100 Years Ago: 1921

William Holmes, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Holmes, Pine Street, who has been playing at Poland Spring left for Bangor yesterday morning where he will be director at the Bijou Theatre.

50 Years Ago: 1971

It is not too often that a husband and wife share the same interest when it comes to hobbies, but it happens to be true in the case of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton B. Buck of 439 College St., Lewiston. Their mutual interest is the collection of paperweights and it is one that brings them a great deal of pleasure. When their children went away to college several years ago, Mrs. Buck found herself with many idle hours to fill and decided she and her husband should find a hobby which would occupy their attention. They settled on collecting paperweights and now possess approximately 100 samples of this form of glass making. Since Mrs. Buck doesn’t believe in the half-hearted approach she amassed a large collection of books on the subject. One of these books is a detailed and illustrated compilation of the collection at the Jolin Relon Bergstrom Art Center and Museums at Neenah, Wisc. and Mrs. Buck was interested to find that she has duplicates of several of the 700 paperweights which are illustrated in color. One of these is a reproduction of Plymouth Rock in a pressed colorless glass showing the crack in the rock and the date 1620 designed by Nicolas Lutz, one of the great weight makers of the the century who was trained in the St. Louis factory in France, but came to America in 1860 and worked at many factories, including the New England Glass Co. at Sandwich. Mass., where this piece was made. Another, done in tones of brown, is entitled “The Cherub Choir  and shows the heads of four children. This is of the type which has a reproduction on a paper fastened to the concave  underside of a flat, circular  glass weight. Mrs. Buck’s collection includes several beautiful examples of the millefiori (thousand flowers) form a design which was Egyptian in origin but was used to fine effect by the Venetians who are considered to have been the first to introduce the paperweights.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Monique Gagnon of Turner was selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference from Jan. 23-28 in Washington. D.C. The conference was for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Gagnon is a senior at St. Dominic Regional High School and was among 360 outstanding National Scholars attending the conference from across America. The theme of the National Young Leaders Conference was The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Lead-era of Today. Throughout the six-day conference, she interacted with key leaders and newsmakers for the three branches of government, the media and the diplomatic corps.

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