From our Files – Week of April 1, 2020
50 Years Ago — April 2, 1970
Salutatorian — Robert Corriveau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Corriveau of Keegan, has been named salutatorian of the 1970 graduating class of the University of Maine at Orono and will participate in commencement exercises with valedictorian Roger Hanscom of Brewer.
Advanced training — Pfc. Arnold R. Dufour, son of Mr. and Mrs. Armand Dufour of Madawaska, recently graduated from Parris Island Administration School. Dufour entered the Marine Corps October 15, 1969. He took basic training at Parris Island, S.C. then underwent advanced training at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
25 Years Ago — April 5, 1995
Top DJ — Blair Raymond of Madawaska came in first in a competition pitting DJ against DJ in St. Pascal, Quebec. The contest lasted two months and three DJs competed every Sunday evening at Le Drag, a nightclub in that locality. He is now a substitute DJ at La Drag, as well as providing entertainment for dances and parties in the Valley.
Royalty — Robin Lagasse was crowned the new 1995 Miss Greater Van Buren on March 4, 1995. An 18-year old senior at VBDSS, she entertained the crowd with a dance routine to the song, “Living in America.”
10 Years Ago — April 7, 2010
Records broken — This weekend brought the warmest stretch ever for so early in the year, according to the National Weather Service. In Fort Kent, a high of 80 occurred on April 4. The Frenchville Airport reported a high of 76. Last year on April 3, the high at the airport was 53, and the average high for the date is 41, which was nearly doubled last weekend. Gale Flagg of Fort Kent has been tracking the weather for years and said she remembered on April 3 and April 4, 1974, the Valley received 3 to 4 feet of snow.