Past Tense

Near tragedy on the Yankee Girl

By Linda Hall-Stone | May 22, 2013

A search through the archives revealed the following:

One year ago, 2012

The town of Rockport has plans to turn a property acquired for non-payment of taxes into a carry-in/carry-out access point to Chickawaukie Pond. The property, which currently has a camp and outhouse on site, is located at the end of Winding Way, off Old County Road on a private road named Chickawaukie Pond Road. The lot provides 35 feet of frontage on the pond and has a sandy shoreline that gradually deepens.

Jason and Penny Peasley of Lincolnville have taken over operations of the Mechanic Street ice cream shop next to Megunticook River in downtown Camden. The shop has always been family run and will continue to be as Jason is the nephew of former owner David Dickey. Dickey is the owner of the Camden Riverhouse Hotel. Jason is the sixth generation of his family to own a business in downtown Camden. As Jason's cousins made their way through college and graduate school, they always came home to Camden in the summer and worked at the shop.

Camden Harbour Inn is featured in the May issue of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report in a column about Maine’s coastal delights, “New Discoveries on the Scenic Coast of Maine.”

Five years ago, 2008

The Penobscot Bay YMCA reports that it has received sufficient contributions and pledges to pay off all remaining debt on the construction of its 5-year-old facility on Union Street. This ends nearly a decade of fund raising.

A local orchard has ceased selling cider wholesale following a visit by federal food regulators, according to the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. The FDA informed the orchard that their wholesale cider must be pasteurized. "Refusing to convert their product line form a whole, living food to what they define as apple juice, they have decided to drop their wholesale cider business — a significant economic blow to the farm income."

The following list of concerns were presented at the Camden Downtown Business group, to highlight what people think is wrong with the Camden economy at the moment. Empty storefronts & business closing, growth of Internet sales, price-sensitive items being purchased at malls and big-box stores, diminished population eight months of the year, escalating fuel and food prices, Knox County demographics, lack of variety of retail shops, more retailers closed in winter, unwillingness of landlords to renegotiate on rents, changes at the chamber of commerce and the seeming robustness of Rockland all were cited as potential contributor.

10 years ago, 2003

The yellow ribbons are gone from town-owned lampposts, but they are not gone from town. Selectperson Susan Dorr believes she erred when she voted to remove yellow ribbons form public lampposts earlier this month. At issue was a 3-2 vote ordering yellow ribbons removed because some people in town consider them to be political signs.

Almost $40,000 is owed to local builder Andrew Oliver for construction of the bandstand at Breezemere Park in Lincolnville. Selectman Tom Nolan, who has been looking into the situation, said he will ask his colleagues on the board of selectmen to consider whether the town is responsible for settling the debt. This will not be a poplar suggestion, said Nolan, but it has to be discussed.

Hospital administrators think Gov. John Baldacci's Dirigo Health Plan is a bad medicine for an ailing healthcare system. The executive director of Waldo County General Hospital says the plan's proposed 3 percent cap on revenue rings as a death knell to rural hospitals, including WCGH; the revenue cap would limit hospital's ability to attract physicians and nurses and ensure quality and diversity of care.

15 years ago, 1998

The Camden Herald moved to a new office at 56 Elm St.

Selectmen, school committee members and a small group of parents and community members filled a public hearing on a nonbinding article asking voters whether Hope Elementary School should have a principal.

Significant revisions to the town's shoreland zoning ordinances to meet Department of Environmental Protection requirements will go before voters.

50 years ago, 1963

The Camden and Rockland Water Company cleaned about a mile of 12-inch water main on Mountain Street. The cleaning was done with a hydraulic scraper which was pushed by water pressure, through the main form the standpipe on Upper Mountain Street down to Megunticook River where a piece of the 12-inch pipe was cut out to allow the cleaner to come out at the River.

Announcement has been made that the Camden High School Mustangs are withdrawing form the Knox-Lincoln basketball league. Horace McGowan, principal of CHS said "We have had a record for the league of 38-2 for 2 years and we feel that the boys aren't getting the competition they need for the tournaments."

100 years ago, 1913

In Washington news: This place was visited by a snow squall, last week, and for a few hours the ground looked like winter.

In the "Base Ball" column; the games Saturday, changed the situation of the struggle in the Knox County League and Camden has now an uphill fight. Thomaston and Rockland now have a decided advantage in the fight.

While the sails were being hoisted on the schooner, Yankee Girl, in Rockland harbor, Frank Strickland, a Boston sailor, was nearly strangled to death in the presence of the crew. He became entangled in the windlass rope, two turns of which encircled his head with such force that his lower jaw was broken in two places. He had nearly ceased breathing when another sailor finally severed the rope with a jack-knife.

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