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Don't shoot the messenger

   We might not be ready for it but winter is on the way. Stratton Mountain in Vermont sent over a note that said snow started falling early Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day, leaving a dusting that has covered the trails in about an inch of snow top to bottom.

      This caused a few overly enthusiastic individuals (above) to jump the gun. They were spotted in the main base area, mulling about in full regalia, looking at trail maps and attempting in vain to load onto unmoving chairlifts.

     "I have been waiting for this since you closed in April," one too-early bird told the Stratton publicity staff. "The anticipation has been almost too much to bear.  I wish we could just fast forward to opening day!"

   The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and Centerplate, in conjunction with OneWorkSource Workforce New York, needs some workers before it can be ready for the ski season. They will host a Job Fair at the Whiteface Base Lodge on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Full and part-time positions for 2008-09 winter season employment at the ORDA Olympic facilities are available.

   All hiring departments will have a representative there. Applicants should bring a resume. Interviews and employment agreements may take place on the spot, according to a news release.

-- Fletcher Doyle

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