This Week in History
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10 years ago:

Twin Valley schools opened for the first time. At Twin Valley High School, principal Frank Spencer greeted about 275 students at an assembly in the gymnasium. “It’s my privilege to welcome you, not only to the first day of school, but to the first day of this school.” Spencer told students they had a unique opportunity in being the first Twin Valley students, and that they would be the ones to help create the traditions and customs for future Twin Valley students. “Together, we’re about to make history,” he told them.

Local residents, business owners, and even the Historical Society of Wilmington weighed in on a proposed change in the name of Oxbow Loop. The loop is a short section of road, formerly part of Route 9, near the boat launch area off Route 9. The owners of the only business on the road, High Country Rentals, proposed naming the road “Three Sisters Way.” The name refers to the “Three Sisters” lighthouses on Cape Cod, as well as to the replica lighthouse that is part of the High Country building. But other Wilmington residents objected, noting that the stretch of road had been known as “the oxbow” for decades, and was familiar as such to those who use the boat launch and recreational area.

15 years ago:

Police were called to a temporary camping area at Haystack Mountain where participants in a mountain bike race were staying. Police found a large, rowdy crowd had started a bonfire and were jumping their bikes through the flames. When police arrived at the scene, their cruiser was immediately surrounded by about 200 of the campers chanting “Flip the cruiser over.” Officers backed the cruiser up and waited for backup. No arrests were made.

20 years ago:

The office at Paul Mendelsohn’s Windham Financial Services was described as being “like a spaceship that landed in the middle of Vermont,” thanks to the computer monitors, televisions, and other gadgets. Mendelsohn designed and built his own state-of-the-art brokerage firm in West Dover, even building the computers he used to monitor the financial world. Mendelsohn, a retired gold trader, said he created his computer system to help him manage his own money, but soon expanded to offer his services to others.

At a debate in Dover, several statewide candidates said they would support a state or national single-payer health system. But local candidate for state senate Don Tarinelli said that, while the government has no business in health coverage, universal coverage must be achieved. Incumbent Rep. David Larsen said he wasn’t comfortable endorsing a single-payer plan, but said the government does have a role to play in improving health care.

25 years ago:

Vermont Right to Life was organizing in southern Vermont to oppose Gov. Madeline Kunin’s pro-choice stance, in the wake of a federal court decision handing more power to state legislatures to regulate abortion. Pro Choice Vermont was also organizing in southern Vermont, asking valley towns to support a Town Meeting resolution calling on the Legislature to “preserve the rights of women in Vermont.”

30 years ago:

Sen. Patrick Leahy was assigned an office in the Capitol building said to be haunted by the ghosts of Sen. Daniel Webster and President Andrew Jackson. Workmen at the Capitol claimed to have heard the two political enemies arguing late into the evening. One worker was reported to have been ordered out of the office by Webster, who was seated behind a desk, quill in hand. Leahy said he wasn’t concerned about the possibility a confrontation with Webster. “Vermonters have always known how to handle people from New Hampshire,” he said.

40 years ago:

The local Civil Air Patrol aided in the search for a missing family believed to have crashed in their Beechcraft Debonair somewhere between Lawrence, MA, and Glens Falls, NY. Despite the thousands of miles flown, no sign of the plane was found, and the search was called off.

The Deerfield Valley Development Corporation, a local nonprofit business organization, vowed to attract year-round employment to the valley. The corporation was formed in response to the state’s Vermont Industrial Development Act, which made funds available for industrial development and expansion through community development corporations.

45 years ago:

The ski season was starting early at Mount Snow. Local entrepreneurs Chuck Goodwin and Wilhelm Schmidt demonstrated their new “Turfskis,” which could be rented at the Mount Snow Ski Shop. As the name suggests, the device, made in West Dover, allowed people to ski in summer, thanks to a system of elliptical rollers. According to the inventors, “Turfskiers” could move and turn as if they were on regular downhill skis. The company also demonstrated a special model that could be installed on a snowmobile in place of the regular skis.

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