Yesterday for 5/18/17
10 years ago
As reported in the Bangor Daily News
Cindy Blodgett is the most recognizable name in University of Maine women’s basketball history.
Nine years after her departure, the former Black Bears All-American is a finalist for the head coaching position at her alma mater.
UMaine athletic director Blake James confirmed Friday evening that Clinton native Blodgett is among four remaining candidates for the UMaine position.
Joining Blodgett on that list are University of North Carolina Asheville head coach Betsy Blose, University of California assistant Lindsay Gottlieb, and former University of Illinois associate head coach Marsha Frese.
“We’ve already had three of them on campus and we have one more [to interview] and then we’ll look to move forward with making a recommendation for a new head coach,” said James, who is one of six people on the search committee.
James, who will make the final recommendation to UMaine President Robert Kennedy, is confident the position will be filled soon.
“I’m hoping to have this search completed within the next week,” James said. “It’s always hard to tell when officially we’ll be able to move forward, but I’m hoping to move as quick as we can.”
James said there were more than 30 applicants for the job left vacant when Ann McInerney resigned last month after two sub-.500 seasons with the Black Bears.
“We had a tremendous response, a very strong applicant pool, and I’m very confident that we’ll get a great coach for our program,” James said.
The former Lawrence High School star, who led UMaine to the program’s first four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, holds eight career records, five season standards, and five single-game marks.
Blodgett played in the WNBA from 1998 to 2002 and also played in Europe, getting her coaching start as a graduate assistant at Boston University in 1999-2000. After studying to become a massage therapist, she returned to coaching in 2005-06 as an assistant at Brown University, where she has spent the last two seasons.
Blose has directed the UNC Asheville program for five seasons. Last season she led the Bulldogs to the Big South Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Gottlieb recently completed her second season as an assistant at Cal under Joanne Boyle. She has worked extensively with the Golden Bears’ post players. She previously spent three seasons as an assistant under Boyle at the University of Richmond, where she helped the Spiders win 20 games and advance to the postseason each year. That included Richmond’s NCAA berth in 2005.
Frese last winter completed her fourth season at Illinois, serving the last two as the associate head coach under Theresa Grentz, who recently stepped down. Known for her recruiting prowess, Frese spearheaded two top-25 recruiting classes in her first two seasons at Illinois.
The federal government has awarded nearly $2.4 million to the state to assist with planning, education and other activities on the coast.
This is the 33rd year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded money to the Maine Coastal Program. The grant will help support the program’s existing planning, permitting, restoration, monitoring and stewardship programs as well as some new activities.
The money also will be used to implement recommendations of a recent study aimed at helping Maine protect its near-shore and intertidal areas.
“From Lubec to Kittery, Maine people have reaped benefits from the Maine Coastal Program, from the protection of sand beaches, to the improvement in public access to the conservation of coastal resources,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Allen of Maine’s 1st District said in a statement Friday.
PROSPECT — When Jewell Mabry is 80 years old, she’ll be able to tell her great-grandchildren that she was among the first public group to tour the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory.
Of course, she may not remember it, because Jewell is only 2, but no doubt her mother, Brandi Mabry, will remind her of the historic occasion she was a part of Saturday.
The Mabrys of Orland were among a select group whose raffle tickets were chosen to take the elevator ride — traveling at 500 feet per minute — to the top of the west tower of the landmark bridge that carries U.S. Route 1 across the Penobscot River.
“It’s very, very nice,” Brandi Mabry said, gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows, as Jewell trotted around the observatory, pacifier in mouth, some 420 feet above the river.
Mabry thought she was purchasing tickets to the opening for her entire family, but in fact bought raffle tickets for the event. She and her daughter won the first trip to the top.
Even though Saturday morning’s weather featured low clouds and some fog, the reaction of those in the observatory to the view bodes well for the potential it has to draw tourists.
“Even on a foggy day, it’s gorgeous,” said Rep. Kim Rosen, R-Bucksport, as she mingled with the others who were among the first people to take in the view from the observatory.
“Wow!” was Gov. John Baldacci’s first comment as he stepped off the elevator.
