Yesterday for 7/20/17


10 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  For the typical golfer, a hole-in-one is like a World Series championship for a Boston Red Sox fan: You only dare to hope for one in your lifetime.

  Steven Chandler of Presque Isle is not your typical golfer.

  On July 20, the vice president and personal lines manager at MMG Insurance notched his third hole-in-one since he started playing the game 26 years ago, but that’s just the start of the story.

  His last two aces have both occurred in tournaments, and both have won him new cars.

  Not bad a for a recreational golfer with a 13 handicap who didn’t even take up the game until after he turned 19.

  “I play a couple times a week, once with my dad and another nine or 18 on the weekend,” Chandler said. “I play about one or two rounds a week. Fortunately, I do work in the insurance field and we are known to play golf once in awhile.”

  Ironically, he wasn’t even supposed to play Friday. A friend called, asking Chandler if he could replace someone in a foursome at the Ashland Rotary Club Tournament at Portage Hills Country Club.

  “I was glad I took the call,” he said with a laugh.

  So the former Air Force brat met Carl Flora, Jim Kelley and Aubrey Cyr at the course and headed toward the sixth hole for the shotgun start.

  “It’s not your average 135-yard par 3 hole because it’s steeply uphill and that caused some debate among us on what club to use,” he recalled.

  Cyr went first and used a driver, knocking the ball short of the green. Kelley tried a fairway wood and hit it off the green. Chandler was up next.

  “It was an 8-iron for me, yardage-wise, but I went with my 7 because I’m more comfortable with it,” said the 45-year-old. “It felt really good. I held the pose awhile because it looked really good in the air.

  “After that it was kind of surreal. I thought it was close, but then the spotter went to the hole. We thought he might be measuring it, but then he started waving at us.”

   “It was his very first shot! I’d no more than started and heard the horn blow,” said tournament chairman and club president Bill Nemer. “I couldn’t believe it.”

  Nemer said it was the first ace in the tourney’s five-year history and first in any tournament at Portage Hills.

  The next 17 holes weren’t bad either as Chandler’s group had the lowest net score in the best-ball tourney. They also won three skins and Chandler won $100 for closest to the pin.

  “I guess you can’t do much better than 0 feet, 0 inches,” he said with a chuckle.

  Now he’s trying to decide whether to take the car — a Chrysler Caliber from Percy’s Auto Sales in Presque Isle — or a cash equivalent prize. His wife, Susan; 20-year-old daughter Emily, a student at Northern Maine Community College; and son Adam, 18, an incoming freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy, are ‘helping’ him.

  “I took the cash last time, but I’m getting lobbied pretty hard to take the car,” he said.

  “Last time” was six years ago in a Sargent, Tyler and West agency tournament at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono. Ironically, Chandler used the same 7-iron to ace that 143-yard, par 3 No. 3 hole. His first one came at Aroostook Valley Country Club.

  “I bought it used as part of a set from my former boss,” he said. “Maybe I should frame it.”

  Now that he’s bought everyone at the 19th hole a round, treated his playing partners to lunch, and finished all the paperwork — Chandler, two members of his foursome, and both spotters (one on the green and one on the tee) had to sign official affidavits — he has two weeks to decide on his prize.

  “I’m leaning toward the cash, It’s more handy, but we’ll see,” he said.

  ROQUE BLUFFS — For the past week, residents living next to Sanford Cove have been beset by an increasingly overpowering stench of rotting fish that have washed up on the shore.

  It forces people to keep their doors and windows shut and to dry their laundry inside. One family whose house overlooks the cove has had to erect plastic owls on the roof to prevent hordes of gulls from perching there between bites of decaying fish flesh. The gulls stay off the roof now, but the splotches that remain prove they were there.

  It is hard to tell how many dead herrings stretch for hundreds of yards along the shore, but to say it numbers in the thousands is an understatement.

  “We’re not used to this,” Vicki Kelley, whose parents own the golf course across the road from the cove, said Monday. “It makes you want to move.”

