News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Nazim Omanovic learned before Christmas that one good turn in Vermont deserves another. He had spent years helping to build homes for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. Now, he’s received the keys to his own family’s new home in Burlington’s North End. Nazim, his wife, Senija, and their daughter, Nizama, 14, fled Bosnia in 1999 after being forced to live in refugee camps. The family had lived on food rationed from U.S. air drops, but somehow managed to get to Vermont.

It wasn’t easy, says The Burlinton Free Press, as Nazim stepped on a land mine getting away from Serbian paramilitary forces and suffered a crippling foot injury. But, he was still a genuine volunteer first in Vermont. The family’s new home represents the culmination of an 11-year collaboration between Habitat for Humanity and the Burlington Housing Authority. We know this family had a very Merry Christmas.

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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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