From our Files – Week of March 29, 2021
50 Years Ago — April 1, 1971
Blanchette leaving school system — Superintendent John Houghton said that Joan Blanchette will be leaving her position of curriculum coordinator. Miss Blanchette had been on the local education scene for the past 14 years at the time.
Her official departure date was July 1, 1971. Superintendent Houghton nominated Mel Labbe as her replacement and this move had been approved by the School Board. Labbe was supervisory principal of Acadia and Evangeline Schools.
Earned Bronze Star — Private First Class Dennis Violette of Van Buren was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor for heroism. PFC Violette discovered and investigated an enemy tunnel complex. His timely and courageous actions led to the capture of several hostile soldiers and a significant quantity of enemy medical supplies.
25 Years Ago — March 27, 1996
Hello, cousin — Familiar words to Helen Melvin’s second grade class at Dr. Levesque School in Frenchville. Students were finding their roots as part of their study on Acadian/Canadian history. The class genealogy project connected each classmate to common ancestors and pointed out that everyone had common ancestors.
Female top performer — Christina Lavertu of the Madawaska High Owls girls’ ski team was chosen Maine High School Performer of the Year in Class C skiing. Lavertu captured the skimeister award at the year’s state meet. She was named to the C all-state team the year of 1996.
10 Years Ago — March 30, 2011
Deprey competes in 40-km ski marathon — Longtime St. John Valley ski enthusiast Reno Deprey returned to Madawaska to compete in the Acadia FCU Marathon. The 82-year-old, now a resident of Alaska, finished the 40 km event in just under four hours, crossing the finish line just behind his wife and skiing companion Becky Manley. Deprey and his wife were able to explore the trails at the Four Seasons that he helped build more than 40 years ago when the trails were just starting in Madawaska.