A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following.

One year ago, 2009

Citing the construction downturn in Maine, the Thomaston plant of Dragon Products announced it would lay workers off while a temporary shutdown in operations took place.

A week-long hunger strike was under way by prisoners in the segregated housing cells at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The strike was initiated in protest of a policy that banned radios from segregated areas.

The Rockport Select Board accepted a bicycle and pedestrian pathways master plan for future use in planning town sidewalks and pathways. The plan was a guide designed to help town decision makers improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the community.

Five years ago, 2005

The local American Legion faced tough times and declining involvement as vets aged. The Legion post needed new members if it was to continue serving the community.

Wireless Internet service for downtown Camden was discussed as a new tourist attraction. “It’s important for everyone to have easy access to the Internet, particularly when traveling,” said Camden Downtown Business Group member Woody Emanuel.

A windjammer relief effort had just completed a 30-day expedition to deliver nonfood aid to 30 villages on Nias and Simeulue, two Indonesian islands hit by the earthquake and tsunami.

10 years ago, 2000

Architects were sued in a golf ball row. The latest development in the Samoset Resort golf-ball lawsuit had the former owners of the oceanfront inn blaming architects for building condominiums too close to the greens.

A meeting of the Hope Planning Board was devoted to assembling a questionnaire on growth that was to be included in the town report. Kathy Baxter wanted to start a dialogue about how Hope residents wanted to see the town grow.

Actor Russ Tamblyn, who starred as Norman Page in the movie “Peyton Place,” won Camden’s heart all over again when he returned as the honored quest for the Small Towns, Steamy Movies film festival.

25 years ago, 1985

The schooner Dayspring sank in 11,000 feet of water, 160 miles south of Cape Cod. The cause of the accident was under investigation. Capt. William Wasson was en route to Camden from his winter port in the Caribbean when the accident occurred.

Iran seemed far away to middle school students in Camden. Kayan and Kahti Paydor were bright spots in the ongoing (albeit informal) cultural exchange between countries. American citizens born in Chicago, their parents were residents of Iran. They sent their children to the United States for a better education, with plans to join them later.

From “Food For Thought” by Richard McLaughlin: “Low-calorie elegant: stuff chicken breasts with crisp-tender vegetables and wrap them in blanched red cabbage. Steam for about 15 minutes for a no-fat treat.”

50 years ago, 1960

From “Camden High School Notes” by Mary Jane Hammill: “A variety of new romances have sprung up at C.H.S. over the weekend. One in particular makes news, and that is a certain junior who asked another certain junior to go steady at two o’clock Saturday morning after the prom.”

A new kind of retirement had been developing in the area because of the more flexible rules in the Social Security Act. If a retiree couldn’t be counted as retired for the whole year, Social Security rules measured whether he could be counted as retired for each separate month of the year. If in any one month he neither earned over $100 working for others nor worked in a business of his own, he was retired for that month and his old-age benefit was due him for that month.

Farmers who were hiring workers for spring planting and harvesting were reminded that federal law prohibited children under 16 from working on farms during school hours.

100 years ago, 1910

Appleton news: Mary Mitchell was having a hen house built.

According to an annual report of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company there were 337,021 telephones connected to the system of this company and its sub-licenses, and in this company alone the daily average of local and toll calls was about 1,200,000. These figures represented a business that covered the four northern New England states and gave employment to about 8,400 persons.

Herring were reported plentiful and the weirmen had taken considerable many the past week.

The Camden Lumber Co. received a car of N.C. pine.