• Merrill & Webster, well-known printers and directory publishers of Auburn, have installed a No. 5 linotype machine and several magazines so that they are prepared to set the various faces of type from 6 to 10 point. The machine is now in successful operation and is proving a great aid to them in getting out their work.

• Persistent efforts are to be made in Congress to prevent the re-enactment of what is known as the Burton law passed in 1906, governing the disposition of the waters of the Niagara Falls. The object of that enactment was to conserve the waters of the falls against the encroachment of commercial enterprise. The Burton law expires in less than a year and a half.

50 years ago, 1958

Another skirmish in the long “war” between newspapers and government over freedom of information was fought in Washington earlier this week, and next Tuesday still another skirmish will be fought at Augusta. The departments of the executive branch of the federal government take advantage of a loosely worded 169-year-old law to withhold from the public – and from Congress, too – public records of all kinds. All 10 government departments oppose the amendment, because they like to conduct as much business behind a curtain, ignoring the fact that secret government means inefficient government, and often it can be transformed into corrupt government.

25 years ago, 1983

• A good old-fashioned northeaster dumped about 15 inches of wind-whipped snow on the Twin Cities Monday in the biggest snowstorm since last April. No injuries were reported, and public works crews reported plowing operations were proceeding smoothly.

FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital progress on two new additions is right on target. The $4.2 million construction and renovation project is slated to be completed in the fall of 1983. The building project involves the construction of two additions, for a total of 21,000 square feet of new space.

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