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From our Files – Week of July 13, 2022

50 Years Ago — July 13, 1972

   Television tower awaiting assembly “It’s like having a car with no wheels,” said Madawaska town manager Louis Cyr of the arrival of the 300-foot-plus television tower and its impending construction. Cyr’s point is that the question of whether or not the tower will be operational in the near future depends upon the actions of Maine Microwave.

Maine Microwave must file a letter of compliance with the Federal Communications Commission by July 15, 1972, for the whole operation to get off the ground. Thus far Cyr has had no word that such action has been taken.

    25 Years Ago — July 9, 1997

Allagash school auction marks final chapter — Carting out books, desks, cabinets, chairs, maps and even the pencil sharpeners from the walls, the Allagash community came together for one last school-based event during the SAD 10 auction Saturday in July 1997. The tiny Allagash Consolidated School closed its doors to students for good in December 1997 and has since been transformed into the town office, fire station and a community center. Several generations of Allagash residents spent the day picking through years’ worth of accumulated classroom and office materials while decades’ worth of regional championship and good sportsmanship banners hung above the crowd.

10 Years Ago — July 11, 2012

‘La grosse visite’ — Valley natives returned back home (“la grosse visite”) for the Grand Isle Homecoming last weekend, in June of 2012, including Emilien Cote of New Britain, Connecticut, who left Grand Isle at age 25. He talked with Gordon Soucy of Grand Isle on the steps of the Grand Isle Historical Society on Friday, July 6, 2012, during the homecoming weekend.

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