100 Years Ago: 1921

How many cones of ice cream can one small boy eat in an afternoon, given sufficient opportunity? Well, even those who served the refreshments to the little guests of the Lewiston and Auburn automobile dealers Tuesday didn’t get the answer, because after 600 children had consumed over 2,000 cones, it was time to go home. I had eight confided one lad.

50 Years Ago: 1971

The YWCA will close its residence wing at Pine and Bates streets. Sept. 1st. In dropping the residence program the Lewiston YW is following a national trend, according to Mrs. Robert Austin, director. The YWCA program of education and participation is broadening every year, and its role In providing “shelter for girls away from home” has diminished with the years. The 25 girls at the residence are making plans for new quarters. Capacity at the residence was 41, Mrs. Austin said, but even when the residence was full the association had to subsidize the program to keep it operational. The program, which opened here 60 years ago. never paid for itself. The building will remain open for other YWCA programs until it is sold. The YW is looking forward to concentrating on programs which are currently relevant, including a new swimming program at its new facility on East Avenue.

25 Years Ago: 1996

The Windham Chamber Singers shared the two top prizes in the prestigious International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, making it one of the world’s best youth choirs. The 36-member choir from Windham High School shared both the best-of-competition prize and the Cup of Vienna Thursday with Newfoundland’s Holy Heart of Mary Chamber Choir. The prizes were based on performances Monday before a panel of internationally known judges. Parents of students who make up the Windham Chamber Singers were ecstatic Thursday. “It’s like winning the Olympics or the World Cup,” said Leona Curtis, whose daughter Kristi sings in the choir. “Pretty big stuff for a little country town.” The Festival is an annual gathering of some of the best youth choirs in the world.

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