News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Talk about taking recycling to the next level. Vermont Marble, Granite, Slate and Soapstone Co., based in Castleton, and known primarily for making sinks and countertops, is reusing their soapstone scraps in a unique manner, said the Times Argus. The scraps are turned into “ice cubes” of sorts when they are placed in a freezer and then used to chill drinks. The cubes won’t melt so drinks aren’t diluted. ” “Soapstone retains temperature,” said company president Paul Thompson. You can order these “cubes” on the company’s Web site where you’ll be in good company as they sell several thousand a month. It’s a good combination: a unique by-product from a solid product.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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