A lonesome moose

By Lynne Watts | Apr 30, 2015

A search through The Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

1 year ago, 2014

The engineering firm studying options for bus service in the Midcoast recommended a route focused on the greater Rockland area. The recommended route runs mostly on Route 1 between Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and Wal-Mart in Thomaston, with a few stops to provide service to heavily-populated developments and stops near grocery stores. Maine Department of Transportation Multi-Modal Planning and Operations Manager Sue Moreau concurred and noted it will likely take between 12 and 18 months to complete planning.
Drivers age 50 and over were invited to attend a half-day AARP Safety Course at Quarry Hill in Camden. The course covered defensive driving, existing and new rules of the road, and the impact of recent changes in automotive technology on the driving environment. Also discussed were age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time and how to know when it's time to give up the keys. Maine drivers age 55 years or older who successfully complete the course qualify for a three-year state mandated discount on their auto insurance premiums.

5 years ago, 2010

In a column by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins it was reported that the first red tide closure of the season hit the Maine coast in late March, halting the harvest of some species of shellfish. This unexpected closure, about a month earlier than usual, seems to confirm the warnings of marine resource officials that 2010 may be an especially difficult year for our shellfish industry.

Alewife migration season has arrived in the coastal rivers of Maine. This annual natural wonder starts in South Carolina and moves slowly north as the fish respond to warming water temperatures. When the fish finally do arrive in the Medomak River a team of volunteers will be ready to count them to track changes in this vital population. During the 2009 run 37 volunteers counted 66,372 alewives during a 26-day period. The majority of the run, more than 40,000 fish, occurred during a 48-hour period from May 22 to May 23. There is hope that even more fish will be seen this year, a sign that the fishery is beginning to recover.

Three Penobscot Bay Medical Center physicians were honored by Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe for their disaster relief efforts in Haiti. at the meeting of the Pen Bay Healthcare Board of Trustees. Douglas Cole, surgeon; Lars Ellison, urologist and Kevin Olehnik, orthopedist, were presented with a copy of the Congressional Record which includes Snowe's speech, given on Jan. 28, 2010. The three physicians went to Haiti days after the January earthquake; Olehnik and Cole returned for a second medical mission a few weeks later.

10 years ago, 2005

The Camden Police Department closed the intersection of Hosmer Pond, Molyneaux and Barnestown roads, where a foot-deep puddle of water covered the roadway. More than 5 inches of beating rain has closed several area roads, threatened homes and damaged property, resulting in the worst of flooding seen in recent memory.

The Camden Select Board held a public hearing on the proposed demolition of the former Apollo Tannery on Washington Street and possible bond issue to finance demolition costs. Five companies have submitted bids for the total demolition job (two buildings plus alternates)


25 years ago, 1990

Why aren't there any fish? "There was a time not too long ago" remembers Aubrey Young of Ayer's Fish Market in Camden "when I used to sell 350 to 400 pounds of scallops on a Friday afternoon. There were 4 mills in town and when they were let out of work at 4 p.m. the streets were filled with people". It was a time when a dozen scallopers worked right out of the bay off Camden and you could scoop up smelts with a basket down in Warren.

50 years ago, 1965

The right front seat of your car is the most dangerous place in case of a sudden stop or collision, according to the Maine State Highway Committee. Protect your passengers with seat belt installations. Never allow children to stand on the seats.

100 years ago, 1915

An auto route between Boston and Rockland, by the way of Bath is again being looked into by Boston parties who hint that the plan will materialize this year. They also give the impression that they may start a jitney line in Bath.

A cow moose was captured at Searsmont last week. She was out in the pasture and was driven into the barn with a herd of cows. Evidently the moose was lonesome and wanted company.


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