Looking Back on August 25


100 years ago, 1915
An official Lewiston police duck is at the station. This is the first time on record that the police have admitted a duck. The bird was captured by Policeman Breen who surrounded him on Park street, Thursday a. m. The duck has been named Sweeny, after the famous policeman, and will remain in the bath tub at headquarters until someone thinks of taking a bath or wants a feed. This duck is liable to lose himself. It is suggested this was the only place the duck could locate water in Lewiston.

50 years ago, 1965
The Androscoggin River has been “behaving very nicely” during the hot, dry summer months and, according to Dr. Walter Lawrance, rivermaster, the pollution level of the river is continuing to improve all the time. Dr. Lawrance said Tuesday night the river’s pollution level has been “better than anticipated,” adding that “the hot summer months have been a real test.”

25 years ago, 1990
Ripening in the sun of a near-perfect summer, Maine’s apple crop looks lush with promise. In the orchard towns, growers hope for a harvest which will make up for last year’s disappointments. Rich harvest or poor, the crop will be brought in by Maine’s “other” summer people: the skilled Jamaican pickers who travel to the state each year to earn needed dollars for families at home. “It looks very good so far,” said Paul Fremont-Smith of West Breeze Orchards. “We had good pollination weather in the spring — mild, clear days which allowed the bees to travel around easily. We’ve had a little damage from hail, but nothing very serious.”

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