100 years ago, 1917
Lewiston has been without streetlights for a week because its credit, in the opinion of the Holyoke Machinery Co. of Holyoke, Mass., isn’t worth $20. Material necessary to effect repairs on the broken gears at the municipal plant is now on the way here and the lights may be in order by tonight. A telegram ordering the material was sent but the Holyoke Co. replied that it had to wait six months for payment of its last bill and didn’t care to do business with the City of Lewiston on that basis.

50 years ago, 1967
Close to 100 tons of salt were put down on Auburn’s 300 miles of roads and streets during the two-day ice storm earlier this week. Roland Saucier, Auburn Highway Department superintendent, said Wednesday night that the unusually large amount of salt used during the two days of slippery weather, depleted the city’s salt supply considerably but new shipments were brought in Wednesday and more are due Thursday from Portland to get the supply back to normal. According to Saucier, some of the between 80 and 100 tons of salt used Monday and Tuesday was mixed with sand, but an unusually heavy amount of salt only was put on streets to cut down the building up of ice resulting from the two days of freezing rain.

25 years ago, 1992
The Auburn Community Band will present its first ever public Holiday Concert this Wednesday at the Great Falls Intermediate School in Auburn. As is the case with all its public performances, the concert is free to everyone who attends. According to Director Milt Simon, there aren’t many concerts being advertised right now that are free of charge to the public. “It’s our gift to the community, which has supported our efforts these past 11 years,” Simon said. Prior to this year, the only concerts the groups presented during the holiday season were at local hospitals and nursing homes. Based on the large audiences that enjoyed the band’s concerts this past summer — 400 to 600 people every Wednesday evening — band members speculated that the public might like to hear the group perform popular holiday songs as well.

The material in Looking Back is reproduced exactly as it originally appeared, although misspellings and errors made at that time may be corrected.

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