From our Files – Week of September 7, 2022

50 Years Ago — Sept. 7, 1972

    Enrollment down  Early enrollment figures for Madawaska’s elementary schools (grades K-6) show a decrease of 68 students when compared with last year’s September report. The largest drop in enrollment is to be found in the primary grades, especially in kindergarten and grade one.

For the first time in many years, kindergarten registrations number less than 100. At Madawaska High School, updated enrollment figures show a decrease of two students as compared with last year’s September report.

25 Years Ago — Sept. 10, 1997

Parent was named athletic director — Susan Parent was named athletic director at Van Buren District Secondary School. She replaced longtime director Don Gagnon, who resigned the position at the close of the 1996-97 school year. Parent was currently a teacher of physical education at Van Buren District Secondary School. She held this position since 1991. Parent held several coaching positions at Van Buren, as she did at Fort Fairfield High School prior to coming to Van Buren.

10 Years Ago — Sept. 5, 2012

Van Buren students learn the history of ballooning — Van Buren elementary students from Pre-K through fourth grade listened as Bud and Judith Hebrlee of Frenchville and their crew prepared Bud’s 90-foot-tall balloon named “Aerloon.” The demonstration took place Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at the Van Buren District Secondary School. High wind conditions prevented the crew from heating the air and setting the balloon upright, but Bud shared his enthusiasm for the history and sport of ballooning in a short question-and-answer session. All of the children also had an opportunity to stand in the gondola and touch the balloon fabric. The program was sponsored by Abel J. Morneault Memorial Library and supported by the school administration.

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