100 years ago, 1917
Martin L. Keith and P. P. Pulsifer of Auburn began working on their tourmaline mine at Mt. Apatite Thursday morning. Only two men are doing the opening work but this force will be increased as soon an warmer weather occurs. There were indications of a big pocket when the mine was shut down last fall and it is thought that this may be opened within a few days. The great trouble now is to get dynamite. This is on account of the worldwide war.

50 years ago, 1967
A number of Auburn and Lewiston youngsters will participate tomorrow night in the “Youth in Talent” show being hosted by the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department at the Central School auditorium. The master of ceremonies for the show will be former Auburn Mayor Paul F. Brogan. The director of the show is Clara H. Desjardins, an Auburn dancing instructor. One of the features of the evening will he a guest appearance by Miss Realita Samson of Auburn, who will present an exhibition of baton twirling for the entertainment of the youngsters and the audience. Performers in the show were selected via auditions in several area communities under the auspices of the Maine Parks and Recreation Association.

25 years ago, 1992
A Lewiston developer’s proposal to allow gambling on cruise ships in Casco Bay has drawn interest from two city officials and skepticism from business leaders. Stephen L. Griswold contends that so-called “river-boat gambling” could pump $80 million a year into the local economy and create hundreds of jobs. He has floated a similar proposal in Portsmouth, N.H., where he owns a hotel, but the New Hampshire Legislature has rejected the plan. At a briefing for Portland officials and business leaders Thursday, Griswold said his proposal for cruise-ship casinos would be modeled on Iowa’s riverboat gambling law. The developer claimed that allowing cruise-ship gambling in Casco Bay could draw 8,000 new tourists a week to Portland and provide at least $1 million in new revenue to the city’s strapped treasury.

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