A major reconstruction of Route 9 West was underway. Viola Morse, then 93, watched the work progress from the house she had lived in since 1931. Morse, who had also grown up on a nearby farm, recalled that the road was dirt and far less frequently traveled when she was a little girl going to school in Medburyville. Morse also noted that the road redesign had been under discussion for about 30 years.
A Rutland Superior Court judge ruled that the state’s method of equalizing grand lists was “about as rational as rolling dice” after the town of Killington appealed the 1997 equalization. The equalization process was one of the chief underpinnings of Act 60, and opponents hoped the ruling would spell the end of statewide education funding.
15 years ago:
Dover Police Chief Robert Edwards celebrated 20 years as a police officer, all of them spent at the Dover Police Department. Edwards credited Wilmington police officer (and later, Wilmington Police Chief) Arnie Bernard for encouraging his interest in police work. When he started, training was “on the job” with other police officers, and Edwards recalled that he was handed the keys to a cruiser, a gun, and a badge, but no ticket book. “They said ‘Oh, no, that would be too dangerous.’” Edwards speculated that he’d probably be with the Dover department for another 15 years.
20 years ago:
The town of Dover purchased a 1.8-acre parcel on Route 100 for $57,000. Located across the road from the West Dover Fire Station, the parcel was slated to become site of a new fire department building.
Missy Giove won the Pro Women’s downhill race in the NORBA World Cup Finals in Vail, CO.
The Wardsboro Baptist Church celebrated its 200-year anniversary. The church was first formed in 1792, and installed its first minister, Elder Simeon Coombs, in 1795.
25 years ago:
Cliff Bouchard, of West Dover, won an all-expense-paid trip to the US Tennis Open. The award was given to Bouchard as the top local race director of the Equitable Family Ski Challenge, a weekly series of races in which family teams competed against other family teams.
Cold Brook Road residents were left without power after a truck carrying heavy equipment snapped power lines. A driver that had been behind the truck at the time described seeing a ball of fire before the live cables hit the hood, roof, and rear of his car. “They were like snakes,” he said.
30 years ago:
The completion of construction at Wilmington High School was delayed, and officials set opening day on September 13. Superintendent David Bisson sought a waiver for the missed days of school so that students wouldn’t have to make up the days at the end of the year. Bisson also sought a meeting to urge the contractor to speed up the work and fulfill his obligation.
35 years ago:
The Deerfield Valley News was sold to Don Albano, of Dover, owner of Vermont Equities. Before Albano purchased the newspaper, it was owned by Vermont Times Newspapers of Fair Haven.
The Wilmington Lions Club sponsored its second annual Soap Box Derby on Boyd Hill Road. Young racers had to build their own vehicles with working steering and braking mechanisms. A helmet was also required.
Emile Willett was appointed as Dover’s new police chief. Willett originally joined the Dover Police Department earlier in the year and, until then, had been a Wilmington police officer since 1972. Willett stepped into the chief’s role after the resignation of Chuck Johnson. A new Dover police officer, Robert Edwards, was also hired.
40 years ago:
Wilmington’s selectboard was asked to consider a ban on all commercial construction after a request for a building variance for a five-apartment building on Town Farm Road ran into a firestorm of protest from abutting property owners. Selectboard members voted to present voters with a ballot question for a four-month moratorium that would last from Election Day to Town Meeting Day.