News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Ever seen a pink elephant? No, probably not. Well, how about a pink flamingo? Pink flamingos have been showing up on lawns in the Bennington area as the 2009-10 fundraiser chosen by the Mount Anthony Music Parents Association, said the Bennington Banner. Funds raised will be used to send the MAUHS choir and band to a four-day music competition in Philadelphia. Here’s how it works: people who have been “flocked” (the technical term for a lawn full of flamingos), can pay to send flocks of yard flamingos – or magnetic car flamingos – to friends or neighbors or even to those they don’t particularly like. Each flocking costs $20; seniors and students get a $5 discount. There are other payment options available if you’re short on lawn space. There are some general guidelines for choosing who to flock: done in good spirit; select targets with a good sense of humor; and flock-decorate at night. If you want to help, visit for more information. See, students who flock together go to Philadelphia together.

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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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