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Old 07-28-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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So what kind of authority does a constable have?
we had constables in the towns I grew up in, and i believe they wore guns- we all thought they had arresting powers

unlike a state trooper these fella's had their ear to the ground, seemed to know where all the party/parking spots were-they know the areas well
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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If so, would you mind letting me pick your brain via email? I'm considering setting my book in Maine in that era. I grew up in that era, but not in Maine, so I'd like to have a source of firsthand info.
Before cable TV Eastport ME did not have NBC, CBS, or ABC, just 2 Canadian channels, I'm sure a lot of downeast Maine was the same way.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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So what kind of authority does a constable have?
Shoot. 'Til a few minutes ago, I didn't know we even *had* constables, but I guess we do...in some towns, anyway. My town doesn't have one (as far as I know), or a police department...we have a contract with the County Sheriff for a deputy to be 'on call' for 40 hrs. a week.

According to Wikipedia, a constable in Maine has all of the powers and duties of a police officer.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Shoot. 'Til a few minutes ago, I didn't know we even *had* constables, but I guess we do...in some towns, anyway. My town doesn't have one (as far as I know), or a police department...we have a contract with the County Sheriff for a deputy to be 'on call' for 40 hrs. a week.

According to Wikipedia, a constable in Maine has all of the powers and duties of a police officer.
You probably do have a constable. They post the town warrants.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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You probably do have a constable. They post the town warrants.
Nope, just checked, no constable.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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Constables used to be far more common than they are today, especially in rural towns and the island communities. Before the expansion of sheriff's departments and the professionalization of law enforcement in Maine, constables handled minor law infractions and kept the local teenagers in line. I'm not sure, but I think that today even constables have to attend the police academy in Vassalboro if they want to have powers of arrest and such.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:06 AM
 
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If so, would you mind letting me pick your brain via email? I'm considering setting my book in Maine in that era. I grew up in that era, but not in Maine, so I'd like to have a source of firsthand info.
May I suggest join the fb book page "Portland Maine Encyclopedia of the 1960's, 1970's & 1980's.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:35 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Economically, many more mills in operation in the 70's and 80's more shoe manufacturing and retail outlets, every town had a hardware store- no home depots, no walmarts, not many national restaurant chains such as longhorns, texas roadhouse, olive gardens
maine had the "blue laws" that larger retail stores couldnt be open on sundays

At that time, Maine was also cleaning up many rivers that were overpoluted, yes many of us can remember the stench on a hot summers day of a nearby river

the floating log drives stopped in the 70's (i believe)


culturally, the 70's I remember seeing hippies, and peace signs, but also gas shortages, the latent fear of the cold war existed with the russians, super high mortgage rates in the late 70's
I remember watching the nightly news and asking-why do they only report bad news, why never anything good? (not that it's changed at all)

also, ive witnessed a softening, or more tolerances- the stereotypes, prejudices have softened, what was spoken as acceptance,,,now isnt- which is a great thing!

everyone seemed to smoke back then, just about everywhere even at work,,,,,this is totally different now
now- most anyone that smokes, will go outside at a friends/relative house- especially around kids- not the case back then, look at old home movies in the 70's, the adults had a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other..lol
That's an excellent post. Definitely what I remember as well.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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super high mortgage rates in the late 70's
And super low home prices to compensate.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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I've been in the Yarmouth, Brunswick, Freeport area since 1958. I suspect changes here happend more slowly like everything else. We felt behind the times here when I was growing up and I wish we had stayed that way.
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