From our Files – Week of April 27, 2022
50 Years Ago — April 27, 1972
County farms average 260.5 acres in size — Aroostook County showed a total of 2,153 farms in the 1969 Census of Agriculture, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census, a part of the department’s Social and Economic Statistics Administration.
In the last previous Census of Agriculture (1964) the number of farms reported in The County was 2,292. Of The County’s total farms in 1969, 1,796 are reported as selling 2,500 or more of agricultural products in the year, compared with 1,968 in 1964. The report also shows the average farm size in the county was 260.5 acres, and the average value of these farms (land and buildings) was $36,284.
25 Years Ago — April 16, 1997
Parish volunteers recognized — The St. Thomas and St. David Parish gathered together recently to pay tribute to their parish volunteers. The Volunteer Parish Recognition Supper took place at the Madawaska Knights of Columbus Hall and the meal was cooked by the Knights. Father Paul Stesanko of Portland was the guest speaker for the evening, who told the assembly that area parishes will have to get together as one unit due to the continuation of declining priests and pool resources and expenses. More than 300 people attended this event and music was provided by the St. Thomas folk group.
10 Years Ago — April 25, 2012
Dr. Levesque reaches New York in a walking club — Students in grades one through six at Dr. Levesque Elementary School had the chance to walk from 8 to 8:20 a.m. three days a week. Instead of playing on the playground, students could walk with the nurse and principal around the perimeter of the front yard. Seven times around the yard equals one mile. Students have walked more than 600 miles since January and have “reached” the distance that would take them to New York.