10 years ago:
The Pool Learning Center building was completed and opened in Marlboro. The center’s mission was to provide support for children with dyslexia and their families. The driving force behind the center was Jacksonville parent Gretchen Havreluk and her employer Dr. Robert Ruhl. Havreluk hoped that other families would be spared the difficulties she, her husband, and their son confronted in overcoming educational barriers. The center was built on land donated by Wilmington resident Janet Pool, and named after her husband, local nature photographer William Pool.
A statue of Molly Stark, donated by her descendents, was placed on the lawn of the Crafts Inn in Wilmington.
Lori Williams, Whitingham Ambulance Service’s first full-time employee, had been on the job for about three weeks. With Williams on duty, Whitingham Ambulance Service was able to respond faster and more often during the daytime, when many of the ambulance service’s volunteers were working out of town.
15 years ago:
Whitingham School principal John Doty announced he would be leaving after 17 years at the school. He said his decision was due, in part, to the “current environment of education in the state of Vermont,” referring to Act 60 and the tough budget decisions the school had to make in reaction to the law. But he also said things at the school had become “deadlocked.” Staff and faculty members expressed regret that Doty was leaving, with one teacher saying he “left some impossible shoes to fill.”
20 years ago:
A controversy over fireworks “flared up” again, after Wilmington Police Chief Tom Donnelly purchased about $120 worth of fireworks at the 1836 Country Store. Store owner Al Wurzberger claimed he was being harassed when he was later charged with selling fireworks to a minor, and he reminded selectboard members that he had been charged twice before for selling fireworks at his store, and both times he had prevailed in subsequent legal proceedings. The fireworks law was declared “vague and void” in a 1987 case, and the Wilmington Police Department was ordered to return items that had been confiscated from the store.
25 years ago:
A group of Whitingham parents presented a petition voicing concern about a high school math teacher who, they said, set math standards too high, preventing many students from getting on the honor roll.
A tri-town transportation committee was exploring options for a bypass that would bring ski traffic right to Mount Snow, bypassing Wilmington village and much of Route 100. Opponents said a bypass wouldn’t alleviate the east-west traffic problem in Wilmington, and that it would encourage development outside the village.
30 years ago:
When asked “If you were elected president of the Untied States next fall, what would you do first?” a young Charles Richter answered “I’d try to figure out which state is which and where the capitols belong.” Jared Nieters said he’d “stop crime.”
A new human services center opened in Wilmington. The center housed several state and local nonprofit agencies under one roof. Wilmington Town Nurse Jennifer Fitzgerald was recognized for her key role in establishing the center.
40 years ago:
Dinner at the Four Seasons Inn in West Dover included soup, salad, bread, spaghetti and meatballs, and tea or coffee, all for $2.95.
The Wilmington Sewer Department was conducting a study to find out where large amounts of water were infiltrating the sewer system, and whether it would be cost effective to fix the leaks.
A recent federal labor law made it mandatory to pay employees time and a half for time worked over 40 hours per week.
45 years ago:
The Mount Snow Valley News, the direct ancestor of The Deerfield Valley News, published its first biweekly summer edition on Thursday, May 14, 1969. After a brief period as a contracted publication, the paper was once again under the direct supervision of Mount Snow.
Miss Vermont, Mary Verdiani, who was crowned at Mount Snow in April, was on her way to the Miss USA pageant in Miami Beach.