According to all my trusted weather sources — the National Weather Service, Weather Underground and Accuweather — this Tuesday and Wednesday are shaping up to be the hottest two days of the summer so far in the Bangor area. Temps are set to push 90 both days. Of course, this means that for many people, swimming is not just what they want to do; it’s a requirement.
To that end, I dug around in the BDN archives and found some fun photos from years past of folks swimming in the Bangor area over the decades. If you’re swimming this week, where are you going? Pool, lake, pond, ocean? Share in the comments below.
First, the photos from the 1950s and 1960s.
The Dakin Park Swimming Pool, which opened in Bangor on June 30, 1956, was the scene of much splashing and yelling as the kids took over the long-awaited pool. Bangor Daily News Photo by Danny Maher.
Awards for their summer water accomplishments are presented to several of the large group of swimmers attending classes at Nickerson Pool in Orono in 1957. The presentation Thursday climaxed the summer swim classes. Left to right are: Sam Sezak, supervisor; Miss Mildred McGuire, making presentations; Mrs. Mary Stevens, assistant supervisor; Barbara Fenderson, junior life saving; Joseph Hempel, swimmer; Nancy Stuart, swimmer; Susan Getchell, intermediate; Dennis King, beginner; Joseph Cutera, intermediate; and Emily Young, intermediate. BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY DANNY MAHER
What surer way for a boy to cool off during a hot, summer afternoon than to plunge into the cool waters of his favorite swimming hole. Above, one of the youthful members of the Charles Street Club beats his pals by being the “first one in” Friday, Aug. 2, 1958 off the old Flour Mill Dam along the waters of Kenduskeag Stream. BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY GORDON CLAPP
Bangor youngsters by the hundreds rushed the summer season by two days Monday, June 19, 1961 at the opening of the city’s Dakin Park swimming pool. The temperature went to 80 at 1 o’clock, according to the Federal Aviation Agency at Old Town, but 300 Bangor youngsters kept cool in the pool. Barry Twitchell, pool director, reported that the pool’s capacity, 300, was reached 35 minutes after the pool opened for general swimming at 1:30 p.m.. One hundred and fifty youngsters had to wait in line for a chance to take a dip. Twitchell reported that most of them got a chance, but only after a long wait, as the kids in swimming did not want to get out. Summer officially starts June 21, the longest day of the year. But official or not Monday’s 80-degree temperature was fine summer weather though the early morning hours were a cool 53 degrees. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY CARROLL HALL
And then, some photos from more recent years.
BOMBS AWAY! To beat the heat, Hector Vazquez, 16, of Orland leaps off of the Route 15 bridge into the refreshing Orland River Friday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2001. His friend Jeremy Locke, 15, watches from below. Hector and his swimming pals, Locke and Adam Rowe (not shown), spent the afternoon cooling off from a morning of raking blueberries. They had a five-hour break until they returned to work. They boys are saving money for school supplies. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY LINDA COAN O’KRESIK
The sun was out and the pool was busy during the second open day of the Pancoe Aquatic Center in Bangor on Sunday, June 21, 2004. The pool opened for the first time in 2004. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY MEGAN RATHFON
COOLING OFF IN PUSHAW LAKE Trevor Senter, 22, of Hampden reacts as his dog Evey, a 1-year-old Dalmation, scrambles onto his shoulder while swimming at the Lakeside Landing in Pushaw Lake in Glenburn on Aug. 17, 2009. The temperature in Bangor was in the upper 80s. According to the National Weather Service, the warm weather will continue this week. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY GABOR DEGRE
JUMPING INTO THE BREWER POOL Macey Jennings, 13, (from left) her sister Leah Jennings, 10, and friend Sydney Rogers, all of Holden, do a ‘victory jump’ into the Brewer Municipal Pool on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2009 after the Jennings girls’ mother called them in for the day. Due to the rainy weather this summer, Leah said they had only been able to go swimming seven times so far. The Brewer Municipal Pool is open 1-5:30 weekedays and 12-4:30 p.m. weekends. The pool also offers a night swim from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN