100 Years Ago: 1923

The lives of seven or eight men and women were endangered Tuesday afternoon about 2 o’clock when the upper half of the flag stand before the Court House, Auburn, fell when a pulley by which it was being lowered, gave way. Nobody was injured. A workman, who was aloft at the top of the stationary standard, got the thrill of his life when the pole started, for he had both legs wrapped about it and was all but thrust off his perch when the 40 foot length slid downward. Friction nearly ignited his trousers and rubbed off considerable skin. The base of the staff was shattered to bits where it landed first on the pavement in an upright position and then crashed lengthwise.

50 Years Ago: 1973

More than 200 Lewiston sixth-graders graduated from the DARE program Monday. But if their peers from Dover, N.H., had any effect, some local kids may have a role in promoting drug resistance beyond DARE. Youth-2-Youth, a student drug prevention group from Dover Middle School, visited Montello School to perform skits encouraging students to continue their drug, alcohol and tobacco-free ways beyond the sixth -grade program.

25 Years Ago: 1998

The cause of the $30,000 fire in the Zelia Blouin building, a four story block on Lower Lisbon street, that turned six families into the street and badly damaged stock in three stores in the building Friday evening, is still a mystery. The fire was discovered at 8:55 P. M. by Emile Bilodeau who lives on the second floor directly above the L. and M. grocery store. Before he had time to sound the alarm the entire sawdust-stuffed wall was in a mass of flames. Firemen fought the flames until midnight.

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