Yesterday for 9/7/17


10 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

FORT WILLIAM, Scotland — Adam Craig of Corinth and Bend, Oregon, geared up for Saturday’s elite men’s cross country race at the 2007 International Cycling Union World Mountain Biking Championships by helping Team USA win the bronze medal in the opening event of the weeklong competition, the team relay.

Teams of one men’s elite rider, one women’s elite rider, one under-23 rider and one junior rider took part in the team relay, with Craig anchoring the U.S. contingent to its best-ever finish in the event.

Switzerland won the event for the second straight year, with Poland 49 seconds behind in second place and the United States third, 1:09 behind the Swiss.

The U.S. team opted for a different strategy than the other teams, sending out its slowest riders first. Top U.S. women’s rider Georgia Gould rode the first leg and junior rider Ethan Gilmour went out second, leaving the Team USA 14th out of 15 national teams halfway through the event.

U23 rider Sam Schultz ripped off the third-fastest lap of the day to get Team USA back into contention before Craig posted the fastest 7.9 kilometer lap of the day — 22 minutes, 1 second — to earn the team its spot on the medal stand.

The 26-year-old Craig is ranked 13th overall on the UCI World Cup elite men’s cross country rankings, solidly ahead of the next-best Americans, Todd Wells (24th) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (25th).

Craig has raced well each of the last two years in the feature race of the world championships, putting himself in position for top-10 finishes in the men’s cross country race in both 2005 and 2006 only to be derailed by mechanical issues. He placed 17th at the worlds last year and 21st in 2005.

HERMON — Ben Johnson III of Orland bowled a perfect game during the Friday Night League at the Sports Arena.

The 300 game was his first of the season and sixth of his career.

Johnson, 25, had 244-300-199 for a 743 series.

MILLINOCKET — As the town moves closer to hiring its own economic development agent, the agency that official will replace has received a $50,000 boost from the federal government, officials said Friday.

The Millinocket Area Growth & Investment Council will receive $50,000 of $172,827 in grants given to Maine organizations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency.

The University of Maine System, Shiretown Riders Snowmobile Club and Four Directions Development Corp. will get the rest of the money.

“This investment represents a wide variety of benefits to rural communities in our state, supporting economic and community development, arts and culture, tourism and minority business development,” state Rural Development Director Michael W. Aube said in a statement.

The grants include:

   — $49,837 to the University of Maine System to support creative economy business plan development in the St. John Valley. This will assess the Valley’s artists and cultural entrepreneurs’ business development readiness; improve market data about visitors at Valley cultural events; and foster innovation and entrepreneurship among UMaine students and Valley residents.

   — $49,990 to Four Directions Development Corp. to help create economic opportunity for American Indians in rural communities.

  — $23,000 to Shiretown Riders Snowmobile Club to assist with buying a trail groomer, supporting Maine’s snowmobiling industry.

MAGIC’s executive director, Town Councilor Bruce McLean, said MAGIC would use the money to enhance and continue ongoing efforts. The organization will begin a mentoring program aimed at pairing experienced business operators with fledgling business owners; identify new forestry industry markets; and increase its lunch-and-learn seminars for businesses in Medway and East Millinocket, its host communities.

MAGIC is a quasi-public economic development agency aimed at developing business in the Katahdin region.

The Town Council, meanwhile, will meet Thursday to discuss hiring a new economic development agent. In a controversial decision, councilors opted not to fund MAGIC in the town’s 2007-08 budget, forcing town businesses that had gone to MAGIC for help since the organization’s inception almost a decade ago to pay for it.

 own Manager Eugene Conlogue has been soliciting proposals for a firm or individual to assist him in helping business clients develop business plans, financial applications and grant applications as the need arises.

The proposals that Conlogue has received, which will not cost more than $30,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year, will be unveiled Thursday.

25 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

Democrat Patrick K. McGowan fired the first advertising salvo in the 2nd District congressional race Monday, beginning the television campaign with an ad designed to reintroduce himself to voters.

