From Our Files — March 29, 2017

Valley happenings since 1957

50 Years Ago March 30, 1967

Graduating Class Largest in History —The largest graduating class in Van Buren history will pick up diplomas on June 9. Principal Father Lachance said 102 students are expected to graduate, tipping the previous class of 1951 when about 90 received diplomas.

Students Hear Talk On Jewish Religion As part of a plan to study the Jewish religion, several Wisdom High School students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes visited the Aroostook Hebrew Community Center in Presque Isle on March 18. At the Center, Rabbi Gerald Chirnomas explained various symbols in the Synagogue such as the seven-candled candlebra, the Star of David, the Torah in the Ark, and other important aspects of the Jewish faith.

Largest School in the Valley — The new Ft. Kent Elementary School will contain 35 classrooms, plus gym, cafeteria, library, shop and other facilities. The school is designed to accommodate 963 pupils and will have 63,620 square feet of floor space. The building will be located on a 15-acre lot next to the present high school. Construction will start this spring and pupils will move in for the fall term of 1968.

25 Years Ago — April 1, 1992

Van Buren girl wins three-point shooting contest — Long-range shooters from across eastern Maine to a 3-Point Shooting Contest on Feb. 16. The Rotary Club of Bangor sponsored the competition at Husson College Newman Gym. Kristy Parent of Van Buren District Secondary School, won first place in the 15 to 16 year old girls’ division and received a trophy.

Odyssey of the Mind competition — Van Buren schools recently hosted the Northern Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition. Over 50 teams from all over the country attended and participated in skits and creative thinking activities. OM promotes divergent thinking in students from kindergarten through college, all over the world.

Kenny and Dolly are back — The 1992 Fort Kent “Pride of the Lions” show will feature the return of Dolly Parton (Clarence Dubois) and Kenny Rogers (Pat Labbe) by special request with a new song from the Country Music Awards entitled “Love is Strange.” The Lions Show will be staged April 9-11 at the UMFK Fox Auditorium.

10 Years Ago — April 4, 2007

Public library continues to raise funds — Volunteers of the Long Lake Public Library are busy setting up the new library that will soon open to the public. To date, the group has raised $88,000 of their $250,000 goal. “We are very pleased with the support that we have received,” says Board President Jackie Ayotte.

Harlem Rockets return to the Valley — The Harlem Rockets, with their high-flying dunks, creative passes, and entertainment and comedy for the entire family, are returning to the St. John Valley for a third time, at the Madawaska High School gymnasium on April 5.

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