Students at Wilmington Middle/High School were writing, producing, and acting in The Student Network (TSN) productions. Program director Bob Edwards said TSN started six years earlier as a project to produce a few anti-drug public service announcements, and grew into a multifaceted video production program. As part of a long-term TSN project, students visited Gettysburg National Military Park to shoot footage and conduct research for a documentary on soldiers from the Deerfield Valley who participated in the Civil War battle.
15 years ago:
Wilmington police officers Jeff Trowt and Jeff Trudeau found the driver slumped over the wheel of a vehicle in the Old Red Mill parking lot to be intoxicated. While they were speaking with the Wilmington resident, they noticed a number of books and CDs in the vehicle, aware that a robbery had been reported at nearby Bartleby’s Books. The driver admitted to the break-in, and also to stealing the vehicle he was driving from R.S. Roberts in Brattleboro after another vehicle he had stolen from R.S. Roberts had broken down. He was charged with 10 violations of the law, including DUI, driving with a suspended license, possession of stolen property, grand larceny, and burglary.
Mountain Park Cinema in West Dover and Kipling Cinema in Brattleboro were sold to Spinelli Cinemas, a company that also owned movie theaters in Maine and New Hampshire. Spinelli representatives said they planned “subtle” changes, including more PG-rated movies for kids and staggered show times to reduce lines.
20 years ago:
Wilmington Selectboard Chair Bill Palumbo resigned from the position after he moved out of the town. As a result of his resignation, board member Anne Manwaring was elected chair. The board interviewed two candidates to fill the vacancy, Fred Skwirut and Julie Lineberger, eventually choosing Skwirut for the position.
The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles announced that they would begin issuing photo IDs at all five DMV satellite offices. Before the announcement, people seeking a photo ID were required to travel to the Montpelier DMV office. Even 20 years ago, Vermont was one of only two states that didn’t require photo ID operator licenses (the other was New Jersey).
An open house was held at the Skyline Restaurant on Hogback to celebrate the retirement of Dick and Joyce Hamilton.
25 years ago:
Holiday traffic was so heavy in the valley that Wilmington police had to man the traffic light at the junction of Route 100 and Route 9 in the morning and the evening. Police also spent a lot of time keeping the roads clear of illegally parked vehicles. Police issued 20 parking tickets and had eight vehicles towed, most for parking in an area that would impede emergency vehicles.
30 years ago:
Dr. Harry Haroutunian presented a wood-burned portrait of Dr. Mickey Wolf created by local artist Bob Perrone at the dedication of the Mickey Wolf Sports Medicine Center at Mount Snow.
The Whitingham Selectboard accepted a bid of $200 for dismantling the old grange hall, and received a bill for veterinary services to one resident’s sheep for injuries received from another resident’s dog. Board members passed the bill along to the owner of the dog.
35 years ago:
Mount Snow was touting its state of the art electronic surveillance system, which included a special pair of skis with an electronic “bug” allowing security personnel to track the would-be thief. The system was developed at Killington ski area by David Langlois. “Before bugging, very few thieves were caught,” Langlois said.
40 years ago:
Wilmington Selectboard member Robert Grinold resigned from the board to accept the position of town manager. Grinold said he’d do a “damn good job,” and was looking forward to serving in the position. Grinold had already been serving as the acting town manager for six weeks.
A pickup belonging to Roger Smith, a waiter at Snow Lake Lodge, was wrecked after he left it running, with his Irish setter inside, while he ran into the lodge. The dog knocked the truck into gear, hurtling it forward to the brink of Snow Lake, where it rolled over. The dog was not injured in the accident.
45 years ago:
The Sitzmark was hailed as one of the valley’s most successful nightspots. “Ask anyone on the mountain where the action is for swinging singles, and you’ll get one answer, the Sitzmark, of course.” Sounds groovy, doesn’t it?
Whitingham School teacher Fred Homer played country and western tunes at the Old Red Mill every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Homer played a “tipple,” a ukulele-like instrument with 10 strings, in two paired courses and two tripled courses.