• It is only within the last three years that the sponge industry at Tarpon Springs, on the west coast of Florida, has assumed such magnitude as to command attention.

• Gounod’s beautiful opera “Faust” was presented for the first time in its entirety by professional singers before a good-sized audience at the Empire last evening.

• Current retail food prices: Eggs, strictly fresh, 20c per doz.; cabbage, 2c per lb.; fowl, 18c per lb.; cheese, 20c per lb.; dairy butter, 30c per lb.; honey, 24c per lb.; onions, 4c per lb.; chicken, 20-22c per lb.; potatoes, 22c per pk.; 35c per bu.; carrots, 3c per lb.

50 years ago, 1958

HOLLYWOOD – Filmland congratulated itself Thursday on the fanciest fastest-paced and most star-studded presentation of Oscars in its 30-year history. “Kwai” won from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences its statuette for best movie of 1957, and its star, Briton Alex Guinness, took the best actor honor. The award for best actress in a starring role went to Joanne Woodward for her portrayal of a woman with a triple personality in “The Three Faces of Eve.”

• Bates College has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a license to operate a non-commercial FM station on the campus. The station would operate on 90.3 megacycles and could be heard in the Twin Cities over any FM radio.

25 years ago, 1983

Our advice to the Androscoggin County Commissioners and Sheriff Joseph P. Laliberte can be couched most effectively through the slang expression, “cool it.” The back and forth charges and countercharges over the commission’s attempted dismissal of a deputy sheriff and the more recent quarrel over a federal Vista volunteer program have attained the height of silliness. The battle is similar in nature to the running feud carried on between the commission and the sheriff’s department, when it was headed by Lionel A. Cote.

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