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From our Files – Week of January 12, 2021

50 Years Ago — Jan. 14, 1971

    Valley loses 2,315 residents since 1960 — Madawaska and New Canada were the only Valley area towns that increased in population since 1960. These figures were recently released by the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Maine at Orono, along with the declines of other Valley towns.

In general, the trend is similar to most towns and cities of Aroostook County in that the population has dipped over the past 10 years. While no reasons were specifically given for the decrease, it can be assumed economics is the reason.

Hockey returns to Madawaska Hockey has returned with a bang to Madawaska and two leagues are so popular that a few more hours have been set aside at the skating rink for the boys. Goalie James Bellefleur, a Peewee player, demonstrated how to defend a goal.

25 Years Ago — Jan. 10, 1996

Madore is first Valley baby for 1996 — Jordan D. Madore was the first baby born at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent at 7:43 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 1/2 ounces and measured 20 inches. The attending physician was Dr. George Conover. The proud parents are David and Jenny Madore of Fort Kent. Jordan is Madore’s second child. His grandparents are Emile and Joan Belanger and Reginald and Janelle Madore all of Fort Kent. According to the obstetrics department it had been very busy during the past year as Dr. Conover and Dr. Paul Pelletier delivered over 100 babies.

10 Years Ago — Jan. 12, 2011

St. Louis Parish celebrates 100th — Anne Horne of Allagash, the business manager for the St. John Vianney Parish, said that she was not sure how many residents would attend a historical service on Jan. 15 in Fort Kent, celebrating 100 years of service. She does, however, expect there to be a very large turnout. “At a normal Mass, we have about 600 people,” Horne said last week from the parish’s Fort Kent headquarters, tucked into the west side of the St. Louis Catholic Church. To mark the historical significance, the parish gave out a hardcover book called “A Century of Dedication,” detailing the past 100 years of the church, to each household that attended the service that day. 

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