News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Everyone loves a Christmas tale (or is that tail?) with a happy ending. Such was the case when Pierce Reid, a part-time Stowe police officer since 2005, came to the rescue of a lost dog Christmas Eve, according to the <Stowe Reporter. Reid was dressed as Santa Claus as part of the Stowe Police Department’s Santa program, in which volunteers and officers deliver gift baskets to the elderly and toys to the kids. Reid had finished his distribution of gifts and was on his way home when he came across a crowd surrounding a dog who had been limping down the road. That’s when Santa sprang into action, picked up the pup, and called on a fellow officer to come get the dog. “As far as I know, it’s been reunited with its owner,” said Reid. “It was a true Christmas story.” The dog now has quite a tale to tell his fellow canine friends of the time he was rescued by Santa. Wonder if it’ll go on his police record?

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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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