News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

A rare coin has found its way anonymously to the Salvation Army kettle in Montpelier for the third year in a row, said The Rutland Herald. The gold coin, minted in 1910, was left in the same location used two years ago. It was worth two and a half dollars in 1910; no estimate on what it’s worth today.The last two coins brought in more than $2,000 each. All donations stay in the community, buying toys for children or helping people pay their rent or heating fuel. How do you say thanks for such a gift? “We really appreciate their support and generosity,” said Capt. Travis DeLong, commanding officer in Barre. Efforts have been made to guess the identity of the “Secret Santa,” but to date, he/she remains just another kettle donor.

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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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