From Our Files — September 5, 2018
Valley happenings since 1957
50 Years Ago — September 5, 1968
School Enrollment Up Over 1967 — Enrollment in all Madawaska schools is up by 23 students over last year, Supt. John Houghton reported this week. “As of Monday we had 1,963 students in all the schools,” said Houghton, “and last year at this time we had 1,940.”
Van Buren Priest Made Pastor –Father Philip Laplante S.M., a native of Van Buren, has been appointed new pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish in Haverhill, Mass. His new duties became effective on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
25 Years Ago — September 8, 1993
Man Awarded Joint Service Commendation Medal –-Major James (Jim) Dubois, son of Louis and Adrienne Dubois of Madawaska, was presented with the Joint Service Commendation Medal at Izmir, Turkey, recently. He earned the award while serving at his previous assignment at Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, from January 1988 to September 1992.
Candidates Face Off In Special Election — Two candidates are vying to fill a seat on the Grand Isle Board of Selectmen. Joseph R.W. Chasse and Wallace Grivois are the only two candidates to file nomination papers. The special election, held Thursday, Sept. 16, was called to fill an uncompleted term by Selectman Gerard Doucette, who now resides in the Bangor area.
10 Years Ago September 3, 2008
Man Honored By International Family Association — A prominent St. John Valley resident is the first Franco-American to be honored by a Canadian family association. John Dionne of Grand Isle was recently presented with the Association des Dionne D’Amerique Prix Meritas. The Association des Dionne d’Amerique is a non-profit organization created in 1986 to regroup Dionne family members everywhere and to bring them together as one very large “family.”