News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Montpelier’s Wheels for Warmth public service project raises money for families and individuals who may need emergency fill-up on heating fuel this winter, said the Rutland Herald. The four-year-old program benefits Central Vermont’s Community Action Council’s Community Action Heating Fund. People can donate used tires, some of which are resold to people needing extra, inexpensive tires. Some 2,500 tires were recycled this year at a cost of $4 to those looking to donate or dispose of them. Casella Waste Management further contributed to the project by donating the money people paid for tire disposal. There’s no way to determine exactly how many people will benefit each year because of the fluctuating fuel prices and, while it’s not a lot of money, it does help to bridge the gap. “There’s all sorts of benefits to recycling tires,” said David Rubin, director of workforce development for Central Vermont Community Action Council. “There’s wins all over the place – win, win, win.”

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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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