Said a Lewiston man yesterday: “I think that it is about time for our concerts on the park to begin. What few people there were left in the city the Fourth had the privilege of listening to three concerts, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. All of these concerts were largely attended, which shows that the people like a little music on the park. Let’s have one or two concerts a week during the hot weather and give a little enjoyment to those who can’t afford to go to the seashore and other places for rest and amusement.”

50 Years Ago, 1954

With St. Swithin’s Day is just a little more than a week away, it’s about time the weatherman began to turn off the rain unless he has it in mind to wash half of Androscoggin County down the river.

Tradition says that if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, July 15, that rain will continue to fall for the next 40 days. If it rains on the 15th and the weather backs popular belief with fact, most of the county’s residents will be working on pontoons before the end of August.

One of the few widely recognized holidays coming in July, St. Swithin’s Day honors a 9th century bishop if England.

Ground Observer Corps Day falls on July 14 and inventors from the man who designs a better mousetrap to the one who patents a new electronic device, will be honored during National Inventors Week from July 25 to 31.

25 Years Ago, 1979

Dr. Jou S. Tchao, assisted by Dr. Kenneth Wolf, will be performing two operations Friday morning at St. Mary’s General Hospital to restore the sight of two area people through cornea transplants.

The recipients of eyes will be an 80-year-old man and a woman who is about 62 years of age.

Deputy Sheriff Bernard McAllister brought the eyes from the Portland Jetport Thursday night in a fast trip, delivering them to the hospital at 8:33 p.m. He had picked them up from Delta Flight 518 which was supposed to land at about 7:15 p.m.

The eyes have been donated by someone in the southern part of the country and became available through the Baltimore Eye Bank.

Tchao explained that the cornea transplant was the first successful transplant of human body parts and this sight-giving operation has been performed now for about 20 years.


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