This Week in History

The Sitzmark was hailed as “Vermont’s largest adult playground” 45 years ago. Today, the business remains closed. Photo from
10 years ago:
Lamoureaux & Dickinson, an engineering consultant hired by the town of Dover, presented plans for a landscaped village “gateway” with traffic calming and parking along Route 100.  The firm also proposed a parking redesign and landscaping at Dover Town...

Whitingham native Sgt. Christopher Cunningham (right), was awarded a Silver Star for his service in Afghanistan.
10 years ago:
The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum announced that a bald eagle would soon be joining their collection of live educational exhibits. The museum’s largest raptor acquisition was prompted by Marlboro School students following one of their educational...

A lightning strike caused the Twitchell family barn to catch fire in 2007, leaving it completely destroyed.
10 years ago:
Wilmington town officials said that Tropical Storm Irene may have done more damage along the South Main Street river bank than had initially been suspected. A retaining wall under some South Main Street buildings had collapsed, and an inspection of the damage...

On August 29, 2011, Sen. Patrick Leahy, left, and Gov. Peter Shumlim inspected damage caused by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene a day earlier. File photo/Mike Eldred
10 years ago:
Gov. Peter Shumlin said Vermont’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene was proceeding much more quickly than he expected when he flew over the devastation in the hours after the storm. He credited initiatives passed by the Legislature during the 2012 session,...

Culverts like these are seen underneath roads all over Vermont. While they can usually become blocked by debris or beaver dams, no one expected to find a six-month-old puppy stuck in one 35 years ago. Photo courtesy VTrans
10 years ago:
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Executive Director Jeff Lewis said Irene flood recovery “trumped” all of the other economic problems in the area. He detailed the region’s slow economic decline since 2003, noting that southern Vermont was among the...

Known as Beanie Babies, these cuddly toys started a national craze in the late 90s, to the point where their manufacturer couldn’t keep up with demand. Courtesy Pinterest
10 years ago:
During a visit to the valley by US Rep. Peter Welch, residents talked about successes and failures in the area’s flood recovery. North Star Pizza owner Steve Butler told Welch that “FEMA is a four-letter word that begins with ‘F.’” Butler said federal help...
  10 years ago:
Workers were installing new bowling lanes and equipment at North Star Pizza & Bowl in Wilmington. The building had been renovated following significant damage from flooding during Tropical Storm Irene. Much of the work had been done by community...

The American kestrel is native to southern Vermont. Courtesy
10 years ago:
Deerfield Valley Elementary School students were treated to a rare opportunity to participate in the release of a kestrel, a type of small falcon native to southern Vermont and eastern North America. The bird had originally come to the Southern Vermont...

Mount Snow’s Fountain Mountain, the result of a frozen geyser on Snow Lake, was a fun attraction back in the day. That is, until the fountain began spewing sewage and had to be shut down. Courtesy Mt. Snow Twitter
10 years ago:
Members of Wilmington's long-term flood recovery parking subcommittee announced 10-year leases with West Main Street property owners that would allow the town to build and maintain a large parking area. The parking area is located along the river behind...

Gov. Peter Shumlin converses with John and Patsy Reagan about restoring Wilmington’s beloved diner.
10 years ago:
Gov. Peter Shumlin joined John and Patsy Reagan, owners of Dot's Restaurant in Wilmington, for their announcement of a project to restore the much-loved eatery after it was all but destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene. After surveying the damage shortly...


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