100 years ago: 1919

The heaviest pair of cattle handled by the E.W. Penley Company, Auburn, was recently put there to be sold on commission by Mr. Hasty, the horse dealer. The oxen girthed 8 feet and 5 inches and 8 feet and 6 inches. and weighed 4,800 pounds. The meat of one of them weighed 1,380 pounds. The sides of each one weighed over 100 pounds. Mr. Hasty purchased the oxen from the Smith Brothers of Livermore.

50 years ago: 1969

A pretty and talented Edward Little High School senior was selected Saturday evening from among 13 young girls in the state pageant at Caribou to reign as Maine’s Junior Miss 1969. The title was won by Miss Belinda Desjardins, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Desjardins of Auburn, were present to witness their daughter’s triumph. Belinda was sponsored by the Lewiston and Auburn Recreation Departments. In addition to winning a cash scholarship award, she also will receive a matched three-piece set of luggage. Maine’s new Junior Miss hopes to continue her education at the Chamberlayne School of Boston, planning to major in retailing and merchandising.

25 years ago: 1994

Central Maine Imaging Center has began examining patients with the most sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging scanner yet available, according to radiologist, Dr. John J. Bennett. CMMC has installed a Picker Edge system, considered to be state-of-the-art in magnetic resonance imaging technology. The new unit replaces a scanning system that has served thousands of patients since its installation in 1988. Magnetic resonance imaging, known as MRI scanning, allows physicians to look inside the body without using X-rays. Instead, an MRI scanner utilizes a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a powerful computer to create detailed images of the body, including such areas as the brain and spinal cord, intervertebral disks and spinal nerves, joints, organs, blood vessels and bone marrow. These images are displayed on a computer monitor, stored in computer memory and reproduced on film.

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