100 Years Ago: 1921

The Lewiston and Auburn chapter of the Red Cross is receiving many calls for clothing, and could use a large number of garments, either partly worn or which could be made over. A recent request was for clothing for two little boys who belong to a family where illness has taken nearly all their savings and the father is out of work. The boy will not be able to go to school when colder weather comes, unless they can obtain some warmer garments.

50 Years Ago: 1971

A newly formed committee of volunteers for the Lewiston-Auburn Children’s Home has been formed under the supervision of Mrs. Frank S. Kember, president of the home. Anyone interested in volunteering their services in helping the children with such things as shopping, medical and dental appointments, etc., are asked to contact the Home.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Call it an old-fashioned Puritan sense of duty or just Yankee individualism, but Maine again leads the nation again in the percentage of voters who turned out on election day. The Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, using preliminary numbers, says 64 percent of Maine’s voting population cast ballots in this year’s presidential race. The national average is expected to be 47.3 percent, the Washington-based election trend monitoring group says. “I think people aren’t as cynical here as they are in the rest of the country about politics,” said Richard Barringer, director of the Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Southern Maine. “They still believe that the government plays a useful role in their lives.”

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