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October 17, 2018 top stories
Rock salt gets pricey

BRADFORD—It’s going to be a whole lot more expensive to treat roads with salt this winter.
A nationwide rock salt shortage is having ripple effects throughout the country and local officials are starting to grasp the impact at home.
During the Oct. 11 selectboard meeting, Bradford Highway Chief Phil Page said the department had received just one quote from an in-state salt supplier. American Rock Salt offered to deliver rock salt for $88.75 per ton. That is over $20 more than what Bradford paid for last year, or a 31 percent year-to-year increase.
The new price means that the town will likely spend over six figures to treat its roads and village sidewalks during the winter of 2018-2019.
“At this price, we’re going to have to change what we’re doing,” Page said. “Twenty dollars per ton is a big hit to the budget.” He added he was trying to get a second bid from Cargill, the only other major supplier of road salt in Vermont.

Vermonters converge
for beach clean-up

FAIRLEE—People from all over Vermont were in Fairlee last week for a community work project to make improvements to the the town beach and playground.
They were in town for the 75th Annual Vermont Recreation Conference put on by the state’s association of municipal parks and recreation departments, nonprofit recreation groups, and commercial members.
For the last 13 years, the conference has been held at the Lake Morey Resort, which regularly hosts state or regional events of this ilk. At the 2017 event, Melissa Cate took a break from the workshops and seminars to stroll around Lake Morey when she was inspired to organize the project.

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2017 bus fire damaged gear

BRADFORD—Bradford will end its quest to get an insurance company for a local bus company to pay for damage caused to firefighting equipment in a spectacular 2017 fire.
There were no injuries after a fire completely destroyed a school bus parked in the rear Oxbow High School parking lot on Oct. 17, 2017. The bus was waiting to transport the girls varsity soccer team to an away game in Enosburg Falls.
As one of the players approached the bus, she noticed smoke rising from the bottom. She alerted the driver, who exited the bus, opened the hood, and saw fire in the engine compartment.

Lind Homes to get energy
makeover

MONTPELIER—Historic row houses in South Ryegate will become more energy efficient after a Northeast Kingdom housing agency received federal and state funds for the project.
On Sept. 20, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board awarded $5,838,948 to create and preserve 146 affordable homes and to conserve 577 acres of forestland with provisions for public access and water quality protection.
In Ryegate, Rural Edge will use $350,000 in VHCB funding to undertake energy efficiency work and rehabilitate seven three-bedroom, single-family homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places that were built for granite industry workers in the early 1900s. The Lind Homes were acquired by Rural Edge in 1998 and have served as affordable rental housing since that time.

A hot air balloon glides over Lake Morey on the evening of Oct. 10 as the sun sets behind Echo Mountain. In the foreground, the pair of spring riders were recently installed at the Fairlee Town Beach as part of a community service project undertaken by recreation advocates across the state.
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