From our Files – Week of May 5, 2021

50 Years Ago — May 6, 1971

    “Most valuable” — Mrs. Balance Savoy worked her way to the honor of being the Madawaska Historical Society’s “Most Valuable Member” during the past year.

Mrs. Savoy received a plaque of appreciation from Mrs. Geraldine Chasse, society president. “This award is given to the person who gives much time and effort to the Society during the year,” explained Mrs. Chasse.

   Students attend circus — About 700 children in 12 buses went to the Sunday afternoon show of the Shrine Circus at the Caribou Armory. Local business concerns sponsored all the children in grade 5. Follow Through funds paid the way for children in grades K-3, and the Shriners gave the fifth-graders complimentary tickets. Superintendent of Schools Charles Tanous explained that all the profits made from the Shrine Circus are used by Shriners to build and operate hospitals for handicapped children, especially for those who suffer from burns.

    25 Years Ago — May 1, 1996

Fire demolishes snowmobile clubhouse — Destruction raged through the newly built Sly Brook Sno-Riders Club on Sly Brook Road in Soldier Pond early Monday morning. Fire ripped apart the establishment that was built on thousands of volunteer hours of hard labor. Fort Kent Fire Chief Allen Dow said, “We assume the fire started in the meeting room area, due to the fact that when we arrived that part of the building was completely gone. The only area left standing when trucks arrived was the kitchen part of the building.”

10 Years Ago — May 4, 2011

Belanger turned 100 — During her 100th birthday celebration on Thursday, April 21, 2011, Pauline Belanger, originally of Wallagrass, danced with her son Roger Belanger at St. Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Frenchville, where family, friends and residents had gathered to celebrate her life. Belanger was married to Manzer Belanger for 52 years and they had 16 children. She also had 26 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild. Pauline continued to keep busy playing Charlemagne, crocheting, mending her own clothes, playing bingo, conversing about her life experiences and telling jokes that her family has shared with her.

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