Thumbing the Files for March 15

75 years ago, 1943

The Rev. Ramkdishna Shahn Modaks, a minister from Bombay, India, was stuck in the snow on the Mohawk Trail in North Adams, Mass., and didn’t get to Mont Vernon to deliver a scheduled talk. They managed to make it to Nashua the next day.

The New Hampshire Council of Defense planned a blackout drill for the state, except for a few border towns.

In his Washington Merry Go Round column published in The Cabinet, Drew Pearson wrote, “Americans learned with pride that their fighting airmen destroyed four enemy planes for every one of their own knocked out of the skies in 1942.”

55 years ago, 1963

Nick Calvetti, a senior at Milford High School, was the champion free-throw shooter in the state, after he sank 44 out of 50 from the line in a competition at Durham.

Plans of the Congregational Church in Milford to settle a Cuban refugee family appeared likely to end in disappointment after the announcement that immigration from Cuban had fallen off almost to the vanishing point. Milford was one of about 21 communities that had offered to take a Cuban family, either under the sponsorship of a church or community group.

At the New Hampshire Small Schools Drama Festival at the University of New Hampshire, Milford High School came in second and received one of the two ratings of “Very Good,” but it wasn’t enough to send the team on to the New England Drama Festival. The Milford play was the recognition scene from “Anastasia” and starred Margie Wetherbee as Anna and Nicki Ricciardi as the dowager empress.

F. Stanley Hallett of Wilton Center received an honorable mention for his painting “Cedars” that was put on display at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Massachusetts.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing Walt Disney’s “In Search of the Castaways” with Maurice Chevalier and Hayley Mills.

30 years ago, 1988

The Amherst Country Club was destroyed by a fire that drew 18 trucks from Amherst and surrounding towns. Amherst Fire Chief Marshall Strickland said the fire appeared to have started in the east end of the building. Later, the cause was determined to be the improper disposal of oily rags that spontaneously ignited.

Milford voters backed a $1.4 million addition to Jacques School.

Rosario Ricciardi was elected chairwoman of the Milford Board of Selectmen and, for the first time, the board named a liaison to the town’s school board in Selectmen Christopher Robbins.

Despite opposition from the Amherst Board of Selectmen and the town’s Ways and Means Committee, town meeting voters voted to build at $625,000 fire station on town-owned land near the police station and to pay for it in a single year. The vote was 171-108.

10 years ago, 2008

By a vote of 1,626-890, Amherst voters approved a $4 million bond to pay for renovations at Clark, Wilkins and the Amherst Middle School. The previous year, voters had rejected a $5 million bond for renovations to the schools.

In the Division III boys ice hockey final, Paul Caso scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Souhegan Sabers the state title over Kennett.

The Milford Area Players were preparing to present “Getting Away with Murder” by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth at the Amato Cneter in Milford.

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