Yesterday for 6/29/17




10 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  JACKMAN — Sue Leavitt of Hampden recorded a hole-in-one June 29 on the sixth hole at Moose River Golf Course. Leavitt used a 5-wood to ace the par-3, 150-yard hole. The feat was witnessed by Glenice Williams and Lesley Waterman.

  HOLDEN — Nathan Cyr of Carmel used a driver to ace the 294-yard, par-4 first hole at Island Green Golf Club on June 29. Witnesses were Ryan Rivera and Evan Frace.

  Eliot Potvin, a recent graduate of Hampden Academy and a two-time state high school singles tennis champion, added two additional titles to his resume Thursday at the USTA New England Junior Sectional Championships held on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

  The 18-year-old Potvin won both the 18-and-under singles and doubles championships, marking the first time in a decade a boys player has won New England titles in both draws in that age division.

  Potvin was seeded seventh in the main singles draw but went undefeated in five matches to win his second New England sectional title in three years. He had won the 16-and-under crown two years ago.

  After earning a berth in the quarterfinals with victories over two unseeded players — including a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 escape of Surainder Asokaraj of Acton, Massachusetts, in the second round — Potvin knocked out the Nos. 1, 4 and 2 seeds to win the championship.

  Potvin upended top-seeded Marc Powers of Stamford, Connecticut, 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and then outlasted fourth-ranked Dan Couzens of West Hartford, Connecticut, in a third-set tiebreaker 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinals.

  Potvin cruised past No. 2 David Anderson of Sandwich, Massachusetts, 6-4, 6-1 in Thursday’s championship match.

  Potvin and Eric Rothschild of Westport, Connecticut, were unseeded in the doubles field, but used an opening-round 8-3 pro-set victory over second-ranked Garrett Lane of Reading, Massachusetts, and Akash Muppidi of Trumbull, Connecticut, as the springboard to their championship.

  Two wins over unseeded teams advanced Potvin and Rothschild to the doubles final, where they knocked off top-seeded Couzens and Jake Toole of Sharon, Massachusetts, 8-5.

  Potvin was one several Maine junior players to have success at the New England sectional. Top-ranked Camille Jania of Scarborough won the 18-and-under girls’ singles title, while reigning Maine schoolboy singles champion Mike Hill of Topsham and Mount Ararat High School won the consolation final of the boys 16-and-under division after advancing to the quarterfinals of the main draw.

  Alex Steinroeder of Cape Elizabeth, ranked second in the boys’ 14-and-unders, finished as the runner-up in that division, while Kasia Jania of Scarborough won the consolation draw of the girls’ 14-and-under division.

  Potvin, who finished second in the state schoolboy singles tournament as a freshman at Hampden and won that title as a sophomore and junior, opted to train privately this year. He currently is gearing up for some of the summer’s major junior tournaments, including the USTA National Clay Court Championships at Delray Beach, Florida, in mid-July and the USTA National Championships at Kalamazoo, Michigan, in August.

  ELLSWORTH — Six historic buildings around the state have been included in the latest edition of a list of Maine’s most endangered historic properties.

  Maine Preservation on Friday released its 12th annual list, which included the addition of six structures and one statewide thematic listing this year.

  “Endangered status does not ensure the protection of the site, yet it continually helps to raise local awareness and helps focus the work that often leads to rescue,” Roxanne Eflin, the organization’s executive director, said in a printed release.

  For the first time this year, each of the named properties added to the list will receive a $500 matching grant from Maine Preservation’s Preserve Maine Fund. The grants are designed to help fundraising efforts in a specific area such as building condition assessment or marketing survey.

  In addition to the six structures, Maine Preservation has included historic wooden windows across Maine which are being replaced and destroyed at an alarming rate.

  Two of the structures added to the list this year are located in Hancock County: the former Hancock County Jail and sheriff’s residence in Ellsworth and the Buck Memorial Library in Bucksport.

  The jail was built around 1886 and is located in downtown Ellsworth between the library and the county courthouse, which also houses the newer county jail. The single building includes a Queen Anne-style residence with an attached granite cellblock which remained in service until the late 1970s. The Maine Historic Preservation Commission has made a preliminary determination of the building’s eligibility for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

  Since it was saved from demolition in 1980, the building has served as the headquarters of the Ellsworth Historical Society but, according to Maine Preservation, is suffering from deferred maintenance, water damage and the continued threat of decay.

  The Buck Memorial Library was built a year after the jail in 1887 and, according to Maine Preservation, is an architecturally distinctive local landmark on Bucksport’s Main Street. According to the organization’s press release, the building is granite-faced with a brick masonry inner wall which functions as the roof support.

  Over time, water damage has created significant deterioration of the foundation mortar joints and freezing and thawing cycles have caused movement in the walls. The library’s board of trustees has initiated a major fundraising campaign to restore the foundation. That effort, which began three years ago, is about halfway done.

  Also included on the list this year are:

  — The former Gerald Hotel in Fairfield, built in 1900, which boasted such visitors as William Jennings Bryan and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Although the three domes that once topped the building were removed, some of the original architectural features remain, including ornately decorated terra cotta trim, stained-glass windows and tin ceilings. The building is vacant and scheduled to be sold at auction next month.

