From Our Files — May 3, 2017

50 Years Ago — May 4, 1967

Breaking Record on Graduation Day — Clifford Burkett, principal of the Fort Kent Community High School, announced that there will be a record graduation class this year. Some 155 seniors will be starting commencement exercises in June for the graduation on May 14th.

Eighth-Graders work for Expo Money –– Eighth-graders of SAD 27 are busy getting ready and earning money to visit Expo 67 on May 28-31. Boys and girls are raking lawns, cleaning garages washing cars, and doing dozens of odd jobs and chores to raise needed expense money for the Montreal trip. Expo is an educational exposition designed to show how man and his environment are interrelated.

Bowling Teams Clash at Madawaska — Eight teams from the area will compete in the second annual Town Tournament that will be held at Dick’s Bowling Lanes on Sunday. Some 19 trophies are at stake. Owner Dick Fongemie said teams will be from Presque Isle, Caribou, Van Buren, St. Anne, N.B., Edmundston, Fort Kent, and two from Madawaska.

25 Years Ago — May 6, 1992

Lagoon site consent — Maine Department of Environmental Protection representatives, Lee Thomas and Bill Sheehan, told members of the Fort Kent Town Council on Monday that they have waited too long to solve the problems at the sludge lagoon site on South Perley Brook Road in Fort Kent. Thomas said that a consent decree that will legally force municipal officials into solving the problem has been submitted to the attorney general in Augusta and is currently being processed.

Crime Prevention and Awareness Workshop — All merchants of Madawaska are invited to attend a workshop intended to educate store owners on shoplifting, bad checks, credit card fraud and “gypsies.” Films will be shown regarding the latest scams in shoplifting.

Homes sought for Massachusetts youth — Those in Aroostook County interested in becoming involved in a unique exchange between urban and suburban families may participate in “St. James Friendly Adventure,” a program involving the sharing of homes with children from Roxbury and Dorchester, Mass. Sponsors of the program said the goal is to foster friendship and understanding between urban and suburban black and white families.

10 Years Ago May 9, 2007

Second Annual Teen Battle of the Bands — Young bands from across the region will compete for two major prizes: the opening act slot at this year’s Rock the Valley festival and a song demo cut at Cellar Door Studio in Madawaska. Light and stage work is being provided by Raags Music Shop and Cellar Door Studio will set up and operate the sound system for the event.

Tribute to Courage cancer walk — St. John Valley residents are encouraged to head out on Saturday, May 12 for the second annual Tribute to Courage Cancer Awareness Walk. All proceeds from the walk will benefit St. John Valley cancer survivors and their families through the efforts of the Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer Fund, a service of Northern Maine Medical Center. Last year, more than $18,000 was raised in support of the fund.

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