Walter Paine

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Walter Cabot Paine
Born (1923-05-09)May 9, 1923
Died October 4, 2018(2018-10-04) (aged 95)
Occupation Journalist, Publisher, Author
Notable credit(s) Valley News

Walter Paine (May 9, 1923 – October 4, 2018) was an American author, journalist, and publisher. He purchased the Valley News of Lebanon, New Hampshire in the 1950s with partner James D. Ewing (publisher of The Keene Sentinel for many years)[1] and served as editor and publisher of the paper for twenty-four years.[2]

In 1957 in his role as Valley News editor he mounted an investigation into the transparency and practices of the managers of the town of Lebanon that led to the shift to a town council form of government there.[3]

Paine became a stockholder of Ascutney Mountain Resort of Brownsville, Vermont in 1957 and majority owner in 1961. He owned the Resort for more than ten years, selling it on October 3, 1972. He was a founder of the Montshire Museum of Science of Norwich, Vermont.[4]

In 2006 his children's book Cousin John: The Story of a Boy and a Small Smart Pig was published by Bunker Hill.[2]

Paine died on October 4, 2018, aged 95, at his home on Mascoma Lake.[5]


  1. ^ Interview with James D. Ewing by Mike Richard (PDF), Lewiston, Maine: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, August 16, 1999, archived by WebCite here
  2. ^ a b Paine, Walter (2006), Cousin John: The Story of a Boy and a Small Smart Pig, Southbridge, Massachusetts: Bunker Hill Publishing, p. (Author bio on dust jacket), ISBN 978-1-59373-057-4, OCLC 122930106
  3. ^ Speech by Councilor Terri Dudley in Richards, Nancy (2005), Lebanon City Council - Minutes, January 19, 2005 (PDF), Lebanon, New Hampshire: Lebanon City Council, p. 3[dead link], archived by WebCite here
  4. ^ History Article, Ascutney Mountain Resort, retrieved 2009-01-30, archived by WebCite here.
  5. ^ "Former 'Valley News' Publisher Walter Paine Dies". Valley News. 2018-10-05.