Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009′ to thank the troops

first_imgVermont maple syrup producers are each being asked to donate one gallon of syrup in order to send a taste of Vermont springtime to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the fifth year, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association is organizing Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009 which will package the donated syrup into one pint containers and ship them to bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 8000 pints of syrup were sent in 2008.The syrup sent last year resulted in numerous heartfelt e-mails from the troops. Thank you for the effort that people in Vermont went through with Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness. Thanks for the reminder of good things from back home. The syrup was on the breakfast line and was a big hit with my friends and me. Thanks for thinking of us and please let the rest of your co-workers know that their actions are appreciated here.Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009 is a real team effort between Vermont maple producers, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, the Vermont Maple Foundation, the Vermont Maple Industry Council, Sugar Hill Containers, the Vermont Maple Festival, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture. We want to thank the many other individuals and businesses who supported this project last year and are seeking sponsors for this year s project.The deadline for donations of syrup is May 1 in order to have the syrup in the soldiers hands by Memorial Day. Maple syrup producers are encouraged to donate one gallon of their best syrup and take it to the drop-off locations listed below and on www.vermontmaple.org(link is external). The general public may also donate to help defray shipping costs. For more information about sponsorships call Sam Cutting IV at (802) 425-3971 and for syrup donations call Rick Marsh (802) 644-5482. Anyone wishing to may send a donation to: Mary Croft, Treasurer, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, 491 East Barnard Road, S. Royalton, VT, 05068.Drop-off Points for Syrup (deadline is May 1):Addison CountyDakin Farm, FerrisburghRheaume Kitchen & Flooring Center, Inc., 2106 Rte 7, South MiddleburyCaledonia CountyMaple Grove, St JohnsburyChittenden CountyDepot Home & Garden, Essex JunctionPeter Purinton, HuntingtonFranklin CountyVMSMA’s Booth at the Vermont Maple Festival – St. AlbansCDL/Maple Pro – St. AlbansLeader Evaporator – SwantonLapierre SwantonDominion & Grimm – FairfaxLamoille CountyVermont Maple Outlet – JeffersonvilleUVM Extension Office – Morrisville (Open Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm)Butternut Mountain Farm Store, JohnsonOrange CountyRoger Palmer – Randolph CenterCentral Supply-Randolph 802-728-5332Orleans CountyCouture’s Maple Shop – WestfieldFarm Yard Store – DerbyDesmarias Equipment – OrleansRutland CountyC.H. Grimm RutlandRichard Green–PoultneyWashington CountyAgency of Agriculture– MontpelierGoodrich Maple Farm CabotMorse Farm–MontpelierWindham CountyFranklin Geist – Saxtons RiverUVM Extension Office – Brattleboro (Open Monday Friday 8am – 4:30pm)Bascom Maple Farms Alstead, NHWindsor County:Gateway Motors, White River JctMary Croft, East BarnardGreen Mountain Sugar House, Ludlowlast_img read more

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy Not Seeking Re-election

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Carolyn McCarthyRep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) has reportedly decided not to seek re-election after her term ends at the end of this year, effectively retiring 17 years after she was first elected to Congress.McCarthy, who has been on leave while undergoing cancer treatments, confirmed rumors of her departure Wednesday, several news outlets reported. Her staff had declined to discuss such rumors when contacted by the Press late last year.“As a nation, more needs to be done to keep our citizens safe, while simultaneously protecting our Constitutional rights,” McCarthy said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. “Incidents involving gun violence over the last two years serve as yet another reminder that although modest progress has been made over the years, there is much more work to do.”The 70-year-old nine-term congresswoman, one of five members of the House of Representatives from Long Island, made her name as a national gun-control advocate. The former nurse was inspired to run for office when a crazed gunman killed her husband and permanently wounded her son in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre. “Carolyn McCarthy is not only a colleague, but also a dear friend,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills). “She is a shining example of how one can translate tragedy into meaningful public service.”Her retirement sets up a battle for the 4th Congressional District seat that stretches from New Hyde Park in the northwest corner to Jones Beach State Park to the southeast.“Nassau County is losing a strong voice and advocate for the middle class who worked tirelessly,” the Nassau County Democratic Committee said in an online statement. “Her dedication, and most of all character, are unmatched.”last_img read more