From Our Files (week of August 2, 2017)
50 Years Ago – August 3, 1967
Madawaska Hires Teachers — So far seven new teaching positions for the 1967-68 school year have been filled at the high school and elementary level, according to a report released this week by the Madawaska school department. Superintendent John Houghton Named new high school teachers as follows: Ovilla Rossignol, Charles Brown, Norwood Olmstead, Rena Labbe, Brother Robin Derocher, Mel Labbe, Mrs. Harriet Chasse.
Birch Point Chapel Mass — First masses will be held at the new St. Michael’s Chapel here on Sunday, August 13, and the public may visit for the rest of the day. A spokesman for the Development Board said the masses would be at the usual hours held at the old chapel. He added that except for minor details, the chapel is now completed.
Antique Car Invasion — The clock was turned back for generations last Friday as 31 antique cars were escorted into the City as part of the Canadian Tire Centennial Tour and the event almost had Edmundston in an uproar. The cars, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in value, attracted residents to the streets and traffic was slowed almost to a standstill.
25 Years Ago – July 29, 1992
Farm Family of the Year — The Daniel LaBrie family of St. Agatha were honored during the 45th Maine Potato Blossom Festival as the 1992 Farm Family of the year. Four generations of LaBries have farmed in St. Agatha beginning with Jean Baptiste and Marie, followed by Louis and Lorette (Boucher) LaBrie, then Danny and Roberta LaBrie who are assisted by their three sons, Aaron, Duane and Keith.
Beaulieu Family Reunion —Approximately 2,000 Beaulieu family members gathered in St. Basile, N.B., over the weekend for the first local Beaulieu family reunion. Beaulieus came from virtually all over the world, including Australia, to be with members of their extended families. A highlight of the reunion occurred on Sunday afternoon when the elders of the family, les ainees, were honored.
10 Years Ago – August 1, 2007
Weekend Storm Washout —Early Sunday morning, following steady summer stormy rains, Dennis Lavoie walked out to his backyard to see that most of it had fallen into a ravine. Only five feet from the back of his home and garage, a 20-foot cliff now stands precariously where he once had lawn. The brook, Martin Stream, that traverses along his property line had risen “about 15 feet” according to Lavoie, eating up parts of the retaining wall and brick steps. The surging brook created a waterfall, washing away tons of soil and debris.
K of C Family of the Year — Felix and Doreen Lavoie were not just recently named the Family of the Year for the Knights of Columbus Council 2638 in Madawaska, but they were also given the same honor at the Maine Knights of Columbus state convention as well. “It was a surprise,” said Felix Lavoie of learning about the honor. “I did a good deed, and they recognized it.”