Whitingham Town Clerk Buddy Holland announced his retirement. Holland had been town clerk since 1992, and had served in various town or village positions since 1965.
With the arrests of six Deerfield Valley residents, ages 16 to 19, Wilmington and Dover police closed the books on a number of unsolved burglaries in the area. Police called the group a “network” of perpetrators, not all of whom were involved in every burglary.
15 years ago:
Mount Snow representatives met with the Wilmington Selectboard seeking their support for a snowmaking pipeline from Harriman Reservoir to Mount Snow. Wilmington board members opposed the project, and urged Mount Snow to consider water withdrawal from Somerset Reservoir.
Grace Cottage closed their satellite office, Green Mountain Healthcare, located in Dover. The closure also meant the termination of Dr. William Sargent’s contract. Grace Cottage board members said the satellite clinic was “hemorrhaging” money to the tune of $150,000 per year. Sargent said Grace Cottage failed to understand the market in Dover, never making any connection to the area’s second-home owners, skiers, and seasonal workers.
20 years ago:
The Whitingham school nurse and Whitingham School Board were at odds over the administration of medications to students. According to the board, the nurse could administer prescription medications with a doctor’s and parent’s permission, and nonprescription medications with parent’s approval. The nurse, however, insisted on a stricter policy that would require approval from a doctor and a parent for either prescription or nonprescription medication. In an apparent compromise, the board approved a policy that included a “blanket” approval by a local doctor for the nurse to administer Tylenol and Benadryl.
Dover residents broke into applause after selectboard members ended controversy over the design of the West Dover Fire Department building by voting to move forward with the design that was already under construction. The controversy centered on the roof, which detractors said would dump snow in front of the bays.
25 years ago:
Dover and other valley schools were grappling with head lice problems. Dover adopted a “no nits” policy, meaning students who were examined and found to have evidence of head lice or nits (eggs) were sent home.
30 years ago:
A “swimathon” held in Lake Whitingham raised $3,000 for the Judith Holender Memorial Hospice Fund. Despite the crisp September weather, 27 swimmers participated, swimming a total of 81 miles in quarter-mile laps.
The Wilmington Zoning Board considered an application for a permit for an ultralight aircraft “airfield” at the Jasper Howe farm on East Dover Road. A number of local people, including the owners of the Sitzmark, which is adjacent to the field, attended the meeting to oppose the permit, citing noise and safety issues.
35 years ago:
At 78, Percy Dodge was still hammering away in his blacksmith’s forge in Whitingham, located across the road from the dam at Lake Sadawga. In addition to welding and repairing just about anything made of steel or iron, Dodge made what he called “jiggers,” or decorative pieces. Dodge said he planned to keep going until he “kicked the bucket” in the forge he worked in for 50 years. “Nobody’s asked me to quit yet,” he said.
Wilmington resident Bill Hamilton and Whitingham resident Ray Poor won their races for state representative in the Republican primary. Voter turnout was light.
40 years ago:
Fat City, a Wilmington nightclub, was in hot water with the selectboard after neighbors complained about noise. Fat City management presented their plea, along with the signatures of several neighbors in support of the nightclub, to board members. The board ordered further “fact finding” before making a decision.