From Our Files — January 10, 2018
50 Years Ago — January 11, 1968
Armed Bandit Nabs $336 In Hold-Up — A masked bandit entered Daigle’s Esso Servicenter on East Main Street and escaped with $336 after firing a bullet into a restroom door to convince the attendant “he meant business.” The armed robbery was the first in Madawaska for many, many years, said Chief Lou Daigle. No one was injured.
Van Buren Chief Warns “Hikers” — Police Chief Hermel Vaillancourt has warned students and others to stop hitchhiking as the practice has become a nuisance in the town. “We’ve had a large amount of complaints lately from residents,” explained the chief, “and if it doesn’t stop violators will have to be taken to court. Hitchhiking is against the state law, you know.”
25 Years Ago — January 13, 1993
Aviation safety education seminar –– The St. John Valley Technology Center in Frenchville is the site for an aviation safety-education seminar. Participation in this seminar will qualify airmen for the FAA pilot proficiency award program (WINGS).
Cote Books — Members of the Cote family reunion committee recently donated five volumes of the Cote genealogy to the Madawaska Public Library. Participating were Cecile Cote, Ida Pelletier, Librarian Patsy Theriault, Linda Dube and Irene Fortin.
10 Years Ago — January 9, 2008
Tunes Of Money — Steve Sirois, of the band Undecyded, handed a $500 check to Wayne Anderson to support the Madawaska High School music program. The money comes from proceeds of the popular bands, French Toast and Undecyded, who played at the Holiday Rock Fest at the KC Hall in Madawaska. The two bands played to a sold-out house of 400 people on December 29. Those who attended the concert also donated an additional $330.