May 26, 2020
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Fort Kent man sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to his 91-year-old wife outside her care center window

Courtesy of Diana Sylvain
Courtesy of Diana Sylvain
Alban Bouchard of Fort Kent visited his wife of more than 60 years, Rita Bouchard on her birthday at Crosswinds Residential Care on Thursday.

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FORT KENT, Maine — A 92-year-old Fort Kent man found a way to spend time with his wife of more than six decades on her birthday, despite the coronavirus threat that kept visitors from entering the residential care center where she lives.

Alban Bouchard visited his wife, Rita Bouchard, who turned 91 on Thursday, by standing outside a window at Crosswinds Residential Care.

The couple brought success to the family-owned Bouchard Family Farms with the introduction of buckwheat ploye mixes many years ago. The mixes are sold all over the country now.

Crosswinds, like most care centers in the state, has temporarily suspended visitors to protect residents from coronavirus COVID-19 infection.

Alban Bouchard sang “Happy Birthday” to his wife from outside the Crosswinds window, and was joined by several other residents within the care center.

Rita Bouchard was visibly moved by her husband’s gesture, said Crosswinds social services coordinator Rose Bourgoin.

“It was the sweetest moment. In such a hard time that everyone is going through we all needed to see some sweetness and that was like the icing on the cake,” Bourgoin said.

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