From our Files – Week of July 20, 2022

50 Years Ago — July 20, 1972

   Three sets of twins attend Wallagrass School Three sets of twins will be entering Wallagrass Elementary School in the fall of 1972. This is unusual since the school has a small enrollment in grades K through 6. The twins are Kevin and Sharon Coulombe, Janet and Janice Belanger, and Ronald and Donald Daigle.

    Neighborhood Youth Corps The 90 Madawaska high school students enrolled in the Neighborhood Youth Corps program will have earned $33,696 by the time the program ends on Aug. 12, 1972. These wages will be the result of 18,720 man hours of work logged by the students over eight weeks in various nonprofit organizations throughout the town. The money earned by the students this summer brings the total wages over the five years the program has been in operation to $119,866.25.

25 Years Ago — July 16, 1997

Scouts plant trees — As part of a watershed plan to address water quality at Daigle Pond, 21 Scouts from troop 189 in Fort Kent helped plant trees at the Caron Farm. Working through a steady rain, the volunteers planted spruce, pine, willow and buttonbush plants and rooted cutting along a 500-foot stretch of shoreline. This buffer planting is part of the Daigle Pond Demonstration Project, funded in part by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and organized by local residents.

10 Years Ago — July 18, 2012

Construction platform for ridge almost complete — A temporary construction platform, from which cranes and other equipment will operate, now nearly spans the St. John River, as engineers install cofferdams for the pouring of three in-river concrete piers and two shoreline abutments for the new international bridge in Fort Kent. The bridge will be located downstream, near the current crossing.

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