From the Publisher's Desk
by Tessie Dubois
Jun 27, 2012 | 475 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
June 27 edition -

‘Seasons in the Sun’

This week, the St. John Valley Times says goodbye to two people who are a part of our history.

Moving on is Jenn Pelletier, our sales manager, who has desired a career change for several years. She is filling a sales opening at Thibodeau Insurance in Fort Kent. Jenn worked for the Times for nearly 12 years, and we all wish her the very best.

Also, Norman “Bee” Ouellette, 86, passed away peacefully last week. He helped his wife Stella deliver the St. John Valley Times for nine years, from 1989 to 1998. Our sympathies to the Ouellette family.

In other staff news, Tory is now a grandmother and Jenny’s husband Ron of Grand Isle finally got his moose permit!

Deeply proud of hometown

Art, and aesthetics such as hanging pots of flowers or benches, are a big part of what helps downtowns thrive. Congratulations to everyone involved with the new farming mural on the former A.D. Soucy building that has long sat, along with potato houses, along the former B&A rail line on Market Street in Fort Kent. From Reno Lagasse and the Lions Club to mural artist Darren Connors to the farming families who inspired it, bravo! This is a beautiful example of how a small rural town can authentically celebrate and market itself, further beautify its downtown, and pay tribute to the deep traditions that have shaped it.

Edmundston

Do you ever miss city life? If so, take a ride to Edmundston, stop into their art shops, walk the cobblestone streets, have some sushi (best sushi I have ever had - by far - was at Sushi World, Centre-ville), listen to a little music, dance a little dance, etc. Edmundston is a beautiful, intimate city that reminds me of Portsmouth. Like Portsmouth, it is safe and fun to walk at night. But unlike Portsmouth, it is just over the border. Have fun!