100 Years Ago: 1921

Auburn firemen held a rehearsal Monday evening for their annual entertainment, to be given at the Firemen’s Ball Thanksgiving eve in Auburn Hall. The engine house resounded with the catchy tunes and many gathered outside to listen to the impromptu concert.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Bids were opened this afternoon at the Goff Hill Improvement Office, Auburn, on the demolition of 21 properties, located on the westerly side of Union Street, between Union Street Gulley and Court Street, in connection with the Union Street By-Pass Project. It is the city’s commitment to the state to provide a right of way within the project area. The work is expected to get underway next Summer. The apparent low bidder on the demolition project was P.E. Dunn Inc. of Poland, with a proposal of $19,900.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Lt. Detective Wayne J. Gallant is this week’s featured Rumford Police Department member  in the Rumford cop card series. Gallant has been in law enforcement since 1988. He has helped area youngsters avoid drug use by serving as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructor since 1988. Gallant offers two safety tips for young people. A vehicle is not a playground, he warns. Youngsters should be responsible passengers by always buckling up. He also believes effort counts as much as winning. Being a winner doesn’t just mean a person has  to be first to cross the finish line. Just crossing the line makes someone a winner, he believes. Gallant enjoys sports and outdoor activities. He and his wife, Sandy, are the parents of three sons. His card is available from any Rumford Police officer during the week of Nov. 20 through Nov. 26. It may also be picked up at the Rumford station.

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