100 years ago: 1909

The high water in Nezinscot River caused some excitement here Thursday as the water was the highest it had been since the year the bridge was carried away in the freshet of 1896. The water was up over the road in the lower part of the village and was up under the old wool barn so far that it took away part of the underpinning. Last night it went down several inches and it was expected that it will not go any higher this spring.

50 years ago, 1959

The Lewiston Fire Department’s Engine Seven became stuck in a muddy field off East Avenue Saturday while trying to get close to a grass fire in the area. Engine One also got mired in mud at the same fire.

Fire Chief Roland G. Dumais banned all outdoor burning after the department answered six grass fire calls on Saturday and eight yesterday. He said the city was left almost unprotected yesterday while pumpers were tied up with grass fires. Engine Three also got stuck yesterday and had motor trouble Saturday. Engine Seven developed motor trouble yesterday, but was back in operation later.

25 years ago, 1984

Lewiston’s Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday unanimously approved a variance and conditional-use permit for a pedestrian bridge across Campus Avenue connecting St. Mary’s General Hospital and the former Marcotte Nursing Home.

Since pedestrian walkways are not addressed in the city’s zoning ordinance, and the construction of the connector would not detract from the purpose of the institutional zone, planning staff had recommended that the board approve the connector, subject to compliance with the State Department of Transportation’s 15-foot minimum-clearance requirements.

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