100 years ago, 1912
Never in the history of the city of Lewiston has such a demonstration been made in honor of one of its citizens as on Friday evening when thousands upon thousands of people turned out to welcome home William F. Carrigan, famed Boston Red Sox catcher known to baseball fans everywhere as “Bill,” who a few days ago shared in the World Series victory of the Red Sox over the New York Giants. Bands played, red fire (road flares) burned and folks cheered until their throats were sore. Through streets lined with people, a torchlight parade proceeded to the lower Maine Central train station. The train was due at 8 o’clock, but it was nearly nine when it steamed into the station. It required more than half a dozen policemen to carry “Bill” through the crowd to the waiting automobile. The autos and the fans in line returned to city hall, which never before had filled so quickly. The aisles were filled and even the stairways were crowded.

50 years ago, 1962
Everything is all set for the annual Halloween Window Painting contest in Lewiston, City Recreation Department Director John A. Aliberti has announced. In order to become a contestant, the youngsters, from public and parochial schools alike, must be selected by their school. Prior to the actual  painting, contestants must draw sketches of what they plan to paint. When the painter arrives at the assigned store, he or she must introduce himself to the merchant and show him a sketch of the picture to be painted on the window. The contestant will be responsible for mixing his own water paint, providing brushes and stirring sticks, placing papers on the sidewalk while painting, and supplying the pint of water for mixing the paint, and also should bring a stool or box to stand on.

25 years ago, 1987
Tri-County Emergency Medical Services has established the area’s first debriefing team to help emergency service personnel cope with job-induced stress. TCEMS Regional Coordinator Joanne E. Lebrun said a 12-person Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team has been formed to help the areas’ emergency service providers firefighters, police officers and others who “deal with the emotional hangover” that they sometimes experience after working in traumatic situations.

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