From our Files – Week of September 21, 2020
50 Years Ago — Sept. 24, 1970
UMFK has 409 — The University of Maine at Fort Kent has a total enrollment of 409 students this fall. Last year’s enrollment was 335. Returning upperclassmen total 195, new campus students total 173, and the Evening Division has enrolled some 41 students. The freshman class has 150 of the new students enrolled this fall.
Keegan youth enters seminary — Philip St. Pierre, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alcide St. Pierre of Keegan, has entered the Marist Fathers Seminary in Framingham, Massachusetts. The Marist Fathers have welcomed Phil to the studies of the priesthood and have given him the opportunity to major in the field of his choice. He is a graduate of Van Buren District High School, the class of 1970.
25 Years Ago — Sept. 27, 1995
Zero the Hero — Youngsters at Dr. Levesque School in Upper Frenchville had been looking for a number with a zero since the first day of school. When school day 10 arrived the students found a zero. Tom Pennington from Madawaska High School agreed to fly in with Roland Martin and landed at the Frenchville Airport. Two bus loads of students were anxiously awaiting the arrival of “Zero the Hero.” The character comes from the “Box It Bag It” math program currently in use at Dr. Levesque School.
Monumental move — The VFW monument in Fort Kent was moved late last week in the attempt of removing it from the road. Since the construction of Pleasant Street the monument jutted out into the road. Delwood Construction got the bid to move the monument. The structure was moved back a few feet from the road where it now sits comfortably and where it can remain for many more years.
10 Years Ago — Sept. 29, 2010
Birch bark canoe launched — The Madawaska Maliseet First Nation of Madawaska County, N.B. recently launched their birch bark canoe at the Madawaska River marina near the Lions Park in Edmundston. The Madawaska Maliseet First Nation contracted with Steve Cayard to lead a four-week seminar on building a true Maliseet style birchbark canoe in St. Basile, N.B.