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July 3, 2014

Step Back in Time: July 3, 2014

25 years agoJuly 3, 1989

Pull over speeders, there’s a pint-sized set of wheels in your rearview mirror that just came out of nowhere.

“That one’s going 75. Nobody gets that much leeway,” said Trooper A. Bruce Carroll, checking the radar indicator on his dashboard. But the sports car he had spotted was across the Interstate 88 median, headed the other way for a ramp at Exit 13.

No problem. Carroll was driving a new Mustang LX patrol car, a compact car with a 5-litre, V-8 engine under the hood. It’s the same engine that propels the Mercury Cougar and it makes this little car jump.

He accelerated slightly to an emergency turnaround, then gunned his patrol car along the eastbound passing lane. The car surged with every quick shift of the five-speed transmission.

Carroll caught the sports car, a gun-metal blue Mazda RX-7, at a light at the intersection of state routes 7 and 205.

The Mustang, one of five in Troop C and 40 in the state, has been in service for about a year. It’s speedometer runs up to 140 miles-per-hour and it will probably go that fast, Carroll said, though it’s seldom necessary.

50 years agoJuly 3, 1964

An apparent armistice in the fight to save the Wilber House was reached Thursday night when the Capital Budget and Planning Commission assured defenders of the old house that no decision on its fate will be made in the near future.

Dr. Alexander F. Carson, chairman of the commission, told the delegation present at the meeting that any decision on the Wilber House would come only as part of an overall plan for the city’s development.

“Nobody is going to tear down the Wilber House tomorrow,” Dr. Carson said. “Any decision on the house will be part of an overall plan and there will be plenty of time and many public hearings before any final decision is made.”

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