From our Files – Week of May 24, 2021
50 Years Ago — June 3, 1971
Rahrig taking TIMES Publisher post — Forrest Rahrig assumed the position of publisher of the St. John Valley Times, effective June 30, 1971. He replaced Joe Falter, one of the original founders of the newspaper in 1957, who has held the position of publisher-editor since then.
Moving up to editor was Dorothy Gray, who had been assistant editor since then. Rahrig, the new publisher, joined the staff of the Times in 1960, and had been advertising and business manager.
Dawn Pelletier keeps setting records — Dawn Pelletier keeps up her assault on county sports records held by girls. She is only a freshman at Madawaska High and is already famous for her skiing exploits. Now you can add track to her achievements. Pelletier tied the county record in the 50-yard dash. She made the sprint in 6.8 seconds. Then, if that wasn’t enough, Dawn set a new county record in the 440-yard dash. She made this trip in 1.08.5 and opened a lot of eyes.
25 Years Ago — May 29, 1996
Cyrs forced to cut off water supply — In a twist of the same problem faced by the Ancient Mariner, Don Cyr of Riverview Street in Madawaska, has water-water everywhere, but the Maine Department of Human Services Bureau of Health has determined that unless certain regulations are met, not a drop may be drunk. Cyr had decided to close his stream to the public as of Wednesday, June 5, 1996. According to Cyr, the spring on his property has been supplying area residents with fresh drinking water for more than a century. Cyr explained, “The spring surfaces from the ground in the woods about 1,000 feet behind his house, runs down to a reservoir area and the people take the overflow.”
10 Years Ago — June 1, 2011
MTV in Madtown — Nine-year-old Emily Boucher of Madawaska entertained the crowd during the Daughters of Isabella’s musical comedy show, “Daughters of Isabella Go MTV,” to a packed house on Sunday night, May 29, 2011, to raise funds for the Madawaska Middle/High School graduating class. More than 450 tickets were sold for the event, and a 50/50 drawing raised $500, according to Daughters of Isabella member Patricia Curry.