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From our Files – Week of June 29, 2022

50 Years Ago — June 29, 1972

   Airport nears the end of construction After five years of planning and work, the Northern Maine Regional Airport is finally becoming a reality. The airport is expected to be ready for operation by July 22, 1972. Construction is entering its final stages.

The runway has already been covered with asphalt. A utility building still remains to be built and the marking of the runway still has to be done, according to Roland Martin, chairman of the Northern Maine Regional Airport Commission.

25 Years Ago — June 25, 1997

Maine Acadian Heritage Council brought to existence — With the stroke of her pen and little fanfare, St. John Valley historian Geraldine Chasse brought into official existence the Maine Acadian Heritage Council during a brief Friday night ceremony at Madawaska Elementary School. Heading up the new council as president is Marc Chasse of Fort Kent. Serving with Chasse on the council’s board of directors are St. Agatha Town Manager David Daigle, Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Parent and ex officio members Jacobson and Sheila McDonald of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. John Pluto, deputy district attorney, served as the council’s registered agent.

10 Years Ago — June 27, 2012

St. John Valley Technology Center celebrates 20 years — In the fall of 2012, the St. John Valley Technology Center will celebrate its 20th year of serving students from Madawaska to Fort Kent, providing them with opportunities to explore various trades and occupations, and to apply academics in hands-on situations. The learning environment at the tech center benefits students struggling at regular schools. In addition to working with middle and high school students, the center also coordinates with adult education programs.

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