From Our Files

From Our Files – September 21

From Our Files

Valley happenings since 1957

50 Years Ago —  September 22, 1966

She’s retired, but has never been busier — Retirement means little to Mrs. Leo Parent of St. Agatha. Since her official departure from business in 1962, she has found a new world that keeps her busier than ever. Mrs. Parent now passes her time with oil painting, mosaic pictures and making of rugs. Her latest rug, already famous in St. Agatha, measures 8 feet by 12 feet and will last a lifetime.

Hospital sign going up — The Van Buren Hospital will soon have a new sign on the front lawn. Posts will extend up from a concrete base for about four or five feet and attached will be a black pebbly board on which the 8-inch stainless steel letters will spell “Van Buren Community Hospital.”

25 Years Ago — September 18, 1991

Town manager resigns, now hospital CEO — Eagle Lake Town Manager Reynold Raymond has given his notice of resignation from the position he has held for the last eight years. The 42 year old, who lives in Eagle Lake, has accepted a job at Northern Maine General in Eagle Lake as its CEO.

Allagash: hectic, ‘pretty good,’ busy — Last Friday, First Selectman Roy Gardner said things sure have been hectic in the town of Allagash, population 326. Since ice jams clogged the St. John River last April four new homes have been built, cement for two more foundations has been poured, and work on the three bridges continues. “Everything seems to be going pretty good,” said Gardner. “It’s really been a busy busy time.”

10 Years Ago — September 20, 2006

Camporee draws scouts to St. John Valley — Last weekend, 185 Boy Scouts, 70 Cub Scouts, and 40 leaders set up camp in the hills above New Canada. Troop 189 hosted the North Star District Fall Camporee this year. The scouts began arriving at Roger and Lucille Theriault’s 20-acre farm on Friday.

Climbing the wall — “I feel like I’m on survivor,” Dana Toussaint, a sixth grader at Wallagrass Elementary School, says to a friend as they clamber along a simulated cliff in the school cafeteria. The students are on a professional climbing wall that stretches for about 50 feet along the cafeteria wall and stands about eight feet high. The school installed the wall in December, with help from a grant from MBNA.

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