News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Roleau family from Lincoln continues a way of life begun five generations ago, says the Addison County Independent. The family, owners of the Isham Brook Farm, has livestock, grows oats and hay for their animals, and produces maple syrup every spring. They also raise draft horses which they originally bought to help log the densely wooded property. The lumber was used to build their house, shop, barn, and sugarhouse. The practical use of draft horses became something they enjoyed so much, the family began to enter a team of horses in a local draft horse competition. They now compete in seven competitions a year, including neighboring states. “To be able to get into the heads of those six horses…it’s like getting six people to all do the same thing at the same time,” says Bill Roleau. Bill’s son, Trent, currently attending Vermont Technical College, hopes to expand the family’s farm by raising beef and milk cows, pigs, chickens, and also growing hay and oats. He also wants to support himself totally through farming, unlike his parents who both have full-time jobs in addition to working on the farm. “I think every town should have a couple little farms,” says Trent.

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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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