100 Years Ago, 1906

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Football was formally abolished and basketball prohibited at Lewiston High School by the acceptance of a report and the adoption of recommendations therein as presented by the committee on high schools at last night’s brief meeting of the Lewiston School Board. When the report was read not one word was offered in opposition and it was accepted without question by all the members save Rev. T. F. Wallace, who was absent. As Mgr. Wallace favored the report at the committee meeting the abolishment of football at the high school has practically the unanimous endorsement of the board.

50 Years Ago, 1956

Snow, thaws and the loss of a tractor caused many headaches in the winter ice cutting operations on Lake Auburn, according to Wesley B. Urquhart, operator of the Lake Auburn Ice Co.

The ice company started cutting the last week of December but, according to Urquhart, they should have started about Dec. 15. The ice at the time was 17 inches thick and the start still was about two weeks earlier than the normal starting time, Jan. 15.

The operation was going very smoothly until the middle of January when a good old fashioned January thaw set in, causing the ice to go from 17 to 9 inches in thickness. This brought a halt to operations.

25 Years Ago, 1981

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Motorcyclists and physicians shared the rostrum before a legislative committee Wednesday in a battle of statistics over Maine’s proposed helmet law.

The physicians gave numbers to show there would be fewer head injuries if the state’s mandatory helmet law – which was repealed in 1977 – is re-enacted.

Children 15 years old and younger are still required to wear helmets on motorcycles in Maine. The new law would impose a $25 fine for violators.

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