News was received in Lewiston yesterday afternoon that the rollway at Lake Grove had collapsed and was practically a total wreck. The weight of the snow on the roof is believed to have caused the roof to collapse. The crash came about two o’clock yesterday afternoon and was heard for some distance. The building was owned by J. M. Scannell and Richard Leader of Lewiston.

50 years ago, 1959

At the first rehearsal of the TV Variety Show to be presented in April under the auspices of the East Auburn Parent-Teacher Association, Mrs. Roger Conant was named the production manager. The rehearsal was held yesterday afternoon at the school.

Others named to assist with the arrangements were George McKenney, tickets, and Mr. and Mrs. Sewall Davis, publicity. Mrs. Rose Coburn will serve as piano accompanist. Mrs. Donald Briggs has been previously named general chairman of the presentation.

25 years ago, 1984

AUGUST – After a debate ringing with lines from “Casey at the Bat” and pleas to give Maine’s first pro baseball team a shot at survival, the House on Wednesday passed a watered-down bill to allow beer and wine sales in the Maine Guides’ stadium.

The House voted 96-60 to go along with the Senate’s amended version of the bill, which would bar sale and consumption in the grandstands at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach, but allow it in designated areas.

The House is expected to vote on the bill again Thursday. It will then face final votes in both houses, needing two-thirds majorities in both if beer and wine sales are to be allowed in April, when the baseball season at the stadium opens.

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