From Our Files – Week of February 27, 2019
50 Years Ago –Feb. 27, 1969
Vandals Best “Music Fighters” — The Vandals won the best band sound at the Jaycee-sponsored battle of the bands Thursday evening, Feb. 20, at the Madawaska High School Cafetorium. The Vandals received $75 and a trip to Lewiston for a chance to compete in the state finals, March 25.
New Truck Helps Speed Mail — The Van Buren Post Office received a brand new Dodge truck a week ago Tuesday. The new 3/4-ton truck is well equipped for around-the-town driving. It has a magnifying as well as regular rearview mirror and a special mirror on the front to show the driver if any children are close in front of the truck. Postmaster Don Lapointe said the new truck will be used for parcel post deliveries, relays and collections around town.
25 Years Ago — March 2, 1994
Frozen Water Pipes Keep Districts Busy — More than twice as many water pipes froze in Madawaska and Fort Kent so far this winter than ever before. As of Thursday morning, a total of 333 water pipes were reported frozen so far in the St. John Valley. Madawaska Water District Superintendent Real Hebert said that last year the district unfroze 161 pipes, breaking a 27-year record. Residents report that water pipes that hadn’t frozen in nearly 50 years froze this year.
Ed Pelletier & Sons Named Top Business — Dave, Mike, Omer and Bob Pelletier of Madawaska shared the spotlight Friday at the Madawaska Chamber of Commerce annual meeting when they were elected Businesspersons of the Year by their fellow chamber members. The co-owners of Ed Pelletier and Sons were visibly moved by the honor.
10 Years Ago — March 4, 2009
Pam Cyr Crowned Aroostook Idol –– The crowd gathered at the fifth annual Aroostook Idol competition crowned Pam Cyr of Fort Kent as their champion this weekend after she performed “Why Haven’t I Heard From You,” originally performed by Reba McIntyre, and a unique version of Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary’ at the Caribou Performing Arts Center on Sunday.