A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

A Bangor developer was ordered to pay the town of Cushing a $137,000 civil penalty for cutting trees in the shoreland zone on the Meduncook River. Cushing Holdings LLC also had to plant 40 spruce trees on the property and pay the town’s legal fees.

Maine was poised to combat the swine flu, with 30,000 to 40,000 treatment courses of anti-viral drugs being shipped to the state.

In the wake of a brutal stabbing that left one woman dead and another critically injured, Waldoboro police and town officials said residents should not be afraid and that the attacks were not random acts of violence.

Five years ago, 2005

MBNA layoffs were costing millions and more people were paying off high-rate credit card debt. The cost of severance packages for laid-off workers, and the decision by many credit card holders to pay off high-interest debts, were cited as the reasons why MBNA’s net first-quarter earnings plummeted by $488 million on the year.

A letter scared Camden residents by wrongly implying that taxes were overdue. Finance Director Carol Sue Greenleaf said the letter was a replacement for postcards the town had sent out in previous years, reminding people of the May 15 due date. Some recipients took the phrase “outstanding real estate taxes due” to mean they had already missed the date, despite the letter’s heading that it was simply a reminder.

A Lincolnville-Camden mountain road was uncovered. Rosey Gerry of Lincolnville and Kerry Hardy of Rockport had finished plotting the road, which Gerry said crossed through Camden Hills State Park. It was one of a number of old and often abandoned roads that Gerry had researched, including one that stretched from Lincolnville to Augusta. Gerry said the road was the only pathway between the two towns according to a map from 1786.

10 years ago, 2000

A fire in the loft at Rockport Marine was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system before it could get up enough energy to do serious damage.

An extended period of rain dumped approximately 4 inches of water on coastal Maine, and pushed some rivers and streams to near-flood stage.

Costs associated with burying utility lines on Bay View Street were estimated at $16,000 for preliminary work and more than $1 million for Central Maine Power cables.

25 years ago, 1985

The Camden Yacht Club filed suit in Knox County Superior Court against the Hartford Insurance Company, seeking $150,000 in punitive damages plus interest and costs. In its suit, the club alleged that Hartford breached its contract by declining to defend the club against a lawsuit filed against it by former steward William S. Linnell.

Owners of junk cars in Appleton were expected to receive a letter from town selectmen, accompanied by a copy of the state law that required individuals storing three or more unregistered vehicles on their property to apply to municipal authorities for a junkyard permit. The move was initiated in an attempt to clear up a problem that selectmen saw as proliferating in Appleton.

From Food for Thought by Richard McLaughlin: “Nutritionists are raving over mussels — 3 1/2 ounces have 14.4 grams of protein, with almost no fat. Lots of calcium and iron, too. Eat’em hot in tomato broth, cold with seasoned mayonnaise, or steam them with white wine.”

50 years ago, 1960

A selection of puppets and marionettes made by Mrs. Cary Bok of Camden was on display in the Square Gallery of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. Included in the selection were some biblical characters as well as characters from several of the original plays written by Mrs. Bok and a group known as the Pixie Puppeteers.

Members of the Hope Grange were competing in the annual Community Service Contest sponsored by the Sears Roebuck Foundation and the National Grange. The top award was a check for $10,000. The Hope Grange had taken second prize the previous year among more than 300 granges competing in Maine.

“Psychiatrists say that it’s not good for a man to keep too much to himself, and Internal Revenue says the same thing.” — Bird Review

100 years ago, 1910

In a newspaper edition dated April 29, 1910, under the Camden locals column, it was reported that a recent storm had been a record breaker. Beginning Monday of the previous week the storm lasted until Wednesday forenoon of the current week — nine consecutive days of storm. It had been a long drag, but it had done a great thing for the grass, according to the report.

There was a curious mix-up all along the border, where South Thomaston and St. George adjoined, owing to the inability of anybody to find any record, survey or other means of determining where the line was, according to the Rockland Opinion. One gentleman, who had paid taxes and voted in St. George all his life, said he didn’t know where he lived. His property had been assessed by both towns and both threatened to sell him out for taxes if he didn’t pay.

In West Rockport news: Orvill Brown had a very sick cow.