From our Files – Week of December 8, 2021

50 Years Ago — Dec. 9, 1971

   Jalbert was honored  — At a surprise testimonial dinner here on a Tuesday night in December 1971, attorney Robert Jalbert was honored for 25 years of devoted service to Scouting by Troop 189 and the Fort Kent Lions Club. He accepted the award from Peter Sirois, senior patrol leader of Troop 189. 

25 Years Ago — Dec. 4, 1996

Van Buren dealing with chickenpox — Gateway Elementary School has been fighting chickenpox since the end of October 1996, according to Superintendent of Schools Clayton Belanger. Belanger said, “About two weeks before Thanksgiving we had half of our first-graders out (of school) and when they came back the other half was out.” Belanger said the contagious disease spread to the kindergarten next and then began to move up to the older children who had not had chickenpox. No teachers have been affected, according to Belanger. 

Thirty-year official– Marc Michaud, veteran boys’ soccer coach at Madawaska High School, was recently awarded a plaque for his 30 years as a soccer official on the Northern Maine Board of Soccer Officials. Michaud is a charter member of the board.

10 Years Ago — Dec. 14, 2011

Pelletier resigned as fire chief — The Fort Kent Council accepted the resignation of the town’s fire chief on Monday in December 2011, according to Town Manager Donald Guimond. Donald Pelletier’s resignation became effective Dec. 31, 2011, said Guimond, although Pelletier has agreed to stay on as acting fire chief until a replacement is found. 

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