100 years ago, 1914
At a meeting Monday of the directors of the Central Maine General hospital, the report of the building committee regarding bids for the new Central building was made. There were ten bidders, ranging from $76,224 to $88,077, exclusive of plumbing and heating. The lowest bidder wag A.P. Warren & Son of Auburn. This building will be four stories above basement. The white house will be removed and this building will replace it. It will be used for administration and two floors for patients. There will be no wards in this building, but the space will be devoted to private and semi-private patients, the latter being in rooms accommodating four to six patients.

50 years ago, 1964
Pennies from Heaven? No. An Auburn police officer had some fun trying to pick up pennies from a busy Auburn intersection early to-day, a rather difficult task on a very cold morning. A passing taxicab driver informed Officer Laurier Lalonde that there were pennies scattered at the intersection of Court and Turner streets. Officer Lalonde hurried to the corner and spent a lively few minutes picking up the scattered coins while trying to stay out of the way of the early morning traffic. The coins were later taken to headquarters where the owner may claim them.

25 years ago, 1989
Inmates at the Androscoggin County Jail Sunday night rioted for more than an hour, starting fires, flooding the lower floor of the facility and throwing objects at corrections officers. Chief Deputy Sheriff Andre G. Gagne said the uprising broke out at about 10:30 p.m. and was brought under control by officers shortly before midnight. “We had fires that were lit by inmates. We had a mini-riot. But everything’s under control,” Gagne said just after midnight. The county jail, with a designated capacity of 30 inmates, Sunday night held 66 inmates.

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