From Our Files – June 26, 2019
50 Years Ago — June 26, 1969
Construction Zips Along On Hospital Addition — Construction began last April on a $2.2 million addition on two sections of the People’s Benevolent Hospital in Fort Kent. The new facilities which will be provided in the new sections include space for 90 additional beds. These new additions at the hospital will ensure added enlargement in staff in the future.
Fort Kent Will Bury “Time Capsule” As Centennial Feature — On Saturday, July 5, the 1969 generation buried a time capsule to be dug up in 100 years. This Centennial celebration was buried on the Fort Kent Library grounds, near the monument.
25 Years Ago — June 29, 1994
First Town In Maine To Compost — Van Buren is the first town in the state of Maine to dispose of their solid waste by composting. According to Bill Sheehan, director of composting for the Department of Environmental Protection Agency, this will be a first for the state. He added there have been a few trials of municipal waste, but this facility will be a first.
Humanitarian Award — Edwin Parent of Van Buren was the winner of the 1994 Humanitarian Award presented by the American Legion Department of Maine to the Legionnaire who best represents an unselfish and deep commitment to his post and community which genuinely contributes to the welfare of all mankind.
10 Years Ago — June 24, 2009
Bearing The Marquis Family Crest — The Acadian Mass marks the beginning of the 32nd Acadian Festival/Festival acadien in Madawaska. The Acadian Festival honors a local family every year. This year the Marquis family has been selected. It is expected that more than 1,000 Marquis family members will attend the large family reunion. Laissez les bon temps rouler.