Title

Residents of the St. John Valley, many of whom consider themselves to be Acadian

Authors

Virginia Wright

Source

Down East

Date

6-1-2006

Pages

52-57, 97-100

Abstract

Residents of the St. John Valley, many of whom consider themselves to be Acadian, share American and French-Canadian culture. The Acadian Festival is held in Madawaska, and the Acadian Quilters speak both French and English when they meet there. Canadians drive to Maine for gas, and Mainers go to Canada to fill their prescriptions. Judy Paradis, a former state senator from Madawaska, says "the border is our biggest headache," in the post-9/11-era. Sheila Jans, a Canadian who worked on the St. John Valley International Cultural Trail, from Allagash, ME, to Grand Falls, N.B., wants to help address fears on the American side about the the loss of the French language and the erosion of traditions.

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