Looking back on May 24, 2010


100 years ago, 1910

The warm weather at Lake Auburn has evidently set the fish to biting, or else they are getting less wary in the absence of Jim Tracy and George Drew. For a third good season, blame the comet, but the fact still remains that the fish are biting. The peculiar part is that those who are trolling are getting the plums, while the pluggers are catching the suckers.

50 years ago, 1960

The Lewiston Police Department’s annual street painting program began yesterday under the direction of Lt. Herve J. Gendreau.

Center lines on Main Street were completed today and the center lines on Sabattus Street, from Ash Street to Holy Family Church are to be painted. From there the operation will move along to the Lisbon Street-East Avenue area.

The actual painting is being done by a special motorized paint unit operated by Charles Tuttle, the department’s maintenance man.

25 years ago, 1985

Dioxin found in a fish in the Androscoggin River between Lewiston and Auburn last year probably came from a herbicide sprayed before 1978, a state biologist said Wednesday.

Traces of the chemical were found in a sucker in Gulf Island Pond just north of Lewiston-Auburn, said David Courtemanch of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Though suckers are not eaten by most people, fillets were tested, and concentrations in that part of the fish was found to be about 4 ½ parts per trillion.