100 Years Ago: 1921

January 12 has been chosen as the date of the presentation of the opera “Faust” to be given by local talent in the Empire theater. The masterpiece of Gounod will be sung in French by some of the best talent of Lewiston and Auburn, under the musical direction of L.N. Gendreau. Jean B. Couture is the dramatic director and George Filteau will assist. Yvonne Reny will be the piano accompanist. There will be a chorus of 60 voices and an orchestra of 20 pieces. Beautiful costumes, appropriate settings and brilliant lighting effects will make the opera as near to a professional performance as possible.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Lewiston Bike Safety Rodeo is the subject of a magazine article. A recent bicycle safety rodeo conducted by the Lewiston Police Department is the subject of a brief article in the October issue of Bike Safety, the magazine of the Bicycle Institute of America. Featured is a photo of Officer Max Ashburn, showing him drawing posters for the rodeo.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Before the daycare center opened at the posh seaside inn in Cape Elizabeth where Peggy Morrill works as a housekeeper, she had to leave her children at home, unattended. She worried about them and missed them while on the job cleaning rooms. “There’s nothing like that pitiful face in the window as you leave home,” she said. But now, Ozzy and Beth jump in the car with her most mornings and head to their daycare, complete with toys and an ocean view. Morrill’s children are two German shepherds and a Siberian husky, Sarah. “These are my children, and I never want any real ones,” she said. Maureen McQuado, owner of Inn By The Sea, decided to open the daycare in June. “We have always allowed our guests to have their pets stay with them, so I decided that we should have a kind of day care for pets.”

The material used in Looking Back is produced exactly as it originally appeared although misspellings and errors may be corrected.


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