100 years ago, 1915
A local man believes that stolen fruit is the best, but he learned, Tuesday, that stolen fruit is sometimes more dear. It has been his custom according to the statements made by George Kourakis to pilfer each day a cantaloupe, when cantaloupes were in season, and the specific charge brought against him was that he did feloniously steal, take and carry away a cantaloupe for which he paid $5 and costs in the police court. He pleaded guilty and Recorder Curran imposed the fine.

50 years ago, 1965
Defending Women’s Maine State Golf Association champion Miss Pennie Page of Auburn led the advance into the semifinals at Martindale Country Club with a pair of victories Wednesday. Joining her in the round of four for Thursday are Miss Marion Stanwood, Bethel; Miss Priscilla Bush, Augusta; and Miss Delores Winslow, Riverside. Friday’s finale will be over the 36-hole route. Miss Page had to go 23 holes in the afternoon before a birdie on the uphill 315-yarder ended a marathon duel with Miss Cynthia Paquet, Bath.

25 years ago, 1990
The National Science Foundation has awarded Bates College a grant of $140,800, which has been used to purchase a state-of-the-art instrument for chemical analysis. The college has acquired a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer with assistance from the NSF’s Research in Under-graduate Institutions program, college president Donald W. Harward announced. The spectrometer will allow faculty and student researchers at Bates to make precise analysis of unknown substances. It uses much the same principle as NMR scanners utilized by physicians to look deep within the human body.

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