There is no fake about the airship that will make daily flights at the Maine State Fair grounds held in Lewiston, Sept. 7,8 , 9 and 10. The airship arrived at the Maine State Fair grounds in Lewiston, Monday. A large crew accompanied it to set it up and get everything into shape for the arrival of Prof. Laroux later in the week.

Secretary Lowell went to the fair grounds Monday afternoon to see the airship. He found it a heap of silk and knocked down machinery. “It won’t look much like that when it is ready for a flight,” remarked one of the attendants. “When the balloon attachment is filled with gas and is tugging at the anchors like a spirited horse that is so full of life that it is anxious to go, and the machinery is connected, it is an attractive and an inspiring sight. This flying machine cannot fail to be an entertaining as well as an instructive feature for your fair.”

50 years ago, 1958

The annual banquet for the Auburn Police Athletic League will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Auburn Armory, it was announced last night. Police Sgt. George Deletetsky, who is in charge of arrangements, said a chicken barbecue dinner will be put on. About 400 PAL youths and their parents are expected to attend.

Trophies will be presented to the three winning PAL baseball teams. They are the All-Stars, the New Auburn Tigers and the Athletics. Deletetsky said all youngsters who participated in PAL activities are eligible for a free chicken feed, while parents will pay a small charge.

25 years ago, 1983

The 50th anniversary is supposed to be golden. Dan Bourassa, chairman of Androscoggin County’s 1983 United Way campaign, hopes so. Bourassa announced Tuesday, Androscoggin United Way will try to raise $632,000 this year, about $600,000 more than it raised in 1932, its first year.

Bourassa said he is “really excited” about the campaign and confident the improving economy will enable the United Way to reach its goal. He pointed out that in 1982, a “tough year,” the Androscoggin United Way nonetheless raised $550,000, a 7½ percent increase over the previous year.

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