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DATE: October 28, 2015
CONTACT: Pat Woodbrey, 603 271-5329

Three Snow and Ice Removal Professionals Receive Salt Shaker Awards at the Second New Hampshire Salt Symposium

Windham, NH – On October 21, three professionals in the snow and ice management business were presented with Salt Shaker Awards by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in recognition of their contributions to salt reduction and the snow management industry. The awards were presented by Senate President Chuck Morse at the second annual New Hampshire Salt Symposium: Where Commercial Salt Applicators Come to Learn about Winter Property Management. The award recipients were:

Gerry Dubreuil, Winter Services Manager, Belknap Landscape Co., Gilford, NH, won the Salt of the Earth Award – for the salt professional who best exemplifies a workingman's approach to salt reduction;

Dan Harris, Owner, RealGreen Services, Meredith, NH, won the Salt-n-Peppa Award – for the salt professional exemplifying the best blending of stakeholders in a salt reduction stew; and,

Phill Sexton, Director of Education and Outreach, Snow and Ice Management Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the Shaken, not Stirred Award – foras the James Bond of the salt profession, exemplifying a fearless, confident approach to salt reduction.

"These awards recognize some true professionals in the snow and ice business. Despite the rugged winter we experienced last year, these three individuals worked harder than ever to keep everyone safe while using salt in a conscientious manner," said Ted Diers, NHDES Watershed Management Bureau Administrator.

Over 130 snowplow and deicing contractors attended this second annual Salt Symposium in Windham to see equipment and brine-making demonstrations and to hear from expert speakers on how to maintain safe parking lots, roads, and walkways while reducing the use of salt. Multiple snow and ice management industry vendors were able to interact with attendees throughout the day.

The symposium is part of the NH Certified Green SnowPro program and is sponsored by the NHDES, UNH Technology Transfer Center, and the Snow and Ice Management Association. With the potential for road salt to pollute water, the goal of the program is to improve efficiency in salt use and to ensure safe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles while using less salt. The Salt Shaker Award recipients are industry leaders working towards that goal.

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Senator Chuck Morse and Gerry Dubreuil

Photo caption: Senator Chuck Morse presented the
Salt of the Earth Award to
Gerry Dubreuil, of Belknap Landscape Co., Gilford, NH, at the
NH Salt Symposium

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