From Our Files (week of August 16, 2017)
50 Years Ago — August 17, 1967
Chapel Open House — Over 900 persons attended masses and visited the new St. Michael’s Chapel last Sunday, reported a member of the Development Board. “People were particularly impressed with the structural craftsmanship, the seating capacity, and the general atmosphere inside. Many persons commented on the beautiful site and its future development potential.
Dining Hall Ready For Term –– The new Central Dining Hall at Fort Kent State College, is almost completed. Construction began last September. The facilities will provide a general dining room, a faculty room, a lobby, and an all electric kitchen. The building contains 8,640 square feet of space and will accommodate 300 students.
Madawaska Gets New Policeman –The selectmen appointed Rudolph Tardif, 27, of Van Buren as a new police officer when the board met Monday. Chief Lou Daigle said Tardif will work the 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. shift and replaces Richard Deschenes who resigned recently. Tardif is a graduate of Boys High and served nine years in the Army, six of them with the military police.
25 Years Ago — August 12, 1992
Ambulance Service among the best –– A recent report by the Maine Emergency Medical Services of Augusta shows that the Madawaska Ambulance Service can hold its own and sometimes even exceeds other ambulance services throughout the state. MAS especially excels in the response times. The average response time for the state is eight minutes, Madawaska’s time is half of that- four minutes. MAS Director Percy Thibeault said it is interesting to note that the majority of emergency calls involve cardiac problems.
St. John River flood control funds approved — Funds to implement flood control measures on the St. John River received Senate approval as part of legislation to fund 1993 energy and water projects, Senator george J. Mitchell announced. Mitchell requested federal assistance to implement a flood control program that would prevent the kind of devastating damages caused by flooding in 1991. “Tremendous losses occurred in April 1991 as a result of flooding on the St. John River,” Mitchell said.
10 Years Ago — August 8, 2007
Lightning strikes Church — Where there’s thunder, there’s lightning. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Both these axioms held true Saturday afternoon in Grand Isle, when a bolt of lightning struck the south side of the St. Gerard-Mt Carmel Church steeple, resulting in a minor fire. According to Grand Isle Fire Chief Ken Beaulieu, the fire was extinguished quickly in the steeple itself, “no more than 15 to 20 minutes,” he said. The key to containing the fire was gaining access to the Grand Falls (N.B.) fire ladder, which extends a full 50 feet above the Van Buren Fire Department’s ladder, which only extends to its full height of 55 feet.
Storms bring floods, dented cars, broken windshields — The last few weeks have been pretty wet, but the St. John Valley received an extra burst of weather that began on Friday with an afternoon rain shower that dumped a large amount of rain shower that dumped a large amount of water in just a few minutes in Van Buren and other parts of the Valley. Before the cloudburst, warnings of tornadoes and high winds swept across the region as the storm passed over northern Maine. Meteorologist Mark Bloomer said there were no confirmed reports of a tornado, though he said the radar indicated circulation.