From Our Files – Week of September 18, 2019
50 Years Ago — September 18, 1969
Van Buren Changes — Superintendent of Schools Charles Tanous announced this week that due to the bad weather conditions recently the SAD 24 schools will not close for potato harvest on September 19 as previously scheduled, but will remain open until September 26. The decision was based on a close check with local farmers who told the school officials that there had been so much rain lately that they have been unable to kill the tops of the potato plants and the fields are too wet for their machinery.
St. Francis Senior Citizen Center Opens — The new Senior Citizens Center, which will hold its official opening in the near future, has opened in the basement of the St. Charles Catholic Church. The Center will be opened to afternoons and two evenings a week and is opened to anyone 55 years of age and over. Mrs. Cozy Mae Harvey is director and Mrs. Maisie Harvey is assistant director.
25 Years Ago — September 21, 1994
Times Wins 1994 Better Newspaper Contest — The St. John Valley Times has won two awards in the 1994 Maine Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The Times Advertising Department won a first place award and the newsroom, a third place award.The 1994 awards are the 10th and 11th for the Times since 1987.
Valley Ammex Stores Now Closed — Local residents woke up Friday to find that the Ammex stores in Van Buren, Madawaska and Fort Kent were closing that day. A report in the weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News states that the “major downward trend of Canadian traffic into Maine” is the primary reason for the closures.
10 Years Ago — September 16, 2009
Go Tell It On The Mountain — A 35-foot cross once again stands up on the hill overlooking Madawaska, thanks to the work of Donald Pelletier and many others. The cross, which is 16 feet across and holds an 8-foot sculpture of Jesus, is the second one at the site. The first fell during a storm a few years ago.