A market for young calves

By Lynne Watts | Mar 21, 2015

A search through The Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

1 year ago, 2014

In November 2012, the local homeless shelter, Hospitality House, abruptly closed its doors, leaving area homeless with no place to go.

Knox County Homeless Coalition has since taken the reins of Hospitality House, which re-opened its doors. According to Interim Director Stephanie Primm, the only things that are the same are the name and Old County Road location.

One of the major changes is structured programming that residents must participate in to receive the housing service. Residents meet with case managers on a daily basis, who help residents find their way through the application process for services offered to them through multiple agencies. Residents are also taught basic life skills, such as creating a budget, applying for jobs, basic nutrition and hygiene education, filing for unemployment and host of others, Primm said.

Midcoast towns are crossing their fingers and hoping to get through the snow season without busting winter maintenance budgets. In Camden, Public Works Director Rick Seibel said, “Things are tight.” He has not bought any more sand since the beginning of the year, and expects to stay just within his budget for winter maintenance, he said. “I have money in reserve anyhow,” he said, adding he is getting close to his budget for overtime, which can run up to 150 hours in a big storm, depending on the weather's timing. Sometimes workers will take compensatory time instead of pay, or for a portion of worked overtime, which saves the town money, he said.

5 years ago, 2010

Camden-Rockport Elementary School students performed the best among Midcoast schools in math and reading during the past three years while students at three area high schools have performed below the state average. There are 557 schools on the list. Twenty-five are from the local region (Lincolnville to Waldoboro). The best performing school in the region was Camden-Rockport Elementary School, which saw 80 percent of its students perform at or above the standards.

10 years ago, 2005

It took 32 minutes of regulation and a four-minute overtime period, but when all was said and done, the Camden Hills boys basketball team was crowned state Class B champions after a 66-63 win over the Gorham Rams.

Parents are saying it's time to resolve Camden-Rockport's school building issues once and for all, and they are willing to raise money to do so. That's good news to a beleaguered school board that has scant hope of state help, but is intent on consolidating kindergarten through fourth grades.

The fact that the Maine Department of Education turned its funding back on School Administrative District 28 last week has further spurred the parents to action. A burst pipe in January at RES East in Rockport Village led to the discovery of mold and the subsequent relocation of the entire kindergarten class to temporary classrooms in the seventh-grade wing at CRMS.

25 years ago, 1990

How about Cartier?

Camden Herald food columnist and everything else P.J. Hamel was thrilled to receive an apron from the King Arthur Flour people after she mentioned their product in a recent article. " I thought you'd appreciate a gift," the handwritten note that accompanied the handsome item said. Hamel has been wondering what she should go for next: How about mentioning Mercedes-Benz? Or Tiffany's? Or Tom Selleck?

Though thousands of commuters, vacationers and people just needing a way to get from one place to another have been left stranded nationwide since last Friday by striking Greyhound bus drivers. Local travelers are continuing to make plans to use the transportation system despite the hold up in service. According to Sam Jones, owner of Boynton-McKay Drug Company, which also doubles as the Greyhound bus stop and ticket agency in Camden, plenty of phone calls have come in from people wanting to know what kind of service there will be during the strike. Jones said the company has promised to hire non-union drivers in order to keep the buses running.

50 years ago, 1965

Woodpeckers are among a trees best friends. Sapsuckers, however may cause serious damage to certain trees. Woodpeckers seek out borers and bark beetles in a tree, usually in dead or dying wood. The holes they make do a tree little harm. Sapsuckers drill a band of holes orderly and close, which may cause serious injury. Especially in February and March Sapsuckers attack a wide variety of trees with a preference for Birch, Mountain Ash, Hemlock, apple and other fruit trees. Pits or holes the birds drill cause trees to bleed. Sapsuckers drink the sap and feed on certain insects that are lured to the sap and become entrapped. Many revisit the same tree year after year.

A big question for Rockport is "What is to become of the old high school building on Diamond Hill?" Several people have suggested using the building for a fire station and municipal building. Robinson's History of Camden tells us the school was built in 1858, and in 1892 was greatly enlarged and rebuilt and the town clock added to the belfry. This years class of 30 will be the last to graduate from the school. The old school house with its belfry clock is one of the town's famous landmarks. Older residents hope that the building will be put to good use.

100 years ago, 1915

This ad ran in the Camden Herald: Calves Wanted - I have a market for Young Calves. Will pay $5 to $20 for calves four days old. Owned by Knox Jersey Breeders Assoc. Geo E. Nash, Camden

The Rockport Ice Company commenced putting ice into their upper ice house Monday, hauling it from Lily Pond. It will take about 3,000 tons to fill it.

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