100 Years Ago: 1921

The Woman’s Literary Union is putting on a musical comedy this season as a special feature of the winter’s program. They have selected  “Paul Revere,” which brings in a large east end chorus. It will be presented at Empire Theater, Nov. 30 and Dec 1. Mrs. Fannie T. Heth, the well known coach is in full charge, and rehearsals have already begun.

50 Years Ago: 1971

The Pioneer Girls Colonist Group of the East Auburn Baptist Church enjoyed a Halloween Party recently at the church. The event was arranged by one of the councils to earn the activity planning badge. The Bible devotional was led by Jody Bradbury and refreshments were served. On the planning committee were Melanie Schlick, Debbie Fenderson, Linda Marshall, Kathi Howard and Debbie Bradbury. Adult guides for this year’s large group are Mrs. Roger Marshall, Mrs. Clayton Hackett and Mrs. Al Cooper.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Children at Dixfield Elementary School had a chance Wednesday morning to learn a bit about how their coastal cousins lobstered and dug clams when a member of a long-time fishing family brought the coast to them. Brenda Skillin, a library media specialist at Dirigo Middle School, commutes on weekends to her family’s home in Freeport. As the latest in a long line of lobster trappers and fishermen who frequently catches lobsters on the weekends with her husband, Skillin showed tapes of lobstering, then created a hands-on “clam flat” for children to dig in. And those who had parental permission were allowed to taste a steamed mussel. All students in kindergarten through grade 4 had a chance to dig clams and mussels in a sandpit set up near the school’s butterfly garden.

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