100 years ago, 1910

The report of Auburn’s building inspector, S. B. Leonard, shows that 44 new buildings were erected in that city during the past year, not including the rebuilding and repairing done. Of that number, 24 were cottage houses, 12 two-story houses, four wooden blocks, three stables changed into tenements and one new stable with tenement overhead.

50 years ago, 1960

More than 400 persons examined the “latest on wheels” last night at the opening of the 10th annual auto show at the Lewiston Memorial Armory.

Many more Twin City residents will visit the show today and tomorrow to check models, styles and makes and compare them before making their final selection for 1960.

The many cars on display include imports, domestic cars and new compact models as well as luxury models.

25 years ago, 1985

SABATTUS — For those who question the arrival of spring, the black swallowtail butterflies flying around the kitchen of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bedard of Webster Corner Road should dispel the misgivings of the most hardened pessimists.

Last September, the Bedard’s son, Brian, picked caterpillars off parsley plants and kept them in a jar. About three weeks later they formed their cocoons and stayed dormant for the winter.

Three weeks ago, Brian placed his jar in the kitchen window where the cocoons could catch the sun’s warm springtime rays. Now what was once leaf nibbling pests are beautiful black butterflies fluttering about the Bedard home.