Mount Snow dedicated their ski patrol building to patroller Col. Sandy Safford, who had died 11 years earlier. Safford had been at Mount Snow on the first day it opened in 1954, and transported 1,398 patients off the mountain over his lifetime.
The producer and photographic subjects of the “Ladies of the Deerfield Valley” charity calendar were arrested and charged with pornography in an FBI sting; Wilmington police and downtown businesses agreed on a two-day per-month amnesty plan when drinking and driving would be legal, and a Whitingham farmer thwarted a terrorist plot by his herd of Jerseys, all on April 1.
15 years ago:
Attorney Robert Gensburg, who waged the lawsuit that changed Vermont’s education funding and ushered in Act 60, met with valley residents. He said conditions in Wilmington and Whitingham appeared similar to those in the communities he represented in Brigham v. State of Vermont. If true, he said, it would mean that requirements of the Vermont Supreme Court ruling under Brigham were not being met.
Wilmington Selectboard members were presented with a petition calling for a vote on the town manager form of government. It was the second petition on the question in four years.
20 years ago:
Senators Peter Shumlin and Dick Sears got an earful from their Deerfield Valley constituents regarding a new education financing reform bill that had passed in the House. Included in the House proposal was a local income tax.
Scientists said Mount Snow and Haystack were “ready to blow” after volcanic activity was detected at Mount Snow on April 1. The US Navy announced plans to build a naval base on Lake Whitingham. The USS Molly Stark would be deployed on the lake and engage jet-skiers in target practice. In a special joint session of the Legislature, Gov. Howard Dean announced his support of the legalization of marijuana cultivation in Vermont. “New Hampshire is going to have a total bird,” chuckled Dean.
25 years ago:
The Vermont House of Representatives passed a health care bill in response to the late Gov. Richard Snelling’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care. The bill would result in the creation of a health care authority, which would investigate a single-payer system and a multi-payer system with the goal of moving closer to universal access to health care in Vermont.
Dover police replaced one of their cruisers with a Bradley M-1 tank. According to Chief Robert Edwards, the tank would be used to enforce parking violations at Mount Snow. The Vermont Legislature’s reapportionment plan placed Dover in the Northeast Kingdom district of Island Pond. In other April 1 news, concert promoter Don Kirschner planned a Woodstock reunion concert at Haystack, calling it “Woodstack.” Featured acts included Dean Martin and LL Cool J.
30 years ago:
A developer proposed a multi-purpose project on Route 100 in Dover. The project would include 11 stores, 55 multi-family dwellings, and amenities. The developer clashed with town and school officials when he claimed there would be no significant impact on services.
Reviewing a proposed town traffic ordinance, a state AOT official told the Wilmington Selectboard that crosswalk locations were at the sole discretion of the state. Board member Ann Manwaring expressed frustration that “This whole ordinance came about because someone wanted a crosswalk on Route 9, and now we have to delete it!”
40 years ago:
Daryl Redin, 13, won the national aerial championship title at Mount Snow. Eliot Wigginton, creator of the popular Foxfire program, was the speaker at Deerfield Valley Elementary School. Foxfire students around the country interviewed older citizens in their communities and preserved the knowledge in the popular Foxfire books.
Students at Deerfield Valley Elementary School were asked what they would ask President Jimmy Carter if they could call him. “I’d ask him if he had an owl,” said Heather Maynard. Jason Lindholm said he’d tell President Carter “I wish his hair would turn red, and I’d ask him if he would keep the world clean.” Joanne Maynard said “I wish he would help everybody to build houses.” This was seven years before Carter would become involved with Habitat for Humanity.
45 years ago:
The Dover Selectboard appointed retired Marine Corps Col. James Laseter town manager. According to Laseter’s resume, he flew a helicopter on two tours in Vietnam. Dover Selectboard member Dick Joyce said “Anyone who can fly a chopper in Vietnam can handle the town of Dover.” Laseter, who grew up in Hollywood, CA, said he failed a screen test when he was 16, so he decided to join the Marines.
Suzy Chaffee, a former US Olympic Ski Team member originally from Rutland, was named director of Creative Skiing at Mount Snow.
Daryl Redin, 8, a member of the Mount Snow Junior Masters Freestyle Demonstration Team, won first place in the girls 8-9 competition at Roundtop Junio Masters Competition. Tim Plausteiner, 9, won first place in the boys division.
50 years ago:
Dave Buckley, 18, of Leominster, MA, was one of the new members on Mount Snow’s ski patrol. When Buckley left, about 30 years later, he was vice president of mountain operations.
The Wardsboro Credit Union boasted 140 members and $11,000 in loans, according to the credit union president, Francis Arms.