Wilmington resident Dale Doucette procured a lighting system for the Memorial Hall Center for the Arts at bargain-basement price. The new system replaced an antiquated system that made it difficult to provide lighting for productions at the hall. Doucette is a professional lighting designer.
Southern Vermont was getting ready for the first Strolling of the Heifers. One of the goals of the first “Stroll” was to set a new Guinness World Record for the number of cows in a parade. In the first year, the action included a dramatic presentation of “A love greater than 70 bushels of baked potatoes: Helen and Scott Nearing,” starring Sam Lloyd and Diana Stugger; a milking contest judged by Fred Tuttle, the “Man with a Plan;” and the Black and White Heifer Ball, with entertainment by the Peter Miles Band.
15 years ago:
Two doctors, second-home owners in the valley, were cited for providing alcohol to minors after police responded to a noise complaint and found about 125 students and graduates of St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. Police also found seven kegs of beer. The two doctors told police they planned the party and provided the alcohol because they felt it would be safer for the kids.
20 years ago:
Dover Selectboard member Alex Snow resigned, citing “constant harassment” from the town. The town had taken legal action to fight a Vermont Board of Property Review decision to reduce Snow’s property value in West Dover. Snow said that to remain on the board would be tantamount to sanctioning legal action against himself. The state board reduced the value of his Windy Hill property from $398,760 to $307,660. The property had been valued by the town at $775,900 in a 1991 property appraisal. Expressing regret, Snow’s fellow board members said they weren’t fighting him, they were fighting the state’s decision.
Wendell Coleman announced his decision to run for a third term in the Vermont House of Representatives. Coleman called the state’s recent re-apportionment unfair. During his second term he represented Weston, Londonderry, Jamaica, Stratton, and Wardsboro; for his third term his district would lose Weston and gain Dover.
25 years ago:
The Dover Selectboard reviewed plans for Eugene Ettlinger’s proposed “wellness center.” The development would include 32 dwelling units, a 100-seat restaurant, and a pool.
Police reported that a Sun & Ski Village house had been burglarized. The thieves made off with a Zenith black and white television.
As the nation was coming to grips with the AIDS epidemic, a public meeting was held at Wilmington High School to tell local residents about the disease and how it is transmitted, as well as the physiological, psychological, and social impact.
35 years ago:
More than 200 Morris dancers gathered at Marlboro College for a Morris “ale,” or festival. Morris dancing is an English folk tradition thought to date from the 15th century.
Dover approved developer Eugene Ettlinger’s request to subdivide his Dover property into nine lots.
The Americana Cup canoe races, organized by the Dover Dunkers, were held in Wilmington. Starting at the boat landing on Harriman Reservoir, paddlers headed east along the Deerfield River for three miles. There were three canoe classes, and one “anything goes” event, which included a Schlitz boat and a replica of the Merrimac constructed by the Ray Hill “Navel” Review.
The Sitzmark Pool and Tennis Club was billed as “Vermont’s largest adult playground.”
40 years ago:
Sen. Stoyan Christowe, of Dover, announced that he would not run for re-election in the fall. Christowe was first elected as Dover’s representative to the Legislature in 1960. Four years later, he was elected to the Senate, where he served for eight years. During his tenure as senator, Christowe pushed through legislation that eliminated a poll tax as a requirement to vote at Town Meeting, sponsored legislation creating a Vermont Human Rights Commission, and battled the pharmaceutical industry on legislation to allow Vermonters to buy prescription drugs from outside Vermont by mail. Christowe, a native of Macedonia, said “It is just as important, if not more so, that America be born in the man, as it is that the man be born in America.” Shortly after Christowe’s announcement, Gov. Deane C. Davis appointed him to the newly-formed Vermont Council on Aging.