From Our Files — August 23, 2017

Valley happenings since 1957

50 Years Ago — August 24, 1967

Rumbles won’t be tolerated  — Police Chief of Lou Daigle said this week that rumbles such as happened last Friday at the corner of 13th Avenue and Maine Street just will not be tolerated. In Friday’s escapade, Chief Daigle said some 15 persons were involved and this naturally drew a much larger crowd. The rumble involved some personnel from Loring Air Force Base. The Madawaska Chief said Air Police were on patrol here Saturday night, but nothing developed.

New Madawaska Bank to Open –– S.W. Collins will cut the ribbon on Thursday, August 31, to officially open the new Madawaska branch of the Aroostook Trust Company. Collins, President of Aroostook Trust, will be opening the third branch and fourth office of Northern Aroostook County’s oldest banking firm. The bank has two offices in Caribou, one in Presque Isle and now one in Madawaska. It was established at Caribou in 1890.

Celtics Make Annual Trip to Madawaska — Each summer the Boston Celtics hold a basketball clinic at Fort Fairfield under Same Jones, one of their ace players, and for the past few years some of the players have been making Madawaska their temporary home. Such was the case again this summer as three of the Celtics Players, Sam Jones, John Killilea and Jim Walker stayed at Midtown Motel. A considerable number of Madawaskans now know the players on a first name basis, and look forward to their yearly visit.

25 Years Ago — August 19, 1992

Replacement Bridges Proposed –– James Chandlor, head of the design division for Maine Department of Transportation, explained to approximately 25 concerned citizens at a meeting on Thursday evening the outlined proposed routes for the St. John River Bridge and Little Black River Bridge replacements in Allagash. The main purpose of the meeting was to receive input from the public and take it back for further consideration before the department moves into the next phase of the project, which is the final design. The old bridges were washed out on April 9, 1991 because of an ice jam.

Border Patrol apprehends many during July — During July, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Houlton Sector apprehended 146 individuals. Twenty nine of those arrested had criminal records. One vessel, a 14-foot Great Canadian Boat, was seized for violation of 8 USC 1324, bringing in and Harboring Certain Aliens. Violators turned over to U.S. Customs by the Border Patrol paid $6,100 in penalties.

10 Years Ago — August 15, 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.

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