  Lucille Sinford, Kelley’s mother, said the stink has affected their business. The dead fish started washing up about a week ago, but the smell has been getting steadily worse.

  “Yesterday, our golfers started leaving,” Sinford said Monday. “We never have an odor off the clam flats. It’s always been so clean.”

  The cause of the mass fish death is being investigated by the Maine Marine Patrol, but residents believe they know how it happened. Seine fishermen, whom they did not mention by name, closed off the cove at high tide on July 14 but trapped too many herring in the cove and couldn’t handle the catch. Thousands upon thousands of fish died in the nets, suffocating under their own weight as the retreating tide pushed them tighter and tighter into the mesh, they said. The fish that died later were washed back to shore, where they lay rotting in the sun.

   Darrell Richards, who lives on the cove just east of the Sinfords, said he has a fisherman friend who showed up at the cove the next day.

  “He went down there and picked up 45 buckets Sunday afternoon,” Richards said. Bait prices have increased so that it costs about $10 for a 5-gallon bucket of bait, he said, which means his friend saved $450.

  “When the wind is [directed toward] shore and the tide is out, it can gag you,” he said. “I know guys are trying to make a living, but there’s no need for that.”

  Gordon Faulkingham, a Marine Patrol officer, appeared at the cove Monday afternoon to take stock of the situation. Without commenting on the fish kill in Sanford Cove, he said that in the late 1950s, seine fishermen caused a mass fish death in Faulkingham Cove on Great Wass Island, near where he grew up.

  The rotting fish poisoned the clam flat there, the officer said, and only within the past few years has the cove been reopened for digging.

  Matt Young, who works for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in Bangor, said Monday he was contacted about the fish kill at the end of last week. He said that, as far as he knows, DEP is not involved in the investigation because the kill was not caused by poor air or water quality. It would be different, he said, if the fish were killed by some sort of substance in the water.

  “It’s a fishing issue,” he said. “There’s little to nothing I can do.”


25 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  SKOWHEGAN — The Legislature will be the next target of the Remember Kathy Committee, according to a citizens’ committee for law enforcement reform created after the death of Katherine Hegarty.

  Committee members say they will take their concerns to the Legislature in an effort to develop laws “that protect all citizens from inappropriate use of deadly force, as well as laws dealing with public accountability and freedom of information.”

  Hegarty is the Jackman woman killed by Somerset County Sheriff’s Department deputies and an officer from the Maine State Police on May 16 when they attempted to enter her remote cabin after responding to a complaint of her reckless use of a rifle earlier in the evening. Officers on the scene said that she leveled a rifle at them as they entered the cabin. She was shot and killed by the officers.

  Hegarty’s death has become a rallying cause for citizens seeking reform of laws governing law enforcement personnel. The Remember Kathy Committee has been holding protests outside the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office for several weeks, voicing objections to law enforcement’s handling of the incident.

  Last Thursday, members of the committee met with Attorney General Michael Carpenter. According to a press release issued following the session, both Carpenter and the committee agreed “that most law enforcement officers are doing their best under difficult circumstances and are troubled by the implications of the Hegarty shooting.”

  They also agreed that the law enforcement community must be fully accountable to the public if it is to regain the confidence of the citizens. In addition, they agreed that a grand jury investigation is not in the public interest because of its secrecy.

  According to the release, Carpenter and the committee believe that legislative action is required, and they issued a call to all citizens to demand that their representatives act in the public interest on this issue.

  Carpenter and the committee apparently agreed to continue joint efforts to bring the issue to the people of the state. The committee has announced its intention to develop a format for an open forum where public officials and citizens can discuss their mutual concerns regarding current police practices.

  Also, in response to requests from citizens from all parts of the state, the committee will develop a plan to hold rallies in different areas.

  EAST MACHIAS — Washington County commissioners on Monday shot down a request by Sheriff John B. Crowley to replace his department’s .357-caliber revolvers with new 9-mm semiautomatic pistols.

