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From Our Files — January 25, 2017

50 Years Ago —  January 26, 1967

Keeping Ahead of Crooks — Constable Pat Pelletier operates the newest piece of equipment recently installed at the Edmundston Police Headquarters. It is a Telex machine which dials the number of any police department in the world, then typing the message which is instantly recorded as a typed message at the number called.

Fort Kent Snow Machine Races– The Fort Kent Boy Scouts, who sponsor the event, are contacting all groups in the area who have held snow machine races in the past to invite them to participate. “We expect well over 100 snow machines to be entered in the races and a record crowd of spectators,” says Robert Jalbert, chairman of the committee coordinating the races.

Madawaska Official Tells of Sugar Ban — The port director of Customs at Madawaska said this week that due to a new federal regulation, the effect will be to ban importation of Canadian sugar and products, such as molasses, into the United States.

25 Years Ago — January 29, 1992

Task force addresses parking problems — Members of the Madawaska Downtown Revitalization Main Street Task Force, chaired by Jacky Roy, met Tues. Jan. 21, to discuss, among other things, the problems associated with downtown parking.

New Madawaska elementary school ranked first on state priority list — Madawaska Superintendent of Schools Lester Ouellette has announced that he has been notified by Walter T. Ruark, director of the Division of School Facilities for the Maine Department of Education, that the Madawaska new elementary school project is ranked first on the State Board of Education special priority list for possible concept approval at the July 1993 State Board meeting.

Area residents invited to join Fort Kent Community Chorus – The Fort Kent Community Chorus is ready to begin rehearsals in preparation for its spring season, and interested area residents are invited to join. “The chorus provides a chance for area residents with a love of music to sing and perform in a four-part chorus,” said Charles Closser, coordinator of performing arts.

10 Years Ago — January 31, 2007

Unique Eagle Lake Catholic church needs help, a roof — The Rev. Jim Nadeau, the Catholic priest for several churches across the St. John Valley, says St. Mary’s Church needs serious repairs to the roof. He said in a recent telephone interview, “At times we’ve had to put buckets around the altar.”

Ross & Judy celebrity roast — Friends of the Acadian Village are busy finalizing plans for the upcoming roast on Feb. 17 in honor of Ross and Judy Paradis. Their committee’s goal was to serve a meal worthy of the many distinguished guests that are expected at the event.

Sewer user rates to increase once again — The Madawaska Board of Selectmen voted to increase the sewer rate by $0.50 for the next billing cycle at their most recent meeting on Jan. 23. After the town manager reported that the Public Works budget for the sewer would fall $29,795 short, the board voted to raise the sewer rate from $5.50 to $6 per 100 cubic feet.

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