100 Years Ago: 1918

The price of ice delivered to Lewiston and Auburn homes has been increased from $2.50 to $3, and the wholesale price from $4 to $5 a ton. New rates, which are effective from Aug. 1, were announced by the Lake Auburn Crystal Ice Co., Saturday. The price schedule has been approved by a committee, including Fred A. Perry, A. W. Fowles and E. F. Abbott, acting on sworn statements submitted by the company.

50 Years Ago: 1968

David Plummer conducted the Auburn Recreation Band in another of their fine summer concerts held this week on the grounds of the Auburn Central School. Band followers enjoyed the varied program, which included Broadway show tunes as well as favorite old marches and patriotic selections. So far, the weatherman has been very cooperative and all of the concerts have been able to be held outside as scheduled. Plans for another concert are being made for next week and is slated for 7 p.m. at the usual place. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at the Central School auditorium and anyone interested is welcome to attend and to join the band.

25 Years Ago: 1993

Spare-Time Recreation has received a state permit to run an off-track betting facility at 729 Main St., which was for many years the site of Lewiston Raceway. The Maine State Harness Racing Commission issued the permit last week to Spare-Time owner James Day. “We granted it enthusiastically.” commission Chairman Philip Tarr said Monday. “We feel they (James Day and his father, Charles) have a good reputation from the raceway, and we feel the Lewiston facility is one of the best in the state.” At the commission meeting, Day expressed uncertainty about his opening date for OTB, indicating that it could either come soon or be delayed until October when the season ends for harness racing at agricultural fairs.

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