Looking Back on May 1, 2010


100 years ago, 1910

The wild cat hanging in the window of the B.F. Wells Jr. sporting goods store of Auburn is attracting much attention from passersby. It is a perfect specimen of the Canada lynx and is anything but a pleasant companion. This particular specimen was caught at Livermore Falls by Mr. Holmes and was brought to Auburn by Ben Jones. Judge Wing, who is a native of Livermore, said that in his boyhood days, such a visitor in the fields was not uncommon. “In those days, they were known as loupcervier and, by that name, were doubly dangerous,” he said.

50 years ago, 1960

The annual Clean-Up Week will start today in Lewiston-Auburn. Special pick-up service for trash by highway departments in both cities may be obtained by calling ST 4-5753 in Lewiston and ST 2-0391 in Auburn. The Clean-Up Week program, which will run until Saturday, is backed by fire departments in both Lewiston and Auburn.

25 years ago, 1985

Auburn would pay a penalty of less than $5,000 for violations that occurred at the city’s steam plant during 1983 and 1984 under an agreement tentatively approved Tuesday by city officials and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

While there are other infractions, the chief violations concern the transportation of more than 200 drums of incinerator fly ash — determined by the DEP to be hazardous due to its high toxicity level of cadmium — to a city garage and its storage there for more than 90 days at a time.