Looking Back


A bill which will be of much interest to many persons in this locality will be presented at the coming term of the Legislature. The bill will be for an appropriation for $1000 for a screen at the outlet of Sabattus Pond. Already $250 has been subscribed by people interested in the fishing at the pond and with the $1000 which it is hoped the Legislature will appropriate a first-class screen can be built. Sabattus Pond is fast becoming one of the most popular resorts in this section. White perch, pickerel and black bass abound and an occasional trout is caught. At present there is no screen at the outlet and large numbers of fish are known to leave the pond, going down the stream and into the river at Lisbon.

50 Years Ago, 1957

Auburn traffic lights were on later than usual. The new system requires the lights to be turned to flashing signals after 9 p.m. each night. According to the desk sergeant at police headquarters, the traffic lights are operated from a switch at Court and Main streets and the officer on duty at the intersections turns off the regulation lights and places them on the flashing signals when he feels traffic conditions warrant it. Traffic was not heavy in Auburn but the lights were not put onto the flashing signals until between 10 and 10:30 p.m.

25 Years Ago, 1982

When they first hit the market in the late 60s, microwave ovens were large and cumbersome, equipped with the necessities of on-off buttons and not much more. The modern versions of microwave ovens are to those trailblazers what a 1982 Rolls-Royce was to the first Model T. Costs for ovens vary, according to the size of the oven itself, the number of settings and memories available, and the power of the motor involved. The Sears best, with convection oven and maximum programming, retails for about $1,300. Other models, with most of the features offered, run from about $350 to $700.