100 years ago, 1915
John Proctor, restaurateur, has an appliance at the rear of his dining room which other restaurant owners would do well to copy. It is a giant fly trap, constructed of a barrel and wire screen on the same principle as the smaller household traps. The barrel is raised a couple of inches from the ground on blocks to provide ingress for the fly. It is baited with raw meat slightly passe. A cone of screen with a small opening at the top lends up into the barrel and when a fly has sated himself with raw meat he crawls up the cone and into the upper part of the barrel which is screened and is then on exhibition to the public. There are several millions of him (apparently) in Mr. Proctor’s barrel now and the number is growing fast. Mr. P. is going to find out if they have a commercial value and if not they will be exterminated as gently as possible.

50 years ago, 1965
The Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie this afternoon notified the Journal that the Central Maine General Hospital of Lewiston will receive a $200,000 Hill-Burton Grant for construction purposes. The CMG presently is beginning a $2.87 million expansion of its facilities.

25 years ago, 1990
Court security officers in Androscoggin County will continue to be paid on a day-to-day basis, at least until the Legislature convenes in January, according to Court Administrator Dana Baggett. The state had taken over paying the officers when the county laid them off. The officers had been Sheriff’s Department employees until they were laid off in a dispute between county commissioners and the state this summer. The state had fallen about nine months behind in its payment of re-imbursements to the county for the officers’ services, so the county laid off the officers until the money was paid. But earlier this month, after all the money owed had been received, commissioners voted not to reinstate the officers.

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