A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

Area banks were seeing a boom in home refinancing resulting from low interest rates, and most economic forecasters expected rates to remain low for some time.

A crowd, largely of downtown business representatives, gave a round of applause to the Rockland City Council following its unanimous decision to commit $20,000 to an effort to strengthen the city’s downtown.

Residents of the four towns that used the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corporation saw a 50 percent increase in the cost  of trash disposal. Manager James Guerra said the disparity between the revenues from disposal fees and expenses had grown since 2002.

Clearing began at the former Big Apple site in Rockland to make way for the new Goodwill store.

Five years ago, 2005

Marriner’s Restaurant was allowed to continue to rebuild after the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals rejected an appeal by the Camden Deli’s owners, who were against the plans by Marriner’s to extend the restaurant farther over the Megunticook River.

Three students at Camden Hills Regional High School faced criminal charges for using homemade electric stun guns on fellow students.

As the nation marked the sixth annual National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, the American Cancer Society was raising awareness that the third most common cause of cancer and cancer death in both men and women in the United States was largely preventable.

10 years ago, 2000

Lt. Phil Roberts was expected to be named acting chief of the town’s police department when selectmen met. The plan was for him to take over the department when Chief Terry Burgess’ resignation took effect May 1.

Some nonmedical jobs at Penobscot Bay Medical Center were expected to be cut through attrition during the next year in response to a revenue squeeze from the government.

A new ferry boat built to haul cargo and passengers to the Penobscot Bay islands was launched, with services scheduled to start within the month. The Island Transporter was a 95.5 foot boat built and owned by Rockland Marine. Company president Perry Holmes said the boat would offer an alternative to the state-run ferries and also make destination stops at islands in the bay not serviced by them.

25 years ago, 1985

The Mane Department of Environmental Protection was to test 400 barrels at the Union Chemical Plant. A spot inspection by the DEP unexpectedly turned up the 400 unauthorized barrels. According to company President Ray Esposito, “they knew about these barrels five years ago.”

Camden Snow Bowl General Manager Russell LeGare told Camden selectmen they would have to make up their minds whether they wanted to run the facility as a business, offering year-round activities, or continue to lose money on it every year.

The April Fools News Service reported that Camden town officials had announced a move to withdraw $200,000 from the general fund to purchase Andre the seal and move him into Camden Harbor. “What it boils down to is that we’re sick and tired of telling people where the seal is and what time he eats,” said a chamber of commerce representative. The paper said that writers with the April Fools News Service were “given much freer reign, actively encouraging sloppy reporting, sensationalism and, whenever possible, outright lies.”

50 years ago, 1960

Rockport re-elected all its town officials.

An item in a column titled “Little Known Facts” said that deer have no upper teeth and must “worry” their food off trees and shrubs. A 100 pound deer requires about six pounds a day of good quality browse to keep in condition, it said. As an experiment a man was set to cutting that amount of twigs and buds of the species of trees and bushes deer liked to eat. It took the man eight hours to clip that amount of browse.

The latest figures showed that there were 1,886 registered voters in Camden out of a population of approximately 3,800.

100 years ago, 1910

The community was shocked by an attack with shot guns and a dynamite bomb on the Camden Mill boarding house at Millville, where eight Syrians were quartered who were taking the places of striking weavers in the mill. Two guns were fired at the windows of the boarding house on the westerly side and a few moments later a bomb was thrown in at a window on the eastern side. It wrecked two rooms in the ell of the building and did great damage.

In Pleasant Point news: The weir men had their fish weirs nearly completed and were waiting anxiously for the spring catch of herring.

An ad for S.B. Haskell read: Boys’ 25¢ and 50¢ new spring caps, all colors and sizes. Easter sale 19 cents.