From our Files – Week of August 3, 2022

50 Years Ago — August 3, 1972

   Getting it done Work was being done on the new shopping center going up on Fox Street in Madawaska. Irwin Cooperman of Boston, Massachusetts, who is in charge of leasing the facilities to merchants, reports that the Zayre’s store is scheduled to open in November 1972.

The Madawaska Zayre’s will be slightly larger than the store in Presque Isle. Sampson’s Supermarket, which is also expected to move into the new shopping center, will have the same size facility as all the other Sampson’s stores. Cooperman said that between eight and 10 other retail stores are expected to occupy the center.

25 Years Ago — July 30, 1997

Rock star tells fans to go to church — You’re never too “cool” to go to church, said rock star Michael O’Brien. But he didn’t always think so. He used to think church was only for old people. O’Brien’s video, “It’s Cool to Convert,” flashes from his rock concerts to religious events in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, and shows how cool he believes it to be in church. But he still keeps his rock music career separate from his religious activities. He expects his popularity as a secular rock star to have more impact because he’s a normal rock ‘n’ roll singer who happens to be religious.

Mother of the year – Mrs. Azilda Levesque of Grand Isle was chosen 1997-1998 Mother of the Year on Saturday, July 19, 1997, at the 6:30 p.m. Mass, by the St. Gerard-Mt. Carmel Ladies of St. Anne. Fr. Richard Ouellette officiated.

10 Years Ago — August 1, 2012

RV-ing — Tom Gilbert retired from the U.S. Border Patrol in 1992, after serving in various locations around the United States. During one stint working in Madawaska, he met his wife Nancy (Castonguay). The couple now lives in Canyon Lake, Texas, but have come up with their RV to spend the summers on Long Lake in Sinclair since Tom retired.

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