News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Rutland’s Mary Ashcroft, who is running against incumbent James McNeil for Rutland Town state representative, lives with her greatest supporter, husband Harold Billings, himself a former legislator. Harold has taken spousal support to a whole new dimension during his wife’s campaign. He and his son constructed 15-foot-high letters for a giant sign and placed it on the highest point on his farm, said the The Rutland Herald. “We didn’t have a lot of money, so we had to be creative, just like the state of Vermont has to be creative.” Not only is Mary super-sized, but she lights up the night sky for miles around with her name in halogen lights. This is one sign that’s positive in a usually negative field of political land mines.

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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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