From our Files – Week of June 7, 2021

50 Years Ago — June 17, 1971

    Madawaska pool opens — It appears any cracks in the swimming pool floor have been repaired and if all goes well, the pool will open June 28, 1971. Two nights are being set aside for adult lessons and the staff is hopeful many adults and non-swimmers or those who feel they are inadequate swimmers sign up for lessons. 

   Last party — Last week the Madawaska Senior Citizens Club held its last meeting of the season with 35 attending. Members sang songs and danced to the music of Mrs. Cecile Picard on the piano, Mrs. Leone Gervais with the accordion and Clovis Albert with the violin. 

25 Years Ago — June 12, 1996

Students battle wind to visit chicks — It may have been windy, but the 26 kindergarten students from Dr. Levesque School didn’t mind the wind. They were more interested in visiting with their chicks that were hatched in the classroom. When the six chicks hatched back in early April, it made the morning announcements from the principal’s office. The first to arrive were named after the kindergarten bus drivers because they had found them early morning before they left for their bus routes. Maurice Morin from Beaulieu Road had agreed to raise the chicks. 

10 Years Ago — June 15, 2011

Groundbreaking was held for the port of entry — A groundbreaking was held June 11, 2011 at the site of the new Land Port of Entry in Van Buren. The port, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with a cost of $45,127,000, will replace the existing port at 137 Bridge Street. This new project, on a 20-acre site, will replace the older buildings damaged during the 2008 flood of the St. John River. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2013.

‘400 hot dogs in three hours’ — Between 300 and 400 children and parents took part in the first annual Fort Kent Family Fun Day, according to Richard Stoliker, a member of the Fort Kent Fire Department and one of the organizers of the event. The department put on the special event at the Lions Club Pavilion, with a dunk tank and mobile fire stimulation trailer on loan from the Van Buren Fire Department.

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