100 years ago, 1910

Herman Berman, the well-known restaurant keeper of Main Street, Lewiston, was arraigned in the Lewiston Municipal Court Saturday morning charged with furnishing oleomargarine to a customer.

Mr. Berman testified that he had never bought any oleomargarine, and only used Turner Center butter in his restaurant. He said the only way he could account for the oleomargarine, was through lending butter to a man who kept a restaurant near his place, and that he might have brought back oleomargarine in return.

Judge Cornish made the punishment light, only the cost of court.

50 years ago, 1960

Taxpayers are reminded they are allowed several deductions in their 1960 income tax returns. Lewiston accountant Ernest M. Shapiro points out each citizen may deduct seven cents per gallon of gas purchased in 1959 and five cents on each package of cigarettes. A deduction of 32.02 percent of the cost of liquor bought is also allowed.

25 years ago, 1985

Moody’s Investor’s Service gave Lewiston its highest rating for tax notes Thursday, one week after Lewiston officials traveled to New York City to convince the service of the city’s financial health.

Moody’s gave a MIG 1 rating to $8 million in tax-anticipation notes the city plans to sell Jan. 24, according to Finance Director Richard Metivier.

“It’s the highest rating they have. It’s based on the city’s continuing to enjoy a strong financial program from established cash flows which provide liquidity,” enabling repayment of the notes. Metivier said. 

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