100 Years Ago: 1921

The foundation of the Auburn Y.M.C.A. begins to look like business for the forms have been removed from the concrete work along the front and about the top of the granite base. The window frames are in place as far as they are connected with the concrete and already give an idea of the appearance of the front.

50 Years Ago: 1971

The Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute is entering its eighth year of existence with a new director but the same philosophy service in the industrial community and to the area. Nelson Ingalls, the new director of the Institute, said of the school, “We train people on two different levels. The first is the entry level, the providing of skills to an individual to make him employabie. The majority of our programs in this area take two years to complete. The second level is for those individuals who are already employed and are in here because of their own interest or at their employer’s request for an upgrading of their skills.“

25 Years Ago: 1996

Carthage may not be exactly on the beaten path, but more than 2,000 people made their way to the village to celebrate the annual Carthage Heritage Day. The day began with a parade in which Norman Jamison and family took first place for their “Heidi theme float. A second-place ribbon went to the Carthage Historical Society, whose “Back to School Days” float included one of the original school teachers at Berry Mills, Nina Byron, who is over 90 years old. Sherry Knox and family won the third-place ribbon for their float depicting the “Best Time at School: Recess.” Sherry played schoolmarm, while her son, Dustin Knox, wore a dunce cap and sat in detention. “The parade was just fantastic,” said Brenda Flagg, who handled publicity for the committees. “The theme was “School Days,” but everybody was pretty creative with how they interpreted that.”

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