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 [...]

Just Blame it on the Weather Gods Nor-Easter Fizzles but the Plows Didn’t

Ed Fontaine is fried. It’s a little after 6 a.m. Friday and he’s pulled another all-nighter. He’s tired of plowing snow, tired of the ups and downs of Chesterfield Hill, tired of blind corners on Hurricane Road. He wearily pulls his city-owned orange dump truck up to the fuel pumps at 350 Marlboro St., fills [...]