100 Years Ago: 1921

Everything was bright and fair at the Oxford County fairgrounds Thursday morning, and the Lewiston Brigade band were right on their job, and as usual drew crowds when they began to play. The Exhibition building was alluring to the multitudes while the midway was overflowing in all directions. Boys were flying toy balloons and girls of all ages hugged a baby doll. At 10 o’clock Thursday took place a parade of premium stock. It was a tip top parade in all ways.

50 Years Ago: 1971

A section of the North River Road, Auburn was closed to traffic this morning in connection with construction of the new bridge across the Androscoggin. Police were notified at about 8:45 a.m. that the road in that area would have to be closed most of the morning while crews poured concrete into the span over the North River Road. A large crane had to be placed in the center of the roadway in order to accomplish the project. Patrolman Calvin Hunter of the maintenance department placed street closed signs In the area.

25 Years Ago:  1996

The first annual “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program held last week at the Maine Conservation School on Lake Christopher in Bryant Pond was a huge success despite rain and wind from tropical storm Fausto. More than 30 women from across the state and New England took advantage of the program that incorporated a close camaraderie with the teaching of outdoor skills for women. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman was an opportunity for anyone at least 18 years old to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits. The program was targeted to four basic groups: people who wanted to learn outdoor activities but had never tried them before; beginners who hoped to improve on outdoor skills; people who had experienced some outdoor activities, but wanted to try a hand at learning new ones; and people who were just looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

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