The sting of following a wayward queen
One year ago
George, an American Bulldog from Waldoboro that was inside a stolen vehicle, was found safe and sound in Bath. "We got him a cheeseburger," said his owner Terri Geroux when she and her husband reunited with the pup.
An inventor from New York, Stewart Hardison, invented a habitat mooring for lobsters, crabs and other marine life. The moorings have channels built in them. One mooring was placed in Rockport Harbor. Another mooring in Mount Desert Island was being monitored by University of Maine graduate student Chris Roy and video recordings were taken of the life colonizing on the mooring.
Five years ago
The formal process of consolidating School Administrative Districts 5 and 50 began.
The Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston held an informal ground breaking ceremony to announce the start of construction. The process was slightly delayed, however, when a robin's nest was discovered. Work did not begin until the birds left the nest.
Spiritualist camp Temple Heights in Northport turned 125.
Ten years ago
Team Maine, a Rockland rowing team, was one of two teams representing the United States in the Atlantic Challenge Contests of Seamanship hosted in Rockland. The international event hosted teams from Indonesia, Denmark, Russia and France among others. Ireland took home the first place title.
The handwritten memoir of Warren resident General Ellis Spear was sold at auction. Spear was under the command of Joshua Chamberlain and led the 20th Maine, one of the most famous infantry units in the American Civil War, in battle.
Emma Nesensohn celebrated her 104th birthday. As the oldest resident in St. George, she was presented with the Boston Post Cane. Nesensohn moved to Maine in 1959 with her husband, Associated Press and New York Times photographer Carl Nesensohn Sr.
25 years ago
A living cloud of honeybees moved slowly through downtown Camden, alarming passersby and drawing considerable attention. The colony may have been following a wayward queen.
Rick Monroe and David Hopkins were rescued by helicopter after a hang gliding accident left them clinging to the cliff at Mt. Megunticook. The pair was taken to a hospital and deemed to be in good condition despite some broken bones. Monroe said they must have been "the best show in town" because of the 100 or so people that gathered to watch the scene from the road below.
50 years ago
With a record of 6,000 consecutive jumps, Elaine Staples, 12, became the unofficial playground champion of Rockland.
Francis Parnell of Union had a pet racer homing pigeon that left his home for two weeks and returned with a mate. The birds now live with their two chicks in a dwelling built by Parnell. Apparently, the birds were not getting along well.
100 years ago
The Courier-Gazette received a straight tip that a Maine Central Railroad extension from Rockland to Belfast will be built within two years.
Maine quarrymen lost contracts of over $600,000 owing to the decision the Secretary of the Treasury made that Vermont granite should be used to build the new Washington city post office.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or by email at JLaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.