A search of the newspaper archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2009

The state gave Hope the go-ahead to begin construction on the town’s new fire station.

The proposal to create a path alongside the Megunticook River that would eventually stretch from Shirt Tail Point to Knowlton Street reached another milestone when the Camden Select Board voted unanimously to sign the easement with Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

The Rockland City Council debated charging the Maine Lobster Festival, part of the Rockland landscape for more than 60 years. The council questioned whether it could continue to provide free services to the event.

Five years ago, 2005

Nick Ithomitis of New Hampshire was hired as the next principal of Camden Hills Regional High School. He was the only candidate of 13 applicants who made it to the final interview.

In order to save some money on liability insurance, Hope selectmen voted to eliminate the position of town constable. They also considered disarming the animal control officer.

The precision machine tool lab at the Mid-Coast School of Technology received a new piece of high tech equipment. Six inches tall, and tipped with a tiny ruby stylus, the Centriod DP4 touch probe’s size belied its importance in a shop filled with large equipment. The probe allowed students to create and replicate complex geometric shapes.

10 years ago, 2000

The Lincolnville Central School was closed due to biological contamination. Students were to gather at the Community Building on Route 173. From there, they were to be bused to Camden and Hope to finish the remainder of the school year in space rented from organizations and towns.

A resident of Simonton’s Corner in Rockport wanted to see cheer leading and football back on the list of programs offered to students in the five town district and was trying to get them organized.

Camden’s Historic Resources Archives received an $840 grant from the New Century Preservation Grant Program for the restoration of an 1857 map of Camden.

25 years ago, 1985

The state legislative utilities committee reached two compromises on the Megunticook water rights issue. The committee was to take a formal vote on the measure, which essentially limited the Camden and Rockland Water Company to one million gallons of water per day from the Megunticook River, and allowed it more water for use in emergencies.

From Food for Thought by Richard McLaughlin: “Biscuits will rise straight and even if you cut them with an up-and-down motion. It’s twisting the biscuit, cutter or knife that may make ’em crooked.”

NBC television crews were covering Andre the seal’s antics as were local media outlets.

50 years ago, 1960

Mr. Alfred Darrow of Camden won one and drew one with Tom Wiswell from Brooklyn, N.Y., the world champion free style checker player. The loss to Darrow was the first in Wiswell’s New England tour.

Rockland juveniles broke into the Marine Avenue cottage of world famous harpist Carlos Salzedo. Police estimated damage to the cottage and its contents at $3,000 to $4,000. In the 18 room, three story house all but three rooms were damaged.

The Maine Central Railroad joined other railroads of the East in extending reduced furlough fares for military personnel traveling in uniform.

100 years ago, 1910

From the column “Camden Locals”: Liquor Deputy Doherty, officers Kalloch and C.F. Duffy made a search of Jas. Maloney’s house and found three barrels of liquor, which included some 75 quarts of whiskey and a lot of ale. Maloney was fined $100 and costs and given a jail sentence. He appealed and gave bonds for his appearance.

No more beautiful custom was ever instituted than that of observing Mother’s Day by the wearing of a white carnation, the newspaper said. “It is too beautiful a custom to be forgotten or to fall into disuse,” the paper said. “Will not everyone in the community, who cherishes in his or her heart the sacred memory of a noble and self-sacrificing mother or who is blessed by the possession of a living mother, honor these mothers by wearing on next Sunday a white carnation?”

Less than one-half of dog licenses had been paid and owners were warned: “To you who have dogs and have not paid, we will say: You know very well that the law requires that dogs should be licensed April 10. We shall issue warrants for a constable to proceed forthwith to kill all unlicensed dogs remaining unlicensed, May 10, and shall give the owners no further notice.”