Past Tense

Process of milking

By Lynne Watts | Aug 12, 2014

A search through Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

1 year ago, 2013

Work crews installed signs in public areas of Camden banning smoking. The town select board approved the smoking ban in July.

The policy is posted on the town website and states, in part,: "No person may smoke tobacco or any other substance in, on , or within 20 feet of a town building, park, beach, playground, picnic area, trail, or athletic facility. This prohibition includes the Camden Public Library, Amphitheatre, Harbor Park and adjacent municipal parking lots."

Those in violation of the town policy are subject to removal by law enforcement, the policy states.

5 years ago, 2009

About 100 people attended a cookout and fundraiser May 31 at Mid-Coast Hospitality House. Attendees enjoyed cookout staples including hot dogs, burgers and barbecued chicken.

All of the proceeds -- totaling $1,300 -- will help fund the 15-bed homeless shelter on Old County Road in Rockport.

10 years ago, 2004

It seems strange that, after all the hoopla about Camden adopting a sister city in Sri Lanka a mere two decades ago. The whole thing should have been largely forgotten.

Forgotten that is, until the State Department got in touch with the town last week to ask if those international ties could be revived.

Actually, it is not too strange at all that the hoopla should have been forgotten. Like many other towns, Camden can sometimes be rather good at hoopla but rather short on memory. A number of merry things have been instituted here over the years, only to be dropped, lost, and finally forgotten.

For example, at the millennium it seemed as though the town had become the New Year's Eve capital of Knox County -- but then it wasn't. And whither the Hole in the Doughnut Festival?

Of course this is no terrible thing. It happens all the time because there is nothing as fun as novelty, but also because such things can be hard work, and because so many people leave town and the town loses its memory with them.

Camden is currently the only community in Knox County besides Thomaston to publicly celebrate the Fourth of July. We do hope this recent effort continues, and we urge everyone to support downtown businesses and Camden Rotary Club as they bring that event to us each summer. Let us not simply assume that somebody will always be there to take care of this.

25 years ago, 1989

From the Back Burner By Helen Stearns:

Although Edna St. Vincent Millay grew up in Camden, she never came back as an adult to live here, for whatever reasons. Yet the town is forever linked with her because of the well-known opening lines of the poem "Renascense" which launched her into literary greatness. So it seems altogether fitting to have her statue erected earlier this week, in Library Park overlooking the scene she described in those lines, to witness ..."three islands and a bay."

I remember the day her memorial plaque was dedicated up on Mount Battie, where, as a girl, she often went to write. Her actress-sister who had come for the ceremony, climbed up into the tower and gave an unforgettably moving recitation of "Renascence" to the hushed crowd assembled to honor one of the area's most famous but largely undersung celebrities.

50 years ago, 1964

Harbor Master Report by Andre the Seal:

Gee, something funny happened to me. Sunday night Harry had pulled my office in beside the wharf for my performance, and when he got ready to take me back out to the mooring there wasn't enough water to get me there: I was grounded out, high and dry. Poor Harry had to stay up 'til after midnight when the tide was in enough to float my office again.

Sunday I tried my old trick of pulling up a bucket to collect fish money. I like to hear the coins tinkle when my admirers toss them into the bucket.

100 years ago, 1914

I do not know that the process of milking has ever been described. The fore finger first, clasps the upper part of the teat, and then the middle, ring and, little fingers in rapid succession so as to drive the milk before them through the orifice. The knack is rather difficult to acquire, and at first very wearying to the hands, though this soon passes. From a farmers notebook. by C.E.D. Phelps.

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