100 Years Ago: 1922

A  monster welcome will be tendered to Donald MacMillan, explorer, and scientist, on his return this week from his 14 months exploration trip to the Arctic region. Preparations have been completed for greeting the explorer on Tuesday when it is expected that his auxiliary Schooner Bowdoin on which he entered the frozen ice lands of the north will poke her nose into the bay at the mouth of the Sheepscot River. Present plans include an all day celebration here.

Practically the same persons who bade McMillan godspeed on his hazardous journey July 16, 1921, form the reception committee, headed by Charles Sewall, close friend and college mate of the explorer.

50 Years Ago: 1972

A banquet committee was formed Sunday night at a meeting of the East Auburn Community Unit, Inc. Named to plan the annual event scheduled Saturday night, Oct 4 were Ronald Boothbay, Harry Douglas, Roland Saucier, Robert Meisner,  Arthur Records, Roger Dubois, Bruce Gosselin, Richard Hanlon, and Arnold Burgess.

During the session, Henry Davenport III, club vice president of the Ski Tow Committee reported he plans to have the access road to the ski area repaired before winter.


Named to a committee whose function will be to select prospective names for addition to the unit’ honor roll were Richard Williams, Willian Tiffany and Bryant B, Tribou.

The treasurer presented a financial report for the Little World’s Fair.

25 Years Ago: 1997

The noise parade which leads off the 10th annual Poland Community Day Saturday, is a gimmick, event organizers admit.

“We wanted to get a lot of kids to the school for the fun and games of Community Day, so we figured the best t way was to let them make all the noise they want while we walk from the fire station to the Poland Community School,” said Rhonda Pomerleau, co-chairwoman of the planning committee.

In the noise parade, marchers make as much noise as they can by any non-amplified means — drums, horns, banging pots and pans. And it’s not just for kids, because adults need a place to get loud, too. Parade participants should meet at the fire station between 9 and 9:30 a.m., when the parade starts.

Once paraders get to the school, a wide range of attractions awaits them as more than 25 town groups have booths with food, raffles, craft, sales and information displays arranged around the inner parking lot, Poland Rescue Squad will have an ambulance on display.

Children are a big focus of Community Day and many free events have been planned with them in mind.

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