From Our Files – Week of August 28, 2019
50 Years Ago — August 28, 1969
Town Manager Cited For 15 Years In Job — Eddie Belanger, town manager of Van Buren, was presented with a 15-year service award at the 24th annual New England town managers institute held at the University of Maine in Orono August 17-22. Belanger has been a town manager in the State of Maine for 15 years, first in Eagle Lake then Ashland, and for the past four years in Van Buren. Also receiving a 15-year award, but unable to attend the banquet, was Claude Dumond of Fort Kent.
Canadian Students Given Exchange Tours — Some 26 students from Hamilton, Ontario recently visited Madawaska and nearby area as part of an “Exchange Youth Day” that was worked out by the Chamber of Commerce and Centennial Committee. Chamber director Delmar Doody, said 15 students from Madawaska were taken around the Edmundston area to complete the swap.
25 Years Ago — August 31, 1994
Beware All Valley Harley Owners — There have been three separate incidents of Harley Davidson motorcycles stolen from the St. John Valley this summer. The most recent one taken, was a blue and black 1980 Harley Davidson. The bike belonged to Brian Corriveau of St. Agatha. It was stolen on August 22 or 23. Deputy Sheriff Michael Bouchard reported, “All three robberies are related incidents.”
Burn Out — Safety-suited Keith Rail got into the Rolling Thunder dragster to demonstrate the “burn-out” technique employed by drag racers to increase tire traction on paved drag strips. Rail performed at the Northern Wheels Auto Club car show in St. Francis recently.
10 Years Ago — August 26, 2009
Students Introduced To New Middle School — The first day of school in SAD 27 welcomed 205 students to the new Valley Rivers Middle School in Fort Kent. The school board of SAD 27 voted in April to establish a unified middle school for the students. All classes are no larger than between 20 and 25 students, with some being even smaller.