100 Years Ago: 1921

The W. T. Grant company will celebrate on Monday, which is the 15th anniversary of the founding of the chain of stores. At this, housekeepers of the community will rejoice, or they should, especially those who, because of high prices, have postponed replenishing some of their household supplies.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Our friendly Maine, black-capped chickadee symbolizes one specific gift of nature and how fortunate we are to have the chickadee with us. He is gregarious, unafraid, curious, always cheerful, and stays with us through even the most bitter days of our Maine winters. Maine residents have long taken special pains to provide sunflower seed and suet for these perky little winter lodgers who perch boldly right on our window sills while feeding, or will confidently eat right out of one’s hand.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Two part-time students at the Rumford/Mexico Center of the University of Maine at Augusta received scholarships Tuesday in memory of two former students there. Rachel Merrill of Dixfield is studying for an associate degree in graphic arts. She received $200 from the Euclide J.P. Arsenault Memorial Scholarship. She is a volunteer at the center and assistant president of student government. She is also the mother of a 3-1/2 year-old daughter. The Euclide Arsenault scholarship is made available each fall and spring semester through student government activity fees. Arsenault was a devoted student who enjoyed learning, said Merrill. Recipients are chosen based on financial need and involvement in the center. Nancy McPherson, also of Dixfield, is in her first year of study for a degree in social services. She received the John Byron Jr, Scholarship for $250. The scholarship comes from Byron’s family, friends, and student government fees. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on financial need, involvement in the center, grade point average and a written essay. Byron was a work study student, tutor and president of the Rumford/Mexico Center Student Government.

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