The new block which is being built for the National Shoe and Leather Bank of Auburn at Turner and Court streets, will be the first building constructed of reinforced concrete in the two cities. It also will be the only fire proof structure here. The floors only are built of reinforced concrete, the walls being of granite and brick. When finished it will be one of the handsomest in the State.

Reinforced concrete is “the thing” in modern architecture. It does away with all woodwork except the finish and furnishings and separates every floor by a stone wall which fire and water cannot penetrate.

50 years ago, 1958

Lewiston’s Public Works Department will begin getting its outlying roads ready for winter today. Director George J. Mahar reports the department will start installing the snow fence that is put up in areas where drifting of snow could prove a headache by blocking roads. The PWD has about five miles of fence to put up and it will take a few days.

25 years ago, 1983

Suzan Labrie of Lewiston has been selected as a contestant in the 1983-1984 Ms. Video Maine Pageant. She was selected on a combination of beauty, intelligence, charm, community involvement, talent and high ideals.

Contestants will be judged on the presentation of a 30-second commercial that they have written themselves on the topic of their choice. They are also being judged on poise and beauty of face and figure.

The winner of the pageant will receive $1,000 in cash and a diamond pendant and the four runners-up will also receive prizes. The Ms. Video Maine Pageant will be held Sunday at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

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