100 Years Ago: 1924

It is an ill wind that blows no good, according to an old saying.

On Saturday, a runaway horse dashed down Western Promenade in Auburn and she was terribly injured. The pung she drew was filled with groceries which were scattered far and near.

While the attention of the bystanders was occupied with the suffering horse, a lean and hungry dog approached the overturned pung and scattered edibles, and he spied a chicken destined for somebody’s Sunday dinner, no doubt. Judging from the appearance the dog had not seen a square meal for a long time., but here was one dropped at his very feet. Opportunity was his and he seized it and big mouthfuls of luscious meat disappeared in rapid succession, and he went on his way, a much happier dog.

50 Years Ago: 1974

The University of Maine has a full day of activities planned Monday to celebrate the life and beliefs of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“We will be celebrating all the things Dr. King stood for,” said Shannetta Mennenga, interim assistant dean for Multicultural Student Affairs. “Equality for all people, unity. He had a dream that we’re still trying to achieve.”

The day begins with the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 am at Wells Conference Center. Jim Lucas will read and deliver some of King’s famous speeches and writings.

A one-man show “Reflections,” will bring to life the words, background and experiences of King with renditions of “I Have a Dream,” I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and excerpts from “A Knock at Midnight” and “Letters from a Birmingham Jail.”

25 Years Ago: 1999

The Jazz Workshop Big Band will present “Swing into ’99” from 8:30 to 11:30 pm Saturday at the East Auburn Community Unit.

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