10 years ago — Oct. 16, 2004

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — You’ve probably driven past Susie Saver on outer Broadway in Bangor on the way to Glenburn or Kenduskeag. You’ve probably been at least a little curious about the alliterative name, the logo and the emphatic sign. You may even find yourself wondering just exactly what’s inside.

Don’t be afraid. It’s normal. The discount grocery store and its allure of savings appeals to the penny pincher in all of us.

Alan Dill and Susan Bishop, Susie Savers owner and namesake, are quick to differentiate between being cheap and being thrifty. Dill said the store doesn’t worry about turning a large profit, instead focusing on passing savings on to shoppers.

BUCKSPORT — Jim Hammond works in the air and lives on the water. He uses dryland just to get back and forth between the two.

And when he plays, he plays under the water.

Hammond, 44, is a commercial pilot. He lives on a 40-year-old, 31-foot wooden boat, Serenity, that is moored much of the time in Bucksport harbor. When he’s not flying or sailing, he is searching the bottom of the Penobscot River for sunken treasure.

The trail to Serenity started when Hammond learned to dive as a young man. He continued diving after he joined the Navy and would drive with buddies to dive sites on long weekends. When he realized he was doing more driving than diving, he started taking flying lessons so he could fly to the dive sites.

By the time he left the Navy he had his private pilot’s license and soon obtained a commercial license. He has flown planes all over the world and has turned down promotions to keep what he calls the best job in flying — regular freight shuttles between Bangor and Portland.

25 years ago — Oct. 16, 1989

ORONO — It’s amazing what a few empty cans and bottles will buy. Members of the University of Maine Greek network skipped the Indian summer invitation to play a little volleyball and spent Sunday collecting empty cans and bottles in the Orono-Old Town area.

When they were finished four hours after they began, they had collected more than 24,000 empties and raised $1,400 to be used buy a piano next week for Michael Davis, a 7-year-old piano enthusiast from Glenburn who suffers from spina bifida.

Not wanting to raise Michael’s hopes in case the effort failed, Laura Richard didn’t inform her son of the gift until after the collection, she said, with the strains of Michael’s playing in the background. Richard and Davis dropped in on the headquarters of the bottle drive to see how the project was going.

OLD TOWN — The tux fits. The survey asking his views on education is completed in the train trip is confirmed. Which leaves only one thing for Chris Avila to do before leaving Maine on Tuesday for dinner with the president: wait.

Avila, recently named principal of the year by the Maine Elementary Principal’s Association, will travel to Washington D.C., this week for an awards banquet and dinner with secretary of education Lauro Cavazos, and, hopefully, President Bush.

Avila, principal at the Herbert Sargent school in Old Town, will join 60 of his colleagues from throughout the country and overseas for the reception and for the black-tie awards banquet, where he will receive a National Distinguished Principal’s Award.

50 years ago — Oct. 16, 1964

BANGOR — Husson College was host to members of the news media in the area at an informal luncheon at the Oronoka Restaurant. Representatives from radio and television stations and newspapers attended.

Mr. and Mrs. Chesley Husson were host and hostess. Mr. Husson spoke of the expansion of the college, pointing out that it has been growing by 100 students a year and that it will continue to grow. He quoted conservative figures as being 900 for 1964; 1,500 by 1970; and 2,500 by 1975. At the present time he said, 59 percent of the Husson students are being recruited for out-of-state jobs.

BANGOR — Bangor stately elm trees, many thousands in number, are in serious danger of extinction, possibly within the next five to 10 years.

The city, like other communities, is fighting what sometimes seems a losing, impossible battle against the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. This year, 77 Elms were taken down, a drop from 1963 but hardly encouraging.

Of the 77 trees cut down this year, 50 were confirmed as diseased, said Bangor Public Works Forester Rolland Perry. The elm bark beetle is the carrier of the elm fungus disease and it concentrates on elms.

The fungus was imported to America to several ports on logs shipped from Europe. It has spread across the country. The only way to beat it is to eliminate the bark beetle carrier.

Bangor’s worst diseased area is found on the west side, at least according to inspection records. This area principally is in the Union-Hammond-Third and Court streets area where crews are now working

100 years ago —Oct. 16, 1914

ORONO — The home of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Severance in Pine Street was the scene of a pretty wedding when their daughter, Amanda Bailey Severance, was united in marriage to Lyle Leach Patterson of East Newport. To the strains of Lohengrin’s wedding March, played by Miss Marion Buzzell, the bridal party came down the stairs into the parlor, and taking their places under an arch of green and hydrangeas, were united. The bride was becomingly attired in white crepe de chine, with the bridal veil, and carried a bouquet of sweet peas. Her only ornament was a gold chain with pendant studded with a diamond, a gift of the groom. She was attended by her sister, Harriet Severance, as bridesmaid, who also wore white and carried a bouquet of pink and white asters.

The parlor, where the ceremony was performed, was decorated with hydrangeas and dahlias.

The bride changed her gown for a dark blue traveling suit and black and white hat, and left for a wedding tour to parts unknown.

BANGOR — Hobart Bosworth, president of Hobart Bosworth Incorporated, is one of the three leading film producing companies included in the gigantic combination of film interests, which resulted in the formation of The Paramount Pictures Corporation, for the universal distribution of all the productions to be released after Aug, 31, 1914, by The Famous Players Film Company, The Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company and Hobart Bosworth Incorporated.

One of the most powerful of these films is the Jack London story, “Odyssey of the North.” A wonderful adaptation of the story in motion pictures with the powerful character actor Hobart Bosworth in the leading role is to be presented at the Graphic Theatre in Bangor next week.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin