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From our Files – Week of June 1, 2020

50 Years Ago — June 4, 1970

    Painting for Blockhouse — Sister Annie Daigle of Fort Kent recently donated to the Fort Kent Blockhouse her oil painting of the first steel bridge across the Fish River in Fort Kent.

The painting was done at John F. Kennedy College. Robert Jalbert accepted the painting and it will be exhibited in the blockhouse for all visitors to see.

About 60 take First Communion — Approximately 60 children received First Holy Communion Sunday, May 31, 1970, at a solemn concelebrated Mass at St. Bruno’s Church with Rev. Roger Labrecque, S.M., and Robert Labrecque, S.M.  A breakfast was served by members of St. Bruno’s CYO following the Mass and over two hundred children and parents attended. 

 25 Years Ago — June 7, 1995

Two Fort Kent businesses reduced to ashes — Smoke filled the air Sunday morning that was seen all the way from downtown Fort Kent to Soldier Pond. The Lone Star Ranch and Route One Fashions on Main Street burned to the ground in a fire that began around 3 a.m. Stan Albert, part owner of Route One Fashions, said, “No one got hurt, that is the bright side.” Fort Kent Fire Chief Allen Dow said he believes the fire may have originated with a possible electrical problem in the Route One Fashion’s office.

Enfin! — Finally! After too many months of temperatures near or below the freezing mark, we deserved a very hot day last week. The thermometer read 90 degrees in Madawaska at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 1995. 

10 Years Ago — June 9,  2010

Therriault School enrollment down — The future of the Patrick Therriault School in Sinclair is now in question. The Sinclair elementary school serves 10 students with the equivalent of one teacher, with next year’s enrollment projected to be five students. Acting Commissioner of Education Angela Faherty met with about 20 parents, teachers and residents June 2, 2010, in a hearing to discuss the future of the K-6 school located at 425 Martin Road in Sinclair.

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