100 Years Ago: 1921

A schoolgirl was required to write 200 words about a motor car. She submitted the following: “My uncle bought a motor car, and was out riding in the country when it busted going up a hill. The other 180 words of what my uncle said are from when he was walking back to town, but I know you wouldn’t want me to repeat them here.”

50 Years Ago: 1971

The new director of the youth activities at the Lewiston Auburn YWCA Miss Marcia Baxter of Lewiston. Miss Baxter will be planning the fall program including YW Teen groups, crafts, service projects, and camping. She is a 1971 graduate of Bates College and has done volunteer service at Pineland, work-study program at East Harlem Neighborhood Study Group, New York City and helped organize the tutorial program at the Poland Spring Job Corp Center. A native of Dedham. Mass., Miss Baxter has replaced Mrs. Sandra Shaw Wihelm as director.

25 Years Ago: 1996

The State Theatre, a centerpiece of Portland’s performing arts scene, shut down indefinitely Thursday for lack of money to repair decaying plaster in its 67-year-old ceiling. The former movie palace which reopened this spring after its former operator filed for bankruptcy, lost four concerts scheduled through the end of September and scrapped plans to sell tickets for other shows lined up for later in the fall. “Our business is self-destructing,” Stephen Bailey, the State’s programming director said Thursday. The city last week ordered the theater closed because of the decaying plaster, prompting the cancellation of weekend concerts by Jimmy Cliff and Tori Amos. The ceiling repairs have been estimated to cost more than $40,000. The nonprofit State of The Arts, which operates the theater, remains at odds with its landlords, Nick and Lola Kampf, over who should pay.

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