“I think it’s magnificent. It’s beautiful,” said Kristi Blair of East Orland.
“I think it’s going to be the best view on the coast of Maine,” she said, suggesting it topped the views from Mount Battie in Camden and from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
Jerry and Cheryl Knowles traveled from their home in Machiasport to be among the first to visit the observatory.
“Loved it. Loved it,” Cheryl said, as her husband got Transportation Commissioner David Cole to autograph a commemorative certificate that was handed out at the event in the bridge parking lot.
The Knowleses believe the observatory will be a tourist draw.
Cole agreed the observatory would indeed be a draw for tourists, and said it provided a nice tie-in for adjacent Fort Knox. The fort, which visitors must pay admission to enter to get to the observatory, is like a theme park, he said, and the observatory is like the biggest and best ride in the park.
Cole said he could imagine visitors touring the fort, having a picnic lunch and then ascending to the observatory.
During the ceremony preceding the opening, Cole said he remembered the groundbreaking event on Dec. 3, 2004. Mary Peters, now U.S. transportation secretary, said at the time, “I can’t imagine this bridge being built without an observatory,” she said.
Cole and others liked the idea, and special funding was secured for that addition to the bridge project.
Baldacci called the entire project “an engineering marvel,” and thanked the workers whose efforts brought it together.
Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Bucksport, said the area included an engineering landmark from the 19th century in Fort Knox, and the 21st century landmark in the new bridge.
Linda Figg of the Figg Engineering Group said the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory already has won 10 awards and is listed in a registry of the top 25 bridges of all time in the United States, which she said “is truly unprecedented for a bridge this young.”
25 years ago
As reported in the Bangor Daily News
JACKMAN — Four campers were fired on 30 or 40 times Friday night before they were able to escape and notify police, who later shot and killed the 51-year-old Jackman woman who fired the shots, one of the campers said Monday.
Catherine Hegarty died early Saturday morning of three gunshot wounds fired by a state trooper and two Somerset County deputies, officials said Monday.
The three officers have been placed on paid administrative leave and are undergoing counseling. Trooper Gary Wright is expected to return to work Wednesday, but Somerset County Sheriff Spencer Havey said Deputy Sgt. Wilfred Hines and Deputy Rene Guay probably would remain on leave pending completion of an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.
Information received Monday indicated that Hegarty had been experiencing emotional problems and had been in trouble with law enforcement in the past.
The trouble began around 9 p.m. Friday and ended 3 1/2 hours later when, officers said, they entered the cabin where Hegarty met them with a .22-caliber rifle. The number of shots fired by the officers was unclear, but three shots struck Hegarty, who died immediately, officials said.
Robert Day of Alfred said he and three friends had set up their tent about 125 feet from Hegarty’s camp on land he said belonged to a paper company. Day and his friends spent the day fishing and returned to their camp about 8 p.m., he said.
An hour later Hegarty walked onto her front porch and began “screaming like a wildcat,” Day said.
She yelled at them that she did not want them to hurt her animals, “her bunny rabbits and deer,” said Day.
“We tried to tell her that we were just fishing, but she didn’t seem to hear anything we said,” he said.
The campers began getting concerned about her emotional stability and told her that they would leave first thing in the morning.
“She then yelled, `You’ll leave only if I let you leave,”‘ Day said.
The men became concerned for their safety, doused the campfire and shut off their lanterns. She then came out of the house and fired a shot directly over their heads, he said.
The men, unable to get out of the area without passing directly in front of the camp, hid behind the truck as Hegarty continued firing shots, Day said.
“She’d come out of the house and fire five to seven rounds, then she’d go back in, turn on all the lights and reload. Then she’d shut off all the lights again and come back out and fire five to seven more shots. She did this five or six times,” said Day.
The men figured out her pattern, and about the fifth time she went inside to reload the men jumped into their truck and fled. Day claims the woman continued firing shots at the truck as they sped away, and when they stopped to unhook the gate she was directly behind them in her truck.
Hegarty turned around at the gate and the men continued to a nearby truck stop where they contacted authorities.
