40 Years Ago—June 17, 1971
A record 104 seniors will receive their diplomas during WUHS commencement Friday at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium. The salutatorian is Victor Ambros and the co-valedictorians are Jane Ware and Sherry Doten.
Twenty-two classes have signed up with floats for the parade on Saturday.
Playing at the Town Hall Theatre is “Vanishing Point” with Barry Newman, Dean Jagger and Cleavon Little.
A son, Stephen Frank, was born June 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Amsden of Bradford. Paternal grand-parents are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Amsden of Woodstock. Lyman is a WUHS graduate of the class of 1958.
Mr. and Mrs. James Tarleton are the parents of a son, Brain Lewis, born June 13 at Mary Hitchcock Hospital. Jim Tarleton is a 1957 WUHS graduated and his wife Priscilla graduated in 1960.
Trustees of the Ottaquechee Health Center announced the appointment of Peter T. Dumaine of South Pomfret as the new full-time administrator for the Center. Mr. Dumaine has been with the Woodstock National Bank for the last four years.
30 Years Ago-June 18, 1981
The WHS class of 1956 won first prize in the Alumni Parade in the most “artistic” category with their float which depicted the 1956 state baseball champions coached by the late Bob Dailey. The class of 1959 won “most humorous” division first place with their float “Hawaii Becomes A State.” In the “creative” category 1938’s “First Satellite” took first.
The 1981 Woodstock Summer Basketball League began play Sunday evening at the Rec Center court with over 100 fans turning out to watch. The Bridgewater Bombers defeated the Piranha Brothers, 91-78. Bombers’ Bruce Martin had 18 points and Doug Dayton 17. For the Brother’s, Bryon Staples had 30. In the second game the Red Tide, led by Kelly Moore with 21, Stan Dixon 20, Ed McGee and Steve Bradley 18 each, defeated the Golden Bozos, 110-65. Doug Fuller scored 22 for the Bozos, Lon Brettell 18 and Duncan Brettell 10.
Tennis ace Lynn Frates won her third straight Vermont State Singles championship Saturday. The top-seeded Frates bear her opponent from Rutland, Kelli Kennedy, 6-1, 5-7, and 6-2 in the finals. The second set represented her first loss of a set in a state tournament.
Woodstock selectmen came up with the idea to try watering the unpaved roads to keep down the dust. Faced with the high cost of oiling the roads or applying sodium chloride and a depleted municipal budget, the watering daily will be on a trial basis.
West Woodstock landowners and Norwich Developer Marvin Gurman will square off next week when the Regional Environmental Commission considers a proposal by Woodstock heritage Ltd. to construct a 35-unit condominium in West Woodstock opposite the high school.
20 Years Ago-June 20, 1991
A major highlight of Woodstock’s Bicentennial Celebration occurs July 4 when a “huge” parade will weave its way though town. There will also be a road race, chicken barbecue, live entertainment and fireworks at dusk on the same day.
Sixth grader Shaun Graham and fifth grader Melissa Wannop placed first in their respective categories in a statewide fitness competition. Carl Hurd coached the Woodstock Elementary School fitness team who took top honors in the recent contest.
In the Rec’s Summer Basketball League, the Stonehouse Pub defeated Vermont Ski & Sport, 100-73. Bruce Martin hit for 37 points to lead the Pub and Dave DeTurk had a big night with 31, Mitch Tarleton 19 and Bruce Schulz 13.
Jireh Billings of Gillingham’s Store presented Woodstock Elementary Principal, Norman Frates with a check for $1,422.50. The money was raised through the sale of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream seconds, whereby the company donates 35 cents per pint to a local charitable organization.
Dean Merrill, who has worked for the Woodstock Inn and Resort since it was only a gleam in an architect’s eye, retired as Director of Properties after 23 years with the company. He joined the company in 1968. A Dartmouth graduate, he had been a career officer in the U. S. Marines, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
This article first appeared in the June 16th print edition of the Vermont Standard.
40 Years Ago—June 17, 1971