From Our Files — Sept. 20, 2017

50 Years Ago — September 21, 1967

All Hands Needed — If you can pick potatoes you are in demand and the Maine Employment Security Commission will be happy to locate employment for you. In fact the Commission has set up two offices in the Valley to take applications. “The offices are temporary to carry over the potato season,” said a spokesman this week. “But pickers are in great demand and we urge available workers to apply at one of the Valley offices.” He said one place is at the Ft. Kent town office and the other at Madore Insurance in Van Buren.

Fire Destroys St. David Barn — Fire completely destroyed a barn, and shed Sunday evening owned by George Cyr located about five miles from Madawaska, just passed the Beaulieu Road. While the two buildings were destroyed, a home nearby was saved with only slight roof damage, mostly from dripping tar. Fire Chief Leo James Daigle said several pieces of farm equipment in the barn were also destroyed, although several were also saved.

25 Years Ago — September 9, 1992

Aroostook Aviation adds to airport fleet –– Aroostook Aviation, Inc., operating out of the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville, has announced the addition of a high-performance single-engine aircraft to its fleet. AV President Roland Martin said the Cessna Cutlass RG seats up to 3 passengers with plenty of room to stretch out, with a split-back rear seat. The Cutlass cruises at 161 mph. This means that a one-way trip to Bangor or Waterville is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Proposed Power Plant in Edmundston, N.B. — Representatives from Fraser Paper Co. Ltd. and engineers from Jacques Whitford Environment Ltd. were on hand Thursday afternoon to discuss a proposed wood-fired co-generating station project that has been investigated for the past few years and will probably be built on its Edmundston, N.B., pulp mill property. Cliff Ouellette, director of engineering at Fraser, explained the proposed project would consist of two 500,000 pound-/hour boilers, one double extraction condensing turbine generator and substantial associated wood fuel handling equipment.

10 Years Ago — September 5, 2007

The Winds of Change May Be Blowing  — Fort Kent will soon be home to three towers that test wind and temperature as part of an effort to see if Fort Kent would be a good home for a wind farm. These temporary towers will collect data for Horizon Wind of Houston, Texas, for a period of five years. The towers are eight to 10-inch steel tubes that telescope 60 meters (195 feet) up. The towers will have data collection points at 10 meters (30 feet), 30 meters (100 feet), and toward the top.

Dufour Pond –Valmond Dufour, of Madawaska was honored by his wife and family recently with a plaque placed onto a boulder at Dufour Pond, one of more than 35 ponds Dufour has built in the St. John Valley over the course of his long career. Dufour’s wife, Lola and their offspring, were all present for the recent dedication of the plaque, which reads, “In honor of my family, I leave my footprint on this land I so cherish.” It also includes the Irish proverb, “You can never plow a field if you only turn it over in your mind.” The plaque states that the pond was “Constructed by Balmon J. Dufour in 1975.”

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