From our Files – Week of Dec. 23, 2019
50 Years Ago — Dec. 23, 1969
Frenchville Man Madawaska Agent — A Frenchville man has been named supervisory agent for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in this St. John Valley papermaking community. The appointment of Hercules Levesque, was announced today by Herschel Lee, superintendent of transportation for the road. Levesque will act as liaison with Fraser Paper Co., one of the road’s major shippers. Levesque is a veteran of 32 years service with the road’s operating department.
Lions Club Santa Treats 1,000 Kids — Close to 1000 packages of candy were distributed by the happy Santa Claus at Midtown Shopping Center in Madawaska last Sunday. Santa, better known to the town’s people as Herby Gervais, chatted with chatted with children and their parents while handing out candy packets for nearly two hours, before the candy ran out.
25 Years Ago — Dec. 28, 1994
Robbery Strikes Northern Trading Company — Madawaska Police Chief Ron Pelletier reported Friday there has been a theft in the area. A yellow, eight foot, Fisher plow was stolen from Northern Trading Company. The plow is made to fit the front of a standard pickup truck.
Six MHS Classes To Hold Reunion — Plans for the reunion of the six classes namely, Class of ‘36, ‘37, ‘38, ‘39, ‘40, and ‘41 are nearing completion. Because of the great number of individuals involved, it was impossible to find a facility in the town of Madawaska to accommodate such a large group, except for the Madawaska High School cafeteria. The committee has hired “McLaughlin’s Big Band”, a 20-piece band who will play selections from the ‘30s and ‘40s, Glenn Miller-style.
10 Years Ago — Dec. 30, 2009
Holiday Cheer Through Music — Businesses, shoppers, and nursing facilities around Madawaska were treated to mini holiday concerts Thursday, Dec. 17, as the Pride of Madawaska High School Band traveled around town and performed holiday tunes in their special version of caroling to all within earshot. Band instructor, Martha Michaud, thanked the crowds at each location for their continued support of the MMHS band program.