Governor Jim Douglas today announced a new partnership with the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association that gives the go-ahead to expand tapping on some state land. The announcement came as the Governor kicked off the 8th annual Maple Open House Weekend at Marcia Maynard and Ken Denton s sugarhouse in Cabot. Maple sugaring is a vital piece of our agricultural and forest products economy, the Governor said. I am very pleased that the state will be able to make this modest contribution to this important industry with an agreement that promotes responsible stewardship of sugarbushes on state land.Under the agreement, the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will license sites that it deems appropriate in state forests and state parks to sugarmakers, who will be required to abide by state land policies and management efforts while operating the sugarbushes. The Department expects to have as many as 11 sites licensed and operational for next season. There are few things we take more seriously than our forests and our well-deserved acclaim for forest products like maple syrup and quality timber, said Jason Gibbs, commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation. This commonsense partnership recognizes this and strengthens the tradition of Vermont s working landscape.Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and approximately 500,000 gallons of 5.5 million pounds of syrup is produced annually, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. We have a proud tradition of sugarmaking here in Vermont, said Rick Marsh, president of the association. We re excited to be working with the state in taking the next step to promote and protect the Vermont maple syrup brand.
Winning bidder Matt Cross looks over his new property with friend Kira Stevens. Auction of 52 Grove St, Albion. Saturday May 19, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)ABOUT 40 people turned out to see the hammer fall on an Albion property on May 19 at 10am.Six people registered to bid on 52 Grove St, including two bidding authorities, but only four raised their hand to purchase.Auctioneer Phil Parker from Ray White, Ascot sells 52 Grove St, Albion. Auction of 52 Grove St, Albion. Saturday May 19, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)Bidding immediately started at $550,000 to a phone bidder, and after seven increases, the property sold to 27-year-old Matt Cross for $671,000.Winning bidder Matt Cross looks over his new property with friend Kira Stevens. Auction of 52 Grove St, Albion. Saturday May 19, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Cross said this was his second property purchase and he planned to move into the Albion home.“It’s the first time I’ve bought at auction though,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I will keep my other property as an investment.”Auction of 52 Grove St, Albion. Saturday May 19, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)The property last changed hands in 2012, for $515,000 and Ray White Ascot sales and marketing consultant Nick Kouparitsas said it was indicative of price increases in the Albion area in the current market.“It’s sometimes more, this home was fairly basic,” Mr Kouparitsas said.“These guys didn’t do any work to it when they bought it, so it was fairly untouched.“But obviously, when people spend a little bit of money it will increase the value of the home.“Albion is a very tightly held area; we’d like to list more property there because you always get a good result.“We had over 55 people through this home, so it just goes to show there are a lot of buyers looking in Albion.”Mr Kouparitsas said there were many reasons the suburb was popular with buyers and the Albion Train Precinct Redevelopment would only mean the suburb would continue to fetch good results.“The proximity to city and transport is pretty good, it’s an eight minute train ride into town, so that plays a big part and obviously the train station with what’s happening there,” he said.“But there’s plenty of little cafes, you’ve got Brew Bakers there, which has been there for a while, and that’s a popular bakery, there’s plenty happening in the area and the pub’s got a really good atmosphere.“You’re on the fringe of New Farm, Bowen Hills, so you’re not far from the city but you are starting to get that vibe.”