dry drains in the school’s floors.
25 years ago — April 10, 1989
VEAZIE — The long-awaited replacement of the Main Street railroad bridge will begin Monday. Main Street, from Route 2 by the Oriental Dang to the hill in front of the John R. Graham School, will closed to traffic during construction — from Monday, April 10 to Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The job includes realigning the intersection of Route 2 and Main Street and replacing the existing steel and wood bridge with a concrete, rigid frame structure that includes two lanes and a sidewalk, a representative of the construction company said Thursday.
Wyman and Simpson of Augusta was awarded the job.
HAMPDEN — Canadians from New Brunswick sent a “raiding party” to the 1989 Maine state gallery pistol match, April 9, and came away with first place in .22 pistol and second place in the centerfire pistol stages.
The three civilians and one Royal Canadian Artillery captain, Don Perras, were all members of the New Brunswick Provincial Pistol Team, Perras said Sunday as he prepared to return to New Brunswick. It was with a tinge of humor that Perras said he wanted the news to get out that the “State of Maine National Guard Champ” was a Canadian.
50 years ago — April 10, 1964
OLD TOWN — Old Town City Manager LeRoy Picard said Wednesday that he and the Community Health Department will undertake a comprehensive study of the services and expenses of that department in an effort to “economize, without cutting services.”
The city council Monday night cut $2,000 from the nurse salary and extra-help items of the department’s recommended $15,525 budget.
“It is too early now to realize the full effect the budget cuts will have on the Community Health Department, but we will try to keep costs to a minimum to stay with the appropriated amount.”
BANGOR — The Salvation Army advisory board met Tuesday in regular session at the Salvation Army headquarters. Allan Waterman, new board chairman, presided.
In the welfare report for the month of March it was noted that 135 food orders were supplied families during the month, and 177 articles of clothing were distributed. There were 26 new families assisted in the month.
100 years ago — April 10, 1914
BANGOR — The Penobscot river is now open from the head of navigation to the sea. The ice moved out Thursday afternoon, and Bon Ton choo-chooed hitherward and back again, and a few people paid their bets. There was nothing sensation about the event. It came off nearly on schedule time, as averaged for the past 50 years.
Some of the old coasters will probably come crawling up soon and the steamer Belfast is due here Saturday, leaving for Boston at 11 a.m., Monday. The Camden will come in Tuesday, starting the four-trips-a-week schedule. A number of cargoes of coal and cement are afloat, bound for Bangor.
BANGOR — Those who remember Brewster’s Millions, the famous comedy by Winchell Smith and Melville Stone, made into drama from George Barr McCutcheon’s popular novel of the same name, will be delighted to know that the comedy is now a motion picture production in five parts and that Edward Abeles, the original star of the piece, is playing the role of Monty in the picture.
Brewster’s Millions will be released for exhibition purposes on Wednesday, April 15. The first showing of this great success in all New England will be at the Bijou for three days, commencing on Thursday, April 16.
Compiled by Brian Swartz