This Week in History

The Hungry Lions Bike Tour has become a well-loved tradition since it began a decade ago. Courtesy
10 years ago:
The Deerfield Valley Lions Club, then known as the Whitingham-Halifax Lions Club, held their first Hungry Lions Bike Tour to raise money for annual holiday food basket program.  The event, organized by avid cyclist Joe Specht, started and ended on Whitingham’...

A mountain lion was reported to be roaming the valley, despite officials saying they don’t live in Vermont. Photo courtesy USDA Forest Service
10 years ago:
Dover resident Don Albano advised the Dover and Wilmington selectboards to “get ahead” of an expansion of the Mount Snow Airport (now the Deerfield Valley Regional Airport) proposed by Hermitage developer James Barnes. Barnes’ plan included the extension and...

Ten years ago a book about 45 Mill Street, generally known as the “Barnboard Factory,” was published.
10 years ago:
Deerfield Valley Transportation Association General Manager Randy Schoonmaker and his daughter Martha Schoonmaker, released “The History of 45 Mill Street,” a book detailing the 100-year history of the structures and businesses on the site that is currently...

Delays pushed back the opening of the Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow 25 years ago. File photo
10 years ago:
Hermitage Club developer James Barnes sought a $600,000 low-interest, five-year loan from Dover’s economic development fund, part of a $1 million proposal to purchase and upgrade the Mount Snow Airport.  Barnes said he also planned to ask Wilmington for a $...

Hell’s Angels, a notorious motorcycle gang, spent a week in Wilmington 50 years ago to the dismay of visitors and residents.
10 years ago:
Deerfield Valley residents recalled their experiences during Tropical Storm Irene. Deerfield Valley Rescue member Paul Wheeler remembered being directed to stand by with an ambulance at Nido’s gas station on West Main Street. He witnessed the rise of the...

A Cessna 150 like the one shown above crashed in Heartwellville in 1987. Luckily, there were no fatalities. Wikipedia
10 years ago:
On the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, the Deerfield Valley News took a look back at the flood damage to Deerfield Valley communities and the amazing recovery that had taken place over the previous year.  There was still work left to do in every...

This statue of Molly Stark was installed 20 years ago. Photo courtesy WikiTree
10 years ago:
The closure of Beaver Brook Bridge on South Main Street in Wilmington due to damage by Tropical Storm Irene forced residents of Castle Hill, Fairview Avenue, and Shafter Street – including the MOOver – to use Boyd Hill Road to reach the outside world for...

Joseph Kruszewski and his son Andrew posed outside of the former Matterhorn Inn after Kruszewski purchased a used ambulance and donated it to an organization in his native Poland. File photo
10 years ago:
The Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair committee feared their 95th annual fair could be their last without a fresh influx of volunteers. Organizers said many longtime volunteers had retired, and they had difficulty getting a quorum – just seven committee...

Tony Stout, Rite-Aid’s senior planner, at an Act 250 hearing in 2007, describing some of the features of the planned building at Route 9 and Country Club Road. File photo/Mike Eldred
10 years ago:
A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded Wilmington Village, including the town’s municipal offices, the Wilmington Police Department, the town clerk, town manager, and other departments were ready to move back into their renovated spaces. For the previous...

The Brigham Young monument in Whitingham.
10 years ago:
The results of a new DNA test in the 1994 murder of Christine Grega cast doubt on the conviction of the victim’s husband, John Grega. The DNA, described as having been taken from Christine Grega’s body in 1994, belonged to an unknown male. John Grega was...


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