We ask the people of Auburn to consider seriously the inadequacy of its public park system – or rather the absolute lack of any system at all. Here is a city of 15,000 people with not a single public breathing place save a side-hill school yard.

Some of our nextdoor neighbors in Auburn are incredulous regarding the availability of the so-called “gulley” in Perryville. We beg then to look it over in its present lush and lovely verdure and note its possibilities. From north to south it transects the neighborhood of a large proportions of the homes in Auburn. Its inlet could be at Turner Street near the Maine Central Railroad bridge. Its northern terminal should be the bluffs that form the northern wall to this unique amphitheater, far above Dennison Street bridge. A brook runs thru it. The approaches to it could be on every side from every street. It would supply playgrounds for all. It would be a skating park in winter. It could be made one of the loveliest parks in New England.

50 years ago, 1958

A $7,985 tarring project on Webster Street will be started this week by the Lewiston Public Works Department if the weather is favorable. Scheduled for tarring is that section from Webber Avenue to Mitchell Street and the entire project is expected to take some four days to complete.

25 years ago, 1983

The Lewiston and Auburn mayors and officials from throughout the state will be at Lost Valley Lodge in Auburn Friday for the testimonial dinner for John Turner, who has left his post of executive director of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council. Lewiston Mayor Paul R. Dionne and Auburn Mayor R. Peter Whitmore will be co-emcees for the affair, which will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and speeches at 8 p.m. Turner has joined a real-estate firm, Pejepscot Associates, and will handle commercial and industrial accounts.

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