Vermont rolled out its “Catamount Health” plan for uninsured Vermonters. Windham County Catamount Outreach Educator Richard Davis said the plan was “like Medicaid, maybe a little better,” and was open to any Vermonter who had been uninsured for 12 months. Vermonters making up to 300% of the poverty level were eligible for a reduced monthly premium. Deductibles were $250 per person, and the out-of-pocket maximum was set at $800 per year.
Completely coincidentally, several local residents reported sightings of catamounts, a local mountain lion considered to have been extirpated from the state in the 1930s.
15 years ago:
During the Wilmington Selectboard’s discussion of traffic and parking issues, members of the Citizen’s Advisory Group suggested that congestion and delay at the traffic light in the village might actually be a benefit to the town. Another local resident suggested eliminating the two parking spaces closest to the traffic light in the right hand lane in each direction to create a turning lane for traffic, thereby eliminating much of the congestion.
Despite soggy weather on Columbus Day, local businesses reported more visitors than expected.
20 years ago:
A group of Wilmington residents who supported a recreational path from the Dover town line to Wilmington Village met to form a Valley Trail Committee. The group planned to apply for an Agency of Transportation Enhancement grant to conduct a feasibility study and start building the trail.
Wilmington resident Ken Rafuse celebrated his 95th birthday. Rafuse said he never touched a drop of alcohol in his life, but he never went a day without his pipe. Rafuse was originally from Nova Scotia, moved to Wilmington in 1920, and lived in the same house on East Main Street for 77 years. Rafuse said one of the biggest changes he had seen over his 77 years in Wilmington was the construction of Route 9. “This was an old gravel road when I came here. When they put in the cement road, that was the biggest thing that ever happened to Wilmington.”
25 years ago:
Mount Snow presented their Act 250 application for a snowmaking pipeline that would run from Haystack to Mount Snow. Much of the testimony centered on the withdrawal of water from Cold Brook. The Agency of Natural Resources wanted Mount Snow to adhere to monthly caps in water withdrawal. Mount Snow said the monthly cap would limit their snowmaking flexibility, and sought a seasonal cap of 144 million gallons.
Former Putney selectman and Windham County representative Peter Shumlin was making his first bid for the state Senate. Shumlin said that one of the top concerns is health care reform and the need to provide universal access to health care in the state.
Bob Finkeldey, Dede Finkeldey, Tom Jacobs, and Melanie Jacobs bought the Silo. The new owners gave the bar and restaurant, once one of the hottest nightspots in West Dover, a significant facelift.
30 years ago:
The Living History Association held their first annual International Time Line event at New England Plantation (the Howe Farm) in Wilmington. Between 100 and 200 reenactors representing periods in history from Rome to World War II entertained and informed 700 to 800 spectators.
The North Branch Fire District was cited to appear in court after it was discovered that the sewage treatment facility had discharged sewage into the Deerfield River. According to the NBFD, the discharged occurred when a pump failed.
The legality of Whitingham’s town plan was called into question. Under state law, the plan must be revised and adopted through a public process every five years. Whitingham’s plan hadn’t been revised in seven years.
35 years ago:
Thousands of people flocked to the Deerfield Valley to enjoy the fall foliage, some coming from as far away as Japan, Israel, and Europe. So many visitors were in the area, in fact, that the local chamber of commerce put out a request for local residents to accommodate overnight visitors in their homes.
Local businessman Cliff Duncan led the fight to limit the location of liquor stores in Vermont. Duncan, who operated a state liquor outlet in Wilmington, was concerned about impact on his business from the state’s decision to award an agency license to a West Dover man. Duncan also criticized the state liquor agency’s business practices, suggesting that distillers raised their prices on liquor sold to the Vermont Department of Liquor Control because the state took so long to pay them.
45 years ago:
The town of Wilmington asked the state environmental board to revoke Haystack’s Act 250 permit. In their letter to the commission, selectboard members cited 14 violations of the permit, including Haystack Corporation’s refusal to negotiate with the town for the establishment of a joint sewer treatment facility. Haystack officials said the charges were “erroneous.”
Developers appeared before the Wilmington Planning Commission to outline their proposal for the construction of a 65,300-square-foot shopping center located off Route 9 just to the east of the village. Some local residents said it was time for Wilmington to take a “breather” from the race to develop, and supported a temporary moratorium on construction.
Dover registered its 450th voter, an increase of 37 since the previous March.