From Our Files – Week of January 26, 2022

50 Years Ago — Jan. 27, 1972

   Honor Mrs. Rice Mrs. Kathleen Rice, founder and past head librarian at the Madawaska Public Library, was presented with a plaque on a Tuesday in 1972, for her dedication and service to the library and the people of Madawaska. Msgr. Albert Long made the presentation on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the library. 

25 Years Ago — Jan. 22, 1997

Former Gerber plant set to reopen — Following months of negotiations and meetings, an agreement in principle has been reached with the management of Gerber Childrenswear Inc. to sell the Fort Kent sewing facility to the Fort Kent Development Corporation. The announcement came following a meeting with former employees on a Thursday in 1997 and the move could put 50 people back to work in the spring.

Employee of the quarter – Rod Lahren, M.D., secretary-treasurer of the medical staff of Northern Maine Medical Center, congratulated and presented a $50 check on behalf of the medical staff to Joyce Michaud for her accomplishments. According to Pauline Bouchard, personnel director at NMMC, stated, “Michaud is a very hard working, dedicated employee. She is very organized, efficient and always takes her job responsibilities in a very responsive manner.”

10 Years Ago — Jan. 25, 2012

Airport sees increase in local use — Nearly 230 flight instruction operations and more than 100 recreational flying trips were conducted from the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport, according to data provided by the facility’s manager, David Fernald, Sr. By Fernald’s estimates, local use of the facility went up 215 from 2010 to 2011. This indicates that despite a downturn in the general economy, the facility in Frenchville has seen an upturn in locally based activities.

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