Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948: Quick action by Ellsworth Austin of Brookline saved Perly Lord of Wilton from possible serious injury at the Hillsboro Mills. Austin shut the power off a carding machine into which Lord’s arm was being drawn, and he suffered lacerations and abrasions.

Milford health officer Dr. Oscar Burns posted an order saying that no child who had measles could return to school in less than 14 days from diagnosis.

The Daniel Webster Theater in Nashua was showing “The Big Clock” with Charles Laughton and Ray Milland.

The IGA food store in Amherst was celebrating its grand opening with pork roast at 49 cents a pound, and porterhouse steak at 79 cents.

30 years ago, 1989

The American Stage Festival was planning to produce three shows outside of Milford for the first time since its founding in 1971. Producing Director Richard Rose said the theater wasn’t “getting the audience or business support in Milford that we need to grow.”

Cabinet publisher William B. Rotch was givin the 14th annual Eugene Cervie Award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors in rewcognition for having consistently acted in the conviction that good journalism begets good government.

The assessed value of all the property in Amherst rose $9 million to $413 million but was short of the $416 million selectmen had estimated.

The Milford Area Senior High boys tennis team rolled into the state finals by defeating archrival Nashua, 6-3, at the University of New Hampshire, and would face Derryfield for the state crown. The girls team also made the state finals and were looking to repeat as state champs. They were to face Mancester West, a team that beat them 5-4 in the regular season.

20 years ago, 1999

Wilton-Lyndeborough graduate Nate Provencher tossed his first career complete game in college, helping the Plymouth State baseball team defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 4-2 in the opening round of the Little East Conference baseball tournament. Provencher was a freshman.

Milford police were offering local gun owners the opportunity to have trigger locking mechanisms installed on their weapons at no charge.

Retiring Milford Fire Chief Richard Tortorelli was honored at a surprise party at Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club.

Milford selectmen decided to have the Brox corporation property appraised as a first step toward the town possibly buying the land. The Milford Industrial Development Corporation, a coalition of business leaders and town officials, said it believed the town should purchase the land.

15 years ago, 2004

Executive Councilor David Wheeler of Milford was facing a challenger in the Republican primary – Philip J. Stylianos, CEO of a Nashua irrigation contracting firm. He already had a Democratic opponent – Debora Pignatelli of Nashua. Both challengers claimed Wheeler was too conservative to hold one of the most powerful positions in the state.

Lyndeborough and Greenfield police broke up an underage drinking party in the woods off Pinnacle Road in Lyndeborough, but the culprits escaped through the woods primarily on ATVs and Jeeps.

In an editorial, Cabinet Editor Michael Cleveland praised Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club in Milford for becoming the first such facility in the area to ban cell phone cameras from its locker rooms, fitness center and some exercise studios.