News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Phineas, a stray cat, was found by Johnson State’s professor Susan Green, says Lamoille’s <INews & Citizen.He had been shot several times, including one shot that blew away his lower jaw. Veterinary bills exceeded $3,000 even though veterinary surgeon Dr Kurt Schultz of Williston donated his services. Dr. Schultz stabilized the right jaw with a metal plate; the left side will not be reconstructed, but Phineas still will be able to eat and drink and have a normal life. But more money was needed for Phineas’ post-surgical expenses. Green’s colleagues stepped into action and sent out Facebook messages to their friends to help raise the money. People from around the country responded, raising close to $2,000. Phineas, now the celebrity cat, was featured on Burlington’s WCAX channel 3 garnering a spot on the evening news. All he needs now is time to heal and a good home.

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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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