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Backus Hospital Newsletter

(February 11,2005) A weekly newsletter for employees, volunteers, patients and friends of The William M. Backus Hospital. 326 Washington Street, Norwich, CT 06360.  Published by the Public Relations Dept., third floor Annex, x-4017 Magic salt eases slippin’ and slidin’ Usually at this time of year, Environmental Services personnel at Backus Hospital are vacuuming up huge [...]

Will Cornwall offer toast to alternative to rock salt?

(February 11, 2005) CORNWALL — Leftover soluble sludge from distilled vodka might someday be used to melt ice and snow on the town’s frigid winter roads. The price of salt is skyrocketing, with the average price the state paid for rock salt this year at $43.50 a ton, some 25 percent higher than last year, [...]

Like Magic: Chemical enhancement makes rock salt more effect

(January 2005) New England highway workers have added a new trick to their repertoire: Magic Salt, a tonic for the times. And they’re not the only magicians in the business. Freezing rain, snow, sleet – a familiar refrain for another grueling Connecticut winter – are rarely coupled with the earthy smell of molasses. This season, [...]

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™ [...]


Environmentally Friendly Deicer Makes Valley Debut

Author: Cheryl G. WilsonDaily Hampshire Gazette StaffPublished on December 17, 2004 WINTER begins on Tuesday, and many people are dreading the snow and sleet, slippery sidewalks and parking lots, dripping gutters and sand tracked into the house. Gardeners worry about salt and sand damage to lawns and shrubs, and they wince at the thought of [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

New Hampshire

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Jersey

Sussex Prepares to Fix Crumbling Parking Garage

$434,000 Slated for Judicial Complex Structure Author: Fred J. AunStar-Ledger StaffPublished on November 05, 1999 February 14, 2005 It will cost Sussex County about $434,000 to repair the county judicial complex’s disintegrating parking garage in Newton, even though the $2.5 million structure is only about 7 years old, officials said yesterday. The county set aside [...]

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 [...]

New York

Union Melts Snow Like “Magic”

Pam Allen – The Daily Gazette  A deicing solution tested on a section of Route 9 last winter appeared to minimize ice on the busy state roadway, and the chemical will be used again this winter to improve traffic safety, transportation officials said.  The magnesium chloride spray was tested for the first time in the [...]

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 [...]


Magic Salt Melts Away Winter Woes

Author: Mark D. Marotta, Staff WriterThe Willow Grove Guide  Although the snowfall these days may be fast and furious, Upper Moreland businessman John Stenger thinks he can offer a solution.  Along with partner Bob Young, Stenger is co-owner of Environmental Solutions Inc., the area’s exclusive distributor of Magic Salt, an ice- and snow-melting product manufactured [...]

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 [...]