100 Years Ago: 1921

The National Guard and its place in the military policy of the country was the subject of a recent talk by Capt. Daniel S. Dexter before the Bates College Military Science Club.

50 Years Ago: 1971

On Sunday evening Les Marchands and Les Marchandes de Bonheur will present a concert at the Marcotte Nursing Home at 7 o’clock. Performing will be the American Federation of Musicians, Al Fontaine, Charlie Bleakney and Steve Johnson, under the direction of Bob Bedard. The program will include a variety of tunes, semi classical, popular and rock. All the residents of the home and their friends are invited to attend.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Last spring in the midst of its budget deliberations, the Auburn City Council was taken on a bus tour of some of the city’s worst roads by Public Works Director Bob Belz. The bus rumbled its way through the potholes of North River Road and bounced over the bumps of Bradman Street, throwing some passengers up so high out of their seats that their heads grazed the ceiling of the bus. Stepping off the bus to examine a mogul-like section of Bradman Street, several councilors remarked that they looked forward to the day when the city had a comprehensive study of Auburn roads to help it plan how it spent money for road improvement. Well, that day has finally arrived. Last week, when the council got its first look at a report on the city’s new pavement management program. According to the report, prepared by Gardiner consultants Casey & Godfrey Engineers, Auburn’s roads are in “fair to good” condition overall. The news, however, was not entirely good because the report also rated over 50 percent of the city’s roads in “poor to fair” condition. As general, Auburn seems to be a greater percentage of poor miles (compared to other municipalities) said Diane Godfrey, an engineer with Casey & Godfrey. Godfrey pointed out that other municipalities her firm has consulted for, such as Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth, usually have more money to spend on roads than Auburn.

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