From Our Files — May 24, 2017
50 Years Ago — May 25, 1967
VB Calls Meeting on Town Garage — That special town meeting to ask citizens to borrow money for a new town garage has been called for next Wednesday, May 31, at St. Bruno’s Parish Hall, at 7:00 p.m. Town Manager Eddie Belanger said citizens would be asked to approve borrowing of up to $50,000 from the Northern National Bank. It would be a five-year loan, repayable at $10,000 per year.
Very Rev. Wilfrid D. Soucy Leaving Ft. Kent –– The Very Rev. Wilfrid D. Soucy will be leaving June 2 after having been pastor of Ft. Kent’s St. Louis Parish for 4 years and 9 months. He has been called by Bishop Gerety to replace Monsignor Desjardins, pastor of St. Hyacinth in Westbrook, Maine. Father Soucy performed his first and only ministry as a curate there from 1930-1936.
Madawaska Lays Baseball Plans — Officials of the Madawaska Service Club Baseball League want to keep young boys chasing flies and grounders again this season and have called a planning meeting for Thursday to lay groundwork for the best year yet. Like previous years, five teams are planned in the league and boys from Frenchville will also be spread through the various squads. Teams are sponsored by the Rotary, Lions, Jaycees, Knights and American Legion.
25 Years Ago — May 20, 1992
DOC offering a $.02 discount to seat-belted customers –– Daigle Oil Company has agreed to be the commercial sponsor of the St. John Valley PATCH promotion, running from May 17-23. The PATCH promotion will focus on three aspects: seat belt safety, nutrition and smoking. DOC is one of approximately one dozen businesses and organizations to participate in the promotion and health fair.
NARIF votes to build lean-to, hire trash hauler — The winds of change may be leading NARIF into constructing a transfer station at the incinerator facility site and hiring a private contractor to haul local solid waste to whoever wants it, and there may be igloos in the St. John Valley by summer.
Free videos to be offered –-The Maine Coalition For Excellence in Education is distributing two free videos about the need for fundamental change in education. “Sending Out An SOS” and “Responding to the Alarm” are each 11-minute tapes intended to be used as starting points for a discussion about the need for change in education.
10 Years Ago — May 23, 2007
Les Chanteurs record Acadian song — For more than 30 years, the Acadian Festivals has been without an official theme song. A theme song, called, ‘Ecoutez! (Le Festival Acadien)’, was written by Joyce Comeau-Crosby and Don Levesque with final touches by Charles Stewart, all members of Les Chanteurs Acadiens. Priscilla Cannan, a member to the AF Committee, had asked Levesque in January to compose a theme song for the popular festival. The song was then performed for the Acadian Festival Executive Committee, where it was met with much enthusiasm. A few weeks later, the song was recorded in Madawaska’s Cellar Door Studio.
European-Style Cafe Opens in Fort Kent — Owner Darin Kirby calls his coffee shop “Fog Banks”, in reference to the morning fog that drifts across the landscape and rises from the rivers and lakes in the St. John Valley. Located next door to the St. Louis Catholic Church on Main Street, Kirby has invested significant time and resources to create a unique experience for the people in Fort Kent. The former paralegal for the Army came to Fort Kent because he loved the French-speaking community.