Looking Back on April 16, 2010

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100 years ago, 1910

After months spent trying to adjust matters with the Bates Manufacturing Co., the Lewiston Water Board at a meeting yesterday instructed Mayor Morey to have the city solicitor bring suit against the Bates Manufacturing Co. to recover for the excess water used by the company from the city’s supply during the past six years. The suit will probably be in the sum of $5,000.

50 years ago, 1960

Some Lewiston youngsters are going to have their bicycles taken away from them unless they install lights and reflectors for night riding.

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Several riders are violating the city’s bicycle ordinance by not having them, police noted yesterday. The department explained the lights and reflectors are required for the riders own protection against possible accidents with motor vehicles.

The municipal traffic ordinance states in part: “…. nor shall any person ride a bicycle in the city after dark unless such bicycle shall have attached to it a light so displayed as to be visible not less than 200 feet in front and a red tail light or reflector or Scotchlite type reflector as designated by the chief of police.”

25 years ago, 1985

Lewiston Junior High School teacher Thomas Harvey was re-elected president of the Maine Teachers Association at its convention in Portland Monday. Harvey was re-elected without opposition.

In a brief interview Monday evening, Harvey said he expects the next several years to be “just as interesting as the last few have been” with the Educational Reform Act of 1984 providing “an unusual window of opportunity” for Maine teachers.

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