Thumbing the Files for Dec. 27

71 years ago, 1947

Amherst published a 112-page book called “Amherst in the World Wars” to pay tribute to local veterans.

Milford police officer Fred Ayers left for Canada to spend the holidays with his wife’s sister, Mrs. F. Christian, in Montreal. He joined his wife, who had gone to Montreal earlier.

Mrs. Leslie Blandford of England wrote to her mother, Mrs. Joseph Bowler, in Milford, to tell her that she had witnessed the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Phillip Mountbatten. She called it “the most beautiful I have ever witnessed.” Born in Westerly, R.I., Mrs. Blandford lived most of her life in England and traveled to London for the wedding the five miles from her home in Potters Bar, Middlesex.

Our Perham Corner correspondent reported that Earl Bullard was suffering from a cut on his left leg and a broken toe on his right foot.

30 years ago, 1988

In a list of New Year’s resolutions in The Cabinet – we asked for them – was one from Gail Proctor, a membr of the Wilton budget committee, who said, “I’m going to finish the spring cleaning I started in 1982. And encourage the citizenry of our area to be as informed and participatory as possible in the politics of our time, be it on the local, state or national level.”

Richard Rose, producing director of the American Stage Festival in Milford, volunteered to direct the 1989 Amherst PTA play, which had been in danger because it had no director.

Shauna Carter scored 13 points and Tracy Cheever had 11 for Wilton-Lyndegorough, but the Warriors lost to Epping 72-31 to fall to 2-4 on the year. “They were really just too strong for us,” said WLC coach Diane Doran.

20 years ago, 1998

The Milford School Board selected the Brox land off Whitten Road for the site of a new elementary school.

The Lyndeborough Board of Selectmen tentatively approved a preliminary plan to renovate Citizens’ Hall and would wait to make a final decision until the proposal was approved by the fire marshal.

Producers of the annual Amherst PTA play were looking for actors and dancers age 15 and older to audition for their April production of “A Chorus Line.”

Milford Police Captain Fred Douglas was praising Megan’s Law as another tool to prevent crimes against children.

15 years ago, 2003

Sixth graders from Wilton’s Florence Rideout Elementary School, led by teacher Sophie Merrill, brought toys to the Wilton Christmas Store in the Congregational Church. Merrill’s class and the sixth-grade class of Jeanette D’Entremont held a read-a-thon to raise money for the toys.

Mindstorms Mayhem, a team of homeschoolers from Milford, Merrimack, Bedford, Wilton, and Hollis won the FIRST Lego League state championship.

Milford selectmen accepted the recommendation of the community facilities committee to build a new police station at the site of the Garden Street School. The cost was set at $2.9 million to demolish the school and build the station.

By a vote of 3-2, Milford selectmen voted to include the cost of birth control pills in the town’s welfare payments.

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