100 years ago, 1914
Checker players all over Maine have been following with interest the series of ten games of checkers, just completed between S.S. Locklin of Livermore Falls, and D.E. Hayes of Rumford, the promoter of the recent State Checker tournament. The series has been played by correspondence. Of the ten games, Locklin won four, Hayes won one and four were tied. Mr. Locklin is undoubtedly one of the most expert checker players of New England.

50 years ago, 1964
At least $300 was stolen during the night from a locked vault at Edward Little High School. The theft was discovered early this morning by an early arrival at the school, who noticed that two holes had been punched through the concrete walls. ELHS principal Arnold G. Westerberg estimated that “$300 or more” was missing from nine cash boxes and a small safe at the top of a filing cabinet in the vault. It was noted that the safe cracking took place after 6 o’clock last night (Sunday), the only night of the week on which there is no attendant in the building. The vault, constructed of concrete blocks with a large heavy steel door and combination lock, was found with the door ajar. Broken pieces of cement block, as well as dust and bits of metal from the smashed cash boxes, littered the floor area outside the vault.

25 years ago, 1989
Androscoggin County Commissioners are supporting two proposals that could provide property tax relief. Commission Chairwoman Carol Boyce said she thinks a proposal to increase fees charged by the county Registry of Deeds and to allow the county to keep a greater portion of the receipts is an excellent idea. “I never have been able to understand why revenues generated by transfers of property in the county had to go to the general fund of the state,” she said. Currently the state receives 90 percent of the fees charged by the registry of deeds, with the funds divided equally between the General Fund and the Housing Opportunities for Maine fund.

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