Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948

About 105 inches of snow had fallen in Milford so far, the most on Dec. 23 when 15 inches fell, followed by 12 inches on Dec. 26.

Our Milford High School correspondent, Nancy Fitch, wrote that “stringent warnings” were being issued concerning “snowballing.”

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Gone with the Wind” starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

Frances Bourassa of Manchester was chosen to replce Edmung Lang as math teacher at Wilton High School. Lang was leaving to report to Fort Riley, Kan., for active duty with the Army Reserve.

30 years ago, 1989

The Milford Teachers’ Association signed a contract with the school board to make the starting salary $20,200, with the top of the schedule – the salary earned by a teacher with 30 credit hours byond a master’s degree and 15 years’ experience – set at $37,572.

Milford’s American Stage Festival announced that it would open its 1989 season with “West Side Story.”

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” and “The Accidental Tourist.”

To raise money for the High Hopes Foundation, Jim Young did 10,004 sit-ups at the Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club in six-and-a-half hours without a break.

20 years ago, 1999

Milford Fire Chief Richard Tortorelli was concerned about the danger to apartment dwellers because most buildings were not equipped with sprinklers or alam systems monitored by his department. He spoke after a fire destroyed one of the six buildings at Woodland Heights apartments.

A committee that had recommended a plan to expand Mont Vernon’s Daland Memorial Library had to go back to the drawing board after the proposal failed to get the necessary two- thirds majority at town meeting.

After a great deal of debate, voters at Lyndeborough Town Meeting agreed to spend $2,000 on repairs to the old highway barn, which is owned by the town but leased by the Lafayette Artillery to house a rare cannon.

15 years ago, 2004

The fire that gutted Milford’s Garden Street School started on the second floor, investigators said, as they continued to interview witnesses.

Local churches were refusing to comply with the Amherst planning directors requirement that they apply to the zoning board before offering temporary sleeping quarters to homeless families under the Family Promise program. The program used a network of churches on a rotating basis to shelter pre-screened homeless families.

The Amherst Board of Selectmen was considering a move to pull out of the Milford Area Communications Center, known as MACC-Base, action supported by the town’s department heads.

The Souhegan High School boys basketball team won its second consecutive Class I title, beating John Stark 55-33.