• Vt. ski area offering free passes to local youth
    The Associated Press | February 24,2014
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    Skiers and snowboarders head to the Bluebird Express chairlift at Mount Snow last year.
    DOVER — Young people who live near Vermont’s Mount Snow ski area will have an opportunity to earn a season’s pass for next season in exchange for community service and attending two substance abuse educational events.

    The program — called Choose sNOw — is limited to 350 students and it costs $25.

    But the students who complete the requirements, including participating in the local Green-Up Day, will receive the passes.

    All three events will be held at Mount Snow.

    The first event will take place on March 19 and must be attended by both the student and a parent or legal guardian.

    The event will feature presentations by Chris Sullivan, a former New England Patriot who, three years after his retirement from football, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, drug possession with intent to distribute and other charges. He now travels the country warning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    Sullivan’s wife, Kathi, will talk about how her 17-year-old daughter drowned in two feet of water after binge drinking at an underage party.

    The second event will be held on April 8 and only the student must attend. It will feature Patrick Grady, who has taught thousands about goal setting, motivation, communications, believing in one’s self, and creative leadership.

    There will be a make-up event on April 25. Presenter Rob Williams, a Vermont-based media education consultant and public speaker, will focus on how the alcohol and tobacco industries use media to target youth.
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