Presque Isle district According to our Records – Week of December 8, 2021

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JOINT BIRTHDAY – The 35th anniversary charter evening was jointly organized by the Presque Isle and Caribou Lions clubs at the Caribou hotel on Wednesday evening, December 30th. 1, with approximately 50 Rotarians and their wives in attendance. Entertainment was provided by folk singers from St. Mary’s Church in Presque Isle, and the Dave Marquis trio were on hand with music to dance to. The guest speaker was Curt Lovill de Gardiner, past international president, with district governor Olen Holmes as master of ceremonies. Above, left to right, Holmes, Bob Bernaiche (President, Caribou Lions), Newman Doyle (Founding Member, Caribou Lions) and Dan Ladner (President, Presque Isle Lions). (File photo 1971 / The Star-Herald)

JOINT BIRTHDAY – The 35th anniversary charter evening was jointly organized by the Presque Isle and Caribou Lions clubs at the Caribou hotel on Wednesday evening, December 30th. 1, with approximately 50 Rotarians and their wives in attendance. Entertainment was provided by folk singers from St. Mary’s Church in Presque Isle, and the Dave Marquis trio were on hand with music to dance to. The guest speaker was Curt Lovill de Gardiner, past international president, with district governor Olen Holmes as master of ceremonies. Above, left to right, Holmes, Bob Bernaiche (President, Caribou Lions), Newman Doyle (Founding Member, Caribou Lions) and Dan Ladner (President, Presque Isle Lions). (File photo 1971 / The Star-Herald)

75 Years Ago – December 5, 1946 Former Local Man Honored in Florida – Former Presque Isle resident George H. Cooper was honored as Personality of the Week in an issue of the Redland District News, published in Homestead, Florida.

75 years ago – December 5, 1946

Former resident honored in Florida – Former Presque Isle resident George H. Cooper was honored as Personality of the Week in an issue of the Redland District News, published in Homestead, Florida.

The article recounted how Mr. Cooper, shortly after graduating from the University of Maine, arrived in Miami in 1925 to sell real estate as Florida’s land boom began to falter. He and two other boys, in the same situation, then traveled to Redlands to try their luck in growing tomatoes. Twenty acres of tomatoes were planted among and between the pines, but just after the second harvest came the memorable hurricane of 1926, causing them to disappear right away. Mr. Cooper, determined to stay in the area, continued to farm, helping to build the vast industry that then dominated South Florida. He went on to become one of the most prominent farmers and businessmen in the Southern State, well known in national agricultural circles for his work in the interest of the little man in industry, although he himself cultivated large areas and operated supply houses in Homestead and Princeton. , Florida, known as Glade and Grove Supply Co.

A Bank official spoke at the Knights meeting – Northern National Bank teller Percy R. Winslow was the guest speaker at a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus meeting in their room in the Greenlaw Building. Mr. Winslow gave an interesting talk about banking and the contribution a bank can make to the well-being of the community. He said the Northern National Bank gives more farm loans than any other bank in New England. New agricultural loans made by the local bank in the previous year totaled more than eight and a half million dollars. The speaker was introduced by loyal navigator Joseph Freeman, who also chaired the business meeting following Mr. Winslow’s address.

50 years ago – December 8, 1971

Converse deserved a wink – A local business was honored on Friday December 3 when it received the Employer of the Year award. The presentation was made to Converse Rubber Company at the Maine Rehabilitation Association’s annual meeting in Winthrop. During the presentation of the award, Robert M. Threlkeld, Chairman of the MRA Awards and Citation Committee Augusta, said that the Presque Isle division of the company was selected because of its exceptional assistance in employing citizens. disabled people in Maine. Peter F. King, division vice president of Skyway Industrial Park, and Sherman Currie, division personnel manager, were at Winthrop to receive the award. The company was located at the former Presque Isle Air Force Base in 1967 with 20 employees. Employing around 500 people, the company ran a five-week orientation and training program for applicants with disabilities who had previously received a battery of general aptitude tests from the Maine Job Security Commission by through the local rehabilitation company or division.

The hospital received $ 21,000 – Approximately $ 21,000 was made available to the Arthur R. Gould Memorial Hospital with proceeds from the 24th Annual Rotary Broadcasting Auction, December 1-3. Milton MacBride, campaign chair for the Presque Isle Rotary Club, said about $ 8,000 was made from the sale of merchandise and cash contributions after expenses were paid. An additional $ 13,000 was raised from the sale of 13 gold bricks, which he said were considered a little above average. Money from Gold Bricks was added to the hospital’s endowment fund. Money from the sale of goods and donations of cash, other than gold bricks, was used to purchase certain equipment in specific departments of the hospital.

Aroostook Girls 4-H in Chicago – Four young people from Aroostook County were among 3,000 4-H youths who attended the 50th Annual National 4-H Convention in Chicago. The four had the privilege of attending the Chicago convention winning statewide recognition for the excellence of Club 4-H projects. Aroostook delegates and the projects they excelled at were Nita Garland of East Chapman, Dairy; Mary Powers of Presque Isle, managing the house; Dena Winslow of Mapleton, electric; and Ann Guerette of Saint-David. They were among 24 delegates from Maine and were accompanied on their trip by Miss Margaret F. Stevens, Youth Education Specialist for the University of Maine at Orono Extension Service, Extension Officer Harold H. Brown from Belfast and Mrs. Evelyn Carr from Portland.

25 years ago – December 4, 1996

The Rotary club has achieved the goal – Rotarians raised enough money for a portion of the County Dialysis Center, a proposed kidney treatment center for Presque Isle, at the 49th Annual Rotary Radio and Television Auction. Charlie Violette, Rotary’s co-chair for the fundraising event, said the support for the auction was “extraordinary” and added that a total of $ 183,000 was raised through the event of three. days, making it one of Rotary’s biggest profits in history. Rotarians had set a goal of $ 125,000 for the dialysis center, but were able to generate more than $ 153,000 for the special project, far exceeding their expectations. The rest was spent on other Rotary projects such as the Mantle Lake Playground and various scholarships for high school students.

Elected officers – The Maine Veterans Home Volunteer Coordinating Committee has elected new officers. Francis Belanger of Caribou was chosen as the new president, while Vernon Boyce of Presque Isle was named vice-president.

Shaw received a banking award – Tim Shaw, Assistant Vice President and Commercial Lender at Katahdin Trust Company, was recognized by the Finance Authority of Maine with the Distinguished Dirigo Award for 1996. This award was presented in recognition of his leadership efforts to help Maine businesses access the funding needed to start up, grow and compete more effectively. His efforts help increase employment opportunities and improve the economic well-being of Maine residents. Shaw received the award for the third time in six years.

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