From our Files – Week of January 4, 2021
50 Years Ago — Dec. 30, 1970
Superintendent resigns post — Martin Daigle, superintendent of SAD 33 since July 1, 1968, resigned Monday at a meeting of the district directors. Daigle, who had been on the Valley education scene for the past 20 years, said the exact departure date was not definite, but it would be no later than June 1, 1971.
He added the resignation was given verbally to the directors. In leaving, the superintendent had this to say: “My reason for resigning is that I just don’t agree with today’s philosophy of education and am against the permissiveness attitude that prevails in nationwide education today. As such, I felt it was time to leave.” Daigle was the only superintendent SAD 33 has had to date. It was run by the superintendent at Madawaska.
Van Buren sets cable TV ‘firsts’ — Van Buren is getting so far ahead in cable television that other Valley towns may never catch up. The latest “first” was the telecasting of the midnight Mass ceremonies from St. Bruno’s Church on Christmas. This feat followed a townwide telecast of the Madawaska-Van Buren basketball game last week that the “Crusader happy” townspeople watched with obvious glee as Van Buren won.
25 Years Ago — Dec. 27, 1995
Lions party — A senior party was held at Roland’s Rendezvous Oct. 22, 1995. A chicken stew was prepared and served by Bob and Leola Cyr. Sweets were from the Lions Club members. Music was by Don Dumont and door prizes were drawn. One hundred individuals attended. The guests danced and enjoyed themselves. Martin Lavoie donated the cake. Project chairman and co-chairman were Paul and Armand Levesque.
10 Years Ago — Dec. 29, 2010
Winter temps in northern Maine warmer than usual — This winter, so far, has been much warmer than last winter, according to Lee Foster, meteorologist with the National Weather service forecasting office in Caribou. Foster, who was able to give Caribou’s statistics as the closest available to the St. John Valley for 2010, said that there has been 20 inches of snowfall recorded for this season to date. “The normal is 35 inches this time of year,” Foster said. “We are 14 inches below normal now.”