Marlboro School Board members announced they would no longer comply with requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Board members said NCLB “is an inherently flawed piece of legislation that fails students and fails schools.”
The Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment group was formed, and began working on plans to improve the village and capitalize on the town’s assets, such as access to the Green Mountain National Forest, trails, and kayaking streams. A beautification campaign included planting flowers at the town’s welcome signs and at the bandstand.
15 years ago:
Students at Wilmington High School began a pilot volunteer program. Incoming freshmen were asked to complete 10 hours of community service. Once fully implemented, high school students would be required to complete 40 hours of community service over the course of the school’s four-year program.
In a straw poll, Dover residents voted 82-12 to continue withholding Act 60 payments from the state. In a related development, a Washington County Superior Court judge ruled that the state’s interpretation of the meaning of “budget” in the law was faulty. The state had argued that the word “budget” in an Act 60 transition law meant the tax rate. The judge agreed with the town of Sherburne that the term meant the “town expenditures approved by the voters.”
20 years ago:
The Wilmington School Board heard complaints from parents regarding a fundraising letter written on school stationary. The letter, from the Wilmington Booster Club, asked for a donation of $50 to help pay for lights on the high school soccer field. Parents also complained that students addressed the letters during gym class.
Wardsboro School Board members were looking into the purchase of a locking cabinet for school computers after vandals broke in and damaged computers and program disks.
25 years ago:
Whitingham Listers set the appraised value of New England Power Company’s property in the town at $105,238,400, a ninefold increase over a $12.5 million value that had been set in a 1973 out-of-court settlement. Before the revaluation, NEPCO had proposed to pay $691,000, but under the new value, the company would pay $1,118,162, or 57% of the town’s tax burden. Whitingham residents surprised Jane Boyd, who had recently left her position as town and school nurse to work at Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg, MA, with a celebration for her years of service. Boyd said she was “humbled and overwhelmed” by the display of affection. Among the gifts presented to her were over 100 handmade paper birds from schoolchildren, and a book with more than 200 letters from well-wishers in town.
30 years ago:
The Wilmington High School Warriors baseball team scored their first win in more than two years, breaking a 0-23 losing streak. Their losses began at the state quarterfinals in 1982. In 1983 the Warriors lost every game, ending with a 0-15 season. By May 1984, the team had racked up seven more losses, and it looked like they might be denied a win for another year until the team pulled out an 8-1 victory over Putney School.
Windham County Sen. Robert Gannett, a Republican from Brattleboro, announced he would run for re-election in the fall. William Schmidt announced he would run for state Senate on the Democratic ticket.
40 years ago:
Four Boy Scouts from Wilmington’s Troop 446 picketed the Clover Farm store in the center of Wilmington for four hours. The scouts were protesting Clover Farms owner Walter Asdikian’s refusal to take returnable bottles and cans the boys had collected on Green Up Day. After four hours, an agreement between the scouts and Asdikian was negotiated, and the bottles and cans were accepted.
50 years ago:
The Stephan Greene Press published “Sudden & Awful,” a book on Vermont graveyard epitaphs by Janet Greene, of Dover, and Thomas C. Mann, of Brattleboro. The book included humorous ditties and tragic tales told on tombstones, and some that were both, such as the epitaph of Anne Hopewell, of Enosburg: “Here lies the body of our Anne, Done to death by a banana, It wasn’t the fruit that laid her low, But the skin of the thing that made her go.”
The Southern Vermont Land Company listed a “nice farmhouse” on 100 acres for $23,500, and a log cabin on 135 acres for $32,500.