A reckless autoist ran over a pet fox terrier owned by Ernest Coombs, Dennison Street, Auburn, Thursday afternoon, and came near colliding with a pedestrian. A lady who was about to board an electric car also barely escaped being knocked down by the auto which fairly flew, it is said. The driver of the machine did not stop to ascertain what damage had been done by his recklessness, but put on more speed and disappeared.

50 years ago, 1958

PORTLAND – An 11-man delegation of Jaycees leaves here Friday for Los Angeles and the national Junior Chamber of Commerce convention. Some 75 pounds of lobsters were given the delegates so they could throw a Maine-style lobster feed for the cast of the “Dinah Shore” TV show Sunday. A similar feast will be conducted for the staff of Disneyland Monday.

25 years ago, 1983

SEARSPORT – Two years after 500 gallons of oil were deliberately dumped into Penobscot Bay for cleanup testing, researchers say treating the oil with chemicals is far less harmful to the environment. After a year of gathering samples of oil-contaminated water, sediments and marine animals, followed by another year of laboratory testing, the results are in.

Researchers suggest it is less harmful to treat spills with chemicals that dissolve the oil into the water rather than the conventional methods that use giant blotters skimmers, bulldozers, rakes and shovels. In the 1981 experiment, which took place over the bitter objections of city officials and clam diggers, scientists from Bowdoin College deliberately dumped crude oil on two nearly identical plots of flat, marsh and rocky shore in Searsport.

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