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From our Files – Week of October 6, 2021

50 Years Ago — October 7, 1971

   St. Agatha couple catches 400 trout  — Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bosse ended the fishing season last week in 1971, with a catch of over 400 trout caught from May to September.

They have been fishing for years, but this summer really has topped them all. The couple fishes at local brooks and ponds in the vicinity of Daigle. The exact location is a secret of theirs, but they relate summer after summer they go to the same place. Bosse has built a small boar and their luck seems to hold. Some of the trout weigh one pound or more. Mrs. Bosse is a retired school teacher and Mr. Bosse is a retired carpenter and fertilizer dealer.

25 Years Ago — October 9, 1996

State minimum wage hiked to $4.75 —The Maine  Department of Labor announced that, effective Oct. 1, 1996, the minimum wage in Maine increased to $4.75 per hour. The change occurred as a result of the recent increase in the federal minimum wage, to which the Maine minimum wage is tied by state law. Maine law allows service employees who earn more than $20 per month in tips to be paid a cash wage equal to 50 percent of the regular minimum wage. Effective Oct. 1, 1996, the minimum cash wage to tipped employees is $2.38 per hour.

10 Years Ago — October 12, 2011

Valley schools replace chairs with stability balls — Dr. Levesque Elementary in SAD 33, and ST. Francis Elementary and Valley Rivers Middle School in SAD 27 will be part of 16 classrooms in seven school districts across Aroostook County participating in a Wittfitt Pilot Project, with a grant from United Way of Aroostook, according to a press release from Let’s Go! Aroostook. “It is integrating moving while learning,” said Reegan Brown, ACAP community education specialist for Healthy Aroostook.

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