Portage Lake group learns
about Sheriff’s Department
By Christie Cochran
PORTAGE — Approximately 70 members of the Over Fifties’ group from Portage Lake met recently. The session opened with a special welcome to first-time guests. Grace Nason gave the blessing with Leonie Theriault offering a tribute in song, sung in French. As part of their meeting, current birthdays and anniversaries were noted, and a fine potluck meal was served and enjoyed by all.
A Portage Lake meeting of the Over 50s’ group recently included a visit by Sheriff James “Jim” Madore. Pictured from left are: Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department Detective Dan Robertson; Donna Martin, Over 50s’ member; Sheriff James P. Madore; Portage Lake Town Manager Francis Grey; and Over 50s’ members Wilza Robertson and Grace Nason.
The special guest speaker for the meeting was Aroostook County Sheriff James P. Madore. He spoke on his service to the state of Maine in police work ranging from chief of police in Limestone, a patrolman for the town of Fort Kent Police Department, a Maine Judicial Court security officer, a Maine state trooper, a detective with the Maine State Police, chief deputy sheriff and sheriff for Aroostook County for the past nine years.
During his talk, Madore stressed that even though this was an election year for his office, his main aim was to inform the public of the activities of the Sheriff’s Department.
He also noted that his office worked well with all other police agencies in the County and that he rated his staff high on working hard and giving 100 percent. Madore also gave credit to native Portage Lake resident, Dan Robertson, son of John and Wilza Robertson, noting that he was highly recommended in his many duties as both a detective in the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the Maine Attorney General.
Madore welcomed questions from all, with queries ranging from how long Aroostook has had an official Sheriff’s Department to what monetary savings the department noticed due to grant monies applied for and received.
The meeting went by rather quickly, and all seemed to enjoy Madore’s talk.