The town called in an ice breaker on Thursday to help clear the jam on the Passumpsic River. From the riverbank near Blake Jenkins Painting Inc. and TJ Mold & Tool Machine Shop south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, an excavator operator stretched the arm with a clawed bucket out over the river into the thick chunks of ice. Little to no open water appears on the river from the area near the Veterans Bridge north to the Concord Avenue bridge. It’s a white debris field of snow and ice. The excavator, owned and operated by Blow & Cote out of Morrisville, was brought to the scene to break up the jammed ice and open waterways for a more free-flowing river.