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From our Files – Week of June 27, 2021

50 Years Ago — July 1, 1971

    Twirl way to fame — Over 1,000 twirlers from all New England states competed in the Grand National baton twirling contest held on June 11 and 12, 1971, at Brewer, but all the competition didn’t panic our local girls.

For despite the pressure, the youngsters had the ability to come home with trophies, some with first-place winners in different categories. All are students of Mrs. Terry Steven’s class of Madawaska. Attending were Denise Dechenes, Debbie Hebert, Rita Dechenes and Kelly Cyr, who all won awards.

   Farewell party to Rev. Cloutier — A group of priests, community officials, parishioners, including former ones who travelled as far as from Connecticut, and friends gathered Sunday evening at Memorial Hall to bid farewell to the Rev. Arthur Cloutier, who is leaving for a new parish in Mexico, Maine, in July 1971. Master of ceremonies was Jack Michaud, a member of the parish board. Clarence Michaud, town manager, presented a money offering to Father Cloutier on behalf of the parishioners.

    25 Years Ago — July 3, 1996

Spirited business — Northern Computers of Madawaska was named Most Spirited Business by the Acadian Festival Committee. Business owner Della Levesque arranged for her mother-in-law, Odette Levesque, to be “on display” in the store window in full costume. The elder Levesque joked her daughter-in-law was going to let her out only after the judging was complete.

An unplanned swim — Local attorney James Lavertu, president of the Madawaska Historical Society, took a brief dip at the re-enactment of the Acadian landing during the opening ceremony of the Acadian Festival. No one was hurt in the incident and the ceremonies went on as planned.

10 Years Ago — July 6, 2011

Frenchville joins towns with new boat launches — After months of being cordoned off, the boat launch in Frenchville opened to the public for the first time last week. Since last fall, water access projects have also been completed in Winterville, Madawaska, and Soldier Pond and are now open and ready for use.

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