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From our Files – Week of September 29, 2021

50 Years Ago — Sept. 30, 1971

Local 82-year-old stays young, active  — Albert J. Roy of Fort Kent celebrated his 82nd birthday this week in 1971 by bringing in firewood for the kitchen and furnace.

Roy brings in about 15 cords of firewood each fall for the winter. He also takes care of a 200-by-50-foot garden each year. “I stay young by keeping active,” stated Roy. His wife added, “He loves to work around the house and he always has something to do.”

25 Years Ago — Oct. 2, 1996

Fort Kent outfall pipe crosses water zones — Pete Morin, a resident of Clair, New Brunswick, but a Fort Kent native, runs an ecotourism business on the St. John River and he has a question for Governor Angus King. Morin said, “It seems strange that the state of Maine and (Gov.) Angus King said ‘no’ to Atlantic salmon being introduced into the river but said ‘yes’ to sewage.” Morin is referring to the new outfall pipe installed in Fort Kent recently, which is pumping sewage into the river near the international bridge. Morin wonders about Riverside Park just downstream from the pipe, where people often go swimming.

10 Years Ago — Oct. 5, 2011

Frenchville students learn organic farming — Fourth-grade students in Meranda Castonguay’s class at Dr. Levesque Elementary School recently visited the Dionne family farm, Misty Meadows Organic Farm in Grand Isle. This visit complemented the students’ in-class study of plants, organic agricultural practices and local economy. Among the activities of the day, the students went potato picking, interacted with the animals, picked fresh eggs, and ate a meal of prepared foods straight from the farm.

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