St. John Valley

From our Files – Week of October 1, 2019

50 Years Ago — October 2, 1969

Madawaska Knights Hold Hunter’s Breakfast  — “We aren’t kidding when we say the event is being held by popular demand,” explained Alvey Dubois, publicity chairman for the Knights. “Over the years we have been asked by area residents to sponsor a hunter’s breakfast. 

Kerr Wins Tennis Tournament  — Billy Derr was the winner of the hotly contested tennis tournament at Fraser courts in Madawaska when he took the third set from runner-up Rudolph Pelletier Tuesday evening. The pair went into the final round after 14 other entries had been eliminated. Kerr advanced to the finals by upsetting the Rev. Louis Long, George Gagnon and Cliff Madore.

 25 Years Ago — October 5, 1994

Foreign Affairs — Fifteen-year old Mirail Markeev of Vorkuta, Russia, an ASSE exchange student staying for one year with the Jeannot Damboise family of Grand Isle, experienced American politics first-hand at a local Tom Andrews rally recently.

Looking Good Madawaska Superintendent of Schools Tom Scott reports the new elementary school on 11th Avenue is one month ahead of schedule. The contractor plans to have the building enclosed before winter. The bulk of the work will be to install the walls and roof before the snow arrives. Scott said, “I’m very pleased and there is no doubt in my mind, they will be ready for Sept. 1, 1995, for the opening of school.”

10 Years Ago — September 30, 2009

Petitioners Aim To Remove Three Town Councilors Almost a year after petitioners circulated to call for the removal of two town councilors last year, a group of Van Buren voters are at it again, this time calling for the removal of three members of the five-member council that is charged with carrying out town business in accordance with the town charter. The three petitions call for the removal of Chairman Bob Leanard, and Councilors Don Dumond and Mike Bresett. A group of voters  became concerned that the three councilors were taking liberties with the town’s charter.

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