From our Files – Week of November 9, 2020
50 Years Ago — Nov. 12, 1970
Van Buren school opens — Last week primary grade children started school in the brand new ultra-modern school house located next to St. John School, and the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was slated for Nov. 22. The big question right now is what will be the name for the new innovative school.
Madawaska grads feel job pinch — The nationwide economic slump has obviously hit the June graduating class at Madawaska High School as an unusually large number are still unemployed. “It’s the worst situation I’ve seen in the nine years that I’ve been with the school,” said Roger Martin, guidance counselor, this week. “I can only attribute the high unemployment figure to the national slump.” Martin explained his position, saying that of the 138 June graduates, some 16 percent or 21 percent are still not working.
25 Years Ago — Nov. 15, 1995
Facelift — Eugene Lagasse and his son, Peter, stood next to the Madawaska Knights of Columbus coat of arms and sign, which they generously offered to renovate. The sign was in great need of a facelift and it is a marked improvement to the entrance of the local K of C hall. K of C Council 2638 members say they appreciate the work done by the father-and-son team.
Band in costume — The Van Buren District Secondary Crusader Band performed in costume for the Gateway Elementary students on Halloween. As part of the Reading is Fundamental program for the students, the first- and second-year elementary students performed for their school. The elementary concert was followed by the secondary band playing selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” and other scary tunes. The band was directed by James Perkins.
10 Years Ago — Nov. 17, 2010
New Route 1 marker unveiled– More than 50 people attended the unveiling of the new, three-section America’s First Mile historic marker and monument in Fort Kent Sunday afternoon. Backed by four flags representing the United States, Canada, Maine, and Acadia, the monument, within view of the International Bridge, depicts an image of Route 1, as well as geographical and historical information informing visitors that the point marks the beginning of the 2,446 original miles of the easternmost north-south U.S. highway.