100 Years Ago: 1918

A masquerade ball was given on Friday evening at the A.Y.C. House. Music was furnished by Chandler’s Orchestra of Lewiston. The first prize for costumes was given to Miss Catherine Sleeper of Lewiston and the second to Kenneth Hyatt. The prizes were thrift stamps.

50 Years Ago: 1968

“Dutch Elm Disease is an epidemic and it should be treated as such,” said an Auburn tree expert today on the heels of tabling action by the Auburn City Council of a proposal to allow the city to go on private property to remove dead or diseased elms. Ward 2 Councilman John R. Linnell blocked passage of the proposal at last night’s meeting and told the Journal today he believes that property owners should be responsible for the removal of trees on their property. For the city to do it, he said, would be a waste of taxpayers’ money. Harvey Desgrosseilliers, proprietor of Mt. Apatite Tree Service, doesn’t agree. He feels that the disease had already caused heavy and widespread damage in the Shoe City, but says that a properly-planned program that is properly carried out could stop the spread before every elm tree in the city is infected and killed. Desgrosseilliers said the city should take the initiative and should help property owners, charging that the city has contributed greatly to the disease in the community.

25 Years Ago: 1993

The Maine Music Society draws talent from all across the state for its groups, the Maine Chamber Ensemble and the Androscoggin Chorale. The chorale, in its 20th season, consists of about 50 signers and the Maine Chamber Ensemble is made up of about 25 professional musicians. Members of the chorale are not professional singers but they’re as close as you’re going to get to them, Peter Frewen, executive director of the Maine Music Society, said. He said the singers are of the “highest quality,” having to audition for a spot in the chorus. Members of the Chamber Ensemble come from “as far south as Kittery to as far north as Bangor and on,” Frewen said.

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