ST. AGATHA, Maine — Dick and Carol Derosier were well-known around the St. John Valley for being among the first to step in and help out anyone in need.

The husband and wife team and owners of the Lakeview restaurant passed away just months apart after each battled cancer in 2012 and 2013, and their daughters want to continue that legacy of giving to the community with the second annual Angel Snowfest to benefit Angel Flights of New England and the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund in Fort Kent.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha with a snowshoe walk beginning at 1 p.m. The day will include live music, food and an outdoor ice bar, according to event organizer Jen Daigle, the daughter of Dick and Carol Derosier.

A candle-lit luminary walk begins at 6 p.m. and candles will be available to purchase on site, Daigle said.

Bad Mother Boogie will be performing from 3 to 6 p.m., and at 7 p.m., the band Boomerang takes over and will perform until midnight. There is a $20 fee for the Boomerang concert, which includes appetizers and, according to Daigle, a special appearance by Elvis.

Both her parents used Angel Flights to access cancer treatment and care in Boston and Philadelphia, Daigle said. Both also received support from the Edgar J. Paradis fund.

“Those organizations helped us out so much,” Daigle said. “If not for them, mom and dad would not have been with us as long, as much as we would have liked them with us longer.”

Last year the event raised $24,000, and Daigle is hoping to beat that this year with the addition of a raffle.

“I think it makes a difference and helps that my parents were so well-known in the community,” Daigle said. “They were known to always be giving back to the community.”

For information about Angel Snowfest, visit www.facebook.com/angelsnowfest, or call Jen Daigle at 543-6331 or Becky Pelletier at 436-0613.


Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.