From Our Files — July 5, 2017
50 Years Ago — July 6, 1967
Work Resumes on Madawaska Roads –Work has resumed on the town’s summer road program after a delay of six weeks due to a broken down grader. Town Manager Don Dulac said work started after a break in the program that began May 20. The grader had extensive repairs during this period, including a rebuilt motor, pumps and other important parts.
Head Start youngsters –-On June 29, Head Start got underway with 105 happy, sometimes bewildered, pre-schoolers entering school for the first time. Of these 105 children, 60 of them are going to the Madawaska Center at St. Thomas School and 45 are going to Frenchville Center at Bailey School. The students will learn to get along with one another, to share toys and art materials, to express themselves better in English, and more important, that they will develop a love for school.
More Jobs For Students — Five more job slots have been added to the Neighborhood Youth Corps Program for Madawaska and SAD 33, bringing the total of working students to 23. Each of the students will work a 32-hour week under the program operated by the Department of Education in Augusta with funds supplied by the federal government.
25 Years Ago — July 1, 1992
Acadian Day Celebrations –– Madawaska Historical Society founder Geraldine Chasse was at the unveiling of the Reunion Families Favorite Recipes cookbook at the Tante Blanche Museum on Sunday, during the Acadian Day celebration. Chasse said that more than $1,000 worth of cookbooks were purchased in less than an hour-a definite local best seller.
Physics-Go-Round — On May 22, Bernard Paradis’ senior physics classes visited Smokey’s Greatest Show. This field trip to the carnival was to show students how physics applies to so many rides and games. One class figured out the centripetal acceleration of the merry-go-round, and at the same time they had a chance to ride.
10 Years Ago July 4, 2007
Fraser announces 160+ layoffs — The news spread quickly over the ST. John Valley, as Fraser Papers announced that it plans to increase efficiency would result in the loss of more than 160 jobs in its Madawaska operations. All told, the layoffs, most of which will take effect by Aug. 26, equals approximately 20% of the plant’s total workforce.
Hafford releases storybook — Allagash as we knew it, another collection of stories written by friends of the Faye O’Leary Hafford Library, will go on sale this week in the St. John Valley. This book also includes stories of love, memories, and longings of folks who have enjoyed the Allagash region in the past.