News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Giz-A-Goo, which means “wise old man” in Micmac, is a rescued horse from Whitingham, who has found a new life and a new fan club. The nine members of the Whitingham Reins 4-H Club have adopted him, said the Deerfield Valley News. The horse was given to the club by Donna Ray who got him from the Humane Shelter but who wanted a family with kids who could spend more time with him than she could. The new 4-H club was the answer. The club provides education, training, and experience with horses to local children ages 8-13. The kids learn about the general care and feeding of horses, with Giz-A-Goo being the “silent teacher.” The club is looking for new members and donations. Contact club organizer Wanda Walkowiak at 802-368-2020 if you need more information or would like to donate equipment or money to cover feed and other expenses. You’ll get info right from the horse’s mouth.

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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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