From Our Files — February 6, 2019
50 Years Ago –Feb. 6, 1969
Forum Collapses In Blizzard — In the midst of a raging snowstorm, residents of this area awakened to the news that the Edmundston Forum had collapsed sometime after six o’clock in the morning. As one city official said, “If it had to happen, better now than at some time when it was full of children. The Edmundston Forum, a pet project of Mayor B. Fernand Nadeau and pride of the city, has been in almost constant use since its opening in March 1967.
Madawaska Marine Earns Medal — A local Marine has received the Navy Achievement Medal for exceptional service while stationed in Vietnam. Cpl. Lionel Lavoie received the Navy Achievement Medal. Cpl. Lavoie’s outstanding professional ability, untiring determination and steadfast devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself.
25 Years Ago — Feb. 9, 1994
Desjardins Continues To Break Records –– Jeremy Desjardins, a member of the Fort Kent Community High School’s wrestling team, has recorded more than 100 victories in his four years as a member. His latest victory came Saturday at the Aroostook County meet where he again won a County title.
Students Entertain Highview Manor Residents — Under Gerry Killarney’s directorship, third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade Acadia School students from the drama club entertained the Highview Manor residents with excerpts from “Babes in Toyland” recently. The club performs two plays a year.
10 Years Ago — Feb. 11, 2009
Three Valley Women Head To Aroostook Idol Final –– Three St. John Valley singers are headed for the Aroostook Idol finals in Caribou. The top three performers selected by the audience were local favorite Pamela Cyr, Erica Ouellette and Indya Ouellette. Local popular favorite performer Samantha Boutot said she also enjoyed being a judge.
Fraser in Edmundston Reducing Staff — Through investments, training and job redesign, Fraser Papers in Edmundston, N.B., will eliminate 78 positions over the course of the next 12 to 15 months. The company has worked with the local union to ensure that the staff cuts will be through attrition, a process by which numbers are reduced through retirements instead of layoffs, which will minimize the impact.