• Much talk is heard in Lewiston in regard to organizing an independent ice company. Several of the local merchants are said to be interested in the matter and it is expected that such an organization will be formed soon. Those who have looked into the situation say there is plenty of available ice that can be secured at a satisfactory price.

50 years ago, 1958

• BOSTON – Russia may out-pace the United States in automobile production in seven or eight years, the spokesman for a group of six Soviet student and youth editors said Monday. Yuri Verenov, 27, youth editor for Pravda, told a news conference, “We’re ahead in some fields, like Sputniks, but you’re ahead in other fields, like the development of the automobile. Wait seven or eight years and maybe we’ll out-pace you in the production of automobiles.” The group – the first Russian students to participate in the exchange between this country and the U.S.S.R. under the Lacey-Zaroubin agreement – are spending six days in this area.

25 years ago, 1983

• AUGUSTA – H.P. Hood Inc. will start selling milk in three-quart containers in Maine next week, and the minimum retail price was set Thursday at $1.50. The Maine Milk Commission, whose price-setting powers are under attack in state Superior Court, left alone its $1.99 minimum retail for gallons, $1.02 for half-gallons and 56 cents for quarts.

• AUGUSTA – A law requiring children to be secured in car-safety seats will take effect in about 3½ months, and thousand of the seats may be available for low rental fees through hospitals and various agencies. Gov. Joseph E. Brennan on Wednesday signed the bill, which takes effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, or some time this fall. Warnings will be issued for the first six months the law is in effect. After that, violators who do not acquire seats for their children within 30 days after being cited will be fined – up to $25 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses.


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