This Week in History


Former Valley News publisher Don Albano, left, chats with Bill Palumbo at a chamber of commerce event in the 1970s. He said he bought and sold the newspaper using contracts written on bar napkins. File photo
10 years ago:
Wilmington officials estimated damage to municipal infrastructure from flooding during Tropical Storm Irene at more than $2 million.
Wilmington residents urged the selectboard to include a “Riverwalk” along the Deerfield River as part of the town’s...

Bears were about to invade the valley 15 years ago.
10 years ago:
After sitting idle for five years, Haystack’s lifts were being readied for use once again. It had been only 45 days since Hermitage Inn owner Jim Barnes purchased the shuttered private ski resort from Greensprings and Kingswood developer Bob Foise. Barnes...

Fifteen years ago, Whitingham voters, in a landslide, defeated a ballot initiative to dissolve the Twin Valley School District. File photo
10 years ago:
FairPoint completed installation of DSL in East Dover, a project championed by Dover Economic Development Department’s Ken Black at a cost to the town of about $60,000. The project brought 21st-century connectivity to 115 houses in East Dover.
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Fifty years ago, Mount Snow merged into a subsidiary of Davos Inc., which declared bankrupcy less than two years later. File photo
10 years ago: Mount Snow boasted over $20 million in capital improvements since the resort was purchased by Peak Resorts four years earlier. For their upcoming ski season, Mount Snow prepared to unveil the company’s biggest investment during that time, their Bluebird Express...

Jill Adams and her furry friends posed for the “Ladies of the Deerfield Valley” calender 15 years ago.
10 years ago:
The valley was still in recovery after Tropical Storm Irene flooded the region two months earlier. Gretchen Havreluk and Bruce Mullen, who had been hired as business assistance coordinators through a Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation program funded...

30 years ago, Deerfield Valley News reporter Dana Cole took a look at the White House of Wilmington, which was purported to be haunted. File photo
10 years ago:
The owners of two condemned properties on School Street in Readsboro that had been significantly damaged by Tropical Storm Irene learned that their properties might be eligible for a FEMA buyout. The properties, located on the banks of the West Branch of the...

Dot’s Restaurant before the 2011 flood. John Reagan purchased the popular eatery 40 years ago. File photo
10 years ago:
Wilmington Town Manager Fred Ventresco resigned after less than seven months on the job. At the time, the town was in the midst of recovery efforts from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Wilmington Selectboard members appointed Paul Myers, a former...

James Barnes, right, bought Haystack ten years ago.
10 years ago:
On Friday, October 7, Hermitage Inn owner James Barnes closed on a deal to buy the former Haystack Club properties, including Haystack Ski Area and Haystack Golf Course. By Sunday, Barnes was already operating the golf course, resuming construction on...

Bob Foise, left, and Gov. Jim Douglas at the Haystack Club groundbreaking in 2006. File photo
10 years ago:
Wilmington firefighters gave selectboard members an earful over what they said was poor treatment by the board and especially the town manager in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Firefighters said they were the first to respond during the flood, but the...

Skip Morrow’s book made the New York Times best-seller list 40 years ago, infuriating cat lovers everywhere.
10 years ago: Dover Selectboard members approved $100,000 in funding for an emergency marketing campaign and a contract with Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation to hire an emergency business coordinator. The marketing campaign was intended to counter perceptions that...

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