Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Bill Powers presents at the Middletown Springs Historical Society annual meeting

Sunday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.—MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS—The 51st annual meeting of the Middletown Springs Historical Society will convene at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Historical Society Building.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions the meeting will be held outdoors under canopies, rain or shine, observing social distancing.  Please bring a face mask or shield for times when social distancing is impossible.

Following a dessert buffet with desserts and ice cream originally donated by Stewarts for the Strawberry Festival, there will be a brief business meeting, including a review of the year’s accomplishments and plans for the future. On the business meeting agenda is the election of new for the 2020-2022 term.

Historical Society member Bill Powers will give a slide presentation on the crash of a military aircraft on a remote mountain in Chittenden town and subsequent recovery efforts. In 1957 a U.S. Army airplane crashed about three miles south of Brandon Gap and claimed the lives of four Army officers.  Historian Bill Powers gives a first-hand account from 1957 and the remarkable “unconventional” rediscovery of the crash site over 50 years later.  Learn about a crash victim’s family and the father they never knew.

Bill  Powers was raised in Rutland and Lake Dunmore.  He received a B.A. from St. Michael’s College in 1967 and an M.A. from Ball State University in 1976.  Powers spent 40 years associated with the Air Force, 21 years on active duty and 19 years as a contractor at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.  He retired to Rutland in 2007 and currently does volunteer work, historical research, and historical presentations.

The Historical Society building is located on the green, 10 Park Ave. in Middletown Springs.  For more information, please call David Wright at 802-235-2376

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