From our Files – Week of September 1, 2021
50 Years Ago — Sept. 2, 1971
Cemetery project — The foundations are all built for the flower boxes at the entrance to Madawaska’s cemetery. The Rev. Albert Long, pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madawaska, says that the work can be completed “as soon as we get seven more donors.”
He explained that the project is being paid entirely through separate donations and is not being done with parish funds. To date nine people have donated $100 each. “Donors will have their names placed on a plaque near the entrance of the cemetery,” said Father Long. Roland Deschaines built the foundations in imitation stucco and Daigle Memorials will make the plate with the names of the donors.
Parishioners gave farewell party — The parish hall was filled in St. David when parishioners bid farewell to the Rev. Gilman Chalout, who left Sept. 15, 1971, to take up new duties at Notre Dame Parish in Waterville.
25 Years Ago — Sept. 4, 1996
Exchange of the gavel — At the annual recognition night, the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus honored many members including 12 Knights of the Month and 12 Families of the Month. Congratulations to Dale Voisine for being honored Knight of the Year and to Nick and Mary Tanguay for being honored Family of the Year.These special people live the Columbian way all year long.
10 Years Ago — Sept. 7, 2011
$87,000 for trail groomer– Town councilors have agreed to recommend $86,900 be taken out of the town’s surplus funds, to be used in support of the Gateway Snowmobile Club’s purchase of a new trail groomer, according to Town Manager Thomas “Randy” Cannon. The decision was made in a unanimous vote at the regular Sept. 1, 2011 meeting. Final approval is pending the outcome of a special town meeting on Sept. 22, 2011. The funds will be used to match a $99,900 grant awarded to the club in July from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.