Nicki Steel

We should put effort into revitalizing Wilmington’s Town Meeting

A Town Meeting is direct democracy in action. That is something to preserve and fight for.

Nicki Steel ( is a photographer who focuses on the details of the rural landscape close to home.

For the second year in a row, the Wilmington Selectboard has put before the voters at Town Meeting a choice to do away with in-person Town Meeting and go completely to Australian ballot.

What was the vote last year, you ask? In favor of cancelling town meetings? No one. In favor of keeping Town Meetings? Everyone in the room.

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Flood levels on Wilmington Town Hall represent hardships, strength, resiliency, perseverance

Sometime in the late 1980s, then–Wilmington Town Manager Sonia Alexander asked if I would paint the 1938 flood level on the side of the Town Hall. I was happy to do so, and it immediately drew interest of locals and visitors as we thought about an important part of...

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Wilmington would lose so much by ending in-person Town Meetings

I see on the Wilmington Annual Town Meeting warning two articles related to going to Australian ballot and doing away with Town Meetings. It is important that Wilmington voters know that this means that Annual Town Meetings would cease to exist. Our form of town government would change, drastically.

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Committee continues planning Wilmington celebration, for now

We, the Wilmington Old Home Week Committee, are continuing to plan the event scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 2. We know that it is possible that we might have to cancel or postpone the wonderful celebration, but we will not make that final decision until early June. At that point, we hope to know more so that we can determine whether it will be safe to come together for this tradition, held every 10 years since 1890. The Committee...

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