Past Tense

Contamination found in Quiggle Brook

By Kim Lincoln | Jan 30, 2013

The following are news headlines that appeared in past issues of The Camden Herald during this week:

One year ago, 2012

A Warren woman was charged with possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, after federal agents say they witnessed her pick up the package of pills at Global Packing and Shipping in Camden.

Following the first of two community meetings to gather input for the Camden Downtown Master Plan, an online survey was to be made available for Camden residents that wanted to become further engaged in the process. Approximately 80 Camden citizens gathered Jan. 26, 2012, at Camden Opera House to address the goals of a Downtown Master Plan. The meeting included an information segment, describing the background and purpose of the master plan, and opportunities for large and small group discussion.

Five years ago, 2008

No one was injured when a car caught fire outside Coastal Workshop's redemption facility on Limerock Street. The Ford Tauras station wagon was parked within 10 feet of the building, but wind blew the flames away from the building. The intense heat blew out the windows of the car and at least one tire exploded before fire crews arrived on the scene.

State and county leaders had come up with a compromise to the complete takeover of the county jail system by the state Department of Corrections. They supported creation of a new board that ultimately would decide what jails should be closed, expanded or put to a different use to save money and relieve overcrowding. The compromise was worked out over the weekend and replaced a plan by the administration of Gov. John Baldacci that would have closed five jails and created a statewide mental-health facility at the new jail now shared by Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties.

10 years ago, 2003

Firefighters from four towns battled a blaze that completely destroyed a home on Hatchet Mountain Road in Hope. Sub-zero temperatures that had afflicted the area did not help the firefighters since water for fighting fires in Hope comes from ponds, which were frozen. Rockport fire crews had to draw water from a hydrant at the corner of Mount Pleasant Street and Route 17 in Rockport. (Editors note: This reporter now lives in a home built on the property in 2004).

Waterfront home valuations in Lincolnville were expected to more than double after the town assessor's agent suggested a number of adjustments. The agent suggested that oceanfront valuations increase by 120 percent; land fronting freshwater by 90 percent; and other parcels by 50 percent.

25 years ago, 1988

Benzene, a human carcinogen, was detected in a test well on the other side of Quiggle Brook in South Hope opposite from the defunct Union Chemical hazardous waste site. A sample test showed concentrations of 5 parts per billion, 30 times the accepted safe maximum drinking water standard for benzene. It was the first time groundwater on the opposite side of Quiggle Brook had shown contamination from Union Chemical.

For the second time in three months, a Kennebunk company had withdrawn its application for a condominium complex in Camden's Pearl and Park street area amidst vocal and sometimes hostile opposition from nearby residents.

50 years ago, 1963

An $80,000 endowment to assist Camden young people in financing higher education was created by the late Emily B. Rogers to honors Rogers' husband Dr. Douglas A. Thom, a Camden native who became a world-renowned child psychologist.

Daniel Richard, Raymond Spenser and Paul Quinn were recent additions to Camden High School teaching staff.

100 years ago, 1913

The area was seeing a remarkably warm streak in weather with above-freezing temperatures throughout the week. The year prior people were walking around on the ice in the harbor and it was frozen nearly to Curtis Island and Megunticook Lake had 28 inches of ice, compared to open water this year.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Jan 30, 2013 12:07


If you wish to comment, please login.