100 years ago, 1908

Seeing a shadow on the window shade, Mrs. Simpson, an actress who has been appearing at the Empire in Lewiston, leaped out of bed the other evening, grabbed up a revolver, and discharged a blank cartridge. Mrs. Simpson says she saw the shadow and fired. She believes that a man was trying to pry open the window of her bedroom which is on the first floor at the Elms on Main street. It is thought that possibly the shadow was made by a man passing thru the alleyway between the Elms and Spear and Webster’s store.

50 years ago, 1958

Cornerstone laying ceremonies were held yesterday afternoon at the Central Maine Youth Center before a large audience of Twin City residents.

Representatives of both cities and arena officials spoke, and musical organizations were present. Rev. Alexandre DesRochers, O.P., of the Dominican Fathers, performed the actual cornerstone laying, using a gold handled trowel.

The target date for the opening of the new arena for hockey is Jan. 3, Rosair Halle, executive manager, told the spectators.

A box containing newspapers, pictures and documents was sealed up with the cornerstone. Placed in the box were three local newspapers containing the account of the fire which razed the old arena building.

25 years ago, 1983

MYSTIC, Conn. – Andre the Seal is once again spending his winter “down south” in Connecticut, after arriving during the weekend from his summer home in Maine.

“He’s plumper and extremely laid back.” said Laura Kezer, a spokeswoman for the Mystic Marine Life Aquarium. “But we’re happy to have him back.”

Andre spends his summers in a floating pen in Rockport Harbor in Maine. Every afternoon in the summer, he entertains tourists with tricks.

Since 1980, Andre has spent his winters in Mystic “because to leave him free was too dangerous because the harbor ices over and his pen could get crushed.” Mrs. Kezer said.

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