Thumbing the Files for Jan. 17

71 years ago, 1948

The March of Dimes was beginning its annual campaign to raise money to fight polio.

The Milford and Conant high school girls basketball teams played to a 29-29 tie.

The W.E. Aubuchon Co. in Milford was looking for a trainee manager, “preferably married.”

The Cabinet carried a list of divorces granted to local residents by the Hillsborough County Superior Court.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Stallion Road” with Ronald Reagan, Alexis Smith, and Zachary Scott, plus episode 7 of the serial “Jack Armstrong.”

30 years ago, 1989

In a “Random Thought” on the editorial page, William B. Rotch wondered, “Are the vandals of today the potential terrorists of tomorrow? It could be that the mindset of the person who takes his revenge on society by smashing gravestones is not far removed from that of the terrorist who threatens to execute hostages in order to take ‘revenge’ on the United States.”

Plans to install sewers in the Baboosic Lake area of Amherst took a step toward realization when the Amhrst selectmen agreed to authorize a warrant article giving the town permission to negotiate with Merrimack.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Babette’s Feast” and “Bird.”

The Wilton selectmen endorsed an increase in the fine for exceeding the downtown two-hour parking limit from $4 to $5 for a first offense, $10 for a second and $25 for each additional violation within a calendar year. The change had been recommended by Police Chief George Ayres.

20 years ago, 1999

Milford’s Justin Burkhardt was having little trouble making the adjustment from high school to college when it came to swimming. The Marist College freshman recorded the top three fastest times in the 1,000-yard freestyle and two of the top three in the 200 butterfly for his undefeated team.

Voters in Mont Vernon were to decide whether the Village School needed a curriculum coordinator.

Competing against Gorham High School’s five-time state champions, the 16 students of Milford High’s “We the People” team took first place in the state civics competition. It was only Milford’s second year in the state contest. In 1998, Milford came in second to Hollis/Brookline High School.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Celebrity” and “Touch of Evil.”

15 years ago, 2004

The New England Wild Flower Society presented the Beaver Brook Association of Hollis with its New Hampshire State Award for “stimulating public awareness of the need for conservation of the natural world …”

A plan for a new police station in Milford got a huge boost when the town’s budget committee reversed its stand and decided to support the proposal.

Milford selectmen ignored the pleas of their fire and police chiefs and refused to restore money cut from department budgets. And the selectmen continued to make cuts in the town budget as they tried to hold to a 6.5 percent increase in spending.

Speaking at Hollis Town Hall, Gov. Craig Benson continued his push for a constitutional amendment that would keep the judicial system out of the school funding process.

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