From our Files – Week of May 18. 2022
50 Years Ago — May 11, 1972
Wool gatherers — Ten local farmers are planning to begin raising about 100 sheep each in this area in the near future.
Those interested in the sheep raising business are now holding meetings to discuss and investigate some of the ins and outs of sheep raising. Participants were Reid Chamberland, Robert Evans, Reginald Michaud, Jean Paul Chamberland, Marcel Dionne and Romeo Dionne.
25 Years Ago — April 30, 1997
‘Evangeline’ timeline — Two sophomore English classes at Wisdom High School constructed an Acadian timeline, stretching 110 feet long and covering hundreds of years. Mr. Wayne Anderson, the students’ teacher, said the idea behind the timeline was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of “Evangeline,” the poem by Longfellow, and to tie history in with the poem.
A fire but no damage — The Fort Kent Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Fort Kent McDonald’s Monday night in 1997. The fire was small, and contained to a fryer. Jean-Marc Albert, the owner, said even the smoke went up into the hood-fan, reducing further the opportunity for damage.
10 Years Ago — May 16, 2012
Few barbers — Leo Cormier, who said his is one of only two traditional barbershops left in the St. John Valley, has been at his current location on Main Street in Van Buren since 1970, and his one-chair shop has suited him just fine over the years. “As long as I feel good, I’d rather be working,” Cormier said when asked how much longer he would stay open. Despite his daughter Debra suggesting a permanent relocation downstate, Cormier has no plans to move at the moment. Cormier grew up in Van Buren, the only child of Aline and Leo Cormier, who used to run an auto body shop in town. Cormier said he had wanted to join the military after high school, but was unable to, due to an eye injury.