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From our Files – Week of July 6, 2020

50 Years Ago — July 9, 1970

    Renovations may delay school opening — Major renovations will start on St. Thomas School in Madawaska within the next week and the time needed for repairs could delay the opening, now planned for Aug. 19, 1970.

Superintendent John Houghton said if the opening is delayed, the school board’s decision on makeup days will be widely publicized so parents know what to do. Involved would be students in grades K through 3. Renovations included new stairwells, firewalls between exits and corridors, lavatory facilities for both floors, along with floor repairs.

Fellow workers honor Walter Novack — Friends and fellow workers showered Walter Novack with gifts at a farewell party held at the American Legion basement. Novack is leaving Fraser’s to return to teaching this fall at Madawaska High School. The popular Madawaskan previously taught biology at Madawaska High from 1948 to 1950.

 25 Years Ago — July 12, 1995

Chamber’s project makes Fort Kent beautiful — The Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce extended the Adopt A Pot project to local businesses and residents for the sole purpose of making downtown Fort Kent beautiful. Carol Anne Dube, executive director, stated that “This project was taken over by the Chamber about three years ago when the downtown area was given a ‘facelift.’ It has been a success ever since.”

Acadian achiever — The founder of the Madawaska Society is the recipient of the first annual Acadian Festival in Madawaska. Geraldine Chasse was congratulated by Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce President Lucille Cray at the Acadian Supper, Friday, June 30, 1995. The historical society, founded in 1968, became the catalyst for the Acadian Festival and family reunions in Madawaska. Chasse was named to the Acadian Culture Preservation Commission when it was formed three years ago.

10 Years Ago — July 14, 2010

Cote is the Maine Agri-Woman of the Year — Therese Cote of St. David was honored earlier this year as the 2010 Maine Agri-Woman of the Year at the Maine Potato Board’s annual dinner and meeting. Cote was chosen for many years of service to her farm family, the Aurele and Therese Cote farm, as well as to the Maine potato industry, and for her commitment and dedication to agriculture.

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