From Our Files — April 5, 2017
50 Years Ago — April 6, 1967
Van Buren grads taking Class Trip — The Class of 1967 at District High won’t forget graduation. Members are taking a class trip to Montreal and the World Expo ‘67. Seniors will make the trip by train, leaving from Edmundston, N.B. on the Canadian National Railroad.
SAD 24 to carry out Youth Corps — The Neighborhood Youth Corps Program will again be carried out this summer in SAD 24, allowing needy students to pick up cash during their vacation. Director Gerald Levasseur said students 16 years or over are eligible to apply. Wages are $1.25 per hour and students work a 32-hour week, on school grounds, local government departments or within non-profit organizations.
Train Passing Through City Named — Canadian National is calling its new Sydney, Nova Scotia to Montreal train “The Cabot” to commemorate the European explorer John Cabot who discovered Canada’s east coast in 1497. The new train will go into service in June to help handle the expected heavy centennial year traffic and will pass through Edmundston.
25 Years Ago— April 8, 1992
Secretary’s Day luncheon — The fifth Annual Secretary’s Day Luncheon/Fashion Show is fast approaching. Ladies, this is your chance to spend two hours having a delicious meal, catered by Rena’s Custom Catering, while viewing the latest spring and summer fashions from Ames Department Store, Bouchard’s Clothing, Bridal Suite, Classic Casuals, Jean Scene, Kmart and Muriel’s Boutique.
Melendez to perform in VB, Fort Kent — The Youth Ministry of St. Bruno-St. Remi in Van Buren will sponsor an evening of the inspiration music by Tony Melendez. Melendez is perhaps best known for his 1987 performance on guitar for Pope John Paul II. A thalidomide baby, Melendez was born without arms because his mother used the prescribed drug during pregnancy. Melendez’s best selling autobiography, “A Gift of Hope,” was published in 1989 by Harper & Row.
No to Grand-Sault — Edmundston, N.B. area residents staged a demonstration in downtown Edmundston Sunday afternoon to protest the provincial government’s plan to move local school board offices to Grand Falls (Grand-Sault), N.B. approximately 45 miles east of Edmundston.The protestors called New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna “a dictator” because they claim that voters were not consulted prior to the announced closing.The government is reducing the number of school boards in the province from 42 to 18.
10 Years Ago — April 11, 2007
No. 6 began temporary shutdown — On April 2, Fraser Papers, Inc. announced the temporary shut down of its paper machine number six at its Madawaska operation, beginning Friday, April 7. Officials anticipate that the shutdown will last for two weeks, due to weak market conditions.
New software delaying bills — Some residents in Fort Kent may have noticed that it has been a long time since they received a water bill. Town Manager Don Guimond informed the new town council on Monday that the new accounting software used at the town offices has caused some delays in billing. The town normally bills residents every other month for water.