Yesterday for 5/25/17



10 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

BANGOR — The busy Bangor Mall area soon will be getting even busier.

  Three major retailers — Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and The Home Depot — are gearing up to build new stores, two of them set for Stillwater Avenue and the other planned for a parcel near the intersection of Longview and Springer drives.

  Wal-Mart and The Home Depot, both of which already have stores in the mall area, are building new larger ones, both off Stillwater Avenue.

  Lowe’s home improvement, however, will be a newcomer to the Bangor business community. It is proposed for the Springer Drive site now occupied by Wal-Mart, which is expected to become available next spring, after Wal-Mart moves into its new home behind Blue Seal.

  Though Lowe’s was widely speculated to be the mystery anchor for Widewaters Stillwater Co. LLC’s site off Stillwater Avenue, behind Chili’s and Circuit City, that site actually is going to house a new Home Depot store that would replace the existing one at Longview and Springer, according to Jeremy Martin, development coordinator for the city’s Code Enforcement Office.

  Packard Development of Newton, Massachusetts, plans to build a 171,069-square-foot Lowe’s with a garden center as well as two 6,000-square-foot restaurants, according to a notice published in the Bangor Daily News on Thursday. The notice of intent to apply for a state traffic movement permit indicates the Lowe’s and unnamed restaurants are all slated to open next year.

  The Wal-Mart and Home Depot projects are further along in the planning process.

  Slated to open in mid-May 2008, the proposed 209,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter would replace the existing 114,000-square-foot store. The new supercenter would be reached by an access road adjacent to Crossroads Mall.

  Wal-Mart’s initial plan, presented last July, called for a nearly 218,000-square-foot supercenter. That plan was scaled back largely because planners scrapped a tire and lube center, a feature that already exists at the corporation’s Sam’s Club store on nearby Haskell Drive.

  The current plan also calls for a 3,000-square-foot bank and a 6,000-square-foot restaurant adjacent to the supercenter. The bank and restaurant have not yet been made public.

  In the meantime, Home Depot, now located on Longview Drive, is gearing up to build a new, larger store on a Stillwater Avenue parcel owned by Widewaters Stillwater Co. LLC of Dewitt, New York.

  The new Home Depot would replace the chain’s current facility on Longview Drive, Martin said. That store was reported to be a total 115,000 square feet when built in 1997.

  The site development plan for the new location calls for a 114,000-square-foot Home Depot with a 21,000-square-foot garden center, and two smaller freestanding buildings of 6,000 and 3,128 square feet, which will house an unnamed restaurant and an unspecified convenience-retail business.

  BANGOR — The Bangor High School baseball team has won six Class A state titles during the last 22 years, the most recent in 2006.

  But not since 1985 had the Rams had an undefeated regular season — until Friday, when Bangor completed a 16-0 run through its schedule with a 12-2, five-inning victory over Messalonskee of Oakland at Mansfield Stadium.

  Ian Edwards pitched a four-hitter and extended his streak without allowing an earned run to 34 innings covering his last six starts. The junior righthander, 6-0 this spring, struck out six and walked two.

  Bangor — winner of its last 27 games overall — complemented that pitching with a 14-hit offense. That included a triple, two singles and three RBIs from Edwards along with two singles and three RBIs from senior DH Alex Gallant, two singles and three runs scored from junior third baseman Shane Walton and two singles and two RBIs from senior catcher Gordon Webb.

  “We’re all hitting the ball very well,” said Gallant. “We’re not intimidated by fast pitchers, or pitchers with any other kind of pitch. We go up there knowing we’ve got to get base hits and do whatever we can to get on base, because when we do that good things happen.”

  The Rams scored five runs on six hits in the first inning alone, and by the time Bangor had one out in the third every batter in the lineup already had at least one hit.

  “They’ve played great right from day one, really,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey. “We had an 8-7 win over Brewer and a 2-0 win over Skowhegan, and those were the only two times we were really contested. We had good games through three innings sometimes — we were behind Hampden the other day — but when our bats get warmed up we’re really tough.”

  Two Bangor errors did allow Messalonskee to get on the board in the fourth and end Edwards’ scoreless streak at 32 2/3 innings, but that was the only negative in an otherwise clinical performance.

  “I was very happy with the way we played,” said Fahey, “and like I told the guys we were three throws away from playing our best game of the year.”

  Bangor sent nine batters to the plate in the first against Messalonskee righthander Eric Sucy (1-3). Gallant had a two-run single to ignite the rally, and Tom Crews followed with a two-run triple to deep left-center before scoring on Tyler McDade’s single to center.

