100 Years Ago: 1921

Uncle Tom’s Cabin continues to be the best seller in our midst. It is computed that no less than six families here in the Corners alone possess this book.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Members of the Twixters Club of the YWCA will hold their annual meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, at the home of  Mrs. Ulmer Coy in East Poland. Mrs. Howard Cody of the Auburn Library will give a book review entitled “Jenny.” Co-hostesses for the evening will be Mrs. Ruth Lessard and  Mrs. Cecile Leclair.

25 Years Ago: 1996

It is always a beautiful day when Camp Skeeter is in session, and Friday was no exception. About 60 first-graders, 15 volunteers and three teachers gathered at Abbott Park in Farmington to make s’mores, tell stories, sing along, take nature walks and go fishing at the sixth annual one day session of the day camp. I had taught at a day camp for many years said first grade teacher Elayne Neil, who had the original  thought it would be fun to give the children a camp experience just to see how much fun it could be. “We wanted the children to learn to cooperate and work together, and wait their turns, and really put into practice the things we’ve been trying to teach them throughout the year.” The name of the camp came from a book the children read and they watched a video called Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. “Plus,” Neil said, “It’s always so buggy.” The children were divided into eight groups and moved from activity to activity throughout the day. After lunch Rich Allen came with his guitar to do a sing-a-long. “It wouldn’t work without volunteers,” Neil said. “We stress that to the children. This is a gift to them from the people who make this possible.” The students come from Neil’s first grade class and the classes of Carol Ranger and Debbie Cressall at the Mallett School.

The material used in Looking Back is produced exactly as it originally appeared although misspellings and errors may be corrected.


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