A search through Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2012

The Associated General Contractors of Maine recently honored four in-state construction companies with Build Maine Awards for major projects built during 2011. The Penobscot Company of Rockport won a first place award for its restoration work on three lighthouses on remote islands off the coast of Maine. The project was complicated by the fact that Matinicus Rock, Petit Manan and Libby Island are all sea-bird nesting colonies.

In From the Publisher column written by Reade Brower: In recent weeks, I have described the takeover of Courier Publications and VillageSoup to friends as an unplanned pregnancy. While not planned, it was conceived out of love and duty to community and the resulting child is beautiful. I have no regrets.

Hope residents can take care of their municipal affairs in a newly renovated town office. The town office, which has been operating out of the fire station since November 2011, will be closed on Friday, April 20, so town officials can make the move back into the office at 441 Camden Road.

Five years ago, 2008

Video images of off-duty officers form Knox County Sheriff's Department hazing a colleague during his bachelor party raised eyebrows — and questions.

Winners have been chosen in a local art contest encouraging the use of reusable cloth bags. Anthony Benson, Connor Hedstrom, Meg Down and Zoe Zwecker were first-place winners from elementary school-age children, and Kendal Anderson is the winner from Camden Hills Regional High School. The designs will be featured on a limited edition line of cloth bags that will be sold at French and Brawn and Megunticook Market beginning on Earth Day.

Success has its price, according to the people who operate the independent non-profit Teen Center on Lions Lane. About 100 boys and girls now use the facility after school each day, and it has a formal membership list of more than 500. An arrangement with Bank of America to provide $150,000 of the Teen Center's annual $275,000 operating costs is due to expire in 2010, and the organization is looking for ways to replace that expected loss of revenue.

10 years ago, 2003

Another Midcoast manufacturing landmark will be turned into a retail and service venue by 2005. Stuart and Marianne Smith of Camden have purchased the former home of Nautica on Camden Street. The couple plan mixed uses for the site, combining leased retail space with a privately owned hotel with a sweeping view of Rockland Harbor.

John Pincince wants people to take health risks associated with arsenic seriously. That's why he nominated Chromated copper arsenate — the chemical commonly used in pressure treated wood — for the "Dirty Dozen" award given annually by the Toxics Action Center in Portland.

Improving public green space will require residents to spend some greenbacks. Several public library trustees and residents urged voters support of an improvement plan for library parks and grounds. Trustees seek $350,000 from voters and plan to raise an equal amount through private donations. Their plans include rebuilding footpaths, replacing old park benches, improving steps, installing electric lighting, replanting flower beds and trees and making other changes.

25 years ago, 1988

Rockport officials will meet today with engineers from the firm of Woodard and Curran to start down the long road to designing and building the town's first sewage treatment plant. Although Rockport had hoped to solve some of its chronic waste disposal problems by hooking into the Camden wastewater plant, Camden voters shot the idea down for the second time in as many years.

Camden police are looking for the person or persons responsible for cutting down a tree in Laite Beach Park on Bay View Street. The 13-year-old linden tree, an Arbor Day gift to the town about five years ago, was cut down sometime in the past two weeks. The cut was made very close to the ground and black tar was put on the stump.

Pitcher Pond residents packed the Lincolnville Planning Board meeting to hear plans for a nine-lot subdivision proposed by Mt. Holly Inc. of Yarmouth. With abutters filling the meeting room and spilling out into the hallway, newly elected chairman Michael Bruce asked who authorized the public hearing. Real estate agent Paul Crowley said after a conversation with Town Administrator Skip Day, he placed an ad in Camden Herald on behalf of Mt. Holly.

50 years ago, 1963

The First Camden Citizenship Day will be held. The Camden Citizenship Fund was fostered and all money received will be divided among those in the 1963 graduating class whether continuing their education or not, who are deemed deserving by the chosen committee: Shirley Brawn, Chairman: Wilma Lowe, Beryl Leach, Russ Hall and Dool Daily.

WAR and PEACE, The Greatest Show On Earth, SCHOOL FOR LOVE and DIAMOND HEAD  were playing at the Strand.

Several retired Maine Fish and Game Wardens have been assigned to duty to help cope with the annual spring problem of dogs chasing deer.

100 years ago, 1913

An Augusta special to the Boston American says: Governor Haines in a statement gives his reasons for his "clean-up" of Maine's liquor situation which has resulted in the removal of three county sheriffs and the resignation of a fourth. The Governor declares that he does not intend to stop until every official within his reach is enforcing every liquor statute in the fullest letter and spirit of the law.

In the Business Locals column: Why study seed catalogues? Study SEEDS at The Village Shop. They are fascinating.

It is pleasing news to find that the record of the Camden hatchery under Supt. H. W. Libby, is one of the very best. Only one other hatchery in the state had a smaller percentage of loss of fish than this one. The total number of eggs of land locked salmon received at this hatchery was 150,000. The loss from the time these eggs were received at Camden to the time of hatching was 1,500 and the loss to the time of planting was only 6,000, so that the number planted in the various lakes mostly in this immediate neighborhood, was 142,500.