• With lobsters at 36 cents a pound it does not look as if Maine people would have a great many lobster salads for a while anyways. Each year the price of this delicious shell fish advances and yet they tell us that the supply is now on the increase instead of decrease as it has been for a number of years. Let us hope that the increase may continue sufficiently so that before many years the price will get back to its old-time figure.

• The farmers who have been in Waterville within the past week have all predicted a good maple syrup season and that there should be an abundance. The weather has been suitable for a good sap flow and the industry in this section will be dealt with more extensively than in previous years.

50 years ago, 1958

• BOOTHBAY HARBOR – Historic and nationally famed Fishermen’s Wharf burned right to the water’s edge tonight in an explosion wracked blaze that threatened other valuable shore-front property. The fire, which started from an undetermined source, was estimated unofficially to have done $500,000 damage to a year-old motel, restaurant, bar and hardware store.

• The Senate tonight voted 49-42 to accept President Eisenhower’s proposal for a 5-cent stamp on non-local letters but limited it to three years.

25 years ago, 1983

On the heels of the Reagan administration’s decision to continue levying duties on goods imported from Caribbean nations, an Auburn shoe manufacturer has been attacked for failing to label its shoes with the originating country’s name.

Stride Rite Corp., owner of the trade name Sperry Top-Sider, has moved its production of the boat shoes from Maine to Haiti and failed to label it “Made in Haiti,” according to Daniel Wellehan Jr., vice president and treasurer of Sebago Inc., Westbrook.

The U.S. Trade Act of 1934 states that if a product is “substantially manufactured” in a foreign country, it must be labeled made in that country, he added. “It’s a question of the law of the land.”

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