100 years ago, 1917
Seated upon the flag-draped stage at Lewiston city hall, and looking out over the sea of flags which decorated the balconies and hung from the roof, sixty-three young people on Friday afternoon presented the graduating exercises of Jordan high school. The essays, which in calmer time cover a range of abstract subjects, all had for their key note Patriotism, and the themes, developed in different ways expressive of the speaker, were all expressive of the eagerness for service which thrills the heart of young people of America these days.

50 years ago, 1967
Auburn Police Chief Stephen Smyc issued a stern warning today to drivers of buses — he plans to crack dawn on those who stop their vehicles in or near the middle of the road rather than at designated bus stops. Several complaints have been received by the Auburn Police Department recently. Smyc noted that stopping in other than designated areas creates a very dangerous situation. The chief said members of the department have followed buses from time to time and seen some drivers picking up and discharging their passengers well away from designated bus stops.

25 years ago, 1992
When Lewiston school buses roll through the city next fall, something inside the buses may be rolling too … film. Hudson Bus Lines, which transports Lewiston students in a fleet of 34 school buses, hopes to fit its vehicles with an 8mm camcorder “black box” system to decrease vandalism and increase safety. School districts in 30 states around the country have surveillance cameras on their buses these days, following the example of banks and stores that have long used such equipment to both inhibit and record criminal activity. If Lewiston approves Hudson’s plan, it will become the first school system in Maine to adopt the black box, according to Bill Millar, director of the state Education Department’s Division of Transportation, Driver Education and Safety.

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