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Take a Look Back at What Happened in Wilton

WILTON, Conn. – Here's what the Wilton Bulletin reported on during the second week of August over the last 60 years:

60 Years Ago

Aug. 8, 1951

A question of zoning

The Wilton Planning Commission plans to hold two public hearings focused on future development of the town so "the growth of Wilton shall be along lines chosen by its citizens." One hearing will look at whether any part of town should be zoned for less than half-an-acre lots; the second session will address 2-acre zoning.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 9 1961

How to form historic districts

Wilton's representative to the General Assembly, Morris Earle, suggests the Wilton Congregational Church take the lead in establishing a historic district centered around the church. During its last session, Connecticut lawmakers adopted legislation to allow towns to set up their own historic districts.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 11, 1971

Swimming hole tragedy

A Norwalk teenager drowned this week while swimming in Jayne's Gravel Pit. The boy was with two friends when he complained of being tired then slipped below the water's surface.

30 Years Ago

Aug. 12, 1981

Route 7 expansion

Wilton officials said they would rather see the state make improvements to Route 7 than construct a new six-lane highway through Norwalk. At a public hearing, Second Selectman Frank Infanger said he would oppose the highway plan unless immediate improvements are made to the current roadway, which is "a problem right now."

Plans call for a new highway with three lanes in each direction from New Canaan Avenue to Grist Mill Road with a new interchange with the Merritt Parkway.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 14, 1991

Goodbye pin oak

The 90-year-old pin oak tree uprooted during a late July storm had been cut up into three large pieces to turn into a bench or plaque to be placed inside Town Hall. In 1902, the tree was planted in front of the Old Town Hall on Old Ridgefield Road. It was replanted in 1938 at the current Town Hall site.

10 Years Ago

Aug. 9, 2001

Wilton Pharmacy closes

The Wilton Pharmacy will be closed Sunday for inventory. When it reopens Monday, it will be rechristened a CVS pharmacy. Don Mecca, who has owned the Wilton Pharmacy for 34 years, said he has been thinking about retiring for a year.

"When you start filling prescriptions for the fourth generation," Mecca said, "you think it's time to go."

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