The ad shows the focus of McGowan’s second attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Olympia J. Snowe: flying over Maine pines in his Cessna 180, a bald eagle taking off from its nest, a logger cutting a tree, and his family.

Toward the end of the 30-second ad, McGowan is shown walking in front of his general store in Canaan, saying, “I want to tell my kids that I was in Congress when we turned this country around.”

 The ad, which began airing in some markets during the heavily watched news slot Monday evening, was scheduled to hit more of the sprawling district on Tuesday. McGowan spokesman T.J. Tremble said the ad would run for about a week before the campaign turns to another spot.

  McGowan and his aides previewed the ad for reporters Monday, and called on the Snowe campaign to do the same.

“The media has assumed the role of checking the accuracy and fairness of political advertising,” the McGowan campaign stated in a press release. “We welcome that and hope the incumbent member of Congress from this district will allow the media to preview her political ads to make this process work.”

Green Party candidate Jonathan Carter has said he would not use television advertising. Snowe is expected to begin TV runs later this month or in early October, and has budgeted $200,000 for media buys. McGowan said he plans to spend about half that.

BANGOR — Another day and balloonists were faced with another forecast that brought another delay.

The international teams in the trans-Atlantic balloon race geared up Tuesday morning for a possible launch Tuesday night only to be told late in the day that liftoff was postponed for 24 to 36 hours.

“We’ve been talking to Holland, and the message is not really what we want to hear,” race director Alan Noble said Tuesday. He had just emerged from briefing the pilots at 3:30 p.m. on the latest weather information relayed by race meteorologists in Rotterdam.

“We’re not going tomorrow morning. It’s almost entirely due to local conditions,” he said. “It’s canceled for tonight, but there’s quite a reasonable chance for Wednesday night or more likely Thursday morning.”

The starts and stops have made for long days for race organizers. Noble and Don Cameron, the British pilot who is the in-house weather consultant, were awake at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday for a trans-Atlantic phone call to analyze the weather.

The starts and stops also have drawn people associated with the race along an emotional roller coaster. They gear up, then wind down. All the while they keep an eye on the launch window, scheduled to close at the end of the month.

“It’s not that bad,” Noble said. After all, Tuesday was only the last day of the first half of the window. “We still have 22 days to go.”

Weather conditions over the ocean do not look that bad.

“The ground conditions are not going to be that great. It’s clear looking at the trees it’s not going to be calm,” Cameron said pulling aside a curtain in the briefing room to look out the window.

“We don’t want the balloons thrashing about and giving us trouble at liftoff,” he said.

The racers planned to spend Tuesday trying to keep to a normal schedule.

For his part, Rob Bayly, an English pilot, was going to take in some local sights. “We’re going to go down to look at the lightship Nantucket. We might as well as it was made in Britain.”

Cameron kept his perspective. After the briefing he sighed and said, “If it were easy, it would have been done before, I suppose.”

Green Party congressional candidate Jonathan K. Carter called on the government Monday to overturn the legacy of “corporatism” he said has sent the country into a deep recession.

Meanwhile a supporter criticized former state Rep. Patrick K. McGowan as playing both sides of the fence on labor issues.

Carter, during a press conference at his Bangor headquarters, said, “The time has come to stand firm on the people’s right to meaningful and secure employment.”

Carter claimed that the unemployment rate in the 2nd District stands at about 10 percent, while small businesses continue to fail. Neither major political party, he said, is willing to take on corporate interests, which often destabilize communities by moving to other nations in search of greater profits, he said.

“It is bound to get worse unless we wake up and understand that government’s response to this crisis — by the Republican president and his Democratic supporters — is deliberately inadequate,” Carter said.

In his speech before a few reporters and about a half-dozen supporters, the independent candidate called for the rejection of the free-trade agreement with Mexico, a higher tax on incomes of more than $100,000, greater corporate taxes, a tax on polluters, increasing the gasoline tax 50 cents a gallon over five years, and cutting the 1993 defense budget by half.

