Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of September 7, 2020
75 Years Ago – Sept. 13, 1945
Prize winner — Mrs. James Huber, program director of the Presque Isle USO club, was awarded third prize in a nationwide contest for successful program ideas in Salvation Army USO clubs.
Abnaki club took Air Base team into camp — The city of champion Abnaki softball team defeated the Army Air Field club three to one Friday night at the Ari Base. Roy Smith was the winning pitcher.
Northern All-Stars defeated Southerners — The Northern All-Stars defeated the Southern All-Stars 5 to 1 in a game played at Caribou. Lefty Swett, who started for the Southerners, gave way to Guy Jackins in the sixth, after being touched for all five runs. Trout, former Air Base hurler, went the full route for the Northerners and hurled a masterful ball. Henry gagnon starred at bat with three safetires.
50 Years Ago – Sept. 16, 1970
Presque Isle Fire Department named most outstanding — The Presque Isle Fire Department was aided by the Presque Isle High School Band as they were recognized as the most overall outstanding unit in the parade of the Maine state Federation of FireFighters convention. This seventh annual convention was held in Madawaska. About 500 firemen and their wives attended the convention. Some 27 departments were registered. It was the first time that the convention had been held in Aroostook County.
Bowling winners — Ira Mun and Elaine James won the Sunday night mixed couples bowling rolled at the Astro Bowl Lanes. Ed Lee and Harriet Brewer were second with Butch Beaulieu and Polly Lee coming in third. Hi singles for women not in the first three places was won by Leola Helstrom and for the men, Sonny Helstrom. Women bowling 90 and over were W. James 94, 93; P. Lee 97; and L. Helstrom 97. Men who bowled 100 and over included E. Lee 118, 100; I. Munn 108, 103; B. Beaulieu 101; M. Smith 102; and S. Helstrom 108.
25 Years Ago – Sept. 13, 1995
McCain donation — The McCain Foods annual golf tournament generated more than $29,000. The tournament is the potato processors largest fund-raising event of the year and the proceeds are donated to several charities throughout Aroostook County. A break-down of the amounts donated were as follows: the Presque Isle Temporary Shelter for the Homeless, $7,376; the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, $2,951; the Battered Women’s Project, $7,376; and the Opportunity Training Center, $11,802. Those that took part in the check presentation were Goldie Whitmore, Temporary Shelter for the Homeless; Dottie Sines, Aroostook Area Agency on Aging-Alzheimer’s Project; Sharon Hedrich, Battered Women’s Project; Steve Richards, Opportunity Training Center; Brent Cronkite, Lou Amero, Pam Lynch, Cecile Wiley, Sheila Michaud, Cookie Curtis, Dan Theriault, Steve Summerson, Mike McNulty, Ed Therrien and Hampton Jackson.
Medical donation — Shriners, Dick Hallett and Mike Crawford, presented two local orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Gordon Summerville and Dr. Patrick Fallon, plaques to show their appreciation for donating their time at a free Shriners’ Hospital Clinic in Presque Isle onMay 20. The surgeons examined over 30 children of which six were referred to the Shriners’ Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield, Mass. For treatment. All medical services at Shriners’ hospitals are free of charge.
Richard took first place at UMPI invitational meet — Sara Richard, a sophomore from Presque Isle, improved her time by 21 seconds over previous year’s run as she captured the women’s section of the UM-Presque Isle Cross Country Meet. Richard’s winning time over the 3.05-mile course was 19:36. She was followed by Meggan Roushorn (19:51), HoAnne Bellevance(20:48) and Mary Beth Gory (21:06) all from the University of New Brunswick, which won the race with a team score of 21 over the University of New England, which had 48. Richard was the only woman to run for the Lady Owls as injuries and late arrivals kept others from participating.