News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Brattleboro’s mural, at the corner of HIgh and Main streets in Pliny Park, is undergoing a much needed facelift, says the Brattleboro Reformer. The mural, painted in 1996, depicts the town in the 1800s. It was painted by local artist Terry Sylvester. Before the new stucco can be applied to the building wall, crews have made sure the bricks and mortar underneath it is solid. Sylvester initially presented several ideas for the mural, including an old gas station picture on whose wall the mural is painted or a giant doughnut because the wall faces the Dunkin’ Donut parking lot. The mural will be almost identical to the original, but Sylvester will make some minor changes by adding in a bus stop and benches that were not there initially. Through the years the mural has seen harsh weather conditions from winter winds and snow to summer sun. “The mural itself is a project that is very near and dear to the downtown community…,” says Jerry Goldberg, executive director of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce. “It was so loved and so beautiful and associated with this spot that there seemed to be no reason not to repaint it,” Goldberg continued. He hopes the community agrees by stepping up to support the project.

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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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