News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

A small kitten named Tria Maria recently became a “naturalized U.S. citizen” after flying from her Greek island home of Rhodes to the U.S. Tria is the adopted kitten of Wardsboro residents Haunani and Ralph Wallace, said the Deerfield Valley News. The couple has visited Rhodes several times in the past, staying in the town of Gennadi. They found a small meowing kitten, weighing less than a pound, sitting on a rock, during a rainstorm on their most recent stay last September. They brought the kitten in, pulled out the more than 100 burrs embedded in her fur, and discovered the kitten was blind, having been born with no eyes. After much deliberation, they decided to bring the kitten back to the U.S. with them. Tria underwent a series of vaccinations, and needed to get a passport required for traveling in Europe since they made a stop in Germany. Being blind hasn’t stopped Tria from settling into her new home and adjusting to the Wallace’s two dogs. She has at least eight lives yet to live.

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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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