News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Middlebury’s Kristen Farrell had a role in the restoration of a flag that flew near the World Trade Center Sept. 11. The flag will be part of a permanent exhibit in the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum in New York City once the restoration process is completed. Farrell’s contribution was but one stitch in the 20-foot-by-30.5 foot piece of fabric, but a much larger contribution of national pride was made as she completed that stitch. The terrorist attack also has a personal connection to Farrell as her cousin was a senior flight attendant about American Airlines Flight 11 which flew into the North Tower of the Trade Center. “I do know she helped a lot of people during those scary moments; she was a hero,” Farrell says of her cousin. The flag is scheduled to visit all the states, under the supervision of Fire Department of New York officials and volunteers of the New York Says Thank You Foundation.

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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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