A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

A Maine Department of Transportation crew drilled test holes in preparation for replacing the Spruce Head Bridge. According to DOT representative Jim Wentworth, the $2.5 million project was being paid for entirely with federal economic stimulus money.

The Rockland City Council was asked to approve spending more than $100,000 to acquire nearly two-thirds of an acre from Dragon Products Co. for expanding parking at Sandy Beach Park.

Aqua Maine Inc. announced it would replace the 300,000-gallon water storage tank located in Thomaston. The tank replacement, expected to cost more than $1 million, was being scheduled so there was no interruption to water service or fire protection capacity.

Five years ago, 2005

Five candidates for the principal’s job at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport were expected to be interviewed.

Police watched Rockport’s new drug dog, Boomer, sniff out a stash of marijuana. Boomer found an odor of drugs on the rear driver’s side of a vehicle, where marijuana and a pipe were found.

The Camden Police Department welcomed back Officers Jason Hall and Allen Weaver Jr. from their service in Iraq with the 133rd Engineering Battalion.

10 years ago, 2000

The unique sculptures of Rockland artist Louise Nevelson were the focus of five new U.S. postage stamps. Her best known works consisted of carved, recycled and painted wood objects arranged in boxes to create entire sculptural walls.

The presence of toxic fungus in walls at Lincolnville Central School was the final blow to administrators who had already been hit with the news of a construction bid for $800,000 more than budgeted. Stachybotrys chartarum was found in one of four areas tested.

The town of Camden was asked to relinquish rights to so-called paper streets. Paper streets were those roads described in deeds or in other ways but not actually built. The town held title to many of them, and several neighbors had attempted to obtain those rights.

25 years ago, 1985

The sheriff’s office expanded its Knox County Drug Watch. Chief Deputy Noel March said local law enforcement agencies were overworked and understaffed and didn’t have the resources to adequately or successfully curb the problem.

In an election that lasted less than five minutes, Rockport’s full-time police officers voted unanimously to have Teamsters Local 48 represent them in contract negotiations with the town.

The Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District was selling rainbow trout for pond stocking to people in Knox and Lincoln counties. Each order of trout came with a stocking procedure and pond management guide. Trout feed was also available.

50 years ago, 1960

People did not have any difficulty identifying the takers of the 1960 Census. Each Census worker was provided with a red, white and blue identification card to be worn on the lapel.

Sen. Edmund S. Muskie’s monthly newsletter said both houses of Congress were moving slowly but inevitably toward the enactment of civil rights legislation. The debate had begun in the Senate and was entering its sixth week. Someone calculated that senators had gone beyond 200 hours of debate on civil rights.

The Megunticook Fish and Game Association expected to construct another boat launching area at the lake. With the great number of boats using the Bog Bridge area, facilities were considerably strained at times. The organization had to raise more money before anything could be done.

100 years ago, 1910

The ice went out of Megunticook Lake earlier than ever before so far as anyone could learn.

The month of March set a remarkable record for warm and pleasant weather. No snow fell and practically no rain fell during the entire month.

The Rockland, Thomaston and Camden St. Railway Co. was improving its system. It was to add 51,000 pounds of copper feed wire to the lines between Rockland and Camden. This would add a larger electric current carrying capacity between the power house and Camden and the power house and Rockland.