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From Our Files — February 13, 2019

50 Years Ago – Feb. 13, 1969

Michaud Is Madawaska’s Centennial Baby — The Madawaska Centennial Baby Committee proudly announces that baby Scott James Michaud, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Michaud of Madawaska, is the town’s first new citizen for 1969.

Ft. Kent Centennial News — “Wooden nickels” will be legal tender for most, but no all purposes. Police Chief Camille Caron discovers and arrested Mrs. Emile Gagnon of Fort Kent for using the over-sized coins in a parking meter. Wooden nickels will be in circulation for Fort Kent’s Centennial celebration, and Chief Caron will be on the lookout for persons who try to use them in parking meters. Will the Centennial coins be accepted at the Northern National Bank? According to General Chairman Ray Soucy, they are “legal tender.”

25 Years Ago – Feb. 16, 1994

Canadians Lower Taxes On Cigarettes — The Canadian federal government has lowered the amount of tax they collect on a pack of cigarettes by $5, and are prepared to go as high as $10 a pack to match any reductions made by the individual provinces. The New Brunswick Provincial Government cut taxes on a carton of cigarettes by $7.

The Irene Ayotte Family  — 72 surviving members of the Irene Ayotte family comprised of three generations, gathered in Madawaska. They were Mrs. Ayotte’s children, their spouses, offspring and their offspring. The “children” are Albert, Doris, Patrick, Viola, Lewis, Eloise, Roger, Rena, Bernice, Florence, Rosemarie and John.Kristy Morneault and Shawn Parker. Based on school activities, participation, and school spirit over the last four years, these two were chosen out a group of eight couples for the crown.

10 Years Ago – Feb. 18, 2009

Ice Fishing Derby Debuts In Van Buren –– The Greater Van Buren Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first-ever Border Water Ice Fishing Derby on the St. John River Feb. 28 and March 1, 2009. Participants fished the St. John River from the Van Buren Bridge to the Hamlin Port. Prizes were awarded for Muskie, Trout, and Yellow Perch. This was the first year that border water ice fishing had been allowed on this section of the St. John River, said Chamber Director Sheila Cannon/

Looking Rather Regal  — Madawaska’s King and Queen for Winter Carnival 2009 are Kristy Morneault and Shawn Parker. Based on school activities, participation, and school spirit over the last four years, these two were chosen out of a group of eight couples for the crown.

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