Whitingham Road Commissioner Don Boyd announced his retirement at the end of his term in March. When selectboard chair Norm Stevens asked him what he’d do when it was snowing out at 2 am, Boyd joked that he’d “sit up and bitch.”
John Galaske, of Whitingham, appealed a decision by the town’s zoning board denying him a permit to inspect motor vehicles at a garage on his property, and prevailed in environmental court. Galaske’s action was thought to be the first time a zoning board decision had been appealed in Whitingham.
15 years ago:
The Deerfield Valley Stumpjumpers Snowmobile Club imposed a 9 pm curfew on use of their trails. The move came after a number of landowners complained that they were disturbed by noise late into the evening. The curfew dismayed many riders, some of whom said they did most of their snowmobiling at night.
Mount Snow officials announced that their plan to withdraw snowmaking water from Harriman Reservoir wasn’t moving along as fast as they had hoped. Mount Snow had planned to begin construction by spring, but thanks to numerous delays and other issues, the permit process was still incomplete in January. The pipeline was never built.
20 years ago:
Fred Skwirut was appointed to the Wilmington Selectboard, filling a seat vacated by Bill Palumbo, who had resigned.
Diane and Barry Sherman opened Snow Time Video Rental in Dover’s Alder Spring Marketplace. Business was booming thanks to their two-for-one specials and $1.99 regular rentals.
In a survey of Deerfield Valley News readers, 88% said the state of Vermont should not negotiate a statewide teachers contract, but 82% said teachers in all communities should receive the same rate of pay for the same amount of service and educational level. In the same survey, 94% of readers said businesses, land owners, and vacation property owners should pay the same tax rate as primary home owners. Respondents were split on the idea of a local income tax, with 53% saying they wouldn’t like it, and 47% saying it would be OK with them.
25 years ago:
A group of Wilmington teachers confronted the school board after contract negotiations failed. High school guidance counselor Bill Kunz read a long list of concerns, concluding with “We are concerned that you might actually think that you are able to force us into a contract settlement instead of negotiating a settlement. We are concerned because you have no concept of the negative impact on morale that you have created by not supporting the professional teachers in this district.”
School board chair Ken Lady said he thought the negotiations were “on track,” but expressed frustration that teachers wouldn’t accept any kind of computer literacy requirement.
30 years ago:
A letter to the editor complained that more than 30 Vermont high schools showed students a film promoting a “nuclear freeze,” and warned that the “Leftists in our midst” were planning to show more “propaganda” to children. “The number one objective of those who take their directives from Moscow is the halting of the deployment of the defense weaponry requested by our NATO allies in Europe.” The writer suggested a class action suit against “the parties responsible for these insidious deeds.”
40 years ago:
Rudi Wyrsch, the director of Mount Snow’s children’s skiing program, was profiled in The Deerfield Valley News. Wyrsch was known for his flashy stunts and hot-dogging, but those weren’t his only accomplishments. “While many people consider him to be solely a stunt skier, they are wrong. He’s a keen technician, a former slalom champion, and he can teach any and all phases of the sport with the best.” Some of Wyrsch’s off-mountain stunts included walking down New York City’s Fifth Avenue on his tall stilts, and rappelling down the side of the Sheraton Boston Hotel, startling diners in the hotel’s restaurant as he passed by – wearing a pair of short skis.
45 years ago:
Haystack celebrated Fondue Day with a fondue “blast.” A mixture of more than 250 pounds of Swiss cheese, wine, and rum was served to guests from 1 pm to 1 am. Activities included a giant slalom race and music by Jerry Levine of West Dover, and guests “just might win a fondue set of their very own!”
Mount Snow owner Walt Schoenknecht opened the Reuben Snow Tavern on the fourth floor of the resort’s main base lodge. The décor included a “jungle” of palm, banana, and mango trees surrounding a waterfall. The tavern was named after the original owner of the land that Schoenknecht developed into Mount Snow.
ABC newscaster Peter Jennings was back in town to spend a weekend skiing at Mount Snow. Jennings and a crew of five had been at Mount Snow over Christmas to film a 10-minute feature on skiing.