• The exciting sport of pitchforking for pollock furnished lots of fun for many people at Popham Beach Sunday. The beach was lined with men and boys armed with pitchforks and sticks and some of them made good hauls. One man speared three big pollock at one stroke.

• Sporting editor of the Lewiston Daily Sun: Dear sir, Some time ago Alfred (Pitou) Bromilette of Auburn challenged me to wrestle, catch-as-catch-can style, best two out of three. For certain reasons I was not at the time able to accept. I am now ready to meet him any time and for any amount. Hoping to see this in print, I remain, Yours respectfully, Charles Dube Jr.

50 years ago, 1958

• NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale scientists said Sunday they have isolated a hormone from the mysterious pineal gland, the part of the brain once believed to be the “seat of the soul.” They said the hormone’s function is not yet known, but tests in frogs show it lightens the shade of their skins. The hormone has been named “melatonin,” said the researchers, all of the Yale School of Medicine’s dermatology section.

25 years ago, 1983

• AUGUSTA- The Maine State Lottery is attracting a growing number of players, including many newcomers from the upper-income brackets, says lottery Director Richard “Spike” Carey. “The lottery agents say many new people are coming in,” he said Wednesday. “There’s a lot of renewed confidence. “And the economy has something to do with it,” he said. “People who played the stock market before now play the lottery.”

Carey this week released figures showing that the lottery has proven it can be a profitable venture, turning over $3.1 million to the General Fund for the first ten months of this fiscal year. That is triple the amount expected for the entire fiscal year, which ends June 30. It also is $1 million more than what was collected for the same 10-month period a year ago, and surpasses $2.3 million generated during the entire last fiscal year.

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