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50 years ago this month, August

Woodstock mess

Three Burlington girls make pilgrimage to Woodstock

We are stardust: Cheryl Moynihan of Beaverbrook Road, Nancy Adams of Vincent Road and Linda Humphrey of Sylvester Road set off to Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, NY by car, pulling a U-Haul trailer to sleep in. But due to the mass of humanity, they never made it closer than 10 miles from the actual concert. Oh well. They encountered plenty of people in need of shelter and tried to accommodate them with that U-Haul. By most accounts, Woodstock was a disastrous experience even 10 miles away, never mind at ground zero.

Family narrowly escapes Lexington Street house fire

The Menchin family at 99 Lexington Street — Joan and Robert, their children and a cat — “would have died in their beds,” said Fire Chief Herb Crawford, if a neighbor hadn’t heard the crackling sound of flames at 1:30 a.m. and ran into their house to alert them. A short circuit in the garage was to blame. “People should be more careful about using fuses over 15 amps and overloading,” Crawford warned. The alert hero was William Penrine of South Bedford Street.

Town Hall comes down

The town’s Historical Society and historian Ed Fogelberg were given permission to pick through records in Town Hall before it was demolished to make way for the Town Hall we know today.



Wildwood School windows broken, Burlington MA
Over 60 windows at the Wildwood School were broken over the summer, costing taxpayers about $5,000.



Okay, whose idea was this double-bill?



5 thoughts on “50 years ago this month, August Leave a comment

  1. I really enjoy every post. Having lived in Burlington until 1989, I like to see the town as I remember it in my youth!

  2. Wow. You were there longer than me. I left in 1964, got married. Lived on Forbes Ave.

  3. Demolishing the second Town Hall was the greatest act of civic vandalism ever committed by the Town of Burlington. It was designed by noted architect Robert Coit (known for colonial revival residential buildings (such as the McGill House in Medford) and several public libraries (Winchester, MA, and Littleton, NH to name a few) and reflected the optimism of a small town, its civic pride (see the 1913 town report) and the community’s hopes for the future. Sadly it only stood for 54 years. Its chintzy replacements (an ill-designed police station that was outdated and over capacity within a few years and the the current Town Hall) never really made the architectural statement that the 1915 Town Hall did. It could have been preserved as a civic center, adapted as the library, or converted to recreational uses. Unfortunately 1969 Burlington (quite uncharacteristically) did not have such a vision and lost quite a landmark.

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