From Our Files – March 27, 2019
50 Years Ago — March 27, 1969
Fort Kent Tot Wins Alouette Snowmobile — Miss Louise Ann Daigle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Daigle of Fort Kent, won a 15 horsepower “A louette” snowmobile in a contest sponsored by the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees, Council No. 74.
Madawaska Man Promoted In Army — Charles Petcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Petcher of Madawaska, was promoted on Feb. 19 to Army sergeant in Vietnam, where he is serving with the 71st Evacuation Hospital. The 20-year old soldier entered the Army in September 1967 and completed basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C. He arrived in Vietnam last May. Spec. Petcher graduated from Madawaska High School in June 1968.
25 Years Ago — March 30, 1994
Fraser Invests $15 Million — Two areas of the Fraser Paper Company Ltd. mill in Madawaska will be injected with more than $15 million in improvements in the near future. Fraser Public Affairs Director Suzanne Daigle said a new winder will be installed with the No. 5 paper making machine, at a cost of $4.9 million. In addition, a size press that applies a coating to paper will be installed with the No. 7 machine, at a cost of $10.9 million.
Somalia Bound — Cpl. Darcy Salazar of Madawaska is headed back to Somalia as part of the peacekeeping force. He is serving on board the USS Frederick. He should return to the states by the end of July.
10 Years Ago — April 1, 2009
Unemployment Rate In February –– Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman announced that the preliminary seasonally-adjusted February unemployment rate for Maine was 8.0 percent, up from 7.7 percent for January and 4.9 perfect for February 2008. The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent for February.