100 years ago: 1922
Lewiston police officers Daniel Crowley and Daniel Driscoll narrowly escaped drowning in Sabatis Lake Thursday night while towing a rowboat full of wood. The waves capsized the launch and endangered the motorboat they were towing it with. The wood was valued at over $50 and was almost entirely lost.
The officers who were on vacation now stayed at Crowley’s cabin on Sabatis Lake. Crowley intended to make repairs. With Driscoll’s help, he loaded hardwood shortly after 9:00 p.m. Thursday night. The lake was quite dark and the water was quite choppy. How the boat overturned neither of them could say, but each of them said the waves swept it away, and the overturning was easily accomplished.
They cried out for help, after refusing help from John Ashton, another Lewiston police officer who was staying at the same cottage and offered help believing they would be fine. But the wood tipped over in the water and was quickly dispersed. The officers managed to gather some of the wood, but it was too dark to see it. They had gone out early Friday morning to pick up what was in sight. None of them were injured.
50 years ago: 1972
The old Jones Block near Central Maine General Hospital was razed today, to possibly make way for improved parking lots for the hospital, which owns the property.
A new professional building is to be constructed between the hospital and the Jones Block location, requiring even more parking space. The Jones Block once housed medical practices on the first floor and there were apartments upstairs.
25 years ago: 1997
City and county officials said Friday that the public shouldn’t be too concerned about potential power outages this summer, but residents also shouldn’t ignore the possibility that Central Maine Power could run out of power. in the event of a strong heat wave. “Obviously (a breakdown) would be a major inconvenience, but if everyone applied a bit of common sense and didn’t fly away, we’ll be fine,” said Peter Van Gagnon, director of emergency management. of Lewiston-Auburn and Androscoggin County.
City administrator Robert Mulready agrees: “It is important for all of us to follow conservation warnings when they come. We can be our worst enemy and I think we have to work together. I think common sense should prevail.
The CMP has warned city officials that a power shortage is possible this summer as many power plants — including Maine Yankee in Wiscasset — have been shut down either permanently or temporarily. Maine isn’t alone either. New England utilities pool their electricity and distribute it throughout the Northeast. Thus, all states could experience shortages in the event of a prolonged heat wave.
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