10 years ago — March 19, 2005

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — The 190-year-old Bangor Theological Seminary is considering seriously selling off its 10-acre campus on the city’s west side and moving across town to the Husson College 200-acre campus. That move could take place as early as August.

The seminary board of trustees is scheduled to make some hard decisions about the seminary’s future in May.

Located on the edge of the city’s business district, less than a mile from the Penobscot County Courthouse, the seminary has offered the campus as a possible site for a new court facility being planned by the state’s Judiciary. A decision on site selection is not expected before the end of March.

These are some of the scenarios that seminary President William Imes and seminary trustees are considering as the institution attempts to put itself on sound financial footing and increase enrollment as it faces a third century.

BANGOR — Water district and public works crews spent Thursday night and much of Friday dealing with the aftermath of a major water main break.

The break sent an estimated 1 million gallons of water into the city’s downtown, leaving a couple of hundred customers without water for hours, washing out sections of pavement on lower Hammond Street and leaving a trail of mud in its wake.

After pouring into nearby catch basins, most of the water made its way into the Kenduskeag Stream, which meanders through the downtown according to Greg Reed, water district engineer. He estimated that the break caused $$30,00 to $50,000 in damage.

ORRINGTON — Some of the 30 foreign exchange students who visited Center Drive School pupils were dressed in traditional garb from their home countries. Others wore their national flags. The rest could have passed as typical teenagers from the area, if you disregarded their accents.

Two of the four visitors from Thailand wore ceremonial silk dresses and no shoes, which is typical in their tropical country, and two of the four Japanese students dressed in flowered kimonos.

In a testament to their age group, the Japanese girls wore sneakers, and jeans underneath their kimonos.

The exchange students, from all over northern Maine, were gathered for the second International Day, hosted by Center Drive School French teacher Sylvia Williams.

25 years ago — March 19, 1990

ORONO — It was a classic performance by a man who has turned in a lot of them during his University of Maine career.

But senior goalie Scott King’s 29-save performance in Maine’s series-clinching 5-2 win over Bowling Green in their NCAA tournament first-round hockey game on Saturday night will always have to share the limelight with The Goal.

The Goal occurred from the Black Bears were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the second period and trying to stave off a two-man disadvantage.

With 21 seconds left in Bowling Green’s two-man advantage, King made a nice pad save on Nelson Emerson and Bear center Mike Barkley swept the puck the length of the ice.

BREWER — A celebration at Small Steps Montessori School in Brewer was attended by U.S. Rep. Olympia J. Snowe and Gov. John R. McKernan, who called Small Steps a major step toward affordable and quality child care.

The school opened on Sept. 18, 1989, but  recently was awarded a $149,000 grant as the state employees’ childcare center for the Bangor-Brewer area.

Brenda Hughes, administrator at Small Steps, said the school would provide daycare service for 40 area state workers. It is the first child care program for state employees. Rollin Ives, commissioner of the Department of Human Services, said the state workers childcare program reaffirmed McKernan’s commitment to childcare in Maine.

50 years ago —March 19, 1965

OLD TOWN — Penobscot Indian Representative John Nelson said that he has circulated a petition strongly favoring creation of a separate Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Approximately 170 residents of the Penobscot Reservation in Old Town signed the petition, he said. Only 21 members of the tribe refused to support it, Nelson indicated.

Reporting on a hearing of the legislative committee on health and institutional services, held at Peter Dana Point, Nelson said that the Passamaquoddy tribe there unanimously approved a separate organization for Indian Affairs.

Presently the state’s three Indian reservations are administered by the Department of Health and Welfare. A bill creating a separate Bureau of Indian Affairs is pending in the state legislature.

BANGOR — The Snow and Nealley Company of Bangor, unveiling a sketch of its new building, reported construction is expected to begin about April 1.

The firm, manufacturers and wholesalers of industrial supplies, was established here near 100 years ago. It has operated mainly from its present location on Exchange Street for the past 45 years The building will be scheduled for demolition under urban renewal planning.

The new location, at 155 Perry Road in the Industrial Park, is a 6-acre site just beyond the new Route 1A bypass connection with the Industrial Spur.

100 years ago — March 19, 1915

BANGOR — Skirts that are 9 inches from the floor, high boots, lacing on the outside, and an apron petticoat designed especially for the new wide skirts, are a few of the latest Paris fashions as described by Mrs. May Hawgan, who arrived aboard the Arabic, of the White Star line, after several weeks in Paris, says the New York Herald.

“We thought skirts were almost too short, when women began wearing them 5 inches from the floor,” Mrs. Hawgan said, “but the French woman is now wearing hers 9 inches from the floor. All street and afternoon dresses are this length. The new petticoat is something every woman will appreciate with the fashionable full skirts. It is a Worth design and is made like a wide circular apron open all the way down the back and fastening with snappers. Evening dresses have the bodices cut low and square in front and quite high in the back. Separate coats are almost the only military fashions I saw in Paris.”

BREWER — Six of the latest books of fiction have recently been added to the already large number of books in the free public library. They are: “Amarilly of Clothes Line Alley” by Belle K. Maniates, “Little Sir Galahad” by Phoebe Gray, “The Witch” by Mary Johnston, “Kate Gaumer” by Elsie Singmaster, “When Thoughts Will Soar” by Baroness Bertha Von Suttner, and “The Turmoil” by Booth Tarkington

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin