100 years ago, 1917
Of course, the constantly mounting cost of living has hit patrons of Lewiston-Auburn restaurants — and hit them hard. But they are a lot better off than those who patronized the so-called popular-price restaurants of Boston. A Lisbon street restaurant keeper was asked on Friday, “Why should they charge so much more in Boston than in Lewiston?” He said, “Our beans are fifteen cents a plate, and they were ten cents up to a few weeks ago. I can’t imagine any excuse for charging thirty-five.” Potatoes are served with all meat and fish orders. There is still a fair profit on coffee at five cents a cup.

50 years ago, 1967
One of the largest Boy Scout Camporees ever held in Abnakl District will take place this weekend at Camp Gustin, Sabattus, as 534 boys, representing 24 of the district’s 25 units, take part in this Spring Camporee. Many demonstrations will be a feature of the weekend program. The Scouts will see the Survival Unit from the Brunswick Naval Air Station, a physical fitness and Judo demonstration, a rifle safety and shooting program featuring a musket of the cap and ball type, a tracking demonstration with the State Police bloodhounds, and a skin diving demonstration in the camp lake.

25 years ago, 1992
Friday Night Prime Time and all is quiet in the Minot Consolidated School gymnasium. So quiet you could hear the fabled pin drop. Ordinarily quiet is what the gymnasium would be on a Friday night. The remarkable thing was that Friday night the silent gym contained about 70 people — 52 third-and fourth-graders, their teachers Georgia Curtis, Jeanne Edmunds and Cheryl Logan, and 15 or so of their parents. Seated or reclining on mats, bean bags, blankets, even an occasional chair, the 70 were reading. Friday Night Prime Time is a special reading event that third-and fourth-grade teachers hold every two years as a motivational reward in reading. Every half hour, all the participants take activity or refreshment breaks.

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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