Caribou area From our Files – Week of March 30, 2022

115 Years Ago – March 28, 1907

Received a new appointment — D.E. Johnson has received his appointment as rural mail carrier on route No. 1, taking the place made vacant by the resignation of Robt. McLellan. Mr. Johnson begins his duties on April 15.

New owners — L.N. Berce has sold his residence on Sweden Street to E.G. Farrel, who is moving into the same. Mr. Berce has in turn purchased the interest of Mr. Farrel in the old Burleigh House. Mr. Berce is making quite a number of important changes in the old hotel building, fixing off several rents.

100 Years Ago – March 30, 1922

Attending a conference — Miss Alice Billington, local manager of the Western Union Telegraph office, left Friday morning for Bangor to attend a conference of Western Union Telegraph managers to be held Friday. She returned Monday afternoon, stopping over Sunday with relatives in Milo.

Observe bird day in Maine — Friday, April 14, was designated by Gov. Baxter in a proclamation as Bird Day in Maine, “In order that our people and especially our children may cooperate in the work of saving birds.” He urged the observance of the day by appropriate exercises, particularly in the schools.

75 Years Ago – March 27, 1947

Veteran to open prescription pharmacy in Caribou — Ralph V. Pinette, recently discharged veteran of the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps, will open a professional prescription pharmacy in Caribou on Record Street this month. It will be named Doctor’s Pharmacy. Mr. Pinette is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He is a member of the Maine Pharmaceutical Association and is a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He will carry a complete inventory of drugs that are endorsed by physicians, and will maintain all perishable supplies such as insulin, serums, vaccines, certain types of penicillin and older biologicals at proper refrigeration temperatures. Mr. Pinette has established himself with physicians of the community who have endorsed his pharmacy. He is a native of Millinocket, is married and has two children.

Getting ready for opening — The L.L. Curtis Alleys closed Friday of last week. The place was taken over by decorators and carpenters the first of the week and is now being made ready for the opening of Lloyd’s Market.

25 Years Ago – March 26, 1997

Grand prize winner — Wayne Belanger of Pat’s Automotive received the keys to a 1997 Ski-Doo Formula 500 from Paul Powers of the Caribou Rotary Club. The Rotary’s second annual Snowmobile Draw, which featured prizes of four new snowmobiles and $7,500 in cash, raised several thousand dollars for community projects. Other winners of snowmobiles were Don Towle of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Mary Pat Kieffer of Caribou and Patricia McGuire of Caribou. 

New CEO at Cary Medical — Cary Medical Center recently announced the hiring of Lee Thomas Ashjian as their new chief executive officer. Ashjian, a former CEO and administrator for a number of hospitals over the past 20 years, comes to the area as a “quality individual,” who according to Chairman of Cary’s Board of Directors Allen Hunter, “will help move Cary forward into the next century.”

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