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13 January, 1984 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 17 Richard Burgess appointed Vice President of Bar Harbor Banking & Trust Co, The Board of Directors of the Bar Harbor Banking and Trust Company has announced that Richard A. Burgess has been promoted to Vice President. Mr. Burgess attended Nasson College and holds a degree in Business Adminis- tration. He has been employed with the bank since 1976 as a commercial loan officer working in Washington County out of the bank's Milbridge and Lubec offices. Mr. Burgess is a member of several civ- ic organizations, was appointed by G0v. Brennan as Chairman of the Task Force on Washington County's Economic Dev- elopment, and has been instrumental in attracting various business organizations to expand to Washington County. He, his wife Carol Ann, and their two SEASMOKE at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec around Christmas. (Morong Photo) diabetes clinics were held; a healthwise educational program was started; a Child Health Conference with physical examin- ations, vision and hearing tests; a self- care course for senior citizens; smoking and weight loss classes; alcoholand drug abuse program. In July, Dr. Judy Burk joined the staff at the Medical Center. Residing in Lubec, she has established a general medical practice. She is also on the staff at the Down East Community Hospital. FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on March 16 a spectacular fire destroyed the former American Can Company factory on Commercial Street and for a time threat- ened the whole town. The long two story wooden building attached to the main brick structure was completely engulf- ed in flames when the fire department arrived at the scene. Calls were immediately put out for assistance and firemen from Campobello, Cutler, Whiting, East Machias and Den- nysville responded. The Lubec fire de- partment had been well trained for such a catastrophe and was able to control the blaze without its spreading to other build- ings. Other fires were a camp and bait shed at Carrying Place Cove; the Bernard Eikot- ter home in the Wilcox Settlement; the old Huckins homestead at Denbow Point; two boat fires and the usual number of grass, woods and chimney fires. The police department was kept busy with theft, vandalism, traffic violations and other general complaints. In August, Norma White resigned from the police department and her place was taken by Joe O'B rien. LUBEC VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS Members of the Lubec Volunteer Ambulance Corps had their usual busy year with transports to Machias, Ellsworth, Bangor, Calais, Portland and Togus. Regu- lar meetings have been held and an Ad- vanced First Aid course is nearing com- pletion. Attendants are badly needed in the Corps. In September the van type ambulance was involved in an accident while on its way to Bangor and was a total loss. A new one has since been purchased. MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS In May, the Bridge Builders, a group of 8th grade students, held the Pride of Lubec Fair at the school gymnasium under the direction of Evelyn Foster of Families United Agency. There were many varied exhibits from students and area residents as well as entertainment. It was very successful. Over $1,000 was raised at a Country Music Fair sponsored by the Music Boosters Club to raise money for new band uniforms. Many articles were bid on and music was furnished by the Den: bow Boys country and western group and the Lubec school band. In September the Lubec Regional Medical Center held their second Country Fair with the proceeds amounting to over $10,000. It was held in the parking area of the Center, theweather was good and there was a good attendance throughout the day. In addition to the many articles on sale, there was entertainment, rides and movies. Sunset Point, a new camping area ad- jacent to the Quoddy View Apartments, opened in July. This is operated by the Emery Hallett family of Lubec. In September the Home Port Inn open- ed for guests. It is located at the top of the hill on Main Street in the former Milroy Warren residence and is owned and oper- ated by Frank Rier. In September Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Spock spent several days in Lubec with their yacht tied up at the Lubec Boat r Facility. An open house was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peacock during which time residents had a chance to talk to the famous baby doctor who they found to be very interesting. Carroll Mealey was installed as post- master at the Lubec office on July 19. The weather during the year was gen- erally good. Temperatures during the winter were comfortable and there was not much snow. Power was off from 10: 45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. during a rain and wind storm on January 11 due to trees and limbs falling against wires. The few snowstorms generally ended in rain and everyone agreed that we had a good win- ter which was followed by a very nice summer of warm weather and a lot of sun. The high-school boys basketball team ended the season with a 6-11 record. The girls basketball team had a 10-6 record at the end of the season. So now we face a new year and