  Commissioners Robert Gillis Jr. and Preston Smith voted down the request despite Crowley’s displaying of an Uzi semiautomatic assault weapon and a sawed-off, 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun recently confiscated in the line of duty by his deputies.

  According to Crowley, the Uzi, along with 10 40-round clips, were seized during a drug raid. Saying that it was unfair to expect law enforcement officers to “use muskets against drug dealers armed with Uzis,” Commissioner Thomas Brennan cast the lone vote in support of Crowley’s request.

  Money to buy five new handguns — one for each full-time patrol officer — would not have come from the county’s budget, but from unexpected revenues received by the Sheriff’s Department. Crowley explained that commissioners earlier authorized him to sell four antiquated machine guns given to the Sheriff’s Department in 1943.

   “I guess somebody thought we might get invaded,” Crowley joked. An unnamed buyer in Alabama bought the machine guns from the Sheriff’s Department for $1,800.

  Crowley proposed using part of the money from the sale of the machine guns to replace the department’s present six-shot .357-Magnum revolvers. At least three officers also expressed interest in personally buying their .357-Magnum revolvers at $150 each. That money also would have gone toward the purchase of the newer guns, said Crowley.

  The sheriff told commissioners that each 9-mm pistol included a 16-round clip at a cost of about $289. He also proposed buying two additional clips, a holster and a packet to hold the clips for each gun, raising the total price for each pistol to about $325. The expense for five new 9-mm pistols would total about $1,625, not including training and certification expenses.

  Crowley said each patrol deputy would be required to undergo a three-day qualification training course on the new weapon. Cost of the course, which would be conducted by deputy Sidney Hughes, would require 1,000 rounds of ammunition at $5 per 50-round box — or $100 — for each of the five patrol deputies.

  Smith argued that present county policy prevented the sheriff’s department from using the $1,800 unanticipated windfall, even though the money was derived through the sale of sheriff’s department property. Instead, it would have to go into the general account.

  Smith tried to assure Crowley that the money would “be there next year” to buy the weapons.

  WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — The Maine North Stars upset the top-ranked Louisiana Breeze 68-60 in opening-round action of the National AAU Boys Basketball Tourney for 17-year-olds and under at Wake Forest University here Monday.

  The Breeze, the Louisiana state champs, had captured three straight AAU titles entering the tourney and gained its top seed.

  Maine, however, used an aggressive man-to-man defense and balanced scoring attack to defeat the Breeze and gain a berth in the 28-team, double-elimination championship round.

   The North Stars play host to Winston-Salem Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. If Maine wins, it will be ranked No. 1 for the championship round. If it loses, then it will gain a middle-of-the-pack ranking.

  Old Town players John L’Heureux and Matt Arsenault each scored 14 points for the North Stars. Bangor’s Mark Reed chipped in with 11 points and Pittsfield’s Jethro Ferguson netted eight.

  Bangor’s John Tennett and Old Town’s Scott Springer each turned in top defensive efforts, according to Maine Coach Carl Parker.


50 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

  A manhunt for two suspected gunmen wanted for robbery in at least two states centered in Bangor on Thursday.

  The pair is reported to be traveling under the names of Robert Williams, 25, of Cleveland, and Norman Shields, 35, believed to be a native of Arkansas.

  Police said that two men wanted on charges of armed robbery in Cleveland and New York had been traced to Bangor on Wednesday evening. The pair was believed to be traveling with an unidentified woman companion.

 Bangor, Brewer and state police scoured the area Thursday in search of a turquoise colored 1987-model Ford sedan which is believed to carry Ohio registration QL-941.

  Officials said that the car was rented from a major national automobile rental agency.

  It was through the automobile that the suspects were traced to Bangor. Police said that they made a $75 payment Wednesday evening at the local office.

  When the payment was later recorded at the company’s regional office Bangor police were quickly notified that the pair was being sought throughout Ohio and New York. Cleveland police said that the pair is wanted for robbery in both Cleveland and New York. They had last been heard of Sunday in New York when they made a $50 payment on the automobile.

