From our Files – Week of December 1, 2021

50 Years Ago — Dec. 2, 1971

   Hockey Rink Grows  The new Madawaska hockey rink grew as the town geared up to enter a new Northeastern Hockey League. There were southern and northern divisions and possibly seven teams in each division of the league, as plans stood after a meeting in Houlton on Nov. 22,1971. Attending from Madawaska were Ronald Gagnon, Jack Cahoon and Dayton Cannan.

25 Years Ago — Nov. 27, 1996

First deer — At 2:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, Derek Guerrette,14, of Madawaska, did for the first time what many hunters spend a lifetime attempting — he took down an eight-point buck as part of Maine’s annual deer hunt. Guerrette used a Winchester 30-30 to bring down the 160-pound animal in Allagash. His father, Michael Guerrette, was with him at the time.

Local girl meets the first lady — Sherry Corbin from Madawaska and a freshman at the University of Maine at Presque Isle was actively involved with the Democratic Party and worked at the Presque Isle Democratic headquarters during the 1996 campaign. Sherry met with Hillary Clinton prior to the first lady attending a Democratic pep rally held on the UM campus in Orono.

10 Years Ago — Dec. 7, 2011

LaChance praised — James LaChance, a Madawaska native, has been praised for his recent efforts to help those in need. According to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and to LaChance’s stepmother, Diane LaChance, the younger LaChance happened to  stop at a store while on duty, when local police were summoned to assist a distraught family whose belongings had been stolen from their vehicle in the parking lot. The victims spoke French and were unable to communicate with local officers; however, LaChance was able to verbally translate and further assist officers with completing reports. LaChance had previously been awarded the 2007 Deputy of the Year award as well as the department’s Medal of Valor in 2010. LaChance graduated from Madawaska High School and went on to serve in the Marines in the Gulf War. He is the son of Joe LaChance of Madawaska.

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