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From Our Files — October 4, 2017

50 Years Ago — October 5, 1967

Pheasants Waiting For Hunters — Some 600 pheasants are fluttering around the area waiting for the hunters, courtesy of the Van Buren Police Department. Police Chief Hermel Vaillancourt said the department raised 300 pheasants during the summer at the Fern Thibodeau farm on the Castonguay Road. “Our birds were released within the past few weeks,” said the chief. “But during the early part of August, we released 300 birds sent by the Fish and Game Department. This was part of the deal where they matched the number of birds we raised.

Madore Still Picking Potatoes — Dennis Madore, at the age of 78, is still busy picking potatoes and is pretty good at the job. Mr. Madore has been picking potatoes and is pretty good at the job. Mr. Madore has been picking potatoes every fall since he was married. In his younger years he picked as many as 98 barrels of spuds in one day. He still doesn’t do badly, averaging from 55 to 65 barrels per day. Madore has picked potatoes for the past 22 years in Ft. Fairfield and this year he is picking for Guy Nadeau, of Fort Kent farmer.

25 Years Ago — October 7, 1992

Times Managing Editor to appear on Bonjour! –– Don Levesque, general Manager and editor of the St. John Valley Times in Madawaska, is one of the guests on the premier program of this Fall’s Bonjour! Series on Maine Public Television scheduled to air tonight, Oct. 7. Levesque is interviewed by Bonjour! Host Josee Vachon on the show, New England’s only French-language television program. Bonjour!, a 30-minute Tv magazine featuring music, interviews, news and commentary-all in French, is co-produced by Association Canado-Americaine (ACA), a Franco-American fraternal benefit society headquartered in Manchester, N.H. and by United Channel 8 of Manchester.

Daigle to Compete in Wheelchair Pageant — Former Madawaska resident, Barbara Daigle, will compete in this year’s annual, Miss Wheelchair Florida Pageant, to be held in Tampa, Fla. on Oct. 3. The purpose of the Miss Wheelchair Florida Pageant is to focus public attention on a woman’s abilities and accomplishments since the onset of a disability, her communication skills, her self-perception and her projection. Daigle is a 1984 graduate of Madawaska High School. Currently employed at Abilities of Floriday, Inch. as a rehabilitation/vocational training counselor, she resides in Clearwater, Fla.

10 Years Ago October 3, 2007

Sewer Pipe to Pelletier Island  — Residents of Pelletier Island on Long Lake and those on Cleveland Road in St. Agatha will now have access to the town’s sewer system due to new lines that go up the road and across the lake. The new line is 2,200 feet in total length and is weighted down by cement anchors. There will actually be two pipes, one for use and one for a backup. Both pipes were threaded through the anchors and rest at the bottom of the lake.

‘Support Maine Agriculture’ plate available for all vehicles –Mainers will now be able to support agricultural education, with the purchase of a new plate featuring a picture of a farmer and his granddaughter. The plate will be $20 more than the standard license plate.

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