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From our Files – Week of October 14, 2021

50 Years Ago — Oct. 14, 1971

   “Twister” fells trees in Fort Kent  Traffic was tied up for an hour and a half after Fort Kent saw what many people believed to be its first “twister” in many years.

On Pleasant Street the wind uprooted an elm tree about three feet in diameter and tossed it across the street just south of the entrance to the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus. State police Sergeant Roland Dumond called the wind “a line squall,” and confirmed that the fallen trees blocked Pleasant Street for about an hour and a half.

25 Years Ago — Oct. 16, 1996

Curfew for Madawaska too? — Madawaska may be the next Aroostook County town to consider establishing a curfew following recent reports of vandalism and private property break-ins in the area. The subject was broached at a recent meeting of the board when Selectman Dan Ahearne reported on incidents of vandalism occuring at Bicentennial Park. According to Ahearne, the veterans’ memorial statue in the park was disfigured when a person or persons placed gum over the statue’s eyes and other areas. Selectman Don Clavette suggested fencing the park with fewer openings for access. Madawaska Chief of Police Ron Pelletier said he “does not believe we need a curfew in town.” He added, “You don’t need a curfew just because of a few actions.”

10 Years Ago — Oct. 19, 2011

Date set for Fort Kent International Bridge — Bids for the construction of the international bridge connecting Clair, New Brunswick, and Fort Kent are once again being reviewed and a new closing date has been announced, according to Don Guimond, town manager for Fort Kent. Guimond said that after initially deciding to indefinitely delay the awarding of bids due to issues pertaining to coordination of permitting among various agencies, the New Brunswick Department of Transportation has now selected Oct. 19, 2011, as the new closing date.

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