From our Files – Week of April 5, 2021
50 Years Ago — April 8, 1971
Best actors in state — Marge Duplissie and James Cyr brought an honor to Van Buren District High School last weekend that had never been held by any other Aroostook County School.
The two students, under the direction of Richard Walker, won first place in the state drama finals held at Bowdoin last Saturday and thus will be the first Aroostook County team ever to be a Maine state finalist in the New England Drama Festival in Boston.
25 Years ago — April 3, 1996
Towns withdraw from bilingual programs — It now appears as if Madawaska, Grand Isle and Van Buren students will be the only students in the nation to participate in a French bilingual education program. Members of the SAD 33 School Board voted 5 to 1 Thursday to withdraw its students and teachers from a $1.2 million five-year bilingual education project, funded by a federal grant. The program, called “L’Acadien du Haut St. Jean Bilingual Education Program,” was approved for four local school districts late last summer.
Madawaska courthouse to stay open — The Madawaska courthouse became a political football, with votes to close it, followed by votes to keep it open, followed by still more votes and meetings. The matter was finally put to rest this week when Gov. Angus King signed the supplemental budget. The issue surfaced several months ago when the Judiciary Committee offered to sacrifice the Madawaska court house on the altar of cost-savings.
10 Years Ago –April 6, 2011
Valley loves its cretons — Gary Babin, owner of Gary Babin’s Store in the lakeside village of St. Agatha, has been making his own cretons for almost 15 years. Babin started making cretons 15 years ago because he thought it would be a fun pastime. “There isn’t really a lot going on here in the winter,” Babin said. “I thought it would be something fun and new to do.” Babin began making cretons with pork, but in recent years he has branched out into turkey. So what is the secret of a good creton? “It has to be mixed perfectly,” said Babin.