A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

Rockland District High School’s Just Off Broadway Players won the Midcoast regional competition of the Maine Drama Festival in Class B. The RDHS actors had been Maine Class B champs two years running.

A drop in motor vehicle excise taxes forced the town of Cushing to rely more heavily on property taxes in the budget it sent to voters at the March town meeting. The amount to be raised for the municipal budget through property taxes was expected to increase by about 28 percent.

St. George residents voted at town meeting to put fireworks back in the budget. The motion to include fireworks in the 2009 budget was approved by a vote of 65 in favor and 48 against.

Five years ago, 2005

MBNA closed more offices, with Rockland and Northport sites following Camden closures. The company came to Maine when it established its Camden offices in the former Knox Mill in 1993. News of the cuts in MBNA operations in the state came 12 months after the credit-card company announced closure of its Camden offices.

Rep. Barbara Merrill, D-Appleton, submitted a bill to enable Islesboro’s secession from Waldo County. Islesboro residents voted 101 to 12 in April 2004 to have their selectmen pursue secession from Waldo County.

The Maine Farmer reported on the nationwide shortage of honeybees, the result of a parasitic mite. About half the bees in California were dead of it, and almond farmers there were worried about how they would pollinate their crops.

10 years ago, 2000

Members of the Camden-Rockport High School girl’s basketball team were state Class B champs.The windjammers defeated Gorham 60-51 to collect their first state title.

Town officials were being urged to lobby state representatives and senators to pay Camden the money it was due. When the town built a sand and salt shed for the Public Works Department on John Street in 1997, the state promised to pay about half the $211,072 cost.

Hope Orchards, owned then by Linda and Karl Drechsler, was on the market. They had operated the orchards since 1982. They built the Apple Barn, planted more than 6,000 trees, installed more than two miles of subsurface drainage, enclosed two-thirds of the orchard with deer fencing, and increased fruit quality and retail sales.

25 years ago, 1985

Amos Patterson of Hampden, who had been a dowser for more than 50 years, was invited to the Highfield Road site of the Hope School and asked if he could find water. “I usually use a Y-shaped stick of willow or sweet apple, but I couldn’t find either one, so I cut a bit of maple,” Patterson said. He said he held the top of the Y in both hands with the bottom pointed straight ahead and concentrated on water. He marked one spot that was the best and felt it would produce about five gallons per minute. His spot delivered nine gallons per minute.

The week’s kitchen tip: The shrimp being sold in stores and along the road were a good buy. To freeze them to use later, readers were advised to do the following: cook and shell, then put shrimp in one layer on cookie sheets. Freeze until solid, then scrape gently with a spatula off the sheets into freezer bags.

A group of more than 50 residents and property owners on the Megunticook River signed a petition protesting the proposed legislation that would give the Camden and Rockland Water Company access rights to the Megunticook River.

50 years ago, 1960

According to Maurice H. Stans, director of the Budget Bureau, the federal government’s financial situation showed $290 billion in national debt, $350 billion in future obligations for past services, and $98 billion in commitments for future spending, for a $738 billion total.

Hall of fame Jockey Ted Atkinson selected a $25,500 colt to be given away as first prize in the seventh annual Kentucky Club Derby Day Contest. The handsome son of Hill Prince, and a grandson of the great Princquillo, sire of Round Table, the world’s leading money winner, went to the person who came up with a winning name for it.

From Rep. Frank Coffin’s reports: Congress failed to override President Eisenhower’s veto of the anti-pollution bill. Coffin was one of 249 members who voted for the legislation. This represented a substantial majority of the House, but it was 21 votes short of the necessary two-thirds required to overcome the president’s opposition.

100 years ago, 1910

The Firemen’s Ball raised $424.22. It was a good round sum for the firemen and everyone was glad to know the event was such a success.

The no school signal was sounded forenoon and afternoon on account of a storm.

Constable J. A. Patterson arrested two people for catching doves on baited hooks. They were fined $15 and costs.