A 46-year-old memorial to the Navy cruiser USS Portland is being rededicated Tuesday in a Veterans Day ceremony that will celebrate the restoration of the ship parts overlooking the water on Portland’s Munjoy Hill.
1958 record album popularized Down East humor
Some of the classic lines that define Maine humor emerged 50 years ago on a record made by two Yale University students in a dormitory room.
Uttered in exaggerated Down East accents, the exchanges between Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan on the “Bert and I” album inspired generations of storytellers both in-state and beyond, including the likes of Garrison Keillor of Lake Wobegone fame.
Restored ship memorial to be rededicated Tuesday
The ceremony honoring the USS Portland is one of many events in Maine that will mark Veterans Day.
When Bill Whitten was attending an event at the USS Portland memorial on Munjoy Hill about a year ago, he was shocked at the condition of the aftmast and bridge shield, pieces of the heavy cruiser that had been pulled from a scrap yard 46 years ago to form the centerpiece of the memorial.
With logging came throngs, spike in crime
THE LID IS LOST, Twenty-Nine Arrests for Intoxication in 36 Hours (March 30, 1908)
Such headlines in the Bangor Daily Commercial marked the return of the loggers to the Queen City, their pockets full of money, their raging thirsts not to be denied.
They were a mixed group, said the Bangor Daily News on March 30, consisting of “a few young men of Bangor and other river towns, a considerable number from the Maritime Provinces, and swarms of Poles, Finns, Swedes and other foreigners.” It had required about 6,000 men to harvest the Penobscot River log cut that year.
Fate of historic buildings discussed
John Seilonen sometimes carries an old blue-speckled tin and porcelain teapot he found among the ruins of the Old Town Farm to make a point.”It’s my Opera House,” said the 76-year-old who lives on the Old Town Farm property. “The teapot is all I have left of the Old Town Farm.”
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