Joe Ferguson, 17, of Dyer, stocks bags of sidewalk salt Monday at Gus Bock Ace Hardware on Ridge Road in Lansing, Ill.
Today's blends of salt-based products for eliminating ice on sidewalks and driveways includes additives to prevent harm to pets, concrete and landscapes.
Blends of salt and chemical combinations create better options today for not only keeping winter roads safe, but also to prevent harm to vehicles and vegetation.
Valparaiso University student Abby Accettura said she plans her winter footwear based on how much "white" she sees on the sidewalk outside her window.
Garbage and bits of a broken sled remain as snow melts last week in North Hammond. The city spent $33,000 on overtime to clear streets in the wake of the Blizzard of 2011. Another $47,000 went to contractors, and damage to equipment cost the city $17,000.
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