From our Files – Week of March 25, 2020
50 Years Ago — March 26, 1970
Van Buren couple may start nursing home — Mr. and Mrs. Jos Bolduc of Van Buren, who have such a successful venture of their Borderview Home for the elderly, are considering expanding their business by buying the dormitory belonging to the Daughters of Wisdom in St. Agatha, and turning it into a home for senior citizens. Sylvio Michaud, director of the St. John Valley Development Corporation, introduced Bolduc to St. Agatha residents and explained the possibilities of such a venture.
Grand Isle forms ‘Youth Center’ — The initial meeting of the newly-formed Grand Isle Youth Center was held at the Lincoln School gym last Thursday. Guest speakers were Larry Violette, and Leo Nadeau. Father Gerard Parent, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Gerard parishes, made an appearance in the latter part of the meeting to give his encouragement and his advice to the group.
25 Years Ago — March 29, 1995
Top speller — Lynette Clavette, a seventh-grader at Madawaska Middle School, emerged as runner-up at the 1995 Aroostook County Spelling Bee, held recently in Presque Isle. Competing against 18 other contestants from grades 6, 7 and 8, she received a silver medal and a certificate for her efforts. She is the daughter of Oneil and Donna Clavette of Madawaska.
A world of colors — Robin Lagasse was crowned the new 1995 Miss Greater Van Buren on March 4, 1995. She is an 18-year old senior at VBDSS. Lagasse entertained the crowd with a dance routine to the song, “Living in America”. As many already know, the new elementary school in Madawaska will open its doors to students and teachers this fall. It has been an exciting year for the teachers as they plan their new classrooms. Bern Albert, reading specialist; Gerry Kilarney, speech therapist; and Gina Jandreau, science teacher; all from Acadia School, were selecting colors and borders to decorate their new classrooms.
10 Years Ago — March 31, 2010
Sirois first female town manager of St. Agatha — Selectmen in St. Agatha made a historic decision for the town at their meeting March 22 when they hired the town’s first female town manager since Sylvio Michaud was appointed as the town’s first town manager in 1944. Now, seven town managers later, the position is now held by Christy Sirois, who had been hired as the town clerk just three months ago to replace outgoing clerk Kelly Thibodeau, on Jan. 12, 2010.