From Our Files – Week of April 13, 2020
50 Years Ago — April 16, 1970
Van Buren youth clean up town — On the day after the nation observes “Earth Day,” over 400 youth in SAD 24 will march through the town of Van Buren armed with mops and brooms, rags and window cleaner, to express their thanks to adults by cleaning the town.
The Legion Auxiliary has volunteered to sponsor a buffet lunch at the Legion gym to feed the hungry troops on “D (Debris) Day.”
Best of Valley basketballers — Coaches of the four teams in the Northern Aroostook Basketball League have chosen their all-star team and the list includes two from Fort Kent, two from Van Buren, one from Madawaska and one from Limestone. Richard Arnold is the only Madawaska selection but his credentials are impressive. As a junior he scored 212 points for a 13.3 per game average. He hit on 78 of 167 shots from floor for a 46 percent mark and from the foul line he hit 58 percent.
25 Years Ago — April 19, 1995
Canada cancels fishway — The government of Canada announced Monday it has cancelled plans to build an Atlantic salmon fishway at Grand Falls, N.B., because Maine Gov. Angus King refused to endorse the project. The $3.2 million project was to have been funded entirely by the Canadian government, the province of New Brunswick and municipalities along the river. No funds were required from the State of Maine.
Being part of an important mission — Navy Fireman Derek Carrier, the 20-year old son of Rolland and Joyce Carrier of Madawaska, was part of the U.S. naval force that provided cover for the final withdrawal of U.N. troops in Somalia during Operation United Shield. For more than two years, these U.N. forces protected humanitarian relief efforts amid the chaos of Somalia’s internal unrest.
10 Years Ago — April 21, 2010
No harvest break for elementary — In Madawaska, elementary school students will no longer have a harvest break. Elementary Principal Ginette Albert requested that the Madawaska school board take on a change to potato harvest in the elementary school. Teachers in her school, she said, would have “difficulty with continuation of education” if elementary harvest break were to continue, and that teachers at the school “think it’s best to go back to the way it was.”