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Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of November 23, 2022

75 Years Ago – Nov. 20, 1947

Charles C. DeLong received an award — Charles C. DeLong, of this city, was awarded the coveted Nash Ten Point Award for outstanding automobile service as a Nash dealer. Presque Isle’s prominent automobile dealer was awarded the Nash Ten Point Select Dealer Plaque at a testimonial banquet awarded him at the Northeastland by New England Nash officials and fellow Maine dealers.

Senate leader here in this city — George  D. Varney, Kittery attorney and president of the Maine Senate for the previous two sessions, was a visitor in Presque Isle en route to a speaking engagement at Limestone. During a brief visit, Varney, who had announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Maine, held an informal meeting with colleagues in the Legislature and other Aroosotok friends. Those present were County Commissioner Herbert W. Kitchen, State Senator Harley Welch, State Senator George Blanchard, Harold H. Bryant, Rep. Waldo Burgess of Limestone, Orin Lovley of Westfield and Georg Dean of Chapman. 

50 Years Ago – Nov. 22, 1972

Presque Isle recruiter tops in army — Sergeant First Class William O. Nesbitt of Presque Isle was presented a Certificate of Achievement for being one of the top Army recruiters in the northeastern United States. The certificate was awarded to Sergeant Nesitt, a Recruiting Station Commander in Presque Isle, at Headquarters, U.S. Army First Recruiting District, Fort Meade, Md. Sergeant Nesbitt was assigned to the Concord Recruiting Main Station. A native of Maine, Sergeant Nesbitt received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal and the Bronze Star.

B & A won sixth safety top award — The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad won the National Safety Council’s top award for having the lowest employee injury rate among American line-haul railroads working between one and two million man-hours a year. The Maine road was one of six line-haul American railroads to receive the safety agency’s top award. It was the road’s sixth in the previous 13 years.

Kathy Clair elected 4-H Prexy — The reorganization meeting of the Town & Country 4-H Club was held Nov. 6 at the home of Mrs. Robert Lackey. Kathy Clair was elected president for the new year. Assisting her in official capacity, elected Lisa Higgins, treasurer, and Jamie Lind, reporter.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 19, 1997

Washburn’s Worcester was selected to direct the coaches group — An area coach was selected as Maine’s first director for the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association. Larry Worcester, coach of the Washburn boys varsity basketball and soccer teams, was named to lead the Maine division of the national group. In addition to nominating coaches for recognition, Worcester had an input on such issues as assisting with the professional development of all coaches in every sport sanctioned in Maine and assisting with the publishing of articles on Maine coaches for the National Federation. Worcester was assisted by Bob Cmbollek, who was the chairman of the association’s awards committee, and Ron Brown, chairman of the publication committee.

Honored by PTO — Vaughn Martin, a fourth-grade teacher at Easton Elementary, was presented a gift certificate by the Easton/Teachers Organization for speaking to the group at their November meeting. Earlier in the fall. Martin had received the National Science Foundation Presidential Award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching, becoming the first teacher from northern Maine to win the award.

Presentation — Presque Isle businesswoman Cathy Beaulieu, owner of Wilder’s, delivered a presentation to the Presque Isle Business and Professional Woman Historical information and special characteristics that help to identify authentic pieces was the topic of the discussion. Beaulieu also discussed the process of small-business ownership, including those gender-based features of the financial labyrinthe through which new businesswomen must find their way.

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