From our Files – Week of September 7, 2021

50 Years Ago — September 9, 1971

    Employment office locates to Madawaska— Because of the size of Aroostook County it has been difficult for one employment office, located at Presque Isle, to adequately cover the entire area, so a branch office has been opened at 62 Bridge Street in Madawaska. 

  Madawaska enrollment increases  — Enrollment increased by nine students in Madawaska schools from last April in the 1971 school year.The total registered Wednesday was 1929, whereas last April total enrollment was 1920. Individual schools recorded enrollment figures as follows: Evangeline School, 234; St. Thomas School, 350; Acadia School, 421; and Madawaska High School, 924. Superintendent of Schools John Houghton added that Sept. 17, 1971, is still set as the date the high school will close to start potato harvest. 

   No layoffs — According to Peter Pinette, plant manager of Gerber Childrenswear in Fort Kent, rumors of an impending round of layoffs are untrue. Those who have been laid off recently, however, can take advantage of a federal program designed to help. About 15 of the 58 displaced workers from Gerber have been granted some extra help through a petition which was filed on behalf of the workers by Pinette, according to Dan Fongemie of the Maine Job Service.

25 Years Ago — September 11, 1996

Knights honor their own — At the annual recognition night, the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus honored many members including 12 Knights of the Month and 12 Families of the Month. Congratulations to Dale Voisine for being honored Knight of the Year and to Nick and Mary Tanguay for being honored Family of the Year.These special people live the Columbian way all year long. 

10 Years Ago — September 14, 2011

73 employees impacted as sawmill closes indefinitely — An Irving sawmill closed its doors indefinitely on Oct. 6, 2011, according to a statement fromGeoff Britt, communications officer with J.D. Irving, Limited. “Our company is adjusting operations to current market realities regarding the forest products industry. The value ad

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