Within the past few days a matter of much interest to Auburn people has arisen by the circulating of a petition. The petition which will be sent to the County Commissioners asks for the discontinuance of a highway near Danville Junction along what is known as Turkey Lane. Those opposed to the highway believe that the only people who receive any benefits whatever from the road are the proprietors of Poland Springs and that the road as it is now maintained is too much of an expense. The petition is said to be already signed by many influential and prominent citizens.

50 Years Ago, 1956

Maine residents are apparently doing more writing as times goes on.

A study just completed by the Lead Pencil Manufacturers Association indicates that last year Maine residents used 8,235,557 wooden lead pencils, or 7% more than in the previous year. The association also said the figure represents an average of 9.1 pencils used per person during 1955.

The number of pencils used in Maine were capable of writing approximately 400,000,000,000 words or about 3,600,000 average size novels.

The association said the yellow pencil of so-called “number-two” hardness is the most popular.

25 Years Ago, 1981

Only two days after an unsuccessful assassination attempt on President Reagan, Maine Gov. Joseph Brennan signed a detailed concealed weapons bill into law.

The new law, sponsored by state Rep. Merle Nelson of Portland, quietly passed both House and Senate without lengthy debate and was signed without fanfare on Wednesday.

It replaces an old statute which gave municipal police chiefs and selectmen the power to issue concealed weapons permits to those of “good moral character.”

Since “good moral character” was not defined by Maine statute, there has never been a set criteria for issuing such permits.