News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Just ask Mendon. It has the record for name changes.

Mendon, Vermont, in Rutland County, has the record for changing its name says The Rutland Herald. Mendon is the town’s third name. The town was chartered by the state in 1781 as Medway. Later on, Jonathan Parker bought a 3,000 acre tract known today as Parker’s Gore. Medway became known as Parkertown when the Gore and Medway merged in 1804. Parker’s influence held sway until 1927 when the state changed the name one last time to Mendon. Now, tell me, could your day have gone on without knowing that?

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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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