It is expected that the new Lewiston team will be rounded into shape within a short time. Managers McDonough and Legendre are hearing many words of encouragement and the team, playing independent ball, promises to get some good games.

Of course, the article may not be as fast as the New England League but certainly the management should be able to secure as fast a team of local talent as the colleges have been putting out. There are many independent teams which would make fine drawing cards.

50 years ago, 1959

Lightning struck the workshop of Myron T. Brackett in the East Auburn Lumber Co. section about 5 p.m. Saturday, damaging an electric drill and starting three separate fires. Mrs. Ira Woodbury, behind whose home the workshop is located, said the lightning bolt apparently entered the workshop through the power line. The bolt started fires on the workbench, under the bench and in the roof of the structure.

25 years ago, 1984

Central Maine Medical Center of Lewiston will become the first hospital in the nation to use the NEAX 2400 computerized phone switching system on June 15 at 11:30 p.m. Although CMMC’s main number will not change, its departments will be assigned new numbers. Those numbers will be listed in the Sun, Journal and Sunday from Wednesday through June 15.

The NEAX system replaces the hospital’s 17 year-old phone system. Described by Max Ashburn, telecommunications project coordinator, as a “state-of-the-art computerized system,” it will process phone calls more efficiently and select the most economical method for completing calls.

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