This Week in History
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10 years ago:

A West Dover property owner was issued an Act 250 permit for his house after a three-year-long appeal of the environmental commission’s initial rejection of his application, made 15 years after his house was built.

Wilmington Planning Commissioners debated height restrictions for personal wind turbines. Although small, privately-owned wind turbines were not considered cost-effective at the time, commissioners foresaw a time when more people might install turbines to generate electricity for their own consumption.

A hot, dry spring was to blame for brush fires throughout the region. Deerfield Valley fire departments were called out to put out several fires in their own towns, and in neighboring towns as far away as Charlemont, MA.

15 years ago:

Selectboards in Dover, Searsburg, and Whitingham expressed their dismay that Wilmington decided not to join them in withholding their education tax payment from the state. The three towns were acting in protest of Act 60, and each town was facing a civil suit filed by the state, seeking payment. At Wilmington’s March Town Meeting, voters approved a nonbinding article to withhold the money but, citing their oath of office and duty to uphold the laws of the town, selectboard members said the move was not in the town’s best interest.

20 years ago:

Dover voters were headed to the polls to vote on a third school bond proposal, this time for a scaled-down version of an addition to Dover School. The cost of the 10,500-square-foot addition was estimated at $1,383,900, including $300,977 in state aid.

The former developers of Timber Creek and Deer Meadow in West Dover were charged with conspiracy and fraud for their part in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $1 million in loans from a Massachusetts financial institution.

Wardsboro was searching for their missing transfer station attendant. According to selectboard members, the attendant hadn’t been seen for more than a week following a weeklong vacation. Board members considered firing the employee, but some expressed concern that he might be unable to contact the board for some reason.

25 years ago:

The Deerfield Valley was selected as one of six possible sites to replace Stratton as permanent host of the nine-day Volvo tennis tournament. To enhance the valley’s chances, local officials were considering a plan to build a 250-acre park at the site of an old gravel pit on Coldbrook Road. The park would include tennis courts, lakes, ponds, sports fields, and an arts facility.

The Wilmington Selectboard was investigating the death of a lamb that belonged to a local resident. The owner believed that dogs had been harassing his sheep, and that the lamb had died after being chased.

The Deerfield Valley News interviewed Dover resident Janet Greene, co-author of “Putting Food By,” a book on canning and preserving food that is still in print, and still considered one of the top texts on the subject. She also co-founded Brattleboro’s Stephen Green Press with her husband, Stephen Greene.

30 years ago:

Wilmington Police Chief Arnie Bernard resigned to take a position with a logging company. Bernard had served on the Wilmington Police Department since 1975, and had been second constable in Wilmington from 1969 to 1972. He had served as chief for only five months when he left the department.

40 years ago:

Wilmington voters approved a tax abatement for G.S. Precision at a special Town Meeting. The tax break was intended to allow G.S. Precision owner George Schneeberger to expand his facility in Wilmington.

In an article on “Mud season in days gone by,” old-timers told the Deerfield Valley News what Vermont’s fifth season was like before the major highways were paved. In the 1920s, few cars ventured onto the roads during mud season, but by the 1930s, the federal government patrolled Route 9 with Fordson tractors to scrape roads, smooth out the mud, and help motorists mired in the mud. In Wilmington, the town grader operator would often get dispatched to the Marlboro town line to pull as many as three or four cars at a time through Wilmington to the Searsburg town line.

45 years ago:

The Mount Snow Valley News began a monthlong, post-ski season hiatus. When the paper resumed publication on May 17, Edward G. Pickett had replaced David Lyman as editor. The summer editions of the Mount Snow Valley News were a first; before 1969 the paper was only produced during the ski season.

According to Pickett, the step was “the end of the beginning,” and marked a move toward making Mount Snow a four-season resort.
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