  The Rams extended their lead to 7-0 in the second on a two-run ground single to left by Webb, and scored two more runs in the third on two-out RBI singles by Walton and Edwards.

  Messalonskee (7-8) scored its runs in the fourth on singles by Tony Jacobs and Ben Seel, a double steal and two Bangor throwing errors on a pickoff play.

  Bangor ended the game in the fifth against Messalonskee reliever Matt Stuart. Kyle Vanidestine walked, Walton singled and both runners scored when Edwards tripled to left-center. Gallant then worked the count to 3-0 before flaring a single to right that drove home pinch-runner Jimmy Burns, marking the eighth time this spring the Rams have won early via the 10-run rule.

  “We never come into a game thinking the 10 runs are going to happen,” said Gallant. “We just keep our focus and we keep the bats going and we play the solid ‘D’ behind our pitching and it’s turned out good.”

  Bangor, which will be the No. 1 seed in Eastern A entering postseason play, now is idle for 13 days before the regional quarterfinals on June 7, save for hosting the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship game next Friday.

  “I think we all know that it’s pretty special and a pretty big deal going 16-0,” said Gallant. “We’ve had a good season. Each game we keep getting better, and that’s the good thing about our team, we haven’t peaked yet.”


25 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

 JACKMAN — Baskets of wildflowers, a photo depicting happier times, long strands of black ribbon, and a simple cardboard sign bearing the name of Katherine Hegarty provided the backdrop for a peaceful demonstration held in this small, rustic town on Memorial Day.

  There were no marching bands at this Memorial Day gathering, no Boy Scouts or American flags, just a somber crowd of about 250 people who gathered to show their support for the family of a 51-year-old woman who was shot and killed by law enforcement officers while she stood inside her secluded cabin.

  They came from Orono, Portland, Skowhegan, Livermore Falls, and of course, Jackman, and they called for justice.

  Katherine Hegarty was shot three times by two Somerset County deputies and a Maine State Police trooper after a brief standoff early Saturday morning, May 16.

  The shooting came after a report by four fishermen that Hegarty had fired numerous shots from her front porch as they camped just 125 feet away.

  The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating the shooting, but on Monday Hegarty’s widower told the crowd that he was being ignored by investigators.

  Jack Hegarty, a tall, thin man, appeared drawn and emotional as he addressed the crowd gathered behind the Jackman Chamber of Commerce building.

  “Kathy was not afraid to stay in the woods alone. In fact, she was asked that over and over again by women who stayed at our camps. Kathy always said, `There’s nothing in the Maine woods that will hurt you.’ We found out differently,” Jack Hegarty said.

  The Attorney General’s Office asked him not to speak to the media about the shooting, but after hearing some of the “misinformation” that was being handed out, he decided to go public with his concerns.

  On Monday, he accused the investigators of covering up information and “outright lying” to him about the events that unfolded the morning of the shooting.

  He called on Gov. John R. McKernan to get involved in the investigation, and said he “would have expected that the governor would have called me at least to express his sympathy.”

  He also said that he felt his wife had been vindicated by a statement made by one of the fishermen, Robert Day of Alfred, who told a New Hampshire reporter that he informed the police officers before they took off for the Hegartys’ cabin that he did not think Katherine Hegarty was shooting at them, but simply shooting the gun in the air to intimidate them.

  Day said Sunday that he did not agree with how the officers handled the situation.

  “We told them that she appeared to be under the influence (of intoxicating liquor). I think she would have just passed out if they’d left her alone,” said Day.

  Gail Edwards of Athens organized Monday’s protest and kicked off a petition drive calling for murder charges to be filed against the officers who shot Katherine Hegarty.

  She said the petition would be sent to the attorney general’s office in Augusta.

  Jack Hegarty, who said he was a law-abiding citizen with the utmost respect for the law, said he thought the officers involved should be forbidden ever to carry guns again.

  Edwards said that the shooting should be a lesson “that we have to train our law enforcement officers not just in marksmanship, but also about compassion and understanding.”

  The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on temporary paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, a fact that obviously displeased some of the folks in Jackman.

  “They are having a paid vacation and are getting counseling and I can’t even get my calls returned from anybody in Augusta. I’ve heard from nobody,” said Jack Hegarty.

  Investigators have indicated that they might release the results of the investigation Wednesday.

