Looking Back on Feb. 4, 2012


100 Years Ago, 1912
After the coldest January in nearly a quarter of a century New Englanders who pin their faith upon the prognosticating propensities of the ground hog or common wood chuck found no consolation in the brilliant sunshine of Candlemas Day.

50 Years Ago, 1962
Androscoggin County is trying to get rid of a huge one-ton safe. The large safe is located in the Sheriff’s Department and hasn’t been used for some time. The commissioners have learned that a local man is interested in it and has agreed to take it off the county’s hands. He won’t pay anything for it but will move it himself. They have asked the County Treasurer to contact all the county town officials to see if any town wants the safe.

25 Years Ago, 1987
Lewiston Mayor Alfred A. Plourde last night promised several hundred upset city residents that he would name a committee to study the idea of starting a city-owned cable television franchise.
The estimated 400 people who attended last night’s City Council meeting to show their support for the proposal, which was presented by Raoul Pinette and Robert Couturier, cheered when Plourde announced the committee‘s formation.
Pinette, Couturier and their followers are upset over Adams-Russell Cable Services Inc.’s decision in November to remove one of two Canadian French-language television stations from its basic cable package.