News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

One of Chester’s historic buildings is finding new life and a new occupant reports The Manchester Journal. The clapboard building on Depot Street has been home to a milliner’s shop, hardware store, grange hall and the American Legion Hall during its 100-plus years. Now it will become home to the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts with a scheduled fall 2011 opening. The first floor will have 2,000 square feet of exhibition and performance space. “Housing contemporary art in an old building is not a disconnect but rather an innovative use of Vermont’s buildings,” says project contractor Richard Crocker.

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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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