From Our Files — August 30, 2017

50 Years Ago — August 31, 1967

Marin-Ouellette Wedding  — Miss Teresa Marin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marin of St. Agatha, and Robert J. Ouellette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ouellette of Caribou, were married Aug. 12 at St. Michael’s Chapel at Birch Point. The Rev. Albert Long officiated and celebrated the nuptial Mass. Paul Marin provided music at the console.

Egg Splatterings Part of Picnic —The St. David Church choir had its annual picnic at the Birch Point on August 19, with the main events being tossing eggs back and forth. The idea, choir director Paul Sabo said, was to start pitching the eggs at each other from a few feet and then keep backing up until something gives. Oh yes, the eggs are not hardboiled.

Lobster enjoyed by employees — A lobster feed was enjoyed by employees of A.J. Nadeau and sons a week ago Wednesday night at camp of Roland Nadeau on Eagle Lake. The menu also included fresh clams, fresh corn on the cob, salads, hot rolls and blueberry cake.

25 Years Ago — August 19, 1992

Eight Complete Advanced Babysitting Course — Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent recently held an advanced babysitting course from July 20-24. Eight individuals from around the Valley, ranging in age from 13 to 15, successfully completed the course. They are: Sarah Thibodeau, Beth Marin, Leslie Hartt, Jana Marin, Rachelle Guy, Angela Daigle, Crystal Bossie, and  Kelly Martin.

Up and Away —On Friday, July 10, Alfred Parent and his son-in-law, Kevin Bouchard, went for a hot air balloon ride. The rides were part of the Hot Air Balloon Festival co-sponsored by Funland in Caribou. The balloon and its passengers took off from Goughan’s Berry Farm and remained aloft about one hour. During the flight, Parent and Bouchard had a beautiful view of central Aroostook’s planted fields and even saw a moose. Parent is 81 years old and a Lille native.

10 Years Ago — August 15, 2007

Music Festival features Valley performers — 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.

$9,150 Received from MMA — Municipal officials have announced that the Town of Fort Kent has received a $9,150 dividend check from the Maine Municipal Association as a result of its good loss experience. The Maine Municipal Association offers three self-funded pools for municipal and quasi-public entities in Maine. According to the MMA, more than 75 percent of program participants receive dividends each year for their good risk management practices and loss experience.

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