It’s then, police believe, she ransacked the men’s campsite. Sheriff Havey said the tent was slashed to pieces, a sweat shirt left lying inside the tent was riddled with nine bullet holes, food containers were overturned, and a hole was shot in the side of the men’s canoe.
When police arrived, they say, Hegarty was inside the camp with at least one gun. Day said it was about one hour from when the officers left the truck stop to when Hegarty was killed.
Havey said Monday he felt confident that the officers involved had acted in a professional manner and were justified in their actions.
Specific details of the shooting remained sketchy. Havey said the officers made several attempts to speak with Hegarty but, the deputies told Havey, she remained inside the camp, laughing.
Havey said Sgt. Hines could see inside the camp, and when he thought he saw Hegarty set the gun down, the decision was made to enter the camp and arrest her. When they opened the door, he said, she was standing inside pointing a .22-caliber rifle at them. Hines, Wright and Guay all opened fire. A fourth deputy, Thomas Giroux, apparently remained outside.
State Police Col. Andrew Demers said the State Police Tactical Team was not called to the scene. He said it was not uncommon for local police agencies to handle gun incidents on their own, even though the tactical team is trained for such situations.
“It would not be practical for us (the tactical team) to be called out for every gun incident. Officers in the field handle 90 percent of the gun calls we receive,” said Demers.
Asked why the officers chose to enter the cabin, rather then waiting for Hegarty to come outside, Havey said the officers thought she had put the gun down and felt it was the right time to go inside.
“It’s a judgment call,” said Havey, adding that the officers realized the woman was unstable and thought it would be best to get her out of the cabin for her own safety as well as that of the officers.
NEWPORT — When Tammy Oldenberg, a member of the Newport Creative Playground Committee, went to the post office recently, she thought she was picking up Stephen King’s auction donation, an autographed copy of his book “The Dark Half.” She found the book but was shocked and surprised to also find a $1,200 cash donation to the playground fund.
Debbie Bradstreet explained that the playground committee had written to King to request an autographed copy of one of his latest books for an upcoming auction to raise funds for the project. Not only did King send the book, he included the donation.
“We were shocked,” said Bradstreet. “We would have been very happy with the book. It is so refreshing to know that our project is viewed by others as being important and a priority.”
Committee member Colleen Longmuir said that many committee members were getting tired and discouraged after months of fundraising and appealing to the town and the school district. “This has really pumped us up,” she said. “(King’s) donation has really given us a breath of fresh air and a reason to get excited again.”
Bradstreet said that committee members have written to other celebrities, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, to solicit other items for the auction.
The Newport Creative Playground has raised $24,000, nearly met half of its fundraising goal of $50,000, Bradstreet said.
University of Maine hockey coach Shawn Walsh is believed to be one of four finalists for the U.S. Olympic hockey job. The next Winter Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994.
The other candidates are believed to be Yale University Coach Tim Taylor; University of North Dakota Coach Gino Gasparini and University of Wisconsin Coach Jeff Sauer.
Taylor is the favorite as he has coached the last four United States teams in the World Championships and, last fall, he directed the U.S. to a second-place finish in the prestigious Canada Cup Tournament. Taylor took over the Canada Cup team from head coach Bob Johnson, who was hospitalized with a brain tumor that eventually took his life. The second-place finish in the Canada Cup was the best ever for the U.S.
The interview process is expected to begin this weekend and a 20-member selection committee will name a successor to Dave Peterson by the end of the month.
The 1992 U.S. Team finished fourth.
The 36-year-old Walsh would not confirm or deny that he was a finalist.
“I would be excited if I was,” said Walsh. “Certainly, coaching the U.S. Olympic Team is one of the ultimate positions in this profession.”
Walsh said that if he were a finalist and if he happened to be chosen as the next Olympic coach, “I would ask for a one-year leave of absence from Maine so I could return to Maine afterwards.”
The new Olympic coach would probably direct his college team this coming season before devoting his full-time attention to the Olympic team after the 1992-93 season.
The Bear boss has coached in two U.S. Olympic Festivals and is undefeated.
