From Our Files — May 10, 2017
50 Years Ago — May 11, 1967
Mother James Leaving Madawaska — Mother James, who had been principal of Acadia School for the past 15 years, will be replaced this fall by Melvin Labbe, present principal of SAD 33 elementary schools. Replacing Labbe at SAD 33 will be Omer Picard, who has been teaching at the Acadia School.
$1.1 Million Addition Begins –-Bulldozers tore into the high school lot last week to start construction of the $1.1 million high school renovation. When all is said and done, there will be 12 more classrooms plus extensive renovations at the school plant. Completion of all work is scheduled in August of 1968.
Bath Houses to be added — Bath houses will definately be built for use at the pool this summer although they may not be ready when the swimming season opens. Recreation director Don Arnold said “this would be the major improvement at the pool this season, following the hot-topping done last fall.
25 Years Ago — May 13, 1992
Lagoon site consent – Maine Department of Environmental Protection representatives, Lee Thomas and Bill Sheenan, 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 — On May 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Madawaska Safety Complex Building, all merchants of Madawaska are invited to attend this special workshop.The purpose for this workshop is to educate all merchants 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 16, 2007
Lightning ignites Wonder Bar — The massive clap of thunder jolted almost the entire town out bed in Friday’s wee hours. The thunder clap’s attendant thunderbolt struck the Wonder Bar, leaving a smoldering pile of rubble and a three-member family homeless. An eyewitness standing on the deck of the bond mill at Fraser Papers saw the lightning strike through the Wonder Bar’s roof. The sound, according to witnesses, was akin to a bomb going off in the middle of town.
‘Young gentleman’ saves couple from inferno –High School senior Gregory Collagan noticed a house fire at 2020 Aroostook Road. Collagan had his friends drop him off by the house so he could help. Gregory helped the senior citizens through the window and kept the couple from reentering the raging blaze until fireman could arrive. Fire Chief Ike Heffron said, “The young gentleman really helped that couple.” Heffron said, “What he did was truly heroic.”