100 Years Ago: 1922

Four or five boys have made a skiing slide with a ten foot jump on the slope from Sabitis to Ash Street near the junction and the stunts do not only attract the attention of those in the nearby houses but also the passersby. Monday evening traffic was nearly blocked on Sabitis Street while a crowd watched a lad not more than three feet, six inches slide down the hill and take the jump.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Two Auburn boys spotted walking on the ice along the Androscoggin River, got a lecture this morning from Auburn police. It was about 8 o’clock that an employee of the Koss Shoe located on Mill Street notified police that she could see two boys on the ice out in back of the shoe firm. Patrolmen Normand Guerette and Laurier Lalond were dispatched and spotted two teenagers walking near the area. The pair told the officers they were on their way to school. Upon further questioning, police learned the boys were late — school commenced at 7:55 a.m. The boys were sent on their way and the school was advised.

25 Years Ago: 1997

There is artistic ability in everyone — perhaps more dormant in some than in others — and  artist Aria Patch of Bryant Pond is convinced that everyone can tap their inner artistic energy given the proper incentive and instruction. She is so convinced of this, that six years ago she established Explorations, a nonprofit art instruction course for elementary students in the SAD 44 communities’ program.  And now includes classes of students in grades one through 12 and adults in the Bethel area, plus some students who commute for lessons from Rumford and Norway. “I really believe that everybody has creativity. It’s just a seed that needs to be watered. Putting yourself in a situation where it can be nurtured is all that it takes sometimes,” Patch said. This artist, who worked in classrooms for 25 years before establishing Explorations, charges $125 for 10 weeks of instruction, but she has never turned any student away because of an inability to pay.

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