Fully 600 persons took part in the St. John’s Day parade held by the French people of Lewiston and Auburn Saturday evening and with the two bands, numerous flags and banners, and bright uniforms, made a most imposing spectacle as it went over the principal thoroughfares of the city.

In right royal style were the visiting Knights Templars entertained in this city Saturday by the Lewiston Commandery. The affair had been well planned, and the full program was carried out without a variation. The visiting Knights were met at the station by the Lewiston commandery headed by the Lewiston Brigade Band.

50 Years Ago, 1955

The new ferry Bluenose is expected to be in service between Nova Scotia and Maine before July 31. Transport Minister George Marler said today. He told the House of Commons trials are due to be completed by July 15 and he sees no reason why the ship could not go into service in the following two weeks. The Bluenose, built jointly by the Federal and Nova Scotia governments, is to be run between Yarmouth, N.S., and Bar Harbor, Maine.

This is “marrying Saturday” again, the last Saturday in the wedding month of June. A check last night showed at least 21 weddings are scheduled today in the Twin Cities and there’s another on the docket for Sunday. There were at least 11 marriages on Saturday a week ago.

25 Years Ago, 1980

While state officials are optimistic with the early success of the lottery’s new daily Maine Numbers Game, Lewiston-Auburn ticket sellers say this area has experienced a drop in sales with the advent of the new game.

“The whole Lewiston-Auburn area is not doing as well…although things appear to be getting better,” said Phil St. Pierre, co-manager of Victor News Co. on Park Street, Lewiston.

Before the daily game began, St. Pierre said, his Park Street variety store ranked second statewide for ticket sales for the weekly game. Bonneau’s Market on Lisbon Street, Lewiston, was the biggest seller.

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