A glimpse at 2009’s business headlines

15 years ago

January
• ACAP Health Services, formerly Health 1st, began offering family planning and reproductive health services to Micmac women at the Micmac Service Unit in Presque Isle. 

• Advantage Payroll began 2009 by going ‘green,’ offering Paperless Payroll services to its clients.
• The Aroostook County Branch of the American Red Cross teamed up with Katahdin Trust Co. to sell Cute Cuddly Critters, with proceeds to benefit the local disaster relief fund.
• Dr. Byoung-Woo Yang expanded his practice in Aroostook County to include the subspecialty of wound care.
• ACAP KIDS (Kids Integrated Dental Services) received $3,500 grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation to support the work of the program to enable the purchase of a Pro Seal II mobile dental unit.
• Fox Family Potato Chips, of Mapleton, owned by Rhett Fox and his family, was the featured Snack of the Day on the “Rachael Ray Show” and appeared in DownEast magazine.
• Justin Pelletier joined F.A. Peabody the insurance sales team in Presque Isle.
• Heather MacKinnon was promoted to personal lines lead underwriter at Maine Mutual Group Insurance.
• Wood Prairie Farm received the Green Thumb Award for its Organic Prairie Blush Potato.
• While the economic picture appeared bleak nationally, some, including John Swanberg, president of Aroostook County Savings and Loan, said Aroostook County’s economic picture was fairly stable compared to elsewhere in the nation.
• Mapleton residents Ray and Sandy Gauvin presented a gift of $2,500 to the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute.
February
• ACAP honored employees celebrating longevity milestones, included: Patricia Good, Peter Delano, Milton Burtt ad David Bouchard.
• TAMC welcomed 20 employees into the Veterans-in-Partnership group. VIPs are employees who have been employed by the hospital for at least 20 years.
• FairPoint Communications warned customers of a possible e-mail scam.
• Duncan Graves Funeral Home and Advantage Payroll Services were recently featured in a national magazine called “Payroll Quarterly.” Issued by Advantage Payroll Services, this magazine offers important news and advice regarding payroll issues to businesses throughout the country.
• MPBN worked to avert transmitter shutdowns as the broadcaster geared up for digital service.
• The first NMCC paramedic students to take national exam achieve 100 percent pass rate.
• Adam Miles, an UMPI student, served as an intern at the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce.
March
• Scott Carlin and his staff at Hillside IGA were honored as Business of the Year during the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner.
• Crippled Indian Vintage Garage opened in Fort Fairfield.
• Tony Phillips assumed the position of general manager at Coca-Cola’s Presque Isle division.
• The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and several farm equipment dealers joined forces to offer free “Slow-Moving Vehicle” signs to Maine farmers.
• KeyBank was named Customer Service Champ.
• Patti Crooks, manager of the Aroostook Centre Mall, said mall business was steady and that several stores had renewed their contracts.
• Help was being sought for Aroostook and Washington county dairy farmers to find a new market for their product once their existing contract with H.P. Hood was terminated later in 2009.
• Opportunities to access higher education in Aroostook County received a boost through a contribution by KeyBank NA to NMCC.
• TAMC’s North Street Healthcare, in Presque Isle, readied for a spring opening, with work progressing at a feverish pace in the former Smythe’s IGA site.
• The Presque Isle Rotary Club sought funding applicants.
• Erica Johnson was named the new store manager of maurices, located at the Aroostook Centre Mall.
April
• Bradbury Maple Farms began its annual collection and production of maple syrup and maple products.
• Life by Design, a mental health agency with an office in Houlton, expanded to Caribou.
• Barresi Financial Inc./Barresi Benefits Group celebrated its 30th anniversary in Presque Isle.
• Tom Qualey was elected chairman of the U.S. Potato Board.
• The Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce updated its Web site.
• Exhibitors were happy with the revamped 29th annual Agri-Business Trade Show at the Forum in Presque Isle.
• TAMC was named a preferred hospital by the Maine State Employee Health Commission.
• Mid-State Machine, a downstate metal manufacturer, donated equipment to the NMCC precision metals program.
• Arthur Thompson, of Thompson-Hamel LLC of Presque Isle, was named to UNIFI Companies’ Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in San Francisco.
• The Edith C. Bull Family Room was rededicated at the Aroostook Health Center in Presque Isle.
• Brenda and Scottie Bragdon added a fourth Tim Hortons to the list of shops they operate, with the addition of the Houlton branch. The Bragdons also operate two franchises in Presque Isle and one in Caribou.
• Maine Public Service Company announced the winners of its Earth Day Contest.
• An event, 150 Days of Good Health — a project of both the Caribou and Presque Isle sesquicentennial Committees, co-sponsored by Cary Medical Center and NMCC in partnership with the Power of Prevention and Health Aroostook projects of the Healthy Maine Partnerships — kicked off in honor of the communities’ milestones and as a way to promote community health and wellness.
• The first students to complete the medical assisting program at NMCC prepared to enter the workforce.
    (More headline news from 2009 will be featured in an upcoming edition.)