100 Years Ago, 1906

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ATHENS – Under glorious sunshine following a shower in morning, the opening ceremony for the Olympic games was performed today by King George of Greece. The huge stadium was already packed to its utmost capacity when the royal procession arrived to the strains of the Greek and British anthems. The games begin with gymnastics displays and contests. No American participated today.

50 Years Ago, 1956

Colored tires in blue, green and brown are being displayed for the first time locally this week by United States Rubber Co. They represent the first successful production of colored tires which has been a goal of the rubber industry for 40 years. Behind it all is Marcia Gottschall who is believed to be the only woman tire engineer in the country. She worked with more than 40 different colors and shades before selecting a chocolate brown, slate blue and medium green which are said to blend with 90 per cent of the bright new colors of modern two-tone automobiles. The color extends from the outer edge of the white sidewall to the tread and will not peel or rub off. Miss Gottschall believes women now will have a lot more to say about the tires their husbands buy.

25 Years ago, 1981

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At South of the Border Mexican restaurant on Sabattus Street in Lewiston Diane Morin-Fales has produced a remarkably accurate Mex-Tex taste, creating recipes from ingredients available locally. This simple fare, difficult to prepare really well, has become increasingly popular across the southwest and is the fastest growing type of fast food in the country.

The restaurant first opened 10 years ago when the former owner moved east from California. James Eaton spent most of his life in Fresno. He and his wife, Ms. Morin-Fales sister, decided they wanted to bring another culture to the area. At that time Mexican food was so unknown in Maine the public couldn’t even pronounce the word “taco.”

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