This Week in History

What is now the MOOver facility was once proposed to become a “classic auto mall” 25 years ago. Photo courtesy Maclay Architects
10 years ago:
A little more than a year after Tropical Storm Irene, the Deerfield Valley braced for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. Residents were relieved when the storm came and went without any serious flooding in valley towns, though there was some damage from downed...

20 years ago, Halifax was the site of a movie called “Senses of Place.” Photo from IMDB
10 years ago:
The Deerfield Wind project, a plan to site 15 additional wind turbines in Readsboro and Searsburg, was tied up in court as three conservation organizations opposed to the siting of the turbines on National Forest land sought to halt the project. Their...

Vermont’s fall foliage brings many travelers to the area, but 40 years ago there were so many that people were requested to open their homes to overnight visitors.
10 years ago:
The Hermitage Club presented plans for construction of their base lodge clubhouse to the Wilmington Development Review Board. Their application was similar to a design already approved by the DRB earlier the same year, but changes in the design, including an...
10 years ago:
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott stopped in Wilmington on his two-week bicycle tour of the state, part of his reelection campaign.  Scott toured the area, observed some of the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Irene a year earlier, and met with local officials.

Road construction came to a halt during a gravel shortage 35 years ago.
10 years ago:
Twin Valley School Board members presented their plan to build two new additions to Deerfield Valley Elementary School (since renamed Twin Valley Elementary School). The proposed construction would add six new classrooms, eliminate an aging portable classroom...

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...


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