   —  The former Taterstate Frozen Foods plant in Washburn, which was the production site of the first frozen french fries in the U.S. The building is vacant and has been designated as a brownfields site. It is owned by the town, and redevelopment plans include a collaboration with three local agricultural businesses and the creation of a museum and learning farm.

   —  The Hubbard Cotton Store in Hiram. The 1850 building located in the village center was originally a supply store for the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad and later served as a general store, post office and eatery. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is privately owned and currently undergoing renovations for use as a store, eatery and bed and breakfast.

   —  The Bates Mill No. 5 Weave Shed in Lewiston, designed by the nationally recognized industrial architect Albert Kahn. Mill 5 has a distinctive north-facing saw-toothed roof which provided light and ventilation for workers. The building is currently vacant and owned by the city of Lewiston.

25 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  Brewer Police Sgt. Lloyd “Mickey” Blanchard buttoned up his dark blue shirt Monday morning, pinned on his badge and name tag, looked in the mirror, and thought to himself, “Boy, I’ll only do this one more time.”

  Later in the day, Blanchard sat casually in a swivel chair in an office at the Brewer Police Department and attempted to summarize a career that had spanned 25 years and would end at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

  “I think it will really hit me when I park that cruiser for the last time. It’s going to be strange to see myself in the mirror knowing it will be the last time I’ll wear the uniform,” said Blanchard.

  Blanchard joined the Brewer Police Department in 1966. He was 22 years old. He was handed a gun and a badge and told to go to work. In those days Brewer did not have civilian emergency dispatchers and Blanchard and his nine fellow officers took turns working in dispatch and on the street.

  A Brewer police officer’s night in the late 1960s typically involved breaking up barroom brawls and hand checking all the doors of the 200 businesses in the city.

  Today the number of businesses in Brewer has grown to 400, most of which have alarms, and police spend more time breaking up fights between husbands and wives than between bar patrons, Blanchard said.

  In 1970, Blanchard was promoted to sergeant and a few years later became Brewer’s first full-time detective.

  He has seen people at their best and worst and has experienced most of the highs and lows that law enforcement has to offer. His toughest assignment? Telling a parent that a son or daughter has been killed.

  “Boy, I’ve had to do that a few times and that takes its toll. That’s really rough. Of all the emotional ups and downs that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” said Blanchard.

  During his career Blanchard saw the introduction of radar and computers into the daily life of police work. Radio equipment also has improved from the days when the fire, police, and public works all shared one radio channel. They now have 16 channels.

  “If we had an emergency everybody else had to wait until we were done before they could use the radio,” Blanchard said.

  He also has a couple of uniforms all to himself today, unlike when he first was hired and had to share a hat with another officer.

  The years on the force seem to have been good to Blanchard who is quick with a joke or a humorous “war story.” His thinning hair has turned mostly gray, and a few faint lines have developed around his eyes. He laughs easily, even at the bad jokes that are sometimes thrown around the station.

  He enjoys people so much that he readily admits that he actually likes tourist season.

  “I like it when people stop and ask me questions and I can tell them about the area. Some of the guys drive through (Dunkin’ Donuts) and drink their coffee in the cruiser. I always go in because I like to talk to people,” Blanchard said.

  He is community-oriented and was instrumental in forming the Police Athletic League in 1974. The league began with four basketball teams, whose members wore different-colored T-shirts. It has developed under Blanchard’s guidance to include 10 basketball teams, with cheerleaders and uniforms. There is also an archery program, a girls softball league and a middle school football team.

  Of all his accomplishments during the past 25 years, it seems that he is proudest of PAL.

  He also is an avid motorcyclist and a member of the Blue Knights and the Kiwanis.

  Blanchard lives in Brewer with his wife, Ginnie. He has three children, Mike, Missie and Marc. Next summer he plans to sell his house. He and his wife will pack their belongings into a travel trailer, jump into the pickup, and along with their motorcycle, head west to Arizona.

  “It’s going to be an adventure,” said Blanchard.

  BLUE HILL — Gov. John R. McKernan faced questions on topics ranging from Allied Energy Services to tree growth in a Capital for a Day program Monday in Blue Hill.

 McKernan and a group of state department commissioners put in a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. day in the coastal town, beginning with a walk down Main Street and ending with a softball game on Union Street.

 After a lunch provided by supporters of Blue Hill Little League at a local school, Pam Person of the Coalition for Sensible Energy said she was “excited and grateful” to hear McKernan comment on the Virginia-based Applied Energy Services’ plan to build a plant in Bucksport.

 On behalf of the coalition, a group opposing the 180-megawatt project, Person read to McKernan a list of reasons the group believes AES should not be allowed to build in Bucksport. Those reasons include 14 area towns’ official opposition to the plant. Bucksport’s residents voted 1,260-920 against the plant.

 According to Person, McKernan said he supports local control and the permitting process already in place, but also said a company with as little support for its project as AES should withdraw its proposal.

