Mount Snow General Manager Kelly Pawlak and planning coordinator Laurie Newton sought the Wilmington Selectboard’s support for their plan to withdraw up to 430 million gallons of water per year from Somerset Reservoir for snowmaking operations. The plan was one of several that Mount Snow pursued in a decades-long search for a primary source of snowmaking water. The plan was eventually scrapped, but this year Mount Snow will complete construction of their West Lake snowmaking reservoir in Wilmington.
Twin Valley graduates got drenched when a thunderstorm struck just as the ceremony was getting underway. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans,” joked principal Frank Spencer.
15 years ago:
Residents objected when Dover Selectboard members proposed discontinuing several roads with parking or maintenance issues.
The Wilmington Selectboard voted to repeal the town’s building code and do away with the building inspector position after voters eliminated funding for the inspector at Town Meeting.
Also in Wilmington, school board and selectboard members struggled to find legitimate ways to transfer $1.3 million from the town to the school. In a rebellion against Act 60, Town Meeting voters slashed the school budget and added $1.3 million to the municipal budget, an attempt to circumvent the education funding law.
20 years ago:
Wilmington resident and chef Jeff Newton took two first place prizes at a New Paltz, NY chili cookoff with his “Chef Jeff’s Hogback Hot Stuff.” Newton’s secret recipe included Bennington Brewery’s Towhead Ale and Vermont Epicurean Maple Horseradish Mustard. Newton said that if your nose is running and your forehead is sweating, you’re eating good chili.
The state of Vermont declined to purchase Somerset Reservoir dam and power generating stations from New England Power Company.
25 years ago:
Wardsboro was weighing the pros and cons of expansion at Stratton Mountain’s Sun Bowl development. Although Stratton offered a payment to help maintain Wardsboro roads leading to the area, school board members were concerned that the construction would attract more families to Wardsboro, exacerbating space issues at the school.
Deerfield Valley Elementary School Principal Don Finck planted a big kiss on the snout of Beatrice the pig at the school’s annual picnic as part of a fundraiser. Other lucky pig-kissers included Paul Kasanoff, Marv Neuman, Patsy Mehlop, Brian Johnson, Maureen Little, and Geoff Coffin.
30 years ago:
Garrett Conrad, 18, of West Dover, was accepted into the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis treatment program. Conrad was involved in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, breathing with the aid of a respirator. Conrad and his mother Marcia hoped that he would be able to breathe on his own after the treatment.
35 years ago:
Gubernatorial candidate Madeline Kunin said she was in favor of raising the drinking age in Vermont to 19. Incumbent Gov. Richard Snelling was in favor of keeping the drinking age at 18, and had vetoed legislation that would have raised it to 19.
In the event of a nuclear incident in Norwalk, CT, federal emergency evacuation plans called for 80,000 residents of that city to head to Wilmington, Dover, and Stratton.
40 years ago:
Ruth Mazelli retired from Deerfield Valley Elementary School after four decades of teaching. After teaching for a year in New Hampshire, Mrs. Mazelli began teaching in the valley in 1931 and, except for a 10-year break taken when her daughters were growing up, taught for 39 years in the valley. She once taught grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse. On her last day at DVES, she was crowned, robed, and led to a throne from which to watch a tribute students had prepared for her.
45 years ago:
Wilmington Selectboard members ordered a “crackdown” on illegally parked cars on East Main Street and at the bottom of Ray Hill Road. The town also learned that, beginning July 1, the state would keep all revenue from parking tickets issued in the village.
Concerns were raised about fire safety at Haystack. Wilmington Fire Chief John B. Willard Jr. noted that the New England Fire Rating Association recommended that fire suppression lines have a flow of 3,000 gallons per minute at 20 pounds per square inch. “I know that’s an awful lot of water,” Willard told board members, “but they (Haystack) created this situation by building a city in the woods.”
Vermont Congressman Richard Mallory said that the letters he received about Vietnam were “in greater volume than on any other matter you’ve written about since we’ve been down here.”