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Thin mortar outlines Colonial dame, Muck Pond drained, fire department buys brand new pumper truck

Oct 10, 2016

Oct. 8, 1847

“We were not able to be present at the railroad meeting on Thursday last, but learn that a very good spirit prevailed. A committee was appointed to make necessary arrangements for an exploration of the route. The committee consisted of the following gentlemen: - Messrs, J. Williamson, H. O. Alden, J. P. White, P. R. Hazeltine, I. Allard, and subsequently added, Gov. Anderson.”

“Pay! Pay! As E. Swett is going to Boston the last of this month, he earnestly requests those indebted to help him with the needful. He trusts this notice will be sufficient.”

Oct. 2, 1884

“Engineer Richards last week drained the water entirely off the Muck Pond and will dig into the centre to a sufficient depth to make a thorough examination as to the value of this place as a source of water supply. It is thought, from present indications, that there are no springs there.”

“Mathews Bros. are full of business and are driven to fill their orders. Their new office in the rear of the old one, 14X14, is finished in butternut and will be the pleasantest office in the city, commanding as it does a fine view of the bay.”

“The Swanville Cornet Band, with a number of citizens, recently serenaded Senator-elect A. E. Nickerson at his residence in Swanville. The band, which only lately received new instruments of fine tone and finish, discoursed some spirited selections, and then in response to calls from the assemblage, Mr. N. stepped out upon the verandah and made a few well chosen remarks, which were enthusiastically received.”

Oct. 4, 1923

“Several men, who evidently have very vivid imaginations, have found what they insist in calling the picture of a woman on the brick wall soon to be covered with the wall of the new Colonial Theatre building. There are splashes of what seems to be thin mortar forming a Colonial dame with an indistinct waist line.”

Cards received from Capt. Albert W. Stevens, U. S. Air Service, indicate that he has had another escape which he as usual regards lightly. ‘Cracked up plane at Holbrook, Arizona. No one hurt,’ he said.”

Searsport – “At the high school interest in athletics is keen this fall, due to the introduction of football into the athletic curriculum. They have been practicing every day and student activity has been running high in the support of the team, and various plans have been carried out to that end.”

Oct. 6, 1977

“The new Porter Conference Room at the Belfast Free Library will be opened to the public on Monday, October 10. This room, given by Bernard H. Porter as a memorial to the late Margaret Eudine Porter, will be available as a meeting place for various community groups. It will also provide an exhibit area for local artists, the first of whom will be Ruth Crichton, a Belfast painter.”

“The Belfast City Council convened for a brief special session last Friday and authorized the purchase of a new pumper for the Belfast Fire Department. City Manager James Murphy told the Journal that the meeting was called in order to take action before an October 1 price increase, announced by two of the three bidders on the truck, went into effect. After reviewing the bids, the council accepted a bid of $52,988, which will be taken from the department’s equipment capital reserve fund, submitted by Blanchard Associates of Winthrop, for a 1978, diesel-powered Ford truck equipped with a Pierce pumper and 750 gallon water tank.”

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