From Our Files – Week of October 12, 2020
50 Years Ago — Oct. 15, 1970
Trackman tetires — Trackman Leon Lausier of Grand Isle has retired after 46 years with the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Company. He entered service in 1924 as a trackman. He was born in St. Francis, New Brunswick, and attended schools in Grand Isle.
Models parade to packed house — The fall fashion show sponsored by St. Martha’s Guild, held a week ago at the Yacht Club, Hotel Van Buren, was a tremendous success. Tiny tots modeling in the fashion show were Kathy and Sarah Dumond and Lisa Laplant, all showing fashions from W.T. Grant.
25 Years Ago — Oct. 18, 1995
Open house — Hundreds of residents, both young and old, gathered at the newly constructed Madawaska Elementary School last week for an open house. Principal Lorraine Redwine said she was very pleased that many community members, not only those with children attending the school, visited the facility. Parking was at a premium outside, but inside, traffic flowed evenly and enthusiastically. Community members appeared to be very proud of the new elementary school.
10 Years Ago — Oct. 20, 2010
State agrees to purchase rails — Maine has reached an agreement to purchase the long-debated rail track in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties from the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway for $20.1 million, for 223 miles of track in the two counties, according to Gov. John Baldacci’s office. The news follows an announcement made last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation had awarded $10,546,436 to the Maine DOT to repair and improve the MM&A Railway line, according to a press release by U.S. Sens. Snowe and Collins and Rep. Mike Michaud on Oct. 15, 2010.