100 years ago, 1917
Conservation of food in this section is being felt not only by the retailers and wholesalers, but by the garbage men. It is a fact, according to reports, that the people of these two cities are exercising a heap more care in the serving and saving of foodstuffs. The plan seems to be working to a charm and started by the consumer goes all the way down the list. Said a local grocer to The Sun yesterday: “Yes sir, I have noticed a difference in orders since the pledge card campaign was inaugurated. We have noticed that many of the old customers are ordering small quantities and some of them cheaper cuts of meat and other things in proportion.” One woman told a Sun reporter that since she had begun to conserve food she had saved enough real money to buy herself a hat, and good one.
50 years ago, 1967
Palmer King Motor Co. Inc. will have a special opening later this month or early December in a brand new plant at 58-62 Lincoln St. For many years the firm was located at 117-173 Middle St. and moved out because of urban renewal redevelopment. The new location was formerly the site of a large apartment building, which was demolished in March to make way for the modern facilities. The firm is a wholesale distributor of automotive parts and equipment and the new facility has a larger machine shop service department.
25 years ago, 1992
A field trip this week for sixth-graders in a language arts class at Poland Community School was a visit to see burrowing rabbits in their underground habitats. Don Boyd invited the kids and their teacher, Doris Herrick, to his backyard in nearby Mechanic Falls to observe the extensive tunneling accomplished largely by one five-pound, two-and-a-half-year-old white female rabbit named Skatey. “She has bored out a network of underground passages,” Boyd said, “over probably 500 square feet. The tunnels have been home to more than 70 rabbits, all but 16 of which I’ve given away.”
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