From Our Files — May 22, 2019
50 Years Ago — May 22, 1969
Pastor Honored — Father Conrad L’Heureux was honored Monday by parishioners on the occasion of his 18th anniversary as a priest. The surprise reception was held at the St. Joseph rectory and was attended by some 71 persons of the community. Father L’Heureux is pastor of St.Joseph Church in Wallagrass and Sacred Heart Church in Soldier Pond.
“Guitar Night” Big Success — A guitar night was presented by the students of Champlain, Sacred Heart and District High Schools on May 16 at Van Buren District High School. The program consisted of various guitar and piano solos and group singing. Some 85 students participated in the program, which was enjoyed by 200 parents and friends. The evening was organized by music teacher, Miss Sarah Mae Stewart.
25 Years Ago — May 25 , 1994
Madawaska Swimming Pool — The swimming pool in Madawaska has finally been put to rest. What once brought delight to thousands of Madawaska youth in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s has finally been given a burial as heavy equipment last week filled in the area that the pool once occupied. Will there ever be another outside pool in Madawaska? Time will only be able to tell that.
Valley Racer — Ken Dumond of Van Buren will race in his fourth season at Spud Speedway in the Mini A division, following in his brother’s footsteps. Dumond was the 1992 point champion in his division and he has amassed a legion of Valley fans. Dumond said he is currently looking for sponsors.
10 Years Ago — May 20, 2009
Thibeault Is Mother Of The Year In St. Agatha –– Velma Thibeault was honored as the ‘Mother of the Year’ in an event held May 9 in St. Agatha by the Ladies of St. Anne. Thibeault was born in 1926 and, like many St. John Valley residents in those days, was brought up through hard times on a farm. She married Clarence Thibeault and together they raised 13 children. Life was very different than it is now.