Complimentary remarks were heard on the streets yesterday in regard tot he fine appearance which the platoon of Lewiston and Auburn police made in the Knights of the Golden Eagles parade.

The Auburn police are still going around with chips on their shoulders confident that they could show the Lewiston department any number of points about a game of baseball. It is safe to say that a challenge from the Lewiston men in blue would be quickly accepted.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Civil Defense administration for Lewiston’s public schools are ready for the June 14 nationwide alert, the Education Board was told last night by Schools Supt. J. Weldon Russell.

He said the coordinators and fire control personnel have been chosen and if the setup is not satisfactory, more plans can be made this summer for inauguration next fall. Safe places for the pupils to go during the alert were chosen by Superintendent Russell and City Engineer Henry J. Aliberti after a recent tour of the schools.

Practices will be held this week in all schools with the possible exception of the high school, declared Russell. The teachers already have received instructions and have been shown films on CD work.

25 Years Ago, 1979

The First Universalist Church and the Barker Mill (now Barker Arms) in Auburn have been entered into the National Register of Historic Places.

Earle G. Shettleworth, architectural historian with Maine’s Historic Preservation Commission, said that both buildings were nominated for the National Register by the Maine Historic Preservation Committee.

He explained that the National Register is a distinguished catalog of properties across the country which are important to an understanding of the nation’s historic and cultural heritage. Shettleworth said this designation indicates that the property is deemed worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s historical and architectural heritage.

The First Universalist Church, designed by John Stevens of Boston, is an outstanding statement of High Victorian Gothic Church architecture. Shettleworth said that the church is only one of several designed in the New England region by Stevens.

Shettleworth said that architecturally, the Barker Mill is one of the most well proportioned of the relatively few mansard (garretted) roofed mills in Maine. He said this particular structure even with the loss of the top floor of the tower, possesses an unstylistic dignity and extensive detail.

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