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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 4, 2011 and The Weekly Packet, August 3, 1961
REMEMBER WHEN Excerpts from The Weekly Packet, August 3, 1961
Rain puts end to hopes of record Blue Hill Day
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Rains put an end to the fourth annual Blue Hill Day Sunday, sponsored by the Blue Hill Chamber of Commerce, and with coming of the rain went hopes of a record turn-out.

The weather just wasn’t “with it” with a foggy morning and threatening skies discouraging many who planned to attend from some distance.

But the rain stayed away until about 4 p.m., and although the day ended early, Chamber officials say the crowd was at least as big as last year, with gross proceeds more than a year ago.


Blue Hill Day is the Chamber’s work during the rest of the year. Because expenses were greater this year, Chamber Secretary Mrs. Harry Duffy said net proceeds would probably be about the same as last year, in the neighborhood of $500.

More lobster dinners were consumed this year, said Mrs. Duffy, but the crowd was more evenly spread out during the day, giving the illusion of less people.

On the waterfront, activities ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There was free water skiing all day, but few takers. Quite a few people went swimming, however, and the horse shoe courts had many participants.

A full moon period brought high tides—at its peak, up to the bathhouse floor—and there was plenty of water for the sporting events.


Winners of the sporting events were:

Canoe races—Bobby Carter and Kerry Horton, 7-13 age class; Sam Woodward and Steve McGraw, 13-17 class.

Swimming—Joel York, 7-13 class; and Ronald Curtis and Alice Dyer, 13-17.

Sailboat races—Boy Scouts defeated Girl Scouts both races. First heat was won by Rusty Duym and Jon Woodward, and second heat was by Howard Duym and Joel York. One of the four Turnabouts was a casualty when a hole was punched in her side at the float.

Canoe tilting—Lindie Kenny, tilting, and Dickie Horton, paddling, tied with Bobbie Carter, tilting, and Tommy Warning, paddling, in the younger age class. Older class was won by Schuyler Duffy tilting and Roland Curtis paddling.

The Welikeit Archery Club, Brooksville, conducted an exhibition with Stephen Tobey, Sargentville, winning with a score of 185. Phillip Farr, Cape Rosier, was second at 168 and Lyman Gray, Brooksville, third with 166.

Lists of other winners are at Babson and Duffy store.