Looking Back on February 5

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100 years ago, 1914
A kerosene lantern exploded in the rear of Seltzer’s bakery wagon, at Hospital square, Lewiston, Thursday morning, and destroyed several dozen loaves of bread. The lantern was thrown from the cart and the sparks extinguished before other damage was done.

50 years ago, 1964
Otto Wallingford of the Lost Valley Ski Area told Auburn-Lewiston Kiwanians at the weekly luncheon meeting held at the YMCA this afternoon that the recreation area has grown much faster than anticipated. He also said that officials of the area have a great many hopes concerning the future of the ski area, one of which involves the desire to expand the present snowmaking facilities. At the present time it takes four days to make snow to cover the entire area but with the expansion, he said, snow could be furnished in two nights. He also stated that the hill has enough room for two more lifts, should more slopes be cleared as hoped. Wallingford touched on the possibility of the development of a “year-round recreational area.” However, he pointed out that, thus far, this is only a dream.

25 years ago, 1989
Construction is expected to begin soon on a new convenience store in Poland Spring at the northeast corner of routes 26 and 122. It will be known as the Plaza. The approximately 2,500 square foot single-story store is a development of Route 26 Associates of Lewiston, of which Dennis Jordan of New Gloucester is president, and Damian Pettinelli of Lewiston is vice president. The firm bought the six-acre corner site recently from Joseph Cimino of Poland Spring after Cimino had received approval for the construction from the Poland Planning Board. Jordan said Thursday that he expects ground-breaking in about two weeks, and an opening date in May. He said the store will be accessible by driveways from both routes. Pettinelli said the clapboard structure will be on the corner two acres of the plot. He said further that he “hopes the town will look favorably at the rest of the plot for commercial use.”

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