From our Files – Week of September 22, 2021

50 Years Ago — Sept. 23, 1971

   $1.5 million Grant’s store  — Leo Bouchard, owner of Madawaska’s Midtown Shopping Center, divulged this week in 1971 that definite plans have been made by W.T. Grant Company to build a large store in the shopping center, so large in fact that the project is estimated at a million and a half dollars.

“And when I say large, I mean it,” emphasized Bouchard. “The plans call for a really big store as well as a Four Seasons Shop, a restaurant and a Garden Shop, and this will easily reach $1.5 million.” He stated that the store would “employ 75 permanent employees and numerous part-time workers.” The target date for opening is early in the fall of 1972.

25 Years Ago — Sept. 25, 1996

The walls come down — Workers with Ed Pelletier & Sons of Madawaska were on the scene Tuesday in September of 1996, demolishing the old Evangeline School to make way for the new Rite Aid Drug Store. The school, which had stood on its 5th Street location for 69 years, came down in a matter of hours. Elementary school students now attend the new Madawaska Elementary School on 11th Avenue.

10 Years Ago — Sept. 28, 2011

Troopers responded to moose accidents — An early morning collision involving two vehicles and a moose on U.S. Route 11 led to two people being transported via Life Flight to Bangor, according to a report from the Maine State Police. The accident occurred in the Unorganized Territory between Winterville and Portage.  A second moose collision also on Route 11 occurred approximately three miles south of the first accident. The delivery truck struck the moose but sustained no damage, and no injuries were reported.

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