News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Stowe resident Christopher Grimes III, age 4, will be spending his Christmas at the Boston Children’s Hospital. He recently was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and is awaiting stem-cell transplant surgery while undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital, said Stowe Today. His parents and two younger siblings are with him, but his fellow students at the Stowe Cooperative Nursery School found a way to be with him in spirit. They put together a quilt – with the help of some women from the Lamoille Quilters Guild – that has each of their handprints with a heart in the middle and his or her name. Kristin, Christopher’s mom, said she remembers the “look of amazement” on Christopher’s face when he saw his quilt for the first time. The kids also made quilts for two of Christopher’s young friends at the hospital. The family is hoping Christopher can be home to thank his friends in person by next spring. Log onto for updates on Christopher and/or to leave a message. One thing’s for sure – Santa will be making a stop at the hospital.

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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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