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Capt. William M. Otis, who celebrated his 93rd birthday, is probably the oldest resident of this town, but many men who are years younger are not half as smart as this veteran sea captain. Fifty years of Capt. Otis’ long life were spent on the sea. He was born in that part of Brunswick known as Grousetown Jan. 4, 1814, being the son of Capt. and Mrs. James Otis. His father for over thirty years sailed the seas while his mother came of the sturdy stock of Harpswell.

Did you know that you can buy 5 lbs. best popcorn for 25¢, 1 lb. good tea for 25¢, 1 lb. German-American coffee for 25¢, the best on the market. Spear & Webster, Strictly Cash Grocers, 224 Main St., Lewiston.

50 Years Ago, 1957

Major league ice hockey, the New York Rangers versus the Chicago Black Hawks, will have its introduction on network television with the game to be seen on screens in all sections of the country. This is the first network show of the speedy ice game, which will inaugurate a Saturday afternoon TV program from New York, Boston, Detroit and Chicago. Nine more National League games will go on the air in the series ending March 9 with Detroit at Boston. The Ranger-Hawk clash (CBS, 2 p.m.) will be the first daytime big league hockey game in the history of Madison Square Garden.

25 Years Ago, 1982

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More than five inches of snow followed by nearly an inch of rain caused minor flooding in the Twin Cities, with road crews working all day to clear roads of snow to get at catch basins and storm drains plugged with slush. Schools, businesses, an entire shopping mall and banks were closed by the storm, and driving conditions were treacherous everywhere.

Eight months ahead of schedule, the two newly-constructed lanes of the North Bridge will be opened to traffic. When the reconstruction of North Bridge is completed it will be renamed for former Gov. James B. Longley of Lewiston.

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