From Our Files

From Our Files – October 19

From Our Files

Valley happenings since 1957

50 Years Ago –  October 20, 1966

U.S. paper personnel visit – Representatives of U.S. Paper Merchant firms recently visited Edmundston, N.B. and Madawaska on a week-long Customer Orientation program, sponsored by Fraser Companies, Limited and Fraser Paper, Limited.

Credit Union membership reaches 600 – The Van Buren Gateway Federal Credit Union reports membership has now reached 600 and assets now stand at $143,496. The credit union is now about two and one-half years old and started with a dozen members.

Fort Kent turns down zoning – Local citizens spun the wheel of fortune for zoning Monday night and when the arrow stopped, it pointed to “no zoning.” The result certainly came as a surprise for all, and few ventured reasons for the outcome. The citizens were calm and as one observer noted “seemed very determined in what they wanted.”

25 Years Ago – October 16, 1991

Pickin’ ‘n’ grinnin’ – Eagle Lake Elementary School students participated in the local potato harvest recently at the Gerald Charette farm in Fort Kent. The students were accompanied by teachers and volunteers who said the trip brought back “wonderful” memories.

Life-long pen pals – Violette Michaud of Madawaska and Marleita Rice of Columbus, Neb. have been pen pals since fifth grade, 38 years ago. The women met face to face for the first time last week when Marly and her husband traveled to Madawaska for a brief visit. As girls, they met through the Pen Pal section of their schools “Weekly Reader.”

Ham Scouts – Madawaska Boy Scout Troop 190 recently traveled to Frenchville to hear about two-way amature radios. Fourth level licensee, Gil Bourgoin, and his stepson, Kevin Deschaine, a third-level licensee, demonstrated two-way radio procedures. The father and son team then fielded questions from the Scouts.

10 Years Ago – October 18, 2006

One man, one guitar – Daniel Morin, a local artist and musician, performed Saturday at the first ever coffeehouse at Madawaska’s Cafe de la Place. Morin played and sang original folksy compositions. A packed house welcomed Morin’s music.

Valley business bids a fond ‘adieu’ – Pro Photo, formerly Pelletier Studio, has been witness to milestones in the lives of people throughout the St. John Valley for the past 50 years. Owners Joel and Claudine Voisine have decided to retire and will close its doors in Madawaska permanently on Saturday.

Apples for everyone – Students in Jessica Picard’s kindergarten class at Dr. Levesque School will be participating in an “Apple Thematic Unit.” This interdisciplinary unit promotes healthy eating along with many academic skills. Students will juice apples, make applesauce, write apple stories, count apples, and of course eat apples.

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