From our Files – Week of December 15, 2021

50 Years Ago — Dec. 16, 1971

   Doing KP duty  — Jim Caron of Madawaska, a member of Omega Sigma Beta Fraternity, pitched in to help prepare Aroostook spuds for a special pre-Christmas dinner served at UMPI by ARA Slater, food service contractors.

The fraternity has participated in many campus and community service projects.

  Beaulieu retires from Fraser  — W.E. McKinnon, mill manager for Fraser Paper Ltd. in Madawaska, congratulated Theophile Beaulieu of Madawaska, who retired from Fraser Dec. 31, 1971, at age 65 as a second-class pipefitter.

25 Years Ago — Dec. 11, 1996

Happy meals — At the grand reopening of the Madawaska McDonald’s, $1 of each Big Mac and deluxe sandwich sold was donated to help hunger in the community. Restaurant owner Jean Marc Albert presented a check for $544 to Adrien Gagnon, chairman of the St. Thomas Aquinas and St. David Social Justice and Peace Commission. The funds helped fill food baskets.

Pajama party — A reading slumber party was held at the Madawaska Elementary School during American Education Week. Students and teachers came in their PJs, hugging their teddy bears, for a fun evening of reading.

10 Years Ago — Dec. 21, 2011

Two post offices to remain open until spring — Post offices in Grand Isle and St. David will be spared for now, as the U.S. Postal Service has chosen to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012, according to a service press release. Earlier this summer, postal officials had announced that the two facilities were among the more than 30 postal facilities slated to be shut down in the state. The U.S. Postal Service said its decision to delay the closings was a “response to a request made by multiple U.S. senators.”

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