The first snow storm of the season occurred yesterday. At one time it looked as though it would be good sleighing for the Topsham Fair but at about 9 o’clock the storm abated, although the sky remained cloudy and threatened to rain.

The Lewiston and Auburn Telephone Company is making good progress laying its under ground cables and it is expected that the automatic systems will be in operation by the latter part of this month

50 Years Ago, 1954

Although no vote was taken, some members of the Lewiston Public Safety Board indicated yesterday that they may be in favor of the proposal of the Maine Central Railroad to substitute flagmen for the gate tenders at the Chestnut and Cedar street crossings. The board comprised of the fire and police commissions, discussed the proposal with representatives of the railroad at a meeting yesterday forenoon. Police Commissioner Adrien A. Cote made the comment that he felt the railroad would be taking the “responsibility of stop, look and listen on their shoulders.”

25 Years Ago, 1979

Larry Bird, the nation’s collegiate player of the year, made a spectacular professional debut in sparking a decisive outburst at the start of the second half and the Boston Celtics went on to a 114-106 victory over the Houston Rockets Friday night in a National Basketball Association opener. Bird, a first-round draft pick as a junior eligible at Indiana State in 1978, was given a standing ovation by a packed crowd of 15,320 as a Boston ball boy let loose a white dove in spacious Boston Garden during the pre-game introduction ceremonies. Then the 6-foot-9 All-American fit in nicely under new coach Bill Fitch’s attack as the once-mighty Celtics began their climb back from an NBA doormat.

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