News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Probably not many of us set out to search for long forgotten and no longer used roads. But then there’s Montpelier lawyer Paul Gillies who deliberately seeks out roads that have disappeared from state maps, said the Rutland Herald. The search is far more than just a hobby; the state has set a deadline of July 2, 2015 by which towns and cities must find and document their old roads or lose the right to use them. The 19th century in Vermont saw fewer people coming to the state and with that reduction in travelers and lack of use, some roads were reclaimed by nature. Hence the search to take them back. Finding new roads has added to the workload of the state’s official mapmakers from a normal 50-60 new maps a year to 75-100. Come 2015, town officials can either decide on the fate of those newly discovered old roads. “I think of it as reversing 200 years of neglect,” said Gillies. Guess he hasn’t driven on some of today’s neglected roads.

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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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