A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

A report said Maine was expected to lose 36,000 jobs. The state was about halfway through the economic recession but was not expected to sink quite as low as the national average, according to new predictions about the state’s economic future.

What began as an opportunity for citizens to connect while enjoying warm beverages in the Bryant Room of the town complex in Washington, had developed into a weekly gathering of varied artisans. Members of the group said they were always looking for others to join in and bring something new to the table.

Medomak Valley High School social worker Chuck Nguyen said in an interview that relationships between young people and caring adults were the most valuable tools available to break generational cycles of abuse, violence and poverty.

Five years ago, 2005

Selectmen in Hope told the town fire chief that they wanted to be told when the fire department made large purchases such as a fire engine.

A chapter of the national grassroots organization Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays was forming in the Midcoast. P-FLAG began with the mission of offering support to people who often face adversity because of their sexuality, sometimes from their own families.

10 years ago, 2000

Superintendent Susan LaPlante said she would ask the Lincolnville School Committee to reject the sole bid submitted for construction of a new school. Eastern Construction of Thomaston, the only company to respond, came up with an estimate that was more than $800,000 over the $2.6 million voters were asked to accept.

An Appleton man was caught in a Boston beans bust. William Niels was arrested by Boston police for dumping beans in Bean Town. His arrest followed a protest against genetically altered foods at the BIO 2000 conference.

The state was to buy land at Lincolnville Beach for parking. A McKay Road resident agreed to sell his property to the state to be used as a parking lot for the ferry service.

25 years ago, 1985

Rockport reached the end of a long and expensive road when the state Supreme Court ruled it had to return between $46,000 and $47,000 in back taxes and interest to the former Glen Cove Christian School.

“Saudis go in big groups,” said Roy McPherson of Boston, who, on behalf of a group of Saudis Arabians, contracted Moss Tent Works of Camden to manufacture a tent that covered nearly 1,500 square feet of space. At its center, the tent reached a height of 20 feet. Six rooms radiated from a large central room, and across its longest stretch, the structure measured 49 feet.

The Camden Snow Bowl had grossed more than $138,000, the largest gross it had ever achieved. It was suggested that with refinements and additions to the facility, revenue could be increased to $250,000.

50 years ago, 1960

Martha L. Campbell of Warren was named Maine’s outstanding homemaker of the year. The citation presented to Campbell read in part: “Your cheerful kindly, efficient contribution to homemaking has inspired the lives of your family and of your countless friends and neighbors.” She was also cited for her community activities, Extension Association and Grange leadership for 25 years, and “…. excellent and creative sewing … taught to others,” and “… numerous spontaneous acts of kindness …”

The Camden Elm Tree Council was gratified to receive for the third consecutive year the Garden Club’s contribution of $500. These funds were to be used to carry on the program the council instituted when it was first organized in 1958. It was to supplement the Town Tree Program with emphasis on Dutch elm disease prevention and control.

Hope school news: The bookmobile came and they had a sock hop.

100 years ago, 1910

At a meeting of the striking weavers of the Camden mill, it was voted to call the strike off. The strike had lasted almost two months. People said they would be glad to see the mill in full operation again, as it was an important industry to the town, the pay roll amounting to $4,500 per month.

In East Union, Alec Merrill, a Finn, had made a bath house such as they had in Finland for the cure of rheumatism. Anyone wishing to be cured was urged to call on Mr. Merrill and get steamed up.

From the Camden Locals column: Although the Penobscot River had opened earlier in other years, the Boston boat went through to Bangor earlier in the spring than ever before.