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From our Files – Week of April 6, 2020

50 Years Ago — April 9, 1970

  Madawaska tax increase for 1970 — The total tax increase for the town will be about two mills, according to town treasurer Mrs. Martha Dufour. “This will bring the total to about 78 mills per $1,000 valuation,” she further explained.

Mrs. Dufour said the exact increase will remain unknown until the assessment is completed, in about a month or two.

Van Buren Junior High students take CD course — All children in grades 7 and 8 at Van Buren Junior High School have recently completed a three-hour course in civil defense training, recommended by Governor Kenneth Curtis. The course lasted a week at the school and was taught to eighth-graders by Robert Lapointe and to seventh-graders by Don Gagnon. All students who successfully completed the course received a certificate of completion from the Office of Civil Defense.

 25 Years Ago — April 12, 1995

Putting the pride back in — Acadia School fifth-grade students entertained a large number of parents, teachers and community members at an evening of french songs. The 60-minute concert was free of charge. Each selection was introduced in French by a different student. Madawaska School Committee Chairman Jim Lavertu said, “This is the solution, more French in school — put the pride back in.”

Whiteout — Hurricane-strength winds and several inches of freshly fallen snow wreaked havoc up here Wednesday, with temperatures in some areas reportedly sinking to the 50-degree below zero mark. Frequent and unexpected “whiteouts” made driving very hazardous.

10 Years Ago — April 14,  2010

Synergy closes FK office — When Patrick Ouellette got ready for work on Monday, April 5, he had no idea it would be his last day. A month after assuring the public that they had no plans to close, Synergy Solutions, located in Fort Kent, closed its doors on Monday, affecting the jobs of nearly 45 employees.

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