100 years ago, 1908

On Tuesday, the turbine steamship Belfast will be launched at the works of the Bath Iron Works. The Belfast is a sister to the Bangor and it is understood that both boats will run on the Bangor and Boston route in 1909. It is said that the construction of these two ships was one of the big factors in the financial difficulties of the consolidated steamship lines, the big combine steered by Charles W. Morse.

50 years ago, 1958

Clamping down hard on alleged unsanitary conditions, the Lewiston Board of Health and Welfare yesterday afternoon decided on a get-tough policy in dealing with two local restaurants.

It gave one of them until the 17th of this month to get part of its premises in “satisfactory” sanitary condition and directed the health inspector to investigate a second where the general health picture also is reportedly not up to par.

The decisions, taken during an executive session of the board, were announced later by Chairman Royal G. Dam.

Health Inspector H. George Poulin has given the restaurant 30 days to get rid of an alleged unsanitary condition in its kitchen.

Jules G. Goudreau, during the weekly public session, brought up the 30 day clean-up notice given out by Poulin and was of the opinion it was too long a period “for the public to be fed out of a place you think is not sanitary.”

25 years ago, 1983

FREEPORT – Faced with citizen opposition to fast-food architecture, McDonald’s is proposing to establish a restaurant in a restored Victorian mansion in this village made famous by L.L. Bean.

But the leader of an opposition group – the Freeport Mac Attack – promises to continue the fight to keep the hamburger chain out of the neighborhood, regardless of the restaurant’s design.

Last summer McDonald’s obtained an option on the 150-year-old Gore House, a remodeled mansion three blocks north of the L.L. Bean sporting goods store.

Instead of demolishing or altering the building as some opponents feared, McDonald’s says it is working to ensure that the restaurant is compatible with the neighborhood.

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