From Our Files – Week of January 6, 2020
50 Years Ago — January 8, 1970
Marine In Vietnam Earns Promotion — Marine Corporal Rodney Sanolar of Eagle Lake, was promoted to his present rank while serving with the First Marine Aircraft Wing in Vietnam.
His promotion was based on time in service and rank, military appearance, and his knowledge of selected military subjects. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Camille Sanoler.
Clear Weather Smiles On Van Buren Ice Skaters — Kind weather has helped make this the greatest year yet for Van Buren’s community ice-skating rink, with anywhere from 200-250 children and adults up every night to enjoy excellent ice. Opened just before Christmas, the rink has been filled ever since.
25 Years Ago — January 11, 1995
First Baby Born In St. John Valley In 1995 — Sabrina Partridge is the first American baby born in the St. John Valley in 1995. She was born at 4:51 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. The daughter of Jennifer Doustou and Lawrence Partridge, II of Fort Kent. Sabrina weighed seven pounds and measured 19.5 inches at birth. The attending physician was Dr. George Conover.
10 Years Ago — January 13, 2010
Priest Retires — Fr. James Albert, pastor of Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish in Madawaska and Grand Isle will be retiring at the end of this month as he approaches his 70th birthday. Fr. Albert served simultaneously as the administrator of St. Peter Chanel in Van Buren and Hamlin. Bishop Richard Malone informed parishioners that Fr. Jacques LaPointe, O.F.M. a priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province has been named administrator of both Notre Dame du Mont Carmel and St. Peter Chanel Parishes.