From Our Files – Week of August 26, 2020
50 Years Ago — Aug. 27, 1970
A Slight Dip In Enrollment — Enrollment stabilized at 1830 in SAD 24 schoos early this week, but it is expected to jump by about 60 students by the end of potato harvest, according to school officials. Superintendent of schools Charles Tanous said that many children are kept out of schools because their families go blueberrying and then are out in the fields during potato harvest, but they do return to the Van Buren area in October.
Madawaska Enrollment Set — Madawaska schools opened their doors for the 1970-71 school year last Thursday and as of Friday, August 21, 1970, the total enrollment was 1904. A breakdown by individual schools was Evangeline, 250; Acadia, 399; Madawaska High School, including grades 7 and 8, 883; and St. Thomas School, 372. The 1970 enrollment of 1904 shows a decrease of 25 students from last year’s total of 1929.
25 Years Ago — Aug. 30, 1995
Pride Of Madawaska To March In Parade — The Pride of Madawaska Marching Band will be the largest of the 15 bands that will participate in the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II Parade on Sept. 2, 1995 in Bangor. Sept. 2, 1945, was the day General Douglas MacArthur signed the World War II peace treaty aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The statewide anniversary celebration to honor Maine Veterans of all wars, has been three years in the planning by Galen Cole, founder of The Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor.
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 — Sept. 1, 2010
Frenchville’s New Boat Launch — Contractors in Frenchville are working on a new, expansive boat launch into the St. John River with a total project cost of about $450,000, according to Frenchville Town Manager Phil Levesque. The new boat launch will be 12-feet wide, said project superintendent Jason Landeau, who was out measuring spaces at the site. If the weather holds up, he said, the launch should be complete by October.