From our Files – Week of September 28, 2020
50 Years Ago — Oct. 1, 1970
Van Buren soldier earns Bronze Star — On June 27, 1970, PFC Daniel Lapierre was presented the Bronze Star for valor by Major General Milloy, commander of the Americal Division in South Vietnam.
PFC Lapierre received the medal for ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.
Fox resigns — The resignation of Joseph Fox as president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent was “reluctantly” accepted by the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine. The resignation will be effective Aug. 31, 1971.
25 Years Ago — Oct. 4, 1995
Madawaska studies Guard offer — Madawaska Town Councilors told representatives of the Maine National Guard that any agreement with the town for the use of Acadia School as an armory will have to be approved by voters at the annual town meeting in March. Lt. Col. Arthur Cleaves highlighted a draft of a proposed agreement the National Guard would have with the town. Cleaves said this would be the first such agreement in Maine between a municipality and the National Guard. The Guard would pay $1 a year to rent the former Acadia School building on Main Street.
Rehab — The former Mont-Carmel Catholic Church in Lille is being refurbished, thanks to a $250,000 CDBG Public Facility Infrastructure Grant. The chimney is being replaced by Swift Chimney Sweep of Van Buren, and the heating system, electrical system, windows, entrance and foyer will be rehabilitated.
10 Years Ago — Oct. 6, 2010
Charette to be inducted — At 94 years of age, Ernest Charette of Fort Kent, master craftsman, has been named the 2010 inductee into the Northern Maine Construction Hall of Fame. Charette joked in a phone interview that, even with more than 70 years working with power tools, “lucky me, I still have all my fingers.” Charette has been in the building materials trade for nearly seven decades.