One year ago, 2009

A surge in reported cases of influenza and upper respiratory illness in the Midcoast prompted the Maine Center for Disease Control to advise the community to take extra precaution to halt the spread of germs.

The Maine Democratic Party was fined $424 by the state’s ethics commission for late reporting of spending on behalf of a candidate, marking the third time since September that the party had been penalized.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse took top honors in the West Bay Rotary Club’s Chili and Chowder Challenge that was held during the U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Five years ago, 2005

The defunct tannery on Washington Street in Camden appeared to have attracted some interest from a potential purchaser, according to public officials. When the town’s Select Board met, members held a closed door session to discuss letters of interest regarding the town-owned tannery.

Seventy-one kindergarten students from the Rockport Elementary School East Campus were moved out of the building for safety reasons and spent the rest of the school year at Camden-Rockport Middle School.

The “Big Kahoonas,” a four-man toboggan team, won first place at the 15th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

10 years ago, 2000

Home heating oil and kerosene prices were more than double what they had been a year earlier because of supply shortages. It was unclear when the supply would rebound. The price for No. 2 heating oil was $1.78 a gallon, up 10 cents from the previous week and $1.04 from the last year, according to the State Planning Office.

Central Maine Power estimated that it could cost at least $1 million to bury electrical cables under Bay View Street.

The Maine Outdoors declared that Maine was now coyote country.

25 years ago, 1985

More than 60 area residents attended a meeting in Lincolnville concerning the Camden and Rockland Water Company’s proposed water rights legislation, LD268. The legislation was to give the company water rights to the Megunticook watershed.

A newspaper story told about logging with horses. John Cookson of Lincolnville left each morning to go logging not with a set of skidder keys, but with a bag of carrots, the story said. Out next to his house in a new post and beam barn, in place of oil spills, hydraulic fluid, and cold logging machinery, were bales of hay, grain, and four Belgian draft horses, warmed up and ready to go.

Bad conditions on Route 90 caused three car accidents.

50 years ago, 1960

Mahmoud Sadough, an Iranian mathematics teacher, spoke at the Camden High School and said that scholastic levels were higher and prices were lower in Iran. Many American-made products could be bought in Iran for half what they cost in the United States, and the level of education was on a par with European standards, he said.

A columnist told of a conversation with George Bernard Shaw. “Why is it that the most marvelous of all machines, possessed by everyone, is so seldom used and why does this especially apply to you Americans?” Shaw had asked. When asked the name of this most marvelous machine Shaw replied, “The human brain, used to less than 5 percent of capacity.” Shaw said the way to increase the use of the brain was to develop one’s curiosity.

The Post Office Department’s Metro Mail System went into effect. Under the plan a letter mailed in any box in Camden before 5 p.m. would be delivered to any point in the state the following day. The Metro plan, which provided for mail to be routed to and from designated key post offices in each of the 16 geographic sections in the state, was an experiment in an attempt to improve our local mail, according to theĀ  postmaster.

100 years ago, 1910

The Library Building Fund Association received from Andrew Carnegie a proposition regarding furnishing money for a library building. If the people of Camden provided a site and continued to raise $600 per year toward the support of a library, he would give $6,000 for a Carnegie library. This was in line with his usual custom to give 10 times as much toward the building as the town raised per year toward its support.

An ad for Eastern Steamship Co. read: Reduced winter fares. $1.85 between Camden and Boston. New Turbine Steel Steamer Belfast.

Under “stray stories” an item said: “What did the poet mean when he called his country ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’? He was probably referring to bachelors and married men, said old Mr. Smithers.”