From Our Files, July 20
From Our Files
Valley happenings since 1957
50 Years Ago – July 21, 1966
Poles removed on Main Street — Workers of the Fort Kent Telephone Company are pulling out old telephone poles like teeth on Fort Kent’s Main Street. Existing telephone cables are on Maine Public Service posts located on the east side of Main Street. About 35 poles on the west side of the street are being removed.
New semi-pro ball team makes home debut — The new Madawaska All-Stars semi-professional baseball team will play its first home game before local fans Thursday night. Elmer Deprey, coach, said the boys would meet a Loring team at the Madawaska ball park. Deprey said pitching for the locals will be Real Picard, former lefthander with the Edmundston Republicans.
Local driver wins at new speedway — Ken McIntosh of Madawaska turned his attention to the new speedway at St. Jacques last Sunday and drove off with $75. McIntosh won first place in the 25-lap race, driving car 17 for Acadia Motors.
25 Years Ago – July 17, 1991
Ezzy wins Mrs. Intern’l Pageant — Patricia Ezzy was crowned Queen of the unique and spirited Mrs. International Pageant on Sunday evening in Van Buren. Ezzy, who operates Ezzy’s Music Shop in Van Buren with her husband, also won the Mrs. Talent Award for her French song and jig, which had audience members clapping along.
New post office building — For 23 years, Beulah Bouchard of Soldier Pond, has run the small town’s postal services from her home. On July 1, the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Postal Service, she opened the doors to the town’s new post office building. “It’s quite a transition,” she said. “But I’m enjoying every minute of it.”
Two pageant finalists selected — Andrea Dee Corriveau, 7, daughter of Phil and Dee Corriveau of Fort Kent and Andrea McQuarrie, 6, daughter of Linda and Dave McQuarrie of Madawaska have both been selected as finalists in the 1991 Miss Maine National Pre-Teen Petite Pageant to be held in Bangor on August 3 and 4.
10 Years Ago – July 19, 2006
Minor quake shakes The Valley — A minor earthquake rattled the St. John Valley on Friday morning, according to the website of the United States Geological Survey. The quake rated a 3.9 on the Richter scale and occurred 20 miles south/southwest of Fort Kent, near Dickey at 5:34 a.m. according to the USGS website.
Rioux wins golf tournament — Mike Rioux of Fort Kent was the winner of the 2006 Fort Kent Merchants’ Golf Tournament last Saturday. Rioux shot a 74 on a winning putt on the 18th hole, which gave him the championship. A total of 81 golfers participated in this year’s event and all agreed the course was in excellent shape.
USPS honors Van Buren’s station — The United States Postal Service will sponsor a special commemorative cancellation in honor of Van Buren’s 125th anniversary of incorporation. The July 30 event is part of the annual town-wide Summer Festival. The special cancellation pictorial design is based on the town’s seal.