From our Files – Week of December 22, 2020
50 Years Ago — Dec. 23, 1970
Candy for security homes — St. John Valley staff members of Mainstream held a workshop on Dec. 16, 1970 at Lincoln School in Grand Isle. The aides contributed $10 for fruits and candy for the Frenchville and Soldier Pond Security Homes.
Mrs. L.C. McLellan also donated $5 for the homes. A discussion was held on “winter storm safety.” Material from the Bangor office on winter storm safety was distributed to each aide and a discussion followed on the subject.
840 kids cheer Santa’s arrival — The usual big event of the season happened last Sunday at the Legion gym when Santa Claus appeared to cheer and greet some 840 children who had gathered for the annual American Legion Christmas party. Santa and his helpers handed out bags of candy to everyone. Entertainment was also offered to complete the program. On the program was Miss Herma Levesque who played “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night” and “Silver Bells” on her accordion.
25 Years Ago — Dec. 20, 1995
Potato inspections cool fires of revolt in the Valley — Increased 24-hour inspection of Canadian potatoes entering the U.S. through Houlton and Fort Fairfield seem to have temporarily cooled the fires of agitation that had local potato growers ready to stage protests last week. The increased inspections are as a result of pressure from the Maine Congressional Delegation, the Maine Potato Board and local officials. At a meeting with Maine Governor Angus King last week, U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor indicated he will take immediate action to ensure fair and reciprocal action concerning Canadian policies on potatoes and New Brunswick’s provincial sales tax. Congressman John Baldacci said the USDA inspections have found twice the rate of “suspect loads” of potatoes during the first few days. Canadian growers are claiming harassment by inspectors and loads rejected by U.S. inspectors and sent back to Canada are being re-inspected in Canada to find evidence of harassment.
10 Years Ago — Dec. 22, 2010
Twin Rivers installs pipes — One of the new exhaust pipe systems installed over the summer with part of a $1.3 million grant from Efficiency Maine can now be seen on the upper roof of Twin Rivers Paper Company in Madawaska. Another will be installed next summer. The new equipment also includes a nearly six-foot enclosed fan and two sin-inch diameter dials that keep a steady digital count of the temperature steam created by paper processing — it goes into large pipes at 49 degrees, and comes out at nearly 90 degrees.