Fish, flashers and phones

By Louis Bettcher | Jan 05, 2017

A search through the Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2016

A 58-year-old St. George man was arrested Jan. 1 for indecent exposure, a little more than a year after he was sentenced to serve six months in jail for his eighth conviction for similar conduct.

Judge Barbara Raimondi ordered Robert Demmons to be held without bail at the Knox County Jail pending the state's motion to revoke bail. She said given his prior criminal history, 31 convictions since 1975, and the allegations, it is appropriate he remain in custody until he is appointed an attorney.

Demmons is not allowed to return to Maritime Farms in South Thomaston, according to court papers. In November 2014, Demmons was ordered to serve six months in jail for exposing himself to a Wal-Mart employee. At the time of his arrest, in October, Demmons was on probation for a drug trafficking conviction.

Five years ago, 2012

David Trahan, who resigned Dec. 31 as a state senator, said he stayed in the Legislature as long as he could to protect people that reported possible criminal activities at the Maine State Prison. He wanted to be their advocate, and see the completion of an investigation into allegations of harassment and retaliation.

“I do believe that this administration at the Maine State Prison is trying to resolve a lot of issues over there, cultural changes, and I believe they will take seriously any recommendations from the Attorney General’s Office,” Trahan said. “I feel the right things are being done. My real problem was not that I felt things were going in a positive direction. It was that there were so many people that knew so many others that were involved that it just became messy.”

He resigned effective Dec. 31 because of backlash from criticism from the Portland Press Herald and Kennebec Journal about staying on as a legislator while working as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

Ten years ago, 2007

A Knox County corrections officer has been placed on administrative leave pending results of an investigation into an incident involving an inmate at Knox County Jail.

On Dec. 23, a 29-year-old Rockport man was arrested in Rockland and turned over to corrections officers at Knox County Jail. Shortly after his arrival, he was transported by jail officials to Pen Bay Medical Center suffering from four fractures to his face. The man's doctor told him the injury to his eye was severe enough to have caused him to be blind.

Twenty five years ago, 1992

"CAMDEN...it's for you!" was the tagline of an ad which United States Cellular ran in the paper 25 years ago on this date noting cellular phone service had come to Camden.

"With the recent construction of a new antennae atop Ragged Mountain, United States Cellular now provides mobile telephone service for the previously neglected Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville area, including Vinal Haven, North Haven and Islesboro." The ad ended by urging potential customers to call their sales rep "on his own cellular phone."

Camden Police Chief Terry Burgess told Camden selectmen that despite what appeared to be a "mini-crime wave," the department has seen no appreciable increase in complaints over the past few months.

"In spite of the armed robbery at Lady Millville, which is still being investigated, the drive-by shooting, the bank robbery in Warren, the murder in Rockport and the Uniform Crime Reporting figures which indicate a rise in property crime statewide, we're not seeing a large increase in Camden. But I don't want to say there's no crime, because I don't want to take another media-bashing," he added.

Fifty years ago, 1967

Maine has it's own "brain drain," the study of the Academy for Educational Development reports. By "brain drain," the AED explains it means "the erosion of especially talented manpower from the state."

One possible method of helping stop the "brain drain," says the AED, is establishment of a properly-managed research center as a source of ideas and procedures for industry and commerce. The AED panel acknowledged that it does not know, "nor does anyone at the moment," whether Maine industries would use such a center if established.

Outdoors Tips: You'll never get your watch wet with an unexpected fall if you wrap it several times in plastic and stow it in your pocket. And clear plastic still let's you see what time it is. Use those big plastic clothes bags as slickers. Cut a hole for your head. Cheap enough to throw away after use.

Seventy five years ago, 1942

Big civilian defense meeting this evening: Camden Opera House to be scene of public meeting — war films to be shown.

Of vital concern to every man, woman and child in our community is the conduct of Civilian Defense. Every person should know what "can happen here" in the all-out warfare with which we are now faced. It is not only important that Civilian Defense organizations be set up with trained personnel but that every individual know how to conduct himself in the actual emergency of an enemy bombing attack.

A new club formed here this week is the Camden Rifle and Pistol Club. The first meeting was held Tuesday evening, Dec. 30, at the American Legion rooms with about 30 in attendance. Harry T. Gushee was elected chairman of the meeting.

Membership in the club is open to men or women over 16 who are American citizens an not members of any organization or group pledged to or working for a program aimed at the destruction of our present system of government as established by the Constitution of the United States.

One hundred years ago, 1917

A real mechanical marvel is the bookkeeping machine that has just been installed at the Camden National Bank. The machine is the Burroughs Adding-Subtracting Model and will greatly simplify the work of keeping the bank's books.

One should see this Burroughs in operation to fully appreciate what a wonderful thing it is. It automatically prints dates, subtracts checks, adds deposits and computes new balances, all in one movement. And this automatic book-keeper can't make mistakes. His "steel brains" are error-proof.

Even fishes can be drowned. The fish is cold-blooded — that is, its temperature is very slightly above that of the water in which it lives, and it, therefore, needs but little oxygen to keep the blood warm enough to sustain life. This oxygen supplied to the gills in respiration is not obtained by decomposing the water, but by separating the air from it.

It is therefore necessary that the water in which fish live should be supplied with air, and this is one of the direct benefits of the agitation of oceans and lakes by winds. Fishes confined in aquariums often die for this very reason because the water is not aerated.

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