“Decisions made in this election year will affect the future of all people on Earth,” he said. “The Green Party and I believe that the solution can best be accomplished by a comprehensive third-party effort, one without the deadening weight of good-ole-boy political gridlock.”

Ave Maria Dover, a Democrat who backs Carter, picked up on Carter’s good-ole-boy-network theme, saying McGowan “scares me — he plays both sides of the fence.”

Dover is running as a write-in candidate for the District 9 state Senate seat, having lost a primary race to Pittsfield businessman Alton Cianchette in June. Dover said her former campaign manager, Rep. Tracy Goodridge, who succeeded McGowan in the Legislature, quit the race after being pressured by one of McGowan’s sisters. Also, she said that although McGowan works to attract the labor vote, he has accepted a campaign contribution from Cianchette, who owns Cianbro Corp., a non-union construction company.

Cianchette donated $1,000, the maximum allowed, to the campaign in April, according to election reports.

“This is frightening,” she said. “It’s frightening what’s happening in the state of Maine.”

A man indicted Sept. 8 for allegedly abducting a Bangor orthodontist last spring is no stranger to local authorities.

Peter Fuller Jr., 47, of Montville, Connecticut, was convicted four years ago in another high-profile holdup — the 1986 robbery of the East Holden Post Office.

The Penobscot County grand jury indicted Fuller on two counts of robbery and one of kidnapping in the April 9 abduction of Dr. Irving Paul by two masked men. Authorities say they know who the accomplice is, but no charges have been brought yet against that person, whom District Attorney R. Christopher Almy would not name Tuesday.

If convicted, Fuller faces up to 40 years in prison on each charge.

Paul was confronted by the two men at 5 p.m. as he pulled into his garage. They sprayed a chemical in his face, bound and gagged him, and put him in the trunk of his own car after he refused to open his Judson Heights home to them.

When his wife, Susan, arrived home, they approached her, ordering her to let them in and to turn off the burglar alarm. She let them inside, and pretended to deactivate the alarm. When the alarm went off, the pair fled in Paul’s car.

The vehicle, with Dr. Paul still in the trunk, was found shortly afterward in a Broadway parking lot.

Leads in the case had been thin until last month, when police heard from a caller who reportedly had overheard a conversation about the incident. The case solidified because of a unique gold ring one of the suspects supposedly was wearing that was similar to one taken in the break-in.

Authorities say Fuller and his alleged accomplice were jailed in Connecticut on unrelated charges, and are part of a burglary and robbery ring of eight or nine people operating in New England and perhaps as far south as the Carolinas.

Fuller and his younger brother pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in June 1988 to the post office robbery and reached a plea agreement with the government under which they each were sentenced to five years in prison. A chemical irritant was sprayed at the clerk during that heist, in which they stole $67.11 in cash, 90 postal orders, and a machine to imprint postal orders.

Members of the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor are in England this week taking part in NATO’s annual Tactical Air Meet.

About 105 Air National Guard personnel from Rickenbacker, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Bangor bases are taking part in the training exercises being held at RAF Upper Heyford.

According to deployment commander Lt. Col. Doug Damon of Bangor, the “gas stations in the sky” will be refueling about 65 NATO fighters of the Allied Air Forces in Central Europe.

The tactical air meet is an air-to-air, air-to-ground exercise, Damon said.

It is the first time a multinational force has come under the National Guard command, Damon said.

“We will be refueling AAFCE fighters over the North Sea. They will then do low-level missions over Scotland and then return to us for a second refueling,” he said.

The importance of the KC-135 tankers became evident during Desert Storm.

“The Air Force never used tankers to this extent (as in Desert Shield and Desert Storm). The Persian Gulf War showed the need for aerial refueling,” he said.

Capt. Casey Mahon, chief of Public Affairs for Tactical Air Meet, said the meet gave U.S. refueling teams an opportunity to work with a number of different aircraft from central Europe.

“This is an annual event, but this is the first time that the refueling missions have played such a big part in the meet,” Mahon said.

He said that during the Persian Gulf War fighter planes had to fly long distances without landing, and NATO became aware of the crucial role of the KC-135 tankers.

The Air National Guard units are expected to return from England on Saturday, Sept. 12.

50 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

Federal officials will meet in Bangor on Sept. 26 and 27 with the City Council and Dow Reuse people for a “where do we go from here” session.

City Manager Merle Goff said the federal team will meet with the council Sept. 26 and the next day it will confer with members of the Dow Reuse Executive Committee.

He said Donald F. Bradford, an assistant to the secretary of Defense for community readjustment in closing of defense facilities, will head the team.

Goff said questions such as the removal from Dow of aerial radar equipment and the narrowing of the runway will probably come up.

But, he explained, the basic purpose of the meetings will be to determine the federal procedures and the time schedules involved in the transfer of the base over the next nine months.  

Bangor City Manager Merle Goff urged the Penobscot Valley Regional Planning Commission on Thursday to take a position on new federal pollution standards for the Penobscot River and suggested that the new group initiate a regional transportation survey to settle the controversy over a third Bangor-Brewer bridge location.

Goff indicated that designation of the Penobscot River by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a “model” stream eventually will force Bangor to spend another $2 million for its sewage treatment plant now under construction.

The Bangor manager claimed that, as far as he knew, no local municipality was informed of the federal “model” river designation prior to its passage.

The commission voted to poll Maine’s congressional delegation for information about the Department of the Interior’s stand and its implications locally.

On the question of a third Bangor-Brewer bridge, Goff agreed with Brewer City Councilor Richard Ruhlin that there is considerable disagreement between the two communities over just where the structure should be located.

Ruhlin asserted Brewer came off second-best in a previous joint transportation study to fix the bridge location. According to Goff, the Bangor-Brewer region will soon be classified by the federal Bureau of Public Roads as a 50,000 population, or “metropolitan” region.

When this happens, said Goff, “there won’t be any more federal money for highway construction spent here without a regional transportation survey.”

100 years ago

As reported in the Bangor Daily News

 A hearing was begun on Thursday afternoon by the public utilities commission on the petition of residents of Orono and Veazie for action of the board in the matter of the increased rates between Bangor and Orono on the Bangor Railway & Electric Co. streetcar system. The new rates were put in effect on June 19.

George H. Morse of Bangor and Charles J. Dunn of Orono represented the petitioners of Veazie and Orono, respectively. The B. R. & E. Co. was represented by Ryder and Stimpson.

Judge W. J. Skelton of Lewiston and John E. Bunker of Bar Harbor of the public utilities commission are sitting in on the case, and Secretary Billings is in attendance.

The commissioners and others interested in the case went over the street railway line during the afternoon to secure first-hand knowledge of the fare limits.

Two witnesses, John B. Skinner and Frank E. Turner of Veazie, were called at the session held in the probate courtroom at the Court House following the inspection of the line. They testified in regard to the volume of travel and local conditions, after which Attorney Dunn addressed the board at length outlining the contentions of the petitioners in the controversy over fares.

Under the new system of fares, the rate from Bangor to Old Town and Great Works is 20 cents, instead of 15 cents under the old rates. The people of Old Town are not a party to the proceedings, no complaint of the fare to Old Town having been made to the board apparently.

The question now in controversy appears to resolve itself into a matter of the equitable divisions of the mileage between Bangor and Old Town on a fare basis of 20 cents. It was shown how the mileage had been divided. It was also shown that the fare by Maine Central railroad from Bangor to Veazie is 10 cents, a distance of 4 miles. The rate by the trolley line to lower Orono village is 10 cents and to the business section 15 cents. The trolley fare to Veazie’s business section is 10 cents.

A number of four minute talks by leading citizens on the reasons for the United States being in the war were delivered in the theatres and picture houses of Bangor on Thursday afternoon and night. In the evening, Dr. D. A. Robinson gave a talk at the Graphic Theatre. In the afternoon, Dr. David N. Beach gave a talk at the Park Theatre, Col. I. K. Stetson spoke at the Bijou Theatre and Dr. L. S. Chilcott was the speaker at the Morse Winter Garden.


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