His 1981 Great Lakes Team won the Gold Medal as did his 1990 North Team. Both teams went 4-0.
In 1989, he directed a U.S. Selects team to a stunning victory over a touring Sokol-Kiev team from the Soviet Union that had been previously unbeaten on its tour. The teams played a two-games, total-goals series in Orlando, Florida, and Dallas and the U.S. Selects outscored the Soviets 9-6 in the two games.
The U.S. team won the first game 5-2 and tied the second one 4-4.
Walsh, who was considered for the 1992 Olympic job, has guided his Maine teams to five consecutive 30-win seasons and six consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. He is 208-119-12 in his eight seasons at Maine, including a 161-46-8 mark over the past five years.
He is a two-time Hockey East Coach of the Year and a two-time runner-up for National Coach of the Year honors. This past season’s team went 31-4-2 and was ranked No. 1 in the country for most of the year before being eliminated by Michigan State 3-2 in their NCAA Tournament quarterfinal.
50 years ago
As reported in the Bangor Daily News
WATERVILLE — The University of Maine waltzed to the State Series Golf Championship as Bowdoin College collapsed in the final round Thursday at the Waterville Country Club.
Maine and Bowdoin had been tied after the first three rounds entering Thursday’s play, which Maine dominated by taking 20 of 27 available points.
That gave Maine a four-round total of 82 points, while Bowdoin finished with 74 points. Colby College was third with 34 and Bates College finished last with 26 points.
Colby was second in Thursday’s competition with 13 points, while Bowdoin had only 12. Bates picked up but nine points Thursday.
Maine’s Dave Barbour was medalist Thursday. A junior from Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, Barbour carded a 76.
Maine’s seven golfers won 14 of 21 individual matches and the Black Bears picked up their other six points by having the low team total of 571 strokes.
What are you going to do this summer … play tennis, go boating, play golf or just play the cool collected spectator? Whatever your plans, the pantsuit will be the appropriate outfit, reports the BDN.
The pantsuit is today’s “in” look. Give it your special signature and accessorize it with zingy prints or with gorgeous hot solid colors, and you will have the “total look.”
Devotees of pants and pantsuits are going to have a field day this summer with more to choose from than ever before. There is more definition in shape and fit, especially from the waist to the knee. The waist is having a comeback, but without the hugging, pinched look. There are wide flaring pants, so wide that they are also pleated at the bottom, long sleeve shirts banded in fine lines, or flute pleated at the collar and cuffs.
100 years ago
As reported in the Bangor Daily News
BANGOR — Penobscot River salmon at 50 cents a pound isn’t at all bad for a Sunday dinner, for a pound of salmon is equal to nearly 2 pounds of beef when it comes to making a dinner on it.
Genuine Penobscot River salmon bought yesterday from Capt. S. Decateur Bridges of Bucksport, all he had, will be found today at the old Jones’ Market, Pickering Square, and at 66 Harlow Street, formerly the Wentworth Market.
There are also some low prices in other kinds of seafood, strictly fresh mackerel at 19 cents, fresh cod at 6 cents, halibut at 22 cents, and finnan haddie at 15 cents.
BANGOR — The garden committee will be in session again tonight at the Chamber of Commerce rooms in City Hall to assign lots to members of the garden and canning clubs of the city’s schools.
The home garden committee is pleased to announce that a fine 7 acre plot at the end of the Ohio Street car line has been secured and will become available immediately for home gardens. It is the property of George P. Higgins and the committee members wish to publicly thank him and feel that the public will appreciate the patriotic spirit shown him.
One of the applications on Friday was for a half acre lot on the Odlin Road on the farm owned by John P. Webster. The applicant plans on putting in potatoes and beans.
The committee has several fine plots available for large sized plantings, ranging from a quarter to a half or a full acre, and especially urge everyone who has not made arrangements for gardening to secure some of these plots and get to work at the earliest possible moment. “There is plenty of land, seed, fertilizer and the need is great,” they say.
It is the urgent request of the committee and all patriotic citizens to get your garden plot now and help the cause of greater food production.