From our Files – Week of August 24, 2022

50 Years Ago — Aug. 24, 1972

    Direct dialing Beginning Sunday, Oct. 1, 1972, Valley residents will be able to dial station-to-station long distance calls themselves without going through the operator. This service will be provided by both New England Telephone and Continental Telephone. The service will be available to the people of Madawaska, Grand Isle, Van Buren, Frenchville, St. Francis and Fort Kent.

25 Years Ago — Aug. 20, 1997

New Postmaster sworn in — Gail Therrien of Hartford and Fort Kent was sworn in as postmaster of Sumner on July 22. As postmaster for the Sumner office, Therrien is responsible for three employees who handle mail for 50 post office box holders, 105 deliveries on a rural route, and 160 deliveries on a highway contract route. The Sumner Post Office processes approximately 300,000 pieces of mail annually.

10 Years Ago — Aug. 22, 2012

Visitors reel in muskie and plies in Fort Kent — At this weekend’s Fort Kent Muskie Derby, in 2012, Curtis Dionne placed first in the youth division with a 43 3/8-inch, 22-pound muskie. His fish turned out to be the largest caught overall in the derby this year. Curtis is the son of Jim Dionne of Grand Isle and Janice Dionne of Madawaska. Fort Kent also hosted its annual Ploye Festival.

Eagle Lake girl ties her own flies – Isabella Saxon of Eagle Lake caught a salmon Aug. 9, 2012, while fishing with her father, Eric Saxon. Isabella, who will be 7 on Aug. 15, has been fishing since she could walk. She started with a Barbie pole and a plastic fish, and bagged her first brook trout at age 2. She also ties her own flies and “seems like a natural,” her father said.

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