From our Files – Week of January 4, 2021
50 Years Ago — Jan. 7, 1971
Dennis finally starts traveling — Dennis Pelletier waited until he was 87 years old to start his travels. Now there’s no stopping him. Recently he returned to his home in Allagash from a vacation in Connecticut.
It was the first time he left Maine except for jaunts into Canada. He wants to continue with his new-found pleasure. “I will go back there someday,” he commented when asked about his Connecticut trip. “In this day and age you’ve got to get around.”
Madawaskan on varsity — A Madawaska athlete is starring on the varsity basketball team at Thomas College in Waterville. Don Michaud, is an Army veteran who played basketball both in high school and the service. He is among the team’s leading shooters, according to his coach.
25 Years Ago — Jan. 3, 1996
Computer quilt — To Mom With Love. A meeting of traditional skills and high technology has resulted in a unique Christmas gift for Cecile Cote of Madawaska. Her daughter, Lisa Chamberland, who resides in Hollywood, Fla., presented her mom with a custom designed quilt featuring color photographs of Cote’s 18 grandchildren, arranged from the oldest to the youngest, with the bottom right-hand corner square left blank until the birth of the 19th grandchild in February.
10 Years Ago — Jan. 5, 2011
First 2011 baby born in Valley — Ushering in 2011, Northern Maine Medical Center announced that the first baby of the year was Logan Roger, the son of Danielle and Adam Thibodeau, who was born at 2:49 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2011. He weighed in at 5 pounds, 6.9 ounces. Keeping with a long-standing tradition, as the first baby of the new year, Logan received numerous gifts, baby supplies, toys and services, donated by area businesses and organizations.