Class of 1987 Winter 2024 Class Note

Welcome to the winter edition of class notes.

Last year I wrote about the drought that most of New England went through. It was so dry that some of our lilac bushes looked like they might not make it through another season.

This year we had record rain in Massachusetts and many parts of the Northeast. Vermont had devastating flooding as did other parts of the country, even Death Valley, CA. I’ve been to Death Valley and it’s difficult to imagine a flood there.

Also last year I mentioned our 35th class Reunion, which took place the previous October. This summer my high school class, Bangor High School Class of 1983, celebrated our 40th Reunion!

I attended my high school reunion, which was very well done and was a lot of fun. I got to spend the weekend in Bangor and visit friends and family along the coast. It really was a magical weekend.

At the Reunion I had a chat with our classmate Dan Tremble. He is looking good and doing well.

As always, I encourage you to update us on your life’s happenings.

Jay Kemble ’95G has been a coach at Bangor High School for a few years. Last fall, Jay coached the BHS field hockey team to an 8-6 season, and he had never coached field hockey!

This fall Jay coached the girls’ soccer team and was very excited for and optimistic about the soccer season. This winter Jay will be in his fifth year as girls basketball coach.

In September, Jim Boylen was inducted into UMaine Sports Hall of Fame. Jim averaged 21.1 points per game and scored 1,244 points during his college career. After college Jim was assistant coach at Michigan State and then headed for the NBA. He served as assistant coach with Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee, Utah, Indiana, San Antonio, and Chicago. He was head coach with the Chicago Bulls for two seasons (2018-20).

Carol Cutting ’94G discovered 140-year-old sewer pipes under her Bangor property last year and is trying to fight city hall. While putting up a fence on her property, crews discovered a bricks-and-mortar sewer line running the length of her property. The real issue seems to be that her neighbors connect to this line through lines running under her property.

The city was granted an easement in 1880 by the owner of the property to build the public sewer line. The city inspected the public line, and it is structurally sound.

The issue is her neighbors’ connections to this line and their right to connect under her property. Who is responsible if one of these connections fails?

Three title searches and research done by the Bangor Daily News at the Penobscot County Registry of Deeds did not turn up any easements allowing her neighbors to connect to the public sewer under her property.

The city cannot produce easements granting the neighbors the right to connect and will not allow Carol to remove these connections. The State Bureau of Environmental Protection will only step in if one of the lines fails.

Let’s hope her sticky wicket stays dry.