Arrangements have been completed for an excursion train to accommodate those Lewiston and Auburn people who wish to go to Rockland Thursday to see the launching of the new schooner, Lewiston. This special will leave Lewiston lower station at 6 o’clock Thursday morning, returning will leave Rockland at 5 p.m. A reduced fare will make it possible for all who desire to see the launching to do so but still be away from home but a single day. The launching will take place at 11:30. This will enable those who go down to get their dinner and have a couple of hours for sightseeing.

50 years ago, 1958

A non-stop plane flight from Boston to Lewiston will be available starting Oct. 1, according to Northeast Airlines. The flight will leave Lewiston daily at 12:20 p.m. and arrive at Boston at 1:15 p.m. Besides this, Northeast will have four southbound and three northbound trips daily.

25 years ago, 1983

Tucked in among the porn shops and drinking spots on lower Lisbon Street there is nothing to indicate that The Oasis Restaurant is anything but another greasy spoon catering to the winos, prostitutes and drifters of what some call Lewiston’s bowery.

But as its name implies, there is something special about The Oasis. Twice each day from Tuesday through Saturday, The Oasis opens its doors and kitchen to all hungry people, regardless of their ability to pay.

Operated by Bob McLeod and Brian McLellan, The Oasis is an offshoot of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which distributes food to institutions and churches for donation to the needy. Since it opened last May, The Oasis has served an average of about 80 people a day during the afternoon and evening soup kitchen.

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