From our Files – Week of April 19, 2021
50 Years Ago — April 22, 1971
Land buying slows in Fort Kent — The town is running out of land to sell. That’s the word from Town Manager Claude Dumond, who indicated the rush for choice sites is easing up.
But only because there’s little left to choose from. “People from outside Maine are still asking about land, but we only receive an average of one letter a week now,” explained Dumond. Dumond said people had purchased the land for summer use or retirement purposes and in demand were old farms, abandoned farms and secluded areas. Fort Kent had acquired the property as owners let land go in lieu of paying taxes.
FK High graduates record class — Records will tumble when 186 seniors pick up their diplomas at Community High School on June 11, 1971. “This is the largest class to ever graduate,” explained Principal Clifford Burkett that week. Principal Burkett carefully pointed out that while a leveling off phase has been reached, next year’s class could still be larger since there are 195 juniors.
25 Years Ago — April 17, 1996
Deer season numbers ahead of predictions — Maine’s 1995 deer kill was well ahead of the predicted harvest. The official harvest count for the 1995 season was 27,384. Last fall saw the third largest buck harvest in Maine history. The figure represents an 11 percent increase over the 1994 Maine deer harvest of 24,683.
Attends White House event — Miss Maine Sharon Pelletier of Madawaska recently attended a White House Conference on Youth, Drug Use and Violence in Washington, D.C. She was nominated by Rep. John Baldacci. The March 6, 1996, conference was attended by individuals from all parts of the country who work with young people, teenagers who are faced with these problems, and members of the current administration, including the president and vice-president.
10 Years Ago — April 20, 2011
Students visit Roger Lavertu’s hidden maple sugar shack for taffy and sweet memories — Madawaska Elementary School first-graders visited Roger Lavertu at his maple sugar camp tucked into the concessions of Grand Isle. Lavertu poured maple on the snow, creating maple taffy for all the young students.