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Phil Scott’s 3rd annual Wheels for Warmth event held last weekend was the most successful ever.  According to Scott, in addition to generating record proceeds of $14,056 to be donated to Central Vermont Community Action to be used for emergency heating fuel assistance, Casella Waste Management accepted 1660 tires for recycling. Further, 1000 affordable, road-worthy tires were sold, and those tires that remain are available for use by Community Action Motors who service and provide cars to low-income Vermonters.

“As I have often said during the past weeks, I feel that Wheels for Warmth is a great example of what makes Vermont so special: devotion to our community, protection of our environment, conservation of our resources.  Everyone who participated in this year’s Wheels for Warmth deserves credit for its success. I would like to thank all the volunteers, community members, and businesses that supported this year’s Wheels for Warmth,” Scott said.

Thunder Road Season Passes Available for 2008 Stock Car Racing Season

Season pass tickets are now available for the 2008 stock car racing season at Barre’s Thunder Road.  Orders may be placed by phone or at the track’s office in Waterbury.

“Like always, we are offering three types of season pass,” said Thunder Road Administrator Tina Gallison.  “Gold, general admission, and child passes to Thunder Road will make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and we encourage race fans to purchase their 2008 season passes now before the late rush.”

General admission passes are $190, and will be honored at all 18 action-packed stock car events at Thunder Road in 2008.  Gold season passes are $250, and guarantee the pass holder a reserved seat at all 18 race meets.  Child (ages 6-12) general admission passes are $50.

Phil Scott’s Wheels for Warmth Gives Used Tires a New Spin

(NOTE: Three-time Thunder Road Late Model Champion and Washington County (VT) Senator Phil Scott has organized the third annual Wheels for Warmth campaign, running Thursday through Saturday at DuBois Construction in Montpelier.  Tires of all shapes and sizes are needed to make this great community program a success.  Racers, fans, and everyone else, bring your used tires to be recycled, and help heat the homes of your neighbors this winter!  Race tires - and all others - will be accepted by Casella Waste Management at a reduced fee of $4.00 per tire.  Thank you for helping this great Vermont cause!  The following story was written by Michelle Hughes.)

Come recycle your used tires and help a neighbor in need at Wheels for Warmth, Thurs.-Sat.!

Tucked away in the back corner of my garage sit two perfectly good Hakkapeliitta snow tires, still neatly wrapped in the plastic Nokian covers they were placed in four years ago – the last time they were used. They don’t fit my current car, so they serve no purpose other than to occupy space designated for bikes and sleds. But that’s about to change. Soon they’re going on a journey to help someone stay warm this winter – a journey known as Wheels for Warmth.

Wheels for Warmth evolved from the Vermont tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.  In 2005, Phil Scott had an idea: Wasn’t there some way that used tires could serve a better purpose than just taking up garage space?  Scott had tires he no longer used, and he knew many others did too.  Listening to “The Trading Post” on WDEV every morning, he was overwhelmed by the number of tires on the program. His idea became the vision that used tires could be the currency to buy emergency heating fuel for central Vermonters.  All used tires could play a role, not just quality tires, but worn tires too. Safe tires could be re-sold at very affordable prices, and unsafe tires recycled for a fee.  The proceeds would then be used to buy the heating fuel. One neighbor donates tires, another neighbor buys them, and another neighbor’s home is heated. Unusable tires head for recycling instead of the river.  Scott felt pretty confident the plan would work, so he contacted Hal Cohen, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) – the local organization that assists people who cannot afford heating fuel.