News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Dover School principal Susan Mach entered the Touchdowns for Technology contest for the obvious reason: to get some new computers for her school. Her winning essay was one of nine chosen, said The Deerfield Valley News. Other winners included Vermont’s Sherburne Elementary School in Killington. Kaspersky Lab,USA in Woburn, Mass., teamed up with WBCN, the New England Patriots radio broadcast station, to sponsor a contest linking touchdowns with technology. Kaspersky donated computers to needy schools based on the number of touchdowns scored by the team during the season. Seventy-five touchdowns translated to nine computers for each of the winning schools. "Our students are enthusiastic and eager learners, even as they struggle using our outdated equipment. They even wear Patriot T-shirts," Mach explained in her essay. The school was treated to a trip to Gillette Stadium with two students, their parents, and a member of the faculty. They also got to meet with wide receiver Wes Welker. The two lucky students were selected when their names were drawn from a hat. Sounds like everyone won this game.

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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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