Past Tense

Lime kilns burn, rebuilding expected

By Staff | Oct 02, 2013

A search through Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2012

Camden First Aid Association and Camden firefighters assisted a woman who reportedly fell about 65-feet while climbing on Maiden Cliff in Camden. Rescue personnel were stationed at the base of Maiden Cliff across from the intersection of Beaucaire Avenue and Turnpike Drive by Barrett's Cove, just inside the Camden city limits, where friends of the injured climber were waiting to lead emergency workers to the woman when they arrived.

'Washington Street waver' Kert Ingraham can be spotted daily, sitting near the side of the road, waving to passersby. When he first moved to Sixty-Three Washington Street, the facility's no-smoking policy forced him to make his way to the edge of the street. That's when the waving began. Spending full afternoons waving at passengers from the edge of the lawn has become a ritual unto itself.


Five years ago, 2008

Crowds lined the roadway near Lincolnville beach for a kickoff parade to celebrate the 2008 Lincolnville fall festival. Following the parade, activities such as a cake walk and a scavenger hunt took place at Lincolnville beach.

The re-development of the Bay View Landing retail center has started. A section of the complex was leveled and the rubble was removed. The Bay View Lobster restaurant will also be leveled, although it remains still open.

Pollution in Clam Cove is nearly 30 times higher than the safe level and a spokesman for a group of volunteers that has monitored water quality there for more than a decade said the time has come for Rockport and Rockland to take action.

A tractor trailer, carrying potentially hazardous chemicals, rolled off Route 1 in Rockport when the driver tried to avoid hitting a moose. The accident closed a stretch of Route 1 for 13 hours, prompting traffic detours and delays.


10 years ago, 2003

Police got more than they bargained for at the Renys department store and Scott's Place hamburger stand. A loud crashing noise in the vicinity of Elm Street plaza prompted a resident to call Camden Police Department. When officers arrived, they discovered several broken windows and a man still inside Renys who then attempted to leave with an armful of merchandise.

Wayfarer Marine's plan to expand operations off Arey Avenue flies in the face of what is legally permitted by the town, according to two people who live along Arey Avenue. Town officials are not too sure. Wayfarer wants to demolish existing buildings in what is known as the bean yard and replace them with a single large boat storage and maintenance shed.

Camden residents will not be able to pay local taxes and municipal fees with a credit card any time soon. The towns policy-making select board voted to postpone discussion of credit cards being used at the town office. This idea was supported by a number of residents and staff. The board stated the town would pay bank fees of $16,000 for every million dollars it accepts by credit card. As the town takes in about $11 million in taxes each year, the potential for having to pay substantial bank fees is quite high. But debit cards are another matter, each transaction cost's a flat .50-cent fee, which would be collected from the person using it.


25 years ago, 1988

Autumn leaves can't fall soon enough for many Midcoast skiers, as Camden Snow Bowl pre-season ticket purchases have set yet another record.

Amid gusting winds of 10 to 15 knots, the steady hand of Maine Army National Guard helicopter pilot and the strong backs of members of the Camden fire and parks and recreation departments brought the cross on top of Maiden's cliff back to its rightful position. This past May, vandals knocked down one of Camden's most famous landmarks, first erected on Mount Megunticook more than 100 years ago. A number of crosses have been erected through the years at the Megunticook site, with the most recent in 1947 and in June !980. The cross was erected in memory of 11-year-old Eleanor French, who fell to her death from the cliff in May 1864.

It was “all hands to the pumps,” or the modern-day equivalent thereof, last Saturday when 16 Wayfarer Marine employees found themselves up against the high winds and torrential rains that were playing havoc with some of the boats still moored in Camden Harbor. Rodney Gibbs estimated the waves in the harbor at 6- to 8-feet, Wayfarer yard supervisor Mike King estimated 10-feet. At Willey Wharf, winds from 65 to 68 miles per hour were measured. “We were picking 'em up as we saw 'em,” said King of boats. “We couldn't get near some of them because they were swinging around, and sometimes you can do more damage checking the lines than saving the boat.”


50 years ago, 1963

The American Association for State and Local History recently conferred an Award of Merit on Camden's Historical Society. The Association Award of merit is a special citation giving national recognition to persons, groups, or organizations who have made a significant contribution to the study of understanding local history.

Afternoon drives this time of year designed for enjoyment of the foliage lead many to Hope where the finest apples and cider are available. The stockpile at Payson's and Ludwig's Farms leave nothing to be desired.

Last Thursday the court allowed the sale of the bankrupt shipyard's tangible assets to the Wayfarer Marine Co. for the sum of $88,000. Charles McMullen, president of Wayfarer, said that the management will change hands Friday night. “Mac” explained that a crew of 10- 20 persons will work through this winter, doing “some building,” and a general clean, paint and fix up designed to consolidate and “change the face” of the well-known yard.


100 years ago, 1913

A fire started in a kiln shed on Crockett's Point owned by A.C. Gay & Co. that was being used as a storehouse. Under the impetus of high wind it spread rapidly to large sheds owned by the Rockland–Rockport Lime Co., and this, with nine kilns, were burned, and about 2,000 feet of trestle work of the Limerock Railroad. Had it not been for the wet roofs the fire would have spread over that whole section of the city. The fire was evidently set and the work was done by someone familiar with the kilns. The fire alarm signal cord for use at the kiln shed had been cut and that caused some delay in sounding the alarm. So rapidly did the fire spread that some of the night workmen on the kilns had to run for their lives. It is understood that the kilns will be rebuilt.

Maine farmers complain that bluejays, which are very numerous this year, have done great damage to the crops. The bluejay does most damage to corn fields, acres of corn fields have been devastated. The birds are unusually bold this year, and all efforts to keep them out have been of no avail. There is no open time on bluejays, but the law permits the killing of the birds provided they are destroying the crops.

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