Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Nov. 29, 1861

"Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War

Sir: We the undersigned, citizens of the state of Maine, would respectfully represent that the unnamed fort on Murry Hill, in the city of Baltimore, was constructed by the Seventh regiment, Maine volunteers, under the command of the late gallant, accomplished, and beloved Colonel Thomas H. Marshall; that the said colonel contracted a typhoid fever during the progress of that work, and died near the time of its completion; and that it is the earnest desire of the officers and members of that regiment, that the said fort should bear the name of the late colonel, deceased. We would, therefore, and in conformity with the convictions of our judgments, and in the promptings of our best feelings, most respectfully ask that the said fort be named FORT MARSHALL, as a just tribute to the memory of the lamented dead, who was one of the most promising young commanders from our state.”

Nov. 24, 1877

Law and Order League

“In furtherance of the movement for organizing a Law and Order League in this city a mass meeting was called for Monday evening in the Belfast Opera House. About one hundred and twenty-five were present, many ladies attending to testify their approval of the movement. Rev. B. C. Wentworth's spoke of the work to be done. Rev. J. A. Savage was called upon to explain the nature and workings of the proposed league.”

Nov. 29, 1934

At the Colonial: Zasu Pitts and El Brendel in "The Meanest Gal in Town," and John Wayne in "West of the Divide."

Nov. 27, 1975

SPM Will Continue Nuclear Ban Drive

"Safe Power for Maine (SPM) leaders said this week they will continue their drive for a referendum to place a seven-year ban on nuclear power development in the state despite the announcement of an 'indefinite' delay in Central Maine Power Co. Plans for a nuclear power plant on Sears Island. CMP officials announced the delay last Thursday, saying the firm can't afford to invest more money in the Sears Island site until it receives clarification of a federal regulation covering geological faults."

Nov. 30, 2000

Local Elves Comprise People For People

By Karla Lecerc

“Fourteen years ago, Paul Garelli saw a familiar face wrapping Christmas presents. When he asked who they were for, his friend responded that they were for a few families that didn’t have the means to buy gifts. Realizing that this woman did not have a lot of extras herself, he was deeply moved by her generosity. He decided that if she could find a way to help, he surely could, too. With that, People For People was born. Garelli is now the chair of the board of directors of People For People, a nonprofit organization run by volunteers. There are eight board members and between 200 and 300 community volunteers involved in the organization. According to Garelli, the ultimate goal is to make sure every single child in Waldo County in need gets a gift, warm winter clothing and a good Christmas meal.”


“A large box of Christmas stuff was left on Grace Colson’s front step. She is curious to find out who left it and why. If you are the person or know who did so, please call her.”