Looking Back on March 5, 2010

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100 years ago, 1910

The Androscoggin River is considered unsafe for horse racing and in all probability, unless there is a decided change in the weather, there will be no more racing on the ice track this season. The ice is said to be full of breathing holes.

50 years ago, 1960

Two Lewiston police officers spent part of yesterday afternoon chasing a bull moose around, part of the time in knee-deep snow.

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The critter showed up on Sabattus Street, near Holy Family Church, and Patrolmen Eugene Gurney and Lionel Beauchesne were dispatched to the scene to try to convince the moose to take off for other parts and stop fooling around in the Textile City.

The officers trailed the moose into the woods in the vicinity of Thorncrag, then called it a day.

25 years ago, 1985

A fire that destroyed two Lisbon Street businesses “was set,” according to an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office, who stopped just short of calling the blaze arson.

Investigator Barry W. Norris said Monday that preliminary investigations reveal that a fire that destroyed Mary’s Tavern and Eddie’s Wheel and Deal at 294 and 298 Lisbon St. last Thursday night was “incendiary in nature” — meaning it was set.

Norris said the fire was not caused accidentally, but arson has not yet been determined.

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