Pumpkin House Torn Down By Developer Bijan Bahramian

July 13, 2011

in History,News,Woodstock

Compiled by Dave Doubleday,
Olde Woodstock

40 Years Ago-July 23, 1970
John Lancaster of Barnard and Orin Bates of Sherburne have announced their candidacy for representative from District 24.  Both men will run as republicans.
Peter N. Hall of Woodstock has been appointed to the Auditing and Accounting committee of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The appointment was made during the fraternity’s 106th national convention in San Francisco.
The paintings of Robert O. Frick, Woodstock artist, have been viewed by over 300 persons at the opening of his show in the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester.
He showed both oil and water colors.  Many of the paintings were of familiar areas around Woodstock and North Bridgewater.
At the Vail Field Playground in the balloon popping contest, Todd Alderfer won the junior division and Barb Gyra the senior division. The winner of the “Gold Bonanza” was Chuck Johnson.
Donna deGiacomo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace deGiacomo of Barnard, has been appointed a volunteer worker at Casa Materna in Portici, Naples, Italy for a period of one to two years. Casa Materna is an orphanage.
“Anne Of A Thousand Days” with Richard Burton and Genevieve Bujold is playing at the Town Hall Theatre.

30 Years Ago-July 24, 1980
Village police will no longer provide free escort service for local businesses transporting large amounts of cash to nearby banks. Village trustees decided to charge $25 per trip for businesses using the service.
Playing at Pentangle’s “Brown Bag” series on the Green of the Norman Williams Public Library were Woodstock Jazz Quintet with Fred Haas, Dave Ellis, Ron Dowd, David Westphalen, and Brian Gurl.
Walter “Duchie” Brehaut was presented a special ceremony at the Masonic Temple for his 25 years of service to the town of Woodstock. Master of Ceremonies Fred Doubleday presented Duchie with a model of a road grader and an inscribed plaque plus a smashed mailbox. Duchie ran the big road grader for many years and proudly said he only got it stuck once in a snowstorm and never had an accident while driving for the town.
The 16th annual Antique Flea Market will be held at WUHS on July 26th. More than 150 dealers from throughout New England will be displaying their wares in a massive open air array of collectibles. It will be to benefit the Vermont Children’s Aid Society
In summer basketball at the Rec the Red Tide washed away the Wasps85-42 with Larry Boymer leading the way with 16 points and Stan Dixon had 14.
The Ramblin Rec pulled even with wins with the Tide by defeating Moon’s Ark 110-92 with Jeff Frechette notching 24 points. Joe Kelly poured in 31 for the Ark.
At the Vail Field Playground the Bike Rodeo was won by Michael Write and Doug Honabach. The Apache Relay was won by the Hawk’s, Matt Murphy, Kent Osborne, Whit Van Meter, and Doug Honobach. The Scavenger Hunt was won by a team of five young ladies- Darcy Paige, Sue Clark, Andreena Harriman, Patty Thompson, and Jennifer Howe.

20 Years Ago-July 26, 1990
Demolition of the Pumpkin House took the Planning Commission by surprise. Chairman, Curt Bourdon said they hadn’t realized that developer Bijan Bahramian was going to tear down the whole building. Structural defects came to light as the work on the building progressed making it necessary for the demolition.
Author Peter Jennison will lecture at the Woodstock Historical House on the topic of “Woodstock Imprints” on Aug 4th at 7:30 p.m.
In Men’s Softball, Spooners had 16 hits and scored 10 runs as they beat Ryan Real Estate in five innings, 10-0. Charlie Reeves and Brian McGinty had three hits each.
In the Rec’s summer basketball league Twenties defeated McGee Fuels 72-48 with freshman Joel Carey scoring 26 points and Dave DeTurk adding 13 and Bruce Schulz 12 for 20’s. Ed McGee led McGee’s with 10 points.
Lauren Maynes and Leah Cole won the Invent America! State competition in Vermont for their respective grades. Lauren’s device “Light Patrol” will help nab reckless drivers while Leah’s invention “Carry um Dry” will help carry many items at once in the rain. Both girls attend the Barnard Central School.
Bruce Gould of Woodstock has been named Windsor County Realtor of the Year for 1990.

This article first appeared in the June 23rd print edition of the Vermont Standard.


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