Do you know that over in New Auburn there is one of Maine’s largest department stores? What Macy is to New Yorkers, what Houghton & Dutton is to Boston – that’s what J.J. Shapiro & Bros., Shapiro’s corner, New Auburn, is to Lewiston and Auburn or in other words, the lowest price big store in town.

For the hundreds of Lewiston and Auburn folks who have never taken advantage of Shapiro’s low prices, also for the benefit of the hundreds of their own patrons, they inaugurate this demonstration sale to show, to prove and to actually demonstrate that Shapiro’s prices are positively the lowest of any store, at any time or place.

50 years ago, 1958

“Quite a few” people have shown an interest in providing bus service for the Lewiston-Auburn area should the Lewiston-Auburn Transit Co. go out of business locally March 1.

This was the word yesterday from Lewiston City Auditor Armand G. Sansoucy, chairman of a special citizens committee appointed last week by the municipal governments to investigate the possibility of having another firm set up business here.

Sansoucy said the citizens committee will meet soon to discuss moves to take in lining up a possible successor to the present transit firm.

25 years ago, 1983

1983 became the wettest year on record with Tuesday’s rains, according to the National Weather Service.

As of about 9 p.m. Tuesday, 62.59 inches of rain had fallen at the Portland weather station, breaking the previous record, 61.15, set in 1979 – and it was still raining, said NWS meteorologist Charles Nelson.

In Lewiston, the rainfall record was also broken, according to a spokesman at the Union Water Power gatehouse. However, an official rainfall total for the year was not available.

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