From our Files – Week of February 3, 2020
50 Years Ago — Feb. 5, 1970
Soldier Cited For Heroism In Vietnam — Specialist 4 Joseph Michaud, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hector Michaud, of Madawaska, has received the Army Commendation Medal for heroism for action in Vietnam on October 14, 1969.
The citation of Michaud’s action reads as follows: “For heroism in connection with military operations against hostile force when Sp 4 Michaud distinguished himself by heroic actions while serving with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry in the Republic of Vietnam. Following this Michaud was promoted to Sergeant.
Something’s Different — There wasn’t a speck of snow in on Main Street in Madawaska, and roads were clean as a whistle. In fact, it was clean because the town crews had just washed it. Town road foreman Lucien Cyr reported this was the earliest Main Street had ever been washed.
25 Years Ago — Feb. 8, 1995
Scary Attempt — Three attempts were made to drag a Bobcat skid-steer out of the frozen St. John River near the boat landing in Van Buren, said Aubrey Raus of Hamlin, who photographed and witnessed the event on Jan. 31. Richard Coltart of Madawaska also witnessed the event and said nearly 100 individuals were present to watch as the payloader, diver and several helpers tried to drag and haul the skid-steer out of the river. The skid-steer had been submerged in the river since Jan. 28 when an almost tragic incident occurred.
10 Years Ago — Feb. 10, 2010
Derby On The St. John River — The second annual Border Water Ice Fishing Derby is coming back to Van Buren Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 13 and 14, 2010. The largest trout is worth a $500 prize, with $200 for second place and $75 for third. Anglers catching the largest Muskie can also claim those amounts for first, second and third. Only fish caught in the St. John River from the Van Buren Port to the Hamlin Port will be eligible for derby prizes.