News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The strains of "Pomp And Circumstance" filled the visitors’ room at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield as six inmates received their diplomas from the Community High School of Vermont. Donned in the traditional cap and gowns and in front of friends, family, and their teachers, the inmates accepted their high school degrees, said the Rutland Herald. The program is open to men and women involved in the state’s correctional system, whether incarcerated or not, and mandated for those 23 years old or younger. About 150 students from around the state graduate every year, offering them more employment opportunities in auto shop, horticulture, and printing vocations. "It’s something I wanted to do a long time ago, and since I came here I decided to use my time to do something good," said recipient Christopher Blanchard.

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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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