A fine Sturgeon, 'Talkies' at the Colonial, student deaths at Kent State

May 13, 2020

May 16, 1833

For the last week or ten days we have had plenty of Salmon, Shad and Alewives in our market. The price of salmon has been as high as 15 to 17 cents per lb.—it will probably soon be down to ten cents. We have also a constant supply of live Cod and Haddock, and very frequently hive Haulabut, very cheap.—But the greatest novelty of the finny tribe among us, was a fine Sturgeon, between 7 and 8 feet long, taken near Brigadoer’s Island, exposed whole in our market on Saturday last.

May 16, 1889

A coffee and tea firm, at Portland, has leased the store, No. 81 Main street, recently vacated by Mr. Burkett, and will open a branch store here.

At a special meeting of the city government Monday evening, a committee on sewerage was appointed, and it is hoped they will institute a general system of sewerage.

April 20th, Belfast ordered some plank for sidewalks from the mills at Bangor. A portion of the lumber arrived Monday. The delay was caused by the high water which interfered with the saw mills.

May 16, 1929

The eagerly anticipated “Talkies” opened in the Colonial Theatre Friday evening under the direction of Manager Quint, who has been receiving many congratulations. The crowds attending spoke louder than words of the appreciation of the town’s people and when the county roads are improved the people from the surrounding towns will attend. George Bancroft in “The Wolf of Wall Street” was ideal in the leading role with a good voice to demonstrate the wonders of the Movietone and Vitaphone.

May 14, 1970

Students Protest at Unity College

Unity College cancelled classes on Friday, May 8 to join 410 of the nation’s 1,500 colleges which were mourning the deaths of four Kent State college students in Ohio and opposing America’s military movement in Cambodia.

The double purpose observance included a mock funeral, a gym assembly with speakers, workshop symposium, a play which re-enacted the four deaths on the Kent State campus on May 4, a folkfest of anti-war songs and a mock funeral procession down the main street of Unity.

Rock studded graves bearing the names of the students on crude wooden crosses lie on the ground near Unity College’s academic building. Reportedly, students and some faculty members placed flowers on the four graves. An American flag flies over them.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

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