From Our Files — December 20, 2017
50 Years Ago — December 21, 1967
Van Burenites Are Impressed With Garage — The new Municipal Garage at Van Buren was thrown open to the public Sunday at an open house. Town Manager Eddie Belanger said residents seemed most impressed with the “neatness” of the building and he believes this was due to the metal interior. Belanger also said town equipment would be moved in early this week, writing the final chapter to the garage. It was built by Thibodeau Construction of Caribou.
Lt. Roland Page Cited For Heroism — U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant Roland J. Page, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland A. Page of Fort Kent, has been decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross at Eglin AFB, Fla., for heroism in military operations in Southeast Asia. The lieutenant successfully recovered an Air Force pilot downed in hostile territory despite the rugged and hazardous terra in the recovery area.
25 Years Ago — December 23, 1992
Tree Farmers Of The Year –– Fred and Jessie Malmborg of Eagle Lake, were selected as tree farmers of the year. How they utilized their land, the type of tree planting, wildlife management and having their own saw mill were a few reasons their farm was selected as the best, explained Forester Tom Whitworth. The couple has lived in the area since 1967.
Fraser Paper Ltd. to layoff employees –– Fraser Paper Co. Ltd. officials have announced that the workforces at the Madawaska and Edmundston, N.B., paper mills are being reduced by 139 employees, that is, 89 in Madawaska and 50 in Edmundston. The Madawaska mill employs 1,100 individuals. The Edmundston mill employs 621 individuals.
10 Years Ago — December 26, 2007
Van Buren Town Manager Resigns — Dean Grivois, who began his position as Van Buren town manager in early October, has resigned from his position. “The job is not really a fit for me,” Grivois said. “Every business is different. I went from the hospital world to community management, and it’s a very different beast,” Grivois said. He said he did not have any experience in dealing with all of the laws and rules required for town management, and found them cumbersome.