Looking Back on April 24, 2010

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100 years ago, 1910

Notwithstanding that two red lights were burning on either side of a big hole down on Lower Main Street opposite the store of the A.L. & E.F. Goss Company, a man said to be Jean Labonte, a New Auburn milk dealer, drove a horse directly into the hole last night at about 10 o’clock. The crowd, by means of a long rope, and aided by the horse’s own efforts to free himself, finally managed to get the animal out. Outside of a few bruises and scratches, it is thought that the animal was uninjured.

50 years ago, 1960

A group of Auburn businessmen, who said they would keep their businesses open yesterday in protest of what they termed “selective enforcement” in Auburn of the State’s Blue laws, made good their promise yesterday. A check by Auburn police of about 20 businesses in the city showed that at least 12 were open.

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Police Chief Alton E. Savage said last night he was unable to say at that time what action would be taken, but said he planned to confer this morning with the county attorney’s office. Savage said he expected some action would be taken.

25 years ago, 1985

Peter Jonitis, a member of Lewiston-Auburn’s Sisters Cities Project, was guest speaker at Monday’s meeting of the Multi-Purpose Senior Citizens in Lewiston.

Jonitis gave the group an overview of SCP’s goal of contacting Klin, a Russian city of about 89,000 people 55 miles northwest of Moscow, which has been selected as a “sister city” to Lewiston-Auburn by the SCP.

The local effort is part of a national Sister Cities program, in which about 1,000 U.S. cities have corresponded with cities of approximately the same size in the Soviet Union.

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