Flies, fires, rifles and pills

By Louis Bettcher | Feb 02, 2017

A search through The Camden Herald Archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2016

The 2016 National Toboggan Championship races at the Camden Snow Bowl went on with an alternative plan that moved racing off Hosmer Pond and on to the mountain for safety reasons. After an inspection of the ice conditions with Mark Merrifield, of the Maine Warden Service, officials decided to hold the races on the Camden Snow Bowl Slipway Trail.

A 26-year-old Bowdoinham woman pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to assault charges for attacking two women, biting one and hitting the other in the head with a belt buckle. The victim bitten suffered nerve damage to her hand.

Five years ago, 2012

A 60-year-old 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. Inside the package, agents found 257 30-milligram oxycodone pills, 30 8-milligram Dilaudid pills and 27 4-milligram Dilaudid pills.

All of the pills were commingled together in a clear plastic baggy and wrapped in a towel, according to the affidavit. She later told police that she removed the pills from the package and put them inside her pants.

10 years ago, 2007

A Thomaston teen was been treated and released after falling from a moving truck. The 17 year-old male was injured after he grabbed a moving truck on Mechanic Street in Rockland, lost his grip, and fell to the ground. The teen struck his head on pavement, according to the Eastern Maine Medical Center community relations department. Prior to grabbing the truck, he had been yelling at the vehicle as a pedestrian, according to the police report.

The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed an alert for an outbreak of norovirus gastroenteritis. The virus causes severe stomach cramping, vomiting and diarrhea, among other symptoms. According to Dr. Dora Ann Mills, director of the Maine CDC, the virus is highly contagious.

25 years ago, 1992

After months of deliberations and consideration of alternative plans, the Hope, Appleton and SAD 28 school boards finally agreed to dissolve the union holding the three districts together. In the end, it was the lack of acceptable alternatives and an unworkable status quo that led to the dissolution. The dissolution, which was originally proposed by the SAD 28 board in last April's budget development, supersedes a December agreement to increase Hope and Appleton's share of central office costs to in order to fund an assistant superintendent for the district.

Approximately 185 area residents will have new jobs when the Wal-Mart opens in Rockland. Construction on the new store, located at U.S. 1 and Waldo Street, is scheduled to be completed in late 1992. Opening of the new 93,888 square-foot store will impact the Rockland economy in several ways. Each year, a deserving high school student from the Rockland area will receive a $1,000 scholarship funded by the local store.

50 years ago, 1967

When millions of persons in 127 countries, including those in Camden, unite in prayer on the same day, it is a remarkable event. This occasion, World Day of Prayer, will take place Feb. 10. All of the community and area towns, Lincolnville, Hope, are invited to join the local observance at the Congregational Church in Camden at 2 p.m. No barriers of denomination, race or culture are recognized when this day is observed.

All the glamour of the new T-bar hasn't diminished the popularity of the Snow Bowl's faithful old rope tow and it was standing room only for the riders up the main slope this weekend. Excellent snow conditions provided area ski enthusiasts with the biggest weekend in the history of the Snow Bowl, as over 1,000 skiers of all ages flocked to the new expanded winter sports area on Saturday and Sunday.

75 years ago, 1942

Ladies' Night at Rifle Range: The Camden Rifle and Pistol Club's women members have instituted a Monday night session at the range, at which time they are receiving instruction from executive officer, Willis Hodson. These members are most enthusiastic over the sport, which is entirely new to them, and are putting in much time at practice.

With the mercury hovering at around zero and a bitter wind blowing, the Camden Fire Department was called Monday night to battle a blaze at Jamieson's garage. When the department arrived smoke was pouring from the building and flames were visible both in the office and on the outer wall. So thick was the smoke that it penetrated into the Camden theater next door and manager Draper was forced to interrupt the show in progress and explain the source.

100 years ago, 1917

The Rockport Ice Company began Monday harvesting ice on the Lily  Pond. They are loading barge 702 owned by the Lehigh Valley Transportation Co. She is chartered to carry 1,200 tons of ice to Fisher Island, N.Y.

Your soil needs organic matter. Parmenter & Polsey animal fertilizer, made out of bone, blood and meat, richest of all plant foods, will give lasting and effective results.

Kill the winter flies. As a carrier of disease germs the fly has no superior. Intestinal germs such as typhoid and dysentery are carried and spread by the fly. Don't trust the cold to kill them. Don't assume they are dead when you find them lying on floors or window sills in unused rooms. They are "playing possum" and will revive when the temperature rises.

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