News from Vermont #403 The Calm Before The Fall (season)

Hello again Maple People, We’re about to get our usual “tsunami” of leaf peepers here in Central Vermont (and that’s a good thing for us all…very good!). One of the most rewarding residuals for me during this time is the interesting folks from all over the world that I get to talk to. And that […]

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News from Vermont #402 Not Bad For Some Young Fella’s

August 31, 2018 Hello again Maple People, In a recent column I said I was hangin’ up the Husky…well I lied! As fate would have it (more more aptly, winter survival), I’ve spent the summer so far buzzin’ up a storm on two trees. Yes, two huge rock maple trees have occupied this ol’guy’s spare […]

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News from Vermont #401 Burr Of All Trades….

July 19, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Here I am in my dotage, actually thinkin’ of hangin’ up th’old Husqvarna. Yup, the other day I went out and cut a medium sized rock maple. It should’a been a simple job but “Murphy’s Law”, coupled with Murphy’s cousin, Stupidity, settled in at the first pull of […]

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News from Vermont #400 Why Cut Corners?

News from Vermont #400 Why Cut Corners? June 27, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Everyone has a right to their own pet peeves, no matter how silly they seem to anyone else…like my wife’s, for instance. The other day we were traveling back home from the busy part of Berlin and all of a sudden she […]

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News from Vermont #399 Always Up For A Challenge

News from Vermont #399 Always Up For A Challenge June 4, 2018   Hello again Maple People,   Lately we’ve been getting a few of those “glad to be alive” days here at Morse Farm. Being farmers, we have a special edge on the “glad” part, especially this time of year. My father used to call […]

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News from Vermont #396 Music For Generations To Come!

March 29, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Four decades ago Betsy and I, and  Rich and Shawn Davidian, all East Montpelierites, either engaged in some mighty strategic family planning or the stars were lined up in just the right way. Here’s our story: PJ Davidian and Robinson Morse were born in 1978. Then Joey Davidian […]

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News from Vermont #397 A Birthday To Remember….unfortunately

April 18, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Well I did it…on March 16, my 70th birthday, I found an ice patch with my name on it. I had gone down that same way two other times this winter and been lucky. The third time, however, is not always the “charm”! There was no pressure when it […]

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News from Vermont #395 Mothers’ Nature

March 15, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Well here it is again, another maple sugaring season, the time of year when we, Vermont’s sugarmakers, hope for a good outcome but end up taking what we can get. Yup, with exception of a good vacuum system and well-maintained tubing lines, there are strict limits, set by […]

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News from Vermont #394 There Are Vermonters, Then There Is Vera Ruth

March 8, 2018 Hello again Maple People, I can just hear my wife Betsy now talking on the phone with her cousin Pennie. One of them would say “and what would Vera Ruth say about that?” And then, through gales of laughter, they’re off and running with a long phone conversation. You see “Vera Ruth” […]

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News from Vermont #393 They Just Don’t Make’em Like They Use To!

February 14, 2018 Hello again Maple People, I just returned from having my car inspected and, whew, it passed. Sure brings back memories of sweating out test scores back in my school days! I’ve always driven “elderly” cars which, due to all of our salty, winter roads here in Vermont, age a bit out of […]

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