From Our Files — March 15, 2017
Valley happenings since 1957
50 Years Ago — March 16, 1967
Fraser Encourages Students to Enter Pulp/Paper Field — Fraser Paper officials dined with guidance counselors from area high schools to explain the opportunities available in the pulp and paper industry and asked the counselors to relay these opportunities to qualified graduates.There are $75,000 worth of scholarships available yearly at the University, but much of the money is not being used.
Spelling Winners — Lloyd Lebel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Lebel of Fort Kent, has won the spelling bee contest held at the Market Street School. Runner-up was Maurice Vaillancourt, another eighth-grader. Richard Allan Smith, 11 years old and a sixth-grader, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith, has recently won the spelling bee contest held at the St. Francis Elementary School.
Telephone course completed — Dale Morris, St. Francis, a central office and carrier equipment supervisor for Maine State Telephone Company, recently completed a special study course of the function, operation, testing and maintenance of automatic dial telephone exchanges.
25 Years Ago — March 18, 1992
Band-O-Rama coming to Van Buren High School — Help celebrate the conclusion of “Music In Our School’s Month” by attending the St. John Valley Pep Band-O-Rama in the Van Buren High School gym. School bands from The Valley will perform a variety of basketball rock music. Then will join together for combined selections in a dramatic finale. A dance will follow.
All four Valley schools now smoke-free — Survey results released recently by the American Lung Association of Maine found 69 of the 167 school systems in Maine are smoke-free. In other words, smoking is prohibited system-wide by everyone on school property during school hours. Smoke-free schools in the St. John Valley include those in SAD 27, Madawaska, St. Agatha and Van Buren.
Ouellet named best service clerk — According to Shop ‘n Save Store Manager Debbie Bellefleur, Suzi Ouellet was selected because of her outstanding customer service skills, friendliness, and attention to proper bagging techniques. She will be receiving an award of $100.
10 Years Ago — March 21, 2007
Board to close streets during Acadian Festival — The board approved the closure of a small section of Main Street for the bed race and the street dance during the Acadian Festival, while also approving the closure of a section of French Street for a children’s carnival.
Rock the Valley upcoming summer music festival — The St. John Valley will definitely be rocking this summer when “Draw the Line,” a tribute to Aerosmith, hits the stage at the Multi-Purpose in Madawaska. The true definition of a Tribue Band is when the performers look, sound, walk, talk, and “become” the band that they are emulating.