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Valley happenings since 1957

50 Years Ago — Sept. 19, 1968

1,050 Canadian Pickers Cross At Madawaska — Canadian potato pickers are swarming across the International Bridge and the peak so far was 1,050 that crossed on Monday. C.A. Rogerson, Immigration officer, explained that Madawaska is the only port of entry for the influx of the workers. The figure of 1,845 was the number requested by farmers so far. He added their permits allow the Canadians to work in the fields until Oct. 31.

Chemical Solution Clears Up Black Lake Fish — Representatives of Maine Inland Fish & Game Department sprayed a “Nox-Fish” chemical solution on Black Lake in the township of Fort Kent on Sept. 12. This lake has been reclaimed in order to provide better trout fishing in the area. The pond is closed to ice fishing and has a daily bag limit of five trout.

25 Years Ago — Sept. 22, 1993

Plant Closed –– Maple Lodge of Toronto, Ontario, owners of the Nadeau Poultry Farm processing plant in St-Francois, N.B., barricaded the doors and windows of the facility last week and announced that the plant is closed for good, throwing 240 striking local workers out of work. The workers had been on strike for more than five weeks and negotiations had broken down.

161 Wilderness Acres Donated — Developing a peaceful atmosphere and teaching Boy Scouts how to value land and our environment was just one of the incentives behind a 161-acre land donation given to the Van Buren Boy Scouts by former Hamlin resident Louis Dubay.

10 Years Ago Sept. 17, 2008

Mother of The Year — Irene Fortin was named Saint Gerard Mount Carmel Mother of the year on June 21, 2008.

Biking From Northern Maine to California In Only 80 Days — Bicycling couple, James Henry Eldridge and Anne Marie Breedlove relax in Ste-Agathe while taking a break after completing 4,700 miles of bicycling before they head to Bar Harbor.

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