10 years ago — April 16, 2005

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — Judges, lawyers and jurors in the city will likely be dispensing justice a few years from now in the new facility overlooking the Kenduskeag Stream near where it empties into the Penobscot River.

During a standing room only meeting at Bangor District Court, the New York City consulting firm hired by the state to analyze potential sites for expanding the state courts unveiled its top pick — a city-owned parcel bounded by Exchange, Washington and Hancock streets located along the Kenduskeag Stream.

If the site is approved by the state later this year, planning and building the facility to house Penobscot County Superior Court and 3rd District Court is expected to take 3½ years at a cost to be determined.

The site was one of nine in Bangor and neighboring Brewer that were under consideration.

25 years ago — April 16, 1990

ORONO — Town officials soon will know whether their first choice of a site for the new municipal building can be granted by architects reviewing the location.

Moore-Weinrich Architects of Brunswick recently were hired by town officials to conduct a review of the current site for the proposed new municipal building. After studying several potential locations, town officials decided that the current site, though housing an inferior building, probably offered the greatest benefits because of its central locale.

The problems with the current building are numerous: the grade leading from Main Street to the barns of the fire department is too steep; the floor of the building is inadequate; and space is extremely tight.

BANGOR — A fifth-grade class from Bangor saw fairy tale from a different perspective — the legal angle — when they took Rumpelstiltskin into the courtroom.

In mock trial designed to familiarize them with the basics of the judicial system, Rumpelstiltskin sued Queen Malory for failing to pay him for services rendered. He won.

Each year, one grade school class in each Maine county — in this case, Georgianna Ellis’ class from Fairmount School — presents a trial in a real courtroom after rehearsing from a script prepared by the Maine Bar Association.

Ellis’ pupils undertook the project as part of their social studies class.

BANGOR — Ola Bolan, president of the Resident Council at Westgate Manor, presented checks in the amount of $250 each to nursing students Kimberly Bowley and Laurie Smith to help further their education. Westgate Manor residents have worked through the past year to raise money through raffles, fairs and food sales.

BANGOR — The Greater Bangor Chamber of Commerce has flourished during recent years. Since 1983, membership has increased to 420 businesses, the annual budget has doubled to $200,000, and a $200,000 addition has been built at the chamber’s offices on Main Street.

Anyone associated with the organization will tell you that Elizabeth “Scotty” Bell is no small part of the reason.

Bell moved to Bangor in 1983 from Rockland, where she had directed the local chamber, and she has never regretted the move. Local business leaders have come to appreciate her friendly, conciliatory style. And Bell has adopted the city enthusiastically.

50 years ago —April 16, 1965

ORONO — Scott Dunham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo E. Dunham Jr. of 14 Glenwood Ave., received the Eagle Scout Award at the 53rd Anniversary Charter Night of Boy Scout Troop 47. The award ceremony followed a covered dish supper attended by more than 150 Scouts, parents and friends.

Scott Dunham and Rollin Thurlow were tapped for the Order of the Arrow in an impressive ceremony conducted by a group from Dow Air Force Base.

BANGOR — A young Bangor man, Robert “Ned” Smith, left Friday morning to tour the eastern seaboard with 25 members of the Gaelic College Pipe Band from St. Ann’s, Nova Scotia.

The tour will include Fayetteville, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Murray Hill, New Jersey, and Boston.

Ned, a senior who plays the sousaphone in the Bangor High School Band, will be featured in the Gaelic College Pipe Band concert here.

BREWER — A Brewer man was named the winner of the Guilford Kiwanis Clubs unusual ice-out guessing game.

Walter Campbell’s guess of 1:13 p.m. was judged to be the closest of 1,500 entries in the contest. It was 1:07 p.m. when an old station wagon parked on the Piscataquis River went crashing through the ice. Campbell’s prize is a $100 savings bond.

After all the ice has left the river, the car will be towed out of the river by cable. Proceeds of the contest will go toward Kiwanis community projects.

100 years ago — April 16, 1915

BREWER — An important business change was consummated when Charles B. Robinson purchased the wood business of Charles L. Burrill in Parker Street. The business will be continued under the name of the Brewer Wood Co. with C.B. Robinson and son, proprietors.

Mr. Robinson, until within a few months, has been a resident of Holden and owned the farm from which Highland Spring water was obtained and is well known as a businessman in the city. His son, Chester Robinson, who is a graduate of MCI, will be associated with his father in the business and both men will be well fitted to handle such a business.

Since selling his farm in Holden, Mr. Robinson and his family have rented a house in Wilson Street but recently purchased the house and 22 acres of land from Sanford P. Webber. They will occupy this house sometime in May and will carry on the farm which for the past few years has not been under cultivation.

This homestead is known to the older residents as the David Cook house and is one of the pleasantest locations of the suburban residences.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin