Thumbing the Files for March 7

71 years ago, 1948

The town announced Milford water was being chlorinated, although the chlorinator had been turned on by the water department a month earlier. The public works department delayed announcing the change to see if the public noticed anything, and there was no indication that anyone in Milford noticed the change.

In an advertisement, Wilton’s Middle Street Mart reminded shoppers that March was National Wallpaper Month.

Several employees of Coleman’s Pharmacy in Milford attended the soda fountain school at the Hood’s Ice Cream plant in Boston. They learned the proper technique of mixing sodas and also fountain courtesy and customer relations.

The New Hampshire Dewey for President Committee proposed a slate of Republican convention delegates that included Gov. Charles M. Dale.

30 years ago, 1989

Hitchiner Manufacturing Co. of Milford donated three proximity suits to the Milford Fire Department. The suits allowed firefighters to go into hot areas.

In a Saturday morning meeting, Amherst selectmen managed to lop $26,000 from their 1989-90 proposed budget but that was less than a third of what the town’s ways and means committee had requested.

Alexander “Rick” Brougham was sworn in as a part-time Mont Vernon police officer.

Milford’s Garrett Trombi became the first wrestler from the local high school to ever win a state title when he outpointed Ken Urquhart of Nashua 11-4 in the 145-pound weight class. The Milford Area Senior High School team finished third in the state tournament.

20 years ago, 1999

The Milford School Board was hoping that voters at school district meeting would approve a plan to build a 700-student elementary school on the Brox property off Whitten Road.

The Milford Budget Committee and the Milford Fire department were at odds over the need for a $41,750 vehicle exhaust system for the town’s fire station. Fire Chief Richard Tortorelli said diesel fumes spewed by fire trucks in the station threatened the health of firefighters but the budget committee said there was no significant safety issue.

The Souhegan High School boys ice hockey team was to host the Spaulding Red Raiders in the opening of the state tournament. The game would be played at the Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett. Meanwhile, the school’s boys basketball team was to play Oyster River at Souhegan in the first round of the Class I tourney.

15 years ago, 2004

Milford voters were preparing to take a fourth crack at approving a new home for the Milford Police Department. This time, the proposal called for building a new station at the old Garden Street School site.

Trailing by 13 points, the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative boys basketball team staged a furious comeback capped off by a Steve Sherman buzzer-beater to beat number two seed Lisbon 63-61 to get the the Class S finals where they would play Lisbon.

Paul Joyce, a teacher at Milford High School, was training for the Boston Marathon and, as a runner, would raise money for the Massachusetts Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with a goal of $3,000.