The state agency of transportation’s plan to rebuild Route 9 West in Searsburg hit another snag. Piggy and the Three Js, a company that owned a gravel pit next to the state’s proposed wetlands mitigation site on Coldbrook Road, filed a motion to reopen the Act 250 hearing for the project. Their attorney claimed that new information had come to light.
15 years ago:
The Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce was moving into its new digs on Main Street, next to Klara Simpla (now Bartleby’s).
Some residents were criticizing a decision by the North Branch Fire District to make changes to their regulations to ease the way for the construction of the Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow.
A state tax study indicated that Vermont’s ski towns’ net contribution to the state’s general fund (above and beyond what the received from the state) was about $50 million. In contrast, five counties (Essex, Caledonia, Franklin, Orange, and Orleans) cost the general fund about $13 million per year. At the time, the Legislature was considering education funding schemes that included additional “sharing” by ski towns.
20 years ago:
Rep. David Larsen opposed a legislative redistricting plan that would move Wilmington, Whitingham, or Londonderry from the Windham Senate district to the Bennington Senate district. Despite Larsen’s objections, Whitingham was eventually cleaved from the Windham Senate District. In 2002, Whitingham returned to the district, and Wilmington was shifted to the Bennington Senate district.
Local chef Lenny Williams opened Gourmandiser’s, a New York-style deli and French bistro in the former Clover Farm Store (now the Maple Leaf Restaurant).
25 years ago:
Deerfield Valley News editor Mary Law and her son Matthew died in a two-car crash on New Year’s Day on Route 9 in New Hampshire. A 24-year-old Connecticut man was charged with two counts of negligent homicide. According to police reports, the man veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit Law’s station wagon head-on.
35 years ago:
Haystack was making snow for the first time in a limited operation. The move was in reaction to the season’s dearth of snow. The beleaguered ski area hoped to open by January 7.
An extensive article about Mount Snow was featured in Skiing magazine. The author, Skiing magazine’s managing editor Robert Morrow, waxed eloquent about Mount Snow’s quality of skiing. Morrow said the skiing experience at Mount Snow “tends to get lost in all the talk of size, lodging, apres-ski night life, Air Cars, and Fountain Mountains.”
40 years ago:
Dover residents held a “loud and angry” meeting regarding the Dover Selectboard’s decision to fire the Dover Town Manager. Residents demanded the board cite an instance of “incompetence” for which the board claimed to have fired the manager. When board members offered insufficient information, they were accused of lacking common decency. Some people complained that two of the three-member board made the decision on their own. The meeting devolved into a shouting match several times, and a petition demanding an increase in the number of selectboard members (from three to five) was circulated and turned in.