From our Files – Week of June 21, 2021

50 Years Ago — June 24, 1971

    Construction starts — Trees were coming down on Pleasant Street Wednesday as construction of the street section from the Armory Road to Tom Pinkham’s garage got underway.

The contract for the street project was awarded to Cianbro Contractors by the State Highway Commission. Excavation will start this week. The project includes sidewalks, paving and sewer and water lines. The street will be built according to state and federal standards.

   Aroostook home ownership on rise — Many Aroostook County families who were living in rented quarters a few years back have found it possible since then to satisfy their dream of owning their own home. According to the latest findings, some 63.3 percent of all dwellings in the local area are now owner occupied. By way of comparison, the home ownership rate in the rest of the United States is 58.9 percent and, in the state of Maine, 63.0 percent.

25 Years Ago — June 26, 1996

Buckwitt blues — Yves Dube of Madawaska, was a busy bass player the weekend of June 20 to 22, 1996. Dube, a renowned local musician, played with both the Buckwit Blues Band, and the Republica Jazz Band with fellow Madawaska resident Dave Ezzy. The Buckwit Blues Band will release their first cassette sometime this fall and it will feature mostly original compositions. 

10 Years Ago — June 29, 2011

Students bring flowers to Crosswinds — Students from Tamar Philbrook’s third-grade class of Fort Kent raised money again this year to enhance math skills, promote community awareness, purchase flowers, and simply put smiles on seniors at several health care facilities in the Valley. Maureen Belanger from Crosswinds Residential Care was surrounded by flowers and Philbrook’s students.

Most grads will continue education — The Guidance Department at Madawaska High School has reported that 72 percent of the class of 2011 plans on attending some form of post-secondary education following graduation. According to department statistics, 33 members of the 46-student class have expressed a desire to further their education.

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