News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Class night at Leland & Gray high school in Brattleboro honored Brian Urato, graduate of the class of 2010, for not missing a day of school in 12 years. The acknowledgement was reminiscent of the same honor that went to his sister, Rachel, in 2007. The family tradition began when Rachel overheard her parents discussing a newspaper article about a valedictorian who had perfect attendance throughout her school years. “We never imagined Rachel was listening,” said Jake Urato, Rachel’s father. That is until the first time she refused to stay home because she wasn’t feeling well. “I won’t get the award,” Rachel told her dad. Luckily both siblings can attribute their attendance record to great health. Sports played an important role in helping to keep them healthy and provided the incentive to come to school to practice – Rachel as captain of her softball team, and Brian as head of the cross-country team. Brian said the feat was no big deal – he just never got sick, at least on school time. Neither did Rachel.

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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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