Looking Back on January 7

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100 years ago, 1913
Already more than 50 of the merchants and professional men of Lewiston have had their swinging signs removed, in compliance with the suggestion to beautify the streets. While the question of taking down swinging signs has been agitate for several years, not until steps were taken to install ornamental street lights on Lisbon and Main streets did the merchants show an active interest in the removal of the signs.

50 years ago, 1963
A crowd of 1,500 persons attended the Twelfth Night Burning of the Greens last night at Pettengill Park in Auburn. Engine Six from the Auburn Fire Department stood by during the huge bonfire of discarded Christmas trees and wreaths. Members of the Auburn Youth Council conducted the ceremonies which included readings of the Christmas story, and the program was sponsored by the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department. At the completion of the ceremonies, firemen wet down the embers to prevent a rekindling.

25 years ago, 1988
A settlement was reached between the Lewiston police union and city over the bugging of a coffee machine. In the settlement, the city and other defendants said they “regretted installing the device and said they would not do it again,” said union attorney Robert Goldman. The lawsuit alleged that the city violated the union members’ rights to privacy when the listening device was placed in a coffee-dispensing machine.

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