From Our Files- April 26, 2017
50 Years Ago — April 27, 1967
Madawaska Grads ‘To Continue’ — Of the 132 graduates this year at Madawaska High, 56 have applied to colleges for continuing their education and of this total, 43 have been accepted at one or more institutions. Roger Martin, guidance director, released the figures, and said the number applying for college is the highest percentage ever for any graduating class.
Tuberculin tests –– All this week tuberculin tests will be given to schoolchildren and residents of Grand Isle and Lille with the hope that 1,000 persons will be tested. Dr. Randle Coker of the division of TB Control, Maine Department of Health and Welfare, said the tests are free and invites residents to stop in at Lincoln School.
Supt. Brennick Resigns —Madawaska and SAD 33 School Superintendent J. Raymond Brennick has resigned his post to take an identical position as a superintendent of SAD 9 in Farmington, Maine. Supt. Brennick had been at Madawaska 11 years, arriving in May of 1956. At that time, he was superintendent of Madawaska, Frenchville and St. Agatha schools.
25 Years Ago — April 29, 1992
Shortfall in Sinclair project — The Aroostook County Commissioners heard about a $1.2 million shortfall in the proposed spray irrigation and lagoon concept for waste treatment in Sinclair at their April 22 meeting at the Fort Kent Municipal building.
Humor as a healer — Each year, the Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer Fund hosts an educational seminar. May 16 will mark the fifth annual seminar entitled “Living Well With Cancer: Humor As A Healer.” According to Carolyn Bouchard, RN, chairperson of the fund, “it is designed to examine the therapeutic, medical and emotional benefit from humor. The program will illustrate how to motivate ourselves and promote a positive attitude.”
Local students win bonds — Maine Public Service Company has awarded four students $50 savings bonds for their prize-winning essays and posters created to identify the most critical energy-related environmental issues facing the world today. Addressing a broad range of environmental concerns, these essayists and young artists pointed out the need to safeguard our rainforests, to work together with recycling, and to turn to solar and hydro energy as safe alternatives. Among the students receiving honorable mention in the poster division were Felicia McBreairty and April Hafford at the Allagash Consolidated School.
10 Years Ago — May 2, 2007
Rte. 161 ice jam — An ice jam formed that stretched from Allagash to the point where the St. Francis River joined the St. John. When the ice jam broke, water and ice swept downstream, flooding low-lying areas and putting a part of Route 161 under 10 feet of water and ice.
Board approves wage adjustment — The Madawaska Board of Selectmen considered a 3 percent across the board wage increase for the town’s municipal full- and part-time employees, citing a cost of living adjustment. Town Manager Christina Therrien reported to the board that statewide, the cost of living adjustment, averaged 2.47 percent for 2007.