From Our Files (week of July 26, 2017)
50 Years Ago — July 27, 1967
“Recognition Day” for Louise — The Van Buren Chamber of Commerce will hold a “recognition day” to honor Miss Louise Dumais, the new Maine Potato Blossom Queen. President Sterling Chamber stressed plans aren’t complete but the event would probably consist of a “Queen’s Tea” in the afternoon and probably a big parade. In the evening there may be a banquet and dance.
Madawaska School Construction — Construction of the new school addition has reached the “above-ground stage.” That’s the report this week from John Houghton, superintendent of schools, who added the foundation and retaining walls are nearly completed. The next step is masonry and structural steel work.
VFW Makes Bikes a Little Bit Safer — Over 400 bike owners of Fort Kent got safety reflector strips placed on their bikes free last week. Addis Pelletier gave out the strips, courtesy of the Lozier-O’Grady VFW Post of Fort Kent. The VFW project was conducted at the Fort Kent Playground.
25 Years Ago — July 22, 1992
Controversial railroad closes — The railroad crossing at the so-called Daigle Trailer Park in Fort Kent closed Tuesday, July 21 and residents who reside there now have to use an alternate route to reach their homes. Several of those in attendance at the meeting appeared very frustrated and angry that the situation has deteriorated to this point. Some pleaded for understanding while others maintained a stony silence as the meeting progressed. There appears to be no alternative to the situation at present and all avenues of negotiation have apparently been explored.
Many Beaulieus expected at reunion — Between 1,500-2,000 Beaulieu family members are expected to attend the Beaulieu family reunion in St. Basile, N.B., on July 24-26. Beaulieu family reunion committee members said Thursday at a news conference in Edmundston, N.B., everything will be held in or around the St. Basile Arena. The Beaulieus have gone “the whole nine yards,” as the saying goes, and have organized three full days of activities.
10 Years Ago July 25, 2007
Long Lake Library opens it’s doors — Barely 19 months after the library committee began meeting, the Long Lake Public Library has officially opened its doors to the public. At a grand opening ceremony on Sunday, the Rev. Philip Cyr blessed the new library located in the Montfort Heights residential facility, located near the shores of Long Lake. Sister Jackie Ayotte (Daughter of Wisdom), president of the library board, said, “I never thought we would see so many people here, and from so many places as well.”
Appreciating Lisa — The National Park Service recently awarded Lisa Ornstein a
Certificate of Appreciation for her dedication in promoting and preserving the Acadian culture in her capacity as the chair of the education Resources Committee of the Maine Acadian Heritage Council. Ornstein was cited for her timeless work in meeting the requirements of teachers, students, researchers, as well as the Maine Acadian Culture Preservation Act. Ornstein was the University of Maine System representative to the Maine Acadian Heritage Council since its inception.