10 years ago — June 5, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — There was food, music and plenty of dancing at the one-year anniversary celebration of the Residential Life Unit of the Maine Veterans Home.

Residents enjoyed a barbecue and live band music in the residential life E unit courtyard as awards were presented to several residents. Children with American flags in hand tugged at the sleeves of residents sitting under the shade of picnic table umbrellas, encouraging them to dance on the courtyard walkway which served as a makeshift dance floor.

The residential life unit of the Maine Veterans Home opened roughly a year ago to serve veterans who suffer from dementia in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s.

BREWER — Gov. John Baldacci’s spokesman announced the formation of an informal working group to refocus on options for the former Eastern Fine Paper Co. mill, including a search for buyers to restart the mill.

But a city official responding to the announcement said Baldacci spokesman Lee Umphrey was premature in announcing the group. The group will be composed of state, community and labor representatives, and will be convened in the next two weeks, according to the announcement.

25 years ago — June 5, 1989

OLD TOWN — “They laughed at Harold Shaffer eleven years ago when he said he was going to put a shopping mall in Bangor. They aren’t laughing at him now,” Roy Daigle, general manager of the Bangor Mall, told members of the Old Town Rotary Club.

Now, Daigle said, the mall operators are considering the possibility of adding a second floor, or expanding the existing building. He said the next five years would see tremendous growth around the mall. “I don’t know where it is going to end,” he said.

Years ago, several skeptics said that a mall would not work in Bangor because “they only have ten days of sun and the people are poor.”

He said that the Bangor Mall ranked third of his company’s 42 malls across the country in sales per square foot.

BANGOR — Ignoring the threat of the ominous clouds looming overhead, an estimated 40,000 people flocked to the Maine National Guard open house in Bangor for a close-up view of such military staples as the C-5 Galaxy cargo plane and one of the Strategic Air Command’s newest additions, the B-1B. bomber.

In fact, people hoping to see just how fast an F-16 will travel kept pouring through the gates long after the show’s scheduled 3 p.m. closing time.

Mark Swan of Bangor, who attended the show with his wife, Linda, said he enjoyed the show except for the delays, and that the nation’s air defense arsenal seemed impressive.

“It always amazes me, the interest people have an aviation,” said Lt. Mark Tuck of the Maine Air National Guard.

Although plane demonstrations were mainly limited to low passes overhead, Tuck said most of those who attended were impressed with the show’s variety and the overall quality of the event that he said takes four months to produce.

50 years ago — June 5, 1964

BANGOR — Red Cross officials celebrated the first stage of construction of its new offices as carpenters began renovating the new Pine Tree Chapter building on Mildred Avenue in Bangor.

The chapter will leave 12 Stillwater Ave. where it would has shared space with the Northeast Region Blood Services operation when work on the new building is completed around July 1.

Donations totaling more than $53,000 have been received but much more will be needed. The chapter’s goal is $300,000 and officials hoped that public donations would play a large part in expanding their services.

OLD TOWN — A final report of the year for the Old Town-Milford school dental clinic has been made by Mrs. Brock Maher, dental hygienist. She has given a brief summary of the services rendered to all Old Town and Milford public and parochial schools from September 1963 through June 1964.

Eighty-three percent of the students, given the opportunity, have accepted the services provided by the dental clinic. There were 1,010 children charted and reports sent to parents; also 981 children receive free dental cleanings.

Also reported by Mrs. Maher was the educational phase of the dental program which she said included 120 instruction periods in the individual classrooms. Dental health films were shown during Dental Health Week. Dental health posters and teaching outlines were distributed to all classroom teachers. More than 200 dental health instruction kits which contained a toothbrush and toothpaste were given out.

100 years ago — June 5, 1914

BANGOR — People who heard the alarm for block 76 at 10:47 Thursday night and peeked out at the northern skies thought that the whole of Ward 7 was burning but it wasn’t.

As Mr. George Sabine reposed upon the cot in the sitting room of his home in Boylston St., Stillwater Park, he dreamed he had been drafted into the Mexican war and had become involved in an argument with rebels, and that they were chasing him toward Durango. It was a deceptive dream, yet with some basis of distressing fact. For presently Mr. Sabine awoke and found that big, glowing embers and cinders and sparks were showering from the ceiling right upon his upturned face.

Yes, the house with all afire, and with astonishing speed someone raced to box 76 which is miles and miles away (so it seemed to the firemen and reporters), and sent the dread tidings downtown.

Hose 5 and Hose 6 galloped out and discouraged what was left of the fire, but the Sabine residence was a wreck, also its contents

BREWER — As William J. Dalton of 103 Chamberlain St., a yard brakeman, was walking on the top of a freight train in the western part of the Maine Central yard in Bangor, he in some way lost his balance and fell between the cars. Seven cars passed over him, and he was bleeding and unconscious when the yard men ran to his assistance.

Dr. Sanger was called and gave instructions that Mr. Dalton be taken to the Eastern Maine General Hospital, where it was found he was suffering from nothing more than a severe scalp wound and many bruises. It had been feared at first that his skull was fractured, but as it is, he will be out of the hospital in a short time.

Mr. Dalton has for several years been employed as a Maine Central brakeman, and is considered very careful and efficient.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin