• PORTLAND – The work of rebuilding the block on Commercial Street, which was the scene of the disastrous fire will be commenced as soon as predictable. It is the intention to change the form of the building so as to do away with the blind attic feature which is such a menace to property and which is not countenanced by modern builders and building laws.

• BAR HARBOR – Bar Harbor is to have a new newspaper, to be published about the latter part of this present month. Announcements have been distributed announcing the early publication of a newspaper, devoted to the interests of Bar harbor, Mount Desert and Frenchmen’s Bay resorts.

50 years ago, 1958

• AUBURN – A box containing 50 sticks of dynamite was found lying in the middle of the Old Hotel Road Monday by a passing motorist. Auburn police were called and patrolman Leonard Johnson turned over the box to the Bridge Construction Co. which is doing some blasting on the Portland Road.

• The executive director of Maine’s Blue Cross-Blue Shield plans said today that the health insurance industry “must some day really come to grips with the problem of over-insurance.” This would help control over-use which Paul A. Webb said “is a significant factor in the inflation of health care costs.”

25 years ago, 1983

Comments by Auburn Public Library Director Nan Hilyard and Lewiston Public Library Director Richard Gross in a meeting with the L-A Area League of Women Voters disclosed the welcome information that the Twin City libraries have not been subjected to efforts at censorship. Nonetheless, there has been a growing wave of censorship attempts across the nation. This is a trend public library officials must be prepared to oppose. The fundamental freedom for people to “read” whatever they wish must be preserved.

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