This Week in History

The Fabulous Farquahr was an American folk band from Branford, CT. They visited Wilmington for a three-day concert at North Country Fair during St. Patrick’s weekend 35 years ago.
10 years ago:
Wilmington and Whitingham voters attended an informational meeting for projects at Deerfield Valley Elementary School and Whitingham Elementary/Twin Valley Middle School.  Whitingham voters would be asked to approve a $9,475,000 bond for the project in their...

Dave Lyman was the editor at The Deerfield Valley News 55 years ago, before leaving to cover the Vietnam War as a Navy journalist. He has since founded the Maine Photographic Workshop and is in the process of writing a series of memoirs. Photo courtesy LinkedIn
10 years ago:
Wilmington Town Meeting voters passed a 1% local option tax on sales, rooms, meals, and alcohol. The tax was passed, in part, to aid in the town’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. Proponents also sought to use the proceeds for community and economic...

Yankee Rowe, a nuclear power plant on the border of Rowe, MA and Readsboro, was closed down 30 years ago because of mounting expenses. Photo from
10 years ago:
Wilmington taxpayers learned that damage to municipal infrastructure from Tropical Storm Irene could cost them $1 million. Although state and federal reimbursement would pay 90% of an estimated $3 million in damage to municipal infrastructure, a bridge on...
Les Otten bought Mount Snow 25 years ago before running into debt and selling it to Peak Resorts 10 years later. File Photo
Les Otten bought Mount Snow 25 years ago before running into debt and selling it to Peak Resorts 10 years later. File Photo
10 years ago:
Dr. Peter Park, his wife Shelley, and their children Eli, Logan, and Izaak, returned from a yearlong sabbatical in New Zealand. While the family was glad to be home again, they said they missed the friends and community they left behind in New Zealand....

Patrick Francis Danahy skis one of his last runs. He was the first person to ski down Mount Snow.
10 years ago:
Dover Selectboard members approved a $275,000 contract with FairPoint Communications to install DSL service in areas of East Dover that had only dial-up service. Dover Economic Development Specialist Ken Black said 111 residents, or 50% of the residents in...

45 years ago, the future of the Crafts Inn was up for debate
15 years ago:
Wilmington Town Manager Bob Rusten and Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Sibilia organized a meeting between local businesses, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, local representatives, and state officials to address...

Donna and James Barnes at Haystack in 2012
10 years ago:
James Barnes, the new owner of Haystack Mountain, and his wife Donna snipped the ribbon at a grand opening ceremony officially restarting operations at the ski area after it had been dormant for five years.
Second-home owners Dan and Tamara Kulmurray...
10 years ago: The Wilmington Selectboard hired Scott Murphy as town manager. Murphy was a Bennington resident, and before serving as Wilmington Town Manager, he was Bennington’s director of economic and community development. Selectboard members said one of the reasons Murphy...

West Dover native Kelly Clark (center) celebrates winning gold in halfpipe snowboarding at a parade in 2002. File photo
10 years ago:
A report by Northern Economic Consulting Inc. found that the state’s education funding system under Act 60 and Act 68 did not lead to equal opportunity for Vermont students. Commissioned by the towns of Dover and Wilmington, the study found that the same...
10 years ago:
A FEMA planning team held a brainstorming session in Wilmington to develop ideas for rebuilding the area after Tropical Storm Irene. The plan would be broken into six areas of concentration, including natural resources and recreation; housing, health, and...


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