Plant Ops works round the clock

(February 13, 2004) We all know what it’s like: hearing a forecast for snow and praying the College will find it in its heart to cancel class. But we also know the snow usually comes as expected and school is still in session, crushing our hopes for a day off. This leaves us in a [...]

Crews Melt Ice with “Magic Salt”

(January 25, 2005) When temperatures dip into the teens there is a product snow removal crews can use to eat away at the ice and snow. “Magic Salt” was developed about 10 years ago. It’s ordinary rock salt that’s treated with a liquid by-product of the distilling process. It’s then blended with magnesium chloride. The [...]

Ooze Gets AAAHS for Keeping Ice off Parkway

 Magic Minus Zero is NJ Highway Authority’s main weapon against highway icing (October 27, 2000) No one ever made a big deal about the brown, sweet-smelling goo that oozed from the pipes at the Hungarian vodka distillery. Not until a chemist at the plant noticed something strange about the small, slow- running stream that ran [...]

Shake on the Magic Salt: Keene to use new de-icing road mixture

(December 3, 2004) It’s an experiment designed to get Keene roads out of the Ice Age. The Keene Department of Public Works is trying a new technique to make roads safer this winter. It involves a solution that looks like coffee, smells like molasses and is called — no kidding — “magic salt.” On Thursday, [...]

New de-icing road mixture: Magic Salt

(December 4, 2004) KEENE (AP) — The city Department of Public Works is trying a new technique to make roads safer this winter, using a solution that looks like coffee and smells like molasses: “Magic Salt.” The special concoction is designed to melt ice and snow faster and at lower temperatures than road salt, last [...]

A little Magic in Keene

(December 12, 2004) New Hampshire has a reputation for using more salt to keep its roads clear than other New England states. Now, a new additive promises to make a little salt go a long way. The product goes by the name, Magic Minus Zero and the city of Keene is trying it out for [...]

Keene plans to use new de-icing road mixture

(December 20, 2004) News Brief: KEENE – The city Department of Public Works is trying a new technique to make roads safer this winter, using a solution that looks like coffee and smells like molasses: “magic salt.” The special concoction is designed to melt ice and snow faster and at lower temperatures than road salt [...]

Firm serves sweet brew for de-icing roads

(December 8, 2004) It was discovered by an Eastern European scientist at a vodka factory. Deep into a Hungarian winter, the chemist noticed a startling sight: The pond behind the distillery — where the sugary, leftover swill from the factory had collected — never froze. The chemist figured out how to turn the mash into [...]

Pouring on the salt increases fiscal pain

(December 16, 2004) When a purchasing cooperative for area communities sought bids last spring for road salt, the outcome was unusual the group rejected all five contract proposals. Survey tracks how much area communities spent on road salt last year. “They were too high,” said Lara Thomas, regional administrator of the Southeastern Regional Services Group. [...]

The Buzz: Bill Biletzke

(February 21, 2004) Who: Bill Biletzke, 40, of Mystic Why you should know him: Biletzke may well have been helping to keep a parking lot near you free from ice slicks during some of the thermometer-busting cold snaps and snowstorms this winter. Biletzke is a landscaper who this year became the king of Magic Salt™ [...]