Looking Back on April 17, 2010


100 years ago, 1910

At a meeting this week of the directors and staff of the Central Maine General Hospital, Lewiston, it was unanimously voted to begin at once the construction of a center building for the hospital. This building will be erected in accordance with the original plans, it will be 45 x 90 feet, five stories high and will cost at least $75,000.

50 years ago, 1960

A store featuring “everything for outside the home” has been opened at Lincoln and Main streets in Lewsiton.

The store, which is owned by Joseph St. Hilaire, will sell all types of roofing, siding, combination windows, masonry, chimneys and other exterior materials. The store will also carry lawn furniture, swings, picnic tables and other materials for the greater enjoyment of outdoor living. Four styles of garages, tool sheds and other outside buildings will also be sold by the St. Hilaire store.

25 years ago, 1985

Overcoming fears of a repeat of the ill-fated Grateful Dead concert of 1980, the Lewiston City Council authorized a “family-oriented” concert featuring the Charlie Daniels Band to take place at Lewsiton Raceway on June 30.

The council authorized Top of the Track Inc. to proceed with the concert following a lengthy discussion that still left two councilors dissatisfied.

The City Council voted 5-2 to approve the concert, with Normand Poulin and Paul Couture opposed. The council also approved two other dates, Aug. 4 and Aug 25, pending approval of the entertainers booked for those dates and success of the first concert.