The Deerfield Valley Transit Association purchased the former Vermont Barnboard factory on Mill Street in Wilmington. A scoping study had identified the site as the best spot for a transportation hub in the valley. The original facility called for a 76,000-square-foot building that would include administrative offices, a passenger waiting area, a maintenance facility, and park-and-ride space. The footprint was later shaved down to 65,000 square feet with a projected cost of $7 million. A smaller alternative is currently under construction at the Mill Street location.
The Hoot, Toot & Whistle walking trail and a paved parking area behind West Main Street in Wilmington were in the planning stage. The walking trail was originally intended to link with the Wilmington end of the Valley Trail, but was later changed to connect to the proposed River Walk (now known as the Village Trail).
15 years ago:
Gov. Howard Dean was in town to cut the ribbon for the opening of the Wilmington Valley Trail.
A superior court judge ordered “rebel towns” refusing to send their Act 60 payment to the state to pay up. The Vermont Attorney General’s office filed a suit against the treasurers of Dover, Searsburg, and Whitingham.
Following his first Tour de France victory, Lance Armstrong was planning to compete in the Chevy Trucks National Championship Series Finals at Mount Snow. According to a publicist, Armstrong’s foray into mountain biking was “a nice change” for the cyclist. Armstrong was said to be mulling a bid for the 2000 US Olympic Team.
20 years ago:
Haystack President Don Tarinelli took his first plunge into the political arena, running for the Republican nomination to serve in the Vermont Senate. In the race for the Democratic nomination, Peter Shumlin, Nancy Chard, and Bellows Falls village trustee Stanley Rumrill were in a three-way race for two nominations.
Green Meadows School provided education to students with a variety of special needs. Students learned life skills as well as vocational and employment skills, with the goal of being able to live in the local community. Students participated in agricultural work on the Green Meadows’ Stowe Hill farm, or worked in various “industries,” such as making wooden toys and implements for the school’s store, Chrysalis, located in Wilmington Village.
25 years ago:
At a special Town Meeting, Whitingham voters raised $7,700 needed to join the Windham Solid Waste Management District. The move reduced the town’s $70 per-ton charge for disposing of trash to $56 per ton.
Dover sought an extension of its permit to operate an unlined landfill, hoping to use the landfill until its closure date of July 1, 1990, mandated by Act 78. If the town couldn’t use the landfill, all Dover refuse would have to be disposed of at another local landfill, which one Windham Regional Commission member said would result in the town having to pay for its own landfill closure, as well as pay a share of the cost of closing the other town’s landfill. Town officials hoped the Legislature would come through with a plan to pay for part of the closure costs.
30 years ago:
Haystack’s future was looking much brighter than it had in many years, after Don Tarinelli, Michael Kimack, and William Wylie signed an agreement to purchase the ski resort, golf course, and real estate development. Before the three partners purchased Haystack, it had been closed for three years following two years of operation by creditors. The new owners planned to begin construction on vacation homes before the end of the season, open the ski slopes in the fall, and open “at least” the first nine holes of the golf course the following spring. The golf course had deteriorated from disuse.
US Rep.James Jeffords met with constituents at Wilmington High School. Topics discussed included the US military buildup, Central America, and nuclear weapons. Jeffords described the B-1 bomber as a “monstrous waste of funds.”
40 years ago:
Haystack Corporation was teetering between foreclosure and bankruptcy. Haystack officials were in negotiations with lenders, but development had ceased. Haystack Golf Course was closed, and the clubhouse was dormant.
Six Deerfield Valley youths cycled 115 miles through southern Vermont. The first day’s ride took them from the Cupola Bicycle Shop in Dover to Andover and then on to Ludlow. On the second day, the group covered 67 miles, from Ludlow to Pawlet and stopping in Manchester.
Local singer and entertainer Sue Andrea appeared on a Springfield, MA, daily talk show. As part of her interview, she sang “You’ve Got a Friend” And “I Won’t Last a Day Without You.”
45 years ago:
The fourth annual Summer Festival was to be held on the weekend of July 18-20. Festivities included a parade, water-ski show, a pony pull, flea market, and an antique auto show. As many as 80 water skiers were expected to show up for the water-skiing event.
Construction was underway on the new Mount Snow Airport. The 2,600-foot single runway was intended to accommodate twin-engine private aircraft. Even then, plans called for a future expansion to a 3,700-foot runway. According to the report, efforts were underway to establish an air-shuttle service between Mount Snow Airport and airports around major New England metropolitan areas.