 At a meeting after the lunch, officials from the towns of Blue Hill, Surry, Castine, Stonington, Brooksville and Penobscot, asked their own questions. First selectman Kip Leach of Brooksville said his town had lost much of its tax base thanks to tax breaks for owners of properties protected under tree-growth provisions. Selectmen Arnold “Bing” Gross of Penobscot said property owners not actually using their land for tree farming or other applicable uses should not be eligible for tree-growth protections.

 Sen. Ruth Foster, R-Ellsworth, said the tree-growth policy is probably the topic she most often argues about with Sawin Millett, commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services.

 Hancock County towns, with their high-priced coastal properties, do see a fair number of landowners seek the tax protection of tree growth, Millet acknowledged, and those towns do not always get much reimbursement. But McKernan pointed out that reimbursement to towns losing taxes due to tree growth could total up to $3 million in 1992, up from $550,000 the year he took office.

 According to Blue Hill selectman Gordon Emerson, his town lost $100,000 in taxes on tree-growth lands last year, and was reimbursed $1,400.

 On school funding, Blue Hill selectman John Bannister said he is tired of seeing Aroostook County heavily subsidized for education, while towns like his are more or less told they are lucky to be on the coast.

 McKernan acknowledged that coastal towns are at a disadvantage under the current system, and said a new task force of 20 education officials will try to develop alternatives, possibly factoring in personal income or reimbursing some educational expenses at higher rates than others.

 Gross complained that the state has dismantled fire protection services by withdrawing funding for fire towers in favor of air surveillance.

 McKernan responded by saying that in 20 minutes of the meeting, he’d heard that towns wanted more money but that no one wanted to pay more taxes.

 According to Richard Silkman of the State Planning Office, Maine already pays the third highest tax rate proportionate to income in the nation, 15 percent, and needs to find new ways of delivering services for less money. Emphasizing flyover fire sighting instead of tower observation is an example of that effort, he said.

 Even Massachusetts, the state nicknamed “Taxachusetts,” pays a smaller portion of income to taxes, Silkman said.

50 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

 Maj. Gen. Edwin W. Heywood, Maine’s adjutant general, confirmed Thursday the long-discussed plan to transfer the Maine National Guard’s aviation battery to Dow AFB.

  The plan has been under discussion for the past 18 months at meetings of the local Dow Re-Use Committee.

  The National Guard aviation unit of about a dozen ground support aircraft — mostly helicopters — will make the third military unit that will be stationed at Dow after the Air Force pull-out next year.

  The Aviation Battery, organized about three years ago, is now stationed in Gardiner and flies out of Augusta. It has 101 officers and men including seven full-time technicians and nine aircraft — four helicopters and five fixed-wing planes.

  Under the state reorganization of the Army National Guard, Gen. Heywood said the unit will be completely new. “When appropriations catch up with us the authorized strength will go to 121 personnel.” This expansion may be expected within two years after the Air Force deactivation next June.

  The Bangor City Council agreed Monday to put up another $1,000 to “clean up the final debt” still hanging from the project to restore the old Morse Covered Bridge, carried out more than five years ago.

  The vote came over the strong objections of one councilor, Dr. Edward Porter, who said he personally felt the venture was “unsuccessful” and “a waste of money.”

  Councilor Nicholas Brountas defended the project, stating he felt it would have been more successful if the private group trying to save it had gotten full cooperation instead of actual hostility from some segments of the community.

  The request was submitted by Councilor William Hunt who said the group, which now consisted of “seven elderly ladies” had done everything to raise the rest but were still short.

  The city has already provided $6,500 in tax dollars for the project. The Monday action will bring this to $7,500.

100 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  BANGOR — The committee on public safety made a tour of the city on Thursday to inspect available sites for the location of the army mobilization camp which it is hoped will be placed here. Gen. Edwards, in command of the department of the Northeast, will be in Bangor soon to visit the sites which will be offered to the U.S. government, and it was deemed best to have more than the spot in Brewer which was previously designated for his inspection, as Gen. Edwards might see objections to some feature which might not be noted by the committee.

  Several very desireable locations were found that the committee felt will meet requirements in the way of health, sanitation, accessibility, etc., and it is hoped that they will make a favorable impression upon the commander of this department.

  On Thursday night it was reported from recruiting headquarters that 150 men have enlisted for the Bangor battery of heavy artillery. This is 50 more than were needed for mustering into service by the government and 40 less than full war strength.

  Many prominent Bangor citizens have recently discussed the subject of a name for the Bangor battery and names which are household words here have been suggested and urged upon some of the officials, leading citizens taking a part in the matter. It has been many times suggested that it should be called the Boutelle Battery after the late Congressman Charles A. Boutelle, who is known as the father of the modern Navy, and himself a naval officer in the Civil War, besides being one of the most prominent men of the country in political life. The name of Daniel Chaplin, one of Maine’s bravest soldiers, a Bangor man, colonel of one of the finest regiments ever sent from Maine into the Civil War, is also warmly advocated, and that of Hannibal Hamlin, the great war vice president, is as earnestly advanced.


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