100 Years Ago: 1921

The new water wheels which are being installed at the Poland Paper Company Plant are replacing the ones which were put in in 1903. Much improvement has been made in these wheels in the last ten years, as in most everything else, the new wheels require much less water and give much more power than the former one. The new wheels In the local mill are each 700 horsepower and will be joined to a 1200 power generator in order that all the machinery possible can be put on electric power.

50 Years Ago: 1971

A demonstration of holiday centerpieces and floral arranging highlighted the meeting of the Queen’s Guild Sodality of St. Joseph’s parish which took place Thursday evening at the church hall. Omer Girardin of Dube’s Flower Shop provided the commentary and Miss Paulette Anctil, and Mrs. Muriel Sandor, did the demonstrations. They created lovely centerpieces featuring colorful fresh flowers, assorted greens, velvet bows and ribbons, Christmas ornaments, tapered candles and novelty items.

25 Years Ago: 1996

The carpentry class at the Foster Applied Technology Center is building a top over the recycling bins at the Farmington Landfill and Recycling Center. Teacher Mike Fogg said the 26- by 60-foot structure is tall enough to accommodate trucks that transport the goods to be recycled. The bins needed to be covered because they were filling with rain and snow, making the recyclables heavier and thus more expensive to be hauled. The carpentry class includes Jim Ross from Mt. Abram High School in Salem Township and Randy Barker, Jason Bean, Troy Bean, Eric Coburn, Josh Dunham, Delton Foss, Dennis Oliver, Nick Silva, Shain Smith and William Rackliffe of Mt. Blue High School.

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