• A new insect pest has appeared and is doing tremendous damage. It is a green worm about half an inch in length and has a special fondness for maple, beech and oak trees. In Webster, Bowdoin and Litchfield, it has been operating for the last two or three weeks and the amount of damage it has done is something fearful. For many miles along the roads of those towns these hardwood trees are completely defoliated. Not even the fragment of a leaf is left and the trees are as bare as they were last January.

50 years ago, 1958

A skull, which at first was believed to be that of a human being, was dug out of a well at the old Moody farm on the Witham Road, Auburn, yesterday by Arthur Jones. He notified Auburn police of his find shortly before 4 p.m. and police Lt. Stanley E. Houston, Sgt. Donald R. Delisle and Patrolman William E. Corey brought the skull to police headquarters. Dr. Donald S. Potts identified the skull at headquarters as belonging to some four-footed animal but he said a veterinarian would have to further identify the species.

25 years ago, 1983

If howls and barks could be heard throughout the Lewiston-Auburn neighborhoods, the sounds might not have emanated from local kennels. The dog days of August took their toll as hot, lazy weather descended on zonal 10 residents and chased all but the most hearty into swimming pools or air conditioned buildings.

• Depositors Trust Co. of Augusta has named new office supervisors for two of its branches in the Auburn-Lewiston area and a new operations officer for its retail credit department. Diane Chiarantona of Lewiston, the new operations officer, will be responsible for overseeing the installment loan processing department, and coordinating and implementing special projects in the retail lending area.

A graduate of Lewiston High School, Thomas College and the University of Maine at Augusta, Mrs. Chiarantona has been employed at depositors since 1979. Lise Lambert and Rolande P. Truchon become office supervisors of the Auburn and Sabattus Street branches, respectively. They will supervise branch operations and assist customers.

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