News from this week (W/E 07 June 08

Hey guess what? today is one of those days that only happens once every thousand years. Today’s date is 06-07-08. We won’t see that combo again until 3008. Yes, I have too much time on my hands. Any ways here’s this weeks news highlites……

Eastern Maine museum to close

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
CALAIS (AP) – A museum in Calais that showcases the cultural heritage of easternmost Maine won’t open its doors this summer after four years of financial struggles.

The Downeast Heritage Museum’s board of directors made the decision after reviewing the museum’s financial difficulties.

Firefighting relic languishes in Hope

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
BOSTON (AP) – A firetruck restoration expert in rural Maine is growing tired of baby-sitting a mighty contraption once used to battle blazes in Boston’s tallest buildings.

Andy Swift says he saved the wagon-mounted 65-foot tower from the scrapyard in 1998. But he was told a week after carting it to Maine that Boston fire officials wanted it back. He, in turn, said they’d have to pay the transportation expense.

Looking back

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
For two nights now the streets of Lewiston have not been lighted. This was due Sunday night to the fact that when the water wheel was started up, the gearing broke and the power could not be turned on. A crew of men worked Monday repairing the break and it was supposed that everything was fixed up by Monday evening. The wheel was started and everything appeared to be working finely. At about 10 o’clock the gearing broke again and the streets were again in darkness. Today, the crew will again attempt to make the repairs which will last.

Fire levels N.H. antiques business

Thursday, June 5, 2008
SOUTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) – Fire leveled several buildings at a business in New Hampshire that salvaged windows, doors and other architectural features from old buildings around New England.

The six-alarm fire at Nor’East Architectural Antiques in South Hampton began Tuesday evening and burned late into the night. More than 100 firefighters fought it.

Oxford students recreate Civil War

By Leslie H. Dixon , Staff Writer
Thursday, June 5, 2008

OXFORD – On a cold, rainy night Wednesday, 47 sixth-graders and their leaders staged a Civil War-era encampment behind Oxford Elementary School, spending the night in tents as part of their social studies lesson.

“I’m wearing long johns and my mom’s bringing my pillow over,” said Julie DiFazio, who played Mary Todd Lincoln. Garbed in a long purple velvet dress and black sequined vest, which was her aunt’s wedding dress, DiFazio pitched in with the other girls to get their tent up.

Professor: Stone wall might indicate archaeological site under Cowan Mill

By Carol Coultas , Business Writer
Friday, June 6, 2008
LEWISTON – Barry Rodrigue thought he was onto something when he and some students from his archaeology class noticed variations in the foundation of the Cowan Mill on a field trip to the site.

The traditional red brick that typifies most of the area’s 19th-century mills was everywhere. But inside, on the lower two levels, were the remains of a stone wall.

Dyer presents Camden history
CAMDEN — Camden’s unofficial town historian, Barbara Dyer, will give a talk, drawn from her research, memories, and new book, “Remembering Camden: Stories from an Old Maine Harbor,” at the Camden Public Library on Saturday, June 14 at 2 p.m.

Thomaston, Islesboro in community project
AUGUSTA — The Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, selected Thomaston and Islesboro to be among the first eight Maine communities to participate in the Maine Community Heritage Project.

‘The Turn Of The Century’
Railroad History Gets New Life In Willimantic
BY PETER MARTEKA Courant Staff Writer
June 6, 2008
WILLIMANTIC — – Sometime between 1927 and 1935, the original Columbia Junction roundhouse was torn down and bulldozed into the six pits where steam locomotives were once repaired and stored. The turntable that spun the locomotives into one of the roundhouse’s six bays was later scrapped to feed the blasts furnaces of World War II.,0,1555915.story

Genealogy journal has perspective on ancestors
By Roxanne Moore Saucier
Monday, June 2, 2008 – Bangor Daily News
Even before you get to the articles, each quarterly issue of The Maine Genealogist is worth reading. So often I find that editor Joseph C. Anderson III answers a question I haven’t even thought of asking.

‘Keeping history alive,’ one RPM at a time

WESTPORT ISLAND — You might call Bob Meixell and his grown son, Jim, conservationists. But that would be only part of the story. What they like to conserve are small internal combustion engines, the kind of engine used early last century on farms before the rural countryside was electrified.

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