Robert Martin of East Auburn, now acting as guide at the Birches for Capt. F. C. Barker, writes The Sun that Fly Rod, who is on earth again, was in the Rangeley region recently, gathering news for different papers. “Nothing of importance has happened up this way but the fishing has been fine. I am sorry to say that the market fisherman has made his appearance; I have seen a man catch a five pound trout and turn right around and sell it and that is something new up here. One fisherman came here and let 19 pounds of fish spoil because he could not get a price for it. The wardens got after this one man and he was made to pay a fine and the cost is making a total of $30.”

50 Years Ago, 1954

Names of 19,861 voters will be on record when Lewiston voters go to the polls for the biennial state primary elections. According to figures prepared by Mill Yvette Houle, Democratic member of the Lewiston Board of Registration, the total is 682 more than that for the 1952 primary when the total number was 19,179. In April, Lewiston Democrats totaled 11,954. As of yesterday, the figure was 12,496, an increase of 551. The Republicans had 3,594 on record last April. Their latest figure is 3,636, a climb of 142. The unenrolled latest figure is 3,629. Auburn has a total of 11,454 voters on the rolls, including 3,370 unenrolled in either the Republican or Democratic parties as the day of the State primary elections arrive. A breakdown of the total registration figure shows that for men, 981 are enrolled in the Democratic party, 2,952 are signed up in the Republican party and 1,493 are not enrolled in either party. There are 5,426 men registered. For women, there are 936 Democrats, 3,216 Republicans and 1,876 not enrolled in either party, a total of 6,028.

25 Years Ago, 1979

Claiming that the requests of striking independent truckers are not understood by the public, a Lewiston trucker released an item-by-item checklist of appeals ranging from freezing fuel prices to standardizing load limits and accepted trailer lengths. Art Kenney, a member of the Maine Truck Owners and Operators Association, said he deplored violence by striking truckers and he thought the possible crippling effects of the strike could cause problems for many. But, he said, independent truckers can no longer survive under existing conditions and government regulations.

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