From Our Files – April 4, 2018
50 Years Ago — April 4, 1968
Chamber Finds New Home –The new Madawaska Chamber of Commerce has a home, located at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets next to Ammex Warehouse Company. President Delmar Doody said the office will have an automatic answering service to start, and in the near future a secretary will have definite hours of work. The president also gave a report on membership, saying 29 businesses are now paid-up members. He added it’s hoped that from 75-85 members join.
Grand Isle Card Party — A capacity crowd of 400 persons jammed in at the Lincoln School Gym in Grand Isle, for a card party sponsored by the Ladies of St. gerard Parish, to help in the painting of the interior of the church. Mrs. Lucien Guerrette and Mrs. Gilbert Levesque were co-chairmen of the event.
25 Years Ago — April 7, 1993
ABC Quilts –– Ninth and tenth graders in home economics 1-2 at Madawaska High School designed and tacked by hand ABC quilts that have be donated to small children in Maine who are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. The quilts are autographed by the students and they have the inscription, “love and comfort to you.” Each student completed one quilt over a three week period.
Original Poem Published — Michael Bourgoin of Madawaska has had an original poem published in the Where Dreams Begin, a treasury of poetry compiled by the National Library of Poetry. The oem is title, “Bright Beginnings” and the main topic deals with observing nature. Bourgoin has been writing for nine years and his favorite subjects are nature, people and emotions.
10 Years Ago April 2, 2008
A Snowplow Parade? Why Not? — This St. John Valley town, host to the Muskie Derby, the Can-Am Sled Dog Race, and the World Cup Biathlon, is planning the world’s first snow plow parade to welcome (or simply to invite) the end of a record-making winter in northern Maine. According to the Caribou Weather Service, over 190 inches have fallen so far this season.Event organizer Darlene Kelly-Dumond of Fort Kent said, “We had a massive winter here. It’s time to celebrate and not worry so much.”