Past Tense

Weather trends at record lows and highs

By Lynne Watts | Jan 01, 2015

A search through The Camden Herald archives revealed the following:

1 year ago, 2013

Tips for safeguarding your pets during the cold winter weather

Although equipped with fur coats, dogs and other animals can still suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze, according to animal advocates. Cold weather spells extra hardship for "backyard" dogs, who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care.

When temperatures plummet:

Keep animals inside. This is especially important to remember when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or coat on walks.

Don't allow cats and dogs to roam freely outdoors. During winter, cats sometimes climb under the hoods of cars to be near warm engines and are badly injured or killed when the car is started. Increase animals' food rations during the winter because they are burning more calories to keep warm.

Keep an eye out for strays. Take unidentified animals inside or get them to an animal shelter. If strays are skittish or otherwise unapproachable, provide food and water and call the local humane society for assistance in trapping them and getting them indoors.

Wipe off your dogs' or cats' legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick if they ingest them while cleaning themselves.

When dogs are left outdoors, provide them with proper shelter. Details on how to provide housing can be found at

5 years ago, 2009

The majority of parents who attended an informational meeting about proposed changes to the dress code at Camden-Rockport Middle School supported those changes. Many even agreed that mandatory uniforms for all students would be a way to rid the school of the problem of students violating the code.

Due to ongoing problems with inappropriate clothing at the school, mainly with seventh- and eighth-grade girls wearing low cut shirts exposing their cleavage, the dress code was purposed. The principal said that about a quarter of the time, when a student is told they are not following the dress code, they say they have a change of clothes in their bag. At the start of the school year, the school had more than 200 donated T-shirts on hand to give to students who violate the dress code. A parent questioned why the shirts have a donkey on them, which says "Hee Haw." The shirts were donated from Kick Start Maine, a state program that encourages children to go on to college, and its logo is a donkey.

10 years ago, 2004

Local island communities were stunned to discover that all flights by Maine Atlantic Aviation, a provider of passenger, freight and mail service, have been discontinued by the company's new management.

"We didn't even get any kind of call from Maine Atlantic," said Marjorie Stratton, the town manager of Vinalhaven. "We got a call from one of the pilots who had been fired, saying all flights have been suspended."

"They're eliminating that part of their business," Jeff Northgraves said. "They've laid off pilots. There have been other cuts, but yesterday's was most drastic."

Roland Lussier, the new lessee of Maine Atlantic Aviation, appeared before the county commissioners in August and told the board he "had no immediate plans to change the service provided by Maine Atlantic," according to the minutes of the meeting.

But Lussier also said island service was a "liability," and although considered essential by islanders, the service "became less essential as costs continued to rise," according to meeting minutes.

Representatives from local islands were confused and angry as word of Maine Atlantic's decision spread.

"There's a lot of reason to be very concerned," said Eva Murray of Matinicus, who directs the island rescue service. Matinicus lacks regular ferry service, and depends on air service for transportation, mail and grocery deliveries, especially in winter.

The island is home to 50 residents year-round, a number that increases in the summer. Groceries are delivered by air two or three times a week during winter months, Murray said, and daily in the summer.

25 years ago, 1989

Thanks to early snow and cold weather the town-owned Camden Snow Bowl opened 11 days earlier than expected. This is one of the earliest openings in 20 years. A massive snowstorm, combined with thunder and lightning caused some serious damage to Snow Bowl equipment and the loss of a day's skiing the weekend prior.

50 years ago, 1964

A Rockport newsletter with an update on Andre the Seal: "Last Tuesday Harry Goodridge opened wide the door of Andre's "office" and let his pet go free. Andre didn't seem too anxious to leave, and was finally pushed out into the harbor by Harry. He immediately took over his harbormaster duties and inspected everything carefully. He has since stayed in familiar waters and is always close by at feeding time. He climbs out on Luke Allen's float for his sun baths. Sunday afternoon Harry opened the pen and let Andre swim in to say hello to his girlfriend Trudy, and Sunday night Andre again was let into the pen for the night. so far it looks like Andre intends to stay here for the winter."

United States Gasoline Consumption.

If you had a nickel for each gallon of the average amount of gasoline consumer in one day in the United States, you could have quite a fling, according to the Automobile Legal Association.

Americans consume an average of about 188 million gallons of gasoline daily. At five cents per gallon you'd have $9.4 million, but if you were forced to count each nickel for each gallon you wouldn't have much time to spend your windfall in the next few years.

Assuming you counted a nickel second it would take almost six years to tally 188 million nickels. And if you decided to keep to a 40-hour week, it would take you 25 years.

But don't count on it, advises the ALA. Somewhere along the line you might lose track and have to start all over or you might wake-up.

100 years ago, 1914

The water situation is growing more and more serious. So rain the past week and the little benefit from the melting snow is practically over, and the ponds and rivers are still almost at a record low point and are still going lower. In this town, the milk owners are watching the water carefully and saving it all they can, yet the lake is gradually going lower and if rain does not come soon the mills will be obliged to go on short time.

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