The horsemen are beginning to plan for the races for the coming season. Some of the trainers have already taken horses to the Maine State fair grounds for training on the track and have started in on active work in training. The track is in good condition this season and it is predicted that the racing this fall will be the best ever seen at the Fair grounds.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Hebron Academy was the scene of imposing ceremonies Saturday, as the school celebrated its 150th anniversary. A continuous drizzle failed to overcast the high spirits of nearly 1,600 participants. As Roscoe H. Hupper, president of the board of trustees, said in his welcoming speech: “Rain did not dampen spirits at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. It will not dampen ours.” A large number of alumni, coming from every section of the country, as well as parents of undergraduates, guests and friends of the school started arriving in the morning for registration which opened at 10 a.m. at Sturtevant House. The oldest graduate registering was Miss Julia P. Morton, South Paris, a retired school teacher, the only living member of the class of 1883. Rev. Eleanor B. Forbes, West Paris, the sole living member of the class of 1878, which was the first graduating class, was unable to attend.

25 Years Ago, 1979

Would-be jet-setters who can’t afford an around-the-world tour this summer can get their fill of foreign place names by prowling the back roads of rural Maine. From Moscow, Madrid and Mexico to Paris, Poland and Peru, the Pine Tree State is a treasure trove of names that smack of exotic and faraway places. Tourists can stop at Naples, Palermo, Sorrento, Rome and Verona without setting foot in Italy. There’s no need to convert cheaper dollars to German deautsche marks before heading off for Bremen, Steuben, Dresden, Hanover or Frankfort. Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Stockholm and New Sweden lend a Scandinavian touch to the Maine landscape; Chine and Canton have an Oriental flavor; Athens and Corinth might appeal to students of ancient Greece; and Lebanon and Jerusalem seem fresh off the headlines about the troubled Middle East. A small state by most standards, Maine may well lead the nation in the number of towns which derived their names from foreign countries or cities.

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