C. I. Barker is receiving every day new entries for the baby show to be given in City Hall in connection with the Maine State Fair. Already a dozen or more towns are represented and there are more towns to be heard from. Good prizes have been offered and the prettiest baby, the homeliest baby, the whitest baby, the blackest baby, the baby with the biggest feet, the baby with the crookedest nose, the cry baby and the good baby, all are to be prize winners. The baby show will be a big feature, and Mr. Barker promises the people on of the greatest baby shows ever seen in New England.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Downtown streets of Lewiston and Auburn were deserted when two low-flying enemy bombers theoretically appeared in the overcast skies. The Twin Cities appeared like ghost towns. Motorists and pedestrians who minutes before were walking and riding throughout the business district, gathered in public air raid shelters. Civil Defense personnel went into action. The test air raid was part of a nation-wide alert. It was a success as far as Androscoggin County and the cities of Lewiston and Auburn were concerned. CD officials expressed satisfaction that citizens gave virtually 100% cooperation. “It was the most remarkable piece of voluntary cooperation that I’ve ever known.” said Couty Civil Defense Director Ralph B. Skinner last night.

25 Years Ago, 1979

Chairman Roland D. Landry of Androscoggin County Commission is going to check with the Maine congressional delegation concerning a program under which Androscoggin County might take advantage of abandoned railroad track beds for recreational purposes. According to County News, the paper published by the National Association of Counties, some federal funds have become available to convert these areas into use again. Already two counties in other states have taken advantage of these funds and have converted these abandoned rights of way to popular use as bicycle and horse-riding trails. From Rails to Trails is the name of this game and Landry said that while the county would not have funds to purchase the land, the railroads which no longer are using the abandoned sections might turn them over to county use. In summer these nearly flat areas could be considered nearly ideal for jogging, for bicycle riders and horseback trips, and in winter they also could serve the cross-country skier.

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