A look back in the local newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

The city of Rockland went to court to collect $222,128 in fees it claimed a contractor owed for dumping debris into its quarry landfill. The contractor, Plan-It Recycling and Transfer Inc. of Gorham, won a bid in 2007 as a way to generate additional  non-property tax revenues for Rockland.

It was reported that at the end of each calendar year, the Camden Downtown Business Group made charitable contributions to Camden-based nonprofit organizations. This activity, along with two scholarship grants awarded in the spring, was expressed in the mission of the group, which mandated that it “give back to the community.”

A public hearing was set for a $100,000 Lyman Morse grant. The town of Thomaston applied for a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant that would allow Lyman Morse Boat Building to start a new line of vessels and create or maintain at least four jobs.

Five years ago, 2005

Six Class B state wrestling championships in a row had been won by the Camden Hills Regional High School Windjammer team.

Camden National Bank was seeking to reverse a $1.5 million legal judgment that was entered against it for breach of contract. The bank was sued by Randall and Kathleen Dunican, who claimed the bank had backed down on promises of financing for the Mount Abraham ski resort, which they owned and led to their own financial difficulties.

Lincolnville resident Rosey Gerry was given town permission to plant a Lincolnville-originated Fletcher Sweet apple tree in Breezemere Park. The apple was first grown in the early 1800s in an area known as Fletcherville, which was near Moody Mountain (formerly known as Fletcher Mountain).

10 years ago, 2000

Kit Dickey and Lindsey Clement of Camden celebrated their 13th birthdays and decided to do something out of the ordinary. Their invitations asked for a donation to the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League instead of presents. They raised $185 and delivered it along with food, kitty litter and treats to the shelter.

Condominium owners at the Samoset Village were fed up with being “bombarded by errant golf balls” and having golfers and their golf carts trespass on their property, according to a news story. When the residents bought their residential condos, nobody told them their properties were vulnerable to golfers and golf balls.

The Department of Human Services Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine came out with a “Tobacco-Free School Policy” initiative. The initiative, one of the first in the country, sought the support of all Maine’s public and private schools to create, strengthen and enforce their tobacco-free policies.

25 years ago, 1985

The state law court struck down a section of the Maine operating under the influence law, and as a result, all OUI offenders were to face criminal charges and spend 48 hours in jail if convicted.

A real estate ad read: Montville — your own private game preserve! 225 acres with a cottage, well and septic on a dead-end road; $45,000.

50 years ago, 1960

A reward of $500 was offered by the Society of Applied Rocketry to anyone who could recover the mail carrying rocket that sank in 150 feet of water about a half mile off the Lincolnville Beach shore following an otherwise successful experiment.

A new electronic bookkeeping machine was installed at Camden National Bank.

It was reported that in the Feb. 20 issue of the New Yorker magazine, E.B. White, for many years a summer and sometimes Maine resident, had an eight page article on the subject of railroads in the state of Maine. In his inimitable style, the celebrated author raised his voice against the possibility of letting Maine go backward by doing away with all passenger train service.

100 years ago, 1910

In “Camden locals” it was reported that in a paper published in Antioch, Calif., there was an interesting account of a Royal Arch Chapter installation where the high priest installed was L.B. Brewster, a former resident of Rockville and former member of the Keystone Chapter.

Fancy prunes were selling for 3 pounds for 25 cents at the Grange Store. Eggs were 27 cents a dozen.

News from South Warren was that the entertainment given by the school children was very successful and the sum of $5.75 was taken to be used toward the purchase of a dictionary for the school.