Editorial Points: February 3rd, 2011

February 24, 2011

in News,Opinion,Woodstock

Thank You Kathy Wendling
(Read Her Last Column)
In these pages this week, our friend and long-time columnist Kathy Wendling bids goodbye to readers with her final column for Historically Speaking.
Kathy’s tenure at the Standard has been a long and, by her own account, a happy one, and we know many readers will miss her insights.
The collection of Kathy’s columns spans back to 1984, and at one time she was the only Historically Speaking writer, so she had the weekly space to enlighten readers with her vast knowledge of many aspects of the state’s history. Kathy tells us that many times readers from across the country would write to her providing more information on a relative featured in a column, which would then prompt her to delve into more research. Much was learned through collaboration with readers who shared her passion for history. Recently, her discovery of a tax ledger for Woodstock and neighboring towns — dating to 1798 — has brought Kathy much excitement as she was able to share this document with the Woodstock Historical Society.
Kathy’s columns are being digitally archived by volunteer Jordan Engels and will be available at the History Center for generations to come — a valuable resource for anyone interested in Vermont’s past.
She says that she is thankful for the Standard, and likewise we are grateful for her time with us.
Next week we will introduce a new face in Historically Speaking; the folks at Green Mountain Perkins Academy and Historical Association have come forward with a column focusing on South Woodstock’s storied past and the school itself, which was founded in 1848 and closed in 1898. The building stands just as it was in those days, and serves as a resource for anyone researching South Woodstock’s history. We expect many in that village will be interested to read the column.

Ski Responsibly
Recently in the news, we’ve had several reports of skiers who’ve ended up lost on the trails, prompting search-and-rescue crews to flock to their aid.
Most remarkably, this week a New Jersey skier was located and is now recovering in the hospital after a 26-hour search at Killington by Vermont State Police and Killington Ski Patrol. It is not clear from reports whether he purposefully skied out-of-bounds, and we realize that those who leave the trail don’t always do so on purpose, but there have been others across the state and New England who have ended up lost due to choosing to take that risk. It may be tempting to take the route of adventure on the slopes, but it’s not worth the chance of hyperthermia or death.
In a recent release from the the Killington Resort, skiers and riders are reminded to ski and snowboard only on open, designated trails, slopes, freestyle and tree skiing area, to never ski or snowboard alone, and that woods and backcountry areas beyond open and designated trails are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel. Please, ski responsibly.
Gwen Stanley


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