This Week in History

Action at the 2003 demo derby. The first derby at the Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair was 40 years ago.
10 years ago:
Laura Sibilia announced she was leaving her position as Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to become a project manager at the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, where she would implement initiatives for the Southeastern Vermont...

Wardsboro School was expanded 25 years ago. File
10 years ago:
Former Whitingham School Principal John Doty was appointed to an open position on the Whitingham School Board. Doty was principal at Whitingham School for 17 years, from 1982 to 1999.
At Pettee Memorial Library, Martin Kasindorf presented his...

Floyd Reed had the first automobile in Whitingham. This photo was on the cover of the 2006 Whitingham Old Home Week program. File photo
10 years ago:
Wilmington resident Denise Langren was training for a triathlon at Mount Snow. Langren’s training partner, Olly, a 6-year-old Brittany spaniel, joined her on mile-long swims at Harriman Reservoir four to five times each week, and on runs along the...

The True Value building shortly before it was demolished to make way for a new Family Dollar store. File photo
10 years ago:
Demolition of the True Value building on East Main Street in Wilmington was scheduled to begin soon. The building, which housed a hardware store and laundromat, was being torn down to make way for a Family Dollar store and laundromat. The new building was...

Diana and David McLeod on one of their many treks. Thirty years ago they told of waiting out a revolution.
10 years ago:
Wilmington and Dover selectboards tried to get bitown economic development efforts back on track after the economic development planner the two towns had hired quit. Although the planner gave no reason for his sudden decision, in the weeks leading up to his...

Al fresco sunbathers enjoying the Ledges. Twenty years ago Wilmington considered a nudity ordinance. File
10 years ago:
Nibbles, a rescue Chihuahua, escaped his foster home on Cooper Hill in Dover. The tiny dog was spotted in the neighborhood three days later, but never resurfaced again. Nibbles was eventually found and rescued again – this time by an animal control officer in...

Mount Snow’s Bluebird lift was installed a decade ago.
10 years ago:
Construction on Mount Snow’s new high-speed six-pack bubble chair was underway. Mount Snow planned to airlift all 26 towers into place with helicopters in a single day.
Wilmington and Whitingham voters were set to weigh in on the future of their...
10 years ago:
Construction was underway on Wilmington’s new town garage. Voters had authorized a bond for the construction at Town Meeting. Although the total cost was projected to be about $963,000, the town bonded for only $340,000. Over the previous decade, several bond...
Les Otten
Les Otten
10 years ago:
The state legislative apportionment board was considering breaking up House districts represented by Rep. Ann Manwaring and Rep. John Moran. The proposed shift was connected to a loss of population in the two districts according to the 2010 census. Although...

Floods coursed through downtown Wilmington, reaching the deck of the Route 9 bridge. Note the former bank in the photo, which burned down years later.

10 years ago:
Dover officials were pursuing a program through the Vermont Telecommunications Authority that would bring high-speed internet to East Dover.  The VTA’s Backroads Broadband program would connect 10,000 Vermont residents in areas that were lacking service.  Dover was...


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