This Week in History

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...

Dot’s Restaurant after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
10 years ago:
Facing what appeared to be insurmountable financial and engineering challenges, Patty and John Reagan reluctantly decided they would not be able to save Dot’s Restaurant after the riverside diner was severely damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Irene....

Repair work on the pergola following Irene. File photo
10 years ago:
Someone damaged the pergola in Wilmington’s downtown Bank Park. Just two weeks after Tropical Storm Irene flooding devastated the village, a vandal tried to pull the structure down by pulling out one of the supports. The new damage was discovered by Eric...

Rudi Wyrsch, known as one of the world’s great ski clowns,” was hired to work at Mount Snow 50 years ago.
  10 years ago: FEMA and the Small Business Administration set up temporary offices in the Deerfield Valley to assist with recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Irene. FEMA pledged to provide funding to rebuild infrastructure, up to 75% of municipal cleanup and repair work,...
  10 years ago:
Hurricane Irene was downgraded to Tropical Storm Irene, but that didn’t stop it from pummeling the region, resulting in destruction and flooding in every Deerfield Valley town.  Within 48 hours after the initial response, a massive volunteer effort in the...

Leon Carpenter rode as Chief Sadawga in the 1956 Whitingham Old Home Week parade. He rode seven times, including 45 years ago in 1976. File photo
10 years ago:
Wilmington and Dover selectboard members met to reevaluate the structure of the Bi-town Economic Development Committee, a partnership between Wilmington and Dover, after the departure of Bill Colvin, who had been hired to serve as the economic development...


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