Seagulls, cows and cleanups

By Louis Bettcher | May 06, 2017

A search through The Camden Herald archives revealed the following on this day:

One year ago, 2016

Camden Select Board members supported the creation of a permanent Snow Bowl committee, as well as a short-term team, to review the ski area's budget for 2017. A meeting was set up to make appointments to the budget team.

Town Manager Pat Finnigan told the Select Board that current Budget Committee members and citizens have expressed interest in working on the ski area's 2017 budget, and that some attendees at an April 26 workshop had indicated interest in volunteering on a budget team and a Snow Bowl committee.

Five years ago, 2012

The Rockland City Council heard from residents complaining that neighbors had been feeding seagulls, drawing birds by the hundreds, creating a noise and defecation problem.

Harry Earl of Camden Street Terrace said his neighbor had been feeding gulls for some time, making it so that he and his wife, Beatrice, felt like prisoners in their own home. He said he could not have a barbecue without disruption from the noise and defecation from the birds. The resident also added he could not even open his windows without bird droppings coming through his screens.

The council also decided it would revisit the potential license of the Brass Compass to serve customers at tables in the Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park at the corner of Park and Main streets.

Ten years ago, 2007

Following the May 3 recall of beef processed by Bubier Meats of Greene, Hal Prince of the Maine Department of Agriculture reported that all but one-half a carcass is unaccounted for.

His department had been working with Bubier's owners since 10 of 24 sides of beef were held back for possible fecal contamination. Some of the remaining carcasses, which were hanging in the cooler with the others and belonged to Caldwell Meats, a small, family-owned farm in Turner, also got swept up in the recall after Bubier processed them post-recall.

Dee Caldwell was upset on May 4 as she made the rounds in Camden talking to local purveyors of Caldwell meat products. Believing her family's good name became guilty by association, not by endangering the public, Caldwell was frustrated with the way she perceived the state agency handled the situation.

While Caldwell said she proved to herself her meat was OK by eating some raw product identified in the recall, Prince said his agency had to do the right thing by the consumer.

25 years ago, 1992

The retail value of a collection of jewelry taken in a daring daylight theft from the Good Hands Gallery on Bay View Street in Camden was estimated by police at more than $42,000. Police had a tentative lead in the case: a white woman in her mid-20s, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with a thin to medium build with unkempt blonde hair and wearing jeans and a windbreaker at the time.

The Waldo-Knox Buddy Program for people who are HIV-positive, have AIDS, or are in need of support because a family member or loved one has AIDS was looking for volunteers. This is a nationwide program that trains lay-people ("Buddies") to be a listening ear and provide support to people affected by the AIDS epidemic.

"White Men Can't Jump" and "My Cousin Vinny" were showing at the Strand Theater this week.

50 years ago, 1967

Plans were under way to establish a civic theater in Camden. Under the direction of Michael Herron, English Department chairman for Camden-Rockport High School, the project proposed to provide an outlet for Camden-area residents in the fine arts, and outlet which will encourage and develop talent from Camden and surrounding areas.

Camden town officials designated the week of May 15-20 as Camden Cleanup Week. Residents of the town were encouraged to spruce up their property by removing litter, brush, etc., and setting it out by the road where it was to be picked up by the town crew.

"Doctor Zhivago" was showing at the Strand Theater this week, and a eggs were on sale at the Camden IGA for 39 cents per dozen.

75 years ago, 1942

Army regulations had been made effective to "dim-out" the entire Atlantic Seaboard from Maine to Florida. This required that all lights shining seaward be turned off or shaded. Camden's Main street lights were dimmed by the Central Maine Power Company in accordance with this edict.

All homes with rooms facing the shore were required to keep those shades pulled when lights are on and illuminated signs which offend will be blackened for the duration. The Sea and Shore Fisheries Wardens have the responsibility of checking on all of these "dim-out" requirements and they will report violations observed by their coast patrol.

Enough milk had been produced by an 8 year, 7 month old Holstein in the Round Top Farms' herd at Damariscotta, to fill a 2,100-foot row of quart milk bottles to overflowing, stated the Holstein-Friesian Association of America. As officially recorded, Roto Inka Johanna is credited with 523 pounds of butter-fat from 14,592 pounds of milk, and was milked twice daily during the year.

100 years ago, 1917

A Naval Training Station was to be established at once in Rockland. The new block erected by Everett L. Spear, opposite the Rankin block, was to be remodeled at a cost of $5,000 and barracks were also to possibly be set up in other buildings. Lt. Carleton F. Snow, who is the successor to Capt. Scribner, was commandant of the Naval Training Station.

The enrolling in the Thorndike Hotel was to be continued with the present staff. The location of the training station in that city is understood to mean that Rockland will be the permanent headquarters for about 300 men, perhaps more, who are in the Coast Defense Service.

With the approach of hot weather, increased care must be taken in the handling of milk. Very frequently contamination occurs after the milk is delivered to the consumer. The milk should be received in a well-sealed glass package. It should be left in a cool place, free from dogs, flies and other sources of contamination. Never take the milk bottle into a sick room.

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