From our Files – Week of April 20, 2022

50 Years Ago — April 20, 1972

   Bachelors around in Aroostook County Calling all single women. Now hear this. Aroostook County is loaded with single men. Bachelors abound in the local area to the extent that there are, according to the official count, some 122 of them parading around unattached for every 100 single women.

The ratio is higher than in many parts of the country. In the United States it is 117 to 100 and, in the Northeastern States, 106 to 100. The explanation, in part, is that marriages are taking place at a later age than they did in the 1960s. Currently, the median age at first marriage is given as 23.2 years for men and 20.8 for women.

25 Years Ago — April 9, 1997

Differences in gasoline prices through Valley — Prices vary through the Valley as much as 6 cents per gallon for regular gas, depending largely on the town in which the purchase is made. Within a 24-hour period, gas prices were checked in Van Buren, Madawaska and Fort Kent. The highest prices were found in Fort Kent, with a gallon of regular gas hovering around $1.39. In Van Buren, prices were slightly lower at about $1.37 per gallon, but in Madawaska the prices were noticeably lower averaging about $1.33.

10 Years Ago — April 18, 2012

Dr. Levesque wins Hannaford campaign — For the third year in a row, Dr. Levesque Elementary School has earned the most Hannaford Dollars in the store’s annual campaign. With more than 2,000 schools registered all over the East Coast, Dr. Levesque ranked 52. Students were honored at a school assembly, and received fruit and a bottle of water. The check amount to be deposited into the students’ activities account totaled $1,762.

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