A Lewiston lady remarked recently upon the frequent use of profanity among young boys and the habit seems to have become firmly fixed upon a great many boys.

It is quite a common thing to hear boys gathered together in the street or in a field playing some game using oaths which are not at all suited to their age.

Profanity among men seems to be growing less, at least in public places and among those who may lay claim to decency and it seems as if it were time the younger generation were instructed in the virtue of clean speaking.

50 years ago, 1959

Two of the five members of the Auburn Superintending School Committee whose terms expire this year said last night they will seek re-election in the city’s municipal election in September.

Dr. Walter W. Crites Sr., one of the Ward Two representatives on the committee, and Gerald R. Pontbriand of Ward Five, said they intend to seek another term on the committee.

Alden F. Getchell of Ward Three indicated he has not yet made a decision on whether or not to be a candidate.

Dr. Crites will be seeking a fourth term and Pontbriand will be running for a third term.

25 years ago, 1984

When the city of Auburn says it needs help, Auburnites respond.

Last week tax assessor Patricia Brann cried out for community-minded volunteers who could type. The assessor’s office is far behind in its annual card and record updating, chores that have to be completed before tax bills can be mailed.

But help has arrived.

“In the last week I’ve had seven volunteers, counting my mother,” Mrs. Brann said. “This is tremendous.”

And her temporary crew has proved to be not only community-minded but competent.

In just one week the volunteers have put in 35 hours, just 2½ hours short of the city employee’s 37 ½-hour work week.

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