wonder what it will bring forth. Like Anne Mur- ray's new song, it would be nice to the newspapers and find a lot of good news instead of crime, terorists attacks, strikes, unemployment and the ever-present dan- ger of war. Another year has gone rapidly by and now a new one is beginning. To look a- head, it seems like a long time before this will take place again but the way days, weeks and months speed by, it will be here much quicker than we think. From all reports, there was very little trouble around town. Extra Lubec police were assisted by state police and members of the sheriff's department but evidently the drinking and driving rules were being pretty well observed. There was a chemical and alcohol free dance at the Lubec gymnasium for the teenagers, a public dance at the Spruces and the Lubec Lion's Club had their dance and dinner at the American Legion hall in West Lubec. There were the usual out-of-town dances, including one at the Cutlass Club in Cutler. The weather was good, cold but not uncomfortable, and the ground was bare so there were no slippery roads to coil- tend with. The economic outlook for Lubec didn't change much during the year 1983. Work at Booths Fisheries and R.J. Pea- cock Canning Co. didn't get going well until the middle of the summer due to the lack of herring. Many of the packers did not make their quota for unemploy- ment benefits. There were several new business ven- tures. On February 27, Mr. and Mrs. John Lawrence opened a restaurant on Main Street across from the town garage. It was formerly the old Moody house and it was renovated into a very attractive restaurant. Several months later it was closed for awhile but reopened in Octo- ber with the name changed from Capt. 'Jack's to Miller's Down East Restaurant Ray's Seaview Restaurant reopened for the summer season; Tip's was re-dec- orated and a restroom added; and at South Lubec there was Ivy's Take-out and a new one, The Seaside Canteen. New stores were the Circle Bunny Consignment Shop in the former Paige Insurance Co. office; the Homestead in the former Wharf Shop operated by Mr. and Mrs. Jed Coggins; Bargains Unlimit- ed located in the former Unobsky Depart- ment store with James Simmonds and Leslie Gifford as proprietors; Lubec Sea- food operated by John P. McCurdy and Angelo Ciocca in the former Columbian store; TV and Electronic store operated by Mr. and Mrs. Julian Ross in the for- mer Agnew Lunch building. A laundromat opened on Water Street and the most rec- ent business is a bakery opened on week- ends. Lubec Seafood and Bargains Unlim- ited closed at the end of the summer. GRANTS On January 18 there was a meeting to reorganize the Lubec Chamber of Corn- merce which had been inactive for the past few years. At a later meeting Jed Coggins was elected president and plans were discussed on applying for a grant from the state that would enable the for- mation of a new business or the expan- sion of an old one. Other officers elected were Clayton Kellye, vice president, and Carl Lehto, secretary-treasurer. An executive committee consisting of representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Committee and the Planning Board was formed and an application sent in to the state. In May, Lubec received a Commu- nity Development Block Grant of $350, 000 under a two-year grant with $150, 000 available in 1983 and the remaining ;200,000 in 1984. Trustees were appoint- ed to supervise a revolving loan fund from which successful applicants could borrow money to either start a new business or expand an old one. Several residents were aided by this program. In the summer of 1982 a Community Development Grant to improve the water- front in the amount of $380,000 was received. Peter Boyce was appointed direc- tor of the project, bids were advertised and in January work was started with the demolition of the former Alger Pike wharf and building thereon. The Waterfront Project is now in the final stage of being completed. Successful bidders were Shel- don Stanley of Lubec, Thomas DiCenzo of Calais and Mariner Small, Inc. of Perry. In April, Farmers Home Administra- tion State Director, Dwight A. Sewell, announced that a community facilities loan of $440,000 and a grant of $310, 000 had been approved for the Lubec Water and Electric District. During the summer and fall new watermains and pipes were laid in the in-town and outside areas, the reservoir improved and two new standpipes constructed, one at West Lubec and the other in town across from the municipal building. Town Manager Dana Bradley estimat- ed that an approximate total of $502,350 would be spent on projects in Lubec during 1983. Money was allotted for the construction of a basketball court; hot- topping the South Lubec Road; contin- uation of the ripraping from the Com- mercial Pier to the end of the ruins of the former American Can Co.; the construc- tion of septic systems in North Lubec; improvement of in-town roads. LUBEC REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER The Lubec Regional Medical Center has had a busy year. With Carolyn Mit- chell as administrator, several clinics and special health programs have been offered and generally well patronized. Dental and children reside in Machias. I n Lubec \\; A New Year begins - 1983 passes in review Shirley Morong