From Our Files – Week of August 17, 2020
50 Years Ago — August 20, 1970
Mike’s back — Mike Pelletier will take over duties as varsity basketball coach at Madawaska High this year and local fans are hoping the Owls will have sharp talons again.
Pelletier, who coached for one year in 1967-68, must put together a team that has fallen on unfortunate times. But, according to Mike’s record of a few years back, he’s perfectly capable of doing this. His record for that season was 10 wins and 6 losses, but if you recall, the Owls were in contention for a tournament spot almost until the last.
NYC nearing end — Although the Madawaska Neighborhood Youth Corps program had been authorized to employ 32 youngsters, additional funds became available to the State Department of Education for NYC projects and Madawaska obtained an additional 10 job openings. For the past eight weeks these 42 youngsters have been a valuable asset to various non-profit organizations in the community. Some of the jobs completed by these workers are: cleaning up the K of C picnic grounds; helping care for the aged at the St. John Valley Security Home; cleaning 70 classrooms in various school buildings; tutoring youngsters in summer reading programs; typing over 6,000 report cards for use in grades 7-12 and several more jobs.
25 Years Ago — August 23, 1995
Honoring a Madawaska hero — Onias Martin, a Madawaska native with strong Acadian lineage, is a hero who gave his life to liberate Bonntable, Sarthe, France, a small village located just north of La Mans, France. There is a permanent memorial there in his honor. He was the only American killed during that battle on August 10, 1944, less than 60 miles from the birthplace of Pierre Martin, the first Martin to immigrate to Acadia.
Forest fire rousts Valley residents — A forest fire in Quebec had Valley heads of households out and about in the wee hours of the morning, checking for house fires. A spokesman for the state police said that “A fire broke out in Quebec Province in the area of Three Rivers.” Madawaska Police chief Ron Pelletier said that “The police department and the fire department logged in more than 100 phone calls.” Smoke stretched as far as Bangor.
10 Years Ago — August 25, 2010
King Foundation awards library — The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation of Bangor awarded a $50,000 grant to the Long Lake Public Library with the understanding that it continue with its “good work.” Librarian Sr. Jackie Ayotte made the announcement last week. The library serves the Frenchville, Sinclair, Cross Lake and Long Lake regions.