News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Brattleboro’s Municipal Center’s Hanna Cosman Room recently received a facelift courtesy of some young community artists, says the Brattleboro Reformer. About 12 kids, through a partnership with the Town Arts Committee and Art in the Neighborhood, painted small, brightly colored floral murals on the walls of the meeting room. The flower motif was decided by the group as most appropriate. It was a four-part project that began with sketches on sheets of paper, placement of background colors on walls, then sketching and painting the flowers on the walls. Project organizers hope this helps connect kids with the town’s history and government, in addition to prettying up the room. From the mouths of “babes” comes this classic: “My favorite part is painting on the wall, because I’m not allowed to do that at home,” said 11-year-old Mackenzie Butts of Brattleboro.

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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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