From our Files – Week of July 27, 2021

50 Years Ago — July 29, 1971

    Spud recess dropped — All elementary schools in Madawaska will do away with the potato recess this year, thus opening later than normal this semester on Sept. 7, 1971.

Superintendent John Houghton said the action on the part of the School Board has been under consideration from time to time over the past three years. Similar action was taken three years ago but the board was requested to reconsider the decision by a group of citizens.

   Madawaska swimmers of the week  — “Swimmers of the Week” as picked by the pool instructors were: Danny Beaulieu, Tracy Taylor, Denise Dechaine, Charles Dufour, Dee Dee Pelletier, Jean Ann Pelletier, Sandra Parent, Linda Guerrette and Greg Hale.

    25 Years Ago — July 31, 1996

Daring rescue by a Valley hero — On July 14, 1996, Ronald Jandreau of Fort Kent pulled Tracy Cyr of Madawaska from the Fish River. The canoe in which she was riding overturned as it went through the falls. Cyr says she probably “wouldn’t have made it through” the ordeal if it had not been for the courage of Jandreau.

Miss Maine Princess — Andrea Core of Madawaska was named Miss Maine National Pre-Teen Princess and received a crown and trophy for being fourth runner-up among 30 girls. She also received a princess sash for being in the top 10.

10 Years Ago — August 3, 2011

Fresh from the Valley — Rino Chasse of St. Agatha took a moment to do a final weeding around his yellow wax beans planted in the farm fields on Flat Mountain Road while his workers had moved on earlier in the day to man his roadside stands in Fort Kent and Madawaska. His self-serve stands, based on the honor system, opened this week in 2011. Chasse said he likes to price his vegetables so that he has none remaining in his fields. His yellow wax beans will be ready for his stands this week. Chasse grows 13 vegetables, and also sells strawberries from Riviere-du-Loup.

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