  Maine’s U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell, who was among the many participants marching and speaking at Monday’s Memorial Day parade and observance in Bangor, told the Davenport Park assembly that although the Cold War is over, challenges to the nation still must be faced.

  Standing next to the monument honoring soldiers and sailors who died in the Spanish-American War of 1898, Sen. Mitchell said Memorial Day was a time to honor those who gave their lives in the defense of the nation.

   He said the reason most of us were able to live in the greatest country ever was that so many died to preserve our way of life. Now that we are free from the Soviet and nuclear threat, he said it is time to end racism and homelessness. That, Mitchell said, would be the best way to honor those who have died. He said the veteran should not be honored on just Memorial Day but for 365 days a year.

  The Davenport Park observance opened with the national anthem by the 195th Army Band, followed by an invocation by Chaplain Capt. Andrew Gibson.

  Four helicopters in formation flew over the park. Three returned later in the missing-man formation to commemorate all who have died for their country.

  The Anah Temple Chanters sang the Lord’s Prayer.

  Veteran Donald Dorr of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion presided as master of ceremonies. Bill Deering was parade coordinator. Col. Wilfred Hessert, commander of the 101st Airborne Wing, also addressed the crowd.

  A plaque was presented by the parade committee to the family of veteran Bill Kelley for his many years’ work in organizing similar veterans observances. Nancy Ridlon, corresponding secretary for the parade committee, was presented with a plaque thanking her for her efforts.

  Amanda Esposito, the Junior Miss Pageant’s Miss Hospitality, from the Garland Street School, read Logan’s Orders, the original order proclaiming Memorial Day in 1868.

  The ROTC honor guard fired the traditional salute, and David and Paul Walker played taps.

  Wreaths were placed at the monument by Gold Star mothers, for the veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic and for veterans of the Spanish-American War.

  Representatives from the VFW and VFW Auxiliary presented a wreath for World War I veterans. Personnel from the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary presented the World War II wreath. Wreaths also were placed for Korean War veterans, Vietnam War veterans, disabled veterans, prisoners of war, for those missing in action, Air Force Sergeants, the peace-keeping force since Vietnam, and for the veterans of Operation Desert Storm.

  The ceremony was closed by Chaplain Gibson, who said the ceremony was not an ending, but a beginning, and that we all still face an enemy, apathy. We all diminish what the service members gave us by their deaths, by not correcting wrong when we see it, not speaking out against tyranny, and by not voting when we should.

    The newly formed Korean Veterans Burton-Goode-Sargent Post made its debut in a Bangor Memorial Day parade followed by the 195th Army Band playing a spirited march.

  Representatives of the James W. William Post were followed by members of the John F. Kennedy Disabled American Veterans Post and a contingent of women veterans.

  The Anah Temple Chanters and Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girls Scouts from Bangor and Hermon were followed by Miss Maine Hospitality and a float filled with youths from area Key Clubs.

  Members from the 101st Air Refueling Wing marched and were followed by vans from local radio and television stations, antique automobiles, the Bangor Middle Schools Band, a convoy of Army vehicles, a float from the Southern Penobscot Vocational School, trucks from area businesses, and the Hudson fire engine.

 Boxer Joey Gamache wants you. More to the point, he wants your money.

 You drive from wherever you are to the nearest ticket outlet and plop down your $20, $30, $40, $60, or $100 to see Gamache, the former World Boxing Association junior lightweight champion from Lewiston, take on Chilsung Chun of South Korea June 13 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland for the WBA lightweight belt, and in return Gamache promises you … history.

  “This is going to be a big part of history in Maine,” said Gamache, 28-0, during a news conference at the Bangor Hilton on Monday to promote his shot at a second WBA title. “This doesn’t happen every day. We have an opportunity to have two world championships, which puts us in with the likes of Alexis Arguello, (Julio Cesar) Chavez, and (Hector) Camacho. This gives me a chance to display my skills and what I want to be … a future three-time champion.”

 If the appeal sounded a little more businesslike and a lot more direct than the typical pre-prefight hype of a Gamache bout, it’s because the undefeated 26-year-old could be on the verge of becoming what boxing loves — a pretty, articulate “commodity,” according to Lester Bedford of Main Events promotions.

  “It’s very rare that you get a fighter like Joey Gamache,” said Bedford, representing Lou and Dan Duva’s nationally known promotion company, which signed up Gamache five weeks ago. “Not only can he fight, but in our eyes, he’s a PR dream. He can do all the other things that creates excitement in the marketplace.

  “Just when boxing can’t stand another black eye, along comes a guy like Joey Gamache,” Bedford said.

  “This is a real rare commodity you have in Joey Gamache here in the state of Maine,” Bedford added.

  If further evidence Gamache is getting closer to boxing’s big business side was needed, Bedford provided it by openly discussing the financial dealings of the Chun fight. The details, according to Bedford, include: Gamache is expected to take home a purse of between $70,000 and $100,000, win or lose, making this fight by far his richest payday as a pro. Chun, 18-1, is guaranteed $55,000, win or lose, and could make more depending on the outcome. Foreign television rights (tape delayed, no live TV will be available) will net approximately $100,000.

  From a boxing standpoint, Gamache, the WBA’s No. 2 contender for the belt vacated last month by Pernell Whitaker, said he expects Chun, the No. 1 contender, to be by far his toughest opponent. The 30-year-old South Korean was the bronze medalist at the 1984 Olympics, losing a decision to Whitaker. He has 11 knockouts, but lost his only previous fight outside his native land.

  “I’ve seen three of his fights (on tape) and he has shown two styles, both a boxer and a puncher. He’s by far the most dangerous opponent I’ve ever faced,” said Gamache.

  “I’ve been training real hard, but I train the same way for all my fights. I don’t intend to lose,” said Gamache, who won the WBA 130-pound title last June in Lewiston, but vacated the title in November to move up in class. Gamache, who currently weighs 142 pounds, said he is on schedule to get down to the 135-pound limit.


50 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  Col. James L. Flanagan, commander of the 397th Bomb Wing, announced Thursday the selection of a six-man B-52 crew to represent Dow Air Force Base in the Strategic Air Command World Series of Bombing this fall.

  The crew is commanded by Maj. Charles R. Pitts. Flying with Major Pitts will be 1st Lt. Norbert G. Robson, co-pilot; Capt. Robert F. Kurtz, radar-navigator; 1st Lt. Charles K. Diecke, navigator; Capt. Rembert L. Honeycutt, electronics warfare officer; and Master Sgt. Maxdale Blythe, gunner.

  They have flown together for the past 17 months.  

  Last October Dow’s “Big Paul” bomb crew, captained by Maj. Paul Cottrell, placed third in the SAC Bomb-Nav Competition at Fairchild AFB in Washington. It was the highest finish ever by a Dow crew. None of Major Cottrell’s crew is included in this year’s primary crew.

  The airmen will begin intensive training for the competition this summer.

  A third major industrial park in Bangor — the former BOMARC missile base — will have four tenants by fall with one of them beginning operations on the Burleigh Road site this week, it was announced Thursday.

  Peter Schwartz, president of Bomarc Corp., reported that five buildings have been sold or leased encompassing more than 25,000 square feet of space and 25 acres.

  United Parcel Service opened operations this week in the 6,000-square-foot former auto storage building it has leased, he said. The firm is now located in Bangor, Houlton, Presque Isle and Portland.

  New to Bangor, it has eight delivery trucks at present and at least 12 employees, Schwartz said.

  1. A. Bean and Sons, an established Bangor firm operating in Pickering Square, has purchased a 17,000-square-foot former warehouse for its meat processing operation, and a 4,000-square-foot administration building for its offices.

  The firm, being displaced by the downtown urban renewal project, will move its Pickering Square and Union Street operations to Bomarc following remodeling of the structures.

  Kaprow Realty has purchased a 7,000-square-foot former administration building to house the Bangor Candy Co., a wholesale candy and tobacco firm in Bangor for 52 years. It is located in Pickering Square, another urban renewal displacement.

  Schwartz also said he was leasing a small fuel facility building to the Husson College contractor, John H. Barrett Co., adding that there were other buildings still available at the former missile base.

100 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

    AUGUSTA — Col. Hume announced this morning the makeup of the various recruiting parties that are to start Saturday to motor through the roads and byways of Maine charged with the duty of selecting the best material for the 700 men to recruit the 2nd Maine Regiment to war strength. From present indications these parties are going to have a big job. Instead of difficulty in finding 700 men to enlist in Maine’s crack military outfit, the trouble is to be to select the best men from the thousands who will be enrolled. The drastic draft bill has stirred up the state as never before, and all classes and conditions of men are eager to enlist.

  ORONO — The advisory commission of the Council of National Defense has constituted a committee on secondary education and has named University of Maine President Robert J. Aley one of its 16 members. He is the only college president named to the committee.


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