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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News from Vermont #392 What More Could You Ask For

January 16, 2018 Hello again Maple People, We just had a blessed Christmas day which proved to be truly an old fashion one. Contrary to some of our more recent moderate Christmases, the falling snow guaranteed a white  one…very white! I was glad to just watch it from the comfort of our warm living room. […]

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News from Vermont #391 From Here To…. Northern VT and Back

December 30, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Sometimes I agonize over what to write about but the answer this time suddenly stared me in the face right here in my neighborhood…Northern Vermont neighborhood, that is. The other day I was delighted to be sent farther north on errands, especially after being tied to the farm […]

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News from Vermont #390 What’ll They Say About Us In 50 years…..

December 15, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Gosh I get sick of hearing folks say “baby boomers’re dying out”. I’m a “card carrying” baby boomer and b’God, I ain’t dead yet. In fact I had my prostate checked yesterday and…well, the less said about that, the better. As you might have surmised, I’m kinda proud […]

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News from Vermont #389 Memories As Sweet As Our Syrup!

November 28, 2017 Hello again Maple People,  I attended a lecture last night by Michael Moss, author, New York Times journalist, and Jack-of-all-junk food scams. Some of the tales he told of big food manufacturers hooking us all on refined sugar, salt, and fat were quite hair-raising…kinda made me proud of our small operation producing […]

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News from Vermont #388 We All Speak…..Maple

October 30, 2017 Hello again Maple People, As I’ve said before, meeting and talking to folks from all over the world is one of the most interesting parts of my job. And from our greeting, we can each tell where the other hails from, although from mine, they know  I am from Vermont.  Take for […]

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News from Vermont #387 Oh,What a Sight to See

October 8, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Recently Betsy and I took a pre-foliage season day trip to Bethel, Maine. It was a glorious morning when we headed east across the gravel roads of East Montpelier toward the famous US Rt 2. We knew it wouldn’t be long before an onslaught of leaf peepers would […]

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News from Vermont #386 When You’re In A Pinch

August 31, 2017 Hello again Maple People, I grew up in an age when just about everything under the sun was made in the good old USA, but that has surely changed. It took an outdoor music concert to bring back memories of Montpelier’s most famous manufactured contribution: clothespins. Part of every outdoor musician’s essentials, […]

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