From our Files – Week of March 1, 2021
50 Years Ago — March 4, 1971
One million safe hours — On Friday, Nov. 13, 1970, Fraser Paper Limited accumulated one million man hours without incurring a lost time accident. In recognition of this achievement a $2,000 Safety Scholarship Award will be presented by the company to a son or daughter of a Fraser Paper, Limited, employee.
Mexican program at Fort Kent school — Mrs. Dorothy Fortin’s reading class at Market Street School staged a program Feb. 19, 1971, in conjunction with a study of Mexico. The pupils dressed as Mexicans, did the Cucaracha, Mexican Hat Dance, pantomimed a bullfight, and other Mexican delights. After the program, the class invited parents to sit down to a tasty meal of chili con carne.
25 Years Ago — February 28, 1996
Gil’s grand opening — Gil Pelletier and wife, Lorraine, recently celebrated the grand opening of Gils’ Chicken House on Main Street in Fort Kent. Pelletier, who is a native of the Valley, returned recently from Connecticut to “..come back to the quiet life that the Valley has to offer,” he said. The Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce members, as well as family and friends, gathered at the restaurant to celebrate the grand opening.
Madawaska candidates announced — Six candidates were vying for two vacant seats on the Madawaska Town Council. Daniel Ahearne, Guy Charette, Montfort Chasse, Vernon Doucette, Liz Hebert and Lloyd Tardif were all seeking to fill seats being vacated by Claude Cyr and Gail LaBonty. James Lavertu, the current chairman of the board at the time, Kurt Wickenheiser and Robert Williams were all running for the three-year term.
10 Years Ago –March 2, 2011
Cyr Bus to stop trips to valley — Fort Kent, Madawaska and Van Buren will lose one of its connections to the rest of the state on April 4, 2011, when Cyr Bus Lines halts their daily runs to and from the St. John Valley. The company announced the removal of the three Valley stops from their schedule in a recent change in service. The bus line has offered round-trip service from Fort Kent through Madawaska to Bangor and back since 2008, thanks to Cyr, who asked a driver one day nearly four years ago what it would take to bring the bus up north.