Looking Back on December 17


100 years ago, 1914
John J. McCarthy of 27 Winter street, Lewiston. a member of the Lewiston fire department, received painful but not serious injuries at the fire of Tuesday afternoon which destroyed the William Reardon place on Grove street. Mr. McCarthy was using a tank of chemicals. Having exhausted its contents as he supposed, he turned it right side up. The top blew off with great force, striking him in the chin. Five stitches were necessary to close the wound. He was taken to Ste. Marie’s General Hospital, where it was reported last night that he was resting well.

50 years ago, 1964
A warning that three Auburn skating areas are not safe for use was issued Tuesday night by Harry E. Reynolds, superintendent of the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department. Reynolds said the three areas, where natural ice is used on bodies of water, do not have a sufficient cover of ice to make them safe for use. He said these are the ponds at Pettengill Park, Taylor Brook and the area at East Auburn where the recreation department maintains a cleared area on the East Auburn outlet pond. The department will eventually maintain 16 rinks this season. The rinks at Walton Field, Granite Street and Pettengill Park will be supervised, Reynolds said.

25 years ago, 1989
Installing a temporary replacement for the Lapham Brook bridge in Auburn while the state rebuilds the span could push the entire project back until 1991 unless city officials decide to do without the interim measure. In a letter to the City Council on Monday’s agenda, James Chandler, a bridge design engineer with the Maine Department of Transportation, said obtaining the environmental permits needed to build a temporary crossing could take up to nine months, pushing the project off the 1990 construction schedule. State officials want to close the Lapham Brook bridge on Young’s Corner Road for two months to rebuild the structure, which is rated in poor to critical condition.

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