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From our Files – Week of February 22, 2021

50 Years Ago — Feb. 25, 1971

    Pelletier skis way to two more medals — Dawn Pelletier keeps adding to her trophies and other awards for skiing. In Fact, Monday she picked up two more medals for an outstanding performance at Mt. Abrams at Bethel where the Class B girls high school state championships for alpine events was held.

Dawn, 14, a freshman at Madawaska High, came in second in both events, the slalom and major slalom. This is quite a feat when you consider 12 schools from all over Maine competed.

   Flying school — Jesse Baker has opened the first flying school in the Valley, using the Fort Kent Airport as his base. Baker said he is now accepting appointments for flight lessons in modern, fully-insured aircraft. He said you train at the Fort Kent Airport. He said he is an experienced commercial rated FAA licensed flight instructor and offers the curriculum designed to properly train the beginning student.

25 Years Ago — Feb. 21, 1996

Times names new publisher — Don Levesque, general manager and managing editor, has been named the new publisher of the St. John Valley Times by Lee Walls, Sr., president and chairman of the board of Walls Newspapers Consultants, a division of Cleveland Newspapers, Inc. Levesque, who has been with the paper for nearly 11 years, will assume the duties of publisher on May 15, 1996, replacing Emery “Legs” Labbe who is retiring on that day after 10 years as publisher.

Dumond named Citizen Of The Year — Claude Dumond was named Citizen of the Year at the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. The following are excerpts from a speech given by L. Philip Soucy on the life and times of Dumond. “Claude Dumond was Fort Kent town manager for 18 years. During his tenure he contributed time, energy and love into the community he took great pride in,” said Soucy. 

10 Years Ago — Feb. 23, 2011

Levesque retires after 30 years — Former Frenchville Town Manager Phil Levesque celebrated his retirement last weekend with a party at the Frenchville Community Center attended by family and friends. Levesque accepted the position as Frenchville town manager in 1981 and wore many hats over the years before retiring. Casey Cote is now town manager in Frenchville.

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