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From our Files — September 12, 2018

50 Years Ago — September 12, 1968

Severe Drought Empties St. John River –The song that “Old Man River Just Keeps Rolling Along” can hardly apply to the St. John. The best our river is doing at present is a slow creep-if that. For within the past weeks and months the water level of the St. John River has dipped to the point unknown before by most residents and the low waters have brought stagnation and pollution also unknown to such  a degree. An official who should know called this a record drought season.

Cormier High Is “Overflowing” — Cormier High School in Edmundston is full to overflowing with an enrollment of 1,050 students. The three grade nine classes, approximately 85 students, are presently using trailers as classrooms. A new  High complex, to be completed by 1971 has been promised by the federal government for this area.

25 Years Ago — September 15, 1993

Average Valley Potato Farmer Has 150 Acres –– According to Carol Adams, of the Maine Potato Board, the St. John Valley still has 110 potato farmers. The average farmer in the St. John Valley harvest 150 acres of land.

Madawaska Hosts Maine Firefighters — More than 800 individuals, from 75 Maine towns and cities, registered for the 30th Annual Convention of the Maine State Federation of Firefighters this weekend in Madawaska.

10 Years Ago September 10, 2008

Officer Lauded For Fighting Underage Drinking — Officer Richard Martin of the Fort Kent Police Department was nominated by Community Voices and the Maine Office of Substance Abuse because of his dedication and service to underage drinking prevention.

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