YESTERDAY … 10 years ago — Aug. 7, 2004 (As reported in the Bangor Daily News) BANGOR — Jan Smith, anchorwoman and news director at WVII-TV 7, is leaving the ABC affiliate to become assistant news director at WTO-TV 11 in Savannah, Georgia. Smith cites working at a bigger market as the primary reason for making the move south. Savannah is the 98th largest television market in the country while Bangor is the 154th. Smith was born in England but grew up in Orono, where she attended high school and the University of Maine. She got her start in broadcasting in 1983 as an intern with WLBZ while still in college. She continued to work as a reporter at WLBZ until 1993, when she moved to Texas. Smith returned to Bangor and WLBZ in 1998. In 2001, Smith joined WVI I-TV 7 is as anchorwoman and news director of the station’s evening broadcast. BANGOR — U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud seemed right at home on the front porch of 24 Royal Road, sipping coffee and discussing what Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has dubbed the “middle-class squeeze.” Michaud, who is taking part in the Kerry-Edwards “Believe in America Tour,” held a roundtable discussion at the home of Bangor residents Niall and Terri McGarvey.   25 years ago — Aug. 7, 1989 BANGOR — Curious passersby gathered at the public boat dock in Bangor for a look at the 68-year-old Arctic schooner, the Bowdoin, that came to town for an overnight stay. Constructed by Donald MacMillan who served under famed explorer Robert E. Peary, the Bowdoin made 26 Arctic cruises before she and MacMillan were assigned to the U.S. Navy during World War II to guide convoys into the fjords of Greenland. The Bowdoin now is owned and sailed by the Maine Maritime Academy. BANGOR — Searching for American blue jeans or cough syrup, and downing an American beer or two, sailors from the Soviet fish processing vessel anchored off the coast of Rockland explored the Bangor Mall during a two-hour shopping spree. Approximately 60 crew members from the MV Riga, which has been anchored in Penobscot Bay since June, finished up a three-day shore leave by shopping for items that are scarce, if not impossible to find in their native Russia. BANGOR — Two Bangor girls had the chance to meet their British penpals of two years when their English counterparts passed through Bangor during a family trip to Canada. Emily Snow and Tasanee Briggs did what few penpals are able to do when they met with their correspondence counterparts, Eriko and Mimi Tanimoto, who live in Norridge, England.   50 years ago — Aug. 7, 1964 BANGOR — Happy Ward would be a good name for the new pediatric ward at the Eastern Maine General Hospital. The cheery colors and airy space of the newly completed ward are sure to appeal to its future young patients and to their sometimes anxious parents. The $350,000 installation was begun last September under the guidance of architect Eaton Tarbell and contractors Nickerson and O’Day. Bright colors and smooth pastels decorate the ward, which is furnished with simple and attractive cribs, beds and chairs. Cheery curtains with circus animals and lively colors enliven the Windows and vivid orange chairs add splashes of gaiety to award. The overall effect of the ward is comparable to the appearance of modern motels’ striking an uncluttered decor. In fact, the ward is fitted with heating and air conditioning units that are like those used in hotels. It is hard to envision a child who would not actively approve of his surroundings, even though it is a hospital. BANGOR — First place winner in the Guernsey Futurity at the Bangor State Fair was the University of Maine’s Transfer Florence exhibited by James E. Young of Orono. BANGOR — The sun shone beautifully on Agricultural Day at the Bangor Fair but a brief shower reminded all that rain must fall to make the crops grow tall. Taking a shower in stride were nine Maine Agricultural Queens, prettily gowned, who scurried from open automobiles just as they were about to parade through Bangor. Suzy Beck of Manhattan, Kansas, Miss Wool of America, came to the Maine girls’ rescue, as the parade reformed after the shower, by furnishing wool cloths to the girls’ chauffeurs to wipe the seats of the open cars.   100 years ago — Aug. 7, 1914 KENDUSKEAG — Mr. and Mrs. Alanson Downs celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage at their home in Kenduskeag. Mr. and Mrs. Downs were married by Elder Thomas B. Robinson on Aug. 5, 1864, going at once to Moosehead Lake where they lived for seven years, then moving to their present home in 1871, where they have since lived, a period of 43 years. Mrs. Downs was, previous to her marriage, Miss Antoinette Beath, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Beath, who originally came from Boothbay. As part of the celebration of fine program was carried out, one part which was especially enjoyed, was a banjo solo by Donald Downs, a grandson, of Bangor. ETNA — The 38th annual session of the First name State Spiritualists Campmeeting will begin Aug. 28 and continue 10 days. Trains will stop at the grounds Aug. 24 to Sept. 8 inclusive. The coming campmeeting promises to be the greatest in the history of the famous campground. Many improvements have been made during the past year that add much to the appearance of the grounds and the convenience of visitors. The Ladies Aid has remodeled and thoroughly repaired the Bazaar Building and will rent rooms in addition to carrying on their usual work of daily sales of useful and fancy articles. The store has been painted and has a new piazza floor. Several fine cottages have been built during the past year and much repairing done. Dr. George B. Warne, president of the National Spiritualist Association, who has lectured all over the United States will speak on Sept. 4, 5 and 6. President Mary S. Vanderbilt, the world famous psychic, will speak and will be present the whole 10 days. Reduced rates on all railroads and by the Eastern Steamship company has been granted as usual. Such enormous crowds have attended the Etna Campmeeting during the past few years that the matter of water supply has become of much importance. HERMON — A large and enthusiastic meeting of the Hermon Centennial organization committee was held in the town hall. They report that one of the most interesting features of the program will be the street parade. The parade is to be of an historical character, giving to the people a panoramic view of the developments of the town.   Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin