Yesterday for 6/8/17



10 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  Brad Hertzler highlights a trio of University of Maine pitchers who were selected Friday during the second day of the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

  Hertzler, a junior lefthander from East Providence, Rhode Island, was selected in the 15th round by the Oakland Athletics. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was the 480th pick overall.

  Two Black Bear recruits were chosen Friday with consecutive selections by the Philadelphia Phillies. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Benoit of Brampton, Ontario, was taken in the 36th round, while righty Kyle Slate of Sea Bright, New Jersey, went to the Phillies in the 37th round.

  Junior infielder Curt Smith, the other UMaine standout considered a draft prospect, had not been drafted Friday night through 50 rounds.

  UMaine coach Steve Trimper, who was visiting with Benoit on Thursday and Friday, was relieved at the draft results in terms of how they might affect his team.

  Hertzler, who had been drafted out of high school in 2004 (32nd round, Boston Red Sox), is likely to sign with Oakland, Trimper said.

  Hertzler, who pitched two seasons in junior college before attending UMaine, is coming off a solid season during which he posted a 4-5 record with 3.58 earned run average. The All-America East second-team pick struck out 71 batters in 73 innings and held opponents to a .245 batting average.

  Hertzler is the highest UMaine draft pick since Simon Williams of Portland was taken in the 11th round by St. Louis in 2004. Mike MacDonald of Camden was taken in the 15th round by Toronto that year.

  Trimper said Benoit and Slate both indicated Friday they do not intend to pursue pro careers at this time.

  “Both of them said, you know what, coach, I’m not signing,” Trimper said Friday evening.

  Benoit (5-11, 200) was the 1,098th pick overall. He is likely to be an immediate impact pitcher for the Bears.

  After giving up his hockey career last year to concentrate on baseball, Benoit demonstrated an ability to throw in the low-to-mid 90s (mph). He was initially expected to be drafted much higher, possibly in the first 10 rounds, but eventually told pro scouts through his school adviser he did not intend to sign even if drafted.

  Trimper said Benoit, who pitched for Team Canada this spring in Florida, is perhaps the best player he has ever recruited.

  The 6-5, 200-pound Slate blossomed during his senior season at Christian Brothers Academy. He went 11-1 this spring while leading his team (23-5) to a berth in the sectional title game.

  Slate also throws in the low 90s and possesses an outstanding changeup and a nasty split-fingered fastball.

  BANGOR — The Maine Air National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing was presented the 2006 U.S. Air Force Gen. Thomas D. White Environmental Quality Award on Thursday morning at the Pentagon.

  The award recognized the Bangor Guard unit’s commitment to the environment, and in particular the installation of a control system that reduced plane de-icing fluid runoff into nearby Birch Stream by about 60,000 gallons over two years, said Lt. Col. Eric Johns, the unit’s environmental manager. The Guard unit also helped reduce the hazardous and solid waste streams by recycling efforts.

  “This award helps the people out at the wing understand that all the hard work they are doing pays off,” Johns said. “They are setting a standard of environmental excellence that has been recognized by the Air Force.”

  The environmental quality award is presented to three U.S. Air Force units annually. One is given to an active duty base within the U.S., one to an overseas unit, and one to a Guard or Reserve unit, he said. Recipients are honored for pollution prevention, recycling, environmental quality, restoration, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources.

   ORONO — After 30 years, Robert Cobb is ready for a change in routine.

  Cobb, 65, the longest-serving dean in the University of Maine’s history, is slated to retire from his College of Education position at the end of the month.

  Cobb said Friday he thought retirement may take some adjustment.

  On a typical morning, Cobb heads to Pat’s Pizza for coffee with the other regular customers, making it to the office by about 7:30 a.m.

  “I can see myself continuing to go to Pat’s for coffee, [but] I won’t be making the trip across the bridge and up here to the office,” Cobb said Friday while sitting in his office. “It’s going to be different.”

  Looking around the office lined with paintings representing Maine — a place Cobb loves — one can easily determine his priorities.

  “Family comes first,” he said, a point made obvious by the neatly arranged framed photos of children and grandchildren that occupied a large portion of his desk.

  On a stand near the window, a replica of a typical old-fashioned little red school house sits in a special place.

  “This has been such a treadmill in many ways,” Cobb said. “You just keep going and going and going, and there seems to be no end to the workload.”

  But it’s a workload Cobb has enjoyed and takes pride in.

  “In universities, we tend to involve ourselves in long-range endeavors, and that tends to keep us engaged,” he said.

  One of the reasons Cobb said he stayed so long is that he always wanted to see those endeavors through to the end.

  “It’s in some ways the nature of the institution that keeps us going,” Cobb said. “It’s unusual to be in a role for as long as I have, but it’s a measure of how much I’ve loved what I do.”

  The dean said he isn’t one who spends much time reflecting because there’s always a new project to think about. But looking back to when he assumed the role of dean in 1977, Cobb said there was one significant obstacle he had to tackle immediately.

  “The major challenge facing the college was to reconnect with the public schools of the state,” he said.

  With the multiple missions of the university — teaching, research and service — it’s sometimes easy for one to overshadow the others, he explained.

  In the early 1970s, the emphasis was on swinging the university toward research.

  At the time, Cobb asked himself, “How can you prepare teachers for the schools that you don’t know?”

  He began working to re-engage the university with elementary and secondary schools in the state to determine what teachers needed to know. Cobb also worked to maintain a proper emphasis on research and service.

  “I met systematically with hundreds of teachers all over,” he said. “I would just sit and I would listen.”

  Over the years, the roles of a teacher and schools have changed.

  “Teachers, I think, are challenged today like at no other time in education to be different things to all individuals in their classrooms,” Cobb said.

  To learn to do this, it takes a different kind of program than when colleges were churning out teachers as fast as possible to deal with the increasing number of students in schools because of America’s baby boom.

  Now it’s about getting teachers hands-on experience “early and often,” Cobb said.

    As for the education college’s future, Cobb said resources and funding always will be an obstacle, but he’s confident the program will continue to prosper.

  The dean said he has benefited from a stable, resourceful, and enthusiastic faculty, but realizes that they too will be ready to move on and retire at some point.

   There will be a national search for a replacement, and if approved by the board of trustees, Anne Pooler, UM College of Education associate dean, will serve as interim dean until the search is completed.

  “Things are going to be in good hands,” Cobb said. “I don’t fear for its future at all, and that’s a comforting feeling.”




25 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

 The attorney representing the husband of a Jackman woman who was shot and killed last month by police officers said Monday that he would file a multiple-count lawsuit for millions of dollars against the state of Maine, Somerset County, and the five police officers who were present when the shooting occurred.

  Jack H. Simmons of Lewiston said he was retained by Jack Hegarty on Saturday. He said the lawsuit would charge federal and state civil rights violations.

  Katherine Hegarty, 51, was shot and killed by three officers on May 16 after they received a report that she had fired numerous shots in an area where four fishermen had camped.

  The officers stormed the cabin after about 10 minutes. They have said Mrs. Hegarty pointed a gun at them.

  Maine Attorney General Michael Carpenter investigated the shooting and said the officers who fired the shots should be fired, but that they would not be prosecuted criminally.

  Simmons said his law firm would “seek personal justice for the senseless murder” of Mrs. Hegarty.

  “Equally important, we want to protect the public from further unjustified violence at the hands of police officers,” Simmons said.

  Simmons added that “police brutality must be subject to the full sanctions of the law to prevent more killings. The officers’ conduct is what you would expect in a dictatorship, not America,” Simmons said.

  The lawsuit, which Simmons said would be filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor, would charge negligence under the Maine Tort Claims Act as well as the civil rights violations.

  When asked how much financial compensation Hegarty would seek, Simmons said he was not sure but it would be “certainly in the millions.”

  The suit is expected to be filed in a week or 10 days, Simmons said.

  He added that if he found new evidence through his own investigation he would not hesitate to refer the case back to Carpenter for further consideration of criminal charges.

  “He (Carpenter) has stated that based on the evidence he had, there was no room for criminal charges, but if I find new evidence through discovery I will refer it back to him,” said Simmons.

  PORTLAND — Here, in order, are the most interesting points that came out of Monday’s news conference at the Cumberland County Civic Center involving World Boxing Association lightweight title contenders Joey Gamache of Lewiston and Chun Chil-sung

of Seoul, South Korea:

  1. With a little fewer than 5,000 tickets sold for Saturday’s 12-round bout at the Civic Center, which will hold a capacity of 8,200 for the 5 p.m. main event, there is virtually no chance ABC’s Wide World of Sports will lift the television blackout of the Bangor and Portland markets, according to promoter Johnny Bos.
  2. Maine Gov. John R. McKernan supposedly will step into the ring at Gamache’s gym in Lewiston on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for a little sparring with Gamache (Maybe if Jock appeared on the undercard Saturday, ticket sales would be better).
  3. Oh yes, neither Gamache (28-0) nor Chun (18-1) was talking much about their strategy for securing the WBA’s 135-pound belt, vacated last month by Pernell Whitaker.

  “I don’t have a specific plan,” said the 30-year-old Chun, through interpreter John Kim of the Portland chapter of the Korean American Society. “I emphasize training. How I will fight depends on what happens when I get into the ring.”

  Gamache, 26, was little more forthcoming on how he planned to upset Chun, the WBA’s No. 1 contender.

  “I’m going to set the tempo. I’m going to fight my fight,” said Gamache, who is ranked No. 2 by the WBA.

  Asked for a prediction on how the fight would turn out, Chun declined to oblige.

  Gamache, asked the same question, said simply, “I win, that’s for sure.”

 Maybe it was because neither fighter has fought a common opponent. Maybe it’s because they are both genuinely nice young men. But the prefight news conference was curiously devoid of the usual hype and casting of villains. Both fighters expressed their respect for each other, while also emphasizing what little they know about each other has come from watching videotapes.

  “I watched him on tape, but I’m not one for studying tapes,” said Gamache. “I look at him to see his reach and size. He’s a good boxer and a good puncher.”

  Chun echoed Gamache’s sentiments.

  “I received a tape of his fights two months ago. I find him an excellent fighter. I’m No. 1 and he’s No. 2. It’s rare for a championship to have two such excellent fighters,” Chun said.

  Michael Poulin of Fairfield has been named to the United States Olympic Equestrian Team which will compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, in July.

  Poulin relayed the good news to his sister, Mary Young of Dedham, via a trans-Atlantic telephone call Sunday evening.

  “He called last night to inform the family,” Young said. “We’re all very proud and very excited.” Poulin called from Belgium where he had just qualified for the team.

  Poulin, 44, will compete in the dressage events.

  Young explained that six Americans were selected in the spring to try out for the team. Those six traveled to Europe to compete and, from that group, four were selected with the others serving as alternates.

  In addition to Poulin, Young said one of his students, Carol Lavelle of Vermont, was also chosen for the team, “which is great for New England.”


50 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  BANGOR — The city’s comprehensive planning consultants Thursday recommended Bangor battle its substandard housing over the next 18 years in a responsible program of clearance and rehabilitation.

  Pointing out that the city contains some 4,540 substandard housing units, 40 percent of all housing here, the consultants submitted preliminary recommendations for three urban renewal projects and wide-scale rehabilitation-renewal work.

  In dollar measurements labeled as “pretty rough at this point,” the firm of Adams, Howard and Oppermann, prime consultants for the “701” comprehensive plan, said the costs of their recommended program could total $15 million by 1985.

  But, they pointed out that full use of federal programs would reduce the city’s share to some $3.9 million in that time, a figure that “spread over 18 years appears to be well within the city’s capacity to pay.”

  Some of this local costs could also be met through local projects given credit in the renewal programs, it was pointed out. Examples were the costs of a new Abraham Lincoln school, a new Curve Street, a part of the Hancock Street improvements. Excess “credits” may also emerge for future urban renewal projects from the present downtown project.

  The consultants said a program of eliminating substandard housing in five to eight years may be an extreme the city would not get into. The opposition extreme of continuing the normal city-enforced housing rehabilitation program would result in “deterioration continuing at an accelerating rate.”

  The report warned that to settle for its current program would result also in erosion of the tax base, greater shift of the population to the outskirts and suburbs, and greater municipal costs.

 SKOWHEGAN — Three Somerset County families have an active interest in the news of the deadly bombing and torpedoing of the USS Liberty in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

  It is believed that three young Somerset County men were aboard the ship at the time of the attack by the Israeli military. They are David Shaw of Skowhegan, Stephen Richard of Cornville, and a third youth from the Jackman region who was unidentified.

  Shaw, 20, was assigned to the communications section of the Liberty, his father told The NEWS Thursday afternoon.

  He has been in the Navy for about two years, enlisting shortly after graduating in 1964 from Skowhegan High School.

  Shaw said he has not received any word from the Navy Department concerning his son.

  Richard has been in the Navy about a year and a half. His father told The NEWS he was not sure what his son’s duty was aboard the ship, but that he had received a letter from him within the past few days.


100 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

    AUGUSTA — “Beat the draft, go now,” is the suggestion made by Col. Frank M. Hume in a circular letter sent throughout the state Thursday in an effort to recruit the Second Maine Infantry regiment up to the maximum war strength of 150 men to a company.

  “Unless you are a cripple you are almost certain to be a soldier before this war with Germany is over,” he said.

  ROCKLAND — The Maine division, Sons of Veterans, at the annual encampment, voted that the expenses of future encampments should be borne by the division instead of the entertaining camp. The next encampment will be held at Portland.


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