100 Years Ago: 1922

Supt. Roy of the Lewiston Street Department stated yesterday that the Chestnut Street bridge underpinning which was washed away by the forms for the concrete piers of the Main Street bridge could easily be replaced. The highway commission plans to construct a modern concrete bridge at this point next year.

50 Years Ago: 1972

The Lewiston-Auburn Business and Professional Women’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Casco Bank meeting rooms in New Auburn. A program called “A Tale of Two Cities — Lewiston and Auburn” will be presented under the supervision of Mrs. Estelle Baird. A guest from Finland is expected to attend the meeting.

25 Years Ago: 1997

A $60,000 grant will be used to buy 29 new computers and up-to-date Internet capabilities for the elementary school children of Oxford and Otisfield in the next few months, officials announced this week.


Every classroom in the two schools will get new equipment to replace an assortment of aging computers. The new computers will be modern multimedia machines.

School officials met with Gov. Angus King at his office in Augusta Thursday for the announcement of the awards. Michael Dunn, technology director for SAD 17, and Moe Kautz,  principal of Oxford Elementary School. were among representatives of two dozen school systems receiving federal grants administered by the Maine Department of Education.

“We’re very excited about this grant. We were able to turn this around In a very short time,” Dunn said. The SAD17 grant-writing team had only four of five weeks to develop the proposal for submission early in June.

Three goals were spelled out in the proposal, Dunn said. It was stated that all teachers and students in the Oxford and Otisfield schools would have modern computers in the classrooms, would have training and support for internet access, and become more proficient in computer use.

The grant covers a two-year period, with $38,000 coming in the first year and $22,000 in the second pending federal funding for the 1998-99 school year.

Although actual purchase and delivery of the equipment is still several weeks away, Dunn said the Oxford school will be getting 14 computers and Otisfield will get four later this fall. Next year, Oxford will get eight more and Otisield will receive three more.

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