From our Files – Week of February 9, 2022

50 Years Ago — Feb. 10, 1972

   Biggest center north of Bangor “It will be the largest shopping center north of Bangor,” promised Leo Bouchard, when he described Madawaska’s Midtown Shopping Center after the new addition. A new W.T. Grant Store will be the major addition and it will stretch from the edge of the shopping center over to Sixth Avenue.

“Additional plans include a 10,800-square-foot mall which will contain up to eight separate specialty stores,” he went on. A building of 5,800 square feet will also be constructed and will contain space for two stores. These additional stores will provide employment for a minimum of 20 people.

25 Years Ago — Feb. 5, 1997

Safety or harassment? — Thus far in the 1997 snowmobile season there have been two fatalities in addition to 71 personal-injury accidents. Nationwide, 41 percent of all snowmobile fatalities are alcohol-related, a statistic the Maine Warden Service says holds true for the state. Snowmobile enthusiasts and law enforcement officials agree on the need for safe trails, but there is disagreement on how to best achieve this goal. Stepped up efforts on the part of the warden service include weekend trail checks. Are such checks a viable tool in the overall safety arsenal or an infringement on the rights of snowmobilers?

10 Years Ago — Feb. 8, 2012

Crafting custom stave drums — When Curtis Collin started looking recently for a high-end drum set, he found he could not afford to buy one. So the 21-year-old from Frenchville combined his carpentry skills with his love of music and decided to make his own drum kit from scratch. After he made his first hand-made set for himself and discovered how good they sounded, Collin said he got the idea of offering his craftsmanship to others, and Collin Drum Co. was created.

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