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Take a Look Back at This Week in Wilton

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

• 60 Years Ago — Aug. 1, 1951

School budget going up

Wilton's Board of Education approved a budget of $342,500 for the upcoming school year. This represents a 10 percent increase over last year and is targeted to 14 percent teacher salary increases.

• 50 Years Ago — Aug. 2, 1961

Where should Route 7 go?

Officials plan to ask Wilton's Board of Finance for money to fund a study to determine which of the state's two proposed layouts of Route 7 the town should endorse.

As presented, the study would pick Wilton's preference and include recommendations on interchanges and frontage roads.

• 40 Years Ago — Aug. 4, 1971

School shopping spree

Wilton recently completed the sale of its largest bond issue ever to cover the cost of the Ina E. Driscoll School and new high school.

The $8.96 million bond was purchased by a syndicate of four investment banks, which offered a 5.48 interest rate on the 18-year bond.

• 30 Years Ago — Aug. 4, 1981

Fund drive for school fees

Wilton High School students Peter Krass and Jenny Brown propose a door-to-door fund drive to help cover costs of recently implemented sports activity fees.

The Board of Education adopted the new fees of $25, $50 or $100 per athlete depending on the number of members per team and the costs of the sport.

• 20 Years Ago — Aug. 7, 1991

If a tree falls in Wilton ...

Officials are looking into whether the 90-year-old pin oak tree in front of Town Hall that was uprooted during the recent storm can be saved.

After residents asked the town to save the tree, officials agreed to investigate whether the roots would survive a replanting.

• 10 Years Ago — Aug. 2, 2001

Employee vs. Wilton

Wilton denies it is discriminating against a Town Hall employee by not offering her domestic partner health benefits.

Officials claim the issue of domestic partner benefits is between the employee and her union. They also state the town is prohibited from negotiating benefits with a union worker.

Over the years, what do you remember as being the biggest story in Wilton during the first week of August? Leave a comment below. Find TheDailyWilton.com on Facebook and like us.

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