100 years ago, 1910

Two Lewiston boys were taken to the police station yesterday to explain their connection to a quantity of silverware they offered for sale at a second-hand store. It developed that the silverware belonged to the Poland Spring House. The boys said they found it under the Lewiston end of the North Bridge. There was no evidence to the contrary and the case was not prosecuted.

50 years ago, 1960

The Twin City Raceways, a new track for go-cart enthusiasts, will open at 3 p.m. Sunday off the Greene Road, manager Gaston Gauthier reported yesterday. Future development plans at the track call for a clubhouse and workshop for members. The track now has a refreshment stand.

25 years ago 1985

After riding a roller-coaster of ups and downs for four years, the $100 million ethanol plant proposed for Auburn appears to be doomed again, a major backer of the project said Tuesday.

A recent preliminary report on the economic viability of the plant by the Arthur D. Little Co., of Cambridge, Mass., was negative and the company’s final report, made available Tuesday to one of the five New England Ethanol Products backers, confirmed that the project presents high economic risks.

The reports are expected to be a major deciding factor in whether or not the U.S. Department of Energy agrees to authorize $78 million in 90-percent guaranteed loans necessary for the project.

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