News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

It wasn’t exactly the duel of the century, but the mayor of Keene, N.H., and the executive director of the Better Bennington Corp., met on the front lawn of Bennington Town Offices to verbally spar over pumpkins.

They announced The Great Pumpkin Challenge, says The Bennington Banner, a competition between the two towns to see which one can turn out the most carved, lit pumpkins. Bob Stannard, the BBC’s director, said he felt this “was a wonderful opportunity for two cities to come together over squash.” Keene apparently has been challenged before, but still holds the record of 28,952 pumpkins. The alert status has been raised to orange.

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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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