Business highlights of 2009

15 years ago
By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

    The recession in 2009 caused a less than desirable atmosphere for most businesses, but like a resilient seed growing in a parking lot, a few businesses did take root during 2009 in Caribou and the surrounding areas. What the future has in store for 2010 is undetermined, but here’s the wrap up for 2009.

Image    Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Director Janet Kelley, Crippled Indian owner Cindy Mersereau, Chipper, and Sarah Cote attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Crippled Indian Vintage Motors on Feb. 5.


    – Reno’s Family Restaurant saw a change in ownership; the restaurant transferred from the hands of Reno and Jeannette Corriveau to their sons, Danny and Nelson Corriveau.
    – The Limestone Police Department received a 2006 Ford Explorer from Caldwell Auto Parts and Towing.


    – Crippled Indian Vintage Garage, a “working-man’s garage,” was scheduled to open in the first week of March.
    – Students of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics participated in local and statewide internships as part of the ‘J-Term’ at the school.


    – A 194-foot tall weather tower was erected by Comm-En Community Energy Partners near Old Higgins Hill in Caribou.
    – Staff and faculty of the Loring Job Corps Center took the Center Industry Council Luncheon as an opportunity to voice their appreciation to all 17 local employers and organizations that participated in National Job Corps Groundhog Job Shadowing Week held between Feb. 2-6.
    – Cary Medical Center installed a new MRI unit, the Philips Achieva XR, 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit.
    – Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held for Crippled Indian Arcade and Crippled Indian Vintage Motors in Fort Fairfield.


    – The Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry moved to a new location on Herschel Street. Since its inception in 1998, the pantry has outgrown its original location on Sweden Street behind the old Powers Movie Theater. The food pantry is governed by a board of directors, each representing local churches including the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Gray Memorial Methodist, St. Luke’s Episcopal, Faith Lutheran, Unitarian/Universalist and the Lidstone Memorial Methodist Church in Washburn.
    – Arthur Thompson of Limestonewas inducted into the UNIFI Companies Hall of Fame.


    – Business and Professional Women of Caribou held their ninth annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon and Fashion show at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.
    – The Closet FROG opened up in Limestone, providing apparel for those in need. The location of charity is operated by the Limestone United Methodist Church and volunteers.

ImageAroostook Republican photo/Barb Scott
    The Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry celebrated its new location on Herschel Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Individuals participating in the grad opening included Richard Matilla, member of the Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry board of directors; Sandra Carson, volunteer; and Dixie Shaw, director of the Maine Catholic Charities Food Bank in Caribou.


    – The Caribou Inn and Convention Center, owned by Kevin Simmons, celebrated 15 years’ of operation.
    – Cary Medical Center’s Healthy You Program was selected by the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity as the runner-up for the 2009 Maine Fitness Awards in the Community Category.


    – Thomas Ridenour and his family purchased Home Farm Kennels from the previous owners Bob and Caprice Miller. The Ridenours and their two daughters Joanna and Susanna have eight years’ experience in kennel management.
    – Blvd Graphix in Limestone, owned by Joe Lapierre and family, held its official open house. From Presque Isle to Canada, customers have been coming to Blvd Graphix for quality embroidery services, silk screening, trophies, banners, vinyl wrapping and magnetic signs.
    – The Aroostook Hospitality Inn Van Buren opened on June 28. It is owned by Steve Dobson, who has owned the Aroostook Hospitality Inn on Route 164 in Washburn for the past nine years.
    Owner of DoDo’s Market Russell Levesque began an essay contest through which he aimed to find his successor and new owner of the established site.

ImageAroostook Republican photo/Barb Scott
    Thomas Ridenour and his family purchased Home Farm Kennels from previous owners Bob and Caprice Miller.

    Caldwell Auto Parts and Towing received an official copy of the Congressional Record where Sen. Snowe selected the business as ‘Business of the Week.’
    – Maine Military Authority (MMA) was awaiting supplemental funding to the tune of $20 million after federal budget cut. Should MMA not receive funding, up to 175 individuals may be unemployed.
    For more business highlights, please see next weeks’ issue of the Aroostook Republican.

ImageAroostook Republican photo/Natalie Bazinet
    Scott Caldwell, co-owner of Caldwell Auto Parts and Towing received an official copy of the Congressional Record that reflects the sentiments expressed by Sen. Olympia Snowe as she honored the Limestone business by delivering a statement on the floor of the senate and selected Caldwell’s to be “Business of the Week.” Sharon Campbell, from the office of Sen. Snowe, presented the owners with the official copy.