Looking Back on April 13

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100 years ago, 1917
Auburn’s new flag arrived Friday and will be flung to the breezes in its virgin splendor Saturday, to the silver cry of bugles and the crack of rifles. Mayor Burnham was busy Friday arranging the details of a little flag rising at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. The pole has been repainted, strong halyards have replaced the rain eaten ropes of last year, and a new flag, a 14 x 28, has been purchased. It is not planned to have any elaborate ceremonies, no bands or speech making, but just a quiet act of homage and respect to the flag and the country and the blood red that stains the flag.

50 years ago, 1967
Although it is not yet ready to issue an official report, a majority of the Legislative Legal Affairs Committee has indicated the Auburn city charter bill “ought to pass” without the amendments that would have given the city’s school department fiscal independence.

25 years ago, 1992
The Lewiston Planning Board Tuesday will continue its discussion of a proposal by some downtown property owners to abolish the Downtown Development District. Property owners have complained that the district, created by the city in 1981 to develop, promote and maintain the area, has been more costly than effective. The district’s budget — roughly $70,000 this year — is funded by a tax on owners based on property frontage and assessed value. It is administered by the Downtown Development & Management Corp., the nonprofit organization created to run the district.

The material in Looking Back is reproduced exactly as it originally appeared, although misspellings and errors made at that time may be edited.

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