This Week in History

Ann Betit retired from her job as postmaster of the West Dover Post Office 15 years ago, following a career that spanned 40 years with the USPS. File photo
15 years ago:
Whitingham resident and postmaster of the West Dover Post Office Ann Betit retired after 40 years with the US Postal Service.  During her four decades, Betit also worked at the Readsboro and Whitingham post offices.  Betit said she loved working at the post...

Scott Pierpont. File photo
10 years ago:
Three downtown Wilmington businesses, The Old Red Mill, Gallery Wright, and Beadz Needs reopened after extensive repairs and renovations due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Many more buildings remained damaged and under renovation, but a Wilmington...
10 years ago:
North Star Pizza and Bowl owner Steve Butler said he was “the most grateful person in the world,” despite losing his home, his business, and his plans for retirement to Tropical Storm Irene. After the flood, community volunteers stepped up to help with...
10 years ago:
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Carhartt clothing company teamed up to provide warm winter clothing for Deerfield Valley residents who were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Carhartt CEO Mark Valade, a graduate of Lyndon State College, donated two trailer...

Local flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene tallied in the millions. The Wilmington Home Center, in the village center, lost all of its inventory. File photo
10 years ago:
Business losses from Tropical Storm Irene in Wilmington and Dover were said to top $8.5 million. The estimate included more than $4.1 million in building damage, $2.2 million in equipment damage, $1.2 million in lost inventory, and $1.1 million in lost...

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.

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...


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