Past Tense

Mopping up a mess in Mountainside Park

By Kim Lincoln | Nov 28, 2012

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

One year ago, 2011

The Five Town Community School District Facilities Committee were meeting to discuss purchasing abutting property near Camden Hills Regional High School. The land abuts the high school, located in Rockport, and the facilities director asked for the item to be placed on the agenda because the school currently has insufficient field space for sports teams.

An estimated 200 gallons of kerosene began leaking from a full oil tank adjacent to a residence at 7 Mountainside Park in Camden sometime during the Thanksgiving holiday. A state official said the failure began as water collected in the tank's filter and froze, expanding the filter apart near the valve. Camden firefighters and state Department of Environmental Protection officials were onsite mopping up the spill.

Five years ago, 2007

People in the Midcoast were preparing for their first major storm of the season. The National Weather Service was calling for 8 to 14 inches of snow along the coast with up to 18 inches farther inland. It was expected to fall at a rate of 1-inch per hour.

Athenahealth Inc. of Watertown, Mass., signed a purchase-and-sale agreement with Bank of America to purchase a 135,000-square-foot building in Belfast. The deal was expected to close in February 2008. The business announced plans to hire 200 people in 2008.

10 years ago, 2002

The 62nd annual Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce banquet honored Sonny Goodwin as the 2002 Townsperson of the Year, noting his long-standing commitment to the town, affordable housing and the community at-large.

Plans to rebuild Route 1 in Lincolnville, from south of the beach to a point in Ducktrap, a total of 1.5 miles of road, were scrapped due to a reduced Department of Transportation budget.

25 years ago, 1987

A Camden resident, who hauled several truckloads of tires, bed springs, refrigerators and a rusted IGA grocery cart from the depths of a pond on his property to the dump was notified by he was in violation of state environmental laws. The pond, which was part of the Goose River tributary, constituted an unlawful alteration of a stream. The resident was requested to provide the state with plans to fix the problem or face fines.

About a dozen proponents of the proposed Seabright Park, slated for six acres off Mt. Battie Street, sent a petition to selectmen asking calling for the establishment of a public park on the eastern slope of the river.

50 years ago, 1962

The George H. Thomas Fuel Company was offering $25, $15 and $10 to those homeowners who best lighted and decorated residences during the holiday season. It was not necessary to register, as judges, who were separate from the company, drove around town to make their decision.

Rockport Garden Club was planning its third annual Christmas Market. Proceeds from the sale were used for community betterment, such as planting at the schools, flower baskets around town during the summer months, Christmas lighting and trees.

100 years ago, 1912

Two strangers in town, while crossing the bridge, commented on the untidy appearance of the river and river bank. One of them said he could not understand how people in such a neat and pretty village as Camden should allow so much refuse thrown in the river and on the bank. The newspaper called for the matter to be remedied.

"Just a reminder: The time for advertising unpaid taxes is only a few weeks away and those who have not settled with tax collector Paul should arrange to do so as soon as possible as these few weeks will soon pass."

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

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