100 Years Ago: 1921

Terrific explosions of late have been shaking the windows of every house in Lewiston and Auburn, bombarding from the air or a third battle of the Marno fought in Auburn’s yard. But the prosaic explanation is that for some time past the city of Auburn has been running a quarry, this in the rear of Lunn and Sweet’s factory where rock for her streets is being mined and crushed. After one sees the process of quarrying, he must  come to the conclusion that Auburn actually manufactures her own roads. The preliminary process takes place at a thin ledge located between Minot Avenue and Court Street  and the recently constructed road-beds In the city embody the final process. The quarry lies on land belonging to the Franklin company, and the city of Auburn is allowed use of the rock for a nominal fee.

50 Years Ago: 1971

New officers of the Taylor Pond Yacht Club were named Sunday night at the annual meeting of the group. Ralph L. Hodgkins Jr. was elected commodore; J.M.A. Levesque, vice commander; Richard L. Kendall, purser, Jack Smith, supercargo, Richard Snowe, bos’n, Stanley Bixby, co-bos’n, and Mrs. Frederick Lidstone, board of governors.

25 Years Ago: 1996

A handful of seventh-graders got out of bed early Sunday morning, some as early as 5:30 to do two things, work on their science project, and start to gather data on Sabattus Lake. The Sabattus Lake Association has joined forces with seventh-graders at the elementary school and students from Unity College to create a seventh-grade ecology camp program. In that endeavor, students will gather data about the lake and the watershed. The information students gather will help educate how nonpoint source pollution harms water quality in lakes. At the same time, the students will be performing a community service. “We started this a year ago,” said Glen Ham, Sabattus Lake Association vice president. The water quality in Sabattus Lake is in distress. “It’s not pretty to look at,” Ham said. The problem is algae blooms.

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