Contractors began drilling and blasting as part of the Route 9 West realignment project.
According to a study by the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union, Whitingham property tax payers could save more than $220,000 per year if they tuitioned their high school students to other schools. Board members said there were other considerations besides cost.
More than 80 Whitingham voters signed a petition demanding that the board explore the possibility of privatizing the town’s school system.
15 years ago:
Wilmington Police Chief Tom Donnelly was stepping down after 13 years on the police force. Donnelly said his decision was made quickly after some “opportunities” came up. He and his wife, Jan McNamara, planned to move to Florida. Donnelly cited the creation of the department’s DARE program as one of his top accomplishments. Sgt. Joe Szarejko stepped into the role of acting chief – Donnelly advised the town to make the appointment permanent.
Local politicians defended Act 60. Windham County Senator Nancy Chard said one provision of the law required standardized school budgets and “for the very first time, we’ll have a handle on what schools are spending on.” Windham County Senator Peter Shumlin said “the vast majority of towns” would see a net reduction in property taxes, and that most opponents of the education financing law come from towns that have had low property tax rates.
20 years ago:
Wilmington Selectboard members formed an Act 250 committee to respond to applications in Wilmington. Board members said the committee would serve as a forum for airing differences, reviewing applications, and would help the town develop a unified position on proposed projects at Act 250 hearings.
Dover’s police budget was threatened after state police announced that they would charge up to $12,000 per year for dispatching services. Dover Police Chief Bob Edwards suggested alternatives, noting that Windham County Sheriff Bill Graham would provide dispatch services for free.
25 years ago:
Whitingham School Vice Principal Steven John had a speaking part in the movie “Funny Farm,” starring Chevy Chase and Madeleine Smith. The movie was filmed on location in Grafton, West Windsor, Brownsville, and Townshend. Johns played the part of Otis Berryhill, of 23 Red Bud Road in the fictional town of Red Bud, Vermont. Of particular interest was a scene shot on the Townshend Town Common. Since there hadn’t been enough natural snowfall, crews stapled polyester batting to the trees and spread fake snow around the common. The fake snow was made from marble dust, shipped in from North Adams, MA. Just before the scene was shot, however, a real snowfall arrived that was of a slightly different hue, causing a little grumbling from the crew.
30 years ago:
Eric Nilsen, of Wilmington, and Kris Kaye, of Dover, were nominated to the Naval Academy at Annapolis by Sen. Robert Stafford.
Hogback Ski Area offered a special season ticket for local youth priced $85 if purchased before December 1. Local youth tickets purchased after the date would be $100. Adult season tickets were $148.50 before December 1, and $165 after.
Wilmington High School scheduled make-up days for time students missed because of construction. The start of classes had been delayed until September 13.
40 years ago:
Winter came to the valley with a vengeance, dumping 20 inches of wet, heavy snow on the area. The heavy snow brought down power lines, leaving many in the dark until the following day.
John Plonski resigned his post after a year and a half as Wilmington Town Manager to take a job with the Pennsylvania Flood Commission in Wilkes-Barre, his hometown.
Members of the Wilmington Highway Department expressed dissatisfaction with the 5% raise offered by the selectboard. The employees wanted a higher raise, more days off, sick days, higher overtime rates, and longer vacations.