10 years ago — Feb. 13, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — A Bangor native who now owns a Memphis, Tenn.-based business acquisitions company is one of two individuals to give the the trustee of Eastern Pulp and Paper Corp.’s bankrupt estate a  proposed offer for the mills.

Donal C. McCann, who left Bangor in 1979, has provided the trustee, Bangor attorney Gary Growe, with a “term sheet,” according to a source close to the negotiations who asked not to be identified.

The source said McCann would purchase both mills in Lincoln and Brewer and restart Lincoln. He has not yet determined what he will bo with Brewer, according to the source.

HAMPDEN — At the Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden, things run like clockwork. The landfill has been in operation since 1975, and nearly 30 years of experience had resulted in a well-oiled machine, according to its operators.

Officials says the proposed West Old Town Landfill, if approved will run in much the same way.

The state purchased the West Old Town Landfill from Georgia-Pacific Corp. on Feb. 5 in an attempt to help maintain jobs at the company by lowering its operating costs.

Casella Waste Systems Inc.m which operated the Pine Tree Landfill, has been selected by the state to run the proposed West Old Town facility.

25 years ago —Feb. 13, 1989

BREWER — Brewer’s big centennial kickoff came Saturday night when more than 300 residents attended a dinner-dance at the Brewer Auditorium.

High points of the evening included a series of historical plays in a pageant, recreating Brewer’s history in 20-year segments from 1889 to 1989 and using accurate period costumes.

The auction of a painting by Bob Sigler depicting pivotal Brewer characters and places drew more attention than had been expected. The painting $2,100 and went to the law firm Ferris, Dearborn and Willey.

INDIAN ISLAND — The familiar shout, “Bingo,” rang out in the Community Center about five minutes into the first High Stakes Bingo games games played in more than two months.

Approximately 400 participants tried their luck in the games, a figure acting bingo manager Michele Attean said was about the number expected. Attean estimated that the Penobscots gave away $40,000 in cash and prizes during the weekend.

Bingo officials, however, anticipated that the number of players would increase after the news spread through word of mouth and the media that the games had resumed.

BREWER — Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Chamberlain of Brewer appeared at the Brewer Bicentennial dinner-dance. Playing Col. Joshua and Frances Chamberlain were Brian and Sheila Higgins. Brian is a member of the 20th Maine, Company B., Civil War Re-enactment Group and has perfected Chamberlain’s costumes, down to the moustache, he said.

50 years ago — Feb. 13, 1964

BANGOR —  Approval of a design for the new $3.3 million post office and U.S. Courthouse in Bangor was announced by the General Services Administration in a report to U.S. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, D-Maine. Congress has approved funds for the work.

Dominant feature of the three-story structure, with partial basement, will be a central mass of dark slate and glass punctuated by exposed columns of concrete, GSA officials said.

The building’s facilities will be shared by the post office and courts; the agriculture, labor, justice and treasury departments; the Social Security Administration; armed forces recruiting; housing and home finance agency and the GSA.

BREWER — Jerome Campbell, band director at Brewer High School, was presented with a marching bass drum for the band. Mrs. George Hayes, chairwoman of the music committee of the Patawa Club, made the presentation. This is an annual project of the club, alternating between Bangor and Brewer schools each year, providing music instruments for school music groups.

100 years ago —Feb. 13, 1914

BANGOR — Thawing frozen water pipes started a stubborn blaze in the house of E.E. Harvey at 489 Hammond St., fire box 38 being pulled about 6 o’clock. The firemen were delayed in starting the water, as the hydrant coupling caps were frozen and had to be thawed out. The fire started in the bathroom and worked along the partitions and walls, but was finally checked with the use of the least possible amount of water, an excellent piece of work by Chief Mason and his men.

ORONO — Thursday morning was the coldest one for many years, The thermometer in various places about town registered 23, 26, 32 and 40 degrees below zero. the plumbers were more than busy about town, water pipes froze and burst in many places.

BANGOR — Supt. Sinclair of the water department requests that the practice of keeping faucets open to prevent water from freezing in the pipes be discontinued, as with the large proportion of more than 5,000 services wasting the water supply in this way, the pressure is so reduced, especially in the streets where the mains are small, that in case of fire, the department would be helpless and great loss might result.

Freezing can be prevented and waste avoided by shutting the water off in the cellar.

The extent of water wasted on cold days by allowing faucets to stand open may be realized from the fact that while the average daily supply of the city is approximately 4, 600,000 gallons, it was necessary on Thursday to pump from 5,500,000 to 6,000,000 gallons.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin