No saloon needed
Camden — The following are news headlines that appeared in past issues of The Camden Herald during this week:
One year ago, 2011
Residents of the coast of Maine batten down the hatches in preparations for Hurricane Irene. The forecast called for heavy rain of 3- to 8-inches across northern New England along with wind gusts of 45 to 65 mph near the coast. Mariners across the Midcoast were busy pulling their boats in anticipation of the storm.
More than 80 citizens, about 30 from Camden and the rest from surrounding towns as near as Lincolnville and as far as Unity, filled the parish hall of First Congregational Church in Camden for a presentation about "smart meters." Central Maine Power had been installing the meters, which use digital technology and broadcast information using low power radio waves. After many complaints from citizens across the state, CMP eventually allowed customers, with a monthly fee, to choose not to have the new meters installed on their homes.
Five years ago, 2007
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Kyle Bragg got a wake-up call at his Beverage Road home. After Bragg's first night home after spending a year in Iraq, he was awakened by neighbor Jay Carlsen playing "Reveille," a bugle call used by the Armed Forces as a wake up call. The trumpet played outside Bragg's window at about 6 a.m. and he came out of the home to find about 25 people awaiting to welcome him back to Hope.
The town of Camden was preparing to hold its first public hearing on zoning changes requested by Wayfarer Marine. The company was seeking to change the zoning on property on Route 1 in the north end of town, owned by Laite Construction Company, to allow boat work to be done there and to change zoning for its own land in the harbor, known as the Bean Yard, to allow the company to build and sell 14 to 16 condominiums.
10 years ago, 2002
Plans were in the works to relocate Camden Police Department and residents were preparing for a public hearing. The two options, which were likely to be voted on that November, were for a brand new building on Washington Street or a renovation to the Payson fire station building and construction of an addition to the back of the structure, located on Tannery Lane.
A retired guidance counselor was appointed acting principal for Appleton Village School. Appleton School Committee appointed Robert Pfieffer of Hope to the position. Pfieffer retired several years prior as a guidance counselor with School Administrative District 5, based in Rockland. Previous Principal Deb McIntyre resigned her post the previous month to take a job with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.
25 years ago, 1987
Camden and Rockport Water Company and the town of Hope were set to head back to court concerning a two-year battle for water in Fish and Hobbs ponds unless an agreement was reached. The company was asking the court to force the town to issue a building permit to the water company to build a pumping station on the shores of Fish Pond. The permit was initially denied by the town's planning board in 1985, stating the removal of water from the pond would damage the environment.
50 years ago, 1962
Camden High School had a student exchange program with New Lebanon High School in Lebanon Springs, N.Y. For more than a month, eight students from the New York school attended school in Camden and eight students from Camden headed to school in New York. Selection of students was based on personality, good citizenship, attitude toward school, interest in exchange and scholastic ability. Those attending from Camden were: Janina Morong, Norma Dickey, William Anderson, David Moody, Marilyn Drinkwater, Laurel Rokes, Wayne Berry and Stephen Hardy.
Tibbetts Lok Marina hosted an informal opening of its boat storage and repair facilities to a gathering of those interested in boats and the "most unique marine service."
W. Peirce Harley, general secretary of Camden Family YMCA, resigned after 12 years on the job. He planned to take a similar job in Pennsylvania. Under the man's leadership, the YMCA saw considerable growth in facilities, membership and endowment. The expansion under his leadership included the addition of a heated swimming pool and automatic 10-pin bowling lanes.
100 years ago, 1912
A spectacular fire at Camden Lumber Co. destroyed the Bay View Street stable. The fire started in the loft and spread so quickly it was only possible to get out two of the three horses. The fire was contained to one building on the property, but it was a complete loss.
With Camden's Post Office set to be built within the year, residents were looking to the future to see what other public buildings the town needed. Hospital, library, YMCA, public park near the shore front were ideas. "There are few things that Camden, as well as other places, do not need. Such places produce nothing but a dead loss — the saloon for instance."