100 years ago, 1917
Work on the addition to the Cushman-Hollis Co’s. factory at Auburn and the new home of the First Auburn Trust Co. progressed rapidly yesterday without rainy weather or other hindrance. The hoisting apparatus is being put up at the shoe factory preparatory for hauling up the material for the new story to be added. A derrick is also in use on the site of the bank building for the purpose of moving the heavy stones which were a part of the foundations of the buildings recently torn down on the lot.
50 years ago, 1967
An official of a local radio station today confirmed reports that negotiations are underway for the purchase of a Biddeford radio station. F. Parker Hoy, vice president and general manager of the Lewiston-Auburn Broadcasting Corp. (WLAM), reported that negotiations have been underway for several weeks over the purchase of WIDE in Biddeford. Hoy stated that negotiations for the Biddeford facility are being conducted with J. Alan Jasper, proprietor of WIDE since 1958. He reported that Jasper is selling the station to accept a position with Nasson College in Springvale.
25 years ago, 1992
It’s been three years since the City of Auburn asked Wall Street to reconsider raising its bond rating, but the city wants to try again. The rating is important this year as the city may have to issue bonds totaling $11.2 million, if voters approve plans to build a new elementary school Sept. 10. The money from the bond sales is also used for capital improvement projects and $1.1 million for the city’s contribution to the proposed Kitty Hawk Industrial Park, for which the state Jobs Bond Project will contribute $750,000. Bond ratings are important because the city can save money on interest and other terms of the bond depending on how high it is rated. Auburn recently awarded a $9,000 contract to Shawmut Bank of Boston to draw up the paperwork for the bond issue and provide guidance for the city.
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