From Our Files – Week of Dec. 2, 2019
50 Years Ago — December 4, 1969
Jaycee Cabin Takes On A New Community Role — The Jaycees of Madawaska have moved their cabin from the Midtown Shopping Center to the church lot on the corner of St. Thomas Street and 12th Avenue where the structure will be used for various functions.
“We received permission from the parish to move it there,” said one Jayce this week, “and we intend to use the building for our club meetings as well as allowing Chamber of Commerce to use it for a tourist information booth. The cabin was purchased by the Jaycees for Centennial year and used for selling centennial items.
New Varsity Leader At Van Buren District High — Sterling Leblanc, for the past four seasons a star for the Fort Kent State College Bengals, has been named head coach of basketball at Van Buren District High School. Leblanc was a standout for Coach “Ozzie” Osgood’s Bengals from 1966 to 1969 when they clinched their first Northeast College Conference title.
25 Years Ago — December 7, 1994
Ahead Of Schedule — Madawaska Superintendent of Schools Tom Scott told Madawaska Town Councilors at their regular meeting that 53.8% of the school is now completed and that the project is approximately two months ahead of schedule. The structure is complete and crews will work inside the building this winter. Bricks will be applied to the outside of the school in spring.
Spirit Of Christmas — The city of Chelsea, Mass., has a St. John Valley Christmas tree this year, thanks to Doug and Nancy Clapp of Frenchville. The tree donation was coordinated by Company A, 101 Engineer Battalion, a unit of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. A military vehicle was dispatched to the Clapp home to pick up the 20-foot pine recently.
10 Years Ago — December 2, 2009
Talent Show Success — More than 200 people attended the recent talent show hosted by Jake Smart and his mother, Thais, in Fort Kent, making the show a huge success. The proceeds from the fundraiser topped $1,800 and will be donated to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation scholarship program which helps send families to the annual NAAF conference.