100 Years Ago: 1921

Harry & Coombs of Lewiston has been authorized to go ahead with plans for an eight room school building to be built on Hartley Field, in Saco to cost around $55,000.

50 Years Ago: 1971

A Thanksgiving Variety Show was put on by the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Central School, Auburn today. Tony Derosby, a student, was master of ceremonies for the program presented in Central School Auditorium. The show included a square dancing number by sixth and eighth grade students, a play by sixth graders entitled “How the Turkey Got Its Name,” and vocal solos by the students. “The seventh grade students put on three original comedy skits, and a novelty skit, along with the eighth graders. The program concluded with a surprise skit by seventh and eighth grade students. Students in the surprise skit with assistant Principal Robert Gilbert included: Larry Thistle, Joanne Turcotte, Carla Patterson, Cheryl Deletetsky, John Morin, Dan St. Hillaire, Chip Morin, Wayne Brooks, Paula Rossitto, and Ricky Michaud. Directors of the variety show included Mrs. Marjorie MacMillan, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, Mrs. Joanne Merrill, Mrs. Elizabeth Levine and Mrs. Wayne Smith. Other students taking part in the program were Debbie Hawicy, Linda Norris, Cathy King, Julie Verrill, Dianne Gosslin, Nancy Levesque, Monique Gagnon, Cathy Bonney, Sue Levesque, and Jackie Neal, Rachel Labonte, Ronnle Roy, Cathy Myrick, Grace McMahon, Ricky Hamel, Perry Michaud, Sylvia Janelle, Ronnie Deschene, Robert Bell, Gary Biron, Greg Caron, Ray Dube, Frank Cormier, Mark Levasseur, Jackie Grenier and Sherry Beebar.

25 Years Ago: 1996

A free workshop for child-care providers will be presented as a three-part series beginning Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Mechanic Falls Town Office adult education conference room. Parts II and III will be presented on Dec.9 and 16. Brenda Clough, disability coordinator at Central Maine Technical College, will present a framework for child-care providers to use in identifying their compliance responsibilities when caring for a child with a disability. Included in the series will be an overview of the ADA requirements, a definition of a “reasonable accommodation” and discussion. Also there will be information about removing architectural barriers that allow a child with a disability to fully participate in a daycare experience and community agencies whose missions are to identify and serve preschool children with disabilities. Finders/Seekers, which is sponsoring the series, is a project of Community Concepts, Inc., a non-profit community action agency incorporated in 1965 with an all-volunteer board of directors. The agency’s mission is “to coordinate, collaborate and to focus resources to help people in need to build opportunities for a better tomorrow.

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