News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Montpelier’s Anne Ferguson loves reading and walking. She found a way to combine her two passions into a children’s program to make reading and exercise fun, says The Times Argus. It’s called StoryWalk and is exactly what the name implies. Kids currently can choose from six trails and read pages from six different books as they walk. Anne chooses only those books that have striking illustrations, a good story, and minimal amount of text. The pages are mounted on card stock, laminated to protect them from the weather, and stapled to sticks placed on a path. It’s had an unexpected and unintended impact on adults, as one reader noted, "…I’m sure this was intended for little kids, but this big kid (55 years old) loved the treat." Future plans call for a library of StoryWalks to be made available for use by other communities. Maybe this is the new "rub your head and chew gum at the same time" challenge.

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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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