100 years ago, 1912
Mechanic Falls will be the scene of busy women and children, Friday, when the Study club will superintend the cleaning up of the streets. For some time this club has been agitating a movement of this sort, and finally it was decided to appoint Arbor Day as the time for general improvement of the streets of this attractive little town. The selectmen have kindly agreed to co-operate with the women, and will furnish teams to carry away all the rubbish that they gather. It is the hope of the club to purchase rubbish cans a little later, and place them on the streets, in order to help keep them free from papers and clutter.

50 years ago, 1962
William Penley, 8, youngest of some 200 Auburn youngsters who took part in Auburn’s Junior Fishing  Derby this afternoon, hauled in what appeared might be the largest catch of the derby. Young Penley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Penley of 71 James Street, Auburn, struggled with a one and three-quarter pound, 14-inch brookie and his catch appeared to be the biggest of the afternoon, to that point. Bobby Nichols, 9, of 9 Summer Street, Auburn, hauled in a 14 and one-half inch beauty while 11-year-old Larry Proctor of Washington Street, Auburn, displayed a string of good sized trout, one measuring over 12 inches.

25 years ago, 1987
A strong economy is spurring swimming pools sales, with dealers reporting that home owners are taking advantage of low-interest rates to have both in- and above-ground pools installed. So far in March, April and the first two weeks of May, 21 Twin City home owners have taken out building permits for pools, nearly double the pace for the same period just a year ago.

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