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From our Files – Week of September 14, 2020

50 Years Ago — Sept. 17, 1970

    Parish visits underway — Rev. Albert Long, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church announced that the annual parish visitation will begin this week. This week the families along the Main Highway and Main Street will be visited.

Rev. Lionel Daigle, assistant pastor, will begin at 257 East Main and Rev. Albert Long, pastor, will begin near the drive-in theatre.

Centennial baby — Gisele Rachelle Lajoie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Lajoie, has the distinction of being Cyr Plantation’s honored centennial baby, the only child born during the summer celebration that marked the community’s 100th anniversary. Gisele made it just under the wire, as she was born Sept. 2 and the last of the centennial activities were held on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

 25 Years Ago — Sept. 20, 1995

Parishioners greeted bishop — Saint Thomas Aquinas parishioners greet Auxiliary Bishop Michael Cote following Mass Sunday morning in Madawaska. Cote commissioned 17 of the parish’s Catechism teachers during the one-hour service. This marked Cote’s second visit to the St. John Valley in as many weeks. The newly ordained auxiliary bishop is soft-spoken, unassuming and warmly greeted by local churchgoers.

Mock election winners — Students in Beatrice Ouellette’s classroom were recently honored by Senator Bill Cohen in being awarded the Ruth Hollander Award for contributions to the 1994 mock elections. The students are from the Dr. Levesque School, one of four schools honored in Maine.

10 Years Ago — Sept. 22, 2010

Sisters donate unique ponytails — Fort Kent resident Sylvie Nadeau and her sister Josee Caron of Edmundston, New Brunswick, will both donate their 15-inch long ponytails, cut in 1975 when they were ages 9 and 10, to Locks of Love. The sisters decided to make the donation after their mother gave them the locks of hair, which she had saved. Nadeau looked into the Locks of Love organization and confirmed they accept any length of hair longer than 10 inches.  

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