News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

A Civil War-era grandfather clock made by a Williston farmer has found a new home, according to the Burlington Free Press. The new owner is the Williston Historical Society. The Society had been contacted by 86-year-old George Munson, whose great-grandfather built the clock in 1859, to purchase the clock as he no longer could care for it. The 8-foot tall clock took almost eight years to build and is housed in a black walnut frame. “We are one U.S.A.” and “United we stand for justice and freedom” are etched in its glass. The dilemma in accepting the clock for the Society was lack of display space and the public would not be able to see it. But it was finally decided the clock belonged to the “keepers” of Williston’s past. I guess it’s the clock whose time had come.

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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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