100 Years Ago: 1924

The next department meeting of the Women’s Literary will be on “Art in the Home,” and will be at the Androscoggin Electric Co. Hall next Thursday afternoon at 2:30.

The lecture, prepared by Mrs. Grace P.T. Knudson, former art chairman of the State Federation, WLU will be given. With this is a fine exhibit of household art which was collected through the assistance of experienced interior decorating. The subject of the lecture is “Atmosphere of Better Homes.”

It is interesting to note that the lecture and exhibit, which was sponsored by the State Federation has been asked for by clubs in this state who have had it consider it valuable.

50 Years Ago: 1974

Due to this snow cover at Titcomb Slope in Farmington, races scheduled for that site have been transferred to the Lost Valley Ski Area and are due to start at 10:30 am Sunday.

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Unless there is a decided change in weather conditions, the snowmaking machines at Lost Valley will be running continuously to assure a plentiful supply of man made snow on the slopes to be utilized.

25 Years Ago: 1999

Kaleb Lowe of New Gloucester and Franklin Catrett of Auburn were honored last week for their heroism in helping save the life of a badly beaten man found in a local cemetery.

Kaleb Lowe, 11, and Franklin Catrett, 9, of Auburn are usually just a pair of kids who get around on their bikes.

Last October 12, the youthful pair meandered on one of their favorite rides, through the flanked headstones at the lower Gloucester Bald Hill Road cemetery’s flat terrain. This was an ordinary occasion for the boys to take a safe ride off the main road late in the afternoon. Little did they know their idyllic wanderings would abruptly halt along with their childhood when suddenly they spotted a badly beaten man left abandoned at the rear of the cemetery, out of sight.

The boys who are respectively in the third and fifth grades at local schools. saved the man’s life when they raced home to get help. Joined by Larry Lizotte, the trio called 911 and emergency workers arrived on the scene.

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Last week’s award ceremony by the New Gloucester Rescue Unit honored the young heroes for “their level of community service, concern and caring” that led to the rescue of the itinerant man who had been beaten, robbed and dumped out of sight at the cemetery.  Law enforcement officials were able to arrest a Lewiston man for the crime.

Lizotte was unable to attend the ceremony when Chief Bruce of the volunteer New Gloucester Rescue unit presented plaques to the boys. Family and friends watched while the boys got the full tour of the fire station.

Kaleb Lowe says he hopes to join the unit when he gets older to follow the legacy of his late father, New Gloucester Selectmen John Lowe.

And third grader Franklin Catrett says he’s OK now, but suffered nightmares for weeks.

The material used in Looking Back is produced exactly as it originally appeared although misspellings and errors may be corrected.


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