100 Years Ago: 1921

Harry L. Plummer of Lewiston, who spent the holiday at New Meadows, confirms the current report here that the road to Orrs Island is now in excellent condition. This road has been a nightmare of motorists for several years. Mr. Plummer and his wife covered the trip to the island for an automobile fare of fish and lobster for home consumption.

50 Years Ago: 1971

The Bakerstown Historical Society is joining with the 100th anniversary celebration of the Water Street School, Friday night, at the high school at 7:30 pm.  A history of the school will be reviewed.

25 Years Ago: 1996

The kids were in second grade, and the adults were anywhere from 80 to over 100. They got to know each other and in the course of that time, friendships grew. “I’m going to come back this summer,” several of the children said. “I’m going to still come back when I’m in college,” said John Michael Doughty. The students from Mary Sue Hayden’s class have visited the residents at Eighty Main Street, in Farmington, a short walk from the school, every two weeks through second and third grade and remembered what it was like two years ago. Monday the students came to the home for a picnic and a last visit. “I was really shy. I was really scared two years ago,” Katie Turcotte said. “I felt scared. I’d never been around older people,” agreed Amy Mansir. “This year I could talk to them better than last year,” said Jordan Stevens, who wants to work in a nursing home when he is in high school. “They really love you, that’s for sure.” added Turcotte. The residents liked the visits too. “I don’t have any family nearby anymore, and I enjoy it. I notice they’re well behaved. As a former preschool teacher, I notice things like that,” said Blanche Kuhliberg. “Just wonderful,” Helen Judkins said  “I think it shows how much respect they have for older folk. A lot of the credit goes to their teacher.” “They bring another  world in to us,” said Weltha Terry. “They are very courteous. Some of them will shake hands with us when they go out.”

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