100 years ago, 1918
The drive by the Knights of Columbus in Lewiston for war relief funds will start officially Monday night at a supper for the 100 workers who will comprise the teams. The supper will be held in the council rooms, and short speeches will be made by members of the committee. Two teams will work for three days and will make a systematic canvass. The money is to be used for war relief and the project has the endorsement of President Wilson and some of the biggest men in the country. It’s another chance to stand behind the men behind the gun.

50 years ago, 1968
Auburn Fire J. Coleman Miller today had words of caution for area residents. The AFD head said that the greatest difficulty the department experiences, as the result of extreme cold weather, is fire caused by small pot burners which are pushed too much, and by electric heating cables which become shorted out. “If you’re using oil in a pot burner, allow the oil to warm up and this doesn’t mean put it on the stove,” Chief Miller said. He said that oil should be allowed to warm naturally to room temperature before it is used. This, he said, will reduce the danger of flooding the burner.

25 years ago, 1993
Developer Franklin Goss hopes a proposed mobile home subdivision off Center Street, Auburn, will attract older people who want to own their lots, but have their services provided. The 59-lot subdivision, known as Bobbin Mill Estates, would be located on 19 acres behind the Appliance Warehouse mini-mall at 995 Center St. Several culverts would be constructed to cross the 20-foot span of Bobbin Mill Brook. The land was originally planned for a mobile home park, but the economy has lessened the need for that, so Goss has now changed his idea.

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