  Bangor police were not given any details of the robberies but were warned by Cleveland police that the pair apparently is working their way across the country by armed holdups. A Cleveland detective warned that they might attempt to replenish their finances through a robbery in the Bangor area.

  A detailed plan and agreement for use of a large piece of Dow AFB by the University of Maine will be up for a vote of the Dow Reuse Committee today and the Bangor City Council on Monday night.

  The plan, long in the discussion stage, is now prepared for agreement to include some 170 acres that would normally revert to the city upon release by the federal government.

  The Dow Reuse Executive Committee has slated a meeting this morning for final action on the plan. Its vote will constitute a recommendation to the City Council.

  The 170 acres over which the city will have a say is bounded on the west by Westland Avenue, Illinois Avenue, Texas and Maine avenues, and on other sides by the existing boundary of Dow AFB. The resolution calls for it to be “devoted to educational use under the control of the University of Maine.”

  The university has been planning to establish a “South Campus” on the site where it will offer technical courses, adult education, graduate and other educational services as part of a “community college” concept.


100 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

   AUGUSTA — The Penobscot River in all the years that the state of Maine has had a fish and game commission has suffered less loss of fish than any other large Maine river, according to a statement made Thursday by Hon. Harry Austin of Phillips, chairman of the commission on inland fisheries and game.

  “The prices of fish in those days of long ago would make the housewife sigh, shad being the most abundant, with salmon next, and shad selling at Old Town for $1 per 100 pounds,” continued Mr. Austin, “and before the dams were built, salmon was plenty at six cents per pound and shad at six cents apiece. These prices do not prevail today, you may have noticed, and that fact seems a great argument for the re-establishment of the Maine fisheries on a basis which would restore their commercial worth.

  “Many salmon and shad were taken prior to 1887 at Skowhegan, salmon being taken as far up as Caratunk Falls. The year that the first dam at Augusta was carried away, Col. Thompson of Embden states that 60 salmon were taken in one night at these falls. In 1867 the whole number of salmon taken at Augusta was only 70, and in the whole river the catch was estimated at but 1,200.

  “Sandy River, which flows into the Kennebec at Norridgewock, was formerly a salmon river and a favorite spawning ground. Shad and alewives came up as far as Farmington, the alewives spawning in Varnum’s Pond in Temple. The first obstruction in this river was a dam built in 1804 at New Sharon, which stopped the shad and alewives, but a fishway permitted the salmon to pass the dam, as David Hunter of Strong took a salmon in the river there as late as 1826.

  “The Penobscot River has suffered less loss of fish than any other large Maine river. In 1867, shad ascended the river for many miles. On the west branch they went as far as Grand Falls, near the mouth of the Millinocket stream, and both salmon and shad were reported seen near North Twin Lake. At that time there were but four dams on the lower reaches of the main Penobscot, in Veazie, Basin Mills, Great Works and Old Town. At present there are three other dams on the river, but all are provided with fishways. The fishway at the new Veazie dam will be reconstructed this summer, under orders from the commission on inland fisheries and game, and a more efficient passage for salmon will be provided. Large numbers of salmon are at present in the pool in this dam at Veazie, but owing to the strong current which flows through this fishway, as at present constructed, only the strongest fish get through the dam and go on up the river.

  “The Penobscot River being the only large Maine river which has been kept passable for the salmon, is now the only river in which they resort in any numbers, which seems to show conclusively that all our rivers need is the maintenance of fishways through the obstructing dams and the restocking of their upper reaches with Atlantic salmon, in order to re-establish in these rivers a food supply, which, under present conditions, would be of inestimable value to the people of our state.

  “A good example of what may be done in the line of improving fishing conditions is given in the report of the fish commission relating to the Cobscook River, Washington County. In 1861 a movement was started to restore the fish in that river, fishways being built over the obstructing dams and 31 alewives were put into the lake at the head of the river, the result being that from 1862 to 1864, very few fish were taken, but they gradually increased in the two following years and in 1867 they were again abundant, crowding the fishways all day long.”



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