2012: 10 Years Ago
The city’s sewage now has a new place to call home, despite a bit of what one city official described as 11-th hour “chaos.”
Wastewater Superintendent Mike Harris said it is “incredibly awesome” to be working in the new treatment plant off Bayside Road, rather than the old plant on Water Street.
The new plant was fully activated last week, and crews are now in the process of decommissioning the old plant. That work is expected to be mostly complete within a week or two.
The 2012 Pink Tulip Project has literally been “put to rest” until it “blossoms” again in May 2013 as a garden of hundreds of pink tulips. Some 800 pink tulip bulbs were planted Saturday, Nov. 3, on State Street in Ellsworth at the Donald A. Little Park as well as at the Old Burial Ground behind the First Congregational Church. This fundraiser for breast cancer research received a great deal of local financial support as well as the gardening efforts of the bulb planters Nancy Corliss, Warrene Carriere, Jay Barnes, Marcia Hemingway, Michelle Condon and Barbara Heganbart. Sheri Giancarlo also helped.
After seven seasons at the helm, Griff Fenton retired as coach of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team after the close of the 2011 season last spring.
This month at its annual meeting in Providence, R.I., the New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) honored Fenton with the Stephen B. Leslie Sportsmanship Award.
1997: 25 Years Ago
Sedgwick: A Saturday afternoon fire in the village of Sargentville claimed the Reach Road residence of John and Tara McKechnie, who were not home at the time of the blaze, according to Sedgwick Fire Chief Bruce Grindal.
The fire was reported just before 2 p.m., shortly after the couple left the residence to go shopping. According to Grindal, the fire started near the wood stove, directly behind which the couple had stacked some wood to dry.
Police responded to a rash of car accidents Friday night caused by the slippery road conditions that followed the first major snowfall of the year.
Nearly half of the 28 accidents to which police responded this past week were attributed to the slick roads, which sent drivers into ditches all over the city.
Machiasport: This coastal town of just over 1,000 people grew by more than 200 on Thursday, Nov. 13, as Atlantic Salmon Maine Inc. cut the ribbon on a 28,000-square-foot state-of-the-art salmon processing plant.
Gov. Angus King and legislators from across the state were on hand for the occasion, which marked Atlantic Salmon’s 10th birthday and the creation of 30 new full-time jobs.
1972: 50 Years Ago
According to City Manager John True, the State Bureau of Highways has indicated that it will proceed with the first section of its proposed reconstruction of High Street if the city will agree to lay new sewer pipe in that area in conjunction with the highway construction.
The section of High Street involved runs from the triangle to Card’s Brook in front of the Maine Coast Mall shopping center.
Maine’s poultry crises resulting from pollution of feeds by polychlorinated bihenyls (PCBs) cost the agriculture community at least $1,351,000, the Department of Agriculture estimates in a study of PCBc released this fall.
It also involved costs of $23,202 to the meat and poultry inspection division of the department.
A $7,290 grant to conduct part one of a two-year “Study of the Hunting and Feeding Habits and Population Dynamics of Seals on the Maine Coast to Assess Their Impact on Fisheries and to Draft a Protection and Management Policy” has been received by the Maine Department of Sea and Shore Fisheries from the National Geographic Society, according to an announcement made today by Robert L. Dow, Director of Research.
1922: 100 Years Ago
About the most despicable class of thief in existence is the clothesline thief. One of these undesirable citizens has been operating in Ellsworth for several months past, and many losses have been reported. Close watch is now being kept, and not much sympathy will be wasted upon the thief if captured.
Work on the resurfacing of Main Street, which has been greatly delayed by unfavorable weather, is now completed across the post office square, and will be continued up Main Street as long as the weather permits. With the straight away work now, more rapid progress will be made.
Joseph S. Bonsey, a veteran of the Civil War, died Sunday at the home of his nephew, Walter A. Bonsey, on the Bucksport Road, aged seventy-six years. Mr. Bonsey was born in Surry, but for forty years or more had lived in Bucksport. He served in Co. C, 1st Maine heavy artillery.