Presque Isle area From Our Files (week of December 27, 2017)
102 Years Ago – December 30, 1915
Acting principal — Miss Nellie Teed, assistant principal of the Training School, had been appointed as acting principal for the remainder of the year.
New job opportunity at M. C. Smith — Miss Gladys I. Porter, Presque Isle High School ’15, returned from Boston where she had taken a course in Bryant and Stratton Business College. She accepted a position in M. C. Smith’s office.
75 Years Ago – December 24, 1942
Basketball at base — Eighth Communication basketeers marked their fourth consecutive victory by drubbing the Eighth weather hardwood troopers 41-15 during Presque Isle Army Air Field league play in the Post Recreation building. Forging into the lead by a 11-7 count in the final half, the Communications outfit lengthened its stride with the scoring contributions of Staff Sgt. Henning mounting to 16 points. Pvt. Calnen was high for the losing aggregation with nine markers.
Dump for sale — At the City Council meeting, the City Council authorized City Manager Mark Trafton to sell the municipal dump land on the Mapleton Road to the Government for the sum of $1,000.
50 Years Ago – December 27, 1967
10 years — Forty-seven employees of the Maine Employment security Commission with service tenures ranging from 10 to 30 years were honored in brief pre-holiday ceremonies. Among those recognized was Luther S. Lovely of Presque Isle who received a certificate for 10 years of service.
Live Wire awardees — Two Presque Isle residents were recognized for outstanding community work without financial gain. Maurice Allen, District manager of the Suburban Propane L. P. Gas Co. and Dr. Arthur P. Reynolds were two individuals honored when Dave Flewelling, chairman of the Live Wire Club of the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Club’s annual special awards.
Winning speaker — Linda Crockett of Caribou, a sophomore at Aroostook State College, took first place in the College’s recent Basic Speech Contest Finals. Her winning speech, “The ‘Crevice’ Society,” dealt with the problem of gangs in the urban and rural areas of today’s America. Her emphasis was not on punishment of these society “drop outs” but on understanding them and adding them to find a worthwhile place in life.
25 Years Ago – December 23, 1992
New vice president — Peter A. Flewelling of Ashland, New Castle, NH, and New Wilmington, Penn., a graduate of Wentworth Institute, Boston, in architectural engineering with advanced studies at the University of Maine in engineering and Boston Architectural Center in architecture, had been appointed vice president of sales for Sharon Building Systems of West Middlesex, PA.
Lumber donation — Echo Lake Wildlife Rehab Inc. of Presque Isle received a donation of lumber from J. Paul Levesque Inc. of Ashland. The lumber to be used to build a barn to house wild animals for the organization, which rescues injured animals and cares for them until they can go back to their natural habitat. Other area business had also donated to the project, including Dragon Company and the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad.
Sharing the spirit — Students from Cunningham Middle School and Gouldville Elementary School visited the Temporary Shelter for the Homeless to unload about 3,000 pounds of food they donated for the shelter’s holiday meals. Cunningham donated nearly 2,000 pounds, with Mrs. Griffing’s Grade 7 class collecting the most food, more than 600 pounds. At the elementary school, Mrs. Graves’ class topped school donations, bringing in approximately 240 pounds. Accompanying the group to the shelter were principals, Frank Hallett of Cunningham and Pam Hallett of Gouldville.