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BRATTLEBORO - Entering the heat of the summer season, one of the most-asked questions the Connecticut River Conservancy gets is if rivers are clean enough for swimming, boating, and other recreation. There are two ways to know if rivers are likely clean. The first is to think about the recent...

Allison McDermott, from Nimble Arts, spun a hula-hoop while walking on stilts. Roary Sweeting
WEST DOVER - Allison McDermott, from Nimble Arts, spun a hula-hoop while walking on stilts during Saturday's street fair. It was part of the Blueberry Festival.

Floyd Reed had the first automobile in Whitingham. This photo was on the cover of the 2006 Whitingham Old Home Week program. File photo
10 years ago:
Wilmington resident Denise Langren was training for a triathlon at Mount Snow. Langren’s training partner, Olly, a 6-year-old Brittany spaniel, joined her on mile-long swims at Harriman Reservoir four to five times each week, and on runs along the...

Sparkle Woodward harvests blueberries during the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival. T. Lederer
WILMINGTON - Sparkle Woodward, of Winchendon, MA, visited the Boyd Family Farm on Sunday, August 1, to harvest blueberries as part of the “Pick Your Own Berries” event last weekend. The event took place during the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival, which started Friday, July 30...

The Connecticut Valley Field Music band marched and played in the 2010 Wilmington Old Home Week parade. The delayed 2020 festivities are this weekend. The 2021 parade will be held Saturday beginning at 11 am. File photo
WILMINGTON- Old Home Week, Wilmington’s biggest event in a decade - plus one year - kicks off tonight, Thursday, August 5, and runs through Sunday, August 8.
The celebration of all things Wilmington is a 130-year tradition that began in 1890 with a townwide gathering called the Reunion of...

Brian Johnson receives an award in 2015. Facebook/WFD
WILMINGTON - Former Wilmington Fire Chief Brian Johnson, who left his post in 2003 to become assistant fire marshal and plan reviewer for the state, retired from his state job on June 1. Reached for an interview about his retirement, he shares some news: the state has called him back on a part-...

A scene from Moosestock V, held last year on Lake Raponda. Photo courtesy of Joe and Holy Fortner
WILMINGTON - On the evening of Saturday, August 14, Lake Raponda will be a little more festive than usual. That’s because that night, Moosestock VI, a concert on the lake, will be in full swing. 
Moosestock is the brainchild of Joe and Holly Fortner, who are a couple and also a musical duo...

The True Value building shortly before it was demolished to make way for a new Family Dollar store. File photo
10 years ago:
Demolition of the True Value building on East Main Street in Wilmington was scheduled to begin soon. The building, which housed a hardware store and laundromat, was being torn down to make way for a Family Dollar store and laundromat. The new building was...

Claudette Hollenbeck
I believe there is an old saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.” It appears that the end of The Gathering Place here in the valley, due both to very low usage and the pandemic, may be assuaged by a new business just starting up locally.
The Gathering Place was predominantly a...

Janet Boyd, standing, waves to the crowd while riding the Boyd Family Farm float in the 2014 Blueberry Festival parade. The festival returns this weekend. Parade lovers will have to wait until Saturday, August 7, for the Old Home Week parade. File photo
DEERFIELD VALLEY- The Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival, a 10-day celebration of the valley, its residents, visitors, and all things blue, which has been recognized by the state of Vermont over 10 times, returns this weekend after taking last year off due to the ongoing pandemic. 
The...

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