75 years ago

The drive for cancer control, carried on annually under the Woman’s Field Army, netted in Farmington this year, $71. Mrs. Geneva Deering, Franklin County drive captain, secured the services of the Farmington B.P.W. in the local soliciting. The project was the special work of the Club’s Health Committee consisting of Mrs. I.C. Johansen, Miss Dorris Clarke, Miss Ruby Bennett. Assistance was given by the Girl Scouts who distributed educational literature, by a group of Normal School students who conducted a tag day, and by the Club members in the canvass.

Twenty-four members of Mt. Rockomeka Grange of Jay were guests of the North Jay Grange on Saturday evening, with a total attendance of 119. One application for membership was received. The committee appointed for installing water in the dining hall reported all was in readiness.

The War Department has made public its plans for recruiting the regular army to the increased strength recently authorized by Congress. The Commanding General of the 1st Corps Area announces that 1,000 men a month are to be recruited in New England. Quotas are to be assigned to each state and county, and all civilian and military agencies will be urged to cooperate in the attainment of these quotas.

On to the State Convention and the Northeast Regional Conference was the theme of the B.P.W. District Meeting held in Farmington with the local Club as hostess on Monday evening at the Baptist Church. Mrs. Lillian M. Pattee of Belfast, State Federation President, was guest of honor and the chief speaker. Nine clubs were represented with an attendance of 80.

The Hardware Store in Strong was advertising a fresh stock of seed peas for 15 cents per pound; cucumber seed in bulk for 10 cents per ounce; carrot seed in bulk for 10 cents per ounce; turnip seed in bulk for 10 cents per ounce; beet seed in bulk for 10 cents per ounce; sweet corn in bulk for 15 cents per pound; and yellow onion sets for 15 cents per pound.

50 years ago

Lt. Philip E. Folger Jr., of Farmington, is the recent recipient of a $100 check from the Reader’s Digest for an anecdote submitted to the magazine’s department “Humor in Uniform”. Lt. Folger’s contribution appears in the June issue. Lt. Folger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Folger Sr.

Two fires on woodland or grass were reported Saturday afternoon in Wilton. Early in the afternoon, the Mt. Blue tower reported smoke near the Wilson Lake Country Club, and a general alarm was sounded. About an acre of woods near Wilson Lake was burned, before the fire was brought under control.

Farmington State Teachers College will be host to the Maine Music Educators Association for its annual meeting on Saturday, May 22. The president, Edward Murphy of Madawaska, has arranged the general meeting, for the entire state to convene at 10 a.m. in Thomas Hall, and there will also be sectional meetings in some of the nearby rooms for the various parts of the State, to arrange their programs for the coming year.

Amos Winter, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Winter, has been chosen as a delegate to Dirigo Boys’ State from Kingfield High School. He is sponsored by the Kingfield Savings Bank. Winter, a junior, was class president and assistant manager of the basketball team his freshman year. He was a librarian for two years and is presently on the honor roll. He has transported students to athletic events throughout high school and has served on the ticket committee for school athletic events this year.

Principal Robert LeBlanc of New Sharon High School announced that Betty Jane Smith had been chosen as senior class valedictorian. Genelle Daggett was selected as the salutatorian.

25 years ago

SAD 9’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept the New Sharon/Vienna School Site Committee’s recommendation to take an option on property owned by Melvin E. Works as the site for the new school. Directors agreed to allow acting Chairman Joe Varuolo to sign the option for the purchase of the land at a cost of $500. The total price of the property will be $21,500 for the 18-acre site located on Route 134, 2.3 miles from New Sharon’s center and 6.9 from Vienna’s.

The Wilton Wastewater Treatment Plant received word from the Department of Environmental Protection that Wilton was being nominated for the 1990 Sludge Utilization Program Award for the State of Maine. The DEP stated that Wilton meets all the criteria used for judging with an excellent rating. These included organization of the sludge program on the computer, relationship with farmers, and the quality of the sludge itself. The DEP was also impressed with the plant itself, which it said was in “excellent condition.”

For the third year in a row, the University of Maine at Farmington’s (UMF) men’s golf team will be representing NAIA District 5 in the 39th Annual National Golf Tournament, hosted by Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana. UMF recently earned the right to represent District 5 with a narrow 327-331 win over second place Husson College of Bangor in the District 5 Tournament at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport. Leading the way for coach Roger Wing’s Beavers will be three-time District 5 medalist and NAIA All-Star Jon Ladd. A senior, Ladd will be joined on the team by classmates Jeff Seavey and Ryan Wilkins.

The Farmington Elks Lodge has honored top academic students from the five area high schools, at the Lodge Hall in West Farmington. Master of Ceremonies Philip O’Brion, past exalted ruler and chairman for the Recognition Banquet, welcomed the students, parents, principals and other school faculty from Mt. Abram, Mt. Blue, Rangeley Lakes Regional, Jay, and Livermore Falls High Schools.

Compiled by Barry Matulaitis

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