News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Maybe we’ve all wished for a magic carpet to take us where we want to go. Elementary students in Bennington have the next best thing, but probably never thought about taking a bus that gives them new insights and introductions to their local Bennington sights. Educators started the after school Magical Mystery Bus tour so that local historical sights in the community don’t go unnoticed, said the <Bennington Banner. The tour, which started in January, has made stops at the Bennington Museum, Bennington Center for the Arts, Park McCullough House and other community locations. Future stops include Bennington Free Library, Bennington Battle Monument, and the Robert Frost Stone House Museum. “One of the cool things about Bennington is there’s so much stuff here,” said Bob Marine, director of after school and summer programs with Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union. Third-grader Chyanne Bushee said she learned more about the process of making pottery after her tour of Bennington Potters factory. You can experience the Magic Mystery Tour for yourself via a 6-minute vidoe on the SVSU Web site:

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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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