100 years ago, 1916
On an average there is handled at the Lewiston post office 20,000 separate pieces of mail matter a day. This includes letters, postcards, newspapers and other periodicals and various parcel post packages. In spite of this vast amount of business, the errors do not average one a day, and many of these are not the fault of the post office employes This means that 19.999 distinct pieces of mail are properly delivered each day to the people of Lewiston and but one goes wrong.

50 years ago, 1966
The Assessors of the city of Auburn issued a statement this morning in reference to many inquiries they have received as to whether there would be any increase in the valuation of property — the owners of which participate in the current Auburn beautification program. New lawns, shrubs, flower beds, the planting of trees and other landscaping improvements will not change the individual assessments, the assessors said. Exterior improvements, such as painting of the house or Installation of new siding, will be considered normal maintenance, and will not increase the valuation. Interior and exterior structural changes will be the determining factor in any increase in valuation, the assessors said. Normal exterior maintenance will result in no increase in valuation or increase in the amount of tax dollars paid by any taxpayer.

25 years ago, 1991
Heavy rains caused high water and some street flooding Monday in the Lewiston-Auburn area, but most area residents were being assured that the Androscoggin River wouldn’t be flooding — at least for now. Emergency officials in Franklin County were also keeping an eye on water levels. The danger of flooding subsided Monday, they said, but another big storm soon could mean trouble.

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