100 years ago, 1918
“I took a ride in Lewiston this afternoon,” said C. M. Goddard, secretary of the New England Insurance Exchange, at the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce last night, “and all thru this ride I could not think of insurance rates at all. I could not drive from my mind the awful loss of life that will occur when your big fire comes, and I could not leave here with a clear conscience if I did not say at least one word for the women and little children in your crowded wooden tenements.”

50 years ago, 1968
The Lewiston Recreation Department will sponsor a winter carnival during the week of vacation — Feb. 19 to 23, it was announced today by Frank S. Torrey, director of recreation. Highlighting the week long event will be the crowning of a carnival queen at the Coronation Ball Feb. 21 at Lewiston Armory. Other events and activities during the week will include a hockey tournament, basketball tournament, bowling tournament, table tennis and pool contests, dances, and a ski carnival.

25 years ago, 1993
Bicycle lanes for two major roads in Lewiston and Auburn are part of the area’s request for state funds in 1994-95, but a state official said the guidelines for apportioning the funds are still being developed, Margaret Vandebroek, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Maine Department of Transportation, is filling a new position within the department and said there has been no work on the state level on bikeways and walkways since a 1974 study. A four-foot bicycle lane on Turner Street from Union Street Bypass to the Central Maine Technical College in Auburn and in Lewiston on Central Avenue running to Hogan Street to Stetson Road to College Street to Russell Street to Central were requested in the area’s Transportation Investment Program (TIP). The Auburn project cost is estimated at $190,000 and in Lewiston the cost will be in the area of $380,000.

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