One year ago, 2009

The Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Rockland’s Meals on Wheels were about to launch a new program to help those in need receive a rich, local source of protein. The Share to Spare program, modeled on the state’s first community supported fishery, was to provide shares and half-shares of shrimp and groundfish to needy Rockland residents. Members of the Midcoast Fisherman’s Cooperative planned to harvest and deliver the seafood each week to AIO and Meals on Wheels, where it would be distributed to families and individuals.

Playing to a capacity crowd of about 1,200, the undefeated Camden Hills hoop squad, ranked No. 1 in Eastern Class B, had its hands full with visiting Oneonta of New York in the first half of a game before kicking into overdrive in the second half to cruise to a 72-51 victory. The game was facilitated by Camden Hills athletic director Bill Hughes. Hughes’ brother Joe was Oneonta’s athletic director.

Hundreds of Midcoast residents lined up at Rockland’s Strand Theatre to get a chance to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States live on the big screen. The free tickets were available on a first come, first served basis. People began lining up as early as 7:30 a.m. for the noon swearing in.

Five years ago, 2005

Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport was increasing its offer of free care to people of certain income levels. Since its founding as a nonprofit organization, PBMC has provided financial help to patients who are unable to pay their medical bills.

Jan. 23 marked National Pie Day, according to the American Pie Council. Because nothing tops a cold winter day like a piece of warm pie, the council said.

A local schooner captain hoped to raise $100,000 to charter a supply boat to assist Indonesian survivors of the December tsunami.

10 years ago, 2000

“In an age of mass produced fashions, you seldom know what country the sweater you’re wearing was made in, let alone by whom,” a newspaper article read. “But the tags on the sweaters at Unique One in Camden tell you the name of the person who knit it. It’s not your grandmother, but it’s pretty close.”

Plans called for the closing of the Elm Street School. But nobody knew for sure whether the 19th century building would be abandoned altogether.

One of the two companies being sued by the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland denied responsibility for what the Farnsworth called poor workmanship and shifted some of the blame for damage at the Wyeth Center onto the museum. A ceiling in the Wyeth Center collapsed in May 1999. The museum said it had to spend close to $1 million to repair the damage in order to open the galleries to the public.

25 years ago, 1985

Meg Quijano became the second woman president of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce in that organization’s 40 odd year history. The chamber’s first woman president, June Kincade, served in that capacity from 1975 to 1976.

Hope selectmen received word of a $28,021 grant to build the playground at the town’s new school. The school project funds matched monies for the playground for a total of more than $56,000.

An advertisement for WRKD read: “Now operating at full power day and night! WRKD has been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to increase its nighttime power to 1,000 watts. This will match the daytime power which WRKD has broadcast at since1962.”

50 years ago,1960

Among the victims of a snowy northeaster was the publisher of The Camden Herald, E. Hamilton Hall, who broke his leg in a fall on his icy driveway.

Of the 82 million licensed drivers in America, about six million, or 7 percent, were under 20 years old.

The cost of the Federal Interstate Highway System was perhaps to be boosted again, to the tune of a billion dollars. The Defense Department was insisting that all bridges built for the system have a 17-foot clearance instead of the standard 14 feet. The extra 3 feet, it said, were needed to permit passage of future missile carrying truck beds.

100 years ago, 1910

Driven ashore by a gale that swept the Maine Coast, the three masted schooner F.G. French, headed from Calais to Boston with lumber, received injuries before it could be pulled off the rocks of Mosquito Island. The schooner was hard aground for several hours. It was pulled free by the tug Bismark, which later towed it to Port Clyde. Its bottom was seriously damaged and its whole structure was badly wrenched.

F.A. Handley had his ice house full after harvesting 1,600 tons of the finest kind of ice, 16 inches thick and absolutely clear and solid. He also filled Sam’l Ayer’s ice house and built a shed on his house that he planned to fill.

A bill for a post office building in Camden was introduced in Congress.