Thumbing the Files for Jan. 24

71 years ago, 1948

Public Service was touting a major step in the efficiency of its repair and maintenance crrews because of the installation of a shortwave radio on one of the company trucks in Milford.

A new course in driver education was added to the list of extra-curricular activities at the high schools in Milford and Wilton, using a car equipped with dual controls. In Milford, 22 girls registered almost immediately.

Johnny Tower was confined to his Mont Vernon home with the mumps.

Former Minnesota governor Harold E. Stassen was to speak to supporters of his Republican presidential bid as the New Hampshire primary approached.

30 years ago, 1989

Milford’s 1989-90 school budget was up 9.9 percent to $11.3 million.

Amherst banned some Sunday parking on three roads near the Amherst Antique Market in an effort to stop shoppers from using lawns as parking lots and blocking driveways. The town also instituted a tow-away program during the hours of 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Ponemah Hill, Farmington, and Rocky Hill roads.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Talk Radio” and “Jean de Florette” plus “Manon of the Spring.”

Harriet Hills of Hollis won first prize in the national Grange sewing contest, in the adult women’s dress category. The prize was a pair of dressmaker’s shears.

20 years ago, 1999

The Milford Post Office announced that it had sold about 200,000 one-cent stamps since the cost of letter postage went from 32 to 33 cents on Jan. 11.

The Milford School Budget Committee reversed itself and decided to support the school board’s $12.1 million building plan for a new elementary school, school renovations, and middle school expansion. The initial decision not to support the plan was based upon the committee’s need for more information.

The Amherst Planning Board approved Walmart’s proposal to expand its Route 101A store into a 24-hour “supercenter” adding 98,000 square feet to the building.

Long-time Amherst Selectman Richard Verrochi announced that he would not seek re-election.

15 years ago, 2004

Responding to angry residents, Milford selectmen met in a late-night session and voted to support, monitarily, the Pumpkin Festival, fireworks, parades, and summer band concerts, as well as social services funding.

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, vowed to roll bck President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy. Kerry made the pledge during a wide-ranging interview with The Cabinet’s editorial board.

The Wilton-Lyndeborough High School boys basketball team upped its record to 6-2 with a 61-42 defeat of Derryfield. Matt Dunn scored 28 points for the Warriors.

Florence Rideout Elementary School in Wilton was preparing to put on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”