FORT KENT, Maine — Residents of the St. John Valley are looking at three major cultural and economic projects on their doorsteps over the next several years, and town hall forums being held across the region will bring them up to date on planning and logistics.
The first forum, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Fox Auditorium, will focus on all three events — the 2011 Biathlon World Cup event hosted by the 10th Mountain Lodge, the 2014 World Acadian Congress and America’s First Mile Project.
Three other town hall forums are planned around the region to provide information on the 2014 World Acadian Congress. Meetings are slated for Oct. 7 at the Madawaska High School library, Oct. 12 at the Van Buren District Secondary School, and Oct. 14 at the Frenchville Community Center.
All the public forums start at 7 p.m.
The forum at UMFK “will provide community members the latest information on each of these significant developments for our region,” said Jesse Jalbert, executive director of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. “It will also give people the information they need to know in order to volunteer for one or both of the major events that are coming our way in the months and years ahead.”
In addition, the Fort Kent meeting will include information on the town’s branding as the northern terminus of U.S. Route 1, or the “America’s First Mile Project.”
Jason Parent, Maine president on the 2014 World Acadian Congress organizational committee, said it’s not too early to begin planning for that event.
“As we look ahead to 2014, one of our challenges here in the St. John Valley is to inform the people of the region just what a World Acadian Congress is and what they can expect,” Parent said. “The work to host the largest event ever to be held in the St. John Valley has already begun.”