100 years ago, 1917
In the downpour of rain and rush of wind which marked the closing shower of Friday’s capricious weather, a friendly gathering of factory girls, professional men, society women, and mill-hands, huddled under umbrellas and good-naturedly rubbed shoulders as they listened to the first out-of-door woman suffrage orator who has ever addressed a Lewiston audience. Miss Laura Hughes of Canada, a young and magnetic suffrage leader from Ontario, from her automobile in Union Square, fearlessly launched into the question of the hour. Her voice carried well across the square and passers-by who could not hear her words were attracted by her earnest gestures.

50 years ago, 1967
(Photo Caption) This large elm tree limb fell today before the wind gusts which swept the Lewiston-Auburn area the past 24 hours. The large limb on the tree, located on Turner Street, Auburn, fell at about 8 a.m. and caused traffic to be detoured for a short period of time. The limb hit wires on the opposite side of the road causing one to snap and fall to the ground. The tree was eventually cut down.

25 years ago, 1992
Having tried community-oriented policing with a four-man team for a year, the Lewiston Police Department now wants all its officers to become more approachable to the people they serve. A grant of almost $20,000 will allow the officers in the 78-member force who have not had community-oriented police training to get it, said Chief Laurent F. Gilbert Sr. The money, awarded by the state’s Justice Assistance Council, will pay for an instructor to travel to Lewiston to administer two eight-hour classroom sessions, said Sgt. William Welch. He hopes the training will take place by early summer. “It trains you in the philosophy of being proactive instead of reactive,” Welch said.

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