St. John Valley

From Our Files – Week of August 14, 2019

50 Years Ago — August 21, 1969

   Riteway Cleaners Joins Institute — Gerard Michaud, proprietor of Rite-Way Cleaners in Madawaska, learned that Rite-Way has been admitted as a member of the National Institute of Drycleaning. A field representative from Silver Springs, MD., Al Miller, came to Madawaska to inform Michaud of the “promotion” for his business and to explain the benefits of being in the institute. “Rite-Way is the first dry cleaning establishment in the valley to receive this honor,” said Miller.

68 Camping Units Visited  Birch Haven — Over the weekend of August 15, the newly opened tenting and trailer park, Birch Haven, on Eagle Lake received its largest number (68) camping units this season, according to proprietor Wilmer Saucier of Fort Kent and his son, Dana. To show their appreciation to the campers, the Sauciers distributed free bean hole beans to the campers until the supply ran out.

 25 Years Ago — August 24, 1994 

WKFT-TV — Danny Nicolas received a $100 donation from Virginia Nadeau on behalf of the Fort Kent Federal Credit Union for equipment for WFKT-TV Channel 4. WFKT-TV is a local access channel which has a tentative air date of Sept. 1 and will show local and community events to subscribers of United Video Cablevision and will service Fort Kent, Wallagrass, Soldier Pond and some areas of New Canada.

Men Sell Their Way To Woodstock ‘94 Two local Madawaska men earned $700 by selling hand carved jewelry that was made from moose antlers. This monies paid their way to Woodstock ‘94. An excess of 350,000 individuals purchased tickets for Woodstock ‘94. Mike Beaulieu and Tom Sabo formerly of Madawaska were in the crowd at Woodstock, along with two local musicians Jamie and Jason Tibeault of the Jerry T. Band. Beaulieu described the general atmosphere of Woodstock ‘94 as, “a gathering of souls.”

10 Years Ago — August 19, 2009

Everyday Is Acadian Day At The Acadian Village — The Chanteurs Acadiens were just one form of entertainment at Acadian Day celebrated at the Acadian Village in Van Buren on Aug. 15. Attendees at the daylong event were treated to traditional Acadian food, Native American crafts, music, woodcarving and access to the Acadian Village grounds. The Acadian Village is open seven days per week from noon to 5 p.m. until mid-September.

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