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Oct. 28, 1924

Harold P. Dygert, president, treasurer and general manager of the Associated Theaters, Inc., has sold his controlling interest in that company to the Schine Theatrical Company, which owns and controls the Schine circuit of theaters.

The Grand and Universal Theaters in this city are controlled by the Schine Theatrical Co. and at one time were said to be dickering for the purchase of the old Second Presbyterian site in South Street with the idea of building another theater there.

Oct. 28, 1959

Sen. George R. Metcalf discusses compulsory health insurance with a reporter for "Medical Economies" in an interview appearing in the Oct. 12 issue of that publication.

The reporter, Lois R. Chevalier, calls Sen. Metcalf a "hard-hitting young Republican" who is making a name for himself as a health insurance specialist in the Legislature." She writes the senator is "a power to be reckoned with" as chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Health Insurance Plans.

Oct. 28, 2004

Federal officials on Wednesday announced a $247,500 grant for the Locke Fire District No. 1.

The money will help the department buy a new truck, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer said. The U.S. Fire Administration grant will be awarded under the Assistance to Firefighters Program, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Locke's money comes as part of the 19th round of grants awarded to fire departments across the country, with more rounds to come. Locke was one of 53 fire departments across New York to receive grants in this round.

Oct. 28, 2009

Auburn students of all ages will now be able to read about how peace is being spread throughout Central Asia using education. This week, students were given a New York Times best-seller, "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, to read this school year.

With a $3,000 grant from the Columbian Foundation of Auburn, the Auburn Education Foundation was able to provide all eight school buildings in the district with sets of each of the three versions of the book, said Annette Abdelaziz of the Auburn Education Foundation. More than 300 books were given to the district. Books were delivered to the schools this week and teachers will begin to use them in classes immediately and throughout the school year, said Abdelaziz.

The reason behind the books is to prepare students and teachers for a visit from Mortenson. He will speak in March 2010 as part of the Auburn Education Foundation's Inspirational Lecture Series. His biography, included in the series flyer from the Auburn Education Foundation, explains his story of trying to change the world by building and supporting schools in the Central Asia.

 — Compiled by Jean Bennett

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