From our Files – Week of October 5, 2020
50 Years Ago — Oct. 8, 1970
Curfew law — The curfew ordinance in Madawaska, forbidding youngsters under 16 to be on the streets after 9:30 p.m., will be enforced in the future. Police Chief Lou Daigle said complaints have been received recently of congestion on streets and thus the reason for closer supervision.
Chief Daigle said, “After all, the ordinance can help relieve the minds of parents if it is carried out, but we need cooperation.”
Tardif named new principal — Reynold Tardif, a native of Fort Kent, has been named new principal of Bailey School in Frenchville and Montfort School in St. Agatha.The appointment was announced by Nathaniel Crowley, acting superintendent of SAD 33, and becomes effective immediately.
25 Years Ago — Oct. 11, 1995
Teacher of the Month — Allen Guerrette, sixth grade language arts, social studies and math teacher at Madawaska Middle School, is the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce October Teacher of the Month. Guerrette says he enjoys teaching because “It is never the same and you don’t know what each day will bring.” Education runs in the Guerrette family: his grandmother, Jane Tardif-Guerrette, was an educator; his mother, Lorraine Guerrette, worked for the Madawaska School Department; and his wife, Mary, is the director of special services for the MSD.
10 Years Ago — Oct. 13, 2010
Van Buren native fights slavery in L.A. — Tracy Cormier, originally from Van Buren, was featured recently in Reader’s Digest magazine for her efforts fighting human trafficking as part of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement team in Los Angeles, California. Cormier’s story was told in the October 2010 edition of the popular periodical, in which writer Mary Fischer described Cormier’s work in ICE as an agent and later as team leader, helping to crack down on the illegal transport of women and girls from Guatemala, some as young as 13, who were brought into the country by their own people with promises of legitimate work and then locked up and forced into prostitution to repay their exorbitant smuggling fees.