Burlington, Vermont - November 15, 2004
America's decade-long entanglement in Vietnam was the cause of countless protests and peace marches in our region, including the so-called Moratorium Days in the fall of 1969.
This week in 1969, protesters took to streets of Burlington in support of a massive demonstration that day in Washington.
The Vermont group ended their march at UVM where Lt. Governor Tom Hayes urged on what some people called the "vocal minority."
"So if we are neither silent nor a part of the majority, I say it is a thing not of disgrace, but of honor," said Hayes to thundering applause.
Another famous protest was in the news this week in 1984. The so-called Winooski 44 were on trial. They had been arrested in March of that year for occupying Senator Robert Stafford's office in Winooski.
Channel 3's Michael Gilhooly covered the case.
"Prosecutor Kevin Bradley had painted the trial as a simple trespassing case, brushing aside the protesters arguments that they answered to a higher law. The protesters raised the necessity defense saying that in order to end the wars in Central America, they had no other recourse than occupying Stafford's office. In the end, the jury believed the necessity defense and not the prosecutors," he reported.
All of the defendants were acquitted.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy made national news this week in 2001. He was the recipient of a letter containing anthrax spores. A similar letter sent earlier to Senator Tom Daschle had shutdown the capitol and forced the evacuation of a Senate office building.
"I've got to admit it's a tad chilling when you see your name on something like this," said Leahy.
The culprit has never been caught and Senator Leahy still travels with extra security.
Rewind to 1970 for completion of Vermont's first interstate. The last section of I-89 thru Central Vermont was completed that fall and opened this week 34 years ago.
The 130 mile highway was carved out thru some of Vermont's roughest and most rural terrain and opened the state to a new era of travel and commerce.
Another radical change in Vermont commerce came this week in 1976 with the opening of Burlington Square Mall -- the state's first modern enclosed shopping center. Burlington Square was the centerpiece of the city's urban renewal development and the keystone for later development of the Church Street Marketplace.
And it was this week in 1974 that the University of Vermont played its final football game. The program was a victim of budget cuts at the school. A 41-15 loss at AIC was the final entry in the record books for the gridiron Cats.
Roger Garrity - Channel 3 News