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Caribou area From our Files – week of September 5, 2018

115 Years Ago – Sept. 8,  1903

Night watch Steps have been taken during the past week to raise sufficient funds to secure the services of a night watch, but not enough money could be raised by private subscription.  It seems as if a large and prosperous town like Caribou ought to have a night watch because there is so much property value at stake.

“Pretty lady” A pretty young lady who has doing housework at Parkhurst has quit and was hired to pick potatoes for $1.00 per day.

100 Years Ago – Sept. 11, 1918

Roadside Several automobiles came to grief on the Presque Isle Road last Friday.  No less than three were noticed standing by the roadside with one or more wheels missing.

75 Years Ago – Sept. 8, 1943

Recruiter — A Navy recruiter will be at the Post Office in Caribou on Sept. 20 for the purpose of recruiting young women 20 through 36 for the WAVES, men 17 to 50 for the Sebees, and young men 17 years of age, as well as men in the 38 to 50 age from for generational service.

50 Years Ago – Sept. 11, 1968

Blood on the river — Aroostook’s harvest moon was high and bright Monday night, the blood was elsewhere.  It was on the river. First inkling of the new pollution in the river came in a telephone call from Dr. R.A. Page from his “river bend” residents he said he could see “red in the Aroostook.”  It was determined that the coloring in the river had originated above the Fort Street bridge. Whether it was coming from above the dam, was not possible, to ascertain in the gathering gloom.

Bulb sale Members of the Caribou Police Reserve will hold a light bulb sale Sept. 16-20.  During this period, it is their intention to canvass the entire town of Caribou, their announcement says.  Proceeds from this drive will be used for various equipment, activities and expenses encountered by the unit.

25 Years Ago – Sept. 8, 1993

Plane crash The engine of Donald Doran’s Piper Comanche airplane stalled just after takeoff at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, from the east-west runway of the Caribou Municipal Airport, when the plane was about 50 feet in the air.  Doran and his wife, ELaine, sustained minor injuries and walked away from the crash landing.

Certificate approved Efforts by Cary Medical Center in Caribou and The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle to combine operations and develop a new nonprofit corporation were given a boost earlier this month when the Maine Department of Human Services approved the ‘pre-development certificate of need application.’ The approval stipulates the planning work must be completed within on year of the approval date or the hospitals must apply for limited extensions.  Stephen J. Kelleher, Cary-TAMC coordinator, said that the state approval is very important to the project. The formal application for approval of the Cary-TAMC combination by the DHS has not been drafted and is being reviewed by hospital officials and both facilities. It is expected that the application will be submitted in the next 60 days.

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