From Our Files — January 31, 2018
50 Years Ago — February 1, 1968
He Made All Meetings — Rotary President, Earle Shaw presents Joseph Soucy of St. Basile, New Brunswick, with 21-year button for 21 years of perfect attendance at Rotary meetings. The presentation was made Monday evening when the Rotary Club held one of its Ladies Nights when wives of members and friends were in attendance.
45-Year Old Bill Is Paid –A bill that was apparently lost for 45 years has been paid, the tuition for a person who attended St. Mary’s School in Van Buren generations ago. Father Roger Lachance, superior at St. Mary’s Rectory, received the $65 check and the following letter. “I am enclosing a chick in the amount of $65 in payment of a long outstanding debt for the tuition of an individual who attended St. Mary’s School in Van Buren some 45 years ago. “This due bill has only just recently come to our attention. “Forgive this oversight and please remember us in your prayers.”
25 Years Ago — February 3, 1993
Fort Kent Citizen Of The Year –– Dr. Paul Johnson, presented Dr. March Chasse with the Citizen of the Year Award at the 45th annual Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting. Johnson characterized Chasse as an active participant in a variety of clubs and organizations, who has enlightened, the community and made Fort Kent a better place to live with his unselfish contributions. After accepting the award, Chasse called for his wife, Pris, to join him in the recognition, stating she has always been there with him.
Burnt Grand Isle Potato Storage House — Brothers, Leo and Omer Dionne of Grand Isle, suffered losses that have been estimated at more than $100,000. In addition to a large supply on new potatoes, the brothers lost three trucks and between $30,000 and $50,000 of grading equipment in the blaze that took their potato storage house. Fire Chief Daniel Dionne said the fire is believed to have been caused by a wood stove.
10 Years Ago — January 30, 2008
Madawaska Bridge Bill Passes House –The Maine House of Representatives on last Tuesday approved a bill by Rep. Ken Theriault, D-Madawaska, to study the feasibility of building a new international bridge in Madawaska. Theriault submitted the bill during the 2007 session, but it was carried over to the current session for further fiscal determinations. The bill received the required two-thirds affirmative votes in order to pass the House as an emergency measure, meaning it would go into effect immediately after Governor Baldacci signed it.
Foul Shot Fundraiser — Eagle Lake Elementary Principal Larry Murphy shot 87 baskets out of 100 attempts on Jan. 18 as part of a fundraising challenge to local businesses. He asked businesses to pay $1 for each basket he made as a way to support after school programs. He raised $1,400.