Wilmington and Whitingham dropped their education funding lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit claimed that inequities in special education funding placed an unfair burden on taxpayers in the two towns. According to Wilmington Selectboard chair Rob Wheeler, the towns decided that the lawsuit was not the right vehicle for education funding reform. The two towns vowed to continue with a joint effort to seek legislative changes to education funding.
15 years ago:
Whitingham Treasurer John Robohm reported that the town was facing a deficit of more than $500,000. Robohm and selectboard members suspected that the deficit had been created through an error in accounting for the town’s Act 60 payment, and that the money had been rolled back into the town’s coffers as a “surplus.” A professional audit of the town’s books was ordered.
Whitingham parents were in an uproar after a kindergarten school bus driver decided not to drive kindergarten students home because of slippery roads. Instead, parents were notified to come to the school to pick up their children. One parent said that, when he called to complain, he was told that “riding the bus is a privilege.”
20 years ago:
Frances Bond was honored for 75 years of volunteerism. In 1922, her father signed her up to serve milk and sandwiches at a clinic for crippled children. She lived in India for many years with her husband Clint Bond, where she volunteered as a member of the YWCA, which was very active in India at the time.
American Skiing Company owner Les Otten told Dover Planning Commission members that his proposed 300-room Grand Summit Hotel would generate significant business during the off-season, and create an influx of visitors.
25 years ago:
There was a rash of obscene phone calls made to women in Wilmington. Police were hoping to catch the guilty caller by focusing on what the women might have in common.
“Jubilee” Jim Fisk was the subject of a one-man show at Marlboro College’s Whittemore Theater. Fisk was a Bennington-born character who rose from circus performer to Civil War profiteer. He also wrenched control of the Erie Railroad from Cornelius Vanderbilt, and cornered the gold market by bribing the inner circle of the White House. Fisk was murdered by a former partner and is buried in Brattleboro’s Morningside Cemetery.
30 years ago:
Wilmington High School was notified that it had been selected as one of the three high schools in Vermont to vie for the honor of being one of the top 50 high schools in the nation.
Mount Snow sought an Act 250 permit to build an addition that would increase the seating and service capacity of its Main Base Lodge by 29%. The extension would cover the former outdoor swimming pool.
Alice and Leroy Cross celebrated 60 years of marriage. When asked how they met, Alice Cross said she was the girl next door. Their childhood homes were divided by the state line; Alice lived in Halifax, and Leroy lived next door in Colrain, MA.
40 years ago:
Local business owners testified against a proposed diesel tax at a joint Senate-House committee hearing in Montpelier. Local business owners also circulated petitions in opposition of a law requiring tour buses to have a $20 annual Vermont license plate and pay an additional $10 for each entrance into the state.
Ray Fougere, a.k.a “Captain Video,” captured skiers in motion as they sashayed down the slopes. Skiers could use the tapes to improve their form, or amuse their friends.
45 years ago:
Wilmington Highway Commissioner Andy Crawford, a 40-year veteran of the highway department, was profiled in the Deerfield Valley News. Crawford could remember when the roads were packed, not plowed, using horse-drawn wooden drums. After the federal government allocated money to keep roads open in 1931, he and his father, Harry Crawford, were responsible for plowing from Searsburg to Hogback, and as far up Route 100 (then Route 8) as the Old Red Mill. In 1935, the town bought tractors to plow the roads – which Crawford said took all day.
Wilmington Police Chief Chuck Goodnow said crime statistics in Wilmington were up. The number of larceny cases had doubled over the previous year. Goodnow said “each year the problem gets bigger as the area develops.” Goodnow also noted that there was an increase in what he called “the freeloader population.”
Mono-skiing, perhaps a crude forerunner of snowboarding, was said to be a big hit at Mount Snow. The mono ski was essentially a single ski with an elevated platform on which two ski-booted feet could be positioned.
50 years ago:
The valley was getting ready for Mount Snow’s Winterfest, a seven-day celebration that concluded with the Winterfest Ball. One of the “highlights” of the festival was the selection of “Miss Winterfest ’67” at the Winterfest Pageant Coronation Dance at Sundance Base Lodge.
Towns were urged to consider reorganizing into larger school supervisory unions, and to consider forming union school districts
The American Iron and Steel Institute was filming a television commercial at Mount Snow. The theme: “Fun comes in cans.”