The Star-Herald

Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of December 1, 2021

75 Years Ago –   Nov. 28, 1946

The War Assets office opened in Maine — The War Assets Administration opened an office for the distribution of war surplus in the state of Maine. This office serves the interest of the people of this state, veterans, municipalities, industrialists, non-profit organizations and commercial operators, in securing a proper share of surplus items and materials to which they are entitled by established regulations and law.

Installation of Daughters of Isabella officers — Vera W. Snow of Old Town, state regent of the Daughters of Isabella, installed the officers of Mary Magdalene Circle at a meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Helen Bean assisted Mrs. Snow as marshal. The officers installed were: regent, Mary Clarke; past regent, Anita Hunter; vice regent, Anne Freeman; treasurer, Viola Ladner; financial secretary, Patricia Marino; recording secretary, Bertha Clukey; monitor, Erma Beaulieu; chancellor, Jennie Hickey; custodian, Christine Gagnon; banner bearer, Dawn White; first guide, Alma Pelletier; second guide, Bertha Beaulieu; outer guard, Amanda Moreau; inner guard, Lena Shaw; organist, Rosanna Mitchell; trustee, Martha Martin; and scribe, Esther Vioeltte.

50 Years Ago –  Dec. 1, 1971

Local FHA Chapter sponsored County meet — The Future Homemakers of America in Aroostook held their annual District Convention Nov. 20 at Presque Isle High School. One hundred eighty girls, chapter advisers and chapter mothers attended. Sally Johnson, district chairman, called the meeting to order, after which the Ashland chapter led the devotional. Romeo Marquis, PIHS principal, welcomed the delegates to the school. James Barresi of the Northern Maine Regional Planning Commission was the morning speaker, using the theme of ecology for his presentation. The movie “The River’s End” was shown. After lunch, Peter Frech, Aroostook Mental Health Hospital representative, spoke to the group on the topic “Facing the Problems of Tomorrow’s World.” A question-and-answer period followed. New officers elected for the year included: chairman, Elizabeth King, Easton; vice chairman, Trena Crosier, Caribou; recorder, Heather Smith, Mars Hill; adviser, Mrs. Sylvia Demerchant, Easton. Outgoing officers were chairman, Sally Johnson, Presque Isle;  vice chairman, Aldeana Sylvester, Mars Hill; recorder, Tara Thibeau, Fort Fairfield; advisers, Mrs. Wanita Hallowell and Mrs. Carol Schimdt. Chapters from Caribou, Ashland, Easton, Mars Hill, Fort Fairfield, Houlton, Washburn, Madawaska and Presque Isle attended the convention.

Thibodeau honored — The directors of the Maine Mutual Group of Insurance Companies of Presque Isle, at their November meeting, honored Omer A. Thibodeau of Fort Kent for his 25 years of service as a director. Thibodeau had also served 10 years as president of the United Mutual Insurance Company, a post he continued to occupy for a while. An engraved plaque and United States Bond were presented to Thibodeau by John A. McLauchlan of Houlton, board chairman, and George W. Scott, manager. In addition to being well known in insurance circles as officer of Thibodeau’s Insurance Agency, Inc., he had served in the past as president of the Aroostook County Insurance Agents Association and director of the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Maine. He had been active in many civic capacities in the Fort Kent area.

25 Years Ago –  Nov. 27, 1996

Dialysis donation — The Telephone Pioneers of Aroostook presented The Aroostook Medical Center with a donation to its County Dialysis Center project. Kyle Wolfe, president of the Telephone Pioneers, presented the check to Steve Bowler, vice president of TAMC public information. The dialysis center was the Rotary Club and TAMC annual fund drive special project.

Shelter donation — Mark Damboise, president of the Central Aroostook chapter of the Maine State Employees Association, presented a check to J.R. Farley, manager of the Central Aroostook Humane Society, in the amount of $326.

Harpine recognized for disease containment — On Oct. 29, public health nurse Pamela Harpine, R.N., was recognized for her contribution in the reporting, monitoring, prevention and control of communicable diseases in Maine. Harpine received the Dr. John Snow Award at the annual Epidemiology Conference held in Augusta. The award is given by the department of Human Services’ Division of Disease Control to individuals who have made significant contributions to the containment of communicable diseases. Dr. John Snow was a pioneer in epidemiology with his outstanding contributions during the Broad Street cholera epidemic in London, England. Harpine was a public health nurse employed by the department of Human Services, Division of Community and Family and Health. She had worked in the central Aroostook area as a public health nurse for 19 years.

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