A group of Whitingham residents, citing Wilmington’s ordinance banning nudity, asked their selectboard to consider a similar ban. The group expressed concern that users of the clothing-optional site on Harriman Reservoir known as “the Ledges” would migrate across the border to Whitingham.
A study conducted by former Jacksonville resident Karen Hadley Guarin indicated that Whitingham suffered a “great financial burden” under Act 60.
15 years ago:
A Vermont Ski Areas Association study of Vermont’s tax revenue and general fund spending indicated that five ski towns in Vermont, including Dover, provided enough general fund revenue to make up for general fund spending “deficits” in five Vermont counties. The five Vermont ski towns sent $13.7 million to the state. The five Vermont counties (Franklin, Essex, Orleans, Orange, and Caledonia) received about $13 million more from state coffers than they paid in. Twelve towns, including Wilmington, sent a total of $50 million to the state.
20 years ago:
Local mountain biker Missy Giove took second place after a crash in a national downhill championship race at Mount Snow, but Giove retained her number one status in the series due to points already accumulated in previous races at other venues.
Chamber of commerce directors were miffed after the town of Wilmington handed them a bill for police coverage during the Fourth of July fireworks celebration, and suggested they might take the event north, to Dover.
High school sophomore Jeffrey Rogers took five prizes at the annual state Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference.
25 years ago:
Wilmington police recovered a 7-foot inflatable Gumby that had been reported stolen by the owners of the Viking.
Wilmington downtown merchants met with selectboard members to discuss a shortage of parking. Selectboard members urged merchants to continue with plans to provide parking behind the Congregational Church on Main Street.
Haystack was slated to get a new triple chair lift and new black diamond ski trails.
Madeleine Kunin spoke at the Wilmington High graduation.
30 years ago:
Some Dover residents were looking forward to finally getting cable television. Area Telecable Corp., of Wilmington, was granted a certificate from the Public Service Board to serve 300 to 400 Dover residences on along the Route 100 corridor. The cost for seven channels would be about $10 per month, but ATC noted they had the capacity to carry up to 35 channels.
Antoinette Betit became Whitingham postmaster after the retirement of Yvonne Jilson.
35 years ago:
Howard (Hunter) Charnow and Karen Quattropani opened Silver Mare Stables, a trail riding and instruction center at Mount Snow.
Mary and Henry Von Schriner opened Von Schriner’s Delectables, a Victorian-style ice cream parlor, at the corner of Route 100 and Cold Brook Road.
Jack Koelsch announced the opening of the Riverside Restaurant. The restaurant, currently occupied by the Village Pub, had recently been renovated, and a deck overlooking the river was added.
40 years ago:
A Dover Selectboard member declared that the North Branch Fire District’s regulations weren’t binding because they were improperly adopted. He openly defied the regulations when he proceeded with construction on a gas station on Route 100.
The Deerfield Valley Health Center was still needed $27,000 toward a goal of $60,000 in donations for an addition that would house an emergency room area, an X-ray facility, and four exam rooms.
New England Modular Systems held an open house at their recentmodel fiberglass house on Route 100. The futuristic structure, made of fiberglass and urethane foam, sold for about $13 per square foot, compared to $20 per square foot for conventional housing.