This Week in History
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10 years ago:

A Wilmington committee charged with exploring a possible charter for the town held a public hearing. Only eight people showed up, but they suggested a charter could result in more transparency and access to town government.

In a letter to the editor, Searsburg resident Donald Towne called Gov. Howard Dean an “elitist lackey” who “turned the Green Mountain State into his own banana republic with endless, feel-good, expensive socialist programs.”

15 years ago:

The Valley Trail Committee was frustrated after their request for an endorsement of the trail from the selectboard became an article on Wilmington’s Town Meeting warning. The question asked voters if they wanted the selectboard to “develop and present to voters a plan for a recreational trail running from the Wilmington and Dover town line to the village of Wilmington and Harriman Reservoir.” Committee members had hoped the Wilmington Selectboard would endorse the idea on their own, as Dover’s board had done. Dover’s portion of the Valley Trail is partially complete, and construction of new trail sections is in the pipeline. Wilmington, through the bitown process, is still working on a trail that would connect to Dover.

20 years ago:

Chris Richter and Chris Larsen were both selected to work as pages at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Richter was selected as an executive page, and served in Gov. Howard Dean’s office. Richter said he enjoyed debating issues and hoped to take up politics in the future. Larsen described a busy day, working from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at various duties in the House and Senate. Larsen said one of the reasons he wanted to be a page was to see what his father, Rep. David Larsen, did during the week in Montpelier.

30 years ago:

The Dover Parents Organization announced a demonstration of the school’s new Commodore VIC 20 computers at their next meeting. The VIC 20 was the predecessor to Commodore’s wildly successful Commodore 64 computer. The VIC 20 came with only 5 kb of RAM (expandable to as much as 64 kb), used a “datasette” cassette tape drive for information storage (a 5 ½” floppy drive was also available), and accepted pre-programmed ROM cartridges with various gaming and utility software.

Louis Urban, president of the Vermont Council of Senior Citizens said President Ronald Reagan’s proposed federal budget would “take food out of the mouths of poor and elderly people here in Vermont.”

35 years ago:

Wilmington Town Manager Sonia De Lury (Alexander) sought help from the Army Corps of Engineers to deal with an ice jam that had plugged the Deerfield River north of the village. ACOE officials inspected the jam, and decided that immediate action was required. They contacted a construction company that, with the assistance of the town highway department, was able to alleviate the flood danger.

Dover Selectboard members included a question on the Town Meeting warning asking voters if they wished to “revoke the town manager system of government.” At the time, the town was operating with no town manager. Residents were still reeling from the resignation of their previous town manager amid allegations of embezzlement.

40 years ago:

An article on the history of Mountain Mills, written by high school students Myrna and Marcia Green, was featured in the Deerfield Valley News. Mountain Mills was a village in Wilmington that was clustered around a sawmill and a paper mill, both located on what was then the Deerfield River. The area was flooded in 1924 when Harriman dam and reservoir were created. The remains of the town can sometimes be glimpsed from the shore when the water is low.

Jane Ishkanian (Flanagan) was the Deerfield Valley News “Valley Girl of the Week.” According to the writeup, “She came to this part of Vermont, as do many others, looking for good skiing. She found that and a lot of other good things besides, which enticed her to stay.”

45 years ago:

Haystack beat Mount Snow in the second annual jack jump race. In fact, Haystack jack jumpers took the three top spots in the competition. Rogers Starks took first place, Kenny Bartlett took second, and J Anderson of Haystack took third place.

Mount Snow may have lost the jack jump race, but they bested Haystack in the Winterfest ’68 broom-ball game. With a goal by ski instructor Craig Culbert, Mount Snow won the game 5 to 3. According to a report on the game, “There were plenty of spills and falls on the ice,” although the 1968 game was “devoid of the serious injuries” of the 1967 broom-ball competition.

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