From our Files – Week of August 23, 2021

50 Years Ago — Aug. 26, 1971

    RCMP finds still, seizes moonshine — Members of Edmundston detachment RCMP visited a farm in St. Jacques Tuesday evening in 1971 and seized a still, four gallons of moonshine, and a burlap bag containing cigarettes, reportedly stolen.

Elsewhere around the premises they located three 30-gallon wooden casks containing mash. The still had been dismantled, but was operational. St. Jacques is five miles west of Edmundston. A 24-year old man was arrested and taken to the Edmunston lock-up.

  Enrollment dips in SAD 27  — Preliminary enrollment in SAD 27 schools on the first day of school Tuesday in 1971 was 2,603 students as compared to 2,627 last year. School officials indicate that these are preliminary figures and will be adjusted when late students return from summer camps and other activities.

    25 Years Ago — Aug. 28, 1996

Golden Arches come to Fort Kent — The building which will house the new McDonald’s Restaurant in Fort Kent will be arriving Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, on seven tractor trailers. The restaurant will be the first McDonald’s in the Boston region to use a new modular concept, according to a recent press release from McDonald’s Corporation.

 Lemonade anyone? — A little wind and rain could not dampen the entrepreneurial spirits of two St. John Valley businesswomen. Sarah Lavoie and Michelle Bourgoin reported the weather conditions did not harm their brisk lemonade trade. Both women are from Frenchville.

10 Years Ago — Aug. 31, 2011

Acadian sisters meet in Madawaska — Janet Pickering of Nova Scotia and her sister Gail Webre Jock from New York City united in Madawaska. The sisters took a weekend to meet and come up to the St. John Valley to see where the World Acadian Congress 2014 will take place. Don Levesque, president of the Maine Regional Committee for the WAC, corresponded with them, and they wanted to meet him. 

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