100 Years Ago: 1921

The judiciary committees in Augusta reported ought to pass on an act to authorize the County of Androscoggin to enlarge and repair the county buildings in Auburn, erect a new building, and to enlarge and construct safety vaults, and an ought not to pass on an act to require women to pay a poll tax.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Miss Mary Beth Kendall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kendall of Stevens Mills Road, Auburn, and Albert Rowbotham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rowbotham of Whitney St., Auburn, reigned as queen and king at the annual Valentine Dance at Webster Junior High School Saturday night. The dance theme was “Love Story.” Mary Beth was crowned by Miss Diana Collins, last year’s queen and was presented a bouquet of flowers. Serving as crown bearer was Linda Philbrook.

25 Years Ago: 1996

When students at the Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico have a problem, they may get to hash it out before a team of trained peers. This is the result of the Peer Mediation Program taught by school guidance counselor Ann Morton. If two students are in a dispute they can ask for a mediation team to help or they can be referred by another student or staff member. The alternatives are to remain fighting, or perhaps eventually come up in some sort of disciplinary measure. Sometimes students go to the office of Assistant Principal Tom Rowe. “What we’re trying to do is to get them to solve their own problems before it gets to be a disciplinary problem,” Morton said. “It is sometimes easier to be with a peer than with Mr, Rowe or me. They often open up better with a peer” and “feel that a peer understands.”

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