100 Years Ago: 1922

Today will be club day, the Boys and Girls clubs of Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Franklin, Somerset, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties making a tour. The trip will be a visit to Augusta with the State House, the objective point. Those from the northern section of the twin counties will meet at Winthrop, and those from the lower at Greene and join the other forces at Winthrop. On the way from there to Augusta, the militia grounds will be visited. The State House and Blaine Mansion will be inspected, and the Governor will receive the youthful visitors. A picnic dinner will be enjoyed on the lawn at the Capital and there will be sports and other features. County Agent Atherton expects about 160 from the twin counties here and all told about 700.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Demolition of the Cushman Hollis building at Court Street and Minot Avenue to make way for the Union Street by-pass will start July 10, it was reported Tuesday morning at a pre demolition conference in Auburn. Four representatives of the State Highway Commission conducted the session. They were Howard Dority of the SHC utility division; Donald D. Hathaway, right of way division, Frank Burns, resident inspector, and John Richardson, construction engineer. The demolition is to be completed by September 16. In attendance were various Auburn city officials, utilities company personnel and Louis Stuart of the Stuart Construction Co. of Cundy’s Harbor, the firm contracted for the demolition of the large structure. Hathaway opened the conference by telling the group that the construction firm would take possession of the building July 10. The final tenant, Advance Heel, Co, is due to vacate the premises, Saturday, July 8. The SHC official said Stuart has permission to enter the structure now, for salvage purposes only. Stuart said he planned to salvage timber, bricks, pipes and steel from the old structure. Stuart said he planned to demolish the wooden shed, adjacent to the brick structure, tear the railroad tracks, during the initial phase of the work. This shed contains some equipment belonging to Advance Heel Co. and will be vacated within the next two weeks, officials said. Stuart said plans call for the demolition of the wooden shed with a crane with the rubble to be removed by a front end loader.

25 Years Ago: 1997

A program for men and women who enjoy swimming laps will be offered as a summer program of HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, July 7-Aug. 27. The program is held at the Bates College Tarbell Pool in the Merrill Gym, Monday through Friday from 5:50-7:30 a.m. The 25-meter, eight-lane pool is supervised by a certified lifeguard and participants have access to other HealthSteps programs. The HealthSteps program is under the supervision of Linda Nadeau, a registered nurse and fitness specialist. Fees for the summer HealthSteps programs are $40 for an eight-week session. This gives participants access to this class as well as the many other offerings provided by HealthSteps.

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