News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Lorette Sousie of Burlington has been collecting valentines for years – ones from over 100 years ago, ones from family and friends over generations. She never intended to start a valentine collection, according to the Burlington Free Press, but once she started to accumulate them, well, she just continued. The 19th century cards, while a bit faded, still have their prose and embroidery in tact. There are mechanical cards from the 1920s which move and some that have pop-up characters when opened. “They’re like little treasures,” Sousie said. “They took great pride in all the tiny details.” It’s Valentine’s Day at Sousie’s house all year round.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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