From Our File — October 3, 2018
Valley happenings since 1957
50 Years Ago — October 3, 1968
French Spud Dealers Dine At Pete’s — Close to 20 persons came from France to study agricultural methods in Aroostook County and the Valley was included in their tour. Highlight of their trip to this section of the country was a visit to the Joe Lapointe farm south of Van Buren. The visit of the French growers was sponsored by the Maine Potato Commission and the Maine Department of Agriculture.
Grand Isle Builds Reservoir — The town of Grand Isle will have water to fight fires even when the St. John River is at a low ebb, as at present. Fire Chief Euclide Soucy said a reservoir is being built that will hold about 20,000 gallons of water. It’s about 15 feet high, 200 feet long and deepens at one end.
25 Years Ago — October 6, 1993
50 Year Members –– The Madawaska Legion Post 147 was the scene recently honoring two recipients of the Legion’s 50 Years of Continuous Service Award. Rene P. Levesque of Grand Isle and Hector Michaud of Madawaska received various awards from the National Dept., State Dept., and Post 147 of the American Legion.
Country Cormier — Cheryl Cormier of West Hartford, Conn., a Van Buren native, is a rising star in the world of country music. After several years as a top 40 singer and heading a couple of rock ‘n’ roll bands, Cormier discovered contemporary country music. She opened for Willie Nelson in Connecticut and reportedly almost stole the show.
10 Years Ago October 1, 2008
“Lost On A Mountain In Maine” — Donn Fendler recently visited students at Wallagrass Elementary to commemorate the 69th anniversary of his extraordinary rescue after being lost for nine days in the rugged wilderness of Mt. Katahdin. Mr. Fendler described his misadventures, provided footage of the dramatic rescue, and entertained many questions from his captive audience. He completed his visit with a stop to each classroom to talk individually to students as well as sign autographs.