From Our Files — January 30, 2019
50 Years Ago — Jan. 30, 1969
Hospital Bids To Be Opened — The big expansion at People’s Benevolent Hospital takes another step to reality on February 11 when the construction bids will be opened. The expansion will cost some $1.5 million and will give the hospital at least 30 additional beds. Other new features will be more rooms, an expanded lobby, new ambulance entrance, clinical rooms and changes within the present plant.
Bilodeau, Morin Win Madawaska Tournament — Bill Bilodeau and Stella Morin hung on in a tight finish to win the mixed doubles shuffleboard tournament, which was concluded at the American Legion on Tuesday. The winners just inched out Len and Eleanor Belanger for the championship.
25 Years Ago — Feb. 2, 1994
Saucier Named Citizen Of The Year –– Gary Saucier was named Fort Kent Citizen of the Year before 132 members and guests attending the 46th Annual Chamber of Commerce meeting and banquet held Jan. 29. Saucier is the 33rd Citizen of the Year since the Chamber of Commerce began awarding the honor in 1962.
Betterment Awards — Receiving Business Betterment Awards at the Chamber meeting were: Gil Dubois, for his building which houses Steego Auto Parts and Warman Chiropractic; Pat and Arms Labbe of Nadeau’s House of Furniture; Bern Michaud of Fort Kent Federal Credit Union; and Don Lebel representing First Citizens Bank.
10 Years Ago — Feb. 4, 2009
Maine Unemployment Rate for December — State Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman announced that the preliminary seasonally-adjusted December unemployment rate for Maine was 7.0 percent, up from 6.3 percent for November and 4.9 percent for December 2007. The national unemployment rate was 7.2 percent for December, up from 6.8 percent for November and 4.9 percent for December 2007.