100 years ago, 1916
Olfene’s Public Market Co., Court Street, Auburn, will this afternoon from 1:30 to 9, have their official opening, when the public is cordially invited to inspect one of the best equipped, most modern and attractively arranged markets this side of Boston. It is the last word in sanitation, neatness and systematization for quality service to patrons. O. H. Olfene and his son, Ralph D. Olfene need no introduction in local business circles. O. H. Olfene has been engaged in the grocery business in Auburn as a proprietor for more than 27 years and has always had the reputation of being advanced in his business methods and of conducting an up-to-date market.

50 years ago, 1966
Lewiston’s Police Commission intends to keep plugging for a new police building despite a thumbs-down decision by the Fire Commission on back-to-back facilities. “We will explore this thing further,” Police Commission Chairman William S. Provencher reported on the heels of a city building business meeting. Moments earlier, the commission had voted unanimously to explore all avenues. “We will still look for new quarters and, if possible, in the urban renewal area,” Provencher said.

25 years ago, 1991
Lewiston businesses and the city are taking aim at the empty storefronts that dot downtown Lewiston, an area that is otherwise alive and well. “Never before have we had more people earning more money with higher property values” downtown, said Leighton Cooney of Downtown Development and Management Corp., which is working with the city to promote and develop the downtown. Cooney, fellow board member John Orestis and Mayor James Howaniec Tuesday outlined a plan to attract at least five new street-level businesses to the area this year. To that end, DDMC commissioned a nine-minute marketing video, a brochure and a 30-second commercial that has been airing on local television for the last two months.

The material in Looking Back is reproduced exactly as it originally appeared, although misspellings and errors made at that time may be edited.

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