From our Files – Week of December 14, 2020
50 Years Ago — December 17, 1970
Western Auto In New Hands — The Madawaska Western Auto Store has changed hands in recent weeks and a ribbon-cutting was held to officially start the new era.
Having the honor of snipping the ribbon was town manager Charles Gagnon, while the new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Dugal, smiled with approval. The new owners said they were highly pleased with three days of shopping specials that accompanied the grand opening and pledged personal and prompt service to customers.
Record Year For Daughters — The Madawaska Daughters of Isabella Christmas Basket Program should excel all previous years with some 75 baskets headed for needy families. “Of course we may not reach our expectations,” said Mrs. Marion MacDonald, the chairman this year. “But based on previous expectations, we should have the funds to supply 75 baskets. Our previous high was 72 baskets, given out several years ago.
25 Years Ago — December 20, 1995
The Pride Of Madawaska Band Concert ‘Truly Special’ — The Pride of Madawaska Marching Band had their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 17, 1995. More than 600 individuals attended. As always, their performance was truly special. During the sit down, concert version of Sunday;s performance, the band played several “Christmas Delight, Christmas Promenade,” and “Merry Christmas”, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The 24-member band received a standing ovation for their performance.
10 Years Ago — December 22, 2010
No More Smoking On Mill Property — For those Twin Rivers employees going out for a regular smoke break or using tobacco on the premises, 2011 may bring a challenge, or better health. The Madawaska mill is going tobacco-free on Jan. 1, according to Bill Peterson, spokesperson for Twin Rivers Paper Company. “We have an employee assistance program for those who want to kick the habit,” Peterson said.