News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Current-day environmentalists think their view of how conserving and recycling is new. Actually, some Depression-era seniors from Wake Robin Continuing Care Retirement Community in Shelburne beg to differ. People learned to be self-reliant and resilient during the Depression, they told the Burlington Free Press. People grew their own food. They hung out their clothes to dry as opposed to using a dryer. Clothes were patched and socks were darned. Then households’ efforts took time to save money. Today, time seems to be in short supply. But spending that time could be a benefit and a mental-health break, thought Clare Innes of the Chittenden Sold Waste District. The Wake Robin residents felt their children and grandchildren would probably inherit a world with fewer resources, which will force them to consider the environment every day. These are some lessons to be learned from those who lived it.

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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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