Eastport – The season for canning American sardines will open by law tomorrow. Fish suitable for this class of goods have been reported as quite plentiful in other places along the Maine shores recently, but owing to great quantities of ice in bays and harbors during the winter, the weirs in which the fish are caught almost wholly destroyed, causing a large monetary loss as well as delaying the early spring fishing. The market conditions are favorable, the large pack of last season being almost entirely disposed of and prices advancing.

50 Years Ago, 1955

With many of the better known ski resorts in the East reporting only fair to middling ski conditions, Sugarloaf Mountain at Kingfield reported Thursday night that conditions ranged from fair to excellent. With a 30 to 60 inch base still covering the 4,237 foot mountain, the corn snow surface gives fair to good skiing on the trail but excellent skiing is reported on the North and South snow fields. Conditions are rated as good on the center snow field.

25 Years Ago, 1980

Hollywood – “Kramer vs. Kramer,” the bittersweet story of an emotional child custody battle, won the Academy Award as best picture of 1979 on Monday night, and the movie’s star, Dustin Hoffman, won the best actor award. Sally Field was named best actress for her performance as the reluctant union organizer “Norma Rae.”

The Oscar for best supporting actor went to Melvyn Douglas, the crusty old industrialist in “Being There.” Meryl Streep won the best supporting actress award for her role as Hoffman’s divorced wife in “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Trustees of the Auburn Sewerage District met Monday afternoon and continued discussion of the Taylor Pond sewer construction assessments. According to Superintendent Earle Tarr Jr., trustees are considering writing letters to those who haven’t signed the assessment agreement or paid for the hook-up. Only 118 of the 174 tied in to the service have paid or agreed to pay, Tarr noted.

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