A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

One of two large cruise ships that was expected to bring thousands of passengers to the Midcoast dropped its plans because of a federal regulation on right whales. The Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas announced to local officials that its Rockland port stop had been canceled. The company cited a federal restriction that limited vessels to no greater than 10 knots (11.5 miles) per hour in seasonal management areas imposed to protect the North Atlantic right whale. The average cruising speed for the Grandeur of the Seas was 22 knots.

Boys on the Windjammer basketball team were state Class B champs. Camden Hills Regional High School reportedly played a near perfect game in its victory over Cape Elizabeth.

Local Girl Scouts offered parents a night out. The Camden sixth and seventh grade girls of Girl Scout Troop 2122 provided a safe and fun place for parents to leave their young children while the adults enjoyed time on their own.

Five years ago, 2005

Rockport was in a building boom, with the number of homes and businesses increasing. The town was seeing tremendous commercial and residential growth, with houses popping up in new subdivisions and businesses opening on Routes 1, 17 and 90.

The Camden Select Board agreed to ask Summit Environmental Consultants to assist the town in preparing to demolish the town owned tannery buildings on Washington Street.

The Camden Hills Regional High School boys basketball team hoisted the golden ball after defeating Gorham in the state championship.

10 years ago, 2000

It was reported that Lincolnville Beach’s “abusive and unfair” motel owner had lost his final appeal against $15,000 in fines imposed on him for his illegal treatment of the traveling public. Clifford Shattuck of the Lighthouse Motel and Cottage Court had his appeal thrown out when the justices of the Maine Supreme Court in Portland ruled on his case.

A new committee convened in Lincolnville to explore the idea of public water and sewer services. Some work had already been done to see how public sewage services might be built in three parts of town: at the Beach, in the Center and along Route 1.

A lawsuit filed in Rockland by a Union blueberry grower claimed the cash value of this crop, and of crops produced for decades, was artificially kept low in a conspiracy hatched among the four main berry buyers, which were based in Hancock County. The main argument of the lawsuit was that prices paid to growers by the processors in Maine had been illegally kept down in order to increase the processors’ profits.

25 years ago, 1985

Several parents who objected to what they termed “the growing tendency toward violence” at Camden-Rockport High School appeared before Maine School Administrative District 28 officials to demand that administrators crack down on offenders. One letter to officials told of “serious and volatile conditions” at the high school and “violent verbal threats and physical attacks on students who have been classified as ‘minorities’ because of the manner in which they dress.”

The paper reported on a proposal to deny the Camden and Rockland Water Company rights to Megunticook Lake and allow it to use the Megunticook River instead. “While frankly not the most ideal from our point of view, the compromise is something we can live with and enables us to meet our objective of increasing the reliability of service to our Camden and Rockport customers,” said water company President Kenneth Jacobson Jr.

Trooper Linda Morrissette was one of seven women on the Maine State Police force. Morrissette said Knox County was one of her choices for where she wanted to be stationed.

50 years ago, 1960

An advertisement from Gilbert C. Laite read: “Through darkest shadows, faith lights the way.”

From the column Grassroots Opinion: “One of the greatest methods of obtaining information is by reading a good newspaper. And the place to learn how to do this is in school. So I read with much interest of the following experiment … After using newspapers for two years as a classroom textbook in contemporary living and as a supplement to books, junior high school teachers in Austin, Texas, find them invaluable in making subject matter more meaningful and in stimulating interest in reading.”

William R. Munroe of Lincolnville took second place in the 1960 Maine Green Pastures-in-Winter Program. The newspaper article said Munroe had an excellent housing setup with a milking parlor.

100 years ago, 1910

The largest stock of high grade suits ever to have been seen in Camden was on its way from Philadelphia to the Camden Tailoring Co. Mr. Bucklin said he would be able to show 187 different styles, all in stock.

A dandelion green supper was the novelty offered by Pleasant Valley Grange Circle on Middle Street in Rockland. A large crowd took advantage of this chance to eat greens in midwinter and considerable sewing was done.

Maine’s lumbermen who had standing oak timber were finding a ready market for it among the automobile men. Little wood entered into the modern machine, but whatever was used had to be of the best quality.