WASHINGTON – An urgent plea for pure food in the household was made today by Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, chief of the Bureau of Chemistry of the Department of Agriculture. Dr. Wiley emphasized the importance of the mothers of the country being eternally vigilant as to the source of food products that come into their homes to see that they are fresh, uncontaminated, palatable and wholesome. The effect of such action on the part of the mothers, he said, would be most salutary. Dr. Wiley called attention to the great importance of purity in such articles as butter, maple syrup, honey and particularly all dairy supplies.

50 years ago, 1958

• The Edward Little High School newspaper, Station E.L.H.S., is one of four Maine named yesterday to receive prizes in the 34th annual scholastic press contest sponsored by Columbia University. The ELHS paper won third prize under the classification, “printed newspapers, senior high schools, 751-1,000 students.”

AUGUSTA – Maine lobstermen landed 24,402,797 pounds of lobsters in 1956, despite a price dispute which halted trap hauling twice and eventually resulted in federal conspiracy indictments of both lobstermen and dealers.

25 years ago, 1983

WASHINGTON – Despite the opposition of organized labor, President Reagan sent Congress legislation Friday to establish a lower minimum wage for youth in summer – $2.50 compared with the current $3.35 minimum – and to provide tax credits for businessmen who hire the hard-core unemployed.

• Like all industries faced with the challenge of retargeting their market strategy as the youth population dwindles, the candy industry is taking a number of different tacks to reach out to adult consumers. Many new candy items contain honey, yogurt, nuts and real fruit – foods which translate as “healthy” to fitness conscious adults. Other new products are large candy bars tailored for bigger appetites. Also, more costly “boutique” and “designer” confections are a growing portion of the adult candy market.


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