100 years ago: 1922
Chief Harry Fogg of the Auburn Fire Department adopted a small time-saver by having his men’s rubber coats systematically stored on the trucks. A number of places have been digitally materialized and each firefighter must proceed directly to their number and always take the coat there. The officers’ coats are on a different truck so there may not be confusion between officers and men. Thanks to this arrangement, no time should be lost in the event of a fire.
50 years ago: 1972
John Wakefield will be the skipper as he will represent the Taylor Pond Yacht Club in the Sears Cup Central Maine F division, the North American Junior Sailing Championship eliminations which take place Wednesday and Thursday on Taylor Pond.
Craig Edmundson will be the crew and he and Wakefield will face teams from Boothbay Harbor, North Haven, Burleigh Hill, Southport and Camden. The ship class for this elimination will be Enterprises.
The winning team will face the winners of the East and South State Divisions in Portland on August 8-9. The lightning bolts will be used for state eliminations, the winners of which will travel to North Chatham, Mass. to compete for the district championship in Sailors of the Day. The finals will be held in Jackson, Miss., in Thistles, starting August 28.
For this week’s eliminations, Bob Libby will serve as the alternate.
25 years ago: 1997
Perfect summer weather and the smiling faces of happy campers greeted guests at the grand opening of the new Harold and Bibby Alfond Lodge at Camp Susan Curtis on Friday. The 23-year-old summer camp on Trout Lake serves hundreds of economically disadvantaged Maine children each year and is named after the daughter of former Governor Ken Curtis and his wife, Polly. Susan Curtis died of cystic fibrosis as a child.
The new pavilion was made possible by contributions to the Susan Curtis Camp Campaign as well as an estimated $100,000 in donated professional services.
The Alfonds, well-known Maine philanthropists, made a $100,000 challenge donation to the campaign for Camp Susan Curtis. The Harold Alfond Fund will match every new dollar in the campaign up to $100,000. And in a surprise announcement on Friday, Alfond announced, “I’ll give you another $100,000.” which was greeted with much applause and cheers. Friday’s celebration began when Alfond landed in a helicopter at a nearby field and was greeted by the Curtises and camp director Bob Flynn. Since Friday was also the 24th annual Trustees and Friends Day, at least 50 guests gathered along with approximately 90 campers and 36 youth leaders-in-training and camp staff for the dedication. Attendees included Jim Alden, assistant camp director, Tom LaPointe, pioneer camp director, and Dick MacPherson, retired head football coach of the New England Patriots; and Mary Ellen Deschenes, all of the Susan Curtis Foundation.
David Ott, Chairman of the Board, said: “We have been running a fundraising campaign for the past few years with the aim of improving the facilities. The Alfond Lodge is a 10,000 square foot multi-purpose facility. It includes a full institutional kitchen named in memory of Phyllis Millett who served as a camp cook for 19 summers, a 200-seat dining room with a huge fieldstone fireplace and decorated with an art stork created by the campers , a large indoor activity center, staff room, two program centers and a large wrap-around porch filled with picnic tables.
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