This Week in History

The challenging trail “Free Fall” was opened on Mount Snow 40 years ago. It is nearly a straight shot down the mountain’s North Face. Randy Capitani
10 years ago:
Wilmington residents and business owners rejected a selectboard proposal to use as much as $100,000 of the town’s new 1% local option tax revenue to reduce the municipal tax rate for the upcoming 2014 fiscal year budget.  At the time, Wilmington had not yet...
10 years ago:
Valley businesses were celebrating a well-timed snowstorm that dumped 16 inches of snow on the valley just in time for the holidays. Mount Snow’s Dave Meeker said “The timing of the snow was tremendous, and in a time frame where we always anticipate a lot of...

Gold medalist Kelly Clark was offering locals a chance to ride with her at Mount Snow 20 years ago. File photo
10 years ago:
The Hermitage Club was back in the news for a second week with permit problems at their Haystack development projects. A Vermont Environmental Court judge ordered the Hermitage to immediately halt all work that wasn’t covered under existing permits, and to...
10 years ago:
The US Forest Service closed two areas at Haystack Mountain to snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles after they were notified of unauthorized trail alterations on federal land.  The Forest Service described the damage as “significant unauthorized...

The original base lodge at Haystack Mountain, which was demolished in 2007. Fifty years ago the mountain offered free passes to Wilmington students. File photo
10 years ago:
The federal Economic Development Administration awarded $472,000 in disaster recovery funds to a coalition of southern Vermont economic development partners. The grant funded three positions dedicated to the region’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene....

This gift shop in West Dover was damaged in a fire 20 years ago. Luckily, it is still up and running today. Photo courtesy
  10 years ago:
Edel and Robert Teodorini closed Swe Den Nor, their Scandinavian furniture store after 42 years in business.  The couple began selling furniture out of a small space in the Coombs sugarhouse at the junction of Route 100 South and Route 9 in Wilmington in...

Seth Boyd, left, and Phil Taylor hold the ceremonial golden shovel at a 2012 groundbreaking ceremony at Twin Valley Elementary School. File photo
10 years ago:
Manning a ceremonial golden shovel, Twin Valley School Board members Seth Boyd and Phil Taylor broke ground on construction at Deerfield Valley Elementary School.  The construction included renovations and a new addition at the elementary school, and...
  10 years ago:
A panel discussion by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility was aimed at answering questions about changes to health care in Vermont under the federal Affordable Care Act. The changes included a health care exchange called Vermont Health Connect...

Chevy Chase in the movie “Funny Farm” from 35 years ago. The movie was filmed in locations all over southern Vermont, and featured a speaking role from the Whitingham School vice principal.
10 years ago:
The town of Dover purchased a one-acre parcel on Route 100 sandwiched between Country Club Road and the 7-Eleven. The parcel, which had mainly been used as overflow parking for the Andirons, was eventually transformed into today’s Dover Park with the addition...

President Richard Nixon carried the valley in 1972.
10 years ago:
The Dover Selectboard formed a committee to study a plan proposed by Hermitage owner Jim Barnes to expand the Mount Snow Airport to accommodate small jets.   
A Windham Superior Court judge set an aggressive six-month timetable for a retrial of John...


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