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Steve Pollard of Steve’s Small Engine Repair. Photo by Phil Dodd

Steve’s Small Engine Repair Closes

Steve’s Small Engine Repair, a long-time fixture at 155 Barre Street in Montpelier known for the colorful lawn mowers and snow blowers often jammed together out front, closed up shop Nov. 29 after a 40-year run. Proprietor Steve Pollard plans to continue working part-time out of his Worcester home and will offer pick-up and delivery (call 223-2011), but said he will miss being in town. Pollard started working on small engines at age 12 in 1965 at the same location for B.H. Merrill, then bought the business from Merrill in 1979. In a faded newspaper article still stapled to his shop’s wall, Pollard explains why he likes his work: “You’ve got to do something, and this is about as good as anything.”

Montpelier Buys Hot Asphalt Mixer for Pothole Patching

Local drivers may not have to dodge and weave so much this winter, as Montpelier’s Department of Public Works has purchased three separate units to improve filling of potholes: KM-T2 Asphalt Recycler, KM800 Infrared Asphalt Heater, Km2-18x Hotbox. The first turns old pavement chunks or millings into new asphalt, the second heats it up, and the third keeps it warm, allowing work crews to fill potholes and cracks more effectively. Previously, potholes could only be filled in the winter with less-effective cold material, as the local asphalt plant closes in winter. The total Cost of all units was $112,000. The machines are not yet in operation, as the Department is waiting on the title and for the equipment to be insured.

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Community Harvest of Central Vermont Celebrates Record Year

It’s been a record year for CHCV, which has donated more than 55,000 pounds of food thus far in 2019. The bounty is the result of the efforts of 400-plus community volunteers, who recovered surplus farm produce and donated it to those in need in our community. The record numbers follow a year of success, including a $10,000 donation by the Red Sox Foundation in August.