From Our Files — January 24, 2018
50 Years Ago — January 25, 1968
Soucy Coffee Bar Cash — Robert Soucy and president of John F. Kennedy College, Claude Charette, announced that the proceeds from the coffee bar at Soucy’s Economat will be donated to Kennedy College for its library fund. During your coffee break you can kill two birds with one stone; you can have your coffee and help Kennedy College expand its library.
Train Service Delayed When Cars Jump Track — Train service on the main line between Moncton and Montreal resumed at midnight Monday when the lines were cleared following a derailment at St. Athamast, 71 miles west of Edmundston at 4:35 Saturday afternoon. Thirty-five cars containing coal and steel were derailed in the incident. There were no injuries and work crews were dispatched to the site to clear the line.
25 Years Ago — January 27, 1993
Road in St. Agatha Reclassified –– St. Agatha Town Manager was informed by the Department of Transportation to that the five-mile stretch sometimes called “Flat Mountain Road,” located between Route 161 and 162 has been reclassified from a local or town road to a collector or state road. Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Transportation Alden Small said the state’s responsibility will be to maintain the road in the summertime and the town will be responsible for plowing and sanding the road in the winter.
V.B. School Raising Funds for Playground — Gateway Elementary School students in Van Buren may soon be playing on new playground equipment if plans by the school’s PTA bear fruit. Gary Ouellette, PTA member, said that a dance is planned at the Van Buren American Legion Home to raise funds to purchase the new equipment. Called Project Recess, the fundraiser features the Jerry Thibeault Band.
10 Years Ago — January 23, 2008
143 Employees Out of Work — Last week, Fraser Paper announced the four-month shutdown of one of its mills in Ashland. Another mill, this one owned by Irving, shut down indefinitely in Nashville Plantation, which is even closer to Madawaska than Ashland. In Nashville Plt., 73 people lost their jobs.
For The Fish Cook-Off — Quigley’s Building Supply of Fort Kent has, for a second year in a row, sponsored the premier door prize for the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The prize is a Webber Gas Grill valued at $550. On hand for the donation, were Ryan Pelletier, town manager of St. Agatha, Paul Bernier, chairman of the derby; and Justin Dubois, representing Quigley’s Building Supply.