Looking Back on April 8, 2010


100 years ago, 1910

The debate in Lewiston city hall tonight between Bates College and the College of the City of New York promises to be interesting. The question for debate is: “Resolved, that there should be a physical valuation of the railroads engaged in interstate commerce in the United States.”

The speakers will be allowed 12 minutes each in main speech and five minutes in rebuttal. The award will be based on two counts, matter and form; matter will be considered of more importance than form.

50 years ago, 1960

The Lewiston Chamber of Commerce will bring circus acts to the downtown shopping public later this month.

Scheduled for Monday, April 25, is a big “Operation Downtown” shopping promotion that will feature Shrine Circus acts on the roof of the Sears Roebuck & Co. department store, 212 Main St. Artists from the Shrine Circus will perform at two rooftop shows, one at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

25 years ago, 1985

Lewiston’s Central Maine Medical Center has expanded its maternity unit visiting hours to better accommodate grandparents.

Dorothy A. Gardner, the unit’s head nurse, said grandparents of the newborns will be allowed the same visiting privileges as fathers. The expanded visiting hours were “something our moms have wanted,” Mrs. Gardner said.

Grandparents now will be able to visit mother and child any time between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.