From our Files – Week of June 22, 2022

50 Years Ago — June 22, 1972

   Van Buren-St. Leonard bridge construction The reconstruction of the bridge resumed in May of 1972. The new bridge will be 10 feet higher in the center than the original and will be four feet higher on the ends.

When completed, the new bridge will be 732 feet long, according to the Carlton Newton superintendent for the Cianbro Corporation. The 90-foot-long girder is one of 18 box girders presently being put in place.

25 Years Ago — June 25, 1997

St. John Valley garbage newest U.S. export to Canada — Canada has long been this country’s number-one trade partner. Beginning this fall in 1997, a new U.S. export will be added to the list when the St. John Valley’s household garbage starts traveling across the border on its way to the new landfill near Green River, New Brunswick. Under a deal accepted by the Northern Aroostook Regional Incinerator Facility Board of Directors last week, trash currently hauled to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company in Bangor will now travel the 20 miles from NARIF’s transfer station in Frenchville to the landfill site in Montagne-de-la-Croix.

10 Years Ago — June 27, 2012

Colorful mural about Valley farming delights crowd — The Farmers’ Mural project was officially unveiled on the afternoon of June 24, 2012 at its Market Street location. The Fort Kent Lions project is intended to honor the farming heritage of Fort Kent, and was painted by Darren Connors of St. John. 

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