Saturday January 5, 2013

WEST DOVER -- Frank Smith, a long-time resident of the Wilmington-Dover area, and one of the early developers of the Mt. Snow Ski Area, spoke at a public dinner in West Dover. The dinner, sponsored by the Valley of Brattleboro Scottish Rite Freemasons, was held on Oct. 24 at the Matterhorn Inn and Restaurant.

His talk, attended by 30 people, centered around how decided to move to Dover from Connecticut in the early 1950s to become involved in managing a part of what would become Mt. Snow. In his younger days, before World War II, he and a friend went up to Tuckerman’s Ravine to the Head Wall where they met Lowell Thomas and skied with him.

During the war he volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division that fought in Northern Italy to push the Germans back toward their country. He was also one of the soldiers who helped to evacuate Robert Dole off one of the mountains after he had been wounded.

Heath Kurra, Thrice Potent Master of the Scottish Rite of Freemasons Valley of Brattleboro, presented Smith with an American Flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol building and a commemorative certificate to honor his service to the Wilmington-Dover area and his service to his nation during World War II.


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