Looking back


As dealers in Lewiston are allowed to sell firecrackers 4 inches long, the Auburn city government at its meeting last evening voted to rescind its vote of a previous meeting when the law was placed on the sale of all crackers over 2 inches, and it was voted to place the limit at 4 inches instead. It was believed that those who wanted cannon crackers would go to Lewiston and get them if they could not in Auburn, and that it was the best policy under these circumstances to keep the money at home.

50 years ago, 1957

SEQUOLA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – A bearded Air Force pilot who parachuted from a troubled plane 54 days ago hobbled out of the often-freezing wilderness of this national park today.

Lt. David Steeves, 23, of Trubull, Conn., said he dropped into ice and snow at the 11,000-foot level and hurt both ankles. He was not sure whether they were sprained. But it took him 15 days to crawl and slide 12 miles to a park ranger’s cabin at Simpson Meadows, where he found food.Steeves had a nearly eight-week growth of beard. Rangers said he appeared to be in good physical condition although down 50 to 60 pounds from his normal 195.

25 years ago, 1982

• At the movies: Auburn Mall Twin Cinema, next to Porteous, “Annie,” rated PG, and “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” PG; Lewiston Twin Cinema, Promenade Mall, “The Thing,” R, and Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner,” R; Northwood Twin Cinema, Northwood Plaza, Walt Disney’s “Bambi,” G, and Sylvester Stalone in “Rocky III,” PG.

• A Maine Superior Court justice is to decide Friday whether the music of the nationally known group Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will fill the Topsham Fairgrounds on Sunday. The Topsham Selectmen and three local residents filed Wednesday for an injunction against promoter John Michael and the Sagadahoc Agricultural & Horticultural Society, which owns the fairgrounds, to stop the concert.