100 years ago, 1908

“I am afraid,” said a Lewiston physician “that the automobile and moving picture shows are injuring children’s eyes. The strain on eyes from speeding in automobiles is enormous. The eye cannot follow the swiftly moving objects. The same is true of the moving picture. The flashing lights, the quick change of the picture, the varying intensity of the lights cause the eye to put forth unusual muscular exertion and bring on eye strain, headaches and suffering. We are noticing it in schools and it is going to have a prejudicial effect on the eyesight of the future men and women. New York is suffering from it excessively.”

50 years ago, 1958

Parents attending Wednesday’s back-to-school program at Lewiston High School should assemble at 6:45 p.m. in the school auditorium. Taking the places of their children, the parents will follow the class schedule on an abbreviated basis, will have an opportunity to talk with teachers about their children’s progress, and will be given an explanation of today’s teaching methods.

25 years ago, 1983

A public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Auburn City Building, City Council Chambers will focus on where a connector from the Maine Turnpike should be built.

Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) will listen to citizens who own land near the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport to decide where to build the connector.

Two routes are being considered by MDOT. One route would start from Route 202 south of the present turnpike interchange and would circumvent John Martin’s Manor Restaurant. That route would mean that an overpass near Hotel Road would have to be built.

The second would diverge from Route 202 north of the interchange where Hardscrabble Road is. The advantage of the second route is that no overpass would have to be built, but it would be longer than the first route.


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