Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of April 20, 2020
75 Years Ago – April 26, 1945
Promotion — Donald E. Thibodeau, stationed at a dispensary with the Medical Department of the U.S. Navy at Panama, was promoted to Petty Officer 3/c according to word received by Mrs. Thibodeau of Roberts Street. Petty Officer Thibodeau was privileged to work along with men in the medical unit.
Sorority pledges — Three University of Maine students from Presque Isle and vicinity were among 27 pledged to membership by the five campus sororities in a Pledging Ceremony April 18. Those from this area were Miss Patricia Berry of Presque Isle, a sophomore, to Delta Lelta; Miss Virginia Racliffe of Easton, a freshman, to Phi Mu; and Miss Margaret O. Smith, of Mars Hill, a freshman to Pi Beta Phi.
50 Years Ago – April 29, 1970
European tour — Three residents of Presque Isle joined the summer European tour sponsored by Aroostook State College and directed by Dr. Charles J. Noxon, Associate Professor of Geography. Travelers were Mrs. Bessie Higgins, Miss Jane Christie and Daniel Madore, all of Presque Isle. They were three of the 24 members already registered from Maine, New York, Florida, Oregon, Washington and California. The tour, entitled “The Picture Towns of Europe and the Passion Play,” visited 10 countries: England, Wales, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland and France.
Loyalty day — Dana Connors, Presque Isle city manager, signed a proclamation declaring May 1 as VFW Loyalty Day in Presque Isle. Loyalty Day, proclaimed a national holiday in 1958, is intended to serve as a reminder to all U.S. citizens of our heritage and our opportunity to live and work in a free country.
25 Years Ago – April 26, 1995
State finalists — Washburn’s Elementary School Show Choir, under the direction of Jerry Finlen, competed in the state finals at Nokomis High School in Newport. They were judged in dance, solos and motion, winning second place in Division II. Choir members were Jennie Aquino, Crystal Olson, Nadia Harris, Josh Maynard, Brad Corey, Kent Corey, Melissa Williams, Jeb Ulrich, Andrew Blackstone, Steve Hobbs, Melissa Jordan, Robert Williams, Kristen Fitzgerald, Liz McGeough, Jessica LaLiberte, Meranda Hafford, Jennifer Flewelling, Hillary Irving, Mar McIntosh, Kristen Long, Melissa O’Neil, Joanna Thibodeau, Vintessa Pelletier and Trina Akerson. Josh Maynard was also presented with the Best Male Vocalist Award in Division II.
First hospital pledge — Over 50 community people were at The Aroostook Medical Center for the kick-off of the 1995 TAMC Annual Fund campaign. Paul Kinney, chairman of the Annual Fund campaign, accepted the first pledge of $5,000 from Bob Reed of FA Peabody. Reed said, “FA Peabody is proud to contribute to The Aroostook Medical Center’s 1995 Annual Fund Drive which provided state of the art equipment for serving the needs of our friends and neighbors in Aroostook County.” The goal of $45,000 would help purchase a portable bedside monitor for children with heart and breathing problems, a Life-Pak 9P for the critically ill patients and a high tech portable x-ray machine.