From Our Files – Week of March 8, 2021
50 Years Ago — March 11, 1971
Spring beauty — Lovely models took part in Noella’s spring festival of fashions Sunday at Madawaska High School cafetorium. A packed house watched the parade of over 100 different spring outfits, including sportswear, day wear and evening or party garments.
The fashion show was sponsored by Madawaska’s Historical Society and proceeds will be used to preserve cultural and historical items relating to the St. John Valley.
Second bank opens in Fort Kent — Aroostook Trust Company opened its second bank in the Valley, on Monday. Located in the building formerly occupied by Cannan’s Men’s Store. The opening came after months of renovation carried out inside. Darrell Daigle, Manager invited people from all over the valley to attend the opening. In 1967 the Madawaska branch was opened. Home office of the bank is Caribou but in the last decade the service has spread throughout Aroostook County.
25 Years Ago — March 6, 1996
Two Fort Kent young ladies crowned — Two young ladies were crowned in the 1996 Little Miss Fort Kent Pageant Feb. 24, 1996, in Fort Kent. Four year old Sasha Valcourt sang the tune “Where’s Thumbkin”, which won her the title Little Miss Fort Kent. The first runner up was Samantha Paradis, 4 years old. Coming in as second runner up was 7 year old Nicole Ouellette.
Crystal clear — These second-grade students are crystal clear on how to make their own crystals. Helen Melvin’s class made their own crystals using sugar, alum and epsom salt. Half of the fun was using the magnifying glass to study the shapes of different crystal systems. In attendance were Mathieu Bosse, Nicole Desrosier, Adam Ouellette and Nathan Collin.
10 Years Ago –March 9, 2011
Native makes return TV appearance — Ashley Hebert, originally of Madawaska, appeared again on this week’s episode of the ABC show “The Bachelor.” Hebert, known as “Ashley H” on the series, ended relations with the bachelor Brad Womack in last week’s episode. She was one of the final three contestants vying for the chance at love. A previous episode took Womack and Hebert to her hometown of Madawaska.