From Our Files

From Our Files — May 17, 2017

50 Years Ago — May 18, 1967

Borderview Home Open House — Open house at the Borderview Nursing Home has been scheduled on Sunday, May 28, and residents can see the town’s newest institution from 1 to 5 p.m. on that day. Work started on the building last fall and the finished product is said to be one of the most modern in Maine.

VB Drive for Scout –– Boy Scouts will conduct a house-to-house drive next Wednesday, to raise the final funds needed to complete their new camp being built at Long Lake cove. “If all goes well,” said the official, “the boys can use the camp this summer.”

VB Knights Hold party — Van Buren Knights of Columbus had the privilege of doing what we would all like to do-burn the mortgage and have a party doing it. Grand Knight Gerald Lapierre said the mortgage burning represents over five years of hard work by the Knights to pay off their new home, now located in the former Plourde Furniture Building on Main Street. All told, the Knights raised some $25,000 in these years, although this figure accounts for everything, building, interest, insurance, etc.

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.”

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