100 Years Ago: 1922

Sun newsies had the time of their lives at the Auburn YMCA when 35 out of the 74 boys responded to the invitation of Mr. Leonard to take a dip in the swimming pool. Only two boys had ever visited the institution and it was a great event. They were taken all over the building first and then to the pool where they went through the initiation in the shape of a preliminary soap bath. They had 45 minutes of pure enjoyment in the pool. The few boys who could not swim, took their first lessons by the aid of life preservers. Mr. Leonard gave a brief talk on joining the “Y.” Ward Russell, one of the boys, is a star in swimming, won one of the swimming races and did fancy diving stunts in the water, much to everybody’s admiration.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Lewiston’s Board of Education will look at band uniforms when it meets at 4 pm Tuesday. Bids on the uniforms were received recently, but the Board tabled a decision on the matter until they could see a sample of the uniforms they are to buy.

25 Years Ago: 1997

Nicole Bouttenot, a student at St. Dominic High School has won first place in a state level competition in the 10th annual National Peace Essay Contest, sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. She will receive a $750 college scholarship  for her winning essay and will compete for national awards of up to $5,000.


More than 6,000 students in 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and five American high schools overseas participated in this year’s contest.

Students wrote on the complex processes involved in managing and implementing peace agreements. The title of Bouttenot’s essay is “Compassion is a Must for Lasting Peace.” Rosanne Ducey is the faculty coordinator for the contest at SDRHS.

Bouttenot was invited to represent Maine in a special program for state-level winners in Washington, D.C., June 21-26, which focused on peace and conflict resolution in Northern Ireland.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent federal organization created and funded by Congress. It is governed by a bipartisan board of directors appointed by the president.

Bouttenot is the daughter of Yvette and Denis Bouttenot of Lewiston. In the fall, she will attend Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.

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