Past Tense

Family legacy of feed sales

By Staff | Nov 28, 2013

A search through Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2012

Pushaw's Trading Post in South Hope will close — at least temporarily, said owner Sandy Pushaw. Sandy Pushaw, who owns the store with her husband Jerry and his sister Susan Pushaw, said the closure is due to a marked lull in business. She explained the Pushaw family is optimistic they will be able to re-open the store in the spring, though no decisions have been made yet."Hopefully this will be a temporary thing for the winter months," Pushaw explained. "In our opinion, due to the economy, things are very slow."

Coinciding with their 60th anniversary, under the direction of Frank Rankin's grandson Michael Burgess, Rankin's began the process of reintroducing animal feed to the merchandise mix. The store expanded to carry hardware in 1962 and grain was eventually phased out.


Five years ago, 2008

Real ID could be cumbersome and expensive — Everyone seeking to obtain or renew a Maine license or identification card will have to prove their presence in the United States — even if they've lived here all their lives and are known by the people processing their request.

Rockport's harbormaster is coming up with ideas to generate more revenues for the town and one idea would recall a seal that entertained children and adults for a quarter century. The harbor has considered adopting a fee for 2009, residents who want to use the boat ramp will pay a fee of $1, non-residents will pay $2. A box would be set up and people would be expected to pay on an honor system. Other ways to generate revenues would be to sell T-shirts with a likeness of Andre the seal on them. Andre was a seal raised by Rockport resident Harry Goodridge, who trained the seal to perform for people in Rockport. In his later years, Andre would spend the winters at the New England Aquarium in Boston and then return to Rockport each spring. Andre died in the summer of 1986 in Rockland Harbor at the age of 25. A two-ton granite statue overlooks the harbor where Andre and trainer and friend Goodridge would put on their shows for visitors.

A Bay View Landing addition is taking shape in Camden. The frame of a two-story building has been erected. The plan is for a 150-seat restaurant on the ground floor with a 10-room inn on the second floor. The building replaces a section of the Bay View Landing complex that had contained offices as well as the building that housed the Bay View Lobster restaurant.


10 years ago, 2003

Camden Police spent Friday moving into their new facility on Washington Street. The project was slated to be done by Thanksgiving and town officials were pleased at the early completion. In November 2002, townspeople approved the conversion of the Allen F. Payson Fire Station on Washington Street into a new public safety facility housing both the police and fire departments. The 1,721 to 893 vote authorized the town to borrow up to $999,200 for the project. The building includes offices for the fire and police chiefs, and a fire department office. There are to be separate offices for the police lieutenant and the sergeants, also for a new secretary. Two rooms are shared between the fire and police stations and will be used for miscellaneous purposes and training sessions. The new facility also includes men's and women's locker rooms complete with showers, and a shared kitchen. The dispatch room includes a private bathroom and kitchenette so that the dispatcher never has to leave their post.

Two Monks from India's Drepung Loseling monastery plan to make Midcoast their home. The journey and stay in Maine, while full of logistical challenges such as communicating and finding a place to live, pales to the hardships and dangers inherent in the journey each made from their native Tibet as children. Their decision to come to Maine follows an exchange sponsored by Amnesty International.

Nearly 7 inches of rain fell during October, more than twice the average for the month. The 6.7 inches recorded at the Mirror Lake reporting station helped to lessen the rainfall deficit the region has experienced this year. The Mirror Lake station is operated by the Camden & Rockland Division of Consumers Maine Water Co.


25 years ago, 1988

State barges in on Lincolnville — When it comes time to rebuild the ferry pen at Lincolnville Beach next spring, the Department of Transportation has told Lincolnville officials it wants the space currently used by commercial fishermen for two large barges which will hold the construction equipment. “Unsatisfactory” was the word Lincolnville harbor committee chairman used to classify last week's meeting with the DOT. The $2 million project, which will reconstruct the ferry pen to accommodate the new $3 million Margaret Chase Smith on the Islesboro-Linconville run, will take nine months to complete.

Fifty-two acres of woodland bordering Knight's Pond in Northport, including the foot of Ducktrap Mountain, has been donated to Maine Nature Conservancy by a Swiss couple who wishes to remain anonymous. The undeveloped pond is located two miles from Penobscot Bay near Camden. The land owners don't want any special recognition and say “They see their gift simply as an international gesture of friendship.”The couple spends time in the area, and wanted to see the pond left as is.


50 years ago, 1963

Town Manager Wardwell is getting the ball rolling toward an organized skating ring at “The Bog” off Elm Street. Camden children have skated there for many years. The children deserve better facilities, in the form of a shelter and flood lights for for night skating.

The local postmaster said today “Early Mailing of all Christmas cards and gifts is the biggest single factor in getting all of the mail delivered before Christmas. Post office facilities have been expanded, ample help will be available, and everything is being geared up to handle a record Christmas mail this year.” The entire Christmas mailing period is a big battle against time. Even though Christmas is a month away by the calender, it's Christmas everyday at the Post Office from now on.


100 years ago, 1913

The New Apple Picking Law — We find many people shipping apples are not well posted on the new law regarding picking and shipping of apples. An inspector has been here watching for violations of the law. Public Laws of 1913. Chapter 156. "An Act to regulate the picking, shipping and sale of apples. Section 1. The standard barrel for apples shall contain seven thousand cubic inches, provided however that a barrel of the following dimensions when measured without distention of parts: length of stave twenty eight and one-half inches, diameter of head seventeen and one eighth inch."

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