Mount Snow’s new fan guns had been covering trails for more than a week when the valley was hit by a nor’easter. The snowy December, following the “snowless winter” of 2006-2007, and the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce and valley businesses reacted with relief. “It looks like Mother Nature has decided to play nice this year,” said chamber executive director Laura Sibilia.
15 years ago:
Arson was suspected when the Great Moose gift and T-shirt shop was damaged in a late night fire.
Wilmington followed Whitingham’s lead in considering the closure of its middle high school as a solution to financial pressure from Act 60. Unlike Whitingham, however, Wilmington calculated that closing the school would actually cost taxpayers more than the status quo – about $500,000 more each budget year, in fact.
The Wilmington School Board proposed an $8.8 million “scaled down” version of a $9.3 million construction/renovation plan that had been rejected by voters a year earlier. The bond for the proposed project was rejected after taxpayers discovered that the project would cost almost $18 million thanks to Act 60’s “shark” pool. The “scaled down” version would only cost $11 million school officials said, but that project, too, failed to pass a bond vote.
20 years ago:
Caleb Record, a 17-year-old Leland & Gray High School senior whose car careened off the road and plunged into the West River, was moved out of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and into a rehabilitation program. Record had been trapped under water in the car, and was rescued by passers-by who pulled him out of the water and administered CPR, saving his life.
Revolution was in the air at a public meeting in Wilmington, where parents, school boards, and the public sounded off on Act 60. Some members of the public suggested sending a message to Montpelier by slashing school budgets to about $5,000 per student – the amount the state would send towns from the state education fund. Board members presented a list of $660,000 in cuts they called “draconian.” The cuts would mean the elimination of the breakfast and lunch program, transportation, support for instructional programs, and library funding. Discussion also focused on lawsuits filed by a group of 40 “gold” towns, the Vermont Coalition of Municipalities.
25 years ago:
A group of Wardsboro residents petitioned for the ouster of their road foreman, but when selectboard members asked for specific charges against the road foreman, none of the petitioners at a selectboard meeting could come up with an infraction that would warrant his removal. Selectboard members treated the petition as “informational.”
Chris Larsen and Chris Richter were selected to serve as pages during the legislative session. Larsen was picked to work in the Legislature. Richter was chosen by Gov. Howard Dean to work in the governor’s office.
30 years ago:
Marty Goodman’s Christmas tree farm in Wilmington produced as many as 7,500 trees per year. Including trees he purchased from wholesalers, Goodman sold as much as 15,000 trees per year.
The District Environmental Commission ruled that developer and airport owner Bob North didn’t need an Act 250 permit for a building he had constructed at the airport. Dover Selectboard members pushed the matter after finding that North had “extensively renovated” an existing building. North said that the use of the property hadn’t changed.
According to The Deerfield Valley News, Santa Claus would soon be coming to town.
35 years ago:
The Mount Snow Region Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring its first Valley Christmas Walk. Local merchants participating in the walk would stay open on Friday and Saturday night until 10. Businesses were decorated for the holidays and offered customers a complimentary glass of champagne, wine or desert and coffee to ward off the chill of the night air.
After the District 5 Environmental Commission turned down his Act 250 application to build a 79-unit motel, citing a lack of waste disposal facilities and the scenic beauty of the land on which he planned to build, Raymond Ramsey decided to build a pig farm instead. Residents were up in arms over the plan, as well as the odors created by the manure.
45 years ago:
Dover Selectboard Chair Steve Chontos expressed his opposition to two state land use and development plans that he said would wrestle more power away from municipalities. “Dover can control its own destiny,” he said.
Gladdys and Raymond Gates opened Eva’s Restaurant in Jacksonville. Gates was originally from Whitingham and had lived in nearby Colrain, MA, until his retirement. He and his wife moved back to Jacksonville and purchased the building next to Cromack’s General Store to open the family restaurant business.
Wilmington High School students Gordon Boyd, Richard Look, Scott Quinn, and Gerry Lind were featured in an article on Mount Anthony Union High School’s Area Vocation Center in Bennington.