100 Years Ago: 1921

The laying of the sewage pipes at Pine and Bradley streets has been completed, and the ditch has been almost fully covered up. A heap of clay remains on Pine Street, but this will be removed soon.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Norris E. Ingersoll, superintendent of the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department discussed the need for dredging and expansion of the municipal beach area at East Auburn and blacktopping of the driveway area there. He said also there is a need for an in-town swimming pool in the Moulton Field area, an expanded tree planting program in the city and a new chain link fence at Pettengill Park.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Children and their parents gathered at the Mexico Library on Wednesday afternoon to learn about forestry from four Boise Cascade puppeteers presenting “Sammy and his Forest Friends.” Ron Hemingway asked children about forests and what people and animals use trees for. “There’s a certain number of trees that we can cut each year without hurting the forest. That’s what this show is about. It’s also about the animals, what they eat and how they live,” he said. In the show, a moose named Mortimer explained that he gets most of his food from cleared areas. The year after a fire or a cut is when the young new growth that he lives on appears. Mark Steele spoke as a logger and Heidi Carter as a forester to discuss how to cut trees responsibly. The logger explained he lives much the same that a beaver does, cutting down trees and using them to build his house and to make his living. The forester told the logger about sustainable forestry. “Forestry is not a definite science. That’s why we call it practicing forestry. Sustainable forestry shows that we only cut the trees as fast as they can grow ” Ashley the bear, played by Fran Dragoon asked the children what some causes were of forest fires. The answers were “people not putting enough water on their camp fires, cigarettes and playing with matches.

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