From Our Files – May 9, 2018
50 Years Ago — May 9, 1968
Boucher Ft. Kent’s “Mother Of Year” — Mrs Patrick Boucher was chosen “Mother of the Year” by the Fort Kent Ladies of St. Anne Sunday night during a banquet held at the Fort Kent Hotel. Over 100 members and guests attended the second annual affair. Mrs. Boucher is the mother of 15 children, 11 are living, and she has 40 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Two other candidates were Mrs. Wella Bouchard and Mrs. Olesime Nadeau.
First Mass At Home Marks CCD Movement — As putting real meaning into the relationships with both God and our neighbor as one of the aims of the CCD discussion groups, it was most appropriate that the original group took part in the first Mass to be celebrated in the home of a family in Madawaska. It was hoped that this evening marks the beginning of a new way of sharing in community life here in Madawaska.
25 Years Ago — May 5, 1993
Trade Show Breaks All Records –– Although final tallies were still being compiled, it was already clear that this year’s Top O’ Maine Trade Show in Madawaska broke all attendance records. Greater Area Madawaska Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary Brenda Hanson said that approximately 4,500 individuals visited the show. At one point on Sunday afternoon, 600 individuals per hour were admitted into the Multi Purpose Building, she said.
Chubby Checker — The man who made it okay for teenagers to dance apart, Chubby Checkers, is coming to Madawaska to close the Acadian Festival on Sunday July 4. Chubby gained national fame and became a household name at 17 years of age when his recording of the Twist reached No. 1 on the charts- in 1960 and again in 1962.
10 Years Ago May 7, 2008
Fort Kent Flood Alerts — Flooding occurred in several communities in the St. John Valley after three inches of rain fell within 24 hours on top of a region already drenched by melting snow pack left from a winter that gave the valley 200 inches of snow. Water in several areas rose to flood communities all along the St. John River, from Van Buren to Allagash, Wallagrass to Frenchville. Fort Kent received the worst flooding in its recorded history when the river crested at 31 feet early Thursday morning.