100 Years Ago: 1923

Mayor Cummings and the five councilmen of Auburn will represent the city of Auburn at the formal opening of the Portland-Lewiston highway October 24. The ceremonies will take place at Gray where representatives of various towns thru which the road passes. and also the State highway commission will assemble. The party from Auburn is to leave at nine o’clock in the morning.

50 Years Ago: 1973

Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew is preparing a farewell address that may include some ideas on how the nation and its leaders can avoid the pitfalls that led to the destruction of his political career.

Agnew is scheduled to deliver the approximately 15-minute speech from a television studio in Washington Monday at 7:30 p.m. EDT Agnew’s television speech will be broadcast live by the NBC and CBS networks. ABC said no decision had been made yet on live coverage.

The former vice president, who resigned Wednesday and pleaded no contest to a felony charge of federal income tax evasion, spent most of the weekend working on his speech. Sources close to Agnew said the finished version would be “largely his own work.” He did not rely on the speechwriters who served him as vice president to put it together.


25 Years Ago: 1998

Critically injured patients should be transported by helicopter to and from Central Maine Medical Center in about two months now that hospital officials received a go-ahead from the Planning Board Tuesday night, paving the way for the service.

By a 4 to 1 vote, board members approved construction of a concrete landing pad for the hospital’s Augusta helicopter. The pad will be in a parking lot near CMMC’s emergency room entrance. It will be surrounded by a grassy area and enclosed by a security fence. The service does not require City Council approval.

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