Lewiston Evening Journal for Nov. 3, 1922

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100 Years Ago: 1922

One afternoon Norton wandered off alone in spite of his mother’s constant warnings. When he finally returned home he calmly announced that he had been to see one of his boyfriends who lived several blocks beyond the main street and he proudly added, “And mother, I crossed the railroad tracks and didn’t get run over, and I passed the police station, and I didn’t get arrested.”

50 Years Ago: 1972

(from a Journal photo) These young people from various Twin City churches are preparing the material to be presented at the Youth Prayer Services Sunday evening at St. Joseph’s Church at 7:30 under the sponsorship of the CYO. Among the high school students participating along with members of the clergy are Karen Hall of the Auburn United Methodist Church; Lois Tabor, 6th Street Congregational Church; Steve Belisle, St. Joseph’s Church; and Sharon Hall of the Auburn United Methodist. The theme of the service is “Come My Friends. Seek a Newer World. It is not Too Late.”

25 Years Ago: 1997


A group of St. Mary’s employees is planning a trip to poverty-ravaged Haiti in January to bring some Maine-style tender loving care to the suffering and dying. The Haiti Project, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity, is the Lewiston Regional Medical Center’s first-ever organized effort to reach out to the poor beyond the borders of Androscoggin County. The 14 employees planning to make the first of two pilgrimages expect the experience to touch lives and hearts in a way few other events ever will.

“I will get to do things I’ve never done here and see things we’ve never seen,” said Sandi Boutin, a long time St Mary’s registered nurse, who has always wanted to work in a Third World country where needs are so great. “And I expect to come back loving my country even more.”

For Wendy Bennett, volunteering for the Haiti trip is an opportunity to touch the lives of children who get very little attention and virtually no human contact — those languishing in Mother Theresa’s Home for Children in Fond des Blanco. Bennett visited Mexico three years ago and vividly recalls how the disheveled. hungry children rejoiced when members of her group gave them a piece of bubble gum. She remains amazed that the youngsters, who had nothing, were so happy and content. For games, they played with rocks.

“I was able to make a difference in some of those children’s lives,” she said. “I’m hoping we can do that on a grander scale in Haiti.”

Two groups of St. Mary’s employees will journey to Haiti next year. The first leaves Jan. 17 for 10 days, the second trip is set for April.

The groups will take medical supplies and equipment, drugs, toiletries, diapers and other provisions to give to their hosts. The Maine group also will pack educational materials to teach villagers about hygiene and other basic personal needs.

In Haiti, 600 miles off the tip of Florida, one of every five children dies before the age of five. Diseases and medical problems that can be avoided or treated in America — malnutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever and gastrointestinal ailments can kill in Haiti.

The Mainers will spend four days in the backcountry of Fond des Blancs, about 70 miles from the capital of Port au Prince, where they will work in a 20-bed hospital. They also will provide immunizations and other charity work in the rural villages, as well as spending two days caring for orphans at Mother Teresa’s Home for Children.

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