There was a minor controversy over the choice of school colors for the newly-named Twin Valley School District. Student voting on the colors resulted in a lopsided vote by Wilmington students for blue and white, the same colors that had been used by Wilmington Schools prior to the creation of the joint school district. In a public straw vote on the colors, the choice of blue and white was omitted because school officials said it didn’t have support from both communities. In a close vote, residents in both towns chose school colors of black and red. Board members decided to take the matter back to the voters once again. Thankfully, the controversy was short-lived.
Chef and restaurateur Betty Hillman closed Le Petit Chef after 30 years of dazzling foodies with her French-inspired cuisine.
15 years ago:
Mount Snow’s claim to water rights on a parcel of land the state hoped to use for wetlands mitigation threatened to hold up a project to reconstruct and straighten an accident prone section of Route 9 in Searsburg. The state considered breaking up the project into two parts, one that could be started by the end of the year, and another that could be started after the completion of negotiations with Mount Snow.
20 years ago:
The Wilmington Selectboard granted a liquor license to the owners of the Viking Motel and Truffles Restaurant after they discussed a rash of noise complaints regarding the weekend entertainment at the bar. The owners said one complainant threatened to have their liquor license revoked.
The Green Mountain Courier ceased publication after five years. The Courier, as the paper was known to many locals, was owned by publisher and editor Susan Cooke Johnson.
25 years ago:
The Dover Selectboard, planning commission, and design review committee discussed a controversial roof design for a cinema building proposed by a local developer. Emotions ran high, culminating with the chair of the selectboard publicly reprimanding another selectboard member for his actions at a planning commission meeting one night earlier.
Dover Road Commissioner Phil Bartlett offered the following advice for driving dirt roads during Vermont’s infamous fifth season, mud season: “When you see a mudhole, try to pick the shallowest set of ruts, keep your wheels straight, and go for it! If you do get stuck, jack up the car, put some stones under it, and drive it out. If that doesn’t work, call a wrecker.”
30 years ago:
The Statehouse lawn and front steps were still knee-deep in snow, thanks to the work of snowmakers from Killington Ski Area. The man-made snow had been put down in a snowmaking demonstration for lawmakers earlier in the season. It far outlasted the natural snow at the Statehouse, much to the delight of kids in the neighborhood.
The Wilmington Selectboard voted to expend $400 for the burial of an indigent 33-year-old man who had been found dead in a local chalet. The state paid $250.
In an unrelated news item, the Dover School Board approved a field trip to the Covey and Allen Funeral Home as part of a “death and dying” unit in health class.
40 years ago:
Construction on Dover’s new wastewater treatment facility was scheduled to begin within three months, and officials expected that it would take three years to complete. At the time, it was estimated that it would cost about $100,000 per year to operate the plant. Originally, the treatment plant was to be located near the intersection of Route100 and Tannery Road, but the site “was found to be too expensive.”
45 years ago:
Haystack’s majority stockholder Herbert Hart purchased Old Ark Lodge, which included a large tract of land between Route 100 and Coldbrook Road. The acquisition linked the Haystack East development with another tract of land slated for development.
Mount Snow had been open for six months, making it the longest ski season in the ski resort’s 14-year history.