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From Our Files — July 12, 2017

50 Years Ago — July 13, 1967

Students Take Driver Education — Some 60 students are taking the driver-education program at SAD 24 this summer and the number would have been higher if adequate facilities were available. “But we had to turn down 30 students, due to the lack of instructors,” said Roland St. Pierre, one of the two teachers giving course. The other is Richard Cormier.

Chiefs give Keegan Praise –– Top officials of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development stopped in Van Buren on Wednesday, had high words of praise for the Keegan development, and promised the necessary “go-ahead” to make major repairs at Acadia Terrace. “They even said the Keegan development was better than those in New York City,” said one member of the Van Buren Housing Authority with obvious delight.

Exam Opens For Mail Handlers — The Post Establishment Board at Boston said this week that open competitive examination for filling the position of mail handler in Valley post offices will be open until further notice. Applicants must qualify on a written test. Anyone may apply regardless of where they live. Starting salary is $2.44 per hour with periodic increases up to a maximum of $3.35 per hour.

25 Years Ago — July 8, 1992

Wheels for Life raises funds –– Seventeen Madawaska youngsters, representing three of the four Madawaska schools, recently raised $589.57 in the fifth annual “Wheels for Life” Bike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in its ongoing crusade against childhood cancer. The Madawaska Optimist Club sponsored the event, with Ross Paradis as chairman, for the fifth consecutive year.

Area farmers hold field day at Birch Point GC –Six area farmers left their fields, on June 19 and, along with some of their employees and invited guests, sponsored a field day at the Birch Point Golf Club. Sixty people participated in the three-hour plus nine-hole event. More than half the people swinging golf sticks were doing so for the first time. And two tee shots had to be used from every person in the foursome. There were three teams representing each sponsoring farmer. Ouellette Farms, Inc., took the winning trophy back to the home office and will keep it for a year. Ouellette Farms’ three teams had the lowest average score, sparked by the foursome of Ernie and Debbie Hebert and Ron and Joan Ouellette.

10 Years Ago July 11, 2007

Rocking the Night Away — Draw the Line, a Boston-based tribute band, closed out this year’s third annual Rock the Valley music festival with a killer set. The festival, which drew upwards of 1,000 people to Madawaska’s Multi Purpose Center this weekend, was the most successful Rock the Valley to date.

Historical Scrapbook — Anne Marie Violette is loaning a scrapbook created by Adhemar Deveau while he was in the original schoolhouse before the Governor Brann School was built in 1934. Deveau created this scrapbook about the state of Maine in the eighth grade. This is the first item the Brann School received while restoring the school in the past seven years. The proprietors of the school are asking Valley residents to lend them any photographs of the original schoolhouse or the Governor Brann schoolhouse.

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