Halifax School Board members agreed to study a merger with Whitingham Elementary and Twin Valley Middle School. Several scenarios were proposed for discussion, including a plan that would keep Halifax’s youngest students at Halifax school, while older students would join larger classes in Whitingham. At the time, there were about 45 students attending classes at Halifax school, in a building designed to accommodate 125.
Local resident Ralph Genella developed the “Green Ambulance Simulator,” a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art ambulance complete with simulated patients he planned to use to train emergency medical personnel. Genella’s business dream never took off, but he and his wife Roberta Green donated the mobile classroom to the Westfield State University nursing and allied health department.
15 years ago:
The Vermont Supreme Court threw an appeal of a permit for a children’s camp back to the Wilmington Zoning Board of Adjustment, reversing an order by the state’s environmental court. It would mark the third time the ZBA considered Tim Gore’s Camp Najerog proposal. Abutting property owner Edward Lashins had already appealed the ZBA decision twice.
Whitingham residents questioned the Wilmington and Whitingham school boards’ plan to create a joint middle and high school system. Some residents said saving money and improving education were positive aspects of the proposal, but others said that transportation issues were a problem.
20 years ago:
A group of Dover voters petitioned to reconsider the town’s June vote to purchase a ladder truck. Petitioners said they were concerned that the wording of the original ballot didn’t give voters the option of not buying a truck. The ladder truck was a condition of Mount Snow’s permit for the Grand Summit Hotel, and the resort had agreed to put up two-thirds, $295,000, of the truck’s cost.
A contingent of Mormons traveling in 27 RVs arrived at the Brigham Young monument in Whitingham. Young, a founder of the church, was born in Whitingham. The group had retraced the route taken by Young and Mormon prophet Joseph Smith from Vermont to Salt Lake City, Utah.
25 years ago:
A Wilmington man sued the town, alleging that he was improperly arrested, assaulted, and his civil rights were violated on the basis of his race. The African American man said he was walking along Route 100 carrying a bottle of liquor that had been a gift, when he was stopped by police, taken into custody, and cited for carrying an open container and “noise in the nighttime.” He said he refused to sign the citation and was taken to Brattleboro lockup where he claimed to have been assaulted. He sought $2.2 million in compensatory damages.
30 years ago:
The town of Dover opposed an Act 250 permit for a proposed post office to be built on the corner of Lower Stugger Road and Route 100. The selectboard, police chief, planning commission, and Windham Regional Commission testified that the location would present a potential safety hazard.
Deerfield Valley Elementary School Principal Don Finck was named interim superintendent for Windham Southwest Supervisory Union. Board members said the supervisory union duties wouldn’t conflict with Finck’s principal duties.
35 years ago:
Wilmington formed a design control committee to proceed with a design control zoning ordinance. The committee’s charge was to set up guidelines for the exterior appearance of buildings in Wilmington Village. Two years earlier, Wilmington had participated in a federally-funded project to create a design control manual that could be used by any Vermont town.
40 years ago:
According to an article on the construction of the Harriman Dam by local Foxfire researchers Tina Swanson and Charlayne Betit, when the reservoir was first completed, New England Power Company wouldn’t allow any recreational use of the lake for fear that someone would drown and they’d be forced to drain the reservoir. Eventually, local residents demanded the right to use the lake, opening the reservoir up as one of the area’s chief recreational spots.
Vermont humorist Norman Lewis performed at Memorial Hall. As part of his act, Lewis purported to be an independent gubernatorial candidate from Avery’s Gore named Danny Gore. (To this day, Avery’s Gore has a population of zero.) Danny Gore pontificated on several of his campaign planks. “My plank is to get sex out of the classrooms and back into the barn where it belongs.”
45 years ago:
John Christie, vice president and general manager of Mount Snow, purchased Saddleback Ski Area in Rangeley, ME. Christie was expected to leave sometime in the fall to take over ownership duties at the ski area.
Dr. Kingsley Dumont and Dr. Milton Wolf threw out the first spades of earth at groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of the Deerfield Valley Health Center.
Wilmington resident Bruce Gavett, general manager of Haystack Ski Area, was crowned the New England Veteran Bike Racing Champion in a 50-mile race that started in Guilford. Gavett could often be seen peddling around the back roads of Windham County.
Red Cross swimming lessons were available at Harriman Reservoir.