From our Files – October 21, 2021

50 Years Ago — Oct. 21, 1971

   Homemakers Recycle  “Everyone must be into this recycling thing, because we have been given some really good articles here,” commented one lady as she sorted over donated items getting ready for the Madawaska Homemakers garage sale.

Pricing and arranging a few of the donations were Martha Bilodeau, Jackie Savoie, Carol Rossignol and Shelda Rossignol. Proceeds went to local charities.

25 Years Ago — Oct. 23, 1996

Hope remains for Gerber plant — An attempt by local and state government officials, employees and others to save Gerber Childrenswear in Fort Kent is underway. Steve Levesque of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development said, “We have been working with the community, the employees, various state agencies and others to put together a cost-cutting package in an effort to make it attractive for (Gerber) to remain” operating in Fort Kent. Peter Pinette, manager of Gerber in Fort Kent, said the employees were offering a five percent reduction in compensation. Pinette said the offer included his own salary, saying “I’m one of the employees.” Pinette said the package “involved many players…we’ve got our fingers crossed.”

10 Years Ago — Oct. 26, 2011

Madawaska students of the month — The Madawaska Middle High School honored two outstanding students for September 2011. Students of the month were Tejai Lee, grade 8, and Daley Pedersen, grade 7. They were nominated because their peers and teachers believe they are constant positive influences in their school community. Peer nomination focused on integrity, trustworthiness, helpfulness, honesty, humility, and kindness, or those who have shown vast improvement that month.

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